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Friday, April 23, 2010

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Rascal Flatts will make their third appearance on FOX's American Idol on April 28th. The trio will perform their hit, "Unstoppable," and will also sing with Shakira on her song, "Gypsy."

Rascal Flatts are fans of American Idol and admit that it's a great vehicle for being discovered, but at the same time, Jay DeMarcus tells us there's something to be said for coming up through the clubs like they did in downtown Nashville. "We spent night after night down there learning the art of entertaining a crowd, and I think if there's a criticism I have of this sort of microwave instant stardom that some of these kids are experiencing nowadays with American Idol and things like that. It is a great forum to discover great talent that otherwise wouldn't be discovered, however you don't get to put the time into learning how to be an entertainer. You don't get to spend those nights playing for two or three people and giving it still 150 percent when there's only a handful of folks out there."

  • Rascal Flatts' previous performances on American Idol were during the show's Idol Gives Back episode in 2007, as well as in May of 2005 when they appeared as Carrie Underwood's musical guest the night she won the title.
  • Rascal Flatts will kick off their their new summer tour, called JC Penney Presents Rascal Flatts Nothing Like This tour, on June 25th in Raleigh, North Carolina. The 26-date trek will run through September 19th at Boston's Comcast Center. The tour will feature special guests Kellie Pickler and Chris Young.
  • The trio will sing the national anthem prior to the running of the Kentucky Derby on May 1st.
  • Rascal Flatts will also perform on Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution show tonight (Friday, April 23rd) at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. The band made the trip to Huntington, West Virginia to participate in the show earlier this spring between tour stops.
Carrie Underwood takes her physique very seriously. The svelte singer says that in addition to daily pre-show workouts, she NEVER eats out. She told UsMagazine.com, "I think the hardest thing about what I do is eating (healthy) because we're all over the place. It's fast food, there's aftershow food, you get pizza, whatever. I don't do that. I don't eat out ever."

Instead, Carrie opts to eat what's in her well-stocked fridge. She said, "Every once in a while I have a day off and I might go to a restaurant -- but no aftershow food and I keep my fridge stocked."

She added, "It's all about making a conscious effort. I don't do anything crazy, but I definitely try to take care of myself."

  • Carrie's Play On tour rolls into Grand Rapids, Michigan tonight (Friday, April 23rd).
  • Carrie is set to perform on the CMT Music Awards on June 9th at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
  • She and fiance Mike Fisher will tie the knot sometime this summer, but so far they are keeping the wedding date to themselves.

CHECK IT OUT


Sugarland kicks off their Incredible Machine tour tonight (Friday, April 23rd) in Primm, Nevada. They describe the look of the show's production as "steam punk", a concept which Jennifer Nettles explains to us: "It started out as a literary movement in the 80s, and basically it's based on the concept of if during the Victorian era and the age of inventionism, if instead of moving and evolving toward the cyber world that we're in now with plastic and computers and silicon chips, what if we just kept it really romantic and organic and made it about steam engines and machines."

Fans can check out pictures of the tour set online at sugarlandmusic.com. Jennifer says the theme was perfect for their new tour and upcoming album, which will be released this fall. "This visually was a beautiful launching pad for us and also the metaphors that can come from it even artistically is really nice, and so you will see a lot of that aesthetic. You can get online and check it out all the way from our set to our wardrobe, and it was a great launching point to give us something to be inspired by."

  • Sugarland will release the album's first single sometime this summer.
  • The Incredible Machine tour features rotating opening acts including Julianne Hough, Danny Gokey and Jake Owen.

FAST FACTS

  • Sugarland has sold over eight million records since exploding onto the music scene in 2004 with Twice The Speed Of Life.
  • Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush co-wrote all the songs on all three of their albums, in addition to co-producing the last two.
Faith Hill's stint as a judge on last night's (Thursday, April 22nd) season finale of Project Runway has got her thinking about her own line of clothing. She told the Associated Press, "If the right opportunity presents itself, I can guarantee you it would be my passion, and I would put my heart and soul into making it the best it could possibly be. I would design for the women I know and their kids ... busy moms with great style."

She also said that being a judge on such a fashion-forward show was right up her alley. "I have always paid close attention to detail in my work, and I understand and relate to big dreams and hard work. Fortunately, those things served me well while focusing on each designer. It was actually quite natural for me."

  • Faith is working on a new album. There is no word on when fans can expect to hear new music from the superstar.
  • Faith will be part of the Brooks & Dunn all-star concert tribute, called Brooks & Dunn - The Last Rodeo, which airs on CBS on May 23rd.
Miranda Lambert will be featured in a special Mother's Day episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition set to air on ABC on Sunday, May 9th at 8 p.m. ET. In addition to performing her current hit, "The House That Built Me," Miranda will serve as a "Get On The Bus" volunteer. The singer will travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma to meet the Starkweather family. Nine-year-old son Ethan Starkweather suffers from a rare disorder called Prader-Willi syndrome.

Miranda and her mom and best friend, Bev, will grace the cover of Country Weekly magazine's Mother's Day issue. The magazine hits newsstands on May 3rd.

  • Miranda continues on her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars tour tonight (Friday, April 23rd) in Belton, Texas. She rounds out the weekend with a show on Saturday (April 24th) in Houston.
  • Miranda is set to perform on the CMT Music Awards in Nashville on June 9th. The show will air live on the cable network at 8 p.m. ET.
Darryl Worley will kick-off his Stars for Stripes military tour next week. The We've Not Forgotten trek runs from April 29-May 3, and includes both full-band concerts and acoustic shows at various Forward Operating Bases in Iraq. Darryl has toured overseas every year since 2002.
  • Once back in the States, Darryl will begin working on a new album. His latest project, Sounds Like Life, was released in June of last year.
  • Beginning May 14, Darryl will host five songwriter series' throughout the summer. The first sold out event, called "Hitmakers on the Harbor," takes place in Pickwick, Tennessee. All proceeds benefit the Darryl Worley Foundation.

FAST FACTS

  • Darryl's hit, "Have You Forgotten?", held the Number One spot for seven weeks in 2003.
  • To date, Darryl has released six albums.
Brad Paisley is among the performers for the 2010 National Memorial Day Concert. The show will be broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on PBS-TV. Lionel Richie, classical artist Katherine Jenkins, gospel singer Yolanda Adams and the National Symphony Orchestra are also on the bill. The National Memorial Day Concert will be co-hosted by actors Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna.

Newcomer Laura Bell Bundy's album, Achin' and Shakin', debuted at Number Five on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart this week. She will promote the album with scheduled appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday (April 29th) E!'s Chelsea Lately. That airdate is yet to be announced.

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Rascal Flatts will make their third appearance on FOX's American Idol on April 28th. The trio will perform their hit, "Unstoppable," and will also sing with Shakira on her song, "Gypsy."

Rascal Flatts are fans of American Idol and admit that it's a great vehicle for being discovered, but at the same time, Jay DeMarcus tells us there's something to be said for coming up through the clubs like they did in downtown Nashville. "We spent night after night down there learning the art of entertaining a crowd, and I think if there's a criticism I have of this sort of microwave instant stardom that some of these kids are experiencing nowadays with American Idol and things like that. It is a great forum to discover great talent that otherwise wouldn't be discovered, however you don't get to put the time into learning how to be an entertainer. You don't get to spend those nights playing for two or three people and giving it still 150 percent when there's only a handful of folks out there."

  • Rascal Flatts' previous performances on American Idol were during the show's Idol Gives Back episode in 2007, as well as in May of 2005 when they appeared as Carrie Underwood's musical guest the night she won the title.
  • Rascal Flatts will kick off their their new summer tour, called JC Penney Presents Rascal Flatts Nothing Like This tour, on June 25th in Raleigh, North Carolina. The 26-date trek will run through September 19th at Boston's Comcast Center. The tour will feature special guests Kellie Pickler and Chris Young.
  • The trio will sing the national anthem prior to the running of the Kentucky Derby on May 1st.
  • Rascal Flatts will also perform on Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution show tonight (Friday, April 23rd) at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. The band made the trip to Huntington, West Virginia to participate in the show earlier this spring between tour stops.
Carrie Underwood takes her physique very seriously. The svelte singer says that in addition to daily pre-show workouts, she NEVER eats out. She told UsMagazine.com, "I think the hardest thing about what I do is eating (healthy) because we're all over the place. It's fast food, there's aftershow food, you get pizza, whatever. I don't do that. I don't eat out ever."

Instead, Carrie opts to eat what's in her well-stocked fridge. She said, "Every once in a while I have a day off and I might go to a restaurant -- but no aftershow food and I keep my fridge stocked."

She added, "It's all about making a conscious effort. I don't do anything crazy, but I definitely try to take care of myself."

  • Carrie's Play On tour rolls into Grand Rapids, Michigan tonight (Friday, April 23rd).
  • Carrie is set to perform on the CMT Music Awards on June 9th at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
  • She and fiance Mike Fisher will tie the knot sometime this summer, but so far they are keeping the wedding date to themselves.

CHECK IT OUT


Sugarland kicks off their Incredible Machine tour tonight (Friday, April 23rd) in Primm, Nevada. They describe the look of the show's production as "steam punk", a concept which Jennifer Nettles explains to us: "It started out as a literary movement in the 80s, and basically it's based on the concept of if during the Victorian era and the age of inventionism, if instead of moving and evolving toward the cyber world that we're in now with plastic and computers and silicon chips, what if we just kept it really romantic and organic and made it about steam engines and machines."

Fans can check out pictures of the tour set online at sugarlandmusic.com. Jennifer says the theme was perfect for their new tour and upcoming album, which will be released this fall. "This visually was a beautiful launching pad for us and also the metaphors that can come from it even artistically is really nice, and so you will see a lot of that aesthetic. You can get online and check it out all the way from our set to our wardrobe, and it was a great launching point to give us something to be inspired by."

  • Sugarland will release the album's first single sometime this summer.
  • The Incredible Machine tour features rotating opening acts including Julianne Hough, Danny Gokey and Jake Owen.

FAST FACTS

  • Sugarland has sold over eight million records since exploding onto the music scene in 2004 with Twice The Speed Of Life.
  • Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush co-wrote all the songs on all three of their albums, in addition to co-producing the last two.
Faith Hill's stint as a judge on last night's (Thursday, April 22nd) season finale of Project Runway has got her thinking about her own line of clothing. She told the Associated Press, "If the right opportunity presents itself, I can guarantee you it would be my passion, and I would put my heart and soul into making it the best it could possibly be. I would design for the women I know and their kids ... busy moms with great style."

She also said that being a judge on such a fashion-forward show was right up her alley. "I have always paid close attention to detail in my work, and I understand and relate to big dreams and hard work. Fortunately, those things served me well while focusing on each designer. It was actually quite natural for me."

  • Faith is working on a new album. There is no word on when fans can expect to hear new music from the superstar.
  • Faith will be part of the Brooks & Dunn all-star concert tribute, called Brooks & Dunn - The Last Rodeo, which airs on CBS on May 23rd.
Miranda Lambert will be featured in a special Mother's Day episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition set to air on ABC on Sunday, May 9th at 8 p.m. ET. In addition to performing her current hit, "The House That Built Me," Miranda will serve as a "Get On The Bus" volunteer. The singer will travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma to meet the Starkweather family. Nine-year-old son Ethan Starkweather suffers from a rare disorder called Prader-Willi syndrome.

Miranda and her mom and best friend, Bev, will grace the cover of Country Weekly magazine's Mother's Day issue. The magazine hits newsstands on May 3rd.

  • Miranda continues on her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars tour tonight (Friday, April 23rd) in Belton, Texas. She rounds out the weekend with a show on Saturday (April 24th) in Houston.
  • Miranda is set to perform on the CMT Music Awards in Nashville on June 9th. The show will air live on the cable network at 8 p.m. ET.
Darryl Worley will kick-off his Stars for Stripes military tour next week. The We've Not Forgotten trek runs from April 29-May 3, and includes both full-band concerts and acoustic shows at various Forward Operating Bases in Iraq. Darryl has toured overseas every year since 2002.
  • Once back in the States, Darryl will begin working on a new album. His latest project, Sounds Like Life, was released in June of last year.
  • Beginning May 14, Darryl will host five songwriter series' throughout the summer. The first sold out event, called "Hitmakers on the Harbor," takes place in Pickwick, Tennessee. All proceeds benefit the Darryl Worley Foundation.

FAST FACTS

  • Darryl's hit, "Have You Forgotten?", held the Number One spot for seven weeks in 2003.
  • To date, Darryl has released six albums.
Brad Paisley is among the performers for the 2010 National Memorial Day Concert. The show will be broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on PBS-TV. Lionel Richie, classical artist Katherine Jenkins, gospel singer Yolanda Adams and the National Symphony Orchestra are also on the bill. The National Memorial Day Concert will be co-hosted by actors Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna.

Newcomer Laura Bell Bundy's album, Achin' and Shakin', debuted at Number Five on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart this week. She will promote the album with scheduled appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday (April 29th) E!'s Chelsea Lately. That airdate is yet to be announced.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. George Strait graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a degree in what?
A. Agriculture

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY

COUNTRY AT THE WHITE HOUSE/GAC 10:30AM, 4:00PM (ET)
Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Charley Pride

BACKSTORY: TRACE ADKINS/GAC 12:00PM (ET)

ON THE STREETS/GAC 10:30PM (ET)
Kenny Chesney

THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON/CBS 12:35AM (ET)
Jason Aldean

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

Valerie Bertinelli (actress, One Day At A Time, former wife of Eddie Van Halen) (50)

  • Joyce DeWitt (actress, Three's Company's Janet Wood) (61)
  • Jan Hooks (actress, Saturday Night Live, Designing Women) (53)
  • Judy Davis (actress, A Passage To India, Husbands And Wives, Barton Fink) (55)
  • Melina Kanakaredes (actress, Providence, CSI:NY) (43)
  • Lee Majors (actor, The Six Million Dollar Man) (71)
  • Shirley Temple (actress and politician) (82)
  • George Lopez (comedian and sitcom star) (49)
  • Michael Moore (documentary filmmaker, Bowling For Columbine, Fahrenheit 911) (56)
  • Jaime King (actress, Blow, Pearl Harbor, White Chicks, Sin City) (31)
  • Kal Penn (actor/Obama's former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison, the Van Wilder movies, Harold & Kumar movies, Superman Returns, 24, ) (32)
  • Glenn Cornick (former bassist, Jethro Tull) (63)
  • Barry Watson (actor, Samantha Who?, 7th Heaven) (36)
  • Dev Patel (actor, Slumdog Millionaire) (20)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Evansville declared Taylor Swift Day as the singer kicks off her first headlining tour at Roberts Stadium with Kellie Pickler opening in 2009.
  • Tracy Lawrence's "Alibis" went to Number One on the country singles chart in 1993.
  • Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney married Tiffany Fallon in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico in 2006.
  • Kenny Chesney's No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems album was released in 2002.
  • Lari White married Chuck Cannon in 1994.
  • Elvis Presley made his Las Vegas debut at the New Frontier Hotel in 1956.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

HULK HOGAN SUING INSURANCE COMPANY: Hulk Hogan is suing his insurance company, claiming the staff failed to properly advise him about his policy needs prior to his son Nick's near-fatal car crash. Nick served prison time in 2008 after pleading no contest to reckless driving for his part in a high-speed collision in 2007, which left passenger John Graziano with permanent brain damage. The insurance company, Wells Fargo, paid out $250,000 for the crash, but Hogan still had to shell out a lot of money after being sued by the victim's family. Now he is blaming Wells Fargo bosses for not alerting him to take up a more expensive insurance policy to cover teenagers driving his vehicles, as they pose a greater financial risk.

AMANDA PEET WELCOMES BABY: Amanda Peet welcomed her second child earlier this week. Usmagazine.com reports that the actress gave birth to Molly June Benioff on Monday (April 19th). This is the second daughter for Peet and her husband, screenwriter David Benioff.

DID CHARLIE CHEAT TWICE? Brooke Mueller has reportedly found evidence that Charlie Sheen has been cheating with not one, but two escorts. Before he was recently caught with Angelina Tracey, RadarOnline.com claims he was seeing another woman -- who actually introduced him to Tracey. An insider told RadarOnline about the first girl, explaining, "Brooke saw hotel keys and even saw them in the same place together once. But Charlie just denies everything. They had a huge fight. She knew he was cheating on her." Supposedly Brooke is now staying at the couple's home while Charlie sleeps at rehab.

COREY HAIM'S AUTOPSY REPORT DELAYED: The release of Corey Haim's autopsy report has been delayed. RadarOnline.com reports that it was supposed to be released this week, but additional tests are being conducted. The report possibly will be released next week. Haim passed away at the age of 38 on March 10th after collapsing in the Los Angeles apartment he shared with his mother.

LISA KUDROW IS A HOARDER: Lisa Kudrow is a hoarder. The former Friends star said she used to feel guilty about her habits -- until working on the show Who Do You Think You Are?, on which she traced her family's past. She said, "It's the intimate details of these stories that personalize history and adds to the impact. I used to feel bad about holding on to things from my past like my day planners from the '80s, and faxes and stuff. I'm not going to feel bad about that anymore because those are all, at some point, potentially important family documents about what I was thinking or feeling at the time. It turns out that everything is a clue when you're trying to piece together a life from a few hundred years ago."

SIMON COWELL TOPS GUILTY DESIRE POLL: Simon Cowell has been voted the celebrity women "shouldn't but would" like to enjoy a night of passion with. The 50-year-old American Idol judge received 64 percent of the vote from a poll conducted by UK website Groupola.com. Researchers claim more than half of those who voted for Cowell said they were turned on by his power, however they put Barack Obama only in seventh place with 47 percent of the vote. Mark Pearson, managing director of the website, said, "I think the general consensus is that men like Barack Obama and Simon Cowell are attractive to women because they are so powerful, Ricky Gervais and James Corden were more suitable for the women who wanted a laugh." Aside from Justin Bieber at number ten, the rest of the top ten was comprised of British personalities.

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

KRISTEN STEWART TO STAR IN 'WANTED' SEQUEL? Kristen Stewart is reportedly being considered for the lead role in a potential Wanted sequel. E! reports that the Twilight star was approached to replace Angelina Jolie as the female lead opposite James McAvoy. However, her participation is not guaranteed -- since a production schedule has not been set in stone for Breaking Dawn, Stewart can't commit to Wanted. Kristen is set to start filming Breaking Dawn possibly as early as October, while the Wanted follow-up was originally slated to start shooting around the end of August.

MINDY KALING WRITING BOOK: The Office star Mindy Kaling is writing a book. The actress will release a series of comic essays about her life called The Contents of My Purse. Crown Publishers say the 30-year-old will write about clothes, romance and "the day she was horrified to learn her boyfriend could fit into her jeans." The book is due out in fall of 2011.

'IDOL GIVES BACK' RAISES MILLIONS: Idol Gives Back raised more than $15 million in two hours on Wednesday (April 21st) night. The money will go to charity organizations such as Save the Children, the Children's Defense Fund, America's Second Harvest, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Children's Health Fund. Producer Cecile Prot-Coutaz noted, "This year, we're a little bit more weighted toward domestic causes."

MICHAEL LOHAN BRINGS LAW ENFORCEMENT TO LINDSAY'S HOME

The Lohan family drama was kicked into high gear on Thursday (April 22nd) when dad Michael -- accompanied by deputies from the West Hollywood Division of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department -- barged into Lindsay's apartment, supposedly out of concern for the welfare of his 16-year-old daughter Ali, who has been staying with her older sister.

And just like any other family that wants to quietly deal with their troubles -- Lindsay tweeted throughout the incident while Michael talked to TMZ and E! afterwards to give his side of the story.

  • He explained to E! News, "I went to the Sheriff's Department and I told them I wanted to go over to my daughter's apartment to check on her welfare. She is a minor and she has no right being here alone. I am not going to see Ali go down the same path as Lindsay."
  • He added, "The manager of her building gave me the key, and we went up to her apartment. I knocked on the door, and sheriff's deputies announced they were entering." Because both girls were home and unharmed, Michael and the deputies left.

LINDSAY RESPONDS

Lindsay tweeted, "OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have no choice but to make this public, due to my sister's safety, as well as my own. 'my ex-dad' just WALKED INTO MY APT like the devil's advocate with officers."

Other postings during the incident include:

  • "Let's not forget, that my father KIDNAPPED me from a COURT ROOM when I was 4 years old and is CRAZY. He has NEVER paid child support, and is marrying a tabloid writer and can barely spell his own name due to his 'brain' that has been ruined due to HIS drug use.
  • "When will it ever end. it's been going on my whole life with him-hasn't he caused enough pain? Thank g-d for mommy. w/out her, i wouldn't even know myself.."
  • "I NEED A RESTRAINING ORDER! MY SISTER AND FRIEND TOO!!!!! HE'S NUTS!!!
  • "I am wondering what the world is coming to when my father can hire cops and walk into my apt w/out notice. Not to mention, he's the one that's been in prison most of my life . . he, or the sheriffs had NO legal grounds to be here at all."

DINA LOHAN RESPONDS

Lindsay's mother told RadarOnline.com that her ex-husband is "dangerous" and claims he didn't even recognize his daughter when he busted into Lindsay's apartment.

  • Dina said, "Michael walked into the apartment looked right at Ali and said, I'm looking for my daughter Ali, is she here? That's from Ali's lips to God's ears. He didn't even recognize his own daughter. That's what she told me he said when he walked in there and saw her."

TIGER MISTRESS NO. 1 REPORTEDLY PITCHING REALITY SHOW

Rachel Uchitel -- aka Tiger Mistress #1 -- is reportedly planning a television career. TMZ.com reports that the former event planner is working on a reality show and may be trying to snag a spot on Dancing With the Stars.

TMZ reports that Rachel, along with two producers and an agent, have gone to four different cable networks, pitching a show called Romancing Rachel. Supposedly the premise is -- single men competing for Rachel's affections. The website claims Lifetime and E! have passed, but VH1 and Oxygen are still considering the show. One of the men affiliated with the project is Scott Jeffress, who produced Jersey Shore and The Bachelor.

  • Some reports claim Uchitel has been hitting up a Las Vegas dance studio in preparation for the next installment of Dancing with the Stars, but insiders told TMZ that Rachel has simply picked dance up as a new hobby.

TIGER DIVORCE DEFINITELY HAPPENING?

In other Tiger news, media outlets are claiming the golfer and wife Elin are almost certainly going to divorce.

An insider told USmagazine.com of Elin -- who recently jetted off to Sweden without Tiger -- "(A divorce) is 100% happening. Elin and her mom met with a lawyer before they went to Sweden. It's going to take a long time to go through. [But] she will go through with it. She is all about being a mom. She will do it slowly and carefully."

MTV REPORTEDLY CHANGING CAST FOR SEASON THREE OF 'JERSEY SHORE'

The Jersey Shore cast might be breaking up. The New York Post claims that more than half the cast is getting axed for season three because they're not "outrageous" enough.

Sources told the paper that Ronnie Magro, Sammi Giancola, Jenni "Jwoww" Farley and Vinny Guadagnino haven't been asked back to the show. An insider explained, "Pauly D already has a contract for season three and Snooki and The Situation will stay. The others could be replaced with even more outrageous characters."

  • A rep for MTV denied the story, saying, "We haven't even started talking about season three." The show is currently filming its second season in Miami.

JON GOSSELIN FIRES ATTORNEY

Jon Gosselin revealed that he fired his attorney after Anthony List released a statement saying that Kate Gosselin is "always promoting something. . . and most of the time it's herself."

After List's comments were released to TMZ.com, Jon tweeted, "He has no legal right to speak to the press or anyone on my behalf. Kate, her attorneys and I are moving forward to work out things privately and amicably."

Gosselin added, "Mr. Anthony List Sr., Esq., is not my representing attorney; I terminated him on April 15, 2010. He has no legal right to speak to the press or anyone on my behalf."

  • After retaining List, the attorney blasted Kate as an "absentee parent" and filed legal papers seeking full custody of the kids for Jon. The reality dad now claims, "I never wanted primary custody, he [attorney Anthony List] filed for that. I only wanted a more flexible custody schedule so I could be with my kids." List denied the claim, telling TMZ, "Jon signed off on everything."
  • Meanwhile Jon says he's currently looking for a job. He told the site, "I would like a job in some aspect of TV, probably as a host."

CHECK IT OUT: Scandalous celebrity custody battles: http://tinyurl.com/peouxr

SETH ROGEN IS THE HARDESTWORKING ACTOR IN HOLLYWOOD

Seth Rogen is the hardest working man in Hollywood -- at least according to Forbes magazine. The magazine looked to find the stars making the most films and the most money for studios since 2005, and with 10 of his movies bringing in more than $20 million at the box office over the past five years, Rogen topped the list.

He beat out competition from veteran actor Morgan Freeman, who came second in the list, shooting nine movies which garnered more than $20 million in revenue.

  • Matt Damon came third, with eight high-earning movies in the last half-decade, while comic Will Ferrell came a close fourth.
  • Iron Man's Robert Downey, Jr. and Snakes On A Plane star Samuel L. Jackson were at fifth and sixth place respectively, while Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep -- at seven and eight -- are the only women to make the top ten.
  • Transformers actor Shia LaBeouf and Batman Christian Bale rounded out the top 10.

CHECK IT OUT:

HEATHER LOCKLEAR WON'T FACE CHARGES AFTER ALL?

It's unlikely that Heather Locklear will face hit-and-run charges for allegedly striking a "no parking" sign near her house and then fleeing the scene. Although the actress was cited after law enforcement linked her car to the crash, Locklear's rep denies she was responsible and sources told TMZ.com that there's not enough evidence to prove otherwise.

TMZ reports that the driver cannot be ID'd in the surveillance video which captured the accident. Sources said that as of now there is "nothing approaching proof beyond a reasonable doubt" that Heather drove the car that hit the sign, making it "extremely unlikely" prosecutors will file charges.

  • Locklear's lawyer addressed the incident saying, "Ms. Locklear was cited with a misdemeanor traffic ticket as she is the registered owner of the vehicle. She was never taken into custody. The matter is still being looked into as it is not yet clear who was driving the vehicle."

MOVIE OPENING THIS WEEKEND!


MOVIE OPENING: 'THE BACK UP PLAN'

Opening today (Friday April 23rd) is the new romantic comedy, The Back Up Plan, starring Jennifer Lopez and Alex O'Loughlin. The Back Up Plan is the story of Zoe, played by Lopez, who after years of dating decides to stop waiting and have a baby, but when she meets Stan, played by O'Loughlin, the two have an immediate connection which gets complicated when Zoe finds out pregnant.

  • The Back Up Plan is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 40 minutes.
  • The film was directed by Alan Poul.

Opening today (Friday April 23rd) is the new action movie, The Losers, starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans, Zoe Saldana and Jason Patric. The film follows a team of elite commandos who find themselves on the receiving end of a betrayal that promises to leave them all dead. Presumed dead, the team joins forces with an operative named Aisha, played by Saldana, to hunt down their enemy and get revenge.
  • The Losers is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 40 minutes.

HEADLINE NEWS!!

Friday, April 23, 2010


OBAMA ASKS WALL STREET TO BACK FINANCIAL REFORM: President Obama was critical yesterday (April 22nd) of risky practices by Wall Street that led to the 2008 financial collapse, as he asked the industry's leaders to back new financial regulations to avoid another crisis. Speaking at Cooper Union college in lower Manhattan before an audience that included financial industry leaders, consumer advocates and others, Obama said, "A free market was never meant to be a free license to take whatever you can get, however you can get it," telling the influential bankers, "Unless your business model depends on bilking people, there is little to fear from these new rules." The president acknowledged that there are differences of opinion over the kind of regulations needed, but rejected criticism from some Republicans that the bill being worked on in the Senate would encourage future bailouts, rather than discourage them. Obama said, "That makes for a good soundbite, but it's not factually accurate. It is not true." He said the legislation would end such bailouts. Obama also called on the bankers to back off on efforts by their lobbyists to derail or water down the legislation.

BURNING OIL PLATFORM SINKS OFF LOUISIANA: An oil platform that burned for more than a day after a huge explosion Tuesday night (April 20th) sank into the Gulf of Mexico some 50 miles off Louisiana Thursday (April 22nd), creating the potential for a major spill. Eleven men who worked on the Deepwater Horizon are still missing, and chances are slim that they survived. But more than 100 people survived, mainly in lifeboats that were lowered, although four were critically injured. The well will need to be capped underwater, and oil company BP, which contracted the platform, said it had mobilized aircraft that can spread chemicals to break up the oil and 32 ships that can suck up more than 171,000 barrels of oil a day from the water's surface.

TODAY'S FYI:

OBAMAS HEADING TO NORTH CAROLINA FOR WEEKEND GETAWAY: President Obama and his wife Michelle are heading to the mountains of western North Carolina today (April 23rd) for a weekend getaway -- and the kids are staying at home. The first couple will be staying at the posh Grove Park Inn resort in Asheville, which has hosted 10 presidents. No public events are scheduled for the Obamas in Asheville, a liberal-leaning town of about 75,000, and reporters are being allowed to get shots of Air Force One landing Friday in Asheville and leaving on Sunday, and that's all.

RUSSIA BANS SCIENTOLOGY BOOKS: The Russian government has banned the books and writings of the late Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, saying they belong on a list of materials, quote, "undermining the traditional spiritual values of the citizens of the Russian Federation." Hubbard's writings are being banned under a new law allowing the Russian government to ban written work classified as "extremist materials," and that carries a fine of $100 or a jail term of 15 days for anyone having them in their possession. The Church of Scientology has denounced the ban, calling it, quote, "the latest action in an ongoing campaign by extremists in the Russian government to suppress religious freedom in Russia."

STUDY: TEACHERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN LEARNING TO READ: A study out yesterday (April 22nd) from Florida State University concludes that genetics plays the biggest role in determining how fast a child learns to read, but a good teacher can make a measurable difference. The researchers studied first- and second-grade classrooms with at least one identical or fraternal twin to come to their conclusions, including that twins with similarly good teachers got similar scores. They also found that the genetic advantage disappeared among children in classes with less effective teachers, because the more naturally gifted children didn't reach their potential.

BRING YOUR KIDS TO WORK DAY AT THE WHITE HOUSE: The children of executive office employees were at the White House yesterday (April 22nd) for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, where they asked questions of Michelle Obama for an hour and got to meet first dog Bo. Among the questions the kids asked the first lady were ones about life in the White House, her campaign against childhood obesity, the White House garden, and even if she could make school recess longer. As part of the day's activities, the children also took a tour of the White House that included seeing a demonstration by the Secret Service, making a healthy snack with the pastry chef, visiting the White House athletic center, and learning about beekeeping and composting at the first lady's garden.

MISSOURI CLERK WINS $258 MILLION POWERBALL JACKPOT: A 29-year-old Missouri convenience store clerk came forward yesterday (April 22nd) as the winner of a $258 million Powerball jackpot, saying he bought the winning ticket Wednesday at the store in Marshall where he works. Accepting a ceremonial check at the Missouri Lottery headquarters, Chris Shaw said he plans to use the money to pay off the $1,000 he owes a friend for a truck he recently bought, catch up on utility bills he owes, go to the dentist to get his two missing front teeth replaced, and take his three children and his girlfriend's two child to Disney World. Shaw told reporters, "That amount of money to me is like a fairy tale. I'm just a regular guy working paycheck to paycheck . . . well not any more."

SPORTS:

OKLAHOMA'S QB BRADFORD IS TOP NFL DRAFT PICK: Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner, was the top pick in the NFL Draft yesterday (April 22nd), chosen by the St. Louis Rams, who had the first overall pick because of their 1-15 record last season. The opening round of the draft was held in prime time from Radio City Music Hall in New York, with the second and third rounds to be held today, and rounds four through seven on Saturday.

  • Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was taken second by the Detroit Lions.
  • Third was Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • Oklahoma offensive tackle Trent Williams was chosen fourth by the Washington Redskins.
  • Tennessee safety Eric Berry went fifth to the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Denver Broncos traded three lower-round picks for Baltimore's first-round pick, 25th overall, and took Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. Although Tebow had two national championships with Florida and won the 2007 Heisman, there are questions about his unorthodox style and strange throwing motion.

MARCH MADNESS EXPANDING FROM 65 TO 68 TEAMS: The NCAA will expand the "March Madness" men's college basketball tournament from 65 to 68 teams next year, deciding against the big jump to a 96-team field that it had been considering. The announcement came as the NCAA also said yesterday (April 22nd) that it had signed a 14-year, $10.8 billion deal with CBS and Turner Broadcasting that begin next March under which every game will be broadcast live nationally for the first timwill e in the tournament's 73-year history.

BREWERS BEAT PIRATES 20-0: The Milwaukee Brewers demolished the Pittsburgh Pirates 20-0 last night (April 22nd), handing Pittsburgh its worst loss ever. It was also the first 20-0 game since 1900, and the fifth largest shutout in Major League Baseball history.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY & WEEKEND!


CBS

  • GHOST WHISPERER (repeat)
  • MEDIUM (repeat)
  • MIAMI MEDICAL - A woman injured in a balcony collapse refuses treatment; a patient arrives at the hospital with a large sum of money.

NBC

  • WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? - Susan Surandon tracks down the Tuscan village that was home to her great-grandmother.
  • DATELINE NBC - A man charged with murder claims he was too fat to have committed the crime; a man's double life is exposed after his wife is killed in a car accident.

FOX

  • HOUSE (repeat)
  • GLEE (repeat)

ABC

  • WIFE SWAP - Obsessed with becoming rich and famous, a family of aspiring musicians trades lives with a family of activists.
  • JAMIE OLIVER'S FOOD REVOLUTION - (season finale) Jamie's accomplishments in Huntington begin to unravel when he leaves the city; Jamie returns to Huntington; Rascal Flatts perform.
  • 20/20 - A woman serves a jail sentence after getting a man convicted of a rape he did not commit; a man suspected of embezzlement fakes his own death.

CW

  • SMALLVILLE - Former DA Raymond Sacks threatens Lois after he is released from prison; Chloe discovers Zod's secret.
  • AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL (repeat)

HBO

  • THE RICKY GERVAIS SHOW - Karl is asked which animal he would like to talk to; passages from Karl's diary; 'Monkey News'.
  • THE LIFE & TIMES OF TIM - Tim's Halloween costume is misinterpreted; Stu uses a table tennis talent to attract women.
  • REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER - Journalist Matthew Continetti; international security expert Susan Eisenhower; activist Jack Kevorkian.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Jennifer Lopez, Norah Jones, the latest American Idol castoff
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Fridays Live with Jordan's Queen Rania and Melissa Etheridge
THE VIEW - Donald & Melania Trump, Craig Robinson, Tom Papa

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Kelsey Grammar, Jeff Altman, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Christpher Mintz-Plasse, David Axelrod, Creed
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - (repeat)
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Drew Carey, Jason Aldean
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - (repeat)
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat)

SATURDAY

NBC

  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Gabourey Sidibe hosts; MGMT performs.

SUNDAY

CBS

  • THE AMAZING RACE 16 - The teams must complete two roadblocks; two teams deal with confused cabdrivers.
  • WHEN LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH: THE LOIS WILSON STORY - William G. Borchert's biographical story profiles Lois Wilson, co-founder of Al-Anon, and her husband, Bill, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. Starring Winona Ryder, Barry Pepper and Camille Thomasson.

NBC

  • MINUTE TO WIN IT - A Los Angeles firefighter continues his quest to win the million dollar prize; a kindergarten teacher competes.
  • THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE - The teams must create celebrity workout classes for a fitness center; one project manager reaches an emotional breaking point; a contestant is eliminated.

FOX

  • THE SIMPSONS - The Simpsons build a wind turbine in their backyard; Homer and Lisa try to help whales beached by a storm.
  • THE CLEVELAND SHOW (repeat)
  • FAMILY GUY (repeat)
  • AMERICAN DAD - Roger studies crime scene photography; Stan bullies Steve in hopes of toughening him up.

ABC

  • EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION (repeat)
  • DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES - The Fairview strangler's past includes a time when Bree offered him a job and dating advice, when Susan encouraged his interest in art, and when Lynette showed him kindness and generosity.
  • BROTHERS & SISTERS - More than one member of the Walker family thinks she may be pregnant; Saul and Nora face some tough decisions.

A&E

  • GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS - Nick gets into a series of wild adventures when he entertains the son of one of Gene's potential clients; Shannon and Tracy host a party to promote self-interest.
  • KIRSTIE ALLEY'S BIG LIFE - After a series of surprises at home, Kirstie decides the house, the staff and the animals must be prepared for anything; Jim takes True under his wing.

AMC

  • BREAKING BAD - Walt settles into his new surroundings; Walt Jr. wants answers about his parent's relationship; Hank's investigation causes problems for Walt and Jesse.

HBO

  • THE PACIFIC - The Marines are determined to fight to the last man; Sledge veers to the edge of a moral collapse.
  • TREME - Albert makes a shocking discovery; Davis barters freedom for piano lessons; Antoine hits rock bottom.

SHOWTIME

  • THE TUDORS - Henry forgives the citizens of the North for their rebellion; Catherine begins an affair with Culpeper.

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

WOMAN COMMITS MURDER OVER CHEESEBALLS: An Australian woman was arrested for running down and killing a 21-year-old man who threw cheeseball snacks at her vehicle. Sarah May Ward wanted to injure the man for throwing the snacks at her car, but instead accidentally hit the accelerator. The judge described the murder as a "senseless act of anger." Ward had drunk two bottles of wine, used marijuana and had taken antidepressants before getting into her vehicle. She was sentenced to a minimum of 18 years in prison. (Reuters)

SUSPECT FOUND IN MANURE PIT: An Indiana man who was wanted on methamphetamine charges was found hiding neck-deep in a manure pit. According to police, authorities thought they had lost the man until a Noble County sheriff's deputy spotted the 52-year-old man in the tank. The suspect was standing neck-deep in a tank filled with hog and dog feces on Tuesday. He later became aggressive and had to be shocked twice with a stun gun. The man was taken to the hospital before being jailed. (AP)

COUPLE MYSTERIOUSLY BURNED: Tennessee police are trying to figure out how a couple got burned. According to police, the 62-year-old man would not tell authorities how he got burned while the woman kept saying that the lawn mower exploded. However, a lawn mower could not be found in the yard. Police did find a gasoline can, a lighter and a cigarette butt on the porch. It was reported that the couple was drunk. A neighbor saw fire on the porch and ran to help the couple out. No charges were made and the couple was taken to the local hospital. (AP)

FAKE DOCTORS PROVIDING IMPLANTS ARRESTED: Venezuelan police arrested a man and a woman for pretending to be plastic surgeons and providing women with silicone breasts and buttock implants in their illegal clinic apartment. Reinaldo Henriquez and Hersi Rodriguez were charged with aggaravated fraud . Henriquez and Rodriguez are beauticians who belong to a gang called "The Silicons." They were able to attract customers with their low prices said the local media. The police were tipped off by a former client and the suspects were arrested on April 12. (Reuters)

DID YOU KNOW?

1 IN 7 MEN READ TO THEIR WOMEN IN BED: Seven in ten men regularly read to their wives and girlfriends to help them relax before going to sleep, a study found. And two in three women say they are more affectionate to a partner who reads aloud in bed. Behavioral expert Judi James said, "The lack of brain-effort required to produce a response is in itself relaxing, while the softer and more intimate tones used while reading out loud is both seductive and relaxing." The survey of 1,000 people was carried out by coffee brand Carte Noire. (Daily Mail)

CHECK IT OUT: The Cheater Registry is a new website that is making it possible for men and women to upload names of cheaters, sordid details of relationships gone wrong and even photographic proof. Since starting a little over a month ago, the site has seen more than 10,000 sign-ups and 100 non-celebrity postings. The site is: http://www.cheaterregistry.com/

BRITAIN BINGE-DRINKS THE MOST: Britain is the binge-drinking capitol of Europe, with 12 percent of the population admitting they have up to ten drinks in a single night out. And only two out of ten British people said they had consumed no alcohol at all in the past 12 months, compared to double that number in Portugal, Italy and Hungary. The study also found the countries that drank the least also drank the most frequently. Italians and Portuguese had the greatest tendency to drink little and often, with six out of ten people in both countries saying they drank up to two glasses every day of the week. Europe's most moderate drinkers were the Italians, with nine out of ten people saying they never had more than two drinks at a single sitting. (Telegraph)

10 THINGS NOT TO SAY TO A BASEBALL FAN (Lemondrop.com)

  • "Do they serve sushi at the stadium?" Actually, most major league parks have expanded their menus to include more varieties of healthy grub. You better put some stadium mustard on it, though, unless you want to look like a snob.
  • "Eww. Baseball hats make me look bad." Fact: A girl who can pull off a baseball cap (and there aren't many) is infinitely hot. It'd behoove you to at least take a swing.
  • "Do we have to stay for the whole game?" Did we have to stay until the end of 'The Proposal'?
  • "My ex loved baseball!" So do a lot of guys -- it's America's national pastime, after all. It's no reason to bring him up, nor is it an indication of the intentions of a baseball fan who also happens to be male.
  • "Don't all these guys use performance enhancers?" Technically, makeup is a performance enhancer, too. How else would Sarah Jessica Parker keep from looking like Dee Snider? Seriously, Google it.
  • "Why is the 'K' backwards?" Save yourself the embarrassment by knowing that 1) the letter "K" designates a strikeout in baseball, and 2) when the K is marked backward on the scoreboard, it means the batter struck out looking. (He watched the pitch cross the plate without even swinging.)
  • "This game is so boring." While it's not always high-octane action, baseball is a game of reflex, skill and strategy. Kinda like dating.
  • "I hate the Cubs." The Chicago Cubs, who haven't won a World Series in more than 100 years, are the scrawny, helpless little brother of baseball. Picking on them is like toe-punting a guinea pig.
  • "'Summer Catch' is, like, my favorite movie!" We'll pretend you said "Major League," "Field of Dreams" or "The Bad News Bears" instead.
  • That A-Rod sure is hot! Think so? Know who else is hot? Erica Blasberg (golf), Ashley Force (motor sports), Biba Golic (table tennis), Danica Patrick (motor sports), Jelena Dokic (tennis), Missy Gibson (surfing), Natalie Gulbis (golf), Niki Gudex (bike riding), Ashley Harkleroad (tennis), Jennie Finch (softball), Ana Paula Mancino (volleyball), Kristi Leskinen (skiing), Heather Mitts (soccer), Tanith Belbin (figure skating), Lokelani McMichael (triathlon), Maria Sharapova (tennis), Amanda Beard (swimming), Daniela Hantuchova (tennis), Anna Kournik ... oh, sorry, is that annoying?

LIES WOMEN TELL (TheFrisky.com)

"That was great": Listen, nobody's pointing fingers. Sometimes bad sex is a no-fault proposition. But if it's not good for her, it's altogether possible she may not be enlightening you on that matter. Whether she's just not that into it tonight or she's just not that into you, it's hard for some women to be frank about sex, especially when the news isn't good. Rely on her body language instead.

"I have never nor would I ever cheat on you": If you're not watching "Tough Love: Couples," you should be. The number one cause of screaming fights? Cheating. Or, more specifically, lying about cheating. It's not easy to tell someone when you've messed up; the fallout can be brutal. Remember: What you don't know can spare you.

"I weigh [X].": Here's the thing. Women don't lie about their weight because of you. Their reasons for doing it have everything to do with them. Not all women lie about their weight, but some do, and they do it for all kinds of reasons. Because they want to weigh less, because they want to weigh more, because they're not sure and that number sounds about right. Women and their weight are a mysterious relationship with which you may not want to interfere

"Sure, you can call me.": Sometimes, when we're face-to-face with a guy, and he's asking us out on a first or for a second date, it's tough to, er, woman-up and say, "You know what? Um, no." We don't want to be heartbreakers. We want to be nice. We're sure you'll get the message when we never call you back.

"I'll be ready in a minute.": Listen, if before you left the house to go out on a date, you had to shower, shave half your body, slather yourself in moisturizer, apply 99 overpriced products, put on several layers of makeup, flat-iron your hair, pick out the perfect outfit that makes you look sophisticated/sexy/spectacular, it would take you a long time to get ready, too. So, wait.

"I don't know.": I don't know (ha!) if I'm going to get a lot of agreement on this one, but I am of the opinion that a lot of times when a woman says, "I don't know," she does, in fact, know. Women are intuitive like a nuclear power plant is radioactive, and it is upon our internal sonars that we rely. Mostly, we do know. We may

"That was delicious!" If you cooked, we don't care how it tastes. We will tell you we love it. Love us for that

"I'm fine.": I am going to go out on a limb here and suggest this is the single most common lie told by women to men. Or, you know, at the very least it's the lie I've told most often to men. We are emotional creatures! Sometimes, we get upset! Maybe it's because our Aries is in your Venus, maybe it's because we got promoted at work and we're scared as hell about living up to our own lofty goals, or maybe we're in a mood. It's up to you to figure out if you want to walk into our minefield or keep a safe distance away. Usually, your best bet is listening.

"It was on sale.": It wasn't. Deal with it.

Here's a run down on what's happening and it's all FREE to the spectators in LHC!

Friday there's a Boat Parade in the channel starting at 10am followed by a Poker Run

Saturday starting at 9am is the Shootout where boats compete for fastest speed and fastest time in different classes. You can view this action for FREE from Rotary Park Beach

Again all these events are Free to the public

WATER COOLER TALK

'South Park' Speech Cut After Threat from Radical Muslim Group

South Park producers Trey Parker and Matt Stone said Thursday (April 22nd) that Comedy Central had cut a speech by the character Kyle about intimidation and fear from Wednesday night's episode after a radical Muslim group warned they could be killed for insulting the Prophet Muhammad. Earlier this week, the group Revolution Muslim said on its website that South Park had insulted Muhammad in last week's episode by depicting him in a bear costume. Although saying it wasn't threatening Parker and Stone, the group included a bloody picture of a Dutch filmmaker killed by Muslim extremists in 2004, and posted the addresses of Comedy Central's New York office and the California production studio where South Park is made. Despite that, Muhammad was again included in this week's episode, but with his body obscured by a black box, since Muslims consider a physical representation of the Prophet to be blasphemous. Addressing the speech that was removed, Parker and Stone said, "Kyle's customary final speech was about intimidation and fear. It didn't mention Muhammad at all, but it got bleeped."


Fox to Air Full-Figured Lingerie Ad, Denies Claim It Objected to It

Fox plans to air a new lingerie ad from Lane Bryant featuring full-figured models during next Wednesday's American Idol episode, and is denying the claim that it had objected to the spot. Lane Bryant has claimed that both Fox and ABC rejected the spot, for, respectively, American Idol and Dancing with the Stars, saying that it showed too much cleavage. Lane Bryant accused the networks of bias against large-sized women, pointing to ads for Victoria's Secret that featured thin models showing their cleavages that had aired on the networks. But Fox said that it often asks marketers to re-edit spots, and that Victoria's Secret agreed to make changes in its ads, but Lane Bryant hadn't, leading to the delay. Fox also noted that it had aired Playtex underwear ads for full-figured women on American Idol, countering the charge that it's biased against plus-sized women. ABC also denied the charge, saying the ad was accepted, and Lane Bryant was just seeking publicity.


Parent Objects to Ex-Con Rapper T.I. Speaking at Daughter's School

A parent in Georgia sent an e-mail to the principal of his daughter's middle school to complain after rapper T.I., who recently got out of jail after serving time for a weapons charge, spoke to students at an assembly against bullying. The NBC affiliate in Atlanta said T.I. spoke at Woodland Middle School in Henry County on March 5th as part of his community service obligation. Parent Tom Myers said that if he'd known T.I. was speaking, he wouldn't have allowed his daughter to attend the assembly, and he e-mailed principal Dr. Terry Oatts, asking that parents have input into whether a speaker is appropriate. Oatts replied, writing, "I thought about asking a guy who snorted cocaine and got arrested for DUI when he was 30 to come and speak to our kids, but President George W. Bush was unavailable." He went on to say in e-mail exchanges with Myers that even the president made mistakes when he was young, and that T.I. was presenting a positive message to the students.

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

According to Wikipedia, Hank Azaria partly based the voice of Simpsons' character Moe on what actor?

A: Al Pacino

At the time of his casting, he was doing a play, in which he performed the role of a drug dealer, basing his voice on Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon. He used that voice in the audition, and was told by Matt Groening and Sam Simon to make it more gravelly, ultimately becoming the voice of Moe.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Miranda Lambert's new trophy for ACM Album of the Year for Revolution was the validation she needed to believe that the CD was as good as people told her. Before she released the project, Miranda played it for Lady Antebellum members Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood who told her it was history-making. Miranda tells us she had a difficult time taking the compliment until the crystal statue was put in her hand earlier this week. "It's hard to know that. It's like, you love it cause it's your baby, but it's hard to see the big picture, I guess, and it takes something like people recognizing you for you to go, 'Okay, maybe it is good.'"

Miranda adds that Lady A's kind words did not go unappreciated. "Lady A, we have a really, really great relationship. They're some of my best friends in the world, and it's really a huge compliment when artists that are so talented and you respect them so much as people as well say something like that about you. It's awesome!"

  • Miranda also took home awards for Top Female Vocalist and Video of the Year for "White Liar."
  • She continues on her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars trek, which plays in Amarillo, Texas tonight (Thursday, April 22nd).
  • Her new single, "The House That Built Me," is climbing the country charts.

FAST FACTS

  • Miranda's first Number One hit, "White Liar," was the debut single from Revolution.
  • She also won the ACM's Album of the Year award in 2007 for her Crazy Ex-Girlfriend CD.
Tim McGraw is just like anyone else when it comes to wanting to know the inside scoop in the lives of celebrities. The singer recently read the new Tammy Wynette biography, called Tragic Country Queen. The book explores Tammy's storied personal life, including her five husbands and the various ailments that contributed to her death at the age of 55 in 1998.

Tim tells us this book, like all tell-alls, are a fascinating read. "I mean, I like any of them. I mean, who knows what the truth is, but it's just fun to read."

  • Tim and his wife, Faith Hill, had a friendship with the late legend. Tammy threw a baby shower for Faith when she was pregnant with the couple's oldest daughter, Gracie.
  • Tammy Wynette: Tragic Country Queen is in stores now.
  • Tim's Southern Voice tour plays in Knoxville, Tennessee tonight (Thursday, April 22nd). The show features special guests Lady Antebellum and Love And Theft.
Taylor Swift is a regular fixture in the country music history books, but now she's going to be featured in another book -- a comic book, in fact. The superstar will be featured in a 32-page book set for release in July as part of Bluewater Comics' Fame book. The story dates back to Taylor's early beginnings as a songwriter at age 10, and follows her meteoric rise to the top. It also depicts her personal life, including Taylor's well-documented break up with Jonas Brothers star Joe Jonas.
  • Other celebs who have gotten the Fame comic treatment include Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Lady Gaga.

CHECK IT OUT

Rascal Flatts will perform the national anthem prior to the running of the Kentucky Derby on May 1st. The performance, scheduled for shortly after 5 p.m. ET, will be broadcast by NBC Sports.

Despite reports to the contrary, Julianne Hough is not dating American Idol host Ryan Seacrest. She told OK! magazine, "It's so crazy. I keep hearing these rumors, but I don't know. I know him from interviews. We've had lunch together with people - my manager, and stuff like that." Julianne has also recently been romantically linked to Dane Cook and Kings of Leon frontman Jared Followill.

Brad Paisley has often said that his oldest son, three-year-old Huck, looks and acts like he was did a kid. That must mean that second son, one-year-old Jasper, takes after his mother, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley. Brad says that Jasper is definitely the "better kid" at this age than Huck. He told People.com, "The second kid just kind of takes the table scraps and doesn't complain as much. They instantly feel their place. They're not the center of the universe so much."

When it comes to parenting, however, Brad says he and Kimberly are on the same page. He said, "We're both pretty strict. I like to think that we both have a lot of the same outlook." Brad says they feel that discipline is very important because if Huck and Jasper "can't understand that you can't do certain things, there's going to be trouble in life."

All in all, Brad says that parenthood is the best experience, saying,"It's a blast. It's a thrill a minute. It's a sleep-deprived state of hallucination and utter joy. It's great."

  • Brad will get some sleep when he heads back out on the road for his H2O tour, which begins on May 21st in Virginia Beach.
  • The trek features openers Darius Rucker, Justin Moore, Steel Magnolia, Josh Thompson and Easton Corbin.

Faith Hill will join host Heidi Klum and judges Michael Kors and Nina Garcia on the season finale of Project Runway tonight (Thursday, April 22nd) airing at 10 p.m. ET on the Lifetime Network. Faith helped determine this season's winner, a decision that wasn't made easily.

Faith said, "What I saw was truly extraordinary and it made judging very difficult. All of the designers were creative and imaginative. But there were some whose craftsmanship was impeccable. Designers by trade are always capable of sewing their own clothing, but the tailoring that I saw was extremely impressive; a few in particular knocked me out. The passion that these individuals showed, and their eagerness to learn from feedback and criticism, should prove an inspiration for those that follow them."

  • Faith is in the process of working on a new album. There is no word on when that CD will be released.
  • The singer will be part of the all-star concert tribute to Brooks & Dunn, called The Last Rodeo, airing on CBS on May 23rd.
Happy Birthday to Glen Campbell, who turns 74 today (April 22nd)!!! Campbell is best remembered for his string of 1960s and '70s Top 40 hits, including the Top Tens "Wichita Lineman" and "Galveston," and the Number Ones "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Southern Nights."

Campbell has announced that following the release and tour in support of his upcoming album Ghost On The Canvas, he'll be retiring. 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 Melvin -- whose father Mike Melvin, worked numerous sessions with Campbell in the '60s. There's still no release date set for Ghost On The Canvas.

  • In 2008 he released his latest album Meeting Glen Campbell, which 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.
  • Campbell was born in Delight, Arkansas, one of 12 children. In 1958, after years of working the club circuits, Campbell headed west and almost immediately found work as a session guitarist in Los Angeles. He says that music came so naturally to him that he never thought much about it, beyond the joy of playing it: "I never really started out to be anything. Country (or) rock, pop -- I didn't do it. I was going to be a guitar player. It never entered my mind that I would be a singer cutting records and singing on the radio. I was basically a guitar player (first)."
  • Prior to solo fame, Campbell was part of the elite group of top studio session players in L.A. called "the Wrecking Crew" and performed on many of the hit singles recorded in Hollywood from the late 1950s through the early 1970s, including tracks by the Ronettes, the Beach Boys, the Monkees, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Leslie Gore, Paul Revere & the Raiders, the Righteous Brothers, Sonny & Cher, Jan & Dean, Gary Lewis & the Playboys and many of Phil Spector's classic '60s "Wall Of Sound" productions.
  • Campbell says that every one of the "Wrecking Crew" players deserves to be inducted in the "sideman" category included on each year's ballot for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: "Well, they should get it, because they had the talent. And there were more records that came out of Los Angeles and the studios there in the '60s than any studio in the world. And it was basically the same group of people playing on all of those records."
  • Glen Campbell is currently on an extended European tour. His next U.S. dates are set for June 25th and 26th in Sparks, Nevada at John Assuages Nugget Hotel/Casino.

FAST FACTS

  • In late 1964 he temporarily replaced Beach Boy Brian Wilson on the road after Wilson suffered his first nervous breakdown.
  • Over the years Campbell has become a household name, after a 1969 star turn opposite John Wayne in True Grit, and later that year starring in his own variety show, The Glen Campbell Good time Hour, which ran on CBS until 1972.
  • In 2005, at the Country Music Association Awards, Campbell was officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Over the years, Campbell has publicly battled against alcohol and substance abuse. In 2004, he served a 10-day sentence in a Phoenix County jail for a DUI conviction.
  • In 2006, Campbell's 1967 recording of "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. What song did Trace Adkins write for his 1997 wedding to his wife, Rhonda?
A. "The Rest of Mine"

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY!



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CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

Glen Campbell (74)

  • Peter Frampton (rock singer/guitarist) (60)
  • Jack Nicholson (Academy Award-winning actor, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Chinatown, The Shining, Batman, A Few Good Men, As Good As It Gets, Anger Management) (73)
  • Charlotte Rae (actress, The Facts of Life's Mrs. Garrett) (84)
  • Ryan Stiles (actor/comedian, "Lewis" on the Drew Carey Show) (51)
  • Sheryl Lee (actress, played Laura Palmer in Twin Peaks) (43)
  • John Waters (cult film director, Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Serial Mom, Cry Baby) (64)
  • Paul Carrack (singer and keyboardist, Ace, Squeeze, Mike + the Mechanics) (59)
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan (actor, Watchmen, Grey's Anatomy, Supernatural, The Accidental Husband, P.S. I Love You) (44)
  • Eric Mabius (actor, Cruel Intentions, Ugly Betty, Resident Evil) (39)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • George Strait's "The Best Day" claimed the Number One slot on the Billboard country chart in 2000.
  • John Michael Montgomery's "I Can Love You Like That" began a three-week stay atop the country singles chart in 1995.
  • Clint Black made his Grand Ole Opry debut in 1989.
  • George Jones & Tammy Wynette recorded the classic duet "Golden Ring" in 1976.
  • Merle Haggard recorded the Number One single "The Roots Of My Raising" in 1975.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

DRUGS NOT INVOLVED IN DEATH OF MARIE OSMOND'S SON: Drugs reportedly were not a factor in the death of Marie Osmond's son Michael Bryan. TMZ.com reports that the sole cause of Michael's death was his suicidal jump. According to the L.A. County Coroner's Office, drugs were not found in Bryan's system and the cause of death was determined to be "multiple blunt trauma." Bryan died on February 26 after he jumped from his apartment building in downtown Los Angeles.

SANDRA BULLOCK WILL RETURN RAZZIE: Sandra Bullock will return the Razzie trophy she was mistakenly given. After it was reported that the actress took home a decades-old prototype, instead of the cheap replica intended for her, the matter was cleared up. Her publicist told E!, "We were never contacted by them to return the Razzie. I contacted them yesterday to check the validity of the story and was only told then that we had been given the wrong award. We will be returning the Razzie to them shortly."

BENCH WARRANT ISSUED FOR 'DEADLIEST CATCH' STAR: Deadliest Catch star Jake Harris is wanted by Washington police after blowing off his pretrial hearing on Wednesday (April 21st). TMZ.com reported that a judge in King County, Washington issued a bench warrant for the 24-year-old after he failed to appear for the hearing. Jake, the son of the late Captain Phil Harris, was arrested back in February after allegedly driving recklessly and causing a late-night car crash.

HEIDI MONTAG WON'T SUE 'HILLS' CREATOR: Heidi Montag has decided not to sue The Hills creator Adam DeVillo for alleged sexual harassment. Montag accused DeVillo of "inappropriately groping her" during a cast photo shoot in March, but reportedly decided not to go forward with a lawsuit after consulting with attorneys. A source told the New York Post, "Heidi and [husband] Spencer [Pratt] have changed their minds and realized they should just move on."

SECRET SERVICE INVESTIGATING KAL PENN MUGGING: The Secret Service is reportedly investigating Kal Penn's mugging from earlier this week. TMZ.com reports that the perpetrator stole Penn's two cell phones -- one of which belongs to the government. TMZ was told that "no information was compromised because no official numbers were in the phone." Penn currently works in the White House as the Associate Director in the Office of Public Engagement.

'SURVIVOR' PRODUCER REPORTEDLY PLANNING DEFENSE IN CASE OF MURDER CHARGE: Survivor producer Bruce Beresford-Redman reportedly is planning on using the "blame the victim" strategy if he is charged with wife's murder. E! reports that Bruce and Eduardo Amerena, the noted criminal lawyer who successfully defended Duane "Dog" Chapman back in 2007, are planning a defense in which he would deny the murder and say his wife had been cheating on him. Contrary to the supposed defense, Bruce had actually been cheating on wife Monica, which she reportedly discovered shortly before she was killed.

MORE WOMEN CLAIM HARASSMENT FROM STEVE SEAGAL: Two more women have come forward claiming they were sexually harassed by Steven Seagal. PerezHilton.com reports that both women have given sworn declarations to Kayden Nguyen, the 23-year-old who filed a lawsuit against the star. Both ladies say they too were hired as Seagal's assistants, with one detailing that he once reached his hands down her pants to "see what it felt like." Seagal's lawyer said that Steven's employment records don't prove that either of the women in question had ever worked for him, but added that if they had, their claims would be "absurd."

HOLLYWOOD NEWS


ROBERT DOWNEY JR. DENIES 'OZ' ROLE: Robert Downey Jr.'s rep is denying that the actor will star in a Disney-produced prequel to The Wizard of Oz. Reports have claimed that the new film will focus on how the wizard came to rule over the Emerald City -- with Downey in the title role. However, a rep for the actor told GossipCop.com that the casting claims are "not true."

DANIEL DAE KIM STAYING BUSY POST-'LOST': Daniel Dae Kim is lining up his post-Lost jobs. People magazine confirmed that the actor signed on to play a samurai sword-brandishing captive Kendo master in the action thriller Deathgames. The Hollywood Reporter announced that Kim and Twilight star Kellan Lutz will play prisoners of Samuel L. Jackson, who forces the men to take part in modern gladiator games where they fight to the death as entertainment for the public.

LEONARD NIMOY RETIRING: Leonard Nimoy is retiring from show business. The 79-year-old Star Trek alum recently told the Toronto Sun, "I've been doing this professionally for 60 years. I love the idea of going out on a positive note. I've had a great, great time." The actor referred to his most recent appearance on Fringe as his "victory lap." The former Spock added, "I want to get off the stage. Also, I don't think it would be fair to Zachary Quinto. He's a terrific actor, he looks the part, and it's time to give him some space. And I'm very flattered the character will continue."

DAVID LETTERMAN GOING ON 'REGIS AND KELLY': David Letterman will visit Live with Regis and Kelly next week. The appearance marks Letterman's first time on the show since Philbin returned to the air after heart surgery in April 2007. Other upcoming guests on the show include Betty White, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tom Selleck and Russell Crowe.

'SEX AND THE CITY' MANIA BEGINS: Sex in the City 2 is already a hit and it isn't being released for over a month. Fandango spokesman Harry Medved said the chick flick is out-selling movies that are playing in theaters right now. He explained, "It was nearly 20% of our daily sales when it first went on sale, outpacing (new box office champ) 'Kick-Ass,' which was 17% of sales. We saw surprisingly strong advance ticket sales on the first one, with many female moviegoers buying tickets en masse, planning screening parties for groups of friends who were flying in from out of town."

HEATHER LOCKLEAR REPORTEDLY FACING JAIL TIME AFTER HIT-AND-RUN ARREST

Heather Locklear is reportedly facing 90 days in jail after her hit-and-run arrest last Saturday. The Melrose Place star was cited and released after police found a 'no parking' sign mowed down in Westlake Village, CA and tracked the damage back to Locklear.

Because the offense is a misdemeanor, Locklear was not taken into custody. X17Online.com reports that a surveillance video near the scene helped deputies identify Locklear's black 2005 BMW.

  • RadarOnline.com reports that Locklear is facing time behind bars because she is still on probation in relation to a reckless driving charge in 2008. She formally pled no contest to the charge in January 2009. As part of the plea deal, a DUI charge against her was dismissed, and she was placed on three years probation. She was suspected at the time of driving under the influence of prescription medication.
  • Santa Barbara district attorney Lee Carter, who handled Locklear's 2008 case told Radar, "I have left a message with the investigating agency. I need to confirm that the person involved was indeed Heather Locklear. Once that determination is made the appropriate action will be taken."

MADONNA-THEMED 'GLEE' SEQUEL IN THE WORKS

A sequel to Glee's Madonna-themed episode is already in the works. Tuesday (April 20th) night's show was a smash hit, bringing in 13.5 million viewers to become the night's most-watched scripted program.

Creator Ryan Murphy confirmed that a follow-up is in the works. He told EW.com that "Madonna and her people are into it and want it to happen." The sequel would tentatively air early next season and feature six more of the pop icon's hit songs.

  • EW.com added that the soundtrack from the episode is currently No. 1 on iTunes, and two of the singles are in the top 20.

ABC REPORTEDLY DEVELOPING TALK SHOW FOR TORI SPELLING

ABC is reportedly developing a daytime talk show for Tori Spelling. The Los Angeles Times claims that Spelling would star with a male co-host -- as they are looking for a "Will and Grace" vibe.

No names have been mentioned for the potential co-host but the Times says he "would basically serve as Spelling's best friend forever."

  • Spelling achieved fame on Beverly Hills 90210 and has starred on an Oxygen reality show with husband Dean McDermott for five seasons.

OPRAH'S COUSIN CLAIMS KITTY KELLEY IS LYING ABOUT FATHER'S PATERNITY

Kitty Kelley's alleged tell-all book, Oprah: A Biography continues to stir controversy. In the book, the 68-year-old author said that Oprah's cousin, Katherine Carr Esters told her who Oprah's real father was, but Kelley chose not to include his identity in the book -- vowing to only share the name with Oprah personally. O's cousin now tells a Mississippi newspaper, The Clarion Ledger, that she did not reveal details of Oprah's paternity to Kitty.

  • Esters says if she could talk to the talk show queen, she'd tell her, "Kitty Kelley misquoted me when she said I told her who your father was. How could I know?"
  • Esters, 82, added, "I'm sorry this book, portraying her falsely, was ever written and that I participated in answering questions."
  • Kitty responded to Esters' claims on her blog saying that "she's not surprised, but disappointed" and that Esters "may have come under some pressure" to recant her statements.
  • Kitty is now requesting for Esters to release her from her promise to not reveal the identity of O's father. If Esters agrees, she will write Oprah a personal letter to share all of the information that her cousin gave her.
  • Oprah's spokesperson, Angela DePaul said that the media maven "hasn't spoken with her [Esters]."

MOVIE OPENING TODAY

Opening today (Thursday April 22nd) is the new documentary, Oceans, an unprecented look under the sea featuring footage never before seen captured by today's underwater technology made by directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud. The nature film is narrated by Pierce Brosnan.

  • Oceans is rated G and has a running time of 1 hour and 45 minutes.

MAN CLAIMS HE HAD AFFAIR WITH LARRY KING'S WIFE

A 31-year-old baseball coach claims that he had an affair with Larry King's 50-year-old wife, Shawn Southwick. Hector Penate talked to Entertainment Tonight and In Touch magazine about the supposed affair, claiming that they even had sex in Larry's bed -- a lot. He said, "I felt like it was my house."

Penate said he began sleeping with Southwick two-and-a-half weeks after they met in 2007. He said that he believes reports that King was having an affair with Southwick's younger sister, explaining, "I really think she had the affair with me because of him and her sister."

  • He also said Southwick often spoke to him of her desire to divorce King, and once told him, "'Don't worry, he's gonna die soon.'"

SAMANTHA RONSON DENIES SPITTING ON LINDSAY LOHAN

The drama between Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson continues, even though the pair split a year ago. Early Wednesday (April 21st) morning, Lohan tweeted, "Fun @coachella but tonight @ my friernds bday party, @ samantha ronson spit in my face and left w/ @mileycyrus's ex."

Upon seeing Lindsay's accusation, Samantha tweeted, Guess what didn't happen tonight . . . "

  • Lindsay's mother Dina recently told RadarOnline.com that her daughter's late-night antics are mostly fabricated by the media. She said, "People don't understand how the press manipulates and how they make something look as it seems when it's completely opposite."

HEADLINE NEWS!!

PLANES RETURN TO EUROPEAN SKIES, QUESTIONS OVER VOLCANO RESPONSE: As planes continued to return to the skies over Europe yesterday (April 21st), questions were being raised over the response to the ash cloud caused by an Icelandic volcano erupting last week, leading to a closure of European air space for days that has cost airlines more than $2 billion. European civil aviation authorities defended their decisions to ground fleets against charges from the airlines that the decision was based on flawed data or unsubstantiated fears. The air space over most of Europe opened Wednesday after the ash cloud dispersed to levels deemed safe, although there were still restrictions over parts of Britain, Ireland, France and the Scandinavian countries. Volcanic ash can damage plane engines and their airframes.

11 MISSING IN OIL RIG EXPLOSION OFF LOUISIANA: The Coast Guard was searching overnight for 11 workers who were missing after an explosion on a oil drilling platform 50 miles off Louisiana that continued to burn yesterday (April 21st) after exploding Tuesday night. Seventeen other people were injured, four critically. Nearly 100 other workers made it aboard a supply boat and were expected to reach shore by early Thursday. The explosion appeared to be what's called a blowout, in which natural gas or oil forces its way up a well pipe and smashes the equipment. But exactly what went wrong is under investigation.

GENERAL MOTORS PAYS BACK GOVERNMENT LOANS: General Motors announced yesterday (April 21st) that it had repaid $8.1 billion in loans to the U.S. and Canadian governments five years ahead of schedule. Much of the progress at GM came from cutting its debt load and workforce as part of its bankruptcy reorganization last year. At the same time, the U.S. government still owns 61 percent of GM. The automaker is counting on a public stock offering to allow the government to begin recouping its remaining $45.3 billion investment. The Canadian has a 12 percent ownership stake.

TODAY'S FYI:

BRISTOL PALIN TESTIFIES IN CASE OVER HACKING OF MOM'S E-MAIL: Sarah Palin's 19-year-old daughter Bristol testified yesterday (April 21st) in the federal trial in Tennessee of a 22-year-old former college student charged with hacking into her mother's e-mail account, saying she got anonymous phone calls and hundreds of text messages after her cell phone number was posted online. David Kernell is accused of hacking the then-Alaska governor's e-mail account in September 2008 after John McCain chose her to be his vice presidential running mate. Kernell got access by correctly guessing answers to personal security questions, reset the password, and made screenshots of the contents of her account, posting some of the information online. His attorney says the whole thing was a prank, but Kernell -- who's the son of a Democratic state representative in Tennessee -- faces charges of identity theft, wire fraud, computer fraud and obstruction of justice, and faces up to 50 years in jail if convicted. Sarah Palin herself is expected to testify later this week.

ANTIVIRUS PROGRAM CAUSES COMPUTER GLITCH: In an embarrassing goof, an antivirus program from McAfee Inc. mistakenly identified a normal Windows file as a virus yesterday (April 21st), and caused computers of McAfee corporate customers around the world to repeatedly reboot themselves. McAfee said that a software update it posted at 9 a.m. ET caused the problem, and a replacement update has since been posted for download. McAfee said it's investigating what happened and will take steps to prevent a recurrence. AP reported that among the effects of the glitch were: about one-third of the hospitals in Rhode Island had to to postpone elective surgeries and stop treating patients without traumas in emergency rooms; Kentucky state police were told to shut down the computers in their patrol cars; and the National Science Foundation headquarters lost computer access.

$100 BILL GETS HIGH-TECH, ANTI-COUNTERFEITING MAKEOVER: The $100 bill has gotten a high-tech makeover in an effort to stay ahead of increasingly sophisticated counterfeiters. The new bill unveiled yesterday (April 21st) by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner keeps Ben Franklin on the front and Independence Hall on the back, although both have been modified to make them harder to copy. The major changes include the addition of a bright blue security ribbon made up of tiny lenses that will give a 3-D effect to the micro-images they'll be magnifying. When tilted, tiny bells on the ribbon change to 100s and back. If the note is tilted back and forth, the images will move side to side, and if the bill is tilted side to side, the images will move up and down. Additionally, an inkwell to the right of Franklin's portrait will change color from copper to green when the bill is tilted, and the movement will also make a Liberty Bell appear and disappear inside the inkwell.

  • The new bill is going into circulation next February.
  • The $100 bill is the last to undergo an extensive redesign begun in 2003. The $20 bill was first, followed by the $50, $10 and $5 bills.

WINTER OLYMPIANS VISIT THE WHITE HOUSE: The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams from the Vancouver Winter Games two months ago visited the White House yesterday (April 21st), where the festivities were forced indoors because of rain. The 225 or so athletes met with President Obama and his family and Vice President Joe Biden, presented gifts and took photos, with short-track speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno, whose three medals in Vancouver gave him a U.S.-record eight career Winter Olympic medals, saying, "It never gets old coming to the White House." Some of the Olympians also visited Capitol Hill in the morning and attended a Supreme Court reception in the evening.

MAYOR DONATES KIDNEY TO FACEBOOK FRIEND: In an Internet-assisted act of of selflessness, a 35-year-old Connecticut mayor has donated a kidney to a constituent who was one of her more than 1,600 Facebook friends. East Haven Mayor April Capone Almon saw last year that Carlos Sanchez, one of her Facebook friends, had posted a status update saying he needed a kidney because of the effects of his diabetes, but that all his relatives and friends had been tested and weren't matches. Capone Almon knew the 44-year-old Sanchez casually through activities and friends, but they weren't close and she hadn't known he was ill. But she sent him an online message saying she'd get tested, which she did, and after finding she was a match, the operation took place earlier this month. Both are expected to make full recoveries.

SPORTS:

ROETHLISBERGER SUSPENDED FOR SIX GAMES: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was suspended without pay Wednesday (April 21st) for the first six games of the season, as the NFL punished the two-time Super Bowl winner for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, and ordered him to undergo behavioral evaluation. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell imposed the punishment after prosecutors decided last week not to charge Roethlisberger in a case involving a 20-year-old college student who accused him of sexually assaulting her in a Milledgeville, Georgia, nightclub last month. Goodell said in his letter to Roethlisberger, "My decision today is not based on a finding that you violated Georgia law, or on a conclusion that differs from that of the local prosecutor. That said, you are held to a higher standard as an NFL player, and there is nothing about your conduct in Milledgeville that can remotely be described as admirable, responsible, or consistent with either the values of the league or the expectations of our fans."

TIGER WOODS ENTERS TWO MORE TOURNAMENTS: Tiger Woods entered two more tournaments yesterday (April 21st), The Players Championship, which starts on May 6th, and the AT&T National, which benefits his foundation but that he no longer hosts, which will be held over the Fourth of July weekend. This is the second straight week that Woods committed early to a PGA Tour event, after for many years having waited until the last few days before the deadline before signing up. Tiger returned to golf at the Masters, where he finished fourth, after being away for five months because of his multiple mistresses scandal. Next up for him is the Quail Hollow Championship, which starts on April 29th.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY

CBS

  • SURVIVOR: HEROES VS. VILLAINS - Reunited in the merged tribe, two old friends rekindle an alliance.
  • CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION - Catherine investigates when a student is found murdered at her daughter's school.
  • THE MENTALIST - The team has to begin an investigation again after Patrick's actions cause a case to be thrown out of court.

NBC

  • COMMUNITY - Troy and Jeff take on the chicken finger shortage; Britta struggles with the unsatisfactory number of causes she supports.
  • 30 ROCK - Liz and Jenna attend a singles event; Jack is torn between Nancy (Julianna Moore) and news anchor Avery (Elizabeth Banks).
  • THE OFFICE - Andy tries to make Secretary's Day memorable for Erin; Oscar circulates a viral video comparing Kevin's voice to Cookie Monster's.
  • 30 ROCK - Liz tries to prove that she can be fun; Jack is forced to make a tough decision; Kenneth helps Tracy be a good husband.
  • THE MARRIAGE REF - Comic Adam Carolla, Gloria Estefan and Donald Trump serve on the panel.

FOX

  • BONES - Brennan and Booth are asked to identify human remains found inside the belly of a shark; a marine biologist is interested in Booth.
  • FRINGE - A shape shifting embryo is discovered; Peter shares a family secret with Olivia.

ABC

  • FLASHFORWARD - Mike and his team search for Demetri; terror suspect Alda promises to give Zoey information on Demetri's whereabouts.
  • PRIVATE PRACTICE - After her escape to Costa Rica, Violet returns home and to the practice; Amelia interferes in Sam's personal life; Sheldon encourages Charlotte to reconcile with Cooper.
  • GREY'S ANATOMY (repeat)

CW

  • THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Elena and Caroline compete in a beauty pageant; John Gilbert tries to intimidate Damon; Damon discovers that Stefan is hiding a secret.
  • SUPERNATURAL - Sam and Dean are kidnapped by a group of gods and held hostage as bargaining chips to stop the apocalypse.

BRAVO

  • THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY - TBA

LIFETIME

  • PRJECT RUNWAY - TBA

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Wanda Sykes, Evan Lysacek & Anna Trebunskaya, Jason Castro
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Oprah's Earth Day Mom Swap: An Eye Opening Intervention
THE VIEW - Fred Hammond

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - David Spade, Lisa P. Jackson, Broken Social Scene
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Jeff Corwin, Maxwell
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Chace Crawford, Anthony Anderson, Taylor Hawkins
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Busy Phillips
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - (repeat)
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat)
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Zoe Saldana
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Gorillaz
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Jennifer Lopez, Ken Jeong, Ozomatli

OFF BEAT BRIEFS


BURGLARS STEAL TVs FROM PRISON: Thieves in Amsterdam have broken into a prison twice and stolen inmates' televisions while during their weekend leave. Burglars broke into the minimum-security prison, Hoorn, and stole TVs from the prisoners' cells. This is the second break-in in the past six weeks. The prison is designed for prisoners who are transitioning back into society. They are typically allowed a weekend leave. The ministry is unable to determine how the burglars gained access to the prison cells. No arrests have yet been made. (Reuters)


MAN USES FRENCH FLAG TO WIPE BOTTOM: The French government is demanding criminal proceedings against a man who used the French flag to wipe his bottom. The man submitted the photograph of himself using the flag to a contest organized by the FNAC book and record shop in Nice. The photograph was one of the winners and was published in a free national newspaper. Justice Minister Michele Alliot-Marie demanded that the man be punished for his act. Under France's penal code, insulting the French national anthem or the tricolor flag during a publicly organized event is punishable by up to six months' imprisonment and a fine of 7,500 euros (10,045 dollars). (AFP)

MAN CONFRONTING ODOR PUNCHED: A Washington store employee was punched in the face for confronting a customer about his body odor. According to police, the store employee simply wanted to notify the customer about his odor after receiving several complaints from other customers. The man snapped and threw batteries at the employee and then punched him in the face, causing a minor injury. (AP)

BEAR GETS HEAD STUCK IN MILK CAN: A Vermont black bear was rescued after getting its head stuck in a milk can. It took about 45 minutes for biologists, firefighters and police to save the 120-pound bear. Officials estimate that the bear had its head stuck in the milk can for approximately six hours before the animal was saved. Wildlife Biologist Forrest Hammond said the bear was seen bumping into trees and boulders. Firefighters eventually helped Hammond cut the can off the animal's head. (AP)

DID YOU KNOW?

KIDS WOULD RATHER TEXT THAN TALK: Many young people prefers exchanging text messages to having an actual conversation, with one in three teenagers sending more than 100 texts a day. A study found that female teenagers send an average of 80 text messages a day, while the average boy of the same age will send 30. The study, by the Pew Research Centre in Washington DC, revealed that text messaging has become the preferred method of communication for young people above face-to-face conversations, telephone calls and social networking websites. While most young people make an effort to send text messages to their friends every day, only one third will seek to have a discussion with them in person.

BOTOX BAD FOR SOCIAL LIVES? Botox may kill your wrinkles, but it could also cost you your social life, a new study suggests. Research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison published in the journal Psychological Science found that the wrinkle-smoothing treatment not only stops frown lines, it also increases the amount of time it takes to react to emotional events -- potentially leading to socially awkward encounters. lead researcher David Havas said, "Blocking facial expression diminishes the experience of emotion. Our faces are normally alive with activity, which contributes to our understanding of each other, and there is a strong link between our facial expression and our ability to comprehend the meaning of language. If people seem slow in reacting to what they are being told, it is likely to be interpreted as a lack of sympathy or interest." (NY Daily News)

1 IN 10 WOMEN EMBARRASSED BY BOYFRIEND'S LOOKS: A new survey revealed that 83 percent of women prefer the looks of celebrities over those of their boyfriends. One in 10 said she's actually embarrassed by the way her guy looks. According to the research by the Good Surgeon Guide, another 39 percent actively "style" their boyfriend after a celebrity, and 48 percent said they care more about their boyfriend's appearance than their own. (Lemondrop.com)

MEN: HARDER TO MEET A GUY FRIEND OR GIRLFRIEND? In a dilemma reminiscent of I Love You Man, TomFoolery.com explored the case of a man who posted an ad on Craigslist looking for a guy friend -- a bromance if you will. The website acknowledged that finding a guy to hang out with is actually harder than finding a girlfriend. A writer explained, "My theory has always been that it's actually harder to find good guy friends after the age of 25 than it is to find a lady friend. If you think it's hard to find a good place to find dates, think about how tough it is to find a decent brony. Most of a fella's buds, particularly like-minded ones, come from growing up, college, work or hobbies."

MISTAKES MEN MAKE IN A DIVORCE (AskMen.com)

Using your children as pawns: Recognize that in most cases, the truth will come out. If you've been a good, responsible parent, your spouse likely cannot deny you a chance to see your kids on a regular basis. More to the point, the court won't allow it in most instances.

Thinking romance first, divorce second: Try to keep a new relationship out of the conversations with your spouse and especially your children. The best decision is to wait until the divorce is concluded before you engage in a new relationship.

Allowing your spouse to convince you to not hire an attorney: If your spouse has hired a lawyer, you need to hire one quickly. If you don't, you are an amateur playing against professionals. One underhand tactic is for a spouse's attorney to offer to represent both parties to save time and money. Not only is it unethical, but it also creates a conflict of interest.

Using verbal abuse: You need to discuss any threats of this type with your attorney, who can advise you on how to deal with them. Furthermore, if it is you who's engaging in the verbal abuse, remember that your spouse can easily obtain an order of protection and any violation of this order can land you in jail. There is a myth that men do not endure verbal or even physical abuse from their spouses, but it is just a myth. Abuse is not gender specific.

Rubbing salt in the wound: No matter how much you despise your spouse; no matter how many ways you feel you've been wronged, don't make a bad situation worse by identifying your spouse's vulnerabilities when trying to reach a settlement. Always try to negotiate before you litigate.

Becoming passive: The last thing you want to do when your spouse announces she wants a divorce is to become completely acquiescent. Many people are manipulative, and if they think they can manipulate you into getting what they want out of the divorce, such as money, property or custody, they will do so.

Arguing about who gets what: These arguments can be draining emotionally (not to mention financially), but it helps to recognize that no matter how your spouse uses these objects in the bargaining process, the court generally divides property fairly if both parties have competent attorneys.

Serving your spouse with divorce papers in embarrassing places: Having an officer of the law serve your spouse at home or business should be reserved for cases where they refuse to file an appearance or accept service of process, or where great conflict exists between the two parties. There is nothing more embarrassing than having a police officer serve you with papers at work, and nothing more unnerving than hearing the doorbell ring at 2 a.m. and seeing a policeman at the door (and having your neighbors see him as well).

Responding to an impending divorce with anger: The early stages of the divorce process can be a highly emotional time when people say things they do not mean or act in unusual or uncharacteristic ways. Allow a bit of time to pass before you do anything. Your spouse may settle down after blowing off some steam, and you can continue to move forward in a reasonable manner.

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

What is the approximate memory storage of the human brain?

A: One million gigabytes.

According to Paul Reber, a psychology professor at Northwestern University, the human brain's approximate memory storage, if considered in computer terminology, equals about a million gigabytes, or 2.5 petabytes. Reber admits that the estimation is loose at best, but he notes that in order to fill 2.5 petabytes of memory, you would have to "leave a TV running continuously for 300 years."
Source: AskMen.com

WATER COOLER TALK

Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, Wants Her Own U.S. TV Show

Sarah Ferguson, Britain's Duchess of York, would like to have her own American talk show, after having guest-hosted ABC's The View and CNN's Larry King Live, and serving as a special correspondent for NBC's Today show. Ferguson, who's nicknamed "Fergie," told reporters Tuesday (April 20th), "I want it to be a show that is me on the streets. I want it me going round middle America. I want to go out and see what the needs are, and then the audience has to challenge me . . . to go and fix the school in Boise or get another restaurant in Allentown." Ferguson credits America with saving her after her 1996 divorce from Prince Andrew and amid her weight battles. She said, "When the British threw me out, the Americans embraced me and said, 'It's alright Fergie, we'll have you, we'll give you a second chance.' I'd had such bad press that it was very hard to live . . . I don't have a house, but I live here . . . I am the Number One fan, I love Americans."

Americans Feeling More Bullish About U.S.-Made Cars

A new Associated Press-GfK poll found that Americans are feeling more bullish these days about U.S. automobiles, with 38 percent saying they favor U.S. vehicles compared to 33 percent who said they prefer Asian -- mostly Japanese -- brands. In a similar poll less than four years ago, in December 2006, 46 percent said Asian countries made better cars, and just 29 said U.S. automakers did. What's behind the shift? The headlines being made by Toyota's safety problems is likely playing a role, and Americans might also be taking a closer look at U.S. carmakers after watching the iconic American industry fall so far amid the Great Recession that General Motors and Chrysler needed government help just to survive. But performance is also playing a role, with U.S. automakers simply putting out better vehicles.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

When Disney announced last week that it was closing its Tennessee-based Lyric Street Records, one group that didn't see it coming was Rascal Flatts. The group has been on the label for more than a decade, and according to the Associated Press, singer Gary LeVox said, "It's just a sad deal. That was our family for 12 years. It just kind of blindsided us. It was just kind of out of the blue. It's still a little shocking."

With the shuttering of the label, Rascal Flatts is moving on. They just announced a tour and have an album in the works for a September release. A new single is due in June. LeVox said, "It will be out on somewhere. We're still moving full steam ahead and we're just pumped about the new stuff that we're cutting.

  • Rascal Flatts are expected to remain under the Walt Disney family, but nothing has been announced yet.
  • The trio has been recording the new material in Santa Barbara, California and plans to do the overdubbing in Nashville.
  • Rascal Flatts is one of country music's top acts, selling more than 20 million albums over the last decade, according to the AP.
  • The group will kick off a tour on June 25th in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Gloriana singer Tom Gossin voiced his disappointment and frustration about going home without the fan-voted Top New Artist award on Sunday (April 18th) at the ACMs. He reportedly wrote a series of Tweets about the situation -- most of which have since been deleted. But the blog, CountryMusicIsLove, posted the tweets he made earlier this week, and Gossin didn't sound happy that the trophy went to Luke Bryan.

Gossin tweeted, "So friends -- let's break it down. Luke had a No. 1 song before we even started recording our album. New artist? Thoughts? Listen -- on the real -- Luke is a f-in great dude! He deserved that award. I just wish the noms were more realistic. He's got 2 albums out!"

Gossin went on to tweet, "Awards don't mean sh-- in the long run. Our fans are the best in the world! We know what's good and so do you guys and that's all that matters. We need to keep country music progressing, not regressing. You can only say stuff about farms and tractors so many times before it's lame." He added, "We are artists trying to make art. If we were just to copy something someone already said, would that be art? We want to say something new! I love all of you! No worries. Everything happens for a reason!"

  • The next morning, Gossin tried to clear up his statements with, "Guys -- for the record -- I'm not hating on Luke! He's a friend of mine and he deserved that award! I'm just trying to keep everyone's mind open. So sorry if I came across as a sore loser! I don't play music for awards -- I play music because I love it more than anything! . . . Once again, I love Luke! We had drinks together tonight! I'm not bitter!"
  • All that remains on the page is the tweet: ""I love music. I love great ideas. I love originality. I love our friend Luke! Please don't twist what I'm saying guys -- nothin but love here!"
  • Gloriana won Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards last year.

The Zac Brown Band has launched the "Letter for Lyrics" campaign for the U.S. military -- with the goal of sending one million letters to troops stationed throughout the world. Participants who write a letter to a member of the U.S. military will receive a special compilation CD, called Breaking Southern Ground, featuring three new songs from the Zac Brown Band, as well as music from Sonia Leigh, Nic Cowan and Levi Lowrey.

According to TheBoot.com, Brown says, "Performing with the USO for the men and women in uniform has been a great experience for us. We wanted to find a bigger way to thank them, a way to mobilize people nationwide to show their support for these incredible individuals."

  • An exclusive live version of the group's latest single, "Free," is now available for download to the first 100,000 fans who visit the Letters for Lyrics campaign site. For each download, a donation will be made to a designated charity on behalf of the Zac Brown Band and the Ram truck brand.
  • The Zac Brown Band couldn't attend the ACM Awards over the weekend because they were in the Middle East on a USO tour.

CHECK IT OUT: See Letter For Lyrics campaign info: http://www.ramtrucks.com/en/letters_for_lyrics/


LeAnn Rimes is putting the finishing touches on her upcoming covers album, called Lady And Gentleman. The set, produced by Vince Gill, finds Rimes singing her favorite love songs from over the years.

According to TheBoot, she told GAC, "We came up with this idea of doing a covers record of all my favorite love songs. When I started digging into those, they were all by men so I decided to cover all my favorite love songs that were originally covered by men." Rimes changed things up with her own versions, saying, "Some of the songs are ballads [that we cut], and we turned them into uptempo songs. It's not just a covers record where I'm covering the songs from front to back where it sounds exactly the same."

  • Some of the cover tracks will include George Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today," Waylon Jennings' "Good Hearted Woman" and "Swingin'" by John Anderson.
  • Rimes has some tour dates lined up for this summer.
  • Rimes and her boyfriend, Eddie Cibrian, stepped out together on the red carpet of the ACM Awards over the weekend.
Sugarland kicks off its Incredible Machine tour this week -- with dates stretching into October. The 55-city outing gets underway April 23rd in Primm, Nevada and currently winds down October 16th in West Palm Beach, Florida. Sugarland's tour leads up the release of Sugarland's upcoming Incredible Machine album, due in October.

Sugarland's Kristian Bush tells us how the new album came about: "We had this real interesting moment that I'm not sure happens a lot of times in a career where we started making an album at the same time we were completely redesigning our presentation of our music, so the album itself reaches a little bit further to each of the new parts of who we are and our influences and the places that we love and was inspired kind of forwards and backwards by the development of the show at the same time."

Bush tells us how the tour and the new album go hand-in-hand: "There are these moments in the show that -- we've just rehearsed it for the past two-and-a-half weeks and we stopped like three or four days ago -- so there are these moments in the tour where it is the album that we're about to release where in promoting the album with the tour you are getting a very good representation of emotionally, visually, aesthetically -- all of it is kind of firing together and it's a really neat experience as an artist."

CHECK IT OUT: See Sugarland's tour dates: http://www.sugarlandmusic.com/tour/


Carrie Underwood is taking her engagement to hockey player Mike Fisher and the wedding planning all in stride. She tells People magazine, "We're not people who stress about anything. We just focus on a few of the main things, and everything is like, whatever."

As for the wedding day particulars, Underwood says she's not very picky. Actually, the singer says she doesn't care, adding, "We're just both really laid back. Family, food and fun, that's all we really need. And, oh yeah, get married."

With that, Underwood tells us how she's preparing for her wedding: "I'm just taking care of myself, which is what always hope to do for anything. I constantly have events coming up whether it's ACM's or other award shows or some television appearance. I'm always trying to be my best, not just to look my best but to feel my best, too, and I'm on tour right now, so I have to keep myself healthy and really take care of myself, so it'll just be more of that. I'm not a big stresser, as far as . . . Mike would love me if I weighed 800 pounds, so it's okay."

  • Underwood won Entertainer of the Year at the ACM Awards on Sunday (April 18th).
  • The spring leg of her tour gets underway on Friday (April 23rd) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

CHECK IT OUT: How to deal with a Bridezilla: http://tinyurl.com/yyokeu5

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. Which two Rascal Flatts members are first cousins?
A. Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus

ON THE TUBE TODAY

BACKSTORY: DARIUS RUCKER/GAC 12:00PM (ET)

BACKSTORY: BLAKE SHELTON/GAC 8:00PM (ET)

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

SOUNDSTAGE/GAC 10:00PM (ET)
Tim McGraw

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

  • Tony Danza (actor, Taxi, Who's The Boss?, The Tony Danza Show) (59)
  • James McAvoy (actor, Atonement, The Last King of Scotland, Wanted, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) (31)
  • Queen Elizabeth II (84)
  • Eric Mabius (actor, Ugly Betty, Cruel Intentions) (39)
  • Charles Grodin (actor and talk show host, Midnight Run, Beethoven, Rosemary's Baby, Heaven Can Wait) (75)
  • Patti LuPone (actress, Witness, Driving Miss Daisy, State And Main) (61)
  • Andie MacDowell (actress, Sex, Lies & Videotape, Groundhog Day, Green Card, Four Weddings And A Funeral) (52)
  • Iggy Pop (rock star) (63)
  • Robert Smith (founder and frontman, the Cure) (51)
  • Sister Helen Prejean (author, Dead Man Walking) (71)
  • Nicole Sullivan (actress, Mad TV, The King Of Queens) (40)
  • Tony Romo (football player) (30)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Luke Bryan's single, "Do I," was released to radio in 2009.
  • Carrie Underwood went to Number One in Billboard with "Wasted" in 2007.
  • Tim McGraw & Faith Hill kicked off their Soul2Soul Tour II in at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio in 2006.
  • John Michael Montgomery made his Grand Ole Opry debut in 2001.
  • Faith Hill's third album, Faith, was released in 1998.
  • Brooks and Dunn's "Little Miss Honky Tonk" went to Number One in 1995.
  • Dwight Yoakam's Hillbilly Deluxe album was released in 1987.
  • Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton recorded their Top Five single "Just Someone I Used To Know" in 1969.
  • Hank Williams recorded his first sides for MGM in 1947.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

CAMERON DOUGLAS SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON: Michael Douglas's son Cameron was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday (April 20th) on drug charges. A New York judge called the relatively light sentence Cameron's "last chance to make it." The 31-year-old was facing a 10-year term behind bars. Federal Judge Richard Berman announced the sentence after hearing Cameron Douglas apologize and admit that he had squandered a lot of opportunities to turn his life around. Douglas previously admitted to dealing methamphetamine and cocaine.

TARA REID CALLS OFF ENGAGEMENT? Tara Reid has apparently called off her engagement. The American Pie alum fueled speculation that businessman Michael Axtmann was no longer her fiance after changing the relationship status on her Facebook profile to "single." Reid recently said that she was planning a small wedding for this summer.

NEW ROMANCE FOR 'GLEE' STAR? Glee star Mark Salling might have a new girlfriend. Although the actor was recently quoted saying that he's "too busy to date," RadarOnline.com claims that he's seeing Norwegian pop star Anine Stang. A source told Radar, "She was standing with some friends and he came over to her right away. She had no idea who he was but she thought he was really cute and they hit it off. Anine is a babe and she's used to having guys hit on her, so she usually has her guard up, but Mark charmed her right off the bat."

VERA FARMIGA EXPECTING SECOND CHILD: Up in the Air star Vera Farmiga is pregnant with her second child. In Touch magazine reports that the pregnancy news forced the Oscar-nominee to give up a role as Gerard Butler's wife in upcoming movie Machine Gun Preacher. A source told the magazine, "The role would have meant traveling to Africa this summer, but because her baby is due in the fall, she would have been too far along to make the trip."

NEW CHARGE AGAINST TWO ACCUSED OF TRYING TO EXTORT FROM JOHN STAMOS: A new criminal charge has been filed against two people accused to trying to extort money from John Stamos. The New York Daily News reports that Scott Sippola and Allison Coss are charged with using interstate commerce to make the threat. It was filed Monday as a "felony information," which means a guilty plea is likely. Sippola and Coss are accused of threatening to sell photos of Stamos unless he paid them $680,000. At the time of their arrest in December, Stamos' spokesman said there was nothing embarrassing about the images.

INDUSTRY NEWS

'MAD MEN' GETS PREMIERE DATE: The fourth season of Mad Men will premiere on Sunday, July 25th. The news comes on the heels of reports that the series will end for good in 2012 after six seasons. An AMC rep would not confirm the speculation, saying, "No one wants to see Don Draper wearing a leisure suit. We trust Matthew's vision and that he knows where to take the show. But with that said, 'M*A*S*H' figured how to stretch the Korean War for more than a decade, so stay tuned."

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL JURY ANNOUNCED: Jessica Alba, Brooke Shields, Alicia Keys and America Ferrera are among the jury members for New York's Tribeca Film Festival. Also on the judging panel will be Zach Braff, Aaron Eckhart, Justin Bartha, Selma Blair, Peter Facinelli, Cheryl Hines and Whoopi Goldberg. The festival kicks off today with the world premiere of Shrek Forever After.

DAVID HASSELHOFF RETURNING TO 'YOUNG AT THE RESTLESS': David Hasselhoff is returning to The Young and the Restless, where he'll reprise the character he played in the 1970s. RadarOnline.com reports that his story arc as Dr. William "Snapper" Foster will stretch through several episodes. Hasselhoff has said the show "molded my craft, my attitude and my work ethic."

ANTONIO BANDERAS CONFIRMS 'SHREK' SPIN-OFF: Antonio Banderas confirmed that there will be a Shrek spin-off movie featuring his character Puss in Boots. The actor has already started working on a new film based on the role alongside Salma Hayek and Zach Galifianakis. He said, "I already did the first recordings and it's going to be called Puss In Boots -- it starts when he was very little. He was in an orphanage when he first discovered the effect he has on people -- that's when he starts being intelligent."

RENEWAL NEWS!

'DAILY SHOW' AND 'COLBERT REPORT': The Daily Show and The Colbert Report aren't going anywhere. Comedy Central announced that they've extended deals with their late night talent -- with Jon Stewart on board until at least June 2013 and Stephen Colbert through the end of 2012. This means the men will get to take aim at yet another presidential election.

'PARENTHOOD': NBC has renewed Parenthood for another season. The NBC dramedy stars Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard and Erika Christensen.

'CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM': HBO has officially renewed Curb Your Enthusiasm for an eighth season. Larry David said in a statement, "After much soul searching -- and by the way, it was nowhere to be found -- I have decided to do another season of Curb. "I look forward to the end of shooting, when I can once again resume the hunt for my elusive soul. I know it's here somewhere or perhaps in the rugged mountainous regions of Pakistan."

'COPS': Fox has renewed Cops for a 23rd season. The crime-fighting show launched in 1989 and will soon celebrate its 800th episode on the network.

KATE GOSSELIN VOTED OFF 'DWTS'

Viewers couldn't save Kate Gosselin this week as she was finally eliminated from Dancing With The Stars last night (April 20th). The reality show mom was in the bottom two with Pamela Anderson before receiving the bad news. Gosselin got emotional as the show ended saying, "Thank you for believing in me, probably more than I believed in myself." She then apologized for being a "cry baby."

CONTESTANTS SING INSPIRATIONAL SONGS ON 'AMERICAN IDOL

Alicia Keys was this week's American Idol mentor and helped the remaining seven contestants with their inspirational songs last night (April 20th). Casey James started the show off with "Don't Stop" by Fleetwood Mac, which the judges thought lacked originality. Lee Dewyze was the next to take the stage with "The Boxer". The judges loved Dewyze's performance. Tim Urban sang "Better Days" by the Goo Goo Dolls, which left the judges wanting more. Aaron Kelly did pretty well with his inspirational song, "I Believe I Could Fly". Siobhan Magnus took on a tough song, "When You Believe", which didn't impress the judges. Michael Lynche sang Creed's "Hero" and held his own. However, it was Crystal Bowersox who stole the show with an emotional "People Get Ready" by Ziggy Marley. Bowersox left the judges truly inspired and was told she was in a league of her own.

TINA FEY AND SHERYL CROW WEAR SAME DRESS ON RED CARPET

Tina Fey and Sheryl Crow lived out every woman's nightmare at Monday's (April 19th) 2010 Matrix Awards, showing up on the red carpet in nearly identical dresses.

The ladies both sported floral-print Dolce & Gabbana frocks, which a company rep tried to claim "wasn't really the same dress" since Tina's is a halter style while Sheryl's has a high neck.

  • Both handled the situation gracefully. When she took the stage, Tina joked, "If you want to see what this dress looks like on a surfer body, look over there. I wear it with a sweater." Crow was equally modest, telling the crowd, "If we wind up in one of those 'Who Wore It Best' things, I'm picking Tina."

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FIRST SANDRA BULLOCK PICTURE REPORTEDLY FETCHES $60,000

Sandra Bullock was photographed over the weekend for the first time since her husband Jesse James's infidelity scandal broke. Notably absent? Her wedding ring.

The photo shows the somber actress hiking, drinking coffee and wearing a hat with a scarf around her neck.

  • The New York Post claims that Bullock actually staged the photo op with Getty, allowing their snappers to capture her ring-less finger and sell it to the highest bidder.
  • ET reportedly paid at least $60,000 for the exclusive.
  • Bullock moved out from the home she and James share in the immediate aftermath of the cheating allegations and has reportedly been staying at a Hollywood Hills home she purchased before the two married.

CHECK IT OUT: See the pics on Sandra: http://tinyurl.com/y7txagw

KAL PENN REPORTEDLY ROBBED AT GUNPOINT IN WASHINGTON D.C.

Harold and Kumar star Kal Penn was reportedly robbed at gunpoint in Washington D.C. early Tuesday (April 20th) morning. Penn currently works as an associate director in the White House's Office of Public Engagement under his real name, Kalpen Modi.

A D.C. police official told the Washington Post's Reliable Source column that the incident was "a basic street robbery," but noted that the department typically does not name or discuss victims. The official said that Penn's wallet and other possessions were taken.

  • Penn's job at the White House is to connect President Barack Obama with the Asian-American and Pacific communities, as well as the art world. He is reportedly leaving the position later this year to film a Harold and Kumar holiday movie.

SNOOKI DUMPED BOYFRIEND OVER 'THE REAL WORLD

Snooki's former boyfriend Emilio confirmed that he's been dumped by the reality star. Sources told TMZ.com that the Jersey Shore star called it quits with Emilio because she thought he was just using her to get famous. The last straw supposedly came after he tried out for MTV's The Real World.

Emilio acknowledged the reality show played a part in the split. He wrote TMZ an email that read, "All i kno is she was upset i tried out fornreal world nd left me a message sayin im single. Next i kno i wake up [Monday] morning and facebook says im single."

  • The pair dated for about two-and-a-half months after originally connecting on Facebook.

SHAYNE LAMAS AND NEW HUSBAND 'ARE IN LIKE' WITH EACH OTHER

At least Shayne Lamas isn't completely delusional. Even though the former Bachelor winner tied the knot with Nik Richie 24 hours after meeting him-- she knows they're not really in love.

  • Shayne told TMZ.com earlier this week that the super-quickie nuptials were not a publicity stunt, and admitted that she and her new husband are only "in love with being in like with each other."

CHECK IT OUT: Reasons not to get married: http://tinyurl.com/yalnnsf

JAY LENO ON CONAN: 'I KNEW HE'D LAND ON HIS FEET'

Jay Leno has finally commented on Conan O'Brien's new job at TBS. Conan's successor/predecessor on the Tonight Show told Access Hollywood, "I think he'll be great. He's a very funny guy . . . I knew he'd land on his feet. It'll be fun. Everybody will compete. Everything after 11 o'clock is now the most exciting place to be."

When asked if Leno was surprised that Conan ended up on TBS instead of Fox -- as it was widely assumed -- Leno responded, "I didn't know what to think. Fox is network, but they have cable too. It's all sort of the same now. Network, cable -- everybody sort of reaches the same thing. But I think it's exciting and I think he'll do well."

  • Since returning to Tonight, Leno has reestablished the show's number one spot in the late night ratings.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON TALKS ABOUT MARRIAGE - A LITTLE

Although she's notoriously tight-lipped about her marriage to Ryan Reynolds, Scarlett Johansson provided a tiny glimpse into their life together while talking to InStyle magazine.

Talking about the "role" of wife, Scarlett said, "He loves to eat." She added, "I like cooking alone -- I find it very therapeutic. I put on some music, maybe have a glass of wine, and make something like a turkey Bolognese or a nice frittata."

  • As for how her life has changed in the 18 months since tying the knot, the actress explained, "I mean, you're married and suddenly you have your own family. There's a nice comfort in that. That part of your life is certain, in a way. You've got your home in that other person."

HEADLINE NEWS!!

FLIGHTS RESUME IN EUROPE: Flights resumed in Europe yesterday (April 20th) after being grounded since last week's explosion of an Icelandic volcano sent a huge ash cloud up into the atmosphere, stranding millions of passengers. However, officials said it would be weeks before things would get back to normal. The Eurocontrol air traffic agency said it expected just under half of the 27,500 flights over Europe to get in the air Tuesday, and predicted close to normal takeoffs by Friday. However, passengers with current tickets are being given priority, while those who've been stranded for days must either buy a new ticket or take their chances using the old one, meaning they might have to wait days or even weeks for a seat.

GOP BACKS AWAY FROM OPPOSITION TO FINANCIAL REFORM: Republican lawmakers yesterday (April 20th) backed off some of the recent tough talk on opposition to financial reform and were more conciliatory about Democratic proposals to crack down on Wall Street in the wake of the 2008 financial meltdown. Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd said lawmakers have reached agreement on 80 to 90 percent of the reform bill, and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who was strident in opposition just days ago, said yesterday, "We are all optimistic that this can be fixed." Last week, all 41 Senate Republicans said they'd oppose the Democratic bill as currently written, which would be enough to filibuster the legislation. But several said yesterday they're hopeful Dodd and Senator Richard Shelby, the top Republican on the Banking Committee, can reach a compromise before debate set for next week begins.

TENNESSEE HOSPITAL SHOOTER WAS MENTALLY ILL: Officials said Tuesday (April 20th) that the man who opened fire at a Knoxville, Tennessee, hospital the day before, killing one woman before taking his own life, was mentally ill. Abdo Ibssa had gone to the hospital to look for a doctor he believed had implanted a tracking device in his body during an 2001 appendectomy. When told the doctor wasn't there, he went to a parking lot and opened fire on three hospital workers, killing one and wounding the other two, and then killed himself. Police believe the 38-year-old naturalized citizen from Ethiopia had been skipping doses of his medication for psychotic behavior. Relatives had him committed for mental treatment in February. The gun used in the shooting had been reported stolen in March, while another found at his home had an altered serial number but wasn't reported stolen. Police weren't sure how Ibssa had gotten either gun, and said he didn't have a gun permit.

TODAY'S FYI:

SPACE SHUTTLE LANDS IN FLORIDA: The space shuttle Discovery and its crew of seven touched down at Cape Canaveral, Florida, Tuesday morning (April 20th), one day after its scheduled return to Earth was scrubbed because of clouds and rain over the Kennedy Space Center. Discovery had brought supplies and equipment up to the International Space Station, including their main delivery of a tank full of ammonia coolant, which took three spacewalks to hook up. After Discovery landed yesterday, NASA announced delays in the last two of the three remaining shuttle flights before the fleet is retired, because of a change being made by European science teams to a particle physics detector set to be brought up to the space station on the next-to-last mission. Although that means NASA won't finish up by September as planned, the intention is still to launch the final shuttle mission by the end of the year.

OBAMA'S CHIEF OF STAFF WOULD LIKE TO BE CHICAGO MAYOR: White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said during an interview on Charlie Rose's PBS talk show Monday (April 19th) that he'd like to run for mayor of his hometown of Chicago someday, saying, "it's no secret." Emanuel is a former adviser to current Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, who he told Rose is a "dear friend" and who he hopes will run for re-election. But he added, "If Mayor Daley doesn't, one day I would like to run for mayor of the city of Chicago. That's always been an aspiration of mine even when I was in the House of Representatives." Emanuel was an Illinois congressman until he resigned to serve as chief of staff, and told Rose he'd stay in the job as long as President Obama wants him.

TEEN IN MASSACHUSETTS BULLYING CASE ARRESTED FOR DWI: One of the Massachusetts teens charged in the bullying of a 15-year-old girl who committed suicide pleaded not guilty to drunken driving Tuesday (April 20th) after being arrested early Sunday with a .15 blood-alcohol level. Austin Renaud, who's 18, was released on personal recognizance with an 8 p.m. curfew and ordered to avoid drugs and alcohol. Renaud has pleaded not guilty to statutory rape in the bullying case. He's one of six South Hadley High School students charged in the bullying of Phoebe Prince, who hung herself as a result.

FASTEST INTERNET IN BERKELEY: Berkeley, California, has the fastest average Internet speeds in the world, according to the new "State of the Internet" report from Akamai Technologies. Following in second place is Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Stanford, California, is third. What those places have in common is that they're all home to a major research university, and they in fact are likely skewing the results. The report acknowledges this, saying, "What this likely represents is the extremely high speed connections these university/college campuses have to the Internet, as opposed to particularly high-speed consumer broadband services available to local residents."

SPRING COMING 10 DAYS EARLIER THAN 20 YEARS AGO: Spring is arriving in the U.S. about 10 days earlier than it did 20 years ago, a result of climate change known as "spring creep," environmental experts said yesterday (April 20th) in a phone briefing arranged by the Union of Concerned Scientists. The scientists said that the phenomenon favors invasive species not native to various areas over indigenous ones, and has also put various plant and animal species out of balance with their traditional habitats. As one example of the effect, Jake Weltzin of the U.S. Geological Survey described a rash of miscarriages by mares in the southeastern part of the country that were caused by caterpillars that contain a chemical that makes the horses miscarry. The caterpillars would normally have been eaten by migrating birds, and therefore wouldn't have fallen from trees into the mares' pastures. But the birds' migration was late, allowing the caterpillars to fall into the grass the mares were eating.

SPORTS:

TOP FEMALE GOLFER LORENA OCHOA RETIRING: Top female golfer Lorena Ochoa announced yesterday (April 20th) that she's retiring, leaving the LPGA Tour without its Number One player. The 28-year-old Mexican, who's been Number 1 in the world the last three years, got married last year, setting off speculation that she might be leaving golf to start a family. Ochoa will be holding a press conference Friday (April 23rd) in which she'll give more information.

  • Annika Sorenstam was 37 and also the women's Number 1 player when she retired in May 2008, saying she wanted to start a family. She now has a daughter.

REDS PITCHER VOLQUEZ SUSPENDED 50 GAMES: Cincinnati Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez was suspended for 50 games yesterday (April 20th) after testing positive for a banned fertility drug. The suspension comes as the 26-year-old former All-Star is recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery, and he hadn't been expected to rejoin the Reds anyway until late July at the earliest. He won't be paid, however, for the suspension time. Volquez claimed in a statement that he received a prescription in the Dominican Republic as part of his treatment to start a family with his wife. Major League Baseball doesn't reveal which drug causes a positive test, but four types of fertility drugs are illegal under baseball rules. Female fertility drugs are sometimes used after taking steroids to jumpstart the body's own production of testosterone.

SAINTS AND VIKINGS TO OPEN NFL SEASON: The Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints will face off against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL season opener on Thursday, September 9th, in a rematch of their NFC championship game that was decided in overtime. The NFL schedule out yesterday (April 20th) also shows that all intradivision matchups will be played on the final Sunday of the regular season, January 2, 2011, in an effort to make late-season games more meaningful and avoid teams sitting out regular players once they've clinched a playoff spot. Two games will be played outside the U.S. this season: Denver vs. San Francisco in London on October 31st, and Chicago vs. Buffalo in Toronto on November 7th.

(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 - When Christine realizes her life has not evolved in the past five years, Max offers to help make a big change.
  • ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE - After faking labor to get Zack out of a speeding ticket, Billie actually goes into labor; Zack is taken to the police station.
  • CRIMINAL MINDS (repeat)
  • CSI: NY (repeat)

NBC

  • MERCY - Veronica continues her therapy; Chloe tracks down an ER patient with potentially fatal blood test results.
  • LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (repeat)
  • LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT - Benson and Stabler discover that a murder victim has been involved in the fight to expose questionable practices in the meat packing district.

FOX

  • AMERICAN IDOL - Celebrities join the contestants to raise money for charity; slated to perform are Elton John, Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, The Black Eyed Peas and others; a contestant is eliminated.

ABC

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

CW

  • AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL - Guest judge Whitney Port visits the models at the loft; the model's personalities are tested in a runway challenge.
  • FLY GIRLS - The girls spend and evening at a club; Tasha has an disagreement with a passenger; Nikole tries to change her ways.
  • HIGH SOCIETY - Tinsley pitches her handbags in New York; Paul and Tommy spend time together; Dale goes on a date.

USA

  • IN PLAIN SIGHT - An FBI informant refuses Witsec protection and gets himself in a heap of trouble; Stan works with a witness suffering from dementia.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Martin Short, Annie Lennox
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Dream Jobs
THE VIEW - TBA

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Eddie Murphy, Kaley Cuoco, Jakob Dylan
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Jennifer Lopez, Chace Crawford, Natalie Merchant
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Ice Cube, Paula Deen, Rob Zombie
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Brooke Shields, George Wallace, Corinne Bailey Rae
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - (repeat)
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat)
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) -Amanda Peet
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Craig Robinson
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Lowell Roney

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

MAN SELLS AD SPACE ON HIS URN: A man from Oregon with colon cancer, who was told he had just months to live, is selling advertising space on his urn. According to KVAL-TV, Aaron Jamison said he hopes to raise $800 to help his wife pay for the cost of his cremation. One of Jamison's friends, Dustin Remington, paid $100 for an ad. Jamison said he plans to hand-paint the ad on his urn. (AP)

CROC POSTPONES AEROBICS CLASS: A water aerobics class in northern Australia was postponed after a 5-foot-long crocodile entered the park's pool. Workers at the Howard Springs Holiday Park discovered the croc while trying to scoop leaves out of the pool. A government ranger was called to remove the animal from the park. Park manager Geoff Thompson says the crocodile probably crawled under the fence from a nearby swamp. It will most likely be handed to a local wildlife park. (AP)

DRIVER ARRESTED DOING 5 MPH IN A 40 MPH ZONE: A Connecticut driver was arrested after going 5 mph in a 40 mph zone on Saturday. According to police, the 39-year-old Israel Neives had PCP and a 9-year-old passenger in the car. The man was charged with driving under the influence, possession of narcotics, risk of injury to a minor, driving at a dangerously slow speed and driving without a license. He is being held on a $10,000 bond and is expected to appear in court. (AP)

CLEAN-UP CREW FINDS PROSTHETIC LEG: The clean-up crew in Sharon, Pennsylvania, found a prosthetic leg with a shoe still attached after gathering 21 tons of trash from the Shenango River. Rick Barborak, the co-founder of The Shenango River Watchers, said crews have found some unusual items throughout the years, but the leg was the most unusual. The group has been cleaning the banks of the Shenango River since it was founded nine years ago. (AP)

DID YOU KNOW?

IN-LAW RELATIONS LINKED TO INFIDELITY: According to a new study from The University of Iowa, a bad relationship with in-laws might make us more prone to infidelity. The study found that infidelity is less likely among couples who like each other's parents. Other noteworthy news from the study: don't hook-up with your friend and expect a relationship. Of the 783 men and women polled, women who hooked up with friends were 44 percent more likely to have multiple partners; men who slept with gal pals were 25 percent more likely to be non-monogamous. (YourTango.com)

COUPLES DRESS ALIKE TO SHOW AFFECTION IN ASIA: In eastern Asia, where PDA is still a taboo, couples have reportedly taken to synchronizing their outfits to display their affection. The trend is so popular that stores are starting to make outfits sold in pairs, and pictures of couples dressed identically have overtaken fashion magazines. When a couple who've been dressing the same break up, it's standard that the clothes aren't worn again. (Lemondrop.com)

TANNING BEDS ARE AS ADDICTIVE AS DRUGS: Researchers found that tanning beds are now "as addictive as alcohol or drug abuse." They said heavy users may even need help from mental health specialists to kick the habit. For the latest study, 421 college students filled in a questionnaire normally used for drink and drug addicts which had been adapted to check for addiction to sunbeds. Among 229 students who used them, the average number of visits in the past year was 23 -- once every two or three weeks. Two out of five students met the criteria for tanning addiction on at least one measure. (Daily Mail)

CHANGING PASSWORDS IS USELESS: Resetting your password isn't going to make you any safer from identity thieves. According to a study by Microsoft researcher Cormac Herley, constantly changing your password isn't worth the effort. Herley says that the chances that a cyber-thief who has gotten a hold of your sign-in sequences waits to use the information until after you are prompted to change your password is about as likely as a common thief stealing your house keys and not using them until after you happen to change your locks. Using a cost-benefit analysis based on the average worker's productivity, Herley further suggests that the time wasted dealing with most other security features websites push on their patrons -- besides passwords -- also isn't worth it for Internet users. (Asylum.com)

SUBTLE WAYS TO SHOW HIM YOU'RE INTERESTED (TomFoolery.com)

Juice up the physical contact. A hand to booty move is a little tacky; instead, go for an extra long hug, a kiss hello or goodbye, or an opportunity for a lap-sit. Breaking the force field is a great start and if you've rubbed your feet on some fuzzy carpet first and there's a literal shock when you touch him, well, bully for you.

  • Buy that guy a drink, a chicken Caesar wrap or whathaveyou. Irrespective of what the last several decades have done in terms of earning parity and gender role flipfloppery, you always recall when a lady buys you a brewski.
  • Compliment his appearance. If you can throw in a reasonable and flattering celebrity comparison, so much the better.
  • Groom him. If his collar is askance or he has a mess of unintentional fly-aways or he's rocking a frat tuck (a maneuver in which only the front of a man's shirt is tucked in, oftentimes exposing an interesting belt buckle or emphasizing the crotch region) in a clearly no frat tuck milieu, hook him up. It's not selfish to increase his sexy. Also, this clearly juices up the physical contact.
  • Establish an inside joke. It doesn't have to be a real inside joke; it can be flashing Blue Steel or some Wes Anderson sad silliness. A little bit of us-against-them draws people closer.
  • Ask him about things in his wheelhouse. Everyone feels good about slamming home answers in his areas of expertise; throwing in a bit of fawning over the depth and breadth of his knowledge is pretty slick too (maybe even with a lean forward, hand-to-the-chest maneuver).
  • Take plenty of photographs featuring both of you. This may be your instinct. Go with it and post those photos where applicable. Have someone else hold the camera and do the hand-over-the-iPhone-close-together pic.
  • Try a little dancing. Sure, grinding on the dance floor may not be your style, but you don't have to dagger (vertical, public frottage) to trigger a "hey, this is sort of like sex" light bulb.

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

Who sang "I Want My MTV" on the Dire Straits song "Money For Nothing"?

A: Sting

(Inthe80s.com)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

WATER COOLER TALK


Balloon Boy's Parents Agree to Pay $36K in Restitution

The parents who pled guilty in the Balloon Boy hoax have agreed to pay some $36,000 in restitution to authorities who responded to the October 15th incident. The Larimer County, Colorado, sheriff's office and other agencies had sought restitution from Richard and Mayumi Heene for the cost of responding to the hoax, in which the couple had claimed their six-year-old son had floated away in a homemade helium balloon. Dozens of emergency responders and even two Colorado National Guard helicopters got involved. The boy was later found at his home in Fort Collins, and the Heenes were accused of staging the hoax to to get publicity for reality TV shows they were trying to pitch. Richard was sentenced to 90 days in jail, and Mayumi got 20 days behind bars.

Wyoming City Allow Anti-Gay Sign to Stay on Homeowner's Fence

Officials in Casper, Wyoming, say that an anti-gay sign painted by a homeowner on his fence can stay because there's nothing the city can or should do about it. Chris Trumball painted the message, "Leviticus 20:13, To be gay equals death," on his fence, which sits on a route between a local high school and the Boys and Girls Club, where dozens of students pass every day. The city did ask Trumball to remove the message, but he refused, and Councilman Keith Goodenough told AP he didn't think it was the city's place to, quote, "draw the line."


KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Brooks & Dunn said their television goodbye during last night's (Monday, April 19th) CBS taping of the all-star tribute concert, Brooks & Dunn - The Last Rodeo, in Las Vegas. The duo capped their 20-year career with a musical sendoff from such superstars as Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, George Strait, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Sugarland, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson and Miranda Lambert.

Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn have managed to keep their emotions in check until now, but Ronnie told us backstage at the ACM Awards that he was prepared to reach for a hanky. "We're kinda at that point to where we can step back for a few minutes and assess. We were at the BMI songwriter's awards this year and they did a tribute to Kris Kristofferson, and Willie (Nelson) and Patti Smith and Vince (Gill) were singing 'Help Me Make It Through The Night'. Kris had been really tough all night long, and all of a sudden he broke down and just started bawling like a baby, so if that happens tomorrow night, if Kris did it, we can. (Kix Brooks) I ain't cryin'."

Here is the complete list of performances:

Taylor Swift - "Ain't Nothin' Bout You"
Jennifer Hudson - "Believe"
George Strait - "Boot Scootin' Boogie"
Keith Urban - "Brand New Man"
Rascal Flatts - "Gettin' Better All The Time"
Darius Rucker - "Hard Workin' Man"
Miranda Lambert - "Hillbilly Deluxe"
Jason Aldean - "How Long Gone"
Lady Antebellum - "If You See Him/If You See Her"
Reba McEntire - "Indian Summer"
Faith Hill - "The Long Goodbye"
Brad Paisley - "My Next Broken Heart"
Carrie Underwood - "Neon Moon"
Sugarland - "Red Dirt Road"
Tim McGraw - "That Ain't No Way To Go"
Kenny Chesney - "You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone"
Brooks & Dunn w/all-star cast - "Play Something Country"

  • Brooks & Dunn - The Last Rodeo will air on May 23rd at 8 p.m. ET.
Kenny Chesney officially hits the big screen today (Tuesday, April 21st) in a limited number of theaters around the country with his first movie, Kenny Chesney: Summer In 3D. Kenny has been filming his concerts for years, but he tells us this movie gave him his first chance to see the shows from the perspective of the fans. "That was the biggest surprise of the film for me because so many nights, guys, in the middle of a song, I'm out there doin' 'Young' or whatever and I feel like that I've got 60,000 people in the palm of my hand. I can take this finger and move it and I feel like everybody will go that way, but in the middle of that so many nights I've went, 'I wish they could see this. I wish that they could feel what I feel,' and they get to with this film, but not only do they get to (but) I get to see what they see, and it was for the first time."

Kenny said the experience of the film for both him and the fans made it all worthwhile."It's really special because it just showed me how much they care and how deep this relationship runs, and it kind of validates the reason for makin' the film in the first place."

  • Kenny performed "You're Gonna Miss Me" during last night's (Monday, April 19th) Brooks & Dunn - The Last Rodeo concert taping in Las Vegas. The show airs on CBS on May 23rd.
Rascal Flatts will launch their new summer tour, called JC Penney Presents Rascal Flatts Nothing Like This tour, on June 25th in Raleigh, North Carolina. The 26-date trek will run through September 19th at Boston's Comcast Center. The tour will feature special guests Kellie Pickler and Chris Young.

The complete list of tour dates is as follows:

6-25 Raleigh NC Time Warner Cable Pavilion
6-26 Charlotte NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
6-27 Atlanta GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
7-16 Stateline NV Harvey's Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena
7-17 Stateline NV Harvey's Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena
7-22 Wichita KS In Trust Arena
7-23 Tulsa OK BOK Center
7-24 Frisco TX Pizza Hut Park
7-30 Virginia Beach Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7-31 Hartford CT Comcast Theater
8-6 Cincinnati OH Riverbend Music Center
8-7 Indianapolis IN Indiana State Fair Grandstand
8-8 Columbus OH Columbus Crew Stadium
8-12 Hershey PA Hershey Park Arena
8-13 Scranton PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
8-14 Washington DC Jiffy Lube Live
8-27 St Louis MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8-29 Louisville KY Kentucky State Fair- Freedom Hall
9-2 Bethel NY Bethel Woods
9-3 Darien Lake NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
9-4 Syracuse NY New York State Fair Grandstand
9-5 Toronto Ontario Molson Amphitheatre
9-16 Cleveland OH Blossom Music Center
9-17 Pittsburgh PA First Niagara Pavilion
9-18 Philadelphia PA Susquehanna Bank Center
9-19 Boston MA Comcast Center

  • Rascal Flatts' recent American Living Unstoppable tour played 57 shows during its run of June 2009 to March 2010 with a fan attendance near 800,000. This total also includes the two sold-out stadium concerts at Chicago's Wrigley Field and Columbus' Crew Stadium last summer.
  • The trio's new album is due out this fall.

FAST FACTS

  • The new tour marks the band's 10th anniversary.
  • To date, they have charted 11 Number One singles and have more titles in Billboard's Top 100 Songs of the Decade than any other group in the format.
  • Rascal Flatts has sold more than 20 million albums in the past decade.
Former Cheers star Kirstie Alley is offended by the joke Reba McEntire made about her during Sunday (April 18th) night's Academy of Country Music Awards. Reba said, "Toby (Keith) has a chain of restaurants called I Love This Bar and Grill. It specializes in fried onion rings, fried mozzarella sticks and southern fried Twinkies. Yeah, that sounds like Thanksgiving at Kirstie Alley's house to me." In response, Kirstie wrote on Twitter, "@reba wow...thought we girls would stick together....next time you need a fat joke about me, just ask...Mine are funny."
  • Kirstie is currently starring in her own A&E reality show called Kirstie Alley's Big Life. Her last show was called Fat Actress.
Taylor Swift's relationship with Glee star Cory Monteith continues to be a topic of interest. The superstar recently joined Cory and some friends for some bowling in Los Angeles. Cory told CMT Radio that Taylor "kicked my ass," adding, "I'm not gonna deny this. I was just an uncoordinated mess that day and I couldn't put the ball into the pins. I couldn't do it. It was bad. She just brought the A-game. And I brought the B-game."

Cory did not confirm a romance, but rather said that Taylor is "a great friend of mine" and that "she's pretty fantastic."

  • Taylor continues on her sold out Fearless tour on April 29th in Lexington, Kentucky.
Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers were seen getting cozy at a Las Vegas night club on Sunday (April 18th) following the ACM Awards. TMZ.com reports the two looked "coupley" at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Keith Urban's scheduled live performance on the ACM Awards turned into a pre-taped piece after the singer's guitar amp went on the fritz. Keith didn't want to play without it, and while show producers were hoping the technical difficulty would be worked out and kept pushing his live performance slot back several times throughout the night, they wound up resorting to a pre-recorded performance.

Taylor Swift surprised fans at her sold out Los Angeles show on Thursday (April 15th) with a guest appearance by Katy Perry. The two dueted on Katy's hit, "Hot N Cold."

Little Big Town members Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet will appear as emcees and performers at the 2010 Fall Collection of fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi at the Symphony Spring Fashion Show today (Tuesday, April 20th). The event will be held at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in downtown Nashville.

Jeff Bates and his wife, Kelly, welcomed their first child into the world on April 12th. Daughter Brianna Nadine was born in Nashville.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. What TV talent competition did Miranda Lambert take third place in?
A. Nashville Star

ON THE TUBE TODAY

ON THE STREETS/GAC 1:00PM, 9:00PM (ET)
Kenny Chesney

BACKSTORY: DARIUS RUCKER/GAC 1:00PM (ET)

LOPEZ TONIGHT/TBS 11:00PM (ET)
Jason Aldean

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

  • Wade Hayes (41)
  • Carmen Electra (actress, Starsky & Hutch, Baywatch) (38)
  • Jessica Lange (Academy Award winning actress, King Kong, Cape Fear, Big Fish, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Tootsie, Hush) (61)
  • Ryan O'Neal (actor, Love Story, TV's Peyton Place, Paper Moon, Barry Lyndon) (69)
  • John Paul Stevens (Supreme Court Justice) (90)
  • George Takei (actor, Mr. Sulu of the original Star Trek) (73)
  • Crispin Glover (actor, Back To The Future, River's Edge; he played Andy Warhol in The Doors) (46)
  • Don Mattingly (former professional baseball player, New York Yankees) (49)
  • Joey Lawrence (Joey on TV's Blossom, Joey on TV's Gimme A Break!) (34)
  • Doc Powell (jazz guitarist) (52)
  • Andy Serkis (actor, provided motion and voice for Gollum in the Lord Of the Rings films, and for King Kong in the recent remake) (46)
  • Shemar Moore (actor, Criminal Minds) (40)
  • Miranda Kerr (Australian supermodel, Victoria's Secret model, dating actor Orlando Bloom) (27)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!


  • Martina McBride's Martina album was certified double-platinum in 2006.
  • Toby Keith's "My List" began the first of five weeks atop the country singles chart in 2002.
  • Shania Twain's self-titled debut album was released in 1993.
  • Toby Keith's self-titled debut album was released in 1993.
  • The Glen Campbell hit "Southern Nights" went gold in 1977.
  • Mickey Gilley charted his first Number One single, "Room Full Of Roses," in 1974.
  • Dolly Parton released her first single, "Puppy Love," in 1959.
  • Elvis Presley's "All Shook Up" began an eight-week stay at the Number One spot on Billboard's pop chart in 1957.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

ISLA FISHER LOOKS REALLY PREGNANT: New pictures indicate that Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher are expecting their second child. Fisher, who tied the knot with Cohen in March after eight years together, was snapped out on Sunday (April 18th) with an obvious baby bump showing through her dress. The couple already has a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter named Olive. Check out the bump: http://tinyurl.com/y2ewujt

SNOOKI IS SINGLE? Snooki is reportedly single again. TMZ.com reported that the Jersey Shore star dumped her boyfriend of two months because she thought he was cheating on her. Snooki said earlier this year that the two met on Facebook.

SHAYNE LAMAS TIES THE KNOT AFTER DAY-LONG COURTSHIP: Reality star Shayne Lamas reportedly got married in Las Vegas over the weekend -- to a guy she met 24 hours earlier. TMZ.com reports that the former Bachelor winner and Nik Richie decided to tie the knot on Saturday (April 17th), opting for the "Michael Jordan Package" to document the special occasion. For $519, the package reportedly includes 36 pro photos and a DVD copy of the wedding.

MEL'S BABY MAMA HINTS AT SPLIT DRAMA: Newly-single Oksana Grigorieva played coy about her split from Mel Gibson while announcing that she will perform a charity concert in Moscow to aid victims of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Grigorieva said, "I can tell you that we have split up, suddenly and recently. Unfortunately, I cannot give you the reason. But you will find out everything quite soon." She added that she'll be removing a hammer-and-sickle tattoo on the her ankle, which Gibson had suggested she get.

CHARLIE SHEEN DUE IN COURT IN JUNE: Charlie Sheen and wife Brooke Mueller must show up in an Aspen court on June 18th for an update in the spousal abuse case against the actor. TMZ.com reports that Sheen's team wants anything Charlie said to police on the day of the alleged incident deemed inadmissible because he was never read his Miranda rights. Sheen was charged with felony menacing, misdemeanor third degree assault and misdemeanor criminal mischief stemming from a Christmas Day fight.

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

JENNIFER ANISTON TO DIRECT? Jennifer Aniston is reportedly planning to make her feature film directorial debut. London's The Sun quotes the actress as having said, "I have a project in development I'm going to direct. After you get enough movies under your belt you sit back and go, 'What's next? It's getting to a time where creatively I want to turn in a different direction." Aniston previously co-directed the short film Room 10 with Andrea Buchanan.

'KICK-ASS' WINS TIGHT BOX OFFICE RACE: After a second week of too-close-to-call races at the box office, it was determined on Monday (April 19th) that Kick-Ass edged out How to Train Your Dragon for the weekend's number one position. Kick-Ass made $19.83 million at U.S. and Canada box offices, compared to an earlier estimate released on Sunday of $19.75 million. Dragon, on the other hand, made $19.63 million, but the previous estimate put the figure at $20 million. Last week, early estimates showed that Date Night had beaten Clash of the Titans at box offices, but the next day's final figures put Clash at No. 1.

'MAD MEN' TO END IN 2012? Mad Men will reportedly go off the air in 2012 after six seasons. TheWeeklyBlend.com reports that creator Matthew Weiner let the time frame slip during an appearance at the National Association of Broadcasters convention last week. The website claims that the end date was "revealed rather unceremoniously while talking about the show's twists and turns." The show recently began filming its fourth season, which is set to premiere in July.

AZIZ ANSARI CONFIRMED AS MTV MOVIE AWARDS HOST: MTV has confirmed that Parks & Recreation star Aziz Ansari will host the annual Movie Awards on June 6th. General Manager Stephen Friedman made the long-rumored selection official, saying, "Our audience fell in love with Aziz on Human Giant. They followed him to the movies, TV and stand-up, and connect with him daily online. Aziz is the perfect host for the 2010 MTV Movie Awards as he will bring his innovative comedy and distinctive style to the movie industry's most rebellious night on television." Aziz followed up the announcement by saying, "I'm so happy Ronnie from Jersey Shore was unavailable and this exciting opportunity was able to come my way."

'WICKED SUMMER' ISN'T FOR MTV: Contrary to reports, an upcoming reality show featuring hard-bodied young adults from Boston is not an MTV spin-off of Jersey Shore. Although Wicked Summer hired the casting director behind Jersey Shore, GossipCop.com clarified that it is not an MTV show nor is it a related spin-off to the hit series.

LARRY KING MAY CALL OFF DIVORCE

Larry King and his seventh wife may end up living happily ever after. King's lawyer Dennis Wasser said on Monday (April 19th), "There's a 50-50 chance this divorce is not happening. His focus is on the best interest of his children. It's not clear to me which way he's going to turn on this issue."

Wasser's statement comes a day after King and his maybe-estranged wife Shawn were seen walking arm-in-arm at their son's baseball game in Los Angeles. That marked the second time the two were seen looking friendly since they both filed for divorce last week.

  • Sources told TMZ.com that the pair made a visit to their marriage counselor on Monday. TMZ also claims that Larry and Shawn's lawyers have been arguing over the validity of a "post-nup" agreement they supposedly signed a few years ago. The agreement reportedly gives the couple's three homes to Shawn and also declares all of the couple's assets as community property.

'IRON MAN 2' PREMIERE CHANGED DUE TO VOLCANIC ASH

The world premiere of Iron Man 2 has been moved from London to Los Angeles due to uncertainty over air travel. The eruption of an Icelandic volcano is responsible for the cancelation of thousands of flights in Europe and between the UK and US over the past week, and it's unclear when travel restrictions will ease.

Studio bosses wanted to ensure the participation of Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlett Johansson, who were all due in London on April 26th.

  • It's unclear if the premiere's relocation will affect Downey Jr.'s other scheduled promotional appearances in London this week. Supposedly a special screening of the film will still go on in London as promised.
  • In related news, The Hollywood Reporter said that travel uncertainties had also caused Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth to cancel their planned appearances at a charity screening of their movie The Last Song in London.

CHECK IT OUT: Things to do if you're stuck at the airport: http://tinyurl.com/y57nsfg

MISTRESSES OF JESSE JAMES AND TIGER WOODS TO HOST REALITY SHOW?

A reality show that would feature the mistresses of Tiger Woods and Jesse James is in the works. TMZ.com reports that Cheaters creator Bobby Goldstein is shopping around a project called Celebrity Cheaters, which would be hosted by Michelle Bombshell McGee and Jamie Jungers and spotlight celebrities who cheat on their loved ones.

TMZ noted that a network has yet to pick up the series, and while Jungers and McGee have both agreed to do it -- nothing has been signed yet.

  • Fun fact! TMZ claims that McGee once applied to be on Cheaters to try and trap an ex, but she was denied.

MO'NIQUE'S BROTHER COMES CLEAN AND APOLOGIZES

As expected, Mo'Nique's brother Gerald Imes finally came clean about his sister's claims that he molested her when she was a child. Yesterday (April 19th), Imes told Oprah, "I'm here today to first acknowledge that I've been in denial for 37 years . . . I did assault and inappropriately touch my sister in manners that were uncomfortable for her," adding, "And for that, I apologize and I'm humbly sorry that those actions had taken place."

Imes says that his abuse was a result of his problems with drugs. He said, "The drugs weren't an excuse. They just allowed me and afforded me the opportunity to do the things that were in the back of my mind as a kid that I always wanted to do . . . Most of the time, the abuse that I did with my sister took place while she was asleep [or] the appearance that she was asleep."

  • Mo'Nique's brother added, "I hid my own molestation and pain and guilt and shame, because I thought it was my fault that these things happened to me -- so I internalized that, and I hid behind the drugs and alcohol and then that spiraling thing in my mind, as a child, I wanted to express my sexuality, so I took it out on my sister."
  • He says, "I'm not proud of it. Mo'Nique, I'm sorry. I can only hope that by coming forth today that somewhere along the line with the apology that, yes, hopefully somewhere, somehow as siblings we can come back together . . . Now let's bring our family back together."

SIDE NOTES

  • Mo'Nique has discussed being molested by Imes in previous interviews. According to MTV.com, Oprah says that Mo'Nique didn't want to be a part of the interview but gave her blessing.
  • Mo'Nique won an Academy Award for best supporting actress in March for her role in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire."

OPRAH DISMISSES KITTY KELLY BOOK AS 'SO-CALLED BIOGRAPHY'

Oprah Winfrey responded to the controversial new book about her life on Monday (April 19th), referring to it as a "so-called biography." Winfrey's comments came at The New York Women in Communications Matrix Awards, where she presented an award to good friend Gayle King.

When she got on stage, Oprah told the audience that last week "was a rough one" for King when a "so-called biography came out."

  • She explained, "Gayle got herself worked out with all my new daddies coming out," referring to Kitty Kelly's claims that Vernon Winfrey is not her biological father. As the audience applauded, Oprah declared, "This, too, shall pass."

SHARON OSBOURNE TURNING BREAST IMPLANTS INTO PAPERWEIGHTS FOR OZZY

Sharon Osbourne is having her breast implants removed this summer and plans to give them to husband Ozzy -- to use as a paperweight.

The Sun reports that the reality star will still have implants after the procedure, but she'll drop two sizes off her current 34DD chest.

  • When asked why she plans on the strange recycling method, Osbourne told the Today Show, "They're better on his desk than on my chest. They're awful!"

'AMERICAN IDOL' FINALE PREDICTION: CRYSTAL BOWERSOX VS. LEE DEWYZE

Although seven singers remain in the competition, oddsmakers and bloggers are already calling the American Idol finale match-up. The New York Post reports that online oddsmakers say Crystal Bowersox is the even-money favorite to win the competition and Lee DeWyze the second favorite at 2 1/2-to-1 odds.

Entertainment Weekly's TV blogger recently wrote, "With six weeks left in the competition, do any of the five remaining challengers to the Bowersox-DeWyze Supremacy have a chance to make it to Nokia?"

  • Blogger Shayne Zucker posted, "Should he make it to the finals, which is a decent possibility, [DeWyze] is probably the only one who can defeat Crystal."

SANDRA BULLOCK ASKED TO RETURN RAZZIE

Sandra Bullock can't catch a break. In the wake of Bullock's marital drama, the Razzie Awards announced that the actress took home the wrong trophy at last month's ceremony -- and they want it back.

Apparently Bullock walked off with the original prototype Razzie instead of the $5 replica she was supposed to receive in recognition for her worst actress performance in All About Steve.

  • John Wilson, the awards co-founder, told the UK's Telegraph, "We are ready to take the unprecedented step of asking a winner to return a Razzie. As Sandra was in such a rush after winning worst actress she ran off with the original handmade prototype, which has been present at ceremonies since the 1980s."
  • Supposedly the organization realized the mix-up just as news of Jesse James's infidelity broke, so they waited to ask for the Razzie's return out of respect for the actress.

LINDSAY LOHAN REPORTEDLY $600,000 IN DEBT

Lindsay Lohan better confirm some of her rumored acting jobs, because the 23-year-old needs some cash flow -- stat. RadarOnline.com reports that despite her lack of income, Lindsay hasn't cut back on her spending and currently owes more than half a million dollars on her credit cards.

A source told the website, "Lindsay owes credit cards $600,000. One card cut her off last week and it's only a matter of time before all her other credit cards cut her off too."
Lohan reportedly used to rely on hefty checks from doing club appearances, but supposedly she's no longer a desirable draw and only receives $5,000 to $10,000 when she actually manages to book a job.

  • The credit card debt could land Lohan in court. The insider told Radar, "One credit card company is going to discuss a payment plan for Lindsay. But if she doesn't have the income and can't make her payments, they are prepared to sue her."
  • It was recently reported that Lohan will star as porn actress Linda Lovelace in an upcoming film.

KARDASHIAN SOURCE SLAMS KIM-KANYE HOOK UP RUMOR

Sources close to Kim Kardashian are vehemently denying a report that the reality star's relationship with Kanye West led to her split from Reggie Bush. Although MediaTakeOut.com reports that Bush found instant messages from West on Kardashian's laptop and came to discover "that Kanye and Kim were GETTING IT POPPIN for many months," Kim's camp says that's not the case.

  • A Kardashian source told GossipCop.com that the Kanye rumor is "bulls**t" and "100 percent not true."

KIM REGRETS POSING FOR PLAYBOY

In other Kim news, the E! star recently admitted that she regrets posing for Playboy back in 2007. Kardashian told Harper's Bazaar, "I'm sorry I did Playboy. I was uncomfortable."

  • She faults her mother for talking her into the shoot, explaining that Kris Jenner said, "Go for it. They might never ask you again. Our show isn't on the air yet. No one knows who you are. Do it and you'll have these beautiful pictures to look at when you're my age."

HEADLINE NEWS!!

LIMITED AIR TRAVEL RESUMES IN EUROPE: Limited air travel resumed in Europe Monday (April 19th) after flights had been grounded for days because of ash from an Icelandic volcano that erupted last week that can damage jet engines and planes' airframes. Airports in central Europe and Scandinavia have reopened, and most of southern Europe remained clear. But plans for moving towards normalcy were dimmed a bit with news that the volcano was strengthening and sending more ash towards Britain. Also yesterday, European Union transport ministers reached a deal to divide northern European skies into three areas: a "no-fly" zone immediately over the ash cloud; a caution zone with some ash where planes can fly subject to engine checks for damage; and an open-skies zone.

TOP AL-QAIDA LEADERS KILLED IN IRAQ: The U.S. and Iraq claimed a major victory against in Iraq Monday (April 19th), saying they'd killed the terrorist group's two top figures in an assault on their safehouse. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced the killings of Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and Abu Ayyub al-Masri at a news conference and showed photographs of their corpses. U.S. military officials later confirmed the deaths, which Vice President Joe Biden called a, quote, "potentially devastating blow" to al-Qaida in Iraq. General Ray Odierno, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, said in a statement, "The death of these terrorists is potentially the most significant blow to al-Qaida in Iraq since the beginning of the insurgency."

TOYOTA RECALLS LEXUS SUVs, AGREES TO $16.4 MILLION FINE: Toyota yesterday (April 19th) ordered the recall of nearly 10,000 Lexus SUVs because of the possibility of rollovers, and agreed to a record $16.4 million fine by the federal government for a slow response in its earlier recall over sticky gas pedals in several of its vehicles. Toyota said it would recall all 9,400 of the 2010 Lexus GX 460s that went on sale in late December, making the announcement came less than a week after Consumer Reports issued a rollover warning about the SUV. As for the fine, the government charged Toyota knew about the sticky gas pedal problem in September, but didn't notify the government or issue a recall until late January, violating a federal law that requires an automaker to notify the government of a safety defect within five business days. Toyota said it agreed to the fine to avoid a lengthy legal battle but denied that it broke the law.

MAN OPENS FIRE AT TENNESSEE HOSPITAL BEFORE KILLING HIMSELF: A man opened fire at a Knoxville, Tennessee, hospital yesterday afternoon (April 19th) after taking a taxi and giving the driver $20 to wait, killing one woman before committing suicide. Two other women were injured in the shooting outside the hospital's discharge area, and all the women were current or former employees of Parkwest Medical Center. Police are still trying to determine a motive, but it didn't appear that any of the victims were related to the suspect, whose name wasn't released, or that there was any connection between them. Police also don't think the suspect ever worked at the hospital.

TODAY'S FYI:

WEATHER POSTPONES SHUTTLE RETURN: NASA will attempt to land the space shuttle Discovery today (April 20th) after yesterday's scheduled return to Earth was postponed because of rain and overcast skies at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Clearer skies are expected today, but if the clouds are still around, NASA will try for the backup landing site in Southern California. Discovery and its seven astronauts are returning from a resupply mission to the International Space Station. NASA has only three more shuttle flights left before retiring the fleet and ending the shuttle program.

OBAMA AND BIDEN TO ATTEND WEST VIRGINIA MINE MEMORIAL: President Obama and Vice President Biden will attend a memorial service in West Virginia Sunday (April 25th) for the 29 coal miners that were killed in a mine explosion on April 5th. Obama will also be delivering a eulogy in honor of the dead. The disaster at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine in West Virgina was the deadliest U.S. mine accident in nearly 40 years. Obama last week accused Massey Energy of having, quote, "put their bottom line before the safety of their workers," and called for better mine oversight nationwide.

OKLAHOMA CITY MARKS 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF BOMBING: The 15th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was marked in Oklahoma City yesterday (April 19th), where 168 people were killed and more than 600 injured. About 2,000 people gathered at the Oklahoma City National Memorial, and heard Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano say that the anniversary was a reminder of, quote, "the continued need for vigilance against the violent ideologies that led to this attack, so that we can recognize their signs in our communities and stand together to defeat them." The ceremony closed with family members reading a roll call of the dead, and people across Oklahoma City observed 168 seconds of silence.

  • Bomber Timothy McVeigh was executed in 2001. His accomplice, Terry Nichols, is serving multiple life sentences in federal prison.

JENNA BUSH INTERVIEWS BILL CLINTON: Former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager conducted a playful interview for the Today show yesterday (April 19th) of former President Bill Clinton. Hager, a teacher who NBC hired last year as an occasional Today show contributor, spoke to her father's predecessor at his Clinton Global Initiative in Miami. Among the topics they discussed, Hager asked Clinton about the work he and her father, former President George W. Bush, are doing in earthquake-struck Haiti, and also questioned him about how he expects to feel when his daughter Chelsea gets married this summer. Clinton answered, "Proud, grateful, wistful. I'll be thinking about the day she was born. I'll be thinking about her first day of school," and he added, "I just hope I can keep it together."

IRANIAN CLERIC SAYS IMMODESTLY DRESSED WOMEN CAUSE EARTHQUAKES: A senior Iranian cleric has been quoted by the Islamic nation's media as saying that women who wear immodest clothing and behave promiscuously are to blame for earthquakes. Iran is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries, and Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, Tehran's acting Friday prayer leader, said, "Many women who do not dress modestly . . . lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which [consequently] increases earthquakes." Women in Iran are legally required to be covered from head to foot, but many ignore the stricter requirements, wearing pulled-back scarves that show much of their hair and tight coats.

SPORTS:

CHERUIYOT WINS BOSTON MARATHON: Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot of Kenya won the Boston Marathon in a record two hours, five minutes and 52 seconds yesterday (April 19th), breaking the record by 82 seconds that was held by fellow Kenyan and namesake Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot. The two are not related. The win gives Kenyan men their 18th victory in 20 years in the Boston Marathon. Ethiopian Tekeste Kebede finished second, and defending champion Deriba Merga was third. Teyba Erkesso of Ethiopia won the women's title in two hours, 26 minutes and 11 seconds, beating Russia's Tatyana Pushkareva by just three seconds.

EX-BOXING CHAMP VALERO KILLS HIMSELF AFTER ARREST FOR KILLING HIS WIFE: Former boxing champion Edwin Valero hanged himself in his jail cell in Venezuela Monday (April 19th) using his sweat pants, after being arrested for stabbing his wife to death. The 28-year-old Venezuelan had previously been suspected of assaulting his wife and was charged last month with harassing her and threatening workers at a hospital where she was treated for injuries. She was found dead in a hotel room Sunday, and police said Valero told hotel security that he'd killed her.

  • The former WBA super featherweight and WBC lightweight champion had a 27-0 record, all by knockouts.

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

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

QUADTRUPLETS ATTEND THE SAME COLLEGE: Quadruplets Grace, Erin, Bobby and Danny Mele from New York have decided to attend the same college in the fall. The Mele quadruplets will attend Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y. Despite her siblings' eagerness, Grace was concerned about spending her college years known as "one of the quadruplets." However, after reconsidering, Grace thought it would be "too traumatic" to break up the siblings. Their father, Robert Mele, was overwhelmed with happiness by the decision. For one, scholarships and sibling discounts have greatly reduced the family's upcoming bill. (AP)

REPO MAN TAKES STUDENTS' LIMOSINE: A group of Oklahoma High School students attending prom watched as a repo man drove away the limosine they rented for the night. The students and driver initially thought the vehicle was stolen. However, Galaxy Limo owner Jim Nicolotti said there was a miscommunication between his lender and the repossession company. Although Nicolotti had resolved issues, the bank did not tell the repo comany to cancel the job. Nicolotti says he plans to partially refund the customers affected, or offer a free future rental. (AP)

MAN DRIVING TOY CAR BANNED FROM DRIVING: A father of four from Essex, England, was banned from driving for three years after he drunkenly drove a toy Barbie car. Paul Hutton tried to drive the battery-operated vehicle to his friend's house. Hutton, who made minor changes to the pink and white toy car, wanted to show it off to a friend 500 yards away. There were some disputes at first as to what the legalities of it were. Hutton tested positive for drunk-driving and was given a three year driving ban and paid minor penalty costs. (Dailymail)

GOLDEN RETRIEVER STAYS LOYAL TO OWNER: A Golden Retriever remained loyal to her deceased owner who had been missing for a over a week. Eighty-one-year-old Nick Nichols took his dog, Lady, everywhere. When his body was found in a swampy area about a mile from his home, Lady was faithfully sitting next to him. Nichols' family members said they were not surprised by Lady's loyalty. According to the Stark County Coroner, Nichols' death appears to be caused by heart and lung disease. He still had his wallet, money, watch and other personal items. (Cantonrep.com)

DID YOU KNOW?

AVERAGE MOM SPENDS 5 MONTHS OF LIFE DOING LAUNDRY: The average mother spends five months of her life doing laundry, says a study. It takes her 26 minutes to go through pre and post-wash tasks every time she turns on the machine, an average of six times a week. On top of that she can expect to spend 55 minutes a week doing the ironing. So before her child hits 18, she will have had 137 days or nearly five months of toil. A spokesman for laundry and cleaning company www. ecozone.com, which carried out the study of 4,400 mothers, said: "All moms will tell you they spend their entire life doing the laundry and they're right, it is a staggering amount of time." (Daily Mail)


FACEBOOK PROFILES ARE GOOD INDICATORS OF PERSONALITY: Facebook profiles accurately reflect personality traits, according to research from the University of Texas at Austin. When independent observers used social-networking profiles to assess the personalities of 236 people, they accurately judged extroversion and openness. Pay special attention to wall posts: People may want to project their ideal personalities online but friends keep them honest. (Men's Health)


POOR RICH PEOPLE HAVE TO DEAL WITH NO DOORMEN? The New York media is preparing to make fun of rich New Yorkers who may be faced with a doorman strike this Wednesday. On that day, the 30,000 doormen, superintendents, elevator operators and other service people may go on strike over a wage increase. Quotes from some people dealing with the possibility include, Arriving on Park Avenue on Sunday, Robert Neis, a marketing executive, immediately asked his doorman for assistance with the luggage from a family getaway to Shelter Island, N.Y. "It would be a bummer if they strike," said Mr. Neis. "It's a lot nicer when they help with the work." (NY Times)


MEN WITH MONOTONOUS VOICES ARE CONSIDERED SEXIEST: Monotonous voices are associated with strength, power and confidence, researchers claim. The study at universities in California and Pennsylvania found that men with a steady tone of voice had a significantly higher number of sexual partners than their more expressive counterparts. Researchers measured the voices of male volunteers in various situations, including a simulated dating game, and analyzed the results. The amount their vocal pitch changed -- known as fundamental frequency variation -- was found to be directly linked to the number of sexual partners the men had in the past year. Experts believe that the monotone has evolved as an indication of authority and independence. They cited George Clooney and Clint Eastwood as examples of men who have monotone voice but are considered sexy. (Daily Mail)

STATISTICS: THE AVERAGE GUY AND HIS PETS (Men's Health)

  • Percentage of men who currently own a pet: 78
  • Percentage who've never owned an animal in his life: 3
  • Animal the average guy is most likely to keep around: Dog
  • His favorite breed: Labrador retriever
  • Amount the average dog costs its owner each year: $717
  • Best pet for a thrifty guy: A fish ($35 a year)

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

What Wii game is responsible for almost half of all Wii-related injuries?

A: Wii Sports Tennis

According to a study published by researchers at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and Pharmacy (aka NEOUCOM), a full 46% of self-reported injuries occurring while playing the Wii console happened while playing Wii Sports Tennis.

Monday, April 19, 2010

WATER COOLER TALK


CNN Showing Window Image of the Set During Commercials on John King's New Show

If you've caught John King's new early evening show on CNN, called John King, USA, you may have noticed that during commercial breaks, a small window at the bottom of the screen continues to broadcast a live view of the show's set, showing things like producers consulting with King. Advertising Age magazine reports that it's part of an effort to reduce the sense that commercials are interrupting programs, now that marketers are paying for ad time based on the number of people watching commercials rather than watching the show itself, which used to be the way it was done. In a similar vein, ESPN often runs sports news tickers during ad breaks of programs, and CNBC and Fox Business Channel run stock-quote tickers during breaks. Advertising Age reports that as another way of reducing the interrupt effect, one agency has talked with ESPN about having an advertiser's logo or the first few seconds of a commercial appear on a screen behind on-air personalities during a show, and then letting the content gradually fill the full TV screen.

Poll: Americans Want Better Relations with Cuba, Ability to Travel There

A new poll has found that a majority of Americans want better relations between the U.S. and Cuba, and would like to be able to travel there directly. According to the Cuba Business Bureau/Insider Advantage survey, 58 percent back having full diplomatic relations with Cuba, while 33 percent are opposed. Additionally, 61 percent think Americans should be allowed to travel to Cuba, and 57 percent think U.S. companies should be allowed to do business with the communist island nation. President Obama has said that the economic embargo against Cuba will remain until it improves human rights and frees political prisoners.

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood were the big winners at the 45th annual Academy of Country Music Awards last night (Sunday, April 18th) in Las Vegas. The event, held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, was hosted by Reba McEntire and featured a slew of performances.

Lady Antebellum took home three awards, including Song of the Year and Single of the Year for "Need You Now," as well as Top Vocal Group. Lambert scored Album of the Year for Revolution, Top Female Vocalist and Video of the Year. Meanwhile, Underwood made history, becoming the first woman to win Entertainer of the Year twice.

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The night kicked off with Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood performing Creedence Cleerwater Revival's "Travelin' Band" with CCR's John Fogerty on guitar.
  • Laura Bell Bundy descended from a huge horseshoe to perform a high-energy "Giddy On Up" backed by dancers.
  • Toby Keith was joined by Dave Koz on a version of "Crying For Me (Wayman's Song)" a tribute to late musician Wayman Tisdale. Downloads of the song will raise money for cancer research via Stand Up For Cancer.
  • Entertainer of the Year nominee George Strait had a family obligation, so he couldn't attend the event, and the Zac Brown Band performed via satellite from the Middle East where they were visiting with the U.S. troops.
  • Lambert got a standing ovation for her performance of "House That Built Me," as did Underwood following "Temporary Home."
  • Brooks & Dunn made their last ever performance at the ACM Awards. Fans got to vote on which song they played and the winner was "My Maria."

WINNERS' LIST:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR - Carrie Underwood

SONG OF THE YEAR - "Need You Now" - Lady Antebellum

SINGLE OF THE YEAR - "Need You Know" - Lady Antebellum

TOP NEW ARTIST (fan-voted) - Luke Bryan

ALBUM OF THE YEAR - Revolution - Miranda Lambert

TOP VOCAL GROUP - Lady Antebellum

TOP MALE VOCALIST - Brad Paisley

TOP FEMALE VOCALIST - Miranda Lambert

TOP VOCAL DUO - Brooks & Dunn

HUMANITARIAN AWARD - Montgomery Gentry

VIDEO OF THE YEAR - Miranda Lambert - "White Liar"

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR - Blake Shelton, featuring Trace Adkins - "Hillbilly Bone."

TRIPLE CROWN CRYSTAL MILESTONE AWARD - Carrie Underwood

FASHION TIDBITS:

  • Reba McEntire's black sequined dress showed off her toned arms and back. Actually, all of her dresses were spot on.
  • Our favorites were Carrie Underwood's chic cream and silver mini-dress and Lady Antebellum singer Hillary Scott's bright fuchsia one-strap gown. Also looking glamorous was Julianne Hough with her angelic-like cream-colored dress.
  • Gretchen Wilson sported jeans on the red carpet -- a do or don't? We love jeans, but on the red carpet at the ACMs? A don't by our standards.
  • We didn't love Nicole Kidman's tuxedo-like black and white dress. Not very glam or sexy.
  • Miranda Lambert sported a very low-cut gown on the red carpet -- brave!
  • Laura Bell Bundy described her own dress as a slutty wedding gown. We have to agree -- though we'd kill for her abs!

CHECK IT OUT: ACM Red Carpet photos: http://tinyurl.com/y2qckyy

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. What college team did Sara Evans' husband, Jay Barker, play football for?
A. University of Alabama

ON THE TUBE TODAY

TOP 20 COUNTRY COUNTDOWN/GAC 10:00AM (ET)
Tim McGraw

CMA AWARDS 2009/CMT 12:00PM, 9:00PM (ET)
Sugarland, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS

Tim Curry (actor/singer, "Dr. Frank N. Furter" in the cult classic movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show) (64)

  • Elinor Donahue (actress, Father Knows Best and The Andy Griffith Show) (73)
  • Kate Hudson (actress, Almost Famous, Le Divorce, Goldie Hawn's daughter) (31)
  • Ashley Judd (actress, Double Jeopardy, Someone Like You, Kiss the Girls, Twisted) (42)
  • Paloma Picasso (designer and artist, Pablo Picasso's daughter) (61)
  • Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode II and III) (29)
  • James Franco (actor, Harry Osborne in the Spider-Man movies) (32)
  • Suge Knight (record executive and Death Row Records founder) (45)
  • Valerie Plame Wilson (outed CIA agent) (47)
  • Maria Sharapova (professional tennis player) (23)
  • Jesse James (motorcycle manufacturer, TV star, husband of Sandra Bullock) (41)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Lorrie Morgan went gold for the first time with her Leave The Light On album in 1990.
  • Strait Country, George Strait's debut album, went gold seven years after its release in 1988.
  • Crystal Gayle, Dottie West, Debby Boone, Emmylou Harris, and Tammy WynetteBillboard's country chart in 1980. It was the first time women held all five spots. occupied the top five positions on
  • Willie Nelson's Stardust album was released in 1978.
  • Emmylou Harris debuted on the charts with "Too Far Gone" in 1975.
  • Glen Campbell went to Number One on the Billboard country singles chart with the Jimmy Webb song "Galveston" in 1969.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

STARS CELEBRATE JENNIFER GARNER'S BIRTHDAY: The stars came out in bulk on Saturday (April 17th) to celebrate Jennifer Garner's 38th birthday. People magazine reports that Reese Witherspoon, along with boyfriend Jim Toth, attended a party at Garner's Pacific Palisades home, along with Molly Sims, Jason Bateman, Tobey Maguire, Don Cheedle, Jimmy Kimmel, Jon Favreau and Laurence Fishburne.

ALEXANDER SKARSGARD REPORTEDLY RESTRAINED BY POLICE: True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard reportedly had to be restrained by police during Saturday's Coachella Music Festival in California. Pacific Coast News claims the 33-year-old actor was photographed being held back by a police officer after he became angry with a paparazzo taking shots of him with rumored girlfriend Kate Bosworth. Usmagazine.com reports that Skarsgard was calmed down by the officer before the situation escalated and no arrests were reported.

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE ENGAGED: Christina Applegate is engaged. The actress's rep confirmed that she and musician Martyn Lenoble got engaged on Valentine's Day earlier this year. This will be the second marriage for both Applegate and Lenoble. No date has been set for the wedding.

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS IS ESQUIRE'S BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: Christina Hendrick's won Esquire magazine's "best-looking woman" contest. The Mad Men actress won 30 percent of the vote in a poll conducted by the magazine, followed by Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima, who scored 17 percent. Megan Fox rounded out the top three with 14 percent of the vote.

JESSE JAMES MISTRESS CASHING IN ON FAME: Jesse James's alleged mistress Michelle "Bombshell" McGee is continuing to make money off her reputation as "the other woman." People magazine confirmed that the tattoo model will be signing autographs, posing for photos and dancing topless at Vegas's Deja Vu Showgirls club later this month. The club's marketing director said, "We're just cashing in on her celebrity right now. Good publicity, bad publicity, it's all publicity to me. I mean, I don't expect Sandra Bullock to show up."

JESSE JAMES OWES THOUSANDS IN TAXES: In other James news, TMZ.com reports that Sandra Bullock's as-of-now-husband owes almost $6,000 in taxes to the state of California on behalf of his burger joint, Cisco Burger.

CAMERON DOUGLAS SENTENCING WILL BE PUBLIC: Despite the family's wishes, the upcoming sentencing of Michael Douglas's son Cameron will remain public. The younger Douglas pleaded guilty to charges of dealing methamphetamine and faces more than 10 years behind bars when he is sentenced on April 27. His attorneys requested last week that the hearing be kept private , however a judge ruled on Friday that the courtroom will be kept open.

QUAIDS ARE FUGITIVES: Randy Quaid and his wife Evi are fugitives once again. People magazine reports that after skipping two court dates last week for felony charges in Santa Barbara, Calif., they are wanted by the state of California. Santa Barbara Senior Deputy District Attorney Lee Carter said, "If they're picked up in California, they will be put in jail. They cannot be released on bail until they come back here and a judge [agrees to] set bail for them." The Quaids have missed several court dates since they were first charged with defrauding an innkeeper after allegedly skipping out on a $10,000 luxury hotel bill last year. But they have always avoided jail by posting bond and promising to show up.

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

NBC REPORTEDLY LOST MONEY ON OLYMPICS: NBC reportedly lost big on the Winter Olympics this year. PerezHilton.com reports that although the two-week broadcast brought $800 million to parent company General Electric, NBC is down $250 million. Supposedly the network had a lot of production expenses, and it cost $820 million just to buy the rights to the Vancouver Games for TV and online.

KARDASHIAN SISTERS WRITING BOOK: The Kardashian sisters are writing a book that will offer "tips and stories" about relationships, as well as a more in depth look into the lives of Kim, Kourtney and Khloe. Kim explained, "We're just being super-candid and sharing lots of pictures and fun stuff." Last week it was reported that the newly-single reality star made out with soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo.

ROBERT DE NIRO TALKS 'TAXI': Robert De Niro confirmed that there have been talks about making a Taxi Driver Sequel. The actor said, "I have talked to writer Paul Schrader and Marty (Martin Scorsese). We've spoken about what would happen to Travis these years later. We had a thing and we tried to figure it out; Paul was trying to come up with something. And it just didn't seem to work. You never know -- something could come up. I thought it would be interesting to find a way to bring Travis back all these years later -- maybe with something ironic about where he'd end up, as he did in the first one. All these years later, maybe we could. It's still possible."

LINDSAY LOHAN RETURNING TO FILM? Lindsay Lohan may actually have landed a film role. Although director Rob Epstein denied rumors that Lohan was going to portray Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace in a film titled, Lovelace, GossipCop.com reports that she's going to play the troubled porn star in a different film. Gossip Cop claims the production, tentatively titled Inferno, will be announced next month at the Cannes Film Festival.

'MIGHTY MOUSE' REMAKE IN THE WORKS: A film based on the cartoon Mighty Mouse is reportedly in the works. PerezHilton.com reports that Brian and Mark Gunn, who helmed a remake of Journey To The Center Of The Earth were originally attached to the project but have since been fired. A new director and writer have yet to sign on.

GARY MARSHALL PRODUCING 'NEW YEAR'S EVE': Given the success of Valentine's Day, director Gary Marshall has decided to go forward with another holiday-themed ensemble comedy, New Year's Eve. Marshall announced, "New Year's Eve, a film about New Year's Eve in New York. It's an ensemble piece. I like ensembles." He added, "Well, it's a little grittier in New York but it still has the stories and the surprises. The audience is used to many stories now. They can take it. They're interested in more stories. So they did very well with Valentine's Day following all the different cast so we'll try it again." Casting has not yet been announced.

SIMON COWELL QUITTING 'BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT'?

Simon Cowell hinted that he is ready to quit Britain's Got Talent. The American Idol judge -- who is leaving that show after this season -- told the Daily Mail that "something has to give" in his busy life.

Cowell admitted to the paper, "I like the show, but it takes a hell of a lot of time and there are moments, I am not going to lie, where you are sitting there looking at these horrific acts and you actually think I genuinely can't do this anymore. But then you watch it back and you think it was all fun."

  • He added, "Can I see the show working without me? The answer is yes. In terms of who would replace me, I don't know to be honest with you. You have really got to know what you are talking about and you have really got to be able to spot a star."
  • Cowell is leaving Idol to focus his attention on launching The X Factor in America next year.

PAULA WON'T RETURN TO 'IDOL'

Meanwhile, American Idol producers refuted rumors that Paula Abdul was being courted back to the show. Despite recent reports that execs wanted Abdul to take Simon's spot next year, executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz told the New York Daily News, "There's no truth to that rumor."

OPRAH INTERVIEWS MO'NIQUE'S BROTHER AND ACCUSED MOLESTER, GERALD IMES

Gerald Imes, the brother of Oscar Winner, Mo'Nique, will appear on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" today (April 19th) to discuss his sister's sexual abuse accusations. Imes, who has denied molesting Mo'Nique in the past, will speak out for the first time.

Mo'Nique's parents will also appear on the show and Oprah will ask what they knew and what action they took regarding the alleged molestation.

  • Imes, who has served 15 years in prison for another sex offense, will discuss the last time he spoke to his sister and what he thought about her Academy-Award-winning performance in "Precious."
  • A Harpo Productions spokesperson tells AOLBlackvoices.com that Mo'Nique will not appear on the show, but has given her blessings for the interview.

Here are some excerpts from the interview:

OPRAH: "Before you heard Mo'Nique say that I was able to do that [her performance in 'Precious'] because of the monster in my own life, my older brother, Gerald, did you -- were you aware of the pain that you had caused her?"

GERALD: "No."

OPRAH: "You were not aware."

GERALD: "No."

OPRAH: "What did you think that you had done?"

GERALD: "I accepted it as being the norm, to be quite honest with you, and let me explain to you why."

OPRAH: "So you would abuse her regularly."

GERALD: "Not regularly. I just -- let's put it this way. It happened more than I wanted it to."

OPRAH: "Well, one time is too many."

GERALD: "You're right."

CHECK IT OUT

MAN CLAIMING TO BE OPRAH'S LONG LOST FATHER WANTS DNA TEST

An 84 year-old ailing man, is claiming to be Oprah's real father and is begging for a paternity test. According to Radaronline.com, Noah Robinson Senior, who is living in a Virginia Hospital, says his dream is to talk to his daughter before he dies.

Noah says that he has reached out to Oprah years ago to get her to agree to a DNA test. He tells the New York Post, "I told her [in a letter], if she wanted, I'd give her one. I never did get no answer. If I did, it didn't get to me."

  • Noah says he's not interested in getting any of Oprah's money. "I'd like her to call me. I'm her real father," he says. "I haven't seen her since she was a kid. She was a little bitty thing."
  • According to Radaronline.com, Oprah's spokeswoman says the talk-show queen isn't available to comment on Robinson's claims.

GEORGE LOPEZ REPORTEDLY FORCED TO ACCEPT CONAN SHOW

Things in TBS late night land may not be as rosey as they appear. Despite George Lopez's public support for Conan O'Brien joining the network and bumping his own show back an hour, sources told the New York Post that Lopez was bullied into complying.

An insider told the Post that network executives told Lopez he'd be fired if he refused to welcome Conan. The source said, "George was initially opposed to the idea of moving his time slot to make room for Conan on TBS. He was told that if he wasn't supportive, his show would not be renewed. The Lopez camp is even more disheartened by the fact that Conan's contract states that if Lopez's show is canceled, then Conan will be able to develop a show for the midnight hour, as well . . . it's in Conan's best interest for Lopez's show to fail."

  • TBS and Lopez denied the story. A rep for the network said, "These claims are completely untrue. TBS has been unequivocal in its support of George Lopez. Conan O'Brien and his team also fully support George's show." Lopez's rep agreed, saying "This information is false and fabricated."

JOHN CLEESE AMONG CELEBS AFFECTED BY VOLCANO ERUPTION

It's no surprise that jet-setting celebrities are feeling the effects of the volcanic eruption in Iceland that has halted most of trans-continental and European air travel. Movie junkets are in doubt, actors are paying thousands for cab rides and celebs have missed award shows as a result of the plane groundings.

Starpulse.com reported that John Cleese paid $4,950 for a taxi to take him from Norway to Belgium after he was unable to find an alternate route back to London after filming a talk show appearance. The actor, who caught the Eurostar train from Belgium to London, said, "We checked every option but there were no boats and no train tickets available. That's when my fabulous assistant determined the easiest thing would be to take a taxi."

  • A Single Man director Tom Ford was unable to accept his trophy at the GLAAD Media Awards because he couldn't catch a flight and WWE spokesman Kevin Hennessy said it was unclear if everyone would arrive in time for Monday night's scheduled WWE Raw.
  • At the moment, worldwide press junkets for Iron Man 2 with Robert Downey Jr. and Russell Crowe's Robin Hood are still on for this coming weekend in London.

CHARLIE SHEEN'S NEW UNIFORM: SHAVED HEAD AND PAJAMA PANTS

Charlie Sheen is sparking rumors of a Britney Spears-like break down after shaving his head and wandering around Los Angeles wearing pajama bottoms. TMZ.com photographed the actor with his new buzz cut and ultra-casual pants as he made a trip to the dentist on Friday (April 16th).

Meanwhile, Sheen's wife Brooke Mueller was photographed without her wedding ring shortly after reports emerged that Charlie has been having an affair with a high-priced escort.

  • A source close to Mueller, however, denied that she had moved out of the couple's home with their year-old sons. The insider told X17Online.com, "The reports are totally false. Brooke is still living at home and any tabloid that claims Brooke has spoken with them or made any comment to them is lying."

CHECK IT OUT: See Charlie's new 'do: http://tinyurl.com/y3soqev

CLUB OWNER DENIES TOSSING OUT KIEFER SUTHERLAND

Contrary to reports, Kiefer Sutherland was not thrown out of a London strip club last week for getting belligerent and taking off his shirt. The Daily Mail reported that the shirtless actor -- who supposedly drank more than five glasses of wine within two hours -- was escorted out of Stringfellow's Gentlemen's Club by bouncers.

  • Despite reports that the actor was forcibly kicked out, the club's owner, Peter Stringfellow explained on his blog, "One of the photos in the [newspaper] looks like my security guys got Kiefer in a headlock. That is NOT the case. They were just helping him into his car. Kiefer had slipped and the doorman tried to catch him and at the same time keep the photographers from taking photos."

NO LOVE FOR JACK BAUER?

Annie Wersching, who played Kiefer's love interest on 24, said that it's unlikely audiences will see Jack Bauer find love again in the wake of her character's death last week.

She told us, "Well, I would say this probably isn't a good sign for him. If we had five more seasons on the show to shoot or something, I wouldn't rule it out, but as far as the rest of this particular series goes, who knows what will happen in the movie. I imagine, the movie only being two hours, it would be a little hard to find love. I would say this definitely leaves him not ready to look for a relationship right away."

DANNY GLOVER ARRESTED DURING LABOR PROTEST

Actor and activist Danny Glover and eleven others were arrested outside of the Gaithersburg, Maryland headquarters of French food service company, Sodexo, on Friday, April 16th. During the protest Glover told the crowd, "We're here today to say no more to deplorable pay and working conditions."

  • Glover and the others were arrested after they crossed the yellow police tape that was set up to keep them back. After they were asked three times to move back and refused, they were taken into custody.
  • According to Montgomery County police spokesman Capt. Paul Starks, the protesters face a $1,000 fine or 90 days in jail.
  • The protest was organized by the Service Employees International Union.

THE SITUATION FILED FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BEFORE 'JERSEY SHORE' PREMIERED

After filming season one of Jersey Shore, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino was not confident it would be a hit. The 28-year-old filed for unemployment in New Jersey on Oct. 25, 2009 -- five weeks before the first episode of the show aired on MTV.

TMZ.com discovered documents that show state officials sent a request to Sorrentino's former employer, a restaurant in Florida, to confirm that he was terminated from his job as a waiter. It's unclear if he ever received a check.

  • Even if he did, the state wouldn't have had to support him for long. It's been reported that Sorrentino is getting $10,000 an episode for the show's second season, which is currently being filmed in Miami.

'GLEE' WINS BEST COMEDY AT GLAAD AWARDS

Glee was named outstanding comedy series at Saturday's (April 17th) GLAAD Media Awards. Creator Ryan Murphy accepted the trophy on behalf of the show and praised lesbian actress Jane Lynch and gay actor Chris Colfer in particular for their contributions.

Murphy told the audience that Colfer's character, Kurt Hummel, would have a boyfriend next season, and the pair would become prom kings. Murphy also promised the crowd that Colfer's character "would never be the victim."

  • Also during the ceremony, Iron Chef Cat Cora presented actress-director Drew Barrymore with the Vanguard Award, which honors efforts to increase visibility and understanding of the gay community. In a video before accepting her trophy, Barrymore listed several of her inspirational gay colleagues, including her agent, lawyer, doctor, stylists and one of her dogs.
  • Other winners included Logo's RuPaul's Drag Race for outstanding reality program and A Single Man for outstanding wide release film.
  • Adam Lambert performed at the show.

HEADLINE NEWS!!

TOYOTA REPORTEDLY WILL AGREE TO $16.4 MILLION FINE: Toyota Motor Corp. is expected to agree to a $16.4 million fine, the largest government penalty ever against an automaker, for a four-month delay in telling federal authorities about defective gas pedals on its vehicles, AP cited a Transportation Department official as saying yesterday (April 18th). According to the official, Toyota will pay the full amount within 30 days to avoid going to court against the government. Documents show Toyota knew about the problem with sticky gas pedals in September, but didn't notify the government or issue a recall until January. Under federal law, automakers are required to notify the government within five business days when they find a potential safety defect.

EUROPEAN AIRLINES GROUNDED BY VOLCANO PUSHING TO RESUME FLIGHTS: European airlines that have been grounded because of ash in the atmosphere from a volcano that erupted in Iceland are pushing to return to the skies after test flights by major airlines into European air space Sunday (April 18th) didn't have any damage. European Union officials said air traffic could return to half its normal level Monday if the dense ash cloud begins to dissipate. Eighty percent of European airspace remained closed for a fourth day on Sunday, because of concerns over the volcanic ash that can damage jet engines and planes' airframes.

GOLDMAN SACHS COULD FACE TROUBLE OVERSEAS OVER SEC FRAUD CASE: Goldman Sachs is now facing potential troubles in Europe over the fraud case brought against it in the U.S. by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Prime Minister Gordon Brown called for British authorities to investigate and accused the investment bank of "moral bankruptcy," while Germany also said it would ask for detailed information about the case. In a complaint filed Friday (April 16th), the SEC alleged that Goldman marketed a complex investment tied to the performance of pools of risky mortgages to investors without disclosing that the pools were picked by another client, a prominent hedge fund that was betting for the mortgages to fail. The company denies it did anything wrong, saying investor losses came from the deterioration of the whole housing sector, not regarding what was in the pools.

TODAY'S FYI:

AIRLINES VOW NOT TO CHARGE FOR CARRY-ON BAGS: Senator Charles Schumer announced Sunday (April 18th) that several major airlines have promised not to charge passengers for carry-on baggage, the pledge coming after low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines said two weeks ago that they'd start charging passengers $45 for carry-ons beginning on August 1st. Schumer said he'd personally gotten commitments for no carry-on fees from American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, United and US Airways. The New York Democrat has been very vocal in his opposition to Spirit Airlines' move, and introduced a bill last week to amend the tax code to eliminate a loophole that allows airlines to avoid taxes on certain fees, such as the carry-on fee. Spirit say that the fee is part of a strategy to make boarding faster and easier, and also said it plans to offset the increase by reducing fees for checked luggage and some fares.

PEOPLE IN PARTS OF THE U.S. MAY SEE SHUTTLE DESCENT: People across parts of the U.S. may be able to see the space shuttle Discovery streaking across the sky early this morning (April 19th) as it heads towards a return landing in Florida at 8:48 a.m. ET. Its path back will take it over parts of the West, Midwest and South, including Montana, South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, Mississippi and Alabama, and should be visible over Montana about a half hour before landing. People in the West, where it will still be dark, will see a glowing plasma trail that looks like a meteorite, while in the East, where it will be light, they may be able to see a glowing cloud.

COUNTERPROTESTERS ARRESTED AT L.A. WHITE SUPREMACIST RALLY: Five counterprotesters were arrested Saturday (April 17th) when things got rowdy at a white supremacist rally on the City Hall lawn in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported. The rally by about 40 members of a group called the National Socialist Movement who called for the removal of all non-whites from the country's southwest drew hundreds of counter-protesters. The counter-protesters scuffled with people believed to be sympathizing with the white supremacists, and one man with Nazi tattoos was severely beaten, while another carrying a confusing sign about religion with a scribbled swastika was also beaten by a mob. The supremacist group had a permit for the demonstration.

GEORGE WASHINGTON OWES BIG LIBRARY LATE FEE: George Washington may never have told a lie, but he did apparently take a couple of books out of a library that he never returned. New York City's oldest library, the New York Society Library, says one of its ledgers shows that Washington has accrued 220 years' worth of late fees on two books he borrowed when he was president that were due on November 2, 1789, but were never returned. One was Law of Nations, which deals with international relations, and the other was a book of debates from Britain's House of Commons. The library says they're not looking for payment of the fine, but would love to get the books back.

LBJ'S DAUGHTER AT THE MAYO CLINIC: Former President Lyndon Johnson's youngest daughter, 62-year-old Luci Baines Johnson, is at the Mayo Clinic, where her doctor said yesterday (April 18th) that she's making "significant improvement" after being brought in Friday. Johnson is being treated for what doctors suspect is Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare autoimmune disorder that affects the nervous system and can cause paralysis. Her doctor said she'll remain in intensive care for a while and then undergo rehab to strengthen her muscles, but is expected to make a full recovery.

SPORTS:

GARNETT SUSPENDED FOR PLAYOFF GAME: Boston Celtics player Kevin Garnett was suspended by the NBA Sunday (April 18th) for Boston's second playoff game against the Miami Heat. The one-game suspension was imposed on Garnett for hitting the Heat's Quentin Richardson in the head with an elbow with 40 seconds left in Boston's 85-76 win in Game 1 Saturday night. Richardson was fined $25,000. Their altercation took place near Miami's bench while Boston's Paul Pierce lay on the floor with an injury. Garnett said he wanted to make room for Pierce as Heat players stood nearby, and he got into a confrontation with Richardson.

EX-LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION VALERO FACES CHARGES IN DEATH OF HIS WIFE: Former lightweight boxing champion Edwin Valero was detained by police in his native Venezuela Sunday (April 18th) on suspicion of killing his wife, and charges were expected to be brought against him. The 28-year-old Valero was arrested after police found the body of his 20-year-old wife with three stab wounds in a hotel in Valencia. Valero had left the hotel room around dawn and allegedly told security that he'd killed her.

  • The former WBA super featherweight and WBC lightweight champion has a 27-0 record, all by knockouts.

(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 - When Ted attends his mother's wedding, he is disturbed by her overly affectionate relationship with her fiance.
  • RULES OF ENGAGEMENT - Jeff tries to find time alone after Audrey's girls' night out is canceled; Russell learns that Timmy has pent up agression toward him.
  • TWO AND A HALF MEN (repeat)
  • THE BIG BANG THEORY (repeat)
  • CSI: MIAMI - A muder victim's spirit won't leave Calleigh alone until she solves his case.

NBC

  • CHUCK (repeat)
  • TRAUMA - Glenn discusses unusual calls with his colleagues; Tyler's dad (Glenn Morshower) visits.
  • LAW & ORDER (repeat)

FOX

  • HOUSE - House and the team treat a knight from community of men and women living according to the High Renaissance; Wilson and an ex start over.
  • 24 - After learning of a devastating development, Jack heads to CTU for an intense meeting; President Taylor is conflicted when former President Logan sits down at the bargaining table.

ABC

  • DANCING WITH THE STARS - The remaining contestants perform popular songs from films.
  • ROMANTICALLY CHALLENGED - (series premiere) Rebecca decides to start dating again after hearing about her ex-husband's impending wedding; Perry thinks he has met the perfect girl.
  • CASTLE - Castle and Beckett find that Esposito has a personal connection to a suspected killer; Beckett connects with an attractive new detective.

CW

  • ONE TREE HILL (repeat)
  • GOSSIP GIRL (repeat)

FX

  • DAMAGES - (90 minute season finale) Ellen and Tom take matters into their own hands in an attempt to win the Tobin case; Patty Hewes is haunted by the price of her success.

MTV

  • TRUE LIFE - Three young Latina women are inspired by the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
  • TRUE LIFE - Young women, suffering from Body Dysmorphia, are desperate to overcome distorted self-perceptions.

SHOWTIME

  • NURSE JACKIE - Coop is selected for a marketing campaign; a security guard makes Jackie's secret life more difficult; O'Hara reveals a long time affair.
  • UNITED STATES OF TARA - Max's outburst comes back to haunt him; Tara discovers that she is aware while Shoshana takes over; Kate's music video is an Internet hit; Charmaine gets surprising news.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Howie Mandel, Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott, Nicole Scherzinger & Derek Hough
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Accused of Molesting Her: Oscar Winner Mo'Nique's Brother Comes Forward
THE VIEW - Neil Patrick Harris, Alyssa Milano, Megyn Kelly

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Jennifer Lopez, Mike Golic & Mike Greenberg, American Idol castoffs Andrew Garcia & Katie Stevens
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Brooke Shields, Phoenix
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Tim Allen, Alex O'Loughlin, Cypress Hill featuring Tom Morello
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Brendan Fraser, Amanda Righetti, Brian Scott McFadden
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - (repeat)
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat)
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Rep. John Dingell
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - George Will
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Kara DioGuardi, Cheech Marin & Tommy Chong, Jason Reeves

OFF BEAT BRIEFS


NJ MAN PURPOSELY VOMITS ON OFFICER: A man from New Jersey was arrested after purposely vomiting on an off-duty police captain and his 11-year-old daughter during Wednesday's Phillies-Nationals game. According to police, Matthew Clemmens, 21, made himself vomit on police captain, Michael Vangelo, after a friend of Clemmens was kicked out due to unruly behavior. Vangelo tried to push his children safely behind him but Clemmens punched him in the face. Nearby fans rushed in to help while they waited for police to arrive. "It was the most vile and disgusting thing I've ever seen," said Vangelo. Clemmens was charged with reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and assault. He is being held on a $36,000 bail. (AP)

TABBY CAT GETS FREE FLIGHT HOME: A lost cat from Chicago can finally return home thanks to a complimentary American Airlines ticket donated by an Albuquerque business. A tabby cat named Charles disappeared about eight months ago while his owner was out of town and a friend was caring for him. However, earlier this week, owner, Robin Alex received a phone call telling her that the Chicago Animal Care and Control had picked up her cat. The animal care staff called Alex after finding Charles' tracking microchip embedded between his shoulder blades. When Alex was unable to afford a round-trip ticket to Chicago, Albuquerque resident, Lucien Sims was kind enough to make the arrangements for Charles' return. (AP)

STUDENTS PUNISHED FOR FOOD-FIGHTING: Students at New Jersey's Atlantic City High School have learned their lesson after starting a food fight on Tuesday. Cafeteria workers only served the students cheese sandwiches for two days following the food fight as punishment. According to the school superintendent, Fredrick Nickles, the school only provides the basics when there has been a food-throwing incident. Only the students involved with the incident were punished. One parent became outraged, calling it "prison food." (AP)

PYTHON FOUND IN HOTEL BATHROOM: A python was found in the toilet of the La Vista hotel room in Nebraska. The Nebraska Humane Society said they managed to track down the snake's owner. According to reports, the owner panicked after losing the pet snake in the hotel in March and left without alerting management. The python was found on Thursday by another guest. The owner has not been cited. (AP)

DID YOU KNOW?

SAYING 'I'M SORRY' IS GOOD FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH: Researchers have discovered that women who receive an apology for hurtful behavior suffer less stress and potential damage to their heart than those who don't. A study showed that the pulse of a wronged woman returns to normal 20 percent quicker after a well-timed 'sorry' than without it. Unfortunately for men, a male heartbeat takes longer to recover after an apology than without, according to the research, suggesting that men become irritated when there is an admission of guilt. (Daily Mail)

WHY IS IT A BIG DEAL NOT TO DRINK ALCOHOL? A woman told Lemondrop.com, "There is definitely a 'drinking culture' among college students and young adults, in that bars are a default meeting place and drinking is a default weekend and post-work social activity. I think people come across as a bit judge-y toward non-drinkers, because my refusal of alcohol could be construed as a condemnation of their decision to drink."

NEAT FREAKS TO BLAME FOR RISE IN ALLERGIES: Excessive cleanliness has led to soaring rise in allergies, a new report has shown. According to Dr Guy Delespesse, director of the Laboratory for Allergy Research at the University of Montreal, the hike in allergies is due to our obsession with cleanliness. Dr Delespesse said: "There is an inverse relationship between the level of hygiene and the incidence of allergies and autoimmune diseases. The more sterile the environment a child lives in, the higher the risk he or she will develop allergies or an immune problem in their lifetime." In 1980, 10 percent of the Western population suffered from allergies. Today, it is 30 percent. In 2010, one in 10 children is said to be asthmatic, and the mortality rate has increased 28 percent between 1980 and 1994. (Daily Mail)

WEEKEND MOVIE WRAP-UP

For the second weekend in a row, the performance of the top two movies at the box office was so close that it wasn't possible to estimate for sure which finished at Number One. Paramount reported Sunday (April 18th) that its film How to Train Your Dragon took in $20 million, while Lionsgate said its movie Kick-Ass made $19.75 million in its debut weekend. Either could wind up being the top movie when the final numbers are released today. That's similar to what happened last weekend, when Date Night was slightly ahead of Clash of the Titans based on Sunday's estimates, but wound up finishing about $1.4 million behind Titans in second place when the final numbers were released.

The action comedy Kick-Ass stars Aaron Johnson as a teen comic-book geek who becomes a self-proclaimed superhero named Kick-Ass, and who teams up with vigilante dad Nicolas Cage and his 11-year-old daughter, played by Chloe Grace Moretz. How to Train Your Dragon is continuing to perform well in its fourth weekend of release, and was up from the Number Three spot last weekend.

The weekend's other new wide release, Death at a Funeral, opened in fourth place. It stars Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan and Danny Glover in a comedy about an extended family gathered together to lay its beloved husband and father to rest.

THIS WEEKEND'S TOP TEN MOVIES -- APRIL 16-18

  1. How to Train Your Dragon, $20 million
  2. Kick-Ass, $19.75 million
  3. Date Night, $17.3 million
  4. Death at a Funeral, $17 million
  5. Clash of the Titans, $15.8 million
  6. The Last Song, $5.8 million
  7. Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?, $4.2 million
  8. Hot Tub Time Machine, $3.55 million
  9. Alice in Wonderland, $3.54 million
  10. The Bounty Hunter, $3.2 million

ON THE MINDS OF MEN: ARE YOU BUFF ENOUGH? (Men's Health)

Are you satisfied with the way you look shirtless?

Yes: 32%
No: 68%

Do you plan to whip yourself into shape before summer?

Yes: 98%
No: 2%

How many times do you expect to go to the beach this summer?

0: 9%
1-5: 50%
6 or more: 41%

What's your assessment of your physique?

Too heavy: 38%
Too skinny: 14%
About right: 48%

Would you prefer to be leaner or taller?

Taller: 42%
Leaner: 58%

THINGS NOT TO DO WHEN YOU MEET HER PARENTS (LimeLife.com)

DO NOT become best friends with Jim Beam: Nothing can make a worse impression than whiskey on your breath and a stumble in your step. First, Mom and Dad can probably drink you under the table. So, don't try to impress them with your tank-like drinking skills because unfortunately, they won't be impressed. They'll only think you're a mumbling, belligerent moron who they cannot get away from their daughter fast enough. And you'll smell bad because no amount of AXE body spray can cover the stench of belligerence.

Belch the ABC's: Your best buds might think that's awesome while sitting around the TV watching Monday Night Football. Her parents? Not so much. They want to hear about the positive and respectable aspects of your life - your hopes and your dreams. Perhaps they want to hear about your family. But what I can absolutely assure you is that they don't want to smell the aroma of your Mexican flavored lunch in their faces as you burp your way through digestion.

Order the filet mignon: One word: rude. No matter how wealthy, generous or eccentric her parents are, they WILL notice if you order the most expensive thing on the menu. Not only will they notice but they will bring it up to their daughter who will in turn bring it up to you. So, in order to avoid the convoluted drama, avoid the $$ meal. For one night you can suffer with, God forbid, the chicken.

"Babe, remember when we were in bed and you. . . " Stop. Right. There. Her parents do not want to hear about their daughter's skills in between the sheets. And they don't want to hear about yours either. Your sex life with their daughter is none of their business. No matter how cool her parents seem to be - there are no parents "cool" enough to wow over their daughters flexibility and creativity in the sack.

Hitting on Mom: No matter how hot or cougar-ish she is. This is the easiest way to make Dad hate you immediately. This is also the easiest way to get broken up with. So, unless you want out (or your girlfriend is Rumer Willis because, lets face it, Demi is hot), stay away from your girlfriend's Mom. Whoever tells you that hooking up with Mom-aged woman is acceptable is lying to you. They are in denial. It's not cool and don't let anyone tell you that it is.

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

Which The View co-hosts also star on their own self-titled television series?

A: Joy Behar and Sherri Shepherd

Behar hosts The Joy Behar Show on HLN while Sherri's sitcom Sherri aired on Lifetime. It's waiting to hear about a second season pick up.

WATER COOLER TALK

Kim Kardashian is Latest to Go Public in Unretouched Photos

Kim Kardashian is the latest to join what seems to be the new celebrity trend of appearing in unretouched photos so that, as the pitch goes, the world can see what they really look like and everyday women won't feel so bad about themselves if they realize the difference between reality and the super-retouched photos of celebrities that they see in magazines. Kardashian appears naked in an unretouched photo in the May issue of Harper's Bazaar, although she's shown lying on her side, arranged so the "vital areas" aren't visible. Kardashian's photo comes after Jessica Simpson appeared on the cover of the May issue of Marie Claire magazine without makeup and in an unretouched shot, and after Britney Spears released the before retouching shot from an ad she did for Candie's shoes in which she appears standing in a bathing suit.

Golfer Calls Penalty on Himself to Give Playoff Opponent the Win

Golfer Brian Davis was trying to get his first-ever PGA Tour win yesterday (April 18th) in the Verizon Heritage when he called a penalty on himself that gave his playoff opponent, Jim Furyk, the tournament win. Davis was facing Furyk in the sudden-death playoff when his approach shot on the first hole bounced off the green and went into an area of rocks and weeds. When he tried to chip the ball out, his club grazed a loose reed on the backswing, which violates the rules and is an immediate two-stroke penalty. Immediately after, Davis called over a rules official, who looked at TV replays and confirmed the movement. Because of the two-stroke penalty, Davis conceded the victory to Furyk.


White House Spokesman Critical of Media's 'Food Fight' Coverage of Issues

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was critical in an interview with CNN's Howard Kurtz Sunday (April 18th) about the media's coverage of political issues, saying they focus too much on the "food fight" aspect, instead of the facts. Gibbs said the media doesn't do a good job of fact checking, and particularly took aim the false equivalency of trying to show both sides of an issue, without pointing out if the basis for the dispute is in fact actually true or not. He explained, "In a lot of different phases of the media, people can make statements that aren't checked. The media in some cases, covers the food fight but doesn't necessarily check who started it and whether it was started for a reason that was legitimate or not."

Friday, April 16, 2010

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Alan Jackson will be on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles today (Friday, April 16th) to unveil his new star on the Walk of Fame. Alan is among the 28 new stars being added this year. The ceremony is open to the public, and begins at 11:30 a.m. PT at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard.

Alan said that while he's received many honors, this one has special meaning. "I've been honored with all the music stuff, you know, and won everything I could, I guess. But I'm a big movie fan, and to think about all the great actors and other music people that are out there, that's just unreal to me. I guess more than anything, just think about, years to come, my kids -- or if I have grandchildren or something -- go out there and they can just walk right up there and step right on it."

Alan's star will be closely located to those belonging to The Doors, Judy Holliday and John Travolta. ["I think I'm close to John Travolta, and they knew what a good dancer I was, so they wanted to put me over by John, you know."

  • Alan will also make his first appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today. Check local listings for time.
  • The singer's Freight Train tour stops in Champaign, Illinois on April 29th.
  • His new CD of the same name is currently in stores.

FAST FACT

  • Alan's openers on the Freight Train tour are Chris Young and Josh Turner.
Kenny Chesney thrilled fans in his hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee on Wednesday (April 14th) by hosting a premiere there for his soon-to-be-released movie, Kenny Chesney: Summer In 3D. The screening raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars for Variety: The Children's Charity of Eastern Tennessee.

Kenny said, "When you step back and consider how far you've come, in a lot of ways it makes you want to go back to where you come from. You realize how much the values you were raised with -- and the support for crazy dreams -- help you do things you would never consider. So who better to share a moment like that with? And to benefit Variety, which takes such an active role in making a difference in young people's lives . . . that's makes everything about this so much sweeter."

Kenny signed autographs for over 30 minutes before addressing the over 1100 people who bought tickets.

The superstar is now headed to Las Vegas for the movie's official premiere, which will take place tomorrow night (Saturday, April 17th). Kenny said, "I've not seen the film yet. I kinda wanted to put on the glasses and watch it with at the official premiere. It's hard to believe something that started so long ago, something that seemed almost crazy when we started thinking about it is really happening. But it is... and after everything I've come to know about me, my fans and what we share from this, I can't wait."

  • On Sunday (April 18th), Kenny will perform on the Academy of Country Music Awards, which airs live from Sin City's MGM Grand Garden Arena on CBS.
  • Kenny Chesney: Summer In 3D will hit theaters across the country on April 21st.
  • The movie's end theme and Kenny's current single, "Ain't Back Yet," is a Top Five hit on the country charts.
Lady Antebellum pre-recorded a live performance of their crossover hit, "Need You Now," for American Idol on Wednesday (April 14th) in Los Angeles. The trio followed the live results show to tape the segment for the upcoming "Idol goes country" week. Hillary Scott recently told Ryan Seacrest that she auditioned for Idol twice and never even made it in front of the judges.

Garth Brooks rubbed elbows with President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday (April 14th) during the Grammy on the Hill Awards. The President honored Garth with a trophy for his leadership in advancing the rights of music makers, which he presented to the superstar in the Oval Office. The President was also presented with the 2007 Grammy Award for best spoken word album for his book, The Audacity of Hope.

Reba McEntire, Dierks Bentley, Martina McBride, Julianne Hough, Danny Gokey, Jewel, Big Kenny, Gary Allan, Sarah Buxton, Kellie Pickler, Blake Shelton and Phil Vassar will take part in the T.J. Martell Foundation's Eco-Energy Best Cellars Dinner on April 26th at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville. The event is one of the Foundation's signature fundraisers that pairs "best seller" country music hitmakers with "best cellars", Nashville's top wine collectors. The evening also includes a gourmet meal prepared by a world renown guest chef. This year, it's Josiah Citrin, chef and owner of Melisse Restaurant in Santa Monica, California, and co-owner of Lemon Moon Cafe in West Los Angeles.
  • The Best Cellars dinner benefits the T.J. Martell Foundation's Frances W. Preston Labs at Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center.
  • The event has raised more than $1.5 million.
Newcomer Josh Thompson is seeing the irony in his good fortune. After three years and 175,000 miles traveling around the country in his 2006 Ford E350 Econoline white van, which he fondly referred to as "Van-A-White," Josh finally got to upgrade to his very own tour bus. He's getting ready to hit the road with Brad Paisley next month and is doing a few solo shows, so getting to stretch out in a new Prevost seemed like that answer to his prayers. Unfortunately for Josh, the shiny, new bus broke down following a recent show at the City Limits Saloon in Raleigh, North Carolina. After being towed to a repair shop to fix the air compressor, Josh and his band got a delayed start the next day afternoon, making them late for their show in Rockingham, North Carolina that night. To make matters worse, the air compressor died again after that show.

Josh said, "I spent years in a van, just dreaming of the day I'd get in a bus. Then I did and it broke down . . . twice. Late for the first show in my life because of it."

The bus company wound up sending a new bus for Josh and, once again, he's living the dream.

  • Josh Thompson's current single and the album's title track, "Way Out Here," was recently released to country radio.
  • The song follows his Top 20 debut single, "Beer On The Table."
  • Josh's Way Out Here CD is currently in stores.

FAST FACTS

  • Josh is from Cedarburg, Wisconsin.
  • His first cut as a songwriter is the title track of Jason Michael Carroll's latest CD, Growing Up Is Getting Old.
The Judds will kick off 2010 CMA Music Festival in Nashville with the opening daily concert on the Riverfront Park Stage on Thursday, June 10th at 10 a.m. CT. This will be The Judds sixth time to perform at the annual event, the last being in 2009.

Naomi and Wynonna said, "We can't wait to be live with fans and music lovers from across the country. It's such a privilege to partner with CMA to spread the word about our final tour. Plan your life around it. The Judds are coming back."

The mother-daughter duo will head out on their final tour later this year. They have asked fans to submit names for the trek. The winning submission will be chosen by The Judds, and the winner will receive credit in the 2010 Commemorative Judds Tour Book, a thank you video from The Judds, and $500 in tour merchandise. The contest ends on April 232rd. For details, log onto wynonna.com.

  • The 2010 CMA Music Festival will run from June 10-13 in downtown Nashville.

FAST FACTS

  • The Judds first parted in 1991 after Naomi was diagnosed with hepatitis C.
  • The next time they shared the stage was in 1998.
  • Earlier this year, Wynonna announced the two would tour and record an album together before the end of 2010.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. What was the name of the song that Willie Nelson debuted on the country charts with in 1962?
A. "Willingly," which was a duet with Shirley Collie

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY!

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW/SYN (check local listings)
Alan Jackson

INTRODUCING: LAURA BELL BUNDY/GAC 1:00PM (ET)

TOP 20 COUNTRY COUNTDOWN/GAC 8:00PM (ET)
Tim McGraw

ON THE STREETS/GAC 10:30PM (ET)
Laura Bell Bundy, Mindy McCready

THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON/CBS 12:35AM (ET)
Willie Nelson

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Hall Of Fame NBA center) (63)

  • Ellen Barkin (actress, Diner, The Big Easy, Eddie and the Cruisers) (56)
  • Jon Cryer (actor, Pretty in Pink, Hot Shots!, Two and a Half Men) (45)
  • Martin Lawrence (actor and comedian, Do The Right Thing, Martin, Big Momma's House) (45)
  • Benedict the 16th (pope, born Joseph Ratzinger in Germany) (83)
  • Bobby Vinton (singer, "Blue Velvet") (75)
  • Peter Billingsley (actor, "Ralphie" in the classic Christmas film A Christmas Story) (39)
  • Dave Pirner (frontman, Soul Asylum) (46)
  • Jimmy Osmond (singer, the Osmonds) (47)
  • Gerry Rafferty (singer-guitarist-keyboardist, Stealers Wheel; had solo hits with "Baker Street" and "Right Down The Line") (63)
  • Jason Scheff (singer and bassist, Chicago) (48)
  • John Bentley (bassist, Squeeze) (59)
  • Lucas Haas (actor, Witness, Everyone Says I Love You, Zoolander, Gardener of Eden) (34)
  • Akon (singer) (33)

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

  • Melissa Joan Hart (actress, Sabrina The Teenage Witch) (34)
  • Jane Leeves (actress, played Daphne Moon on Frasier) (49)
  • Eric McCormack (actor, plays Will Truman on NBC's Will & Grace) (47)
  • Hayley Mills (actress, played twins in Disney's Parent Trap) (64)
  • Rick Moranis (comedian-actor, Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, My Blue Heaven, Parenthood, Ghostbusters) (57)
  • Conan O'Brien (late night TV talk show host) (47)
  • Eric Roberts (actor, The Coca Cola Kid, Runaway Train, Rude Awakening, brother of Julia Roberts) (54)
  • James Woods (actor, Salvador, The Virgin Suicides, Ghosts of Mississippi, Nixon, Riding in Cars with Boys) (63)
  • Maria Bello (actress, ER, Permanent Midnight, Payback, Coyote Ugly, The Cooler, A History Of Violence, Thank You For Smoking) (43)
  • Barbara Hale (actress, played Della Street on the Perry Mason TV series) (88)
  • David Tennant (actor, Doctor Who, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) (39)
  • America Ferrera (actress, Ugly Betty) (26)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Jamey Johnson earned a gold album for That Lonesome Song in 2009.
  • Keith Urban earned his first gold album with his self-titled solo debut in 2001.
  • Tim McGraw's A Place In The Sun album was released in 1999.
  • Brooks & Dunn's Borderline album was released in 1996.
  • Barbara Mandrell's "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool" was released in 1981.
  • Waylon Jennings' Number One single "Luckenbach, Texas" charted in 1977.
  • Johnny Cash taped the first of his ABC-TV weekly shows at the Ryman Auditorium in 1969.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP!

PARIS AND DOUG ARE DEFINITELY DONE: Finally! It's been confirmed that Paris Hilton and Doug Reinhardt are no longer an item. After a week of back-and-forth gossip concerning their relationship status, a spokesperson for Hilton told GossipCop.com, "The relationship between Paris and Doug is over. She broke up with him more than 2 weeks ago."

RUMER WILLIS GETTING ENGAGED SOON? Rumer Willis and her longtime boyfriend Micah Alberti are reportedly "on the verge" of getting engaged. A source told PopCrunch.com, ''I know they already have gone ring-shopping and are debating where to [get married]. My best guess would be very far from L.A.'' The insider says the wedding could come as soon as this June. Her rep denied that an actual engagement was in place.

TIGER MISTRESS ARRESTED: Jaimee Grubbs, one of Tiger Woods's alleged mistresses, was arrested Wednesday (April 14th) on suspicion of driving on a suspended license in West Hollywood. She was taken into custody after a random license plate check of her car showed she had three outstanding warrants for the offense. Grubbs was held on $30,309 bail before her release Thursday morning. The L.A. cocktail waitress previously released voicemails and texts that Tiger supposedly sent during their affair.

NOAH WYLE REPORTEDLY DATING GINA GERSHON: Noah Wyle and Gina Gershon are reportedly a couple. The National Enquirer reports that Wyle -- who split from his wife last October -- recently embarked on a romance with Gershon, who is nine years older than him. An insider who spotted the pair on a date told the publication, "Noah and Gina arrived arm in arm around sunset, and they were dressed to the nines. They had a very romantic four-course dinner at the inn's Sierra Mar restaurant. It was two days of relaxation and romance." The source added, "Noah and Gina are clearly in love. They spend a lot of time together at Gina's Los Angeles home and at Noah's place near Santa Barbara. They're a good match and have tons in common. They like the same movies, books and music. They even have keys to each other's homes."

BRET MICHAELS OUT OF THE HOSPITAL: Bret Michaels is out of the hospital. On Thursday (April 15th), EOnline.com confirmed that the Celebrity Apprentice star had been released after undergoing an emergency appendectomy earlier in the week.

PATRICK SWAYZE'S WIDOW WANTS TO ADOPT? Patrick Swayze's widow is reportedly considering adopting a child. Lisa Niemi says that she regrets not investigating fertility treatment with the late actor and now wants to start the family they were never able to have together. She told the Globe, "Other single people do (adopt). . . I've always wanted a child." The publication reported that Niemi and Swayze once considered adopting a child from Russia before the Ghost star fell ill with pancreatic cancer.

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

ZAC EFRON GETS DRUGGY ROLE: Zac Efron will play a drug runner in the upcoming film, Snabba Cash. E! reports that the film follows three interconnected stories set in the world of drugs and organized crime. The website added, "At the center of it all is a hustler turned money launderer (Efron) who hopes to get rich by smuggling cocaine for a mob boss."

'AMERICAN IDOL' WANTS PAULA BACK? There's a new rumor out claiming that American Idol producers want Paula Abdul back. A source told In Touch Weekly, "They want Paula back. They're not sure if she'd be the fifth judge, but they are talking to her. People tuned in to see Paula's wacky antics and her chemistry with Simon. The show is just not as much fun to watch without her."

SANDRA BULLOCK NOT CONFIRMED FOR GEORGE LOPEZ SHOW: Despite reports, Sandra Bullock has not booked an interview with good friend George Lopez on his TBS talk show. Although sources claimed that the actress would give her first post-scandal interview to Lopez in November, her rep told GossipCop.com, "There are no plans for her to be on the show. Nothing has even been discussed."

DANIEL RADCLIFFE RETURNING TO BROADWAY: Daniel Radcliffe is coming back to Broadway. The Associated Press reported that the Harry Potter star will appear in a revival of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," opening in spring 2011. The role, an opportunistic young man who rises from the mail room to the top of the corporate heap, involves singing and dancing.

'ECLIPSE' RE-SHOOTS ARE NO BIG DEAL: Despite rumors of behind-the-scenes drama and studio disappointment with Eclipse, a rep for Summit Entertainment told E! News that production is running according to plan. It's unclear if any of the film's main stars will be headed back to the set for the upcoming re-shoots, but the spokesman insisted that all the book's crucial scenes will stay intact. The rep said, "They are not technically reshoots but rather 'pickup shots.' The studio is very happy and some internally think this film could very well be the best of the three."

LARRY KING REPORTEDLY HAS NO PRENUP

Larry King's divorce will probably continue getting uglier because TMZ.com claims he does not have a prenup with estranged wife Shawn Southwick.

Source told the website that although he was married seven times before tying the knot with Southwick in 1997, he didn't insist she sign a prenup. A source close to the situation said, "She is a tall, good-looking blonde and that pretty much explains it."

  • According to TMZ, Larry's net worth is estimated at $144 million. He's in the middle of a CNN contract reportedly worth $56 million over 4 years.
  • In California, earnings accumulated during a marriage are split 50/50. Shawn and Larry have been married for nearly 13 years.

IS ELIN DIVORCING TIGER?

Is Elin leaving Tiger for good? Sources tell RadarOnline.com that the troubled golf star's wife recently had a visit from a divorce attorney she's hired. One source says,"Divorce is something she's talking about. No one knows if she's going to go through with it. No one is sure if she knows if she's going to go through with it."

  • The source also says that Elin is angry at Tiger for returning to golf so soon and has grown increasingly distant from him. According to People.com, another source says Elin was "outraged and disgusted" by Tiger's Nike commercial featuring the voice of his dead father.
  • Elin, 30, is reportedly returning home from Scottsdale, Arizona and soon taking another trip -- without Tiger. There are no reports that she has filed legal papers as of yet.

CHECK IT OUT

ELLEN DEGENERES TOPS 'OUT' MAGAZINE'S POWER LIST

Ellen DeGeneres claimed the top spot on Out magazine's annual Power 50 list. The magazine declared, "With America getting a double dose of the multi-Emmy winner via her hugely popular talk show and her new gig as American Idol judge, DeGeneres traded spots with Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank."

Other gay power players who made the list were Adam Lambert and How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris, who claimed fifth and seventh place respectively.

  • Moviemaker Lee Daniels was at 25, while comedienne Wanda Sykes was featured at 36.
  • Jodie Foster was placed 41st and Milk director Gus Van Sant came in at 43.

PORTIA PREFERS FATTER ELLEN

In other Ellen news, the star recently talked about her weight with Shape magazine, admitting that wife Portia de Rossi actually prefers when he's a bit heavier. DeGeneres told the magazine, "She loves me no matter what. Whenever I feel bad about myself, or if I'm in a period where I'm not working out, she's constantly telling me that she doesn't notice, that I look beautiful. She'll say, 'I think you could gain 10 more pounds.'"

  • Ellen's fit physique is the result of a strict meal plan that includes "No animals, no dairy, nothing processed; a lot of soup, veggies, rice, beans, legumes."

KATE HUDSON REPORTEDLY GETS BREAST IMPLANTS


Kate Hudson reportedly got a boob job last month. The formerly flat-cheated actress supposedly went under the knife for a "small breast augmentation" in March.

Hudson's fuller bust was notable in a recent photograph taken while the actress was poolside in Miami. A source told Us Weekly, "Kate makes jokes about her boobs, but her chest has always been one of her biggest insecurities."

In 2002, the 31-year-old said she was happy with her small assets, explaining at the Golden Globes, "I have small breasts, obviously. It's nice to be able to wear a plunging neckline and have it be elegant."

  • In other Hudson news, the actress's six-year-old son finally had his signature long locks cut off. People magazine snapped Ryder Robinson with short hair on the way to school earlier this week.

FORMER HARPO EMPLOYEE SPILLS THE BEANS ON WORKING WITH OPRAH

A former Harpo employee gave Gawker.com juicy details on what she claims really goes on behind the scenes of "The Oprah Winfrey Show." According to the website, the anonymous ex-Harpo staff member alleges that O's producers had very weird requests, including calling "Diet Coke," "Diet Pepsi," because Oprah didn't like Pepsi.

The ex-employee also alleges that most of Oprah's staff was stressed out, working long hours filled with nicotine, caffeine and not alot of sleep. She explained, "In one day, the two executive producers, Sheri and Lisa, had 15 46-ounce Diet 'Cokes', six double cappuccino coffees, smoked three packs of cigarettes, and slept 3-4 hours. What was hilarious to me was that Oprah preaches, "Live your best life," but these women were/are killing themselves for Oprah."

She also claims that one of Oprah's assistants is pregnant . . . allegedly with Oprah and Gayle's baby! Supposedly: "Carla Bird, who has been written about as "a great assistant," was anything but. This woman got paid for working an ungodly amount of overtime. "However, she never worked those hours! Which was amazing to everyone around the executive office. She was written about as Oprah's Golden Child, when in reality, the hours she put down, she never worked. And now "Birdie" is pregnant (with Oprah and Gayle's baby - go ahead and investigate that one!) -- and that is why they keep her on the payroll."

SIDE NOTE

  • In 2007, Page Six reported that Harpo staffers were upset over Carla Birdie's excessive overtime pay. When The Post asked her if she was "getting special favors from Harpo," Carla said: "I'm not allowed to comment. Thank you."

MIAMI IS TOO EXPENSIVE FOR 'JERSEY SHORE' CAST

It's a good thing the Jersey Shore crew is heading back to Seaside Heights soon because word is, they can't afford Miami. Source tell RadarOnline.com that the cast members spend their own money when they go out -- and they go out a lot.

A source told the website, "These guys are dropping easily $400 dollars a night on drinks and I don't know how long they can keep it up." The insider added, "The cast feels like boycotting some nights out because of the crazy prices and MTV doesn't pick up the tab."

  • Some of their burden is supposedly lifted because select clubs reportedly send the cast drinks for free or provide bottle service.

MOVIE OPENING TODAY!

Opening today (April 16th) is the new action flick, Kick Ass, starring Nicolas Cage, Aaron Johnson and Mark Strong. The superhero film follows of an average comicbook-loving teenager who decides to become a real life super hero, even though he doesn't have a super power, calling himself Kick Ass. When Kick Ass inspires a subculture of copy cats, he teams up with them to fight a local mob boss.

  • Kick Ass was directed by Matthew Vaughn.
  • Kick Ass is rated R and has a running time of 2 hours.

Opening today (April 16th) is the new comedy Death at a Funeral, starring Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan and Danny Glover. The film follows an American family as they try to lay their beloved husband and father to rest, but as everyone gathers at the house, revelations are made and everything that can do wrong, does go wrong unleashing mayhem at the funeral. Death at a Funeral was directed by Neil La Bute.
  • Death at a Funeral is rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 30 minutes.

HEADLINE NEWS!!

ASH FROM ICELAND VOLCANO DISRUPTING EUROPEAN FLIGHTS: A huge ash cloud from a volcano in Iceland that began erupting Wednesday (April 14th) for the second time this month is causing flights delays across Europe. Non-emergency flights in Britain were canceled Thursday and will stay that way until at least midday today, and Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Belgium also closed their air space. France shut down 24 airports, Germany closed some as well, and several flights headed to Europe from the U.S. had to return or be rerouted. Half of all trans-Atlantic flights are expected to be canceled today. In addition to affecting visibility, the ash from volcanic eruptions can damage airplane engines and airframes.

OBAMA ANNOUNCES SPACE PLANS: President Obama announced his plans for future space exploration at Cape Canaveral yesterday (April 15th), speaking of journeys including landing on an asteroid before mounting an expedition to Mars in 25 years or so. He said, "I expect to be around to see it." Some critics, including legendary former astronaut Neil Armstrong, have spoken out against Obama's plans for NASA after the end of the space shuttle program this year, but Obama said, "Nobody is more committed to manned space flight, the human exploration of space, than I am. But we've got to do it in a smart way; we can't keep doing the same old things as before." Explaining why he dropped former President George W. Bush's plan to return to the moon, Obama said, "We've been there before," and countering criticism over jobs, he said his plan would create 2,500 more jobs in the region than Bush's. Although Armstrong is critical of Obama's plan, his Apollo 11 crewmate, Buzz Aldrin, backs it, and he attended yesterday's speech, after flying in with Obama on Air Force One.

REVIEW OF TROUBLED COAL MINES ORDERED: President Obama yesterday (April 15th) ordered a sweeping review of coal mines with poor safety records and called on federal officials to strengthen laws that he called, quote, "so riddled with loopholes that they allow unsafe conditions to continue." Obama spoke out after receiving a preliminary report on last week's coal mine explosion in West Virginia that killed 29 people. The report suggests the disaster may have been caused by a preventable buildup of methane gas, and raised serious concerns about a major spike in safety violations at the mine owned by Massey Energy Co. Obama pointed a finger at the company, saying, "Safety violators like Massey have still been able to find ways to put their bottom line before the safety of their workers -- filing endless appeals instead of paying fines and fixing safety problems." Massey Energy issued a statement calling Obama's remarks "regrettable" and defending its safety record.

OBAMA SAYS HOSPITALS MUST ALLOW GAY PARTNERS TO VISIT: President Obama ordered new rules yesterday (April 15th) saying that hospitals that accept Medicare and Medicaid payments -- which is most of them -- must allow the gay partners of patients to visit them and help make critical health decisions. The instructions say that patients' designated visitors should have the same rights that immediate family members now do.

TODAY'S FYI:

OBAMAS MADE $5.5 MILLION IN 2009, PAID $1.8 MILLION IN TAXES: President Obama and his wife Michelle released their tax returns on Tax Day yesterday (April 15th), which show they had $5.5 million in income last year, most of it from the sale of Obama's two books, his 1995 memoir Dreams From My Father and 2006's The Audacity of Hope. The president also had his $400,000 a year salary. The first couple paid $1.8 million in federal incomes taxes, about one-third of their income, and gave $329,100 to charity.

  • Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill had an income of $33,182, paid $71,147 in federal income taxes and gave $4,820 to charity.

ISRAEL BANS IMPORTS OF APPLE'S iPAD: Israel has banned the import of Apple's new iPad over concerns that its wireless signals could disrupt other devices. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission allows devices with Wi-Fi capability to broadcast at higher power levels than are allowed in Europe and Israel. Israeli customs officials said Thursday (April 15th) that they've already confiscated about 10 iPads since the new regulations were announced this week, which prevent even tourists from beginning the tablet computers into the country until officials certify they comply with local transmitter standards.

  • The iPad went on sale in the U.S. on April 3rd, but its international debut has been delayed until May 10th because of heavy sales in America.

STUDY: BRAIN CAN ONLY MANAGE TWO TASKS WELL AT ONCE: A new study has found that the brain is equipped to do two tasks well at once, but performance drops when a third task is added, LiveScience.com reported yesterday (April 15th). The research appearing in the journal Science found that when facing two tasks, the part of the brain known as the medial prefrontal cortex divides so that half of the region focuses on one task and the other half on the other task. But when a third task is added, accuracy falls considerably, with it seeming as if the third task has nowhere to go with the two hemisphere's occupied. The researchers said this might also help explain why humans seem to have a hard time making decisions between more than two things.

DID DONNER PARTY NOT TURN TO CANNIBALISM AFTER ALL?: The Donner Party has famously gone down in history for resorting to cannibalism when the pioneers got stranded in the snowbound Sierra Nevada during the winter of 1846 to 1847. But new research suggests that it may not really have happened after all, Discovery News reports. Gwen Robbins, an assistant professor of biological anthropology at Appalachian State University, and her team carried out a detailed analysis of the bones found at the Donner's Alder Creek campsite hearth. They found that the 84 people ate cattle, deer, horses, and even a family dog, but no human bones were identified. The researchers said this means that if they did cannibalize the dead, the bones were treated in a different way, such as being buried. The 47 people who survived strongly denied reports of cannibalism, but journalists at the time embellished the survivors' accounts and largely fueled the legend.

SPORTS:

ROETHLISBERGER ACCUSER TOLD POLICE SHE TOLD HIM NO: The 20-year-old college student who accused Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of sexual assault told him, "No, this is not okay," and tried to get away from him, according to police documents released Thursday (April 15th) by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, one day after a Georgia district attorney said no charges would be filed because the accusation couldn't be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. The accuser told police that she was very intoxicated on the night of March 5th when one of Roethlisberger's bodyguards took her to a hallway at a nightclub, sat her on a stool and left. She said Roethlisberger walked down the hallway and exposed himself and she told police, "I told him it wasn't ok, no, we don't need to do this," and got up to leave. She she she went to the first door, which turned out to be a bathroom, and that Roethlisberger followed her in and shut the door. She told police, "I still said no, this is not OK, and he then had sex with me. He said it was OK. He then left without saying anything."

  • NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is reviewing the matter and Steelers president Art Rooney said yesterday that the league and team will decide on a punishment.

TIGER WOODS TO PLAY AT QUAIL HOLLOW IN TWO WEEKS: Tiger Woods announced yesterday (April 15th) that he will play at the Quail Hollow Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina, which begins in two weeks, on April 29th. This will be the second tournament Tiger is playing in since his return to golf after five months off following the revelation of his multiple infidelities. He tied for fourth last weekend at the Masters. Woods has played the Quail Hollow Championship four times, and won in 2007.

(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, April 16, 2010


CBS
  • GHOST WHISPERER (repeat)
  • MEDIUM (repeat)
  • MIAMI MEDICAL - Members of a wedding party are rushed to the hospital; Zambrano and Deleo's flirtation draws attention.

NBC

  • SECRETS OF THE MOUNTAIN - (original movie) A woman, her three children and an attorney search for treasure on a mountain. Starring Barry Bostwick, Shawn Christian and Douglas Barr.
  • DATELINE NBC - A young woman trying to start her life over on an island off the Austrailian coast, disappears in broad daylight.

FOX

  • HOUSE (repeat)
  • KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (repeat)

ABC

  • WIFE SWAP - A mother whose family thinks the world may end in 2012 trades lives with a mother from California who thinks her daughter is going to be the world's next great golfer.
  • JAMIE OLIVER'S FOOD REVOLUTION - Jamie asks high school students to choose between a lunch menu of fresh fare or processed junk food.
  • 20/20 - Investigating the murder of 7-year-old Somer Thompson.

CW

  • SMALLVILLE - Zod poses as the Blur and asks Lois to investigate one of Tess' secret labs; Tess turns to Chloe for help when Clark is infected with red kryptonite.
  • AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL (repeat)

HBO

  • THE RICKY GERVAIS SHOW - Karl discusses who he would save if he were on a sinking ship with Ricky and Stephan; the extinction of hedgehogs; "Monkey News".
  • THE LIFE & TIMES OF TIM - Debbie, as a palm reader, makes predictions for Tim; Tim ruins an escape artist's career.
  • REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER - TBA

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Hilary Duff, the latest American Idol castoff, Alan Jackson
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Fridays Live: Sir Elton John and Russell Crowe
THE VIEW - Donna Karen, Timothy White

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - (repeat)
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) - Willie Nelson, Ellie Kemper
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Tracy Morgan, the cast of Diggnation, Mdamukong Suh, the Flaming Lips
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Matthew Vaughn, the XX

SATURDAY

NBC

  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Ryan Phillippe hosts; Ke&sha performs.

SUNDAY

CBS

  • THE 45TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS - Reba McEntire hosts from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas; Brooks & Dunn, Lady Antebellum, Reba McEntire and Tim McGraw are scheduled to perform.

NBC

  • MINUTE TO WIN IT - An aspiring restauranteur looks to win money to open his own eastery; a videographer wants to winn money to get her family a new car.
  • THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE - The teams must reinvent the images of country singers Emily West and Luke Bryan in time for a photo shoot and a concert; another celebrity is sent home.

FOX

  • THE SIMPSONS - While finishing court ordered community service, Homer befriends Chief Wiggum; Bart develops an addiction to a Japanese game.
  • THE CLEVELAND SHOW (repeat)
  • FAMILY GUY (repeat)
  • AMERICAN DAD - While out tasting wines, drunken Roger kisses Francine, who tells Stan about the incident.

ABC

  • EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION (repeat)
  • DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES - Determined to derail Preston's marriage, Lynette discovers the truth about Irina's feelings; Gaby offers to help Bob and Lee without considering the consequences.
  • BROTHS & SISTERS - Still reeling from discovery secrets about his childhood, Kevin refuses to attend his birthday party; Tomm, Justin and Kevin confront Dennis.

A&E

  • GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS - KISS manager Doc McGhee tries to play a prank on Gene when the band arrives in New Orleans for a concert.
  • KIRSTIE ALLEY'S BIG LIFE - Kirstie challenges Lily and True with a week of adulthood to see if they can make it out into the world.

AMC

  • BREAKING BAD - Gus tries to lure Walt back into the business; Skylar doubts her new relationship.

HBO

  • THE PACIFIC - The Marines attempt to capture the Peleliu airfield; Leckie is evacuated from the island; Sledge learns what is required to fight another day.
  • TREME - Albert takes the law into his owns hands; LaDonna receives news about her missing brother.

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

HIDE-AND-SEEK BURGLAR STUCK IN VENT: A Maryland man accused of burglary told police that he was playing hide-and-seek after officials found him stuck in a vent. The 20-year-old was found dangling in a duct at a BP convenience store. According to police, the man claimed to have been playing hide-and-seek with other adults when he crawled through the vent. He accidentally set off the fire extinguisher and sprayed powder all over the store. (AP)

TWO MEN STEAL BEER FROM LANDFILL: Two sanitation workers from Columbia, Montana took dozens of cases of expired beer from the city landfill. Police and city supervisors are trying to decide if the act was a crime, theft of city property or just a policy violation. According to authorities, a Columbia distributor, Scheppers Distributing Co., sent 1,500 cases of expired beer to the landfill on April 1st. The two Solid Waste Division workers brought a truck to the site and took approximately 50 cases of beer. After being confronted about the action, one worker quit while the other faces disciplinary action. Once beer is left at the landfill, it becomes city property. This means that the city is liable if the workers shared it with other people. (AP)

OSPREY CUTS OFF 1,600 CUSTOMERS' POWER: An osprey in Maine that dropped a tree branch onto a powerline accidentally cut off power to about 1,600 customers. Gail Rice, a spokesman for Central Maine Power, says it took almost 90 minutes to restore power on Wednesday. Ospreys have been causing problems in the area for years. According to Rice, utility workers have been battling with the birds near the shipyard. Workers even sometimes build nesting platforms in order to prevent the ospreys from disrupting the sensitive equipment. (AP)

MAN ARRESTED FOR USING A LASER POINTER: A man from Orange County, Florida is facing felony charges after pointing a laser at a sheriff's helicopter while it was in the air. The Orange County sheriff's pilot, Kevin Poston, was sitting in the cockpit on patrol Tuesday night when he was suddenly blinded with a ''lightning-like'' flash. Lasers can reach a mile or more in the sky. Poston was 1,000 feet in the air which is not high enough for him to recover in case he had lost control. Spotter, Patrick Deans, found the laser was coming from a vehicle in a parking lot. Deputies picked up a 42-year-old man dressed all in camoflage and armed with a Glock gun. The green laser pointer was found 100-feet from the man's jeep. (WFTV.com)

DID YOU KNOW?

WOMEN DON'T WANT NICE GUYS: Arthur Malov, the founder of New York Dating Coach, a relationship consulting agency with primarily male clients says, "Girls might say they want a nice guy, but what they really want is the cool guy. A jerk is rarely so bad that no one wants to hook up with him." Malov's agency, which coaches single men from all over the U.S. and as far away as Japan and Norway, instructs clients to steer away from the polished, predictable image. The dating coach tells men to stop being so available and flexible. He advises the men to leave a little mystery because women, despite what they say, do desire the chase. He added, "Realize that women don't want you to hand over your power by being a Mr. Nice Guy in return for their affection, love and attention. Sure, women want you to show them respect and love, but they also want you to be a man and take charge. If you can't do that, women won't want to be with you." (CNN)

FEMALE VIAGRA ON THE WAY: Researchers are one step closer to developing a Viagra for women. A new study tested a prototype of a drug designed to treat female sexual arousal disorder (FSAD), and found that it shows promise. The drug was developed by Pfizer, makers of the popular male arousal pill Viagra, and is currently being tested on rabbits. It works by blocking the enzyme that controls blood flow to the genital region, allowing greater physiological arousal, lead researcher Chris Wayman told ABC. Wayman said the drug would not create arousal out of nowhere, but "would boost blood flow when accompanied by desire and sexual stimulation." (NY Daily News)

DECREASED WORK HOURS WILL MAKE US HAPPY: Researchers on a new hapiness study say employers should reduce work hours. A five-year study of more than 10,000 adults in the UK has shown that men and women link their own personal happiness with that of the welfare of their nearest and dearest, despite showing it in different ways. While men are motivated by earning money and women by securing a happy home life, researchers found that behind those different answers lay the same motive -- that a happy and settled family life was the key to happiness. Dr Anke Plagnol, one of the report's co-authors, said: ''Men and women both seem to be linking their ideas about well-being to the lives of others, perhaps to a greater extent than we might have expected. That is something policy-makers should be taking into consideration, by ensuring that provision is made to enable both men and women to spend reasonable amounts of time with their families.''

BIRTH CONTROL: NORMAL BY THE NUMBERS (Glamour)

  • 88 percent of women under 30 don't want to get pregnant right now, but 17 percent say they're likely to have unprotected sex.
  • 27 percent of women don't like their current birth control.
  • 18 percent of women say they've skipped pills or gone off them for a while to save money.
  • 74 percent of say that if there were a male pill, they'd want their guy to take it; 60 percent say they'd be game.

HOW TO BE A GOOD MATCHMAKER (YourTango.com)

Determine which of your friends are ready for serious dating or a relationship. Sure, the woman who just broke up with her boyfriend of three years is desperate to replace his companionship, but that doesn't mean you should set her up before she's even emptied a tissue box. In the same way, don't sick your womanizing male friend on female acquaintances who want and are ready for a long-term relationship. Instead, keep an eye out for friends who are comfortable dating, who will take your choice seriously, and who won't be too devastated (or upset at you) if the matchmaking doesn't work out.

Lock down the logistics. If you're going to set two people up, make sure they can realistically date each other. Do they live near each other? Do they work similar hours? Do they share the same religious beliefs? As tempted as you are to set up Andrew from DC with Sally who lives in LA, it might have to wait until one or the other moves cross-country.

Figure out whether your friends are open to being matched up. Some people hate being set up, so respect their wishes and hold back if they insist on being left alone. Still, if you're convinced that you've found the perfect match for that person, evaluate his or her reasons for not wanting to be set up and see if you can't (gently) urge them into it. If your guy friend is jaded after going on 10 blind dates in a row, offer to buy him a meal if the next one ends in disappointment. If your gal pal is going through a major career change and isn't looking to date at all right now, however, you might want to set your sights elsewhere.

Work with their types -- or not. If you know your friends at all, you'll have an idea of how compatible they actually are with their type. Don't be afraid to set up your blonde-loving male friend with your brunette co-worker; it may only take one to convert him! Keep in mind that types don't always match up with relationship compatibility. On the flip side, don't set up two people with completely different goals and interests as a half-baked science experiment.

Be a salesperson. Hey, we're not saying that people are commodities here, but do present them in the most appealing light possible without giving away all of the surprises. Let her know that he also works in finance, or that he also grew up in a one-parent household, but keep mum about their shared love for Motown. Some things are best left discovered via natural chemistry.

Be the cheat sheet. Once your friends agree to a blind date, prep them to minimize the awkwardness of meeting for the first time. You can even help the guy plan his date according to the woman's interests. If they're both a fan of concert dates, say so. If one of them is a vegetarian, say so. If he's thinking of taking her on an outdoors date, but it's spring and she's allergic to pollen, SAY SO.

Be smooth. If you decide to have the pair meet in a public, casual setting, such as a party, introduce them in a way that doesn't make it blatantly obvious to everyone around that you're trying to set them up. Don't push them together and then run off giggling to the punch table as names are being exchanged. Nor should you shove your guy friend toward a bunch of girls (or vice versa) without permission. While you might think you're doing people a favor by "spontaneously" matchmaking them, there's a chance they'll feel pimped out instead of presented. Instead, tell your friends ahead of time (and individually) about the people you have in mind for them and, once they agree to meet, let them have a little time to mentally prepare.

Back off. Woohoo, your friends hit it off! You're a pro! Your work is done, so leave them alone and let the relationship grow organically. You're a matchmaker, not a meddler, and the less pressure they feel to like each other, the more likely it is that they will.

Follow up. Of course, you'll want to know how the first couple of dates went. After that, check up on the couple every now and then. Don't ask about every little detail, because they'll either feel suffocated or they'll start depending on you to help maintain the relationship (since you "started" it). Now that the matchmaking's over, you're free to just be a friend, so sit back and hope for happily-ever-after.

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

Who replaced Jenny McCarthy as the co-host on MTV's Singled Out in 1997?

A: Carmen Electra

(Source: Wikipedia)


WATER COOLER TALK


NCAA Cracks Down on Eyeblack Messages, Taunting in College Football

Eyeblack messages will no longer be allowed in college football and taunting penalties could lead to touchdowns being taken away, under new regulations announced by the NCAA rules committee Wednesday (April 14th). Under the taunting crackdown, if a player makes a taunting gesture to an opponent on the way to scoring a touchdown, a thrown flag would take away the score and penalize the team from the spot of the foul. The current rules already assess a penalty on the extra point/two conversion attempt or following kickoff for unsportsmanlike behavior after a goal is scored. As for eyeblack messages, they've been nixed. The trend was first popularized by Reggie Bush, who used to print his "619" San Diego area code in the eyeblack. More recently, Tim Tebow has been noted for putting Biblical references in his eyeblack, such as "John 3:16."

Upstate N.Y. Mayor Putting 'Cost of War' Sign Outside City Hall

The mayor of upstate Binghamton, New York, has said he plans to hang an electronic sign outside City Hall displaying the ongoing cost to taxpayers of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Democratic Mayor Matthew Ryan said he hopes putting the sign up in a prominent place will help stimulate debate about the country's spending priorities. The plans for the sign, which is being paid for by a local peace activist group, has led to criticism from some about whether an arguably political statement should be on the side of a public building.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Taylor Swift will be backed by a college singing group called the Tritones during her performance of "You Belong With Me" on the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday (April 18th). Taylor discovered the group online at youtube doing an a capella version of the ACM-nominated song. She so enjoyed their rendition that she extended the invitation to appear on the show, in addition having them record another one of her songs.

  • The Tritones are 16 singers from the University of California at San Diego.
  • The ACM Awards will air live from Las Vegas on CBS beginning at 8 p.m.
  • Taylor is nominated for five awards, including Top Female Vocalist, Song of the Year for "You Belong With Me", Video of the Year for "You Belong With Me," and the night's biggest honor, Entertainer of the Year.

CHECK IT OUT


Walt Disney-owned Lyric Street Records in Nashville has closed its doors. The roster was home to Rascal Flatts, Bucky Covington, Love & Theft, and Sarah Buxton, among others.

Rascal Flatts will be moved onto another music division under the Disney umbrella. There is no word yet on what will happen with the remaining Lyric Street acts.

Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus posted his feelings on Twitter yesterday (Wednesday, April 14th) afternoon. He said, "Lyric Street is no more. Sad day, a lot of good friends and memories there . . . The future is uncertain but bright."

Rascal Flatts recently finished recording their seventh studio album.

  • Lyric Street opened its doors in Nashville in 1997. They opened a second imprint, Carolwood Records, within the last couple of years, but it, too, was shuttered some six months ago.
Carrie Underwood stands to gain six more trophies at Sunday (April 18th) night's Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. She is up for Entertainer of the Year, as well as Top Female Vocalist, Album of the Year for Play On, Vocal Event for "I Told You So", her duet with Randy Travis, and Song of the Year for "Cowboy Casanova."

Carrie is eligible for two awards in the latter category, as both singer and writer of the song. She told us she had a good feeling about the former Number One hit before it was ever released. "'Cowboy Casanova.' We basically didn't take ourselves too seriously and wrote this song, and then, it was like, 'Holy cow!' Like, 'What is this? What did we do? This is awesome!' Just getting it back was like, 'Oh, my gosh, this is bigger than any of us could have even imagined.'"

Carrie said she especially likes the sense of woman power behind the song. "Everything about this song is so much fun, and it's so strong and female empowering. Very anthemic...just a lot of fun. And, you know, I got a little sassy streak, and I like songs that get to showcase that."

  • Last year, Carrie took home the award for both Top Female Vocalist -- her third consecutive win in this category -- and Entertainer of the Year.
  • The ACMs will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
  • Carrie will also perform on the show.
Miranda Lambert had to stop her show in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Saturday (April 10th) and put the focus back on her music when two female fans broke out into a fight in the audience. She was in the midst of singing the Rod Stewart rock cover "Stay With Me" when she spotted the activity near the front row. Miranda told her band, "OK, let's stop. Catfight!" She then tried to address the women by leaning over the stage and saying, "Hey girls. Girls! Hey! Are you all here to listen to music or get in each others' faces? Don't make me come down there now!"

The crowd cheered loudly as Miranda stood back up. One of the women decided to leave the stadium on her own accord. Miranda said, "She's still mad. All right. Well, we came here to have fun." And then she went on with the show.

  • Miranda will be in Las Vegas this weekend for the Academy of Country Music Awards at which she's nominated in five categories -- Album of the Year for Revolution, Top Female Vocalist, and Single, Song and Video of the Year for "White Liar."
  • Miranda has already taken home a couple of ACM Awards in the past few years, and she tells us just how meaningful those statues are. "Awards to me just sort of sew it up for you. We work so hard and have been doin' this really, really hard for a while, and I think just when the industry goes, 'Hey, we see what you're doin,' we know what you're doin', and we really admire it,' to me it's not as much validation for the public -- maybe it is -- but it's not so much validation in the public eye but validation to me as an artist."artist.)
  • Miranda is also set to perform on the ACM Awards, which airs live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday (April 18th) on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

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As recipients of this year's Academy of Country Music/The Home Depot Humanitarian Award, it's up to Montgomery Gentry to decide where they want to build the next KaBOOM! playground. The duo want input from their fans in choosing the city. Log onto the ACM/The Home Depot site until April 30th to vote. Cities being included for consideration are Atlanta, Los Angeles, Denver, Lexington, Kentucky, Toledo, Ohio, and Orlando, Florida.

Montgomery Gentry will receive their Humanitarian Award, a specially-designed crystal keepsake from Tiffany & Co., on Sunday (April 18th) during the ACM Awards in Las Vegas. The show will air live on CBS.

  • Last year's winner, LeAnn Rimes, helped build a playground in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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Brad Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, were spotted shopping together recently at Fred Segal Fun in Santa Monica, California. According to People.com, they shopped separately, but Brad would occasionally check on his wife's progress. Among the couple's purchases? Some sweats, a vest and cashmere scarf.

The Today Show's "Toyota Concert Series" will feature performances by Rascal Flatts on June 11th, Carrie Underwood on July 30th and Keith Urban on August 20th. The show will be held at New York's Rockefeller Plaza. Sting, the Script, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, John Mayer and Katy Perry are also among the 17 scheduled acts.

Hank Williams Sr. has been awarded a special posthumous lifetime achievement Pulitzer Prize. According to a release, Hank "played a pivotal role in transforming country music into a major musical and cultural force in American life." His hits include "Move it on Over," 'Jambalaya," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Cold, Cold Heart" and "Lovesick Blues."

Lonestar will celebrate the April 27th release of their new CD, Party Heard Around The World, with a series of media appearances, including The Wendy Williams Show on April 28th, the ABCNews.com show What's The Buzz on April 30th, the Fox News Channel shows Huckabee on May 1st and Fox & Friends on May 3rd, Better TV on May 10th, and the new Emeril Lagasse Show on May 23rd. The band will also make a special appearance on PBS' National Memorial Day Concert, airing nationwide on May 31st.

Chris Young will join Charley Pride, Jim Ed Brown and Jeannie Seely, among others, on next year's Opry Country Classics Cruise, scheduled for January 30 - February 6. The Mexican Riviera-bound boat will depart from Los Angeles. For more information to to book the cruise, call (866) 653-OPRY (6779).

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY

INTRODUCING: ZAC BROWN BAND/CMT 9:30PM (ET)

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

INTRODUCING: LAURA BELL BUNDY/GAC 11:00PM (ET)

THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO/NBC 11:35PM (ET)
Kenny Chesney

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

  • Roy Clark (77)
  • Seth Rogen (actor, Pineapple Express, Knocked Up, Observe and Report, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) (28)
  • Emma Thompson (British actress/writer, Sense & Sensibility, Howard's End, Love, Actually) (51)
  • Amy Wright (actress, The Deer Hunter, The Accidental Tourist) (60)
  • Emma Watson (actress, Hermione in the Harry Potter movies) (20)
  • Jeff Golub (jazz guitarist) (55)
  • Warren Hill (jazz saxophonist) (44)
  • Nelson Rangell (jazz saxophonist) (50)
  • Dave Edmunds (rock singer) (66)
  • Linda Perry (singer and songwriter, 4 Non Blondes) (45)
  • Jason Sehorn (former pro football player) (39)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Lady Antebellum's self-titled debut album was released in 2008.
  • Tracy and Becca Lawrence welcomed daughter Number Two, Mary Keagan Lawrence, in 2003.
  • Clay Walker was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis by a Houston doctor in 1996, after seeking an examination for numbness in his fingers.
  • Travis Tritt's Number One single, "Foolish Pride," charted in 1994.
  • Dolly Parton was the guest host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live in 1989.
  • Mary Chapin Carpenter debuted on the country charts with "How Do" in 1989.
  • Ronnie Milsap recorded "I Wouldn't Have Missed It For The World" in 1981.
  • The last broadcast of Hee Haw aired in 1971 on CBS-TV. It ran for another 21 years in syndication.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

'JERSEY SHORE' LADIES DRESS UP: The ladies of Jersey Shore shed their boardwalk clothes for a high-fashion photoshoot with Harper's Bazaar. Check out the classy ladies! http://tinyurl.com/y3gbx79

ANGELINA JOLIE DENIES PREGNANCY RUMORS: Angelina Jolie is not pregnant. A source close to the actress calls a new report claiming she is three-months pregnant with her seventh child "totally false." A rep for Jolie also officially denied the pregnancy reports.

MTV BACKS 'HILLS' PRODUCER: MTV and Lauren Conrad are voicing their support for The Hills creator Adam DiVello in the wake of Heidi Montag's sexual harassment allegations. Heidi's camp has said that Adam has touched her inappropriately in the months since her plastic surgery makeover, but MTV and LC don't buy it. An MTV spokesperson said, "We have looked into this matter and the allegations made against Adam DiVello are completely false and without merit." Conrad added, "Similar to most of my fellow MTV cast mates, I am in utter shock at the allegations made against Adam DiVello. Not only are they completely absurd but they are 100% without merit. Adam is a true professional and a wonderful person to work for."

LINDSAY LOHAN BAILS ON DEPOSITION: Lindsay Lohan bailed on a planned deposition Wednesday (April 14th) morning. The deposition was in relation to a lawsuit filed against Lohan by three men who claim she held them hostage in an SUV back in 2007. TMZ.com reports that Lohan showed up at her lawyer's office late for the deposition and attorneys for the three men wanted to question her all day but Lindsay said she only had a few hours. Supposedly, the plaintiffs' lawyers told her if she wouldn't sit for her deposition for the full day, she shouldn't bother at all.

CAMERON DIAZ AND A-ROD? Cameron Diaz has reportedly been on a series of secret dates with Yankees star Alex Rodriguez. A source told Life & Style magazine, "A-Rod's with Cameron. They've been keeping it quiet, but they're totally together." The two supposedly hit it off at the Creative Artists Agency Super Bowl party in February. Rodriguez has had high-profile relationship with Madonna and Kate Hudson.

JOHN KRASINSKI AND EMILY BLUNT TO WED SOON? John Krasinski and Emily Blunt will reportedly head down the aisle very soon. E! reports that the couple picked up their wedding bands on Monday and will exchange vows in "about a month." It's unclear whether the wedding will be held in Los Angeles or London.

ZOE'S NO GIRLY GIRL: Zoe Saldana tells Self magazine she's no girly girl."'Pretty' is the last word you would think of. Look in my closet and you'll see things that are elegant, sexy, tomboyish, sophisticated, beautiful, aggressive," explains the Avatar star. "It's harsh. It's a lot of black. I've never really been that feminine."

KIM K.'S NEW BODY: Ever since her break-up with Reggie Bush, Kim Kardashian has reportedly lost weight. She told Life and Style Weekly, "I lost five pounds in five days. I really wanted to just buckle down and get rid of the tiny bit of excess weight I was carrying."

REGGIE BUSH MOVES ON TO THE NEXT ONE: In other Kim K. news, according to Perezhilton.com, Reggie Bush has officially moved on! Reportedly, his new girlfriend is country singer, Jessie James. The two were spotted hanging out in Las Vegas recently.

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

SETH MEYERS HOSTING ESPYS: Saturday Night Live star Seth Meyers will host the ESPY Awards this year. The "Weekend Update" anchor, who guested several times on ESPN's podcast, "The B.S. Report," was a presenter at last year's awards. The ceremony, which will be live for the first time since 2003, will be held on July 14th.

KEVIN EUBANKS REPLACEMENT NAMED: American Idol music director Rickey Minor will be replacing Kevin Eubanks as Jay Leno's sidekick and band leader on the Tonight Show. E! reports that Minor will begin his late night duties on June 7th, well after Idol is over. Eubanks, who officially announced his departure earlier this week, will sign off for good on May 28th.

'GLEE' GETS BIG RATINGS: Glee returned with a vengeance on Tuesday (April 13th) night. The spring premiere brought in a record 13.6 million viewers, which was 44 percent bigger than the pilot preview that aired almost a year ago behind the American Idol finale. Fox also announced that Glee's ratings are the largest for any freshman scripted series this year.

RACHEL WEISZ TO PLAY JACKIE O: Rachel Weisz has been tapped to play Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in a new drama directed by her fiance, Darren Oronofsky. Entertainment Weekly reports that Jackie will follow Jackie O over the four days between President John F. Kennedy's assassination and his burial and reportedly show the beloved late First Lady "at both her most vulnerable and her most graceful."

STEVEN SEAGAL'S SHOW STOPS PRODUCTION: Production on Steven Seagal's reality show has been suspended in the wake of sexual harassment suit filed against the star. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said Wednesday the continued production of Steven Seagal Lawman -- in which Seagal's deputy sheriff work is profiled -- would be a distraction for the department in light of allegations made against Seagal by a woman in a California lawsuit. A 23-year-old model sued Seagal for $1 million, alleging he sexually harassed her.

SHANNEL DOHERTY RELEASING BOOK: Shannen Doherty is releasing a book this fall. Badass: A Hard-Earned Guide to Living Life with Style and (the Right) Attitude will reveal Shannen's "own evolution from bad girl to badass, sharing her secrets to happiness and success." It's due out in November.

QUEEN LATIFAH SLATED TO HOST ADDITIONAL 'IDOL GIVES BACK' CELEBRATION: While Ryan Seacrest hosts the charity show "Idol Gives Back" from the big stage at American Idol in Los Angeles, Queen Latifah is slated to emcee an additional celebration live from The Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Wednesday, April 21st. "Idol Gives Back" will have performances and appearances by Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, The Black Eyed Peas and more! "Idol Gives Back" will air from 8 P.M. to 10 P.M. ET live on FOX.

OCTOMOM TO APPEAR ON OPRAH: Octomom Nadia Suleman will appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show next week, according to her attorney. The mother of 14 will discuss how she is raising her children. The interview is set to air on Tuesday, April 20th. Jeff Czech, Nadia's attorney, says she will also be appearing in a skit during "Idol Gives Back" that will air on Wednesday, April 21st on FOX.

TWO CONTESTANTS LEAVE 'AMERICAN IDOL'

It was another dramatic elimination on American Idol last night (April 14th) because two contestants were sent home this week. Andrew Garcia was immediately let go after the group performed an Elvis Presley medley. Brooke White and Justin Gaston then took the stage and performed "If I Can Dream." After learning a few more contestants were safe, Adam Lambert returned to the Idol stage with his single, "What Do You Want From Me." Katie Stevens was the second contestant to be sent home .

MEL GIBSON AND GIRLFRIEND SPLIT

Mel Gibson and his girlfriend/baby mama have broken up. A source close to the couple told People magazine that Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva split amicably after more than a year of dating. The two have a five-month-old daughter named Lucia.

The source told People, "They just drifted apart. They're both working hard on their careers and trying to raise a sweet baby together. They're still friends and they'll both raise Lucia together."

  • Gibson is currently in Mexico filming How I Spent My Summer Vacation, and Grigorieva is working on her music career.
  • The couple stepped out together shortly after Gibson's wife of nearly 30 years filed for divorce last April. Not long after, they revealed that Grigorieva was expecting Gibson's baby. Even after the birth, Grigorieva acknowledged that they had no plans to wed, telling CNN, "We haven't really talked about it."

LARRY KING DIVORCING FOR THE EIGHTH TIME

Larry King is getting divorced for the eighth time. The 76-year-old talk show host filed papers on Wednesday (April 14th) to end his 13-year marriage to 50-year-old Shawn Southwick King citing "irreconcilable differences."

His rep confirmed the split, telling People magazine, "His major concern is the welfare of his children, and beyond that he's not going to comment about the divorce." In the papers, King lists their separation date as April 13th and asked the court to deny Southwick King any spousal support.

  • TMZ reported that Shawn also filed her own divorce papers right after Larry, citing irreconcilable differences as well. She is asking for primary physical custody of the couple's two kids, as well as spousal and child support.

SPLIT OVER SISTER?

TMZ claims that the marriage fell apart largely in part because Shawn believes Larry is having an affair with her sister, Shannon Engemann, pointing to the fact that he has given her many gifts.

  • Shannon denied an affair telling the website, "This is so ludicrous. She's singling me out, but Larry has been nothing but generous to our entire family, including me."
  • She added, "I'm tired for taking the wrap for things. I did not have an affair with Larry. He's been like a father to me. I have a date tonight and I'm not going to worry about it. I love my sister. What's happening is not my fault."

KING'S HISTORY

King has been married eight times to seven different women. In 1962, King divorced a woman Alene Aknis, and then remarried her in 1967 -- before divorcing her again in 1972.

  • In 2007, Shawn had bragged about being the only one of Larry's wives to have made it into "the two digits."

KATE GOSSELIN'S BROTHER SAYS KIDS HAVE 'PSYCHOLOGICAL DAMAGE'

Kate Gosselin's brother said in court on Wednesday (April 14th) that filming Jon & Kate Plus 8 inflicted "psychological damage" on his eight nieces and nephews. Kevin Kreider charged that Jon and Kate lied to their children in order to stage a Christmas episode for the TLC show and allowed their potty training to be filmed.

State Representative Tom Murt called the hearing to address worries about child labor practices relating to reality TV.

Kreider detailed the Christmas incident saying, "The children were told it was Christmas morning. It was so that the camera crew could get the genuine reaction of the children. It wasn't until after, later that they were told it was not Christmas morning, they just did it for the show. Can you imagine how confused eight little kids were that morning?"

  • Jon tweeted on Wednesday, "Kate and I were doing what was best for our family. And it gave us an opportunity to spend quality family time together. The allegations made today by Kevin and Jodi Kreider have not been my experience at all during the production of 'Jon & Kate plus8."
  • It was announced during the hearing that that state will not file charges against Jon & Kate Plus 8 producers, who were under investigation for potentially violating state child labor laws. This, however, is contingent upon at least 15 percent of proceeds from the cancelled series being put into a trust fund for the kids, and it was noted that child-labor permits must obtained for any future filming.

IS CHARLIE SHEEN CHEATING?

Although Charlie Sheen and his wife Brooke Mueller have supposedly been undergoing individual rehab treatment in the hopes of salvaging their marriage -- Sheen has reportedly been having an affair while they're apart.

In Touch Weekly claims that the Two and a Half Men star has been cheating on Mueller with lingerie model Angelina Tracy, a paid escort who charges $3,000 an hour under the professional name of Nina. The magazine claims that Charlie brought Angelina to his mansion when Brooke was out of town, and he's been sporting disguises like a fake mustache while trying to sneak into her home.

Charlie's rep however, contends the disguise wasn't meant to hide an affair. Stan Rosenfield said, "The woman in question is the sister of one of Sheen's campmates and Sheen was only responding to a 12th-step call. Since Sheen knew he was being followed and how this would look, he wore the moustache in a tongue-in-cheek disguise gesture."

  • However -- a witness who saw Charlie wearing the hooded sweatshirt, dark sunglasses and a mustache said, "He ran down to his car. It seemed like he wanted to leave as quickly as possible."
  • Another time, Charlie supposedly pulled up to her house in a chauffeured Mercedes. The spy said, "Charlie had a bouquet of flowers waiting for her, and her face lit up when he handed them to her. You could see them kissing on the lips."

SHEEN WANTS STATEMENTS SUPPRESSED IN ASSAULT CASE

Meanwhile, Sheen's lawyers filed a motion to suppress any incriminating statements the he may have given to police during his Christmas arrest on the grounds that his arresting officers allegedly failed to read him his Miranda rights.

  • Hoping to get him off the hook for the assault charges against wife Brooke, E! reports that Sheen's lawyers also demanded that the prosecution release all versions of Mueller's statement to police -- who claim she was initially "not entirely forthcoming regarding the circumstances" and thus would disprove the prosecution's case.

DID JENNY MCCARTHY DUMP JIM CARREY OVER DRUGS?

Sources claim that Jenny McCarthy dumped Jim Carrey because the actor refused to take his medication for depression. Star magazine quoted friends of the former couple who said that Jim used to disappear for days at a time.

An insider told the magazine, "It was such an emotional roller coaster for her. When he'd get down, he'd just disappear. He would hide out in a hotel or one of his homes, not answering her calls."

  • In 2008, Jim told CNN about his years-long struggles with depression, and said that while he had taken Prozac in the past, he didn't believe in taking the drug long-term. He explained, "I think Prozac and things like that are very valuable to people for short periods of time. "But I believe if you're on them for an extended period of time, you never get to the problem. You never get to see what the problem is because everything's just kind of OK."
  • Jim's increasingly erratic Twitter postings are giving credibility to Star's story. Yesterday he again addressed rumors of mental breakdown, tweeting, "don't worry folks. i didn't slip over the edge. i'm just movin' the boundries for the rest of you nuts!"

SANDRA BULLOCK TO GIVE FIRST INTERVIEW TO GEORGE LOPEZ?

Sandra Bullock will reportedly give her first post-scandal interview to good friend George Lopez. Deadline.com reports that Bullock will be a guest on Lopez's TBS show sometime during the first week of November -- when Conan O'Brien launches his new show an hour ahead of Lopez Tonight.

Sandra is reportedly hoping that by November, her personal life will be more settled, whether she's divorced or not. The actress has mostly been in seclusion since news of her husband Jesse James's supposed affairs broke last month.

  • Bullock and Lopez go back a long way; she served as an executive producer on Lopez's old ABC sitcom, where she guest-starred a few times. However, a source said, ''More important than all that, George has been one of Sandy's most supportive and genuinely caring friends as she has gone through the nightmare of the past couple months. 'He personifies how a real friend acts when someone you love is going through a hellish situation."

MATTHEW FOX LOST VIRGINITY AT AGE 12

Lost star Matthew Fox was deflowered at an early age. He revealed to Playboy

magazine that he lost his virginity at the age of 12 with a girl who "was about two years older than me. It wasn't her first time."

He went into further detail of the event, saying, "It happened literally on the ground by a river while a rodeo was going on in town. It was absolutely terrible and awkward--just two f***ing kids lying down and pulling our pants down."

  • Regarding his sex life today, the actor says that he is faithful to Margharita, his wife of 19 years and dismissed rumors of an affair. When asked about a tabloid report claiming he slept with a stripper, Fox said, "The story is not true, and I'm not going to comment on it. The subject of fidelity is very personal."
  • He said of his wife, "She's the love of my life. We have managed to both be intensely independent and maintain that strength in our relationship. I am a man, and I am an appreciator of women. At the same time, Margherita is the sh*t. I can honestly say we're good together. We've been together for 23 years, so let's leave it at that."

HEADLINE NEWS!!


FED: RECOVERY SPREADING, COMPANIES STILL WARY ON HIRING: The Federal Reserve reported yesterday (April 14th) that the economic recovery is spreading to most parts of the country, with retailers seeing better sales and factories boosting production. But the Fed said many companies are still wary of increasing hiring. That aligns with Fed chairman Ben Bernanke's view that there's a modest recovery underway, but it won't be strong enough to quickly drive down the 9.7 unemployment rate. Trouble spots for the economy beyond unemployment include a housing market that's still fragile, and commercial real-estate activity that was described as "very weak" in most parts of the country.

TOYOTA TESTING ALL SUV MODELS: Toyota said yesterday (April 14th) that it's testing the safety of all its SUV models after Consumer Reports magazine warned against buying the 2010 Lexus GX 460 SUV because of possible roll-over problems. But the Japanese automaker said it hasn't decided whether or not to recall the GX 460, which it stopped selling temporarily on Tuesday within hours of the Consumer Reports warning. Toyota has been criticized for acting too slowly in response to complaints about sticking gas pedals, and has taken a hit to its safety reputation. It has recalled more than eight million vehicles worldwide since October because of that and other problems.

CHINA QUAKE DEATH TOLL UP TO 617: The death from toll from a magnitude-6.9 earthquake that struck China early yesterday was up to 617 by Thursday (April 15th), with more than 9,000 injured and some 300 still missing. Local officials said 85 percent of the buildings in the remote, mountainous region near Tibet had been destroyed. Chinese rescue crews and equipment were arriving in the region in a bid to find more survivors.

TODAY'S FYI:

FREEBIES TO HELP EASE THE PAIN OF TAX DAY: In order to help ease the pain of Tax Day today, April 15th, when tax returns are due, a few restaurants and other retailers are offering freebies and discounts to customers.

Free:

  • Starbucks -- Free brewed coffee all day if you bring your own mug.
  • Cinnabon -- Two free bite-sized cupcakes from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at participating mall locations.
  • MaggieMoo's -- One free slice of ice cream pizza, which is ice cream with red frosting and white chocolate to look like sauce and cheese, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at participating locations
  • Hydromassage -- Free massage from today through Sunday at participating locations.

Discounts:

  • IHOP -- Riffing on the tax deduction for kids, a free dinner for one child age 12 or younger with each adult meal bought from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. all month long.
  • P.F. Chang's -- 15 percent off food purchases, excluding alcohol and happy hour food and beverages.
  • McCormick & Schmick's -- In a nod to the 1040 tax form, $10.40 dinner and drink specials in the bar. Bar guests also get a $10.40 gift certificate for a future visit.

BIRTHER ARMY DOCTOR REFUSES TO DEPLOY: An Army doctor who questions whether President Obama was born in the United States is refusing to deploy to Afghanistan, saying that he believes the order is illegal unless he sees Obama's birth certificate, proving he was born in the U.S. and is eligible to be president. Lieutenant Colonel Terrence Lakin, an 18-year veteran who's already served one tour in Afghanistan, is now under investigation for failure to report for deployment and conduct unbecoming an officer. NBC News reports that Lakin was informed by his commanding officer that he would face court martial, and has had his Pentagon building pass and government laptop seized.

'TWILIGHT' SERIES ON LIST OF MOST CHALLENGED BOOKS: The wildly popular Twilight books, which have been turned into a blockbuster film franchise, placed high this year on the American Library Association's annual list of books that are most complained about by parents and educators. The books by Stephenie Meyer about vampires and teen romance have been criticized for sexual content, as well as their supernatural themes, and came in at Number 5 on the list. The top five most challenged books this year are:

  1. Lauren Myracle's "IM" series of books -- ttyl, ttfn, l8r, g8r -- Young adult novels told through instant messages that are criticized for nudity, language and drug references.
  2. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson -- Children's picture book about two male penguins adopting a baby.
  3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky -- Teen novel criticized for drugs, suicide and homosexuality, and accused of being anti-family.
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee -- Classic novel criticized for language and racism.
  5. Twilight series

GROWING NUMBER OF 'BIRTH TOURISTS' COMING TO U.S.: ABC News reported Wednesday (April 14th) that there are a growing number of so-called
"birth tourists" coming to the U.S., pregnant non-citizens who travel to America to give birth so that their children will have U.S. citizenship. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the number of births to non-resident mothers rose 53 percent between 2000 to 2006, at a time when total births rose just five percent. Birth tourism is legal as long as immigrants pay their own way, and there are even some travel agencies and hotel chains that cater to birth tourists. But critics say it exploits the real purpose of the 14th Amendment, enacted after the Civil War to give citizenship to descendants of slaves. According to ABC News, the U.S. is one of the few remaining countries that automatically give citizenship to all children born on its soil.

JEFFERSON-SIGNED COPY OF FIRST U.S. CENSUS SOLD FOR $122,500: A first edition of the first U.S. census, signed by Thomas Jefferson in 1791, sold in a Sotheby's auction yesterday (April 14th) in New York for $122,500. The 56-page document lists the nation's population in 1790 as 3,929,214, and breaks it down by free people and slaves. Jefferson was secretary of state at the time, and his signature certified that the information was an official, accurate count. Only two other first edition copies signed by Jefferson have come up for auction since 1975.

SPORTS:

DURANT BECOMES YOUNGEST-EVER NBA SCORING CHAMP: Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder scored 31 points last night (April 14th) to finish the season as the youngest-ever NBA scoring champion. The 21-year-old Durant finished the regular season with an average of 30.1 points, 0.4 ahead of Cleveland's LeBron James, and besting the age record previously held by 22-year-old Max Zaslofsky of the 1947-48 Chicago Stags. Durant played in all 82 games this season, and scored 30 points or more 47 times.

  • The Thunder beat the Memphis Grizzlies 114-105 last night as they head into the post-season.

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

WHAT IS ON THE TUBE!

CBS

  • SURVIVOR: HEROES VS. VILLAINS - The Heroes develop a risky strategy to align themselves with one of the game's most notorious players.
  • CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION - When Hodges and Wendy take a group of students on a field trip, they embellish their roles in solving cases and take the assignment too far/
  • THE MENTALIST (repeat)

NBC

  • THE OFFICE (repeat)
  • THE OFFICE (repeat)
  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE IN THE 2000s: TIME AND AGAIN - A retrospective of the show in the first decade of the 21st century includes clips and interviews with cast members.

FOX

  • BONES - Brennan returns to her former high school to investigate when unidentified human remains are discovered; Booth and Brennan pose as a married couple at her high school reunion.
  • FRINGE - While investigating the mysterious deaths of passengers on a computer train, Peter remains suspicious of Walter.

ABC

  • FLASHFORWARD - Demetri puts a rush on his wedding plans; Wedeck tries to help Aaron infiltrate Jericho to rescue Tracy.
  • GREY'S ANATOMY (repeat)
  • PRIVATE PRACTICE (repeat)

CW

  • THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Stefan tries to control his new situation; an incident at a party causes trouble between Tyler and Matt.
  • SUPERNATURAL - The angels come up with a new game plan that horrifies Dean, Sam and Castiel; an old friend returns.

BRAVO

  • THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY - Bethanny confides in Alex; Jill believes she is better of without Bethanny.

LIFETIME

  • PROJECT RUNWAY - (season finale, part one) TBA

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - David Duchovny, Aziz Ansari, Nikki & Rich, Erin Andrews & Maksim Chmerkoskiy
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - "Stay Alive" Expert Gavin de Becker Unveils the New Tool to Keep You Safe
THE VIEW - John Goodman, Emeril Lagasse

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - (repeat)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Kate Gosselin, Kenny Chesney
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - David Duchovny, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Spoon
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Kirstie Alley, Sade
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Chris Rock, Emma Stone, the Unseen
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Jon Seda, She & Him
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Tracy Morgan
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Aimee Mullins
LOPEZ TONIGHT - James Marsden, Reggie Miller

OFF BEAT BRIEFS


MAN USES BONG TO SET HOME ON FIRE: A man from New Mexico was arrested for allegedly setting his mobile home on fire using a marijuana bong. According to police, the 30-year-old was using alcohol to clean his bong when he purposely ignited the instrument and used it to set his curtains on fire. An off-duty deputy sheriff saw the man driving away from the burning home and immediately alerted authorities. The man was caught after a police chase around the community. There were no injuries, but the man acknowledged being distraught and suffered from drug addiction. (AP)

MAN CHEWS OFF HIS FINGERTIPS: A New Jersey man who escaped from the back of a police car was found trying to gnaw off his fingertips, according to police. Keith Simmonds, Jr. was arrested on drug charges after the police stopped him and found marijuana. While officers were examining his vehicle, Simmonds managed to kick out the side window of the patrol car and escape. The police eventually captured Simmonds but found him with bloodied fingertips. He is being held on bail at the Monmouth County Jail. (AP)

FARMER OWNS WORLD'S TALLEST HORSE: A Wisconsin farmer holds the Guinness World Record title for owning the largest horse. Jerry Gilbert's 9-year-old Belgian horse, named Big Jake, is just about 6-foot 11. That is 2.75 inches taller than the previous record holder from Texas. Jake's owner said he received notification from the Guinness World Records in late March. Jake will have a coronation Friday at the Midwest Horse Fair in Madison. (AP)

MAN GETS HIT IN FACE WITH SNAKE: An argument between two men in South Carolina ended when one of them was hit with a snake. According to police, the victim had an argument with 29-year-old Tony Smith over loud music coming from Smith's room. When the argument seemed to be over, Smith walked up to the victim with a 4-foot python and hit him in the face with the snake's head. Smith gave the snake to family members before police handcuffed and arrested him. He was charged with assault and battery and remains in the Rock Hill jail. (AP)

DID YOU KNOW?

WOMEN THINK CHIVALRY IS DEAD: Millions of women think chivalry is dead, with one in five telling a survey that they can't find a man who could be judged a 'true gentleman'. More than half said they are regularly left to carry hefty shopping bags, with 50 percent also reporting that their partners do not do enough to make them feel special. An overwhelming majority of men who took part in the study denied their partners' complaints, maintaining they always act in a gentlemanly manner. However, cracks in that argument emerged when 40 percent of them offered 'doing the dishes without being told' as a chivalrous act. The study found almost a third of women have asked their partner to be more gentlemanly and a quarter have broken up with a discourteous man. The top chivalrous act was holding a door open for a woman, followed by carrying heavy bags and offering a jacket in cold weather. (Daily Mail)


IS CASH ON ITS WAY OUT? Last year 59 percent of the 37 billion transactions were done with cash, a sharp decline from the 73 percent of transactions that were made with cash just 10 years ago. According to the Payments Council, a trade body representing the banks, card and cash machine industry, this proportion will fall to below 50 percent by 2015, and to 45 percent by 2018. A new report says, "The trend (of credit and debit) is well entrenched and will continue. Paying for things is more secure and more convenient now we don't have to keep replenishing the stock of paper and metal we drag around. By 2018, the amount of cash we use will fall by 20 percent after adjusting for inflation, even though our total spending will rise by perhaps 15 per cent in real terms."


KIDS WITH RARE GENETIC SYNDROME HAVE NO RACIAL BIASES: Children with Williams syndrome, a rare genetic disorder, are the first human population group ever found to have no racial bias. Studies have shown that by the age of three, children of all races will assign good qualities to people of their own race and will single out other races when prompted to point out the "naughty boy." Children with Williams Syndrome are the first group that researchers have come across who assign good and bad traits without any racial bias. People with Williams syndrome have high rates of mental retardation, heart problems and unusual facial features. They are verbally skilled and tend to be extremely outgoing and engaging; however, they have a dangerous lack of common sense.

WHAT YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOW REALLY SAYS ABOUT YOU (Cracked.com)


  • What You Think It Says: I am a genuinely happy person, and I think it would be totally awesome if life were really a musical. Wouldn't it be great if you could just suddenly burst out into song when you found an adorable puppy, or when someone broke up with you, or when your new puppy got run over by a car and you found it in the street with its skull all smashed in? I think that would be fantastic! It would be like High School Musical all the time!
  • What It Really Says: If I don't watch Glee with my girlfriend and her musical theater friends, then she won't have sex with me. Either that, or I'm gay.

Law & Order

  • What You Think It Says: I know drama. Plus, since I'm so experienced in the world, I can handle the violence that's portrayed in the show, and I can appreciate the "ripped from the headlines" stories because I am totally "in the know". Also, I think I may have missed my calling, because I always know who the killer is before the end of the episode.
  • What It Really Says: I am easily impressed by big words and stories about rape.

Lost

  • What You Think It Says: I'm a thinking man, and Lost is a thinking man's show. Every week is a huge bag of surprises. I never know what time period I'm in, who's alive or dead this week, or why that one guyliner-wearing douchebag has been 34 years old for 500 years. I especially love that with every episode I get more and more questions and less and less answers. The best thing about it, though, is that the show's title describes exactly how it always makes me feel: Lost.
  • What It Really Says: I hate myself.

Big Bang Theory

  • What You Think It Says: I'm a stereotypical nerd, and I'm proud of it! That's why I like that show: it makes me feel like, even though I'm easily as dorky as that kid who was Darlene's boyfriend in Roseanne, I still feel like I could befriend a super hot, way-out-of-my-league girl who moved in next door.
  • What It Really Says: Nothing turns me on more than a fully-clothed hot chick sitting next to some cliche nerdy guys with eczema and nasally voices who are talking about StarTrek phasers. Nothing.

The Daily Show

  • What You Think It Says: I am current. I like to keep updated on all the world's news, because I am a true man of the world. Sure, I could just watch some old, stuffy person shouting facts at me, but I prefer my news to be presented in a more fun, conversational way.
  • What It Really Says: I don't understand those big word things they say on the real news. Plus, I really like when Jon Stewart gets all mad and drops F-bombs all over the place. Really, anything with F-bombs has my attention, no matter what it is.

The Price Is Right

  • What You Think It Says: I am always up for a fun time, and what's more fun than a room full of people celebrating constantly and winning great prizes?! Plus, I really appreciate nostalgia, and this show has plenty of that going on.
  • What It Really Says: I'm unemployed.

True Blood

  • What You Think It Says: I am on the cutting edge of entertainment. What's more popular than vampires right now? I'm not talking about those sissy teenager vampires, either. I'm talking about hardcore, in-your-face, real life vampires. Plus, I have always "understood" the importance of the supernatural world, and I'm fully aware that it is not to be underestimated.
  • What It Really Says: Twilight isn't on TV, and this is the only vampire-related material I can watch.

BEST PLACES TO MEET WOMEN (Asylum.com)

Bars: The reason folks go to a bar is to drink, and alcohol happens to be the ultimate social lubricant. So why is it that any examination of where to meet women starts off by stating bars probably aren't the answer?

Social clubs, civic groups, adult education classes: The same relationship experts who bash bars as places to meet women often suggest trying social gatherings that don't involve alcohol. Theoretically this makes a lot of sense. Our problem? We don't know all that many people who have forged a meaningful romantic relationship at a cooking class or because they volunteered at the local museum.

Online: Everything is more efficient when you do it online, including dating. While the stigma against meeting someone on the Internet is probably a thing of the past, when you meet a woman through an online dating service, you are always going to have the uneasy feeling that you are a few simple clicks away from being replaced.

Family-and friend-endorsed functions: Think weddings, birthday parties, etc. Obviously being in the same extended social circle is a terrific ice breaker. It could get a little uncomfortable though, if things heat up and then fizzle. Especially if you revealed any secrets you don't want out there.

During the minutiae of life: Grocery stores, laundromats and other places that are part of your routine are often tossed out as great venues to meet women. No doubt there is potential there, but if you're suave enough to pick up a chick while waiting in line at Starbucks, you probably don't need much advice on meeting women.

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

What is the most lethal part of a triathlon?

A: The swimming

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that examined 14 sudden deaths that took place between 2006 and 2008 during triathlons, 13 of them happened during the swimming leg. None occurred during the running leg, while one triathlete died in a bike accident. Officially, all deaths from swimming were listed as drownings, but several of those that died had "cardiovascular abnormalities" that contributed to their deaths.

WATER COOLER TALK


Report: Nearly 800,000 U.S. Households Have Gotten Rid of TV Connection

A new report says that nearly 800,000 U.S. households have gotten rid of their cable, satellite, or telco TV service, and are instead watching their shows online at sites like Hulu, downloading them from iTunes, getting them through mail subscription services like Netflix, or just using an over-the-air antenna. Now, although that represents less than one percent of the households that subscribe to a cable, satellite or telco service, the report from Convergence Consulting Group estimates that it will double to about 1.6 million by the end of 2011, and the trend could continue. Taking a look at online video, the report said an estimated 17 percent of the U.S. TV audience watched at least one or two shows online in any given week last year, up from 12 percent in 2008, and set to rise to 21 percent this year.

Congress Urging Baseball to Ban Smokeless Chewing Tobacco

Chewing tobacco has historically been a part of baseball, and it's been a common sight to see a player's cheek puffed out with a wad of tobacco. Although it's not as popular as it once was, a lot of players still use it, and that's something Congress would like see come to an end. At a hearing yesterday (April 14th), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman of California and Health Subcommittee Chairman Frank Pallone of New Jersey, both Democrats, called for a ban on major league players using smokeless tobacco during games. Representatives of Major League Baseball and the Players Association agreed that smokeless tobacco is harmful, but said any ban would have to be agreed to in collective bargaining. Smoking cigarettes while in uniform and in view of the public isn't allow in the major leagues, and smokeless tobacco has been banned in the minors since 1993. Research shows that about one-third of major leaguers use smokeless tobacco, which has been linked to cancer and is addictive.

New Law Provides Vacation, Bigger Stalls for NYC Carriage Horses

Life is about to get a little bit easier for New York City's famous Central Park carriage horses, after the city council passed regulations requiring that they have larger stalls, five weeks off per year, and blankets in cold and wet weather. There are also new safety requirements, including that the carriages must have emergency brakes and reflective material, as well as be equipped with manure-catching devices to make the streets a little more pleasant. Animal welfare advocates have long wanted the city carriage horse industry shut down, but industry backers say it's important for tourism and that the horses are well treated. The rates are going up though, after not changing for more than 20 years. They're increasing to $50 for the first 20 minutes from $34 for the first half-hour.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Win Tix my Friends to see John Fogerty

Win Tix my Friends to see John Fogerty Live in Concert 8PM this Saturday Night at the Laughlin Events Park on the Jessi's & Friends Morning Show tomorrow!!! You can also get tix by logging on www.visitlaughlin.com or call 800-308-2233. Gen Tix are only $35 and V.I.P. are only $55.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD TAPS 'IDOL' COSTUME DESIGNER FOR SEXY TOUR OUTFITS

Carrie Underwood has tapped So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol resident costume designer Soyon An to help her create her new sexy stage look, including the opening act's super-tight, black spandex catsuit. Underwood sports a total of 14 separate costumes and 29 different looks throughout her Play On tour designed by An, who says Underwood was "really fun to dress. She was very trusting."

An tells People.com, "She starts off with a white jacket on the top, and then she takes that off to reveal the Swarovski crystal criss-cross halter. She's very fashion forward and very open to different types of clothing. She wasn't intimidated at all -- she was ready for it. It's a tough look but it's her attitude -- and obviously she's got the body for it."

  • Although Underwood is a country -- and now also a pop star -- she has a wide taste in music, so when asked what's on her iPod, she told us it's basically a mix of everything: "I honestly listen to everything. Thousands Foot Crush is one of my favorites. And I know some of them, and I think they deserve a lot more credit than they get. I am an Idol fan, so I do have a lot of other Idols on my iPod. I love classic things -- I love like Rolling Stones and things that my parents introduced me to -- Creedence Clearwater Revival. Ne-Yo -- I don't know. It's a big mess. You never know what you're going to get when you put it on shuffle."
  • Underwood's tour pulls into Lansing, Michigan tonight (Wednesday, April 14th).

CHECK IT OUT: See Underwood's tour looks here: http://tinyurl.com/y7dukw8

Toby Keith has lined up a special peformance at the 45th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, set for Sunday (April 18th) in Las Vegas. Keith is teaming with ACM Lifting Lives to do a version of "Cryin' For Me (Wayman's Song)" with Dave Koz in support of Stand Up To Cancer. Keith will perform "Cryin' For Me (Wayman's Song)," a song he wrote in memory of his friend and fellow musician, Wayman Tisdale.
  • Tisdale died last May from complications resulting from the cancer treatments. Keith wrote the song as a tribute to his friend, intending to play it at Tisdale's funeral.
  • The awards ceremony airs on CBS, starting at 8:00 p.m. ET.
  • ACM Lifting Lives is the philanthropic part of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through music.
  • Fans will be able to pre-order the performance on iTunes and then download the audio and video following the show. All proceeds will benefit Stand Up To Cancer.

CHECK IT OUT: Donate to the cause here: www.LiftingLives.org

Mindy McCready has plans to unveil a tell-all autobiography this coming fall. The book, titled I'm Still Here, will chronicle the personal struggles McCready has experienced in her life -- from her multiple arrests to her addiction issues. The most recent of which is news of a possible sex tape. The video was be released on April 19th, but has been delayed indefinitely in the wake of a legal battle over its release.

McCready recently told Fox News that the tape was by no means a publicity stunt. The singer, who just released a new album, says, "I had no idea. I woke up one morning and turned on the computer and it was all over the place, so that's exactly how I found out." She added, "This was not a planned thing. I wish the media would think about things before they say them. It is a possibility that there are more people out there than myself that are trying to capitalize on me. The fact that every single thing that [media has speculated] that I did or orchestrated is simply not true."

  • McCready's new album, I'm Still Here, is her first release in eight years.
Tim McGraw has started filming his latest movie role in Dirty Girl, starring alongside William H. Macy and Milla Jovovich. The country star is no stranger to films having a rancher and a football dad, among other roles. So, the country star is no stranger to acting. But would he ever do a nude scene in a flick? McGraw tells Country Weekly, "The easy answer would be to say no, but I feel like I'm an artist," he says. "To me, it's not really about that, it's about what is the movie about and what tells the story in the best way. It wouldn't be something I'd go out looking for, but if I fall in love with a piece of art where that was necessary, I'd certainly think long and hard about it."

McGraw is keeping his options for his next film. He says, "I like darker stuff -- heavier stuff. I don't mind playing a villain if it's a good role. I think in a lot of cases those are the best roles to play. A Boston cop might be fun or an English period movie might be fun to do. I'd like to try something different like that."

  • Dirty Girl is due out in 2011. He's also starring in the flick, Love Don't Let Me Down, along with Gwyneth Paltrow, Leighton Meester and others -- expected out this year.
  • The live music video for McGraw's song, "Still," was shot last week during his performance in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  • McGraw will be on tour throughout the spring and summer.
  • He'll play the 45th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday (February 18th). Also set to perform are Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins, Brooks & Dunn and others.
George Strait has set a new record -- he's now the first act to hit the top 10 on any Billboard chart for 30 straight years. The news came after his latest track, "I Gotta Get To You," reached Number Nine on Billboard's top country songs list. Strait's first country top 10 hit was in 1981, with "Unwound." He has made it into the Top 10 every year since then.

Bucky Covington is among the American Idol finalists who will be volunteering at a Nashville food bank on April 21st to coincide with the charity-themed episode of the series, Idol Gives Back. CMT.com reports that the season five finalist will volunteer with other Idol alum, including Bo Bice, Mandissa, Melinda Doolittle and Phil Stacey.

Brad Paisley will play this year's AquaPalooza Concert at The Reserve on Lake Travis, near Austin, Texas,on July 10th. Paisley's concert is free as part of a boating event. There will be no land access to the concert, which is expected to attract thousands of boaters. Paisley's H20 World Tour begins May 21st in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The Dixie Chicks will release a compilation of their own favorite songs on June 1st as part of Legacy Recordings' Playlist series. The set, called The Very Best of Dixie Chicks, will feature 12 songs, including the Chicks' "Cowboy Take Me Away," "Let Him Fly," "Landslide" and others. The gals will join the Eagles on an eight-city tour in June. Meanwhile, Martie Maguire and Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks have formed a new band, the Court Yard Hounds. Listen to their new song "I Miss You" here: http://tinyurl.com/y7o9oc2

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS:

  • Julie Christie (actress, Doctor Zhivago, Don't Look Now, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Shampoo, Away From Her) (69)
  • Abigail Breslin (actress, Little Miss Sunshine, Signs, Nim's Island) (14)
  • Adrien Brody (actor, The Pianist, The Village, Summer Of Sam) (37)
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar (actress, Buffy of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) (33)
  • Anthony Michael Hall (actor/comedian, The Dead Zone, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Saturday Night Live) (42)
  • Loretta Lynn (country singer) (75)
  • Pete Rose (former Major League Baseball player) (69)
  • Brad Garrett (actor, Everybody Loves Raymond, Music & Lyrics) (50)
  • Robert Carlyle (actor, Trainspotting, The Full Monty, Angela's Ashes, 28 Weeks Later, The Beach) (49)
  • Ritchie Blackmore (former lead guitarist, Deep Purple, Rainbow) (65)

TODAY ON THIS DATE

1775, the first American society for the abolition of slavery was organized in Philadelphia by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush.
1828, The first American English dictionary was published by Noah Webster.
1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot in the head by John Wilkes Booth while he and his wife watched a performance of Our American Cousin at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. The president died the next morning.
1894, a coin-operated kinetoscope was displayed by inventor Thomas Edison. The device was a viewer that held about 13 seconds worth of film.
1912, the RMS Titanic collided late at night with an iceberg in the North Atlantic on its maiden voyage and began sinking. There were 706 survivors, but 1,517 people went down with the ship when it sank early the next morning.
1939, John Steinbeck's novel about the Great Depression, The Grapes of Wrath, was first published.
1940, Hattie McDaniel became the first black actor or actress to win an Oscar, for Gone With The Wind.
1985, Geraldo Rivera opened the infamous Al Capone vault at the Lexington Hotel in Chicago on live TV. He found only broken bottles and no sign Capone ever used it.
1986, America launched an air raid on Libya (April 15 Libya time) in retaliation for a deadly bombing on April 5 at a German disco frequented by American soldiers. Among the 37 people killed was Moammer Qaddafi's infant daughter.
1993, the NHL's longest winning streak ended at 17 games as the Pittsburgh Penguins managed only a 6-6 tie with the New Jersey Devils.
1997, James McDougal, who'd agreed to cooperate with Whitewater prosecutors investigating President and Mrs. Clinton, drew a three-year prison sentence for 18 felony fraud and conspiracy counts.
1998, Despite international pleas for leniency, the state of Virginia executed Angel Francisco Breard, a Paraguayan convicted of murder.
1999, Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr told Congress the Watergate-era law that gave him the power to probe actions of executive branch officials was flawed and should be abolished.
1999, NATO mistakenly bombed a convoy of ethnic Albanian refugees; Yugoslav officials said 75 people were killed.
2000, In Washington, protesters dumped manure on Pennsylvania Avenue, seeking to disrupt meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
2001, the 24 crew members of the U.S. spy plane who were held in China for 11 days landed at their home base, Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in Washington state, where they were greeted by thousands of friends, family members and other well-wishers.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

HEIDI MONTAG TO SUE 'THE HILLS' PRODUCER? Heidi Montag is reportedly considering bringing legal action against The Hills executive producer Adam Divello for alleged sexual assault. An insider told PerezHilton.com that the alleged sexual assault -- which involved inappropriate touching -- happened after Heidi's recent plastic surgery. Co-star Lo Botsworth responded to the allegations tweeting, "I'll repeat it: no one is/has ever been assaulted during filming of our show. hey spiedi, do you know the definition of slander? NOT OKAY."

'FULL HOUSE' STAR NOT MARRIED: Despite reports, Jodie Sweetin has not gotten married for the third time. PerezHilton.com reported that the 28-year-old former Full House star tied the knot with Hollywood DJ Morty Coyle after just three months of dating, but her rep said, "The reports are not true. She is not married again."

KARDASHIANS POSE IN ONLY PAINT: Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian posed nude in a new ad for their Miami clothing store Dash. The E! reality stars, along with two of their "Dash Dolls" employees are covered with airbrushed bodysuits that say "Dash Miami." Khloe blogged about the photoshoot, writing, "Kourt and I came to Miami to revamp Dash, and that's exactly what we did! We worked our little tushies off and were so excited about the store's fab new makeover that we thought what better way to celebrate than by getting one of our own. Dash has never looked so good! LOL." Check out the ad: http://tinyurl.com/y4bxb5f

PARIS HILTON DENIES SPLIT: Paris Hilton is denying reports that she and boyfriend Doug Reinhardt have split. After the two were photographed separately, sparking the rumors, Paris tweeted, "Can't a girl have a night out in Las Vegas with her sister, without fake stories being posted. That story is a ridiculous lie. 100 per cent FALSE." Other sources still maintain the two are over.

'BACHELOR' ALUMNI GET ENGAGED: Two Bachelor alumni have gotten engaged. 29-year-old Tara Durr, a real estate agent from Florida who didn't make it very far on Lorenzo Borghese's season, and John Presser, a pharmaceutical company marketer from Connecticut who was let go the first night on Jillian Harris's season, announced their engagement this past weekend at the fourth reunion of Bachelor/Bachelorette alumni hosted by Jesse Csincsak. The pair connected through a private Bachelor Facebook page last year, taking for two months before finally meeting in person. The couple plans to wed in November.

BRET MICHAELS RECOVERING AFTER APPENDECTOMY: Bret Michaels is recovering after undergoing an emergency appendectomy on Sunday (April 11th) night. People magazine reports that the rocker/reality star was rushed to the hospital with what he thought was a severe case of the flu, and quickly discovered that he needed surgery. His rep said, "Michaels, who has been known to perform under extreme conditions that would make most performers cancel, will unfortunately have no choice but to reschedule some of his April tour dates."

INDUSTRY NEWS

CHACE CRAWFORD DROPS OUT OF 'FOOTLOOSE': Chace Crawford has backed out of the upcoming Footloose remake. The Gossip Girl star was set to play the lead role made famous by Kevin Bacon but recently quit, citing conflicts with filming the CW teen drama. Crawford is the second actor to bail on the movie; Zac Efron previously declined to take the role for fear of being typecast. EW.com reports that the studio now wants to cast an unknown in the role and may launch a nationwide search for its lead actor.

ELIZABETH BERKLEY WRITING BOOK: Saved By The Bell alum Elizabeth Berkley is writing a self-esteem book for young girls. GossipCop.com reported that Ask Elizabeth is based on workshops Berkley has conducted over the years on teen issues including body image and dating. She runs an advice website of the same name.

HBO RENEWS 'TREME': HBO has renewed its new drama Treme for a second season just days after its series premiere. The show is set in New Orleans in fall 2005, three months after Hurricane Katrina and tracks the lives of a diverse group of residents as they rebuild their lives.

KEVIN BACON TO STAR WITH STEVE CARELL: Kevin Bacon is joining the cast of a comedy starring Steve Carell and Julianne Moore as a couple undergoing a marriage crisis. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Bacon will play a co-worker of Moore's, who begins an affair with her.

JIM CARREY FLICK GETS RELEASE DATE: Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor's postponed comedy has been given a release date. I Love You Phillip Morris will have a limited run starting July 30th, with an expanded release on August 6th. In the film, the actors star as gay lovers in prison.

ADAM LAMBERT MENTORS ON 'AMERICAN IDOL'

The Top 9 sang Elvis Presley's songs on American Idol last night (April 13th) with Adam Lambert as their mentor. The show began with Crystal Bowersox's performance of "Saved," which the judges loved. Andrew Garcia sang next and disappointed the judges with his rendition of "Hound Dog." Tim Urban sang "I Can't Help Falling in Love," which the judges liked to Urban's surprise. Lee Dewyze was next with "A Little Less Conversation," which he nailed, according to the judges. Aaron Kelly stepped out of his comfort zone this week with "Blue Suede Shoes" and gained mixed comments from the judges. Simon and Kara were not impressed with Siobhan Magnus' performance of "Suspicious Minds," while Michael Lynche proved why he deserved to be saved. Katie Stevens earned everyone's approval except for Simon. Casey James closed the show with a solid performance of an older Elvis song.

MICHAEL JACKSON'S WRONGFUL DEATH SUIT UPDATE

Dr. Conrad Murray is preparing his legal strategy for the Michael Jackson wrongful death suit. According to TMZ.com, Dr. Murray has hired a civil lawyer, Charles Peckham, who handles medical board cases and wrongful death lawsuits.

  • Dr. Murray, is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the June 2009 death of the King of Pop after he allegedly administered a lethal dose of prescription painkillers and anesthetics. He has pleaded not guilty.

MAN CLAIMING TO BE MICHAEL'S SON IS DENIED DNA TEST

In other Jackson news, Prince Michael Malachi Jet Jackson, the 25-year-old man claiming to be Michael's biological son, was denied the chance to get a DNA test that would allegedly prove he is MJ's son.

  • Howard Weitzman, the lawyer for the estate, rejected this claim yesterday (April 13th) according to TMZ.com.

LATEST JON AND KATE CASE HEADED TO COURT

Jon Gosselin's motion seeking primary custody of his eight children with ex-wife Kate will be heard by a Pennsylvania judge on May 25th. Jon's lawyer, Anthony F. List, has called Kate "an absentee mom" in his filing, citing her participation in the current season of Dancing with the Stars. List also says that his client does not earn enough to warrant the $21,700 monthly child support that Jon is currently paying.

Kate defended herself on Tuesday (April 13th) morning's Today show, saying, "I have to work. I have to provide for them. And it's a struggle that every working mom, especially single moms, go through, and I'm really feeling it now, and it's really hard."

  • Her lawyer, Mark Momjian, says Jon's request is riddled with errors and should be dismissed.

KATE LANDS NEW TV GIG

In related news, Kate has landed yet another job on television. Usmagazine.com reports that Kate will appear as a special co-host on Entertainment Tonight alongside Mary Hart this evening. PopEater.com claims the reality TV veteran, who is also starring on a TLC show this summer, is house-hunting in Los Angeles.

GOSSELIN RELATIVES TO TESTIFY IN COURT

The Associated Press reports that Kate Gosselin's relatives are expected to testify at an upcoming Pennsylvania legislative hearing on child labor laws. Republican state Rep. Thomas Murt wants to prevent exploitation of children who appear in movies and reality shows -- like Jon & Kate Plus 8.

  • Gosselin's brother Kevin Kreider and his wife, Jodi, are scheduled to testify today. Other witnesses include attorney Gloria Allred and former child actor Paul Petersen of The Donna Reed Show.

CASTING UNDERWAY FOR BOSTON-BASED 'JERSEY SHORE' - LIKE SHOW

There are reports of yet another Jersey Shore spin-off. E! News reported that casting is currently underway for Wicked Summer, a "docusoap" that will take place in Massachusetts.

Doron Ofir, the casting director for both Jersey Shore and Wicked Summer said, "We're giving Massachusetts the chance to show the world why Bay Staters have got the hottest girls and proudly buff guys who believe in God, family, politics, sports, beer and partying!"

  • The open casting site for Wicked Summer says that producers are looking for "blue collar, hard working, harder partying, tough talking, damn good looking Mass natives from all over the state."
  • It's also been reported that there are spin-offs or like-minded series featuring Persian-Americans and Asian-Americans in the works.

RONNIE AND SAMMI STILL OFF AND ON

Meanwhile, Jersey Shore's resident rocky couple, Ronnie Magro and Sammi Giancola are reportedly back "on" but have been fighting in Miami. A source told RadarOnline.com, "Sammi got into a fight with Ronnie and she left the club early and he was later seen dancing with a blond girl who was a waitress there."

  • Although Ronnie previously boasted that he was going to "sleep with anything" when he got to Miami for the second season, he reportedly "got all lovey dovey with (Sammi) the second he got there."

CRITICS LOVE CONAN O'BRIEN'S TOUR

Conan O'Brien kicked off his nationwide comedy tour in Oregon on Monday (April 12th) night in front of more than 2,500 people. The former Tonight Show host, who has temporarily been banned from talking to the media or appearing on television as part of his exit deal with NBC, addressed the situation on stage to the delight of fans.

Conan told his audience, "I'm not supposed to admit this, ladies and gentlemen, but I really missed the applause. You have no idea how shallow I am."

He added, "This is the first time anyone has paid to see me. They've paid me to go away."

  • The show features staples of Conan's late night shows such as sidekick Andy Richter, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and the Masturbating Bear. Among O'Brien's debut show guests were the band Spoon and, from 30 Rock, cast member Jack McBrayer, who plays Kenneth the page. Other celebrities are expected to drop in throughout the tour.
  • Conan further delved into the NBC debacle, recounting the "eight stages of grief" after losing a talk show, which included "Blame myself," "Blame everyone else 'round me" and "36 hours of Red Bull and Halo." He noted that he didn't spend much time on the self-blame phase, "because what the hell did I do?"
  • Hours before the tour kicked off, Conan announced that he'll be hosting a late night show for TBS beginning in November. He joked on stage, "You may have heard I got a new job: new assistant manager at Eugene's Banana Republic."\

CRITICS THINK IT'S A HIT

Rolling Stone's Scott Sepich wrote after the show, "Though his trademark self-deprecation permeated his performance, like when he joked about having "no ass" while donning the ridiculous purple suit Eddie Murphy wore in his stand-up film Raw, O'Brien exuded defiant confidence throughout the night, bolstered by a crowd that roared with approval of nearly everything he did."


CHECK IT OUT: Watch Conan on stage: http://tinyurl.com/y63dchr

JESSE JAMES'S GAY-BASHING EMAIL HIT THE INTERNET

Jesse James's reputation is not getting any better. The biker bad boy, who has already been vilified for breaking Sandra Bullock's heart and encouraging white supremacism, is now being labeled homophobic.

The most recent tag comes after the release of an email sent to a former co-worker in which James makes many gay slurs.

  • RadarOnline.com described the correspondence as a fall-out between James and two other men, in which he says, "Don't worry though you 2 f***ots will be fine! Maybe Just Maybe? If you suck his d**k real hard he might even put you guys on TV!"
  • One insider told Radar, "He uses the word f***ot all the time. It makes people really uncomfortable and it's very inappropriate, but it flows out of his mouth just as naturally as 'please' or 'thank you' does with most people."

KEVIN EUBANKS IS LEAVING 'THE TONIGHT SHOW' AFTER 18 YEARS WITH JAY LENO

Bandleader and Sidekick Kevin Eubanks officially announced during a sit down interview on Monday's taping of "The Tonight Show," that he is leaving after 18 years with Jay Leno.

Kevin, 52, says he's ready for a change of pace, but has not announced any specific plans. He told Leno "After 18 years of playing America into commercials, I'm gonna go somewhere where I can finish a song."

  • Kevin's last day on 'Tonight' is May 28th. When asked if he'd like to see an African-American musician replace him, he said, "I want to see a really great band leader replace me. But I wouldn't be mad."

SIDE NOTES
Kevin's announcement came the same day as Conan O'Brien's announcement to host a late-night show on TBS later this year.

CHECK IT OUT
Is it time to quit your job? http://tinyurl.com/y8ux92t

JAKE GYLLENHAAL IS 'OKAY' WITH BEING SINGLE

Jake Gyllenhaal isn't quite single-and-loving-it. The actor, who recently split from Reese Witherspoon, told GQ of being unattached, "It's . . . it's okay."

Gyllenhaal had to do some back peddling when confronted from a past quote that "the most important job for a man is to find the right woman." When asked if he still felt that way, Jake said, "Mmmm. It goes in either direction. I think it's important for every man to find the right woman and every woman to find the right man." As for what is the most important thing in life, he responded, "The best answer I could give to any of those things is that I really don't know. Particularly right now in my life."

  • Jake noted that his parent's recent divorce after 29 years of marriage hasn't affected his views on relationships. He explained, "I think it takes a lot of courage for my parents to make the decision that they made, and I trust both of them and their outlook on life. I think any successful marriage, even if it hasn't lasted for a lifetime, will create a sense of an ideal. But I don't have a fantasy. There's not a fantasy. I know it's messy, is what I want to say."

SIGOURNEY WEAVER SAYS JAMES CAMERON DIDN'T WIN OSCAR BECAUSE HE 'DIDN'T HAVE BREASTS'

Avatar star Sigourney Weaver is still bitter that James Cameron did not win the Oscar for best director, claiming he only lost because the Academy wanted to give the award to a woman. The actress told the Brazilian news site Folha Online, "Jim didn't have breasts, and I think that was the reason. He should have taken home that Oscar."

Cameron's ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow took home the honor instead, becoming the first woman in history to win that category for her work on The Hurt Locker.

  • Weaver is also stewing about Avatar's loss to The Hurt Locker in the best picture category. She added, "In the past, 'Avatar' would have won because they [Oscar voters] loved to hand out awards to big productions, like 'Ben-Hur.' Today it's fashionable to give the Oscar to a small movie that nobody saw."

KIRSTIE ALLEY 'FEELS GOOD' ABOUT 17-YEAR-OLD SON'S ENGAGEMENT

Kirstie Alley's 17-year-old son is engaged and has his mother's blessing. Kirstie told Ellen DeGeneres that she "feels good" about son True's decision to wed because he and his fiance are "really in love."

Kirstie explained, "True's got a level head. He's a good guy. He's very monogamous, and he's very sweet with her."

  • She continued, "You know, I was married at was I was just 19 years old and that didn't work. Then I was married when I was 30 years old and that's when everyone said you should get married and that didn't work. So, I don't think I'm an expert on the subject. So, I think if somebody's in love and wants to be married then let them be in love and get married."
  • Alley is currently starring in "Kirstie Alley's Big Life" on A&E.

'DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES' CAST PLEDGE SUPPORT FOR MARC CHERRY

The ladies of Wisteria Lane have chosen sides. Desperate Housewives stars Eva Longoria Parker, Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman issued a joint statement Tuesday pledging their support for show creator Marc Cherry in a lawsuit filed by Nicollette Sheridan.

In it they say, "It would be irresponsible of us to let the public believe that being a part of this show from its inception has been anything but a blessing. We have no first-hand knowledge of what Nicollette may or may not have experienced, but we would never characterize our set as a hostile environment. It is, in fact, the opposite.

  • They continued, "The friendships and support that Marc Cherry, the cast, the crew and the producers have shared for the past six years have made this a wonderful job that we are grateful for every day."

HEADLINE NEWS!!


AT LEAST 300 KILLED AS EARTHQUAKE STRIKES CHINA: At least 300 people have been killed and thousands injured after a magnitude-6.9 earthquake struck China's western Qinghai province Wednesday (April 14th). Many people were buried under toppled houses in the mountainous rural area near Tibet where the quake hit. In addition to rescue efforts, which were being hampered by the roads leading to the area airport being badly damaged by the quake, Chinese officials were working to release water from a reservoir where a crack had formed.

NUCLEAR SUMMIT ENDS WITH AGREEMENT ON SECURING NUCLEAR MATERIALS: President Obama's two-day nuclear summit ended yesterday (April 13th) with the 47 attending nations endorsing Obama's call for securing all nuclear materials around the world within four years to keep them out of the hands of terrorists. There were few specifics, however, with the countries saying they'd cooperate more strongly with the International Atomic Energy Agency, and would share information on nuclear detection and ways to prevent nuclear trafficking. Several countries, including Ukraine, Mexico and Canada, said they'd give up highly-enriched uranium as a step towards making it harder for terrorists or criminal gangs to steal or acquire it, and Russia and the U.S. signed a deal to dispose of tons of weapons-grade plutonium. The leaders also agreed to hold a followup nuclear security summit in South Korea in 2012. Obama had called the summit to focus world attention on the threat of nuclear terrorism, which he called the greatest threat facing the world.

TOYOTA STOPPING SALES OF LEXUS GX 460 SUV: Toyota said yesterday (April 13th) that it is temporarily stopping sales of the 2010 Lexus GX 460 SUV after Consumer Reports issued a rare "Don't Buy" warning because of concerns that it has handling problems that could cause it to roll over during sharp turns. Toyota said it will conduct its own tests on the GX 460, with the quick action indicating the Japanese automaker's attempt to respond more quickly in the wake of accusations that it was too slow to address concerns about sticking gas pedals in several of its vehicles. The gas pedal issue has been a huge blow to Toyota's safety reputation.

TODAY'S FYI:

FIRST LADY MAKES SURPRISE VISIT TO HAITI: First Lady Michelle Obama made a surprise visit to Haiti yesterday (April 13th), visiting the devastated capital of Port-au-Prince three months after the massively destructive January earthquake. Obama and Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, met with President Rene Preval and later talked with students and walked along an encampment of families living under bed sheets and tents. The U.S. administration said Obama and Biden's visit is intended to underscore the U.S. commitment to the Haitian reconstruction effort and to thank U.S. officials who've worked in the country for the past three months. Mrs. Obama made the stop in Haiti before traveling on to Mexico City for a two-day visit that is her first solo trip as first lady. The Haitian visit wasn't announced ahead of time for security reasons.

PALIN HAS EARNED SOME $12 MILLION IN LESS THAN A YEAR: Sarah Palin has earned some $12 million since stepping down as governor of Alaska last July, 18 months before the end of her four-year term, according to an estimate from ABC News. The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee was reportedly paid $7 million for her autobiography, Going Rogue, which came out last fall, and is said to be getting $250,000 per episode for her new TV series about Alaska that will air on the Learning Channel. In other income, she also charges up to $100,000 for a speech, is paid an unknown amount as a Fox News contributor, and has a deal for a second book. In fact, ABC News said that Palin probably earns a lot more than its conservative estimate of $12 million.

NEW INFO ABOUT EXTENT OF EX-REP. MASSA'S ALLEGED SEXUAL MISCONDUCT: The Washington Post reported yesterday (April 13th) on new revelations of alleged sexual misconduct by former Rep. Eric Massa, who resigned in March when it was reported that he was the subject of a House ethics probe over allegations of harassment. Citing new interviews and internal documents, the Post reported that just three months after the New York Democrat was elected in November 2008, his young male staffers began complaining that the 50-year-old married lawmaker was making aggressive sexual overtures toward them, including touching them in a sexual manner, coming up with reasons to have them travel alone with him on overnight trips, and expressing a desire to have sex with the men in the office. Although the senior staff tried to manage the problem internally, the reports of inappropriate behavior continued, but congressional leaders weren't alerted until a year later. According to the Post, the incident that led to Massa's resignation was when he reportedly tried to come on to a young bartender at a funeral reception for a Marine who'd died in Afghanistan.

SERIOUS HOSPITAL INFECTIONS CONTINUE TO INCREASE: The federal Department of Health and Human Services reported Tuesday (April 13th) that serious hospital-acquired infections are continuing to increase despite years of prevention campaigns. Of five major types of such infections, rates of illnesses increased for three of them, one showed no progress, and one showed a decline. As many as 98,000 people a year die from medical errors, and preventable infections are a significant part of the problem. Under the new health care reform law, Medicare payments to hospitals beginning in a few years will be reduced for preventable readmissions and for certain infections that can usually be avoided with good nursing care.

DEMOCRAT WINS FIRST HOUSE RACE SINCE HEALTH CARE REFORM PASSAGE: Florida Democratic state Senator Ted Deutch won election to Congress yesterday (April 13th) in the first U.S. House race since the Democratic-led Congress passed the health care reform legislation. Deutch, who was the favorite in the special election to replace retiring Democratic Rep. Robert Wexler, beat Republican Ed Lynch by a 62 percent to 35 percent margin. Lynch had tried to make the election a statement on the health care bill, but had a tough time in the strongly Democratic district, which includes parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties. Wexler left office in January during his seventh congressional term to head a Middle East think tank.

SPORTS:

TIGER SENDS IN U.S. OPEN ENTRY FORM: It looks like Tiger Woods plans to play in the U.S. Open, as the USGA said yesterday (April 13th) that it received his entry form on Monday. The U.S. Open will be held from June 17th to 20th at Pebble Beach, and players have until April 28th to get their entry forms in. Tiger tied for fourth place in the Masters this weekend, his first competition since the bombshell news of his multiple mistress scandal broke five months ago.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY


CBS

  • THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE - Christine takes New Christine to a salon for some pampering while Richard plans a surprise wedding.
  • ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE - Billie pretends to go into labor to save Zack from getting a speeding ticket; Olivia and Davis shop for a baby gift.
  • CRIMINAL MINDS - The team goes to Texas to track a serial killer targeting illegal immigrants.
  • CSI: NY - A death row inmate's final request brings Dr. Hawkes to a prison just as a riot erupts.

NBC

  • MINUTE TO WIN IT (repeat)
  • LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (repeat)
  • LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (repeat)

FOX

  • HUMAN TARGET - Chance, Guerrero and Winston recall the events that led to their improbable partnership.
  • AMERICAN IDOL - Adam Lambert performs; two contestants are sent home.

ABC

  • MODERN FAMILY (repeat)
  • THE MIDDLE - Mike and Frankie decide to cut unnecessary expenses, including their cable TV; Brick and his friends are forced to socialize during recess.
  • MODERN FAMILY - Luke and Manny's hot tempered basketball coach quits during a game, causing Phil and Jay to fill the position; Mitchell takes Cameron to meet a prospective employer.
  • COUGAR TOWN - Travis' first big breakup forces Jules to come to a realization about herself; Sara (Sheryl Crow) wonders if Jules is a threat to her relationship with Grayson.
  • UGLY BETTY - (series finale) Betty has a hard time telling Daniel important news about her future; Amanda copes with the death of her dog.

CW

  • AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL - The models must strike a pose while on board a New York subway car; Andre Leon Talley bluntly criticizes one model's outfit.
  • FLY GIRLS - The ladies surprise Tasha with a trip to Vegas; Nikole shares a surprising story and gets up close and personal with a DJ.
  • HIGH SOCIETY - Devorah Rose throws a launch party for her new line of bikinis; Paul and Tommy reconnect.

COMEDY CENTRAL

  • SOUTH PARK - The town of South Park gets sued as every celebrity they've ever ridiculed is out for revenge.
  • UGLY AMERICANS - Mark meets a pair of creatures who are expected to participate in a public mating ritual.

USA

  • IN PLAIN SIGHT - A witness against a weapons trafficker wakes up from a three year coma.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Alyson Hannigan, Maria Martiromo, dance crew Poreotix, V.V. Brown
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Oprah's Million Dollar Announcement and Billionaire Richard Branson
THE VIEW - Phil Lempert, guest co-host Kelly Osbourne

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - (repeat)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Tracy Morgan, Chloe Moretz, Alan Jackson
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Alyssa Milano, Jerry Weintraub, Gloriana
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Andie MacDowell, Dario Franchitti
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Michael J. Fox, Green Day, Kaki King
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Gossip
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Richard Burt
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - David Shields
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Luke Wilson, Monica

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

DRIVING INSTRUCTOR BUSTED FOR SPEEDING: A driving instructor in France was stopped by police for exceeding the speed limit while his students were in the car. According to police, the instructor was clocked at 134 kilometers (83 mph) at a 70-kilometer zone. Police immediately suspended the instructor's license for four months. The three students in his vehicle have just taken their driving tests when the man was stopped. The instructor's boss at the driving school in Valence said he was willing to give him another chance because he was a good worker. (AP)

LIP-SYNCHING SINGERS FINED IN CHINA: Two singers in China became the first people in the country to be fined for lip-synching. China implemented this new no lip-synching rule when Internet users frequently complained of famous singers "short-selling" their fans by lip-synching on stage. Two female singers were spotted breaking this new rule during a concert in southwestern China. According to the official Xinhua news agency, the two have been fined 50,000 yuan ($7,329) each. However, some have wondered by these fines were leveled against two almost unknown artists instead of more famous singers. (Reuters)


WOMAN LOCKS UTILITY WORKER IN HOME: A woman from Amsterdam was arrested after locking a utility worker in her home when he tried to disconnect her power supplies over an unpaid bill of 42,000 euros. The 65-year-old woman denied having such a large bill and called the police to arrange a payment scheme before allowing the Eneco worker to go free. The utility employee filed charges against the woman and she will be appearing in court. (Reuters)

SLEEPY GUARD DOG FIRED: A British guard dog was fired after sleeping through a pub's only burglary in 12 years. Its owners bought the dog, Taz, a Doberman Alsatian mix, in 1998 to patrol the Dartmouth Arms in Dartmouth, Devon. However, he didn't do just a good job when thieves took hundreds of dollars worth of alcohol and some cash. When the landlord, Mark Keel, entered the pub the next morning, he found Taz fast asleep and snoring. The burglars entered by forcing a window open. They also managed to take an iPod nano. (Daily Mail)

DID YOU KNOW?

POLE DANCING OFFERED TO RELIEVE FINALS STRESS: For the first time, students at the University of Cambridge in the middle of rigorous final exams will be offered pole dancing lessons to relieve stress. No previous experience is necessary, and the "pole-fitness" sessions are advertised for women only. Debbie Mandel, author of "Addicted to Stress" said, "Pole dancing is a form of uninhibited self-expression which releases suppressed emotions the way belly dancing has done for over 5,000 years. When you get good at pole dancing, you feel accomplished and more empowered. And when there is novelty with exercise, the positive effect is even more powerful for the mind and body."

BREAKING UP WITH A FRIEND HARDER THAN SPLITTING WITH LOVER: Breaking up with a friend is much harder than splitting up with a lover, especially for women, according to researchers. Professor Carol Smart, the lead sociologist on the project said, "There is a real sense of duty which is hard to break. The ethics of friendship are very strong which makes it very hard to end a friendship, even when it has stopped being fun, because we feel terribly guilty about it." The research showed the trauma of dumping a friend meant many people tried to "slink away" from a burdensome friendship gradually rather than breaking up outright. Being on the receiving end is also painful, according to the research, as being dumped by a friend can leave you feeling betrayed and full of self-doubt. (Telegraph)


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SMILING COULD INCREASE LIFE SPAN: The broader your grin and the deeper the creases around your eyes when you smile, the longer you are likely to live, a study has shown. The research adds to mounting evidence that a happy disposition can have a powerful impact on health as well as life expectancy. Experts at Wayne State University, Michigan, studied 230 pictures of major league baseball players printed in the 1952 Baseball Register. The researchers ranked each player according to whether they had no smile at all, a partial smile, or a full-blown smile. The researchers then compared the photos with the life span of each player. The results revealed that of the 184 players that had since died, those in the 'no smile' category had lived an average of 72.9 years. Among the 'partial smiles' group, lifespan had averaged out at 75. But those with the biggest grins had lived for an average of 79.9 years - seven more than their straight-faced colleagues. (Daily Mail)

FEMALE MILLIONAIRES ON THE RISE: A recent UK business report found that self-made, female millionaires are up 40 percent in the last five years. The number of millionairesses has skyrocketed because while most men invested their money in stocks, which suffered greatly, women invested heavily in the property and businesses to hit it big. Specifically, stay-at-home woman who had innovative ideas made more money than women trying to shatter the glass ceiling in the workplace. (Daily Mail)

NO SLEEP CAN MAKE YOU FAT: People who are trying to stay skinny may want to make sure they get plenty of sleep. In a study, researchers found that normal-weight young men ate a Big Mac's-worth of extra calories when they'd gotten four hours of sleep the night before compared to when they slept for eight hours. Given the findings, and the fact that people have been sleeping less and getting fatter over the past few decades, "sleep restriction could be one of the environmental factors that contribute to the obesity epidemic." (Fox News)

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

According to a poll by Consumer Reports, the average internet user has how many different password-protected accounts?

A: 17

This statistic is derived from a poll of over 13,000 subscribers to Consumer Reports. These same respondents also reported that the No. 1 most common problem they face on the computer is forgetting a necessary password or PIN number. That said, a close second was getting "an incomprehensible computer error message."

WATER COOLER TALK

CBS' Jim Nantz Critical of Tiger Woods' On-Course Behavior at the Masters

Sportscaster Jim Nantz, CBS' lead announcer for its golf telecasts, is criticizing Tiger Woods for his on-course behavior at the Masters this past weekend. Before the Masters began, Woods, who was returning to competition for the first time since the scandal broke over his multiple mistresses, said that he was going to be a different man on the course and have more respect for the game, ending his outbursts and club tossing. But that wasn't exactly what happened, with Tiger, who tied for fourth place, at times screaming, "Tiger, you suck!," "Jesus Christ," and letting fly with a profanity. Speaking with WFAN's Mike Francesa on Monday (April 12th), Nantz said, "If I said what he said on the air, I would be fired. . . . Someone on my broadcast dismissed it as him having a camera in his face. Well, guess what? Phil Mickelson had a camera in his face all week and did you even hear him come close to approaching that? . . . Have you ever heard Arnold Palmer or Jack Nicklaus use that kind of language?" Nantz admitted that this wasn't something that's bothered him in the past, but he said it rubbed him the wrong way because Tiger had promised a change just days earlier.

Ex-Governor Eliot Spitzer's Prostitute on Cover of 'Playboy'

In yet another in a long line of examples that, in our society, crime and notoriety in fact often do pay, the high-priced hooker formerly patronized by ex-New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is appearing on the cover of Playboy's May issue. Ashley Dupre -- who also scored her current gig as a sex columnist for the New York Post out of the scandal -- is also featured in an eight-page nude photo layout. In the accompanying interview, Dupre says, "Some people call me the girl who brought down the governor of New York, but in reality he brought me down. I was an escort. As much as I wish I could make that go away, I can't." Dupre also said she's currently celibate, explaining, "I love sex and I'm very good at it, but I'm saving that."

Book of Porn Images for the Blind Created

Britain's Daily Telegraph reports that a new book of porn images for the blind has been created that contains explicit text written in Braille and raised pictures of naked men and women that readers can feel. Called Tactile Mind, it was created by Canadian Lisa Murphy, who said she made it after realizing that, quote, "the blind have been left out in a culture saturated with sexual images." The book, which sells for some $225, contains 17 raised images, including a naked woman in what's described as a "disco pose" and a so-called "male love robot." Playboy printed its magazine in Braille between 1970 and 1985, but the issues didn't include raised pictures.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Brad Paisley is among the eight candidates for the Academy of Country Music's Entertainer of the Year at Sunday's (April 18th) Awards show. The winner will be determined by online fan voting, and while some contenders are launching full-on campaigns for the title, Brad says that's something he can't get on board with. "I'm uncomfortable campaigning. I have to be honest with you, because I don't like that part of it. I understand that people love to get involved and that's cool that they can. Vote for you who you want. If you're happy with somebody's show last year and you had a great time, vote for them. If that's me, that's great. If it's not, I will stand up and clap for whoever wins, you know?"

Brad said there is an upside of putting the voting power in the fans' hands. "Somehow it takes a little bit of the pressure off. The ACMs are a little more -- I mean, they're in Vegas, first of all, so they're a little more of the show where what happens there stays there. I mean, you can walk through the casino and see Kix Brooks throwin' down. It's a party the whole time, and it's a little bit more light-hearted, and I think being that they're doing things differently is probably good, making these shows different. They can't just be two different versions of the same exact thing. They need to be unique, and they're certainly getting there in the unique sense."

  • Other nominees for Entertainer of the Year are Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, George Strait, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and the Zac Brown Band.
  • Brad is also nominated for three other awards -- Top Male Vocalist, Album of the Year for American Saturday Night, and Video of the Year for "Welcome To The Future."
  • Brad will perform live on the ACM Awards, which airs live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on CBS.
Lady Antebellum charts their third consecutive Number One hit this week with "American Honey." The song is the second release from their platinum-selling Need You Now sophomore CD. The album's title track holds firm to the top spot on the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart for the third consecutive week. Need You Now is spending its 11th week at Number One on the Billboard Country albums chart.
  • The trio will kick off a busy week of performances with an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tomorrow(Tuesday, April 13th) night before heading to Las Vegas to headline the annual Fremont Street Experience concert on Friday (April 16th).
  • The most nominated artist at this year's ACM Awards with a total of seven nods, Lady Antebellum will perform live on the show this Sunday (April 18th) at 8 p.m. on CBS.
  • The next day the group will join the biggest stars in country music for a taping of the ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn - The Last Rodeo tribute concert in Las Vegas. The show will air on CBS on May 23rd.

FAST FACTS

  • Lady Antebellum's first Number One hit was "I Run To You" in July of last year.
  • The song is included on Lady A's self-titled debut which was released in 2008.

Trace Adkins is headed back to the boardroom with business tycoon Donald Trump where he'll serve as "the Donald's" eyes and ears on this week's episode of The Celebrity Apprentice, airing on Sunday (April 18th) on NBC at 9 p.m. ET. As Boardroom Advisor, Trace will oversee both celebrity teams as they craft image makeovers for Emily West and Luke Bryan.
  • Trace was a runner-up to winner Piers Morgan on the reality series back in 2008. As a result of his appearance on the show, he has raised more than a half-million dollars for his charity, The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN).
  • Trace's new single, "This Ain't No Love Song," will be released to country radio next month. His first album for Show Dog-Universal Music will be released in August.
Former American Idol finalists will be volunteering their time at Feeding America's local food banks tomorrow (Wednesday, April 14th) in Nashville. Bucky Covington, Melinda Doolittle, Bo Bice, Phil Stacey and Mandissa will all be pitching in at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, which is one of the beneficiaries of Idol Gives Back. That special episode of American Idol airs Wednesday, April 21 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.

Gretchen Wilson will tape an episode of E!'s Chelsea Lately on Monday (April 19th). The episode will air later that night on the cable network at 11 p.m. ET.

Josh Thompson will document his first trip to the ACM Awards show in the "Road To The ACM Awards" series, exclusively available now on CBS.com. "Road to the ACM Awards - Josh Thompson" features Josh's journey leading up the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which will air on Sunday (April 18th) on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

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

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY


ON THE STREETS/GAC 1:00PM, 9:00PM (ET)
Laura Bell Bundy, Mindy McCready

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (repeat)/CBS 11:35PM (ET)
Lady Antebellum

THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO/NBC 11:35PM (ET)
Lady Antebellum

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

Ron Perlman (actor, Beauty And The Beast, Alien Resurrection, Hellboy, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army) (60)

  • Max Weinberg (drummer, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band; bandleader, Late Night With Conan O'Brien) (59)
  • Paul Sorvino (actor, Goodfellas) (71)
  • Rick Schroeder (actor, NYPD Blue, Silver Spoons) (40)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me" was released to radio in 2009.
  • Chris Cagle scored his first Number One single with "I Breathe In, I Breathe Out" in 2002.
  • Lonestar hit the top in Billboard for the first time with "No News" in 1996.
  • Grand Ole Opry Live debuted on TNN in 1985.
  • Charley Pride recorded his first chart-topping single, "All I Have To Offer You (Is Me)," in 1969.
  • Glen Campbell's first Number One single, "I Wanna Live," charted in 1968.
  • Buck Owens' first Number One single, "Act Naturally," charted in 1963.
  • Bill Anderson went to Number One on the Billboard country chart with his biggest hit, "Still," in 1963.
  • George Jones charted his first Number One country single in Billboard as a recording artist with "White Lightning" in 1959.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP!


HEATHER LOCKLEAR AND JACK WAGNER ARE STILL TOGETHER: A rep for Heather Locklear and Jack Wagner denied rumors that the two have split. The break up gossip started after an insider told In Touch magazine, "Heather felt like she had been spending so much time with Jack, that it was affecting her child. Ava is at that point where she'll soon be a teenager, and she needs her mom more than ever, especially since she's trying to become an actress and a model. So Heather told Jack she wants space." A rep for Locklear clarified, telling USmagazine.com that the couple has not split.

RYAN PHILLIPPE TALKS ABOUT EXES: Ryan Phillippe is tired of the public reaction to his love life. The actor, who was married to Reese Witherspoon and recently broke up with actress Abbie Cornish, said during a radio interview, "I have a new rule: not to date anyone who has a publicist." Referring to Cornish's announcement of their split, he said, "Who announces a breakup? I don't understand that! There's no need for that." He added, "I'm tired of getting s*** on. I don't feel like I deserve it. Things happen! How many people have you broken up with over your life?"

KATE WALSH DIVORCE FINALIZED: Kate Walsh is officially single. TMZ.com reported that the Private Practice star's bitter divorce from Alex Young was made final on Monday (April 12th). Alex, her husband of just 14 months, was denied spousal support back in February, but got $627,000 for his share of the community property plus half the residuals for the Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice episodes Kate appeared in while they were married.

PARIS HILTON DUMPED DOUG FOR USING HER: Paris Hilton reportedly dumped Doug Reinhardt because she suspected he was only using her to further his career. RadarOnline.com reports that reports surfaced recently that Reinhardt's younger sister was going to get her own reality TV show, with Doug serving as producer, and that Paris was going to be in several episodes. However, Paris never had any plans to participate in the show, and Doug was supposedly pressuring her to be a part of it. Radar said the show's pick-up was contingent upon Paris's appearances.

STEVEN SEAGAL SUED: A former model filed a lawsuit against Steven Seagal, accusing him of trafficking women for sex. TMZ.com reports that Kayden Nguyen, who was hired as Seagal's executive assistant, showed up for work and discovered, "Mr. Seagal had been keeping two young female Russian 'Attendants' on staff who were available for his sexual needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week." Nguyen says in the lawsuit that Seagal treated her as a "sex toy," claiming he pushed his hands under her skirt, tried fondling her breasts and forced his hand down her pants.

LITTLEST DUGGAR HOSPITALIZED AGAIN: Josie Duggar, the youngest member of the TLC reality family, was rushed to the hospital last week after the preemie baby's vital signs began to drop. Dad Jim Bob told People magazine, "She's doing fine now. They will watch her for a few days to make sure she's safe." Josie was born last December after her mother carried her for only 25 weeks. She was originally released from the hospital on April 6th.

ARREST WARRANT 'IMMENENT' FOR 'SURVIVOR' PRODUCER: Mexican authorities are reportedly close to arresting Survivor producer Bruce Beresford-Redman in the case of his wife Monica's death. ABC News reported that an arrest could be "imminent" given the inconsistencies in his account of the events leading up to his wife's body being found. Monica was found dead in the sewer of a Cancun resort last Thursday (April 8th), the victim of a blow to the skull. Bruce was initially detained, but has since been released and told to remain in the country while the investigation continued.

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

'CLASH OF THE TITANS' BESTS 'DATE NIGHT' AFTER ALL: Estimates had Date Night winning the weekend box office, with $27.1 million, however Fox said that figure now stands at $25.2 million. Meanwhile, Clash's actuals came in at $26.7 million, down slightly from Warner's $26.9 million estimate.

LINDSAY LOHAN LEFT OFF 'MEAN GIRLS' VIDEO GAME: Lindsay Lohan is conspicuously missing from the cover of an upcoming video game based on the film Mean Girls that features all of her other co-stars. Per the press release, in the game, players "follow the misadventures of Cady (played by Lohan) from Jingle Bell Rock to the school prom" and face "jocks, art freaks and mathletes" to become prom queen. E! investigated and discovered that Lindsay's omission had nothing to do with her bad reputation, rather the game was licensed from Paramount and the use of Lohan's picture would have been prohibitively expensive.

AMERICA FERRERA LANDS NEW JOB: America Ferrera has already lined up some post-Ugly Betty work. MTV announced that the actress will serve as executive producer of Pedro & Maria, a multicultural, interactive telenovela in development for MTV television and various Web platforms. Pedro & Maria is billed as a bilingual, modern-day version of Romeo & Juliet that will give its audience the ability to vote on the direction the characters and story lines take.

VANESSA HUDGENS TO STAR IN 'RENT'? Vanessa Hudgens and Neil Patrick Harris are reportedly teaming up. Celebuzz.com reports that the High School Musical star recently signed on to appear as HIV-positive junkie stripper Mimi in an L.A.-based stage performance of Rent, directed by Harris.

VIENNA GIRARDI TO SERVE AS 'EXTRA' REPORTER: Jake Pavelka's fiance is joining Extra as a reporter. Vienna Girardi, who won Pavelka's heart on The Bachelor, tweeted on Monday (April 12th), "I start my new job today as Ms. Vienna Girardi Extra TV Report[er]. My first interview is with DWTS tonight!" Usmagazine.com reported that the 24-year-old moved to Los Angeles with Pavelka to support him while he competes on Dancing With the Stars.

BRAD PITT WILL LIKELY APPEAR AT CANNES: Major stars are expected to attend the Cannes Film Festival next month. PerezHilton.com reports that Brad Pitt will likely be in attendance for the premiere of his movie, Tree of Life for Days of Heaven, which co-stars Sean Penn. It's also expected that Johnny Depp's Rum Diary, Russell Crowe's Robin Hood and Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps will all debut at the festival.

KATE WALSH APPEARING OFF-BROADWAY: Kate Walsh will spend her summer appearing in an off-Broadway play. The Associated Press reported that the Private Practice star will star in the world premiere of "Dusk Rings a Bell," a two-character play by Stephen Belber. The play features two people who meet unexpectedly more than two decades after a brief romantic encounter.

CONAN O'BRIEN LANDS LATE NIGHT SHOW AT TBS WITH GEORGE LOPEZ'S BLESSING

Conan O'Brien will be taking his late night routine to TBS. Although it was widely believed he'd host a show on Fox this fall, TBS announced Conan was joining their team on Monday (April 12th), the same day his stand up tour kicked off.

O'Brien said in a statement, "In three months, I've gone from network television to Twitter to performing live in theaters, and now I'm headed to basic cable. My plan is working perfectly."

  • Soon after he tweeted, "The good news: I will be doing a show on TBS starting in November! The bad news: I'll be playing Rudy on the all new Cosby Show."
GEORGE LOPEZ'S SHOW GETS PUSHED BACK TO MIDNIGHT

TMZ reported that Conan will host a show Monday through Thursday at 11 PM EST -- getting a 30 minute jump on Jay Leno. Once the show debuts, George Lopez's show -- Lopez Tonight -- will move to midnight.

Conan's manager and Lopez himself quickly debunked rumors that Conan was pulling a "Leno" on George and pushing his show back against his will.

  • O'Brien's manager, Gavin Polone said, "It really was George who made this happen." He explained, "(The push back) sounded very similar to [NBC's] Jeff Gaspin coming to Conan and asking him to move back to midnight to make room for Jay. Conan said, 'We're not putting ourselves in the position of shoving somebody out of his show.' " He said that talks stalled there, until Lopez personally called O'Brien to "sell Conan on this idea."
  • Lopez himself spoke out after the announcement, saying, "I can't think of anything better than doing my show with Conan as my lead-in. It's the beginning of a new era in late-night comedy."

THE CRITICS REACT

Mary McNamara, a TV critic for the Los Angeles Times, said, "He won't have to come out of the box with huge numbers, because TBS doesn't have huge numbers. If he started at Fox, what would we give him? A week? He'll have more breathing room, and they won't expect 10 million viewers in the first week. Then again, if he does, it will be the highest-rated TBS show ever!"

  • Robert Thompson, director of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University has his doubts. He said, "I thought 11:30 was too early for him, and 11 is definitely too early," noting that many in that young male demo watch their favorite shows on the Web or on DVR but still might not have time for another new show. "The later it gets, the better he gets. Most of his core audience hasn't staggered home before midnight, not to mention 11."

JESSE JAMES OFFICIALLY LOSES SHOW; FIRST MISTRESS APOLOGIZES TO SANDRA

It's unclear if Jesse James has lost his wife -- but he's definitely lost his television show. A spokesperson for Spike TV, the network which airs Jesse James is a Dead Man, announced that the show will not return for a second season.

The spokesman revealed the decision was made shortly after news of James' infidelities first broke, and his wife Sandra Bullock walked out on him. A statement read, "A decision was made to not move forward with a second season."

  • The show featured James performing dangerous physical challenges each week using everything from cars, motorcycles and trucks to planes, weapons and mega-machines.

MISTRESS NO. FIVE REVEALS EMAILS

Meanwhile, RadarOnline.com has obtained emails between James and mistress number five -- Merilee Gerth, a former employee who later sued him for sexual harassment.

A source told Radar, "When Merilee ended her relationship with Jesse in mid-2007, he fired her so she hired Gloria Allred and sued him claiming sexual harassment. Merilee had irrefutable evidence of her affair with Jesse so they ended up settling out of court."
A friend claims the settlement was well into the six figures.

One email read:

  • Jesse: "When are you gonna be back?"
  • Merilee: "Noon. . . or if you want I can go later today after you leave for Laughlin. Want me to resched?"
  • Jesse: "Naaw isss ok just get no love anymore."

MISTRESS NO. ONE APOLOGIZES TO SANDRA BULLOCK

Michelle Bombshell McGee gave an interview to an Australian television station and said, "I'd like to say, Sandra, I'm sorry, I'm sorry for your embarrassment, I am sorry this is all public. I feel bad for Sandra, I know what she must be going through, she would be hurt, devastated, hurt and embarrassed. What does he think he is Tiger Woods now? You go to sex rehab and your marriage is back together? He was deceptive to a lot of people. I think he should be going to lie rehab and not sex rehab. When she said this man has my back, (I thought) no, he doesn't have your back, he is doing it behind your back. It was gross. I feel good that Sandra does know the truth about it, I might seem like the bad guy right now, but I did open her eyes to a man who didn't have a back."

JIM CARREY SAYS HE'S NOT HAVING A BREAKDOWN

Jim Carrey is denying that his recent string of erratic tweets are indicative of a breakdown. After making headlines for his comments about Tiger Woods' wife and tweeting thoughts like, "I have freed Truman at long last!" -- the actor responded to fans' concerns.

Carrey acknowledged that "some folks out there are worried that I stay up too late," but he insisted, "This is no breakdown! It's a breakthrough! And if you'll just loosen these straps, I'll show you the difference!"

  • He also explained, "I like this frm of expression.It's far more creative/connective than sitting like Zombies watching the shadows of digital ghosts(tv) ;^)"

ELIZABETH TAYLOR DENIES NINTH MARRIAGE

Elizabeth Taylor is not headed down the aisle for the ninth time. The 78-year-old denied widespread reports that she planned to wed 49-year-old Jason Winters, tweeting, "The rumors regarding my engagement simply aren't true. Jason is my manager and dearest friend. I love him with all my heart."

Taylor was previously married to seven different men -- and tied the knot with Richard Burton twice. Her past husbands include Conrad Hilton Jr., Michael Wilding, Mike Todd, Eddie Fisher, John Warner and Larry Fortensky. She and Fortensky divorced in 1996.

  • Taylor previously told Liz Smith of Winters -- a principal in Sterling Winters Management -- "Jason Winters is one of the most wonderful men I've ever known and that's why I love him. He bought us the most beautiful house in Hawaii and we visit it as often as possible."

MARIO LOPEZ REPORTEDLY INSISTS GIRLFRIEND STAY IN SHAPE

Mario Lopez is reportedly obsessed with his body and expects his pregnant girlfriend to be the same way. Sources told the New York Post that Lopez persuaded Courtney Mazza to undergo rigorous personal training and encouraged surgery to get her into even better shape.

An insider told the paper, "Courtney was engaged to a guy in Queens before she met Mario, but once they got together she dropped everything to go to California and be with him. He encouraged her to work out with a trainer every day. She underwent a boob job and liposuction last spring. Once her body was perfect, he arranged for them to be photographed on a beach."

  • The source added, "Mario is obsessed with his image. He spends a lot of time working out, and he expects his girlfriend to do the same. Even his new book is called 'Extra Lean.'
  • A rep for Lopez denied the story, saying, "This is silly. Mario and Courtney are very much in love and focusing on the birth of their first child."

FEMALE SPORTS REPORTER SAYS ERIN ANDREWS 'MAKING SHAM OF PROFESSION' BY JOINING 'DWTS'

In addition to dealing with death threats, Erin Andrews is facing harsh criticism from fellow sports reporters for going on Dancing With the Stars in the first place. A fellow female sports reporter, Toronto Star's Rosie DiManno, is saying Andrews "made a fool out of herself and a sham of her profession" by going on the dancing show.

In a recent column, DiManno wrote, "I want to grab Andrews by the shoulders and shout: 'What are you thinking, woman?! I'm appalled by the damage she is doing to her profession and her own reputation as a journalist -- a term albeit used lightly in the realm of sports."

  • Andrews told Sports Illustrated that she's "confused" by the backlash. She said, "I'm not sure what damage I created for myself. What am I doing to be a bimbo? I don't understand what I'm doing wrong."
  • She added, "People say, 'How do you expect to be taken seriously?' I'm basically killing myself to not embarrass myself. I've been in the top three in scoring each week, behind an athlete and a professional dancer and singer."

HEADLINE NEWS!!

OBAMA OPENS NUCLEAR SUMMIT: President Obama opened a 47-nation nuclear summit in Washington Monday (April 12th) involving world leaders from around the globe devoted to the issue of keeping terrorists from getting a nuclear bomb or the nuclear material they could use to make one. It began on a bright note, as Ukraine agreed to get rid of its weapons-grade nuclear fuel by 2012. Trying to make clear the urgency of the threat, John Brennan, the White House's counterterrorism chief, told reporters that al-Qaida is actively seeking the key ingredients for a nuclear bomb and the expertise to assemble it. He said such an improvised device could be obtained through criminal gangs or by infiltrating nuclear labs in Pakistan or other nuclear nations.

RUSSIA SUGGESTS HUMAN ERROR RESPONSIBLE FOR POLISH CRASH: Russian investigators suggested Monday (April 12th) that human error may have been responsible for Saturday's plane crash that killed the Polish president and 95 others, including dozens of Polish political, military and religious leaders, saying there were no technical problems with the Soviet-made Tu-154 aircraft. The Polish government-owned plane went down while trying to land in dense fog near a Smolensk airport in western Russia. Those on board had been traveling to a memorial in the Katyn forest for thousands of Polish military officers executed 70 years ago by Josef Stalin's secret police. The pilot had been warned about the bad weather and was advised by traffic controllers to land elsewhere, but he ignored the advice.

VATICAN TELLS BISHOPS TO REPORT SEX ABUSE TO POLICE: Responding to allegations that it's long hid sex abuse of children by priests, the Vatican on Monday (April 12th) made clear for the first time that bishops and clerics around the world should report such crimes to police if they're required to by law. The policy is similar to the one set up by U.S. bishops after the revelation of the scandal in 2002, but there are also many differences, leading many victims to criticize it as not going far enough. Among them: the U.S. policy bars credibly accused priests from any public church work while the allegations are investigated; diocesan review boards, comprised mostly of lay people, help bishops oversee cases; and priests found guilty are permanently barred from public ministry and, in some cases, defrocked. Although the Vatican insists it's long been the Church's policy for bishops to obey civil reporting laws, the policy had never been spelled out explicitly until yesterday.

TODAY'S FYI:

MIDWEST LEADING IN CENSUS RETURN RATE: The Census Bureau is reminding people to send back their census forms, asking that they have them postmarked by Friday (April 16th). Census takers will then begin heading out to homes that haven't returned their census to try to gather the information in person beginning on May 1st. So far, about 65 percent of the population have completed and mailed back their census forms, putting the country on track to match or surpass the 2000 rate of 72 percent. The Midwest leads in returning the forms, while the southern and western U.S. and big cities are lagging. According to the Census Bureau, most of the lagging areas are either rural or have dense populations, or have more minority and non-English speaking people.

APOLLO 13 ASTRONAUTS REUNITED FOR ANNIVERSARY: Surviving astronauts of the Apollo 13 mission and several flight directors reunited Monday (April 12th) at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago to remember the failed moon mission 40 years ago this week immortalized 1995 movie Apollo 13. Among those who got together were Apollo 13 commander James Lovell, crew member Fred Haise and flight director Gene Kranz. On April 13, 1970, an oxygen tank exploded as the spaceship was four-fifths of the way to the moon. Lovell famously announced the problem to Mission Control with the words, "Houston, we've had a problem." The crew was forced to scrap the moon mission and focus on getting back to Earth alive.

STUDY: DIET CAN SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE ALZHEIMER'S RISK: Researchers reported in a study out Monday (April 12th) that diet can significantly reduce the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease, with people who ate nutrients chosen for brain health having a 40 power lower risk. The benefit came from a diet rich in olive oil, nuts, fish, poultry, tomatoes cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, fruits, and dark and green leafy vegetables, and low in red meat, organ meat or high-fat dairy products. The researchers say the diet likely works in two ways: because it is rich in heart-healthy foods, it may be protecting the brain from strokes that could make it more vulnerable to Alzheimer's disease; and nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and folate likely directly protect the brain.

JACKIE KENNEDY INTERVIEWS FROM 1964 TO BE PUBLISHED: Seven interviews that Jacqueline Kennedy did with Arthur Schlesinger Jr. in 1964, just months after her husband was assassinated, that have not previously been made public are going to be published, the Associated Press reported Monday (April 12th). Citing two officials familiar with negotiations, AP said Hyperion will issue the transcripts in September 2011 and release six-and-a-half hours of audiotape. During the interviews, Jackie Kennedy discussed topics including: her marriage; her White House years; election year campaigning; and President John F. Kennedy's thoughts about a second term. The interview is part of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library's Oral History and was kept sealed at Mrs. Kennedy's request for an indefinite time. With the 50th anniversary of her father's inauguration next year, Caroline Kennedy is allowing the interviews with her mother to come out. Caroline will serve as editor and write an introduction for the book.

SPORTS:

NO CHARGES AGAINST ROETHLISBERGER: A Georgia district attorney announced Monday (April 12th) that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger won't face criminal charges after a 20-year-old college student accused him of sexually assaulting her in a nightclub bathroom early last month. Ocmulgee Circuit District Attorney Fred Bright said that the woman's accusations couldn't be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, and also revealed that she no longer wanted Roethlisberger prosecuted, with her lawyer writing to Bright that it would be, quote, "a very intrusive personal experience." Roethlisberger made a brief statement yesterday in the Steelers locker room, saying, "The prosecutor's decision not to bring charges, I know without a doubt, is the right conclusion. I don't intend to discuss any details related to the events of Georgia. I'm happy to put this behind me and move forward." Roethlisberger could still face possible punishment from the NFL and the Steelers for violating the players' conduct code.

  • Roethlisberger is being sued by a different woman who claims he raped her in 2008 at a Lake Tahoe hotel and casino, which he denies, Roethlisberger has claimed counter-damages in the lawsuit.

(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 - Financial advisor Suze Orman talks to the contestants about financial health; two contestants win a new car.
  • PARENTHOOD - Adam tries to spend more time with his family; Sarah's relationship with Mr. Cyr exceeds her expectations.

FOX

  • AMERICAN IDOL - The remaining nine finalists perform; Adam Lambert mentors the contestants.
  • GLEE - Rachel and Finn's romance hits a rocky patch when she becomes involved with a competitor.

ABC

  • DANCING WITH THE STARS - Another celebrity is eliminated.
  • LOST - Hurley agonizes over what the group's next move should be; Locke is curious about the new arrival in his camp.
  • V - Ryan, Erica and Jack try to find the legendary John May in hopes of rescuing Georgie; Chad is invited back to the mothership.

CW

  • 90210 - Naomi is forced to testify in front of the school board; Annie is overwhelmed by guilt; Liam's father (Scott Patterson) visits.
  • MELROSE PLACE - Ella tries to blackmail Amanda after getting fired from WPK; Jonah and Riley attend an NYU reunion; Lauren's life is put in danger.

FX

  • JUSTIFIED - Raylan must pick a side when his estranged father goes to war with a drug runner.

MTV

  • 16 AND PREGNANT - TBA

USA

  • LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT - TBA

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Kirstie Alley, Cyndi Lauper, Matthew Morrison
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Superstar Mary J. Blige and Malaak Rock
THE VIEW - Bryan Cranston, Rico Rodriguez, guest co-host Joan Rivers

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - (repeat)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Nicolas Cage, Lisa Lampanelli, Lady Antebellum
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Zoe Saldana, Balthazar Getty, the latest Dancing with the Stars castoff, Them Crooked
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - James Marsden, Charlyne Yi
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) -Kelly Ripa, Eric Stonestreet, the Specials
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Olivia Munn, La Roux
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Rachel Maddow
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Jon Mooallem
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Benjamin Bratt, Audrina Patridge, Bryan Kellen

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

MAN STALKS AND KILLS 6-FOOT RATTLESNAKE: A man from Melbourne, Florida spotted a six-foot rattlesnake and decided to hunt and kill the animal himself, instead of waiting for animal control. The 53-year-old Robert Tyler said he spotted the diamondback rattler on Wednesday while he was driving. After deciding to stalk it, he came up behind the animal, pinned its head down and cut it off. Tyler claimed to be looking out for his neighbors' safety. The snake was headed to a home where a woman lives with her small kittens. Tyler did not want to take the chance of losing the snake while waiting for animal control to arrive. (AP)

WOMAN LIGHTS HER HAIR ON FIRE: A bartender from Indiana received the title of ''village idiot'' this month after her hairspray-coated hair caught fire as she lit a cigarette. Dani Hamm earned the most votes from regulars at the Story Inn, the restaurant and bar where she works. Along with the title, Hamm also won a $100 bar tab at the inn. Hamm told reporters that she was driving to work on Friday while lighting a cigarette. Suddenly she heard a ''whoosh'' and realized that her hair had been ignited. Dani Hamm was not injured. (AP)

GIRL MAKES PROM DRESS OUT OF GUM WRAPPERS: A High School student in Iowa wore a prom dress made entirely of gum wrappers. Elizabeth Rasmuson, a junior at Garner High School, says she got the idea after hearing about a dress made out of duct tape. She used gum wrappers from Wrigley's ''5 gum'' in shades of blue and white. Rasmuson also created a matching vest for her prom date. She and her boyfriend began collecting wrappers last August and finally quit after counting 200. (AP)

FLA DEPUTY SHOCKS COLLEAGUE AS JOKE: A Collier County Deputy was reprimanded after shocking a colleague with a taser as a practical joke. Wilmer A. Arencibia was caught on tape following a woman and shocking her from behind. He told investigators that it was a ''spur of the moment'' action and has acknowledged his behavior as improper. After an internal investigation, Arencibia was reprimanded and given a final warning. (AP)

DID YOU KNOW?

PEOPLE CASUALLY HOOK UP TWICE AS MUCH AS THEY DATE: According to new research from James Madison University in Virginia, the number of young people who say they've enjoyed had casual hook-ups is more than double the number who say they've been on a "first date."


AMERICANS ARE CONSTANTLY RECEIVING ELECTRONIC INFO: On average, each person in the U.S. receives about 34 gigabytes of information into his home each day. According to research out of the University of California at San Diego and published in The Economist, each U.S. household receives on average about 3.6 zetabytes of information each day (or 34 gigabytes per person), the huge majority of which is made up of video games and television. About half of those bytes are received interactively, according to the report.


WORKING OUT HELPS CONQUER DEPRESSION: Researchers found that a workout reduces stress and anger and boosts the sense of physical wellbeing and claim physical exercise should be more widely prescribed as a treatment to tackle depressive or anxiety disorders. Professor Jasper Smits, a psychologist, said, "After just 25 minutes, your mood improves, you are less stressed, you have more energy -- and you'll be motivated to exercise again tomorrow. A bad mood is no longer a barrier to exercise -- it is the very reason to exercise."

REVIEWS OF KFC'S DOUBLE DOWN (Which hit stores yesterday)

"The chicken is watery within its soft casing of "crust," the cheese familiar to anyone who has eaten food prepared by the United States government, the bacon chemical in its smokiness, the mayonnaise sauce tangy, salty, and sweet, all at once. It is, in all, a disgusting meal, a must-to-avoid." -- Diner's Journal, New York Times

"With a complete bite of chicken, cheese, bacon and sauce, this sandwich really isn't bad. While we probably wouldn't order another (unless you're really jonesing for a salt fix), we happily finished off the one we bought. We can foresee this becoming the new "hangover food" of choice." -- Slashfood

"God clearly did not mean for humans to eat chicken, bacon, and low-quality, gelatinous cheese at the same time. Each bite became a grueling endurance test, as the cheese and grease began to override the chicken breasts, and the sandwich grew more revolting-looking with each bite." -- The AV Club

"Indeed, the sandwich is an almost total dud. The chicken itself is stringy and none-too-tender, the taste of the cheese pointedly interferes with the mild chicken flavor, and the bacon is indiscernible if you bite down on the whole thing at once." -- Fork In The Road, Village Voice

"Should you eat this? Probably not. It is very much what you think it is, a sloppy and salty mess, and will make your stomach hurt for several hours after you've consumed it." -- The Awl

"In the end, I found the KFC Double Down sandwich to be crisp, mildly tangy, a little messy and a harbinger of a blood soaked world of unrelenting pain. I give it two stars." -- Cracked

13 PERCENT OF MEN WOULD GIVE UP SEX FOR BOOZE:

LimeLife.com held a poll asking, What would you give up sex for?

After tallying up all the respondents, 82% of which were female and 18% male, we were surprised to find the results very similar between the sexes. Here are their answers:

Women

35% Romance
25% A BMW
9% Chocolate
8% Your cell phone
7% Alcohol
5% Bacon
5% Facebook
3% 50 inch high def TV
3% Your laptop

Men

30% Romance
27% A BMW
13% Alcohol
10% 50 inch high def TV
10% Facebook
9% Your cell phone
9% Bacon
8% Chocolate
7% Your laptop

FIVE MISTAKES GUYS MAKE THAT SCARE WOMEN AWAY (AskMen.com)

Being too easy to please: The truth is that women love compliments. But throw out too many niceties too early on, laugh at all of our jokes (even when we both know they're not funny), and always want to do what we want to do, and we'll begin to think you're being insincere. We'll also think that you're only trying to achieve one thing: to get into our pants.

Being too focused on sex: We know you have an endgame with us. In fact, we'd be mightily insulted if you didn't want to sleep with us after the first date! However, if you rush us or push us into a sex guilt-trip, we're not going to put out; instead, we're going to start wondering whether you like us for our personality or for our breasts. If you really like a girl and are interested in forming a long-lasting relationship with her, hold off on the pressure. She'll let you know when she's ready -- and it will probably be sooner than you think.

Being possessive too soon: You know what it's like: You're sitting at home playing Playstation while your hot new girlfriend is still out drinking with a bunch of her male colleagues. It's getting late and since you haven't heard from her for a couple of hours, you try to get hold of her. But you can't. So you start obsessively calling, texting and stalking her Facebook page. Unfortunately, she's not going to think it's cute; she's going to think it's creepy. Wait for her to contact you and then listen and nod politely when she regales to you stories about her crazy antics from the night before.

You're cheap: While modern women like to believe we can pay our own bills and can afford our own expensive dinners, we judge how much a man likes us by how often he pulls out his wallet. Sorry, gents, no splitting the bill just yet.

Talking about exes: Our female brains aren't wired like yours. We don't thrive on competition. We don't think it's the ultimate challenge to help you get over your ex and get on top of us instead. On the contrary, many of us will actually shy away from you if you continue to tell us either how wonderful your ex was, how upset you are that she dumped you, how toxic your old relationship was, or how glad you are to "finally be rid of the bitch." Instead of being a turn-on, all this ex talk instantly screams that you have way too much baggage for our comfort levels.

MPOSSIBLE QUESTION

What were the first shows on Nickelodeon?

A: The first programs aired were Video Comic Books -- cartoons from around the world, "Nickel Flicks," and "Pinwheel", a show hosted by a human with a bevy of puppets.

  • Nickelodeon first launched on April Fools Day, 1979.

Source: Nick.com

WATER COOLER TALK

Spanking Kids Leads to More Aggressive Behavior

A new study provides fresh evidence that "spare the rod and spoil the child" may not be the best child discipline advice after all. Researchers at Tulane University found that of the nearly 2,500 youngsters in their study, those who were spanked more frequently at age 3 were more likely to be aggressive by age 5. Further, compared with children who weren't hit, those who were spanked were more likely to be defiant, demand immediate satisfaction of their wants and needs, get frustrated easily, have temper tantrums and lash out physically. Dr. Jayne Singer, clinical director of the child and parent program at Children's Hospital Boston, who wasn't involved in the study, told Time magazine that the reason for this aggressive behavior may be that spanking instills fear rather than understanding. She explained that even if a child were to stop his wrong behavior when spanked, that doesn't mean he understands why he shouldn't be acting out. Additionally, she said spanking presents aggressive behavior as a solution to problems.

Oregon County Considering Four-Day School Week to Save Money

School officials in Klamath County, Oregon, are considering having a four-day school week in order to save money, with an estimate that it could save the district $6.3 million each year. The district superintendent said a committee was formed to study the no-school-on-Friday option after there was a $5.8 million cut in the $60 million budget last year and nearly 20 layoffs. Under the proposal, there would be longer school hours on Monday through Thursday to meet state hourly requirements. Among those unhappy with the idea is the union that represents staff such as teaching assistants, cooks, custodians, secretaries and bus drivers, who say it will mean a day less of work for these employees. However, teachers would still work on the fifth day, since Friday would be used to attend mandated teacher-training sessions.

Monday, April 12, 2010

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Shania Twain says she's using her upcoming reality show as a vehicle to help in the healing process in the wake of her split with husband and producer Mutt Lange in 2008. She's opening a new chapter in her life, and the show documents the beginning. Shania told Oprah Winfrey during an interview at an event in New York on Thursday (April 8th), "I feel like in a way I'm starting over, with everything. This is a very personal experience that I think is important to share. This is an experience of recovery. I was in a very deep, dark slump, and I needed to find a way to get myself out of it. I had to force myself back out into life, back out into experiencing things."

She added, "There were moments when I really just thought, I don't need anything and I don't need anyone. I just want to go away and disappear. So, that was a bad slump."

According to People.com, Shania was in the Big Apple for a presentation to introduce OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network to advertisers. Shania's new show, called Why Not? With Shania Twain, will begining airing on the network next year.

Shania says the show's title comes from a conversation she had with a friend during this "slump". She said, "One day, someone said to me, 'Do you want to go jump out of an airplane?' " she said. "I felt like I had nothing to lose anymore, so I said, 'Why not?' And every day since then, I ask myself that question."

Shania is focusing her time these days on her eight-year-old son with Mutt, Eja (ASIA), and her boyfriend, Frederic Thiebaud. Frederic is the ex-husband of Shania's former best friend, Marie-Anne Thiebaud, whose affair with Mutt ended Shania's 14-year marriage.

While she's certainly in a better place than she was, Shania said she still has a long way to go. She told Oprah, "There's a lot of recovery to accomplish. I'm not there yet. I'm on my way there. I'm not sure I'll ever be there."

  • Shania's last CD, Up!, was released in 2002.
  • There are no plans yet to record a new project.

CHECK IT OUT


Reba McEntire will be heading to Las Vegas later this week to host the Academy of Country Music Awards for the 12th time in her career. Reba says she loves the gig, and tells us she would rather be up on stage entertaining than simply being a spectator. "Selfishly, I'd much rather do that than sit in the audience. I love to be a part of the action. It's fun, it's exciting! The hardest work is for (stylist) Terri and I to decide what I'm gonna wear. She's designing, I'm pullin' pages outta magazines -- 'I like this top, I don't like this bottom, put that thing there,' and I'm gonna need four and a performance outfit, and it's just exciting! I love live television, so kinda selfish, and they asked me and I jumped on the chance. I said yes!"

  • Reba is also set to perform on the show, where she is nominated for Top Female Vocalist. She faces competition in the category from Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert and Lee Ann Womack.
  • The ACM Awards will air live on CBS on April 18th from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
  • On April 19th, Reba will perform as part of the all-star tribute to Brooks & Dunn being taped at the MGM Grand for a CBS special. The show, called Brooks & Dunn - The Last Rodeo, is set to air on May 23rd.
  • Reba's latest single, "I Keep On Loving You," is a Top 20 hit and climbing on the country charts.
  • Her tour with George Strait and Lee Ann Womack continues on May 1st in San Antonio, Texas.
FAST FACTS
  • Reba was last nominated for ACM Top Female Vocalist in 1996.
  • She last took home the award in this category in 1994.

Kenny Chesney has a special "thank you" in store for his fan club members in Boston, San Francisco, Philadelpha, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Indianapolis, the six cities where his upcoming Summer In 3D concert was filmed. The superstar will throw a preview party in those cities on April 19th, complete with laminate, special edition ball cap and a mini poster from the film. In addition to getting to see Kenny Chesney: Summer In 3D two days before the rest of the country, one moviegoer in each city will get to take home a full-sized signed poster from the movie. To get tickets for the special VIP event, log onto KennyChesney.com.

The singer took this year off from touring to work on the movie and record a new album, which he is in the process of doing. It also gave him some free time to travel. Kenny tells People magazine that he recently made his first trip to Italy. He said, "We went to Capri, Positano and a little town called Ravello. I ate a lot of bread, drank a lot of wine and ate some really good cheese. And it was great. It's somewhere I've wanted to go my whole life, but I never afforded myself the time to do things like that. Now it's one of my favorite places in the world."

Kenny promoted the new movie with an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show on Friday (April 9th). Among the topics -- his brief marriage to actress Renee Zellweger and a wedding in the future. Kenny told Oprah, "I panicked about a lot. I look at my life as a box ... So everything that I put in -- learn how to play guitar, put that in the box. The friends I made, I put that in the box, and my career grew. Everything around me -- all of the awards and all of the songs I wrote and all the success and everything -- I put that in that box. That box built and grew into this wonderful house. And you protect everything and all the relationships and all the people that helped you build that house. And, this is the first time I've actually talked about it, but that's what happened. I protected that box. I didn't know if I could do both. (The marriage) was out of the box. But it's really tough. And she's a sweet soul, no doubt about it, but I just wasn't ready."

Kenny still has his doubts about walking down the aisle again. He said, "I always had the idea that marriage might make me lose my identity. I just don't know that I've found anybody bigger than that yet. I hope it happens. But that's the best way I can explain it."

  • Kenny Chesney: Summer In 3D opens in theaters across the country on April 21st.
  • The superstar will appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on April 15th.
CHECK IT OUT Craig Morgan is on the road with Carrie Underwood and having a ball on the Play On tour. It may be hard to believe, but this is Craig's first major tour with a superstar headliner -- well, a great looking one, anyway, as he tells us: "I've been touring for about ten years, and this is really the first time that I've been on a tour of this magnitude with someone who is so gracious. Now, I've been out with Trace Adkins, and I will say he was gracious. He just wasn't near as pretty when he was bein' so gracious (laughs)."

Craig says that Carrie and her crew have rolled out the red carpet for him. "Honestly, it's absolutely amazing. Carrie, as well as everyone in her staff, everyone that works with her, have just been extremely cordial. It's a lot of fun. They're a great bunch of people to work with, and on top of that, catering's awesome (laughs)."

  • The next Play On date is scheduled for tonight (Monday, April 12th) in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
  • Craig's new single, "This Ain't Nothin'," continues to climb the charts.
  • The song is featured on his latest CD, That's Why, which also includes the hits "Bonfire," "Love Remembers," and "God Must Really Love Me."

FAST FACTS

  • That's Why was released in 2008. Last year, the label added "This Ain't Nothin'" and "Bonfire" to the CD and re-released it.
  • That's Why is Craig's fifth studio album.
Little Big Town's Jimi Westbrook and Karen Fairchild are loving life as new parents to five-week-old son Elijah Dylan. The couple have learned that teamwork is the way to go, especially when it comes to changing diapers. Jimi told People magazine, "Elijah hates it, so one does the distraction and one does the work. I'm usually the one jumping around trying to distract him. There's a lot of teamwork with us."

That goes for middle-of-the-night feedings as well. Jimi said, "We get up a couple of times in the middle of the night with him and you're so tired, but then you look into that sweet little face and it's just like, the world is good."

He added, "It's just a beautiful, beautiful experience, the whole thing, the pregnancy and him being here. Your life changes -- it's all about him and that's OK."

Jimi and Karen will have Elijah in tow when they hit the road again for the Little Big Town tour, which begins in May. They are a little unsure about what to expect with baby on board. Jimi said, "We're just trying to get in the groove of being parents. The real challenge when we're on the road is when we're both on stage. We'll have to bring a nanny out to help us but I'm sure as soon as we're off stage, we'll be like, 'Where's the baby?'"

  • The group's new single, "Little White Church," is climbing the country charts.
  • Their album of the same name will be released later this year.

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FAST FACTS

  • Little Big Town members Phillip Sweet and Kimberly Schlapman both have two-year-old daughters with their respective spouses.
  • The group's upcoming CD will be their first on major label Capitol Nashville.
Blake Shelton and Bomshel will appear on The Price Is Right, airing on Friday (April 16th) on CBS at 11 a.m. ET. The game show, which is hosted by Drew Carey, features Blake in the role of a Price Is Right model during "Half Off" with a contestant. One of the showcase winners will receive a trip to Las Vegas to attend the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday (April 18th).

Tammy Wynette will be the focus of a new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame And Museum in Nashville this summer. The exhibit, called Tammy Wynette: First Lady of Country Music, will open in the Museum's East Gallery on August 20th and run through June of next year.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. How did Rascal Flatts member Jay DeMarcus meet his wife, former Miss Tennessee Allison Alderman?
A. She starred in the group's "These Days" video

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY

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

2010 ACM TOP NEW ARTISTS/GAC 11:00PM (ET)
Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Gloriana, Joey + Rory

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

Vince Gill (53)

  • David Letterman (Late night TV host) (63)
  • Ed O'Neill (actor, Married...With Children's Al Bundy) (64)
  • David Cassidy (actor-singer, The Partridge Family) (60)
  • Shannen Doherty (actress, Beverly Hills 90210, Charmed) (39)
  • Andy Garcia (actor, The Untouchables, The Godfather: Part III, Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead) (54)
  • Tom Clancy (author, The Hunt For Red October, Patriot Games, Clear And Present Danger) (63)
  • Scott Turow (author, Presumed Innocent) (61)
  • Claire Danes (actress, Romeo + Juliet, Little Women, The Hours, Evening, Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines) (31)
  • Herbie Hancock (jazz musician, wrote the pop instrumental "Rockit") (70)
  • John Kay (lead singer, Steppenwolf) (66)
  • Tom Clancy (writer, 'The Hunt for Red October,' 'Patriot Games,' 'Clear and Present Danger') (63)
  • Marley Shelton (actress, The Sandlot, Pleasantville, Sugar & Spice, Uptown Girls, Sin City, Grindhouse, W.) (36)
  • Saoirse Ronan (actress, Atonement, The Lovely Bones) (16)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Gretchen Wilson took her final exam at a high school in Wilson County, Tennessee in 2008 to receive her GED.
  • Diamond Rio collected a gold album for their Greatest Hits album in 1999.
  • Boxcar Willie died at the age of 67 in 1999.
  • Travis Tritt married Theresa Nelson at his home in Paulding County, Georgia, with Marty Stuart serving as best man, in 1997.
  • Dwight Yoakam's Hillbilly Deluxe album was certified platinum in 1994.
  • Tim McGraw's self-titled debut album was released in 1993.
  • Garth Brooks's self-titled debut album was released in 1989.
  • Charley Pride's remake of Hank Williams' "Honky Tonk Blues" went to Number One on the Billboard country chart in 1980.
  • The first Fan Fair took place at Nashville's downtown Municipal Auditorium in 1972.
  • Marty Robbins won a Grammy for "El Paso" in 1961.
  • Hank Williams signed the first exclusive songwriter's agreement with Acuff-Rose in 1944.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

LINDSAY LOHAN SLAMS DR. DREW: Lindsay Lohan is calling Dr. Drew a "quack" in the wake of his comments to RadarOnline.com about her well-being. After the Celebrity Rehab star said that he hopes "Lindsay gets help before something terrible happens," she told GossipCop.com, "He a quack and a sell-out . . . Please tell him to stop!" She added, "I'm fine. I don't get what's wrong with people."

PARIS AND DOUG SPLIT? Paris Hilton and Doug Reinhardt have reportedly split for the second time. E! reports that the break up comes in the wake of the two being photographed out separately. While Paris spent Easter with her family in Palm Springs, Reinhardt was in Aspen with his family. A Hilton source told E! of the split, "Obviously she broke up with him."

'FRINGE' LOVERS SPLIT: Former Fringe co-stars Anna Torv and Mark Valley have split less than two years after tying the knot. People magazine reports that the couple, who married in late 2008, separated a few months ago. Mark is wrapping his first season with Fox's dramedy Human Target while Anna still appears on Fringe.

ANNA NICOLE SMITH ESTATE APPEALING RULING: Lawyers for Anna Nicole Smith's estate have appealed the ruling that gave her none of her ex-husband's fortune. In a March 19th ruling, a panel of the court sided with a Houston jury that decided in 2001 that Texas oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall never intended to leave any of his $1.6 billion estate to Smith. Smith had argued that her elderly husband -- who she married in 1994 when she was 26 and he was 89 -- had promised to leave her more than $300 million. The appeal filed seeks a full review by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and continues a case that has outlived both Smith and Marshall's son, who fought to keep Smith from receiving any funds.

JAMES VAN DER BEEK WILL BE A DAD: James Van Der Beek is going to be a father. The former Dawson's Creek star, who recently reached a divorce settlement with his ex-wife, announced via Twitter that his new girlfriend was expecting his baby. Van Der Beek, who is now dating a woman named Kimberly Brook, tweeted, "The woman I love and I are expecting our first child. Currently experiencing joy on levels I never knew existed." The baby is due later this year.

DINNER TRIBUTE FOR COREY HAIM: Child stars Corey Feldman, Todd Bridges and Kristy Swanson held a farewell dinner last Thursday night to honor their late friend Corey Haim. Feldman said that he did not go forward with a formal memorial service because Haim's mother, Judy, was still too upset and too ill to attend such a big event, so he arranged for the tragic actor's closest friends and his mom to meet up and toast the star's memory. Swanson told People, "Had Corey wished to be anywhere, he would have loved to be with us last night, to be with all his old friends.

'WIZARD OF OZ' MUNCHKIN DIES: Meinhardt Raabe, who played the Munchkin coroner in The Wizard of Oz, died on Friday (April 9th) at the age of 94. His caregiver said he complained of a sore throat at his retirement community before collapsing and going into cardiac arrest. Raabe was one of the 124 Munchkins in the film classic and one of only nine who had speaking parts. He's known for examining the Wicked Witch after Dorothy's farmhouse landed on her and saying, "As coroner I must aver, I thoroughly examined her, And she's not only merely dead, she's really most sincerely dead."

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

JON AND KATE TO WORK TOGETHER AGAIN? Jon Gosselin's attorney says that the reality dad would consider doing another show with ex-wife Kate. Anthony List told TMZ.com that "under the right circumstances" Jon would do a show with Kate, but "the contract would have to be tighter." List did not say what type of show he'd like to do, but said having Jon and Kate around the kids more would be beneficial. He added that Jon will press on with his custody suit against Kate unless she gives up her "global commitments."

'LOST' GETTING FIVE HOUR SEND-OFF: Lost will receive a five-hour send off on May 23rd. In addition to the two-hour series finale, ABC will air a two-hour pre-show and Jimmy Kimmel will have his late show dedicated to the finale.

JIM CARREY FILM RELEASE POSTPONED: The release of Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor's gay-themed film, I Love You Phillip Morris, has been postponed. PerezHilton.com reports that the movie, in which the stars play gay lovers in prison, was scheduled for an April 30th release, but has since been pushed back indefinitely.

KIM KARDASHIAN WON'T STAR IN DATING SHOW: Contrary to reports, Kim Kardashian will not be starring in a new dating game show. HollywoodLife.com reported that "Now that Kim Kardashian has officially split from Reggie Bush, she has yet ANOTHER reality show in the works: and this one is going to find her love AND money!" It went on, "Kardashian is ready to capitalize on her single status by creating her own dating show!" However, a rep for Kardashian told GossipCop.com that the story is "not true."

OPRAH WINFREY AND JOHN TESH WERE ONCE A COUPLE?

In a million years, one wouldn't think that Oprah Winfrey and John Tesh ever dated but according to a new tell-all by Kitty Kelly, the two once dated in Nashville in the '70s. In a excerpt reviewed by New York's Daily News, Kelly writes that a twenty year-old Winfrey and Tesh briefly lived together in the '70s. Tesh allegedly broke up the interracial relationship because the "social pressure" was too much to handle.

  • According to the author, an ex-girlfriend of Tesh, said, "He said one night he looked down and saw his white body next to her black body and couldn't take it anymore."
  • She added, "He walked out in the middle of the night . . . He told me he later felt very guilty about it."
  • At the time, Winfrey worked for WTVF-TV in Nashville while Tesh was a news anchor at rival WSM. They allegedly only lived together for a couple of months.
  • Tesh appeared on the 10th anniversary celebration of Winfrey's daytime talk show in 1996 but Winfrey claimed the pair were friends who shared one platonic dinner date.
  • Kelly's tell-all, Oprah: A Biography, is due out Tuesday, April 13th.

SIDE NOTE

  • Oprah Winfrey recently announced that she will be hosting a nightly show on her own, Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), titled, Oprah's Next Chapter. The show is slated to premiere in late 2011 shortly after Winfrey ends her daytime talk show.
  • The new show will feature Winfrey traveling around the world and having conversations with some of the world's most interesting people. The network explained, "From the Taj Mahal to her beloved oak tree, the Great Wall to her own teahouse, it's a whole new kind of Oprah show. If she can dream it, she'll do it!"

ELIZABETH TAYLOR TO MARRY FOR THE NINTH TIME?

Elizabeth Taylor is reportedly planning to marry -- for the ninth time. A source close to the 79-year-old told Usmagazine.com that Taylor is engaged to 49-year-old Jason Winters of Sterling Winters Management.

The insider said, "It's no secret that they've been together forever and are in love, so it wouldn't be a surprise if they were engaged. Right now they are keeping it between them."

Their romance first made headlines in 2007 after British papers reported that the two took a romantic vacation together at a Hawaiian resort. At the time, the Evening Standard quoted a source as saying, "She didn't think she'd fall in love again, but since Jason came into her life that has all changed."

  • Taylor previously told gossip columnist Liz Smith that Winters is "one of the most wonderful men I've ever known, that's why I love him."
  • The screen legend has been married eight times, twice to love Richard Burton. Her last marriage, to construction worker Larry Fortensky, ended after five years in 1996.

CHECK IT OUT: Forum, how many times would you get married? http://tinyurl.com/y9tmaxg

JIM CARREY SAYS TIGER'S WIFE WAS 'WILLING PARTICIPANT' IN CHEATING

Newly single Jim Carrey told his Twitter fans that Elin Nordegren is partly responsible for Tiger Woods's cheating ways. The actor, who recently split from Jenny McCarthy, weighed in on the Woods saga, tweeting, "No wife is blind enough to miss that much infidelity. Elin had 2 b a willing participant on the ride 4 whatever reason. kids/lifestyle ;^)"

  • After his comments attracted national attention, he clarified, "RT I want 2 make it CLEAR that I do not condone infidelity at all, but 2 some degree the responsibility 4 it is shared by both people! ;^)"
  • Carrey later added, "In any event, infidelity has never been an issue 4 me. If I tried to keep a secret like that, I would grow a tumor and devil horns! }:^"

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TINA FEY BRINGS SARAH PALIN IMPRESSION BACK TO 'SNL'

Tina Fey resurrected her Sarah Palin impersonation over the weekend on Saturday Night Live. The former head writer put on her infamous glasses and wig as she hosted a promo for "The Sarah Palin Network." In the sketch, Fey-as-Palin promoted a slate of programming for the fake network that included Tea Party Wheel of Fortune, Hey Journalist, I Gotcha! (re-edited news footage that had Fey/Palin out-smarting Katie Couric), and her husband starring in an adventure show, Todd!

Fey also portrayed a commentator at the Masters who'd slept with Tiger Woods and hosted her own "Women's News" segment on "Weekend Update," during which she slammed Tiki Barber for his infidelity and ripped into Michelle Bombshell McGee, whom she said had "a tattoo on her forehead because she ran out of room on her labia."

  • Musical guest Justin Bieber also appeared in a bit with Fey, which featured her playing a teacher fantasizing about her student "Jason."

CHECK IT OUT: Watch Fey as Palin: http://tinyurl.com/y25vaoe

IF CHARLIE SHEEN LEAVES 'TWO AND A HALF MEN': 'SO BE IT'

Charlie Sheen dismissed rumors that he's involved in a salary dispute involving Two and a Half Men. The actor, who wrapped the final show of the current season on Friday, said that he'd be fine if his contract was not renewed again.

Sheen released a statement last Friday saying, "All of the numbers reported in the press are false. Claims from 'inside sources' regarding offers from the studio as well as my salary, on their best day, are without merit. If tonight's show is the end for me as Charlie Harper, so be it. Another journey has begun. I take from the experience 161 shows filled with a kaleidoscope of amazing experiences, memories, friendships and gratitude."

  • A few weeks ago it was reported that Sheen did not wish to return, but more recently tabloids claimed Sheen needed the job to sustain an income and was hoping to snag a deal that would earn him $1 million per episode.

CHECK IT OUT: How to get a raise: http://tinyurl.com/3y8cx4

JANE LYNCH CONFIRMS ENGAGEMENT

Glee star Jane Lynch is engaged to her longtime girlfriend, psychologist Lara Embry. Although she denied rumors of an engagement back in January, Lynch recently gushed to Usmagazine.com, "Yes, yes, it's true!"

As for details of the wedding, Lynch said, "We don't have any plans at all yet. But I have a ring and everything. We're very happy and very excited!"

  • When the New York Times' Carpetbagger blog reported several months ago that a wedding was to take place in May, Lynch's rep said, "Jane is currently in a relationship and there is no related news to that relationship."

DIXIE CARTER DIES AT 70

Designing Women actress Dixie Carter died on Saturday (April 10th) morning at the age of 70. Her husband, actor Hal Holbrook, released a statement saying, "This has been a terrible blow to our family. We would appreciate everyone understanding that this is a private family tragedy." Publicist Steve Rohr told The Associated Press that Carter died in Houston of complications of endometrial cancer.

Carter is best known for her role as interior designer Julia Sugarbaker on Designing Women. She earned an Emmy nomination in 2007 for her guest appearance on Desperate Housewives and last year appeared with her husband in the independent film, That Evening Sun.

  • Carter and Holbrook who married in 1984. She has two daughters from a previous marriage.

WEEKEND MOVIE WRAP-UP

The new comedy Date Night just edged out Clash of the Titans for the top spot at the weekend box office, according to a disputed estimate out yesterday (April 11th) from 20th Century Fox. Warner Bros. and other studios claimed Clash was the close winner of the Number One title. Final numbers out today will settle the issue.

Steve Carell and Tina Fey star in Date Night as a suburban couple whose attempt to spice up their marriage leads to them being pursued by crooks after they're mistaken for blackmailers. Clash of the Titans, which was last week's top movie, stars Sam Worthington as a warrior in ancient Greece caught in a battle between men and the gods. Coming in at a close Number Three was the animated family movie How to Train Your Dragon, which was in its third weekend.

  • The inspirational drama Letters to God, about a boy who writes letters to God to help cope with his fight against cancer, debuted at Number 10 in narrower release.
THIS WEEKEND'S TOP TEN MOVIES -- APRIL 9-11
  1. Date Night, $27.1 million
  2. Clash of the Titans, $26.9 million
  3. How to Train Your Dragon, $25.4 million
  4. Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?, $11 million
  5. The Last Song, $10 million
  6. Alice in Wonderland, $5.6 million
  7. Hot Tub Time Machine, $5.4 million
  8. The Bounty Hunter, $4.3 million
  9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, $4.1 million
  10. Letters to God, $1.3 million

Letters to God
, starring Lisa Curtis, Christopher John Schmidt and Tanner Maguire is now in theaters. The inspirational film is the story of what happens when a sick boy who writes letters to God crosses paths with a man searching for meaning in his life.
  • Letters to God is rated PG and has a running time of 1 hour and 55 minutes.
The Runaways, starring Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart is now in theaters. The biopic followd Joan Jett, played by Stewart, and Cherie Currie, played by Fanning, as they become the frontwomen for the Runaways, the now legendary group that paved the way for female rockers.
  • The Runaways is rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 45 minutes.
The highly-anticipated new comedy, Date Night, starring Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg and James Franco opened over the weekend. The comedy follows Phil, played by Carell, and Claire, played by Fey, after a case of mistaken identity on their 'date night' throws them into a crazy adventure involving corrupt cops and the mob.
  • Date Night is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 30 minutes.

HEADLINE NEWS!!

POLAND MOVES QUICKLY TO FILL POSTS AFTER PLANE DISASTER: Poland's government moved quickly Sunday (April 11th) to fill key posts as the stunned country mourned the death of President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and dozens of the country's political, military and religious leaders in a plane crash in Russia the day before. New acting chiefs of the military were already in place and an interim director of the central bank was named yesterday. Kaczynski and the others on board had been headed for Smolensk airport to attend a commemoration of the execution of thousands of Polish military officers in 1940 by Josef Stalin's secret police in what was then the western Soviet Union. There was fog in the area and the pilot had reportedly been given disregarded advice from the ground to land at another airport. Altogether, 96 people were killed when the aging, Soviet-built Tu-154 went down. The acting president, Parliament Speaker Bronislaw Komorowski, said he'd call for early elections within 14 days, in line with the constitution. The vote must be held within another 60 days.

CREWS WORKING TO RECOVER BODIES OF WEST VIRGINIA MINERS: Crews were working Sunday (April 11th) to recover the remaining bodies of the 29 mine workers who were killed in last Monday's (April 5th) explosion at Massey Energy Company's Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, West, Virginia, the worst U.S. mining disaster since 1970. Work had to be stopped at a certain point because of high gas readings, and another hole drilled to vent the mine before the recovery could continue. The slim hope that had been held out for four missing miners died early Saturday when it was announced that they had apparently died instantly. Federal investigators are set to arrive today to try to figure out what caused the explosion. Massey Energy has been cited for a string of safety violations at the mine, but CEO Don Blankenship has denied accusations that he puts profits ahead of safety.

SENATORS LOOK TO REPLACEMENT FOR RETIRING JUSTICE STEVENS: Republican senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Sunday (April 11th) that President Obama must pick someone with, quote, "mainstream" judicial views to replace Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the leader of the court's liberal wing, who announced Friday that he's retiring after the court finishes its work for the summer. Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the top Republican on the committee, said on NBC's Meet the Press that whether there's a drawn-out fight over a successor, quote, "is in the president's hands." Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said Obama will nominate Stevens' replacement in time for the nine-member court to be at full strength for the fall term. He said of Obama, "He wants somebody who has a sense of what real life is in America."

TODAY'S FYI:

MISSISSIPPI GOV.: CONFEDERATE HISTORY PROCLAMATION FLAP 'DOESN'T AMOUNT TO DIDDLY': Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour said in an interview Sunday (April 11th) that the flap over Virginia's Confederate History Month proclamation not including any mention of slavery seems like a lot of noise over something that, quote, "doesn't amount to diddly." After coming under criticism, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell apologized for leaving out any slavery reference, and added language to the proclamation calling slavery "evil and inhumane." But Barbour defended his fellow Republican governor, and said on CNN's State of the Union, "To me, it's a sort of feeling that it's a nit, that it is not significant, that it's not a -- it's trying to make a big deal out of something [that] doesn't amount to diddly." Barbour issued a similar proclamation in his state last year that didn't mention slavery. He said yesterday, "I don't really see what to say about slavery, but anybody that thinks that you have to explain to some people that slavery is a bad thing, I think that goes without saying."

TEACHERS' UNION APOLOGIZES OVER N.J. GOV. DEATH PRAYER: The head of a New Jersey teachers' union apologized Friday (April 9th) over a memo seemingly praying for Republican Governor Chris Christie's death. The memo from the Bergen County Education Association to its locals read, "Dear Lord this year you have taken away my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite singer, Michael Jackson, and my favorite salesman, Billy Mays. I just wanted to let you know that Chris Christie is my favorite governor." President Joe Coppola said the prayer was a joke that was never meant to be made public, but he apologized, saying he'd made an error in judgment. Christie didn't seem to be in a forgiving mood, however, saying, "They said they didn't intend it to be public. So, private prayer for my death would have been OK?" There's been tension between Christie and the teachers' unions since last year's gubernatorial race, and it heated up last month when Christie proposed a budget calling for aid to school districts to be cut.

OBAMA BREAKS PROTOCOL, LEAVES WHITE HOUSE WITHOUT PRESS: President Obama breached protocol Saturday morning (April 10th) when he left the White House without the press. The White House press corps traditionally travels with the president anywhere he goes, reporting on his activities for the public and the historical record. But two hours before the members of the small press pool that accompanies the president were told to gather at the White House at 11:30 a.m., Obama left to attend one of his daughter's soccer games. After Obama left, a press aide quickly gathered members of the media who happened to be at the White House, and they rushed to catch up with the president. But by the time the press van got to the location of the soccer game, they were told Obama was already leaving, and they turned around to go back to the White House.

DALLAS COWBOYS' OLD STADIUM DEMOLISHED: Texas Stadium, the longtime home of the Dallas Cowboys that was famous for the circular opening in its roof, was demolished Sunday (April 11th), dynamited into rubble after a celebratory sendoff. A fireworks display was held before 11-year-old essay contest winner Casey Rogers pushed the button to trigger the explosion as hundreds of fans looked on. The Cowboys played for 38 years in Texas Stadium, including the years when they won their five Super Bowls, before moving into their new billion-dollar home, Cowboys Stadium, last season.

KFC'S NEW SANDWICH USES CHICKEN FILLETS AS A BUN: KFC is launching its new Double Down sandwich today (April 12th), which uses two chicken fillets as a bun, with bacon, Monterey Jack and Pepper Jack cheeses, and a zesty sauce in between. At 540 calories -- 460 if you order the grilled chicken version -- it's about on par with a Big Mac or a large order of fries. But nutritionists warn that the Double Down has 1,380 milligrams of sodium, which is nearly as much as the American Heart Association recommends for an entire day, and 32 grams of fat, about half of what an adult should be eating in a day.

SPORTS:

MICKELSON WINS MASTERS, TIGER TIES FOR FOURTH: Although the Masters tournament began with all the attention on Tiger Woods, it ended focused on Phil Mickelson, who won his third Green Jacket Sunday (April 11th) at Augusta National, while Tiger ended up tied for fourth, five strokes behind. It was an emotional victory for Mickelson, whose wife Amy stood at the final hole with their three children by her side. Amy hadn't been on a golf course since being diagnosed with breast cancer 11 months ago, and had stayed in bed for most of the week, but she greeted her victorious husband with a long, tearful hug. As for Tiger, when asked to sum up his week, he told CBS Sports, "I finished fourth. It's not what I wanted. I wanted to win this tournament. As the week went on, I kept hitting the ball worse." Tiger also said he didn't know when his next competition would be, saying he needed time off to evaluate.

  • Mickelson shot 5-under 67 in the final round for a 16-under 272 for the tournament, earning a three-shot victory over Lee Westwood in second place.
  • The victory gives Mickelson the fourth major of his career.

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

ON THE TUBE


CBS

  • HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER - Lily wants to get a gun after Marshall is mugged.
  • RULES OF ENGAGEMENT - Jeff takes an interest in Audrey's favorite reality show; Russell is happy when Timmy reconsiders his upcoming arranged marriage.
  • TWO AND A HALF MEN - Jake's new friend, Eldridge, is a bad influence; Alan likes Eldridge's mother.
  • THE BIG BANG THEORY - Penny and Leonard have a fight that threatens their relationship; Sheldon and Wil Wheaton face off once again.
  • CSI: MIAMI - The team splits up to investigate three different murders during spring break.

NBC

  • CHUCK (repeat)
  • TRAUMA - Nancy and her father clash over his new position as head of the trauma center; Marisa has a dream that affects her working relationship with Rabbit.
  • LAW & ORDER (repeat)

FOX

  • HOUSE - The hospital is locked down when a newborn disappears from the nursery.
  • 24 - President Taylor tries to resuscitate the peace agreement but is forced to turn to President Logan; Chloe is tasked with new responsibilities.

ABC

  • DANCING WITH THE STARS - The remaining contestants perform with their partners.
  • CASTLE - When talk show host Bobby Mann (Tom Bergeron) mysteriously dies, Castle is convinced that there was foul play.

CW

  • LIFE UNEXPECTED - Cate's approaching wedding forces her to confront her feelings for Ryan and Baze; Lux makes a life changing revelation.
  • GOSSIP GIRL - Serena secretly meets with Carter; Rufus dicovers that Lily has been lying about her whereabouts.

FX

  • DAMAGES - Patty and Ellen set out to teat the Tobin family apart; Tom strikes up a deadly alliance when his job and marriage fall apart.

MTV

  • TRUE LIFE - TBA

SHOWTIME

  • NURSE JACKIE - Jackie dispenses illegal marijuana to a suffering patient; Kevin skips date night to attend a basketball game with Eddie; Zoey thinks she's pregenant.
  • UNITED STATES OF TARA - As a new alter emerges, Tara seeks a new therapist; Max struggles with Buck's infidelity; Charmaine has big news.

TNT

  • SAVING GRACE - Grace's childhood friend is in jail for killing her husband; the squad investigates a young woman's disappearance.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Eva Longoria Parker, Crystal Swing
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - The Most Dangerous Child Sex Offenders in America
THE VIEW - Stacy, Steve, Katie & Christopher Trebling

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - (repeat)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Russell Crowe, Jenna Elfman, Sade
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Pamela Anderson, Nathan Fillion, Them Crooked Vultures
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Tim Gunn, Kathy Kinney
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Alan Cumming, Greta Gerwig, Cliff Blezinski, Baron Vaughn
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat)
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Bryan Cranston
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Lisa Miller
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Chris Rock, Oscar de la Hoya, Sugar Shane Mosley

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

MAN DROVE TO PRISON SENTENCE DRUNK: A Massachusetts man,who was headed to Vermont for a two-day prison sentence for drunk driving, arrived to the Springfield correctional facility intoxicated, police said. According to staff at the Southern State Correctional Facility, the 42-year-old man had driven himself to the facility on Tuesday and was intoxicated. The man was processed for his second DUI offense and was released back into the custody of the Department of Corrections. He is due to appear in court for his latest charge. (AP)

POSTAL WORKERS BOYCOTT AFTER CAT ATTACKS: Britain's postal service has suspended deliveries to a woman after repeated attacks from her 19-year-old cat. According to Royal Mail, the postal service has stopped deliveries after several workers sustained nasty injuries. The 43-year-old cat owner, who lives in Northern England, said she found it hard to believe that her cat could be behind the attacks. She told reporters that her cat, named Tiger, spent most of the day sleeping and didn't have the energy to attack postal workers. (AP)

COACH PROPOSES TO RIVAL ON FIELD: A High School softball coach from Ohio surprised everyone on the field when he dropped to one knee and proposed to the rival team's coach. Tim Gregory, the varsity coach at Glen Este High School had been dating Milford High School coach Christy Foster for two years before the proposal on Wednesday. According to Gregory, softball is what brought this couple together. Foster said yes and her team was defeated 1-0. (AP)

MAN WITH NO CASH EATS BURRITO: A man from Michigan was charged with retail fraud after eating a burrito and a bag of Funyuns and then telling the clerk he had no money to pay. Michael Odell, 28, told police that he is homeless. According to the Barry County Prosecutor, Odell told the clerk to call the police after eating the burrito and bag of Funyuns. He was jailed on a $2,000 bond and has a pretrial hearing on May 4. (AP)

DID YOU KNOW?

PEOPLE DON'T USE GADGETS CORRECTLY: A British survey revealed that almost half of those with flat-screen TVs who believed they were watching in HD had not actually connected the necessary player or set-top box. The research, based on a poll of 9,500 viewers, showed that 30 percent thought they could watch high definition programs or Blu-ray discs at home. People are spending hundreds of dollars for this kind of technology and most don't even know how to work it, nor do they try hard to learn. (Telegraph)

WOMEN SPEND THREE YEARS OF LIFE SHOPPING? A new survey reveals women spend an average of 3 hours a week shopping. If someone lives to be 63, that's 25,184 hours and 53 minutes of shopping over a lifetime -- or the equivalent of three years. The study, by global online market researcher OnePoll.com, surveyed 2,000 women about their shopping habits. Respondents said they make an average of 301 shopping trips - which add up to 399 hours and 46 minutes - every year.

BAD SLEEPING HABITS LINKED TO DRUG USE: Children who sleep badly are more likely to take drugs and binge drink when they grow up, according to a study. Researchers found that children who had trouble sleeping between the ages of three and five were more likely to sleep badly between the ages of 11 and 17. This in turn was linked to higher drug use between the ages of 18 and 21. Maria Wong, professor of psychology at Idaho State University, said: 'Over-tiredness and having trouble sleeping predicted onset of alcohol, cigarette, and illicit drug use among boys and onset of alcohol use only among girls.' She said poor sleeping 'directly predicted the presence of binge drinking, blackouts, driving after drinking alcohol, and the number of lifetime alcohol problems in young adulthood'. (Daily Mail)

LAW REQUIRES BREAST-FEEDING ROOMS AT THE OFFICE: The health care bill that President Obama recently signed into law requires employers to provide "a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from co-workers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk." (CNN)

SIGNS YOU'RE ALREADY MARRIED TO YOUR BOYFRIEND (Lemondrop.com)

Popping Zits: If you've ever popped a zit in front of someone else, or FOR someone else, I hate to break it to you, but you're so married. This goes doubly for ingrown hairs. Once you've done this for somebody, there is no going back.

Farting: Whether they are loud and proud or quiet and stinky, if you've farted around someone, you've taken the bond to the next level. It's the intimacy equivalent of getting on one knee in an Italian piazza and proclaiming your undying love.

Plucking Your Chin Hairs: When you do this in front of him, or he helpfully reminds you to, or you spend a portion of Saturday morning trimming his ear hair, please tell me where I can send your immersion blender, because sorry, you're married.

Laundering the Other Person's Dirty Drawers: If you've done this for someone . . .YOU'RE MARRIED. There are things seen in this process that cannot be unseen.

Anything Non-Sexual Involving the Butt: If you've helped your partner with constipation, fetched more toilet paper mid-poop or listened to his story about his medical enema or the intestinal tear that required stool softeners, you are utterly MARRIED. This is a bond with that person for eternity, like accidentally murdering somebody together.

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

What popular comedy actor was a writer for Sacha Baron Cohen's Da Ali G Show?

A: Seth Rogen

(Source: Wikipedia)

Senator Wants to Block Spirit Airlines New $45 Fee for Carry-On Luggage

Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer of New York is unhappy about Spirit Airlines newly-announced $45 fee for carry-on luggage that's set to begin on August 1st, and he's trying to get it blocked. The New York Daily News reported Sunday (April 11th) that Schumer is urging Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to reverse a recent ruling that carry-on bags aren't considered reasonably necessary for air transportation and so aren't subject to federal taxes. He says this gives airlines an incentive to add extra charges, since Spirit can now keep the entire $45 fee without paying $3.38 in taxes, making it like other untaxed fees airlines charge for things like pillows and snacks. Schumer says that if the change isn't made, he'll introduce legislation. Spirit Airlines CEO Ken McKenzie defended the carry-on charge last week, saying it will allow the airline to keep ticket prices low.

High-Alcohol Beer Coming to the U.S.

Scottish microbrewery BrewDog is sending a small shipment of its high-alcohol beer, called Tactical Nuclear Penguin, to the U.S., with Time magazine reporting that about 400 bottles are heading to a few stores in California and New York City. The beer is a whopping 32 percent alcohol-by-volume, about six times the strength of standard domestic brands like Budweiser. The high alcohol content is achieved by freezing the beer at temperatures as low a -6 degrees for 21 days. Alcohol freezes at lower temperatures than water, and removing water from the solution increased the alcohol concentration. The process is expensive though, so Tactical Nuclear Penguin sells for about $53 a bottle. Although just a few hundred bottles are being sent over to the U.S., about half of the consumers buying beer from the BrewDog website are in America.

  • BrewDog isn't the only European beermaker creating high-octane brews. Schorschbrau of Germany released a 40 percent alcohol-by-volume beer called Schroschbock, and BrewDog fired back with Sink the Bismarck!, which is 41 percent alcohol-by-volume. That name, by the way, is a reference to the famous World War Two German battleship sunk by Britain in 1941.

Friday, April 09, 2010

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Shania Twain fans will be reunited with the superstar through her new upcoming reality show, called Why Not? With Shania Twain. The hour-long series is set to begin airing next year on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. According to the network, "The show will follow (Shania) as she begins her climb back to the top, a personal journey filled with risk, revelations and unexpected adventures."

Shania has begun getting back in touch with her fans through a few personal videos she posted on her website. Through those clips, Shania has talked about what she's been up to since her divorce from husband and manager Mutt Lange in 2008. She has also allowed the public to meet her eight-year-old son, Eja, and the new man in her life, boyfriend Frederic Thiebaud. Frederic is the ex-husband of Shania's former best friend, Marie-Anne Thiebaud, whose affair with Mutt ended Shania's marriage.
  • No air date has yet been announced for Why Not? With Shania Twain, but the OWN network will reportedly launch on January 1, 2011.
  • In other Shania news, the singer will return to American Idol to mentor during one of the upcoming weeks. She recently served as a judge during auditions in Chicago.
Lady Antebellum heads into next week's Academy of Country Music Awards in the lead with seven nominations. The trio are up for Top Vocal Group -- which could put an end to Rascal Flatts' seven-year reign over the category -- as well as Album of the Year for their self-titled debut, and Single, Song and Video of the Year for "Need You Now."

Lady Antebellum members Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood are always happy to add to their growing trophy collection, but for them the award shows are more about the opportunity to share their music and less about wins, as Hillary tells us: "We don't obsess over awards because ultimately we wanna perform live, and take our music around the world. The awards are amazing and . . . (Charles) They're huge launching pads. (Hillary) Yeah, they're huge launching pads, but I think it's more about performing and touring, and those are just these really cool gifts that we get validating our hard work, so it's like we're being noticed by our peers but it's more than that. It's because our fans are there, and that's really who does it."

Lady A will be performing live on the ACM Awards, which will take place on April 18th in Las Vegas. The show will air on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.

  • The next night (April 19th), Lady Antebellum will perform as part of the all-star TV tribute to Brooks & Dunn. The show, called Brooks & Dunn - The Last Rodeo, will air on CBS on May 23rd. The show is being taped at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Tickets to the public are still available.
  • In the meantime, Lady A continues on Tim McGraw's Southern Voice tour, which stops tonight in Little Rock, Arkansas.
It looks like Carrie Underwood and her fiance, Mike Fisher, will get married in Nashville. A source told E! News that the big event will take place in Carrie's adopted hometown, and that "invites are going out soon" because the wedding is this summer.

During a recent radio interview, Carrie said that she has opted for cupcakes rather than one big cake, and that they will come from a Franklin, Tennessee bakery.

  • Carrie continues on her Play On tour, performing tonight (Friday, April 9th) in Indianapolis. The last U.S. date on the tour is on June 17th in Fargo, North Dakota.
  • Carrie is up for six trophies at the ACM Awards, including Entertainer of the Year, on April 18th. She will also perform live on the show, which will air from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena on CBS.

FAST FACTS

  • Carrie is the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year. If she wins this year, she will be the first female in Academy history to win the category twice.
  • Carrie is also nominated for Top Female Vocalist, an honor she has taken home for the past three consecutive years.
Chris Young hits the road on his first major tour this weekend. He has an opening slot on Alan Jackson's Freight Train tour, which kicked off last night with a sold out show in Estero, Florida.

Chris tells us it feels good to be able to answer a much-asked question with an impressive response. "'Who're you on tour with?' is always a big question, especially when you're a new artist. You know, people are always like, 'Ah, what are you doin' this summer? You on tour with anybody?' To be able to look at 'em and go, 'Yeah, I'm out with Alan Jackson.' It's just a lot different than last year: 'Hey, I'm gonna go do a fair.'"

  • Chris' latest hit, "The Man I Want To Be," is a Top 10 hit and climbing on the charts.
  • He charted his first Number One hit with "Gettin You Home (The Black Dress Song)" last year.
  • The Freight Train tour, which also features Josh Turner, plays in Orlando, Florida tonight (Friday, April 9th) and Alpharetta, Georgia on Saturday (April 10th).
  • Chris is in the first round of nominees for the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year award for "Gettin' You Home" at the CMT Music Awards. Fan voting continues through May 3rd at CMT.com.

FAST FACTS

  • Chris is a native of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
  • He won the 2006 season of Nashville Star.
  • His sophomore album, The Man I Want To Be, was released in September of last year.
The lineup of performers at next week's Academy of Country Music Awards keeps growing with the additions of Darius Rucker, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Toby Keith with Dave Koz, Billy Currington, Jack Ingram featuring Dierks Bentley, John Fogerty and newcomer Laura Bell Bundy.

Additional award presenters include LeAnn Rimes, Kristen Bell, Jamie Foxx, Julianne Hough, LL COOL J, and Matthew McConaughey.

  • Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton & Trace Adkins, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood.
  • The ACM Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 18th at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

FAST FACTS

  • Billy Currington is nominated for three ACM Awards -- Song of the Year for "People are Crazy," and as both an artist and a producer for Single Record of the Year for the same title.
  • Jack Ingram is nominated as both an artist and a producer for Vocal Event of the Year for the song "Seeing Stars."
  • Toby Keith is nominated for Entertainer of the Year. He has previously won the category twice - in 2002 and 2003.
  • Miranda Lambert is a six-time ACM nominee this year. She is up for Top Female Vocalist, Album of the Year for Revolution, Single Record of the Year for "White Liar," Song of the Year for "White Liar" as both an artist and composer, and Video of the Year for "White Liar."
  • Rascal Flatts is nominated for Top Vocal Group of the Year, an award they've taken home for the past seven years in a row.
  • Darius Rucker is nominated for Top Male Vocalist this year, his first ACM Award nomination.
Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Alison Krauss, Wynonna Judd, The Oak Ridge Boys, Smokey Robinson, Chris Isaak, and Sheena Easton will all be at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Ledyard, Connecticut on Saturday (April 10th) for the taping of the Kenny Rogers tribute TV special, called Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years. The show will also feature off-site performances by Darius Rucker, Tim McGraw, and Billy Currington, who tells us his love for Kenny began as a child. ["Kenny Rogers is the man, no doubt! The first concert I ever went to as a kid was Kenny Rogers. The first, I think it was 20 Greatest Hits -- that was my first set of music that I ever got in my life, so I'm just a big fan, and then of course I saw all the movies -- Six Pack and The Gambler and Coward Of The County. I just wanted to be Kenny Rogers. I even parted my hair down the middle like Kenny Rogers (laughs). I just wanted to be him. I'm a big fan, and still today that hasn't changed."
  • Billy has a concert on Saturday in Biloxi, Mississippi.
  • Tickets to the taping are available through the MGM Grand Foxwoods or through Ticketmaster.
  • There is no word yet on when or where Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years will air.

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.

One of the scheduled premieres of the new Kenny Chesney: Summer In 3-D movie will take place in Las Vegas on April 17th at the Rave Town Square 18 Cinemas. The red carpet event will stream live at 6 p.m. PT at KennyChesneyMovie.com and Ustream.tv/kennychesney3d. Kenny Chesney: Summer In 3-D opens nationwide on April 21st.

Newcomer Jerrod Niemann will make his debut on the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday (April 10th). He'll perform his debut single, "Lover, Lover," from his major label debut album which arrives at retail this summer.

ACM Lifting Lives is partnering with the USO for a free, private concert for service members and their families stationed at Nellis Air Force Base outside of Las Vegas on April 17th. Dierks Bentley, Montgomery Gentry, Randy Houser, James Otto, Anthony Smith and Josh Thompson are all set to perform.

The Judds are readying for their final tour as a duo, and they want their fans to help them come up with a name. Wynonna and Naomi are offering a prize package to the fan who submits the winning name, including a mention in the 2010 Commemorative Judds tour book, a personal video "Thank You" message and $500 in tour merchandise. Register at wynonna.com by April 23rd to be eligible.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. What is Jake Owen's real first name?
A. Joshua

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY!

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

2010 ACM TOP NEW ARTISTS/GAC 12:00PM (ET)
Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Gloriana, Joey + Rory

GARY ALLAN: LIVE FROM THE HOUSE OF BLUES/GAC 1:00PM (ET)

SOUNDSTAGE/GAC 2:00PM (ET)
Sugarland

THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW/SYN (check local listings)
Kenny Chesney

ON THE STREETS/GAC 10:30PM (ET)
Trisha Yearwood, Keith Urban, Marty Raybon

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

  • Hal Ketchum (57)
  • Hugh Hefner (Playboy publisher) (84)
  • Michael Learned (actress "Ma Walton" on The Waltons) (71)
  • Cynthia Nixon (actress, Sex and the City) (44)
  • Keshia Knight Pulliam (actress, The Cosby Show's Rudy Huxtable) (31)
  • Dennis Quaid (actor, Postcards From the Edge, Innerspace, The Big Easy ) (56)
  • Marty Krofft (producer, brother of Sid Krofft, created TV's Land of the Lost, H.R. Pufnstuf, Sigmund the Sea Monster, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl) (73)
  • Jenna Jameson (famous porn star) (36)
  • Paulina Porizkova (model, wife of Cars leader Ric Ocasek) (45)
  • Gene Parsons (multi-instrumentalist, the Byrds) (66)
  • Jim Fowler (naturalist, Wild Kingdom) (78)
  • Leighton Meester (actress, Gossip Girl's Blair Waldorf) (24)
  • Jesse McCartney (singer/actor, 'Beautiful Soul,' Hannah Montana, Summerland, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Horton Hears a Who!) (23)
  • Kristen Stewart (actress, Twilight, New Moon, Adventureland, Into the Wild, Panic Room) (20)
  • Elle Fanning (actress, younger sister of Dakota Fanning, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Monsters vs. Aliens, Daddy Day Care, Babel) (12)
  • Jay Baruchel (actor, Tropic Thunder, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, She's Out of My League, How to Train Your Dragon, The Sorcerer's Apprentice) (28)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

  • Brad Paisley's 5th Gear album was certified platinum in 2008.
  • The late Anna Nicole Smith made an appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in 2005. She flashed what appeared to some fans to be her breasts, though Opry officials insisted she was wearing a nude bra. She also met Joe Nichols, who sang at her 2007 funeral.
  • Faith Hill launched her first tour as a solo headliner in 1999.
  • Tammy Wynette was eulogized with a public memorial service at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium in 1998. Artists who paid homage to the late singer included Lorrie Morgan, Rudy Gatlin, Randy Travis, The Judds and Dolly Parton.
  • Patty Loveless earned her first gold album for Honky Tonk Angel in 1991.
  • George Strait charted a Number One in Billboard with "Famous Last Words Of A Fool" in 1988.
  • Charley Pride recorded the chart-topping single, "Hope You're Feelin' Me (Like I'm Feelin' You)," in 1975.
  • Patsy Cline's Number One single, "I Fall to Pieces," charted in 1961.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

NO ONE WANTS NICOLAS CAGE'S HOUSE: No one was interested in buying Nicolas Cage's Bel-Air mansion at a foreclosure auction earlier this week. The opening bid for the 12,000-square-foot home was $10.4 million, but there are $18 million worth of loans on the property. Cage owes millions in unpaid taxes and in January his foreclosed home in Las Vegas sold for nearly $5 million. He sued his former business manager in October for $20 million, claiming the man's advice led him toward financial ruin, but the ex-manager says Cage is a spendthrift.

JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT DATING JENNY MCCARTHY'S EX-HUSBAND: Jennifer Love Hewitt is reportedly dating Jenny McCarthy's ex-husband John Asher. Life & Style magazine reports that the actress was spotted "holding hands" and "canoodling" with Asher at a recent dinner party. Hewitt split from Jamie Kennedy earlier this year and Asher ended his six-year marriage with McCarthy in 2006.

JESSE JAMES ALSO DENIES SEX TAPE RUMOR: Jesse James is echoing Sandra Bullock's assertion that there a sex tape featuring the couple does not exist. He's also going a step further -- refuting RadarOnline.com's claim that he's starred in over a dozen tapes with mistresses featuring Nazi-themed paraphernalia. A rep for James told People.com, "The claims of sex tapes are untrue and completely fabricated."

MEL GIBSON'S DIVORCE REPORTEDLY GOING SMOOTH: Mel Gibson's divorce is reportedly being sorted out amicably. A rarity in Hollywood, TMZ.com notes that the actor and his ex Robyn "have agreed on pretty much every big issue" and no judge is involved. The website reports that everything is expected to be settled within two months. Mel and Robyn split last year after nearly 30 years of marriage. Gibson's younger girlfriend has since given birth to his daughter.

CHRISTOPHER CAZENOVE DIES AT 64: British actor Christopher Cazenove died on Wednesday (April 7th) at the age of 64 after losing a battle with septicemia. Cazenove, who appeared on Dynasty, is the second actor from the show to die within the past week; John Forsythe passed away just days before. Following Cazenove's Dynasty stint, he appeared in the movie "Three Men and a Little Lady" in 1990 and "A Knight's Tale" in 2001.

HOLLYWOOD NEWS


'JEOPARDY' AND 'WHEEL OF FORTUNE' STICKING AROUND: Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune have both been renewed through the 2013-2014 season. Variety announced that hosts Alex Trebek and Pat Sajak have also been granted contract extensions.

AZIZ ANSARI GOING TO THE BIG SCREEN: Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari is in talks to star in the upcoming action comedy, 30 Minutes or Less. Ansari seems poised for a break out year; it's been widely rumored that he'll host the MTV Movie Awards, although there's been no official announcement. The 30 Minutes script revolves around a junior high history teacher (Ansari) and a pizza-delivery man who are forced to rob a bank when one of them is strapped to a bomb vest.

SARAH JESSICA PARKER'S SHOW COMING TO BRAVO: Sarah Jessica Parker's new reality show will kick off June 9th on Bravo. The Sex and the City star is producing Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, which will showcase 14 artists competing to receive a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum and $100,000 cash. Judges include art critic Jerry Saltz, Half Gallery owner Bill Powers and art adviser Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn. The show's mentor is auctioneer Simon de Pury.

'BACHELOR PAD' DEBUTING IN AUGUST: The newest Bachelor spinoff will premiere on ABC this August. EOnline.com reports that Bachelor Pad, which debuts August 9th, will offer fan favorites from previous seasons a second chance at reality romance. The franchise's first spinoff, The Bachelorette, kicks off its latest season on May 24th with Ali Fedotowsky.

'PLANET OF THE APES' GETS PREQUEL: Planet of the Apes is getting a prequel. PerezHilton.com reports that Rupert Wyatt, will helm the project, which will be called Planet of the Apes: Caesar. Production will begin July of this year.

OPRAH WINFREY IS MOVING TO NIGHTS

The Queen of daytime television, Oprah Winfrey, is ending her long-running show next year but fans won't get a chance to miss her as Winfrey has already announced she will be hosting a nightly show on her own, Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), titled, Oprah's Next Chapter. The show is slated to premiere in late 2011 shortly after Winfrey ends her daytime talk show.

  • Winfrey said in a released statement, "My vision for OWN is to create a network that inspires our viewers and makes them want to be who they are on their best day."
  • As for her new show, Winfrey will be traveling around the world and having conversation with some of the world's most interesting people. The network explained, "From the Taj Mahal to her beloved oak tree, the Great Wall to her own teahouse, it's a whole new kind of Oprah show. If she can dream it, she'll do it!"
  • Winfrey's new OWN network is a joint venture between Winfrey's Harpo Inc. and Discovery Communications Inc. The network will be available in 80 million homes and will replace the Discovery Health Channel.

'JERSEY SHORE' HEADED BACK TO JERSEY; PERSIAN SPINOFF IN THE WORKS

Jersey Shore is heading back to New Jersey! MTV confirmed the worst-kept secret in the world on Thursday -- that the second season was filming in Miami. However, they assured fans that season two would still have some Jersey flair.

The network announced, "It's official, the 'Jersey Shore' cast began filming Season 2 in Miami. Once the boardwalk heats back up, the series will return to the Jersey Shore to complete the season."

The new season premieres on July 29th.

SERIES STILL CASTING

MTV has launched a new website aimed at generating new castmembers for Jersey Shore. A message on Jerseyshorecasting.com reads, "It's summertime, baby! Bangin' beats, hot bodies, icey cold brews and boardwalk bashes. Only the hottest can handle the heat. And this new Summer Share is looking for some new roommates."

An MTV spokeswoman said the site is, "a general casting notice for Season 2 in case we want to explore the option of bringing on new cast members."

  • To apply, you must fill out a lengthy questionnaire with prompts like "Brag! What are you best assets? Physical, material and social."
  • Meanwhile the production company behind the show is reportedly looking for Persian-Americans to star in a similarly-themed show. 495 Productions and Doron Ofir Casting have announced that they're casting a "Persian version" of the MTV hit and are seeking applicants who are 21 or older, "appear younger than 30 and are outrageous, outspoken and a proud Persian-American."

CHECK IT OUT: You know you're from Jersey when: http://tinyurl.com/yl576rk

KATE GOSSELIN LANDS NEW TLC REALITY SERIES

Kate Gosselin won't be disappearing from TV after she's eventually voted off Dancing With the Stars. TLC confirmed that the reality mom will star on her own new series, Twist of Kate, as well as several Kate Plus 8 specials.

Twist of Kate, which is due to air this summer, will see Gosselin responding to fan letters from people inspired by her story as a means to profile women in their own challenging situations.

  • Gosselin told USA Today of the series, "I look at it as a loose concept. I want to be out there learning from others, helping to provide insight whenever I can, though I don't consider myself an expert on anything."

WITNESS REPORTEDLY READY TO TESTIFY AGAINST NICOLLETTE SHERIDAN

Marc Cherry has reportedly lined up a witness who insists the Desperate Housewives creator never hit Nicollette Sheridan. RadarOnline.com reports that the witness, who saw the altercation at the heart of Sheridan's lawsuit, has signed an affidavit and is available to testify if the case goes to trial.

The eyewitness says the "assault" alleged by Nicollette in her lawsuit was nothing more than producer Cherry lightly touching the top of her head as he was talking to her about how to act in a scene.

  • The Radar source said, "This is not Nicollette's word against Marc's. The witness is going to blow Nicollette's case out of the water. Nicollette doesn't have any witnesses to the incident who back up her side."

DEMI MOORE ADMITS SHE'S HAD 'SOME' BODY PROCEDURE

Demi Moore admits that she used to have "an extreme obsession" with her body and revealed that the plastic surgery rumors that have dogged her for the past decade are sort of true. She told Elle magazine, "I have had something done but it's not on my face."

As for the constant rumors, Moore said, "It feels like schoolyard name-calling a lot of the time. It hurts. You know what? Maybe one day I'll go under the knife. It just irritates me that people are constantly saying how much I've spent on plastic surgery."

  • The actress explained that she's gotten over her body issues. She said, "I tried to dominate it, which I did, and I changed it multiple times over. But it never lasted and ultimately it didn't bring me anything but temporary happiness. Does being thin resolve anything? No. The irony is that when I abandoned that desire to dominate my body, it actually became the body that I'd always wanted. But it only happened when I stopped trying to control it. At the end of the day, this kind of obsession is pointless and meaningless."

'GOSSIP GIRL' CO-STARS REPORTEDLY SPLIT

Gossip Girl co-stars Ed Westwick and Jessica Szohr have reportedly ended their real-life relationship. The New York Post reported that Szohr hooked up with one of Westwick's friends while he was away filming a movie in Europe.

When a buddy told Westwick about the incident, he "split with Szohr in an emotional phone call last week."

  • A source told the paper, "She's been begging Ed to take her back, but he is deeply hurt. He can't believe that she carried on this way with one of his friends."

HEADLINE NEWS!!

RESCUERS GO BACK INTO WEST VIRGINIA MINE: Rescue workers went back into a West Virginia coal mine early this morning (April 9th), hoping to find four missing men still alive after an explosion Monday (April 5th) that killed 25 miners. As the rescuers went into the Upper Big Branch mine, nitrogen was being pumped int to flush out the dangerous gases that have limited rescue efforts. The only hope for survival for the missing men is that they were able to make it to airtight emergency chambers that contain food, water and supplies of oxygen. The federal mine agency has appointed a team of investigators, and President Obama said yesterday that he's asked federal mine safety officials to report next week on what may have caused the explosion. Mine owner Massey Energy has been repeatedly cited for problems with the system that vents methane and for allowing combustible dust to build up.

OBAMA, MEDVEDEV SIGN NUCLEAR REDUCTION TREATY: President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a treaty in Prague yesterday (April 8th) that would reduce both countries' nuclear arsenals to the lowest levels in decades. If ratified by the Senate and Russia's legislature, the successor to the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty will reduce the number of nuclear warheads to 1,550 each over seven years, down about a third from the current limit of 2,200. Ratification in the Senate will require 67 votes, meaning at least eight Republicans will have to get on board. Obama expressed optimism, emphasizing the history of Senate bipartisanship on arms control issues.

  • The problem of Iran's nuclear ambitions was also addressed at yesterday's ceremony, with Medvedev expressing Russia's support for considering a fourth round of U.N. sanctions, saying, "We cannot turn a blind eye to this." However, he said sanctions should be smart, designed to change behavior, not to bring down Iran's hardline government or impose hardship on the Iranian people.

NETANYAHU WON'T ATTEND U.S. NUCLEAR CONFERENCE: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday (April 8th) abruptly called off a trip to the U.S. just days before he was set to attend a conference in Washington at which leaders of more than 40 nations will discuss stopping the spread of nuclear weapons. Netanyahu had planned to attend to underline the dangers of terrorists acquiring nuclear weapons, but officials in his office said he was concerned that Israel would be targeted by some nations taking part in the conference over its own nuclear weapons program. Israel, which has not signed the nuclear nonproliferation treaty, has never admitted having nuclear weapons, but experts believe they could have as many as hundreds of them. Netanyahu's deputy, Dan Meridor, will attend the conference in his place.

MAN ANGRY AT GOVERNMENT ACCUSED OF PUTTING BOMBS IN MAILBOXES: Federal authorities said yesterday (April 8th) that a 52-year-old man who was angry at the government is accused of putting more than 30 explosive devices in mailboxes and other locations across east Texas. Law enforcement officials believe that wheelchair-bound Larry Eugene North, who was indicted Wednesday, planted 36 devices between February 5th and Wednesday in locations including mailboxes, the front yard of a business and a cemetery. No injuries or explosions resulted from the devices.

TODAY'S FYI:

AD AUDIO OF TIGER WOODS' LATE FATHER FROM INTERVIEW ABOUT HIS WIFE: We now know where the audio of Tiger Woods' late father, Earl Woods, came from in the controversial new Nike ad out Wednesday (April 7th) that shows a somber, black-and-white image of Tiger staring at the camera while his father's voice is heard. ABC News reported yesterday (April 8th) that the audio was taken from a 2004 interview in which Earl Woods, who died two years later, was talking about his wife Kultida. In the Nike ad, Earl Woods is heard saying, "Tiger, I am more prone to be inquisitive, to promote discussion. I want to find out what your thinking was. I want to find out what your feelings are. Did you learn anything?" It's meant to seem that Woods is addressing his son about his multiple mistress scandal. In fact, in the original interview from the documentary Tiger: The Authorized DVD Collection, Woods was speaking about the difference between his wife's personality and his, and doesn't use Tiger's name. The full quote is, "Authoritarian. Yea, Tida is very authoritative. She is very definitive. 'Yes' and 'No.' I am more prone to be inquisitive, to promote discussion. I want to find out what you're thinking was, I want to find out what your feelings are and did you learn anything?"

OBAMAS APPEARING ON 'AMERICAN IDOL' CHARITY EPISODE: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama taped a segment yesterday (April 8th) for American Idol's fundraising show that will air next Wednesday (April 14th). Idol Gives Back is a two-hour performance show that has already raised more than $140 million in contributions for charity. This year's recipients will include Children's Health Fund, Feeding America, Malaria No More, Save the Children's U.S. programs and the United Nations Foundation.

NANCY KERRIGAN'S BROTHER CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER IN FATHER'S DEATH: The brother of figure skater Nancy Kerrigan has been charged with manslaughter in the January 24th death of their 70-year-old father in what prosecutors called a drunken rage during an argument over use of the telephone in the family's Stoneham, Massachusetts, home. Forty-five-year-old Mark Kerrigan had already been charged with assault and battery on a elderly person resulting in serious bodily injury. Since being released on bail after a psychiatric evaluation, he's been living with his mother in the home where the alleged assault on the late Daniel Kerrigan took place. Members of the Kerrigan family have insisted they don't blame Mark for the death of his father, who had a pre-existing heart condition, and said they were "deeply disappointed" in the decision to pursue a manslaughter charge. Mark Kerrigan has a long criminal record, with convictions dating back to 1991.

  • Nancy Kerrigan won the bronze medal at the 1992 Olympics and the silver at the 1994 Olympics. She made national headlines when she was clubbed on the knee during practice before the 1994 Olympics in an attack arranged by the husband of rival Tonya Harding.

POLL: 20 PERCENT AROUND THE WORLD BELIEVE ALIENS LIVE AMONG US: Although it may seem hard to believe, a Reuters-Ipsos poll of adults in 22 countries found that 20 percent overall believe that aliens not only exist, but live among us disguised as humans. Looking at some of the demographic breakdowns, more men than women believe this, 22 percent to 17 percent, and most of the believers are under 35. However, they come from all income groups. The countries where people are most likely to believe in aliens living among us are India and China, where it's a whopping 40 percent. Least likely to believe are people in Belgium, Sweden and the Netherlands, and eight percent each.

BREWERY WORKERS WALK OUT OVER TOUGHER DRINKING-ON-THE-JOB RULES: Hundreds of warehouse and production workers for the Carlsberg beer company walked off the job in protest over the past two days because the Danish brewer tightened the rules on workplace drinking. The workers in Denmark are upset about the new alcohol policy that only allows them to drink beer during lunch hours in the cafeteria. Previously, they were allowed to help themselves to beer throughout the day from coolers placed around the work sites, with the only restriction being that they couldn't be drunk on the job. Carlsberg's truck drivers joined the strike in sympathy, even though the new rules don't apply to them In fact, the truck drivers are permitted to bring three beers with them from the cafeteria because they often don't have time to have lunch there. But the company says the trucks have alcohol ignition locks that prevent the drivers from driving drunk.

SPORTS:

TIGER HAS GREAT FIRST ROUND AT THE MASTERS; ENDS TWO SHOTS BEHIND LEADER: Tiger Woods apparently didn't lose anything off his game during the five months he was away from competitive golf, as he played his best first round ever at Augusta National yesterday (April 8th) as the Masters tournament got underway. Tiger ended the day with a 4-under 68, just two shots behind Fred Couples in the lead. Afterward, Woods didn't confess to any jitters, saying of the first tee, "It felt normal. Try to hit a little fade off the first tee, try to take something off of it and make sure I got it in play. That was about it. From there, I just went about my business." The spectators lining the fairways were polite and supportive, cheering Tiger as he played in his first tournament since winning the Australian Masters last November 15th. Days later, he was involved in the car accident outside his home that would lead to the revelations of his multiple affairs.

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

MOVIE OPENING TODAY!


Opening today is Letters to God, starring Lisa Curtis, Christopher John Schmidt and Tanner Maguire. The inspirational film is the story of what happens when a sick boy who writes letters to God crosses paths with a man searching for meaning in his life.

  • Letters to God is rated PG and has a running time of 1 hour and 55 minutes.
Opening today (April 9th) is The Runaways, starring Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart. The biopic followd Joan Jett, played by Stewart, and Cherie Currie, played by Fanning, as they become the frontwomen for the Runaways, the now legendary group that paved the way for female rockers.
  • The Runaways is rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Opening today (April 9th) is the anticipated new comedy, Date Night, starring Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg and James Franco. The comedy follows Phil, played by Carell, and Claire, played by Fey, after a case of mistaken identity on their 'date night' throws them into a crazy adventure involving corrupt cops and the mob.
  • Date Night is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 30 minutes.

ON THE TUBE TODAY & WEEKEND!


Friday, April 9, 2010


CBS
  • GHOST WHISPERER - When the ghost of a private investigator starts hunting Melinda's house, she and Eli look for answers in the investigator's final case.
  • MEDIUM - A killer targets the mysterious girl from Allison's dreams; Joe receives additional work responsibilities.
  • MIAMI MEDICAL - A member of the team learns a secret about Dr. Proctor while treating victims of a hotel shooting.

NBC

  • WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? (repeat)
  • DATELINE NBC - Investigative journalism.

FOX

  • HOUSE (repeat)
  • KITCHEN NIGHTMARES - Chef Ramsay returns to two California restaurants to see if his reccomendations are being followed and recalls his most memorable kitchen fights.

ABC

  • JAMIE OLIVER'S FOOD REVOLUTION (repeat)
  • JAMIE OLIVER'S FOOD REVOLUTION - Jamie makes a bet that he can teach 1,000 people to cook in one week.
  • 20/20 - Investigative reporting.

CW

  • SMALLVILLE - Green Arrow is kidnapped; a woman tries to force Clark to reveal the names of the rest of the Justice League.
  • AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL (repeat)

HBO

  • THE RICKY GERVAIS SHOW - Ricky and Stephan read passages from Karl's diary; "Monkey News".
  • THE LIFE & TIMES OF TIM - Tim finds inspiration at the races; Tim upsets an elephant trainer.
  • REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER - TBA

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Alison Sweeney, the latest American Idol castoff
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Fridays Live: Superstar Kenny Chesney
THE VIEW - Benjamin Bratt, Dave Annable, Ree Dummond, Andre Leon Talley

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - (repeat)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Julie Scardina, Mary McCormack, David Baker
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - (repeat)
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Kunal Nayyar
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Jeff Daniels, Olivia Munn, Baron Vaughn
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Gillian Jacobs, Dan Mintz, Never Shout Never

SATURDAY

NBC

  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Tina Fey hosts; Justin Bieber performs.

SUNDAY

CBS

  • THE AMAZING RACE 16 - Tempers flare when racers put a target on one team; feuds come to a head.
  • UNDERCOVER BOSS - When the president of 1-800-Flowers works under cover, he is surprised by customers' perception of the brand.
  • COLD CASE - An attraction grows between Rush and FBI agent Ryan Cavanaugh as they investigate the 1969 murder of a soldier.

NBC

  • MINUTE TO WIN IT (repeat)
  • THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE - (2 hour event) Both teams must create a commercial starring professional basketball players Clyde Drexler and Scottie Pippen; one team is hindered by teammates who aren't pulling their weight.

FOX

  • THE SIMPSONS - Mr. Burns is questioned when a police officer sees a stolen painting at the billionaire's estate; Smithers runs the power plant while Mr. Burns is away.
  • THE CLEVELAND SHOW - Donna puts Cleveland on a new diet; Quagmire visits Stoolbend to deliver some upsetting news.
  • FAMILY GUY - The residents of Quahog are sent into a frenzy when the local news reports that a black hole will destroy Earth in 24 hours.
  • SONS OF TUCSON - Ron surprises Glenn with tickets to an upcoming adult film convention; Brandon starts a band.

ABC

  • EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION - Race car driver Jeff Gordon and the team rebuild a home for a young couple, Amanda and Derrick, who adopted Amanda's younger siblings to keep them from being separated in foster care.
  • BROTHERS & SISTERS - (2 hour event) The Walkers try to identify the secret that Dennis York is holding over their heads; Holly and Nora investigate Ojai's hidden worth.

A&E

  • GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS - Nick and his girlfriend struggle with Nick's growing commitments to school, his comic book and his band; Gene heads to Singapore to get funding for a KISS Vegas show.
  • KIRSTIE ALLEY'S BIG LIFE - The gang decides to have an intervention for Kirstie because of her out of control social networking.

AMC

  • BREAKING BAD - Walt loses control, endangering his job and relationships; Hank throws himself into his invesstigation; Jesse has a new plan.

HBO

  • THE PACIFIC - Basilone's celebrity grows on the war bonds tour; Sledge gets his first taste of combat; the 1st Marine Division meets Japanese resistance.
  • TREME - (series premiere) A New Orleans neighborhood celebrates its first second line parade since Hurricane Katrina.

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

MEATSELLER TAKES MEAT OFF DINERS' PLATES: A German meatseller, who became enraged because he was not paid for his meat, decided to solve the problem by taking the meat off diners' plates. According to police, the argument started in the kitchen when he was told that the restaurant didn't immediately have the 400 euro ($535) to pay his bill. He then proceeded to take back his meat, including the pieces that had been cooked and served. Police say no arrests were made because no offense was committed. (AP)

MAN ROBS PORTLAND BANK: A man from Oregon robbed a Portland Bank of America branch on Wednesday and then stole a Jaguar with two chihuahuas inside. Police say the man crashed the car a short time later at a fast food restaurant and fled on foot. The owner of the vehicle, Melanie Davis, was in the bank during the hold up. She told officers that the man came into the bank screaming and after taking the money, he asked for Davis' car keys. Portland police officers are still looking for the robber. (AP)

MAN TRIES TO AVOID LAW SCHOOL BY BEING ARRESTED: A Florida man wanted a third-degree crime on his record so that he wouldn't have to attend law school. The 28-year-old Joseph M. Velardo was arrested on a misdemeanor and charged with retail theft. According to the manager at Staples, Velardo took almost $300 worth of merchandise and asked that police be called. After arresting Velardo, police learned that he initially tried to steal a computer monitor display but accidentally activated an alarm. Despite his attempts, Velardo was unable to reach his goal. Because the items were less than $300, Velardo was only charged with a misdemeanor instead of a third-degree felony. (WPTC.com)

PRISONER ACCIDENTALLY RELEASED: A prisoner from North Carolina who was wanted for murder was accidentally freed from the Wake County prison. The state Department of Correction accidentally released William Otis Bryant after he had served less than two years of jail-time for drug-related crimes. Authorities at the Bertie Correctional Facilities were supposed to turn the prisoner over to the Wake County's Sheriff's Office. Although workers at the correctional facility claim to have filed the paperwork, the Wake County's office say they never received it. Officials have not seen Bryant and are urging anyone with information on his to contact the Wake County's Sheriff's Office. (The News Observer)

DID YOU KNOW?

HOW DO YOU KEEP EARLY PREGNANCY A SECRET? A blogger for Lemondrop.com wrote about how she didn't want to overshadow her friend's engagement -- but it would be obvious that she's pregnant when she refuses champagne at the engagement party. The first three months of pregnancy are tough. You don't want to tell everyone in case something happens to your baby (20 percent of women miscarry in the first 12 weeks), but it's tough to hide when so many changes are taking place in your body and your lifestyle.

MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE ENJOY SOPHISTICATED HUMOR: A study from the University of Edinburgh found that middle-class people enjoy more sophisticated comedians than their working-class counterparts. Middle-class people were more likely to prefer more 'intellectual' comedies and look down at the 'lowbrow' humor enjoyed by the working class and use their taste in comedy as a 'veiled snobbery'. Sociologist Sam Friedman found middle-class interviewees had been introduced to 'abstract and intellectual forms of art' by their parents and this interest had been further developed at school and university. In contrast Mr Friedman found working class people had received hardly any exposure to high culture in their upbringing and education and found this sort of humor gave them 'a sense of intellectual insecurity'. (Daily Mail)

SHY PEOPLE SEE THE WORLD DIFFERENTLY: People who are shy or introverted process stimuli around them differently than their extroverted counterparts. A team of American and Chinese researchers discovered that about 20 percent of humans have a personality trait known as sensory perception sensitivity (SPS). People with this trait take longer to process the information around them -- and do so more carefully. As a result of this extended rumination, those with SPS are slow to warm to new situations and often appear shy. Since SPS is present in many other species, scientists believe it has evolutionary benefits. They speculate that in times of danger, the ability to delay action and come to the most carefully thought-out conclusion is advantageous.

HOW OFTEN DO YOU CLEAN YOUR JEWELRY? A writer on TheFrisky.com posted a musing: "The other day I happened to remove my favorite pair of gold stud earrings and noticed not only a bunch of crud lining the little holes, but also a slight, nauseating odor. Basically, years of skin oil and hair product had formed a grimy mess right next to my face. I wear these things almost every day and I never thought to give them a dip in my jewelry cleaner, which seems gross now that I think about it. I mean, I'm the type that cleans the inside of and behind my ears on a regular basis, but how could I overlook this?"

WHAT A WOMAN'S STUFFED ANIMALS SAY ABOUT HER (YourTango.com)

Classic teddy bear: She's an old-fashioned, down-to-earth, refined woman who not only enjoys the great outdoors, but will probably win over your mom.

Build-A-Bear toy: From outside its big glass windows, Build-A-Bear stores look like your average DIY toy stores, but what unsuspecting customers don't know is that the staff will make you twirl around and kiss a fabric heart before sewing it into your creation. Clearly, a woman who owns a Build-A-Bear doll doesn't shy away from child-like activities, or she had an old boyfriend who wasn't afraid to embarrass himself for her. Consider the bar raised.

Raggedy old stuffed animal: Aw, she's probably had that floppy-eared stuffed bunny since babyhood. You've got a sentimental, tender-hearted girl on your hands. Wine and dine this one -- she's probably the type who journals daily and keeps movie tickets. She may also be the type who keeps romantic tokens from old boyfriends.

Gigantic giraffe, hamster or bear: An ex probably won (or purchased) that life-sized carnival toy for her. Most women throw away such large reminders of the past, but if she keeps hers on full display, she may be high-maintenance, demanding or hard to please.

Unicorns, ponies or anything from Sanrio: She might not always show it, but she's got a girly-girl side. If things work out between the two of you, she'll probably call you by a cutesy nickname or send "I miss you" texts throughout the day. Don't get too frightened, though -- girls who love Hello Kitty usually know how to make a good batch of cupcakes.

Cheap collection of stuffed animals: If you can tell, on sight, that her stuffed animals came from the clearance aisle of a CVS, you can assume one of three things: she's a penny-pincher, she has questionable taste or she has had a number of penny-pinching suitors.

Bed covered in neat assortment of toys: Either she doesn't get a lot of action, she's a neat freak or -- considering how labor-intensive it is to rearrange an array of pillows and stuffed sheep every time you make the bed -- she has a lot of free time on her hands.

Stuffed animals scattered throughout the apartment: This woman may have kids she hasn't told you about.

No stuffed animals in sight, but porcelain dolls everywhere: Porcelain dolls are beautiful and expensive, but we'd be lying if we said that having a collection of them wasn't creepy. Who likes having glass eyes look at them while they sleep? Prepare yourself for dates reminiscent of a Tim Burton movie.

No stuffed animals: You've got a practical, no-frills kind of woman here. She'll most likely offer to pay dutch, will buy books from second-hand stores, and probably enjoys a warm, homemade dinner as much as a fancy four-star dining experience.

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

What sitcom actor was the voice of wrestling legend Hulk Hogan for the cartoon series Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n Wrestling?

A: Brad Garrett

Source: Wikipedia

WATER COOLER TALK

Eliot Spitzer Fills In as MSNBC Host

Former Democratic New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, who resigned in disgrace in March 2008 after just over a year in office when it was revealed that he'd paid for high-priced hookers, appeared as an MSNBC guest host yesterday (April 8th), filling in for Dylan Ratigan on Ratigan's afternoon show. Spitzer was known as the "Sheriff of Wall Street" when he was attorney general of New York, and he's been appearing on several shows, including Ratigan's, over the past year or so to talk about the financial crisis, and he spoke to his guests yesterday about that topic, as well as other political issues. Although this guest host stint could indicate Spitzer would like to make TV his new career, he's also been talking about how he still has a desire to be in politics. The New York Daily News reported that in an interview appearing in Fortune magazine this week, Spitzer said he's been mainly focused on repairing relations with his wife and three children. But he was also described as at least thinking about political offices he might try for in the future, if not preparing to stage an official comeback.

Michigan College Offers Money-Back Guarantee of of Job Within a Year

In an effort to increase enrollment, a Michigan community college is offering a money-back guarantee of a getting a job within a year to people who take six-week courses in certain subjects, or else their tuition money will be refunded, Time magazine reported on its website yesterday (April 8th). Lansing Community College's new money-back guarantee will apply to the four most in-demand technical jobs in the area: call-center specialists; pharmacy technicians; quality inspectors; and computer machinists. The cost for one of these six-week training courses averages about $2,400. The guarantee is only open to 61 students in Lansing's pilot program, all of whom must have a high school diploma. They also can't miss any class or assignments, have to go through employability skill training and attend job fairs, and must prove that they're actively applying for jobs after they complete the course.

Do You Have Co-Workers Who Overshare in the Workplace?

The uncomfortableness of a co-worker oversharing is happening more frequently, according to The Wall Street Journal's Elizabeth Bernstein, who wrote Wednesday (April 7th), "It's official: The TMI phenomenon -- as in 'too much information' -- has invaded the workplace." She blames reality TV and social-networking sites like Facebook for, quote, "creating a culture where people are encouraged to share every sordid -- or boring -- detail of their lives. They have desensitized us to the idea that some things are meant to be private." She also says we are also to blame for mistaking co-workers for friends, doing things like friending them on Facebook, while saying it's natural since we spend so much time at work now. And she also points a finger at e-mail, which makes it not only easy to communicate about work, but to chat about our lives and gossip, saying things from behind computer screen that we might think twice about saying in person.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

For the second year in a row, Rascal Flatts have been left out of the Academy of Country Music's Entertainer of the Year category. The trio were both surprised and disappointed that they didn't make the cut, especially in light of brisk ticket sales for their 2009 American Living Unstoppable tour, as Gary LeVox tells us: "I mean, it does get a little frustrating when you sit out there, and we've been headlining for five or six years and you look at in the middle of a recession we stood in front of, performed in front of a million people last year. Well, if numbers don't matter . . . I guess they do to us. That's a pretty big number, and for us I think it would qualify for Entertainer of the Year category. (Jay DeMarcus) Anybody would be disappointed to have logged the kinds of numbers that we've logged and not be recognized for your hard work -- anybody! Doesn't matter if you're the Flatts, doesn't matter if you're Kenny Chesney who got snubbed all those years. You would be lying if you said you weren't human and weren't disappointed to not be recognized."

Despite the snub, Rascal Flatts say they have no intention of giving up. Jay DeMarcus says they have the motivation they need to work that much harder this year. "You see somebody like Lady A come along and some of these great bands that are comin' up behind us -- you know, Zac Brown and people like that that are havin' tremendous success. I think we're at a place now to where we've decided, 'You know what? Don't worry about awards. Let's keep doin' what we do, keep cuttin' the songs that we cut and keep believin' in the thing that brought us to the dance in the first place,' and quite honestly that's great music."

  • Rascal Flatts is nominated for Top Vocal Group at the ACM Awards, a category they have won for the past seven consecutive years. The ACM Awards will air live from Las Vegas on April 18th on CBS.
  • The trio are working on a new album, and plan to announce a new tour marking their 10th anniversary in the coming weeks.

Josh Turner is planning on releasing a gospel album down the road. The singer said that is a definite item on his 'to do' list, but Josh tells us he has no timeline for the project. "For me, I kind of visualize it as I'm walkin' down a path that has a lot of twists and turns, and I know there's gonna be bridges along that path, and I don't know where they are until I get to 'em, and so that's kind of the way I am with the gospel album concept. I know I'm gonna get there. I just don't know at what point along the path that's gonna be, but I'm always thinkin' towards that and tryin' to put ideas together for that."
  • Josh kicks off the Freight Train tour with headliner Alan Jackson in Estero, Florida tonight (Thursday, April 8th).
  • He recently topped the country charts for four weeks with his single, "Why Don't We Just Dance."
  • His new single is called "All Over Me."
Alan Jackson's brand new Freight Train CD sold more than 72,000 copies its first week, debuting at Number Two on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The lead single, "It's Just That Way," is a Top 15 hit on the country charts.

Alan will launch his Freight Train tour tonight (Thursday, April 8th) with a sold out show in Estero, Florida. The opening weekend will round out with shows in Orlando, Florida on Friday (April 9th); Alpharetta, Georgia on Saturday (April 10th); and Greenville, South Carolina on Sunday (April 11th). Specials guests on the Freight Train tour are Josh Turner and Chris Young.

  • Alan will be featured on the A&E interview and performance series Private Sessions, airing on Sunday (April 11th) at 9 a.m. ET.
  • Other upcoming television appearances include NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno on April 14th and The Ellen DeGeneres Show on April 16th.
  • Also on April 16th, Alan will receive his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The event, which is open to the public, begins at 11:30 a.m. local time on Hollywood Boulevard.

FAST FACTS

  • The Freight Train tour will wrap up on May 23rd in Lexington, Kentucky.
  • Alan has charted 34 Number One singles so far, 24 of which he wrote himself.
  • Alan's last album, Good Time, was released in 2008 and produced three Number One singles.
The Trace Adkins-inspired comic book mini-series, Luke McBain, will now be offered as its own application through the ComicStore digital comics platform designed specifically for the new Apple iPad. The Luke McBain iTunes apps will expand to the iPhone and iPod Touch in the coming months. Issues one through four are currently available for iPad download from the iTunes App Store for $2.99 each.
  • The premiere issue of Luke McBain was released in November of last year.
  • Trace and his recent duet partner, Blake Shelton, will make their national debut performance of their chart-topping hit, "Hillbilly Bone," during the 45th annual ACM Awards on April 18th. The show will air live from Las Vegas on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
  • Trace's new single, called "This Ain't No Love Song," will head to radio next month. It's is the first release from Trace's upcoming CD, his first for Show Dog-Universal Records.

FAST FACTS

  • Trace will perform on the main stage at LP Field in Nashville during this year's CMA Music Festival.
  • He continues on the Shine All Night tour with Martina McBride tonight (Thursday, April 8th) in Loveland, Colorado.
Jewel will head out on a cross-country tour this summer in support of her upcoming sophomore country album. The CD, called Sweet And Wild, is set for release on June 8th. Her accompanying acoustic Star Light Cafe tour will kick off on June 1st in Fargo, North Dakota.
  • Jewel said, "I've spent the better part of my year writing and recording this new album. There is nothing more rewarding for me than getting the chance to perform some of my new songs along with the hits I've had over the course of my career. These shows really become a sneak peek into my songwriting and my life."
  • The 20-city tour will run through June 27th in Seattle, Washington.
  • Radney Foster will open Jewel's shows beginning on June 11th in Atlanta.
  • Tickets for the Star Light Cafe tour will go on sale on April 23rd online at jeweljk.com.

FAST FACTS

  • Jewel's first country album, Perfectly Clear, was released in June 2008.
  • It debuted at Number One on the Billboard country charts.
The funeral for Terri Clark's mother, Linda Clark, takes place today (Thursday, April 8th) at 1:30 p.m. local time at Holy Trinity Church in Sooke, BC. Flowers are welcome, however in lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made to the Holy Trinity Church. Linda died on Sunday (April 4th) after a battle with cancer.

Collin Raye is mourning the loss of his nine-year-old granddaughter, Haley Bell, who died on Saturday (April 3rd). Haley suffered from a neurological disorder. She was the inspiration behind Collin's song and video "She's With Me." Condolences may be sent to Collin through his fan club or at 1806 Meadow Glen Circle, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122.

Allison Moorer and Steve Earle welcomed their first child into the world on Monday (April 5th). John Henry Earle weighed in at eight pounds, two ounces. Allison and Steve married in 2005 and currently live in New York's Greenwich Village.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. Who was the youngest artist ever inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame?
A. Johnny Cash, at the age of 48.

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE


CRIBS /CMT 12:30PM (ET)
Jewel, LeAnn Rimes

KEITH URBAN LOVE, PAIN & THE WHOLE CRAZY WORLD TOUR LIVE/GAC 4:30PM (ET)

BLUE COLLAR COMEDY: 10 YEARS OF FUNNY/CMT 9:00PM, 11:00PM (ET)
Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall

GARY ALLAN: LIVE FROM THE HOUSE OF BLUES/GAC 9:00PM (ET)

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

SOUNDSTAGE/GAC 10:00PM (ET)
Sugarland

THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON/CBS 12:35AM (ET)
Trace Adkins

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!

  • Kofi Annan (former U.N. Secretary General) (72)
  • Patricia Arquette (actress, True Romance, Flirting With Disaster) (42)
  • Betty Ford (Former First Lady) (92)
  • John Schneider (The Dukes of Hazzard's Bo Duke) (50)
  • Robin Wright Penn (actress, The Princess Bride, "Jenny" in Forrest Gump, wife of actor Sean Penn) (44)
  • Richard Hatch (Survivor winner with IRS problems) (49)
  • Brenda Russell (singer) (61)
  • Julian Lennon (singer-songwriter; son of John Lennon) (47)
  • John Gavin (actor, Psycho, Spartacus, Thoroughly Modern Millie) (79)
  • Taylor Kitsch (actor, Friday Night Lights, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) (29)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!


  • Rascal Flatts began a four-week stay at Number One in Billboard with "What Hurts The Most" in 2006.
  • Van Stephenson of BlackHawk died at home in Nashville at age 47 after a long battle with skin cancer in 2001.
  • Shooting Straight In The Dark became the first Mary Chapin Carpenter album certified gold in 1992.
  • Keith Whitley earned a Number One single in Billboard with "I'm No Stranger To The Rain" in 1989.
  • Rodney Crowell's Diamonds & Dirt album was released in 1988.
  • Randy Travis went double-platinum for the second time with his Storms Of Life album in 1988.
  • Kenny Rogers portrayed "The Gambler" in a CBS-TV special in 1980.
  • Johnny Cash recorded the Number One single, "Guess Things Happen That Way," in 1958.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP!!!

JIM CARREY THANKS FANS FOR SUPPORT: Jim Carrey is grateful for the Twitter fans helping him get through his breakup with Jenny McCarthy. After receiving an outpouring of support following the split announcement, Carrey tweeted, "I appreciate your well wishes today! All of you folks together make One Mighty Heart!" Fans wrote things like, "don't suffocate [sic] your feelings, cry if u need it," and "5 years is longer than a lot of Hollywood marriages . . . Stay positive!"

NICOLAS CAGE'S HOUSE UP FOR AUCTION: Nicolas Cage's Bel Air mansion is being auctioned off. TMZ.com reports that the minimum bid on the house is $11,004,189. The financially-troubled actor owes more than $17 mil on the property, which he bought for around $6.5 million in 1998.

JESSICA CAPSHAW IS PREGNANT: Jessica Capshaw is expecting her second child. The Grey's Anatomy actress -- who is also the daughter of actress Kate Capshaw and step-daughter of Steven Spielberg -- already has a young son with husband Christopher Gavigan. Capshaw's rep told People magazine, "They are thrilled."

BRANGELINA LEAVE BOSNIA: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie returned to Venice, Italy on Wednesday after their humanitarian trip to Bosnia. The couple visited refugees displaced from their homes since the Bosnian war, which ended 15 years ago. Jolie said in a statement, "I hope we can find solutions for the remaining tens of thousands of displaced people...only then can we really close one of the most tragic chapters in modern history. [I hope] to return to this beautiful country soon and meet with political representatives to further discuss the solutions that are so badly required." The family is in Italy, where Jolie is shooting The Tourist with Johnny Depp.

CATHERINE ZETA JONES SEEKS LENIENCY FOR CONVICTED STEPSON: Catherine Zeta Jones pleaded that a judge will show her stepson Cameron Douglas leniency when he is sentenced in relation to the drug charges against him. The actress, who is married to Cameron's father Michael Douglas, wrote in a letter, "As a mother to Cameron's half brother and sister, Dylan and Carys, I have seen Cameron be an exceptional brother to both." Grandfather Kirk Douglas wrote a letter as well, which said, "I was gratified to see how well he was taking his incarceration. He had no one to blame but himself. He didn't express any self-pity, nor did he ask for any. The only sorrow he expressed was for the trouble he had caused others." Cameron is facing over ten years in prison.

'BUFFY' STAR CHARGED WITH MISDEMEANORS: Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Nicholas Brendon has been charged with four misdemeanors in relation to an incident last month, when officials say he tried to fight a bunch of cops. TMZ.com reports that Brendon was charged with one count resisting arrest, two counts of battery against a police officer and one count of vandalism. Police tased Brendon after they responded to a call of a rowdy, drunk man and the actor tried to hit them.

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

CHRIS MELONI ISN'T LEAVING 'SVU': Chris Meloni is shooting down rumors that he's leaving Law & Order: SVU after shooting season 12. The actor told Usmagazine.com, "It's lies. All lies. No." The Australian newspaper Courier-Mail had quoted him as saying, "I think 12 years is enough, a good number. It will be a difficult transition." However, Meloni clarified to US that, "What I said was 'When your contract is done . . . that will be the end. Because when your contract is done, it's usually the end. But when [producers] come back to me, you know, we can always talk.' I couched it incorrectly. It wasn't [the reporter's] fault."

TORI SPELLING PLANNING NEW REALITY SHOW: Tori Spelling and husband Dean McDermott have a new reality show in the works. The former 90210 star tweeted the news, saying, "[Our] new pilot 'Tori & Dean: Weddings.' My [party] planning skills [and] Dean's take it [to] the wall attitude, we plan UR DREAM wedding."

JERRY SEINFELD, JON HAMM TO PARTICIPATE IN NEW 'CURB' SERIES: Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Hamm and Seth Green are among the stars who will appear on Curb: The Discussion, a TV Guide Network companion series to Curb Your Enthusiasm, which will begin airing on the network in June. On The Discussion, a celebrity panel will watch each episode of the comedy and discuss ethical issues raised by the unorthodox behavior of Larry David's character.

FREIDA PINTO SAYS SHE'S NOT BEAUTIFUL ENOUGH TO BE BOND GIRL: Freida Pinto says that she's too young and not beautiful enough to play a Bond girl, despite rumors that she's been cast in the new 007 movie. The 25-year-old Slumdog Millionaire star told Britain's OK! magazine, "It was very flattering. I don't know if I would have done it. I'm too young to be a Bond girl and you need someone more mature and beautiful than me."

JUDGES USE THE SAVE ON 'AMERICAN IDOL'

American Idol opened last night (April 7th) with the Top Nine performing a medley of Paul McCartney and John Lennon's songs. After their opening performance, the girls were grouped at the center of the stage and told they were safe for the week. Up next was a performance by Jason Derulo of his two hit songs, "Whatcha Say" and "In My Head." David Archuleta returned to the Idol stage and, once again, sang "Imagine." The remaining six guys were then placed into two groups and Michael Lynche, Andrew Garcia and Aaron Kelly were revealed as the bottom three contestants. After Rihanna debuted her new single, "Rock Star," Big Mike was asked to sing "for his life." The judges decided that his version of "A Woman's Work" was enough to use their only save. This week left American Idol with nine contestants still in the running.

ELIN AND TIGER HAVEN'T BEEN 'INTIMATE' YET

Although Tiger Wood's wife Elin hasn't left him in the wake of his massive sex scandal -- it doesn't mean the two are getting physical (in a good way) yet. A source told Usmagazine.com, "She's still embarrassed. And they definitely have not been intimate yet."

  • Tiger, who returns to golf today at the Masters, announced earlier this week that Elin wouldn't be accompanying him at the tournament. The Us Weekly insider says that Elin is actually somewhat pleased that Tiger is back to golfing, explaining, "She's happy this will take some of the heat off her. But at the same time, she would rather Tiger focus on himself, his family and his treatment -- not his career."

JON GOSSELIN FILES PAPERS SEEKING CUSTODY

Jon Gosselin filed legal papers on Wednesday (April 7th), formally asking for primary custody of his eight children with Kate Gosselin. Jon also wants the child support order that is currently in place reviewed by the judge because he claims the arbitrator in the divorce "failed to take into consideration the numerous factors provided for by the law in PA."

Although Jon is claiming that he should have custody of the couple's eight children because Kate is an absentee mom, a source told RadarOnline.com, "The truth is Jon is going broke. He hasn't had a steady job since Jon & Kate Plus 8 went off the air."

Kate, on the other hand, receives child support from Jon and is reportedly making $200,000 for appearing on Dancing With the Stars.

KATE DIVA RUMORS PERSIST

Meanwhile, rumors that Kate is a diva on the set of DWTS just won't go away. A source told Usmagazine.com that Kate is so standoffish on set, that she has show staffers contact her through her bodyguard.

  • The insider said, "She acts like a major celebrity. It's a joke with the cast, like, 'Oh, look out -- the bodyguard is watching!'"

EVA LONGORIA PARKER TALKS ABOUT 'DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES' INCIDENT

Eva Longoria Parker is "confused" by her former co-star Nicollette Sheridan's lawsuit against Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, however she admitted that there was "a thing" on set between Cherry and Sheridan several years ago.

She told Ryan on Wednesday (April 7th) morning, "I know they did have a thing on set, I guess it was a couple years ago? It's so long ago, the actual incident, and I wasn't on set when it happened but apparently you know, this incident had happened and she felt it was wrong."

  • Eva skirted around the question of what exactly the "incident" was, but Sheridan's lawsuit alleges that Cherry hit her in the face.
  • Although Eva told Ryan that Cherry "probably could not harm a fly," a source told the New York Daily News that the women on the show put up with Cherry's "arrogant and rude" behavior, but don't necessarily like him. The insider told the paper, "(The girls) are all silently behind Nicollette, but the actresses on the show enjoy the fame and success that Marc has created for them. It's unlikely that anyone will step forward to support Nicollette -- their characters are all still alive on the show, and they have a lot more to lose than she does."

JAY LENO BEATING DAVID LETTERMAN IN LATE NIGHT RATINGS

A month after his return to the Tonight Show, Jay Leno is beating David Letterman in the late night game. Variety reports that in March 2010, Leno led among total viewers, averaging 4.9 million, while Letterman brought in 3.7 million to the Late Show.

Horizon Media's Brad Adgate remarked, "I'm surprised. 82% of his audience is back from a year ago. . . . Despite all the bruises he got, Leno is still a very resilient host."

  • Variety noted that despite Leno's victory, both his show and Letterman are down total viewers from last year, which the publication blames on young viewers who have ditched broadcast television for shows on Comedy Central and Adult Swim.

HUGH HEFNER CONSIDERING MARRYING CRYSTAL HARRIS

Hugh Hefner may be reconsidering his anti-marriage stance. The twice-divorced Playboy founder, who swore he'd never marry again while dating Holly Madison, now admits he's considering tying the knot with girlfriend Crystal Harris.

When asked about walking down the aisle, Hefner told E!, "It's certainly possible. I certainly care enough for her . . . I certainly love her enough. We'll see. All I want is for the relationship to be as happy as it is."

  • The couple have been together for about a year and a half. Hefner used to date Harris along with the Shannon twins, but he's since ended the latter relationship.

TAIWANESE SINGER DUBBED 'THE NEXT SUSAN BOYLE'

Lin Yu Chun is being dubbed "the next Susan Boyle" after giving a jaw-dropping performance of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" on a Taiwanese reality show.

  • TMZ.com reports that Chun is the favorite to win the million dollar grand prize on Super Star Avenue.

HEADLINE NEWS!!

RESCUERS READYING TO GO INTO COAL MINE: Rescue crews headed to the Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia late Wednesday (April 7th), two days after an explosion that killed at least 25 people, readying to go in and search for any possible survivors, as four people remain missing. Holes drilled into the mine to ventilate it have resulted in lower levels of carbon monoxide and highly explosive hydrogen and methane and the top of the holes, and tests were being readied for the bottom of the holes to see if it would be safe to send the rescue crews in. Although chances are slim that any of the four missing men survived, it's hoped they might have made it to one of the rescue chambers, which are stocked with food, water and enough oxygen to last four days. The mine's owner, Massey Energy Co., has been repeatedly cited for safety violations, including problems with the system that vents methane and for allowing combustible dust to build up.

PLANE BOMB SCARE CAUSED BY MAN TRYING TO SNEAK A SMOKE: A diplomat from Qatar caused a bomb scare on a United Airlines flight from Washington, D.C., to Denver last night (April 7th) when he tried to sneak a smoke in the bathroom. AP cited law enforcement officials as saying that when the man was asked about the smell of smoke in the bathroom, he made a joke that he'd been trying to light his shoes, an apparent reference to attempted "shoe bomber" Richard Reid. Air marshals on the flight restrained the man and questioned him, as fighter jets were scrambled and law enforcement was put on high alert. But he was found to have no explosives on him, and it's believed he wasn't trying to harm anyone. A law enforcement official told AP no criminal charges would be brought against the man.

TALIBAN RELEASE VIDEO OF CAPTURED AMERICAN SOLDIER: The Taliban released a video Wednesday (April 7th) of a man identified as American soldier Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured in Afghanistan last June. In the video, Bergdahl, who's seen with a beard, pleads to be brought home to his family, and says that the war in Afghanistan is not worth the number of lives that have been lost or wasted in prison. Bergdahl is also shown doing a few push-ups to demonstrate he's in good physical condition. However, there's no way to verify when the footage was taken. At the end of the video, a Taliban speaker demands the release of a number of prisoners in exchange for Bergdahl. This is the first that's been seen of Bergdahl since another video that was released on Christmas.

CALIFORNIA MAN ARRESTED FOR THREATS TO PELOSI: A 48-year-old San Francisco man who was angry about the new health care reform law was arrested by the FBI Wednesday (April 7th) for allegedly making threatening and harassing phone calls to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Gregory Lee Giusti, who lives in a public housing complex, reportedly made dozens of calls to Pelosi's homes in California and Washington, D.C., as well as to her husband's business office. Back in 2004, Giusti pled no contest to a felony charge of making criminal threats and was sentenced to a year in jail. In that incident, Giusti became enraged when he was kicked off a commuter train for not paying his fare, and threatened to kill the conductor.

  • Giusti's arrest came one day after a Washington state man was arrested for allegedly leaving threatening voicemails for Democratic Senator Patty Murray, also over her support of the health care reform legislation.

TODAY'S FYI:

BUSY HURRICANE SEASON PREDICTED: Colorado State University forecasters are predicting a busy 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, saying in their report out yesterday (April 7th) that it will be an above average year with 15 named storms, eight of which will become hurricanes, and four of them major hurricanes Category 3 or higher. The forecasters said that El Nino conditions that suppress Atlantic storms will dissipate by the summer, and that unusually warm tropical Atlantic surface temperatures will persist, leading to favorable conditions for hurricanes to develop and intensify. They said the probability of a major hurricane making landfall along the U.S. coastline is 69 percent. Last year's hurricane season was below average, with nine named tropical storms, three of which became hurricanes.

  • The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th.

BRISTOL PALIN FILMS PSA ABOUT TEEN PREGNANCY: Bristol Palin, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's 19-year-old daughter who's the unmarried mother of a one-year-old son, has filmed a public service announcement about teen pregnancy for The Candie's Foundation. Palin told AP about her experience as a young mother, "It changes literally every aspect of your life, and if girls realized how hard it was to be a teen mom, they would think twice about having sex without the proper education and proper knowledge." Palin, who said in an earlier interview that it's unrealistic to ask young people to abstain from sex, has reversed herself, and now says she's chosen to practice abstinence until marriage. In the PSA, with the tag line "Pause Before You Play," Palin warns that if it weren't for her family's fame, support and opportunities, her life as a teen mother would be much harder. It starts with her dressed well, with her hair and makeup done, holding a baby in a nicely-furnished room, and ends with her looking haggard in a worn T-shirt and jeans in a room that's empty except for a couch, a playpen and the baby. You can see the ad at: http://www.candiesfoundation.org/

9/11 RESCUE WORKERS STILL HAVE BREATHING PROBLEMS: Researchers reported Wednesday (April 7th) that rescue workers who responded to the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center in New York continued to have diminished lung capacity seven years after the attack. Firefighters and emergency medical service workers who inhaled the thick dust, smoke and other toxic chemicals at the site saw their lung capacity typically diminish as if they'd aged 12 years. Doctors had hoped their lungs would gradually rebound, but researchers found instead that their lungs continued to worsen over the next six years, and many now have breathing problems. The study also compared rescue workers who were at the scene initially and those who showed up a day or more later, and found that the early responders suffered the most.

GROWING TREND OF POSTING FOOD PHOTOS ONLINE: The New York Times reported Wednesday (April 7th) on the growing trend of people keeping a photographic food diary -- taking photos of some or all of their meals and posting them online. The story says that the number of pictures tagged "food" on the photo-sharing website Flickr has increased tenfold to more than six million in the last two years, and that one of the largest and most active Flickr groups called "I Ate This." Similar food photo posting can be found on other sites, like Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Foodspotting, Shutterfly, Chowhound and FoodCandy. Camera manufacturers have caught on to the trend, and companies like Nikon, Olympus, Sony and Fuji have released cameras with special "food" or "cuisine" modes. Terry Sullivan of Consumer Reports told the Times, "These functions enable close-up shots with enhanced sharpness and saturation so the food colors and textures really pop."

POLL: SPORTS PARENTS WORST BEHAVED IN U.S.: A Reuters/Ipsos poll has found that more than 35 percent of adults around the world have seen a parent become physically or verbally abusive toward a coach or official at a children's sporting event, and parents in the U.S. seem to be the worst. The 22-nation survey found that people in the U.S. were most likely to see such behavior, cited by 60 percent, followed just behind by people in India (59 percent), Italy (55 percent), Argentina (54 percent), Canada (53 percent) and Australia (50 percent). At the other end of the spectrum, people in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Japan and France were the least likely to see parents behaving badly while their children played sports.

SPORTS:

NAVRATILOVA HAS BREAST CANCER, PROGNOSIS EXCELLENT: Tennis great Martina Navratilova has revealed that she was recently diagnosed with a noninvasive form of breast cancer, but says her prognosis is considered excellent. A routine mammogram in January found a lump, and a biopsy the next month determined it was ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). The 53-year-old Navratilova had a lumpectomy in March, and will begin radiation therapy next month. She told AP, "It was such a shock for me. It was my 9/11." In DCIS, abnormal cells are in the milk duct, but haven't gone into breast tissue. It's removed because it's a risk factor for developing invasive cancer. Only about two percent of patients with DCIS die of breast cancer in the next 10 years.

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

ON THE TUBE TODAY



CBS

  • SURVIVOR: HEROES VS. VILLAINS - The Heroes vow to work together to ensure they outlast the Villains; the Villains start to turn on one another after a member of the tribe makes a costly mistake.
  • CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION - Langston's investigation into the murder of a family brings him one step closer to catching a serial killer.
  • THE MENTALIST - Patrick tries to identify a woman with amnesia who stepped in front of Van Pelt and Cho's car.

NBC

  • COMMUNITY (repeat)
  • PARKS AND RECREATION (repeat)
  • THE OFFICE (repeat)
  • 30 ROCK (repeat)
  • THE MARRIAGE REF - Tracy Morgan, Kathy Griffin and Nathan Lane make up the panel.

FOX

  • BONES - Recounting the events of the first case on which Brennan and Booth worked together; how other Jeffersonian team members' relationships began.
  • FRINGE - A perfectly healthy woman inexplicably dies; Olivia tries to keep Walter's secret from Peter.

ABC

  • FLASHFORWARD - Mark and Vogel execute a plan to uncover the identity of the mole in the FBI; Mark moves out of the house to protect his family; Keiko continues her search for Bryce.
  • GREY'S ANATOMY (repeat)
  • PRIVATE PRACTICE (repeat)

CW

  • THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Stefan is faced with a frightening decision; Matt hopes his mother will stay; Caroline makes a discovery that shocks everyone in town.
  • SUPERNATURAL - Sam and Dean meet a woman in a small town who claims to be a prophet.

BRAVO

  • THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY - Bethenny and Ramona argue; LuAnn plans a charity event; Kelly photographs random people.

LIFETIME

  • PROJECT RUNWAY - TBA

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Martin Lawrence, Cory Monteith
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - In The Bedroom: Sex Therapy with Dr. Laura Berman
THE VIEW - Edie Falco, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Lisa Oz

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - (repeat)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Demi Moore, Rep. Barney Frank, Train
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Martin Lawrence, Morena Baccarin, Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Jennifer Love Hewitt, Stuart Neville, Trace Adkins
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Tiny Fey, Cliff Bleszinski, Mario Batali
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Nick Kroll, Chelsea Peretti, Circa Survive
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - David Remnick
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Neil DeGrasse Tyson
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Zachary Levi, Slash

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

TEEN ARRESTED FOR OVERDUE DVD, JUDGE FIRED: A Colorado judge was fired after issuing a warrant for the arrest of a 19-year-old over an overdue library DVD. According to police, Judge James Kimmel issued the warrant after the teenager, Aaron Henson, failed to show up in court over an overdue copy of House of Flying Daggers. Henson had recently moved and claimed that he didn't receive the summons to court. He also said that he mailed the DVD back to the library a week before Kimmel has issued the warrant. The library notified officials that the DVD has been returned. Kimmel was a Colorado judge for over 30 years. (AP)

ASTRONAUT GETS DESIGNER SPACESUIT: A Japanese astronaut asked fashion designer Tae Ashida to design a spacesuit for her 13-day journey into space. The 39-year-old astronaut, Naoko Yamazaki, is sporting a slim knit cardigan and navy blue shorts on board the space shuttle Discovery. Two other women are on the shuttle with Yamazaki, putting more women in orbit than ever before. "It's like a dream come true to see my clothes worn in space," said Ashida. (AFP)

WALKER SAVES 90-YEAR-OLD MAN: A 90-year-old man from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was miraculously saved by his walker when his wife accidentally mistook the gas pedal for the brake. According to police, Eugenia Cota was backing out of her driveway when she accidentally clipped the side of her car on the garage door frame. She then drove forward, but stepped on the wrong