KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE
Jason Aldean celebrated his second consecutive Number One hit from his current Wide Open album with a party in Nashville on Tuesday (September 29th). "Big Green Tractor" dominated the country singles charts for four weeks, giving Aldean the third overall chart-topper of his career.
Aldean has seen quite a bit of success with songs about tractors, which he tells us might make people wonder. "I think with the fact that we had 'Amarillo Sky' and now 'Tractor' I think people are probably thinkin' we got some kind of tractor fetish or something, but it really is just kind of coincidence, you know what I mean? I mean, I grew up in Georgia where there was a lot of rural area and farms and my cousin had about a 200 acre farm that I used to help him on when I was a kid and things like that, so, I mean, I'm kind of drawn to those songs a little bit."
Aldean says these tractor songs have a special place in his heart, especially if they're hits. He tells us he might even consider cutting another such tune. "I am kind of drawn to like the blue collar-type songs a little bit for whatever reason, but I don't know. We'll see. Jim Collins wrote 'She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy' and now this one. If he's got another one I'll just have him send it over to me and we'll see what happens."
Brooks & Dunn will perform their greatest hits as well as new music from their album, #1s...And Then Some, on the newest installment of CMT's Invitation Only, debuting on October 30th at 10 p.m. ET. The show was taped in Nashville just days after the duo announced their split. Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn perform and take questions from fans in the audience who wanted to know about their decision to part ways, among other things.
- Aldean new single, called "The Truth," is climbing the charts.
- The singer will be among those performing at the We're All For The Hall fundraiser at the Sommet Center in Nashville on October 13th. The sold out show also features performances by Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Vince Gill, Taylor Swift and headliner Keith Urban.
- Brooks & Dunn's set list includes "Boot Scootin' Boogie," "My Maria," "Neon Moon," "Honky Tonk Stomp" and "Cowgirls Don't Cry."
- Brooks & Dunn's last U.S. show of the year is on October 4th in Tucson, Arizona.
- Their final tour as a duo, called the Last Rodeo tour, will happen in 2010.
As this year's recipient of the Academy of Country Music's (ACM) Humanitarian Award, LeAnn Rimes is teaming up with volunteers from The Home Depot, ACM, KaBOOM!, the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon counties and Murfreesboro, Tennessee community members on October 7th to build a playground in just one day at Spring Valley Apartments. Each year, the winner of this award receives a KaBOOM! playground donated by The Home Depot to be built in the city of their choice. Rimes selected Murfreesboro as the site for her playground build.
- Rimes received the Humanitarian Award back in April during the ACM Awards in Las Vegas. At the time, Rimes told us how important it is for her to give back. "It makes me feel good, you know? It's part of, I think, my responsibility as a human being, but also as a celebrity to be able to do good for other people."
- Past recipients of the Award include Rascal Flatts, Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Neal McCoy, Martina McBride, Lonestar and Reba McEntire.
- The Home Depot provides financial support, materials and volunteers. By the end of 2009, The Home Depot will have built and funded more than 1,500 KaBOOM! play space projects.
- Rimes lends her time to such organizations as Children's Miracle Network, Camp C.O.P.E., Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville, and Nashville Humane Association.
Good Morning America co-host and breast cancer survivor Robin Roberts will help the Grand Ole Opry go pink during its two peformances on Friday (October 2nd). She will announce during a portion of the night's first show, including introducing special guests like Carrie Underwood and Terri Clark. During each of the night's shows, Underwood will take the stage to flip the switch and turn the Opry's signature barn backdrop pink in support of the groups Women Rock for the Cure and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The shows will also include performances from Underwood, Clark, Jo Dee Messina and Lorrie Morgan.
- Five dollars from the sale of every ticket to these special shows will be donated to Women Rock for the Cure and the Greater Nashville affiliate of Susan G. Komen when purchasers mention or enter the code "OPRYPINK" when ordering tickets over the phone or online.
- Roberts was diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer in 2007.
- That same year, Clark's mother was also diagnosed with breast cancer.
Dwight Yoakam will perform at the concert in conjunction with the 26th annual Love Ride on Sunday, October 25th at the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, California. The show concludes the Love Ride, the largest one-day motorcycle charity fundraiser.
- Jay Leno will preside as Grand Marshal, as he's done since the Ride's inception, when approximately 20,000 bikers from around the world start their engines.
- In addition to Leno, celebrity riders include Honorary Grand Marshals Peter Fonda, Robert Patrick and Willie G. Davidson.
- Love Ride has raised over $21 million for charity since 1984.
- Yoakam will perform at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on Thursday (October 1st) at the All For The Hall fundraiser to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum located in Nashville. He will be joined by Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Melissa Etheridge, among others.
Q. What was the name of the band that Troy Gentry, Eddie Montgomery and John Michael Montgomery played in together before John Michael's solo career?
A. Early Tymz
COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY!
GAC NIGHTS/GAC 12:00PM (ET)
Miranda Lambert, Mark Wills
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW/SYN (check local listings)
ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5TH GRADER?/CMT 8:00PM (ET)
GAC NIGHTS/GAC 8:00PM (ET)
SOUNDSTAGE/GAC 9:00PM (ET)
REBA: ON THE SET OF STRANGE/GAC 10:00PM (ET)
THE JAY LENO SHOW/NBC 10:00PM (ET)
Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris
- Marty Stuart (51)
- Eddie Montgomery (Montgomery Gentry) (46)
- Deborah Allen (56)
- Johnny Mathis (singer, "Misty" and "Chances Are") (74)
- Marilyn McCoo (singer, The Fifth Dimension, married to Billy Davis Jr) (65)
- Angie Dickinson (actress, Police Woman's Sgt. Suzanne "Pepper" Anderson) (78)
- Fran Drescher (actress, The Nanny) (52)
- Jenna Elfman (actress, Dharma & Greg ) (38)
- Martina Hingis (Pro tennis player) (29)
- Barry Williams (actor, The Brady Bunch's Greg) (55)
- Monica Bellucci (actress, The Matrix Reloaded, The Passion Of The Christ) (45)
- Vondie Curtis-Hall (actor, Chicago Hope) (53)
- Basia (singer) (55)
- Patrice Rushen (jazz/R&B singer, composer, and pianist) (55)
- Eric Stoltz (actor, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Mask, Pulp Fiction, Chicago Hope) (48)
- Cissy Houston (member of Sweet Inspirations and mother of Whitney Houston, aunt of Dionne Warwick) (76)
- Trey Anastasio (singer-guitarist, Phish) (45)
- Lacey Chabert (TV actress, Party Of Five, Daddy Daycare) (27)
- Debrah Farentino (actress, NYPD Blue, Eureka) (50)
- Marion Cotillard (actress, La Vie En Rose, Public Enemies, Big Fish) (34)
- Kieran Culkin (actor, Father of the Bride Parts I & II, Igby Goes Down, brother of Macaulay Culkin) (27)
ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY
- Frances Preston and George Jones were elected to the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1992.
- Earl Thomas Conley's Greatest Hits album was released in 1985.
- George Strait topped the Billboard chart with "Give It Away" in 2006.
- Billy Currington's self-titled debut album was released in 2003.
- The Judds climbed to Number One on the Billboard country chart with "Let Me Tell You About Love" in 1989.
JON CRYER ADOPTS DAUGHTER: Jon Cryer and his wife have adopted a baby girl. A rep for the Two and a Half Men star confirmed to People magazine that the couple is now parents to an infant named Daisy, who was born on August 11th. This is the first child for the couple, however Cryer has a nine-year-old son from a previous relationship.
SCARLETT JOHANSSON BLASTS WEIGHT RUMORS: Scarlett Johansson is still furious about reports earlier this year, suggesting she'd dropped 14 pounds for her role in Iron Man 2. She told Glamour magazine, "There was this rumor mill cranking out stories that I had lost 14 pounds -- I could never lose 14 pounds. I can't look at somebody who is 6 feet tall and 120 pounds and say, I'm going to get that body. That's just never going to happen." The normally secretive star also addressed her marriage to Ryan Reynolds, saying, "I never really thought about getting married -- it just kind of happened," she says. "You hope that a relationship makes you better, that you learn things about yourself....I feel more confident to explore things within myself that I hadn't thought about in the past."
TORI SPELLING HOSPITALIZED WITH STOMACH PAIN: Tori Spelling was readmitted to a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday (September 29th), a day after she spent time there because of abdominal pain. Her rep told Life & Style magazine, "They released her last night. She wasn't feeling better today so she returned to the hospital for more tests." After she was initially released on Monday, Spelling's husband Dean McDermott tweeted, "Just out of the hospital. After a battery of tests, no conclusive answers. She still feels terrible. Hope it passes soon. She's in a lot of pain."
EDDIE FURLONG ESTRANGED WIFE GETS RESTRAINING ORDER: Terminator 2 actor Eddie Furlong's estranged wife just obtained a temporary restraining order after alleging that he threatened to hire people to beat her, TMZ.com reports. Rachael Kneeland, who filed for divorce from Furlong in July, claims the actor "grabbed me, bruised me, pushed me, made threats of more violence, left messages saying he would hire people to come and beat me with chains and bats." Kneeland also claims Furlong "is smoking cocaine and doing other various drugs." The restraining order states that Furlong must stay at least 100 yards away from Kneeland.
JAMIE KENNEDY DENIES CHEATING REPORTS: Jamie Kennedy has slammed reports that he is cheating on girlfriend Jennifer Love Hewitt. After PerezHilton.com reports that the pair had broken up because Kennedy was cheating with his ex-girlfriend Shannon Funk, a rep for the comedian told Usmagazine.com, "This is a completely fabricated story made up by a disgruntled former employee, terminated for cause. Jamie and Jennifer are happy and still together."
PATRICK SWAYZE MEMORIAL TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY: A private memorial service for Patrick Swayze will be held this Sunday (October 4th). RadarOnline.com reports that the memorial is set to take place at Sony Studios in Culver City, CA and the family is asking that donations be made to The Patrick Swayze Pancreas Cancer Research Fund. The actor died after a battle with pancreatic cancer earlier this month.
PAMELA ANDERSON SAYS SHE'S NOT BROKE: Pamela Anderson is denying reports that she's broke and more than $1 million in debt. The former Baywatch babe says that she is locked in a dispute with the contractors who told tabloid magazines that she owes them hundreds of thousands of dollars, but that isn't the case. In a statement she said, "These reports are crazy and I cannot believe this has become a media issue. I am actually touched at how much concern has been expressed for me over this. It is true that I am in a dispute with some of the contractors working on my home. This is because after paying millions of dollars to build the house I continue to get bills from the contractors. My lawyers are reviewing the work done to see if the bills are fair. If they are, they'll be paid. If they aren't, they won't be."
PARIS HILTON'S BOYFRIEND SUES FORMER LANDLORD: Paris Hilton's boyfriend Doug Reinhardt filed a lawsuit on Tuesday (September 29th), claiming that his former landlord is refusing to give back the portion of his security deposit that he is owed. Reinhart says that he agreed to pay over $2,332 for repairs, but the landlord will not return the rest of his $24,000 deposit. He's asking for the $21,668 balance in addition to court costs.
ANDREW SHUE ENGAGED TO 'TODAY' ANCHOR: Former Melrose Place star Andrew Shue is engaged to Today Show anchor, Amy Robach. People magazine reports that the two -- each of whom is divorced -- were introduced by mutual friends this past spring. Both celebrities split from their former spouses last year.
JOHNNY DEPP 'PIRATES' RUMORS UNTRUE: Despite rumors, Disney is not planning to replace Johnny Depp as the star of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. A spokesperson for Disney said that gossip about Depp's role is "completely unfounded." Online rumors circulating earlier this week suggested that Depp might not reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the film's next installment, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
DAN RATHER'S CBS LAWSUIT DISMISSED: An appeals court has dismissed Dan Rather's $70 million lawsuit against his former employer, CBS. The newsman sued CBS and its executives for breach of contract in 2007, claiming that he was removed as the CBS Evening News anchor due to controversy about a report he made on President George W. Bush's military service. Rather's lawyer said he is disappointed at the unanimous ruling for dismissal and said he will ask the state's Court of Appeals to review the decision.
RYAN SEACREST TO MAKE NEW KARDASHIAN REALITY SHOW? Ryan Seacrest is reportedly considering producing a reality show centered on newlyweds Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom. When asked about the possibility, the television personality told TMZ.com, "I mean, come on, the producer side of me is thinking [it] could be a good reality series. Today's about celebration, tomorrow's about production." Kardashian already has two series under her belt; E!'s Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami.
MORE SOAPS GETTING CANCELED? Another long-running soap opera is reportedly biting the dust. TV Guide reports that One Life to Live is on the chopping block, while As the World Turns is in danger as well. A source told the publication, "One Life will be canceled next year barring a ratings miracle."
GOSSELIN REALITY SHOW BECOMING KATE PLUS 8
Jon Gosselin is being dropped from the title of his family's reality show. TLC announced on Tuesday (September 29th) that the program will be renamed Kate Plus Eight as of November 2nd, when it will put a "deeper focus" on Kate's role as a single mother.
Although TLC's president Eileen O'Neill said Jon will still be involved with the show, People magazine reports that he will no longer appear on the program. A source told People, "Given Jon's recent antics, there was no way the show could continue to portray him as a doting Dad, not while all this other crap was going on."
O'Neill said, "Given the recent changes in the family dynamics, it only makes sense for us to refresh and recalibrate the program to keep pace with the family. The family has evolved and we are attempting to evolve with it."
JON REPORTEDLY WANTS TO DELAY DIVORCE
Meanwhile Jon is reportedly asking that the finalization of his divorce from Kate be delayed.
- In Touch magazine claims that he said in a statement, "Even though we were heading for a divorce, it appeared that Kate had been suffering from this divorce as much as I had. That's why I asked my attorney to put the brakes on this divorce so I could try to regain control over the future of our family. So Kate and I could join on a cooperative course that would benefit our family -- not destroy it...I regret my conduct since Kate and I separated [on June 22]. I used poor judgment in publicly socializing with other women so soon."
KATE THINKS SHOW COULD END SOON
Meanwhile, Kate recently suggested that the show could entirely disappear in the near future. The New York Post reports that Kate wrote on Facebook, "With ratings falling, this might be the last season of Jon & Kate Plus 8. I'm not sure yet."
MEL GIBSON REPORTEDLY WANTS DUI REMOVED
Mel Gibson plans on asking a judge to dismiss his 2006 DUI. TMZ.com reports that the actor's lawyer will go to court next week and ask the judge to remove the blemish from Gibson's record as he's successfully completed the terms of his three-year probation.
- Gibson was arrested for DUI in Malibu back in 2006, at which point he infamously went on an anti-Semitic tirade.
- TMZ.com believes Gibson's lawyer will be in court next Tuesday (October 6th).
BRUNO BANNED IN MALAYSIA
Malaysia has banned Bruno from airing in the country because it highlights gay life and contains gay sex scenes. An official from Malaysia's Film Censorship Board said, "It's banned because the story is based on gay life ... There are a lot of sex scenes. It's contrary to our culture."
Censors were also reportedly bothered by the inclusion of sex toys, politically incorrect comments and jokes about religion.
- The Associated Press reports that gay sex or "carnal intercourse against the order of nature," is punishable by up to 20 years in jail and whipping in Malaysia.
- Ukraine has also banned the film while star Sacha Baron Cohen's first offering, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, was prohibited from being shown in Kazakhstan and Russia.
- Malaysia also banned Halloween II earlier this month, citing gory scenes and excessive violence.
HUGH JACKMAN INTERRUPTS BROADWAY SHOW
Hugh Jackman interrupted his performance in Broadway's A Steady Rain last week after an audience member's cell phone started ringing during the show. Reuters reports that after the phone went off, Jackman said in character, "You want to get that?"
He continued, "Grab your phone, it doesn't matter. Come on, just turn it off ... we can wait. Just get the phone."
- The audience reportedly began applauding as he added, "Don't be embarrassed. Just grab it.
- Jackman co-stars with Daniel Craig in the show, which is scheduled to run until December 6th.
CHECK IT OUT:
KATHY IRELAND WALTZES OFF DANCING WITH THE STARS
Beauty and grace weren't enough to keep Kathy Ireland on Dancing With The Stars. The former model was voted off the show last night (Tuesday, September 29th) after turning in a performance the night before that the judges thought was elegant but too cold. Ireland said she enjoyed her short time on the show, telling host Tom Bergeron, "I wouldn't change a moment of it." Ireland also thanked her professional partner, Tony Dovolani.
- Actress Debi Mazar and her professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy were in the bottom two with Ireland and Dovolani. It was somewhat of a surprise since Mazar ended Tuesday night in a three-way tie for third place after the judges voted.
- There are now 13 couples left to compete.
- Joss Stone, Selena Gomez, dancers from Stomp the Yard and the USC Trojans performed on last night's show.
ROMAN POLANSKI APPEALS EXTRADITION
Roman Polanski's lawyers lodged an appeal with a Swiss court on Tuesday (September 29th), contesting his arrest on a U.S. extradition warrant to face sentencing for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977. The Swiss Federal Penal Court said it will make a decision on the appeal within the next few weeks.
A lawyer for the 76-year-old filmmaker told Reuters that his client is "fine," however his current detention is very difficult. His lawyer declined to say how long Polanski is expected to stay in prison. A Swiss justice ministry spokesman said earlier in the week that it's possible Polanski could be released on bail, although it's very unlikely.
- U.S. judicial sources said earlier in the week that the extradition process could take years if Polanski challenges it.
- Meanwhile, Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen and more than 100 other filmmakers, actors and industry types, have signed a petition objecting to the director's arrest and demanding his release from a Swiss jail.
AT LEAST 82 KILLED BY TSUNAMI IN SAMOA: A tsunami created by a powerful Pacific Ocean earthquake killed at least 82 people in Samoa and American Samoa yesterday (September 29th), with dozens still missing. The quake struck around dawn about 125 miles from the South Pacific island nation of Samoa and the neighboring U.S. territory of American Samoa with a magnitude of between 8.0 and 8.3. Four tsunami waves 15 to 20 feet high roared ashore soon afterward, reaching up to a mile inland and sweeping cars and people out to sea.
SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE REJECTS PUBLIC OPTION: The Senate Finance Committee yesterday (September 29th) twice rejected including a government-run public option in the health insurance reform measure they are working on, with five conservative Democrats in one vote and three in the other joining all the Republicans in opposing it. However, supporters said the public option is far from dead, predicting it will have greater success when the full Senate takes up health insurance reform legislation, and in the House of Representatives, where the three versions of reform legislation that have been approved by committees all contain a public option. Republicans say the public option would drive the private insurance industry out of business, while Democratic supporters say it will give the public more choices and, by providing competition to the private insurers, bring prices down.
TERRORISM SUSPECT ZAZI PLEADS NOT GUILTY, REMAINS JAILED: Suspected al-Qaida operative Najibullah Zazi pled not guilty Tuesday (September 29th) to plotting a bomb attack in New York City, entering his plea to conspiracy charges in a Brooklyn courtroom. The 24-year-old resident of suburban Denver was ordered held without bail. Meanwhile, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the threat was neutralized, and there's nothing to fear from Zazi's three alleged accomplices, declaring that the scheme, quote, "has been broken up." Kelly wouldn't elaborate, and AP cited a former federal prosecutor as saying Kelly's silence might mean the alleged accomplices have fled the country or are already secretly cooperating. Prosecutors say Zazi received al-Qaida explosives training in Pakistan last year, and bought beauty supplies in Denver containing hydrogen peroxide and acetone that could be used to make bombs. He was also found to have a laptop computer with bomb-making instructions. Zazi drove from Denver to New York just before September 11th, and prosecutors believe he may have intended to carry out his attack on the 9/11 anniversary. His trip led to raids on several apartments in Queens where he'd been staying, and he was arrested a week later.
TOYOTA RECALL OVER FLOOR MATS TO BE ITS BIGGEST EVER IN U.S.: Toyota said yesterday (September 29th) that it will recall 3.8 million vehicles in the U.S. because of a problem with a removable floor mat that could cause the accelerator to get stuck. Toyota said it was still working with the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration to find a fix for the problem, and that owners could be notified of the recall -- Toyota's largest-ever in the U.S. -- as early as next week. A spokesman said that until a fix is found, owners should take out the floormat on the driver's side and not replace it. The NHSTA said it had received reports of 102 Toyota incidents in which the accelerator may have become stuck. The vehicles affected are:
- 2007-2010 model year Camry -- top-selling passenger car in the U.S.
- 2005-2010 Avalon
- 2004-2009 Prius -- top-selling hybrid
- 2005-2010 Tacoma
- 2007-2010 Tundra
- 2007-2010 Lexus ES350
- 2006-2010 Lexus IS250 and IS350
EX-DEMOCRATIC FUNDRAISER HSU SENTENCED TO 24 YEARS: Former Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu, whose donations became an embarrassment for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, was sentenced yesterday (September 29th) to more than 24 years in prison on charges of fraud and violating campaign finance laws. The 58-year-old Hsu raised money for Clinton and other Democrats before his decade-long Ponzi scheme collapsed and he was arrested in September 2007. The judge said Hsu stole more than $50 million from hundreds of investors in his scheme, in which he'd claim that clothing or high-tech ventures would pay returns of up to 20 percent. Instead, he spent the money on himself or made charitable contributions to enhance his image. Hsu also used clients of his Ponzi scheme as straw donors to make thousands of dollars in illegal campaign donations.
- Clinton returned more than $800,000 to donors linked to Hsu after his arrest.
COLLEGES URGED TO TREAT GAMBLING LIKE ALCOHOL, DRUGS: A national gambling task force said Tuesday (September 29th) that colleges and universities should do more to reduce gambling by students, treating the problem like drug and alcohol abuse. The Task Force on College Gambling Policies, established by a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and the National Center for Responsible Gaming, said colleges should treat gambling as a health issue, setting up policies to restrict gambling on campus and treat students who develop addictions. According to the task force, nearly half of college students surveyed reported gambling during the past year, but a 2005 report found that only 22 percent of colleges have written gambling policies.
INDIA TO BE HONORED WITH FIRST OBAMA STATE DINNER: India will be honored with the first state dinner of President Obama's administration, which will be held on November 24th as Prime Minister Mahmohan Singh arrives for a state visit. The responsibility for all the elaborate planning belongs to First lady Michelle Obama and her staff, who will handle things including assembling a guest list, overseeing the menu, choosing the decor, seating, place settings and entertainment. Why choose India for the first state dinner? As the U.S. has become more engaged with Pakistan -- India's archrival -- focusing on greater military cooperation in dealing with Islamic extremists there and in Afghanistan, the honor may help ease some concerns, as well as the perception that Pakistan has surpassed India as America's closest friend in South Asia.
- India was also honored with a state dinner in July 2005, under President George W. Bush.
DISNEY TO REWARD VOLUNTEERS WITH FREE ADMISSION: Disney kicked off a new promotion yesterday (September 29th), offering one day's free admission to any park at Disneyland or Disney World to one million guests who do a day of volunteer work in 2010. Disney is partnering in the "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" promotion with HandsOn Network, a clearinghouse for volunteer opportunities, to connect people with projects and certify that the work was done. Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, told AP that promotion is "very timely," citing the increased needs of nonprofits in the weak economy, as well as President Obama's national volunteering initiative.
RED SOX CLINCH AMERICAN LEAGUE WILD CARD: The Boston Red Sox have clinched the American League wild card, ensuring they'll be in the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years. Even though the Red Sox lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 8-7 yesterday (September 29th) for their fifth loss in a row, the wild card was secured when the Los Angeles Angels later beat the Texas Rangers 5-2.
PHOENIX BEATS INDIANA 120-116 IN GAME 1 OF WNBA FINALS: The Phoenix Mercury took Game 1 of the best-of-five WNBA Finals last night (September 29th) at home over the Indiana Fever with a 120-116 win in overtime. The game was the highest-scoring in WNBA history. Cappie Pondexter and Penny Taylor both scored 23 points for the Mercury, and league MVP Diana Taurasi added 22 points for the winning team. Game 2 will be played Thursday (October 1st).
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)
ON THE TUBE
- THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE - Richard and Christine are shocked when they realize how much their college buddies have aged.
- GARY UNMARRIED - When Allison's new boyfriend offers to take Louis on a birthday trip to New York, Gary shouts out an unrealistic gift of his own.
- CRIMINAL MINDS - The team searches for a disturbed man after he kills several people at a pharmacy, hoping to learn what set him off before he harms anyone else.
- CSI: NY - The team searches for a cyberkiller who seems to be targeting health care workers; the case turns personal when a suspect mentions Mac's father.
- MERCY - Veronica and Mike move back in together but realize the house is as much of a mess as their mess as their marriage; Sonia gets an attractive cop to help her find the identity of a patient.
- LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT - Stabler and Benson suspect a sugar daddy of murder when a young woman's body is found stuffed inside a suitcase.
- THE JAY LENO SHOW - Adam Corolla, Steve Carell, Vince Gill & Emmylou Harris
- SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE - Dancers from across the country compete.
- GLEE - Will tries to give a glee club more of an edge by bringing in a former classmate (Kristin Chenoworth).
- HANK - (series premiere) An entrepreneur has to downsize and move his family back to his wife's hometown.
- THE MIDDLE - (series premiere) Sue auditions for show choir; Brick asks Frankie to come to his class presentation dressed in a costume.
- MODERN FAMILY - Phil is determined to help Luke prove he is responsible enough to have a new bike; Jay and Manny have some father and son time.
- COUGAR TOWN - Jules makes a fool of herself when she ignores the advice of her best friend and tries to keep up with the hard partying twentysomethings.
- EASTWICK - Roxie tries to protect Mia from her ex-boyfriend; Kat ends her marriage to Raymond.
- AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL - The contestants try to stand out when Tyra wraps them in vibrant fabrics and photographs them; China Chow serves as a guest judge.
- MELROSE PLACE (repeat)
- REAL WORLD/ROAD RULES CHALLENGE - (season premiere) Twenty-eight competitors arrive in Thailand; old rivalries and broken romances come to the surface.
DAY TIME TALK SHOW
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Heidi Klum, Brad Paisley
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Girl talk about 'good' hair with Chris Rock
THE VIEW - Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith
LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS
THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Madonna, Harry Connick Jr.
THE JAY LENO SHOW (NBC) - Adam Corolla, Steve Carell, Vince Gill & Emmylou Harris
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - Kate Walsh, Brad Paisley
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Rebecca Romijn, Joseph Fiennes, Alice in Chains
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Jenna Elfman, Dom Irrera
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Dennis Hopper, Amy Brenneman, Owen Benjamin
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Chris Pratt, Ted Ligety, the Like
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Jon Krakauer
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Richard Dawkins
OFF BEAT BRIEFS
MAN ROBBED OF HOT DOG AT GUNPOINT: Police say a man with a pellet gun approached another man sitting under a tree in a Massachusetts park and demanded that he surrender his hot dog. The weiner thief was later arrested with mustard on his shirt and was said to be carrying the pellet gun and a pocket knife. Police say the man has a criminal record of assault and vandalism and has now been sentenced to 18 months in prison. (AP)
WOMAN GOES ON TREASURE HUNT AFTER FINDING NOTE: An Illinois postal worker recently found a key and note under an antique chair she was refinishing that promised $250 in gold coins buried in a chest in Springfield. The envelope had the words "Finders Keepers" printed on it along with a map with the location of the chest. After agreeing with the property owner to split half of whatever was found, she began digging, but has found nothing so far. The woman says she plans to continue the search. (AP)
PSYCHIC CHARGED WITH LYING ABOUT ASSAULT BY RIVAL PSYCHICS: Police have arrested a Connecticut psychic on charges including reporting a false incident after they said she lied to them about an assault. The woman accused a group of rival psychics with orchestrating the attack after they left her threatening phone messages, but she could not tell the police what their names were. After police noted inconsistencies in her story, they concluded that she must have been assaulted by someone she knew, though her attorney says his client stands by her story. (AP) STUDENTS SET ROBOT DANCING RECORD: 318 Australian college students gathered on the lawns of the University of Melbourne to set a world record for the largest ever robot dance. The previous record, held by 276 students at Britain's University of Kent, was broken by the Australians' five-minute routine, which featured students in robot costumes and even pirate gear. The event was organized by a group called "Robogals" whose aim is to encourage more women to study engineering and computer science. (AFP
DID YOU KNOW?
ECONOMIC DEPRESSION GOOD FOR OUR HEALTH? Researchers studying health in the Great Depression found that death rates dropped in the lean days of the early 1930s and increased when the economy expanded. Many of the biggest killers, including heart disease and cancer, caused fewer deaths in the slump. The Daily Mail noted that only suicide bucked the trend, with rates rising in line with unemployment. Researchers believe our well-being blossoms in hard times because we are forced to cut back on indulgences such as rich foods, drinking and smoking. We may also spend more time with friends and family, boosting morale. And, without early starts and overtime, we may sleep better.
IS FAMILY'S HAPPINESS DEPENDANT ON THE WIFE? Michelle Obama recently said in an interview with Prevention magazine, "Throughout my life, I've learned to make choices that make me happy and make sense for me. Even my husband is happier when I'm happy." She added, "So I have freed myself to put me on the priority list and say yes, I can make choices that make me happy, and it will ripple and benefit my kids, my husband and my physical health."KIDS OF WORKING MOMS ARE UNHEALTHY: A study by Britain's Institute of Child Health found that kids of working mothers were more likely to eat unhealthy snacks and watch a lot of TV. Jezebel.com reports that the study looked at 12,500 five-year-olds, and controlled for factors like socioeconomic status and mothers' education. Researchers found that children of working mothers were more likely to drink soda and eat junk food between meals, and less likely to snack on fruits and vegetables, than their peers with stay-at-home moms. Kids whose mothers worked were also more likely to be driven to school, rather than walking or biking, and more likely to spend two or more hours a day watching TV or using the computer.
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RENT-A-FRIEND COMPANIES POPULAR IN JAPAN: Japanese rent-a-friend companies allow people to pay for pretend friends, relatives, work colleagues, or even best men. Sometimes single mothers hire fake husbands so kids stop bullying their children at school for having absent fathers. TheFirstPost.co.uk reports that the "agents" are trained to know an extensive backstory since if rentees give any hint that they're aren't really the people they're pretending to be, it could mess up the clients' lives. Prices average around $250 per appearance.
BENEFITS OF STAYING SINGLE (AskMen.com)
Your Career Will Benefit: When a guy is climbing the corporate ladder, he can't think twice about staying late at the office or hitting the strip club with the boss. Girlfriends demand quality time -- as they should -- but you won't be able to give it to her if you want that corner office.
- You Never Need To Make Plans For Two: Happiness means never having to ask permission. The benefits of having a significant other -- the nurturing and sharing and all that other crap -- all go out the window as soon as your buddy asks you to go to Las Vegas and you realize you need to check with your girlfriend first.
- You'll Be Healthier: The first thing a guy does upon locking down a girlfriend or tying the knot is let himself go. There's no need to eat right or exercise if you're not chasing tail. Once you sit down on the couch to watch a Hugh Grant movie with your significant other, you aren't getting up -- ever.
- Weddings Are More Fun: Marriage is a celebration of love, commitment and the opportunity to nail lonely women. I like the little program you get when you arrive for the ceremony. I immediately look for the list of bridesmaids. The marriage of a man and woman who love each other often leads to premarital sex between a man and woman who barely know each other.
- You Can Enjoy Your Personal Space: If you're an absolute slob, then I guess there's some benefit to living with your girlfriend. But if you can maintain some modicum of cleanliness, you will be ever thankful you're single, live alone and can go to the bathroom with the door open.
- You'll Save Money: Bachelors spend a lot of money on women for sure: on taking them out, on buying them the occasional gift and especially on buying enough drinks for ourselves to work up the courage to talk to them in the first place. But no one spends more than a married guy. Redoing the living room, taking trips to Ft. Lauderdale to visit her family and (gasp!) even having a kid.
- The Sex Is Better: There are certainly benefits to sleeping with the same girl night after night: You get to know your significant other's likes and dislikes, and she yours. And she'll eventually make peace with you falling asleep immediately afterward. But that's about it.
- You Can Watch Whatever You Want: Never underestimate the power of wielding complete control over the remote. True bliss is not getting dirty looks from your girlfriend just because you want to watch a Megan Fox movie on mute.
- You Can Spend More Time With Your Friends: Guys who are about to get married are very fond of telling their boys that "nothing is going to change; we're still gonna hang out." When guys get out of a relationship or get divorced, the first thing they do is get the old band back together. That's because guys need quality time with their friends. For bachelors, every night is a guy's night out.
According to AskMen.com, what do the initials for the tabloid site TMZ stand for?
A: "30-mile zone"
- Launched in 2005 by AOL and overseen by former Los Angeles area legal correspondent Harvey Levin, TMZ.com has become one of the most visited celebrity news sources on the web, thanks to having been the first to break several huge stories -- including the death of Michael Jackson. The name itself stands for "30-mile zone," an area where many celebrities live that radiates out in 360 degrees from the corner of Beverly and La Cienega boulevards in L.A.
Is it ever OK to ask a co-worker out on a date.
According the the experts, it is alright, but there are some rules that you have to follow because of the underlying threat of sexual harassment. CareerRamblings.com offers six office dating do's and don'ts:
- Do not repeatedly ask the same co-worker to go on a date if he or she has said no even one time. No means no. Period. Move on.
- Do get to know your potential date well before you ever go out. Sharing the same work environment means there are far more potential consequences if the date goes bad. As much as possible, know what you're getting into.
- Do start out slowly. If you take things slowly in the beginning, the chances of a bad ending are lessened.
- Do agree to set up relationship rules. Here's an example: No flirting at work.
- Do not be afraid to talk about sexual harassment. Be open and honest with each other by candidly discussing the issues on your mind--even those that might be a bit scary to address out loud.
- Do be ready to address the rumors in the office! Gossip thrives in every workplace, large or small. Be prepared to address the rumors with your employer. Tell the truth and promise you will keep your relationship professional when you're at work. If you make your employer feel comfortable with the relationship, all should be fine.
KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE
Miranda Lambert's third studio album, called Revolution, sees release on Tuesday (September 29th). The 15-song CD includes Lambert's current single, "White Liar," as well as "Dead Flowers," which was released earlier this year.
Lambert wrote all but three songs for Revolution. She tells us the new songs distance her somewhat from the material on her last album, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which was released two years ago. "I have changed in my life a little bit. I've settled into life a little bit. I've grown up a little bit more. I surprised myself and got to know myself through this project because I feel like I was getting shoved in a corner a little bit being the crazy, wild-eyed girl that did 'Kerosene' and 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' and 'Gunpowder & Lead,' and that's still so much a part of who I am, but I have a lot to say. I have a very full life and it has everything from crazy, psychotic temper tantrums to bein' in love, and I think that it's all portrayed on this album."
Fans can download a track from Dierks Bentley's Feel That Fire album for free. The song "Beautiful World," featuring Patty Griffin, is available at cmt.com. Bentley hopes this gift to fans helps raise awareness about his nationwide Miles & Music For Kids fundraiser, which is sponsored by CMT One Country and benefits local hospitals in the Children's Miracle Network.
- Lambert will celebrate the release of Revolution with appearances on Good Morning America on Tuesday and The Late Show With David Letterman later that night.
- Later in the week, Lambert will stop by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
Luke Bryan will make a whirlwind promotional tour visiting nine cities in as many days in support of his new album, Doin' My Thing, which is due in stores on October 6th. The album launch will kick off on October 5th in Statesboro, Georgia, where Bryan will host his first-ever Farm tour, and continues on to Leesburg, Georgia (October 6th); Charlotte, North Carolina (7th); Greenville, South Carolina (8th); Tampa, Florida (9th); Atlanta, Georgia (10th); Augusta, Georgia (12th); Chicago, Illinois (13th); and finally Minneapolis (14th). In each city, Bryan will visit local radio stations and meet-and-greet with fans in addition to putting on a show.
- Bentley said, "This is definitely one of my favorite songs, not just from the last album, but probably that I've ever written and recorded. The whole premise is that if you watch the news or read the headlines, there is a lot of really negative stuff happening out there that can pull you down, but if you choose to follow the good and believe in something better, then it is a 'Beautiful World.'"
- The Miles & Music For Kids fundraiser is expanding to six markets, with events taking place in Nashville, Tennessee; Bentley's hometown of Phoenix, Arizona; Seattle, Washington; Atlanta, Georgia; Dallas, Texas and Chicago, Illinois throughout 2009 and 2010. All proceeds from these events will benefit the Children's Miracle Network hospitals in those areas.
- This year's kick off event will be held at Nashville's Riverfront Park on October 11th. It will feature performances by Bentley and Capitol Nashville labelmates Darius Rucker and Eric Church, along with Wynonna, Heidi Newfield and Michelle Branch. The Nashville event will once again benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.
- Bryan will perform a full concert in his hometown of Leesburg. The town won the show through an online contest. The event will take place on the local high school's football field. Bryan said, "The last time I sang on that field, I had written a song for graduation. It will be nostalgic to go back and now play a full show."
- After wrapping his album launch, Bryan will prepare for his first headlining tour. The Doin' My Thing run begins on October 30th in Jacksonville, Florida.
- The first single from Doin' My Thing, called "Do I," is a Top 20 hit on the country charts.
- Bryan co-wrote "Do I" with Lady Antebellum members Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood.
- Lady A member Hillary Scott sang backgroud vocals on the song.
Carrie Underwood will receive the Harmony Award during the Symphony Ball at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville on December 12th. Presented by the Nashville Symphony, the honor recognizes Underwood's musical contributions to helping the city keep it's unofficial title of "Music City USA."
- Previous Harmony Award winners include LeAnn Rimes, the Judds, Steve Winwood, Martina McBride, Dolly Parton and Rascal Flatts.
- Underwood will co-host the upcoming CMA Awards with Brad Paisley in Nashville on November 11th.
- Her new album, called Play On, will be released on November 3rd.
- The debut single, "Cowboy Casanova," is the fastest-climbing single of Underwood's career.
New trio Love And Theft are slowly adjusting to fame. Between touring with Taylor Swift last year and having their current single, "Runaway," a hit at radio, the guys are getting used to being recognized by strangers. Eric Gunderson tells us he recently got the star treatment while shopping in Nashville. "I was at the mall, and there's these two little boys and their mom walk past me, and both little kids kind of point and say, 'I think that guy's in Love And Theft,' and that was kind of the first time that's ever happened, especially in Macy's. (laughs) It was pretty cool, and then the mom came back after like 10 minutes. I think they'd been like watching me from the corner. She asked if I was in Love And Theft and if I could have a picture, so it was kind of cool."
Love And Theft members enjoy being approached by people wherever they are, according to Brian Bandas. "We like people and we like meeting people, and that's why we got into it. It's an opportunity to be nice and improve somebody's day."
- "Runaway" is a Top 15 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
- Love And Theft's debut CD, World Wide Open, is in stores everywhere.
Holly Williams and her drummer, Chris Coleman, tied the knot on Sunday (September 27th) at an historic farm estate in Nashville. Williams' famous dad, Hank Williams, Jr., walked her down the aisle, while Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus and Kid Rock both sang at the ceremony. According to reports, Williams also sang a bit -- she serenaded Coleman with the Stevie Wonder classic "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours."
- Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill also attended the nuptials.
- Williams and Coleman's first dance was to Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler's "I Dug Up a Diamond". According to People magazine, the tune has special meaning to the newlyweds, as Williams had to dig up her engagment ring as part of a scavenger hunt Coleman had planned for her early this summer.
- Williams' current CD, Here With Me, was released in June.
Q. In what famous prison did Merle Haggard serve a three-year sentence for attempted robbery?
A. San Quentin
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ON THIS DAY
Leon Russell's version of "Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms" debuted on the charts in 1973.
- Garth Brooks' No Fences album entered the Billboard chart in 1990.
- Reba McEntire's Rumor Has It album entered the Billboard chart in 1990.
- Willie Nelson was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993.
- Rose Maddox made her first performance as a Grand Ole Opry regular in 1956.
- Kitty Wells recorded the Top Five single, "Making Believe," in 1955.
- Ronnie Milsap's Greatest Hits album was released in 1980.
- Alabama's The Touch album was released in 1986.
- Alabama's Just Us album was released in 1987.
- The Judds' Christmas Time with the Judds album was released in 1987.
- Lorrie Morgan married Sammy Kershaw in 2001.
LIAM HEMSWORTH SAYS HE AND MILEY CYRUS ARE ONLY CO-STARS: According to recent reports, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are something of a secret couple, though Hemsworth is now saying they are only co-stars. At a press event in Australia on Monday (September 28th), when asked if he and Miley are a couple, he paused before saying, "We just made a movie together. That's it."
AARON CARTER SAYS HE'LL WIN DWTS: Aaron Carter isn't shy about his chances at winning this season's Dancing With The Stars. Carter boasts in a radio interview, "There are no if's, and's or but's or possibilities or chances, I'm going to win Dancing with the Stars." In the interview, Aaron also confirms that he is not dating his DWTS partner Karina Smirnoff, he says, "She's beautiful, but I've got to keep it professional."
EMMY ROSSUM'S HUSBAND FILES FOR DIVORCE: Emmy Rossum's husband, Justin Siegel, filed for divorce Friday (September 25th) after a year-and-a-half marriage. A source tells People that the couple split in August. Siegel cited irreconcilable differences and is seeking spousal support from the 23-year-old actress.
CLAIRE DANES AND HUGH DANCY ARE MARRIED: Claire Danes, age 30, and Hugh Dancy, who is 34, got married quietly in France a few weeks ago, a source who attended the wedding tells PEOPLE magazine. The pair met while filming the movie Evening in Newport, R.I., and announced their engagement in February.
FRED DURST'S THREE-MONTH MARRIAGE ENDS: And they said it wouldn't last! The Limp Bizkit frontman interrupted his honeymoon with Esther Nazarov to announce on Twitter that, well, the marriage is over. The couple tied the knot in Las Vegas, but their marriage foundered during a grueling month-long retreat in the mountains, where Durst was working on a new recording. "We cannot go back and start a new beginning, but we can start today and make a new ending," Durst wrote on Twitter. Sweet.
SIMON COWELL TO BRING X FACTOR TO U.S.: Television's "Mr. Nasty" is bringing another of his British talent shows to America. The London Mirror newspaper reports Tuesday that Simon Cowell has sealed a deal worth a reported 107 million dollars to create a version of The X Factor for Fox Television. His negotiating tactics reportedly including refusing to re-up as a judge of American Idol if Fox didn't buy X Factor. Fox Television declined to comment.
THE HILLS STARS RAKE IN BIG BUCKS: Kristin Cavallari makes 90,000 dollars per episode as a cast member of MTV's The Hills. But Audrina Patridge makes $100,000 per episode. And Heidi Montag makes close to $100,000. Whoa! Somebody leaked all the cast salaries to The Daily Beast. Spencer Pratt is only making $65,000 per episode, because he just joined the cast last year, and Brody Jenner makes $45,000. This ought to liven up the backstage chatter among cast members. Former star Lauren Conrad got paid more than any of them, at $125,000 per episode.
DR. PHIL SHOW SUED: The Dr. Phil Show is being sued by five fans who were on a bus that crashed on the way to a taping of the show in December 2007, TMZ reports. According to the lawsuit, the brakes on the bus "failed and lost power, making the bus unable to stop" ... causing it to collide with "another vehicle, two concrete curbs, an iron fence and two trees." Five women are asking for unspecified damages against Dr. Phil's production company, Peteski Productions, claiming the show "negligently hired" the faulty bus to pick them up.
SAY GOODNIGHT TO THE CLEANER: The A&E Network has axed its drama The Cleaner, starring Benjamin Bratt, after the recent end of its second season. The network now has no scripted dramas. Its only other dramatic show was The Beast, starring the late Patrick Swayze. Looks like they'll be sticking to gripping real-life dramas like Dog The Bounty Hunter and Gene Simmons Family Jewels.
KIM KARDASHIAN AND REGGIE BUSH ARE BACK TOGETHER
Kim Kardashian is officially back together with NFL running back Reggie Bush, after a couple of months apart. They got together just a day after Kim's little sister Khloe married L.A. Lakers player Lamar Odom. A source close to the couple told PEOPLE magazine, "They're totally back together for real." The source added, "Kim and Reggie spent a few months apart getting their priorities together and figuring out who they were as individuals so they can make it work together."
How close are they? Close enough that Bush's parents were among the guests at Khloe's wedding.
IS THERE LIFE AFTER LARRY KING
Speculation is rife that the apparently eternal talk-show host Larry King may retire when his contract with CNN expires 18 months from now. King, now 75 years old, has repeatedly said he has no desire to retire. He's been hosting Larry King Live since 1985. But The New York Post says there is already talk behind the scenes about who might be the new Larry. The newspaper says CNN's first choice is Ryan Seacrest, but his big-bucks American Idol deal has made him way too expensive. They also like Diane Sawyer, but then she got a hot-shot new gig as anchor of the ABC Evening News. Also on the list: Joy Behar, a frequent guest host for Larry, who just got her own talk show on CNN's sister channel, HLN, formerly Headline News.
JEFF GOLDBLUM SURVIVES MASSACRE AT CRIMINAL INTENT
Only Jeff Goldblum will be left standing! The makers of Law & Order: Criminal Intent are planning a major overhaul of the cast of the long-running series, and that means curtains for some of the show's most familiar faces. USA Network confirms weekend rumors that star Vincent D'Onofrio will leave the series soon, during the two-parter that kicks off its ninth season. D'Onofrio, who plays Detective Robert Goren, will surrender his badge as top detective on the Major Case Squad to new regular Jeff Goldblum. And later in the season, Kathryn Erbe, Eric Bogosian and Julianne Nicholson all will be phased out. Nicholson will be replaced by Saffron Burrows.
DANCING WITH THE STARTS RECAP
The pop stars ruled last night (September 29th) on Dancing With The Stars as Mya and Aaron Carter topped the leaderboard at 27 points each and Donny Osmond came in third at 25. Kathy Ireland and Tom Delay were the bottom two with 18 points each and the remaining contestants were in the 19 to 21 range.
- Director Baz Luhrmann was this week's guest judge, sitting in for Len Berman.
- Joss Stone and Selena Gomez will be the musical guests on tonight's (September 29th) results show.
- Tonight will also mark the show's biggest dance number yet when 62 performers including dancers from Stomp The Yard and members of the USC Trojans Marching Band performe as part of the Macy's Stars Of Dance series.
- Taylor Swift, Michael Buble and Colbie Caillat are some of the musical guests scheduled this season.
Here's how it all went down on last night's performance show:
Joanna and Derek
Last week she topped the women's leaderboard and this week the judges liked her energy, but not her technique. They pointed out that she didn't have the precise footwork necessary for a good jive.
Score: Jive - 20
Natalie and Alec
Olympic swimmer Natalie was out to prove she's not a fish out of water by relaxing and breathing during the quickstep. The judges said they like her personality, but she still needs to relax and breathe. Carrie Ann says Natalie is one of her favorite competitors, though.
Score: Quickstep - 21
Chuck and Anna
The judges thought last week's fox trot had too much testosterone, so the mixed martial artist had a lot to work on to find his romantic side in the tango. The judges liked it, acknowleging the work he put into it and enjoying the fact that it was sexy -- and a little scary.
Score: Tango - 19
Melissa and Mark
Last week the judges thought Melissa's waltz was prim and proper and teased her for being nervous. The judges said she improved, but that she's still got more work to do.
Score: Jive - 19
Michael and Anna
Michael had great showmanship on the dance floor and stayed light on his feet. The judges loved it, Bruno called it a "proper quick step" and Carrie Ann said compared to last week this was a "touchdown!"
Score: Quick Step - 20
Debi and Maks
Max and Debi's love/hate relationship worked very well for them in the tango. The judges loved that she's a "drama queen" -- in a good way. Now she just needs to work on her subtler moves.
Score: Tango - 21
Louie and Chelsie
The youngest couple this season was determined to turn some heads. Carrie and Baz loved the joy the couple showed in performing, but Bruno said he thinks Louie is capable of a lot more.
Score: Jive - 19
Aaron and Karina
Aaron was the top man last week and this week he stayed there. Karina and Aaron danced to the theme from The Muppet Show and their performance featured cameos from the muppets Animal and Gonzo. Karina wore pink and Aaron wore green to represent Miss Piggy and Kermit. Bruno thought it was spectacular and called Aaron a "mini-Fred Astaire" in command of the performance.
Score: Quickstep - 27
Kelly and Louis
This week Kelly stayed with the blonde bombshell and it worked for her, but she had too many mistakes in her routine.
Score: Tango - 19
Kathy and Tony
Kathy was out to improve on last week's soggy salsa which landed her in the bottom two. This week, Ireland looked like a princess in her ballgown and jewels. But, the judges said she needs to stop being so cautious and warm up her performance more.
Score: Quickstep - 18
Mark And Lacey
Mark and Lacey wanted to at least keep the top 3 placement they earned last week. Mark did some amazing jumps in the routine, but the judges said his footwork could have been more precise. The judges gave him a lot of credit for recovering quickly after he slipped on the floor, though.
Score: Quick Step - 21
Mya and Dmitry
The judges split last week over their Viennese Waltz (Len gave them a 5 for the choreography, but the other 2 judges gave them 8s). This week Dmitry was going for a technically perfect routine. Mya looked super-sexy in a fringed mini dress as she tried to seduce Dmitry dressed as a nerdy guy. The judges loved that they told a story without sacrificing technique.
Score: Jive - 27
Tom and Cheryl
Tom showed off his "wild" side in last week's performance and this week he tried to be strong and sexy. Unfortunately he could barely hold on to Cheryl in their final pose and almost dropped her on the floor. The judges said that he came out looking proper and correct, but it basically fell apart. Tom was also suffering from an injured foot.
Score: Tango - 18
Donny and Kym
Donny was out to prove that a man in his 50s could dance the fast-paced jive. The audience loved it and so did the judges. They said it had all the elements and Baz added that Donny proved "dance has no age."
Score: Jive - 25
FRANCE AND POLAND ASK FOR POLANSKI RELEASE
While Roman Polanski cools his heels in a Swiss jail, diplomats in France and Poland are pressing their American counterparts to let the him go. The director was born in Poland but has lived in France since 1977. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and his Polish counterpart Radek Sikorski have written to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton saying they hope Polanski can be quickly freed on bail. "In the same way that there is a generous America that we like, there is also a scary America that has just shown its face," said French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand.
- The 13-year-old victim in the case, Samantha Geimer, recently filed a formal request asking Los Angeles prosecutors to drop charges against Polanski. The New York Daily News quoted Geimer as saying: "I have survived, indeed prevailed, against whatever harm Mr. Polanski may have caused me as a child. I got over it a long time ago." The incident occured at the home of actor Jack Nicholson.
- Now 76, Polanski directed movie classics like Chinatown and Rosemary's Baby.
- Polanski fled the United States in 1977 to avoid prison time after pleading guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl. He was arrested Saturday when he arrived in Switzerland to accept a lifetime achievement award from a film festival. The arrest warrant was issued by Los Angeles authorities.
OUT ON DVD AND BLU-RAY TODAY
Away We Go - Maya Rudolph, John Krasinski
Monsters Vs. Aliens - Voices of Reese Witherspon, Seth Rogen
The Brothers Bloom - Adrien Brody
Management - Jennifer Aniston, Steve Zahn
The Girlfriend Experience - Sasha Grey
The Wizard Of Oz Ultimate Collector's Edition
Saturday Night Live's Maya Rudolph and The Office's John Krasinski star in the comedy Away We Go, new on DVD today (Tuesday, September 29th). They play a young couple traveling across the United States in search of the perfect place to raise their family. The film also stars Allison Janney, Catherine O'Hara, Jeff Daniels and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Academy Award winner Sam Mendes directs.
Reese Witherspoon, Kiefer Sutherland, Seth Rogen and Will Arnett are just some of the big-name celebrities lending their voices to the DreamWorks animated film Monsters Vs. Aliens, out on DVD today (September 29th). When a meteorite from outer space hits a young California girl named Susan Murphy -- voiced by Witherspoon -- and turns her into a giant monster, she is taken to a secret government compound where she meets a ragtag group of monsters also rounded up over the years. Under orders from the President, this motley crew of monsters is called into action to combat invading aliens and save the world from imminent destruction.
Monsters Vs. Aliens also features the voices of Amy Poehler, Stephen Colbert, Renee Zellweger, Hugh Laurie, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski and Paul Rudd. It was directed by Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon.
New On Blu-Ray
Dark Crystal (1982) - Muppets
Labyrinth (1986) - David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly
The Unit: The Complete Series
The Chris Rock Show: Season 1 & 2
CSI NY: Season 1-5
Life On Mars: The Complete Series
How I Met Your Mother: The Legendary Season Four