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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

USA Today has deemed Kenny Chesney's 2009 Sun City Carnival tour as Number One in the country across all genres. This year, as with the last seven summers, Chesney played to more than one million fans. He was also the only act on the list to play NFL Stadiums across the nation.

  • Chesney said, "When you look at some of the other names on that list, well, I'm blown away, cause those are some great shows, too! I know, I've been out to see a few of them when we were off, and to be in company with Elton John -- who's out with Billy Joel -- Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen or my friend Dave Matthews, it makes you extra grateful that people chose to make you a part of their summer."
  • He added, "I don't think anyone sets up their concert schedule or their ticket prices thinking 'I'm gonna be the biggest tour on the road...', but these are the moments that confirm what I already know: I have the best, wildest, most committed fans any artist could ever hope for. I like to think I live their lives with'em through my songs, and they've made my last 8 summers the best of a very, very good life by coming out to the shows they way they do."
  • Though Chesney will not be mounting a major tour next year, he'll be doing isolated shows, including the Bama Jam & Arts Festival in Enterprise, Alabama in early June and Baton Rouge's Bayou Country Superfest on May 30th.
  • Chesney will also be working on a new album. No release date has yet been scheduled.

FAST FACTS

  • Chesney and Dave Matthews will team up to perform their nearly Top 10 single, "I'm Alive," on the CMA Awards on November 11th. The show will be broadcast live on ABC beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
  • Chesney wrote "I'm Alive," which was originally recorded by Willie Nelson on his Moment of Forever CD.

Justin Moore celebrated his very first Number One hit, "Small Town USA," with a party in Nashville on Monday (October 26th). Friends and members of the music industry gathered at performing rights organization BMI for the celebration, during which Moore and his band performed.

Moore told us that even though he co-wrote "Small Town USA" he initially had reservations about releasing it as a single. "I had no idea that it was gonna be as universal a thought as it was. When the record label wanted to put it out I thought, 'Man, I don't know if enough different types of people can relate to this song,' and thank goodness I was wrong! (laughs)"

The singer shared his immediate reaction to news of the Number One: "I'm always, like, a chart watcher, even though I try not to be, so I was freakin' out, obviously, and then about a day before we kinda had a pretty good idea that it was gonna do what it did, so it was pretty awesome! I drank a little bit of Jack Daniels to celebrate, so . . . "

  • Moore's new single, "Backwoods," is climbing the charts.
  • He will join Brad Paisley for the 2010 leg of his American Saturday Night tour.

An enhanced version of Taylor Swift's current Fearless CD, called the Fearless Platinum Edition, is currently in stores. The project was originally expected out today (Tuesday, October 27th), but over the weekend news broke that the CD/DVD package would be released on Monday (October 26th). The Platinum Edition includes six new songs, along with a DVD of photos, her videos, some tour footage and her clip from the CMT Music Awards with rapper T-Pain from earlier this year.
  • Since its release in November, the original Fearless album has sold four million copies, bringing Swift's career total of albums sold to 10 million.
  • Swift is nominated for four CMA Awards, including Female Vocalist, Album of the Year for Fearless, Video of the Year for "Love Story," and the night's biggest award, Entertainer of the Year. The CMA Awards will air live from Nashville on November 11th.

Joe Nichols' first studio album in two years is in stores this week. Old Things New is the followup to his 2007 CD, Real Things. This time around, Nichols says there is one big change in the CD -- he didn't get a single cut on it, as he tells us: "You know, we just wanted to make sure we got the best songs and we did 'em right. Some songs we cut didn't make the record because they weren't holdin' up, and this is the first album that I'll be releasing that I haven't written anything on. This is the first album, so that says something about our song selection."

Nichols says his busy career has left him less time for writing, but the self-penned songs he considered for this project just didn't quite make the grade. "I write whenever I can, and I really try to write songs that'll make it on to the album, but if they're just not good enough, they're not good enough. I really admire some people that are able to write an album front to back, that have the talent to do that, but for this album for me it's all about great songs, and if I'm not a writer then I'm not a writer."

  • Nichols' new single is called "Gimmie That Girl."
  • The singer is gearing up to make his Broadway debut in the lead role in the new musical, Pure Country. The show, which will also star Lorrie Morgan, is set to open early next year.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. Prior to becoming a country star, what country music-related day job did Joe Nichols have?
A. Radio DJ


Carrie Underwood has been tapped to perform at the upcoming 37th annual American Music Awards. She joins Kelly Clarkson and Daughtry, as well as previously announced performers Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, the Black Eyed Peas and Adam Lambert. The American Music Awards airs on November 22nd on ABC-TV.

FAST FACTS

  • November is a busy month for Underwood, who will co-host the CMA Awards with Brad Paisley in Nashville on the 11th.
  • Her

A new Kenny Rogers boxed set, called The First 50 Years, is being released today (Tuesday, October 27th). The 45-track collection includes all original versions of Rogers' biggest hits as well as three new songs, one with his longtime collaborator Dolly Parton. Each disc reflects a specific category of Roger's hits, including Duets, Story Songs, and Love Songs.

The set also includes a booklet featuring photos from Rogers' personal collection.

In addition to the set, a single disc called The Greatest Duets is also available at retail outlets beginning today.

  • Rogers has landed on the pop and country charts every single decade for the past 50 years, a feat no other artist has matched.

FAST FACTS

  • Rogers began his recording career in 1957 on a local level in Houston, Texas. In 1968, he made the leap to the national stage with his group, the First Edition.
  • Rogers launched his solo career at the age of 37 with his pop-crossover hit "Lucille."
  • His duet partners over the years include Dottie West, Kim Carnes, Sheena Easton, Gladys Knight, Don Henley, James Ingram, Tim McGraw, Ronnie Milsap, Travis Tritt and Dolly Parton.
  • Rogers has recorded more than 65 albums and sold over 105 million copies worldwide.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. Prior to becoming a country star, what country music-related day job did Joe Nichols have?
A. Radio DJ

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY!


GAC NIGHTS/GAC 8:00PM (ET)
Tim McGraw

THE JAY LENO SHOW/NBC 10:00PM (ET)
Tim McGraw

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS

Lee Greenwood (67)

  • Roberto Benigni (Academy Award-winning Italian actor/director) (57)
  • John Cleese (actor-comedian-Monty Python founding member, Fawlty Towers, A Fish Called Wanda, Die Another Day) (70)
  • Ruby Dee (actress, widow of Ossie Davis) (85)
  • Simon LeBon (singer, Duran Duran) (51)
  • Patrick Fugit (actor, Almost Famous) (27)
  • Kelly Osbourne (singer, daughter of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne) (25)
  • Scott Weiland (singer, Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver) (42)
  • Matt Drudge (controversial web journalist) (43)
  • K.K. Downing (lead guitarist, Judas Priest) (58)
  • Garry W. Tallent (bassist, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band) (

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

Shut Up And Sing, the Dixie Chicks documentary following Natalie Maines' controversial remarks about President Bush, hit the big screen in New York and L.A. in 2006.

  • Florence, South Carolina celebrated "Josh Turner Day" with a performance from their native son in 2004.
  • "Only In America" topped the country chart for Brooks & Dunn in 2001.
  • Clint Black served as best man when Lorrie Morgan married his bus driver Brad Thompson in 1991.
  • Alabama's "If You're Gonna Play In Texas (You Gotta Have A Fiddle In The Band)" hit number one on the country chart in 1984.
  • Kenny Chesney claimed the Numbe One spot on the Billboard country chart with "Don't Blink" in 2007.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP


ELIZABETH MOSS AND FRED ARMISEN MARRY: Mad Men actress Elizabeth Moss and Saturday Night Live star Fred Armisen are married. A source close to the couple told Usmagazine.com on Monday (October 26th), "They did get married over the weekend. It was fun." 27-year-old Moss refused to reveal details of Armisen's proposal, but said shortly after their engagement last January, "It's private, so I don't want to share the details of how [Armisen proposed], but I will say it was perfect." Her 42-year-old husband previously discussed their nuptials, telling reporters, "It will be the coolest and funniest wedding."

RANDY QUAID AND WIFE SKIP COURT AGAIN: Randy Quaid and his wife Evi failed to show up for a court date in California on Monday (October 26th). E! reports that hours before the duo was due to appear, their new attorney said they would not be there -- and would instead show up later in the week. The pair were arrested in Texas last month after allegedly running out on a $10,000 hotel bill. A felony warrant for burglary, defrauding an innkeeper and conspiracy is outstanding for the couple, and if they don't go to court voluntarily, the extradition process will continue.

JODIE FOSTER DATING CHERRY JONES? Rumors are circulating that actress Cherry Jones has found love after her breakup with Sarah Paulson -- with Jodie Foster. A source on the set of their new film, The Beaver, told the National Enquirer, "There was definite chemistry between them when they met and everyone on the set is buzzing that the two make an adorable couple. They both seem incredibly happy."

JENNIFER ESPOSITO ENGAGEMENT REVEALED: Actress Jennifer Esposito and tennis player Mark Philippoussis are getting married. People magazine reports that the couple became engaged over the summer. Esposito was previously married to Bradley Cooper.

SHAUNA SAND GIVES OKAY FOR SEX TAPE RELEASE: Shauna Sand has dropped a lawsuit aimed preventing the distribution of her sex tape. The co-chairman of Vivid Entertainment told TMZ.com that Sand -- the ex-wife of Lorenzo Lamas -- has signed off on the video and has withdrawn the cease and desist letter her lawyer sent the company earlier this month. He claims Sand had a change of heart after realizing that a lawsuit could prove "long and expensive."

FATHER DEFENDS ACCUSED CELEBRITY BURGLAR: The father of one of the teens accused of breaking into a string of celebrity homes (including those of Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton) is defending his daughter. Mikel Neiers talked to People magazine about daughter Alexis, explaining, "She was in the wrong place at the wrong time, associating with the wrong people. She got sucked into this. We're standing by her. I'm sure [the case against her is] going to be thrown out of court." Five suspects, including Neiers, have been arrested in connection with the case. Her attorney added, "I expect my client will be fully vindicated when all the facts of the case come out. At this time, no formal charges have been filed against her. When the time is right, she will tell her side of the story."

HOLLYWOOD NEWS



DIRECTOR PULLS OUT OF 'FOOTLOOSE' REMAKE: Acclaimed director Kenny Ortega has pulled out of the upcoming Footloose remake. PerezHilton.com reports that Ortega -- the man behind High School Musical, Dirty Dancing, and the new Michael Jackson documentary, This Is It -- had problems with the film's studio about the project's budget and tone. An official statement announced, "Coming off the extraordinary project, Michael Jackson's 'This is It,' director Kenny Ortega has decided it is premature for him to commit to his next film and will not be moving forward with 'Footloose' as previously reported."

BRAVO LAUNCHING ANOTHER 'TOP CHEF' SPIN-OFF: Bravo is developing another spin-off of its hit reality show, Top Chef. PerezHilton.com reports that Top Chef: Just Desserts will pit pastry chefs against each other in similar style to the original show. The program, for which judges or hosts have not been named, is set to premiere sometime in 2010.

'SYTYCD' CONTESTANT DROPS OUT DUE TO ILLNESS: So You Think You Can Dance finalist Billy Bell has dropped out of the competition after falling ill. Fox announced Bell's departure on Monday (October 26th), and said that he'll be replaced by 21-year-old Brandon Dumlao in the top 20. Executive producer/judge Nigel Lythgoe said in a statement, "We are disappointed that Billy cannot continue dancing in the competition on the advice of his doctor and wish him a speedy recovery. However, we are fortunate that Brandon Dumlao has agreed to return."

JANUARY JONES GETS NEW ROLE: January Jones and Diane Kruger have signed on to join Liam Neeson in the upcoming thriller, Unknown White Male. Variety reports that the story centers on a man (Neeson) who awakens from a coma to find that someone else has assumed his identity, and no one, including his wife, believes him. Jones will play Neeson's wife while Kruger will play a Berlin taxi driver and Neeson's unexpected ally.

JENNIFER ANISTON DENIES TALK SHOW HOST REPORTS

Jennifer Aniston is denying reports that she's interested in becoming a talk show host. London's Express newspaper had reported that the actress agreed to do a weekly show for Oprah's new cable channel, OWN when it launches next year.

  • Hollyscoop.com quotes the actress's rep as having said that reports of Aniston's career switch-up were "absolutely false."
  • An insider supposedly "close to the deal" told the paper, "She is doing this for one reason only; she absolutely wants to do it."

BRAD PITT TATTOOED ANGELINA JOLIE'S DOODLES ONTO HIS BACK

Angelina Jolie previously revealed that a random-looking tattoo on Brad Pitt's back is the result of her doodling. After the actor was photographed revealing the scattered-looking lines in the wake of his weekend motorcycle accident, PerezHilton.com dug up an old interview in which the markings were explained.

When asked about the tattoo last year, Jolie told Entertainment Weekly, "I drew that. We went to Davos. It's not that we were bored at the World Economic Forum, but one night we didn't have anything to do, so I was drawing on his back."

  • She further explained that she had just been sketching on the actor and, "He just liked it!" Jolie added, "The picture everybody saw was kind of awkward, but it just lines up beautifully on his back, just enhances the part of the body I like."

CHECK IT OUT: See a picture of the tattoo: http://tinyurl.com/ygsaod8

SIMON COWELL'S PARTIES ANNOY BEVERLY HILLS NEIGHBORS

Simon Cowell is reportedly feuding with neighbors near his Beverly Hills home over parking and noise issues. Although no official complaints have been filed with authorities, an officer situated outside the American Idol judge's $15 million-plus mansion told London's Daily Mail, "We have had many complaints from the neighbors, mostly about parking. It's a nightmare, it really is."

The officer added, "But he's a busy guy and is never around to speak to. We talk to his workers and they do their best to resolve issues as they arise."

  • One neighbor has deemed the 50-year-old, "the neighbor from hell," explaining, "People arrive at 11pm, then the music starts and goes on until 2am or 3am. People around here want to get on with him, but he's not making it easy for us to like him."
  • When confronted with the neighbors' complaints, a spokesperson for Cowell said, "Next time, Simon will be sure to invite the neighbors round to the party, too.'
  • The mansion, which is right off of Sunset Boulevard features a private solarium, pool, a fully equipped gym and cinema, and a security system that costs nearly $1 million.

JON GOSSELIN TELLS JUDGE HE RETURNED MONEY TO JOINT BANKING ACCOUNT

Jon Gosselin appeared in a Pennsylvania courtroom on Monday (October 26th) morning, where he informed a judge that he'd complied with an order to return $180,000 he had improperly withdrawn from a joint bank account with estranged wife Kate. E! reports that although he asked that Kate be forced to account for $33,000 of the couple's money, her attorney said the amount was small enough that the arbitrator overseeing the couple's divorce did not require her to explain why she needed the funds.

Kate was not present for the hearing, but her lawyer released a statement later in the day saying, "We are clearly pleased that the monies taken by Mr. Gosselin have been returned to the marital account, and we look forward to recouping additional monies taken by Mr. Gosselin at the time of the parties' private arbitration hearings. Despite his initial comments denying responsibility, we have established that Ms. Gosselin needed emergency relief to prevent her economic claims from being compromised."

  • Another arbitration hearing for the couple has been set for next month.
  • E! also reported that Charlie Meyer, an attorney of Jon's, quit working for the reality dad on Monday.

In audio clip one from Jon and Kate Plus 8 that aired last night, Kate Gosselin comments about not regretting renewing her vows with Jon.

JUDE LAW'S BABY MAMA PUTS DAUGHTER IN TABLOIDS BEFORE MEETING DAD

A 24-year-old model who recently gave birth to Jude Law's baby has sold pictures of her newborn daughter to a British tabloid -- before the actor has even met her. The Daily Mail reports that Law didn't legally stop Samantha Burke from going forward with the pictures, but was said to be "very upset" that they were being published.

An insider told the paper, "He wants to handle this as privately as possible, and Samantha is making a circus out of it."

  • Burke released a statement confirming the news. She said, "I can confirm that after months of constant requests from the media, I decided to share pictures of myself and Sophia with Hello! Magazine. Both Sophia and I were compensated for the photographs, and will donate a portion of the compensation to the Ronald McDonald House to assist with the completion of their new facility in Pensacola, FL. The majority of the compensation, paid to Sophia, will be placed in trust for her secondary education and well-being. I'm thrilled with the pictures of Sophia and pleased to announce that she is healthy, happy and deeply loved."

HEADLINES

REID SAYS SENATE HEALTH BILL WILL INCLUDE PUBLIC OPTION: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced yesterday (October 26th) that the health insurance reform legislation heading to the Senate floor will include a public option, however it will allow individual states the choice of opting out of the program. Reid said, "While the public option is not a silver bullet, I believe it's an important way to ensure competition and to level the playing field for patients with the insurance industry." At the same time, changes on the public option and other provisions in the measure are possible during the floor debate that's expected to last for weeks. The White House said in a statement that President Obama was pleased that the legislation included a public option, however Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine, the only Republican to vote with Democrats on health care, siding with them on the legislation that came out of the Senate Finance Committee, said she was, quote, "deeply disappointed" a public option was included.

OBAMA MOURNS 14 KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN, SAYS WON'T RUSH DECISION: President Obama yesterday (October 26th) mourned 14 Americans who were killed earlier in the day in helicopter crashes in Afghanistan, and told a military audience at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida, that he'll take the time necessary as he decides the future strategy for the war. The president said, "I will never rush the solemn decision of sending you into harm's way. I won't risk your lives unless it is absolutely necessary." In the first of two crashes yesterday, a helicopter went down in western Afghanistan after leaving the scene of a fire fight with insurgents, killing seven troops and three U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents. In the other crash, two American helicopters collided while in flight, killing four U.S. soldiers.

PILOTS WHO MISSED DESTINATION WERE ON LAPTOPS, DISCUSSING SCHEDULING: The two pilots of a Northwest Airlines plane that overflew its destination by 150 miles last week told investigators they became distracted during an extended discussion of crew scheduling while using their laptops, the National Transportation Safety Board said Monday (October 26th). According to an NTSB report, the veteran pilots said they hadn't been tired, rejecting speculation that they might have fallen asleep. Air controllers and airline dispatchers tried repeatedly for more than an hour to contact Flight 188 as it flew on October 21st from San Diego to Minneapolis, but the pilots said they only became aware of what had happened when a flight attendant asked them about their scheduled arrival time. Delta Airlines, which owns Northwest, said the use of laptops violates company policy, and that the pilots -- who have been suspended -- could be fired.

WITNESSES LAUGHED, TOOK PHOTOS AS GIRL WAS GANG-RAPED: Witnesses to the two-hour gang-rape of a semi-conscious 15-year-old girl Saturday (October 24th) outside her school's homecoming dance in Richmond, California, laughed, took pictures and even joined in, the Contra Costa Times reported yesterday (October 26th), citing police. After word of the rape spread to a house party, someone finally called police and officers broke up the assault just before midnight, arresting a 19-year-old man as he ran from the scene. Police are looking for other suspects, believing as many as six other men raped the girl, in addition to beating her and stealing her jewelry. The girl left the dance around 9:30 p.m., expecting to be picked up by her father. But a schoolmate caught her attention and invited her to join a group that was drinking and hanging out in a courtyard. The assault began after the girl quickly drank a large amount of alcohol and fell over, according to police.

TODAY'S FYI:

MADOFF ASSOCIATE HAD HEART ATTACK BEFORE DROWNING IN POOL: A longtime friend of Bernie Madoff, who was accused of making more than $7 billion in Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme, drowned in his pool after having a heart attack, the results of an autopsy showed Monday. (October 26th). The body of 67-year-old Jeffrey Picower was found by his wife Sunday at the bottom of the pool at their Palm Beach, Florida, mansion. Police had been investigating the death, but now say the case is closed. Picower had been accused of being the biggest beneficiary of Madoff's scheme, and the trustee appointed to recover money for defrauded investors had filed a lawsuit demanding that he return more than $7 billion. The trustee said the litigation will continue against Picower's estate.

BALLOON BOY CASE GOES TO THE D.A.: The Balloon Boy case has gone to the Larimer County, Colorado, district attorney, as the sheriff's department presented its investigative findings yesterday (October 26th), TMZ.com reported. Richard and Mayumi Heene face possible criminal charges for their alleged October 15th hoax, in which rescue workers raced to respond and cable news networks went live with coverage after the Heenes claimed they believed their young son might be in an experimental balloon that had taken off. The DA's office said in a statement yesterday that it had requested more information, and, quote, will be making a charging decision as soon as we have had an opportunity to complete a careful review and analysis of this case." Sheriff Jim Alderden has said he'd recommend charges including conspiracy, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, making a false report to authorities and attempting to influence a public servant.

MARIA SHRIVER BREAKS TRAFFIC LAWS AGAIN: Two weeks after California First lady Maria Shriver apologized when she was caught on camera violating the state's hands-free cell phone law while driving, a new video posted online Monday (October 26th) showed her parked in a red zone, which is reserved for emergency vehicles. According to the site TMZ.com, which posted the photos and video of Shriver two weeks ago as well as the new video yesterday, Shriver had been parked illegally for nearly an hour while visiting a doctor's office in Santa Monica. Shriver apologized in a statement, saying, "I regret that I made a mistake. I take responsibility for it."

NO MORE MCDONALD'S IN ICELAND: McDonald's fans in Iceland will soon be out of luck, as the island nation's three McDonald's franchises -- which are all in the capital city of Reykjavik (RIKE-ya-vick) -- are set to close next weekend. The franchise owner was forced to shut down the restaurants because of falling profits caused by the collapse in Iceland's currency, the krona. Additionally, McDonald's required that the franchise owner import all goods for the restaurants from Germany, making them subject to high import tariffs. A 20 percent increase in prices would have been necessary to make a reasonable profit, and that would have been too high to allow the franchises to remain competitive.

  • The first McDonald's opened in Iceland in 1993.

SPORTS:

EAGLES BEAT REDSKINS 27-17 IN 'MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL': The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Washington Redskins 27-17 in Monday Night Football last night (October 26th), in a game that saw Philly quarterback Donovan McNabb complete 15 of 25 passes for 156 yards, getting his 200th career touchdown and achieving 30,000 career yards passing. It wasn't as good a night at home for Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell, who was sacked six times. DeSean Jackson was key on offense for the Eagles, scoring on a 67-yard run and a 57-yard reception.

  • Both sides suffered injuries, with Eagles star running back Brian Westbrook knocked out with a concussion, and Redskins tight end Chris Cooley breaking his right ankle.

CARDINALS HIRE MCGWIRE AS HITTING COACH: Mark McGwire is back in baseball after retiring in 2001, returning to the St. Louis Cardinals as a hitting coach. The now-46-year-old McGwire set a since-surpassed season record of 70 home runs in 1998, and retired with 583 homers and a .263 career average. But his image was tarnished when he famously refused to answer questions about steroids during a March 2005 congressional hearing. Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa, who managed McGwire for all but one of the former slugger's 16 seasons, said McGwire had turned down previous offers from the Cardinals because his family was younger.

COYOTES OWNER AGREES TO SELL TEAM TO NHL: Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes has agreed to sell the bankrupt National Hockey League franchise to the NHL, a deal that was announced in bankruptcy court Monday (October 26th). Moyes was left with few options but to accept the league's $140 million offer, after his attempt to sell the team to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie was rejected by the court. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said that once the deal closes, the league will immediately look to sell the team, preferably to an owner who will keep it in Arizona.

WOMEN WHO HAD AFFAIR WITH ESPN'S STEVE PHILLIPS FIRED: ESPN said Monday (October 26th) that it had fired the 22-year-old production assistant who'd had an affair with married baseball analyst Steve Phillips, making the announcement one day after it said Phillips had also been fired. While saying Phillips had been let go because his ability to represent ESPN effectively had been, quote, "significantly and irreparably damaged," the cable sports network didn't say when or why Brooke Hundley had been fired.

(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 - Derek Jeter talks to the contestants about teamwork before they take part in a baseball challenge; a contestant breaks a Biggest Loser record.
  • THE JAY LENO SHOW - Ewan McGregor, Tina Fey, Tim McGraw & Gregg Allman

FOX

  • SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE - The top 20 dancers, paired up as couples, perform; two dancers are eliminated.

ABC

  • IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN - Linus waits in the pumpkin patch for the Halloween symbol to appear; a bonus cartoon "You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown" features Linus in a race for class president.
  • DANCING WITH THE STARS - Taylor Swift performs; two couples are eliminated.
  • THE FORGOTTEN - The team investigates a John Doe buried at a popular vacation destination; a stray dog standing vigil over the grave is the only clue in the case.

CW

  • 90210 (repeat)
  • MELROSE PLACE (repeat)

FX

  • SONS OF ANARCHY - SAMCRO takes extreme measures to procure weapons for a customer; revenge is sought following a theft at Caracara Studios.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Jimmu Kimmel, Deepak Chopra
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - The Diane Schuler Story: Was She Driving Drunk?
THE VIEW - Rod Stewart

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Courteney Cox, Florence and the Machine
THE JAY LENO SHOW (NBC) - Ewan McGregor, Tina Fey, Tim McGraw & Gregg Allman
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - Garry Shandling, Paula Deen, Julian Casablancas
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Dr. Mehmet Oz, the latest Dancing with the Stars castoff, Morningwood
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Alicia Silverstone, Salman Rushdie
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Artie Lang, Olivia Munn, David Chang
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Yvonna Strahovski, Kris Bellman, Mike Posner
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Steven D. Levitt
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Randall Balmer, Gail Collins

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

ONE-LEGGED SHOPLIFTER STEALS ONE SHOE: Police in Belgium have arrested a man with one leg who allegedly stole one shoe from a store. The man became the obvious suspect when a shopkeeper noticed a single shoe missing after the man left the store. Police were able to recover the shoe after tracking the one-legged man down and made an arrest. The man is said to be a Russian seeking asylum. (AP)


MAN CAUGHT SMUGGLING REPTILES UNDER CLOTHES: A Norwegian man was arrested when customs agents discovered he was hiding 14 royal pythons and 10 albino leopard geckos under his clothes after getting off a ferry from Denmark. The customs agent said the non-venomous snakes were in stockings taped to the mans chest, and the geckos were in small boxes taped to his thighs. The agent searched the man after a tarantula was found in one of his bags. (AP)


HIGH SCHOOL RING RETURNED AT WAKE AFTER 57 YEARS: An Ohio man was shocked to have his high school ring returned to him at a wake for his high school sweetheart. The deceased woman's husband tapped the man on the shoulder and explained that his wife instructed him to return the ring if her old flame decided to attend the wake. The two dated for two years, but broke up when the man joined the air force in 1952 after graduating. (AP)


THOUSANDS EAT BREAKFAST ON BRIDGE: The Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia was closed on Sunday between 6:30 AM and 1 PM for a giant picnic. Over 6,000 people showed up for the event designed to showcase Sydney's best food and outdoor lifestyle. The bridge was covered with grass for the event which served breakfast and provided entertainment for 6,000 people who won tickets through a lottery. Over 45,000 people applied for tickets and an Australian official says the breakfast on the bridge is set to become a yearly event. (AFP)

DID YOU KNOW?

BOARD GAME TRYING TO DETERMINE BATTLE OF THE SEXES WINNER: Trivial Pursuit has launched a "battle of the sexes" experiment online to see if men or women are better at the game. Go to www.trivialpursuitexperiment.com, enter your sex and each time you get a question correct you gain a point for your team. The website tracks the number of unique users and keeps a running tally of the scores, which are displayed at the top of the page.


CHECK IT OUT: A flowchart to determine which religion you should follow: http://tinyurl.com/ylpbhn2

DATING SITE FOR PRETTY PEOPLE ONLY: Beautifulpeople.com is dating site that insists applicants must submit a photograph of themselves to allow existing members to decide through an online rating system whether they are attractive enough to be admitted. Only about one in five applications to the website is successful. Greg Hodge, the managing director of the site, said: "Is it shallow to want to be with someone you're attracted to? If you are in a bar or a club and you are going to approach someone, you'll approach someone you're attracted to. There's nothing shallow in that. People are fed up wasting time and money meeting unattractive people on the net."


GOOLE FEATURE HOPES TO PREVENT EMAIL ERRORS: Google has launched "Got The Wrong Bob?", a new feature for Gmail that warns users that they may have typed the wrong e-mail address and forces people to double-check before sending. The Daily Mail reports that the system works by analyzing the groups of people you usually send e-mails to. It can then see when someone has included an unexpected address among the intended recipients. The problem often arises because many e-mail systems, including Gmail, have an auto-complete function, which fills in the names of people from a sender's address book after the first few letters are typed. As a result, it is easy to send an e-mail meant for a friend called Alex, to All Staff instead. Got The Wrong Bob? hopes to warn users before they make this mistake.


CLEANLINESS LINKED TO MORALITY? A new study has found further proof that cleanliness may foster morality. LiveScience.com reports that researchers conducted fairness tests, with subjects completing tasks in a room that was either unscented or one that was sprayed with a common citrus-scented window cleaner. One test involved a game. Study participants were given $12 of real money, which they were told came from an anonymous partner in another room. They had to decide how much of it to either keep or return to their partners who, they were told, had trusted them to divide it fairly. Subjects in clean-smelling rooms gave back $5.33 on average. The others gave back just $2.81.

VENDING MACHINE SURVIVAL GUIDE: Eat This, Not That (Men's Health)

Chocolate Bar

Eat This!: 100 Grand

  • 190 calories
  • 8 g fat (5 g saturated)
  • 22 g sugars

Not That!: Snickers

  • 280 calories
  • 14 g fat (5 g saturated)
  • 28 g sugars
  • When you're in the mood for chocolate, make 100 Grand your first choice. We haven't found any other full-sized chocolate bars that weigh in under 200 calories, making this the safest bar we've come across. On the flipside, the only thing Snickers satisfies are the requisites for a sugar crash. A simple swap like this each workday will save you 450 calories a week -- that's about 7 pounds in a year!

Crunchy Chocolate Bars

Eat This!: Nestle Crunch

  • 220 calories
  • 11 g fat (7 g saturated)
  • 24 g sugars

Not That!: Mr. Goodbar

  • 250 calories
  • 17 g fat (7 g saturated)
  • 22 g sugars
  • The Crunch bar is less dense than pure milk chocolate, which means less fat in each bite. As for the Mr. Goodbar, the only way to make this a truly "good bar" would be to increase the ratio of peanuts to milk chocolate.

Chips

  • Eat This!: Baked! Lay's Potato Chips
  • 110 calories
  • 1.5 g fat
  • 150 mg sodium

Not That!: Sun Chips Original

  • 210 calories
  • 10 g fat (1.5 g saturated)
  • 180 mg sodium
  • Baked! Lays are the best chips in the vending machine. The sodium's low and the saturated fat's nonexistent. And while Sun Chips used to be considered a "healthier" potato chip alternative, new standards and actually healthier fare have muscled them out of the spotlight. Plus, with its inflated serving size (1.5 ounces rather than 1 ounce), an individual pack of Sun Chips has about twice as much damage potential as Baked! Lays.

Cheese Crackers

Eat This!: Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Cheddar Crackers (55 pieces)

  • 140 calories
  • 5 g fat (1 g saturated)
  • 250 mg sodium

Not That!: Cheez-It Original Crackers (1 package)

  • 180 calories
  • 9 g fat (2 g saturated)
  • 290 mg sodium
  • The Cheez-Its are about 40 calories worse than your average bag of chips. They're also 40 calories worse than the cheesiest alternative -- goldfish over "cheez" squares is a swap everyone should make.

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

Can you name three reality shows that Bruce Jenner has been a part of?

A: E!'s Keeping Up With the Kardashians, In February and March 2003, he was part of the cast of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, and he was partnered with Tai Babilonia for Skating with Celebrities that aired January-March 2006.

  • Also, in January 2002 he participated in an episode of the American series of The Weakest Link featuring Olympic athletes. He made a cameo on a season three episode of The Apprentice that originally aired in May 2005 and has served as a guest judge on Pet Star on Animal Planet, and appeared with his family on NBC's Celebrity Family Feud.

(Source, Wikipedia)

Demonstrators in Chicago Protest Against Wall Street Abuses

Demonstrators railing against Wall Street abuses protested outside the annual convention of the American Bankers Association in Chicago yesterday (October 26th), as well as the Chicago offices of Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo. The Service Employees International Union, a major labor group that's one of the main organizers, said up to 5,000 people will join in the protests over the next couple of days.

Protesters carried huge photos of executives like JPMorgan Chief Executive Jamie Dimon and retiring Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis with "Wanted" signs calling them "Wall Street Robber Bankers," while others were dressed as the Grim Reaper and held signs that said, "Greed Kills." Outside Goldman Sachs, an organizer yelled a list of demands, including that the bank support calls for a consumer-finance protection agency and donate the money set aside for bonuses to loan-modification programs.

The American Bankers Association said the protests against it are misplaced because it's mostly community bankers that are attending the convention, not Wall Street firms that engage in risky trading practices and have taken hundreds of billions in taxpayer bailout money. But the Chicago nonprofit group National People's Coalition said the ABA is an appropriate target because it lobbies against regulatory reforms that would help consumers, but hurt the big banks' profits.

Monday, October 26, 2009

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Garth Brooks fans jammed up phone lines and created overwhelming traffic at the website of the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas on Saturday (October 24th) morning in hopes of getting tickets to his first set of shows at the venue. Tickets for the superstar's first five weekends at the Encore Theater sold out almost immediately.

  • Phone lines at the Wynn were able to accommodate 141,934 calls before the system reached maximum capacity and callers received a busy signal. Over the course of the morning, the website received more than 5.4 million page views with up to 40,000 people waiting in an online queue at any given time.
  • Brooks' future concert dates will be announced soon.
  • Tickets are priced at $125 plus surcharges.
  • Fans still have a chance at getting tickets for the sold-out concerts. Returned or unclaimed tickets will be released to a stand-by line that will form at the Wynn box office on show days.

SIDE NOTES

  • In an effort to keep ticket scalpers out of the mix, attorneys for the Wynn Las Vegas are "communicating with suspected known scalpers and private unauthorized sellers," according to a release. As unauthorized ticket agents for either the Wynn or Garth Brooks, attorneys are letting these people know their customers could be turned away at the door if management determines that "the ticket was purchased from a ticket reseller at an amount in excess of face value."

The first 15 dates of Taylor Swift's 2010 Fearless tour sold out in two minutes on Friday (October 23rd). Those dates include two-night shows in Newark, NJ; Uniondale, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Houston, TX; and Detroit, MI, as well as single-night shows in Washington, DC; Kansas City, MO; Dallas, Austin and Corpus Christi, TX.

The U.S. leg of next year's tour kicks off on March 4th in Tampa. Opening acts include Kellie Pickler and Gloriana.

  • All of this year's Fearless dates also sold out in record time, including Swift's show at Madison Square Garden, which sold out in one minute.
  • Swift's latest hit, "Fifteen," holds a special place in the singer's heart. She wrote the song about herself and her best friend, Abigail, when they were in highschool. Swift tells us: "'Fifteen' is probably my favorite thing that I've ever written. It's a really personal song. It's really vulnerable."
  • At 19, Swift is the youngest artist in history to be nominated for the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year award. She is up for a total of four CMA's, as well as six American Music Awards.
  • Swift is set to serve as both host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live on November 7th.
Carrie Underwood will head to New York City promote her new album Play On, the week of its release. She'll kick things off with an outdoor concert at Lincoln Center on Good Morning America on November 3rd, which is album release day. On November 5th, Underwood will pay a visit to Live with Regis and Kelly.

The following week, Underwood co-hosts the CMA Awards in Nashville with Brad Paisley. The show will air live from the Sommet Center on November 11th on ABC.

  • In addition to hosting, Underwood is set to perform, as well as being nominated for Top Female Vocalist.
  • "Cowboy Casanova," the debut release from Play On, is the fastest-rising hit of the year at country radio.
  • Digital first-week sales of the song top more than 110,000 copies.

FAST FACTS

  • Earlier this year, Underwood became the first country artist in history to achieve 10 Number One singles from their first two albums when "I Told You So" became the fifth consecutive chart-topper from Carnival Ride.
  • To date, Underwood is the U.S. best-selling American Idol winner with album sales over 10 million.

Billy Currington co-wrote his latest single from experience. The singer says he tapped into his Georgia roots for "That's How Country Boys Roll." "I started off on a little island called Tybee Island, a beach boy for pretty much all my life. But we moved inland to a small town called Rincon and that was dirt roads, no red lights and really, really country people. So that's where I get my influences to write songs like that."
  • "That's How Country Boys Roll" is a Top 30 hit on the charts and climbing.
  • The song is on Currington's Little Bit Of Everything CD.
  • So far, the album has produced two hits -- "Don't" and "People Are Crazy," which climbed to Number One.
Jimmy Wayne's new single, "Sara Smile," is the first release and title track from his upcoming album, due in stores on November 23rd. Wayne wrote four of the 10 songs on the CD, which also features a tune co-written by Keith Urban.
  • The song "Sara Smile," which includes a guest appearance by the song's writers and originators, Daryl Hall and John Oates, gave Wayne the highest chart debut of his career.
  • Wayne said, "'Sara Smile' is a song I've been singing for 13 years. I sang it on the prison yard when I worked at the prison. Even though I didn't write it, I sang it at writers' nights in Nashville. It is the song that taught me how to play the guitar. In 2002, I sang 'Sara Smile' for (label head) Scott Borchetta, and he gave me a record deal. This song has had a major impact on my life."
  • "Sara Smile" sits at Number 35 on the Billboard country chart.

FAST FACTS

  • Wayne charted his first Number One hit with the title track of his 2008 CD, Do You Believe Me Now.
  • He is currently on his first major tour with headliner Brad Paisley. The American Saturday Night tour made a stop at New York City's Madison Square Garden last week.
Sara Evans will kick off her Celebrate the Season tour the day after Thanksgiving (November 27th) in Worley, Idaho. The 12-date West Coast run will wrap up on December 14th in Greeley, Colorado.

On November 3rd, Evans will digitally release a four-song collection, called I'll Be Home for Christmas. The digital EP will feature holiday favorites including the title track and "O Come All Ye Faithful," "Go Tell It on the Mountain" and "New Again," which Evans and Brad Paisley co-wrote and perform together here.

I'll Be Home for Christmas marks the first time these four tracks have been brought together in one collection. The tunes were previously available on various projects.

Here are the dates for the Celebrate the Season tour:

November 27 Worley, ID Coeur d'Alene Tribal Casino
November 28 Snoqualmie, WA Snoqualmie Casino
November 29 Boise, ID Qwest Arena
December 2 Modesto, CA Gallo Center for the Arts
December 3 Temecula, CA Pechanga Resort & Casino
December 4 Coarsegold, CA Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino
December 5 Eureka, CA Arkley Center for the Performing Arts
December 9 Mesa, AZ Mesa Arts Center Ikeda Theater
December 10 Tucson, AZ Desert Diamond Casino
December 11 Primm, NV Star of the Desert Arena
December 12 West Wendover, NV Peppermill Concert Hall
December 14 Greeley, CO Union Colony Civic Center

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. In what year did Tammy Wynette's most famous song, "Stand By Your Man," debut on the country charts?

A. 1968

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY!

TOP 20 COUNTRY COUNTDOWN/GAC 10:00AM (ET)
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CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS



Keith Urban (42)

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton (former First Lady, Democratic senator from New York and presidential candidate; now Secretary of State) (62)
  • Seth MacFarlane (creator of The Family Guy; does the voices for Peter, Brian, Stewie and others) (36)
  • Jon Heder (actor, Napoleon Dynamite, Blades of Glory) (32)
  • Dylan McDermott (actor, The Practice, Wonderland) (48)
  • Jaclyn Smith (actress, Charlie's Angels) (62)
  • Pat Sajak (host, Wheel Of Fortune) (63)
  • Cary Elwes (actor, The Princess Bride, Robin Hood: Men In Tights, Twister, Liar Liar, Saw) (47)
  • Rita Wilson (actress, Sleepless In Seattle, Runaway Bride, Auto Focus; wife of Tom Hanks) (53)
  • Bob Hoskins (actor, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Hook, Nixon, Enemy At The Gates) (67)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!

Faith Hill's fifth album, Cry, debuted atop the Billboard 200 pop chart in 2002.

  • Hoyt Axton, who wrote the pop hit "Joy To The World," died of a heart attack at age 61 in 1999.
  • Waylon Jennings was hospitalized in California after experiencing chest pains during a performance in 1988.
  • Capitol Records hosts a gala celebration for Garth Brooks in Nashville in 2000 to honor him for sales of more than 100 million albums in the U.S. in a decade.
  • Garth Brooks announced his retirement in a press conference at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville in 2000.
  • The Statler Brothers played their last concert, in Salem, Virginia in 2002.
  • Rodney Crowell recorded the Number One hit "I Couldn't Leave You If I Tried" in 1987.
  • Waylon Jennings married Jessi Colter in Las Vegas in 1969.
  • Sugarland's debut album, Twice The Speed Of Life, was released in 2004.
  • Gary Allan's Smoke Rings In The Dark album was released in 1999.
  • Travis Tritt went to Number One in Billboard with "Anymore" in 1991.

WEEKEND MOVIE WRAP-UP

Low-budget sensation Paranormal Activity took the top spot at the weekend box office over Saw VI, the latest installment in the horror film franchise, in a pre-Halloween weekend battle of the thrillers. Paranormal Activity expanded into nationwide release after four weeks of narrower release in which it's been boosted by strong online buzz. Meanwhile, Saw VI opened in second place in the worst opening ever for the Saw franchise that's become a Halloween fixture. Last weekend's top movie, Where the Wild Things Are, fell to third place.

Astro Boy, an animated science-fiction adventure based on a Japanese comic book and cartoon series about a superhero child robot, opened at Number Six. It features the voices of Freddie Highmore, Kristen Bell, Nicolas Cage, Eugene Levy and Nathan Lane. Debuting in eighth place was Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, starring John C. Reilly as a vampire who takes on a teenage apprentice in a traveling freak show.

  • Amelia, a biography of Amelia Earhart starring Hilary Swank as the pioneering aviator, had a disappointing debut, opening out of the top 10 in 11th place. Richard Gere and Ewan McGregor co-star.

THIS WEEKEND'S TOP TEN MOVIES -- OCTOBER 23-25

  1. Paranormal Activity, $22 million
  2. Saw VI, $14.8 million
  3. Where the Wild Things Are, $14.4 million
  4. Law Abiding Citizen, $12.7 million
  5. Couples Retreat, $11.1 million
  6. Astro Boy, $7 million
  7. The Stepfather, $6.5 million
  8. Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, $6.3 million
  9. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, $5.6 million
  10. Zombieland, $4.3 million

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER: Andrew Llyod Webber has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. A rep for the legendary composer announced the news on Sunday (October 25th), but noted that the condition is in its early stages. A statement from his publicist said, "Andrew is now undergoing treatment and expects to be fully back at work before the end of the year." Webber recently announced plans for a sequel to his hit show, Phantom of the Opera.

PAUL HAGGIS REPORTEDLY RESIGNS FROM SCIENTOLOGY OVER SUPPORT OF GAY ISSUES: Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis has reportedly resigned from the Church of Scientology over their position on gay rights. Gawker.com reports that Haggis views the church's support of Proposition 8 as "cowardly," and thus, after thirty-five years of membership, is resigning.

JOHN TRAVOLTA WANTS RETRIAL IN U.S.: After his weeks-long Bahamian extortion trial ended in a mistrial, John Travolta is petitioning for the case to be retried in the United States. Attorney Michael Ossi released a statement saying, "I have asked the Bahamian authorities to preserve all the evidence for the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) to review, and I have written to the federal government and the Bahamian government about trying the case in Florida. The original call was made from the Bahamas to Florida, so there is jurisdiction for a trial in the U.S." The mistrial was declared after a Bahamian politician announced a false verdict while the jury was still in deliberations.

IVANKA TRUMP TIES THE KNOT: Ivanka Trump married New York Observer owner Jared Kushner Sunday (October 25th) in New Jersey. A rep confirmed to the nuptials to Usmagazine.com, adding, "She was the most stunning bride." The wedding took place on the grounds of the Trump National Golf Club after a three-month engagement. 27-year-old Trump talked about preparations for the big day recently, saying, "I only had a 3 month engagement so it was all done pretty quickly. To all those women planning a wedding, just be organized and decisive. It also helps if you have a wedding planner helping you out!"

NICOLE RICHIE OPENS PLAYGROUND: Nicole Richie and Joel Madden took time from caring for their two young children last week to break ground on a new playground at a homeless shelter in downtown Los Angeles. Richie, who recently have birth to son Sparrow told People magazine, "I spend tons of time here. When I found out the kids play on a concrete slab or play inside all day, it hit me. Kids need to have an imagination, to be outside and to be free." The couple, who founded the Richie-Madden Children's Foundation, raised $35,000 for the playground.

WOODY ALLEN'S PRODIGY SON GETS INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS JOB: Woody Allen and Mia Farrow's son has been appointed to a very important job at a very young age. 21-year-old Ronan Farrow, whose been deemed a "prodigy," is now a liaison to non-governmental organizations working in Pakistan. A State Department official responded to criticism of Farrow's age, saying, "He's very qualified for the job, and has already helped explain the current situation re: Pakistani procurements to key NGOs, including a meeting he organized today with InterAction and its affiliated NGOs." Another source noted that he's "a friggin' genius and a true activist for Darfur . . . Went to college at age 11 and then to law school at 16."

FAMILY EMERGENCY FORCED MATT DAMON OUT OF CHARITY EVENT: Matt Damon was forced to pull out of a charity event last week due to a "family emergency of a serious nature." His rep wouldn't specify the nature of the emergency, but insisted it was serious, explaining, "He wouldn't have missed this otherwise."

SCOTT FOLEY EXPECTING CHILD: Scott Foley and his wife Marika Dominczyk are expecting their first child. People magazine confirmed that Dominczyk, who married the actor in 2006, is in her third trimester. Foley was previously married to Felicity costar Jennifer Garner, but the pair split in 2003.

TOM SIZEMORE SUED FOR CHILD SUPPORT: Tom Sizemore's ex-girlfriend is suing the troubled actor, claiming that he owes her thousands of dollars in child support. TMZ.com reports that Jinele McIntire filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles last week, alleging that Sizemore owes her $58,800 in child support for the couple's two boys, who were born in 2005. She is also seeking health insurance coverage for the kids and $50,000 for attorney's fees.

SHE'S EVERYTHING!

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HOLLYWOOD NEWS


SEAN PENN TO INTERVIEW FIDEL CASTRO? Sean Penn has reportedly traveled to Cuba in the hopes of interviewing Fidel Castro. TMZ.com reported on Sunday (October 25th), "Sean (Penn) is going to the land of Fidel as a journalist, writing a story for Vanity Fair (magazine) about how the (Barack) Obama administration has affected Cuba." The website reported that he's traveling with Diana Jenkins, who is married to the "head honcho" at Barclays bank. TMZ's source added, "Barclays sources say Sean and Diana are going to meet (Fidel) Castro -- presumably because that's what Diana told them."

GERARD BUTLER REPORTEDLY STARRING IN SHAKESPEARE ADAPTATION: Gerard Butler is moving on after a string of romantic comedies. PerezHilton.com reports that the actor has signed on to star alongside William Hurt, Vanessa Redgrave and Ralph Fiennes in William Shakespeare's Coriolanus. The project will be directed by Fiennes -- who also plays the leading role.

PATRICK DEMPSEY REPORTEDLY SELLS HAIR STYLING PILOT: Patrick Dempsey has sold a new sitcom idea to the network bosses at ABC. The Grey's Anatomy star created the hairdressing show -- tentatively called Coif -- with his wife Jillian, who is a top stylist. He told TV Guide magazine, "It's kind of like Cheers or Friends, but it takes place in a beauty school in Los Angeles."

'DWTS' CONTESTANT REPORTEDLY DOING PLAYBOY: Dancing With the Stars contestant Joanna Krupa will reportedly grace the cover of December's Playboy magazine. Star reports that the model recently shot her pictorial for the magazine, which would mark her second appearance in the magazine. She posed for a spread in 2005 after she was dubbed the "Sexiest Swimsuit Model in the World." Meanwhile, Star also reports that Bravo reality star Kelly Bensimon will go topless for a spread in the magazine's January issue.

PATRICK SWAYZE'S WIDOW BREAKING SILENCE: Patrick Swayze's widow will speak out this week for the first time since the actor's September death. Lisa Niemi is scheduled to participate in a round table discussion on Grief, Healing and Resilience at the Women's Conference 2009 on Tuesday (October 27th). The discussion will be moderated by California First Lady and Women's Conference host Maria Shriver, who this summer lost her mother Eunice Shriver and uncle Ted Kennedy.

BENJAMIN BRATT REPORTEDLY GOING BACK TO 'LAW & ORDER': Benjamin Bratt will reportedly be reprising his role on Law & Order. PerezHilton.com reports that after nearly ten years away from the show, Bratt has signed on to revisit the character of Detective Rey Curtis. Sources say that he will factor heavily in a story involving S. Epatha Merkerson's Van Buren character.

'MAMMIA MIA' SEQUEL IN THE WORKS? A Mamma Mia movie sequel may be in the works. Amanda Seyfried, who played Meryl Streep's daughter in the movie musical, is quoted by StarPulse.com as having said, "I know it's still going to be ABBA music, because what else would it be? Come on, I wouldn't do 'Mamma Mia 2' without (ABBA duo) Benny and Bjorn. I think we all had the best time and we all got along so well. It was like some days it felt like we were just people on vacation. I will do it. And I know Meryl's game as well, so bring it on. It will be so cool."

BRAD PITT INVOLVED IN MINOR MOTORCYCLE HISHAP

Brad Pitt was involved in a minor motorcycle mishap over the weekend in Los Angeles. The megastar was uninjured after losing balance on the bike, but several sources claim the fall was caused by overzealous paparazzi.

Sources tell TMZ.com that Pitt was weaving in and out of stopped traffic and lost control of his motorcycle after clipping a parked car, while X17Online.com says the star fell after a "too-close-for-comfort pap cut him off."

  • EOnline.com attempted to set the record straight, taking the word of sources who claimed that the mirror on Pitt's bike nicked the mirror of an adjacent car and he lost balance on his bike. The insiders said that the other car involved was that of a paparazzo, but it was Pitt who got too close to the vehicle.
  • Pitt reportedly called his security team for a ride home because the bike wouldn't start after it had fallen.
  • In another account, RadarOnline.com says that their reporter witnessed the incident, and stated that a paparazzo bumped Pitt's bike from behind, forcing his motorcycle into the rear of the car ahead.

U.S FORMALLY SEEKS ROMAN POLANSKI EXTRADITION

The United States has officially asked Switzerland to hand Roman Polanski over to authorities in California. The Associated Press reports that he could serve up to two years in prison for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl.

Authorities in Zurich, where the director was arrested on September 26th, will hold a hearing on an unspecified date to decide whether Polanski should be sent back to Los Angeles. The Associated Press reports that if extradition is approved, Polanski may appeal the decision to Switzerland's top criminal court and, "theoretically, to the Federal Supreme Court."

  • It's a possibility that Polanski could remain in Swiss jail for months more, even though legal experts told the AP that has little chance of avoiding a return to the United States after 31 years as a fugitive.

ALEX RODRIGUES REPORTEDLY EXPLORING BUDDHISM WITH KATE HUDSON

Kate Hudson reportedly has her boyfriend, baseball star Alex Rodriguez, exploring Buddhism. A source told the New York Daily News that the actress's religion is "an important part of her life," adding that, "It seems like Alex really just wants to make her happy."

A witness sitting near Hudson at one of Rodriguez's recent games said that the actress even brought Buddha prayer beads with her to the stadium, and laid them across the railing in front of her seats. The spy noted, "It was a long strand of brown beads, and she and her friends would pick them up from time to time."

  • The paper reports that Rodriguez, a "religious chameleon" also explored Kabbalah while he was involved with Madonna.

JOHN GOSSELIN REPORTEDLY COMPLIES WITH COURT ORDER

Jon Gosselin's lawyer claims the reality dad has complied with the court order he received last week and returned $180,000 he took from a joint bank account with his estranged wife Kate. Her lawyer, however, countered attorney Mark Heller's claims, saying that Jon had returned $28,500 but he was waiting for Heller to wire back the remaining $152,000.

Mark Momijan said after Heller's statement last week, "I have no doubt Jon's lawyer is making an accurate representation but I'm just waiting. He added that Kate was not required to return any money, but has otherwise "complied with the court order in advance of the date." It was reported last week that a second hearing would be held today (October 26th).

Meanwhile, Heller denied RadarOnline.com's report that Jon has a meeting scheduled with CBS to talk about appearing on special celebrity editions of The Amazing Race or Survivor. Heller said, "Jon is not doing Amazing Race or any other reality show. No Divorced Dads Club, nothing. He is focused on his personal life and the matters at hand."

  • A source had told the website, "Jon is planning to fly to Los Angeles in late November for a meeting about appearing on one of the shows. Nothing is a done deal yet. This is in the very early stages."
  • Kate will be appearing on her own TLC special tonight.
  • In other news, Jon appears to have reconciled with Kate's estranged brother and sister-in-law, Kevin and Jodi Kreider, who blasted the couple for their "sham" marriage earlier this year. RadarOnline.com reports that Jon welcomed the Kreiders to the family's Pennsylvania home over the weekend while Kate was in Los Angeles.

CHARLIZE THERON KISSES GIRL FOR $140,000

Charlize Theron made out with a woman last week -- and she wasn't on a movie set. Granted, the kiss was for charity; a last-minute prize she offered at the OneXOne gala that proved to be worth $140,000.

The actress offered up a smooch after Jeremy Piven fetched $280,000 at the live auction -- far higher than the $37,000 she'd initially raised for a 2010 trip to South Africa that included World Cup tickets, a safari and a meet-and-greet with Nelson Mandela.

  • The actress told attendees, "For f*** sake! You can do better. There is no way I am leaving here with Jeremy Piven getting a higher bid. I've got t**** for God's sake."
  • She agreed to a 20-second kiss from a woman, who claimed her prize on stage as the audience counted down.

THE NASCAR REPORT FOR OCT 25TH!

SPRINT CUP: Denny Hamlin edges Jimmie Johnson at Martinsville

Race Recap: Tums Fast Relief 500 - Martinsville, Virginia

10 Kevin Harvick

9 Tony Stewart

8 Mark Martin

7 Ryan Newman

6 Jamie McMurray

5 Jeff Gordon

4 Kyle Busch passed Jeff Gordon on the final lap

3 Juan Pablo Montoya

2 Jimmie Johnson adds to his big Chase lead (118 pts. ahead of Mark Martin) with four races left

VICTORY LANE

1 Denny Hamlin wins his third race of the season after three restarts in the final 52 laps, passing Johnson with 12 laps to go and edging him out in a close final 2 laps. The final restart was caused by debris on the track.

OTHER STORIES ON THE DAY:

  • The race finished on a green-white-checkered flag under cation when John Andretti wrecked at the finish line.

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147 KILLED IN BAGHDAD SUICIDE BOMBINGS: Two suicide car bombings in Baghdad Sunday (October 25th) killed 147 people and wounded at least 721 in Iraq's deadliest attack in more than two years. The bombs targeted two government buildings -- the Ministry of Justice and the Baghdad Provincial Council -- and called into question Iraq's ability to protect its people as U.S. forces withdraw, even as violence has dropped dramatically. The street where the bombings took place had just been reopened to vehicle traffic six months ago, and blast walls were repositioned shortly after to allow traffic closer to the government buildings. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who has staked his political reputation and re-election bid on his ability to bring peace to Iraq, pledged to punish the perpetrators. There have been no claims of responsibility so far, but huge car bombs have been the hallmark of the Sunni insurgents who want to overthrow the Shiite-dominated government.

U.N. INSPECTORS VISIT FORMERLY SECRET IRANIAN SITE: Inspectors from the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency on Sunday (October 25th) visited a formerly secret uranium enrichment facility in Iran that raised suspicions in the West after its existence was discovered last month, suspicions fueled by its bunker-like construction and strong military protection. Inspectors are on a three-day mission at the enrichment site south of Tehran, Iran's second, and are expected to present their results later, after they leave the country. Some Iranian officials said the visit was an example that their nuclear program was open to international scrutiny. Iran claims its nuclear program is only for peaceful energy purposes, but the West believes Iran is trying to build a nuclear weapon.

VIDEO SHOWS STUDENT BEATEN BY SAN JOSE POLICE: A criminal investigation has been launched in San Jose, California, in response to cell phone video posted on the San Jose Mercury News website that shows city police officers repeatedly hitting an unarmed university student with batons and using a Taser stun gun on him as he cries and moans. The final baton strike on 20-year-old Vietnamese student Phuong Ho, a math major at San Jose State, appears to take place after he'd been handcuffed. Officers arrested Ho on September 3rd on suspicion of assaulting one of his roommates. He wasn't armed when police arrived and he told the newspaper he didn't resist arrest. The confrontation began when Ho's roommate put soap on Ho's steak. The two scuffled, and Ho picked up a steak knife, saying that in his home country he would have killed him for doing what he did. According to police reports, one officer encountered Ho in the hallway, but couldn't understand his accent, and Ho then ignored a police command to stand still. The police said Ho resisted being handcuffed. Another of Ho's roommates videotaped what went on.

TODAY'S FYI:

MADOFF ASSOCIATE FOUND DEAD IN HIS SWIMMING POOL: Jerry Picower, a philanthropist and longtime friend of Bernie Madoff who's been accused of profiting more than $7 billion from Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme, was found dead Sunday by his wife at the bottom of the pool at their Palm Beach, Florida, mansion. Police are investigating the death as a drowning, but haven't ruled out anything on the cause of death. However, the 67-year-old Picower's body showed no visible injuries, and he was wearing his swimming trunks. Picower had been accused of being the biggest beneficiary of Madoff's scheme, and the trustee appointed to recover money for defrauded investors had filed a lawsuit demanding that he return more than $7 billion. The trustee's lawyer charged Picower should have seen signs of fraud.

REPORT: LINK BETWEEN CELL PHONES AND CANCER: The New York Post reported Sunday (October 25th) that the World Health Organization is set to announce that it's found a link between long-term cell phone use and brain tumors, citing a story in London's Daily Telegraph. WHO's $30 million, decade-long study found, quote, "a significantly increased risk" of some brain tumors related to the use of cell phones for 10 years or longer, according to the Telegraph story. Cell phone companies and scientists have assured the public for years that cell phone use is safe.

EPA: GLOBAL WARMING PLAN WOULD COST EXTRA $100 A YEAR PER HOUSEHOLD: An Environmental Protection Agency analysis released Friday (October 23rd) of a plan in the Democratic-led Senate to fight global warming said it would add about $100 to the annual energy bill for a typical household. That is around the same cost projected by the EPA for similar legislation passed in the House over the summer. The so-called "cap and trade" legislation calls for capping emissions allowed from power plants and large industrial facilities, and allowing trading of pollution allowances. Republican critics of the legislation charged the EPA used overly optimistic assumptions, disguising the likely increase in energy costs to consumers.

BLOOMBERG HAS SPENT MOST OF OWN MONEY EVER FOR POLITICAL OFFICE: The New York Times reported Saturday (October 24th) that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has spent more of his own money in pursuit of public office than any other person in U.S. history. Citing newly-released campaign records, the Times said that Bloomberg had spent $85 million on his second re-election campaign as of Friday, and is on pace to spend between $110 and $140 million before the mayoral election next month, meaning he'll have spent more than $250 million in his three bids for mayor. Bloomberg is a self-made billionaire who has an estimated $16 billion fortune, with much of his wealth coming from the Bloomberg media and information empire.

  • According to the Times story, New Jersey Governor and former Goldman Sachs chairman Jon Corzine -- who's also up for re-election next month -- spent about $130 million in two races for governor and one for the U.S. Senate, and publisher Steve Forbes spent $114 million in two bids for president.

SUPREME COURT JUSTICES APPEAR IN OPERA: Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia had non-speaking roles Saturday night (October 24th) in a production at the Washington National Opera. The two opera-loving justices were dressed in black-tie attire as they remained on stage for nearly 90 minutes, portraying party guests during the opening performance of Ariadne auf Naxos, which depicts a serious opera company and a comedic troupe performing at the same time during a dinner party. Ginsburg and Scalia have appeared in productions at the opera before.

SPORTS:

YANKEES WORLD SERIES-BOUND AFTER BEATING ANGELS 5-2: The New York Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 last night (October 25th) to win the American League Championship Series 4 games to 2 and advance to the World Series, where they'll face the Philadelphia Phillies, who are looking to repeat as world champions. Veteran Andy Pettitte gave up just one run in 6 1/3 innings for the Yankees, earning his 16th postseason win to break a tie with John Smoltz for the most ever. Closer Mariano Rivera got six outs, but not before giving up a run in the eighth. Angels starter Joe Saunders gave up three runs in the fourth inning, which turned out to be all the Yankees needed.

  • Pitcher CC Sabathia, who won two games for the Yankees in the ALCS, was named the series MVP.
  • The teams played at Yankee Stadium after Game 6 was postponed one day to Sunday because of rain.
  • Game One of the World Series will take place Wednesday night (October 28th) at Yankee Stadium.

NFL SCORES -- WEEK 7: Here are the results of this week's National Football League games (Home teams are listed in italics):

  • Green Bay Packers 31, Cleveland Browns 3
  • Houston Texans 24, San Francisco 49ers 21
  • San Diego Chargers 37, Kansas City Chiefs 7
  • Indianapolis Colts 42, St. Louis Rams 6
  • New England Patriots 35, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7 -- Played in London before a sellout crowd at Wembley Stadium
  • Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Minnesota Vikings 17
  • Buffalo Bills 20, Carolina Panthers 9
  • New York Jets 38, Oakland Raiders 0
  • Cincinnati Bengals 45, Chicago Bears 10
  • Dallas Cowboys 37, Atlanta Falcons 21
  • New Orleans Saints 46, Miami Dolphins 34
  • Arizona Cardinals 24, New York Giants 17

Tonight's Monday Night Football game on ESPN:

  • Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins (8:30 p.m. ET)

ESPN BASEBALL ANALYST PHILLIPS FIRED AFTER AFFAIR ADMISSION: ESPN fired baseball analyst Steve Phillips Sunday night (October 25th) after he admitted last week to having had an affair with a 22-year-old production assistant at the network. Meanwhile, a representative for Phillips announced the former Mets general manager was entering a treatment facility, quote, "to address his personal issues." A network spokesman wouldn't comment to AP about the employee status of the production assistant, Brooke Hundley.

  • Police became involved in the situation after Hundley began calling Phillips' wife in August after he broke off the affair, and sent her a letter describing their relationship and saying, "we both can't have him." Marni Phillips later called police when she found Hundley in her driveway. Hundley also reportedly posed online as a classmate of the Phillips' 16-year-old son and sent repeated messages asking him about his parents' relationship.
  • Marni Phillips filed for divorce last month.
  • In 1998, Phillips, then the Mets' GM, admitted having sex with a team employee who'd sued him for sexual harassment. The case was settled out of court.

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

 
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