2 Year Old singing Taylor Swift's "You Belong with Me"
By MYFOXDC STAFF/myfoxdc
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Taylor Swift might be raking in the awards in 2009, but she'd better watch out because she's got some competition. She's young, blonde, talented, and she's got style.
She's also a toddler.
The latest YouTube sensation is an adorable little blonde girl who does her best Taylor impression for the camera. The video was posted by her mom, who's also behind the camera.
In the description of the video, her mom writes, "As most young kids do, our daughter loves Taylor Swift. Here is her attempt to replicate Taylor's performance on the subway during the VMA's."
The 2 year old even pulls off a wardrobe change during the two-minute performance. She starts off wearing a brown bucket hat and a red coat, but when she gets to the chorus of "You Belong With Me", she rips off the hat and coat to reveal her princess dress. The little girl even carries an imaginary microphone, which she sings into, appropriately.
The hit of the video is definitely at the end —she finishes the song, and then yells out, "I love you, New York!"
So far, the little girl's a hit. The YouTube video had been viewed more than 776,000 times at the time this story was published.
Tim McGraw had nothing but wonderful words to say about Sandra Bullock, his co-star in the new movie The Blind Side -- a true story about the life of professional football player Michael Oher. Tim tells Nashville's Tennessean, "She's very unaffected. Whether you are in the music business or the movie business, you run into characters, but she is definitely not one of them. She's just a very cool, friendly, down-to-earth person. For me, she always reminded me of like my best friend's little sister."
Tim had to slightly alter his appearance to look more like Sean Tuohy, the character he plays in the film, but he said he didn't mind shaving off his trademark goatee. "That's the great thing about movies -- I don't have to be me. I look like a totally different person when I shave."
Tim McGraw and Sugarland appear on today's episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show (check local listings) in the talk show queen's first-ever holiday duet extravaganza.
Sugarland's Kristian Bush says he and partner Jennifer Nettles were excited to appear on Oprah for the second time this year. He says, "The only thing better than having appeared on Oprah in February and getting her phone number would be that her phone number pops back up on your phone and she says, 'Would you come back and be on my show again?'"
Tim teams up with R-&-B star Alicia Keys, while Sugarland duets (or tri-ets?) with Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson on a Christmas classic from their new Gold and Green holiday album. The other duet features Mary J. Blige with Andrea Bocelli.
Tim appeared in last year's holiday hit, Four Christmases. He played "Dallas," one of Vince Vaughan's brothers. Four Christmases also starred Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall, Jon Favreau, Sissy Spacek, Jon Voight and Dwight Yoakam.
One of Tim's favorite Christmas songs is "Away in the Manger," which wife Faith Hill put on her Joy to the World album last year.
Sugarland has been tapped to perform on the TNT Christmas In Washington special airing on December 20th at 8 p.m. ET. The duo will join President Obama and the First Lady, as well as fellow entertainers Mary J. Blige, Neil Diamond, Rob Thomas, Usher and host George Lopez. The show will be taped at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC on December 13th.
Carrie Underwood recently taped her upcoming holiday special, Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special. She tells People magazine, "It was a lot of fun to tape, and I think we ended up with a great show."
The Oklahoma native teams up with an all-star cast, including pal Brad Paisley, American Idol's David Cook, Broadway and television star Kristin Chenoweth, as well as the legendary Dolly Parton. Of Parton's appearance, she says, "It was a dream come true."
Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special airs December 7th at 8:00 pm (ET) on FOX.
Carrie plans on being home in Checotah, Oklahoma for the Christmas holiday. She tells People, "We are together and that's the most important thing."
Something that has to be on the table for the holiday is her mom's broccoli cheese and potato casseroles. She says, "I just love food!"
Taylor Swift released the Platinum Edition of her hit album, Fearless, a few weeks ago, and the collection features six new songs, including a cover of the Nashville rock band Luna Halo's song "Untouchable," which originally appeared on the group's 2007 major-label debut album.
Luna Halo member Nathan Barlowe was thrilled with Taylor's version of the song, and they're apparently being inundated with offers to write tunes for other country stars. "A lot of people are curious to see if we can repeat the magic somehow, and we are, too," Nathan tells Nashville's Tennessean. "Songwriting, to me, if you're good at it, it's a craft that you're constantly learning, especially when you switch formats. There's a learning curve there that takes a little time. Luckily, we're hooking up with some of the greatest writers in town, and we're learning from them."
If you happened to miss Taylor hosting Saturday Night Live earlier this month, you can catch the show again as it repeats December 26th on NBC.
Taylor was home in Hendersonville for the Thanksgiving holiday and hung out with friends over the weekend. She tweeted, "Driving around with [best friend] Abigail just like when we were 16. 'Fifteen' just came on the car radio."
The battle of the country charts is currently between Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" and Luke Bryan's "Do I." The two acts are friends as well as labelmates, and it just so happens that Lady Antebellum, who's held the Number One position for two weeks, has a stake in Luke knocking them out of the top spot -- Lady A's Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood co-wrote "Do I," while Hillary Scott sang background vocals.
Charles tells us when he and Dave moved to Nashville, they just wanted to write songs. [(Charles) "When we first moved to Nashville, you know, Dave and I, we honestly got to the point where we were like, 'I just want to write songs.' Man, I love writing. I love waking up around 10, write a song, eat some lunch, finish the song, and then you're done with your day. (laughs) What a great life. They have the best lives ever. And so, our whole dream when we moved to Nashville was to hear another artist sing a song that we penned. And to hear a song on the radio that someone's singing that you're a big fan of, and Luke and us have become such huge buddies. So, we're excited. It's a lot of fun for us to kind of watch that move up the charts, and I just think he sounds awesome on it and I'm hoping it shoots its way along right up to the top." (Dave Haywood) "And Hillary's singing backup on it."
We'll find out tomorrow if Luke takes over the top spot on the charts.
You can take a peek at Lady A's new album cover for Need You Now -- the follow-up to their platinum-selling self-titled debut album -- at their official website LadyAntebellum.com.
Need You Now, which features the chart-topping title track, arrives in stores January 26th.
"Do I" is the first single from Luke's second album, Doin' My Thing, which hit stores in October.
Keith Urban and wife Nicole Kidman are getting into the Christmas spirit. The two were spotted a few days ago at The Home Depot in Los Angeles stocking up on holiday decorations, according to Australia's Daily Mail. The couple were seen laughing and joking as they strolled up and down the aisles loading their carts high with festive trinkets, including numerous gold ornaments.
Last week, Keith appeared at the 23rd ARIA Awards Ceremony in Australia, where he was nominated for Best Country Album, which went to Troy Cassar-Daley. Keith performed his hit "Kiss a Girl" on the show.
Keith is nominated for four Country Music Association of Australia awards, which takes place in New South Wales on January 23rd. He's up for Best Album for Defying Gravity, Best Male Artist, Best Single for "Kiss a Girl" and Best Song for "Why's It Been So Long."
The Australian leg of Keith's Escape Together World Tour will kick off next month.
Dierks Bentley narrates a new DVD documentary, The Rise of Kahne, featuring NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne. The film, which arrives in stores December 12th, follows Kahne's actions on and off the track, as he drives his way to superstardom.
Dierks is currently in the midst of writing and recording a pair of albums -- one bluegrass and one country -- which he plans to release next year.
Dierks still has a handful of concert dates on the books until the end of the year. On December 9th, he'll be in Los Angeles and on December 10th, he kicks off a two-night stand in Las Vegas.
Gary Allan is gearing up to release his new album, Get Off on the Pain, early next year, and he's really thrilled with the first single, "Today," even though he didn't write it.
Gary tells us when he heard the song, it really affected him, and he just had to record it. "'Today,' I didn't write it, but I think that we've all got like somebody in our lives that you just kinda feel like, 'Man, I missed that, and when your heart's moving too slow,' I guess that's what that is. So, this song just hit me really hard. I knew it was a hit right when I heard it, and I was excited to cut it and excited to get it out."
Gary wrote or co-wrote five of the tracks on Get Off on the Pain,which is due in stores February 2nd.
Gary was born and raised in La Mirada, California, but now resides in Nashville.
Gary turned down a record deal with A&M Records when he was still in high school.
The first concert Gary attended was Ernest Tubb at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles.
BRITTANY MURPHY'S HUSBAND HOSPITALIZED: Brittany Murphy's husband Simon Monjack was rushed to the hospital on Saturday (November 28th) after the couple's flight from Puerto Rico landed in Los Angeles. TMZ.com reports that Murphy told responding fire department personnel that she thought her husband was having an asthma attack that didn't warrant hospitalization, but the officers disagreed. Sources told TMZ that Monjack was "incoherent" when EMTs boarded the plane.
NICK HOGAN IN MINOR CRASH: Nick Hogan was involved in a minor car accident on Saturday (November 28th) night in Los Angeles. TMZ.com reports that there were no injuries and although police came to the scene, no report was taken. Ironically, Hogan -- who spent time in jail last year after causing an accident that seriously injured his friend -- was coming back from a charity event to raise money for an organization that teaches people to drive safely when the accident occurred.
TOM ARNOLD MARRIED: Tom Arnold got married for the fourth time on Saturday (November 28th). People magazine reports that the comedian tied the knot with Ashley Groussman in Hawaii in front of about 75 people, including best man Dax Shepard. Arnold recently wrote on the couple's weddingchannel.com page, "I knew that if I could get Ashley to fall in love with me, I'd never have to worry about anything else as long as I lived."
TAWNY KITAEN CHARGED WITH DUI: Tawny Kitaen has been officially charged with driving under the influence stemming from her September arrest. TMZ.com reports that the reality star faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted. She was pulled over by police near John Wayne Airport in California three months ago, allegedly making "contact with officers after operating a vehicle while under the influence."
TAYLOR LAUTNER AMONG DECEMBER 'SNL' HOSTS: Taylor Lautner is among the recently-announced actors who will be hosting Saturday Night Live in December. Examiner.com reports that the New Moon hunk will take control of the program on December 12th with musical guest Bon Jovi. Gossip Girl'sBlake Lively will kick off the month's programs on December 5th with musical guest Rihanna while James Franco has the honor of hosting on December 19th.
ANOTHER 'AMITYVILLE' REMAKE? Another remake of The Amityville Horror is reportedly in the works. PerezHilton.com claims that the Weinstein Company and Dimension Films have acquired the rights to redo the scary flick, which was last put on the big screen in 2005.
'PARANORMAL ACTIVITY' DVD OFFERS NEW ENDING: An alternate ending to Paranormal Activity will be featured on the film's DVD. Entertainment Weekly announced the popular horror film will be available for home viewing beginning on December 29th.
Tiger Woods is praising the actions of his wife Elin Nordegren and denying rumors that he was cheating with another woman after crashing his car near his house in Orlando on Friday, (November 27th). In a post on his website Sunday (November 30th), the 33-year-old golf champion said, "This situation is my fault and it's obviously embarrassing to my family and me. I'm human and I'm not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn't happen again."
The National Enquirer and other gossip sites reported that Woods had left his home after a physical altercation with his wife over his alleged affair with a New York club hostess named Rachel Uchitel. He reportedly suffered wounds on his face, which if caused by his wife, could lead to charges. Some gossip sites speculate that Woods is refusing police interviews so that his injuries cannot be assessed.
Woods countered, "This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way. Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible."
He continued: "The only person responsible for the accident is me. My wife, Elin, acted courageously when she saw I was hurt and in trouble. She was the first person to help me. Any other assertion is absolutely false. This incident has been stressful and very difficult for Elin, our family and me. I appreciate all the concern and well wishes that we have received. But, I would also ask for some understanding that my family and I deserve some privacy no matter how intrusive some people can be."
TIGER REFUSES POLICE INTERVIEW
Woods also canceled an interview Sunday with Florida state troopers about the incident. It was the third time he canceled a police interview after his wife told authorities that Woods was sleeping on Friday, and postponing it on Saturday. Sgt. Kim Montes of the Florida Highway Patrol told AP that no other interview has been scheduled with Woods and is not required to continue the investigation.
911 CALL DETAILS ACCIDENT'S AFTERMATH
People.com reported that a neighbor called 911 after Woods crashed his 2009 Escalade into a fire hydrant and then into a tree minutes after leaving his home at 2:55 a.m. Though it was previously reported that Nordegren broke the back window of the SUV with a golf club to get her husband out of the car, the 911 caller tells the dispatcher that he was not trapped in the car.
In the call, which was released on Sunday, the neighbor is heard saying, "I need an ambulance immediately, I have someone down in front of my house."
The conversation continued, "(Dispatcher) What happened? What's wrong? (Neighbor) I have a neighbor, he hit the tree and we came out here just to see what was going on. I see him and he's laying down. (Dispatcher) By hit a tree, you mean it was an auto accident? (Neighbor) Yes there was an auto accident, yeah."
Woods reportedly suffered lacerations to his face and lips. He was treated at a local hospital and released in good condition.
ALLEGED MISTRESS DENIES INVOLVEMENT
Meanwhile, Uchitel says she has met Woods, but is not involved with him. "I resent my reputation is getting completely blasted in the media," she said. "Everyone is assuming I came out and said this. This is not a story I have anything to do with."
Sources have told Bossip.com that Tiger's facial lacerations were not due to the crash but were inflicted by his wife during a physical altercation, after which he chose to leave the house. As Tiger drove away, Elin came after him and struck the vehicle several times with a golf club.
According to these sources, Woods became "distracted," and thought he had stopped the vehicle when he turned to see what had happened. At that point the SUV rolled forward, striking the fire hydrant and then a tree. The sources also say that Tiger was taking prescription meds for an injury, which is why he was "out of it" at the scene.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon held on to the top spot at the North American box office for the second weekend in a row, as the vampire romance took in $42.5 million for the three days and $66 million over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday. In fact, the top three spots were the same as last weekend, with The Blind Side remaining in second place and 2012 staying in third.
The comedy Old Dogs, starring John Travolta and Robin Williams as best friends who are unexpectedly put in charge of the care of seven-year-old twins, opened in fourth place, with a $16.8 million take over the weekend and $24 million for five days. Kelly Preston and Seth Green co-star. The action movie Ninja Assassin, starring Korean superstar Rain as a member of a secret clan of assassins who seeks revenge on the people who trained him after they kill his friend, debuted at Number 6, taking in $13.1 million for the three days and $21 million for the five-day period.
The animated "stop-motion" film Fantastic Mr. Fox, based on the Roald Dahl children's book, expanded into wide release and climbed into the top 10, finishing at Number 9. It features the voices of George Clooney, MerylStreep, Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray, and was directed by Wes Anderson.
SUSPECT SOUGHT IN SHOOTING DEATHS OF FOUR WASHINGTON COPS: Police are searching for a 37-year-old ex-con who's suspected in the shooting deaths of four police officers Sunday (November 29th) inside a Parkland, Washington, coffee shop. The man being sought, Maurice Clemmons, has an extensive violent criminal history in Arkansas, including aggravated robbery and theft. He was also recently arrested and charged in Washington state for assaulting a police officer and second-degree rape of a child. He posted $150,000 bail and was released last week. There's still no known motive for why the killer went into the coffee shop Sunday morning and gunned down the three male and one female officers, ranging in age from 37 to 42. It's believed one of the four was able to fight back, and may have shot the suspect before he died.
In 1989, a 17-year-old Clemmons was convicted in Arkansas for aggravated robbery. He was paroled in 2000 after then-Governor Mike Huckabee commuted his 95-year sentence, citing Clemmons' youth. Clemmons later violated parole and was returned to prison. He was released in 2004.
IRAN SAYS WILL BUILD 10 NEW NUCLEAR FACILITIES: Iran yesterday (November 29th) said it will build 10 new uranium enrichment facilities, a major expansion of its controversial nuclear program. However, Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi told state radio Iran hadn't intended to do so until the International Atomic Energy Agency's resolution Friday (November 27th), backed by U.S., Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany, demanding that Iran stop construction of its newly-revealed enrichment facility and end all other enrichment activities. Salehi said Iran made the decision to build the 10 new facilities in addition to the one it already has because it needed to give a strong response. The U.S. and its allies charge Iran is trying to produce nuclear weapons, but Iran insists it's only interested in nuclear energy to produce electricity.
REPORT: BIN LADEN IN REACH OF U.S. TROOPS IN DECEMBER 2001: A Senate Foreign Relations Committee report says that Osama bin Laden was within reach of U.S. troops in the mountains of Tora Bora in December 2001 when American military leaders made the costly decision not to pursue the al-Qaida leader with massive force. According to the report, the failure to catch bin Laden then has had lasting consequences beyond just his fate, saying it laid the foundation for the renewed Afghan insurgency today, and inflamed the internal conflict now threatening Pakistan. The report says bin Laden was hiding in Tora Bora when the U.S. could have mounted a rapid assault with at least several thousand troops. Instead, fewer than 100 U.S. commandos, working with Afghan militias, tried to track him down, aided by airstrikes. At the time, then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld expressed concern that a large U.S. troop presence might cause a backlash, and he and some others said the evidence wasn't conclusive about bin Laden's location.
TRANSSEXUAL SPORTSWRITER DEAD, SUICIDE SUSPECTED:Los Angeles Times sportswriter Mike Penner, who announced two years ago that he was a transsexual and was changing his name to Christine Daniels, was pronounced dead Friday (November 27th) after being found at his L.A. home. The Times reported that he's believed to have committed suicide. The 52-year-old veteran sportswriter had returned to using the name Mike Penner last year. Penner wrote a story for the Times in April 2007 in which he revealed that he'd be taking a few weeks vacation, and would be returning as a woman. He wrote, "I am a transsexual sports writer. It has taken more than 40 years, a million tears and hundreds of hours of soul-wrenching therapy for me to work up the courage to type those words." Penner's bosses were supportive, and he reported as Christine Daniels. But he eventually reverted to writing under the name Mike Penner, and was a Times columnist at the time of his death.
OBAMAS TAKE IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL GAME:President Obama and his family took in a college basketball game Saturday (November 28th) in Washington, D.C., between George Washington University and Oregon State, which is coached by first lady Michelle Obama's brother, Craig Robinson. Obama, his wife, daughters Malia and Sasha and mother-in-law Marian Robinson sat courtside in the Smith Center, watching and cheering as Oregon State won the game 64-57.
SPACE SHUTTLE RETURNS TO EARTH: The space shuttle Atlantis returned to Earth Friday (November 27th), touching down in Cape Canaveral with seven astronauts on board. Among them was Randolph Bresnik, whose wife gave birth to their daughter Saturday while he was in orbit, and who flew home to Houston a day ahead of his crewmates to see them both. Also returning was Nicole Stott, who'd spent three months at the International Space Station. Atlantis delivered a load of large spare parts to the space station, and crew members performed three spacewalks to install equipment and carry out maintenance.
Only five space shuttle flights remain, all scheduled for next year, with the first set for February.
HUCKABEE SAYS LIKELY WON'T RUN FOR PREZ IN 2012: Fox News host and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said on CBS' Face the Nation Sunday (November 29th) that he probably won't run for president in 2012. Part of the reasoning behind his likely decision is the fact that he doesn't think President Obama will lose his re-election bid. He said, "Anyone who thinks Barack Obama is an easy mark off, just remember Bill Clinton was just labeled politically dead and came back to win a resounding re-election in 1996." However, he sounded less certain during another appearance yesterday, on Fox News Sunday. On that show, Huckabee said he's leaning slightly against running for president in 2012 but says it's far too early to say what he'll do. Huckabee, a favorite of evangelical conservatives, finished second in the 2008 Republican presidential primary behind winner John McCain.
MYSTERY SADDAM HUSSEIN CHANNEL TURNS UP ON IRAQI TV: A mysterious satellite channel that celebrates Saddam Hussein began broadcasting in Iraq Friday (November 27th), on the Islamic calendar's anniversary of the late dictator's 2006 execution. It's unknown who's behind the channel -- whose official name alternates between the Arabic words for "the banner" and "the Arab" -- but the Iraqi government suspects it's members of the Baath political party that Saddam once led. It mostly airs flattering, still images of Saddam, set against audio recordings of him making speeches and reciting poetry. Patriotic music urges listeners to, quote, "liberate our country." The channel is broadcast across the Arab world, but it's unclear where it's being broadcast from.
NFL SCORES -- WEEK 12: Here are the results of this week's National Football League games. (Home teams are listed in italics):
New England Patriots at New Orleans Saints (8:30 p.m. ET)
NETS GO 0-17, MATCH NBA RECORD FOR WORST SEASON START: The New Jersey Nets lost 106-87 to the Los Angeles Lakers last night (November 29th), bringing their record to 0-17, which ties the record for worst start to an NBA season, held by the 1988-89 Miami Heat and the 1999 Los Angeles Clippers. The loss came a few hours after Nets head coach Lawrence Frank was fired, and his assistant, Tom Barrise, filled in temporarily.
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)
HEROES - Unexpected visitors greet H.R.G.; Samuel's plan starts to come to fruition; Claire's journey takes her to an unexpected destination.
TRAUMA - As a bad batch of heroin hits San Francisco, Glenn questions Nancy's judgment during an encounter with a 'frequent flyer'; a bizarre theft sends Marisa on a wild goose chase; Boone contemplates his future; a romance begins to take off.
ONE TREE HILL - Nathan and Haley's careers bring about a tough decision for the family; Julian reveals a secret to Alex; Jamie learns the truth about Skills' new job.
GOSSIP GIRL - Blair suspects her mother of keeping a big secret; Vanessa shows up on Dan's doorstep for Thanksgiving; Chuck tells Nate he has potentially damaging information about one of their friends.
DAY TIME TALK SHOW
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - (repeat) THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Oprah's Holiday Music Extravaganza THE VIEW - Deepak Chopra
LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS
THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - (repeat) THE JAY LENO SHOW (NBC) - Bill Maher, Adam Carolla THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - William Shatner, a performance by the past of Mary Poppins JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - (repeat) THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Michael Sheen, Lance Burton LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - (repeat) LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat) THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Maziar Bahari THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Cevin Soling LOPEZTONIGHT - Katey Sagal, Joanna Krupa, David Guetta featuring Akon
COUPLE HAS BLACK FRIDAY WEDDING IN LINE AT BEST BUY: A bargain-hunting couple looking for a way to save money on their wedding decided to get married while on line to get into a Best Buy for Black Friday deals. The couple waited outside the Best Buy for two days to ensure they were first in line, along with their combined four kids from previous relationships. "We are saving money standing in line for Black Friday and we're not really spending much on the wedding," said the bride. "So we said we are here looking for deals on Black Friday. Let's have a wedding doing the same thing," added her husband. (WFIE)
SECRETARY CALLS IN BOMB THREAT TO DELAY BOSS' FLIGHT: A Florida woman is accused of calling in a bomb threat to Miama International Airport in an attempt to delay her boss' flight. She reported sent an e-mail saying that there was a bomb on board an American Airlines flight to Honduras so that her boss, who was running late, would not miss his flight. (WSVN)
POLICE RESPOND TO PARENTS FIGHTING OVER TOY HAMSTERS: Indiana police said they responded to two seperate calls on Friday from Toys 'R Us stores reporting parents fighting over robotic hamsters. Reports say the lines for the stores were much longer than expected and customers were cutting the line and not cooperating. Three squad cars were called after a fight broke out in the back of one line. (the Consumerist)
VIETNAMESE MAN DIGS UP DEAD WIFE TO SLEEP WITH HER: A Vietnamese man reportedly dug up his dead wife and slept with her body for five years so that he could hug her in bed. The 55-year-old man said that after his wife died in 2003 he spent many nights asleep on top of her grave, but after his children prevented him from going to the grave he decided to dig up his wife and take her home. He molded clay around her remains and put clothes on her. "I'm a person that does things differently. I'm not like normal people," said the man. (TVNZ)
'TURKEY DROP': DUMPING SOMEONE OVER THANKSGIVING: A Washington University junior told an NPR host, "The turkey drop is that holiday breakup season where all the college students return home for their first major vacation and everyone breaks up." It's often freshmen who do the majority of the turkey dropping. After three months living apart and making new friends, high school sweethearts reunite to find their long-distance relationship is more burden than they want. You're not safe from the turkey drop if you're out of college, either, according to relationship and sex advice guru Dan Savage. "For grown-ups," he says, "it's the anticipation of being stuck for three or four more months. You're a cad if you break up around Christmas. And then there's New Years -- and you can't dump somebody right around New Years. After that, if you don't jump on it, is Valentine's Day," Savage says. "God forbid if their birthday should fall somewhere between November and February -- then you're really stuck. Thanksgiving is really when you have to pull the trigger if you're not willing to tough it out through February."
EQUATION CALCULATES TOYS' PLAY VALUE: Psychologist Cliff Arnall has created an equation that is designed to calculate a toy's 'play value' based on factors including cost, the amount of time a child is expected to spend with it and whether it encourages social interaction. A toy that scores 40 or above is considered to to be of excellent value. Professor Arnall developed the equation after a study of 5,000 parents and children, commissioned by British toy company Worlds Apart, revealed that 65 percent of kids receive Christmas presents they don't like or don't play with.
SUDOKU REPORTEDLY BURNS 90 CALORIES AN HOUR: The Daily Mail reports that one researcher claims you can burn 90 calories an hour doing sudoku puzzles. Doing puzzles and quizzes burns an average of 90 calories every hour, they say -- while a chocolate chip cookie contains an average 56 calories. A British Dietetic Association spokesman said, "When thinking hard, the brain needs to get its energy from somewhere. It can get this energy from burning calories. The brain is like any other body part -- if you are working it hard, it will need more calories to work well."
Dr. Katherine Ramsland, who teaches forensic psychology at DeSales University and wrote the book, The Science of Vampires addressed the origins of the myth. (Fox News)
Avoiding sunlight: Several elements of the vampire legend are based around facts, artfully combined into a scary whole. Vampires are commonly depicted as creatures of the dark, being highly sensitive to sunlight. This is the case for people afflicted with porphyria, a well-known condition that makes one allergic to the sun. When exposed to the sun, people with porphyria develop burning blisters and swelling of the skin. Porphyria is extremely rare, of course, but not so its milder cousin, polymorphic light eruption. This type of allergic reaction is characterized by the formation of bumpy and itchy rashes on sun-exposed skin. But it's not actually an allergy to the sun, rather an immune reaction.
Immortality: Dracula is commonly regarded as not just long-lived, but literally immortal. Ramsland thinks there is science to explain this aspect of the myth, noting research on what scientists call "immortalized cells." The aging process is partly predicated on the lifespan of our cells; as long as they continue dividing, we remain young, and structures in our cells called telomeres play a part in cellular division. What controls the telomeres? Ramsland explains that "through the activity of an enzyme known as telomerase, the youth-preserving activity of the telomeres can be extended. In other words, there's an actual chemical in our cells that may hold the secret to eternal youth, and if so, it may explain how vampires can live forever."
Drinking blood: Mosquitoes, bats and other creatures drink blood, but humans rarely do -- unless they have an iron deficiency such as anemia, notes Dr. Manuel Alvarez, managing editor for health at FoxNews.com. Those suffering from iron deficiencies could feel the need to rush out for an extra side-helping of iron-rich spinach . . . or may opt to eat an extremely bloody steak. Craving iron and feasting on human blood are very different, of course. But Dr. Manny notes that pica, the pattern of eating non-foods or even blood, can result from anemia. This may not explain the vampire mythology, but it could explain one of the characteristics associated with the creatures.
Killing humans: Physicists Costas J. Efthimiou and Sohang Gandhi argue a good case against vampires, based on the hard facts of physics. In their 2007 paper "Cinema Fiction vs. Physics Reality: Ghosts, Vampires and Zombies," The pair work out a mathematical formula to describe the number of humans left after x months of vampirism spreading through a population of size and " . . . we conclude that if the first vampire appeared on January 1st of 1600 AD, humanity would have been wiped out by June of 1602, two and a half years later. We conclude that vampires cannot exist, since their existence contradicts the existence of human beings. Incidentally, the logical proof that we just presented is of a type known as reduction ad absurdum, that is, reduction to the absurd."
According to Wikipedia, The Jon Stewart Show was the first talk show on that network and was an instant hit, becoming the second-highest rated MTV show behind Beavis and Butt-head. In 1994, Paramount pulled the plug on The Arsenio Hall Show and, with new corporate sibling MTV (through MTV parent Viacom's acquisition of the studio), launched an hour-long syndicated late-night version of The Jon Stewart Show. It was canceled in less than two years. Amongst the fans of the show was David Letterman, who was the final guest of The Jon Stewart Show.
Shoppers Turned Out Over Black Friday Weekend, But Spent Less
Holiday shoppers turned out on Black Friday and over the weekend, which was good news for retailers, but they weren't spending as much, focusing on practical, small-ticket and sale items. According to preliminary figures released Saturday (November 28th) by ShopperTrak, sales rose just 0.5 percent Friday compared with a year ago. So despite the increase in shoppers, the National Retail Federation trade group said Sunday it's sticking to its forecast for holiday sales to decline 1 percent from last year.
There was some promising news, as overall reports from malls and stores showed shoppers continued to come in over the weekend. That's a change from last year, when stores had a pretty good Black Friday, but sales tanked the rest of the weekend and season. For the season overall, sales were down three percent last year. This year, traffic to stores and websites rose to 195 million from 172 million in 2008.
Analysts said that store chains that may have done better this past weekend include discount retailers like Wal-Mart and Target, teen apparel retailers Aeropostale and American Eagle Outfitters, and higher-end chains like Saks.
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Chris Young celebrated his very first Number One hit, "Gettin' You Home," with a party in Nashville yesterday (Tuesday, November 24th). Chris co-wrote the song which, he tells us, he can hardly believe hit the top of the charts. It's just still surreal. I still pinch myself everyday about it. It sounds stupid and a hokey answer to say, but we were shootin' the new video, and I was sittin' there and I was like, 'Man!' They're like, 'What?' I'm like, 'I got a Number One record!' It's just really strange to me. It's cool playin' it out and people all know the words to it."
Chris will continue the celebration through Thanksgiving, where he says he plans to have an all-out feast. "Diet is out the window on Thanksgiving this year. Last year I was like right in the middle of the radio tour. I'm like, 'I'm sorry, I can't eat that,' and then I spent the rest of the year goin', 'Man! I missed out on cheese bisuits and turkey,' and so this year I'm eatin' it (laughs)!"
Chris will perform at the 5th annual Sound & Speed event in Nashville on January 8th. He will join headliner Hank Williams, Jr., along with a host of NASCAR's star drivers.
Blake Shelton tells us that his girlfriend, Miranda Lambert, is a great cook. She likes to experiment, and he says that more often than not, her results are impressive. And it's a good thing. Because Blake says he is definitely not a cook and tells us he won't be much help with Thanksgiving dinner. "I don't do any turkey carving. I guess if there's any outdoor cooking to be done, I'll babysit it but I'm really not that good at grilling either. I'm more of a just stand around, what do you need me to carry type of guy. But I don't do much of the cooking."
Blake says he's not even any good at the manly activity of frying turkeys. "I have fried turkeys. In fact, we did that for about three or four years in a row and after about the third year of carving into a raw turkey that I could have sworn there's no way it's been sitting in there that long, and still not be done yet. And then you've got to put it back in there. And then it's ruined. So I've stopped frying turkeys, or baking them. Turkeys are just too big."
You might recall that Shelton once had a pet turkey... named Turkey.
Blake's new single, "Hillbilly Bone," features a guest appearance by Trace Adkins.
Hank Williams, Jr. and Chris Young will perform at the fifth annual Sprint Sound & Speed event scheduled for January 8th and 9th at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Sound & Speed combines the worlds of music and NASCAR, with the appearance of such drivers as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Michael Waltrip, Clint Bowyer, Reed Sorenson, and David Stremme. NASCAR legend Kyle Petty will also give a special performance with his band.
Other country stars scheduled to appear at the 2010 Sound & Speed include Jason Michael Carroll, Josh Turner, and members of Diamond Rio.
Tickets for the Sound & Speed concerts are available through TicketMaster.
For more information about the event, log onto soundandspeed.org.
Since its inception, the event has attracted about 40,000 fans and has raised more than $800,000 for Victory Junction Camp.
The Camp was founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty for children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses.
Andy Griggs and his family are dealing with the devastating loss of their Nashville-area home to fire over the weekend, and now a beloved four-legged member of the family is missing. Their Miniature Yorkshire Terrier, Lexie, was last seen running around the yard while the fire department was fighting the fire. Andy asks that anyone who finds her contact either the phone number on her tag or his publicist's office at 615-321-1383.
A spokesperson for Andy said, "She (Lexie) is a member of their family. They are very worried about her and would very much like for her to be returned home safely."
The Griggs' home was destroyed on Saturday (November 21st). The cause of the blaze is still unknown.
Aside from missing their pet, Andy says the family is holding up well. He said, "We are doing good. My family and I thank you for your prayers. I can actually feel them."
NICOLE KIDMAN'S NOT PREGNANT: Nicole Kidman is not pregnant. After the 42-year-old actress was photographed at the American Music Awards holding her belly and a finger to her lips, rumors began swirling that she and Keith Urban were expecting another baby. Her rep clarified, "This is not true."
NICOLE RICHIE STILL RECOVERING FROM PNEUMONIA: Nicole Richie has thanked fans for well-wishes during her battle with pneumonia. The star, who was recently hospitalized for the illness, blogged on Tuesday (November 24th), "Right now it's important for me to stay in bed and recover. Reading all of your messages on Twitter and my website has really brightened my spirits and I am so grateful for the support. I look forward to seeing you all very soon and wish you a happy Thanksgiving."
'NEW MOON' STARS TWEET: Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are embracing Twitter. The New Moon co-stars posted their first messages on the social networking site earlier this week, thanking fans for supporting their movie. Pattinson wrote on Summit Entertainment's official Twilight Twitter page, "Thank you for making NEW MOON #1. It's very exciting to be a part of something embraced by so many people. I hope you are looking forward to ECLIPSE as much as I am." Stewart then followed up, posting, "You all have proven you're the most amazing fans in the world once again." Her in experience was evident after she added, "Yes, I twittered. Or twitted, tweeted? I dunno, but thank you sooo much anyway!"
JOSEPH FIENNES DENIES WIFE IS PREGNANT: Joseph Fiennes has shot down rumors that he's about to become a first-time father. The actor spoke out after the Daily Mail claimed his new wife was expecting a baby, telling Britain's Now newspaper, "No it isn't (true). A newspaper said I made an announcement, which felt like I opened my French doors and said, 'Ladies and gentleman, I just want you to know. . . ' But it just never happened. I'd love to have kids; I grew up in a large family."
ALYSSA MILANO CONFRONTS TWITTER IMPOSTOR: Alyssa Milano blew the whistle on a Twitter impostor. Earlier this week the actress tweeted, "Maybe Alyssa_Milano would like to tell us all why she is pretending to be me." Shortly after, the fake account was suspended and now reads "Sorry, the profile you were trying to view has been suspended due to strange activity."
DONNY OSMOND CROWNED DANCING WITH THE STARS CHAMPION
Donny Osmond was crowned the new champion of ABC's Dancing with the Stars on the season finale Tuesday night (November 24th), and he celebrated by running into the audience and picking up his wife, who he carried onto the stage. The 1970s teen idol was helped to the title by his performance last night of an Argentine tango with his professional dancing partner, Kym Johnson, that earned the top score of the final performances.
Singer Mya, who performed a jive with her partner, Dmitry Chaplin, for her final dance, was the runner-up, and Kelly Osbourne, the daughter of legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne, came in third. The 25-year-old Osbourne began crying after her last dance -- a cover of Ray LaMontagne's "Trouble" that she performed with partner Louis Van Amstel -- and thanked the American TV audience. With dad Ozzy, mom Sharon and brother Jack looking on, Osbourne said she'd, quote, "grown so much" during the show.
Whitney Houston made a guest appearance, performing the single "Million Dollar Bill" off her comeback album, and her 1980s hit, "I Wanna Dance with Somebody."
SUSAN BOYLE DOCUMENTARY AIRING NEXT MONTH: Susan Boyle will be the subject of a documentary slated to air on the TV Guide Network on December 13th. The New York Post reports that the special -- which is being co-produced by Simon Cowell -- features live performances by the 48-year-old singer who rose to super-stardom earlier this year.
USA RENEWS 'BURN NOTICE': USA has renewed Burn Notice for a fourth season. EW.com reports that a deal to bring the show back for a 16-episode season was made official earlier this week. The new episodes will likely debut next summer.
ROB PATTINSON DOCUMENTARY COMING TO COMPUTERS: A Rob Pattinson documentary is coming to America. Variety reports that Revolver, the U.K. distributor of Robsessed, will is making the documentary available only to buy or rent on iTunes. The company's CEO Justin Marciano told Variety that the digital release "demonstrates our belief that the future is most certainly digital." The film charts the rise of the British star of the "Twilight" films although CinemaBlend.com reports that it seems more "like assembled paparazzi footage and talking head interviews with people who don't actually know him."
DUSTIN HOFFMAN REPORTEDLY TURNS DOWN 'FOCKERS' MOVIE: Dustin Hoffman has reportedly refused to reprise his role as Ben Stiller's father in the upcoming Little Fockers. Although he starred in 2004's Meet the Fockers, Starpulse.com reports that he won't be in the upcoming film, nor is it certain whether Barbra Streisand -- who played his wife -- will be back for the next installment.
A Wisconsin clothing boutique has settled its lawsuit against Oprah Winfrey's mother. Valentina Inc. of Milwaukee had originally filed suit against Vernita Lee in July 2008 after she failed to pay a bill of $155,547.
Lee's attorneys tried to place the blame on the retailer, saying it never should have extended credit to Oprah's mom in the first place, since she already had a history of failing to repay loans and credit cards.
Details are scant on the settlement, but many believe Winfrey herself stepped in to bail her mother out of trouble.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the store will only receive part of what was owed. A final hearing to sign off on the judgment is set for December 7th.