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BIG WEEKEND AHEAD!
TGIF Flagers! Big weekend ahead! Tomorrow (Saturday) starting at 10am it's The K-Flag Hoe-Down! Where: The Findlay Motor Company on The Parkway in BHC What: Reb's Big Red Hair Contest...Audience applause pics the winner, bring your friends! Free Bar-B-Q, 100 Corvettes on display, The K-Flag big ass prize wheel will be... there, spin to win George Strait, Reba concert Tickets! CYA there!
KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE
Lady Antebellum will be front and center at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday (January 31st) night for the Grammy Awards. In addition to their two nominations for Best Country Performance by A Duo Or Group With Vocals and Best Country Song for "I Run To You", the trio will perform during the three-plus hour live broadcast.
Lady A members Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood are thrilled to be such a big part of the Grammys this year, but they're also a little overwhelmed, Dave tells us:"The Grammy night, especially this year, is gonna be, I think, a little nerve-wracking. I mean, we're performing on the show, which is an unbelievable honor. I mean, they announced us in the first round, too. It's like Beyonce, Lady A and (Dave and Hillary Scott) Black Eyed Peas. I mean, it's huge. (Hillary) What? (Dave) It's really huge for us. It's our chance to hopefully, you know, step up to the plate and make something happen. Hopefully that'll kind of make us forget about the nominations that night as well (laughs).
The group is bound to be nervous to take the stage with so many superstars in the audience, but Hillary tells us she already has a plan. "When all else fails you look past the first 20 rows and look up into the crowd of the Staples Center. It's like, if you get a little too nervous and you're like, 'Oh crap! There's Bono, there's Jay-Z and Beyonce . . . ' If you start to let yourself go there, the nerves are gonna continue to just kind of feed off of themselves, so you kind of have to make it about, 'I'm gonna sing to the fans who are up in the nosebleeds.' Like, I hope that everybody in the first 20 rows really digs what we do, but we have to focus on the people beyond that."
- Lady Antebellum will perform at the MusiCares Tribute to Neil Young in Los Angeles tonight (Friday, January 29th).
- Their new CD, Need You Now, was released earlier this week. The trio is on track to sell more than 325,000 copies this week. If that happens, Lady A will debut at Number One spot on the Billboard pop and country charts next week.
Forecasts of bad winter storms are the reason that George Strait and Reba McEntire are postponing this weekend's scheduled shows in Knoxville, Tennessee and Charlottesville, Virginia.
- Lady Antebellum hasn't had to wait too long for success -- the trio wasn't even formed until 2006.
- Prior to signing to Capitol Records, the group made its debut as guest vocalists on Jim Brickman's single "Never Alone."
George issued a statement saying, "Due to our concern for the safety of our fans and crew, we are rescheduling shows this weekend. We regret the change but it's
best to take all the necessary precautions."
Tonight's (Friday, January 29th) show at the Thompson Boling Arena in Knoxville has been rescheduled for April 2nd, while Saturday's (Janaury 30th) performance at the JPJ Arena will now happen on April 3rd.
- Forecasters in Knoxville are predicting six or more inches of snow on top of a freezing rain, while in Charlottesville, meteorologists are anticipating the possibility of double that amount.
- George and Reba's tour, featuring special guest Lee Ann Womack, will resume on February 5th in Phoenix.
- George is nominated for three Grammy awards at Sunday's (January 31st) show. He's up for Best Country Album for Twang, Best Country Collaboration for "Everything But Quits" with Lee Ann Womack, and Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "Living For The Night."
- The new George and Reba tour just kicked off last weekend.
- It wraps up on April 10th in Des Moines.
Despite reports to the contrary, Taylor Swift and Kanye West have no plans to collaborate. Outlets have reported that the two will team up for a remake of the 1985 charity ensemble hit, "We Are The World." The alleged recording session was supposed to take place on Monday (February 1st) in Los Angeles, the day after the Grammys, but a spokesperson for Taylor told GossipCop.com that the 20-year-old will not attend any such recording session. In fact, Taylor has to head to the airport as soon as the award show wraps to fly to Australia for a string of dates there.
Taylor is nominated for eight trophies at Sunday (January 31st) night's Grammy Awards. All eyes will be on Taylor that night, as she is the critics' choice to win big, but the singer still has not decided on an outfit for the show. On Wednesday (January 27th), she told US Weekly magazine, "I still have to find something to wear, but I think it'll all come together the day before!"
The Super Bowl XLIV (44) pre-game festivities will kick off with Carrie Underwood's performance of the national anthem. Queen Latifah has also been tapped to perform "America the Beautiful" before the big game between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts, which will take place at Sun Life Stadium in Miami on Sunday, February 7th. The performances will be televised live on CBS beginning at 6 p.m. ET.
- Taylor is scheduled to perform during the live broadcast, which airs on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.
- Previous country stars who have sung the anthem prior to a Super Bowl include Garth Brooks, Faith Hill and the Dixie Chicks.
- The NFL previously announced that The Who will perform in the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show.
Dierks Bentley is becoming a regular fixture at the Grammy Awards. The singer is again nominated this year for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for "Beautiful World," a duet with Patty Griffin on Dierks' current Feel That Fire CD. Dierks tells us that working with Patty was a dream come true, not to mention sharing a Grammy nomination. "Just looking at my album and seeing her name on the back of the album, that we did a song together, is really special to me, so just to hear that our name will be called out as a nomination, especially for a song that wasn't even a single. All the other songs that we're goin' up against -- well, most of 'em -- were singles. It's just an album cut, but it's a powerful song and I'll save whatever nomination card I get. Whether we win or not, I'll save that as some sort of plaque somewhere cause it means just as much to me as winning would be."
- More than 151 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year's Super Bowl, the most-watched television program in history.
- The pregame show and Super Bowl XLIV will be broadcast worldwide in more than 230 countries and territories.
In addition to the possibility of taking home a trophy, Dierks says he is excited about being part of the whole Grammy experience. "This is my third time going to the Grammys, I think, and I enjoy it every time more and more cause I really do enjoy the whole circus that it is and enjoy being part of it and appreciate it more every time cause you never know when it's gonna be your last time, so I enjoy lookin' around at everything that there is. On the country scene, we're a pretty tight-knit community and you know everybody. It's a different kind of deal. This is more like a spectacle, with all the rock and pop and craziness. I love soakin' it in and all the parties and all the free beer and food. I love it!"The 52nd annual Grammy Awards takes place on Sunday (January 31st). The show will air live from Los Angeles on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
The 52nd annual Grammy Awards takes place on Sunday (January 31st) in Los Angeles. The show will air live from the Staples Center on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.
- Dierks continues to work on his next album, which will be a bluegrass CD. No release date has been set yet.
Here is the rundown of country nominees in ll categories:
Record Of The Year
"Halo" - Beyonce
"I Gotta Feeling" - The Black Eyed Peas
"Use Somebody" - Kings Of Leon
"Poker Face" - Lady Gaga
"You Belong With Me" - Taylor Swift
Album Of The Year
I Am... Sasha Fierce - Beyonce
The E.N.D. - The Black Eyed Peas
The Fame - Lady Gaga
Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King - Dave Matthews Band
Fearless - Taylor Swift
Song Of The Year
"Poker Face" - Lady Gaga & RedOne, songwriters (Lady Gaga)
"Pretty Wings" - Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
"Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" - Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Beyonce)
"Use Somebody" - Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings Of Leon)
"You Belong With Me" - Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
Best New Artist
Zac Brown Band
The Ting Tings
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
"Hometown Glory" - Adele
"Halo" - Beyonce
"Hot N Cold" - Katy Perry
"Sober" - Pink
"You Belong With Me" - Taylor Swift
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
"Sea Of Heartbreak" - Rosanne Cash & Bruce Springsteen
"Love Sex Magic" - Ciara & Justin Timberlake
"Lucky" - Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat
"Baby, It's Cold Outside" - Willie Nelson & Norah Jones
"Breathe" - Taylor Swift & Colbie Caillat
Best Rock Instrumental Performance
"A Day In The Life" - Jeff Beck
"Warped Sister" - Booker T. Jones
"Playing With Fire" - Brad Paisley
"Mr. Surfer Goes Jazzin'" - Brian Setzer Orchestra
"Now We Run" - Steve Vai
Best Female Country Vocal Performance
"Dead Flowers" - Miranda Lambert
"I Just Call You Mine" - Martina McBride
"White Horse" - Taylor Swift
"Just A Dream" - Carrie Underwood
"Solitary Thinkin'" - Lee Ann Womack
Best Male Country Vocal Performance
"All I Ask For Anymore" - Trace Adkins
"People Are Crazy" - Billy Currington
"High Cost Of Living" - Jamey Johnson
"Living For The Night" - George Strait
"Sweet Thing" - Keith Urban
Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
"Cowgirls Don't Cry" - Brooks & Dunn
"Chicken Fried" - Zac Brown Band
"I Run To You" - Lady Antebellum
"Here Comes Goodbye" - Rascal Flatts
"It Happens" - Sugarland
Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
"Beautiful World" - Dierks Bentley & Patty Griffin
"Down The Road" - Kenny Chesney & Mac McAnally
"Start A Band" - Brad Paisley & Keith Urban
"I Told You So" - Carrie Underwood & Randy Travis
"Everything But Quits" - Lee Ann Womack & George Strait
Best Country Instrumental Performance
"Under The (Five) Wire" - Alison Brown
"The Crystal Merchant" - The Greencards
"Mansinneedof" - Sarah Jarosz
"Producer's Medley" - Steve Wariner
Best Country Song
"All I Ask For Anymore" - Casey Beathard & Tim James, songwriters (Trace Adkins)
"High Cost Of Living" - Jamey Johnson & James Slater, songwriters (Jamey Johnson)
"I Run To You" - Tom Douglas, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum)
"People Are Crazy - Bobby Braddock & Troy Jones, songwriters (Billy Currington)
"White Horse" - Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
Best Country Album
The Foundation - Zac Brown Band
Twang - George Strait
Fearless - Taylor Swift
Defying Gravity - Keith Urban
Call Me Crazy - Lee Ann Womack
Kenny Chesney's No Shoes Radio will be broadcasting live from South Beach in the days leading up to the Super Bowl. Kenny may or may not be there, but No Shoes Radio will definitely be airing live from Miami's Surfcomber on Tuesday (February 2nd) from 5-7 p.m. and Thursday (January 4th) from 11 a.m-2 p.m. Wednesday's (February 3rd) broadcast begins at 8 p.m. and features a live concert from Kenny's one-time duet partner, Uncle Kracker.
- This year's performers include Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift and Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles.
- Presenters are Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert.
Kenny is currently working on his upcoming concert movie, Summer In 3-D, as well as beginning work on his next album. With all that going on, it's unlikely that Kenny will be able to join the broadcast, which he hates, he said, "because I took a year off from the big tours to be able to do this kind of stuff, and I know this one's gonna rock. . . If I don't get there, I'm gonna be bummed, but these movies are a lot more work than you think!"
There's no word yet on which team Kenny is cheering on to win the Super Bowl. He's in a tough spot -- the New Orleans Saints are coached by his friend Sean Payton, but another friend, Peyton Manning, is the quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts!
- Kenny's new single, "Ain't Back Yet," will head to radio later this month.
- Kenny Chesney: Summer In 3-D will be released in theaters on April 21st.
Taylor Swift has changed her iPhone wallpaper to a photo of herself with director Steven Spielberg, which was taken at Wednesday (January 27th) night's Entertainment Industry Foundation's (EIF) Unforgettable Evening event where the superstar performed. She Tweeted about the change and posted the new pic on Twitter yesterday (Thursday, January 28th). Click here to see the new wallpaper: http://twitpic.com/106smb
- Kenny first kicked off No Shoes Radio in August of last year.
- The superstar is taking a break from a full-fledged tour this year, but will be playing various dates, including some festivals.
Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and Julianne Hough joined Taylor as attendees at the Unforgettable Evening on Wednesday (January 27th) in Los Angeles. Tim and Faith were presented with the organization's Courage Award for their own charitable organizations the Tug McGraw Foundation and Neighbor's Keeper. The event benefited EIF's Women's Cancer Research Fund.
Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles has been added as a performer at Sunday (January 31st) night's Grammy Awards. Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban have also been added as presenters on the show, which airs live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.
Merle Haggard has signed with indie label Vanguard Records. His new album, I Am What I Am, will be released on April 20th. The CD will include 12 original songs all written by Merle.
Wynonna, The Oak Ridge Boys, Lee Greenwood, Phil Stacey and several other artists joined a children's choir of more than 250 elementary school students on Wednesday (January 27th) in Nashville to record a song called "Come Together Now." All proceeds from the song, which will be released shortly, will benefit relief efforts to Haiti.
Q. What is the name of Alan Jackson's first country Number One song in Billboard?
A. 1991's "I'd Love You All Over Again"
COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY!
Friday, January 29th
EARLY SHOW/CBS 7:00AM (ET)
CMT TOP 20 COUNTDOWN/CMT 11:00AM (ET)
SOUNDSTAGE/GAC 11:00AM, 4:00PM (ET)
DRAFTING PARTNERS/GAC 5:00PM (ET)
Darryl Worley, Carl Edwards
CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!
- Portia De Rossi (actress, Arrested Development's Lindsay, wife of Ellen De Generes) (37)
- Justin Timberlake (pop star) (29)
- Kerry Washington (actress, Ray, The Last King of Scotland, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Fantastic Four, Lakeview Terrace) (33)
- Minnie Driver (actress, Grosse Pointe Blank, Good Will Hunting, Hope Springs, The Phantom Of The Opera) (40)
- Nolan Ryan (Baseball Hall Of Fame pitcher, the all-time strikeout leader) (63)
- Kelly Lynch (actress, Drugstore Cowboy, Bright Lights Big City) (51)
- Philip Glass (composer) (73)
- John Lydon (frontman of the Sex Pistols; also known as Johnny Rotten) (54)
- Anthony LaPaglia (actor, Without A Trace) (51)
- KC (Harry Wayne Casey) (of KC & the Sunshine Band, "Boogie Shoes") (59)
- Carol Channing (actress) (89)
- Phil Manzanera (guitarist, Roxy Music) (59)
- Bobby Moynihan (actor, Saturday Night Live, The Invention of Lying, When in Rome) (33)
ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!
- Alan Jackson's father, Eugene Jackson, died of an aortic aneurysm in Newnan, Georgia in 2000.
- Tim McGraw's Not A Moment Too Soon album was certified quintuple-platinum in 1997.
- Garth Brooks sang the national anthem during a pre-game show that also featured Tanya Tucker, Billy Burnette and Fleetwood Mac at Super Bowl XXVII at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California in 1993.
- MCA Records bought ABC Records in 1979, gaining such top country artists as Barbara Mandrell, Roy Clark, Freddy Fender, and Donna Fargo.
- Tom T. Hall appeared at Number one on the Billboard country chart for the first time with "A Week In A Country Jail" in 1970.
- Merle Haggard recorded the Number One single "The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde" in 1968.
- Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton recorded the Top 10 single "Holding On To Nothin'" in 1968.
- Kitty Wells recorded her first sides for RCA Victor in 1949.
SANDRA BULLOCK AND HUSBAND HIRE JESSICA SIMPSON'S DOG-FINDER: Sandra Bullock's husband Jesse James has hired the same service that helped Jessica Simpson look for her ill-fated maltipoo, in the search for his lost pit bull, Cinnabun. Colleen Busch, from the company Find Toto, told E! on Thursday, "She has not been found yet that we know of. There was just a recent sighting about three or four hours ago off the 405 and Seal Beach Boulevard. I'm in contact with them all day today. We've been going back and forth checking on tips. [Bullock] has been tweeting everything and retweeting all of our posts." There is also a fan-orchestrated Facebook page set up for Cinnabun, and James is offering a $2,000 reward.
RENEE ZELLWEGER IN MINOR CAR ACCIDENT: Renee Zellweger was involved in minor car accident on Thursday (January 28th) morning after stopping by boyfriend Bradley Cooper's new house. TMZ.com reports that as she went to get in her car, an elderly woman driving a BMW hit the door to the Prius, causing a large dent. Cooper -- who hasn't moved into the house yet as its still under construction -- reportedly arrived at the scene 15 minutes later and drove off with Zellweger.
WARNER BROS. BLASTS SIMON MONJACK'S WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIM: Warner Brothers is firing back at Simon Monjack's claim that the studio is responsible for his wife Brittany Murphy's death. After news broke that Monjack was planning wrongful death lawsuit because a lost role in Happy Feet supposedly left Murphy fatally devastated, a rep for Warner Bros. said, "Any claim that Warner Bros. Pictures was somehow responsible for Brittany Murphy's tragic death is demonstrably false, reprehensible and defamatory. Despite press reports to the contrary, Warner Bros. Pictures and Ms. Murphy never entered into any deal for Happy Feet 2, and thus, there was no contract to cancel."
GISELE HAD A WATER BIRTH: You'll never hear a hospital dish on Gisele Bundchen's labor -- because she give birth to son Benjamin at the Boston home she shares with husband Tom Brady. The supermodel told the Brazilian magazine Fantastico, "I gave birth in the bathtub." The magazine's reporter commented that Bundchen is "radiant, beautiful and as in shape as always, six weeks after the birth of her baby."
ANNE HATHAWAY HONORED AT HARVARD: Anne Hathaway was honored by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals student drama troupe on Thursday with a parade down Massachusetts Avenue near the university followed by a roast where she received her pudding pot from Harvard men in drag. She joins a distinguished list of past recipients that includes Katharine Hepburn, Lauren Bacall and Meryl Streep.
'REAL HOUSEWIFE' IN CAR CRASH: In other car accident news, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star Danielle Staub was involved in a minor crash earlier this week. RadarOnline.com, reports that Staub and one of her daughters were taken for treatment at a New Jersey hospital where Staub was overheard complaining of back pains while her daughter was being pushed around the emergency room in a wheel chair. A spokesman for the local police in New Jersey said: "We can confirm that Miss Staub was involved in a minor car accident after the vehicle she was traveling in lost control in some icy conditions."
EMILY MORTIMER GIVES BIRTH: Emily Mortimer welcomed her second child, a daughter, on January 15th. The Daily Telegraph reported that the birth came just three days before the actress's sister had a baby boy, who she named John, after their late father. Emily commented on the births saying, "It has been a very exciting few days. Of course, John died this time last year, so it is just rather a wonderful thing. It does help to think there will be two more of his little grandchildren running around the garden he loved so much. It is really marvelous that life goes on."
MILEY CYRUS AND DEMI MOORE TO STAR TOGETHER? Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore are reportedly in talks to star in the upcoming comedy, L.O.L.: Laughing Out Loud. Variety reports that the movie is a remake of the 2008 French hit, which centers on a 15-year-old girl who is dumped by her boyfriend and experiences a strained relationship with her divorcee mother.
ZAC EFRON GETS NEW ROLE: Zac Efron has signed on to star in and executive produce Fire, a thriller based on the same-named graphic novel. E! News confirmed that Efron will play an undergrad who is chosen for a special CIA project that tests whether ordinary citizens can -- with singing and dancing proper training -- be turned into "forces to be reckoned with."
SETH MCFARLANE TO HOST WGA GALA: Family Guy's Seth McFarlane will host the 2010 Writers Guild Awards gala at the Hyatt Regency Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles on February 20th. Meanwhile, Curb Your Enthusiasm's Susie Essman will simultaneously host the ceremony for the NYC crowd at the Millennium Broadway Hotel's Hudson Theater. McFarlane said, "I'm honored and humbled to be chosen as host of the WGA awards. I look forward to catching up with my strike buddies from 2007 and making some new strike buddies for 2011."
'AMERICAN IDOL' REPORTEDLY GIVES THE PRESIDENT A BOOST ON FOX: American Idol is doing its part to help President Obama. Preliminary overnight figures showed that Wednesday night's State of the Union averaged 30.69 million viewers on the broadcast networks, ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. Nielsen initially claimed that Fox's Obama coverage drew the largest number of viewers, 8.96 million, likely due to a large lead-in audience from American Idol.
IS 'PANTS ON THE GROUND' A RIP-OFF? This week a new viral video surfaced from the Green Brothers, who presented "Back Pockets on the Floor." The Green Bros. claim their rap was recorded in 1996, 13 years before Larry Platt became a sensation on American Idol. The "Pockets" video was posted on YouTube on January 23 by a user called "greenbrothers71," with the following description: "This is in regards to the General Larry Platt 'Pants on The Ground.' His song is a takeoff of the Green Brothers song 'Back Pockets On The Floor.' 'Back Pockets On The Floor' was written by G. Green and was copyrighted and recorded by the Green Brothers in 1996. The General's song have the same intent, idea and in part the same message. YOU BE THE JUDGE AMERICA!!" Check it out: http://tinyurl.com/yasr6ur
JAY LENO TALKS NBC LATE NIGHT WITH OPRAH WINFREY
Jay Leno appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show yesterday, where he gave his side of NBC's late night debacle story. Leno portrayed himself as a victim of NBC's ill-thought decisions, saying that being informed he'd be replaced on Tonight by Conan O'Brien was heart-breaking, but the resulting switch-er-oo had nothing to do with him.
He and Oprah talked about the logistics of the past few weeks: "(Oprah) Do you see in any way how you've been selfish? They think that you took the job away from Conan. (Jay) Well, it all comes down to numbers in show business. People think you're behind the scenes pulling strings. There's no strings to pull. I have a show that's been canceled, so why would I have any power to go, oh, I want that. What happened was NBC came to me and they said, look, your show was down 14 percent, Conan's show was down 49 percent. We have a plan, we want to keep you -- because I asked, I said can I be released from my contract? And they said no. (Oprah) This was your contract on the prime time show? (Jay) On the prime time. (Oprah) When did you ask that, Jay? (Jay) I asked maybe a day after we got canceled. No, you're still a valuable asset. I said you fired me twice, how valuable can I be? Oh, no, we want to keep you."
Leno admits his 10 p.m. experiment failed: "No I was given enough time, you know, I got it, I'm a big boy. It didn't work.
- He said that the cancelation of The Jay Leno Show was not personal: "I got fired this time because my show did not perform. It makes perfect sense to me."
- As for the barbs that have been exchanged on late night TV recently, Leno mentioned that he felt "sucker-punched" by his interview with Jimmy Kimmel during which the other host railed on him. Still, he said, "It's my show, I could have edited it, but it's my show, but I said, no put it out there, I walked into it."
- No matter what happens, Leno said he welcomes a rivalry with O'Brien: "I think he will have a successful show on Fox or wherever he goes and then we will all compete again and may the best man win."
SAMANTHA HARRIS LEAVING 'DANCING WITH THE STARS'
Samantha Harris is leaving Dancing With the Stars. Harris, who co-hosted the reality hit with Tom Bergeron for the past eight seasons, said that she will instead focus on other projects like her correspondent duties at The Insider, which she says have expanded in the past year, and her gig at Entertainment Tonight Weekend.
Harris told People magazine, "I interned at Entertainment Tonight 15 years ago, the summer after my sophomore year at Northwestern and I dreamed of working in the same space as hosts Mary Hart and Mark Steines and now I'm living that dream."
- Bergeron said, "I'm going to miss Samantha. We had a nice rapport off-camera and on. I could see that her workload was picking up on The Insider and then she started doing Entertainment Tonight Weekend. As somebody who's been known to juggle a few jobs myself, I know that that can pull you in eight different directions."
- A replacement for Harris has yet to be named.
JUST OUR OPINION
TMZ recently reported that ABC was looking to sign Paula Abdul to a $1 million deal that was conditional upon her involvement on DWTS. Could these two moves be connected?!?
'BACHELOR' COUPLE JASON AND MOLLY TO MARRY IN ABC TV SPECIAL
The Bachelor franchise hopes to produce its second successful couple on March 8th, when Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney tie the knot in a televised ABC special. The Hollywood Reporter announced that the two-hour "The Bachelor: Jason and Molly's Wedding" will include the bride's dress fitting, planning for the big day, bachelor and bachelorette parties and the ceremony. Past "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" couples and participants will be on the guest list.
When the first married Bachelor couple -- Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter -- got hitched after meeting on The Bachelorette in 2002, their televised nuptials drew more than 17.1 million viewers.
Despite Jason's apparent happy ending, he and Molly didn't end up together on the show. He dumped her and proposed to Melissa Rycroft on The Bachelor finale -- but later changed his mind, broke up with Rycroft, and eventually popped the question to Malaney.
TENSION ON 'IDOL' SET REPORTEDLY RISING BETWEEN ELLEN AND SIMON
Tension between American Idol judges Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres has reportedly escalated to the point where the two aren't even speaking. Sources told RadarOnline.com, "Their relationship started poorly but now the situation has escalated."
The two reportedly got off on the wrong foot when Simon arrived an hour-and-a-half late for Idol's first taping with Ellen. Another insider claimed the reports of Simon's late arrival are greatly exaggerated, countering, "He showed up exactly 14 minutes late."
- Despite the details of his lateness, Idol began taping without Simon -- a move that immediately put the two at odds.
- The insider continued, "There's two camps on the show this season. It's a lot more tense than previous seasons. It seems as if Ellen has decided to try to take control since Simon is on his way out and that's created problems."
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY REPORTEDLY GETTING PRESSURED TO MARRY BY GIRLFRIEND'S MOM
Matthew McConaughey is getting pressure to make his relationship with Camila Alves official -- by the model's mother. The National Enquirer claims that Alves' mother, Multo Abrigado, wants the actor to formalize his relationship with the mother of his children, even if they don't get married.
A source told the tabloid, "Camila's mother is very traditional, and she's worried that since they are not married, Matthew could leave her daughter high and dry with two kids if he falls out of love with her."
- The insider added, "Now Multo is pressuring (Camila) to get Matthew to commit to a legal agreement. She said, 'He wanted you to carry his babies -- he ought to take real responsibility.' "
- According to the source, McConaughey has no desire to comply and the situation has "caused a rift" between he and Alves, who have a newborn daughter and 18-month-old son together. The source noted, "Matthew's kind of scratching his head over it. He told me, 'It seems kind of cold, doesn't it?' But he's got to realize that when couples love each other, they usually get married."
SOURCES SLAM BROOKE MUELLER 'WELLNESS CENTER' STORY
Sources close to the situation are saying that Brooke Mueller is indeed at rehab being treated for drug and alcohol addiction, and did not -- as her lawyer claims -- fly across the country to relax at a "wellness center."
Insiders told RadarOnline.com that Charlie Sheen's wife has been "out of control" for months, and when she was hospitalized last week with an infection and pneumonia she was then told to go directly to rehab. The original plan was reportedly to send Mueller to rehab in California, but the location was switched to North Carolina in the hopes that her treatment would remain a secret.
- A source said of Mueller's lawyer, "His story is ridiculous and completely transparent." Medical experts told the website that "We don't recommend people fly with pneumonia unless their oxygen is monitored which isn't done on a commercial airplane it would have to be on a medically equipped aircraft with a physician," meaning it's unlikely Mueller would have been transferred cross-country to benefit her heath.
- An insider close to Brooke admitted that Mrs. Sheen has a serious problem. The source said, "After her friends tried to bring her drugs in the hospital we felt we had to get her out of L.A. And she didn't put up a fight."
MICHAEL JACKSON'S FATHER GETS HEARING IN ESTATE CASE
Joseph Jackson, father of the late Michael Jackson, will finally get his day in court as he seeks a sizable allowance from his late son's estate. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff said Thursday (January 28th) that he would hold an evidentiary hearing on May 26th.
- The Jackson patriarch is seeking more than $15,000 from the pop star's estate, and first challengeed the estate back in November. He says he has little income.
- Michael's will stipulated no monies for his father, with whom he had a strained relationship. The will named as administrators lawyer John Branca and music executive John McClain, who have both opposed the elder Jackson's claims.
MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND!
Opening today (January 29th) is the new romantic comedy When in Rome, starring Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Danny DeVito, Jon Heder, Will Arnett and Dax Shepherd. The film centers on a young woman, played Bell, who takes a trip to Rome and steals coins from a fountain of love, igniting the passion of the men who threw them in: a sausage magante, played by DeVito, a magician, played by Heder, a painter, played by Arnett and a model, played by Shepherd. But when she meets a reporter, played by Duhamel, and he chases after her with equal enthusiasm, she must decide whether or not it's the real thing.
Opening today (January 29th) is the new thriller starring Mel Gibson, Edge of Darkness. The film centers on detective Thomas Craven, played Gibson, who must investigate the murder of his activist daughter and uncovers a corporate cover up that brings the attention of an agent whose job is cleaning up evidence of crime. Edge of Darkness also stars Danny Huston, Ray Winstone and Shawn Roberts; the film was directed by Martin Campbell.
- When in Rome is rated PG-13 and has a running of 1 hour and 30 minutes.
- Edge of Darkness is rated R and has a running time 1 hour and 50 minutes.
Friday, January 29, 2010
JUSTICE DEPT. ORDERED TO LOOK FOR OTHER PLACES THAN NYC TO HOLD 9/11 SUSPECTS' TRIAL: The White House has ordered the Justice Department to look for other places to try alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other suspects in the terrorist attacks after increasing opposition to holding the trial in lower Manhattan, the New York Daily News reported last night (January 28th). According to the report, the move was made soon after New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg called Attorney General Eric Holder saying he'd, quote, "prefer that they did it elsewhere," citing the disruption to neighborhood residents and businesses that would be caused by the extremely tight security that would be required for what's expected to be a lengthy trial. Bloomberg had initially supported the plan to try the men in Manhattan federal court when Holder announced it last month. The White House said, however, that this doesn't change the administration's position that Mohammed and the other suspects should be tried in civilian court.
OBAMA TOUTS HIGH-SPEED RAIL PROJECTS IN TAMPA: President Obama hit the road Thursday (January 28th) on the day after his State of the Union address, heading to Florida to tout his intensified focus on jobs. Appearing at a town hall-style meeting in Tampa, Obama unveiled $8 billion in grants for high-speed rail projects that the White House said will create thousands of jobs and transform train travel in the U.S. The president said the rail projects would be one of a series of job initiatives he would lay out in coming weeks. Obama also continued the appeal to bipartisanship he spoke about in his big speech Wednesday night, saying yesterday, "Let's start thinking of each other as Americans first." Having cast the GOP as the party of "no," Obama said, "I want the Republicans off the sidelines. I want them to work with us to solve problems. I don't want an attitude, 'If Obama loses, then we win.' I mean, that can't be a platform. . . . All of us should be rooting for each other."
BERNANKE CONFIRMED FOR SECOND TERM: The Senate confirmed Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke for a second four-year term Thursday (January 28th), but the 70-30 vote was the closest ever for the position. The confirmation came after criticism of Bernanke from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for bailing out Wall Street and for earlier actions that they charged contributed to creating last fall's economic crisis. However, supporters Bernanke with preventing the Great Recession from turning into the second Great Depression. In the end, 11 Democrats and an independent joined 18 Republicans in voting against Bernanke, who was first appointed by former President George W. Bush and renominated by President Obama.
RETURN TO MOON REPORTEDLY SCRAPPED: Former President George W. Bush's goal of returning to the Moon is apparently dead, according to reports that President Obama wants a different path for NASA. AP cited an unnamed White House official as confirming Thursday (January 28th) that Obama is proposing an additional $5.9 billion over five years for NASA, which isn't enough to carry out the Constellation moon landing plan. John Logsdon, who was on Obama's space campaign advisory committee, told AP the president is adopting the preferred option of the panel of experts. It includes extending the life of the International Space Station to 2020, relying on a commercial spaceship for travel to and from the space station after the shuttle fleet is retired, and a, quote, "flexible path" for human exploration. That could mean making trips to a nearby asteroid, a moon of Mars or a brief visit to the Moon instead of Bush's plan of establishing a moon base by 2020.
FORD POSTS $2.7 BILLION PROFIT IN 2009: Ford Motor Company posted its first annual profit in four years in 2009, reporting Thursday (January 28th) that it made $2.7 billion for the year and predicting a full-year profit in 2010. That's a big turnaround from the year before, when it lost a record $14.6 billion. The results separated Ford from the other big U.S. automakers, GM and Chrysler, who had to be rescued by the federal government, while it earned money in three of four quarters last year. Ford was boosted by cost-cutting, a $696 million profit in its credit division, and popular cars and trucks like the Ford Fusion sedan and Ford Escape SUV.
'CATCHER IN THE RYE' AUTHOR J.D. SALINGER DEAD AT 91: J.D. Salinger, the famously reclusive author of the iconic novel The Catcher in the Rye, died Wednesday (January 27th) at his New Hampshire home, where he'd lived for decades in isolation. He was 91. A mainstay of middle school and high school curriculums, The Catcher in the Rye, first published in 1951, features the teenage anti-hero Holden Caulfield, who presents the world as a struggle between the goodness of young people and the corruption of adults. The novel has had a role in tragedy, cited by John Lennon killer Mark David Chapman as an inspiration, and a copy of the book was found in John Hinckley's hotel room after he tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan. Salinger's other works included Franny and Zooey and the collection Nine Stories, but he published his last story in 1965 and retreated from public view. He has two children from his second marriage, which ended in divorce in 1967.
MICHAEL 'HECKUVA JOB BROWNIE' BROWN GETS A RADIO GIG: Michael Brown, the former FEMA director who bore the brunt of the public blame for the botched response to Hurricane Katrina and was forever immortalized when then-President George W. Bush told him "heckuva job Brownie," has gotten a radio gig. Denver Westword reports that after resigning in the wake of the Katrina debacle, Brown opened a disaster-consulting business in Colorado, and began making radio appearances. He's now gotten a full-time weeknight shift at a Denver talk radio station, where his goal is to give, quote, "an objective point of view to talk about current issues, showing, 'Here's how things really work in Washington, behind the scenes.'" Brown describes himself as "center-right, conservative with a strong libertarian bent," but says he understands there are two sides to every issue.
- In addition to his radio job, Brown has a book coming out this summer called, Deadly Indifference: An Insider's Look at the Politics of Disaster.
ANDY MURRAY IN AUSTRALIAN OPEN FINAL: Scotsman Andy Murray will be playing for the Australian Open championship after beating Marin Cilic of Croatia 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in the semi-final Thursday (January 28th) to reach his second Grand Slam final. Murray will play the winner of the semifinal Friday night between Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as he attempts to become the first British man to win one of the four majors since 1936.
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)
ON THE TUBE TODAY AND THIS WEEKEND!
- GHOST WHISPERER - Melinda discovers a secret that has killed before and could kill again.
- MEDIUM - Allison dreams of a schizophrenic child, whom she later meets as a missing psychiatric patient's roommate; Bridgette's feelings for a boy confuse her.
- NUMB3RS - The team searches for a serial killer who targets men who solicit prostitutes; Colby and Nikki deal with the aftermath of a car crash.
- LAW & ORDER (repeat)
- DATELINE NBC - A reporter tries to find justice for a murder victim.
- THE JAY LENO SHOW - Howie Mandel
- DOLLHOUSE - Echo and the surviving Dollhouse team try to stop an apocalypse.
- KITCHEN NIGHTMARES - (season premiere) Chef Ramsay heads to Philadelphia to try and help the owners of the Hot Potato Cafe.
- SUPERNANNY - Mike Ruggles tries to help Roberta, who has given up on her four children, and Allan, her short tempered husband.
- SHARK TANK - An entrepreneur wants to bring back old-fashioned ice-cream men; a couple's pitch is about providing unique legal services at a coffee house.
- 20/20 - Andrew Young, former aid to Sen. John Edwards, discusses his upcoming memoir.
- SMALLVILLE - Oliver's past comes back to haunt him when his former teacher wants revenge.
- SMALLVILLE (repeat)
DAY TIME TALK SHOW
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Josh Duhamel, Matthew Bomer
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Oprah Fridays Live
THE VIEW - Catherine Zeta-Jones, Oscar De La Renta
LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS
THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - (repeat)
THE JAY LENO SHOW (NBC) - Howie Mandel
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - (repeat)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Josh Duhamel, Shorty Rossi, John Mayer
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Jon Heder, Corinne Bailey Rae, Dana Eagle
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - (repeat)
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat)
- SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Jon Hamm hosts; Michael Buble performs.
- THE 52ND ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS - Festivities at Staples Center in Los Angeles honor excellence in the recording industry; Beyonce, the Black Eyed Peas, Taylor Swift, Green Day, Lady Gage and Pink are among those slated to perform.
- DATELINE NBC - Medical residents at Arkansas Children's Hospital embark on their residency; a ring of jewelry smugglers thats outsmarted the police around the world.
- SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE PRESENTS: SPORTS ALL-STARS - Sports related sketches from current and past seasons.
- THE SIMPSONS - Homer misses a date with Marge so he can buy a lottery ticket; after winning the million dollar jackpot, Homer spoils his family with anonymous gifts.
- THE CLEVELAND SHOW - Cleveland takes a group of delinquent teens under his wing and forms a club called "The Crazy Eights."
- FAMILY GUY - Brian starts tailing Meg for research when he gets a job writing about the average American girl for a teen magazine.
- AMERICAN DAD - Stan changes his opinion on social programs after he develops an addiction.
- EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION - Jewel and Ty Murray help the team rebuild a home for a mother battling stage four cancer.
- DEPSERATE HOUSEWIVES - Hostility grows between Angie and Gaby; Susan makes friends with a stripper; Bree is afraid Orson may take his own life.
- BROTHERS & SISTERS - Robert and Nora work as guest chefs in Scotty's struggling restaurant to boost business; Sarah gets frustrated with Roy.
- BIG LOVE - An audit uncovers insurance discrepancies at Home Plus; J.J. approaches Alby with a solution that confuses Nicki; Bill decides that Ben should have a change of scene.
- KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS - Kourtney and her sisters go on an ill fated trip to Santa Barbara; Kylie gets jealous of Kendall.
OFF BEAT BRIEFS
MAN FINDS $200,000 OF COUNTERFEIT MONEY: A man from Georgia bought a car from a towing company and found $200,000 worth of counterfeit cash inside the vehicle. According to the Cherokee County Sheriff's office, Tye Kuykendall found the money in a hidden compartment behind the back seat of the car. The car was towed away by police about three years ago and has been in the impound yard until Kuykendall purchased it. Cherokee officials have called the U.S. Secret Service to help with the case.(AP)
ISRAELI SOLDIERS GETS ODOR-FREE SOCKS: Israeli soldiers will no longer have problems with foot odor when they receive odor-free socks that can be worn for two weeks straight without stinking up feet. According to Gen. Nissim Peretz, the commander of the Israeli military's logistics division, foot odor is an important issue that causes many problems during training. The socks, which will be given to all new infantry recruits, also prevent athlete's foot. They are composed of fabric that contains metal components to keep away bad odors. (AFP)
ARGENTINE PRESIDENT SAYS EATING PORK HELPS SEX-LIFE: The president of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez, is promoting the swine industry with a sexy, straightforward message that says eating pork is better than Viagra. Argentines were even more surprised when President Fernandez said that she has personally proven her message. In a meeting with representatives held on Wednesday, the president joked about enjoying some pork meat with her husband, Nestor Kirchner. Her comments made headlines all over Argentina prompting discusssions on whether Argentines should add more meat to their diet. (AP)
BOY FACES CHARGES FOR BEE STING PRANK: An Indonesian third-grader is facing criminal charges for causing a classmate to be stung by a bee. The boy allegedly stuck the bee on the cheek of a female classmate, whose father later filed a report. According to the Jakarta Post, the boy was accused of breaking the Indonesian Criminal Code which could result in a 32-month jail sentence for the boy. The boy is being tried in the Surabaya District Court in East Java. (Reuters)
DID YOU KNOW?
MEN AND WOMEN HAVE DIFFERENT KINDS OF JEALOUSY: Researchers studying adulterous relationships have uncovered 'his 'n' hers' versions of the emotions felt when a partner cheats. Psychologists found that when a man is caught cheating, it is not the sex that upsets the woman but that he might form an emotional attachment with the other woman. But when a woman is caught cheating, it is the sex that upsets the man, not the fact that she might fall in love with her new partner. They do not want children of other men diluting the gene pool. The study, in journal Psychological Science, said: 'Men learned over eons to be hyper-vigilant about sex because they can never be absolutely certain they are the father of a child, while women are more concerned about having a partner who is committed to raising a family.'
IS THE TWITTER TREND OVER? Just a year after its peak, it seems that Twitter has already fallen out of favor. Figures show that the number of visitors to the micro-blogging website has plunged since its height last summer. In September, 49,393,000 - up from 3,364,000 in January --logged on to Twitter, compared to 36,208,000 in December. Analyst Alex Burmaster, of internet tracking company Nielsen, which compiled the figures, said he believed Twitter was a victim of its own success. Like many dot-com firms in the Nineties, its rise has been so stratospheric it cannot hope to meet expectations, he claimed.
SENIOR SEX LIVES ARE BOOMING: Senior citizens who have active sex lives are in the majority, according to studies that were part of the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project. Some 84% of men and 62% of women between 57 and 64 reported having sex in the past year, and some 38% of men and 17% of women ages 75 to 85 said they'd had sex. The research, conducted at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, gathered facts on several areas of older-adult sexuality. JB Berns, author of Do It or Age Quickly, said, "There's no reason a man or a woman can't have sex regularly into their 80s."
SIGNS HE'S NOT THE ONE (YourTango.com)
You have a list of things he needs to stop doing/saying/wearing if he wants your relationship to work. If you're fixating on his flaws, he's either not the one you want or you're not ready for a serious relationship. Cutting him loose allows you time to grow and gives you the opportunity to meet a guy whose flaws you can embrace -- or at least accept.
- You don't trust him. A small dose of jealousy can be healthy, but if you're hacking into his email account, and popping Xanax when he hits up happy hour without you, something's wrong. If there's something about him that truly warrants your distrust, then perhaps he's not the right one for you.
- You avoid conflict at any cost. Fighting is healthy. And, when done right (in the non-accusatory, rational sort of way), it can be a great way to air grievances, fix problems in your relationship and come to a deeper understanding of each other. Ignoring problems is not the same as having no problems at all... even if it looks that way.
- When you're sad, you don't turn to him for comfort. When you're a giant ball of tears and snot, do you lock yourself into the bathroom so he can't see you at your worst? If you're worried about scaring him away, one of you isn't ready for total commitment. Mr. Right should make you smile through your tears, and be a calming, not stressful, presence.
- One of you is struggling with an addiction. He's sweet. He's exciting. He loves you very much. But he loves his alcohol habit or his weekly gambling fix more. Don't fool yourself into thinking that you can change him or that your relationship will be strong enough to withstand the heartache that addiction will inevitably bring. An addict may be able to change, but he'll do so on his own terms.
- You can't really imagine him as the father of your children. Ask yourself: Would he make a great parent? Is he financially responsible? Would he be an equal partner in your future together? If you have doubts, he's probably not the one.
- Your long-term, non-negotiable goals in life are incompatible. You want kids; he doesn't. You go to church every week; he's an atheist. He lives in the country and doesn't want to move; you can't imagine ever leaving the city. Superficial differences can be overcome, but differences in basic values are harder to smooth over. Ask yourself: "Would I be willing to compromise on this?" If the answer is absolutely not, you may not be right for each other.
- You don't respect each other. He puts you down in front of your friends and complains about you to his parents. You roll your eyes when he talks because there's just something about him that embarrasses you. A relationship without respect can't sustain itself.
- You're not attracted to him. Sex is a hugely important component of a romantic relationship. If he doesn't do it for you, he's probably not your best long-term match.
- On paper he seems great, but you have this strange feeling... Don't ignore your gut. You may get along on a superficial level, but if your instincts are telling you he's not the one for you, listen. That little voice inside your head does not lie.
According to Wikipedia, feminist icon Gloria Steinem was the stepmother of what famous actor?
A: Christian Bale
Bale's dad married Steinem, and died at the age of 62 on 30 December 2003, from brain lymphoma
More Americans are Clipping Coupons
Americans have been clipping and using more coupons during the Great Recession, redeeming 27 percent more of them in 2009 than they did the year before. More Americans are also increasingly getting their coupons by printing them out from Internet sites like CouponMom.com. The founder of the site, Stephanie Nelson, had an unprecedented jump in membership during the fall of 2008, and it has increased steadily since then. Nelson has a new book out, The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half, and again showing that people are paying attention to coupons, it's been on the New York Times bestseller list for three week.
FREEEEEEE MOVIE PASSES FOR FLAGGER'S!!
Want some free movie passes to go see the new Jacki Chan movie “The SpyNext Door” Tonight at Ultra Star Cinemas in Havasu?? Just stop by McDonalds in Havasu Thursday 1/28 across from the airport between 11:30 and 1pm and tell them you’re a Flagger and you have free tickets! Then you and aguest are off to the movies Thursday night in Havasu for free!
KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE
Rascal Flatts are beginning their second decade as a hit-making trio, and they want to pay a debt of gratitude to the more than 75 songwriters who have penned the songs that made them superstars. Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney will host a party at the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville on Wednesday (February 3rd). Among those being honored are Number One hit songwriters Blair Daly, Marcus Hummon, Wendell Mobley, Jeffrey Steele, and Neil Thrasher.
- Jay said, "It all starts with a song, we've believed that from day one. We are so grateful and humbled by the fact that so many of Nashville's finest song writers have been with us on this incredible ride. We've lent our voices to some of these songs that have, quite literally, changed people's lives. What an enormous blessing. This is just our small way of saying thanks for an incredible first ten years and then, toasting to the next ten!"
- Rascal Flatts continue on their American Living Unstoppable tour, with shows this weekend in Canada.
- Their next U.S. date will be on February 4th in Evansville, Indiana.
- To date, Rascal Flatts has released six albums and sold more than 20 million copies.
- They have charted 11 Number One singles, and have more titles in Billboard's Top 100 Songs of the Decade than any other group in the format.
- As the most awarded country group of the new millenium, Rascal Flatts has brought home nearly 40 trophies from the Academy of Country Music, American Music Awards, Country Music Association, People's Choice Awards and more.
- The trio has played 400 dates as a headline act, 700 total since 2000, with a ticket tally of nearly six million.
Taylor Swift's new line of American Greetings cards will be in stores in just a few weeks. The 20-year-old not only wrote the content, but had a hand in the "sparkly card design", according to US magazine.
Taylor told the publication, "I've always been fascinated by how we express feelings to each other. My idea of a great song is a song that says how I feel better than I could. I feel the same way about cards."
Taylor's new American Greetings creations will include gift packaging and stationery.
In other Taylor news, the superstar now holds the record for best first-week download sales by a female artist with "Today Was a Fairytale" which got more than 325,000 downloads. The song is set to debut at Number One on the Billboard Digital Songs chart and at Number Two on the Billboard Hot 100.
Tonight on the tube....CSI/CBS 9:00PM (ET)
- "Today Was A Fairytale" is from the Valentine's Day movie soundtrack, which will be released on February 9th.
- The movie, which also stars Taylor, will hit theaters on February 12th.
Terri Clark has reached out to her fans during a personally difficult time. The singer shared the unfortunate news that her mother's cancer has progressed, and she asked fans for their prayers in a letter posted on her website on Tuesday (January 26th).
She said, "This won't be a very long post, as I only wanted to ask that you please keep my Mother, and our family in your prayers at this time. We just got some devastating CT scan results after she had been admitted to the hospital, as a result of on-going pain, and discomfort. The scans showed considerable progression of the disease in a short span of time. The doctors have done all they can at this point.
We haven't given up all hope and still believe in miracles but this is, and will continue to be an extremely difficult time. Thanks for your positive energy, prayers, and well wishes..."
- Terri's mother, Lynn Clark, was diagnosed with a rare cancer of the pancreas in 2007.
- Terri was in Los Angeles last week to shoot her career 21st video for her latest single, "A Million Ways To Run."
- Her latest album, The Long Way Home, was released last year.
Joe Jonas says that he is "reconnecting" with ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift -- who he famously dumped over the phone in 2008. The middle Jonas Bro revealed to E!'s Daily 10, "We've actually recently reconnected, which is good. I hope she gets a Grammy. She deserves it."
Swift is nominated in eight categories at the annual music ceremony, including 'Album Of The Year', 'Song Of The Year' and 'Record Of The Year.' Joe and his brothers will be presenters at the ceremony.
- After the Swift split, she and Jonas expressed their mutual animosity through their song lyrics. Taylor's "Forever & Always" featured the lines: "Was I out of line? / Did I say something way too honest? / That made you run and hide like a scared little boy?"
Jonas appeared to shoot back with: "And all the tears on her guitar / I'm not bitter / But now I see / Everything I'd ever need / Is the girl in front of me / She's much better."
CHECK IT OUT: How to be friends with your ex after a breakup: http://tinyurl.com/m2d7xpFor the second year in a row, the three newcomer awards at the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards will be voted on by fans. Under the new category names of Top New Solo Vocalist, Top New Vocal Duo and Top New Vocal Group, fans may cast their vote for this year's winner online at VoteACM.com beginning on February 26th.
This year's nominees in those categories are:Top New Solo vocalist
Top New vocal duo
- Luke Bryan
- Jamey Johnson
- Chris Young
Top New Vocal Group
- Joey + Rory
- Steel Magnolia
Votes of professional members of the ACM will be combined with fan votes to determine the winners of the Top New categories at the ACM Awards.
- Eli Young Band
- The Lost Trailers
- Fan voting will close on March 12th.
- The winner in each category will be announced in mid-March and will move on to compete for Top New Artist. Voting for the Top New Artist category will run from April 1st through April 18th at VoteACM.com.
- The winner will be announced live during the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast on CBS on April 18th.
- The complete list of nominees for the ACM Awards will be announced in February.
Martina McBride is a nominee at Sunday (January 31st) night's Grammy Awards. She's up for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her hit single, "I Just Call You Mine."
The song likely caught the attention of Grammy voters because of its universal theme, Martina tells us: "Well, I think that song is the kind of song everybody can relate to, really, and I think that's probably one of the reasons it was nominated. I've heard people relate to it in so many different ways. Obviously it's a love song between a man and a woman or two people, but people have said, 'It reminds me of my child, it reminds me of my brother, it reminds me of my best friend, it reminds me of so many people, so I think it's kind of that universal kind of love song."
Martina says she's picky when it comes to love songs, and "I Just Call You Mine" made the cut. "I love love songs. There's something about this one. You know, I really haven't recorded many straight up love songs. I think probably 'Valentine' was the last one I did, but there was something about this one that had a fresh, kind of interesting perspective and twist to the lyric, and it just seemed different to me."
- Martina will not be in attendance at the Grammy Awards because of a previously scheduled concert on her Shine All Night tour with Trace Adkins.
- Trace is also nominated at Sunday's award show for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "All I Ask For Anymore."
- The 52nd annual Grammy Awards airs on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.
- Martina's competition in the Best Female Country Vocal Performance category are Miranda Lambert for "Dead Flowers," Taylor Swift for "White Horse," Carrie Underwood for "Just A Dream," and Lee Ann Womack for "Solitary Thinkin'".
LeAnn Rimes has tapped Vince Gill to produce her next album. The CD will reportedly be a collection of love songs that have already been hits for male artists. LeAnn and Vince are set to begin work on the album next month. No release date has been announced.
A new Loretta Lynn album featuring guest artists from a variety of genres will be released by Sony Nashville sometime this fall. The project marks the 50th anniversary of her debut single, "I'm A Honky Tonk Girl." Reissues of Loretta's 1976 autobiography and movie, Coal Miner's Daughter, are also due out this year. Loretta is being honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award this weekend in Los Angeles.
Q. What was the name of Trace Adkins's 1996 debut album?
A. Dreamin' Out Loud
COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY
SOUNDSTAGE/GAC 8:00PM (ET)
CSI/CBS 9:00PM (ET)
DRAFTING PARTNERS/GAC 9:30PM (ET)
Darryl Worley, Carl Edwards
OUR SONGS: JAMIE O'NEAL & RODNEY GOOD/GAC 10:30PM
CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!
Elijah Wood (actor, The Ice Storm, "Frodo Baggins" in the Lord Of The Rings movies, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Sin City) (29)
- Alan Alda (actor, M*A*S*H, Murder At 1600, What Women Want) (74)
- Mo Rocca (correspondent, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart) (41)
- Frank Darabont (director, The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Mist) (51)
- Karen Lynn Gorney (actress, Saturday Night Fever) (65)
ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!
- Reba McEntire's duet with Vince Gill, "The Heart Won't Lie," written by Kim Carnes, was released in 1993.
- Randy Travis' "Deeper Than The Holler" climbed to Number One on the Billboard country chart in 1989.
- Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers and Waylon Jennings joined 43 other artists to record "We Are The World," a song to combat starvation in Africa, in 1985. Other artists who participated included Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles and Billy Joel.
- Alan Jackson's "Gone Country" hit Number One in 1995.
- Roy Acuff recorded "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain" in 1947.
- Elvis Presley made his first national television appearance in 1956.
BRITTANY MURPHY'S HUSBAND TO FILE WRONGFUL DEATH SUIT? Brittany Murphy's husband reportedly plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Warner Brothers, claiming that the studio is responsible for the 32-year-old's fatal heart attack. Simon Monjack told The Daily Beast that Murphy was devastated after losing a role in the sequel to "Happy Feet," and he claims her grief over the lost role is what ultimately led her to go into cardiac arrest. TMZ claims he'll file in the suit in the next few days.
'HEROES' STAR BUSTED FOR DUI: Heroes star Adrian Pasdar was arrested early Wednesday (January 27th) morning on suspicion of DUI. TMZ.com reports that police claim the 44-year-old was driving at more than 90 mph when police pulled him over on a Los Angeles freeway. Pasdar was taken to a nearby jail, where he was booked and placed behind bars. His bail was reportedly set at $15,000 -- higher than normal because he refused to take a breathalyzer test.
MICHAEL DOUGLAS'S SON PLEADS GUILTY: Michael Douglas's son pleaded guilty to trafficking large quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine in court on Wednesday (January 27th). Cameron Douglas was arrested in July 2009 at a Manhattan hotel. He was originally put under house arrest, but got transferred to jail after his girlfriend allegedly tried to smuggle heroin to him in an electric toothbrush. Douglas now faces a minimum ten years in prison.
WRESTLER CHRIS JERICHO ARRESTED AT GAS STATION FOR BEING DRUNK: WWE wrestler Chris Jericho was arrested at a Kentucky gas station early Wednesday (January 27) morning for being "extremely intoxicated" in public, TMZ.com reports. Jericho and fellow wrestler Greg "Hurricane" Helms were both arrested at around 5 AM for "alcohol intoxication in a public place." The wrestlers were released on $120 bond.
WILL FERRELL IS A DAD AGAIN: Will Ferrell and his wife Viveca Paulin welcomes their third son on Saturday (January 24th). Axel Ferrell was born just hours after Viveca showed off her baby bump on Conan O'Brien's final Tonight Show. Will's rep confirmed the birth, saying, "All the Ferrells are well."
BROOKE HOGAN IS SINGLE: The reality star confirmed that she and rapper Yannique "Stack$" Barker have split after nearly a year of dating. The singer's publicist tells Life & Style magazine, "Brooke Hogan and Stack$ have split but remain friends. He was a big part of her life for a very long time, and she still cares about him and his family dearly. Brooke would like to thank her fans for their kind words and sensitivity during the break-up." The couple started dating last spring after Stack$ appeared in Hogan's "Falling" video.
ZELDA RUBINSTEIN DIES: Poltergeist actress Zelda Rubinstein died on Wednesday (January 27th) at the age of 76. Rubinstein, who played the psychic hired to rid a home of demonic forces in the horror film, died at Barlow Respiratory Hospital after a series of health problems. She also appeared in "Frances," "Sixteen Candles," "Teen Witch" and "Southland Tales," and was a regular on the TV series "Picket Fences." Rubenstein, who was 4' 3", founded the Michael Dunn Memorial Repertory Theater Company, comprised of 16 actors all less than 4 feet 6.
ABC CANCELS 'UGLY BETTY': ABC has canceled Ugly Betty. EW.com reports that the network recently informed the show's producers that its current fourth season will also be its last -- and ABC has trimmed the show's episode order from 22 to 20. Executive producer Silvio Horta and ABC president Steve McPherson confirmed the news in a joint statement: "We've mutually come to the difficult decision to make this Ugly Betty's final season, and are announcing now as we want to allow the show ample time to write a satisfying conclusion. We are extremely proud of this groundbreaking series, and felt it was important to give the fans a proper farewell."
CALISTA FLOCKHART WANTS TO LEAVE 'BROTHERS & SISTERS'? Rob Lowe may not be the only actor departing ABC's Brothers & Sisters. PerezHilton.com reports that Calista Flockhart, who plays Lowe's TV wife, is working a lighter schedule next season and appearing only in select episodes. ABC declined to comment on whether she would remain a series regular. Supposedly Calista's decision to scale down her role prompted Lowe's move, as he felt his character would become insignificant without his wife in the picture.
GUY RITCHIE REPORTEDLY DROPS OUT OF 'LOBO': Guy Ritchie has reportedly pulled out of directing the alien action movie Lobo to concentrate on a Sherlock Holmes sequel. Joel Silver told the Los Angeles Times, "I don't think he's going to do it (Lobo) now. The studio wants us and Guy to focus on making another Sherlock Holmes. So I think we're going to be doing that. But we're seeing what happens with this. Everybody is analyzing everything. It's all kind of happening right now as we talk. Sherlock is sitting at just about $400 million in worldwide gross and showing itself to be pretty effective and pretty strong. So we're trying to see if we can do something quickly with another Sherlock Holmes movie. We have some ideas and some good story points."
'HARRY POTTER' COMING TO IMAX: Warner Brothers will release the next two Harry Potter films in 3D. The Hollywood Reporter acknowledged that studios have been looking to expand into 3D after seeing the success of Avatar and it's likely that Warner Bros. will be releasing the upcoming Clash of the Titans in 3D as well.