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KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE
Lady Antebellum may be getting airplay on pop radio these days, but their loyalty is to country radio. Trio member Charles Kelley tells us that he wants to clear up any doubt. "First and foremost, we're country artists. The song just started gettin' played randomly, and so our label obviously saw some opportunity there and has pursued it, and it's been exciting for us basically to reach more fans, but we're not goin' anywhere."
Lady A's recent country chart-topper, "Need You Now," has made the leap to Top 40 radio, but Charles thinks this song is an exception and not the rule when it comes to their music. "It just happens to be, I think, the sound of this record -- you know, that specific song, I think, kind of crosses genres, but I think a song like 'American Honey' probably won't have that kind of flavor to do that, but it's been cool to see. It's obviously been great for our career, but we're not goin' anywhere."
Keith Urban is headed for the top of the charts again with his latest hit, "Til Summer Comes Around." Keith tells us the song was built around an image he had of an empty amusement park in the dead of winter. "I had the idea of, I guess, the abandoned theme park as a metaphor for being without love. I liked the imagery of that. I think theme parks, I've always found them really fascinating in the winter time when they're shut down and abandoned cause they're so juxtaposed to what they are supposed to be doing, and so I liked the imagery of that."
- Lady Antebellum's latest single, "American Honey," is a Top 15 hit and climbing on the country charts.
- They sold 144,000 copies of their new Need You Now CD this week, making the album platinum in just four weeks time.
- Need You Now is the first album in 2010 to reach one million in sales.
- The trio is currently on the road with Tim McGraw's Southern Voice tour.
Keith wrote the song with frequent collaborator Monty Powell. "I started playing around with the drum machine and the guitar and (the) melody and a few things started coming. That title, 'Til Summer Comes Around,' started coming out and that's when I suggested this story to Monty, and Monty's great at crafting a story if you can give him an idea, and the song flowed fairly quickly."
- Keith and Monty recently paired up in Los Angeles to write for Keith's next album.
- The singer recently confirmed his appearance at this year's CMA Music Festival in Nashville in June.
- Keith and his wife, Nicole Kidman, were spotted earlier this week in Vancouver taking in some of the Olympic action as well as touring the city's aquarium.
Starting today (Friday, February 26th), you can begin voting for your favorite country newcomers for the upcoming 45th Academy of Country Music Awards. Fans will have the chance to cast their votes in three categories: Top New Solo Vocalist, Top New Vocal Duo and Top New Vocal Group. Voting ends March 12th at 5 p.m. ET.
- Keith's latest album, Defying Gravity, was released last year.
- So far, the CD has produced two Number One hits -- "Sweet Thing" and "Only You Can Love Me This Way."
- Keith co-wrote "Sweet Thing" with Monty Powell.
One winner in each of the three categories will be announced next month and will move on to compete for Top New Artist. Voting for the Top New Artist category will begin April 1st and close April 18th. The winner will be announced at the ACM Awards live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 18th.
The final nominees in the Top New categories are:
Top New Solo Vocalist:
Top New Vocal Duo:
Joey + Rory
Top New Vocal Group:
Eli Young Band
The Lost Trailers
CHECK IT OUT: Vote for your favorites here: www.VoteACM.com Brooks & Dunn plan to go out with bang. The duo will mark its final concert with a special benefit show for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The gig, set to take place at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on August 10th, will feature special guests expected to be announced soon. Brooks & Dunn announced their retirement last summer, so this will mark their final gig together.
Brooks & Dunn said, "For several years, we have tossed around ideas for the best way to make a contribution to the Museum. We have a tremendous appreciation for the road that was traveled by the great stars that came before us. Their long nights in station wagons with instruments strapped on the roofs built an industry that allowed us to cruise around in big tour buses. Our last show together will certainly be a historic point in our lives and careers, and we feel it's only right that the proceeds from this concert go to a place where all history in our business is so reverently preserved."
Luke Bryan and his wife, Caroline, are adding to their brood. The couple are expecting their second child together in August. Bryan tells People.com, "We're excited to have another little member of the family coming in."
- The Nashville show will cost $25 (plus convenience fee). Tickets for most tour dates, including the Nashville concert, go on sale March 6th.
- Brooks & Dunn will play with alternating artists -- Jason Aldean and Gary Allan, while Tyler Dickerson will be opening throughout the tour.
- The Last Rodeo tour kicks off March 20th in Houston.
The 33-year-old singer says he's a little bit more relaxed this time around, adding, "When you successfully brought one in the world, you are a little more confident in your ability to do it the second time. We're a little more relaxed -- you know everything that can come at you."
There will be no surprises when it comes to the baby's gender. Bryan says, "I'd lose too much sleep wondering otherwise!"
LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian aren't keeping their relationship on the down-low anymore. E! Online reports that the pair was spotted getting cozy and being extremely affectionate at a recent celebrity poker tournament in Los Angeles.
- Bryan and his 30-year-old wife already have a son, named Bo, who turns 2-years-old next month.
- Bryan recently snagged his first Number One country hit with "Do I."
- He's nominated for Top New Solo Vocalist at the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards on April 18th.
They first were spotted making out a bar in front of a long line of people waiting for drinks. Later on, Rimes and Cibrian were pretty much attached at the hip during the tournament with lots of public displays of affection. Rimes rubbed Cibrian's back, played with his hair and gave him kisses.
- Other celebs at the poker event included Eric Dane, Rebecca Gayheart, Teri Hatcher, Jenny McCarthy, Jerry Ferrara, Balthazar Getty, Jayde Nicole and Shannon Elizabeth.
- The event raised $100,000 to help the homeless.
- Rimes and her ex, Dean Sheremet, got divorced last year.
CHECK IT OUT: See the video of Rimes and Cibrian: http://tinyurl.com/yeh88zbCarrie Underwood has a lot of love going around these days. In an interview with People magazine, the singer expresses how her fiance, hockey player Mike Fisher, has not only strengthened her Christian faith , but has made her want to be a better person.
She says, "Mike has improved my walk with God. It's important to me, because down the road, I want someone who will help shape our kids into people who make the world a better place." She adds, "Four months of dating is my 'this guy is starting to bug me' moment. That never happened. We just eased into, 'I could do this forever.' Our spiritual bond is something we try to put first in our lives."
Underwood also expressed her love for animals this week during a dog adoption event in Franklin, Tennessee. Underwood, who has a 4-year-old rescue dog named Ace, joined the sixth annual Pedigree Adoption Drive, which helps feed dogs in shelters. Looks like Underwood will open up an animal shelter in her hometown of Checotah, Oklahoma. Pedigree presented her with a $50,000 check to help build one.
Dolly Parton will be on hand for the official grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of her Trinkets and Treasures store in Nashville on March 12th. The shop, located in an old storefront on 2nd Ave. in historic downtown, features all things Dolly Parton, including music and videos. For the store, Parton also created items like a "Burpin' 9-5" baby bib and special limited-edition "Coat Of Many Colors" customized guitars.
- Underwood and Fisher got engaged in December.
- She'll appear on CBS' How I Met Your Mother this coming Monday (March 1st).
Parton says, "When I was growing up in the backwoods of the Smoky Mountains, any trinket was a treasure to me. The mail order catalog was my wish book. I wished I could have everything I saw. Those childhood memories inspired my new Trinkets and Treasures store. Come on in and wish and dream, and I will make them come true."
Lee Ann Womack is busy working on her new album and recently gave a hint into what fans can expect on it, telling The Boot, "I have a good girlie song called 'Talking Behind Your Back.'" She has another track, called 'You Do Until You Don't," which she says "is just about real life." Her current single, "There Is A God," is clearly spiritual. Womack explains, "It basically says, 'I dare you -- just look outside and try to tell me there's not a God,'" Lee Ann explains of her new song. "There IS a God -- I see Him everywhere. That's what the song is about."
- Dolly Parton's Trinkets & Treasures is located at 126 2nd Avenue North, Nashville. It opened in November, but the official grand opening takes place next month.
Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan are the first two stars lined up for the 20th anniversary Celebrity Softball Challenge, set for June 7th at Nashville's Greer Stadium. They'll step up to the plate to raise money for City of Hope, a research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. For information on tickets, visit www.cityofhope.org/softball
Blake Shelton has announced his first headlining show in Nashville at the Ryman Auditorium on March 18th. Tickets go on sale March 5th. Jessica Harp will open the gig. Shelton will release a six-song album, Hillbilly Bone, on Tuesday (March 2nd).
ON THIS DATE!
- Fats Domino (R&B and jazz singer, pianist, and composer) (82)
- Michael Bolton (singer) (57)
- Jennifer Grant (actress, daughter of Cary Grant, appeared as Celeste on Beverly Hills, 90210) (44)
- Erykah Badu (singer) (39)
- Corinne Bailey Rae (singer) (31)
- Ky-mani Marley (reggae artist and son of Bob Marley) (34)
- Jonathan Cain (keyboardist, Journey; former keyboardist, the Babys) (60)
- Paul Cotton (singer-guitarist, Poco) (67)
- Mitch Ryder (of the Detroit Wheels) (65)
1815, Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from the island of Elba to begin his second conquest of France.
1919, Congress established Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.
1932, Johnny Cash was born.
1935, Babe Ruth was released by the New York Yankees to sign with the Boston Braves.
1936, Adolf Hitler opened the first factory for the production of the "People's Car," the Volkswagen, in Saxony, Germany.
1945, A midnight curfew on night clubs, bars, and other places of entertainment was set to go into effect across the nation. It did not.
1949, 45-rpm discs were outselling the old standard 78-rpm records.
1951, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, limiting a president to two terms in office.
1952, Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that Britain had developed its own atomic bomb.
1955, Billboard magazine reported that for the first time since their introduction in
1965, Norman Butler was arrested for the murder of Malcolm X.
1983, Michael Jackson's Thriller album hit Number One on the U.S. album chart, where it stayed for 37 weeks on its way to selling more than 40 million copies worldwide.
1991, Kuwaiti resistance leaders declared themselves in control of their capital, following nearly seven months of Iraqi occupation. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein announced that he had ordered his forces to withdraw from Kuwait.
1993, six people were killed and more than 1,000 injured in the first attack on the World Trade Center, when a van packed with a 1,210-pound bomb exploded in the parking garage underneath the Twin Towers. The mastermind behind the attack, Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, was later found and convicted, along with other associates.
NICOLE RICHIE AND SON ENJOYING PARIS: Nicole Richie is enjoying Paris with the man in her life. No -- not fiance Joel Madden -- but their five-month-old son Sparrow. Richie tweeted a picture of the two along with the caption, "in the City of Lights with my true love." The 28-year-old is in Paris to promote her new clothing line, Winter Kate. Check out the picture: http://tinyurl.com/yd4g4hm
CASEY JOHNSON AUTOPSY RELEASED: No cocaine or alcohol was detected in Casey Johnson's body at the time of her death. Earlier this month the Los Angeles Coroner's Office released a statement confirming that Johnson died of natural causes related to diabetes. A toxicology report recently released confirmed that despite her hard-partying reputation, coke and booze were not found in her body.
SETH GREEN IS GETTING MARRIED: Seth Green is engaged. A source confirmed to People magazine that the 36-year-old plans to marry model/actress Clare Grant, however the couple is remaining quiet about details of their engagement and wedding. 30-year-old Grant, who attended the University of Memphis, appeared with Christina Ricci in Black Snake Moan and stars in the new MTV series $5 Cover.
REESE WITHERSPOON STILL DATING HOLLYWOOD AGENT: Reese Witherspoon was spotted out with Hollywood agent Jim Toth again this week on a dinner date in Los Angeles. Source tell People magazine that they are enjoying each other's company, but aren't "exclusive." An eyewitness said, "Reese looked very cute and casual in jeans with black boots. She was in the best mood ever and would not stop laughing. It was very obvious that Reese likes Jim and the two had great energy together."
CELEBS TURN OUT FOR ALEXANDER MCQUEEN'S FUNERAL: Lady Gaga and Kate Moss were among those who paid their last respects to Alexander McQueen at the designer's funeral on Thursday (February 25th). Starpulse.com reports that Gaga arrived in the most eccentric get-up, sporting a short black dress with her face fully veiled in black lace and the back of her dress tented out with a train.
MICHAEL DOUGLAS'S SON DENIED BAIL: Michael Douglas's son was denied bail during a hearing on Thursday. Cameron Douglas pleaded guilty in January to dealing large quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine -- but he asked the judge to let him bail out so he could be transferred to a rehabilitation center. The judge ruled Cameron was more likely to relapse if he was let out, and denied his request.
HOWARD STERN NOT JOINING 'IDOL': It looks like Howard Stern definitely will not be replacing Simon Cowell on American Idol. Sources told Deadline.com that Stern is not in contention for the spot -- but whoever does get it will be very rich. Bosses are reportedly budgeting $38 million for the job. The new judge will reportedly be announced at the end of the current season.
JOHN KRASINSKI TO PLAY CAPTAIN AMERICA? John Krasinski is in the running to play Captain American in an upcoming adaptation of the Marvel comic. The Hollywood Reporter announced that around seven actors are vying for the title role. Krasinski's competition supposedly includes Michael Cassidy (who appeared in "Smallville" and who tested for the Superman movie when McG was going to direct it), Patrick Flueger (one of the stars of "The 4400" who most recently appeared in the Tobey Maguire movie "Brothers"), Scott Porter (TV's "Friday Night Lights"), Wilson Bethel ("Generation Kill") and Mike Vogel ("Cloverfield"). Chace Crawford is also in talks to screen test, though no deal has been made.
DAILY SHOW CORRESPONDENT GETS PRIME-TIME GIG: Jason Jones is the latest Daily Show correspondent on his way to nationwide fame. The Hollywood Reporter announced that James landed the lead role in ABC's comedy pilot How to Be a Better American on which he'll play "a father who embarks on a journey to be a better person and drags his family along kicking and screaming." Former Daily Show correspondents include Steve Carell and Ed Helms of "The Office"; Rob Corddry, of Fox's "The Winner"; and most recently Rob Riggle, who stars in CBS' pilot "Team Spitz."
JAY LENO LINES UP MORE GUESTS: Jay Leno is continuing to beef up the guest list for his first two weeks back as host of the Tonight Show. In addition to previously announced stars like Jamie Foxx, Sarah Palin and Lindsey Vonn, NBC has added Adam Lambert, Robin Thicke, Ben Harper, Ryan Bingham and Lifehouse to the rooster.
'ZOOLANDER' SEQUEL IN THE WORKS: A sequel to Zoolander is reportedly in the works. Deadline.com reports that Paramount and Ben Stiller are pulling together a PG-13 Zoolander 2 with Tropic Thunder and Iron Man 2 writer Justin Theroux, who'll also direct. It's unclear if Owen Wilson will reprise his role, but sources say the villain likely will be Jonah Hill.
BRAZIL WANTS PARIS HILTON AD BANNED: Brazil's Secretariat for Women's Affairs wants to ban a sexy beer commercial starring Paris Hilton. The ad features Hilton in a short black dress preening and rubbing a can of Devassa beer on herself, "to the delight of onlookers watching through her window." TMZ.com reports that the commercial isn't very explicit however Brazil's regulations say beer commercials cannot treat women as overtly sensual objects. A spokesperson for the organization said, "It's an ad that devalues women -- in particular, blond women."
ANDREW KOENIG FOUND DEAD; FATHER SAYS HE TOOK HIS OWN LIFE
The body of missing actor Andrew Koenig was found Thursday (February 25th) in Vancouver's Stanley Park. Koenig's father Walter said during a press conference that Andrew took his own life, acknowledging, "He was obviously in a lot of pain."
Walter issued an emotional plea to anyone suspecting that a loved one is suffering from depression: "If you can learn anything from this it's that there are people out there who really care. You may not think so and ultimately it may not be enough, but there are people who really really care. And before you make that final decision, check it out again, talk to somebody."
A spokesperson for the Vancouver police said that they do not suspect foul play, but out of respect for the Koenig family, would not elaborate on a cause of death at this time.
- Walter said that ten people were part of a private search on Thursday during which a friend phoned him saying that he had found Andrew's body.
DAYS LEADING UP TO KOENIG'S DEATH
Koenig was last seen on February 14th. His family became alarmed when he did not show up for a flight on the 16th and began searching for him.
After Koenig went missing, it was discovered that the 41-year-old had given his landlord 30 days notice on his Venice, CA apartment in January without securing a new home. He had been selling off his belongings before leaving for Canada to visit friends.
ANDREW'S PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Koenig was best known for playing Richard "Boner" Stabone on the ABC sitcom Growing Pains.
- Wikipedia reported that he appeared as The Joker in the fan film Batman: Dead End, starred as the M.C. in the 2007 interactive theater play The Boomerang Kid, and performed with the improv group Charles Whitman Reilly and Friends. In addition to his acting career, he was also a video producer for the podcast Never Not Funny.
CHECK IT OUT: Watch his parents' statement: http://tinyurl.com/y9kwdzg
TIGER WOODS UPDATES
TIGER IN REHAB TO KICK SLEEP AIDS & PAINKILLERS: Tiger Woods is in Arizona for further therapy, but this time it's to kick an addiction to pain medication and sleep aids. According to the New York Post, Woods checked into The Meadows treatment center in Wickenburg, Arizona, to deal with a dependence on sleep inducer Ambien and painkiller Vicodin. The night Woods crashed his car outside his Florida home last November, Elin Nordegren told the police that her husband had active prescriptions for Ambien and Vicodin. It was also reported that Woods has taken a sleep aid before getting into his vehicle. The golfer previously spent more than a month in rehab for sex addiction.
PETA POKES FUN AT TIGER IN HEAT: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are poking fun at the Tiger Woods sex scandal situation to fuel their latest pet birth control campaign. A Billboard posted near the golf pro's home in Windermere, Florida, features a large photo of Woods with the lines: "TOO MUCH SEX CAN BE A BAD THING ... for little tigers too. Help keep your cats (and dogs) out of trouble: Always spay or neuter!" A rep for PETA told the Orlando Sentinel: ""We're sure Tiger will appreciate our attempt -- from a story that's distracted the world and followed Tiger -- to turn it into something positive for little tigers." But according to TMZ, Woods is not amused and the billboards may not be rolling out across the country. "In light of conversations we have had with Mr. Woods' attorneys, plans to run our billboard are on hold at this time."
TIGER OK FOR OLYMPIC GOLF TEAM, SAYS POLL: Despite his tarnished reputation, Tiger Woods would still be OK'd by most Americans to represent the country at the Olympics. According to a Seton Hall University poll, 69 percent of respondents would back Woods as part of an Olympic golfing team. The International Olympic Committee added golf as an official sport last year, and the first event is set for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. NIKE CONTINUES TO BACK TIGER BUT WANT HIM TO TAKE HIS TIME: Sports apparel maker Nike, a longtime sponsor of Tiger Woods, continues to stand by him but says he should take his time before returning to the links. On Thursday, Nike president Charlie Denson told AP: "We've been very supportive of Tiger since the story broke and we continue to be supportive. He's got issues he needs to deal with and he's dealing with them. We are looking forward to him getting back on the golf course. Under the circumstances, the more he deals with the issues and the better he deals with them, the better off he'll be when he does return." Both AT&T Inc. and Accenture dropped Woods in the weeks after the scandal broke.
TENSION BETWEEEN SIMON AND ELLEN REPORTEDLY GROWING WORSE
The tension is reportedly growing between Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres. Sources tell TMZ.com that the two American Idol judges don't like each other -- and they aren't trying to hide it.
Insiders say that Ellen gets angered by Simon's cruelty towards contestants -- and Cowell enjoys "pissing off' his co-worker with his harsh comments.
Supposedly things have been bad between the two since Ellen's first day when Simon showed up late, but Cowell insists the incident was overblown in the media. He told us: "There was one story I read that I turned up an hour late or something and that she wanted to film. I mean the truth was I think I turned up 15 or 20 minutes late because I did a press conference earlier in the day and they did start filming. But, that wasn't a particular problem. But no there was no fall out, I was trying to guide her through the week and that was about it really."
CHECK IT OUT: Worst types of co-workers: http://tinyurl.com/yleznrx
CONAN O'BRIEN JOINS TWITTER
As Jay Leno prepares his return to the Tonight Show, Conan O'Brien is keeping busy -- on Twitter. The former talk show host joined the social networking site on Wednesday, sending out an inaugural tweet which read: "Today I interviewed a squirrel in my backyard and then threw to commercial. Somebody help me."
His profile features a picture of himself -- with a beard -- holding a chimp on his back.
The Hollywood Reporter announced that Conan got 1,000 followers a minute within the first three hours of signing up. Less than 24 hours after joining he'd already logged over a quarter of a million.
- Meanwhile, the publication also reported that while Conan and Fox are actively working on a deal, Conan is also in talks to take his show live to theaters across the country. The Reporter says that tour would make the comedian more appealing to Fox, and an announcement about Conan's latest projects might upstage Leno's return to the Tonight Show.
BROOKE MUELLER REPORTEDLY LEAVES REHAB FOR HOME TREATMENT
Brooke Mueller has reportedly left her second rehab in as many weeks in favor of home treatment. TMZ.com reports that Brooke wanted to be back home with her kids since husband Charlie Sheen is now in rehab, so she brought sober coaches, therapists and "others" to her house in order to continue treatment there.
One person told TMZ that there is so much luggage and so many people in the house, "it looks like a circus." Supposedly Charlie's mom and dad -- Martin Sheen -- are also living at the house.
- Meanwhile, insiders claim that Sheen is "calm and committed" after his first day of rehab.
PROSECUTORS REPORTEDLY BUILDING CASE AGAINST SHEEN
Meanwhile, RadarOnline.com reports that Colorado authorities want to interview at least three women from Charlie Sheen's past as they get ready to prosecute the actor on domestic violence charges. A source told the website that the district attorney handling Sheen's case has not issued subpoenas and authorities want the women to cooperate voluntarily as they collect information about Sheen's troubled past.
BRITTANY MURPHY'S FULL AUTOPSY RESULTS RELEASED
Brittany Murphy's full autopsy result was released on Thursday (February 25th), complete with a list of prescription drugs found in her system at the time of her death. No illegal drugs were detected in her body.
RadarOnline.com reports that Propranolol, Hydrocodone, Phenazopyridine, Fluoxetine, Dextromethorphan, Chlorpheniramine were found in her stomach while methamphetamines were found in her urine, blood and heart.
The report stated, "It should be noted that the pattern of use of these medications suggest treatment of symptoms of a cold or other respiratory infection. Acetaminophen and hydrocodone are components of Vicodin. Chlorpheniramine is the active ingredient in some over-the-counter medications. L-methamphetamine is a component of some inhalers."
- The report concluded, "The possible adverse elevated levels of these medications cannot be discounted, especially in her weakened state. Therefore the manner of death is accident."
- It was previously reported that Murphy's death was caused by community acquired pneumonia, iron deficiency anemia, multiple drug intoxication and an accidental drug overdose.
FOUR CONTESTANTS ELIMINATED FROM 'AMERICAN IDOL'
It was elimination night on 'American Idol', and the bottom four contestants were sent home. The show was filled with guest appearances by last season's Allison Iraheta and Kris Allen. The Top 12 girls were the first to receive their results. Janell Wheeler was the first of the bottom four to be kicked off. Between Didi Benami and Ashley Rodriguez, Rodriguez was the second girl eliminated. Following Iraheta's performance of her new single, the boys received their results. A shocked Tim Urban remained in the competition while Jose Munoz became the third contestant to leave the show. The show concludes with Tyler Grady getting kicked off over a relieved Alex Lambert.
BOOTED 'BACHELOR' CONTESTANT REPORTEDLY HAS SEX TAPE
Bachelor contestant Rozlyn Papa may have had limited visibility on the show after getting kicked off for her supposed producer affair -- but she may be getting more screen time soon if reports of a sex tape are true. TMZ.com reports that an explicit video starring the 28-year-old is being "shopped around the porn community" in Los Angeles.
Kevin Blatt, a rep for porn website LiveJasmin, has viewed the tape and tells TMZ that "it's definitely Rozlyn." Papa -- a single mom and makeup artist from Virginia -- is supposedly seen performing a "sexual act" with a "well-endowed" male partner.
- Papa's rep told TMZ simply that her client "has no knowledge of any tape"
- Papa recently made headlines at the Bachelor Women Tell All special, when she accused Bachelor host Chris Harrison of hitting on someone's wife. He later called her "desperate."
MOVIE OPENING THIS WEEKEND!
Opening today (February 26th) is the new thriller The Crazies, starring Timothy Olyphant, Joe Anderson, Danielle Panabaker and Rahda Mitchell. The Crazies follows Sheriff Dutton, played by Olyphant, as he tries to figure out what is making everyone in his picture perfect town crazy as complete chaos has taken over and the government uses deadly force to close off all access to the town. The Crazies was direct by Breck Eisner.
Opening today (February 26th) is the new comedy from Kevin Smith, Cop Out, starring Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Sean William Scott and Kevin Pollan. Cop Out follows two NYPD partners, played by Willis and Morgan, looking for a rare, mint condition baseball card and find themselves up against a memorbilia-obessed gangster because Jimmy, the veteran detective played by Willis, must pay for his daughter's wedding and whose only way to do so is to sell his missing collectible.
- The Crazies rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 40 minutes.
- Cop Out is rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 50 minutes.
Friday, February 26, 2010
NO DEAL REACHED AT HEALTH CARE SUMMIT ON LEGISLATION: In news that isn't much of a surprise, no deal was reached between the Democrats led by President Obama and the Republicans at yesterday's (February 25th) televised bipartisan health care reform summit. There were some areas of agreement, including banning insurers from dropping customers who get sick, ending annual and lifetime limits on benefits and letting young adults stay on their parents' health policies to their mid-20s. But they were largely overshadowed by the bigger differences at the conference that featured lots of mind-numbing detail and some partisan flare-ups. Obama rejected the Republican calls to start over, discuss the issue some more, or do reform in a more limited, step-by-step way, saying, "We cannot have another year-long debate about this." In fact, when the seven-and-a-half-hour session ended, Obama signaled Democrats were prepared to move ahead with getting the legislation through Congress, possibly using reconciliation, a procedural move in the Senate that allows measures to be passed with the standard 51-vote majority without having to get 60 votes to block a filibuster.
VA TO TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT GULF WAR SYNDROME DISABILITY CLAIMS: The Veterans Affairs Department has decided to re-examine disability claims for Gulf War syndrome, medical ailments that Gulf War veterans blame on their service during the 1991 war. The VA says it also plans to improve training for medical staff who work with Gulf War vets, to make sure they don't simply tell them that their symptoms are imaginary. About 175,000 to 210,000 Gulf War veterans suffer from a pattern of symptoms that include rashes, joint and muscle pain, sleep issues and gastrointestinal problems. The cause has been unknown, with speculation about pesticides or medication given to protect troops from nerve agents as possible culprits. A 1994 law allows the VA to pay compensation to Gulf War vets with certain chronic disabilities from illnesses that couldn't be diagnosed. The new reviews plans to look at how regulations were written to ensure the veterans received the compensation they were entitled to under the law. The veterans would then have the opportunity to have a rejected claim reconsidered.
SEAWORLD WON'T FREE OR DESTROY KILLER WHALE: SeaWorld said yesterday (February 25th) that it will not free or destroy the killer whale that drowned one of the park's animal trainers the day before. It is, however, suspending all killer whale shows while it decides whether to change the way handlers work with them. Tilikum, the whale who dragged Dawn Brancheau into the pool from a platform and fatally thrashed her around, has been involved in the death of two other people dating back to 1991. But Chuck Tompkins, chief of animal training for SeaWorld, said Tilikum wouldn't survive in the wild because he's been captive for so long, and that destroying him isn't an option, because he's an important part of SeaWorld's breeding program and a companion to the seven other orcas there.
BUSH AND CHENEY HAVE FIRST POST-WHITE HOUSE REUNION: Former President George W. Bush and his former vice president, Dick Cheney, got together yesterday (February 25th) for the first time since leave office more than 13 months ago, ABC News reported. Their meeting, taking place just three days after Cheney was hospitalized with a minor heart attack, his fifth, took place at the former vice president's McLean, Virginia, home. Both men were supposed to attend today's gathering of Bush administration alumni in Washington, but Cheney pulled out because of his medical condition. However, he invited Bush to have coffee at his house yesterday since his former boss was scheduled to be in town for a Marine Corps University Foundation gala dinner. Neither Bush nor Cheney's camp would say what the two discussed.
RARE BATMAN COMIC BOOK BREAKS JUST-SET AUCTION RECORD: A copy of the 1939 comic book in which Batman debuted sold at auction yesterday (February 25th) for more than $1 million, breaking the $1 million record that was set just three days earlier by a copy of the comic in which Superman made his debut. Heritage Auction Galleries said the rare copy of Detective Comics Number 27, with a cover that shows Batman swing on a roof above city rooftops, sold for $1,075,500 to a buyer who wants to remain anonymous. The auction house said the consigner had bought the Batman comic in the late 1960s for $100.
MUSEUM ATTENDANCE UP: Many museums across the country saw an increase in the number of visitors during the height of the Great Recession last year, according to a study out yesterday (February 25th) from the American Association of Museums, as museum officials said more people were choosing to skip an expensive trip and have a "staycation" at home instead. More than 57 percent of the museums surveyed saw an increase in visitors, and more than 40 percent saw significant spikes. Only fewer than one-third reported decreasing attendance. At the same time, museums are still struggling financially, due to reductions in investment income and government, corporate and philanthropic funding.
AIR FORCE PILOT WHO DISMISSED RADAR BLIP BEFORE PEARL HARBOR ATTACK DEAD AT 96: Pilot Kermit Tyler, an Army Air Force lieutenant during World War Two who dismissed a big radar screen blip on the morning of the Pearl Harbor attack that turned out to be the first wave of Japanese bombers, died last month at age 96. Tyler was on temporary duty at a radar information center in Hawaii when two privates reported seeing the unusually large radar blip 132 miles away. But Tyler told them not to worry about it, believing the blip to be a fleet of U.S. B-17 bombers due in from the mainland. Tyler was ultimately cleared of wrongdoing, and he said in a 2007 interview, "I wake up at nights sometimes and think about it. But I don't feel guilty. I did all I could that morning." Tyler retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel in 1961.
CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS DECLARE 'CUSS FREE WEEK': California's government has some big problems to deal with, chief among them a huge budget mess. But the state Assembly found time Thursday (February 25th) to approve a resolution making the first week of March "Cuss Free Week." The ceremonial measure was inspired by a Southern California teenager whose creation of a "no cussing" school club sparked an international movement. Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, one of the measure's sponsors, is giving out no-cuss jars to all the legislative offices in the Capitol, as well as to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, so they can put in a coin whenever they slip up and curse.
VANCOUVER WINTER OLYMPICS:
South Korean Kim Yu-Na Wins Women's Figure Skating Gold: Heavy favorite Kim Yu-na lived up to expectations and more last night (February 25th), winning the women's figure skating gold by scoring a world-record 228.56 points, smashing her previous record by more than 18 points. Silver medalist Mao Asada landed two triple axels -- the only woman in the competition who does the difficult jump -- but she couldn't top Kim. Canadian Joannie Rochette, who's won the world's heart with her courage in performing the short program two days earlier and the free skate last night just days after her mother's sudden death last weekend, landed bronze. American Mirai Nagasu came in fourth, and teammate Rachel Flatt was seventh, making this only the second Olympics since 1952 when the American women didn't win at least one medal.
Canadian Women Beat U.S. to Take Hockey Gold: The Canadian women's hockey team shut out the U.S. 2-0 yesterday to win gold for the third straight Olympics, this time on their home soil. Marie-Philip Poulin scored Canada's two goals in the first period, goalie Shannon Szabados made 28 saves, and the Canadians dominated the game, defeating the only other team in women's hockey that had any chance of beating them. Meghan Agosta was named tournament MVP for her Olympic-record nine goals. The U.S. took the silver, and Finland won the bronze after beating Sweden 3-2 in overtime earlier in the day.
- The International Olympic Committee said it will investigate the behavior of the Canadian players, who celebrated their gold medal by coming back on the ice more than half an hour after their win, where they drank beer and champagne and smoked cigars.
Mancuso Finishes Giant Slalom in Eighth Place: U.S. skier Julia Mancuso, the defending Olympic champion in the giant slalom, ended the race in eighth place after her second run yesterday, one day after she came in a dismal 18th in the first run because she had to restart the race. Mancuso was sent back to the top to restart Wednesday after being stopped halfway down the course because teammate Lindsey Vonn, who'd crashed just before her, was still tangled in safety netting that lines the course. Mancuso turned in the third-best time in the second run, which had been postponed from Wednesday because of bad weather, but it wasn't enough to pull her up on to the medal stand. The surprise winner of the race was young and unheralded Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany.
- Mancuso sought yesterday to defuse the talk of tension between her and Vonn, sparked by her comment to Sports Illustrated that Vonn was getting too much attention. Mancuso insisted that the whole situation has been taken out of proportion, and called Vonn "the greatest female American skier we've had." She also said she didn't blame Vonn for her having to restart in the giant slalom.
U.S. Wins Gold and Silver in Nordic Combined: The U.S. won gold and silver in the men's large hill Nordic combined yesterday, as Billy Demong became America's first-ever Olympic champion in a Nordic sport. Johnny Spillane won silver and Bernhard Gruber of Austria won bronze in the sport that combines cross-country skiing and ski jumping.
Teammate Says Ohno to Retire After Vancouver Olympics: U.S. short-track speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno has been keeping quiet about his post-Vancouver Olympics plans, but teammate Simon Cho revealed yesterday that the seven-time medal winner will be hanging up his skates after this Olympics. Cho wrote on Twitter, "Today was officially the last ice practice for Apolo Ohno. I'm honored to be included in the last chapter of his competitive skating career." Ohno and Cho will both be part of the U.S. team competing in the 5,000-meter relay tonight, in what would be Ohno's final race. He'll also compete in the 500-meter earlier in the night.
MEDAL COUNT: The U.S. now has 32 medals overall -- 8 gold, 12 silver and 12 bronze. The U.S. is first in the overall medal count ahead of Germany, which has 26. Norway is third with 19. The U.S., Germany and Canada are tied for first place in gold medals with 8 each. Norway is second with 7, and South Korea and Switzerland are tied for third with 6 each.
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)
ON THE TUBE TODAY & THE WEEKEND
- Friday, February 26, 2010
- GHOST WHISPERER (repeat)
- MEDIUM (repeat)
- NUMB3RS (repeat)
- XXI WINTER OLYMPICS - 8 PM, Slalom; Bobsled; Short Track Speed Skating
- THE 41ST NAACP IMAGE AWARDS - The NAACP recognizes artistic achievements; Tyler Perry receives the NAACP Chairman's Award; Wyclef Jean receives the Vanguard Award; Anika Noni Rose and Hill Harper host.
- BLADES OF GLORY - A few years after being banned from men's single skating, two rivals find a loophole and team up to compete as a pair. Starring Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler and Jenna Fischer.
- 20/20 - A judge rules that a father cannot expose his 3-year-old daughter to any religion other than Judaism; child sacrifice is an emerging phenomenon in Uganda.
- SMALLVILLE - A doctor who died and was brought back to life by Kandorians tries to prove that aliens have invaded Earth; Lois is kidnapped.
- SMALLVILLE (repeat)
- THE RICKY GERVAIS SHOW -
- THE LIFE & TIMES OF TIM - Tim's search for a place to stay leads him to a priest; Tim, Stu and Rodney find a stripper version of Amy in Atlantic City.
- REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER - Editor Chrystia Freeland; author Reihan Salam; actress Olivia Wilde; Richard Haas, president of the Council on Foreign Relations.
- SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND - After winning in the arena, Spartacus is told by Batiatus that he will be reunited with his wife.
DAY TIME TALK SHOW
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Jimmy Kimmel
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Oprah's Wowie-Kazowie Auction, Plus Jimmy Fallon
THE VIEW - Regis & Joy Philbin
LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS
THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - (repeat)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Pre-empted for Olympics coverage
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Dana Delaney, Scotty Lago, Daniel Merriweather
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Quentin Tarantino, Mumford & Sons
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Pre-empted for Olympics coverage
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Pre-empted for Olympics coverage
- XXI WINTER OLYMPICS - 1 PM, Speed Skating; Snowboarding; Cross Country
- XXI WINTER OLYMPICS - 8 PM, Figure Skating concludes with the Champions Gala; Alpine Skiing (men's slalom); bobsled (four men); Snowboard (men's parallel)
- THE AMAZING RACE 16 - One team is led astray when one of its members cannot use a compass as well as originally thought; a team rushes into an emergency room.
- UNDERCOVER BOSS - While under cover in the company, White Castle owner Dave Rife mishandles bakery equipment.
- COLD CASE - While at a colleague's wedding, the team tries to determine if the bride was responsible for her former fiance's death.
- XXI WINTER OLYMPICS - 7 PM, 21st Winter Olympic Games Conclude, Closing Ceremoney
- THE SIMPSONS (repeat)
- THE CLEVELAND SHOW (repeat)
- FAMILY GUY (repeat)
- AMERICAN DAD (repeat)
- EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION (repeat)
- DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES - Celia contracts chicken pox; Penny's birthday is forgotten; Bree hires a new employee.
- BROTHERS & SISTERS - Sarah struggles with her feelings for Luc; Kevin has a hard time breaking up with Robert; Holly thinks there might be a hidden value in Ojai foods.
- BIG LOVE - Sarah surprises the family with an annoucement; Nicki tries to be the woman Bill wants her to be; Bill questions Margene's reasons for getting married; Bill looks for clues about J.J. in Kansas.
- HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA - Ben and Cam track down a tailor; Rachel rethinks her future; Rene makes a buyout offer to his marketing partners.
OFF BEAT BRIEFS
MAN VIOLATES PROBATION TO APPEAR ON JERRY SPRINGER: A man from North Carolina spent three days in jail after violating his probation in order to make an appearance on ''The Jerry Springer Show'', taped in Connecticut. Richard Peterson, 30, received an all-expenses-paid trip to appear on the show with his girlfriend. He was caught violating probation when his probation officer spotted him on the TV program. In the video clips, Peterson is seen boasting about a one-night stand while dodging swings from his girlfriend. He was on probation for possession of marijuana and resisting arrest. Peterson was in Lincoln County Jail on Thursday. (AP)
WOMAN CARRIES SWORD INTO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: A Memphis mother of an elementary school student drank a 40 oz. bottle of a malt liquor and charged into Riverview Elementary School with a sword. The 32-year-old woman intended to confront the parents of another student who has been in an argument with her child the previous day. According to court records, an employee of the school reported a drunk woman with a sword who was running through the halls and had threatened to cut her. Officers found the woman with a black cane that concealed a blade. She was charged with aggravated assault and having a weapon on school property. (AP)
KITE-FLYING BANNED IN PAKISTAN: Pakistan's old tradition of kite-flying has been banned, enraging many people. Pakistani authorities said that the sport has killed people and encourage ''immoral '' celebrations. The festival, that takes place in Basant, indicates the start of spring in eastern Punjab. The traditional sport involves aerial duels in which contestants try to take down each other's kites by coating the string with sticky paste and ground up glass or metal. Despite the people's disapproval, the Lahore High Court has denied the request to lift the ban of the festival. ''It's our culture,'' said Shaoib Mehmoob, a Lahore shopkeeper. ''Our forefathers were celebrating it. It's an event where we share happiness with family and friends. It's fun. It's harmless.'' (Reuters)
80-YEAR-OLD BURGLAR SENTENCED TO 3 YEARS: An 80-year-old woman was sentenced to a three years in prison after ransacking and stealing money from a Southern California medical office. Doris Thompson has a criminal record stretching back to 1955. During her hearing, Thompson thanked the judge for not sending her to Los Angeles County Jail, which she does not like. Thompson has been to prison before, mainly for petty theft and burglary. She pleaded guilty to stealing money out of the medical office's drawers and was ordered to pay $1,400 for restitution. Thompson will be elligable for parole in about 18 months. (AP)
DID YOU KNOW?
MILLENNIALS' ARE THE MOST TATTOOED GENERATION: 18-to-29-year-olds (aka "millennials" or "Generation Y") lead the nation in getting tattoos. According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, 38 percent of "millennials" have at least one tattoo. While that isn't a huge increase over the 32 percent of 30-to-46-year-olds who have body art -- only about 10 percent of those over 46 have a tattoo -- what differentiates the younger generation is how many tattoos they get. 50 percent of all inked millennials have more than one tattoo, and 18 percent have more than five. Among 30-to-46-year-olds with a tattoo, half only sport one; only 9 percent have more than five. (Asylum.com)
WEBSITE CATERS TO ACCENT-CRAZY SINGLES: A new website -- http://www.iloveyouraccent.com/ -- is a US/UK hook-up site for singles who are crazy for the other nation's accent!
From the website:
"ILoveYourAccent.com gives you the opportunity to socialize with like minded people across the pond, but also in the next City or State. If you cannot bear another evening in the local bar longing for that special someone to walk in and actually wishing you had stayed home and finished the laundry, then think outside the box and join iloveyouraccent.com
BUZZ TONE KEEPS TEENS AWAY: Clicking the link below will produce a tone that is generally only heard by people under the age of 25. It has been used as a deterrent device to keep teenagers from loitering in malls and shops, and sounds similar to a buzzing mosquito. The elderly and people with hearing damage often cannot hear the sound. http://theoatmeal.com/quizzes/sound/
OUR MOVEMENTS ARE PREDICTABLE 90% OF THE TIME: We are such creatures of habit that scientists can accurately predict where we'll go and when we'll go there more than 90 percent of the time. Researcher Albert-Laszlo Barbasi said: "If you drive for one and a half hours to work and back, three hours of your day are taken away so you have little freedom to be spontaneous. You are working, and traveling home and pretty much crashing and preparing for the next day." Professor Barbasi analyzed three months of mobile phone data from 50,000 people. Logged by billing companies when they made or received calls and text, it allowed the researchers to pinpoint their location to within two miles. The researchers used this information to build up a pattern of each person's movements during the week and at weekends. They found they could predict where a person would be at given time and get it right up to 93 per cent of the time. (Daily Mail)
1/4 OF SINGLE MOTHERS IN BRITAIN LIKE THE LIFESTYLE: A quarter of mothers in Britain are single parents because they prefer the lifestyle. A new study has found that most single mothers prefer to live alone. A survey by the British Social Attitudes found that more than half of mothers with children under 13 have never married or lived with a boyfriend and find it 'rewarding' to stay at home supported by state handouts. Researchers called for more efforts to encourage young men to take jobs so that more young mothers will choose living with a reliable breadwinner over a life on benefits. They added that the proportion of single mothers had risen from 10 percent to 25 percent in the past 20 years. The report said there is growing evidence that single motherhood is less a result of relationship breakdown, more a lifestyle choice.' (Daily Mail)
What former sitcom actor wrote the theme songs to Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life? A: Alan Thicke -- formerly of Growing Pains
Americans Would Support Having Tiger Woods on U.S. Olympic Golf Team
As much as Tiger Woods' wholesome image was shattered by the revelation of his serial martial infidelities, most Americans still say they'd support having him represent the U.S. on an Olympic golf team. A Seton Hall University poll found 69 percent wouldn't have a problem with Woods being on the U.S. team when golf becomes an Olympic sport beginning with the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro. There was a bit of a gender gap, however, with 75 percent of the men saying it's okay with them, compared to 63 percent of the women. Woods, who's currently on an indefinite leave from golf because of his personal troubles, campaigned for the sport to be part of the Olympics.
Is Apple Going to Add an 'Explicit' App Category?
Britain's Telegraph newspaper reported yesterday (February 25th) that Apple may be readying to add an "explicit" app category. The report cited developers who've seen a new "explicit" category in the drop-down menus of iTunes Connect, the platform used to distribute apps through the App Store. Apple won't comment, and developers are now saying the category has been removed. The Telegraph cited technology website Gizmodo as saying a developer was told by an Apple representative that they were considering adding an "explicit" category to the App Store, but, quote, "it's not going to happen any time soon."
KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE
Craig Morgan has been enjoying the recent snow days at home in Tennessee as much as his children. In fact, Craig says he might have set a new speed record for sledding during the latest winter storm. "I did find out that -- in the first big snow we had in Tennessee, out in Dickson...it's the first one we've had in a while -- that I can do up to 40 miles an hour on a sled down my driveway. (laughs) But the snow was really deep, and it was iced over, so, and there...someone stood down there just to make sure no traffic was comin', and we got to the top of the hill, and by the time you crossed the road and jumped the road into the field across the road, you're doin' about 40 miles an hour on a sled. (laughs) It was awesome!"
Luke Bryan's recent success has brought some big changes to his life, like not being able to go places unrecognized anymore. The singer tells us has had to alter his normal routine these days. "You know, I have to catch myself walkin' into situations where I'm like, 'I can't do that anymore.' It's like, we used to play a bar and I'd go back in, get a couple beers from the bartender. Well, that doesn't happen anymore, and it's a little unfortunate cause I miss goin' in and kind of sittin' at the bar and havin' a beer, but it's also nice to know that you kind of create a little pandemonium when you go into that situation."
- "This Ain't Nothin'" is the latest single from Craig's That's Why album, which also features his hits "Bonfire" and "Love Remembers."
- Craig will hit the road with Carrie Underwood's Play On tour beginning next month. The trek begins on March 11th in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Taylor Swift has posted a behind-the-scenes tour photo blog on her MySpace page, featuring comments about her recent stops in Australia and Japan. She's seen spending time with friends on the beach, in a hot tub and backstage. She wrote that Sydney "sparkled" and shared a batch of photos from Melbourne and Brisbane.
- Luke's new single, "Rain Is A Good Thing," is currently climbing the charts.
- He performs in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania tonight (Thursday, February 25th) as part of Jason Aldean's Wide Open tour.
- Luke is nominated for Top New Solo Vocalist at the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards on April 18th.
In Tokyo, the singer was able to do some more sightseeing and exploring. She wrote,
"This was a restaurant where they shot a fight scene from Kill Bill. We all watched it again beforehand to properly prepare." Swift spent Februry 14th in Tokyo and clearly didn't have a date for the holiday,writing, "It was Valentine's Day. Tokyo is my Valentine."
- Now Swift is back in the States getting ready for the U.S. leg of her tour. It's the first time Swift has been home in nearly a month. She adds, "I've been writing lots of songs. And the tour is starting up again soon in the US. I love you guys."
- Swift's U.S. tour gets underway on March 4th in Tampa, Florida.
CHECK IT OUT: See Swift's photo blog: http://tinyurl.com/ykvek8nSarah Buxton is enjoying chart success with her latest single, "Outside My Window." The song was initially inspired by a red bird that Sarah says was literally outside her window every day for weeks, constantly flying into the glass. "I was like, 'I wanna write a song about this bird. There's this weird bird that keeps banging into the window,' and then the rest of the song kind of all came together. It's like the bird led to other crazy things that are goin' on -- all the wars and the fighting and everybody thinkin' that the world's gone crazy with youtube and myspace and all this, but, you know, when it comes down to it we all come back to each other. We have dinner at night. We have our best friends that we look to for guidance, and things that we want to believe in, and that's what the song's about."
- Sarah's brand new self-titled CD was released on Tuesday (February 23rd).
- Sarah is currently on the Shine All Night tour with headliners Martina McBride and Trace Adkins. The perform tonight (Thursday, February 25th) in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Trace Adkins was presented with the Country Radio Broadcaster's Artist Humanitarian award to kick off this week's Country Radio Seminar. The honor was presented to him by Alabama's Randy Owen, who won the award last year. Trace told the crowd, "The first concert I ever went to was Whitesnake. The second was Alabama. They were very different shows. I do truly deserve this because I've never killed anybody. And I've wanted to. Maybe some of you. I'd like to announce my retirement." On a sincere note, Trace added, "I do what I can. I try to help folks out. I'm humbled by [this] and honored by it ... and I'm grateful."
- Sarah has been working on her debut album since shortly after being signed to Lyric Street records in 2006.
- She wrote Keith Urban's Top Three hit, "Stupid Boy," which appeared on his 2006 album Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing.
Jo Dee Messina is in a good place personally these days, but that wasn't always the case for the 40-year-old singer. She recently opened up about her broken engagement to her ex-fiance, Don Muzquiz, back in 2004. That was a long time ago, and Messina has been happily married to her new beau, Chris Deffenbaugh, since 2007. But she does have advice for anyone who's been broken up with -- while engaged.
Messina tells OK! magazine, "Hang on. Just keep going, just keep going. I wrote a song at that point, and it said something to the extent of 'oh my God, the sun came out again.' Just keep moving forward. Just take the next step forward. Keep moving. Keep breathing."
Looking back, she describes that time as "devastating." Messina adds, "That was nine years of my life. That's a big chunk of somebody's lifetime that I was with that person, and you kind of have to relive again. That's why I say 'just keep breathing,' because everything's going to be new. Figure your way through it."
- Messina says things with her current husband are "effortless." She adds, "We still love each other for all the wonderful things and all the quirks . . . It's like he sees them all, and he still loves me. And me with him. It's those little things that make him perfect."
- Messina's new album, Unmistakable, comes out on April 13th.
CHECK IT OUT: How to Break Off a Wedding Engagement: ttp://tinyurl.com/ylmfsge
Q. How many consecutive ACM trophies for Entertainer of the Year does Kenny Chesney have?
COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY!
MASTER SERIES/GAC 12:00PM (ET)
GAC NIGHTS/GAC 8:00PM (ET)
CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!
Bert McCracken (frontman, the Used) (28)
- Sean Astin (actor, the Lord Of The Rings movies' Samwise Gamgee) (39)
- Tea Leoni (actress, Deep Impact, The Family Man, Jurassic Park III; wife of David Duchovny) (44)
- Sally Jessy Raphael (former talk show host) (75)
ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!
- Tim McGraw became the first country artist to receive a platinum single for digital downloads when his pop collaboration with Nelly, "Over And Over," was certified for one million downloads in 2005.
- Josh Gracin performed "I'll Be" in his first appearance on the FOX-TV talent competition American Idol in 2003.
- Wade Hayes scored his first Number One with "Old Enough To Know Better" in 1995.
- Dwight Yoakam took "I Sang Dixie" to Number One on the Billboard country chart in 1989.
- George Strait sold out all 49,000 seats at the Houston Astrodome in less than 24 hours in 1987, the fastest sellout there ever.
- Elvis Presley scored his first Number One country hit, "I Forgot To Remember To Forget," in 1956.
GEORGE CLOONEY ISN'T SELLING ITALIAN HOME: George Clooney has denied a report which said he was selling his Italian villa and moving to an island in order to avoid the paparazzi. The actor said in a statement, "To complete the news cycle: I am not buying an island and am not selling my house in Italy. The story was made up, then picked up and now denied. End of another riveting day of false news."
CHARLIE SHEEN IN REHAB FOR COKE AND BOOZE: Charlie Sheen reportedly checked into rehab to address alcohol and cocaine addictions. RadarOnline.com reports that Sheen and wife Brooke Mueller had been partying all night with both substances on the night of the actor's arrest -- and a source claims "the partying didn't stop there. The insider told Radar, "He's used coke and been drinking many, many other times since then." However, "He loves his children and ultimately that's what convinced him to get help."
JON VOIGHT TALKS ABOUT ANGELINA VISIT: Jon Voight is speaking out about his recent reunion with formerly-estranged daughter Angelina Jolie, telling Usmagazine.com that the experience in Venice, Italy was "lovely." He added, "I love the possibility of spending time with the family. It's a very beautiful thing." As for the state of his daughter's union with Brad Pitt, Voight agreed that the couple is doing fine: "Of course they are! You can see!"
MARY KATE OLSEN AND BOYFRIEND SPLIT: Mary Kate Olsen is single. Usmagazine.com confirmed that the actress-designer-mogul and Nate Lowman have split after nearly two years of dating. When asked if the two were still an item, Olsen's rep said, "No, they are not. It's been a while."
LEIF GARRETT PLEADS NOT GUILTY: Leif Garrett pled not guilty to one felony count of heroin possession in court on Wednesday (February 24th). Garrett was arrested on February 1st after cops spotted him shaking and sweating at an L.A. train station and found heroin on him. He's due back in court on March 1st.
ELIZABETH HURLEY WEARS REVEALING SARI: Elizabeth Hurley showed off (a lot of) of her body earlier this week a London event. Some claim to have seen the actress's nipple through her sheer gray sari. Check it out: http://tinyurl.com/yeq4vfz
NEW 'SNL' HOSTS ANNOUNCED: Jude Law and Zach Galifianakis will host episodes of Saturday Night Live next month. Galifianakis will take the stage on March 6th with music guest Vampire Weekend, while Jude Law will host on March 13th along with Pearl Jam.
LAUREN CONRAD RETURNING TO TV? Lauren Conrad could be returning to television. The former Hills stars, whose made headlines as a best-selling author since leaving the reality show, told MTV News, "I loved being involved with television, so currently I'm working on more of the production side, but I'm trying to figure out where I want to go from there. I had my break. My break was nice, so we'll see. Well, we will see."
NEW VILLAIN CAST FOR 'PIRATES': Pirates of the Caribbean has a new bad guy. PerezHilton.com reports that Ian McShane, best known for his role on Deadwood, will be starring opposite Johnny Depp as the film's villain, named Black Beard. KIM KARDASHIAN MULLS FAMILY MOVIE CASTING: Kim Kardashian mulled over the possibility of a feature film based on her family and decided that if it were to happen -- Penelope Cruz would be the ideal choice to play her. She added that younger sisters Kendall and Kylie would be played by Dakota Fanning and Rachel Bilson. High School Musical's Vanessa Hudgens would play Kourtney, while Liv Tyler would be cast as Khloe. Taylor Lautner would play the role of Kim's brother Rob, while real-life couple Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas were chosen to play the parts of Kris Jenner and Bruce Jenn
MATT DAMON TO PLAY RFK; TURNED DOWN 'AVATAR' LEAD
Matt Damon will reportedly play Robert F. Kennedy in an upcoming film based on His Life, the Evan Thomas biography. Deadline.com reports that the film will follow Kennedy "as he rises from the shadow of his slain brother, President John F. Kennedy, before being assassinated during his own 1968 presidential campaign."
In other Damon news, James Cameron revealed that the actor turned down the lead role in Avatar. Another star who passed? Jake Gyllenhaal.
- Cameron told the Los Angeles Times, "I don't think they ever had a problem with the CG. Honestly, did I go out and try to woo them? No. I had my heart set on Sam. Maybe they sensed my lack of 100 percent commitment from me. Maybe it was the subject matter. This was a big Star Wars-type movie. They're both serious actors."
TIGER WOODS' PUBLIC APOLOGY NOT PROMPTED BY WIFE
Tiger Woods' controversial public apology last Friday (February 20th) was part of the philandering golfer's plan to repair his image and take responsibility for his actions. But according to People.com, it was not a move required by wife Elin Nordegren. "Elin has been very angry and had every right to be angry at him," said a source close to Woods. "She never demanded he make the apology but it was a gesture he was willing to do."
- The media and fans have speculated for months about whether Elin would divorce Woods, who re-entered rehab Monday for further sex addiction treatment with Elin and their two children along as support. "If it weren't for the kids and their future, she would be long gone," added the source.
- According to reports, Elin is an important part of Woods' decision making team, to the point where his handlers defer to her. "She has to be involved and they want to keep her happy," says another source.
- Elin was not present at the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, when Woods made his 14-minute statement to a handpicked audience.
WOODS TEAM TO PAY COSTS FOR PRESS STATEMENT: Woods will have to pay all costs associated with last Friday's press statement. According to the Jacksonville Times, nearly 30 off-duty St. Johns County Sheriff's deputies worked overtime at $33 per hour, while the cost of the Sunset Room at the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse runs between $5,000 and $15,000 depending on the season and time of day. It wasn't clear whether Woods' ETW Corporation or IMG, his management group, would be footing the bill.
RACE FOR 'DANCING WITH THE STARS' CO-HOST HEATS UP
Brooke Burke seems to think her chances at landing the Dancing With the Stars co-host gig are pretty good. The season seven winner tried out for the job and told X17Online.com, "The screen test went as well as one could go. So fun to be back on the dance floor, but this time with a lot less nerves. It was a joy to work with Tom as I knew it would be. My heart is totally in it. Maybe I should look into my mirror ball trophy for the future. We shall see."
Burke still has to fend off some tough competition. X17Online.com reported that Vanessa Minnillo appeared on the set earlier this week for her own screen test. Although she's lately only been known as Nick Lachey's girlfriend -- Vanessa's hosting resume includes stints on MTV's TRL, Entertainment Tonight and ABC's reality show True Beauty.
- Also reportedly auditioning is DWTS alum Melissa Rycroft.
MATTHEW FOX ACCUSED OF CHEATING ON WIFE WITH STRIPPER
Matthew Fox is the latest married celeb caught in a cheating scandal. The National Enquirer claims that the Lost star had an affair with 26-year-old stripper Stefani Talbott.
Cab driver Andi Watson claims she drove the couple to Talbott's townhouse on December 29th. She told the Enquirer, "They kissed and touched each other in the cab," adding that she picked them back up an hour and a half after the drop off, at which point, "they were more romantic than before, kissing a lot more and hugging each other."
- After dropping off Fox, Watson says she heard the stripper bragging to a friend that she had sex with the Lost star.
- Fox, who has been married for 18 years and has two children, denies the story.
PARENTS MAKE PUBLIC PLEA TO ANDREW KOENIG
The parents of missing actor Andrew Koenig pleaded for their 41-year-old to resurface during a news conference on Wednesday (February 24th). Walter Koenig -- who played Mr. Chekov on the original Star Trek TV show -- and wife Judith held a televised press conference in Vancouver, the city where Koenig was last seen on February 16th.
Walter pleaded, "I just want to know you're okay. If it means you just want to stay here, that's okay. You don't have to come back. Just let us know that's your intention."
- Andrew, who once starred on Growing Pains, has long battled depression and reportedly has been off his medication. He cleared out his Los Angeles apartment about three weeks ago before traveling to Vancouver, where he once lived. Activity on his phone and ATM card stopped on the 16th.
- Constable Tim Fanning says police are hopeful Koenig was still in the area and "doesn't want to be found."