A BIT OF FUN FOR YOU FLAGGERS!!!
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A while back Lady Antebellum had some fun with Easton Corbin's #1 hit. Watch the video below to see what happens when the Lee Brice song 'Love Like Crazy' gets the Lady A treatment!
KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE!!!!
Rascal Flatts' next album will be released by Nashville-based indie label Big Machine Records, which is also home to Taylor Swift. The trio announced that they had signed with the label during a press conference yesterday (Thursday, July 29th) in downtown Music City. You may recall Rascal Flatts' previous home for the past 10 years, Lyric Street Records, was recently shuttered. The guys were going to be transferred onto another Disney label, but opted to leave the imprint behind, although their catalogue remains with the Disney Music Group.
Rascal Flatts' new CD will be called Nothing Like This, and it will be in stores on November 16th. The debut single, "Why Wait," was released to radio yesterday afternoon.
Joining the Big Machine roster has breathed some new life into the trio, as Jay DeMarcus tells us. "For me, it kind of gives us a breath of fresh air, you know? It's kind of like a fresh start for us, and I think we're more excited now about makin' new music and about gettin' new music to the fans and touring than we have been in a long time. It's kind of re-energized our base a little bit, I think for us, and kind of givin' us some time to look back over the 10 years and be grateful for it but really gear up and have a whole lot of energy for the next 10."
Jay will need some extra energy come January as he and his wife, Allison, welcome their first child. Jay shared some big news with us yesterday. "Actually, we found out this week that it's gonna be a girl, so we're very excited about that. Just what I need -- another girl in the house. (Gary LeVox) Garyetta Don. (Jay) Garyetta Don DeMarcus, so I'm just really excited! They've given me wonderful advice and I'm excited about being a father and trying to do as well as these guys have done. I know that I'll do better than Gary, but tryin' to do as well as . . . (laughs)"
- Nothing Like This will be Rascal Flatts' seventh studio album.
- The trio travels to Virginia Beach, Virginia for a show there tonight (Friday, July 30th) with special guests Kellie Pickler and Chris Young.
The video for Kenny Chesney's new single, "The Boys of Fall," will debut on ESPN on Monday (August 2nd) during the network's SportsCenter show. The four-minute clip will air twice -- just before noon ET and at the conclusion of the 2 p.m. ET edition. "The Boys of Fall" is the debut single from Kenny's upcoming album, Hemingway's Whiskey, which will be released on September 28th.
- Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney 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.
- In the last 10 years, the band has sold more than 20 million albums and 25 million digital downloads, while all six of their studio albums made Billboard's Top 100 Country Albums of the Decade listing.
- Next year, Rascal Flatts will receive a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
On Tuesday (August 3rd), the full-length eight-minute version of the music video will be available at all outlets including VEVO, CMT and GAC. The eight minute version will also be available on ESPN.com and ESPNRise.com through the week beginning on Monday.
- The full length version was co-produced by Kenny. He said, "As a songwriter you crave inspiration, and I have never been more inspired than I have been in the past year listening to the lessons and the wisdom from these men and many more who have touched so many lives through the game of football! I have friends in this video. . . a lot of my heroes are in this video. . . so many players and coaches that have shaped the lives of generations are a part of this "
- "The Boys of Fall" is already a Top 15 hit only two weeks after its release.
- The song will be available at all digital retailers on Tuesday.
Carrie Underwood will perform on NBC's Today show this morning (Friday, July 30th) as part of their Summer Concert Series. The singer enjoys doing the show and playing for the fans, who are always so enthusiastic, but Carrie admits she's not usually an early morning person."It's cool. It's fun. Those things are good to do; people go crazy. I mean, singing at, like, 5 a.m. . . . I am so not a morning person, either, so just give me some caffeine, I'm good to go."Carrie sits at the top of the country charts this week with "Undo It," her 13th Number One single to date.
- Kenny plays his last show of the year at WE Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota on August 7th.
- It's the the third consecutive chart-topper from her current Play On CD, which has sold more than one million copies.
- "Undo It" is one of seven tracks Carrie co-wrote for Play On, and it's the sixth Number One hit of her career that she has had a hand in writing.
- Carrie will perform at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois on August 29th.
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Brad Paisley is trying out his sense of humor on the The New Yorker magazine. The singer has submitted cartoon captions to the publication's website. While he's never won, Brad will be featured in the August 2nd issue of the magazine.
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Emerson Drive have launched their own record label called Amdian Records. Their first single is called "That Kind Of Beautiful," and it heads to radio in mid-August. The song has already been released as a single in the group's native Canada. Emerson Drive hopes to release their next album, called Believe, either later this year or in early 2011.
- Fiddler David Pichette told The Boot, "These are scary but exciting times. "For the first time, our career is solely in our hands. The future is what we make of it."
- The video for "That Kind of Beautiful" is a family affair for Emerson Drive. It features David's 19-month-old daughter, Emma, Jana Mates, the wife of lead singer Brad Mates, while she was pregnant with their son, Tyler, and drummer Mike Melancon's wife, Heather.
- Emerson Drive is currently on tour. They play Firefest in Cold Spring, Minnesota on Saturday (July 31st).
Lynyrd Skynyrd will be featured this Sunday (August 1st) on A&E's Private Sessions hosted by Lynn Hoffman. The band will be chatting about their latest release, God & Guns and performing four songs -- the album's title track, the new tribute to fallen bandmates called "Still Unbroken," along with such Skynyrd staples as "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird." A&E's Private Sessions airs on Sunday at 9 a.m. EST/8 a.m. CST.
- Emerson Drive's original name was 12 Gauge.
- Their last album, Countrified, was released in 2006.
- It featured their very first Number One hit, "Moments."
Although they've been eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1998, Skynyrd has yet to get it's name listed in the Cleveland museum. Johnny Van Zant told us that they're not sweating about it:"For us, as long as the fans keep coming out, that's what's important to us. I suppose, one day, Lynyrd Skynyrd's name will be in there, but it's not something that we're counting on. (laughs)"
- Lynyrd Skynyrd will next perform with the Charlie Daniels Band on August 5th in Bangor, Maine at the Bangor Waterfront Festival.
- Out now is Skynyrd's latest live album Live From Freedom Hall. The set is available as a CD/DVD set as well as a stand-alone DVD. The collection features some of the final live performances of recently departed Skynyrd members Billy Powell and Ean Evans.
- The tracklisting for Lynyrd Skynyrd's Live From Freedom Hall is: "Travelin' Man," "Workin'," "What's Your Name?," "That Smell," "Simple Man," "Down South Jukin'," "The Needle And The Spoon," "Ballad Of Curtis Loew," "Gimme Back My Bullets," "Tuesday's Gone," "Red White And Blue," "Gimme Three Steps," "Call Me The Breeze," "Sweet Home Alabama," and "Free Bird."
Q. Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw appeared in which Toby Keith video?
A. "I'm Just Talkin' About Tonight"
Friday, July 30th
COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY
TODAY/NBC 7:00AM (ET)
SUPERSTAR SESSIONS: CARRIE UNDERWOOD/GAC 12:00PM (ET)
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW/SYN (check local listings)
Court Yard Hounds
BRAD PAISLEY UNDERWATER/GAC 1:00PM, 5:30PM (ET)
CMT CRIBS/CMT 1:30PM (ET)
Kenny Rogers, James Otto, Heidi Newfield
ON THE STREETS/GAC 10:30PM (ET)
Neal McCoy (52)
- Arnold Schwarzenegger (Governor of California; actor, the Terminator movies, Predator, Twins,Total Recall, Kindergarten Cop, True Lies, Batman & Robin, Collateral Damage; husband of Maria Shriver) (63)
- Delta Burke (actress, starred in TV's Designing Women) (54)
- Lisa Kudrow (Actress, Friends, The Comeback, The Opposite of Sex) (47)
- Laurence Fishburne (actor, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Apocalypse Now, Boyz N The Hood,What's Love Got To Do With It, The Matrix movies, Mystic River) (49)
- Vivica A. Fox (actress, Independence Day, Soul Food, Why Do Fools Fall In Love, the Kill Billmovies) (46)
- Anita Hill (Law professor, accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his 1991 Senate confirmation hearing for the U.S. Supreme Court (54)
- Hillary Swank (actress, won Oscars for Boys Don't Cry and Million Dollar Baby) (36)
- Buddy Guy (blues legend) (74)
- Paul Anka (singer-songwriter) (69)
- Tom Green (actor-comedian-talk show host; former husband of Drew Barrymore) (39)
- Christine Taylor (actress, the Brady Bunch movies, The Wedding Singer, Zoolander, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story; wife of Ben Stiller) (39)
- Sid Krofft (children's TV creator, H.R. Pufnstuf, Sigmund And The Sea Monsters, Land Of The Lost) (81)
- David Sanborn (composer and sax player) (65)
- Jeffrey Hammond (sometimes called Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond, former bassist for Jethro Tull) (64)
- Jaime Pressley (actress, My Name Is Earl) (33)
- Edd "Kookie" Byrnes (actor and singer, "Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb") (77)
- Peter Bogdanovich (director, Paper Moon, The Last Picture Show, What's Up Doc, and actor, appeared in The Sopranos) (71)
- Christopher Nolan (director, Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight) (40)
- Richard Linklater (director, Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, School of Rock, Before Sunset, A Scanner Darkly) (50)
- Bud Selig (baseball commissioner) (76)
- Jean Reno (actor, The Da Vinci Code, Mission: Impossible, Ronin, The Pink Panther movies) (62)
- Simon Baker (actor, The Mentalist, The Devil Wears Prada) (41)
ON THIS DAY
Alan Jackson's Good Time album went gold in 2008.
- Rodney Atkins received a diploma from Tennessee Tech in Cookeville in 2007, 14 years after he stopped taking classes.
- Kenny Chesney performed at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field in 2005. The performance was shot as part of an ABC Thanksgiving special, Kenny Chesney: Somewhere In The Sun.
- Martina McBride's "My Baby Loves Me" charted in 1993.
- Travis Tritt's Country Club album was certified platinum in 1991.
- Alabama became the first country act to go quadruple-platinum, as the Mountain Music and Feels So Right albums were certified for shipments of four million copies in 1985.
- Johnny Cash recorded the Number One single, "Daddy Sang Bass," in 1968.
SEX-DISCRIMINATION SUIT FILED AGAINST JIMMY FALLON: A former stage manager has filed a sexual discrimination complaint against Jimmy Fallon -- claiming that he lost his job because "Jimmy preferred taking directions from a woman." Paul Tarascio alleges he was discriminated against by Fallon and his staff by being demoting and then fired as stage manager despite 14 years of experience in the job working with Conan O'Brien. The action claims that Tarascio was replaced with a less qualified woman. His attorney said, "It's a tough thing for him to be told that the reason why he was being moved from one position to another was that Jimmy Fallon preferred to take direction from a woman."
JON HAMM GUSHES ABOUT GIRLFRIEND: Jon Hamm may not have any plans to marry girlfriendJennifer Westfeldt, but he admits that the Kissing Jessica Stein star is "the love of my life." Although the two have been together for 13 years, Jon says he doesn't have "the marriage chip," but noted "we've already been together four times longer than my parents were married."
CHRIS KLEIN EXTENDING REHAB STAY: Chris Klein is extending his stay in rehab. The actor, who voluntarily checked into a treatment center after his second DUI arrest, revealed that he'll be remaining in the facility beyond his original 30-day commitment. His rep said, "Chris, along with his support team, has decided to extend his treatment. He is doing fantastic and is optimistic about his future. He thanks everyone for their continued support." It's unclear how much longer he'll stay.
JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT HAS A NEW MAN: Jennifer Love Hewitt reportedly has a new boyfriend.Usmagazine.com reports that the actress is dating 27-year-old actor/director Alex Beh. A source who recently saw the new couple told the website, "It's relatively new. But they're really cute together. They were holding hands the whole night!" Hewitt, 31, split from Jamie Kennedy earlier this year.
CASEY AFFLECK'S REP SLAMS SUIT: Casey Affleck's rep is continuing to lash out about the woman suing his client for sexual harassment. Ken Sunshine said, "This lawsuit is a transparent pressure tactic by someone trying to get more than she's entitled to. For 15 months, she tried to use two different attorneys and an agent in a blatant grab for more money, and when each of her other tactics and new theories didn't work, she concocted these desperate, fabricated claims."
TEEN TV ROMANCE? There's reportedly a new romance in teen-TV-land. Life & Style magazine reports that Glee star Dianna Agron is dating Gossip Girl's Sebastian Stan -- who recently split from his co-starLeighton Meester. A source told the magazine, "They've been going out on dates in NYC (New York City). It started as just a hook-up, but now they're dating. Sebastian doesn't want to make the same mistakes as with Leighton. She was so public, he's more focused on his own career right now and wants to just have fun with Dianna without it being this big thing."
ELLEN DEGENERES QUITS 'AMERICAN IDOL'
Ellen DeGeneres has quit American Idol after just one season on the judging panel. Ellen issued a statement on Thursday night, which read: "A couple months ago, I let FOX and theAmerican Idol producers know that this didn't feel like the right fit for me. I told them I wouldn't leave them in a bind and that I would hold off on doing anything until they were able to figure out where they wanted to take the panel next."
She continued, "It was a difficult decision to make, but my work schedule became more than I bargained for. I also realized this season that while I love discovering, supporting and nurturing young talent, it was hard for me to judge people and sometimes hurt their feelings. I loved the experience working on Idol and I am very grateful for the year I had. I am a huge fan of the show and will continue to be."
Idol creator and executive producer Simon Fuller said in the statement, "I loved Ellen's passion for the artists and her nurturing skills. She brought honesty and optimism to our judging panel and I will miss her greatly."
Ellen replaced Paula Abdul as a judge for the show's ninth season, joining Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi on the panel.
Simon exited the show at the season's end, prompting widespread speculation as to who will take his place.
ZACH GALIFIANAKIS STARRING IN 'REPLY ALL': Zach Galifianakis will star in an upcoming comedy called Reply All, about the all-too-common error of sending a private email to a large group of unintended recipients. Deadline.com reports that Galifianakis will play the "hapless" sender.
MARK WAHLBERG GETS STAR ON WALK OF FAME: Mark Wahlberg was presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday. After gaining fame as a rapper and model, Wahlberg got his big film break in 1997's Boogie Nights. He's since received an Oscar nomination for his work in The Departed.
RACHEL BILSON RETURNING TO TV: Rachel Bilson is returning to How I Met Your Mother. PerezHilton.com reports that Bilson will play the yet-to-be revealed mother's roommate, Cindy, in the upcoming season premiere. Series creator Carter Bays said, "The season premiere is going to be very much informed by her presence."
TROY AIKMAN ON 'DWTS'? Troy Aikman is back-tracking on his Dancing With the Starsannouncement. Although he told TMZ.com that he'd appear on the show in the fall, he later told The Dallas Morning News that he was just joking. When asked if the casting was true, Aikman said, "Heavens, no." Bloggers speculate that the denial was just a cover-up and Aikman actually will be on the show.
LEONARDO DICAPRIO REPORTEDLY DROPS OUT OF MEL GIBSON FILM
Leonardo DiCaprio has reportedly pulled out of a movie that's being directed by Mel Gibson.
When asked if DiCpario was still planning to star in the Viking-themed flick, a source toldRadarOnline.com, "Not a chance."
- The insider continued, "Leo has earned the right to pick and choose who he works with and Mel Gibson is not one of them." The source claims that DiCaprio is worried about ruining his reputation by associating with Gibson. This film would have been the first collaboration between the two.
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SARA GILBERT ON SEXUALITY: 'I AM WHO I AM'
Although she's been quiet about her sexuality and personal life throughout the years, Sara Gilbert plans to openly discuss her private life as a lesbian mom when her new show, The Talk, premieres on CBS this fall.
When asked if she was comfortable "coming out" on the show, Sara told TV critics, "This is a whole new world for me. I'm not an expert on this, or I don't analyze these things. I'm just sort of living my life."
- She noted that her sexuality would not be problem, explaining, "I don't ever really think of things as being out or in. . . I just think I am who I am, and when topics come up that are appropriate, I'll talk about them and share when it seems right."
- The Talk is a View-like series with a panel of six women who will focus on discussing motherhood and parenting. Gilbert, Julie Chen, Leah Remini, Holly Robinson Peete, Sharon Osbourne andMarissa Jaret Winokour will star.
DREW CAREY DROPS 80 POUNDS
Drew Carey isn't the fat guy anymore! The actor -- whose teddy bear-like frame was has been one of his signature characteristics since The Drew Carey Show -- has dropped 80 pounds since January.
He told People magazine about his new body, "I like being skinny. I was sick of being fat on the camera. Really, I just got sick of it. Once I started losing weight, again, like once I started dropping a couple pant sizes, then it was easy 'cause once you see the results, then you don't wanna stop."
- The drastic slim-down took a lot of work. When asked how he did it, Drew told People magazine, "No carbs. I have cheated a couple times, but basically no carbs, not even a cracker. No bread at all. No pizza, nothing. No corn, no beans, no starches of any kind. Egg whites in the morning or like, Greek yogurt, cut some fruit." As for exercise: "Lots of cardio. About 45 minutes of cardio, at least 45 minutes of cardio. I've been kind of lazy like lately, so I'm not doing it 6 days a week, but I will be for this next month."
- The Price is Right host went from a size 44 pants to a 33-34. He ultimately wants to shed 10 more pounds and fit into size 32s.
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MOIVES OPENING THIS WEEKEND
Opening today (July 30th) is the new drama, Charlie St. Cloud, starring Zac Efron, Kim Basinger, Amanda Crew and Ray Liotta. The film follows a young sailor, Charlie St. Cloud, played by Efron, whose life gets thrown off track after tragedy strikes.
- Charlie St. Cloud is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 50 minutes. The film was directed by Burr Steers.
Opening today (July 30th) is the new comedy Dinner For Schmucks, starring Paul Rudd, Steve Carrelland Zach Galifianakis. The film follows Tim, played by Rudd, a rising executive, who works for a boss who has a dinner in which the guest who brings the biggest loser gets to move up in the company. Tim reluctantly accepts and meets Barry, played by Carrell, a man who builds dioramas using stuffed mice, whose antics threaten Tim's business deals and the course of Tim's life.
- Dinner For Schmucks is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 50 minutes.
- Dinner For Schmucks was directed by Jay Roach.
Opening today (July 30th) is the new children's movie, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore,starring Bette Midler, Chris O'Donnell, Christina Applegate and James Marsden. The sequel to 2001's Cats & Dogs, follows the animals as they try to stop Kitty Galore from getting her revenge and taking over the world.
- Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore is rated PG and has a running time of 1 hour and 20 minutes. The movie was directed by Brad Peyton.
DEADLIEST MONTH FOR U.S. SOLDIERS IN AFGHANISTAN: Three U.S. soldiers were killed in two separate blasts in Afghanistan Thursday (July 29th), bringing the death toll for July to at least 63 and making it the deadliest month for U.S. forces since the war began. U.S. and NATO commanders had warned that casualties would rise as the joint force ramps up the war against the Taliban. June had been the deadliest month for both the U.S. and the overall NATO-led force, as a total of 104 service members died, including 60 Americans. Meanwhile, the body of a second U.S. sailor who went missing in Afghanistan last week has been recovered. A provincial police chief told Reuters that the Taliban had probably dumped his body after he died from wounds received in the incident that led to his capture. The other sailor's body was found two days earlier. The two U.S. Navy members went missing on Friday after failing to return in a vehicle they had taken from their compound in Kabul. It's unknown why they'd left.
RANGEL ACCUSED OF ETHICS CHARGE, TRIAL LIKELY: House investigators accused veteran Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel of New York with 13 violations of congressional ethics standards Thursday (July 29th), leading to the likelihood of a trial that could hurt Democrats just ahead of the midterm elections. The allegations include failure to report rental income from vacation property and hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional income and assets on his financial disclosure statements. Other charges include the use of congressional staff and stationery to raise money for a college center named after him; accepting favors and benefits from donors that may have influenced his congressional actions; and use of a subsidized apartment as a campaign office instead of a residence. The charges came as lawyers for Rangel and the House ethics committee worked on a plea deal, but Republicans on the ethics committee indicated it was too late. Committee members, who are split between Republicans and Democrats, would have to approve a plea deal, and the Republicans on the panel insisted that they go forward with an ethics trial, saying Rangel had ample opportunity to settle earlier.
ARIZONA APPEALS IMMIGRANT LAW RULING; ANTI-LAW PROTESTS HELD: Arizona yesterday (July 29th) appealed a federal judge's decision to block key parts of the state's law cracking down on illegal immigrants, while scores of activists who were protesting the remaining measures in the law that were allowed to go into effect were arrested. The state asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to lift an injunction blocking the most controversial parts of the law that was imposed by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton a day earlier. Among the provisions she blocked were the ones that: require police to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws if they suspect they're in the country illegally; and require immigrants to carry their papers. Bolton argued that immigration matters are the federal government's responsibility. The U.S. Marshals Service said Bolton had received hate mail and threats following the ruling. Meanwhile, police arrested at least 48 protesters after they blocked streets near a sheriff's office in Phoenix and the entrance to a jail.
SCOPE OF ARLINGTON CEMETERY SCANDAL GROWS: Estimates of the number of graves that might be affected by mix-ups at Arlington National Cemetery grew to as many as 6,600 Thursday (July 29th), as Senator Claire McCaskill, chairwoman of an oversight panel on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Reform Committee, said her investigation found that between 4,900 and 6,600 graves may be unmarked or mislabeled on cemetery maps. That's far above the earlier estimate of up to 211 graves that were affected. Meanwhile, the cemetery's former superintendent blamed his staff and a lack of resources. John Metzler, who ran the military cemetery for 19 years before his ouster, suggested in a Senate hearing that cemetery employees and poor technology were to blame for remains that may have been misidentified or misplaced. Army investigators have accused Metzler of repeatedly failing to ensure burials were being done properly and of failing to respond after unmarked graves were discovered.
CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTS COULD RAISE HEART ATTACK RISK: Researchers are reporting that calcium supplements, which many people -- especially women -- take to prevent osteoporosis, may increase the risk of heart attack by as much as 30 percent. Scientists from New Zealand, Britain and the U.S. involved in the study advised people who take calcium supplements to talk to their doctors and try other ways to avoid osteoporosis, including eating calcium-rich foods, exercising, not smoking and maintaining a healthy weight. Experts aren't sure why calcium supplements may be harmful, but past studies have linked high levels of blood calcium to more heart attacks and damage to blood vessels. Ian Reid, professor of medicine at the University of Auckland who was involved in the research, explained to Reuters, "When you take calcium supplements, your blood calcium level goes up over the following four to six hours and goes up to the top end of the normal range. That doesn't happen when you have calcium to eat in your diet because the calcium from food is very slowly absorbed and so the blood calcium level hardly changes at all."
PORN INDUSTRY SEES NEW REVENUE IN iPHONE 4: The porn industry has always been quick to adapt to new technology to make money, and now they're doing it with Apple's new iPhone 4. The Associated Press reports that adult entertainment companies are taking advantage of the phone's FaceTime videoconference feature, which allows two iPhone 4 users to have live video conversations over Wi-Fi using the phone's front-facing camera. Ads have been placed on Craigslist in at least five cities seeking women to specifically work doing video sex chats over FaceTime.
$69 HOT DOG SETS GUINNESS WORLD RECORD: A $69 hot dog from New York City restaurant Serendipity 3 has made it into the Guinness World Records as the world's most expensive hot dog, the financial blog MainStreet.com reports. The record-setting frank is a foot-long hot dog grilled in white truffle oil and served in a homemade pretzel-style bun that's brushed with truffle butter. It comes topped with foie gras, caramelized Vidalia onions, black truffle Dijon mustard and homemade heirloom tomato ketchup. Serendipity 3 spokesman Joe Calderone said the hot dog was created on July 23rd in celebration of National Hot Dog Day.
CUPCAKES AMONG FOOD FADS ON THEIR WAY OUT: Yahoo! Shine has put together a list of seven recent food fads that it says are either gone or on their way out:
- Chipotle (especially in mayonnaise)-- smoke-dried jalapeno
- Lava Cake
- Gourmet salt -- Especially truffle salt.
- Communal Table -- The restaurant trend of seating strangers together at large tables.
- Tuna Tartare appetizer
- Bubble Tea -- Asian treat of flavored tea with milk and tapioca balls.
SHOWALTER HIRED AS ORIOLES MANAGER: Buck Showalter was hired yesterday (July 29th) to manage the Baltimore Orioles, with his first game set to be next Tuesday (August 3rd). Baltimore has the worst record in baseball, at 32-70, and is headed toward its 13th straight losing season. The Orioles fired manager Dave Trembley on June 4th, and replaced him temporarily with third-base coach Juan Samuel. Showalter, who had been working as an ESPN analyst, is a two-time American League Manager of the Year, with the New York Yankees in 1994 and the Texas Rangers in 2004, and has an overall record of 882-833 in 11 years. His last year as a manager was in 2006 with the Rangers.
POLICE: EX-NBA PLAYER LORENZEN WRIGHT WAS SHOT TO DEATH: Police said yesterday (July 29th) that former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, whose body was found in the woods outside Memphis one day earlier, was shot to death and the case is being investigated as a homicide. The police wouldn't talk about motive or suspects, but AP said that records indicate the 34-year-old Wright was probably carrying a large amount of cash when he disappeared on July 18th. Wright played 13 seasons in the NBA for the Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and most recently the Cleveland Cavaliers.
(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
- 48 HOURS MYSTERY (repeat)
- MEDIUM (repeat)
- FLASHPOINT - Meth dealers take Parker hostage when they mistake him for someone else.
- FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS - Tensions run high as the Panthers-Lions game approaches; Vince is persuaded to seek revenge.
- DATELINE NBC - Investigate journalism.
- HOUSE (repeat)
- BONES (repeat)
- WIFE SWAP - A woman who spends most of her time helping one of her five children launch his hip-hop career trades places with a woman who is devoted to hunting monsters.
- PRIMETIME: WHAT WOULD YOU DO? (repeat)
- 20/20 - Investigative reporting.
- SMALLVILLE (repeat)
- SUPERNATURAL (repeat)
- THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH - Prior Philip and William find themselves in a standoff; Jake's artistic talents take off.
DAY TIME TALK SHOW
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - (repeat)
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - (repeat)
THE VIEW - James Marsden, Patricia Clarkson, guest co-host Alec Mapa
LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS
THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - (repeat)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Gabourey Sidibe, Jakub Vagner, Mike Vecchione
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - (repeat)
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Mary Lynn Rajskub, Christopher Gorham
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Paul Rudd, Matt Bomer, Green Day
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat)
- SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - (repeat)
- BIG BROTHER - The nomination ceremony takes place.
- UNDERCOVER BOSS (repeat)
- THE GOOD WIFE (repeat)
- LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT (repeat)
- AMERICA'S GOT TALENT (repeat)
- THE SIMPSONS (repeat)
- THE CLEVELAND SHOW (repeat)
- FAMILY GUY (repeat)
- FAMILY GUY (repeat)
- EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION (repeat)
- SCOUNDRELS - A questionable insurance company hires Cheryl; Mrs. Hong's pregnancy causes specualtion.
- THE GATES - Nick asks Dylan for help; Claire decides to end her arrangement with Christian.
- RUBICON - (series premiere) Will suffers a shocking tragedy; Katherine questions her husband's unexpected suicide.
- RUBICON - Will's first day as the boss; Tom has a secret life.
- MAD MEN - A last minute visitor threatens to spoil the agency's Christmas party.
- TRUE BLOOD - Sookie goes to extremes in her attempt to save Bill; Debbie vows revenge on Alcide; Eric tries to get information.
- HUNG - Tanya lands an important client; Jessica is annoyed with Ronnie.
- ENTOURAGE - Vince is impressed by porn star Sasha Grey; Ari woos new clients.
- THE GLADES - The body of a businessman is found in a sugar cane field.
- KOURTNEY & KHLOE TAKE MIAMI - Scott's drinking gets out of control and Kourtney refuses to see him until he seeks professional help.
- HOLLY'S WORLD - Holly throws Angel a 21st birthday party; Josh returns to Las Vegas.
- LEVERAGE - The team enters the world of master car thieves in order to take down a crooked car dealer.
OFF BEAT BRIEFS
COPS ISSUE CAT ALERT FOR FELINE THAT CAUSED WRECK: Brittany Spady from Bank, Oregon got into a car accident when her cat Calysta crawled between the break and gas pedals. The car rolled into a ditch and hit a tree. The cat bolted out of the car and has been missing since. State police have issued a missing cat alert saying that they want to help the family find their cat. (AP)
OHIO SIGNS FOR "WILDMAN ROAD" SWIPED TOO OFTEN: Officials in Ohio are tired of replacing the very often stolen "Wildman Road" sign. The sign is in a very desolate area, which makes stealing it very easy. County engineer Robert Geyer believes that the signs now decorate many garages and dorm rooms. A neighboring county has also had signs of unusual named streets like "Stoner Drive" stolen. The county's solution is to put the road signs on much higher posts so it is less accessible to steal. (AP)
CHURCHILL'S CHOPPERS SOLD AT AUCTION: Winston Churchill's upper dentures were auctioned off in England for $23,723. Churchill spoke with a lisp from a very young age so when he began losing teeth in his later years he had the dentures specially made so he would be able to keep his famous lisp. They did this by not having the dentures fully connect with the top of the mouth. The gentleman who bought the dentures also bought the microphone that Churchill used to announce the end of World War two. (AP)
SAGGY PANTS FOOLISH, BUT LEGAL: In New York City a judge ruled out a summons given to a man who wears his pants below his underwear. A policeman who finds the style distasteful issued the Bronx man a ticket on April 20th.The judge said that many find this particular style foolish and distasteful, but people are able to dress how they like as long as they do not offend public order and decency. (AP)
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW!
VACATIONING WITH FRIENDS IS A BAD IDEA: Unless you and your friends have the tolerance of Mother Teresa, holidays together are never a good idea. Because no matter how well you think you know your friends, you don't really know them until you've lived under the same roof for a week. That's roughly how long it takes to discover that your caring friend is really "a hypochondriac control freak, that her husband's garrulous charm is actually the result of some seriously out-of-control drinking, and that their children are the Spawn of Satan." One of the biggest problems with going on holiday with friends is the difference in expectations. You're looking forward to relaxing on the beach with Joanna Trollope's latest must-read, while their mission is to visit every ancient ruin within a 50-mile radius. (Daily Mail)
AUGUST IS 'GEEK HISTORY MONTH': There's Black History Month, Women's History Month and National Hispanic Heritage Month -- now Asylum.com has dubbed August "Geek History Month." Why August? For starters, Aug. 6 was the day the first Web page was launched. Then, on Aug. 18, AOL will present its first annual Geek Awards in Los Angeles, featuring celebrities who "aren't afraid to embrace their more technical side."
SUMMER MAKES TEENAGERS GRUMPY: The changes in seasons with the varying hours of daylight strongly affect the minds of teenagers. By spending the summer evenings outside teenagers expose themselves to more sunlight and are less ready to go to sleep. Researchers claim that teenagers find it so difficult to adjust to long summer evenings and lighter mornings that it completely disrupts their sleeping pattern. This leads to moodiness and fatigue over the warmer months which can even result on them putting on weight. Not only are they grumpy, but their school work suffers and they are at a higher risk of obesity, which has been linked to sleep deprivation. (Telegraph)
FLIP FLOPS ARE DANGEROUS! Britain's NHS reports that more than 200,000 people need medical treatment every year due to flip-flops; they cause problems including shin splints, weakened tendons and aching toes. Experts say flip-flops force people to change the way they walk so that when taking a stride they put pressure on the outside of their foot, rather than their heel, causing long-term damage. And there is also the risk of serious injury from tripping over. Frequent complaints include twisted ankles, but some have broken their arms or wrists after falling because their flip-flops caught on uneven ground. (Daily Mail)
NEW TREND: NIPPLE-COLORING TREATMENT: According to The Faster Times, women in Japan have expressed displeasure with the color of their nipples, claiming that darker brown nipples are unappealing, while perfectly pink ones are "cute." The piece goes on to say that, "there's a belief in Japan that pink nipples denote purity, while brown ones don't." And so, women have turned to beauty products -- such as Virgin Pink and Pink Cream -- to turn their nipples pink. (YourTango.com)
What was the longest on-screen movie kiss?
A: 3 minutes, 5 seconds -- between Jane Wyman and Regis Tommey in 1941's "You're in the Army Now."
WATER COOLER TALK
Did the Debut of New Season of 'Jersey Shore' Disappoint?
MTV's Jersey Shore returned for a second season last night (July 29th), this time with the now-famous cast members in Miami. Angelina, who dropped out early on in Season 1, was back, re-joining The Situation, Snooki, Pauly D., J-Wow, Vinny, Ronnie and Sammi. Still to be seen is if the pop culture hit can keep the momentum going, or if viewers have had enough. MTV is banking that people will want to keep watching, and are already filming a third season back on the Jersey Shore.
Goldman Sachs Employees Bans Profanity in E-mails, IMs, Text MessagesGoldman Sachs employees are being told to clean up their language, informed that they will no longer be able to use profanity in e-mail or in instant message or texts from company-issued cell phones. The ban, which includes using curse words spelled with asterisks in place of some letters, is being enforced by screening software. The action comes after a line from a June 2007 e-mail from Thomas Montag, who helped run Goldman's securities businesses, was repeatedly referred to in an April Senate hearing. Discussing an investment Goldman sold to a client, Montag wrote in the e-mail, "That . . . was one s***y deal." The SEC accused Goldman in April of cheating clients by selling mortgage securities that were secretly designed by a hedge fund to cash in on the housing market's collapse. This month, Goldman agreed to pay $550 million to settle the charges, without admitting or denying the allegations.
Jill Biden Appearing in Episode of 'Army Wives'
Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is appearing in the August 8th episode of Lifetime's TV series Army Wives. Playing herself in the episode, Biden visits the show's fictional Fort Marshall to hear about the challenges facing military families and offer them words of encouragement. She tells the crowd gathered for a "fun run" to benefit military children, "Although only 1 percent of Americans are fighting our wars today, we need 100 percent of Americans to support them and their families." In real life, Biden has traveled extensively to support the cause of military families. Biden and her husband hosted a special screening of the episode last night (July 29th) at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.