Taylor Swift's recent success was celebrated in Nashville on Friday (January 28th) with a party at the Hard Rock Cafe. The "Heavy Metal at the Hard Rock" event awarded Taylor with multiple plaques, including first-week platinum sales of Speak Now; Number One radio single and Number One music video for "Mine"; and Taylor as the biggest-selling artist of 2010.
Taylor thanked the industry crowd for their support of her career, and talked about preparing for her impending Speak Now World tour, which kicks off on February 9th in Singapore. She said: "We're about to do some crazy traveling, cause we're about to start the Europe and Asia tour, and so I've been brushing up on my Japanese, Korean, Italian, Spanish, German and French for talking to the crowd in between songs, and I'm really excited about it. Then we come back and we go on the U.S. tour and it's gonna be a really busy year, but I'm more than excited for that, and we get to do this because of the people in this room. I love this town, I love this beautiful industry, and I love that you showed up for us tonight. Thank you, thank you, I just love you, and I'm having so much fun. Thank you for being the reason I get to."
Speak Now has sold more than three million copies since its release in October.
Her latest single, "Back To December," is a Top 10 hit and climbing on the country charts.
For the second time in three years, Taylor is Billboard & Nielsen SoundScan's top-selling artist of the year, with over 4.4 million albums sold in 2010.
Speak Now sold 1,046,740 copies the first week, for the biggest debut-week sales for an album since 2005, and the biggest debut ever for a country studio album.
Every song from Speak Now has charted on the Billboard Hot 100, eleven of them at the same time.
The album's lead single, "Mine," has sold 1.6 million digital downloads to date.
For the second consecutive year, Taylor is Billboard's most-played artist, topping their annual all-genre Artist Airplay chart with more than 1.128 million airplay detections in 2010.
With over 35 million tracks sold to date, Taylor remains the top selling digital artist in music history.
Taylor has sold more than four million albums each year for three consecutive years, and is the only artist to sell four-plus million albums each of the last three years.
Taylor's Fearless is quadruple platinum and Taylor Swift is five-times platinum.
Taylor's single "Love Story" recently exceeded five million digital tracks sold.
Speak Now has spent five weeks at Number One on Billboard's all-genre Top 200 Albums chart.Speak Now was 2010's best-selling Internet album.
Taylor's career sales now exceed 20 million albums and 35 million song downloads.
Brad Paisley has tapped some famous friends to collaborate with him on his next album. Members of Alabama, Sheryl Crow, Marty Stuart, Don Henley and even Clint Eastwoodare set to make guest appearances on This Is Country Music, which is due out on April 19th.
Brad told Billboard, "I'm trying to do something brand-new, utilizing the influences who made me who I am as a country artist. Some of them, surprisingly, are not necessarily right within country music, but they're more important to the modern incarnation than you might think. We're supposed to have Don Henley on a track."
The song is called "Love Her Like She's Leaving" that Brad said "feels like something that either he would have written or the Eagles would have done."
Clint Eastwood is whistling on an instrumental track titled "Eastwood!" Brad recently Tweeted, "Watching on video as Clint Eastwood records his part on the new record. Seriously. I think he has potential, this kid. Or should I say punk."
The lead single and title track from This Is Country Music is currently climbing the country charts.
Brad wrapped up a string of dates in Canada last night (Sunday, January 30th). He continues hisH2O Frozen Over tour on February 10th in Duluth, Georgia.
Brad's latest CD, American Saturday Night, was released in 2009.
He released a greatest hits compilation, called Hits Alive, in 2010.
Garth Brooks will be in Dallas on Saturday (February 5th), the day before the Super Bowl, to host about 200 kids at the Old Spice Super Camp in Southlake, Texas. Garth and Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten will be at Dragon Stadium to visit with the children from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dallas. SuperCamp will offer football tips to the boys, and also feature Camp Katina, a cheerleading and life skills clinic hosted by Katina Taylor, the wife of New York Jets Linebacker/Defensive End Jason Taylor.
Advance Sale tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students. Day of tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Children under 5 are admitted free.
For information and tickets, visit TheSuperCamp.com or call 1-888-389-2267.
Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit the nonprofit Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation, Jason Witten's SCORE Foundation and more.
Garth's next performance weekend at the Wynn Encore Theater in Las Vegas is on March 25th & 26th.
Dierks Bentley and Jack Ingram will be among the acts checking into the "Bud Light Hotel" over Super Bowl weekend. Dierks, Jack, Nelly, Ke$ha, Pitbull, the Fray and Lifehouse will all be performing at a hotel in Dallas, Texas that will be taken over by the beer giant and turned into the Bud Light Hotel for this weekend's Super Bowl game.
The parking lot of the Bud Light Hotel has been transformed into a venue able to hold 3,500 fans. Dierks and Jack will take the stage on Sunday (February 6th) at what is being billed as "Texas' Largest Tailgate" on Sunday (February 6) afternoon, just prior to the Super Bowl. Fans who 21 and older and are unable to make it to Dallas will be able to watch it live online at budlight.com.
Keith Urban and Faith Hill will also both be part of the festivities surrounding Sunday's Super Bowl. Keith will get football fans revved up by performing at a pre-game party on Sunday. The celebration, which also includes a performance by Maroon 5, will air on FOX.
On Saturday (February 5th, Faith will team up with the Pretenders for a special live episode of CMT Crossroads. The show will take place during the NFL Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam from the Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie, Texas. It airs at 10 p.m. ET.
Dierks is currently working on a new album in Asheville, North Carolina. Fans can watch 24-hour in-studio happenings at dierks.com.
Jack is currently on the road, with his next stop on February 12th in his hometown of Austin, Texas.
Joe Nichols' new single, "The Shape I'm In," is about a guy getting over a broken heart, but the song's new video goes in a completely different direction. It spotlights a group of people who have a reason to complain about the shape they're in, but don't. Joe tells us: "(With) the video we wanted to take a much more powerful angle, you know, with the video. We wanted to include some war heroes, some true American war heroes. We wanted to make sure that people saw a very vivid and raw and graphic view of some really significant challenges that these guys face when they come home."
Joe says the men who star in the video are an inspiration to anyone to carry on. "It's not just to get your attention so you appreciate what they've gone through, but you appreciate where their mind is going, not just the image of the guy putting on his prosthetic leg and, 'Oh my gosh, he's given so much!' That's one part of it. Thank you for sacrificing that, but thank you for lifting your head up and moving forward, marching forward and being optimistic and doin' alright. That's one thing I thought (director) Trey Fanjoy did a great job of capturing the getting better part, the moving forward, 'I'm doin' alright. My shoulders are back, my head's up and I'm proud and I'm movin' forward. This is not gonna stop me.'"
Joe's first Greatest Hits CD was released last week.
The compilation includes "The Shape I'm In" and Joe's recent Number One hit, "Gimmie That Girl."
Keith Urban and Sara Evans will each take part in the Good Morning America winter concert series on ABC. Keith will perform on February 17th, while Sara is set to perform on March 9th.
Jeff Bates will release his new album, called One Day Closer, on February 15th. The six-song EP has a distinct theme which was shaped by the loss of both his mother and father and the birth of his daughter.
Jeff said, "I wanted to sing about things that would make me feel emotionally connected to life. I knew I wanted to include songs that were introspective yet would reflect my natural curiosity -- and maybe everyone's curiosity -- about what comes after this life."
Jeff has also recorded a live DVD that features all the music from One Day Closer along with bonus tracks highlighting some of his previous singles "One Thing," "Don't Hate Me For Loving You," a Christmas track ("That's What Christmas Is") and two in-studio acoustic performances ("He Wasn't Like Us" and "Amazing Grace"). The DVD also includes a slide show of photos from fans and footage from "The Making Of One Day Closer." This compilation is interspersed with commentary from Jeff.
"One Day Closer," the title track of the CD, was just released to radio.
BETTY WHITE OVERSHADOWS 'THE KING'S SPEECH' WITH SURPRISE WIN AT SAG AWARDS
The King's Speech and The Fighter were the big winners of the night in the film categories at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, while Boardwalk Empire took home the most prominent honors on the television side. The cast of The King's Speech was named the best ensemble, while Colin Firth cemented his role as the Oscar frontrunner with a win for best actor.Christian Bale and Melissa Leo swept the supporting honors for their roles in The Fighter.
The show opened with a win for Steve Buscemi as best actor for his role on the freshman HBO series,Boardwalk Empire. The cast was later named best drama ensemble. The cast of Modern Family won top honors in the comedy category, while Alec Baldwin and Julianna Margulies repeated as award winners for their roles in 30 Rock and The Good Wife.
The biggest surprise of the night -- both for her and the audience -- was Betty White's award for best actress in a TV comedy. The 89-year-old, who was honored here with the Lifetime Achievement Award last year, beat out the likes of Tina Fey and Jane Lynch for her performance on Hot In Cleveland.
Natalie Portman racked up another award for her performance in Black Swan, while Al Pacino andClaire Danes took top honors in the TV movie/miniseries categories.
Betty White's genuine shock over her win -- and the audience's standing ovation -- was definitely the feel good moment of the night.
It didn't seem planned that the real Dickey Eklund -- the character Christian Bale plays in The Fighter -- would go on stage and accept the award with him. Bale handled the intrusion well and gave props to the former crack addict.
For perhaps the first time in awards show history, Julianna Marguiles thanked her in-laws -- for creating her amazing husband.
When introducing The Fighter, Mark Wahlberg gave a shout out to Boardwalk Empire -- reminding us all that he's a producer on the winning show.
Accepting his 5th consecutive award for 30 Rock, Alec Baldwin called the situation "ridiculous."
Ensemble: The King's Speech
Male Actor, Leading:Colin Firth,The King's Speech
Female Actor, Leading:Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Male Actor, Supporting:Christian Bale, The Fighter
Female Actor, Supporting:Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Ensemble, Comedy Series:Modern Family
Ensemble, Drama Series: Boardwalk Empire
Male Actor, Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin,30 Rock
Female Actor, Comedy Series: Betty White, Hot in Cleveland
Male Actor, Drama Series: Steve Buscemi,Boardwalk Empire
Female Actor, Drama Series: Julianna Margulies,The Good Wife
Female Actor, Television Movie or Miniseries: Claire Danes,Temple Grandin
Male Actor, Television Movie or Miniseries: Al Pacino,You Don't Know Jack
The exorcism thriller The Rite debuted as this weekend's top movie, taking over the Number One spot from No Strings Attached, which fell to second place. The Rite follows a skeptical seminary student studying exorcism at the Vatican who meets an unorthodox priest, played by Anthony Hopkins, who introduces the young man to the darker side of his fate. Chris O'Donoghue, Alice Braga and Toby Jones co-star.
The action film The Mechanic opened in third place, tied with the superhero film The Green Hornet.Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland and Jeff Chase stars in the film about an elite assassin who, when his mentor is murdered, sets out for revenge with his mentor's son.
THIS WEEKEND'S TOP TEN MOVIES -- JANUARY 28-30
1. The Rite, $15 million 2. No Strings Attached, $13.7 million 3.(tie) The Green Hornet, $11.5 million 3.(tie) The Mechanic, $11.5 million 5. The King's Speech, $11.1 million 6. True Grit, $7.6 million 7. The Dilemma, $5.5 million 8. Black Swan, $5.1 million 9. The Fighter, $4.1 million 10. Yogi Bear, $3.2 million
JESSE TYLER FERGUSON SHOWS OFF BOYFRIEND:Modern Family'sJesse Tyler Ferguson has a new man. Ferguson introduced his new boyfriend, lawyer Justin Mikita, to the world last Thursday night at Elle's Women In Television event. A source told PerezHilton.com that the two "were inseparable all night." Another witness said, "every time he looked at Jesse, he seemed to melt."
JAIME PRESSLY FILES FOR DIVORCE: Jaime Pressly has filed for divorce from husband Simran Singh after less than two years of marriage. The former My Name Is Earl star listed their date of separation as December 27, 2010 and cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split. The 33-year-old was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of drunk driving.
BRITTANY MURPHY HOUSE UP FOR AUCTION: The house in which both Brittany Murphy and her husband Simon Monjack died is up for auction. Brittany's mother had put the 8,000 square foot Hollywood Hills property on the market for $7.25 million, but it has gone into foreclosure. Court documents show that $4,035,666.92 is still owed on the home and will be auctioned off today. Brittany passed away in December of 2009 and Monjack was found dead last spring.
DAVID FRYE DEAD AT 77: Comic David Frye died in Las Vegas last week at the age of 77. Frye, who was known for his impressions of Presidents Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson and other prominent political figures in the 1960s and 1970s, died of cardiopulmonary arrest. His sister told the AP, "He had an eye for people's movements and an ear for their voices. He could really get down people's mannerisms and intonations." He performed at colleges and nightclubs, as well as on the Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
HENRY CAVILL IS 'SUPERMAN': Henry Cavill has been tapped to play the title role in the upcomingSuperman movie. The 27-year-old is best know for his role as Charles Brandon on Showtime's The Tudors. Director Zack Snyder released a statement saying, "I join Warner Bros., Legendary and the producers in saying how excited we are about the casting of Henry. He is the perfect choice to don the cape and S shield."
SETH ROGEN AND BARBRA STREISAND TO PLAY MOTHER AND SON? Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand are in talks to play mother and son in a new road trip comedy called My Mother's Curse. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the actors were first offered the roles last summer. Anne Fletcher, who helmed The Proposal, is set to direct.
'THE KING'S SPEECH' WINS TOP PRIZE AT DGA AWARDS:The King's Speech got another Oscar boost over the weekend, as director Tom Hooper won top honors at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards. The winner of the DGA award has gone on to win the Oscar for best director on all but six times since 1948. He won the award over the directors of The Social Network, Black Swan, Inception andThe Fighter.
'THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA' IS GETTING BIGGER: Last week's episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta attracted it's biggest audience ever: 3.43 million viewers. The ratings for season three are actually up from season two, when it averaged 2.9 million viewers.
BROOKE SHIELDS CREATES NEW GIG: Brooke Shields will be starring in a one-woman cabaret show in New York next month. In My Life will feature the actress talking about growing up as a child star -- as well as singing popular songs and show tunes. Shields wrote and produced the show herself.
David Arquette checked out of rehab on Sunday (January 30th), after nearly a month in treatment for "alcohol and other issues."
A rep for the actor told People magazine, "He has competed his treatment and has left." Another source close to David added that he is "in great spirits. He's feeling good and he's ready to move forward."
David's decision to seek treatment came in the wake of his separation from his wife of 11 years,Courteney Cox. After the couple announced their split, David admitted he was drinking more and reports of his wild nights hit the web. He also gave multiple interviews to Howard Stern in which he discussed the details of his relationship with Cox, including their sex life.
After he checked into rehab, Courteney released a statement saying, "I really admire David and his choice to take charge and better his life. I love and support him."
CHARLIE SHEEN ENTERS REHAB; 'TWO AND A HALF' MEN HALTED
Charlie Sheen entered rehab on Saturday (January 29th) -- a day later than originally reported. Despite an announcement on Friday that he'd gone to treatment, People magazine reported that it took an extra day for him to decide what facility he'd enter.
The actor's manager, Mark Burg, told People, "[He] is currently in rehab. He was bombarded by every rehab in the country looking for his wallet and publicity, and he has been deciding where to go. With the help of friends and family, he finally agreed to go and went into rehab on Saturday." He noted that Sheen did not enter Promises in Malibu as one report suggested, but did not specify where he went.
Burg added, "Charlie knows he has work to do and he is looking forward to regaining his sobriety. Charlie hopes to be back at work in the near future but there is no time frame. Regaining his sobriety is what is most important."
Producers Two and a Half Men announced on Friday that they would suspend production while Charlie was getting treatment.
PORN STARS KEEP TALKING
Charlie's decision to enter rehab came after he was hospitalized last week on the heels of a reported cocaine-and-porn star-filled bender. Although his people blamed the hospitalization on a hernia, sources who partied with the actor last week have been forthcoming about the details of their experience with the star.
Porn star Kacey Jordan says she was one of several adult film stars who partied with Charlie at his home last week. She claims to have seen Charlie drinking and smoking cocaine for hours as he critiqued pornography in his home theater.
She also said that the 45-year-old actor handed her a check for $30,000.
Charlie isn't Kacey's only celebrity connection: she supposedly dated Kevin Federline in the wake of his split from Britney Spears -- and watched their two young sons.
Jesse Eisenberg and Mark Zuckerberg met for the first time over the weekend on the set of Saturday Night Live, which Jesse was hosting. When The Social Network -- in which Eisenberg plays Mark -- first came out, it was widely reported that the Facebook founder was unhappy with his portrayal in the film.
In his opening monologue, Jesse and Andy Samberg were comparing notes on how they each impersonate Zuckerberg. The camera then focused on the real Mark, trying to convince Lorne Michaelsthat he was in fact, himself.
He pleaded, "Why can't I go in there? I'm the real Mark Zuckerberg! Come on. I invented Poking!"
Mark eventually came out and the trio had an awkward exchange in which he told Jesse that he thought The Social Network was " . . . interesting."
JASON DAVIS ARRESTED AFTER 'CELEBRITY REHAB' REUNION
Reality star Jason Davis was arrested on suspicion of drug possession last week -- a day after saying he was clean during a live reunion episode of Celebrity Rehab.
The oil heir told Dr. Drew that after a few relapses since production, he had been sober for 90 days. However, TMZ.com reports that cops arrested him for possession of a controlled substance in California last Thursday.
Davis claims that the drugs were planted, and says a family member tipped off police. He released a statement saying, "I am shocked that my family would once again alert the police, and media, about a personal family matter simply to promote their own public image. You don't see Charlie Sheen's family calling the cops on him. Authorities are investigating whether a certain family member planted the drugs in my home."
Dr. Drew responded to the arrest as well, saying, "Jason was honest about his struggles with his sobriety on the reunion show. Hopefully, now that there are legal consequences, further treatment will be mandated, which he so desperately needs. As I said when I saw him Wednesday, we care for him very deeply and we are here for him."
JESSE JAMES HAS EX ARRESTED OVER THREATENING PHONE CALLS
Jesse James' ex-wife Janine Lindemulder was arrested over the weekend for threatening the newly-engaged bad boy. Lindemulder, who was married to James before Sandra Bullock, had three warrants out for her arrest after James turned over threatening and "abusive" voicemails to the police in Austin, Texas.
Jesse told authorities that Lindemulder leaves, "chronic harassing telephone calls to all hours of the day and night." He claims to have received 300 calls since he moved to Texas last year.
The former couple battled over custody of their seven-year-old daughter Sunny last year after James announced his intention to move from California to Texas. Sunny currently lives with her father.
Lindemulder previously served a six-month term in federal prison for tax evasion in 2009.
James recently announced his engagement to L.A. Ink star Kat Von D.
U.S. URGES 'ORDERLY TRANSITION TO DEMOCRACY' IN EGYPT: As the anti-government protests in Egypt entered their sixth day yesterday (January 30th), reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei called forPresident Hosni Mubarak to resign, while the U.S. position also seemed to shift away from Mubarak, Egypt's ruler for the past 30 years, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calling for a, quote, "orderly transition to democracy." However, Clinton avoided directly saying whether the U.S. supports Mubarak continuing as the leader of Egypt, which is our closest Arab ally. From CBS' Face the Nation: "What the people who are in Tahrir Square and elsewhere in Egypt are protesting for is the right to participate in their government, to have economic opportunity, for their human rights to be respected. We are very clearly asking both in public and private that the Egyptian authorities respond to that, that they start a process of national dialogue that will lead to a transition to such democracy. And what President Mubarak himself said the other day, that they would begin to take concrete steps for democratic and economic reform, we expect to see happen."
Lawlessness spread on Saturday and Sunday after police withdrew from the streets late Friday without explanation. In addition to looting, armed robberies and arson in cities around the country, at least four jails were attacks and hundreds of prisoners freed, including members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, which wants to establish an Islamist state. But security began to return Sunday as police began to move back out into some neighborhoods and the military worked to restore order. But what the military has not done -- at least so far -- is crack down on the protesters, and Mubarak's fate appeared increasingly tied to whether the military would stand by him.
The U.S. Embassy told Americans to consider leaving Egypt as soon as possible and said it was arranging flights for Monday.
MAN ARRESTED WITH EXPLOSIVES AT MICHIGAN MOSQUE: A 63-year-old man with explosives in his vehicle who intended to blow up one of the nation's largest mosques was arrested in the parking lot of the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan, last Monday (January 24th) while a funeral was going on inside. Authorities revealed the arrest yesterday (January 30th), saying Roger Stockham was arraigned on one count of making a false report or threat of terrorism and one count of possessing explosives with an unlawful intent. Police said Stockham, who lives near San Diego, has what was described as a long history of anti-government activities. Stockham was arrested after police got a 911 call from a resident.
SOUTHERN SUDAN VOTES TO BECOME NEW NATION: Southern Sudan's referendum commission said Sunday (January 30th) that more than 99 percent of voters in the south chose to secede from the country's north in a vote held earlier this month. The secession vote was a condition of a 2005 peace agreement that ended a civil war between the north and the south that lasted two decades and killed two million people. In northern Sudan, 58 percent of voters also chose secession. If the process stays on track, Southern Sudan will become the world's newest country in July. Still to be negotiated are borders, oil rights and the status of a contested region.
WIKILEAKS RIVAL WEBSITE LAUNCHED: A former WikiLeaks spokesman has launched a rival secret-leaking website, saying he wants to give whistleblowers more control over the secrets they reveal. Called OpenLeaks, the site was launched on Friday (January 28th) under the leadership of Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who said it will allow sources to choose specifically who they want to leak documents to, such as to a particular news outlet. Domscheit-Berg said the difference between his group and WikiLeaks is that OpenLeaks will leave reviewing the material up to the publication or advocacy group chosen by the source. He said this will speed up the process, as well as make OpenLeaks less of a target, since it wouldn't be publishing any of the material itself. OpenLeaks will begin testing in several weeks, and could be fully operational laster this year. Domscheit-Berg left WikiLeaks after a falling-out with its founder, Julian Assange.
STUDY: EARLY HORMONE REPLACEMENT RAISES BREAST CANCER RISK: Researchers reported Friday (January Th) that women who start hormone replacement therapy as they begin to go through menopause have a higher risk of breast cancer than women who start taking them later. The British study found that women who waited five years of more to start taking HRT had little or no increased risk of breast cancer, but those who started it as they entered menopause had a 43 percent higher risk. The findings backed up those from the U.S.-based Women's Health Initiative, which found women who took HRT right at menopause had a 41 percent higher breast cancer risk. However, the opposite was true of heart disease, with women who started HRT earlier having a lower risk than women who start later.
COLLEGE CANCELS BRISTOL PALIN ABSTINENCE TALK: Washington University in St. Louis said on Friday (January 28th) that it had withdrawn an invitation to Bristol Palin to speak about teen pregnancy and abstinence because of protests from students. It had been announced two days earlier that Palin, the 20-year-old daughter of Sarah Palin who became pregnant at 17 and is a single mother, had been asked to speak next month as part of Student Sexual Responsibility Week, and that $20,000 had been allocated for the panel featuring her. But students began objecting soon after, and the controversy was continuing to grow until the school and Palin both agreed to cancel it. Bristol Palin has been speaking publicly on abstinence, including recently teaming up with The Situation from MTV's hit show Jersey Shore for a public service announcement on preventing teen pregnancy, with Palin advocating abstinence.
NEW ALCOHOL-DETECTION SYSTEMS COULD BE IN CARS IN UPCOMING YEARS: New alcohol-detection systems are being developed that use automatic sensors to instantly detect whether a person is too drunk to drive, and they could be available within the decade. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHoodwas on hand Friday (January 28th) at QinetiQ North America in Massachusetts for a public demonstration of the in-development systems, that could measure whether a driver has a blood alcohol content at or above the legal limit of .08 and, if so, prevent the vehicle from starting. The Driver Alcohol Detection Systems for Safety would use sensors that measure blood alcohol content either by analyzing a driver's breath or through the skin, using touch-based sensors placed strategically on steering wheels, for example. The initial $10 million research program is funded jointly by the National Highway Safety Administration and the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.'S SON WANTS TO BUY THE NEW YORK METS:Martin Luther King the Third, the son of the iconic late civil rights leader, wants to buy baseball's New York Mets, the New York Post reported Sunday (January 30th), and he's teaming up with a group of investors to try to make it happen. Among them are Mets legend Ed Kranepool and Donn Clendenon Jr., the son of the 1969 Mets World Series MVP. According to the Post, King is set to come to New York this week to set up a meeting with the Mets owners, the Wilpon family, who announced Friday (January 28th) that they're looking to sell up to 25 percent of the team because of financial problems related to the Bernie MadoffPonzi scheme. The 53-year-old King currently runs the King Center in Atlanta.
DJOKOVIC, CLIJSTERS WINS AT AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Novak Djokovic and Kim Clijsters were crowned the champions at the Australian Open this weekend. The Serbian Djokovic defeated Andy Murray of Britain 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday (January 30th) in the tournament final. On the women's side, Clijsters beat out China's Li Na to win her first Australian Open title on Saturday. The Belgian won 3-6 6-3 6-3, ending Li's attempt to get a first-ever Grand Slam title for China.
NFC WINS PRO BOWL 55-41: The NFC topped the AFC 55-41 in the Pro Bowl yesterday (January 30th) in Hawaii, in a sloppy game marked by five interceptions by the NFC. Things got ugly early, with the NFC opening up a 42-0 lead before going into halftime up 42-7, aided by first-half interceptions thrown by AFC quarterbacks Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning and Matt Cassel. Washington Redskins cornerbackDeAngelo Hall was named game MVP, taking home a new Cadillac for the performance.
TEAM LIDSTROM BEATS TEAM STAAL 11-10 IN NHL ALL-STAR GAME: The NHL's All-Star game was played under a new format Sunday (January 30th) that saw "Team Lidstrom" beat "Team Staal" 11-10. Under the new set-up, Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal and Detroit Red Wings defensemanNicklas Lidstrom got to choose their team members in an All-Star fantasy draft. MVP honors went to Team Staal forward Patrick Sharp of the Chicago Blackhawks, who scored a goal and had two assists.
WATSON WINS AT TORREY PINES, TIGER COMES IN 44TH:Bubba Watson got the win at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego Sunday (January 30th), while the golf season began as badly for Tiger Woods as the last one ended, as he finished the tournament tied for 44th place. Although Woods began the weekend only five shots out of the lead, he never got any closer. Woods has never before ended outside the top 10 at Torrey Pines, and it was his worst start to his golf season since he turned pro.
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)
90210 - Naomi, Adrianna, Silver and Annie go to a retreat for a girls' weekend; Silver and Navid have a secret meeting; Charlie realizes how Annie feels about Liam.
GOSSIP GIRL - Blair's excitement at landing an internship dampens when she discovers that Dan did too; Nate gets news about his father's business prospects.
DAY TIME TALK SHOW
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Marisa Miller, the Band Perry THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Oscar Winners Susan Sarandon, Sissy Spacek, Holly Hunter, plus the nominees THE VIEW - Billy Bardell, Camille Grammer
LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS
THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Justin Bieber, Pauley Perrette, Best Coast THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Adam Sandler, Larry the Cable Guy, Esperanza Spalding JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Julianna Margulies, Matthew Bomer, the JaneDear Girls THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Rachael Ray LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Bill Paxton, Adam Scott, Edie Brickell LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Lemmy Kilmister, Ryan Linsey, Joshua Scott Jones THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Bill Gates THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Samer Shehata, Dr. Paul Offit CONAN - Amy Poehler, Tim Heidecker & Eric Wareheim, Randy Rogers Band LOPEZTONIGHT - Jamie Foxx, Jake Johnson
ROYAL WEDDING SOUVENIR CONDOMS AVAILABLE: Crown Jewels Condoms of Distinction is rolling out a unique line of condoms they hope will be a big hit with fans of this year's royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. The slogan for the new product reads: "Like a royal wedding, intercourse with a loved one is an unforgettable occasion." A spokesman for the company says the condoms are a "unique way to remember this great British occasion," adding, "In years to come, they will be a timeless memento of a magical wedding day." Ingrid Seward, the editor of Majesty magazine, says the condoms are "completely tasteless." She told The Sun, "This is a cheap swipe to make money." (AFP)
JAPANESE CAR COMPANY STUDYING CAR CONTROL WITH BRAINWAVES: Honda is in talks with designers to make a fashionable hat that would allow drivers to control vehicles with their brainwaves. Honda already has a prototype that can translate thought into instructions that control the wipers, headlights, trunk and other functions. An industry consultant said, "The driving hat has to be both smart and reliable, with different styles for men and women. Also, if it's going to cost as much as an iPad, it has to make life easier for the driver. But above all, it has to be cool." (NewsCore)
MOM BROUGHT KIDS ON ROBBERY TRIP: A woman in Georgia, her 17-year-old son and two other teens were all arrested after robbing a bank together last week. Police in Lilburn said that 35-year-old Tawander Simmons brought two of the teens into a Wells Fargo bank and pulled a gun on a teller while the third kid waited outside in the getaway car. All four were arrested and charged with armed robbery after a police chase ensued and the getaway car ended up driving into an embankment. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
POLICE SAY NEW YORK MAIL MAN STOLE COUPONS: Police have accused a Long Island, NY mail carrier of stealing coupons that were intended for residents. 38-year-old Thomas Tang allegedly swiped more than 7,000 J.C. Penney discount coupons between October 2009 and January 2011 then sold them on eBay. Tang was charged grand larceny but plead not guilty at his arraignment last week. He's being held on $5,000 cash bail. (AP)