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Monday, February 28, 2011

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Taylor Swift is being linked to a new guy. She's reportedly in the early stages of dating Glee star Chord Overstreet. The two were spotted together at an L.A. Kings hockey game on Thursday (February 24th), after which they grabbed something to eat. A source told UsMagazine.com that Taylor contacted Chord to write a song with her on Wednesday (February 23rd). Apparently the two have met a few times before. The source added, "Chord is into her. He will definitely pursue this."

Last year, Taylor was linked with Chord's Glee co-star Cory Monteith, but there was no confirmation that the two were any more than friends.

Rumors of the singer's love life seem to constantly crop up, but Taylor tells us that if that's all the media is speculating about then she counts herself lucky. "I actually don't hear false things about myself that much. I'm lucky as far as like tabloid fodder and stuff like that, you know, where people end up in headlines on tabloids for things that aren't true. I feel very lucky in that aspect of things, having not been written about too much and not feeling like all these rumors are out there about me that aren't true. Like, I don't complain about that stuff."

Taylor says that so far she really hasn't taken issue with any stories printed about her."I don't read too much about myself. Like, if I see it in the grocery store and it's like in an article it typically isn't anything bad. I don't get too much paparazzi or anything like that. I've been really lucky that way, but you can't focus too much on the perception of yourself."


It's amazing what a few platinum albums and Number One hits can do for a career. Jason Aldean is a prime example. He says it wasn't that long ago that he and his band were hauling their own equipment from gig to gig. Now that he has a crew to do such things, Jason tells us they've pretty much forgotten how to fend for himself. "These guys work their tails off. If it wasn't for them we definitely wouldn't . . . the show wouldn't happen, and it's funny -- me and the guys in the band talk about it all the time. We all grew up kinda loadin' our own stuff in pluggin' up and gettin' everything ready, and now it's like one of our guitars goes out (and) we just stand there like we don't know what to do. We're waitin' on one of those guys to come get it and fix it. It's like we've turned into these idiots all of a sudden, and we all grew up knowin' how to do all that stuff, so those guys are lifesavers."
  • He takes his My Kinda Party tour to Charlottesville, Virginia on Thursday (March 3rd).
  • Jason celebrates his 34th birthday today (Monday, February 28th).

CHECK IT OUT


Brad Paisley wrapped up his H2O Frozen Over tour on Saturday (February 26th) at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. He closed the trek, which officially began in May of last year as the H2O tour, with special guests Darius Rucker, who has been a part of the tour since the beginning, and newcomer Jerrod Niemann.

The show concluded with Darius and Jerrod returning to the stage for Brad's hit "Alcohol", which also featured a special appearance by Sheryl Crow on guitar.

  • Brad is set to play the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo on March 19th at Reliant Stadium.
  • His first summer tour date is on June 3rd in Virginia Beach.
  • Brad's new CD, This Is Country Music, will be in stores on May 24th.

FAST FACTS

  • Brad is up for Top Male Vocalist of the Year at the ACM Awards on April 3rd. He has taken home the honor the past two years.
  • He is also nominated for Entertainer of the Year.
Eric Church and The Band Perry are early winners at this year's ACM Awards. Eric has been named Top New Solo Vocalist and The Band Perry are the Top New Vocal Duo or Group. The two winners are now contenders for the Top New Artist award, which will be given out on the 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 3rd in Las Vegas. The show will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on CBS.
  • Reigning Top New Artist Luke Bryan will present the awards to Eric and The Band Perry at the ACM-sponsored CRS Music City Jam in Nashville on Wednesday (March 2nd). CRS Music City Jam is open to Country Radio Seminar registrants and takes place at the Nashville Convention Center.
  • Voting for ACM Top New Artist begins on March 11th at 12 noon PT online at VoteACM.com. It continues until 5 p.m. PT on April 3rd.
  • Fans can watch the winners receive their ACM trophies and hear their acceptance speeches on GAC's ACM Top New Artists special, premiering on March 14th at 9 p.m. ET.

FAST FACTS

  • Eric Church released his sophomore album, Carolina, in 2009 which included such hits as "Love Your Love The Most," "Hell on the Heart," and "Smoke a Little Smoke." All three were Top 20 songs. His third album is set to be released later this year.
  • The Band Perry, made up of siblings Kimberly, Neil and Reid, released their self-titled debut album in 2010. Their song "If I Die Young" went to Number One on the charts and was nominated for a Grammy.

Billy Ray Cyrus upset a lot of people, including his family, when he made some serious accusations in a recent GQ interview. He compared Miley to several flamed-out icons and said that he never profitted off of her success.

Now, insiders are coming forward to US Weekly and saying that Billy Ray is completely wrong and not only was it inaccurate of him to say such things -- they were all stemmed from jealousy. The source said, "He was always upset he didn't get as much attention as Miley. This is his way of stealing the spotlight."

Another insider says that he "totally pushed Miley into being a star." The source added, "Let's face it: Hannah Montana revived his career as much as it made Miley's."

MILEY PUTS ON A HAPPY FACE

Miley Cyrus might seem like a happy 18-year-old but sources close to her say that she is going through a very difficult time. A source told People that Miley has been trying to cope with the stress that her father's comments to GQ put on the family, as well as the fact that her parents are going through a divorce. The source said, "Miley seemed stressed, though she tries to hide it behind a constant smile. Miley is upset. She's very hurt and angry."

Perhaps Miley's trip to Haiti will help bring her spirits up. Miley is in the country with the Starkey Hearing Foundation. The group is hoping to bring supplies and help to the hearing-impaired children of Haiti.


LeAnn Rimes is causing heads to turn, and it's not necessarily for a good reason. The singer has become shockingly thin. She attended the Leeza Gibbons Dare 2 Care benefit on Thursday (February 24th) in West Hollywood and onlookers were surprised at her appearance. She wore a short, form-fitting purple mini-dress, and a source told UsMagazine.com, "She looked unbelievably skinny."

  • LeAnn sang two songs at the event, including her hit "How Do I Live," and gave a short speech, during which she said, "It's so important we must remember we are all human. We all make mistakes, and we shouldn't judge one another."
  • Other celebs at the event included Jamie Lee Curtis, Jennifer Grey, Fran Drescher, and songwriter David Foster.
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COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. What was the name of Martina McBride's very first radio single released in 1992?
A. "The Time Has Come"

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE

TOP 20 COUNTRY COUNTDOWN/GAC 9:30AM (ET)
Chris Young

SUPERSTAR SESSIONS: TIM McGRAW/GAC 5:00PM (ET)

BACKSTORY: RASCAL FLATTS/GAC 9:00PM (ET)

LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN/CBS 11:35PM (ET)
Zac Brown Band

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS

  • Jason Aldean (34)
  • Ali Larter (actress, Varsity Blues, Final Destination, Heroes) (35)
  • Natalia Vodianova (Russian supermodel) (29)
  • Karolina Kurkova (Czech supermodel, Victoria's Secret Angel) (27)
  • Rae Dawn Chong (actress, Commando, The Color Purple; daughter of Tommy Chong) (50)
  • John Turturro (actor, Do The Right Thing, Quiz Show, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the Transformers movies) (54)
  • Gilbert Gottfried (actor-comedian) (56)
  • Bernadette Peters (actress, The Jerk, Annie, All's Fair, currently has a recurring role on ABC's Ugly Betty) (63)
  • Gavin MacLeod (actor, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Love Boat, The King Of Queens) (81)
  • Charles Durning (actor, Dog Day Afternoon, Tootsie, O Brother, Where Art Thou?) (88)
  • Mario Andretti (former auto racer) (71)

ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY

  • The Recording Industry Association of America awarded a gold album for Josh Turner's Your Man in 2006.
  • Garth Brooks served as both host and musical guest, performing "Two Pina Coladas" on the NBC show Saturday Night Live, in 1998.
  • Anita Cochran's duet with Steve Wariner, "What If I Said," went to Number One in 1998.
  • Travis Tritt got his first acting role in the TV movie Rio Diablo, alongside Naomi Judd and Kenny Rogers, in 1993.
  • Barbara Mandrell performed at the Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, California, as the first concert following a near-fatal auto accident in 1986.

'THE KING'S SPEECH' IS THE BIG WINNER ON OSCAR NIGHT

As expected, The King's Speech ruled the 83rd Academy Awards, taking home four Oscars: the coveted prizes of Best Picture, Best Actor for Colin Firth, Best Director for Tom Hooper and Best Original Screenplay.

There were no surprises in the acting categories as Natalie Portman capped an honor-filled awards season with a Best Actress Oscar for Black Swan. The Fighter's Melissa Leo and Christian Bale continued their winning streaks with victories in the supporting actor categories.

Anne Hathaway and James Franco hosted the show, going through a variety of costume changes and musical numbers during the three-and-a-half-hour telecast. The young duo -- Hathaway is 28, Franco is 32 -- riffed on their selection, acknowledging that Oscar producers were trying to draw in their peers. They also injected some Charlie Sheen humor into their routine, with Franco (in drag) joking that the porn star-loving actor had sent him a text message.

  • In a moment that seemed more like the MTV Movie Awards than the Oscars, Best Supporting Actress Melissa Leo dropped the "f bomb" during her acceptance. Before that memorable slip, it seemed as though the supporting actress category would be overshadowed by presenter Kirk Douglas, who rambled about the hosts and audience members, delaying the winner's reveal.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Alec Baldwin and Morgan Freeman joined James and Anne in taped, montage opener in which they inserted themselves in best picture nominee films with an over-arching Inception theme.
  • Kirk Douglas is so old. He looks and sounds ancient -- and his rambling behavior was funny, but bizarre. He kept putting off announcing the best supporting actress winner, talking about how Hugh Jackman was in the audience laughing -- but Colin Firth was not. His speech was so mumbled you could barely understand him. A handler had to drag him away from Melissa Leo after he finally gave her the Oscar.
  • Melissa Leo cursed in her acceptance speech. She said that that Kate Winslet had made accepting look so "f-ing easy." Luckily, the censors covered her.
  • At one point, Anne Hathaway took the stage in a tux, singing "On My Own," which she joked (through song) was supposed to be a duet with Hugh Jackman. After her performance, James Franco came out in drag, dressed as Marilyn Monroe -- and joked that Charlie Sheen had texted him.
  • Christian Bale not only gave the real Dickie Eklund a thank you during his acceptance, he plugged Dickie's business and advised viewers to email him.
  • President Obama appeared during the show! He popped up in a montage about favorite movie songs. (His is "As Time Goes By")
  • The 21st century was well represented: the show auto tuned some of the year's most popular movies, making them into "musicals." The auto tuned films included Harry Potter, Toy Story 3, The Social Network and Twilight.
  • After the In Memoriam montage, Halle Berry took the stage and paid a special tribute to Lena Horne.
  • A kids choir from Staten Island closed the show singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." Then, the night's winners came out and joined them for the end of the song. A great close to the broadcast.
  • Corey Haim was left out of the In Memoriam tribute, prompting a debate. Should he have been included?

WINNER'S LIST

  • Best Picture: The King's Speech
  • Actor in a Leading Role: Colin Firth, The King's Speech
  • Actress in a Leading Role: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
  • Director: Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
  • Original Song: "We Belong Together" (Toy Story 3), music and lyrics by Randy Newman
  • Film Editing: The Social Network
  • Visual Effects: Inception
  • Documentary Feature: Inside Job
  • Live Action Short Film: God of Love
  • Documentary Short Subject: Strangers No More
  • Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland
  • Makeup: The Wolfman
  • Sound Editing: Inception
  • Sound Mixing: Inception
  • Original Score: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network
  • Actor in a Supporting Role: Christian Bale, The Fighter
  • Foreign Language Film: In a Better World (Denmark)
  • Original Screenplay: David Seidler, The King's Speech
  • Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
  • Animated Feature Film: Toy Story 3
  • Animated Short Film: The Lost Thing
  • Actress in a Supporting Role: Melissa Leo, The Fighter
  • Cinematography: Inception
  • Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland

PERFORMANCES

  • "We Belong Together" -- Randy Newman
  • "I See The Light" -- Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi
  • "If I Rise" -- Florence Welch and A.R. Rahman
  • "Coming Home" -- Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Celine Dion, In Memoriam -- "Smile Thought Your Heart Is Breaking"
BEST DRESSED:

Anne Hathaway: Her red carpet gown was well, red! She looked really great, but the dress was nothing to write home about. One thing we hate though? Tendrils! Once you turn 14, you're too old for it. On stage she donned a beaded white number, a tux, a grey-white-black layered gown, an electric blue off-the-shoulder piece and a high-necked dark sparkly dress. We liked the blue best.

Natalie Portman: Great choice! The pregnant star wore a purple, v-neck draped gown over her ever-growing bump. She looked like such a movie star and it didn't seem like she was trying hard; it seemed natural to pull off such a great look, despite her pregnancy.

Jennifer Lawrence: The freshman Oscar nominee showed up in va va voom red, but took it easy with hair, makeup and accessories. Simple, classic and elegant -- but it still had a wow factor.

Mila Kunis: She did not disappoint! The awards season newbie wowed in a lavender, low-cut, drapey gown. The lace detail on her boobs was a little too shear though: from far away, it looks like everything is hanging out. Only earrings was the right jewelry decision: they sparkled and complimented the dress's color perfectly.

Hailee Steinfeld: Another age-appropriate hit! The teen looked like a princess in a sparkly, pale gown with a cute but glamorous headband. She told Ryan Seacrest that she helped design it.

Penelope Cruz: Wowza! She showed off her newly-acquired motherly assets in a red gown. Looks amazing!

Reese Witherspoon: Classic black and white. You really don't see that much even though it seems like a standard. She had a beautiful (fake) ponytail as well.

WORST DRESSED:

Melissa Leo: The structured, collared white dress was age appropriate -- but there's nothing wrong with 50-year-olds dressing like they're in their 20s these days. Very mature, but she looked too old.

Mandy Moore: OK, we're not going to lie -- when they first showed a shot of her on the red carpet, we thought it was Barbara Hershey. For Barbara, she looked great! But as a 26-year-old, not so much.

Russell Brand: When is he going to pleasantly surprise us and get a haircut? A blue-black suit coat was a good touch of rock star, but he went a little overboard with a plaid shirt.

Michelle Williams: Her body looked great in a white, short-sleeved form-fitting gown, but it was kind of boring. When's she going to lose the pixie cut? Also, boring. She had no interest in answering Ryan's questions on the red carpet.

Marisa Tomei: Yikes. First off, the top was like an ill-fitted off the rack prom dress. And the bottom, well, wasn't really any different. It looked like it was going to be a simple, straight dress, but the bottom looked like a tutu on steroids.

Nicole Kidman: Kelly Osbourne said it looked like a kimono. It was a bit too much detail and very strange to have boxy structure on such a thin woman.

Christian Bale: The beard is back? Why? We thought it was gone for good!

SO-SO:

Amy Adams: The sparkly, midnight blue dress was a beautiful color. We don't think that she should have worn a necklace over the high-neck dress.

Jennifer Hudson: Way to show off that body! The slim star wowed in red, but the cleavage wasn't very flattering. The dress separated and flattened the boobs instead of pushing them up and together.

Cate Blanchett: Well, she had a circle cut out on the chest with a different design inside. Definitely unique!

Scarlett Johansson: The color, magenta, was a nice break from the norm. She had a short, messy 'do that looked like she'd just rolled out of bed. Overall, we say B.

Sharon Stone: What's she doing there? She looked great though, in a black, one-shouldered gown with feather-embellishment on the strap.

Helena Bonham Carter: She had a sliced up, black . . . gown? It looked like someone look scissors to a black mound of cloth. When drunk. Still, it was better than the Golden Globes!

Halle Berry: We think the drama in personal life is taking a toll: she looks scary skinny, but still beautiful.

Gwyneth Paltrow: Sleek and modern in a silvery-nude, straight number.

Sandra Bullock: What a difference a year makes! Red seems to be a favorite color of the night, and she joined the trend. Don't they say it attracts men too?


WEEKEND MOVIE WRAP-UP

Disney's 3-D animated Gnomeo & Juliet, a lighthearted version of the Shakespeare classic featuring garden gnomes as the star-crossed lovers, was the surprise top movie at the weekend box office, claiming the Number One spot in its third week of release.

Opening in second place was the Farrelly brothers' comedy Hall Pass, starring Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis as best buddies whose wives give them a one week "hall pass" to do whatever they want, no questions asked, but find it doesn't turn out as they'd expected. Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate co-star.

  • Last week's top film, the Liam Neeson thriller Unknown, fell to third place.
  • Nicolas Cage's 3-D action film, Drive Angry, opened poorly in ninth place. It stars Cage as a dead criminal who breaks out of Hell to find his grandchild after Satanic cultists kidnap the baby and murder his daughter. Amber Heard and William Fitchner co-star.

THIS WEEKEND'S TOP TEN MOVIES -- FEBRUARY 25-27

  1. Gnomeo & Juliet, $14.2 million
  2. Hall Pass, $13.4 million
  3. Unknown, $12.4 million
  4. Just Go With It, $11.1 million
  5. I Am Number Four, $11 million
  6. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, $9.2 million
  7. The King's Speech, $7.6 million
  8. Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, $7.6 million
  9. Drive Angry, $5.1 million
  10. True Grit, $1.9 million


Now in theaters is the new comedy Hall Pass, starring Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate and Nicky Whelan. The film follows best friends Rick, played by Wilson, and Fred, played by Sudeikis, whose wives give them a Hall Pass, one week to do whatever they want, no questions asked. At first, the guys think all their dreams will come true, until they realize what they expected wasn't in sync with reality.
  • Hall Pass is rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Now in theaters is the new action film Drive Angry, starring Nicholas Cage, Amber Heard and William Fitchner. The film follows Milton, a felon, played by Cage, who breaks out of hell for his crimes to find his grandchild, after cultists kidnapped the baby and murdered Milton's daughter.
  • Drive Angry is rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 45 minutes.

'BLACK SWAN' WINS BIG AT INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS


Natalie Portman and James Franco took top honors at Saturday's (February 26th) Independent Spirit Awards. Portman's Black Swan dominated the night, winning all four of its nominations including best feature. Franco won for his role as real-life adventurer Aron Ralston in 127 Hours.

Joel McHale hosted the show, which also awarded The King's Speech a prize for best foreign film. John Hawkes and Dale Dickey, both from Winter's Bone, won the supporting male and female trophies.

The full list of winners is as follows:

  • Best Feature: Black Swan
  • Best Director: Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
  • Best Screenplay: Stuart Blumberg, Lisa Cholodenko, The Kids Are All Right
  • Best Male Lead: James Franco, 127 Hours
  • Best Supporting Male: John Hawkes, Winter's Bone
  • Best Female Lead: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
  • Best Supporting Female: Dale Dickey, Winter's Bone
  • Best Cinematography: Matthew Libatique, Black Swan
  • Robert Altman Award: Please Give (given to director Nicole Holofcener, casting director Jeanne McCarthy and the ensemble cast)
  • Best First Screenplay: Lena Dunham, Tiny Furniture
  • Best First Feature: Get Low (award given to the director, Aaron Schneider, and producers David Gundlach and Dean Zanuck)
  • Best Documentary: Exit Through The Gift Shop
  • Best Foreign Film: The King's Speech (award given to the director, Tom Hooper)
  • John Cassavetes Award (best feature made for under $500,000): Daddy Longlegs (written and directed by Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie and produced by Casey Neistat and Tom Scott)
  • Piaget Producers Award: Anish Savjani, Meek's Cutoff
  • Someone To Watch Award: Mike Ott, Littlerock
  • Truer Than Fiction Award: Jeff Maimberg, Marwencol

HEADLINE NEWS

LIBYAN REBELS READY FOR ATTACK BY PRO-GADHAFI FORCES: Anti-government rebels in Libya who were in control of Zawiya, a city near the capital of Tripoli, were readying Sunday (February 27th) for an attack by troops loyal to Moammar Gadhafi. The rebel and defecting army forces deployed tanks and anti-aircraft weapons in anticipation of possible action. Meanwhile, politicians in the eastern city of Benghazi, which has become an opposition stronghold, set up a leadership council to manage day-to-day affairs, a step towards forming what could be an alternative to Gadhafi's government. The U.S., Britain and the United Nations Security Council all imposed sanctions on Libya over the weekend, and on Saturday, after all Americans were safely out of the country, President Obama toughened his stance, saying Gadhafi is an illegitimate ruler who must leave power immediately. Keeping up the pressure yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, "I think it's way too soon to tell how this is going to play out, but we're going to be ready and prepared to offer any kind of assistance that anyone wishes to have from the United States."

POLICE ALLOW PROTESTERS TO STAY IN WISCONSIN CAPITOL BUILDING: Protesters fighting efforts to strip collective bargaining rights from public employees in Wisconsin continued their nearly two-week sit-in at the Capitol building in Madison yesterday (February 27th) as police decided not to forcibly remove them, despite a request from the state agency that oversees the building to leave by 4 p.m. so that it could be cleaned. Wisconsin Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs said, "People here have acted lawfully and responsibly. There's no reason to consider arrests." The sit-in in the Capitol continued after a weekend in which crowds of tens of thousands continued to protest in Madison against Republican Governor Scott Walker's plan to take away collective bargaining rights, which he says is necessary to help close the state's budget deficits. Walker said earlier on NBC's Meet the Press that the protests have not weakened his resolve on the issue.

PEOPLE AT FOUR U.S. AIRPORTS MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO MEASLES: Workers and recent travelers at four U.S. airports are being warned that they may have been exposed to measles by a New Mexico woman later confirmed to have the disease who passed through the airports. The 27-year-old woman arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport from London on the afternoon of February 20th, then flew two days later from BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport near Baltimore to Denver and then on to Albuquerque. Authorities in those states are trying to notify travelers with seats on the flights were close to that of the infected woman, who hadn't been immunized against the disease. Public health officials are concerned about possible exposure among people who aren't immunized, including babies, as well as pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems. Measles is highly contagious, and although vaccinations have reduced cases in the U.S. to fewer than 150 each year, it's still a common disease around the world.

TODAY'S FYI:

GOOGLE ADJUSTS SEARCH FORMULA TO WEED OUT 'LOW-QUALITY' SITES: Google has tweaked the formulas that guide its Internet search engine in order to weed out what it considers "low-quality" sites, with the change affecting about 12 percent of search requests in the U.S. The target of the tweaking is believed to be so-called "content farms," sites that hire armies of freelancers to write cheap, mostly useless stories about frequently searched topics, and then sell ads alongside the content at their own websites and other sites operated by its partners. Sites that produce original content or information that Google considers valuable are supposed to rank higher under the new system. Google fellow Amit Singhal and principal engineer Matt Cutts wrote in a blog post, "Google depends on the high-quality content created by wonderful websites around the world, and we do have a responsibility to encourage a healthy web ecosystem. Therefore, it is important for high-quality sites to be rewarded, and that's exactly what this change does."

CONGRESSMAN BELATEDLY CONDEMNS QUESTION ABOUT SHOOTING OBAMA: Republican Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia on Friday (February 25th) condemned a question he was asked at a town hall event three days earlier, "Who's going to shoot Obama?," saying he didn't immediately denounce the query and the man who asked it because he was stunned and didn't want to dignify it with a response. Broun, who's been a harsh critic of the president, on Friday called the question "abhorrent," and said in a statement, "I deeply regret that this incident happened. I condemn all statements -- made in sincerity or jest -- that threaten or suggest the use of violence against the president of the United States or any other public official. Such rhetoric cannot and will not be tolerated." After the question was asked, Broun told the audience that he understood their frustration and said they'd have a chance to help elect a new president next year. Broun's office also said he later alerted the Secret Service, which in turn has said it questioned the man and he's not considered a threat.

LAST U.S. VETERAN OF WORLD WAR ONE DIES: Frank Buckles, the last surviving American veteran of World War one, died Sunday (February 27th) at his West Virginia home. He was 110. Buckles was actually underage when he enlisted, and had repeatedly been turned down after the U.S. entered the war in April 1917 before convincing an Army captain he was 18 when he was really just 16 1/2. Buckles served in England and France, but didn't see combat, working mainly as a driver and warehouse clerk. The Washington Post reports that with Buckles' death, researchers now say there are only two known World War One veterans left alive, an Australian man and a British woman.

BUSH BACKS OUT OF CONFERENCE BECAUSE WIKILEAKS FOUNDER INVITED: Former President George W. Bush has canceled his scheduled appearance at a business leaders' conference in Denver after learning that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had also been invited to address the gathering. Assange, who's under house arrest in Britain as he fights extradition to Sweden in sexual misconduct case, is also not attending. WikiLeaks and its founder have angered the U.S. government by leaking hundreds of thousands of classified American documents, including military documents related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and diplomatic cables.

FIRST MAN NAMED TO BE WHITE HOUSE SOCIAL SECRETARY: The Obama White House on Friday (February 25th) named Jeremy Bernard to take over the job of social secretary, the first time a man has ever held the high-profile position, in which he'll be responsible for planning numerous social functions and events, including state dinners, the annual Easter Egg Roll and much more. Bernard, who is also gay, will be leaving his current post as senior adviser to the U.S. ambassador to France. He will become the Obamas' third social secretary, succeeding Julianna Smoot, who stepped down last month to help get President Obama's re-election campaign up and running. Desiree Rogers left in February 2010, a few months after Obama's first state dinner was marred when a couple crashed the event.

SPORTS:

CAREMELO ANTHONY-LED KNICKS TOP HEAT 91-86: In just his third game with the New York Knicks after last week's blockbuster trade, Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks to a 91-86 victory last night (February 27th) over the Miami Heat and their star triumvirate of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Anthony scored 29 points for New York, which won the game in Miami after being down 84-78 with 3:05 left to play. They had a 9-2 run over the next three minutes, capped by Chauncey Billups' go-ahead three-pointer with 1:01 left. Amare Stoudemire helped to hold off James, blocking LeBron's layup attempt with just seven seconds remaining and the Knicks protecting a one-point lead. Both Stoudemire and Billups scored 16 points, while James led Miami with 27 points.

HALL OF FAME CENTER FIELDER DUKE SNIDER DEAD AT 84: Duke Snider, the Hall of Fame center fielder and beloved member of the Brooklyn Dodgers who helped Brooklyn win their only World Series title in 1955, died on Sunday (February 27th) of natural causes. He was 84. The eight-time All-Star with a .295 career average and 407 home runs was often regarded as the third-best center fielder during New York City's "golden age" of baseball in the 1950s, behind the New York Giants' Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees. A 1981 song by Terry Cashman called "Talkin' Baseball" immortalized the three in popular music as "Willie, Mickey, and the Duke." Snider -- whose real name was Edwin Donald Snider -- stayed with the Dodgers when they moved to Los Angeles in 1958 and won another World Series with them the following year. He played one year with the New York Mets in 1963, and finished his career in 1964 with the San Francisco Giants.

JEFF GORDON ENDS 66-RACE LOSING STREAK: Jeff Gordon won at the Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday (February 27th), ending what was a 66-race losing streak, the longest of his career, that dated back to April 2009. The victory was career Number 83 for Gordon, one of NASCAR's most successful and popular drivers, tying him with Cale Yarborough for fifth all-time.

(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)

ON TUBE TONIGHT

CBS

  • HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER - Barney's growing feelings for Nora make him worry about his heart; Robyn dates a man who acts like a dog.
  • MAD LOVE - Ben looks for a birthday present for Kate; Connie plans a lavish birthday party.
  • TWO AND A HALF MEN (repeat)
  • MIKE & MOLLY - After working too many double shifts together, Mike and Carl get annoyed with one another.
  • HAWAII FIVE-0 (repeat)

NBC

  • CHUCK - Chuck encourages Vivian to get in touch with her inner villain.
  • THE CAPE - Scales decides to make a controversial pact with Fleming; Fleming battles his alter ego.
  • HARRY'S LAW - Harry helps defend albinos seeking asylum from the dangers of albino hunters in their native country.

FOX

  • HOUSE - A patient has a severe rash after being exposed to caustic chemicals at work; Chase and Masters learn about relationships.
  • THE CHICAGO CODE - When a bomber blows up a city building, additional targets are left in danger.

ABC

  • THE BACHELOR - Brad and three remaining women travel to South Africa; Brad chooses the final two women.
  • CASTLE - Castle and Beckett must set aside their differences with Agent Fallon while trying to prevent a city wide catastrophe.

CW

  • 90210 - Navid and Dixon's partnership is formalizes; Liam and Annie try to expose Emily.
  • GOSSIP GIRL - Issues between Ben and Serena surface; Russell risks alienating Raina.

DAY TIME TALK SHOW

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Hugh Laurie, DJ Pauly D
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - From the Kodak Theater: Oprah's Ultimate After-Oscar Party
THE VIEW - V-Mail: Ask The Lawyers

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Brian Williams, Trey Parker & Matt Stone, Zac Brown Band
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Christina Applegate, John Fulton, Michael Franti
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Bill Maher, Esperanza Spalding
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Isaac Mizrahi, Patton Oswalt
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Topher Grace, Jim Gaffigan, Glasser
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat)
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Howard Stern
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Michael Scheuer
CONAN - Marisa Tomei, Harland Williams, Fitz & the Tantrums
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Owen Wilson, Aly Michalka, Terry Fator

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

FACEBOOK HELPS CATCH THIEF: A man who allegedly stole money from a Regal Cinemas south of Boston, Massachusetts was tracked down with some help from a Facebook user who works for the theater. A theater employee told police he thought he recognized the man seen stealing cash from the register in the surveillance video. So he went to Facebook to find pictures of the guy and was able to match the photos on Facebook to the video. Police arrested 25-year-old Daniel Boyce. He faces up to two-and-a-half years in prison if he's convicted. (Fox)

HOMELESS MAN SEEKS DONOR OF DIAMOND RING: A homeless man in Michigan is looking for a woman he says accidentally gave her a gold diamond ring when she handed him a pocketful of change. The man, Michael Secaur, said he was asking for donations in Pontiac early last week when a woman pulled up and handed him money. Among the change was a gold ring, laced with diamonds. He thinks she handed it to him by accident and he'd like to return it.In the meantime the ring is being held in a safety deposit box at the shelter where Secaur sometimes stays. (Washington Post)

ASK YOUR LISTENERS

  • Have you ever had to ask for something back that you'd given someone? What was it? Why'd you have to ask for it back?
  • Do you think she will come forward, or feel bad if he needs it more than she does?

MAN GAVE $200k TO FAKE INTERNET GIRLFRIEND: An Illinois man was duped into wiring close $200,000 over the course of what he thought was a two-and-a-half year online relationship with a woman. Police said the 48-year-old Illinois man "was in disbelief" when they told him that the girlfriend wasn't a real person. The man had reached out to police because he believed the woman had been kidnapped in London. Throughout their relationship, he'd wired money to various bank accounts around the world. (UPI)

MAN SUES STRIP CLUB OVER DENTAL INJURIES: A man whose front tooth got chipped when a stripper's shoe flew off and hit him is suing the club over his injury. 34-year-old Jake Quagliaroli had to get veneers and temporary caps as a result of the injury. His lawyer believes they have a pretty good case. He said, "The fact is that (Quagliaroli) walked into someplace and wasn't anticipating injury, and walked out of there with chipped teeth and potentially lifelong dental injuries. (UPI)

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNW

PICTURES OF LOVED ONES DULL PAIN: Photographs of loved ones have the power to dull pain. Researchers found that an image of a romantic partner dulls activity in the pain-processing areas of the brain, to the same degree as paracetamol or narcotics such as cocaine. The brains of lovestruck students were subjected to MRI scans as they focused on photographs of partners while varying levels of heat pain were applied to their skin. Neuroscientist Jarred Younger found, on average, pain was reduced by between 36 and 44 percent, with intense discomfort eased by up to 13 percent. (Daily Mail)

A GOOD CHILDHOOD CAN LEAD TO DIVORCE: Researchers found that men and women with a stable upbringing could have more confidence and so be more ready to leave a failing relationship. For the long-term project at Cambridge University, thousands of Britons born in one week in 1946 were studied. When they were in their teens, teachers rated them for happiness, friendliness and energy. Decades later, information about their lives was also collected and analyzed. They concluded that adults who had happy childhood were more confident about leaving a partner. (Daily Mail)

THE PROS AND CONS OF GETTING A BOB -- LIKE JENNIFER ANISTON'S (TheGloss.com)

  • 1) Proportion is everything. Height, weight, body proportion, length of neck and face shape. It all matters. But the bob is very forgiving if the length is right.
  • 2) For petite girls like Victoria Beckham a shorter more angular shape works really well. Conversely, this advice won't cut it on someone with different proportions.
  • 3) Any texture can bob, even the finest hair. The caveat? If you have very fine hair you must opt for a chop at or around the hairline with a blunt cut in the back.
  • 4) You're going to need a haircut every 8 to 10 weeks if you're committing to a bob.
  • 5) Bobbed hair needs shine not grease. Keep it fresh with a deep cleansing Broacato peppermint scrub, and use Big Easy dry shampoo to make it last.
  • 6) A well cut bob needs very few tools. A simple round or oval blow dry brush suffices.

FRIENDS YOU SHOULDN'T GO LOOKING FOR LOVE WITH (TheGloss.com)

  • The competitor: Her only goal is to prove that she's hotter than you, by going after every guy you meet.
  • The child: She can't take care of herself, gets whiny if she has to get herself home cause you're going to get some, and needs you to come outside with her and hail a cab.
  • The snob: That one chick who's too good for every guy she meets and every guy you meet. Unless you want to deal with a face full of rolling eyes all night, keep her locked up in her penthouse.
  • The one who can't take a hint: This could come in the form of her flinging herself at everyone without being able to tell who's interested, or it could be the fact that she's talking your ear off while a hot piece is also trying to talk to you. Either way, not cool.
  • The ignoramus: This chick might be fun for shopping or movies, but seriously? She's making you look bad.
  • The crier: The chick who starts with the waterworks after two drinks or after someone asks for your phone number and not hers.

MOST ROMANTIC OSCAR SPEECHES (YourTango.com)

1. Tom Hanks. It was the second year in a row that Tom took home the Best Actor trophy when he won in 1994 for Forrest Gump. His win for Philadelphia the year prior was good, but we think he did one better with Gump¡ªboth in terms of performance and his acceptance speech. How could this adorable shout-out to wife Rita Wilson not earn him an Oscar nomination for best speech ever? "I am standing here because the woman I share my life with has taught me, and demonstrates for me every day, just what love is." Did we mention he totally welled up, also? So sweet.

2. Catherine Zeta-Jones. She was almost nine months pregnant when she scored the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Chicago. Catherine said, "And to my son Dylan, who is going to be watching at home, and to my husband, who I love and I share this award with you, along with this one, too," referring to her baby-to-be. Note to Natalie Portman if she takes the Academy Awards stage this year: This is the best way to acknowledge your man and your bun in the oven. Mrs. Michael Douglas did it so right.

3. Sandra Bullock. Right before the Jesse James affair fallout, Sandra won the Best Actress Oscar in 2010 for The Blind Side. Her mention of Jesse was brief, but incredibly gracious and heart-warming... only later did we find it heart-wrenching. She started by thanking her mom: "If I can take this moment to thank Helga B. for not letting me ride in cars with boys 'til I was eighteen, because she was right. I would've done what she said I was gonna do. And for reminding her daughters that¡¬ We are all deserving of love. So, to that trailblazer who allowed me to have that," at this point she tears up and points to Jesse in the crowd, who is also on the verge of water works, "and this [referring to the Oscar], and this, I thank you so much for this opportunity." Who would have known that in just a few days, their marriage would unravel?

4. Jeff Bridges. Jeff was long overdue for that Oscar statuette when he won Best Actor last year for Crazy Heart. He showed gratitude to his wife with the utmost sincerity. "And I especially want to thank my gorgeous wife, Sue. We've been married 33 years. We have a beautiful family, three girls: Isabelle, Jessie and Hayley. Thank you, guys. I wouldn't be up here without you." Perfect words. And 33 years is pretty much 1,000 in Hollywood time, which makes his shout-out that much better.

5. The Man On Wire guys. James Marsh and Simon Chinn took home Best Documentary Feature Oscars in 2008, and wrapped up their speeches in just a few seconds. But they both managed to thank their wives and children in a memorable way. You know, just cover the important things. "Thank you to my dear wife Anne Mette and my lovely daughters Anna May and Ida," Marsh said. "This is for you, girls. Nothing's impossible." Chinn followed up with, "Time is short but I want to thank my beautiful wife Lara, my two boys Haroun and Jonah. May they continue to have big dreams."

6. Denzel Washington. Denzel nabbed the Best Actor Oscar for Training Day in 2001 and knocked our socks off with his speech when he thanked his wife and children. We knew he had a way with words. "My beautiful wife. I love you so much. You put up with me, in spite of myself. And my beautiful children at home. I told you if I lost tonight I would come home and we'd celebrate, and if I won tonight I would come home and we'd celebrate. Well, I'm coming home, we're celebrating."

7. Jeremy Irons. Sure, plenty of actors acknowledge their significant others, but how many give credit where credit is due in the actual act of achieving the Academy Award feat? Jeremy Irons did when he won his 1990 Best Actor statuette, and it was incredibly touching. He said, "And lastly, if I may cut the call of a telephone to London where my wife is trying to keep awake in a hotel bedroom, I wish you were here to help me carry this because you helped me win it." Aww. Romantic, indeed.

8. Simon Beaufoy. The screenwriter took home the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar in 2008 for penning Slumdog Millionaire, and told us all how he used his writing talent to nab one more prize. "My wife Jane, for whom repressed English writers have to write love stories, because they can't really say what they mean."

9. Steven Spielberg. The legend won his first Best Director award in 1993 for Schindler's List. After confessing that he had never even held an Oscar before (gasp!), he went on to acknowledge Kate Capshaw for her role during the grueling shoot. "I want to thank my wife, who's here with me tonight, for rescuing me 92 days in a row in Krakow, Poland, last winter when things got just too unbearable." Make your wife seem like a superhero: win.

10. Cuba Gooding, Jr. During Cuba's emotional win for Jerry Maguire, he started his speech by taking care of the most essential shout-out first. Thank you, Tom Cruise for the little reminder. "Tom said don't forget to thank your wife. I will never forget to thank my high school sweetheart and the mother of my children, Spencer and Mason. I love you, Sara."A few months ago, my kids set up a Facebook account for me. Suddenly, old friends are coming out of the woodwork. It's been a lot of fun having these Internet reunions. Then the other night, I received a friend request from a college boyfriend who was my first love. The good wife side of me says to ignore it. But then again, I am curious.

IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

How many steps are there to the top of the Empire State Building?

A: There are 1,860 from street level to 102nd floor.

Source: About.com

WATER COOLER TALK

Woman Sues After TV Station Airs Incorrect Winning Lottery Numbers A New Jersey woman has filed suit against the local ABC TV affiliate in New York City, ABC itself, and the Walt Disney parent company after WABC-TV broadcast incorrect winning lottery numbers, leading her to believe she'd won $250,000. Rakel Daniele is seeking $75,000 in damages, saying that not only did the station broadcast the wrong winning numbers on June 19, 2009, but it aired the same incorrect numbers the next day, which the suit calls, "beyond all possible bounds of decency," and "atrocious, and utterly intolerable in a civilized community." Daniele claims she was, quote, "severely damaged" by relying on the wrong numbers.

Arizona State Lawmaker Claims 'Legislative Immunity' to Avoid Arrest

Arizona's state Senate majority leader, Republican Scott Bundgaard, avoided arrest on Friday (February 25th) in a domestic violence incident by saying he had "legislative immunity" while the legislature is in session. Police in Phoenix had responded to a report that Bundgaard was pulling his girlfriend, Aubry Ballard, out of a car stopped next to the median on state highway when they saw both had marks on their bodies showing they'd been in an altercation. Although Ballard was arrested for domestic violence assault, Bundgaard claimed legislative immunity from arrest, and police found he could correctly do so. Still, his case was submitted to prosecutors for review. Bundgaard released a statement the next day saying he hadn't done anything wrong. He claimed that the altercation began when he stopped the car and Ballard moved into the driver's seat and refused to get out. He said, "I had no choice but to pull her from the driver's seat, which resulted in marks on her knees. I had also had no choice but to stop her from punching me and risking highway safety, all of which resulted in a black eye for me and a busted lip." He continued, "I waive any and all 'legislative immunity.' If I did something wrong, charge me. I did not."


Poll: Big Majority Think Our Cell Phone Manners are Getting Worse

As cell phones and smartphones are becoming more powerful and ever more ubiquitous, a new poll found that Americans by a large majority think our manners using them is getting worse. Three-quarters of those surveyed in the Intel poll said they believe cell phone manners have decreased in the past year, with respondents reporting seeing an average of five offenses every day. These include things like speaking on the phone or texting while driving, talking loudly on a cell phone in a public place, walking in the street while speaking on the phone or texting, and texting during dinner. Nearly 75 percent said the lack of cell phone manners has created a new form of public rage and 65 percent admitted they became angry around people who misused the devices, although 20 percent admitted to tech manners violations themselves.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Lady Antebellum is getting some pressure from Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders to deliver a message on behalf of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). when they perform at the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) franchisees' meeting in San Diego on March 3rd. Chrissie has written them a letter asking that they "appeal to the company" to "heed its own advisory panel's recommendations to eliminate its most cruel and archaic slaughter practices" when it comes to chickens.

Chrissie claims that "birds killed for KFC are routinely scalded to death in defeathering tanks," and she directly asks Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley to use their "unique position to appeal to the company." She writes, "With your influential public platform, KFC might not so easily turn a deaf ear to you."

  • Here is the letter in its entirety:
    February 22, 2011
    Dear Hillary, Dave, and Charles,
    I'm writing about your upcoming gig at the Association of KFC Franchisees meeting in San Diego. KFC has refused so my friends at PETA and I are hoping that you will use your unique position to appeal to the company. With your influential public platform, KFC might not so easily turn a deaf ear to you. As you can see at KentuckyFriedCruelty.com, chickens killed for KFC live their entire lives in cramped factories, mired in their own waste. At the slaughterhouse, the birds' throats are cut while they are still conscious, and they are often scalded to death in defeathering tanks. Several of KFC's own animal welfare advisors have resigned in frustration, as the chain still refuses to make even basic improvements for chickens that would cost only a few cents more per meal.
    Would you consider asking KFC executives to make a few changes to end the worst abuses of chickens? Let's talk more. I can be reached through my colleague Dan Mathews. Thank you for your consideration.
    Yours truly,
    Chrissie Hynde
  • There is no word yet from Lady A's camp on whether the group will comply with Chrissie's request.
  • Lady Antebellum are currently in the studio working on a new album.

There were only two people invited to Kellie Pickler's recent wedding to songwriter Kyle Jacobs -- the bride and groom. The couple were initially planning a big affair, but Kelly told Ellen DeGeneres that the guest list kept presenting problems.

During her appearance on the show yesterday (Wednesday, February 23rd), Kellie said, "We were almost finished with the wedding planning, and every time we got to the guest list, it was like, 'Oh my God, I hate half these people.' Nothing personal."

Kellie and Kyle ultimately decided to elope to Antigua in the Caribbean, where they said their vows in the ocean surf at sunset on New Year's Day.

Kellie said, "All we did was I packed the wedding dress and packed him an outfit. We totally just put faith in God that it was all going to work out, and it did, and it was the most incredible day of my life."

Kellie also surprised her husband with a special engraved message on his wedding band. She told Ellen, "I put our wedding anniversary, 1-1-11, and I put, 'Put it back on!' So, if he takes if off and he looks at it, it's going to say, 'Put it back on!'"

The newlyweds danced their first dance to a recording of Vince Gill's "Look at Us" followed by a seaside dinner.

  • Kellie is making her wedding video available to fans on iTunes. Yesterday morning Kellie tweeted, "On 1.1.11 I married my best friend. We'd love to share our special day with you. Watch "Say I Do"-Kyle Jacobs on itunes." The song and video sells for $1.99.

Sugarland's music will be making more of a conscious shift toward pop music. The Boot reports that the duo are "so enamored" with the singer-songwriter pop sound they heard while on tour in the U.K. that they want to follow in that direction.

Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush have been proudly pushing the boundaries of country music for the last few years, even straddling genres which they say have influenced them as fans from an early age. Jennifer told Digital Spy, "While we initially focused our efforts solely within the country music genre, now we think of ourselves as leaders of those who play around with the sound. When we started out, pop music wasn't a hospitable place for our type of songwriting, but now things are changing and we want to bridge the gap between genres. That's why we're branching out!"

Jennifer tells us that it's important to keep evolving and progressing. "I feel like you can't stagnate, you know? You must continue to adapt. At least, that's what Darwin says. If you don't adapt then we all go extinct and die, and I think that's a metaphor for art as well."

She adds that the duo won't repeat what they've already done."You know, I really feel like it's easy, for me at least, to get bored and that it's important to continue to give a fresh and new offering. Look, we've already done 'Stay', we've already done 'Already Gone,' we've already done 'Something More.' You've already got that. Why would you want to buy it again? If you want to listen to it, go listen to it again. You want something fresh and new as a fan. At least I do."

  • Sugarland's latest single, "Little Miss," is a Top 20 hit and climbing on the country charts.
  • They begin their 2011 Incredible Machine tour on March 3rd at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.
Miranda Lambert's MuttNation Foundation will host the 4th annual Cause For The Paws on April 30th in Tyler, Texas. This year's event will be a "festival on the square" featuring Miranda and special guests Stoney Larue, Josh Kelley and host and GAC personality, Nan Kelley, with additional guests to be added. Ticket prices will be $25 - $65 including general admission, Gold Circle seating and reserved pit standing. Tickets will go on sale at Outhouse Tickets on Friday (February 25th) at 10 a.m. CT.
  • A Ran Fan presale for this event is underway. For more information log onto Miranda's website at mirandalambert.com.
  • Cause for the Paws was created by Miranda's mom, Bev, on behalf of her daughter.
  • Miranda and her fiance, Blake Shelton, have also created an event called Hearts And Tails. It benefits the shelter in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, where Miranda owns a farm.

Billy Ray Cyrus is trying to fix his family. The singer is trying to work things out after saying in one interview that fame "destroyed" his family and revealing in another interview that he was "scared" for his daughter Miley.

He told People in an exclusive statement that his recent comments were "explosive, and unintentionally so." Cyrus said, "It is very important to me to work on mending my family right now. It is all a learning process, and we thank everyone for their support and respect of our privacy as we sort through very important family issues."

  • Billy Ray is spending time with estranged wife Tish and their daughter Noah in Los Angeles.
  • Billy Ray filed for divorce last fall.

Josh Kelley returns to the road with Miranda Lambert on her The Revolution Continues tour beginning tonight (Thursday, February 24th) in St. Louis, Missouri. Josh, along with Eric Church, were Miranda's opening acts on her 2010 Revolution trek, which was her first as a headliner.

Josh tells us that he's been paying close attention to Miranda's knack for entertaining. "She's a hard worker! I learned a lot from watching her show and Eric Church's show and everybody's show that I've seen, but I learned a lot from her about what she does for the crowd and how she'll make somebody in the nosebleeds feel like they're right in front of her face and feel like she's lookin' right at 'em. It's a gift to be able to do that, and I would watch the show pretty much every night. I would go to the front of the house and watch the show, and I picked up a lot of little tricks and things that both of them were doin' that I started even applying to my own shows." Revolution tour. Josh jokes that as an opening act, eye contact with Miranda is off limits. "Not before the show. I have to look down while I shake her hand then I'm supposed to bow as I go backwards, but then after the show she's cool, so . . . "

  • The Revolution Continues tour also features special guest Justin Moore.
  • Josh wrote his debut country single, "Georgia Clay," with his brother, Lady Antebellum member Charles Kelley.
  • Josh's Georgia Clay CD will be in stores on March 22nd.

FAST FACTS

  • Previously, Josh recorded and release six albums in the pop genre.
  • He had four hit singles on the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart. His songs "Amazing" and "Only You" made Top 10 on that chart.
Jamey Johnson was presented with a plaque commemorating the gold certification of his 25-song double album, The Guitar Song, on Friday (February 18th) at the Palm restaurant in Nashville just before he hit the stage to open a sold out show for Kid Rock at the Bridgestone Arena. Jamey thanked his band, producers, management and label staff who had all gathered for the event saying, "Everybody in this room has earned their money, and I appreciate it."

Rodney Atkins has teamed with Massey Ferguson which will be the "official tractor" of the singer. The company will sponsor Rodney's 2011 tour dates, in addition featuring the singer in their national advertising to dealer tie-ins, social media campaigns, contests and national Farm Shows. Rodney said, "I've never been one to stray far from my roots on the farm, and hard work and love of the land are a big part of that. I was raised with a love and devotion for this country and the principles it was founded upon. I'm proud to share the stage with a brand like Massey Ferguson that embodies those same core values."

COUNTRY ON THE TUBE

ACM SHOWCASE 2011/GAC 10:00AM (ET)
Eric Church, Easton Corbin, Randy Houser, The Band Perry, the JaneDear girls, Steel Magnolia

SUPERSTAR SESSIONS: KENNY CHESNEY/GAC 8:00PM (ET)

DIERKS BENTLEY: LIVE AT THE RYMAN/GAC 10:00PM (ET)

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS

  • Sammy Kershaw (53)
  • Barry Bostwick (actor, Spin City, Rocky Horror Picture Show) (66)
  • Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-Connecticut) (ran for vice president with Al Gore in 2000) (69)
  • Rupert Holmes (singer, "Escape (The Pina Colada Song") (64)
  • Edward James Olmos (actor, Miami Vice, Stand And Deliver, Selena, American Family) (64)
  • Abe Vigoda (actor, Barney Miller, The Godfather) (90)
  • Paula Zahn (CNN anchor) (56)
  • Billy Zane (actor, Titanic) (45)
  • Dominic Chianese (actor, Uncle Junior on The Sopranos) (80)
  • Debra Jo Rupp (actress, Friends, That '70s Show) (60)
  • Paul Jones (original lead singer, Manfred Mann) (69)
  • Steven Hill (actor, The Firm, Law & Order's Adam Schiff) (89)
  • Steve Jobs (Apple Computer co-founder) (56)

FRESHLY BREWED ENTERTAINMENT AND GOSSIP NEWS

VIDEO SHOWS LINDSAY'S FRIEND DISTRACTED SALES CLERK: RadarOnline.com reported that surveillance video shows that Lindsay's friend distracted the sales clerk while she put on the necklace that she allegedly stole.

DAVID ARQUETTE REVEALS DRINKING/DRUG ORIGINS: Arquette told Oprah that he drank beer at age 4 and took marijuana from his dad at age 8.

CHARLIE SHEEN BUYS BROOKE $8 MILLION MANSION: RadarOnline.com reported, "Charlie bought Brooke a nine bedroom, 10,000 square foot mansion in Mullholland Estates, where he also lives."

TONYA HARDING IS A MOM: The former skater gave birth to a son last weekend.

KELSEY GRAMMER WEDDING MENU REVEALED: TMZ reports that he's shelling out $215 a head for his Friday nuptials, which will feature a menu of ginger prawns, goat cheese truffles, braised beef short ribs, wild mushrooms and lobster.

TEEN MOM NUDE PICS HIT THE WEB: RadarOnline.com posted nude pictures of the Teen Mom that she posed for a few weeks ago.

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

'GLEE' SPOILER ALERT: TVLine.com reports that there's a death coming on Glee. Sources say that the tragedy will take place before the Regionals -- and will have a "significant" impact on the event. PerezHilton.com's guesses? Either Terri Shuester, Carl Howell (John Stamos), or Pavarotti, the Dalton Warblers warbler.

KIM KARDASHIAN JOINING GOTTI MOVIE? Kim Kardashian is reportedly in discussions to play mafia boss John Gotti's daughter-in-law in a new movie. TMZ.com claims that Kardashian is up for the role Kim Gotti -- while John Travolta has reportedly been cast as John Gotti. Nothing has been finalized yet.

CHRISTINA RICCI HEADED TO TV? Christina Ricci may be headed to television. PerezHilton.com reported that the actress is in talks to join the ABC pilot Pan Am. The show is a drama set in the 1960's. It's described as "a nighttime soap revolving around pilots and flight attendants (or stewardesses, as they were known then) at the once-dominant airline."

'AI' CONTESTANTS GET TO PICK LAWYERS: The American Idol contestants do have some control over their fate with the show after all. TMZ.com reported that the top 40 finalists were able to vote on which law firm would be representing them -- meaning they'd be in charge of reviewing and negotiating the contracts that the singers are obligated to sign. Three firms gave pitches and the contestants went with Craig Marshall and Gary L. Gilbert from the mega-firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.

'AMERICAN DAD' RENEWED: American Dad has been renewed for a seventh season. Fox announced that the animated series will now run at least through the 2012-2013 season. Roger the Alien commented, "This is fantastic news. But you do realize I'm not real, right?"

CELEBRITY GOSSIP

CRYSTAL HARRIS DEFENDS HEF ENGAGEMENT, SETS WEDDING DATE: Crystal Harris is defending her engagement to 84-year-old Hugh Hefner. The 24-year-old told Piers Morgan that the 60-year age gap is irrelevant because they have so much fun together. She explained, "I love Hef, he's the nicest person I've ever met in my entire life. I have so much fun with him and it's hard for me to keep up with him. I mean, for my birthday I wanted to go bowling - and for his birthday he wanted to go to two different night clubs. So it's fun, we laugh. We have so much fun together. It's the best."

  • Meanwhile, GossipCop.com confirmed that the couple has set a wedding date. They'll tie the knot at the Playboy mansion on June 18th.

'DEADLIEST CATCH' CREW MEMBER FOUND DEAD: Deadliest Catch crew member Justin Tennison of the F/V Time Bandit was found dead in an Alaska hotel room on Tuesday (February 22nd). TMZ.com reported that cops discovered marijuana and alcohol in the room and were told there had been a party there the night before. Law enforcement was called mid-day after receiving a call about a deceased male at the hotel. Tennison was 33-years-old. The crew confirmed the sad news on their website, writing, "It is with great sadness that the Time Bandit family announces the death of crew member Justin Tennison. Justin died peacefully in his sleep."

EVI QUAID GRANTED CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP: Randy and Evi Quaid can stay in Canada for the meantime. Evi, who along with her husband fled north to escape from supposed "Hollywood star whackers," was granted her Canadian citizenship card on February 10, and is currently in the process of sponsoring her husband. Randy said during a press conference, "Today we're here to say thank you Canada. Thank you for your warm welcome, thank you for giving us a chance to live in peace." The couple is wanted on vandalism charges in California and the U.S. is reportedly in talks about extradition.

OFFICER IN MEL GIBSON ARREST CAN PROCEED WITH LAWSUIT: Mel Gibson is involved in more legal trouble -- but this time it's not his fault. A judge determined that the Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who arrested Mel in 2006 can proceed with a lawsuit against the sheriff's department, claiming he suffered discrimination, retaliation and harassment. Deputy James Mee claims that his superiors forced him to rewrite his initial report to remove references to the anti-Semitic rant Mel went on during the arrest. Details were leaked to the press anyway, but Mee denied allegations that he was the source. He says he was subsequently transferred and hasn't been promoted.

OWEN WILSON TALKS BABY: Owen Wilson opened up about fatherhood on the Tonight Show earlier this week. Wilson, who welcomed son Robert Ford six weeks ago, told Jay Leno, "He's not, I wouldn't say, a wonderful conversationalist at this point, but he kind of doesn't have to be, he's so cute. [He's like] Steve McQueen in The Magnificent Seven, where he didn't have a lot of dialogue -- you just kind of gave him the camera and he was able to hold the screen. I feel like Ford is heading in that direction." Ford's mom is Wilson's girlfriend, Jade Duell.

HALLE BERRY'S EX PULLS OUT OF WORK TO MOVE TO NYC

Halle Berry's ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry has reportedly put his modeling career on hold in order to move to NYC to care for their daughter while Halle works on her new film. According to RadarOnline.com, a source said that Gabriel has leased an apartment in NYC and is expecting to be there for at least two months, while Halle films New Year's Eve. The source said, "Gabe's arranged a short let apartment in New York. And he plans to be there all the time Nahla is. He has put his career temporarily on ice, cancelled a couple of projects he had booked, and plans on concentrating full time on being with Nahla."

The source continued, "The agreement at the moment is that Gabriel will be primary caregiver to Nahla during the time Halle is working, but nothing is set in stone, or agreed in writing, so we will have to just see how that goes. He really wanted Nahla to stay behind in LA with him while Halle went to New York, but she wouldn't allow that, so he is uprooting and moving there to be with her."

  • In other news, Halle was honored on Wednesday night (February 23rd) at the Costume Designers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills. The actress accepted the Lacoste Spotlight Award.
  • An onlooker at the event told People, "Halle looked radiant and seemed giddy on stage. She stuck completely on topic of the event and didn't mention anything about her personal life, but she had a happy aura. She even skipped away from the podium when her speech was done, and gave Samuel L. Jackson [who presenter her with the award] a big hug."
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GEORGE CLOONEY 'DIDN'T LIVE RIGHT' FOR POLITICAL CAREER

Despite George Clooney's extensive humanitarian work in Africa, he has no plans to enter politics -- because he can't.

The 49-year-old actor told Newsweek, "I didn't live my life in the right way for politics, you know. I f--ked too many chicks and did too many drugs, and that's the truth."

  • Hypothetically, if he was mounting a campaign -- Clooney says he'd admit all of his bad behavior up front. He says he'd "start from the beginning by saying, 'I did it all. I drank the bong water. Now let's talk about issues.' That's gonna be my campaign slogan: 'I drank the bong water.'?"
CHECK IT OUT: Signs you're a politician: http://tinyurl.com/4dwrg44

CHARLIE SHEEN UPDATE

Charlie Sheen's estranged wife Brooke Mueller has reportedly moved back in with the troubled actor. A source told RadarOnline.com, "She moved in several days ago."

Brooke and Charlie separated after a Christmas 2009 altercation led to assault charges against him. They filed for divorce last November.

  • Although Charlie has been spotted kissing a new girlfriend, a Radar source said, "He is not committed to one woman right now. His definition of 'girlfriend' is different than ours."
  • Last month, Brooke's mother told the website that her the couple was discussing a reconciliation.
  • Meanwhile, Radar reported on Wednesday that Sheen left for a tropical vacation with Brooke, his live-in porn star girlfriend and another woman.

DAD LIKENS CHARLIE'S ADDICTION TO CANCER

Martin Sheen thinks that his son Charlie's issues are as serious as cancer.

'THE KING'S SPEECH' AND GAY PORN SHARED FILM SET

The King's Speech shared a set with a gay porn film. Movieline.com confirmed that the Oscar front-runner and the gay porn film Snookered both filmed scenes at 33 Portland Place in London -- but they were shot a year apart.

Snookered director Jonno told the website that they filmed at the same location that Tom Hooper used for the office of Dr. Lionel Logue in The King's Speech. Snookered was filmed in August of 2008, while The King's Speech starting shooting in November of 2009.

  • Jonno also told Movieline that the video for Amy Winehouse's hit "Rehab" was filmed at the same address.
CHECK IT OUT: See stills from the two films: http://tinyurl.com/4ll75qg

CHRISTINE O'DONNELL MULLS 'DANCING WITH THE STARS' OFFER

Failed Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell is being courted by the producers of Dancing With the Stars. O'Donnell revealed the offer via Facebook and asked fans if they think she should accept.

She wrote, "I just got the Official "Ask" from Dancing With the Stars!! Although I am utterly flattered, my initial thought was to decline, as 2-year-old nephew has more rhythm than me, and my two left feet."

The fans were divided, with responses ranging from "Witches can't dance!!" to "Do it. Look how well they made Bristol [Palin] dance."

  • O'Donnell later updated, "The facebook comments about Dancing w The Stars list great pros and cons. Thank you for your input. Still undecided. Book comes first."
  • The Tea Party politician is currently writing a memoir reflecting on her Senate bid in the 2010 election.
  • Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay competed on one of the show's earlier seasons.
CHECK IT OUT: Most controversial DWTS contestants: http://tinyurl.com/mtmtbq

RICKY GERVAIS SAYS HE'S WORTH $80 MILLION Print This Story

Ricky Gervais is apparently worth $80 million. The figure was reported on the website Celebrity Net Worth, and according to the comedian (if he's to be believed) -- it's accurate.

After seeing the report, Gervais blogged, "Wow! I think there must be a leak at my accountants. They are of course spot on. I know it sounds a lot, but remember, I donate a lot of this to good causes. (The Inland Revenue [aka the U.K.'s version of the IRS] mainly.)"

  • He joked, "Now this is out, I will have to get my family a million scratch cards each for Christmas," adding that the rest of the money will be used "to take over Libya."

HEADLINE NEWS

GADHAFI'S CONTROL OF LIBYA SHRINKS AS MORE CITIES FALL: Moammar Gadhafi's control of Libya shrank on Wednesday (February 23rd) as major cities and towns closer to the capital fell to the opposition. Gadhafi remained holed up in Tripoli, as militiamen and mercenaries roamed the streets and tanks guarded the outskirts of the capital city. Meanwhile, the eastern part of the country was basically under the control of the opposition, which vowed to take Tripoli too. Army units in many places have sided with the rebellion, and two air force pilots parachuted out of their plane and let it crash rather than follow orders to bomb an opposition-held city. Meanwhile, the international outcry over the bloody crackdown continued, with a growing push for action, including the possible imposition of a U.N. no-fly zone over Libya to prevent it using warplanes to hit protesters. In the U.S., President Obama spoke out against the crackdown in the sharpest terms yet, calling it "outrageous" and "unacceptable," and saying, "These actions violate international norms and every standard of common decency. This violence must stop." He also directed his administration to prepare a full range of options, including possible sanctions that could freeze the assets and ban travel to the U.S. by Libyan officials.

OBAMA ORDERS GOV'T. TO END DEFENSE OF ANTI-GAY MARRIAGE LAW: President Obama yesterday (February 23rd) ordered his administration to stop legally defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the 15-year-old federal law that bans federal recognition of gay marriage. Five states and Washington, D.C., now allow gay marriage, but because of DOMA, the federal government doesn't recognize those marriages. Attorney General Eric Holder first announced the decision yesterday, saying Obama had concluded the law was legally indefensible, failing to meet a standard under which courts view with suspicion any laws targeting minority groups who have suffered a history of discrimination. The Justice Department had defended the act in court until now. While gay rights groups and some Democrats in Congress hailed the decision, many Republicans denounced it, including House Speaker John Boehner.

DEATH TOLL NEAR 100 IN NEW ZEALAND QUAKE, OUTLOOK GRIM FOR MISSING: The death toll from Tuesday's (February 22nd) 6.3-magnitude earthquake in New Zealand has risen to 98, and the outlook is grim for the 226 people still missing in the devastated city of Christchurch. Police said up to 120 bodies may still be trapped in the rubble of what was the Canterbury Television building, where dozens of students from several Asian countries were believed buried when an English-language school collapsed along with other offices. Twenty-three bodies were pulled from the building Thursday.

TODAY'S FYI:

HAWAII BECOMES SEVENTH STATE TO ALLOW CIVIL UNIONS FOR GAY COUPLES: Effective next January 1st, Hawaii will become the seventh state to allow civil unions for gay couples, after Democratic Governor Neil Abercrombie signed legislation yesterday (February 23rd) granting same-sex partners the same state rights as straight married couples. The bill was passed by the state Legislature last week, seven months after former Republican Governor Linda Lingle vetoed a similar bill. Hawaii nearly became the first state to legalize gay marriage in 1993 because of a state Supreme Court ruling, but voters there overwhelmingly passed the country's first "defense of marriage" constitutional amendment five years later, leading to a law barring gay marriage, but leaving the door open for civil unions.

  • In addition to the other six states that permit civil unions or similar legal recognitions for gay couples, five other states and Washington, D.C., allow gay marriage.

PALIN TO DELIVER SPEECH IN INDIA NEXT MONTH: Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is heading to India next month, where's she'll deliver a keynote address, called "My Vision of America," during the India Today Conclave on March 19th. Palin, who has said she's considering running for president in 2012, has made few international appearances since becoming a national political figure in 2008 when Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona chose her as his vice presidential running mate. A few months after resigning as governor in 2009, she gave a speech in Hong Kong on issues including U.S.-China relations, and she traveled to Haiti in December with the Reverend Franklin Graham as part of the outreach of his relief organization.

MUSEUM CREATES ONLINE TIMELINE OF 9/11 EVENTS: The National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City yesterday (February 23rd) launched an online timeline of 9/11 events. The timeline starts at 5:45 a.m., with photographs of two hijackers passing through airport security in Maine for a flight to Boston, where they'd board American Airlines Flight 11, the first hijacked plane, which crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. It ends at 8:30 p.m. with President George W. Bush's address to the nation. Organizers said they were sensitive to the nature of what they're presenting, and the timeline allows viewers to decide if they want to take closer looks at photos and videos or listen to particular audio.

AMERICA'S PETS ARE PUDGY TOO: We hear a lot about the obesity crisis in America, but it's not just us who are packing on the pounds, but our furry canine and feline friends too. New data from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention -- yes, there is such an organization -- shows that more than half of the country's dogs and cats are overweight, and one-fifth are obese, meaning they are more than 30 percent above normal weight. That puts the animals at risk for developing arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease and cancer. Our pets aren't to blame, however. The main culprit is owners who overfeed their dogs and cats, don't exercise them enough and are unaware of the health problems caused by weighing too much. Steven Budsberg, director of clinical research at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, told the Wall Street Journal, "I never met a German shepherd who could open the refrigerator or food bag and pour himself another bowl."

FAMED NYC DELI DEBUTS 'CARMELO ANTHONY' SANDWICH: In honor of Carmelo Anthony, who the New York Knicks just acquired in a trade with the Denver Nuggets, New York City's famous Carnegie Deli has introduced a new sandwich named after the NBA superstar. The website DNAinfo.com says the nearly foot-tall sandwich is made up of corned beef, pastrami, salami, bacon, lettuce, tomato and Russian dressing on rye bread. According to Carnegie Deli owner Sandy Levine, each ingredient has a specific meaning. He explained a couple of them, telling DNAinfo, "I put bacon in the sandwich because we want Carmelo to bring the bacon to New York. And we put salami on it because it's a spicy meat and we just want him to bring some spice to the Knicks, bring some spice to New York, and bring some spice to the fans." He said the Russian dressing is a jab at New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who was also trying to get Anthony for his team. Anyone who wants to order the Carmelo Anthony sandwich, will have to fork over $21.95.

SPORTS:

KNICKS WIN FIRST GAME WITH ANTHONY, WHO SCORES 27 POINTS: Carmelo Anthony gave cheering and chanting Knicks fans at Madison Square Garden just what they wanted last night (February 23rd), scoring 27 points and getting 10 rebounds in his debut with the New York as the Knicks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-108. That matched the third-highest scoring game in a Knicks debut since 1964. Chauncey Billups, who came with Anthony from the Denver Nuggets in Tuesday's blockbuster trade, added 21 points as the Knicks won their third straight.

NETS TRADE FOR DERON WILLIAMS: After coming up short to the New York Knicks in their attempt to sign Carmelo Anthony, the New Jersey Nets made their own blockbuster trade Wednesday (February 23rd), getting All-Star point guard Deron Williams from the Utah Jazz. Nets general manager Billy King said in announcing the deal, "I feel Deron Williams is the best point guard in the NBA." In return, the Jazz got Derrick Favors and Devin Harris, as well as the Nets' first-round pick in 2011 and cash. The Nets hope Williams will sign a contract extension this summer, which would make him the face of the franchise when they move to Brooklyn in 2012.

(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)

 
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