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Friday, November 30, 2012


Miranda Lambert is supporting her husband, Blake Shelton's, new holiday CD with both an appearance on the album, called Cheers, It's Christmas, and his upcoming NBC special, Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas, which airs on Monday (December 3rd).
Miranda candidly admits that this has all been enough Christmas music for her, and thanks to Blake, she has no intention of ever recording her own holiday CD. She tells us: "I do not want to do a Christmas album. I . . . Blake burns me up on Christmas albums, so by the time he . . . he plays Christmas music all year long, and so by the time Christmas actually gets there, I'm sick to death of Christmas music! (laughs) So I don't think I'll ever be doing one! (laughs)"
Other guests joining Blake on his Not So Family Christmas include Kelly Clarkson, Reba, Jay Leno, Larry the Cable Guy, Christina Aguilera, and his mom, Dorothy Shackleford.
Miranda continues to make her way up the country charts with "Fastest Girl in Town."
Shania Twain returns to the spotlight for a two-year run at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas beginning tomorrow (Saturday, December 1st). The new show is called Shania: Still The One, and it will incorporate the superstar's previous hits.
Shania says the Las Vegas shows will mark a new beginning. "I just can't wait! I feel as though I'm about to step into a world of endless creative possibilities, and that is so exciting for a songwriter, for an artist to take their songs and translate them into such a magical place on a magical platform, so this will be like no other platform I've ever been on before with my songs, and it's a whole new beginning, I think, for the old music."
Shania tells USA Today that her younger sister, Carrie Ann Brown, will be part of her Vegas show, harmonizing with her on stage each night. She said, "I told her I wasn't doing this without her. . . We haven't been on stage together since I was 10 and she was eight. My records feature a lot of harmonizing, and in past shows we hired someone to do that. But my sister sounds a lot like me, so it will sound more like the records than ever before."
  • Tickets to Shania: Still The One range in price from $55 to $250.
  • Shania last performed a full live concert in 2004.
Trace Adkins has ruffled some feathers after he wore an earpiece bearing the Confederate flag during his appearance at the Rockefeller Center tree lighting which aired on NBC on Wednesday (November 28th). Trace was spotted with the controversial earpiece during his performance of "The Christmas Song."
Viewers immediately took to Twitter to comment.
Trace posted a message on his website yesterday (Thursday, November 29th) writing, "As a proud American I object to oppression of any kind.
To me, the battle flag represents remembrance of my Southern lineage - I am a descendant of Confederate soldiers who followed that flag into battle. I advocate for the preservation of America's battlefields and honest conversation about our Country's history. To those who view the flag as a symbol of racism, that was not my message and I did not intend offense."
Trace is currently in Japan in the midst of a USO tour.
Scotty McCreery invited his friends Gloriana, Jana Kramer and Brett Eldredge to join him on his first holiday special, Christmas with Scotty McCreery & Friends, which premieres on Saturday (December 1st) at 11 p.m. ET on Great American Country.
Scotty will perform "Christmas In Heaven," an original song from his holiday disc, Christmas with Scotty McCreery, as well as "Let it Snow" and "Santa Claus Is Back In Town." Gloriana will take on "O Holy Night," and "Silent Night"; Jana sings "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and "Winter Wonderland"; and Brett performs "Mary Did You Know" and "Jingle Bell Rock."
In addition to musical performances, the artists wrapped gifts for specially selected angels from the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program and encouraged audience members to pick a recipient from the Angel Tree set up in the studio.
In other Scotty holiday news, the former American Idol winner will join Diana Ross, Smash star Megan Hilty, Demi Lovato, and The Voice favorite Chris Mann in the nation's capital for TNT's annual Christmas in Washington special, airing on the cable network on December 21st at 8 p.m. ET. The concert will close with a special performance by "Gangnam Style" sensation PSY. Conan O'Brien will host Christmas In Washington for the second year in a row.

Scotty is winding down the first semester of his freshman year of college at North Carolina State University. During his holiday break, the singer will relax and spend time with family, which will include taking in some holiday flicks. Scotty tells us which ones rank at the top of his must-watch list:"Some of my favorite holiday movies are The Santa Clause one, that's with Tim Allen. He was at the CMAs this year. That was pretty cool to see him there. I didn't get to meet him. I would've liked to have. But, Home Alone: Lost in New York. All of those are good ones. A Christmas Story, now that's a classic, A Christmas Story right there. That's on every Christmas. We watch it all the time."
Alan Jackson will release a limited number of his book Seasons of Sweetbriar - A Photographic Collection of Home by Alan Jackson. The full purchase price of each book will be donated to the Colon Cancer Alliance's Blue Note Fund, benefitting colon cancer patients in need.

The Sweetbriar estate is where Alan, his wife Denise and their three daughters -- Mattie, Ali and Dani -- lived for over 13 years. Alan's original intent when he began the photo collection was to prepare a photo journal that his daughters would have to look back on when they moved out on their own. Once the book was finished, Alan and Denise realized it was a treasure filled with beauty and significance and shared it with family and a few close friends.
The book is a hardbound coffee table piece with more than 200 photographs of the landscape, buildings, ponds, trees, wildlife and other intimate reflections of life at Sweetbriar.

The Jacksons sold Sweetbriar in 2010 and just a few months afterwards Denise was diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
Denise said, "That rocked my world, as I'm sure it does every person who gets a cancer diagnosis. That really brought to my attention the CCA and awareness and what the organization does. It became an obvious way for us to be able to do something meaningful with these books and be able to raise money for the Blue Note Fund."

Seasons of Sweetbriar can be purchased through for $25 or $50 for a book autographed by Alan, while supplies last. 100 percent of proceeds will be donated to the CCA's Blue Note Fund.

Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry and Dierks Bentley have been added to the lineup of performers at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!, airing live from Nashville on Wednesday (December 5th) on CBS. The Band Perry and Dierks will participate in a special tribute to Johnny Cash. Previously announced performers include Luke Bryan, FUN., Maroon 5, and Ne-Yo. Taylor Swift and LL Cool J will co-host the one-hour concert special. 

Q. What is Taylor Swift's middle name?
A. Alison
Friday, November 30th

Lady Antebellum


  • Mindy McCready (37)
  • Clay Aiken (American Idol runner-up, pop star) (34)
  • Robert Guillaume (actor, Soap and Benson) (85)
  • Bo Jackson (former football and baseball star) (50)
  • G. Gordon Liddy (Watergate figure and radio talk show host) (82)
  • Billy Idol (rock star, "White Wedding," "Rebel Yell," "Eyes Without A Face") (57)
  • Des'ree (R&B/jazz singer) (44)
  • Elisha Cuthbert (actress, 24, Old School, The Girl Next Door, House Of Wax) (30)
  • Ben Stiller (actor, comedian, producer and director, Reality Bites, There's Something About Mary, Zoolander, Dodgeball, Meet The Parents, Meet The Fockers) (47)
  • Roger Glover (bassist, Deep Purple, Rainbow) (67)
  • David Sancious (jazz keyboardist; former member of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band) (59)
  • Leo Lyons (bassist, Ten Years After) (69)
  • Colin Mochrie (actor-comedian, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, The Green Screen Show) (55)
  • Mandy Patinkin (actor, Ragtime, Yentl, The Princess Bride, Alien Nation, Chicago Hope, Criminal Minds) (60)
  • Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (actor, The F.B.I., Airport 1975; father of Stephanie Zimbalist) (94)
  • Frank Ifield ("I Remember You") (75)
  • Bob Moore ("Mexico") (80)
  • Jimmy Bowen ("I'm Sticking With You") (75)
  • Kaley Cuoco (actress, The Big Bang Theory, 8 Simple Rules, Charmed) (27)
  • Gael Garcia Bernal (actor, The Motorcycle Diaries, Babel, Letters to Juliet) (34)


IVANKA TRUMP SLAMS FALSE NY DAILY NEWS STORY: Ivanka Trump took to Twitter to refute a NY Daily News story alleging that she and her siblings staged an intervention because of their father's anti-Obama rants. Ivanka wrote, "I totally respect @realDonaldTrump's opinions & right to articulate his views, which is what I would have told @nydailynews if they'd called me to fact check their false story."
JUDGE JUDY IS A GRANDMOTHER AGAIN: Judge Judy Sheindlin has become a grandmother for the 12th time. She announced to the New York Post that her son Gregory and his wife have had a baby girl named Daniella Grace Pila Sheindlin.
FRED SAVAGE AND WIFE WELCOME THIRD CHILD: Fred Savage announced the birth of his third child on Twitter earlier this week by uploading a picture of the baby's hand with the caption "He's here." It was not revealed what they chose to name the baby boy or the exact day he was born.
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY CALLS WEIGHTLOSS 'A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY': Matthew McConaughey recently gave an interview to The Daily Beast about his controversial weight loss for Dallas Buyers Club. He assured the website that his nearly 40 pound weight loss was healthy, disciplined, and well thought-out. He said, "I'm eating fresh fish. I'm just eating small amounts. I'm not being starved. If anything, it's as much a spiritual journey as it is physical."
'HOMELAND' ACTOR GETS MUSICAL WITH CO-STAR: Damian Lewis let it slip to Jimmy Kimmel that he and Homeland co-star Mandy Patinkin have sung Stephen Sondheim show tunes on-set to break the serious tone of their show. He added that Mandy even corrected him when he sang the wrong note during a number from Into the Woods.


CBS GREENLIGHTS STEPHEN KING SERIES: CBS has given a 13-episode series order to Under The Dome based on Stephen King's 2009 best-selling novel. It will be produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television.
SUZANNE COLLINS TO RELEASE CHILDREN'S BOOK: Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games trilogy, will be releasing an autobiographical picture book about a child dealing with her father being away at war. The book is scheduled to be released in September of 2013.
CW CANCELS 'EMILY OWENS M.D.': The CW has pulled the plug on its medical dramedy Emily Owens M.D. The show will not continue after its 13-episode run is finished.
'DESPERATE' TWINS CAST IN MTV'S 'TEEN WOLF': Max & Charlie Carver, best known for playing Lynette's teenage sons on Desperate Housewives, have been cast as twin werewolves on MTV's Teen Wolf. Their characters are described as "dangerous charmers with brilliant minds."
'SPARTACUS' SPINOFF A POSSIBILITY FOR STARZ: Deadline is reporting that Starz is considering a spinoff of Spartacus which is reportedly going to be about Roman leader Gaius Julius Caesar. The upcoming Spartacus: War of the Damned will be the series' third and final season.


Halle Berry and her ex Gabriel Aubry have reached an "amicable agreement" in court over the Thanksgiving brawl between Gabriel and Olivier Martinez. According to, outside of court, Halle's lawyer Blair Berk held up a piece of paper with a handwritten message that said, "The parties have reached an amicable agreement. There will be no further statements regarding this matter." The statement came from Berk and Gabriel's attorney Shawn Holley.
  • Halle and Olivier did not show up in court -- but Gabriel was present.
In other news, the site reported that Halle's Hollywood Hills home -- the same house where the fight went down between Olivier and Gabriel went down, is on sale for $15 million. Halle has reportedly already received an $11 million offer.
  • The Tuscan style home is almost 6,000 square feet and features a swimming pool, spa, huge backyard and a $1,400 guest home.


New York University has thrown its support behind James Franco in a defamation suit filed by his former NYU professor. The professor believes that he was bullied by Franco in the press and fired from his job for giving the actor a bad grade.
Franco's professor, Jose Angel Santana, alleges that he made "disparaging and inaccurate public statements" to the press after receiving a "D" in the class. Hollywood Reporter says that NYU -- also a defendant in the case -- stood up for James and asked a judge to dismiss Santana's suit. They are arguing that the law only protects false statements of facts and that the star was merely giving his opinion.

  • James called Santana "awful" and was quoted in an interview saying, "I didn't feel like I needed to waste my time with a bad teacher."
  • Franco reportedly only attended two of the 14 classes during the semester.


The new season of ABC's hit show The Bachelor is premiering on January 7th and it seems this season may be a bit tamer than previous years. Star magazine is reporting that this season's bachelor, Sean Lowe, is allegedly a born-again virgin.
A source told the magazine that Lowe has had sex in the past with several women but a newfound devotion to God has kept him from doing the deed for several years. The Star article also suggests that people involved with the show are afraid that this prudish behavior will keep people from tuning in.

  • Sean was previously a part of The Bachelorette where he was eventually sent home broken-hearted by Emily Maynard.
  • A Preview of the new season of The Bachelor:


Most Hollywood actors go to extreme lengths to maintain their youthful appearance as they grow older -- but Jude Law is apparently content to embrace his age. The actor recently sat down with T, The New York Times Style Magazine to promote his role in Anna Karenina. He opened up about his Hollywood heartthrob status.

  • The 39-year-old said, "It's quite nice talking about what it was like to be the young pretty thing, rather than being it." Jude claims that in his younger years he was trying desperately to be taken seriously as an actor but he wasn't getting the roles that would give him that opportunity. He believes that as he gets older, the parts get more interesting.


Opening today (November 30th) is the new drama, Killing Them Softly, starring Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta and Sam Shepard. The film follows in retaliation after being robbed, mobsters hire Jackie Cogan, played by Pitt, a mob enforcer, to take out the thieves and the men who hired them.

  • Killing Them Softly is rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 37 minutes. It was directed by Andrew Dominik.

Opening today (November 30th) is the sequel to The Collector, The Collection, starring Emma Fitzpatrick, Josh Stewart, Christopher McDonald and Lee Tergesen. The film follows Arkin, played by Stewart, the only man to ever escape from The Collector who must lead a group of mercenaries into the killer's labyrinth in order to find and rescue his latest victim.
  • The Collection is rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 22 minutes.


U.N. VOTE RECOGNIZES PALESTINIAN STATE, U.S., ISRAEL OPPOSED: The United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly (November 29th) to recognize a Palestinian state, with more than two-thirds of the 193 member nations voting in favor of upgrading the Palestinians' status to "nonmember observer state" from "nonmember observer entity." The U.S. and Israel were among the nine states that voted no, joined by Canada, the Czech Republic, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Panama. There were 41 abstentions, among them many Western nations, including Britain and Germany. The vote came after a speech by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in which he called it a, quote, "last chance" to save the two-state solution. However, the vote doesn't change anything on the ground, where Israel still controls the West Bank and east Jerusalem and access to Gaza, and real independence won't be gained by the Palestinians until there's a peace deal with Israel. Both U.S. and Israel criticized the vote, with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice saying, "Today's unfortunate and counterproductive resolution places further obstacles in the path of peace," and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling it "meaningless" and saying, "It won't advance the establishment of a Palestinian state, but rather, put it further off."
INTERNET SHUT DOWN ACROSS SYRIA: Internet service went down Thursday (November 29th) across Syria, with the opposition saying President Bashar al-Assad's regime shut it down, perhaps in preparation for a major offensive. Cellphone service also went out in Damascus and parts of central Syria. However, the government blamed the rebel fighters in the country's 20-month-old civil war for the outages. The developments come as the regime suffered a string of blows in recent weeks, losing air bases and other strategic facilities, and as rebels have recently begun pushing back into Damascus after being driven out of the capital after a July offensive. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland condemned what she called the regime's, quote, "assault" on Syrians' ability to communicate with each other and express themselves.
FRANCE CLEARS CONTINENTAL IN CONCORDE CRASH: A French court cleared Continental Airlines Thursday (November 29th) of criminal responsibility for the Concorde crash in Paris in 2000 that killed 113 people. The court also absolved a Continental mechanic of involuntary manslaughter. The appeals court ruling, however, found Continental civilly responsible, opening the door to payments to the families of those killed and to Concorde operator Air France. The court confirmed that the crash was caused by a metal strip that fell from a Continental plane onto the runway just before the Concorde took off, and that Continental welder John Taylor had violated industry norms by using titanium to forge the piece, which destroyed the Concorde's tire, causing pieces of rubber to damage the plane and spark the fire that brought it down. However, it ruled that this was not criminal, since neither Taylor nor Continental could have predicted what had happened. The crash accelerated the end of the use of the Concorde three years later due to high operating costs and a drop in demand.
MILITARY JUDGE ACCEPTS TERMS OF MANNING'S PLEA: A military judge yesterday (November 29th) accepted the terms under which Army Private Bradley Manning would plead guilty to seven charges for sending classified U.S. documents to WikiLeaks. However, the ruling, which came during Manning's pretrial hearing, doesn't mean the pleas have been formally accepted, instead it approves the language of the offenses to which Manning would admit. The judge said those offenses would carry a maximum prison term of 16 years. Government officials have not said whether they would continue prosecuting him for the other 15 counts he faces, including aiding the enemy, an offense that carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. Under the proposal, Manning would admit to sending a battlefield video file, some classified memos, more than 20 Iraq war logs, more than 20 Afghanistan war logs and other classified materials to WikiLeaks. Later yesterday, Manning took the stand, where he made his first public comments since his 2010 arrest in Iraq. He spoke about feeling like he was in a cage in the early days after his arrest and feeling that he was going to die there. He also said his isolation quickly led to a breakdown, and he eventually was put on suicide watch.
OBAMA AND ROMNEY SHARE WHITE HOUSE LUNCH: President Obama and Mitt Romney had their White House lunch yesterday (November 29th), a private, one-on-one sit-down that lasted a little over an hour as the two former rivals had their first face-to-face meeting since the election. In a statement released later, the White House said Romney, quote, "congratulated the president for the success of his campaign and wished him well over the coming four years." The statement said they discussed the importance of maintaining America's leadership position in the world, and quote, "pledged to stay in touch, particularly if opportunities to work together on shared interests arise in the future." Little other information was given, other than that the menu included white turkey chili and southwestern grilled chicken salad, and a photo was released showing the two men shaking hands in the Oval Office.

EX-PREZ GEORGE H.W. BUSH HOSPITALIZED WITH COUGH: Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized near his home in Houston since last Friday (November 23rd) for continuing treatment of a lingering cough. Methodist Hospital said the 88-year-old Bush had been in and out of the hospital recently for complications resulting from bronchitis. But both the hospital and Bush's spokesman, Jim McGrath, said the former president is stable and they expect him to be released by the weekend. McGrath said doctors want the cough to go away completely before Bush is discharged. The former president also suffers from a form of Parkinson's disease that has forced him to use a wheelchair or motorized scooter to get around.
STRAUSS-KAHN REPORTEDLY REACHES SETTLEMENT WITH MAID DIALLO: Former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn has reportedly reached a settlement agreement with hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo, who accused him of trying to rape her in an upscale New York City hotel last year, the Associated Press reported Thursday (November 29th), citing what was described as a person familiar with the case. Details of the deal to settle Diallo's lawsuit against Strauss-Kahn were unknown. Although Strauss-Kahn was arrested after Diallo accused him of attacking her when she went to clean his room in May 2011, prosecutors later dropped the charges, saying they'd developed concerns about Diallo's credibility. Strauss-Kahn had claimed the encounter was consensual. However, Diallo later filed a civil suit against Strauss-Kahn, who'd tried unsuccessfully to claim that he had diplomatic immunity from the suit.
MOST POPULAR BABY NAMES OF 2012: BabyCenter, the leading online pregnancy and parenting resource, has released its annual list of the top 100 baby names. Sophia and Aiden held on to their Number One spots on the list, while BabyCenter saw trends that showed the influence of the 50 Shades of Grey erotic novels, with the names Grey and Anastasia on the rise, the Masterpiece Classic hit Downton Abbey, boosting names including Branson, Edith, Sybil and Violet, and even Apple's voice-enabled personal assistant Suri, which climbed five percent on the girls' list.
Top 10 girls' names of 2012:
  1. Sophia
  2. Emma
  3. Olivia
  4. Isabella
  5. Ava
  6. Lily
  7. Zoe
  8. Chloe
  9. Mia
  10. Madison
Top 10 boys' names of 2012:
  1. Aiden
  2. Jackson
  3. Ethan
  4. Liam
  5. Mason
  6. Noah
  7. Lucas
  8. Jacob
  9. Jayden
  10. Jack
FALCONS DOWN SAINTS 23-13: The Atlanta Falcons defeated the New Orleans Saints 23-13 last night (November 29th) in Atlanta, in a game that saw Saints quarterback Drew Brees throw five interceptions for the first time in his career and end his NFL-record streak of throwing touchdown passes in 54 consecutive games. Brees finished 28 of 50 for 341 yards. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan went 18 of 33 for 165 yard with one touchdown.
MEDIATION FAILS IN NHL TALKS: Mediation didn't help in the NHL talks, with federal mediators saying Thursday (November 29th) that after two days of their involvement in the negotiations between the league and the players' union, the two sides were no closer to an agreement that would end the lockout. It's not known what will happen next, as the possibility that the entire season will be lost continues to grow. So far, games have already been canceled through December 14th, and the New Year's Day Winter Classic and All-Star weekend wiped out.
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)



  • UNDERCOVER BOSS - Diamond Resorts International CEO Stephen J. Cloobeck goes under cover for a second time to check in on a new property acquisition.
  • CSI: NY - When Detective Lovato's cover is accidentally blown, the team investigates the Latin gang she infiltrated.
  • BLUE BLOODS - Danny finds a murdered student at a college campus; Erin tries to give Nicky some freedom.
  • GRIMM (repeat)
  • DATELINE NBC - Investigative journalism.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL - Pac-12 Championship: Team TBA
  • LAST MAN STANDING - When Vanessa gives a presentation about her job at an oil company during career day at Eve's school, Eve and her classmates think Vanessa is destroying the planet.
  • MALIBU COUNTRY - Reba feels threatened by her daughter's relationship with Kim.
  • SHARK TANK (repeat)
  • 20/20 (repeat)
  • NIKITA - When a former undercover division agent is elected president of Uzbekistan, Nikita and the team try to capture him while he is visiting the United States.
  • ARROW (repeat)
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Wanda Sykes, Kevin Pollak
THE VIEW - Beth Behrs, Christine Ha
KATIE - (repeat)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Marisa Tomei, Carson Daly, Il Volo
  • 60 MINUTES - Investigative reporting.
  • THE GOOD WIFE - While Will defends a man accused of murder, Alicia tries to help by assisting a prosecutor in another country who is trying a different man for the same crime.
  • THE MENTALIST - When Jane is attacked during the search for a firefighter's killer, he loses his memory and reverts to his former con man identity.
  • NFL FOOTBALL - Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys.
  • THE SIMPSONS (repeat)
  • BOB'S BURGERS - Tina worries that she is a jinx when she wrecks the car and gets the family involved with a questionable insurance agent.
  • FAMILY GUY (repeat)
  • AMERICAN DAD - When Stan decides that Snot isn't cool enough to be Steve's best friend.
  • ONCE UPON A TIME - Hook and Cora face off with Emma and Mary Margaret in a race for the compass.
  • REVENGE - Nolan deals with a skeleton from his past; Carl's christening reveals new concerns for Jack and Declan.
  • 666 PARK AVENUE - Jane is send back in time when she is hypnotized by Maris Elder (Whoopi Goldberg).
  • THE WALKING DEAD - Andrea steps up when the people of Woodbury are thrown into uncharted territory.
  • THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA - Tensions rise as the ladies plan a trip to Anguilla.
  • SHAHS OF SUNSET - (season premiere) Asa moves back to her Venice mansion; Reza becomes friends with a Persian Princess.
  • BOARDWALK EMPIRE - (season finale) Nucky makes a deal with Rothstein; Margaret decides to end one relationship and resume another.


TURKISH MEN ARE GETTING MUSTACHE IMPLANTS: A plastic surgeon in Turkey said he is doing about 50 to 60 mustache implants each month for men who are trying to project a more wise and prestigious image. Dr. Selahattin Tulunay said most of his patients are tourists from the Middle East, between the ages of 30 and 50. Dr. Tulunay told CNN, "For some men who look young and junior, they think [a mustache] is a must to look senior . . . more professional and wise. They think it is prestigious." The procedure costs about $7,000. (UPI)

KIM RIDLEY LIED ABOUT DAUGHTER BEING SEXY MODEL FOR EBAY AD: It turns out that the man in Oregon who reportedly used his daughter to sell his 1977 Datsun on eBay, lied about the daughter part. Despite Kim Ridley's comments to AdWeek claiming the model was his daughter "Lexxa," he now says the whole thing was a joke and that he probably took it too far. He ended up admitting to a local news station that the girl is not his daughter, but a longtime friend. (KVAL)
NYPD OFFICER'S ACT OF KINDNESS GOES VIRAL: A tourist walking around Times Square, visiting from Arizona, witnessed Officer Larry DePrimo buying thermal socks and insulated winter boots, then giving the goods to a barefoot, homeless man to help keep warm. The gesture was caught on camera by the tourist, Jennifer Foster -- who sent the image to the NYPD. They shared it on their Facebook page and DePrimo immediately became a Facebook sensation. At press time the photo had 165,152 shares and 467,268 likes. According to the Facebook page, DePrimo said, "I didn't think anything of it." I LOVE THIS GUY!

Image is from NYPD's Facebook page.
MEN'S MAGAZINE'S 'DEMEANING' FACEBOOK IMAGE BANNED: An Australian men's magazine, Zoo Weekly, that posted a controversial image to Facebook has been censored by the country's Advertising Standards Bureau due to the image's "demeaning" nature. The picture depicts a woman in a bikini -- with her top half on the left side, and her bottom half on the right -- and poses the question: "Left or right? But you've got to tell us how you came to that decision." The Ad Bureau said, "The image, disturbing nature of having a disembodied woman and the offensive, clearly sexist and even abusive nature of some responses on a page being used to advertise this product should not be allowed. Both the pictures, the questions that are posed and the responses are regularly demeaning and unacceptable to women." The magazine's publisher said the image isn't an advertisement, rather it is editorial material that is meant to "engage [male readers] with content that doesn't require too much thought." The image has been removed, but screen-caps of the original post, including the comments, are still out there. (Buzzfeed)


NASA: THE WORLD IS NOT ENDING ON 12/21/2012: At a recent press conference, NASA scientists addressed rumors surrounding the Mayan calendar. Scientists say people misinterpret the end of a certain cycle on the calendar to mean the world will end on December 21st, 2012, and that Mayan scholars say the Mayans would not have interpreted the date to signal the apocalypse. Scientists addressed popular rumors such as: a rogue planet will collide with earth and kill everyone, and the danger of killer solar flares. Scientists say neither of those issues are a concern, and that the greatest threat to Earth in the foreseeable future is from the human race itself. (Huffington Post)
WOMEN PREFER THIN MEN TO MACHO MEN, STUDY SHOWS: For a new study, scientists from the University of Petoria in South Africa photographed a group of male volunteers in their underwear and then measured the men's body fat, testosterone levels, and immune system responses. The photographs were shown to different groups of women, and scientists found that women unconsciously see fatness or thinness as indicators of a man's immune response and attractiveness, while masculinity was not linked to either of those traits. Scientists say this means a masculine jaw and chiseled abs aren't always what women are looking for, at least consciously, when choosing a male mate. (Fox News)
MORE MEN SEEKING SURGERY TO GET RID OF "MAN BOOBS": More men are seeking breast reduction surgery to treat gynecomastia, which causes "man boobs." Statistics from the British Association of Plastic Surgeons shows that 790 men in the U.K. went under the knife for the procedure last year. That number is double the amount who had the surgery in the last five-years, and among men it was a more popular procedure in 2011 than liposuctions or facelifts. (Newser)
HOLIDAY WORK PARTIES MAKE WORKERS SICK? In a recent survey of more than two-thousand American workers, 64-percent say they have either called in sick, or know someone who has done so the day after a holiday office party. The reason: hangovers. Half of the people who said they went to work the day after the party said they were hungover or knew someone who was. Fifty-five percent of those who went to work admitted to checking-out mentally, and some admitted to putting off work or leaving work early the day after a holiday office party. (Fox News)
1) Stay Hydrated. The main problem when you have a hangover? The alcohol you drank dehydrated you. So, you are left feeling thirsty, sleepy and even light-headed. Replenish some of that lost moisture with lots of water.
2) Eat Bananas. This will replace some of the potassium and magnesium that you lost. Lack of magnesium is linked to fatigue and loss of appetite.Bananas will also ease nausea, because they act as a natural antacid.
3) Ginger. Grind up some ginger. This root will soothe your stomach. You can eat it raw, drink it in tea - or take capsules.
4) Asparagus. Studies show this green vegetable breaks down alcohol in your system. So make sure to eat some with your dinner before a night out.
WHICH TECH COMPANIES DOMINATED BLACK FRIDAY? Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over now, so which tech companies had the best luck with consumers? According to Apple sales figures, Apple iPads sold better than Android tablets. For gaming-- the Wii U sold-out completely from retailers despite having less-than stellar reviews. The Microsoft Surface may have suffered the most - while Apple stores saw customsters purchasing 17.2-items-per-hour, Microsoft stores sold only 3.5-items-per-hour in sales. (Ask Men)
1) Make your own traditions. Don't be afraid to celebrate how you want to celebrate, whether that means replacing old traditions with new ones, or adding some new traditions to your current holiday schedule.
2) Help someone out. However you choose to it, helping other people is guaranteed to give you a boost of positive energy.
3) Free yourself from obligations that don't feel right to you. Take a step back from the things that you've always done and reassess if they are actually what you want to be doing. Make sure you're spending your precious time, energy, and money in the way you want to, and don't be afraid to change your roles. People will understand.
4) Get away. Winter weather and being stuck indoors can spark one of the worst feelings in the world: stagnancy. To combat this, introduce some new scenery in your life. Just spending a day wandering around a small town just outside your city can be enough to break your tired routine and rejuvenate you.
5) Reconnect with people. Set up a weekly happy hour with coworkers or invite a couple of friends over to watch a movie. If that feels like too much, write a letter to a far-away family member. No matter how you do it, reinforcing your connections with people will help you feel less alone.
6) Get some sun. In the winter time, even though the sun is frequently hard to spot between weather and less daylight you can still reap the benefits of some sunshine. The sun's invisible rays can penetrate through weather! Give yourself five or ten minutes before work or on your lunch break to walk around outside and get some air - you'll feel better.
7) Go to the library. Books are a great way to get you out of your own head and your own world. Take advantage of the crappy weather by curling up with a blanket, a hot cup of tea, and a stack of new reading material.
8) Give yourself a break. If your holiday schedule could be described as "Go! Go! Go!," give yourself permission to stop every once in awhile. Take a breath, eat a piece of fudge, and remember: if you want to take care of other people, you've gotta take care of yourself first.
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What do snowy owls prefer to eat?
A: Lemmings. An adult snowy owl may eat more than 1,600-lemmings a year.

Source: National Geographic
What is the largest flying bird in North America?
A: The California condor. Their wing span can be nearly 10-feet.
Source: National Geographic.


Should Fast Food Workers Be Able to Unionize?
Fast food workers at several of the big national chains walked off the job in New York City Thursday (November 29th), kicking off what the New York Times described as the "biggest effort to unionize fast food workers ever undertaken in the United States." Organizers, which include civil rights groups, religious leaders and a service-industry union, say it's the first time workers from different fast food chains joined forces in this way. The workers say that what they're being paid -- about $9.00 a hour for full-time workers in New York City -- is barely enough for the necessities of life like food, clothing and housing, and are demanding an hourly wage of $15, as well as the right to form a union. Supporters say that the industry is changed and its workers are no longer mostly teenagers, but increasingly working class adults dependent on the paychecks for their families. The main argument against unionization is that it will force the fast food companies to pass on costs to their customers via higher prices.

Man Who Got Romney Face Tattoo Now Getting It Removed
A 30-year-old professional wrestler who got a five-inch-long tattoo of Mitt Romney's "R" logo on his face during the presidential campaign and said after Election Day that he was keeping it despite the Republican nominee's loss has now changed his mind. Eric Hartsburg had originally told ABC News that he didn't regret the tattoo at all, but said that's changed in the wake of Romney's post-election remarks in a conference call with donors that President Obama won because he gave, quote, "gifts" to certain constituencies, like minority voters. Hartsburg told ABC, "I could deal with being a part of a losing campaign, but to still stand behind Governor Romney with the positions he's taken post-election with the blame game instead... To be such a sore loser about it, to me I can't walk around representing that." He said that since Romney made those remarks, stranger have been shouting lewd comments and hissing at him on the street. It could take up to 15 sessions over six months to a year to get the tattoo removed, which is longer than usual because of the blue ink in the logo. A Los Angeles doctor has agreed to do it for free.
CHECK IT OUT: Hartsburg's tattooed face:

MOMA Classifies 14 Video Games as Art to Start New Collection
The art world has apparently decided that the answer to the question of whether video games are art is yes, with the Smithsonian ending a popular exhibit a few months ago called, The Art of Video Games, and New York City's Museum of Modern Art now acquiring 14 video games to start a collection that it says will eventually include about 40 games. The 14 games that will be installed next March span three decades, from 1980's Pac-Man to 2009's Canabalt. According to The Atlantic Wire, popularity isn't what MOMA is looking for; instead their focus is on design traits, looking for games that emphasize everything from, quote, "the elegance of the code to the design of the player's behavior," according to the museum. Among the games MOMA is looking to acquire in the future are such iconic ones as Pong, Super Mario Brothers, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong and Street Fighter II. The 14 acquired now are:
  1. Pac-Man (1980)
  2. Tetris (1984)
  3. Another World (1991)
  4. Myst (1993)
  5. SimCity 2000 (1994)
  6. vib-ribbon (1999)
  7. The Sims (2000)
  8. Katamari Damacy (2004)
  9. EVE Online (2003)
  10. Dwarf Fortress (2006)
  11. flOw (2006)
  12. Portal (2007)
  13. Passage (2008)
  14. Canabalt (2009)

Thursday, November 29, 2012


Eric Church is known for his trademark look -- a knit cap and dark sunglasses -- and he's finding that his fans want to see that no matter the venue or occasion. Even when he plays the hallowed Grand Ole Opry, Eric tells us he feels compelled to remain "in character," so to speak, so as not to disappoint fans. "It's become a little harder not to now because people . . . I don't know. It's weird. It's almost like . . . I don't know whether it's like a uniform or a super hero. Some people just feel like they're not getting what they want if I don't. Sometimes I've had people . . . There's been times when I just don't feel like wearing 'em on the Opry and I'll just go out without 'em and I've had people go, 'Why did you not?' And they have theirs on. They'll put theirs on when I come on, so a lot of times I wear 'em. If I'm in an ass-kickin' mood I'll wear 'em out there."
You can bet Eric will be in full "uniform" tonight (Thursday, November 29th) when he takes the stage in Duluth, Georgia.
He's making his way up the charts with his latest hit, "Creepin'."
  • Eric will play his last show of the year on December 15th in Sunrise, Florida.
  • He will hit the road with Kenny Chesney beginning in March of 2013.
Kip Moore has already topped the charts as both singer and songwriter with this year's hit, "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck," and it looks like before long he'll return to Number One with his second single, "Beer Money." The song is about saving up for those local watering hole outings, but these days Kip is upping the ante and saving up for a little -- or a big -- something special.
He tells us: "You know, things have changed a little bit in my life recently, but it's like I still, I live so simple. Like, I'm not somebody that's out doing all kinds of crazy stuff. I still spend my money on beer and food and that's about it. I'm thinking about splurging the first of the year. I'm thinking about getting me a Harley. I love to ride so I think that's what I'm gonna get pretty soon."
Kip continues on Eric Church's Blood, Sweat & Beers tour, which plays tonight (Thursday, November 29th) in Duluth, Georgia. The show also features Justin Moore.
Reality television has been a vehicle for a lot of entertainers, but Justin Moore says he likely won't be one taking advantage of the trend. He tells us: "I'll never say never on anything, but I'm just not a big fan of reality TV. I don't watch much TV in general but it's not something I'm interested in, necessarily. And that's...there's nothing against it. I just ... it's not something that I enjoy watching or it's not something that I think I would be interested in doing but I never say never. You never know."
  • Justin is busy on the road through mid-December as part of Eric Church's headlining Blood, Sweat & Beers tour.
  • They head to Columbia, South Carolina and Huntington, West Virginia on Friday (November 30th) and Saturday (December 1st).
  • Justin continues climbing the charts with 'Til My Last Day."
Keith Urban is adjusting to being one of what he calls a very "passionate" group of four judges on the 2013 season of American Idol. Reported cat fights and tension between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have been making the news with regularity, but Keith tells E! News that all four -- including Randy Jackson -- have had their moments, saying "The thing about the four of us is we hear very different things and see very different things, and for every time we could react to the same thing, there were definitely times we thought that a person was completely insane."
The new season of Idol begins in January, and Keith is already getting anxious about the work ahead. He said, "I love that we went into all these towns and heard so many people. It's going to be hard to get to Hollywood week and let so many people go."
American Idol will air premiere on FOX on January 16th at 8 p.m. ET.
  • Keith will also kick off his 2013 tour in Australia in January.
  • The North American leg of the tour, which kicks off in July, will feature special guests Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch.

Taylor Swift, Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney are the only country artists on Forbes' list of the world's 25 highest-paid musicians. Taylor came in at Number Eight, tying with Paul McCartney at $57 million; Toby and Justin Bieber tie at Number 10 with $55 million; and Kenny ranks at Number 17 with $44 million. Dr. Dre is the highest-paid musician, earning an astounding $110 million.
Lee Brice will kick off the ACC Championship game in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday (December 1st) with a pre-game performance. He is also scheduled to perform prior to the Sun Bowl game in El Paso, Texas on New Year's Eve.

The Grand Ole Opry will honor Marty Stuart on his 20th anniversary as an Opry member on Saturday, December 8th. Marty will be celebrated during a one-hour segment on each of the night's two shows with performances by his wife and fellow Opry member Connie Smith, Charley Pride, Old Crow Medicine Show, and songwriter Brandy Clark. Also appearing with Stuart will be Phyliss J. Anderson, Chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, along with two Choctaw dancers. The evening's shows will be held at the Ryman Auditorium, where Marty made his Opry debut alongside Lester Flatt in September 1972 at age 13. Marty joined the Opry 20 years ago on November 28, 1992.

After two drinking-related brushes with the law this past year, Randy Travis is reportedly saying goodbye to alcohol. His lawyer told TMZ that Randy has "eliminated alcohol from his daily life. . . (He) works out 3 hours every day and is in the best shape of his life. He has a high protein diet and takes a lot of vitamins."
Randy has also reportedly been spending time in a recording studio in Texas where he is working on new music.
In February, Randy was charged with public intoxication, followed by an August arrest for DWI.
Thursday, November 29, 2012

Q. What was the title of Keith Urban's first Number One single?
A. "But For The Grace Of God"

Blake Shelton
Carrie Underwood


  • Anna Faris (actress, Scary Movie, Lost in Translation, The House Bunny, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) (36)
  • Ringo Garza (drummer, Los Lonely Boys) (31)
  • Jonathan Knight (singer, New Kids On The Block (44)
  • Suzy Chaffee (Olympic skier, known for her "Suzy Chapstick" TV ads) (66)
  • Don Cheadle (Actor, one of the stars of Ocean's 11) (48)
  • Kim Delaney (Actress, formerly of NYPD Blue) (51)
  • Andrew McCarthy (actor, St. Elmo's Fire, Pretty In Pink, Mannequin, White Collar, Royal Pains) (50)
  • Howie Mandel (Comedian and actor) (57)
  • Vin Scully (Hall Of Fame sportscaster) (85)
  • Garry Shandling (Comedian and actor) (63)
  • Gena Lee Nolin (Actress, Baywatch, Sheena) (41)
  • Chuck Mangione (flugelhorn player, "Feels So Good") (72)
  • Diane Ladd (actress, Wild At Heart, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, mother of Laura Dern) (77)
  • Cathy Moriarty (actress, Raging Bull) (52)
  • Tom Sizemore (actor with substance-abuse problems and legal entanglements, former fiance of Heidi Fleiss) (51, disputed)
  • Will Downing (jazz/R&B singer-songwriter) (49)
  • Ronny Jordan (jazz guitarist) (50)
  • Barry Goudreau (former guitarist, Boston) (61)
  • The Game (Jayceon Taylor, rapper) (33)
  • Felix Cavaliere (singer-keyboardist, the Rascals) (70, disputed)
  • John Mayall (British band leader and blues enthusiast; his groups have featured Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Jack Bruce, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Aynsley Dunbar, and Free's Andy Fraser, among others) (79)
  • Ellen Cleghorne (actress-comedienne, Saturday Night Live, Coyote Ugly, Little Nicky) (47)
  • Lucas Black (actor, Friday Night Lights, Sling Blade, Jarhead, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Legion) (30)


ARE DANNY DEVITO AND RHEA PERLMAN RECONCILING?: Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman were recently spotted walking together through the airport causing some to question if a reconciliation is in the works. The pair announced they were splitting up in October after 30 years of marriage.
'PSYCH' STAR SEPARATING FROM WIFE: Dule Hill is separating from his wife of 8 years. The West Wing and Psych star was married to actress Nicole Lyn. Court documents cite irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split.
FEUD BREWING BETWEEN 'TEEN MOM' CO-STARS: US magazine is reporting that Teen Mom stars Farrah Abraham and Jenelle Evans are in a bit of a feud. Evans made comments about how insane she found Farrah's cosmetic surgeries to be for a 21-year-old which Abraham responded to by calling her co-star "uneducated".
DANIELLE RADCLIFFE JOINS SOCIAL MEDIA: Danielle Radcliffe has finally decided to embrace social media by joining Google+. The actor made the decision so he could have a place to post truthful information about his professional life.
'LOST' STAR DEBUTS NEW HAIRDO: Lost star Evangeline Lilly rocked the red carpet at the New Zealand premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey by debuting a new hairdo. Take a look at the drastic change:


BEN AFFLECK NAMED ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR: Entertainment Weekly has named Ben Affleck as their pick for entertainer of the year. He will be featured on the cover of their year-end issue along with an interview inside.
SAG AWARD NOMINATIONS TO BE ANNOUNCED DEC. 12: The nominations for the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be read by Busy Phillips and Taye Diggs on Wednesday, December 12. The awards ceremony will be on January 27.
JACK BLACK TO BE ROASTED BY FRIARS CLUB: The Friars Club has chosen Jack Black as their target for their annual roast in 2013. The event will take place on April 5 in New York.
'SMASH' SHOWRUNNER EXPLAINS EXIT: Theresa Rebeck, the creator of Smash, spoke with Hollywood Reporter regarding her decision to leave the series after just one season. She reveals that she left after producers tried to dictate how certain characters should be written.
CATE BLANCHETT TO JOIN DISNEY'S LIVE-ACTION 'CINDERELLA'?: Deadline is reporting that Cate Blanchett is very close to officially signing on to Disney's new live-action version of Cinderella. She would be playing the evil stepmother.


Charlie Sheen may have called it quits on Two and a Half Men ages ago but that has not stopped the star from speaking his mind about the show's recent behind-the-scenes drama. Sheen spoke to TMZ about the Angus T. Jones video and said the teenage actor he saw on the clip did not seem like the person he used to work with.
The former star of the highly-rated sitcom even pointed the blame at the show's creator saying, "I dare anyone to spend ten years in the laugh-track that is Chuck Lorre's hive of oppression and not suffer some form of an emotional tsunami."

  • Sheen also told that Jones' meltdown makes it pretty clear the show is cursed.
  • The young actor later apologized for the video and announced that he was not actually quitting the show.


It appears as though Demi Moore is ready to move on from Ashton Kutcher. Page Six is reporting that the 50-year-old has been quietly dating 26-year-old art dealer, Vito Schnabel.
According to sources, the couple got close at Naomi Campbell's 50th birthday party where they were dancing and grinding on each other in front of other party guests. Another source told PEOPLE, "There was a time when Vito was kind of cool with [her ex Ashton Kutcher] - so it seems a little weird."

  • Schnabel has previously been linked to other older female companions like Elle Macpherson when she was 44-years-old and Liv Tyler who is nine years older than him.


A judge has ruled that Halle Berry's ex Gabriel Aubry will be allowed to resume visitation with their 4-year-old daughter Nahla. According to, Gabriel also asked the judge to prohibit Halle's fiance Olivier Martinez from having contact with Nahla -- but Olivier will be able to spend time with Nahla -- and will not be charged in their Thanksgiving brawl. It is also highly unlikely that Gabriel will be prosecuted for battery.
Although it is highly unlikely that Gabriel will be prosecuted for battery for, cops say that they believe that Gabriel was the one who started the fight. According to the police report, after interview Gabriel, Olivier and Halle, officer Timothy Chung concluded, "Suspect [Gabriel] arrived at victim's [Olivier] residence for child custody exchange. Suspect and victim engaged in verbal altercation. Suspect became upset and attempted to punch victim's head but missed and struck victim's right shoulder instead. Victim returned with 3 punches to the suspect's head, causing him to fall to the ground. Victim's fiance [Halle] notified police."

  • The report said that Olivier acted in self-defense, stating that the "Victim defended himself and punched the suspect."
  • In other news, according to, despite court docs where Gabriel referenced Halle as his "ex-wife," sources say that Gabriel and Halle we're never married and it was simply an error.


Now that Disney has bought Lucasfilm and announced plans to make three new Star Wars films, stars from the original trilogy have discussed the possibility of returning to the franchise. E! Online caught up with Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, to get his thoughts on the upcoming sequels.
The 61-year-old actor spoke on behalf of himself and co-star Carrie Fisher saying "We have questions about it. And really, they're not even at the stage where they're able to answer those questions because, as far as I know, is there a story yet?" He went on to say that it's best to let Lucasfilm make the announcements until more information is revealed.

  • Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford have been quoted as being open to returning to the series since the films were announced.


Rumors have been circulating that Joseph Gordon-Levitt's role in Dark Knight Rises was setting him up to take over Christian Bale's duty as the caped crusader. Although no new Batman movies have been announced, there is a Justice League movie in the works for 2015 but the actor's reps deny that he will be a part of it.
At the end of the final Dark Knight film, Joseph's character is shown entering the batcave which fueled fanboy speculation that there would be some sort of continuation to that story. is reporting that these rumors have no truth to them and that there are currently no plans for Gordon-Levitt to continue on in the DC movie universe.


As 2013 rapidly approaches, news outlets are starting to put out their best of lists. TIME magazine has revealed the 38 people who are in the running to be named their Person of the Year for 2012.
The list has some of the year's biggest newsmakers from all industries. "Gangnam Style" singer Psy and Jay-Z are a few of the entertainers who made the list in addition to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. A few of the non-entertainment candidates include President Obama, Mitt Romney, and Malala Yousafzai -- the Pakistani teenager who was shot by the Taliban for speaking out in support of education for women in the Muslim world.

  • TIME's editors have the ultimate say on who earns the title but people are invited to vote for their picks on the magazine's website.
  • The winner will be announced on Dec. 14th.


VOTE ON PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD MOVE TODAY AT U.N.: A vote is set to take place at the U.N. today (November 29th) on a Palestinian bid for indirect recognition of statehood. A Palestinian resolution would change its U.N. observer status from an "entity" to a "non-member state," implicitly recognizing a state of Palestine. It's expected to pass easily in the U.N. General Assembly, including with support from more than a dozen European nations. However, the U.S., Israel, and a few other states will vote against it. The U.S. mounted an ultimately fruitless last-ditch effort Wednesday to get the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to reconsider, saying the only road to true statehood is through reaching a peace deal with Israel. However, talks have been stalled for two years, mainly over the issue of continued Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank.
MODERATE GOP SENATOR COLLINS NOW SAYS CONCERNED ABOUT RICE: The potential nomination of U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice for secretary of state took a fresh blow Wednesday (November 28th) with moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine saying she wouldn't be able to back any nomination until more questions are answered about Rice's televised statements about the Benghazi attack five days after it happened. Collins raised her concerns after a meeting yesterday with Rice about Benghazi. Collins' public statements of concern come after Republican Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte have led a sustained effort against Rice over her initial comments that the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was spurred by a protest over an anti-Islam video. She has said she was relying on talking points from the intelligence community. Rice and acting CIA Director Michael Morell have held two days of private meetings with Republican senators in hopes of easing their concerns, but it appears to have backfired.
TWO WINNERS OF RECORD POWERBALL JACKPOT: Powerball officials say there are two winning tickets for last night's (November 28th) record $579.9 million jackpot, one sold in Arizona and the other in Missouri. The numbers drawn were: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and Powerball of 6 for the largest Powerball jackpot ever and the second-largest lottery jackpot of any kind in the U.S.
REPORT: SEA LEVELS RISING FASTER THAN PROJECTED: New satellite measurements suggest that sea levels are rising around the world some 60 percent faster than the most recent projections from the U.N.'s climate change panel in 2007. The new report from European researchers found that sea levels are rising at an annual rate of 0.12 inches, faster than the estimate of 0.08 inches. The rise in sea levels is believed to be driven by glacier melt due to climate change, as well as thermal expansion, which is the expansion of ocean water as it warms. In gauging the increase in global temperatures, however, the new research found it corresponding closely with the climate change panel's estimates, finding that warming is happening by about 0.28 degrees Fahrenheit per decade.
EGYPT SENTENCES KORAN-BURNING PASTOR, ANTI-ISLAM FILMMAKER, OTHERS TO DEATH: An Egyptian court has sentenced Koran-burning Florida pastor Terry Jones and seven other people who are all Coptic Christians to death for their involvement or relation to the anti-Islam film, Innocence of Muslims, that sparked riots across the Muslim world two months ago. Among the seven is Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the Egyptian-American man who made the film and is currently serving jail time in the U.S. for probation violations related to a previous bank fraud conviction. The eight people were found guilty of, quote, "harming national unity, insulting and publicly attacking Islam and spreading false information," all charges that carry the death penalty. However, unless any of the eight people ever enter Egypt on their own, the chances are near zero that they'll ever face the declared punishment.

IVANKA TRUMP DENIES INTERVENTION WITH DAD OVER OBAMA BASHING: Ivanka Trump went on Twitter Wednesday (November 28th) to deny a recent New York Daily News story that she and her two brothers staged an intervention of sorts with their father, Donald Trump, in mid-October to try to get him to stop bashing President Obama. According to the story, the Trump siblings told their father that his attacks on the president were hurting his image. Trump himself denied the story and Ivanka tweeted yesterday, "I totally respect @realDonaldTrump's opinions & rights to articulate his views, which is what I would have told @nydailynews if they'd called me to fact check their false story." Ivanka's brother, Donald Jr., also slammed the report on Monday, tweeting, "This article is nonsense, never happened, but what's news anymore if u can't make it up."
STEROID-ERA STARS BONDS, CLEMENS, SOSA ON HALL OF FAME BALLOT: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa, three of the biggest names of baseball's steroids era, all of whom were tainted by accusations that they used performance-enhancing drugs, appear for the first time this year on the Hall of Fame ballot, which was released yesterday (November 28th). Members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, who vote on the candidates, will have to decide if they want to weigh the suspected doping against the players' on-field accomplishments, and if so, by how much. The task will be a big one with these three players: Bonds is the all-time home run champion and won a record seven MVP awards; Clemens won a record seven Cy Young awards and is ninth on the all-time wins list; and Sosa ranks eighth in career home runs. Still, recent history isn't a good omen for them, as Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro haven't been voted in despite having Hall of Fame-caliber playing records because of the doping questions surrounding them. Voting results will be announced in January.
NHL TALKS RESUME WITH MEDIATOR HELP: NHL talks resumed for the first time in a week on Wednesday (November 28th), but this time negotiators for the league and the players were joined by federal mediators for the first time. Talks are set to continue today. It's hoped the mediators will be able to help end the lockout in enough time to have a shortened NHL season. All games through December 14th have already been canceled, as well as the New Year's Day Winter Classic and All-Star Weekend.
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)



  • THE BIG BANG THEORY - Sheldon and Wolowitz's fight over a parking spot at the university impacts the whole gang.
  • TWO AND A HALF MEN - Alan's famous ex-wife, Kandi, wants to reconcile.
  • PERSON OF INTEREST - The team faces a challenge when the numbers of both a man and his wife come up in the machine.
  • ELEMENTARY - As Sherlock investigates an explosion that killed two people, he uncovers a crime that has been dormant for years.
  • 30 ROCK - An encounter with Dennis spurs Liz and Criss to step up their efforts to start a family.
  • UP ALL NIGHT - Gene and Terry invite Reagan, Chris and Scott to their mountain cabin.
  • THE OFFICE - When Angela finds out about her husband's affair, she goes to Dwight for help.
  • PARKS AND RECREATION - Leslie asks the public for park design suggestions but is suspicious when the best design comes from an Eagleton architect.
  • ROCK CENTER WITH BRIAN WILLIAMS - Investigative journalism.
  • THE X FACTOR - The finalists face elimination.
  • GLEE - Kurt and Rachel have an unconventional holiday dinner in New York.
  • LAST RESORT - Marcus brings the islanders and the members of the Colorado together for a feast in the spirit of Thanksgiving.
  • GREY'S ANATOMY - Owen and Cristina navigate their relationship; Jackson is distracted by a shocking situation with April.
  • SCANDAL - The team manages a billionaire who seems to have lost his sanity.
  • THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Caroline tries to support Elena and Stefan during a difficult time.
  • BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - J.T. thinks Vincent might be involved with a college student's brutal death.
  • THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF MIAMI - Lisa's in-laws demand a grandchild; tensions hit a breaking point between Marysol and Elaine.
  • IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA - Frank cleans up so he can help out his old company with one last big merger.
  • THE LEAGUE - Pete fights over a pair of shoes with a man in a wheelchair.
  • JERSEY SHORE - The Meatballs reconnect; Vinny is nervous about Jionnni's reaction.
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Christina Applegate
THE VIEW - Jim Belushi, Marc Summers, Dave Annable
KATIE COURIC - (repeat)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Newt Gingrich, Ron Shirley, Grouplove
CONAN - Jason Sudeikis, Dick Van Dyke, Nas


WOMAN TO 9-1-1: 'I TRAPPED THE BURGLAR IN A BOX': A woman in Brunswick, Ohio called 9-1-1 to report that a burglar had broken into her house but that she was able to trap him in a box. When officers arrived at her home on Hadcock Road the woman showed officers the box and said that she forced the intruder into the box until, of course, he jumped out. Police found no one at the home but did find a bottle of booze and a glass in her kitchen. The woman claimed she had "just started drinking." Police cited her for misuse of 911. (
MAN ARRESTED FOR DWI AFTER DWI HEARING: A man in Freeport, New York who was on his way out of a DWI hearing was arrested for the exact same charge as he was driving away. 59-year-old Michael Nolan was leaving the court, where he was facing an aggravated DWI charge, when court officers noticed he smelled like alcohol. The district attorney had an officer follow him, and just a few feet down the road he was pulled over and arrested on a DWI charge. (UPI)
PHONE WEDDING IS VALID ACCORDING TO MARYLAND COURT: A man who teleconferenced into his wedding back in 1993, in the Democratic Republic of Congo was, in fact, legally married according to a court ruling in Maryland. The state's Court of Special Appeals was ruling on a divorce between Noel Tshiani and Marie Louise Tshiani, when the marriage's validity came into question. Noel argued that his 1993 wedding was never valid because he wasn't physically present for the ceremony and had his cousin stand in for him. Maryland's state marriage law doesn't bar the state from recognizing a ceremony "where one party participates by proxy." An attorney representing Marie Louise said, "The opinion by the court makes it clear that the public policy of Maryland is very much to be in support of marriage, regardless of how it's done." Marie Louise has been awarded nearly $6,000 a month in alimony, child support and other payments. (Baltimore Sun)
NYU STUDENT REPLIES ALL TO 40,000 CLASSMATES: An e-mail sent from New York University's Bursar's Office to nearly 40,000 students was sent using the wrong listserv, which allowed students to 'reply all.' The student who ended up making the first 'reply all' did it entirely on accident. Max Wiseltier meant to forward the e-mail to his mom but accidentally sent it to everyone when he clicked 'reply all.' Max realized his mistake and promptly apologized with a second 'reply all.' Once students realized that they were all on the same e-mail, many decided to chime in on the conversation. One student wrote, "So how is everyone today?" Another wrote, to everyone, "Would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses, or 1 horse sized duck?" The string of 'reply all' messages that followed has been categorized into one event: NYU's "replyallcalypse." An employee at NYU's Student Resource Center later came forward to apologize for the e-mail, which he says is his fault. He wrote, "Hi everyone. I'm the culprit behind the Lyris blunder. I was assisting the Bursar with an email message and in populating one of the SRC Listserves did not realize the list I was using was one that allowed for responses and thus the 'replyallcalypse.' I take full responsibility for this blunder and offer my sincere apologies for the frustrating situation that was created." (Yahoo)
NO ONE GOT SHOT, STABBED, SLASHED OR MURDERED IN NYC ON MONDAY: The NYPD announced on Tuesday (November 27th) that there were no shootings, stabbings or murders in New York City between 10:30 p.m. on Sunday night (November 25th) and 11:20 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Police say they can't remember the last time that happened. According to reports, there was one non-violent gunshot on Monday when a teen accidentally shot himself in the thigh. (New York Daily News)
OREGON DAD USES SCANTILY CLAD DAUGHTER TO SELL CAR: A father in Oregon who was trying to sell his 1977 Datsun decided the best way to go about taking photos was to have his 20-year-old daughter pose seductively, and scantily clad, with the vehicle. The photos showcase Lexxa Ridley with her dad's car in various poses and a couple of outfits. Kim Ridley told AdWeek that he has very few regrets, explaining, "If I felt bad about it, I wouldn't do it." (MsnNOW)

EVER FELT LIKE SLATHERING BACON ON YOUR FACE? From the people who brought you Bacon Salt and Baconnaise, it's Bacon shaving cream! Justin and Dave, of J&D Foods, have 2,500 jars of "pork-scented" lather available as of yesterday (Wednesday, November 28th). The guys claim that their new product is best used "after a hot shower or before an important date." At press time the company still had the shaving cream in stock.
Bacon Shaving Cream (possibly still available for purchase!) -


MEN THINK EATING MEAT MAKES THEM MORE MANLY: Researchers from Bellarmine University in Kentucky say a study reveals men associate eating meat with manhood, power and masculinity. For the survey 125-undergraduate students were polled, and one researchers says men expressed more favorable attitudes toward eating meat, denied animal suffering, and believed it was human destiny to eat meat. (Daily Mail)
SOLUTION FOR HOUSING ELDERLY RELATIVES? Virginia company, N2Care is offering a solution for caring for elderly loved ones. The company has invented a 12-by-24-foot "Granny Pod"-- a pop up shelter N2Care says can easily fit in the average-size American backyard. The formal name of the product is MEDCottage, and N2Care says the product has the latest technological advances and can monitor vital signs, filter the air, and communicate with the outside world. The MEDCottage costs 85-thousand dollars, plus delivery and installation costs. (Daily Mail)
EROTIC FICTION IS OUT-SELLING CLASSIC LITERATURE: Since October, books in the erotic fiction category have received four-thousand-percent more searches than The Man Booker Prize winning books, which are hailed as quality works of fiction in London. reports that erotic novels account for 14-percent of all books sold on its site, and weekly the site receives 100-thousand searchers for the first Fifty Shades of Grey book. (Daily Mail)
WOMEN ARE POSTING HOLIDAY WISH LISTS ON PINTEREST: A new survey of about three-thousand women reveals that one-in-four use the website Pinterest to post items they want others to buy them, and 60-percent said they will use the site for holiday gift ideas this year. The survey was conducted by social network SheSpeaks, and 26-percent of those surveyed said they'd use Pinterest to do research on gifts they are already considering buying for others. (Buzzfeed)
SCENTS CAN SPUR HOLIDAY SPENDING? New research shows that along with lighting and music, certain scents can inspire shoppers to spend more money. Washington State University found that simple scents, like pine or citrus, are powerful motivators for spending because they don't require much mental processing. This allows the shopper's brain to focus on shopping. For the experiment, researchers concocted one simple scent and one complex scent and found that consumers who shopped while smelling the simple scent spent on average 20-percent more money than those that smelled the complex scent, or no scent at all. (Huffington Post)
HAVING A DIVERSE GROUP OF FACEBOOK FRIENDS CAUSES STRESS: Researchers from the University of Edinburgh's Business School have found that having a large group of Facebook friends increases the risk of anxiety in users. Researchers say that on average, people are Facebook friends with people in seven-different social circles, and it becomes stressful when users try to present themselves in a way that pleases everyone. Of three-hundred people surveyed, more than half of parents said they follow their children on Facebook. Researchers say the stress becomes more of a problem as older people join Facebook because their expectations may be very different from those of younger users. (Daily Mail)
1) The Attic. It's dusty. It's scary. It might be impossible for the kids to even get up there. Just be sure to store your gifts in a big black garbage bag or two to keep the dust off!
2) Your Underwear Drawer. No kid (especially boys) is going to want to dig through your underwear drawer. Or even worse, dad's drawer.
3) Suitcases. Kids will never suspect this one! Whether you have small duffel bags or huge suitcases, hide as many of your gifts as you can in these travel necessities. Just make sure you're not going on any trips before the holidays!
4) Right in Front of Their Eyes. The best hiding place is right out in the open. Well not completely. But store your gifts in crates or large boxes, and label them with boring, frightening things that will terrify your children. Grab a Sharpie and write "Math Study Guides" or "Tax Receipts 2007" on them.
5) The Garbage. Get yourself an extra large garbage can and keep it in your garage. Put your presents in a large black garbage bag and then keep it in the can. Just be careful NOT to put that can out on Garbage Days!
6) Under Your Bed. Put your gifts in large black garbage bags and hide them under your bed. Too obvious, you say? Okay, then add a number of decoys. Fill a handful of bags with old clothes and stick those under the bed too, surrounding the actual gifts.
7) In the Hamper. If you have a large hamper, stick the presents at the bottom and cover with dirty clothes. Alternatively, do the same thing in your closet with a large box, but cover with a mound of old dirty clothes.
8) Your Car. Keep what you can in the locked trunk of your car. As long as your kids don't look back there while you're out shopping, they'll never think to look there.
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When did the videogame Pong first arrive in arcades?
A: November 29, 1972
Source: Fox News
What was the videogame Pong originally designed for?
A: Pong was originally designed for the games company Atari as part of a training exercise. It proved to be so enjoyable that a prototype was installed in a California bar.
Source: Fox News


Obama and Romney Have Lunch Date Today at White House
Mitt Romney will be at the White House today (November 29th) for a private lunch with President Obama, a little over three weeks after his former rival beat him in the presidential election. Obama had promised in his Election Night victory speech to get together with Romney and consider the former Republican presidential nominee's ideas, saying, "In the weeks ahead, I also look forward to sitting down with Governor Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward." Obama repeated those intentions in a November 14th press conference, saying, "There are certain aspects of Governor Romney's record and his ideas that I think could be very helpful." He praised Romney's leadership of the 2002 Winter Olympics and said that during the presidential campaign, he'd agreed with some of Romney's ideas on jobs and growth. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday that there's no formal agenda for the lunch, which won't be open to the press. But when asked if Obama was considering Romney for a Cabinet position, Carney flatly said no.

'HoboJacket' Website That Donates Clothing to Homeless Getting Flak
A website started by two MIT students called HoboJacket that asks for money to help donate clothes to the homeless is being criticized, with some saying it's offensive. The site works by asking for monetary donations that will go toward buying jackets bearing the logo of the college you hate most. Those jackets are then given to the homeless, who the site says will show, quote, "the true value" of your rival college's degrees. The site states, "Donate your rival college's jackets and shirts to the unfortunate, because it's terribly unfortunate that people actually went to that other college." The criticism has led HoboJacket's founders to consider shutting it down, but there are some defending it, who note that more than 660 jackets have already been donated to the needy through it. As of last night, the site no longer appeared to be up.

Plus-Sized Store Mannequins: Good Idea or Not?
ABC News reported on a debate that broke out on the social networking site Reddit after someone posted a photo of a very large plus-sized store mannequin, with some saying it's a great idea to have mannequins that reflect how the nearly 70 percent of Americans who are overweight or obese actually look, while others said it's a bad idea, worried that, quote, "obese will become the new normal." ABC reports that despite the fact that the average American woman is now a size 14, the typical store mannequin is a size 4 or 6. It cites Ed Gribbin, president of mannequin manufacturing company Alvanon, for why that likely is: "There is an ingrained mentality of merchants that clothing in smaller sizes looks more appealing -- it's also why runway models are so small." Body image expert and Harvard Medical School assistant professor of psychology has a related take, telling ABC, "Walking into a store and seeing nice clothes on a mannequin that has a body type similar to your own could be a huge boost for self-esteem, but it might also backfire. A lot of fashion is aspirational, such that people hope they will look like the mannequin if they buy the clothes. In our society, most people would rather be thin than obese." But things may be changing, with Gribbin saying that some retailers are beginning to use larger mannequins in response to customer feedback.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Details are emerging behind the cancellation of Little Big Town's two concerts this week as well as a scheduled appearance on The Tonight Show last night (Tuesday, November 27th). The brother-in-law of group member Kimberly Schlapman was killed last Wednesday (November 21st) in Franklin, Tennessee after being hit head-on by a drunk driver. Funeral services for Thomas Schlapman were held yesterday in Virginia.
Nashville ABC affiliate WKRN reports the man who allegedly killed Schlapman was in court yesterday morning for DUI and vehicle assault charges stemming from an incident in July.
According to police, Gregory Powers allegedly tried to run over a bartender at a Nashville area bar after he was told to leave because he was too impaired.
Powers faces a vehicular homicide charge for the fatal collision with Schlapman. He has a court date on December 18th.
Little Big Town will resume their tour on Saturday (December 1st) in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Little Big Town is climbing the charts with "Tornado," the title track of their latest album.
  • It follows up their career-first Number One hit, "Pontoon."

It's no secret that one of Taylor Swift's favorite hobbies is baking, especially around the holidays, but she doesn't necessarily indulge in her homemade confections. Taylor tells us she works hard to keep herself thin, so she has to restrain herself when it comes to the foods she loves. "I bake and I give stuff away. I don't like bake and eat a dozen cupcakes by myself. You know, I have to kind of watch it a little bit. I hate the idea of dieting. I hate it. Oh my God, I hate it, but, you know, I just try not to eat like three times my weight in food, and then I exercise all the time so that I don't have to diet that much. I hate exercising but I do it all the time cause I love eating more than I hate exercising. It balances out."
Taylor has been in Australia promoting her new Red CD. On Monday (November 26th), she performed on the Today show there, where she sang the album's title track and another tune called "I Knew You Were Trouble."

Dolly Parton's new memoir, Dream More, is clearing up all sorts of rumors that have followed the legendary singer throughout her career, including the one that she is gay. That speculation stems from Dolly's close friendship with her assistant and childhood pal Judy Ogle.
Dolly says that she is not gay, telling Nightline correspondent JuJu Chang that people "just think that you just can't be that close to somebody. Judy and I have been best friends since we were like in the third and fourth grade. We still just have a great friendship and relationship and I love her as much as I love anybody in the whole world, but we're not romantically involved."
Dolly compared her relationship with Judy to that of Oprah Winfrey's with her BFF, Gayle King.
She also addressed her reported infidelity in her 46-year marriage to husband Carl Dean. Dolly said, "I've been accused of being involved with every man I'm ever seen with or worked with. Maybe I have, maybe I ain't. I never tell if I have. But you know people (are) always saying that."
Dream More is in stores now.
Dolly will be a guest on Live with Kelly & Michael this morning (Wednesday, November 28th). Check local listings.

Lady Antebellum's new holiday album, On This Winer's Night, includes 12 songs. Eleven of those are the trio's take on classics and one -- the title track -- was co-written by Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley.
It was Lady A's first time to write a Christmas song, but as Charles tells us, they enjoyed conquering new territory. "It was a challenge, but it was a fun challenge because we started talking about all the different things we associate with Christmas and it's so many different things, you know -- there's the religious aspect, there's the family aspect, there's just the fun riding around and picking up Christmas gifts and just that spirit that you just . . . all that excitement and energy that you feel from that, and so one thing I was really proud of is we kind of tackled all those little topics in that one song. For me, it puts me right in that spot of Christmas Eve with your family. It's like, on this winter's night you look back on the year we've had and that night is that night to be thankful for everything, and you're excited to wake up in the morning and see what Santa brought you."
Lady A will perform a special one-night only concert of the songs from On This Winter's Night on Monday (December 3rd) at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
  • Lady A will perform during the ABC-TV special, A CMA Country Christmas, airing on December 20th at 9 p.m. ET and again on December 23rd at 4 p.m. ET.
Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Eli Young Band, Hunter Hayes, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Kenny Rogers, Thompson Square, Carrie Underwood and Chris Young will all attend the CMT Artists Of The Year special hosted by Rascal Flatts and Hayden Panettiere. This year's honorees will remain a secret until the show airs on December 8th.
Dustin Lynch is set to perform his latest single, "She Cranks My Tractor" on FOX News Channel's Fox & Friends today (Wednesday, November 28th), which begins at 6 a.m. ET. Dustin is also set to appear on the American Country Awards on December 10th in Las Vegas where he is nominated for Single of the Year - New Artist and Video of the Year- New Artist.
Scotty McCreery's Beacon Theatre Benefit for Hurricane Sandy Relief raised $5,000 last week when he performed at the New York City venue. He donated a portion of ticket sales to the victims of the disaster. He will promote his new holiday CD, Christmas With Scotty McCreery, with appearances on ABC's Good Morning America on December 11th and again on December 24th. He will also appear on the 10th Annual Hollywood Christmas Celebration At The Grove, a nationally syndicated TV special which is airing across the country for the next six weeks (check local listings for show times). Christmas With Scotty McCreery has been certified gold.
Jerrod Niemann will partner with to give fans worldwide front row access to his concert on Thursday (November 29th) at 10 p.m. ET at Joe's Bar in Chicago. With a computer, tablet, phone or laptop and internet connection, fans can log on from anywhere in the world and experience the show in high definition. Pay-per-view tickets are $4.99 in advance, $6.99 day-of-show. Twenty-five cents per ticket will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. To purchase tickets in advance, visit

Jerrod said, "The concept of my new album, Free The Music, is celebrating where country music has been and where it is headed - so we partnered with to bring that same theme to our live show and use the internet to bring fans worldwide all together to one room."
The night of the show, Jerrod wants to know the bizarre, outlandish places fans are watching from, so they're invited to tweet at him at @jrodfromoz using the hashtag #jrodlive letting him know their locations.
  • Jerrod plays his last show of the year on December 15th in Rootstown, Ohio.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Q. Which Brad Paisley hit was also nearly recorded by George Strait, Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson?
A. "I'm Gonna Miss Her"

Dustin Lynch
LIVE WITH KELLY & MICHAEL/SYN (check local listings)
Dolly Parton
Darius Rucker Opry Induction
Blake Shelton

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