While in New York on Thursday (April 26th), Carrie Underwood stopped by PS22 in Staten Island to perform her single "Good Girl" with their fifth grade choir. The PS22 choir is made up of 65 students, and Carrie spent an hour-and-a-half working with the kids to get the song right. She said, "My experience at PS22 has been absolutely amazing. It just made my heart happy to be here . . . I think myself and everyone else in the music industry right now need to be worried because they're getting older and (they're) going to put us all out of a job."
Carrie's new album, Blown Away, will be in stores tomorrow (Tuesday, May 1st). While excited for the fans to hear her new collection of music, Carrie admits to us that she's feeling a bit anxious with mere hours to go until CD release. "At this point I'm nervous, just because I took more time making this album, and I feel like I've been listening to some of these songs for a year-plus already, so they are . . . Like, the shiny has worn off for me. I'm still so excited, and when I get feedback and other people start listening to it. A few radio people listened to it and they like tweet and then everybody gets excited. That re-energizes me and gets me more excited, but at this point it's that moment of, 'Oh my gosh, is it good? Is it?' I mean, seriously like, I don't know. I've been listening to it so long I'm not sure. I start second-guessing myself now. I've been so confident up until now, but now it's like crunch time. There's nothing more we can do, so I want it to be as awesome as I thought it was six months ago (laughs)."]
Carrie will be making the media rounds in the coming weeks. Tonight (Monday, April 30th), she visits with David Letterman.
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The first single from Blown Away, "Good Girl," is a Top Eight hit and climbing on the country charts.
The song, which Carrie co-wrote, has already been certified gold for sales of more than half a million copies.
Taylor Swift and a few of her girlfriends decked themselves out in circus-themed attire to celebrate Glee actress Dianna Agron's birthday on Saturday (April 28th). Taylor posted a pic of the girls on Twitter over the weekend, accompanied by the caption, "The most magical night at @DiannaAgron's circus themed birthday party!" CHECK IT OUT: http://instagr.am/p/KAMehDjvK3/
Blake Shelton will debut his new single, "Over," on tonight's (Monday, April 30th) episode of The Voice. Tonight also marks the beginning of the semifinals for the hit NBC show, which will feature solo performances from the remaining eight contestants and one group performance by Team Blake and Team Christina, as well as one by Teams Adam and Cee Lo together. The Voice airs at 8 p.m. ET.
LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary by renewing their wedding vows on Friday (April 27th). LeAnn tweeted, "Renewed our vows today . . . it's incredible to thank each other for the past year as husband and wife. Here's to another great year!" LeAnn and Eddie's official anniversary is April 22nd.
Keith Urban has been spending a little time Down Under to film episodes of Australia's version of The Voice. He tells us that while the travel is extensive, working on the show itself is not quite as time-consuming as everyone thinks.
"The filming time of The Voice is quite short. The blind auditions were like 12 days, not even the whole shooting time. The whole shooting time was four days, but the preparation and all that other stuff (takes more time). We were down there for 12 days and then we flew back. And when we looked at the schedule, we went 'Well, we'll go down for two weeks, and then we'll come back to Nashville for two weeks. And then we'll go back down for another two weeks.' And then we suddenly went, 'Well, this is crazy. We're never going to make it all the way to Nashville with our kids and then all the way back down to Sydney with our kids.' So, we thought, 'Well,what should we do? Should we just stay down there? Or what should we do?' And we've got a place in L.A. that we occasionally go to, and we just decided we'll go back to there, 'cause that's one flight - Sydney-L.A. direct. So we sort of based ourselves there, but I was in writing mode, so I just basically flew people from Nashville out to write with me. (laughs) So I was able to keep working."
There is no word yet on when Keith's new album will be released.
In the meantime, he is quickly climbing the country charts with "For You," which appears on the soundtrack for the film, Act of Valor.
Keith was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry earlier this month.
Lady Antebellum will open for music icon Bruce Springsteen on July 14th for a sold-out concert at Hyde Park. The event is part of this year's Hard Rock Calling festival in London, UK.
Getting to perform on the same bill with Bruce is definitely a dream come true for the trio, as Hillary Scottand Charles Kelley tell us: "(Hillary) It's on our bucket list! (Charles) Yes! So, so huge. I mean, Bruce is, I've seen him several times. Every time he comes to Nashville, I see him, and he's one of my biggest influences. We actually covered, 'I'm on Fire,' I think, a couple of years ago on our tour, for every show, about 50 shows in a row. I don't think we'll pull out that cover that night, but it's a huge honor. Big influence, (and) one of the best songwriters of all time."
Lady A is taking their Own The Night 2012 World tour overseas beginning with a two-night stand in Dublin on June 10th and 11th.
The Own The Night album is quickly approaching double platinum for sales of more than two million copies.
The Band Perry made the most of a recent tour stop in their birth state of Mississippi. Their busy schedule included a record-breaking performance, a special stop at Kessler Air Force Base, a meeting with the Governor, and some quality time with their grandparents.
Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry spent the afternoon of April 21st with service men, women and their families at Keesler Air Force Base before heading over to perform at the 20th Annual Mississippi Coast Coliseum Crawfish Music Festival in Biloxi. According to officials at the Coliseum, The Band Perry's performance sold more tickets in advance than any other single act to ever play the festival.
On April 22nd, the sibling trio took a rare day off to visit with relatives and enjoy some of their grandmother's home cooking in preparation for a big day at the state capital in Jackson, Mississippi. Governor Phil Bryant and The First Lady of Mississippi greeted The Band Perry at a private brunch held for the band at the Governor's Mansion on April 23rd. Later that afternoon, the trio was presented with a resolution in the Mississippi State Senate Chamber commemorating their career success and accomplishments. The resolution was introduced by Senator Michael Watson and was passed by both the House and the Senate.
The Band Perry were recently nominated for Group Video of the Year at the CMT Music Awards on June 6th in Nashville.
The Band Perry just spent a few days in New Orleans where the shot the video for their latest single, "Postcard From Paris."
On May 18th, they will resume opening for Brad Paisley's Virtual Reality World tour in Maryland Heights, Missouri.
Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Kix Brooks, Sara Evans, Brantley Gilbert, Thompson Square, Uncle Kracker, Dwight Yoakam, Tracy Lawrence, Jon Pardi, Thomas Rhett, and Steve Holy are a few of the acts slated to play the inaugural Watershed Music Festival at The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. The three-day event will run from August 3-5.
Three-day festival passes start at only $90 and go on sale on May 5th at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.
More artists are set to be announced in the coming weeks.
The Watershed Music Festival will feature a limited capacity of 25,000 and will offer lawn terrace seating and premiere camping options.
Q. Who was the first female to win back-to-back ACM Entertainer of the Year awards? A. Carrie Underwood (2009/2010)
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ORIGINS: RODNEY ATKINS/GAC 9:00PM (ET)
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FOX RENEWS 'FRINGE' FOR FIFTH AND FINAL SEASON: Fox president Kevin Reilly said in a statement, "Fringe is a remarkably creative series that has set the bar as one of television's most imaginative dramas. Bringing it back for a final 13 allows us to provide the climactic conclusion that its passionate and loyal fans deserve." 'FIFTY SHADES OF GREY' DETHRONES HUNGER GAMES AS BESTSELLER: The erotic series has three out of the six top spots on the USA Today Bestseller list, with the other three slots taken up by the "Hunger Games" series. "Fifty Shades of Grey" is currently #1 with "Catching Fire" taking the second spot.
KRISTEN STEWART LANDS ROLE IN UPCOMING ACTION FLICK: The 22-year-old has reportedly been cast in an action flick called Cali. According to Variety, Kristen will play Mya -- a con artist who has "penchant for bad choices and dangerous behavior." Producer Craig J. Flores said that her role in Cali will be "edgy and sexy."
'MAKE IT OR BREAK IT' CANCELLED: The ABC Family drama about gymnasts has been cancelled. The show is in its third season, but the eighth episode will be its last.
24TH JAMES BOND FILM ANNOUNCED FOR 2014: The studio announced at CinemaCon that 007 will return for a 24th film in 2014. The 23rd film, Skyfall, is still set for an October 2012 release.
LINDSAY LOHAN MISSED FLIGHT TO D.C. AFTER PARTYING ALL NIGHT: On Friday (April 27th),Lindsay Lohan reportedly missed her flight to Washington D.C. after a long night of partying. The 25-year-old, who was headed to the capital for the White House Correspondents' Dinner, ended up on a later flight.
PRINCE WILLIAM AND KATE MIDDLETON HAVE 'LOW-KEY' ANNIVERSARY: The royals celebrated their first wedding anniversary yesterday, April 29th. A source told E! News that Will and Kateattended a friend's wedding on Saturday (April 28th), then headed to Anglesey on Sunday to have a "low-key night in their cottage."
SNOOKI: 'I DIDN'T DISS JESSICA SIMPSON!': Contrary to reports claiming the five-months pregnantJersey Shore star dissed Jessica Simpson by saying, "I would die if I were her size," Snooki posted on Twitter, "I NEVER dissed Jessica Simpson you weird tabloids, get over it with your 'pregnant war' articles. I love the girl and her hot a** bump."
FORMER 'BIGGEST LOSER' CONTESTANTS MARRY: According to People, Former Biggest Loser contestants Sam Poueu and Stephanie Anderson, who met on the show in 2009, got married in a private ceremony in San Francisco, California on Saturday (April 28th).
OCTOMOM SAYS NUEVEMOM IS A FRAUD: Nadya Suleman tells TMZ that the Mexico City woman claiming she's pregnant with nine babies is "a fraud." She said that the woman "shouldn't be making jokes about raising a large family... She disgusts me." Meanwhile, according to Reuters, doctors examined the woman -- Karla Perez -- and confirmed that she isn't even pregnant.
FREDDIE PRINZE JR. & SARAH MICHELLE GELLER EXPECTING: Sarah and Freddie are expecting their second child together. A source told Us Magazine, "She and Freddie are thrilled. They're amazing parents."
KATIE PRICE TO MARRY AGAIN: British tabloid sensation Katie Price is set to marry for the third time. She's engaged to Argentinean model Leandro Penna. Her rep said, "Leandro proposed to Katie while they were away skiing recently -- and she said yes... No wedding arrangements have been made and they are both quite relaxed about that for the time being."
The comedyThink Like a Manwas the Number One movie for the second weekend in a row while the superhero filmThe Avengersopened big overseas, taking in $178.4 million in 39 countries ahead of its opening in the U.S. next weekend.
The next four films at the box office, including newcomers The Pirates! Band of Misfits and The Five-Year Engagement, were all so close that their positions could change once the final numbers are released today. But according to the studio estimates out yesterday, the animated family comedy The Pirates! Band of Misfits opened at Number Two, followed by The Lucky One, The Hunger Games, and the romantic comedy The Five-Year Engagement, debuting in fifth place.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits, about a pirate captain and his crew trying to best their rivals in a quest to win the title of Pirate of the Year, features the voices of Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson, Martin Freeman,David Tennant, Jeremy Piven and Imelda Staunton. The Five-Year Engagement stars Jason Segeland Emily Blunt as a engaged couple who face ups and downs and repeated interruptions on their way to the altar. Co-starring are Alison Brie, Chris Pratt and Rhys Ifans.
Opening in sixth place was the action thriller Safe, starring Jason Statham as a cage fighter who takes on a mission to rescue a kidnapped girl from the Russian Mafia. Catherine Chan, Chris Sarandon andRobert John Burke co-star. Debuting at Number Eight was The Raven, starring John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe, who joins forces with a detective after a killer begins committing murders inspired by Poe's writing.
On Friday's (April 27th)Tonight Show,Mel Gibson addressed the tapes that caught the actor going on a profanity-filled tirade against screenwriterJoe Eszterhas. Gibson joked a lot during the interview, tellingJ ay Lenothat he never expected to be taped in his own home. He said, "When did it come to the place where you can't blow off steam in your own home?"
Mel added, "The guy writes a nine-page letter...if he put half as much time and effort and creativity and imagination into a screenplay, which he was supposed to write, as he did into that letter...we wouldn't be having this conversation."
When Jay asked Mel to talk about his reaction to Eszterhas not having a script for him after 14 to 16 months, Mel quipped, "Maybe you don't know this about me, but I've got a little bit of a temper."
JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT REGRETS REVEALING ADAM LEVINE CRUSH
The Client List starJennifer Love Hewitt said she has learned her lesson and will be keeping her crushes to herself from now on. Following her admission toEllen DeGeneres that she had a crush onMaroon 5 singerAdam Levine, the actress said she wishes she had kept her feelings to herself.
She tweeted, "The moment when you make a comment about something or someone and the world makes you feel like a total fool. keepcrushesquiet." Jennifer added, Thank you to [Adam Levine] for being so gracious on Ellen about my crush heard round the world. I've learned a lesson. Sssh."
Adam tried to be nice about the admitted crush, telling Ellen, "It was really sweet and flattering... Beautiful life, you know, beautiful woman says nice things about you."
BRAD PITT AND ANGELINA JOLIE'S WEDDING SET FOR AUGUST?
HaveBrad Pitt andAngelina Jolie set a date for the wedding? U.K. tabloid,The Daily Star Sunday, claims the couple has settled on August 11th, which also happens to be the date of Brad's parents' 50th wedding anniversary.
The report claims that Brad and Angelina will host a huge family party at their house in France to celebrate their wedding and Brad's parents' golden anniversary. A source said, "They thought their kids would love the idea of seeing mom and dad get hitched followed by a big bash for them as well as 'Meemaw and Grandpa' as they call Brad's folks."
The source added, "[Angelina] came up with the idea of making it a real family celebration by merging Bill and Jane's special day with theirs. Brad's family mean a lot to Angelina, especially since she lost her own mum Marcheline to ovarian cancer more than five years ago and spent years refusing to talk to her father."
Last Tuesday (April 24th), when a teenager flipped his car near the home ofGrey's AnatomystarPatrick Dempsey, the actor came to his rescue and used a crowbar to pry the car door open and pull the boy to safety. According toABC News, Weston Masset said, "I was scared for my life, I was upside down."
Dempsey, who plays Dr. Derek Shepherd on Grey's, not only called paramedics, but also reached out to the boy's mother Mary Beth. She said, "He had a certain authority in his voice. I asked if he was a paramedic and he said no, 'this is Patrick Dempsey.' I'm just super grateful. I can't wait to thank him personally."
The teen admitted that when Dempsey pulled him from the car, he asked the actor, "Are you famous?" to which the actor replied, "Yeah I'm a doctor."
U.S. WON'T SAY WHETHER SHELTERING ESCAPED CHINESE DISSIDENT: The Obama administration won't say whether the U.S. is sheltering an escaped Chinese dissident at the U.S. embassy in Beijing, as has been reported. Chen Guangcheng, who has exposed forced abortions and sterilizations in villages as a result of China's one-child policy, escaped house arrest a week ago in eastern China. Chinese-based activists say he was driven away by supporters and then handed over to others who brought him to Beijing. In an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Obama's counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, did say, "I think in all instances the president tries to balance our commitment to human rights, making sure that the people throughout the world have the ability to express themselves freely and openly, but also that we can continue to carry out our relationships with key countries overseas." Chen's escape comes ahead of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury SecretaryTimothy Geithner heading to China this week for strategic and economic talks. SEVEN KILLED AS SUV PLUNGES OFF OVERPASS ONTO BRONX ZOO GROUNDS: Three generations of one Bronx family died yesterday afternoon (April 29th) when their SUV plunged nearly 60 feet off a highway overpass and into a ravine on the grounds of the Bronx Zoo, killing all seven people on board, including three children. Authorities are trying to determine what caused the accident that killed a couple in their 80s, their 45- and 39-year-old daughters, and three grandchildren. The older of the daughters was driving. The SUV was traveling south on the Bronx River Parkway when it bounced off the median, crossed three lanes and hit the curb, causing it to go airborne, continue over the guardrail and plunge to the ground. The vehicle landed in a wooded area on the edge of zoo property that's closed to the public and far from any animal exhibits. TODAY'S FYI: SECRET SERVICE TO GET CHAPERONES: In the wake of the Secret Service prostitution scandal in Colombia, the agency will now assign chaperones on some trips to enforce new rules of conduct. Those rules ban excessive drinking, entertaining foreigners in hotel rooms and going to disreputable establishments, even when traveling personnel are off-duty. The new policies issued Friday (April 27th) raised questions about the claims that the scandal in Cartagena was an isolated incident, with some wondering why the Secret Service would issue the new regulations for thousands of employees for a one-time problem. MISSILES MAY BE PUT ON LONDON APARTMENT ROOFTOPS FOR OLYMPICS: The British military confirmed Sunday (April 29th) that surface-to-air missiles could be stationed on the rooftops of an east London apartment block for the Olympics. Some 700 people who live in the building that about two miles from Olympic Stadium were alerted in a leaflet that the weapons and about 10 troops are likely to be based at the site for around two months, but that there is no danger to those living in the building. They were also told the missile system would only be used in response to a, quote, "confirmed and extreme security threat." Tests will be conducted at the building, which is a gated apartment complex, to determine if the missiles will in fact be stationed there. SOYUZ CAPSULE RETURNS THREE FROM SPACE STATION: A Russian Soyuz space capsule carrying two Russians and one American touched down safely in Kazakhstan Friday (April 27th), ending the men's 163-day stay on the International Space Station. Since the 30-year U.S. space shuttle program ended last year, the Soyuz has been the only way to get crews to and from the orbiting outpost. The crew of three still remaining at the space station will now ready for the arrival of the first commercial cargo shipment in early May. The Space Exploration Technologies Corp. is set to launch its Dragon capsule next Monday (May 7th) from Cape Canaveral, the first time a private company will launch space station supplies. Then in mid-May, two Russians and an American will blast off for the space station to return it to its standard six-person crew. DUTCH JUDGE UPHOLDS BAN ON FOREIGNS BUYING MARIJUANA: A judge in the Netherlands on Friday (April 27th) upheld a plan by the conservative government to ban non-Dutch visitors from buying marijuana by introducing a pass available only to residents. The mayor of Amsterdam, which is world-famous for its "coffee shops" where pot is legally sold, is trying to work out a compromise with the national government, while a lawyer for the coffee shops' owners is planning to appeal the ruling. The government says the move is intended to crack down on drug tourists, who come over the border from Belgium and Germany to buy large quantities of marijuana and then take it home and sell it, and return the pot shops to the small local stores for local people that they were originally intended to be. THEORY FOR WHY SO FEW ARE LET-HANDED: New research for Northwestern University has come up with a theory for why so few people are left-handed, about 10 percent, and why that's remained constant for thousands of years. The idea is that the low percentage of left-handedness is a result of the balance between cooperation and competitiveness in human evolution. Humans had an evolutionary need to cooperate, such as sharing tools or hunting in groups, and if most people use the same hand, it makes cooperation either. However, we're not totally cooperative, and the competitiveness in us accounts for there being lefties, since physical competition favors the unusual, so being left-handed confers and advantage. Researchers noted that in sports like boxing, fencing and ping-pong, lefties are overrepresented, up around 20 percent, while in sports where handedness isn't a factor, like golf, the percentage of lefties is low. SPORTS: CLIPPERS TOP GRIZZLIES 99-98 WITH RECORD-TYING COMEBACK: The Los Angeles Clippers stunned the Memphis Grizzlies 99-98 last night (April 29th), coming back from being down as much as 27 points in the opening game of their first-round playoff series. The Clippers tied the NBA playoff record for largest deficit overcome at the end of three quarters, when they trailed by 21. BYNUM GETS PLAYOFF TRIPLE-DOUBLE AS LAKERS TOP NUGGETS 103-88: Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum had an NBA record-tying 10 blocked shots as part of his first career triple-double yesterday (April 29th) as L.A. topped the Denver Nuggets 103-88 in the opening game of their first-round playoff series. Bynum's triple-double, achieved by adding 10 points and 13 rebounds to his blocked shots, was the first for the Lakers in the playoffs in 21 years. NHL PLAYOFFS:
The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-3 in overtime yesterday (April 29th) to take a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The Phoenix Coyotes downed the Nashville Predators 5-3 Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)
GOSSIP GIRL - Nate, Chuck, Serena, Blair and Lola investigate what they think is an explosive secret involving Jack and Diana.
HART OF DIXIE - Wade must swallow his pride when he asks Zoe to be his partner in a competition; Rose lands a date.
BETHENNY EVER AFTER - A long vacation and a second horrible trip on a boat forces Bethenny and Jason to has things out and confront some fears.
BASKETBALL WIVES - Evelyn and Chad discuss their upcoming wedding; Royce and her father disagree.
LA LA'S FULL COURT LIFE - La La wants to prove to Hollywood Hino his views on women are incorrect.
DAY TIME TALK SHOW
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Diane Keaton, Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd THE VIEW - Lady Colin Campbell, Dr. Adam Ostrzenski, B.o.B.
LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS
THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Don Rickles, Carrie Underwood THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Steve Martin, Rashida Jones, Steven Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Vanessa Williams, Jonny Lee Miller, Andrew Bird THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Jim Gaffigan, Cat Cora LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Chris Evans, Allison Williams, Tom Morello featuring Ben Harper LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Dave Giuntoli, Meg Myers, Bomba Estereo THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Zach Wahls THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Diane Keaton CONAN - (repeat)
LANDLORD OF 'HAUNTED' HOUSE SUES FORMER TENANTS: A landlord in Toms River, New Jersey is suing his former tenants for claiming the residence is haunted. Richard Lopez has filed a lawsuit against Josue Chinchilla and Michele Callan who left the home after living there with their two children for just one week. Lopez alleges that, by going to the Asbury Park Press with their story, Chinchilla and Callan have made it difficult for him to rent or sell his home. Callan originally claimed she saw a dark apparition and Chinchilla said he felt an invisible hand on his arm. Lopez wants $15,000 in damages. (UPI)
VENGEFUL DENTIST REMOVES ALL OF HER EX'S TEETH: Anna Mackowiak, a dentist in Poland, is under investigation for medical malpractice and abusing the trust of a patient after she surgically removed all of her ex-boyfriend's teeth following their breakup. Marek Olszewski reportedly made an appointment with Mackowiak, for a toothache, not long after he dumped her. Mackowiak allegedly gave him an anesthetic, removed all his teeth, then -- to cover it up -- she wrapped his head in bandages. She told reporters, "I tried to be professional and detach myself from my emotions. But when I saw him lying there I just thought, 'What a b**tard'."Olszewski said he couldn't feel his teeth when he woke up but was told by his ex that it was due to the anesthetic. He explained, "I didn't have any reason to doubt her. I mean, I thought she was a professional. But when I got home I looked in the mirror and I couldn't f**king believe it. The b*tch had emptied my mouth." Mackowiak could get up to three years in jail. (Digital Spy)
MAN SUES BMW AFTER MOTORCYLE GIVES HIM ERECTION THAT WON'T GO AWAY: A California man claims that his BMW motorcycle, along with a dealer installed custom seat, are responsible for his long-lasting erection. The complaint reads, "Plaintiff was riding his 1993 BMW motorcycle equipped with a Corbin-Pacific seat. The ride lasted approximately two hours each way to plaintiff's destination, after which plaintiff developed a severe case of priapism (a persistent, lasting erection). Plaintiff alleges that this condition was caused by the ridge-like seat on his motorcycle, negligently designed, manufactured and/or installed by defendants." The man also claims that he has continued to experience problems and that he is unable to engage in sexual activity. He is seeking damages for lost wages, personal injury, medical expenses, product liability and negligent infliction of emotional distress. (Jalopnik)
MAN TELLS POLICE HE WAS SPEEDING TO 'GO HAVE SEX': Chicago police said that a man going 110 miles per hour in a 45 zone told them he was speeding to "go have sex." The 21-year-old man, Zachary P. Ramirez told police he was "trying to go have sex with a girl he liked." Ramirez was taken into custody for traffic violations and possession of a small amount of marijuana. (MSNBC)
HOW TO HANDLE CHECKS WITH FRIENDS(Shine.Yahoo.com)
When eating out regularly with a group of pals, the default is to split the bill evenly. Over time any minor differences should come out in the proverbial wash. (But avoid friends who are gluttons or drunks - for all kinds of reasons.)
Choose a restaurant that's within everyone's reach , which services like Open Table make one-click easy. (Just filter for the number of dollar signs that match your price range.) There's no reason to further pinch those who earn less or are unemployed and remember this: five-star friends are more important than a five-star dining experience.
Don't order the most expensive entrée on the menu, like the obscene $1,000 omelet at Norma's in New York, stuffed with lobster and caviar, and then expect your pals who had the steel-cut oatmeal to subsidize you. If you don't take my advice, then you must overcompensate for your voracity - and by that I mean insist on paying more than the others.
Pay attention to what your friends are eating and drinking. Did one of them only have a cup of gazpacho and a glass of house red while the rest of you ordered the four-course prix fixe with wine pairings? If so, the right thing to do is to speak up and suggest that they pay the cost of their meal (plus tax and tip) while the rest of you divide up the remainder of the bill.
If you're consistently on the short end of the stick (for example, if you're the tee-totaller among heavy drinkers), don't shy away from saying something like, "I'm more comfortable covering what I ordered," than paying twice your share.
DETROIT TIGERS HAVE MOST EXPENSIVE BALLPARK BEER: According to a study done by TheStreet.com, the Detroit Tigers' Comerica Park has the most expensive small draft beer. One small draft at the park will cost patrons $8.75, while the League's average price for any size beer is $6.61. (UPI)
THE 10 MOST WORTHLESS MAJORS (Newser)
Fine arts (12.6% unemployment among recent grads; recent grads earn an average $30,000)
Drama and theater arts (7.8%, $26,000)
Film, video, and photographic arts (12.9%, $30,000)
Commercial art, graphic design (11.8%, $32,000)
Architecture (13.9%, $36,000)
Philosophy, religious studies (10.8%, $30,000)
English literature and language (9.2%, $32,000)
Journalism (7.7%, $32,000)
Anthropology, archeology (10.5%, $28,000)
Hospitality management (9.1%, $32,000)
DRINKING WATER MAKES YOU PERFORM BETTER: A study presented at the British Psychological Society's annual conference found that students who drank water during tests performed 10 percent better than those students who didn't. Researchers say the results can apply to situations outside of school, like job interviews and meetings. (MensHealth.com)
CHILDREN WHO GET QUALITY CHILD CARE DO BETTER IN SCHOOL: A new University of Texas study showed that children who got high quality care before they headed to school were more prepared to start school and even had mothers who were more involved with their schooling. The researchers used surveys, observations and physical exmas to analyze children from birth to age 4 1/2. Robert Crosnoe, who led the study, said, "Mothers tended to be more school-involved when their children had longer histories of high-quality care since birth. High quality care is important on many levels. And this is true for people who need care for practical reasons, like parents who work and, for example, parents who want to expose their children to peers or who are seeking enriching preschool environments for their kids." (UPI)
What percentage of American workers get 6 hours of sleep or less per night?
That's 40.6 million U.S. adults who are getting 6 hours of sleep or less per night. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7 to 9 hours a night. Most at risk of sleep-deprivation: night shift workers, especially in the transportation, warehousing and health care industries. Divorced, separated or widowed people and those with more than one job are also more likely to be short-sleepers. The dangers? Drowsy driving contributes to 20% of car crashes, and chronic sleeplessness increases the risk for obesity, heart disease, diabetes and depression. (Source: Time.com)
Obama, Kimmel Deliver Jokes at Annual White House Correspondents' Dinner
President Obamaand late night host and comedianJimmy Kimmeldelivered jokes Saturday night (April 28th) at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington. Obama made a few jabs at his assumed re-election opponent, presumptive Republican nomineeMitt Romney:
"It's great to be here this evening in the vast, magnificent Hilton ballroom -- or what Mitt Romney would call a little fixer-upper."
"We both have degrees from Harvard. I have one, he has two. What a snob." (That was also a jab at former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who'd called Obama a snob for encouraging young people to to to college.)
Obama introduced a fake political attack ad against himself that plays off the story of Romney strapping the family dog in a crate to the top of the car during a family trip in 1983. The ad defended the freedom of a dog to feel the wind in his fur, and showed Obama's dog, Bo, looking miserable at having to ride in government cars as pat of, quote, "European-style dog socialism." A final image showed Romney on the stairs of Air Force One with a dog crate on top.
Among other quips, Obama also joked about: the recent Secret Service prostitution scandal, saying, "I have to get the Secret Service home in time for their new curfew"; a recent diplomatic trip to Colombia in which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was photographed drinking a beer and dancing, saying, "She can't stop drunk texting me from Cartagena"; and got in a two-fer that included the recent talk about him writing in his book that when he a child, his Indonesian stepfather had given him dog meat to try andSarah Palin, saying, "What's the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? A pit bill is delicious."
"Even Sarah Palin's getting back into the game, guest hosting on the Today show. Which reminds me of an old saying, What's the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? A pit bull is delicious."
"I'm not gonna attack any of the Republican candidates. Take Mitt Romney. He and I actually have a lot in common. We both think of our wives as our better halves, and polls show to an alarmingly insulting extent, the American people agree. We also both have degrees from Harvard. I have, he has two. What a snob."
"Recently his campaign criticized me for slow-jamming the news with Jimmy Fallon. In fact, I understand Governor Romney was so incensed he asked his staff if he could get some equal time on The Merv Griffin Show.
When it was his turn, Kimmel launched verbal jabs at several targets, including the president:
"You remember when the country rallied around you in hopes of a better tomorrow? That was hilarious."
"There's a term for guys like President Obama. Probably not two terms."
Riffing off the Obama dog meat flap, "When you got to a dog park, is this the same as when we look at a tank full of lobsters?"
"I want to thank the Washington Hilton for hosting us tonight. You know, President Obama wanted to move the dinner to the Kennedy Center this year, but the Republicans wanted to keep it here at the Hilton, so they compromised, and here we are at the Hilton."
"But it's an honor to be here, you know if you told me when I was a kid that I would be sitting on the same dais with President Barack Obama, I would have said, 'The president's name is Barack Obama?'" (Laughter) "Mr. President, you remember when the country rallied around you in hopes of a better tomorrow? That was hilarious." (Laughter) "That was your best one yet."
Is 'Game of Thrones' Overdoing the Nudity?
HBO's medieval drama Game of Thrones, based on George R.R. Martin's fantasy series of books, is a hit that's already in its second season. But along with praise, it's also drawn some notice and criticism for the frequent female nudity in the show. Washington Post columnist Anna Holmes is among the critics, writing last week of the nudity, "Frequent and often outlandish, the show's eroticism often overshadows or distracts from the actual story." She noted that Saturday Night Live has taken notice, running a fake promo in an episode earlier this month that joked that Game of Thrones' success is partly attributable to a 13-year-old boy who's a creative consultant. Holmes also pointed out that it's almost entirely the women taking off their clothes, saying a male character has only gotten naked once. Calling it all, quote, "wearying and numbing," Holmes wrote, "It's a constant reminder and reinforcement of the fact that pop-culture creators make content mainly for heterosexual men and then, maybe, for everyone else."
Tickets for Lady Antebellum's Rebuilding Henryville Charity Ball are on sale today (Friday, April 27th) at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. The benefit show will take place on May 16th in Louisville, Kentucky, and all ticket sale proceeds will go to the Tornado Relief Efforts in Henryville, Indiana. The show first began as a contest between high schools to have Lady A perform at their Prom. After receiving videos from neighboring high schools, Henryville High was chosen as the winner and the idea for an even bigger event was born.
The band is happy to be able to give Henryville a helping hand, as Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott tell us: "(Charles) Man, we're just so excited to be able to, to be playing for the community there in Henryville, and our thoughts go out to them. And we kinda just wanted to do something to bring a little joy and excitement to the community. (Hillary) Yeah, it'll be really cool to see hopefully a lot of smiling faces, and anything we can do to try to help them forget - for even just for a few minutes - all of the things that they've been through over the past few weeks and just give them joy and put smiles on their faces. That'll be absolutely the coolest feeling in the world."
The trio has been off the road for a couple of weeks. They'll return to their Own The Night 2012 World tour with a two-night stand in New York City on May 3rd and 4th.
Lady A are currently "dancing" their way to the top of the country charts with their latest single, "Dancin' Away With My Heart."
Dave Haywood got married during the trio's break from the road. He and Kelly Cashiola said their "I dos" on April 14th on a farm located outside of Nashville.
Miranda Lambert and Ashton Kutcher will reunite for the first time since the ACM Awardsand their post-show Twitter feud at the 24th annual Kentucky Derby gala the night before the big race. The charity event, which benefits the Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Center at the University of Kentucky, will also draw the likes of The Band Perry, Jason Aldean, Montgomery Gentry's Eddie Montgomery, Lee Ann Womack, Wynonna Judd, Travis Tritt, Kid Rock, Boyz II Men, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, Joey Fatone, Mary Wilson of the Supremesand Taylor Dayne. The Barnstable Brown Gala will be held on May 4th in Louisville, Kentucky.
You may recall that Ashton presented Miranda with her Female Vocalist of the Year award, after which she tweeted, "Was Ashton Kutcher making fun of country or is it just me? Watching it back now and I'm kinda wondering?" Miranda was referring to Ashton's old-school traditional country getup, and his attempt to sing a few lines of George Strait's "I Cross My Heart."
Ashton quickly tweeted back, "I Am One Of The biggest country Music fans you've ever met. Wasn't making fun at all."
Miranda Lambert is among this year's World's Most Beautiful Women in the special issue ofPeople magazine. She said, "I'm representing normal girls. It's OK to have a little bit of curve. I'm happy with my body. So many girls come up to me and say, 'Thank you, for being normal.' I'm proud of that." Beyonce is featured on the magazine's cover as the Number One World's Most Beautiful Woman. Other beauties featured inside the magazine include Charlize Theron, Sofia Vergara, Christina Hendricks and Michelle Williams. The World's Most Beautiful Women issue ofPeople hits newsstands today (Friday, April 27th). The Band Perry are in New Orleans, Louisiana this week shooting the video for their latest single, "Postcard From Paris." Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry tweeted a couple of pictures of themselves, one at the city's famous French market and coffee stand Cafe Du Monde, which will appear in the video, and another of them riding bicycles in the street. There is no word yet on when the video will be released. "Postcard From Paris" is the debut single from The Band Perry's upcoming sophomore album. CHECK IT OUT: http://tinyurl.com/6o7vpds, http://tinyurl.com/7vujr
Love and Theft members Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson will be featured on Sunday's (April 29th) episode of the ABC comedy-drama, GCB. The duo performs their new single, "Angel Eyes," during a scene in the show, which stars Kristin Chenoweth, Leslie Bibb, Annie Potts, Miriam Shor, Jennifer Aspen and Marisol Nichols.
Eric tells us how this special guest appearance came about: "We got a call just saying they wanted to use our song 'Angel Eyes' for like one of the main scenes in, I guess, the ninth episode of the season, so we went out there and we actually got to perform the song on the show. It was great! I guess it was the religious barbecue invitational or something, it's where they go do this big barbecue cook-off thing and I guess we're the entertainment for the show so we got to hang out for two days and shoot different scenes and stuff. It was like our first acting performance-type thing, so it was really cool."
Stephen says that getting to experience life as an actor makes him appreciate being a musician. "We're gonna have some face time on the episode. It was pretty fun! It was cool being there for two days and seeing that side of it that made me really like really grateful that we're doing music. It made me realize why a lot of these actors want to be musicians (laughs), because it's like hurry up and wait, and they have no personal time cause they literally just have to be there all day for like a 30-second shot. For me, I was like, 'Thank you Lord I'm doing music (laughs).'"] GCB airs on ABC on Sunday at 10 p.m. ET.
"Angel Eyes" is the debut single from Love and Theft's upcoming self-titled album, which will be released on July 24th.
Love and Theft is up for a CMT Music Award for Duo Video of the Year for "Angel Eyes." The CMT Music Awards will air live from Nashville on CMT and cmt.com on June 6th.
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George Jones has postponed more shows as he recuperates from an upper respiratory infection and has been doctor-ordered to rest at his Franklin, Tennessee home. According to his spokesperson, George has improved, but doctors are requiring the cancellation of all tour dates through May 20th, including his entire Canadian run.
The following dates have been canceled:
April 28 Caruthersville, Mo, Lady Luck Casino
May 11 Pembroke, Ont., Pembroke Memorial Centre
May 12 Rama, Ont., Casino Rama
May 13 Kahnawake, QC, Kahnawake Sports Complex
May 15 Halifax, NS Halifax Forum
May 16 Woodstock, NB, Carlton Civic Centre
May 18 Bouctouche, NB, Civic Centre
May 19 New Glasgow, NS, New Glasgow Stadium
May 20 Yarmouth, NS, Mariner Centre
George was hospitalized last month for nearly a week for treatment of the infection.
Lee Ann Womack is using her voice to support the fight against breast cancer. She will head into the studio with noted roots producer Phil Madeira today (Friday, April 27th) to record a rendition of The Wings' "Let 'Em In" for a roots compilation project. "Let'Em In" also featuresBruce Cockburn, Ollabelle, Teddy Thompson, Steve Earle and Allison Moorer, Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale among others.
Lee Ann said, "Anybody who knows me knows I know almost nothing about pop music! I just grew up on country, and that's what we listened to . . . and I've always been like 'Led Zep-who? But I've gone through long periods of time when I've sung 'Let'Em In' in my live shows, because I just think the song is so good. I love what it says about bringing people together, to let people in -- and the musicality of it, it's just fun to sing. So when Phil asked my husband if I'd like to be a part of this, I was delighted! I already knew -- and loved -- the song!"
The Women And Cancer Fund was founded in the memory of Linda McCartney years ago. "Let Us In" is a part of the charity utilizing the music of Sir Paul McCartney.
In addition to "Let 'Em In," Lee Ann has taken part in Rodney Crowell and award-winning memoiristMary Karr's collaborative project, Kin, singing the picture of an emotional hurricane in progress called "Mama's On A Roll."
Lee Ann is also at work on her new album. There is no word yet on when the project will be ready for release.
Lee Ann's last album, Call Me Crazy, was released in 2008.
Q. How did Conway Twitty come up with his stage name?
A. Conway is a city in Arkansas, while Twitty is the name of a Texas town.
LANE GARRISON FACING CHARGES FOR ALTERCATION: Lane Garrisonhas been charged with misdemeanor domestic violence. TMZ reported that the District Attorney decided to go forward with charges based on a surveillance video that appears to show Lane slapping his ex-girlfriend Ashley Mattingly. Garrison's rep has said that the actor wasn't slapping her in the footage -- yet merely reaching for his cell phone. Garrison is being held without bail because he's on a parole hold. Garrison was convicted of vehicular manslaughter back in 2007 and was just shy of completing parole when the incident occurred.
PAULY D GETS MORE BUFF: Pauly D is putting the emphasis on the G in GTL. The Jersey Shore star stepped out with an even more muscular physique recently, which insiders say is the result of intense workouts. A source told Us Weekly, "He's gained 20 pounds of muscle. He is [exercising] nonstop . . .three times a day sometimes." Check him out: http://bit.ly/JJj4un
JENNIFER ANISTON 'HATES' HEARING ABOUT BRANGELINA:Us Weekly claims to have the inside scoop on Jennifer Aniston's reaction to the Brad-Angelina engagement news. A source told the magazine, "She hates it being brought up because she doesn't really care. She feels Angelina can have him. She just wants to move on." The insider said that Jen is enjoying her current relationship with Justin Theroux, saying, "Jen's totally happy with Justin. That's all in the past."
HULK HOGAN RESPONDS TO NUDE PHOTOS: Hulk Hogan wants naked pictures of himself taken off the internet. After black and photos -- rumored to be taken from a sex tape -- surfaced on TheDirty.com,Hulk's lawyers issued a cease and desist letter demanding they be taken down. The lawyer wrote, "As you know, should a sex tape or photographs of Mr. Bollea exist, they were taken without his consent and therefore the same would constitute a felony in the State of Florida."