If you've seen Tim McGraw lately then you know he is in great shape, probably the best shape of his life. Tim tells us that he stepped things up and eliminated some bad habits for the sake of future generations. "I was an athlete growing up so I've always sort of been a gym rat a little bit. There's been times in my life and in my career where I let it slide a little bit (laughs). But I just like being healthy, you know. I quit drinking four years ago because I wanted to be healthy and because I wanted to be around for my grandkids. And I think more than anything I want to see my kids grow up and I want to meet my grandkids and hopefully my great grandkids. So you know, I just try to be healthy."Tim is climbing the charts with his new single, "Truck Yeah."
He heads back to his homestate of Louisiana for a Brothers of the Sun tourstop in New Orleans on Friday (August 3rd).
The video for Miranda Lambert's new single, "Fastest Girl In Town," is now available to watch at VEVO.com, CMT and Great American Country. The clip features Miranda and her partner in crime, NASCAR star Danica Patrick, playing pool, flirting with men and stealing cars. The two ladies met for the first time on the video set last month. The clip also includes a cameo from actor W. Earl Brown, co-star of HBO's Deadwood and upcoming film The Lone Ranger withJohnnyDepp.
This is Miranda's first music video without a vocal performance and completely driven by the storyline. Miranda said, "I really get to act in the video. We have live sound and action scenes which feel more like a mini-movie than a music video."
In other Miranda news, "Baggage Claim," the first single from her Four The Record CD, has been certified gold.
Her On Fire tour continues across the country through September. CHECK IT OUT
Kenny Chesney says that his brand new Number One hit, "Come Over," is a song of longing for a former flame, but as he tells us, it's more than just a "booty call" tune. "There is this fundamental, simple just wanting each other. Being in that moment where you do feel a void, emotionally and sexually and physically. And I don't know that I've ever had a booty call song before, but this is definitely a booty call song, but it's more than a booty call. It is a very emotional and it's a . . . more of a comfortable song being with someone that you're just used to being with because you just . . . the idea of moving forward is scarier than the idea of staying in what's comfortable, and I think we all relate to that."
"Come Over" is the second single from Kenny's new Welcome to the Fishbowl album, which was released in June.
It tops the country charts this week just 11 weeks after its release.
The song has been certified as a digital gold single with downloads of more than 500,000 in just over nine weeks.
Kenny's Brothers of the Sun tour with co-headliner Tim McGraw plays in New Orleans and Houston on Friday (August 3rd) and Saturday (August 4th), respectively.
The Band Perry is one cohesive act on stage, but behind the scenes they each have their own individual roles within the sibling trio. Kimberly Perry tells us that she and her brothers, Reid and Neil Perry, each bring something different to the table and contribute in their own unique ways. "I am not visual at all. That would be Neil. (Neil) I love taking photos, and actually for this second album I'll be heavily involved in kind of the artwork of the album. And Kimberly and Reid can attest to it, I take pictures all the time. I think I annoy 'em sometimes and hopefully they won't get some contract that I have to sign every time I use a picture of theirs. (Kimberly) Yeah, approval processes have had to go into effect. (Neil) And then Reid is the business mind of the group. He's all the brains. (Reid) Really? (laughs) (Kimberly) You know he is. Well, and Reid is also with our live shows, he watches so many different show DVD's from rock 'n roll to country shows to pop music and so he's all about the live aesthetic and then also designed our Band Perry logo, which we're really, really proudof him for. And I'm not good with the visual. I just, I try to tackle the music and ... (Reid) She's the big sister, so everything that that means.(Kimberly, with Reid and Neil in unison) The bossy one."
The Band Perry's "Postcard from Paris" is a current Top 10 single.
It's the last single to be released off their self-titled debut CD. They'll soon be releasing their sophomore project. FAST FACTS
The Band Perry play a couple of fair dates this week before resuming Brad Paisley's Virtual Reality tour on August 10th in Bethel, New York.
Toby Keith is scheduled to undergo a minor medical outpatient procedure this week to have his gallbladder removed. The Boot reports that due to the operation, Toby has been forced to postpone his appearance at Fort McCoy in Sparta, Wisconsin, which was originally scheduled for Thursday (August 2nd). Toby is said to have been in "significant pain" for some time now. He will resume his Live in Overdrive tour on Friday (August 3rd) at WE Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Sugarland will be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in the Performer category on October 14th at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta. Other honorees include .38 Special and Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gary Rossington. Scotty McCreery is spending his summer in the studio recording a Christmas album. The former American Idol winner tweeted a picture of himself singing with a Santa hat on. He wrote, "Well its still 90 some degrees outside, but its Christmas in July here in the studio." Scotty's mother helped him get in the holiday spirit with a special delivery. She tweeted, "Thank you @IveyCake for the awesome holiday cupcakes you sent to the studio for @ScottyMcCreery this week!!" Scotty continues his climb up the country charts with "Water Tower Town." CHECK IT OUT: http://tinyurl.com/c28nj3e
Josh Turner will be traveling down the road for a second time with the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store exclusive music program when his new live album, Josh Turner - Live Across America, debuts on August 27th. The CD will be available exclusively at all Cracker Barrel locations and online on crackerbarrel.com, Amazon.com, and on iTunes for $11.99.
The album features live performances of Josh's biggest hits including "Long Black Train," "Why Don't We Just Dance," "Your Man," as well as his never-before-released version of Waylon Jennings' "America." The performances were recorded at 12 different live shows from Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Austin, Texas during Josh's 2012 tour, which continues through December and is sponsored exclusively by Cracker Barrel.
Josh previously collaborated with Cracker Barrel for his 2007 release, Josh Turner - Live at the Ryman.
Here is the Josh Turner - Live Across America track listing: 1) "All Over Me" - Live In Biloxi, MS (3:28) 2) "Firecracker" - Live In Lancaster, PA (3:47) 3) "Everything Is Fine" - Live In Knoxville, TN (3:52) 4) "So Not My Baby" - Live In Lake Charles, LA (3:35) 5) "Would You Go With Me" - Live In Plant City, FL (3:48) 6) "Long Black Train" - Live In Austin, TX (5:27) 7) "I Wouldn't Be A Man" - Live In Savannah, GA (3:39) 8) "Me And God" - Live In Key Largo, FL (3:17) 9) "Another Try" - Live In Atlanta, GA (3:51) 10) "Your Man" - Live in Kansas City, MO (3:38) 11) "America" - Live in Charlottesville, VA (3:33) 12) "Why Don't We Just Dance" - Live In Atlantic City, NJ (4:00) SIDE NOTES
In celebration of this release, Cracker Barrel is offering a sweepstakes with entries being accepted now through September 14th at 5 p.m. CT. One lucky fan and a guest will win an all-expense paid trip to Nashville to meet Josh and see him perform at the Grand Ole Opry. A winner will be announced on or about September 30th. See Official Rules for details at crackerbarrel.com/joshturner.
Q. In what city and state is Garth Brooks Boulevard located? A. Yukon, Oklahoma
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NOTEWORTHY AT THE OPRY/GAC 9:00PM (ET) Keith Urban, Chris Young, Thompson Square
AMANDA SEYFRIED DATING 'DEXTER' ACTOR? Amanda Seyfried is apparently dating Dexter star Desmond Harrington. The actress, 26, and Desmond, 34, were photographed walking Seyfried's dog together in Los Angeles over the weekend. Seyfried was last linked to Josh Hartnett, but they reportedly put the brakes on their romance earlier this summer.
SOPHIA BUSH DENIES TOPHER GRACE ROMANCE RUMORS: Sophia Bushhas denied rumors that she's dating actor Topher Grace. After rumors started swirling, Bush told reporters, "Topher has been one of my dearest friends for six years. We have coffee all the time and he is actually a great sounding board for me with sort of how to be prepared with all things sitcom."
ELIZBAETH BERKLEY GIVES BIRTH: Elizabeth Berkley has welcomed a son. The 40-year-old formerSaved by the Bell star gave birth to son Sky Cole on Friday (July 20) in Los Angeles. Berkley is married to designer Greg Lauren. In a statement, the couple said, "The moment we both saw him it was love at first sight. We are over the moon and grateful to start this amazing adventure together as a family."
BILL HADER WELCOMES SECOND DAUGHTER: Bill Hader and his wife Maggie welcomed a daughter named Harper on Saturday (July 28th). This is the second girl for the couple, who already have a two-year-old named Hannah.
BRET MICHAELS CALLS OFF ENGAGEMENT: Bret Michaels has called off his engagement to longtime love Kristi Gibson. The couple, who have been together off and on for 16 years, became engaged in 2010 for the finale of VH1's Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It. They have two daughters, Raine Elizabeth, 12, and Jorja Bleu, 7. A rep for Bret released a statement saying, "Although the couple have separated they remain great friends and are committed to jointly raising their two daughters."
'THE HOBBIT' EXPANDED TO THREE FILMS:The Hobbit will be a trilogy. Peter Jackson confirmed that he will spread the classic story over three films instead of just the two releases that had been scheduled. He announced the news on Facebook, writing, "We know how much of the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur will remain untold if we do not take this chance. The richness of the story of The Hobbit, as well as some of the related material in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, allows us to tell the full story of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the part he played in the sometimes dangerous, but at all times exciting, history of Middle-earth. So, without further ado and on behalf of New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Wingnut Films, and the entire cast and crew of "The Hobbit" films, I'd like to announce that two films will become three."
DENNIS QUAID STARRING ON 'VEGAS': Dennis Quaid is returning to TV. The actor will star onVegas as real-life sheriff Ralph Lamb who must battle mafia bosses on the job. He said, "A lot of exciting things are happening now on television. A lot of the best writers are working in television. Vegas seemed really authentic and a chance to play a character and let him unfold over a long period of time." Quaid has focused on films since a guest stint in the 1970s cop show Baretta.
'THE BIG C' RENEWED FOR SHORT FINAL SEASON:The Big C has been renewed for a fourth and final season. Showtime revealed that they will air four one-hour episodes to conclude the series, which stars Laura Linney as a suburban wife and mother with cancer. The third season finale was met with mixed reviews after Linney's character Cathy decided to abandon her family. The executive producer said, "We would not be happy if this is the ending. I think we owe our audience and ourselves the chance to see this through. We still have a lot more story to tell."
MELANIE GRIFFITH IN TALKS FOR 'RAISING HOPE': Melanie Griffith is in final talks to join the third season of Raising Hope. EOnline.com reported that Griffith would play Shannon Woodward's mom on this season of the Fox comedy in a multi-episode arc.
OLYMPIC MOMS SHARE SPOTLIGHT WITH GYMNAST DAUGHTERS
Not only were Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber pitted against one another on Sunday during the competition -- their parents created dueling headlines the next morning thanks to social media.
A YouTube video of Raisman's parents reacting to her uneven bars routine went viral thanks to their animated responses, while Jordyn Wieber's mom Rita comforted her daughter after her excruciating loss via Twitter.
Ali's parents seemed to exert as much effort as their daughter during the 40-second routine and seemed more exhausted that the Olympian they raised after it was over.
Rita, who could not be with her heartbroken daughter as she dealt with her dashed dreams, tweeted for the world to see, "My one wish right now would be to give my amazng daughter #jordyn_wieber a huge hug.So proud of her.She is all class!!!#Olympics"
PHOTOGRAPHER CATCHES KRISTEN STEWART AFFAIR IN ACTION
If Kristen Stewart's involvement with Rupert Sanders really was a momentary indiscretion like she claims, then the whole thing was caught on tape. US Weekly has pictures of the two driving around Los Angeles and finding private spots to make out on July 17th.
Witnesses said the two were "kissing like crazy."In some photos, Sanders and Stewart are embracing by the side of the road and in others they are huddled in a car.
One source said, "Kristen was sitting with her back up against that driver's-side window, and this guy was kissing her entire body."
Another insider noted, "He seemed more cautious. She was lost in the moment. It was clearly all she was thinking about."
ROB ASKS KRISTEN TO MOVE OUT
Although it was widely reported that the U-Haul spotted at Rob and Kristen's house contained Rob's belongings -- People magazine now says it was Kristen who is moving out.
A source told the magazine that Pattinson, who has been laying low since the affair news broke, asked Kristen to remove her things from the home they'd been sharing.
Another insider said, "The entire thing has been such a blow to Rob. Talk about having his heart ripped out. Rob just isn't going to be able to get past the cheating -- one time or not."
'REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS' STAR AND HUSBAND SPLIT
Beverly Hills is about to lose a housewife. Bravo reality star Adrienne Maloof is separating from her husband of nine years, plastic surgeon Paul Nassif.
The couple has been featured for the last two seasons on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, where they were known to bicker -- but it all appeared to be in good nature.
Maloof told RadarOnline.com, "I'm so sorry that this is happening, but my children are my life, and sometimes we need to do what's best for them. It's an unfortunate situation, but I have to have my kids' best interest at heart."
It was Nassif, not Maloof, who filed the court papers on Monday. The couple have three young sons, Gavin and twins Colin and Christian.
This isn't the first marriage to unravel on the show: cameras chronicled Camille Grammer as she and Kelsey went through their divorce, while Taylor Armstrong's husband Russell took his own life in August 2011.
SIMON COWELL: 'X FACTOR' HOST ANNOUNCEMENT COMING IN AUGUST
In the wake of the American Idol judge-switch drama, X Factor is preparing to reveal their own big changes. Simon Cowell, who fired host Steve Jones after last season, said that they will announce a new host, or hosts, for the program within the next month.He confirmed rumors that they were looking to find two people for the host position, telling reporters, "Yeah that's the plan to have a boy and a girl. And ideally we'd all like someone who maybe hasn't actually been a host before. I think there's a different role on this show going forward as we learned over the years making it. So we should make an announcement, I'm guessing, round about mid August."With so many cast changes (judges Demi Lovato and Britney Spears replaced the fired Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger), Simon Cowell admitted that job security is a thing of the past when it comes to reality competition shows. He explained, "No one has any job security really anymore, including myself. You're at the hands of the audience who watch the shows. We've always made a point on these shows of changing the shows whenever we think it's necessary. And for certain reasons, we thought, even though the girls did a great job last year, we just felt that we needed a change and we were learning as we went along last year, but I don't envisage this changing for a while."
NBC is being widely panned for their coverage of the Olympics. The criticism started rolling in with the Opening Ceremony, first because it wasn't broadcast live, and secondly because of some choice editing moves.
Viewers were upset over the Opening Ceremony coverage because NBC chose to air Ryan Seacrest's interview with Michael Phelps in place of a tribute to the 52 victims of London's 2005 terrorist attacks. NBC's defense was that they were tailoring the show to an American audience.
The network is also upsetting viewers because of the tape delay in effect. Because London is five hours ahead of east coast time in the U.S., NBC is waiting to air the popular events until primetime, long after they've been completed and the results are easily accessible online.
One person on Twitter pointed out that the coverage is even more anticlimactic because it only features events in which the U.S. wins a medal. @ttodhunter wrote, "If #NBC runs any #Olympic event, the US will win a medal."
The criticism doesn't appear to be hurting the ratings as Friday's Opening Ceremony was the most-watched kick-off in history with over 40 million viewers.
Olivia Munn has revealed that she suffers from a social anxiety disorder that affects her appearance. The actress told the New York Daily News that she suffers from trichotillomania.
Trichotillomania is an "often chronic impulse control disorder, more present in women than men, that leads sufferers to break off their hair." Munn said that hers manifests itself towards the hair on her face.
She admitted, "I don't bite my nails, but I rip out my eyelashes. "It doesn't hurt, but it's really annoying. Every time I run out of the house, I have to stop and pick up a whole set of fake eyelashes."
Munn said that the anxiety might stem from her childhood, which she spent hopping around the country with her family. She explained, "As an Air Force kid, I moved around a lot when I was younger and no one was nice to the new kid. So there is always this feeling that someone will make fun of me."
COLORADO MASSACRE SUSPECT CHARGED: James Holmesyesterday was charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder for the July 20 massacre inside a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. The charges include two counts for each of the 12 people who died in the shootings, and two counts each for the 58 people who were wounded. He also will face a separate weapons charge, and a charge related to the possession of explosives. About 60 victims and family members attended the hearing yesterday. Holmes, who is 24, did not enter a plea. Further hearings of the case are not expected until late September.
Meanwhile, the family of Ashley Moser, who lost her six-year-old daughter in the massacre, told CBS News that Ashley has suffered a miscarriage and may be partially paralyzed. She is recovering from wounds in the neck and abdomen.
GUN CONTROL VIEWS UNCHANGED: A new poll shows that the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado, had no significant impact on Americans' views on the issue of gun control. In the poll, people were asked which was more important: controlling gun ownership, or protecting the rights of American gun owners. The results, released yesterday by the Pew Research Center, found that 47 percent believe it's more important to control gun ownership, while 46 percent think it's more important to protect the rights of Americans who own guns. Those numbers are virtually unchanged from an April survey.
TITANS PLAYER DIES FROM SELF-INFLICTED GUNSHOT: O.J. Murdock, wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans, died yesterday morning of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police in Tampa, Florida said. Just 25, he was found alone in his car in front of Middleton High School, where he had been a football star and a nationally-ranked track champion. Police received a 911 call from someone who heard the gunshot. He was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Murdock, whose full name was Orenthal James Murdock, joined The Titans in July 2011, but was injured on the first day of training camp and spent the entire season on injured reserve. He failed to report to training camp last Friday.
INDUSTRIOUS HUMANS EMERGED EARLIER THAN THOUGHT: The age of the "hunter-gatherer culture," during which humans cooperated to develop new technologies and industries, evolved 20,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to researchers. The new findings indicate that artifacts found in a cave in South Africa are actually 44,000 years old, about twice as early as had been thought. The artifacts include poison darts and bone arrowheads used for hunting, beeswax used in tool-making, and wooden sticks used for digging. They might sound primitive now, but these tools were sophisticated enough to make the humans who made them members of the Later Stone Age. Flash forward 44,000 years, and humans now have made more sophisticated tools for dating ancient objects. That led to the reevaluation of the cave discovery. The new research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
BLOOD DONATIONS NEEDED: Blood donations are at their lowest level in 15 years, according to the American Red Cross. The shortage is approaching a critical stage, and may even force some people to postpone elective surgeries such as hip replacements, NBC News reports. The blood supply is always low at this time of year, because many people are away on vacation and not thinking about donating. At the same time, all those vacation trips lead to more accidents, and more emergency blood transfusions. This year has been worse, Red Cross spokesmen said, because damaging storms in the East and Midwest caused cancellation of dozens of blood drives, while causing more injuries that required transfusions.
TWICE IN A BLUE MOON: We're entering a month that's only seen once in a blue moon. August will have not one but two full moons, SPACE.com reports. The first is tomorrow (Wedesday), and the second will be seen Aug. 31. Traditionally, a second full moon in one month is called a "blue moon." It's fairly rare, occurring only once every two and a half years or so. Hence the expression, "once in a blue moon."
LONDON SUMMER OLYMPICS:
America's New Golden Girl: Seventeen-year-old American Missy Franklin won the gold in the 100-meter backstroke on Monday. She came in ahead of Emily Seebohm, of Australia, and Aya Terakawa, of Japan. Just 20 minutes earlier, Franklin swam in the 200-meter freestyle semifinals, and qualified for today's (Tuesday's) final. And, Lithuania has got its own teen sensation. Ruta Meilutyte, age 15, won the gold in the women's 100-meter breaststroke. It's her country's first swimming medal since it achieved independence.
The Race of the Century Wasn't: It was supposed to be "the race of the century," but it didn't quite measure up. Yannick Agnel of France, age 20, easily won his second gold medal of the London Games, beating silver medalists Park Taehwan of South Korea and Yang Sun of China by 1.79 seconds in the 200-meter freestyle. American Ryan Lochte came in fourth. This is the second time in a row that Lochte, who is the reigning world champion, has been handed a nasty surprise by Agnel. Agnel shot past Lochte on Sunday to take the gold in the 4X100 free relay.
Giant Win For Grevers: Matt Grevers, the 6-foot-8-inch swimmer from Lake Forest, Illinois, won the gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke final on Monday. He set a record, too, with a time of 52.16 seconds. That's just 0.22 shy of the world record set by Aaron Peirsol. Grevers' teammate Nick Thomas got the silver, with 52.92 seconds. Japan's Ryosuke Irie won the bronze.
U.S. Men's Gymnastics Team Flops: China took the gold medal in the men's gymnastics team competition yesterday¸ while the U.S. team finished a disappointing fifth. It was a happy surprise for the home team. Great Britain finished in third place. Japan finished in second place, only after successfully challenging earlier scoring that had given the British team the silver. With the scoring revision, Ukraine fell from second to fourth place.
MEDAL COUNT: The U.S. and China are tied for total number of medals, at 17, as of the end of Monday's Olympics competitions, but China has more gold. Team USA now has 17 medals, including five gold. China also has 17 medals, but nine of theirs are gold. Japan is in third place with a total 11 medals, one gold. Italy is fourth with eight medals, 2 gold. France is fifth, with 7 medals, three gold. South Korea is in sixth place, with six medals, including two gold.
THE L.A. COMPLEX - Kaldrick works on a new track despite his troubles; Connor gets Raquel a role on his show.
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THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - (repeat) THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - (repeat) JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - (repeat) THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Rosie Perez LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - (repeat) LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat) THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Dambisa Moyo THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Jeff Koons CONAN - Jeff Daniels, Chatal Sutherland, the Fray
COUPLE TO REMARRY 50 YEARS AFTER DIVORCE: A Buffalo, New York couple that divorced in 1964 plan to remarry this Saturday (August 4th). Roland Davis and Lena Henderson -- both 85 years old -- met in Chattanooga, Tennessee when they were teenagers, married and had four children together. Their youngest daughter, Renita, said that during their time apart the two acted like friends, adding that her mother never said bad things about her father and that her dad only had "loving remarks" about her mom. Davis remarried and moved to Colorado, but when his wife passed away a few months ago his oldest daughter urged him to move to New York. While preparing for his trip out east, Davis decided to propose to Henderson. Henderson explained, "We were talking on the phone one day and he said, 'Will you marry me again? I said 'well, well... yes.'" Davis added, "You don't think people are going to get married at this age. We're just thankful we've lived this long and that we're still here. We have a lot to be thankful for." (UPI)U.S. STORE CLOSES 224 YEARS AFTER IT OPENED: A general store in Adamsville, Rhode Island, that opened in 1788, closed its doors on Sunday (July 29th) after 224 years of being in business. Gray's general had been run by six generations of the same family but was reportedly unable to keep up with the competition. The family's 21-year-old son, Jonah Waite, inherited the store after his father passed away last month. Since announcing the store's closing, Waite said traffic in the store increased to about 10 times what it used to be. He said his father would be "pretty ecstatic" about the extra business, but "proud of the way that [Waite is] handling things." In 2007 the store was named oldest continuously run general store in the United States by Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed and then-Governor Donald Carieri. (Berkshire Eagle) BIRD CRASHES INTO ROLLER COASTER RIDER'S FACE: Park officials at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey said that a bird smacked into the face of a 12-year-old boy who was riding their Kingda Ka roller coaster last week. The coaster rider, Shane Matus, was taken to an area hospital for minor injuries to his face and neck. A spokesperson for the park said, "We immediately shut the ride down and notified the state Department of Community Affairs, which is protocol. They cleared us to reopen the ride approximately 30 minutes later." The Kingda Ka coaster is 45 stories high and reaches speeds of 128 miles per hour. (NBC) POLE DANCING ORGANIZATION WANTS OLYMPIC COMPETITION: The International Pole Sports Federation is trying to find a way to get pole dancing into the Olympics. The Federation's Vice President, Timothy Trautman, said that the only way to get people to realize that pole dancers are incredible athletes is to have it recognized as an Olympic sport. Trautman explained, "They have such grace and elegance and they absolutely belong in the Olympics. But we do fight the stereotype that it's for strippers." U.S. National Pole Dancing Champion Natasha Wang said, "My stance has always been that while I support the pole community's efforts to get pole into the Olympics, I don't think the general public is ready for the sport yet on such a mainstream/public scale." (BuzzFeed) U.S. GYMNAST ALY RAISMAN'S PARENTS WATCH HER ROUTINE: Check out the Olympic gymnast's parents as they cheer on their daughter and awkwardly mimic her movements throughout the routine.
48% OF AMERICANS DRINK SODA DAILY: A new Gallup poll found that 48 percent of U.S. adults say they drink at least one glass of soda a day. Among those who drink soda, the average amount consumed is 2.6 glasses a day. Soda consumption was higher among young adults, with 56 percent of 18 to 34 year olds reporting they drink at least one glass of soda per day, compared with 46 percent of people ages 35 to 54. While soda consumption is high, it is not as high as coffee consumption: 64 percent of U.S. adults say they drink at least one cup of coffee daily. This percentage has stayed about the same since 1999, despite the increase in coffee stores and coffee products available to consumers in recent years. (UPI) QUARTER OF WOMEN FAKE ORGASMS: A new survey has revealed that over a quarter of women admit to faking orgasms every time they have sex. And -- over a third of men admitted to having faked a climax at least once. In fact, 40 percent of men said they were only 'somewhat satisfied' with their sex lives but there was 'room for improvement', and an unfortunate 22 percent admitted: 'I have no sex life'. Twenty-five percent of women were also 'not at all satisfied, because of the quality of sex', with 27 percent admitting to 'no sex life'. (AskMen.com)
FORGIVE AND GET HEALTHIER: New research has revealed that forgiving people who have hurt you can actually boost your health. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, found those people who let go of their anger were less likely to see spikes in blood pressure. They asked just over 200 volunteers to think about a time when a friend had offended them. Half of the group were told to think about how it had angered them while the other half were encouraged to consider it in a more forgiving way. The participants were then all distracted for five minutes after which they were told to think about the event again in any way they chose. The team, led by Dr Britta Larsen, found the angry group saw the greatest increase in blood pressure compared to the forgiving group after the first ruminating session. The effect was seen later on despite having the brief timeout period to calm down. However, there was no differences in heart rate. (Daily Mail)
2012 WEDDING TRENDS (Yahoo!)
1. Beyond the Tux
If you're having a casual affair, go ahead and ditch the tuxes. Instead, dress the guys in blazers and match something in their outfits (a pocket square, a tie, a belt, their socks!) with the overall color scheme.
2. Wearable Wedding Party Gifts
If your groomsmen are white-collared business types, chances are they spend a lot of their workweek in a suit or blazer. Giving them a unique, personalized gift will add to their wedding day style and that they'll also be able to use again and again. Cufflinks with their initials are a great gift, or you can go for styles that suit the personality of the guy who'll wear them. For the banker, get dollar signs or 'buy' and 'sell' links; for the sports fan, a baseball and mitt. The men in your party will appreciate the thought, and they'll also be thankful that they don't have something identical to the other five groomsmen at your wedding.
3. Vary the Boutonnieres
It's nice to have the wedding party somewhat coordinated, but it's totally acceptable to have the best man's boutonniere be different than the other members of the party. Making every single groomsman's boutonniere different, but matching them with the bouquet of the bridesmaid he escorts down the aisle is a great idea. If the men in your party object to donning flowers of any sort, or if you want a more masculine look, consider boutonnieres of wheat, herbs, or leaves.
4. The Wedding Dress: Coy Coverage is In
Although designers have been creating dresses with sleeves for years, Kate Middleton has brought the trend mainstream. Don't consider long sleeves your only option. Think capelets, illusion sleeves, sheer backs and even a bolero for a demure wedding day look that's all your own.
5. Colored Wedding Gowns
Brides aren't just opting for the plain white dress, but this is the time of color! Color is being incorporated into the bride's apparel more and more.
6. Non-Traditional Gowns
J.Crew and other brands are launching non-traditional bridal gowns that are more popular and are being seen more often.
7. The Change
Brides are purchasing more than one gown. One for the ceremony and one for the reception. Usually the ceremony is more of a ballgown or floor length number while the reception dress is more flirty and fun. According to TheKnot.com & WeddingChannel.com Bridal Fashion Study, most brides described their dresses as elegant, romantic, feminine, or classic. A-line and strapless dresses were also the top ranked dresses for most brides.
BRITISH SLANG: PART 1 (Essortment)
Absobloodylootely: absolutely After: bars open after normal closing time All over the gaff: unorganized Arse: butt Ballistic: wild Bangers: sausages Barmy: crazy Behave: more! (Think Austin Powers.) Bob: shilling Blimey!: Oh geez! Bloke: a male Bobby: policeman Brilliant!: great! awesome! Cabbage: a slow person Cack: crap (What a load of cack, mate!) Cakehole: mouth (Shut your cakehole!) Charlie: crack, cocaine Chips: french fries Chunder: to throw up Ciggy: cigarette Claret: blood (They were copping it up, claret all over the place!) Cop a feel: to feel someone up To cop it: to get in trouble Copper: policeman Crikey!: My God! Damage: cost Dicky: feeling unwell Doddle: something easy (It was a doddle to get the Charlie.) Dodgy: shady Done over: beat up (He was done over by that bloke.) Doris: a plain woman Dosh: money Duck and dive: to run from the police Earner: a dishonest laborer Eppy: a fit
Who is the only male and the second diver in Olympic history to sweep the diving events in consecutive Olympic Games?
The father of a young man who lost his life in the mass murder inside the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado wants his son to be remembered as the good and caring man he was. So,Tom Tevestold CNN News, he is starting a crusade called "TheAlex TevesChallenge," in honor of the son he lost in that massacre. The purpose of the challenge is to demand that the media stop naming the suspects in tragedies such as the one in Colorado, or ever showing their faces. They should instead focus, Teves says, on reporting the virtues of the victims. Tom Teves says that publicity glorifies killers, and inspires more horrors. Certainly, his son deserves to be remembered as a hero in this tragedy. He died shielding his girlfriend from the killer.
There's a new term for people ages 18 through 29: "emerging adulthood." That's right. Many people these days say they haven't quite reached adulthood even when they're pushing 30. Clark University psychologist Jeffrey Jensen Arnett coined the term. He says people are delaying career, marriage and parenthood responsibilities for longer than ever before. But according to a report in USA Today, endless childhood isn't all fun and games. Arnett finds that many in that under-30 age group have not taken on adult responsibilities because they have been unable to become financially independent of their parents. In his research, fewer than half of the age group state unequivocally that they are grownups.
Live Or Delayed?
What a weird new world we live in! Fans of the 2012 Summer Olympics have a choice: They can watch the events live as they happen on the Internet, if they have a cable TV subscription. Or, they can watch the highlights hours later, during local primetime television hours. But the thrill of surprise may be long gone by then, given the world-wide blogging, Tweeting and chatting that has been going on since the event took place in London.
Taylor Swift's new album will reportedly reflect her state of mind in the wake of her parents' split. RadarOnline.com says that Andrea and Scott Swift, who have been married for 25 years, are headed for divorce after separating within the past two years.
A source said, "The Swift's stopped wearing their wedding rings. They haven't filed for a divorce because they don't want it to damage Taylor's career."
It seems, however, that Taylor's career plays a big part in the break up. The fact that Andrea remained on tour with Taylor while Scott stayed behind at home damaged the marriage.
A source told Star magazine, "She's (Taylor) been going through a lot. The new album will showcase the pain of her parents' separation."
When recently asked about the lyrics on her new album, Taylor said, "They're sad, if I'm being honest."
The video for Carrie Underwood's new single, "Blown Away," makes its debut today (Monday, July 30th). E! News and E! Online will give the first peak at the clip, but Carrie's fans down in San, Antonio, Texas got to see the video before anyone else on Saturday (July 28th). The fans won a national contest to have the video debuted there, and Carrie was in attendance at the private event she hosted for 200 local radio listeners.
Carrie put her acting skills to work in "Blown Away," a video which the superstar tells us is almost like a mini-movie in a song. "This song is such . . . it's . . . you can see everything in your head as the song's playing. It's so, so visual, and you don't have to . . . it's a mini-movie in song form. It really is. And your brain fills in all the gaps. 'Mama was an angel in the ground.' We don't know how she got that way. Maybe it was Dad's fault. I don't know. You know, he was a bad guy. And then the girl in the story has done nothing wrong. Dad made his own bed, and Dad got drunk, and Dad passed out again. And when the storm's coming, it's like she knows. She knows in her heart that this is what's about to happen. She can feel it. And she, she just leaves him there. And it's . . . she's done nothing wrong, and that's what . . . I don't know . . . she's like an unlikely . . . she'snot a heroine 'cause she hasn't done anything, but it's just such a visual song. And you feel bad for her, and then you feel good for her when the song is over that a horrible, negative part of her life is over with, and she can start over because she made it. So it's just kind of a . . . I don't know -- just this beautiful movie in song form. It's dramatic."
"Blown Away" will air on E! at 7 and 11:30 p.m. ET tonight.
The song is the second single and title track of Carrie's new album.
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The trailer for "Blown Away":
Keith Urban and his wife, Nicole Kidman, were in attendance at the opening ceremonies at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London on Friday (July 27th). Keith took the time to tweet from the big event, sharing the sights with his hand-held video.
Keith tweeted, "Nic and I are at the @London2012 @NBCOlympics opening ceremonies.... OVER THE TOP!!!! -KU"
The singer has been hard at work on his next album, writing from Los Angeles to California and overseas.
There's no word yet on when the new CD will be released.
In the meantime, Keith continues climbing the charts with "For You," a song from the Act of Valor movie soundtrack.
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One of Jason Aldean's fans was shot in the parking lot after the headliner's show in Raleigh, North Carolina on Friday (July 27th). The unnamed man was rushed to the hospital from the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion shortly after concertgoers exited the amphitheatre. The victim was said to have non-life-threatening injuries. Police are still seeking information in the shooting.
On Saturday (July 28th), Jason tweeted, "There's no excuse 4 things getting that heated in traffic leavin a show. I'm prayin 4 the fan who was injured and thanx to the Raleigh police for acting so quickly."
Jason plays the WE Fest in Minnesota on Thursday (August 2nd).
His brand new single, "Take A Little Ride," debuted at Number 19 on the Billboard country singles chart, giving Jason his highest debut.
"Take A Little Ride" is the first single from Jason's upcoming album.
Shania Twain is promoting her new Las Vegas residency with a contest giving one lucky couple the chance to renew their vows in Sin City. Shania and the hosts of the daytime talk show, The Talk, are teaming up for the "The Talk and Shania Twain Still the One" contest. The grand prize winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to Vegas, wedding vow renewal and tickets to Shania's Still The One show at Caesar's Palace on December 12th.
To enter, couples can log onto cbs.com and upload a home video explaining why they should be chosen for the special getaway. Register through September 24th, and the winners will be announced on The Talk this fall.
Shania will begin her two-year run at Caesar's Palace on December 1st. FAST FACTS
Shania's last radio single, "Today Is Your Day," was released in May of 2011.
It was her first new music in six years, yet failed to climb the country charts.
The 2012 Summer Olympics are underway in London, and Darius Rucker counts himself among those Americans who will be tuning in and rooting for the home team. Darius tells us he enjoys watching the Olympics, not only because of the sportsmanship and competition, but for a much deeper meaning for him and the nation. "The Olympics, still today -- I don't think as much as we were younger -- but today it's more than about sports, it's about the country. Everybody watches the Olympics because you want to see America beat everybody else in the world. I mean it sounds crazy, but that's why you're watching it; that's why I'm watching the 100, because I want to see an American cross the line first. You know, that's why we watch basketball, because we want to see America blow everybody out -- I mean, that's why I'm watching it; I think that's why the Olympics do such great business. I love it every two years . . . with the winter and the summer -- I love 'em both."
Darius will be releasing a new single in the coming weeks. It will be the first release from his third solo country album.
The Summer Olympics may only come around every four years, but the Olympic spirit shines annually in the form of the Warrior Games, hosted by the U.S. Olympic Committee's Paralympic Military Program. Earlier this year, Casey James felt very proud to have one of his album tracks, a song called "The Good Life," chosen as the soundtrack to the highlight video from the 2012 games. The participants include wounded and ill veterans and current members of the U.S. armed forces.
Casey tells us that he has been very emotional about -- and proud of -- his involvement with the Warrior Games. "I get really choked up talkin' about this thing because it's . . . I try to distance myself enough so that I can speak about it because when I saw the video for it, man, I bawled like a baby. And these people are inspirations in every way. The adversity that they've come through and to be happy and to achieve the goals that they're achieving and to be just amazing individuals just . . . and for my music to be a part of that in any way, it's just good."
Casey's new single is called "Crying on a Suitcase."
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Jaron Lowenstein, a.k.a. Jaron and the Long Road to Love, now part of The Cordovas, is datingCharlie Sheen's ex-wife, Brooke Mueller. Brooke, who recently wrapped up her latest stint in rehab, met Jaron at a party while she was actually there with Charlie during a temporary reconciliation with the actor. The two reportedy exchanged numbers that night and have kept in touch for the last year.
COUNTRY TRIVIA Q. Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw appeared in which Toby Keith video? A. "I'm Just Talkin' About Tonight"
ON THE TUBE BACKSTORY: REBA McENTIRE/GAC 8:00PM (ET) BACKSTORY: BLAKE SHELTON/GAC 9:00PM (ET) RON WHITE'S COMEDY SALUTE TO THE TROOPS 2012/CMT 9:00PM, 11:30PM (ET) RON WHITE: YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID/CMT 10:30PM (ET)
The Dark Knight Rises, the final installment in director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, was the top movie at the box office for the second weekend in a row. Although the film has grossed more than $289 million in its first 10 days, it's lagging behind its predecessor, 2008's The Dark Knight, which made $313.8 million in the same time frame. The massacre in Aurora, Colorado, in which 12 people were killed at a midnight premiere of the movie last week, could be having some effect on the numbers, as could the opening ceremony of the London Olympics on Friday (July 27th) that kept some people home to watch.
The comedy The Watch, starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill in the story of suburban neighbors who form a neighborhood watch to get out of the house one night a week and wind up battling aliens, debuted in third place. Co-starring are Richard Ayoade, Rosemarie DeWitt and Will Forte.
Opening at Number Four was Step Up Revolution, the fourth film in the dance franchise, which this time is set in Miami. Starring are Cleopatra Colman, Ryan Guzman, Stephen 'tWitch Boss', Marc McCauleyand Tommy Dewey.
BRAD PITT IS NOT DEAD: Brad Pitt is alive and well. The actor was the latest victim of a celebrity death hoax after the Global Associated News reported that he died early Sunday in a snowboard accident in Switzerland. The story claimed Pitt "lost control of his snowboard and struck a tree at a high rate of speed." The website, responsible for a large slew of the recent hoaxes, did post a disclaimer in small print at the bottom of their webpage, that said "about this website. FAKE...THIS STORY IS 100% FAKE! This is an entertainment website, and this is a totally fake article based on zero truth and is a complete work of fiction for entertainment purposes!"
ALI LOHAN MOVES TO SOUTH KOREA: Lindsay Lohan's 18-year-old sister Alihas been sent to South Korea by her modeling agency. TMZ.com reported that Ali will spend the next month living with a 3-4 other Americans in a "model house" as they try to find work in the foreign market.
MARK-PAUL GOSSELAAR TIES THE KNOT: Mark-Paul Gosselaar is a married man -- again. The former Saved by the Bell star tied the knot with advertising executive Catriona McGinn on Saturday (July 28th) in California. Gosselaar has two children with his ex-wife Lisa Russell, who he divorced in 2010. The actor now stars on Franklin & Bash.
KRISTEN BELL AND DAX SHEPARD ARE 'CO-DEPENDENT': Engaged couple Kristen Bell andDax Shepard have teamed up again for the new comedy Hit and Run -- which Shepard also wrote and co-directed. As for why the former When in Rome costars wanted to work together again? Bell explained, "We realized we're severely co-dependent. It's not just like you're caught in the house with your significant other for six weeks and you're both doing different things and feel like you're in each other's way. We actually had the same goal and we really, really, really wanted the best for the script Dax had written. Because we had the same mutual goal, it felt shared."
BROOKE MUELLER HAS NEW BF: Brooke Mueller has a new man. Charlie Sheen's ex is dating country singer Jason Lowenstein. TMZ.com reported that Mueller credits Sheen with the new relationship because she met Jason at a party last year -- while she was giving the Charlie relationship another chance. Sources told TMZ that if it wasn't for the reconciliation attempt, Mueller never would have attended the party. Insiders were quick to mention that nothing romantic happened with Jason while Brooke was still with Charlie.
PARIS HILTON'S BROTHER ARRESTED: Paris Hilton's 18-year-old brother Conrad was arrested on Friday after testing positive for marijuana -- which is a violation of his probation stemming from a previous marijuana arrest. He was expected to remain in jail until Monday, when he would be brought before a judge.
OPENING CEREMONY SETS RECORD: Friday's Opening Ceremony was the most-watched summer games kick-off in history. NBC said that 40.7 million people tuned in to the ceremony, which was conceived and directed by Slumdog Millionaire's Danny Boyle. The 1996 Atlanta games previously held the record with 39.8 million viewers, while the Beijing ceremony was watched by 34.9 million.
'THE KILLING' IS CANCELLED: AMC has cancelled The Killing after two seasons on the air. The network said in a statement, "AMC is incredibly proud of the show and is fortunate to have worked with such a talented team on this project, from showrunner Veena Sud and our terrific partners at Fox Television Studios to the talented, dedicated crew and exceptional cast." Although it premiered to favorable reviews, fans and critics turned on the drama after its first season finale failed to solve the mystery the show was built around. The second season ratings dropped off and it never regained momentum.
'ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT' BEGINS FILMING: The long-awaited fourth season of Arrested Development is finally in production. Jason Bateman tweeted confirmation that filming had began, posting a picture of his costar Michael Cera with the caption, "My son, arriving yesterday." Director Ron Howard recently teased fans with a picture of the cover of the premiere episode script.
MARK STEINES LEAVING 'ET' :Mark Steines is leaving Entertainment Tonight after 17 seasons on the air. The 48-year-old, who first joined the show in 1995, will be hosting the talk show Home & Family, slated to premiere on the Hallmark Channel October 1. While saying goodbye to ET, Steines noted, "It has been an amazing 17 years, now seemingly gone by in a flash. But 17 years I will never, ever forget."
FX RENEWS 'LOUIE': FX has renewed Louie, the comedy starring Louis C.K. for a fourth season. FX president John Landgraf announced on Saturday, "There are not enough superlatives in the English language to bestow on "Louie" or the work Louis C.K. is doing. With this series, he has changed the form and is doing truly groundbreaking, landmark work that is inspiring a whole new generation of artist. Simply put, he is making one of the best shows anywhere on television." The network also announced it has picked up seven additional episodes of BrandX With Russell Brand.
MJ'S MOM WANTS JOINT CUSTODY OF GRANDKIDS WITH TJ JACKSON
Reports say that Michael Jackson's mother Katherine wants to apply for joint custody of Michael's three kids with her grandson TJ. According to TMZ.com, Katherine's lawyer Perry Sanders said, "That pleading will essentially now legally reflect how Mrs. Jackson and TJ have often shared responsibilities of raising the children since Michael Jackson's tragic passing." Perry added that the new arrangement "reflected the wishes of [Michael Jackson's] children" Paris, Princeand Blanket.
If the court grants the request, Katherine's lawyer said that TJ will be able to assume the day to day responsibilities that has been stressing Katherine out -- including management of household personnel and security. Sanders added, "It will also make clear for school personnel and anyone else coming into contact with the children that TJ is authorized to act on their behalf. Mrs. Jackson will then be freed up to focus on the more personal everyday decision making related to the lives and activities of the children."
Katherine's lawyer also said that with the agreement, Katherine will still control the family's allowance -- which is $70,000 per month.
A source also revealed that Judge Mitchell Beckloff has ordered a probate court investigator to "prepare an investigation report addressing the status of the minor children and their currently suspended guardian Katherine Jackson."
LATOYA WANTS THE FAMILY TO STOP FEUDING
LaToya Jackson has spoken on her family drama -- saying that the public feuding is ruining the family name. According to TMZ.com, a source said that LaToya thinks that the family should has things out privately. The source added that LaToya is not siding with Janet, Randy, Jermaine or Rebbie -- and wasn't happy about seeing them all over TV this week.
LaToya reportedly said that she wants what's best for MJ's kids.