CREATIVE PRESENTS YOU CAN GET MOM UNDER $30
It would be extra thoughtful to leave a bouquet of your mom's favorite flowers
in a matching vase somewhere around the house on Mother's Day, instead of just
buying her random flowers and handing them to her.
Your Favorite Childhood Book
Buy your mom a copy of your favorite childhood book and write a thank you note
inside for always reading it to you when you wanted her to.
Start A Book Club -- For Just The
Two Of You
Buy two copies of a book that you've been dying to read and have a mini book
club with your mom! It's a great way to let her know you want to spend more
Make Her A Playlist
Burn your mom a CD or make her a spotify playlist of music to listen to when
she's at the gym, commuting to work etc. Make sure to choose the songs you knew
she loves -- it's a great way to show her how much you pay attention to her
Pick out a few of your mom's favorite pictures of you (and your siblings) and
have them put onto a photo mug. Then be sure to buy her a box of herbal,
calming tea so she can get her morning started right.
Plan A Movie Night
Whether you head out to dinner and the movie theater or you opt to rent a DVD
and cook your mom's favorite meal at home, a special movie night with just the
two of you is sure to make her happy. Just make sure you have the popcorn ready
and stop at CVS for her favorite candy, too.
Frame a Quote
Frame her favorite quote or a quote that reminds you of her. (And have a tissue
box close by for when she cries.)
WELL-KNOWN DEATH PENALTY LAWYER JOINS BOSTON BOMBER'S DEFENSE TEAM: San Diego attorney Judy Clarke, who has won life sentences instead of the death penalty for high-profile clients including Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, Atlanta Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph, Susan Smith, who drowned her two children, and Jared Loughner, the shooter in the Gabrielle Giffords attack, has joined the defense team for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Clarke's appointment was approved yesterday (April 29th) by U.S.
Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler, who also denied, at last for now, a
request from Tsarnaev's public defender to appoint a second death
penalty lawyer. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a
weapon of mass destruction during the bombings in which three people
were killed and more than 260 injured. His older brother and fellow
bombing suspect, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died in a shootout with police.
RANGER FILES SUIT FOR $1 MILLION DORNER REWARD MONEY: A camp ranger whose truck was taken by former L.A. cop Christopher Dorner
during his anti-police killing spree in February filed a lawsuit Monday
(April 29th) for the $1 million reward offered for information leading
to his capture. Dorner killed two police officers and the daughter of a
third and her fiancee before apparently committing suicide during a
standoff with law enforcement in a mountain cabin. Rick Heltebrake has
filed a breach-of-contract suit, claiming his call to the San Bernardino
County Sheriff's Department after Dorner ordered him out of the truck
before taking it directly led police to Dorner's cabin hideout. A couple
who called police after Dorner tied them up and fled in their car has
also filed a claim, as have others.
FDA TO INVESTIGATE CAFFEINE IN FOOD:
The Food and Drug Administration said Monday (April 29th) that it is
closely watching the marketing of caffeinated foods and wants to know
more about their safety, so the agency will be investigating the foods'
effects on children. The move comes in response to the introduction of a
caffeinated gum called Alert Energy this week by Wrigley, which has
about the equivalent amount of caffeine as in a half-cup of coffee in
each piece. The FDA is already investigating the safety of energy drinks
and energy shots after reports of illness and death. Food manufacturers
have added caffeine to candy, nuts and other snack foods in recent
years, and, like Wrigley does with Alert Energy Gum, they label them for
adult use only. But critics say that's not enough when caffeine is
being put in products, like candy, that appeal to children.
MCCONNELL TWEETS BAR PHOTO IN RESPONSE TO OBAMA'S JOKE: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
yesterday (April 29th) tweeted a photo of himself sitting at a bar with
a glass of beer next to an empty chair and a glass of wine, both
presumably meant for President Obama, in a funny response to
Obama's joke about the Kentucky Republican during Saturday's (April
27th) White House Correspondents Association dinner. During his humorous
remarks, Obama said, "Recently, I had dinner -- it's been well
publicized -- I had dinner with a number of the Republican senators. And
I'll admit it wasn't easy. I proposed a toast -- it died in committee.
Of course, even after I've done all this, some folks still don't think I
spend enough time with Congress. 'Why don't you get a drink with Mitch
McConnell?' they ask. 'Really? Why don't you get a drink with Mitch McConnell?' I'm sorry. I get frustrated sometimes." McConnell's response also was a nod to Clint Eastwood's remarks to a empty chair that was supposed to represent Obama at last year's Republican National Convention.
VIRGIN GALACTIC'S SPACESHIP MAKES FIRST POWERED FLIGHT:
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo made its first powered flight on Monday
(April 29th), breaking the sound barrier in a 10-minute test flight over
the Mojave Desert that moves the company closer to its goal of flying
passengers on brief trips into space. A special jet carrying the
SpaceShipTwo climbed to an altitude of 48,000 feet and released the
spaceship, after which the pilot and co-pilot triggered the craft's
rocket engine. The spaceship went up to an altitude of 55,000 feet and a
speed of Mach 1.2, passing the speed of sound, before landing safely.
Until yesterday, SpaceShipTwo had only performed unpowered glide
EX-JUSTICE O'CONNOR SAYS HEARING BUSH V. GORE MAY HAVE BEEN MISTAKE:
- More than 500 wannabe space tourists have put
down deposits or paid a full $200,000 for an eventual trip 62 miles up
on the spaceship. No date has yet been set for the first flight.
Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
now thinks that it may have been a mistake for the high court to agree to hear the Bush v. Gore
case that decided the 2000 presidential election, telling the Chicago Tribune
editorial board last Friday (April 26th), "It took the case and decided
it at a time when it was still a big election issue. Maybe the court
should have said, 'We're not going to take it, goodbye.'" O'Connor, who
sided with the four other Republican-appointed justices in the 5-4
decision that made George W. Bush
president over Al Gore
didn't say the decision the court made was wrong, but stated that the
case had, quote, "stirred up the public," and given the court, quote, "a
less-then-perfect reputation." O'Connor retired in 2006.
RAND PAUL TO ENDORSE EX-S.C. GOV. MARK SANFORD:
The National Republican Congressional Committee may have abandoned former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford
as he tries to make a return to politics with a run for a U.S. House seat, but Senator Rand Paul
of Kentucky plans to endorse his fellow Republican ahead of the May 7th
special election, it was reported yesterday (April 29th). The NRCC said
earlier this month that they'd stop devoting resources to Sanford's
campaign after news broke that his ex-wife accused him of trespassing on
her property. Sanford has said he went to the home when his ex-wife was
out of town so one of their four sons wouldn't have to watch the Super
Bowl alone. The two divorced after then-Governor Sanford admitted
visited his mistress in Argentina in 2009 following his disappearance
from the state as his aides said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Although Sanford served out his gubernatorial term, his political career
was ended, but he's now trying to make a comeback. Paul, who's popular
among libertarians and tea partiers, is trying to show his independence
from the national party with the endorsement, as well as appeal to
grassroots activists in the key state of South Carolina.
VETERAN NBA PLAYER JASON COLLINS COMES OUT AS GAY:
Veteran NBA player Jason Collins
came out as gay yesterday (April 29th) in an article he wrote that was posted on Sports Illustrated's
website, making history by becoming the first male active player in one
of the four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out.
Collins' article began: "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And
I'm gay. . . . I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand
and saying, 'I'm different.' If I had my way, someone else would have
already done this. Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand."
Collins has played for six teams in 12 seasons, most recently with the
Washington Wizards after a midseason trade from the Boston Celtics. He
is now a free agent and wants to keep playing in the NBA. In the
article, Collins joked about the many teams he played for, calling it
the "Three Degrees of Jason Collins," and wrote, "Some people insist
they've never met a gay person. But Three Degrees of Jason Collins
dictates that no NBA player can claim that anymore."
drew immediate and widespread support for his announcement, from both
inside and outside of the sports world, including from President Obama
, who called him to offer support and say he was inspired by his courage. First Lady Michelle Obama
also spoke out, tweeting: "So proud of you, Jason Collins! This is a
huge step forward for our country. We've got your back!" Among the other
messages of support:
L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant tweeted that he was proud of Collins, writing, "Don't suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others."
of the Miami Heat: "Jason Collins showed a lot of courage today and I
respect him for taking a stand and choosing to live in his truth."
of the San Antonio Spurs tweeted: "Really hope people will RESPECT
Jason Collins for his decision to come out. Just glad he can now relax
and not be afraid to be who he is."
Doc Rivers, Collins'
coach with the Celtics, called him a, quote, "pro's pro" and "consummate
professional," and compared the announcement to Jackie Robinson's
breaking baseball's color barrier, saying, "If you have learned
anything from Jackie Robinson, it is that teammates are always the first
to accept. It will be society who has to learn tolerance."
Former teammate Garrett Temple
of the Wizards: "I was surprised. I didn't know and I was right next to
him in the locker room. It definitely took a lot of courage for him to
come out. He was a great teammate."
Former teammate Jerry Stackhouse,
now with the Brooklyn Nets: "I hope Jason is received well by our NBA
family. Jason is a friend and a former teammate that I've enjoyed many
laughs and conversations with and his sexual orientation won't change
that with me."
NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a
statement: "Jason has been a widely respected player and teammate
throughout his career and we are proud he has assumed the leadership
mantle on this very important issue."
Former President Bill Clinton,
whose daughter went to Stanford with Collins: "Jason's announcement
today is an important moment for professional sports and in the history
of the LGBT community. It is also the straightforward statement of a
good man who wants no more than what so many of us seek: to be able to
be who we are; to do our work; to build families and to contribute to
our communities." Chelsea Clinton also tweeted her support, saying she's proud of her friend.
NFL's Chris Kluwe
of the Minnesota Vikings, who's been outspoken in favor of gay
marriage, tweeted: "Big kudos to @JasonCollins34. Living proof that your
sexuality has nothing to do with your athletic ability."
Boston Red Sox made an offer to the former Boston Celtics player,
tweeting: "We salute you, @jasoncollins34 for your courage and
leadership. Any time you want to throw out a first pitch at Fenway Park,
let us know."
Amid all the praise, however, there was one attention-grabbing negative response from ESPN sportscaster Chris Broussard
, who said on the show Outside the Lines
that he wouldn't characterize Collins as a Christian because of his homosexuality:
Last night, Collins responded on Twitter to all the support he's gotten:
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JETS CUT TIM TEBOW:
The New York Jets cut backup quarterback Tim Tebow
on Monday (April 29th), ending what turned out to be a one-season soap
opera that began with Tebow as perhaps the most popular football player
in the nation, and has ended with uncertainty about whether or not the
Heisman Trophy winner will be able to find another job in the NFL. Jets
coach Rex Ryan
said in a statement yesterday, "Unfortunately,
things did not work out the way we all had hoped," while the famously
religiously Tebow reacted on Twitter by citing a Bible verse about
trusting in God. The Jets never figured out a way to use Tebow, the
backup to starter Mark Sanchez
, effectively, and he was never
able to be good enough in practice to make Ryan put him in more games.
So far, no NFL team has made an attempt to get him after the end of last
Results from first-round games last night (April 29th):
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)
Houston Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 105-103 in Houston to
get their first win and avoid a sweep. Game 5 will be played Wednesday
(May 1st) in Oklahoma City.
- The Brooklyn Nets topped the
Chicago Bulls 110-91 in New York to cut the Bulls' series lead to 3-2.
Game 6 will be Thursday in Chicago.
- The Atlanta Hawks downed
the Indiana Pacers 102-91 in Atlanta to even the series at 2-2. Game 5
will be played Wednesday in Indiana.
KFLAG COUTNRY MUSIC UPDATE
new album, Life On A Rock
is in stores today (Tuesday, April 30th). Kenny wrote or co-wrote eight
of the 10 songs on the new CD based on his own personal experiences and
friends connected with his life at his second home in the U.S. Virgin
Kenny tells us: "A lot of songs on Life On A Rock
are so personal, and I never imagined that anyone but myself and the
friends that I wrote them about would hear them. That was the mentality
that went into this. I really didn't realize that all these songs were
gonna make a record. They were just very simple songs about my friends'
lives and characters I met and the stories they told me and so many
journeys that I went on in my mind and these moments in life that
would've been very easy to let evaporate, but I was able to capture them
and write about them. That's how this whole album started, really. None
of these songs would've fit by themselves, I don't feel like, on a
specific record but they all fit together. I think that's what makes
this record for me so personal, so special, because I was able to
be a storyteller. I was able to hopefully take the people that have
lived with my music for a while on this incredible journey and show them
some places and tell 'em a few stories and make 'em laugh, make 'em
cry, make 'em remember somebody."
Kenny will perform tracks from Life On A Rock
today on ABC's Good Morning America
and later tonight on NBC's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Kenny is nearing the top of the charts with "Pirate Flag," the debut single from Life On A Rock
Fans can hear some of the new music live on Kenny's No Shoes Nation
tour, which continues on Saturday (May 4th) with a show at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina.
- Kenny will perform as part of Good Morning America's Summer Concert series on August 9th.
They just announced their separation, but Jason Aldean
has filed for divorce from his wife, Jessica Ussery
after 11 years of marriage. The papers were filed in Williamson County,
Tennessee court on Friday (April 26th). Jason cites irreconcilable
differences for the cause of the split.
He issued a statement
yesterday (Monday, April 29th) saying, "This is a really tough time for
my entire family. Jessica and I have been together since we were
teenagers. We've been through a lot of ups and downs over the years as
we grew up together as a couple. She will always be important to me
because she is the mother of my children, and I know that we will both
always make our daughters our #1 priority. I've learned that everyone
always rushes to judgment when they hear news like this. That's really
hard because no one knows anything about our relationship but us. I
understand that because of my job, I have to go through a lot of this in
the public eye, but for my girls' sake I really wish people would give
us some level of privacy and at the very least be respectful of them."
The couple have been reportedly working on their marriage after Jason was caught canoodling with another woman -- a former American Idol
contestant -- at a Los Angeles bar last year.
Jason continues on his sold-out Night Train
tour, with scheduled shows this weekend in New Mexico and Texas.
will hit the national TV circuit over the next two weeks to promote their new album, Golden
, which will be in stores on May 7th.
The trio will kick things off on release day with appearances on Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres Show
and end with an exclusive and intimate release show at New York City's
McKittrick Hotel for the Lady Antebellum Golden Release Show presented
by Citi. The VIP event will give a select number of fans the first
preview of songs off the new album and a donation will be made to
Musicians on Call On behalf of the group's charity initiative, LadyAID.
On May 8th, Lady A will begin their take-over on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
and set up residency at 30 Rock with interviews and performances on shows on both the 8th and 9th.
The following week, Lady Antebellum will jet to the West Coast for an appearance on Chelsea Lately
on May 13th and a performance on NBC's The Voice
on May 14th before continuing on to Toronto for more media appearances and events.
Lady A is particularly proud of Golden
They did some reinvention and took a few risks on the new album, but it
already seems to be paying off, as the debut single, "Downtown," has
already hit the top of the charts.
tells us: "We'll be really honest and say that on our last record we felt the pressure. You know, we had just had the success of Need You Now,
that whole album, that song in particular, and we started recording the
third record, went to the Grammys, had that amazing life-changing
night, and then went back into the studio to finish it up. And as much
as we tried for the pressure to not get to us, I think it definitely
did, and with having an album removed from that and knowing that we, you
know, we wanted to continue to grow. Everybody says the word evolve,
but it's true. We were all in different places we had more to say, and
truthfully, we felt like we were writing songs because we love writing
songs, not trying to chase a hit, you know. So, not only did we write
songs that we were really excited about, that told a story, that
we were really proud of, but we got pitched songs that were great too.
And so, I think we just really relaxed into the process, and in that
relaxation, it almost gave us more confidence to take some more risks."
Lady A's new single is called "Goodbye Town."
The group plan to announce some special tour plans in the coming weeks.
- Golden is Lady A's fourth studio album.
- Hillary, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley co-wrote seven of the 12 songs on Golden.
is already scaling the charts with her new single, "See You Again."
Carrie co-wrote the song several years ago, and while she loved it, she
tells us she never really thought it would end up on one of her albums. "'See You Again' actually started -- we were writing for The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader,
and I loved 'See You Again' and honestly thought they might pick that
one for the movie. And I was like, seriously, like, whatever we don't
use, I want for my album. But 'See You Again' fit. It fit this album.
And I'm so glad. That was the first one we had in the can. It's like,
'Okay, well, that one'll be on the album.' And I've loved it for that
(:29 OC: . . . for that long.)
"See You Again" is the fourth single from Carrie's Blown Away
other Carrie news, the singer's pooch, Penny, suffered an allergic
reaction after trying to eat some ants. Yesterday (Monday, April 29th),
Carrie tweeted out a warning to fellow pet owners writing, "Attn. pet
owners: make sure to have Benadryl handy in case your dog gets stung.
This is miss Penny before and after. I mean, what dog eats ants?! She's
fine now, but it made for a scary morning!" Of course, the tweet was
accompanied by a before and after pic of Penny, whose snout was clearly
swollen after the run-in.
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- Carrie is included in this week's People magazine's Most Beautiful People issue.
cause of death has been revealed. The legendary singer reportedly
passed away on Friday (April 26th) due to hypoxic respiratory failure, a
condition that occurs when there is not enough oxygen present for the
body to carry out its basic functions. Jones' funeral will be held on
Thursday (May 2nd) at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. It is open
to the public.
was the punchline of one of President Obama
jokes at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C. on
Saturday (April 27th). He was talking about the budget sequester and
said, "Republicans fell in love with it. Now they can't stop talking
about how much they hate it. It's like we're trapped in a Taylor Swift
will kickoff Derby weekend by
performing at Louisville's Fest-de-Ville Derby Eve Jam on Friday (May
3rd) at Waterfront Park. The set will include his Top Five hit, "Did It
For The Girl," his latest single "Fill In The Blank" and a few new songs
from his debut album.
New trio The Henningsens
are adjusting to some big life changes. The family band has scored
their first Top 20 hit with their debut single, "American Beautiful."
They are getting ready to hit the road on their first big tour on May
9th on Brad Paisley
's Beat This Summer
run, and if that isn't enough, Clara Henningsen
is planning her wedding. The 23-year-old lead singer and her fiance, Jacob Calaway
, got engaged in September and will tie the knot this spring.
feeling of family is a thread that runs throughout the band's music
video for "American Beautiful," and fans can catch The Henningsens as
they visit the set of CMT's Hot 20 Countdown
in the episode premiering on Saturday (May 4th) at 11:30 a.m. ET and re-airing at the same time on May 5th.
The Henningsens' American Beautiful
album will be in stores on July 2nd.
The title track was co-written by Clara, Aaron, and Brian Henningsen
along with Brett Beavers
' new album, Spitfire
will be released on June 4th exclusively at Walmart. She co-wrote nine
of the songs on the project saying, "This album is a peek into my world;
who I am, what I've gone through, what my emotions are. It's an
intimate conversation between me and whoever's listening. I hope I'm
saying things that are hard for others to express. It certainly took me a
lot of work to get to this point. And it's still easier to sing these
thoughts than it is to say them out loud. The intimacy in my music is
Guests on Spitfire
include Rob Thomas
of Matchbox 20, Jeff Beck
, Alison Krauss
and Dan Tyminski
Here is the Spitfire
(LeAnn Rimes / Darrell Brown / David Baerwald)
2. What Have I Done? with Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminsky
(LeAnn Rimes / Darrell Brown / David Baerwald)
3. Gasoline & Matches with Rob Thomas and Jeff Beck
(Buddy and Julie Miller)
(LeAnn Rimes / Darrell Brown / Dan Wilson)
5. You Ain't Right
(Liz Rose / Chris Stapleton / Morgane Hayes)
6. I Do Now
(LeAnn Rimes / Darrell Brown / Dan Wilson)
7. Where I Stood
8. You've Ruined Me
(LeAnn Rimes / Darrell Brown / John Shanks)
(Christina Aldendifer and Gary Burr)
10. A Waste Is A Terrible Thing To Mind
(LeAnn Rimes / David Baerwald / Darrell Brown)
11. Just A Girl Like You
(LeAnn Rimes / Darrell Brown / Nathan Chapman)
12. God Takes Care of Your Kind
(LeAnn Rimes / Darrell Brown / Dean Sheremet)
13. Who We Really Are
(Sarah Buxton and Darrell Brown)
14. Borrowed (Live) - Bonus Track
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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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GABOUREY SIDIBE JOINS 'AMERICAN HORROR STORY': Precious star Gabourey Sidibe has signed on to appear in the upcoming third season of American Horror Story. Ryan Murphy announced the news on Twitter on Monday (April 29th.) Her role has not been revealed.
ANOTHER CAST MEMBER DEPARTS 'REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS': Marisa Zanuck has confirmed that she will not be a part of the fourth season of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She told Celebuzz, "I wasn't asked back. It's as simple as that and I'm okay with it."
WETV ORDERS 'HOUSE OF CURVES': WEtv has given a series order to House of Curves which focuses on plus-sized designer Kenyatta Jones as she navigates the "skinny world" of fashion. The show will air as six hour-long episodes.
SARAH SILVERMAN TO STAR IN HBO SPECIAL: Sarah Silverman will star in her first-ever HBO special called We Are Miracles. The special will tape in May and air on the network in the fall.
STEVEN SODERBERGH TEASES NEW PROJECT: Supposedly retired director Steven Soderbergh used his ghost Twitter account, @Bitchuation, to tweet out various chapters of a novella called Glue on Sunday night (April 28th.) Glue is believed to be original work from the man behind Magic Mike
and appears to be a crime story told from the second person
perspective. Only the first seven chapters have been posted thus far.
ADRIENNE MALOOF SAYS SHE DOESN'T NEED TO BE A REAL HOUSEWIFE
: Ousted real housewife Adrienne Maloof
may have been burned on national television after failing to appear at the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
reunion but the reality star says she doesn't need Bravo to keep her career going. She told The Bender
"I ended on a high note with Bravo. They understand my situation.
Unfortunately I wasn't able to get into too much about my marriage and
my children, so I had to do what I had to do. It was a great platform
and for me the second chapter of my life I think you'll find to be quite
impressive. I've got offers left and right for a reality television
show and I'm doing a feature film with Dreamworks."
ANNE HATHWAY HIDES IN A STRANGER'S CAR: Anne Hathaway
landed at LAX recently and rather than wait curbside for her ride to show up, she sought shelter in a stranger's car. TMZ
caught the actress entering a car that she quickly learned was not her
ride but asked if she could sit and wait for a few minutes until her car
arrived to avoid the paparazzi.
REESE WITHERSPOON SAYS IT'S OK FOR SUCCESSFUL WOMEN TO SHOW OFF: Mud
star Reese Witherspoon
gave an interview to Red
magazine before her "Do you know who I am?" disorderly conduct arrest
where she says successful women should be allowed to show off a little.
She told the magazine, "As women, we shrug and smile and say, 'Oh...
me?' because it makes it socially acceptable for us to be successful.
But there is a balance between being an arrogant jerk and being someone
who is proud of their accomplishments. We need to let successful women
show off and support them. You have to be the best version of yourself
and, if that means you have to be a bit self-promoting, then it's okay."
LEONARDO DICAPRIO TAKES CREDIT FOR BRINGING JAY-Z TO 'THE GREAT GATSBY': Leonardo DiCaprio
was promoting his new film The Great Gatsby
to E! News
when he revealed that he is partially responsible for bringing Jay-Z
in to perform on the soundtrack for the film. He said, "I can't say me
specifically but I think I suggested Jay-Z to Baz. I made the
introduction, 'cause I know Baz in his great search to create this
spectacle that is a Baz Luhrmann
movie wanted to, in a sense,
modernize the music in a lot of ways. And jazz was kind of the
equivalent of hip-hop in that era. So I suggested Jay-Z, and then they
started working together and had a great collaboration and worked on the
ASHTON KUTCHER WENT BACK TO STAGECOACH FESTIVAL: Ashton Kutcher
returned to the Stagecoach Country Music Festival on Sunday (April
28th) --only a day after fighting with a security guard and being asked
to leave. There were no incidents reported on his second day at the
NBC CENSORS KATHIE LEE GIFFORD
With the release of Brian Stelter's new book Top of the Morning last week, NBC is back on damage control hoping to recover Matt Lauer's reputation and protect the Today show. Kathie Lee Gifford
recently attempted to help her fellow NBC employee by speaking out in
his defense to the media but according to some leaked emails acquired by
Radar Online, the network allegedly had to edit her words.
reporting that Kathie Lee launched an effort to help Matt's image by
collecting signatures from NBC employees in support of the anchor that
she planned to run as an ad in a newspaper but Lauer supposedly asked
her to put the kibosh on it. She also told Extra, "Matt is not a
monster. You know a completely different person than the monster you're
reading about in the press." Those words did not sit well with the
network and, after a series of emails with producers of the NBC-owned
entertainment news program, the references to him being viewed as a
monster were removed. Instead, Extra ran a clip of Gifford
saying, "This man we love and respect so much and is handling this
beautifully, how about, maybe they'd believe us? I think Matt's an
honorable man and a consummate professional."
CHECK IT OUT:
- Meredith Vieira also expressed her opinion on the matter by telling the NY Post, "Even if NBC blew it from a p.r. point of view, you've got to move on. I think what is happening to Matt is really wrong."
MARTHA STEWART IS LOOKING FOR LOVE ONLINE
Martha Stewart is looking for love and she's turning to the internet to find it. The 71-year-old appeared on Monday's Today show where Matt Lauer announced that the show will be documenting Martha's quest to find a mate.
When Stewart asked Match.com CEO Sam Yagan
if he felt she would find a match on the site like many of her
employees, Sam said, "What we know we can get you is some great first
dates. I think finding a soul mate for you might be a little difficult.
But I think first dates are easily doable." Yagan also recommended that
Martha set up her profile under a false identity so she could get to
know people without them being blinded by her fame.
CHECK IT OUT:
- Martha also revealed, "I'd like to have breakfast with somebody. I'd like to go to bed with somebody. Sleep with somebody."
KATE MIDDLETON ISN'T MOVING IN WITH MOM
Despite reports the emerged last week that Kate Middleton
planned to move in with her mother Carole Middleton
immediately following the birth of her first child this summer, a source tells E! News
that is the case. While Kate plans to spend a lot of time with her family, she isn't moving home full-time.
source said, "There are no formal plans for her to move in with her mom
in Bucklebury. But after Will's paternity leave -- currently expected
to be two weeks -- Kate will spend most of her time between London and
Bucklebury." It was suspected that Kate would be moving home since she
is reportedly considering giving birth at the hospital where she and her
were born and they are currently removing asbestos from home she shares with Prince William
CHECK IT OUT:
- Kate's baby is due in July.
DENISE RICHARDS ADDRESSES WEIGHT RUMORS
star Denise Richards
doesn't understand why the tabloids are saying she is "painfully thin"
and "extra skinny." The 42-year-old briefly discussed her weight with Extra
while walking the red carpet at the Radio Disney Music Awards on Saturday (April 27th.)
said, "I don't know why lately I've been getting so much flack for it. I
have a very healthy lifestyle and I'm busy." Denise added, "What
bothers me is I have three daughters. I'm such an advocate for health
and fitness...In moderation, we eat ice cream all the time. I had
grilled cheese before we got here!"
CHECK IT OUT:
'TEEN MOM' SCORES SIX-FIGURE PAYDAY FOR SEX TAPE
Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham
has finished negotiating the sale of her sex tape with Vivid
entertainment and will reportedly earn a high six-figure payday for
making the video available to the public. According to TMZ, after weeks of weighing her options with various studios and a public feud with her co-star James Deen, Farrah's 70-minute adult film will be released.
the exact amount of her payday is unknown, Farrah definitely did not
receive the $2 million she had hoped for but it is believed to fall very
close to the $1 million mark. The movie will reportedly be called Farrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom.
CHECK IT OUT:
came under fire last week after being photographed bringing her father
and three-year-old daughter to the negotiations for the sale of the
OFF BEAT BRIEFS
SCOTTISH CRUISE COMPANY BUYS LOCH NESS MONSTER INSURANCE
MAN ALLOWS 10-YEAR-OLD SON TO DRIVE FERARRI: Police in India
cited a man who allowed his 10-year-old son to drive a Ferrari F430 on
his birthday. Authorities cited Muhammad Nisham after he posted a video
to YouTube that showed his son Ishaan driving the sports car on his
birthday. Nisham said, "We did not expect this kind of furor after we
uploaded that video on YouTube... I don't think there should be any
problem for a boy to try out a car... especially when we ensure that it
is done with utmost safety." He added that the citation won't stop him
from allowing his son to drive his new Lamborghini on the empty roads
near his tobacco factory. Nisham hopes his son will grow up to be a
successful Formula One driver. (UPI)
WOMAN WHO USED THE TERM 'ENGLISH COW' PLEADS GUILTY TO RACIALLY AGGRAVATED HARASSMENT:
A Welsh woman who insulted an British woman by calling her an "English
Cow" pleaded guilty to racially aggravated harassment. 25-year-old Elen
Humphreys used the insult against Angela Payne -- a woman who had been
having an affair with Humphreys' father. When Humphreys went to Payne's
home to collect some of her dad's things, she told Payne, "Leave well
alone, you English cow." Humphreys' attorney said his client was under a
lot of stress after discovering that her father had been "backwards and
forwards" between her mother and Payne. Humphreys was ordered to pay
Payne $77.48 and sentenced to a 12-month conditional release.
INFLATABLE POOP INSTALLATION: An inflatable poop art installation in Hong Kong was 51 feet tall before it was destroyed by a sudden storm. See it here: http://bcove.me/35s6ysm1
BROTHERS REUNITED AFTER 80 YEARS LED SIMILAR LIVES:
Two British brothers who were recently reunited after an 80-year
separation have discovered they reached the same rank in the Royal Air
Force, played the same soccer position and even gave their respective
daughters the same name -- Wendy. Ron and Fred Boyles were adopted
through different services 80 years ago and only recently found out
about each other after a relative discovered the relationship while
researching the family tree. 80-year-old Fred said, "...To find out I
had a brother after all these years was just, wow. When we first met,
Ron was sat back in his big chair and... oh, I couldn't speak."
83-year-old Ron added, "It was emotional. That feeling of having a real
brother was absolutely marvelous." (The Mirror)
JONAH FALCON RELEASES POP SONG ABOUT HIS LARGE PENIS:
Jonah Falcon, famous for his 13.5-inch penis, has released a pop song
titled, "It's Too Big." The song has been released through iTunes and
CDBaby.com and features the following lyrics: "I heard it from all the
guys and every single freakin' girl/They wanna try and take a ride on
the biggest in the world/But in order to ride the beast it must be
unfurled... Too damn big/It's just too damn big/Your penis too damn big
yeah/It's too damn big." (Huffington Post)
A Scottish cruise company has insured its tourist boats against
potential damage from the Loch Ness Monster. According to reports
Jacobite Cruises signed a 1.5 million dollar policy with an insurance
company on the 80th anniversary of the first reported Loch Ness Monster
sighting. The cruise company's owner, Freda Newton, said, "How silly
would we look if it [happened] and we weren't covered for it?" (msnNOW)
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
WHAT YOUR FACEBOOK INTERESTS SAY ABOUT YOU:
A new study finds that the more interests a person lists on their
Facebook profile, the more romantic relationships they've likely had.
The research was published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior.
Study author, Dr. Christopher Carpenter, says. "Even if we walk away
from our romantic relationships with some heartache, we generally also
gain new interests and activities. Our relationships with others help us
become more interesting to people by perhaps broadening our horizons." (Men's Health)
BOOK REVIEWS BY A TWO-YEAR-OLD: http://tinyurl.com/buckcvr
TOP REGRETS OF AMERICANS:
New research finds that Americans have a lot in common with each other
when it comes to regrets. Researchers from Northwestern University
conducted a telephone survey on 370-adults in which they asked the
participant to describe one regret in detail. They found that just over
18-percent of people described romance or lost love, and nearly
16-percent said family arguments. About 13-percent cited a missed
educational opportunity, while about 12-percent said it was a missed
career opportunity, and nearly ten-percent regretted their money
management or spending habits. (Psych Central)
MORE PEOPLE GOING UNDER THE KNIFE FOR ARM-LIFTS:
The American Society for Plastic Surgeons says that the number of women
receiving arm-lifts in the last decade has increased more than
four-thousand-percent. The society says in the year 2000 only 300 arm
lifts were performed by plastic surgeons in the U.S. while in 2011
nearly 16-thousand were performed. This procedure is most popular with
middle-age women, but doctors say patients should carefully consider the
pros and cons before having the procedure, as it does leave scarring on
the arms. (UPI)
LACK OF SLEEP MAY HARM MEN'S SPERM:
A new study from Denmark finds that not catching enough Zs may harm a
man's sperm. To find this, researchers asked 953 young men how they
slept over the previous four-week, then researchers measured the hormone
levels of the men and analyzed their semen. Scientists found that the
poorer the men reported their quality of sleep, the poorer the quality
of their semen. In fact the poorest sleepers were found to have a
25-percent reduction in sperm count, and 1.6-percent fewer sperm that
were morphologically normal, compared to men with lower levels of sleep
disturbance. While researchers admit there is only an association
between poor sleep quality and poor sperm counts, they say the study
results may have important public health implications. (Fox News)
STUDY: MONEY MAKES YOU HAPPIER:
New research links money to happiness. The research comes from
Brookings Institute and finds that in the world's 25 most-populous
countries, as households get richer, people report feeling more
satisfied. Researchers say this new study disproves older research,
which claimed there was a "satiation point" for wealth, and that people
didn't feel any better once they made more than 75-thousand dollars per
year. The new research finds the more one has the better they feel, and
that applies no matter how rich or poor the country, or how rich or poor
the people are within the country. (The Atlantic)
STUDY: LEARNING DISABILITIES ARE FAIRLY COMMON:
New research from the University of Melbourne finds that up to
ten-percent of the population is affected by specific learning
disabilities (SLDs). SLDs include problems with math (dyscalculia),
reading (dyslexia) and autism. The statitic would translate into two or
three students in each classroom. Researchers also found that children
are frequently affected by more than one learning disability-- for
example, 33-to-45-percent of kids with ADHD also suffer from dyslexia,
and 11-percent from dyscalculia. Dr. Brian Butterworth, with the study,
said the results showed there were many neurological development
disorders that result in learning disabilities, even in children of
normal or even high intelligence. (Psych Central)
BEST NYC STREET ART OF 2013: http://tinyurl.com/ckk3k7t
ARE DINING ROOM TABLES OBSOLETE?
A British survey reveals dining room tables may be becoming obsolete.
New research from NetVoucherCodes.co.uk finds that just five-percent of
those surveyed say they ate every meal at their dining room table, and
13-percent said they eat at the tables once a day. Some respondents said
they ate at their dining room table just once a week or once or twice
per month, 19-percent and 26-percent respectively. Most people-
30-percent- said they only eat at their dining room tables a few times a
year. (Daily Mail)
WATER COOLER TALK
Psychiatrist Calls for Study of Dead Boston Marathon Bomb Suspect's Brain
A Boston psychiatrist wants the brain of Boston Marathon bomb suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev
to be studied to look for evidence that his boxing career may have left
him brain damaged, potentially prone to depression and aggression. The
body of the 26-year-old Tsarnaev, who died in a shootout with police,
has yet to be claimed, but Dr. Michal Craig Miller of Beth Israel
Deaconess Medical Center wrote in a Boston Globe
the brain study, "We should suggest the idea to whomever has custody of
his remains." Tsarnaev has a wife and three-year-old daughter, his
parents are both in Russia and his younger brother Dzhokhar
allegedly was involved in the bomb plot with him, is in custody. Miller
wrote, "Our local experts should get the chance to study Tamerlan
Tsarnaev's brain. And they should study it as closely as our forensic
experts have studied a few blocks along Boylston Street," which was the
site of the two bombings.
Is Avoiding Cleavage at Work Always the Right Thing for Women To Do?
for success" advice for women usually says that they should avoid
cleavage in the workplace. But a post on the blog Already Pretty
suggests that might not be fair for all women depending on their body
type, stating, "Some people will have visible cleavage even in a garment
with a relatively modest neckline. I can understand why someone with
ample cleavage might choose
to conceal it. But it feels unfair to
automatically label their style as provocative or unprofessional if
they don't." The post continues, "I support office dress codes in
concept; however, I'm not comfortable with the notion that the
application should vary based on people's body size and shape. If I can
wear v-neck sweater to work, I think my well-endowed colleague should be
able to as well." Addressing the distraction factor for co-workers, the
writer says, "People -- often women -- are held responsible for other
people's reactions to their bodies, particularly if those reactions are
sexual. I have a hard time with that. . . . Will that little line
peeping through create a brief sexy diversion for a co-worker? It might.
But if said co-worker is professional, I think it's reasonable to
expect them to ignore that distraction and continue with the job at
Where Did the 'Love' Go in Pop Song Titles?
a fairly safe bet to say that love has inspired more pop songs over the
years than most any other topic, a contention backed up by the fact
that "love" is the most frequent word -- excluding articles like "the,"
"you" and "I" -- in the tens of thousands of song titles in the Whitburn
Project database of Billboard Chart hits. But "love" seems to have
faltered in the past 15 years, with The Week
recently found by linguists at Idibon, a company that gets useful
information from language data, that the amorous word is appearing a lot
less often in pop song titles these days. They found that the
percentage of hits with the word "love" in the title in recent years is
only 30 percent what it was in 1980. In fact, the percentage of songs
with "love" in the title has since 1998 been at the lowest level in
decades, going back until at least the late 1940s. Interestingly enough,
while "love" has been fading, "hate" has been surging. There are only
30 songs with "hate" in their title in the entire database, and 11 of
them have been in this time period. The Week
reports on another
interesting and possibly related stat that artists may have picked up on
-- love songs stay on the charts for an average of 9.4 weeks, while
non-love songs remain longer, an average of 11.4 weeks.
KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE
All weekend long, celebs and fans of George Jones
have been tweeting and reacting to the death of the legendary singer on Friday (April 26th).
posted a picture of herself with "the possum" on twitter writing,
"Happy memory of me and George. You may have left us, but your music and
your legacy never will."
wrote, "My friend,
the greatest singer of all time, has passed. To those who knew him,our
lives were full. To those of you who don't: discover him now."
wrote, "There aren't words in our language to describe the depth of his greatness. I'll miss my kind and generous friend."
released a statement, saying, "Well, heaven better get ready for some
great country music. While George was known for his wild and crazy days,
I've known him for 25 years as a friend. He had grown into a real good
man. Of course, he will always be the greatest singer and interpreter of
real country music - there'll never be another. Like the song says,
'You know this old world is full of singers, but just a few are chosen
to tear your heart out when they sing. Imagine life without them...Who's
gonna fill their shoes.'"
statement saying, "My heart is absolutely broken. George Jones was my
all time favorite singer and one of my favorite people in the world. My
heart goes out to Nancy and all his family and friends."
sad, "The world has lost the greatest country singer of all time. Amen."
Hank Williams Jr.
said, "Today is a sad day in Country music. We have lost another piece
of history. George Jones was not only a good singer, but was a good
friend. He will be missed by many."
am very thankful I got to know George, he's one of the greatest singers
that ever lived. I actually loved the man and really enjoyed the time I
got to spend with he and Nancy."
"George Jones will always be one of the most amazing singers who ever
lived. He was a true Country Music legend who made music very personal
to the listener - I think more than anyone else. He will be dearly
missed, but always remembered."
believe if you ask any singer who was the greatest country music singer
of all time, they would say 'George Jones'. He was without question and
by far the BEST! I first met and worked with him when I was 13 years
old; I am so very grateful that he was my friend."
said, "I am just devastated by the news that George Jones has passed
away! The music world has lost one of the most original and innovative
talents that the world has ever known. I feel such a personal loss of
not only one of the greatest vocal influences of my life, but also I've
lost a dear friend. Visits with George have always been full of joy and
laughter. Every time I would see him, George would always greet me with a
funny story or a joke! His legacy will put his name at the top of the
most influential artists in history, right along with Hank Williams,
Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. His voice will be influencing singers
100 years from now and beyond! I'm reminded of the lyrics that Waylon
wrote in the tune 'It's Alright.' 'If we all sang like we wanted to,
we'd all sound like George Jones!'"
"George Jones has passed. Damn. Thought he'd live forever. Let's break
out his catalogue and play it all day Godspeed possum and family."
Little Big Town
tweeted, "There will never be another George Jones. You are and always will be country music. Rest in peace. #GeorgeJones"Clay Aiken
tweeted, "Sad to hear of the passing of the great George Jones,
Soundtrack to much of my childhood. We'll lay a wreath upon his door.
Rest in peace."
tweeted, "R.I.P. to a true country/american legend, George Jones. thanx for the music."
Billy Ray Cyrus
tweeted, "I'm stunned and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my
good friend George Jones.The very definition of a legend. Thoughts and
The Band Perry
tweeted, "Country music and the world lost a true legend today... Mr. Jones, you will be greatly missed."
tweeted, "Saddened by the passing of George Jones. Sending prayers up
for his wife and family. Country Music will never be the same."
LeAnn Rimes Cibrian
tweeted, "So sad we lost "the possum" today. R.I.P George Jones and
know we didn't stop loving you today. You will live on forever in our
tweeted, "Rest in peace George Jones There will never be another one like you and we'll miss you a bunch Buddy."
tweeted, "Really REALLY bad news. We've lost a country music legend.
And I've lost a hero and a friend. Goodbye George Jones... "
tweeted, "So sad to hear about George Jones . His voice and music will
be with us forever. Thoughts go out to all his family, friends and
tweeted, "Every serious country artist
in the past 30 years has some #georgejones dna in their blood and music.
My God. We've lost our Elvis."
tweeted, "Gone ...... George Jones .....man he was country music"
tweeted, "We lost one of the best voices God created this morning. Our
hearts are saddened to hear that George Jones has passed away...Our
thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and all of the family."
tweeted, "So sad to hear abt the passing of George Jones. Country music
has lost one of our pioneers & legendary icons. You will never be
tweeted, "Possum, angels got a
serious lead singer today - God bless Nancy his loving wife - what a
guy- what a voice - that was one hell of a show!"
said, "It's a sad day for country music and a great loss for those of
us who knew him. I was blessed to call George my friend. He was one of
the best country singers there ever was. My thoughts and prayers are
with his wife, Nancy, and all of his family. It's a sad, sad day."
of Rascal Flatts
said, ""He was the greatest country vocalist that ever lived! Through
the years we have all tried to emulate the passion in his voice, but no
one can fill his shoes."
said, "He had a
voice that was the truth, raw and unfiltered. You cant get any realer,
any more tortured or any more alive. No one can do what George Jones
does, and that's why 50 years later, he still stands out as one of the
greatest singers in any genre of all time. We were great friends, but it
was really more like a father/son relationship. He even showed up in
Lexington, Kentucky two years ago to surprise me onstage for my
birthday... all the way from Nashville, to surprise me and sing 'He
Stopped Loving Her Today' with me, which will be one of the greatest
memories of my life. When I was just staring out, and I was picked to
open the George Jones/Tammy Wynette Reunion Tour, I thought I'd made
it... Then one night, George asked me if I was heading home because he
and Nancy had a plane, and they'd take me. I remember sitting there on
that jet, thinking, 'This can't be happening...' because he was George
Jones, and I was some kid from nowhere...' I'm sure he knew, but he was
generous to kids chasing the dream, and I never forgot it."
told us: "The
most special memory was when he gave me my medallion at the Hall of
Fame ceremony. He actually was the one that did the actual induction,
and what a special night that was, but we're just gonna miss George so
much. This came as a total shock to me. I didn't even know that George
was in the hospital. To the whole music industry it's just gonna be a
big void not having George out there, but we've got his music, and that
music will live forever. I mean, he did a lot of crazy things in his
career and no matter how crazy he got everybody still loved him because
that's just the kind of guy that George was, and we're just all gonna
miss him. It's a sad day for the music business, for sure."
told an Indianapolis radio station: [You
know, I was very sad to hear that, but when you think of wow, what an
amazing life he lived. From all his ups and downs, I mean, hey, that's
what life is. He lived the ultimate country song, I believe. Nobody's
ever had a more recognizable voice and a more recognizable style. When
you consider he is the artist on the greatest song that country music
has ever known, I mean what better way to be an artist than to know
that, 'Hey, I had the best song that's ever been.' You know, I got to
meet he and Nancy and they were just amazing people. You know, he toured
his whole life, even right up to the end, and, heck, he had tickets
sold when he passed away, and I think he was just a special person and
sad to see him go. For years, my CD player in my truck held four or
five George Jones greatest hits and gosh, you know, 'Whose Gonna Fill
Their Shoes' and recordings like that are just amazing stuff and he'll
certainly be missed."
tells us exclusively about George recording his song "Bartender's Blues" for his 1978 album of the same name: "I
had written the song as a tribute to him and with him in mind because
he's maybe after Hank Williams the greatest . . . He's a real . . . He
really invented something, George Jones did, and as far as I'm
concerned, he's a real innovator and one of the most remarkable American
singers ever. You hear it all over the place, you hear his influence,
and he's just had a huge influence on me, so I'm really gonna miss
George Jones, but, you know, he recorded so much, he recorded so much
material that he's still with us."
And finally, Keith Urban
tweeted, "If I'm blessed enough to make it there, I look forward to you
giving me the grand tour. Rest in peace George Jones!!!!!" He then
shared a musical tribute to the late legend by singing "He Stopped
Loving Her Today."
funeral will take place on Thursday (May 2nd) at The Grand Ole Opry
House in Nashville at 10 am CT. The service will be open to the public.
private visitation for family, friends, and fellow performers will take
place on Wednesday (May 1st) evening at an undisclosed location.Nancy Jones
issued a statement saying, "Thanks to George's friends, fans, and loved
ones for the outpouring of love at this terrible time. I love you all."
George died on Friday (April 26th) in Nashville at the age of 81.
A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1956, George was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992.
lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the
Grand Ole Opry trust fund or to the Country Music Hall of Fame and
- Opry Trust Fund
2804 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
- Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
222 Fifth Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
Monday, April 29, 2013
has been selected to perform the national anthem at the Talladega
Superspeedway in Alabama on Saturday (May 4th). In addition to "The Star
Spangled Banner", he will play a free Infield concert later that night.
Saturday's Aaron's 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race begins at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Chris will hit the road with headliner Brad Paisley
on the Beat This Summer
tour beginning on May 9th in Maryland Heights, Missouri. The run also features Lee Brice
Chris' new single is called "Aw Naw."
has added another home -- well, in this case, mansion -- to her growing list of properties. TMZ
reports the superstar plunked down $17 million in cash for the Harkness
House in Rhode Island. Taylor and her parents toured the eight-bedroom,
11,000-square-foot mansion earlier this month
The original asking price on the 5.23-acre waterfront home was around $20 million.
House comes with 700 feet of shoreline overlooking Block Island and
Montauk Point, a Pebble Tec outdoor pool and a pool house/fitness
Taylor is in the midst of her sold-out Red
tour, which plays at Detroit's Ford Field on Saturday (May 4th).
is working on a movie, and this time he's been cast as the lead. The film is a Western called The Virginian
reports that the even the singer himself was shocked to learn he would
be the star of the film. He said, "I told the director, the first day
that I met him up there on the set, I said, 'OK, let's get this out of
the way first: I don't trust anyone who casts me as a lead in the movie.
So let's just start from there.'"
Trace has been shooting the flick in Canada.
He says the original version of The Virginian
starred Gary Cooper
and was made in 1929.
- Trace's new album, Love Will . . . , will be released on May 14th.
- He continues to compete on The Celebrity Apprentice all-star season, which airs on Sundays on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.
recent legal woes have gotten him bumped as the pre-race act before
next month's All-Star race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Billy has
been replaced with Josh Turner
at the event on May 18th. Last
week, the singer was charged with making terroristic threats and abuse
of an elderly person. He was released from a Georgia jail after posting a
The Band Perry
and Kacey Musgraves
have been added as performers at the Billboard Music Awards
on May 19th in Las Vegas. Other performers include Taylor Swift, Pitbull, Christina Aguilera, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Selena Gomez, Prince, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars
. The show will air live from the MGM Grand on ABC.
is scheduled to sing the national anthem at this year's Kentucky Derby
on May 4th at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Previous Derby national
anthem singers have been Mary J. Blige, Jordan Sparks, Rascal Flatts
and LeAnn Rimes
CMA Music Festival's nightly concerts at LP Field have sold out six
weeks before the June event. This is the first time in Festival history
that this has happened. The lineup this year includes Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley
and Carrie Underwood
Q. What was George Jones' first Number One hit of his career?
A. "White Lightining" in 1959
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- Andre Agassi (tennis player) (43)
SYLVESTER STALLONE'S 'ROCKY' MUSICAL HEADING TO BROADWAY: Sylvester Stallone is aiming to bring his $30 million Rocky musical to Broadway in March 2014. The show debuted in Hamburg, Germany last October. Here's a preview:
ZACH BRAFF'S KICKSTARTER MAKES $2 MILLION: The kickstarter campaign started by Zach Braff to help finance his next film reached its $2 million goal in only a few short days. Zach's upcoming project Wish I Was Here launched on Wednesday (April 24th) and received over 28,000 backers by Saturday (April 27th.)
JOHNNY DEPP EYED FOR 'INTO THE WOODS': Disney is reportedly in the process of signing Johnny Depp to star in their film adaptation of the Broadway musical Into the Woods. Meryl Streep is also rumored to be a part of the project.
SHERRI SHEPHERD WANTS AN EX 'CHEETAH GIRL' FOR 'THE VIEW': Sherri Shepherd told Us magazine that she would like to see former Disney star Adrienne Bailon replace Joy Behar on The View.
She told the magazine, "I want everyone to stay, but Joy's been there
for a while and she's ready to go, so I'm supportive and I'll miss her.
But what do I want? A young Latina voice is very underrepresented, so I
would love to see a young Latina sitting at the table. Adrienne Bailon
would be so great. She's awesome and I'm a Cheetah Girls fan."
J.J. ABRAMS WANTS TO ADAPT STEPHEN KING NOVEL: Director J.J. Abrams' production company Bad Robot is in talks to buy the rights to Stephen King's time travel novel 11/22/63. According to Deadline, the story is being considered for a TV adaptation as a series or miniseries. A series based on King's Under the Dome will air on CBS this summer.
REPORT: ANNE HATHAWAY SMOKES WEED: The National Enquirer is reporting that Anne Hathaway's husband Adam Schulman
has gotten her into smoking pot. The tabloid claims to have a number of
photographs of Anne holding a homemade blunt with a lot of booze
bottles around. Friends are reportedly worried that Adam has brought
Anne down a bad path.
'X FACTOR' ALUM HANGS WITH SELENA GOMEZ: X Factor season two runner-up Carly Rose Sonenclar was photographed enjoying a dinner in NYC last week with Selena Gomez
sparking rumors that Selena may be mentoring the 13-year-old singer.
Carly tweeted a photo of the pair hanging out along with the message,
"So fun hanging out with @selenagomez tonight! She is humble and so
talented! Have fun at the MTV Upfronts tomorrow!"
JEFFREY WRIGHT ARRESTED FOR DWI: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire actor Jeffrey Wright was arrested for DWI in New York on Saturday (April 27th.) According to TMZ,
Jeffrey was pulled over for a traffic violation at 3 A.M. and then
failed a field sobriety test. Wright will be playing Beetee in the
upcoming sequel based on the best-selling novel.
LINDSAY LOHAN DROPPED FROM ENDORSEMENT DEAL: Lindsay Lohan
has been dropped from a $500,000 endorsement deal with clothing and
lifestyle brand Odaingerous. The company's director and CEO told Radar Online,
"In light of the recent conviction of actress Lindsay Lohan, clothing
and lifestyle brand, Odaingerous is officially withdrawing its offer for
an endorsement agreement of actress Lindsay Lohan as the face of the
brand. We wish her the best on her recovery and future pursuits."
CLINT EASTWOOD SPOTTED WITHOUT WEDDING RING: With his wife in rehab and rumors of marital troubles, Clint Eastwood was photographed on the streets of Manhattan over the weekend without his wedding ring on. TMZ reported that their relationship issues played a major part in what drove Dina Eastwood to seek treatment for depression and anxiety.
WEEKEND MOVIE WRAP-UP
Pain & Gain,
the based-on-a-true-story film about a group of steroid-using Florida
bodybuilders who carry out a kidnapping, extortion and murder plot,
debuted in first place at the weekend box office. It stars Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie, and co-stars include Ed Harris, Rob Corddry, Rebel Wilson and Tony Shaloub.
The comedy The Big Wedding,
about a family who tries to get through a weekend wedding celebration
that has the potential to become a fiasco, opened poorly in fourth
place. Its ensemble cast includes Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Robin Williams, Katherine Heigl, Susan Sarandon, Amanda Seyfried, Ben Barnes and Topher Grace.
THIS WEEKEND'S TOP TEN MOVIES -- APRIL 26-28
- Last week's top movie, Oblivion, fell to second place.
- Pain & Gain, $20 million
- Oblivion, $17.4 million
- 42, $10.7 million
- The Big Wedding, $7.5 million
- The Croods, $6.6 million
- G.I. Joe: Retaliation, $3.6 million
- Scary Movie 5, $3.5 million
- Olympus Has Fallen, $2.8 million
- The Place Beyond the Pines, $2.7 million
- Jurassic Park in 3-D, $2.3 million