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Friday, May 31, 2013


Kellie Pickler's father is in big trouble with the law. Clyde "Bo" Pickler, Jr. has officially been listed as a fugitive by the Florida Department of Corrections after allegedly leaving the state without reporting to his probation officer.
Clyde has been in and out of prison over the years, most recently serving a three-year sentence for aggravated battery and assault.
He was released in 2006, where he was reunited with Kellie right after she was eliminated from American Idol.
Florida officials believe Clyde might be headed to Kellie's homestate of North Carolina. reports that according to an insider, "Knowing that her dad could get arrested at any moment and taken back to prison again will break her heart."
John Fogerty released his new album, Wrote a Song for Everyone, this week, bringing together new material and new versions of old favorites. The project features the former Creedence Clearwater Revival front man collaborating with a host of artists, including Bob Seger, Foo Fighters, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band, and Brad Paisley.
Brad tells us about recording the song "Hot Rod Heart" with John:"I've known John awhile, and he is a really great, great, great, great, great man and a really fun person to be around and a tremendous guitar player -- and somebody who's a fan . . . he's actually . . . I've been a fan of his my whole life, but he's actually a fan of my guitar playing in a way that's very, very flattering to me. He's bought the same amp and guitar set-up that I use, and when we recorded our song together, he used the same exact amp style and bought a Crook Telecaster like I play and got a Bender put in it just like I have, and so, it was really bizarre for me to be working with one of my heroes who I look over and is copying me. And probably no finer compliment I have ever had as a player than to see John Fogerty want to sort of purchase something I use."

Brad is making his way up the charts with "Beat This Summer," the second single from his new Wheelhouse CD.
Keith Urban, Kellie Pickler, and Scotty McCreery are among the presenters at next week's CMT Music Awards, taking place in Nashville on Wednesday (June 5th). Other presenters include Nashville star Charles Esten, Duane "Dog" the Bounty Hunter & his wife, Beth Chapman, Florida Georgia Line, Kevin & Michael Bacon of The Bacon Brothers, Larry the Cable Guy, and Lisa Marie Presley.
The CMT Music Awards will air live at 8 p.m. ET on CMT and

Jason Aldean and Kristen Bell co-host this year's show, which will feature performances by Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, George Strait, Hunter Hayes, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and Taylor Swift.
Fan-voting in the various categories continues through Sunday (June 2nd) at
Luke Bryan, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Radney Foster, Randy Houser, Dustin Lynch and Justin Moore will join Darius Rucker for his sold-out, fourth annual "Darius And Friends" benefit concert, taking place on Monday (June 3rd) at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville. Proceeds from the event go directly to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Darius said, "I always look forward to this event each year, and I'm so happy to have Luke, Sam, John, Randy, Dustin, Justin, and of course my hero, Radney, join me to help raise funds for St. Jude. A few years ago I visited the St. Jude campus in Memphis and instantly became a 'true believer' in everyone there and the work they do to help treat kids and cure disease. I am happy to help raise funds for such a worthwhile cause and thrilled that some of my friends can join me."

The Darius And Friends event has grown to include a charity auction and a celebrity golf tournament. To date, it has raised more than $225,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The Darius And Friends golf tournament will be held in Nashville on Tuesday (June 4th). Celebrity golfers include Nashville Predator J.P. Dumont, Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney, Colt Ford, JT Hodges, Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, Dustin Lynch, Justin Moore, David Nail, and NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip.
  • Last week, Darius released True Believers, his third straight Number One album debut on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.
  • His latest single, "Wagon Wheel," has held the Number One spot on the country singles chart for the last two weeks.

When Brantley Gilbert was out on tour with Eric Church last year, they spent some time together and managed to squeeze in some songwriting. One of the songs just might end up on either Brantley or Eric's future projects, as Brantley tells us: "Yeah, when I was on the Eric Church tour, Eric and I actually formed a friendship and we did sit down and write a song together. When I looked at it, it didn't really fit in the song list. It didn't really fit into the story of the next chapter of my life. Probably not on this album. It was a fun song to write though. It was pretty funny. It's called, "I'm Already Broke". We wrote it about a friend of his. But anyway, no, I don't think it'll make this album. I'm hoping he cuts it on his next one. But it may find it's place on the next one."
Brantley will be releasing his third album in the near future.
In the meantime, he's on the road as part of Tim McGraw's Two Lanes of Freedom tour. They play this weekend in Ohio and Virginia.
  • Brantley has a current Top 10 hit with "More Than Miles."
  • He and his fiancee, Jana Kramer, plan to tie the knot sometime this year.
Chris Young's new single, "Aw Naw," is catching on with fans, but he admits the song's title has caused a bit of a problem, especially overseas.
Chris tells us about a recent experience with some Aussie fans: "(It's) the most difficult single title to say and people understand how to spell in the history of singles, I think. I actually, when we said we were gonna release this, I was over in Australia, and I was talkin' to some of the guys, and I was like, 'Yeah, the song's called "Aw Naw."' And they're like, '"All in All"?' And I'm like, 'No, no, no..."Aw Naw." A-W-N-A-W.' Like, 'Oh, hell!' (laughs)"
"Aw Naw" is the latest release from Chris' Neon CD.
He continues on the road with Brad Paisley. The Beat This Summer tour also features Lee Brice.
  • Chris is featured in the May/June issue of American Songwriter magazine.
Kip Moore is getting ready to experience his first CMA Music Festival as a hit singer. Next week gets started for Kip on Wednesday (June 5th) at the CMT Music Awards where he is nominated for Breakthrough Video of the Year and the Nationwide Insurance On Your Side Award for Best New Live Act. Fans can vote at through Sunday (June 2nd).
Kip will also make stops at Fan Fair X in the new Music City Center for multiple fan signings on Thursday (June 6th) as well as next Friday (June 7th) ahead of his first-ever LP Field appearance that night.

Kip said, "Up until now, I've only been on the sidelines at the stadium during CMA Music Fest, so now to be invited to play the big stage is a huge deal for me. I've definitely put a lot of time into becoming a better live performer and really worked hard out on the road, so this kinda feels like a payoff for all that. I can't imagine what the energy of 60,000 fans is going to feel like. The whole week is really special because you're reminded first hand of the dedication of country music fans."

Kip is featured in People Country's Hottest Guys issue, which hits newsstands today (Friday, May 31st). The photo shoot brought Moore to the beaches of Malibu where he opened up about his passion for surfing and the time he spent living in Hawaii writing songs before his move to Nashville to pursue music full time.
  • Kip is climbing toward the top of the country charts with "Hey Pretty Girl."
  • He continues to headline his own dates and will also open for Toby Keith this summer.

Billy Currington's arraignment hearing originally scheduled for Tuesday (May 28th) in Chatham County, Georgia has been postponed for two months after both sides asked for a continuance. Billy is accused of making terroristic threats and abuse of an elder person after an incident last month near the singer's Tybee Island home. A 70-year-old charter boat captain allegedly passed so close to Billy's property that one of his elderly neighbors almost fell off the dock because of the wake. Billy chased the charter boat down in his own boat and allegedly made verbal threats.
Tracy Lawrence's new album, called Headlights, Taillights And Radios, will be released on August 20th. The project marks his first full studio album in several years. The CD features 11 songs, including some written by Tracy. The debut single will be released in June.

DJ, remixer and producer Dee Jay Silver will digitally release a four-song EP on Tuesday (June 4th) titled Country Club. The EP features country mash-ups of some of the format's biggest stars, including Alabama, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Jake Owen, and Love and Theft.
Here is the Country Club EP track list:
1. Two Black Cadillacs/Jolene (Dee Jay Silver Edit) Carrie Underwood featuring Dolly Parton
Carrie Underwood/Josh Kear/Hillary Lindsey/Dolly Parton (BMI)/(ASCAP)
Original version of "Two Black Cadillacs" produced by Mark Bright
Original version of "Jolene" produced by Bob Ferguson

2. Dixieland Delight (Dee Jay Silver Mix)Alabama featuring Nappy Roots
Ronnie Rogers (BMI)
Nappy Roots appears courtesy of NREG/AVJ Records
Original version produced by Harold Shedd and Alabama

3. Angel Eyes (Dee Jay Silver Remix) Love and Theft
Jeff Coplan/Eric Gunderson/Eric Paslay (ASCAP)
Original version produced by Josh Leo

4. Barefoot Blue Jean Night (Dee Jay Silver Remix) Jake Owen
Dylan Altman/Eric Paslay/Terry Sawchuk (BMI)/(ASCAP)/(SOCAN)
Original version produced by Joey Moi and Rodney Clawson
Dee Jay Silver recently signed with Sony Music Nashville after being on Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party and current Night Train tours.
Dee Jay Silver will make several appearances during next week's CMA Music Festival, including performances at LP field.

Q. What country star once auditioned to be a backup singer for Reba McEntire, but did not make the cut?
A. Faith Hill
Friday, May 31st

Trace Adkins
Billy Ray Cyrus
Zac Brown Band
Blake Shelton


TRACY MORGAN LANDS FX SITCOM: Tracy Morgan will star in a new FX comedy pilot called Death Pact. The 30 Rock actor will play a formerly lazy, pot-dealing assistant high school coach who returns to his hometown as a decorated war hero. He runs across three down-on-their-luck friends and former students and sucks them into his new radical self-help philosophy, which involves harsh consequences for failure.
GRUMPY CAT MEME TO BECOME A MOVIE: The internet sensation Grumpy Cat will team up with Broken Roads Productions to star in a feature film similar to Garfield. Broken Road founder Todd Garner said, "Rare is an image that evokes that much comedy. You read all of the memes and the comments, and one is funnier than the next. We think we can build a big family comedy around this character."
JENNA JAMESON IS WRITING AN EROTICA NOVEL: Former adult film star Jenna Jameson has been writing an erotica novel called SUGAR which will be published in October. The story involves an ex-porn star who escapes to New York City to reinvent herself.
ALEC BALDWIN TO NARRATE NAT GEO SERIES: Alec Baldwin will provide voiceover work for new documentaries airing on the National Geographic channel beginning on June 14th. The programming block is being called Night of Exploration and will showcase global hotspots and the mavericks who explored them.
LIAM NEESON'S 'NON-STOP' GETS A RELEASE DATE: Universal has announced that Liam Neeson's new film Non-Stop will be released on February 21st, 2014. Liam plays a U.S. Air Marshal who receives a series of cryptic text messages during a transatlantic flight from New York City to London demanding that the government transfer $150 million to an off-shore account or else a passenger on his flight will be killed every 20 minutes.


CHANNNG TATUM FLUCTUATES HIS WEIGHT: White House Down star Channing Tatum reveals in the July issue of Cosmopolitan that he tends to put on weight when he isn't working a film. He tells the magazine, "I'm a fat kid on the inside. I love food so much, and I fluctuate about 25-30 pounds between movies." He adds that he would like to take on a role that is a bit less physically demanding as the action movies he has been making.
KIM KARDASHIAN'S CLOSE CALL WARDROBE MALFUNCTION: A breeze blew up Kim Kardashian's dress as she walked through Santa Monica on Wednesday (May 29th) and almost caused the pregnant 32-year-old to flash a bunch of photographers. Luckily Kim recovered quick enough to prevent anyone from getting a glimpse of her undercarriage.
MARK HAMILL CAUGHT FISHING FOR CIGARETTES FROM THE TRASH: Star Wars star Mark Hamill was caught by photographers digging through an ashtray looking for used cigarette butts. After grabbing the discarded butts, Hamill jumped into his BMW and reportedly started smoking them while driving to a burger joint.
CAMERON DIAZ IS RUMORED TO BE DATING BILLIONAIRE: The NY Post is reporting that Cameron Diaz may be dating Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk. She has reportedly been sneaking around with the billionaire since earlier this year. Musk is rumored to be the inspiration for Robert Downey Jr.'s portrayal of Tony Stark in Iron Man.
MELISSA MCCARTHY BANS PHOTOS ON SET OF 'TAMMY': Extras on the set of Melissa McCarthy's new film Tammy reportedly received a message titled "RESPECT FOR PRIVACY" which states, "While it's very exciting for all of us to get to work with the talented cast of TAMMY, it's very important that you all uphold the agreement you sign when you come to work on this set, that you will not take photos/videos of the set nor the actors who are working on the set." The photo ban occurred the day after Melissa reportedly kicked an extra off set for allegedly abusing her child during production.


Back in April, Portia De Rossi appeared in People magazine's Most Beautiful issue discussing how she didn't want to chase how she looked at 20 but the actress has recently come under scrutiny for having a drastically different face on the new season of Arrested Development. Many fans and media outlets are speculating that the 40-year-old has had some work done.
One fan tweeted, "How many episodes till I get used to Lindsay's face?" Another wrote, "Was I the only one who spent the first two minutes of that episode Googling whether that was actually Portia de Rossi playing Lindsay Bluth?"

  • called upon several plastic surgeons to weigh in. They claim that her face suggests that she has had rhinoplasty, a coronal brow lift, eyelid surgery, various lipo "fillers," and Botox.


One would think that after last week's arrest, Amanda Bynes would keep a low profile and perhaps take a break from social media but such is not the case. As Amanda continues to retweet her supporters and vilify her critics, she took a minute on Wednesday (May 29th) to remind everyone that she is still of sound mind.
Bynes tweeted:
The tweet comes at a time when it seems Hollywood has started to weigh in on the former Nickelodeon star's behavior. Aside from her recent exchange with Chrissy Teigen, Lance Bass and Ricky Schroder have also expressed their sympathy for the troubled star.

  • Rihanna, however, seemed to be instigating round two of their feud from earlier in the week when she retweeted Amanda's "I'm not crazy" message without comment. Riri posted the message even after the Hairspray actress uploaded a picture of the two of them together calling Rihanna a beauty.
  • Amanda's L.A. attorney came to his client's defense saying that reports about her personal life are "way exaggerated" and that he has no problems with her as a client whatsoever.
  • In other Amanda news, the 27-year-old vehemently denies that she visited the Sky Zone trampoline park in Buffalo, NY on Wednesday (May 29th) even though photographs have surfaced appearing to show her jumping around wearing a brunette wig.


Bling Ring star Emma Watson may have seen a lot of post-Potter success but she isn't entirely convinced it's a good thing. The actress reveals in a new interview that despite her fantastic career she still deals with insecurities.
Emma tells Rookie magazine, "It's weird - sometimes success can be incredibly validating, but sometimes it can be incredibly unnerving and throw your balance off a bit. It's called the impostor syndrome. It's almost like the better I do, the more my feeling of inadequacy actually increases." The 23-year-old continues, "I'm just going, 'Any moment, someone's going to find out I'm a total fraud and that I don't deserve any of what I've achieved'. I can't possibly live up to what everyone's expectations of me are."


Tia Mowry has revealed that her one-year-old son Cree helps her to de-stress. In an interview with The Huffington Post, when asked what she reaches for when she needs to decompress, she said, "My son, Cree. He puts everything back into perspective and helps me de-stress."
On what she does when anxiety keeps her up at night, she said, "I go straight to my iPhone. I'll look at all my pictures from the last few months from the oldest to the newest, and find joy in the memories."
  • Tia also revealed that Hawaii is where she goes for a change of scenery and she listens to Sade to stay "serene" while she's on the road.
  • She also mentioned that Miguel's "Adorn" is one song that lowers her pressure.


Opening today (May 31st) is the new thriller, Now You See Me, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Melanie Laurent and Michael Caine. The film follows 'The Four Horsemen', a super team of the world's best illusionists, who pull off heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, always managing to stay one step ahead of the elite FBI squad chasing them, but can they keep this up forever?
  • Now You See Me is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 56 minutes.


Opening today (May 31st) is the new adventure movie from director M. Night Shyamalan, After Earth, starring Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Zoe Kravitz and Lincoln Lewis. The film, set in the future after mankind was forced to leave Earth and establish a new home on Nova Prime, follows Cypher and his son, Kitai, with whom he has a strained relationship, after they crash on Earth's hostile surface and must quickly learn to trust each other in order to stay alive.
  • After Earth is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 40 minutes.


Opening today (May 31st) is the new adventure movie from director M. Night Shyamalan, After Earth, starring Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Zoe Kravitz and Lincoln Lewis. The film, set in the future after mankind was forced to leave Earth and establish a new home on Nova Prime, follows Cypher and his son, Kitai, with whom he has a strained relationship, after they crash on Earth's hostile surface and must quickly learn to trust each other in order to stay alive.
  • After Earth is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 40 minutes.


RICIN LETTER SENT TO OBAMA LIKE ONE MAILED TO BLOOMBERG: A threatening letter possibly containing the poison ricin was sent to President Obama, and was similar to two ricin-laced letters sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an outspoken gun-control advocate, and his gun control group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, that were mailed from Louisiana, officials said Thursday (May 30th). The letters referenced the gun debate, with Bloomberg's saying, "You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns. Anyone wants to come to my house will be shot in the face. The right to bear arms is my constitutional God-given right and I will exercise that right 'til the day I die. What's in this letter is nothing compared to what I've got planned for you." ABC News reported that the FBI was questioning a Texas man they consider a person of interest, after his wife called authorities when she noticed strange material in her refrigerator and computer searches for ricin.
U.S. WOMAN DIES IN SYRIA FIGHTING WITH OPPOSITION: A 33-year-old Michigan woman and convert to Islam was killed in Syria while fighting with the opposition forces against President Bashar al-Assad's government, her family said Thursday (May 30th). The aunt of Nicole Mansfield told Reuters that the FBI had informed her of her niece's death yesterday, but she didn't know the details of how she died. Monica Mansfield Speelman said her niece, a single mother of an 18-year-old daughter, had converted to Islam about five years ago, but she didn't know when Mansfield had gone to Syria.
13-YEAR-OLD NEW YORKER WINS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE: Arvind Mahankali of Bayside Hills in Queens, New York, won the 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee last night (May 30th) in Washington, correctly spelling the word "knaidel" -- which means a small mass of leavened dough -- to claim victory.  The 13-year-old was crowned champion by beating out 11 other finalists, finally coming out on top in the competition that was nationally televised by ESPN after finishing in third place in both 2011 and 2012. In both of his previous competitions, Mahankali was eliminated on German-derived words, and with "knaidel," he was faced with a word from German-derived Yiddish. He joked about it after winning:"So let's talk about the fact that you got a German word as your final word after all you've been through. What did you think when you heard that one." (Mahankali) "I thought that the German curse has turned into a German blessing, if you know what I mean." (Laughter)

  • Arvind is the sixth consecutive Indian-American winner and the 11th in the past 15 years.
SERVICE TO LET STUDENTS REPORT BULLYING BY TEXT: The education technology company Blackboard, which provides products to more than half of the nation's schools, has introduced a new service that gives students a way to report to school officials via text message that they are being bullied or witnessing bullying. Under the TipTxt program, which will be offered to schools for free, students will be able to text a number posted in school hallways or in handbooks with details of what's going on. The system will send an automated reply saying that someone is looking into it, and then alert a designated school official who monitors the text feeds. If more information is needed, the official will be able to text back the student.
EX-MICROSOFT MANAGER WANTS TO CREATE STARBUCKS-LIKE BRAND FOR MARIJUANA: A former Microsoft corporate strategy manager is planning to create the first national marijuana brand with pot he hopes to eventually import legally from Mexico, comparing what he wants create to what Starbucks is to coffee in a Seattle news conference yesterday (May 30th). Jamen Shively wants to become the leader in both recreational and medical marijuana, and said he's beginning by buying three medical pot dispensaries in three states. Shively is looking to investors to try to raise $10 million in start-up money for the Seattle-based enterprise. There are 18 states that allow medical marijuana, and two states, Washington and Colorado, where voters legalized it for recreational use last November. However, the drug still remains illegal under federal law.
PETRAEUS GETS JOB AT N.Y. INVESTMENT FIRM: Former CIA director and retired Army General David Petraeus has a new job as the chairman of New York investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.'s newly-created KKR Global Institute. The company said yesterday (May 30th) that the institute will help it focus on the implications of issues that can affect its global investments, including public policy, regulatory and technology trends. KKR said Petraeus will support its teams when studying new investments particularly in new locations. Petraeus resigned as CIA director late last year amid the flap over his extramarital affair. Before heading the CIA in September 2011, Petraeus served more than 37 years in the U.S. Army.
OBAMA'S HALF-BROTHER TO SELL LETTERS FROM PREZ: The older half-brother of President Obama, Malik Abongo Obama, is selling two hand-written letters from the president for $15,000 each, according to the New York Post. Both notes are written on official White House letterhead and have the same message: "Thanks for your prayers and support," and are signed "B.O." The 55-year-old Malik Abongo Obama, who lives in Kenya, is selling the letters via the website Moments in Time.
HEAT TOP PACERS 90-79, TAKE 3-2 LEAD IN NBA EASTERN CONF. FINALS: The Miami Heat defeated that Indiana Pacers 90-79 last night (May 30th) at home to take a 3-2 lead in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. LeBron James lead the Heat with 30 points, including 16 in the third quarter, when Miami outscored the Pacers by 20 points at one point after coming into the quarter down 46-40. Paul George was the high scorer for the Pacers, with 27 points. Game 6 will be played Saturday (June 1st) in Indiana.
MATTEK-SANDS UPSETS CHINA'S LI AT FRENCH OPEN: Bethanie Mattek-Sands scored at big upset at the French Open Thursday (May 30th) as the 67th-ranked American defeated sixth-seeded Li Na of China 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in the second round. Among the other winners yesterday, when only 18 of 32 scheduled singles matches were completed because of rain, were Novak Djokovic, Victoria Azarenka and Sam Stosur.
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)



  • UNDERCOVER BOSS (repeat)
  • HAWAII FIVE-0 (repeat)
  • BLUE BLOODS (repeat)
  • DATELINE NBC - The investigation into the death of a woman whose body was found at the bottom of a staircase in her home.
  • ROCK CENTER WITH BRIAN WILLIAMS - Boston Marathon bombing survivors; artisanal products.
  • BONES (repeat)
  • THE FOLLOWING (repeat)
  • SHARK TANK (repeat)
  • WHAT WOULD YOU DO? - (season premiere) Hidden cameras capture people's reactions.
  • 20/20 - Investigative reporting.
  • NIKITA (repeat)
  • SUPERNATURAL (repeat)
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Wanda Sykes, Dave Franco, OneRepublic
THE VIEW - (repeat)
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Kathy Griffin, Scott Adsit, Bad Rabbits
  • THE GOOD WIFE (repeat)
  • THE MENTALIST (repeat)
  • THE VOICE (repeat)
  • THE WOMEN'S CONCERT FOR CHANGE: LIVE FROM LONDON - A concert to helps raise funds and awareness for female empowerment; performers include Beyonce, Ellie Goulding, Jay-Z, Florence and the Machine and others.
  • THE SIMPSONS (repeat)
  • BOB'S BURGERS (repeat)
  • FAMILY GUY (repeat)
  • FAMILY GUY (repeat)
  • MOTIVE (repeat)
  • THE KILLING - (two hour season premiere) Sarah makes a grim discovery in regards to her past; Holder catches an unsettling case.
  • MAD MEN - The agency works to keep a client.
  • THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY - (season premiere) The wives' vacation homes are in ruins after Hurrincane Sandy; Caroline's shocking offer to Joe Gorga could push the wives toward war.
  • PRINCESS: LONG ISLAND - (series premiere) Chanel is reminded by her Orthodox parents that her marriage clock is ticking; Erica hosts a pool party for the girls.
  • KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS - (season premiere) Kim's pregnancy brings joy to the family but Kim's behavior shows she may feel differently.
  • GAME OF THRONES - Robb presents himself to Walder Frey; Edmure meets his bride; Jon faces a harsh test.
  • VEEP - Selina is forced to reture some of her staff.
  • FAMILY TREE - Bea and Monk audition to perform at a birthday party together; Pete accepts a challenge.
  • THE BORGIAS - Pilgrims travel to Rome for the Jubilee year celebrations; Lucrezia sees a change in Frederigo; Micheletto learns his lover is a spy.


FLASH MOB INVITES CALIFORNIA GIRL TO PROM: High schooler Tim Bonanno -- a student at Aptos High School -- enlisted the help of his fellow student body to help him ask Gabriella DeNike to the prom. Bonanno set up an over-the-top flash mob complete with guitar solo so he could pop the big prom question. Gabriella was quoted as saying. "My initial reaction was really 'me, what?...' I was kind of in shock, I didn't believe it was for me." (The Telegraph)

BREAKUP CAUGHT ON GOOGLE STREET VIEW: Google Street View appears to have caught a photo of a woman as she was being kicked out of her ex-boyfriend's house. In the photo, the unlucky lady is seen holding a Victoria Secret bag with her car trunk open and a load of her personal belongings on the curb. The identity of the women is unknown, but the photo was snapped in Southern California. The image was posted on Reddit and Imgur by someone close to the situation. The poster refused to reveal their identities. (Reddit)
The Photo From Google Street View Below:

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TOILET BABY RETURNED TO MOTHER: The Chinese woman who flushed her newborn down the toilet was reunited with her baby on Thursday (5/30). Firefighters rescued the child from a sewage pipe beneath a communal toilet on Saturday (5/25). The mother told police that she dropped him into the toilet accidentally, immediately after giving birth. She flushed the toilet in order to clear away the blood and the baby was swept into the sewer pipes below. Police believe that it was an accident and returned the baby to her care after initially placing him in the custody of his grandparents. (Al Jazeera)
MAN BECOMES FIRST IN THE WORLD TO PROPOSE TO HIS GIRLFRIEND THROUGH GOOGLE GLASS: Breon Nagy, from Minnesota became the first person in the world to propose using the smart headset Google Glass. He proposed to Amanda Ingle at Britain's Leed Castle then posted the whole proposal on YouTube. In the video, Breon describes himself as product manager by day and gadget enthusiast by night. (Daily Mail)
MAN'S 'KIDNAP, RESCUE PLAN' GOES HORRIBLY WRONG: A man named Kyle Dube -- who kidnapped a woman in Orono, Maine with the intention of "rescuing" her later was indicted on Wednesday (May 29th) on charges of murder and kidnapping. Dube reportedly kidnapped Nichole Cable so he could play the hero later when he pretended to "rescue" her. According to Dube's brother, he created a fake Facebook account in the name of Nichole's friend Bryan Butterfield so he could trick her into leaving her house as he waited in the woods, wearing a ski mask. When she came along, Dube allegedly grabbed her, duct taped her, and put her in the back of her truck. Dube later discovered that Nichole was dead and left her in the woods. His brother said that he "intended to kidnap Nichole and hide her," so that later he would find her and be the hero. (The Australian)


MANAGERS VIEW GIVING PERSONAL ADVICE AS A FAVOR: A new study finds that a friendly boss who gives good life advice might expect something in return. The study comes from researchers in Switzerland and London who surveyed people from a recruiting agency to find out how emotional help works in a typical office. They found that 75-percent of lower-level employees and 71-percent of middle managers said they received support from someone above them in the company. The survey also found that managers who give emotional support to a lower-level employee see it as an extra job to do, outside of their paid job description. On the other hand, lower-leve employees felt it was part of their boss' role. Additionally, the survey found that manager's expect their favor to be returned with increased loyalty and commitment to the company, while employees did not feel the need to reciprocate. (Women's Health)
STUDY FINDS BDSM ENTHUSIASTS ARE MORE MENTALLY HEALTHY THAN OTHERS: A new study finds that B-D-S-M, or bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism, enthusiasts scored better on personality and psychological tests compared to those without sexual fetishes. Dr. Andreas Wismeijer, a psychologist with Tilburg University in the Netherlands, says the study surveyed 902 BDSM practitioners and 434 non-BDSM practitioners. They answeres questions related to personality, sensitivity to rejection, style of relationship attachment and happiness. The results revealed that BDSM practitioners were more outgoing, more open to new experiences and more conscientious than non-BDSM participants, and even the "least stable" BDSM practitioners never scored lower than the general population on mental health tests. (Daily Mail)
HIGH DOSES OF COMMON PAIN KILLERS UP HEART ATTACK RISK: New research finds that long-term high-dose use of painkillers such as ibuprofen or diclofenac can increase heart attack risk. To find this, researchers studied 639 randomized trials of over 300-thousand people and then re-analyzed the data to establish the risk of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The results ultimately found that high doses of certain NSAIDs increase the risk of a major vascular even such as heart attack, stroke, or death from cardiovascular disease, by about one third. One expert not involved with the study said the study findings "underscore a key point for patients and prescribers: powerful drugs may have serious harmful effects..." (Fox)
MOST IN-FLIGHT PASSENGERS SURVIVE MEDICAL EMERGENCIES: A new study finds that most sick airline passengers survive if they experience an emergent health situation. To find this, researchers reviewed about 12-thousand cases of in-flight medical emergencies handled by MD-SAT, a service at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center that advises 20 major airlines on how to handle in-flight emergencies. Researchers found that the odds of a medical emergency occuring in the air are one per 604-flights, or 16 per one-million passengers, and that in 48-percent of cases doctors were on board and volunteered to help. The most common problems were dizziness or passing out, trouble breathing and nausea or vomiting. Of the cases studied just 36 deaths occurred-- 30 of them during the flight and six after landing. (Fox)
HOW WE CAN LEARN FROM ANTS: Australian researchers are studying ants to help design buildings that are easily evacuated in the case of an emergency. Researchers explain that they must study ants because it would be unethical to take an emergency and make people panic for a test. For their research they used citronella insect repellent to make Argentine ants flee from structures with varied exits and obstructions, and found that ants exited most quickly from layouts with exits in the corners. Layouts were then tested in computer models of human behavior, and researchers found that evacuation times were greatly reduced when people in the model left via a corner exit as opposed to an exit in a hallway or a middle exit. (UPI)
AMERICA'S FITTEST CITIES REVEALED: According to the American College of Sports Medicine's annual rankings the residents of Minneapolis-St. Paul in Minnesota are the fittest people in America. It's the cities' third straight year with the title "Fittest City in America." To find this, researchers compiled data from 50-cities across America and took into account other factors such as the city's policies, community resources, and health care access. The top three fittest cities were Minneapolis, Washington D.C. and Portland, Oregon. The least fit cities included Memphis, Tennessee, Louisville, Kentucky, San Antonio, Texas and Detroit, Michigan with Oklahoma City coming in dead last. Researchers say cities that top the list rank highest because they each have an infastructure that supports physical activity. (Fox)
TATTOO TO REPLACE PASSWORDS? Motorola is investigating alternatives to traditional passwords, and so far have developed a "tattoo." The tattoos were developed by as Massachusetts-based engineering firm and contain flexible electronic circuits that are attached to the wearer's skin using a rubber stap. The tattoos were originally created to help medical teams measure vitals on their patients remotely, but Motorola claims they can be adapted to work with cell phones and tablets. The hope is the cell phone or other device would confirm the owner's identity and log them in to accounts automatically. Motorola also says another password alternative could be an "authentication pill" which would be swallowed by a user. The pill contains a computer chip that would be powered, like a battery, by a user's stomach acid. (Daily Mail)


Poll: 42 Percent of Single Women Would Consider Having Children Alone
A new Associated Press-WE tv poll of people under age 50 found that 42 percent of single women without children said they'd consider having a child on their own without a partner. Among single men without children, it was 24 percent. These results come as U.S. Census Bureau figures show that single motherhood is on the rise, with 36 percent of women who gave birth in 2011 unmarried, a number that goes up to 62 percent among mothers aged 20 to 24. Many Americans don't think this a good idea, however, with the AP-WE tv poll finding that 64 percent believe single women having children without a partner is a bad thing for society, with more men, 68 percent, feeling that way than women, 59 percent. When it comes to whether a single mother can do just as good a job of raising a child as two parents, the results were split, with 30 percent saying yes, 27 percent saying no and 43 percent saying "it depends."
Probably Inevitable -- Porn App Being Developed for Google Glass
There's yet more creepy news about Google Glass: an adult entertainment company called MiKandi is working on a porn app that would let Glass wearers watch porn, and even film it too. The prospect of someone watching porn in public on Glass -- perhaps even while they're talking to you -- without anyone knowing about it has a definite ick factor to it. The Week writes about it on a more in-depth level: "If MiKandi's app gets the green light, it will raise all sorts of thorny ethical questions about our concepts of public and private space. What truly separates Glass from a smartphone screen is that we have no way of knowing what a user is peeking at behind the display. Glass will diminish our ability to socially police one another's behavior in the real world, stretching and redefining our notions of personal boundaries."

Are There Certain Obsolete Technologies You Still Use?
As much as we live in a quickly advancing tech world, there are still lots of obsolete technologies that are used every day. did a round-up of some of them:
  • Dial-Up Internet -- Four percent of U.S. adults still use a dial-up modem to get online, which amounts to about 10 million people.
  • Pagers -- Americans bought some 10,000 pagers in 2012.
  • Dot Matrix Printers -- Americans bought just under 20,000 dot matrix printers last year.
  • PDAs -- There were 350,000 new PDAs sold in the U.S. in 2012.
  • Pay Phones -- There are still 350,000 working pay phones in the U.S., which were used to place some 50 million calls last year.
  • Blank VHS and Cassette Tapes -- There were 13 million blank VHS tapes and cassettes sold in the U.S. in 2012.
  • Landline phones -- 66 percent of Americans still have a landline, and they bought 26.5 million landline phones last year.
  • CRT TVs -- Americans bought 10,000 CRT tube TVs last year.
  • Film -- American bought 35 million rolls of film in 2012.
  • Windows 98 and 2000 -- Some 0.05 percent of American PC users are still using Windows 98 or Windows 2000, which amounts to about 150,000 people.
  • Fax Machines -- Americans bought 350,000 fax machines last year.
  • Vinyl Records -- Not only are they still around, but they're making a comeback. Americans bough 4.6 million vinyl records in 2012, up 17.7 percent from a year earlier.

Thursday, May 30, 2013


Darius Rucker tops the Billboard Country Albums chart for the third consecutive time with True Believers, his new album which was released last week. More than 83,000 copies were sold, thanks in large part to his current two-week Number One hit, "Wagon Wheel."

Taylor Swift will be releasing her third fragrance, Taylor By Taylor Swift in June.
According to Hollywood Life, the perfume will be a sophisticated mix of tangerines, hydrangeas, peonies, vanilla, cashmere musk, and more.
  • The 23-year-old Grammy winner said in a press release that the scent is "sweet, it's sophisticated, it draws you in - it's really my way of translating classic, yet modern, into a perfume."
  • The collection currently contains five products -- sprays in 3.4 ounce and 1.7 ounce sizes, a body lotion, a hair mist and a scented rollerball.
  • The fragrance will be available at Ulta stores and
Trace Adkins' brand new single is a duet with pop singer Colbie Caillat. The song, called "Watch The World End," is the first single from Trace's new Love Will . . . album, which was released earlier this month.
Trace tells us that of all the female singers out there, he knew Colbie would be a perfect match for him. "I knew I wanted to put a female voice on the song, and I've learned over the years that not every female voice works with mine. Sometimes the contrast is too great, and for me it just doesn't sound great, but Colbie has that, she has that sultry depth and thickness to her voice and I just thought it would work, and then Brett Eldredge, who wrote the song, along with Jeremy Spillman, Brett said, 'I know Colbie. We're buddies,' and so it worked out that way and I was really honored that she agreed to do it and she brought it. I mean, she just absolutely killed that song."
Trace's Love Will . . . album also features guest appearances by Exile and the Harlem Gospel Choir.

Save this Date! American Idol vet and Grammy Award winner Kelly Clarkson, has set her wedding date to fiance Brandon Blackstock. RadarOnline posted a photo of Kelly's "save the date" which shows that the wedding will be in Nashville this fall -- October 20, 2013 to be exact.
According to Daily Mail, the 31-year-old singer admitted to being "overwhelmed" with wedding plans. Kelly said, "I'm terrified of everyone watching me walk down the aisle."
  • The couple announced their engagement back in December, with Kelly estatically tweeting, "I'M ENGAGED!!!!! I wanted y'all to know!!"
  • Country music star and The Voice judge Blake Shelton will be officiating the couple's nuptials.
Darius said, "To have the No.1 song in America for the second consecutive week with 'Wagon Wheel' feels incredible. I'm so proud of this album, and to see the fans making True Believers No. 1 also (Billboard Country Album Chart) means so much to me. Thanks y'all. Wow." Darius sums up True Believers as just being an honest record which he hopes connects with fans. "I think the record for me is just so true. It's life. A song like 'Miss You' or 'I Love You Still,' that's about as honest as you can get, for me. I mean, here it is, this is what it's about, and I think the truer the record the better. I was about as honest as I could be with this record." Darius is set to perform "Wagon Wheel" on both ABC's Good Morning America and the CMT Awards on Wednesday (June 5th). He will return to perform on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on June 11th. FAST FACTS
  • "Wagon Wheel," marks Darius' sixth Number One country single.
  • It has been certified platinum for sales of more than a million downloads.
  • The song was written by Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show and was based on a sketch by Bob Dylan. 
Blake Shelton graces the cover of the current issue of People magazine with the headline, "The Truth About My Marriage." The truth is, Blake and Miranda Lambert have a full disclosure kind of marriage. Despite rumors and reports of discord in their relationship, Blake says "(I tell Miranda), 'I have nothing to hide from you.' She has complete access to his phone, emails and anything else.
Blake told People, "That's always been our policy: 'Here's my phone. Go through it.' That's really the kind of trust we have. There are no secrets. (I'll say,) 'Go dig through my drawers or my computer if you feel like you need to.' And that's been a really good thing, because I don't want her to ever have any doubts."
Blake and Miranda took the stage in Oklahoma City last night (Wednesday, May 29th) to help raise money for the victims of the devastating tornado there earlier this month. Miranda was so emotional she could barely perform her hit, "The House That Built Me." Other acts who performed at the Healing In The Heartland televised benefit concert included Usher, Luke Bryan, Reba, Vince Gill and Rascal Flatts.

Love and Theft member Stephen Barker Liles is off the market! The singer proposed to his girlfriend, Jenna Michelle Kennedy, in Fort Myers, Florida on Tuesday night (May 28th).
Stephen told, "I had one of my closest friends, Justin Ross Ward, drive down and set up cameras. Jenna and I were planning on a sunset dinner at Fresh Catch Bistro, and I called ahead and told them . . . to say that the table wouldn't be ready for 30 minutes so that we had to kill some time and walk on the beach."
As they walked closer to the cameras, Stephen said he "got down on one knee and begged her to be mine forever."
Both Stephen and Jenna cried, but she did say yes!

The singer asked Jenna's mother and three siblings for their blessing before popping the question.
Jenna is now sporting a 2.34-ct. yellow center cut diamond ring.
The couple plans to tie the knot in May of next year.
Stephen said, "I am so blessed to have (Jenna) in my life and for us to become one. She is my best friend and I am so grateful for the Lord bringing her into my life."
  • Stephen's musical partner, Eric Gunderson, got married in 2010.
  • He and his wife, Emily, welcomed their first child, son Camden William, in March.

Thompson Square has canceled this weekend's shows as part of Luke Bryan's Dirt Road Diaries tour due to illness. Keifer Thompson posted a message on the duo's website saying, in part:
"It breaks my heart to tell our fans today that we must cancel our upcoming concert appearances this weekend. What many of you may not know is that I have recently been battling a very serious vocal condition. I was urged by doctors to cancel Thompson Square's appearances and go on complete vocal rest several weeks ago; however, neither Shawna nor I wanted to disappoint our fans, which we love and respect dearly. So we chose to continue performing our scheduled shows while I remained completely silent offstage in an effort to heal. Unfortunately, at this time, I have been ordered by doctors to take the next step and to cancel this weekend's shows in an effort to heal internally. . ."
Keifer and Shawna canceled last night's headlining show in Glen Allen, Virginia, in addition to this weekend's three concerts with Luke.
  • Thompson Square released their sophomore album, Just Feels Good, in March.
  • Their new single is called "Everything I Shouldn't Be Thinking About."

Tim McGraw will join Mariah Carey in performing at this year's Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. The show will be televised on NBC, and will be hosted by Mariah's husband, Nick Cannon.
Ashley Monroe, Cassadee Pope, Dustin Lynch, Kree Harrison, Love and Theft and Randy Houser are set to perform on the Nationwide Insurance stage at next week's CMT Music Awards. The fan-voted show will take place in Nashville on Wednesday (June 5th) and will air live on CMT beginning at 8 p.m. ET. The CMT Music Awards will be co-hosted by Kristen Bell and Jason Aldean.
Tickets to Garth Brooks' July 4th weekend shows at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas will go on sale on Monday (June 3rd) at 10 a.m. PT at Ticketmaster or The shows will take place on Thursday, July 4, 6:30 p.m.; Friday, July 5, 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday, July 6, 8:00 p.m. This series of special dates at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas are being filmed for a television special which will be available on DVD and Blue Ray.

Another weekend is on the horizon and another stadium show is on the schedule for Eric Church. As part of Kenny Chesney's No Shoes Nation tour, he will join the headliner on Saturday (June 1st) at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
So far so good, according to Eric, who tells us that being on the road with Kenny has given him another level of respect for the superstar. "It's been great! I have a ton of respect for Kenny, (and) for the way he's built his career. I know how hard it was for us to go from where we were to the arena level, and I can't imagine to go from where he was to the stadium level. That's just an amazing amount of commitment and passion. I have a lot of respect for that. And the work that's went into it. I also have a lot of respect for the way he treats his crew, his band...the way they treat him . . . and the way he's treated us. It's . . . it's something that I'm happy to be on that tour and proud to be on that tour."
The No Shoes Nation tour plays a stadium show every Saturday throughout the month of June.
Other acts on the bill include Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves.
In other Eric news, he is at the center of what is likely a bogus story in this week's Life & Style magazine. The tabloid claims that while Miranda Lambert was engaged to Blake Shelton, she was getting what an insider called "too frisky" and "too close for comfort" with Eric. A source reportedly told the magazine that Eric had to "kick Miranda off his bus a couple of times." Other claims made in the story include Blake and Miranda postponing their wedding at the time because of Miranda's behavior with Eric.

Luke Bryan continues on his largely sold-out Dirt Road Diaries tour this summer. The singer is still pinching himself about all of his recent success, including making the leap to headliner and filling every seat.
Luke tells us: ["It's where I always dreamed of being as an artist, you know, to have music out there that you love playing every night, and I love just the vibe that's going on. I love having Thompson Square and Florida Georgia (Line) out there. They're killin' it, and it's just a fun three hours for fans, and I never would've imagine they'd be selling out this quick. It's like an inner peace that I've been searching for as an artist to roll into town and it's like you know it's sold out. There's no better feeling. It's not like, you know, you're gonna be staring at half-empty venues and they're gonna have to hang curtains to hide open seats. It's the most gratifying experience really, really in the world."
This weekend's run includes stops in Hartford, CT; Camden, NJ; and Mansfield, MA on Friday (May 31st), Saturday (June 1st) and Sunday (June 2nd), respectively.
Luke is climbing the charts with "Crash My Party," the debut single from his new album which will be in stores on August 13th.
  • Last night (Wednesday, May 29th), Luke performed at the Healing In The Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert in Oklahoma City. The event was broadcast live on NBC and various other networks to raise money for the
Q. What is Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus' legal name?A. Stanley W. DeMarcus Jr.

Kellie Pickler, Joey+Rory, Laura Bell Bundy
Larry the Cable Guy, The Band Perry


  • Wynonna Judd (49)
  • Ralph Carter (actor, played youngest son Michael Evans on TV's Good Times) (52)
  • Ted McGinley (actor, Married With Children's Jefferson Darcy) (55, disputed)
  • Gale Sayers (NFL Hall Of Famer) (70)
  • Tom Morello (guitarist, Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave) (49)
  • Patrick Dahlheimer (bassist, Live) (42)
  • Nicky "Topper" Headon (drummer, the Clash) (58)
  • Colm Meaney (actor, Far and Away, Mystery Alaska, Into the West, The Commitments, Con Air) (60)
  • Keir Dullea (actor, 2001: A Space Odyssey's Dave) (77)
  • Cee-Lo Green (rapper/singer, Gnarls Barkley, Goodie Mobb, judge on The Voice) (39, disputed)
  • Manny Ramirez (baseball player) (41)
  • Remy Ma (female rapper, former member of Fat Joe's Terror Squad) (32)
  • Lenny Davidson (bassist, the Dave Clark Five) (69, disputed)


NEIL PATRICK HARRIS TO HOST EMMY AWARDS: Neil Patrick Harris has signed on as host of the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards airing on CBS on September 22nd. The How I Met Your Mother star will get some practice in when he hosts the Tony awards on June 9th also airing on CBS.
KATHERINE MCPHEE ATTACHED TO NEW THRILLER: Smash star Katherine McPhee is attached to star in a new thriller called Depravity. The film is about a group of roommates who accidentally kill an innocent man they thought was a thrill killer. McPhee will play a coed they try to scapegoat.
G4 WILL BECOME ESQUIRE NETWORK IN SEPTEMBER: G4 network will become the Esquire network on September 23rd. The new channel will kick off with a two-hour special that commemorates the magazine's 80th anniversary.
'TWO & A HALF MEN' ADDING A NEW SERIES REGULAR: The upcoming 11th season of Two & A Half Men will introduce a new female character who is supposed to be the long-lost daughter of Charlie Sheen's deceased character Charlie Harper. The young woman will reportedly move into the beach house to fill the void left by exiting series regular Angus T. Jones.
'BEHIND THE CANDELABRA' SCORES HUGE RATINGS: HBO's Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon scored the network's highest ratings for an HBO Film title in almost a decade. The Steven Soderbergh film brought in 2.4 million viewers during its first airing on Sunday (May 26th.)


KATE UPTON UPSET OVER VICTORIA'S SECRET PHOTOS: Despite comments from Victoria's Secret model booker Sophie Neophitou that her company would never use "too common" Kate Upton to promote their products, the supermodel graces the back cover of their most recent catalog and Upton is not pleased about it. A source close to Kate told People, "Kate is not thrilled that Victoria's Secret is using these photos. She is not contracted to work with Victoria's Secret and was not notified before the images, taken in 2011, were used."
COURTENEY COX IS OFFICIALLY DIVORCED: After breaking up two and a half years ago, Courteney Cox and David Arquette finalized their divorce on Tuesday (May 28th.) David and Courteney have agreed to joint legal and physical custody of their 8-year-old daughter Coco. They were married for 12 years.
ANGELINA JOLIE TO MAKE FIRST POST-MASTECTOMY RED CARPET APPEARANCE: Angelina Jolie will reportedly make her first red carpet appearance since announcing her double mastectomy to support Brad Pitt's new film World War Z. According to E! News, she and Brad will be attending the London premiere of the zombie action movie on June 2nd.
AMANDA BYNES VS. CHRISSY TEIGEN: Model Chrissy Teigen made the mistake of tweeting about Amanda Bynes which sparked a war between the two that Teigen does not seem interested in fighting. Chrissy wrote, "The fact that Amanda Bynes has any "support" to retweet is really unsettling." Amanda got defensive and attacked Teigen for being ugly. Chrissy then wrote a series of messages urging her fans not to indulge Amanda and then expressed that she wishes her the best.
ROB KARDASHIAN SETTLES LAWSUIT WITH PHOTOGRAPHER: Rob Kardashian has reached a settlement with the photographer he allegedly assaulted after trying to take a picture of him shirtless. The reality star has reportedly agreed to pay all of the costs of the broken camera equipment which satisfies the victim enough not to pursue a criminal case.


Inside the Actors Studio host James Lipton reveals in a new interview with that he spent a year of his life as a pimp. The 86-year-old was having trouble finding work in Paris in the 1950s after the war when a friend approached him with an interesting business proposition.
Lipton tells the website, "Men couldn't get jobs, and in the male chauvinist Paris of that time, the women couldn't get work at all. It was perfectly respectable for them to go into le milieu." James says that he made friends with a prostitute and the two of them went into business together. He explains, "When I ran out of money, I said, 'I have to go home.' She said, 'No, you don't. I'll arrange for you.' So she arranged for me to do it. I had to be okayed by the underworld, otherwise they would've found me floating in the Seine."

  • James says he no longer supports paying for sex because "if you can't earn it on your own, then you don't deserve it."
  • The 250th episode of Inside the Actors Studio aired on Wednesday (May 29th.)


Mara Wilson became a famous child actor after scoring roles in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire but now, at 25, the former actress has managed to avoid the fate that has befallen many of her peers. Wilson has written an article for explaining the seven reason why "not many child stars make it out of Hollywood alive or sane."
Mara explains, "I chose to start acting when I was 5. It was my decision, and my parents tried their hardest to discourage me. When I insisted, they allowed me to act, but were always very protective of me. I saw many child actors who did not have that, and they were all miserable." She continues, "Combine the regular amount of free stuff celebrities get with all the presents people give kids just for being cute, and you've got a recipe for one spoiled-ass child."

  • Wilson also offers some advice to Lindsay Lohan saying, "I'd encourage her to get the hell out of acting and into something soothing. Take up botany or something. But she's been acting all her life, she has little education, and in her mind, there's nothing else she could do."


The Avengers director Joss Whedon gave the commencement speech at Wesleyan University on Sunday (May 26th) and he told the class of 2013 that they are all dying. Though it may seem morbid, Joss elaborated on his statement and went on to encourage graduates to spend their lives fighting themselves and others who try to limit them.
Whedon explained, "You have, which is a rare thing, that ability and the responsibility to listen to the dissent in yourself, to at least give it the floor, because it is the key - not only to consciousness-but to real growth. To accept duality is to earn identity. And identity is something that you are constantly earning. It is not just who you are. It is a process that you must be active in. It's not just parroting your parents or the thoughts of your learned teachers. It is now more than ever about understanding yourself so you can become yourself."
  • Joss also revealed that when he graduated from Wesleyan in the class of '87, Bill Cosby gave some pretty lousy advice saying, "You're not going to change the world, so don't try."


Taylor Lautner is hoping to become an action star. The Twilight actor reportedly believes that getting involved in the Fast & Furious franchise along-side The Rock and Vin Diesel may get his career rolling in that direction.
According to sources, now that the sixth installment of the film series has become a record-breaking hit, Taylor wants in. One source told, "It is no secret that he wants a career like Tom Cruise. Getting to be a part of a huge franchise like the Fast series is one of his ideas to jump start his action career."

  • People in Lautner's camp are reportedly grooming him for a role and are already looking into getting meetings to make it happen.
  • Taylor has a small role in Grown Ups 2 which is being released later this summer.


Tom Cruise has never really made headlines for his wild partying but the Oblivion actor was photographed out at the clubs on Monday (May 27th.) The 50-year-old father of three was out in support of his son Connor's DJ gig.
According to E! Online, the actor showed up around midnight and took a seat near the DJ booth with his friend Adam Anders -- music producer for Glee and Rock of Ages. Tom reportedly drank sparkling water.
  • On Tuesday (May 28th,) Tom and Connor took in an L.A.Kings game with the Beckham family.


LETTERS TO NYC MAYOR BLOOMBERG CONTAINED RICIN: Police said Wednesday (May 29th) that two threatening letters containing traces of the poison ricin were sent to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and to his gun-control group in Washington, Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The anonymous letters, which contained threats referencing the debate on gun laws, were opened in New York on Friday at the city's mail facility and in Washington on Sunday at the group's offices. Bloomberg has been a vocal gun control advocate who's also backed up his efforts with political action using money from his multi-billion-dollar fortune. The letters reportedly came from Louisiana.
OBAMA TO NOMINATE EX-BUSH ADMIN. OFFICIAL COMEY TO HEAD FBI: President Obama is reportedly readying to nominate former George W. Bush administration official James Comey to take over as head of the FBI after current Director Robert Mueller steps down in September. Comey, who was the deputy attorney general in the Bush Justice Department, became a hero to Democratic opponents of Bush's warrantless wiretapping program when he refused for a time to reauthorize it, leading to a standoff with White House officials at the bedside of ailing Attorney General John Ashcroft. Bush revised the program when both Comey and Mueller threatened to resign. Comey in 2005 also unsuccessfully tried to limit tough interrogation tactics against suspected terrorists, believing that some of the practices were wrong and would damage the department's reputation.
AFGHAN MASSACRE SERGEANT TO PLEAD GUILTY: The U.S. Army sergeant charged with killing 16 villagers in one of the worst atrocities of the Afghan war will plead guilty to avoid the death penalty, the Associated Press reported Wednesday (May 29th) citing Staff Sergeant Robert Bales' attorney, John Henry Browne. Browne described Bales as being "crazed" and "broken" when he slipped away from his Afghan outpost and attacked two nearby villages, killing the civilians as they slept, most of whom were women and children. Browne said Bales, who was on his fourth combat deployment, was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and a traumatic brain injury, but said his client's mental state didn't rise to the level of a legal insanity defense. A sentencing trial in September will determine whether Bales is sentenced to life in prison with or without the possibility of parole.
TOP PAKISTAN MILITANT SAID TO HAVE BEEN KILLED IN DRONE STRIKE: Pakistani intelligence officials said that a suspected U.S. drone strike Wednesday (May 29th) killed Waliur Rehman, the Number Two commander of the Pakistani Taliban, although the militant group denied that he's dead. The U.S. has a $5 million bounty out on Rehman, who Washington has accused of involvement in the 2009 suicide attack on a U.S. base in Afghanistan that killed seven Americans working for the CIA. White House spokesman Jay Carney declined to confirm if Rehman was dead.
FACEBOOK RESPONDS TO PROTEST OVER RAPE, VIOLENCE CONTENT: Facebook has agreed to review its policy concerning offensive content after a two-week protest organized by several women's advocacy groups over content on the social media site joking about and making light of rape and violence against women. The protest had targeted advertisers, asking them if they wanted their ads to appear on the site next to this type of content, and 13 companies eventually pulled their Facebook advertising, including Nissan UK and Nationwide Bank. A statement posted on the Facebook website Tuesday (May 28th) said, "In recent days, it has become clear that our systems to identify and remove hate speech have failed to work as effectively as we would like, particularly around issues of gender-based hate. Among the offensive content:

  • A page called "Violently Raping Your Friend Just for Laughs"
  • Images of beaten women captioned: "[She] didn't know when to shut up.
  • A page that shows a women's bruised face and the caption: "1/3 of Women are Physically Abused. 2/3 of Men Aren't' Doing The Job."
  • The image of a woman sprawled on a staircase landing with the caption: "Next time don't get pregnant."
CHINESE COMPANY TO BUY SMITHFIELD FOODS FOR $4.72 BILLION: Smithfield Foods, which is one of the biggest pork producers in the country, agreed Wednesday (May 29th) to be bought by Chinese company Shuanghui International Holdings, the majority shareholder in China's largest meat processor, for $4.72 billion. The deal still faces a federal regulatory review and Smithfield shareholder approval, but it if goes through would be the largest takeover of a U.S. company by a Chinese firm. Although the deal comes at a time when China has had serious food safety issues, possibly raising worries about risks to the U.S. food supply, Smithfield said the deal isn't about importing Chinese pork into the U.S., but exporting Smithfield's products into new markets.
LARRY KING TO HAVE SHOW ON RUSSIAN CABLE NEWS CHANNEL: Longtime TV host Larry King will host a new political talk show on Russian cable news channel RT, called Politics with Larry King, that will begin airing next month. King said in a press release out yesterday (May 29th) announcing the show, "I have always been passionate about government and issues that impact the public, and I'm thrilled at the opportunity to talk politics with some of the most influential people in Washington and around the country." King's production company, which he founded after leaving CNN in 2010, will produce the show, which will be record in Washington and Los Angeles.
RHODE ISLAND GOV. CHAFEE TO BECOME A DEMOCRAT: Rhode Island's Independent Governor Lincoln Chafee has notified senior Democratic officials that he intends to switch his political registration to become a Democrat, the move coming ahead of what will be a tough re-election fight next year. The party switch completes a political shift for Chafee, who served in the Senate as a moderate Republican from 1999 to 2006 and then switched his party affiliation to independent in 2007. He was elected governor in 2010 as an independent, but has openly considered becoming a Democrat since 2011. Chafee campaigned for President Obama in both 2008 and 2012.
FINALS OF NATIONAL SPELLING BEE TONIGHT: Forty-two contestants have advanced to the semifinals of the National Spelling Bee, hoping to reach tonight's televised finals, after getting the highest score after yesterday's (May 29th) onstage spelling rounds and a computer test that included a vocabulary section for the first in the history of the bee, which dates back to 1927. A total of 281 contestants aged 8 to 14 from across the U.S. took part in this year's National Spelling Bee.
NHL PLAYOFFS: Conference semifinals games from yesterday (May 29th):
  • Chicago Blackhawks 2, Detroit Red Wings 1 (OT) -- Chicago wins the series 4 games to 3 and advances to the Western Conference finals, where the team will play the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings
FRENCH OPEN: Roger Federer and Serena Williams were among the winners Wednesday (May 29th) in second-round play at the French Open, while Victoria Azarenka finally got to play -- and win -- her rain-postponed first-round match. There were no major upsets for the day.
PATERNO'S FAMILY TO SUE NCAA: The family of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, along with several university trustees, former players and others connected to the school, plan to file suit today (May 30th) against the NCAA over the sanctions imposed on the university for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. The suit will charge that the NCAA, quote, "acted in clear and direct violation of the organization's own rules based on a flawed report by former FBI director Louis Freeh." Freeh led the university's internal investigation into the scandal, issuing a scathing report that placed blame in part on Paterno and three former school officials. Among the penalties against Penn State were a four-year bowl ban, big scholarship cuts, and a $60 million fine. The NCAA also vacated 111 wins from Paterno's record, meaning he would no longer hold the title of major college football's winningest coach.
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)



  • THE BIG BANG THEORY (repeat)
  • MIKE & MOLLY - (season finale) When Peggy breaks up with Patrick, Mike tries to reunite them.
  • ELEMENTARY (repeat)
  • SAVE ME - When Beth learns her friends and family were hoping to oust the elderly woman she wants to help from the neighborhood, she decides to go through with her plan.
  • SAVE ME - Beth becomes obsessed with helping a squirrel she and Tom hit on the way back from visiting Carly at the hospital.
  • THE OFFICE (repeat)
  • HANNIBAL - Will contaminates a crime scene.
  • HELL'S KITCHEN - Ramsay tests the chefs' palates with a blind taste test.
  • DOES SOMEONE HAVE TO GO? - Three employees from Velocity Merchant Services state their cases as to why they should not be fired.
  • WIPEOUT - Contestants face obstacles.
  • MOTIVE - The murder of a limo driver leads detectives to a waitress who cons her prey to steal, lie and kill.
  • ROOKIE BLUE - Andy is forced to work a bank robbery case; a bombshell is dropped on Noelle.
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Steve Carell, Justin Flom, Ariana Grande, Mac Miller
THE VIEW - (repeat)
CONAN - (repeat)


TELEPATHIC ANIMAL COMMUNICATOR FINDS LOST HORSE: Barbara Linstedt, of Redmond, Washington, said her horse Gemma is back at home after having escaped from her stall on Monday (May 27th) -- thanks to an animal communicator. Linstedt and others searched for hours and finally resorted to calling horse communicator Joan Raquet for help. Joan used her skills to communicate with the horse telepathically and was able to determine that Gemma was trapped in tight space near some shrubbery where she could hear water and road noises. Linstedt found Gamma was found on a ledge about 70 feet down from a ravine and rescuers lifted the 800-pound horse out using pulleys. Linstedt said, "It's amazing. It's an absolute miracle that we found her and got her out." (The Seattle Times)
TIGER'S GIANT HAIRBALL TO GO ON DISPLAY: A 17-year-old tiger in Florida had to have a basketball sized hairball removed after it hadn't been able to eat anything in nearly two weeks. After Ty the tiger's surgery, Ripley's Believe It or Not wanted to get their hands on the oversized hairball -- and even offered to pay for it -- but received it for free on the condition that they thank the doctors while it remains on display. The president of Ripley's said, "We're going to put it next to a man eating tiger that had 50 jeweled bangles in his stomach." (Huffington Post)
TEA KETTLE SAID TO LOOK LIKE HITLER QUICKLY SELLS OUT: JC Penney's online store sold out of a tea kettle on Tuesday (May 28th) after a Redditor pointed out its resemblance to Hitler. Actually it wasn't the kettle's resemblance to the Nazi leader, it was the negative space created by the handle. After the post went viral, the kettle sold out. JC Penney didn't release an official statement, but a tweet from the company reads: "If we had designed it to look like something, we would have gone with a snowman or something fun." (Time)

  • A photo of the mug:
  • JC Penney's tweet:
SCHOOL OVERREACTS TO LEGO GUN: A Massachusetts elementary school has backed off plans to discipline a kindergartner that brought a Lego gun on a school bus. The gun, which is about the size of a quarter, was brought onto the Old Pond Elementary school bus on Friday (May 24th). The commotion started when a child on the bus yelled that the 6-year-old boy had a gun. The accused child's mother, Mieke Crane, was originally told that her son would have to write an apology, serve detention, and face suspension for the incident. She said the school overreacted, adding, "[The driver] said he caused quite a disturbance on the bus and that the children were traumatized. I could see if it was, you know, an Airsoft gun or some sort of pistol or live bullets or something. This is just a toy." The school's principal has since told Crane that her son will not be punished. (
COUGAR ROAMS THE STREETS IN ST. PAUL: A man in St. Paul, Minnesota reported that he spotted a cougar from his apartment deck on Friday (May 24th). Jacob Todd & Abbey Marcus told authorities that the mountain lion had a cat in his mouth. Todd, a former search and rescue worker was able to identify the lion from previous experience. Authorities are still trying to verify the sighting, but have not found any evidence. (
MISSING MAN SHOWS UP DURING NEWS REPORT ABOUT HIM: A 73-year-old Limington, Maine man who had been reported missing on Monday evening (May 27th) showed up while a local news crew was telling his story on Tuesday morning (May 28th). Robert McDonough had been missing for 14 hours when he walked up to WMTW News 8 reporter Norm Karkos -- just after the anchor gave an update on the story. During his report, Karkos said, "Well sometimes timing is everything... And good news, and a happy ending. The gentleman behind us, you're looking at, that is Robert McDonough." McDonough reportedly suffers from dementia but is in good condition. (AP)


A RECORD NUMBER OF AMERICAN WOMEN ARE NOW BREADWINNERS IN THEIR FAMILIES: A new study from the Pew Research Center finds that 40-percent of households with children are now kept afloat financially by mothers. This number is up from 11-percent in 1960. Researchers say that most of these families are also headed by single mothers, but a growing number are married mothers who make more money than their husbands. Additionally, 79-percent of Americans said they do not think women should return to traditional roles, but only 21-percent said the trend of mother's working outside the home was a good thing for society. Researchers think the growing number of working mothers will lead to family-friendly work policies such as paid family leave, and safety net policies such as food stamps or child care support for single mothers. (Daily Mail)
MUSIC LOWERS ANXIETY OF THOSE ON VENTILATORS IN THE ICU: Researchers say for some patients on mechanical ventilators in the intensive care unit, listening to their favorite music lowers their anxiety. To find this, resaerchers assessed patients' musical preferences and kept a continuous loop of music running on bedside CD players. They found that when these patients listened to music their anxiety was lowered by an average of 36.5-percent, and their number of sedative doses dropped 38-percent, compared to ventilated ICU patients who did not receive music intervention. (UPI)
NEW SARS-LIKE VIRUS CALLED A THREAT TO THE ENTIRE WORLD: The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that a new virus related to SARS is "a threat to the entire world." It's called the novel coronavirus, and researchers say they know too little about it. Dr. Margaret Chan, head of WHO says, "We do not know where the virus hides in nature. We do not know how people are getting infected. Until we answer these questions we are empty-handed when it comes to prevention." Earlier this month WHO reported that 20 of the 40 confirmed cases of the virus were fatal. Most of those infected with the virus were found to have traveled to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, or Pakistan in the last year. (Fox)
SNAPCHAT LEAK WEBSITE: Think twice before sending a dirty snapchat, there's now a website where people post screenshots of Snapchats. Snapchat lets users send short videos or photos to one another that are automatically erased from the viwers phone after ten seconds. Some people are taking screen shots during those ten seconds and posting the shot on the website Snapchat Leaked. The site reportedly has hundreds of pornographic and embarrassing Snapchats already posted to it. While appears to be down, you can become "friends" with the website on Facebook. (Daily Mail)
AUSTRALIAN RESEARCHERS SAY WE'VE OVERESTIMATED GLOBAL WARMING EFFECTS: Australian scientists say the effects of global warming may not be as bad as first predicted. Researchers say their groundbreaking research shows that if emissions continue as usual we can expect to see a two-degree rise in temperature, not a six-degree rise as previously predicted. Researchers say they combined observations of carbon dioxide and global temperature variations with climate model simulations to preoject future global warming. Research leader Dr. Bodman says, "Some uncertainty will always remain, meaning that we need to manage the risks of warming with the knowledge we have. Our results confirm the need for urgent and substantia reductions in greenhouse gas emissions if the world is to avoid exceeding the global warming target of two-degrees..." (Daily Mail)
COULD HAVING A BABY RUIN YOUR MARRIAGE? People love babies, but can a baby be bad for a marriage? Experts say that sometimes after a couple has a baby they experience a "baby quake" which shakes up the relationship and often makes the couple shy away from intimacy. A British survey from OnePlusOne finds that 40-percent of new mothers worried they were no longer sexually attractive to their romantic partner, and that almost two-thirds of new parents have a concern about their marriage that did not exist before the baby. One expert says, "Becoming a parent can put a relationship under extreme pressure as each partner tried to adjust to their new role." (Daily Mail)
THE MOST DISASTER PRONE STATES REVEALED: has pinpointed the top ten most disaster-prone U.S. states, and they are:

10) Missouri. Major disaster declarations since 1953: 53
9) Arkansas. Major disaster declarations since 1953: 54
8) Kentucky. Major disaster declarations since 1953: 56
7) Alabama. Major disaster declarations since 1953: 57
6) Louisana. Major disaster declarations since 1953: 60
5) Florida. Major disaster declarations since 1953: 65
4) New York. Major disaster declarations since 1953: 67
3) Oklahoma. Major disaster declarations since 1953: 73
2) California. Major disaster declarations since 1953: 78
1) Texas. Major disaster declarations since 1953: 86

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