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Wednesday, July 31, 2013


It looks promising that Keith Urban will, in fact, be returning to the judge's table at American Idol. The Hollywood Reporter writes that Keith "looks set to return" for Season 13.
Other names being bandied about by the publication include Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Hudson and Black Eyed Peas member
Auditions are currently underway for the new season of Idol, which will begin airing this fall.

Newcomer Brett Eldredge is getting very close to the Number One spot on the country charts -- a little too close for Brett's comfort, actually -- with his second single, "Don't Ya." Brett made a friendly bet with some folks in his camp that might just force him to face his biggest fear if, ironically, he meets his biggest career goal so far.
Brett tells us exclusively:  
"When I first put out 'Don't Ya,' before it even hit Number 50 on the charts, I had a bet with some of my friends and radio team and management and everything that if it goes to Number One, if we're fortunate enough to get there, we're going skydiving, and I'm freaked of heights. I mean, I'm absolutely petrified of heights. I don't like 'em, but it's actually a possibility. That possibility is kind of freaking me out, but I want to go skydiving. I mean, I think it's worth having that shot. I'll go. Why not? I mean, it usually goes pretty well for people (laughs) so I think it's worth giving it a shot. Just as long as somebody pushes me out of the plane and I don't have to pull the parachute, somebody else does it, let's go get a Number One. That would be cool!"
"Don't Ya" sits at Number Four on the charts.
Brett's debut album, Bring You Back, will be released on Tuesday (August 6th).
CHECK IT OUT All eyes are on Chris Young when he's performing, but things get a little weird when Chris locks eyes on concert-goers. He gets a kick out of zoning in on a fan who is singing all the words along with him because it has an inevitable effect.
Chris tells us: "My favorite thing is when I look down, and I see somebody singin', and you make eye contact with 'em, and it's like it messes up their entire world, and they just start, like, mouthing gibberish. They were singing the lyrics to the song like five seconds before that, and now you're lookin' at 'em, and you have no . . . they're like. 'yellow cats and purple bunnies.' They have no idea what they're sayin', and it's hilarious 'cause then they get really embarrassed. And it's totally happened to me a lot, yeah."
Chris continues on Brad Paisley's Beat This Summer tour, with shows on Thursday (August 1st) and Friday (August 2nd) in Englewood, CO and Salt Lake City, UT, respectively.
He is climbing the charts with his latest single, "Aw Naw," the debut release from his upcoming CD, A.M., which will be in stores on September 17th.

Vince Gill and his good friend and famed pedal steel player, Paul Franklin, released their new collaborative album, called Bakersfield, this week. The project pays homage to two of Bakersfield's sons -- Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. Vince and Paul co-produced the album and recorded it in two days at Vince's home studio with Vince playing all the acoustic and electric guitar fills and solos.
This certainly isn't Vince's first musical pairing, but he tells us it made perfect sense to team up with Paul for his first-ever duet album. "Paul and I have been friends since the early '80s. I'd never done a duet record before. The hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people I'd sung with and played with all these years, I'd never made a real duet record. It just made sense for me to reach out to a fellow musician - that's where I started; that's where I really cut my teeth. I was a musician long before I had the guts to open my mouth and sing. I think doing this with Paul honors what I was first and foremost was a musician."
Vince's last solo album, Guitar Slinger, was released in 2011.
  • Here is the Bakersfield track listing:
    1. Foolin' Around/Buck Owens (Written by Harlan Howard and Buck Owens)
    2. Branded Man/Merle Haggard (Written by Merle Haggard)
    3. Together Again/Buck Owens (Written by Buck Owens)
    4. The Bottle Let Me Down/Merle Haggard (Written by Merle Haggard)
    5. He Don't Deserve You Anymore/Buck Owens (Written by Arty Lange and Buck Owens)
    6. I Can't Be Myself/Merle Haggard (Written by Merle Haggard)
    7. Nobody's Fool But Yours/Buck Owens (Written by Buck Owens)
    8. Holding Things Together/Merle Haggard (Written by Bob Trotten and Merle Haggard)
    9. But I Do/Buck Owens (Written by Tommy Collins)
    10. The Fightin' Side Of Me/Merle Haggard (Written by Merle Haggard)
Brad Paisley will make the broadcast network debut of his new single, "I Can't Change the World," on NBC's hit series, America's Got Talent, airing tonight (Wednesday, July 31st) at 9 p.m. ET. Brad co-wrote the song, which is the third single from his Wheelhouse CD.
The Mavericks will play a special concert for PBS called In Time Live. The show will take place on Tuesday (August 6th) at Marathon Village in Nashville. The taping is open to the public and will air in December across PBS platforms. Tickets are $20-$25 and available for purchase at

Q. In what city and state is Garth Brooks Boulevard located?
A. Yukon, Oklahoma
Lionel Richie
Craig Morgan
Ronnie Dunn


  • Zac Brown (Zac Brown Band) (35)
  • Chad Brock (50)
  • Dean Cain (actor, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman, Ripley's Believe It Or Not, Las Vegas) (47)
  • J. K. Rowling (British writer, author of the Harry Potter books) (48)
  • Wesley Snipes (actor, Major League, New Jack City, White Men Can't Jump, Demolition Man, Murder At 1600, the Blade movies) (51)
  • Bill Berry (former drummer, R.E.M.) (55)
  • Hugh McDowell (cellist, the Electric Light Orchestra) (60)
  • Pat Cooper (actor-comedian, Analyze This, Analyze That, The Aristocrats) (84)
  • Leaveil Degree (sometimes DeGruy) (singer of the Whispers) (65)
  • Shawn Michael Howard (actor, NYPD Blue, Extreme Dating) (44)
  • Gary Lewis (singer-drummer, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, "This Diamond Ring"; son of Jerry Lewis) (67, disputed)
  • Geraldine Chaplin (actress, Doctor Zhivago, Nashville, A Wedding, daughter of Charlie Chaplin) (69)
  • Will Champion (drummer, Coldplay) (35)
  • B.J. Novak (actor, Ryan on The Office, Inglourious Basterds) (34)
  • Jason Aldean's "Why" earned a gold single from the Recording Industry Association of America in 2006.
  • Faith Hill recorded "Mississippi Girl" at Emerald Entertainment in Nashville in 2004.
  • The Dixie Chicks recorded an episode of CMT Crossroads with James Taylor in Nashville in 2002.
  • Blake Shelton's self-titled debut album was released in 2001.
  • Elvis Presley began a historic four-week run at Las Vegas' International Hotel in 1969 in his first live show since 1961. In the audience were Liberace, Herb Alpert, Dick Clark, Cary Grant, Fats Domino, Burt Bacharach, Pat Boone and Paul Anka.
  • Jim Reeves died in 1964 at the age of 39 in an airplane crash near Nashville, Tennessee.


JUSTIN LONG TO APPEAR ON ANNA FARRIS CBS SITCOM: Justin Long has signed on to play a love interest for Anna Farris on her new CBS sitcom Mom debuting this fall. Oscar winner Octavia Spencer has also been cast in a guest-starring role in the series' fifth episode. Mom premieres Monday, September 23rd.
CELEBRATED ACTRESS EILEEN BRENNAN HAS DIED: Eileen Brennan, best supporting actress nominee for Private Benjamin and star of The Last Picture Show, died on Sunday (July 28th) at the age of 80 inside her home in Burbank, California. She had been suffering from bladder cancer. Eileen also appeared alongside Paul Newman in The Sting and as Mrs. Peacock in the movie adaptation of Clue in 1985.
CW TO ADAPT 'THE FLASH' INTO A NEW TV SERIES: Hoping to bank off of the success of their popular super hero shows, The CW is planning to bring DC hero The Flash back to the small screen from the same team behind their freshman hit Arrow. CBS previously attempted a TV series about the guy with superspeed and superhuman reflexes which only lasted for one season back in 1990.
ABC FAMILY RENEWS THREE SHOWS: ABC Family has announced that Switched at Birth has been renewed for a third season and freshman series' The Fosters and Twisted will return with an extended first season in January 2014. The network president explained, "ABC Family has always been a home for groundbreaking storytelling with iconic characters and families and we're thrilled to have The Fosters and Twisted join our line-up as breakout summer hits. We are very proud of the original series we continue to foster, bringing real and relatable characters to life for our viewers and know they are destined to become part of the zeitgeist alongside Switched at Birth and Pretty Little Liars."
'OLDBOY' RELEASE DATE PUSHED BY A MONTH: FilmDistrict has moved the release date of Spike Lee's Oldboy from October 25th to November 27th so that it will no longer compete with Ridley Scott's The Counselor. Oldboy will now go up against Disney's Frozen and Homefront starring Jason Statham


TERESA AND JOE GIUDICE HAVE THEIR DAY IN COURT: Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe were each released on $500,000 bail on Tuesday (July 30th) after appearing in court in New Jersey. Following the hearing, Teresa's attorney told E! News, "It's been a difficult few days but she's been resolute. She's tending to her kids and dealing with this like a grownup." He added, "It's almost invariably true that in federal criminal cases such as this one, the judge requires each defendant to have their own attorney. It reflects the ethical rules so the lawyers avoid conflicts of interest. Even if people are on the same page like a husband and wife, they could theoretically go in different directions at some point in the future."
TAYLOR LAUTNER DEBUTS NEW RELATIONSHIP: Twilight star Taylor Lautner hit the streets of NYC's Soho neighborhood on Monday (July 29th) holding hands and appearing to confirm the rumors of a budding romance with his Tracers co-star Marie Avgeropoulous. Stories of their relationship began to surface on July 4th after Taylor was photographed kissing a mystery girl believed to be Marie.
'TODAY' SHOW EMPLOYEES UPSET MATT LAUER WON'T TAKE A PAY CUT: Staffers at the Today show are reportedly pissed that Matt Lauer won't take a pay cut to keep NBC from having to lay off people who work on the program. According to Radar Online, nine people at the show were given pink slips last week with more expected to be axed in the coming months and Matt could have saved the positions if he were willing to take a 1% decrease in his salary.
KRISTEN BELL ISN'T KILLING HERSELF TO LOSE HER BABY WEIGHT: House of Lies star Kristen Bell appears on the cover of the September issue of Redbook discussing how she isn't going crazy trying to lose all of her baby weight since the birth of her daughter Lincoln in March. She tells the magazine, "I'm going to continue working out and see where it goes. I'd like to get back down to where I was before the baby...But if this is where my body wants to be, so be it. I'm not going to make myself miserable for the rest of my life trying to get back to where I was before."


Katy Perry reveals in the September issue of ELLE UK that she actually reached out to Kristen Stewart after false rumors of her romance with Robert Pattinson began to spread a few months back. The pop star wanted to make sure that Kristen knew she was a better person than that.
She tells the magazine, "I sent her Stewart a text message saying, 'I know you've seen all this stuff, but you know I would never disrespect you. I'm not that person." She added, "I'm just trying to be a friend to him but it is unfortunate that I do have a set of tits."

  • Aside from Katy, Rob was also rumored to be getting cozy with Kristen's friend Riley Keough and most recently with a mystery brunette who some believe is Caitlin Cronenberg -- daughter of director David Cronenberg.
  • The Do's and Don'ts for Helping a Friend Through a Breakup:
  • Kristen Stewart Flipping Out on the Paparazzi (NSFW Language):


Bruce Willis is building a reputation for himself over in the UK as being a bit of a loon after giving a string of wacky interviews to various media outlets while promoting his latest films. Most recently, the 58-year-old sat down with Kate Garraway from the morning show Daybreak while wearing a robe over his clothing.
Although Bruce was definitely more coherent in this chat than he was last week with an interviewer from British radio station Magic FM, the Red 2 star seemed bored and a bit sedated. One viewer wrote, "Omg watching bruce willis on daybreak is mental torture." Other spectators just focused on his wardrobe choice and called him "odd" and "a bit nuts."

  • Last week, Willis interrupted his interview with Magic FM's Jamie Edwards and asked, "Has any actor ever told you this Jamie? This part is not acting. The fun part is over. We're just selling the film now. Sales" When asked how he would sell the movie, Bruce responded, "I wouldn't. I would slash my hooves. You have some great questions here Jamie. Great chat."
  • Back in February, Bruce was promoting A Good Day To Die Hard on BBC 1's The One Show where viewers felt he came off possibly drunk and sort of ignorant -- some even branded it one of the most cringe-making TV moments. The veteran actor later apologized for his behavior and blamed it on jet-lag.

  • Journalists Discuss Their Worst Celebrity Interviews:
  • Bruce's Chat with Daybreak:


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The Osbourne family has never been shy about speaking their minds about other entertainers and now Justin Bieber and Kanye West can be added to the list of celebrities who have felt their wrath. In a new interview with The Daily Beast, former America's Got Talent judge Sharon Osbourne weighs in on the talent of Yeezy and the Biebs as well as a few other industry heavyweights.
Sharon on Kanye:
"I have no time for him. He bores me. I said it on the show, he's an average-looking man with an average talent, but he's a great salesman. He should sell cars because they would fu**in' fly out the door. He's his No. 1 fan."
Sharon on Bieber:
"I feel really bad for him. There's this little kid with a huge dream, he's cute, girls love him, and he wants to be a mean boy, and he's about as mean as a fu**in' kitten, and he's trying to act out. It's like pissing in a bucket. It's like, "Oh, we're the bad boys!" F**k off! You don't know what bad is. And I think that he's lost, I really do. I think he doesn't realize he's white and not black, that's a huge problem. And, at the point he's at in his career, it's so dangerous because we've seen it all before a million times. Where do you go when you're a child entertainer and then you want to transition to be a man? Very few make it."

  • Mrs. Osbourne is not a total hater. She also told the website that she is a fan of Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, and Mariah Carey.


Now that Jennifer Aniston has found happiness with Justin Theroux, the 44-year-old actress can look back on her younger years and recognize where mistakes were made. The We're the Millers star sat down with her co-star Jason Sudeikis and Glamour magazine to discuss how they both found their happiness and what advice Jenn would give herself when she was in her 30's.
Jenn revealed, "Thirties. Go to therapy. Clean up all of the s--t. Clean up all of the toxins and the noise. Understand who you are. Educate yourself on the self. You can undo a lot of things. If you're not happy, you can become happy. Happiness is a choice. That's the thing I really feel. Like with friends who refuse to get happy, who refuse to rise above the discomfort of where they're at."


Opening today (July 31st) is the sequel to the hybrid live action/animated movie, The Smurfs 2, starring Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Katy Perry and Jayma Mays. The film follows the Smurfs as they head to Paris to resuce Smurfette, who has been kidnapped by Gargamel.

  • The Smurfs 2 is rated PG and has a running time of 1 hour and 45 minutes.


BRADLEY MANNING COULD GET 136 YEARS: U.S. Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning was acquitted of the most serious charge against him, that is "aiding the enemy." But he was found guilty of 19 other charges, including six counts of espionage, for giving a vast trove of government documents to the WikiLeaks website. The documents revealed secret information about the U.S. conduct of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Manning could face a prison term of up to 136 years on those convictions. The former private first class was tried in a military court martial in Maryland.
THE PRESIDENT'S BARGAINING CHIP: In a new attempt to get a budget through the Congress, President Barack Obama has offered Republicans a new deal: A cut in the corporate tax rate in return for spending that will create jobs. The president outlined his idea yesterday during a visit to a factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee. "Here's the bottom line," he told his audience. "I'm willing to work with Republicans on reforming our corporate tax code, as long as we use the money from transitioning to a simpler tax system for a significant investment in creating middle-class jobs."

  • The lack of action in Washington is gain in urgency soon. If Congress does not vote to extend spending past the end of September, the government might shut down. Yet another showdown on the debt ceiling looms, too.
DRIVER WAS ON PHONE AND SPEEDING: The train driver was on the phone, and was driving almost double the speed limit, at the time that his train derailed in an accident that killed 79 passengers in northern Spain last Wednesday. That was the finding of a Spanish court, released yesterday. Data collected in the investigation indicates that the train had slowed from 119 miles per hour to 95 miles per hour only seconds before it hit a sharp curve, derailed and smashed into a concrete wall. The driver has been provisionally charged with 72 counts of reckless homicide.
MORE CHARGES IN PENN STATE ABUSE CASE: A Pennsylvania judge has ruled that the former president of Penn State University and two university administrators must face trial on obstruction of justice and other charges related to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Prosecutors allege that the three lied to a grand jury when they said they did not know about allegations of abuse against Sandusky that had been made as early as 1998. Sandusky was convicted and imprisoned in June 2012.
WE HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO SUGAR: We, the people of the United States, have an inalienable right to drink as much sugary soda as we want. That's the ruling of a New York appeals court. The ruling upholds a lower court decision that declared that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg cannot ban sugary drinks in serving sizes larger than 16 ounces. The mayor argues that jumbo portions contribute to obesity and are a threat to public health. In a statement, he said he'd appeal the ruling.
IF McDONALD'S PAID DOUBLE: If McDonald's paid every one of its workers twice the hourly wage they now get, the price of a Big Mac would increase just 68 cents, to $4.67. And that includes double the pay for the top boss, CEO Donald Thompson, whose pay last year was $8.75 million. That's according to a researcher at the University of Kansas, who provided the results to The Huffington Post website. Researcher Arnobio Morelix also estimates that every item on the Dollar Menu would go up by 17 cents. The fast food chain's workers are striking in seven cities this week, demanding a doubling of their wages from the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour to $15 an hour.
IT'S NICE TO GET PRESENTS: Virginia's governor is working on returning all of the gifts he received from a businessman, in response to public criticism. But, he told an interviewer on WTOP radio in Washington yesterday, "It's hard... not to accept gifts." Governor Bob McDonnell said last week that he has already repaid all "loans" from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams. In addition to being a major campaign contributor, Williams gave McDonnell thousands of dollars for his daughters' weddings, took Virginia's first lady on a $15,000 shopping spree, and loaned the family a Ferrari. McDonnell is under investigation by the FBI.
  • The governor apologized again yesterday, saying: "I am deeply sorry for things that I have done or choices that perhaps members of my family have made that have hurt that trust."
  • The full WTOP interview is here:
EVEN FRENCH PEOPLE DON'T LIKE THIS: French people may be known for their love of beauty, but even they may be offended by the Abercrombie & Fitch policy of hiring only beautiful people. A French human rights group is investigating the retailer's practices. Lawyers tell CNBC that A&F had better be worried. "The reason the company's recruitment attracts so much interest is for moral reasons rather than legal ones. But if a company says it only wants to hire good-looking people, they are in dangerous water," said British barrister Leon Glenister. It isn't illegal to hire people for their looks, but it may focus attention on its willingness to hire based on age, race or disability.
  • In a 2006 interview, a company executive said Abercrombie hires cool, good-looking people because that's the kind of customer it wants.
HARVIN SCHEDULES SURGERY: Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin is scheduled to have surgery for a hip injury on Thursday. He is expected back late in the season, according to NBC Sports.
JENNINGS GETS A NEW HOME: The Detroit Pistons have agreed to a deal that will net Brandon Jennings a new three-year contract worth more than $25 million, reported last night. The Bucks reportedly will get guard Brandon Knight, forward Khris Middleton and center Viacheslav Kravtsov.



  • BIG BROTHER - Contestants compete in the veto competition.
  • CRIMINAL MINDS (repeat)
  • AMERICA'S GOT TALENT - Four acts advance to the next round; Robin Thicke performs.
  • CAMP - During the annual Valentine's Day in July festivities, Roger wins the raffle for a private tour of Little Otter with Mack.
  • MASTERCHEF (repeat)
  • MASTERCHEF - The cooks create dishes inspired by loved ones; tag team sushi challenge.
  • THE MIDDLE (repeat)
  • SUBURGATORY (repeat)
  • MODERN FAMILY (repeat)
  • THE NEIGHBORS (repeat)
  • ABC'S THE LOOKOUT - A survival guide to the modern consumer jungle includes ways to maximize value and avoid mistakes.
  • ARROW (repeat)
  • CAPTURE (repeat)
  • THE BRIDGE - Maria's broadcast continues; Sonya searches for the girl's location.
THE VIEW - Teri Hatcher, Dean Norris, Michael Franti, guest co-host Lara Spencer
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Kate Hudson, Bob Costas, Kopecky Family Band
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Johnny Knoxville, Logan Lerman, Queens of the Stone Age
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Jane Leeves, Ahna O'Reilly, Backstreet Boys
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Tyra Banks, Simon Pegg, Dominique Ansel
CONAN - Kevin Nealon, Christmas Abbott, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros


KFC 7-FOOT BUCKET MYSTERIOUSLY APPEARS: A Georgia woman thought she was hallucinating when she saw a 7-foot KFC bucket in her yard. The bucket mysteriously appeared in Aleena Headrick's yard on Thursday (July 25th) afternoon. Neighbors and strangers have started to stop by the home to take pictures. It turns out that the culprit is her landlord Freddie Taylor, who collects old signs. Taylor reportedly bought the bucket and dropped it off on the property. (UPI)
FIFTY SHADES OF GREY IS MOST REQUESTED BOOK AT GUANTANAMO BAY: Fifty Shades of Grey is the most requested book at Guantanamo Bay. U.S. Congressman Jim Moran made the revelation while touring Camp 7, which holds five men charged with plotting the September 11th attacks. Moran was quoted as saying, "Rather than the Koran, the book that is requested most by the (detainees) is "Fifty Shades of Gray." The detention camp library also has Star Trek novels, the Odyssey, and the Hunger Games books. (Dailymail)
RUBIK'S CUBE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: An Australian 17-year-old was crowned the Rubik's Cube World Champion. Feliks Zemdegs won the championship by solving the cube in 7.36 seconds. Over 500 competitors from 37 countries took part at the event which was held in Las Vegas. (Telegraph)
MAN PEES ON COP AND X-RAY MACHINE: A Florida man, who was arrested for driving without a license, wound up peeing on a cop and an x-ray machine. Raymond Lawhorn was pulled over at 10:30 pm on Saturday (July 27th) after he hit a police car. The office brought him to Alachua County Jail, where began urinating on the floor, an x-ray machine, and a detention officer. (Huffington Post)
SCIENTISTS GROW TOOTH FROM STEM CELLS IN URINE: Scientists in China say they have successfully grown a human tooth using stem cells taken from urine. The team at the Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health extracted cells from urine and managed to turn them into stem cells. Then they used the cells to implant teeth-like structures in mice. There has been some criticism of the research, though. Professor Chris Mason, a stem cell scientist at University College London, says that urine was "probably one of the worst sources of stem cells." (The Independent)


SLEEP DEPRIVED PEOPLE MAY BE MORE LIKELY TO STEREOTYPE OTHERS: New research finds that if you're sleep deprived you may benefit from keeping your mouth closed. Researchers from the University of Hawaii at Mamoa found that sleep deprived participants had less control, and therefore became worse at regulating the prejudices they know are wrong. The study also found that people are cranky when they are tired because "without adequate sleep, your thought processes, memory, and learning are all impaired, which forces you to confront the demands of your day with constrained resources," says Dr. Christopher Winter, a sleep specialist. Winter also says that lack of sleep creates more activity in the amygdala area of the brain, which regulated emotions such as anger and rage. (Men's Health)
MANY EMPLOYERS MONITORING USE OF COMPANY ELECTRONICS: A study finds that many employers are watching exactly what their employees are doing on company computers and cell phones. Researchers from the National Workrights Institute say that two-thirds of employers are using some type of electronic monitoring. In 2010 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employers could monitor text messages of employees as long as there was a "legitimate work-related purpose." However, companies are required to get the consent of workers before they monitor their electronic information, and researchers say that often time employers trick employees by placing the consent form in a manual that employees don't realize contains the agreement. Employees can take heart, though, as they are protected by the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which bans intentional access to a computer without authorization. (Daily Mail)
DOCTOR CLAIMS MEDICINE IS SO ADVANCED THAT DOCTORS MAY BE ABLE TO BRING THE DEAD BACK TO LIFE: An American doctor says that modern medicine may soon have the capability of resurrecting people up to a full day after death. Dr. Sam Parina is a critical care physician who teaches at Stony Brook University of Medicine in New York, and says, "With today's medicine, we can bring people back to life up to one, maybe two hours, sometimes even longer, after their heart stopped beating and they have thus died by circulatory failure. In the future, we will likely get better at reversing death." The average resuscitation rate for cardiac arrest patients in U.S. hospitals is 18-percent, and at Stony Brook University School of Medicine it is 33-percent. Parina says that it's a misconception that the brain suffers massive damage after three-to-five minutes of oxygen deprivation, and that most patients who get resusitated get discharged with no nerological damage at all. (Daily Mail)
PEOPLE MAY MOVE OUIJA BOARD PLANCHETTES WITHOUT KNOWNING IT: Researchers say they've found that people who play with ouija boards may move the game's planchette without even knowing they're doing so. The B-B-C reports that when a person experiences the ideomotor effect, muscles movements can happen without a person being aware that it's happening. The Ouija board was first invented by Parker Bros. in the 1890s as a parlor game in which users placed their finger tips on the planchette and waited for spirits to spell out messages using numbers and letters on the board. Scientists say that you can recreate the ideomotor effect by hanging an object from a foot long piece of string and holding it at arm's length. The object will swing in small circles, even if the arm is held still. (Daily Mail)
NIGHT OWLS FOUND TO BE MORE SELF-INVOLVED THAN EARLY RISERS: Australian researchers claim that people who like to stay up late at night tend to have a set of traits known as the Dark Triad traits. To find this, researchers surveyed 263 students online. Participants were asked about how their energy levels felt at various times of day, known as their chronotype, and they were also given a test that measured their personality traits. Researchers found that people who identified themselves as night owls tested stronger for narcissistic, psychopathic, and Machiavellian personality traits than those who were early risers. Researchers say people may have evolved this way because the darkness would hide sketchy behavior these types of personalities are more likely to engage in such as casual sex, mate-poaching and risk-taking. (Daily Mail)
WHY 29-YEAR-OLDS GET THE WORST HANGOVERS: A new study finds that 29-year-olds get the worst hangovers. The U.K. study surveyed two-thousand British people over the age of 18, and found that 29-year-olds suffered the worst hangovers because they try to party hard, thinking they still have the stamina they had when they were younger, when in reality they don't. The study also found that the average British person takes six-sick days each year due to hangovers and that many admitted to going to work still drunk on Monday mornings. The research also found that the average hangover lasts nine-hours and 45-minutes, but for a 29-year-old that time increases to ten-hours and 24-minutes. (Daily Mail)
PROTESTANTS FOUND TO BE MORE CREATIVE THAN CATHOLICS OR JEWS: New research from the University of Illinois finds that Protestants are more creative than Catholics or Jews. Researchers say their research showed that Protestants were better at channeling suppressed emotions into creations than Catholics or Jews who tended to turn suppressed feelings into guilt. To find this, researchers questioned 127 religious men-- 60 were white Protestants, 40 were white Jews, and 27 were Latino Catholics. Researchers asked the men to do various things designed to make them uncomfortable, such as imagining a sexy, bikini-clad figure in a book was a relative. Next the participants were asked to write about their family before being told to create a clay sculpture and then write a poem. Researchers found that Protestants "produced more creative artwork when they were primed with damnation-related words, induced to feel unacceptable sexual desires, or forced to suppress their anger." (Daily Mail)


Hero or Villain?
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is outraged over the conviction of former U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning on most of the charges he faced at his court-martial. It was Assange's site that published the huge trove of U.S. documents that Manning purloined during his work as an intelligence analyst. He called Manning's conviction a "dangerous precedent" for America.

Beautiful People

A French human rights group is investigating the hiring policy of the American retail store chain Abercrombie & Fitch. The stores hire only beautiful people as sales clerks. Lawyers tell CNBC that the American retailer had better be worried. It isn't illegal to hire people for their looks, but it may focus attention on its willingness to hire based on age, race or disability. "The reason the company's recruitment attracts so much interest is for moral reasons rather than legal ones. But if a company says it only wants to hire good-looking people, they are in dangerous water," said British barrister Leon Glenister. In a 2006 interview, a company executive said Abercrombie hires cool, good-looking people because that's the kind of customer it wants.

Twitter's Problem

A committee of the British Parliament is calling executives of the web messaging service Twitter on the carpet. The Parliamentary Culture, Media and Sport committee wants to know how Twitter intends to protect its users from harassment, abuse and even threats of violence by other Twitter users. All of those have been reported by British users of the micro-blogging service.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Kip Moore's latest single, "Hey Pretty Girl," takes the top spot this week on the Mediabase country singles chart, marking his third consecutive chart-topper. "Hey Pretty Girl" follows the two-week Number One hit, "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck" and "Beer Money" off Kip's debut album, Up All Night.

Kip said, "It's wild to me that it's just been over a year since we put out my first album and we have three Number One songs. Writing all of these songs and seeing them come to life through the fans' eyes is humbling to say the least. The support from them and all the great people at radio has left me speechless. I'm almost done with the next album and I can't wait to let everyone hear some of these new tunes."
Later this year, Kip will join Lady Antebellum on their Take Me Downtown tour, kicking off on November 8th in Southaven, Mississippi.
  • Since the release of Up All Night last year, Kip has been touring the country opening for Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert and Toby Keith in addition to headlining his own shows.
  • Up All Night is the best selling debut album from any country artist released last year and the first country album released since 2008 to spawn three back to back Number Ones, making him only the third artist to do so in the chart's history.

Lady Antebellum will return to the road on their new Take Me Downtown tour beginning on November 8th in Southaven, Mississippi. The 2013 leg will wrap on December 14th in Peoria, Illinois. Special guests on the tour are Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves. Fans can purchase tickets and special VIP experiences beginning on September 13th.
Lady A's Charles Kelley said, "We spent almost every day last year backstage writing for our album Golden, so we were really focused on writing songs that would connect with the fans in these arenas. We definitely learned a lot about ourselves as live performers and the type of catalog we wanted to have so that we could go out and try to give the fans the best show they've ever experienced. All of that was the jumping off point for this tour, and now it's time to take it to the next level."
Dave Haywood tells us that Golden was recorded with the trio's live show very much in mind. "I think coming into the studio after being on the road subconsciously had a big impact on the record. Looking back, coming off the road it's like, 'Man, we need this to translate live.' I mean, there's a part on 'Goodbye Town' that has this big chanting part at the end of the song, and those kind of moments where it's like, 'Gosh, that's gonna be so much fun to play in a big amphitheater or a big arena,' and I think that really had a big affect, and even the ballads. I mean, 'It Ain't Pretty' I think is one that I always heard in a big place (with) people's hands up in the air kind of song, too. (Hillary) Where you can hear a pin drop. (Dave) Yeah, so I think things that translate live had a big, big impact for this record."

Here are the Take Me Downtown tour 2013 dates:
11/8 Southaven, MS Landers Center
11/9 St. Louis, MO Chaifetz Arena
11/10 Evansville, IN Ford Center
11/12 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
11/15 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
11/16 Toledo, OH Huntington Center
11/17 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
11/19 Fargo, ND Fargodome
11/21 Rapid City, SD Rusmore Plaza Civic Center
11/22 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
11/23 Salt Lake City, UT EnergySolutions Arena
12/3 Springfield, MO JQH Arena
12/5 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
12/6 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
12/7 Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center
12/12 Cincinnati, OH U.S. Bank Arena
12/14 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center
  • Last year, Lady A hosted over one million fans across the globe in 11 countries on their first headlining world tour, which earned them Billboard Touring's "Breakthrough Award," CMA's "International Artists Achievement Award" and the upcoming "Jim Reeves International Award" at this fall's ACM Honors.
Dierks Bentley will return to host the 7th Annual ACM Honors, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The event will take place on Tuesday, September 10th at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Tickets priced at $40.00 will go on sale to the public at and the Ryman box office at 8 a.m. PT on Friday (August 2nd).
This is Dierks' second consecutive time to host the ACM Honors. He said, "I really didn't know what to expect last year when they asked me to host, but it was a total blast. There are no cameras like there are at a regular award show, so anything goes. The ACM put together a really special show honoring some important people in our business, and I'm just glad I earned an invitation back . . . despite some of my off-script jokes!"
Those being honored include Special Award recipients Jason Aldean, Guy Clark, Blake Shelton, Tommy Wiggins, Lady Antebellum and The Judds. Keith Whitley and Hank Williams will also be honored posthumously. The evening also recognizes winners of the MBI (musician, bandleader, instrumentalist) and Industry categories, which are not presented during the live telecast of the Academy of Country Music Awards. In addition, Dallas Davidson will be recognized as the winner of Songwriter of the Year.
Honorees include:
Jason Aldean - Crystal Milestone Award
Guy Clark - Poet's Award
Blake Shelton - Gene Weed Special Achievement Award
Keith Whitley (posthumously) - Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award
Tommy Wiggins - Mae Boren Axton Award
Hank Williams (posthumously) - Poet's Award
Lady Antebellum - Jim Reeves International Award
The Judds - Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award
Dierks' Luke Bryan joke while hosting last year's ACM Honors:

Loretta Lynn is mourning the death of her oldest daughter, Betty Sue Lynn, who passed away yesterday (Monday, July 29th) morning in Waverly, Tennessee from complications of emphysema. She was 64. Betty Sue is survived by two daughters and five grandchildren. A spokesperson for the legendary singer says Loretta and her family thank friends and fans for their thoughts and prayers during this time of great loss.
Shania Twain will be returning to the stage at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for the continuation of her Shania: Still The One show in October. After a four-month hiatus, Shania will begin her next run of 22 performances starting on October 15th and running through December 14th. Shania has released an exclusive behind-the-scenes video giving fans an inside look of her journey from backstage into the spotlight.

Kristian Bush of Sugarland helped create a new character as part of the game My Singing Monsters, which is available on various forms of media. Kristian contributed vocals and mandolin for "Shugabush," which was designed and animated by the artists at Big Blue Bubble.
Kristian was made aware of the game by his 11-year-old son. He tweeted about the game, drawing the attention of creator Dave Kerr, who responded and has since been in talks with Kristian about this new character.
Much like Kristian, Shugabush wears a fedora and plays a mandolin. He officially made his My Singing Monsters debut in the game yesterday (Monday, July 29th).
Kristian said, "This whole experience has been a blast. First of all, the music in My Singing Monsters is irresistible -- that's what drew me to the game. And since I love to dream big via social media, I'm so glad that Dave Kerr and his team at My Singing Monsters dreamed back. I've always wanted to let my inner monster out . . . and I think I'm finally about to impress my son."
To meet Shugabush, download the game for free at iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.

Sixteen-year-old Danielle Bradbery is juggling being a high school student and a recording artist. As the winner of this season of The Voice, Danielle is trying to figure out the best way to get her education and pursue her dream at the same time. She tells us: "I started off high school in my huge, regular high school with everybody else but as this whole Voice thing started, I got an online schooling and it's for students who travel, so that was a big help for that. But now that this is continuing, it's kind of up in the air right now. But we're definitely trying to figure out if I should go back to school or keep online schooling. It depends on my schedule. We're thinking if I went back to my regular school, it'd be kinda crazy. We're still trying to figure that out."
Danielle just released her debut single, "Heart of Dixie."
George Jones is being remembered with the re-release of God's Country: George Jones And Friends. The 10-song CD was originally released on a limited basis in 2006, but is now back in stores to honor the late legend. The project is George's classic hits sung by "the possum's" friends and fellow entertainers like Garth Brooks, Joe Diffie, Vince Gill, Tracy Lawrence, Pam Tillis, Tanya Tucker and George himself.
In addition to the music, there is also a behind-the-scenes DVD of the making of the album available.
Here is the God's Country: George Jones and Friends track listing:
1. 'God's Country' - George Jones
2. 'She Thinks I Still Care' - Vince Gill
3. 'Walk Through This World With Me' - Mark Chesnutt
4. 'Window Up Above' - Tanya Tucker
5. 'Take Me' - Pam Tillis
6. 'White Lightning' - Joe Diffie
7. 'He Stopped Loving Her Today' - Sammy Kershaw
8. 'Beer Run' - Garth Brooks/George Jones
9. 'Golden Rings'/'We're Gonna Hold On' Medley - Joe Diffie/Donna Faegan
10. 'The One I Loved Back Then (Corvette Song)' - Tracy Lawrence
  • George died in April at the age of 81.
  • A movie about his life is in the works.

Q. What superstar's real last name is Covel?
A. Toby Keith

Dierks Bentley's Airstream
Brad Paisley


  • Neal McCoy (55)
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger (former Governor of California; actor, the Terminator movies, Predator, Twins, Total Recall, Kindergarten Cop, True Lies, Batman & Robin, Collateral Damage) (66)
  • Delta Burke (actress, starred in TV's Designing Women) (57)
  • Lisa Kudrow (Actress, Friends, The Comeback, The Opposite of Sex) (50)
  • Laurence Fishburne (actor, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Apocalypse Now, Boyz N The Hood, What's Love Got To Do With It, The Matrix movies, Mystic River) (52)
  • Vivica A. Fox (actress, Independence Day, Soul Food, Why Do Fools Fall In Love, the Kill Bill movies) (49)
  • Anita Hill (Law professor, accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his 1991 Senate confirmation hearing for the U.S. Supreme Court (57)
  • Hillary Swank (actress, won Oscars for Boys Don't Cry and Million Dollar Baby) (39)
  • Buddy Guy (blues legend) (77)
  • Paul Anka (singer-songwriter) (72)
  • Tom Green (actor-comedian-talk show host; former husband of Drew Barrymore) (42)
  • Christine Taylor (actress, the Brady Bunch movies, The Wedding Singer, Zoolander, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story; wife of Ben Stiller) (42)
  • Sid Krofft (children's TV creator, H.R. Pufnstuf, Sigmund And The Sea Monsters, Land Of The Lost) (84)
  • David Sanborn (composer and sax player) (68)
  • Jeffrey Hammond (sometimes called Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond, former bassist for Jethro Tull) (67)
  • Jaime Pressley (actress, My Name Is Earl) (36)
  • Edd "Kookie" Byrnes (actor and singer, "Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb") (80)
  • Peter Bogdanovich (director, Paper Moon, The Last Picture Show, What's Up Doc, and actor, appeared in The Sopranos) (74)
  • Christopher Nolan (director, Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises) (43)
  • Richard Linklater (director, Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, School of Rock, Before Sunset, A Scanner Darkly) (53)
  • Bud Selig (baseball commissioner) (79)
  • Jean Reno (actor, The Da Vinci Code, Mission: Impossible, Ronin, The Pink Panther movies) (65)
  • Simon Baker (actor, The Mentalist, The Devil Wears Prada) (44)
  • Eli Young Band vocalist Mike Eli and his wife, Kacey, welcomed their first daughter, Kline Olivia Diaz, in Dallas in 2012.
  • Alan Jackson's Good Time album went gold in 2008.
  • Rodney Atkins received a diploma from Tennessee Tech in Cookeville in 2007, 14 years after he stopped taking classes. School officials discovered he'd racked up enough hours of credit to qualify for a newly created degree.
  • Kenny Chesney performed at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field in 2005. The performance was shot for inclusion in an ABC Thanksgiving special, Kenny Chesney: Somewhere In The Sun.
  • Martina McBride's "My Baby Loves Me" charted in 1993.
  • Travis Tritt's Country Club album was certified platinum in 1991.
  • Alabama became the first country act to go quadruple-platinum, as the Mountain Music and Feels So Right albums were certified for shipments of four million copies in 1985.
  • Johnny Cash recorded the Number One single, "Daddy Sang Bass," in 1968.


LINDSAY LOHAN TO GUEST HOST 'CHELSEA LATELY': Lindsay Lohan's road to career redemption will continue with a guest hosting gig on Chelsea Lately on August 5th. E! promises that Lilo will interact with Chelsea's sidekick Chuy, run the roundtable discussion, and interview the celebrity guests.
DARREN CRISS AND LUCY HALE TO HOST '2013 TEEN CHOICE AWARDS': It was officially announced on Monday (July 29th) that Glee's Darren Criss and Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale will be hosting the 2013 Teen Choice Awards on Fox. Lucy tweeted, "Excited to announce I'll be cohosting this yrs Teen Choice Awards w/ the talented & charming @DarrenCriss." The show will air on August 11th and fans are invited to vote in their favorite categories until August 10th.
CHARLIE ROSE TO CAMEO IN FINAL SEASON OF 'BREAKING BAD': PBS talk show host Charlie Rose revealed during a panel at Astoria's Museum of the Moving Image that he will be making a cameo in the penultimate episode of Breaking Bad. Neither Rose nor the show's creator Vince Gilligan would reveal whether he will be playing himself.
CBS RENEWS 'UNDER THE DOME': CBS has announced plans to bring back its summer series Under the Dome back for a second season. Network president Nina Tassler released a statement saying, "We're excited to tell more stories about the mystery of the dome and the secrets in Chester's Mill, and are thrilled to have the master storyteller himself, Stephen King, tell the first one of next season."
SHOWTIME RELEASES FIRST TEASER FOR THIRD SEASON OF 'HOMELAND': The first teaser trailer the upcoming third season of Homeland has been released online and features only voiceovers. The new season will premiere on September 29th. Check it out:


EVAN RACHEL WOOD GIVES BIRTH: Thirteen star Evan Rachel Wood and her husband Jamie Bell welcomed a baby boy on Monday (July 29th.) This is the first child for the couple who were married in October of 2012. A rep for the actress confirmed that "Parents and baby are doing well."
ROBERT PATTINSON HANGS WITH SIA AT JAY Z/JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE SHOW: Robert Pattinson was spotted hanging out with Australian singer Sia at the Legends of the Summer concert at Rose Bowl Stadium on Sunday (July 28th.) E! Online is reporting that the pair are just friends and were just one of many famous faces at the show including Jessica Alba, Beyonce, Diddy, and Glee star Chris Colfer.
ALLEGED NAKED PHOTO OF JOSH HUTCHERSON LEAKS ONLINE: A naked photo allegedly of Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson leaked online on Monday (July 29th) supposedly taken off of an online dating site where he was using the name "Connor." Connor reportedly sent photos and videos of him pleasuring himself believed to have been taken sometime around 2010-2011. See the NSFW picture here:
LEA MICHELE BREAKS HER SILENCE ON CORY MONTEITH'S DEATH: Lea Michele returned to Twitter for the first time since Cory Monteith's death to post a photo of the couple during a happy day together and to thank her fans once again for their support. Lea wrote, "Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support. Cory will forever be in my heart." Take a look at the photo:
'THE VIEW' IS EYEING HODA KOTB TO FILL THEIR EMPTY SEAT: The NY Post is reporting that ABC is "very interested" in having Today show host Hoda Kotb join the ladies of The View. The network has reportedly already reached out to begin discussions with her people.


Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe are facing over 50 years in prison if convicted of the 39-count indictment brought against them on Monday (July 29th) by U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman. According to TMZ, the couple defrauded the IRS and several banks from 2001-2008.
The Giudices allegedly conspired to illegally obtain mortgages and loans from multiple banks by intentionally overestimating their incomes to get more money. They are also being accused of withholding vital information about their net worth after filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2009 -- including how much Teresa was being paid for appearing on the Bravo reality show. The husband and wife are also being charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Neither Teresa nor Joe have been arrested but they are expected in court this morning (July 30th.)
  • Teresa released a statement to Entertainment Online saying, "Today is a most difficult day for our family. I support Joe and, as a wonderful husband and father, I know he wants only the best for our lovely daughters and me. I am committed to my family and intend to maintain our lives in the best way possible, which includes continuing my career. As a result, I am hopeful that we will resolve this matter with the Government as quickly as possible."
  • The IRS is also coming after Joe for tax evasion after he allegedly failed to file income tax returns from 2004-2008 when he reportedly earned $1 million. He is still awaiting trial for an arrest from over two years ago for wrongfully using identifying information of another and impersonation.



Former King of Queens star Leah Remini left the Church of Scientology earlier this month and while many suspected the actress was being bullied to stay silent on the matter, she is finally speaking out. People caught up with Leah at Saturday's (July 27th) 15th annual DesignCare event in Malibu where she proclaimed once again how grateful she has been for the support she has received.
Leah said, "We stand united, my family and I, and I think that says a lot about who we are, and what we're about. I believe that people should be able to question things. I believe that people should value family, and value friendships, and hold those things sacrosanct. That for me, that's what I'm about. It wouldn't matter what it was, simply because no one is going to tell me how I need to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, and cannot, talk to." She added, "It doesn't matter, it could be anything. I thought about the family being broken up for some other cause, and I'm not about to shut up."

  • The 43-year-old had spent over three decades as part of the church.


A 40-year-old Queens psychiatric patient who is described by the NY Post as a gay, Jewish, white supremacist has been arrested for stalking Anderson Cooper. Alex Hausner has reportedly been obsessed with the CNN reporter since 2008 when he allegedly began making unwelcome phone calls and visits to Anderson's home in the West Village.
Everything culminated last month when Hausner showed up at Cooper's home once again and began trying to kick in the door. Security cameras caught him shouting, "I swear to f--king God, don't insult me" and "I'm going to f--k you up!" Alex was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on Saturday (July 27th) and is currently being held on $75,000 bail.

  • Hausner reportedly claims that Anderson's boyfriend, Benjamin Maisani, is a "thug and a mongrel" who has sent people after him.
  • Prosecutors say that Alex has prior felony and misdemeanor charges.


Regardless of the box office performance for his latest film The Lone Ranger, Johnny Depp is still one of the biggest names in Hollywood but the actor says he has been thinking about moving on from the movie-making business. The 50-year-old chatted with BBC about the "quieter" things he would like to do with his time.
Depp explained, "I wouldn't say that I'm dropping out any second but I would say it's probably not too far away. At a certain point, you start thinking, and when you add up the amount of dialogue that you say per year, for example, and you realize that you've said written words more than you've actually had a chance to say your own words, you start thinking of that as a kind of insane option for a human being." He continued, "So, are there quieter things that I wouldn't mind doing, you know? Yeah, I wouldn't mind that."

  • The iconic actor recently told Rolling Stone that he thinks about retirement "every day" and that eventually he'd like to "just take it down to the bare minimum and concentrate on, I guess, living life. Really living life."
  • Johnny currently has three projects in development including Into the Woods, a sequel to Alice in Wonderland, and the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film.


Although most people send stuffed animals or some sort of clothing, Prince William and Kate's son has been receiving a plethora of strange and completely atypical birthday gifts. According to Radar Online, high level people including government officials and business owners have sent peculiar presents in the hopes of distinguishing themselves from the rest of the well-wishers.
Officials from Australia's Northern Territory reportedly gifted a baby crocodile named George who will live with two other crocs named William and Kate. Kela -- the Social Insurance Institution of Finland -- sent a whole box of goodies which included condoms and bra pads amongst other more practical items like clothing, diaper cream, and a towel.

  • The baby also received some fancy duds. He will be presented with a pair of French cufflinks at his christening which may go well with the suit and tie that little George got from the Israelis.
  • One local supermarket where William and Kate have shopped gifted his royal highness with a parking space for when his mom and dad need to go on a diaper run.


FBI PUTS 150 IN CUSTODY IN SEX TRAFFICKING SWEEP: 150 people across the United States were arrested by the FBI over the weekend on charges of holding children against their will for prostitution. FBI officials called the three-day sweep the largest-ever operation against child sex-trafficking. The arrests were made in 76 cities, with all suspects expected to face state and federal charges related to sex crimes and human trafficking. FBI agents and local police recovered 105 children during the operation at truck stops, motels, casinos and other places where officials said they were forced to work as prostitutes.
8 ARRESTED AFTER U.S. SURFING OPEN ENDS WITH RIOT: An unruly mob swept through the downtown area of California's Huntington Beach following the town's U.S. Open of Surfing on Sunday night (July 28th), fighting, looting a bicycle shop, clashing with police and trashing property before authorities broke up the disturbance and made eight arrests. Several officers and people received minor injuries. The weeklong surfing competition drew thousands of people to the Orange County city that bills itself as "Surf City USA."
SWISS TRAINS COLLIDE, INJURING 35: Two trains in Switzerland collided head-on Monday evening (July 29th), injuring about 35 people. The driver of one of the trains was still unaccounted for and thought to be inside the wreckage. Police spokesman Jean-Christophe Sauterel said that the trains were traveling at slower speeds, adding that "the situation could have been much more catastrophic." He also said it was too early to ascertain the cause of the crash. The accident comes a week after one of the worst train crashes in decades killed 79 people in Spain.
TALIBAN FREES HUNDREDS OF PRISONERS: Taliban fighters disguised as police and armed with bombs and grenades broke 250 prisoners out of a Pakistan jail in a brazen overnight operation that raised serious questions over the new government's ability to combat militancy. Explosions and machine gunfire rattling the city of Dera Ismail Khan near Pakistan's lawless tribal regions bordering Afghanistan.
MONOGAMY MAY HAVE EVOLVED TO PROTECT CHILDREN: A new study has concluded that monogamy may have evolved among humans and other mammals because it protected infants from being killed by rival males. Scientists at University College London suggest that in addition to providing more effective infant care, monogamy developed so that a rival male would not kill a newly born infant in order to return a female to a fertile state so that he could impregnate her with his own child. Infanticide is very high among some primate species, including chimpanzees and gorillas, possibly for that reason, but the new study shows that the risk of that happening led to monogamous relationships among primates and, eventually, humans.
HOUSE MADE OF BEER CANS NOW A LANDMARK: A house covered completely in flattened beer cans remains both an art object and a landmark in Houston. John Milkosovich began papering the walls of his house with crushed beer cans in the early '70s, when aluminum siding was all the rage, using as many as 50,000 cans that he had piled up by drinking a six-pack daily over the span of 20 years. Milkosovich passed away in the mid-'80s, but his wife lived in the house until her death in the mid-'90s and the house was purchased 10 years ago by local nonprofit Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, who restored it and opened it to the public. Ruben Guevara, head of restoration and preservation of the so-called Beer Can House, said that Milksovich "had no idea what was the fascination about what he was doing."
RESIDENTS OF NORTH DAKOTA ARE TOP BEER CONSUMERS: While we're on the subject of beer, the top five states for beer consumption per capita are North Dakota, New Hampshire, Montana, South Dakota and Wisconsin, according to a survey released by the Beer Institute, a trade organization. North Dakota drank about 45.8 gallons of beer per resident 21 and older last year. The figures do not include anyone under the age of 21. The states that consume the least suds per capita are Utah, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Kentucky, with Utah residents drinking about 20.2 gallons of beer on average last year. Most of the beer across the board -- 72 percent, in fact, -- was consumed by men.
FORMER MAJOR LEAGUE PITCHER'S BODY RECOVERED: The body of former major league pitcher Frank Castillo was recovered on Monday after he apparently drowned in Bartlett Lake northeast of Phoenix. The 44-year-old Castillo, who family members and friends said wasn't a good swimmer, jumped off a pontoon boat Sunday afternoon for a swim and didn't resurface. Castillo had an 82-104 record in 13 major league seasons, pitching for the Chicago Cubs, Colorado, Detroit, Toronto, Boston and Florida before retiring in 2005.
A-ROD COULD FACE LIFETIME BAN: Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez could face a lifetime ban from playing if he doesn't take a deal that would suspend him for the rest of 2013 and all of 2014. Rodriguez is widely expected to be implicated in the scandal surrounding Biogenesis, the South Florida anti-aging clinic that allegedly supplied performance-enhancing drugs to him and other players.



  • NCIS (repeat)
  • NCIS: LOS ANGELES (repeat)
  • AMERICA'S GOT TALENT - Twelve acts perform.
  • SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE - The dancers perform; elimination.
  • EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS - Chris helps Chantell lose weight.
  • BODY OF PROOF (repeat)
  • WHOSE LINE IT IS ANYWAY? - Kyle Richards and comic Jonathan Mangum.
  • WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? - Jeff Davis helps the cast with improv games.
  • CAPTURE - (series premiere) Twelve teams of two enter a high-tech wilderness compound, where they must battle fatigue, hunger and extreme weather as tehy compete for $250,000.
  • INTERIOR THERAPY WITH JEFF LEWIS - Jeff and Jenni helpe a new bride who feels trapped in a medieval castle her husband's father built.
THE VIEW - Ethan Hawke, John Walsh, guest co-host Lauren Sanchez
THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Bryan Cranston, Amanda Seyfried, Michael Franti & Spearhead
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Kristin Chenoweth, Josh Gad
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Larry David, Naya Rivera, Backstreet Boys
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Dan Aykroyd, Paula Patton, Brad Paisley, Booker T. Jones
CONAN - Neil Patrick Harris, Shailene Woodley, Dan St. Germain


 NEWLYWEDS CELEBRATE AT MCDONALDS: A British couple celebrated their wedding reception at McDonald's. Steve and Emily Asher brought 33 guests to McDonald's after their wedding ceremony at a local registry office. The couple took a limousine to the McDonald's where the manager reserved a special area for the wedding. The reception cost the couple about $200. When asked why he chose the popular fast food restaurant to hold his reception in, Mr. Asher joked it was because everyone loved to eat at McDonald's. (The Sun)

FIRE SERVICE WARNS COUPLES AGAINST USING HANDCUFFS: The London Fire Brigade has warned couples to think twice before using handcuffs. The fire service has urged couples to be careful when using the cuffs after the number of people trapped has risen over the last three years. The service has had 79 incidences in the past three years. Firefighter Dave Brown said: 'I don't know whether it's the Fifty Shades of Grey effect, but the number of incidents involving items like handcuffs seems to have gone up." (Daily Mail)
YOUNGEST US CHESS EXPERT: A nine-year old Massachusetts girl is the U.S.'s youngest chess expert. Carissa Yip, who learned how to play chess only three years ago, ranks in the top seven percent of the 51,000 players registered. Her father, Percy, taught her the game and played with her until she began beating him. Yip could reach the master level in as soon as a year. She has three years to reach master rank in time to beat the world record, held by Irina Krush, who became a master at 12. (UPI)

WORKER SENT TO REMOVE GRAFFITI FINDS IMAGE OF HIMSELF ON THE SAME WALL: A London stencil artist was surprised to find his first piece of "Bad Kitty" graffiti being painted over. The artist only known as "DS" took a photo of the man painting over his piece. DS then painted the image of the man on the wall as a way to commemorate his original work. A month later the mural is still on the wall. DS explained, "My reaction to it being removed was a little different than normally. Knowing a piece has been removed or painted over doesn't bother me, it's the name of the game in graffiti but this time was a little different as it only lasted eight hours." (Telegraph)

LARGEST VIDEO GAME BATTLE: More than 4,000 ships fought in a huge battle online in Eve online. The massive multiplayer game, which routinely breaks records for the most populous in-game events, had 4070 ships participate in the battle shattering the previous record by 400 ships. The battle started when two huge player alliances were fighting over one region of the game called the fountain. Developers recently put some valuable moons in the fountain. The alliance CFC was victorious in end. The game slowed down by 10 percent due to the large amount of players. (Mashable)






WHAT YOUR HAIR STYLE SAYS ABOUT YOU: Hair is really important when it comes to how we look. Trichologist Philip Kingsley says, "Hair is called a secondary sexual characteristic. You can't flaunt your primary sexual characteristics in public, at least not in western society, so that's what makes your hair important from a social viewpoint." Kingsley says long, glossy hair is popular because it denotes youth and fertility, while short, cropped hairstyles are widely considered masculine. Other experts say that bright colored hair is associated with a quirky personality while wavy hair makes a person seem likeable. Additionally, experts say long hair is glamorous, and fringe hair makes a person seem like an individual. (Daily Mail)
PET INSURANCE IS BECOMING A POPULAR EMPLOYEE BENEFIT: Experts say that more and more companies are starting to offer pet insurance policies to their employees as a benefit. Companies like Chipotle and MGM Resorts in Nevada have both added pet insurance to their employee benefits in recent years. The plan Chipotle employees have access to costs between ten and 57-dollars per month per pet. If you're interested in find out about insurance options for your pet, visit (UPI)
THE EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL MAY DIFFER IN MEN AND WOMEN: A new study finds that gender may influence which emotions drive heavy drinkers to drink, and how they feel the next day. To find this, researchers from the University of Vermont had a group of nearly 250 participants who were flagged by their doctors as having a possible drinking problem go through an alcohol treatment program. Following the treatment, participants were then called every day for six months and asked about their moods, stress level, and drinking habits. Researchers found that anger drove men to drink, and a man who felt angry the next day was more likely to drink than a man who did not feel as angry. Researchers say they also found that people reported less happiness as they use more alcohol, and that this effect was seen in both men and women, but was particularly strong in women. Researchers hope the findings will be useful in helping a person who might have a drinking problem. (Fox)
OPTIMISTS ARE MORE RESILIENT TO STRESS: New research finds that optimists are more resilient to stress than other personality types. To find this, researchers from Concordia University presented participants with a half a glass of water. Participants were then asked how they viewed the glass. Researchers found that those who viewed the glass as "half full" had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol than their pessimist coubnterparts. Additionally, the optimists held steady levels of cortisol even after a tough day, while the pessimists' corisol levels shot up each time they faces a stressful situation. Researchers explain that this happens because optimists usually believe they're going to overcome stressors and are therefore more likely to seek out solutions, while pessimists tend to expect the worst and avoid challenging situations which adds more stress. (Men's Health)
HAVING NATURAL TEETH LINKED TO BRAIN POWER: New research finds that people with fewer natural teeth performed worse on mental exercises than those with all of their teeth. The study was published in the European Journal of Oral Sciences, and researchers found that with men of all ages, having more natural teeth meant they would perform better on mental exercises. Men's Health dentistry advisor, Dr. Mark Wolff, said the results may indicate that, "People who have more teeth are probably more health-conscious and take better care of themselves, as well as their teeth." (Men's Health)
TO MAKE A BETTER BARGAIN, COMPLIMENT THE SELLER: New research finds that flattering the seller of an item might get you a better bargain on it. To find this, researchers assigned a group of participants the role of a buyer or a seller and then presented them with a coffee mug. Sellers were told they could keep the mug or sell it, and buyers were asked to evaluate the mug. Bother sellers and buyers were shown several words on a computer screen-- all of the words fell into three categories: threatening, neutral or non-words. They found that sellers responded to threat-related words much more quickly than buyers, and made them drive up the price of their item. Researchers say they were able to neutralize this effect in buyers when they flattered them. One researcher explains, "Buyers may want to affirm sellers to make them feel less threatened by the loss of a possession and therefore willing to set lower prices." (Daily Mail)
MANY PEOPLE FRIEND REQUEST A PERSON ON SOCIAL MEDIA BEFORE A FIRST DATE WITH THEM: A new survey finds that one-in-four people say they send a friend-request online before a first date with someone. To find this, Mashable surveyed three-thousand participants on what they found acceptable and polite in regard to dating in the digital age. The survey found that 37.1-percent of singles will check their phone if their date leaves the room, while 38.6-percent of people in committed relationships, and 33.4-percent of married people said the same. Also, 26.6-percent of people surveyed said it's ok to friend request someone before the first day, while 26.9-percent said "after multiple dates." Of those surveyed who were college-age, 38.8% said friend requesting was acceptable before the first date, while just 26.2-percent of 20-somethings said the same, and just 16.4-percent of those in their 30s agreed. (Mashable)


Bradley Manning Verdict Reached
A military judge is set to issue a verdict on Tuesday (July 30th) in the court martial of Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier who disclosed reams of secret intelligence documents to the Wikileaks website. Manning has acknowledged leaking the documents but denies the most serious charge of "aiding the enemy." He has already pleaded guilty to 10 lesser charges out of 22 total, and faces life in prison if convicted.
Obama's Choice: Hillary or Joe?
President Barack Obama and his former Secretary of State and onetime rival for the presidency, Hillary Clinton, had lunch at the White House on Monday (July 29th), fueling speculation over whether Clinton plans to run again in 2016 and is looking for Obama's support. But another of the president's closest advisers, Vice President Joe Biden, is also mulling another run at the nation's top office, which would leave the President with a difficult choice of who to endorse. A White House spokesperson said that the lunch was "chiefly social," adding that Obama and Clinton have "developed not just a strong working relationship, but also a genuine friendship." Meanwhile, Biden and Obama are scheduled to have their own breakfast on Tuesday (July 30th).

Guess Who's Footing the Bill?
Virginia taxpayers are stuck with a $53,530 bill from a private law firm that took over an investigation of Governor Bob McDonnell's gifts from a political donor and businessman. The investigation ultimately cleared the governor of violating state law after probing gifts McDonnell's family received from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams.

Monday, July 29, 2013


Jason Aldean might be re-teaming with Ludacris. The rapper, whose real name is Christopher Bridges, recently reached out to Jason and the two might be heading back into the studio.
Jason tells us: "Well, you know, we worked together on 'Dirt Road Anthem' and he called and had some interest in me coming in and maybe doing something on one of his records, so we'll see, man. I've always been one of those people (who) loves working with other artists. I love doing different things like that and working with artists that are outside of our genre. I'm a fan of music in general, and I love doing those things, so anytime an opportunity like that comes up I think you look at it and see if it makes sense and if it does I think it's cool to kind of step outside your comfort zone a little bit and do something different."
In other Jason news, he broke the all-time attendance record at Cheyenne's Frontier Days on Friday (July 26th). Hours before the show, he had sold 24,457 tickets, with walk-up lines wrapped around the front gate for what was the largest concert ever held in the state of Wyoming. The previous mark was held by George Strait.
Jason said, "It's such an unbelievable thing to even have your name uttered in the same breath as a guy like that. Strait is probably the best country singer of the last century in my opinion. I can only hope for a career that lasts half as long as his . . . there is still no one cooler than King George!"
Jason partnered with GE, Susan G. Komen and the Wyoming Women First organization at Frontier Days to help encourage women to sign up for more information on screening options in Wyoming, the state with the third-lowest screening rate in the country. He donated concert tickets, private meet and greet experiences and more to raise awareness of the GE "Mammovan" parked on site, which is a mobile screening facility especially vital in states like Wyoming where the average distance a woman has to travel for a mammogram is 70 miles.
  • Each October, which is dubbed breast cancer awareness month, Jason turns one of his tour dates into the Concert for the Cure. He donates all profits to Susan G. Komen. To date, his Concerts for the Cure have raised in excess of $1 million.
Taylor Swift is known for her surprise collaborations in concert, and she did not disappoint during her performance on Saturday (July 27th) at Gillette Stadium in Boston. Fans were thrilled when Carly Simon took the stage to duet with Taylor on Carly's iconic hit, "You're So Vain."
After the show Taylor tweeted, "Got to sing 'You're So Vain' with Carly Simon at Gillette Stadium tonight!!!!! Unreal. I could not possibly look up to her more."
Saturday's show was the second of Taylor's two sold-out concerts at Gillette Stadium.
The Red tour rolls on to Des Moine, Iowa and Kansas City, Missouri this week.

Garth Brooks became a grandfather last week! The superstar's middle daughter, 19-year-old August, welcomed a daughter with her longtime boyfriend, Chance Russell. Baby Karalynn was born in Oklahoma on Tuesday (July 23rd).
Garth issued a statement on Friday (July 26th) saying "Our family would first like to thank everyone for their warm wishes and sweet celebration of Baby K's arrival. Our children's lives have always been extremely private and they have been endlessly encouraged to be their own people. We have always wanted them to be individuals and NOT be known as 'someone's daughters'. I have been amazed and grateful how the press has always respected this. I now ask that respect to please continue as this young family begins the greatest days of their lives."
Garth's oldest daughter, Taylor, is 21, and his baby, Allie, is 17 and in her last year of high school.

Justin Moore will headline the Off The Beaten Path tour this fall. The 57-date trek featuring special guests Randy Houser and Josh Thompson will begin on November 1st in Springfield, Missouri.
This will be Justin's second time to headline a tour.
He said, "I can't express, in words, how excited I am about this tour. The success of the Outlaws Like Me tour gave us the opportunity to step it up a notch this time around. From the production to venue size to Randy and Josh, we're taking it to another level."
He added, "I consider Randy Houser and Josh Thompson to be two of my best friends in Nashville, and, I've said numerous times, I believe they are the two most talented singer-songwriters in our format. We are thrilled to welcome them to our second headlining tour and know that they will help us tremendously. As a fan, I can't wait to watch them play . . . It's gonna be a party every night!"
Here are the dates on Justin's Off the Beaten Path tour:
11/1 - Springfield, Mo.
11/2 - Enid, Okla.
11/3 - Fort Smith, Ark.
11/8 - Tupelo, Miss.
11/9 - Columbus, Ga.
11/10 - St. Petersburg, Fla.
11/14 - Saginaw, Mich.
11/15 - Highland Heights, Ky.
11/16 - Youngstown, Ohio
11/20 - Topeka, Kan.
11/21 - Lincoln, Neb.
11/22 - Mankato, Minn.
11/23 - Fargo, N.D.
11/30 - Chicago, Ill.
11/23 - Greensboro, N.C.
1/24 - Knoxville, Tenn.
1/25 - South Haven, Miss.
1/30 - Lacrosse, Wis.
1/31 - Springfield, Ill.
2/1 - Duluth, Minn.
2/6 - Fairfax, Va.
2/7 - California, Pa.
2/8 - Huntington, W.Va.
2/13 - Clovis, N.M.
2/14 - Cedar Park, Texas
2/15 - Allen, Texas
2/16 - Wichita Falls, Texas
2/26 - Springfield, Mass.
2/27 - Indiana, Pa.
2/28 - Kingston, R.I.
3/1 - Salisbury, Md.
3/6 - Lowell, Mass.
3/7 - Bangor, Maine
3/8 - Portland, Maine
3/14 - Kalamazoo, Mich.
3/15 - Ypsilanti, Mich.
3/20 - Park City, Kan.
3/27 - St Louis, Mo.
3/28 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
3/29 - Rockford, Ill.
4/10 - Norfolk, Va.
4/11 - Salem, Va.
4/18 - Reading, Pa.
4/26 - Jonesboro, Ark.
  • Justin's third studio album, also called Off the Beaten Path, will be in stores on September 17th.
  • The album's debut single, "Point at You," is nearing the Top 10 on the country charts.

Kelly Clarkson is ready to be a newlywed! The singer says that she and her fiance, Brandon Blackstock, had hoped to be married by now but their busy careers forced them to push things back.
Kelly tells us that agreeing on a wedding date was no easy task: "Picking the date for this wedding was ridiculous! We wanted to actually get married in June. I should be married by now, okay? I'm very upset about it, and I should be married by now but we could not fit it in. And then I'm making a Christmas album and I'm doing country stuff and I'm still doing pop stuff, and I'm doing the wedding and I've got a new life, you know? I've got two kids now and we live together in a new house and there's construction everywhere. I mean, everything you could put on a list we've actually put on our list. Anyway, but we had to plan it for October cause when you get closer to holidays that's when we have time off, so I'm getting married right after I get off tour. He's with Blake (Shelton) all the time. He manages Blake, so he's everywhere with Blake with The Voice or tour stuff so he's just as busy as me, so it's hard."
Kelly recently tweeted one of her engagement pictures.
Dustin Lynch spent a little time in the hospital before his show in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday (July 25th) while out on Keith Urban's Light The Fuse tour. Dustin was reportedly battling the flu and checked into a local hospital to receive fluids.
The singer tweeted about his hospitalization, writing, "Thx to my lovely nurse Tara and Dr Davidson for helping me kick the flu! I'm back and ready to Light The Fuse!"
Dustin went on to play shows in Raleigh, NC and Atlanta, GA this weekend.
Dangerous weather forced Luke Bryan to cancel his outdoor show at the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Friday (July 26th). The storm was so bad it actually broke records, being reported by the Albuquerque National Weather Service as bringing the "most intense rain, severe-wind producing storms in recent memory, if not on record."
Luke tweeted, "Hey y'all. Hope everyone is ok. Praying everyone got to they're vehicles safely... Bad weather here in Albuquerque. Show can't happen tonight. Freakin bummed..."
The concert has been rescheduled for September 22nd, and tickets will be honored on that date.
  • Luke will release his Crash My Party CD on August 13th.
  • His brand new single is called "That's My Kind of Night."

Willie Nelson is getting some help from the ladies on his next album. The project is called To All The Girls . . . , and features an impressive lineup of some of the best female voices in music today, including Carrie Underwood, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert, Roseanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Wynonna Judd, Alison Krauss, Mavis Staples, Norah Jones, Shelby Lynne, Emmylou Harris, and Brandi Carlile. The album will be in stores on September 20th.
Here is the 18-track listing of To All The Girls . . . :
1. From Here to the Moon and Back feat. Dolly Parton
2. She Was No Good for Me feat. Miranda Lambert
3. It Won't Be Very Long feat. The Secret Sisters
4. Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends feat. Rosanne Cash
5. Far Away Places feat. Sheryl Crow
6. Bloody Mary Morning feat. Wynonna Judd
7. Always on My Mind feat. Carrie Underwood
8. Somewhere Between feat. Loretta Lynn
9. No Mas Amor feat. Alison Krauss
10. Back to Earth feat. Melonie Cannon
11. Grandma's Hands feat. Mavis Staples
12. Walkin feat. Norah Jones
13. Till the End of the World feat. Shelby Lynne
14. Will You Remember Mine feat. Lily Meola
15. Dry Lightning feat. Emmylou Harris
16. Making Believe feat. Brandi Carlile
17. Have You Ever Seen the Rain feat. Paula Nelson
18. After the Fire Is Gone feat. Tina Rose

Q. Who was the first artist to sign a recording contract live on television?
A. Barbara Mandrell

Jason Aldean, Bill Anderson, Casey James

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