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Thursday, August 29, 2013


Brad Paisley made an extra stop on the California run of his Beat This Summer tour last week. He had the opportunity to make a visit to Google headquarters and participated in the Talks at Google Program. Talks was moderated by Dana Vetter, a Music Marketing Program Manager at YouTube, as she asked questions and took questions from the Googlers in attendance.

Brad also had the opportunity to meet with a couple of members of the Google Glass team and got a quick demo of @GoogleGlass, where he was able to put on the device and try it out for himself.
Brad's Beat This Summer tour heads to Nevada this weekend with shows in Lake Tahoe on Friday (August 30th) and Las Vegas on Saturday (August 31st).

Brett Eldredge took a real leap of faith -- literally. On Tuesday (August 27th) the singer made good on a promise he made to go skydiving if his single, "Don't Ya," went to Number One. Well, it did so he did. The only problem was Brett has a huge fear of heights.
A few days before the jump Brett tweeted, "In a week, look up in the sky at the dude peeing his pants!"
After the jump, Brett tweeted a picture of himself airborn and looking scared to death with the caption, "On a scale of one to shat my pants, how scared do you think I was here! Ha."
The singer made it safely to the ground and is hopefully betting on something a little less risky if his next single tops the charts.

The middle child of Alan Jackson's three daughters, 20-year-old Alexandra "Ali" Jackson, was arrested yesterday morning (Wednesday, August 28th) in Nashville and charged with assault, resisting arrest and underage drinking. Ali was the passenger in a Range Rover that was pulled over around 2:30 a.m. CT.
According to The Tennessean, police immediately could tell that Ali had "consumed a large amount of alcohol." They tried to talk to her, after which she became angry and exited the vehicle. According to police reports, Ali made angry demands and hit the officer in the chest. She also resisted when the officer tried to handcuff her and put her in the patrol car.
Police maintain that Ali told them her father would get her out of this situation because he "would do anything she wanted him to."
Ali was released on $35,000 bond and given a court date of September 23rd.
Earlier that night, Alan played a sold-out show at a club near downtown Nashville.
Alan's publicist said the singer has no comment on the arrest.

Billy Ray Cyrus was scheduled to appear on Piers Morgan Live on Tuesday (August 27th) but wound up canceling at the last minute. He was reportedly going on to talk about his daughter, Miley Cyrus', shocking performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, but apparently had a change of heart.
Piers didn't offer an explanation for the cancellation, but joked by saying, "Billy Ray was supposed to be on the show tonight to explain his daughter's behavior, but I'm not sure he's quite worked out what his explanation is yet."
The talk show host said that Billy Ray will definitely be coming on the show to discuss this topic in the near future.
Billy Ray did offer a comment to Entertainment Weekly, however, saying, "She's still my little girl and I'm still her dad regardless how this circus we call show business plays out. I love her unconditionally and that will never change."
Kip Moore is on top of the world these days with three consecutive Number One hits from his debut album, not to mention prime tour slots with Eric Church, Toby Keith, and come this fall, Lady Antebellum.
Kip has his dream job now, but he can quickly recall working some jobs that he'd rather forget. He tells us: "I'd have to say my worst job ever was laying sod in the south Georgia heat. There's nothing than that, especially when somebody would think that you're waiting for the next sod patch to be thrown to you and you got your back turned, and all of a sudden, that big ole piece of sod hits you right on the back. You got nowhere to clean up, and you're just stuck with dirt on your back for the rest of the day. It doesn't get any worse than that."
Kip recently celebrated the chart-topping success of "Hey Pretty Girl."
His next single will come from his sophomore album, although no details on the project have yet been released.
Love and Theft's Stephen Barker Liles and his fiancee, Jenna Michelle Kennedy, will become first-time parents later this year. The couple, who got engaged in May, have a due date of December 3rd.
Stephen told, "It's perfect timing. December is our freest month of the year so if all goes according to plan, I'll be home with Jenna and the baby."
Stephen's musical partner, Eric Gunderson, and his wife, Emily, welcomed their first child, son Camden William, on March 10th.
Stephen and Jenna plan to tie the knot in June of next year.
Love and Theft's latest single is called "If You Ever Get Lonely."

David Nail has had a varied career path leading to becoming a recording artist. The singer says that while his very first job as a teenager was great for him, it didn't fare as well for the business.
David explains: "The first job that I ever had was working at Dairy Queen. One of my very best friends in the world's mother purchased a franchise, so it was kind of a cool place to work. You put me in an ice cream place, it's a recipe for disaster. So, Kathy Jeffers, her mother tends to tell people it was a 'mutual separation,' but I can vividly remember her saying that they were going to lose money if they continued to let me work, because I was eating more food than I was selling. But it was a great two days that I spent there, and I had many a Dilly Bar."
David has moved on to bigger and better things. His latest single, "Whatever She's Got," is climbing the country charts. It's the debut release from his upcoming fourth album.
Alan Jackson will perform at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City on October 28th at 8 p.m. ET. This special night of music will feature songs from Alan's The Bluegrass Album, set for release on September 24th. Alan wrote eight of the 14 songs on The Bluegrass Album, which will be released on ACR (Alan's Country Records) in conjunction with EMI Records Nashville.
Alan last played Carnegie Hall in 2005 as part of an all-star Grand Ole Opry 80th Anniversary show celebration. For the October 28th performance, he will be joined by the noted bluegrass musicians that are featured on The Bluegrass Album.
Tickets may be purchased starting Monday, September 9th at 11 a.m. ET and are available online at, CarnegieCharge at 212.247.7800, and Box Office at 57th and Seventh.
On Wednesday (August 27th), Alan played a rare club date at Nashville's Station Inn. The event was sold-out.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Q. What singer got to perform at Lillith Fair in 1999 as a condition of being the grand prize winner from more than 2000 bands in "The Big Deal $100,000 Music Search"?
A. Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles

Laura Bell Bundy


  • Dan Truman (Diamond Rio) (57)
  • Julio Fernandez (guitarist of Spyro Gyra) (59, disputed)
  • Meshell Ndegeocello (R&B singer-bassist) (45)
  • Richard Attenborough (English actor/director appeared in Jurassic Park, director of A Bridge Too Far, Gandhi) (90)
  • James Brady (Former Press Secretary to President Ronald Reagan, who was seriously injured by a bullet to the head in the 1981 attempt on Reagan's life) (73)
  • Rebecca DeMornay (Actress, Risky Business, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle) (54, some sources say date of birth undetermined)
  • Elliott Gould (Actor, (Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, the film version of M*A*S*H) (75)
  • Robin Leach (British TV host, known for Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous) (72)
  • Senator John McCain (Republican senator from Arizona) (77)
  • William Friedkin (Director, The French Connection, The Exorcist, To Live And Die In L.A.) (78)
  • Carla Gugino (actress, Entourage, Watchmen, Night at the Museum, Karen Cisco, the Spy Kids movies, Sin City) (42, disputed)
  • Chris Copping (former bassist, Procol Harum) (68)
  • Dick Halligan (multi-instrumentalist, Blood, Sweat & Tears) (70)
  • Lea Michele (actress, Glee) (27)
  • Luke Bryan's "I Don't Want This Night To End" was released to radio in 2011.
  • Alabama, Glen Campbell and DeFord Bailey were announced by the Country Music Association as the latest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
  • Alan Jackson collected 10 nominations for the 36th annual Country Music Association Awards in 2002, breaking a 32-year-old record held by Merle Haggard.
  • Billy Ray Cyrus performed the national anthem at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois in 1996, as Bill Clinton was nominated for re-election.
  • K.T. Oslin underwent quadruple-bypass heart surgery at Nashville's St. Thomas Hospital in 1995.
  • Faith Hill's album It Matters To Me was released in 1995.
  • "(There's) No Gettin' Over Me" took Ronnie Milsap to Number One on the Billboard country chart in 1981.


HAS STACY KEIBLER MOVED ON FROM GEORGE CLOONEY?: Life & Style claims that Stacy Keibler has found her post-George Clooney rebound relationship. A friend revealed to the magazine, "She's dating millionaire Jared Pobre, and it's pretty serious. She was in Europe with him and all over Italy a couple of weeks ago." They are reportedly planning on attending the Burning Man festival in Nevada this week.
JOHN STAMOS TURNS 50 WITH 'FULL HOUSE' CAST: The cast of Full House staged another mini-reunion in L.A. on Monday (August 26th) to help John Stamos celebrate his 50th birthday. Ashley Olsen, Bob Saget, Candace Cameron Bure, and Lori Loughlin all turned out for the party and posed for pictures together. Other celebrity guests included Nia Vardalos, Johnny Knoxville, Priscilla Presley, Linda Cardellini, Darren Criss, and Kristin Chenoweth.
LIAM HEMSWORTH HAS HAD IT WITH MILEY CYRUS' ANTICS: Sources are telling Radar Online that Liam Hemsworth was not amused by Miley's little dance routine at the VMAs and he is allegedly close to his breaking point. The source revealed, "Liam really does care about Miley, but her racy new look and sort of ghetto attitude isn't exactly what he signed up for. Her VMA performance absolutely mortified him and he couldn't be more embarrassed. He doesn't really see anything sexy about what she did on stage." The source added, "It's not just Liam that Miley is pushing away...his entire team is urging him to part ways with her because she's nothing but negative for his reputation and career. Liam is a serious actor with a growing career, while Miley has just turned into a joke. It's pretty much over. He knows he can't stay with her when this is who she's become. He doesn't want to babysit her anymore. He has to move on."
JENNIFER GARNER DISCUSSES THE END OF HER FIRST MARRIAGE: Jennifer Garner may have ultimately found her happiness with Ben Affleck but the 41-year-old actress previously thought she found the one when she married Felicity star Scott Foley. She recently opened up to Allure magazine about her previous marriage saying, "We were full-on grown-ups, but looking back I'm aware we did not know what hit us. We didn't have a shot. He's a really good guy, and we just imploded." Jennifer began dating Ben only a few months after her divorce was finalized and Scott married actress Marika Dominczyk.
SIR PATRICK STEWART TEACHES HIS GIRLFRIEND HOW TO ACT: A video is making the rounds on the internet of Patrick Stewart goofing off with his girlfriend by giving her one of his big acting tips. The X-Men star explains that while many actors can do single, double, and triple takes...he illustrates how to master the art of the quadruple take. Check it out:


MARK WAHLBERG IS EXPANDING HIS BURGER JOINT: The Wahlberg brother -- Mark, Donnie, and Paul, are opening a second location of their hamburger restaurant Wahlburgers. There is a new restaurant opening in Toronto's SoHo Metropolitan Hotel in early 2014. The original location is in Hingham, Massachusetts.
FOX CANCELS KRIS JENNER'S TALK SHOW: Fox has reportedly decided not to pick up Kris Jenner's talk show following less-than-stellar six week trial run in a few test markets. Although Kris' last-minute ratings stunt of having Kanye West debut baby North West on the show, it was supposedly not enough to convince execs that it was worth saving. The show supposedly had very little interest from advertisers and was scoring a .8 in the ratings.
MICHAEL PHELPS SCORES GUEST STARRING ROLE ON 'SUITS': USA network announced on Wednesday (August 28th) that Michael Phelps will appear as himself in the midseason premiere of the show in 2014. He will be playing a big client that Gabriel Macht's Harvey could never land which allows Abigail Spencer's Scottie to swoop in and woo him.
GEORGE EADS TAKING A BREAK FROM 'CSI: LAS VEGAS': CSI: Las Vegas star George Eads will not be appearing in a few episodes of the upcoming 14th season of the show after he supposedly got into a heated argument with a pregnant writer who works for the CBS series. According to E! News, he will be around for the first three episodes before making his exit and return at unspecified date later in the season. Eads has been with the series since the first season and is reportedly demanding more input into where his character is heading.
'AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN' GETS A PREMIERE DATE: It was announced on Wednesday (August 28th) that the 13-episode third season of American Horror Story will premiere on FX on Wednesday, October 9th. The premise of the new season is described in the official press released which states, "Over 300 years have passed since the turbulent days of the Salem witch trials and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves. Wrapped up in the turmoil is new arrival, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga), who is harboring a terrifying secret of her own. Alarmed by the recent aggression, Fiona (Jessica Lange), the long-absent Supreme, sweeps back into town, determined to protect the Coven and hell-bent on decimating anyone who gets in her way."


After 13 years of marriage, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have decided to take a step back and give some thought to their relationship. According to E! News, the couple have already been living separate lives.
A rep for Jones released a statement saying, "Catherine and Michael are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage." According to People, neither party has filed for divorce or sought any kind of legal separation but they also have not been photographed together since April. Michael has been spending time on a yacht off the coast of Sardinia and Catherine remains at their New York residence.

  • Their relationship has survived Michael's fight against throat cancer in 2010 and Catherine's bipolar disorder which she received treatment for back in 2011 and again in April of this year. A family friend told People, "The stress has taken a toll on their marriage."
  • Another source close to the situation says that the pair still hopes to patch things up and "They want the best for their kids, no matter what happens." The couple's two children are 13-year-old Dylan and 10-year-old Carys.


Many members of the Hollywood community have spoken out against the backlash regarding Ben Affleck landing the role of Batman since the announcement was made last week and now Matt Damon is also putting himself in Ben's corner. Matt took some time to address the issue while promoting his film Elysium to the Times of India.
Matt told the paper, "I think it will be great. It will be terrific. I know there are a lot of people grousing on the internet. I just think it's kind of funny. You know, he's not playing King Lear. It's Batman! Certainly within his skill set." Ben's Good Will Hunting writing partner added, "If anybody saw Argo or The Town, and all the work he's been doing lately, it's way more nuanced and interesting and way more difficult than Batman! Batman just sits there with his cowl over his head and whispers in a kinda gruff voice at people. Bruce Wayne is the more challenging part of the role, and Ben will be great at that."

  • 42-year-old Damon also explained why it wouldn't work for him to take on the role of Robin saying, "I am a little older than Ben. I never saw Robin as older than Batman. But it's safe to say I won't be Robin."


With an Academy Award nomination under his belt, Jonah Hill has proven himself to have what it takes to be part of the Hollywood elite but he says he owes his entire career to Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen. In a new interview with James Franco for Playboy, the 29-year-old discusses his early acting days when he was struggling to find work.
Jonah reveals that he dropped out school after landing a small role in I Heart Huckabees "because I thought I was going to blow up, but I couldn't get work for two years. My agents wouldn't let me tell anyone they were my agents. My parents were terrified." He goes on to say, "Meeting Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen was the tipping point. I lived in this small apartment in Los Angeles, where I mostly played video games with my friends, and suddenly there was a billboard for Superbad above my apartment. Nobody knows who I am one day, then suddenly every single person knows who I am. You think everything will be that amazing, but it's not like that."

  • Jonah also admits, "I wouldn't have been nominated for an Oscar or starred in a Martin Scorsese movie if it wasn't for what Seth, Evan and Judd did for me. If those guys need me, I'm there. They've been there for me as people. I support them in whatever they do. They are just guys who work hard, have so much talent and are good people, and that's rare."


The celebrities who have signed up to compete on the upcoming 17th season of Dancing With the Stars won't officially be revealed until next week but many news outlets have started reporting the rumored names.
E! News claims that Glee's Amber Riley and former Scientologist Leah Remini will be hitting the dance floor and their sources also reveal that Jack Osbourne and Snooki are also in final talks to compete. TMZ says that Saved by the Bell's Elizabeth Berkley, The Voice correspondent Christina Milian, NFL star Keyshawn Johnson, and terminally ill Rhoda star Valerie Harper have also signed on.
  • ABC responded to the stories saying, "We don't comment on casting rumors, but tune in to Good Morning America on Sept. 4 for the official reveal."


Charlie Sheen seems to have an interest in the occult. The Anger Management star revealed to TMZ that he just returned from his second excursion of the summer trying to find a mythological creature.
His most recent adventure took him on his private jet to Sitka, Alaska where he and his friends went searching for the Kushtaka -- a local legend which loosely translates to "Land otter man." According to Charlie, "It's a shape-shifting trickster who is half man, half otter. It lures one away from the campsite with the mimicked sounds of a crying baby, then kills you, takes on YOUR form, and returns to the scene for more suckers or prey." Though Charlie's crew came up empty-handed, he explained "It obviously knew our group was far too skilled to be snowed in this fashion so it stayed hidden like a sissy."

  • Back in July, Sheen and two of his pals visited Scotland hoping to come face to face with the Loch Ness Monster but also found nothing.


OBAMA SAYS SYRIAN GOVERNMENT LAUNCHED CHEMICAL ATTACK: President Obama said yesterday (August 28th) that the U.S. has concluded that the Syrian government had carried out a chemical weapons attack on civilians last week that killed hundreds of people. However, intelligence officials say questions remain about whether President Bashar al-Assad ordered the attack or it was done by other high-ranking officials in his government, or whether it was potentially carried out by a rogue element in the Syrian military. While Obama said he's still evaluating possible military retaliation, he stated during an interview with PBS' NewsHour that any American response would send a, quote, "strong signal" to Assad.

  • Earlier yesterday, the U.N. Security Council was unable to reach agreement on a draft resolution seeking authorization for the use of force because Russia, as expected, objected. Administration officials have said they would take action even without the backing of allies or the U.N. because there must be a response to the chemical weapons attack.
FORT HOOD SHOOTER SENTENCED TO DEATH: A military jury yesterday (August 28th) sentenced Major Nidal Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, in which 13 people were killed and more than 30 injured. The rare military death sentence came after a court martial in which Hasan chose to represent himself, but barely put up a defense, and presented nothing at all during the penalty phase. His standby attorneys have said they believe Hasan wanted to be put to death so that he would be a martyr. Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, has said he acted to protect Islamic insurgents overseas from what believed to be American aggression.

TODAY'S FYI: ZIMMERMAN'S WIFE ADMITS TO PERJURY IN PLEA DEAL: George Zimmerman's wife, Shellie Zimmerman, pleaded guilty to perjury yesterday (August 28th) in a plea deal that allowed her to avoid a felony charge. She was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and a year's probation and will have to give an apology letter to the judge she lied to. In the letter, Zimmerman wrote, "By lying under oath, I let my God down, I let your Honor and the court down . . . and most of all, I let myself down. . . . . I promise to remember, 'The truth will set you free.'" Zimmerman was facing perjury charges after she was accused of lying about her and husband's finances during his bond hearing in the death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman had said she and her husband had no money, but they'd actually raised nearly $200,000 via an online defense fund. Taped jailhouse recordings later showed the Zimmermans speaking in code about their finances. That led to George Zimmerman's bail being revoked and then raised to $1 million.
BILL CLINTON TO HELP EXPLAIN OBAMACARE: The White House has enlisted former President Bill Clinton to help explain the health care reform law, dubbed Obamacare, which still is confusing to many Americans. Clinton will speak about the law at his presidential library in Little Rock, Arkansas, on September 4th, less than a month before members of the public can start signing up for the health care exchanges. After last year's Democratic National Convention, at which Clinton delivered a plainspoken defense of Obama's policies, the president admiringly joked that his predecessor should be, quote, "secretary of explaining stuff."
SCIENTISTS CONFIRM THE DISCOVERY OF A NEW ELEMENT: The periodic table will be getting a new entry, with Swedish scientists confirming the existence of a new chemical element, backing up decade-old claims by research teams in the U.S. and Russia. The Swedish scientists said they were able to detect what they called the "fingerprint" of the super-heavy, short-lived element that's been dubbed ununpentium, which refers to it being in 115th place in the periodic table. That name will likely change, however, if the discovery is formally approved by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics and Chemistry.
L.A. CAT 'COLONEL MEOW' GETS LONG HAIR GUINNESS RECORD: A 10-pound cat that lives in Los Angeles named "Colonel Meow" has claimed the long hair record in the new edition of the Guinness World Records book due out next month, with his fur measured at nine inches. His owners, Anne Marie Avey and Eric Rosario, say it takes both of them to brush the cat's fur three times a week. Colonel Meow is also a bit of a celebrity, with his own website, Facebook page and YouTube channel with more than two million views.
VENUS WILLIAMS OUSTED IN SECOND ROUND AT U.S. OPEN: Venus Williams was ousted in the second round at the U.S. Open Wednesday (August 28th), falling 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (5) to 56th-ranked Zheng Jie of China. The 33-year-old Williams has been affected in recent years by an autoimmune disease, and this is the third year in a row that the two-time champion is out at the U.S. Open after two rounds. She entered the tournament ranked 60th. Winners yesterday included Andy Murray, Juan Martin del Potro, Sloane Stephens and Li Na.
MANZIEL SUSPENDED FOR HALF OF TEXAS A&M'S OPENING GAME: Johnny Manziel has been suspended for the first half of Texas A&M's opening game against Rice on Saturday (August 31st) for what the school called an inadvertent violation of NCAA rules by signing autographs. The school issued a statement yesterday (August 28th) saying the NCAA agreed to reinstate the Heisman Trophy winner after he sits out the half-game. The quarterback had been under investigation by the NCAA for allegedly accepting money for signing autographs for memorabilia brokers, a violation that could have led to a much longer suspension. However, the statement said both Texas A&M and the NCAA found there was no evidence that Manziel received money in exchange for autographs.
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)



  • TWO AND A HALF MEN (repeat)
  • TWO AND A HALF MEN (repeat)
  • BIG BROTHER - The houseguests vote to evict a fellow cast member; the contestants compete for the role of head of household.
  • ELEMENTARY (repeat)
  • HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT - (season finale) Contestants play party games with celebrities Tom Arnold, Terry Crews, Emilie de Ravin, Jerry Ferrara, David Guintoli and Hoda Kotb.
  • GLEE (repeat)
  • NEW GIRL (repeat)
  • THE MINDY PROJECT (repeat)
  • MOTIVE - (season finale; double episode) Angie uncovers a vital link between a killer and a victim that can expose a deadly secret.
  • ROOKIE BLUE - Andy finds out Marlo has been carrying out an unauthorized investigation into a pedophile.

THE VIEW - (repeat)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Julie Scardina, Rod Stewart
CONAN - (repeat)


DATING APP MATCHES SALAD SOUL MATES: One New York restaurant chain has created an app that allows their customers to match their salad compatibility with others. Salad Match is a service that was developed by Just Salad. The app works like most dating apps, but it also includes your salad eating habits. Some of questions that you the app asks you are "Do you like meat in your salads, or are you vegan? Do you prefer to make salads yourself, or use seasonal ingredients? Do you only eat wraps, and if so, why are you on a service called Salad Match?" You can also restrict your dating pool to customers at at a particular salad chain. (The Daily Dot)
BURGER FLAVORED ICE CREAM: A ice-cream shop made a hamburger ice cream to celebrate National Burger Day in England. The ice cream created by Sorbitium came with toppings such as candied bacon and dill gherkin ripple. Customers even topped it off with some ketchup to complete the snack. Unsurprisingly new burger flavor hasn't been well received by everyone. (MSN Now)
MAN FINED $500 AFTER DRINKING SEVERED HUMAN TOE OUT OF SHOT GLASS: A customer was fined $400 after he swallowed a human toe at a bar. The severed body part had been dropped into a shot of whiskey as part of a tradition in Canada. The ritual involves somebody drinking a Sourtoe cocktail and having the toe touch their lips. If you swallow the toe, you face a fine. Matthew Campbell was more worried about how they were going to find a replacement, adding: "Who wants to donate a replacement?" The toes have been reportedly donated by living donors that lost them in an ailment or accident. (Metro)

YOUNGEST STUDENT EVER AT TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY: An 11-year-old aspiring physicist has become the youngest student ever in the history of Texas Christian University. Carson Huey-Yu graduated in May from the accommodated Learning Academy when he was just 10. His mother drives him to TCU after dropping off his little brother. She then spends the whole day with him because his backpack weighs more then he does. Huey-Yu said her son was reading by the age of 2, and enjoyed numbers and math from an early age. He is also a self-taught pianist. (UPI)
TWERKING AND SELFIE ARE NOW IN THE OXFORD DICTIONARY: The words "twerking" and "selfie" have been added the Oxford English Dictionary. Those two words along with several words like hackerspace, emoji, and phablet. The official definition for selfie says " a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smart phone.There are also a lot of tech-speak that has been added like "T-L-Semicolon-DR" which stands for too long didn't read. (Business Insider)
PORN SITE RELEASES WHAT EACH STATE WATCHES THE MOST (WARNING: THIS COULD BE OFFENSIVE TO YOUR AUDIENCE): A porn website has released statistics on what type of porn is most popular in each state. The website named PornHub releases a huge amount of data about their user's habits. The data includes the top three searches for every state and the average amount of time spent on the site.(Happy Place)


YOU'RE LIKELY TO EAT MORE CALORIES THE DAY AFTER YOUR FOOTBALL TEAM LOSES: New French research finds you're more likely to eat unhealthy foods the day after the football team you're rooting for loses. To find this, researchers monitored the calorie in-take of fans of various teams, and found that fans of losing teams consumed ten-percent more calories than usual the day after the game. Additionally, the more their team lost by, the more food people ate. The fans of winning teams were found to decreased their caloric intake by five-percent the next day. Researchers say this may happen because people adopt the identities of the teams they root for, and taking wins and losses personally affects self-regulation. (Men's Health)
MEN LIKE WHEN WOMEN SLEEP IN PAJAMAS MORE THAN WHEN THEY SLEEP IN LINGERIE: A new survey finds men find women sexiest when they wear pajamas to bed - more so than even lingerie. Memory foam mattress company Ergoflex conducted the research, and found that 37-percent of men said that a pajama set was the sexiest thing their girlfriend or wife could wear to bed, 32-percent said lingerie, 22-percent said borrowed men's clothes, and 16-percent said nothing at all. Most women, 35-percent, said the sexiest thing their man could wear to bed is just boxers or underwear. Most women also admitted that their partner's preference would influence what the wore to bed, while most said it would not affect them. Also, 55-percent of the men who said they like when their girlfriend wears pajamas to bed said they chose that because the sets look "cute" on women. (Daily Mail)
BABIES LISTEN TO AND REMEMBER WORDS THEY HEAR IN THE WOMB: New research from Finland claims a baby learns how its family speaks before it even exits its mother's womb. To find this, Finnish researches exposed unborn babies to one word - "tatata" - it does not have meaning, but follows the rules of the Finnish language. After the babies were born, researchers tested the brain activity of the babies when they heard the word by using scans. They found that the babies who had been exposed to the word in the womb showed an enhanced reaction to the specific word and were able to detect subtle changes made to the word better than babies who had not heard it before. One speech researcher said of the study, "The fact that learning from frequently presented sounds occurs while infants are still in the womb means that language learning does not being on Day 1 at the moment of birth, but while the infant listens to sounds in utero..." (Daily Mail)
"TWERKING" AND "SELFIE" ADDED TO OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY: "Tweking" and "selfie" are just two words among hundreds being added to the Oxford English Dictionary. The dictionary says 1.8-billion new words are detected each year, and about a thousand of them make it into the dictionary. Many of the words being added have to do with technology and include, "phablet" (a smartphone with a large screen), "srsly" (seriously), and "apols" (apologies.) The dictionary defines twerking as "a dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance." (Daily Mail)
MONEY FOSTERS COOPERATION AMONG PEOPLE: New research finds that money fosters cooperation among people in modern society. To find this, researchers from Chapman University had 448 volunteers play a "helping game" designed to examine the impact of money. They found that monetary exchange supported a stable level of cooperation in small and large groups of people, but at the same time whenever money was unavailable it hurt the cooperative norms, essentially squashing them. Ultimately researchers say money encourages anonymous strangers to trust each other and therefore was the route of evolution for our society. (Daily Mail)
ANXIOUS PEOPLE NEED MORE PERSONAL SPACE: New research finds that anxious people require more personal space than their non-anxious counterparts. To find this, British researchers recorded the blink reflexes of participants. Blink reflexes are considered a defensive response to potentially dangerous stimuli. They found that participants who scored high on an anxiety test tended to react more strongly to stimuli that moved to closer to their faces than students who got low scores on the anxiety test. Researchers say this means that those with anxiety perceive threats as closer that non-anxious individuals when faces with the same stimuli at the same distance away. (Daily Mail)
COULD ENDANGERED ANIMALS BE SAVED WITH A SPERM BANK? Japanese scientists have launched a sperm bank for endangered species of animals that they hope to recreate the populations of on other planets. So far the scientists have used freeze-drying technology to preserve sperm from two endangers primates and a type of giraffe. One researcher says of the sperm bank, "This may sound like a dream, but we could in future take genetic information into space." (Daily Mail)
WORKERS DISLIKE OFFICES WITH TOO MUCH OPEN SPACE: New research finds that offices with lots of open spaces are actually disliked by many workers. Researchers from the global design firm Gensler say the ideal workspace is one that offers both office and collaborative areas and that workers in those type of spaces are 22-percent more productive than those in workplaces without both types of spaces. Researchers say if your workspace doesn't have both types of spaces try to get a seat where you can put your back to the aisle to avoid losing focus. (Men's Health)


Far Fewer People Applying for Mars Colonization Mission Than Hoped
Apparently there's not all that many people who want to colonize Mars. Because of that unsurprising fact, a private mission that plans to establish a colony on the Red Planet in 2023 has received far fewer applications, 165,000 from around the world, than its one million target, with the deadline on Saturday (August 31st). That big gap could affect the Mars One Foundation's planning, since the application fees -- which range from $5 to $75 -- are being used to fund their early activity. Eventually, however, Mars One plans to pay most of the costs through a global media event around the colonization. Mars One plans to land four people on Mars in 2023, with supply ships and four additional colonists to launch every two years after that to grow the colony. The Foundation is looking to choose 24 people by 2015 for the first six colony flights, with at least two rounds of the competition to be broadcast on TV and the Internet. There are no plans to bring any of the colonists back to Earth.

Christie Shrugs Off Columnist's Criticism for Calling Reporter a 'Dope'
New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie is famous for his blunt, confrontational personality, and he wants everyone to know that he's not changing. Christie, who many expect to make a presidential run in 2016, yesterday (August 28th) shrugged off New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd's criticism of his calling a reporter a "dope." Christie had made the comment about a New York Daily News reporter after the journalist had an exchange with New York Jets coach Rex Ryan. Dowd wrote that Americans, quote, "like to elect nice guys, not belittling blowhards," and said Christie needs to take care of what she called his "temperament problem" before going on the national stage. Christie dismissed the suggestion of national ambitions, saying, "I'm not running for anything nationally, so why should I care about that?" He stated, "I think folks around here know that I am willing to take as well as I give. I didn't wake up this morning worried and petrified about what Maureen Dowd on the op-ed page of the New York Times thinks about me." Christie also defended calling the Daily News reporter a dope, saying he's free to express his opinion, just as the newspaper was within its right to have called him "fatso" in a recent headline.

Hacker Releases More Paintings He Says Done By Ex-Prez George W. Bush
Gawker on Tuesday (August 27th) published photos of two paintings that were supposedly created by former President George W. Bush. Gawker got them from the hacker Guccifer, who released Bush family emails in February that revealed paintings by Bush, including ones of him in the bathtub and shower. That was when the world learned that the former president had taken up the hobby, which he has said changed his life. Six more paintings were released by the hacker in March. One of the two new paintings shows two dogs resting in the grass, and the other shows a cat.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Chris Young is talking for the first time since being hospitalized for a life-threatening leg infection. The singer says that he literally went from feeling fine while boarding a flight from Nashville to Denver earlier this month, but upon landing, he was so sick he had to de-plane with the assistance of a wheelchair.
Chris tells us what led to the infection: "You know what? It was an ingrown hair. It was something that I thought, like, got out and was fine. It wasn't like I was having any pain in my leg or anything. It's weird because the more people I talk to about it, the more people either know someone or is related to someone who's had the exact same thing where they've picked up bacteria like Strep A or MERSA -- that same family of bacteria -- and it's scary cause it can (snaps) just like that. You know, I left Nashville and was fine. Three-and-a-half hours later I felt like crap (laughs), and then now a week-and-a-half removed I'm fine."
Chris says that his doctor has not placed any real restrictions on him with regard to performing, but admits he was given permission to return to the road a little early. "Honestly, I think my doctor would've kept me home but she was like, 'I know you want to go back out.' She goes, 'You're fine, but just take it easy,' so pretty much once they . . . This is really gross -- they had to keep packing the wound cause it was open in both spots. They were like just taking tweezers everyday and like iodining my leg off and then putting gauze into my leg in two places, which felt great (laughs). It felt really, really good, but once they stopped doing that I pretty much . . . I'm still having to put medication on so it heals properly, but I'm okay now."
Chris returned to Brad Paisley's Beat This Summer tour last weekend.
This weekend's run includes a show on Saturday (August 31st) in Las Vegas.
  • Chris will release his new album, A.M., will be released on September 17th.
  • The debut single, "Aw Naw," is a Top 20 hit and climbing on the country charts.
Carrie Underwood will be joined by 13 NFL players for her performance of "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night," the opening theme for the new season of Sunday Night Football on NBC.
These 13 players have accounted for 55 Pro Bowl selections, six Super Bowl rings and four Super Bowl MVP trophies.
Following is the complete list:
• Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald
• New Orleans TE Jimmy Graham
• Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson
• Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck
• New York Giants QB Eli Manning
• Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning
• Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews
• Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy
• Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers
• Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell Suggs• Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Ware • Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt
• San Francisco 49ers LB Patrick Willis
Carrie makes her debut on the first SNF broadcast of the 2013 NFL season on September 8th as the Dallas Cowboys host their NFC East rival, New York Giants. Coverage begins with Football Night in America at 7 p.m. ET, and the opening theme will continue each week of the season to kick off Sunday Night Football.
"Waiting All Day for Sunday Night" is set to the original Joan Jett song, "I Hate Myself for Loving You" and marks Carrie's first production with NBC Sports. From 2007-2012, the song was performed by Faith Hill and in 2006, the inaugural season of Sunday Night Football, Pink performed the open.
In other Carrie news, she tops the Mediabase country chart this week with her latest hit, "See You Again." This is Carrie's 18th Number One hit of her career, and the fourth consecutive chart-topper from her Blown Away album.
  • Here is the 2013 Sunday Night Football schedule:
    Thurs. Sept. 5 NFL Kickoff Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos
    Sun. Sept. 8 Week 1 New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
    Sun. Sept. 15 Week 2 San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
    Sun. Sept. 22 Week 3 Chicago Bears at Pittsburgh Steelers
    Sun. Sept. 29 Week 4 New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons
    Sun. Oct. 6 Week 5 Houston Texans at San Francisco 49ers
    Sun. Oct. 13 Week 6 Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
    Sun. Oct. 20 Week 7 Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts
    Sun. Oct. 27 Week 8 Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings
    Sun. Nov. 3 Week 9 Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
    Sun. Nov. 10 Week 10 Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints
    Sun. Nov. 17 Week 11 Green Bay Packers at New York Giants
    Sun. Nov. 24 Week 12 Denver Broncos at New England Patriots
    Thurs. Nov. 28 Week 13 Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens
    Sun. Dec. 1 Week 13 New York Giants at Washington Redskins
    Sun. Dec. 8 Week 14 Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers
    Sun. Dec. 15 Week 15 Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers
    Sun. Dec. 22 Week 16 New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens
    Sun. Dec. 29 Week 17 TBA

Jake Owen's penchant for taking risks and throwing caution to the wind hasn't slowed in the least since nearly losing two fingers in a recent go-kart accident. Despite having one of his fingers partially amputated, Jake says he has no intention of taking it easy. He tells us he even got a bit angry when the president of his record label asked him to do just that. "When I cut my fingers off in a go-kart accident he sent me a text that at first kind of -- I'll use the word 'perturbed' -- me because he said, 'You need to think about the big picture,' and it pissed me off because he knows I think about the big picture non-stop, but at the same time too, this is life and life happens. To me, no, I'll never slow down. I'm never gonna stop doing what I love to do. I think part of what makes me appealing to a lot of my fans is that I'm not any different than them. I want to hang out with them. I want to have fun. I'm sure as my career goes on and my daughter gets older and I become more comfortable in my marriage in a sense where it needs to be more family time then maybe I'll break away from it a little bit, but right now I'm just at a very awesome point in my career and life."
Jake is climbing the charts with his new single, "Days of Gold."
It's the debut release from his upcoming album of the same name, which is scheduled for release on December 3rd.

Lady Antebellum has extended their headlining Take Me Downtown tour with new dates scheduled for 2014. Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves will continue on with the group for the second leg of the tour which begins on January 9th in Charleston, WV and runs through April.

Lady A recently announced their 50-plus city North American Take Me Downtown tour, which will open on November 8th in Southaven, MS. First tour dates begin to go on sale on September 13th.

Here are the 2014 North American dates on the Take Me Downtown tour:
1/9 Charleston, WV Charleston Civic Center
1/10 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
1/11 Greenville, SC Bi-Lo Center
1/14 Cincinnati, OH U.S. Bank Arena
1/18 Wichita, KS Intrust Bank Arena
1/19 Lubbock, TX United Spirit Arena
1/30 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
2/7 Tampa, FL Tampa Bay Times Forum
2/8 Jacksonville, FL Veterans Memorial Arena
2/14 Bossier City, LA CenturyLInk Center
2/15 Birmingham, AL BJCC Arena
2/16 Lafayette, LA Cajundome
2/20 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
2/21 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
2/22 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
2/28 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
3/1 London, ON Budweiser Gardens
3/6 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
3/7 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
3/8 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
3/10 Vancouver, BC Pacific National Exhibition
3/12 Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena
3/14 Reno, NV Lawler Events Center
3/15 Ontario, CA CBBankArena
3/16 Fresno, CA Save Mart Arena
3/18 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
3/21 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center
3/22 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center
3/24 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
3/25 Las Cruces, NM Pan American Center
3/27 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
3/28 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
4/11 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
4/12 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
4/26 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
4/27 Knoxville, TN Thompson-Boling Arena
Group member Charles Kelley and some of his superstar friends helped make the big tour announcement via video.

Sheryl Crow is weighing in on Tom Petty's harsh criticism of today's country music. The rocker recently told Rolling Stone magazine that modern country is "bad rock with a fiddle," adding, "I hate to generalize on a whole genre of music, but it does seem to be missing that magic element that it used to have. I'm sure there are people playing country that are doing it well, but they're just not getting the attention that the s***tier stuff gets. I don't really see a George Jones or a Buck Owens or any anything that fresh coming up. . . "
Sheryl says that while she has tremendous respect for Tom, she's not completely in agreement. She tells us: "Just like it was in early radio all the way back, there was always great stuff and there's always stuff that was not great, and it exists in every format. The bad fiddle comment was kind of an unfortunate thing because I think that really hit some people where it really hurts. I think what he was saying was not quite as harsh as how it came off, and when you make sweeping statements like that you have to be super careful. You know, I appreciated what Chris Stapleton said and I always feel that same way when somebody hurts me in a tender spot. I always invite them to come and witness the reality, the way it really is, so I appreciated what Chris Stapleton said. And I do think there's traditional country music being made, and if Tom Petty or anybody wants to hear traditional country music, it's out there. It's just not getting played at a lot of the pop-country formats."
Chris Stapleton posted an open letter to Tom inviting him to "write songs, produce recordings or otherwise participate" in Chris' career to help fix this so-called problem.
  • Sheryl is climbing the charts with her first country solo single, "Easy."
  • Her debut country album, Feels Like Home, will be in stores on September 10th.
Scotty McCreery's upcoming sophomore album, called See You Tonight, will be released on October 15th. Scotty gradually revealed the cover of the album on Monday (August 26th) on his website with the help of fans who uncovered the image by sharing the page on Twitter and Facebook. Fans who participated in the challenge also have the opportunity to win a special flyaway package to an album launch event in New York.
See You Tonight features several tracks co-written by Scotty, including the album's title track, which is also his current single. This is the first album in which Scotty had a hand in writing some of the songs.
He said, "This album is a big step from where we were. I have been writing for a long time now, since I was a kid, but these are the first songs I've had a chance to record and release to the public and I'm excited. . . We have been working on this for the better part of a year now, so it's a long time coming."
See You Tonight is the follow up to Scotty's platinum-selling debut, Clear As Day.
Scotty has been busy on the road with his first headlining tour, The Weekend Roadtrip Tour 2013, which will continue to make stops around the country through the rest of the year.
  • Clear As Day topped the Billboard pop and country albums charts, earning him a spot in the Guinness World Records Book for being the youngest male in history to score a Number One album on the all-genre chart with a debut release.
  • Scotty has sold over 1.6 million albums in two years.

Florida Georgia Line will perform songs from their platinum-selling Here's To The Good Times album during the Today show's Toyota Summer Concert Series on Monday (September 2nd). The duo's set will include their current Top Five hit, "Round Here," and a collaboration with Nelly on the "Cruise" Remix, which has sold over 5.5 million downloads.

The upcoming 7th Annual ACM Honors will include host Dierks Bentley, presenters Deana Carter, David Nail, Darius Rucker and Steve Wariner along with musical tributes by Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill and Paul Franklin, Kree Harrison, Robert Earl Keen, Lorrie Morgan, Jesse Keith Whitley, Chris Young and Thompson Square. The event will take place at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on September 10th.

Q. Who originally recorded "Fancy," which was later recorded by Reba McEntire and became a big hit?
A. Bobbie Gentry

Trace Adkins, Exile
Jake Owen
Gretchen Wilson, Eli Young Band


  • Shania Twain (48)
  • LeAnn Rimes (31)
  • Jake Owen (32)
  • Sherrie Austin (43)
  • Scott Hamilton (Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater) (55)
  • Jason Priestley (actor, Beverly Hills 90210) (44)
  • Mary McCartney (photographer, daughter of Paul and Linda McCartney) (44)
  • David Soul (actor and singer, played Hutch on TV's Starsky And Hutch) (70)
  • Jack Black (Comic actor/musician School of Rock, Shallow Hal, High Fidelity, half of Tenacious D) (44)
  • Billy Boyd (actor, The Lord Of The Rings) (45)
  • Jennifer Coolidge (actress, Legally Blonde, Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, Stifler's Mom in America Pie) (52, disputed)
  • Daniel Stern (actor, Breaking Away, Diner, the Home Alone and City Slickers movies) (56)
  • Danny Seraphine (original drummer, Chicago) (65)
  • Otis Burt "Sonny" Shroyer, Jr. (actor, The Longest Yard, The Dukes Of Hazzard's Deputy Enos, Forrest Gump, The Rainmaker) (78)
  • Florence Welch (singer, Florence + the Machine) (27)
  • Nicki Minaj was a surprise guest during Taylor Swift's concert at Los Angeles' Staples Center in 2011. The two collaborated on the rapper's "Super Bass."
  • Tracy Lawrence earned a Number One country single in Billboard with "Can't Break It To My Heart" in 1993.
  • George Strait charted his first Number One single with "Fool Hearted Memory" in 1982.
  • Tanya Tucker recorded "Would You Lay With Me (In A Field Of Stone)" in 1973.
  • Tammy Wynette recorded "Stand By Your Man" in 1968.
  • Gene Autry recorded "Here Comes Santa Claus" in 1947.


DEMI LOVATO'S 'GLEE' CHARACTER REVEALED: Glee star Naya Rivera revealed at Sunday's (August 25th) VMAs that she will be getting romantic with Demi Lovato's character in the upcoming season of the show. Naya explained, "She's playing my love interest, so I'm very, very excited about it. We get to sing a song together."
TINA FEY AND AMY POEHLER INVITED BACK AS GOLDEN GLOBE HOSTS: Deadline is reporting that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have been approached to host the 2014 Golden Globes following critical praise from their debut co-hosting the 2013 telecast. The website reports that there have not been any conversations between Fey, Poehler, and the network yet but the offer is on the table.
DIANA ROSS' SON CAST IN 'THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY': Lionsgate announced on Twitter on Tuesday (August 27th) that Diana Ross' son Evan has been cast as Messalla in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2. Messalla is the assistant to Cressida -- previously announced to be played by Natalie Dormer. Evan has had roles on The CW's 90210 and the movie Jeff, Who Lives At Home.
MITCH HURWITZ GIVES AN 'ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT' MOVIE UPDATE: Rolling Stone magazine caught up with Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz to discuss the series' life on Netflix and the long-rumored feature film adaptation. Mitch addressed the movie rumors by saying, "I can't get into much more detail because I don't want to scare anybody off. I don't want to be presumptuous about it. I don't own the property outright -- it's a 20th Century Fox property. But everybody seems really into it and really eager to make a movie....I'm always sort of superstitious about talking about this stuff before it happens. It's the best way to guarantee it doesn't happen." He added, "I think it would be very doable to get them back together for four or five weeks to make a movie"
VIN DIESEL GETS A STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME: Vin Diesel seemed to be all smiles while accepting his plaque during the unveiling of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The actor was accompanied by his Riddick co-star Katee Sackhoff and Fast & Furious friends Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster. Vin received the 2,504th star on the famous street.


KATE MIDDLETON STEPS OUT WITH SLIMMER FIGURE: Just a little over a month after giving birth, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton stepped out to do some grocery shopping in Wales on Monday (August 26th) showing off a slimmer figure. Kate will be making her first scheduled public appearance on September 12th at a charity gala in London. Check out the new Kate:
HEIDI KLUM AND MEL B UPLOAD SELFIES WITHOUT MAKEUP: America's Got Talent judges Heidi Klum and Mel B posed for makeup-less selfies that Heidi uploaded to Instagram to give her followers an inside look at her skin care routine. The duo sported mini gel eye masks which are believed to help reduce dark circles and bags under the eyes. Klum captioned the photo, "Eye treatments! You won't recognize us tomorrow on AFT." Take a look at Mel and Heidi's bare look:
JOE FRANCIS SENTENCED TO JAIL TIME: Girls Gone Wild producer Joe Francis has been sentenced to serve at least 270 days in county jail for allegedly attacking a woman at his Hollywood mansion back in 2011. Three women accused Joe of taking them back to his house after a night out and then refusing to let them leave -- one of the women claims he choke-slammed her head into his tile floor. Joe's sentence also requires him to be on probation for 36 months and complete a level three anger management course as well as psychological counseling once a week for a year.
PAULA DEEN DISCRIMINATION CASE IS CLOSED: A federal judge officially signed off on a deal on Monday (August 26th) that dismisses the discrimination lawsuit against Paula Deen. The judge ruled that plaintiff Lisa Jackson could not sue over treatment that she observed rather than was subjected to herself. The case was closed "with prejudice" meaning that the she cannot sue again over the same allegations. Deen released a statement saying, "While this has been a difficult time for both my family and myself, I am pleased that the Judge dismissed the race claims and I am looking forward to getting this behind me, now that the remaining claims have been resolved. During this time my faith has strengthened me and the tremendous outpouring of support as well as prayers from folks from all walks of life has been both humbling and overwhelming. I am confident that those who truly know how I live my life know that I believe in kindness and fairness for everyone."
ALEXANDER SKARSGARD LEADS CHEER AT SWEDISH SOCCER GAME: True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard stood up and led a cheer at a Swedish soccer game trying recently in an attempt to rally the crowd to support the Hammarby Sports Club players. Though the video is in his native tongue, a YouTube commenter translated the cheer to mean, "Who is the most beautiful...Hammarby...the most victorious...Hammarby...and the best...Hammarby" Watch Alexander in action:


\Despite being a new father, Alec Baldwin is allegedly up to his old rage-filled ways. The 55-year-old actor is being accused of attacking a paparazzi photographer on the streets of New York City on Tuesday (August 27th.)
Although TMZ broke the story that a cameraman called the police after being attacked by the actor without provocation, sources tell Gossip Cop that the paparazzo was acting aggressively toward Alec's wife Hilaria Baldwin. The photographer reportedly harassed her in a nearby tea shop before he and Alec began shoving each other.

  • Both sides told the police that they do not want to press charges.
  • Hilaria and Alec welcomed their baby Carmen into the world on Friday (August 24th.)


The third American Idol judging seat is up for grabs once again. Despite accepting the gig last week, music producer Dr. Luke has been forced to resign from the job due to conflict of interest.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dr. Luke signed a label deal with Sony Music back in 2011 and working on Idol would mean that he'd be developing talent for Universal Music Group -- a direct competitor for Sony. An insider also revealed to the website that the judging job would demand too much of his time. The source said, "Luke wants to build an entertainment company...after a lot of conversations, both Luke and Sony Music CEO Doug Morris came to the mutual agreement that taking Dr. Luke out of the Idol running was the best thing for all parties."

  • Dr. Luke's departure leaves only Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban at the judging panel.


After 14 years of marriage, Italian-born actress Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel have decided to separate. A rep for the actress has confirmed this decision was made "by mutual agreement."
Both Monica and Vincent have discussed their marriage during magazine interviews in over the past year. Bellucci told Grazia magazine in April, "We never know how long it will last. Today, it works, but in a year...I don't know." She also revealed in the February 2013 issue of Vanity Fair Spain, "I never get involved in the choice of his papers nor in mine. We are very independent, we live in different worlds: His friends are your friends, mine are different." Cassel told Britain's Closer magazine back in April, "My wife and me are very different animals. This is probably the key to our relationship after 18 years together...We don't seek other people's approval."

  • Monica and Vincent met in 1996 on the set a French film called L'appartement before marrying in 1999. They have two daughters together -- eight-year-old Deva and three-year-old Leonie.


The local beach police force was called to the scene in Long Beach Island, New Jersey on Saturday (August 24th) after Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa and Joe Giudice refused to pay a $5 per person beach entrance fee. Sources are telling TMZ that the reality stars were with a group of around 30 friends when they were approached by a teenage girl beach worker who asked them to see their "beach badges" or else they were required to buy admission tickets.
One family member allegedly yelled at the girl, "F*** you, f*** this we are not paying for the f***ing beach. This is a joke!" The teenager reportedly started crying which is when the authorities were called in to rectify the situation by getting the family to pony up the dough.

  • Teresa and Joe have recently made headlines for reportedly committing massive financial fraud.


Opening today (Wednesday August 28th) is the new thriller, Closed Circuit, starring Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Julia Stiles and Jim Broadbent. The film follows Claudia, played by Hall, who is appointed special advocate on terrorist suspect Erdogan's legal team. When his lawyer dies just before trial is set to begin, an ex-lover of Claudia's named Martin, played by Bana, is brought in to take over but as he assembles the case he realizes there is a conspiracy at play that puts him and Claudia in danger.

  • Closed Circuit is rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 36 minutes.


WEST CONTINUES TO MOVE TOWARD SYRIA STRIKE: Western nations continued to move closer Tuesday (August 27th) toward military action against Syria, even though U.N. inspectors have yet to confirm the assertion that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime carried out a chemical attack on civilians last week. The U.S and France both said they are in position for a strike, and British Prime Minister David Cameron recalled Parliament to hold an emergency vote Thursday on Britain's response. The Arab League also said it backs military action to punish Assad's regime for the attack. U.S. officials made clear that President Obama is only considering punitive action, and that the goal isn't to drive Assad from power or impact the course of Syria's civil war. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said his country would use, quote, "all means available" to defend itself, stating, "We have the means to defend ourselves and we will surprise everyone." Al-Moallem also challenged the U.S. to present proof to back up its accusations, and compared the allegations to American charge in 2003 that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction before the invasion of that country, saying, "They have a history of lies -- Iraq." But White House spokesman Jay Carney said, "Suggestions that there's any doubt about who's responsible for this are as preposterous as a suggestion that the attack did not occur."
FORT HOOD GUNMAN DOESN'T CALL WITNESSES OR TESTIFY DURING PENALTY PHASE: Convicted Fort Hood attack shooter Major Nidal Hasan rested his case in the penalty phase of his court martial Tuesday (August 27th) without calling witnesses or testifying before the jurors who will decide whether or not to sentence him to death. The Army psychiatrist who killed 13 people in the 2009 attack and wounded more than 30 others has represented himself during the trial, and barely put on a defense before he was convicted. After Hasan rested his case yesterday, the judge dismissed the jury and asked him a series of questions to ensure that he knew what he was doing. He answered, "It is my personal decision. It is free and voluntary." Closing arguments are set for today, but it's unclear whether Hasan will present any.
OBAMA TO SPEAK AT 50TH ANNIVERSARY TODAY OF 'I HAVE A DREAM' SPEECH: President Obama will speak at the commemoration today (August 28th) marking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic "I Have a Dream" speech, delivering his remarks from the same steps of the Lincoln Memorial where King spoke 50 years ago during the 1963 March on Washington. In an interview yesterday on the Tom Joyner radio show, Obama said that he imagines King, quote, "would be amazed in many ways about the progress that we've made." However, he noted that King's speech was also about jobs and justice and said, "When it comes to the economy, when it comes to inequality, when it comes to wealth, when it comes to the challenges that inner cities experience, he would say that we have not made as much progress as the civil and social progress that we've made, and that it's not enough just to have a black president... "
'N.Y. TIMES' KNOCKED OFFLINE AGAIN BY SYRIAN HACKERS: The New York Times website was knocked offline yesterday afternoon (August 27th) for the second time this month, and people also had trouble accessing Twitter, with a hacker group calling itself the "Syrian Electronic Army" again claiming responsibility. The cyberattacks were launched as the U.S. appears to be moving closer towards military action against Syria in response to an alleged chemical attack on civilians carried out by President Bashar al-Assad's government. The Syrian Electronic Army has taken credit in recent months for cyberattacks on media targets that it sees as sympathetic to the Syrian rebels, including prior attacks on the Times, as well as on the Washington Post, 60 Minutes, CBS News, National Public Radio, The Associated Press, Al-Jazeera English and the BBC.
ZIMMERMAN WANTS FLORIDA TO PAY $300K IN LEGAL COSTS: George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder and manslaughter in the death of Trayvon Martin, will ask Florida to pay up to $300,000 of his legal expenses, his attorney, Mark O'Mara, told the Orlando Sentinel Monday (August 26th). Zimmerman will base the claim on Florida law that allows a defendant who has been found not guilty to be reimbursed for costs associated with a case. Zimmerman can't recoup attorney fees under the law, but can seek costs related to the trial, such as for expert witnesses and an animated video that the defense showed jurors, according to the Sentinel.
PAT ROBERTSON SAYS GAYS PURPOSELY SPREAD AIDS USING JEWELRY: In another of his controversial statements, televangelist Pat Robertson said on his 700 Club show Tuesday (August 27th) that gay people have deliberately spread AIDS using rings designed to cut people. Robertson said, "You know what they do in San Francisco? Some of the gay community there, they want to get people. So, if they've got the stuff, they'll have a ring. You shake hands and the ring's got a little thing where you cut your finger. Really. I mean it's that kind of vicious stuff, which would be the equivalent of murder." The comment was made in response to a question from a viewer who was worried about driving with a man who had AIDS. Robertson defended his comments in a statement he later gave to Atlantic Wire, saying, "In my own experience, our organization sponsored a meeting years ago in San Francisco where trained security officers warned me about shaking hands because, in those days, certain AIDS-infected activists were deliberately trying to infect people like me by virtue of rings which would cut fingers and transfer blood. I regret that my remarks had been misunderstood, but this often happens because people do not listen to the context of remarks which are being said. In no way were my remarks meant as an indictment of the homosexual community or, for that fact, to those infected with this dreadful disease."
MCDONALD'S ROLLING OUT 'MIGHTY WINGS': McDonald's is shaking up its menu with the introduction of bone-in chicken wings, called "Mighty Wings," in its stores across the country next month. McDonald's plans to keep them on the menu through November. The wings, which will be sold in three-, five- and 10-piece packs, are flavored with cayenne and chili pepper and come with a choice of creamy ranch, honey mustard or barbecue sauce for dipping.
ALLSTATE'S LIST OF TOP 10 CITIES WITH WORST DRIVERS: Allstate, which insurers about 10 percent of the nation's drivers, has released its ninth annual report on traffic accidents, analyzing claims for 195 cities between January 2010 and December 2011 to determine how likely it is that a driver might get into an accident. Fort Collins, Colorado, came in as the city with the best drivers, who are 28 percent less likely to get into a crash than the national average. Following close behind were: Boise, Idaho; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Brownsville, Texas; and Madison, Wisconsin. Also released was a list of the top 10 cities with the worst drivers. They are:

  1. Washington, D.C.
  2. Baltimore
  3. Providence, Rhode Island
  4. Hialeah, Florida
  5. Glendale, California
  6. Philadelphia
  7. Alexandria, Virginia
  8. Miami
  9. San Francisco
  10. Arlington, Virginia
FEDERER, DJOKOVIC WIN, STOSUR UPSET ON DAY 2 OF U.S. OPEN: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka were among those who got easy first-round victories on Day Two of the U.S. Open Tuesday (August 27th), advancing to the second round. But the day's big upset was 17-year-old, 296th-ranked Victoria Duval of the U.S. defeating 11th-seeded Sam Stosur, the 2011 U.S. Open winner, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.
MUHAMMAD ALI AWARD TO HONOR HUMANITARIAN WORK: The Muhammad Ali Center has created an award to honor young people who do humanitarian work and social justice, and the boxing great himself will be on hand on October 3rd for the presentation of the inaugural Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards. The Center didn't immediately identify the first winners, but said yesterday (August 27th) that they include people ages 35 and under who have fought for gender equity in Afghanistan, started a school for orphaned children in Uganda and provided shoes for the homeless in the U.S. Ali's wife, Lonnie Ali, said the awards embody her husband's efforts to inspire good deeds by others.
BUZZFEED CAPTURES 'SADDEST GIF OF THE SUMMER' OF METS' PITCHER HARVEY: New York Mets pitching ace Matt Harvey revealed Monday (August 26th) that an MRI had shown a partially-torn ligament in his elbow, the heartbreaking news derailing a stellar season in which Harvey had started the All-Star Game for the National League and was on track to possibly win the NL Cy Young Award. Now, Harvey may have to have Tommy John surgery, which would sideline him for all of next season. Buzzfeed created what it called the "saddest gif of the summer" from the Mets game that was played after the announcement, when cameras captured veteran catcher John Buck consoling Harvey in the Mets dugout:
This Is Undoubtedly The Saddest GIF Of The Summer
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)



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THREE HIT BY DRONE AT BULL RUN: Three people who made it through a Virginia bull run were injured by a flying camera drone. Brad Fillius went to the Great Bull Run with his wife on Saturday (August 24th) without sustaining injuries. They then went in the stands to watch the later runs when he spotted a remote controlled drone. The drone eventually fell from the sky and hit him in the chest. The drone also hit two of Fillius' friends. The three friends said their injuries did not appear to be serious and event organizers offered to refund their participation fees as compensation. (UPI)
CVS' LONG PHARMACY RECEIPTS: A new meme is mocking how long CVS' receipts are when you customers make a purchase. Now consumers have begun posting photos of themselves holding human-length receipts from the drugstore's checkout counters on Twitter and Instagram. Some of the customers have even mocked how long the receipts are from a single purchase. CVS responded in a tweet saying, "'We've gone LONG on savings. And, as you've noticed, our receipts have gotten lengthier too" (Daily Mail)

TWERKING: A SCIENTIFIC EXPLANATION: A researcher has tried to explain the phenomenon of twerking. Michelle Olson, a professor of exercise science explained, You take a wide stance with your legs turned out at 10 and 2 so your hips are externally rotated, then you pulse up and down as you thrust the pelvis bone forward and back." Twerking is a combination movement involving deep squat and a pelvic tilt. Olson said the booty dancing move is a good twerkout for your butt and thighs. It also works the deep muscles of the hips and core muscles. (ABC News)
DOG WALKER GETS TRAMPLED BY COWS: A man in his 60s was walking his dog when animals attacked him. The man has been hospitalized after being trampled by a herd of cows while walking his dog. Emergency services were called to a field in St Neots, England last night and rushed the man to hospital. Experts warn others to beware of cows standing with their calves, as they could become violent while trying to protect their offspring. Police have confirmed that there was no criminal offence committed to provoke the attack. The man has sustained significant injuries.(Daily Mail)
ALL 25,000 STUDENTS FAIL ADMISSION TEST FOR UNIVERSITY OF LIBERIA: Not a single new student will be admitted into the University of Liberia this year after nearly 25,000 candidates failed the school's admission exam. The school's president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, said that the countries education system is still "in a mess" following civil war that ended a decade ago. Each student had to pay $25 just to take the exam. (FOX NEWS)




Marriage Proposal Gone Wrong: Would-Be Bride Hits Boyfriend With Ukulele


MOST BABIES HAVE THEIR PHOTO POSTED TO SOCIAL MEDIA WITHIN AN HOUR OF BIRTH: New British research finds that two-thirds of newborn babies make their first appearance on social media within 60-minutes of being born. To find this, photo print site Posterista surveyed over two-thousand parents with kids age five of younger and found that 62-percent of parents admit to uploading the photo themselves. Seventy-seven-percent of parents said they display the images on Facebook, while 48-percent said Instagram and 32-percent said Flickr. Sixty-four-percent of parents admitted to uploading images of their children to social media at least three times a week, while just six-percent said they never upload photos of their kids to their social pages. (Daily Mail)
WOMEN WANT MEN OF HIGH SOCIAL STATUS, MEN WANT BEAUTIFUL WOMEN: New research proves that the stereotypes of how people choose mates are true-- men look for beautiful women while women look for men with a high social status. To find this, researchers from Arizona State University and Singapore Management University tested participants using online chatting and speed-dating methods. After men chatted with women who had low to moderate levels of both physical attractiveness and social status the men said they were less attracted to those women who lacked physical attractiveness. Women, on the other hand, found men with low social status' as the least attractive potential mates. One research remarked, "The new study helps to dispel politically correct-- by factually misguided-- notions of a gender-neutral world where men and women want the exact same kinds of mates." (Daily Mail)
WEBSITE HELPS YOU DELETE YOUR DIGITAL LIFE: A new web directory makes wiping out your digital accounts at least a little bit easier. was launched last week and provides a list of internet-connected services along with links and information about the account deletion process. Additionally, the page categorizes how easy it is to delete each service by categorizing it as "easy," "medium," "hard," and "impossible." The webiste has already proven to be pretty popular, and its creator says this stems from a growing discontent with internet-connected services in light of recent revelations about NSA surveillance. (Fox)
PEOPLE ARE LIKELY TO TELL THE TRUTH IN BRIGHT SPACES: New research from Taiwan shows that people are more likely to tell the truth and act ethically when they're in a bright space. In experiments, scientists say people in a well-lit room donated twice as much money to a charity as those in a dimly-lit room. Scientists say those in bright rooms saw a jump in their honesty rate-- as much as 35-percent. Researchers explain the connection here may be that your brain associated light with openness, honety and morality, and when the room is bright the brain believes your thoughts and actions are exposed, so you're more likely to do right. (Men's Health)
FACEBOOK LAUNCHES SHARED PHOTO ALBUMS: Facebook has made it possible for users to share photo albums. The new feature was announced earlier this week, and will allow users of the social network to allow as many as 50 "contributors" to contribute as many as 200 photos in a shared album. The album creator has complete control over who has access to the group's images, and Facebook says it expects the feature to be used for things like camping trips or weddings. The feature will be slowly rolled out to all English Facebook users before it's expanded internationally. (Mashable)
IS STARBUCKS THE MOST SOCIAL COFFEE SHOP? Three anthropologists say their research finds that three Starbucks cafes in Boston provide better community spirit than independent rivals. To find this, anthropologists looked at six coffee houses in Boston and took into account the seating arrangements, activities taking place in the space, amenities available, the atmosphere and how welcoming staff were. They found that Starbucks had the most welcoming atmosphere overall, including friendly barists who knew frequent patrons by name and were quick to explain drink options. Researchers say their research demonstrates how corporate coffee chains use the approach of being welcoming to everyone while independent coffe houses use the approach of highlighting their quirks to create distinctive identities. (Daily Mail)
SUMMER COLDS CAN LAST LONGER THAN WINTER COLDS: U.S. experts say that summertime colds are caused by different viruses than those that cause winter colds and can actually last much longer than the winter bugs. The experts say that while winter colds are usuall "nasty, brutish and short" summer colds "tend to go on for week and can reoccur." Summer colds are said to only hit about 25-percent as often as winter colds, but can often have more severe symptoms. Experts say wintertime colds may occur more often because cold weather and lack of sunlight decrease the body's immunity. (UPI)
ALLERGY WARNING TATTOOS FOR KIDS ARE A THING: As kids head back to school there's a new trend emerging, and it's literally written on their skin. Many kids with allergies are sporting temporary tattoos that say what they're allergic too. SafetyTat is a company that makes the temporary tattoos and long-lasting write-on skin stickers, and Peanut Free Zone is another company making temporary allergy-alert tattoos. Additionally AllMates makes wristbands, stickers and dog tags that alert caregivers to allergies. Parents have spoken up across the internet saying they love the warning labels on their kids, as it gives them a feeling of security, but opponents of the labels warn they could make the allergy-sufferer the target of bullying. (Yahoo)

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