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.
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). CHECK IT OUT
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!"
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. CHECK IT OUT http://bcove.me/jnrbc6x4
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.
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.
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.
told People.com, "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
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." CHECK IT OUT
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."
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. CHECK IT OUT
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.
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.
may be purchased starting Monday, September 9th at 11 a.m. ET and are
available online at carnegiehall.org, 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. CHECK IT 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
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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."
MICHAEL DOUGLAS AND CATHERINE ZETA-JONES NEED TIME APART
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.
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
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."
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
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.
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."
JONAH HILL OWES HIS CAREER TO SETH ROGEN AND JUDD APATOW
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
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'sAmber 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'sElizabeth 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.
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."
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.
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. CHECK IT OUT:
SPORTS: 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.)
DAY TIME TALK SHOWTHE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - (repeat) THE VIEW - (repeat) LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Bill Murray THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Julie Scardina, Rod Stewart JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - (repeat) THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - (repeat) LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - (repeat) LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat) THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - (repeat) THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - (repeat) 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
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) NEW BLOG: SELFIES TAKEN IN SERIOUS PLACES: http://tinyurl.com/ndn4yfp 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) HOW MUCH WILL YOUR NEXT HOSPITAL VISIT COST?:http://tinyurl.com/pv3hqjf "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) THE MOST DANGEROUS AMUSEMENT PARK IN THE WORLD: http://tinyurl.com/nem5ffa 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
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. CHECK IT OUT:
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."
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. FAST FACTS
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.
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
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. FAST FACTS
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
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 Ibecome
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. CHECK IT OUT
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 thereality, 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."
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. FAST FACTS
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. FAST FACTS
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
ON THE TUBE
HIT EXCHANGE/GAC 6:30PM (ET) Trace Adkins, Exile
ZAC BROWN BAND: UNCAGED IN VEGAS/GAC 7:00PM (ET)
CELEBRITY MOTOR HOMES/GAC 9:00PM (ET) Jake Owen
CELEBRITY MOTOR HOMES/GAC 9:30PM (ET) Gretchen Wilson, Eli Young Band
BRAD PAISLEY SPINS THE WHEELHOUSE: LIVE IN VEGAS/GAC 10:00PM (ET)
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: http://celeb.bz/17hV7WQ 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: http://bit.ly/14BmXgw 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.
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... " TODAY'S FYI: '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:
Providence, Rhode Island
SPORTS: 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:
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)
THE BRIDGE - Sonya pursues a cold lead despite Marco's advice.
DAY TIME TALK SHOW THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - (repeat) THE VIEW - (repeat) LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Staff Sgt. Ty Carter, Hayden Panettiere, In The Valley Below THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Matt LeBlanc, Natasha Leggero, Sky Blu JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - (repeat) THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - (repeat) LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - (repeat) LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat) THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - (repeat) THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - (repeat) CONAN - (repeat)
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)
MAVS PLAYER SPOOFS GEICO COMMERCIAL:
Marriage Proposal Gone Wrong: Would-Be Bride Hits Boyfriend With Ukulelehttp://tinyurl.com/qedq2g7 PHOTO OF WIFE CARRYING DOUBLE-AMPUTEE MARINE GOES VIRAL:
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) CARTOON MILEY CYRUS TWERKS ON FAMOUS PAINTINGS: http://tinyurl.com/l7rxp9f 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. JustDelete.me 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) 23 INCREDIBLY CLOSE CALLS: http://tinyurl.com/lpqzxug 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)