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Monday, September 30, 2013


Billy Currington was in a Savannah, Georgia courtroom on Friday (September 27th) where he plead no contest to abuse of an elderly person. The charge stems from an incident back in April with a 70-year-old tour boat captain near the singer's home in Tybee Island, Georgia.
Billy was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. According to reports, he will also have to undergo anger management counseling.
Prosecutors agreed to drop the charge against him for making terroristic threats in exchange for Billy's no contest plea.
According to reports, Billy's lawyer told the court that he was extremely embarrassed by what happened, to which Judge Penny Haas Freesman responded, "He should be."
Billy claimed at the time that ferry tours were taking passengers by his $3.5 million home on a regular basis. According to passengers on that particular ferry, they had no idea who Billy was.
Billy sought treatment to deal with anger issues stemming from years of abuse from his stepfather back in 2007.
His new album, We Are Tonight, was released last week.

Taylor Swift has reportedly been cast in the upcoming Meryl Streep film, The Giver. Page Six reports that movie exec Harvey Weinstein offered Taylor a supporting role in the film in Toronto, where she attended the city's Film Festival premiere of One Chance. She co-wrote the song "Sweeter Than Fiction" for the movie with Jack Antonoff of the pop group fun.
The Giver will also star Jeff Bridges, Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgard and Australian actor Brenton Thwaites, whom Taylor was reportedly seen getting to know at the Toronto Film Festival.
The film will begin production next month in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Giver is set to hit theaters in August of next year.
Taylor previously appeared in Valentine's Day with her ex-boyfriend, Taylor Lautner.

Keith Urban is a self-professed car enthusiast. He even lets his love for anything on four wheels be know in the song choices on his new album, Fuse. Two of the 13 even mention the word "car" in the title -- "Cop Car," "Somewhere In My Car" -- while another is simply called "Red Camaro."
Keith tells us: "The car thing features heavily in a lot of my songs because I just love -- I love cars. And I love listening to music in cars. I love all the 'moments' -- all kinds of moments -- that we humans experience only in cars, you know . . . as couples and arguments and makeup sessions and make-out sessions and everything. I just love everything to do with cars.
Keith is making his way up the charts with "We Were Us," a duet featuring Miranda Lambert.
  • Keith is juggling his American Idol judging duties with his Light The Fuse tour, which rolls on to Tampa and West Palm Beach, Florida this Friday (October 4th) and Saturday (October 5th.)
George Strait's February 8th show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles sold out -- all 17,178 were gone -- in nine minutes on Friday (September 27th). That was the first show to go on sale for "King" George's last leg of his final, two-year The Cowboy Rides Away tour.

Tickets for the following dates will go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. in the venue's respective local time zone this Friday (October 4th):
January 17, 2014 CenturyLink Center„ Omaha, Neb.
*With special guest Eric Church
January 31, 2014 Valley View Casino Center„ San Diego, Calif.
*With special guest Miranda Lambert
February 7, 2014 US Airways Center„ Phoenix, Ariz.
*With special guest Martina McBride
February 14, 2014 The Palace„ Auburn Hills, Mich.
*With special guest Little Big TownFebruary 15, 2014 Nationwide Arena„ Columbus, Ohio
*With special guest Little Big Town
March 22, 2014 Philips Arena„ Atlanta, Georgia
*With special guest Sheryl CrowApril 5, 2014 Pepsi Center„ Denver, Colo.
*With special guests Merle Haggard and Lee Ann Womack
With the end of his last full-fledged tour ever in sight, George has had some time to reflect over his lenthy career. He tells us that so far, he can only come up with one thing he wishes he'd done differently. "If I have one regret, you know, in my career, which has been great, and it's hard to come up with one, but, if I have one (it's) that I kind of quit writing for years. Because starting out, I loved to write and wrote a lot and . . . and then I just kind of got away from it. I found great songs from great writers in Nashville. But now I'm getting back into it more, so I'm enjoying that a lot. I'm writing with my son and other writers, so it's a lot of fun."
Perhaps George will find time to write with some of the special guests on his 2014 The Cowboy Rides Away tour, which includes Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack, and Chris Young.
  • George will continue to record new music for longtime label home, MCA Records Nashville.
  • He will perform select dates across the country after the tour has wrapped.
Montgomery Gentry's Eddie Montgomery and his ex-wife, Tracy Nunan, have been named in a multi-million dollar lawsuit filed in Boyle Circuit Court, Kentucky, by Central Bank and Trust Co. of Lexington. The suit claims the two owe nearly $12.7 million over the failed Eddie Montgomery Steak House in Harrodsburg.
The lawsuit also requests that the steakhouse property and the couple's former home and property on Claunch Road in western Boyle County be sold on the courthouse steps to help pay off the alleged debt.
Eddie Montgomery's Steak House opened in late 2009. The couple divorced a year later and the restaurant went to Nunan as part of the settlement. The steakhouse closed without notice in May of this year.
The debt is for loans that Montgomery and Nunam personally guaranteed prior to their divorce.
  • Montgomery Gentry's latest album, Rebels On The Run, was released in 2011.
  • The duo is reportedly working on a new album, although no release date has been announced.

Jake Owen is climbing the charts with his latest single, "Days of Gold," which he liked so much he decided to name his upcoming album after it. Jake tells us he's a fan of the song because it just makes him happy. "I really enjoy songs like this. They make me . . . they make me smile; they make me feel good. Anytime a song makes me feel something, especially feel good, I tend to fall in love with that kind of song, and this was a song I heard by my friend Jaren Johnston and Neil Mason of The Cadillac Three, which are awesome, awesome rock stars, and they were nice enough to let me have the song and record it and do my thing to it."
Jake's Days of Gold album will be in stores on December 3rd.
He recently released the video for "Days of Gold."
CHECK IT OUT Willie Nelson and his band have been reunited with their beloved stuffed armadillo. The creature was taken from the sound console, where it normally sits, while crews were breaking down equipment after a recent show in Port Chester, New York.
The armadillo was returned to the scene of the crime -- the town's Capitol Theatre -- on Friday (September 27th) morning. Someone returned him in a sealed box to the attendant at the box office.
Willie had posted a video on Facebook of a woman taking Ol' Dillo off the console and walking away. The theatre's manager and his staff managed to idenify the woman and have reportedly banned her form attending future performances there.
Willie has decided not to press charges.
According to the singer's publicist, Ol' Dillo was a gift from a fan years ago and has been traveling with the band for that last three or four years.
  • Despite his shoulder injury, Willie managed to make it to the Zac Brown Band's Southern Ground Music & Food Festival in Nashville on Saturday (September 28th).
  • The Festival also included performances by Kenny Chesney, Kacey Musgraves, and a last-minute appearance by Kenny Rogers.

Kelly Clarkson and will announce the nominees for the 2013 American Music Awards at a pair of events in New York City on October 10th. They will reveal nominations in five key categories live on ABC's Good Morning America around 8:30 a.m. ET before heading to a press conference at B.B. King's Blues club to announce the remaining categories. This marks the first time that the nominations have been revealed in NYC. The press conference will be live-streamed on The AMAs will be broadcast from L.A. LIVE's Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, November 24th at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Q. On what television show was Dolly Parton nationally introduced to the public for the first time?
A. The Porter Wagoner Show


  • Marty Stuart (55)
  • Eddie Montgomery (Montgomery Gentry) (50)
  • Deborah Allen (60)
  • Johnny Mathis (singer, "Misty" and "Chances Are") (78)
  • Marilyn McCoo (singer, The Fifth Dimension, married to Billy Davis Jr) (70)
  • Angie Dickinson (actress, Police Woman's Sgt. Suzanne "Pepper" Anderson) (82)
  • Fran Drescher (actress, The Nanny) (56)
  • Jenna Elfman (actress, Dharma & Greg, Accidentally on Purpose) (42)
  • Martina Hingis (Pro tennis player) (33)
  • Barry Williams (actor, The Brady Bunch's Greg) (59)
  • Monica Bellucci (actress, The Matrix Reloaded, The Passion Of The Christ) (49)
  • Vondie Curtis-Hall (actor, Chicago Hope) (57)
  • Basia (singer) (59)
  • Patrice Rushen (jazz/R&B singer, composer, and pianist) (59)
  • Robby Takac (bassist, Goo Goo Dolls) (49)
  • Eric Stoltz (actor, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Mask, Pulp Fiction, Chicago Hope) (52)
  • Cissy Houston (member of Sweet Inspirations and mother of Whitney Houston, aunt of Dionne Warwick) (80)
  • Trey Anastasio (singer-guitarist, Phish) (49)
  • Lacey Chabert (TV actress, Party Of Five, Daddy Daycare) (31)
  • Debrah Farentino (actress, NYPD Blue, Eureka) (54)
  • Marion Cotillard (actress, La Vie En Rose, Public Enemies, Big Fish) (38)
  • Kieran Culkin (actor, Father of the Bride Parts I & II, Igby Goes Down, brother of Macaulay Culkin) (31)
  • George Strait topped the Billboard chart with "Give It Away" in 2006.
  • Billy Currington's self-titled debut album was released in 2003.
  • Frances Preston and George Jones were elected to the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1992.
  • The Judds climbed to Number One on the Billboard country chart with "Let Me Tell You About Love" in 1989.
  • Earl Thomas Conley's Greatest Hits album was released in 1985.


JENNIFER LAWRENCE TO CAMEO IN 'DUMB AND DUMBER' SEQUEL: According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer Lawrence took time out from filming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay to film a cameo in the Dumb and Dumber sequel. She is reportedly playing the young version of Kathleen Turner's character, Fraida Feltcher.
'MODERN FAMILY' SPINOFF IN THE WORKS: Deadline is reporting that ABC is looking to develop a spinoff of Modern Family. Although a specific premise has reportedly not been finalized, it is rumored that one route being considered would be to follow Rob Riggle's real estate agent character Gil Thorpe.
JAMES FRANCO'S NEWEST FILM WILL BE STRAIGHT TO DVD: James Franco's latest movie As I Lay Dying will not be getting a theatrical release. Millennium films has opted to release the film on iTunes on October 22nd and then on DVD and VOD on November 5th. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the flick is considered to be a bit too artsy for general audiences.
CHRIS MELONI DISCUSSES A RETURN TO 'LAW & ORDER: SVU': After an apparent shout out in the season 15 premiere of Law & Order: SVU, Chris Meloni chatted with E! News about the possibility of his return to the NBC drama. When asked if fans can expect to see Detective Stabler back at the precinct, he responded, "That's a question that's above my pay grade." He went on to say, "Things would have to be specific and right." Showrunner Warren Leight recently addressed the topic on Today saying, "I don't know how it could work logistically, economically or given the network politics of it. I think we just have to accept the fact that the closure we got was somewhat half a--ed because these guys couldn't work out a way to arc Meloni's story out, and it's unfortunate."
DANIELLE FISHEL TO PUBLISH MEMOIR: Boy Meets World star Danielle Fishel will be releasing a memoir called Normally, This Would Be Cause For Concern in the fall of 2014. The actress released a statement through her publisher saying, "Life is an incredible, and often embarrassing, journey, and I can't wait to share my experiences. Get ready to laugh with me (or at me -- that's okay, too!)"


PRINCE WILLIAM AND KATE MIDDLETON SET PRINCE GEORGE'S CHRISTENING: A spokesperson for Kensington Palace announced on Friday (September 27th) that the christening of Prince George will be held on October 23rd at The Chapel Royal, St. James' Palace. The chapel is the same place where the body of Princess Diana was laid at rest for a week after her death in 1997.
JENNIFER ANISTON'S BROTHER RUMORED TO BE THE BEST MAN AT HER WEDDING: The Inquisitr is reporting that Jennifer Aniston's brother AJ will be serving as best man at her wedding to Justin Theroux. A source explained, "Justin feels that having AJ act as his best man at the wedding will give him an anchor in the family...There's no doubt that AJ is quirky, but he's got a good heart and Jen does love him. AJ is exactly the kind of person that security would throw out of Jen's wedding. Instead, he'll be front and center at the ceremony." It had been previously reported that Jen's other brother Sebastian and Ben Stiller were in the running to take on the role.
PAMELA ANDERSON SET TO RUN NEW YORK CITY MARATHON: Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson announced on Twitter on Sunday (September 29th) that she will be running in the New York City marathon on November 3rd. The actress wrote, "I'm running the New York Marathon this year and raising funds for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization." Pamela elaborated on her fundraising page, "I'm running the New York Marathon...(Can you believe it?). Together, I hope we can raise at least $500,000 and make a huge impact in this magical country...keep checking my page and Facebook and Twitter to find out about all sorts of contests I'll be running from now until November -- I will give updates on my training too."
HUGH JACKMAN REVEALS 'X-MEN' DIET: Hugh Jackman revealed how he achieved his ripped physique for the X-Men movies in a new interview with Manhattan magazine. The actor explained, "I'm just off the 8-Hour Diet from Dave Zinczenko of Men's Fitness. Water dehydration got me that ripped look. I'm so low energy I'm literally sleeping all the time because I'm on a zero-carbs, limited-calories diet."
JON HAMM PLAYS WORDS WITH FRIENDS WITH DANIEL RADCLIFFE: In a new interview with E! News, Jon Hamm revealed that he plays Words with Friends with his A Young Doctor's Notebook co-star Daniel Radcliffe. The actor said, "Because that's basically the 21st century way of staying in touch. I'm a fan of his. He's a lovely guy. He's wildly intelligent and super funny and super talented. I like to have people in my life who are all three of these things."


The animated family film sequel, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, opened in first place at the weekend box office, its $35 million take topping the $30.3 million opening of the original movie in 2009. The film follows Flint who, after finding out his invention that turned water into food causing it to rain cheeseburgers and spaghetti hasn't been destroyed, sets out with his friends on a dangerous mission to save the world from the food animals his machine is creating. Lending their voices are Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Will Forte, Terry Crews, Andy Samberg, Neil Patrick Harris and Benjamin Bratt.

  • Last week's top film, Prisoners, fell to second place.
Debuting at Number Three was the Ron Howard-directed Rush, a based-on-a-true story drama about the rivalry of two Formula One race car drivers on the Grand Prix racetrack as they push themselves to the limit. Starring are Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde and Daniel Bruhl.
The romantic comedy Baggage Claim, starring Paula Patton as a love-seeking flight attendant who decides to take another look at her exes, opened in fourth place. It co-stars Taye Diggs, Adam Brody, Derek Luke, Djimon Hounsou and Jill Scott.
Debuting at Number Five was the drama Don Jon, written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who also stars in the title role. The film follows ladies' man Jon and Scarlett Johansson's Barbara, whose view of reality was shaped by romantic Hollywood movies, as they try to find true intimacy. Tony Danza and Julianne Moore co-star.
  1. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, $35 million
  2. Prisoners, $11.2 million
  3. Rush, $10.3 million
  4. Baggage Claim, $9.3 million
  5. Don Jon, $9 million
  6. Insidious: Chapter 2, $6.7 million
  7. The Family, $3.6 million
  8. Instructions Not Included, $3.3 million
  9. We're the Millers, $2.8 million
  10. Lee Daniels' The Butler, $2.4 million


It appears as though Kanye West is looking to put last week's feud with Jimmy Kimmel behind him. The rapper has removed all of the tweets he wrote trying to insult the TV host after Jimmy mocked West's BBC interview on his show.

  • Jimmy seemed to take it all in stride by making jokes before writing, "I swear, @kanyewest one more of these I WILL unfollow you #warning #Goshdarnit"
  • He also addressed the feud on his show discussing how Kanye called him and requested a public apology.
  • Jimmy's Response to Kanye:
  •   Kids Recreate Kanye's BBC Interview:


Real Housewives of New Jersey star Melissa Gorga has faced some harsh criticism of her new book Love, Italian Style: The Secrets of My Hot and Happy Marriage because some believe that certain excerpts promote marital rape. The reality star spoke to E! News to defend her book and to clarify what she meant in the controversial passages.
The 34-year-old called it "awful" and "disgusting" that people would think she would be advocating rape and added, "It's just about the playfulness, it's about teasing. it's about being aggressive and trying new things in the bedroom. It's not about, 'Hey honey, I have a headache tonight,' and your husband's going to take it from you. Come on." Gorga also explained, "When you and your husband are happy, it trickles down to the whole family."
  • The controversial piece of advice in the book reads, "Men, I know you think your woman isn't the type who wants to be taken. But trust me, she is. Every girl wants to get her hair pulled once in a while. If your wife says 'no,' turn her around, and rip her clothes off. She wants to be dominated."
  • On the day of the book's release, Joe and Melissa appeared on Bethenny Frankel's talk show where Joe seemed to fuel the controversy by revealing that in the bedroom Melissa sometimes tries to fight it but he always wins and even describes an incident where his wife was tired but he need to get "his sleeping pill."


Martha Stewart aired her grievances with Apple's customer service to her millions of Twitter followers last week after having issues with her iPad. Although the mogul eventually admitted to just being frustrated over her broken tablet, her tweets caught the attention of Apple's PR department who were reportedly not happy about the negative press.
The 72-year-old wrote, "I just dropped my iPad on the ground and shattered two glass corners. What to do? Does one call Apple to come and pick it up or do I take it?" She later added, "I am still waiting for an apple rep to come pick up my IPad. No action yey. Maybe I have had a good entrepreneurial idea? Apple Now? Like same day delivery from Amazon? I think I am on to something. Same day fixit!!!"
Upon realizing that her words were causing a bit of an uproar, Martha attempted some damage control by writing, "So is it time to put out the fires and admit I was just pissed off at the fact my precious ipad shattered and I wanted to make light of it?? i cannot believe that Apple Public Relations is mad at me for tweeting about my Ipad and how to get it fixed! steve jobs gave it to me!"

  • Martha called into the Today show on Friday (September 27th) to explain that the whole thing was blown out of proportion. She said, "Twitter is very, very interesting because there are people who love it when you joke, and there are people who take you seriously and don't have a clue. So it's been going on and on and on and it's actually very fun." She also insisted that she is not having a feud with Apple.


Don Jon star Joseph Gordon-Levitt may have only recently revealed that he has a secret girlfriend but he seems to have plenty of thoughts on how to make a relationship work. The actor chatted with TakePart Live last week about how his new film explores the fantasy of relationships versus the reality of them.
The 32-year-old explained, "Jon, the character I play, is constantly comparing his love and sex life to pornography. And Scarlett, her character, is constantly comparing her love life to these romantic Hollywood movies, and so if you're constantly comparing your real life to stuff you've seen on the screen, you're always going to be disappointed, because real life is not as simple as that." He added, "I think real life is a lot more beautiful. And look, I love movies, but even the best movie can never be the same as real life."


Kate Upton and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are officially an item. Despite previous attempts to keep the relationship under wraps, the couple was spotted over the weekend in New York City holding hands as they strolled through the West Village.
Back in July, the supermodel and the former Dancing With the Stars performer tried to play coy during another NYC date night. A source told E! News, "The two did not want to be photographed together and did the best they could to avoid the cameras."


GOVERNMENT ON TRACK FOR SHUTDOWN AT MIDNIGHT: The federal government is on track for a shutdown at midnight tonight after the Republican-led House passed federal funding legislation early Sunday morning (September 29th) that includes a one-year delay in implementation of key parts of the Affordable Care Act. The Democratic-led Senate is set to convene this afternoon (September 30th), but Majority Leader Harry Reid has already said that any funding bill that includes measures to kill or delay the three-year-old health care law -- dubbed Obamacare -- is dead on arrival. The standoff began with the House initially passing the legislation with a provision that defunded Obamacare. The Senate stripped that out and sent the measure back to the House, which led to the most recent vote to instead delay the health care law. If a shutdown does happen -- which would be the first in 17 years -- some 800,000 federal workers deemed non-essential would be laid off without pay. The national parks will be closed, and other government services will be unavailable, such as getting a passport or visa. Critical services like patrolling the borders, inspecting meat and controlling air traffic will continue, as will Social Security payments and the Medicare and Medicaid health care programs.
GUIDE TO THE NEW HEALTH CARE EXCHANGES: Enrollment begins tomorrow (October 1st) for the new health insurance exchanges in each state that have been created as part of the Affordable Care Act. Surveys have shown that many Americans are confused about the exchanges and what is being offered. The New York Times put together a guide with some basic information and where to go to find out more:
NETANYAHU WARNING ABOUT IRAN'S NEW OUTREACH: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be meeting at the White House today (September 30th) with President Obama and will be speaking at the United Nations a day later, and in both places he will be warning against the outreach being shown by Iran under new President Hassan Rouhani. Netanyahu contends that Iran is using conciliatory language and gestures as a ploy to get the crippling international sanctions on his country eased and to buy time to continue its efforts to make a nuclear weapon. Netanyahu's dour message comes as the White House is cautiously optimistic about Iran's new outreach, which included a 15-minute phone call on Friday (September 27th) between Rouhani and Obama the was the first conversation between the leaders of the U.S. and Iran in 34 years. But administration officials said the president will tell Netanyahu that the U.S. won't consider lifting the sanctions until Iran takes concrete actions to show it's serious about a verifiable, transparent agreement.
CHEMICAL WEAPONS INSPECTORS LEAVING FOR SYRIA TODAY: Inspectors tasked by the U.N. Security Council with overseeing Syria's destruction of its chemical weapons said Sunday that an initial group of 20 will leave for Syria today (September 30th). The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons inspectors told reporters that their first priority will be to help Syria destroy its ability to manufacture such weapons by a November 1st deadline. The extended timeline calls for the weapons themselves to be destroyed by mid-2014. OPCW spokesman Michael Luhan said, "This hasn't been done before: an international mission to go into a country which is involved in a state of conflict and amid that conflict oversee the destruction of an entire category of weapons of mass destruction which it possesses." Protection for OPCW staff will be provided primarily by the Syrian government, with support from the U.N.
ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS KILL MORE THAN 40 STUDENTS AT NIGERIAN COLLEGE: Suspected Islamic extremists killed more than 40 students Sunday (September 29th) in an attack on a agricultural college in the middle of the night, shooting the victims as they slept in dormitories. The attack, blamed on the Boko Haram extremist group, is part of an ongoing Islamic uprising in northeastern Nigeria. Boko Haram wants to impose Islamic law across the country.
COMMERCIAL SUPPLY SHIP REACHES SPACE STATION -- ONE WEEK LATE: Orbital Sciences' unmanned supply ship arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday (September 29th), bringing food, clothes and other supplies for the station astronauts and making Orbital only the second company to successfully reach the orbiting outpost, after SpaceX did it last year. The Cygnus arrived one week late however, delayed from last Sunday because of a navigation glitch that was fixed via a software repair by ground controllers. The successful arrival means Orbital Sciences can start fulfilling a $1.9 billion contract with NASA for more deliveries. NASA hired Orbital Sciences and SpaceX to keep the space station supplied after the retirement of the space shuttle program.
APPLE IS NOW MOST VALUABLE BRAND: Apple has become the most valuable brand in the world, taking the spot from Coca-Cola, which fell to Number 3, according to an annual report out today (September 30th) from Interbrand, a corporate identity and brand consulting company that's been compiling the Best Global Brands report since 2000. This is the first time Coca-Cola hasn't been in the top spot. Apple was in second place last year, and just two years ago was at Number 8. The report estimates the value of the Apple brand at $98.3 billion, up 28 percent from the 2012 report. Coming in at Number 2 was Google, which rose from fourth place last year. Of the top 10 Best Global Brands for 2013, five are in technology: Apple; Google; Microsoft in fifth place, Samsung in eighth place and Intel in ninth.
DEPUTY NUCLEAR COMMANDER SUSPENDED IN GAMBLING PROBE: The Number 2 officer at the military command in charge of all U.S. nuclear war-fighting forces has been suspended amid a gambling probe, although he hasn't been arrested or charged. Navy Vice Admiral Tim Giardina, the deputy commander at U.S. Strategic Command, is suspected in a case involving counterfeit gambling chips at an Iowa casino. The suspension took place more than three weeks ago, but wasn't announced at the time.
AMANDA KNOX RETRIAL STARTS TODAY IN ITALY WITHOUT HER: The retrial of Amanda Knox for the 2007 killing of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, will begin today (September 30th) in Italy, but the 26-year-old American won't be there. Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted in 2009 of murdering Kercher, but their convictions were overturned in 2011 for lack of evidence, and both were freed after four years behind bars. Knox returned home, but Italy's Supreme Court decided last year to retry the case, saying the jury that acquitted Knox didn't consider all the evidence, and that discrepancies in testimony needed to be answered. Knox isn't going back for the retrial, however, saying she's afraid they'll send her back to prison. If the court convicts her, Knox will be ordered to return to Italy. If she refuses, Italy could request her extradition, but it's not clear if the U.S. would comply. Sollecito also won't be there -- he told CNN he plans to stay in the Dominican Republic with a friend and has no immediate plans to return to Italy.
'N.Y. TIMES' 25-YEAR-OLD CORRECTION ABOUT SUPER MARIO BROS.' MARIO AND LUIGI: Never let it be said that any error is too old or too trivial for the New York Times to correct itself. Readers of the Times' corrections on Friday (September 27th) likely got a chuckle out of the one that read: "An obituary on Sept. 20 about Hiroshi Yamauchi, the longtime president of Nintendo, included a quotation from a 1988 New York Times article that inaccurately described the Nintendo video game Super Mario Bros. 2. The brothers Mario and Luigi, who appear in this and other Nintendo games, are plumbers, not janitors." That they are, Gray Lady, That they are.
NFL SCORES -- WEEK 4: Here are the results of this weekend's National Football League Games (Home teams are listed in italics):

  • Buffalo Bills 23, Baltimore Ravens 20
  • Cleveland Browns 17, Cincinnati Bengals 6
  • Detroit Lions 40, Chicago Bears 32
  • Kansas City Chiefs 31, New York Giants 7
  • Minnesota Vikings 34, Pittsburgh Steelers 27
  • Arizona Cardinals 13, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10
  • Indianapolis Colts 37, Jacksonville Jaguars 3
  • Seattle Seahawks 23, Houston Texans 20 (OT)
  • Tennessee Titans 38, New York Jets 13
  • Denver Broncos 52, Philadelphia Eagles 20
  • Washington Redskins 24, Oakland Raiders 14
  • San Diego Chargers 30, Dallas Cowboys 21
  • New England Patriots 30, Atlanta Falcons 23
Tonight's Monday Night Football game on ESPN:
  • Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints (8:30 p.m. ET)
MARLINS' ALVAREZ PITCHES NO-HITTER ON LAST DAY OF THE SEASON: The Miami Marlins' Henderson Alvarez threw a no-hitter on the last day of the regular season Sunday (September 29th) against the Detroit Tigers, and he clinched it in an usual way, completing the feat while in the on-deck circle. It was the bottom of the ninth inning with the bases loaded, two outs, and the score 0-0 when the Marlins scored the lone and winning run of the game on a Luke Putkonen wild pitch, and the 23-year-old Alvarez began to celebrate with his teammates in the on-deck circle. Alvarez needed the run for his no-hitter to be official, because only complete games of nine or more innings with no hits count as no-hitters. The no-hitter ended a dismal season for the Marlins, who had the worst record in the National League at 62-100.
  • Alvarez' no-hitter was the third this season; the other two were pitched by the Cincinnati Reds' Homer Bailey and Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants.
RANGERS TO PLAY RAYS FOR WILD CARD SPOT; INDIANS CLINCH: The Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays will play a one-game tiebreaker tonight (September 30th) for the second American League wild-card after both won their games on the last day of the regular season yesterday to end in a tie for the spot. The winner of their game tonight in Texas will play the Cleveland Indians -- who clinched the first wild-card berth yesterday -- in another one-game matchup. The winner of that contest will face the Boston Red Sox in the AL Division Series.
OLYMPIC FLAME BEGINS JOURNEY FROM GREECE TO SOCHI: The Olympic flame began its journey yesterday (September 29th) from Greece to Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympics games next February. The flame was lit using reflected sun's rays in a ceremony held in the ruins of the Temple of Hera and carried out by actresses dressed as ancient priestesses. The flame was first passed to 18-year-old Greek alpine skier Ioannis Antoniou, who then handed it to Russian NHL star Alex Ovechkin. The torch's journeys before arriving in Sochi will include being carried in a hot-air balloon, on a dog sled and in a nuclear-powered ice breaker, and even up to the International Space Station.
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  • HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER - Lily becomes frustrated that she is the only one who know about Ted's plans.
  • WE ARE MEN - (series premiere) Frank, Stuart and Gil take Carter on a boys' night to help him get over his broken engagement.
  • 2 BROKE GIRLS - Caroline tries to raise money for a pricey pair of pants through a fundraising website.
  • MOM - Bonnie and Christy put aside their differences to handle a family crisis.
  • HOSTAGES - Duncan informs Ellen that her refusal to assassinate the president will cost her a loved one's life.
  • THE VOICE - Vocalists audition for the judges.
  • THE BLACKLIST - Red and Liz go under cover to stop an assassin known as The Freelancer from killing his next target.
  • BONES - The team investigates when a gang member's remains are found in a burnt out car.
  • SLEEPY HOLLOW - When the Sandman starts infiltrating Abbie's dreams, she must face her past.
  • DANCING WITH THE STARS - The couples perform for the judges; elimination.
  • CASTLE - Beckett races to find a stolen toxin capable of killing thousands of people.
  • iHEART RADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL, NIGHT 1 - Performances slated include Katy Perry, Elton John and Fun.
  • THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF MIAMI - Joanna and Adriana try to reconcile.
THE VIEW - James Spader, guest co-host Jason Biggs
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Magic Johnson, Marjorie Johnson, Gary Clark Jr.
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Danny DeVito, Wendi McLendon-Covey, the Lumineers
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Simon Helberg, the Naked and Famous
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Kevin Nealon, Elizabeth Olsen, the Avett Brothers
CONAN - Demi Lovato, J.B. Smoove, Moby


LITTLE MISS HISPANIC WINNER LOSES TITLE BECAUSE SHE ISN'T HISPANIC: The winner of the Little Miss Hispanic Delaware contest has been stripped of her crown because of concerns that she isn't Hispanic. On Saturday (September 28th), it was reported that 7-year-old Jakiya McKoy lost the title two weeks ago. Some critics believe the decision was because she is black and not Latina. Pageant organizers require contestants to be 25 percent Hispanic. Maria Perez, president of Nuestras Raices, said that the child brought did not have proof that she was Hispanic. Perez said McKoy will be given the crown if she can prove that she is 25 percent Hispanic. (News Journal Of Wilmington)
BOSTON BAR CANCELS ELECTION DRINKS: A Boston bar canceled plans to sell election themed drinks because mayoral candidate, John R. Connolly is a recovering alcoholic. The Lowe's Boston Hotel's bar planned to offer the drinks named after the two candidates Connolly and Martin J. Walsh. The bar planned to keep a tab of how many eight dollar drinks were sold as an unofficial poll. The bar released a statement saying, "Loews Boston Hotel acknowledges the insensitivity of this recent promotion and has canceled it effective immediately," (UPI)
PENIS-SHAPED PILLARS CAUSE CONTROVERY: Residents of Scott Township, Pennsylvania are in a battle over concrete pillars that look like male gentiles. The pillars called bollards, were erected to keep traffic from driving into nearby structures. In theory, most locals were behind the idea, but the shape of the bollards have risen concerns. According to resident Pat Martin, "People are laughing at it. They're calling it Penis Road." Commisioner Bill Wells suggested flattening the tops to improve the appearance. (Pittsburgh Post- Gazette)

SAUDI CLERIC SAYS WOMEN WHO DRIVE RISK DAMAGING OVARIES: A conservative Saudi Arabian cleric has said women who drive risk damaging their ovaries and bearing children with clinical problems. The statement comes after activists are trying to end the Islamic kingdom's male-only driving rules. In an interview on Friday (September 27th), Sheikh Saleh bin Saa al-Lohaidan said woman aiming to over turn the ban on driving should put "reason ahead of hearts, emotions, and passions". He claimed that studies show that women who drive suffer ovarian problems. He did not cite a specific medical study. (Yahoo News)
GOODWILL FIRES CASHIER FOR GIVING DISCOUNTS TO POOR PEOPLE: A teenage cashier was fired for giving discounts to poor at a Goodwill store. The cashier was arrested on felony charges for giving broke customers off the book discounts, but the store decided not pursue charges. The teenager said, "Goodwill is a giving and helping company, so I took it upon to myself to be giving and helping because I feel people deserve it," (WBBS)


APPLE'S IOS7 IS CAUSING MOTION SICKNESS: It turns out iPhone and iPad users aren't all thrilled with Apple's latest update to it's operating system. Many users have logged onto Apple's forums to complain about iOS 7's new parallax and zoom features, which they say are causing motion sickness, vertigo, nausea and headaches. One poster wrote, "The zoom animations everywhere on the new iOS7 are literally making me nauseous and giving me a headache. It's exactly how I used to get car sick if I tried to read in the car." Apple has not commented on the issue yet. (CNet)


MANY SINGLE MEN SAY THEY'D TAKE A NEW IPHONE OVER A GIRLFRIEND: A British survey reveals one-in-eight single men say they'd rather take a new iPhone than a girlfriend. To find this, polled 550 single men, and three-percent of those polled said they'd dump their current girlfriend to get their hands on a new iPhone. Men who hypothetically opted for the phone would be glad to know there's an app called My Virtual Girlfriend that lets you pretend to date a 3D avatar. (Yahoo)
WOMEN JUDGE A MAN'S HOTNESS BASED ON HIS MUSICAL PREFERENCES: New research finds women will judge a man's hotness by what type of music he has playing on his personal website. To find this, researchers from the University of Miami listen to the background music of various men's websites and then rate what they heard. They found that women rated the same guy to be 17-percent more attractive if his background music was heavy metal compared to classical music. Study authors explain this happens because gender stereotypes influence attraction even online and women associate rebellious behavior with sex appeal. (Men's Health)
CHILDREN BENEFIT FROM WALKING TO SCHOOL: New research from the UK finds that children who walk to school have better concentration and may have a reduced need for ADHD medication. To finds this, more than 2,500-students were surveyed, and researchers say 80-percent of those who reported walking to school reported feeling calmer and more able to concentrate when they got there. The kids who walked also said they felt healthier and looked better. One researcher explains, saying, "Physical activity improves brain elasticity, which allows children to learn. Exercise also releases endorphins, which make you more relaxed." (Daily Mail)

SOCIAL MEDIA PHOTOS MAKE WOMEN FEEL THEIR CLOTHING GETS OLDER FASTER: A new survey from the UK finds that women feel their clothing gets outdated faster due to social media. In fact, the average woman surveyed believed that 36-percent of her clothing is unwearable. Many said it was because of their photo being posted to Facebook or Instagram while wearing it, while others said it was due to how certain clothing fit, or that it was too wrinkled or unwashed. Sixty-seven percent of women said they find it traumatic to have to find something to wear for a special event, and 64-percent said they usually end up buying something new. (Daily Mail)
: A survey from a insurance comparison site finds that most people consider their partner a very distracting passenger to have while driving. Thirty-five-percent of respondents admitted that their passengers affect their driving behavior, and when asked who their most distracting passenger was 14-percent said their partner. Twelve-percent named hitchhikers as their most distracting passenger, and 16-percent said their parents were the most distracting passengers. The survey found that younger drivers are more distracted by their passengers, and of the two-thousand people surveyed, 25-percent said they feel nervous when they have someone traveling in the car with them. (Daily Mail)
WEARING SUNGLASSES FOUND TO CURB CERTAIN ALLERGIES: New research out of Turkey finds that wearing sunglasses may help ward off allergy symptoms. To find this, researchers administered nasal spray to seasonal allergy sufferers, then asked half to wear sunglasses. Researchers say those who worse sunglasses required less anthistamine and reported fewer eye-related allergy symptoms. Researchers explain this happens because sunglasses block out pollen and UV rays, both of which can activate allergy symptoms in the eyes. Other researchers say it makes sense, as your eyes are connected to your nose. (Men's Health)


Does Anti-Paparazzi Law Protecting Celebs' Kids Violate First Amendment?
First Amendment groups are concerned about a new California law signed by the governor last week that targets paparazzi who take photos of celebrities' children. Violators face a maximum penalty of a year in jail or a $10,000 fine for, quote, "intentionally harass[ing] the child . . . of any other person because of that person's employment," which can take place, quote, "during the course of any actual or attempted recording of the child's . . . image or voice, or both, without the express consent of the parent..." The National Press Photographers' Association is among those opposed to the law on First Amendment grounds, saying that children can be protected using existing anti-harassment laws without restricting the press and citizens. Politico cited NPPA general counsel Mickey Osterreicher as saying, "The fact that somebody is taking a picture or recording an image is normally a First Amendment protected activity when it's done in public where there's no reasonable expectation of privacy, so kind of creating these little spheres around children I think is problematic."

NFL Considering Expanding Playoffs to Include Two More Teams
ESPN reported yesterday (September 29th) that the NFL is, quote, "urgently discussing" expanding the playoffs from 12 teams to 14, with the revamped playing schedule also eliminating one pre-season game. The report said having the expanded playoff field would offset lost revenue from the pre-season game elimination, and could lead to additional TV revenue for the league. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told last week that any scheduling model changes would likely not happen next season, however ESPN cited sources as saying it could be implemented as early as then if the NFL can get the needed votes from team owners.

Bill Maher: Ted Cruz' Talkathon Reminds Him of Miley Cryus' Twerking
It's unlikely that anyone's ever said Senator Ted Cruz' name in the same sentence as Miley Cyrus' before, but comedian Bill Maher did on his HBO show, Real Time with Bill Maher, on Friday night (September 27th), saying that the Texas senator's 21-hour Senate floor speech last week reminded him of Cyrus' controversial twerking performance at MTV's Video Music Awards last month. Maher said, "I was thinking the other night, he reminds me of Miley Cyrus, Ted Cruz. Because he is not afraid to incur the wrath of even some of his fans for the greater good of drawing attention to himself." Maher went on to generalize the comparison beyond Cruz, while also saying he thinks it will be a good thing for the senator, saying, "I really think that a filibuster is the political version of twerking. And for those people who say, 'Ted Cruz, he hung himself.' No. Just like Miley Cyrus, she came out the winner in that. Everybody said, 'Oh, she's ruined her career.' She's on the cover of Rolling Stone, her records are outselling anybody else's. I think Ted Cruz is going to be the winner too."

Friday, September 27, 2013


Zac Brown's recent comments about Luke Bryan's current hit single, "That's My Kind of Night," may have cost him some friends. The song's writer, Dallas Davidson, and singer Justin Moore have weighed in on the controversy and it's clear they have Luke's back.
As a singer and songwriter, Thomas Rhett says it's okay to dislike certain songs, and even tell the singer privately, but to tell it to the masses is another story. He tells us: "I think people are free to voice whatever they think. I'm not gonna do it. I mean, there's definitely songs that I like better than others. There's songs that I don't like, but who am I to get on Twitter of all things and tag that person and tell 'em that I hate their song and it's the worst thing I've ever heard, cause I feel like everybody that I know in country music I've met and I've become friends with, and I mean, if we're being honest, like I go back to like my first single, 'Something To Do With My Hands,' like it was a good song I guess, but it's not one that I repeat on my iPod, and if Luke Bryan hated it and he wanted to tell me that to my face I would probably laugh with him, to tell you the truth, but there didn't seem to be any laughter going on in that tweet, and that's just not something that I would do, to tell you the truth. I'm not trying to burn any bridges or start any fires."
You may recall that Zac told a Vancouver radio station that "That's My Kind of Night" is the "worst song" he's ever heard.
And whether Zac likes it or not, Thomas is sitting inside the Top 10 with his latest single, "It Goes Like This."
His debut album, also called It Goes Like This, will be in stores on October 29th.

The controversial Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) has turned its focus toward Blake Shelton. The group has announced they will picket Blake's show in Kansas City on Thursday (October 3rd) because, according to their website, he is an "adulterer." Blake was married and divorced prior to marrying Miranda Lambert, and the WBC claims that "Divorce + Remarriage = Adultery."
WBC began a Twitter war with The Voice star by posting such comments as "We know BS when we see it!"
Blake responded to news of the picket by tweeting, "Oh god a picket!! Now I'll never be able to go on!!! Please please I beg . . . Not a picket!!"
The singer continued to take aim at the organization and one member in particular who is photographed holding picket signs.
Included in Blake's many tweets was one that read, "Hey @WBCSays . . . This isn't about God. It's about me using this opportunity to make y'all look like the absolute complete dipshits you are."
In true Blake form, he couldn't resist some zingers leveled at the group, including, "Also @WBCSays . . . Y'all may want to keep an eye on ur women at my show . . . I've got a few band and crew guys that'll be smacking that holy ass!"
Most recently, WBC picketed Taylor Swift's Nashville shows and a Vince Gill concert because like Blake, they claim he is an adulterer, too. Vince's sidewalk confrontation of the group was captured on video.

Jason Aldean has teamed with media giants Facebook, Instagram, CMT and Palladia to bring fans exclusive content, a live chat and the network premiere of his live concert film, Night Train To Georgia, which hits digital and physical shelves on October 15th.
On Facebook, Jason will host a live chat alongside the stream of a special version of Night Train To Georgia on his official Facebook page on October 14th at 9 p.m. ET.
Leading up to the chat, fans can head to Instagram for the chance to be a part of the music video for Jason's current chart-topping single, "Night Train," by posting videos of their own creative dance moves using #JasonAldeanDVD. The campaign is already running and showcases randomly selected video submissions online at
CMT will air the network premiere of the film with a 30-minute special feature on October 19th at 2 p.m. ET.
Palladia will air the feature the following day (October 20th).
Night Train To Georgia was filmed this past April at the University of Georgia's Sanford Stadium where Jason performed before a sold-out crowd of more than 66,000 fans.

Scotty McCreery had a totally different experience making his sophomore album as compared to his first. His debut project, Clear As Day, was done in about four months from start to finish, due to having just won American Idol at the time.
Scotty was able to take his time on his upcoming sophomore album, See You Tonight. He tells us: "The time we had for this album was incredible, especially compared to the first record, whereas we had the better part of the year if not more than a year to make this record. So that gave me time to write -- gave me the time to sit there and think about which songs I wanted to have on it, what I wanted to say throughout the songs. I got to be much more of an artist on this record. It felt a lot more me, more real."
See You Tonight will be released on October 15th.
The album's title track continues its climb up the charts.
Jennifer Nettles will return as host of the CMA Country Christmas TV special for the fourth year in a row. The ABC special will be taped in front of a live audience on Friday, November 8th at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
Jennifer said, "What I love about doing this gig is that it's the closest I've gotten to the old classic television variety shows. It is entertainment that everybody in the family can find fun, and I hope it's something that keeps happening for years and years and years."
In addition to Jennifer, artists scheduled to perform and celebrate the season this year include Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow, Lucy Hale, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, and Michael W. Smith.
For the second year, audience members are being encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the taping to help make the holidays brighter for Nashville area children. The Nashville-based, non-profit group Generosity will have volunteers on site with specially marked bins to collect the toys, which will be distributed to homeless families this holiday season.
Tickets for CMA Country Christmas are on sale now and can be purchased at; by calling (800) 745-3000; or in person at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office.
  • In 2012, Generosity collected more than 5,000 toys at the show.
  • Donors do not have to have a ticket to the show to drop off a toy.

Kacey Musgraves' head is spinning after all the success she's experienced so far this year. With just two singles under her belt, Kacey has played in front of over a million fans on Kenny Chesney's summer tour and is tied with Taylor Swift for most nominated at the CMA Awards coming up in November.
Kacey tells us that so far, 2013 has been filled with unforgettable moments. "It's really hard for me to pick one thing that has been just 'the' highlight. I feel like sometimes that I get stuck trying to be thankful for the thing that happened to me, you know, a month or two ago, let alone this week! It's really all unbelievable, and I'm thankful for every bit of it. I mean, I've gotten to -- just at the very simplest -- travel the world and see so many different kinds of people and places."
Kacey will be in Nashville this weekend to perform as part of Zac Brown Band's Southern Ground Music and Food Festival.
Next month, she joins Katy Perry in Los Angeles to perform a fundraiser concert for those facing breast cancer.
  • Kacey continues on her Same Trailer Different tour in Sweden on Wednesday (October 2nd).
  • Her latest single is called "Blowin' Smoke."
Lee Brice and his wife, Sara, are expecting their second child. While no due date has been announced, the couple do know that they're having a boy. Lee and Sara are already parents to four-year-old son Takoda.
Thompson Square will perform the national anthem live on ESPN at Sunday's (September 29th) "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from Victory Plaza in Dover, Delaware. The race begins at 2 p.m. ET. Prior to the race, the duo will perform a free concert for fans.
Jake Owen unveiled the cover for his new album, Days of Gold, on Facebook yesterday (Thursday, September 26th). The album will be in stores on December 3rd. The debut single and title track is a Top 20 hit.

Josh Thompson has teamed up with Chicago Beer Company to support his newest single, "Cold Beer With Your Name On It." Fans in the Illinois area can receive a free download of the single by picking up any 6-pack of Chicago Beer Company product. "Cold Beer With Your Name On It" is the first single from Josh's upcoming sophomore album.

Chicago Beer Company will also host a VIP "Have a Cold Beer with Josh Thompson" pre-show reception and sound check event at his show on November 30th, as well as three to-be-announced Chicago shows in 2014. Each event will include a meet & greet as well as an intimate three-song acoustic set from Josh.

Josh has just released a lyric video for "Cold Beer On Your Name On It," on VEVO. The video features a performance by the singer as well as footage that was shot in his hometown of Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

Willie Nelson is turning to the public for help in finding a stuffed armadillo that belongs to one of his band members. The singer was performing in Port Chester, New York last week when "Ol' Dillo" was taken from the sound console.
There's even video footage of the armadillo-napping, which shows a woman picking the stuffed animal up and walking off without anyone noticing her.
Willie posted the video on Facebook in hopes that someone would recognize the woman.
The AP reports that the armadillo belongs to Willie's sound engineer and has been on stage with the band for the last three years.
Willie is recovering from a shoulder injury and has been forced to cancel some of his upcoming shows.
His new album, To All the Girls . . ., will be in stores on October 15th.

Q. What country legend named his guitar "Trigger"?
A. Willie Nelson
Friday, September 27th
Colt Ford and Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament


  • Gwyneth Paltrow (actress, Shakespeare In Love, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Shallow Hal, Proof, wife of Coldplay's Chris Martin) (41)
  • Randy Bachman (singer-guitarist, the Guess Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive) (70)
  • Meat Loaf (rock singer) (66, disputed)
  • Robbie Shakespeare (reggae bassist and producer, Sly & Robbie; also worked with Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, and Joe Cocker, among others) (60)
  • Liz Torres (actress, Permanent Midnight, Gilmore Girls, Joe Dirt) (66)
  • Wilford Brimley (actor, The China Syndrome, The Electric Horseman, Absence Of Malice, The Natural, Cocoon, The Firm, In & Out) (79)
  • Brad Arnold (singer, 3 Doors Down) (35)
  • Stephan Jenkins (singer/guitarist, Third Eye Blind) (49)
  • Avril Lavigne (pop singer) (29)
  • Lil' Wayne (rapper) (31)
  • Shaun Cassidy (actor-singer, "Da Doo Ron Ron") (55)
  • Anna Camp (actress, True Blood, The Help, Pitch Perfect) (31)
  • Vince Gill invited Rascal Flatts to join the Grand Ole Opry during a Tuesday edition of the show in 2011.
  • Sugarland kicked off their first headlining tour at the North Charleston Coliseum in South Carolina in 2007.
  • Gretchen Wilson's All Jacked Up album was released in 2005.
  • Dierks Bentley earned his first Number One single in Billboard with "What Was I Thinkin'" in 2003.
  • Diamond Rio's "How Your Love Makes Me Feel" went to Number One on the Billboard country singles chart in 1997.
  • Keith Urban's former band, the Ranch, made their chart debut with "Walkin' The Country" in 1997. Urban was the trio's lead singer and guitarist.
  • Alan Frizzell filed for divorce from Shelly West in 1983.
  • Connie Smith debuted on the chart with "Once A Day" in 1964. The song spent eight weeks in the Number One position.


CHRISTOPH WALTZ MAY JOIN NEW 'TARZAN' FILM: Oscar winner Christoph Waltz is in talks to play the villain in Warner Bros. Tarzan reboot. Waltz would play a Belgian soldier named Captain Rom who tries to capture Tarzan in exchange for a diamond ransom. True Blood's Alexander Skarsgard is attached to play Tarzan. Both Margot Robbie and Emma Stone have been rumored to be up for the part of Jane.
ABC RENEWS 'MISTRESSES': ABC has announced plans to bring back the summer primetime soap Mistresses for a second season. The series starring Alyssa Milano became summer's second most popular scripted drama falling just behind CBS' Under the Dome. Season two will kick off in the summer of 2014.
JENNIFER LAWRENCE TO STAR IN 'EAST OF EDEN' REMAKE: Jennifer Lawrence will work with her Hunger Games director Gary Ross again for a remake of East of Eden based on the classic American novel by John Steinbeck. The actress is attached to play Cathy Ames -- wife of the main protagonist who is considered to be one of Steinbeck's most controversial characters. According to Huffington Post, Ross plans to split the book into two features. East of Eden was previously adapted for the big screen in in 1955.
BLAKE LIVELY TO LAUNCH LIFESTYLE COMPANY: Former Gossip Girl star Blake Lively announced plans on Wednesday (September 25th) to launch her own lifestyle company similar to Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop. She explained to Vogue UK, "It's something that will be launching in a few months and that I'm really, really thrilled about. The main element of it is that it's about storytelling and it's about living a very one-of-a-kind, curated life, and how to achieve that. There's nothing like it out there -- it's without a genre." She went on to say, "I have so many passions outside of acting and things that I grew up being good at and that I don't utilize when acting. Acting was something that my family did so I just kind of got into it by default, but there was so much that I cultivated, thinking that I wouldn't be an actor."
'AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN' CREDITS RELEASED ONLINE: The creepy opening credits for American Horror Story: Coven have been released. The sequence shows occult imagery as well as glimpses of animals and bleeding body parts. The season will premiere on October 9th. Take a look:


AMANDA BYNES COULD BE IN TREATMENT UNTIL 2015: Amanda Bynes' lawyer Gerald Shargel appeared in a New York City court on Thursday (September 26th) to ask that her lawsuit for the bong-throwing incident back in May be postponed for up to 18 months while she undergoes psychiatric treatment -- indicating that she may be in the hospital for a year and a half. Sources also tell TMZ that the prosecution's case is a bit weak so there is a likelihood that the case could be dropped.
MICHAEL DOUGLAS CELEBRATES TURNING 69: Despite claiming to be working on their marriage, Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas did not spend their birthdays together. Michael was photographed celebrating his 69th birthday with a friend at an Outback Steakhouse in New Mexico on Wednesday (September 25th.) Both Michael and Catherine were born on September 25th but 25 years apart.
CHANNING TATUM MAKES A GOOD SET HUSBAND: Jenna Dewan-Tatum couldn't help but to sing the praises of her husband Channing for taking care of their daughter while mom is filming scenes for her new Lifetime show Witches of East End. Jenna told Entertainment Tonight Canada, "He is getting really good at being the set husband -- that's what I call him. He's in the trailer, he's rocking her to sleep, I'm running back and forth breastfeeding. He's been amazing -- every chance he gets he's here. He's like, 'I could sit here and be set husband all day long. This is so fun!'"
IS ROBERT PATTINSON'S NEW GIRLFRIEND SEAN PENN'S DAUGHTER?: Dylan Penn, daughter of Sean Penn and Robin Wright, is the latest Hollywood girl rumored to be romantically linked to Robert Pattinson. Several media outlets report that the duo were spotted hanging out on September 7th for a show at the Viper Room and then reportedly enjoyed post-show drinks and food at the Chateau Marmont. The Twilight star was also recently linked to trainer Sydney Liebes after they were seen hanging out in front of Harley Pasternak's gym where she works. Sources deny any romance is happening there and that Liebes has just trained the actor a few times.
KENDRA WILKINSON-BASKETT SUFFERED A STROKE AFTER CAR ACCIDENT: E! News is reporting that the supposedly minor car accident that Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett got into earlier this year was a bit more serious than initially thought. Doctors apparently discovered that the reality star suffered a "minor stroke" during the crash. Sources say that Kendra has since recovered after she was told to take it easy and chill out for a couple of weeks.


Kaley Cuoco will be walking down the aisle with her tennis player beau Ryan Sweeting. A rep for the actress confirmed the news to People.
The Big Bang Theory star has only been dating her fiancé for three months but a source said, "He is an amazing guy. She is so happy." Kaley and Ryan first made their red carpet debut on at the Emmy awards on Sunday (September 22nd.)

  • Ryan uploaded an image of the two of them to Instagram on Emmy Sunday along with the caption, "A million people, all I see is her @normancook #emmys"
  • Rumors of their engagement started when Kaley showed up on set to her film The Wedding Ringer wearing a massive diamond ring.
  • Kaley was previously linked to Henry Cavill, musician Bret Bollinger, and her costar Johnny Galecki.


Former Disney star Dylan Sprouse took to his Tumblr page on Monday (September 23rd) to address the rumors that he is so broke that he had to take a job as a host at a NYC restaurant. The 21-year-old proudly acknowledged his new source of income while clearing the air about his financial situation.
The Big Daddy actor wrote, "So many pictures have gotten out that I'm now working as a host at a restaurant in NY. To clear up the air (which is admittedly pretty rude), I did not take this job because I 'lost all my money,' I am financially secure, and took this job as a way to primarily feed my over bountiful video game addiction. I also took this as a way to try a new experience, working somewhat below the means I'm used to, as well as a way to socialize and get out of the house. I feel most comfortable when I'm working and doing something, to criticize someone of that is pretty odd."

  • Dylan goes on to say, "I will potentially return to acting someday, but in no way do I think any experience is a step down for me, but rather a new step in another direction."


She may have been a Desperate Housewife but Eva Longoria isn't really looking to be anyone's wife again. The actress revealed to Access Hollywood Live that after two failed marriages, a third go-round isn't very appealing.
Eva said, "I've been married twice. Been there, done that! I'm not one of those women who are like, 'I must procreate!' I think kids are a product of love. So if you find the right person and you want to have a family with that person, then that's when the time is right. But...if I'm 50 and single, I'm not going to go do it myself."

  • The 38-year-old actress was married to General Hospital actor Tyler Christopher from 2002 to 2004. She married NBA star Tony Parker in 2007 but they split up in 2011.
  • She was most recently linked to Ready for Love star Ernesto Arguello but that relationship also came to an end.


Kicking off its fourth season tonight on CBS at 9 P.M. is HAWAII FIVE-0 with gunmen hitting Five-0 headquarters after McGarrett and Wo Fat's escape. The show stars Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park. BLUE BLOODS begins its fourth season tonight on CBS at 10 P.M. with Frank pushing to have a cop killer brought to justice. The show stars Donnie Wahlberg, Will Estes, Bridget Moynahan and Tom Selleck.
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE kicks off Saturday night at 11:30 P.M. on NBC. Tina Fey hosts and Arcade Fire performs.
THE GOOD WIFE's fifth season begins at 9 P.M. with Alicia working to prevent the execution of a convicted murderer as she plans her exit from the firm with Cary. The show stars Julianna Margulies, Josh Charles, Alan Cumming and Chris Noth.
THE MENTALIST begins its sixth season at 10 P.M. with the team investigating the murder of a man who was missing for two years. The show stars Simon Baker and Robin Tunney.
THE SIMPSONS starts its 25th season at 8 P.M. with Lisa getting help from the FBI when she suspects something bad has happened to Homer.
BOB'S BURGERS kicks off its fourth season at 8:30 P.M. with Bob, Linda and the kids braving river rapids, squirrels and separation while on a camping adventure.
FAMILY GUY's new season starts at 9 P.M. with word that Peter believes a restaurant placement is a treasure map pits the citizens of Quahog against each other as they search for the prize.
The eighth season of AMERICAN DAD begins at 9:30 P.M. with Steve and Snot, who used a cloning machine to create dates for prom night, ending up having to raise two fast growing babies.
EASTBOUND & DOWN's fourth season kicks off Sunday at 10 P.M. with Kenny considering a career move after becoming bored with his suburban lifestyle. The show stars Danny McBride, Steve Little, Katy Mixon and John Hawkes.
HELLO LADIES begins its series at 10:30 P.M. Sunday night following the life of Stuart Pritchard, a web designer who owns a house and has an attractive tenant. The show stars Stephen Merchant.
HOMELAND's third season begins at 9 P.M. Sunday night with Nick Brody remaining at large while Carrie becomes the focus of a Senate investigation. The show stars Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend and Diego Klattenhoff.
The new series MASTERS OF SEX begins Sunday night at 10 P.M. The show follows Dr. William Masters, who runs a successful medical practice while conducting a secret study of human sexuality. The show stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan.


Things are reportedly getting tense over at Dancing With the Stars because former scientologist Leah Remini allegedly does not want Kirstie Alley to make a cameo in the audience. Although a source told Gossip Cop that the story isn't quite accurate, the National Enquirer claims that Leah is making demands that if Kirstie shows up she does not want to be around for it.
An insider explained, "After hearing Kirstie was on the booking lineup, Remini told producers she refuses to come face to face with her Scientology enemy -- and asked them to make sure they're never on the set at the same time. She doesn't even want the pressure of knowing Kirstie is in the audience." The sources added, "Leah feels that if Kirstie is anywhere on or near the set, she's there to intimidate her."

  • Leah recently told her partner on the show Tony Dovolani, "The church is looking for me to fail so they can say to their parishioners, 'See what happens when you leave the church?'"
  • The church responded in a statement saying, "We know this may come as a surprise to someone as self-absorbed as Ms. Remini, but we could care less if she wins or loses on Dancing With the Stars."
  • Kirstie participated in seasons 12 and 15 of the reality competition.


Opening today (Friday September 27th) is the new animated family film, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, with Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Will Forte, Terry Crews, Andy Samberg, Neil Patrick Harris and Benjamin Bratt lending their voices. The film follows Flint who, after finding out his invention that turned water into food causing it to rain cheeseburgers and spaghetti has not been destroyed, must embark with his friends on a dangerous mission to save the world from the food animals his machine is now creating.

  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is rated PG and has a running time of 1 hour and 35 minutes.

Opening today (Friday September 27th) is the new drama from writer/director Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Don Jon, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Tony Danza and Julianne Moore. The film follows Jon, played by Gordon-Levitt, nicknamed Don Jon because he really knows how to work the ladies, and Barbara, played by Johansson, whose view of reality was molded by romantic Hollywood movies, who try to find true intimacy in a world full of false fantasies.
  • Don Jon is rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 29 minutes.

Opening today (Friday September 27th) is the new drama from director Ron Howard, Rush, starring Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde and Daniel Bruhl. The film, based on a true story, follows the rivalry of race car drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda on the Grand Prix racetrack as they push themselves to the limit.
  • Rush is rated R and has a running time of 2 hours and 3 minutes.

Opening today is the new romantic comedy, Baggage Claim, starring Paula Patton, Taye Diggs, Adam Brody, Derek Luke, Djimon Hounsou and Jill Scott. The follows Montana, played by Patton, who has yet to find a man she wants to settle down with, but when her little sister gets engaged, Montana reconsiders her exes but the right man is closer than she thinks.
  • Baggage Claim is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 36 minutes.


HEADING TOWARDS SHUTDOWN? HOUSE GOP SAYS WON'T ACCEPT LEGISLATION: A government shutdown looks like it might be more likely next week after House Republicans yesterday (September 26th) said they won't simply accept the funding legislation that will remain after Senate Democrats strip out the Obamacare defunding. At the same time, House Speaker John Boehner said, "I have no interest in a government shutdown," and said he doesn't expect one to occur. The Senate is expected to send back that legislation to the House today, and a partial shutdown will take place at midnight Monday if a funding measure isn't passed. Meanwhile, the requirement to raise the debt ceiling is coming up not far behind, on October 17th. Republicans are also eyeing that deadline to try to delay Obamacare, as well as get other GOP priorities passed, but President Obama has said repeatedly he will not bargain over raising the debt ceiling. Economists have predicted serious economic damage if the debit ceiling isn't raised, which would amount to the U.S. defaulting on its debts.
'WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY' ON IRAN NUCLEAR IMPASSE: After a meeting yesterday (September 26th) of Iran, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany, the U.S. and its partners said there was a, quote, "window of opportunity" to end the impasse over Iran's nuclear program. However, Iran was asked to present a detailed plan of action to show that it's not trying to build a nuclear weapon. Both sides agreed to fast-track negotiations and to hold substantive talks next month. Iran, under new moderate President Hassan Rouhani, is trying a new outreach on its nuclear program to try to get relief from punishing international sanctions.
DEAL REACHED ON U.N. RESOLUTION ON SYRIA: The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council reached agreement Thursday (September 26th) on a draft resolution to eliminate Syria's chemical weapon. The resolution's demands that Syria give up its chemical stockpile and allow unchecked access to chemical weapons experts are legally binding. But if Syria doesn't comply, the Council will need to adopt a second resolution to impose measures that could include military action. The agreement represents rare unity between Russia, which supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, and the U.S., which backs the opposition.
HUMAN REMAINS FOUND NEAR RIGHTED COSTA CONCORDIA CRUISE SHIP: Divers yesterday (September 26th) found what are believed to be the remains of the last two missing victims of the January 2012 Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster, discovered in the sea off the Italian island of Giglio where the ship partially sank last year and was finally righted last week. There were 32 people killed when the ship capsized, and all the bodies had been recovered except two, that of an Italian woman who was a passenger and an Indian man who'd worked on board. The head of the civil protection agency said the remains discovered are consistent with those two people, but their identities can only be confirmed through DNA testing.
TWO PILOTS FELL ASLEEP AT PLANE'S CONTROLS LAST MONTH: British aviation authorities said Thursday (September 26th) that two pilots flying a commercial jet filled with passengers last month both fell asleep at the controls, leaving the plane on autopilot for an unknown period of time. The names of the pilots and airlines haven't been released, but authorities said it took place in August on an Airbus A330 operated by a British-based airline. The pilots told authorities themselves what happened, reporting the incident to their airline and the U.K.'s Civil Aviation Authority. They said they'd had little sleep over two nights due to busy flight schedules and had planned to take rotating 20-minute naps, but instead fell asleep at the same time.
MCDONALD'S TO START OFFERING SALADS, VEGGIES, FRUIT AS SIDES: In an effort to offer more healthy options, McDonald's said Thursday (September 26th) that it's going to introduce salads, fruits and vegetables that customers can order as sides with their sandwiches instead of fries. McDonald's also said it will only advertise water, milk and juice for its kids' Happy Meals. The changes were announced in a joint statement with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a group working to reduce childhood obesity that was founded by the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association. The new options are being made in 20 markets around the world, including the U.S, and will start within three years and be available in all 20 of them by 2020.
WALMART PULLS LITTLE GIRLS' 'NAUGHTY LEOPARD' COSTUME: Walmart apologized yesterday (September 26th) and announced that it has stopped selling a Halloween costume for little girls called "Naughty Leopard" following accusations that it was sexualizing toddlers. The costume itself wasn't in question -- a black tutu with purple leopard trim and a headband with matching ears -- but it was the name that drew the criticism after it was first reported by Consumerist. The website Pop Sugar had called it "deeply disturbing."
EMOTIONAL FAREWELL TO MARIANO RIVERA AT YANKEE STADIUM: New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera pitched in his final game at Yankee Stadium last night (September 26th) in an emotional farewell that saw the all-time saves leader sobbing in teammate Andy Pettite's arms on the mound. Pettite, who's also retiring this year, and Yankee captain Derek Jeter, both career-long teammates of Rivera, were sent in by manager Joe Girardi to take Rivera out of the game with two outs in the ninth inning. Girardi had brought in Rivera in the previous inning even though the Yankees were losing 4-0 to the Tampa Bay Rays so the future first-round Hall of Famer could have his Yankee Stadium goodbye. Rivera, who was prefect in getting four outs, hugged Pettite for some 30 seconds, and then Jeter, as he cried, and then walked off the mound to cheers from the sell-out crowd as he wiped away the tears running down his face. After the game, Rivera said, "I was bombarded with emotions and feeling that I couldn't describe. Everything hit at that time. I knew that was the last time. Period. I never felt like that before."

  • Rivera may actually pitch in another game. Even though they are eliminated from playoff contention, the Yankees have three final games to play in Houston. 
49ERS DEFEAT RAMS 35-11: The San Francisco 49ers downed the St. Louis Rams 35-11 last night (September 26th) on the road in St. Louis. 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick went 15 of 23 for 167 yards with two touchdown passes, while Rams QB Sam Bradford was 19 of 41 for 202 yards with one touchdown. Bradford also had an interception and was sacked five times.
BASEBALL COMMISH SELIG TO RETIRE AFTER NEXT SEASON: Baseball commissioner Bud Selig announced Thursday (September 26th) that he will retire after next season in January 2015, ending a 22-year term that's second in length only to Kenesaw Mountain Landis' 24 years from 1920 to 1944. Selig's reign saw higher revenues, the expansion of the post-season, interleague play and two decades of labor peace. But he also presided over the canceled World Series in 1994 due to a lengthy strike, as well as perhaps the biggest mark on his tenure, the prevalence of performance-enhancing drugs until testing with penalties finally was instituted in 2004.
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)



  • UNDERCOVER BOSS - (season premiere) Twin Peaks CEO Randy Dewitt goes under cover at the sports bar and grill chain.
  • HAWAII FIVE-0 - (season premiere) Following McGarrett and Wo Fat's escape, gunmen hit Five-o headquarters.
  • BLUE BLOODS - (season premiere) Frank pushes to have a cop killer brought to justice.
  • THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW (repeat)
  • THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW (repeat)
  • DATELINE NBC - (season premiere) When a healthy 31 year old father of three dies suddenly, an autopsy reveals poisoning by antifreeze.
  • MASTERCHEF - (season premiere) Twenty-four cooks between the ages of eight and 13 prepare dishes for the judges.
  • SLEEPY HOLLOW (repeat)
  • LAST MAN STANDING - Despite having a good time teaching Eve how to drive, Mike thinks Vanessa should take over so she and Eve can bond.
  • THE NEIGHBORS - After learning about April Fools' Day, Larry plans to prank the Weavers.
  • SHARK TANK - Chic fashion accessories for dogs; a breathalyzer app.
  • 20/20 - Investigative reporting.
  • PERFECT SCORE - (season finale) As two best friends seek their perfect score, their potential dates test their fishing skills.
  • PERFECT SCORE (repeat)
  • AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL - Previously unseen footage.
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Julie Bowen, Nicki Minaj, Mario Lopez
THE VIEW - Stephen King, Kenan Thompson, guest co-host Ana Quincoces
THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Steve Martin, Kathleen Madigan, Kruger Brothers featuring Steve Martin
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Sandra Bullock, Gregory Porter
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Julianna Margulies, Michael Sheen, Superchunk
  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Tina Fey hosts; Arcade Fire performs.
  • THE AMAZING RACE - (season premiere) The teams head to their first destination where one competitor faces a fear of heights.
  • THE GOOD WIFE - (season premiere) Alicia works to prevent the execution of a convicted murderer as she plans her exit from the firm with Cary.
  • THE MENTALIST - (season premiere) The team investigates the murder of a man who was missing for two years.
  • NFL FOOTBALL - New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons.
  • THE SIMPSONS - (season premiere) Lisa gets help from the FBI when she suspects something bad has happened to Homer.
  • BOB'S BURGERS - (season premiere) Bob, Linda and the kids bracve river rapids, squirrels and separation while on a camping adventure.
  • FAMILY GUY - (season premiere) Word that Peter believes a restaurant placement is a treasure map pits the citizens of Quahog against each other as they search for the prize.
  • AMERICAN DAD - (season premiere) When Steve and Snot use a cloning machine to create dates for prom night, they end up having to raise two fast growing babies.
  • ONCE UPON A TIME - (season premiere) Henry and another escapee from Peter Pan's encampment go on the run.
  • REVENGE - (season premiere) Emily's quest for revenge is renewed.
  • BETRAYAL - (series premiere) When Sara meets an attorney named Jack, they both feel an immediate and undeniable attraction; Sara learns that her husband will be facing off with Jack in a high profile murder case.
  • BREAKING BAD - (series finale) The story concludes.
  • THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY - (season finale) Someone new gets involved in a confrontation; Teresa tries to clear her name.
  • KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS - Kourtney and Khloe can't believe that Kim doesn't want a baby shower.
  • ERIC & JESSIE: GAME ON - (series premiere) NFL star Eric Decker and his fiance, singer Jessie James, prepare for their upcoming wedding and move into their new Denver home.
  • BOARDWALK EMPIRE - Nucky gets to know Arnold Rothstein over a card game; Eddie is detoured after making a delivery.
  • EASTBOUND & DOWN - (season premiere) After becoming bored with his job and suburban lifestyle, Kenny considers a career move.
  • HELLO LADIES - (series premiere) Stuart Pritchard is a web designer who owns a house and has an attractive tenant.
  • HOMELAND - (season premiere) Nick Brody remains at large; Carrie becomes the focus of a Senate investigation.
  • MASTERS OF SEX - (series premiere) Dr. William Masters runs a successful medical practice and conducts a secret study of human sexuality.

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