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Friday, February 07, 2014


There are now five sold-out Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event concerts at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland this summer. Tickets for a fourth date went on sale yesterday (Thursday, February 6th) sold out quickly prompting a fifth date to be added. Tickets to that show went on sale immediately again, were gone in minutes. That brings the total number of tickets sold for The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event to 400,000.
This will be the first time that an artist will play five consecutive sold out dates at Croke Park.
The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event will take place every night from July 25-29.
Garth celebrates his 52nd birthday today (Friday, February 7th).

Tyler Farr is among the semi-finalists for this year’s Academy of Country Music New Artist of the Year award. Tyler is thrilled with the nomination, even though at this point it pits him against his good buddy, Lee Brice.
Tyler tells us: “You know, to be nominated for anything is always huge, a new artist of the year, I got some tough competition I’ll tell ya that, ’cause there’s a lot of my buddies in that category, which makes it…you know, Lee Brice is in the category (laughs), and we have the same manager. I’m like, ‘Now how does this work? Explain to me how this works. Lee, you just get out of my category, and I’ll vote for you for Song of the Year.’”
Lee is nominated for Song and Single of the Year for "I Drive Your Truck."
The ACM will announce the final three nominees in the New Artist category in the coming weeks.
The ACM Awards will be held on April 6th in Las Vegas. The show will be broadcast live on CBS.
  • Tyler’s latest single is called “Whiskey in My Water.”
  • He continues on tour with Jason Aldean. This weekend they are playing a string of dates in Canada.

Blake Shelton was a guest on Wednesday (February 5th) night's The Tonight Show as Jay Leno winds down his last week of hosting the late night talk show. Blake chatted about The Voice and the fact that his wife, Miranda Lambert, will be lending her expertise to Blake's fellow coach and competitor, Shakira, during the upcoming season.
Blake told Jay that arrangement came about because of the ladies' mutual admiration. "Miranda had already been a mentor for me I think in Season two, I know it was Season two, and so you can't really . . . you know she's already done that for my team, but she has this girl crush on Shakira and apparently Shakira has a bit of a crush on Miranda, and so they talk about each other when the other's not around."
The new season of The Voice debuts on NBC on February 24th at 8 p.m. ET.
Blake will return to co-host the ACM Awards with Luke Bryan in Las Vegas on April 6th.
Blake on The Tonight Show:

When it comes to entertainers, Chris Young considers himself to be pretty low maintenance. He's hardly a clothes horse in his everyday life, and he says that when it comes to stage garb, he keeps it simple -- one outfit per show.  "I don't know if I'm a costume change kind of guy. I will say that. I don't think I've . . . I don't really do that. Even coming back for an encore people have seen me sweat through the entire show. I might as well just stay as I am.
Chris heads back out on the road with headliner Brad Paisley next week beginning on February 13th in Uniondale, New York.
In the meantime, he's making his climb up the charts with his new single, "Who I Am With You."

Thompson Square begin their headlining Just Feels Good tour this weekend, having played their first show last night (Thursday, February 6th) in Jackson, California.
The completely re-worked show includes 86 moving lights and 18 individual high-definition video screens. Keifer and Shawna Thompson have also managed to create an intimate, interactive concert experience for their fans.
Keifer said, “I don’t think we’ve been this pumped since we’ve been in Nashville.  We’ve had some great opportunities over the past couple of years to be on three major tours.  Each tour was amazing and we’re grateful to have been a part of them all, but this year we just want to do our own thing and get back to a one show, one band and one great crowd kind of mind set."
Shawna added, “We also wanted to showcase more songs off our sophomore album, Just Feels Good.  We made this record for our fans and want to show them our live interpretation of these songs that were so carefully chosen for our second album.  We have a lot of surprises and have worked very hard to make this our best tour to-date . . . "
The duo's latest hit, “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About,” climbs into the Top 10 at country radio this week.
Thompson Square's tour rehearsals will be featured on this weekend's CMT Hot 20 Countdown, airing on Saturday (February 8th) at 11 a.m. ET.
Here are the dates on the Just Feels Good tour:
DATE           CITY                                       VENUE
2/6/14           Jackson, CA                          Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel
2/7/14           Lincoln City, OR                    Chinook Winds Casino
2/8/14            Lincoln City, OR                   Chinook Winds Casino
2/10/14          Friant, CA                             Table Mountain Casino
2/12/14          Las Vegas, NV                     Silverton Casino
2/22/14          Michigan City, IN                  Stardust Event Center
3/1/14            Kansas City, MO                  Uptown Theater
3/2/14            Plant City, FL                        Florida Strawberry Festival
3/4/14            Austin, TX                             Rodeo Austin
4/10/14          Florence, AZ                        Country Thunder
6/12/14          Lancaster, PA                       American Music Theater
6/15/14          Hunter Mountain, NY           Taste of Country Music Festival
6/21/14          Hot Springs, AR                   Timberwood Amphitheater
7/24/14          Twin Lakes, WI                    Country Thunder
8/09/14          Detroit Lakes, MN                WE Fest
8/16/14          Brownsville, OR                   The Williamette Country Music Festival

Randy Travis' father is sharing some good news about his son. Harold Traywick told Closer Weekly that the singer is getting closer to resuming his career saying, “He’s getting his voice back now, little by little.” Randy is starting to play the guitar again a bit, and another insider told the publication he's “anxious to get back to work and connect with his fans.”
Randy suffered a stroke six months ago due to a heart condition. He spent several months in rehab and is now back at home recovering with his fiancee and other family members.
A source also says that Randy’s doctors are "extremely pleased" with his progress.
Randy is reportedly meeting with people to promote his latest album, Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am, which was released last year.
  • Randy's latest single was "Tonight I'm Playin' Possum" a tribute to George Jones featuring Joe Nichols.
  • The song is included on Randy's Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am CD.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Q. What duo met and formed a personal and professional alliance at a singing contest in Nashville?
A. Thompson Square
Friday, February 7th



  • Garth Brooks (country star) (52)
  • Ashton Kutcher (actor, That 70s Show, ex-husband of Demi Moore) (36)
  • Chris Rock (comedian-actor) (49)
  • James Spader (actor, Sex, Lies & VideotapeStargateThe PracticeBoston Legal) (54)
  • Eddie Izzard (actor-comedian, The Riches, Velvet GoldmineOcean's Twelve) (52)
  • Miguel Ferrer (actor, RoboCopTrafficCrossing Jordan; cousin of George Clooney) (59)
  • Emo Phillips (comedian) (58)
  • Sully Erna (lead singer, Godsmack) (46)
  • Deborah Ann Woll (actress, True Blood's Jessica) (29)
  • Carrie Underwood sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl, a 31-17 New Orleans Saints win over the Indianapolis Colts at Miami's Sun Life Stadium, in 2010.
  • Toby Keith went into the audience at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center in Pikeville to confront a concert-goer who threw a beer at the stage in 2009. The attendee was ultimately evicted from the concert.
  • Toby Keith was the celebrity monarch and Sawyer Brown the grand marshal in the Krewe of Orpheus Mardi Gras parade, in New Orleans in 2005.
  • Alan Jackson's "Remember When" claimed the Number One position in Billboard in 2004.
  • Lonestar drummer Keech Rainwater proposed to Elissa Lansdell, an employee of CMT Canada, in 2004.
  • Shania Twain's The Woman In Me album was released in 1995.
  • Patsy Cline had what proved to be the last recording session of her career at Nashville's Columbia Recording Studio in 1963.


CHANNING TATUM GOT 'FAPPY': Channing Tatum stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday (February 6th) sporting a little bit more body to love. When Ellen teased him about always being asked to take his clothes off, the new dad responded, "You definitely don't want that right now. Right now -- what me and my wife like to call it, I am very 'fappy.' I'm very fat and happy right now...I've been working for two straight years, and now it's some really needed downtime." Tatum was People's Sexiest Man Alive in 2012. He and his wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum welcomed their daughter Everly eight months ago.
BRANDI GLANVILLE SAYS IT TAKES A STRONG MAN TO DATE HER: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member Brandi Glanville admits she is a lot for a man to handle and needs a guy strong enough to take on the job. The reality star is prepping the release of her second memoir, Drinking and Dating, and recently chatted about her dating woes with People saying, "I've met some great men, I've met a lot of not-so-great ones. I'm learning as I go. I made rules for myself that I've broken. After my divorce, I said, 'No actors and no professional athletes,' and of course I went right back to it. I'm always attracted to the hottest boy in the room and that never works out." She added, "In this town, being over 40 with two kids, that's a scary thing to say. It takes a really strong man to put up with me, my baggage and the show. It's hard for me to take the leap of trust. I'm a little bit tough because I can't afford to get my heart broken. When I do bring someone to meet my sons, it's going to be for good."
TOM SIZEMORE APOLOGIZES FOR MAKING UP ELIZABETH HURLEY'S AFFAIR WITH PRESIDENT CLINTON: Actor Tom Sizemore has admitted that the audio recording of him discussing an affair between Elizabeth Hurley and President Bill Clinton was totally made up and called them "the rantings of a guy that...had a very severe drug problem." The 52-year-old spoke with HuffPost Live where he revealed, "It's not true. I was never at the White House. I've never met Bill Clinton. I'm not denying that I said these things. I don't remember saying them, but it's an old video tape and they're the rantings of a guy...that had a very severe drug problem. Although I said it, none of it is true. I'd like to apologize to her for any hurt or B.S. I caused her or the Clintons or anybody else I may have mentioned." Tom went on to say, "I was like a drunk saying that I was going to be on the Challenger next week...My perceptions were not the greatest."
JIMMY KIMMEL CONGRATULATES JAY LENO: Jimmy Kimmel set aside his personal issues with Jay Leno to congratulate him as he prepared to tape his final episode of The Tonight Show on Thursday (February 6th.) The comedian tweeted, "Issues aside, 20 years at #1 is a remarkable achievement. Congratulations and best wishes to @jayleno on an incredible run." Kimmel was vocal about his annoyance over how things played out back in 2010 when NBC put Leno back on the air and got rid of Conan O'Brien. He even devoted an entire episode of his show to doing an impression his rival saying, "Hello! My name is Jay Leno. You might have known, I'm taking over all of the shows in late night. Even this one. Great to be here on ABC. You know what ABC stands for? Always Bump Conan. That's right. Anyway, Conan O'Brien today announced he's leaving NBC. He released a statement that said, 'I won't participate in the destruction of the Tonight Show.' Fortunately, though, I will."
ROB KARDASHIAN DOESN'T BELIEVE IN DIVORCE: Rob Kardashian participated in a Huffington Post #nofilter Q&A session on Wednesday (February 5th) where he touched on topics like friendship and love. When asked if a good friend is hard to come by, Rob responded, "Not at all if you just surround yourself with good people who are loyal to you since day one. I mean I have only a couple friends but I’ve known them since, like, you know, fourth grade or something. I’ve never changed anything about my little group of friends. I think if you're just smart and you have the friends who care about you most, that’s really all that matters." He was later asked what he is most afraid of to which he replied, "Probably picking a proper wife and not just rushing something. Actually, I'm probably not afraid of that because I probably just won't get married. But probably like finding the right one, because I don't really believe in divorce, so just finding the right girl."



RELEASE DATE OF PAUL WALKER'S 'BRICK MANSIONS' MOVED TO APRIL: Brick Mansions, one of Paul Walker's last films that he finished before his death in November will be released on April 25th. Walker plays an undercover cop trying to take down a crime lord in Detroit. The film's production company EuropaCorp said at the time of his passing, "Paul is the big movie star in our movie -- it is built around him. Paul is in about 80% of the scenes. For sure it's going to be one of the last big movies of his life and it's Paul at his best." Part of the film's earnings will go to Paul's charity, Reach Out Worldwide.
FXX RELEASES PROMO FOR THE RETURN OF ALI G: The first promo for Ali G Rezurection has been released. The FXX comedy stars Sacha Baron Cohen bringing his character from HBO's Da Ali G Show out of retirement. It premieres on February 26th.
'HAPPY ENDINGS' ACTOR JOINS FOX COMEDY: Zachary Knighton, who played Dave on ABC's Happy Endings, has joined the ensemble cast of a new Fox comedy. The six-episode series called Weird Loners tells the story of four relationship-phobic people who are unexpectedly thrust into one another's lives and form an unlikely bond in a townhouse in Queens, NY. Knighton will play Stosh --  a whip-smart and rakishly handsome sales rep with a cynical edge.
AMC ORDERS 'PREACHER' ADAPTATION: AMC and Sony Pictures Television have closed a deal to adapt the comic book series Preacher into a drama for the network. The controversial work by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon follows Reverend Jesse Custer, a tough Texas preacher who has lost his faith, has learned that God has left Heaven and abandoned His responsibilities. He finds himself the only person capable of tracking God down, demanding answers, and making Him answer for His dereliction of duty. The project is being produced by writing team Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. AMC released a statement saying, "This is a great piece of material for AMC, and we're thrilled to begin working with the creative team behind it to make another iconic AMC series."
'MATILDA: THE MUSICAL' WILL HAVE A NATIONAL TOUR: It was announced on Wednesday (February 5th) that Matilda: The Musical will be setting out on a North American tour starting in May of 2015. The Tony-winning show is based on the novel by Roald Dahl. The tour will open at the Ahmanson Theatre in L.A. but the full schedule and casting will be announced at a later date.

  • Ali G Rezurection Promo:


STATIONS: Please note the following story contains language that could be considered offensive to your audience.
Charlie Sheen has offered an apology for making fun of Ashton Kutcher's work on Two and a Half Men on Twitter. The attempt to make peace is a response to Ashton's recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live where they spoke about the mood on set with him there instead of Charlie.
Ashton looked straight into the camera and said, "Can I make a public plea right now with Charlie? Dude, shut the f*** up! Seriously! Like, enough already! It's like three years later and you're still blowing me up on Twitter? Come on dude, really?"

  • Charlie responded by tweeting on Thursday (February 6th,) "Ashton, message received. so sorry. u sounded like me! well done! my bad. I was pissed at other crap & took it out on you. hope u r good. xox c" The Anger Management star added, "but news flash Dood, you ever tell me to shut the F*** up, EVER again, and I'll put you on a hospital food diet for a year. c #YaFeelMe Jr?"
  • Sheen put his sitcom replacement on blast back in January when he wrote to his old co-star Jon Cryer, "hey Jon!!! u r a GENIUS!!! I effin love and MISS YOU old pal! Q; who's your lame side-kik? c #NiceTryCanonBoy #CH" and "hey Ashton sorry bro all good. now quit barfing on my old brilliant show. Remember Punk'd? how duz it feel? c harp"



George Clooney's proclivity for booze is one of the reasons why fans should not expect to see him on social media any time soon. The actor recently chatted with Variety where he explained why he thinks its best that he stays off Twitter.
George revealed, "I like to have a drink at night. I could easily say something stupid, and I also don't think you need to be that available." The Gravity star also spoke on behalf of some of his pals who also avoid the social networks saying, "I don't see Matt Damon or Brad Pitt or myself wanting to get our thoughts out in a 140-character-thing at 3 in the morning."



Emma Watson hasn't fallen into the Hollywood party scene because she tends to get anxious in party atmospheres. The actress guest edited a section of Wonderland magazine's February issue where she opens up to writer Derek Blasberg about being socially awkward.
Emma explains, "I feel like I've been given a lot of credit where it isn't due that I don't like to party. The truth is that I'm genuinely a shy, socially awkward, introverted person. At a big party, I'm like Bambie in the headlights. It's too much stimulation for me, which is why I end up going to the bathroom! I need time outs! You've seen me at parties, Derek. I get anxious. I'm terrible at small talk and I have a ridiculously short attention span." The 23-year-old adds, "I feel a pressure when I'm meeting new people because I'm aware of their expectations. That makes socializing difficult. Which isn't to say that when I'm in a small group and around my friends, I don't love to dance and be extroverted. I am just extremely self-conscious in public."



Amy Poehler left Saturday Night Live back in 2008 but has still managed to maintain a close relationship with her girlfriends from the cast. The Golden Globe winner discusses how she works hard to keep her female friendships in the March issue of Ladies' Home Journal.
The 42-year-old tells that magazine, "Most of the women in your life will outlast the men in your life. The SNL ladies -- Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey -- and I text pictures of our kids back and forth all the time. It keeps us connected. As my nanny used to say, the older you get, the more important it is to know people that knew you when."

  • Amy reveals her strategy for balancing her friends with her family, work, and health saying, "I picture a refrigerator and on the refrigerator are six magnets. Each magnet says things like: relationship, kids, health, work, money, fun with friends -- whatever. Every day you can really only put three magnets on the refrigerator. You're not going to be able to use all of them. Like today is about my work, my children and my health. Then the week goes by and you're like, 'I haven't used my 'fun with friends' magnet in weeks!' So I try to approach it that way."



Opening today (Friday February 7th) is the new animted family film, The Lego Movie, with Will Arnett, Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Dave Franco, Will Forte, Jonah Hill and Morgan Freeman lending their voices. The film follows Emmet, an ordinary LEGO figurine, who is mistakenly identified as the Special, an extraordinary being and key to saving the world, and finds himself drafted into a fellowship of strangers who are on a mission to stop an evil tyrant's plans to conquer the world.

  • The Lego Movie is rated PG and has a running time of 1 hour and 35

Opening today (Friday February 7th) is the new drama from director George ClooneyThe Monuments Men, starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville and Cate Blanchett. The film, based on a true story, follows a World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going to Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners.
  • The Monuments Men is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 58 minutes.

Opening today (Friday February 7th) is the new fantasy movie, Vampire Academy, starring Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Byrne and Sarah Hyland. Based on the best selling series of the same name, the film follows Rose and Lissa who attend a hidden boarding school for Moroi, mortal, pleaceful Vampires, and Dhampirs, half-vampire half human guardians. The girls have been on the run but when they are caught and brought back to the school, the place where they believe someone is out to get them, they must try to survive.
  • Vampire Academy  is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 44 minutes.
The following clips are from Vampire Academy:


Last night (February 6th) on American Idol, Hollywood week continued with the groups round.
The show began with the trio Three More Days featuring David Oliver Willis, Sarina Joi Crowe, and Tony Foster Jr performing Alex Clare's "Too Close". Tony was the only singer of this group who was eliminated. "This is where it gets really hard. Today we are going to cut half of you at least." said judge Jennifer Lopez. The Backstreet Cowboys composed of Ben Briley, Dexter Roberts, and Casey Thrasher performed the Backstreet Boys "I Want It That Way". "I love seeing three southern guys doing a song that has really nothing to do with what they do musically and making it work." said judge Keith Urban. Each of the members advanced to the next round.
Alyssa Siebken, Spencer Lloyd and Megan Miller joined together to perform "Best I Ever Had". During the performance it seemed Miller screwed up on some of the words. Alyssa commented that "it sounded even worse before". "That's almost impossible to believe" replied judge Harry Connick Jr. The judges decided Spencer and Megan would move forward, and Alyssa was eliminated.
After the cuts only 77 contestants remain.


BOEHNER: IMMIGRATION REFORM UNLIKELY THIS YEAR: House Speaker John Boehner explained yesterday (February 6th) that immigration reform is unlikely to happen before the midterm elections in November. The Ohio Republican blamed the situation on what he claimed is widespread skepticism that President Obama would properly enforce any immigration legislation that Congress passed. However, Republicans have been wary of acting on the issue because it could anger conservative voters ahead of the election. The pessimistic words from Boehner came just one week after he and other House Republican leaders had unveiled broad principles for immigration reform, including legal status -- but not a path to citizenship -- for the estimated 11 million immigrants living here illegally.
U.S. DIPLOMATS HEARD DISPARAGING E.U. IN APPARENTLY BUGGED CALL: Two senior American diplomats discussing the unrest in the Ukraine were heard  disparaging the European Union in a phone call that was apparently bugged, with audio posted online on Tuesday (February 4th). The White House and State Department yesterday (February 6th) stopped just short of directly accusing Russia of bugging the call between the top U.S. diplomat for Europe, Victoria Nuland, and the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt. But both pointed out that a Russian government official was the first or among the first to call attention to the audio on YouTube. The State Department said the incident marked a, quote, "new low in Russian tradecraft." In the audio, Nuland and Pyatt discuss international efforts to resolve Ukraine's ongoing political crisis, and at one point, Nuland suggests the EU's position should be ignored, saying, "F*** the EU." Nuland has apologized to European Union officials for her remarks.
HEDGE FUND PORTFOLIO MANAGER CONVICTED OF SECURITIES FRAUD: Former SAC Capital Advisors portfolio manager Matthew Martoma was convicted Thursday (February 6th) of securities fraud for helping the company earn more than a quarter-billion dollars illegally through trades based on secret information about the testing of a potential breakthrough Alzheimer's drug. Prosecutors said in November 2012 that this may have been be the most lucrative insider trading scheme ever. Martoma is the eighth portfolio manager or research analyst at SAC Capital to be convicted or plead guilty to criminal charges in an insider trading case. SAC Capital pled guilty in November to fraud and agreed to pay $1.8 billion to settle charges that it allowed, if not encouraged, insider trading for more than a decade.
FIVE-YEAR-OLD DIES AFTER FORCED TO DRINK TWO LITERS OF SODA: A Tennessee couple is facing murder charges after the man's five-year-old daughter died in January 2012 after being forced to drink more than two liters of grape soda and water as a punishment, causing her brain to swell and rupture. Randall and Mary Vaughn were arrested Wednesday (February 5th) for the death of Alexa Linboom, who had moved to Tennessee to live with her father about three months before her death, after allegations of neglect at her previous home.
POPE'S MOTORCYCLE SOLD FOR $328K: A Harley-Davidson motorcycle belong to Pope Francis sold at auction yesterday (February 6th) for just over $328,000, nearly 20 times its estimated value. The Dyna Super Glide which was signed "Francesco" on its tank, went to an anonymous bidder. The bike was given to the pontiff last year by Harley-Davidson to mark the American company's 110th anniversary. Francis donated it to the Catholic charity Caritas, and the proceeds from its sale will go towards the renovation of a hostel and soup kitchen in Rome's Termini railway station.
GUIDELINES ISSUES FOR PREVENTING STROKES IN WOMEN: The American Heart Association issued its first guidelines Thursday (February 6th) for preventing strokes in women, who are more likely to suffer them over their lifetimes than men. The key to surviving a stroke and limiting disability is getting help fast, and recognizing symptoms such as trouble speaking, weakness or numbness in one arm, or drooping on one side of the face. Certain stroke risks are more common in women, including migraine with aura, obesity, an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, and metabolic syndrome, a combination of problems including blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. General guidelines for stroke prevention focus on controlling blood pressure and diabetes, quitting smoking, and exercise and healthy diet. Some of the ones specifically for women include: getting checked for high blood pressure before starting on birth control pills; watching for stroke in women who developed high blood pressure during pregnancy; and being aware of elevated risk from hormone treatment around menopause.
STOLEN VIOLIN WORTH $5 MILLION RECOVERED: Milwaukee police yesterday (February 6th) recovered a stolen Stradivarius violin built in 1715 that's worth $5 million after it was stolen late last month. The violin was found in good condition, hidden in a suitcase in the attic of a man who police said was unaware the instrument was in his home. Three people were arrested in the heist, which police blamed at least in part on Salah Jones, an art thief who once stole a statue from a gallery and then tried to sell it back. The instrument was stolen from a concert violinist who was shocked with a stun gun before the attacker grabbed the violin and sped away in a waiting vehicle. It's not clear what the suspects planned to do with the violin, which would have been almost impossible to sell.
BILL CLINTON STRATEGIST CARVILLE TO FOX NEWS: Veteran Democratic strategist James Carville, a former top adviser to Bill Clinton, has been hired as a Fox News contributor to provide political commentary, the network announced Thursday (February 6th). Carville helped lead Clinton's successful 1992 presidential campaign and then continued to serve as a senior political adviser in the Clinton White House. He went on to work as a consultant and as a political contributor at CNN. Carville, who's married to Republican strategist Mary Matalin, is currently a political science professor at Tulane University.
OPENING CEREMONY TODAY FOR SOCHI OLYMPICS: Although some events were already held yesterday (February 6th), the Sochi Winter Olympics officially open today with the opening ceremony, including the lighting of the Olympic flame and the parade of all the nations' athletes. Although the ceremony is taking place at 11:00 a.m. ET, NBC won't be airing it until tonight, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. As always, the details of the ceremony have been kept under wraps, but it's almost certain to include a tribute to Russia's storied past in classical music and ballet.

  • Yesterday's competition included the opening of the team figure skating competition, a new event in Sochi. The U.S. didn't have a great day, ending tied for fifth place. American champions Jeremy Abbott and the pairs team of Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir both had bad jumps and falls, with the women's and ice dancing short programs still to come. Only the top five teams will move on to the free skate.
BASEBALL HALL OF FAMER AND BROADCASTER RALPH KINER DEAD AT 91: Baseball Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner, who was one of the game's most beloved broadcasters, died yesterday (February 6th) at his California home. He was 91. Kiner's 10-year playing career began in 1946 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and for his first seven seasons, he won or tied for the National League lead in home runs each year, ending with a career total of 369. His playing career including stints with the Pirates, Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians, and after it was over, Kiner became a New York Mets announcer in their first season in 1962. He stayed with the team to call games for a total of 52 years, even doing a handful of them last season, and famously had his "Kiner's Korner," where he'd talk to players after the game. Kiner was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1975, in his final year or eligibility, with just one vote to spare.
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)


 PETA WANTS A MONUMENT HONORING CHICKENS IN TRUCK WRECK: A member of PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) filed an application with the GDOT (Georgia Department of Transportation) to have a 10-foot tombstone placed at the place of a truck wreck that killed "dozens" of chickens. Three years ago, the GDOT began offering state-approved memorials at the sites of fatal wrecks for a $100 fee, but Sarah Segal thought she would file on the behalf of chickens lost during a truck wreck near US 129 near Gainesville on January 27th. PETA hopes that tombstone will "offer food for thought in the Poultry Capital of the World." (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

ROB FORD CELEBRATES BOB MARLEY DAY: Rob Ford released a proclamation honoring the Legacy of Bob Marley and made February 6th; Bob Marley Day. In the official statement, Ford recollects on Marley's career and peaceful ways, "Bob Marley became one of the greatest ambassadors of peace the world has seen. He used music to tear down the walls of apartheid and promoted African unity, culture and world peace both at home and internationally, with songs like One Love and Africa Unite." (Gawker)

VALENDINE'S TV DINNERS: The Valendine's TV Dinner is the first all-in-on, three course meal that comes complete with its own candle. The dinner is designed for couples that decide to stay home and includes pea soup and ham, fish pie, carrots and green beans, and sticky toffee pudding and custard for desert. (Metro)

(Photo Credit: Freeview)
GIANT SNOT JELLYFISH WASHES UP ASHORE: A giant "snot" jellyfish washed ashore in Australia baffling scientists, who believe it, could be a new species. The existence of the 4-foot 11-inch creature has long been rumored for more than a decade before it was discovered by a family near Hobart, Tasmania. Scientists from CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) say the blob could be a type of lion's mane or "snot" jellyfish, but have never seen one so big before. (Metro)
INTRUDER SCARED OFF BY SINGING FISH: An attempted Burglary in Rochester, Minnesota was stopped by novelty singing fish. The artificial bass, that sings "Take Me to the River" whenever the door is opened, was found on the floor after an intruder knocked it over, scaring the thief from taking anything and leaving money in a "very visible spot." (UPI)



STUDY FINDS MEN WANT SEX FOR VALENTINE'S DAY: Save your cash, men really just want sex for Valentine's Day. New research confirms the obvious by surveying more than one-thousand adults about the holiday. The results reveal that just 20-percent of men say they love Valentine's Day, but that 59-percent expect to have even-better-than-normal sex on the most romantic holiday. Not shockingly, 46-percent of men put "sex" at the top of their Valentine's Day wish lists, with a thoughtful card coming in second place with seven-percent of men wanting one. (Women's Health)
MOST PEOPLE FIND PICKY EATING A TURN-OFF: If you're heading out on a first date this Valentine's Day you may want to skip ordering the chicken fingers and fries. A recent survey from reveals that 95-percent of respondents say they're turned off when their date is a picky eater. Another recent survey revealed that 51-percent of singles said that taking a smoke break on a first date was a deal breaker, ranking it worse than checking your phone or being late. (Women's Health)
CURVED PHONES ARE NO GIMMICK: The next big hardware shift is on the horizon for our cell phones-- a curved shape. So far Samsung's Galaxy Round bends in from the sides and LG's G Flex bows inward form the top and bottom. Apple has even filed patent for a curved battery, which obviously is a critical component for a curved phone. An analyst who specializes in screens says a concave screen subtly magnifies a user's face, which helps block light pollution and reduces glare. This means the screen is easier to read and users won't need to crank up their screen lights and drain their battery, Experts also say curved screens are the first step towards creating a fully flexible display, and virtually unbreakable screens that roll up as easily as newspapers and magazines. (Pop Sci)
SUBWAY REMOVING CHEMICAL FOUND IN YOGA MATS FROM ITS BREAD: Subway is a fast food giant, and they've announced a positive change for their bread. The chain restaurant says it plans to remove the controversial chemical Azodiacarbonamide, which is also used in the making of yoga mats, from its bread products. A statement from the company says, "We are already in the process of removing Azodiacarbonamide as part of our bread improvement efforts despite the fact that it is USDA and FDA-approved ingredient. The complete conversion to have this product out of the bread will be done soon." The announcement comes at the same time as an online petition against the chemical was launched by a food activist who says, "It's banned all over the globe, because it's linked to respiratory issues, allergies and asthma. This is not 'eating fresh!'" the activist says she commends Subway for finally responding to her, and urges people to stay away from the sandwich bread until the switch is complete. (Fox)
THE CONNECTION BETWEEN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT AND MONEY MANAGEMENT: Is there a connection between how you manage your money and how you manage your weight? New research says yes. To find this, economists compared the weight and financial status of young men and women in an attemtp to figure out if financial hardship causes obesity or vice versa. Researchers found that women who had trouble keeping up with household bills were more likely to be obese than men in the same position. Researchers say this may happens because men may be more likely to be doing physical, calorie-burning work than women. Additionally, an expert says, "Young men under age 28 are much less likely to be raising children alone, while women are. And women tend to gain weight when they have children. Single mothers also have an especially difficult time managing financially, and may tend to rely too much on high-calorie foods...and eat to relieve stress." Researchers hope their discovery can aid the national battle against obesity as it shows weight management may not just be able diet and exercise, but about broader lifestyle issues as well. (Time)
THE NORTH STAR IS GETTING BRIGHTER: Notice anything different in the northern skies? Scientists say Polaris, or the North Star, is actually getting brighter. Experts say the star is expanding at more than 100-times the rate they expected and they don't know why. To find this, researchers recalibrated historic measurements of Polaris and say the North Star is 2.5-times brighter than it was in the year 137 C.E., which they say is a remarkable rate of change. One researcher says, "If they are real, these changes are 100 times larger than predicted by current theories of stellar evolution." (Daily Mail)
THIS VALENTINE'S DAY CREATE A CUSTOMIZED HEX FOR YOUR EX: If Valentine's Day is more about revenge for you than love, a store in London may have just the thing for you. A pop-up store in London is offering to make customers tailored, custom voodoo dolls of their exes for about 32-dollars. The creator of the dolls says, "I needed some tonic from seeing all the Valentine's promotions that basically came up the minute Christmas was over. I just thought there's got to be something for the broken hearted." To get a custom doll customers email a photo of their ex to print on a selection of fabrics, or a base made from a piece of their clothing. Next, the customer chooses five hexes, or ailments, to print on each limb and the torso of the doll. The hexes can vary from physical ailment such as "root canal" to less severe things such as "zero Twitter followers." (ABC News)
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Should Your Employee ID Badge Be Able To Spy on You?
Employers are already able to track your activity at work in ways that include tracking your keystrokes or where you go on the Internet, checking your email activity, and using cameras that keep tabs on when you come in and when you leave. Now CNN reports that Hitachi is selling an employee ID badge called the Business Microscope that contains sensors that can track, quote, "who talks to whom, how often, where and how energetically." The badge records, according to the report, things like the distance between two people who are talking and the activity level of an individual via movements such as talking, nodding and silence. At the end of the day, employees put the badge in a special holder that downloads the information and sends it to Hitachi's data center for analysis, as well as recharges it. Hitachi says the information will help companies to, quote, "propose methods to improve organizational communication and quantitatively evaluate efficacy."

Judge Says Flashing Lights to Warn of Speed Trap is Protected Speech
A federal court  judge in Missouri has ruled that drivers flashing their lights to warn people in oncoming traffic about a speed trap ahead is protected free speech. U.S. District Judge Henry Autrey made the ruling as he issued a preliminary injunction barring the town of Ellisville from citing and prosecuting drivers who flash their lights to warn about speed traps. Attorney and George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley told AP that in similar cases across the country, rulings have almost always come down in favor of the person cited by police. He said, "What this citizen is doing is warning other citizens about the violation of law. People regularly warn others about the possibility of arrest. There's no difference between a verbal warning and a mechanical warning. Both are forms of speech."

Coca-Cola Wants to Let You Make Your Own Coke in Your Kitchen
Forget having to go out to the store to buy yourself a Coke. Coca-Cola has signed a 10-year partnership deal with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters -- the company behind the Keurig single-serve K-cup coffee machines -- to sell Coke products that you can make yourself using a home beverage system. Coca-Cola is making the move with its eye on SodaStream, whose home machines let consumers make their own sparkling water and blended flavor drinks.

Thursday, February 06, 2014


Frankie Ballard is breaking through with his very first hit single, "Helluva Life." The song is a Top 10 hit and climbing, a feat that Frankie hoped -- and believed -- would happen when he released his debut single back in 2010. The song was called "Tell Me You Get Lonely," and it peaked on the charts in the 30's.
Frankie says he's learned some hard lessons about the music business, which is why "Helluva Life" is so personally relatable to him. He tells us: "The song is very parallel with my career in that I thought my first single was gonna come out, which was a few years ago, and (go) right up to the top and we'd be off to the races and here we go! Well, that didn't happen, and it didn't happen with the second single either, and that was a tough time for me cause you're very exposed when you're putting music out. It's almost like a 'what do you think of me' thing and people will be very honest about things and if it doesn't work you're left feeling insufficient in some ways, and so I had a tough time with it, but that whole experience had a lot of positives, too. It made me a lot more mature. I won a lot of fans at radio, at country radio, so the chorus of 'Helluva Life' says 'bad times make the good times better' and that's very true for me and my career."
Frankie is teaming up with Spotify to give fans an advance listen of his new album, Sunshine & Whiskey, which will officially be released on Tuesday (February 11th). Beginning this week, the entire album is exclusively available to stream on Spotify. This special sneak peek also includes three bonus tracks; live acoustic versions of “Helluva Life,” the title track and a song called “Drinky Drink.”
On Friday (February 7th), fans will have the chance to chat with Frankie by tuning in to Spotify’s Soundrop app at 3:30 p.m. ET.
  • Frankie will join Scotty McCreery to perform at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on February 18th.

Rascal Flatts have built a reputation of being very generous, whether it's giving their all to fans during concerts or taking time to visit with sick children. The guys say that 2014 will be no exception, especially when it comes to their upcoming Rewind tour and their philanthropic works with organizations like Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Gary LeVox tells us: “You know, we’re actually puttin’ a bunch of stuff together and we always make the preshow stuff a lot of fun, where we kinda have a little pre-party with just the fans and a lot of stuff we have going on in the parking lots. So, we’re kinda puttin’ all that stuff together. But, we do so much with Vanderbilt and Make A Wish and that’s really truly a magical and so important part of our life to be able to do that. So, we’ll still continue to do our meet-and-greets before the shows and granting all the wishes that we can grant. (Jay DeMarcus) One lucky fan a show gets to go to Gary’s house, too. (Gary) We landscape together. We do fun things. (Jay) He has ‘em wash his car. (Joe Don Rooney) Do his laundry.”
Rascal Flatts is in the Top 10 on the country charts with "Rewind," the debut single from their upcoming CD, which will be released in June.
  • The yet untitled CD will be Rascal Flatts' ninth studio album.
  • The guys just wrapped up a month-long cross-country visit to radio stations to promote "Rewind."

Kacey Musgraves’ recent two Grammy wins helped propel her debut album, Same Trailer Different Park, back to the top of the Billboard Country albums chart with 27,288 albums sold this week, giving the CD a sales boost of 177%. The album has now sold a total of  342,640 copies, according to SoundScan.
Same Trailer Different Park debuted at Number One on the Billboard Country albums chart and at Number Two on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 chart last March when the album was released.
Kacey tells us her goal with Same Trailer Different Park is that listeners will be able to identify with the songs. “Well, hopefully when people hear Same Trailer, they will obviously love it, but also I hope they walk away with just knowing that I’m influenced by so many different kinds of things, and I hope they just connect in some way. I mean, if I can make somebody feel something then I feel like I’ve done my job as a songwriter. So, that’s my favorite part -- just being inspired by something I went through and seeing other people say, ‘I get it, like I went through that, too.’”
Kacey picked up Grammys for Best Country Album for Same Trailer Different Park and Best Country Song for “Merry Go ‘Round." She also performed her latest single, “Follow Your Arrow,” during the live telecast.
The video for "Follow Your Arrow":

Brett Eldredge will perform songs from his debut album when he opens the Kansas Army National Guard Pre-Race activities for the Kansas 400 on May 10th at Kansas Speedway. Brett charted his first Number One hit last year with "Don't Ya." Tickets for the event are currently on sale at 866-460-RACE (7223) or online at
Gretchen Wilson and comedian Bill Engvall have signed on to perform at SeaWorld’s 2014 Bands, Brews and BBQ concert series this weekend. Several other acts, including Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood and Trace Adkins, backed out of the shows after the backlash created by the documentary Blackfish, which puts SeaWorld in a negative light for the park's treatment of its captive killer whales. Alan Jackson and Kid Rock performed at SeaWorld last weekend.

Charlie Daniels is paying homage to Bob Dylan with his new album, called Off The Grid—Doin’ It Dylan. Charlie co-produced the project which will be released on April 1st.
Charlie said, “It was about 50 years ago when I first became aware of Bob Dylan -- and no, I was not naive enough to think I could swim in the same stream, try to emulate what he had done, or cop his licks.  Nobody could do that. My ambitions were to provoke some thought, to color the imagery of my songs, to think outside the box of conformity -- in other words to be myself.”

Charlie played guitar on three of Bob's Nashville-produced projects (Nashville Skyline, Self Portrait, and New Morning) in the late 60’s.

Here are the songs Charlie recorded for Off The Grid -- Doin’ It Dylan:
Tangled Up In Blue
Times They Are a Changin
I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
Gotta Serve Somebody
I Shall Be Released
Country Pie
Mr. Tambourine Man
Hard Rains A Gonna Fall
Just Like A Woman
Quinn The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)
  • Off The Grid is Charlie's first new album project release since 2007.

Josh Thompson revealed details about his upcoming album via his official YouTube Channel, and the new project, called Turn It Up, will hit stores on April 1st.
Josh shared the first glimpse of his album cover and track listing with fans as he talked about the new music. Turn It Up will include “Cold Beer With Your Name On It” as well as nine other brand-new tracks all co-written by Josh.
He said, “There's a lot of excitement on my end surrounding this record. I can't wait to release new music, let fans see another piece of the many sides I have yet to show. Add another dimension to the live show and gain some new believers along the way. I'm pumped and can't wait for you all to hear it!”
Turn It Up follows Josh's 2010 debut, Way Out Here, which included his hits “Beer On The Table” and the title track.
Josh is currently on the Off The Beaten Path tour with buddies Justin Moore and Randy Houser.

Q. At which pizza chain of restaurants did Kip Moore make his first public performance?
A. Mellow Mushroom in Valdosta, Georgia

Vince Gill, Paul Franklin
Garth Brooks


  • Tom Brokaw (former NBC Nightly News anchor) (74)
  • W. Axl Rose (lead singer of Guns N' Roses) (52)
  • Natalie Cole (singer, Nat "King" Cole's daughter) (64)
  • Fabian (singer, 1950s teen idol) (71)
  • Mike Farrell (M*A*S*H's Captain B.J. Hunnicut) (75)
  • Zsa Zsa Gabor (actress) (97)
  • Patrick MacNee (actor, star of The Avengers) (92)
  • Rip Torn (actor, Cat On A Hot Tin RoofRoboCop 3Beyond The Law) (83)
  • Mamie Van Doren (1950s actress, High School Confidential) (83, disputed)
  • Barry Miller (actor, The Last Temptation Of ChristBiloxi BluesSaturday Night Fever) (56)
  • Michael Tucker (actor, L.A. LawFor Love Or MoneyRadio DaysDiner) (69)
  • Gayle Hunnicutt (actress, Dream LoverTurnaroundDallas) (71)
  • Rick Astley (pop singer, "Never Gonna Give You Up") (48)
  • Kathy Najimy (actress-comedienne, SoapdishSister Act I and IIThe Wedding Planner; the voice of Peggy Hill on King Of The HillNumb3rs) (57)
  • Robert Townsend (actor-comedian-writer-director, A Soldier's StoryHollywood ShuffleI'm Gonna Git You SuckaThe Five HeartbeatsThe Parent 'Hood) (57, disputed)
  • Kris Humphries (basketball player, ex husband of Kim Kardashian) (29)
  • Alice Eve(actress, She's Out Of My League, Men in Black III, The Decoy Bride) (32)
  • Eric Church's single "Springsteen" was released to radio in 2012.
  • Keith Urban performed "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me" at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, before the Super Bowl, a 31-25 Green Bay Packers win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, in 2011.
  • Darius Rucker's first country album, Learn To Live, was certified gold in 2009.
  • Jason Michael Carroll's debut album, Waitin' In The Country, was released in 2007.
  • Merle Kilgore, co-songwriter of Johnny Cash's "Ring Of Fire" and longtime manager of Hank Williams, Jr., died on this day in 2005.
  • Diamond Rio's One More Day album was released in 2001.
  • Brad Paisley made his chart debut with the single "Who Needs Pictures" in 1999.
  • George Jones recorded the final vocal on "He Stopped Loving Her Today" in 1980.
  • Ronnie Milsap joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1976.
  • Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn's single "After The Fire Is Gone" debuted on the chart in 1971.
  • Dolly Parton's "Joshua" became her first Number One hit in 1971.
  • Elvis Presley released "Heartbreak Hotel" in 1956.


JOHNNY DEPP PHOTOGRAPHED WITH WEED PIPE IN HAND: Johnny Depp was photographed out on a stroll on Tuesday (February 4th) with his pal Marilyn Manson while barely trying to conceal what appeared to be a glass marijuana pipe in his hand.  According to, Depp had just come from dropping his daughter off at school a few minutes earlier. The actor and the rock star have been friends for a while -- Johnny invited Manson to the premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and they even recorded a cover of Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" together.
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN'S AUTOPSY WAS INCONCLUSIVE: People is reporting that Philip Seymour Hoffman's autopsy was inconclusive and more tests will be performed to figure out the official cause of death. The NYPD arrested four people on Tuesday night (February 4th) who they believe to have a possible connection to the actor's demise. Hoffman's funeral is scheduled for Friday (February 7th) and will be private for only family and close friends.
BRANDI GLANVILLE ADMITS SHE JOINED TWITTER TO TROLL LEANN RIMES & EDDIE CIBRIAN: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member Brandi Glanville admits in her new book that she first joined Twitter to keep track of her ex-husband Eddie Cibrian and LeAnn Rimes. The reality star writes, "When I first discovered the benefits of technology and social media. I used it to obsess about my husband, his future wife, and our children throughout the breakup and divorce." She also reveals, "I have three permanent reminders of my marriage that I live with every day: My sons Mason and Jake, and HPV." Brandi's book, Drinking and  Dating: P.S. Social Media Is Ruining Romance will be released on February 11th.
'THE BIGGEST LOSER' WINNER RESPONDS TO COMMENTS THAT SHE IS TOO SKINNY: Rachel Frederickson was crowned the winner of the 15th season of The Biggest Loser on Tuesday night (February 4th) after dropping 155 pounds and was immediately met with comments on social media saying she is now too skinny. The 24-year-old appeared on the Today show on Wednesday (February 5th) to defend herself saying, "I eat five times a day and I eat 1600 calories. We are given a calorie budget and I stuck to that. I followed the advice and support of the medical team at The Biggest Loser the entire journey and I'm going to continue on the path and maintain the healthy lifestyle. I have been on this seven-and-a-half month journey and I went to The Biggest Loser to find confident girl again. I was a national level athlete and I lost her and I missed her...First and foremost my goals are to be healthy and strong. I'm extremely proud of the way I lost the weight on the show, I did everything so naturally. My body is going to balance and find its rhythm with maintenance and it'll be perfect."
STEPHEN KING APOLOGIZES TO DYLAN FARROW: Horror author Stephen King took to his social media on Tuesday night (February 4th) to apologize for a controversial tweet he posted in response to Dylan Farrow's open letter. When asked about his thoughts on the situation the night before (February 3rd,) King wrote, "Boy, I'm stumped on that one. I don't like to think it’s true, and there's an element of palpable b***hery there, but…" He admitted his mistake by writing, "Have no opinion on the accusations; hope they're not true. Probably used the wrong word. Still learning my way around this thing. Mercy, please. I managed to put my foot in my mouth and halfway down my throat. I used the wrong word to describe not Ms. Farrow -- either Ms. Farrow -- but a sad and painful mess. The maximum number of letters in a Tweet is 140. I think the following would fit: I apologize for screwing up."


PRINCE WILLIAM TO HONOR HELEN MIRREN AT BAFTA AWARDS: Prince William will take the stage at the BAFTA Awards on Sunday, February 16th to present Helen Mirren with the Fellowship award. William also happens to be the President of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. BAFTA released a statement on Wednesday (February 5th) saying, "We are delighted to welcome our President back to the EE British Academy Film Awards. The Duke loves film and he is incredibly supportive of the work BAFTA does." The royal will also walked the red carpet at the event which is being held at London's Royal Opera House.
DAVID BECKHAM IS LAUNCHING A SOCCER TEAM IN MIAMI: Retired soccer superstar David Beckham officially confirmed yesterday (February 5th) his long-rumored plans to launch a professional team in Miami. At the press conference, he called the opportunity a dream and told reporters their first piece of business would be to build a stadium. The 38-year-old explained, "We don't want public funding. We will fund the stadium ourselves. The people of Miami deserve a stadium they can be proud of." David also revealed plans to create a kids soccer academy.
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY JOINS 'SEA OF TREES': Matthew McConaughey has landed one of lead roles in Gus Van Sant's Sea of Trees. The film tells the story of an American and a Japanese man who meet in Aokigahara, a forest near Mount Fuji known as a site for suicides. Instead of ending their lives, the two leads "embark on a reflective journey through the forest together. Ken Wantanabe is set to co-star.
CARTOON NETWORK EXTENDS ADULT SWIM: Cartoon Network has announced plans to extend their Adult Swim programming by an hour. Starting on March 31st, the block of shows geared toward an older crowd will kick off at 8 pm ET. The additional hour will be filled with back-to-back reruns of King of the Hill.
SISSY SPACEK JOINS NEW NETFLIX SERIES: Oscar winner Sissy Spacek has joined the cast of the new Netflix drama from the creators of Damages. The 64-year-old will play the mother of previously announced cast member Linda Cardellini. Sissy's casting marks her first series television role despite earning three Emmy nominations for her work as a guest star on HBO's Big Love and as a supporting actress in a miniseries or movie for Fitzgerald and The Good Old Boys. The 13-episode family thriller also co-stars Friday Night Lights star Kyle Chandler.


Jared Leto has been nabbing awards and critical acclaim for his role as a transgendered person named Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club but not everyone is pleased with his performance. The actor was heckled by an audience member while taking part in the "Virtuosos" tribute at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
Although many people in the crowd cheered on the 42-year-old by shouted "We love you!" and "We love Rayon," someone toward the front of the theater began yelling, "You don't deserve an award! Trans misogyny does not deserve an award!" Leto took his seat and asked the person who witnesses said appeared to be a trans-woman to clarify the comments. The heckler responded, "You're a man! You shouldn't play a transgendered role!" The Golden Globe winner replied, "Because I'm a man, I don't deserve to play that part? So you would hold a role against someone who happened to be gay or lesbian -- they can't play a straight part?" Jared then added that the comment implies that only straight actors could play straight roles and said, "Then you've made sure people that are gay, people that aren't straight, people like the Rayons of the world would never have the opportunity to turn the tables and explore parts of that art."

  • The former My So-Called Life actor offered to continue the conversation backstage when the Q&A was over and he was later seen chatting with the heckler and a friend for about 15 minutes.


Elizabeth Hurley hopped onto her Twitter account on Wednesday (February 5th) to kill the rumor that she had an affair with Bill Clinton when he was still President. The story was first reported by Radar Online after they allegedly received recordings of actor and Hurley's ex, Tom Sizemore, telling the story to two unidentified people.
According to the tape which was reportedly recorded in January, Sizemore claims President Clinton pulled him aside at a White House screening of Saving Private Ryan in 1998 and asked for Elizabeth's phone number. When Tom hesitated, Clinton supposedly said, "Give it to me. You dumb mother*****r, I'm the Commander-in-Chief of the United States of America. The buck stops here. Give me the damn number." Sizemore goes on to say that the President called up the Austin Powers actress and told her he was sending a plane to pick her up and bring her to the White House which began an affair that allegedly lasted about a year before Bill ended things because he was falling in love.

  • 48-year-old Hurley slammed the story by writing, "Ludicrously silly stories about me & Bill Clinton. Totally untrue. In the hands of my lawyers. Yawn."
Worth Noting:
  • 52-year-old Sizemore was caught on camera smoking what appeared to be heroin last month.


The romance between Charlize Theron and Sean Penn that seemed to start around the holidays may be heading toward marriage. According to Radar Online, both actors have fallen hard and fast for each other and they are in talks to take the next step.
One insider revealed, "Sean is head over heels in love with Charlize, and her son Jackson. He is a totally different person around Charlize, she brings out the gentle and fun side that not many people have seen of Sean. To see this previously surly grown man, romping around Charlize's backyard with Jackson, with a smile on his face would amaze Sean's detractors. Charlize is getting Sean to not take himself too seriously." The source added, "The two began talking about marriage in the last few weeks, after Sean moved into Charlize's house. She has never wanted to get married, but seeing how Sean interacts with Jackson, she is having a change of heart. For the longest time, Charlize thought it was just going to be her and Jackson, and she was ok with that. For her to now be talking about getting married is a huge departure for Charlize."

  • Sean and Charlize have reportedly been friends for over a decade which may explain why things got so serious so fast.
  • Penn has supposedly already introduced Theron to his mother, Eileen Ryan Penn.



Many people would pay a hefty sum to score a date with George Clooney but one woman only had to cough up $10. Jean Allen, a personal trainer from Dallas, won a charity raffle contest on that landed her and her eight-year-old daughter on George's arm for the N.Y. premiere of The Monuments Men.
In the day leading up to the premiere, Jean was given the red carpet treatment with a morning of getting hair and makeup done followed by a sit-down with Good Morning America where she gushed about her prize saying, "Who doesn’t love the salt and pepper hair? He is gorgeous. He is a ten. He is the total package for anyone." The 52-year-old actor was then brought out to meet his dates.

  • George warned the girls in the car on the way to the premiere, "We are going to get out of the car. There will be a lot of people taking pictures. And they will be yelling like crazy." Jean told ABC News at the event, "George has been amazing. He would make a great dad."
  • The raffle helped raise $1.2 million for George's Satellite Sentinel Project For Sudan.



Last night (February 5th) on American Idol, season 13's Hollywood week began with 212 hopefuls arriving at the Los Angeles International Airport.
The show began with Ryan Seacrest revealing the contestants will be going straight from the airport to a secret hangar. The judges said they will be selecting some contestants who will have to perform for survival. 17-year-old Johnny Newcomb was the first selected and performed Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" with his guitar. After the selected singers performed, the judges split them into two groups, and both were sent to different buses. One bus heading to the hotel and the other back to the airport for a flight home.
After the cuts at the hangar, the remaining contestants performed at the Dolby theater in Hollywood. Pre-school teacher Majesty York performed "1,2,3,4" with her guitar. The judges seemed to enjoy her performance and she advanced to the next round. 19-year-old Spencer Lloyd performed "Say Something" while playing the piano. He also advanced. Munfarid Zaidi performed an interesting rendition of "Proud Mary". He moved forward in the competition. 21-year-old student Savion Wright performed an original song dedicated to his brother, he advanced to the Groups round.
160 contestants sang, but only 104 remained after the cuts.


U.N. ISSUES SCATHING REPORT TO VATICAN: Pope Francis has come under new pressure to punish bishops who covered up for priests who sexually abused children worldwide for decades after a U.N. human rights panel issued a scathing report Wednesday (February 5th) that accused the Vatican of protecting its reputation instead of children. The U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child called for the Vatican to remove all priests known or suspected to be child molesters, open its archives on abusers and the bishops who covered up for them, and turn the abuse cases over to law enforcement. A stunned Vatican said the committee ignored the measures they've already taken to protect children. The report also spoke on other issues, making recommendations that conflict with church teachings, urging: that girls be allowed to have abortions in come circumstances, such as to protect their lives; that sex education, including information about contraception, be mandatory in Catholic schools; and that the Vatican condemn discrimination against gay children or children raised by gay couples.
WOMAN EXECUTED IN TEXAS FOR KILLING MENTALLY IMPAIRED MAN: A 59-year-old woman convicted of torturing and killing a mentally impaired man was put to death by lethal injection yesterday (February 5th) in a rare execution of a female prisoner. Suzanne Basso was only the 14th woman executed in the U.S. since the Supreme Court in 1976 allowed capital punishment to resume. Basso was executed for the 1998 killing of 59-year-old Louis "Buddy" Musso, after she made herself the beneficiary of his insurance policies and took over his Social Security benefits after luring him from New Jersey with the promise of marriage.
TWITTER'S SLOW GROWTH SPOOKS INVESTORS: Twitter reported its slowest pace of user growth during the fourth quarter yesterday (February 5th), spooking investors and wiping out more than 10 percent of its value. Although the company posted better-than-expected quarterly revenue of $243 million in its first results since going public in November, investors were focused on the slow growth numbers and a big drop in timeline views, a measure of user engagement.
EX-GOVERNOR JESSE VENTURA HIDING FROM DRONES: Former Minnesota Governor and ex-pro wrestler Jesse Ventura told CNBC that he's gone, quote, "off the grid" in Mexico to avoid drones knowing where he is. Ventura spoke with the network's Closing Bell program from what was described as an “undisclosed location in Mexico” Tuesday, leading the hosts to ask him where he was and why he was there. He answered, "I'm off the grid. I move about with my TV show so that the drones can’t find me and you won’t know exactly where I am." Ventura, who served one-term as Minnesota governor after being elected as a third-party candidate, hosts a show called Off the Grid on Ora TV. He declared, "I view the United States today much like East Berlin. . . . I’ve tried for 20 years to warn the country about the Democrats and Republicans, and nobody’s listening."
SANDRA FLUKE TO RUN FOR STATE SENATE INSTEAD OF CONGRESS: After recent talk that she might run for the House seat being vacated by retiring Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman of California, Sandra Fluke has decided instead to run for the California state Senate. Fluke gained national attention in 2012 when conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh called her a "slut" and a "prostitute" in days of attacks after she advocated for mandatory insurance coverage of contraception. Fluke will run for a seat representing the 26th District, which represents parts of Hollywood, Los Angeles and Santa Monica.
CBS TO AIR THURSDAY NIGHT NFL GAMES NEXT SEASON: The NFL announced Wednesday (February 5th) that CBS will air eight of its Thursday night games next season. CBS will air the games during the first eight weeks of the season, while the league's NFL Network will broadcast six other Thursday night games later in the season. The NFL started a limited package of Thursday games in 2006, and showed 13 of those games on the NFL Network this past season.
SEAHAWKS VICTORY PARADE HELD IN SEATTLE: Hundreds of thousands of fans lined a two-mile route in the streets of downtown Seattle Wednesday (February 5th) to cheer the victory parade for the NFL champion Seahawks, who won the first Super Bowl in the franchise's 38-year history on Sunday. The parade began near the Space Needle and made its way to CenturyLink Field, the home of the team, where a ceremony was held and the team thanked its notoriously loud fans, known as the 12th Man.
CURT SCHILLING DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER: Former pitcher Curt Schilling, who's most famous for his "bloody sock" pitching performances for the Boston Red Sox during the 2004 ALCS and World Series after having stitches for an ankle injury, announced yesterday (February 5th) that he's been diagnosed with cancer. The 47-year-old revealed the news in a statement released through ESPN, where he works doing baseball coverage. Not disclosed was the type of cancer  involved or the prognosis. Schilling, who retired in 2009, played for five teams during his 20-year career, winning word championships with the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks and the 2004 and 2007 Red Sox. He'd recently revealed that he'd suffered a heart attack in 2011.

  • Tennis great Billie Jean King won’t be leading the U.S. delegation to the Sochi Olympics after all, saying yesterday (February 5th) that she'll be staying home instead to be with her mother, who is seriously ill. President Obama's choice of King, who is openly gay, had widely been seen as symbolic message against Russia's anti-gay laws.
  • American snowboarder Shaun White announced Wednesday that he's pulled out of the slopestyle, dealing a blow to the new Winter Olympics event in which snowboarders tackle rails, bumps and jumps as they go down the mountain. Some competitors have been complaining that the Sochi course is dangerous, and there have been injuries on it, including to White, who jammed his wrist. The world's most famous snowboarder will instead focus on the halfpipe, trying to win his third straight gold medal in the event.
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)



  • THE BIG BANG THEORY - Sheldon and Amy go on a trip to wine country with Howard and Bernadette.
  • THE MILLERS - Nathan is determined to finally surprise Carol on her birthday.
  • THE CRAZY ONES - Simon is asked to eulogize a jingle writer who was not a well-liked man.
  • TWO AND A HALF MEN - Alan finds out that Lyndsey broke up with Larry without telling him.
  • ELEMENTARY - An up-and-coming ballerina at a professional dance company is murdered.
  • XXII WINTER OLYMPICS - From Sochi, Russia. Figure skating; snowboarding; freestyle skiing.
  • AMERICAN IDOL - Solo and group performances.
  • RAKE - A woman addicted to gambling defrauds an insurance company by claiming her son has cancer.
  • THE TASTE - The cooks create desserts that include ingredients like fruit and sweet and savory combinations; six contestants advance.
  • SHARK TANK (repeat)
  • THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Caroline talks Bonnie and Elena into attending a dance for broken hearted students; Stefan makes a disturbing discovery.
  • REIGN - When Queen Catherine is accused of adultery and treason, she tries to save herself by exposing Bash's past.
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Channing Tatum, Kate McKinnon
THE VIEW - Nicole Oulson & T.J. Grimaldi, Vince Gill, Paul Franklin, guest co-host Ana Navarro
THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Michael Keaton, the Flaming Lips with Sean Lennon
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Billy Crystal, Garth Brooks
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Matt Damon, George Clooney, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Bob Balaban
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Colin Farrell, Chris Pratt, 2 Chainz
CONAN O'BRIEN (TBS) - The cast of The Walking Dead, White Denim
THE ARSENIO HALL SHOW (CW) -, Zoey Deutsch, Jason Derulo


MAN GETS ZAPPED WITH STUN GUN AFTER IGNORING GIRLFRIEND'S CALLS: A 28-year-old Florida woman used a stun gun on her boyfriend after he ignored her calls. The couple, who are expecting a baby, started arguing at the intersection of Bob Sikes Boulevard and Denton Boulevard.When Police arrived, they observed redness on the man's body that led to a confession from the woman resulting in her arrest for misdemeanor battery. (Metro)
WOMAN GETS JAIL TIME FOR TROLLING HERSELF: A British woman received 20-months in prison after setting up fake Facebook profiles of her father and his wife to send hundreds of abusive messages to herself. Michelle Chapmen's actions eventually resulted in people getting arrested or receiving police cautions, but the facade was discovered when an investigation revealed the Facebook profiles had been created at her own address. (Metro)
TEXAS TEEN FALLS 3,000-FEET AND LIVES: A 16-year-old Texas teenager fell 3,500-feet and survived after her parachute became tangled. Makenzie Wethington convinced her parents to go to Oklahoma for a weekend skydiving trip that resulted in her breaking her back and pelvis, injuring her liver and damaging some teeth. Doctors expect Wethington to make full recovery as she has already started walking and talking. (KERA News)

BRITISH BREWERY LAUNCH PUTIN "NOT FOR GAYS" PROTEST BEER: A British Brewery has released a limited edition beer called "Hello, My Name is Vladmir" that includes a photo of Putin wearing make-up. Brewdog described the product as the world's first "protest beer" to combat what Brewdog spokesman Neil Taylor calls gay "propaganda." Taylor added that 50 per cent of the profits from the beer would go to charities that represent oppressed minorities. (Telegraph)
ALABAMA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT TAKES SELFIE WITH CADAVER AND POSTS IT TO INSTAGRAM: An Alabama high school senior could be suspended after taking a selfie with a cadaver while on a field trip to the University of Alabama's biology department. The student, who attends Clements High School in Limestone County, removed a sheet over a body to take a photo with her cell phone that was later posted to Instagram. Clements High School refused to comment on whether the student had been suspended, but the University did release a statement that they will review their processes to ensure this does not happen again. (UPI)
COLLEGE MAN-IN-UNDIES SCULPTURE CAUSES STIR: A remarkably lifelike sculpture of a man sleepwalking in his underpants has caused many students at Wellesley College to feel a bit uncomfortable. The sculpture created by Tony Matelli and entitled, "Sleepwalker" was placed at a busy area of the campus on Monday (February 3rd) and already a petition has been started to have it removed. The petition had nearly 300 signees on Wednesday (February 5th) with the explanation that the sculpture is a source of "apprehension, fear, and triggering thoughts of sexual assault." (MSN)

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