KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC
is hosting friends on Sunday (February 2nd) at his Nashville area home to watch the Super Bowl
. While he loves both the cities of Seattle and Denver, Luke tells us his money is on the Broncos. “My Super Bowl pick is, Seattle, I love you, but I’m just pulling for Peyton
this one. I got to meet Peyton last year, and he’s a great guy. I did a
charity concert for him for a hospital and hung with him and I’d love
to see Peyton get him one more ring. I truly feel like Seattle is a
powerhouse. I mean, I’m excited just to watch the Super Bowl and
have a reason to cheer, certainly,’ for Peyton, but if Seattle wins, I’m
gonna be like, ‘Hey! Congrats!,’ because they’re just an awesome
football team. I’m excited because I have the Saturday off before the Super Bowl, so I get home and kinda get my bearings off the road and get pumped up before the Super Bowl. It’s gonna be fun.”
Luke's That's My Kinda Night
tour plays tonight (Friday, January 31st) in Oklahoma City.
- Luke was nominated for three ACM nods this week for Album of the Year for Crash My Party, Male Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year.
- He will co-host the ACM Awards with Blake Shelton on April 6th in Las Vegas.
has still got it! Fans scooped up tickets to his two announced dates at
Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland so fast that organizers quickly added a
third date. That show, too, was sold out immediately.
than 10,000 people queued around the country at Ticketmaster outlets,
and the entire 240,000 tickets sold out in 90 minutes. This is the first
time that an artist has sold out three dates at Croke Park in one day.
Garth will now take the stage at Croke Park July 25-27.
no word yet on who will be joining Garth on the bill, but he tells us
exclusively that a special Nashville singer/songwriter will definitely
be part of the World Tour
. "I'm a huge Karyn Rochelle
fan. She'll be with us on background vocals, so I would love for her to
take a swing at opening this thing up. She's a gift. To introduce her to
you, to introduce her to anybody, I'm doing you the favor. This little
gal is talented and she is all heart and soul."
Karyn has penned such songs as "Red High Heels", and "Don't You Know You're Beautiful" for Kellie Pickler
, as well as "Georgia Rain" and "This Is Me You're Talking To" for Trisha Yearwood
Garth has yet to announce dates on his upcoming World Tour
, but he plans to kick the run off this fall.
will be among the millions of fans tuning in for Super Bowl
48 (XLVIII) this Sunday (February 2nd). Jerrod is a bit torn about who
to cheer on this year, but one team does have a slight advantage, as far
as he's concerned.
He tells us: “I have learned that
it’s such a bad decision to ever choose a team, especially the Super
Bowl, because everybody that happens to be a fan of that team gets very
upset. But, now that…I prefaced with that: I will say, I don’t have a
dog in the fight, but I’ve always been a huge Peyton Manning fan because
he’s full of class. He’s a very talented athlete. You know, the Denver
Broncos stadium was actually the closest NFL team growin’ up, which
didn’t seem right, but it . . . you know, Denver to southwest Kansas,
but it was the closest one, so I’ve always appreciated and respected and
been of the fan of the Broncos. But I also do like the Seahawks, and I
know that they’re an amazing team, and they have a lot of class on their
team, too. So, I will be cheering for the Broncos, but once again, I
will say that I’m extremely excited to watch the game ’cause I know the
Seahawks are absolutely incredible.”
The Super Bowl
airs on FOX beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Jerrod’s new album, High Noon
, is set for release on March 25th.
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The video preview for Jerrod's hit single, "I Can Drink To That All Night":
will be joining Jason Aldean
on select dates on his upcoming Burn It Down
tour. She will take the stage at the baseball stadium shows in
Cleveland on July 18th; Cincinnati on July 19th; and Pittsburgh on July
Other acts on the bill for those shows include Tyler Farr
and Florida Georgia Line
The Burn It Down
tour will play in close to 50 cities, wrapping in Dallas on October 25th.
- Miranda joined Jason last summer during his stadium show at Fenway Park in Boston.
Friday, January 31, 2014
has big plans for Super Bowl Sunday (February 2nd). The singer has a
short break in his tour schedule so he's heading to Las Vegas with some
buddies to take in the game on a big screen at some sports bar on the
Strip. Of course, Chris plans to put a little money -- or a lot -- on
He said, “It's a great match up and the Seahawks are
strong, but I’m laying a crap load of money on the Broncos. I'm a
diehard Dallas Cowboys fan, but early in the season I thought the
Broncos would make a run deep run into the playoffs. I have Knowshon
Moreno on my fantasy football team. I’ve never spent Super Bowl weekend
in Vegas and I’m looking forward to having fun and hopefully, ‘what
happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas’ and comes home with me in my
Chris returns to the road next weekend and joins Dierks Bentley
on the Riser
tour beginning in May.
His brand new single is called “Who I Am With You.”
As a big football fan, Joe Nichols
will be tuning in to watch this weekend's Super Bowl
game. He has a reason to root for each team, so he'll be happy either way.
Joe tells us what he really wants is to watch the game played in blizzard conditions: "It
should be an interesting game. I heard that's the first time the Number
One offense and Number One defense play each other in the Super Bowl in
like 25 years, so that's interesting. I think that's the way it should
be every year, but I don't know. It's gonna be an interesting game. I'm a
big, huge Peyton Manning fan, but then again, my daughter was born in
Seattle and she's a big Seahawks fan, so I'm kind of torn. I'm hoping
for a good game and I'm hoping for a lot of snow. I know the football
players hate this and anybody who actually goes to the game is gonna
hate this, but I hope it's like a foot of snow on the ground, cause I
don't know . . . There was one game this year, It was like a
Detroit-Philadelphia game where it was like a white out, like a
blizzard, and it was fun to watch. It looked terrible, like these guys
had no idea what they were doing, but I enjoyed it. I was watching it on
TV and it was just like this looks like school yard football. It's fun
to me, so I hope that happens. It won't. Roger Goodell will probably pay
off God for that."
Joe is climbing the charts with his new single, "Yeah."
He recently topped the charts with "Sunny And 75."
- Joe and his wife, Heather, are expecting their second child together later this year.
- He also has a teenage daughter from a previous relationship.
and Kid Rock
have agreed to perform at SeaWorld Orlando's Bands, Brew & BBQ
event this weekend despite the ongoing controversy stirred up by the
, which sheds a negative light on the park and its treatment of the whales.
Alan will perform on Saturday (February 1st) followed by Kid Rock on Sunday (February 2nd).
Nine artists who were originally scheduled to perform have backed out, including Trace Adkins, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Heart, 38 Special
and Barenaked Ladies
and Scotty McCreery
also remain on Seaworld's upcoming schedule.
Florida Georgia Line
caught up with Luke Bryan
on Monday (January 27th) in the desert outside of Los Angeles to film
the music video for the duo's new single, "This Is How We Roll," which
features Luke. The clip also features cameos by X Games champion Travis Pastrana
and The Nitro Circus
. "This Is How We Roll" heads to country radio in February.
Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry
and the Zac Brown Band
are among the nine acts that have recorded covers of Elton John
classics for a deluxe reissue of the legendary entertainer's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
album. The cover versions will be part of a five-disc CD/DVD boxed set
which will be released on March 25th. Other acts who lent their voices
to Elton's classics include Fall Out Boy, Ed Sheeran
, and Emeli Sande
Q. What is the name of Alan Jackson's first country Number One song in Billboard?
A. 1991's "I'd Love You All Over Again"
Friday, January 31st
ON THE TUBE
FOX & FRIENDS/FOX 6:00AM (ET)
TOP 20 COUNTRY COUNTDOWN/GAC 8:00PM, 10:00PM (ET)
- Tyler Hubbard (Florida Georgia Line) (27)
- Portia De Rossi (actress, Arrested Development's Lindsay, wife of Ellen De Generes) (41)
- Justin Timberlake (pop star) (33)
- Kerry Washington (actress, Ray, The Last King of Scotland, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Fantastic Four, Lakeview Terrace, Django Unchained) (37)
- Minnie Driver (actress, Grosse Pointe Blank, Good Will Hunting, Hope Springs, The Phantom Of The Opera) (44)
- Nolan Ryan (Baseball Hall Of Fame pitcher, the all-time strikeout leader) (67)
- Kelly Lynch (actress, Drugstore Cowboy, Bright Lights Big City) (55)
- Philip Glass (composer) (77)
- John Lydon (frontman of the Sex Pistols; also known as Johnny Rotten) (58)
- Anthony LaPaglia (actor, Without A Trace) (55)
- KC (Harry Wayne Casey) (of KC & the Sunshine Band, "Boogie Shoes") (63)
- Carol Channing (actress) (93)
- Phil Manzanera (guitarist, Roxy Music) (63)
- Bobby Moynihan (actor, Saturday Night Live, The Invention of Lying, When in Rome) (37)
- Marcus Mumford (singer, Mumford & Sons, husband of actress Carey Mulligan) (27)
ON THIS COUNTRY DAY
- Taylor Swift won four times during the 52nd annual Grammy Awards in 2010 -- Album of the Year and Best Country Album for Fearless and Best Country Female Vocal and Best Country Song "White Horse."
- On the eve of the Super Bowl, Toby Keith and Willie Nelson performed in a live installment of CMT Crossroads from Houston with Aerosmith members Steven Tyler and Joe Perry in 2004.
- Alan Jackson's father, Eugene Jackson, died of an aortic aneurysm in Newnan, Georgia in 2000.
- Tim McGraw's Not A Moment Too Soon album was certified quintuple-platinum in 1997.
- Garth Brooks sang the national anthem during a pre-game show that also featured Tanya Tucker, Billy Burnette and Fleetwood Mac at Super Bowl XXVII at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California in 1993.
- MCA Records bought ABC Records in 1979, gaining such top country artists as Barbara Mandrell, Roy Clark, Freddy Fender, and Donna Fargo.
- Tom T. Hall appeared at Number one on the Billboard country chart for the first time with "A Week In A Country Jail" in 1970.
- Merle Haggard recorded the Number One single "The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde" in 1968.
- Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton recorded the Top 10 single "Holding On To Nothin'" in 1968.
- Kitty Wells recorded her first sides for RCA Victor in 1949.
LINDSAY LOHAN LOSES HER FUR: Part of Lindsay Lohan's $75,000
fur coat allegedly went missing when she was at 10ak nightclub in New
York City on Wednesday night (January 29th.) The actress reportedly left
the club before realizing that she only had half of her fur but did not
find the other piece when she went back in to look for it. The
27-year-old has apparently tried calling everyone who was at her table
to see if she could track it down. 10ak also happens to be the club
where Lindsay was accused of walking out with someone else's $12,000
mink coat back in 2008.
KYLIE JENNER REVEALS HOW SHE COPES WITH HATERS: Kylie Jenner took some time away from working on her new PacSun line with her sister Kendall on Wednesday (January 29th) to participate in a Mobio Insider Q&A.
One fan asked the 16-year-old how she "ignores all the haters out there
and continues to be so positive." Kylie responded, "I have my
breakdowns every once in a while like everyone else. You just have to
sit down and realize that the only opinions that truly matter are your
friends and families and yours of course."
COURTNEY STODDEN HAS LEFT THE HOUSE SHE SHARED WITH DOUG HUTCHISON: Celebuzz is reporting that Courtney Stodden is making moves to get out on her own to make a career happen for herself without husband Doug Hutchison.
A source told the website, "She moved into the studio apartment next
door to the house she and Doug rented together. But Doug still lives in
the main house. They're not divorced yet, so she'll stay there until
they figure out how they want to proceed with things." The 19-year-old
has supposedly inked a development deal with World of Wonder Productions
where she has been working on "multiple on-camera projects, one of
which is her own show." Radar Online is reporting that Stodden has also started dating again and was spotted out with agent David Weintraub on Monday (January 27th.)
RAMONA SINGER FILES FOR DIVORCE: Real Housewives of New York cast member Ramona Singer has officially confirmed the rumors of marital troubles by filing for divorce from her husband of 22 years, Mario Singer. TMZ
has obtained legal documents which indicate that Ramona wants ownership
of both their New York City apartment and their house in the Hamptons.
The records reportedly also state that the marriage is irretrievably
broken and has been for at least six months.
CHRISTIE BRINKLEY REVEALS THE SECRET TO STAYING SEXY AT 60: Christie Brinkley dons a bathing suit on the cover of the new issue of People magazine
where she reveals the beauty secrets she uses to look youthful at 60
years old. The supermodel and mother of three reveals that she
exfoliates daily and discusses her workout/diet routines saying, "I'll
run or do weights, and I do at least 10 minutes a day on my Total Gym
machine. I got hooked on SoulCycle this summer and during my Christmas
vacation, I did yoga. I credit doing Chicago on Broadway for my legs but
I do leg lifts while brushing my teeth! I like to start my day with
coffee and coconut milk hazlenut creamer. Then I have sheep's milk
yogurt with fruit, wheat germ and Anutra (– a supplement full of omega 3
antioxidants and fiber). Lunch is usually leftovers from dinner: beans,
veggies. My snack is melon and walnuts, and I recently discovered
PurePrana (an energy-boosting drink). If I'm craving something sweet,
I'll drink cold coconut water. That quenches it for me." She posted the
magazine cover to her Instagram page and wrote, "I never would have
imagined this is how I would be celebrating my 60th...But Thank you PEOPLE
Magazine for hopefully sending the message that with proper diet ,
exercise ,and joie de vie, every Birthday is cause for Celebration!"
SCARLETT JOHANSSON LOSES OXFAM GIG: Scarlett Johansson was
forced to step down as an Oxfam Global Ambassador on Wednesday (January
29th) because her new role working with SodaStream was incompatible
with her job with the organization. Oxfam released a statement on
Thursday (January 30th) revealing their belief that "SodaStream and
other businesses operating in Israeli settlements in the West Bank
contribute to the denial of rights of the Palestinian communities that
we work to support."
LORI PETTY JOINS 'ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK': A League of Their Own actress Lori Petty has scored a new gig guest starring on season two of Orange is the New Black. No additional details about her role have released. Season two of the hit Netflix series recently wrapped with the cast celebrating with a roller disco party. Netflix has not given the new season a premiere date yet.
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY AND AMY ADAMS TO GO 'INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO': Matthew McConaughey and Amy Adams have been booked to appear on upcoming episode of Inside the Actors Studio. Host James Lipton
said in a statement, "The period leading up to the Oscar's is always
our busiest time of the year, possibly because so many of our guests
have wound up holding the treasured trophy. This year is no exception. Bruce Dern's
Inside the Actors Studio episode has recently aired. Amy Adams's
episode and Matthew McConaughey's episode will air on consecutive
nights, Feb. 19th and 20th.Three great new episodes and three great
Oscar candidates. Our Actors Studio Drama School students will be
cheering loudly and proudly on Oscar night."
CW PICKS UP 'SUPERNATURAL' SPINOFF: The CW has announced plans to move forward with a pilot for a spinoff of Supernatural called Supernatural: Tribes. The new series will feature battles between hunters and monsters in Chicago.
A new character will be introduced on the flagship series this season
that will serve as a backdoor pilot for the spinoff. The network also
airs a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries called The Originals.
'DEXTER' STAR JOINS ABC DRAMA: Dexter alum Jennifer Carpenter has signed on to star in a new ABC pilot called Sea of Fire. According to The Hollywood Reporter,
Jennifer will be playing FBI Agent Leah Pierce who is described as a
driven and "blunt" woman with a secret past. The shows logline reads,
"When three teenage girls in a small town star in an illicit film, it
tears their families apart and leads to a disappearance, a murder and a
host of other secrets boiling under the surface of a close-knit
REPORT: SARAH JESSICA PARKER IS BEING RECRUITED TO RUN 'VOGUE'
Sarah Jessica Parker may end up achieving Carrie Bradshaw's dreams in real life. Despite Gossip Cop's claim that the story is nothing more than a rumor, Radar Online is reporting that Anna Wintour has supposedly been eyeing the Sex and the City star as her replacement as editor-in-chief at Vogue.
website spoke to a high-level publishing source who revealed, "Anna is
worrying colleagues who believe she has found her true successor in
Sarah! It's a surprising idea, but one that is not entirely a joke. Anna
thinks Sarah, a fashion icon on Sex and the City, truly has what it
takes to step into her shoes and take on a role at Vogue one day." The
source added, "Sarah has been consulted on a stunning array of Vogue's
big moves over the last several months. She has totally entered the
inner circle. Sarah is playing this like she is serious and she wants it
-- she is doing her homework and learning the business like never
before. It's the fashion equivalent of running for president or getting
nominated to the Supreme Court and Sarah is treating it that way!"
CHECK IT OUT:
and Anne allegedly have regular private lunches together. Wintour even
hosted a fundraiser for Obama at the actress' home last year.
- Elle editor Robbie Myers has supposedly long been rumored to be the one stepping in for Anna after her retirement.
ZOOEY DESCHANEL DISCUSSES HER FASHION CHOICES
Don't expect to see Zooey Deschanel wearing an outfit because it's part of the latest trend. The New Girl star discusses her fashion rules in the March issue of Lucky magazine and reveals the one thing she thinks nobody over 30 should be wearing.
tells the magazine, "I like what I like. It has nothing to do with
trends or being a slave to fashion. Sometimes things will be in style
and they're classic and look great. I think it's important to recognize
when fashion has gone to a place that isn't cute. If you look at anyone
with great style -- Jackie Onassis, Audrey Hepburn --
they have certain silhouettes that they don't really stray from. It's
not like Audrey Hepburn was running around in a bunch of giant
shoulder-padded-dresses. She goes on to say, "Fashion is a way of
communicating. You're saying, 'Hi world! How are you? This is me today.
Take me or leave me!"
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- The 34-year-old also explains,
"Daisy Dukes are not for people over 30. I'm just going to go out on a
limb and say that right now."
- It was recently announced that
Zooey will be partnering with Tommy Hilfiger to create a 16-piece
clothing collection called "To Tommy, From Zooey" arriving in Macy's
JERRY SEINFELD TEASES REUNION PROJECT
The top secret project that reunited Jerry Seinfeld
and Jason Alexander
at Tom's Diner earlier this month is close to being released. The
comedian teased the mysterious work during an appearance on the Boomer & Carlon
radio show in New York.
When asked if the shoot was part of Super Bowl commercial or an episode of his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Jerry responded, "It's neither. But it is not not those things either.
It's a secret project." After the hosts grilled Seinfeld for more info,
he added, "I've gave you more now than I've given anyone. I told you
what it isn't, and then I told you that it isn't not that either." He
also revealed that there are other Seinfeld characters involved and
described the project as "short-ish form" which is coming out "very,
CHECK IT OUT:
- E! News chatted with Julia Louis-Dreyfus about the reunion at the SAG Award where she said, "We sort of did a Seinfeld reunion within Curb Your Enthusiasm
back in 2009. We sort of did the anti-reunion on Curb a couple years
ago. So I think it went pretty well. I think that we did it."
JENNIFER LAWRENCE MESSED UP HER 'AMERICAN HUSTLE' COSTUME WITH DORITOS
Jennifer Lawrence's appetite for snack foods almost destroyed her wardrobe while filming American Hustle. The movie's costume designer, Michael Wilkinson, recently revealed to Vanity Fair how Doritos almost ruined the shoot.
explained, "Jennifer Lawrence is a very...let's say...raw and intuitive
young lady, and she's not against eating Doritos and snack food in her
costume. So we were glad that we had a couple backups." Michael had four
different versions of the gown made up for Jennifer to wear.
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rep from Frito-Lay addressed the story saying, "Back in the seventies
that would have been the experience consumers would have had with eating
Doritos, so technically, it would have been factually accurate to have
that Doritos cheese problem."
Opening today (Friday January 31st) is the new comedy, That Awkward Moment, starring Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Imogen Poots, Jessica Lucas and Mackenzie Davis.
The film follows three best friends, played by Efron, Teller and
Jordan, who find themselves where we've all been, that confusing moment
in every relationship where you have to decide, "Where is this going?"
- That Awkward Moment is rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 34 minutes.
Opening today (Friday January 31st) is the new drama from director Jason Reitman
, Labor Day
, starring Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Tobey Maguire, James Van Der Beek
and J.K. Simmons
The film follows a depressed single mother, Adele, played by Winslet,
and her son Henry, played by Griffith, who take in escaped convict,
Frank, played by Brolin, as the police search the town for him. But
through the long Labor Day weekend, as they continue to fight to hide
him, Frank and Adele unexpectedly become attached to one another in a
way that would last a lifetime.
- Labor Day is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 51 minutes.
WILMER VALDERRAMA MAY BE GETTING READY TO POP THE QUESTION
Demi Lovato may finally be able to give her heart a break if the rumors of a proposal from Wilmer Valderrama are true. A source close to the couple revealed to OK! magazine that the actor is ready to put his clubbing days behind him and settle down with Demi.
HollywoodLife.com recently spoke with an employee at Tiffany & Co. who revealed that the That 70s Show actor
came into the store to shop for a ring. The salesperson said, "We all
talked about it afterwards because he was so darn nice! He chose a
really classic, beautiful ring. Demi is going to be a happy girl when
she gets it. He didn't say what it was for but he was really excited and
happy -- he seemed like any other guy getting ready to pop the
CHECK IT OUT:
- Demi reportedly visited Wilmer on the Texas set of his new TV show, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
on Wednesday (January 29th.) She tweeted that afternoon, "Sooooo I
don't think I've ever been happier in my life than this very moment that
I am fully living in..."
'AMERICAN IDOL': OMAHA AUDITIONS
Last night (January 30th) on American Idol
the final round of the season 13 auditions continued in Omaha Nebraska.
21-year-old student Quaid Edwards
began the auditions performing "A Change is Gonna Come". Judge Keith Urban
"You got raw talent, and that's a part of the journey, is watching to
see what happens with that raw talent." He received three yeses
and advanced to the next round.
15-year-old student Madisen Walker
performed Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats". Judge Jennifer Lopez
"I'm going to take a chance because you have a really great voice, I
want to see you, and see if any of what we said makes any sense to you
and there's a difference". Walker received a ticket to Hollywood.
20-year-old retail assistant manager Alyssa Siebken
performed an acoustic version of Waka Flocka Flame
's "No Hands". Even though, Judge Harry Connick Jr.
her a negative review and said "For me it's a no, I just don't think
your voice is strong enough." she was still put through to the next
portion of the competition.
hopefuls received the final golden tickets, totaling 212 contenders that are heading to Hollywood this season.
ITALIAN COURT REINSTATES AMANDA KNOX'S MURDER CONVICTION: An Italian court reinstated Amanda Knox's
murder conviction in the 2007 stabbing death of her British roommate in
Perugia, Meredith Kercher, more than two years after she returned home
to Seattle after her earlier conviction was overturned. The court also
increased Knox's sentence by more than two years to 28 1/2 years in
prison. The 26-year-old Knox said in a statement that she was, quote,
"frightened and saddened by the unjust verdict." She stated, "This has
gotten out of hand . . . I expected better from the Italian justice
system," blaming, quote, "overzealous and intransigent prosecution,"
''narrow-minded investigation" and coercive interrogation. Lawyers for
Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito,
who was also found guilty, said they'd appeal to Italy's highest court.
It was the third trial for Knox and Sollecito, after being found guilty
in the first and serving four years in jail in Italy, and then not
guilty in the second. Legal experts said it's unlikely Italy will
request Knox's extradition before the verdict is final, which will take
at least a year, but are split on whether the U.S. would comply if an
extradition request is eventually made.
U.S. TO SEEK DEATH PENALTY FOR BOSTON MARATHON SUSPECT:
Federal prosecutors announced Thursday (January 30th) that they will
seek the death penalty against 20-year-old Boston Marathon bombing
suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The decision by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
had been widely expected. Three people were killed and more than 260
wounded in the twin bombings, alleged to have been carried out by
Tsarnaev and his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, who
died in a shootout with police days after last year's attack. Tsarnaev
pled not guilty, and legal experts have said the defense may try to save
his life by arguing that he fell under the influence of his older
U.S. ACCUSES SYRIA OF STALLING IN REMOVAL OF CHEMICAL AGENTS: The
U.S. accused the Syrian government Thursday (January 30th) of using
stalling tactics to delay efforts to remove and destroy chemical agents
used in the creation of its chemical weapons. Syria agreed to give up
the weapons after a chemical attack in August on a rebel-held area led
to the threat of U.S. missile strikes. The Organization for the
Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is leading the mission to
eliminate Syria's stockpile by a June 30th deadline, but the process is
behind the tight timeline that was set up. Syria has cited security
concerns for the delay in transporting the chemicals, but Robert
Mikulak, the U.S. representative to the OPCW, dismissed those claims as
being, quote, "without merit."
YAHOO SAYS ATTACK MADE ON YAHOO MAIL ACCOUNTS:
In yet another data breach, Yahoo announced yesterday (January 30th)
that attackers had tried to get into Yahoo Mail accounts using usernames
and passwords taken in a breach on a third-party site. Yahoo said
they'd reset passwords for the affected accounts and added two-step
verification, which asks users to enter a second, one-time password. The
company didn't reveal how many accounts were affected.
VETERAN CONGRESSMAN WEXLER RETIRING, FLUKE MAY RUN FOR SEAT: Veteran U.S. House Rep. Henry Waxman announced
Thursday (January 30th) that he would retire from Congress at the end
of his 20th term this year. The 74-year-old California Democrat
explained, "After 40 years in Congress, it's time for someone else to
have the chance to make his or her mark, ideally someone who is young
enough to make the long-term commitment that's required for real
legislative success." That person might be Sandra Fluke,
the young woman who came to national attention in 2012 when she was
denied the opportunity to speak at a congressional hearing in favor of
Obamacare's contraception coverage requirements and Rush Limbaugh bashed
her, calling her a prostitute and a slut. Fluke, who lives in the Los
Angeles area, told Southern California radio station KPCC, "I'm
flattered that I'm being discussed as a potential candidate. A number of
folks I respect very deeply have reached out today and encouraged me to
run. I am strongly considering running."
NAVY VICE ADMIRAL TO BE NAMED NEW NSA DIRECTOR: The Obama administration said Thursday (January 30th) that Navy Vice Admiral Michael S. Rogers
would be nominated to become the new director of the National Security
Agency and the commander of a new Pentagon unit that directs offensive
cyberoperations. Rogers, a cryptologist who's risen to the top of naval
intelligence operations, would succeed General Keith Alexander,
who's been NSA director for nearly nine years and has announced plans
to retire. Rogers must be confirmed by the Senate, and the hearings are
likely to go into questions about the future of the NSA and its bulk
data collections programs.
SNOWDEN REPORTEDLY FABRICATED IDENTITY OF SENIOR OFFICIALS: One of the questions about NSA leaker Edward Snowden is how he got access to all the classified information he took that he didn't have clearance to view. The Daily Beast
yesterday (January 30th) cited someone it described as a U.S.
intelligence official familiar with the Defense Intelligence Agency's
damage assessment of Snowden's actions as saying they'd concluded that
he'd fabricated the identity of more than one "super user," senior
intelligence officials who had access to large amounts of classified
information. This allowed him to access and take documents that revealed
the nature of how the U.S. coordinates its satellite coverage with
other large signal collection platforms.
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NFL: CONCUSSIONS DOWN 13 PERCENT: The
NFL said Thursday (January 30th) that the number of concussions in the
league were down 13 percent from 2012 to 2013, attributing the drop to
its efforts to better protect players' heads. Using information from
team doctors during preseason and regular-season practices and games,
the NFL also said there was a 23 percent decrease over the past two
seasons in the number of concussions caused by helmet-to-helmet contact.
At the same time, Jeff Miller, the NFL's senior VP of health and safety
policy, "there's still more to do." Some players have expressed concern
that decreasing hits to the head could lead to more low hits and more
knee injuries, but Miller said the injury stats for the past three years
didn't show an increase in damaged knee ligaments.
NASCAR REVAMPS CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT:
NASCAR announced Thursday (January 30th) that it's changing the format
of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship to a winner-take-all
elimination system. The field will be expanded from 12 to 16 drivers,
and then whittled down to a final four through eliminations after every
three races of the 10-race Chase. The remaining four drivers will go
into the season finale with an equal chance to win the championship,
with the first one to cross the finish line crowned Sprint Cup champion.
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)
ON THE TUBE
- UNDERCOVER BOSS - Hudson Group CEO Joe DiDomizio goes on an undercover mission.
- HAWAII FIVE-0 - An escaped convict who wants Five-0 to prove his innocence abducts Danny and McGarrett.
- BLUE BLOODS - A popular drag queen and reality-TV star is found dead in a park; the mother of an accused man abducts Erin.
- HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT (repeat)
- DATELINE NBC - After finding his wife and two children dead, a former Indiana state trooper spends 13 years trying to clear his name.
- BONES - The team investigates the murder of a kidnap victim whose remains were found at a park.
- ENLISTED - In an effort to impress a woman, Derrick mistakenly promises to bring her son's father home from war.
- RAISING HOPE - When
Howdy's hosts contestants from around the world in the International
Grocery Games, the American team is embroiled in a scandal, so Burt and
Virginia must take their place.
- LAST MAN STANDING - Speculation begins when a bouquet of roses is delivered anonymously to the Baxter household.
- THE NEIGHBORS - Debbie's maternal instincts take over when she hosts her college study group.
- SHARK TANK - Guest judge Steve Tisch; Pro-NRG follow-up.
- 20/20 - Investigative reporting.
DAY TIME TALK SHOW
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW
- THE CARRIE DIARIES - (season
premiere) The tension grows between Carrie and Tom; Larissa drops an
unexpected bomb on Carrie and Sebastian decides he, too, needs to come
clean about something.
- SUPERNATURAL (repeat)
- Michael J. Fox, Max Greenfield THE VIEW
- Dr. Mehmet Oz, Greg Behrendt & Amiira Ruotola, Candice Glover, guest co-host DeSean Jackson
LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS
THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS)
- Bill Murray, Eagulls THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC)
- Tim Allen, Dave Salmoni, Sara Bareilles JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC)
- (repeat) THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS)
- Hayden Panetierre, Brooke Van Poppelen LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC)
- David Beckham, David Steinberg, Busta Rhymes LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC)
- (repeat) THE ARSENIO HALL SHOW (CW)
- Mekhi Phifer, Ming-Na Wen, Bow Wow
- SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Melissa McCarthy hosts; Imagine Dragons performs.
- THE GOOD WIFE (repeat)
- THE MENTALIST (repeat)
- NCIS (repeat)
- DATELINE NBC (repeat)
- LITTLE FOCKERS - As
two clans descend on the scene of the youngs twins' birthday, Greg
Focker's moonlighting at a pharmaceutical company threatens to derail
his position of trust with Jack, his uptight father-in-law. Starring Ben
Stiller, Robert De Niro, Owen Wilson, Blythe Danner, Dustin Hoffman and
- SUPER BOWL XL VIII - Dencer Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks. From MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
- SUPERBOWL XL VIII POSTGAME - Postgame reports.
- AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS (repeat)
- SHARK TANK (repeat)
- SHARK TANK (repeat)
- MASTERPIECE CLASSIC: DOWNTON ABBEY - Rose's surprise party for Robert could be scandalous; Mary meets a former suitor.
- MASTERPIECE MYSTERY: SHERLOCK - Charles Augustus Magnussen is the only man Sherlock Holmes truly hates.
- SHAMELESS - TBA
- HOUSE OF LIES - Marty contends with hip-hop clothing moguls while Jeannie defines her new role.
- EPISODES - Matt's career takes an unexpected turn; Merc comes in to pitch a new show to Carol.
OFF BEAT BRIEFS
WOMAN WANTS TO CHANGE HER NAME TO 'SEXY CRABTREE':
An Ohio woman wants to legally change her name to Sexy Crabtree. Sheila
Ranea Crabtree of Licking County, Ohio is ready to pay $87 and appear
in front of a judge in order to make the change official. She told
reporters, "I absolutely hate [my name]. I think it's really ugly,." She
continued, "I wear Victoria’s Secret
clothes all the time. I was like, 'Shoot, I’ll just go for Sexy',"
adding that if the judge doesn't allow the change, she might go for
"Sparkle" instead. (Metro.co.uk)
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PIZZA PERFUME IS FINALLY HERE!
Fragrance creators Demeter admits they're "stretching the boundary of
the concept of wearable fragrance" with their latest scent, "Pizza" --
which smells just like it sounds: like "tomato sauce, creamy mozzarella,
a touch of oregano."
Purchase the scent here: http://bit.ly/1bF2JlL
HUNDREDS OF SNAKES AND RATS FOUND IN CALIFORNIA HOME:
More than 400 pythons -- both dead and alive -- were found in stacked
plastic bins at a Santa Ana, California home that authorities are
calling a "house of horrors." According to officials, at least 220 of
the snakes were dead. The snakes were discovered after a neighbor called
authorities to complained about the smell coming from the house. Animal
services supervisor Sondra Berg said, "I
mean there’s so many dead snakes... ranging from dead for months to
just dead. There’s an infestation of rats and mice all over the house.
There are rats and mice in plastic storage tubs that are actually
cannibalizing each other." Southern California elementary school teacher, William
Buchman, was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty. Buchman said he
was involved in a snake-breeding business. (FoxNews.com)
WANT TO MAKE $9,000 A MONTH BY EATING ON CAMERA?
We know this sounds like a really shady ad, but in truth -- a South
Korean woman said she makes about $9,300 a month by allowing people to
watch her while she eats. 33-Year-old Park Seo-Yoon, a.k.a "the Diva,"
said she starts eating at 8:00 p.m. and that thousands of people 'tune
in' via webcam to watch her. The money comes from her own fans who are
making donations so she can continue to keep her channel up and running.
Park -- who says that 60% of her fans are female -- explains, "A lot of
my viewers are on diets and they say they live vicariously through me,
or they are hospital patients who only have access to hospital food so
they also watch my broadcasts to see me eat." A spokesman for Afreeca TV
-- the company that hosts her stream and several other 'eating room'
cams -- says the success is because of
three big reasons: "The rise of one-person households in Korea, their
ensuing loneliness and finally the huge trend of 'well-being culture'
and excessive dieting in Korean society right now." (CNN)
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DOG CHARGED WITH ASSAULT FOR BITING MAN'S PENIS:
A dog in Nigeria, that bit a bank worker's penis, has been arrested and
charged with assault. In addition, the dog's 31-year-old owner was
charged with negligence after the victim filed a complaint, alleging
that the dog "pounced on him and
inflicted deep injury on his penis." The victim said he had trouble
urinating after the attack and even had to use a pipe to aid him while
going to the bathroom. Just before the dog and his owner were arraigned,
the victim accepted the owner's offer to pay for medical treatment. The
parties now plan to settle out of court. (UPI)
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
TEENAGERS SUFFER FROM SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION TOO: Sexual
problems are not just for the grey haired folks in Cialis commercials. A
Canadian study found that teenagers and young adults also face
struggles in the bedroom. 53 percent of boys reported symptoms of a
sexual problem, compared to 43 percent of girls. About 16 percent of
the males involved had mild or moderate erectile dysfunction and about
24 percent had low sexual desire. The most common complaint among the
females was difficulty reaching orgasm. The complaint was more
prevalent among 16 and 17 year old girls than the 20 and 21 year olds.
Researchers said it was unclear why so many young people had sexual
difficulties. (Fox News)
HOT SAUCE SALES SKY ROCKET:
Hot sauce is more popular than ever before. The US hot sauce market
has grown by 150% since 2000. The spicy condiment owes its rise in
popularity to two main factors - the rise in the country's immigrant
population and the increased popularity of hot wings. The influx of
Asian and Latino immigrants, who have a higher tolerance for heat, have
helped make spicy food more conventional. And hot sauces like Sriracha,
Tobasco and Frank's Red Hot have been riding on the coat tails of
Buffalo wings. (Quartz)
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VITAMIN E INCREASES SPREAD OF CANCER:
Scientists fear that Vitamin E and other popular antioxidant pills may
speed the growth of tumors in lung cancer patients. Researchers at the
University of Gothenburg found that when mice in the early stages of
lung cancer were given vitamin E, the disease spread more quickly and
the rodents died twice as fast. Experiments on human cells confirmed
the findings. Antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E are commonly
believed to protect against several diseases, but this study suggests
that once the cancer has already started to develop, antioxidants may
speed up its growth by switching off the body's natural defenses.
A CURE FOR PEANUT ALLERGIES?: A
new treatment may eventually make peanut allergies a thing of the past.
After five years of trials, British researchers at Addenbrooke's
Hospital were able to develop a treatment that allowed allergy sufferers
to eat peanuts without any adverse reaction. Participants ages seven
to 17 were each given a sample of peanut protein in powder form and the
dosage was increased over six months. 84% of the 99 children involved
in the study were able to eat as many as five peanuts a day and more
than 50 percent could eat ten. The treatment is not yet available to
the public. (Telegraph)
FACEBOOK LAUNCHES NEW APP:
Facebook is offering mobile users a brand new way to view their popular
social networking site. The new Paper app was announced on Thursday
(January 30) morning and will sort content into sections, just like a
newspaper. The company explains, “You can customize Paper with a choice
of more than a dozen other sections about various themes and
topics—from photography and sports to food, science and design. Each
section includes a rich mix of content from emerging voices and
well-known publications.” The new app's design is being compared to
social aggregations apps like Flipboard and will be available for
download on February 3. (Fox News)
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SCIENTISTS INVENT STRONGER GLASS:
Scientists have found a way to make glass less fragile. Researchers at
McGill University noted that the coating on snail shells protects the
brittle chalk layer from breakage and were inspired find a way to
reinforce glass. Professor Francois Barthelat from McGill's Department
of Mechanical Engineering explained “Nacre, or mother-of-pearl, which
coats the inner shells, is made up of microscopic tablets that are a bit
like miniature Lego building blocks, is known to be extremely strong
and tough, which is why people have been studying its structure for the
past twenty years." His research team studied the weak internal
boundaries of nacre and recreated it on glass slides using a laser to
engrave networks of 3D micro-cracks. These glass slides, the kind used
with microscopes, were 200 times stronger than non-engraved slides.
KINDERGARTEN WEIGHT PREDICTS FUTURE OBESITY:
A child's weight at five-years old can strongly predict obesity later
in life. Overweight kindergarteners are more than four times as likely
as average weight children to be obese by the eighth grade. The study
was conducted at Emory University in order to better understand how
early childhood obesity begins. Researchers analyzed the Body Mass Index
of nearly 8,000 children who enrolled in kindergarten in 1998. At the
start of the school year, 12 percent were considered obese and an
additional 14 percent were considered overweight. Of the normal weight
children, only 8 percent went on to develop obesity by age 14, while 32
percent of the overweight and obese kindergarteners became obese by the
8th grade. (Fox News)
WATER COOLER TALK
Companies Readying Social Media 'War Rooms' for Super Bowl
tweet from Oreo when the power went out during the Super Bowl last year
-- "You can always dunk in the dark" -- was a big hit and is viewed as a
breakthrough moment when companies realized the value of real-time
marketing. So this year, Mashable.com
reports that several
companies are readying so-called "war rooms" to comment and respond on
social media to events as they happen during this Sunday's (February
2nd) Super Bowl. Among them:
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Defends Justin Bieber Justin Bieber
- M&M's has Joe Montana
on hand to provide analysis of the game while "spokescandy" Yellow will
provide some humor. M&M's will also be sending out stop-motion
video and imagery on Twitter, Facebook, Vine and Instagram.
- CarMax will be looking for moments in the game to tag with the hashtag #slowclap, which is affiliated with its Super Bowl TV ad.
- Toyota will have the Muppets -- who are also appearing in its Super Bowl TV ad -- commenting on the action in real time.
- Volkswagen will also have a war room looking for moments of opportunity to respond to via social media.
be taking a lot of heat right now for his bad behavior and run-ins with
the law, including, just over the last week, charges in Toronto for an
altercation with a limo driver last month and a DUI and drag racing
arrest in Miami. But at least one of his fellow Canadians has his back
-- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
, the man who's defined new
lows of behavior for a public official, including admitting that he's
smoked crack while in what he called a "drunken stupor." During one of
his regular call-ins to a Washington, D.C., sports radio show, Ford
said, "He's a young guy. I wish I was as successful as he was. He's 19
years old. Think about when you were 19."
Attempt Being Made to Form Labor Union for College Athletes
Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter
the United Steelworkers announced plans yesterday (January 30th) to
form the first labor union for college athletes, the College Athletes
Players Association (CAPA). Colter called the current setup a
"dictatorship," saying the NCAA dictates terms and leaves players with
little or no say about financial compensation or how to improve safety,
and pointed to the hundreds of millions of dollars generated in revenue
by college sports, saying, "How can they call this amateur athletics
when our jerseys are sold in stores and the money we generate turns
coaches and commissioners into multimillionaires?" The NCAA and the Big
Ten Conference both criticized the attempt to form a union, insisting
that college athletes can't be considered employees. NCAA chief legal
officer Donald Remy said, "This union-backed attempt to turn
student-athletes into employees undermines the purpose of college: an
education." NCAA President Mark Emmert and others have proposed a $2,000
stipend for each player to help pay for some of their expenses, but
critics say that's nowhere near enough, considering that players help
bring in millions of dollars to their schools and conferences. CAPA
president Ramogi Huma, a former UCLA football player, said a union would
help ensure that scholarships, at minimum, cover all living expenses as
well as tuition, and would push for full medical coverage that could
carry over past college
KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE
is celebrating his three ACM nods for Album of the Year for Crash My Party
Male Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year. The singer was on cloud nine
after hearing the good news yesterday (Wednesday, January 29th). He
tells us: “We just got ACM nominations.
very excited. Entertainer of the Year nominee, that’s amazing. Album
and Male Vocalist, I’m very, very excited about that. It’s gonna be
another busy ACM fun )time), me and Blake hosting, and nothing is better
than going out there with some amazing nominations. I want to thank the
fans for making that happen, and everybody at the ACMs. It was great,
great news. Love it!”
The ACM Awards
will be held on April 6th in Las Vegas. The show will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on CBS.
Luke continues on his That's My Kind of Night
tour this weekend with shows in Texas and Oklahoma.
Country stars turned to social media and other outlets to react to their ACM Awards
nominations, which were announced yesterday (Wednesday, January 29th) morning.
Here's what they had to say:
“I’m beside myself about the ACM nominations. Every single time I see
my name on any ballot I still get butterflies and can't believe
sometimes that this is my life. Especially being nominated for
Entertainer of the Year! As a female artist, it has been a long time
goal for me to be in this category. And such great company too! I work
hard on my craft and my art, and to be nominated alongside these
incredible artists that are my friends and peers, means the world to me.
The road is my other home and the band and crew are my family. So I
share this nomination proudly with them! All the miles have paid off!
Cheers y'all! Girl power!”
Florida Georgia Line
"Giving thanks to God, our amazing fans and country radio today for our
4 @ACMawards nominations this morning. We cannot thank you all enough
for continued blessings. #herestothegoodtimes"
: "I can't believe I'm nominated for @ACMawards Female Vocalist with such awesome women. So grateful!"
from Dan + Shay
: "Are you kidding me?! We're an @ACMawards Vocal Duo of the Year Nominee. Thanks to everyone who made this possible!"
: "Good morning!! Thanks for the ACM noms!! Bout to fry up some eggs & celebrate."
"Ahhhhhhhhhh just heard about @ACMawards noms... absolutely blown
away!!!! THANK YOU EVERYBODY!!! Big love to Tim, Taylor & Miranda
too! - KU"
: “It’s always nice to
be recognized for what you do. While we were writing the song, we knew
we had something special. I’m glad to hear that our peers agree.”
The ACM Awards
will air live from Las Vegas on April 6th on CBS.
and Tim McGraw
lead the pack of Academy of Country Music nominees with seven nods each at the upcoming ACM Awards
. They are closely followed by Keith Urban
, who received six nominations.
The nominees were announced earlier this morning (Wednesday, January 29th) online via videos by the likes of Darius Rucker, Katy Perry, Willie & Korie Robertson
, 2 Broke Girls
' Beth Behrs
, and Entertainment Tonight
's Nancy O'Dell
Here are the nominees:
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
• Luke Bryan
• Miranda Lambert
• Blake Shelton
• George Strait
• Taylor Swift
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
• Jason Aldean
• Lee Brice
• Luke Bryan
• Blake Shelton
• Keith Urban
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
• Sheryl Crow
• Miranda Lambert
• Kacey Musgraves
• Taylor Swift
• Carrie Underwood
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
• Big & Rich
• Dan + Shay
• Florida Georgia Line
• Love and Theft
• Thompson Square
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
• Eli Young Band
• Lady Antebellum
• Little Big Town
• The Band Perry
• Zac Brown Band
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
• Based On A True Story…
– Blake Shelton
• Crash My Party
– Luke Bryan
• Here's To The Good Times
– Florida Georgia Line
• Same Trailer Different Park
– Kacey Musgraves
• Two Lanes Of Freedom
– Tim McGraw
SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR (Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s))
• "Cruise" – Florida Georgia Line
• "Highway Don't Care" – Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
• "I Drive Your Truck" – Lee Brice
• "Mama's Broken Heart" – Miranda Lambert
• "Wagon Wheel" – Darius Rucker Featuring Lady Antebellum
SONG OF THE YEAR (Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s))
• "Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)" – Gary Allan
Songwriters: Gary Allan, Hillary Lindsey, Matthew Warren
• "I Drive Your Truck" – Lee Brice
Songwriters: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Jimmy Yeary
• "Mama’s Broken Heart" – Miranda Lambert
Songwriters: Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves
• "Mine Would Be You" – Blake Shelton
Songwriters: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Deric Ruttan
• "Wagon Wheel" – Darius Rucker Featuring Lady Antebellum
Songwriters: Bob Dylan, Ketch Secor
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
• "Better Dig Two" – The Band Perry
• "Blowin' Smoke" – Kacey Musgraves
• "Highway Don't Care" – Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
• "I Drive Your Truck" – Lee Brice
• "Mama's Broken Heart" – Miranda Lambert
• "Two Black Cadillacs" – Carrie Underwood
VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
• "Boys 'Round Here" – Blake Shelton Featuring Pistol Annies & Friends
• "Cruise: (Remix) – Florida Georgia Line Featuring Nelly
• "Highway Don't Care" – Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
• "Wagon Wheel" – Darius Rucker Featuring Lady Antebellum
• "We Were Us" – Keith Urban And Miranda Lambert
The ACM Awards
will be held on April 6th in Las Vegas. The show, hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, will air live on CBS.
Two weeks after entering a rehab facility in Florida, Trace Adkins
out to be with his father who is reportedly seriously ill. The singer
left the facility on Tuesday (January 28th) but asked therapists in
Florida to connect him with counselors close to his father's.
reports that Trace has not yet decided if he will return to inpatient treatment or opt for an outpatient program.
The Band Perry
will perform as part of Sunday's (February 2nd) Super Bowl
pre-game show in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The trio will sing at the
NFL Tailgate Party, but part of the gig includes getting to see the
Between the halftime show featuring Bruno Mars
and the big game itself, Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry
are all equally happy. “I
think my favorite part of the Super Bowl would have to be the halftime
show because I’m always excited to see what kind of stage they’re gonna
roll out on and what songs they’re gonna play. That’s always my
(Reid) Well, and for me, I love the game of
football itself, so to be able to actually go to one for the first time
I’m real excited to see both the Broncos and Seahawks play this year.
though we’re going to be at the game, I’m going to make sure we have a
TV so we can watch the commercials. They’re always the best, they’re so
funny and that’s what I’m looking forward to.”
A portion of The Band Perry’s performance during the Super Bowl
pre-game festivities will air live on FOX.
- The Band Perry are nominated for two ACM awards -- Vocal Group and Video of the Year for "Better Dig Two." The ACM Awards will be held on April 6th in Las Vegas.
is knocking on the top spot on the country singles charts with his
debut single, "Chillin' It." He tells us that immediately after writing
the song he knew it had to lead his soon-to-be-released self-titled
album. "This was one I just had the title. That's something
that me and just people from where I'm from say -- 'Whatcha doin', man?'
'Oh, I'm just chillin' it, you know?.' I was like that'd be a cool
title just to write about you and your girl riding around just on the
perfect day, you know, and at this point when I wrote this song I
certainly wasn't writing it for my first single. I just thought it was a
cool title and I took it to my buddy Shane Minor and we finished the
first day we wrote it and I honestly called my manager and was freaking
out. I just knew inside that this is my song. Like, if I'm gonna do this
artist thing this may need to be my first single."
The album, Cole Swindell
, will be in stores everywhere on February 18th.
Cole is currently on tour with headliner Luke Bryan
CHECK IT OUT
Rumor has it that Taylor Swift
has been playing match-maker and hooked up her best friend, Selena Gomez
with Austin Mahone
. A source reportedly told Us Weekly
"They're seeing each other." The source went on to say that the two
snuck out of the Beats Music concert last Friday (January 24th), but
left in the same car.
An insider however, debunked the rumor and told Gossip Cop
that the singers are not hooking up.
- Austin opened up for Taylor's "Red" tour last summer.
LEA MICHELE SPEAKS MORE ON RECOVERING FROM THE LOSS OF CORY MONTEITH: Lea Michele is trying to channel the "insane love" she had for Cory Monteith. The Glee actress appears on the cover of Teen Vogue where she was interviewed by her BFF Jonathan Groff.
When asked where she got the strength to get over Cory's death, Lea
responded, "I somehow feel the insane love Cory and I had for each other
morphed into this strength that I have right now. There's just
something about knowing he's watching everything I'm doing and feeling
like I have to do everything now not just for me but for him. I also
have a safety net below me -- if I fall or if it's too much, my friends
and family will be there to catch me."
RACHAEL RAY BASHED FOR HER GLUTEN-FREE EPISODE: Former Blue Bloods actress Jennifer Esposito took to Twitter on Monday (January 27th) to call out Rachael Ray
for falling to discuss Celiac disease during a gluten-free episode of
her show 3 in the Bag. Jennifer shared a link to scathing Gluten Dude
blog post and wrote, "Why be responsible? That would mean t @rachaelray
would have to understand what she is actually speaking about." She
added, "It's a shame that there r so many suffering at the hands of
ignorance such as this @rachaelray" The 40-year-old, who suffers from
the disease herself, later responded to a fan suggesting an entire
gluten-free cooking show by writing, "I've pitched about 10 networks
about doing a show about celiac and the recipes that r healthy for all.
No one rely cared"
KATE HUDSON ISN'T IN A RUSH TO MARRY: Kate Hudson has been engaged to Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy since 2011 but doesn't plan on heading down the aisle any time soon. The actress appeared on Live! With Kelly and Michael
on Tuesday where she told the hosts, "I'm planning nothing right now.
I'm so busy, we've been so busy, and it's been great. I come from an
unconventional family -- they're not married, my parents aren't married.
There's a part of me that goes, if I'm going to do it, I'm going to do
it right. I'm going to take the time to really plan it right, and it's a
lot. Planning a wedding is a lot!" Hudson's mother, Goldie Hawn, has been dating Kurt Russell since 1983 -- three years after splitting with Kate's biological father, Bill Hudson.
REESE WITHERSPOON HOSTS STAR-STUDDED CANCER BENEFIT: Reese Witherspoon and her husband Jim Toth
teamed up with the Entertainment Industry Foundation to host the Stand
Up to Cancer benefit co-sponsored by The American Cancer Society in
Culver City, California on Tuesday (January 28th.) Big name guests
included Selena Gomez, Christina Aguilera, Jamie Foxx, Neil Patrick Harris, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Hathaway, Chris Evans, Drew Barrymore, and Jessica Alba. The event involved each organization making an initial pledge of $10 million.
RAMONA SINGER BREAKS SILENCE ON RUMORS OF MARITAL ISSUES: Real Housewives of New York cast member Ramona Singer took to Twitter on Wednesday (January 29th) to break her silence on the rumors that she and her husband Mario
have split up. The reality star wrote, "Thank you all for the love
& support! For my daughter's sake, I would appreciate everyone
respecting our privacy during this difficult time." She cited a quote
which read, "Look for something positive about today. Even if you have
to look a little harder than usual, it still exists. - Anonymous" Ramona
and Mario have been married for 22 years.
CHRIS PRATT IS OFFICIALLY IN 'JURASSIC WORLD': Parks and Recreation actor Chris Pratt has confirmed the rumors that he will be starring in the fourth Jurassic Park film. He made the revelation while promoting his latest project, The Lego Movie, saying, "For me, Jurassic Park was really kind of my Star Wars.
I lined up at the theater to see it, I saw it opening night, I saw
every sequel. I've seen it a whole bunch of times...for me that was my
big movie, I think I was 13 or 14 when it came out. So it's a big deal
for me to be any part of that, let alone this part I'm going to be
playing. I'm thrilled about it. Everybody around the world knows that
franchise. When you say Jurassic Park, no one is like, 'What's Jurassic Park?' More people know Jurassic Park than just about anything. I'm thrilled." Jurassic World will be released June 12th, 2015.
KRISTEN STEWART JOINS 'STILL ALICE': Kristen Stewart will co-star in the film adaptation of Lisa Genova's best-selling novel Still Alice
about a middle-aged professor named Alice who is diagnosed with
early-onset Alzheimer's. Kristen has been cast as the youngest daughter
of Alice who will be played by Julianne Moore. The movie will also star Alec Baldwin as Alice's husband and Kate Bosworth as her older daughter. Production will begin in New York in March.
NICKELODEON HIRES MARK WAHLBERG FOR 27TH ANNUAL KIDS' CHOICE AWARDS: Mark Wahlberg has been tapped to host the 27th Annual Kids Choice Awards taking place on March 29th. Network president, Russell Hicks,
said in a statement, "We are thrilled to welcome a superstar like Mark
Wahlberg as he takes the helm as our master of ceremonies at the biggest
kid event of the year. We can't wait for him to host and have lots of
slime-filled fun with Hollywood's biggest stars and our audience." Last
year's show was hosted by Josh Duhamel.
NEW SHOW FROM 'HAPPY ENDINGS' CREATOR TO STAR CASEY WILSON: Happy Endings actress Casey Wilson has landed the lead role in the new NBC comedy, Marry Me created by her fiancé David Caspe. Caspe was also the creator/showrunner of Happy Endings. Marry Me is
the story of "a young woman named Annie who gets engaged to boyfriend
Jake. She and her fiancé quickly realize betrothed life is a little more
difficult than they thought it would be." Wilson also recently sold her
own pilot to NBC called Mason Twins that she wrote with production partner June Diane Raphael.
'ENTOURAGE' MOVIE CLOSE TO LANDING BILLY BOB THORNTON: Billy Bob Thornton is negotiating a deal to join the cast of the Entourage movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter,
Billy Bob will be playing a billionaire cowboy turned film financier
who puts up money for Vince's latest project and sends his 20-something
son to L.A. to keep an eye on his investment." The movie adaptation of
the hit HBO series is currently filming around the L.A. area.
HUGH GRANT HAS SOME BABY MAMA DRAMA
Hollywood's former go-to romantic lead, Hugh Grant, is caught in the middle of some baby mama drama. UK's The Sun is reporting that the 53-year-old supposedly has a third love child that was kept secret until last month.
According to the newspaper, Grant allegedly fathered a baby boy with a Swedish TV producer named Anna Elisabet Eberstein
in September 2012. The actor's name was reportedly left off of the
original birth certificate until it was re-registered in December 2013. A
source explained, "Anna is being supported by Hugh all the way. She
lives in a very comfortable property and knows that Hugh is there for
her. Anna's parents in Sweden know all about the relationship and she
has their blessing."
The Notting Hill star is also a
father to a daughter named Tabitha born in September 2011 and a son
named Felix who was born in December 2012. The children were a result of
a fling he had with a woman named Tinglan Hong. Grant
has apparently described his relationship with Hong as "a fleeting
affair" and added, "She is a good person, a nice person, funny, clever,
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OPRAH ON TURNING 60: 'I'M MORE SECURE IN BEING MYSELF'
Oprah Winfrey has written an open letter celebrating her 60th birthday. The Huffington Post posted the letter -- which the media mogul wrote for O Magazine.
She wrote, "I'm turning 60. I'm alive. Healthy. Strong. I'm turning 60,
and -- please don't take offense -- I no longer have to be concerned
about what anyone thinks of me! (You know, the old Am I doing it right?
Am I saying it right? Am I being what or who I'm 'supposed' to be?) I'm
turning 60, and I've earned the right to be just as I am. I'm more
secure in being myself than I've ever been."
revealed that her highest achievement is "never shutting my heart down."
She explained, "Even in my darkest moments -- through sexual abuse, a
pregnancy at 14, lies and betrayals -- I remained faithful, hopeful, and
open to seeing the best in people, regardless of whether they were
showing me their worst. I stayed open to believing that no matter how
hard the climb, there is always a way to let in a sliver of light to
illuminate the path forward."
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- She added, "I approach
this milestone, the landmark of 60, with humility, supreme thanksgiving,
and joy. Knowing for sure grace has brought me safe thus far, and grace
will lead me home."
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JOANNA KRUPA HANGS OUT WITH HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS AND ORANGE COUNTY
Real Housewives of Miami cast member Joanna Krupa has been spending a lot of time on the West Coast and rumor has it she may be trying to make it a permanent move. TMZ
claims that the reality star is reportedly trying to jump ship from her
show in Miami to join either the Beverly Hills or the Orange County
Krupa was spotted hanging out in L.A. last weekend with Kyle Richards and Joyce Giraud from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as well as Gretchen Rossi from
the O.C. Sources tell the website that Bravo isn't really digging the
idea and has no plans to just start shuffling Housewives from one show
to another no matter how much Joanna pushes for it.
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Miami version of the hit reality series is rumored to be on its way out
which is suspected to be the reason for the 34-year-old model to be
scrambling around trying to find a new place for herself.
CAMERON DIAZ BASHES TACO BELL
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Cameron Diaz has no interest in thinking outside the bun anymore. The 41-year-old actress appears on the cover of the February issue of Self magazine where she bashes Taco Bell and discusses how she got started on taking her fitness seriously.
tells the magazine, "I fell into fitness by accident. But it's become
something I depend on physically and emotionally. I feel so much more
empowered now. I saw a Taco Bell yesterday -- it made my stomach scream.
If I had nothing else to do, I would be, like, 'Three bean-and-cheese
burritos and give me some nachos with extra cheese sauce!' I would so
kill that s**t. But what I've learned is that just 'cause you can chew
it and swallow it and poop it out doesn't mean it's food."
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- The Other Woman
star goes on to say, "I love the science of the body, and I love to
give information and see people utilize it in their own lives. I want
women to know that it's never too late to start paying attention to
their bodies. Until I started training at 27 for Charlie's Angels,
I didn't. I literally quit smoking a month before. I was, like, 'Ugh,
I've got to do this training. I guess I should stop smoking now.' We
trained eight hours a day, seven days a week for three months, and I was
dying. Crying every day. On Monday, I wondered how am I ever going to
do this, but soon enough, I had a six-pack. At 27, I wasn't consciously
saying, 'I'm doing this for when I'm 41.' But at 41, I'm saying, 'Thank
God I started at 27.'"
- Cameron published her wellness guide, The Body Book, back in December.
GEORGE CLOONEY GUSHES OVER SANDRA BULLOCK
George Clooney and Sandra Bullock have been trading playful jabs at one another in the media since promoting their film Gravity
and the 52-year-old clearly has nothing but love for his co-star. The
actor got serious about his admiration toward Sandra in one of Reddit's "Ask Me Anything" sessions on Tuesday (January 28th) where he also revealed which actor he has enjoyed working with most.
When asked if there were any funny moments with Bullock while shooting Gravity,
Clooney wrote, "It's tricky cause Sandy drinks so much that oftentimes
it's just hard to keep her upright. No, you know, Sandy and I have known
each other for over 20 years and we both were struggling actors when we
first met. She was dating a friend of mine at the time who's still a
good friend of ours. Every time we're together it's funny. She's
somebody I adore, really, she's just fun to be in a room with. I'm sure
people will assume people aren't quite who they appear to be on screen
-- they're shorter or taller or meaner or dumber -- but Sandy is exactly
what she appears on screen, an incredibly charming woman who's really
just fun to hang out with. Very smart and centered, even though she does
drink a lot."
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- George was also asked which actors he
has enjoyed working with most to which he replied, "Let me think about
this in the best possible way that doesn't get me murdered by all other
actors I've worked with. I don't know...I've done 6 films with Damon
now, so I guess I do enjoy working with him, though you wouldn't know
it. I've been really lucky to work with people who enjoy what they do.
I've worked with a couple of turkeys, but I've mostly been really
'AMERICAN IDOL': SALT LAKE CITY AUDITIONS
Last night (January 29th) on American Idol, the 5th round of the season 13 auditions continued in Salt Lake City Utah.
16-year-old student Austin Wolfe performed Imagine Dragon's "Radioactive". Judge Harry Connick Jr. compared her to Hayley Williams from the group Paramore. Austin received positive reviews and a ticket to the next round. 25-year-old music educator Samantha Calmes performed
an original song, but the judges asked that she perform another. She
decided to go with the Jefferson's theme song, "Movin' On Up". The panel
enjoyed her rendition and she advanced to Hollywood.
24-year-old funeral home singer, Tiquila Wilson, performed Adele's
"Someone Like You." When asked how the church felt, that she was
singing secular music she replied "I really don't care what they think,
I'm here to win American Idol." She received three yeses and advances to
the next round. 24-year-old resale clerk Carmen Delgina, daughter of Wonder Mike from the Sugar Hill Gang, performed "Tainted Love". "You have a God given voice, it just was very inconsistent" said judge Jennifer Lopez. After the mixed reviews, she still managed to get the golden ticket to Hollywood.
30 contestants move forward in the competition, which makes a total of 193 singers heading to Hollywood so far this season.