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Blog Friday 2/27





 

This week Facebook added a fill-in-the-blank option for gender, so users can describe their gender identity any way they want. Previously, Facebook had 58 options for gender.

“Now, if you do not identify with the pre-populated list of gender identities, you are able to add your own,” Facebook said in a statement. (Time)




Pinterest users are mainly women, but it seems that men are starting to get in on the pinning action. According to Pinterest, the number of men using the site has increased a whopping 73% in the past year. And what are these guys pinning the most? According to the site, it’s fashion, DIY projects, hiking, and travel. (Buzzfeed)

 

The American Kennel Club has released its annual list of the most popular dog breeds in America, and for the 24th year in a row, the Labrador retriever is America's favorite. While the Lab being top dog isn't big news, the fact that the French bulldog made the list for the first time in almost 100 years is something to bark about.

Here are the Top 10 most popular dog breeds in the U.S:

  1. Labrador retriever
  2. German shepherd
  3. Golden retriever
  4. Bulldog
  5. Beagle
  6. Yorkshire terrier
  7. Poodle
  8. Boxer
  9. French bulldog
  10. Rottweiler (Inquisitr)

  



 

Adrian Peterson may soon be back in the game after a federal judge reinstated the Vikings star Thursday. However, the NFL appealed the ruling shortly after it was made.

The legal volleying means the Minnesota running back's status remains pretty much the same as it was, with the team issuing a two-sentence statement saying that his status will be decided by the NFL, the players' union and the legal system.

The Vikings' statement said, "Adrian Peterson is an important member of the Minnesota Vikings, and our focus remains on welcoming him back when he is able to rejoin our organization."

In the 16-page ruling on Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge David Doty said the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell didn't have the authority to suspend Peterson for more than two games. In response, the NFL put the running back on the commissioner's exempt list and filed an appeal.

The trouble started for Peterson back in May 2014 when it was discovered that he used a switch to whip his four-year-old son. (Star Tribune)

Blog Thursday 2/26




 

A zoologist in Australia has a unique relationship with the animals he takes care of on a daily basis.

Chris Humfrey cares for more than 2000 animals at his Wild Action Zoo, and he gets up close and personal with some of the world's most dangerous critters. How close and personal? He takes baths with them.

Humfrey has a crocodile named Snappy Tom who really enjoys a warm bath, so he gets right in the tub with him to give a good scrub. But there's still a little more room in the bath, so he often invites a giant python to join them. Humfrey considers the animals his family and says, “It’s about showing empathy and compassion -- you’re shown respect and trust in return."

Thanks, but we think we'll stick with rubber duckies. (Australia's Herald Sun)



 

LeBron James says that his 10-year-old son is already getting some interest from colleges – with some of these colleges actually offering scholarships.

The kid is 10!

What is that …? Fifth grade?

While LeBron admitted he is proud of his son's basketball abilities, he is surprised schools are allowed to contact players at such a young age.

"It’s pretty crazy,” LeBron said. “It should be a violation. You shouldn’t be recruiting 10-year-old kids.” (ESPN)

Blog Tuesday 2/24




 

Frequent texters will now be able to switch between six new emoji skin tones after installing the latest Apple software update. It used to be that most popular icons, like male and female faces, only came in one flavor -- yellow.

Now users will have the option to change the color of Santa's face, tweak the complexion of the thumbs up hand and alter the hue of a princess by simply tapping and holding the emoji on screen. With an eye towards diversity, the update also brings 32 new flags and family icons for same-sex couples. 

The new skin tones are just a preview of things to come, as Apple plans to unveil 300 new icons when the next version of iOS is released later this year. (Fortune)



 

A group of guys in England are wearing 30-pound “empathy bellies” for an entire month to better understand what women go through during the late stages of pregnancy.

The bellies are not just heavy. They’re also designed to put pressure on the bladder, stomach, and lungs to simulate the effects of pregnancy.

The men are currently in the second week of the challenge, and are dealing with backaches, sleepless nights, and constant trips to the bathroom – and have been writing about their experience in the blog 3PregnantDads.com. (Telegraph)



 

Not sure they needed a study for this, but researchers have determined what are the Most and Least Addictive Foods.

Most Addictive:

  1. Pizza
  2. Chocolate
  3. Chips
  4. Cookies
  5. Ice Cream

 Least Addictive

  1. Cucumbers
  2. Carrots
  3. Beans
  4. Apples
  5. Brown Rice

Shocking! (Huffington Post)



 

Christina Aguilera knows her way around the pop world, and now she's setting her sights on Nashville -- the hit ABC drama that she'll guest on later this season.

X-Tina took a break from promoting the new season of The Voice to tease her appearance, taking a shot at one of her fellow coaches in the process. She tells theHollywood Reporter, "Move over Blake [Shelton], you may not be able to play that 'country card' for long! I am excited to try something different, as I do think in life, and in music, experience just adds to the creative process."

Shooting on Christina's multi-episode arc starts next week. She'll play a pop star who desperately wants to cross over into country.

Blog Monday 2/23


 

The world’s oldest twin sisters have lived side-by-side and shopped for matching outfits for the past 103 years.

Glenys Thomas and Florence Davies – born in 1911 – have spent their entire lives in a tiny town in England and believe a life filled with simple pleasures is the reason they’ve enjoyed such a long, healthy existence.

They don’t drive. They've never traveled abroad. But, they’re always happy together.

Their social life – as well as the social life of their family – has been centered around their church and their community.

Glenys and Florence leaned on each other through it all, and actually bought houses next door to each other as they raised their families.

Even now, the sisters live in a pair of attached apartments at a home care center.

Between the two of them, they have five children, 12 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.

And, to this day, they are content. (DailyMail)

  

 

Walt Disney World is the happiest place on earth for kids of all ages, whether they're two or 82. Don't believe us? Just ask this group of nursing home residents who felt like kids again after taking a free trip to Mickey Mouse's home in Florida.

Signature HealthCare, a company that operates nursing facilities across the country, raised enough money to take a group of residents to Disney World. It's a trip they take every year and the seniors have the time of their lives. They visited The Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios and one woman said, "I felt like a kid again on Christmas morning." Some went on the rides while others just soaked up the magical atmosphere. 

Get a load of the smiles on their faces in this video recap of their trip. (Huffington Post)



 

Making others feel good makes you feel good, and like Elf said, "A stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet.”

Here are some easy ways to spread some joy and make a stranger’s day:

  • Leave a dollar in a vending machine.
  • Share your umbrella. 
  • Pay for the people behind you at a drive-through.
  • Leave a big tip for someone.
  • Give someone a compliment
  • Let people go ahead of you in line.
  • Put money in a parking meter.
  • Open a door for someone.
  • Give up your seat on a train or bus.  (Cosmo


 

The Internet was abuzz Saturday over the rumor that Emma Watson was dating Britain's Prince Harry.

But the fantasy was crushed when the Harry Potter star took to her Twitter account and seemingly denied it. She wrote, "World, remember that little talk we had about not believing everything written in the media?!"

Though the two have never been spotted together, an Australian magazine reported last week that the two Brits were dating. A source tells People magazine that the rumor was "nonsense."

Emma later tweeted, "Also...marrying a Prince not a prerequisite for being a Princess."



 

WINNERS LIST

BEST PICTURE
Birdman 

BEST ACTRESS
Julianne Moore, Still Alice

BEST ACTOR
Eddie RedmayneThe Theory of Everything

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
J.K. SimmonsWhiplash

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette, for Boyhood

BEST DIRECTOR
Alejandro G. IñárrituBirdman

BEST ANIMATED MOVIE
Big Hero 6

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
Citizenfour 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Imitation Game 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Birdman

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"Glory," Selma 



 

As has become expected each year with the Oscars' "In Memoriam" segment, there were some noticeable omissions last night, including Joan Rivers and actress Elaine Stritch.

The segment included such notable passings as Mickey RooneyJames GarnerMaya AngelouLauren Bacall and Robin Williams. Rivers, though not known as much for her work in films, had appeared in several and was snubbed in the segment. Elaine Stritch was best known for her work in stage, but she had appeared in more than a dozen films over her career. Other snubs included comedian and actor Taylor Negronand former SNL cast member Jan Hooks. (NY Post)

Blog Friday 2/20


 

Teenagers get a bad rap. Everyone assumes they are self-absorbed, spoiled, and lazy, but that's not always the case. Not every teen spends all day posting selfies on Instagram. Take Tommy Adams of Nottoway County, Virginia, for example. He was driving with his mom when he suddenly asked her to pull over. She thought he was sick, but his reason brought her to tears. Tommy noticed an elderly man with a walker trying to shovel out his car in his driveway. Tommy quickly took the shovel and told the man to get back in his car and wait. Tommy got to work, expecting nothing in return except to help another.

His mom was so touched and proud she had to share her story. She posted it on Facebook and a local news station picked it up. They asked Tommy about why he did it and he said, “I try to do good for the elderly because one day I may need help too.” And, really, it should be as simple as that! (BuzzFeed)



 

Gallup and Healthways released the results of their annual study and revealed the Top 10 most miserable states in America.

The people in these states are the least likely to be motivated to achieve goals, have positive relationships, be financially satisfied, be rich, feel safe, be healthy, and have pride in where they live.

10. Missouri

9. Michigan

8. Arkansas

7. Tennessee

6. Alabama

5. Mississippi

4. Ohio

3. Indiana

2. Kentucky

1. West Virginia (Yahoo)



 

Where in the world are the most cheaters? The answer is Thailand.

A report by statistics portal Statista found that 56% of Thailand's married population admitted to having affairs.

Denmark is second with 46%, and Germany and Italy tied for third with 45% of married respondents admitting to cheating.

The Top 10 Cheating Countries:

  1. Thailand – 56%
  2. Denmark – 46%
  3. Germany – 45%
  4. Italy – 45%
  5. France – 43%
  6. Belgium – 40%
  7. Norway – 40%
  8. Spain – 39%
  9. Finland – 36%
  10. United Kingdom – 36% (Thrillist)


 

Bill Cosby has thanked Eddie Murphy for not impersonating him on Sunday’s Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary special.

In a statement through his rep, Cosby said, "I am very appreciative of Eddie and I applaud his actions."

Norm MacDonald, who co-wrote the Celebrity Jeopardy! sketch, explained in a series of tweets yesterday (Wednesday) that Eddie was approached to portray the accused rapist in the sketch, but he backed out at the last minute because he didn't want to "kick a man when he is down." The role instead went to Keenan Thompson.

Norm, who appeared in the sketch as Burt Reynolds, said Murphy "knew the laughs would bring the house down," but decided "the laughs are not worth it." (Gossip Cop)



 

It's a weekend for young people to hit the theater. Not so much for the adults.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 SKIP IT

  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 16
  • Metacritic score: 31

 
The DUFF THEATER

  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 64
  • Metacritic score: 53

 
McFarland, USA THEATER

  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 75
  • Metacritic score: 62
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Blog Thursday 2/19




 

If you’ve had just about enough of this winter, here’s a little inspiration for some fun in the sun.

TripAdvisor just released its 2015 list of the Top 10 beaches in the U.S.:

  1. Siesta Beach, Siesta Key, Florida
  2. Saint Pete Beach, Florida
  3. Ka’anapali Beach, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
  4. Wai’anapanapa State Park, Maui, Hawaii
  5. Pensacola Beach, Florida
  6. La Jolla Cove, La Jolla, California
  7. Kailua Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii
  8. Clearwater Beach, Clearwater, Florida
  9. St. Augustine Beach, Saint Augustine, Florida
  10. Beach at Panama City, Panama City Beach, Florida (Yahoo)


 

Here comes Honey Boo Boo -- again?

The reality show was cancelled last year, but according to TMZ, the redneck family is in talks to return to TV. The news series would have a Beverly Hillbillies theme with a "new house, money, and drivers while they adjust to being famous around town."

But there's a problem. Producers want to use Chickadee's "molestation business" to "inaugurate" the series, but the family wants to move on.



 

Millions of viewers who tuned in to SNL's 40th anniversary special were excited whenEddie Murphy came on the stage but disappointed when he left without doing or saying much except a quick thank you. But another former cast member has shed some light on the awkward appearance.

Norm MacDonald fired off a series of tweets yesterday sharing what went on behind the scenes. He explained that Eddie was slated to do a Bill Cosby impression during the Jeopardy sketch but he backed out at the last minute because he didn't want to "kick a man when he is down." The role instead went to Keenan Thompson.

MacDonald adds, "He knew the laughs would bring the house down. Eddie Murphy knows what will work on SNL better than anyone. Eddie decides the laughs are not worth it." So instead, producers made some time available for Chris Rock to introduce Murphy who came out, thanked the audience, and urged producers to continue the show. (Page Six)



 

If you're unemployed and need a job, or just looking for a career change, there's a great position open in the U.K. But you'll have to be OK with who you'll be working for.

Buckingham Palace is looking for a chauffeur to drive Queen Elizabeth around. Her Majesty has lots of errands to run, like buying new hats, and needs someone with "strong attention to detail," the ability to "remain calm under pressure," "professional driving experience" and a valid U.K. driver's license. The gig pays $37,000 a year but comes with living accommodations, 33 vacation days and a pretty sweet ride. (People)

Blog Wednesday 2/18




 

Modern Family will make history with its February 25th episode. 

The entire show will take place on a  computer screen. The story follows Claire (Julie Bowen) as she FaceTimes different people in an attempt to locate her daughter Haley (Sarah Hyland), who may have eloped during a trip to Las Vegas.

Show creator Steven Levitan tells The Wrap, "This is how families are communicating today. I see it in my family all the time."

To add to the realism, the episode was shot entirely on iPhone 6s, iPads and MacBook Pros. 

Modern Family airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Blog Tuesday 2/17


 

A Pennsylvania man is cooling off in jail after a wild police chase in which he threw a refrigerator at cops who were pursuing him.

Christopher Charles Boyer called 911 early Saturday morning and told the dispatcher he planned to wreck his truck somewhere on Interstate 70. She alerted deputies in the area where Boyer made the call and a car quickly got on his tail -- which prompted the trucker to pick up speed, then pick up loads of items from his cab to launch at the cruisers.

He started small, firing his shoes, his socks and an aerosol can at the cops, but then really blew his cool by tossing the fridge out the window. A few minutes later, police up the road were able to put down spike strips and stop Boyer, charging him with aggravated assault, DUI, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)



 

Everyone wants to know the secret to a long life, so when someone who is 115 years old speaks … we should listen. 115-year-old Emma Morano of Italy is the oldest person in Europe – and the fifth oldest woman in the world. Morano has lived through three centuries – so there’s not a lot she hasn’t seen.

Morano credits her long life to two things: Eating three raw eggs every day and being single for most of her life. Morano was married once – but it ended in 1938.

She said she had plenty of opportunities to get married again, but decided not to. “I didn’t want to be dominated by anyone,” she said.

So there you have it … eat eggs and stay single and you’ll live to a ripe old age. (NY Times)



 

Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray made a big impression on a family that had just lost their home.

After hearing the story of three brothers who watched their home go up in flames – which destroyed all their Cowboys gear – Murray stepped up and did something.

At an event in Plano, Texas, Murray gave each of the brothers a signed jersey and had them sit at the same table with him.

Murray had also met the brothers at their car when they arrived and walked them inside.

With so many sketchy stories involving athletes these days, it’s great to see Murray setting such a positive example – and making fans for life. (CBS Sports)

  



 

When traveling, most people stay at “normal” hotels and make normal requests of the staff.

But rich people are different – and when they stay at high-end hotels, they have been known to make outrageous requests … that the hotels do their best to fulfill.

Here’s a rundown of some of the wildest hotel guest requests ever made:

  • For a llama to roam the hotel grounds – At the Grand Del Mar in San Diego, a guest asked that his friend’s llama be allowed to roam the hotel property. The hotel allowed it.
       
  • A last-minute wedding gown repair – A bride staying at the Jefferson in Richmond, Virginia, needed her wedding dress re-hemmed, so she brought it to the hotel team at MIDNIGHT before the big day. A seamstress was contacted and, amazingly, had the dress fixed by morning.
       
  • A private jet flight to a town with no airport – A family emergency arose for a guest at the Jefferson in Washington, D.C., so the hotel tracked down a private jet and convinced the pilot to land in a “safe area” that was not an airport runway because there was no nearby airport runway.
       
  • Penguins waiting in the room – The staff of the Four Seasons Resort in Hawaii couldn’t arrange to have penguins waiting for the guests upon arrival because, you know, that’s illegal. (Thrillist)


 

Women have been freaking out over Fifty Shades of Grey, but three ladies in Scotland went a bit overboard during a Valentine’s Day showing of the raunchy flick.

Scotland’s Daily Record reports that the three were arrested for allegedly slashing a male moviegoer after he asked them to be quiet during the film. A witness said, "Besides being the worst film I have ever seen, three women were getting arrested and put in a police van when we arrived." The staff reportedly had to wipe blood off the seats before the next screening of the movie, which earned $267.4 million worldwide in its first four days.

The theater serves beer and alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the attack.

Blog Friday 2/13




 
  • Stuffed Herpes – Teddy Bears are for lovers. Plush toys in the shape of an STD virus are for those who want to be single. Stuffed animals in the shape of Herpes actually exist, and they come with a complete list of Herpes symptoms. You might think it’s funny. She won’t.
       
  • A Gym Membership – Save the money and just write her a note that says, “You're Fat.”
      
  • Nothing – Maybe the best play at all … No thought. No effort. Just a little screaming and yelling at the end, with a door slamming. Kind of like ripping off a Band-Aid.
      
  • Brief Jerky – Edible underwear may sound sexually adventurous, but not when it’smade from beef jerky. Not cool, even if she’s on a low-carb diet. (Coed)


 

Is their life after death? On Facebook there is. The company has added a new feature that let's you decide what will happen to your profile page after you die.

You can designate someone to be a "legacy contact" to manage your account after your unfortunate demise. And there are options to pick as far as what you'd like your digital heir to have access to. Of course, members can also choose to have their profile deleted entirely. You can find the new option in the security settings. (Washington Post)



 

VALENTINE'S DAY

  • 64% of men do not make plans in advance for a romantic Valentine's Day with their sweethearts.
       
  • 73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine's Day are men; only 27 percent are women.
      
  • 15% of American women send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day.
      
  • 189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S. on Valentine's Day.
      
  • Teachers will receive the most Valentine's Day cards, followed by kids, moms, wives, sweethearts and pets.
      
  • Every Valentine's Day, the city of Verona, Italy, where Shakespeare's lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet.
      
  • About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine's Day gifts to their pets. (She Knows)


 

There are groups protesting the 50 Shades of Grey movie here in the U.S., England is limiting film audiences to those 18 and over, and some countries are banning the movie altogether. But not France. Their Board of Film Classification is so OK with the movie that they gave it their equivalent of a PG Rating ... which means 12-year-olds can see it.

The president of the ratings group said that the movie is a “schmaltzy romance” and “not a film that can shock a lot of people.” (DailyMail)



 

Saturday Night Live celebrates its 40th anniversary with a three-and-a-half-hour live episode on Sunday.

It's going to be a star-packed event with every SNL regular, guest host and musical guest getting an invite. So far, confirmed guests include Eddie MurphyJustin Timberlake,Tina Fey, Steve MartinDan AykroydAlec BaldwinRobert De NiroBetty Whiteand Kristen Wiig. Before the show begins at 8 p.m., there will be a red carpet event to welcome all the stars.

On Saturday at 11:30 p.m. ET, NBC will repeat the very first episode of SNL, which aired October 11th, 1975, with George Carlin as host.

Meanwhile, Rolling Stone magazine has ranked all 141 cast members. John Belushitopped the list, with Eddie MurphyTina FeyMike Myers and Dan Aykroyd following behind. Dead last was Robert Downey Junior, who was on the show during the 1985-1986 season.



 

Bruce Jenner will change his name when he completes his transition into a woman, but he's not the only one. His now ex-wife Kris Jenner says she will be dropping the Jenner name.

A source close to the reality TV star says she will not be going back to Kardashian or even her maiden name Houghton. She just wants to be known as Kris -- like Cher orMadonna or Prince. The source tells RadarOnline, "Kris will only use her first name professionally. She thinks she can pull it off because the entire world knows who she is." 




 

The military has approved hormone therapy for Chelsea Manning's transition to a woman, according to a memo obtained by USA Today Thursday.

Making the story even more interesting is the fact that Manning is severing 35 years at the Army's Fort Leavenworth prison, after being convicted of leaking national security secrets.

In a memo dated February 5th, Colonel Erica Nelson, the commandant of the Fort Leavenworth Disciplinary Barracks in Kansas, wrote, "After carefully considering the recommendation that [hormone treatment] is medically appropriate and necessary, and weighing all associated safety and security risks presented, I approve adding [hormone treatment] to Inmate Manning's treatment plan."

Once known as Bradley Manning, the soldier and now prisoner was convicted of giving classified documents to the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks. Manning will be eligible for parole in seven years.

Blog Thursday 2/12




 

Most people would only be willing to shell out a few bucks for a laptop that’s almost a decade old – and yet dozens of bidders have flocked to eBay to get in on the action for a 2007 Apple Macbook.

But it’s not just any ancient Apple Macbook. Instead, it’s haunted.

The original owner of the Macbook reportedly believes that it became haunted when he forgot it in a graveyard next to an abandoned mental hospital all night by accident.

All his songs in iTunes became scary or haunted – and his desktop background was changed to a scary photo.

The spirits in the Macbook also shuffled his collection of baseball cards all out of order.

And, to make matters worse, the guy says that he occasionally saw the computer levitating. In some cases the screen and keyboard would open and shut quickly, as though the computer were attempting to speak.

Haunted, for sure. Because everything you see on the Internet is true. (Mirror)



 

This is awesome … in anticipation of the release of 50 Shades of Grey, a hardware store in England has told its workers to be ready for a higher than normal demand for such things as rope, cable ties and duct tape.

The Telegraph published a leaked memo from hardware chain B&Q that told workers to be prepared for “sensitive” questions from customers about certain products.

The memo, titled "Staff Briefing – Preparation for Fifty Shades of Grey Customer Queries," also said that stores would be getting copies of the book that employees could take and read so they would be familiar with it and could then deal with any questions in a "polite, helpful and respectful manner."

Blog Wednesday 2/11


Reba McEntire will make a guest appearance on ABC Family's sitcom Baby Daddy.

She'll reunite with former Reba co-star Melissa Peterman, who's in the show's cast. In the episode -- set to air this year -- she'll play Bonnie's friend, who she met in the maternity ward when they were both giving birth. (TV Guide)


Luke Bryan will ride in the the Krewe of Endymion Mardi Gras parade on Saturday in New Orleans. 

He'll lead the revelers to the Superdome, where he'll headline a big concert where more than 20,000 fans are expected. Luke's excited about being part of the festivities, but he has one concern -- he hopes there's a porta-potty on his float. 

"I'll find a Gatorade bottle or something. I've got to imagine they've got one in there. First of all, I've never been to Mardi Gras. And I'm the worst about getting excited about something and then overdoing it. So it will all be toast."

Luke isn't the only country star going to Mardi Gras. Dierks Bentley headlines the Mardi Gras Orpheuscapade on February 16th.



 

Despite reports, Bobbi Kristina Brown will not be taken off life support tomorrow (Wednesday). This is according to a lawyer for Bobby Brown who issued a statement today (Tuesday) saying there is "no truth" to the story.

The New York Post reported earlier today that both the Houston and Brown families had agreed to pull the plug Wednesday, which is the third anniversary of her motherWhitney's tragic and eerily similar death. The paper quoted sources saying they'll remove life support at midnight tonight as a symbolic way to keep Bobbi Kristina and Whitney together for eternity.

However, two family members have spoken to Entertainment Tonight and give a much different story. Cousin Shayne Brown insists the 21-year-old is "getting better."  But while he claims his cousin is “progressing,” he asks that people “continue to pray” for her recovery.

Bobbi Kristina has been in a medically induced coma and breathing through a ventilator since being found unconscious in her bathtub more than a week ago. (TMZ)



 

What is the sexiest accent in the world? According to TimeOut.com’s Global Dating 2015 Survey, Brits have the sexiest accent.

Here are the Top 10 Sexiest Accents:

  1. British – 27%
  2. American – 8.7%
  3. Irish – 8.1%
  4. Australian –  8%
  5. French – 7.7%
  6. Italian – 6%
  7. Spanish  – 4.9%
  8. Scottish – 4.7%
  9. Latin American –4.1%
  10. Scandinavian – 3.3%


 

Is Bill Cosby finally throwing in the towel? Just weeks after declaring that he was "far from finished," the comedian has canceled a third show.

This one was to take place February 21st in Pittsburgh. The venue, Heinz Hall, released a statement saying the show “has been canceled by mutual agreement with Cosby’s presenter and Heinz Hall management.” No reason was given.

The venue's website also showed that fewer than half the available tickets had been sold for the concert.

Cosby -- who's been plagued by sexual assault allegations in the past few months -- cancelled two shows in Boston last weekend. (New York Daily News)



 

President Obama and his family were threatened by hackers who took over Newsweek's Twitter account, @Newsweek, and now the FBI is investigating, White House spokesmanJosh Earnest confirmed Tuesday.

Newsweek reported that a group calling themselves "Cyber Caliphate," and claiming to be affiliated with the Islamic State, took credit for the hack, which lasted for 14 minutes.

During that period, the group launched a series of tweets, including one that read, "#CyberCaliphate Bloody Valentine's Day #MichelleObama! We're watching you, you[r] girls and your husband!"

Another tweet claimed, "While the U.S. and its satellites are killing our brothers in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, we are destroying your national cyber security system from the inside."

The same group previously hacked @Centcom, the U.S. Center Command Twitter account, as well as the official Twitter account of Taylor Swift. (Fortune)



 

Brian Williams has been a frequent guest on late night TV over the years, frequently showing up on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to "Slow Jam the News." But according to a report in New York magazine, Williams wanted to be more than just a frequent guest. He wanted to be the host. 

Before Jay Leno handed over the Tonight Show reins to Fallon, Williams apparently lobbied NBC executives for the job. A former colleague says, “Brian wants to be a late-night comedian. He traded on being Nightly News anchorman-war reporter to ingratiate himself with Jimmy Fallon, Lorne Michaels and Jon Stewart." And speaking of Jon Stewart, there's about to be an opening at The Daily Show. Perhaps Williams could spend his six-month suspension lobbying Comedy Central for the gig. 



 

Miley Cyrus will not be seen at the New York City Porn Film Festival despite earlier reports that her three-minute bondage video "Tongue Tied" was an officialy entry.

Miley's camp says the festival's organizer, Simon Leahy, misrepresented the video as being an official entry and even claimed Miley submitted the video herself. But that never happened. Her spokesperson explains, "The festival’s organizer lied when he said Cyrus had personally submitted the film. Then misled the production company Cadence Films into granting permission to use it. Miley was proud to make a film with acclaimed filmmaker Quentin Jones. She did not instigate this festival submission and is not participating in any way.” (NY Post)

Blog Tuesday 2/10


 

For the very first time, there are now more than 2,000 people in the world who are worth at least $1 billion.

The latest scoreboard of rich people shows that there are now 2,089 billionaires living in 67 countries.

The U.S. is once again king of the rich, with 537 billionaires – including Bill Gates, the richest man alive with $85 billion.

Following close behind is Mexico’s Carlos Slim with $83 billion and Warren Buffet, who has $76 billion.

New York City is the richest city on the planet, containing more billionaires than the entire United Kingdom.

And for the first time, India moved ahead of Britain and Russia and claimed more billionaires. (Independent)



 

A couple in New York have decided to have a most unusual wedding.

No big reception. No big honeymoon.

Instead, they’ve decided to spend their entire wedding budget performing one random act of kindness in each of the 50 states.

For the past two years, Mark and Ismini Svensson have been traveling and helping people that they’d never met before. They expect to finish their mission – which they call “50 Acts of Giving Back” – this spring.

The couple met as students, while attending Georgetown University. They say it was their mutual love of volunteerism and community activism that drew them together.

“It just clicked,” says Mark Svensson. “We both had this passion within us.”

So, instead of a formal wedding, they quietly exchanged vows at a courthouse.

And since then, have spent time bringing flowers and presents to patients suffering from cancer, assisting the elderly with grocery shopping, and presenting gifts to children with disabilities – among many, many other things. (Q13Fox)



 

A Michigan man was arrested last week after he made more than a hundred calls to 911 to report the same so-called life-threatening emergency -- that he was bored to death.

The 25-year-old, whose name was not released, began calling emergency services in the middle of January. At first, he didn't say a word, preferring to sit silently on the line while a dispatcher repeatedly asked what the problem was. After a couple of dozen calls, he reportedly upped the ante and started breathing heavily, as if he was in some sort of distress, until he heard sirens approach.

Eventually, the dispatch center put a trace on the line and sent cops directly to the man's mobile home, where they found six phones, all of which were found to have been used in the 911-of-a-kind crime. When asked what prompted the onslaught of emergency calls, the suspect said, "Drunken boredom." (Traverse City Record-Eagle)



 

Better Call Saul is off to a great start for AMC.

The Breaking Bad spin-off gathered 6.9 million viewers Sunday night, setting a new record for a cable series premiere.

Better Call Saul stars Bob Odenkirk as the sleazy lawyer who appeared on Breaking Bad. AMC has already renewed the drama for a second season.

SOURCE: NY Daily News



 

The folks in Boston just can't seem to catch a break. On Monday, the city was hit yet again with the third storm in two weeks.

In fact, the snow has been piling up there to such heights that it broke a 1996 record for the deepest snow depth. After the 20 inches of the white stuff fell on Logan International late Saturday, the snow pack measured in a 37 inches.

Other records were also shattered. The city has gotten more than 69 inches of snow over the last 30 days, which tops the 58.8 inches that fell from January 9th to February 7th in 1978.

 



 

The age old question has finally been answered. We now know how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop thanks to Jinzi Huang and his cohorts at New York University's Courant Institute.

According to a new study published in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, it takes about 1,000 licks per centimeter of candy to reach the middle of a Tootsie Pop. With the diameter of a Tootsie Pop measuring approximately 1.063 inches, that means that it has to be licked about 2,500 times for someone to make it to the middle.

So start licking and counting -- and don't bite it.

Source: New York Post



 

This week's big video releases bring something for the grown-ups and something for the whole family.

  • Nightcrawler -- critically acclaimed but shockingly overlooked by the Oscars -- starsJake Gyllenhaal as a grifter who finds a lucrative, creepy career as a crime-scene videographer.
  • In AddictedSharon Leal stars as a successful businesswoman, wife and mother who can't escape the temptation of infidelity -- and the dangers it brings -- even though she's married to trophy husband Boris Kodjoe
  • The animated adaptation of the kids book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day features the voices of Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner.

TV that's new on video include the sixth season's of True Blood and Nurse Jackie, the first season of Z Nation and the sixth season of the classic sitcom Mama's Family.

Blog Monday 2/9


After announcing that he's taking a temporary leave from NBC Nightly News, embattled anchorman Brian Williams has also cancelled a scheduled appearance Thursday on CBS's Late Show With David Letterman.

The moves follow last week's admission that he wasn't aboard a helicopter that was hit by rocket-propelled grenade fire in Iraq in 2003, as he had previously said on numerous occasions over the years.

Following Williams' most recent claim about the incident, several soldiers on the helicopter that was under fire hit back at the anchor on social media, with one calling him "a liar."

Williams now says he "misremembered" the events of that day.


Bruce Jenner may be in the clear over that fatal car accident on the Pacific Coast Highway Saturday.

According to TMZ, officials now believe Jenner didn't cause the crash that left one person dead. They believe the Prius that was in front of the pile-up came to a possibly illegal stop on the highway, triggering the accident.

Here's how TMZ says things went down: "The Prius came to a sudden...stop. The Lexus hit the Prius and then Bruce slammed on his brakes, swerved right but was unable to stop, slamming into the Lexus. The Lexus then went into oncoming traffic and hit the Hummer, killing the Lexus driver."

If that's the case, Bruce wouldn't be criminally liable. 

In a statement, Jenner said, "My heartfelt and deepest sympathies go out to the family and loved ones, and to all of those who were involved or injured in this terrible accident. It is a devastating tragedy and I cannot pretend to imagine what this family is going through at this time. I am praying for them. I will continue to cooperate in every way possible."



 

Nobody in the world should cry a single tear for Tom Brady. He’s a four-time Super Bowl champion. He’s married to a super model. He’s enjoying a lifetime supply of Ugg boots.

But, part of his reward for winning the Super Bowl last weekend – and walking away with the Super Bowl MVP award – will be a tax bill from the IRS to the tune of about $60,500.

Activist group Americans for Tax Reform crunched the numbers and found that he will have to pay $42,000 on his share of the $97,000 for playing in the championship.

And then, and another $18,500 the red Chevy Colorado pickup truck he won for being MVP.

The truck tax stings the worst because he vowed to give the truck to fellow playerMalcolm Butler, who caught the game-winning interception.(WashingtonExaminer)



 

The owner of a pizza parlor recently received a touching letter from a customer asking for forgiveness for paying for a pizza 13 years ago with a bad check.

The anonymous customer, who still patronizes the pizza place, says 13 years of shame and guilt led them to write the letter. It reads, "I had no money and a hungry child at home. I’m not making excuses for my behavior, just applying some context.” It continues, "I think of this often and I am incredibly ashamed and embarrassed at my behavior. I have visited your store several times in the last few years and have always wanted to confess and ask you to forgive me, but I have not been able to summon up the courage, so I just eat my pizza and leave.”

Along with the letter was a a money order in the amount of $54.39, which covers the original $20 check and interest. The owner of the restaurant says, "I feel bad for the poor guy. I probably forgot about him when I wrote the check off as a loss and never gave him another thought. This poor dude has been dwelling on this for over a decade. If I find out who he is I’m going to have a beer with him. I’m buying.” (The Blaze)



 

A businessman donated his Kindle e-reader to a homeless man so the man could read more books.

The man explained on Reddit that he’d donated his e-reader to a down-and-out man, identified only as Paul, after meeting him during a business trip to Las Vegas.

After days of exchanging greetings on the street, Paul revealed his love of reading.

Unfortunately, he had only one battered book in his possession and wasn’t in a financial position to buy more.

So the businessman, remembering his own experiences of dealing with poverty, passed the reader on, fully stocked with hundreds of books both classic and new, to Paul.

Beyond that, the businessman offered to restock the Kindle with more books when Paul finishes reading. (HuffingtonPost)



 

A Florida man showed some serious pride in his work after being arrested for drug possession -- by listing "drug dealer" as his job on the arrest report.

Robert Michael Phillips cut off a sheriff's deputy while traveling at a high rate of speed -- in a car that turned out to be stolen. Officers briefly lost sight of him, but caught up in time to see him complete a drug transaction, then take off yet again, this time on foot. Deputies eventually managed to cuff Phillips, who was in possession of 22 grams of heroin and $2316 in cash. A search of his car yielded 5.3 grams of crack cocaine.

During the booking process, he detailed his seven felony convictions, and told cops that his official job description was "drug dealer." (UPI)



 

BOX-OFFICE REPORT   

1. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water - $56 million
2. American Sniper - $24.2 million
3. Jupiter Ascending - $19 million
4. Seventh Son - $7.1 million
5. Paddington - $5.4 million



 

Rosie O'Donnell is leaving her wife and The View

Rosie says the stress related to her breakup with Michelle Rounds has led her to bow out of the ABC talk show. After returning to The View last fall, Rosie will exit the show next week.

She tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I can’t really fix (my personal life) right away, but I can fix (my job). So I spoke to them at ABC, and I told them, and they understood. They’ve been unbelievably supportive and loving.”

According to sources, Rosie and Michelle, who've been married for two years and adopted a baby girl in 2013, split a few months ago.



 

Police have opened a criminal investigation into Bobbi Kristina Brown's case -- and it centers on Nick Gordon, who is no longer believed to have actually married her and is now being called her "boyfriend."

TMZ says Bobbi Kristina, who remains in a coma, had "curious" injuries. There are also reports of an "alleged pattern of violence" between the two. Cops are looking into allegations of an altercation about an hour before she was found unconscious in a bathtub by a family friend.

Meanwhile, family and friends continue to head to Bobbi Kristina's side. On Sunday, her grandmother Cissy Houston as well as family friend Tyler Perry visited Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Blog Thursday 2/5




 

A sheriff's deputy in Wyoming recently told his superiors to "take this job and shove it" after they asked him to relinquish his cowboy hat.

70-year-old Gene Bryson of the Sublette County Sheriff's Department was informed that a new dress code was being imposed and he would not be allowed to wear his cowboy hat and boots on the job. Well, this cowboy wasn't having it and said, "vaya con dios," then turned in his retirement papers and rode off into the sunset. After 40 years in law enforcement and 28 with the sheriff's department, Bryson chose his cowboy hat over his job.

Bryson told the Casper Star-Tribune, "I am not going to change. I've been here for 40-odd years in the Sheriff's Office, and I'm not going to go out and buy combat boots and throw my vest and hat away and say, 'This is the new me.'" 

Source: Newser



 

Jennifer Nettles says she's bringing a little bit of her country background to Broadway while playing Roxy Hart in the musical Chicago

She tells the New York Times, "Growing up Southern and in the Baptist church, and watching people deliver music in a way that was completely heartfelt and honest to them -- having that background, and knowing what it is to be authentic, that’s part of myself that I bring."

Jennifer will star in the musical until March 29th. 



 

Do you like hot sauce … or are you just pretending to like it? The answer may have something to do with your gender.

A recent Penn State study found that women who love hot sauce actually love hot sauce. Men, on the other hand, may be faking it. According to the study, many men just pretend to like the hot stuff so they will seem more manly. (The Frisky)



 

The moment Super Bowl 49 ended, the NFL off-season officially began – and that means it's arrest season again. Not including Monday's arrest of Warren Sapp, because he's a former player, the first current NFL player to end up in cuffs is Colts linebacker D'Qwell Jackson.

Jackson, who you might remember caught the Tom Brady interception in the AFC championship game that reportedly started "Deflate-gate," was arrested Tuesday in Washington, D.C., for allegedly punching a pizza delivery guy ... and it was all over a parking spot. The pizza guy told police that he parked his car in a spot and Jackson immediately yelled at him to leave. He told Jackson he was only going to park there momentarily and then the 240-pound linebacker started punching his face and head. 

The Indianapolis Colts say they're aware of the arrest but are not making any further comments. (WJLA-TV)



 

A Boston-area homeowner just put an ad on AirBnB promising the coolest room in town, and we think he'll be able to keep that promise -- since he's renting out an actual igloo!

The homeowner, identified only as Pier, credited Boston's recent series of winter storms as architects for the oversized ice dome, which he's willing to rent for a mere 10 bucks a night. He says he'll provide a yoga mat for guests to sleep on, and a tarp that can be used as a blanket. Though there's no bathroom, Pier wants to avoid nasty yellow snow and says he's willing to let you step inside to use the toilet if need be.

Pierre has an igloo guest booked for Saturday night, but his calendar is pretty clear for the rest of the month. And to prove he's not totally convinced about that whole global warming thing, he's even taking reservations for the summer.

Source: CTV



 

Bruce Jenner's transition into a woman came as a shock to some, but how did his family react to the news?

People magazine says that when the former Olympian broke the news to his children, he was met with "less surprise" than he may have anticipated. A source says, "They all came all around pretty quickly, but each of them had to process it in their own way."

Kim Kardashian reportedly checked in with her mother Kris Jenner before coming to terms with her stepfather's changes. The insider said, "Once Kim was satisfied that Kris was emotionally OK, she was able to give Bruce her unconditional support."

Kim's husband Kanye West didn't need any approval. The magazine says the rapper accepted everything right away. Kourtney Kardashian's boyfriend Scott Disick, however, allegedly "didn't react very well." But Scott is now "on board," according to a source.

Bruce's biggest supporter seems to be his mother, Esther, who told Radar Online, "I am more proud of him now than when he stood on that podium and put the gold medal around his neck. He deserves all the respect."

Blog Wednesday 1/4




 

Scientists believe that there is an estimated 1.6 billion tons of ice on the moon.

And while we mostly think of ice as something that keeps our beer cold, astronauts and physicists see ice as fuel. Since it’s made of hydrogen and oxygen, it can be burned – and it can actually propel a rocket.

So, there are a bunch of companies looking to make huge profits from mining the resource and then selling it to anyone with a rocket or other spacecraft out there.

It could end up being a “gas station in space.”

If they got really good at this, the ice could also power more mining and life support equipment for other projects on the moon.

It’s amazing that what was once an idea in science fiction movies now looks like it could be the real deal.

"What do you do for a living?"

"I mine ice and minerals on the moon. I’m home on weekends." (Phys.org)



 

Lance Armstrong just can't stop lying.

According to police, the disgraced cyclist hit two parked cars after partying in Aspen and then let his girlfriend take the blame.

Anna Hansen initially told cops she was the driver in the December 29th accident and that she didn't want Lance to drive home from an Aspen Museum Party because he'd been drinking.

Investigators weren't buying it, though. The valet at the St. Regis Aspen Resort, where the party was being held, told cops he remembered helping Anna into the passenger seat after the party and that Lance was the driver. Anna then told police they traded seats after stopping at a market before the accident. Two days later, Anna changed her story and admitted Lance was driving that night. But now she insists he hadn't been drinking. 

Lance, who was slapped with two citations, is due in court on March 17th.

SOURCE: TMZ



 

You may still be pining for those red velvet Oreos, but a rumor circulating on Twitter might make you fall in love with a whole new flavor of Oreo. Some Twitter users have posted pics of Oreo packaging that reveals the new limited-edition Oreo flavor may just be every camper’s favorite treat: S’mores.

Picture two Graham cracker Oreo cookies stuffed with chocolate and marshmallow cream. Yep. We're in. (Cosmo)

Blog Tuesday 2/3




 

For a while now, we’ve seen 3D printers doing more and more amazing things, includingmaking human body parts.

Well, the Hershey candy company is taking 3D printing to a new level. They are installing a 3D chocolate printer in their Hersheypark headquarters in Pennsylvania that will let you print chocolate versions of your face.

The CocoJet will allow visitors to order custom treats, from geometric shapes to wedding toppers.

If you’re a chocolate fan, it might be time to book that trip the Pennsylvania to see history in the making. (Thrillist)



 

Robin Williams' widow and his three children are battling over the late comedian's personal property.

TMZ says Susan Schneider has filed a lawsuit complaining someone entered the house she shared with Robin days after his death and took belongings they weren't entitled to.

But according to the gossip blog, the children -- Zak, Zelda and Cody Williams -- tell a different story and claim Susan is attempting a "money grab" by "ignoring the plain language of his will and trust." They also claim Susan refused to let them in the house after Robin's death in August.

Some of the items allegedly left to the three children include his 1998 Oscar for Good Will Hunting as well as other memorabilia.

Susan was Robin's third wife. They were married for three years.



 

Sunday's Super Bowl set a U.S. television record with 114.4 million viewers, according toVariety. That's up 2.2 million from the previous record set by last year's Super Bowl between Seattle and Denver.

Viewership on NBC peaked with 120.8 million viewers between 9:45 and 10 p.m. ET when Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes to put the Pats in the lead.

Katy Perry's halftime show was also the highest on record with 118.5 million viewers, about three million more than Bruno Mars got last year on FOX.



 

Bruce Jenner may reveal his full transition into a woman in a sit-down interview withDiane Sawyer.

Several sources are reporting that Sawyer has landed the first interview with the former Olympian. Filming for the ABC News special is reportedly starting this week, but won't air until May -- which Mediaite thinks could be meant to "reveal" the fully-transitioned star of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

Bruce is also planning to document his journey in a reality series for E!

SOURCE: Mediaite



 

Lots of fun on video for some frigid February evenings!

  • The Best of Me is the latest Nicholas Sparks romance novel to hit the big screen.James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan are high school sweethearts who reunite after 20 years.
  • Luke Evans and Dominic Cooper are the biggest names in the supernatural thrillerDracula Untold
  • Keanu Reeves is the title character in John Wick, playing a deadly but retired assassin who re-enters the fray after being assaulted and watching his assailants kill the puppy he'd received from his now-deceased wife.
  • A group of young friends have to face their fears when they awaken the supernatural powers of an Ouija board in OuijaOlivia Cooke of Bates Motel headlines the cast.

TV that's new to video includes the fourth season of The Wire, the second season of the classic The Wonder Years, and the fifth and sixth seasons of The Bob Newhart Show.

Blog Monday 2/2




 
 

BOX-OFFICE REPORT   

1. American Sniper - $31.9 million
2. Paddington - $8.5 million
3. Project Almanac - $8.5 million
4. Black or White - $6.5 million
5. The Boy Next Door - $6.1 million

American Sniper broke another record. The war drama earned $31.8 million between Friday and Sunday, giving it the best Super Bowl weekend of all-time. The Bradley Cooper flick has now made nearly $250 million, and could overtake The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 ($335 million) as the highest grossing release of 2014 and Passion of the Christ ($370.8 million) as the highest grossing rated-R movie in history.

Meanwhile, Paddington climbed from third to second with $8.5 million.

Project Almanac opened in third just a few thousand dollars behind.

The Kevin Costner drama Black or White debuted in fourth with $6.5 million.

Jennifer Lopez's The Boy Next Door dropped from second to fifth with $6.1 million.

And the weekend's other new release, The Loft, premiered in 10th with $2.9 million.



 

After months of speculation Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have finally announced that they're expecting a baby.

JT took time out from his 34th birthday Saturday to share a photo of him kissing his wife's baby bump. He wrote, "Thank you EVERYONE for the Bday wishes! This year, I’m getting the GREATEST GIFT EVER. CAN’T WAIT. #BoyOrGirl #YouNeverKnow #WeDontEvenKnow #WeAreTakingBets."

Justin and Jessica got hitched in October 2012.

SOURCE: Gossip Cop



 

Though Bruce Jenner started transitioning to a woman a year ago, some of his children didn't know about it until recently.

A source tells People magazine, "There was a lot they didn't know about their dad."

Still, the insider says the kids as well as ex-wife Kris Jenner are "now all in support" of his decision. The source says, "The number one thing is they all support Bruce. Kris has been great and anything that says the opposite just isn't true. It's really a hard adjustment for her and a shock but she 100 percent supports him -- the whole family does."

TMZ says Bruce is so far along in the process, undergoing various procedures and psychological counseling, that his reality series will air as early as May.



 

Maybe you didn't think New England would come back from a 10-point deficit to defeat Seattle last night, but Madden '15 did.

The Patriots' 28-24 win in Super Bowl 49 went almost exactly as the video game's simulation predicted. Madden correctly predicted the final score. It also predicted that Patriots wide receiver Julian Edeman would catch the winning touchdown pass and that quarterback Tom Brady would throw for four touchdowns and be named MVP of the game. The only thing it didn't predict was Seahawks coach Pete Carroll making that horrible play-call on the 1-yard line. No one would have predicted that. (Sports Illustrated)

Blog Friday 1/30



» 50th Annual ACM Awards Nominees: RCA's Miranda Lambert leads nominees for the 50th Annual ACM Awards with eight, followed by seven for Capitol's Dierks Bentley, five for Republic Nashville's Florida Georgia Line and four each for Capitol's Luke Bryan, Blue Chair/Columbia's Kenny Chesneyand EMI Nashville's Eric Church. The nominees:

Entertainer: Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line.

Male Vocalist: Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton.

Female Vocalist: Brandy Clark, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood.

Vocal Duo: Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Maddie & Tae, The Swon Brothers.

Vocal Group: Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Zac Brown Band.

Album: Old Boots, New Dirt, Jason AldeanPain KillerLittle Big Town;PlatinumMiranda LambertRiserDierks BentleyThe OutsidersEric Church.

Single: "American Kids," Kenny Chesney; "Automatic," Miranda Lambert; "Dirt," Florida Georgia Line; "Drunk On A Plane," Dierks Bentley; "I Don't Dance," Lee Brice.

Song: "American Kids," Kenny Chesney; "Automatic," Miranda Lambert; "Drink A Beer," Luke Bryan; "Follow Your Arrow," Kacey Musgraves; "Give Me Back My Hometown," Eric Church; "I Hold On," Dierks Bentley.

Video: "American Kids," Kenny Chesney; "Cop Car," Keith Urban; "Drunk On A Plane," Dierks Bentley; "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," Glen Campbell; "Somethin' Bad," Miranda Lambert w/Carrie Underwood.

Vocal Event: "Lonely Tonight," Blake Shelton f/Ashley Monroe; "Meanwhile Back At Mamas," Tim McGraw f/Faith Hill; "Somethin' Bad," Miranda Lambert w/Carrie Underwood; "The South," The Cadillac Three f/Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, Mike Eli; "This Is How We Roll," Florida Georgia Line f/Luke Bryan.






 

A Florida woman copped an "almost guilty" plea when she was pulled over on suspicion of driving a stolen truck-- by telling cops the vehicle was "not that stolen."

Debra Jean Mason was spotted behind the wheel of a pickup that fit the description of one that had been ripped off a week before, and when she offered the registration to the deputy who stopped her, it matched the truck they were looking for. Mason told the officer she borrowed the wheels from a friend, but then became evasive, ultimately admitting that the pal had swiped the pickup from his mom.

She was informed that she was under arrest for possession of a stolen vehicle, to which she replied, “I didn’t think it was that stolen,” according to the police report. No word as to whether or not she was "a little bit pregnant" at the time." (NW Florida Daily News)



 

Cobie Smulders and Taran Killam have welcomed their second child together. TheHow I Met Your Mother star and the SNL cast member, who wed in 2012, are already parents to five-year-old daughter Shaelyn Cado.

Stanley Tucci and wife Felicity Blunt welcomed their first child together, son Matteo Oliver Tucci. The actor has three other children from a previous marriage. Stanley wed Felicity -- who is Emily Blunt's sister -- in 2012.

Eli Manning’s wife Abby McGrew is expecting their third child. The New York Giants QB and his wife are already proud parents to two daughters --- Ava Frances, 3, and Lucy, 19 months.

Blog Thursday 1/29


According to a new National Retail Federation survey, 21.2% of pet owners plan to buy a Valentine's Day gift for their fur babies.

The average pet owner will spend $5.28 on their pet. That might not seem like much, but it adds up to whopping $703 million. (Newser)

 


The New York Daily News took a run at ranking the Top 10 Super Bowl halftime shows. How many of these do you agree with?

  1. Prince (2007)
  2. Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child (2013)
  3. Madonna with Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. and Cee-Lo Green (2012)
  4. U2 (2002)
  5. Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers (2014)
  6. Paul McCartney (2005)
  7. Michael Jackson (1993)
  8. Gloria Estefan, Stevie Wonder, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Savion Glover (1999)
  9. Aerosmith, ’N Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Nelly (2001)
  10. Janet Jackson, P. Diddy, Nelly, Kid Rock and Justin Timberlake (2004)

Click here for a rundown of all the Super Bowl shows to figure out who got snubbed by this list. Tom PettyBruce SpringsteenThe Rolling StonesThe Who?



 

Ryan Ferguson spent 12 years in prison, serving time for a crime he didn’t commit.

His father, Bill, never lost hope – or faith in his son. Bill spent all the time Ryan was behind bars trying to unravel the case and prove that his son was not guilty of murder.

Bill read the police reports over and over, made a timeline, examined evidence, questioned people on his own, and dug up a lot of witnesses. At the end of it all, Ryan was freed.

Well, a concert and sports ticket broker who heard about the story of Ryan and Bill offered them an all-expenses-paid trip to the Super Bowl game this weekend.

Football has always brought the father and son together, so getting to watch one of the biggest sporting events on the planet together will give them some great memories and time to relax. And, make up for lost time. (Fox2Now)



 

Bruce Jenner has reportedly taped a "major sit-down interview" to talk about his "wish to transition from male to female." 

Us Weekly says Bruce had been "uncomfortable" about coming out, but now that he's gotten his family’s blessing, he "wants to put it all out there."

The magazine claims the former Olympian was already "taking steps to live as a woman" when he met Kris Kardashian in 1990. But the Kardashian matriarch allegedly "talked Bruce out of acting on his feelings." Tensions over that issue reportedly led to the couple's recent breakup.

Us Weekly also reports that Bruce will star in an E! reality show "highlighting his desire to live as a woman and look like one."

Sources: Us WeeklyGossip Cop



 

According to the number crunchers from the marketing research company NPD Group, Americans ate a lot of burgers in 2014. Like … a lot, a lot. Nine billion burgers to be exact.

That’s more than one burger for every single person on the planet.

That’s about 28 burgers for every American.

That’s … a lot.

The research also discovered that burgers are trending up, as sales of burgers have increased three percent – or 30 million burgers – from 2013.

On the other hand, chicken sandwiches sales are down nine percent from 2013.

This burger boom could have something to do with how much easier it is to make afancy burger than it is a fancy chicken sandwich. (BurgerBusiness)



 

Want the perfect name for your baby? Willing to spend $32,000 for it? Believe it or not, a Swedish company called Erfolgswelle is charging a whopping 32K to come up with the best name for your bundle of joy.

And this is serious stuff … for your money you will get a baby-naming team of 13 writers, four historians, 12 translators, and two trademark attorneys. (Daily Mail)



 

David Letterman is ready to bury the hatchet with his biggest rival.

TV Insider reports Dave invited Jay Leno to appear as a guest on The Late Show before he retires in May.

Though Leno was the last guest on Craig Ferguson's CBS show in December, he brushed off the question about appearing on The Late Show. "I haven't heard that," TV Insider quoted Leno as saying. "I'll have to check into that." Last year, Jay told Extra that he would do Dave's show if asked.

Leno was a frequent guest on Late Night With David Letterman. His last appearance was back in 1992.



 

If you're feeling the the urge to make some money off Taylor Swift lyrics like "This sick beat" and "Party like it's 1989," you better shake it off because it'll cost you.  

Taylor has trademarked those lyrics, as well as "Nice to meet you. Where you been?" and "Cause we never go out of style." Using any of these phrases on merchandise or any other money-making ventures, without the consent of Taylor, will result in legal action from Team Swift. Oddly enough, Taylor does not own the trademark to "Shake it off." That's actually held by a diet company. (The Hollywood Reporter)

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