Sony Music Nashville announced a new record deal with Garth Brooks this morning (Thursday) in Nashville.
Garth will assemble his longtime group of studio musicians for his new music. For the first time in his career, his music will be available digitally through GarthBrooks.com. New social media accounts are also in the works.
Details on the opening date for a world tour will be disclosed to a fan named Andy on July 14th as a promise from Garth. The two connected in Las Vegas over New Year’s Eve when Andy questioned Garth about an opening date. Garth joked it was that night, but Andy was dissatisfied. Garth then promised to call him personally with the news.
Garth also addressed the cancellation of the Ireland shows. He said, “I would crawl, swim, fly this weekend” to meet with the prime minister to negotiate the dates.
The Federal Trade Commission is looking out for parents whose children might have accidentally made purchases while playing video games on mobile devices. On Thursday, the FTC filed suit against Amazon.com, alleging that they unlawfully billed parents for the in-app purchases their kids may have accidentally made.
The suit claims that thousands of parents have been subjected to such charges, including one whose daughter managed to ring up $358 in in-game charges. The big problem, according to the suit, is that Amazon doesn't "require a password to validate payment information."
If the FTC wins, Amazon will be forced to refund "millions of dollars" to those who have paid the charges rung up by their children without parental permission.
If you love beef but hate the fat, there is another animal protein on the market that is soaring in popularity as a red meat alternative ... yak meat.
But how did yaks, that are only really known to live it up in Tibet, end up in the USA?
Oddly enough, the founder of the Boy Scouts brought them here in the early 1900s on the assumption that if buffalo liked our terrain, so would yaks.
And those who sell it and eat it are pretty darned excited about it.
One yak farmer exuberantly describes it like this: "Interest in exotic meats has always been there, but now people are becoming more conscious of it. Yaks are amazing. It’s a divine meat! It’s something different … more and more farmers should go for it." (Yahoo)
Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly have just announced the nominees for the2014 Emmy Awards, which will take place August 25th, hosted by Seth Meyers, and broadcast live on NBC. Here are the nominees in the major categories
Outstanding Drama Series
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Danes (Homeland)
Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey)
Kerry Washington (Scandal)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom)
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
Woody Harrelson (True Detective)
Matthew McConaughey (True Detective)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)
Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey)
Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)
Josh Charles (The Good Wife)
Jim Carter (Downton Abbey)
Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
Outstanding Comedy Series
Modern Family The Big Bang Theory Louie Veep Silicon Valley Orange Is the New Black
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Lena Dunham (Girls)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
Taylor Schilling (Orange Is the New Black)
Melissa McCarthy (Mike and Molly)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Don Cheadle (House of Lies)
Ricky Gervais (Derek)
Louis C.K. (Louie)
Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Allison Janney (Mom)
Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory)
Kate Mulgrew (Orange Is the New Black)
Anna Chlumsky (Veep)
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Tony Hale (Veep)
Andre Braugher(Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family)
Adam Driver (Girls)
Fred Armisen (Portlandia)
Outstanding Mini-series or Movie
American Horror Story: Coven
The White Queen
Bonnie and Clyde
Outstanding TV Movie
The Normal Heart
The Trip to Bountiful
Sherlock: His Last Vow
Blog Wednesday 7/9
A Washington state man turned the Good Book into a bad trip – after he broke into a stranger's house in the middle of the night to quote scripture, while high on LSD.
The homeowners were awakened in the wee hours of Tuesday morning when the unidentified, naked man crashed through their front door and began loudly reciting passages from the Bible while running around the house. The woman residing there dialed 911 while her husband grabbed a baseball bat to investigate the situation, then chased the nude intruder into the street.
Cops responding to the scene say they discovered the man, still naked, wandering down the street and talking to himself. He was taken to a hospital after revealing that he'd taken a large quantity of the psychedelic drug. (Seattle Times)
The controversy about the Washington Redskins name has done some good – it led to the capture of a fugitive.
Jake Close was recently asked for his opinion on the Redskins controversy by the Press Enterprise in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, and he gave the paper permission to include his comments along with his face and name in the paper's "Your Opinion" section.
A Bloomsburg University police officer recognized Close, who was wanted for jumping his bail on a DUI case, and tracked him down. Close was arrested at the Bloomsburg student rec center on Sunday and sent to jail on $25,000 bail, pending extradition to New York.
And what was Close's comment on the Redskins? "They should change the mascot to a potato!"
Blog Monday 7/7
A discount store employee discovered that it's still a good idea to "just say no" – when a wanna-be robber walked in with a gun and walked out empty-handed because the clerk yelled at him to get out.
The suspect, described as a tall white male in his mid-30s, entered the Dollar General and made a beeline for the checkout, where he ordered the cashier to open the till and hand over the cash – telling him he had a gun and was willing to use it. That didn't have much of an impact on the worker, who looked the guy in the eye and firmly refused the demand – telling him to get out of the store immediately.
The tactic worked, and the thief turned tail – leaving his image on surveillance cameras so that cops can haul him in for attempted robbery. (WTSP)
A pair of crooks in Florida made off with the haul of their dreams – then got busted for taking a nap at the scene of the crime.
Sebastian Gaarlandt and Kristine Gankos broke into several cars in the parking lot of a condo complex in Casselberry, stealing electronics, including several GPS devices, as well as other personal effects. The excitement of the heist apparently took a lot out of them, since they then climbed into their getaway car – where they both fell asleep.
One of the car owners called cops to report a break-in, and when an officer was dispatched to the scene, he found the pair snoozing away, surrounded by the stolen items. (Bright House Network)
Taiwanese doctors had nearly written off a young woman as a hypochondriac for complaining about stomach pain until they finally took an X-ray – which revealed she'd had a fountain pen lodged in her gut for nearly six months.
Shing Feng had seen a number of doctors, none of whom seemed able to give her an answer about the issue, which started as mild discomfort, but eventually became so bad she couldn't eat properly or concentrate on her studies. She finally found a physician affiliated with a hospital, and he ordered the X-ray, which revealed the pen, positioned at an awkward angle.
She was wheeled into surgery almost immediately, since the staff agreed she was at risk of serious injury, or even death. In recovery, she said she didn't recall swallowing the object, but imagined it might have happened during a drunken celebration after her finals. (Daily Star)
There's no greater tradition that the summer road trip, and according to the editors ofOutside magazine these are the 10 best, most adventure-packed road trips in the U.S.
Eureka, California, to Coos Bay, Oregon
Southern Colorado Loop
Grand Canyon, Arizona, to Moab, Utah
Jackson, Wyoming, to Glacier National Park, Montana
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Olympic Peninsula loop, Washington
The Big Island loop, Hawaii
Las Cruces, New Mexico, through West Texas
Duluth, Minnesota, to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan
New Orleans, Louisiana, to Apalachicola, Florida
The 4th may be over, but there's another great reason to celebrate in July − it's National Bikini Month. Bikinis can be traced back to the Ancient Romans, where drawings showed Roman women wearing bikini-like outfits during athletic competitions.
But the modern bikini was introduced on July 5, 1946, and the man officially credited with its creation is Louis Réard, a French mechanical engineer. Apparently Réard was running his mother's lingerie business in Paris and noticed that the women on the beaches in St. Tropez kept rolling up the sides of their swimsuits to get a better tan. Thus came the inspiration for the modern marvel known as the string bikini. So have a cold one in honor of Louis ... then head to your local beach or pool to celebrate his great achievement and this great month.
There are so many debatable issues in the world – politics, religion, whether soccer is worth watching. Thanks to The Huffington Post, there's now one we can all enjoy debating – the hottest women's swimsuit movie moments.
We may not remember much from certain movies, but if there was a hot actress in a bikini, there's a very good chance we'll remember the scene.
Many guys will never forget Phoebe Cates' red bikini in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Or Carrie Fisher's gold bikini in Return of the Jedi. Some other guys can't get the image of Bo Derek in 10 out of their heads or stop fantasizing about Halle Berry in Die Another Day or Jessica Alba in Into the Blue.
If you go to the web site you can go through a collection of memorable photos and rank them. So far, Phoebe Cates is the one to beat.
Graduation is over and if you're a high school student, you're probably pretty proud of what you've accomplished in the last four years.
Now ... allow us to burst your bubble.
Meet Maadhav Shah. Though he's only 16 years old, the California teen already holds three associate's degrees and recently scored a perfect 2400 on the SAT.
He recently graduated from American River College (ARC) near Sacramento with degrees in math, physical science, and social science, and STARTED as a student there at the ripe old age of 10.
Now here's where it gets even weirder. Even though he has college degrees, Maadhav is still working on graduating from Granite Bay High School, where he is starting his senior year in the fall.
Shah hopes to study engineering at Stanford or Cal Tech ... and there's no doubt in our minds that we'll all eventually work for him someday. (Yahoo)
A day after Chris Colfer's Twitter account was hacked, his Glee co-star Lea Michelewas hit.
On Friday morning, a tweet was posted to her account announcing that the actress was pregnant. But Lea set the record straight, tweeting, "Before this gets out to the media, I would like to announce to my fans that I am pregnant. #BabyBoy."
She added, "Guess @ChrisColfer and I should have known better than to make our passwords the names of our cats."
On Thursday, a hacker posted to Chris's Twitter account that he had been fired fromGlee. The actor, who on an airplane when the post went up, later wrote, "Apparently I missed quite the INTERESTING day while aboard my flight. I'm just glad I wasn't 'killed by a fruit truck' again."
America may be out of the running, but four other nations' teams are still nursing hopes of becoming soccer's world champions. Quarter-final matches Friday and Saturday have determined the semi-final matchups.
Brazil will face Germany tomorrow (Tuesday), and Argentina will take on The Netherlands Wednesday.
Argentina will have to do without midfielder Angel Di Maria, who was injured Saturday. Brazil will be without its captain, Thiago Silva, due to yellow cards, and star strikerNeymar, who was kneed in the back and suffered a broken vertebra Friday.
Blog Friday 7/4
Brad Paisley will do his latest single, "River Bank," Sunday on Rising Star. The show airs at 9 p.m. [ET] on ABC.
The song is the first preview of his upcoming album, Moonshine in the Trunk, which will be out August 25th.
Taylor Swift's Red tour has smashed the record for highest grossing country tour of all time.
The tour, which ended recently after 15 months of shows, took in $150 million. That passes Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Soul 2 Soul tour, which grossed $141 million during 2006 and 2007.
The Red tour wrapped up June 12th in Singapore.
Blog Thursday 7/3
A Florida man was arrested after getting in his licks – by running his tongue over a stranger's front door and mooning the neighbors when he failed in an attempt to break in.
Scott McLean Zacher was handcuffed after cops were called to the scene of a disturbance outside the home – which Zacher insisted belonged to a friend of his. The 43-year-old, who works as a teacher, reportedly resisted cops, saying he hadn't done anything wrong, and just wanted to visit his pal.
Deputies still took him into custody, charging him with disorderly intoxication and trespassing. (Tampa Bay Times)
A 25-year-old Swedish guy has what might be the world's longest name.
The man, who was born Alexander Ek, goes by the name Papah Long Nameh for short, but his full legal moniker contains 63 names. That's a record in Sweden and possibly the world. It's also cost him a lot of money. In Sweden, citizens are allowed one free name change. After that it costs about $184 for each change. He's changed his name six times before eventually settling on the ridiculously-long name.
So what is his full name now? Here it is: Kim-Jong Sexy Glorious Beast Divine Dick Father Lovely Iron Man Even Unique Poh Un Winn Charlie Ghora Khaos Mehan Hansa Kimmy Humbero Uno Master Over Dance Shake Bouti Bepop Rocksteady Shredder Kung Ulf Road House Gilgamesh Flap Guy Theo Arse Hole Im Yoda Funky Boy Slam Duck Chuck Jorma Jukka Pekka Ryan Super Air Ooy Rusell Salvador Alfons Molgan Akta Papa Long Nameh Ek. (Newser)
A South Carolina woman is behind bars after a remarkably bad day that began when she stole a car and ended when she fell through the ceiling of a hospital.
31-year-old Christie Lee Davis had a day that will keep cops very busy for a long time writing up a detailed police report. Police say Davis drove a stolen car over to a friend's house but was asked to leave when she became disruptive. That's when she climbed back into the car and drove it into the side of the house. When cops arrived to arrest her, she told them she was feeling sick, so they took her to a nearby hospital. While there, she was given permission to use the bathroom. She apparently tried to escape, because several minutes later she came crashing through the hospital ceiling and landed on a security guard who suffered injuries. She also caused $1,000 in damages.
Davis was taken to jail and held on $3,000 bail. She's been slapped with a slew of charges including possession of a stolen vehicle, assault and battery. (Spartanburg Herald Journal)
A Utah woman got arrested after trying to help her sister light up more than just some candles on her birthday – by buying a bunch of meth from an off-duty cop.
Heather Rodriguez approached the officer and told him she wanted to pick up a nice surprise for her sister, and was hoping he had some meth. He didn't produce any drugs, but when she pulled out a pipe that appeared to be covered in meth residue, the officer surprised her with a different sort of present – a call to his colleagues, who took her into custody on charges of possessing drug paraphernalia.
She initially said that she was only holding the pipe for a friend, but ultimately admitted she'd gotten herself into a meth of trouble on her own. (Daily Herald)
At Thanksgiving time, Butterball opens up their Turkey Talk-Line to help people through the challenge of getting that bird on the table.
In the same spirit, anyone grilling out over the Fourth of July weekend this year will be able to talk to a Grill Master, thanks to Longhorn Steakhouse.
A team of “Certified Grill Masters” will be available from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. You can call them, text them, and even hit them up on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to solve your barbecue problems.
So if you have questions about choosing the right cut of steak, grilling temperature, or what seasoning to add, reach out to them.
Several characters from the super-popular Disney movie Frozen are heading to Once Upon a Time next season.
Two of the roles have just been cast. Scott Michael Foster (Greek) will play Kristoff and Elizabeth Lail will play Anna (who was voiced by KristenBell in the movie) in recurring roles. Elsa, who was introduced at the end of the season-three finale, hasn't been cast yet. The character is expected to debut in the first episode this fall.
If you were on the fence about watching Sharknado 2: The Second One, here’s some news that might get you to pay attention – and maybe even take the time to see the movie.
Jared the Subway Guy is in it.
Which means Jared the Subway Guy will probably be eaten alive by a shark.
How can you put a price on seeing that? (BroBible)
British doctors voted to ban cigarettes for anyone born after the year 2000.
The ban passed at the British Medical Association’s annual meeting and will lead to the doctors’ union twisting the arm of the government because – of course – doctors can’t pass laws. Politicians can.
A spokesman for the British Medical Association explained the hard line stance this way: “Smoking is not a rational, informed choice of adulthood. Eighty percent of smokers start as teenagers as a result of intense peer pressure.
“It’s not expected that this policy will instantly prevent all people from smoking, but rather it will de-normalize cigarette smoking. The level of harm caused by smoking is unconscionable.” (BMA)
Jeremy Meeks, the California felon who made headlines for his handsome mugshot, has been picked up by Blaze Models in Los Angeles.
His new rep Gina Rodriguez (a former porn star who represents such D-listers as Farrah Abraham, Octomom, Tan Mom and V. Stiviano) thinks he could rake in as much as $30K a month with his new career.
There's just one small problem ... he's being held in jail with bail set at over $1 million.
Rodriguez is trying to secure Meeks some modeling deals so whenever he gets out, he can hit the ground running. (Gawker)
Blog Tuesday 7/1
Butter is back! New reports show that we are consuming about 23 sticks of butter a year on average, which is up a lot from the days when we preferred the chemical stuff. In fact, butter consumption is ahead of margarine for the third straight year.
Even though we are eating more of the real stuff, our love for butter doesn't even come close to it did in the 1920s when the average American consumed 72 sticks a year. (Time)
The World Cup is such serious business that some want you to alter your breakfast habits in advance of Team USA's do-or-die match against Belgium on Tuesday.
American breakfast institution the Waffle House sent out a tweet on Monday saying, "We don't believe in Belgium waffles." That message was re-tweeted more than 7,600 times with many like-minded souls, including Jake McDonald, picking up the ball with their own variation. He wrote, "Going to @Wafflehouse tomorrow to enjoy some AMERICAN waffles. #boycottbelgium #BeatBelgium #USAvsBEL #ussoccer."
As many suspected would happen, Shia LaBeouf has checked into a private 12-step rehab facility. A nurse and security guard had been called in advance and awaited his arrival.
A source revealed, “Shia was nervous. He didn't look good all morning. It didn't look like he wanted to do it, but he knew he had to.”
Paparazzi snapped shots of the scruffy, 28-year-old actor carrying a copy of the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous. A nice signal to Hollywood power-players that he’s serious about cleaning up his act.
However, at the very least he could have chosen a dog-eared copy. No one would be surprised if his crisis manager team purchased the “Big Book” earlier in the day and thrust it Shia’s hands. Source: Daily Mail
If you want to know who is going to win a sporting event, all you need to do is ask an animal.
That's what workers at SeaWorld in San Antonio were thinking when they asked a tortoise to predict the winner of today's World Cup match-up between the the U.S. and Belgium. Henry the African spurred tortoise was presented two soccer balls, one with an American flag on it and one with the Belgium flag on it. And wouldn't you know it, Henry picked the American ball. So now you can place your bets with full confidence that the Americans will win today. (KSAT - San Antonio)
Blog Monday 6/30
1. Transformers: Age of Extinction - $100 million 2. 22 Jump Street - $15.4 million 3. How to Train Your Dragon 2 - $13.1 million 4. Think Like a Man Too - $10.4 million 5. Maleficent - $8.2 million
Transformers: Age of Extinction blew away the competition at the box office, taking in $100 million in its debut weekend.
22 Jump Street was a distant second with $15.4 million.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 was third with $13.1 million.
Last week's number-one movie, Think Like a Man Too, dropped to fourth with $10.4 million.
Maleficent was fifth with $8.2 million.
Blog Friday 6/27
Last (Thursday) night on Broadway, Shia LaBeouf put on an arresting performance-- and he wasn't even on stage.
Six police officers were needed to escort the troubled actor from the audience watching a production of the musical Cabaret. LaBeouf was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct and one count of criminal trespassing.
During the first act, the 28-year-old actor obnoxiously smoked cigarettes and was disruptive. Police waited until intermission to arrest LaBeouf. He was sobbing as they cuffed him and carted him off in the squad car.
Following intermission, Cabaret cast member Danny Burstein posted to Facebook the all-clear signal. “Ladies and gentlemen, Shia LaBeouf has just been escorted from the building in handcuffs.”
At the police department, LaBeouf was so belligerent, and constantly spitting, that officers forced him into a restrictive face mask. He reportedly told the cops -- in colorful language inappropriate for the radio — exactly what he would do to them the moment they uncuffed him.
Witnesses report Shia was incoherent and stumbling before the show started. Tina Marie Miller claimed, “If we didn't know who he was, we'd assume he was a bum, literally, from how he looked and acted. Honestly, I wasn't thinking of drunk or drugs.”Source: ABC News
Blog Tuesday 6/24
Video gaming is now a college varsity sport with schools squaring off, just like they might do on the football field or basketball court.
And, one private university in Chicago is actually offering scholarships for gamers.
Robert Morris University Illinois is offering 50% of tuition and 50% of room and board to experts of the game League of Legends. When you tally it all up, scholarship winners are getting $19,000.
Not to shabby for just goofing off with a game. (Forbes)
A researcher gave vocabulary tests to men and women to see which words they recognized – and which words they didn’t.
These tests found there are words that most men know – that many women don’t.
If you’re watching the World Cup games – or at least watching the United States team World Cup games – here are some fast facts that will make you sound like soccer genius to your friends:
The average player runs about seven miles during the course of a game. And, referees end up running even more.
There are 12 different stadiums hosting games in Brazil, with seating capacity ranging from about to 43,000 to almost 77,000. The stadiums have been an average of 92.8 percent full in the early round of the tournament.
Most oddsmakers currently have Brazil to win the 2014 tournament, followed by Germany, Argentina, and Spain.
3.2 billion people around the world watched the last World Cup final, nearly half the planet’s population. (Today)
Kim Kardashian is protesting the protest of the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Celebrities have been boycotting the famous establishment because its owner, theSultan of Brunei, has enacted anti-gay laws in his country. But in an essay on herblog Kim explains why she no longer supports the protest. She writes, “For a sultan that has 20 billion dollars, this loss of business doesn’t even make a dent in his fortunes. But the hotel staff are being negatively affected every day with the boycott that has gone on for weeks now… We shouldn’t punish the amazing hard-working people who have been so good to us for years!”
She adds, "I do believe though that instead of this boycott, there has to be another solution."
Though the ratings continued to decrease last year, American Idol producers are sticking with their judges' panel.
Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Junior will return for their second season together, along with host Ryan Seacrest.
In a statement, Fox's David Hill said, "Jennifer, Keith, Harry and Ryan are the very best in the business at what they do, and I'm thrilled that they are returning to American Idolfor another season."
Simon Cowell was rumored to be making a return to help stave off the ratings decline, but that may have been wishful thinking.
Auditions for season 14 continue Wednesday in New Orleans.
President Obama may be known around the world, he might enjoy World Cup soccer, but there's no way his face should be on a collectible mug featuring England's World Cup Team players, and yet, that happened.
Someone at the British company that made the cups put a photo of Obama wearing a British soccer jersey on the mugs instead of Manchester United's center back Chris Smalling.
The distributor of the mugs pinned the mistake on an "apprentice" who used Google to find images of the players on the team, but mistakenly ended up with a photo of Obama. They explained, "He copied the first picture he liked the look of and the result was that the President of the United States has ended up on an England cup instead of the English defender."
There is now a candy out there made from Ghost Peppers, which happen to be the hottest peppers known to man.
Popping just one little Ghost Pepper Super Hot Candy Balls in your mouth is, as you can imagine, painful.
The sensation of eating one has been described as “needles … needles everywhere.”
Calling these crazy things candy seems a bit off. (Time)
There's just something about a hunky bad boy that makes women forget common sense. Six-time convicted felon Jeremy Meeks caused quite a stir on the Stockton, California, Police Department's Facebook page when his mug shot was posted after he was arrested on felony weapons charges.
Jeremy's mug shot is so sexy it went viral – with nearly 70,000 likes and 20,000 comments, mostly from women totally enamored with the 30-year-old's baby blue eyes and chiseled jaw. Word travels fast over social media and comments like, "I would arrest him too ... hottest bad boy I've seen" and "Momma, I'm in love with a criminal" flooded the law enforcement site.
A spokesperson for the Stockton PD told a local news station that Jeremy is "one of the most violent criminals in the Stockton area," but even $900,000 bail isn't a deterrent for Jeremy's newfound fan base. With his sudden and swift internet fame, Jeremy Meeks might be able to leave his life of crime behind for a modeling gig, and if that doesn't work out for him, he certainly won't be hard up for dates after serving his time! (ABC News)
Additional details on Tim McGraw's struggle with substance abuse have surfaced on the web. In his new cover story with Men's Health, Tim reveals until seven years ago, there weren't many times he went onstage without "something" in his system.
He says, "I drank too much. I partied too much. And did other things too much. Chemically. No needles or that kind of stuff, but … use your imagination."
Tim adds his wife Faith Hill was the one who got him to stop, saying, "When your wife tells you it's gone too far, that's a big wake-up call."
Tim's Men's Health issue hits newsstands on Tuesday.
Rian Johnson will write and direct the eighth Star Wars movie.
Johnson, who directed Brick and Looper, takes over the franchise from J.J. Abrams, who is now shooting Episode VII in London. Johnson will also write the treatment for Episode IV, but will not direct it.
He also directed three episodes of Breaking Bad, including "Ozymandias," which many considered the series' best.
Episode VII is set to come out in December 2015. A a new Star Wars is scheduled to be release every year after that.
The U.S. almost stunned Portugal in Sunday's World Cup contest. Almost. Just before the game ended in stoppage time, SilvestreVarela scored, changing what could have been a U.S. victory into a 2-2 tie.
Portugal got out to a fast start, scoring a goal early on, but Jermaine Jones answered for Team USA, scoring early in the second half.
With just nine minute remaining in regular time, Clint Dempsey scored to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead, and what many presumed, the victory. Yet, Varela scored that goal with just seconds remaining to steal the win from the U.S. and break hearts all over America.
A restaurant in the Philippines is serving up a popular new dessert that fans of both ice cream and large aquatic reptiles will surely love.
The Sweet Spot sells crocodile ice cream. But hold on a minute. It doesn't actually taste like crocodile, nor does it bite you back. It's made using actual crocodile eggs.
The owners of the restaurant are very careful, though. They understand that crocs are endangered, so they only use eggs that won't hatch. That's a relief. Just imagine a horrifying scenario in which a crocodile egg hatches inside someone's belly. (Daily Mail)
The Kansas City Royals have been in the cellar of the American League Central for almost two decades. Now it seems a song that's 33 years old has transformed their season.
Since 2008, the team has played Garth Brooks’ "Friends in Low Places" as the sing-a-long song during the sixth inning. This year, the team had a contest where fans voted on a new song for that inning, and Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" won the final round on June 7th. The Royals won that night – and then won nine more games in a row to propel them into first place in the division.
Alas, the Journey luck didn't extend beyond 10 games – the Royals lost to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday afternoon. (The Big Lead)
Harley-Davidson has unveiled its first ever electric motorcycle.
The bike, called Project LiveWire, is arguably the craziest thing the company has produced in its 111-year history.
Of course, no gas engine means no thunder roaring from the muffler.
So … Riders of the bike either have to make “vroom, vroom” sounds themselves ... or put baseball cards in the spokes.
They will also, most likely, be very tempted to drag race every Prius they see. (Fox News)
If your consider yourself a coffee connoisseur, if may be time for you to stick some butter in your Americano.
This trend has been catching on for a while now and it finally has a name – Bulletproof Coffee.
It consists of:
A cup of black coffee, a tablespoon of unsalted grass-fed butter, and a tablespoon of palm/kernel oil (known as MCT).
Then you just "blend until frothy" and enjoy!
The people who swear by the buttered coffee claim that it does everything from sustain your energy, to help with weight loss.
And in case you're wondering what it tastes like, it's described as "a lot like drinking a latte, only more buttery/oilier." (Jezebel)
They say that cats always find their way home. But if your cat has been missing for over a decade, you'd probably have your doubts.
That's why Paula Harper-Adams was so confused and suspicious when a cat that looked like the one she lost 13 years ago wandered back to her home recently.
Paula, who now has four kids, found the mangy little feline on her doorstep earlier this month. And it wasn't until she took the cat to the vet that both she and the animal doc realized it was the same furry friend who had wandered out of her home for a 13-year adventure.
The family would love nothing more than to find out where the cat has been all this time, but they'll settle for having it home for now. (Jezebel)
True Blood's seventh and final season kicks off Sunday on HBO.
There are a number of questions going into the new season. Are Sookie and Alcide a couple? Is Eric really dead? How will the Hep-V afflicted “zombie vampires” be dealt with? Will Sookie and Bill reconcile? Who's going to die? Entertainment Weekly says that a "major player is dead before the opening credits even roll." But the biggest question is probably who Sookie will end up with. For that, you'll probably have to wait till the finale.
Still, this might not be the true death for the series. There's talk that a True Bloodmusical is in the works.
If you ever wondered what happened behind the scenes of Saved by the Bell, Lifetime has you covered.
On September 1st, the cable channel will air The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story -- which promises to tell the scandalous "true story" of the cult 1990s series. It's loosely based on Dustin "Screech" Diamond's controversial tell-all book Behind the Bell, which claimed there were plenty of hook-ups and drug use among the young stars.
The Lifetime cast includes Degrassi star Dylan Everett as Mark-Paul Gosselaar,Shameless's Sam Kindseth as Dustin Diamond, ParanormalActivity: The Marked Onesactor Julian Works as MarioLopez, AlyssaLynch as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen,Supernatural's TieraSkovbye as ElizabethBerkley, and Blink's Taylor RussellMcKenzie as LarkVoorhies.
Kim Kardashian's parenting skills are coming under fire.
The Twitterverse erupted today (Wednesday) because Kim had her one-year-old daughter's ears pierced. Here's what some irate tweeters had to say after seeing Northwearing what looked like diamond studs during a birthday outing on Sunday.
One person wrote, “Far too young. Let her decide for herself when older! Should be banned, unneccessary (sic) and cruel. Purely for vanity of parents.”
Another person said, “Shes only a yr old! I think it should be the childs choice NOT the parents!! #SorryNotSorry.”
A pediatrician tells Today.com that around eight is the ideal age to pierce a child's ears if he or she asks.
There are some guys out there making fashion choices that are so “out there” that they border on freaky.
The latest example? The “half-thong.”
It’s a banana hammock that only goes over one hip – and it looks as scary as it sounds.
Of course, it was introduced to humanity by a French clothing company. Leave it to the French to bring us something so creepy that it boggles the mind.
Warning: If you see a guy wearing one of these things – either in real life or in a photo – you cannot unsee it. (Mirror)
Amazon launched their entry into the smartphone business on Wednesday by unveiling the Fire Phone at an event in Seattle.
It looks pretty much like an iPhone, but it does has some features not available on Apple smartphones. If you're playing a game on your Fire, it will respond to the way you move your head to give the images on the phone the appearance of 3-D. It'll also scroll through a Web page by merely titling the device. It'll allows you to make a shopping list by taking pictures of items on your phone.
The Fire Phone is a nice complement to a whole slew of services the Amazon has debuted in recent years, including their music-streaming service, their own TV shows and games.
The new device is available through AT&T for $199 with a two-year contact.
He'll be taking the makeshift stage at the Coyote Drive-In movie theater in Fort Worth, Texas, and the show will be simultaneously broadcast to drive-ins across the country. The full list of theaters as well as tickets can be found atMargaritaville.com/LiveAtTheDrive-In or at your local drive-in box office.
Blog Wednesday 6/18
As if there aren’t already enough alternatives to cow’s milk – like soy milk, almond milk, and rice milk, among others – there is now a company bringing camel’s milk to customers in 40 Whole Foods stores in California.
The distributor, Desert Farms, is getting this camel milk from several American camel ranches and, according to the mission on its Facebook page, has a goal of “promoting camel milk as nature’s most wholesome dairy beverage.”
If you’re interested in getting in on this health food craze, you’re going to have to open your wallet – it’s being sold for a steep $18 per bottle. (Wall Street Journal)
According to a new report from the Labor Department, consumer prices jumped 0.4 percent in May – the biggest increase in 15 months.
Food and gasoline led the way with the biggest increases, which is a bummer because these two budget items affect pretty much every American.
The Federal Reserve is certainly paying close attention to this and might be tinkering with interest rates, raising them to slow inflation down.
Over the past 12 months, consumer prices are up 2.1 percent.
So if you haven’t gotten a raise in the past year, it might be time to ask for one before you get too far behind. (Yahoo Finance)
Boys grow up and become men. Usually, at least.
Here’s a rundown of some signs that you’re not a kid anymore – and have actually become a fully formed adult:
You've been asked to look after friends' babies, houses or pets.
You've owned the same pair of sunglasses for over a year.
When you bring a girl back to your place, you don't have to think too hard about the state it's in - because you left it neat and tidy.
You never use the same towel for over a week.
Your fridge contains some variety of fruit or veggie, and it's not even close to being rotten.
You have at least one friend you've kept for over 10 years.
You own two sets of sheets.
You engage in some sort of workout routine, however minimal.
You own or have previously owned a business card (with your name on it).
Excessive drinking is a problem in Alaska and apparently one of the groups it hits hardest is expectant mothers. In fact, Alaska has one of the highest rates of fetal alcohol syndrome in the country.
In order to try to curb this, a state-funded project, in conjunction with the University of Alaska, has been given $400,000 to install pregnancy tests in 20 bar bathrooms and study whether this will stop pregnant women from partaking in alcohol.
So if you live in Alaska and you think you might be pregnant, go down to the pub so you can find out for sure. (NY Daily News)
Newly crowned Miss USA Nia Sanchez is making the media rounds ... but she isn't doing much in the way of changing the stereotype of the ditsy pageant girl. In a recent interview, the former Miss Nevada was asked what Nevada's state capital is ... and she didn't know!
The beauty queen stammered with uncomfortable oh's and um's after being asked the simple question. Before she could completely embarrass herself, the host stepped in with the answer − Carson City. Instead of just laughing it off, saying she was nervous or something, Nia just kept rambling (and making it worse). Here's what she said, "Thank you, I was going to say that! I was like, that one DJ host on MTV, back in the day, his name, that's how I always remembered it ... Carson Daly, that guy!" Really? That's how you remembered the capital of your own state? When are they going to stop pretending that the pageant is more than just a beauty contest? (TheStir)
Tim McGraw shows off his rock-hard abs in the new issue of Men's Health magazine.
Inside the mag, Tim talks about conquering his demons, getting in shape and even says he doesn't obsess over his million-dollar voice. "I'm not Pavarotti. My voice training comes with two hours of shows every night. I mean I can warm up all I want -- I don't -- and it's not gonna make a hill'a beans' difference. I'm a storyteller, not a singer."
The issue of Men's Health with Tim on the cover hits newsstands on June 24th.
The Kim Kardashian brand continues to grow.
It looks like the reality star is about to launch a video game. She hinted at it, posting a pic to Instagram along with the caption, “Sneak peek from my upcoming project! Super excited about this! #KimKardashianGame.”
The photo shows a cartoon version of Kim on a red carpet, with the title “Kim Kardashian Hollywood.”
Kim's empire already includes perfumes, clothes, make-up, jewelry and of course TV shows.
Brace yourself for family backlash if you plan to marry an atheist.
A new survey says that atheists are the most unwanted future relative, with about half of Americans saying they would be unhappy if a non-believer was brought into the family.
On the other hand, only 9 percent said they would be upset with an in-law who was a “born again” Christian – and only 19 percent said they would be unhappy to have a gun owner in the family. (Huffington Post)
If you thought the job market was over-saturated, you have no idea what college students are willing to do for an unpaid internship in today's market. Emmis Digital in Chicago had so many qualified candidates for its internship program that they actually set up a "Hunger Games" competition to determine who would get the coveted position with the media company.
The hiring team narrowed down the candidate pool to the top three applicants and then made them compete in the movie inspired "Intern Games." The "tributes" had to not only make personal videos to prove they were the most qualified for the job, but they were competing against each other to see which candidate could bring the most traffic to the company's social media sites.
The hiring manager who came up with the idea explained, "We thought that it would be fun to pit them against each other, test their mettle, and see who was the hungriest." Two of the three candidates performed so well they gave them both unpaid positions. (Newser)
This is really cool ... Starbucks has announced that it will provide free college education to thousands of its employees.
The online program, run through an arrangement with Arizona State University, is open to any of Starbucks' 135,000 employees in the U.S. The only requirements are that employees work at least 20 hours a week and have the grades and test scores to get into Arizona State. According to the NY Times, "For a barista with at least two years of college credit, the company will pay full tuition; for those with fewer credits it will pay part of the cost, but even for many of them, courses will be free, with government and university aid."
After the cuteness ratings bonanza that was the Puppy Bowl, Animal Planet is at it again.
Cashing in on the Super Bowl was so well received, that the network has now set it sights on the World Cup (or the "World Pup," as they're calling it).
Here's how it works: Each of the 16 dogs represents a nation. Then video footage of the dogs is broadcast on AnimalPlanet.com at the same time as the matches in Brazil, and allows viewers to cast a vote for their favorite team.
The Chihuahua (Mexico), the French Bulldog (take a wild guess) and the Alaskan Malamute are just some of the breeds representing in the World Pup this year. (Daily Mail)
More good news for Tracy Morgan. The comedian continues to get better following last week's fatal car accident. Doctors upgraded his condition to fair today (Monday). Tracy's had been listed in critical condition ever since the June 7th accident.
His rep says it's not just Tracy's health that's improving. "His personality is certainly starting to come back as well."
Tracy suffered a number of injuries, including broken ribs and a fractured femur. His friend and mentor, James "Jimmy Mack" McNair, died in the accident.
Tom Hiddleston, who played "Loki" in the Thor and Avengers movies, will tackle a very different character in October, when he starts filming a new Hank Williams bio-pic I Saw the Light. Hiddleston will reportedly do his own singing in the film, which is based on a biography by Colin Escott and is being written and directed by Marc Abraham.
This will be the fourth movie to center around Williams, but the first since 1964's Your Cheatin' Heart -- which starred George Hamilton -- to tell the story of his entire short life. Two low-budget films, the 2012 TV flick The Last Ride and the 1980 Canadian production Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave, were based on specific incidents.
Michael Jordan is worth a billion dollars! He is the first American athlete to reach that rarefied plateau of enormous wealth.
All those years of playing basketball, marketing a sneaker brand, endorsing Hanes, Gatorade, Wheaties and many other products, a chain of steakhouses and other business investments, have payed off to the tune of nine zeros.
Jordan earned roughly $90 million in 2013 (according to Forbes). Over the past few months, he has increased his majority ownership of the Charlotte Bobcats from 80 percent to 89.5 percent; at current estimates of the team's value -- even taking into account what he spent to raise his share and the team's sizable debt -- his piece is currently worth more than $400 million. He was already worth an estimated $600 million, so this puts him over the top. A billionaire is born.
1. 22 Jump Street - $60 million 2. How to Train Your Dragon 2 - $50 million 3. Maleficent - $19 million 4. Edge of Tomorrow - $16.2 million 5. The Fault in Our Stars - $15.7 million
Tributes have been pouring in for Casey Kasem, who died on Sunday after a long illness.
Ryan Seacrest, who took over as American Top 40 host when Casey stepped down in 2004, said in a statement, "It’s a sad day for the broadcasting community and for radio listeners around the world. When I was a kid, I would listen to Casey Kasem’s AT40 show every weekend, and dream about someday becoming a radio DJ. So when decades later I took over his AT40 countdown show, it was a surreal moment. Casey had a distinctive friendly on-air voice, and he was just as affable and nice if you had the privilege to be in his company. He’ll be greatly missed by all of us."
Carson Daly tweeted: "Long before MTV and the Internet #CaseyKasem made sure you were hearing the best music out there. Peace be to his family and RIP. #Respect"
Call her Dame Angelina Jolie.
Queen Elizabeth bestowed the honorary title on the actress Friday for her work against sexual violence in war zones. Angie said, "To receive an honor related to foreign policy means a great deal to me, as it is what I wish to dedicate my working life to." (Dame is the equivalent form of address to "Sir" for knights.)
Also honored during the queen’s annual Birthday Honors List was Daniel Day-Lewis, who was made a knight "for services to drama"; Homeland star DamienLewis, who was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire; and actress MaggieSmith, who was deemed a Companion of Honor.
Harrison Ford's ankle injury may be more serious than originally thought.
Access Hollywood spoke to the actor's son, Ben Ford, about his father's mishap on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII -- and he says his father could need a plate and screws put into his ankle.
Ben also said that director J.J. Abrams may have to shoot around the star's injury, shooting him from the waist up while he recovers.
Meanwhile, Harrison's wife Calista Flockhart has flown to London to be by her husband's hospital bedside.
Harrison got hurt on Thursday, reportedly by a door on the Millennium Falcon. Episode VII is set to open on December 18th, 2015.
Blog Friday 6/13
It's graduation season, and many 17- and 18-year-olds are walking across a high school stage excitedly collecting their diploma.
Tanishq Abraham also did this last Sunday. Only he isn't 18 ... he's 10.
The Sacramento, California, boy graduated high school with a 4.0 GPA and a membership to Mensa.
And now that Tanishq has graduated, he will be attending college in the fall.
He'll start out at a local community college (not having hit puberty yet) and then hopefully transfer a few years later to M.I.T., Cornell, or Harvard.
After that, he wants to enroll in medical school and then research a cure for cancer (this has been his goal since he was 4 years old).
Yeah, we don't feel like underachievers at all ... (Yahoo)
From showing up to give a toast at your bachelor party to taking a fry of your table at Wendy's, Bill Murray has a way of appearing out of thin air and making your day better.
Well, it happened again.
Engaged couple Erik Rogers and Ashley Donald were in the middle of taking their engagement photos in Charleston, South Carolina, when the actor randomly showed up and started doing goofy things to make them laugh.
When the couple realized who it was, they quickly asked him if he'd like to be in a picture with them.
"Sure I would," Bill replied.
The photographer snapped the shot and as quickly as he first appeared, Bill was gone. (Gawker)
If you want to celebrate the macho side of your dad this year, consider these manly gifts for manly dads:
The alleged details of Warner Bros.' plans for their DC Comics movies, which the studio planned to reveal at Comic-Con in July, have been leaked.
Hollywood reporter Nikki Finke, who recently departed from Deadline.com, launched her own website today (Thursday) with the big scoop. According to her, the long-awaitedJustice League movie will hit theaters in May 2017. But the even bigger news is that theWonder Woman movie is happening, and is set to come out in July 2017. Gal Gadot, who plays the Amazon in the upcoming Batman V. Superman, would most likely reprise her role. Also on the DC movie schedule are Shazam, Sandman and a Flash and Green Lantern team-up.
Here's the DC movie rundown, according to Finke:
May 2016 – Batman V. Superman
July 2016 – Shazam
Xmas 2016 – Sandman
May 2017 – Justice League
July 2017 – Wonder Woman
Xmas 2017 – Flash and Green Lantern team-up
May 2018 – Man of Steel 2
FOX's much criticized dating show I Wanna Marry Harry has been cancelled.
The show, which aired only four episodes, revolved around 12 American women who competed for the heart of a guy they were led to believe was Britain's Prince Harry. He wasn't.
For the few folks who were watching, FOX will make the rest of the episodes available online.
The network also dumped the competition series Riot .
Tracy Morgan is doing better following last weekend's fatal car accident.
In a statement issued Thursday, his rep tells Gossip Cop, "Today was a better day. While Tracy remains in critical, but stable, condition, he continues to show signs of improvement." The spokesperson adds that Tracy's doctors remain "optimistic that his recovery is progressing."
Also the wife of Jeff Millea -- Tracy's assistant who was also hurt in the crash -- says he has "shown much improvement over the past few days."
The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry married longtime boyfriend Texas Rangers catcher J.P. Arencibia today (Thursday).
Although the wedding wasn't expected to take place until the summer, the two exchanged vows at the First Presbyterian Church in Greeneville, Tennessee in front of family and friends that included celebrity couples Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher, and Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton. A reception followed at Perry's parents home.
The couple met in 2012 and got engaged last September.
We've all done it – stayed up WAY past our bedtime to watch JUST ONE MORE episode of Game of Thrones, while downloading music and watching YouTube clips.
And chances are, we paid for it dearly the next morning.
Researchers in the Netherlands have now put a technical name to your late-night fiestas. It's called “bedtime procrastination" and they describe it as “failing to go to bed at the intended time, while no external circumstances prevent a person from doing so.”
Basically, it's not insomnia – it's putting off sleep. And as we all know, not sleeping enough causes all sorts of problems – from low productivity to weight gain. Experts say you need to stick to a regular bedtime ... but don't they understand how tempting one more episode is? (NY Mag)
A year after the Food Network gave her the boot, Paula Deen has announced she's launching her own Internet cooking channel.
In a statement, the disgraced cook said, "Guess who's going digital, y'all! I'm so excited about my new online network and can't wait to show everyone what we've been working on."
The Paula Deen Network, which is set to launch in September, will be a paid subscription-based service featuring original programming and interactive content.
Paula is hot on the comeback trail after her racial slur scandal last year, which led to the Food Network dropping her as well as the loss of many endorsement deals. Later this month, she'll kick off on a live, multi-city tour.
A seemingly intoxicated Washington state man who tried to steal doughnuts from a gas station was happy to tell cops that he was under the influence of a spirit – the Holy Spirit.
Anthony Stanley reportedly rear-ended another driver before pulling into a gas station on a quest to fill his car's tank with free gas, and his own tank with free donuts. When he tried to jump over the counter and grab some cash, the clerk on duty locked the register, which prompted Stanley to grab items off a shelf to throw at the man.
Stanley insisted he was not under the influence, and, according to the police report, "He said he is filled with the Holy Spirit and said the officer could draw his blood, but all he would find would be God." A blood test showed otherwise, leading to DUI charges, among other counts. (UPI)
If you just graduated college, congratulations. No matter your major, finishing school is a great accomplishment. Lots of blood, sweat, tears and tuition money went into your diploma.
Unfortunately, not all majors are created equal. The one you have might be … well … less than valuable out there in the job marketplace.
According to a survey from H&R Block, here are the least valuable college majors being offered – and earned – these days, based on unemployment stats: