UCN Written Prep
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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Who Am I?
Mars vs. Venus
New DVD Releases and Re-releases
Top DVD Sales and Rentals
New Music Releases and Re-releases
New Video Game Releases
Best TiVo Bets
Our Weird World
Water Cooler Talk
Cool Stuff From the Web
TOM CRUISE’S BUSINESS TEAM HAS SENT OUT FEELERS
Radar Online says Taylor Swift is taking a break from dating on the advice of her business team; they feel men don’t want to date her and become the subject of a breakup song.***
***They advised Taylor to try to write songs that aren’t about some bitter breakup. In a related story, Taylor Swift says she’s retiring.
AND HAVE THE POPE ASK GOD TO BRING BACK ROGER EBERT
Reports say Russell Crowe finally got his meeting with Pope Francis and has gotten the Vatican’s blessing for his movie “Noah,” out Friday.***
***The Vatican supports the “Noah” movie and the story of the great flood. In fact, a lot of priests spent the day listening to “It’s Raining Men.”
***Noah builds an ark to survive a great flood. And talk about a real miracle: his boss gives him 40 days off from work to go on a cruise.
SHE ASKED IF THE ATTIC HAD A VIP SECTION
Controversy for Beyoncé after she visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and posted pictures to Instagram; critics say it was insensitive.***
***Beyoncé’s not too bright about that period of history. She thinks “Schindler’s List” is where you go online to rent an apartment.
EARLIER, HE TRIED TO TELL JUDGE JUDY IT WAS RAINING…
Former television judge Joe Brown was arrested Monday in Tennessee after causing an outburst in a child support hearing for a client he was representing.***
***Even worse, while he made his argument, every eight minutes he tried to cut away to a commercial.
***You can be arrested and still be a judge? Well, I’m looking forward to that new syndicated courtroom show, “Judge Chris Brown.”
I PRAY DANNY BONADUCE IS NOT HIS SOBER COACH
Former “Partridge Family” star David Cassidy has been ordered to enroll in a 90-day live-in rehab facility for alcohol abuse, TMZ says. The star was arrested for DUI in January.***
***David was a teen star 40 years ago and now has an abuse problem. It makes Justin Bieber pretty smug that he’s years and years ahead in his meltdowns.
DUDE, WHERE’S MY CONDOM?
People magazine reports that Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are expecting and will welcome their first child later this year.***
***On the “Two and a Half Men” set, the cast is excited about the bundle of joy. Back during the Charlie Sheen days, “bundle of joy” was what Charlie got from his dealer.
***They’ve gotten some lovely notes from friends and co-workers. Angus T. Jones sent over a card saying, “Burn in hell for eternity, you wicked, wicked fornicators.”
***Charlie Sheen called Ashton to say that parenthood means so many new experiences: custody battles, threats to cut off child support.
THE FIRST HOUR, NOAH SHOPS FOR ORGANIC FREE TRADE ANIMAL FEED
Russell Crowe’s movie “Noah” is out this week; the movie is being heavily criticized for its green agenda and for taking liberties with the Biblical story.***
***Noah gathers up all the animals two by two…at least the ones that can fit in the back of his Prius.
AND JUST WHEN THEY GAVE UP COKE CONDOMS FOR LENT
German customs officials have seized a package addressed to the Vatican containing 14 condoms filled with cocaine.***
***Talk about the high holy days.
Timeline For Tuesday, March 25, 2014
1965 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. leads 25,000 marchers to the state capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, to protest the denial of voting rights to blacks.
1967 “Happy Together” by The Turtles peaks at No. 1.
1968 The final episode of “The Monkees” TV show airs.
1972 “A Horse with No Name” by America peaks at No. 1.
1989 “The Living Years” by Mike & The Mechanics is No. 1.
1989 “New Fool at an Old Game” by Reba McEntire peaks at No. 1.
1991 “Dances with Wolves” wins seven Oscars, including Best Picture.
1992 Nancy Walker dies of lung cancer.
1995 Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder is rescued after a riptide carries him 250 feet offshore in New Zealand.
1995 Mike Tyson is released from an Indiana youth center after serving three years for rape.
1996 “Braveheart” wins a Best Picture Oscar.
1997 Former President George Bush, 73, parachutes from a plane over the Arizona desert.
2001 “Gladiator” wins the Best Picture Oscar while Russell Crowe wins Best Actor for his role in the film.
2001 Julia Roberts wins Best Actress Oscar for “Erin Brockovich.”
2003 “Celine Dion: Opening Night Live Las Vegas” airs on CBS. Celine begins her three-year engagement at Caesars Palace. Justin Timberlake hosts.
2003 “I Want My Money Back” CD by Sammy Kershaw is released.
2003 “Rules Of Travel” CD by Rosanne Cash is released.
2006 In Los Angeles, half a million people march to protest federal legislation to make illegal immigration a felony and build more walls along the border.
2006 Buck Owens, 76, dies.
2009 Dan Seals dies at his daughter’s home in Nashville following a battle with lymphoma.
2013 Golfer Tiger Woods returns to his world No. 1 ranking
Today National Agriculture Day – Pecan Day – Waffle Day
- Tie-In Trivia: While Nancy Walker starred in several movies and hit TV shows, some say she is best known as “Rosie” in TV commercials for what product? (Bounty paper towels)
- Tie-In Trivia: What was the name of Russell Crowe’s character in “Gladiator?” (Maximus)
- Tie-In One-Liner: On this day in 2013, Tiger Woods returned to his world No. 1 ranking after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational. It was an occasion that was half happy and half bittersweet. And with Arnold Palmer involved, it was also half lemonade and half iced tea.
CeleBirthdays For Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Eileen Ford (Modeling agency founder)-92
Gene Shalit (Movie critic)-88
Jim Lovell (Former astronaut)-86
Gloria Steinem (Feminist/activist)-80
Tom Monaghan (Domino’s Pizza founder)-77
Paul Michael Glaser (Starsky and Hutch: Starsky)-71
Bonnie Bedelia (Parenthood: Camille)-66
Mary Gross (Boston Legal: Leigh)-61
James McDaniel (NYPD Blue: Lt. Arthur Fancy)-56
Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet)-54
Brenda Strong (Desperate Housewives: Mary Alice)-54
John Stockwell (Top Gun: Cougar)-53
Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives: Bree)-52
Lisa Gay Hamilton (The Practice: Rebecca)-50
Sarah Jessica Parker-49
Melanie Blatt (All Saints)-39
Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies: Ned)-35
Sean Faris (The Vampire Diaries: Ben)-32
Danica Patrick (Race car driver)-32
Katharine McPhee (American Idol)-30
Jason Castro (American Idol)-27
Ryan Lewis (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis)-26
Alyson Michalka (Aly & AJ – Hellcats: Marti)-25
- Tie-In Trivia: What was Elton John’s first Billboard Top 40 charting single? It was released in 1970 but peaked at No. 8 in 1971. (“Your Song”)
- Tie-In Trivia: On what seasons of “American Idol” did Katharine McPhee and Jason Castro appear? (McPhee appeared on Season Five while Castro appeared on Season Seven)
- Tie-In One-Liner: Elton John is 67 today. Elton’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” album was released 40 years ago and it’s gotten an expanded reissue and lots of attention. The hype is so big for “Yellow Brick Road,” it might even get gay men interested in seeing “The Wizard of Oz.”
Who Am I?
1. I attended George Balanchine’s School of American Ballet in New York City on a full scholarship.
2. I danced in four New York City Ballet productions before becoming an actor.
3. I was cast in the soap opera “Love of Life” while still attending high school.
4. I made my film debut in “The Gypsy Moths” (1969).
5. I am the aunt of actors Macaulay, Kieran and Rory Culkin.
Q. What’s bromidrosiphobia? The average sufferers are 25-year-old men.
A. Fear of your own body odor!
Q. According to experts you should change the size of this either when gaining or losing 10 pounds for maximum comfort. What?
A. Your bra size! (Source: Lingerie company Intimacy)
Q. While pretty vague, the first year these appeared in print to the public was 1966. What?
Mars Vs. Venus
Questions For Men:
1. What is a BRAT diet? (Bananas, rice, applesauce and toast)
2. What does is the first name of Ellen DeGeneres’ mom? (Betty)
Questions For Women:
1. What was the original lineup of the “Three Stooges?” (Moe, Larry and Curly)
New DVD Releases & Re-Releases
“Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher”
“Californication: Season 6”
“Continuum: Season 2”
“Dragons: Defenders of Berk Part 1”
“Heartbeat of Home”
“Israel: The Royal Tour”
“Little House on the Prairie Season 1” [Deluxe Remastered Edition DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy]
“Live in Amsterdam”
“Monster High: Frights, Camera, Action!”
“Musicares Person of Year: Tribute to Bruce Springsteen”
“Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXIX”
“Scooby-Doo: Wrestlemania Mystery”
“The Great Beauty” [Criterion Collection]
“The Wolf of Wall Street”
“Veep: Season 2”
“Walking With Dinosaurs”
“Welcome to the Jungle”
“William & Mary: Complete Collection”
Top DVD Sales & Rentals
Top DVD & Blu-Ray Disc Sales:
1. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
4. “12 Years a Slave”
5. “Thor: The Dark World”
Top DVD & Blu-Ray Disc Rentals:
1. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
2. “Dallas Buyers Club”
3. “Thor: The Dark World”
4. “Captain Phillips”
5. “The Counselor”
Top VOD Titles:
1. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
4. “Dallas Buyers Club”
New Music Releases & Re-Releases
Animals As Leaders – “The Joy of Motion”
Asia – “Gravitas” [CD/DVD]
Barry Manilow – “Night Songs”
Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa – “Live in Amsterdam”
Elton John – “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” [40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition]
Jerrod Niemann – “High Noon”
Johnny Cash – “Out Among The Stars”
Kari Jobe – “Majestic (Live)”
Keith Barrow – “Physical Attraction”
Kylie Minogue – “Kiss Me Once” [CD+DVD]
Merle Haggard – “Okie From Muskogee 45th Anniversary Special 2CD Edition”
Miles Davis – “MILES AT THE FILLMORE – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3”
My Chemical Romance – “May Death Never Stop You (The Greatest Hits 2001 – 2013)” [CD/DVD & includes armband]
Nathan East – “Nathan East”
Rod Stewart – “Tonight’s The Night: Live 1976-1998”
Shakira – “Shakira”
New Video Game Releases
“Diablo III: Reaper of Souls”
“Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD”
“Cabela’s Big Game Hunter Pro Hunts”
“Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny – Gold Edition”
“Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends – Complete Edition”
“Cabela’s Big Game Hunter Pro Hunts”
“Anna – Extended Edition”
“BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma”
“Deception IV: Blood Ties”
“The Witch and the Hundred Knight”
“Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends”
“Cabela’s Big Game Hunter Pro Hunts”
“Cabela’s Big Game Hunter Pro Hunts”
“Deception IV: Blood Ties”
“Destiny of Spirits”
“Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends – Complete Edition”
If your dream wedding involves a dozen attendants, a sit-down dinner for hundreds of guests and an open bar, you should consider wedding insurance. Wedding insurance will cover your losses if bad weather, airport delays, a military call-up or a sudden illness prevents you from getting to the church on time. Nearly a third of couples pay the entire cost of their wedding, and 36% end up spending more than they had planned. Coverage includes loss of deposits, personal liability (with optional change of heart), cancellation/postponement, gifts, photographs, special attire, and more – all available a la carte for customers to pick and choose what they need. Wedsure can cover most private events, including Bar Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs, birthday parties, anniversaries and more.
Best TiVo Bets
Live! With Kelly And Michael (Syn) Zach Braff, Rachel Zoe, Aloe Blacc and guest co-host TBA.
The View (ABC) George Wallace, Tammy Pescatelli, Carlos Oscar, Karen Bergreen, Ted Greenberg and guest co-host Judy Gold.
Dr. Phil (Syn) “Animal Obsessed.”
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Syn) Eva Mendes, Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone, Chris Paul and Rosalee Ramer.
Rachael Ray Show (Syn) Dr. Ian Smith and “NCIS” star Rocky Carroll.
The Doctors (Syn) “Lawrence Zarian’s Style Secrets; The Doctor’s Diet; Romance Novel Rx.”
The Dr. Oz Show (Syn) “How to Defy Your Age with the ‘Cast of Hot in Cleveland.’”
The Wendy Williams Show (Syn) Mekhi Phifer and Jeannie Mai.
The Talk (CBS) Betty White, Kevin Frazier and Susan Feniger.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)
The Goldbergs (ABC)
Trophy Wife (ABC)
Mind Games (ABC)
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
Person Of Interest (CBS)
The Voice (NBC)
About a Boy (NBC)
Growing Up Fisher (NBC)
Chicago Fire (NBC)
New Girl (FOX)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)
Late Night Lineup:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC) Jude Law and Shakira.
Late Night With Seth Meyers (NBC) Kim Kardashian, Taran Killam and Arianna Huffington.
Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) Emma Watson, Nick Offerman and a musical tribute to Johnny Cash.
Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) Howie Mandel, Ginger Gonzaga and the Belle Brigade.
Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC) N/A.
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (COM) Amy Yates Wuelfing and Gibby Haynes.
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) Nicole Kidman and Alyson Hannigan.
The Colbert Report (COM) Jimmy Carter.
Conan (TBS) Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Rachael Harris and Lucius.
Tavis Smiley (PBS) Robert Reich and Benmont Tench.
Chelsea Lately (E!) Jayma Mays, John Caparulo, Sarah Colonna and Ron G.
The Arsenio Hall Show (Syn) Dule Hill, Danny Brown, Miki Sudo and DJ Spider.
With baseball season about to begin, Americans are most looking forward to sharing their ballpark peanuts, Cracker Jack and hot dogs with actors Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Lawrence, according to the Aramark Baseball Survey. The survey found 16% of U.S. adults would like actor and die-hard Red Sox fan Wahlberg to be their ballpark food pal, while 15% would choose to share a meal with Oscar award-winning actress Lawrence. If Wahlberg or Lawrence are off filming a movie, fans would not mind grabbing some nachos, chicken fingers or veggie dogs with Jimmy Fallon (12%), Beyoncé (11%) or Tina Fey (10%), while taking in a ballgame. The survey also revealed:
- Among women, Mark Wahlberg (14%) and Jimmy Fallon (14%) tied for first place, followed by Jennifer Lawrence (13%) and Kelly Ripa (11%).
- Men would prefer to attend with Mark Wahlberg (18%) and Jennifer Lawrence (18%), followed by Beyoncé (14%) and Jerry Seinfeld (12%).
- More women than men (14% vs. 9%) would eat a meal at a game with Jimmy Fallon.
- More men than women (14% vs. 9%) would choose Beyoncé as their ballgame companion.
- Jennifer Lawrence (22%) is the most popular among millennials ages 18-29.
- Kelly Ripa (15%) is most popular among adults 50+.
Forty-two percent of those in relationships who have joint bank accounts also maintain individual accounts, according to new research by TD Bank. The survey revealed that couples who maintain individual accounts do so for a variety of reasons, ranging from independence to convenience to emergencies:
- 38% of individuals in relationships who maintain separate accounts said they do so for independence, making it the top reason for holding individual accounts.
- 43% of women ranked independence as their top reason for keeping separate accounts, while only 34% of men said the same.
- 20% of respondents kept separate accounts to ensure they had funds available for individual needs like emergencies and personal spending.
- 16% of the total population noted convenience and ease of budgeting and paying bills as a reason to have separate accounts. Men were 38% more likely than woman to cite convenience as a reason for keeping separate accounts.
- Only 7% of respondents cited privacy as a reason to retain an individual account.
According to a new Travelocity survey, the most sought-after vacation is the relaxing kind, particularly among women, 55% of whom said they’d prefer the beach or a spa holiday. The most popular destination among millennials ages 18-34 is Europe, while 27% of respondents said they prefer to take a stay-cation within the U.S. A quarter of men said Australia was their desired destination. If given the opportunity to travel with a celebrity, about 40% agreed they’d take a funnyman or woman like Ellen DeGeneres or Jimmy Fallon along. Interestingly, the survey also reveals an economic gap as the same question yielded different answers among luxury travelers, defined as household incomes making more than $100,000 a year: 21% of these respondents said they want to go on vacation with someone “smart” like Mark Zuckerberg or Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.
Warren Buffett can breathe a sigh of relief. Everyone has reportedly been eliminated in the $1 billion NCAA perfect bracket contest sponsored by Quicken Loans and Yahoo Sports, and backed by Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. It’s really no surprise, according to CNN Money. One estimate puts the odds of picking a perfect bracket at 9.2 quintillion to one. Those odds are longer than the likelihood of winning Powerball and Mega Millions in the same weekend. The University of Dayton’s upset of Ohio State eliminated 84% of contestants in Buffett’s challenge. Nearly all remaining hopes of winning the $1 billion were dashed Friday, when powerhouse Duke – the choice of 98% of Yahoo bracket fans, was upset by Mercer University. The final blow came when Memphis beat out George Washington, knocking out the remaining three bracket holders. But those with imperfect brackets may still have a chance to win. Quicken Loans is offering $100,000 runner-up prizes for the 20 most accurate brackets.
Our Weird World
An Arkansas man was arrested and charged with harassing communications after he allegedly called a female bank teller and asked her to spank him. After Drake Parks, 50, went into a Van Buren bank, he allegedly left and placed an inappropriate call to a young woman who had been working while he completed his transaction. According to the victim, a man who identified himself as “Drake Park’s father” told her that Drake had informed him she “was being a [expletive] that day” and that he would give her $50 if she would “punish” Drake for calling her such a bad name. Parks then allegedly got on the phone himself and said he wanted her to “spank him.” The victim hung up and called the police after he started to give her an address.
German customs officials discovered 14 cocaine-filled condoms in a package marked for delivery to the Vatican. The condoms contained 340 grams of liquid cocaine, valued at around $55,000. The parcel was addressed to the main postal center at the Vatican and was mailed from somewhere in South America. After German officials found out what was in the package, they attempted to set up a sting operation with the help of Vatican police to catch the intended recipient, but no one ever claimed the drug-filled piece of mail. Authorities believe that the person may have been tipped off about the sting.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is really tapping the Rockies, installing three beer taps in the Governor’s Mansion to commemorate the beginning of Colorado Craft Beer Week. Hickenlooper, who co-founded a Denver brewpub more than 20 years ago, now has a “draft beer system” in his home that can serve up IPAs, pilsners, ales and stouts. “It just seemed appropriate,” Hickenlooper said. “I think it’s a symbol of Colorado; I think it stands for freedom, having a lot of choices. The mansion is another symbol of Colorado. It’s where we entertain. It’s where we kind of show off Colorado, and beer has become a big part of what Colorado is.” The Colorado Craft Brewers Guild helped foot the bill for the taps.
An independent New York City movie theater is being criticized by moms for including Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1” in a film series aimed at caregivers that offers free tickets for very young children. A spokesman for Landmark Sunshine Cinema said the “Rattle & Reel” program, as it’s called, exposes parents with infants to new films “regardless of subject matter or rating.” Basically, it gives people with babies an opportunity to see movies with an audience that won’t give them a hard time for bringing a crying kid into a theater. Previous noon matinees have included graphic violence (“12 Years a Slave”), steamy affairs (“In Secret”), and baby-stealing nuns (“Philomena”). Landmarks says it won’t be pulling “Nymphomaniac” from the series.
A man was arrested in Florida Friday for allegedly punching two bar patrons and setting a trashcan on fire. Police said Jason Buchanan, 33, allegedly downed 10 shots of Jägermeister in a row before going in the restroom at Mark’s Sports Pub and setting the garbage can ablaze. He then tried to leave without paying his $80 tab and when two patrons tried to stop him, he punched them both. Buchanan was charged with criminal mischief, aggravated battery, assault on a law enforcement officer, battery on a person 65 years of age or older, first-degree arson and offenses related to not paying his tab.
Have you ever heard of chocolate fried chicken? There is going to be an entire restaurant in Los Angeles dedicated to the new invention, which combines sweet chocolate with savory fried chicken. Adam Fleischman, of Umami Burger fame, is the mastermind behind the new concept, which will be called ChocoChicken. Apparently, the chicken is a dark brown color, but ultimately the chocolate simply brings out the best savory flavors of the chicken and isn’t cloyingly sweet.
An Oklahoma girl sold more Girl Scout cookies than any other in the organization’s history, beating the record by just 10 boxes. Middle School student Katie Francis, of Oklahoma City, officially broke the record when she sold a staggering 18,010 boxes of cookies. The previous record was 18,000. Francis, who was also the national top seller in 2013, set a goal to sell 20,000 boxes and still has one more week of selling left.
In an unexpected move, two contestants were sent packing last night in the first elimination of season 18 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad and former pro hockey player Sean Avery were both voted off the show. Before the results were announced, Avery and all the other contestants danced for the right to continue to the third week of the competition. Nyad danced after her fate was announced during the mid-point of the show, so her routine was not scored. The scores from last night:
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess: 25
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: 25
Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 25
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: 24
Danica McKellar and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 24
Cody Simpson and Witney Carson: 22
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: 21
NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani: 21
Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke: 21
Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff: 21
Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater: 15
After a television reporter confused him with Laurence Fishburne during an interview last month, Samuel L. Jackson has taken steps to make sure the same error doesn’t happen again. While he was in London to promote “Captain America 2,” Jackson wore an “I’m not Laurence Fishburne” t-shirt. The interview that KTLA’s Sam Rubin conducted with Jackson in February quickly went viral because of the way Jackson reacted after the reporter mixed him up with Fishburne. “See, you’re as crazy as the people on Twitter! I’m not Laurence Fishburne!” Jackson said at the time. “We don’t all look alike…There’s more than one black guy doing commercials. I’m the ‘what’s in your wallet’ black guy. He’s the car black guy.” The new “Captain America” film is out on March 26th.
Legendary stoner comedy duo Cheech and Chong announce their first official film together in over three decades. The film will be written and directed by Broken Lizard’s Jay Chandrasekhar, who directed, co-wrote, and co-starred in “Super Troopers,” “Club Dread” and “Beerfest.” The plot sounds similar to narrative premise of Beerfest, except this time the festival is about marijuana instead of beer. It’s been over 30 years since the last official Cheech and Chong movie, 1983’s “Still Smokin’,” the sequel to “Up In Smoke,” the breakout classic that made the pot smoking duo a stoner sensation.
Joe Brown, a Shelby County candidate for district attorney general and former Shelby County Criminal Court judge, was arrested after he reportedly lost his cool in a Memphis, Tennessee, courtroom yesterday. Brown is best known as “Judge Joe Brown,” the star of a court-room reality series canceled last year. Juvenile Court Chief Magistrate Dan Michael said Brown, who was in court representing a client at a child-support hearing, started yelling at the judge. “He all but had that courtroom in a riot,’’ Michael said. Brown was arrested for contempt of court and was ordered to spend five days in jail.
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” will bid farewell to another of its original cast members. Paul Guilfoyle, who has played Captain Jim Brass since the first episode in 2000, is going to leave the show at the end of the current 14th season. Guilfoyle is one of only two actors who has been with “CSI” from the start as a series regular; George Eads is the other. His final appearance will be in the May 7th Season 14 finale. Sources say producers made the call to end the character’s storyline. The actor, who found out late last week that he wouldn’t be returning to the series, made what sources say was an emotional farewell speech during Friday’s final day of production on the “CSI” set.
“American Horror Story” Season 4 has got a subtitle. Series creator Ryan Muprhy took to Twitter to reveal that the upcoming installment of the FX series would be called “Freak Show.” According to Entertainment Weekly, “Set in Jupiter, Florida, in 1950, ‘Freak Show’ finds Jessica Lange playing a German ex-pat who is managing one of the last freak shows in the U.S.” Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, and Frances Conroy all play performers Lange’s character has rescued; Denis O’Hare and Emma Roberts are also in talks to return.
Stacy Keibler and new husband Jared Pobre are expecting their first child together. Keibler, 34, posted a photo to Instagram yesterday showing an actual bun in the oven to announce her happy news. The baby news comes two weeks after the couple tied the knot in a surprise wedding in Mexico.
Maria Menounos is out at “Extra!” Menounos joined the entertainment show in 2011. She’s now appearing in an Oxygen reality show, “Chasing Maria Menounos.”
“Homeland” and “White Collar” actor James Rebhorn, who died Friday at age 65 after a long battle with melanoma, took time out before his death to write his own obituary. It was published by Jersey City’s St. Paul Lutheran Church yesterday. Rebhorn started his obituary by paying tribute to his mother Ardelle, who “loved him very much and supported all his dreams,” and father, who taught the actor that “there is no excuse for poor craftsmanship. A job well done rarely takes more or less time than a job poorly done.” The actor went on to praise his wife Rebecca and his two daughters, who “anchored his life and gave him the freedom to live it. Without them, always at the center of his being, his life would have been little more than a vapor.” Rebhorn added that he hoped his daughters would “grieve his passing only as long as necessary. They have much good work to do, and they should get busy doing it.” The actor wound up his obituary by praising the actors’ unions who represented him, his teachers and his agents. “He was a lucky man in every way,” the obituary concluded.
Gwar’s David Brockie – better known as Oderus Urungus – has died at his Richmond, Virginia, home. He was 50. According to band manager Jack Flanagan, one of Brockie’s bandmates found him Sunday evening. According to Flanagan, Brockie’s next of kin has been notified and authorities plan to conduct a full autopsy. It’s not the first death for the band. Guitarist Cory Smoot was found dead on the group’s tour bus in 2011. The band subsequently retired his character, Flattus Maximus.
Shakira has posted a photo of herself blowing a kiss to her Facebook followers – all 86.3 million of them. Shakira has been declared the most-followed person on Facebook. She says she always wanted to have a lot of friends but she never expected so many. Rihanna is second with 86.2 million.
A glow-in-the-dark vinyl recording of the “Ghostbusters” theme song will be released next month in honor of the film’s 30th anniversary. The special edition of Ray Parker Jr.’s iconic theme will debut on April 19th for Record Store Day. The new “Ghostbusters” vinyl will feature the original recording, the instrumental melody, a dance remix and a dubstep version. Only 1,000 copies of the record will be released.
Isaac Hanson of Hanson now has a daughter. Hanson’s wife, Nikki, gave birth to a girl on March 11th. They’ve named her Nina Odette. They have two sons, 6-year-old Everett and 5-year-old Monroe.
LeAnn Rimes apologized to Oklahoma fans for an abrupt end to her Saturday concert after her jaw popped out of place. “Oklahoma!!!! I love you so much! I’m sorry for no encore. I had my jaw pop out of place & I can’t hear out of my left ear. #tmjsucks,” Rimes tweeted after the show. Rimes, 31, suffers from TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, which causes problems with the joints connecting the lower jaw to the skull. She also blogged about the disorder in 2012, when she wrote that she had been “living in a dental nightmare for 10 months.”
A manuscript John Lennon created in 1965 called “The Singularge Experience of Miss Anne Duffield” will hit the auction block. Sotheby’s estimates the manuscript will sell for $40,000 to $60,000 at an auction in New York in June. A drawing Lennon created around that time of a guitarist with four eyes has a presale estimate of $15,000 to $25,000. A manuscript entitled “The Fat Budgie” is expected to sell for up to $35,000. The items are being sold by Tom Maschler, who worked with Lennon on the books “In His Own Write” and “A Spaniard in the Works.”
Neon Trees lead singer Tyler Glenn has come out as gay.The 30-year-old made the announcement in an interview with Rolling Stone. “I’ve always felt like I’m an open book, and yet obviously I haven’t been completely,” Glenn confesses to Rolling Stone’s Caryn Ganz. The singer says he has been aware of his orientation since he was young, but chose to keep it a secret for years. The singer was raised as a Mormon and still identifies as such, even though the Mormon church forbids homosexual behavior and says such relations are against the will of God. Glenn says he first opened up in October 2013 when he told several of his friends and family members about his sexuality. Many of the songs he wrote for Neon Trees’ upcoming third album, “Pop Psychology,” address his struggle to come out of the closet.
David Cassidy has been ordered to stay in rehab for three months and undergo probation for five years after he pled no contest to a drunk-driving charge. He is also slapped with fines and required to complete a nine-month alcohol education program. The former teen idol, now 63, was arrested by a California Highway Patrol officer last January for making an illegal turn while exiting the 405 freeway in Los Angeles. He allegedly had a blood alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit, blowing a .19 into breathalyzer.
Blues Traveler, Sugar Ray, Uncle Kracker, and Smash Mouth will band together for the “Under The Sun” tour this summer. Gin Blossoms and Sister Hazel will join them on select dates. Uncle Kracker calls it “the party of the summer.” The tour begins June 27th in Omaha.
Rihanna will be honored with the Fashion Icon Award at the 2014 Council of Fashion Designers of America awards ceremony. The award recognizes the singer’s contributions as a fashion designer and icon, as well as her partnership with the MAC cosmetics Viva Glam campaign, which raises funds for AIDS research. The Fashion Icon Award is given “to an individual whose style has made a significant impact on popular culture on an international stage,” according to the CFDA website. Past winners include Lady Gaga, Kate Moss, and Nicole Kidman. The 2014 CFDA fashion awards ceremony will take place on June 2nd at Lincoln Center in New York.
Sammy Kershaw has signed a book deal. Kershaw will release an autobiography through VIP Ink Publishing about his life, career and personal struggles. The book does not yet have a title. It’s set for release next year.
Rick Ross now has his very own advice column for Rolling Stone magazine. The 38-year-old rapper will answer fans’ questions in a feature titled “Ask a Boss with Rick Ross.” According to Rolling Stone, fans can as “can ask about any dilemmas you’re facing in life, love, work or school.” Questions for the rapper can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “ASK A BOSS.” Emails must include the person’s name, city and state. In addition to his new gig, Ross released his long-awaited album, “Mastermind,” in early March.
Keith Urban, Vince Gill, Brantley Gilbert and Carrie Underwood are among those who will play this year’s All 4 The Hall at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on May 6th. With the theme, Songtellers (A LARGE Intimate Evening), Brett Eldredge, David Nail, Deana Carter, Kacey Musgraves, Kip Moore and Lee Ann Womack with Buddy Miller, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Reba McEntire and Ronnie Milsap will all be in the house. The concert’s theme will have each artist perform songs that they’ve recorded and/or written, or a classic, and they’ll tell a story about the song. Funds raised through the All 4 The All concerts have collectively raised more than $2 million in support of the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum. In addition, Urban has teamed up again with Rally.org to help fans raise funds for the Country Music Hall of Fame and to compete for prizes including VIP tickets. For more information go to all4thehall.keithurban.net.
The antics of Toni Braxton and her sisters will continue on We TV. “Braxton Family Values” has been renewed for a fourth season.
Due to overwhelming demand, five additional shows have been added to the Queen + Adam Lambert summer tour. Brian May, Roger Taylor + Adam Lambert will play second shows in Uncasville, Connecticut, and Toronto, and will add three new cities, Boston, East Rutherford, and Atlantic City to the tour. The 24-date tour now wraps July 28th.
Toby Keith flew all the way from Australia to Spokane, Washington, just to see his Oklahoma Sooners take on North Dakota State in the NCAA tourney. Keith was on tour when he found out Oklahoma made the tournament. He says he flew to Hawaii, spent the night, let the pilots get rest and then made it to the game on Thursday. Unfortunately for him, Oklahoma lost.
Water Cooler Talk
According to the World Meteorological Organization, last year was the sixth warmest year ever recorded. Every year, WMO issues its Status of the Climate report, this year’s report described warming trends as well as the rise of extreme weather events across the globe. The 21st century – still in its infancy – is already home to 13 of the 14 hottest years in history. The first 10 years of the new millennium, from 2001 to 2010, was the warmest decade on record. Climate scientists continue to stipulate that year-to-year temperature variances, or even extreme weather events, can’t be directly linked to global warming. But climatologists agree that the WMO reports are evidence of the continuation of a long-term trend. The WMO report also details other climate factors linked with the warming planet, including loss of sea ice cover at both poles, warming ocean temperatures, rising sea levels, and record-high concentrations of CO2 and other greenhouse gases.
Porn Studies, a new academic journal from Routledge addressing “pornography, and sexual representations more generally,” has released its first issue. The periodical put out a call for submissions last summer, soliciting papers from sociologists, criminologists, technologists and experts in cultural, media and gender studies for “the first dedicated, international, peer-reviewed journal to critically explore those cultural products and services designated as pornographic.” The debut issue includes articles like “Gonzo, trannys, and teens – current trends in U.S. adult content production, distribution, and consumption” and “Revisiting dirty looks.” Researchers in the field are hopeful the journal will lead to a deeper popular understanding of our relationships with pornography.
Four New York-area men were arrested yesterday after a base jumping stunt from atop One World Trade Center in September. James Brady, Kyle Hartwell, Marko Markovich, and Andrew Rossig have been charged with burglary, reckless endangerment and jumping from a structure. The group climbed the nation’s tallest building on September 30th and parachuted more than 1,300 feet off the skyscraper. Hartwell kept lookout at the base of the tower during the stunt. Video footage of the early morning jump shows the men deploying their parachutes and flying down to a secluded spot on a nearby highway. At the time of the incident, Brady was a construction worker assigned to work at the One World Trade Center site. The men snuck into the area through a hole in a fence. The charges come less than a week after a 16-year-old boy from New Jersey was arrested on trespassing charges at the skyscraper. Justin Casquejo is accused of sneaking past security and climbing to the top of the building. Police said Casquejo also snuck in through a hole in a fence to get into the One World Trade Center site. It is unclear whether it was the same hole in a fence that the base jumpers used.