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Joe Cocker Dies at 70
Singer Joe Cocker has died at the age of 70, the Yorkshire Post reports. The Sheffield-born singer died at his home in Colorado, where he had been quietly battling lung cancer for years. In the U.S., Cocker was most famous for his cover of the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends," as well as the shambling dance steps that inspired a Saturday Night Live parody from John Belushi. Cocker also had top-ten hits with "The Letter," "You Are So Beautiful," and "Up Where We Belong," a duet from the film An Officer and a Gentleman that won an Oscar for Best Original Song. »
- Nate Jones
Paula Deen's New Christmas Video With Bobby and Jamie Deen May Leave You Asking, "Wtf, Y'all?"
Nothing tastes like Christmas more than a little bourbon and butter. So says Paula Deen who brought both ingredients into her kitchen during her Christmas video released earlier this month. In the wild and sometimes random clip, Deen invites over a group of friends to watch her cook some memorable dishes. From baked potatoes (with plenty of bacon) to breakfast sandwiches for Christmas morning, everything looks so dang tasty. "Y'all, this makes me want to cry," Deen shares in the clip. "That was perfect." And as any good cook knows, a meal isn't complete without some tasty drinks. "Nothing says Christmas like drinking a glass of bourbon whipped »
Androids are cowboys in the first 'Westworld' footage from HBO's new sci-fi/western
In 1973, Michael Crichton envisioned a future where androids could provide the ultimate fantasy vacation…as long as you had the money, of course. But as with so many “Hubris of Mankind” tales, nothing in "Westworld" went according to plan. Do you guys remember the episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” where the crew left the Holodeck on too long and the ‘people’ living in the town start to question if they were real? Yeah, like that. Only with cowboys and knights and other childhood staples. HBO gave everyone a first look at Ed Harris as the Man in Black — and a peek at how the android sausage is made — in their Year End Tribute. From the “Coming in 2015” section: In tandem with this footage, HBO released the first still image from the set. From Entertainment Weekly: behold! An android who is having a super bad face day. But she »
- Donna Dickens
Dish to FCC: Comcast Deal Would Cause Competitors ‘Irreparable Harm’
Dish Network is insisting on its opposition to Comcast’s deal to buy Time Warner Cable, telling the FCC the deal would cause “irreparable harm” to the entertainment industry and consumers while providing “no discernible benefits.”
“Everyone who likes to watch high-quality online video has particular reason to worry about the proposed merger,” Jeff Blum, Dish’s Svp and deputy general counsel, said in a statement on Monday. “More than 54 percent of the country’s high-speed broadband connections would be controlled by the combined company, and all online video distributors would be at the mercy of Comcast-twc.”
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- Ira Teinowitz
Focus Trailer: It Is Very Weird to Hear Will Smith Say the Word Boobs
Cards on the table: Will Smith says "boobs" fairly early in this new Focus trailer and something about that moment stuck with us. He says it weird, right? Like when you're 13 and you're just learning how to curse like an adult, and each time you try it the words don't really come out right, like they spill out of your mouth too hard and not at all casual like you'd hoped. That's Will Smith saying the word boobs in this trailer. But aside from that one moment, this is a good trailer. Very jazzy! »
- Nate Jones
New Couple Alert! Kim Basinger and Longtime Hairstylist Display Major Pda During Hawaiian Vacation
Kim Basinger certainly looks like she's having the time of her life! The beautiful mama of Ireland Baldwin was seen galavanting on a Hawaiian beach alongside a mystery man, who couldn't keep his hands off of the blonde. The two took a dip in the ocean before walking along the coastline arm in arm. And while at first it seemed that Basinger's beau was a mystery, Closer Weekly was the first to reveal that the man was none other than her longtime hairstylist, Mitch Stone. A source actually opened up to the magazine about their blossoming romance, explaining that they have been very close with one another for years before they decided to take their friendship to the next »
Homophobic Pastor Named Gaylard Williams (Yes, Gaylard) Accused of Sexually Assaulting a Man
Oh, Gaylard. A homophobic pastor from Indiana named Gaylard Williams was recently arrested and charged with battery for allegedly groping a young man (because why else, right?). The 59-year-old pastor, who preached the word of God at the Praise Cathedral Church of God in Seymour, allegedly approached a 27-year-old man in his car and "grabbed and squeezed" the man's genitals, in addition to asking for oral sex. According to the police report, which was obtained by The Daily Beast, local authorities followed up with Williams and later found gay pornography in the pastor's car (you really can't make this stuff up). Prior to his arrest, the hypocrital holy man was known by his congregation »
Ellen DeGeneres' Latest Selfie With Meryl Streep and the Ladies of Into the Woods Is Perfection
If there's one thing Ellen DeGeneres knows how to do well, it has to be making us laugh. Oh, and taking excellent selfies. Come on now, how can we forget that record-breaking picture from the 2014 Oscars?! When Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt and Anna Kendrick stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday afternoon, the talk show host couldn't help but recreate a similar picture with the Into the Woods stars. "I brought my phone out because the selfie that we took at the Oscars, the whole idea was I was going to get a selfie with Meryl and everyone else jumped in," DeGeneres shared. "Meryl was hardly in the selfie." Don't think Streep didn't notice either. "I know. »
See Bob Odenkirk Freak Out in New 'Better Call Saul' Teaser
A new trailer for Breaking Bad spinoff show Better Call Saul shows actor Bob Odenkirk in action as the show's titular slimeball lawyer. "You! Will! Atone!" he shrieks at a man and a woman dressed in business suits, only for the man to ask him, nonplussed, "What can we do for you, Jimmy?"
The show will chronicle the early evolution of Jimmy McGill (character Saul Goodman's real name) as he becomes the conniving, outlaw attorney of Breaking Bad fame. Chronologically, it will begin six years before the events of its parent show. »
Review: The new 'Night At The Museum' is exactly the same as the first two films
In many ways, the "Night At The Museum" movies represent a near-perfect distillation of what Hollywood wants from its franchises. That is not a compliment. The three films in the series are interchangeable because none of the films seem to advance the characters or the premise beyond "Magical tablets bring things alive in a museum at night," and for the audience that keeps turning out to see these films, that seems like all they want or need from them. This one opens in Egypt, decades ago, as the magical tablet is discovered for the first time and a dire warning of a curse is ignored completely. We then flash forward to find that Larry (Ben Stiller) is still a security guard, but he is also somehow in charge of all the "special effects" for a major fundraiser that is being held. I'm not sure many major metropolitan museums put their »
- Drew McWeeny
Wiz Khalifa's Face While Rick Ross Smokes the "Biggest Joint Known to Man" Is Priceless—See the Funny Pics!
Wiz Khalifa's face in this photo is Everything...along with the size of that joint! Rick Ross and the Taylor Gang rapper got together over the weekend for Ross' Hood Billionaire release party in Los Angeles, and you know these two celebrated by smoking some weed. But it wasn't just any old gathering. This was a special occasion. So, being the good friend that he is, Wiz made sure to gift his boy something that really put the sheesh in hashish, and rolled a joint the size of a small child's arm. "Brought the biggest joint known to man to the club last night and got the whole section high," Wiz tweeted on Sunday morning. "La #hoodbillionaire Release party @mistercap aka Wiz had me »
Kourtney Kardashian Feeling "Blessed" After Birth of Baby Reign Aston Disick
The gifts keep on coming for Kourtney Kardashian. "Blessed!" the mother of three captioned an Instagram pic today of a fabulous bouquet of pristine white roses, her first post since yesterday's major baby name reveal. Perhaps a gift from longtime boyfriend Scott Disick? Or one of her zillion other close-knit family members? Either way, we know that Kourtney is surrounded by love right now. She and Scott welcomed their third child together, a baby boy they've named Reign Aston Disick, on Dec. 14—eldest son Mason's fifth birthday! The creatively named infant joins Mason and sister Penelope (not to mention cousin North West) in the sprawling family fold. While »
Hilary Duff Sports Giant Nerd Glasses: Is Her New Fashion Statement Hot or Not?
Lookin' smart, Hilary Duff! Earlier today, the 27-year-old singer and actress stepped out in Los Angeles sporting a giant pair of nerdy-chic glasses. Duff paired her oversize, thick-rimmed black glasses with black tights, a black-and-white sweater and a white tee with "Stand Still Like the Hummingbird Henry Miller" written across it. During her Melrose Pace outing, the blond beauty toted bags and a to-go package of carrots. What do you think of Duff's bold fashion statement: nerdy chic or too thick and bulky? Duff took to Instagram on Sunday to share a selfie that included her new specs. "Smart fitness Ya," she wrote along with a glasses emoji. Meanwhile, Duff stepped out »
CNN Fires Back at Bill Cosby’s Attorney for Remarkable ‘Dishonesty’
CNN fires back at Bill Cosby‘s attorney’s claims that the news network isn’t conducting a fair investigation of the claims against the comedian.
“Your letter is remarkable for its dishonesty,” CNN Worldwide’s senior vice president of legal, David Vigilante, write in a letter obtained by TheWrap.
On Saturday, a leaked legal letter surfaced from Martin Singer to CNN president Jeff Zucker and the news network’s attorney made allegations that CNN wasn’t using an interview from Beverly Johnson’s former live-in boyfriend, Mark Burk, that challenged the model’s drugging claims against Cosby.
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- Jethro Nededog
Oakland Raiders' Menelik Watson Donates Paycheck to 4-Year-Old Girl Battling Heart Condition
The Oakland Raiders may have a losing record, but what they did this past week makes them one of the biggest winners of the season in our book. Ava Urrea is an adorable 4-year-old girl battling a rare heart condition. She was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and an absolutely amazing smile. And yesterday, she did nothing but show off that smile by spending the day with the Oakland Raiders. Through Jay Glazer's Touchdown Dreams program, Ava, who has undergone more than 14 procedures for her condition, was named Raiders team captain for the day on Sunday and received an autographed helmet and footballs from the team. And as you can tell by the photos, the Raiders players were absolutely smitten with »
Chris Soules: All About the New Bachelor
Presenting … the most humble Bachelor ever. When Chris Soules's season of The Bachelor premieres Jan. 5 on ABC, viewers might not see as many castles and crystal-clear beaches as they're used to on the hit show. "We stayed in the United States for the most part, obviously spending time in Iowa," the show's host Chris Harrison tells People about the season. "We really wanted to embrace who this guy was and what the girls are going to have to eventually live with." A fourth-generation farmer from Arlington, Iowa, Soules is "a hard-working blue collar guy," adds Harrison. "He comes from »
- Melody Chiu, @chiumelo
Adam Levine Talks 'Lost Stars' Performance From 'Voice' Finale
The season finale of The Voice featured some of the seventh season's best performances and among the highlights was Adam Levine performing a stripped-down "Lost Stars" duet with Team Adam finalist Matt McAndrew. Levine spoke to Rolling Stone about the track and what it was like singing it alongside his Voice pupil.
Levine initially recorded the track for the 2014 comedy Begin Again, which starred the Maroon 5 singer alongside Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. "Lost Stars" plays a central role in the film's plot, and both Levine and Knightley contribute »
The Good Wife’s Mike Colter to Play Luke Cage, Make Googly Eyes at Krysten Ritter
After weeks of rumors, The Good Wife's Mike Colter has indeed signed on to play Marvel superhero Luke Cage in Netflix's upcoming Jessica Jones series. He'll be the love interest there before eventually headlining a series of his own; when that's up, Cage will join Jones and Daredevil in a Defenders miniseries. (Marvel: Where even the spinoffs have their own spinoffs!) Krysten Ritter was reportedly cast as Jones due to her chemistry with Colter, so it's probably good for everyone that this deal went through. »
- Nate Jones
Comcast-tw Cable Opposition Heats Up Even With Another FCC Delay
Opponents of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger are prepping for the next round of verbal brawling on Tuesday, the FCC’s deadline for more comments regarding the pros and cons of the $45 billion deal.
Separately, the FCC on Monday implemented another delay of the time clock governing the schedule of its review. The commission said that FCC recently discovered some 31,000 Comcast-tw Cable documents that would not be delivered to the commission until Dec. 30 because of a “vendor delay.” Earlier, 7,000 documents arrived Dec. 9-10 after being withheld because Comcast-tw Cable believed they were protected by attorney-client privilege.
Given the data dump, the FCC opted to stop the 180-day time clock, a guiding principle designed to prevent the deal review process from dragging on infinitely, to give staff time to review the documents. With the new Jan. 12 restart date, the FCC is expected to hold its vote on the proposed merger by the end of March. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Disney, Cable Companies Strike Retrans Deal for ABC-Owned Stations
The National Cable Television Cooperative and The Walt Disney Company have entered their first longterm retransmission consent agreement for the latter’s eight local ABC stations — and everyone is “pleased.”
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Judy Meyka, Nctc executive vice president of Programming, said, “We are pleased to have reached, for the first time, a retransmission consent agreement with the Walt Disney Company that supports our Members’ efforts to competitively offer their customers the ABC-owned broadcast station programming in these critical television markets.”
“We are pleased for the first time »
- Tony Maglio
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