Need A Hand?
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Meet Jie-jie. As you can see, the two-month-old was born was a completely formed third arm. Sadly, neither of his left arms is fully functional, so doctors in China are hoping to remove one of the arms. They're just not sure which one should go. Doctors are working on a plan for surgery. So far, Jie-jie's small size has made it impossible to perform tests needed to prepare for the operation. "His case is quite peculiar. We have no record of any child with such a complete third arm," said his doctor.
Labels: good grief
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Songs of the Summer
Monday, May 29, 2006
Every year, there are about a dozen songs that define the summer. Songs that you'll hear a year or two down the road and instantly be reminded of the summer that was. On this Memorial Day, The Daily Edition takes an early look at some new singles that could be remembered as Songs of Summer 2006.
Keane - "Is It Any Wonder"
Nelly Furtado ft. Timbaland - "Promiscuous"
Cascada - "Miracle"
Natasha Bedingfield - "Single"
Cheyenne Kimball - "Hanging On"
Nick Lachey - "What's Left of Me"
Pussycat Dolls - "Buttons"
Chamillionaire - "Ridin"
Gnarls Barkley - "Crazy"
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WeekEnder: May 21-27
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Gwen Stefani Baby
Pop singer Gwen Stefani has given birth to a baby boy. This is the first child she and her rocker husband, Gavin Rossdale, have had together. They were married in 2002. The baby weighed in at 7 1/2 pounds.
Wacko Jacko in Japan
Michael Jackson has made his first public appearance since he was acquitted on child molestation charges. He picked up an MTV Legend award in Tokyo. The gloved one said he was honored to be in Japan and happy to be around Japanese people he said he loved very much. He thanked them for their loyalty.
- Tony Danza had his last live show after two years on the air. His talk show was canned due to low ratings.
- Deal or No Deal will be on summer break after next week, returning in the fall. Before it goes, someone will be given the opportunity to win $5 milliion.
Song of the Week
"MakeDamnSure" -- Taking Back Sunday
Quote of the Week
"I'm living the American dream!" -- Taylor Hicks, on his American Idol win
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By LARRY McSHANE
Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- Shock jock Howard Stern regained control of the
master tapes from the last 20 years of his terrestrial radio
program in a Friday settlement of the contentious lawsuit brought
by his former bosses at CBS Radio.
Stern's new employer, Sirius Satellite Radio Inc., agreed to pay
$2 million to CBS Radio in return for the rights to the classic
recordings, according to a statement released by both sides.
"As part of the settlement, CBS Radio will receive payments
relating to the conveyance of its rights in the recordings of `The
Howard Stern Show,"' the statement read. "Sirius, for its part,
will make a total payment of $2 million related to this
The remaining details of the settlement remained confidential,
according to the statement.
CBS spokesman Dana McClintock declined to make any further
comment, and Stern's agent, Don Buchwald, did not immediately
return a call about the settlement.
CBS Radio sued Stern in February, the latest salvo in an
escalating battle between the corporation and its former star
employee. The company claimed Stern had violated his contract by
improperly using his airtime on CBS stations to promote his January
2006 move to Sirius.
Stern "misappropriated millions of dollars' worth of CBS Radio
air time for his own financial benefit," the 43-page lawsuit
Stern also discussed his plans with Sirius without disclosing
them to CBS, as required by his contract, the lawsuit said.
Stern angrily responded by attacking CBS chief executive officer
Les Moonves. The shock jock, in an appearance with David Letterman
on "Late Show," wore an "I Hate Les Moonves" T-shirt decorated
with the executive's face.
"I believe you are working for one of the biggest jerks on the
planet," Stern told Letterman, whose show airs on CBS. "Les
Moonves is a bully."
Stern, 50, was the anchor of CBS's radio division with his
nationally syndicated morning show until he bolted for satellite
radio in January under a five-year, $500 million contract. Lawyers
on both sides confirmed the settlement on Wednesday, but no details
emerged until the statement was released two days later.
During the last months of his terrestrial radio show, Stern
battled constantly with his bosses and was suspended for a day over
his alleged promotion of Sirius.
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Carlos Mencia Says, "Speak English!"
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Comedian Carlos Mencia is speaking out about U.S. residents who don't want to learn English. Mencia, who speaks fluent English and Spanish, appeared on CNBC's The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch tonight. He said people should stop being so lazy and learn to speak English if they want to live in this country. "I wouldn't be on this T.V. show right now if i didnt speak English," Mencia said. Not learning the language, according to Mencia, will only hurt you. "Know that if you're speaking Spanish, you're going to be a gardener. You're going to be a janitor." The Comedy Central host said there's nothing wrong with speaking your native language on the streets, but English should always be used in more formal situations.
Labels: pop culture
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WeekEnder: May 14-20
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Bad Week For Britney
First, Britney Spears is splashed on the covers of the New York Post and the Daily News for facing her baby the wrong way in her carseat. Turns out Sean Preston was just fine according to California law. Fast forward to Friday when Britney's on the very same covers. This time, she's photographed tripping and almost dropping Sean Preston. All this is supposed to paint her as a bad mother. If cameras were following the average American mother, I think they'd capture much worse. It's time to cut Britney some slack.
Mischa Barton's character died in a crash on The O.C. Surprisingly, FOX has picked the show up for a fourth season despite declining ratings and the loss of its main character. DE Maury Povich asking the courts to dismiss the $100 million dollar lawsuit against him. DE Duane "Dog" Chapman of Dog The Bounty Hunter marries his commonlaw wife, Beth, on Saturday.
Song of the Week
"Move Along" -- All American Rejects
Quote of the Week
"I can see doing something like that to a rapist or mugger, but not a husband," says Howard, a Philadelphia man who's wife ripped off his private parts with her bare hands. She thought he was cheating on her and attacked him while he was asleep.
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The CW Fall Lineup
Thursday, May 18, 2006
The CW, the new combo of the WB and UPN, has announced their lineup. Rumors about 7th Heaven were true. The show will in fact return for an 11th season this fall. Also returning are Chris Rock's Everybody Hates Chris, America's Next Top Model, Smallville, Veronica Mars and One Tree Hill. Say goodbye to Charmed. WB reality hit Beauty and the Geek will return midseason for its third season.
Monday... "7th Heaven," "Runaway"
Tuesday... "Gilmore Girls," "Veronica Mars"
Wednesday... "America's Next Top Model," "One Tree Hill"
Thursday... "Smallville," "Supernatural"
Friday... "Friday Night Smackdown!"
Saturday... no programming
Sunday... "Everybody Hates Chris," "All of Us," "Girlfriends," "The Game" "America's Next Top Model" repeats
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Not many changes over at FOX this fall. Surprisingly, low-rated The O.C. was not cancelled and will return for season four in September. As always, 24 and American Idol, will return in Janaury. King of the Hill also returns midseason. Say goodbye to Stacked, Malcolm in the Middle, That 70's Show and Bernie Mac. Here's how things are shaping up:
Monday... "Prison Break," "Vanished"
Tuesday... "Standoff," "House"
Wednesday... "Bones," "Justice"
Thursday... "'Til Death," "Happy Hour," "The O.C."
Friday... "Nanny 911," "Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy"
Saturday... "Cops," "America's Most Wanted: America Strikes Back"
Sunday... Comedy encores, "The Simpsons," "American Dad," "Family Guy," "The War at Home"
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"Are there two people in Hollywood more disgusting than Paris and Brandon (Davis)?" asks a poll on TMZ.com. The answer: definitely not. The Website has exclusive video of oil heir Davis and Paris Hilton out on the town Tuesday night. In it, the portly, pompous and priveliged Davis makes numerous nasty comments about Hilton rival Lindsay Lohan. "Lindsay Lohan is a fire-crotch. She has freckles cumming out of her vagina," Davis yells to paparazzi. Then, he goes on to ask if there's anyone who would ever "fuck" Lohan. All along, Hilton just laughs at everything Davis says. Showing how out of touch he is, Davis then accuses Lohan of being broke. "I think she's worth about seven million (dollars), which means she's really poor. It's disgusting. She lives in a motel." By the way, Davis has money thanks to his billionaire grandfather. He's never worked a day in his life and spends the nights getting drunk in Hollywood. And, he's making fun of others?! Davis, who is best known for a drunk driving arrest, is probably trying to make a name for himself here. Hopefully, he comes out looking like the spoiled turd that he is.
Labels: star scandals
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CBS Fall Lineup
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
CBS is ready to go head-to-head with ABC on Sunday nights. The network announced its fall schedule today. Most notably missing, it's long-running Sunday night movies. Instead, the network would rather compete with ABC's Desperate Housewives with some of its stronger shows. Starting this fall, Sunday's will consist of The Amazing Race, Cold Case and Without a Trace. The network is only adding four new shows, since all last seasons rookies performed well and will be back. Veteran King of Queens will also return, but not until midseason. Here's how things are shaping up for fall 2006:
Monday... "How I Met Your Mother," "The Class," "Two and a Half Men," "The New Adventures of Old Christine," "CSI: Miami"
Tuesday... "NCIS," "The Unit," "Smith"
Wednesday... "Jericho," "Criminal Minds," "CSI: NY"
Thursday... "Survivor: Cook Islands," "CSI," "Shark"
Friday... "Ghost Whisperer," "Close to Home," "Numb3rs"
Saturday... "Crime Time Saturday" two-hour block, "48 Hours Mystery"
Sunday... "60 Minutes," "The Amazing Race," "Cold Case," "Without a Trace"
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ABC Fall Lineup
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Big changes are in the works at ABC. The network announced their new fall schedule today. Of course, mega-hits Desperate Housewives, Lost, Boston Legal and Grey's Anatomy will all return. Grey's Anatomy will move from Sunday to Thursday night this fall. Ted Danson, Taye Diggs, Calista Flockhart, Anne Heche, David Arquette and Rachel Griffiths are among the stars that will appear in new ABC series. For the first time since 1989, Primetime is not on the network's fall lineup. The show has not been cancelled and will likely be back when another show is cancelled. Lost fans will be happy to hear that there will be fewer repeats of the show next season. Some shows are not so lucky. Say goodbye to Kelly Ripa's low-rated Hope & Faith. Also canned are Invasion and Sons and Daughters. Here's how things look:
Sunday... "America's Funniest Videos," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Desperate Housewives," "Brothers and Sisters"
Monday... "Wife Swap," "The Bachelor," "What About Brian" (surprising)
Tuesday... "Dancing With the Stars/"Set for the Rest of Your Life," "Let's Rob…," "Help Me Help You," "Boston Legal"
Wednesday... "Dancing With the Stars," "George Lopez," "Lost," "The Nine"
Thursday... "Big Day," "Notes from the Underbelly," "Grey's Anatomy," "Six Degrees"
Friday... "Betty the Ugly," "Men in Trees," "20/20"
Saturday... "ABC College Night Football"
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Does Richard Hatch have what it takes to survive jail? The Survivor winner has sentenced to four or more years in prison today. All because he never paid any taxes on the millon dollars he won on the reality show. Hatch said he thought the show would pay the money. The judge threw the book at Hatch because he claimed it was "very clear" that Hatch repeatedly lied during his trial. Hatch was the very first winner of Survivor.
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NBC Fall Lineup
Monday, May 15, 2006
It's a big week in television. All of the networks will announce their fall lineups this week, so we'll find out what's coming back and what's been cancelled. Check The Daily Edition all week to see if your favorite shows made the cut.
Today, NBC announced their lineup. Deal or No Deal will be back, airing on Monday and Friday nights. Medium is also back on Mondays. Friends spinoff, Joey, has been cancelled due to low ratings. NBC has also canned longrunning freak show Fear Factor. New episodes will air through the summer. My Name is Earl, The Office and ER will return on Thursdays. Scrubs and Crossing Jordan have been given full season orders, but won't be back in the fall. They will likely return mid-season to replace other shows that have been cancelled. Due to the success of reality shows, Dateline has been cut back to only one night, airing on Saturday. On Sunday, look for football coverage starting at 7pm/EST.
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WeekEnder: May 7-13
Friday, May 12, 2006
7th Heaven to Return
WB hit 7th Heaven supposedly wrapped after 10 seasons last Monday. But now, there's word that the show will be back for an 11th season on The CW this fall, reports Media Week. At least 13 episodes have been ordered and all of the show's stars are expected to return. The news comes from sources close to the show and is not yet official. Although Heaven still had great ratings, the WB cancelled it apparently because its stars were making too much money.
You've Been Juiced!
O.J. Simpson is back on television with a new reality show. It's the same show as Punk'd but it's called Juice'd. The hour-long candid-camera show airs on pay-per-view this month and is pissing many people off. Fred Goldman, whose son Ron was allegedly killed by O.J., says the show is "morally reprehensible."
Jerry Springer celebrated 3,000 shows on Friday by taking a look back at his most memorable guests and of course, all the fights. DE Paula Abdul says she wants Elliott Yamin to win American Idol. She also takes credit for making America see that he has talent.
Song of the Week
"Song With A Mission" -- The Sounds
Quote of the Week
"I was pretty shocked. I didn't see it coming, not even a little. I'm bummed, I'm disappointed, but I'm trying to see the bigger picture and see that there's going to be bigger opportunities." -- rocker Chris Daughtry on being voted off American Idol
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Judge Judy Magazine?
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Judge Judy is thinking about launching her own magazine. Last night, Judge Judy told Larry King that she's interested in creating a magazine aimed at people 40 years and older. She said the older generations are the most powerful, yet the most neglected in our society. All the magazines focus on young celebs, who Judy says, she's never even heard of. So, why not create a magazine for mature adults? Judge Judy says she's still tossing names around for her magazine, but thinks "Now" may work. Judge Judy says she still needs millions of dollars in financial backing before her idea becomes a reality. Judge Judy is wrapping up season 10 of her nationally syndicated show. She still has four more years in her contract and plans to keep going on with the show until she is tired of it. So far, she says she is still having a blast.
Labels: daytime tv
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Howard Stern is lashing back at some erroneous reports that claim he wants to return to terrestrial radio. While three companies have approached him about making a return, Stern says he is happy where he is. Why would he ever want to be censored again? "I'm very flattered terrestrial radio can't let go of me," Stern said on his Sirius radio show. "But I would throw up if I had to go back. I'm never going back." Stern also said a return would be disrespectful to his audience, who followed him over to satellite.
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Amy Fisher, Joey Buttafuoco Reunion
Monday, May 08, 2006
Remember a few months ago when a producer was shopping around for a network to air a reunion of Amy Fisher and Joey Buttafuoco during May sweeps? Well, it's May sweeps and it looks like the networks took a pass. Which was probably a great move since these two had relevance 10 plus years ago. But, the reunion is still making air thanks to the sleazebags at Entertainment Tonight and The Insider. Yes, these are the same folks who brought us endless interviews with an overweight Tonya Harding in February sweeps. Just like with Tonya, we were mildly interested at first. But when Tonya started showing up on every show, doing things like going to Disney World and working out, we quickly lost interest. Who gives a shit anymore? Now, ET and The Insider are doing the very same thing with Amy Fisher, Joey and Mary Jo Buttafuoco. Every single freaking night, more "shocking revalations." It's like watching a train wreck. At first you want to stare, but then to want to run away from it all. Enough is enough. No one cares, especially when the subject matter isn't all that interesting to begin with.
Labels: star scandals
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Right before Bobby Brown walked out on the Tyra Banks show today, Banks promised that no questions were off limits. He was going to tell ALL. Then, WHY didn't she ask about Whitney's crack addiction? Are all the rumors true? Probably because some questions actually were off limits. However, he did confim that Whitney is doing "wonderful" now that she's out of rehab. He also told Tyra that he does not feel rsponsible for any of her problems. By the way, he claims he's 3 1/2 years sober. As for any pregnancy rumors, "Whitney's not pregnant now, but I'm working on that everyday," Brown said. Brown already has four kids, not all of them with Whitney.
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WeekEnder: April 30-May 6
Saturday, May 06, 2006
Anna Nicole Smith Pregnant?
Let's all hope this is NOT true. Rumors are swirling that the queen of dumb, Anna Nicole Smith, is pregnant. Smith's lawyer released a statement about the rumors, which didn't clear up anything. "If Anna Nicole is pregnant, she obviously doesn't want anybody to know yet," Stern wrote. "If she's not pregnant, she's not denying the rumor because she thinks it's funny how much of a stir it's causing. She'll leave it up to you to guess which one it is." This certainly seems like a publicity stunt. By the way, the 38-year-old Smith already has a 20-year-old son from her first marriage.
TV Quick Hits
This week, the final four American Idol contestants will Elvis songs. The four are being flown to Graceland to meet with music industry executive Tommy Mottola and Priscilla Presley. Is it me or are these theme weeks getting boring? DE Is anyone watching American Inventor? ABC hyped the hell out of this show and there is absolutely no buzz about it. DE The Camdens will call it quits after 10 years on 7th Heaven this Monday. The show was canned because it's too expensive to produce. DE The ax may fall on The O.C. It seems too many weeks of repeats in the winter and outrageous plot lines have driven viewers elsewhere. Ratings are way down. DE MTV has picked up Wilmer Valderrama's Yo Momma for a second season. DE Celebrity Fit Club 4 debuts on VH1 this August. Look for C-listers Carnie Wilson, Tina Yothers of Family Ties, and Vincent Pastore of The Sopranos to be shedding some pounds.
Song of the Week
"Crazy" -- Gnarles Barkley
Quote of the Week
"I know I'm too thin right now, so I wouldn't want any young girl looking at me and saying, `That's what I want to look like."'-- Nicole Richie, on her drastic weight loss.
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I'll Have The Jerry Springer
Friday, May 05, 2006
Tawdry talker Jerry Springer has put out videos, shirts and even a board game over the years. Now, the titan of trash has his own sandwich named in his honor. New York's Carnegie Deli has introduced the Jerry Springer sandwich and it can satisfy your appetite for a whopping $20.95. The Jerry Springer has baloney, Swiss cheese, corn beef, pastrami and tongue. (Tongue?!) All this comes a week before Springer celebrates his 3,000th show.
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Cowell's Idol-Sized Salary
Thursday, May 04, 2006
A new book claims to shed some light on just how much money Anerican Idol's star judge is making. In his new book, Desperate Networks, New York Times writer Bill Carter claims Simon Cowell rakes an idol-sized $36 million bucks a year. He also says the show does not air in the fall because Cowell is busy producing the British reality series, X-Factor, which he also appears in. The book also claims that while other hit shows offer about 24 hours of new programming a year, Idol offers about 45 hours of programming.
Labels: reality shows
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Howard Stern is fuming over a blurb that was printed in the Hartford Courant. Mary Jones, who is now an on air personality at WDRC-AM radio in Connecticut, says Stern hit on her when he was on the air in Connecticut about 25 years ago. Stern says there is no way this could have happened because he was always dedicated to his now former wife, Allison. Jones called into the show on Thursday and claimed Allison confronted her over what happened. Something Stern and longtime right-hand man Fred Norris strongly denied. "It's an outrageous, outrageous lie," Stern said. As Stern and Norris attacked Jones for being a liar, Jones hung up and refused to come back on the show. It seems like Jones must want to get a little publicity for her show that (more than likely) no one listens to.
Labels: howard stern
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Getting Their Daily Buzz
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Jeff Timmons, who was part of the 90's boy band 98 Degrees, was arrested on charges of drunken driving and driving without a valid license in Florida. Police pulled over Timmons' white Mercedes on April 23 when they caught him driving 60-mph in a 45-mph zone. The 33-year-old singer claimed he was from out-of-town and didn't have a valid license. His eyes were glassy as he told police he had "a lot" to drink. The two passengers in his car were apparently "very intoxicated." One of those passengers was Mitch English, co-host and weatherguy of the syndicated morning show, The Daily Buzz. English told police Timmons was driving his car because he drank too much. Timmons was arrested, but quickly paid a $500 bond and was released.
Labels: celebrity arrests
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Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Picture courtesy: BBC News
You know its sweeps when Diane Sawyer interviews David Blaine from his giant aquarium. Blaine is spending a week in an eight-foot sphere that can only be described as a human goldfish bowl. The bowl is on display outside Lincoln Center in New York. The magician is using oxygen and feeding tubes to keep him alive. On Tuesday, GMA's Diane Sawyer (and former hard newswoman) spent several segments interviewing Blaine while he was still inside the tank. He told her that he trained with the military for the stunt. He's even trained himself to sleep underwater, at the bottom of the tank. One downside: with all the exposure to water, he expects his skin to be as sensitive as paper when he emerges from the tank. In a dramatic finale, Blaine will attempt to hold his breath for nine minutes while trying to escape from chains. Conveniently enough, it will all air in a special on ABC next Monday.
Labels: pop culture
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MTV, Mondays 10pm/ET
Based on a popular documentary film, this weekly series follows people who are in online relationships. They meet their longtime loves with the help of the show, but things aren't always what they seem.
FAST FOOD MANIA
DESTINATION AMERICA, Sundays 10pm/ET
If you listen to the Howard Stern show, the you already know that Jon Hein is the biggest fan of fast food around. Join Jon as he checks out the best places to chow down for cheap on this new show on the new network, Destination America. If you're not craving something greasing after watch this show, then something is wrong with you.
Trisha Goddard hosted talk shows overseas for years. Now, she's the star of her own show, a spin-off of Maury, here in the states. Topics have included a man with 5 wives and women who eat strange objects like drywall and dirt.
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