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Thursday
Jul022015

Trisha Yearwood Lives Up to Her Culinary Reputation on the 4th

Russ Harrington/Sunshine SachsHaving written three best-selling cookbooks and hosting her hit show, Trisha's Southern Kitchen, on the Food Network, it’s no surprise that Independence Day at Grammy-winning country singer Trisha Yearwood’s house sounds like it lives up to her culinary reputation. But the Peach State native says she tends to stick to family traditions, like her mother’s coleslaw. 

“4th of July at my house is one of my favorite holidays just because it's all of my favorite summer foods,” she muses. “My dad was the grill master, and he used to make barbecue chicken for the whole town of Monticello, Georgia. We don't make it for the whole town, but we do these ribs now that were a favorite of my mom that have kind of a thick, sweet sauce, and they're part oven and part grill, and they say 4th of July to me.”

For dessert, Trisha tries to “go for something red, white and blue,” but often serves strawberry shortcake with whipped cream. In the afternoon, she’s a fan of the swimming pool, ahead of the evening’s pyrotechnics.

“My favorite part is watching the fireworks. Since marrying Garth [Brooks], we shoot off our own fireworks, which makes me a little bit nervous,” she admits. “But we also watch the whole town. You can see downtown fireworks in cities surrounding from our back porch. So, it's pretty cool to just sit out and watch all the fireworks.”

This Friday, the exhibit honoring Trisha, called “The Song Remembers When,” opens at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

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Thursday
Jul022015

Longtime "Sesame Street" Regular Leaving the Show

Robin Marchant/Getty ImagesOne of Sesame Street's most beloved cast members is leaving the show.

During the American Library Association Annual Conference Monday, Sonia Manzano -- best known as "Maria" on Sesame Street -- announced she's stepping down.

"After 45 years on Sesame Street, @SoniaMManzano will no longer appear on the next season," the Library tweeted Monday.

Manzano, 65, has won 15 writing Emmys during her long tenure on Sesame Street, and was nominated twice as a performer.

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Thursday
Jul022015

Actress America Ferrera Thanks Donald Trump for Galvanizing Latino Vote; Trump's Miss USA Pageant Finds New TV Home

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Actress America Ferrera, best known for her starring role in the ABC series Ugly Betty, took aim at Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump and his recent comments about Mexican immigrants in an open letter posted to the Huffington Post Thursday, thanking Trump for galvanizing Latino voters.

"What you did with you straight talk was send more Latino voters to the polls than several registration rallies combined!" she wrote. Noting that Latinos are youngest and fastest-growing constituency in the U.S., Ferrera wrote, "Thank you for reminding us that there remains an antiquated and endangered species of bigots in this country that we must continue to combat."

In a June 16 speech announcing his big for the Republican presidential nomination, Trump referred to Mexican immigrants as "bringing drugs" and "bringing crime" to this country, and being "rapists."

"The truth is, Mr. Trump, that your comments mean that you fail to see that immigrants are what have made this nation.  They are at the core or our ideals, and they are the foundation that keeps us afloat," Ferrera wrote, concluding, "No, Mr. Trump, you may not reduce us to drug dealser and rapists. We are moms and dads, sons and daughter. We are valedictorians and honor studies.  We are college graduates, bankers, police officiers, entertains, teachers, journalists, politicans and we are the future of America."

Meanwhile, after being dropped by NBC and Univision, Trump's Miss USA Pageant has found a home on the Reelz cable network.

“The decision on the part of REELZ to acquire the rights to the Miss USA Pageant was based on our belief that this special event, and the women who compete in it, are an integral part of American tradition,” said Stan E. Hubbard, CEO of Reelz, in a statement on Thursday. "“As one of only a few independent networks, we decided to exercise our own voice and committed ourselves to bringing this pageant to American viewers everywhere."

The pageant, scheduled to take place July 12, was dropped by NBC and Univision in response to comments Trump's  June 16 comments Since then Trump has filed a $500 million lawsuit against Univision claiming the network had no contractual right to terminate its deal with him; Trump also has suggested that he might sue NBC.

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Thursday
Jul022015

Laurence Fishburne to Star in "Roots" Remake

ABC/Michael AnsellBlack-ish star Laurence Fishburne will play Alex Haley, author of Roots: The Saga of an American Family, in a remake of the 1977 ABC miniseries being simulcast on History, A&E and Lifetime, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The story, chronicling the life of Kunta Kinte, will be an original, contemporary production, combining material from Haley's novel with new information about the time period over which it spans. The role was portrayed by James Earl Jones in the original miniseries.

Original Roots star LeVar Burton, who played Kunta Kinte, will co-executive produce the remake.

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Thursday
Jul022015

Sandra Bullock Scared by Media's "Open Hunting Season" on Women

Anthony Harvey/Getty ImagesMonths after being named People magazine's Most Beautiful Woman, Sandra Bullock is speaking out against what she calls the media's shaming attacks on women's looks and age.

"I feel like it's become open hunting season in how women are attacked and it's not because of who we are as people, it's because of how we look or our age," she tells E! News.

"I'm shocked -- and maybe I was just naïve, but I'm embarrassed by it. My son is getting ready to grow up in this world and I'm trying to raise a good man who values and appreciates women, and here we have this attack on women in the media that I don't see a stop happening."

Mother to 5-year-old Louis, Bullock says she feels for kids growing up today, especially girls.

"Little girls are having the hardest time with bullying and the Internet -- somebody with a very large hand and big voice needs to put a stop to it," Bullock says.  "We need to stop.  We are harming girls and women in a way, at a speed that it's scaring me. It's really scaring me, so I would love for someone to help put a stop to this."

The good news, says Bullock, is seeing how women in her industry have stuck together.

"You'd be surprised at the love that you have in our crazy industry," Bullock says. "The women have bonded together and have sort of become this tribe of trying to take care of each other and be there for each other in a way, because the minute you step out it's an onslaught."

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Thursday
Jul022015

Paul Rudd Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagicAnt-Man star Paul Rudd got a huge honor Wednesday: the 2,554th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Rudd seemed truly overwhelmed to get a star, saying, "This is incredible."

He was impressed that his Ant-Man co-star Michael Douglas showed up to say a few words. Douglas talked about not being impressed the first time he met Rudd at a cafe in New York: "He looked like a homeless guy."

But Rudd won him over on the Ant-Man set. Douglas said, "I've never seen anybody have so much fun in my life."

And Rudd, known for being a funny guy, got emotional talking about his wife and kids, commenting, "I love my job, but that pales in comparison to how much I love you."

Marvel's Ant-Man hits theaters July 17.  Marvel is owned by Disney, which also owns ABC News.

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Thursday
Jul022015

Billy Joel Sets MSG Performance Record with Help from Kevin James

Al Pereira/WireImageBilly Joel made history with his latest show in his Madison Square Garden residency Wednesday night.

He performed his record 65th show at the famous New York City venue, surpassing Elton John for the most performances there by an artist. 

Actor and fellow Long Island native Kevin James was there to raise a banner commemorating the achievement. "We love you Billy," the Pixels star said. "Let's have another 65!"

Billy's set list included covers of Elton's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and The Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends." 

Here's the set list:

"Big Shot"
"Anthony's Song"
Kevin James appearance, banner raised
"Patriotic Medley"
"My Life"
"Honesty"
"The Entertainer"
"Sleeping with the Television On"
"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
"Allentown"
"For the Longest Time"
"Keeping the Faith"
"C'était Toi (You Were the One)"
"Don't Ask Me Why"
"New York State of Mind"
"Sometimes a Fantasy"
"She's Always a Woman to Me"
"River of Dreams" into "Summer in the City" back to "River of Dreams"
"New York, New York"
"Scenes from an Italian Restaurant"
"Piano Man"

Encore
"We Didn't Start the Fire"
"With a Little Help from My Friends"
"Uptown Girl"
"Still Rock and Roll to Me"
"You May Be Right"
"Only the Good Die Young"
"Miami 2017"

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Thursday
Jul022015

Stephen Colbert Hosts Michigan Cable Access Show, Interviews Eminem

Late Show with Stephen Colbert/YouTubeWhile the set for his new CBS late-night program is being built, Stephen Colbert is apparently itching to get behind a chat show desk -- which, he explained, was why he recently hosted a Michigan public access show called Only in Monroe.

The footage was posted on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert YouTube channel Wednesday night.

While not in his Colbert Report persona, Colbert was certainly in character, deadpanning through the 41-plus minute program as any local host would, on location in the local access channel's studio, which Colbert said was the perfect channel "to binge watch 2014 city council meetings. Spoiler alert: don't get too attached to that free parking on Cass Street.  It doesn't end well."

Colbert also performed live spots for local eateries and interviews with local newsmakers, including "a local Michigander who is making a name for himself in the competitive world of music...Marshall Mathers." 

Colbert acted as if he'd never heard of Mathers -- who is of course rapper Eminem -- sometimes to Eminem's apparent disbelief, and checked the Detroit native's Michigan bona fides by quizzing him on fellow Michigan native Bob Seger's songs.  Eminem played along, singing the hooks from a few, though most he didn't know.  "You claim to be from Michigan, but you don't know these songs," Colbert chided him. 

"So, where do you hope this goes," Colbert asked about Mathers' music. "Is it a career? A hobby?" He also warned Eminem, "This is a tough business, do you have a fallback position? Carpentry?  You just have to make plans for when the dreams die."

"I'm so confused right now," said Eminem at one point, who was there to promote the boxing movie Southpaw. "I'm trying to figure out if you're serious..." 

Em clearly was in on the joke, however.  He even read entries from the Monroe Community Calendar, and waved goodbye with Colbert through an absurdly long end credits sequence.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert premieres September 8 at 11:35 p.m. Eastern on CBS.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Iggy Azalea "Saddened" Media Is "Trying to Create a 'Beef'" Between Her and Britney Spears

Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCRapper Iggy Azalea insists that her supposed feud with pop singer Britney Spears is nothing more than a media creation.

Much has been made of Iggy's online comment regarding their duet "Pretty Girls," and how the two  artists allegedly threw shade at one another. But on Tuesday Iggy said she is "really saddened" that the media is "trying to create a 'beef'" between her and Britney.

She tweeted, "We remain friends and i haven't said anything negative at all about her. Does wishing we had promoted a single more make me the bad guy?"

"i feel like the media wants women in music to get out and mud wrestle each other," the Australian rapper continued. "As a woman i take great offense. Women in the media should be able to have a grown up and subjective opinion without it being anything more than that. its disappointing. No one is throwing 'shade' or 'shots' on either side of the table. The girl is my friend and i support her 100%."

Iggy concluded, "i feel like the press just wants to see girls be overtly sexual to one another, and have no real opinion other than 'i love it!' Im over it. Women in music are not the same as a teen drama. Stop making us all out to be, we are business women & artists. Not mean girls."

Last weekend, Iggy responded to a fan to explain why “Pretty Girls” wasn’t a hit. "Its difficult to send a song up the charts without additional promo and tv performances etc," she wrote. "unfortunately I'm just featured....”

The comment was perceived by some as a dis directed at Britney. For her part, Brit tweeted, "Can’t wait to get back to Vegas. So thankful I have shows for the rest of the year to look forward to... #YouWantAPieceOfMe," in what may or may not have been a reference to Iggy cancelling her tour.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Tim McGraw Honors Veterans with Mortgage-Free Homes

Nino Munoz/Big Machine RecordsAs America prepares to celebrate its independence July 4, country music superstar Tim McGraw continues to celebrate the veterans who've helped fight for the country.

So far, on the Shotgun Rider 2015 Tour he’s given away six mortgage-free homes to deserving soldiers, with 30 more members of the armed forces set to get new houses by the tour’s end through his partnership with Chase and Operation Homefront.

“[These are] people who have given us security for a lot of years,” Tim reflects, “and we’re able to do that back for them in a small way.” In the three years he's worked with Chase and Operation Homefront, they’ve partnered to give away 114 homes in 30 states.

Tim’s next tour stop with singers Billy Currington and Chase Bryant is July 10 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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