John & Michele in the Morning

After 15 years, we're down to the last week.  July 12, 2013 will be the last show for John & Michele in the Morning.  There's nothing scandalous to report...sorry! 
John will continue his reign as Springfield's morning show king, but he'll just be doing it with someone new.
Michele is moving on to a new phase of her career in the radio business.  She'll still be in Springfield and still with Neuhoff Media, however instead of being on the air she's going to be focusing on all things digital.  It's been a great 15 years, and John & Michele plan to spend this last week reminiscing with guests and playing some of the best moments of the past.
Michele would LOVE to hear from you this week.  Write on the John & Michele Facebook page, email her, or tweet

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Posts from January 2013


E Buzz for January 31, 2013
Sandy Hook Chorus Will Sing "America the Beautiful" at Super Bowl
Better have a tissue handy.  Sunday during the Super Bowl pre-game festivities it's sure to be moving when the chorus from Sandy Hook Elementary School sings "America the Beautiful."  Alicia Keys is set to sing the National Anthem.

"30 Rock" Ends Tonight
It's been seven seasons, and tonight it's time to say farewell to "30 Rock."  The show, starring Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin, is wrapping it up tonight on NBC at 7pm.

"How I Met Your Mother" to End After Ninth Season
CBS announced Wednesday its popular sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" will be coming to an end.  The show is currently in its eighth season, and the show will end after the ninth season. 

Barbara Streisand to Perform at Oscars
She's just about the only one who could steal Adele's thunder.  Barbara Streisand will perform at the Oscars, according to producers.  This is only the second time she's performed on the award show.  The first time was 36 years ago when she performed "Evergreen."  She ended up winning the Oscar that night for Best Original Song.

Te'o Hoaxer Talks to Dr. Phil
Just when you thought this story couldn't get anymore strange or confusing, it does.  Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, who perpetrated the Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax, sat down to talk with Dr. Phil.  The interview will air in two parts...today and tomorrow.  According to Dr. Phil, Tuiasosopo says he's "confused" about his sexual orientation and that he developed real feelings for Te'o when he was pretending to be Lennay Kekua.  Here's a preview...
 


Vanity Fair Reveals "Pulp Fiction" Could Have Looked Very Different
In the latest issue of Vanity Fair there's a big article about Quentin Tarantino's masterpiece, "Pulp Fiction."  Some very interesting details are revealed about casting the film.  Turns out Sean Penn, William Hurt, and Daniel Day-Lewis were all considered for the role of Vincent Vega, the character that revived John Travolta's career.  In addition, Bruce Willis's character was almost played by Matt Dillon.
 
I Don't Even Know How to Title This Story, Because It's So Ridiculous.  Here we go...
So I submit that reality TV stars are the circus freaks of yesterday.  I believe this story confirms this theory.  Brandi Glanville, who became famous because her ex-husband had an affair with and then married Leann Rimes, has a new book.  It's called "Drinking & Tweeting and Other Brandi Blunders," and in the tome she tells a lovely story about how she exacted her revenge on her ex-husband, Eddie Cibrian, after he married the country singer.  She decided that she needed to have $12,000 vaginal rejuvenation surgery -- vaginoplasty.  So she gave Cibrian's credit card number to the plastic surgeon.  She writes, "A brand-new vagina would be an Eddie-free vagina.  I decided that since Eddie had ruined my vagina for me, he could pay for a new one."
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E Buzz for January 30, 2013
Ashley Judd Divorcing
After eleven years it's over.  Actress Ashley Judd and her race car husband, Dario Franchitti, are calling it quits.  A rep for the couple told "People" magazine Tuesday they "mutually decided" to end the marriage. 

Amy Poehler Writing a Book
Fresh off a successful stint as co-host of the Golden Globes, Amy Poehler will be adding author to her resume.  Tuesday it was announced Poehler will release a book in 2014.  The book is described as an "illustrated, non-linear diary" by her publisher. 

Melissa Gilbert Engaged to Timothy Busfield
Congratulations to the former Laura Ingalls, Melissa Gilbert.  She got engaged over the holidays to fellow actor, Timothy Busfield.  It's the third marriage for both. 

Gomer Pyle is Gay?

It's true.  Jim Nabors, best known for playing Gomer Pyle on "The Andy Griffith Show" has married his partner of 38 years.  The two married earlier this month in Hawaii.  Nabors is 82 years old.

Johnny Cash Stamp Coming This Year
The U.S. Postal Service has announced another stamp in their "Music Icons" series.  A Johnny Cash stamp will be issued later this year along with two other artists.  The artist will be revealed later this year.
 
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E Buzz for January 29, 2013
Rowan-BlanchardIt's Cory and Topanga's Daughter!
We've been telling you about the upcoming Disney spinoff of the 90's sitcom "Boy Meets World."  Now EW.com is revealing the actress who will play Cory and Topanga's daughter, Riley.  Her name is Rowan Blanchard, and she's 11-years-old.  The soonest the show would premiere is probably fall of this year.

Whitney Houston's Mom Releases Book Today
It's been almost a year since the untimely death of Whitney Houston, and her mother, Cissy Houston, is making the rounds and promoting her book, "Remembering Whitney," out today.  Houston sat down with Oprah and talked about her daughter at her best and worst.  Houston says she wants people to "know Whitney as she was."  In the interview for "Oprah's Next Chapter" Oprah speaks with Whitney's older brother Michael who admits he was the one who introduced his little sister to cocaine.  Cissy also made an appearance on the "Today" show Monday. 
 

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Kris Jenner To Host a New Talk Show
Shouldn't there be some sort of limit on the amount of weekly hours one family can be on TV?  Well there isn't any such limit, so Kardashian mom, Kris Jenner, is getting her own talk show.  Fox announced Monday it will debut later this year and be one-hour show titled "Kris." 

Barbara Walters Has Chicken Pox
Barbara Walters has had a rough couple of weeks.  First she fell and cut her forehead at an inauguration party.  Now Walters is in the hospital with chicken pox.  According to Walter's co-host on "The View," Whoopi Goldberg, Walters never had chicken pox as a child. 

Taye Diggs Tackles Intruder After the SAG Awards
It was an exciting night Sunday for actor Taye Diggs and his wife.  They were returning home after the SAG Awards and found a man in their garage.  TMZ reports the man took off running, but Diggs chased him down and tackled him.  He was able to hold him until the police arrived.  The suspect is in jail.

"Big Bang's" Kaley Cuoco Featured in Super Bowl Ad
Sunday it's all about the game, the food, and the commercials.  Here's a fun one you'll see during the game...

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E Buzz for January 28, 2013
Screen Actors Guild Awards Honor "Argo"
Sunday the 19th annual Screen Actors Guild awards were handed out in L.A.  "Argo" picked up the biggest honor, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.  Daniel Day-Lewis won for his role in "Lincoln" while Jennifer Lawrence pickup her first SAG award for Outstanding Female Actor for "Silver Linings Playbook." On the TV side the big honors went to "Modern Family" and "Downton Abbey" for Comedy and Drama series.  Dick Van Dyke received the Life Achievement Award. For the full list of winners click here. 

J.R. Ewing's Funeral Tonight
"Dallas" returns tonight on TNT with a farewell to J.R. Ewing.  The actor who played Ewing, Larry Hagman, died last November at the age of 81.  Producers of the show have not revealed out J.R. will meet his end.  The show is tonight on TNT at 8pm.

"Hansel & Gretel" Tops at the Box Office
The latest fairy tale turned action movie came in first at the movies this weekend.  "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" pulled in $19-million to lead the box office.  "Mama" came in second with $12.8-million, and "Silver Linings Playbook" was third with $10-million.

Burt Reynolds in ICU
The whole country is battling the flu, and Hollywood isn't exempt from the fun.  Burt Reynolds, 76, is in ICU at a Florida hospital with the flu but is expected to be released today. 
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eekend Marquee/E Buzz for January 25, 2013
Brushfire: Saturday at 8:00pm at Boondocks.  Tickets available at www.showclix.com
 
The Travelin' McCourys: Friday at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in the LRS Theatre.  Showtime is 8:00pm.  Tickets available at www.hcfta.org

Springfield Jr. Blues: Friday and Saturday at 7:00pm vs. the Jamestown Jets at the Nelson Center.  Tickets available at the door.

Kenney Pancake and Sausage Breakfast: Saturday 6am - 2pm at the Kenney Community Center on Rt. 54.  Dine-in and carry-out.  Call 944-2312 for more information.

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"Star Wars" Director Named
He knocked the latest "Star Trek" right out of the park.  Can he do the same for "Star Wars?"  J.J. Abrams is going to give it a try.  TheWrap.com is quoting "an individual with knowledge of the production" who says Abrams will direct the new "Star Wars" movie.  Abrams has a good track record--he co-created "Lost," "Fringe," and "Alias" for TV and directed "Star Trek" and "Mission Impossible III."

James Bond Actors Might Appear Together at Oscar Ceremony
Over the years there have been six actors who have played James Bond for the franchise.  Now rumors are swirling that producers of the Academy Awards are trying to get all six of them to appear on the show together for a James Bond tribute.  It would be the first time all six actors gathered together like this - Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig.

Another Award Show This Weekend
Award season continues with the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday in L.A.  On the movie side it's a tie between "Les Miserables," "Lincoln," and "Silver Linings Playbook" for the most nominations.  On the TV side "Modern Family" is the most nominated.  Dick Van Dyke will receive a Life Achievement Award Sunday as well.  You can see the awards on TNT and TBS at 7pm on Sunday.
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E Buzz for January 24, 2013
"Mad Men" Returns April 7th
It's been a while, but now fans of "Mad Men" can begin the countdown to the sixth season of the show.  AMC has announced a two-hour premiere on April 7th. 

"Amazing Race" 22nd Season Starts February 17th
CBS kicks off another season of the "Amazing Race" February 17th.  This season feature hockey-playing brothers Bates and Anthony Battaglia and a granddaughter of John Wayne. 

Adele to Perform "Skyfall" at Oscars
Producers of the Academy Awards telecast have confirmed Adele will perform "Skyfall" at the upcoming award show.  The song, from the James Bond film of the same name, is nominated as Best Original Song.  This will be the first time Adele has performed since she gave birth to her son in October.  The Oscars will air on ABC February 24th. 

Lance Armstrong Won't Be Dancing Anytime Soon
First Lindsay Lohan and now Lance Armstrong have turned down an opportunity to be a cast member of "Dancing with the Stars."  Sources tell EW.com ABC offered the cycler a spot, but he declined. 
 
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E Buzz for January 22, 2013
Jennifer Hudson Serenades the First Couple
Before he gets back to work the President had some partying to take care of.  Monday night at the Commander in Chief Ball Jennifer Hudson serenaded the President and First Lady with her rendition of "Let's Stay Together." 
 

 
Britney's Las Vegas Deal Held Up Over Lip-Syncing Concerns
Last week we told you Britney Spears was close to inking a $200-million deal for a residency in Las Vegas.  Now "Breath Heavy" is reporting some hotel executives are holding up the deal.  They are said to be concerned about whether Spears will be singing live or lip-syncing her shows. 

Woman Drops $9-million Lawsuit Against Justin Bieber But Says He's Still At Fault
The story here is supposed to be that a woman dropped her lawsuit against Justin Bieber for damaging her hearing, but the real story is why she dropped the lawsuit.  The woman, Stacy Betts, claims her hearing was damaged at a Justin Bieber concert in Portland.  Betts says she now has permanent damage to her hearing, and it's Bieber's fault for "enticing the crowd into a frenzy."  Unfortunately for Betts, TMZ says she can't get a lawyer to move the case forward.  What?????
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E Buzz for January 21, 2013
Barbara Walters Hospitalized After Fall
The 83-year-old Barbara Walters has been hospitalized after a fall.  "USA Today" reports Walters was at the British Ambassador's home on Saturday when she slipped on a stair and cut her head.  According to ABC News Walters is doing well and "telling everyone what to do."

Jessica Chastain Rules the Box Office
She just won a Golden Globe, she's nominated for an Oscar, and her films occupy the top two spots at the weekend box office.  Jessica Chastain is on a roll.  Her horror flick, "Mama," came in first this weekend with $28.1-million.  Her Oscar nominated role in "Zero Dark Thirty" was second with $17.6-million.  "Silver Linings Playbook" got quite a bump from all its award nominations coming in third with $11.4-million.

Lance Armstrong Movie in the Works
You knew this was coming.  Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams are already working on a film about Lance Armstrong.  It will be based on an upcoming book "Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong" by Juliet Macur.  Macur is a reporter for the "New York Times" and has covered Armstrong for over a decade.  No release date for the film yet.
 
Batmobile Sells for $4.6-million
There were six Batmobiles produced for the 1960's TV show, and the first one produced as sold at auction for $4.6-million.  It all went down at the Barrett-Jackson house in Scottsdale, Arizona while the auctioneer hummed the theme to the show.

 
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Weekend Marquee/E Buzz for January 17, 2013
Easton Corbin Tickets on Sale: Concert is Saturday, March 30th at the Prairie Capital Convention Center.  Tickets on sale at 10:00am and are just $10.45 for the first day of sales only.  Tickets are available online at www.Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, or in person at the Prairie Capital Convention Center box office.  Avoid ticket fees by getting them in person at the box office, first day of sales only. 

Colt Ford: Saturday at Boondocks at 8:00pm.  Tickets are $22, general admission.  Visit www.showclix.com for tickets.

Monster Truck Nationals: Saturday at 7:30pm at Assembly Hall in Champaign.  Tickets available at 866-ILLINI-1 or www.uofiassemblyhall.com
 
Standridge Motor Sports Race Party: Saturday 4:30pm - Midnight at the Eagles Club at 2700 East Ash Street in Springfield.  10% of proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
 
Boys City Tournament: Friday and Saturday at the Prairie Capital Convention Center.  Friday games include SHG vs. Springfield High at 6pm and Southeast vs. Lanphier at 8pm.  Saturday games include Lanphier vs. Springfield at 6pm and Southeast vs. SHG at 8pm.  (Saturday's game times my be switched.)

Winterfreeze Regional Chili Cookoff: Sunday at the KC Hall at Iles & Meadowbrook Roads.  Doors open at Noon, Seeing Daylight plays at 1pm.  $5 admission gets donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

E Buzz

Lance Armstrong Admits to Taking Performance Enhancing Drugs
Thursday in a recorded interview with Oprah Winfrey Lance Armstrong finally admitted to taking performance enhancing drugs and banned substances.  Armstrong also said he didn't feel bad about it or feel he was cheating.  Part 2 of the interview airs tonight on OWN.

Al Pacino as Joe Paterno
One of the most controversial figures in sports will be played by Al Pacino.  The Oscar winner will team with his "Scarface" director, Brian De Palma for a film about Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. 

"American Idol" Ratings Down 18% for Premiere
Apparently three new judges couldn't boost the ratings for "American Idol."  The season premiere Wednesday night pulled in 4-million fewer viewers than last season's premiere.  Still, the ratings are big.  17.9-million watched Wednesday night compared to 12.3-million for the season premiere of "The Voice" and 8.7-million for "X Factor."

Casey Anthony Movie Premieres This Weekend
If you followed the Casey Anthony murder trial, you might want to catch a movie this weekend on Lifetime.  "Prosecuting Casey Anthony" stars Rob Lowe as Jeff Ashton, who was the prosecutor in the case.  The movie is based on Ashton's book.  Casey Anthony did not profit from the making of the movie.
 
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E Buzz for January 17, 2013
Britney Spears Heading to Las Vegas
PerezHilton.com is reporting Britney Spears has inked a 2-year deal to perform at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.  The contract is said to be worth $200-million.

Sundance Film Festival Starts Today
All the stars descend on Park City, Utah today for the annual Sundance Film Festival.  The ten day event will feature 119 films.  One of the most anticipated is "jOBS" starring Ashton Kutcher as the late Apple founder Steve Jobs. 

Steve Carell Will Not Return for Series Finale
It's a bummer, but "Office" showrunner has confirmed Steve Carell will not return for the last episode of the show.  Other characters from over the years will return including B.J. Novak and Mindy Kaling, who now has her own show on Fox.   

Dad from "Diff'rent Strokes" Dies
Remember the show "Diff'rent Strokes?"  Conrad Bain played the dad, Phillip Drummond, on the show.  Bain died Monday at the age of 89.  Todd Bridges, who played his one of his sons on the show, said he was "deeply saddened" to hear of his passing and that Bain was "well-loved and made going to work each day enjoyable" for the whole cast of the show.


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E Buzz for January 16, 2013
"American Idol" Kicks Off 12th Season Tonight
The judges panel will look very different tonight when "American Idol" returns for another season.  While Randy Jackson returns as a judge, the other three judges are new.  Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, and Nicki Minaj will fill the other three spots.  Tonight is part one of the season premiere, and you can see it on Fox at 7pm.

"Da Vinci Code" Author To Release Another Novel
There's a new book coming from Dan Brown.  The author of "Da Vinci Code" brings Robert Langdon back in a book that will be out May 14th.  Browns says he was inspired by Dante's "Inferno" for this book.

New Sitcom for Jessica Simpson
It doesn't have a title yet, but NBC has commissioned a sitcom from Jessica Simpson.  The show would be based on her life, and Simpson would play herself.  Casting is ongoing for her fiance and her father. 
 
A "Big Bang" Wedding?
Could Leonard and Penny be getting engaged?  That's the rumor floating around about the characters on "Big Bang Theory."  Johnny Galecki, who plays Leonard, said to "The Hollywood Reporter", "Next week we start shooting the Valentine's Day episode.  It's a big one for Leonard and Penny -- there might be somebody getting down on one knee."  The episode he's speaking of airs on Valentine's day.
 
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E Buzz for January 15, 2013
Golden Globes Draw Big Audience
The Golden Globes had a big night Sunday with almost 20-million viewers.  That's the biggest audience for the show in six years and the top award show of the season beating the Emmys, the American Music Awards, and the CMA Awards.

Ariel Won't Be Returning to Theaters
Disney had planned to release "The Little Mermaid" in 3D at theaters in September, but the plans have been scrapped.  Previous 3D releases of "Finding Nemo" and "Beauty and the Beast" have fallen flat, so Disney made the decision to cancel the release.  Disney did, however, announce release dates for some big films.  The fifth "Pirates of the Caribbean" will be out in July of 2015.  "The Muppets 2" will be out in March of 2014, and "Maleficent" will be out in July of 2014 starring Angelina Jolie as the witch who caused Sleeping Beauty to fall into her sleep.

Oprah Weighs In on Lance Armstrong Interview
Monday in Austin, Texas, Lance Armstrong sat down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey.  Though the interview doesn't air until Thursday, it's been widely reported Armstrong admitting to doping.  Now Winfrey is sharing her thoughts on the interview.  She told CBS "This Morning" Armstrong was very forthcoming in answering questions, but he did not coming clean in the manner she expected during the interview.
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E Buzz for January 14, 2013
"Argo" Wins Another Best Picture Award
He may not have received a nominations for directing from the Oscars, but the Hollywood Foreign Press seems to like him.  Ben Affleck's "Argo" picked up Best Motion Picture, Drama Sunday night and Affleck won for Best Director.  "Les Miserables" won for Best Motion Picture, Musical of Comedy and picked up an award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for Hugh Jackman and Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway. 
On the TV side it was a very good night for "Homeland."  It won for Best Drama Series and stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis won Best Actress and Actor in a drama, respectively.  For the full list of winners click here. Here are the winners in the main categories...
Movies
Drama
Argo
Comedy or Musical
Les Miserables
Director
Ben Affleck for Argo
Actor Comedy or Musical
Hugh Jackman for Les Miserables
Actress Comedy or Musical
Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook
Actor Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln
Actress Drama
Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty

TV
Drama
Homeland
Comedy or Musical
Girls
Actor-Drama Series
Damian Lewis of Homeland
Actress-Drama Series
Claire Danes of Homeland
Actor-Comedy or Musical Series
Don Cheadle of House of Lies
Actress-Comedy or Musical Series
Lena Dunham of Girls

Jodie Foster Comes Out and Retires?
Jodie Foster received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes Sunday, but it was two revelations that had everyone talking.  After years of speculation, Foster confirmed her sexual orientation and set the Twitterverse on fire with comments some thought meant she was retiring from acting.  She clarified her comments to USA Today's Bryan Alexander, "I could never stop acting.  You'd have to drag me behind a team of horses.  I'm not retiring."

Britney Spears No Longer Engaged
No wedding bells for Britney Spears.  Friday her rep confirmed Spears and Jason Trawick have ended their engagement and that she would be leaving "X Factor."  The same day Trawick resigned from Spear's conservatorship.  Now Spear's father Jamie Spears will be sole conservator, controlling all of her assets.  E! is also reporting Britney has returned the $90,000 engagement ring to her former fiance.

"The Carrie Diaries" Premiering Tonight
If you're a fan of "Sex and the City" you might want to tune in to the CW at 7pm tonight.  "The Carrie Diaries" premieres tonight and turns the clock back to take a look at Carrie Bradshaw in the 1980's.  The series starts with the death of her mother and her father arranging an internship in Manhattan to lift her spirits.

Lance Armstrong/Oprah Interview Taped Today
Today is the day Lance Armstrong is to sit down with Oprah for the first interview since he was banned from cycling for life and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for using and distributing performance-enhancing drugs.  The interview is scheduled to take place at his Austin, Texas home, and Armstrong, according to "USA Today," is going to admit cheating.  You'll be able to see the interview on OWN Thursday.
 
Baby Prince or Princess Due in July
Will and Kate's baby is due in July, according to St. James's Palace.  No word on the gender yet.  Baby watch continues.

 
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Weekend Marquee/E Buzz for January 9, 2013
It's Great to Skate: Saturday at the Nelson Center 10am - 11:30am.  Figure and hockey skaters will demonstrate their skills, and you can take part in a 20-minute skating lesson then try them out in the free public skate from 11:30am - 1:30pm.  Register in advance at 652-5226.

Prom Dress Sale: Sunday at Riverton High School in the auditorium from 2:30pm - 5pm.  Admission is $3 per person, and proceeds go to the 2013 after prom. 

Charity Breakfast for UCP: Sunday 8am - Noon at the KC Hall at Iles & Meadowbrook in Springfield.  Buffet style breakfast will include scrambled eggs, sausage, ham, bacon, mini corndogs, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, waffles, fruit, doughnuts, pastries, juice, coffee, milk, and tea.  Adults $8, kids $5.  Children 5 and under eat free.  Proceeds benefit United Cerebral Palsey.

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Award Season in Full Swing with the Critics Choice Awards
Thursday the Oscar nominations were announced, and on the heels of that the 18th Annual Critics Choice Awards were handed out "Argo" won Best Picture and Best Director for Ben Affleck.  Jessica Chastain picked up a Best Actress award for her role in "Zero Dark Thirty" and Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in "Lincoln."  For the full list of winners click here.

Golden Globes are Sunday
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the 70th Golden Globe Awards Sunday night from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on NBC.  "Lincoln" is the leading nominee with seven.  Actress Jodie Foster will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

Britney Spears Quitting "X Factor"
People.com is reporting Britney Spears is leaving "X Factor" after one season.  They cite sources who say Spears wants to concentrate on her music.  There's been no official word from the show or Spears about her future with the show.
 
ABC Considering a Star Wars Live-Action Series
A Star Wars TV series?  Maybe.  According to EW.com it's been sitting on a shelf for years, but now that Disney is acquiring Lucasfilm, ABC is taking a look.  Paul Lee, ABC entertainment president says, "We'd love to do something with Lucasfilm, we're not sure what yet."
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E Buzz for January 10, 2013
"Lincoln" Leads Oscar Nominations with 12
It's a good day for Steven Spielberg and the cast of "Lincoln."  The film is the most nominated for this year's Oscars with 12 nods including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor & Actress.  For the full list of nominations click here. 
Best Picture
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
Lincoln
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Amour
Django Unchained
Argo


Best Actor
Daniel Day Lewis - "Lincoln"
Denzel Washington - "Flight"
Hugh Jackman - "Les Miserables"
Bradley Cooper - "Silver Linings Playbook"
Joaquin Phoenix - "The Master

Best Actress
Naomi Watts - "The Impossible"
Jessica Chastain - "Zero Dark Thirty"
Jennifer Lawrence - "Silver Linings Playbook"
Emmanuelle Riva - "Amour"
Quvenzhane Wallis - "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

Katy Perry Wins 4 People's Choice Awards
The people made their voices heard last night on the People's Choice Awards.  Katy Perry picked up four awards including Favorite Female Artist.  On the movie side it was a good night for "The Hunger Games" with seven wins including Favorite Movie.  Ellen DeGeneres won for Favorite Daytime TV Host for the 13th time. 
 
Muppet Sequel May Include Tina Fey
Filming is set to begin later this month in London for the latest Muppet movie, and "The Hollywood Reporter" saying Tina Fey is in talks to play the part of a "Russian gulag prison guard."  Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell have already announced their involvement.

"Days of Our Lives" Is Sticking Around
Those of you hooked on your soaps will be happy to know Days of Our Lives" has been renewed at least through September 2014.  It's the only soap left on NBC.  Meantime, the only soap left on ABC, "General Hospital," is bringing back a fan favorite.  Genie Francis will return to the show as part of the 50th anniversary on April 1st.
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E Buzz for January 9, 2013
Lance Armstrong to Talk with Oprah
Thursday, January 17th, disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong will sit down with Oprah for an interview on her OWN network.  Of course we don't know what he'll say, but the "New York Times" recently reported Armstrong is on the verge of 'fessing up to cheating through the use of performance-enhancing drugs.'  The interview will be part of a special 90-minute episode.

Kimye Buys a Mansion
They're having a baby, and now they've bought a house.  Kim Kardashian and Kanye West plunked down $11-million for a mansion in Bel Air.  it's not quite big enough though.  "The Hollywood Reporter" says they'll be adding four-thousand square feet to the ten-thousand square foot property. 
 
Justin Bieber to Host and Perform on SNL
"Billboard" is reporting Justin Bieber will host and perform on SNL February 9th.  NBC hasn't yet confirmed this news.  Bieber is doing it to promote a new album about January 29th.

Blake Shelton's ACM Co-Host Revealed
Looks like Luke Bryan will co-host the Academy of County Music Awards in the spring.  He'll team with Blake Shelton for the first time, while this will be Shelton's third hosting gig.  The awards are April 7th. 

The Razzie Nominations Are Here
The Oscar nominations will be made known Thursday morning, but on Tuesday the award nominations no one wants to receive were revealed.  The 33rd Golden Raspberry Award nominees for the worst achievements in cinema were announced.  At the top of the list was the final installment of the "Twilight" series.  It received a nomination in every major category.  In the Worst Picture category "Twilight" is up against "Battleship, "The Oogieloves in Big Balloon Adventure", "That's My Boy," and "A Thousand Words."
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E Buzz for January 8, 2013
Season 3 Premiere of "Downton Abbey" Almost Doubles Ratings
Season 2's premiere pulled in 4.2-million viewers.  Sunday's season 3 premiere had 7.9-million viewers...a series high and second only to CBS for the night.

"One Life to Live" and "All My Children" to Return
Two popular soaps are returning, but not to television.  Production company Prospect Park announced Monday that "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" will begin production next month, and both shows will be be revived online.  No word yet on which stars from the shows will return.

Jimmy Kimmel Moves Up An Hour Tonight
Tonight's a big night for Jimmy Kimmel.  His show, "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" starts airing at 10:35pm (our time) tonight.  That puts him in direct competition with David Letterman and Jay Leno.  Kimmel's show debuted in 2003 and is the longest running late-night talk show in ABC history.  Tonight Kimmel welcomes Jennifer Aniston and No Doubt.

Thursday Oscar Nominations Revealed
Thursday is a big day for Hollywood.  The nominees for the 85th Academy Awards will be announced, and for the first time since 1972 the host of the show will help make the announcements.  Seth MacFarlane is the first since Charlton Heston to do it.  He'll be joined by Emma Stone.

Ryan Lochte Gets Reality Show
Remember Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte?  One of the stars of the London Olympics announced Monday he will have his own reality show on E!.  Titled "What Would Ryan Lochte Do?", the show will start with a six episode run in April.
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E Buzz for January 7, 2013
Adele to Sing "Skyfall" at Oscar Ceremony
The Oscars are February 24th, and "Ace Showbiz" is reporting Adele will singing her sure-to-be-nominated "Skyfall" at the award ceremony.  This would be the first performance for Adele since she gave birth in October.

"The Hobbit" Slips to Number 3 at the Box Office
"Texas Chainsaw 3D" took the top spot at the movies this weekend with $23-million.  "Django Unchained" was second with $20.1-million, while "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" fell from number one to number three with $17.5-million.
 
"The Hobbit" Slips to Number 3 at the Box Office
"Texas Chainsaw 3D" took the top spot at the movies this weekend with $23-million.  "Django Unchained" was second with $20.1-million, while "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" fell from number one to number three with $17.5-million.

Stars + Alcohol = Trouble Over the Weekend
Thomas Gibson of "Criminal Minds" got into a little trouble in L.A. Sunday.  TMZ reports Gibson was driving around 1:00am through downtown when he arrived at an area that had been closed off for a half marathon.  He was told he couldn't drive through the area but did anyway.  Police stopped him, and he was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI.
Gibson wasn't the only one in trouble over the weekend.  NBC News reports Josh Brolin got into some trouble for partying a little too hard New Year's Day in Santa Monica, California.  Police took him into custody when he was determined to be unable to care for himself.  Police say he was booked "only to hole him until he sobered up."  Brolin's latest film, "Gangster Squad," opens Friday.
 
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Weekend Marquee/E Buzz for January 4, 2013
Just Do It: Saturday 11am - 4pm at White Oaks Mall.  If you're looking for help keeping those resolutions to get healthier in 2013, this is the place.  Health, beauty, fitness, nutrition, weight loss...all at the mall.  Michele will be broadcasting live Noon - 2pm on 104.5 WFMB.

Springfield Jr. Blues: Friday and Saturday vs. Port Huron at 7pm each night at the Nelson Center.
 
Carillon Open Tower - Group Carillon Lessons: Sunday 1-4pm for ages 12 and up.  Tour the Carillon and the practice studio.  Free. 

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser: Sunday 7am - 1pm at the KC Hall at Iles and Meadowbrook Roads.  $8 for adults, $5 for children, or $25 for a family for pancakes, sausage, and beverages.  Bring a church bulletin with you and get a 50 cent discount.  Funds will help provide a sight impaired person with a guide dog and training.

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In "Walking Dead" Withdrawal?  This May Help.

Fans of "The Walking Dead" still have a few weeks before the show returns for the last half of season three, but at least there's a new trailer to tide you over! The show returns February 10th on AMC.



2012 a Record Year for Digital Downloads and Vinyl
SoundScan has released it's 2012 report, and it was another good year for Adele's "21."  It was the best selling album for the second year in a row and the first to do that since 1983 and 1984 with Michael Jackson's "Thriller."  Digital music buying was up with a record 1.34 billion tracks sold.  Number one on that list was Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know."  It was also a record year for vinyl with 4.6 million vinyl albums sold.  That's the most in SoundScan history.
 
Glenn Beck Claims He Tried to Buy Al Gore's TV Network
And the story just keeps getting more and more interesting.  Wednesday it was announced that Al Jazeera had purchased the Current TV network from Al Gore and his business partners.  Then the "Wall Street Journal" reported conservative talk show host Glenn Beck tried to buy the network last year.   The paper says the offer was rejected because of their different viewpoints.  Beck says Gore's choice of Al Jazeera over him "tells you that he is more ideologically aligned with Al Jazeera than an American broadcaster who believes in America."
 
Dying Fan Gets Advance Screening of "Star Trek: Into Darkness"
"Star Trek: Into Darkness" was supposed to be out in 2012, but it got pushed back to May of this year.  Unfortunately for one fan diagnosed with a non-treatable form of cancer that wasn't going to work.  So Dan's friends posted his story online trying to get him an advance screening of the film.  Director J.J. Abrams made the dream come true.  Dan's wife posted some comments about the experience saying, "It was truly amazing that  a filmmaker so secretive as J.J. Abrams was kind enough to show this to us.  It is also so wonderful for his friends & his family to finally hear some good news from us, they know how important film is to Daniel & could  not think of a better way to please him.   So this gesture has brought a lot of smiles all around.

A "Three Men & A Baby" Sequel?  Really?
I admit it, I love "Three Men & a Baby."  If it's on, I usually watch it.  Wouldn't it be great to get Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, and Steve Guttenberg back together again?  It just might happen.  Selleck talked about it on "The Talk" Thursday.  He said he'd spoken with Danson and Guttenberg and said, "We'd love to get back together if they've got a good idea."  A Disney spokesman said the project is in early development.  While we're waiting, here's a clip from the original film.
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E Buzz for January 3, 2013
Russel Crowe Defends Singing in "Les Miserables"
Former "American Idol" contestant Adam Lambert raised a few eyebrows over the weekend when he sent out a series of tweets slamming the movie "Les Miserables."  Lambert said the movie was "visually impressive" but had "great actors PRETENDING to be singers."  Now Russel Crowe, who plays Javert in the movie, came to the film's defense tweeting, "I don't disagree with Adam, sure it could have been sweetened,Hooper wanted it raw and real,that's how it is"
 
Bee Species Named After "Big Bang Theory" Catch Phrase
If you watch "Big Bang Theory" you know of Sheldon's favorite catch phrase - Bazinga!  Now a biologist in Brazil has named a species of bee after the catch phrase.  Euglossa bazinga is a Brazilian orchid bee, and it was named so because scientists had been fooled due to its similarity to other bee species.  An executive producer of "Big Bang Theory" responded to the news saying the show is "always extremely flattered when the science community embraces our show."
 
Bruce Springsteen to Be Honored as MusiCares Person of the Year
February 8th in Los Angeles will be a big day for Bruce Springsteen.  That's when he'll be honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year for his work as a musician and his charity work.  Jon Stewart will host the gala two days before the Grammy Awards, and several country stars have signed on to pay tribute.  Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Natalie Maines, and Emmylou Harris will all be there along with other artists. 
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E Buzz for January 2, 2013
A Couple of Old Guys Get Married
Sorry ladies, he's a married man now.  Hugh Hefner married Crystal Harris on New Year's Eve at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles.  They were supposed to get married back in June, but Harris ended the relationship before they walked down the aisle.  I guess the second time's a charm.
Len Goodman, judge on "Dancing with the Stars," married his girlfriend of ten years, Sue Barrett.  It was a surprise ceremony in London where the guests thought they were simply attending a lunch until the registrar arrived.
 
Dick Clark's Gone, Ratings Go Up
He was gone but not forgotten.  ABC's New Year's Eve coverage had it's largest audience ever since the primetime edition began in 2000.  13.3-million viewers tuned in compared to 3.8-million for Carson' Daly's party on NBC.
 

Former "Idol" In Car Crash
Remember Kris Allen?  He was the season eight winner of "American Idol," and he probably won't be playing guitar for a while.  Allen and his wife were in head-on car cash on New Year's day.  Allen wound up with a broken arm, but he had some good news too.  He tweeted that he was fine and broke the news that his wife is having a baby.
 
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