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 February 2013


E Buzz for February 28, 2013
Jimmy Kimmel vs. Morrissey Feud Is Official
Tuesday night Morrissey was supposed to be the musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel's show, but he canceled saying he couldn't be on the show alongside the other guests from "Duck Dynasty" because they are basically "animal serial killers."  Kimmel naturally had a little fun with the situation introducing a spoof ad for a vegan-friendly product from the "Duck Dynasty" gang.
Kimmel also made a joke that Morrissey "keeps finding new ways to depress us" and that he chose not to cut the cast of "Duck Dynasty" because "they have guns."  Morrissey wasn't too pleased with Kimmel's comments and responded with a statement on Wednesday.  He said he was "disappointed" with Kimmel for ridiculing depression, healthy eating habits, and "the notion that animals should be entitled to the possession of their own lives." 

Tina Fey Says "No Way" To Being Oscar Host
Though many would love to see her do it, Tina Fey says she won't hosting the Oscars in the future.  She said to "The Huffington Post" the gig is a tough one "especially for a woman - the amount of months that would be spent trying on dresses alone - no way."

"Walking Dead" Gets Yet Another Show Runner
Being show runner for "The Walking Dead" is a precarious thing.  Though the ratings for the show keep breaking records, the show runners never last long.  In fact, AMC has announced its third show runner will be Scott M. Gimple.  Gimple is a writer and producers who's been with the show since its second season, and he'll take over at the beginning of season four.  Production will begin in Atlanta on May 6.

It's Dangerous to Be In A Boy Band!
Screaming teenage girls are scary!   Just ask Harry Styles of "One Direction."  Tuesday night the band was performing in Glasgow when a fan threw a shoe and hit Styles in the groin dropping him to the ground.  (It happens about 20 seconds into the video.)  The culprit is 14-year old Jade Anderson who tweeted, "tonight i threw my shoe and it hit harry in the balls then security came and took me out the concert then i got my shoe back hahahahah."  She also apologized saying, "@harry_styles im the one that threw my shoe at you, i never meant to hurt you :-("
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E Buzz for February 27, 2013
Seth MacFarlane Won't Host Oscars Again
He did it once, and that was enough.  Seth MacFarlane responded to a tweet asking if he'd host the Academy Awards again.  He said, "No way.  Lotta fun to have done it though." 

Bobby Brown Sentenced for DUI
Bobby Brown is going to jail.  Tuesday he was sentenced to 55 days in jail for charges of DUI and driving on a suspended license last October.  This is his third DUI conviction.

Mindy McCready Laid to Rest
About 200 friends and family gathered in Fort Myers, Florida Tuesday to say goodbye to Mindy McCready.  McCready's mother said that her daughter is no longer hurting and finally finding peace. 

You Can Own Jennifer Lawrence's Clothes
She won an Oscar Sunday night, and now you can own her clothes!  Some of the clothing she wore in "Silver Linings Playbook" is going up for auction in L.A.  Her black wool coat, a pair of pants, a shirt, and a sports bra are all on the auction block through Nate D. Sanders Auctions starting at $100 each.
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E Buzz for February 26, 2013
"Dancing with the Stars" Season 16 Cast Announced
This morning on "Good Morning America" the cast was announced for the upcoming season of DWTS.  The season kicks off Monday, March 18th.  Here you go...
Wynonna Judd
D.L. Hughley
Jacoby Jones
Lisa Vanderpump
Andy Dick
Victor Ortiz
Zendaya Coleman
Aly Raisman
Ingo Rademacher
Kellie Pickler
Dorothy Hamill

Oscar Ratings Up
Good news for the producers of the Oscars...ratings were up.  40-million tuned in for the show on ABC...the largest audience since 2010.  Younger viewers were also up...no doubt due to host Seth MacFarlane.  Jimmy Kimmel's post-Oscar show also reaped the benefits with 6-million viewers making it his biggest post-Oscar telecast ever.

"Duck Dynasty" Cast Prompts a Boycott of "Jimmy Kimmel Live"
Singer Morrissey was scheduled to perform on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" tonight, but instead Churchill will provide the music.  Morrissey decided he couldn't "morally be on a television program" with Kimmel's other guests...the cast from "Duck Dynasty."  Why?  Morrissey said he couldn't "risk his reputation" by being on a show with "animal serial killers," so he gave the show a "them or me" ultimatum.  Kimmel's show went with the cast of "Duck Dynasty."

Another Secret Marriage for Janet Jackson
Her first marriage ended in annulment in 1985.  Her second marriage lasted nine years, but it was kept secret until the divorce in 2000.  Now Janet Jackson has revealed she's married again....to a billionaire businessman.  The couple married last year, according to a post on Jackson's website Monday. 

The Boy Wonder Bites It Tomorrow
Tomorrow's the day Damian Wayne dies.  You may know him better by the name Robin...Batman's sidekick.  He'll die in a comic book coming out tomorrow.  The writer of the comic book says Robin dies a hero.
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E Buzz of February 25, 2013
"Argo" Gets the Big Win at the Oscars
Even though he didn't get nominated in the directing category, it was still Ben Affleck's night at the Oscars.  The film he produced, directed and starred in, "Argo," won Best Picture.  It's the second Oscar for Affleck who won in 1997 for the screenplay of "Good Will Hunting."  "Life of Pi" won the most awards of the night with four awards including Best Director of Ang Lee. 
Daniel Day-Lewis became the first to win three Best Actor Oscars when he won for his portrayal of our 16th president in "Lincoln."  Jennifer Lawrence won her first Oscar for Best Actress for "Silver Linings Playbook."  For the full list of winners click here.

"Breaking Dawn Part 2" Wins Most Razzies
And "Worst Picture" goes to "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2."  The film picked up seven Golden Raspberries" Saturday night.  Worst Supporting Actress went to Rihanna for her role in "Battleship," and Adam Sandler won Worst Actor for "Jack & Jill."

"Dancing with the Stars" Cast Leaked
ABC has not yet made the official announcement of cast members for this season's "Dancing with the Stars," but TMZ is reporting some names.  For the first time a former "American Idol" contestant will appear on the show...Kellie Pickler.  Wynonna Judd, "Bachelor" Sean Lowe, and Olympic gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman are also on the list.  Baltimore Raves wide receiver Jacoby Jones is also said to be a cast member in the upcoming season.  The full list will be revealed Tuesday.

Simon Cowell Courting Lady Gaga for "X Factor"
"Hollywood Life" is reporting Simon Cowell wants Lady Gaga as his next judge for "X Factor."  Gaga has a hip injury that's forced her to cancel her tour, so a source says Cowell is "looking to do anything he can" to convince her to join the show and make good use of her extra time.
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E Buzz for February 20, 2013
Kelly Clarkson Takes on Clive Davis
Music mogul Clive Davis has a new book out, and the reaction has been almost immediate.  In "The Sound Track of My Life" Davis shares stories about his the music business and his experiences with Bruce Springsteen, Janis Joplin, John Lennon, and more.  But at least one person takes issue with Davis.  Tuesday in an open letter Kelly Clarkson refuted the claims Davis made in his book.  She says after she won "American Idol" she was "honored" to work with Davis but "devastated" when he treated her disrespectfully during her recording of her album "My December."  She says she was obliged to "clear up his memory lapses and misinformation."  And she added that "growing up is awesome" because it means "you don't have to cower to anyone - even Clive Davis."

Steve Carell to Be On "Pawn Stars"
He reportedly won't be back for the series finale of "The Office," but Steve Carell will be back on TV soon.  EW.com is reporting Carell will be on an upcoming episode of "Pawn Stars."  Apparently Carell and his daughter are big fans of the show.

Sarah Jessica Parker Looks Like an Alien on Magazine Cover
Now this is just strange.  On the cover of the Chinese version of Harper's Bazaar, Sarah Jessica Parker looks strange.  Very strange.  Either someone went crazy with Photoshop or she's had some bad plastic surgery.
 
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E Buzz for February 19, 2013

Fergie's Having a Baby
Congrats to Black Eyes Peas singer, Fergie, and her husband Josh Duhamel.  The couple is expecting a baby.  Duhamel tweeted "Fergie and Me and BABY makes three."  They've been married since 2009.

Khloe Kardashian Not Returning to "X Factor"
Looks like one season was enough.  The "New York Post" is reporting Khloe Kardashian has not been asked back for another season of hosting on "X Factor."  Her co-host, Mario Lopez, has been asked to do another season.

Out Today on Video
Argo - Ben Affleck directs and stars in this film about the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.  The film has won numerous awards and is a Best Picture nominee at the Oscars.
Anna Karenina - Yet another adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's novel.  Kiera Knightley takes the title role.  Jude Law also stars.
Sinister - Ethan Hawke stars in this horror thriller.
Monsters, Inc. - The Pixar classic featuring the voices of John Goodman and Billy Crystal comes to Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D for the first time.
Top Gun - Maverick and Goose take to the skies for the first time on Blu-ray 3D. 

Michael Jackson's Son Has a TV Job

It was inevitable.  As least one of Michael Jackson's kids has to end up in the entertainment biz.  Last night his oldest, Prince Michael Jackson, made his debut as a correspondent for "Entertainment Tonight."  He has ambitions to be a producer, screenwriter, and actor someday.
 
 
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E Buzz for February 18, 2013
Mindy McCready Dead of Apparent Suicide
Mindy McCready is dead at age 37.  According to sheriff's deputies, she died of a single gun shot wound to the head.  No other details at this time. She leaves behind two young sons.

"Die Hard" Tops Box Office
The reviews haven't been kind, but it didn't matter.  "A Good Day to Die Hard" was number one at the box office over the weekend with $25-million.  In second it was "Identity Thief" with $23.4-million.  "Safe Haven" was third with $21.4-million.

Kardashian/Humphries Court Date May 6th
They may finally be getting divorced.  Doesn't it feel like this has gone on forever?  Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries will finally have their day in court May 6th.  It's expected to last for five days.
 
Nike Pulls Oscar Pistorius Ad
You won't be seeing Nike's Oscar Pistorius ad on TV anymore, though you can find it on YouTube.  The ad features the caption "I am the bullet in the chamber."  Pistorius has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day. 
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Weekend Marquee and E Buzz for February 15, 2013
Behind the Hits: Songwriters for St. Jude: Friday at 7pm at Boondocks.  Doors open at 6pm.  Tickets are general admission at $15 and available the door and at www.showclix.com.  Three Nashville songwriters will take the stage and share the stories behind their hit songs.  A portion of the proceeds benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  For this show only all ages are welcome with a parent or guardian.  For more details click here.

Fight for Air Climb: To benefit the American Lung Association.  Saturday at the Hilton Springfield.

ABATE Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet: Sunday 10am - 4pm at the Prairie Capital Convention Center. Admission is $10 for adults, children 12 and under are free with adult.  More info at www.abate-il.org

SPARC Sugar & Spice Chili Dinner: Sunday Noon - 6pm at KC Hall at Iles & Meadowbrook Roads.  $7 for adults, children 5 and under are free.  Meal includes chili or vegetarian soup, hot dog, drink, and dessert.  More info at www.spfldsparc.org

Casey Donahew Band: Saturday at Boondocks.  Tickets are $15 and available at Boondocks or www.showclix.com

St. Jude Valentine Dinner Dance: Saturday at Little Flower School Gymnasium. $100 per couple includes prime rib or chicken dinner, drinks, entertainment.  Proceeds benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Call 341-2048 for tickets.

Luke Bryan/Thompson Square/Florida Georgia Line: Sunday at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.  This show is SOLD OUT.

Luke Bryan/Thompson Square/Florida Georgia Line: Monday at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.  Tickets are avaialble for this show.  Call 1-800-745-3000 or visit www.Ticketmaster.com.

St. Aloysius PTO 29th Annual Spaghetti Dinner:  Dine in, Carry out and drive thru available Sunday Noon - 6:30pm.  $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for children.  2 and under eat free with dine-in only.

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Branglina Launching Their Own Line of Wine
They've collaborated on several children, and now they'll collaborate on wine.  Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are working with a French winemaker to produce a rose and white wines.  The couple's French estate has about 148 acres of vines.  
 
LeAnn Rimes Sues Her Dentist
More drama for Leann Rimes.  Does it ever end?  Now the singer has filed a lawsuit against her dentist.  She says Dr. Duane McKay has caused all kind of mouth problems for her by misdiagnosing her problems.  Rimes also claims the problems have "compromised" her ability to perform, and she's seeking general damages, money for medical expenses, and "emotional and psychiatric injuries" and money for loss of wages.

Maggie Smith Says She's Never Watching "Downtown Abbey"
She's won two Emmys and a Golden Globe for her performance as Lady Violet Crawley on "Downtown Abbey," but Maggie Smith has never seen the show.  In a "60 Minutes" interview airing Sunday, Smith explains she's very critical of her performances.  The season 3 finale of "Downtown Abbey" is Sunday on PBS.
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E Buzz for February 14, 2013
Lady Gaga Cancels Remaining Tour Dates
Lady Gaga's health problems are more serious than first thought.  She needs surgery to repair a labral tear of the right hip, and her doctor has ordered "strict down time to recover."  As a result, the rest of her tour has been canceled. 

Another Talk Show Heads to the Graveyard
We've already heard Ricki Lake's talk show won't be having another season.  Now Jeff Probst's talk show is getting the ax too.  The show will not return for another season.  Good thing he's still got "Survivor" to fall back on.

Miss America is Heading Back Home
It started in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 1920, and in 2014 Miss America will return home.  The pageant has been held in Las Vegas since 2006.
 
HARRY-POTTER-AND-THE-SORCERERS-STONEHarry Potter Covers Get a 15th Anniversary Makeover
It's been 15 years since the first Harry Potter book was published, and to celebrate Scholastic is releasing a new set of paperbacks individually and in a box set in September of this year.  Each of the books will have brand new cover art by Kazu Kibuishi, who also did the art for the "Amulet" series of books.  The hard cover Harry Potter books will retain their original art work.
 
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E Buzz for February 13, 2013
Lady Gaga Postpones Four Concerts, Including Chicago
Under doctors orders, Lady Gaga has postponed four shows on her Born This Way Ball Tour.  One of the stops postponed is in Chicago tonight and tomorrow.  Gaga says she's suffering from severe inflammation of the joints and after her Monday show in Montreal has been unable to walk.  No word on rescheduled dates for the canceled shows.

Alec Baldwin and Wife Expecting
Alec Baldwin in having a good year.  He just won a Screen Actors Guild Award, and now he and his wife are expecting their first child together.  According to Baldwin's wife, Hilaria Thomas, she's due in the summer.

Albert Brooks Is In for "Finding Nemo 2"
Deadline New York is reporting it's a done deal.  Albert Brooks will reprise his role as Marlin for a sequel to the Pixar blockbuster "Finding Nemo."  Ellen DeGeneres will return as the lovable Dory, and Andrew Stanton will direct once again.  No word on a release date for the film.

Steve Martin a First Time Dad at 67
They managed to keep it quiet for a couple of months, but the news is out now.  In December Steve Martin became a dad for the first time at the age of 67.  No other details available at this time.  Martin and his wife, Anne, have been married since 2007.
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E Buzz for February
Grammy Ratings Down Significantly from Last Year
Last year almost 40-million people tuned in to the Grammy Awards.  This year it was about 28-million.  No surprise since last year's Grammy Awards came just 24-hours after the Whitney Houston's sudden death.  Still this year's award ratings were the second highest in 20 years and put CBS on top for the night.

"Walking Dead" Breaks Another Ratings Record
The mid-season premiere of "Walking Dead" Sunday was the biggest episode yet for the series.  12.3-million tuned in, and if you add the later airing it jumps to 16.6-million.  That's on a cable channel!

Caesars Entertainment Offers Britney Spears $30-million
According to "The Las Vegas Sun," Britney Spears has been offered quite a deal...about $30-million for a 35-weekend deal.  She would reportedly also appear at other Caesar's nightclub properties and events for casino high-rollers.

New Cable Channel Coming Later This Year
It's called Fusion, and it's ABC and Univision coming together for a new cable channel targeting Hispanics in the U.S.  The channel is to launch in the last half of this year, and according to ABC and Univision will serve 50-million Hispanics.

Sinead O'Connor Congratulates the Pope on His Retirement
She made a lot of people very angry in 1992 when she tore up a picture of Pope John Paul the Second on "Saturday Night Live."  Now her comments on Pope Benedict's retirement will be sure to anger people again.  Monday Sinead O'Connor wrote on her website that the Pope has made a "wise decision to retire before the very worst of what has been going on is discovered."  She doesn't explain to what she is referring.  O'Connor also says Benedict's "greatest achievement is this act of retiring."
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E Buzz for February 11, 2013
Mumford & Sons Wins The Big Prize at the Grammys
It's the Grammy Award everyone wants regardless of genre, and Mumford & Sons now has it.  They won Album of the Year for "Babel" at Sunday's Grammy Awards.  The prize for the most wins went to Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys.  He won three with the band and another for Producer of the Year.  For the full list of Grammy winners, click here.

"Identity Thief" Top Movie This Weekend
Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy have the top film in the nation this weekend.  "Identity Thief" opened in the top spot with $36.6-million.  In second it was "Warm Bodies" with $11.5-million, and coming in third was "Side Effects" with $10-million.

"Top Gun" Back in Theaters
"Top Gun" took the 1986 box office by storm, and now it's back on an even bigger screen.  The Tom Cruise flick had its IMAX 3-D release over the weekend as the countdown begins to its 3D Blu-ray release February 19th. The film will be in IMAX theaters until Wednesday.

NBC Cancels Show After Two Episodes
How much does a TV show have to suck to get yanked after airing only two episodes?  Pretty bad.  NBC has just pulled the plug on "Do No Harm," a medical drama, after it broke the record for the lowest-rated in-season broadcast scripted series debut in modern TV history.  Ouch.
 
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Weekend Marquee/E Buzz for February 8, 2013
Toby Keith Tickets on Sale: Concert is Wednesday, August 14th at the Illinois State Fair.  Tickets on sale Saturday at 10:00am through Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000, and online at www.ticketmaster.com.  Tickets are $40-$50 for grandstand seating, $50 for general admission track, and $65 for VIPit tickets.

Illinois Cheerleading Coaches Association: Saturday and Sunday at the Prairie Capital Convention Center.  Varsity, stunt, junior high, and junior varsity competitions.  $10 per session $7 for students.  www.cheericca.org for more info.

The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr.: Part of the White Rabbit Series by Springfield Theatre Centre.  Friday and Saturday at  7pm and Sunday at 2m at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.  Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and children.  For tickets visit www.hcfta.org or call 523-2787.

An Afternoon of Bluegrass Music from the River Ramblers: Sunday at Lincolnland Community College, Trutter Center at 4pm.  Free admission.

Trivia Night: Youth Service Bureau is hosting a trivia night at the KC Hall at Iles & Meadowbrook Roads.  Doors open at 6pm, trivia starts at 7pm.  To register call 529-8300 ext. 203.

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John Mayer Admits He's a Jerk
He's got a bad reputation with the ladies, but that may be changing for John Mayer.  In a new interview on "CBS Sunday Morning" he talks about his past behavior saying, "I was just a jerk."  Mayer, who is now dating Katy Perry, was not allowed to sing for 10 months last year due to vocal chord surgery.  See the full interview Sunday at 8am.

Jay Cutler and Kristen Cavallari Got Engaged Via Text
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler now has a son and a fiance.  His betrothed, Kristen Cavallari, shares with "People" that their decision to tie the knot wasn't so very romantic.  According to Cavallari Cutler texted her the proposal, and mailed her the engagement ring.  Doesn't it just make your heart sing?

Movie Critic Rips Actress's Body Instead of the Film
Rex Reed has been critiquing films for years, but his new review of "Identity Thief" is getting him some critiques of his own.  In his review for the "New York Observer" he really doesn't like the new film starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman.  But instead of saying what he doesn't like about the movie, he ripped on McCarthy's size calling her "tractor-sized" and a "hippo" in his review.  

Grammys are Sunday
It's the biggest night in music Sunday night on CBS.  Last year it was all about Adele, and this year it isn't so clear who will dominate the awards...if anyone.  Frank Ocean is the top nominee heading into the awards.  There will be a number of unlikely performance mashups during the show including Bruno Mars, Rihanna, and Sting,  Elton John and Ed Sheeran, and Alicia Keys and Maroon 5.  
 
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E Buzz for February 7, 2013
The Fifth "Die Hard" Won't Be the Last
In a week the fifth "Die Hard" movie hits theaters.  Now Bruce Willis is saying there will be a sixth film too.  He didn't divulge any more than that the franchise will continue.

Whitney Houston Getting 4 Wax Figures
As the one year anniversary of Whitney Houston's death approaches, Madame Tussauds is celebrating her life with four new wax figures of the star.  They will be displayed in separate U.S. cities.  Washington D.C. gets Houston in her track suit from the 1991 Super Bowl, Hollywood gets her in her "Bodyguard" costume, Las Vegas gets Houston from her "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" video, and New York gets a more recent version from a 2009 photo shoot.  All four figures will be unveiled today.

CBS Has a Dress Code for the Grammys
Sunday night at 7pm on CBS it's the Grammy Awards, and the network doesn't want any trouble from the FCC.  So they've issued a memo warning all "talent appearing on camera" to make sure they are adequately covered up during the show.  Some of the funnier lines from the memo include: "please avoid exposing bare, fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack" and "thong-type costumes are problematic." 

Justin Bieber Sets a New Record
"Believe Acoustic" is the latest album from Justin Bieber, and since it's number one on the charts it makes Beiber the first artist to have five number one albums before the age of 19.  Bieber will host "Saturday Night Live" this weekend...he'll also be the musical guest.
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E Buzz for February 6, 2013
PETA Upset About Beyonce's Halftime Outfit
While some criticized the content of Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime performance, PETA is just upset about what she wore.  Her black leather body suit included python and paneled iguana.  That's a PETA no-no.  This isn't the first time PETA has poo-pooed Beyonce's clothing.  Last month they didn't like the mink coat she wore to the President's inauguration.

"Anchorman 2" Just Got Funnier
The much-anticipated sequel to "Anchorman" is on track for a December release, and now it will be even funnier with the addition of Kristen Wiig.  She'll play the wife of Steve Carell's weatherman character, Brick Tamland.  The cast also includes Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate, Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson, David Koechner, and of course Will Ferrell.

Connecticut is Angry About Spielberg's "Lincoln"
"Lincoln" may be the top contender at the upcoming Oscars, but the state of the Connecticut isn't happy about it.  Connecticut Congressman, Joe Courtney, wants director Steven Spielberg to change the film before it comes out on DVD due to a historical inaccuracy.  In the film, two of the three Connecticut Congressional members vote against the 13th amendment abolishing slavery.  Courtney says that's wrong and in fact all four of Connecticut's House members voted in favor of the amendment. 

There Will Be "Star Wars" Spinoffs
Not only will there be a new "Star Wars" trilogy that picks up after "Return of the Jedi," now Disney's CEO has confirmed  there are plans to makes spinoff films.  No details yet on the which characters will be included.  I vote Chewbacca!

New Monopoly Piece Unveiled
It's official.  The iron is out.  The cat is in.  Online voters cast hundreds of thousands of votes for the Monopoly piece they wanted.  The cat won.  It beat out a ring, a robot, a helicopter, and a guitar.
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E Buzz for February 5, 2013
Super Bowl Ratings Big...But Not as Big as the Last Two Years
Don't get me wrong...the Super Bowl had a lot of viewers.  However it wasn't as big as last year.  This year 108.4-million tuned in.  Last year it was over 111-million.  There was a big difference for the post-Super Bowl shows too.  Last year "The Voice" had over 37-million viewers while this year "Elementary" had 20.8-million.

Ricki Lake Show Canceled
The first time she had a talk show it lasted more than ten years.  Not this time.  Ricki Lake's new talk show has been canceled after just one season.  She's not the only talk show having a hard time.  Shows from Anderson Cooper and Jeff Probst are also struggling.  On the other hand Katie Couric's show has been renewed for a second season, and "The Steve Harvey Show" has also been renewed.

Robin Wiliams Could Be Back on TV in a Comedy
He's known more as a movie star these days, but Robin Williams could be back on your TV soon.  He's going to star in a pilot from David E. Kelley.  It's called "Crazy Ones," and it's about a father and a daughter who work together in an ad office.
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Weekend Marquee/E Buzz for February 1, 2013
Crimestoppers Trivia Night: Saturday at the Northfield Center.  Doors open at 6pm, game starts at 7pm.  $10 per person.  Get your team signed up at www.cashfortips.us

The Lacs: Saturday at 8:00pm at Boondocks.  Tickets available at the door or www.showclix.com

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: This is part of the Family Series at Sangamon Auditorium.  Sunday at 2:00pm.  Pre-show activities in the lobby start at 1:00pm.  For tickets call 206-6160 or visit www.sangamonauditorium.org for tickets.

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

Winter Wine Festival: Friday and Saturday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  Get all details at www.illinoiswine.com

Fish Fry: Friday 4:30pm - 7pm at the KC in Riverton.  Visit www.kofc3914.com for more details.

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Beyonce Says, 'Take That" by Belting National Anthem at Press Conference

Ever since Beyonce lip-synced the National Anthem at President Obama's inauguration, people have been trash talking her.  So Thursday in New Orleans Beyonce put all the trash talking to rest at a press conference.  She belted out an a cappella version of the song then took questions.  She said she will "absolutely be singing live" during the Super Bowl half time show.   As for lip-syncing the anthem, Beyonce said there were a number of reasons she chose to do it....weather and the fact that she didn't have a chance to rehearse with the orchestra beforehand.
 

 
Former "Idol" Judge Kara DioGuardi A Mommy
Congratulations to former "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi.  On Thursday she and her husband welcomed a baby boy, their first child.  Greyson James Carroll McCuddy weighed in at 8 pounds 10 ounces and was born via surrogate.  DioGuardi wrote about her fertility struggles in their 2011 book "A Helluva a High Note."

Jennifer Hudson to Perform with Sandy Hook Students
Beyonce may be doing the half time show, and Alicia Keys may be doing the Star Spangled Banner, but I have a feeling it will be the singing of "America the Beautiful" that will steal the show.  According to NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, Oscar and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson will join 26 students from Sandy Hook Elementary School for "America the Beautiful" before the game.  Each student will represent one person who lost their life at the school shooting in Newtown in December. 

CBS to Air Whitney Houston Special To Mark 1-Year Anniversary of Her Death
Saturday, February 9th The Grammys will pay tribute to Whitney Houston one year after her untimely death.  If you recall, she died one day before the Grammy Awards leaving the producers of the show scrambling to address the loss.  Now you'll get to see behind-the-scenes footage of rehearsals for last year's Grammys along with interviews with Jennifer Hudson, Bruce Springsteen, and Taylor Swift in the hours just before and just after the news broke.  The show will air Saturday, February 9th on CBS.
 
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