I normally do not do negative revues of products just because it's one person's opinion and you may not necessarily agree, but I feel compelled to warn everyone to STAY AWAY FROM CHARMIN BASIC!!! I'm a Charmin man from the word go, but this new "basic" toilet paper is USELESS! My wife and I bought a pallet load of it a one of the local warehouse clubs AND I'M FINALLY ON MY LAST ROLL! WHY would they even MAKE this stuff??? It's so thin that you can practically READ through it! It's so light weight that you can't even pull it off the roll more that one sheet at a time because it tears. And if the purpose was to save money on the no ply toilet tissue, YOU DON'T because you wind up using THREE times as much! Some things you just shouldn't scrimp on and toilet paper is definitly at the top of the list. This stuff wouldn't even make good tissue paper for Christmas presents. It's the "New Coke" of the toilet paper world! Go back to the drawing board on THIS one Mr. Whipple and give me good old fashioned THICK Charmin! There! I feel better now! You've all been warned...
GREAT SHOW CARRIE!
The wife and I were in attendance at yesterday's Carrie Lazarus Fund Extraordinary LIVE show at the Landmark Theater. WOW! Those kids are talented! They taped the whole thing for broadcast later this month on News Channel 9. If you missed our interview with Carrie last week, you can read about her fund and the super talented local kids that Carrie features on her show Extraordinary by clicking her Facebook page below!
IT'S A CARTOON PEOPLE!
Family Guy fans can rest a bit easier. It looks like Brian the dog will be coming back, one way or the other. The Fox comedy plans to bring back the beloved talking dog on December 15, but how he will come back after dying in the November 24 episode is unknown, reports Entertainment Weekly. The episode, titled ”Christmas Guy,” states that “Stewie devises a master plan to get the one and only thing he wants for Christmas.” Fans were up in arms after the show killed off Brian, and about two weeks later a Change.org petition to bring back the beloved furry friend has more than 128,000 supporters. There’s no reported connection between the outrage and the decision to bring Brian back. But EW adds that the dog will continue to play a role in the show, citing a Maya Rudolph episode set to air next fall, in which Brian takes up jogging to impress Rudolph’s character.
RAP TOPS THE GRAMMY NOMS
Rap music dominated the nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, announced Friday night live in Los Angeles and telecast on CBS. Only six categories were announced during the hour-long nominations special, but overall, Jay Z tops this year's nominations with nine. Rappers Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have seven each. Justin Timberlake also scored seven nominations each, as did Pharrell [fuh-RELL] Williams, who was featured on two of the year's biggest hits: Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines." Rapper Drake scored five nods. More importantly, instead of being relegated to its own category, rap music showed up in two of the so-called Big Four categories, which include Album, Song and Record of the Year, as well as Best New Artist. Kendrick Lamar's album good kid, m.A.A.d city is up for Album of the Year, while he himself scored a nod for Best New Artist. The Grammy Awards air January 26, 2014, live on CBS. Here's a selection of the nominees:
Album of the Year
The Blessed Unrest, Sara Bareilles
Random Access Memories, Daft Punk
good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kendrick Lamar
The Heist, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Red, Taylor Swift
Record of the Year
"Get Lucky," Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams
"Radioactive," Imagine Dragons
"Locked Out of Heaven," Bruno Mars
"Blurred Lines," Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams
Song of the Year (Award to Songwriter)
"Just Give Me a Reason," Pink featuring Nate Ruess
"Locked Out of Heaven," Bruno Mars
"Roar," Katy Perry
"Same Love," Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Best New Artist
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Best Pop Solo Performance
"Brave" — Sara Bareilles
"Royals" — Lorde
"When I Was Your Man" — Bruno Mars
"Roar" — Katy Perry
"Mirrors" — Justin Timberlake
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
"Get Lucky" — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
"Just Give Me A Reason" — Pink Featuring Nate Ruess
"Stay" — Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko
"Blurred Lines" — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams
"Suit & Tie" — Justin Timberlake & Jay Z
Best Pop Vocal Album
Paradise, Lana Del Ray
Pure Heroine, Lorde
Unorthodox Jukebox, Bruno Mars
Blurred Lines, Robin Thicke
The 20/20 Experience -- The Complete Experience, Justin Timberlake
Best Rock Performance
"Always Alright" — Alabama Shakes
"The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" — David Bowie
"Radioactive" — Imagine Dragons
"Kashmir" (Live) — Led Zeppelin
"My God Is The Sun" — Queens Of The Stone Age
"I'm Shakin'" — Jack White
Best Rock Album
13 — Black Sabbath
The Next Day — David Bowie
Mechanical Bull — Kings Of Leon
Celebration Day — Led Zeppelin
…Like Clockwork — Queens Of The Stone Age
Psychedelic Pill — Neil Young With Crazy Horse
Best Rock Song
"Ain't Messin 'Round," Gary Clark Jr.
"Cut Me Some Slack," Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear
"Doom And Gloom," Rolling Stones
"God Is Dead?," Black Sabbath
"Panic Station," Muse
Best Alternative Music Album
The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You — Neko Case
Trouble Will Find Me — The National
Hesitation Marks — Nine Inch Nails
Lonerism — Tame Impala
Modern Vampires Of The City — Vampire Weekend
Best R&B Performance
"Love And War" — Tamar Braxton
"Best Of Me" — Anthony Hamilton
"Nakamarra" — Hiatus Kaiyote Featuring Q-Tip
"How Many Drinks?" — Miguel Featuring Kendrick Lamar
"Something" — Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Love And War — Tamar Braxton
Side Effects Of You — Fantasia
One: In The Chamber — Salaam Remi
Unapologetic — Rihanna
New York: A Love Story — Mack Wilds
Best R&B Album
R&B Divas — Faith Evans
Girl On Fire — Alicia Keys
Love In The Future — John Legend
Better — Chrisette Michele
Three Kings — TGT
Best Rap Performance
"Started From The Bottom" — Drake
"Berzerk" — Eminem
"Tom Ford" — Jay Z
"Swimming Pools (Drank)" — Kendrick Lamar
"Thrift Shop" — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
"Power Trip" — J.Cole Featuring Miguel
"Part II (On The Run)" — Jay Z Featuring Beyoncé
"Holy Grail" — Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake
"Now Or Never" — Kendrick Lamar Featuring Mary J. Blige
"Remember You" — Wiz Khalifa Featuring The Weeknd
Best Rap Album
Nothing Was The Same — Drake
Magna Carta…Holy Grail — Jay Z
good kid, m.A.A.d city — Kendrick Lamar
The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Yeezus — Kanye West
Best Country Solo Performance
"I Drive Your Truck" — Lee Brice
"I Want Crazy" — Hunter Hayes
"Mama's Broken Heart" — Miranda Lambert
"Wagon Wheel" — Darius Rucker
"Mine Would Be You" — Blake Shelton
Best Country Album
Night Train, Jason Aldean
Two Lanes of Freedom, Tim McGraw
Same Trailer Different Park, Kacey Musgraves
Based on a True Story…, Blake Shelton
Red, Taylor Swift
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
"From This Valley," The Civil Wars
"Don't Rush," Kelly Clarkson Featuring Vince Gill
"Your Side Of The Bed," Little Big Town
"Highway Don't Care Tim McGraw," Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
"You Can't Make Old Friends," Kenny Rogers With Dolly Parton
Best Country Song
"Begin Again," Taylor Swift
"I Drive Your Truck," Lee Brice
"Mama's Broken Heart," Miranda Lambert
"Merry Go 'Round," Kacey Musgraves
"Mine Would Be You," Blake Shelton
Best Dance Recording
"Need U (100%)," Duke Dumont Featuring A*M*E & MNEK
"Sweet Nothing," Calvin Harris Featuring Florence Welch
"Kaskade," Finn Bjarnson & Ryan Raddon
"This Is What It Feels Like," Armin Van Buuren Featuring Trevor Guthrie
"Clarity," Zedd Featuring Foxes
BOX OFFICE RESULTS
Frozen is heating up at the box office. Disney's animated hit reached number one in its second weekend of release, earning an estimated 31.6 million dollars. After two weekends on top, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire slipped to second place, collecting 27 million dollars. The new Christian Bale-Casey Affleck drama Out of the Furnace rounded out the top three, with a 5.3-million-dollar debut. Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Rentrak:
1. Frozen, $31.6 million.
2. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, $27 million.
3. Out of the Furnace, $5.3 million.
4. Thor: The Dark World, $4.7 million.
5. Delivery Man, $3.8 million.
6. Homefront, $3.4 million.
7. The Book Thief, $2.7 million.
8. The Best Man Holiday, $2.7 million.
9. Philomena, $2.3 million.
10. Dallas Buyers Club, $1.5 million.
MALARKEY FOR TODAY:
There is a new world record this year, featuring the biggest one of these ever! What is it?
1) A Christmas Cookie
2) ***a Gingerbread House
3) A gathering of Christmas carolors!
With Christmas Bureau Distribution less than 3 weeks away, The Salvation Army is hoping that more companies and community groups will step forward to collect toys for the approximately 7,000 children who will receive gifts on December 23rd at the Oncenter. “With Thanksgiving falling later in November this year, we are finding that the Christmas Bureau Toy Drives are off to a slower start than in previous years,” says Captain John Luby, Area Coordinator at The Syracuse Area Salvation Army. “Each year, this community is incredibly generous and we are hoping that there are still some companies and groups out there that will step up to help us make sure that no child is left behind.” Anyone interested in collecting toys for Christmas Bureau should call The Salvation Army at 479-1321. A “wish list” of needed toys can be found on The Salvation Army’s website at sasyr.org. Each year, The Salvation Army of the Syracuse Area joins with its Christmas Bureau Partners and thousands of volunteers to make magic happen for low-income families on Christmas Bureau Distribution Day. This year, Distribution Day is Monday, December 23rd at The Oncenter and we expect to serve 2,500-3,000 families and 6,500-7,500 children. Eligible low-income families receive a book, a toy and a stocking stuffer for each child in their family (teens receive movie tickets). In addition, each family receives a holiday food basket that contains a turkey and all the fixings for a holiday dinner along with extra food to help feed their children during the school break. See next page for registration information and eligibility requirements. Since the economic crisis of 2008, nearly 15,000 families and 37,000 children have been served by Christmas Bureau Distribution. In addition, more than 1,000 volunteers donate their time each year so that we are able to make Christmas brighter for these families.
Christmas Bureau Distribution Toy Drive Wish List
Newborn - 2 years old
Baby Einstein Hide-and-Seek Jojo Interactive Bunny
Fisher Price Lil Zoomers Chase ‘N Race Ramps
Rock-A-Stack Musical Learning Cow
Stack’n Surprise Blocks Lamaze Infant Development Toys
Brilliant Basics Baby’s First Blocks Playskool Weebles Musical Treehouse
LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table Vtech Move & Crawl Ball
Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube Miracles & Milestones Touch & Cuddle Hedgehog
Girls 2 - 5 years old
FurReal Friends Baby Alive
Mattel Sing-A-Ma-Jigs Little Mommy Play Doll
Swan Palace Crayola Color Explosion Glow Board
Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Pretty Please Tea Set, Little People Busy Day Home, Little People
Boys 2 - 5 years old
Fisher Price Imaginext Space Shuttle & Tower, Ocean Boat
Fisher Price Trio Sets - Fire Station, Cargo Loader, King Castle
Toy Story Action Figures
Tonka Chuck & Friends Rumblin’ Chuck Vehicle, Power Playard Stunt Park, Triple Track Tower
Tonka Round-About Railway
Tonka Wheels - Pals Buggy, Antique Auto, Train Fleet, Monster Truck Fleet, Rescue Fleet Thomas the Train
Learning Curve Dinosaur Train Inter Action Roar ‘ N React
Mega Blocks & Legos
Girls 6 - 12 years old
ZhuZhu Pets Lego Sets
Dora Link Dolls, School Playset, School Art Room Barbie Dolls and Accessories
Spinmaster Aquadoodle Wall Mat Alex Toys:Friends 4 Ever Bracelet Kit
Paperoni Deluxe Studio Creativity for Kids: Fashion Design Studio Fisher Price Color Me Flowerz Bouquet Set Puzzles
Boys 6 - 12 years old
Wild Planet Hyper Dash Game Magnext Battle Striker Turbo Tops
Nerf Toys Lego Sets
Rocky Robot Truck, Stinky the Garbage Truck Quadrilla Marble Tracks
Remote Control Cars WowWee Paper Jamz Guitar
Star Wars Beyblade Metal Fusion Battle Tops
Bakugan Battle Pack, Bakubowl Arena, Deka Bakugan, Bakugan Gauntlet
Blokus Settlers of Catan
Cadoo by Cranium Pictionary Jr Qwirkle Bananagrams Bop It Scrabble Toy Story 3 Operation Toy Story 3 Connect 4 Apples to Apples Trouble Sorry Monopoly Taboo Guess Who
Stocking Stuffer Items
Silly Bandz Card games
Markers Coloring books
Small Stuffed Animals Sketch pads
Call 479-1321 with any questions.
BID HIGH, BID OFTEN!
The Sport Management Club at Syracuse University has announced Food Bank of Central New York as the beneficiary for its Ninth Annual Charity Sports Auction. Slated for tomorrow in the backcourt of the Carrier Dome, the auction will take place in conjunction with the SU men's basketball game vs. Binghamton University. The SPM Club is a student-run organization in the Falk College's Sport Management Department. The purchase of a game ticket for the Dec. 7 Syracuse men’s basketball game is necessary for access to the auction. Tickets can be purchased on the SU Athletics' Web site or at the Carrier Dome Box Office. Tickets can also be ordered by phone at 1-800-DOMETIX. There will ALSO be an online auction of other items, as well.Follow the Syracuse Charity Auction on Twitter @SU_SPM_Auction, and on Facebook. For more information on the SPM Club Charity Sports Auction, please visit www.sucharitysportsauction.com
GRAMMY NOMS TONIGHT
The nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be announced live Friday night on a star-studded CBS TV special that will feature performances from the likes of Katy Perry, Robin Thicke, Taylor Swift, Lorde and more. And unlike past years, when a single artist dominated every category, experts think that the Recording Academy is going to spread the love this year. All will be revealed Friday night at 10 p.m. ET on CBS, during The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! -- Countdown to Music's Biggest Night. Meanwhile, Yahoo!'s Chart Watch has made some predictions in the so-called "Big Four" categories: Album, Song and Record of the Year, as well as Best New Artist. It's important to note that Song of the Year goes to person who wrote the song, while Record of the Year goes to the artist and the producer. Here are the website's predictions:
Album of the Year
Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Heist
Taylor Swift, Red
Bruno Mars, Unorthodox Jukebox
Drake, Nothing Was the Same
Lorde, Pure Heroine
Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
Florida Georgia Line, Here’s to the Good Times
Record of the Year
Imagine Dragons, "Radioactive"
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, "Thrift Shop"
Pink & Nate Ruess, "Just Give Me a Reason"
Bruno Mars, "Locked Out of Heaven"
Avicii w/Aloe Blacc, "Wake Me Up"
Florida Georgia Line, "Cruise"
Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors"
Daft Punk, "Get Lucky"
Robin Thicke, "Blurred Lines" (not a lock because of the legal issues surrounding it)
Katy Perry, "Roar"
Taylor Swift, "I Knew You Were Trouble"
Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball"
Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko, "Stay"
Song of the Year
Pretty much an overlap with Record of the Year, except Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' pro-gay-marriage anthem "Same Love" will likely show up here, and not "Thrift Shop."
Best New Artist
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Florida Georgia Line
ONE NEW MOVIE THIS WEEKEND
Only one movie opens nationwide on Friday: Out of the Furnace, a drama starring Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson and Casey Affleck. Bale stars as Russell, a steel mill worker who spends time in jail. After he's released, he sets out to save his brother -- Affleck's character, Rodney -- from a crime ring. Harrelson plays the leader of the ring. Forest Whitaker, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard and Willem Dafoe also star in Out of the Furnace, which was written and helmed by Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper. The film is rated R. Another option this weekend is Lee Daniels' The Butler. The summer hit returns to theaters, just in time for awards season.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has been the box office champ the last two weekends. It made 74 million dollars during the three-day Thanksgiving weekend.
MALARKEY FOR TODAY:
A city commission in San Francisco is deciding whether or not to ban this at weddings:
1) blowing bubbles
2) *** releasing butterflies
3) throwing rice
Tis the time of year when folks are busily writing out their Christmas and holiday cards and getting them in the mail. My wife wrote out and mailed ours yesterday. We aren't one of those families that send along the big newsletter detailing the past year's happenings for all to see...but Amy is! She's turned over the newsletter duties to her husband for the past couple of years and I have to say, they can be quite entertaining. There's usually an update on whatever states they visited during the year, a cat update, usually some Ted & Amy news, as well. Are you a family that puts out a holiday newsletter? If so, send us a copy at firstname.lastname@example.org! We'd love to see what's newsworthy in your life. No presents or prizes involved, we're just curious ANd we might read some on the air! Happy Holidays!
With Mark's family growing, he's looking to start some new family traditions for the holidays...but a Caganer???
A small experiment seems to prove that there is such a thing as selective hearing among men and women. British surgeon John Phillips with Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals and other researchers compiled a list of words believed to be socially relevant to each sex such as “football” and “beer” for men and “shopping” and “chocolate” for women. The words from each list were read to 40 men and 40 women. What Phillips discovered, probably to no one’s great surprise, is that men remembered more of the so-called “male” words while women had an easier time recalling words geared to their sensibilities. According to Phillips, “'For a long time patients remark that their spouses have selective hearing, so it’s been fun explaining that there is some truth in what they say.”
GROUP THERAPY THURSDAY
Whoa! Sometimes harsh lessons must be learned...
Dear Ted and Amy,
My husband flew off the deep end over the weekend and hit a breaking point with our kids. He cancelled Christmas! The last few months our kids have been rather difficult, they don’t do their chores, they have been talking back, they have been giant pains…and the final straw was Thanksgiving as they got into a food fight during dinner. I agree they need to be punished, but cancelling Christmas? He says he won't even allow a Christmas tree this year! That seems a little harsh, don’t you think? We have 2 boys that are 10 and 13 years old. They have been crying all week. I’ve tried talking to my husband about this, and he says that he is putting his foot down and they need to learn a lesson. Is he out of line for doing this?
No Santa in Syracuse
MILEY BACK ON TOP
In a surprising development, Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball," which was #1 for two weeks a few months ago, has returned to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, knocking off Lorde's "Royals," which had ruled for two weeks. Why did this happen? It's all because of some dude named Stephen Kardynal. According to Billboard, Kardynal's parody video version of "Wrecking Ball" -- a nearly shot-by-shot recreation which features him lip-synching to Miley's original version -- has gone viral. Because Billboard changed its rules earlier this year to include YouTube streams when it calculates chart position, the frequent plays of Kardynal's video boosted the song back to the top. It's already logged well over 66 million views. Billboard notes that the nine weeks between the last time "Wrecking Ball" was #1 and its return to the top spot is the longest in the history of the Hot 100 for a song in its original chart run.
MALARKEY FOR TODAY:
A new study looked at customer service telephone calls to determine which states swear the most. This was number one:
2) *** Ohio
3) New Jersey
You might THINK you just scored the best deals of your life on Black Friday. But a lot of the most popular Christmas gifts are actually cheaper AFTER the holidays. Here are 12 things you SHOULDN'T buy before Christmas.
1. Big-screen TVs. The best deals come AFTER Christmas, usually in late January. They're trying to sell everyone a new TV right before the Super Bowl. On average, the deals on HDTVs 55 inches and larger are 10% lower than on Black Friday.
2. Furniture. New models are usually released in February and August. So stores give their best deals in January and July, to clear out the old inventory.
3. Skis. You get much better sales in March and April, at the end of ski season.
4. Bicycles. September is the best time to buy, with discounts of 25% or more. Manufacturers bring out new models in the fall. And bikes often don't change much from year to year, so it's smart to buy the older model for less.
5. Cars. The last week of the year is the best time, because dealers will negotiate more. They get manufacturer incentives based on the calendar year, so it's their last chance to cash in.
6. Caribbean cruises. The off-peak months give you the cheapest rates. And spring is better than fall, because you don't have to worry so much about hurricanes.
7. Luggage. The biggest markdowns are usually in March, because sales drop after the holiday travel season, and don't pick up again until people start planning summer vacations.
8. Jewelry. Everyone wants to buy jewelry for Christmas gifts, so sellers don't offer good deals. The best time is right after Valentine's Day, after all the suckers just paid full price.
9. Linens. Let your in-laws sleep on the old sheets. The big white sales come in January. It's actually a tradition that goes back to the 19th century.
10. Perfume. Same as with jewelry. Everyone buys it for Christmas and Valentine's Day, so you should wait until late February. And the lowest prices will be online.
11. Suits. Buy them in January, when the fall and winter collections go on sale to make room for the spring collections. If you need a spring suit, buy it in July.
12. Broadway tickets. January and February are the best times to see a show. During January's Broadway Week, you can often get two-for-one deals.
Would your child like to receive a call from Santa? Maybe make sure that he KNOWS who’s been naughty and nice? Email email@example.com with your child’s name, age and a few specifics (like what they’d like for Christmas, their pet’s name and maybe if they’ve been picking on their sibling!!) PLEASE GIVE US A PHONE NUMBER AND A TIME THAT YOUR CHILD WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE MORNING TO CALL! We’ll send up your letters straight up to the North Pole!!!
THIS IS EITHER THE COOLEST THING OR THE CREEPIEST...
Two thousand mice have been parachuted onto Guam, in an effort to try to rid the island of a determined and numerous enemy: brown tree snakes. The reptiles are an invasive species that are multiplying as they decimate the island nation's native birds and other animals -- and cause millions in damage to electrical and other systems into which they slither. KUAM-TV reports the U.S. Agriculture Department is now relying on the mice to fight them: and it's a suicide mission. The rodents were already dead when they were packed onto tiny parachutes and dropped via helicopter into the trees in which the snakes hunt -- but the dead mice pack a secret weapon: they were loaded with a little Tylenol. The over-the-counter pain reliever isn't toxic to most animals in small amounts, but it's poisonous to the snakes. When the snakes eat the baited mice, U.S. Agriculture Department officials hope, Guam's snake problem will be over. How did they get all those dead mice to pull their teeny tiny ripchords at the right time?
MALARKEY FOR TODAY:
Today is National Cookie Day! The first commercial cookie sold in the US was what?
1) The Ginger Snap
2) The Girl Scout Cookie
3) **** The Animal Cracker
You survived Brown Thursday, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. Now, it's Giving Tuesday, which is really much more holiday spirited than spending money to buy stuff. According to community.GivingTuesday.org, Giving Tuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. In the same way that retail stores take part in Black Friday, the giving community comes together and asks that partners create and commit to a project for/on #GivingTuesday and then help spread the word to their networks. Locally, The Central New York Community Foundation's social media competition today will use its own hashtag - #GivingTuesdayCNY - to encourage Central New York audiences to rally for their favorite local nonprofits and help to give them additional publicity. Audiences are asked to tweet via Twitter or post on the Community Foundation's Facebook wall with the name of their favorite CNY nonprofit and the hashtag #GivingTuesdayCNY. The nonprofit with the most hashtag tweets and Facebook posts by 11:59:59 PM EST December 3 will win a $5,000 grant from CNYCF. ONLY THOSE VOTES CAST ON DECEMBER 3, 2013 WILL COUNT TOWARDS THE COMPETITION. The official winner will be announced in early December, once all of the votes have been counted. Get more info below!
STAYING HEALTHY FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Try as you might, keeping off those extra holiday pounds by stepping up your exercise regimen is probably a losing battle. Texas Tech University researchers decided to look at a group of fitness buffs and a group of couch potatoes over a period stretching from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day to determine if extra activity really made a difference during a time of year when people are more prone to eat. Weight and BMI measurements of 48 men and 100 women were taken before and after the holiday period. After January 1, the average weight gain per person was one-and-a-half pounds with men packing on two pounds compared to one pound for women. Interestingly, even those who said they worked out five hours a week, which is twice as much as recommended by the American Heart Association, were not always immune to weight gain. Researcher Jamie Cooper explained that while starting weight was probably the best predictor of weight gain and increased fat, it’s possible that even active people were consuming more calories than they could burn off. Another finding: when people put on an average of two pounds a year, it can wind up as 20 pounds of fat over a decade, which is difficult to shed.
ANIMATION AWARD NOMINEES
Disney's latest animated hit, Frozen, will contend for the top prize at the 2014 Annie Awards, honoring the best in animation. Frozen, which was released last Wednesday and made over 67 million dollars during the three-day Thanksgiving weekend, is nominated for best animated feature along with Despicable Me 2, Monsters University, The Croods and three other films. A few of the cast members of Despicable Me 2 are nominated for their voice work, including Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig. TV nominees include Cartoon Network's Adventure Time, the FX series Archer, and the Fox show Bob's Burgers. In addition, Steven Spielberg has been named one of three recipients of the Winsor McCay Award for his career contributions to the art of animation. The director is one of the founders of DreamWorks, the studio responsible for Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and other popular animated films. The 41st Annual Annie Awards, presented by the International Animated Film Society, will be held February 1, 2014 in Los Angeles. A full list of nominees is available at AnnieAwards.org. Here's a look at the major categories:
Best Animated Feature
A Letter to Momo
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
The Wind Rises
Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children’s Audience
Beware the Batman
Disney Gravity Falls
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness
Teen Titans Go!
The Legend of Korra
Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Disney Tron Uprising
Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
Paul Giamatti as the voice of Chet, Turbo
Terry Crews as the voice of Earl, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
Kristen Wiig as the voice of Lucy, Despicable Me 2
Steve Carell as the voice of Gru, Despicable Me 2
Pierre Coffin as the voice of Minions, Despicable Me 2
Billy Crystal as the voice of Mike, Monsters University
Josh Gad as the voice of Olaf, Frozen
NEW ON DVD
Here are some of the new titles arriving Tuesday on DVD:
* The Wolverine
* The Smurfs 2
* The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
* Drinking Buddies
* Angry Birds Toons: Season One, Volume One
* Duck Dynasty: Seasons 1-3 -- Collector's Set
* Hawaii Five-O: The Complete Series
* Hot in Cleveland: Season Four
* Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman: The Complete Series
* The Simpsons: The Sixteenth Season
MALARKEY FOR TODAY:
Rumor has it that you can use this over the counter medication to clean the toilet bowl:
2) *** Alka Seltzer
3) Pepto Bismol
Welcome back to a full work week! We hope everyone had a SPECTACULAR Thanksgiving holiday! I managed not ONLY to survive Brown Thursday ANd Black Friday without trampling anyone, but my Christmas shopping IS DONE! That's a NEW record for me. Granted, I only have to buy for my wife (she does all the OTHER shopping), but still...Deep discounts and additional store hours Thanksgiving Day weren’t enough to get the beginning of the holiday shopping season off to a rousing start this year, according to various reports. Between those who visited brick and mortar stores or went online, the National Retail Federation said that there were 141 million shoppers from Thursday through Friday, up by two million from the year before. However, overall sales were down four percent as each shopper spent an average of $407, compared to $423 over the same time period last year. Total spending was expected to reach $57.4 billion for the four days. It was $59.1 billion last year. Meanwhile, industry analyst ShopperTrak reported that combined sales of $12.3 billion for Thanksgiving Thursday and Black Friday were up 2.3 percent compared to the same two days in 2012. While that might sound promising, retail sales wound up down more than 13 percent from Black Friday 2012, likely meaning that people took advantage of more stores being open for longer hours the day before. On the brighter side, Internet tracking service comScore says online sales were up again this year, with Amazon and eBay reaping big gains.
R.I.P. PAUL WALKER
This was ALL over Facebook this weekend...The one-car crash that claimed the life of The Fast and the Furious franchise star Paul Walker on Saturday continues to be investigated by authorities in California. Investigators say speed was a factor in the crash, which occurred in Valencia, about 30 miles northwest of downtown L.A. Both Walker and the other person in the red Porsche Carrera GT -- a friend named Roger Rodas -- died in the fiery accident. Rodas is believed to have been the driver of the car. Autopsies on both men are not expected to be conducted for a couple of days, due to the condition of the bodies. The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office says dental records are needed to positively identify the victims. Walker appears in two films that have yet to be released. One of them, a Hurricane Katrina-focused drama titled Hours, will open in limited release on December 13. The other film, the drama Brick Mansions, does not yet have a U.S. release date.
News Channel 9's Carrie Lazarus joined us on the air this morning to talk about a very special show that's sponsoring this coming Sunday at The Landmark Theater. Imagine having a child who is a gifted musician, singer or dancer. Now imagine having to say no to lessons or a new instrument because you can't afford it. It happens every day here in Central New York and there's been little support for these young artists...until now. The mission of the Carrie Lazarus Fund for Extraordinary Talent is to help local artists reach their full potential. Join carrie in her effort to help these artists in our own community realize their dreams by coming to a VERY special showcase this Sunday. This performance will feature some of Central New York's most talented high school singers, musicians and dancers. Click to get tickets above or call/visit the Landmark Theatre box office to avoid fees: (315) 475-7980. All proceeds support future young artists in our community to help them reach their full potential. Carrie brought 15 year old Julia Goodwin with her this morning. Julia is definitly EXTRAORDINARILY talented and will be among this Sunday's performers. Check out her story below...
NEW COMMENT LINE CONTEST
Who adds sparkle to your life during the holidays? Call the Ted and Amy Comment Line at 434-9300 and tell us in 30 seconds or less who adds the most sparkle to your life this time of the year. Please leave your name, address and phone number in order to be eligible! You could win a $500 gift card to Monarch Jewelers, John Glenn Crossing Plaza, route 57 in Liverpool! Deadline for phone calls is 11:59 pm on 12/8. A winner will be announced Monday, 12/9! Good luck and happy holidays with Monarch Jewelers and 93Q!
BOX OFFICE RESULTS
The holiday box office was on fire, and the latest Hunger Games movie wasn't the only reason.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire repeated as box office champ, earning an estimated 75 million dollars -- a three-day, Thanksgiving weekend record. It also set a five-day record for the holiday by raising 110.2 million from Wednesday through Sunday.
Disney's animated film Frozen set two new marks for a Thanksgiving opening. It collected 67 million dollars over the three-day weekend and 93 million since its debut last Wednesday.
The Jason Statham-James Franco thriller Homefront premiered in fifth place, earning seven million bucks from Friday through Sunday. The World War Two drama The Book Thief, which expanded in wide release, ended the weekend in seventh place, with 4.9 million dollars. And the musical drama Black Nativity bowed in eighth place, with 3.9 million.
Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Rentrak:
1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, $75 million.
2. Frozen, $67 million.
3. Thor: The Dark World, $11.1 million.
4. The Best Man Holiday, $8.5 million.
5. Homefront, $7 million.
6. Delivery Man, $6.9 million.
7. The Book Thief, $4.9 million.
8. Black Nativity, $3.9 million.
9. Philomena, $3.8 million.
10. Last Vegas, $2.8 million.
MALARKEY FOR TODAY
A new scientific study has concluded the danger of methane released into the air with cow farts and burps is 50% worse than even imagined. The state that has the most methane emissions is this:
1) **** Texas
Are we all ready to tie on the feedbag tomorrow? TODAY is 'Tie One On Day' - organizers ask you to tie some bread or other baked good, or maybe some canned food into an apron and share your bounty with someone in your neighborhood that could benefit from your kindness. They say you can make someone else's Thanksgiving as bright as yours. Thanksgiving is that ONE day a year where we don't really feel too guilty about stuffing our faces. But you CAN still be healthy, as well. Here are the four best Thanksgiving foods to overeat tomorrow. . .
1. Turkey. Turkey is one of the healthiest meats, and it's almost totally fat free. It's also a great source of protein. You can prepare it in a low sodium chicken broth if you want to avoid a lot of salt.
2. Cranberries. People usually only eat them once a year, but cranberries are one of those healthy super-foods. They have a bunch of antioxidants and nutrients, so they help prevent ulcers and infections. They're also loaded with vitamins. Consider preparing them with applesauce as a sweetener, instead of sugar.
3. Sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are rich in fiber and minerals, so they're better for you than regular mashed potatoes.
4. Apple pie. Apples are full of vitamins and fiber, so that's a score. But apple pies usually contain a bunch of spices that are filled with health benefits. And if you make it with a wheat crust, it's even better for you. Just don't add whipped cream or ice cream.
SPEAKING OF APPLES...
They just may be the new cranberries for Thanksgiving! Danielle from Beak & Skiff stopped by this morning with a whole HOST of apple goodies for the Thanksgiving table. This has been a tremendious year for the apple crop and for the first time ever, Beak & Skiff will be open Thanksgiving weekend! Not only apples and apple cider, but HARD cider, Beak & Skiff 1911 vodka, apple butter and more! They'll have their tasting rooms open Frida, Saturday, and Sunday. If you want hours and details visit them online below!
CHRISTMAS BUREAU REGISTRATION
Registration for Christmas Bureau Distribution will begin on Monday, December 2nd, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Huntington Family Center, 405 Gifford Street, Syracuse. Registration will continue through Friday, December 13. Christmas Bureau Distribution will take place this year on Monday, December 23rd, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Oncenter.
Each year, The Salvation Army of the Syracuse Area joins with its Christmas Bureau Partners and thousands of volunteers to make magic happen for low-income families on Christmas Bureau Distribution Day. This year, Distribution Day is December 23rd at The Oncenter and we more than 2,600 families and 7,000 children to participate. Eligible low-income families receive a book, a toy and a stocking stuffer for each child in their family. In addition, each family receives a holiday food basket that contains a turkey and all the fixings for a holiday dinner along with extra food to help feed their children during the school break.
Since the economic crisis of 2008, nearly 15,000 families and 37,000 children have been served by Christmas Bureau Distribution. In addition, more than 1,000 volunteers donate their time each year so that we are able to make Christmas brighter for these families. Donate Your Time: During the holiday season, The Salvation Army needs volunteers for many activities, including bell ringing at our red kettles. (479-3668 or sasyr.org)
MORE PARKING SPACES IN ARMORY!
Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney today announced that a portion of the “Trolley Lot” in Armory Square will reopen tomorrow afternoon making 100 parking spaces available in Armory Square for holiday shoppers. With the parking lot closed since September 1, 2011, Onondaga County arranged for the East Washington Street Garage to be remain open for extended hours, providing free parking on Thursday and Friday nights, as well as during the day on Saturday and Sunday. This will continue until December 31, 2013.
When the facility is complete, the “Trolley Lot” will be fully restored and the facility will capture the flow from 9 Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) during storms, preventing pollution to Onondaga Creek. Final paving and restoration of the parking lot will occur in the Spring of 2014. The County’s Save the Rain Program is a national model for sustainable stormwater management, recognized by EPA as a green infrastructure partner community in 2011 and awarded a 2013 U.S. Water Prize by U.S. Water Alliance. For more information on the Clinton Storage Facility, please visit the Save the Rain website: http://savetherain.us/clinton/.
BUSY ROADS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!
NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday announced that, in an effort to prevent highway tragedies during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the New York State Police will initiate special traffic enforcement efforts beginning Wednesday, November 27. The State Police, under the direction of Superintendent Joseph D’Amico, will supplement regular patrols statewide focusing on aggressive driving, impaired driving, and distracted driving. The effort will also incorporate fixed sobriety checkpoints and the “Operation Hang Up” initiative, which utilizes Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) patrol vehicles to locate drivers talking or texting on cellular telephones. Troopers are reminding all motorists to avoid being victims of highway emergencies by making a commitment to not use mobile phones while driving and buckling up all occupants. Travel preparation should include plenty of rest before departing, and anticipating busy roads and highways. “Operation Hang Up” addresses the unnecessary danger of using hand-held devices while driving. This form of distracted driving is more dangerous in the heavy volume of holiday traffic. The initiative is intended to deter this hazardous trend. During the last Operation Hang-up initiative in April 2013, troopers issued more than 2,900 tickets for phone and texting violations.
SURVIVING BLACK FRIDAY
The Destiny USA’s “Black Friday Survival Guide” is available! What’s great about this Guide is that it provide tips, but also allows people to share their own tips, too. You can check it out at www.destinyusa.com/news. Destiny USA will open their doors tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, with the anticipation of an abundance of holiday shoppers that will partake in Holiday deals and door busters. All participating retail shops will be open on Black Friday, 12AM-10PM. (Note: Individual store hours may vary. All hours subject to change.) Brands open on Thanksgiving include:
Old Navy: 9AM-4PM, reopening at 7PM for Black Friday
Texas de Brazil: 12PM
Koto Japanese Steakhouse: 12PM
Regal Cinema’s: 12PM
Dave & Busters: 5PM
Best Buy: 6PM
Victoria’s Secret: 8PM
WonderWorks : 10PM-5AM
Families can enjoy entertainment at Revolutions, Regal, WonderWorks and Dave & Buster’s Thanksgiving evening as they open alongside a number of retailers ahead of Black Friday. More information on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday holiday hours can be found at http://www.destinyusa.com/Holiday
HOLIDAY MOVIE OPENINGS
Before you sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, you can help yourself to one of the new movies opening Wednesday. The following films make their debut:
* Frozen -- Disney's latest animated film features Kristen Bell as the voice of Anna. Anna works with a mountain man and a reindeer to find her sister, who's transformed the kingdom into a land that's suffering from a permanent winter. Jonathan Groff, Idina Menzel and Josh Gad also lend their voices to the flick, which is screening in 3D. Rated PG.
* Homefront -- Jason Statham is a former drug enforcement agent who goes into seclusion with his daughter. He ends up clashing with a meth dealer, played by James Franco, who puts their lives in danger. Kate Bosworth and Winona Ryder also star in the drama, which was written by Sylvester Stallone. Rated R.
* Black Nativity -- Based on the Langston Hughes play, the musical tells the story of a teen who joins his estranged relatives in New York City for the holidays. However, he doesn’t see eye to eye with one of the relatives, a reverend, so he seeks to return home to his mother. Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson, Jacob Latimore, Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Hudson star. Rated PG.
And expanding into wide release:
* The Book Thief -- The film follows a young girl who is sent to live with a foster family in Nazi Germany during World War Two. Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson and Sophie Nélisse star. Rated PG-13.
MALARKEY FOR TODAY:
The woman behind pushing Thanksgiving as an informal tradition into a holiday was Sarah Hale from New Hampshire, who was also responsible for this classic kid’s poem:
1) Jack and Jill went up the Hill
2) **** Mary Had a Little Lamb
3) Humpty Dumpty
I just watched my DVR'd episode of Sunday night's Family Guy! SPOILER ALERT!!! They killed off Brian the family dog??? Have you seen all the Facebook posts about how upset fans of the show are? You DO know it's just a cartton, right? Some fans of the Fox animated series Family Guy refuse to say goodbye to Brian, the Griffin family dog who was shockingly killed off in Sunday's episode. A fan named Aaron Thompson has launched a petition on Change.org asking Fox and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane to bring back Brian. He reasons, "Brian Griffin was an important part of our viewing experince [sic]. He added a witty and sophisticated element to the show. Family Guy and Fox Broadcasting will lose viewers if Brian Griffin is not brought back to the show." He adds, "The writers of family guy didn't just kill off one of their creations, they killed off the dog who has lived in our homes for the last 15 years. They killed the dog we all have come to love. They killed America's dog!" As of early this morning, the petition had garnered more than 25 thousand supporters. Brian had been a member of the Griffin family throughout the series' 11-season-plus run. He was replaced during Sunday's episode by a new dog, Vinny, voiced by The Sopranos actor Tony Sirico. Remember...it's JUST a cartoon!
A TRAGEDY THIS IS TRULY UPSETTING
Donations are being collected for the family of a woman killed by a driver allegedly under the influence of drugs on Sunday in Liverpool. See where to donate below...
ARE YOU READY FOR THE BIG STORM?
Don't you hate it when the weather people predict a huge storm for our area and then nothing significant happens? Well, let's hope they're wrong about the Nor'easter that's headed our way JUST in time for Thanksgiving travel. A powerful winter-like storm already blamed for at least ten fatal accidents in the west and Texas could wreak havoc as millions of Americans are preparing to travel for ThanksgivingA powerful winter-like storm already blamed for at least ten fatal accidents in the west and Texas could wreak havoc as millions of Americans are preparing to travel for Thanksgiving. The front began last week in California and is moving eastward posing a threat to those looking to hit the road or take to the skies on Tuesday and Wednesday. More than 43 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles this holiday week or at least try to, according to AAA. The system will clear the East Coast by Thanksgiving Day, leaving just chilly temperatures in New York City for the annual Macy's parade. Locally, forcasters are predicting totals of up to a foot here in Syracuse with more to the north and west, and less to the south and east. I'm glad turkey day is MY house this year!
SPEAKING OF TRAVEL
NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced yesterday that E-ZPass tags are now available for purchase at the customer service counters of all Tops, Wegmans, Price Chopper and Hannaford stores in addition to many other convenient retail locations, making them even more widely available for motorists in time for the busy holiday travel season. E-ZPass tags have a $25 value and are active upon purchase. The first $15 is immediately available for toll usage, and the remaining $10 becomes available once the tag is registered online or by phone. E-ZPass provides a savings of five percent on all Thruway tolls and is accepted in 15 states: Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and West Virginia. For more information about E-ZPass, visit www.e-zpassNY.com.
NEW ON DVD
Here are some of the new titles arriving Tuesday on DVD:
* Red 2
* The Canyons
* Breaking Bad: The Final Season
* Breaking Bad: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
MALARKEY FOR TODAY:
There is a new record for Christmas tree lights hung on a residential home. This is apparently the new record held by a family in Australia:
1) *** half a million
2) Two million
You gotta LOVE Thanksgiving week! A couple of days of work, a couple of days of EATING AND SHOPPING!!! Are you ready for some more snow? There's a Nor'easter a'brewin' just in time for one of the busiest travel times of the year. Meteorolgists are predicting a coastal storm arriving in our area sometime Tuesday into Wednesday, so be prepared. The city is getting ready for it's annual tree lighting this Friday night in Clinton Square. The good news about it getting so cold this week is the ice rink downtown IS OPEN! The rink is typically opened on the same night as the Home for the Holidays Celebration and Tree Lighting Ceremony, but Mayor Stephanie Miner announced the early opening this past weekend. Hours for the remainder of the week, weather permitting, will be as follows:
· Monday and Tuesday will be from 11 A.M. to 8 P.M.
· Wednesday from 10 A.M. to 8 P.M.
· Thursday (Thanksgiving): 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.
· Friday, the rink will be open from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M., 7:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.
For a full listing of the Rink’s regular hours, visit www.syrgov.net. Admission is $3 for adults; children, 12 and under, and seniors, 55 and better, are $2. Skate rentals are $3.
SPEAKING OF THE HOLIDAYS...
Julie Raddell, the Recreation Supervisor for the Cicero Youth Bureau, Parks & Recreation Dept. joined us on the air this morning. They're sponsoring a home decorating contest this year for Cicero residents. Budding Clark Griswold's will have until December 13th to enter. Here's the details:
It's too bad humans and live animals aren't allowed in the displays. I was all set to be a wise man in Amy's manger display on her front lawn. Guess I'll have to return the crown and robe to the costume shop...
AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS RECAP
Taylor Swift didn't perform on Sunday night's American Music Awards, which aired live on ABC from Los Angeles, but she probably wouldn't have had time, since she spent the whole night going up to the podium and accepting awards. The singer brought home four trophies at the ceremony, including the prestigious Artist of the Year award, for a record third time. All in all, she's now won 14 American Music Awards.
Accepting the Artist of the Year trophy, Taylor said, speaking directly to her fans, "This validates that we are heartbroken the same way, and we fall in love the same way, and we are happy the same way. The fact that you would listen to my music means we're on the same page. I'm 23, and I have no idea what's gonna happen to me in my life, but I figure, if you decided on something as wonderful as this, then we're pretty much in it together, aren't we?"
The night's other big winner was Justin Timberlake, who took home three trophies: Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist and Favorite Soul/R&B Album. JT also took the stage to perform his song "Drink You Away;" it was his first performance ever as a solo artist on the American Music Awards. He spent most of his acceptance speeches praising the other nominees and the night's other winners, but said he was shocked that he'd won in the Soul/R&B Album category, especially since presenter Sarah Silverman poked fun at him for not being black. "That's the first time I've ever been racially profiled by a white woman!" he joked.
A more hard-hitting comment about race relations came from rapper Macklemore, whose birth name is Ben Haggerty. Macklemore, along with his partner Ryan Lewis, won awards for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist Speaking via satellite from Miami, Florida, where they performed "Can't Hold Us," Haggerty said, "Due to the fact that we are in Florida tonight...I want to acknowledge Trayvon Martin and the hundreds and hundreds of kids each year that are dying due to racial profiling and the violence that follows it."
He added, "This is really happening. These are our friends, our neighbors, our peers and our fans, and it's time that we look out for the youth and fight against racism and the laws that protect it." It was a rare serious moment in what was a fun-filled night of music.
Katy Perry opened the show with an elaborate, Japanese-inspired treatment of her hit "Unconditionally." She was dressed like a geisha, and surrounded by dancers and acrobats with fans and parasols, with a pagoda as a backdrop. Japanese lanterns appeared to fill the stage, while enormous video screens showed Japanese scenes and paper cherry blossoms rained down on the audience. At the end, she vanished in a puff of steam.
One Direction took home two awards -- their first AMAs -- including Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group, while Imagine Dragons also picked up their first AMA, for Favorite Alternative Rock Artist. Both acts also performed; One Direction sang "Story of My Life" on a stage lit with bare bulbs, while Imagine Dragons did an exciting medley of "Demons" and "Radioactive" that featured smoke, lots of lights, and tons of drumming. It was the most "rock" moment in a show that was mostly pop and country.
Speaking of country, Florida Georgia Line's single "Cruise" was named Single of the Year; they also performed the song with rapper Nelly, and then segued into a version of Nelly's hit "Ride wit Me," with seemingly everyone in the audience singing along to the chorus, "Hey! It must be the money!" And country superstar Luke Bryan performed his hit "That's My Kind of Night" before walking away with the award for Favorite Country Male for the second year in a row.
Ariana Grande was named Best New Artist, and the young singer/actress was flustered during her acceptance speech, calling the teleprompter message telling her that she only had 10 seconds to wrap it up "intimidating." She also performed on the show, delivering a rendition of her 50s-inspired song "Tattooed Heart" while wearing a long, tight sequined gown, which later gave her a problem when she tried to walk up the stairs to receive her award.
Rihanna was introduced as the first-ever AMA Icon winner by, of all people, Bill Maher. Looking glamorous and gorgeous in a plunging long black sleeveless gown, with her hair wrapped in bobby pins, she sang her hit "Diamonds," and then accepted her trophy from none other than her mother, Monica Fenty. "I'm so proud of you tonight," she told her daughter. "The journey, and your career, has not been an easy one, but tonight I applaud you and admire you for being so strong and so positive and so humble and so focused. It's amazing how you always manage to take the good from your experiences."
"My fans, I love you so much, you keep me driven, and you keep this thing special," Rihanna said in her acceptance speech. "I can't believe that at 25 years old, I'm holding an Icon Award; that is weird to even say that out loud."
But what about Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus, the two performers who everyone expected to be shocking and surprising? Well, Gaga's was slightly scandalous, while Miley's was just plain weird.
Gaga performed her hit "Do What U Want" as a duet with R. Kelly and started off playing a receptionist to Kelly's president of the U.S. When he sang that she should bring him his lunch, she asked him what he wanted; he answered, "I want that Italian...." in reference to Gaga herself. As the song continued, the two played out a Scandal-worthy routine where the two had a steamy affair in the Oval Office. Then, he demanded "Who put these pictures on Instagram?" Next, he denied knowing her to the press. The number ended with Gaga alone and shunned, while video screens showed tabloid headlines like "Lady Gaga Is Over" and "Lady Gaga Is Fat."
As for Miley, who turned 21 on Saturday, she closed the show by performing "Wrecking Ball" wearing a high-cut, two-piece outfit patterned with kittens. As she sang, she stood in front of an enormous video screen which featured a photo of an enormous kitten, 10 times bigger than Miley, seemingly floating in space and lip-syncing along with the song. At the end, when Miley appeared to get emotional, the kitten began "crying" animated tears. When the song finished, the kitten winked and stuck its tongue out in imitation of Miley’s trademark facial expression. Perhaps Miley came up with the concept while enjoying some of what she was smoking onstage at the MTV EMAs earlier this month?
Some of the other performances included:
--The show's host Pitbull teaming with Ke$ha for their country-flavored hit "Timber," complete with line dancing and booty shaking.
--Jennifer Lopez doing an elaborate song and dance routine in tribute to late Latin music legend Celia Cruz.
--Christina Aguilera and A Great Big World teaming for "Say Something"
--Rapper Kendrick Lamar performing "Poetic Justice."
--TLC performing "Waterfalls" with Lil' Mama filling in for the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes.
BOX OFFICE RESULTS
As expected, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire lit up the box office over the weekend.
The second film in the popular series earned an estimated 161.1 million dollars from Thursday night through Sunday, a record opening for the month of November. The old mark was held by the Twilight sequel New Moon, which raised nearly 143 million in its debut weekend in 2009.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, again starring Jennifer Lawrence as the protagonist Katniss Everdeen, had the second-biggest debut weekend of the year, trailing only Iron Man 3, which scored 174 million back in May.
It did outperform the original Hunger Games film, which collected 152.5 million dollars in its opening weekend last year.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire also made 146.6 million internationally over the weekend.
The previous box office champ, Thor: The Dark World, slipped to second place, with 14.1 million dollars.
The other film to open in wide release, the Vince Vaughn comedy Delivery Man, premiered in the fourth spot, earning 8.2 million dollars.
Here are the top 10 movies, with estimated ticket sales, according to Rentrak:
1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, $161.1 million.
2. Thor: The Dark World, $14.1 million.
3. The Best Man Holiday, $12.5 million.
4. Delivery Man, $8.2 million.
5. Free Birds, $5.3 million.
6. Last Vegas, $4.4 million.
7. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, $3.45 million.
8. Gravity, $3.3 million.
9. 12 Years A Slave, $2.8 million.
10. Dallas Buyers Club, $2.77 million.
MALARKEY FOR TODAY:
It was back on this date in 1940 that this long running cartoon aired:
1) Bugs Bunny
2) Rocky and Bullwinkle
3) ***** Woody Woodpecker
We announced all the details this morning for our Ted & Amy Christmas Spectacular! Once again this year, we'll be taking over the Canyon area of Destiny USA for four hours of LIVE local Christmas tunes, fun, prizes and MORE! Saturday December 14th from 10am to 2pm AND IT'S FREE!!! Get all the details, bands, special guest info and more by cclicking below!
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States. President Obama has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff at government buildings to honor the late commander-in-chief, who was 46 at the time of his death. Lee Harvey Oswald, a 24-year-old ex-Marine, was arrested for the murder of Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippit and was considered the prime suspect in Kennedy’s assassination. However, before he could be charged, Oswald was gunned down by Dallas strip club owner Jack Ruby on November 24. The shooting occurred on live TV as Oswald was being transferred to the county jail. In 1964, the Warren Commission appointed by Johnson deemed that Oswald was the lone shooter on November 22, 1963, and that there was no conspiracy involved in the assassination, a conclusion disputed to this day. Here are 50 facts related to the assassination of JFK, as compiled by AARP:
1. On Nov. 11, 1963, President Kennedy laid a Veterans Day wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
2. He would be buried at the cemetery exactly two weeks later.
3. Jacqueline Kennedy rarely traveled with her husband on political trips but decided to fly with him to Texas on Nov. 21.
4. On Nov. 22, the couple attended a breakfast in Fort Worth.
5. The presidential open-top limousine had been flown in from D.C.
6. A 14-year-old boy reported watching JFK's face go blank around 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 22.
7. The boy also said he heard Jacqueline Kennedy shout, "God, oh God, no."
8. Texas Governor John Connally, who was sitting in front of Kennedy in the motorcade, was seriously wounded.
9. A priest administered last rites to the first Roman Catholic U.S. president.
10. This was the fourth presidential assassination in a nation that was less than 200 years old.
11. It was the first since the Secret Service began protecting presidents.
12. The Service scuffled with Dallas police for control of the president's casket.
13. Lyndon B. Johnson took the oath of office aboard Air Force One.
14. He became president 99 minutes after Kennedy's death.
15. Kennedy's body was also aboard for the return flight to Washington.
16. Judge Sarah Hughes wept as she administered the oath of office.
17. Jackie Kennedy refused to take off her pink Chanel suit, stained with her husband's blood. She told Lady Bird Johnson, "I want them to see what they have done to Jack."
18. Jackie did, however, remove her wedding ring and put it on her husband's finger to be buried with him.
19. Later, she had an aide retrieve it.
20. Jackie's suit has never been cleaned and lies in the National Archives.
21. It will not be seen in public until at least 2103, according to Kennedy family wishes.
22. Attorney General and presidential brother Robert F. Kennedy met Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base upon its return.
23. The Texas School Book Depository's sixth floor, where assassin Lee Harvey Oswald had positioned himself for the shooting, is today a museum dedicated to JFK's assassination.
24. Oswald was a self-described Marxist.
25. He had tried to defect to Russia in 1959.
26. At the time, assassination of a president was not a federal offense; Oswald would have been tried in Texas.
27. The murder weapon was a 6.5 mm Italian carbine rifle that Oswald had bought for $19.95.
28. Dallas businessman Abraham Zapruder caught the assassination on his 8 mm home movie camera.
29. His secretary had urged him to go home and get it for the presidential parade.
30. Zapruder's film was later bought by Life magazine for $150,000.
31. Oswald's murder by Jack Ruby on Nov. 24 was the first homicide caught on live television.
32. A police detective at the shooting called out, "Jack, you son of a bitch!"
33. When wrestled to the ground by police, Ruby cried out, "I'm Jack Ruby, you all know me!"
34. Oswald died at the same hospital as Kennedy, two days and seven minutes after the president.
35. The New York Times reported that JFK's 98-year-old grandmother, Mary Josephine Fitzgerald, was not told of the assassination.
36. In Washington, dignitaries from more than 100 countries arrived for Kennedy's funeral. At the time, it was the largest gathering of its kind on U.S. soil.
37. An unexpected 250,000 people paid their respects to the former president as he lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda.
38. Tens of thousands were turned away, some having waited throughout a near-freezing night in a line that stretched for more than 2 miles.
39. Jackie Kennedy modeled her husband's funeral ceremonies after Abraham Lincoln's.
40. With help from Bobby Kennedy and Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, Jackie chose the burial site at Arlington National Cemetery.
41. Mrs. Kennedy requested an eternal flame be put by the grave.
42. Although she would remarry, today Mrs. Kennedy is buried next to the president.
43. Two of the Kennedys' children, Patrick Kennedy, who died two days after his birth in August 1963, and an unnamed stillborn daughter, are also buried with their parents.
44. The funeral day, November 25, was also John Jr.'s third birthday.
45. Caroline Kennedy would turn six two days later.
46. A taxi driver reported that the funeral crowds were oddly quiet: "… you could hear a pin drop."
47. An Irish military guard paid its respects graveside, following commands shouted in Gaelic.
48. After the funeral, Jackie Kennedy met privately with three heads of state: Charles de Gaulle of France, Eamon de Valera of Ireland and Haile Selassie of Ethiopia.
49. Near midnight that night, she and Robert Kennedy paid an unplanned visit to Kennedy's grave.
50. The first two letters that Lyndon Johnson wrote as president were to Caroline Kennedy and John Kennedy Jr.
KENNEDY CENTER HONORS CAROL BURNETT
Last month, the Kennedy Center saluted Carol Burnett as the 2013 recipient of its Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. You'll be able to watch the star-studded event this Sunday night, when it airs on PBS stations nationwide at 8 p.m. Eastern time. The gala, taped in Washington, D.C., on October 20, featured appearances by Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Martin Short, Julie Andrews, Carol Burnett Show co-star Tim Conway, and other celebrities. The Mark Twain Prize is presented annually to comedians "who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to" its namesake. Previous recipients include Fey, Ellen DeGeneres, Will Ferrell, Bill Cosby, George Carlin, Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, and Richard Pryor.
SHE DOESN'T GET IT!!!
I'm excited about THIS big news! Forty-four years after Monty Python's Flying Circus debuted on BBC TV, and 15 years after they last publicly appeared on stage together, the five surviving members of of the legendary British comedy troupe confirmed Thursday that they are, indeed, reuniting. At a London press conference, the Pythons -- John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin -- said they'd perform a live stage show at London's O2 Arena on July 1 of next year. The performance would be a mix of classic Monty Python sketches, with some new material. And if all goes well, a limited tour is also possible. Tickets for the reunion show go on sale Monday, November 25, and range from £26.50 to £95, or about $43 to $153. Monty Python's Flying Circus aired a total of 45 episodes from 1969 to 1974 on the BBC and also spawned five films, the last of which was Monty Python's The Meaning of Life in 1983. Spamalot, a musical comedy based on the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, debuted on Broadway in 2005 and won three Tony Awards, including best musical. Amy doesn't think they're funny at all...SHE DOESN'T GET IT!!! And now for something completely different...
BEST TOY PICKS FOR THE LITTLE ONES
Where have all the good toys gone? With parents worried about playthings that might pose a danger if swallowed, or video games that are age-inappropriate, the National Parenting Center has just released its annual Holiday Seal of Approval report to make shopping a little easier. Toys that made the 2013 list include:
* Switch & Go Dinos Blister the Velociraptor, by VTech Electronics, recommended for ages three to eight and selling for $24.99.
*PopStars! Stage, by Playmobil USA, recommended for ages four to 10 and selling for $39.99.
* Pets, by Ontel Products Corp, recommended for ages three and up and sells for $29.99.
The National Parenting Center's two video game recommendations are Skylanders SWAP Force by Activision, which is recommended for kids age 6 and older and lists for $74.99; and Sesame Street: Solve it with Elmo, Abby & Super Grover 2.0, by LeapFrog.
IN THEATERS THIS WEEKEND
Here's a look at the new movies in theaters this weekend:
* The Hunger Games: Catching Fire -- Expect this sequel to make big bucks at the box office this weekend. After all, the 2012 original made north of $150 million in its debut weekend.
Jennifer Lawrence is back as the series' heroine, Katniss Everdeen. Following her triumphant victory in the Hunger Games, Katniss and her ally, Peeta, are forced to compete again, facing other past winners as part of an anniversary celebration known as the "Quarter Quell."
Original cast members Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland and Lenny Kravitz all return for the adaptation of Suzanne Collins' second Hunger Games novel. In addition, Philip Seymour Hoffman joins the cast as the Head Gamemaker for the Quarter Quell.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is rated PG-13.
* Delivery Man -- Vince Vaughn stars as a man who's fathered 533 children after making donations to a fertility clinic two decades ago. All these years later, many of his kids want to learn their dad's identity. Cobie Smulders and Chris Pratt also star. Rated PG-13.
MALARKEY FOR TODAY:
There is a newspaper in this city that is advertising for a weed editor – someone to write about marijuana and oversee development of the paper’s new “weed website”:
1) *** Denver, Colorado
2) Santa Fe, New Mexico
3) Seattle, Washington