LeAnn Rimes’ ‘One Christmas’ EP has a cover & first single: sad or not bad?

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Call me crazy, but this is a great shot of LeAnn Rimes, right? This is the cover for LeAnn’s new Christmas EP. As in, it’s not even a full Christmas album. And for what it’s worth, I think there were recordings of LeAnn singing most of these Christmas songs for years. I tend to think Christmas albums are a blatant money-grab, with most artists hoping to cash in on the hunger for Christmas music for one month out of the year. That being said, I loved the Christmas album Michael Buble put out a few years ago. That’s probably my favorite.

So, would you want to listen to LeAnn’s yodels during your Christmas holiday? Her EP includes the songs: Silent Night, Blue Christmas, Hard Candy Christmas, Someday at Christmas, Carol of the Bells and I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas. That’s it. Six songs. And how can you make a Christmas album without “White Christmas” or “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”?!?!? This EP will probably sell as well as her “dance remix” album and Spitfire. Which is to say, not at all. LeAnn released a statement too:

I made a Christmas record a long time ago, and this time, I decided I wanted to spread it out over three years so I didn’t have to stop making Christmas music. We had so much fun making this first EP. I tried to play around with it as far as things you don’t typically hear me do. A lot of the vocals sound very live, and it’s just a really cool piece of music. It’s very exclectic. It has a lot of soul, and it sounds really organic.

[Via Idolator]

I don’t know if “exclectic” is Idolator’s typo or LeAnn’s typo but it stays because it makes her sound so fancy. I’d like to think it’s LeAnn’s typo and it’s a manifestation of her “ex” obsession.

And finally, LeAnn released her version of “Silent Night Holy Night” on Soundcloud. I could only get like 20 seconds into it.

Some photos of LeAnn earlier this week:

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Photos courtesy of LeAnn’s Twitter, WENN.

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John Grisham Apologizes For Suggesting Child Porn Offenders Deserve Lesser Punishments

Best-selling author John Grisham is under fire today for remarks in which he implied that some child sex offenders face punishments that too harsh.

He’s now backtracking as fast as humanly possible.

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In a wide-ranging interview on the U.S. judicial system with The Telegraph (UK), Grisham said judges have “gone crazy” over the past 30 years.

By this he means that they’re locking up too many people, from white collar criminals to minorities on minor drug charges, and even those who view child porn.

“We have prisons now filled with guys my age. Sixty-year-old white men in prison who’ve never harmed anybody, would never touch a child,” he said.

“But they got online one night and started surfing around, probably had too much to drink or whatever, pushed the wrong buttons, went too far and got into child porn.”

Grisham, who is promoting his new book Gray Mountain, added, “These people haven’t hurt anybody. They deserve some punishment, but 10 years in prison?”

He went on to share the story of a friend from law school who was caught in a “sting” operation and served time in prison for downloading child pornography.

“His drinking was out of control, and he went to a website. It was labeled ’16-year-old wannabe hookers’ or something like that’ … So he went there.”

“Downloaded some stuff … it was 16-year-old girls who looked 30. He shouldn’t have done it. It was stupid, but it wasn’t 10-year-old boys.”

“He didn’t touch anything. And, God, a week later there was a knock on the door.”

“‘FBI!’ [It was all a sting] set up by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to catch people – sex offenders – and he went away to prison for three years.”

“I have no sympathy for real pedophiles,” he added, “God, please lock those people up. But so many of these guys do not deserve harsh prison sentences.”

After the obligatory backlash hit, Grisham said in a statement:

“Anyone who harms a child for profit or pleasure, or who in any way participates in child pornography – online or otherwise – should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.”

“My comments… were in no way intended to show sympathy for those convicted of sex crimes, especially the sexual molestation of children.”

“I can think of nothing more despicable,” the novelist added, and concluded, “I regret having made these comments, and apologize to all.”

While Grisham’s words might have been poorly chosen and timed, this sounds more like a broader commentary on the penal system than, say, Stephen Collins.

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“Elizabeth Pena passed away at the age of 55, rest in peace” links

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Rest in peace, Elizabeth Pena. She passed away at the age of 55. [CDAN]
Kesha’s mom threatened Dr. Luke. [Evil Beet]
Teresa Giudice to write a tell-all in prison. [Reality Tea]
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s fluffy white sweater is kind of cute. [Popoholic]
How is Lea Michele doing on Sons of Anarchy? [Bitten & Bound]
Kids react to “All About That Bass.” [I'm Not Obsessed]
Nick Cannon is taking one day at a time. [ICYDK]
Miranda Kerr shows off her midriff. [RCFA]
“The Whiteness Project” is a parade of ignorance. [The Frisky]
Burt Reynolds totally made Neil Patrick Harris turn gay. [Jezebel]
Archer will no longer be using ‘ISIS’. [PopBytes]
Vanilla Ice does lighting fixtures now. [Seriously OMG WTF]

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Celeb Blind Item Who Got Secretly… Enhanced?

Blind-Folded-Man17Hmmm… I’m not sure I believe this one, but I can’t say I’m examining actress’s chest to see if they’re looking larger. Get the goss after the break.

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Two weeks ago this A list mostly movie actress who is an Academy Award winner got a breast enlargement. This is her second in four months. She is now about three sizes larger than she has ever been. Does her new guy want them larger? Her husband? Does she think it will help her get roles?

Any guesses? See the reveal by clicking on “Crazy Days and Nights” below. I haven’t noticed a change with this actress, but as I said, I can’t say I’ve been looking for it, either. Breast enlargement certainly isn’t unusual in Hollywood! Do you believe it?

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Amal Clooney wears white Chanel, speaks about her husband & the marbles

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Here are some photos of Amal Clooney (The Artist Formerly Known as Amal Alamuddin) in Athens, Greece yesterday. Do you like the white suit? It’s Chanel. I disliked it when I first glanced through these photos, but after seeing it in motion and in different lighting, I like it more. She wears designer clothing very well. It doesn’t seem like “Look at me, I’m wearing Chanel!” It’s more like “I’m Amal Clooney and I’m awesome, and I happen to be wearing Chanel.” Amal visited the Acropolis Museum and she and her legal partners did a press conference. There’s video of her and her entourage – the press attention on her is really, really crazy. There’s some Duchess Kate-esque stuff happening here too. Hair-touching, buttons, a subtle eye-roll.

And if you’d like to hear more of her voice, here you go:

Okay, I love her voice. So posh! And now I’m kind of obsessed with her eyebrows. Do you think she gets them professionally shaped? And did she travel to Greece with a hairstylist?! Did Karl Lagerfeld make that suit for her? So many frivolous questions, I know. But don’t you want to know?

As for what she actually says, she once again drives home the point that the British Museum needs to return the marbles. Someone also asked her about George Clooney’s position on the marbles (he discussed the issue back in February). Amal said: “I would just hope that, even at this very early stage in marriage, I am wise enough to know that it’s up to my husband to choose which cause he wants to support or not.” So George isn’t hen-pecked. Yet. But when is she going to Duggar this bitch and get knocked up?

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Jennifer Garner Dishes On Her Wild “Streak”

ALEXANDER and the Terrible Horrible, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY Premieres in LAOMG. Now this is something I never thought Jennifer Garner would do. She shared her “wild side” from her younger years with Conan O’Brien. RELATED: Jennifer Garner is one of ELLE’s Women of Hollywood honorees for 2014.

Jennifer told Conan:

I didn’t drink. I was never a big party girl, but I streaked. I don’t know why. … I just was in a naked frame of mind. I don’t think I was the only streaker, but I might have been the leader of the streakers. And we just all streaked, all summer.”

You know, I remember people streaking when I was in college (not that I ever did it or anything!). College really does seem to reduce you to an infantile state in some ways. It’s like: “We’re away from home for the first time: let’s go crazy and act like a wild child!” LOL Well, now we know: Jen was a streaker. Who would’ve thunk it?

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Celeb Blind Item Who Needs To Learn To Tip?

Blind-Folded-Man17If this item is true, it’s no wonder his marriage ended. Not only was he cheating, but he didn’t do a good job covering his tracks. Get the deets after the break.

Yes, that was this one hit wonder permanent a-hole who was inside the VIP bathroom at this club the other night. Oh, and yes that was a woman who was with him and yes he did say they had to hurry and that she would have to meet him later and couldn’t leave with him. Apparently he was in a big hurry because he finished in under a minute and didn’t even tip the guy waiting outside the door who was there to keep everyone out. Always tip. Especially if you are married. People talk.

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One Direction Covers Seventeen’s Hot Guys Issue

November 2014 - One DirectionForget just having one guy on the cover of Seventeen’s Hot Guys issue: the magazine got a GROUP. One Direction covers the November issue of Seventeen magazine.

From the day they were discovered on X-Factor and formed One Direction, Harry, Niall, Zayn, Louis, and Liam have taken the music world by storm, breaking records and kickstarting the whole fangirling phenomenon. Before 1D got into the biz, no other fan base was as loyal or as viral. #Directioner set the stage for other huge fandoms to come, like #Swifters, #Arianators, #Lovatics, and #Selanators. Every single album they’ve put out has debuted at number one, and their next one, Four, is bound to do the same. That’s impressive, and that’s why Seventeen thinks that 1D is arguably the most powerful boy band in history (not to mention the cutest!).

On being featured on the cover of Seventeen’s Hot Guy Issue, 1D’s Niall Horan said:

Our fans mean the world to us and we want to thank them for supporting us unconditionally on this crazy, amazing ride!”

Learn more about the guys’ wild success—and how Seventeen readers can win a trip to Universal Orlando to see them perform!—when the November issue hits stands on October 21st.

Also included in the Hot Guy Issue is 5 Seconds of Summer, Ansel Elgort, Ed Sheeran, and Hunter Hayes!

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CDC official confirms that Nancy Snyderman wasn’t a risk to the public

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Yesterday we heard that chief NBC medical correspondent, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, had issued a non-apology for violating her voluntary Ebola quarantine and was subsequently put under mandatory quarantine. A freelance photographer who had worked with Snyderman in Liberia contracted the deadly virus nearly two weeks ago. Snyderman and members of her crew, who had pledged to stay away from the public for the virus’ 21 day incubation period, were spotted getting takeout soup a few days ago in Princeton, New Jersey. As a result, they were placed under mandatory quarantine by New Jersey officials until October 22.

Snyderman issued a statement basically saying she’s sorry we were worried but that she and her crew were never a threat to the public. “As a health professional I know that we have no symptoms and pose no risk to the public, but I am deeply sorry for the concerns this episode caused.” Many people noted that Snyderman also blamed her crew for violating quarantine, stating “members of our group violated those guidelines.” She never said I violated quarantine although it’s clear that she did.

There’s plenty of valid criticism for Snyderman’s arrogance. My favorite is this editorial in the Chicago Tribune which calls her Dr. Soups Snyderman and sums up her statement as this: “sitting in the house waiting for symptoms can really drive you crazy. And I really wanted a bowl of soup. So I went and got the (bleeping) soup, OK? My bad. But hey, I’m a doctor and know what’s best, so stay tuned for my next Ebola special.”

People are calling for Snyderman to be fired by NBC News, although that’s not likely to happen. Matt Lauer has a lot of say over who is employed by The Today Show and he seems to think her apology was enough. Lauer told TMZ that Snyderman “admitted she was wrong,” that “she knows she made a mistake” and is “back in quarantine which is where she should be.

Meanwhile the director of the CDC, Tom Frieden, has stated that Snyderman and her crew were never a risk to the public. In an appearance on CNN, Frieden said that “if [Snyderman] was not sick, she was not putting others at risk.” This is because Ebola only spreads when people are exhibiting symptoms. It’s still very worrying to the people of Princeton, NJ. A city council meeting open to the public was held in Princeton on Monday, and was presided over by their local Health Officer. He explained that Snyderman and their crew were deemed “low risk” for Ebola in that they were within three feet of a victim. What’s more is that Princeton police are patrolling Snyderman’s neighborhood every hour. A police administrator explained “It’s really just to make sure that there’s no chaos out there. We can keep an eye on the house, if cars are leaving.” Snyderman’s husband is not under mandatory quarantine. If she tries to leave again in the next week you can bet the local cops will catch her.

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19 Kids and Counting Season 14 Episode 12 Recap: The Wedding Countdown is ON!

On TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting Season 14 Episode 12 Tuesday night, Duggar family fans saw the countdown to Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard’s wedding in full swing.

We know how THAT turned out, if you know what we’re saying!

NOTE: We’re saying they got married and she’s pregnant.

Just because we all know the happy ending doesn’t make 19 Kids and Counting Season 14 Episode 12 any less fun to watch, of course, as we go behind the scenes.

With the wedding right around the corner, Jill’s parents Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar are hosting weekly counseling sessions with the soon to be newlyweds.

Not that they need them. These kids have good heads on their shoulders and are clearly all in when it comes to the Duggar family dating rules and such.

Meanwhile, Jill’s siblings, from the lovely Jana Duggar all the way down to the littlest ones, are starting to realize that she’s leaving the nest, and it’s bittersweet.

In this week’s counseling session, the pair talks finances, and Derick – a hard worker who knows how to save, and be frugal – is cut from the same cloth.

Next up is making sure their temporary home – the fixer upper Jim Bob bought not too long ago – is furnished before they move in after their wedding.

Naturally, that means used furniture and electronics.

The auction turns out to be a blast, and by the time it’s over Jill and Derick have almost everything they need for their first home together. So sweet!

One thing we can all be jealous of when we watch 19 Kids and Counting online is home renovations and moving. They have the skills AND the manpower!

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The Arkansas natives grew up within 45 minutes of each other, but didn’t meet until late 2011. Jill recalled when Derick stopped by while caroling with a church group, and not long after, “Derick contacted my dad and asked if he would be a prayer partner during his two-year term in Nepal.”

With all of Jill’s siblings pitching in, and Ben Seewald to boot, there’s nothing they can’t tackle, giving new meaning to the term strength in numbers.

Perhaps the coolest part is that even when they’re not naturally inclined to do a job, as we saw when they redid the carpeting, they’re willing to learn.

Meanwhile the Duggar extended family starts to arrive for the festivities, including Jill’s brother, the first of the 19 kids Josh Duggar, and his wife Anna.

They have three kids of their own, born around the same time as some of Josh’s siblings, making their aunts and uncles nearly the same age as them. Crazy!

Josh also helps Jill and Derick secure a slick black truck for their wedding “getaway” vehicle, borrowing it from a friend for the special day. What a guy.

Meanwhile, Anna joined the Duggar sisters at Jill’s new home for a decorating party, and even though they have a blast, they are sad to let Jill go as well.

Jill is also feeling a bit nostalgic during one of her last outings with her sisters – to get their nails done – even as she can’t wait to marry the love of her life.

That’s the way life goes, sometimes.

Dates Without Chaperones


The Duggar parents often accompany their children on dates in order to maintain their “accountability” and “keep things from going in the wrong direction,” per Jim Bob. The girls are fine with this, as being alone with men puts them in grave “moral danger.” When the parents aren’t available, their older siblings will often tag along, making every date a group date and a family affair.

Jill and Derick’s wedding special will air October 28, just two weeks from now. We have a feeling the episode will be as magical as you expect and more.

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