Saturday, October 30, 2010

Charlie Sheen: At It Again

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Well. Charlie Sheen is at it again.  The actor stars in the TV sitcom "Two and a Half Men" but the show pales when compared to his off air drama. Most recently, the police were called to Sheen's hotel room at the Plaza Hotel in NYC.  They found Charlie drunk and the room trashed. Wonder how he keeps his job with scandal after scandal.
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Twin Boys for Celine Dion

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While Celine Dion celebrates last Saturday's birth of healthy twin boys Eddy and Nelson, the singer recently revealed a heartbreaking loss during the pregnancy.
During an extended Quebec TV interview taped 10 days before she gave birth, Dion confessed that she was originally carrying triplets, not twins.
Dion, 42, explained in the special (which aired on Thursday) that the heart of the third fetus stopped beating soon after she learned she was expecting.
"He chose to let go to give space to his brothers to grow," Dion said of the unborn child. A rep for Dion confirmed this to E! News.
Dion and Angelil, 68, have been frank about their struggles to conceive. Eddy and Nelson were successfully conceived following 5 failed IVF attempts.

Angelil told Canadian TV show "we were crying" when the first twin was born last Saturday. "We were both thinking about the time it took. We are very lucky, very privileged and very fortunate to have these boys."

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Celine Dion hospitalized

Celine Dion has been admitted to a Florida hospital to prevent the early delivery of her twins.

The superstar singer is at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. The hospital said in a statement the admission was recommended to make sure she's near her doctors leading up to the babies' birth. Her rep said she is due to deliver the twins early next month.

Dion announced earlier this year that she's pregnant with two boys. She had tried for years to have more children. She and her husband, Rene Angelil, are the parents of a 9-year-old son, Rene Charles.

TV Moments That Changed Us

Fifty years ago in October, America launched a new political tool, televised presidential debates. Richard Nixon won the debate among radio listeners, but Americans watching live named young, tan, telegenic John F. Kennedy the victor. Kennedy’s 1960 TV victory, viewed by 70 million viewers is just one of the milestone broadcasts that shaped America’s identity for the last half-century. Here are some other TV moments that changes us forever:

November 22-25, 1963
J.F. K’s Assassination/Funeral Coverage
Television news bound American’s together during a national tragedy.
93 percent of U. S. televisions tuned in.

February 9, 1964
The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show
Fans saw The Fab Four on screen for the first time.
73 Million fans kicked off the rock ‘n’ roll revolution.

August 26-29, 1968
Democratic Convention Riots
While anti-war activist demonstrated, 16.2 million viewers watched 28,000 law enforcement fight against the nation’s first widespread peace protest.

January 12, 1969
Super Bowl III
41.6 million viewers watched Joe Namath’s AFL Jets stomp the heavily favored NFL Colts in a 16-7 upset, setting the stage for years of Sunday showdowns to come.

July 20, 1969
Apollo 11 Moon Landing
528 million viewers world-wide watched Neil Armstrong’s giant leap for mankind.
Soviet television refused to broadcast the feat.

July 29, 1981
Britain’s Prince of Wales Weds Lady Diana Spencer
750 viewers around the globe watched the nuptials. The world’s love affair with Princess Diana long outlasted the couple’s marriage.

August 1, 1981
MTV Debuts
MTV’s debut song was the Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star”. The station garnered 2.1 million subscribers in the first year.

January16, 1991
Persian Gulf War Invasion
Operation Desert Storm opened live in living rooms across the country.
Thanks to CNN 118 million viewers watched a war in real time.

September 11, 2001
Terrorist attack America
80 million viewers watched the news of the terrorist attacks. The video of the toppling twin towers shattered America’s sense of security.

Source: October 2010 AARP Bulletin

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Recent Transistions

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Barbara Billingsley, an American film, television, voice and stage actress died in October 16 at the age of  94. She gained prominence in  her best–known role, that of June Cleaver on the television series Leave It to Beaver and its sequel Still the Beaver (also known as The New Leave It to Beaver).

Albertina Walker

Albertina Walker, a legendary gospel singer with a lush contralto voice recorded a string of hits in the 1950s and 1960s. She nourished the careers of such greats as the Rev. James Cleveland, Inez Andrews and Pastor Shirley Caesar. She was a fixture in body and spirit at Chicago's Gospel Festival since the event's inception, both solo and with the Caravans. Walker had been battling emphysema, and died October 8 in a Chicago hospital, where she had been since late August,

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Forbes LIst: World's Most Powerful Women

Forbes Magazine has released their picks for 2010's Most Powerful Women in the World -- and the First Lady is at the head of the class.  Michelle Obama was ranked as the world's No. 1 most powerful woman, while the queen of daytime, Oprah Winfrey, snagged the No.3 spot.

Women in entertainment scored big this year, with pop superstar Lady Gaga taking the seventh spot and music mogul/designer Beyonce ranking ninth. Comedian and talkshow host Ellen DeGeneres rounded out the list at No. 10.

The U.S. was the list's clear winner -- eight of the10 coveted spots were filled by American women, while Chicagoans dominated the mighty top three. In addition to Windy City natives Obama and Oprah, Irene Rosenfeld, CEO of Kraft Foods and another Chicago resident, was ranked No. 2. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (originally hailing from the Chicago suburb, Park Ridge) rang in at No. 5.

2010 Forbes Most Powerful Women In The World top 10:

1. Michelle Obama, US First Lady
2. Irene Rosenfeld, chief executive Kraft Foods
3. Oprah Winfrey, media mogul
4. Angela Merkel, German Chancellor
5. Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State
6. Indra Nooyi, chief executive, Pepsi
7. Lady Gaga, singer
8. Gail Kelly, chief executive, Westpac
9. Beyonce Knowles, singer and fashion designer
10. Ellen DeGeneres, talk show host

Source: Forbes;

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Jennifer Hudson: You Go Girl!

When tragedy hits stars and celebrities, some fall and some stand. Hats off to Jennifer Hudson who stood tall through it all.

Jennifer Hudson won TWENTY NINE awards for her debut performance including: Golden Globe, NAACP Image Award, Screen Actors Guild, Academy Award and her debut album won a Grammy.
Now, in addition to being a new mom and overcoming the tragic murders of her mother, brother, and nephew, Jennifer Hudson has a brand-new look that exudes confidence, strength, and positive energy. She’s also recently been named a spokesperson for Weight Watchers and is purportedly working on new film projects as well as a new album.

You go Girl!
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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Bullying Epidemic, But No Consequences

Two young people chose life over death after "acquaintances" made life unbearable.

Rutger's University student Tyler Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge after his room mate Dharum Ravi streamed video of his sexual tryst on the internet. Thirteen year old Seth Walsh took his life by hanging himself from a tree after repeated bullying by classmates.
 Clementi’s death marks the fifth suicide by a gay teen in the past month. Justin Aaberg, openly gay and just 15, committed suicide after being bullied in school. Billy Lucas, also 15 wasn’t out, but was mercilessly bullied in school. He hanged himself. Asher Brown, 13, who told his parents he was gay the morning he shot himself in the head, was also bullied. And Seth Walsh, also just 13, hanged himself after suffering from years of bullying.
There's something wrong in a society where no action can be taken against folks who bully others resulting in death.  Guess it only works if the person being bullyed kills the person making their life miserable.
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