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Music You Missed Vol. 5: Traveling Wilburys - Handle Me With Care

Volume 5 of " Music You Missed " comes from one of the biggest supergroups of all time; which is really saying something. If you are somehow unfamiliar with The Traveling Wilburys, they are made up of Bob Dylan , Roy Orbison , George Harrison , Tom Petty , and Jeff Lynne (of Electric Light Orchestra).

Robin Roberts Officially Comes Out...and Thanks Longtime Love!

Just like we were not too surprised when  Anderson Cooper, Rosie O'Donnell and Sam Champion revealed that they were gay, it is not a shock that Robin Roberts has come out. I feel like we have been waiting for this confirmation for the longest time but then again, is it our business? The "Good Morning America" host and cancer survivor took to Facebook to talk about all the good in her life for 2013, including love Amber Laign.

"Keeping Up With the Kardashians" Sets Season 9 Premiere Date!

Hold your horses everyone; the season nine premiere of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" now has a set date: January 19th. This season will document Kim as a mother as well as her elaborate proposal from now fiancé and baby-daddy Kanye West . We will also see the demise of Khloe and Lamar Odom's marriage and, most likely, more Scott Disick issues. Maybe they will touch on the passing of his mother. In any case, if you care to keep on keeping up, set your DVR's for the 19th on   E!

Patrick Swayze's Widow Engaged!

A huge congratulations go out to Lisa Niemi also known as Patrick Swayze's widow; she got engaged over the holidays. Swayze, of "Dirty Dancing" fame, passed away a little over four years ago due to cancer; they had been together 34 years. Now, Niemi, 57 is engaged to Albert DePrisco, a jeweler. DePrisco, 58 popped the big question on Christmas Eve, according to reps. They have been dating for a year and a half but did Niemi think she'd ever find love again? "I would love companionship love. Absolutely. I hope I’m not one of these women who never want to have another relationship. But who knows, that’s another bridge I’ll cross when I come to it. I may get there and go, I don’t know. But I like to think that I can,” she revealed in 2010. Guess she found what she needed. We wish them all the best!

Famed Director Passes Away!

It is again, another very sad day in Hollywood as we must report that director Jeff Pollack has died. Pollack, 54 is best known for the film "Booty Call" and was a producer on the hit comedy "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." He's also known for his work on "Jennifer Lopez in Concert," "Above the Rim" and "Lost &Found." It appears that he passed away while jogging in California; no foul play is suspected. We wish his family and friends all the best at this very difficult time!

Miley Bares All...Again!

Here it is; the best way to end the year is with more nekkid Miley Cyrus ! Hey, why not go out of 2013 with a Bang-erz? See what I did there because "Adore You" is from Bangerz. Nevermind! Enjoy the video!

Another "Jersey Shore" Baby On the Way!

What a celebration sans alcohol that the cast of "Jersey Shore" will be having this Christmas. Yes, it is true; another member of the iconic MTV series is expecting and it's not Snooki ! It is Jenni "J.Woww" Farley and her fiancé, Roger Mathews. Oddly enough, the duo is expected to join the cast of "Celebrity Marriage Boot Camp" along with Gretchen Rossi and her fiancé Slade Smiley. The announcement was made via a sonogram/Christmas card. The baby is due next summer. We wish them all the best!

Kate Winslet Gives Her Baby Her Last Name!

She may be married to her baby daddy but that did not stop Kate Winslet from giving her new baby boy a unique moniker...and her last name. Bear Winslet is the boys name, the third child for the actress, 38; her first with husband Ned Rocknroll, 35. The couple have been married for about a year now and her other two children, Mia and Joe came from previous relationships; they took their paternal last names.  "I quite like Kate Winslet; in fact I think it's very flashy. I'm proud of my name because I'm one of three girls and we have one boy in our family so essentially the only person who is going to carry the name along is my brother and he doesn't have any children at the moment," she explained as to why she kept her surname. Hey, I think Rocknroll is a pretty bad ass last name, even though it is not Ned's given one. Maybe he just does not want anyone to know what his real last name is...

Rachel Zoe and Kate Winslet Name Their Baby Boys!

Babies galore...and now we finally get to learn the monikers that these celeb tots will be going by. First off, we have Rachel Zoe, who welcomed her second boy in to the world yesterday and immediately took to Twitter to share the good news. Yet, she and her husband Rodger Berman had not revealed the name of the baby who is younger brother to Skylar, 2 1/2. Drumroll please...the newest addition's name is:

How Will Kristin Cavallari Learn the Gender of 2nd Baby?

This is too cute: when it comes to learning the gender of her second baby, Kristin Cavallari and hubby Jay Cutler have devised a special way.  "I'm going to have my doctor write it on a piece of paper and we're going to open it on Christmas together," the former reality star shared on "Bethenny." She and Cutler already have a son, Camden so we are all stoked to see what's next for the Cavallari-Cutler family!

Rachel Zoe Welcomes Another Baby!

It's another boy for stylist, designer and television persona Rachel Zoe. Zoe, 42 and hubby   Rodger Berman tweeted about their latest addition this morning:  “So excited to welcome our baby boy into the world … he’s 7 lbs 12 oz, beautiful, healthy and we couldn’t be happier.” The unnamed baby joins two and half year old Skyler and he may be a little protective over his mama. She chatted with PEOPLE and let them know that Skylar vacillated a lot about being a big brother but really just wanted his mom all to himself. We wish the expanding family all the best and cannot wait to see pictures!

Music You Missed Vol. 4: Eliza Gilkyson - Is It Like Today

I don't often listen to music that falls into the country/folk genre, but this song has an undeniable quality to it that demands repeated listenings. At the same time that it tugs at the heart strings, it gets you going as it slowly builds. It's almost a full two minutes before all the instruments are in place and playing their respective parts.

Katie Couric's Show DUNZO!

It is sad that we must report that Katie Couric's talk show, now in it's second season, has been cancelled. "Katie" will officially leave the airwaves come the end of this season aka June. Apparently, this was a mutual decision between the host, 56 and Disney/ABC.  "We're very proud of everyone's contributions to making Katie the No. 1 new syndicated talk show of 2012-13 and we look forward to the rest of the season," a joint statement revealed. It's all good for Couric though as she will be the global anchor for Yahoo News at the beginning of 2014!

Alex and Sierra Win "The X Factor" 12/19/13

The winner has been proclaimed and it is folk/indie duo Alex and Sierra from Team Simon Cowell (groups) on "The X Factor." The season finale not only marked the end of the season but also the confirmed end of the road for two time judge Demi Lovato . The singer is leaving to focus solely on her music. Coming in behind Alex and Sierra, both 22 were: 3rd place- Carlito Olivero ; 2nd place- Jeff Gutt . We wish them all the best in their future!

Hillary Rodham Clinton Voted Most Fascinating Person of 2013!

Barbara Walters finally got something right when she named my girl Hillary Rodham Clinton her most fascinating person of the year! We totally already knew that so this is just an added perk. She will not announce quite yet if her plans include running for President but she knows that a woman's in the White House! Go to for all your Hill merch!

Thoughts and Prayers With Kristen Johnston!

We want to give a quick shout to our dear friend here at Three Ice Cubes , "The Exes" star Kristen Johnston who is battling a rare autoimmune disease. The actress, 46 went to seventeen doctors over a course of 4 months and finally got resolution.

Mandi's Thoughts On...Elf on a Shelf!

I keep hearing about this damn elf and seeing him everywhere that I go and I'm like "why is he following me?" Then I wanted to know his purpose so I asked my fiancé about the Elf on the Shelf . He told me that parents purchase this elf around the holidays then tell children that it is from the North Pole and will report back to Santa about said child's behavior. This is the most ridiculous concept I have ever heard in my entire life! So basically, eleven months out of the year, the elf is not paying attention to behavior but rather collecting unemployment. Then, in December, he comes back and all kids must be super sweet. I call BS on this whole concept. Do what my mom did: keep a phone nearby and whenever kids are bad, threaten to call Santa on them...or become Jewish. 

Demi Lovato To Leave "The X Factor"

Tomorrow evening, the winner of "The X Factor" will be crowned but right now, all the talk is about judge Demi Lovato exiting after this season. It has been highly speculated that she will leave the show after two seasons to focus on her music. Yet, it may not even be an issue as rumor has it that this will indeed be the show's last season in the US. Aside from that, show's head honcho Simon Cowell has said that the show will have a fourth season but his role may switch. To what, we are not sure but maybe the same goes for Lovato. We will have the winner as soon as we find out!


We predicted it all along but towards the end, we started to want Will Champlin to win. However, it was Tessanne Chin who took home the title of "The Voice" this evening, give Team Adam Levine its second win. Second place was Jacquie Lee and third was Will. We wish all of them much success, happiness and love! The sixth season will premiere February 24th with Usher and Shakira returning! 

Scandal Quick-Cap 12/05/13- Season 3, Ep. 10 - A Door Marked Exit

We ended last week's episode of "Scandal" with the Veep standing by the body of her dead husband, so of course we start off this episode a few minutes prior with Sally yelling at Daniel about what he did (sleep with Cyrus's husband). When Daniel informs Sally that he's leaving her, she stabs him and calls Cyrus, bringing us back to where we ended last week.

TARGET Is Not Selling Beyonce's New Surprise Album?

Hold the phone! Beyonce and music fans alike got a sweet surprise when the singer released an impromptu album over the weekend which included 17 music videos. This was an amazing feat because, unless you spend hours analyzing Mrs. Carter, you never would have known. Yet one retailer is refusing to sell her album: TARGET! This is where I do so much of mu holiday shopping and to know that I cannot do it one stop makes me sad. Here is the reasoning:  "At Target we focus on offering our guests a wide assortment of physical CDs, and when a new album is available digitally before it is available physically, it impacts demand and sales projections," according to spokeswoman Erica Julkowski. So, in essence had the CD not seen an online release first, the mega chain would have sold it but because she didn't, they won't. Ummmm....

American Horror Story: Coven Recap Episode 9 "Head" by Maxwell Kale

Ok guys, this episode of "American Horror Story: Coven" called “Head." Let’s hope its good and not lousy! It begins in the 1990s with a young hank going hunting with his hick dad. With the popularity of this show quickly waning (and for good reason) one can assume perhaps this is a sad attempt to leech off the "Duck Dynasty" ratings. Then a shock that fools no one they are actually witch hunters. Hank then runs into his first witch but like all virgins he has no clue what he is doing and fails to shoot her. The witch then shoots his dad and his dad retaliates and kills her. Hank’s father than deeply tells him never forget who he is and that witch killing is in his blood.

Tyson Apostol WINS "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" 12/15/13

For those of us who have watched "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" from the beginning, it is no shock who the winner was. It came down to Gervase, Monica and Tyson but in the end, it was Tyson Apostol , 34 who took home the million dollars. Apostol played the game with his girlfriend before she left. Tears filled his eyes as he held Monica's hand and Jeff Probst read the results. Congratulations Tyson!

"Teen Mom 2" Star Back in Jail!

There's nothing like jail for the least for Jenelle Evans of "Teen Mom 2" fame. She just announced that she was pregnant for the third time (she had a miscarriage before) and now she is celebrating by going to jail? Yes, this is the tenth time Evans has been arrested in three years and we just love her yearbook of mug shots. So what was her crime this time?

Legendary Actor Passes Away!

Peter O'Toole has passed away, we have learned at the age of 81in London after battling a long illness. Best known for "Lawrence of Arabia" in 1962, he claimed that he was retiring last year after more than half a century in the business. During O'Toole's time, he was nominated for eight Oscar Awards and received an honorary one ten years ago. It was not something that O'Toole had wanted as he wanted it to happen naturally but finally realized his worth when he accepted. He leaves behind four children: Kate O'Toole (actress), Patricia O'Toole, Karen Brown (model) and Lorcan Patrick O'Toole (actor). We wish his family and friends all the best!

OFFICIAL: Khloe Kardashian Files For Divorce!

Rumors have been swirling for months that Khloe Kardashian and hubby Lamar Odom were headed for a divorce. Between Odom's alleged cheating and drug problems plus his DUI, it seemed that Kardashian, 29 had enough. She changed her name on social networks from Kardashian Odom to just Kardashian so that started speculation. Then her mother Kris and stepfather Bruce Jenner announced that they were separating but no one knew about Khloe. She was just spotted sans her wedding ring and now we can officially report that she has filed for divorce from Odom, 34. The filing occurred earlier today; they married on September 27th, 2009 after less than a month of dating. Khloe is citing irreconcilable differences and requesting her name be legally changed back to her birth name. She is NOT requesting any spousal support and is hoping Odom won't be granted any either. This has been a hard year for Khloe as she was not invited back to co-host "The X Factor" while it was claimed

Album Review: Tranzducer - Play Onward

The first time I listened to " Play Onwards " the entire way through, I kept having one thought over and over: this is a "pool" album. When I say "pool" album, I mean this is something I could easily scroll to on my iPod while laying by the pool and hit play, knowing that I won't have to start skipping through any tracks. It's the type of album that a music aficionado can sit down and listen to from start to finish, and relax the entire time.

WTF Are the Lyrics: Seal - Kiss From A Rose

Admit it, you have this song somewhere deep in the recesses of your iTunes playlist. It's okay, we all do... there's no judgement here. What's more, at some point we have all (possibly while drunk) tried to sing along to this. The only problem is that the actual lyrics are as mysterious as the song itself.

Zack Braff A Daddy?

Yes, Zack Braff is a daddy...technically. He has been named the godfather to "Scrubs" co-star Donald Faison's baby boy Rocco. Braff, 38 posted this sweet photo of he and Rocco, 4 months with the caption:  “Me and my god son. Made with @donald_faison’s sperm.”   The mama is Jessica Simpson's bestie Cacee Cobb. This has got to be one of the cutest photos ever and it is great that Faison and Braff get along so well! 

2014 Golden Globes Nominations!

The Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations were announced yesterday. Now, we have the honor of presenting you with the nominees for the 2014 Golden Globes with Sosie Bacon as Miss Golden Globe.

Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel Separate!

With all of this happy baby news, we knew that we were bound to have something sad to talk about. That comes in the form of a ten-year marriage having ended. Taye Diggs , 42 and Idina Menzel, 42 have separated after ten years together. According to their reps:   "Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs have jointly decided to separate at this time. Their primary focus and concern is for their son. We ask that you respect their privacy during this time." The duo met  when they started out in the original production of the hit Broadway show "Rent" ; Menzel has a Tony Award and was in the film "Enchanted." They have one child together. We wish them the best during this difficult time. 

And Another Baby...For Kevin Federline!

Kevin Federline, stay away from me. If you get too close, I might end up pregnant just like his wife Victoria Prince. The couple, who recently tied the knot in Vegas are reportedly expecting their second child together. Federline already has two kids, a boy and a girl with ex-girlfriend Shar Jackson and two sons with ex-wife Britney Spears. He and Prince have a daughter, Jordan but they were recently photographed together with him holding her stomach. She was also wearing a shirt that said Juan Moore on the front and Federline 6 on the back. According to TMZ , the volleyball player is about six months along. We wish them all the happiness! Now get a vasectomy. 

More Baby News: Drew Barrymore Expecting Another Girl!

First Kendra Wilkinson and now Drew Barrymore ! Both expectant mothers have announced that they will be expecting baby girls for their second pregnancies. But this is not the first girl for Barrymore, 38 and husband Will Kopelman. During a ceremony earlier today, she had this to say:  “I am so proud to accept this in celebration of women, including my daughter and my future daughter." She tried to keep her first pregnancy, baby Olive a secret as long as she could but this time, she is just letting it out! Good for her! Can't wait to hear what this little one's name is!

It's A Girl For Kendra!

Kendra Wilkinson's baby boy, Hank just turned four and by this time next year, he will have a little playmate to celebrate with. Literally, a playmate as Wilkinson, 28 has announced that she and hubby Hank Baskett's second child will be a girl! Wonder if she will be Playmate of the Year? Congratulations!

SAG Television Show Nominations!

We've revealed the Screen Actors Guild Award nominees for film; now it is time to announce the nominees for Television!

SAG Award Movie Nominations!

It's that time of year again; time to announce the nominees for the 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards. This is the one night where peers vote for their fellow actors so it makes it even more personal. Here are the movie nominations!

The Top 3 "The Voice" Finalists Revealed! 12/10/13

The time has come! James Wolpert was the first one sent packing this evening on "The Voice" and following him was Team Blake's Cole Vosbury. This means that the finalists for season 5 are: Tessanne Chin (Adam), Will Champlin (Adam) and Jacquie Lee (Christina). Good luck to the final 3 but do you think that it is the right three? What would you change and who do you think will win?


Tonight, "The Voice" will be cutting the singers from five to three finalists. They will then go on to compete next week in the finale to become THE VOICE. Two people will be sent home this evening; left are Tessanne Chin, Will Champlin, James Wolpert, Jacquie Lee and Cole Vosbury. Oh, cross James from Team Adam off the list as he was the first singer to be sent packing, not making it to the finale. But we love the chic-geek and definitely think that he has a brilliant future ahead of him!

Funeral Set For Paul Walker!

As promised, we tried to stay away from every Paul Walker story that emerged. However we did say that we would alert the public to when Walker, 40 would be laid to rest. The actor's close friends and family are setting up a funeral for him set to occur this week, E! News has learned. Walker was just released to the local mortuary after an autopsy was performed. This past Sunday, fans and car lovers alike came together for a "memorial rally and car cruise." Flowers have also been consistently at the crash site since the accident happened. Tyrese Gibson is said to be helping with the funeral arrangements! Our hearts are still with the family as this tragedy continues to unfold. 

Britney's "Perfume" Released Amidst Controversy!

Britney Spears is celebrating the success of her latest studio album "Britney Jean." Now, she is celebrating the release of her latest single "Perfume" but it is not coming up roses. Joseph Kahn , who has directed many of Spears' videos is upset because he thinks that the Director's Cut should have been released. He feels that the vibe of it is better but he does support the version out now. Maybe if enough of us beg and plead, we will get the uncut video.

Katy Perry Didn't Want Kids!

It seems as though Katy Perry and Russell Brand were so in love when they got engaged then married. Both quirky and talented, what could go wrong? KIDS! It seems as though Brand was pushing Perry, in her mid-twenties at the time, to have children. Perry was not ready for that step quite yet but one must remember that Brand had been through his crazy party ways. He was truly looking to settle down and though Perry loved him, she was not ready for what he was ready for. Hopefully she and John Mayer can come to some sort of agreement about kids prior to any nuptials. You can read all about this and more in the upcoming January 2014 issue of Marie Claire Magazine!

Scandal Quick-Cap 12/05/13- Season 3, Ep. 9 - YOLO

Welcome to the Quick-Cap for " Scandal "- season 3, Ep. 9 ; or as I like to call it, the craziness report for the Scandal world. The episode opens with Huck about to torture Quinn for answers relating to her involvement in the death of a security guard who would have been able to provide answers that the team was looking for.

Well-Known Director Enters Rehab!

Congratulations to Adam Shankman who has decided to take action in his life and enter rehab. You may be saying "Adam Shankman who?"  but the director, 49 is best known for films such as "Hairspray" (the remake) and "Rock of Ages" as well as a judge on "So You Think You Can Dance." According to his rep, he "is currently seeking treatment in a rehabilitation center. His friends and family support him and wish him well on his journey to recovery." This was a shock for many as he was seen on the red carpet Sunday night at The Trevor Project event which helps to prevent suicide. We hope he gets the help he needs so he can come back better than ever. 

Lamar Odom Sentenced!

He was not in the Kardashian/Jenner Christmas card so what is going on with Khloe's hubby Lamar Odom ? We know that he has been battling drugs and personal issues for some time now but a DUI added to the stress. After his attorney went to court, Odom received 3 years probation along with attendance to a three-month alcohol ed program. Odom, 34 was pulled over in August and was scheduled to appear in court on what would be his and Khloe's four year wedding anniversary. The basketball player is currently practicing his sport and is allegedly in talks to return. We wish him the best!

Music You Missed Vol. 3: Travis Barker (feat. Lupe Fiasco & Pharrell Williams) - If You Want To

A couple of years ago Travis Barker - of Blink-182 fame - released his solo debut, " Give The Drummer Some ." On the album Travis managed to cover almost every genre of music but there was a noticeable amount of hip-hop.

A "Family Ties" Wedding!

Congratulations go out to "Family Ties" star and matriarch Meredith Baxter as she has gotten married! Baxter, 66 and partner, Nancy Locke who is a contractor wed this afternoon in LA. It was very intimate with close friends and family along with Baxter's five children. Remember when she was Meredith Baxter Birney ? Seems like forever ago but they did exchange emotional and personal vows while Locke added her own touch by playing with her band during the party. The couple have been together for seven years while it was just four years ago that Baxter revealed that she was in fact a lesbian. She was most recently seen in the Hallmark family film "Naughty or Nice." No word on whether or not her co-stars were in attendance! We wish them all the best in their beautiful future. 

Mandi's Open Apology to Miley Cyrus!

As a writer, my opinion has been what has made me feel complete and creative. It has allowed me to express myself in an amazing forum that can let others in on the way I feel and I love that. But there are times when we can be wrong and I am going to be one of the first writers to admit that I am wrong.

Check Out Miley's New Look!

Miley Cyrus has gone through many transformations over the past year and now, she is ending 2013 with a bang...I mean bangs! The singer debuted a new sleek and sort of French new look and we think that it is a sweet change. It shows off her face in more sophisticated way a s opposed to the short razor bouffant she had been rocking. She resembles a young Anna Wintour. *Stay tuned for our open apology letter to Miley coming soon!

Jennifer Lopez Changes Her Name!

No, she has not changed it to J.Lo legally but rather Jennifer Lopez ? Confused much? Understandable. Basically, when Lopez, 44 married Marc Anthony, she took his last name...Muniz. Now that the two are in the midst of a divorce, one thing that Lopez wants back is her identity as, duh Jennifer Lopez. I had no idea that she had legally changed her name, as I am sure few others knew as well. However, Diane Lane recently went through the same thing during her divorce from Josh Brolin where her name was legally restored to...Diane Lane. Let this be a lesson to everyone...except me because my last name sucks and marriage is the only way out!

Pamela Anderson Unveils Her Make-Under?

To say that this is a make-over would be a misnomer of sorts. Pamela Anderson has always been infamous for her boobs and her big blonde hair. Now, she has eliminated one portion of that by chopping off her hair. Then, she took another bold step and colored it brown, which is Anderson's natural hair color. We could see via a hat that she had gone dark but had yet to see the final product. So, what do you think of this make-under? I'm personally loving the change and the fact that you can see her face! 

"Veronica Mars" Film Sets Release Date!

"Veronica Mars" fans rejoice: the official date for the highly anticipated film based on the television series has been announced. The date is: March 14th, 2014 according to the Executive Producer Rob Thomas (not to be confused with the lead singer of Matchbox 20).  "Fun Fact #1. The #VeronicaMarsMovie will open on 3/14/14, just one year from when the @kickstarter launched on 3/12/13," Thomas revealed via Twitter. The movie was a fan based project, raking in $5.7 million dollars to be filmed. The plot: Veronica played by Kristen Bell , whom we loved in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," has left her hometown. She returns along with Enrico Colantoni, Tina Majorino and Percy Daggs III along with Chris Lowell . Who's stoked now?