By: Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY
If it's good enough for Miley Cyrus, 20, it's good enough for Betty White, 91.
The beloved legendary actress' new promo for Off Their Rockers, her candid camera show that's moving from NBC to Lifetime in 2014, shows White taking a cue from Cyrus.
Explains White, "I got some ideas from recent pop culture events that really got the kids talking."
Enter White riding a wrecking ball. Fully clothed.
Then she asks, "Can someone bring me a sledgehammer?" Rather than lick it, White gives it a gentle kiss.
And then she cracks, "How about a foam finger?"
The first two seasons of Off Their Rockers will air on Lifetime starting Wednesday.
By Gil Kaufman
'Never think that I'm not from Chicago for one second,' West warned about his treatment by the paparazzi.
Let's get one thing straight. The Kanye West-Jimmy Kimmel feud was real.
When 'Ye appeared on Kimmel's show on Wednesday night to make peace with the late night host, it became clear right away — from Yeezy's posture and his seriousness — that despite some suggestions that their beef was a bit, Kanye was dead serious.
"I wish I had thought of that," Kimmel said of the public fight in his monologue. "I just didn't. You know honestly I've been too busy masterminding the giant prank going on in Washington D.C. right now. That one is going gangbusters."
It also became that the interview was going to turn into the latest Yeezus rant about art, culture, fashion and the celebrity world, and that Kimmel was going to have to sit back and let Kanye be Kanye. At the outset, the duo shared a hug and Kimmel immediately apologized for the misunderstanding, which was sparked several weeks ago when he aired a video spoofing West's hour-long interview on BBC Radio 1.
"I guess we should kind of talk about what happened because I do think that somewhere in you you want people to understand where you're coming from," Kimmel said. "Yeah, correct," 'Ye responded.
Admitting that he'd only seen snippets of the BBC interview before filming the spoof ("Yeah, that's what I thought," 'Ye said), Kimmel re-aired some of his bit. "The main reason that I did that is because I like to see kids curse," Kimmel explained, noting that he was not trying to position Kanye as a child.
And then it was Kanye's turn. "Everyone out there in TV world, real world, whatever world you stay needs to know that I've never done a publicity stunt in my life," Kanye said, debunking rumors that the whole beef was a prank.
Kimmel recounted the "bad" phone conversation they had after the skit and West talked about how the pair had previously met and Kimmel told him that he wanted the world to know the "good guy" side of Kanye.
To be fair, 'Ye did not watch the whole Kimmel skit either, out of fear of being even more enraged, but said he was hurt because he thought he could trust Jimmy. "This is the one person I know, so I can go and let out everything that I feel about every single bogus Weekly cover. Every single bogus skit... Every person who feels it's OK to treat celebrities like zoo animals, or act like what they're saying it not serious ... or their dreams are not serious," West said.
"Egos can flare up and we kind of just took it back to high school a bit," Kanye continued. "And I got beat up a lot in high school, so I didn't want to go back to high school," Kimmel responded, calling the zoo animal a perfect metaphor for the kind of constant tabloid scrutiny celebrities are under.
"Some of these things are hurtful and the truth is important," Kimmel said. "A lot of times I think you bring it on yourself this misunderstanding of you ... I don't know if you know this, a lot of people think you're a jerk," he added as West looked on with a blank expression. To the contrary, Kimmel said he's often told people what a good guy West is, throwing up a picture of a smiling Yeezy with his arm around Jimmy's dad at a wedding they both attended.
And then it got real. Kimmel replayed a classic skit with Josh Groban performing some of 'Ye's funniest tweets, admitting that the BBC bit was maybe a five on the funny scale. He then put up one of the since-deleted post-beef tweets from Kanye in which the rapper profanely compared Kimmel to SpongeBob Squarepants. "Do you really think I look like SpongeBob?" he asked. "I mean, it's the first thing that came to my mind," laughed Kanye.
"As we were writing it there was a frustration that was getting out," West said of the hard-hitting series of tweets railing Kimmel that he subsequently scrubbed from his timeline. "But also they were really funny to me and I just thought it was so amazing that I was saying this in real time, in real life. With my position, because people would be so scared to say anything as soon as you're a celebrity you're not allowed to say anything anymore. But to just completely wild out?" There was a second set of tweets, he revealed, which were apparently even worse, which he'll save for next time.
Kimmel ended by congratulating Kanye on the birth of baby North and gifted him with a pair of tiny leather jogging pants. That led to West, who was wearing ripped jeans and a light blue Ralph Lauren shirt, re-expressing his frustration about not being able to break through in the fashion industry (and bringing up his favorite movie, "The Truman Show," again), despite his "creative genius."
During his extended rant near the end of the chat, in which he touched on taste, culture and art, West noted that he stood up to drug dealers in Chicago and told them he'd die before giving them his publishing, and then took off on the paparazzi and his place in the cultural universe.
"It's about truth, it's bout information, it's about awesomeness ... Taste, culture, art ... just the quality of life. This is what I'm here to do. So when I compare myself to Steve Jobs, or Walt Disney, Howard Hughes, David Stern, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Jesus, I'm saying these are my heroes. These are people that I look up to. This is the type of impact I want to make on the Earth," he said.
"When people hear my music, they have a good time. And I should be respected as such when I walk down the street," West added, getting hyped. "Don't ask me a question about something you saw in the tabloids. Don't try to antagonize me. Because you know what — it's not safe for you in this zoo. Never think that I'm not from Chicago for one second!"
By Lauren Hockenson, Giga Om
Facebook on Thursday announced the final phase of removing an old privacy feature from the social media platform. The feature, which allows users to be hidden from search, will finally be taken away for users who have it enabled.
The feature, called "Who can look up your Timeline by name?" was removed from Privacy settings last year (noted in a December blog post) for those who didn't have it enabled. When enabled, the setting removes the ability for users to access a Timeline profile via search, even when a user puts in the exact name of the person he or she is locating. Now, users that still have that feature enabled will begin to see removal notices from Facebook, indicating that they will be present and visible in Graph Search along with the rest of the Facebook user base.
Facebook says in the blog post that the feature is a vestigial precaution that reaches back before the platform had a sophisticated search algorithm. When Facebook search acted as a mere directory, removing oneself from search made it more difficult for strangers to access a given profile. But now, as Open Graph opens up to search more settings and there is greater visibility of Timelines for friends of friends, the importance of finding a person through search has diminished while controlling the content on any given Timeline has become more important. Facebook says that the feature also caused hiccups in the user experience:
"People told us that they found it confusing when they tried looking for someone who they knew personally and couldn't find them in search results, or when two people were in a Facebook Group and then couldn't find each other through search."Of course, the sunsetting of this feature for those who care about it the most only stresses the importance of checking and updating Facebook privacy settings often. Now, it's more important to consider the content of the Timeline itself: a "private Timeline" is only such when content is marked explicitly "Friends Only." As Facebook continues to make search easier, it's important to keep in mind how these changes impact social media privacy at large.
by Chelsey Wilkins in Beauty
Our royal highness, King Beyonce Knowles-Carter, found herself in quite a hairy (heh) situation while on stage during last night’s stop on the Mrs. Carter World Tour. In the middle of her performance for "Halo," Bey's GLORIOUS blonde wavy tendrils were snatched up by a fan! If you’re anything like us, you’re saying to yourself, "Who dare approach the throne to commit such a maleficence!?!" But Beyhive, before you go summoning Jay-Z and the rest of “La Familia” to initiate a manhunt for this audacious audience member, note that the offender was only a stage fan—as in, an inanimate object.
The same stage fan that helps create Bey’s signature hair-blowing-in-the-wind moments turned its back on its fearless leader, leaving her stuck and unable to whip her hair back and forth in true Sasha Fierce fashion. We’re sure audience members refrained from breathing during this frightening ordeal, praying Beyonce’s mane remained intact and unscathed. All the while, Bey continued performing like the boss chick she is, as body guards and concerned stans standing by removed B’s luxurious locks from the metal hands of this unapologetic machine. The show must go on, right?!
Beyonce, aware of the effects of social media and the hundreds of video cameras in the arena, took to Instagram early this morning to make fun of the situation before anyone else could (of course WE’d never poke fun at the Queen!). After uploading an Insta-video of the near disastrous hair experience, she posted a picture with reworked lyrics for her smash hit “Halo”. The remixed version goes something like this:
“Gravity can’t begiiiiiiiin
To pull me out of the fan again.
I felt my hair was yankiiiiiiiin
From the fan that’s always hatiiiiiiiin
Virgin remy & malasiiiiiaaaaaan”
HILARIOUS, right?! She signed her witty note with the message, “I got snatched ‘2 snaps.’ Goodnight all, B.” Well said, Beyonce. Well said.
By Fox News
Mariah Carey returned to the set of her new music video on Sunday just hours after she was hospitalized with a dislocated shoulder and cracked rib in a desperate attempt to finish the shoot.
The pop superstar was filming a promo for a remix of her track #Beautiful with rapper Young Jeezy when she took a tumble and had to be treated at a New York medical centre for her injuries.
Her husband Nick Cannon, who had been directing the project, offered to abandon his duties to be by his wife's side, but Carey refused to let her pain stand in the way of her work and ordered the TV personality to continue on in her absence.
During an appearance on U.S. breakfast show Today on Tuesday, he said, "It was pretty serious. Not only did she dislocate her shoulder, she actually cracked her rib. She chipped her shoulder bone during the video shoot. She was in this nice, beautiful gown, heels on and everything, it was kinda on this platform, she kinda slipped and fell on her whole side. She's such a trooper, like I was gonna rush to the hospital, she was like, 'You get back in there and finish the video'.
"Then, after they put the shoulder back in place, bandaged her all up, she came back to the video early in the morning and finished out everything. She's like, 'This better be a good video after all this pain I went through!...' I would be crying and passed out if something like that happened to me. She was right back to work!"
The Hero hitmaker is now recovering at home and resting up for her performance at a Hurricane Sandy benefit concert on Saturday.
NFL Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson says he's personally witnessed Justin Bieber racing his Ferrari around the streets of Calabasas ... and tells TMZ he's worried the singer could seriously hurt someone if he doesn't slow his ass down.
We spoke to Dickerson -- who's lived in Calabsas for years -- and the NFL legend tells us he doesn't blame Keyshawn Johnson for confronting the singer yesterday.
"I've seen [Justin] driving fast around Calabasas before in the Ferrari," Dickerson says ... "It's just not safe."
Dickerson says he owns two Ferraris and understands how dangerous the car can be if an irresponsible person happens to be in the driver's seat.
"I used to drive fast," Dickerson admits ... "but that was on the freeway ... and even that wasn't safe."
As for Keyshawn's decision to follow Bieber to his home, Dickerson says -- "I don't blame Keyshawn, he's got kids ... I don't blame him for trying to get [Justin's] attention."
"I would've been the same way ... when you're a father it takes on a whole new meaning. Plus, we got that football mentality."
Still no word from Bieber's camp.
By Alexandra Cheney
Morgan Freeman appeared to fall asleep during a TV interview–but he has another explanation, and it involves Google
The 75-year-old actor walked the carpet of the New York premiere of “Now You See Me” Wednesday night, and woke up to do a full day of press Thursday. One outlet, “This Morning,” a Q13 morning show which airs on Fox’s Seattle-Tacoma affiliate, caught Freeman napping on the job.
During the four minute taping, Freeman looked as if he was drifting off as his colleague, Michael Caine, spoke about magic, the core theme of the Summit Entertainment distributed film.
“This business, it’s exhausting,” Freeman told the Journal in Los Angeles last year.
A publicist for Mr. Freeman emailed the following comment regarding the interview. “I wasn’t actually sleeping. I’m a beta tester for Google Eyelids. I was merely taking the opportunity to update my Facebook page.”
by Alyssa Toomey
Let The X Factor begin!
Filming for the hit reality competition show has officially kicked off in Charleston, S.C., Tuesday, and there's already a "girl power" theme for the Fox series' third season.
Demi Lovato and newly announced judges Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio all took theX Factor stage to greet fans and aspiring stars as they waiting for producer and fellow judgeSimon Cowell to arrive.
"3 beautiful ladies, and @SimonCowell is the one who's taking the longest to get ready!," theofficial X Factor twitter posted, along with the first shot of the three female judges together.
Finally, Cowell graced the crowd with his presence, prompting a jam-packed audience to scream "Thanks for coming, Simon!" a moment that was cleverly captured in a Vine video.
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"It's taken more than a decade, but I'm delighted to finally be on a panel with three girls (I think!)," Cowell said in a statement after the judging news was formally announced.
Well, good luck, Simon. You've got some fierce female power on that panel.
Rescue workers went building to building Tuesday in search of victims and thousands of survivors were left homeless a day after a massive tornado tore through a suburb of Oklahoma City, killing at least 24 people.
After a long day of searching - emergency crews lifted broken doors, moved sections of shattered walls and tossed aside bricks looking for survivors as cadaver dogs sniffed through the rubble - Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis said he believed all the dead and missing had been accounted for.
"We've checked the area with thermal imagers, as well as gone door to door, so we feel like we're fixing to go from rescue and searching to recovery," Lewis told CNN.
The death toll of 24 was lower than initially feared, but nine children were among the dead, including seven who died at Plaza Towers Elementary School, which took a direct hit on Monday in the deadliest tornado to strike theUnited States in two years. About 240 people were injured.
Emergency workers pulled more than 100 survivors from the debris of homes, schools and a hospital after the tornado ripped through the Oklahoma City region with winds exceeding 200 miles per hour, leaving a trail of destruction 17 miles long by 1.3 miles wide.
"Can you imagine a lion, like a huge lion? You mix it with a freight train and that's what it was like. Scariest thing I've ever heard in my life," said Kim Limke, 40, inOklahoma City's Westmoor subdivision. "It was like a freight train came out of a lion's mouth."
Limke rode out the tornado at her daughter's school and was surrounded by its destruction on Tuesday at her rented Westmoor home. For blocks around, houses were reduced to heaps of rubble and trees were stripped of their leaves. The air was tinged with the smell of wet pine from wrecked homes.
The National Weather Service upgraded its calculation of the storm's strength on Tuesday, saying it was a rare EF5, the most powerful ranking on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, with winds exceeding 200 miles per hour.
'A LOT OF CHAOS'
In the hours right after the storm, many more people had been feared dead. At one point, the Oklahoma state medical examiner's office said the toll could rise as high as 91, but on Tuesday officials said 24 bodies had been recovered, down from a previous tally of 51.
The earlier numbers likely reflected some double-counted deaths, said Amy Elliott, chief administrative officer for the medical examiner.
"There was a lot of chaos," she said.
Shelters were opened for families who lost their homes, and universities offered to house people. Albert Ashwood, director of Oklahoma's department of emergency management, said it was too early to say how many people were left homeless, but clearly it was thousands, given the extent of the damage.
The National Guard, firefighters from more than a dozen fire departments and rescuers from other states were involved in the search-and-rescue effort in Moore, a town of 55,000 people. Washington deployed 300 federal disaster workers to Oklahoma.
Plaza Towers Elementary School was one of five schools in the path of the tornado. "They literally were lifting walls up and kids were coming out," Oklahoma State Police Sergeant Jeremy Lewis said. "They pulled kids out from under cinder blocks without a scratch on them."
Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak said the damage to property was likely to exceed that caused by the 2011 twister in Joplin, Missouri, which killed 161 people. Insured losses from the Joplin tornado exceeded $2 billion and are expected to rise as claims are settled.
Disaster modeling company AIR Worldwide estimated the replacement value of the properties within a mile of each side of the tornado's track at around $6 billion. The figure represents a rough estimate of the potential upper limit of losses, not an actual loss estimate, it said.
'AS LONG AS IT TAKES'
President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in Oklahoma, ordering federal aid to supplement state and local efforts.
"The people of Moore should know that their country will remain on the ground, there for them, beside them, as long as it takes," Obama said at the White House.
Lewis, the Moore mayor, warned residents of the danger of electrocution and fire from downed power lines and broken natural gas lines. Thunderstorms and lightning slowed the search effort and made conditions tough for families left with nothing but their clothes.
At Moore's Eastwood Estates, Nicole Moore, 32, and her husband, Kelly Regouby, 43, picked through the wreckage of what had been the master bedroom of their home.
During the storm, the couple, their 9-month-old son, Regouby's 20-year-old daughter andMoore's mother huddled in a shelter built into the floor of their garage. The house came down over them, but they emerged with only scratches.
On Tuesday, they recovered rain-soaked family pictures and mementos.
"As long as we find stuff like this, I'll be happy," Mooresaid, her voice breaking. "We'd give up 10 of these houses to have our family safe."
In the neighborhood, brick walls were flattened and pink insulation was scattered everywhere. Hundreds of cars looked as if they had been shelled. In a sign of the tornado's strength, a bicycle wheel found in a sodden field had lost its rim and the spokes were wrapped around the hub.
Authorities warned the town 16 minutes before the tornado touched down just after 3 p.m. That amount of time is more than the average eight to 10 minutes of warning.
FIVE SCHOOLS HIT
U.S. Representative Tom Cole, who lives in Moore, said thePlaza Towers school was the most secure building in the area.
"And so people did the right thing, but if you're in front of an F4 or an F5 (in tornado strength), there is no good thing to do if you're above ground. It's just tragic," he said on MSNBC-TV.
Miguel Macias and his wife, Veronica, had two children at the Plaza Towers school. They found 8-year-old Ruby after workers rescued the girl but their son, 6-year-old Angel, was nowhere to be found, said Brenda Ramon, pastor of the Faith Latino Church where the family are members.
Ramon and several congregation members spent hours helping the family search for Angel. He was located at a medical center in Oklahoma City about five hours after the tornado hit.
"It was heart-breaking," Ramon said. "We couldn't find him for hours." The boy had wounds to his face and head, but was not badly hurt, Ramon said. "Their little bodies are so resilient," he said.
Witnesses said Monday's tornado appeared more fierce than a giant twister that was among the dozens that tore up the area on May 3, 1999, killing more than 40 people and destroying thousands of homes. That tornado ranked as an EF5.
The 1999 tornado ranks as the third-costliest in U.S. history, having caused more than $1 billion in damage at the time, or more than $1.3 billion in today's dollars. Only the devastating Joplin and Tuscaloosa tornadoes in 2011 were more costly.
by James Hibberd
NBC has locked down judges for the next two cycles of The Voice.
Speculation have run rampant as to who will sit in the red swivel chairs this fall and spring, with major media outlets declaring Shakira will exit the series for good after the singer said told reporters she wasn’t planning to return. There have also been rumors that Usher was finished with the show, too.
And it was all partly true. Shakira and Usher won’t be back … in the fall.
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According to sources close to the negotiations, this fall’s edition will reunite the original lineup: Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and, yes, Cee Lo Green. In addition, Carson Daly will return as host for both cycles.
For next spring, cycle 6, The Voice will then switch back to its current lineup, which has made for a surprisingly successful shakeup this season. NBC is finalizing deals with Shakira and Usher, who will take the stage along with Levine and Shelton.
The addition of Shakira and Usher were so popular with fans that some even urged NBC to add the duo full time. But this strategy will help maintain both variety and continuity next season — the judges are all familiar faces, yet not the same faces all season.
Meanwhile Fox’s singing competition panels are still partly in limbo, with American Idol andThe X Factor having multiple gaps in their judges panels. US Weekly reported that Nicki Minaj will depart Idol next season, which would whittle down the current panel from four to two (Mariah Carey and Keith Urban, the latter today saying he wants to stay on the show), with two more exits potentially to come. Factor has executive producer Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato set to return as judges, but also has two other seats to fill. Factor has to find its panel soon since production on season three needs to start before the end of the month.
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