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  • Love And Theft NEW Video "Dancing In Circles"

    Posted by Vanessa Ryan

    The guys of Love and Theft were on the streets of downtown Nashville as they came to a halt just days before the hustle and bustle of the holidays. The trio gathered on 5th Avenue to shoot the music video for their latest single, "Dancing in Circles." The shoot, much like the guys, was full of eventful surprises. While filming, a group of unexpected protesters rallied in the streets holding signs and shouting, "End the Fed!" as they passed through the background. The crew frantically attempted to capture this ironic event, which added credibility to the song's storyline. 

  • Toby Keith Speaks His Mind at Nobel Peace Prize Conference

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    Toby Keith

    OSLO – American country singer Toby Keith says he won't apologize for supporting U.S. war efforts just hours before performing at the annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert. 

    Keith says he supports American troops who "fight evil" abroad and that he stands by President Barack Obama's decision to send more troops to Afghanistan. Obama is this year's Nobel Peace Prize laureate. 

    Norwegian parliamentarians and a former Norwegian Nobel Committee member have criticized the decision to invite an artist known for penning war anthems to perform at a concert promoting peace. 

    Keith spoke to journalists Friday alongside Nobel Concert hosts — rap artist Will Smith and his wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith. Other artists, including British pop singer Natasha Bedingfield, also spoke.

  • Tiger Woods Mistress Feels She Doesn't Need to Apologize to Tiger's Wife

    Posted by Vanessa Ryan

    Jamie Jungers

    Tiger Woods makes me ill.  His mistresses make me throw up.  What is WRONG with Tiger and these women?!?!!?  ~Vanessa

    US WEEKLY...Las Vegas cocktail waitress and lingerie model Jamie Jungers - among the women who allegedly had a fling with Tiger Woods - doesn't feel like she owes an apology to the golfer's wife, Elin. 

    "No, I don't," Jungers, 26, says on "The Secret Life of Tiger Woods," a Dateline NBC special airing Friday. "I feel like that's his-- that's his business. Everybody makes mistakes. This wasn't something that I did yesterday or a month ago or a year ago. This was years ago. I was younger. And I'm not saying that what I did then was right. But-- I'm certainly not gonna say that it was wrong. I believe everything happens for a reason. And-- no, I-- I don't-- I don't believe that I owe her apology-- an apology. I mean, I-- I'm sorry for everything that's going down. And what may happen to ... their kids' future, you know? But no, I don't-- I don't believe I owe her an apology. No."

    Jungers describes her relationship with Woods, 33, as more than just a romp.  "It wasn't just, like, regular sex," she says. "It was great. I mean, yeah, he-- he was pretty wild...Like, it wasn't just, like, regular sex. It wasn't like, boring, married couple sex. Like, it was fun and exciting. It was way more than sex."

    She says their relationship was "very emotional. I mean, we had-- I felt like we had a lot-- or I had a lot of feelings towards him. And he showed me that he had a lot of feelings towards me. It wasn't just a sexual situation, it was-- I believe, it-- it was love. I loved him. I still love him." 

    She says she will always have a place in her heart for Woods, who has been linked to at least 13 women.  But she says, "I definitely look at him a lot differently after hearing about all the other girls. And I really don't know what to think about Tiger. I really don't. I mean, I-- I hope for his sake. And for his family's sake that things work out for him." 

    Jungers also denies rumors that she was prostitute.  "I'm obviously gonna bring my lawyer into this and make sure that whoever is making these accusations will pay for it," she says. "That's -- 100 percent false. I have nothing to do with prostitution and never have, never will."

  • Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley Keeps Voice in "Shape" by Eating Potato Chips?!?!?

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    Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum

    Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum tells AOL's The Boot how he keeps his voice in tip top shape...

    "I usually eat a lot of potato chips in the studio," he confesses with a laugh. "Because of the grease. When I'm singing, it helps me sing better for some reason, so we'll get some salty chips in there. I heard that trick from Celine Dion -- she does that. I think that's why I always gain 15 pounds when I'm recording an album! So that, and some hot tea ... and a lot of water."

  • ESNP Writer Uses "Pray For You" by Jaron and The Long Road to Love as Inspiration to Write a Story..

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    Jaron and the Long Road to Love

    From ESPN...

    God, are you there? It's me, Matthew.

    It's a good name. 

    An even better song. 

    "Jaron and the Long Road to Love" is a band with a new song that is getting a lot of radio play these days. Love the name of the band (though may I suggest "Jaron and the Long Road to Love/Hate?") but I like the song even more. If you want to hear it for free, you can do so at www.myspace.com/jaronandthelongroadtolove. 

    But here's some of the lyrics: 

    "Haven't been in church since I don't remember when

    Things were going great 'til they fell apart again

    So I listened to the preacher as he told me what to do

    He said you can't go hating others who done wrong to you

    Sometimes we get angry, but we must not condemn

    Let the good Lord do his job and you just pray for them

    I pray your brakes go out running down a hill

    I pray a flower pot falls from a window sill

    And knocks you in the head like I'd like to

    I pray your birthday comes and nobody calls

    I pray you're flying high when your engine stalls

    I pray all your dreams never come true

    Just know wherever you are honey, I pray for you."

    I like where Jaron is going here. Getting in touch with his religious side, especially with the fantasy playoffs holidays around the corner. 

    When I get ready to sleep tonight, I will kneel down in front of my bed, hands clasped and pray ... 

    I pray Matt Forte's heat goes out in his house and then the repairman doesn't show up until it's much too late, just like he's done for his owners.

    I pray Sean Payton has somewhere to go in a real hurry and only one of his three cars has enough gas to get him there. But he doesn't know which one, so he just has to guess and hope he doesn't wind up stranded.

    I pray DeAngelo Williams is in surgery and just when the crucial incision is needed, the doctor has to step out at the last second. And the guy in the next operating room over gets that important last cut to put him over the top to total health. 

    I pray someone invents a time machine to go back and tell a 5-year-old me that being a Redskins fan will cause a lot of heartache and pain and maybe I should look elsewhere. I was 5. I'd have changed loyalty for a cookie. But now I'm stuck for the rest of my life. Been a tough year. Yeah. Tough year.

    I pray, on the way to deliver food to them, a waiter drops dinner all over Terrell Owens and Braylon Edwards. 

    I pray Perkins puts out a calendar of its waitresses. Because that would make me laugh. 

    And with this 1-yard TD on Monday, Willis McGahee capped off a nice, tidy, 4-for-minus-4 day, outscoring Ray Rice 6-4 in standard league action. Totally fair, don't you think?I pray Willis McGahee spends a backbreaking week digging a ditch and just before he scoops the last clump of dirt, someone else comes along to do that and gets a big check for a job well done. 

    I pray this kid gets a better sense of timing before he graduates. 

    Hi Matthew. I'm in a feature writing class at the University of XXXX and I'm doing a feature on Fantasy Football. I was hoping that I could ask you a few questions for my story. This is not for a newspaper or anything, just a college course. [TMR note: He sent this on an NFL Sunday, my busiest day of the week, and what followed was 16 fairly complex questions.] My deadline is 5:30 p.m. Monday. 

    I pray Bill Belichick gets what he deserves. Actually, you know what? I think he already is.  

    I pray Mike Sims-Walker has a big party and, when he needs them to, no one shows up because they were out late the night before.

    I pray Calvin Johnson spends a lot of money on a very, very expensive car and it spends a lot of time in the shop, so he has to ride around in Bryant Johnson. 

    I pray Chris Johnson gets every single thing he ever wants. He's earned it. 

    I pray someone finds Matt in Fresno, Calif., and gives him a hug. I think he needs it. 

    Matt (Fresno, Calif.): Dear Matthew, this morning you looked me in the eye and said that Jason Avant would have a huge day. You also said that you "guarantee it." Well I started him over the injury-plagued Roddy White and it turned out to be a 13 point swing. I've been listening to your horrible advice all season. You never seem to get anything right, (Nate Burleson week in and week out, John Carlson, I can go on and on with horrible decisions I've made based on your picks). You are a moron. I hate you so much. Wipe that stupid smile off your face because you wrecked my boat you goon.

    I pray Eagles guard Max Jean-Gilles, whose illegal use of the hands penalty last week cost Jason Avant a 15-yard touchdown, meets a very pretty girl and is on his way out of the club, but just then her girlfriends grab her and drag her away. 

    I pray that Lander Allen in Santa Rosa, Calif.; Ed Tally in Warwick, R.I.; Erica Latker in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; David in Canton, Mich.; the sons of Steve Scotto in Long Island, N.Y.; Alexander E. in Petaluma, Calif.; Drew Lucas of Sanford, N.C.; Mike in Tampa, Fla; Aaron Chin in Davis, Calif.; and especially Ryan in Afghanistan, all the folks who reached out to me on Twitter and anyone else who has a late December / early January birthday get kick-ass gifts this year. 

    I pray every reader of mine who takes the time to post an angry message filled with personal attacks, or sends me a hateful, insulting e-mail ... has a safe and happy holiday. Every time you click, an angel gets more page views. Or something like that.

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  • Michelle Branch Loves to Bake with Daughter Owen

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    Michelle Branch and daughter Owen

    People.com...Some musicians write songs about their family. Michelle Branch likes to bake with hers.  "Once I had my daughter, Owen, I enjoyed baking that much more," Branch, 26, tells PEOPLE. "It's such a mother-daughter thing to do. It all comes down with being with family and doing something for your family. I think that's why we get an urge to bake at the holidays. We all get an urge to be close and spend time with each other over a cup of coffee and a piece of pie." 

    Branch, who's readying her third solo album, Everything Comes and Goes, for release next year, says she has always had a passion for baking – and it's something she shared with her 4-year-old from an early age.  "There's a chef's tower that you can buy at Williams-Sonoma that you can put your kid in that has four sides, so as soon as she could stand, we had that," Branch says. "I think it's so important to get your kids involved in the kitchen. When there is a connection to your food, you are going to care where it comes from and it will become a habit for your whole life."

    "She is really a great spatula-licker," Branch says, reflecting on her daughter's favorite kitchen pastime. "She gets that from her dad; he's the frosting eater."  

    But Owen doesn't just love sweets. "I'm really so happy that I have a daughter who is not picky," she says. "We have just fed her anything from an early age. If you ask her what her favorite food is, she'll say clams! She loves clams, she loves sushi, she loves vegetables. I think part of the reason is we've always had her involved in our food decisions." 

    And Branch hopes her daughter's passion for food continues to blossom – if only so she can always eat well.  "[Owen]'s mentioned before, 'Mama when I grow up, I want to be a mama and a chef,' " Branch says. "Not that I'm going to push her, but I'm like, 'Please, be a chef!' When I'm old and you're taking care of me, I'll eat very well."

    One of Branch's favorite recipes to make with Owen is her Apple Butter Apple Pie, a dessert she's adapted and perfected over the years.

    michelle branch's applie pie

    "I love crumb-topping pies," Branch says of the dish. "So I just saw the recipe and tried it one year and from then on it just became the staple holiday pie."

    Just how much does the singer adore it?

    "I was thinking of tattooing the crust recipe on my arm," she says, laughing. The final product is a combination of a Gourmet crust recipe and a filling from New York's Buttercup Bake Shop. "You can't go wrong with apple pie," Branch says. "If you eat it for breakfast with ice cream, you've got fruit and dairy for the day!"

    Makes: 8 servings Hands-on time:35 min. Total time: 2 hrs., 10 min.

    • ½ cup sugar
    • 1 ½ tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • Pinch of ground nutmeg
    • 4 ½ cups peeled and sliced Granny
    • Smith apples (about 4 large apples)
    • ¼ cup apple butter
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    • Vanilla ice cream (optional)

    1. Preheat oven to 425º.
    2. Combine first 4 ingredients; sprinkle over apples and toss gently. Stir in apple butter and lemon juice.
    3. Spoon apple mixture into prepared pastry. Sprinkle Crumb Topping over apple mixture, covering completely.
    4. Bake 10 minutes at 425º. Reduce temperature to 350º and bake 25 to 35 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Cool on a wire rack 30 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

    Pastry for 9-inch pie:
    • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 ½ teaspoons sugar
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ½ cup unsalted butter, chilled
    • 2 ½ to 3 tablespoons ice water

    1. Pulse first 3 ingredients in a food processor 3 or 4 times or until combined.
    2. Add butter, and pulse 5 or 6 times or until crumbly. With processor running, gradually add water 1 tablespoon at a time and process until dough forms a ball and leaves sides of bowl, adding more water if necessary. Cover and chill 30 minutes.
    3. Roll pastry to ½-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Place in a 9-inch pie plate; trim off excess pastry along edges. Fold edges under, and crimp.

    Crumb Topping:
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup uncooked regular oats
    • ½ cup light brown sugar
    • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter

    1. Pulse all ingredients in a food processor 3 or 4 times or just until crumbly.

    Michelel Branch and daughter Owen

  • Judge Orders Jon Gosselin To Stop Making Media Appearances

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    jon gosselin

    Us Weekly...Expect to see a lot less of Jon Gosselin: A Maryland judge has ordered the reality dad, 32, to quit appearing in the media for now. Following a one-day hearing Thursday, Montgomery County Circuit Judge Michael D. Mason granted a preliminary injunction aimed at halting media appearances by Gosselin, pending a trial that is set to begin Apr. 19. TLC claims Gosselin has been violating a contract with the network and its parent company, Discovery Communications. 

    TLC Chief Operating Officer Edward Sabin testified that Gosselin made unauthorized appearances and endorsements. He cited a pool party that Gosselin hosted at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Sabin told the court Gosselin's behavior was "embarrassing" and clashes with the wholesome image of the show, Jon & Kate Plus 8.  "Photos of Jon Gosselin with scores of bikini-clad women was inconsistent with our image brand of our show," Sabin told the court.

    Sabin offered other examples of bad behavior: Gosselin's habit of signing autographs outside the family's Pennsylvania home; his lavish, photo-op filled trip to the south of France with then-girlfriend Hailey Glassman; talk of a "Hollywood Rebel" clothing line and another potential show, Divorced Dads Club, with Michael Lohan. After Thursday's ruling, TLC issued the following statement: "The Court has validated our view that Mr. Gosselin has a valid, binding contract and that he has breached it repeatedly. Step one – getting the court to order Mr. Gosselin to comply with his contractual obligations – has been accomplished. Any further breaches going forward will be violations of a court order. We look forward to the next phase of the litigation, which is to pursue our claim for damages resulting from Mr. Gosselin's numerous breaches."

    Gosselin did not appear in court. His lawyers also did not present any evidence.  Gosselin's attorney Mark Jay Heller had said Gosselin will "vigorously defend against" TLC's "baseless action." 

    Gosselin -- who is in the midst of divorcing wife of 10 years, Kate, 34 -- is also countersuing TLC, claiming it violated Pennsylvania's child labor laws in filming his eight children.

  • Taylor Swift Names Billboard's Artist of the Year!

    Posted by Vanessa Ryan

    Most teenagers are glad when they can leave those years behind them, but we'd understand if Taylor Swift, who's turning 20 this Sunday, is reluctant to let them go. After all, during her teens, she's accomplished pretty much everything an artist can accomplish -- except for maybe winning a Grammy. The newly-crowned Billboard Artist of the Year just marked the best year of her career with a sold-out tour, a shelf full of awards and through-the-roof album sales. Still, she tells Billboard that she's not slowing down at all in the New Year. 

    Taylor says, "I'm well into writing my next album...I want to continue to write about the things that I'm going through. My biggest hope for the next record is that the feelings I'm feeling right now will be accurately portrayed." Taylor says she likes having two years between albums, so the next record may possibly be out in 2010. Other than that, Taylor adds, "My next goals are to continue on with the Fearless tour [and] I'd love to be able to perform on the Grammys again." 

    Taylor tells Billboard her single favorite moment from the past year was every night of her Fearless tour. She says, "Every night...felt like a celebration." As far as the low point, she only says, "I've had a few days...where you feel humiliated or you're shocked by something or something knocks you down a few pegs. But in those moments I've been very quick to realize and remind myself that there are people out there with real problems." 

    Taylor has been spending the days leading up to her birthday in New York City, where she enjoyed shopping and having dinner with with pal Emma Stone Wednesday night. She's also been sporting a straight hairstyle that almost makes her look like a different person. Taylor's set to perform at the Jingle Ball concert in Manhattan tonight as well, but she points to another performance in New York City as the moment she'll remember most from her teenage years -- hosting Saturday Night Live. Taylor says, quote, "Honestly, that was the coolest week of my life. I felt like I was part of such a tradition..That was something I'm never, ever going to forget." For now, Taylor's birthday plans for Sunday are under wraps.

  • Brad Paisley and Miranda Lambert Make Time's List of Top Ten Albums of 2009

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    Brad Paisley and Miranda Lambert

    With the year coming to a close, Time magazine has announced their list of the Top Ten albums of 2009. Two of country's finest made this year's cut. Ranking in the impressive #1 slot is Brad Paisley with American Saturday Night. Miranda Lambert comes in at #4 with her third album, Revolution.