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Britney Spears Dumps Boyfriend
Britney Spears and longtime boyfriend David Lucado…are dunzo because he cheated on her.  Month-old video evidence of said cheated surfaced online and Britney immediately kicked his butt to the curb.  She then tweeted about loving the single life, but her rep says she is heartbroken.

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Over Confident People Seen as Smarter
Confidence is often cited as the most attractive personality trait, and a new study finds that over-confident people are perceived as smarter. A group of U.K. college students were analyzed, and it was found  that those who over-estimated their own grades tended to be perceived as more talented, regardless of their actual grades. Study co-leader Shakti Lamba says, "Out results support the idea that self-deception facilitates the deception of others. Overconfident individuals were overrated and under-confident individuals were underrated." The takeaway: you really can fake it til you make it.


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Duck Dynasty Star Heads to Dancing with the Stars
They’re everywhere!  Duck Dynasty star, Sadie Robertson will be bringing her talent to Dancing with the Stars.  She’s Philip Roberston’s granddaughter and has a YouTube channel and dress line. I’m really hoping to see some camouflage sequins this season.


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Glee Star Heather Morris is Engaged!
Glee actress Heather Morris is planning a trip down the aisle with longtime boyfriend Taylor Hubbell.  The two are totally in love and Heather hasn’t stopped smiling since she put the ring on.   The couple welcomed their first child, Elijah, last September.

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Tall Men Get Married First, But Short Men Stay Married Longer
How tall is your spouse? A new study finds that tall men tend to marry earlier in life, but that short men tend to remain married for longer periods of time.

Researchers looked at data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics for their information. Author Abigail Witzman says, "Short men marry and divorce at lower rates than others and both men's height relative to other men and their height relative to their spouse are related to the within-couple distribution of household labor and earnings."

It was also uncovered that tall men are more likely to do the housework, and that short men "compensate for their lower physical status with higher proportional earnings, while tall men appear more likely to use their status to attract women with higher relative earnings."

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Labor Day Gas Prices Cheapest EVER
Are you planning on traveling over the long weekend? AAA says that nearly 35 million Americans will be heading at least 50 miles away from home over the holiday weekend, with 86 percent of people traveling by car. Unfortunately, that means the roads should be packed, but there is some good news.

Gas prices have been dropping steadily since July, and as of yesterday (August 28th) the average price of a regular gallon of gasoline in the U.S. was $3.43. That's 13 cents cheaper than prices were a year ago. In fact, the last time gas prices were this low heading into Labor Day weekend it was 2010! Still, AAA predicts that gas prices will have little impact on those planing to travel for the holiday weekend, though many will surely be grateful to save a few bucks.

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Wed
Brangelina are finally husband and wife.  The two exchanged vows in a low key ceremony at their home in France, Chateau Miraval. A spokesman revealed that Pax and Maddox walked Angelina down the aisle, Zahara and Vivienne threw flower petals, and Shiloh and Knox were the ring bearers. 

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Reese Witherspoon Cheers on Sick 4-Year-Old Fan
Reese Witherspoon channeled Elle Woods in a new photo on her Instagram to show support for a young fan fighting cancer, who is also a big fan of Legally Blonde. She is rocking a pink dress and holding a sign which reads "Get Better Soon! #TeamWill Love Reese" and encouraged her fans to send their own well wishes to Will through the hastag.

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Shakira Expecting Baby #2

Baby #2 is on the way for Shakira and boyfriend, Gerard Pique.  After a few weeks of baby bump speculation, she finally fessed up but remained silent on if it’s a boy or a girl.  Rumor has it, it’s another boy!  The two have an 11-month-year-old son together, Milan. 
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Kanye West's Dad Was a Paparazzi
Kanye West hates the paparazzi, but did you know his father once was one?  He revealed that tidbit during testimony in a civil suit with the paparazzi.  He did say some photogs are genuinely nice people trying to make a quick buck for their family.

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People with a Purpose in Life Live Longer
What is your passion in life? If you know what it is and chase it, it could help you live longer, finds a new study. More than 6,000 adults were given a questionnaire that was designed to gauge if they felt their lives had direction. Researchers found that those who reported a greater purpose had a 15 percent lower risk of death during the 14-year followup period than those who reported not having a purpose.

Dr. Susan Bali, a life coach, says it may be because pursuing something meaningful makes us feel good, she says it "...releases chemicals in your brain which are known to boost your immune system, keep your heart healthy, and decrease stress hormones." The best way to do this is to find something that's meaningful or exciting to you that reflects who you are as a person, and focus on it.

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Rita Ora Wanted to Reenact Madonna Kiss with Iggy Azalea
Rita Ora wanted to engage in a publicity stunt with Iggy Azalea at the VMAs. Ora planned to reenact the infamous kiss between Madonna, Christina Aguilera, and Britney Spears during the 2003 VMAs.  Iggy put the kibosh on it, saying that was already done.
 
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Ed Sheeran Addresses 'Fight' with Miley Cyrus
Ed Sheeran opened up about his reported feud with Miley Cyrus where she allegedly called him a name at the VMAs. He told Ryan Seacrest that he has never met Miley and that people are overreaching.

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Probiotics Combat Peanut Allergies
Food allergies are a real bummer, but science may be onto a way to stop them. A new study finds that bacteria in the gut-- or probiotics-- can help protect mice against peanut food allergies. Study author Cathryn Nagler says, "We have co-evolved with our microbiota for millennia. It seems that a consequence of some of our 21st-century lifestyle habits has been the disruption of our relationship with the communities of [friendly] bacteria that reside on our skin and mucosal surfaces, and particularly in the gut."

The study findings suggest that the friendly bacteria may also help regulate the body's tolerance of food allergens. Food allergy rates among children in the U.S. rose by about 50 percent between 1997 and 2011.

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Fall Food Flavors Make Early Comeback
What foods do you associate with fall? If you feel a need to ditch the last days of summer you could head to Starbucks and grab a pumpkin spice latte, which is already available. Or you could head to the grocery store and pick up some Caramel Apple creme Oreos. An Oreo brand representative says, "With the fast approach of fall, we know fans are hungry for what's next and we're excited to help them celebrate the new season just a little bit early."

Canadian-based coffee chain Tim Hortons is also already offering their iced pumpkin pie cappuccino. Not everyone is happy about fall foods popping up early. Dana Halpern of New York City told ABC News, "It's definitely way too early to be displaying fall foods as it's not even September."

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Discovery Channel Abruptly Cancels Sons of Guns
Discovery Channel cancelled reality TV show Sons of Guns in light of recent charges against its star. William Hayden was arrested earlier this week on charges of aggravated rape which he allegedly committed against his own daughter. He was also arrested back on August 9th for molestation of a juvenile.  Discovery called the charges horrific.

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Jessica Chastain Slams Marvel
Jessica Chastain, famous for her secret agent roles, blasted Marvel for dropping the ball on making a female superhero movie.  She referenced the recent success of Lucy, which was produced for a lot less money and still beat Hercules in the box office.  She said a Black Widow movie is a no brainer and it would make a lot of money since there is already an audience.

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Is Beyonce Expecting Baby #2?
Blue Ivy may be a big sister soon. Rumors are saying the couple has been acting exactly like the time when Beyonce was last pregnant. Jay is now fiercely protective of her, ensuring that she is in a stress-free bubble, and ordered his entourage to use relaxed voices, mellow lighting, and listen to only soft music.  Beyonce is now only eating organic.

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Orlando Bloom Never Without a Nanny
Orlando can’t go anywhere without his son’s nanny.  Miranda Kerr spilled the beans that whenever her ex-husband is watching their son, Flynn, there’s always a nanny present.  Apparently it’s all her doing, saying she just wants her son’s needs met.

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All-Women Hosted Sports Show to Hit CBS
CBS announced that it's debuting a new sports show on September 30th that will be hosted only by women. We Need to Talk will be a weekly, hour-long, prime-time show on the CBS Sports Network hosted by a panel including network sports announcers Lesley Visser, Amy Trask, Tracy Wolfson, Dana Jacobson and Allie LaForce.

Other contributers will include former athletes Laila Ali from boxing, Lisa Leslie and Swin Cash from the WNBA. and swimmers Dara Torres and Summer Sanders. Visser, who began covering sports in 1974, says she considers the first-of-its-kind show a "cultural pivot point."

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Paula Patton back in Public Eye
Paula Patton resurfaced at an Emmy party on Monday after nearly six months away from the public eye. The actress has been keeping a low profile while her relationship drama with Robin Thicke died down. She was last seen at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in March.

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Matthew Knowles Unveils Aspiting Celebrity Bootcamp
Mathew Knowles released an infomercial announcing a one-day boot camp to help aspiring artists get into the entertainment industry. The event is set to take place at Houston Community College Central on September 13th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

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Does Social Media Make People Censor Themselves?
If you've ever worried about expressing your opinion on social media, you might be carrying the habit into real life. A new survey from the Pew Researcher Center and Rutgers University finds that social media might actually discourage people from discussing controversial subjects.

A group of 1,801 U.S. adults were asked about their willingness to discuss the Edward Snowden leaks on social media and in person. Eighty six percent of people said they'd be willing to have an offline discussion about Snowden, while just 42 percent of people said they'd be willing to discuss Snowden over Facebook or via Twitter.

Also, the more respondents thought their friends and followers on social media disagreed with them, the less likely they were to state their views online. Lee Rainie, with Pew Research, explains the findings, saying, "Because they use social media, they may know more about the depth of disagreement over the issue in their wider circle of contacts. This might make them hesitant to speak up either online or offline for fear of starting an argument, offending or even losing a friend."

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Bullying Begins before Kids Start School
Were you ever bullied as a kid? A new study finds that kids are learning bullying behaviors outside of school, and that obese boys are more likely to bully and be bullied than their thinner peers. More than 1,300 Dutch children and their teachers were surveyed to learn which children were bullies or victims, how and when bullying occurred, and what form it took.

The children were also classified as being normal, overweight, or obese, based on their body-mass index, and the average age of participants was six years old. Researcher Rachel Annuziato says, "I was very surprised by how young these kids are. I think our understanding of bullying is that it's something that starts a little later...but this suggests that isn't the case."

The findings may also offer clues to the link between bullying and obesity. Professor of public health, Susan Tortolero says, "A lot of these risk behaviors may have to do with self-regulation, self-discipline and decision-making...They could be expressing aggression because they're being bullied and they don't know how to cope with it or express it."

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Warrant of Arrest out for Miley Cyrus's VMA Date
Jesse Helt who accepted Miley Cyrus' Video of the Year award on her behalf at the VMAs has a warrant out for his arrest. Law officials said he was charged with burglary, criminal trespassing and criminal mischief for an incident back in 2010 when he tried to break into a home in Oregon.  A warrant is currently out for Jesse's arrest.

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Justin Bieber Involved in Wreck
Justin Bieber was involved in a car accident with paparazzi yesterday.  His Ferrari was rear-ended after Bieber grew irritated that the pap was following him and Jersey braked them. Justin tweeted about the incident, saying this type of reckless behavior by the paparazzi endangers everyone’s lives.  No one was injured.

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Full House Reboot in the Works
John Stamos is reviving Full House. He teamed up with original executive producer Bob Boyett and creator Jeff Franklin on the new version. Stamos has also already apparently gotten fellow cast members Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, and Andrea Barber involved. It is rumored that Bob Saget and Dave Coulier will be part of the reboot as well in some capacity.

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Matt Damon Uses ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to Raise Awareness for His Charity
Matt Damon used the ice bucket challenge to bring attention to his own charity, Water.org.  He used his toilet water for the dumping and said that the water he used is cleaner than what many in developing nations have access to.  He nominated George Clooney, Bono, and Tom Brady.

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Hacking Your Gmail and Other Apps Is Easy
Do you use Gmail? New research reveals a weakness in Android, Windows and iOS phones that could make it very easy for a hacker to access your Gmail account. When tested, the new method was successful 92 percent of the time at hacking into Gmail accounts, and between 82 and 92 percent successful at hacking into other apps like Chase Bank and H&R Block.

A researcher says, "The assumption has always been that these apps can't interfere with each other easily. We show that assumption is not correct and one app can in fact significantly impact another and result in harmful consequences for the user." To keep your phone safe never install apps that seem sketchy, as they could give hackers access to your phone.


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Anti-Smoking Campaign Targets Celebrities
The anti-smoking Truth campaign has launched a new ad attempting to shame celebrity smokers. Pictures of big name stars including Orlando Bloom, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and more, calling them "unpaid tobacco spokesperson."  They want to end the free advertising.



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Usher Announces New Tour
Usher just announced what we’ve all been waiting for, the "UR Experience Tour." He will make stops in Seattle, New York, Atlantic City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Dallas, New Orleans and Orlando. No word on when the tour will kick off, but we’ll keep you updated.

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Being a "Snow Plow" Parent HARMS Your Child
Do you try to make life easy for your kids? Well don't make it too easy.

A new study finds that "snow plow parents," or parents who clear every obstacle from their child's path while at the same time pressuring the kid to succeed, can be as damaging as "helicopter parents." Teacher for 30 years and author, David McCullough, says plow parents produce children who are "anxious, dependent, narcissistic and careerist" and that are "terrified of failure."

To avoid being a snow plow parent, McCullough advises, "Try as much as possible to give children free rein. Let them follow their own passions and curiosities without overweening interference every step of the way. Sometimes our kids take paths they shouldn't, sometimes they will make mistakes. That's OK."

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Genes Determine How Bad You Get Hangovers
Are you prone to bad hangovers? You may want to blame your parents. A new study finds that your genes play a role in how horrible a hangover you get. Researchers looked at the number of hangovers gotten in a year and the genetic make-up of more than four thousand volunteers. They determined that genetic factors accounted for 45 percent of the difference in hangover frequency in women and 40 percent in men.

They also found that people who were more genetically predisposed to suffering a hangover also drank to excess more regularly than those without the genes. The findings may help experts uncover the genetics of alcoholism.

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Ashton Kutcher #1 on Forbes
Ashton Kutcher is at the top of Forbes' list of the highest-earning male TV actors. The actor earned $26 million for his role on Two and a Half Men as well as endorsement deals with Nikon and Lenovo. This is his third year at the top of the list. His co-star, Jon Cryer, placed second on the list with $19 million.

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True Blood Finale Nets Season High Ratings
The series finale of True Blood scored the highest ratings of the season on Sunday. The episode nabbed four million viewers which was slightly less than last year's season finale. The season finale of The Leftovers which aired after True Blood also saw its highest ratings of the series so far with 1.9 million.

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Miley Cyrus to Switch up Her Image
Miley Cyrus secured her goal of becoming a household name, now she’s looking to change up her image and use her fame for good.  While speaking to the Associated Press, Miley said her time at the VMA’s made her realize she has the capability to bring change, like helping to end the homeless youth epidemic. 

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Iggy Azalea Tumbles off Stage During Concert
Iggy Azalea fell offstage during her performance of "Fancy" at the MTV Video Music Awards benefit concert this past weekend. After being helped up by security, the rapper continued performing like nothing happened.

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Famer's Almanac Predicts ANOTHER Harsh Winter
The Old Farmer's Almanac predicted last week that we're going to have a "super-cold" winter, and now the Farmers' Almanac -- a separate publication -- is backing that up, saying we're in for another cold winter.

The 198-year-old Farmer's Almanac correctly predicted last winter's bitter weather, and the new edition going on sale this week says we're getting more of the same this winter. It says we'll have colder- and wetter-than-normal conditions for three-quarters of the country east of the Rocky Mountains, while California and the Pacific Northwest will have normal precipitation and cool temperatures. Like the Old Farmer's Almanac, the Farmer's Almanac uses a secret formula to come up with its forecasts, which it bases on sunspots, planetary positions and lunar cycles.

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Britney Spears Stops Fan from Committing Suicide
Britney Spears’s kindness stopped a fan from taking his own life.  David LeCours wrote an open letter to the star on Instagram, explaining that she helped him come to terms with his sexuality and helped make him strong. 
 
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Miley Cyrus Seeks to End Homeless Youth Epidemic
Miley Cyrus is determined to wipe out homeless youth in our country and has started her own charity, called Prizeo, which benefits a home that helps homeless teens better their lives.  Miley says a donation of five dollars puts fans in a raffle to meet her, for free, at her Brazil concert.

Miley stole the VMA's this year by having a 22-year-old homeless runaway accept her award on stage.

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Asking for Help Makes You Look Competent
Have you ever been afraid to ask for help? A series of experiments by researchers from Harvard Business School and the Wharton School suggest that most people are afraid to ask for help for fear of looking stupid, but that they shouldn't be.

One experiment found that when participants asked for help, the person they were seeking advice from rated them as seeming more competent. Also, when participants were asked to rate their confidence after completing a task, the ones who had been asked for help felt better about themselves than the ones who had not been asked.

Researchers concluded that people's egos are boosted when they're asked for advice, which in turn leads them to think more highly of the people seeking the advice.

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Reading '50 Shades of Grey' BAD for Your HEALTH
Reading "Fifty Shades of Grey" may get your heart pumping, but a new study reveals it can also encourage young women to engage in risky behaviors. Researchers looked at 650 women between the ages of 18 and 24 and found that those who read the book were 25 percent more likely to have a partner who yelled or swore at them.

Also, those who read the book were 34 percent more likely to have a partner who demonstrated stalking tendencies and 75 percent more likely to have followed a fad diet or fasted for more than 24 hours. Women in the study who read all three books in the series were 65 percent more likely to binge drink and 63 percent more likely to have had sexual intercourse with at least five men.

Researcher Dr. Amy Bonomi says, "We recognize the depiction of violence against women in and of itself is not problematic, especially if the depiction attempts to shed serious light on the problem. The problem comes when the depiction reinforces the acceptance of the status quo, rather than challenging it."

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Three Veteran Cast Members Exit 'Myth Busters'
Myth busted!  Three cast members of the lovable team have exited the show.  Kari, Grant, and Tory, who were on the show for 10 years, were shown the door by Discovery executives, who say they are rebooting the Myth Busters back to the first season when it was just Adam and Jamie, the original team.  Adam Savage called it the end of an era.


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Miley Cyrus BANNED in Dominican Republic
Miley Cyrus’s Dominican Republic concert was canceled by their government.  They said Miley’s performances go against their morals and customs, which are punishable by law.  Her representatives have not commented yet on the September 13th cancelation, but natives are saying the ban is ridiculous.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Now TOP GROSSING Movie of the Summer
Guardians of the Galaxy has resumed 1st place in the box office, making it the summer’s top grossing movie.  It made an additional $17.6 million.  Coming in second, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with $16.8 million.  Opening in third, If I Stay, with $16.4 million.  Fourth,  Let’s Be Cops with $11 million.  And bombing in fifth, When the Game Stands Tall with $9.1 million.

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Nick Cannon Breaks Silence on Marriage Troubles
Nick Cannon has confirmed the rumors… trouble IS in paradise.  He said to The Insider that the two have been living in separate houses for a few months.  He dismissed the idea that infidelity is to blame, but refused to comment further on what caused the ill will.
 
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E Books Harder to Comprehend than Paperbacks
Do you own an e-reader? The devices may be convenient for many, but a new study reveals reading an electronic book may cause the reader to have a harder time grasping the plot. The Italian study reveals that compared to participants reading traditional books, those who read e-books experienced less empathy with characters, less immersion into the story, and had a more difficult time relaying the story's events in chronological order.

Study leader Anne Mangen says, "When you read on paper you can sense with your fingers a pile of pages on the left growing and shrinking on the right" and adds that this may help the reader absorb more information. Still, Mangen admits more research is needed before any recommendations about e-readers in schools, for instance, can really be made.

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Ariana Grande Overtakes Adele's Billboard Record
Ariana Grande’s singles, "Break Free," "Problem" and "Bang Bang" have all snagged a spot on the chart's Top 10. Adele was the last female to have three records on the Hot 100's Top 10 at one time -- "Set Fire To The Rain," "Rolling In The Deep" and "Someone Like You."

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Max Adler Returns to Glee
Max Adler is returning to Glee to play Karofsky -- the homophobic football player who later came out of the closet himself.   He is expected to appear in four of the final 13 episodes as a love interest for Darren Criss's character, Blaine.

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How Much is the Tooth Fairy Leaving Per Tooth
Even the tooth fairy is feeling financial hard times. A new study reveals that on average the fairy is plunking down $3.40 per tooth, about 30 cents less than in 2013. The data comes from a poll conducted by Visa, and though the average gift is lower, it's not the lowest it's been in recent years. In 2010 and 2012 the average price was just $3, while in 2011 it was $2.60.

A Visa representative says, "Even though it is down, this is the first real decline we've seen even during the recession because tooth fairy inflation has far exceeded the rate of traditional inflation." In 2013 about 6% of tooth fairies left $20 per tooth, while this year less than 4% leave that amount.

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IQ Scores are Dropping
Technology is getting smarter while humans are getting dumber, finds a new study. Researchers say that the IQs of people in the U.K., Denmark and Australia have declined in the past decade. For example, a Danish IQ test used to determine if men are fit to serve in the military has revealed scores have fallen by 1.5 points since 1998.

Some scientists theorize this decline is because humans have already reached their intellectual peak, but others say it's just a fluke drop in scores. Still, not all hope is lost. Some experts say they think the trend can be reversed with better education, and if intelligent people start having more kids.


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George R.R. Martin Hints More Main Character Deaths
George R.R. Martin is hinting that some of our favorite Game of Thrones characters are in danger of getting killed off.  The only character that is known to be safe for certain, though, is Arya, since his wife has even threatened divorce should he kill off the little Stark.  But for everyone else, Martin says he is flexible.

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Pamela Anderson Slams ALS Association. Tells Fans Not to Donate
PETA Pamela Anderson was nominated for the ice bucket challenge, but instead slammed the ALS association for cruel animal testing.  Her claims remain unconfirmed as does how she got that information.  Anyways, as some people pointed out.  Her implants and botox are results of animal testing, so pot… meet kettle.

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Rihanna Deals with NEW Stalker
Rihanna had to pull a restraining order on yet another person.  A man was arrested at her Hollywood Hills home after security spotted him hanging around for about three or four hours. They believe the guy was looking for a place to scale the wall.  He fled when he saw security but was later arrested on an unrelated vandalism charge.

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Aaron Paul Invites Victimized Autistic Teen to Disneyland
Aaron Paul reached out to an autistic teenager who was severely beaten.  Aaron Hill was lured to a party and attacked in front of the crowd.  Paul has since invited the victim to Disneyland to give the victim and his family to get a break.  He called the attacker, by name, a psycho.
 
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Yoga Makes You a Quicker and Better Thinker
Namaste!  Have you ever tried Yoga? You may want to-- a new study reveals practicing yoga consistently for eight weeks is likely to make you think faster and better. Researchers looked at 100 adults between ages 55 and 79. Some participants practiced yoga over the eight week study, while others simply did stretching and toning exercises. When controlling for factors like age and gender, the findings concluded that practicing yoga lead to improved brain functioning, while the other exercise did not.

Study co-author Edward McAuley says, "Participants in the yoga intervention group showed significant improvements in working memory capacity... They were also able to perform the task at hand quickly and accurately, without getting distracted. These mental functions are relevant to our everyday functioning, as we multitask and plan our day-to-day activities."

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Guess Which Hot Celebrity Is BACK on the Market?
Ladies, he’s back on the market.  Zac Efron and Michelle Rodriguez decided to end things after blowing up into a huge argument.  However, it was Michelle who really wanted to end things.  Zac reportedly wants to work things out.

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Anna Nicole Smith's Daughter Cannot Inherit Money
It’s trimspa, baby.  Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter, Dannielynn, will not be able to her mother’s husband’s money that he left behind after his death.  A judge has ruled that since all three people in the suit are now deceased, both sides need to go their separate ways.

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Dating Sites... Now for Your DOG
If you love your dog so much that you want it to be involved in your search for a date, there are websites for that. Sites such as PetsDating.com and YouMustLoveDogsDating.com are connecting dog lovers with one another. Many of the sites recommend users bring their dogs on their first dates as a kind of ice breaker, and of course to see if there's chemistry between the pooches.

Michal Strahilevitz, a professor of marketing says, "Having a theme that is...about one's passion makes it feel like you are looking for a needle in a smaller and far more relevant and appealing haystack." Still, not all agree it's a good idea, dating expert Trish McDermott says, "To squeeze doggie behavior under the first date microscope...is just another way to uncover the fatal flaw of an otherwise potential romance."

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Urinating in Ocean... Not a Bad Thing, Actually!
If you have ever been concerned about peeing in the ocean, worry no more. The American Chemical Society has released a report saying not only is it harmless to pee in the ocean, it's actually good for marine life. The ACS explains it's ok because urine is mostly water, and also contains sodium, chloride and potassium ions.

Sea water also contains these ions, though in different concentrations, and this means that urine won't dramatically alter sea water in its vicinity. Additionally, urine contains nitrogen, which combines with the water to produce ammonium, which feeds ocean plant life.

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NFL Wants YOU to PAY to Perform at Half Time Show
Now you can perform at the Super Bowl halftime show… if you can pay for it, that is.  Apparently the NFL approached Katy Perry, Coldplay, and Rihanna to have the honor of being this year’s entertainment… and pay for it.  The NFL has never paid the talents before, so their proposal got a chilly reception from all three artists.

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Justin Bieber Fragrance Cause Massive Sales Decline for Elizabeth Arden, Inc.
Guys may want to sing like Justin Bieber, but they certainly don’t want to smell like him.  However, the same can be said about Taylor Swift – Elizabeth Arden, the company that sells their fragrances had a 25% drop in sales and are blaming the two celebrities for their decline in revenue.

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REPORT: Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon to File for Divorce
More reports are out claiming that Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon will soon be filing for divorce.  This comes on the heels of rumors that the two haven’t been living together due to months of arguments.  Apparently Nick has had it with Mariah Carey’s diva demands and the two equally fight over how to raise their kids.

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Lindsay Lohan Messing up New Gig
Is Lindsay Lohan already messing up her new gig?  Looks like it.  Her play, Speed the Plow, premiers September 24th at London Play House and she’s apparently been drinking like a fish.  Apparently Lindsay’s sober friends are ignoring her, so she’s falling back on old habits.

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Daughters Twice as Likely to Care for Elderly Parents than Sons
All parents imagine their children taking care of them as they grow older, but a new study reveals that daughters spend more time caring for their elderly parents than sons. Daughters were found to provide an average of 12.3 hours of care to their elderly parents each month, while sons averaged just 5.6 hours.

Additionally, sons were found to reduce their care-giving efforts when they had a sister to put the work on. Study author Dr. Angelina Grigoryeva adds, "'The U.S. has been gradually becoming a more gender egalitarian society since the 1970s, my study shows gender inequality remains acute when it comes to elderly parent care."

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Pharrell's Hat to Go to Newseum
Pharrell Wiliam’s infamous hat is heading to the newseum. Pharrell auctioned off the hat to Arby's for $44,100, with proceeds going to his educational non-profit organization.  Arby's announced on Twitter that the hat will be in Washington, D.C.’s newseum starting August 22nd.

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The Strain Renewed for Second Season
FX renewed Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain for a 13-episode second season. The episodes will debut next year. CEO John Landgraf said they never had doubts about the series and it was wonderful working with Toro and Carlton Cuse because they know how to surpass expectations.


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Power Distorts Your Perception of Time
No one likes being asked to do a timely task at 4:30 PM on a Friday. A new study finds that your boss might not be able to help it-- power distorts a person's perception of time. Managers were found to feel they had more time to do things, while workers without power feel the opposite. It's kind of true, as bosses have the power to extend a deadline or cancel a meeting, while those lower on the totem poll can't make those decisions. However, it was also found that powerful people also severely underestimate the time required to complete a task.

Experts say this may be because bosses focus only on the end goal, rather than the steps required to reach it.


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Is Your Toddler an Artist? Good News!
Kids can draw some ugly stick figures and distorted faces, but a new study reveals these scribbles can actually mean something. Researchers plotted the development of nearly 8,000 pairs of twins, and the four-year-olds were asked to draw a picture of a child.

It was found that the more accurate and detailed drawings corresponded with higher intelligence levels measured when participants turned 14. The quality of the drawings was determined based on the details present, not the aesthetics. Study leader Dr. Rosalind Arden says, "The correlation is moderate, so our findings are interesting, but it does not mean that parents should worry if their child draws badly."

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James Franco Sexually Harasses Nicki Minaj on Television
James Franco sexually harassed Nicki Minaj on live television and she had none of it.  They sat down on for an interview promoting the upcoming MTV music video awards.  He bombarded her with questions about her posterior, asking if it was natural or what kind of tree it was, to which she asked what the purpose those questions served and called her publicist.

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Taylor Swift Talks New Single, Talke-down Culture
Love her or hate her, Taylor has a point.  She said the motive behind her new song “Shake it off” is due to the culture we live in.  She appeared on Good Morning America saying that we live in a take down culture where people will find something about you and twist it until it’s weird or wrong.  She said the song is about having more fun than bullies.

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Jackie Chan's Son Detained in China for Drug Possession
Jackie Chan’s son, Jaycee, was detained in Beijing on drug charges. He and Taiwanese actor Kai Ko tested positive for marijuana. 100 grams of the drug were also found in Jaycee's home. His management team released a statement apologizing on his behalf and promising they would put him on the right path again. posession

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Nintendo Responds to Robin Williams Fan Petiton
Nintendo already responded the fan petition to make Robin Williams a part of their Legend of Zelda games, of which Robin named his own daughter after.  Nintendo said they loved Robin very much but they won’t discuss plans for now, but they are considering it.

Nintendo has now responded, with Sky News reporting that a spokesman said on Monday: “Nothing has been decided, but we won’t rule out the request."
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Facebook Tests Satire Tag
If you've ever read an article from The Onion that someone posted to Facebook and mistaken it for real news, you're not alone. Facebook recognizes the issue and is testing out a feature that marks fake news stories with "satire" in its News Feed.

A Facebook representative told Mashable, "We are running a small test which shows the text '[Satire]' in front of links to satirical articles in the related articles unit in News Feed. This is because we received feedback that people wanted a clearer way to distinguish satirical articles from others in these units." The tag is considered especially useful for sites that aren't as well-known as The Onion.

Recently The Daily Currant posted a satirical article about former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin joining Qatar-based Al Jazeera as a commentator, and the Washington Post published it on its website as real news. They paper later posted a correction, but it just shows how satirical articles really can cause confusion.

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Robin Thicke... New Girlfriend?
Has Robin Thicke… moved on?  He’s now onto dating Katie Holmes.  The two have corresponded over email and apparently everyone they know is encouraging them to get together because they have so much in common and that Robin needs to get over Paula.

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Rihanna Joins Search for Missing Model
Rihanna is helping the search for model Ataui Deng who vanished in NYC two weeks ago. RiRi tweeted a picture of herself with Deng, saying, "If any one has any information on this young lady’s whereabouts, please call the NYPD or email findataui@gmail.com."

Ataui has since been found in a hospital.

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App Forces Teens to Pick up Phone Calls
If you kid always ignores your calls-- there's an app to prevent that. It's called "Ignore No More," and a New York mom thought it up after she got sick of her teen kids ignoring her calls. The mom worked with developers for months, and the result is a $1.99 app that allows parents to lock their kids' phones from a separate device, forcing them to call a list of select numbers in order to gain access to the device. If that won't help you sleep better at night, nothing will.

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Pets With Certain Names More Likely to Be Put up for Adoption
How did you choose your pets' names? A new report from a U.K. shelter reveals the top names of dogs and cats that are put up for adoption. The unluckiest dog names are: Max, Charlie, Buster, Bailey and Alfie, while the unluckiest cat names are Coco, Tigger, Princess, Daisy and Frankie.

The data also reveals that the most common dog breed the shelter took in was the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and the average age of animals coming in to be put up for adoption was one month for cats and nine months for dogs.

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FOX Shuts Down Tina Fey Project
Fox has officially decided to pass on Tina Fey's project, Cabot College. The sitcom is set at a women's college that starts allowing men to enroll. Tina is still a producer on NBC's midseason comedy, Unbreakable Kimmy Scmidt, which stars Ellie Kemper.

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JK Rowling Creates Musical Character for Harry Potter Series
Harry Potter fans, remember the name Celestina Warbeck?  Her name was casually dropped throughout the book series and JK Rowling is fleshing out her character.  Rowling describes her as an international singing sensation from Wales, who resembles the look and voice of Shirley Bassey.  Bassey will now star in her own stage show in Universal’s Harry Potter World.



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Taylor Swift Drops New Single, Teases Album
Taylor Swift announced a new single and album!  The album is called 1989 and will drop October 27th.  Her first single is a bit more risqué, titled “Shake it off.”  Already the music video is up and, well, Taylor looks to be updating her image.  She added the music from her album will be inspired from music that was out at the time.



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Robert Downey Jr. Does ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Robert Downey Jr. took part in the ALS ice bucket challenge after being challenged by Disney CEO Bob Iger, and, on top of getting soaked with ice water, he challenged fellow-Marvel comrade Chris Hemsworth. 

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The Liklihood of You Catching a Disease While on an Airplane
Airplanes can be germy places, but it turns out they’re not great at spreading infectious diseases among passengers. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says if a suspected tuberculosis carrier was aboard a jet, the agency wouldn’t expect exposure to extend beyond two rows in either direction.

However, airliners are good at delivering infectious diseases to entire countries. The SARS breakout in Canada in 2003 was traced to a single airline passenger. Experts say that the chance of catching Ebola from a fellow passenger is slim, as the virus is spread through direct contact with infected bodily fluids, not by sitting in a middle seat.

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Christina Aguilera Welcomes Baby #2
Christina Aguilera has given birth to a beautiful baby daughter.  She went into labor over the weekend and by Sunday, she had baby #2 snuggled against her.  Her fiance, Matt Rutler, and she have decided not to immediately reveal the name of the baby.
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Nickleback Drops New Single
Nickleback, remember them?  They dropped a new single today called “Edge of a Revolution.”   It can start being heard officially on the airwaves tomorrow.  Frontman Chad Kroeger said his number one priority was to keep fans happy and he’s sure this will do the trick. 

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How Men Treat Their Dogs
They say dog is man's best friend, and a new infographic from Men's Health reveals all the ways dogs help men. For example, 44 percent of men with dogs say their dog helped them get in shape, and 51 percent of men let their furry friend dine on table scraps. See more in the infographic below.


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Scientific Theory about Why Women Get PMS
The symptoms of premenstrual syndrome are unpleasant, and science has long been trying to figure out why PMS occurs. Now one researcher is offering a possible explanation. In a new paper, Michael Gillings, a professor of molecular evolution, writes, "PMS is a simple and natural behavior that arose as a consequence of our evolutionary past."

Gillings theorizes that PMS would have broken up infertile relationships, or as he puts it, "the animosity exhibited during PMS would be directed at the mate" which would kill the relationship. To sum it up, Gillings says, "Imagine that a woman was pair bonded with a sterile or infertile male. If women in these relationships exhibited PMS and this increased the likelihood of the pair bond dissolving, this would be a huge reproductive advantage." Still, not everyone buys it. Dr. Olivia Judson says the hypothesis is "intriguing but far from proven."

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Weekend Box Office 08/15 - 08/17
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy held their seats in the box office over the weekend, despite three new movie premiers.  TMNT drew in $28.4 million while Guardians earned $24.7.  Debuting in third, Let’s Be Cops with $17.7 million, fourth, The Expendables 3 with $16.2 million, and fifth, The Giver with $12.8 million.

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Chris Pratt was Homeless before Big Break
Chris Pratt is the new it boy, but his roots are more than humble.  He posted a photo onto his Facebook of a van, adding that was his home before his acting career took off.   He also said that was the exact place where he read the first script that eventually got him out of there.  He then joked about picking the perfect place to be homeless, Maui. 

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Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Do ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
The ALS ice bucket challenge continues to make waves… its latest victims?  Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber.  Justin Bieber challenged all his twitter followers saying he will retweet their videos should they accept and also if they prove they donated to the cause.  Selena Gomez was nominated by Taylor Swift and Ryan Seacrest.

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Ben Affleck Doesn't Mind Batman Haters
Ben Affleck says Batman haters are no longer bothering him.  Although he was warned before being cast of the potential backlash, he told Entertainment Weekly he just brushes it off.  He said everyone is entitled to their opinion and that says it is great people care that much.

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Diane Keaton Joins Broad City
Diane Keaton may be heading to Comedy Central’s Broad City… due to a twitter exchange.  Keaton joked about needing more action packed kisses and show star, Abbi Jacobson invited her to be on the show to receive many action packed kisses.  Obviously, Keaton said yes.
 
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What if Americans Had the Same Vacation Time as Europeans?
As Americans, we're noted for having a poor work-life balance, in fact, we're ranked 28th in the world for it. On average, American workers get about two weeks paid vacation every year. People in Europe get about four weeks, while workers from Sweden get 41 days off to do whatever they'd like. But what if we had as much vacation time as those from Europe?

Bruce Sacerdote, a professor of economics at Dartmouth University says, "Travel would go way up. Restaurant consumption particularly in vacation areas would really benefit." Other experts say the time off would improve the health and well-being of those in the U.S., but would knock down the country's productivity a significant amount. It would also mean lowered salaries, and therefore less money for splurging. As Sacerdote says, "So our household would have to cut back to one iPad from two and obviously that would just be horrific."

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Next Godzilla Movie's Release Date
The second Godzilla movie will hit theaters on June 8th, 2018. The first movie raked in $103 million when it opened in May. Execs revealed that the monster's enemies -- Mothra, Rodan, and Ghidorah -- will be appearing in the next film.

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Most Illegally Downloaded TV Show By State
Have you ever downloaded copyrighted media illegally? A new survey from Movoto Blog finds that Games of Thrones is the TV show most often downloaded illegally in the U.S., while Watch Dogs is the most popular video game to be torrented. Researchers say, "Every day, millions of individuals around the U.S. download, seed and share copyrighted material." When it comes to movies top picks include: Captain American, Neighbors, Godzilla and Tokarev. Iowa was the state least willing to torrent anything. See more in the infographics below.



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New Method Gets Newborns to Sleep Through the Night
New parents are known for being sleep deprived, but there may be a way to avoid that. A new method has been developed that helps newborns sleep through the night. Drs. Lewis Jassey and Jonathon Jassey said they can train newborns to sleep through the night by stretching out meal times to occur at four-hour intervals during the day.

The theory is that they can train a baby's hunger receptors to acclimate to a specific schedule, and that as long as the baby gets the right amount of food to be healthy, they will not become hungry at inconvenient times. The doctors say if a baby is going fewer than four hours between feedings, parents should extend the time between feedings by fifteen minutes each day to gradually increase the in-between times.

Jonathon says, "Stay patient; it's going to work and eventually their brain will follow their actual stomach. A baby is a creature as far as habit [goes], so the earlier that we can get started on a good routine, the better for everybody."


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Disney to Marathon Aladdin
Disney will be honoring Robin Williams by airing Aladdin on its television networks this weekend. They will play the movie on Disney Channel tomorrow morning, Disney XD on Sunday morning, Disney Junior on Sunday night, and on Disney Junior again on Monday morning. Robin voiced the role of Genie in the hit film.

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Chelsea Handler Poses Topless: Satirizes Kardashians
Chelsea Handler is commenting just how ridiculous some celebrities are going to stay in the headlines and satirized She posted a topless photo of herself sitting in a locker room,  just wearing pantyhose while doing the, “do the people like me yet?” look.  Her caption?  “ I’m a Kardashian.”  In other news, her next stand-up series airs on Netflix on October 10th.

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Sam Smith to Sing Next 007 Theme?
Rumor has it Sam Smith has been tapped to sing the next 007 theme for the upcoming James Bond flick.  However, Sam was pretty upbeat about the idea, but said he doesn’t know where the rumors came from but is totally open to the idea.  The thing is, he said the famous “I won’t comment further on this matter,” … which is raising our hopes these rumors are true.

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Anna Kendrick Denies Dating Rumors
Anna Kendrick denied the rumors that she’s dating Lily Allen's brother, Alfie… you know, Theon Greyjoy on Game of Thrones. Anna tweeted, "@Gawker Ahh, this has been hilarious and all but, nope. My apologies to Mr. Allen, who must be equally confused. :)"

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What Men Fight about
When it comes to stereotypes, men are considered more likely to throw a punch than women. But just what do men actually fight about? New data shows that four out of five men have physically fought to defend a woman’s honor, and that the top reason men are driven to fight: if a friend goes back on his word. Get more stats in the infographic below.



 
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NBC To Make Series about Robin Hood
NBC is bringing Robin Hood to the network. They teamed up with Boardwalk Entertainment Group to develop Robin Hood & Mariam. Yes, Boardwalk, the group also working on adapting Romeo & Juliet into a show on Fox.

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ABC Cancels Twisted
ABC pulled the plug on their series Twisted. The news comes shortly after their renewal of Switched at Birth. Both shows were on ABC Family.  The Network is expected to make decisions on Young and Hungry and Mystery Girls in the next few weeks.

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A Woman's Happiness Peaks at 25
What age do you think you’ve been happiest at? New data reveals that women are happiest at age 25, and feel most stressed out at age 34. Researchers looked at two thousand women and say bills, work, body concerns and family pressures make the mid-thirties less fun for women than their mid-twenties.

Eighteen percent of women described themselves as unhappy due to stress, and this feeling was most prevalent among those aged 35 to 44. The things women said stress them out the most: not having enough money, the health and well-being of family and friends, the happiness of children and having a good family life, how they come across to other people, and being attractive.

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Negotiating a Better Deal? Look Angry!
Being nice can only get you so far. A new study reveals that looking angry is key to getting what you want. Harvard University’s Ian Reed says for the best negotiating clout you should look irritated, with slanted brows, glaring eyes and tight lips.

Reed says, “The effectiveness of a threat depends on how credible it is,” so an angry expression makes a person seem more credible because people intuitively think it’s genuine.  Still, you shouldn’t make actual threats, as that will most likely just get you escorted out of the buiding.

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Tim Hiddleston to Star in Classic Movie Reboot
Tom Hiddleston may be filling in Charlton Heston’s shoes.  He apparently is in talks to star in a remake of the 1959 classic, Ben-Hur.  The original movie was a major mover and shaker back in its day, winning 11 Academy Awards, which includes Best Picture and Best Actor.


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Lifetime Makes Britney Murphy Biopic
Britney Murphy, who died of pneumonia in 2009, will have her story brought to life on Lifetime on the 6th of September.  Again, Lifetime went ahead with the biopic without contacting Murphy’s family, and her mother is pretty upset that she had no hand in the production.

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Celine Dion Suspends Las Vegas Concert Series
Celine Dion opted to pull the plug on her Asia Tour and Las Vegas residency an due to her husband’s progressing cancer.  She also has come down with an illness that has inflamed her throat muscles.  Her husband, Rene Angelil, had a cancerous tumor removed in December and is still recovering.  The singer said, family and health comes first over career.

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Comedy Central Orders More @Midnight
Comedy Central wants more @Midnight. The show has been renewed for a 40-week second season. The new batch of episodes will premiere in 2015. Chris Hardwick will stay on as host of the late-night game show.

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Ariana Grande and Big Sean Release Collab
Amid romance rumors, Ariana Grande and Big Sean have released a new record called, "Best Mistake." The track is featured on Ariana's upcoming sophomore album 'My Everything' set to be released on August 25th.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Brings 'Love Child' to Expendables 3 Premier
Arnold Schwarzenegger attended the premiere of Expendables 3 on Monday night and so did his former mistress and their love child, 16-year-old Joseph to crash the party.  They were photographed outside of the theater watching as the stars make their entrance.

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Men Posting Makeup Transformations
If you're tired of seeing women's makeup transformation photos posted to Instagram, maybe you'll enjoy it from a man's perspective instead. Men are posting their own makeup transformation photos in order to mock the ladies, and the result is pretty hilarious. Often each "transformation" ends with a photo of a celebrity.

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Coffee Tastes Gritty? It May Have Dirt in It...
Ever think that morning cup of joe tastes gritty? There might be some dirt in there, according to a new report. Due to recent coffee shortages, producers may be turning to finely ground fillers such as wood, husks, whole coffee berries, and even clumps of Earth to compensate for the lost beans.

Study leader Suzana Nixdorf says, "Normal people can't taste the difference," and that other common fillers include corn, soybeans, and brown sugar. She says she's developed a test to determine if coffee is pure or not. She adds, "I hope the industry will [use] this method to really guarantee quality without using fillers."

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Justin Timberlake Does ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Justin Timberlake and his back-up band The Tennessee Kids have joined a host of other celebrities in taking on the "Ice Bucket Challenge" -- where they dump freezing water over their heads to raise awareness for ALS. JT posted the video footage to his Facebook and Instagram page, saying, "You’ve got 24 hours to donate AT LEAST $100 or douse yourself with ice. (Or both. We did both… and then we donated a bunch more. It’s such a good cause.)"

  • Justin then passed the challenge on to Jimmy Fallon, Steven Higgins and The Roots. 
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Emma Stone Heads to Broadway
Emma Stone on Broadway?  Reports say her debut will be in the revival of Cabaret, replacing Michelle Williams as Sally Bowles in November. Alan Cumming is expected to stay in the show as the M.C. -- the part that won him a Tony back in 1998. The show is scheduled to run through January 4th, 2015.
 
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Lauren Bacall Dead at 89
We lost another good one.  Legendary actress Lauren Bacall has died after suffering from a stroke. She was 89.  She was a prominent actress in Hollywood’s golden era, starring alongside the likes and eventually marrying Humphrey Bogart.  Bacall  won two Tony Awards, an honorary Oscar, and three Emmy nominations for her work.

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Robin Williams to be Honored at Emmys
There is a special Emmy’s tribute in the works for Robin Williams on the 25th, which will highlight his career and influence in the entertainment industry. We will apparently hear from people for the first time about his death during the telecast. Robin’s breakout role was in Mork & Mindy and he recently starred with Sarah Michelle Gellar in CBS' The Crazy Ones which was canceled after one season.

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Is Bleaching Your Hair the New Celebrity Trend?
Another star has bleached their hair… and doesn’t look good like that. James Franco posted the image of his newly dyed hair on Instagram, citing that he went for the 90’s bleached look.  You know what, hun, that hairstyle stayed in the 90’s for a reason.  Just like frosted tips.

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Smartphone App Accused of Racism
A new app called SketchFactor that uses crowd-sourced data to inform users of the more unsafe -- or "sketchy" -- areas of a city or neighborhood is facing charges that it's racist. One critic wrote on Bustle, "The app will only tell you what 'seemed sketchy' to other people. And if we are to assume that most of these users are young white people with smartphones, then it isn't long before people's internalized biases . . . start to rear their ugly heads."

But while anyone can report anything they perceive as sketchy using the app, PC Magazine says that it also includes crime data for cities that offer it, something the Bustle critic had incorrectly said it doesn't do.

SketchFactor co-founders Allison McGuire and Daniel Herrington have been defending their app against the racist charges, writing on its website, "SketchFactor is a tool that can be used by anywhere at any time by anyone. The app is not exclusive to privileged communities or tourists. Many or our users experience racial profiling, police misconduct and harassment. We encourage all users to report this information. In addition, we partner with community organizations to ensure all members of the community have access to this app."

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More News about Janet Jackson's Comeback
More news on Janet Jackson’s upcoming album.  Media outlets are reporting the album will drop before Christmas and quite possibly in November.  Her record label have made her a priority act this year, which means, hello big budget!  If sales do well, she’ll have a world tour in 2015.

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Nicki Minaj Tops iTunes Charts
Nicki Minaj has set the bar for rappers on the iTunes chart.  Nicki's latest single "Anaconda" shot up to the top of the iTunes charts, which means she is the first female to have a number one solo single on the iTunes chart.   Take that, Iggy.

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Why Are There So Many Redheads on Television?
What kind of a hair day are you having? Apparently, many red heads are being used to sell products. A new study reveals that 30 percent of network television ads that run during prime time feature someone with red hair. Fifty six percent of those ads feature the redhead as the main character, while the rest were extras or background characters.

Andrew Rohm, professor of Marketing at Loyola Marymount University says, "I think it's the novelty factor. The first job for a traditional 30- or 60-second commercial, because they are so fleeting, is to make us pay attention. That is where the redheads come in." Other studies have linked the color red with sexual attraction.

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Online Dating Intimidates Women from Seeking Relationships IRL
Do you know anyone who is in a relationship with someone they met online? New research finds that online dating has caused people to be too afraid to approach potential partners in real life. Psychologist Emma Kenny calls the phenomeon "Tinderalla syndrome," and says, "The problem is, online dating breeds impatience and insecurity. You're suddenly inundated with so many potential love interests that you stop investing the same amount of effort into meeting actual people offline."

Match.com's Kate Taylor disagrees, saying, "Mobile dating apps are actually helping people flirt and chat with each other-- they make people feel more confident when they end up talking face-to-face." Kenny adds, "Online dating was designed to enhance your love life-- not replace it altogether."

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Better Caul Saul Promo Released
The first promo for AMC's Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul, has been released. The show follows Bob Odenkirk's lawyer character, Saul Goodman. The show will premiere in February 2015 for a 10-episode freshman season and has already been renewed for a second season for 13 episodes.

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Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey: Relationship on the ROCKS
Are Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey dun-zo?  Well, during a recent interview, Nick Cannon answered “no comment” when asked about the state of his marriage.  This is odd since Nick has never been shy to speak about his love life. Mariah Carey remains mum on the matter, but has announced new tour dates.

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Miley Cyrus Adds New Member to the Family
Miley Cyrus added another member to her ever-growing family, Bubba Sue the piglet.  She told the world via Instagram while on her way to Kansas City for her next show.  The pig has reportedly bonded with Miley’s dog, Emu, so the two are now playmates.


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RIP Robin Williams

Oscar winning comedian and actor Robin Williams died on Monday (August 10th) from an apparent suicide. He was 63. According to TMZ, the Marin County Sheriff's Office found his body inside of his home where he was unconscious and not breathing. He was pronounced dead on at 12:02 p.m.

Robin's publicist released a statement saying, "Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time."

  • His wife, Susan Schneider, later broke her silence saying, "This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin's death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions."
  • An autopsy is scheduled to take place on Tuesday (August 12th).
  • A press conference will also be held on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.
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School of Rock Greenlit for Nickelodeon Series
The hit 2003 comedy, School of Rock, is being developed into a television series for Nickelodeon. The network has already given the show a straight-to-series pickup for 13 episodes. It is expected to debut in the spring of 2015.

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Two Men Fight, End up in Hospital after Arguing about Golf Rules
A couple of Pennsylvania men were taken to the hospital after fist fighting over the rules of golf. The unnamed golfers, got to the fifth hole at the Springdale Golf Course when an argument started over the rules regarding water. They continued arguing until they reached the seventh fairway , where things escalated.

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Keke Palmer to Be Broadway's First Black Cinderella
Keke Palmer will be the first African American to play Cinderella on Broadway. She will take over the role on September 9th. Keke just wrapped production on a talk show for BET and can currently be seen on Showtime's Masters of Sex.

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Man's Finger Bitten off at Jay-Z and Beyonce Concert
A man’s fingertip was bitten off at the Jay Z and Beyonce concert. He was defending his girlfriend after another man groped her. As a result, the attacker bit his finger off. The attacker is currently in custody on suspicion of sexual battery and mayhem. The victim will sue.

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App Makes You Look Taller and Thinner
If the filters on Instagram and other photo editing apps just don't do it for you, there's now Spring. The app lets users stretch out photos of themselves so they appear taller and thinner. The app's description says it wants to "help you adjust your body proportions" so "your body looks sexier."

Users just pick two or three spots on their body in the area they want to stretch, and then the app does the work and keeps everything proportional. Still, it's possible to stretch out the background of the photo and make the alterations obvious.

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We Have the Most Friends at 29
How many close friends do you have? A poll of 1,505 UK adults reveals that respondents age 29 have the most friends. Thirty eight percent of people said they've befriended at least ten people at work. Those who work in marketing count 40 colleagues as pals, while chefs and cooks count 33, and artists and designers count 27.

The average respondent had 64 friends, with 17 of those friendships being formed in the workplace, 14 being old school or college friends, and another 14 being met through shared interests and other social activities. Researchers say, "Interestingly, it appears the long hours and high pressured situations we often find ourselves at work with colleagues actually helps us form strong friendships." The study also revealed the best way to start a friendship with a colleague is to go to lunch with them.

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Sylvester Stallone Wants Sigourney Weaver for Female Expendables Spinoff
Sylvester Stallone and Expendables producer Avi Lerner want Sigourney Weaver for the planned female spinoff called The Expendabelles. Lerner told the Hollywood Reporter, "We're going to do it at the beginning of next year. We are writing the final lines of the script, we've got lots of ideas about who is going to be in it." Stallone admitted he would love to see Weaver play his on-screen wife and added, "With The Expendabelles we've got a situation where we're in unchartered waters. Do we put all women actresses together, would that really work? Or do we have some women who are actually really known to be tough fighters."


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Taylor Swift Makes a Sick 6-Yar-Old's LIFE
Taylor Swift made a sick child smile for a while as she paid a visit to another hospital over the weekend. The superstar stopped by Boston Children's Hospital to spend time with six-year-old Jordan Nickerson, who is battling leukemia. She chatted with the boy, talking Play-Doh and Spiderman, and then sang an acoustic version of "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" joined by Jordan as she danced around. Taylor's publicist posted the cute video to Twitter.

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Lady Gaga's Dog BANNED from Asia

Lady Gaga’s dog Asia was barred from entering its namesake continent, Asia. The singer tweeted, “They won’t let Asia into Asia. Some quarantine rules. I don’t know what I’m going to do without my baby girl in Tokyo. I had so many plans!”  According to Gossip Cop, Gaga kicks off the Asian leg of her “ArtRave: The Artpop Ball” tour in Tokyo on August 13th.

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Working out May Cause Cavities
If you're a fitness nut with some unexplained cavities your workouts may be to blame. A new study finds that triathletes have significantly higher levels of tooth erosion than non-athletes. Additionally, the more an athlete trained, the more cavities they had.

Researchers say this may happen for two reasons: because endurance athletes consume a high number of carbohydrates which can alter the mouth's pH level, and also because breathing through the mouth dries it out and leads to less saliva. The scientists who conducted the study are currently testing special toothpastes and mouth rinses on athletes to see if a product could help them curb the tooth erosion issue.

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Ariana Grande Didn't Finish Song with Justin Bieber
Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber once Instagramed a photo of them together in the studio, causing rumors that the two were collaborating on a song, they were, but Grande says their lives got too busy to complete the song.   She promises that the two will finish it one day.
 
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War Vet Buys Jack Danie'ls Inspired Coffin
A former soldier bought a coffin in the shape of a Jack Daniel's Bottle. 48-year-old Anto Wickham started planning his funeral after seeing eight army pals killed during the Iraq War. Wickham wanted his funeral to be a celebration of life and so commissioned the work on his Jack Daniels shaped coffin. He also said that his tombstone will have a solar powered iPad.



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American Idol Finalist Dead at 35
35 year-old former American Idol finalist Michael Johns died on Friday, August 1st. Johns’s manager confirmed his death on Twitter. The cause of death was allegedly a blood clot as the singer had been complaining about his legs hurting.  No other details are available at this time.


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Megan Fox is Positive Shia Lebeouf Is 'Fine'
Megan Fox doesn't think her Transformers co-star, Shia LaBeouf, is a cause for concern. The Ninja Turtles actress chatted with the New York Daily News about the troubled actor saying there is no reason to worry about him and remains positive that he is fine.

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App Sends Photos and Video to Random People around the World
Putting a message in a bottle and floating it out to sea is now possible without the bottle or the sea. A new, free, app called Fling allows users to share photos, videos and text messages with up to 50 randomly chosen people around the world. When a user 'flings' a message they are not given an option of where it will go.

Recipients have the option of replying to the message and starting a conversation. Developers say, "Fling is restructuring the messaging complex and opening the doors to those who are bored of cluttered social news feeds with photos and messages from people they already know-- having a thirst to widen their sharing and connect with people outside the country they're in."

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Men and Women are Equally Bad Drivers
Women may be stereotyped as poor drivers, but it turns out both sexes are bad at driving, just in different ways. Insurance companies will charge up to $358 more for auto insurance for a man with no tickets or accidents than they will for a woman. But why? Studies have shown that men are more likely to speed, drive aggressively, and operate under the influence.

Overall, men are more likely to crash, total their cars, and have high medical and lawyer bills. Insurers are looking at those costs, and Michael Barry of the Insurance Information Institute says, "That's why the auto insurer is looking at gender." Older research has found that women have higher rates of non-injury accidents than men age 25+, and that women are more likely to be struck while making turns at intersections.

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Universal to Produce Clifford The Big Red Dog
Universal has announced that the live-action/animated 3D adaptation of Clifford The Big Red Dog will be released on April 8th, 2016. The project is based on the children's book series which has previously been adapted to television on PBS. It will be directed by David Bowers.


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Emma Watson Calls out Turkey's Deputy PM over Sexist Comments
Emma Watson responded to Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc who said in a speech to end Ramadan, "A [woman] should know the difference between public and private. She should not laugh in public." She joined thousands of Turkish women on social media who have been uploading photos of themselves laughing in public adding the hashtags, "#direnkahkaha (resist laughter.)”

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Guardians of the Galaxy Sets Box Office Record

Guardians of the Galaxy crushed the box office this weekend, raking in a solid $94 million dollars, making it the biggest August opening ever.  This crushes the previous record, set in 2007, by the Bourne Ultimatum.  Lucy dropped to second with $17.1 million dollars.  Opening in third, the James Brown biopic, Get on Up, with $14 million.   Hercules dropped to 4th in its second week with $10.7 million.


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Scientology Destroyed Maksim Chmerkovskiy's Friendship with Kirstie Alley
Scientology allegedly ruined Maksim Chmerkovskiy's friendship with Kirstie Alley. The two were once really good friends, but now that he’s rumored to be dating Jennifer Lopez who is a former scientologist, may be the reason Kirstie says she cannot associate with him anymore.

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Dinosaurs Evolved into Birds
Scientists have been able to detail how a class of dinosaurs called theropods evolved into birds by comparing the fossils of 120 different species. The two-legged, meat-eating dinosaurs got continually smaller relatively quickly, getting more feathery with larger chests until they evolved into the earliest version of birds. Study author Michael S. Y. Lee of the University of Adelaide in Australia said, "They just kept on shrinking and shrinking and shrinking for about 50 million years."

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Janet Jackson Coming out with NEW Album
Six years after her last release, Janet Jackson is set to release a new album. According to Datgrapejuice.net, the pop icon's longtime engineer confirmed the news in an interview.  Sources say that Janet will release the album on a major label and has been recording in Atlanta.

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Jason Derulo Calls Robin Thicke 'Desperate'
Singer Jason DeRulo recently shared his thoughts on Robin Thicke and his failed quest to get his wife, Paula Patton, back. He told E! News that Robin Thicke was desperate but he can’t knock him for trying.  He added he could tell Robin is in dire need to have that special person back.

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Special Ice Cream Changes Color as You Lick It
Ice cream is an exciting treat to have all on its own, and now a certain type can change colors when you lick it. A Spanish scientist has created a formula for ice cream than changes colors when exposed to new temperatures and different levels of acidity found in saliva. The product is called Xamaleon, and supposedly has a "tutti frutti"-like flavor.

The product starts out as a periwinkle color, then changes to pink and then purple after it's been licked. The creators of the color-changing ice cream say their next project will be a flavor made with medicinal plants that cause an aphrodisiac effect.

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Why The Moon Is Shaped Like a Lemon
The Earth is round, and science has been able to explain why for a while. Now new research reveals why the moon is lemon-shaped. Researchers from the University of California say the Earth's shape can be explained by its rotation and the gravitational pull of the moon. They say the moon's lemon-like shape can be explain by the moon's "formational history." In the moon's early days it was apparently predominantly liquid, and was closer to the Earth than it is now, as well as spinning faster.

These two factors had a sculpting effect, and then were made permanent as the moon solidified and matured. Researcher Ian Garrick-Bethell explains, "If you imagine a spinning water balloon, it will start to flatten at the poles and bulge at the equator. On top of that you have tides due to the gravitational pull of the Earth, and that creates sort of a lemon shape with the long axis of the lemon pointing at the Earth.

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Homeless Man Arrested for Stalking Robin Roberts
A 43-year-old man named Troy Warren was arrested earlier this week for stalking Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts. According to security at the show, Troy visited the show's studio eight times last month and ever threatened to punch her in the face. He claims that Robin owes him money. Warren has been charged with misdemeanor and harassment.

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Miranda Kerr 'Embarrassed' By Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber
Miranda Kerr is adding her two cents into the fight heard around the world.  Well, according to sources to E! News.  She is reportedly extremely embarrassed by the entire ordeal and it is not sitting well with her.  Meanwhile, it has to be noted that Leonadro DiCaprio was there at the fight and was loudly cheering for Orlando to beat the snot out of Bieber.

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Miley Cyrus Earns Lily Allen's Respect
Lily Allen says she “gets” Miley Cyrus.  She said it’s notoriously hard for a Disney actor to transition from that career.  She added Miley did it beautifully, and in-your-face way, which earned her a lot of respect from the music world.  Allen also added that people today are not open to change.  She will be headlining Miley’s Bangerz tour tonight in New York.

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