Here’s The Things You’ll Want To See Hear and Know Today
The Big Picture
The new Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a big snowstorm for the Super Bowl this season. Which is a hard one to get wrong, because it’s at the Meadowlands in New Jersey.
The BEN AFFLECK / Batman thing is OLD NEWS. The celebrity Twittersphere is all about MILEY CYRUS now. Here’s a good Tweet from NICK CANNON . . . quote, “Remind me to never let my kids into showbiz . . . Thanks.” And KELLY CLARKSON made a comment about, quote, “pitchy strippers”.
Brooke Shields was a guest co-host yesterday on the “Today” show, and she started off by talking about Miley Cyrus at the VMAs. If you’re younger than Miley Cyrus, you remember that Brooke Shields actually played Miley’s mom on “Hannah Montana”. Like pretty much everyone else, she didn’t approve of what she saw on Sunday.
Robin Thicke’s mom Gloria Loring went on “OMG Insider” to talk about Robin’s VMA performance with Miley Cyrus. She thought Robin was great, but she had a few words for Miley.
If you saw Miley’s ridiculous VMA performance the other night and you weren’t amused, you might be interested in this old video from The Onion back in 2008. They did it as a joke at the time, but now it sounds pretty prophetic.
Q Country Closeup
Shania Twain says she’s “pretty much there” with the songs for a new album. The country superstar is working on her first studio project in more than a decade. She tells “Rolling Stone” she’s “really just sitting on the fence in regards to a producer,” and she’s been “listening to a lot of records” to “determine who is the right match.” But fans shouldn’t expect to hear any of her new material in her Las Vegas show. Shania says she “probably could” incorporate fresh songs into her set, but she thinks it’s “too soon” to do so. She adds that she doesn’t want to “get locked into a performance mode with a song” until she’s “taken it a little further down the line.”
New music is on the way from Randy Travis. “Influences Vol. 1: The Man I Am” features Travis’ renditions of songs that inspired him in his country music career. Eight of the album’s 13 tracks are Merle Haggard songs. The disc also includes covers of George Jones, Ernest Tubb, Lefty Frizzell, and Waylon Jennings songs. Randy’s tribute to Jones, “Tonight I’m Playing Possum,” rounds out the set. “Influences Volume 2″ is slated for an October 1st release.
Travis recorded “Possum” with Joe Nichols earlier this year. The album announcement doesn’t say when he cut the rest of the material. Randy suffered a stroke in July. Neither his reps or his doctors have revealed how the stroke has affected the singer, but have said he’ll need months of recovery time. Randy spent more than three weeks in the hospital, and is now continuing his rehab at a physical therapy center.
The Backside of the News
Last week, 81-year-old James Pace Senior of New Haven, Connecticut became MORTAL ENEMIES with a RACCOON. The raccoon had been scratching at his door, keeping him awake, and just generally terrorizing him. So he grabbed his .22-caliber rifle, sat down on the porch, and waited for the raccoon. And after just one shot from the rifle, the winner was . . . the raccoon.
Should the Surgeon General put a warning label on Facebook, just like on cigarettes?