Archive for February, 2012

Gavin Degraw, Donald Driver and Steve Urkel (Jaleel White)???  Yes it is true all 3 will be a part of the new season of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars as the full cast was released this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America.



Here is the full list of celebs and some background info on what they have been up to from the LA Times:


JALEEL WHITE: Years of wearing skintight pants hiked up to his chin as TV’s nerdiest neighbor, Steve Urkel, in the long-running sitcom “Family Matters” did not leave White’s legs immobile. The 35-year-old actor, who, post-Urkel fame, has appeared on “House” and “NCIS,” and will soon be hosting a game show on the SyFy network, will get his dance on this season. Let’s hope he channels the suave moves of  Urkel’s alter ego Stefan rather than Urkerl’s two left feet, or he might soon find himself saying, “Did I do that?”

MELISSA GILBERT: It’s the sort of gig Nellie Oleson might yank Laura Ingall’s perfectly braided pigtails over. The former child star best known for her role as Laura in “Little House on the Prairie,” who went on to make a career out of appearing in TV movies and as a leader of the Screen Actors Guild, will be putting on those strappy dancing heels and even strappier dancing outfits.

JACK WAGNER: It’s the only logical next step in life after a split from Heather Locklear, right? The aging hearthrob (he’s 52! Where did the time go? ) best known for his roles on “General Hospital” (Oh, Frisco Jones!),  “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “Melrose Place,” will see if he has what it takes to cut a rug and land some decent scores.

SHERRI SHEPHERD: Perhaps Shepherd was tired of the sedentary life that comes with co-hosting “The View”? Guess the comedian doesn’t have enough on her plate to get those legs moving. She’s also host of “The Newlywed Game.” Here’s hoping her pal Niecy Nash, a contestant in Season 10, has given her some words of wisdom.

MARIA MENOUNOS: The “Extra” host knows a thing or two about skimpy outfits — ahem, she donned a bikini in the middle of freezing Time Square after losing a Super Bowl bet — so some skimpy sequined numbers under the warmth of bright lights will be a piece of cake when she joins the cast of celebrities competing this season. We’re sure “Extra” buddy Mario Lopez, a former “Dancing” contestant, also provided words of caution on those pesky plunging necklines.

GAVIN DEGRAW: Maybe now the rocker’s biggest claim to TV fame won’t be for having penned that “One Tree Hill” theme song. Will the 35-year-old singer, who recently made headlines after he was attacked by a group of men in New York City, be adding choreography to his performances after his stint on “DWTS”? Gosh, we hope not.

WILLIAM LEVY: We really hope rumors of a relationship with Jennifer Lopez shortly after she divorced Marc Anthony weren’t what nabbed the Cuban American actor/model a spot on this season’s roster. But we wouldn’t be surprised. Unless, maybe, just maybe, the casting director is an avid telenovela watcher?

GLADYS KNIGHT: The 67-year-old singer is taking the midnight train to the dance rehearsal studio. Tagged the Empress of Soul, she’s almost bound to have some soulful moves — or does she?

ROSHON FEGAN: The 20-year-old appears on a Disney Channel series called “Shake It Up,” about a group of friends who are (gasp!) professional dancers on a local show. Uh …

KATHERINE JENKINS: Opera fans, rejoice! The Welsh mezzo-soprano is already familiar with the sleek floor on “Dancing With the Stars,” having observed its sheen as a performer on the show last year.

DONALD DRIVER: As if moonlighting as a children’s author wasn’t enough! The Green Bay Packers wide receiver is ditching the cleats for some ballroom shoes. Will Quickie be as swift with the upcoming choreography he’ll be given?

MARTINA NAVRATILOVA: Wielding a racket is a natural precursor to a stint as a wannabe pro ballroom dancer.  Hey, Navratilova played professional tennis until she was 49 (49!) — that sort of dedication and resilience has her primed for a lengthy stay, don’t you think? And she’s already used to short skirts.


Who is your early pick to win?  I’m going with Maria Menounos.


After ISU’s heartbreaking loss to Creighton Saturday afternoon, Indiana State paid tribute to their four seniors who played their final home game at the Hulman Center.  For those that might have missed it, here is a video tribute for seniors Carl Richard, Dwayne Lathan, Jordan Printy, and Myles Walker.   Pretty cool!

In a slight surprise, the new release “Act Of Valor” topped the box office this weekend.  The movie starred real U.S. active duty Navy Seals designed to showcase the superior skill and bravery of the U.S. Navy.  Sounds like it is an incredible movie, and reviews have been excellent.

The bad surprise of the weekend was the incredibly poor performance of the new movie “Wanderlust”. Starring Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston, many thought the comedy would be in the top 5, but finished a disappointing 8th place in it’s first weekend of release, earning less than seven million.

Act of Valor



1. “Act of Valor,” $24.7 million.

2. “Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds,” $16 million.

3. “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” $13.5 million.

4. “Safe House,” $11.4 million.

5. “The Vow,” $10 million.

6. “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,” $8.8 million.

7. “This Means War,” $8.5 million.

8. “Wanderlust,” $6.6 million.

9. “Gone,” $5 million.

10. “The Secret World of Arrietty,” $4.5 million

In case you missed it, here are the big winners from The Academy Awards last night.  Also, can someone tell me something about “The Artist” because I am pretty sure I’ve never heard of it.  Yeah, I’m that guy.


Best Picture:  “The Artist”


Best Animated Feature Film:  “Rango”


Best Director:  Michel Hazanavicius“The Artist”


Best Actor:  Jean Dujardin“The Artist”


Best Actress:  Meryl Streep“The Iron Lady”


Best Supporting Actor:  Christopher Plummer“Beginners”


Best Supporting Actress:  Octavia Spencer“The Help”


Best Documentary Feature:  “Undefeated”


Best Documentary (Short Subject):  “Saving Face”


Best Adapted Screenplay:  “The Descendants”


Best Original Screenplay:  “Midnight in Paris”


Best Foreign Film:  “A Separation”  (Iran)


Best Film Editing:  “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”


Best Costume:  “The Artist”


Best Makeup:  “The Iron Lady”


Best Visual Effects:  “Hugo”


Best Cinematography:  “Hugo”


Best Original Song:  “Man or Muppet” . . . from “The Muppets”


Pretty incredible for Katy Perry.  She just puts out hit after hit.  “Part Of Me” is the song she debuted to a great reaction at the Grammy awards, and it’s chart debut at #1 only identifies how big of a hit it is.  You will hear plenty of it on 102.7 WBOW!



More from MTV news:

Katy Perry is back in a familiar place with her brand-new single: the top of the Billboard charts.

After performing “Part of Me” — the first single off the deluxe reissue of her Teenage Dream album — at the 54th Grammy Awards, Perry sat back and watched as the song debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, making it just the 20th track in the chart’s 53-year history to bow in the top slot.

According to Billboard, Perry joins a list of stars that includes Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears and Eminem (not to mention a host of former “American Idol” champions) who have all accomplished the feat — the last was Lady Gaga, whose “Born This Way” opened at #1 nearly one year ago. In the process, Perry has notched her seventh career Hot 100 #1.

“Part of Me” also rocketed to #1 on the Digital Songs chart, racking up more than 411,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That’s a career-best week for Perry, and is the highest opening number for any artist since Gaga sold more than 448,000 downloads of “Born This Way” last year.

Perry wasn’t the only artist to benefit from the post-Grammy bounce; Adele, who, as you might have heard, did pretty well at the show, not only sold an astonishing (and record-setting) 730,000 copies of her 21 album last week, but becomes the first female artist in Hot 100 history to have three solo titles in the Top 10: “Set Fire to the Rain” at #2, “Rolling in the Deep” at #5 and “Someone Like You” at #7.


Hard to believe that the final regular season (and final home) game of the 2012 season is Saturday for the Indiana State men’s basketball team.  The Sycamores take on Creighton at 4:05 on a nationally televised game on ESPN 2.  Depending the outcome of other games, Indiana State could get the #3 seed in the MVC Arch Madness conference tournament in St. Louis next week with a win over Creighton, who has already clinched the #2 seed.

It is also senior day for four great seniors who were a big part of ISU’s conference championship team last year, and they deserve a full house to thank them for their hard word and dedication to the ISU basketball program.


Those seniors are:


#15 Carl Richard

# 20 Dwayne Lathan

#24 Jordan Printy

#34 Myles Walker

I’ll be at the Hulman Center Saturday afternoon, hope to see you there!!

I honestly cannot believe the story below.  Talk about a HUGE waste of taxpayer money.  Another example of how messed up our justice system is.

KOAT TV out of Albuquerque has all the details:


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — According to court employees, a woman accused of stealing a $2 pumpkin will face a jury trial Tuesday.

Annette Atencio said she can’t believe her 23-year-old sister, Lauren Medina, will actually have to go to trial over a pumpkin.”I’m in disbelief — the more I talk about it, the angrier I get,” Atencio said.

Atencio said the charges stem from October 2011, when her sister went to McCall’s Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty and forgot to pay for a small pumpkin.

Medina spent $75 that day on funnel cakes and other food, and then, Atencio said; her sister went on some hay rides in the back.

But, when Medina was leaving the property, Atencio said her sister picked up a small pumpkin and police approached her.”

(Medina) said, ‘Oh my god, I’m so sorry. Can I pay for them?’ (They said), ‘Nope,’ and she was handcuffed immediately — end of story, no ifs or buts,” Atencio said.

Atencio said that Medina was given the option to plead guilty and do probation, and when she refused, the case will now head to a jury trial.”

(Medina) is a college student, and she’s never been in trouble and never been arrested,” Atencio said.

Moriarity Magistrate Judge Steve Jones is hearing the case, and a court employee said that just like every other case, the pumpkin theft case has to go through the court process.



Seriously?  She spent 75 bucks at the placed, admitted it was a big mistake and tried to make it right.  Still, they are trying to make an example out of her.  Meanwhile, drug dealers, burglars, and murders are still on the loose.  I guess it’s all about priorities.