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AEROSMITH With Cheap Trick Details: Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $46.75-$146.75. (813) 301-2500. See, kids, before he was on American Idol , before he was making headlines for bickering with Nicki Minaj, Steven Tyler was in this band. They sang blues-rock songs about transvestites, cannibalizing wealthy folk and engaging in elevator sex…MORE
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Rihanna may be taking time off in the near future — to have a baby. According to Perez Hilton , a source told the gossip site, “She asked her record company when the best time would be for her to take off, as she wants a baby. “They just stared at her. Everyone was pretty open-mouthed.
Often on reality music competitions, newbie singers experiencing their first taste of public support immediately refer to those people voting as “fans.” Ah, who are we kidding — they pretty much all do that. But bucking the trend is X Factor contestant, CeCe Frey . Although she was often showcased as a diva in early audition episodes, Frey is increasingly revealing herself to be quite the opposite offstage. The most recent example? Telling reporters that she refuses to use the F word to describe her supporters. “I feel really weird calling them fans,” said the Texas postal worker on Monday.
Yaseen Ege (South Wales Police) A woman who killed her seven-year-old son after he failed to memorise extracts from the Koran has been found guilty of murder. Sara Ege, 33, beat her son Yaseen to death with a stick at their home in Cardiff in July 2010 then set fire to his body in an attempt to get rid of the evidence. It was originally thought that the seven-year-old died in a fire at the family home in Pontcanna. His mother was also found guilty of perverting the course of justice at Cardiff crown court. She will return to court in the New Year to be sentenced.
This story first appeared in the Dec. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. On the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 3, Paula Kerger settled in front of her television along with 70 million fellow U.S . citizens to watch the first presidential debate between President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney . She was at home with her husband, Joseph Kerger , a novelist, when about 30 minutes into the debate Romney took aim at a certain yellow-feathered friend of millions of American children.
Lou Grant may have famously hated spunk, but Ed Asner still has plenty of it. The former “Mary Tyler Moore Show” star is ruffling feathers among conservative commentators over an eight-minute cartoon he narrated for the California Federation of Teachers. The cartoon, called “Tax the Rich: An Animated Fairy Tale,” borrows from the Occupy Wall Street school of snarky activism, calling out the richest one percent of Americans for their role in the nation’s increasing wealth disparity. In the video, Asner playfully points to a time in our not so distant past when the labor movement fostered a strong middle class and subsequent economic growth. Fast-forward to today, Asner says in the video, and the “towers of money” built by avaricious rich folk have collapsed, leaving lower- and middle-income Americans scrambling to pick up the pieces while the rich get a government bailout and keep getting richer. “In 20 years, rich people doubled their share of the land’s income,” Asner says in the cartoon.
This story first appeared in the Dec. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. If there’s a word to define the woman who introduced millions to Lena Dunham ‘s naked body, it’s far from the one Sue Naegle uses to describe herself on a recent sunny morning inside SoHo House. “I’m actually totally the prude of my family,” laughs the blond exec, dressed casual-cool in slim pants, a black blazer and jewel-tone-blue blouse (she opts to wear such labels as J.Crew and Rag & Bone). “My mom actually likes Girls a lot,” says Naegle , sipping green tea. “It’s funny to her that the show was so controversial in how it depicted sex and nudity.
The New York Yankees got another hole to fill, this week, when it was announced that Alex Rodriguez will need to undergo hip surgery. He is scheduled to miss the first half of the season, and could possibly be out past the All-Star break. With the winter meetings in full swing, general manager Brian Cashman will be looking closely at the Yankees third base options. However, New York is in a difficult situation.