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Ask Eric Church what his favorite part of his job is…and he won’t hesitate to tell you! He loves performing live. Eric says there is nothing better than the connection an artist has with a live audience. The better and more excited the crowd…the better his performance! Good to know!
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Taylor Swift will be making an appearance on The X Factor’s elimination show Thursday night to perform her song, State of Grace. Check it out on Fox.
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Congrats to Love and Theft’s Eric Gunderson. He and his wife Emily are expecting their first child due in May.
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Jason Aldean is in Los Angeles this week to make multiple television appearances. See him perform Tuesday night on The Voice. On Thursday he’ll announce nominees in a handful of categories for the People’s Choice Awards and play the Outdoor Concert Series on Jimmy Kimmel Live! And on Friday he’s performing on The Ellen Show.
Kellie Pickler is excited about her next USO trip! She says she loves to sit and talk with the troops. This will make Kellie’s sixth trip overseas.
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It looks like the Zac Brown Band is taking the holiday season to enjoy some time off. It’s the first break the group has had since they recorded their latest album Uncaged. But don’t worry – Zac promises they won’t be resting for too long. They’ll have a whole new touring rig and production by March.
CELEBRITY PERK ...
THIS WEEKEND'S TOP TEN MOVIES
Skyfall, $87.8 million
Wreck-It Ralph, $33 million
Flight, $15.1 million
Argo, $6.7 million
Taken 2, $4 million
Here Comes the Boom, $2.55 million
Cloud Atlas, $2.52 million
Pitch Perfect, $2.5 million
The Man With the Iron Fists, $2.49 million
Hotel Transylvania, $2.35 million
Matthew McConaughey Looks More Skeletal Than Ever
Matthew McConaughey keeps on shrinking. Walking through airport security, he looked downright skeletal in a blue long-sleeved shirt tucked into baggy jeans.
The actor has shed his usually muscular body for a new film role in The Dallas Buyer's Club, which tells the real-life story of Ron Woodruff, a drug addict in 1980s-era Texas
"I'm playing a guy who was sick and would have loved to have been healthier but wasn't," McConaughey explained. "For me, it's more of a mental thing than a physical thing."
Selena Stopped Beleibing in Justin…
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Although he may have been like, "Baby, baby, baby no," Selena Gomez reportedly has broken up with Justin Bieber. The split apparently came about a week ago, mostly due to the long-distance nature of their relationship and Selena's "trust issues." The pair had already fought off breakup rumors back in July and August, but since Bieber was spotted at last night's "Lion King" performance with Victoria's Secret model Barbara Palvin, it's hard to keep believing in Selieber. Although Selena Gomez has yet to be spotted with an underwear model of her own, she was hanging out with "Wizards of Waverly Place" co-star Gregg Sulkin late last night. It's almost as though the cute, famous, and rich are well-equipped to rebound from break-ups.
OTHER NEWS ...
President Obama was declared the winner of Florida
No matter the outcome, Obama had already clinched re-election and now has 332 electoral votes to Republican challenger Mitt Romney's 206.
The Florida Secretary of State's Office said that with almost 100% of the vote counted, Obama led Romney 50% to 49.1%, a difference of about 74,000 votes. That was over the half-percent margin where a computer recount would have been automatically ordered unless Romney had waived it.
Presidents don't age any faster than the rest of us
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President Barack Obama went gray during his first term in office. But, internally at least, presidents don’t age any faster than other Americans – and, in fact, historically surpass average U.S. lifespans, according to a study into whether commander in chief is, literally, a killer job.
Photos of presidents prior to taking office and after departing seem to offer stunning comparative evidence of the weight of the world’s most powerful position. Think: a deeply furrowed Abraham Lincoln, a baggy-eyed Jimmy Carter and snowy-locked Bill Clinton during their final days in power.
Stressed? Way. Enough to kill? No, not according to the new research – not, at least, due to their workload or the enormous responsibilities they lugged for years.
Consider America’s founding fathers: the first eight presidents spent an average of 79.8 years above ground, he said. That even beats the average lifespan for today’s U.S. males – 76.2 years.
“This myth that presidents age twice as fast as anyone else was purely based on how they looked, not on any data. You might age faster (outwardly), but you do not die any sooner,” said Dr. Robert Shmerling, clinical chief of rheumatology at Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center in Boston
The normal reaction of the body to stress is an accelerated graying of the hair and wrinkling of the skin. But that doesn’t mean all the other facets of aging are accelerated.
So, while the presidents wear their jobs on their faces, they don’t necessarily have higher risks of heart disease or cancer. (And let’s not forget that they generally enjoy access to the nation’s best physicians.)
But what about the presidential candidates who fall short in the vote count? What about Mitt Romney? Should the Republican nominee also expect a long and healthy future despite his failure to carry Ohio
WHY COFFEE MIGHT BECOME EXTINCT
Scientists say rising temperatures due to climate change could mean wild arabica coffee is extinct in 70-years. Experts say commercial coffee growers would still be about to grow crops in plantations designed with the right conditions. However, the loss of wild arabica would make it harder for plantations to survive long term, and beat threats such as pests and disease. Cultivated arabica coffee accounts for slightly more than 60-percent of global coffee production. (Yahoo)