Bits and Pieces - February 12, 2015
February 12, 2015
John Travolta will be a presenter at the Academy Awards. Travolta is so excited that he's already practicing how to mispronounce Benedict Cumberbatch's name.
Lawyers for TAYLOR SWIFT are going after a guy named Ronnie Cremer, who claims he taught her how to play guitar. The legal eagles have a problem with his domain name ITaughtTaylorSwift.com. Last month, Cremer told the New York Daily News that he helped Swift record a demo, gave her guitar lessons twice a week, and introduced her to the music-technology program Ableton. He also referred to her mother as "a bull in a china shop" and that she made her daughter eat salad when she wanted Taco Bell. Cremer has also been targeted by the Swifties, who say he's lying. Taylor's own version of events goes that she was doing her homework at the age of 12 when the technician fixing her computer spotted her guitar and offered to teach her "a few chords" and that the rest was a 'magical twist of fate.' Cremer feels that if he keeps telling his story that the truth will finally come out, and Taylor will have to acknowledge him.
JENNIFER ESPOSITO will replace ALYSSA MILANO on the ABC nighttime soap MISTRESSES. Milano bowed out because filming of the show is being moved from Los Angeles to Vancouver and she didn't want to leave her family. Esposito will play a new character named Calista Raines, who's the creative director of a luxury fashion brand. Mistresses returns this summer.
JENNIFER HUDSON will perform at the Academy Awards on February 22nd. Jennifer tweeted the news yesterday, but she didn't say what song she'd be doing.
If you're singing is so bad that you won't seven do it in the shower or go out with your friends to a karaoke bar, keep practicing. A new study out of Northwestern University finds that just as you can learn to play an instrument, you can learn to sing. Researchers found that singing accuracy improved between kindergarten and sixth grade, which is a time at which most kids get regular music instruction, but regressed back to kindergarten level as the kids became college age, presumably because they'd stopped practicing singing. The study suggests that adults, who may have sung better as children, lost the ability when they stopped singing. While they say some people are naturally better singers than others, only a tiny portion of the population is actually tone deaf with no hope of joining the Glee crowd.
New England Patriots Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler is getting a free truck from Chevrolet, even though he wasn't named MVP. Tom Brady was the MVP and said he wanted to give his truck to Butler and arrangements are being made.
The manager of a Framingham, Massachusetts, Whole Foods Market called police to report a man wearing a hockey mask came in the store about two hours after closing, pointed a gun at him and robbed him of more than $34,000. While that could've bought nearly a week's worth of groceries at Whole Foods, the police became suspicious when other employees said they didn't see or hear anything. Manager David DeCoste soon confessed to committing the crime, telling police he was addicted to oxycodone before leading them to the hidden money.
2013: Pope Benedict announced he would resign, saying he no longer had the mental and physical strength to cope with his ministry.
actress Tina Louise (Gilligan's Island, How To Commit Marriage, Stepford Wives) 81