Bits and Pieces - March 25, 2011
March 25, 2011
Last night on American Idol Casey Abrams was voted off the show, but was saved by the judges. That means Casey will be back for at least one more hospitalization.
ELIZABETH TAYLOR'S private funeral was held yesterday at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California, near where Michael Jackson was laid to rest. About four dozen family members were in attendance and there was heavy security. If you were wondering why she was buried so soon after her death, Taylor converted to Judaism before her 1959 wedding to Eddie Fisher and Jewish custom calls for a burial within 48 hours of death. The kind, loving and tolerant folks from the Westboro Baptist Church had vowed to picket the funeral, although it was organized so quickly there's no word on whether they were able to mobilize in time. In any case, the Guardian Angels vowed to be on hand to shoo them away. Meanwhile, Broadway theatres in New York will dim their marquee lights in honor of Taylor tonight.
CASEY ABRAMS was eliminated last night on AMERICAN IDOL, but the judges used their one save and he'll be back to sing again. After learning he'd been eliminated, Casey quickly started singing Ray Charles' 1960 hit "I Don't Need No Doctor," but the judges stopped him and told him he was saved. That means that next week two hopefuls will be packing their bags.
- RADIOHEAD will follow up its online release of King of Limbs with a CD release next week. To promote it they've put together a free newspaper called The Universal Sigh. It's going to be available all over the world and you can find out where to pick up a copy near you at TheUniversalSigh.com.
- Forget about NICKI MINAJ being a judge on The X Factor. Her name was in the rumor mill, but her people say they haven't even heard from the show.
- BRAD PAISLEY'S new album, This Is Country Music, will be out May 24th. The first single is "Old Alabama" and you can hear it on his YouTube channel.
- ABC: Shark tank Primetime: What Would You Do and 20/20 are new
- CBS: NCAA Tournament: Marquette vs. North Carolina
- Fox: Kitchen Nightmares and Fringe are new
- NBC: Who Do You Think You Are? (Guest: Steve Buscemi) and Dateline are new
- CW: Smallville and Supernatural reruns
- TBS: NCAA Tournament: Richmond vs. Kansas and Virginia Commonwealth vs. Florida State
Consumer advocate Ralph Nader is calling for the end of college athletic scholarships in order to "de-professionalize" college athletes. Nader also described 'March Madness' as the 2011 NCAA Professional Basketball Championships.
Florida's 40-year-old Lebain Preston is climbing the corporate ladder. Unfortunately, his business is robbery. Back in 1992, Lebain stole a 6-pack of beer and about $30 from a convenience store and ended up doing 16 years in jail for the crime. Flash forward to this week when Lebain was again arrested for robbery. This time he stole a 12-pack of beer and about $40 from a gas station.
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