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The Top Scandals so Far This Year

Everyone loves to dish, and as we inch closer to 2016, we need to take a look back at the top seven Entertainment/Hollywood/water cooler scandals.

7. Deflategate. Does anyone really think QB, Tom Brady, didn’t know or order the weight speciications of the football that he relies on to make millions?

6.) Brian Williams, the most respected talking head of NBC news, was caught telling fish stories about his press coverage in a combat zone from earlier years. He knew embellishing the events it was wrong, but wanted to be like the cool kids and it cost him plenty.

5.) Taylor Swift is on this list twice – once for being sued for $42 million dollars for allegedly ripping off the lyrics to her smash “Shake it Off”, and secondly for being sued by a former DJ in Denver as he claims he was wrongfully fired by being falsely accused of grabbing Taylor’s bum.

4.) Ariana Grande loves to lick donuts. Who could forget this scandal as security footage from a bakery showed Ariana licking donuts that customers were about to buy?

3.) Josh Duggar and the whole Duggar family from “19 Kids and Counting” provided us with the most unseemly and creepiest scandal of the year.

2.) Ben Affleck’s fling with his nanny was juicy. It’s not the first time an actor has had a roving eye, but to do that that to our Jennifer Garner? Unforgivable!

1.) The tragic death of Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown was so shocking, that it may never make sense. Bobbi told friends that she feared she would die like her mother, and sure enough she did – found in a bathtub, unresponsive.

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Some Black Friday Help

It’s the busiest shopping day of the year, so we must ask, what are the hottest toys for girls and boys?

Here’s a must have list… The Barbie Saddle ‘N Ride Horse (Barbie still rules), the Fisher-Price Smart Toy Bear, the Star Wars BladeBuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber and Star Wars R2-D2 Interactive Robotic Droid, the Meccano MeccaNoid Personal Robot, and Guitar Hero Live.

For Dad, check out the Him Timex Expedition Watch, Happy Socks, the Soundfreaq Bluetooth Speaker, the Winston Set (toiltrieed and shaving kit), and the Mobile APPs iHandyCarpenter, Grill Guide, Things (an app that helps dad organize, prioritize, make notes, and use reminders.

Mom will love the Rok manual espresso maker, a pair of Kate Spade Sailor’s Knot Earrings, or the Patagonia At Sea fleece wrap. If mom needs a mobile app, she will love the Grocery Gadget Shopping List app, Dragon Dictation, (for voice dictation and organization) or the Nike Training Club the personal fitness trainer.

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Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award

President Barak Obama honored 17 amazing people with the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award this week, and the list of recipients is a who’s who of sports, film, activism and intellectual achievements. It’s the highest award any non-military citizen can earn, and it’s hard to argue with those recognized.

In sports, the late Yogi Berra and Willy Mays were honored. Two of the greatest to ever hit, catch, and throw a baseball.

From Hollywood, film producer and director Steven Spielberg and actress and singer Barbara Streisand were recognized. “ET,” “Jaws,” and “Saving Private Ryan” are classics, and the works of Spielberg.

In Music Barbara has sold over 100 million albums, has won a Grammy, Tony and Oscar. James Taylor, Gloria Estefan and husband, Emilio, and Stephen Sondheim were also honored.

From the political arena, Shirley Chisholm and Barbara Mikulski, military heroine Bobbie Carrol, Native American environmental leader Billy Frank Jr, the 1st head of the EPA William Ruckelshaus, Homeland Security’s Lee Hamilton, NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, native American fishing civil right activist Minoru Yasui, and violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman were honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award.

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Giving Our Thanks

Today is Thanksgiving, so it’s time to give thanks to those involved in everything we love about Hollywood. Let’s do that now and remember, we should be thankful for this entertainment industry every day, not just one Thursday in November.

We’re thankful to have the latest installments of franchise movies like Jurassic Adventure, Spectre, the hotly anticipated Star Wars Episode VII, Tom Cruise with his latest Mission Impossible, Ted 2, Taken 3, Magic Mike XXL (that one’s for you ladies), and Pitch Perfect 2.

We’re also thankful for new and different like Straight Outta Compton, Inside Out, The Martian, and Fifty Shades of Grey.

And we give thanks for the stars that entertained us here on earth, but moved on to that ‘Call Back’ in the sky. We say goodbye to Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy, ESPN’s Stuart Scott, baseballs’ Yogi Berra, Film Director Wes Craven (Scream and the Hills have Eyes films), Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, Everybody Loves Raymond star Sawyer Sweeten, John Lennon’s fist wife Cynthia, Dukes of Hazard star (Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane) James Best, Beverley Hillbilly’s starlet Donna Douglas, Law and Order’s Arthur Branch known as the actor and politician Fred Thompson, Windell Middlebrooks the Miller High Life pitch man, Bob Simon from 60 Minutes, B.B. King, and Ben E. King.

Movies Opening This Weekend – November 27th 2015 [videos]

It’s Thanksgiving week, and if you’re not going to get up at 3am to be the first in line to shop this Friday, then perhaps a movie will make you happy. Janis Joplin returns to life on the silver screen in her documentary, Disney brings us The Good Dinosaur, and Rocky returns to mentor the son of his late adversary Apollo Creed in a movie you must see. Enjoy the movie or movies you see this weekend, I always do!

Creed (2015)
(PG-13) 132 min – Drama
Director: Ryan Coogler
Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad

If you’re a fan of the many Rocky Balboa movies, then you won’t mind giving Apollo Creed’s son his due as he fights in the honor of his late father, with Rocky in his corner. watch trailer]

Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)
(NR) 103 min – Documentary
Director: Amy Berg
Stars: Cat Power

You will love the best documentary of the year. Janis Joplin was a young singer from Port Arthur TX who took the rock industry by storm, in an era dominated by men and loathing agents and record labels. You will see and hear behind the scenes footage, interviews and more. Janis broke the glass ceiling for women in music to become the most influential woman rocker in music history. watch trailer]

Killing Them Safely (2015)
(NR) 100 min – Drama
Director: Nick Berardini

This is the most interesting documentary of the year. Two brothers invent a device they claim will revolutionize the legal system – we know it as the Taser. How they get the product to market, and the undercurrents of their company will surprise and alarm you. [watch trailer]

The Danish Girl (2015)
(R) 120 min – Biography
Director: Tom Hooper
Stars: Alicia Vikander, Eddie Redmayne, Tusse Silberg, Adrian Schiller

Imagine a period piece drama that deals with the journey of a transgender person living in the wrong century. The Danish Girl is inspired by the lives or artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. [watch trailer]

The Good Dinosaur (2015)
(PG) 100 min – Animation
Director: Peter Sohn
Stars: Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Maleah Nipay-Padilla, Ryan Teepl

What if dinosaurs survived the meteors and made friends with humans? Hey, anything is possible with Disney Pixar. [watch trailer]

Victor Frankenstein (2015)
(PG-13) 109 min – Sci-Fi
Director: Paul McGuigan
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott

Three have been many movies about Frankenstein, but Victor Frankenstein will tell the tale of the young Frankenstein you’re not familiar with. This movie will be both familiar and new, and has a heartwarming comedic edge. Think of Frankenstein as a college dorm buddy. [watch trailer]

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