Wednesday, January 31, 2018

THE DIRT - 1.31



DARIUS RUCKER: Performing Before the Super Bowl

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Darius Rucker attended last year's Super Bowl. This year, he'll sing before it.

He'll perform at the NFL Tailgate Party on Sunday. Also on the bill are Sting and Shaggy -- who you might have seen team up at the Grammys.

Portions of the festivities will be broadcast on NBC's pre-game show.



NEW VIDEO ALERT:

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Grab your tissues, because Luke Combs has released the video for his single "One Number Away," and it's absolutely heartbreaking.



LANCO'S ALBUM DEBUTS AT NO. 1 


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LANCO's Hallelujah Nights claimed the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart this week, making them the first country band to open at the chart's summit with a debut album since Lady Antebellum in 2008. The milestone feat comes on the heels of the group's single "Greatest Love Story" spending two weeks at No. 1 and their latest release, "Born To Love You," dominating the top of the iTunes Country chart since its release.

MAREN MORRIS SHARES WEDDING DETAILS 


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The countdown is on till Maren Morris ties the knot with fiancé Ryan Hurd. On Monday night (1/29), Maren shared a picture of the happy couple raising their glasses along with a message saying, "Two months till we say 'I do.'" While Maren's post didn't reveal the exact date for their upcoming nuptials, we do know a few more details about the big day.

Hurd recently told People that one of the couple's must-haves at their reception will be tequila, with Morris chiming in to say the drink is actually her go-to for calming the nerves and energizing. So, what else will the couple need for their wedding? Maren says, "Excellent fiancé, dog, tacos - yeah, it's gonna be a reflection us and our tastes!"

REBA BRINGS HER NEW BOYFRIEND TO THE GRAMMYS


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When Reba hit the red carpet ahead of Sunday night's (1/28) Grammy Awards, she did so with her new boyfriend, Skeeter Lasuzzo, in tow. Reba introduced her new man to the world during an interview with Entertainment Tonight, revealing that the two had already been to three plays together while in New York for the Grammys. Reba said of their relationship, "We like to have fun whether it's the mountains or New York City." In December, Reba documented that shared love for the mountains, posting pictures of them spending time outdoors in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

D.A. OF THE DAY 1.31



WEIRD NEWS: Peacocks Can't Fly
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A New York woman's attempt to bring her emotional support animal on a cross-country flight didn't quite fly with United Airlines.

The woman, a performance artist who goes by the name Ventiko, tried to board the Newark-to-Los Angeles flight with her emotional support peacock named Dexter. United Airlines says it warned the woman three times that the peacock wouldn't be allowed to board the plane, but she ignored them and came to the airport with the colorful bird perched on her shoulder. She was finally turned away and now Ventiko says Dexter is being driven to California.


WEIRD NEWS: Pizza D'oh!
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A Washington man who didn't have enough dough for a pizza delivery tried to rob the driver, but ended up getting boxed in by a quick-thinking cop who found he'd ordered the same pie from the same cell phone just four days earlier.

A guy who identified himself as "David Adams" rang a Pizza Hut and placed a large order worth more than 80 bucks, but when the driver arrived at his apartment complex, he said he'd meet her in the parking lot, which he did -- pulling out a gun and demanding she hand over the food and the cash she was carrying.

The driver called 911 and reached a dispatcher who thought outside the box and checked with the eatery to see if anyone had used the suspect's phone to order pizza in the past -- finding that he'd done that just four days earlier. Cops were dispatched to his apartment, where they found a group of people smoking weed and eating a few pies, which they insisted had been there long before they showed up for the party.



WEIRD NEWS: Plumbers Crack on Crappy Flight
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Vacationers traveling on a flight from Norway to Germany saw their plans go down the tubes due to broken toilets -- even though the plane was packed with nearly 100 plumbers!

The Norwegian Air flight made it almost halfway to Munich, but couldn't go on due to the crappy plumbing. Airline rep Frank Olsen says his staff were unable to intervene and correct the mid-flight problem because it could only be fixed by someone working from the outside. He adds, "There was a good atmosphere in the plane, what with the irony about the broken toilets."

Pilots were able to take off several hours after the emergency landing, so you could say the second time was the Charmin!



WEIRD NEWS: Highway to Hell
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You might say that Arizona is hot as hell, but if you're driving along a particular stretch of Interstate 10, you might think you actually are in hell.

A two-mile portion of the highway between Phoenix and Tucson has been adopted by the Satanic Temple of Arizona. So if you happen to be driving on I-10, you might actually see some Satanists with pitchforks cleaning up trash on the side of the road. Members of the temple say they wanted to do something good for their community, so they contacted the Arizona Department of Transportation and asked to adopt a segment of the highway. They paid the fee and now have their own sign on the side of the road.

A founding member of the temple says, "What we are really showing here is that Satanism is a legitimate religion, even though it’s non-theistic. We are showing the people do have a sense of community and they want to get involved."

HOTLIST - 1.30



Tom Hanks has been cast as Mr. Rogers in an upcoming bio-pic.

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The movie, titled You Are My Friend, was inspired by a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The plot follows a "cynical journalist begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write a profile piece on the beloved icon and finds his perspective on life transformed."

Production is set to begin in September.


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Leslie Jones will return to the Olympics as a contributor for NBC. The SNL cast member covered the Rio summer games in 2016 after enthusiastically tweeted about the events. NBC’s live prime-time coverage of the Winter Olympics begins February 8th.


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Film critic Richard Roeper has been suspended from the Chicago Sun-Times after he allegedly bought fake followers on Twitter. The paper's editor in chief Chris Fusco said, "We're investigating these issues. We will not be publishing any reviews or columns by Rich until this investigation is complete."


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USA Network has renewed Suits for an eighth season after the departure of stars Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle. Both actors will leave the series at the end of the seventh season.

Meanwhile, Showtime has canceled the Andrew Dice Clay series Dice, and Hulu has canceled the drama series Shut Eye after two seasons.


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Zachary Quinto will once again replace Leonard Nimoy. The current Spock has signed on to host a reboot of In Search Of for the History channel. Nimoy hosted the series in the late '70s and early '80s.