NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announces less commercials during games

Mar 22, 2017 11

Football fans can soon expect less commercials in between games.

“Together with our broadcast partners, we will be working to meaningfully reduce down time and the frequency of commercial breaks in our game,” announced NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday via Twitter. “We will also be giving our broadcast partners increased flexibility to avoid untimely breaks in the action. For example, we know how annoying it is when we come back from a commercial break, kick off, and then cut to a commercial again. I hate that too. Our goal is to eliminate it.”

The 58-year-old revealed that the decision was made in response to fans hoping that the NFL could minimize the amount of “unnecessary disruptions to the game on the field.”

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The goal, according to Goodell, is to provide more focus of the game, less on unwanted distractions.

“We also know that you feel there are too many elements in the broadcast that aren’t relevant to the play on the field,” he added. “With our partners, we will be looking to instead focus on content that is most complementary and compelling to you — whether that is analysis, highlights or stories about our players.”

“All of these changes are meant to give you more of what you want: a competitive game with fewer interruptions and distractions from the action,” he added.

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Goodell told USA Today that these changes, expected to arrive in the coming seasons, was something he wanted to take action on for a while.

“We have seen commercialization maybe creep into the game in areas that we don’t think is appropriate,” he told the publication. “And we’re going to work with our network partners to try to pull that back, to make sure that we can create that compelling experience for our fans.”

Gwyneth Paltrow to start selling vitamins

Mar 22, 2017 14

Gwyneth Paltrow is launching a vitamin line as her website Goop’s latest branding scheme at the same time US sales of dietary supplements soar in the billions.

For the March 27 issue of The New Yorker, writer Sheila Marikar gained access to a Goop meeting about the vitamin line in which it’s revealed that Paltrow’s quietly taken over as Goop CEO after Lisa Gersh left last year.

The actor turned lifestyle guru — whose site sells necessities like a “vaginal muscle-toning egg made of jade” — whines to staffers, “I mean, the board did make me CEO. It wasn’t my fault. It wasn’t my decision.” She says during a debate over whether to refer to her as CEO in a newsletter, “Ugh, you guys are giving me agita.”

The vitamin line includes concoctions with cheeky names like “Why Am I So Effing Tired” and “High School Genes” — which Paltrow says one top Goop exec wanted to name “The FUPA Blaster.” That proclamation leaves one meeting attendee — Dr. Alejandro Junger, a “Uruguayan cardiologist … whose help Paltrow enlisted for her vitamin business” — looking “puzzled,” the piece reports. The erudite mag elegantly describes “FUPA” as “an acronym for a fat upper pubic area; some people substitute a different ‘P’ word.”

When the topic of selling vitamins for intravenous use comes up in the meeting, Paltrow muses, “I think mainlining vitamins might be going a bit far, even for us.”

This article originally appeared in Page Six.

Lady Antebellum's 'Heart Break' didn't come easy

Mar 22, 2017 13

It was a long road to “Heart Break” for Lady Antebellum. The group’s first new album in three new years came after a few starts and stops and a trip out west.

The trio learned they needed to get out of Nashville to succeed. They wrote and cut a few songs in town, but Charles Kelley says they weren’t pushing themselves.

“There was this time right after the summer where I just hopped on the bus with Dave and Hil and said ‘This isn’t right, y’all,’” Kelley says as his Lady A bandmates look on in agreement. “We’re not there. We haven’t found it.”

Haywood suggested moving out for a little while, so they did. The trio first spent a week writing in Florida and then headed to California. There was only one day off — not that anyone wanted one.

“(We) Went to LA and lived in a house together in Hollywood, cooking and hanging out, laughing and drinking all day and having a good time and making music, and that’s the way we started 10 years ago,” Haywood explains. There were no babies to wash or household chores to worry about, and that meant everything. Kelley says as soon as they got out of Tennessee, the songs came pouring out. The title track of Heart Break is their “hero song,” the song they built the rest of the album around.

Hillary Scott adds that the feeling is similar to what they experienced a decade ago — with one major difference. “I think one beautiful thing about getting older is you do get more confident in your own skin,” she says. “So I’d say more confident, but just as excited for sure — if not more so.”

Heart Beat, Lady A’s sixth studio album, drops on June 9. The first single is “You Look Good.”

'CHiPs' star Larry Wilcox already gives 'CHIPS' film trailer mixed review

Mar 22, 2017 14

The film remake of the 1970s series “CHiPs” is already getting lukewarm reviews from fans, the real California Highway Patrol and even one star.

Larry Wilcox, who rode his motorcycle to everlasting fame in the old “CHiPs” show, said that for now, he’ll give the benefit of the doubt to “CHIPS,” the movie based loosely on the series that made him and Erik Estrada two of the biggest stars of the 1970s and early ’80s.

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“I have not seen the film but the trailers looked like a soft-porn version of ‘Dumb and Dumber,'” said the 69-year-old actor. “However, I hear the actors are both very talented and funny, so maybe it all works.”

“CHiPs” ran from 1977 to 1983.

Fans of the original “CHiPs,” still widely seen in reruns and on DVD, are far less forgiving. They’ve been posting angry messages all over the internet since the first trailers for the R-rated action comedy emerged, calling it garbage and disrespectful to police officers everywhere.

In a lengthy “open letter” to actor Dax Shepard, Sue Walsh of New York accuses the film’s writer, director and co-star of mocking the original show with a remake filled with nudity, sexual jokes and raunchy bathroom humor.

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“‘CHiPs’ was not just a ’70s cop show. It wasn’t Shakespeare, no, but it did and does mean a whole lot to a whole lot of people,” said Walsh, who is organizing a 40th anniversary reunion of the show this fall that most of the original cast is expected to attend.

To the thump of a persistent disco track, CHP Sgt. Jon Baker (Wilcox) and Officer Frank “Ponch” Poncherello (Estrada) kept busy rescuing people from cars, occasionally solving folks’ personal problems and frequently chasing down miscreants before carting them off to jail without ever drawing their weapons.

“I know that there are people that grew up watching ‘CHiPs’ and that was part of the reason they decided to join the department,” said CHP spokeswoman Fran Clader. “I watched it when I was growing up.”

In the film version, however, Shepard and Michael Pena’s Baker and Ponch are anything, but straight arrows. They accidentally destroy vehicles, cause fiery crashes, blow stuff up and sometimes shoot the wrong people.

“I understand it’s a broad comedy,” said Clader, adding she hasn’t seen the film and won’t offer an opinion on the trailer.

She said the CHP did grant the producers some technical assistance, for which the agency was reimbursed. But there’s also this disclaimer at the beginning of “CHIPS”: “This film is not endorsed by the California Highway Patrol. At all.” And sharp-eyed fans will notice the title punctuation of “CHIPS” was changed from the original “CHiPs,” further distancing the film from the department.

Estrada, who has a cameo, did not respond to multiple phone and email messages. But in a video clip from a recent premiere, he described it as “a movie you have to view with your adult sense of humor.”

As for Wilcox, he said he’ll probably see it — eventually.

“I think I will wait for the video,” he added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
 

'Real Housewife' Kandi Burruss receives writing credit for Ed Sheeran's 'Shape of You'

Mar 22, 2017 13

Ed Sheeran should thank a Real Housewife for contributing to the recent success of his latest chart-topping song.

Kandi Burruss of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” fame was given writing credit, alongside co-writer Tameka “Tiny” Harris and producer Kevin Briggs, for the 26-year-old’s artist’s new single, “Shape of You.”

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The 40-year-old recently made the announcement on Instagram.

Fans on social media have since posted mashups of “Shape of You” alongside TLC’s 1999 hit track “No Scrubs” for having a similar beat. Harris previously received a Grammy Award for her writing contributions to the American girl group’s hit single.

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Burruss is no stranger to the music world. She’s also a Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter who contributed to “No Scrubs,” as well as Destiny’s Child’s “Bills, Bills, Bills,” *NSYNC’s “It Makes Me Ill,” and Mariah Carey’s “X-Girlfriend,” among others.

Sheeran’s track is currently topping Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

Lindsay Lohan launches prank reality TV series, 'The Anti-Social Network'

Mar 22, 2017 15

Lindsay Lohan is determined to make a comeback.

The 30-year-old actress announced on Tuesday that she’s gearing up to launch a new prank reality TV series, “The Anti-Social Network.”

The show follows Lohan as she causes mayhem on contestants’ social media accounts for 24 hours, all while daring them to complete embarrassing challenges in order to win prizes.

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“I love social media. I am social media,” explained the former “Mean Girls” star in the trailer. “Everybody knows you should never leave your phone lying around, especially near me. So, I’ve decided I’m going to hijack your social media — your Instagram, your Snapchat, your Facebook, your Twitter, all of it — for 24 hours. If you can pull off three challenges, you’ll win some fabulous prizes.”

US Weekly reported that a press release confirmed that the series will channel Lohan’s relationship with the media, prompting contestants to face the same public criticism she has faced over the years.

“I’ve decided to dare people to really question how much their social media is worth,” said Lohan in the teaser. “I am really good.”

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The celebrity news publication added that “The Anti-Social Network” is currently being shopped around to various networks and, if picked up, would mark Lohan’s first TV project since 2014’s OWN docuseries, “Lindsay.”

Richard Simmons manager says podcast 'intrusion' has been 'harmful'

Mar 22, 2017 20

“Missing Richard Simmons,” the binge-worthy podcast created by former Simmons’ pal Dan Taberski, ended this week, and one person who may be breathing a sigh of a relief is Richard Simmons himself.

According to the fitness guru’s manager, the podcast that gained attention as it quickly became the No. 1 podcast on the iTunes charts was “harmful” to the star.

“He didn’t need this intrusion to validate his contribution to people,” Michael Catalano, who has managed Simmons career for 30 years, told the Associated Press on Tuesday. “He knows the reception (the podcast) is having. He knows how people are responding to it. But it’s also hurtful. It’s humiliating, you know? It’s damaging. It just is…”

Catalano expressed the same sentiments when he was interviewed by Taberski for the podcast.

“I don’t think he has listened to it in its entirety but he has certainly heard snippets,” Catalano told Taberski during the episode released this week. “I can’t say that Richard feels better as a result of the podcast… I think you’ve really created more worry and speculation.”

Catalano said that he has seen Simmons recently and added during a chat with People magazine Simmons has found humor in some of theories about his current state.

“I said to him the other day, ‘There are people that think you are a very overweight, depressed woman.’ And he laughed. He just laughed,” the manager told People.

When speaking with the Associated Press, Catalano was more firm about the trouble the podcast has caused.

“Anywhere he goes now there’s going to be — more than there was before — pointing and speculation. Has he transitioned into a woman? Is that him behind that beard? I don’t envy that. I don’t envy that for someone, who at this time, has chosen to retreat. He has the right! I just don’t think because you are on the public stage for 40 years that you have to continue to remain there until your last breath.”

Still, Catalano was adamant that Simmons “hasn’t officially announced his retirement.”

The manager hinted that his client could make a comeback at some point in time, telling the AP, “When Frank Sinatra sang ‘My Way,’ that was his goodbye song. And Frank got bored and he was back for 20 years.”

He said despite the title of Taberski’s podcast, Simmons is not missing. 

“Look, it’s not like he’s missing. He’s not ill. He’s not 350 pounds. I was with him a few days ago. It’s not like I don’t know where he is. I know exactly where he is, believe me. And I understand, people don’t want to hear it from me, they want to hear it from him, and when he’s ready, you will. You’ll hear from him.”
 

Faith Hill explains why she's choosing to age gracefully

Mar 22, 2017 16

Faith Hill is turning 50 later this year, but she’s far from sweating it.

“I honestly don’t pay attention to aging,” said the country music superstar to NewBeauty. “If I did, my girls [Gracie, 19, Maggie, 18, and Audrey, 15] would notice and I don’t want that. That’s not a message I want them to have.”

The magazine’s spring/summer 2017 cover girl insisted that she’s happily embracing the new wrinkles on her face.

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“I’m okay with having lines,” explained Hill. “I’m almost 50, I want people to know I’ve smiled a lot!”

However, getting older hasn’t stopped the five-time Grammy Award-winning artist to experiment with new looks, especially when it comes to date night with her husband, 49-year-old fellow country singer Tim McGraw.

“A big date for us is actually an afternoon movie,” she said. “I’ll wear a sundress, some mascara and a red lip, which is kind of new for me. I was always a nude lip person, but one day I tried red and loved it.”

Hill even admitted that some of her past red carpet ensembles are “pretty rough stuff.”

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“I’ve tried so many trends that looked terrible,” she said. “Early in my career, I did the high-school perm — why would I do that? I already have curly hair! And I used to wear tons of makeup, like that ’80s caked-on makeup. It’s the reason I rarely wear it now unless I absolutely have to.”

These days, Hill prefers to stock up on basic ensembles that can be worn multiple ways for different styles instantly.

“A nice tight black sweater and a good pair of jeans — I’ve had some jeans for 10 years — is always good,” said Hill. “The thing I’ve learned more than anything else is to be comfortable and stay true to what I like.”

But if you were to ask McGraw what’s his favorite look to see on his wife of 20 years, he’ll admit to something simpler.

“He likes when I have no makeup on and crazy-curly hair,” she added. “Before I put it up in a ponytail, he always tells me to wear it down because it’s his favorite.”

The spring/summer issue of NewBeauty his newsstands March 28.

'Real Housewives'' Erika Jayne fears for police officer son's life

Mar 22, 2017 13

“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Erika Jayne broke down in tears on Tuesday night’s episode.

Jayne, whose real name is Erika Girardi, tearfully spat at her co-star Eileen Davidson, “You don’t know what I deal with every night.”.

Davidson was trying to convince Jayne to let go of her rivalry with co-star Dorit Kemsley.

Davidson said to Jayne, “I don’t think [Dorit] really understood what she was getting into. I don’t think she’s evil. She’s already saying ‘sorry.’ What do you want then? There’s nothing she can say or do that can make it okay? She didn’t kill your child.”

That’s when Jayne lost it.

“Don’t every bring up killing my child again because my child could get killed,” Jayne said through tears. Her 24-year-old son is a police officer.

“Your kid doesn’t put on a uniform every day and night and put his life out on the line for people he doesn’t know. Don’t ever talk about my f–king kid again. Shut the f–kup. You don’t know what I deal with every night.”

A shocked Davidson apologized and said she simply meant Kemsley didn’t “commit some horrible heinous crime.”

But Jayne was not ready to forgive her so easily.

“That’s really insensitive,” she said. “Your kid’s not out there. Don’t you ever talk about anyone that puts on a uniform and defends and serves their public. F–k you for that. My son is under fire every night, especially in this climate. And I’m not going to tolerate that –t from any of you.”

HBO producer pleads guilty to moving doctor's body after overdose

Mar 22, 2017 16

An HBO producer pleaded guilty ​Tuesday ​to dragging a married Long Island doctor​, unconscious from a cocaine overdose, to the lobby of his drug dealer​ pal​’s Chelsea apartment building ​where he left her to die.

“I was scared, frightened and panicked,” Marc Henry Johnson — a producer of “The Deuce,” an HBO pilot about ​Manhattan’s seedy 42nd Street porn ​and prostitution trade in the ’70s and ’80s — told a Manhattan federal judge​ in his plea​.

The feds said Johnson, 52, helped ex-con James Holder drag Dr. Kiersten Rickenbach Cerveny out of Holder’s apartment after she overdosed from a night of hard partying.

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Johnson then abandoned ​the mother of three​ as EMT workers arrived to find her unresponsive ​and ​with her panties in her purse, law enforcement officials said.

On Tuesday, Johnson said he did it because Holder demanded that they “get her body out of here” once Cerveny, 38, ​became unresponsive.

Johnson said he wanted to help Holder protect his illegal drug business. “This was wrong,” the Hollywood producer said, his voice quavering.

Johnson ​insisted that he’d t​r​ied to give Cerveny CPR after Holder took off, and ​thatn he called 911 — although​ ​​federal prosecutors ​have said he declined to give his name to emergency operators.

Johnson was ​arrested more tha​​n six months after Cerveny’s death and charged with attempting to distribute cocaine and acting as an accessory after the fact.

He pleaded guilty to one count of acting as an accessory after the fact and is expected to serve no more than two years in ​prison according to the terms of a plea deal he cut with prosecutors.

“Marc Henry Johnson’s immediate response to seeing a dying overdose victim should have been to summon help. Instead, Johnson helped his cocaine dealer cover up the drug crime by moving the victim’s body,” Acting Manhattan US Attorney Joon Kim said​ after the plea​.

Text messages from earlier in the night showed Johnson telling a friend that he planned to head to his dealer​’​s house “for a pickup” before meeting with Cerveny and her friends​ at a bar.

Once Johnson arrived at the girls’ night out on the Lower East Side, “he had a significant amount of cocaine, which he offered to share,” the feds said.

This article originally appeared in the New York Post.