Liza Minnelli -- Ellen Called Me A Drag Queen, And It Wasn't Funny
Liza Minnelli didn't like the joke Ellen DeGeneres cracked about her at the Oscars suggesting she was actually a drag queen. Liza and a male companion hit up Craig's restaurant in West Hollywood Monday night and Liza made it clear -- Ellen's joke backfired big time. Liza's note to Ellen: She should have stopped and acknowledged they were friends, but instead Ellen blew through to the next joke, so it sounded mean. But Liza says she's sure Ellen was filled with the best of intentions.
Tony Stewart's NASCAR Season Fading Fast: He's Skipping Bristol, Too
Tony Stewart hasn't been back on the race track since his Sprint car struck and killed a fellow driver earlier this month, and at this rate it's looking like the three-time NASCAR champion's "comeback" season may be over. Stewart is skipping the Saturday night race at Bristol Motor Speedway, making the short Tennessee oval the fourth race and the third Sprint Cup event he's missed since the death of Kevin Ward Jr. The team he co-owns, Stewart-Haas Racing, said he's taking it week-by-week, but with only two races left, it's increasingly likely that the driver they call "Smoke" won't be behind the wheel until at least next year.
'Washington Post' Editorial Board Won't Use Name Of Its Home NFL Team
The controversy over the Washington Redskins' name has made it to the team's backyard. The Washington Post editorial board announced on Friday that the paper's opinion section will no longer use the name Redskins with respect to the Washington NFL team. The board announced in an editorial, "That’s the standard we apply to all offensive vocabulary, and the team name unquestionably offends not only many Native Americans but many other Americans, too."
Jessica Simpson Looks Super Skinny, Flaunts Toned Legs In Daisy Dukes
Jessica Simpson has never looked better in her Daisy Dukes! The 34-year-old mom of two showed off her slim, toned legs in the tiny denim shorts Thursday when she and hubby Eric Johnson had a date night in Venice Beach, Calif. The Weight Watchers spokeswoman put in some hard work to look like that, though. After giving birth to daughter Maxwell, now 2, and son Ace, 1, Jess got serious about shedding the pregnancy pounds. And, thanks to following the guidelines set forth by the plan, eating healthy and exercising, she shed an estimated 60 to 70 pounds of baby weight! In a Parents.com guest blog post last year, she wrote how raising a daughter, "makes me realize that I don't want her to see me beat myself up for things like food choices or numbers on a scale.'
The Simpsons Ending Proposed By Exec Producer Al Jean Is Perfect
The Simpsons , TV's longest-running American sitcom, animated program and primetime scripted series, shows no signs of fading away just yet. But if (and when) it does, executive producer Al Jean knows how the adventures in Springfield will come to an end. Simpsons Ever marathon—which is exactly what it sounds like, will be a 12-day marathon featuring all 552 episodes of the Fox series and the feature film. Jean revealed his ideal ending is one very familiar to fans of the beloved comedy.
Kicked Off Twitter, Islamic State Flocks To Diaspora
As Twitter shuts down access to various Islamic State fighters, members of the group are shifting their social media focus to the decentralized social network, Diaspora. On Wednesday, Twitter started actively suspending accounts from accounts actively sharing video and graphic imagery related to the brutal beheading of American journalist James Foley. Many of those accounts were related to the Islamic State, the radical Islamist group in Iraq claiming responsibility for Foley's murder. Originally created in 2010 as a response to Facebook's privacy policies, Diaspora differs from traditional social networks in that it's completely decentralized. For its part, the Diaspora Foundation — the group which runs the non-profit social network — posted a blog post explaining how its service works and the challenges involved with shutting down postings from IS fighters.
Huckabee: 'Stop The Fight' Over Common Core
Conservatives should "stop the fight" over Common Core and instead consider the benefits that the academic standards offer students in struggling schools, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Friday. The position puts him at odds with a significant bloc of Republicans. Huckabee, who unsuccessfully sought the GOP presidential nomination in 2008 and is considering a 2016 run, acknowledged the standards have become politically unpopular.
Pentagon Cites 'dangerous' Chinese Jet Intercept
The Pentagon on Friday accused a Chinese fighter jet of conducting a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace. John Kirby, said Washington protested to the Chinese military through diplomatic channels, calling the fighter pilot's actions "unsafe and unprofessional." Kirby said the Chinese jet made several close passes by the Navy P-8 Poseidon plane, coming within 30 feet of it at one point.
U.N. Nuclear Inquiry On Iran Seen Making Slow Headway: Diplomats
The U.N. nuclear watchdog appears to have made only limited progress so far in getting Iran to answer questions about its suspected atomic bomb research, diplomatic sources said on Friday, three days before a deadline for cooperation. Under an accord reached by the U.N. agency and Iran in November in an attempt to revive the long-stalled investigation, Tehran agreed in May to carry out five specific steps by Aug. 25 to help allay international concerns.
The Company That (Still) Feeds Your Vinyl Record Obsession
Since 2007, vinyl record sales have seen a massive resurgence worldwide — and riding that wave is a Czech Republic-based company called GZ Media. The factory, originally called Gramofonove Zavody (Gramophone Record) Lodenice, pressed its first vinyl record in 1951 and was the main producer of vinyl records for the Eastern Bloc. Even as vinyl faded from popularity toward the end of the 1980s, when CDs became the dominant format, GZ Media saved all of its record-pressing machines. According to Nielsen SoundScan, yet while CD sales declined 14.5% last year, vinyl sales grew 32% from 4.5 million units sold in 2012 to 6 million sold in 2013. Today, GZ Media is the world's biggest vinyl record producer; it has pressed more than 10.5 million records in 2013 alone. With production increasing 40% per year, its factory in Lodenice, just outside of Prague, is still expanding.