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Kourtney the Surrogate
February 21, 2012
Kourtney the Surrogate

Yes, you read that correctly.

The magazine claims Khloe, who would like to conceive, recently “broke down and begged Kourtney to ‘carry [her] baby.’”

The tab says Kourtney “didn’t have to think twice” about having her sister’s child, quoting a supposed “friend of the family” as saying, “She immediately said yes.”

Of course she did — what is there to even think about with that sort of request?!

Anyway, the alleged family insider explains, “Kourtney will do anything to help because she knows just how much Khloe is suffering over her infertility.”

The sisters have already “moved from just talking about the idea to tackling the logistics of what it would entail,” says the mag, noting that Kourtney, currently pregnant with her second child, “wants to delay it until the end of 2013 so she can fully recover from that birth.”

That’s a convenient time frame… for In Touch.

Because by the end of 2013, no one will remember this preposterous tale.

Allow Gossip Cop to point out a couple of small holes in this story.

Khloe is only 27 she has plenty of time to get pregnant.

Also, she’s not “desperate” to conceive — she even said she’s relieved she’s not pregnant at this time due to her husband’s Dallas trade and their subsequent move.

And if she were that eager to have a baby, don’t you think she would consider fertility treatments (which she’s not) before asking her sister to carry her child?

In any case, a source close to the Kardashian family assures Gossip Cop the tab’s story is completely “ridiculous.”

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Povich says 'Maury' is Built to Last
February 21, 2012
Povich says 'Maury' is Built to Last

For a guy who is celebrating his 50th year in journalism and TV, news anchor-turned-talk show host Maury Povich doesn’t seem to take himself very seriously.

“I’m calling from my dressing room,” said Povich over the phone Friday, sarcastically adding, “After I finish I speaking to you, I’m doing — wow — a paternity show. Can you believe it?”

Povich is well aware that his “Maury” talk show is best known for its frequent paternity-themed episodes (you know, the ones where Povich announces “you are the father” or “you are not the father”), but he doesn’t seem to mind. After all, the ratings are strong and only seem to be getting stronger. Povich claimed last week’s ratings were as high as they’ve been in years.

“Any research company will tell you it’s a huge oddity that a talk show gets younger and more popular as the show and host get older,” said Povich, 73, who will tape his show in Chicago Tuesday at WGN’s studios. The episode will be an “update show” and will feature past guests.

Why does “Maury” — which also features episodes revolving around out-of-control teenagers, bizarre phobias and spouses suspected of cheating — appeal to audiences?

“They touch so many classic themes, whether it’s love, distrust, conflict, drama,” Povich said. “And the paternity shows in particular, you’ve got he-said, she-said, is-he-the-father, isn’t-he. While soap operas play those themes out over six months, we play them out over 12 minutes.”

Long before he was reading the results of paternity tests and lie detector tests, Povich was a news anchor in various cities, including Chicago. He began working at WMAQ in Chicago in 1977 but would part ways with the station fewer than nine months later due to a dispute with management over his assigned time slot.

It turned out to be a blessing in disguise — his next gig was co-anchoring the news in Los Angles with his future wife, Connie Chung — but he wishes his initial stay in Chicago lasted longer.

“(Chicago) is the best news town in the country,” Povich said. “It’s the only news town I’ve ever been in where TV competes directly with newspapers. Most other towns, TV follows newspapers. … Another great aspect — news people from TV and the papers used to meet after work every night to chew over stories. We all felt we were on the same level and would congratulate each other for beating each other on a story.”

In addition to his time as a news anchor and host of “A Current Affair” and “Maury,” Povich was the executive producer on the Oscar-winning documentary “Twin Towers.” Early in his career he hosted a Washington DC-based talk show called “Panorama” that became well known in the political world. But he doesn’t expect you to know that — or the fact that his father was legendary sportswriter Shirley Povich.

“I always felt I was a contradiction,” Povich said of his legacy. “People think of me one way, but I’m kind of different.”

Povich admitted he never imagined his talk show would turn into what it is today when it began in 1991. He said the show, originally called “The Maury Povich Show” used to cover more “timid subjects.” That would change in the late ‘90s. “The Maury Povich Show” was renamed “Maury” and the format was revamped. I doubt Povich is disappointed. The show is in its 21st season, with more on the way.

“I want to do the show as long as it’s doing well and I’m feeling well doing it,” Povich said. “But I don’t want do it when I’m as old as Regis. I’m not going to last that long.”

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2012 Grammy Awards Recap
February 21, 2012
2012 Grammy Awards Recap

The Grammys cast aside their celebratory vibe Sunday to pay tribute to singer Whitney Houston, whose death over the weekend hung heavy over the 54th annual awards show.

Until Saturday, the pre-show drama had focused on Adele and how the six-time-nominee would fare in her first public performance since canceling a tour and having surgery on her vocal cords.

A glowing Adele did not disappoint, nor was she disappointed. She won six Grammys, including the Big Three: song and record of the year for “Rolling in the Deep,” and album of the year for “21.” Earlier in the night, she thanked “the doctors who brought my voice back.” That voice sound a touch raspy at points, but her resolve surged as she powered through “Rolling in the Deep.” Without much more than a few hand gestures and a couple of shy smiles, she commanded the screen like few performers during the 3 ½-hour nationally televised broadcast from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. A great song and a great voice will do that for you.

She described her winning album “21” as being about something “everyone’s been through … which is a rubbish relationship,” and that universality translated to the year’s biggest-selling and now most-acclaimed recording.

Houston’s death in a Los Angeles hotel room Saturday put the Grammys into scramble mode, as they altered the telecast schedule and devised an appropriate tribute to the pop icon. “We’ve had a death in our family,” host LL Cool J said. He offered “a prayer for a woman we loved, for a fallen sister.”

Jennifer Hudson performed a stark version of the Dolly Parton song that Houston made her own, “I Will Always Love You,” on “The Bodyguard” soundtrack. Hudson, one of countless singers influenced by Houston’s pop-gospel sound, played it straight and true, pushing her voice hard in the final turn, the slight cracking exposing the intensity of emotion that underlined this annual music-industry gathering.

“There’s a little bit of a dark cloud …  a lot of people are heartbroken,” country singer Miranda Lambert said before the telecast. But “we can let music heal us.”

Bruce Springsteen came not to heal but to incite. He kicked open the telecast with a song that rocked the building, brought a clapping Paul McCartney out of his seat and expressed no small measure of discontent in an election year. “Where’s the promise from sea to shining sea?” Springsteen sang on “We Take Care of Our Own,” from his forthcoming album. He was backed up by an orchestra, but the sound that came through was clanging guitars and thundering Max Weinberg drums.

The telecast was rife with curious decisions. Chris Brown, who only three years ago backed out of the Grammys amid a criminal proceeding involving an assault on the singer Rihanna, scored multiple appearances. Yet the Grammys made only passing mentions to the late “Soul Train” founder Don Cornelius and jazz-poet Gil Scott-Heron.

A few other winners, losers, oddities and observations among the 78 Grammy categories:

“This is ridiculous!”: So said Adele after receiving her fifth Grammy. The remark wasn’t directed at Nicki Minaj, who did some serious “Exorcist”-style button-pushing in a Gothic song-and-dance number, but could anyone blame her if it was?

Second-hand James Brown tribute: In gold suit and pompadour, Bruno Mars tried to channel the Godfather of a Soul, but I’m hearing the influence of his old tour mate, Janelle Monae, who makes the James Brown attitude her own. Mars did get off a good line, though, demanding that the audience “get off your rich (behinds) and let’s have some fun.”

Collaborations, some good, some bad: In general, I’m all for the idea that the Grammys want to mix things up and put artists together who might have a certain chemistry. The Bonnie Raitt-Alicia Keys pairing on an Etta James tribute worked because both artists have a feel for blues-based ballads. But Rihanna was dancing and singing up a storm during “We Fell in Love in a Hopeless Place” before an acoustic duet with Coldplay’s Chris Martin prematurely killed her momentum.

Good vibrations – or not: Speaking of gratuitous collaborations … the Beach Boys reunited with Brian Wilson for the first time in decades, but were compelled to share the stage with lightweights Foster the People and Maroon 5. Wilson isn’t what he used to be as a singer or performer, but he and his bandmates deserved the spotlight to themselves if only for the genius of his songs. “Good Vibrations” still sounds futuristic, like a surf song for Martians.

All is forgiven? Chris Brown performed, ending a three-year hiatus from the Grammys. On Feb 8, 2009, he turned himself in to police in connection with an assault on his then-girlfriend, Rihanna, and then withdrew from performing on that year’s Grammys. On Sunday, he came back to shimmy and gyrate in a prime-time performance, but social media was abuzz with stunned responses. “Sorry, Chris Brown, I’m not over it,” tweeted one pundit.

A little dub step, anyone? Electronic dance music has been blasting out of the clubs and into the arenas in recent years, and that transition was marked by three Grammys for dub-step’s DJ-of-the-moment, Skrillex (a k a Sonny Moore). “This is the most surreal day of my life,” he said. I shared similar feelings about the near-riot Skrillex caused at last year’s Lollapalooza festival in Grant Park when his set turned the dance tent into something resembling a swarming ant hill. It’s unusual for the Grammys to be in step with musical trends (as opposed to a few years behind), but the Skrillex hat trick suggests the Recording Academy has more than a few club-hoppers in its ranks.

Take that, Skrillex! The Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, in picking up one of the band’s five Grammys, asserted that he hates pretty much everything that electronic-dance-music maven Skrillex stands for, without mentioning Skrillex by name: “The human element of making music is most important. Singing into a microphone, learning to play your instrument … it’s not about being perfect… It’s not about what goes on in a computer, but what goes on in here and what goes on in here (points to head and heart).” Yet later on, the Foo Fighters participated in a live mash-up with DJ Deadmau5. So are computers cool or not, Dave?

Take that, Russell Brand! Katy Perry turned her performance into a not-so-veiled shot at her ex-husband. She donned a blue wig and flexed an S&M theme as she chirped about “the part of me that you’re never, ever gonna take away from me.” But it’s a big supposition to think that anyone else really cares that deeply about any of it.

And the living artist with the most Grammys is … ? Congratulations if you guessed Alison Krauss. She surpassed Quincy Jones with her 28th Grammy for best bluegrass album.

A public farewell: Glen Campbell, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and is in the midst of his farewell tour, bid goodbye on the big stage with a performance of “Rhinestone Cowboy.” Campbell clearly enjoyed the moment, and the audience – fully understanding its significance – showered him with adulation. It also made me wish that the great jazz-funk poet Gil Scott-Heron had been able to enjoy a similar privilege before he died last year, in lieu of the brief, posthumous tribute he received.

Another Grammy first! In winning best new artist, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon provided what was likely the first-ever Grammy shout-out to Eau Claire, Wis.

The Chicago story: Kanye West had a great night with four victories, but didn’t show up to claim any trophies. His “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” won for best rap album and “All of the Lights” for  best rap/sung collaboration and best rap song. He also shared best rap performance with Jay-Z for “Otis.” Chicago contemporary classical group eighth blackbird won for best small ensemble performance, Steven Mackey's "Lonely Motel -- Music from Slide," with composer-performer Mackey and actor Rinde Eckert. Jazz harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy shared a Grammy with Bela Fleck for best instrumental composition, "Life in Eleven,"  and former Chicago jazz trumpeter Maurice Brown played on the Tedeschi Trucks Band's "Revelator," which won best blues album. Nominees R. Kelly, Wilco, OK Go, Kurt Elling, Lupe Fiasco and the Numero Group were among those who came home empty-handed.

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Chris Brown: Front and Center
February 21, 2012
Chris Brown: Front and Center

NEW YORK -- The Grammy Awards' warm embrace of Chris Brown three years after his assault of Rihanna has drawn the ire of viewers who claim the controversial R&B star shouldn't have been rewarded with such attention.

Brown was front-and-center three times during Sunday's Grammys. He won best R&B album for "F.A.M.E.," he performed a single from his upcoming album, "Turn Up the Music," and he opened a dance tribute to "Soul Train" creator Don Cornelius.

The imagery of Brown's Grammy glory was striking because it was, literally, a return to the scene of the crime. On the eve of the 2009 Grammys, Brown beat his then-girlfriend Rihanna, for which he later pled guilty to a charge of assault and was sentenced to five years of probation and six months of community labor.

Since then, Brown has worked to repair his image, undergone domestic violence counseling and rediscovered popularity with his hit album "F.A.M.E. (Forgiving All My Enemies)." Last year, his restraining order was eased. The former order required Brown to stay 50 yards away from 23-year-old Rihanna, but the restriction was reduced to 10 yards if they were at a music industry event. Rihanna also performed Sunday but the two never shared the stage.

On Sunday evening, Twitter was abuzz with questions of Brown's significant role in the proceedings. Many critics argued against the Grammys' decision to celebrate Brown and endorse his comeback.

New Yorker music critic Sasha Frere-Jones called Brown's return "one of the Grammys' weirdest choices ever," and cited R&B singer Drake as the more deserving star in the genre to celebrate.

In an op-ed, Valerie Strauss for The Washington Post said that while people deserve second chances, "That doesn't mean they deserve a chance to strut around the Grammy stage a few years after being convicted of felony assault."

Jeffrey Goldberg for The Atlantic tweeted: "I don't look for the Grammys for moral clarity, but, really? Do the words `felony assault' mean anything at all?"

Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich defended the show's backing of Brown on "CBS This Morning" on Monday. He said that he was "kind of rooting" for Brown.

"I just believe people deserve a second chance," said Ehrlich. "The year he had this year, really brought him back into the public. He really deserved a second chance."

Certainly, there are many fans of Brown - "Team Breezy," as he calls them - and they, too, took to social media to defend Brown. But some of those tweets were also held up as examples of questionable taste.

The site Buzzfeed gathered 25 tweets from Brown fans with lines such as: "I don't know why Rihanna complained. Chris Brown could beat me anytime he wanted to."

The feminism blog Feministe cited such reaction as evidence that "we as a society have a lot more work to do" to educate on domestic violence.

Rita Smith, executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, also questioned the message the Grammys were sending.

"If an awards show is going to highlight an artist, what an awesome message they could send if we got an update somehow about how that artist had changed in a positive way," said Smith. "Otherwise, the message becomes wait for a period of time and go on with business as usual."

Brown, who didn't attend last year's Grammys even though he was nominated for three awards, has sometimes portrayed himself as embattled. On Sunday, he tweeted, "Team breezy we have come (a long) way ... No matter what anyone says ... WE MADE IT!!"

In his acceptance speech and performances, he made no mention or gesture to his last, abbreviated trip to the Grammys. But he did tweet - and then delete - the message: "People who make mistakes and learn from them are ROLE MODELS too. I'm just happy to inspire growth and positivity."

Rihanna also performed Sunday, singing her hit "We Found Love" and transitioning into a duet of "Princess of China" with Coldplay's Chris Martin. Rihanna was nominated for four awards, including best album for her disc "Loud." She shared in the wins for best rap/sung collaboration and best rap song for Kanye West's "All of the Lights," with Kid Cudi and Fergie.

But many performers watching at home questioned Brown's involvement.

"Are Chris Brown's mom and dad CBS and Grammy Brown?" sarcastically wondered Eric Stonestreet of "Modern Family."

The singer Michelle Branch tweeted: "Trying not to go off on a rant but ... Chris Brown ... (bites tongue) have we forgiven him?"

"View" co-host Sherri Shepherd took a similar tact, writing, "Looks like all is forgiven (with) Chris Brown. That's all I'll say."

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Perry Pissed Off
February 21, 2012
Perry Pissed Off

Katy Perry has taken aim at an ex before but never with so much passion. In her first U.S. performance since her split from Russell Brand, the 27-year-old debuted a new song called "Part of Me" at Sunday night's Grammy Awards.

Dressed in a skintight plastic jumpsuit, Perry took the stage belting out some less-than-subtle lyrics: "You chewed me up and spit me out/Like I was poison in your mouth/You took my light, you drained me down/That was then and this is now."

Perry made sure that everyone knew she was taking aim at Brand with the lyric:

"Look at me/ I'm sparkling/ You will never put me out again/ So you can keep the diamond ring/ It don't mean nothing anyway."

Brand, 36, and Perry finalized the the details of their divorce last week, in what was one of the quickest and most amicable in Hollywood history. The couple didn't sign a prenup and Brand reportedly refused to take the $20 million he would have been entitled to under California law -- half of what Perry earned during the 14 months they were married.

Although Perry signed her divorce papers with a smiley face, her new song speaks volumes as to how much Brand hurt her.

Perry has been known to get over breakups using her music. Her debut song, "Ur So Gay," took aim at a string of boyfriends who wore "guyliner" and borrowed her jeans, while "Circle the Drain" called out Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy, and his addiction to prescription drugs, which contributed to their breakup.

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Just Adele
February 20, 2012
Just Adele

Cher. Madonna. Beyonce. A star has really hit it big when they're known by only one name, and it seems that there's a new addition to the group.

When Adele won her Grammy for Song of the Year at the 54th Grammy Awards, she was announced as "Adele Adkins," leaving many viewers scratching their heads.

"Adele Adkins? Who? Oh, you mean Adele."

Just a few short years since taking the music scene by storm, the British songstress, born Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, has entered the realm of single-moniker stars. There's no need to know her surname, for she'll always just be "Adele" to the world, without the stage-name silliness that often permeates Hollywood (we're looking at you, Gaga).

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Oprah Getting Desperate
February 20, 2012
Oprah Getting Desperate

Oprah issued a public apology on Monday for sending a controversial tweet on Sunday night.

As the Grammys took many viewers over to CBS on Sunday, Oprah took to Twitter to ask people to tune into her cable network, OWN — "especially if you have a Nielsen box."

Oprah's tweet drew criticism from followers, many of whom claimed that Oprah was "desperate" and "begging" viewers to watch her cable network. The more problematic portion of the tweet, however, was Oprah's casual solicitation of Nielsen box owners.

Oprah apologized for her tweet and said she deleted the message "at the request of Nielsen." She added, "I intended no harm and apologize for the reference."

As Deadline Hollywood noted, Nielsen prohibits its clients from reaching out to homes with boxes in an attempt to change viewing habits and/or boost ratings. A Nielsen representative told Entertainment Weekly that the company was looking into the Sunday night incident.

"In accordance with our policies and procedures, Nielsen is reviewing this incident with our clients and we may withhold, breakout and/or make a note in the ratings...We take any violation of our policy seriously and will work with clients to resolve the situation," the Nielsen representative said.

Oprah's new show on OWN, "Oprah's Next Chapter," coincided with CBS' airing of the Grammy Awards. The Sunday night episode featured the talk show queen sitting down with a Hasidic Jewish family who has never before watched television.

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Paid to do it, but fails to make his friend's wife pregnant after 72 Attempts
February 20, 2012
Paid to do it, but fails to make his friend's wife pregnant after 72 Attempts

A nice story, with surprising end:

In Stuttgart, Germany, a court judge must decide on a case of honorable intentions in a situation where a man hired his neighbor to get his wife pregnant.

It seems that Demetrius Soupolos, 29, and his former beauty queen wife, Traute, wanted a child badly, but Demetrius was told by a doctor that he was sterile.

So, Soupolos, after calming his wife’s protests, hired his neighbor, Frank Maus, 34, to impregnate her. Since Maus was already married and the father of two children, plus looked very much like Soupolos to boot, the plan seemed good.

Soupolos paid Maus $2,500 for the job and for three evenings a week for the next six months, Maus tried desperately, a total of 72 different times, to impregnate Traute.

When his own wife objected, he explained, "I don’t like this any more than you. I’m simply doing it for the money. Try and understand."

When Traute failed to get pregnant after six months, however, Soupolos was not understanding and insisted that Maus have a medical examination, which he did.

The doctor’s announcement that Maus was also sterile shocked everyone except his wife, who was forced to confess that Maus was not the real father of their two children.

Now Soupolos is suing Maus for breach of contract in an effort to get his money back, but Maus refuses to give it up because he said he did not guarantee conception, but only that he would give an honest effort.

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Chanel's designer Karl Lagerfeld calls Adele FAT
February 20, 2012
Chanel's designer Karl Lagerfeld calls Adele FAT

When asked by Metro Paris about his opinion on singer Lana del Rey, Karl, 78, responded, “I prefer Adele and Florence Welch. But as a modern singer she is not bad.The thing at the moment is Adele. She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice. Lana del Rey is not bad at all. She looks very much like a modern-time singer. In her photos she is beautiful. Is she a construct with all her implants? She’s not alone with implants.”

Not surprisingly Karl received harsh criticism from readers who blasted him for taking the focus from Adele’s talent as a singer.

One commenter stated, “Saying Adele to too fat to me is a viscious insult. It is downright hurtful. She is heading for superstardom. She is just as beautiful or more beautiful than most of the thinner vocalists. Adele deserves respect, she has it all!”

Another added, “Dear Karl Lagerfeld; your attitude is UGLY. Adele Is Fat? Ahem. She is STUNNING,’ while mazzarelli30 seemed to agree, adding: ‘errrmm a little harsh I think! She is super beautiful & talented.”

Also jumping on the “Adele Attack” band wagon is High Flying Birds frontman  Noel Gallagher who is not convinced her success will last. ”I feel sorry for girls in the music industry. They do have a very short shelf life,” he said in an interview with the Mail on Sunday. “For instance, Duffy: Who? Gone. She was massive. And I don’t doubt for a second that the same thing will happen to Adele.”

Who cares what you think Noel Gallagher! Wait … who are you?

I’m sure Adele isn’t thinking about the ignorant comments made by these two knuckle heads, she has more important things to think about. Things like, where she’s gonna put her Grammys.

We Want To Know:

Do you think Karl Lagerfeld’s comments about Adele’s weight was too harsh?

Do you think Adele’s shelf life will be short because she is a female entertainer?

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Despite Gisele, Patriots Say
February 20, 2012
Despite Gisele, Patriots Say "No Finger Pointing"

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots say there's no finger-pointing after their Super Bowl loss, even if supermodel Gisele Bundchen won't abide by that code.

The wife of New England quarterback Tom Brady was caught on camera complaining that dropped passes doomed the team to a 21-17 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday — the Patriots' second loss in the NFL title game loss in five seasons.

Late in the game, usually dependable receiver Wes Welker dropped a pass that went off his hands; Aaron Hernandez and Deion Branch also had trouble coming up with catches. Bundchen was caught on video by responding to a pro-Giants heckler after the game by saying, "My husband cannot (expletive) throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time."

Brady was not available for comment on Monday, when the team flew back from Indianapolis and arrived at Gillette Stadium on buses. Asked if the team had any comment, Patriots spokesman Stacey James pursed his lips together and shook his head from side to side.

But defensive back James Ihedigbo says Welker was a big reason the Patriots made it to the Super Bowl, and he's not to blame for the loss.

"You can't point fingers at anybody. Wes made amazing plays all season," Ihedigbo said. "You win it as a team; you win it and lose it as a team. And we lost to a good football team."

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