Hannah Storm returns from burns for ABC's Rose Parade
Today’s excursion into the pop-culture world finds a tough Hannah Storm, Bruce Springsteen being feted, Kim Kardashian, many other things, and the mystery music video.
SHE’S BACK: With a wig, no less, per The Hollywood Reporter, “Hannah Storm returned to TV on Tuesday morning after spending the better part of the last month on the mend for burns she suffered when a propane tank exploded at her Connecticut home. The 50-year-old ESPN anchor, who's been sitting at the SportsCenter desk since 2008, made her first public appearance co-hosting ABC's coverage of the 2013 Rose Parade on New Year's Day. The announcement of her return also served as the first formal acknowledgement of the accident.” http://bit.ly/10L5wZa
THE BOSS: Now this is pretty cool, per the New York Times, “Elton John, Neil Young and the folk-rock band Mumford & Sons will be among more than a dozen acts who will celebrate the music of Bruce Springsteen at the MusiCares benefit concert in Los Angeles next month, the Recording Academy announced on Wednesday. Jon Stewart, the comedian, will host the event, which will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Feb. 8, two nights before the Grammy Awards ceremony.” http://nyti.ms/UIjjMV
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: After a difficult stretch, per Rolling Stone, “Green Day have rescheduled their canceled 2012 tour dates and postponed 2013 shows and will be kicking off a tour on March 28th at Chicago's Allstate Arena. "We want to thank everyone for hanging in with us for the last few months," the band said in a release. "We are very excited to hit the road and see all of you again, though we regret having to cancel more shows." Green Day were forced to cancel and push back tour dates after frontman Billie Joe Armstrong threw a tantrum at the iHeartRadio festival in September and subsequently entered rehab.” http://rol.st/ZPmFlk
BOX-OFFICE NEWS: Simply a good read, per The Wrap, “At the dawn of 2013, Hollywood is edging toward cautious optimism. The box office is set to shatter domestic records and the home-entertainment sector is poised to grow after five years of losses. A year ago, TheWrap asked six experts the daunting question: How do we fix Hollywood? This year, we reached out to a new set of thought leaders across the spectrum of the movie business to ask: How do we make sense of the changing landscape? And what trends are emerging as a new year dawns?” http://bit.ly/12XazFn
BUTTERFLY: With a local angle, per TMZ, “Olympic legend Michael Phelps has broken up with girlfriend Megan Rossee ... TMZ has learned. According to our sources, Phelps felt the relationship wasn't going anywhere, so he decided to end it so he could pursue other options.” http://tmz.me/VsetzW
UM, OK: Just the facts, per Us Weekly, “When it comes to love, Ke$ha likes to keep her options open. Appearing on the cover of Seventeen's February issue, the 25-year-old "Die Young" singer admits she's equally attracted to men and women. "I don't love just men. I love people," the musician explains. "It's not about a gender. It's just about the spirit that exudes from that other person you're with." http://usm.ag/S4TPKy
BUZZ BREAK: But will the album still be trippy?, per E!, “Lady Gaga is making a pretty big sacrifice for her art. Never one to be shy about her obsession for marijuana—like the time she was spotted smoking a giant spliff on stage—the pop superstar told fans during an online chat that she's decided to give up the green stuff for her latest album, Artpop.” http://eonli.ne/10OnUQT
INDUSTRY STUFF: But nonetheless interesting, per the Los Angeles Times, “Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc., two Internet companies that have long cultivated relationships in Hollywood, are nevertheless placing ads on sites that feature pirated movies, TV shows and music, a new report says. USC's Annenberg Innovation Lab ranked Google and Yahoo among the top 10 advertising networks that support major piracy sites around the world, based on the lab's analysis of online ads that receive the most copyright infringement notices.” http://lat.ms/Umn6xa
REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT: Or not, per Radar, “Kim Kardashian will still be married to Kris Humphries when she gives birth to Kanye West's baby, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting. "Unless Kim Kardashian gives in to Kris' demand that she admit the marriage fraudulent, the divorce proceedings will still be ongoing and she will still be legally married to him when she gives birth, a source close to the situation tells Radar.” http://rdar.co/ZaKwdQ
AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video. http://bit.ly/hysiTn
--Skip Wood (Follow me on Twitter @DaybreakSkip)
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