New ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Cast

New ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ cast was revealed by NBC on Wednesday, with host Donald Trump introducing celebrities like Penn Jillette, Arsenio Hall, Adam Carolla, and Lisa Lampanelli, all of them comics, as participants in his reality TV show. The start of the show is set for Feb. 12, while ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ is to be aired between 9 pm and 11 pm on Sundays, NBC said.

Celebrity Apprentice Cast 2012

Singers Clay Aiken and Dee Snider are among the contenders, while actors include George Takei, the 74-year old “Star Trek” star, and Patricia Velasquez. The new ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ cast also include macho-type participants like former Hulk, Lou Ferrigno; the star of the “American Chopper” series, Paul Teutul Sr., and the race-car driver Michael Andretti.

Apart from Patricia Velasquez and Lisa Lampanelli, female contestants have been selected among various professions, including model Cheryl Tiegs, former Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza as well as reality performers Victoria Gotti and Teresa Giudice.

Singers Aubrey O’Day, Debbie Gibson, and Tia Carrere will also try to grab the prize and donate it to a charity of their choice, while media pundits are undecided on who of the new ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ cast has the greatest chance to win the upcoming season of the show, whose ratings are not among the highest in its niche.

Matt Damon SLAMS President Obama

Not many Hollywood stars are known for their in-depth knowledge and involvement in political affairs but Democrat voters and Obama backers witnessed how Matt Damon SLAMS President Obama once again in a magazine interview. He told Elle that he is dissatisfied with the present U.S. President, saying that many of his acquaintances who volunteered for Obama presidential campaign are now deeply disappointed. Damon also said that he will not be fooled by a politician again, adding that a one-term president could be a better option for the United States in general.

Matt Damon Obama

Actually, the news is not that Matt Damon SLAMS President Obama once again but do America need two-term Presidents who mandate spans 10 years at the helm of a leading world nation. Damon was involved in Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008 and appeared to be among the best-known celebrities on the list of Obama’s supporters, along with Oprah Winfrey.

Why Matt Damon SLAMS President Obama once again, interviewer asked, and Damon replied, referencing the Occupy protesters in Vancouver, that one would only imagine what would happen if all those people on the street had a leader.

Alec Baldwin Thrown Off Flight

Hollywood star Alec Baldwin was asked to disembark an airplane operated by American Airlines for declining to switch off his smart-phone before departure, the airline said on its Facebook page. The actor played “Words with Friends” on his mobile phone while on an American Airlines aircraft preparing to depart from Los Angeles International for New York on Tuesday. When asked to do so he Baldwin took his phone with him in the lavatory and slammed the door, the statement reads, adding that the actor behaved in an extremely rude manner.

Alec Baldwin Kicked Off Flight

The airline said that even the cockpit crew heard the noise when Baldwin slammed the door, and asked the cabin crew to check what is going on aboard the plane. Then the actor called the crew members inappropriate names, using offensive language, according to the statement issued by American Airlines.

Alec Baldwin used his Twitter account to share his views on the unpleasant accident. He went on to say that a flight attendant asked him to leave the plane for playing while the aircraft was not moving, sitting at the gate, when passengers are allowed to use their mobile electronic devices.

Later, Alec Baldwin was backed by boxer Oscar De La Hoya who was on the same flight and witnessed the accident. Baldwin was only a little angry and was just turning off his devices, according La Hoya. The actor did nothing wrong while the flight attendant overreacted, the boxer added.

Kourtney Kardashian Starts ‘Mommy Blog’

Kourtney Kardashian announced she is pregnant with her second child and starts a new mommy blog. She and her boyfreend Scott Disick have son Mason, who was born nearly two years ago.

Kourtney Kardashian Mommy Blog

E! Online is going to host Kourtney’s new blog, where she intends to include series on her favorite things, some questions that she get asked a lot and things that she have found helpful. She also revealed that her new blog will not be about purchasing expensive stuff for kids, focusing on quality items rather than expensive ones.

Celebrity news reporters are divided into two camps, pessimists who insist this is only the next publicity move by the Kardashians, and advocates of the Kardshian clan who say that everybody can have a blog. Actually, if one is making fortunes through a reality TV show he is forced to publicize such a news using all communication channels, publicity experts commented.

Angelina Jolie’s ‘Bloody’ Movie Poster

Angelina Jolie is set to debut as a movie director, with her movie “In the Land of Blood and Honey” hitting the theaters across the United States on December 23rd. The film is focused on civil wars in Bosnia in the early 1990s, while local actors play the main characters. No celebrities are starring in Jolie’s debut as a film director.

Angelina Jolie Movie Poster

The newly-emerged movie director decided not to take advantage of her face on the poster for the movie, putting an old map and a blood splatter that outlines a man and a woman, who kiss each other. Movie experts applauded Jolie’s approach not to print her name in big letters, but to place it small print, focusing on the story she wants to tell instead on her big-selling name.
According to her, the movie tells the story of many people involved in a dirty war, not just the relationship between a Serbian camp administrator and a Bosnian woman, who was victimized during the war.

The 36-year-old actress told the press that movie is about a father and son, mother and child, with sisters and friends also playing important roles in the script. The movie is also about different relationships during a continuous war and all characters are placed in the midst of ethnic cleansing that took place in Bosnia during the war.

Black Friday 2011 Deals

Chief marketing officers at leading U.S. retailers expect purchases on November 25, Black Friday, to grow 1.6 percent, according to a survey conducted by BDO USA. A year ago CMOs were more positive, with marketing specialists expecting a rise of 3.8 percent on average. In 2010, sales during the weekend after the Thanksgiving grew 6.4 percent, according to a report by the National Retail Federation.

Black Friday Deals

Marketing analysts forecast that Walmart and Amazon would do well as usual, offering the cheapest prices on numerous popular items, while other retailers are still able to beat their prices during the holiday shopping season that starts after the Thanksgiving. Online retail sales are booming, with some analysts expecting them to hit $50 billion in the fourth quarter of the year.

An overwhelming majority of 78 percent of those polled by BDO expect promotions to be on the rise, compared to 64 percent of CMOs forecasting a gain in promotions in 2010. The survey covers retailers of all sizes, including the largest 12 retail chains in terms of annual revenue, thus consumers should expect a good number of items sold at promotional prices.

U.S. Thanksgiving 2011

2011 Thanksgiving in the United States is not a family holiday for many Americans, with retailers opening their doors on Thanksgiving to attract customers with promotional prices on Turkey Day evening. Another phenomenon to be witnessed across North America is a planned action by Occupy Wall Street protesters, who intend to protest malls and corporate stores. The “Occupy Black Friday” protest is designed to bring attention to protesters’ demands on a day retailers cannot ignore customers, organizers said.

 

Black Thanksgiving 2011Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is also set to offer huge discounts to Americans, with some retailers lowering their prices by up to 50 percent, while a growing number of retailers start offering discount deals on Thanksgiving, attempting to extend shopping time during the holidays. Cyber Monday also starts to cast shadow on Black Friday as the day of massive purchases, with rapidly increasing number of customers purchasing electronic appliances instead of classic gifts.

A recent survey by BDO USA reveals that retailers’ chief marketing officers expect sales for the entire holiday season, which ends in January, to gain 2.9 percent on average, In 2010, the entire holiday season sales added 5.2 percent, according to data by the National Retail Federation.

Many marketing experts agree that most retailers are forced to offer greater discounts and open their stores on Thanksgiving to gain market share during hard times for the United States economy.

Shania Twain’s Stalker Denied Bail

Ontario judge Richard Schneider denied bail to Giovanni (John) Palumbo, 51, the doctor who stalked singer Shania Twain, and he is to spend his time in jail, waiting for the next court hearing on November 15. In September, Palumbo admitted that he committed criminal harassment by watching and besetting, while the prosecutors asked for a psychiatric evaluation before sentencing. The prosecutors want to further clarify the state of his health.

Shania Twain Stalker

In the courtroom, Palumbo admitted he had sent countless love letters and flowers to Shania Twain, while trying to see her at her Ontario cottage in the process. Nevertheless, Gary Barnes, his defense lawyer, has asked the court to sentence his client to time served in prison, highlighting that Palumbo is behind bars since last March when he was arrested following a breach of an order to stay away from the country singer.

According to Palumbo, he never expected his letters to reach Twain and never lost hope that he and the singer would make a great couple. He promised not to bother her again, trying to persuade Schneider that he is a trustworthy man. Palumbo attacked his prosecutors for focusing on less tasteful part of criminal harassment, stalking, while he never intended to cause any harm to Shania Twain.

Rapper Heavy D Dead at 44

Dwight Arrington Meyers, better known as rapper Heavy D, collapsed near his Beverly Hills condo and later passed away at the age of 44. He was on a morning shopping trip, suffered from breathing difficulties and fall unconscious outside his home. Paramedics helped him regain consciousness and transported the singer Cedars Sinai Medical Center, where he died, according to a statement by police.

Heavy D Dead

The 1990s rapper’s legacy includes hits like the single “Now That We Found Love,” which topped the charts in the past decade. In his last Twitter message he wrote, “BE INSPIRED” cementing his status as an incorrigible optimist.

On November 1, he urged his Titter followers to do something for someone, believing that such an act can change one’s life forever. “Never stop believing.. Magic is just science we don’t understand.. Every original idea was considered insanity at first,” he added three days later.

Many celebrities expressed their utmost respect for Heavy D and demonstrated their grievance, including Jennifer Lopez, MC Hammer, Diddy, LaToya Jackson, Brandy and Shaquille O’Neal.

Mixed results for Hulu Plus on Android

Barnes & Noble is going at war with Amazon, launching a Nook Tablet that features Hulu Plus on Android to compete with Amazon’s upcoming Kindle Fire, industry sources said. The Nook Tablet is to cost $250 compared to $200 for Kindle Fire but features 1GB of RAM compared to only 512MB in Kindle Fire. It also offers 16GB of bundled storage versus 8GB offered by Kindle Fire, providing expandable storage of up to 32GB while Kindle Fire does not feature SD card slot.

Hulu Android

The Nook tablet will be able to play video content from Hulu Plus or Netfix, with its battery providing some 8 hours of uninterrupted usage. The device is designed to run on a customized version of Google’s Android operating system. The Nook will feature 7-inch touchscreen display, similar to the one used in the Nook Color Android reader, while its overall weight is reduced to 14.1 ounces, compared to 15.8 ounces for the Nook Color.

Industry experts commented that Barnes & Noble will face fierce competition by several established tablet makers and the company should bet on developing its reading and social media features to set foot at new markets. In addition, Barnes & Noble will be forced to compete for media streaming services where it is not positioned that well. Nevertheless, Hulu Plus on Android can be a winning combination of functionality and media service offered in environment powered by Google’s operating system.