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Jennifer Aniston vs. Bill O’Reilly in culture wars. Who wins?


Jennifer Aniston They both have huge audiences in Middle America, making this week’s public quarrel between Bill O’Reilly and Jennifer Aniston one of the more widely-watched — and to some, perhaps, puzzling — celebrity feuds in recent months.

O’Reilly is known for his politically conservative fan base on “The O’Reilly Factor” and he enjoys a large following on Fox News with his commentary, so fans can expect him to mouth off. But Aniston is a tabloid favorite in large part because of her girl-next-door image, and she is rarely outspoken on anything much at all. So, it’s surprising when she fights speech with speech.

Aniston was targeted by O’Reilly on his “Culture Warriors” segment on Fox News this week after her recent comment that “women are realizing, more and more knowing, they don’t have to settle with a man just to have a child.” She made that statement when promoting her new movie “The Switch” about a similar topic.Bill O'Reilly

O’Reilly and his fellow Fox commentators then got personal with her, pointing out she is 41 and unmarried and likely looking to still have a child — hence her comment. The 60-year-old, self-styled “traditionalist” and syndicated columnist said her statement surely was “throwing a message out to 12 year-olds and 13 year-olds that hey, you don’t need a guy, you don’t need a dad.” And finally, he said, “that’s destructive to our society.”

Dina Lohan — don’t blame Lindsay. Or me.


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According to Dina Lohan,  there’s nothing wrong with her daughter that can’t be blamed on the media, the paparazzi, and the Beverly Hills judge who sent Lindsay to jail, and then ordered her to drug and alcohol rehab for 90 days.

No matter that it’s the fourth stint in rehab for Lohan, 24,  since 2007, when the “Mean Girls” star said in a statement that her life had become  “completely unmanageable” because she was addicted to alcohol and drugs.

Shania Twain for “American Idol”? Judge auditions drag on


shania twainAnother day.  Another potential “American Idol” judge surfaces.

Who knew Simon Cowell (or even Ellen DeGeneres) would be so hard to replace?

With Jennifer Lopez apparently out of the running for being “too demanding”, country singer Shania Twain’s name resurfaced on Thursday as  “Idol”  producers and the Fox television network searched for a new line-up in time for filmed auditions in mid-September for the show’s 10th season.

Twain proved an audience favorite after appearing earlier this year on the show, both as a guest judge and a celebrity mentor.  The JLoidea of Lopez, on the other hand, had not gone down so well with fans online, making you wonder whether her name had been deliberately floated by “Idol” insiders to gauge popular reaction before any deals were signed.

from Tales from the Trail:

One more secret at CIA – next week’s Top Chef winner and loser

The Central Intelligence Agency has one more secret to keep this week -- who won the Top Chef challenge in next week's episode.

The TV cooking competition at the end of  Wednesday's episode, in which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was a guest judge and declared herself a "foodie," previewed the coming week when the competing chefs do their thing at the intelligence agency. A smiling CIA Director Leon Panetta was shown in the snippet tasting an entry at a white-tablecloth table. USA/AFGHANISTAN

Justin Bieber takes on acne for his tween fans


BIEBER/Baby-faced singing sensation Justin Bieber has taken on a new role to help his tween fans — fighting acne. Bieber, 16, has been named spokesperson for the acne system Proactiv, joining an A-list lineup of satisfied customers including Katy Perry, Sean Combs, Avril Lavigne, and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

“My fans already know I’m just a regular kid, except the stuff about my life that’s not regular …  like performing to thousands of kids and always being in the spotlight. But, I know that for a teenager, it doesn’t matter how many people are looking at you, you don’t want acne on your face,” the Canadian singer was quoted as saying  in a statement.

Billy Ray Cyrus sports shades, bandana in new rock band; Miley mortified?


It’s every daughter’s nightmare. Dad’s fast approaching 50 and decides he needs to recapture his youth.

In this case, former country star Billy Ray Cyrus, better known these days as the father of Miley Cyrus, is taking a page from his daughter’s playbook and hardening his musical style. The mulleted singer of the inescapable 1992 anthem “Achy Breaky Heart” has formed a rock band called Brother Clyde, whose lineup includes former members of Hole and Snot. Its self-titled debut comes out on Tuesday through Disney, which also handles his daughter. 
BCJAWO0058-CR“I always loved rock ‘n’ roll,” said Cyrus, 48, pictured at left in center with bandana. “That was a heavy part of what I was as a young juvenile delinquent. I tried from my first album to rock like any other Southern rock band.” 
That album, 1992′s “Some Gave All,” spent a record 17 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the U.S. pop chart. The single “Achy Breaky Heart” turned Cyrus into a country hunk, an image he rightfully treasures.

Goodbye Ellen, Hello….who? to “American Idol”


Like it or not  “American Idol” will be getting a whole new talent line-up next season — and that’s just the judges.ellenD

But with Fox keeping their mouths firmly shut on who will replace Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres, it seems to be anyone’s guess as to what the karadinew panel will look like, or even how many judges there will be.

What do spies do on their day off?

- The cast of the new AMC drama series "Rubicon"

The cast of the new AMC drama series "Rubicon"

What do international spies do on their day off? Go on a “spy tour,” says former CIA chief of operations Jack Devine.

While stationed in London as head of CIA operations in Britain, Devine — a 32-year CIA veteran — said he decided to go on one of the city’s walking tours that tells tourists tales of espionage.

‘S Wonderful? Brian Wilson tackles Gershwins’ catalog


Summertime, and the livin’ is easy. And Brian Wilson is raising the temperature with an album of Gershwin covers. The 14-track album, “Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin,” comes out in the United States and Canada (and Brazil) on Aug. 17 via Disney, in time to make the Grammys’ eligibility deadline. It reaches Australia and Asia the following week, and finally makes it to Europe on Sept. 6.

RTR29MRGAmong the usual suspects — “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” and “Summertime” — are two obscure tunes likely to excite fans of George and Ira Gershwin: “The Like in I Love You” and “Nothing But Love.” The former is an outtake from the 1924 musical “Lady, Be Good!” The latter is based on an unfinished 1929 song “Say My Say.” They are drawn from more than 100 piano demos left by composer George Gershwin at his death in 1937, and made available last year to Wilson by the Gershwin estates and their publisher Warner/Chappell Music. Wilson completed the pair with bandmate Scott Bennett.

Are injuries ruining “So You Think You Can Dance” ?


Another day, another dancer injured on “So You Think You Can Dance”.billybell

Billy Bell sat out this week’s competition rounds on the TV dance show with a hurt knee, joining ballet dancer Alex Wong and contemporary dancer Ashley Galvan on the growing list of contestants brought down by injury in rehearsal.

It’s the biggest injury toll in the show’s five-year history. So what’s going on? Even executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe isn’t sure. But at least he is honest.