Four daughters of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have written a new book to inspire young people across America.
Growing Up Duggar was written by Jana, 24, Jill, 22, Jessa, 21, and Jinger, 20, notes EOnline.com.
The young Christian women have starred with their 15 siblings and parents on the TLC reality TV series "19 Kids and Counting."
Part of their new book includes their rules on dating.
According to the Daily Mail, the girls advise, "It's easy to put yourself into physical and moral danger and give into those emotions or sensual thoughts that promise pleasant, but only temporary, fulfillment."
"By censoring our thoughts through the filter of God's word, we will be able to recant any wrong thoughts or temptations that try to sneak in," add the Duggar daughters.
The young women also say they avoid men to ensure they don't sin, but "have a natural physical desire toward men" and "thank God for making us ‘normal.'"
The daughters also mention their struggles with weight as teens, their mother's battle with the eating disorder bulimia and their father's temper, reports Radar Online.
Batkid, better known as 5-year-old Leukemia surviror Miles Scott, was pulled from a slot at the Academy Awards on Sunday at the last minute.
According to Natalie Scott, Miles’ mother, her son was pulled with “little explanation” to the family. The Academy justified its decision by stating that the segment didn’t work with the “fluid nature” of live TV.
The family had flown to Los Angeles, bought a tuxedo for Miles and even took part in a rehearsal on Saturday. Despite all of that, organizers informed them Sunday morning that the Batkid segment had been pulled.
“I know that’s how TV goes and how Hollywood is,” Scott said. “We’re just not used to that; we’re from a really small town.”
To make up for the last-minute change, Andrew Garfield, whose appearance was also pulled from the award show on Sunday night, took Miles to Disneyland.
Miles gained international attention in November when the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted his wish to become a superhero. The city of San Francisco was turned into Gotham City for the day, and Miles was paraded around as Batkid.
Chef Keith Guerke appeared on five morning TV shows in Wisconsin and Illinois after Thanksgiving last year to promote his (fake) new cookbook.
Chef Keith took old leftovers from Thanksgiving dinners and mixed them up in a blender and made a horrible grayish smoothie-type drink (video below).
Local news hosts, who drank these gross concoctions on camera, were unaware that Chef Keith was not a chef, but rather prankster Nick Prueher, notes Deadspin.com.
"I am self-taught. I did not go to culinary school," Prueher told a local reporter. "I'm kinda unconventional."
Prueher asked a female reporter to make boom box noises so he could rap about his distasteful leftover dishes.
In reality, Prueher is a co-creator of the "Found Footage Festival," which begins touring this week with "odd and hilarious found videos."
Prueher said it was easy to get on local morning shows in the Midwest because they are all desperate for holiday programming.
Rock icon Prince will be the only guest of “The Arsenio Hall Show” on March 5.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Prince invited himself on the show via a letter that was delivered on the air by the singer’s “clone,” who did not speak (video below).
“‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ has always been so welcoming to us in the past, and we wanted to return that favor,” Hall read from Prince’s letter.
“Just say the word and we will bring our whole crew over to your place and do a performance you will never forget," Hall continued. "Just in case you haven’t heard, I’ve been practicing and I’ve gotten pretty good now. If that’s cool, we’d like to come in next week, perhaps Wednesday. Have your people contact my people and we’ll invite some more people, like all of America.”
“Hey Prince, I don’t have people,” Hall stated to the camera. “The answer is Yes! Thank you, and we’ll see him Wednesday.”
In October 2013, Prince hosted an all-night pajama party at his house to promote his "Breakfast Can Wait" video.
According to Pitchfork.com, Prince, his band 3rdEyeGirl and the audience all wore pajamas.
Earlier this month, Prince guest-starred on the Super Bowl episode of the TV show "New Girl."
Mike Rowe, who hosts "Dirty Jobs" on the Discovery Channel, recently caught criticism for narrating a Walmart ad entitled “I Am a Factory" during the Olympics.
CBS News reports that Rowe says in the Walmart commercial (video below), “We will build things and build families and build dreams."
The ad plugs Walmart’s sudden patriotic commitment of “$250 billion to work to help create new manufacturing jobs in America.”
Walmart is famous for importing cheaply-made goods created by near-slave labor in countries such as China and Bangladesh, so why would it suddenly sell American goods?
Reuters reported in 2013, "In many cases, Walmart's suppliers had already decided to produce in the United States, as rising wages in China and other emerging economies, along with increased labor productivity and flexibility back home, eroded the allure of offshore production."
Rowe attacked his critics earlier this week on his Facebook page where he wrote: "Walmart’s $250 billion investment in US manufacturing is worth talking about” and “I’m happy to ‘shill’ for any company that gets this country back to work.”
But Rowe doesn't mention how Walmart helped put Americans out of work in mid-size and smaller towns where local businesses were destroyed by the retail giant, noted Forbes in 2013.
Jobs With Justice, a labor-backed nonprofit, has urged its members to send Rowe an email to meet with Walmart workers.
In response, 5,048 people sent a Rowe an email, which he said “had the same effect as a flood of telemarketing calls during my dinner, or a bag of dog crap set ablaze on my front porch."
Rowe also claimed that Jobs With Justice was “trying to wring out a modest increase for people who feel unappreciated by their employer and unhappy in their work,” while he [Rowe] was was “trying to get those same people excited about possibilities and opportunities that go beyond their current positions.”
Of course, getting "people excited" to move beyond their "current positions" has never been opposed by Jobs With Justice.
The issue is how Walmart, which Rowe supports, treats its workers today in the real world.
Rowe did not mention that Walmart is notorious for paying for low wages, not paying overtime as required by law, making employees work off the clock, lying to workers about the dangers of joining a union, discriminating against women and fixing timecards.
On Thursday, Jobs With Justice issued an open letter to Rowe on its website:
...It’s hard for us to trust Walmart’s promise to invest in U.S. manufacturing when they’ve made a pledge to change before and the results have been questionable at best. Instead of following through on that pledge, the Alliance for American Manufacturing reports that Walmart actually upped its overseas purchasing and increased pressure on its suppliers to reduce costs, even if that meant outsourcing at our economy’s expense.
...Change at Walmart doesn’t start with an ad campaign, it starts with the actual workers who are a core part of Walmart’s success and yet are subject to low wages, erratic scheduling, dwindling benefits and retaliation when they try to raise these issues with their bosses.
According to news reports, "Dancing with the Stars" co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet was suddenly fired this week because the producers wanted to hire a younger woman to bring in young male straight viewers who have avoided watching the series for nine years.
An “insider” told US Weekly that Burke-Charvet had no idea she was going to be fired and then replaced by Erin Andrews.
"Everyone loved [Brooke], but the execs wanted a whole new show," said the insider because a "young male following" is what ABC is "desperate" for.
"Dancing with the Stars" also fired their house band, the Harold Wheeler Orchestra and Singers, in another effort to recruit straight male viewers.
"People who love 'Dancing With the Stars' also love the superb performances of the orchestra because it is such an integral part of the show," American Federation of Musicians president Ray Hair told The Hollywood Reporter.
"The tight, elaborate musical productions that catapulted the show into the top 10 in 17 countries can’t be duplicated by recordings and a small combo," added Hair. "Viewers, whether they are young or old, will reject that as artistic fraud."
For her part, Burke-Charvet took her firing with good humor on Twitter, “Weird day….Shocking pre-season elimination #DWTS…ME. @Tom_Bergeron didn't even read my name. I won't be returning to the show this season.”
Meanwhile, Andrews could barely contain her glee in replacing Burke. Andrews tweeted, “Very excited! I have HUGE shoes to fill RT @GMA: #DWTS Announcement: Joining @Tom_Bergeron as a co-host this season will be @ErinAndrews!”
Sources: Twitter, The Hollywood Reporter, US Weekly
NASCAR fans are sometimes teased for their lack of intelligence, a stereotype which actually came to life this weekend.
This year's Daytona 500 race was delayed due to weather, so Fox Sports aired last year's race with a note at the bottom of the screen to make viewers aware it was a replay.
But apparently many NASCAR fans thought today's replay was this year's race, reports ESPN.
In the 2013 replay, driver Jimmie Johnson won his second Daytona 500, but Johnson actually got telephone calls today congratulating him for winning his third while he was sitting in his motor home, notes the Associated Press.
Driver Clint Bowyer also fell for the replay on Twitter, "Wait a minute! I'm confused, did @JimmieJohnson win or not?"
In response, Johnson tweeted, "I hear I won the #Daytona500? Haha! I also have friends confused and texting congratulations to me."
“Congrats @JimmieJohnson amazing,” tweeted Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s senior vice president of racing operations, joked on Twitter.
New information about The Walking Dead season 4 was revealed after Michael Cudlitz, a new addition to the cast, talked with The Hollywood Reporter.
Cudlitz, who plays Abraham alongside new characters Eugene and Rosita, revealed that he began reading the comics when he started researching for the character.
“Scott M. Gimple told me that Abraham's backstory would closely resemble Abraham in the comics,” Cudlitz said, “so that was a great place to start my research.”
The the show will reportedly add extra elements that make Abraham’s back story even more tragic.
As expected, Cudlitz reminded viewers that the TV and comic versions are similar, but once “things get moving” on the show the stories could begin to differ.
In the next episode, Cudlitz said the audience would learn why the new trio is headed to Washington and what information Eugene has used to convince Abraham and Rosita to travel there.
“There is no subtlety in it,” Cudlitz said. “It's this wonderful expositional moment that's literally ripped out of the comics.”
Michelle Duggar, co-star of the TLC reality show "19 Kids and Counting," recently gave women sex tips that make her and her husband Jim Bob feel like "a newlywed couple every day."
Speaking to Today.com, the conservative Christian mom said that she always makes herself available for her husband sexually, even when she is exhausted.
"In your marriage there will be times you're going to be very exhausted," said Duggar. "Your hubby comes home after a hard day's work, you get the baby to bed, and he is going to be looking forward to that time with you. Be available. Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love that he has, and you always need to be available when he calls."
Duggar does not believe in birth control, but rather allows God to decide how many children she should have.
While Duggar is pro-sex within marriage, she and her husband Jim Bob are very modest while in public.
Last year, during their TLC show, Duggar was covered up with quite a bit of clothing while on a snorkeling trip in Puerto Rico (video below).
"In society, sometimes there's this idea that we cover up at certain times and then we go to the beach and wear our underclothes," Duggar told People. "Bathing suits are pretty and colorful but it's not our thinking that it is okay to be naked some places and not other places."
“The Biggest Loser,” a reality show on NBC, crowned Rachel Fredrickson its winner last night because she lost the most weight of all the contestants, going from 260 pounds to 105.
Fredrickson went from looking like a chubby tomboy to a gorgeous spokesmodel, and won $250,000 in prize money (video below).
DietsinReview.com wrote, “We turned to shock when millions if viewers at home noticed her frail, skeletal frame... no one has ever looked as frighteningly emaciated as Rachel did tonight.”
There is even a Change.org petition calling on NBC to strip Fredrickson of her prize money.
"I worked out a ton and ate super healthy,” Fredrickson told "The Today Show," adding that she has been on a 1,600-calorie diet under medical supervision. “I am extremely proud of the way I lost the weight on the show."
Dr. Janey Pratt, the co-director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center, defended Fredrickson on "Today".
“If she lost it and she’s not malnourished, then there’s nothing wrong with it," said Dr. Pratt. "You can lose weight that quickly safely, but it’s a full-time job, which is what ‘The Biggest Loser’ is. It’s not what we usually see. It’s not common, but it can happen.”
Kylene Guerra, a nutritionist who does weight management at the Cleveland Clinic, told CBS News, "We really don’t know what she was doing before she came on the show. If it’s done in the correct way with supervision, it could be okay.”