The Santa tracker countdown is up and running! Ya'll can follow jolly old St. Nick's trip around the globe at NoradSanta.org.
Now THIS is a boyfriend who would do ANYTHING for his girlfriend. And sure, in this case it's a pretty serious crime but, um . . . love is love. Right?
Last weekend, 28-year-old Anthony Borrell of
So he went to a payphone by his house and called in a BOMB THREAT to her restaurant. That's right: He was SO devoted to getting her out he completed the incredibly challenging mission of finding a payphone.
But she ended up admitting to the cops that Anthony had texted her about the fake threat.
So he was arrested on Thursday for making a false report about planting a bomb.
NBC's "Sound of Music Live!" special . . . starring CARRIE UNDERWOOD . . . attracted 18.5 million viewers last Thursday night, which is a HUGE audience.
But judging by the shots the special has taken on social media, a lot of people thought it was a disaster.
In fact, Carrie saw so many jabs that she felt the need to warn the haters that JESUS WOULDN'T APPROVE. She Tweeted, quote, "Plain and simple: Mean people need Jesus. They will be in my prayers tonight . . . 1 Peter 2:1 - 25."
That verse says you should, quote, "rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind."
One of the "haters" was Kym Karath, who played Gretl in the original 1965 movie. She Tweeted, quote, "[I'm] mystified and disappointed so far. [I] must admit some scenes are actually painful to watch . . .
"Love Carrie Underwood, but this role is just not right for her. She is lovely, her voice is beautiful, but [her] acting is wrong." Carrie was playing JULIE ANDREWS' character, Maria.
Kym was watching the show with her former co-stars Charmian Carr, who was Liesl in the movie, and Angela Cartwright, who played Brigitta.
For the record, Kym also said a lot of POSITIVE things about the show, and later bemoaned the fact that the Internet was "twisting her words."
She said, quote, "[I] just read TMZ. [I] NEVER EVER used the words 'totally bombed.' Never. Never. Never would. Never could. Very, very disturbing."
Meanwhile, Kym was getting some criticism of her own. She Tweeted, quote, "Apparently some religious fanatics think that vile language and abuse co-exist with the teachings of Christ. Wow."
Lee's happy weekend started out on Friday when his song "I Drive Your Truck" picked up TWO Grammy nominations. It's up for Best Country song, and Best Country Solo Performance.
WILLIE NELSON canceled his February appearance at SeaWorld's "Bands, Brew & BBQ" event in
"And I understand there are petitions going around with thousands of people's names on them." One of those petitions is from Change.org, which has over 9,000 signatures.
Willie compared what goes on at SeaWorld to the cruelty he's seen in zoos. He said, quote, "I've [seen] some monkeys in the zoo where I don't blame them for wanting to throw stuff at you. It's hard on animals. It's cruel.
"I understand that there are some natural-habitat zoos out there, which is probably okay. But what they do at SeaWorld is not okay."
Willie's not alone on this. HEART and BARENAKED LADIES have also refused to perform at SeaWorld.
RANDY HOUSER is performing at tomorrow night's "American Country Awards". He also has three nominations and although he'll be happy to win, trophies don't compare to the validation he gets when fans actually shell out money to see him perform.
He says, quote, "I think it's very nice to have those nominations and I'm very proud of it and I hope people vote for us, but I feel validated when people actually buy tickets and come to the shows."
Randy is nominated as Breakthrough Artist and his song "How Country Feels" is up for Single of the Year,
KACEY MUSGRAVES scratched her leg on Saturday while working on the video for her song "Follow Your Arrow".
She posted a pic on Instagram and wrote, "Got a little too friendly with a Yucca plant on the set of my new video."
From Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to LADY GAGA singin’ with the MUPPETS . . . HERE is your TV guide to when and on what channels you can enjoy all the holiday magic. Or, just click on the pic.
Here's some random Thanksgiving trivia for you . . . arm yourself, and bust it out when there's a lull in dinner conversation and a debate about ObamaCare is about to get ugly.
1. This is the 150th anniversary of Thanksgiving. Yes, the FIRST Thanksgiving happened in 1621 . . . 392 years ago. But Thanksgiving wasn't OFFICIALLY an American holiday until President Lincoln made it one in 1863.
2. Thanksgiving is on Thursday because . . . that day seemed like it was the most wide open. There's no real significance to Thursday, folks just didn't have much going on.
3. The woman who pushed Thanksgiving from an informal tradition into a holiday was Sarah Hale from
4. Did you know turkeys CAN'T HAVE SEX? Today's turkeys have been bred for meat, so they're
5. To date, there have officially been FOUR DEATHS and 64 INJURIES during Black Friday sales. There's a website called BlackFridayDeathCount.com that will update those numbers in real time this year. (MNN / The Wire)
So . . . KEITH URBAN unveiled his new do on Twitter. And the Internet went NUTS! I swear, though . . . looks like the old JUSTIN BEIBER haircut to me. Don’t get all mad. Ya’ll KNOW it does.
The FAA announced Friday that they're going to let us use our phones when we fly. BAD IDEA. And since this is the busiest travel week of the year, CNN just ran a survey on the ten most annoying things people ALREADY do on planes . . .
1. Kicking, bumping, or shoving the seat in front of them.
2. Reclining their seat.
3. Hogging the bathroom.
4. Taking off their shoes and going barefoot.
5. Neglecting their personal hygiene before flying.
6. Shoving past you to get off the plane.
7. Rolling huge suitcases up the aisle.
8. Playing games without the sound turned off.
9. Coughing, sneezing, and spreading germs.
10. Poaching an empty middle seat by putting their stuff on it, and their bag underneath it. (CNN)
You can see the rest of CNN's top 20 here, including dominating the armrest, eating bad smelling food, and crying babies.
Ya’ll PLEASE don’t burn the house down. Pay attention to the Duck Dynasty boys, JASE and SI ROBERTSON, in this Thanksgiving fire safety video.
LITTLE BIG TOWN’S Kimberly Schlapman is a nominee in the fifth annual Taste Awards. She's up for Best Home Chef in a Series for Kimberly's Simply Southern, which airs on Great American Country.
Voting ends on December 18th. The awards take place on January 16th in Hollywood.