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California Gurls REMIX

James Blunt is best known for his hit song "Beautiful" but now he is taking on Katy's Perry's California Gurls.   What do you think?



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10/04/2011 12:11AM
California Gurls REMIX
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"Oh, I WILL Take This on the Plane"
Some people are silly, I guess. Like this woman who tried to get on board a flight at Beijing Capital International Airport with a $200 bottle of Remy Martin XO Excellence cognac. When the airport security folks told her she'd have to leave it behind, she did what any logical human would do She drank the entire bottle. And got so drunk - fall-down drunk, in fact - that she wasn't allowed to board the fight. I guess she showed them, huh?
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"See a Bus, Don't Move"
Deva Dalparto runs a web and YouTube site called MyLifeSuckers.com, dedicated to the moms of the world. But you don't have to be a mom, or even a parent, to enjoy the videos and blogs she posts. Her latest - just in time for Back to School Season - is "Bus, Don't Move," a parody of the 80s hit, "Bust a Move." It's pretty funny, and it also carries an important safety message to motorists: when you see a school bus, don't move.  
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Les Miserables = Less Miserable
You don't have to be a fan of Les Miserables - either the Broadway show or the movie - to appreciate this flash mob. The West Des Moines School District (in Iowa, of course) was holding its district-wide welcome to school meeting for teachers. And to put a little zest into the day, some teachers put together a teaching-oriented parody of one of the show's biggest ensemble pieces, "One Day More." At first, no one knew what was happening. But as more and more teachers stood up to sing their parts and join the others on stage, the rest of the audience really got into it. When it was done - and done quite well - the performers earned a standing ovation.  
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Ashley Madison, the TV Show?
One of the biggest data breaches going these days is the one involving AshleyMadison.com. That's the site where you can sign up and arrange an extra-marital affair if you're so inclined. Like they say, "Life is short. Have an affair." Now, a team of Hollywood producers has revealed they're working on a fictionalized show based on the website, about a single mom who launches the site as a way to make ends meet. Why now and why this, you wonder? “Anytime 30 million people are doing anything, it becomes worthy of a real discussion,” one of the producers told US Weekly. So, let's see if this ever makes it to air. The show is tentatively titled Thank You Ashley Madison. Meanwhile, the folks at Entertainment Tonight talked about what the breached data shows about the least- and most-faithful states in the USA. You might be surprised! 
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The End of SuM&Mer
I'm not in any hurry to get to fall, but apparently, the M&M people are. They just announced their newest flavor, and it has "fall" written all over it. New Pumpkin Spice Latte M&Ms, featuring the brown M&M on the packages wearing a scarf and holding a cup of latte. I'm sorry, it's too early. Take them back, M&M people! Just another month. That's all I ask. One. More. Month! Meanwhile,watch this hilariously awkward amateur food-tasting review about the new M&Ms posted to YouTube at the beginning of the week...  
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Space Oddity in Space
File this in your #TBT drawer: it's a video from a couple of years ago. I missed it, maybe you did too. Astronaut Chris Hadfield pulled a tour aboard the International Space Station in 2013. He was known as being media-savvy, steadily tweeting and doing other entertaining things. Like this little gem: performing David Bowie's "Space Oddity" in space. He tweaked the lyrics a bit - since space travel has changed a bit since Bowie recorded the song in 1969. The floating guitar and the floating singer really make this work. And Chris has a pretty decent voice.  
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Kim's Biggest Problem
The newly crowned queen of Instagram might have trouble in her kingdom. According to Star magazine - and you know they'd never lie! - Kim Kardashian has gained 65 pounds in her second pregnancy, and Kanye West is not at all happy about it. Kanye believes, according to the tabloid - and you know they'd never lie! - that Kim is gaining weight because she's using her pregnancy to binge on donuts and ice cream. And he wants her to lose the weight before she has the baby. If any of this is true, sounds like Kim's biggest problem is not the weight, but the maroon her got her pregnant.     RP: @carladibello GOOD MUSIC, GOOD TIMES! A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Aug 23, 2015 at 10:30am PDT
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The $1.5 Million "Ooops!"
Before we go any further, let me just say, I feel bad for the kid, okay? And now, the story. A 12-year-old visiting a museum in Taipei, China tripped and fell. No big deal, except he used a painting worth $1.5 million to break his fall. And in the process, he managed to punch a hole in the painting. Watch the video. And tell me this kid's face isn't on a warning poster at museums around the world by now.  
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"Go Back to Univision"
When it comes to freedom of speech, it sounds like Donald Trump believes it applies only to him. Okay, so maybe that's a broad statement to be making based on one little incident, so you decide. The Donald's holding a press conference in Dubuque. A reporter from Univision - a Spanish-language television network aimed at America's Hispanic population - tried to ask a question. The Donald told him to sit down, as he hadn't been called. The reporter persisted, and it turned into a bit of a verbal tennis match, which involved The Donald telling the reporter to "go back to Univision." Then The Donald made a duck-lips face to his security team, and the reporter was removed. What do you think? Freedom of Donald Speech? Watch the video - decide for yourself.  
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No Sex in the City for Sarah Jessica Parker?
So, here's an interesting revelation. Originally, Sarah Jessica Parker did not want to play Carrie Bradshaw in Sex in the City. She reluctantly filmed the pilot and forgot about it. And when she found out the series had been picked up a few months later, she begged HBO to let her out of her contract. The story comes from a Broadway actor who recently spent some time doing a show with SJP and hubby Matthew Broderick in Massachusetts. HBO prevailed, as we know. But imagine if they hadn't. It's hard to picture anyone else playing that role. Of course, that's always difficult in retrospect. I don't think it would have been the same, do you? In case you've forgotten the show, here's a trailer for the first movie that the series spawned...  
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The Guy Who Got a Whole Lot of Things Right
I just stumbled on this trailer for what appears to be an epic documentary about Walt Disney. The folks at PBS are presenting Walt Disney as part of their American Experience series. They call it an unprecedented look at "the life and legacy of one of America’s most enduring and influential storytellers." Watch the trailer. It looks fascinating. And mark your calendars for the premiere on September 14 and 15.  
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Looks Like the Devil Went Down to Congress Instead
County music legend Charlie Daniels posted an open letter to the Congress of the United States yesterday. To say he's not a happy camper is a darned accurate statement. He writes about how the courage that our country's leaders have shown in the past, and bemoans what he sees as the loss of that courage... "The courageous politicians that once championed this nation have been replaced, for the most part, by a breed of milksop, politically correct, scared of their own shadow, pushover, pathetic excuses for public servants who are supposed to be representing a constituency of citizens who have to live with the circumstances of their timid folly." Not happy in any way. He thinks the members of Congress should just pack up and go home, as he doesn't hold them in high esteem. "You're no longer men, you're puppets, you're caricatures, jokes, a gaggle of fading prostitutes for sale to anybody who can do you a political favor." Charlie's got an awful lot to say. Check it out, if you like, on his Facebook page. You can even react to it, if you like.  
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So This is a Preview? Not in Your Wildest Dreams!
So Taylor Swift tweeted a 15-second preview of her newest tune, "Wildest Dreams," on Sunday. It shows a variety of shots of animals running or flying, Taylor getting up close and personal with a guy, a biplane flying into the sun, and a close-up of Taylor's eye. And that's it. Guess what it doesn't feature. Music. Shouldn't a teaser for a music video feature - oh, I don't know - music? Want to see the full version - perhaps with music included? Tune in to the Video Music Awards on August 30.   Wildest Dreams music video preview. Full video debuts VMA night. Get ready. #WildestDreamsMusicVideo pic.twitter.com/qfye9qMDW5 — Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 24, 2015
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Welcome to the Legion of Honor
Three Americans were praised and awarded France's highest honor on Monday, as thanks for their actions in thwarting a gunman aboard the high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris last Friday. France's president, Francois Hollande, awarded the Legion d'Honneur to the three - two of whom are servicemen - plus a British citizen who helped in the takedown. "We are giving you the highest distinction of the country to show you how much we appreciate what you did. So this Legion d'Honneur is representative of your courage and also your incredible act of humanity … to save those also on the train." Pretty amazing story...  
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We Had Karate Kid All Wrong!
Thirty-one years ago, The Karate Kid made a bit of a splash in the movie world. Since then, it's become something of a classic. But, according to this retrospective, we've had the whole movie wrong all along. Daniel (played by Ralph Macchio) is the villain here, not the victim. "Wax on wax off" will never be the same again...  
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"Cain't Nuthin' Happen to You!"
Over the weekend, a video surfaced showing former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Chris Carter speaking to the 2014 NFL freshman class. Ordinarily, no big deal. Veteran passing on his knowledge to a bunch of rookies. Until... "Just in case y'all gonna decide not to do the right thing, if y'all got a crew, you got to have a fall guy in the crew." That's right. If you're new to the NFL and you're going to do something you shouldn't be doing, make sure you've got a hanger-on who'll be happy to say he did whatever it was so that you're off the hook. Wow. Just wow. Chris has apologized since the video hit. So far, the NFL says they don't condone that - but notice the logos on the walls behind Chris - and ESPN, where Chris works as a commentator, says it doesn't involve them. So he gets off, without even having a fall guy.  
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Meet the Creepy Meat Guy
So this is one of those weird stories. Residents of an apartment complex in Gastonia, North Carolina reported seeing a mysterious cloaked figure lurking in the area, possibly dropping raw meat near playgrounds. Police are investigating - so far, no clues. People are scared - and not just because he looks like the Emperor from the early Star Wars trilogy either. The computer-generated voice with this video makes it even creepier...  
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Hurry Up and Don't Panic?
Yesterday was not a good day for the global economy. The major stock markets took a major hit, thanks mostly to China's economic distress. So, why not take that as a sign of the financial apocalypse? That's what a former advisor to England's former prime minister did yesterday, offering three bits of advice to anyone biting what he was tweeting: Get hard cash in a safe place Stock up on bottled water, canned goods enough household essentials for a month Agree on a spot where you and your loved ones can meet in case phones and other bits of infrastructure break down This is what happens when you go to sleep watching Fear the Walking Dead and wake up to an instant 1100-point plunge on the Dow Jones. I love this reply to his third point... @DPMcBride So, is this happening in the next hour or so, or should I still get lunch? — Hank Single (@Hanksingle) August 24, 2015
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A Friendly Instagram War
Last week, Hugh Jackman posted a video to Instagram that started a war. A friendly little war. It showed Hugh imitating Jim Carrey. Specifically, Jim's "smokin'" line from The Mask...     #JimCarrey mate trying my best to do justice! Clearly, I should stay in my own lane. A video posted by Hugh Jackman (@thehughjackman) on Aug 17, 2015 at 8:12pm PDT It took only a couple of days for Jim to react, posting a picture of himself as Wolverine...   Nice move @RealHughJackman Now watch me make a meal out of your biggest role. ;^> pic.twitter.com/GUfHB2RR4L — Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) August 20, 2015 This could escalate. Let's hope so!
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I'm Sorry, But This is Funny
Police in Westwood, Massachusetts released this video of a too-high truck going under a too-low bridge. No one was hurt, so it's okay to laugh. It's also okay to put this on an endless video loop, if you know how to do that. Note to truck drivers: they call it "low clearance" for a reason. I'd love to be a fly on the wall when the driver has to explain this one to the boss...     (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); MUST-SEE: Police just released the surveillance footage of this truck being completely sheared by a bridge in Westwood.The full video and story: http://bit.ly/1U56CGD Posted by FOX25 on Friday, August 21, 2015
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"You Can't Un-Watch This!"
The folks at EA Sports have outdone themselves this year. The video they produced to promote the Madden NFL '16 video game is - dare I say it - epic. We're talking gangs, and chase scenes, and flying footballs. Appearances by Colin Kaepernick, Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski and Rex Ryan. And a tyrannosaurus rex.     (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Madden Season You can’t hate on Madden Season! #whynot #MaddenSeason #ad http://bit.ly/1MEBTkt Posted by Russell Westbrook on Friday, August 21, 2015
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Blink, and You Will Miss It
National Hot Rod Asssociation funny car driver Jack Beckman set a couple of records on Saturday. He posted the quickest time ever in a funny car drag race - 3.901 seconds - and the top speed ever - pushing his Dodge Charger to 325.69 miles per hour. Man, that's fast. It takes longer to start up the car than it does to finish the race.  
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Dudes, You've Been Rickrolled
The term's a new one for me: Rickrolling. From what I've read, it means being disruptive using Rick Astley's 1989 hit song, "Never Gonna Give You Up." I still don't completely get it, but when the Foo Fighters used it this weekend to stick it to members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas City, it's fun to watch. I guess the WBCers have TFF on the hate list, so they gathered outside the Sprint Center Friday night to protest the band's appearance. Rather than duck and cover, Dave Grohl and the boys hopped into the back of a pick-up truck and drove right past the protestors, playing "Never Gonna Give You Up" at top volume. Check out the video. It's fun to watch.  
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Oh No You Didn't!
Maybe you caught the story about the astronauts on the International Space Station eating a salad featuring lettuce they'd grown on board. It's the wave of the future when it comes to space travel - being able to grow the food needed for long trips to planets like Mars. But watch what happens when a sports guy has a follow-up comment about the story just presented by the news anchor on CKPG TV in British Columbia. (I won't spoil it for you.) Be sure to catch the initial looks on the news anchor and meteorologist's faces, and listen to how they try to divert attention from what the guy just said. Classic!  
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Make It So, Beck
So here's something I never thought I'd hear. Sir Patrick Stewart - of Star Trek: The Next Generation and X-Men fame - reciting the lyrics to Beck's "Loser" in a semi-Shakespearean style. It's from NPR's quiz show, "Ask Me Another." The object was for players to guess the song from which the lyrics came. They failed. But the audience knew it immediately. Check it out here.  
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