Jan 27, 2014 10:00am
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“Bachelor” stars Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici said “I do” in a televised, “grown sexy” wedding on Sunday night, but now, they’re ready to spend some time out of the spotlight.
“This entire process of planning a wedding and everything has been such a blast,” Lowe told ABC News a few days before the nuptials. “Then you add the media in it and you’ve got friends and family coming in town and they all want to see us and talk to us, so it’ll be nice to just get away for a week.”
He and Giudici, who said they were “excited to consummate” their relationship after they were officially married, wouldn’t disclose where they were going, but certainly seemed excited to get there.
“We’re going somewhere warm,” Giudici revealed.
“It’ll be tropical. We’ll be on a beach for a week of R&R,” added Lowe. “We’ll just decompress and just be newlyweds!”
SHOWS: Good Morning America
Jan 27, 2014 8:06am
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Rosie O’Donnell is returning to “The View.”
This marks the first time the actress has appeared on the ABC talk show since she left the panel in 2007.
“I have great affection for Rosie and we have remained in contact through the years,” said Barbara Walters, the show’s creator. “I am happy to welcome her back to the program. She is always a lively and engaging guest and a part of the show’s successful history.”
O’Donnell, who is currently guest-starring on ABC Family’s hit series, “The Fosters,” will be a guest on the talk show’s Feb. 7 episode. During her stint as a host of “The View,” she was well-known for her strong opinions. At one point, she had a very public falling out with then-co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
“I learned that for me, if I can’t be the boss of a show, I shouldn’t be on the show,” O’Donnell said.
SHOWS: Good Morning America
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This year’s Super Bowl will be played in New Jersey, but it looks as if the Seattle Seahawks will have the “ohm” team advantage, as head coach Pete Caroll encourages all his players to meditate daily.
“Coach Caroll combines old-school values with a real appreciation for the science of psychology,” said Michael Gervais, a high-performance sports psychologist who has been the team’s consultant since 2012. “He recognizes that quality of thought readily translates into quality of movement.”
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While Caroll hasn’t made meditation mandatory, he promotes it and about 20 players participate voluntarily, meditating several times a week, Gervais said. The team also incorporates yoga into its regular strength-training sessions.
Players new to meditation start off with six minutes of deep breathing, Gervais explained. As they gain more experience, they devote longer periods of time to the practice. Gervais said this demonstrated the tremendous tolerance they have for taking on extended tasks that can often be boring or difficult.
“That grit is a characteristic that helps them to get closer to their full potential on and off the field,” he said.
While football is obviously an intensely physical sport, mental muscles also flex pretty hard during a game. Learning to slow down and calm down is so important, Gervais said, because it teaches players to fine-tune their focus, attention and attitude. This leads to what Gervais described as a more mindful approach to the game.
“Simply put, mindfulness occurs when you become more aware of your thoughts,” he explained.
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There’s an entire body of science backing the idea that increased mindfulness can equate to better performance. Studies find that daily meditation helps raise awareness of self-defeating thoughts. Mindfulness practice also helps reduce production of the “flight or fight” hormone adrenaline that contributes directly to anxiety and distracting mental chatter.
Meditating regularly probably influences the size and topography of the player’s brains as well. Not that all that extra brain matter is useful for blocking or tackling opponents, but work sponsored by the National Health Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine found an increased thickness in areas of the brain associated with self-awareness, introspection and learning after several weeks of short meditation sessions. A regular mindfulness practice also appeared to shrink the more emotionally reactive spots in the brain that tend to plump up in response to chronic stress.
By halting negative thinking and replacing it with sunnier thoughts while in training, players learn to carry a more positive attitude onto the gridiron, Gervais said. This can also translate into direct physical advantages as well. For example, Gervais said the time players devote to sitting on a meditation cushion with their eyes closed has taught many of them how to slow their heart rates during the intensity of play.
And certainly a relaxed, more focused team certainly can’t hurt the Seahawks game, Gervais said. He can’t comment on the progress of individual players, but he said that over time, the athletes who participate in mindfulness training seem to develop a rich consciousness of the thoughts streaming through their minds. They’ve learned to block out distractions from the other team and from a fan base so rabidly vocal, cheering crowds triggered an earthquake at a recent home game.
“Collectively, they’ve learned to think more clearly under pressure,” Gervais said. And so far this season, the Seahawks’ appreciation for developing both brains and brawn seems to have paid off. They players appear to be pretty loose heading into big matchups, such as last weekend’s championship game against the 49ers.
Gervais said there should be a take-home message here for the rest of us.
“We can learn something here from some of the best athletes in the world,” he said. “What they do can be used outside of football. It’s relevant to any type of performance whether it’s on the football field, the board room or the living room.”
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A new fitness app, website and workout service aims to upend gym habits by charging users less the more they workout.
Called Fitmob, the fitness service eschews the normal gym model and instead connects users directly with fitness trainers for classes. The trainers put together the class and find a workout space through Fitmob, which has researched venues that rent by the hour.
Users can then attend the class and rate the trainers so other users know exactly what they’re in for.
While gyms will oversell their memberships knowing that many January signups will be no shows in August, the creators of Fitmob want to incentivize working out. They charge users less money the more classes users go to per week.
For example one class per week is $15, two is $10 each and three or more is $5 each and there is no upfront fee. If you miss a week, you aren’t charged anything.
Co-founder and CEO of Fitmob, Raj Kapoor said he was inspired to start Fitmob after learning that about the high rates of unused memberships.
Around 60 percent of gym memberships are unused by some estimates. Kapoor said he wanted to use the app and the website so that people would have workout communities and be more committed to exercise.
“Why don’t we create neighborhood communities, instead of using fancy equipment,” said Kapoor. “All you need is human body weight and you can get an amazing workout.”
Kapoor co-founded Fitmob with Tony Horton who developed P90x, an intense home workout. While eventually any user will be allowed to hold a class, in the early stages Kapoor said they have picked certified trainers to focus on yoga, core strength and running classes.
He’s says they’re also committed to finding unusual “fun” workouts with classes such as “Twerkout Conditioning” or “Weapons of A– Reduction.”
“If it’s not a chore, you’re much more likely to continue,” said Kapoor.
In the future if a class is held by a user, other potential students will be able to see if the class leader is certified and what other students have rated the class.
“They have to commit to a minimum schedule [of classes] and then if they don’t show up it will appear on their ratings like an EBay rating,” said Kapoor.
Kapoor said that the trainers would receive the majority of the profits from each class, but did not specify how much.
Jan 27, 2014 7:39am
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Have you ever dreamed of going on a date with Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney?
The fantasy could become reality.
A date with Clooney is being auctioned, and proceeds support war crimes prevention efforts in Sudan and South Sudan.
Entries start at $10, and they’ll afford participants a chance to go out on the town with “The Monuments Men” star for that film’s premiere on Feb. 4.
The winner and a friend will be flown to New York City, where they’ll be styled by industry professionals and outfitted with the red carpet-ready attire. They’ll then go backstage at “The Late Show” with David Letterman for Clooney’s pre-premiere interview.
They’ll then travel to the premiere with Clooney and walk the red carpet with him before taking in the film from the VIP row. The film’s afterparty follows, and the winners will attend as Clooney’s guests.
The auction closes on Thursday.
Every entry supports the Satellite Sentinel Project’s efforts to deter war crimes.
SHOWS: Good Morning America
Jan 27, 2014 3:40am
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards were full of epic moments. Daft Punk, Pharrell, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Lorde were big winners of the night. Here are the top 5 moments from “music’s biggest night:”
1. Music’s ‘First Couple’: Beyoncé & Jay Z + Blue Ivy’s Special Gift
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Beyoncé and Jay Z opened the show with a steamy performance of their hit record “Drunk in Love.” This was Queen Bey’s first performance of the record since releasing her top-secret album in December. The 17-time Grammy winner stunned in a leotard and short wavy hair. Beyoncé, 32, lit the Grammy stage with her “surfboard” dance moves.
Katy Perry tweeted the song lyric after the couple’s performance.
— Katy Perry (@katyperry) January 27, 2014
Jay Z won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for his duet with pal Justin Timberlake for “Holy Grail.” When the rap mogul, 44, went to accept the award he gave the usual thanks to God and Beyoncé but also said he would be using his new trophy in a different way for his daughter Blue Ivy.
“I want to tell Blue that, ‘Look, Daddy got a gold sippy cup for you.’”
2. Lorde: 17-year-old is One of Youngest to Win Big Category Award
Lorde proves she really is “royal,” taking home 2 Grammys. She also becomes one of the youngest winners of the “Song of the Year” category at just 17. The teenage singer has made a big splash onto the pop music scene since the release of her debut album “Pure Heroine” last year.
When the nominations for the Grammys were first announced, Lorde was noticeably absent from the Best New Artist category, which many said she was sure to win. Despite being overlooked in the category she prevailed as one of the night’s biggest new Grammy artists, also winning Best Pop Solo Performance.
During her acceptance speech, Lorde spoke on the rise of her hit “Royals.”
“I just want to say, we made this song originally just to give away for free and to be here now in this room with so many legends and people who we all admire is a complete honor, so thank you for that.”
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) January 27, 2014
3. Kendrick Lamar & Imagine Dragons’ Epic Performance
Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons offered up a mash-up, bringing Rock and Hip-Hop together with Lamar’s song “m.A.A.d City” and Imagine Dragon’s “Radioactive.” The duo set the Staples Center on fire … Not literally, but almost. Strobe lights and smoke filled the stage, setting the scene for the electrifying performance. Taylor Swift was among those seen waving their hands in the audience to the set.
Imagine Dragons won Best Rock Performance and tweeted this photo, thanking their supporters.
Best Rock Performance Grammy. What a crazy night. Could not be more grateful to all of you who brought us here. pic.twitter.com/PP6DMTrv28
— Imagine Dragons (@Imaginedragons) January 27, 2014
4. Pharrell + Daft Punk Prove They Are More Than “Lucky” + Pharrell’s Hat
French Electronic music duo Daft Punk won Album of the Year for “Random Access Memories.” The album featured collaborations and production by hip-hop crooner Pharrell. Everyone in the audience was dancing during Daft Punk and Pharrell’s performance of “Get Lucky.” Pharrell, a recent Oscar nominee, also won Best Producer. These gentlemen are showing they are more than “Getting Lucky” – they’re winning!
Also please check out Pharrell’s epic hat that had everyone, including Ryan Seacrest, talking on Twitter.
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) January 27, 2014
Even fast-food restaurant Arby’s got in on the fun.
— Arby’s (@Arbys) January 27, 2014
5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Dominate Rap Categories + Bring Madonna, Queen Latifah to the Stage
Rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, winners of best new artist, won four awards for their album “The Heist.” The group did face some controversy for their rap wins as the AP noted the group has dominated more on the Top 40 pop charts versus the Rap charts. In an interesting move, Macklemore posted a screenshot of a text message he sent to his competitor Kendrick Lamar, noting that Lamar should have won over the duo.
My text to Kendrick after the show. He deserved best rap album… I’m honored and completely blown… http://t.co/TOnjGU6aGi
— Macklemore (@macklemore) January 27, 2014
The group, known for including social messages in their music, used their platform to make a statement on marriage equality.
One of the most interesting moments came when Madonna joined the performance in a white tuxedo singing “Open Your Heart to Me,” her first public performance since her Instagram photo controversy.
Bonus: Taylor Swift’s Hair Flip
Taylor Swift got really into her performance of “All Too Well” while playing the piano. She flipped and swung her hair and of course it went viral.
Jan 26, 2014 11:38pm
And the Grammy goes to …
Record of the Year
“Get Lucky” — Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
Album of the Year
“Random Access Memories” — Daft Punk
Song of the Year
Best New Artist
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best Pop Solo Performance
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, “Get Lucky”
Best Pop Instrumental Album
Herb Alpert — “Steppin’ Out”
Best Pop Vocal Album
Bruno Mars, “Unorthodox Jukebox”
Best Dance Recording
“Clarity,” Zedd featuring Foxes
Best Dance/Electronica Album
“Random Access Memories” — Daft Punk
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
“To Be Loved,” Michael Bublé
Best Rock Performance
Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive”
Best metal Performances
Black Sabbath — “God is Dead?”
Best Rock song
“Cut Me Some Slack,” Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear
Best Rock Album
Led Zeppelin — “Celebration Day”
Best Alternative Music Album
Vampire Weekend — “Modern Vampires of the City”
Best R&B Performance
Snarky Puppy with Lala Hathaway — “Something”
Best traditional R&B Performance
Gary Clark Jr. — “Please Come Home”
Best R&B Song
“Pusher Love Girl” — Justin Timberlake
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Rihanna — “Unapologetic”
Best R&B Album
Alicia Keys — “Girl on Fire”
Best Rap Performance
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz — “Thrift Shop”
Best Rap Collaboration
Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake — “Holy Grail”
Best Rap Song
“Thrift Shop” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best Rap Album
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — “The Heist”
Best Country Solo Performance
Darius Rucker — “Wagon Wheel”
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
The Civil Wars — “From This Valley”
Best Country Song
“Merry Go ‘Round” — Kacey Musgraves
Best Country Album
Kacey Musgraves — “Same Trailer Different Park”
Best Latin Pop Album
Draco Rosa — “Vida”
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
La Santa Cecilia — “Treinta Dias”
Producer of the Year, Nonclassical
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
“Sound City: Real to Reel”
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Best Song Written for Visual Media
Adele, “Skyfall” — “Skyfall”
Best Music Video
Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z, “Suit & Tie”
Best Music Film
Paul McCartney, “Live Kisses”
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Jan 26, 2014 11:30pm
They took home the Grammy for Best New Artist, but Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ biggest moment tonight may have been bringing dozens of gay, straight and multiracial couples together to get married live during the 56th Grammy Awards.
During the duo’s song “Same Love,” which addresses the fight for same sex marriage, Queen Latifah officiated and Madonna also performed during the nuptials.
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“Music has the power to bring people together at the Grammys,” Queen Latifah said, introducing Macklemore. “This song is a love song not for some of us but all of us!”
Macklemore came out rapping in front of an altar, with lyrics like “No freedom till we’re equal.”
Then Latifah walked out, introducing the couples.
“It is my distinct honor to ask the participants to exchange rings,” she said.
Madonna came out singing “Open your heart to me” as new husbands hugged husbands, brides hugged brides or husbands hugged brides, including couples of all sexes and colors. The couples walked the aisles to a standing ovation of everyone in the room. Many in attendance had tears in their eyes.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also took home Grammy wins for Best Rap Album for “The Heist” and Best Rap Song for for “Thrift Shop.”
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