The Week in Entertainment: Dave Matthews, Tom Cruise, and The Simpsons

A name change for Tom Cruise’s upcoming movie and a surprising revelation about a famous TV-show couple top the entertainment news you might have missed this week.

Dave Matthews

Dave Matthews Fans Pick Up a Hitchhiker

On their way to a DMB show in Hershey, Penn., Emily Kraus and boyfriend Joe noticed a biker standing on the side of the road. They turned around to offer assistance to the cyclist, who, as you probably guessed, was the singer himself. (He had gone out for a quick ride and blew a tire.) They drove him to the show — and were later invited backstage and given front-row seats. Best part of the story? The starstruck fans “didn’t know how to make conversation with him”.

Tom Cruise

Upcoming Tom Cruise Movie Gets a New Title

The sci-fi-actioner — which also stars Emily Blunt — had been called All You Need is Kill (the title of the graphic novel on which the film is based). The new title? A more generic and audience-friendly Edge of Tomorrow. The film is scheduled for a June 2014 release.

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Yup, There’s Gonna Be a Sharknado 2

The sequel will take place in New York City — of course — and will air next year. Syfy has a Twitter contest to write the TV movie’s subtitle. Tweet @SyfyMovies using the hashtag #Sharknado to submit suggestions.


The Simpsons to Meet Family Guy in Crossover Episode

The families from two of Fox’s long-running animated series will finally meet in an episode that has the Griffins driving through the Simpsons’ hometown of Springfield (the exact location of which has never been revealed). The Family Guy episode will air in 2014.

X-Files at Comic-Con

Did Fox Mulder and Dana Scully Have a Love Child?

According to Gillian Anderson: Yes. Joining X-Files costar David Duchovny (who played Agent Mulder) for a special 20th-anniversary panel at San Diego’s Comic-Con, the actress suggested that the investigative couple — who shared an undeniable chemistry — had made a baby. While Anderson ruled out the possibility of another X-Files TV series, she said she was open to doing another movie.

On our site earlier this week:

•   J.K. Rowling’s Secret: A Forensic Expert Explains How He  Figured It Out

•   How 9 TV Shows Handled the Death of a Star

•   Keith Olbermann Returning to ESPN, Without the  Politics

•   It’s Official: Robert Downey Jr Is Hollywood’s Highest Paid Actor

NeNe Leakes Marries Gregg Leakes… Again

NeNe Leakes and her husband Gregg Leakes walked down the aisle for the second time this weekend, Life Style reports.

The couple — who got married in 1997, divorced in 2011, and re-engaged in 2012 — exchanged vows at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta hotel on Saturday, surrounded by about 400 family members and friends, according to Life Style. The guests included Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger, Celebrity Apprentice star Omarosa, and Real Housewives of New York City star Jill Zarin.

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“Got big plans for this weekend? Cause I do,” the New Normal and Real Housewives of Atlanta star tweeted Friday.

The wedding preparations and ceremony were documented for an upcoming Bravo spin-off called I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding, which is scheduled to air later this year.

“We couldn’t be happier,” NeNe tells Life Style. “Marrying my soulmate is the best feeling I’ve ever had.”

Norwegian woman fighting jail sentence in Dubai for reporting rape

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Marte Deborah Dalelv from Norway, 24, talks to the Associated Press reporter in Dubai on Friday, July 19, 2013, after she was sentenced 16 months in jail for having sex outside of marriage after she reported an alleged rape.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A Norwegian woman sentenced to 16 months in jail in Dubai for having sex outside marriage after she reported an alleged rape said she decided to speak out in hopes of drawing attention to the risks of outsiders misunderstanding the Islamic-influenced legal codes in this cosmopolitan city.

The case has drawn outrage from rights groups and others in the West since the 24-year-old interior designer was sentenced Wednesday. It also highlights the increasingly frequent tensions between the United Arab Emirates’ international atmosphere and its legal system, which is strongly influenced by Islamic traditions in a nation where foreign workers and visitors greatly outnumber locals.

“I have to spread the word. … After my sentence we thought, ‘How can it get worse?'” Marte Deborah Dalelv told The Associated Press in an interview Friday at a Norwegian aid compound in Dubai where she is preparing her appeal scheduled for early September.

Dalelv, who worked for an interior design firm in Qatar since 2011, claims she was sexually assaulted by a co-worker in March while she was attending a business meeting in Dubai.

She said she fled to the hotel lobby and asked for the police to be called. The hotel staff asked if she was sure she wanted to involve the police, Dalelv said.

“Of course I want to call the police,” she said. “That is the natural reaction where I am from.”

Dalelv said she was given a medical examination seeking evidence of the alleged rape and underwent a blood test for alcohol. Such tests are commonly given in the UAE for alleged assaults and in other cases. Alcohol is sold widely across Dubai, but public intoxication can bring charges.

The AP does not identity the names of alleged sexual assault victims, but Dalelv went public voluntarily to talk to media.

Dalelv was detained for four days after being accused of having sex outside marriage, which is outlawed in the UAE although the law is not actively enforced for tourists as well as hundreds of thousands of Westerners and others on resident visas.

She managed to reach her stepfather in Norway after being loaned a phone card by another woman in custody.

“My stepdad, he answered the phone, so I said, that I had been raped, I am in prison … please call the embassy,” she recounted.

“And then I went back and I … just had a breakdown,” she continued. “It was very emotional, to call my dad and tell him what happened.”

Norwegian diplomats later secured her release and she has been allowed to remain at the Norwegian Seamen’s Center in central Dubai. She said her alleged attacker received a 13-month sentence for out-of-wedlock sex and alcohol consumption.

Dubai authorities did not respond to calls for comment, but the case has brought strong criticism from Norwegian officials and activists.

“This verdict flies in the face of our notion of justice,” Norway’s foreign minister, Espen Barth Eide, told the NTB news agency, calling it “highly problematic from a human rights perspective.”

Previous cases in the UAE have raised similar questions, with alleged sexual assault victims facing charges for sex-related offenses. Other legal codes also have been criticized for being at odds with the Western-style openness promoted by Dubai.

On Thursday, Dubai police said they arrested a man who posted an Internet video of an Emirati beating a South Asian van driver after an apparent traffic altercation. Police said they took the action because images of a potential crime were “shared.”

In London, a spokesman for the Emirates Center for Human Rights, a group monitoring UAE affairs, said the Dalelv case points out the need for the UAE to expand its legal protections for alleged rape victims.

“We urge authorities to reform the laws governing incidents of rape in the country,” said Rori Donaghy, “to ensure women are protected against sexual violence and do not become the targets of prosecution when reporting crimes.”

Craig Briefs: Pet Health Fair to visit Murdoch’s on July 27


Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply is hosting a Pet Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27. A variety of pet vendors are partnering to offer the community event.

The health fair was designed for pets and their owners who have been postponing important maintenance steps for their pet’s optimal health. The fair offers an opportunity to help pet owners catch up on dog and cat vaccinations at a 10 percent deduction in cost through Bear Creek Animal Hospital.

Dog licenses also will be available for those that aren’t currently licensed. Dog owners must have proof of a current rabies vaccination in order to obtain a license. D’Tail will be on site to offer nail clips, and Laura Tyler, of Total Teamwork Training, and Glenna Grandbush, of Canines Unlimited, will provide training tips and address hard-to-break habits.

Additionally, Murdoch’s will host a free dog wash and offer a variety of door prizes. After pets are freshened up, owners can have photos taken with their dogs and cats. The Humane Society of Moffat County will have pets on site for adoption.

Crumb and Get It bake sale at 2013 county fair

This year the Moffat County Fair will have a live auction for all of its baked goods from the open class entries. Proceeds will go to purchase a cooler to display baked goods during the fair. The auction will be held near the livestock barn at 3 p.m. Aug. 8, just before the swine show.

Colo. 82 roadwork to last through October

Colorado Highway 82 in El Jebel will be resurfaced between Carbondale and El Jebel. Traffic delays and single-lane closures can be expected from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, according to CDOT. Traffic will not be impacted between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. for traffic toward Aspen and between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. for down-valley traffic. Additionally, there will be intersection closures at JW Drive and then Valley Road. During these closures, traffic will be directed to use El Jebel Road and the eastern entrance of Valley Road. For information on this project, the public may call 970-510-0723 or email

A Week In News: RIP Cory Monteith, Jenny McCarthy's Views and Downey Jr's Rolling In it!

Cory Monteith

Rest in Peace, Cory: The rest of this week’s entertainment news appears irrelevant following the tragic death of Canadian actor Cory Monteith. The Glee star was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room after overdosing on heroin and alcohol. Tributes have been pouring in and we send our condolences to his family and friends. Read more on the Cory Monteith story.

View From the Top: Jenny McCarthy has been controversially hired to front The View following the departure of Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Though on the face of it, the fun-loving model seems a perfectly acceptable choice of co-host, though she has skeletons in the cupboard. Read more about Jenny McCarthy on The View.

American Horror Story! Wow, we didn’t see this one coming. Emma Roberts, the bright-eyed, teen-movie actress Emma Roberts was arrested this week following a domestic incident involving her boyfriend Evan Peters. Read more about the Emma Roberts domestic violence story.

Robert Downey Jnr

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang: Robert Downey Jr positively blew away the competition on this year’s Forbes list of the highest paid actors in Hollywood. Earning a massive $75 million between June 2012 and June 2013, the Iron Man 3 star was light-years ahead of second place Channing Tatum. More detail on this Downey Jr Tops Forbes List story.

It’s Comic-Con Time! It’s that time of year again ladies and gentleman, it’s Comic-Con time! This year’s highlights include The X-Files 20th Anniversary, a Hunger Games Catching Fire event and Breaking Bad. Check out our Comic-Con guide.

She Will Be Loved: It’s congratulations to Adam Levine and his Victoria’s Secret model (obviously) girlfriend Behati Prinsloo, who got engaged this week! Levine certainly moves fast with his other-halves, though it appears he’s ready to settle down with Prinsloo. Read more about Adam and Behati here.

JK Rowling

Won’t Get Fooled Again! The literary world was left open-jawed this week after Harry Potter actress JK Rowling was revealed as the author of obscure crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The way Rowling was uncovered would form the narrative for its own crime novel! Read on about this intriguing story.

A True Slave Movie? The first trailer for Steve McQueen’s forthcoming movie 12 Years A Slave rolled out online, appearing to show a quite remarkable lead performance from Chiwetel Ejiofor. We don’t want to speak too soon, but this one has awards written all over it. Click through for 12 Years a Slave’ Trailer + Pictures.

Ivy League Guy! A great story coming out of the American hip-hop world this week, with news that Nas has inspired a new fellowship set up by the Hip Hop Archive and Harvard University’s W.E.B DuBois Institute. Read how Nas’ influence is finally being recognized, by Harvard.

Video of the Week: This week’s hottest footage comes from the New York premiere of new animated movie ‘Turbo,’ where Ryan Reynolds hit the red carpet with co-star Paul Giamatti. Check it out. Watch Reynolds and Giamatti hit the NYC premiere of ‘Turbo’.

Now it's my bun in the oven! Top Chef judge Gail Simmons, 37, reveals she is expecting her first child with …

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09:33 EST, 17 July 2013


09:35 EST, 17 July 2013



Top Chef star Gail Simmons and her entrepreneur husband, Jeremy Abrams are expecting their first child together.

The New York-based couple, who have been married five years, confirmed to Life Style that they are set to become parents this winter.

‘[Our relationship] is always evolving. It happens organically. We’ve just grown together,’ Ms Simmons, 37, explained.

Parents-to-be: Top Chef star Gail Simmons and her husband Jeremy Abrams are expecting their first child

Parents-to-be: Top Chef star Gail Simmons and her husband Jeremy Abrams are expecting their first child

The TV host tied the knot with Mr Abrams, who owns a music consultancy company called Audiostiles, in 2008.

Their big day, held at The Foundry in Long Island City, followed a farmers market theme and was later featured in Martha Stewart’s Weddings.

For the occasion Toronto-born Ms Simmons wore a floaty Carolina Herrera gown her mother wore at her own nuptials 42 years earlier.

Meanwhile Mr Abrams opted for a smart Paul Smith suit.

Growing Top Chef family: Ms Simmons (left) will be able to swap parenting tips with her co-hosts Tom Colicchio (center) and Padma Lakshmi (right) during her pregnancy

Growing Top Chef family: Ms Simmons (left) will be able to swap parenting tips with her co-hosts Tom Colicchio (center) and Padma Lakshmi (right) during her pregnancy

At the reception 175 guests, including Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio, sat for dinner. The menu was masterminded by celebrated French chef, Daniel Boulud.

Ms Simmons and Mr Abrams’ child will join a growing Top Chef family.

Tom Colicchio and Padma Lakshmi, who have been with Ms Simmons throughout her stint on the Bravo show, are both proud parents.

Ms Simmons was recently asked by The Fashion Spot what she and her husband keep in their fridge at home.

Food expert: Ms Simmons (far right) has starred on Top Chef since it debuted on the Bravo network in 2006

Food expert: Ms Simmons (far right) has starred on Top Chef since it debuted on the Bravo network in 2006

‘When I’m filming Top Chef, my fridge is empty because I’m not around to fill it and my husband doesn’t!’ she revealed.

However, she said when she’s home there are some things she can’t live without including hot sauce – ‘two or three kinds…usually’ – mustard, Parmesan, lemons, lime, champagne, eggs and milk.

She added: ‘I eat so much rich food when I’m working and dining out that I like to keep it simple at home, especially in the summer.

‘I’ll keep it simple and light with salads, grilled veggies and lots of whole grains.’

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Why is this news in a British paper? Some of the American programmes the DM feels it has to enlighten us about are so obscure it beggars belief.- Russkijim , Moscow, United Kingdom, 17/7/2013 16:46——————Don’t read them then


17/7/2013 21:46

Very happy for her and her husband.

Julia H

Calgary, Canada,
17/7/2013 19:36

love Gail! congrats!

Just Jane

ny, United States,
17/7/2013 18:11

Why is this news in a British paper? Some of the American programmes the DM feels it has to enlighten us about are so obscure it beggars belief.


Moscow, United Kingdom,
17/7/2013 16:46

I really enjoy her on Top Chef. Best wishes for her and her husband in welcoming their little bundle of joy.


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17/7/2013 16:20

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Daughter finds missing mom 52 years after she vanished

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Lucy Johnson was reported missing in May 1965, four years after she was last seen by a neighbor in Surrey, British Columbia. She has now been found alive in Yukon.

When Canadian police were told in 1965 that Alaska native Lucy Johnson had been missing for four years, investigators treated her disappearance as a murder.

Her husband, Marvin, was hauled in for questioning and officers excavated the backyard of the home they shared with their young daughter, Linda Evans, in Surrey, British Columbia.

But more than five decades since her September 1961 disappearance, Johnson has now been found alive in the Yukon.

Evans, who was only 7 or 8 at the time her mother vanished, told the Surrey Leader that she thought her mother was dead.

“I’m still walking around in shock,” she told the newspaper. “I thought she was dead because there’s been no contact. Nothing.”

She has since learned she has four new-found half-siblings – three brothers and a sister.

Her only other brother, Daniel, passed away in his teens.

“I have a lot of questions,” she said. “And they’re all ‘Whys?’”

Royal Canadian Mounted Police highlighted Johnson’s cold case last month and Evans purchased ads in a newspaper in northern B.C.

She also started some research on the Internet. 

“We received a phone call from a woman in the Yukon who called and claimed that she had seen the picture of the missing person in the free newspapers and said the missing person we were looking for was actually her mother,”  Cpl. Bert Paquet, spokesman for Surrey RCMP, told the Canadian Broadcasting Company. “The stars aligned, the timing was perfect.”

Police confirmed that Lucy Johnson, who is now aged 77, has another family in the Yukon.

Her husband died in the late 1990s. He was initially considered a suspect because he did not inform police that she was missing until May 14, 1965.

But when the backyard dig turned up no evidence, the case went cold for almost 52 years.

RCMP officers also compared DNA samples with those from unidentified human remains held by the BC Coroner’s Service.

Although she has missed out on many years with her mom, Evans said she does not bear a grudge towards Johnson, who is of First Nations descent.

“I just hope I can be part of her life,” Evans, who is saving up for a visit, told the paper. “I’ll just give her a big hug and hope the words come easy.”



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Wine-tasting for pet health care

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DIXON – “Big Dippers and Little Sippers II,” a wine-tasting to raise money for the Amos Fund for pet health care, runs from 6 to 9 tonight at Distinctive Gardens, 2020 Lowell Park Road.

Tickets are $18 at the door and include seven glasses of wine to sample, an etched wine glass to take home, and hors d’oeuvres.

Gift items, artwork and art photography will be sold, themed gift baskets will be raffled, and chair massages will be available. Guitarist Mark Chandler will perform.

The Amos Fund helps pet owners with limited income pay for their animals’ medical treatment. CallDeb Proctor, 815-213-0164, or Laura Peterson, 815-535-2488, for more information.


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HitFix And NCM Media Networks Bring Entertainment News To The Big Screen With New In-Theater Editorial Relationship

LOS ANGELES and CENTENNIAL, Colo., July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — HitFix, the top online destination for what’s new in entertainment, and NCM Media Networks, a leading integrated media company reaching U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through mobile technology, today announced a new strategic relationship that will bring exclusive entertainment news to the big screen in NCM’s FirstLook pre-show program, seen by over 700 million moviegoers every year.

The new “HitFix Big Story” segment will feature 30 seconds of exclusive entertainment and pop culture news content in FirstLook each week, further enhancing the pre-show experience for patrons of NCM’s theater circuit partners.  

In addition to the big screen, “HitFix Big Story” will also run on NCM’s FirstLook Sync mobile app. FirstLook Sync is the only app that syncs the cinema experience right to your phone, with enhanced content, special offers, games and more. Designed to sync with the cinema experience during the FirstLook pre-show presentation, FirstLook Sync also provides a courtesy message that reminds moviegoers to turn off their cell-phone prior to the start of the movie trailers.

“We are thrilled to work with NCM to bring our unique style of entertainment news and analysis to the largest cinema network in the country,” said HitFix co-founder and CEO Jen Sargent. “NCM and HitFix share a vision of creating high-quality, fun and engaging experiences for consumers, and combining the reach of NCM with HitFix’s existing  digital and Out Of Home (OOH) distribution network further cements HitFix as ‘The Entertainment Authority, Everywhere.'”

“NCM is focused on adding interesting entertainment experiences to our network and media offerings, and HitFix is well positioned to help us further develop innovative content,” said Ken Venturi, executive vice president and Chief Creative Officer with NCM Media Networks. “FirstLook is all about bringing the moviegoer closer to what’s happening in entertainment, so breaking news from HitFix fits perfectly.  We look forward to this collaboration and to working with such an innovative company in the online and mobile entertainment news space.”

NCM Media Networks is the top national cinema network reaching moviegoers on-screen, on-site, online and on the go. NCM operates the largest digital in-theater network in North America and is the No. 1 weekend network in the U.S., consistently ranking higher in reach than any other network on Fridays and Saturdays.*

About National CineMedia (NCM)
National CineMedia (NCM) operates NCM Media Networks, a leading integrated media company reaching U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through mobile technology. The NCM Cinema Network and NCM Fathom Events present cinema advertising and events across the nation’s largest digital in-theater network, comprised of theaters owned by AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (CNK), Regal Entertainment Group (RGC) and other leading regional theater circuits. NCM’s theater advertising network covers 183 Designated Market Areas® (49 of the top 50) and includes approximately 19,300 screens (over 18,400 digital). During 2012, approximately 710 million patrons attended movies shown in theaters in which NCM currently has exclusive, cinema advertising agreements in place.  The NCM Fathom Events live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is comprised of over 740 locations in 172 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). The NCM Interactive Network offers 360-degree integrated marketing opportunities in combination with cinema, encompassing 41 entertainment-related websites, online widgets and mobile applications.  National CineMedia, Inc. (NCMI) owns a 44.9% interest in and is the managing member of National CineMedia LLC. For more information, visit (NCMI-A)

About HitFix
Co-founded by Jennifer Sargent and Gregory Ellwood, HitFix is the top destination for 18-34 year old consumers to discover what’s next in entertainment news and events. 

Reaching more than 100 million viewers per month through their video distribution channels, with upwards of 200 million monthly video streams, HitFix has the largest Out Of Home (OOH) distribution network of any entertainment news brand in the United States. HitFix calls on the talents of renowned entertainment journalists such as Alan Sepinwall, Drew McWeeny , Daniel Fienberg , Kris Tapley, Melinda Newman and Liana Maeby to produce wide-ranging news, interviews and commentary on all aspects of entertainment.  On a monthly basis, the site reaches over 4 million uniques directly and over 100 million viewers across their multi-platform video distribution. For more information visit,, or

*Source: Nielsen Monitor Plus, A18-49, Mon-Sa 8p-11p; Su 7p-11p, 60 min qualifier, Nielsen Cinema Audience Reports Feb 2012, May 2012; July 2012; Nov 2012.

Desiree Hartsock: ‘The Bachelorette’ Hometown Visit Episode [Spoiler]

UPDATE: Life Style is now reporting that Desiree Hartsock became engaged on May 6 when the would-be groom got down on his knees to offer a 3.5 carat, $75,000 diamond to The Bachelorette. The two are meeting in secret, and his identity can’t be revealed before the airing of the August 5 episode.


Desiree Hartsock, a 27-year-old bridal stylist from Colorado, is picking up a little buzz today as a result of the Monday episode of The Bachelorette. You’d better back out now if you haven’t seen it yet, and you’re worried about a big ole spoiler.

The Bachelorette is currently in its ninth season. The premise of the competitive dating reality ABC show is pretty simple. The lead actress — Desiree Hartsock in this case — will eliminate men from the starting group of 25 until she arrives at the final choice, the man she may or may not eventually marry.

Desiree Hartsock is currently also blogging about the experience for People, where you can find an extended write-up about the Monday episode.

By the way, if you haven’t watched it yet, then it’s your last chance to back out before the spoiler. Fair warning.

OK. The episode featured Desiree Hartsock’s visit to meet the parents of the remaining four bachelors in their hometowns. In People, she talks about the families with words like “amazing,” “the love they [have] for each other,” and “effortless.”

In other words, she really had nothing bad to say about anyone, which makes for a dull blog and perhaps even duller television.

Emma Gray for The Huffington Post had an extended review of the episode, but she summed Desiree Hartsock up in two cruel words — “still boring.” Ouch.

To cut to the chase, Hartsock sent home Zak, not because he did anything wrong really but just because she had to dump somebody:

“Sending Zak home was difficult because he is such a great guy. He will make some woman very happy one day — and will certainly keep her laughing through life.”

Brooks, Chris, and Drew are still standing. With three men left that all seem fairly marriageable, Desiree Hartsock may have some tough choices ahead of her on The Bachelorette.

[Desiree Hartsock photos via Instagram]