MICROSOFT WORKING ON 'SMART BRA' TO HELP STOP EMOTIONAL EATING: Microsoft researchers have been working on a "smart bra" that senses the wearer's mood and could help prevent overeating due to stress. The bra has sensors that monitor things like heart rate and respiration, key signs that Microsoft has found before an emotional eating binge. When the information is found, it's sent via Bluetooth to a cell phone, alerting the wearer that the chance of stress-related eating is about to take place. So why a bra? Microsoft said it allowed for easier EKG monitoring near the heart. Researchers are continuing to work on the design -- battery life is an issue -- and want it to be usable for both women and men.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was the top movie at the box office for the second week in a row over the Thanksgiving weekend with $75 million, followed by a big opening for the 3-D animated family film, Frozen, in second place. Both films topped the previous record holder for the holiday weekend, 2001's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which earned $57.5 million over three days, and Frozen's $67 million take gave it the biggest Thanksgiving opening ever. Catching Fire also took in the most money for a film from Wednesday to Sunday over the Thanksgiving holiday, $110.2 million, breaking Sorcerer's Stone's $82.4 million record, as did Frozen, which made $93 million over the five days.
Frozen, set in a kingdom trapped in eternal winter, follows Anna, who teams up with a mountain man and his sidekick reindeer to find Anna's sister Elsa and put an end to her icy spell. Lending their voices are Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad and Ciaran Hinds.
Opening at Number Five was the thriller Homefront, starring Jason Statham and James Franco in the story of a former DEA agent who moves to a quiet town in the bayou with his daughter to start over, but returns to action to save her and their home when a sociopathic druglord puts them in harm's way. Co-starring are Kate Bosworth, Winona Ryder and Rachelle Lefevre.
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Forbes magazine has listed its 25 highest paid musicians for 2013 with Madonna topping the list with earnings of $125 million. One again, the list was dominated by actively touring acts. Coming in second was Lady Gaga, who raked in a cool $80 million, followed slightly by Bon Jovi at Number Three with band earning an impressive $79 million.
Among the veteran rockers who placed on the list were Elton John at Number Eight with $54 million, Paul McCartney at Number 12 with $47 million, Roger Waters at Number 15 with $44 million, and the Rolling Stones who tied with Red Hot Chili Peppers for $40 million. Notably missing from the list was U2, who in 2012 came in at Number Four with earnings of $78 million.
Forbes Top 25 highest paid musicians list -- with their 2012 ranking in parenthesis (via Vintage Vinyl News):
1. (--) Madonna - $125 million
2. (13) Lady GaGa - $80 million
3. (06) Bon Jovi - $79 million
4. (10) Toby Keith - $65 million
5. (21) Coldplay - $64 million
6. (10) Justin Bieber - $58 million
7. (08) Taylor Swift - $55 million
8. (03) Elton John - $54 million
9. (18) Beyonce - $53 million (tie)
9. (17) Kenny Chesney - $53 million (tie)
11. (15) Diddy - $50 million
12. (08) Paul McCartney - $47 million
13. (--) Calvin Harris - $46 million
14. (--) Jennifer Lopez - $45 million
15. (02) Roger Waters - $44 million
16. (--) Muse - $43 million (tie)
16. (12) Rihanna - $43 million (tie)
18. (08) Jay-Z - $42 million (tie)
18. (--) One Direction - $42 million (tie)
20. (01) Dr. Dre - $40 million (tie)
20. (--) Red Hot Chili Peppers - $40 million (tie)
22. (--) Rolling Stones - $39 million (tie)
22. (15) Katy Perry - $39 million (tie)
24. (--) Tim McGraw - $33 million
25. (--) Pink - $32 million (tie)
25. (--) Tiesto - $32 million (tie)
In what is sure to be one of the summer's hottest joint tours, Journey and the Steve Miller Band have rolled out their initial string of road dates. The legendary classic rockers will kick off the 11-week 38-date tour on May 15th at Chula Vista, California's Sleep Train Amphitheatre and -- as of now -- wrap things off on August 1st at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Events Center. More dates are expected to creep out between now and the start of the tour. The bands will be supported on the upcoming trek by Tower Of Power.
In the press release announcing the tour, both bands spoke about how excited they are for the upcoming dates, with Journey posting: "We are all so looking forward to playing again for you in 2014 with the great company of the Steve Miller Band and Tower Of Power. It’s going to be a San Francisco musical delight from the past and present, moving full speed ahead into the future!"
BEN AND JERRY'S ANNOUNCES 'ANCHORMAN'-INSPIRED FLAVOR: Ben & Jerry's ice cream company have announced a new flavor called "Scotchy Scotch Scotch" inspired by the Will Ferrell comedy Anchorman. According to a press release, "The flavor is a creamy concoction of butterscotch ice cream with ribbons of butterscotch swirl." Ron Burgundy reacted to the honor saying, "Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch is a delicious ice cream and I hope Ben and Jerry consider my other suggestions...Malt liquor marshmallow, well liquor bourbon peanut butter, and cheap white wine sherbet." Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues will be released on December 20th.
NEW UNDERWEAR FILTERS OUT THE SMELL OF PASSED GAS:Shreddies are underpants that filter out the smell of human "emissions". The underwear contains Zorflex which is used in chemical warfare suits. The material can filter odors 200 times stronger than the average fart. A spokesperson said, "We have found the answer to help alleviate the most obvious symptom of flatulence... the odors." The underpants cost about $40. (Metro)
The 3D superhero sequel, Thor: The Dark World, opened in first place at the weekend box office, taking in $86.1 million, which topped the $65.7 million take of the 2011 original. Chris Hemsworth stars as Thor, the god of thunder, who's fighting to save Earth and his homeland of Asgard from evil forces. Co-starring are Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard and Idris Elba.
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You might be seeing a lot of people dressed up in Duck Dynasty costumes on Halloween tomorrow (October 31st), with the hit A&E reality TV show topping the list of celebrity/pop culture-themed costume searches on Yahoo! according to data compiled over the last week. Coming in at Number Two was Walter White, Bryan Cranston's character from AMC's Breaking Bad, with the show itself in third place. The top 20 were:
Michael Jackson is at the top of Forbes list of the highest earning dead celebrities. MJ earned $160 million in the past year. Elviscame in a number 2, making $55 million.
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3) Charles Schulz, $37 million
4) Liz Taylor, $25 million
5) Bob Marley, $18 million