Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Dancing With the Stars Pairs Revealed!

Dancing with the Stars Season 13 Cast, Cavallari, Artest, Lake, Arquette, Phillips, Kardashian, Grace, Canalis, Martinez, Sol ABC/ADAM TAYLOR
The dance cards have been filled.
True to form, just two days after revealing the cast, Dancing With the Stars has wasted no time in announcing the partner pairings for the upcoming 13th season of the reality hit, so let's cut right to the chase ourselves, shall we?
Which pro gets the honor of getting up close and personal with George Clooney's ex? Who will be taking the lead with Chaz Bono? Who drew the short straw and is going to have to spend 12-hour days with Nancy Grace? And which dancer's sibling has joined the pro gang? Well….
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Let's just say this is shaping up to be one interesting season. As revealed on (where else?) Good Morning America today, here are the partner pairings that will be hotstepping and otherwise duking it out for that mirror-ball trophy:
American soccer star Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer
Soap star and Iraqi war vet J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff
Nancy Grace and new Irish dance pro Tristan MacManus
• Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke
Los Angeles Laker Ron Artest and new pro Peta Murgatroyd
• Ricki Lake and Derek Hough
• Elisabetta Canalis and Val Chmerkovskiy (now there's a coup for a newbie)
• Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya
• Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani
David Arquette and reigning champ Kym Johnson
Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas

The stars and their pros will hit the parquet for the first time when the new season kicks off Sept. 19

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Top Five Real Housewives Real Estate Woes!

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While Bravo might be ready to pop out another installment of the now-controversial Real Housewives franchise, the bigwigs over at the network might want to consider cutting the broads some bigger paychecks. Otherwise, the show might as well change its name to Real Homeless Housewives.
Though they may want you to think they're living a lifestyle of the rich and semi-famous—much like folks were fooled by the Armstrongs' false appearance of wealth—plenty of these boob-tube ladies have been feeling the burn of the crappy economy. Who's their biggest enemy (well, besides Danielle Staub)?
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The real estate market!
The Housewives haven't earned their reality-TV notoriety for recessionista ways, so it might not be surprising that sometimes they make expenditures they can't quite cover. Very in-the-know Zillow blog spilled on some of the real woes of the Real Housewives, and we're taking a look the five worst of the worst:
5. Sheree Whitfield: Saved By Divorce! The ex Atlanta Housewife doesn't exactly have the best track record when it comes to paying her bills: like allegedly owing cash to her private detective or on her swanky car. But it wasn't her fault that her former pad went into foreclosure: Her (now) ex-hubby lost it to the bank, which cut the price a million dollars to unload it.
4. Peggy Tanous: Conspiracy Theorist! If there's one thing we know about O.C. chick Peggy it's that she isn't afraid of a catfight. And when she's not feuding with her fellow castmates, she apparently isn't afraid to take on...the bank?! When the broad received a foreclosure notice on her home, she accused her lender of "conspiring to take the house."
3. Lynne Curtin: Always on Notice! It's no secret that former O.C. Housewife Lynne hasn't exactly had the best of luck in the past. Maybe worst of all? Bravo gave her the boot from the hit series. But she's also had some housing trouble. Like getting evicted from her Laguna Beach rental in 2009. A year later? The chick was evicted from another SoCal home. Yikes!
2. Alexis Bellino: Cut-Back Queen! Here's a sitch that O.C. broad Alexis doesn't want aired on TV: She was in debt. Like $84,000 in debt! But when she and her hubby, Jim, tried to unload their home for nearly $8 million, no one was biting. Not until they lowered the price to $3 mill. Hardly a figure to scoff at but a brutal $5,000,000 loss!
1. Teresa Giudice: Debutant in Debt! While Teresa may be famous for flipping tables, we're surprised she owns any furniture anymore. The New Jersey spender and her hubby, Juicy Joe, were nearly $11 million in debt when they lost their overly expensive home and filed for bankruptcy. They are now undergoing credit counseling. Maybe it's time she doubles up her TV duties and moves her brood into the Jersey Shore house?
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Alyssa Milano Gives Birth To Baby Boy

Alyssa Milano shows off her baby bump at the "Horrible Bosses" Los Angeles premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. on June 30, 2011  -- Getty PremiumAlyssa Milano was spotted looking very pregnant earlier this week leaving a gym, but now, she's tucked up, enjoying life as a new mom - the former "Who's The Boss?" actress has given birth.
Alyssa and her husband, David Bugliari, welcomed their son on Wednesday morning at 9:27 AM, the couple confirmed in a statement to Access Hollywood.
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"Alyssa Milano and her husband, agent David Bugliari proudly announce the birth of their son, Milo Thomas Bugliari," the statement to Access read.
Milo weighed 7 pounds at birth and was 19 inches long.
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Alyssa first revealed that she was having a boy back in March, via her personal website.
The actress, a star of the concluded television series "Charmed," married David in 2009 at the Bugliari family estate in New Jersey.
The couple first met in 2006.
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Victoria Beckham forced to wear flats

Victoria Beckham is reportedly at her “breaking point” after a back injury has interfered with her ability to care for baby Harper Seven and required her to appear in public wearing flats like a poor person, or something.

One place Mrs. David Beckham has not been active recently is the microblogging site Twitter, where her last entry was way back on August 19th. She most recently tweeted thanking fans and followers for all the “kind messages,” adding that she was “feeling much better” and that she’s “enjoying every precious minute with baby Harper.”

Beckham was spotted August 24th in a dress and ballet flats, and a source says the star is recovering from an unspecified back injury- necessitating she abandon her couture footwear. An unnamed source allegedly close to the pop star turned fashion maven dished a bit on why Beckham was wearing flats, and whether she even be able to attend Fashion Week in New York next month. The source confided:

“She’ll have to see how she feels… Heels will put added pressure on the damaged area but it’s healing well, so it may not be an issue in another couple weeks.”

While the source says that heels could be risky for Posh, he or she also disclosed that Beckham’s worries were a bit bigger than footwear right now as the injury has made caring for Harper a bit physically trying:

“Victoria’s a wonderful mum, but she’s stressing out right now… She’s trying to be as hands-on as possible, but the lack of sleep, the constant sleep and her bad back are really putting her at a low ebb.”

The star’s friend added that Victoria “surely can’t cope with much more.”

Brad Pitts ...........

Dreamboat movie star Brad Pitt saved a “World War Z” extra from being trampled during filming, reports The Scottish Sun.
Pitt, who stars as a United Nations employee in the zombie apocalypse film, was filming a scene in which 700 extras tear through George Square in Glasgow, Scotland, on Wednesday. During the scene, a woman fell down, putting herself in danger of being run over by her fellow extras.
But Pitt, a real-life hero, swooped in and brought her to her feet.
"Lots of people hurt themselves, and Brad came to the rescue of a woman who slipped," a witness told the paper of the fleeing-from-zombies scene. "I don't think she could believe it when Brad picked her up. He didn't have time to speak to her as it was mid-shoot. But she said afterwards how grateful she was, despite having a badly-grazed knee.”
Other extras also received "bumps and scrapes" during the elaborate take. After a string of injuries occurred on set, filming was paused for a "safety talk," The Sun reported.
Pitt's sci-fi thriller will be released in December 2012.

Chad Ochocinco sleeps underneath a whole bunch of fish

Chad Ochocinco sleeps underneath a whole bunch of fish

What you're looking at is the extraordinary bed of New England Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco. I had never before stopped to think about what Chad's bed might look like, but if I had, I probably would've guessed something exactly like this.
The aquarium that arches over the headboard was made by Wayde King and Brett Raymer, who operate Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM), the largest aquarium maker in the country. They make aquariums for casinos, business and celebrities, including Steven Spielberg and Dr. Dre, and now they have their own show on Animal Planet (Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT).
Oh, and they also made a shark tank for his living room, upon which three HDTVs hang.

Chad Ochocinco sleeps underneath a whole bunch of fish

I've got to hand it to Chad. If you're going to do something absurdly extravagant in your home, I like the route he's taken. I love the idea that you have this gorgeous, custom-built shark tank in your living room, but that's not enough to look at -- it needs three big TVs on it, too. I guess there's something for everyone sitting on his 700-ft. couch.
The aquariums aren't without their inconveniences, though. About the fish tank arching over his bed, Chad once tweeted that his fiancé Evelyn Lozada "stares at these damn fish every time before bed." What a tremendous inconvenience! Sometimes, the scalding hot lady in bed next to him likes to look at the fish tank literally built around the bed in which she slumbers. I'll pray for Chad.
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Sarah Jessica Parker Channels Little Red Riding Hood in Dress With Cape

Sarah Jessica Parker Channels Little Red Riding Hood in Dress With Cape

Sarah Jessica Parker has made some daring fashion choices during her career (remember the crazy headpiece she donned in 2008?), and her latest look proves that the star still loves to take risks on the red carpet.
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The 46-year-old actress attended the premiere of her movie I Don't Know How She Does It in a floor-length Giambattista Valli red strapless dress with a matching cape in Moscow, Russia on Sunday.
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She accessorized the dramatic ensemble, which appeared to be a literal take on Little Red Riding Hood, with Fred Leighton jewels including large gold hoop earrings and a gold necklace.
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The mother of three recently opened up to Vogue about balancing her busy life, admitting that she constantly frets over "the internal lists, the children's doctor's appointments, the letters to write, the school projects" -- not to mention her bustling acting career.
"The thing that's most surprising to me is how much we do in a day," she said.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

10 Restaurants With Spectacular Views

Pull up a seat, sit back, and feast your eyes on the wonders of the world in BT's favorite dining rooms with a view.

By Budget Travel Staff
Savings-minded travelers may not always be able to spring for the loftiest hillside hotels, but a single meal at a spectacularly situated restaurant can be a worthy splurge. From glacial peaks to ancient rain forests—even an underwater dining room in the Indian Ocean—we've rounded up 12 unforgettable places to pick up a fork.


The untamed Andes from the southern-most city in the world.
You might not expect to find world-class French food in a frontier city that's more or less at the ends of the earth—which makes Chez Manu an even more pleasant surprise. Set on a hill about a mile north of Ushuaia, the capital of Tierra del Fuego and the southern-most city in the world, the restaurant first impresses visitors with its remarkable perspective on Beagle Channel. And then there's the food. Naturally, fish figures prominently—such as black hake, salmon, and herring, to which expat chef Emmanuel Herbin applies his own suitably French twists (seasoning with anise and herbs, say). Also worth a try: Herbin's takes on Patagonian lamb and Fuegian rabbit, served in an aged mustard sauce.

Best Deal: Centolla (king crab) is abundant here, and preparations such as centolla gratinada "Chez Manu" come in well below splurge territory ($24). 2135 Fernando Luís Martial Ave., Ushuaia, Argentina, 011-54/2901-432-253,, entrées from $15.


Primordial paradise in the midst of the jungle.
Julaymba Restaurant brings travelers right to the heart of the world's oldest rain forest. The 40-seat restaurant's terrace juts out over an ancient freshwater lagoon while tangled vines drape from the canopy above. From every direction, diners hear the sounds of some 430 species of birds, plus tree frogs, wild turkeys, and wallabies thumping through the brush. The distinctly Aussie menu incorporates pepper berries, wattle seeds, and other native foods used by the local aboriginal Kuku Yalanji people, many of whom work in the restaurant. Make like a local, and order either the smoked crocodile or the kangaroo steak.

Best Deal: The lunch-only fish-and-chips special—it's made with local, line-caught barramundi and chips ($17). Daintree EcoLodge & Spa, 20 Daintree Rd., Daintree, Australia, 011-61/7-4098-6100,, entrées from $29.


Over-the-top architecture in the world's most outrageous city.
For all the glamour, glitz, and grandeur that have come to define Dubai, Pierchic stands out for being just the opposite: understated, low-slung, and vernacular in its architectural style. Its wooden beams blend right in with the simple, 500-foot jetty that connects the over-water dining room to Jumeirah Beach and provides enough distance to take in the man-made Palm Jumeirah Island and the full height of Burj Al Arab's 1,000-foot-tall glass sail. Despite the restaurant's waterfront location, much of its top-notch seafood is imported from around the world.

Best Deal: The seafood lover's degustation menu, which includes an appetizer, an intermediate and a main course, and a dessert ($43). The menu changes daily, but expect options such as brown shrimp panna cotta, pan-fried oyster, and crème brûlée. Served daily from 1–3 p.m. Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 011-971/4-366-6730,, entrées from $27.


Scuba views from beneath the ocean.
It's like dinner theater for the dive set—and there's not a bad seat in the house. Ithaa is located 16 feet below the surface of the Indian Ocean. Its tunnel shape and glass walls reveal a breathtaking seascape of unspoiled coral atolls, schools of parrot fish, and giant stingrays to 12 lucky diners. The menu is rich with decadent dishes like caviar, line-caught reef fish and rock lobster, but if you'd rather not look out the window for your ordering inspiration, seared veal tenderloin and button-mushroom soup make for suitable substitutions. And while the four-course lunch menu is undoubtedly a splurge, it's still cheaper than getting certified to scuba. Note that tables can only be reserved two weeks in advance.

Best Deal: An 11 a.m. daily cocktail hour opens up the space to curious travelers who can't quite justify the cost of a meal. Conrad Maldives hotel, Rangali Island, Maldives, 011-960/668-0629,, six-course dinner from $320 per person.

Paris, France

A Parisian panorama from one of the city's most iconic department stores.
In a city where shopping has been elevated to an art form, it's fitting that one of the best roof-terrace restaurants sits atop the iconic Printemps department store, in the 9th arrondissement. Serving simple bistro fare (think quiche, soups, and toasted spinach-honey-and-goat-cheese sandwiches) to Parisians and tourists alike, Le Déli-Cieux also delivers 360-degree views of the city's centuries-old tin rooftops and its greatest architectural icons: the Arc de Triomphe, the Sacré Coeur, and bien sur, the Eiffel Tower.

Best Deal: Well-priced wine, champagne, and beer ($7) flow freely on Thursday evenings, when the terrace is open until 10 p.m. Printemps Home Store, 64 Haussmann Blvd., 9th floor, 9th arrondissement, Paris, France, 011-33/42-82-62-76,, gazpacho from $6.


A view of the country's most famous gilded square.
Bosco Bar hits a rare sweet spot: There is a bona fide social scene, plus impressive sightlines and prices you can actually stomach. While the shopping center itself draws wealthy Muscovites browsing Hermès and Armani, savvy travelers stake out seats in the 1970s-inspired bar, where they can see Lenin's mausoleum, the Kremlin, and St. Basil's Cathedral all at once. The menu straddles the new/old divide, with inventive salads (quail with beets and roasted foie gras; smoked salmon, arugula, and potato) and traditional favorites such as beef Stroganoff and borscht.

Best Deal: Red Square, red soup: A bowl of borscht goes for $16. GUM Department Store, 3 Red Square, Moscow, Russia, 011-7/495-627-3703,, entrées from $11.


A lofty view of a sparkling metropolis.
The 63-story OUB Centre is crowned by 1-Altitude, a three-level venue that offers the best views in the city—plus main-course-quality bar snacks such as wood-fired pizzas, satay platters (spicy Thai beef, chicken, and pork), and Turkish flat bread with dips. The cocktails run the gamut from classic (mojito) to creative (The Narcissist is a tempting combination of Russian Standard vodka muddled with peach, freshly squeezed lime, and rosemary-infused raspberries). The year-old hotspot is always buzzing with young Singaporean professionals, who are keen to kick back after a day's work and survey the skyline.

Best Deal: Good selection of affordable New World wines, from $13 a glass (cocktails start at $16). OUB Centre, One Raffles Pl., 63rd level, Singapore, 011-65/6438-0410,, pizzas from $20.

St. Lucia, West Indies

From the heart of a chocolate plantation.
Calling all chocolate lovers: Boucan Restaurant might just be your dream come true. Every last item on the menu incorporates some form of cocoa, from a green salad tossed in white chocolate dressing to sautéed prawns with chocolate tapenade and, of course, desserts: a chocolate tart, cacao crème brûlée, and espresso-and-dark-chocolate mousse. Even dreamier than the indulgent dishes? The jungle-draped views of the Piton Mountains, lush, twin-peaked mountains that rise almost 2,600 feet above sea level on the volcanic island's southern coast.

Best Deal: Every dinner reservation from now until December 1, 2011, comes with a complimentary cocktail from a menu that includes chocolate daiquiris, cacao Bellinis, and cacao-pulp martinis (a $10 value). Hotel Chocolat, Rabot Estate, Soufrière, St. Lucia, West Indies, 011-758/457-1624,, entrées from $15.


Alpine splendor overlooking Lake Geneva, Mont Blanc, and the Matterhorn.
Talk about making the rounds. Patrons of Kuklos, a futuristic, glass-walled restaurant in the Bernese Alps, don't have to choose between scoping out Lake Geneva, Mont Blanc, or the Matterhorn during their meals. All they have to do is be patient. Every 90 minutes, the circular second-floor dining room makes a full 360-degree rotation. The menu skews traditional—with Gruyère-and-vacherin fondue and rösti, a Swiss riff on a potato pancake—and the dress code is casual, for a clientele of mostly skiers and mountaineers.

Best Deal: The "panorama gourmand" package covers round-trip gondola fare (normally $26 per person) and a three-course meal ($80) for two for $160—a savings of $52. 1854 Leysin, Switzerland, 011-41/24-494-3141,, entrées from $25.

Utah, U.S.

Iconic buttes and majestic spires.
"Monument Valley is the place where God put the West," remarked John Wayne, who helped put the valley on moviegoers' maps by filming Stagecoach there in 1938. Seventy-plus years later, the landscape is just as cinematic. A large bay window overlooks East and West Mitten Buttes, so named for their resemblance to the woolly hand warmers, and natural light floods the space all day. Ambitious early birds can watch the sunrise from one of the few tables lined up along the window (the restaurant opens at 7 a.m.). But arriving later has its benefits, too—like tasting Chef MacNeal Crank's updated takes on his grandmother's traditional Navajo recipes, such as fry-bread tacos or red chile posole, rich with buttery hominy.

Best Deal: The all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet ($6). Monument Valley Tribal Park, U.S. Hwy. 160 and 163, Monument Valley, Utah, 435/727-5555,, entrées from $12.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Meet the LA Basketball Wives

VH1 is expanding their ‘Basketball Wives” franchise with an explosive new series set in Los Angeles which features the wives, girlfriends and exes to some of the hottest players from the Los Angeles Lakers and other legendary teams. Let the games begin on “Basketball Wives LA” premiering Monday, August 29 at 8PM ET/PT on VH1.
Elbow throwing, trash talking and in-your-face action: forget the NBA, we’re talking about their wives! The successful VH1 franchise “Basketball Wives” just tapped a new team of leading ladies to take Los Angeles by storm on VH1’s “Basketball Wives LA” premiering Monday, August 29 at 8PM ET/PT. “Basketball Wives LA” introduces a group of dynamic women with relationships to some of the biggest basketball players in the game. “Basketball Wives LA” cast includes:
GLORIA GOVAN – fiancée of LA’s Matt Barnes, Gloria may be fairly new to the West Coast, but not to viewers of Basketball Wives. After relocating to Los Angeles and surviving Barnes’ first season playing for the most recognizable team in the world, she’s keeping busy both as a mom to her twins and taking on a new challenge: easing into the Southern California lifestyle.
LAURA GOVAN – sister to Gloria Govan, Laura may be rebuilding her life with just her kids and brand new baby to keep her company, but she’s never alone as Govan family ties run strong. Like her sister, Laura has no trouble speaking her mind or sticking up for family when things get rough.
KIMSHA ARTEST – self-described ‘partner’ of Ron Artest and mother of three, Kimsha is proud of her New York (Jamaica, Queens) roots and not a fan of living in Los Angeles. After seventeen years with Artest, she’s rolled with the punches when it comes to the basketball lifestyle. Kimsha refuses to resign herself to the LA “party” lifestyle, also shying away from the bling.
IMANI SHOWALTER – ex-fiancée to player Stephen Jackson and mother of three, Imani has fought hard against being stigmatized since parting ways with her famous ex and isn’t shy to confess that she hasn’t dated since. A former singer with a New York girl group, Imani says she’s in the process of “rediscovering what makes me happy again… I want to find my passion and that’s where I want to go.”
MALAYSIA PARGO – wife of Chicago’s Jannero Pargo, Malaysia grew up in Compton, California before meeting her husband at 22. On being a basketball wife, she confesses that she always has her guard up and that one has to be a strong individual in order to live this lifestyle because it will “swallow you up and spit you out.”
JACKIE CHRISTIE – wife of retired player Doug Christie, Jackie claims to have the strongest marriage in basketball, and it shows: she and Doug renew their vows every year! Bulldozed in the press for being overbearing and controlling in her relationship, she’s not one to hold her tongue, even with other players’ wives. She loves the spotlight and seems unfazed by her reputation as a polarizing figure in the world of basketball wives.
DRAYA MICHELE – Draya is currently a model and aspiring actress in Los Angeles with several music videos and magazine covers to her credit. A controversial beauty with a history of dating players, the funny and engaging Draya says “I have a million haters. I open the list of haters and it rolls across the floor.” No word yet if any of the new LA wives make that list.
This 10 episode, hour-long series will dive into the real-life locker room of these leading ladies, giving viewers a never-before-seen look at what it takes to live in La La Land and be connected to a famous professional athlete. For the most part, these women live the life with the best cars, biggest mansions and hottest bling but living the high life is not all glamour and often there is a price to pay. Cameras will follow these women as they attempt to juggle their relationships, infidelity issues, children and friendships while trying to find the perfect balance between supporting their families and realizing their own career ambitions. “Basketball Wives LA” brings a full court press to VH1 on Monday, August 29 at 8PM ET/PT.
Shed Media is producing the series. Executive producers for Shed Media are Nick Emmerson, Alex Demyanenko, Jennifer O’Connell and Sean Rankine. Tom Huffman is a consulting producer. Shaunie O’Neal is an executive producer. Executive producers for VH1 are Jeff Olde, Jill Holmes and Noah Pollack.
[Photos: Cody Bess for VH1]

Bruno Mars, Tony Bennett Pay Tribute To Amy Winehouse At 2011 MTV VMAs

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Bruno Mars paid a heartfelt tribute to late singer Amy Winehouse during Sunday night’s 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, belting out a version of “Valerie” - a song Winehouse covered for friend and producer Mark Ronson’s 2007 album “Version.”
Mars – who didn’t take home a “moon man” despite being nominated for multiple awards – was accompanied by a big band and doo-wop backing vocals as he shuffled around the stage in sequin blue suit and black tie singing “Say Amy, oh Amy/ I love you darling, I love you darling… Say Amy, whoa Amy, we’ll miss you baby.”

In the crowd Adele sang along as actor Russel Brand – who also shared his memories of Winehouse during the event – and his wife Kate Perry watched Bruno’s performance with tearful eyes.

“First time I met her, she was kind of like a daft, dopey person, just wandering around a little bit crazy,” Brand said in his touching tribute to Amy, adding that once he heard her sing, he saw her talent, her “timeless sound, like a roar from the guts of humanity. The kind of voice that Billie Holiday sung with, the kind of voice that Ella Fitzgerald sung with.”

In addition to the tributes by Mars and Brand, legendary singer Tony Bennett remembered Winehouse, calling her a “true jazz artist” and sharing video footage of himself and Amy recording “Body and Soul” earlier this year at London’s Abbey Road Studios.

Watch Bruno Mars’ performance of “Valerie” below:

What Do your Jeans Say About You?

By Alyssa Shapiro,
Paint-splattered jeans
Photo: Ronnie Andren
When we asked a few guys what these jeans said about the ladies wearing them, their reactions ranged from dropped jaws to total confusion.
(Spoiler alert: The word silhouette is mystifying to guys!)
Regardless of your taste in jeans — be it wide-leg, skinny or straight-leg — one thing is clear: Guys love it when the real YOU is easy to see. Read on for a glimpse into the male mind.

Paint-splattered jeans make guys think you’re en route to the Laundromat

This jean's look says, "I like to party … around bleach." — Francis, 25

Black jeans
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Hip, edgy jeans make him think you're too cool for school

"Black shirt, Blackberry, black JEANS ... There’s no taking it lightly with her."— Alex, 24

Relax-fit jeans
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Cool relax-fit jeans = cool, laid-back girl

"She looks easygoing, like she’d be down to grab coffee with me in the afternoon."— Anthony, 27

Classic blue jeans
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You can’t go wrong with classic blue jeans

"Simple and elegant." — Josh, 30

Skinny jeans
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Not-too-tight skinny jeans make for the perfect date outfit

"She looks casual and comfortable, like we should cuddle on the couch … with a fire … in the fall and maybe some Bon Iver or Sigur Rós playing in the background." — Scotty, 24

Distressed jeans
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Intentionally frayed or distressed jeans distress him

"Hoping she didn't pay extra for the fray … ." — Philippe, 26

Large-branded jeans
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Logo-in-your-face denim styles turn him off

"Blinded by the white! She’d rather wear a brand name than something that looks good." — Josh, 32

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Casual, layered jeggings are a guaranteed head-turner

"These jeans look good on her. She seems confident wearing them!" — Colby, 26

Ripped jeans
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Attention-getting ripped jeans are the denim equivalent of a pick-up line

"She's a free spirit, teasing you with little glimpses of skin and letting you know she's down to party!" — Ryan, 25

Cropped jeans
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Cropped, edgy jeans give off a playful vibe

"She’s sporty, with a splash of spunk!" — Jim, 34

Red jeans
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Red jeans catch — and keep — his attention

"Love this quirky girl — I think I have a crush already; can you introduce me?" — Tom, 23

'70s jeans
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'70s jeans send a groovy message

"She's got flare. Literally."— Randall, 30

Slouchy jeans
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Slouchy, oversize jeans risk looking a wee bit sloppy

"This is Tom Sawyer-esque effortless chic. Maybe a little too effortless, in my mind." — Nicolas, 24

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Places You Never Want to Use your Debit Card

No doubt about it, debit card usage is a big part of the new normal on Main Street these days as consumers try to manage credit card debt.

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According to the TSYS & Mercator Advisory Group Debit Survey 2011, debit is now the preferred payment type in most point-of-sale locations, beating cash, credit cards and checks.
But that doesn't mean you should use debit cards all the time. In fact, there are some places and times that using a debit card is actually a lousy proposition.
For example, using a debit card online can work against you. If you have a problem with the purchase or your debit card number is stolen, it's a huge hassle to get the money restored to your account and making your card number safe and secure again. In the online world, credit cards are usually a better bet.
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Here are some other instances where debit card usage is a bad idea:
Rental or security deposits. If you have to put money down to rent a car or heavy duty home improvement equipment, try not to use a debit card. Why? Because the business will actually take the money out of your account in the form of a security deposit. You'll get the cash back when you return the car or equipment. But with a credit card, the money is just "frozen" but not actually charged and you won't ever notice it's gone.
Restaurants and bars. There are way too many prying eyes around a dining establishment to trust using your debit card. Apart from the risk of having your card stolen, restaurants are one of those rare places where someone actually walks away with your card and you don't see them for a few minutes. Much better to use cash when dining out.
Regular payments. Businesses love to get their sticky little fingers on your debit card number so they can extract dues straight from your bank account on a regular basis. Whether it's a gym or your insurance company, you're better off using a credit card. That's because if there's a dispute, the business won't take the cash right out of your checking account if they don't have your debit card number.
Wi-Fi hot spots. Never use your debit card for an online purchase while at a coffee shop or other business that offers free Wi-Fi access. Many of those businesses have unsecured wireless connections, so it's much easier for hackers and scammers to log on and steal your data.
Any retail outlet where you choose the "credit" option. Debit cards allow you to choose between a debit (having cash taken straight out of your account) and a credit transaction (where the money will be taken out but it could be a few days later). For one, credit purchases cost the retailer more cash in swipe fees, so you could be hurting a small business owner. But the real problem is the delay when choosing credit — you may forget the purchase and not account for the money. That can lead to an overdraft situation and the onerous fees that go with them.

Debit cards are great financial tools, and it's easier carrying a card that a wad of cash. But debit cards shouldn't be used all the time — and the situations listed above should be at the top of your list of "no debit" zones in the future.