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Katie Couric Is Engaged

Published January 21, 2014 by gossipzoo

Daytime talkshow host Katie Couric got engaged to her financier boyfriend John Molner over the weekend, PEOPLE confirmed Monday. The question was popped by Molner, whom Couric has been dating for almost two years, at sunset on the modest beaches of East Hampton, N.Y. This will be the second marriage for Couric; her first husband, Jay Monahan, died of colon cancer in 1998. Congrats!

Prince Andrew And Fergie: Why That Marriage Rumor Might Be True

Published January 11, 2014 by gossipzoo

When the Daily Express spotted Sarah, Duchess of York deplaning in Aberdeen en route for Balmoral Castle, I knew in an instant that Fergie was making her way back into the royal fold.

The report was published on August 11th, just one day before Prince Philip was to join Her Majesty at their Scottish retreat. Ferguson, who divorced Prince Andrew in 1996, has been persona non grata in the royal family for a string of reasons: Getting her toes sucked by a financial advisor while her eldest daughter was nearby, attempting to sell information on her ex-husband to an undercover journalist. The list goes on and on, but the fact remains that Fergie hasn’t been warmly received by the House of Windsor in quite some time.

It should be said, though, that the Queen reportedly still likes Fergie, but the Duke of Edinburgh wants absolutely nothing to do with her. In 2011, Fergie told Harper’s Bazaar that the monarch as “the most wonderful, forgiving, nonjudgmental person I know.”

I spoke to Royal Central‘s editor-in-chief, who believes that there is a good reason that Fergie was seen at Balmoral. Princess Beatrice, 25, has been dating her boyfriend, David Clark, for over five years, and it’s believed that an engagement announcement is forthcoming. Since Beatrice needs the Queen’s permission to marry, it would make sense that the York family gathered together in Scotland.

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8 Lovable TV Characters That Would Be Insufferable In Real Life

Published January 2, 2014 by gossipzoo

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You love to watch them on the small screen, but you wouldn’t want to share a pint with them and would probably cross the road to avoid some of them, too. Yes, some of the greatest, most neurotic and charismatic TV characters are also people whom, if they existed in real life, would never find themselves ordering a table for two at their local restaurant.

From the pompous to the whiny, the shrill to the cloying, and featuring a few who would probably benefit from a nice lie down on a psychiatrist’s couch, here are 8 popular TV characters who would make for unbearable company. If there are any characters more deserving of a place on the list, or you feel I’m being too harsh on this particular selection, share your thoughts in the comments section below…

8. Frasier Crane

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Dr. Frasier Crane has long since been beloved of audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. With his quick, dry wit and lovable fallibilities, Frasier has charmed millions of fans of Cheers and his eponymous spin-off show.

You can only imagine, however, that he would be treated to a different view of the psychiatrist’s couch in real life. Pompous, needy, aloof, vain and a borderline egomaniac, the facets of Frasier’s personality that we laugh at on the show would make him seem overbearing and irredeemably irritating were you on the table next to him at Caf Nervosa.

In his defence, Frasier does seem almost grounded compared to his brother, Niles, who also happens to be one of my all-time favourite sitcom characters and a man the producers described as “what Frasier would be like had he never set foot in Cheers.” Still, he remains a doctor you would hope doesn’t do house calls.

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15 Things You Didn’t Know About Halloween

Published January 2, 2014 by gossipzoo

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The traditions that surround Halloween often eclipse the purpose of the holiday in the first place to the extent where anything historical takes a back seat to more newfangled practices. Horror movie marathons, costume parties and candy sales surround us as the holiday approaches, showing us one overriding truth – Halloween is big. In fact, it’s only second in spending to Christmas. But still, there are many things that despite its yearly traditions we don’t think of when it comes to the holiday of haunting and witches.

This list contains 15 of the most cringe-worthy and amusing things that you likely did not know about the holiday.

15. Don’t Worry About Werewolves, There’s Almost Never A Full Moon

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The moon often creates a unique ambiance in horror films and books. In has often carried a special meaning with magic and curses working due to a combination of a full moon and the evening of all Hallows eve.

However, a full moon on Halloween does not happen very often and is a rare occurrence, not happening for decades often. The last two were in 1974 and 2001 but don’t expect the next one until 2020.

14. Jack-O-Lanterns Used To Be Spirit-Repelling Turnips

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If I were to make a jack -o lantern out a turnip most people would look at me odd, however that is how they were first made. Today most people would choose to use a pumpkin, as it’s the one designated fruit that is connected to Halloween.

Pumpkins, a thousand year old fruit, are typically connected to the holiday due to their use in pies, as decorations and in the making of jack -o-lanterns. This fruit actually comes in more colors than the standard orange. These include green, red, white and gray. Despite their current cheery use jack-o-lanterns were originally meant to scare evil spirits away from homes. Luckily we switched to pumpkins before we started making pies!

13. Halloween Is An Irish Festival

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Halloween’s roots can be traced back to Celtic culture in Ireland. The holiday originated in Ireland and Druid religion’s holiday, Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year. According to their religion, November 1st was New Years’ on their calendar.

The celebration would begin on October 31st ,and last into the following day. The spirits of all who died in the prior year, would rise up and roam the earth on this night. The holiday received its name from a Lord Samhain, the lord of darkness ruled over the winter months. To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. of Halloween was commonly referred to as ‘All Hollows’ Eve.

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Formula One 2014 Driver Line-ups – What We Know So Far

Published December 26, 2013 by gossipzoo

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The Formula 1 season is coming to a close. With just four Grand Prix’s remaining ‘silly season’ has well and truly arrived. Rumours and speculation are rife, and teams are starting to announce who will be in their driver line-up for next year. The next GP for this current season is this weekend and the bwin f1 odds currently have Sebastian Vettel down as a firm heavy favourite.

With Mark Webber retiring and Kimi Raikkonen leaving Lotus for Ferrari there is certainly going to be fair amount of movement in the market. Teams like Sauber who are struggling for funds might have to resort to signing paid drivers and others like McLaren might want a more experienced driver to take over from a relative rookie.

While we don’t know exactly what every team will look like next year, we’ve looked at all the reports and stories to put together a summary of who might be racing for them in 2014.

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Current Drivers: Sebastian Vettel / Mark Webber

Confirmed Drivers: Sebastian Vettel / Daniel Ricciardo

It should come as no surprise that Sebastian Vettel is set to remain at Red Bull until at least 2015. He signed a contract extension earlier in the season to confirm his position. Considering the success he and Red Bull Racing have had together, it would make little sense to leave the team now. He should still have plenty of time left in his career if he wants another challenge in a new team at some point.

We also know that Mark Webber is leaving Formula 1 after 12 years and will be racing with Porsche in the World Endurance Championship. The most talked about replacements for Webber included Kimi Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo and Jean- ric Vergne but it was the Australian who got the nod and was promoted from Red Bull’s junior team, Toro Rosso.

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JOSH HUTCHERSON: “I Wanted To Be JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE” (VIDEO)

Published December 21, 2013 by gossipzoo

JOSH HUTCHERSON admitted on Tuesday’s “Late Night with JIMMY FALLON“:

“I wanted to be JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE.”

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Aww, Josh. Who doesn’t?

The arguably straight actor, who has been doing promotional tours for his new movie “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” following his hosting gig on “SNL,” sat down for an interview with Jimmy Fallon last night and revealed one of his biggest-and possibly untold-secrets.

He admitted that he was also an “embarrassingly big” fan of his co-star Jennifer Lawrence‘s “early 90s” crush, Justin Timberlake!

Hutcherson confessed further:

“I full on wanted to be Justin Timberlake.”

He added:

“I had bouts of depression because I didn’t have [his] curly, little cool hair.”

To be a little more like his idol, he resorted to bleaching his hair when he was young. Check it out:

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How cute!

For what it’s worth, he probably would’ve made a pretty cute boy bander!

Watch him gush about Timberlake below:

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West Ham 2-3 Everton: Lukaku Gets Debut Winner To Keep Toffees Unbeaten Run Going

Published November 16, 2013 by gossipzoo

Romelu Lukaku came off the bench to grab an 85th minute winner for Everton, extending their unbeaten start to the season. It was heartbreak for West Ham and Mark Noble at Upton Park, as the Irons captain scored from the spot to give his side the lead for the second time, only to get sent off soon after.

Leighton Baines scored two free kicks from near identical positions as the Toffees kept up their unbeaten record against the Hammers, with this result making it twelve consecutive games without defeat against their London opponents. Ravel Morrison’s deflected drive had given West Ham the lead.

The first significant chance had come after just five minutes when an Everton counter led to Jussi Jaaskelainen saving a Kevin Mirallas shot.

On 31 minutes, the ball went out to Matt Jarvis on the left. The England winger cut inside, ghosted past two men and laid the ball to Ravel Morrison.

The youngster was central, twenty yards out, and hit a shot that took a deflection off Phil Jagielka, wrong footing Tim Howard.

Romelu Lukaku made his Everton debut, coming on at half time for Nicola Jelavic. James McCarthy also came on, for Steven Naismith.

The Chelsea loanee nearly made an instant impact, turning away cutely from James Collins and playing in compatriot Mirallas but his cross was well defended by Reuben Reid.

Lukaku was causing problems for West Ham as Everton took a stranglehold on possession and launched a constant assault on the Hammers penalty area. That pressure eventually led to Collins picking up a booking for fouling Barclay just after the hour mark, and from the free kick Baines struck the equaliser. While a nice hit, it was on Jaaskelainen’s side.

West Ham then won their penalty when Kevin Nolan was fouled by McCarthy, after good work from another sub Mladen Petric. Noble sent Howard the wrong way.

Noble went from hero to villain when he fouled Barclay with ten minutes to play, picking up his second yellow. More bad news came for the Irons when Baines stepped up again to strike, this time going for the opposite corner with an unstoppable goal off the post.

Barely two minutes later, Lukaku sealed a fine debut with the goal that gave Everton the lead for the first time in the game, bravely heading in a cross from eight yards out.

Ricardo Vaz Te came closest to an equaliser but his header went wide, while a fine Reid tackle managed to stop Lukaku with the goal firmly in his sights in injury time.

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, O’Brien, Collins, Reid, Rat, Morrison, Noble, Nolan (Taylor), Diame, Jarvis (Vaz Te), Maiga,

Subs: Adrian, McCartney, Tomkins, Collinson, Vaz Te, Taylor, Petric

Booked: Morrison, Collins, Noble

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Barry, Barkley, Osman (Oviedo), Naismith (McCarthy), Mirallas, Jelavic (Lukaku)

Subs: Robles, Stones, Heitinga, Oviedo, Delofeu, McCarthy, Lukaku

Booked: Barclay

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