JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE made his network TV debut with "Harlem River Blues" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.
GIRLS stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.
SMITH WESTERNS are advance streaming Dye It Blonde.
GREGG ALLMAN is advance streaming Low Country Blues (produced by T-Bone Burnett).
TAMMI TERRELL gets a feature from Oliver Wang at All Things Considered.
THE HONEY CONE are gonna put it in "The Want Ads" for ya.
THE GUMMY AWARDS for 2010 were posted at Stereogum.
IRON & WINE: Sam Beam talks to The Skinny about poetry, unicorns, and expanding his sound by going back in time. (Thx, LHB.)
GREG DULLI talks to SPIN about the Twilight Singers, Gutter Twins, basketball, Skype, Twitter and more...
ARETHA FRANKLIN & ADAM RAUCH have sort-of-good health news to report, though Rauch says he is not free of cancer.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Rooster Cogburn rules the roost as True Grit finally tops the chart in its third week with 15 million. The Coens & Co. also pass the 100 million mark on a 38 million budget. True Grit will likely be the biggest grossing Western since Dances With Wolves. Little Fockers places with 13.8 million and will make a decent profit worldwide, though lagging its predecessors. Season of the Witch debuted in the third slot with an estimated 10.8 million, which sorta counts as good news for a film with almost uniformly hostile reviews. It cost 40 million, but iirc the studio sold off the foreign rights and minimized its downside. Tron Legacy drops a hefty 48 percent to the fourth slot with 9.8 million; its domestic gross remains well below its production budget, though its worldwide gross shows it in the black. Rounding out the Top Five is Black Swan with 8.3 million and a 61.5 million domestic gross against a 13 million budget. Below the fold, the wide release of Country Strong managed sixth place with 7.3 million, which isn't terrible against a 15 million budget. Awards bait like The Fighter and The King's Speech also continue to profit.
ORLANDO BLOOM & MIRANDA KERR welcomed their first child - a son - in L.A. on Thursday.
LINDSAY LOHAN & SAMANTHA RONSON reportedly declare a truce.
MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson's lawyer went to court for an emergency hearing Friday, asking the judge to immediately strip Oksana Grigorieva of custody of baby Lucia.
THE KARDASHIANS have been sued for 75 million in debit card damages.
JANE KRAKOWSKI is knocked up.
DENISE RICHARDS & NIKKI SIXX have gone their separate ways.
ZAC EFRON & VANESSA HUDGENS: Back on?
THE KENNEDYS, an ambitious and much-anticipated miniseries about the American political family, will not air on the History channel, reportedly due to political pressure from the Kennedy family who were not comfortable with the project coming out in the year of the 50th anniversary of Camelot. It is now being shopped to Showtime.
THE BEST & WORST REVIEWED MOVIES of 2010, compiled by Metacritic.
EGYPT: Muslims turned up in droves for the Coptic Christmas mass last Thursday night, offering their bodies, and lives, as "shields" to Egypt's threatened Christian community.
IRAN: The chief of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran claimed Iran can now manufacture nuclear rods and plates at the Isfahan site. Israel's outgoing intelligence chief said Iran won't be able to build a nuclear weapon until 2015.
IRAQ: Moktada al-Sadr delivered his support on Saturday for an Iraqi state he had once derided as a traitorous tool of the United States and that his followers had battled in the streets of Iraq's most important cities only a few years before
TICKLISH CAMEL: Let's go to the video.
THE SQUIRREL THREAT: They'll take on tigers.
HORNY GOATS don't let friends drive drunk.
SCOOBY the GREAT DANE foiled an attempted rape in Chicago and kept the suspect at bay until police arrived.