Black Friday Deals- big stores including Walmart are going all out- opening their doors on Thanksgiving, letting people shop instead of waiting in line by giving them wristbands to get back in line, and offering 1 hour guarantees on certain items-especially phones, tablets and other technology.
Great Dancecam video of an 11 year old Detroit Pistons fan named Antwaine Alexander. The cameraman unintentionally started a dance-off by cutting to an arena usher known for his dancing in the aisles and then back to Antwaine- the two go back and forth for about 30 seconds! Check it out here:
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James Franco and Seth Rogen recreated Kanye West's "Bound2" video....frame for frame. James plays Kanye and Seth plays Kim Kardashian-check it out on youtube it's pretty funny!
Sandra Bullock has been named “Entertainment Weekly’s” Entertainer of the Year. Others on the list include Jennifer Lawrence, Pharrell Williams, Tom Hanks and Matthew McConaughey
According to a British Tabloid, Angelina Jolie may be buying Brad Pitt a $20 million private island for his birthday next month. It’s off the coast of New York City and has a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright- one of Brad’s favorite archictects.
People Magazine has figured out there is a hot male celebrity from each state, and listed all 50. The list includes Channing Tatum from Alabama, Enrique Iglesias from Florida and Jon Hamm from Missouri.
Great video of Bono from U2 covering Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” at a show.
Heather is on her own at least for the next couple of weeks- luckily this is a holiday week so not too much pressure!
What's Up Around Northern Michigan#moresnow#toysfortots#santashouse
After some areas of Northern Michigan received almost a foot of snow this weekend, more snow is forecast for this holiday week. Monday and Tuesday expect an inch or two near the Lakeshore, Wednesday a quick break with sunshine, then snow back for Thanksgiving day and into Black Friday!
The Toys for Tots campaign kicked off Saturday at the Great Wolf Lodge! Organizers are hoping to collect 25,000 toys this year to help needy families across Northern Michigan. The deadline to donate is Dec. 20th. Drop off your donations at the KHQ offices in Petoskey or Traverse City!
Santa has a new home in TC! Volunteers were working to build the new home for Santa over the weekend. The old home was in desperate need of repairs. The new house was redesigned from the ground up by Dean Adams of Bay Area Contracting. Now traditionally Santa's house is located at the corner of Front and Cass, but because of contruction the house, which will now have more of a "cabin" feel, will be located at the southeast corner of Cass and State.
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Taylor Swift won four trophies at the American Music Awards last night while Justin Timberlake walked away with 3. Miley Cyrus was pretty well behaved but some people online are accusing Katy Perry of racism for dressing like a geisha.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was huge at the box office this weekend pulling in an estimated $161 million. That makes it the best November opening ever and it could wind up being the fourth best opening weekend of all time!
And there's talk that Katie Couric's daytime talk show could be canceled. No official word but she did just sign a new deal with Yahoo, which some say means she's laying the groundwork for her next gig.
Northwest Michigan Toys for Tots campaign kicks off this Saturday at the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City. Santa will arrive via helicopter, activities for the kids, live music and tours of the helicopter. Check out more info here.
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Adam Levine has been named “People” magazine's Sexiest Man Alive! Luke Bryan, Jimmy Fallon, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake and David Beckham are also being honored in this year's issue.
Kelly Clarkson and her husband Brandon Blackstock are expecting their first child. She announced the pregnancy over Twitter.
The voice cast of “Family Guy” just nailed a pretty huge raise. Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis and Mike Henry will be getting anywhere between $175,000 and $225,000 per episode.
Mexico's president has denied a tweet by Justin Bieber saying the singer met with the leader and his family prior to a show. This was a response to a tweet from Bieber saying “just met some amazing mexican beliebers and the presidente of mexico and his familia.” After being called out he corrected himself saying he just met the family.
Wow this is nuts. This woman does a bridge jump with no harness and by just straddling a guy. The guy has a harness but still...
Yup, this is a kitten barking like a dog for attention.
On Sunday evening I-75 was shut down because of a few trees that fell on the road, turns out a confirmed tornado went through the area. Check out more for UpNorthLive here.
How is this for scary? 53 year old resident of the Bayhill Apartments allegedly attempted to blow up the complex. When Traverse City Police arrived he told the officers he intentionally opened all his stove burners so the room would fill with gas, he then would ignite it and cause the explosion. The fire department responded and shut off the burners, he was arrested.
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Justin Bieber threw a party over the weekend featuring 20 “big booty strippers,” Snoop Dogg, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Chris Brown, T.I., and Trey songz. No one was supposed to know about it because everyone signed a $3 million confidentiality agreement. So someone will be paying up!
“It's A Wonderful Life” sequel is coming to theaters. It will be called “It's a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story” and is expected to be in theaters for the 2015 holiday season. Word is that Karolyn Grimes, who played George Bailey's daughter Zuzu in the original, will be back as an angel who shows her grandson how much better off the world would have been if he had never been born. His name will also be George Baily.
Brittany Murphy's family ordered a new toxicology report and this one suggests rat poison could have caused her death. The LA Coroner ruled her death was due to pneumonia and anemia and here's something I never knew about, her husband Simon Monjack died from the same cause five months later.
Toronto's Mayor Rob Ford, who admitted to smoking crack while holding office and the man behind some crazy hilarious videos, was stripped of his power after a crazy city council meeting. He will still be the mayor but he has no legislative power, he will still represent the city at official functions. Here's the mayor charging a woman? WTH?
Drew Carey's crew punked him on The Price is Right, check it out!
Holy. Crap. This is funny. K-Mart's newest hilariously brilliant commercial.
Lady Gaga's album “ArtPop” is expected to sell around 250,000 copies in its first week, but that's only about a fourth of what “Born This Way” did two years ago. Her label, Interscope, spent $25 million to promote “ArtPop” and may have to lay off 50 employees over the next month because it's not doing as well as they thought.
Alec Baldwin got into three confrontations with three paparazzi on Friday, meanwhile MSNBC suspended his show due to the video in which he directed an anti gay slur at a paparazzo.
SNL tore up Kanye and Kim!
Michigan State fans dupe the Columbia basketball team by purposely mistiming their countdown and causing a Columbia player to get two shot clock violations. Check it out...
Crazy storms hit not only our area but the rest of the Midwest, check out this crazy video of a tornado in Illinois.
Not good, a Leelanau County Sheriff's Office corrections officer was arrested for OWI. Check out more from The Ticker.
Good news for ski & snowboard enthusiasts, Boyne Mountain is opening this weekend! Check out more here.
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John Oliver is leaving “The Daily Show” to host his own show on HBO. He's been a fixture on “The Daily Show” for 7 years and filled in for Jon Stewart all last summer. No word on when he will leave “The Daily Show.”
Jake Gyllenhaal cut his hand when he punched a mirror filming a scene for his new movie, “Nightcrawler.” A source says he got so into the scene when his character was talking to himself in the mirror that be punched it.
What if I told you this video of Jean-Claude Van Damme doing the splits while standing on two moving trucks was real?
This guy taught himself how to make everything he says sound like an echo...
People with their hatred and ignorance amaze me. A customer left a note for their waitress in New Jersey. When the customer and her two children came into the restaurant Dayna Morales introduced herself as the server, then the customer said “Oh I thought you were gonna say your name is Dan.” Dayna has short hair. She then left THIS as a tip, she put a line through the tip line and wrote, “"I'm sorry but I cannot tip because I don't agree with your lifestyle and how you live your life." Way to teach your kids how to interact with people.
Remember the woman from Utah who was looking for her birth mother in Traverse City a few months ago? She found her! Check out the story from UpNorthLive!
If you have yet to see “12 Years a Slave,” it's showing now at the State Theatre in Traverse City, looks like a cool movie to see in a theater like the State. Also, “Moulin Rouge” is showing tomorrow at 11:20p for the State's Friday Night Flicks. Check out their line-up.
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Remember the story yesterday about Tom Cruise comparing his job to a soldier fighting in Afghanistan? Mark Wahlberg had words to go along with that, “For somebody to sit there and say my job was a difficult as being in the military? How (effing) dare you, while you sit in a makeup chair for two hours.” Mark's rep is saying that he wasn't referencing Tom.
And now and ESPN Documentary on “Space Jam” as if it was a real game, this is cool.
Two types of videos that are awesome! When military parents surprise their kids and when they come home to their pets. Check this one out, awwww.
Not everything about Justin Bieber has to do with stealing bikes and sleeping with prostitutes. Yesterday he tweeted his condolences on the death of Jake Shafer, a child with cancer who Justin spent time with a few years ago. Here's a photo of the two.
Ouch, Zac Efron had to have his jaw wired shut after he broke it when he fell at his house. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Remember the movie “Ghost” with Patrick Swayze? We don't have many details but there is a TV show based on that movie in the works.
A guy in Australia was arrested after he crashed his car, got out and started head-butting other cars. Huh?
This could be the first significant snowfall of the season. The National Weather Service is reporting that a Lake Effect Snow Advisory dropped 6 inches in some areas. Forecasters originally thought we could see 12! Anybody get the 6? Just a dusting where we're at...
Food Network's reality competition “Food Court Wars” taped last weekend with the winner getting a free one year lease in the food court at the Grand Traverse Mall. The House of Doggs went up against Matts' Beignets. There were close to 300 people there to watch, each person was given in $15 tickets by producers to purchase food from each food stand, or just one. Winner is decided by the amount of tickets they get, this will be revealed in February when the episode airs.
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The prostitute that Justin Bieber was caught with has spoken. You know the woman that took that creepy video of him sleeping. Anyway, she says she is not a prostitute and that he didn't pay for any “services,” but they did hook up. Thankfully we now know that so we can all sleep at night.
Beyonce' does some pretty amazing things at her shows and here's another. Check her out singing with a fan who happens to be blind...
Amy Robach from “Good Morning America” was diagnosed with breast cancer and luckily she caught it thanks to an on-air mammogram that she did last month. She said she was putting the screening off for about a year, so it's a good thing they did it on the show. She will have a double mastectomy.
Angela Lansbury, former star of “Murder, She Wrote” is not giving her blessing to the re-boot of the show. She said, “I think it's a mistake to call it 'Murder, She Wrote,' because 'Muder, She Wrote' will always be about a Cabot Cove, [and my character] Jessica Fletcher, who's a rare and very individual kind of person.”
PlayStation 4 in is stores on Friday.
And now a white supremacist finds out he's 14% black. The woman sitting next to him is cracking me up! (If video doesn't load, watch it here.)
A 47 year old man with mental disabilities is missing. His name is Michael Schepke and he was last seen Sunday afternoon near Rogers City walking on Birchwood Drive near Morrill Road. He had on blue jeans, dark coat and blue hat, Michael is 6 ft 175 LBS. Police ask that if you see him to call 989-354-4101. His photo is up at UpNorthLive.com
Cherryland Center has a new owner, V. Kumar Vemulapalli, the owner of Durga LLC. According to the TC Ticker, he has a pretty controversial project history in Flint. Check out the full story.
Veterans for Peace is holding an all day vigil at the Open Space in honor of Michigan soldiers from both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who have lost their lives. It starts at 8am and the public is welcome to participate in the reading of names starting at 11am.
TC Beer Week is on! Festivities start as early as 2pm today and go though Friday. You can find out full info on all the events at TraverseCityBeerWeek.com
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Justin Bieber can't get a break. He was booted from the Hotel Faena in Buenos Aires, Argentina because his fans were camped outside wrecking the place.
And here's Bieber taking a security guard's patrol bike and getting busted, what a punk.
“Thor: The Dark World” brought in $86.1 million this weekend at the box office making it #1. “Bad Grandpa,” “Free Birds,” “Last Vegas,” and “Ender's Game” round out the top 5.
Bill Cosby could be coming back to TV! He's developing two new shows. One is a family sitcom similar to “The Cosby Show.” He said it will not be a re-make but a positive comedy focused on older children and their relationships with their parents. He is also working on a re-make of “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.”
In honor of Veterans Day here are Marines having a dance off at the US Marine Corps Ball!
Alright, for anyone who is crazy about Ryan Gosling, you may have a chance. There are rumors floating around that he and Eva Mendes have broken up. A source says, “Eva said the relationship had just run its course.” What the heck does that even mean?
“Thor: The Dark World” opens this weekend, check out the trailer.
“The Starving Games” is also out. It's a spoof of “The Hunger Games.”
Wow! Check out the new “Robocop” trailer!
I love doing this to people. Ever tell someone you're taking a picture but you purposely set your phone to video instead? Creates GREAT video. Here's a montage.
Monday is Veteran's Day and a non profit, “Degage Ministries,” gave a 52 year old veteran named Jim Wolf a makeover to raise awareness. He struggled with poverty, homelessness and alcoholism for a long time and this transformation is nothing short of amazing.
Would you be cool with living next to a guy who was convicted of murder and sexual assault? Even if he “did his time” by spending 33 years in prison?
The man I'm talking about is 63, will not be on parole and was released from Jackson today. He strangled a woman from Suttons Bay in 1971 and raped a 16 year old runaway who was hitchhiking on S. Airport in Traverse City in 1979, after he was released on parole for the murder.
Now, I ask again: Should this man be allowed to be out with the general public?
This woman on "The Price is Right" is so happy she made our lead post this morning! We love her...and her wig!
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How does a “farm to table” coffee shop and eatery sound to you? Elixir, a new health cafe, is preparing to open in the former home of Old Town Coffee. It should be open in December. Check more out from The Traverse City Ticker here.
If you're a supporter of legalizing marijuana you may enjoy this, some Michigan communities are getting close. Voters in Ferndale, Jackson and Lansing have voted to have police ignore possession of an ounce or less of marijuana on private property. Check out the full story from UpNorthLive.
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Remember that story about Justin Bieber romping around with Brazilian prostitutes? A video was posted to YouTube yesterday and it supposedly shows a prostitute filming Bieber while he was sleeping. Check it out...
She also sent this tweet out...
Also, Bieber is wanted in Brazil for illegal tagging in Rio. It happened on Tuesday and there are photos to prove it. This could get him up to a year in prison. TMZ has the photo.
Matt Lauer hasn't been getting high marks in terms of making an intimate connection with his viewers, but that might change today. Matt and Al Roker are both getting prostate exams live on the “Today” show this morning.
There's a story this morning about a Thanksgiving Donut. A pumpkin flavored donut stuffed with turkey, cranberry sauce and gravy. If you think that sounds gross, it's NOT! I had a sub from “Which Wich” yesterday called the “Thank You Turkey.” It was turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce all in one sandwich. SO GOOD!
A woman in San Francisco had to undergo a double mastectomy on Tuesday but wanted to have a dance party with the doctors and nurses before...
Cool video of first class passengers on a plane giving up their seats to Marines returning from Afghanistan.
The video of Traverse City Mayor Michael Estes' arrest has been released. Honestly, not much to see. Video was taken from the back up camera.
Speaking of Mayor Michael Estes, he was re-elected yesterday with 2,108 votes to challenger Rick Buckhalter's 1,369 votes. Also, three new commissioners will be sworn in. Get the full story from the Ticker.
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Ashton Kutcher joined PopExpert.com where he will web chat with people and give them career advice. He's only charging $5!
The new “Twilight” box set includes footage of a creepy animatronic doll that was supposed to play the baby of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. It was so hideous they didn't use it and called it “Chuckesmee.” Check out out!
A woman fell asleep while driving in Texas on Monday night. Luckily she was okay because she crashed into a mattress store!
Getting on public transportation the Venezuelan way!
Woman says there's nothing wrong with dressing her child up like a member of the KKK for Halloween.
Today is election day and residents of Traverse City get to choose their mayor. The Record Eagle reports that a light turn out is expected today, so lines shouldn’t be too long. Polls open at 7am.
Traverse City Mayor Mike Estes accepted the judge’s plea deal in court yesterday. He plead guilty to impaired driving. He was originally charged with operating while intoxicated. Check out the full story from UpNorthLive.
This is cool,Food Court Wars is a reality competition show from the Food Network and it’s filming in Traverse City this weekend. It’s produced by chef Gordon Ramsay and puts 2 sets of 2 person teams of aspiring restaurant owners against each other for a chance to win their own food court spot rent free for a year. The Ticker explains more.
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Drew Barrymore is expecting her second child with her husband Will Kopelman.
Eminem’s new album “The Marshall Mathers LP2” is out today. This is his 8th album including Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Skylar Grey and Fun singer Nate Ruess.
“Call of Duty: Ghosts” is out today.
Katy Perry dethroned Justin Bieber as the most popular person on Twitter. As of last night Katy had 46.6 million follows while Justin had 46.5. In other news….
Watch this guy try to scare “Trick or Treaters” and ends up scarring some little kids for life.
Michigan State fans have a reason to celebrate after the Spartans destroyed the Wolverines 29-6 on Saturday.
The Traverse City Ticker has a great story this morning about what to expect from winter this year. A quick prediction of the weather and some info on Hickory Hills.
The splash pad at Clinch Park, the gift that keeps on giving. If you remember the children play area spewed sewage over the summer and now more issues are popping up and the Record Eagle reports electrocution was a big concern going into the opening of the pad over the summer. Check out the story.
Bieber had a show in Brazil Saturday night, he cut it short after someone hit him with a water bottle. Fans waited about 30 minutes for him to come back, but left after they road crew started packing up his equipment. To make it worse he was 90 minutes late to the show. Here's the video..
NSYNC reunited for a bit Saturday night as the guys got together for Chris Kirkpatrick's wedding. Chris married his girlfriend Karly Skladany in Orlando.
“Ender's Game” came in first this weekend at the box office, “Bad Grandpa,” came in second in it's second week, “Last Vegas” third, and “Free Bird” fourth.
Speaking of Eminem, there's a bit of online chatter that he lip synced on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend. He hasn't commented, you be the judge..
“Saturday Night Live” was been getting some backlash for it's lack of African American cast members but they addressed it in an opening sketch with host Kerry Washington where she played just about every African American celeb you can think of. The sketch ended with an Al Sharpon cameo. Check it out:
Another reason to stay OFF your phone while driving. Back in May a trucker crashed into two cop cars and three fire trucks on the side of the highway in Arizona. The accident killed one of the police officers. He claimed he was checking his mirrors and didn't see them but his cell phone record revealed he was looking at photos on Facebook. He is now facing charges for second degree murder. You can watch the dash cam video here which shows the driver on his phone and the accident. Warning, it is very disturbing but hopefully this encourages you to keep off your phone while driving. Watch it.
The “Today Show” totally stole Halloween yesterday. The costumes were hilarious! Here's Matt Lauer and Willie Geist. Matt was actually trending on Twitter yesterday with his Pamela Anderson costume. More photos here.
Tina Fey created a new show of NBC. It's a sitcom called “Tooken,” about a woman who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York City. Tina won't be in the show but it will star Ellie Kemper, who played Erin Hannon on “The Office.”
I hate using the “National Enquirer” as a source but they are reporting that Randy Travis may never fully recover from last summer's stroke. A source says, “He's paralyzed on his right side, can't walk and can barely speak.” Very sad news.
This guy has some mad finger snapping skills!!
Conan celebrated 20 years in late night tv with a blooper reel! Very funny!