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Weird Al parodies: Which one is the top of the charts?

Published: Monday, October 07, 2013 @ 8:50 AM
Updated: Monday, October 07, 2013 @ 8:50 AM

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so musical artists, no matter the genre, over the past 30 years must be really flattered.  From Nirvana to Queen to Don McLean and of course Michael Jackson, no hitmaker is immune to the likes of Weird Al Yankovic's talent to parody the hits.

 The accordion player took "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and turned it into "Smells Like Nirvana."  Queen got the treatment with Yankovic's "Another One Rides the Bus," his version of "Another One Bites the Dust."   

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The '60s anthem "American Pie," may not have a similar title, but "The Saga Continues" tackles the legend of "Star Wars" with lyrics like "my, my, this here Anakin guy," instead the traditional "my my Miss American Pie."  

What Weird Al Parody is your favorite?  Vote in our poll. 

Bill Murray helps couple make big announcement

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 8:13 AM

VIDEO: Bill Murray Shares Couple’s Exciting News At Chicago Cubs Game

Bill Murray can, and will, do almost anything.

He’s crashed bachelor partiesappeared in engagement photos and sets his own schedule when it comes to interviews and projects.

But recently he helped a couple make one of the biggest announcements of their lives.

And it happened during a Chicago Cubs playoff game.

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Murray helped Robbie and Kristen Schloss tell their parents that they’re going to be grandparents. It all happened in the seats behind home plate during the Oct. 9 game between the Cubs and Nationals, the “Today” show reported.

The Schloss’s were sitting next to Murray and were talking throughout the game. 

Murray is known to be a huge fan of the Cubs and even sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch, SB Nation reported.

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The Cubs beat the Nationals in that game 2-1. They went on to take the series 3 games to 2 and advance to the National League Championship Series to face off against the Dodgers.

Cookie Monster has a new job: Food truck owner, chef

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 7:21 AM

The Cookie Monster poses at Children's Hospital Boston .
Gail Oskin
The Cookie Monster poses at Children's Hospital Boston .(Gail Oskin)

The next season of “Sesame Street” begins Nov. 11 on HBO, followed by a spring debut on PBS.

What’s new for the season? Definitely more kindness episodes, more episodes talking about differences and recognizing that people can be different because of race, ethnicity, economics, abilities and more.

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Last season, “Sesame Street” introduced Julia, a muppet with autism.

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But also new this season, Cookie Monster is getting his own food truck.

He’s teaming up with a new friend named Gonger. The two will go on a road trip to find the main ingredient, Fox News reported.

For example, in the opening episode, he needs apples, so he heads to an apple orchard. Throughout the season he’ll investigate where cranberries, avocados, tortillas, pineapples, maple syrup, pasta and milk come from.

The idea behind the few feature is to have kids learn how food’s made and then eat healthier because of it.

They will also have some big-named chefs helping them create meals like Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi who will visit for the “international street food fair,” Fox News reported.

Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Pussycat Dolls were a front for ‘prostitution ring,’ former member alleges 

Published: Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 11:38 AM

Kaya Jones, Former Pussycat Dolls Members, Alleges Group was a Front for ‘Prostitution Ring’

A former member of the popular girl group and dance ensemble   Pussycat Dolls, Kaya Jones, is claiming that members of the pop music hit-makers were a part of a “prostitution ring.”

>> UPDATE: Pussycat Dolls founder responds to former member's 'prostitution ring' allegations

“My truth. I wasn’t in a girl group. I was in a prostitution ring,” Jones said in a post on Twitter.

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“Oh and we happened to sing and be famous. While everyone who owned us made the money,” she said.

Singer Kaya Jones and former Pussycat Dolls member arrives at the 2016 City Gala Fundraiser at The Playboy Mansion on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Jennifer Lourie/FilmMagic)

How bad was it? People ask—bad enough that I walked away from my dreams, my bandmates and a 13 million dollar record deal. We knew we were going to be #1.”

Jones also referenced a “den mother” but stopped short of naming names, writing, “I want the den mother from hell to confess why another 1 of her girl group girls committed suicide? Tell the public how you mentally broke us,” Jones said.

There has been no confirmation of who Jones was referencing, but reports suggest that Jones was talking about G.R.L. singer Simone Battle, who killed herself in 2014, according to E! Online.

She continued her accusations, saying, “To be a part of the team you must be a team player. Meaning sleep with whoever they say. If you don’t, they have nothing on you to leverage…Yes I said leverage. Meaning after they turn you out or get you hooked on drugs they use it against you. Correct. Victimizing the victim again.”

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The Pussycat Dolls, including lead singer Nicole Scherzinger, have not responded to Jones’ allegations.

WATCH: Kate Middleton dances with Paddington Bear despite battling morning sickness

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 1:45 AM

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16:  Paddington Bear dances with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at the Charities Forum Event on board the Belmond Britigh Pullman train at Paddington Station on October 16, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16: Paddington Bear dances with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at the Charities Forum Event on board the Belmond Britigh Pullman train at Paddington Station on October 16, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)(Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)

Dancing Queen? Duchess Catherine took a spin with adorably cuddly Paddington Bear on Monday during a surprise appearance with her husband, Prince William, in LondonUs Weekly reports

>> Kate Middleton debuts tiny baby bump in first public outing since pregnancy announcement

Third Child Coming for Prince William, Kate Middleton

The duchess, who announced her third pregnancy in September, surprised Londoners at the Paddington train station with the giant dancing bear, the Mirror reported. Young guests were taken on a ride in 1920-1930s-era vintage train from the station as part of the royals’ Charities Forum, according to People. Before the ride, the beloved character danced with the royals and the children in the crowd.

The lovable character’s next film, “Paddington 2,” premieres in the United Kingdom on Nov. 10. At one point, Duchess Catherine danced with the bear and was spotted spinning around the platform.

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Children from charities including Place2Be, Anna Freud National Center for Children and Families and East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice were all present for the festivities. The Charities Forum supports more than 30 organizations in which the royals are involved.

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This is Duchess Catherine’s second public appearance since sharing the pregnancy news. The Duchess has canceled several appearances as she suffers from hyperemesis gravidarum, acute morning sickness, in her pregnancies.

Last week, she was spotted out for the first time since the announcement in honor of World Mental Health Day. Her severe morning sickness kept her from escorting her eldest son, Prince George, to school for the first time in September.

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