I'm Katherine Curtis Today on Naked News, the latest in music, TV, AND our Boob of the Week! But first Peyton Preistly has the headlines including the latest chapter of US Army Sergeant and former Taliban prisoner Bowe Bergdahl.
Kat, Bowe Bergdahl has officially been charged with desertion. The Pentagon announced on Wednesday that Bergdahl had intentionally deserted his post before falling into the hands of terrorists in Afghanistan. Bergdahl also faces a charge of misbehavior before the enemy - which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Bergdahl's saga drew international headlines last May, when he became the centerpiece of a prisoner swap that saw US officials release five Taliban commanders from Guantanamo Bay.
The University of Oklahoma fratboy caught on camera singing a racist chant along with other fraternity members says he's sorry. 20-year old Levi Pettit delivered an apology at an Oklahoma City church while flanked by black civic leaders. Pettit said he is will be deeply sorry and deeply ashamed of what he's done for the rest of his life. The video captured Pettit and other members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter singing a song about lynching and never letting an African American member into the frat. The school expelled Pettit and the Oklahoma chapter of SAE has been dissolved.
And the audio recordings that cost billionaire Donald Sterling the LA Clippers could come back to haunt his alleged mistress, V. Stiviano! That's because Sterling's wife Shelly is trying to recoup more than 3 million dollars worth of gifts her husband supposedly gave her. The lawsuit claims Stiviano seduced Sterling into giving up assets he shared with his wife, including a Ferrari, two Bentleys, a Range Rover, and a Beverly Hills duplex. Many of the items were discussed on the audio recordings Stiviano made public last year, which eventually led to Sterling's ousting from the NBA. The trial's expected to conclude on Friday. I'm Peyton Priestly. Don't go away!
I'm Angie Heyward. This week our booby prize goes to a man who somehow doesn't understand how airlines work, despite it being 2015. I'll start at the beginning.
On March 23rd, Daniel Podolsky was on a Southwest Airlines plane, flying home from the South By Southwest festival. Underneath his jacket, he was wearing a T-shirt he'd gotten there - a promotional shirt for the TV show Broad City. However, the shirt said, in large letters "Broad FUCKING City". During a layover in St. Louis, he removed the jacket, and another passenger complained about the swear word.
Podolsky was removed from the plane, and it left without him. In an interview with KTVI news, he was asked if he was given any opportunity to change the shirt, turn it inside out, or put his jacket on. Podolsky replied:
Wow, those people at Southwest are inconsiderate, dictatorial jerks, aren't they? Let's all rally around this poor young man who was so cruelly wronged!
Except..... Ol' Daniel's pants appear to be on fire - yep, yep, they've burst right into flames because, he had righteously recorded his chat with the Southwest employee at the gate, and posted it to Facebook. His OWN video shows that he was clearly the author of his own misfortune.
Now, it's worth noting that Southwest's "Contract of Carriage" specifically says they'll deny boarding to anyone whose clothing is, quote, "lewd, obscene, or patently offensive". And while Podolsky does enjoy the right to free speech in America, airplanes aren't public property. They have the right to boot you if you don't follow their rules.
The Southwest employees gave Podolsky every opportunity to get onto that plane, despite his claim to the contrary. He just decided to be smug and contradictory - and it blew up in his face. So, for being a petulant little twit who brought the trouble onto himself, Daniel Podolsky is our Boob of the Week! For Naked News I'm Angie Heyward.
Thanks, Angie, and kudos to Southwest for staying so polite in the face of his obnoxiousness.
All right , Eila Adams is going Inside The Box right now, and Eila you've got some HUGE news on one of the most popular TV hosts in the world, getting the sack!
That's right Kat, can you believe it, the BBC has decided to FIRE Jeremy Clarkson from their hugely popular show, Top Gear.
I guess between all the bad publicity he's gotten recently and you know, that hitting a producer thing, he's become a bit of a loose cannon.
He's ALWAYS been a loose cannon, I think that's part of his charm. ANyway, I bet they wished there was another option, because Top Gear is a MASSIVE global hit! Here's what's going on.
Welcome, Inside the Box everyone! So as we were saying, The BBC announced Wednesday that they would NOT be renewing Clarkson's contract, saying the altercation between the Top Gear host and his producer "crossed a line". Clarkson had been suspended since March 10 while the incident was investigated. He IS likely to land on his feet, however. He's wildly popular, and over a million people signed an online petition to reinstate him. Top Gear is watched by about three hundred and fifty million people around the world and generates tens of millions of dollars for the BBC annually.
James Corden's debut as the host of the Late Late Show on CBS is not only being praised by just about everyone, but he also got some pretty solid ratings. Early numbers say that one point six-six million people tuned in, their highest viewership since late 2011. It's also a thirteen percent jump over 2014's last quarter figures, when previous host Craig Ferguson was wrapping up his tenure as host. The numbers are promising, especially considering that Corden is largely unknown to US audiences.
Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are coming BACK! Fox, the network, announced that The X-Files would be returning for a six-episode event series, with original stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprising their iconic roles. Series' creator and writer, Chris Carter, will also be back. The original series ran for nine creepy seasons, finishing up in 2002. It also spawned a pair of movies. No premiere date for the new series has been announced yet.
Also coming back to the small screen is notorious nineties comedian Andrew Dice Clay. "Dice" was snagged by Showtime, and will be a "semi-autobiographical" comedy following the comic as he tries to revive his flagging career in Las Vegas, while supporting a host of hangers-on. Clay has had a bit of a career boost recently, and will appear in the hotly-anticipated Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, Terence Winter drama coming to HBO. "Dice" is expected to debut next year.
And we'll finish things off with a peek at Fox's upcoming series Wayward Pines. Matt Dillon stars as an FBI agent who finds himself in a town where things are not as wholesome as they appear.
The pilot was produced by M. Night Shyamalan, who's no stranger to suspense - and it shows! It's also got an IMPRESSIVE cast that includes Terrence Howard, Juliette Lewis, Melissa Leo, and Carla Gugino. Wayward Pines premieres May 14. And that's what's happening Inside the Box. For Naked News, I'm Eila Adams.
Hollywood starlet Ashley Judd is taking internet trolls head on! The actress and die hard supporter of college basketball's Kentucky Wildcats is sick and tired of the hateful abuse directed at women on social media. She's written an op-ed for Mic.com detailing the barrage of nastiness she's experienced from simply tweeting about March Madness. Hundreds of users have pelted her with vicious names and threatened sexual assault. Judd wants to shine a bright light on the issue hoping others take action to end it for good.
A Massachusetts landlord Lendel Williams made an explosive discovery while checking a house that his tenants had recently moved out of. An electrician inspecting the home found wiring attached to a bedroom light switch that would have detonated a bomb! Williams believes his former tenants are responsible. Last week he called police to report an act of vandalism because the tenants had poured cement down the drain. The Boston and Milton police departments are currently trying to track down the suspects.
And on a list of the Chinese government's problems, you probably wouldn't expect to find "dancing grannies" anywhere near the top. But that is indeed the case my friends! It's quite common for elderly women to gather at dusk or dawn in public spaces to blast music and carry out synchronized dance routines. Seems harmless enough, but residents near the spaces in Beijing are sick and tired of all the noise. Some have even flung poop at the dancing grannies! So to curb the problem, the government has issued 12 dance routines set to appropriate songs that the grannies MUST follow if they want to continue. 600 trainers have been hired to teach the new dances to members of the public. Only in China! For Naked News, I'm Peyton Priestly!
All right thanks, Peyton. Natasha Olenski is on deck with our weekly weather forecast, and THIS time out, she's got a four-legged theme - and a four-legged guest! Here they are!
Thanks a bunch Kat, and yes, this week we're celebrating International PUPPY Day! And with me in honor of such a momentous occasion is Harry Winston, a chihuahua-yorkie mix or as I like to call him, a Chorkie. He's here to help me present some celebrated pooches from history, in THIS EDITION, of the Naked Weather forecast.
First up is this weeks Brainstorm Trivia! We've all heard of the "dog days of summer", but WHY was the hottest time of the season GIVEN that name? Stay tuned for the answer!
Many anonymous animals have been used in the name of science, but one of the first to become FAMOUS for it was Laika, the Soviet space dog. She was the first animal to orbit the earth, going up on Sputnik 2 in 1957. Laika was found as a stray on the streets of Moscow, which can expect a partly cloudy weekend with a high of 47 (8C)
Rin Tin Tin made twenty-seven Hollywood movies, and became an international celebrity. His movies were SO profitable, he's often credited with saving Warner Brothers Studios from bankruptcy. "Rinty" was a German Shepherd who was rescued as a puppy from a World War One battlefield in France. French capital Paris has showers and a high of 59 (15C) to look forward to.
Dogs are famous for their loyalty, and maybe the most loyal of all was Japan's Hachiko. Every day, he waited at the Shibuya railway station for his owner to return home. One day in May of 1925, his owner died at work, leaving Hachiko waiting. But every day for nearly TEN YEARS, he would make the trek to the station to await the owner who would never return. Saddest story ever! Shibuya, near Tokyo, should have a mostly sunny weekend with highs of 69 (20C)
And in 1925, Nome, Alaska, was in urgent need of diphtheria antitoxin, and the only way to get it through blizzard conditions was by dogsled. While over twenty mushers participated, the most famous was led by Siberian husky Balto. Balto's team raced the last fifty-seven miles of the relay in near-whiteout snow. Nomeites have a nippy few days ahead, with clouds and a high of just 28 (-2C).
Now, let's reveal the answer to our Brainstorm Trivia question! The term "dog days" was coined by the ancient Greeks! They noted that Sirius, the brightest star in the Canis Major constellation rose just before the sun at the hottest period of the year. Now you know.
That's a wrap on your Naked Weather forecast. I'm Natasha Olenski. See you in the dog park! Let's go Harry, are you hungry? I have some nice doggie treats for you.
I'm Isabella Rossini and it's time to TURN IT UP!!
Lollapalooza 2015 is going old school with an epic lineup that includes Paul McCartney and Metallica! It'll be Sir Paul's first ever appearance at the Chicago festival, and Metallica's first time back in almost twenty years. Florence and the Machine, Tame Impala, Sam Smith, and TV On The Radio are among the other top acts expected at this year's festival. It'll take place at Grant Park July 31st through August 2nd. Tickets are on sale now!
Lollapalooza Argentina actually went down this past weekend in Buenos Aires. The performance EVERYONE's been talking about was Jack White's set on Sunday night. The guitar god was joined onstage by bonafide rock legend Robert Plant for an awesome rendition of Led Zeppelin classic "The Lemon Song".
It really doesn't get any better than that! And good news rock fans: Plant says he'd LOVE to work with White again on a single in the near future. Make it happen fellas!
Every year, the National Recording Registry selects 25 culturally significant recordings to be inducted into the US Library of Congress. It's a HUGE honor, and topping this year's list of inductees is British rock act Radiohead! The moody group's 1997 alt-rock masterpiece "OK Computer" - which includes classics like "Karma Police" and "Paranoid Android" - is a deserving choice. The Doors' 1967 debut album and Lauryn Hill's "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" also made the cut. I'll just say that whoever's making the choices over at the NRR clearly has excellent taste!
It appears the Foo Fighters are gearing up for a second season of their hit HBO series "Sonic Highways". The first season saw them travel to eight iconic studios in the US while writing their latest album. Frontman Dave Grohl says the band's thinking about doing it all over again... but in the UK! The show would see the Foos head to famous studios like Abbey Road, where classic albums from Queen and the Beatles were recorded! We'll be keeping a close eye on this one!
Now for our album revie, "To Pimp A Butterfly" by Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar. Kendrick's last album, "Good Kid Mad City" is now regarded as a hip hip classic, so the anticipation for this record was high to say the least. And it looks like he's delivered! "To Pimp A Butterfly" is easily the most-talked about hip hip record of the year, and some are calling it a total game changer. Here's a listen to the album's first single, called "i".
Filled with dense thoughtful lyrics and jazzy musical undertones, "To Pimp A Butterfly" is far from an easy listen. There's a LOT of material to unpack here. Will it change the face of hip hop? It's probably a little too early to tell. But there's no question this is Kendrick's most ambitious effort to date. We'll give "To Pimp A Butterfly" 4 out of 5 Naked Ns! Turning it up for Naked News, I'm Isabella Rossini!
Eila Adams and Katherine Curtis answer some viewer mail, including comments on the Escape Room Adventure we showed on March 22, tattoos, and our anchors singing.
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