Idina Menzel on Jimmy Fallon. Let It Go. Roots. Elementary School instruments. Awesomesauce. Smiles.
Chloe Stirling, 11, loves to bake cupcakes.
She loves it so much that she set up a business at home in Troy, Ill., two years ago, selling cupcakes to raise money to buy a car when she grows up. She also donates her sweets to cancer fundraisers.
“It makes me feel good when I bake, because it’s just fun for me,” she explains.
But her dreams were dashed when the local health department shut down her business, Hey Cupcake, because she didn’t have an approved kitchen.
On Thursday she came one step closer to restarting her cupcakery when Rachael Ray invited the preteen and her parents onto her Rachael Ray show.
They were joined by Stirling’s hero, Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, and the pair told Stirling that she was being given a range of GE appliances including a fridge, stove, microwave and hood.
Then, the company that Stirling’s dad works for, Spendler Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, told her they would construct a commercial-grade kitchen in the family’s home.
“Your story is an inspiration to me,” Valastro told Chloe. “You gotta keep baking, you gotta follow your dreams, you gotta follow your heart. You gotta do what makes you happy in life.”
The Academy Awards are like our Super Bowl. We’re pretty up to date with pop culture and love the movies. So we’ve offered our predictions for this weekend’s 86th installment.
First of all, Ellen DeGeneres is hosting. So, it’s gonna start off with a lot of fun. Below are the BIG categories. Brittany Gray’s predictions will be in purple. Sara Beth’s predictions will be in orange. My predictions will be in, wait for it… green!
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) – We all think that Jared will walk away with the statue. He’s already won everything for his performance. He’ll just get the cherry on the top with his first Oscar.
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle) – BG’s pick. TG and SB would love her to win.
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) – Both TG and SB think it’ll be Lupita #FTW.
Julia Roberts (August: Osage County) – SB LOVED Julia in this role.
June Squibb (Nebraska)
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale (American Hustle)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street) – We’re hopeful that Leo pulls off an upset.
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) – again, we’re all agreed that Matthew will walk away with his first Academy Award on Sunday.
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) – We’re all pretty set with this one as well.
Sandra Bullock (Gravity) – TG loved Sandra in “Gravity,” and would be okay with her winning for her “made-me-a-nervous-wreck” performance.
Judi Dench (Philomena)
Meryl Streep (August: Osage County) – SB loved Meryl in this role and understands why she was nominated.
American Hustle (David O. Russell)
Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón) – TG and SB believe Alfonso is unstoppable. He’s won everything so far.
Nebraska (Alexander Payne)
12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen) – BG is going for the upset here.
The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese)
*Side note – if Cuarón wins he’ll be the first Mexican director to win the Oscar for directing. If McQueen wins, he’ll be the first black director to win.
Best Animated Feature
The Croods (Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco, Kristine Belson)
Despicable Me 2 (Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin, Chris Meledandri) – BG would like to point out this was her favorite because she hasn’t seen “Frozen.”
Ernest & Celestine (Benjamin Renner, Didier Brunner)
Frozen (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho) – Is there any question as to why this is our choice? It’s on track to be the biggest earning animated feature ever. Right behind “Toy Story 3.”
The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki)
Best Original Song (all songs will be performed LIVE on Sunday Night!!!)
Happy (Despicable Me 2)
Let It Go (Frozen) – Yup. No Question. We love you Pharrel, but this wins.
The Moon Song (Her)
Ordinary Love (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)
American Hustle – This may post the biggest upset since “Crash.”
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity – SB thinks “Gravity” will sweep the technical awards, and could take the big prize home, too.
12 Years a Slave – We’re pretty sure this will win, and hope the Academy chooses to honor this film for what it is – a dark depiction of a tough time in American History.
The Wolf of Wall Street
Well be ready to talk about all the wins, misses and the greatness that is Ellen, this Monday on the Q Wake Up Crew!
A new map, assembled by music technology blog Music Machinery, aims to answer that question, showing the most distinctive top-100 artist for each state in the U.S.
A blog post announcing the map explained how it was composed.
“For this study, I sampled the listening preferences of about a quarter million listeners that have a zip code associated with their account. I aggregated these listeners into regions (state, regional and all-US),” it said. “To compare regions I look at the top-N most popular artists in each region and look for artists that have a substantial change in rank between the two regions.”
“These artists are the artists that define the taste for the region,” the blog post concluded.
How accurate is this? Let us know!
Fox has announced the setlist for “Glee’s” 100th episode.
Music in the two-part episode was voted on by fans, who were asked to pick 10 of the show’s 30 most beloved performances to be remixed and featured on the series’ landmark episode.
Set to air March 18 and 25 at 8 p.m., the 100th episode will center on Jane Lynch’s principal Sue Sylvester, who after years of disdain for the New Directions and Matthew Morrison’s Will Schuester, finally succeeds in ending the glee club in Lima. Many original castmembers — Heather Morris (Brittany), Harry Shum Jr. (Mike), Mark Salling (Puck), Dancing With the Stars winner Amber Riley (Mercedes), Dianna Agron (Quinn!!!) as well as Kristin Chenoweth (April!!!) and Gwyneth Paltrow (Holly Holliday!!!) — will return to say their final goodbyes to Will and each other in an episode that is said to be very moving.
To honor the milestone, Columbia Records will release Glee: “The Music Celebrating 100 Episodes,” which will include brand-new versions of Glee favorites from the original cast — including Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Pink’s “Raise Your Glass” and the original song “Loser Like Me.” The album will drop March 25.
Check out the 100th “Glee” tracklist below:
1. “Keep Holding On”* featuring Mark Salling (Puck)
2. “Valerie”* featuring Naya Rivera (Santana) and Morris (Brittany)
3. “Defying Gravity”* featuring Lea Michele(Rachel), Chris Colfer (Kurt) and Riley (Mercedes)
4. “Raise Your Glass”* featuring Morrison (Will) and Chenoweth (April)
5. “Toxic”* featuring Rivera (Santana), Morris (Brittany) and Agron (Quinn)
6. “Happy” featuring Paltrow (Holly), Chenoweth (April), Morrison (Will), Darren Criss(Blaine) and Riley (Mercedes)
7. “Party All the Time” featuring Paltrow (Holly)
8. “Total Eclipse of the Heart”* featuring Morrison (Will) and Chenoweth (April)
9. “Loser Like Me”* featuring Criss (Blaine), Kevin McHale (Artie), Chord Overstreet(Sam) and Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina)
10. “Be Okay” featuring Michele (Rachel) and Rivera (Santana)
11. “I Am Changing” featuring Riley (Mercedes) and Colfer (Kurt)
12. “Just Give Me a Reason” featuring Agron (Quinn) and Salling (Puck)
13. “Don’t Stop Believin’”* featuring Michele (Rachel), Criss (Blaine), Colfer (Kurt), Morrison (Will), McHale (Artie) and Ushkowitz (Tina)
* Season-five version
“Glee” returns from its midseason hiatus Feb. 25 in its new night and time on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Fox. Stay tuned to Billboard.com for more Glee news from Monday’s 100th episode celebration.
Lady Gaga is offering a fantastic prize to help raise funds for her Born This Way Foundation.
Here are the details:
Thank you, Lady Gaga!
Live More With Breakfast!
This is the waffle taco. Served with scrambled eggs, choice of sausage or bacon, and a side of syrup.
The target demographic is young males. Think they will find this appealing?
AND…. introducing the A.M. Crunchwrap….
Taco Bell is readying for the launch of its national breakfast menu on March 27. Live Mas Desayuno. [...and have a good BM before 10 am....]
OMIGOSH! If you have a case of the Mondays, you NEED to watch this video of a corgi trying to eat a sour lemon Warhead candy.
So last night there was so much to DVR…
I HAD TO DVR ALL THE THINGS!
Closing Olympic Ceremonies. Downton Abbey. The Walking Dead.
I got up this morning to watch a bit of the Sochi Olympic Ceremonies. I got to see awesome stuff like this…
Russia poking fun at themselves. Loved it. And then my DVR quit. No more space was left on the DVR.
I quickly went to The Walking Dead and Downton Abbey and found they were okay. Whew!
I don’t know what to do with my DVR. I want to watch all the recordings, hence, why I recorded them! Help! What do you do?!?! Give me some advice!