No More Profanity on the Campaign Trail, Trump Vows

WATCH: 1,400 Indiana Workers Learn Their Jobs Are Going to Mexico 'We Know We Look Fabulous': Video of 100-Year-Old Best Friends Goes Viral Donald Trump promised during a rally last night that he would stop cursing on the campaign trail. After criticizing political "hacks" in front of a huge audience in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Trump stopped himself from going any further. "I won't use foul language. I'm just not going to do it, I'm not going to do it," he said."Even if it's not a bad word, if it’s a little bit off they kill me, so I won't do it. I'll never do it again, actually," he promised.Trump made headlines a few days ago for repeating a vulgar term that was shouted by someone in the crowd about Sen. Ted Cruz. Sen. Marco Rubio, campaigning in South Carolina, slammed Trump for his repeated use of vulgar terms. "There are certain words you don't say. ... You turn on the TV and you have a leading presidential candidate saying profanity from a stage! All these things undermine what we teach our children," he said.So, will Trump really quit cursing at his rallies?Martha MacCallum discussed that with Mary Katharine Ham and Juan Williams this morning. Watch the discussion above and let us know what you think: does Trump's foul language matter to you as a voter? Watters' World: Anyone Know What Just Happened in New Hampshire? Pro-Trump Tattoo Artist: 'I Never Voted in My Life Until Now' Trump: 'My Special Interests Are the People of America'   Continue Reading

Jeanne Cooper dead at 84: Soap star had four-decade turn on ‘The Young and the Restless’

Jeanne Cooper, an actress whose 40-year run on "The Young and the Restless" included the famous reveal of her real-life facelift, died Wednesday in Los Angeles. She was 84. Cooper had been hospitalized intermittently in recent weeks for an infection. Her death was confirmed by her son, actor Corbin Bernsen. "My mother passed away this morning, peaceful with my sister by her side, in her sleep," Bernsen wrote on FaceBook. "She has been a blaze her entire life. She went the full twelve rounds and by unanimous decision... won!" Cooper had one of the longest acting runs on any show in television history, having joined "The Young and the Restless" in 1973 as matriarch Katherine Chancellor. In standard soap fashion, Chancellor went through four husbands, several bouts with alcoholism and a long, bitter rivalry with Jill Foster Abbott, who was played by Cooper's real-life friend Jess Walton. Cooper herself pitched the face-lift idea to CBS, which agreed to incorporate it into Chancellor's storyline and have the bandages taken off on camera. Cooper was nominated for a daytime Emmy 10 times and won in 2008 - four years after she received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Her career with the show was particularly remarkable because she started in her 40s. "(My agent) said, 'I know you. You won't like doing it,'" Cooper told EW. "You will get very bored playing the same person.' I said you're right." When she agreed to take the part, she told EW, "I was going to give it my all for three years. But all of a sudden, when you are creating another person who grows with you, Katherine grew with me. I grew with her. It was fascinating." CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler issued a statement saying, "Jeanne Cooper will be remembered as a daytime television legend and as a friend who will truly be missed by all of us here at the network. . . . She brought indelible charm, class and talent to every episode." There Continue Reading

SYSTEM UPDATE: Sony’s new Google TV box tries to take on Apple TV … again

The first time things didn't work out. But maybe the second time will be the charm. That's exactly what Sony and Google are hoping with their new Google TV set-top box. Let's start with some background. Back in 2010, Google TV was supposed to take over your living room, bringing smartphone gadgetry to your bland, channel-changing HDTV and changing your life. But the overhyped, overly expensive boxes never caught on. Turns out most households are just fine with an HDTV that delivers some cable channels. Meanwhile, everyone's favorite company, Apple, delivered a cheaper ($99), sleeker alternative smart TV, and Apple TV practically wiped Google's project off the map. That brings us back to this, the summer of 2012 and Sony's NSZ-GS7. The $199.99 black box with the space-ship-headed-for-Mars name is Sony's attempt to put Google back into competition against the ever-popular Apple TV, bringing intelligence and integration and apps — even a few games — to your HDTV. It's arguably Google's flagship attempt of the summer. It doesn't come close to toppling Apple TV, although this is the finest, most user-friendly Google TV experience you'll ever find. The goal of Google TV from the beginning was to enhance your traditional TV experience with a little computer know-how. You turn on the TV, flip channels and find a show, but what if you could do more? Sony and Google badly want to let you do that with this little black box. You run your cable box through the NSZ-GS7, wade through a few menus, and suddenly, you have a live list of everything that's available on TV. It's similar to the "Guides" channel offered by most cable providers, but Google reorganizes shows into categories (think sitcoms, movies, sports). Little things enhance the experience, letting you see how much time is left in a movie, and when it last aired. Push a button, and your Sony box does the dirty work, changing the channel on your cable box, sometimes even letting you Continue Reading

Mike Lupica’s new book tells the story of a town on the brink and the season that almost wasn’t

Mike Lupica's new book "The Underdogs" is published by Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group, The Penguin Group, and will be available Tuesday. Look for it on and * * * Just about everybody who'd ever seen Will Tyler play said the same thing - that he could fly on a football field. He was definitely flying now. Ball tucked firmly in the bend of his arm, open field in front of him. A slight wind at his back. Not that he needed it. At midfield he made an effortless cut to his left, switching the ball from his right hand to his left in the process. Will did it without even thinking, did it on instinct, one more move that nobody had to teach him. Not even his dad, who'd been a star running back in this same town, on this same field. Back when the field was in much better shape. And the town was, too. But Will's dad always said that even on his best days, all the way through high school, he was never as fast as Will. "You've got that gear," he told Will once. "What gear?" "That extra gear that the great ones have," Joe Tyler said. Will shifted into that gear now. Flying, like the wind at Shea Field wasn't just behind him, it was trying to keep up with him. At the 30 he cut back again, back to his right, angling toward the sideline. Switching the ball back to his right hand. Imagining that he was watching himself on one of those giant screens most NFL stadiums have now, pretending he was trying to see if anybody was gaining on him. Knowing that nobody would be. Twenty-yard line now. Fifteen. Only the end zone ahead of him. And that's when he went down. He hadn't been tackled. He'd stepped into a hole at the 5-yard line. He hadn't seen it because he had his eye on the prize, like always. Just felt his right foot go into it, the leg collapsing, like he'd been tripped. Like he'd been caught from behind. Just like that. Will was mad. The beat-up field at Shea was the only thing Continue Reading

Indianapolis 500: Start your engines on the 100th anniversary of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing

Early in his preparations to call Sunday's Indianapolis 500 on ABC, former driver Eddie Cheever slipped into the car Ray Harroun drove to victory in the first race there in 1911."I got chills thinking of someone driving that thing for 500 miles over bricks," Cheever says.What makes Harroun's feat even more stunning is he did it in six hours and 42 minutes in a car without seat belts and safety bars.No doubt, Cheever and his fellow booth mates Marty Reid and Scott Goodyear will touch on Harroun's win - and many other highlights - during coverage of Sunday's 100th running of the famed race.Like many fans - and racers - Cheever can recall key moments in Indy history, including, of course, each one he raced in and his win in 1998."This race is unique to the world," Cheever says. "There's no other place that has the history of the Indianapolis 500. It started at a time when people were just coming out of carriages being pulled by horses. It's also supremely American."Indianapolis has been the site of many milestones, including speed and gender."From a driver's perspective you know you're going to be part of history," says Cheever.And that history is filled with highlights and lowlights. Here are a few:- In 1992, Roberto Guerrero, having earned the pole position with a record-setting speed at the time of 232.482 mph, began the second parade lap before the race trying to warm his tires on what was a cold morning. As he hit the fuel pedal, the tires spun and he slammed into the outside wall. He was out of the race before it started.- In 1996 in what was one of the scariest crashes in motorsports history, Stan Fox wrecked on the first turn of the first lap. Fox's car clipped Cheever's car and several others were involved in the wreck. The incident ripped Fox's car apart, leaving his legs dangling, and ended his career.- In 1991, Willy T. Ribbs became the first African-American driver to qualify for the race.- In 1977, Janet Guthrie became the first woman to qualify, but her Continue Reading

Susan Boyle on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ says she’s not crazy, despite reports of singing in airport

Susan Boyle, appearing on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on Tuesday, she is not now and never has been a member of the Crazy Celebrities Club. In an interview taped last week and aired today, Oprah Winfrey did not press the Scottish singer about recent reports of bizarre behavior. London tabloids reported that Boyle started singing loudly and cursing at London's Heathrow Airport. The tabs also said she later apologized. In today's interview Boyle indirectly brushed those reports off, saying the only problem from her starburst celebrity came last year when she was hospitalized for three days. "I hadn't eaten for about a week," she said. "I hadn't slept. The feeling was one of extreme exhaustion. It's a chapter of my life that's over with now." She added that her exhaustion was more the result of working too hard than an inability to deal with being plucked from a modest Scottish row house and transformed into an international celebrity. Boyle became a sensation early last year when she performed on the TV show "Britain's Got Talent." While ironically she did not win that competition, she recently released a debut album that has sold more than eight million copies worldwide. She told Winfrey she is "humbled . . . that all those people would go out and pay to buy my record." Boyle's Oprah appearance today was her second, though her first in person. Oprah interviewed her by satellite last year. Boyle changed her look for her appearance with Oprah from one she wore on a recent television special, sweeping her hair up and wearing long dangling earrings. Oprah asked her if she liked her new look and she said she did: "It's more professional, more polished, wouldn't you agree?"  Boyle sang "Who I was Born To Be" on the show. Oprah's other guest today was former "American Idol" contestant Adam Lambert. There had been rumors Lambert and Boyle would sing a duet, but for eager fans that turned out to be wishful thinking. Continue Reading

Letter to movie producers: leave TV where it belongs – not on the big screen

Dear Mr. and Ms. Big-Time Hollywood Producer, Do as I say and no one will get hurt. Step away from the TV set. Pick up the remote. Click “Power Off.” You with me so far? Good. That sound you now hear is called “silence.” Sit down. We need to talk. It’s about your habit of making old TV shows into movies. It’s out of control. I was tolerant, even understanding, when you turned “The Untouchables” into a movie. It wasn’t bad. I can understand why you’d turn “Hannah Montana” into a movie, because that’s sort of like printing money, and hey, why should the government be the only one to have that kind of fun? But it’s become clear you don’t know when to stop, a worrisome notion that has been building through films like “The Dukes of Hazzard” and “The Mod Squad.” Dudes, once was enough. Or, in the case of “The Smurfs,” 10,000 times was enough, because that’s how many times parents have already had to watch those little critters. No mas. Now yes, I also need to assume some responsibility here myself. If I had taken strong preventative action in 2004, we might never have had the “Honeymooners” movie and we would all be living in a better world. Before that movie, you may remember, the stock market was doing fine. I’m not saying it caused the crash. I’m just saying a fact. In any case, I can tell you the exact moment at which I knew I could remain silent no longer: the moment at which it was confirmed you have hired Jeremy Garelick to write and direct the movie version of “Baywatch.” No one of conscience can sit by at a time like this, and no, it has nothing to do with Jeremy Garelick. It’s the whole idea of taking a show that was pretty much perfect on television and putting it in a movie theater. It’s like taking a finely hand-crafted Continue Reading

Fatman Scoop and Shanda offer bedside chat on the writers strike and sex

So let's just come right out and ask the great unspoken question about the Writers Guild strike: With Leno and Letterman in reruns, are more couples turning off the TV and turning to each other? "I think so," says Fatman Scoop. "I sure hope so," says his wife, Shanda. "This is a good time to turn off the TV and pay attention to each other." Shanda and Scoop, a longtime former host on WQHT (97.1 FM), stress that they don't know for sure if more people are reaching for something other than the remote these days. They don't spend their nights peeking into other people's bedrooms. But they do have a better window than most observers because for the last year they've co-hosted a weekly online "relationships and sex advice" show at They talk frankly about their own bedroom, and they say the feedback tells them a lot about the sexual pulse of America. The show has had about 5.6 million visits in its first year, says Scoop, enough so he and Shanda are shooting a pilot for MTV. As for the late-night behavior question, ratings for both Letterman and Leno are down through the first two weeks of the writers strike. Shanda and Scoop both say that if this is forcing couples to talk more to each other, that could spell major changes. "Men will do anything to get out of discussing things like this," says Scoop. "Anything. I'll take any excuse I can find." "That's why any chance to pin him down is good," says Shanda. Historically, times of TV deprivation have yielded no conclusive evidence that sexual relations are an automatic Plan B. Despite a few stories that initially claimed to find a baby boom nine months after the 1977 blackout, statistics showed the birth rate was pretty much normal - as it was nine months after the 1988 Writers Guild strike. So maybe sex isn't an idea that occurs to people only when they can't watch TV. But Shanda says that even if displaced late-night viewers just surf over to a show that talks Continue Reading

Turn off the TV, says Arnie – if they’re speaking Spanish

SAN FRANCISCO - California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's remarks that immigrants should avoid Spanish-language media if they want to learn English quickly left some Hispanic journalists shaking their heads. "You've got to turn off the Spanish television set" and stay away from Spanish-language television, books and newspapers, the Republican governor said Wednesday night at the annual convention of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. "You're just forced to speak English, and that just makes you learn the language faster." Schwarzenegger, who immigrated to the U.S. from Austria, was responding to a question about how Hispanic students can improve academic performance. The audience included many journalists who work for Spanish-language media outlets. "I know this sounds odd and this is the politically incorrect thing to say and I'm going to get myself in trouble," he said. "But I know that when I came to this country, I very rarely spoke German to anyone." Some members of the audience said they were surprised by Schwarzenegger's comments. "I'm sitting shaking my head not believing that someone would be so naive and out of it that he would say something like that," Alex Nogales, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, said Thursday. Nogales said immigrants need Spanish-language media to stay informed and "function in this society." Pilar Marrero, the political editor for the Spanish-language newspaper La Opinion, chuckled at the governor's comments, saying many Hispanics did not have time to learn English. "They're too busy working," she said. Rafael Olmeda, president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, said most NAHJ members would agree with the governor's statements. "Most people I've spoken to walked away believing that he was trying to say that we must learn English to succeed in American society," Olmeda said. The governor's office said the statements were no different from what he has Continue Reading

Dominic Verstegen: The time I was on the best show on TV

Picking your favorite restaurant is a lot like picking out a baby name. There are many great options, but which one is best?William is great; a classic. But maybe too traditional?Liam is cool and trendy.  But maybe too trendy?What about Berstegen?  Sure, it’s a little out of the box, but is there anything wrong with a little creativity, guts, and sass?Well, picking just one restaurant as your favorite is similarly difficult. I had to do just that when I was a guest on the best show on TV:  Check Please! Arizona.For those of you not familiar with it, Check Please! Arizona is a show on the local PBS.  (A few other cities have a similar show, like Check Please! Chicago).There are three guests on the show who each pick a restaurant, and all three go to each of those restaurants.  Then they sit down and talk about their experiences with host Robert McGrath, a local James Beard award-winning chef.Season 6 just started in January. The show is on Thursday nights, and re-run on Saturday afternoons.When I was a guest on the show, and I had to pick out just one restaurant as my favorite, I picked Beckett’s Table on Indian School Road and about 37th Street. A solid choice for sure. Satisfying, creative comfort food, prepared perfectly. A warm, comfortable, but sharp space. And the people that work there are legitimately the best in town, from the chef to the wait staff.Now, does that mean Beckett’s Table is better than places like The Mission or Barrio Cafe? I don’t know; maybe?But like William vs. Berstegen, it’s virtually impossible to really say I prefer one to the other because they’re all so great in their own way.When I was on Check Please! Arizona to talk about Beckett’s Table, I planned on making this point, and other insightful and helpful observations, just like the excellent food critic here at the paper, Dominic Armato.  But instead of making interesting, descriptive points, the white Continue Reading