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Big Brother 11 Reality TV Show Premieres Thursday

Big Brother 11 premieres on CBS this Thursday, July 9, 2009, at 8 pm/ET.  This season is being advertised as "bigger secrets", "better than ever", "crazy new challenges", and "outrageous summer fun" according to the new promotions. This season of Big Brother will pit 12 houseguests against one another, in another seasonal battle to decide who is going to go home with the cash prize.  Julie Chen will host the show again and one of the first surprises will be who is the mystery 13th house guest.  

Big Brother Season 11 Cast.jpgThe show has also announced this season's new "green" house.

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Joan Rivers' Connecticut Home for Sale

New Milford is a quaint town in Litchfield County, Connecticut. Located on White Oaks Road is Joan Rivers' 76-acre, 5700 square foot, 4 bedroom, 4 ½ bath country estate which is currently on the market for $6.5 million.

Her stone and clapboard country home, which was featured in Architectural Digest in February 2003, has touches that make it uniquely Joan Rivers such as the leopard print rug in one of rooms. Rivers favors an elegant style fussed up with all sorts of expensive antiques. The many tchotchkes are of high quality but there are just too many of them. It's hard to imagine why an oil painting has been stuck above the stove in the kitchen or why blue-and-white ceramics teeter on a heavy beam above a bed in one of the guest rooms. The master bedroom is a girly pink fantasy complete with a canopy bed facing what appears to be an illustration of Joan and Melissa Rivers hanging over the fireplace.

After she bought the property for $1,438,400 in December 2000, Rivers demolished the house down to the foundation and then re-built the current home salvaging only the stone fireplace in the living room and a few stone columns from the original home. The property includes a 400 yard driveway ending in a circular drive, swimming pool and pool house, caretaker's cottage, detached barn and garage and a private pond.

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Katie Holmes scheduled to dance on 100th episode of So You Think You Can Dance

Nigel Lythgoe has announced the formation of a new foundation focusing on scholarships in dance: The Dizzy Feet Foundation.  The Dizzy Feet Foundation was founded in 2009 by Nigel Lythgoe, director Adam Shankman, "Dancing with the Stars" judge Carrie Ann Inaba and actress Katie Holmes to support, improve, and increase access to dance education in the United States. 

Guided by a board consisting of some of the most illustrious names in the American dance community, the foundation's mission is threefold: (1) to provide scholarships and grants to talented dancers, choreographers and teachers working at or through accredited dance studios; (2) to establish national standards for dance education and an accreditation program for dance; and (3) to develop, provide and support dance education programs for disadvantaged children by working through and with community organizations.

Tune in on July 23rd to the 100th episode of So You Think You Can Dance on Fox for a special appearance by Katie Holmes who will be dancing a Broadway routine by Tyce Diorio.

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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)

The sub-zero heroes from the worldwide blockbuster "Ice Age" and "Ice Age: The Meltdown" are back and on an incredible adventure.  In Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Scrat is still trying to nab the ever elusive nut (while, maybe, finding true love);  Mannie and Ellie await the birth of their mini-mammoth;  Diego the saber-toothed tiger wonders if he's grown too "soft" hanging with his pals and Sid the Sloth gets into trouble when he creates his own makeshift family by hijacking some dinosaur eggs.  On a mission to rescue the hapless Sid, the gang enters into a mysterious underground world, where they have some close encounters with dinosaurs, battle flora and fauna, run amuck, and meet a relentless, one-eyed, dino-hunting weasel named Buck.

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is now playing in a theater near you.  Check local listings for movie theaters and times.

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MPAA: Rated PG for some mild rude humor and peril.
Run time:  94 minutes
Entertainment Weekly said "the whole trippy-fauna look of the movie is lost-world magical, but Dawn of the Dinosaurs just isn't very funny. It lopes and slogs where the first two Ice Age movies popped."  

"With appreciably greater emphasis on action than its predecessors, and clever use of 3-D trickery to enhance storytelling as well as offer spectacle, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs could prove the third time really is the charm."  Variety

"All in all, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is an improvement over its massively forgettable predecessor: generally inoffensive (save perhaps for history buffs), a bit more charming than most of the non-Pixar competition, and frivolous in the best possible sense."   Cinematical

"The film serves its target audience well enough and offers a series of pleasant smiles if not a lot of gut-busting laughs."

"Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a sometimes lively, sometimes listless wilderness adventure that will keep the kids entertained for a little while. You'll have to decide if that's worth the pumped up price it cost to experience the mood swings in 3-D."  Los Angeles Times

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Wimbledon traditions: longstanding, amended and one of the worst

Wimbledon traditions: longstanding, amended and one of the worst

The Championships, Wimbledon, or simply Wimbledon, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is generally considered the most prestigious. It has been held at the All England Club in the London suburb of Wimbledon since 1877, and is the only one still played on a natural surface, grass.

Tradition is a very strong part of Wimbledon which accounts for a lot of the tournament's charm. Sadly some of the traditions have been amended to accommodate an ever-changing world, but most still remain in place 130 years later.

Wimbledon traditions include club colors and uniforms, a strict dress code for competitors, ball boys and girls, the eating of strawberries and cream, referring to players and royal patronage.

In 2009, Wimbledon's Centre Court was fitted with a retractable roof to ensure against the possibility of rain delays interrupting Centre Court matches during the tournament. The roof is just the latest example of adapting to a changing tennis world while preserving the traditional foundations upon which the tournament is based.

Club colors and uniforms

As far back as 1909 the All England Club embraced the colors of green and purple as the club colors.  Green clothing was worn by the chair umpire, linesmen, ball boys and ball girls until the 2005 Championships; however, beginning with the 2006 Championships, officials, ball boys and ball girls were outfitted in new navy blue and cream colored uniforms from American designer Ralph Lauren.  For the first time, in 2006, all officials were dressed in navy blue and cream uniforms.  This marked the first time in the history of the Championships that an outside company was used to design Wimbledon clothing. 

Competitor Dress Code

Competitors are still expected to adhere to the 'all-white' dress code imposed upon the championships since the first tournament in 1877.   All tennis players participating in the tournament are required to wear all white or at least almost all white clothing, a long time tradition at Wimbledon. Wearing white clothing with some color accents is also acceptable. 

Historically 1920 was the first year in which a woman played without wearing a corset, and it took until the 1930s until shorts were acceptable on either men (in 1933) or women (in 1939).

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