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As Beyoncé herself has now said: It’s Countdown to Touchdown.
Beyoncé will officially (via a killer image on her website) be the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVII. This isn’t Queen Bey’s first time around the biggest football event of the year – she sang the National Anthem before the game in 2004.
This is a great decision both from the Super Bowl organizer’s perspective and viewer’s: After the infamous wardrobe malfunction in 2004, the Super Bowl people (sports talk!) have played it safe with Talented Old Guy choices such as Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones. Last year, things got a little more risqué – Madonna kept things fun, but her special guest M.I.A. got some feathers ruffled with a misplaced middle finger. Beyoncé is the perfect choice: She’s “down with the young people,” but she is also the consummate professional who isn’t going to swear or do any other kind of ratings stunt. With moves like these, she has no need to.
Of course, while Beyoncé is a show all by herself, we couldn’t help but think of who else might be showing up. See our five best guesses – and suggest your own – below. READ FULL STORY
If you really want to keep up with Kim and co., wearing Skechers Shape-ups won’t give you an extra boost. The Los Angeles Times reports that Skechers has agreed to pay $50 million to settle a lawsuit brought against the company by the Federal Trade Commission and the attorneys general of 44 states. The plaintiffs’ complaint: Skechers’ Shape-ups don’t live up to the company’s hype. The shoe giant said their rocker-bottom sneakers deliver greater fitness benefits than other workout shoes. This suit follows a similar case brought against Reebok last year.
Both Kardashian and ex-quarterback Joe Montana appeared in ads for Skechers’ toning trainers. In his commercial, Montana claimed that Shape-ups improved his shape and posture; in hers, Kardashian flirtily cooed that they did more for her than her personal trainer. And this isn’t the first time the reality star has been connected to a shady product — in 2010, the State of Connecticut led an investigation of the Kardashian Kard, a debit system that apparently charged its users with numerous, excessive fees. Maybe this is why that guy on IMDB is so mad at her.
Though Clint Eastwood’s evocative “It’s halftime, America” Super Bowl commercial was well-received in some quarters, Rush Limbaugh jumped on the anti-Eastwood bandwagon with Karl Rove yesterday, claiming the spot was “so predictable and so typical.” He mocked Eastwood’s gravelly voice and said, “A two-minute commercial is not a commercial: It’s a PSA.”
Limbaugh then speculated, “I’m just going to give him the benefit of the doubt and suggest he got suckered into this.” From his point of view, the only reasonable explanation for the rallying-cry spot — which both Eastwood and Chrysler have ardently deemed “apolitical” — is that “the Democrats are about to get creamed” in the 2012 election. “The only thing missing was ‘Make my halftime,'” he snarked.
Hear Limbaugh describe the ad as “puke city” and present his own parody after the jump. READ FULL STORY
CNN talk show host Piers Morgan is used to teasing headline-grabbing soundbites out of his guests, but he’s also known to dish out a few himself. He was in rare form last night when he sat down with Chelsea Handler, starting at the top: “Oh my God, [Madonna's] Super Bowl performance — it was like watching your mad drunken aunt at Christmas, wasn’t it?” He questioned the Twitter L-U-V bomb for Madonna, claiming boldly, “She was gruesome!”
Morgan freely admitted, “I don’t like the woman,” then added, “but at least I’ve found that I have one common ground with Madonna: Neither of us have sung live at the Super Bowl.” See what else he had to say about Ms. Ciccone, and why he “quit” America’s Got Talent, after the jump. READ FULL STORY
I admit that I watched Sunday’s Super Bowl without having a passionate rooting interest in either team. But after seeing yesterday’s Extra, I would like to retroactively thank the Giants for pulling out the slim victory. Turns out that Patriots fan Maria Menounos was so confident that her team would win that she promised to host her show in a bikini if New England lost. “God is a Giants fan!” said her Extra colleague A.J. Calloway, who offered her some mittens to keep her warm.
Menounos kept her good humor about the loss, and certainly won some new fans. “I was so confident,” she lamented. “That everyday I ate like I was never going to eat again, and now…”
And now… what? Watch the clip below. READ FULL STORY
Let’s all be grateful that the new M&M and that slingshot Doritos baby had no possible political motives, because if they had, Karl Rove might have had something to say about it. During a segment with Fox News, the network’s current contributor and the former Deputy Chief of Staff said he was “offended” by Chrysler’s “Halftime in America” commercial which featured a pro-Detroit revival sentiment and a gravelly, rousing Clint Eastwood telling viewers, “This country can’t be knocked out with one punch, we get right back up again.” (Come on Rove, you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.)
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Ferris Bueller fans have probably already spotted most of the easter eggs in Honda’s Super Bowl ad, which finally aired during Sunday’s game after generating tons of buzz online for a week. Some are a tad on the obscure side — honestly, who remembers Ferris’ street address? — but here’s the complete official list, courtesy RPA, the ad agency that made the spot. As Ferris himself would say, so choice. (And click the jump below to see the commercial again!) READ FULL STORY
Gisele Bundchen explains Patriots loss: 'My husband cannot f--ing throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time.' -- VIDEO
Sports fans, namely of the Super Bowl-winning New York Giants variety, have been soaking in every bit of expert analysis and endless SportsCenter replays from last night’s thrilling (fourth quarter) rematch between the Giants and the New England Patriots. But while the sports world is wrapped up in stats, final scores, and non-stop footage of Mario Manningham’s game-changing catch, it turns out there’s one person who really knows the final, concrete conclusion about why Super Bowl XLVI ended with the Giants winning over the Pats 21-17: Gisele Bundchen.
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The debate continues this morning over Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime performance: Was it, as EW’s Ken Tucker says, joyous, unironic, and openhearted, or, as The Vampire Diaries‘ star Paul Wesley succinctly put it on Twitter, “one of the most unintentionally amusing things” you’ve seen in a long while? Either way, it’s a performance you’ll remember (and not just for M.I.A.’s middle finger). Let’s find out where Madonna ranks among the halftime headliners in recent memory: READ FULL STORY
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