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Lindsey Vonn and Tim Tebow?

Lindsey Vonn denies romantic connection with Tim Tebow

Lindsey Vonn may be getting a divorce from her hubby, but she is denying any romantic connection to Tim Tebow.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that although rumors have been flying about Vonn and Tebow, Vonn took the opportunity to deny them in her ski column.

“A lot of people are wondering what’s up with me and the Tebows,’’ Vonn wrote. ‘‘I’m just friends with the family. I met Tim and his brother Pete at the ESPY Awards three or four years ago in the gym. .  .  . I spent more time with Tim and his brother at the V Foundation Golf Tournament and this year at the ESPYs.”

Vonn also denied any romance on her Twitter profile. “Hearing a lot of crazy rumors but rest assured I am NOT dating Tim Tebow (or anyone else). I’m just friends with his family. xo, LV,” Vonn tweeted.

As we reported earlier this month, Lindsey Vonn and her hubby of four years, Thomas Vonn. She will be keeping her married name.

Rooney Mara's edgy look in "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"

Rooney Mara dishes about her piercings for the role

Rooney Mara is quickly becoming a household name thanks to her buzzworthy performance in “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.” Her transformation from Rooney Mara to Lisbeth Sander, wasn’t an easy task, although Mara only considers it a costume.

The New York Daily News reports that Mara bleached her eyebrows, got numerous body piercings and cut off most of her hair in order to get into the role. For Mara, though, it wasn’t a big deal, even the nipple piercing.

“I’m naked quite a lot in the movie, and I thought, she has it in the book, and she should have it (in the movie),” Mara says. “Because of all the tattoos and makeup and the piercings, and the physical transformations my body has to go through, it would always feel sort of like I was in costume, even if I was naked. It just felt like a good one to get – a necessary one to get.”

Mara also said that she quickly became comfortable being naked in front of the camera. 

“Nudity is such a huge part of the character in the book, so I never thought twice about it,” Mara says. “There was no time for hesitation. I didn’t have time to second-guess anything or be scared; I just showed up and was comfortable.”

Read more about Rooney Mara, and see photos of her from the January edition of Allure, here. You can also watch the extended trailer for “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” here.

Matisyahu loses his "disguise"

Matisyahu: “No more Chassidic reggae superstar”

Matisyahu, the Orthodox Jewish reggae artist, has lost his “disguise.”

Yesterday, Matisyahu tweeted two pictures of himself and his newly-shaved face. Along with revealing the absence of his trademark beard, Matisyahu tweeted, “At the break of day I look for you at sunrise When the tide comes in I lose my disguise.”

Matisyahu followed up that post with a longer explanation of why he shaved his beard. 

This morning I posted a photo of myself on Twitter.

No more Chassidic reggae superstar.

Sorry folks, all you get is me…no alias.  When I started becoming religious 10 years ago it was a very natural and organic process.  It was my choice.  My journey to discover my roots and explore Jewish spirituality—not through books but through real life.  At a certain point I felt the need to submit to a higher level of religiosity…to move away from my intuition and to accept an ultimate truth.  I felt that in order to become a good person I needed rules—lots of them—or else I would somehow fall apart.  I am reclaiming myself.  Trusting my goodness and my divine mission.

Get ready for an amazing year filled with music of rebirth.  And for those concerned with my naked face, don’t worry…you haven’t seen the last of my facial hair.

To see Matisyahu now, go here. You can also check out Matisyahu’s official site here.

Gus Malzahn to become head coach at Arkansas State

Gus Malzahn leaving Auburn University

Gus Malzahn is leaving Auburn University.

AL.com reports that Malzahn is leaving Auburn University to become the head coach at Arkansas State. Malzahn made $1.3 million a year at Auburn, but is reportedly expected to bring in $850,000 at Arkansas State. Malzahn will be replacing Hugh Freeze. 

A press conference is set for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Arkansas State to “announce its new head coach,” according to the school, which invited fans to attend.

At this time, it is not known whether Mulzahn will stay with Auburn in preparation for the Chik-fil-A Bowl on New Year’s Eve.

Malzahn won the Frank Broyles Award as the top college assistant coach in the country in 2010.

Read more about Guz Malzahn here.

Louis C.K. turns a profit with $5 standup special

Louis C.K.’s experiment pays off

On Saturday, comedian Louis C.K. began a kind of experiment. He provided fans with a new standup special, “Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater” that they could stream or download for only $5. Yesterday, C.K. posted a statement on his site detailing the results of his experiment so far.

“People of Earth (minus the ones who don’t give a shit about this): it’s been amazing to conduct this experiment with you.,” C.K. wrote. “The show went on sale at noon on Saturday, December 10th. 12 hours later, we had over 50,000 purchases and had earned $250,000, breaking even on the cost of production and website. As of Today, we’ve sold over 110,000 copies for a total of over $500,000. Minus some money for PayPal charges etc, I have a profit around $200,000 (after taxes $75.58).”

C.K. added that it cost $170,000 to shoot the special and $32,000 to design the site in order to accomodate it.

C.K. said that he embarked on this experiment in an attempt to make it as accessible as possible to fans around the world and deter individuals from pirating or torrenting it.

“[A large production company] would have given you an encrypted and regionally restricted video of limited value, and they would have owned your private information for their own use. They would have withheld international availability indefinitely. This way, you only paid $5, you can use the video any way you want, and you can watch it in Dublin, whatever the city is in Belgium, or Dubai. I got paid nice, and I still own the video (as do you). You never have to join anything, and you never have to hear from us again,” C.K. explained.

C.K. said that he’s very pleased with the experiment so far. “I’m really glad I put this out here this way and I’ll certainly do it again. If the trend continues with sales on this video, my goal is that i can reach the point where when I sell anything, be it videos, CDs or tickets to my tours, I’ll do it here and I’ll continue to follow the model of keeping my price as far down as possible, not overmarketing to you, keeping as few people between you and me as possible in the transaction.” C.K. then joked, “(Of course i reserve the right to go back on all of this and sign a massive deal with a company that pays me fat coin and charges you straight up the ass.)”

You can purchase “Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater” here. You can watch outtakes from Louis C.K.’s special below.

George Takei video goes viral

George Takei calls upon sci-fi fans to combat their common enemy

George Takei is calling on all sci-fi and fantasy fans to band against a common enemy: The “Twilight” saga.

After videos of William Shatner and Carrie Fisher went viral with the former deriding “Star Wars” and the latter taking digs at “Star Trek,” Takei has come forward to promote a little peace among star friends with his own video.

“Shut your big wormholes!” Takei commands Shatner and Fisher, adding, “Each [series] is wonderful in its own special way.”

Takei continues that what is needed in these trying times is “star peace” because an “ominous, mutual threat” is on the rise — “Twilight.” Takei takes jabs at the “vampires that sparkle,” explaining that the series is just “really, really bad.”

“There are no great stories, characters or profound life lessons to be had in ‘Twilight.,'” Takei says in the hilarious video.

Want to hear his entire argument? Watch George Takei’s funny and sincere video below! You can also follow Takei on Facebook!

Katie Couric, Brooks Perlin split

Katie Couric splits with boyfriend of five years

Katie Couric and Brooks Perlin have split.

Us reports that Couric, 54, and Perlin, 37, have ended their five-year relationship. Perlin is reportedly in the process of moving out of Couric’s townhome. Couric and Perlin met in 2006 at a cancer research fundraising event at the Louis Licari Hair Salon.

A source close to Couric says, “Brook’s a nice guy, but it was inevitable because they had different priorities and perspectives, and their age difference made it a challenge, too. Brooks is a great person and a real gentleman; he and Katie enjoyed their time together. But after five years, they have decided it was time to go their separate ways.”

Couric’s friend also says that “Katie is someone who is incredibly versatile and accessible and in high demand. She’s available and back on the market.”

Couric was previously married to Jay Monahan who passed away in 1998 from colon cancer. They had two daughters together, Ellie, 20, and Carrie, 15.

Read more about Katie Couric here.

Mikhail Prokhorov aims to take down Putin in Russian presidential elections

Mikhail Prokhorov is Russia’s third richest man

Vladimir Putin may not be a shoo-in in next year’s presidential elections. The third richest man in Russia, Mikhail Prokhorov, is now launching his own presidential campaign and aims to win.

BBC reports that Prokhorov is a Russian tycoon. Prokhorov is a billionaire and the founder of the Onexim Group. Prokhorov’s fortune is estimated at $18 billion.

Prokhorov was awarded Russia’s Order of Friendship in 2006 and was briefly leader of the Right Cause party in 2011. Prokhorov is also the head of the labour market committee of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP), where he has campaigned for reform of the labor code. Prokhorov’s concept of a voluntary 60-hour working week has been a controversial issue.

Read more about Mikhail Prokhorov here.

Meteor shower hits peak tonight

Geminid Meteor Shower peaks Tuesday night

The Geminid Meteor Shower will hit its peak tonight!

NASA has called the meteor shower the best of the year, and stargazers still have the chance to see the meteor shower at its best. 

If you’re looking to catch a few meteors tonight, heed the advice of Universe Today, “be sure to be out tonight and through tomorrow morning for the peak of the show. You’ll want to try when the skies are the darkest, begin before moonrise – but don’t forget the display is usually the greatest around 2:00 a.m. local time when the sky window is pointed in the optimum direction. Just look along the ecliptic plane and follow the constellation of Gemini as it cruises roughly east to west across the sky as the night goes on! If you get clouded out? Try again the next night… and the next. The stream for the Geminids is very broad and lasts for some time.”

You can also track the Geminid Meteor Shower, and any meteor shower, with the new “Meteor Counter” app.

“We developed the iPhone app to be fun, and informative, but also to encourage going outside to observe the sky,” said Cooke. “Our hope is the app will be useful for amateur and professional astronomers — we want to include their observations in NASA’s discoveries — and have them share in the excitement of building a knowledge base about meteor showers.”

Check out footage of the Geminid Meteor Shower below. You can read more about the Geminid Meteor Shower here and here.

Darren Fletcher takes break

Darren Fletcher suffering from ulcerative colitis

Manchester United’s Darren Fletcher will be taking an extended break.

BBC reports that Fletcher suffers from ulcerative colitis — a chronic inflammatory bowel condition. Fletcher, 27, last played on November 22. Fletcher has reportedly “accepted medical advice to take an extended break.” Fletcher is taking the break “in order to afford the best chance possible of achieving full remission once again.”

A statement from Manchester United reads, “Darren’s continued desire to play and his loyalty to both club and country has probably compromised the chances of optimising his own health and fitness. We request that his privacy is respected and hope that the removal of the additional stress associated with speculation regarding his health will also aid his recovery.”

As the A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia explains, ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the large intestine (colon) and rectum. Stress and certain foods can trigger symptoms of ulcerative colitis, but they do not cause it.

Symptoms of ulcerative colitis include:

  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Abdominal sounds (a gurgling or splashing sound heard over the intestine)
  • Blood and pus in the stools
  • Diarrhea, from only a few episodes to very often
  • Fever
  • Tenesmus (rectal pain)
  • Weight loss
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Joint pain and swelling
  • Mouth sores (ulcers)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Skin lumps or ulcers

Read more about Darren Fletcher here.