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happy new year 2010

Cities around the globe are in the process of ushered in the New Year 2010 with the requisite fireworks displays.  Melbourne, Sydney, Singapore and Hong Kong skies have been filled with a light show that dazzled the reveling crowds.

We've got photos and an awesome video showing Sydney's magnificent pyrotechnic harbor display - check it out below.  Following that we have the New Years 2010 Times Square Ball Drop.

Happy New Year 2010 from all of us at Bitten and Bound!

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mariah carey vanessa hudgens mother and daughter

Rumors are running rampant that diva Mariah Carey is being tapped to star in a big screen comedy takeoff on such reality shows as American Idol and X-Factor.  She would be cast as the mother of 21-year-old Vanessa Hudgens.

The resemblance between the two women is quite convincing and Mimi will turn 40-years-old in March -- so it really isn't a stretch that the two would be able to pull off the premise.

Nothing is cast in stone at this point.  There is some speculation that Carey may not take the bait because of her 2001 box office flop "Glitter" - see poster below.  She won an infamous Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress - OUCH!

Carey is currently riding the wave of success and has received positive reviews by critics following her role as a social worker in the 2009 film "Precious".  As for Vanessa, she is still living down those 32 naughty photos from 2007.

Check out the photo gallery below.

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brad pitt with shiloh zahara maddox and pax

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been residing in New York City recently, while she is filming a few final scenes for her latest movie project "Salt" at Pier 66 in Manhattan.

Angelina and Brad have been photographed in the company of their four older children in recent days.  Brad took Zahara and Shiloh to their mother's film set on the waterfront on Tuesday and escorted his brother Doug, Maddox and Pax to Dave & Buster's restaurant on Wednesday.

The couple's 18-month-old twins Vivienne and Knox were last sighted in October when they enjoyed ice cream with their parents in Amman, Jordon.

Check out the family photo gallery below -- including photos of Brad Pitt's lookalike brother.

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rush limbaugh hospitalized

The outspoken conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh called 911 from his 9th-floor hotel room after suffering chest pains yesterday.  Paramedics were dispatched to the scene and transported the patient to Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu.

According to KITV, he told the ambulance crew that he had been taking medication for a back problem.   He spent time golfing at Waialae Country Club earlier in the week.

Rush arrived in Hawaii on December 23rd.  Other high profile guests on the islands for the holiday's include President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

Bryan Cheplic, a spokesman for Honolulu Emergency Services would only say, "A man was taken from Kahala Hotel and Resort at 2:41 p.m.."

Kit Carson, chief of staff at the "Rush Limbaugh Show" wasn't so tight lipped and reported, "Rush was admitted to and is resting comfortably at a Honolulu hospital today after suffering chest pains."

Limbaugh, 58, who pulls in 14 million listeners each week, was scheduled to resume his radio show on January 4, 2010.  His website has posted the following statement:  "Rush appreciates your prayers and well wishes, and he will keep you updated via"

The talk-radio host signed a new agreement last year with Clear Channel Communications extending his contract until 2016 for $400 million.


View video and a photo of Limbaugh with his girlfriend Kathryn Rogers below.  More photos of the couple here.

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The tally is in on this year's USA Today Gallup Poll for Most Admired People 2009.  The poll asked respondents: What man and woman living today do you admire the most?  The clear male winner was Barack Obama with 30% of the votes.  The female winner was nearly a dead heat between Hillary Rodham Clinton, who received 16 % of the votes and Sarah Palin with 15% of the votes.

Behind Obama were George W. Bush, 4%, Nelson Mandela, 3%, and a virtual four way tie between Glenn Beck, Pope Benedict XVI, Rev. Billy Graham and Bill Gates, who each garnered 2% of the votes cast.

Behind Clinton and Palin were Oprah Winfrey, 8%, Michelle Obama, 7%, Condoleezza Rice and Queen Elizabeth at 2%, and Margaret Thatcher and Maya Angelou with 1%.

This is the second year for all three of our top picks.  Last year Obama led the pack with 32%.  Hillary had 20% to Sarah's 11%, which would seem to indicate the Palin has gained some appeal and Clinton has lost some ground.

View the rest of this year's gallery below.

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rosie odonnell girlfriend

Former television talk show host Rosie O'Donnell revealed in November that her relationship with Kelli Carpenter had ended.  In fact, O'Donnell said that Kelli had moved out 2 years ago.  It looks like Rosie is moving forward in the relationship department.

O'Donnell's new girlfriend is single lesbian mother Tracy Kachtick-Anders, an artist from Texas.  This is not just speculation -- Rosie's rep confirmed this news to People magazine.

Tracy has a lot in common with the comedian including the fact that they both have a vested interest in adoption and foster care.  Tracy launched the Open Arms Campaign with the goal of finding foster adoptive families within the LGBT community.

Kachtick-Anders has six children, five of whom she adopted.   Rosie, who has a new gig on Sirius XM radio,  has four adopted children.

Rosie and Tracy were photographed as they walked together while holding hands in Miami Beach.  They plan to move in together - details here.

More couple photos at DListed.  See family pics below.

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miracle mother and baby die and revive

It was truly a Christmas miracle for 37-year-old expectant mother Tracy Hermansdorfer, who went into cardiac arrest during labor on Christmas Eve at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs.    Doctors, unable to revive her with chest compressions and a breathing tube, rushed her to an operating room and performed an emergency cesarean section in an attempt to save the lifeless unborn baby.

Dr. Stephanie Martin, a maternal fetal medicine specialist who responded to the Code Blue situation, reported that Tracy had no heartbeat for about four minutes.  "She had no signs of life.  No heartbeat, no blood pressure, she wasn't breathing.  The baby was, it was basically limp when delivered."

Tracy's husband Mike Hermanstorfer recalled, "I was holding her hand when we realized she was gone.  My entire life just rolled out."  He went on to say that doctors told him, "We're going to take your son out now.  We have been unable to revive her and we're going to take your son out."

The miraculous news is that immediately after the child was delivered, both mother and child began to breathe.  The hospital staff who witnessed the death and revival of the mom and baby were delightfully baffled and look upon the situation as a divine intervention.

The couple have named their miracle son Coltyn Mikel Hermansdorfer.  Mother and child are doing well and went home on Monday, still unable to fathom the miraculous mystery that unfolded on Christmas Eve.

Val Thomas is another woman with a miracle story.

See video below.

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dick clark stilling rocking in the new year rockin eve 2010

Dick Clark turned 80 in November and will be on hand for the countdown to 2010 on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2010".  The ABC show will feature entertainment from multiple locations.  Fergie will co-host from Las Vegas and Melissa Rycroft will do color commentary from Times Square.

Performing in New York City will be Jennifer Lopez and Daughtry.  Las Vegas acts will include The Black Eyed Peas, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Keri Hilson, Colbie Caillat, Orianthi, Robin Thicke and David Guetta.

Veteran host Dick Clark suffered a stroke in December 2004 and had to skip the annual broadcast that he began hosting in 1972.  His role in subsequent years has been greatly reduced, with the majority of the hosting duties being performed by Seacrest.

The ABC show will air on Thursday, December 31 at 10:00 p.m. eastern.

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matt and meredith share a birthday

Today Show co-hosts Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira are both celebrating birthday's on Wednesday, December 30.  It was business as usual for Lauer, 52, who was at the helm on the NBC morning show.  Vieira, who turned 56, phoned in her birthday greetings and had a little surprise in store of Matt.

She prefaced her surprise by reminding Lauer that President John Kennedy had "Happy Birthday" sung to him by none other than Marilyn Monroe.  She challenged him to guess who she had arranged to be on hand for Lauer's special day.  He immediately guessed that veteran actor Abe Vigoda was the surprise guest. On cue, Abe wheeled in a birthday cake and joined Matt on the guest couch.

During an October segment that showed how former president's had aged while in office, Meredith gave Lauer a glimpse at what he might look like as an aging president - flashing a photo of Abe Vigoda alongside one of Lauer.  See photo below.

Vieira has been known to put her foot squarely in her mouth when trying to one-up Matt.  When he was separated from his wife and it looked like a Matt Lauer divorce was in the works, she asked him how old he was when he got married - see video here.

Vigoda, 88, is famous for his portrayal of Detective Phil Fish on the popular television sitcom "Barney Miller" and his movie role as Sal Tessio in "The Godfather".

Other famous folks celebrating a birthday today include LeBron James, Laila Ali, Sandy Koufax, Bo Diddley, Sean Hannity, Tracey Ullman and Tiger Woods.

Check out the "Today Show"  birthday video below.

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Israeli model Bar Refaeli recently shot a 60's themed photo shoot with fellow model Noam Tur.  The couple looked like throwbacks to the time of the sexual revolution, mystic religions and communal living.  The Fox Fashion project took place at the Hattula Nature Reserve in Bar's homeland of Israel.

Refaeli has a hot new lingerie ad campaign and is rumored to have reconnected with actor Leonardo DiCaprio.  She recently graced the cover and pages of French magazine L'Officiel in some revealing poses.  Check out her bare chested cover shot in our Bar Refaeli gallery below.

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