Archive for December 3rd, 2010

Love Bones


“The Doctor In The Photo” airing THU 12/9 at 8/7c.


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Nathan Fillion, who portrays Rick Castle, left, and Stana Katic, who portrays NYPD Det. Kate Beckett lock lips in an upcoming episode of “Castle.”


LOS ANGELES A stakeout leads to a smooch on ABC’s crime drama “Castle,” with Rick Castle and Kate Beckett finally sharing their first kiss.

Played by series stars Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic, the pair locked lips in a scene filmed outside a downtown warehouse late Thursday for a January episode.

As “Castle” fans know, the show’s weekly whodunits share equal weight with the will-they-or-won’t-they romance conundrum for the lead characters.

Castle is a best-selling mystery writer and single dad who is an eager consultant with the New York Police Department. Beckett is the no-nonsense detective ordered to work with him. Their growing sexual tension — and banter — is reminiscent of the 1980s “Moonlighting” mystery series with Sybil Shepherd and Bruce Willis.

Sooner or later, however, TV viewers demand results from such chemistry lessons.

“Castle” executive producer-creator Andrew W. Marlowe said Friday he’s aware that many loyalists are rooting for Castle and Beckett to “take their relationship to the next level.” The show couldn’t hold off forever, Marlowe said.

But ratings can suffer when a lively mating dance turns to humdrum romance, so expect “Castle” to take it slow on the potential road to love.

The Castle-Beckett smooch comes during an episode about Beckett’s long-frustrated effort to solve her mother’s murder. There’s more to the lingering embrace and kisses than passion, according to the script. The episode’s January date has yet to be determined, ABC said.

“Castle” (10 p.m. ET Monday) has become a hit for the network, routinely landing in the top 20 in the Nielsen ratings and attracting more than 10 million viewers weekly in its third season. It has also inspired mystery novels published under Castle’s name and featuring a fictional heroine, Detective Nikki Heat, based on the fictional Beckett.


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Quote for the Day:

Religion is far more of a choice than homosexuality. And the protections that we have for religion — we protect religion… It’s a travesty that people have forced someone who is gay to have to make their case that they deserve the same basic rights as someone else.— Jon Stewart

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VAGENDA…..What is your VAGENDA???

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2010 YEAR IN REVIEW (10 Obsessions of 2010)


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Penalty-Proof Your Tax Return

Adjust your tax withholding now to boost your take-home pay or to avoid underpayment penalties when you file your 2010 tax return.

When you file your tax return each year, the amount of tax withheld from your paycheck or submitted through estimated quarterly tax payments ideally should match the amount of tax you owe. In reality, that seldom happens.

Most Americans are addicted to tax refunds, as evidenced by the fact that the average income-tax refund rose again this year to a record of nearly $2,900. In essence, more than 75% of U.S. taxpayers gave Uncle Sam an interest-free loan. Many of the remaining taxpayers ended up owing money, and some had to fork over an extra 10% penalty for having too little tax withheld throughout the year.

[See 5 Tax Moves You Should Make This Fall]

Both situations are easy to remedy, but you have to act before the end of the year. Just file a revised Form W-4 with your employer. The more “allowances” you claim on the W-4, the less tax will be withheld; the fewer you claim, the more tax will be withheld. You can also ask your employer to withhold a flat amount from your paycheck.

If you regularly get a refund, you’ve already banked most of it and will still get a refund next spring. But you can stop the leakage from your last few paychecks of the year by adjusting your W-4 now. Worksheets that come with the W-4 will help, or you can struggle through the IRS’s online withholding calculator.

But we’ve got a better idea. If your current financial situation is similar to last year’s, just use our Tax Withholding Calculator (see link above). Answer three simple questions (you’ll find the answers on your 2009 tax return) and we’ll estimate how many additional allowances you deserve — and even show you how much your take-home pay will rise starting next payday, if you claim the allowances on a new W-4. (However, this shortcut won’t be much help if your tax situation has changed since last year because, for example, you have a new baby or got a new job).

On the other hand, if you expect that you’ll owe money when you file your 2010 tax return next spring, you can avoid an underpayment penalty by boosting your withholding now. You needn’t pay every penny of the tax you expect to owe. As long as you prepay 90% of this year’s tax bill, you’re off the hook for the penalty. Or, you can escape its reach, in most cases, by prepaying 100% of your 2009 tax liability. (But if your 2009 adjusted gross income topped $150,000, you’ll have to prepay 110% of last year’s tax liability to avoid a penalty, even if your 2010 tax far exceeds your pay-ins.)

[See What Will Congress Do to Your Taxes?]

If you have both wage and consulting income and expect to owe money on your tax return, boost the taxes withheld from your last few paychecks rather than trying to make up the shortfall with your final estimated quarterly payment due January 18, 2011 (because January 15 is a Saturday and the following Monday is a federal holiday). Taxes that are withheld are treated as if they were spread out evenly throughout the year, sidestepping an underpayment penalty; the estimated-tax-payment approach does not.



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