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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Hilton - Work from Home Military Flyer

I-10/I-8 interchange work continues south of Casa Grande

I-10/I-8 interchange work continues south of Casa Grande

Interstate 8/Interstate 10 Traffic Interchange

    • Interstate 8 between Bianco Road and the junction of I-10 continues to have daily lane restrictions in both directions during the hours of 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. through mid-April for paving.

    • The speed limit has been reduced to 45 mph.

Interstate 8 Ramps at Thornton Road

    • The I-8 ramps at Thornton Road continue to have intermittent daily closures from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    • Motorists should expect delays of up to 20 minutes.

The work is to allow the Arizona Department of Transportation to reconstruct the bridge barrier and improve drainage. Lane restrictions will be in effect for the duration of the project. The speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph. The work also includes new pipe extensions, cattle guards and lowering I-8 at Thornton Road to meet the new bridge height of 16 feet.

The $7.3 million project is expected to be completed by summer 2016.

Drivers are reminded to share the road, be cautious and slow down while traveling through the work zone.

ADOT works to inform the public about planned roadway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule.

For more information, please call Paki Rico at 520-388-4233, or email or visit the website at

GSA Auctions GSA Fleet Trucks Update

03/31/2016 01:00 PM EDT

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03/31/2016 01:00 PM EDT

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Special Event to cause delays on SR 79 in Florence next week (April 6 - 11)

Special Event to cause delays on SR 79 in Florence next week (April 6 - 11)

The Arizona Department of Transportation will be reducing the speed limit on State Route 79 in Florence (milepost 136) around the clock beginning 6 a.m. Wednesday (April 6) through 6 a.m. Monday (April 11) for the Country Thunder Music Festival which is expected to attract approximately 25,000 people.

The speed limit on SR 79 will be reduced to 25 mph and motorists will be stopped intermittently by law enforcement officials to allow traffic to flow and reduce congestion during the event.
  • Drivers should expect delays of up to 15 minutes.
  • Traffic control and law enforcement will direct traffic throughout the event.

For more information, please call Paki Rico at 520-388-4233, or email

Loop 101 resurfacing in East Valley requires series of weekend closures

Loop 101 resurfacing in East Valley requires series of weekend closures

Restrictions timed to start after Cactus League season ends

PHOENIX – Work to add a new layer of smooth rubberized asphalt on Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) in the Scottsdale area will require a series of weekend freeway closures starting Friday night (April 1), according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Drivers should plan ahead and consider alternate routes when sections of Loop 101 are closed, starting this weekend with southbound lanes between Thomas and McKellips roads from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday (April 4). State Route 51 and Interstate 17 are possible north-south alternate freeway routes.

Other sections of Loop 101 between Shea Boulevard and Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) are scheduled to be closed on weekends through mid-June while crews add the new top layer of rubberized asphalt on the freeway.

In partnership with communities, ADOT scheduled the series of Loop 101 weekend closures to start after the conclusion of the Cactus League season.

Upcoming Loop 101 closures for new pavement resurfacing are scheduled as follows:

• Southbound Loop 101 closed between Thomas and McKellips roads from 10 p.m. Friday (April 1) to 5 a.m. Monday (April 4) for rubberized asphalt paving. Southbound Loop 101 on-ramps at Chaparral and Indian School roads also closed. Northbound Loop 101 narrowed to two lanes in the area Friday and Saturday nights (11 p.m. – 8 a.m.). DETOUR: Consider alternate routes. Traffic exiting southbound Loop 101 at Indian School or Thomas roads will be directed to southbound Hayden Road/McClintock Drive.

• Northbound Loop 101 closed between Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) and Thomas Road from 10 p.m. Friday (April 8) to 5 a.m. Monday (April 11). Both Loop 202 ramps to northbound Loop 101 closed. Northbound Loop 101 on-ramp at Rio Salado Parkway closed. DETOUR: Consider alternate routes. Northbound Loop 101 traffic will be directed to Loop 202.

Loop 101 Improvement Project information is available at The paving schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather or other factors, including available equipment and materials.

The work is part of the $73 million project to widen an 11-mile stretch of Loop 101 south of Shea Boulevard, where new lanes and other improvements are being added to the freeway. The project started in August 2014 and is set for completion by this fall.

A one-inch layer of rubberized asphalt is used on Phoenix-area freeways to provide a smooth, durable driving surface that helps limit noise from vehicle tires.

ADOT to open new ramps linking Loop 303, Grand Avenue (US 60) this weekend

ADOT to open new ramps linking Loop 303, Grand Avenue (US 60) this weekend

Some late night restrictions needed before connections start to open

PHOENIX – New ramps connecting Loop 303 and Grand Avenue (US 60) in Surprise will open to traffic this weekend, a key milestone for the project to improve the interchange that links the two roadways.
The northbound Loop 303 on- and off-ramps and southbound Loop 303 on-ramp at Grand Avenue are scheduled to open by 11:30 p.m. Friday (April 1), according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Prior to opening the ramps to traffic, Loop 303 and current connections with Grand Avenue will be temporarily closed at approximately 10 p.m. Friday. The temporary traffic signals on the Loop 303 bridge over Grand Avenue will be turned off and the ramps will be prepared to open to traffic.

A ramp that currently handles all Grand Avenue connections will be reconfigured over the weekend to connect southbound Loop 303 to Grand Avenue by 5 a.m. Monday (April 4). Drivers on southbound Loop 303 who want to exit at Grand Avenue this weekend can travel south to the Bell Road exit. From there they can turn and use northbound Loop 303 to exit at Grand Avenue.

The entire $46 million Loop 303/Grand Avenue Interchange improvement project is scheduled for completion this summer.

Job Openings - AAFES is hiring for multiple positions - Fort Huachuca

Subway is coming to Ft. Huachuca and they need to fill all positions.

Safety improvement project continues to make progress on SR 169

Safety improvement project continues to make progress on SR 169

Drivers should expect delays next week as work continues

Earlier this year, the Arizona Department of Transportation began a safety improvement project on State Route 169, which included new left-turn lanes at Cherry Creek Road (milepost 9.3) and Orme Road (milepost 4.5).

For the past few months, crews have been working on the addition of turn lanes at milepost 9.3 at Cherry Creek Road.On Monday (April 4), crews will restripe the roadway, as they have completed the new turn lanes. As a result, drivers will be guided through the work zone with a pilot car and flaggers between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Delays of up to 15 minutes are expected.

On Tuesday and Wednesday (April 5 and 6), crews will begin work at the Orme Road and Old Cherry Road intersections (milepost 4.5), which will also result in traffic delays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to allow crews to install barrier and prepare a safe work zone for new turn lanes.

Drivers and trash hauling vehicles will need to allow additional travel time, as delays of up to 15 minutes are expected.

ADOT advises drivers to proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel. The speed limit through the work zone will be 45 mph until the project is complete.

ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule. To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at or call 5-1-1.

This $1.6 million safety improvement project includes widening the existing roadway to provide new turn lanes, drainage improvements, signing and new striping.

For more information about this project, please call Tricia Lewis at 928-606-2420 or email



If you are one of the millions of adults who have trouble falling asleep, you probably know the drill: No exercise before bedtime, try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day and limit the amount of alcohol you consume. But it could take more than this. And the payoff is huge: You get a good night's sleep without medication. To help you sleep better at night, try these four behavioral changes during the day:

1. Exposure to sunlight early in the morning and again at dusk.
Why? Exposure to natural light at dawn and dusk can help synchronize your body clock, making it easier to fall asleep at night and easier to get up and be alert in the morning, according to researchers from the University of Colorado in Boulder.

2. Consume no caffeine after 3 p.m.
Why? Caffeine is designed to keep you awake and alert and can stay in your system as long as 14 hours, according to WebMD. It can not only make it difficult to fall asleep, but also to stay asleep. If you suspect caffeine is contributing to your insomnia, either limit how much you consume or try eliminating it completely. Remember, caffeine is found in coffee, tea, chocolate, energy drinks and other foods.

3. Remove all computers and other "screens" from your bedroom.
It's not only the stimulation of your screens -- laptop computer, tablet and TV -- that can keep you awake until all hours, but also the light from those screens that appears to disrupt the brain's melatonin production. The best advice is to turn off all screens about 90 minutes before you plan to go to sleep.

4. Get ready for bed 30 minutes before you want to go to sleep.
Create a soothing bedtime routine that begins about a half-hour before you actually go to bed. This will help your body to associate these actions with sleep. Your winding-down process could include a warm bath and reading -- anything that will help you to slow down and relax.



Facebook is great for sharing the most special of life's moments. Like pictures of a cake, funny links, or your need for an able body to help you move a sofa. But those status updates are an open announcement to everyone you know. Some information is unwelcome. Some of it is unbearable. So, for the sake of all your friends, the following public statements are no longer allowed.

1. The birthday thank you
The only thing less sincere than the Facebook birthday wish (copy, paste the words "happy birthday!") is the day-after status update, expressing your gratitude for the dozens of perfunctory congratulations from people you barely know anymore. All this serves to do is remind everyone that it was, quite recently, your birthday, in the wispy hope that someone will realize they forgot and shoot you a belated message. You don't need to shout thank you into the wind. If someone in real life wishes you a happy birthday, thank them. That's it. Deaths Bummer city! This stuff has no place on Timeline, because Timeline is beautiful. And a death notice, whether casual or elaborate, will only make everyone uncomfortable and cheapen the passing of the deceased. The end of a human life shouldn't be making bedfellows with a shared meme picture of a squirrel. Be respectful. Or you will be haunted.

2. Personal messages to your significant other
You're in love. Love is wonderful. But love is intimate, and Facebook is not. Cutesy messages ("I miss u so much babe! had a great time this weekend :-D") -- these must stop. Send a message, an email, or literally any other form of communication that isn't relayed across hundreds of news feeds. We wouldn't walk into your kitchen and shout about how hungry we are -- don't pollute Facebook with your love howls. In fact, we'd prefer that you stop by each of our computers and just gag us by hand.

3. Hangovers
Whoa, man! Did you really drink all of those beers? No, you did not! What, you did? You drank all of those beers, and now you're hung over? So hung over! Now we know. Now we can nod solemnly and think: Man, you are the coolest, and you have the worst hangover of all time, and you vow to never drink again. Maybe you won't mention it again, either.

4. College admissions
Nobody cares except your close family and friends -- who can be reached online directly -- so stop bragging. Unless you got into a terrible school, in which case you're just making everyone feel bad a la Facebook death announcement.

5. Exercise
Another braggart's favorite, the feat of physical strength is now a common subject of Facebook statuses. Nobody cares about how much you just benched or how many miles you just ran. Nobody wants to see photos of you standing at the finish line of a 4k fun run. Unless you sustained a grotesque injury during the race -- we'll take a look at a shot of that.

6. Asking for money
It's great that you started a business/website/app/lemonade stand/Kickstarter/massage parlor, but asking your friends for money -- especially the giant swath of your Facebook pseudo-friends -- is always a faux pas. So please, no blanket invitations to shop at your online jewelry store.

7. Romantic anniversaries
There are two people who truly care about this, and you are one of them. You can probably surmise who the other one is without using Facebook. See "Personal messages to your significant other" above.

8. New phone number
Helpful: letting everyone know you can't be reached by phone because you dropped it in a toilet or it fell off a cliff or whatever. Cool, we'll know to hit you via email instead. Not helpful: asking that everyone send you their phone numbers because you lost your phone and can't be bothered to actually ask us personally. Losing your phone is actually a great excuse to rebuild your phone book with people you truly care about! If you can't remember who to ask, odds are you don't need to be calling or texting those people anymore.

9. Bemoaning Facebook
Not even because it's ironic, but because it makes you look like a sidewalk Rapture street-shouter. Nothing makes you look less So over Facebook like taking to Facebook to express your disapproval of Facebook. Or its privacy policies.

10. Engagements
Noticing a pattern here? This might be the only time in your life 150 people will like a status update (unless you're selected to join a manned mission to Mars). Either way, it's a LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME move. Change your relationship status if you really want some indicator on your Timeline. Any kind of status message beyond that is self-indulgent and irritating. You're also broadcasting your upcoming marriage to hundreds of people who won't be invited to the wedding. That isn't very nice either.

11. When it doubt, use the golden rule.
Stay away from things nobody but you cares to know about or celebrate. Then, Facebook will continue to be a firehose of semi-interesting life gristle, instead of a dump truck full of tripe.

Pizza Night Savings!

Pizza Night Savings!

When it's pizza night and you want the most food for your money, always order a large pie -- even if you're eating alone. NPR reporter Quoctrung Bui did the math so you don't have to. Bui analyzed 74,476 pizza prices from 3,678 pizza restaurants nationwide to find out how the price of pizza changes with the size of the pie. The bottom line, according to NPR, is that one 16-inch pizza has about the same area as one and one-third 14-inch pizzas or four 8-inch pizzas. It may seem like a 16-inch pizza is twice as large as an 8-inch pizza, but it's actually four times as big. Since a pizza is a circle, the area increases with the square of the radius. And that is why a larger pizza is a better bargain. A 16-inch pizza costs, on average, about $16.59. To get the same amount of food buying 8-inch pizzas, you would have to buy four pizzas, which will run you $33, on average. That's pretty much double the price of a 16-inch pizza.

Desert Radio AZ - Question of the Day

Desert Radio AZ - Question of the Day

  • What social media platform actually helps you the most in your life: LinkedIn? Facebook? Twitter? Instagram?



  1. Calling up Apple, identifying yourself as the FBI and saying, "We know what you're doing right now."
  2. Giving a tattoo to someone with disappearing ink that really isn't
  3. Leaving that kidnapping note and going to Hawaii for five days.
  4. Putting whip cream around the dog's mouth and taking him for a walk
  5. Coming out as one of the Ted Cruz Five

Other Thoughts.......

Other Thoughts.......

Melissa Etheridge says she considered Brad Pitt as a sperm donor before choosing David Crosby. I guess I'm surprised I wasn't asked, since I fall somewhere between the two... mostly on the Crosby side.

I don't remember which late night TV host said it, but it was along the lines of "I went to a Donald Trump rally the other day and a hockey game broke out!"

I was saying the other day that I'm a bit concerned that the F.B.I. managed to crack into iPhones. But Siri told me not to worry about it.

I see a day in the not-too-distant future where the entire family will sit around with virtual reality headgear, experiencing in 3D what it must be like for a whole family to be sitting around together.



You blew through a red light. You sped down the highway oblivious to the posted speed limit. And you just got caught. You see the flashing red lights in your rearview mirror, and you pull over. Now what do you do? Before you panic, cry or get belligerent, know this: A traffic stop is the most common reason for contact with the police, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. WTOP News in Washington, DC, consulted with AAA for specific advice of what to do -- and not do -- when a cop pulls you over:

  • When you see the flashing lights, follow the police officer's instructions. Slow down, use your turn signal and pull your vehicle well off to the side of the road.
  • Stay in your vehicle and turn off the engine and radio.
  • Keep your seat belt fastened until the officer has seen you wearing it.
  • Take a deep breath and don't panic. Remain calm while the officer explains why you were stopped.
  • If you are stopped at night, turn on your interior lights or dome light.
  • Be on your best behavior, and always be polite to the police officer. Don't be argumentative.
  • Cooperate with the police. It could make all the difference between a ticket and a warning.
  • Be honest with the officer. If you really didn't see the stop sign or were unaware of the speed limit, let the officer know.
  • Keep your hands in plain view of the officer. Avoid reaching or making sudden movements. Never reach under your seat.
  • Avoid provoking the officer or showing off in front of other occupants.
  • Always carry proper identification: a valid driver's license, proof of vehicle registration and current proof of insurance. Do not retrieve or reach for documentation until instructed by the police officer to do so.
  • If you are asked to exit the vehicle, do it slowly.
  • If you receive a traffic citation or ticket, accept it calmly. Contest the traffic citation in a court of law.



  • This 80's rocker's real name is Stuart Goddard, and he once played bass for a band called "Bazooka Joe". (Adam Ant)
  • Along the northeastern coast of the US, this seafood was once so common in the 17th and 18th centuries that it was considered a "junk food." (Lobster)
  • On average, about 45 million gallons of this are used each hour in New York City. (water)
  • What kind of twins are the Olsen Twins? (They are remarkably similar looking - fraternal twins)
  • Conan O'Brien, though tall, is not known for his athletic skills. After graduating as the valedictorian from Brookline High School, O'Brien entered which university? (Harvard University)
  • Aaron Sorkin used the same Oval Office set in both "The West Wing" and what other TV show? ("The American President.")
  • This Disney Dog was originally named Dippy Dog? (Goofy)
  • The ghosts in the original Pac-Man game were named Pinky, Blinky, Inky and who? (Clyde)
  • About how long can your average mole dig in a single night? (300 feet)
  • Who was the first African-American to dine in the White House with a U.S. President ? (Booker T. Washington - October, 1901 Teddy Roosevelt)
  • Who was the first woman to run as a Vice-Presidential candidate? (Geraldine Ferraro)
  • The first toilet ever seen on television appeared on what show? (Leave It To Beaver)
  • How many stocks make up the nation's most-watched stock index, the Dow Jones industrial average? (30)
  • Which of the Kellogg's Rice Krispies cereal characters wears a red-and-white striped hat? (Crackle)
  • What was the object used to cut off the tails of the "Three Blind Mice"? (A carving knife)
  • What are the four sections of a symphony orchestra? (Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion, and String)
  • What animals can you ride into the Grand Canyon? (Mules; horses ride around the canyon, but not into it)
  • Who is the only president buried in Washington's National Cathedral? (Woodrow Wilson)



One proud daddy! Seth Meyers got a little emotional as he told the story of son's birth during his Late Night monologue on Tuesday, March 29. The excited new dad talked his audience through a very unexpected Easter Sunday, which resulted in the birth of his first child, two weeks before the baby's due date. Taking time to thank all the key players in his son's birth story (in particular, his doorman and his Uber driver, Tariq), Meyers described his wife's journey to hospital in hilariously graphic detail, including the fact she was on all fours in the back of the taxi, yelling out an open window! The proud pop then revealed the name he and wife, Alexi Ashe, have given their son. "We named our son Ashe, which is my wife's maiden name," the show host explained. "I can't think of a better way to honor what she did," he added, referring to Alexi's drug-free delivery. "The middle name is Olsen, which is my mother's maiden name," he continued, getting visibly choked up as he spoke. "To be able to name him after those two women..." Don't, however, make the mistake of suggesting that Meyers' choice of name might have had something to do with Ashley Olsen! "A couple of people have said 'Do you think people will think you've named him after Ashley Olsen?'" Meyers said, getting ahead of the joke. "I said, 'Nobody will think that, I've long been a Mary-Kate guy,'" he quipped. (US Weekly)

Hugh Jackman Reveals His Life Slogan "Happy Wife, Happy Life" Before 20th Anniversary. Hugh Jackman understands what makes for a good marriage...just ask many woman. The Australian Wolverine star and wife and actress Deborra-Lee Furness, parents of two, are getting ready to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary next month. Jackman talked about her when asked about his life slogans in an interview with Australian news program Sunrise, which aired Wednesday. He said one of them, which is "drummed" into him every day, is, "Happy wife, happy life." "That's the slogan," he said. "We're about to celebrate our 20th." He and his wife married in April 1996. Last summer, Jackman posted on his Twitter page a throwback photo of the two on their honeymoon. Jackman and Furness met on the set of the Australian crime drama series Correlli, which aired in 1995. They wed a year later. "I decided, I won't ask her to marry me for six months," Jackman told Town and Country magazine in 2013. "Then after four months I thought, that's the most ridiculous rule!" In September, Jackman talked to E! News about his and his wife's marriage and upcoming anniversary. "I've started planning and thinking," he said. "I'm a big believer in romance being filled with surprise." In his interview with Sunrise, Jackman also talked about recently rescuing his and his wife's 15-year-old son Oscar from a riptide while swimming in the ocean at Sydney's Bondi Beach. With the help of another man, Jackman had also helped daughter Ava, 10, out of the water and helped lifeguards direct other swimmers to safety amid the rising, violent waves. "Hats off to the guys at North Bondi and Bondi. It was a rough surf that day," Jackman said. "My son got a little caught," he said, joking, "I've had him in America too long. That's a sure sign. He still does have Vegemite on toast but getting caught in a rip, that's a sure sign I haven't had him at the beach enough." (Eonline)

Oops! Emily Blunt Forgets That She's Pregnant With Her Second Child. With two blockbuster roles in the can, Emily Blunt sometimes forgets about one other project still in progress -- her pregnancy. This year reads like professional and personal gold for the star, who has highly anticipated performances in The Huntsman: Winter's War and The Girl on the Train set for release in the coming months and a brand new second baby on the way. To top it off, rumors continue to place Blunt in the titular role of a future Mary Poppins remake. With such a whirlwind schedule, the Golden Globe-winning actress is experiencing a bit of pregnancy brain. "The first pregnancy is the most self-indulgent thing in the world because you get massages and prenatal yoga and hypnotherapy CDs," she told C Magazine. "During this one I forget that I'm even pregnant. I'm hoisting my 2-year-old around!" While this is not the 33-year-old star's first baby bump, Blunt kept the news to herself for as long as she physically could. "[The Girl on the Train] was actually more physical than I realized, which worried me a little, but I wasn't telling anyone until a little later on," Blunt admitted. "I told a couple of people like [co-star] Justin Theroux pretty early because he and I were doing some of the physical stuff together. He's my friend, and I think he knew anyway -- you know how friends just have a feeling." Though she's a deeply private mother to her daughter Hazel at home, when she's at work, the Devil Wears Prada star enjoys a bit of wickedness. "You'd be surprised by how much I enjoyed [playing an evil queen] and how easy it was to be this person, which is worrying," Blunt joked. "She's not just this rampaging villain. She's actually someone who, as delusional as she is, is thinking she's doing the right thing -- and that was exciting to me." As her marriage to John Krasinski rounds the corner on six years, she has yet to join the former Office star on screen. While they're not adverse to working together on a project, they want to keep their real-life romance off-camera. "I think we would prefer it to be something where we're not married or boyfriend and girlfriend," she admitted. "Our chemistry is not up for public consumption. We'd like to do a play. That would be cool." After more than a decade in the industry -- and a resume packed with romantic comedies, adventures, indies, a Victorian drama and even a musical -- it seems there's nothing Blunt cannot do. "When people say, 'what do you want to do next? Who do you want to play next?' I really absolutely have no idea," she concluded. "I love the surprise element of the job. I love to be surprised, and love to hopefully surprise." (Eonline)

Miley Cyrus Shows Off Her Engagement Ring and '70s Style While in New York City. Miley Cyrus' style right now is all about bling and bell bottoms. The young celeb was spotted going on a brisk walk around the Soho neighborhood in downtown Manhattan, and just so happened to be photographed with her left hand up for the world to see, which means -- hello, engagement ring! Miley flashed her diamond from fiance Liam Hemsworth while in New York City, while also rocking some serious '70s-inspired style. Along with an "8 dolla versayyyyyyce" top and black jacket, Cyrus wore some high-waisted denim flare pants, and we gotta say -- she is working it. Fans recently got an up-close glimpse of Miley's sparkler when she attended the New York Knicks' game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Madison Square Garden over the weekend. The singer, who became "embarrassed" after appearing on the jumbotron, attended the game with her sister Brandi Cyrus, 28, and their mother, Tish Cyrus, 48. Tish posted on her Instagram page a photo of the three standing on the court, while Brandi shared a snap of the two sisters enjoying the ball game courtside, which also flaunted Miley's ring. "Had THE MOST FUN tonight at the @nyknicks / @cavs game with my sissy! Big win for my team too!!#cavsknicks #nyc," Brandi wrote. Cyrus is currently in New York filming for her latest project, Woody Allen's new Amazon series, and will soon become a permanent face on The Voice. The singer/actress is joining the show as a coach for season, she confirmed on Twitter. "It's true! I am going to be the newest judge on Season 11 of The Voice @NBCTheVoice #thevoice," she wrote. Between all of her new gigs and wedding plan, we just don't know how Miley does it! (Eonline)

Selena Gomez Hooking Up With Pal Charlie Puth: Details on Their Romance! "I don't know if anyone really understands me," Charlie Puth told Us Weekly in November. "Which is why I hang out with Selena Gomez. She gets me." These days, it's more than hanging out. The "See You Again" singer, 24, and Gomez, 23, are hooking up, a source reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly. "It's not serious, but she's super into him," says the insider. (A Gomez pal insists it's just a "flirty friendship.") The pair, who recorded the duet "We Don't Talk Anymore" for his debut album Nine Track Mind, will take their romance on the road in May when Puth appears on her Revival tour. Puth first met Gomez at an MTV Video Music Awards party last August. "I just went up to her and started talking to her," the Golden Globe nominee previously told Us. "I was very floored by how well she handled herself and how mature she was. It's nice to get to know the actual person and finding out she's an interesting person ... I'm happy that we're friends." Still, he's not the only guy vying for her heart. Ex Justin Bieber, who she has dated on and off since 2010, "wants her back," adds a source close to the 22-year-old pop star. "He'd love to be with her, but she won't go for it." On March 19, the "What Do You Mean?" singer shared a 2011 throwback photo of him and Gomez sharing a sweet kiss on Instagram. "Feels," Bieber captioned the shot. According to the Daily Mail, Gomez commented on the post, "Perfect." (US Weekly)

Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris Jackson, who stands to get millions more of her inheritance when she turns 18, is dating older rocker Michael Snoddy -- whose ink includes a tattoo of the Confederate flag -- and sources say they're quickly getting serious. Paris, 18 on April 3, split with longtime boyfriend Chester Castellaw in December, and has been posting Instagram pics with Snoddy, 26 -- who describes himself in his profile as "Los Angeles drummer/performer" for Street Drum Corps, a "world-renowned drum and percussion ensemble," according to its own Instagram profile. "It's only been a couple of weeks, but they are together a lot," the source said of the Jackson heir and the rocker. "They really like each other. It's a real relationship, and things are moving fast." Snoddy has a Mohawk and is covered in tattoos, and Jackson fans are upset that one is of a Confederate flag, and have accused him online of racism. But Snoddy responded to the criticism, "There's a difference between Southern pride and racism." Meantime, Paris reportedly currently receives $8 million annually in allowance from her father's estate. And she'll get additional inheritance, according to reports, at ages 18, 33 and 40. The King of Pop's heirs also include sons Michael Jr. and Prince Michael (a.k.a. Blanket). The estate just struck a deal to sell its 50 percent stake in Sony/ATV Music Publishing for $750 million to Sony. But despite Paris' purported windfall when she turns 18, a source told us of her new love, Snoddy, "Michael is not a scummy gold digger." And, "People keep referring to him as a punk because of his hair and look, but he's a hardworking kid." When we reached out to a rep for Street Drum Corps, we were told only, "He's been one of our performers for many years." Pretty Paris, who's displayed her own musical talent online, had trouble after her father's death in 2009, and reportedly attempted suicide in 2013. She has recently disclosed she's in recovery. Reps for Paris could not be reached for comment Tuesday night. A lawyer for grandmother Katherine Jackson didn't get back to us by deadline. (Page Six)

Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian are in a really good place. Disick called into Australian radio show Kyle & Jackie O Wednesday and revealed where his relationship with Kardashian stands-and according to him, they're getting along great as exes. "She's like my best friend," Disick, 32, said of Kardashian, 36, from whom he split last July after nine years together. "I'll love her 'til the day I die." Indeed, the two have been spending plenty of friendly time together lately, joking about "getting back together" on Snapchat and co-parenting their three kids: Mason, 6, Penelope, 3, and Reign, 1. "I don't think anything is ever simple," Disick told the radio hosts. "But, you know, I'm not the first person in the world that's gotten separated from a significant other-we're just trying to make the best of it, and life goes on." "Things aren't easy, but, you know, things are going very well right now, and I'm just happy that we're able to be on good terms at the end of the day," he added. As for a potential reconciliation? Never say never- though that's not on either of their minds right now, Disick said. "You know, I never thought a lot of things would happen in my life the way they did, so I don't really rule anything out," he said. "I have no plans in my mind of what's going to happen. So, you know, if things are meant to be maybe they will be. I really can't say yes or no." He explained there were things that both of them "needed to work on," and that as of right now, they're happy with the way things are: "I don't know if either of us want anything more than where we're at." Disick-who was spotted with a mystery brunette earlier this month following a brief fling with model Lina Sandberg-also shot down any rumors that he has a new girlfriend. "No, no-I mean, it's just unfortunate that you can't have friends this day and age," he said. "I don't know. I'm not really thinking about dating at this point in my life." As for where he would rank himself on a "happiness scale" these days? "You know, it's [been] a big transition in my life and I've gone through some things," said the star, who recently completed rehab treatment. "But on a happiness scale, I would say in the 5, 6, 7, range I would say. Which isn't terrible. I'm not too mad at a solid 7." (People)

Rosie O'Donnell and Michelle Rounds' Divorce Finalized. More than a year after their split, Rosie O'Donnell and Michelle Rounds have finalized their divorce. A rep for O'Donnell tells The New York Post's PageSix the couple are officially divorced, and their lawyers will meet in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday to submit the final paperwork. The former View host originally filed for divorce from Rounds in February 2015 -- though the pair had broken up before that, in November 2014 -- citing an "an irretrievably broken relationship" as the reason for the split. They reached a settlement nearly eight months later, in October 2015. "There's peace in the Middle East," O'Donnell joked at the time. "It's done. We've settled. We're both very happy about the outcome," she added. Meanwhile, O'Donnell and Rounds began dating in 2011. The two married in a private ceremony in New York on June 9, 2012, and seven months later, they announced they were adopting their daughter, Dakota. It's been a rough couple of years for O'Donnell. Not only did she suffer a heart attack in 2012, but she also said goodbye to The View just days after announcing her breakup from Rounds. She also spent a good portion of 2015 battling with her now estranged eldest daughter, Chelsea, after she ran away and then publicly bashed the comedienne. 'Donnell's rep called the situation "heartbreaking on every level," and the comic herself addressed it during a stand-up show in October. "My daughter has been in the news. It's been in the news, but it's not news to the family. It's been a decade long," she told the crowd, adding, "As Mom, my wish is for love and peace and wait until it's done." (Eonline)

They fooled everyone! Jon Lovitz and Jessica Lowndes have spoken out about their relationship prank that had the entire Internet fooled! The 58-year-old comedian and singer-actress Lowndes, 27, sat down with Entertainment Tonight to discuss the engagement rumors that whipped across social media in the last week, but which turned out to be nothing but promotional buzz for her newly released, and very video, "Deja Vu (Remix)." As Us Weekly reported previously, fans went into a frenzy when the couple shared a string of very suggestive snaps via social media, including one of the two of them hanging out in a car together (Lovitz captioned the snap "Easter with my bunny") and another of Lowndes' left hand, adorned with a sparkling diamond engagement ring. But while we all know the truth now, if you were fooled, don't feel bad about it. Even friends of the unlikely couple fell for the prank. "I couldn't get over the amount of people and close friends who thought I was for real," Lowndes told the outlet. "My business manager asked if we should insure the ring!" Turns out the ring wasn't even hers! "It was a picture from Google," she admitted. "I love playing practical jokes," the 90210 alum continued, explaining how the idea came about. "Last year on April Fools' Day, it leaked I was in Will Ferrell's Lifetime movie, so this year, I decided to pull an April Fools' joke of my own, and what better partner in crime?" she said, of her supposed sugar daddy. And Lovitz was up for it! "Younger women like me!" the Saturday Night Live alum added, laughing. "I was taught to speak funny and have a big stick, and it works." (US Weekly)

Chris Brown Throws Shade at Kehlani Parrish After Suicide Attempt Revelation. Wow. Chris Brown is facing some serious backlash after he went on a Twitter rant on Tuesday, March 29, to throw shade at R&B singer Kehlani Parrish as news of her recent suicide attempt hit the headlines. As Us Weekly previously reported, the 20-year-old singer shared a (now-deleted) Instagram photograph of herself in a hospital bed with an IV in her arm, revealing she had attempted suicide in the wake of rumors that she had cheated on her boyfriend, NBA player Kyrie Irving. But while Kehlani's "father figure" Nick Cannon was quick to online and share his support, along with other stars including Questlove and Keyshia Cole, Brown had an altogether different reaction to her shocking revelation. "There is no attempting suicide," he tweeted. "Stop flexing for the gram. Doing s--t for sympathy so them comments under your pics don't look so bad," he blasted. "Girls be mad at a n--ga for f--king around wit b--ches but her DMs got more names then the Declaration of Independence. #YEAHIMTHROWINGSHADE," he continued. Still not done, the 26-year-old performer went on: "They look like they have stank sex!!!! #KYRIEMVP," before finally signing off for the evening. "OK IM DONE. Guess she gone have to watch the games from a real 'box' now. 'THE TELEVISION' #OHB 'OUTTA HERE BIH.'" As public reaction gathered against Brown's outrageous tweets, the rapper decided he hadn't quite finished. "I'll be the BIGGEST PIECE OF [poop emoji]. But ima ride for my Homies regardless. KYRIE is probably one of the only good guys left. IDGAF!!! The amount of followers I got and the amount of comments are the amounts of f--ks I give," he responded. If you or someone you know is struggling, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). (US Weekly)

Mariah Carey certainly has some unresolved family drama. On Wednesday, the We Belong Together singer's dying sister Alison begged the A-lister to put their differences aside to help save her life. Heavy stuff! In a video on DailyMail, the former drug addict noted: "Mariah I love you, and I desperately need your help, please don't abandon me like this." As you may know, MiMi's flesh-and-blood has a long history of battling drug addiction and is unfortunately HIV positive. Of course, this plea comes not long after Alison and Mariah's brother Morgan SLAMMED the Grammy winner for abandoning their sis during her time of need. Not to mention, this request is only months after Alison's near death experience and almost a year after a devastating home invasion left her both brain damaged and incredibly unwell. As the medical bills continue to come in, Alison reportedly still has a serious brain and spinal surgery to undergo -- which means an extensive amount of time in physical rehabilitation. We're not sure Nick Cannon's ex will step up to help out her sister as she's ignored her sibling's attempt at reconciliation in the past. In fact, Miz Carey's rep shared: "Through the years, Mariah has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars supporting Alison and her children. In fact, Mariah has supported her extended family for over two decades." Perhaps, the Without You artist is just done being her family's ATM? Also, the sisters have been supposedly estranged ever since the duo got into a HUGE argument back in 1994. To make matters worse, the mother of two's brother is fully prepared to blame his famous sis for Alison's plight. He relayed: "Because Mariah has not found it in her heart to help Alison get the care she requires there are times when Alison forgets or is unable to take her medication and this sometimes precipitates problematic behavior. Alison was institutionalized for observation after being found wandering in the street barefoot and partially dressed, causing the police to be concerned." Dannnnggggg! Talk about a guilt trip. He concluded: "The worst is yet to come and Mariah has it in her power to at least ensure a soft landing and avoid a life time of regret about missing this opportunity to forgive and help her only sister... We're talking about small change to these people, her fiance is a billionaire. The least they could do is put Alison in a good hospital and make sure she gets the care she needs. Mariah is the one person in the family who could actually make a real meaningful difference to Alison's life." (Perez Hilton)

With friends like these... D'Angelo Russell filmed a "secret" video of Lakers teammate Nick Young admitting to cheating on Iggy Azalea -- and the Team singer is totally here for it! Twitter went rampant on Tuesday night after a clip surfaced of Russell questioning Young about hooking up with a 19-year-old old girl after the club. In the video, Russell is heard asking: "You was 30 and she was 19?" And later: "What about Amber Rose?" Young responded: "No, she knows my girl." Yikes. Obviously, this isn't going over well with the rest of the Lakers players. According to insiders, the team has completely isolated Russell for his decision to film an incriminating video of his friend/teammate for the world to see. A source tells ESPN: "Right now they're handling it by isolating him ... This was a prank gone wrong and a mistake by [Russell], and he has to be held accountable, but I would hope he isn't overly criticized for it." It's so bad that fellow guard Lou Williams got up and walked away when Russell tried to sit with him at breakfast. The source adds: "It's bad. It's about as bad as it can get. There were trust issues already. Now there's no trust." Woof. Young's fiancee even got in on the conversation to thank Russell for his "film": hmmm i see D Angelo Russell is trending... I actually liked his film. Thanks bro. -- IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) March 30, 2016 (Perez Hilton)

Lamar Odom's drinking has reached crisis level for Khloe Kardashian, and we've learned she desperately wants him to get help NOW ... but Lamar's digging in his heels. Sources close to the still married duo tell us Khloe's doing everything she can to convince him to get treatment for addiction. We're told LO's happy to go to physical rehab, but refuses to deal with his drug demons. We're told Khloe's even suggested an outpatient program, but Odom remains defiant. Odom's own family members are also striking out. According to our sources, they've tried to convince him by pointing out several relatives, including his father, have addiction issues. We're told Lamar's been communicating with his 2 kids in NY recently, but seeing him in a bar makes even them worry dad will fall back out of their lives. Bottom line: No one close to Lamar believes he can "casually" drink without opening the door to renewed drug abuse. Khloe's telling friends and family there will come a point when "she has to stop trying" to save Lamar. (TMZ)

A judge is scheduled to consider Wednesday whether to put a sexual battery lawsuit against Bill Cosby on hold until an unrelated criminal case against the comedian is resolved. Cosby's attorneys are seeking the delay in a case filed by Judy Huth, a Riverside County woman who accuses the comedian of forcing her to perform a sex act on him when she was 15 years old. Huth sued Cosby in December 2014, claiming the abuse happened in a bedroom of the Playboy Mansion around 1974. Cosby's lawyers want the case put on hold until after Cosby resolves a sexual assault criminal case filed in Pennsylvania. That case, which involves a former Temple University employee, is on hold while Cosby appeals a ruling that he did not have an immunity deal with a former prosecutor. He is free on $1 million bail. Attorneys for Cosby, 78, are also seeking to delay the comedian's second deposition in the case. He gave his first sworn testimony in the case last year, but a judge has ordered him to answer additional questions posed by Huth's attorney, Gloria Allred. Cosby's former attorney vehemently denied Huth's accusations, accusing her former lawyer of attempting to extort Cosby for $250,000 before filing the lawsuit. Dozens of women have accused Cosby of sexual abuse, but the statutes of limitations in most instances have passed. On Tuesday, a judge rejected a motion by Cosby's lawyers to dismiss a defamation lawsuit by model Janice Dickinson. Cosby's lawyers say they believe the case should be dismissed and are considering an appeal. (Page Six)


Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt have written a book together and they are the subjects of an upcoming documentary, but there are still things the mother-son duo don't know about each other. In a recent interview with PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly editorial director Jess Cagle, Cooper, 48, learned that his mother, 91, was once in a same-sex relationship. "I, myself, when I went to [Miss Porter's School in] Farmington, [Connecticut] I went through a brief so-called lesbian relationship with a girl in school," Vanderbilt revealed after Cooper discussed coming out to the author. In response, the CNN anchor appeared shocked, saying, "What? Hello," and adding, "this is news to me. You didn't mention this in the book, Mom." "Cynthia, her name was, and she came once to visit my aunt in New York on holiday," continued Vanderbilt. "We had this sort of lesbian relationship and it felt so great. It felt so good and yet I thought, 'There's something about this,' and this is before the thing I knew about my mother. I thought, 'No, this is something that's not really what I want.' It was very brief." Vanderbilt revealed that she was 13 at the time of the relationship, and said she now realizes, "I think almost everybody goes through at one point ... of course, the thing is, now we realize there's no difference. Love is love." Vanderbilt said her understanding of homosexuality was largely shaped by the public gossip surrounding her own mother, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt. Cooper, who came out as gay in 2012, explained that during a 1932 custody trial Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt was "accused" of being a lesbian. "That word wasn't spoken. The press wasn't supposed to write about it," Cooper said. "My mom knew that something terrible had come out in the court, but she didn't know what it was and she didn't know what being a lesbian meant at the time, obviously." Added Vanderbilt, "Then of course, when I heard what it meant, it affected me so much because I thought this is something so terrible. This is like a terrible brand, like a terrible stamp. Is it something that maybe I have inherited? That was very difficult for me growing up to try to figure it out." It seems time has shaped Vanderbilt's understanding, however, as she said, "It has nothing to do with whether it's two men or two women, it's love. And it's just like being married, it's what it is." Cooper and Vanderbilt's relationship will be featured in an April 9 HBO documentary Nothing Left Unsaid and, before that, in a memoir, The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son Talk About Life, Love, and Loss, due out April 5. (People)

Former Miss Wisconsin Melissa Consin Young brought out an emotional side of Donald Trump during a rally in Janesville, Wisconsin. The 2005 beauty queen, who has been diagnosed with terminal autonomic failure, made an appearance at the event, despite not feeling well, to thank the GOP front-runner for what he's done for her and her son. Autonomic failure is when the part of the brain controlling heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, respiration and digestion, among other things, stops working. In a video posted on YouTube, she explained that her "incurable illness," was a result of a doctor's negligence, Consin emotionally shared a story, revealing that she is now on home care and has a "do not resuscitate" order in place. "Those days in the hospital, I received from you a handwritten letter that says "to the bravest woman I know," Consin said to Trump, as he said he remembered writing the letter. "I wanted to thank you because through you and your organizations, my son, a Mexican-American, through your organizations and just being able to stand on that stage with you in 2005, and the outpouring of love, ultimately provided my son with a full-ride to college." Consin also told the Republican presidential hopeful that she's been writing letters to her son for "when she's in heaven." Trump told her that he would keep an eye on the 7-year-old, but optimistically told her "you're going to hopefully be around. You're not going to have to have anybody watching. Those doctors are going to be so wrong. But we'll be helping you!" Before the billionaire businessman took a break from the stage to hug Consin, the former Miss USA contestant shared that the pageant and Trump's efforts have helped her son financially. "My son-we thank you. God bless you-you, know he's a Mexican-American and you, because of your efforts have sent him to college. What you've done for him, now he has a great responsibility to pay it forward. Just as you have done for us." (People)

Teresa Giudice Talks Joe Giudice's First Days in Prison: ''It's Been a Difficult Week.'' Joe Giudice officially began his prison sentence one week ago, and now his wife Teresa Giudice is opening up about his first days behind bars. The Real Housewives of New Jersey star provided a statement to Bravo's The Daily Dish, recording a video to update her fans on her husband's well-being as well as thank them for their continued support. "I just want to say thank you so much to all my fans out there," she began. "All your love and support means the world to me and my family. It has been a difficult week for us, but we're making it through, thank God." She continued, "Joe's doing as well as expected. Of course we spoke to him. And I just want to say thank you again from the bottom of my heart for being there, and for all your beautiful tweets. Love, love, love you from my family to yours." Joe arrived at Fort Dix Federal Correctional Institution in New Jersey on Wednesday, March 23, where he began his 41-month sentence after being convicted of bankruptcy fraud and failure to file income tax returns. "[Joe's] brother, his sister and several other members of the Giudice family, as well as myself, were present when he turned himself in to the prison, including Teresa," the family attorney James Leonard Jr. told E! News at the time. "It was obviously a very emotional day, but this is a very strong family with a tremendous support system and they will get through this, just as they did when Teresa was away." Meanwhile, Teresa was released from her 14-month prison sentence in December, just a few days before Christmas. She will continue to care for their four daughters, Gia, Gabriella, Audriana and Milania. "I feel bad for my daughters just having to go through this again," Teresa previously told E! News. "That's what breaks my heart." Despite the difficult times, the couple's lawyer assured us that their relationship "is stronger than ever and they are still very much in love with one another." (Eonline)

Zayn Malik Is Not Kicking Perrie Edwards' Mom Out of the House He Bought Her. Zayn Malik isn't messing with the neighbors or his ex-girlfriend's mom! Reports surfaced online this week claiming that the former One Direction member was kicking Perrie Edwards' mom out from the home he purchased for her. In fact, the publication claimed that the "Pillow Talk" singer issued an ultimatum -- get out or he will head to court. As it turns out, the allegations couldn't be farther from the truth. "She is still living in the house," Zayn's rep said in a statement to E! News. "Zayn has very generously allowed her to live there for the past couple of years, but she is buying a house with her boyfriend so will be moving out once it completes." The initial report was immediately met with skepticism from some fans who have heard Zayn's kind remarks about his ex-girlfriend. After the relationship and engagement ended, Zayn spoke out to Fader where he had nothing but positive words for his ex. He also wanted to clarify that he never broke up with the Little Mix member by text message. "I have more respect for Perrie than to end anything over text message," he explained to the publication. "I love her a lot, and I always will, and I would never end our relationship over four years like that. She knows that, I know that, and the public should know that as well." As for today, Zayn is happily in a relationship with supermodel Gigi Hadid. He's also focused on his solo career that includes his just-released debut album Mind of Mine that peaked at No. 1 on iTunes in 83 countries. "I feel good! I feel like that's the key thing in life, you know regardless of whatever it is that you do," he told iHeartRadio host Elvis Duran of his journey from 1D to solo artist. "You have to always remain true to yourself and do whatever makes you happy because at the end of the day, you answer to yourself so it's a good place to be in. I'm happy about the decision I made." He continued, "I've been working on it for a long time now so even starting everything is really exciting." (Eonline)

Following her fun new 70s-style shaggy hair debuted earlier this month, Julianne Hough has showed off her latest style on Instagram: a 80s-inspired wavy perm. The talented actress, dancer and singer has been known for her sleek straight locks in recent years, but now she's opted for tousled subtle waves. In the Instagram video, Julianne gave her 2.7 million followers a chance to see her new 'do. Her accompanying caption read: "Today, I woke up like this! thanks to my @ninezeroone family for giving me the PERM I asked for 6 years ago! Bye bye straight hair, hello sexy beach waves! #kingofperms#olaplex Is the perm making a modern-day comeback?! Only time will tell... (British Glamour)

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are no longer living under Kris Jenner's roof ... they've moved into the Bel-Air fixer upper even though they're already planning to sell it. TMZ has learned they felt like this was the right time to fly the coop since they have 2 kids now. When they moved in with mom, Kim was only pregnant with North. As for their new digs ... you'll recall ... the couple bought the Bel-Air spread for $11 million in 2013 and immediately overhauled it. We're told renovations were completed a few months ago, and a moving truck pulled in Tuesday. But it's a temporary move, since the mansion's already on the market for $20 million. Ultimately, Kimye will set up shop in a Hidden Hills estate they're building near Kris ... once that construction's complete in a couple months. Moving. Some people don't mind it, apparently. (TMZ)

If there's anything the Kardashian/Jenner crew like to do, it's break the internet. Following in her sister Kim's footsteps, Kylie Jenner sent Google into overdrive Tuesday when a new set of her lip kits went on sale. The young star appeared to break Google - along with her own site - when eight shades of her lip kits were re-released. Kylie responded to the news via her Snapchat account, where she is heard speaking to someone off-screen, saying, "I broke Google?" She later said to her fans: "I'm really, really sorry if you didn't get it... I wish I could be behind the computer, doing all the technical shit, but I don't know how." Kylie promised to be back with more lip kits weekly. (British Glamour)

Burger King Is Releasing a Bright Red Burger and Customers Are Worried About a Certain Colorful Side Effect. Remember way back in October when Burger King turned everyone's bowel movements green? If you're one of the many who ordered the black-bunned Halloween burger with A1 infused into the bread, your poop probably turned green after consumption. That didn't stop BK from creating another colored bun creation, however. According to the chains Twitter, they'll be rolling out a bright red delight appropriately named the Angriest Whopper. As you can imagine, BK fans and skeptics alike are a bit concerned about its potential side effects. To put it plainly, it appears people need to know the answer to one question. Will this burger turn your potty pebbles a terrifying shade of red? On March 31, when the burger is released, the mystery may finally be solved. Look at that thing! How could it not do something crazy to our bodily fluids? Why the heck is the bun red, you might wonder? According to their YouTube video campaign, BK says hot sauce is baked right. Into. The. Bun. "Meet the furiously delicious Angriest Whopper," their page reads. "With hot sauce baked into the heart of raging red bun, flaming onion petals, spicy angry sauce and jalapenos piled high, this sequel is better than the original." The burger appears to be a follow-up to the Angry Whopper, a spicy burger with a regular bun. We can feel our eyes tearing up already. While we're thinking what Twitter is thinking, that's not going to stop us from trying it to be quite honest. (Eonline)

Blake Shelton Debuts ''Came Here to Forget'' Music Video. Blake Shelton's back with a music video for his latest single! The country crooner debuted his video for "Came Here to Forget" Monday night during the season premiere of Deadliest Catch on the Discovery Channel. The black-and-white video features Shelton sitting solemnly on the beach, singing his heart out. Throughout the video, however, are scenes of Shelton talking to a beautiful woman at the bar while he enjoys a drink. He also watches her while she dances at the bar before leaving to frolic on the sandy shores. "Came Here to Forget" is the first single off of his album, If I'm Honest, and describes a pair coming together in a bar to drink and get over their exes. In fact, a few of the lyrics read: "Girl getting over him and I'm getting over her / The eyes have it made, ain't gotta say a word / Misery loves company, that's why it's you and me." Shelton dished a little bit about what we won't be getting from his upcoming album (spoiler alert: it's Miranda Lambert drama). During an exclusive interview on CMT After MidNite, The Voice coach explained, "It's not like there's all these juicy details [in the record], but [country music] lends itself to emotions and things that you go through when you go through a divorce and, more so, the getting over that and moving on and finding someone else." Grab If I'm Honest when it drops on May 20. (Eonline)

Wiz Khalifa and Son Sebastian Share Their Adorable Moments Together in ''Zoney'' Music Video. Is 3-year-old Sebastian an honorary member of Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang? While the jury is still out on that, the "See You Again" rapper did give his and Amber Rose's adorable baby boy a cameo in the new music video for his track "Zoney" off of his latest album, Khalifa. Though the first few minutes of the video are classic Wiz (you know, him smoking something), the rest of it shows clips of the proud father taking on fatherly duties with his precious baby boy, including face painting, playing games, getting ice cream, and enjoying some good ole father-son quality time. Stars, they're just like us! While those scenes alone are enough to make your heart melt, there are some other must-see precious moments in the video, such as Seb saying sweetly, "I love my daddy," and Wiz responding, "I love you too, handsome boy." UGH, ADORABLE. Sebastian even brings the funny with an on-point imitation of his famous father's signature laugh! This is not the first time Wiz let Seb shine in the limelight -- the tyke is known to join his cool dad on stage here and there, as well! Though some parents may have concerns about marijuana in the lives of their children at such a young age, Wiz and Amber are going for the open-book approach when it comes to that topic. In an interview with E! News back in 2012, the parents revealed that they plan to teach their son about marijuana use and that it is strictly an adults-only activity. "I think it's all about how you're raised with it," the rapper said, "before there was a much more negative outtake on it. You know, pot and what it can do, and the effects of it." "Of course," he added, "I'm not going to be smoking right there over the baby, because smoke in general and being high is not good for a kid. None of that. But definitely he's going to know what it is -- and he'll know the difference between being a child and not being able to use it and being an adult and knowing how to use it." (Eonline)

Lea Michele Is Recording a New Album and Is "Trying Hard" to Concentrate All Her Time on It. Lea Michele is hitting the mic. The Scream Queens star is off her show's set and inside a recording studio working on a new album! Lea tweeted and Instagrammed photos of herself working with some colleagues and captioned the pics, "Studio vibes." The Glee alum has been out and about a ton as of late since splitting up with longtime boyfriend Matthew Paetz, hitting up what seems like every Soul Cycle class imaginable and going on hikes with her friends. Now an insider tells E! News that she's using this new project as another distraction. "She is working on new music and has a album coming out that she is really trying hard to concentrate all her time on," the source says. Lea and Matthew dated for almost two years before calling it quits. The split came as a surprise to the actress, who "got no reason or explanation for the split," a source close to the former couple told us. Matthew left "all of a sudden and without warning," leaving Lea riddled with confusion. Prior to the official breakup, however, the two had hit a rough patch. "They've been hot and cold for some time now -- one day fighting and the next madly in love," a source close to Matthew told E! News. "Friends believe that Lea's success came between the two and Matthew began to resent Lea." Now that the split is behind her, Lea is keeping busy with her music and her best friends. The singer-actress spent Easter weekend in New York City with BFF Jonathan Groff, where she couldn't contain her excitement. "Just the happiest girl in the world," Lea wrote on social media as her Broadway bud picked her up for a hug in the air. "And suddenly all is right." It was the Hamilton star's 31st birthday, and even though he's a busy bee with his smash hit musical, he was able to go to brunch with Lea and other pals to celebrate his big day. (Eonline)

Jay Z has been mentoring Nick Jonas behind the scenes, and even named his upcoming album, "Last Year Was Complicated." Jonas told CBS 97.1 AMP that he bonded with Jay Z after the rapper attended one of his shows. "He's been super hands-on," Jonas said. For his new album, "I had a title picked out .?.?. 'Unhinged' .?.?. [Jay Z] said, 'I don't feel like it quite sums up the story you're telling. Let's just talk about this year of your life. What's it been like?' And I said, 'Last year was complicated.' He was like, 'That's the title!'" (Page Six)

Great news for Justin Bieber fans ... he's still doing backstage meet and greets, but not with Beliebers who dropped up to $2k to get backstage -- instead, it's all about who you know. Justin's team tells us in order to get a golden ticket you've got to be tight with JB himself or someone in his inner circle ... who can vouch that you're no security risk. As we've reported, some Beliebers are pissed because Justin canceled all remaining meet and greet dates due to safety concerns and the stress of meeting fans' expectations. It didn't help matters when Wayne Gretzky's 13-year-old daughter popped up on social media ... posing with Bieber at a weekend gig. Some fans smelled favoritism and reacted with comments such as, "It's funny that rich people still get meet and greets!" ... and "Good for Bieber to meet a Gretzky after saying he couldn't meet fans anymore." Sorry, regular people. Life sucks. (TMZ)

Following Rihanna's dance hall smash "Work" and Kanye West paying homage to Sister Nancy on the "Bam Bam"-sampling "Famous," Jamaican songstress Sade Serena taps reggae vet Shaggy for another infectious hip-swaying number called "Dum," premiering on Billboard. "Growing up I have always looked up to Shaggy and other Reggae artist like Sean Paul and Elephant Man that paved their way into mainstream success," says Sade, who chomped away at Raisin Bran cereal and Skittles while recording the upbeat track. "To have a diamond-selling artist like Shaggy on my record is a dream come true for me. " The BET Music Matters artist also recruited Grammy Award-winning producer J-Vibe for "Dum," which will be released through Shaggy's imprint Ranch Entertainment. The song also appears on her latest EP Jerk Sauce (which dropped Friday, March 25), a yummy mix of R&B, pop and dance hall. (Billboard)

Jennifer Lopez, Sting and Enrique Iglesias all sharing the same stage FOR A WEDDING ... is no big deal if you're the son of a Russian billionaire marrying your 20-year-old bride! This is insanity, but yeah ... Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Gutseriev forked out a fortune to get all 3 performers to play his son's Moscow wedding -- and the photos and videos inside put any Hollywood bar mitzvah to shame. Here's what you need to know -- bride Khadija Uzhakhovs' dress reportedly cost about $1 MILLION, they had a 9-tiered cake that stood at least 10 feet tall, and there was nothing less than Bentleys or Rolls-Royces at the valet. Looks like J Lo ran through a bunch of the songs she does in her Vegas show. Check it out though, audience participation was limited ... due to the language barrier. (TMZ)

The alt icon and longtime Stooges frontman roars in at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums, logging his best sales week in the Nielsen Music era. Iggy Pop has achieved a first in his legendary career: a No. 1, as a soloist, on a Billboard chart. Post Pop Depression, the animated singer and Stooges frontman's 17th studio album, is his first solo No. 1 on a Billboard ranking, arriving at No. 1 on the April 9-dated Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums tallies (which launched in 2006 and 2007, respectively). With 18,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Music, he posts his best weekly sum since Nielsen began tracking data in 1991. The set also debuts at No. 17 on the Billboard 200, his highest-charting entry, easily besting 1977's Idiot (No. 72). The new set from the rocker, born James Newell Osterberg, was produced by and features vocal and instrumental contributions from Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme. Fellow band member Dean Fertita, as well as drummer Matt Helders of the Arctic Monkeys, also played on the album. Meanwhile, "Gardenia," the album's lead single, became Iggy Pop's first hit on the Adult Alternative Songs radio airplay chart, this week rising to a new high of No. 26. Sirius XM's The Spectrum led with 33 plays in the tracking week. Iggy Pop and the Stooges first charted on the Billboard 200 in 1969. (The band tallied a No. 1 on the Hot Singles Sales chart in 2013.) Founding fathers of alternative and punk, the Stooges were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. Pop came close to hitting No. 1 a Billboard chart back in 1990 on Alternative Songs with the hits "Home" (No. 2) and "Candy" (No. 5, with Kate Pierson). The latter also is Pop's only charted single on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 (with or without The Stooges); it peaked at No. 28 in 1991. One other act debuts in the Top Rock Albums top 10 this week: Phoenix metalcore band The Word Alive, whose fourth studio set, Dark Matter, starts at a career-best No. 7 with 7,000 copies sold. It also debuts at No. 4 on Hard Rock Albums, tying 2014'sReal for the group's best peak, and a career-high No. 6 on Alternative Albums. (Billboard)


Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz and Jason Sudeikis also feature in the film. Kristen Wiig is in talks to star in Alexander Payne's Downsizing opposite Matt Damon. The film follows an Omaha man who joins the throngs of people undergoing a new process that reduces people to a tiny fraction of their size, allowing them to live in one of the many miniature communities that are sprouting up around the world. Christoph Waltz, Jason Sudeikis, Neil Patrick Harris and Alec Baldwin are also attached to the project. Wiig is replacing Reese Witherspoon, who left the Paramount project because of scheduling issues. Payne co-wrote the screenplay with Jim Taylor and is producing with Mark Johnson. Taylor and Jim Burke are executive producing. The film will reunite Wiig and Damon, who recently starred in The Martian. Wiig's other recent projects include Zoolander 2, and she'll next be seen in Paul Feig's Ghostbusters. Wiig is repped by UTA and Jackoway Tyerman. (Hollywood Reporter)

Melissa McCarthy Would Like to Politely Ask You to STFU in This ''Don't Talk'' PSA. Melissa McCarthy, one of the funniest stars in showbiz is back at it -- and this time, she comes bearing gifts, in the form of two half-naked demigods with 20-pack abs who are there to help her work on her "holy temple." Wait, what? That's not what this video's about? Forgive us for getting distracted... Okay, so all jokes aside, pun intended, Melissa McCarthy has a message for theatergoers ahead of the release of her new movie, The Boss, directed and co-written by hubby Ben Falcone. The last thing we want when we fork over the dough to see a movie in the theater is to have the misfortune of sitting next to a Texty Teddy (let's make that a thing). People who text and talk on the phone during a movie are soooo annoying, right? That light is hurting my eyes, dude. It's dark in here. It's supposed to be dark in here. McCarthy clearly agrees, stepping up against the Texty Teddys of the world in this new hilarious PSA and promotion for the upcoming comedy. Wearing a "BOSS" beanie, McCarthy stops her giggly workout to warn people against ruining "every f---ing thing for every f---ing person in the theater!" You tell 'em, Boss. BTW, your core looks great. The Boss hits theaters nationwide on April 8. (Eonline)

The late SAG-AFTRA leader died March 23 at age 71. The term "titan among men" is very often thrown around in our industry to describe trendsetters and those who have, in some way, left an indelible mark. In describing Ken Howard and his legacy, however, there is no more appropriate term to use than "titan." On the one hand, you have Ken Howard, the literal "titan." His sheer physical prowess would cast an intimidating shadow over anyone in his presence. For instance, when I first met him on the set of The Wedding Ringer, alongside Kevin Hart, it felt like we were Lilliputians making acquaintances with Gulliver for the first time. He immediately broke the ice however, with his booming laugh and welcoming embrace, enwrapping us in his arms like two minnows caught in a friendly net. But, it was not hard to see how that same commanding stature might be used in a board room to demand attention and corral adversaries to come around to his point of view. Which brings us to Ken Howard, the political "titan," the man who by sheer will and desire helped advance a once unthinkable merger of two separate unions into one thriving and united guild. SAG-AFTRA in many ways was his crowning achievement because it not only called upon his skills as an actor, but also as an orator, leader and savvy businessman. In many ways, Ken Howard was the shining example of what SAG-AFTRA was all about. How can you argue with a man who over the course of four decades worked his craft onstage, came into our living rooms on television, towered over us in cinemas and graced our radio airwaves with his unmistakable basso? He held himself up as a beacon to all who were willing to follow his path, and we trusted his guidance because it inspired in all of us a desire to be as good and well-rounded as the great Ken Howard. Under his two-term reign as president of SAG-AFTRA, he unwaveringly led thousands of actors who came to regard him as a friend, a leader and unsurprisingly, yes, as a titan. His guidance and direction will surely be missed. Finally and perhaps most significantly, there was Ken Howard the philanthropic "titan." Having been blessed with a kidney transplant himself, he ultimately felt compelled to give back by performing the role of chancellor of the National Kidney Foundation, working tirelessly to ensure that others benefit from the same life-saving procedure afforded to him. He was a member of the board of the Los Angeles Alzheimer's Committee and along with his incredible wife, Linda, served as a board member of the Shambala animal preserve and as the national spokesperson for the Onyx & Breezy Foundation. In one lifetime, one can only dream of achieving a fraction of Ken's success. In one lifetime, he was both the White Shadow and Thomas Jefferson. In one lifetime his work on TV earned him Emmys while his work onstage earned him a Tony. In one lifetime, he was both a proud member of SAG and AFTRA and the leader of SAG-AFTRA. That, my friends, is what we call a titan among men. (Hollywood Reporter)

Matthew Gledhill joins the team behind last year's smash-hit 'Paddington,' while Danny Perkins now oversees all U.K. production. A year after it kickstarted not one but two global family franchises following the box-office successes of Paddington and Shaun the Sheep the Movie, StudioCanal has expanded its international team. Matthew Gledhill has joined the growing French mini-major as senior vp international production, joining the unit that was behind both hit films, the company announced on Wednesday. Gledhill will act as executive producer on StudioCanal's in-house international features, also overseeing titles produced by its Brussels-based 3D animation studio wave Pictures. Underlining the company's increasing focus on British filmmaking, its U.K. CEO Danny Perkins has also seen his role expanded to cover U.K production and securing British talent. Paul King, the director who helped bring the first Paddington film to life that reaped an international haul in excess of $250 million from a budget of around $55 million, is back on board to write and helm the sequel. (Hollywood Reporter)

The upcoming co-production by CJ Major Entertainment will be the third remake of the film in Asia. South Korea's CJ Entertainment and Thailand's Major Cineplex Group have launched co-production company CJ Major Entertainment, the Korean giant announced on Wednesday. Following through on a memorandum of understanding that was signed in June 2015, CJ Major Entertainment will produce and distribute 10 films in the next three years. CJ Major Entertainment's first project will be a Thai remake of time-tested Korean comedy Miss Granny. Joey Araya, who has been noted for helming stylish commercials, will direct the film. It is slated to go into production in May for a late 2016 release. Miss Granny, which made $51.7 million at the Korean box office in 2013, is about a grandmother who magically wakes up in her 20-year-old body. She forms a band with her oblivious grandson to realize her unfulfilled dreams of becoming a singer. Miss Granny previously got a Chinese-language adaptation, 20, Once Again!, in 2015, which became the highest-grossing Korean-Chinese joint venture production, bringing in $59.3 million. And in February, a Vietnamese version of the family comedy, Sweet 20, earned a cumulative $4.8 million to become the highest-grossing local film of all time. A Japanese rendition is also underway, while CJ has inked remake deals with India, Indonesia and Germany. "We hope to ultimately transform the paradigm of the Thai film market and help it grow by creating high-quality hit films," said Jeong Tae-seong, head of CJ's film division who also leads CJ Major Entertainment. Local films in Thailand currently account for about 20 percent of the market share. In addition to co-producing films, CJ Major said it was also looking to nurture and train talented Thai filmmakers, writers and producers. (Hollywood Reporter)

The period drama, from producer Robert Shapiro, follows the real-life story of a young Austrian musician who fled to the U.K. before the outbreak of WWII. BBC Films has added to its growing current slate of upcoming projects with The Children of Willesdon Lane, the big screen adaptation of the 2003 book by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen. The project has been written by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse, who recently teamed to write Focus Features' Jesse Owens biopic Race, and will be produced by Robert Shapiro, the former Warner Bros. veteran who was behind Empire of the Sun, Pee-wee's Big Adventure and Black Beauty. Christine Langan and Ed Wethered will exec produce for BBC Films, the U.K. broadcaster's feature filmmaking arm. The story follows Golabek's mother, Lisa Jura, a brilliant young pianist who fled pre-WWII Vienna as part of the Kindertransport, a rescue effort that brought almost 10,000 mostly Jewish children to the U.K. in the months prior to the war's outbreak. According to the film's synopsis, Jura is selected when her father wins a Kindertransport ticket in a poker game. "He and Lisa's mother face an impossible choice: which of their three daughters will escape the horror of pogrom following the devastation of Kristallnacht," it adds. "Lisa is chosen, in part, because of her exceptional musical talent, and, before long, finds herself living in a North London boarding house presided over by the charismatic Mrs. Cohen." A stage production of the book-starring Golabek and entitled The Pianist of Willesdon Lane-recently concluded after a sold out run at London's St. James Theater following shows in New York, Chicago, Boston, Berkeley, Los Angeles and San Diego. The Children of Willesden Lane is one of several period projects in the works at BBC Films. Others include EFM hit A United Kingdom directed by Amma Asante and starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, and Gurinder Chadha's Viceroy's House starring Hugh Bonneville, both with Pathe. StudioCanal is also backing the hotly-anticipated Untitled Donald Crowhurst Project from James Marsh and starring Colin Firth, alongside Swallows and Amazons, based on the children's novels by Arthur Ransome. Other upcoming releases include Florence Foster Jenkins, with Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, which is being released May 6 in U.S. by Paramount, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie together with Fox Searchlight and eOne's The Office spin-off David Brent: Life on the Road. (Hollywood Reporter)

The Neal Bascomb book follows three pilots who lead a WWI POW prison escape. Film4 and Element Pictures have optioned Neal Bascomb's upcoming book The Grand Escape, with Room helmer Lenny Abrahamson attached to direct. Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe's Element Pictures, the production banner that's worked with Abrahamson on his last few pictures including Room, and Film4 teamed to acquire the rights in a competitive situation. A writer to adapt Bascomb's book has not yet been attached. Grand Escape is the true story of three daredevil World War I pilots being held in Germany's most infamous POW prison. The story chronicles WWI's greatest mass prison escape, and the pilots' subsequent flight to freedom. Bascomb, whose next book The Winter Fortress comes out in May, is currently working on Grand Escape, which will publish via Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Abrahamson was nominated for an Oscar this year for helming Room, which starred Brie Larson as a woman who was abducted and raised a child while being held in a small one-room shed for seven years. Larson won the best actress Oscar for the role. Abrahamson's other films include Frank, starring Michael Fassbender, and What Richard Did. He is attached to direct and co-write with Jon Raymond A Man's World, the story of boxer Emile Griffith. Abrahamson is repped by WME and the Casarotto Ramsay Agency in the U.K. WME also repped the film rights. (Hollywood Reporter)


Law & Order: SVU Sneak Peek: Mariska Hargitay Directs a Twisty Undercover Case. It's Carisi like you've never seen him before: hair disheveled, without a smart suit and looking very down and out. In the exclusive sneak peek of Law & Order: SVU, Peter Scanavino's character is looking worse for the wear. What's he doing? Why is he saying his name is Dominic Smith and he was caught with child porn? Things aren't exactly what they seem. In "Sheltered Outcasts," Carisi goes undercover at a homeless shelter after a rash of rapes in the area. He's hoping to determine whether or not one of the sex offender residents are involved. Carisi goes in deep in the episode directed by Mariska Hargitay. This is the fourth episode Hargitay, who is also a producer on the series, has stepped behind the camera to helm as director. The guest cast in the episode includes Michael Rapaport, Scott Grimes and Kevin Tighe. Yes, that's Gregory Searle from the season nine episode "Avatar." He's out of prison. Why? Tune in to find out. Law & Order: SVU airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC. (Eonline)

James Corden's latest "Carpool Karaoke" might be his best work yet-thanks to his always-on-point guest Jennifer Lopez. On Tuesday, CBS aired the Late Late Show host's hour-long "Carpool Karaoke" primetime special, and it's safe to say his closing number with Lopez, 46, stole the show. After belting out a few of the pop star's hits, including "Jenny from the Block" and "Booty," Corden, 37, asked Lopez who the most famous person she has in her phone is- and that's when things got very entertaining. As it turns out, Lopez has quite the galaxy of stars in her contact list: Demi, Chris Brown, Bradley Cooper, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson-but when she got to Cristiano Ronaldo, Corden could hardly contain his excitement. "Oh my God-hang on, I've got to pull in," he said, pulling the car into a parking lot and grabbing Lopez's phone to see for himself. "This is the best phone I've ever seen in my life. This is insane. Fergie, Iggy Azalea." But the fun really started when Corden decided to send a personal text to the celeb of his choice-and he chose none other than Leonardo. "Hey Leo–" he started to type before Lopez interrupted him, explaining that she would never start a text with "Hey Leo." After some back-and-forth, Corden crafted the following gem: "Hey baby, I'm kind of feeling like I need to cut loose. Any suggestions? Let me know. J.Lo, you know, from the block." "I'm not going to let you send that!" the Shades of Blue star said, laughing-but it was too late: Corden had already pressed send and off it went. After lamenting the fact that she would have to find a way to explain the text to the actor, Lopez and Corden did another round of karaoke ("On the Floor" this time), and by the time they were done, DiCaprio had already replied. "He wrote back!" Lopez said. Corden couldn't believe it: "No way. No, he did not!" As for the response? It didn't disappoint-in fact, it might be the best thing you see all day. "He said: 'You mean tonight, boo boo? Club-wise?' " Lopez read as Corden erupted with laughter. "See, here's the funny part is that he actually thinks I'm serious!" she added. "I love that he wants you to cut loose. This guy is the best," Corden said. But alas, we'll never get to know what it's like when Lopez hits the club with DiCaprio: "I'm totally not [going]!" she told Corden." I'll be home cooking with my kids." Fair enough, J.Lo. Fair enough. Catch more of Corden when The Late Late Show airs at 12:37 a.m. ET on CBS. (People)

Pushing beyond your comfort zone is rewarding ... and nerve-wracking -- just ask the Duggars. On the Tuesday, March 29, episode of Jill & Jessa: Counting On, many members of the family found themselves in unfamiliar territory, whether it be at the car auction lot, a foreign country or their own living room. Working together, however, they all made it through with flying colors -- for the most part, at least. It's Not Babysitting When It's Your Own Kid It had been about six weeks since Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald welcomed baby Spurgeon into their lives, but this would be the first time that Ben had been left alone with the infant. Jessa headed out for coffee with Jana Duggar and Anna Duggar (and Anna's daughter, Meredith), optimistic that she would have a good time but nervous about how her better half would do on his own. When an equally nervous Ben commented that it would be his first time "babysitting," Jessa corrected him. "Technically, it's not babysitting if it's your own baby," she said. For his part, Ben was mainly concerned about having a "diaper disaster" or being unable to get Spurgeon to stop crying. Jessa was near tears as she left her newborn son for the first time. "My husband's not available to babysit today, so I'm bringing Meredith along!" Anna joked. (Note: Anna made a joke.) At the coffee shop, Jessa clearly enjoyed bonding with the girls, but couldn't quite stop wondering how things were going back home. Anna suggested Jessa check Ben's social media accounts to see if he was posting on them or if he was actually paying attention to Spurgeon. It didn't seem like Jessa bothered to do that, but she smiled at the suggestion. Though it was supposed to give Jessa a break from motherhood, the main topic of conversation was Spurgeon and how "advanced" he was. Apparently, by two weeks old he was laughing, and apparently that makes him advanced. Ben Tries to Keep Spurgeon Happy Back Home Meanwhile, back home Ben admitted how worried he was when he first heard he was going to be left unattended with his son. "I guess my first thought was, 'Well, come back before too long!'" he laughed to the camera. He conquered his first fear when he changed Spurgeon's diaper without any major "disaster," and seemed to relax even more after his son fell asleep in his arms while being rocked. After gently placing Spurgeon on the couch, Ben got some reading done and was clearly pretty impressed with himself. "I think next time this situation comes up, I'll be a little more confident because I'll have done it before," he said. Jessa also praised his success. "I had nothing to worry about," she said when she returned home. "Ben had everything under control." Jinger Flips (a Car) While Ben and Jessa pushed out of their comfort zone in their personal life, Jinger Dugger pushed out of her comfort zone in her professional life by flipping her first car. Having watched many of her brothers flip cars in the past, she got the bug to try it herself. With John David, Joseph, Jed and Jeremy by her side, she hit up a car auction where she purchased her very first vehicle to flip. Her first order of business after bringing the car home was to enlist some help. Conveniently, Joy had just finished a car-detailing class, and Justin had improved his mechanic skills, so the two of them got to work right away. Once the car was ready, Jinger connected with a potential buyer -- but this was the part she found most intimidating. "I think it's a challenge when people try and negotiate," Jinger explained. "It can pose its challenges talking to a complete stranger, and they're asking you [to] lower your price." Fortunately, her brothers were on hand to help with the negotiation (i.e., to make sure Jinger didn't just give the car away because she's too nice). Once all was said and done, she sold the car for $500 profit a few weeks after it was ready to go ... not so bad for her first time at the rodeo. Jill and Derick Discover an Unintended Benefit of Raising Their Son Abroad Still out of the country for their missionary work, Jill and Derick Dillard watched as their son, Israel, continued to grow up. "Israel is making new friends," Jill reported. "There are friends at church that he gets to play with. He's already got a love for football, so he might be a little soccer player!" He might be a budding soccer player, but he wasn't walking yet. He was standing, though, while holding onto furniture. Another recent discovery for Israel? Licking the fan. Since his teeth had started to come in, he liked the way the vibrating fan felt on his gums, Jill explained. Hey, whatever works. Speaking of the fan, Jill and Derick might still have been out of their comfort zone, but they had discovered an unintended benefit of raising Israel abroad: He didn't expect air conditioning. "Air conditioning is a luxury to him, so he doesn't know that that's normal in the U.S.," Derick explained. "He's used to sleeping with a fan on you." In other words, these two new parents are set to save on their energy bill for a long, long time. Sometimes, it's the little things. Jana and John-David Want to Help Each Other Find Love The only problem with the siblings' aspirations for matchmaking was that they didn't know how to execute the plan. Asked if she would let her twin brother help pick out a man for her, Jana didn't hesitate. "John would be great at finding somebody. He has a lot of wisdom in that area, so I'll give him advice -- he gives me advice," she mused. "We can help each other out." (Indeed, earlier in the episode, they began working on a project together to build a giant treehouse for the younger kids to play in -- more on that next week.) John admitted he had "checked out" some guys for Jana, but none of them had fit the bill. As for himself, "I don't know what I'm looking for, really," he lamented. "I'm just looking for the one." He said he didn't know who would be the next Duggar to enter courtship. "There is probably somebody out there on the horizon waiting for each of us," he reasoned. "You've just got to locate them." Jana agreed. Tell Us: Who do you think will be the next Duggar to find love? Jill & Jessa: Counting On airs on TLC on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET. (US Weekly)

Jeffrey Tambor on Garry Shandling: 'Larry Sanders' Audition "Changed My Life". The actor remembers his first day of shooting the HBO comedy series when his "heart was racing and pounding through my chest" and Shandling, without a word, reassured him and the rest of the cast and crew: "I knew we were in such good hands." The first time I met Garry Shandling was my audition for The Larry Sanders Show, with Garry and his casting director Francine Maisler. I can recall every minute of it. He was gracious and kind and he read with me. He was terrific. That audition changed my life. He was so giving in it, but I had to wait a good long time to find out if I was cast or not. And then to be cast and work alongside such greats as Janeane Garofalo, Jeremy Piven, Wally Langham, Penny Johnson. So many people say they went to school on The Larry Sanders Show. He went past the laughs to character revealment. That's not just a strategy that is a heroic strategy. On the first day of shooting, Garry, Rip Torn and I did a walk-and-talk scene with a few other castmembers and cameraman Pete Smokler, who was walking backward. My heart was racing and pounding through my chest, and when they yelled, "Cut!" as we got to the elevator, Garry extended his hand -- palm upward -- to each of us. He didn't say anything, but the subtext was, "Are you OK? You got this." I knew we were in such good hands. The first time we did The Garden Weasel [commercial parody] bit, I was nervous about delivering "Hey now." He assured me that it would deliver. I said the line, the audience laughed and I looked at him and those eyes were smiling. He was such a mentor to me, too, about staying in the moment. The best comedy not only makes you laugh, but on the moment of the laugh, you learned. That's what Garry's epic was. Some of my favorite times with him were sitting on the stage with him. We would sit in silence. A real friend is someone you can be silent with for a very long time. But then he would say something hysterical out of the blue. In the days since Garry has passed, a number of people have come to me, and every conversation is dominated by how much Garry meant to them as young artists or young comics. I swear to you that every other sentence sounds like this, "Garry helped me on this..." or "I'm doing this play right now and Garry gave me 20 pages of notes on it..." Not only was he a great artist and a great human being, he was a great teacher. That's truly what he was about. He was a mentor, a teacher, a supporter. What can I say about a world without Garry Shandling? He would have something pithy and there would be a laugh and your heart would break at the same time. He changed my life. (Hollywood Reporter)

Updated: The back-door pilot would air May 12 and will be directed by 'Justified' alum Michael Dinner with Edi Gathegi also signing on. NBC is looking to take The Blacklist to the next level. The network is teaming with producers on the James Spader starrer for a potential spinoff, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Plot details are being kept under wraps but the potential spinoff would air May 12 as a back-door pilot and star Famke Janssen (X-Men, How to Get Away With Murder) as Susan "Scottie" Halsted. Her character will be introduced in episode 321 (airing May 5). Details about her character are also being kept close to the vest. Sources tell THR that the role could be the mother to Blacklist series regular Ryan Eggold's mysterious character. Justified's Michael Dinner is on board to direct the Blacklist back-door pilot. Edi Gathegi (shown) has also closed a deal to co-star in NBC's The Blacklist spinoff as a series regular. The Twilight alum, who has been recurring on the flagship, would continue to play Matias Solomon -- a Cabal operative sent to hunt down Spader's Reddington. The actor, who counts X-Men: First Class and Gone Baby Gone among his credits, is repped by ICM Partners and Framework Entertainment. Additional casting is expected to be announced soon; sources say other familiar faces from the flagship will board the potential spinoff. The project hails from The Blacklist brain trusts Jon Bokenkamp (The Call), John Eisendrath (Alias), John Davis (Predator), John Fox and Michael Watkins (The X-Files), who will all serve as executive producers. Like The Blacklist, the potential spinoff would be produced by Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment. Should the spinoff move forward, it's unclear if it would be for the 2016-17 broadcast season. A decision is expected to come in the next few months. In its third season, The Blacklist continues to be a major priority for NBC. The series ranks as the network's No. 2 drama -- behind Blindspot, which took over Blacklist's prime post-Voice time slot -- and the Spader vehicle averages a solid 3.0 rating among adults 18-49 and nearly 12 million total viewers when factoring in seven days of delayed viewing. The series has already scored an early season four renewal. The news of a potential Blacklist spinoff comes as NBC is also prepping a fourth franchise in Dick Wolf's Chicago series, with Chicago Justice set to air as a back-door pilot this season in Chicago PD. For NBC, the Blacklist spinoff brings to 22 the number of pilots the network has in the works (off one from a year ago) and eight dramas (also shy one). For SPT, meanwhile, extending The Blacklist comes as little surprise. The studio has made a practice of making the most out of its hit franchises -- and has found success with Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saulat AMC. Janssen is repped by ICM Partners and Brookside Artists. (Hollywood Reporter)

Showrunner Ilene Chaiken also previews "a big, big reveal coming for Andre in the latter half of the season." The Lyons spent the first half of Empire's second season at odds as Cookie and Hakeem went off to form their own rival label to Empire. But, naturally, it was only a matter of time before the family found themselves back on the same side. "The second half of the season is about family coming back together to win back the empire," showrunner Ilene Chaiken tells The Hollywood Reporter. "That's what the show is all about. This family will always come together and break apart, that's going to be the story of their lives. It's the cycle of life for the Lyons." However, there's still one person on the outs: Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray). In the final moments of the fall finale, he voted to have his father thrown off Empire's board as pushed by his ex-girlfriend, and Mimi's wife, Camilla (Naomi Campbell). "Hakeem is going to have to make a choice. Is he with Camilla or is he with his family? That's a hard choice," Chaiken says. "There's no middle ground for Hakeem. He's either with them or against them." Hakeem also has to make a choice when it comes to his heart. Although he was hot and heavy with Camilla in season one, in her absence his attentions have since shifted to Laura (Jamila Velazquez). "When Camilla comes back, Hakeem is in love with someone else. That's a great life story. You love someone, she goes away, you think it's over, you finally move on with your life... ," Chaiken says. "He's got to figure out whether he still loves her or whether he's really moved on." These tough decisions the youngest Lyon is suddenly faced with will ultimately have bigger ramifications. "This whole season for Hakeem is the story of growing up. and we've seen him grow up so much in the first half of the season," Chaiken says. "The second half of the season really completes that arc for him." Although the rest of the Lyon family is technically on the same side of things, there's still plenty of in-fighting- particularly since Lucious and Jamal (Jussie Smollett) are up against each other at the ASA Awards. "He's pitted against his father and he's got to figure out who he is as an artist and he's got to figure out whether he's going to take on his father who now is coming after his own dream," Chaiken says. "He gave up so much to be an artist and Luscious winds up being his primary adversary." It's safe to say Lucious won't be backing down anytime soon. "Lucious is the ultimate ego-driven man and he does everything for his family, but he's not about to be surpassed by anyone," Chaiken says. "He seems himself as a god. He's the sun and everybody orbits around him." However, it sounds like the eldest Lyon son may have the roughest go of it when the series returns. After all, the episode ended with Andre's pregnant wife, Rhonda (Kaitlin Doubleday) being pushed down the stairs in the middle of the night. "Andre is going to struggle. He struggles for his life, for his sanity, for his marriage and to find his place," Chaiken says. "He's got a whole lot coming at him in the second half of the season that goes right to that core issue: Who am I? How did I become who I am? What are the secrets that his father kept from him that actually are fundamental to his very existence? There's a big, big reveal coming for Andre in the latter half of the season." Empire returns Wednesday at 9 p.m. on Fox. (Hollywood Reporter)

The lead character, a woman who breaks the game's gender barrier, will pitch for the San Diego Padres as the production shoots at the team's Petco Park. Fox and Major League Baseball are taking their game to the next level. Fox, already home to the All-Star Game as well as the World Series and other postseason play, has reteamed with the league for Dan Fogelman pilot Pitch. The drama centers on Ginny (Kylie Bunbury), the first woman to break the gender barrier in the big leagues, with the licensing deal coming months after MLB announced plans to enter the scripted space with a Babe Ruth mini. Under the new licensing pact -- which has been months in the making -- Ginny will pitch for the San Diego Padres, with the production filming at Petco Park, the team's home stadium. Producers have also been granted the use of various MLB marks, logos, licensed product, uniforms, teams, stadiums, locations and game footage. The league will also provide expertise in ensuring the game's accurate depiction in what is being billed as unparalleled access for a television series. "We really embraced the show's concept as it's consistent with our continuing efforts of inclusion throughout our game," MLB exec vp media Chris Tully told THR. "We've seen the baseball world celebrate the accomplishments of [Little League pitcher] Mo'ne Davis, Melissa Mayeux [the French player who is the first woman in MLB's international registry], [collegiate baseball pitcher] Sarah Hudek and the USA Women's National Baseball Team [Pan Am Games gold medalists], so we know there's a very strong entertainment market for this kind of storyline." While both camps are currently focused on the pilot, should Pitch move to series the hope is that additional MLB clubs will be featured -- particularly teams the Padres face in the National League like the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. Fogelman also hopes this summer's All-Star Game -- set for Petco Park -- will open the door for cameos from some of the biggest names in baseball. (But don't expect Padres like Matt Kemp to pop up as series regulars; Pitch will field its own lineup of sluggers including one played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar.) "When Dan pitched us his idea for a show about the first female Major League Baseball player, we all agreed that authenticity was crucial to getting it right," says Fox TV Group chairman and CEO Gary Newman. "Larry Jones and Eric Shanks of Fox Sports helped set a meeting with [MLB] commissioner Rob Manfred and MLB COO Tony Petitti -- and they immediately saw the potential of the show. They loved Dan's pitch and knew it could not only be a terrific series, but fantastic for the game of baseball." For now, though, Bunbury is working with a pitching coach -- former big league pitcher Gregg Olson -- and has an arsenal of what Fogelman calls "filthy stuff" including a screwball that tops 60 MPH. And even the umpires are legitimate -- with one recently tweaking dialogue from the pilot script in favor of a more accurate delivery. "I have done some sports stuff in the past where you have to create the fictional stuff, and it's hard and distancing," Fogelman says. "As a baseball fan, it's such a sport that is based in those uniforms and the feel of it and the iconic imagery of it that I don't think it would have felt right without it." The avid Mets fan ultimately hopes Pitch will wind up being good for both the network and the National pastime. "It could be great way to get new extra female eyes on the game itself," he says. (Hollywood Reporter)

The conglom hopes ad buyers will spark to a one-stop-shop approach to reaching viewers. When several hundred media buyers file into Radio City Music Hall on May 16 for the first presentation of TV's annual upfront week, they'll hear about more than just top-rated NBC. In an unprecedented move, parent company NBCUniversal is combining its NBC presentation with those of Telemundo and the entire NBCU cable entertainment group. "It's the latest demonstration of a very specific strategy to bring this gigantic media company together all in one place," says NBCU chairman of ad sales and client partnerships Linda Yaccarino, who rolled up nets including Syfy, USA and Bravo into a single cable presentation in 2014. "In this world of fragmentation, the aggregation of audience is so critical." According to Yaccarino and executive creative director John Shea, NBCU is better positioned than its rivals for such a move given its breadth. Which is not to say, in success, Disney's ESPN and Freeform won't one day join ABC at Lincoln Center, or FX and Nat Geo won't be pitched with Fox at the Beacon. But with English- and Spanish-language nets as well as cable news, entertainment and sports, NBCU can boast a collection of channels that reaches 93 percent of U.S. viewers each month. In 2015, it was enough to secure nearly $6 billion in revenue commitments across the portfolio. That message of scale will be hammered home not only from the upfront stage during a two-hour dog-and-pony show but also in an ad campaign set to roll out in early April. Print ads and billboards will follow closer to the May event. The extensive campaign, shot over multiple days this spring, incorporates about 60 familiar NBCU faces, including Shades of Blue star Jennifer Lopez, Mr. Robot's Rami Malek and Christian Slater and NBC Sports personality Bob Costas. In tailored snippets produced by NBCU's internal Content Innovation Agency, the talent utters variations on the com-pany's 2016 upfront tagline, "Reach redefined." Yaccarino is confident that the ad community will support the move -- if for no other reason than it will save buyers a late-in-the-week trip to the Javits Center, where the NBCU cable event had been held in recent years. "[Buyers] shouldn't have to navigate the craziness of New York City and jump from event to event when they're trying to accomplish a singular need from a client," she says. "It's not like you go to one restaurant to get your appetizer and then other ones to get your dinner and your dessert." (Hollywood Reporter)