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Monday, February 27, 2017

Be ready for snow, blowing dust with powerful storm arriving Motorists should be prepared to wait out bad weather

PHOENIX – Travelers can expect hazardous driving conditions in northern Arizona from Monday afternoon intoTuesday, while blowing dust is possible in southeastern Arizona, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
The National Weather Service forecast calls for snow above 6,000 feet along Interstate 40 from an area near Seligman to Winslow, with total accumulation of 8 to 16 inches in Williams and Flagstaff. ADOT will mobilize more than a third of its snowplow fleet to clear snow and ice off highways.
Driving conditions can deteriorate quickly during winter storms, causing crashes that lead to long backups and highway closures. Travelers should be ready to postpone trips until the weather improves.
With strong wind forecast in southeastern Arizona, drivers should watch out for blowing dust between Willcox and the New Mexico line. If caught in a dust storm, immediately check traffic around your vehicle and pull all the way off the roadway. Turn off all lights, including emergency flashers, and take your foot off the brake.
Learn more about driving in areas prone to blowing dust at
Among ADOT’s winter-driving tips at
  • Slow down: Adjust speed to conditions.
  • Create space: Leave extra room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. Avoid sudden braking.
  • Give snowplows room: Slow down and stay at least four vehicle lengths behind a plow. Wait for a plow to pull over before passing. The safest place to be when there’s snow and ice on a road is behind a snowplow.
  • Leave prepared: Bring extra clothing and gloves, make sure the gas tank is half to three-quarters full at all times, keep cell phones charged and pack extra drinking water, snacks and all necessary medications.
  • Pack an emergency kit: It should include blankets, a flashlight, an ice scraper, a small shovel, a container of sand or cat litter for traction and warning lights or reflectors.
  • Beware of black ice: Melting snow can turn into ice, especially at night. Ice tends to form on bridges first and can be difficult to see.

Motorists should get the latest on highway conditions and any closures from the ADOT Traveler Information Center, available at or by calling 511. ADOT’s traffic cameras at provide a view of conditions.

John Pinette - Just for Laughs

USAFA Falconry

From Vietnam Vet to NFL Player

Is Gun Ownership a Right?

My Thoughts For The Day..

It appears that Julian Assange and Pamela Anderson actually are an item. Score one for the Nerds.

JC Penney is going to close up to 140 stores. Just trying to get their Penney's worth.

A study says obsession with social media is hurting the mental health of Americans. I feel like it's more a case of the mental health of Americans hurting social media, but that's just me.

A life-sized Kanye West statue has been erected in Los Angeles. We don't know when Kanye put it up.

Apparently, President Trump gets booed so much they've made him an honorary New York Yankee.

I have to admit, at one point last night, I switched over from the Oscars to C-Span, just so I didn't have to hear so many political speeches.


When Your Tax Refund Goes Viral

A recovering drug addict and single mom took her $5,600 tax refund and did something incredibly responsible with it. Christina Knaack paid her rent for an entire year, then put a photo of the rent check on Facebook, explaining her reasoning in a post that's since gone viral. She writes: "Instead of buying my kids the latest Jordans or fancy electronics I paid my rent for the YEAR. I'm a single mom and I do it all buy [sic] myself on a minimum wage job. I (know) that a roof over my kids head is what's important." She went on to say that she keeps her priorities "straight" to make sure her kids have everything they need -- and that with the extra $450 per month they won't be paying in rent, the family can do things together. The post has racked up more than 300,000 Facebook "reactions," just eight of them "angry," and thousands of comments -- most of them supportive. Of course you can't please everyone and one commenter wondered why Knaack hadn't used the money to start saving to buy a house, while another wondered why she doesn't have a better-paying job. (Houston Chronicle)

Get to Europe for $65!

This could be the summer to go to Europe, so long as you live in the Northeast. Norwegian Air International is offering $65 one-way flights on 10 routes between Europe and the U.S. this summer, using the smaller Boeing 737 Max. There are three points of departure stateside: Bradley International, near Hartford, Conn.; TF Green in Providence, RI; and Stewart International, which is about 60 miles north of Manhattan. The available destinations vary by airport, but include Edinburgh, Scotland; and Belfast, Cork, Dublin, and Shannon Airport in Ireland. Flights begin in June, and when it comes to what Norwegian calls the "cheapest Transatlantic flights ever." The special tickets are extremely limited in number and don't include basics like a meal or a seat reservation. The next fares begin at $99. By comparison, a one-way ticket from New York to Dublin on other airlines currently ranges from $655 to $2,755. (Reuters)

And You Thought the Pot Thing Was a Big Deal in Colorado

If the legalized pot thing in Colorado drove you crazy, you'll really love this - women in Fort Collins, Colorado are now free to walk around topless! A federal judge has blocked a 2015 city ordinance banning women from publicly showing their breasts because he says it's discriminatory. City officials say the law - which doesn't apply to women who breastfeed - protects children, while an assistant police chief testified that bare female breasts would cause traffic accidents. But U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson didn't buy it and wrote: "As a breast is one of the first things a child sees, "children do not need to be protected from [it] ... but from the negative societal norms, expectations, and stereotypes associated with it." He continued, the law "perpetuates a stereotype ingrained in our society that female breasts are primarily objects of sexual desire whereas male breasts are not." Members of the "Free the Nipple campaign" who fought the ordinance called the ruling a "historic victory" and "a huge relief." Under the ordinance, women faced 180 days in jail or $2,650 in fines for exposing their breasts. (Denver Post)

Racist Booted Off Plane - Passengers Cheer!

A hateful man who reportedly harassed a Pakistani couple was escorted off a United Airlines flight, drawing cheers from passengers. One woman yelled, "Goodbye racist!" as the man and his companion were escorted off Flight 1113 from Chicago to Houston. The incident began after a Pakistani couple in traditional dress boarded the plane and the suspect asked them twice, "That's not a bomb in your bag, is it?" The same man then turned to another passenger sitting with her Indian-American boyfriend and asked where her boyfriend was from. The boyfriend responded, "None of your business." At that point the man said, "All illegals and all foreigners need to leave the country." Passengers complained, and cell phone video captured a flight attendant approaching the man and asking him to gather his belongings and escorting him off the plane. As he gets up to leave, the unidentified man says, "Happy flight home. I hope you stay there." A woman traveling with him flashes her middle finger. The woman filming then says, "Racists aren't welcome in America. This is not Trump's America! Goodbye racist!" Other passengers cheered as the couple were led away. But in a parting shot, the man says, "Hey, I'll come back, but you'll be gone." A United rep later said that removing passengers is rare but "most customers appreciate a place where they feel safe and where they're not going to be attacked and we want to provide that."(Washington Post)

People Unlike You and Me

So-called body modification artists are used to pushing beyond the boundaries most of us are comfortable with, but Torz Reynolds of Essex, England may have just seriously raised the bar. The 30-year-old chopped off the pinky on her left hand with bolt cutters - detailing the countdown to her thousands of Facebook followers. Why? Well for no better reason then she thought it would "look good." You'll be happy to know she says the wound is "healing so well" and she totally loves it! It's not the first time Torz made headlines, having previously sliced off a tattoo with a scalpel and sending it to her ex-boyfriend. Some have questioned the authenticity of the stunt but we have to say - the pictures do look real. She said, "I do these things for myself. It's not hurting ANYBODY else. I chose to document them on Facebook because I want to share the experience with my friends." (Metro)(

30 Years in Just Under Two Minutes

On Feb. 23, 1987, Karl Baden, a photography professor at Boston College, set his 35mm camera on a tripod, stood in front of it with a neutral expression, and snapped what we now call a selfie. He's done the same thing every day since. Well, except Oct. 15, 1991 which he blames on "a dumb moment of forgetfulness." The result is nearly 11,000 photos that have been put together in a video montage just under two minutes long. Over the years, Baden avoided growing a beard or mustache for consistency, yet they show the remarkable progression of a 34-year-old into a 64-year-old man. Baden's face has become more lined and his hair more grey since beginning the "Every Day" project. But the most dramatic transformation occurs in photos from 2001 when Baden is thinner, a result of chemotherapy treatment for prostate cancer. Baden has regained weight with his cancer in remission, but his sparse eyebrows are a lasting sign. He said they never quite grew back after treatment. The owner of an art gallery where Baden's photos have been displayed says they show the need to immortalize oneself. But they're also so relatable "because we're all in same boat. We're all going to die." Baden says he'll keep taking those same selfies until death knocks on his door. Students have dubbed him the "father of the selfie" and while Baden doesn't quite make the same claim, he does credit the "selfie craze" with lifting his project from obscurity. (Boston Magazine)

What the What?

Here's a floral bouquet any girl would love. A man in Jilin Province, China sent of a special bouquet of flowers made out of individual bank bills worth just under $1,400 in U.S. currency. Each individual bill in the 10,000 Yuan was rolled into the shape of a rose by a florist in Changchun. The bouquet was then delivered to the man's girlfriend as a good omen to start the year of the rooster with. Of course the social media world is a cruel place and viral images of the bouquet have drawn the wrath of many saying the extravagant gift is ridiculous. One person said: "I wouldn't take it if I were his girlfriend. It's just a way to humiliate your girlfriend and it's not romantic at all." Still another pointed out that, unlike flowers, the bank notes wouldn't wilt and die within a week. (Metro)


  • According to Reader's Digest, reading to kids at bedtime in American homes has decreased by over 80% since 1960.
  • The average person goes gray 4 years sooner than compared to 40 years ago.
  • A recent study says that posters with abstract art and shapes can reduce work stress by 24 percent and anger by 21 percent.
  • Nearly 70% of men say they wish they received more compliments from their partner.
  • 20% of homes have a doorbell for the back door that doesn't work, and we have no desire to fix it.
  • A fear of being sued has led many cities to ban sledding.


A recent study revealed that this was the most downloaded app last year. What app is it? Google.


  • In what has to be the biggest flub in Oscar history, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced "La La Land" as Best Picture, when it was really "Moonlight."
  • CBS cancels "No Doubt" after only after 2 episodes.
  • Bill Paxton ("Twister," "Titanic," "Aliens") died suddenly Saturday due to complications from surgery. He was 61.
  • JC Penney announced that they'll be closing 140 of their stores.
  • Malaysian officials say that a nerve agent was used to kill the step-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un at an airport two weeks ago.
  • CMT brought the series "Nashville" back this year, but they killed off Rayna James, the lead character played by Connie Britton, last week.
  • Over the weekend, a group of witches said they began casting spells and will continue to do so until President Trump is gone.
  • Derek Hough will not return for season 24 of "Dancing with the Stars."
  • Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas is offering the FleurBurger 5000. A hamburger that costs $5,000.
  • Researchers claim that back pain increases your chance of dying early by 13%.
  • Doctors have spoken, and so Beyonce is pulling out of her headlining slot at this year's Coachella, due to concerns surrounding her pregnancy. However, she's already announced she'll be back as the headliner in 2018.
  • A book planned by Tarek and Christina El Moussa, the divorcing stars of HGTV's hit show "Flip or Flop," has been postponed indefinitely -- perhaps permanently.
  • The Boston Globe reports that there's a growing movement among witches to "bind" the President's behavior.
  • Selena Gomez is selling her resort-like home in Texas, yours for just $3 million.
  • Lauren Potter, who played Becky on "Glee," and her fiance' have called off their engagement. Actually, he did. Friends say he wasn't happy about all the attention they were getting. Both have Downs Syndrome.
  • Nick Cannon is a father again. He welcomed a son, Golden "Sagon" Cannon, with his ex-girlfriend, Brittany Bell, last Tuesday.
  • A report says UFO sightings are at an all-time high.
  • The New York Times aired its first TV ad in seven years during the Oscars last night. It had to do with truth.
  • Robin Thicke's ex-wife is accusing him of tampering with evidence in their child custody case.
  • Rihanna has been named Harvard's Humanitarian of the Year.
  • YouTube took down a video feed of a giraffe about to give birth because of "nudity" issues.


Can you believe, just one more day left in the month?
Singer, Josh Groban turns 36 today, but he's still being asked for I.D. He plans a quiet, but weird night tonight of sitting at home and singing, "You raise me up!" to his arch supports. Just for today, have somebody else raise you up and give him the day off.
Former President Bill Clinton's daughter Chelsea Clinton turns 37 today.
  • Mark my words, you'll see her run for office someday.
  • We watched her grow up. We had to. When we wondered what was going on under Bill's desk, he'd always yell out, "Hey, look over at Chelsea! Isn't she cute?"
  • Seems just like yesterday, she was running around the White House, hiding under the President's desk. Oh, wait... that was... uh, never mind.

Former Los Angeles Lakers star James Worthy turns 56. You may not be worthy, but he is.
Howard Hesseman, better known as Dr. Johnny Fever, turns 77 today. In his honor, we'll be dropping live turkeys out of a helicopter.
Consumer advocate Ralph Nader turns 83 today.
  • So far, he hasn't been recalled.
  • He was among the first to tell us that the things we liked were bad for us.
  • He's getting closer and closer to "the big recall."

No Brainer Day -- How about some no-brainers:

  • What do you do with a pencil sharpener?
  • What caffeinated morning beverage is drunk out of a coffee cup?
  • What musical instrument do you play with drumsticks?
  • What does a hot water heater do?
  • What color is an orange?
  • What does a record player do?
  • What is 2+2?
  • Who hosts the show you are listening to right now?
Polar Bear Day -- Did you know that polar bears are loners with little interest in sex?


On this date in 1801, Washington, DC, was placed under the jurisdiction of Congress. And it never recovered. Or, well, that explains everything.

In 1813, congress approved the use of steamboats to transport mail.
They had to -- it was the slowest form of transportation available a the time.
They really should move to trucks or something a little faster.
After several weeks, the practice was abandoned after mail began arriving too fast.
It was a cost-effective way to move it, but also, the steam allowed you to take a peek at what was inside.

On this date in 1827, the very first Mardi Gras was celebrated in New Orleans, much to the excitement of the bead industry. Until then, the biggest question in town was, "What the heck am I going to do with all these beads?"

In 1883, the very first cigar-rolling machine was patented. Although, if he had known about it, Sir Walter Raleigh would have used it to roll in his grave.

On this date in 1890, two boxers fought 100 rounds before the match finally being declared a draw... and it was still shorter than the Academy Awards.

In 1939, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that sit-down strikes were illegal. Protestors said they wouldn't take the news standing up.

On this date in 1945, a strike at the Ford Motor Company ended when Ford agreed to raise salaries to 18 cents an hour. 18 cents? Man, I'm quitting and heading to Ford.

Music Calendar...

In 1942 "Deep In The Heart Of Texas" by Bing Crosby enters the U.S. singles chart.

In 1955 Billboard magazine reports that for the first time sales of 45 rpm singles had surpassed 78 rpm rivals.

In 1956 Little Richard's single "Long Tall Sally" is released.

In 1960 Smokey Robinson and the Miracles make their first TV appearance on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1961 "Pony Time" by Chubby Checker hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.

In 1967 Pink Floyd's first single "Arnold Layne" is released.

In 1969 "Stormy" by the Classics IV is certified gold.

In 1970 Simon & Garfunkel's single "Bridge Over Troubled Water" goes gold.

In 1970 Jefferson Airplane is fined $1000 for profanity on stage at a concert in Oklahoma City.

In 1971 "What Is Life" by George Harrison enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1974 Joni Mitchell's album "Court And Spark" is certified gold.

In 1975 Loggins & Messina appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

In 1976 Mick Jagger is hospitalized with a respiratory infection.

In 1976 Peter Frampton's double live album "Frampton Comes Alive!" is certified gold.

In 1977 Keith Richards is busted in Toronto for heroin possession.

In 1978 "Night Fever" by the Bee Gees is certified gold.

In 1980 The Doobie Brothers win the Best Record and Best Song Grammys for "What A Fool Believes." Billy Joel wins Best Album for "52nd Street" and Rickie Lee Jones wins Best New Artist.

In 1981 Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder record "Ebony & Ivory."

In 1981 The Police's album "Zenyatta Mondatta," containing the single "Da Doo Doo Doo, Da Da Da Da," is certified gold.

In 1982 Hall & Oates perform on NBC-TV's "Saturday Night Live."

In 1982 "'65 Love Affair" by Paul Davis enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1984 A Pepsi commercial with the Jacksons premieres on MTV.

In 1984 U2's album "Under A Blood Red Sky" is certified gold.

In 1988 "Father Figure" by George Michael hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.

In 1990 Milli Vannelli's Rob Pilatus tells Time magazine, "We're more talented than any Bob Dylan or Paul McCartney."

In 1991 James Brown is paroled after spending over two years in prison of a 6-year sentence imposed for resisting arrest after a car chase across two states, carrying a gun and persistent drug abuse.

In 1991 The British coroner rules the January 7 death of Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark was due to an accidental drug overdose.

In 1991 "Motownphilly" by Boyz II Men is released. It wouldn't chart until the following June.

In 1992 Queen's album "Classic Queen" is released.

In 1993 "I Have Nothing" by Whitney Houston enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1995 Nirvana's album "Bleach" is certified gold and platinum.

In 1996 Emmylou Harris is honored with the lifetime achievement award at the Orville H. Gibson Guitar Awards luncheon.

In 1996 Faith Hill's album "It Matters To Me" is certified platinum, while Green Day's CD "Insomniac" goes double platinum.

In 1997 James Brown asks talk show hostess Rolanda White to marry him during taping of her TV show. She turns him down.

In 1998 Bare Naked Ladies' album "Rock Spectacle" is certified gold.

In 1998 Fleetwood Mac's video "The Dance" is certified platinum.

In 2001 After a 46-year absence, guitarist Carlos Santana returns home and unveils a plaque in Autlan De Navarro declaring him the "favorite son" of the west-central Mexican town where his father was a well-known musician.

In 2001 Dave Matthews band's album "Everyday" is released.

In 2002 U2 wins four Grammy Awards including Record of the Year for "Walk On." Alicia Keys won five Grammys, including Song of the Year for "Fallin'."

Today In History...

In 1801 Washington, DC is placed under the jurisdiction of Congress.

In 1813 Congress authorizes the use of steamboats to transport mail.

In 1827 The first Mardi Gras is celebrated in New Orleans.

In 1844 The Dominican Republic gains its independence.

In 1861 In Warsaw, Russian troops fire on a crowd protesting Russian rule over Poland, killing five.

In 1879 The artificial sweetener, saccharin is discovered.

In 1883 The first practical cigar rolling machine is patented.

In 1890 Boxers Danny Needham and Patsy Kerrigan fight 100 rounds in San Francisco before the match is declared a draw.

In 1908 The design of the U.S. 46-star flag (adding Oklahoma) is officially released.

In 1919 The American Association for the Hard of Hearing is formed in New York City.

In 1922 The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously upholds the 19th Amendment to the Constitution that guaranteed a woman's right to vote.

In 1922 Reader's Digest begins publication.

In 1932 Physicist James Chadwick proposes the existence of the neutron.

In 1933 Germany's parliament building in Berlin, the Reichstag, catches fire. The Nazis, blaming the Communists, suspend civil liberties.

In 1939 The U.S. Supreme Court outlaws sit-down strikes.

In 1945 A Ford Motor Company strike ends with an eighteen cent hourly raise.

In 1949 Chaim Weizmann becomes the first Israeli president.

In 1960 The U.S. Olympic hockey team defeats the Soviets, 3-2, at theWinter Games in Squaw Valley, CA. (The U.S. goes on to win the gold medal).

In 1964 City fathers in Pisa, Italy, request government assistance to prop up the leaning-too-far Tower of Pisa.

In 1972 President Nixon and Chinese Premier Chou En-lai issued the Shanghai Communique at the conclusion of Nixon's visit to China.

In 1973 The American Indian Movement occupies Wounded Knee in South Dakota. (The occupation lasts until May.)

In 1979 Jane M. Byrne upset Chicago Mayor Michael A. Bilandic to win the Democratic party's mayoral primary. She later wins the election.

In 1981 Chrysler declares loses of $1,700,000,000 over the last year.

In 1982 Wayne Williams is found guilty of murdering two of 28 blacks whose bodies are found in the Atlanta area over a 22-month period.

In 1984 The law prohibiting merchants from charging extra for credit card purchases expires.

In 1985 Former Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, who had served three terms asa U.S. senator and ran as the 1960 Republican vice presidential nominee, dies at age 82.

In 1986 The U.S. Senate approves telecasts of its debates on a trial basis.

In 1987 Donald Reagan is removed as White House Chief of Staff and replaced by former Senator Howard H. Baker.

In 1988 Katarina Witt wins the gold medal in women's figure skating at the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada.

In 1990 The U.S. Supreme Court rules that prison officials could force inmates to take powerful antipsychotic drugs without a judge's consent.

In 1991 Allied troops liberate Kuwait City, four days after launching a ground offensive during the Gulf War.

In 1992 William Aramony resigns as president of the United Way of America amid charges of financial mismanagement and lavish spending.

In 1992 Former U.S. senator S.I. Hayakawa dies in San Francisco at age 85.

In 1993 Actress Lillian Gish dies in New York at age 99.

In 1994 The Winter Olympics end in Lillehammer, Norway, with the U.S.taking home its highest winter gold medal total ever, 13.

In 1994 A bomb blast in a Maronite Catholic church in Lebanon kills nine and injures 60.

In 1995 Court-appointed salvagers evaluate the remaining assets of Britain's oldest bank, Barings PLC, after 28-year-old trader Nick Leeson ruined the firm by gambling on Tokyo stock prices.

In 1997 Divorce becomes legal in Ireland for the first time since independence from Britain in 1921.

In 1997 Legislation banning most handguns becomes law in Britain.

In 1997 A jury in Fayetteville, NC, convicted former Army paratrooper JamesN. Burmeister of murdering a black couple so he could get a skin head tattoo. (He was later sentenced to life in prison.)

In 1999 The Rev. Henry Lyons, president of the National Baptist Convention USA, is convicted in Largo, FL, of swindling millions of dollars from companies seeking to do business with his followers.

In 1999 Nigerians elect Olusegun Obasanjo as their new president as the country marked the final phase of its return to democracy.

In 2001 President Bush goes before Congress with a $1.9 trillion spending plan that gave Americans the biggest tax cut in two decades.

In 2002 A mob of Muslims sets fire to a train carrying hundreds of Hindu nationalists in Godhra, India, killing some 60 people.

In 2003 Fred Rogers, host of "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood," dies at age 74.

In 2004 California Attorney General Bill Lockyer asked the state's top court to stop San Francisco from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. (The justices halted the weddings the following month.)

In 2006 President George W. Bush signed a proclamation declaring a seven-acre plot in lower Manhattan, NY, for the African Burial Ground National Monument.

In 2013 Pope Benedict XVI presents his farewell address to Vatican City.

In 2015 Leonard Nimoy, known for his iconic character Mr. Spock on "Star Trek," dies at age 83.

Born On This Day...

In 1807 American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In 1850 Philanthropist/railroad builder, Henry E. Huntington

In 1877 Sports owner, Walter Briggs (Detroit Tigers)

In 1888 Historian, Arthur Meier Schlesinger

In 1889 Physiologist, Charles Herbert (discovered insulin)

In 1891 Inventor, David Sarnoff (founded RCA, NBC)

In 1892 Actor, William Demarest (Uncle Charley-My Three Sons)

In 1895 Actor, Edward Brophy (The Last Hurrah)

In 1902 Golf Hall-of-Famer, Gene Sarazen (invented sand wedge) [d: 3-13-99]

In 1902 Author, John Steinbeck (The Grapes Of Wrath) [d: 12-20-68]

In 1903 Actor, Reginald Gardiner (The Pruitts of Southhampton) [d: 4-25-90]

In 1904 American author, James Thomas Farrell (Studs Lonigan) [d: 8-22-79]

In 1904 Singer/actress, Elisabeth Welch (Stormy Weather) [d: 7-15-03]

In 1905 Actor, Franchot Tone (Dr. Freeland-Ben Casey) [d: 9-18-68]

In 1910 Actress, Joan Bennett (Little Women, Dark Shadows) [d: 12-7-90]

In 1910 Auto racer, Ted Horn (most consecutive national titles 1946-48) [d:10-10-48]

In 1913 Novelist, Irwin Shaw (Rich Man, Poor Man) [d: 5-16-84]

In 1917 Texas Governor, John Connally (wounded with JFK) [d: 6-15-93]

In 1921 Actor, Michael Fox (Saul-Bold and the Beautiful) [d: 6-1-96]

In 1923 Blues performer, Dexter Gordon (bebop) [d: 4-26-90]

In 1927 Novelist, James Leo Herlihy (Midnight Cowboy) [d: 10-20-93]

In 1927 Singer, Guy Mitchell (Singing the Blues, Rock-A-Billy) [d: 7-1-99]

In 1930 Actress, Joanne Woodward (Three Faces of Eve, Rachel) (87)

In 1932 Actress, Elizabeth Taylor (Cleopatra, Virginia Woolf) [d: 3-23-11]

In 1933 Football Hall-of-Famer, Raymond Berry (Colts) (84)

In 1934 Consumer advocate, Ralph Nader (Unsafe At Any Speed) (83)

In 1934 Actor, Van Williams (Britt Reid-The Green Hornet, Tycoon) (83)

In 1936 Country singer, Chuck Glaser (Tompall & the Glaser Brothers) (81)

In 1937 Actress, Barbara Babcock (Liz-Dallas, Dorothy-Dr. Quinn) (80)

In 1937 Discus thrower, Jay Silvester (Olympic-Silver-1972) (80)

In 1939 Auto racer, Peter Revson (1971 Indianapolis pole) [d: 3-22-74]

In 1940 Actor, Howard Hesseman (Johnny Fever-WKRP, Head of the Class) (77)

In 1942 Broadcast journalist, Charlayne Hunter-Gault (McNeil-Lehrer) (75)

In 1943 Actress, Mary Frann (Joanna-Newhart) [d: 9-23-98]

In 1944 Actor, Alan Fudge (Man From Atlantis, Paper Dolls) [d: 10-10-11]

In 1948 Guitarist, Eddie Gray (Tommy James & the Shondells) (69)

In 1951 Politician/singer, Lee Atwater (Republican chairman) [d: 3-29-91]

In 1952 U.S. basketball player, Dwight Elmo Jones (Olympic-Silver-1972) [d:7-25-16]

In 1952 Singer/keyboardist, Kevin Raleigh (Michael Stanley Band) (65)

In 1954 Guitarist/singer, Neal Schon (Journey, Bad English) (63)

In 1957 Guitarist, Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) (60)

In 1959 Singer, Johnny Van Zant (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (58)

In 1960 Keyboardist/singer, Paul Humphreys (OMD) (57)

In 1960 Actor, Stoney Jackson (White Shadow, Travis Filmore-227) (57)

In 1960 Cartoonist, Jeff Smith (Bone) (57)

In 1961 Actor, Grant Shaud (Miles-Murphy Brown) (56)

In 1961 Former basketball player, James Worthy (Lakers, 1988 Playoff MVP) (56)

In 1962 Actor, Adam Baldwin (Treacherous, Independence Day) (55)

In 1962 Actor, Grant Show (Ryan's Hope, Jake Hansen-Melrose Place) (55)

In 1965 Singer/songwriter, Garry Christian (The Christians) (52)

In 1965 Guitarist/fiddler, Mike Cross (Sponge) (52)

In 1965 Actor, David Gail (Beverly Hills 90210, Savannah, Port Charles) (52)

In 1966 Actor, Donal Logue (Vikings, Gotham, Grounded For Life) (51)

In 1966 Actor, Gregg Rainwater (Buck Cross-The Young Riders) (51)

In 1971 Singer, Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas (TLC) (46)

In 1971 Actress, Sarah Richardson (Eight Is Enough) (46)

In 1971 U.S. boxer, Ivan Robinson (Olympics-1992) (46)

In 1973 Singer, Roderick Demond "Pooh" Clark (Hi-Five) (44)

In 1975 Actress, Christina Nigra (The Sword and the Sorcerer, Twilight Zone) (42)

In 1976 Former football player, Tony Gonzalez (Chiefs, Falcons) (41)

In 1980 Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former president Bill Clinton (37)

In 1980 Singer, Bobby V ("Tell Me," "Slow Down") (37)

In 1981 Singer, Josh Groban (36)

In 1983 Actress, Kate Mara (House of Cards, Fantastic Four, The Martian) (34)

In 1986 Reality star, JWoww (Jersey Shore) (31)

In 1989 Singer, Kelly Breeding (B5, Kel The Artist) (28)

In 1990 Actress, Lindsey Morgan (General Hospital, The 100) (27)


  • Would you rather drink a cup of water from the toilet bowl at the office or slide naked into a sleeping bag only to find a large rat down at the bottom?
  • Would you rather hear your best friend say, "I really find myself attracted to your wife/husband" or hear your best friend say, "Sorry but I've just been offered your job?"
  • Would you rather run a mile with a cracked shin bone, or do 100 situps on a hardwood floor with a cracked tail bone?
  • Would you rather live in a neighborhood with The Fat Albert Gang or constantly traveling around in the Mystery Machine with the crew from Scooby Doo?
  • Would you rather be able to fully comprehend any written material just by sniffing the words or be able to impersonate the voice of anybody you choose?
  • Would you rather give up caffeine for the rest of your life, or give up cursing for the rest of your life?
  • Would you rather eat a bottle cap, or a spider the size of a bottle cap?
  • Would you rather talk like you have a mouth full of walnuts, or walk like you have a walnut up your butt?


(Men's Health) Unclean living can be a smart idea for everyone, not just kids. These unusual strategies may strengthen your microbiome:

Don't shower every day if you can get away with it
This may help protect your skin biome, which acts as a protective coating against pathogens.

Forgo antiperspirants on weekends or on days you can go without them
Believe it or not, your armpits harbor their own special microbial colonies.

Dry-brush instead of using toothpaste
The chemicals in most pastes disturb your oral biome, and research suggests that dry-brushing actually fights plaque more effectively. Skip the mouthwash, too for the same reasons.

Walk barefoot through the grass
It not only feels great and relieves stress but also help your foot microbes flourish. Keeping your dogs in shoes and socks all the time kills the good bugs and brings on the stinky ones.


If you're flying abroad, you need to be prepared for a longer flight than usual -- six hours to 24 hours, depending on where you're headed. Experienced flyer Geoffrey Morrison, a contributor to Forbes magazine, has helpfully produced a list of 10 things you should pack in your carry-on bag and keep with you at all times. That is, these items should not be stored in the overhead compartment because you will need them during the flight. Here are ten things to always bring on long-haul flights:

  1. Noise-cancelling headphones or earplugs to drown out loud airplane engine noises. 
  2. USB cable to (slowly) recharge your phone or tablet at your seat. 
  3. USB battery pack to recharge various mobile devices. 
  4. Camera or your phone so you can capture those incredible images out the window. 
  5. An extra layer, such as a long-sleeve pullover. 
  6. A travel pillow for a more comfortable rest. 
  7. An eyemask for better shut-eye. 
  8. A pen with blue or black ink so you can fill out the customs forms that are passed out on every international flight. 
  9. Your passport. 
  10. Addresses where you're staying on your trip. You will be asked this by at least one official, so have the information ready.


( Sad but true: Most of us are offensively boring via text ("wut up?"). It doesn't have to be this way. Dating guru Matthew Hussey suggests new texting strategies that will really vibrate in his pants.

1. I'm at that new lounge that just opened. The music is amazing. Why aren't you here?
Why it's hot: He'll see that you live a cool life and feel like he's missing out on the fun. If he likes you, he'll respond. If not, there's really nothing here for him to reject.

2. It's a good thing you're just my friend's brother or you and I would be trouble for each other...
Why it's hot: Making the two of you together seem like a bad idea (for all the right reasons) will drive him wild with desire. Thank me later for the massive sexual tension at parties.

3. Just saw The Avengers, Chris Evans is pretty, but I'd rather watch you take your shirt off for an hour.
Why it's hot: It's a great tease that lets him know you're having naughty thoughts about him. Plus, he'll feel special knowing you'd rather see him naked than a ripped celebrity.

4. I just had the most life-changing burger. Almost sexual.
Why it's hot: Saying your burger was arousing shows you can find the hotness anywhere. He'll be strangely turned on next time he orders a Quarter Pounder.

5. You. Me. Tonight. Game of Thrones. Pizza. Be there.
Why it's hot: You never ask if he wants to come. A confident woman just assumes that he does. The easy way to make your texts sexier? Lose the question marks.


If there is no furry, feathered or flippered creature greeting you when you get home at the end of the day, you're in a minority. 62% of all Americans own at least one pet, and the number is even higher among young adults with 65% of Millennials and 71% of Gen Xers owning a pet, according to a Harris Poll. But what is even more interesting is how we treat our pets. Basically, all of us (95%) consider our pets to be members of the family and our behaviors prove this to be true:
  • 71% allow their dog or cat to sleep with them.
  • 64% buy their pets holiday gifts.
  • 45% buy birthday presents for their pets.
  • 31% cook especially for their pets.
  • 22% dress their pet in some type of clothing.
  • 12% bring their pet to work with them.

Who's the top dog? Among pet owners:
  • 71% have at least one dog.
  • 49% have at least one cat.
  • 11% have fish.
  • 9% have some other type of pet than a dog, cat, fish or bird.
  • 8% have a bird.

How much do we spend on our pets annually?

  • Food and treats: $476
  • Medical costs: $425
  • Pet sitting/boarding: $128
  • Pet equipment: $97
  • Toys: $63


Moonlight's Mahershala Ali and Wife Amatus Sami-Karim Welcome a Baby. Can 2017 get any better for Mahershala Ali? As award season comes to a close, the Moonlight actor and his wife, Amatus Sami-Karim, have welcomed their firstborn child together. "Bari (Bar-ee) Najma Ali," the actor wrote on Instagram. "2/22/17 #pisces" Ali's wife announced her pregnancy in December, one month before he won the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role. At the time, Ali told E! News' Zuri Hall he was "looking forward to having a new teacher. Kids teach. They're the truth. I'm ready to learn my lessons and learn them well, and I hope I have something to teach our child." As for his mini-me's name? "We're looking to do something simpler," he said during a Jan. 11 appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!. "My wife's name is Amatus Sami... but we're going to do something a little bit simpler for our child." Even so, Ali promised host Jimmy Kimmel they would "keep it unique." Mahershala is actually Ali's "nickname," as his full first name is Mahershalalhashbaz. "It's the longest word in the bible," he said. "Mahershalalhashbaz was the prophet Isaiah's second son. It's a symbolic name, so he didn't actually have to live through life with that name...but I have to live through life with that name." As he later said on NPR's Fresh Air, "It means hasten to the spoils, speedy as the prey. I've also been told that another meaning of it is 'divine restoration.'" Ali knows his first name is mouthful. "You should see TSA's eyes," he joked with Kimmel. The actor -- who next appears onscreen in Roxanne Roxanne and Alita: Battle Angel -- is looking forward to spending more time at home with his wife, whom he met as a student at New York University nearly two decades ago. "She and I have known each other for a really long time," he told ELLE in 2014. "So, at this point, she's seen a big shift in things, but at the same time, she'll ground me real quick if I start feeling myself a little too much. She's very real -- like, seriously." (Eonline)

Lauren Manzo Gives Birth to Her First Child: See the Baby Girl's First Photo. A big congratulations are in store for Lauren Manzo! The Manzo'd With Children star and her husband, Vito Scalia, welcomed their first child into the world...a beautiful baby girl! Lauren took to Instagram to share the first photo of her little one, captioning the post, "My Markie Girl," with a heart emoji. We're guessing "Markie" is either a name or a nickname. The baby's birth comes four days before the new mama's original due date, which she announced during an appearance on Bravo's The Daily Dish in November. "I'm due February 26, and there's only 28 days in February and it's a first pregnancy, so I'm kind of saying it's going to be the beginning of March," Lauren revealed at the time, sitting beside her mom, Caroline Manzo. She continued, "But the baby's going to be a Pisces, which I was freaking out over at first, because there's a couple Pisces that I know that I can't stand. I said to my doctor, 'Maybe we could just do a C-section two weeks early and then it can be an Aquarius.'" Luckily, she ended up changing her mind! "I think I'll be OK with a Pisces baby," she added, joking, "But I butt heads with Pisces because Pisces are sensitive and I don't have time for that." Meanwhile, the former Real Housewives of New Jersey star first announced her pregnancy news in September in an exclusive statement to E! News. "Vito and I are so happy to announce that we are expecting our first child, due early 2017," she told us. "Everyone is overjoyed for the future addition to the Scalia-Manzo family. It's amazing that we get to share our journey this season on Manzo'd With Children with everyone who has followed us throughout our relationship." Lauren and Vito got married in July 2015 at The Brownstone in Paterson, a massive Craftsman-style home that was converted into a luxurious party venue, in New Jersey. She donned a Vera Wang dress, and they said "I do" in front of all their family and friends. Congratulations to the couple and their new addition! (Eonline)

Amal Clooney's Baby Bump Steals the Show at Cesar Awards. There it is! Amal Clooney dazzled at the 2017 Cesar Awards in a custom-made Atelier Versace gown with husband George Clooney by her side, but it was her baby bump that proved to be her best accessory. E! News previously reported that Amal is pregnant with twins, and it's clear she's absolutely glowing. Although the couple was mum for a while about her pregnancy, the Hail, Caesar! actor finally opened up about it in an interview on the French program Rencontres de Cinema with film journalist Laurent Weil. "We are really happy and really excited. It's going to be an adventure," he gushed, later adding, "We've sort of embraced it all... with arms wide open." This marks Amal's first red carpet since news of her pregnancy broke, but the couple's closest friends have known for a while. George opened up about the jokes his friends have been making with him given his age (55), but he said he brushed them off. Jokes aside, his friends have been gushing with support. "It got really quiet," he recalled. "And they all just started making baby crying noises, and the whole table just busted up laughing." George's mother, Nina Clooney, also couldn't be more excited to become a grandmother to twins. She also happened to accidentally reveal the babies' sexes. "It will be one of each! Yes, a boy and a girl. That's what I've been told," she told Vogue magazine, in an interview that was shared on Thursday. "How marvelous!" she added. "My husband and I are extremely excited." (Eonline)

Alex Rodriguez and Tech CEO Anne Wojcicki Break Up After Less Than a Year: Report. Alex Rodriguez and Anne Wojcicki have gone their separate ways, according to a new report from Page Six. Multiple sources tell outlet the retired baseball star and tech CEO split a few months ago over differences in personality. "They were an unusual couple, from very different backgrounds, but they are both smart business people, and had quite a few things in common, including a fascination with the tech world," an insider shared with Page Six. "But, perhaps in the end, they were a little too different." Alex and Anne made their first public appearance as an official couple last May at the 2016 Met Gala, shortly after rumors began swirling about the pair becoming romantic. The now-exes attended a NASA's Breakthrough Prize Ceremony together in December 2016. The split appears nothing but amicable, though, as the source said, "Alex and Anne have remained friends and will see each other as they move in a few shared social circles." Wojcicki is the CEO and co-founder of billion-dollar personal genomics analytics start-up 23andMe, and the ex-wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, whom she divorced in June 2015. Rodriguez split with his ex, former professional wrestler Torrie Wilson, in 2015 after three years of dating. Over the years, Alex has also struck up romances with the likes of Madonna, Demi Moore, Diaz and Kate Hudson. In August of last year, Rodriguez retired from the New York Yankees after a decades-spanning career in baseball. (Eonline)

Shannen Doherty completes chemotherapy. Shannen Doherty is waiting to find out if she's conquered cancer after completing chemotherapy on Friday. "#fbf to this morning... not that long ago," she captioned an Instagram photo of herself resting in bed, "Last day of chemo. Exhausted. Now that I'm done with chemo and radiation, the waiting game is here. Waiting for test. Waiting to see if I'm clear or not. Waiting for reconstruction. Waiting. I think when one gets cancer, they are always waiting to a certain extent. To those who know... I'm waiting with you. #cancerslayer." The news of the Doherty's breast cancer diagnosis was first revealed in a lawsuit filed against her former business managers in 2015. In 2016, she revealed that the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes. The 45-year-old "90210" alum hasn't let cancer slow her down, though. In January, she posted a video of herself dancing and staying active between treatments. "Any movement is good during treatment, not just for the body, but for your mind as well. #CancerSlayer," she captioned the hopeful video. (PageSix)

Naomie Harris Couldn't Believe How ''Incredibly Young'' Queen Elizabeth II Looks After Meeting Her. Consider this our formal request to learn Queen Elizabeth II's skin care routine. E! News' Marc Malkin caught up with Moonlight star Naomie Harris on Saturday afternoon at the 2017 Independent Spirit Awards, where she revealed what it was like meeting the English monarch face to face. "You know I really was thinking how young she looks," the British actress shared. "She's in her 90's and she looks incredibly young. I wanted to ask her [what her secret was.]" And know that Naomie mentions it, so do we! The 2017 Oscars nominee met the 90-year-old royal last Thursday at Buckingham Palace, where she was honored with the Order of the British Empire Award for her contributions to the drama world. Harris couldn't help but gush about the experience, and revealed Queen Elizabeth asked her a few questions about starring in Moonlight. And speaking of the critically-acclaimed drama, Moonlight swept the Indie Spirit Awards top honor as well as four other categories. It beat out top award season contenders like Jackie, Manchester by the Sea, Chronic and American Honey for the Best Feature award. Barry Jenkins was recognized as this year's Best Director, and Moonlight also went home with the Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and the Robert Altman Award for Best Ensemble. Naomie and her wonderfully talented castmates are nominated in seven different categories, including Best Picture. Harris might just win her first-ever Oscar, as she's nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category. (Eonline)

Demi Lovato Gets Mocked After Saying She's "1 Percent African." Demi Lovato cannot avoid the haters. The pop star, who like many stars, has often been the target of Internet trolls, drew criticism and mockery on Twitter Friday night when she posted the results of an DNA and ancestry test. "I did a DNA test and found out I'm mainly Spanish, with Native American, SCANDINAVIAN (which I had NO idea), Irish, BRITISH...." she tweeted, adding, "And I'm 1% African!!!!" It was the last part that set off some users and was retweeted more than 9,600 times. "Just thought it was cool and totally random," Lovato later tweeted. "Some of y'all are mean af. Twitter sucks." She also told a criticizing user that she "didn't mean to offend anyone." Last June, Lovato briefly quit Twitter and Instagram to avoid trolls, saying she preferred Snapchat "'cause I don't have to see what some of y'all say." After less than 24 hours, she tweeted, "F--k this.. I'm back bitches. And I'm coming back more honest than ever." Lovato later said she loves her fans too much to "leave them over some lame ass haters." (Eonline)

Lisa Marie Presley's estranged husband is having regular visits with their children -- even though they're in protective custody -- but we've learned it's a deal both parents struck. Michael Lockwood met his 8-year-old twin girls Wednesday at the beach in Malibu. Sources connected with the case tell TMZ ... it was the second time he'd seen his daughters this week. We're told a court-appointed monitor, seen here in red, was present both times. As we've reported ... the girls are staying with their grandma, Priscilla Presley, while DCFS investigates the "pictures and disturbing videos" Lisa Marie says she found on Michael's computer. Our sources say Lisa Marie and Michael both signed off on Priscilla taking temporary custody -- and also on Michael having monitored visits. (TMZ)

Pics have surfaced of Robin Thicke and his son, Julian, at Nobu in Malibu ... the lunch Paula Patton claims was essentially an attempt to bribe the Dept. of Children and Family Services with sushi. As we reported, Robin's team has scoffed at Paula's claim, and says the monitor -- Mike, who's wearing the hat -- sat at a separate table and only drank water. The monitor is required by the judge to be present the entire time Robin is with his 6-year-old son. We're told the monitor was sitting at a table with someone from the Dept. of Children and Family Services, who was actually there to monitor the monitor after Paula complained about him. He too, we're told, only drank water. As for why they went to Nobu ... it's Julian's fav. (TMZ)

Paula Patton Accuses Robin Thicke of Evidence Tampering in Ongoing Custody Battle. Paula Patton's legal team is dropping allegations against Robin Thicke ahead of a scheduled hearing. In new documents obtained by E! News, the actress claims that her ex "willfully, intentionally, and wrongfully changed/fabricated a court order specifying custodial timeshare of the couple's minor child." In addition, Paula alleges that Robin "threatened petitioner with the filing of a kidnapping report to law enforcement premised upon a falsified court order." Furthermore, a separate allegation claims Robin and his attorneys/agents "interfered with and attempted to influence the outcome of a pending DCFS investigation." According to Paula, Robin took a DCFS case worker out for an expensive sushi dinner while DCFS was actively investigating their family's situation. According to a source, Robin and his son had two monitors with them during their entire visit that included a trip to the park to play basketball. His son Julian wanted sushi so they traveled to Nobu in Malibu. "Everything went well and was fine," a source shared with E! News who said both monitors ordered only water at the restaurant. "They just observed their visit." Back in January, E! News first learned the issues between the exes concerning their only child together. At the end of the month, a judge granted temporary sole custody to Paula and issued a temporary domestic violence restraining order against Robin, which orders him to stay away from her, their son and her mother. After the development, Robin's attorney claimed Paula was "attempting to throw anything at [Robin] to hurt him, but Robin's focus is their son. The court issued temporary orders today based solely on paperwork." As for today's allegations, Paula's team appears ready to bring evidence that will back up the various claims. "The filing speaks for itself," a separate source shared with E! News. "We're detailed in our allegations. We're not making accusations that we can't back up with facts and we'll make our case in court." (Eonline)

Katherine Jackson files to control her son's legacy. Ignoring a mandate in the late King of Pop's will that could disqualify her from receiving any further cash from his $1 billion estate, Katherine Jackson has filed legal papers seeking to control her son's legacy. Most important, insiders said, the 86-year-old family matriarch wants Michael Jackson's siblings to be financially secure as her health declines considerably. "Although I am a principal beneficiary of the Michael Jackson Family Trust, I was not informed by the executors of a letter [regarding others' claims for ownership of the Trust]; nor did the executors keep me informed on the progress of the estate of Jackson," Katherine wrote in court papers filed late Friday. While she acknowledged her 10 percent ownership in her late son's company, Katherine is seeking the full ownership she said Jacko promised her years ago. (PageSix)

Lawsuit Filed in Drowning Death at Demi Moore's Pool. The family of a 21-year-old man who drowned in Demi Moore's pool during a July 2015 party has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit. The actress, who was not at home during the incident, was not named in the suit, reports CBS Los Angeles. The party was thrown by Moore's assistant while she was out of the country. Jorge and Maria Valle, who filed their suit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, claim their son Edenilson Steven Valle made it clear he could not swim. Edenilson's death was ruled accidental and the family is seeking unspecified damages. The suit targets Tree House Trust, which owns the lavish pad, and the hosts of the party Bessy Wong and Lenny Hernandez. The Valle family says Hernandez "hosted a party with alcohol," and there were no clear safety markers around the 10-foot deep pool rendering conditions "dangerous." "House manager Lenny Hernandez knew there was drinking that night and in fact she was serving alcohol at a party which was unsafe to host," reads the suit in part. The Associated Press previously reported that Edenilson went missing for roughly 15 minutes before he was discovered floating in the pool. After news of the incident made its way to Moore, 54, she released a statement claiming to be "shocked." (PageSix)

Oklahoma standout and Heisman finalist Baker Mayfield was arrested after allegedly yelling profanities, "caused a scene" and running from cops after an altercation. According to the police report, Mayfield was in Arkansas early Saturday when the incident happened. An officer was waved down to take an assault and battery report and asked Mayfield -- who had allegedly been trying to break up the altercation -- to stay so he could give a statement. Reports say that's when Mayfield went nuts, cursing and making a scene. The report says Mayfield had slurred speech, trouble walking and was covered in food. Mayfield allegedly sprinted away from the officer and once tackled, refused to cooperate. The QB and Heisman hopeful was arrested for public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and fleeing. A statement from the school says, "We are aware of the matter and are learning the details." (TMZ)

Bill Paxton has died ... TMZ has learned. We're told the actor died suddenly Saturday due to complications from surgery. Paxton had a string of hits, including "Twister," "Titanic" and "Aliens." He won an Emmy for "Hatfields and McCoys." He was on a CBS series, "Training Day" at the time of his death. The 61-year-old actor had 2 children and was married to Louise Newbury for 30 years. The family says, "It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery." The family accurately describes his "illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker." The family adds, "Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable." UPDATE: We're told Paxton underwent heart surgery and had complications post-op and suffered a fatal stroke. (TMZ)

"Game of Thrones" star Neil Fingleton has died from heart failure. The 7'7" actor died Saturday in the UK. Fingleton was a basketball player both in college and professionally before becoming an actor. He played in college for both University of North Carolina and Holy Cross. He played professionally in Spain, China, Italy, Greece and England. Fingleton played Mag the Mighty on the hit show. He also appeared on "Dr. Who," and in "X-Men: First Class" and "Avengers" Age of Ultron." The actor was among the 25 tallest men in the world. RIP. (TMZ)

Publicist and actress Patty Freedman dies at 64. Patty Freedman, an actress who became a publicist, died in her New York home on Feb. 17. The 64-year-old had been battling breast cancer. Born in Detroit but raised in Southfield, Mich., Freedman started performing early at Cass Tech, Detroit's performing arts high school, before attending Interlochen Arts Camp and University of Michigan, from which she graduated with honors and musical theater degree. As Patty Dworkin, Freedman went onto perform on stage in Ohio with the Kenley Players before moving onto Broadway, where she worked on "See Saw," "Shenandoah" and "Sly Fox." After working with Jackie Gleason on "Sly Fox," impressed ABC casting executives put her under contract and relocated her to Los Angeles. The ABC contract brought her roles on shows including "The Love Boat," "Fantasy Island," "Dynasty," "Happy Days," "Delta House," "One Day at a Time," "Eight is Enough," and "Shirley." In film, Freedman was featured in "Ghostbusters," "Mr. Mom" and "Airplane Two." Her commercial career brought her together with many brands, including Ford, Airwick, Kleenex, Snuggles Fabric Softeners and more. She and husband Andrew worked together at Andrew E. Freedman Public Relations, repping performers including Margo Martindale, Eartha Kitt, Stephen Schwartz, Winnie Holzman, Jason Robert Brown, Julie Halston, Liz Larsen, Billy Strich, John McDaniel, Lea Delaria, Steven Lutvak and many others. She also handled publicity for organizations including the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Circle in The Square, where she served as a board member, The Bushnell, Yale School of Drama, where she also lectured, and Syracuse University. She played an instrumental role in securing a Broadway berth for "Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," which won a Tony for best musical. Freedman is survived by her husband Andrew and sons Alexander and Christopher. Donations may be made to the Young Women's Leadership Network. (PageSix)

Wiz Khalifa Addresses the Death of His Transgender Sister: 'My Family Will Get Through This'. Wiz Khalifa is mourning the death of his transgender sister, Dorien "Lala" Thomaz, who died on Monday. She was 32. The rapper, 29, tweeted about his loss on Friday, writing, "The loss of my sibling has been the hardest thing I've had to deal with but with your prayers and well wishes my family will get through this." Khalifa's mother, Peachie Wimbush, posted her daughter's obituary on her Instagram page, including a quote from the film Steel Magnolias. "... there was no noise, no tremble, just peace," the caption read. "Oh God(dess), I realized as a woman how lucky I am. I was there when that wonderful creature drifted into my life and I was there when she drifted out. It was the most precious moment of my life." "I have seen, heard and felt every bit of your love," Wimbush added. Four days before announcing her daughter's death, Wimbush posted a photo on Instagram of herself holding another woman's hand, writing, "Your prayers are necessary... thank you in advance." On Tuesday, Khalifa celebrated the 4th birthday of his son, Sebastian Taylor, whom he shares with Amber Rose. Dorien's obituary said she died "peacefully with her Mother by her side." A cause of death has not been released. (People)

Christine Dolce -- better known as ForBiddeN on MySpace during its super early days, who amassed over 2.1 million friends -- died from liver failure ... TMZ has learned. Christine was arguably MySpace's biggest star in its heyday -- behind Tom, of course -- and built an enormous following after posting tons of pics with her in racy outfits. Rock star David Navarro and Nine Inch Nails were just some of her many followers. Christine's family tells TMZ ... she had been hospitalized since December after battling with alcohol-related issues. Christine -- who famously feuded with Tila Tequila's crew and built a brand that included a clothing line -- had tried getting help but to no avail. She died at the hospital surrounded by family. Her funeral was last week. Christine was 35. (TMZ)


Behati Prinsloo Makes Surprise Return to the Runway for the First Time After Giving Birth. Behati Prinsloo is back! The supermodel took more than a year break while pregnant with her first child with Adam Levine. But now, five months after giving birth to her baby girl, Dusty Rose Levine, she's returned to strutting her stuff on the runway. Prinsloo surprised everyone during Versace's Fall 2017 show at Milan Fashion Week and couldn't help but gush over her excitement to be back. "Can you believe it?" she asked Vogue backstage. "I can't believe it either!" So why did she choose Versace for her first, post-pregnancy catwalk? Well, it turns out she actually made her last runway appearance with the Italian luxury brand. "I was five weeks pregnant and no one knew," she told the magazine. Discussions over her Versace comeback first started nearly a month ago, but Prinsloo wasn't all that confident about doing it. "I wasn't sure if I could pull it together," she said. "Pregnancy was such a nice break for me, it was so fun. But it's also nice to slowly get back -- I feel ready." Despite looking smokin' in a sexy, skin-tight navy and orange dress with a matching furry coat, she couldn't help the nerves going into the show. "I was a little nervous, thinking, so, I still know how to walk -- I mean, what is it, it's walking," she joked. "But I was excited to come back and see all the girls again and still feel like, you know, I can be independent, I can still do it. To kind of prove something to myself, I think." Still, she's not spending more than a day away from her daughter, having flown into Milan Thursday and flying out Saturday morning. "Literally in and out, so I'm not away from her for too long," she said. "What I'm focused on now is to be a good mom. Everything shifts." (Eonline)

Why John Mayer Does Not Want to Be The Bachelor. Will we be seeing John Mayer on the small screen soon? Not if he can help it. While the Grammy winner is a self-proclaimed fan of the hit ABC reality series, he told Ellen DeGeneres he does not want to be the subject of the competition. "I don't think that I would find love there unless they would change this sort of vetting process for who would be the contestants," he explained to the daytime host, who considers Mayer a prime contender for the role. "I think it would be one of the lowest rated shows." To top it off, he's a busy man. In fact, the 39-year-old crooner can barely commit to watching the episodes, let alone doing the job. "I love the show, but it's too much time to ask of me. Two hours is a lot of buy-in time," he admitted. "Just get me the helicopters, get me the girls crying, girls crying on helicopters...If you get tears in flight on The Bachelor, that is prime stuff." Still, while the spectacle of the show seems like a far cry from his quiet life in Montana, it could bring him the romantic adventure he craves. "I miss plans. I miss stuff," he said of being in a relationship. "A man can drive to Big Sur alone, but how lonely is that?" So, is there a special lady he's taking on long drives these days? "You don't have to be with someone to be together and I'm enjoying being together," he told DeGeneres. Whatever that means... (Eonline)

Karl Lagerfeld Claims Meryl Streep Wanted to Get Paid to Wear Chanel to the 2017 Oscars. Meryl Streep is famous for creating award-winning drama on the silver screen, but that drama might be seeping into her closet. With just days before the 2017 Oscars, where the actress would be a 20th-time nominee, the actress allegedly left one gown by the wayside because of money, according to Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld. As the designer's version of the story goes, Streep had her eye on an embroidered gray silk gown from Lagerfeld's most recent collection for Chanel and planned to wear it for Sunday's (last night's) ceremony. However, she asked that the dress' neckline be higher, so the Chanel camp got to work -- but not for long. "I made a sketch, and we started to make the dress," Lagerfeld told WWD. Days later, someone from Streep's team allegedly rang. "'Don't continue the dress. We found somebody who will pay us,'" Lagerfeld described the phone call to the magazine. While Streep has sported Lanvin gowns to the Academy Awards in recent years, Lagerfeld blamed the brand's unwillingness to pay the star for her last-minute change. "After we gift her a dress that's 100,000 euros [$105,000], we found later we had to pay [for her to wear it]," he told WWD. "We give them dresses, we make the dresses, but we don't pay." "A genius actress, but cheapness also, no?" he added to the magazine. Considering the extreme publicity the Oscar red carpet affords, it has become increasingly common for actresses to get paid to wear any element of their award look. Still, Streep's camp denies that money was the culprit. "This is a completely untrue story," the rep told E! News in a statement. "Ms. Streep would NEVER wear anything in exchange for payment." (Eonline)

Calvin Klein Sells Gorgeous Miami Beach Home for $13 Million. We've got an obsession with Calvin Klein's former home. The fashion designer sold his stunning 5,802-square-foot, two-story, five-bedroom, five-bathroom Miami Beach waterfront home for $13.15 million this week. The house was built in 1929. One of its most striking features is a private dock and infinity pool aligned with bamboo stalks and overlooking the Biscayne Bay. The home contains an open floor plan with furniture and antiques from Italy and Morocco -- in tones as neutral as that of his apparel, Spanish-style arches, a balcony, a dome kitchen and has its own private courtyard. There is also a guest house. Klein's name was on the original listing. Other celebs who have over the years bought homes in the area include Matt Damon and Ricky Martin. Klein purchased his waterfront property in 2004 for $5.75 million. He first listed it for sale in 2015 and had asked for $16 million, then dropped the price to $15 million. The home was recently relisted with an asking price of $12.85 million. "It may sound crazy, but I wouldn't sell it to just anyone," Klein told Page Six in 2015. "It would break my heart. I hate to use the word 'unique,' but I have never seen another house like it...I want to sell it to someone who appreciates the aesthetic." "I'm a sucker for views," he said. "Not to compare apples to oranges, but Miami Beach is a resort." The buyer's name has not been revealed. Their real estate agent told Southern Florida real estate news outlet The Real Deal that the new owner is from the United States and plans to use the home as a vacation retreat. They also bought the furniture for a separate price. The designer owns several homes, including a $14 million triplex penthouse in Manhattan, property in the Hamptons and a $25 million multi-story house in the Hollywood Hills, Variety reported. (Eonline)

The infamous "Access Hollywood" tape -- in which President Donald Trump bragged about grabbing women by the hoo-ha -- was an inside job, leaked by an NBC News staffer on Billy Bush's own "Today" show, multiple sources tell Page Six. "The tape was leaked by the NBC News division, by somebody at the 'Today' show," says one source. "NBC News knew for a while about the existence of the tape. Billy himself had told them about it. People in the news division became frustrated that 'Access Hollywood' was taking too long to air it and decided it had to come out." "Access" had been working on airing a sanitized version of the tape, which revealed Trump's comments but protected Bush by editing out his. But the full tape, which was leaked to the Washington Post, featured Bush goading the president. The leak got Bush fired from "Today," which was, according to the source, part of the plan. "The leaked tape served a dual purpose: It helped get Bush out of the way -- Matt Lauer didn't like him and felt he was a liability -- and NBC thought it would derail Trump," says the source. "But all it did was crush Billy, and, ironically, his own network was behind it." When Bush first came to "Today," sources told us he did not get along with the cast, who considered him a "frat boy." Then, he wrong-footed with his Ryan Lochte story about the supposed Rio robbery. And Lauer wasn't happy that Bush was being hailed as his heir apparent. "The leak was not just a political move," another source tells us. "Lauer felt threatened." The leaker is still at NBC and has not been disciplined, says the source, who adds, "There was no investigation, no internal witch hunt by NBC into who leaked the tape. It served their purposes." Another "Today" insider insists, "The leak did not come from 'Today.' It was leaked by somebody on the West Coast who hated Billy Bush and wanted to take him down." Others at NBC played down Lauer's role. A source said, "Billy and Matt had a great relationship. Matt had nothing to do with the tape." Lauer himself added, "This story is a complete fantasy, patently false." Bush's rep didn't comment. (Page Six)

Meryl Streep's rep fires back after Lagerfeld's 'cheap' claim. Meryl Streep's camp is caterwauling over Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld's claim that the legendary actress is "cheap." The Kaiser made an astonishing statement that Streep had commissioned a custom couture dress from the fashion house, then canceled it because a rival designer paid her to wear a different gown to the Oscars. "I made a sketch, and we started to make the dress," Lagerfeld told WWD. But days later, he got a call from Streep's camp: "Don't continue the dress. We found somebody who will pay us." The fashion icon then mused, "After we gift her a dress that's 100,000 euros [$105,000], we found later we had to pay [for her to wear it]. We give them dresses, we make the dresses, but we don't pay." Lagerfeld added, in an epic Streep slap-down, "A genius actress, but cheapness also, no?" But a spokesperson for Streep -- who's nominated for Best Actress for "Florence Foster Jenkins" -- said it was against the actress' "ethics" to be paid to wear a gown. The rep said, "There's no truth to this rumor whatsoever. That it is against her personal ethics to be paid to wear a gown on the red carpet... The conversations were handled completely appropriately and in a timely fashion, and there were no hard feelings on anybody's part." A fashion insider tells us that the embroidered gray silk gown from Lagerfeld's most recent couture collection had been ordered by Streep, with a requested adjustment: a higher neckline. "Meryl wanted it modified. Within 24 hours of receiving the new sketches, the stylist... said, 'This is lovely, but we are going in another direction'... With Karl, there was a misunderstanding." Chanel said in a statement, "Chanel engaged in conversations with Ms. Streep's stylist to design a dress for her to wear to the Academy Awards, with the full understanding that she was considering options from other design houses. When informed by the stylist that Ms. Streep had chosen a dress by another designer, there was no mention of the reason. Chanel wishes to express our continued and deep respect for Ms. Streep." (Eonline)

President Trump just put an end to any and all hope he'd attend this year's White House Correspondent's Dinner. Trump tweeted Saturday, "I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!" The event, to be held at the end of April, is put together by an organization of journalists who cover the White House and President. The dinner is usually hosted by a comedian who has some fun at the President's expense ... however, a host for this year's ceremony had not yet been announced. According to The Washington Post, since 1924 each President has attended at least one of the annual dinners ... President Obama attended all 8 of his. (TMZ)

Inside the Power of Shark Tank: How Entrepreneurs Still Find Huge Success Even Without a Deal. When stepping into Shark Tank, there's one phrase every entrepreneur hopes to hear: "I'd like to make you an offer." Since 2009, many business owners have been able to receive those special words from Mark Cuban, Kevin O'Leary, Lori Greiner and other successful investors on ABC's popular reality show. But as the series celebrates $100 million of deals on Friday night's all-new episode, it's becoming clear than an investment from the sharks isn't the only way a business featured on Shark Tank can succeed. While viewers have witnessed the growth of Scrub Daddy, Tipsy Elves, Wicked Good Cupcakes and other companies who partnered with a shark, other products have been quietly enjoying a huge boost in sales and success without a six-figure deal. When Nice pipes apparel founder Lisa Binderow appeared on the show last month to showcase her line of a leg and arm warmers, the businesswoman was hoping to secure a mentor with one of the sharks. At the same time, she didn't want to give up too much equity in her company. "I had been working so hard for two years and while my growth was slow, it was growth," she explained to E! News. "If I were to accept this 40 percent [equity offer], my life would change overnight and it would create this life where I'd almost have a boss and my business would be catapulted into a level of success -- that is wonderful -- and a level of intensity I wasn't sure I wanted." After stocking up on her inventory before the episode aired, Lisa is happy to report, "our traffic has increased an insane amount" even without a deal. "I was only on the show less than a month ago so it's really hard for me to know... but it's pretty amazing to see how much our daily sales have grown," she continued. "I don't even know how to put a number on it because it's so drastic. A month out and I would say it has quadrupled our monthly run rate." Ezpz founder Lindsey Laurain appeared on the show back in January of 2016 to showcase her all-in-one silicone plates and placements. At the time, she admitted to the sharks that she was talking to Buy Buy Baby about having her line placed in several stores. While she didn't walk away with a deal, the entrepreneur has found long-term success and even expanded her business into the pet space. "When I went on Shark Tank, we had done 85,000 units. To date, we have done 1.3 million units," Lindsey shared with E! News. "We had done a million dollars in sales and we're about to hit $10 million." As for Buy Buy Baby, they love the product and have it featured in their stores. In fact, the line is now sold in 30 countries and 1,000 retailers including Nordstrom stores. "Shark Tank is an incredible format but just because you get a no in the tank, doesn't mean you're not going to make it," Robert Herjavec shared with E! News. "It's just like in life. We're just another path to success." Daymond John added, "Those companies who are going on to be successful know that the sharks are just a stepping stone on their path to success. They don't depend on us and they go out to prove us wrong and a lot of companies have done that and I love it." When CEO Tanner Dame appeared on the show and asked for an investment in Proof Eyewear, two sharks made an offer. While Tanner assures fans that he went on the show 100 percent behind the idea of getting another partner on board, he ultimately doesn't have regrets passing on the potential deals. "We didn't feel diminished by any means," he shared with E! News. "We stepped back and thought we had two sharks invested in our business, we presented ourselves really well and showcased our brand and what we created the past two years." Since their episode aired in February 2013, Proof Eyewear has tripled their workforce, opened their first flagship store in Boise, Idaho, expanded their do-good missions and received celebrity support from Macklemore, Lil Wayne and more artists. "The people that don't make a deal on the show with any of the sharks and go home empty handed go home with something that's a treasure and that's publicity watched by all those millions of people," Barbara Corcoran shared. "They go home and everybody recognizes them in their hometown and suddenly they have creativity. Whether they win or lose on the show, they go home a winner." And while having your product featured on a major network in prime time is priceless, many entrepreneurs assure viewers that your life isn't magically complete once you appear on Shark Tank. "At the end of the day, with or without a shark, you still have a s--t ton of work to do," Lindsey shared. "Everyone on Shark Tank, we grind and work our asses off every single day." Daymond added, "I think no matter what, it's always going to speak to the power of the entrepreneur... it's always about the person." Shark Tank airs Friday night at 9 p.m. on ABC. (Eonline)

Real Housewives of Orange County's Vicki Gunvalson Claims Employee Embezzled Money From Her Insurance Company. Real Housewives of Orange County star Vicki Gunvalson claims one of her employees stole thousands of dollars from her business, Coto Insurance & Financial Services. The Orange County sheriff tells E! News that a crime report wasn't written; instead, an information report titled possible embezzlement was drafted. Investigators are going to take a look and determine whether it's a civil or criminal report. According to TMZ, Gunvalson, 54, noticed discrepancies in the company's books and believes the unnamed employee embezzled money into his personal account and "poached clients" from her son, Michael Wolfsmith, who is vice president of the brokerage. Gunvalson hired the employee two months ago but reportedly already fired him. Police opened an investigation looking into Gunvalson's claims. E! News has reached out to Gunvalson for comment. Gunvalson's life and business have experienced dramatic moments, the former having played out on the small screen for viewers to watch. In the RHOC season 11 reunion, viewers saw Gunvalson claim Shannon Beador's husband David beat her. What ensued proved Gunvalson has no friends left in Orange County. "What you have done -- now this is on the show and it's in the universe, and there will be people who will go up to my children and say 'Your father beats your mother,'" Beador told Vicki after tearfully recounting the sad night. "You're despicable. I will never, ever speak to you again." Gunvalson claimed the rumor saddened her and never wanted it. But later she admitted what fans knew all along: She was getting back at everyone for the drama surrounding Brooks Ayers and his fake cancer. Fans will just have to wait for season 12 to find out what happens next. (Eonline)

The Magic Castle shut down to the public Friday evening after the body of a magician was found in a closet ... and it appears the man hanged himself ... TMZ has learned. We're told paramedics responded to the Hollywood landmark around 7:30 PM after a man with a bag over his head, and dressed only in his underwear, was found by an employee. The magician was pronounced dead at the scene. The Magic Castle is a legendary private restaurant and performance nightclub ... and has become a favorite for magicians while they're in L.A. As of now, cops are investigating the death as a possible suicide. The Magic Castle had no comment. (TMZ)

The BMW in which Tupac was shot and killed can be yours ... for $1.5 million!!! An auction house has put the 750IL up for sale. It won't be auctioned but will be sold to someone with $1.5M. You'll recall Suge Knight was behind the wheel and Tupac was in the passenger seat in 1996 when they were ambushed. The car was littered with bullets on the Vegas strip. The whip's been restored to its former glory, but a close inspection reveals its bullet-ridden history ... the indentations are visible inside the door panels. As for how the BMW ended up at an auction house ... after the murder, Vegas PD impounded it and the car was auctioned off. It changed hands several times before finding its most recent owner. And, in case you're wondering ... the Beemer has more than 90k miles. (TMZ)

Donald Trump's Chicago hotel is suing an NFL player and his bride for allegedly stiffing the hotel on a big wedding bill, but it seems from the lawsuit something went wrong during the reception. Tennessee Titans linebacker Justin Staples tied the knot with Amber last June and, judging from the video, the reception was fun and lovely. They even had Afterglow Snacks, which, based on the menu, may have included cheeseburger sliders, buffalo wings, fried mac and cheese bites and BBQ spiced waffle fries. Justin and Amber apparently drove a hard bargain before the wedding, because Trump International Hotel and Tower dropped their proposed fee to $79,484. According to the lawsuit, Justin and Amber paid $30k, but that was it. Now, here's a big clue. According to the lawsuit, at the end of the reception, the hotel slashed another $5,062.13 from the bill, so it seems like something happened ... maybe food wasn't served, the cake was wonky, the bar ran out of liquor, the joint shut down too early ... something. Staples' agent tell us, Justin paid every penny he was obligated to pay and the claim is "baseless." (TMZ)

The Shelby County carnival in Tennessee is so dangerous it's shocking ... according to a new suit. A carnival employee is suing Amusements of America -- one of the largest traveling amusement park companies -- claiming it failed to safely set up the Ring of Fire thrill ride in August 2016 ... which led to him being electrocuted. The man says the ride hit a power line 35 feet in the air while it was being raised, which caused an electrical overload in a nearby generator. Problem is -- the guy claims he was using that generator to set up another carnival ride, and he got zapped. According to the docs ... high-voltage currents from the generator shot into the man's hands as he held the controls. He says he was "frozen" in extreme pain until the current left his body by "exploding" out the bottom of his left foot. He says his shoe erupted in flames. The man claims he was severely and permanently injured and his foot required 2 surgeries before he could leave the hospital. He's asking for $25 million. (TMZ)


Garth Brooks is nothing if not ridiculously generous ... he surprised a husband/wife who became the 5 millionth fans to take in his world tour with not one, but 2 cars. Sources at the arena tell us the couple scored a Lexus SUV and a Nissan truck before Friday's Edmonton, Alberta concert. They also got a $5k Amazon shopping spree, a $5k Edmonton mall spree, a trip for 2 to the Wynn in Vegas, and a bunch of Garth and Trisha Yearwood merch. By the way ... Garth broke his own concert attendance record. Back in the 90's his tour hit 5 million tickets sold in 100 cities. This time around it was 5 mil in just 60 cities. It's like winning the lottery in low places. (TMZ)

21 Savage dropped bars on 13-year-old twins for one of the most ballingest bar/bat mitzvah surprises ever. The ATL rapper was the surprise performer at Jake and Sydney Steinger's b'nah mitzvah -- a co-ed affair -- Saturday night at the famous Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach. Savage normally drops lines like, "Cause these n****s p**** and I'm hard, I turn that f****** soft into some hard" -- but he was nice enough to make a few kid-friendly edits. He even let Jake rock his "Savage" chain onstage. If this seems extravagant, that's only because ... it freakin' is! We're told Janet and Michael Steinger -- an attorney -- dropped about a million bucks on their twins' party. Much of that had to end up in pockets of 21 Savage's pocket, who btw ... was flown in on a private jet. Jake and Sydney might be thrilled, but y'know their friends' parents are PISSED! Good luck topping this. (TMZ)

Shania Twain's divorce sparked first album in 15 years. Shania Twain is set to release her first album in 15 years, and one of the new songs was inspired directly by her divorce from her former producer, Robert "Mutt" Lange. The new album features Twain's first recordings since she was diagnosed with dysphonia, a vocal cord disorder that causes difficulty in speaking and hoarseness. In a candid interview with Rolling Stone, the country legend discusses her long journey to recovery as well as explains several new songs on her yet-to-be-titled album. Twain thinks the illness was brought on by the stress of her divorce from Lange in 2010. Lange was her longtime co-writer and producer and the mastermind behind Twain's breakthrough, "The Woman in Me," as well as 1997's "Come On Over." One of the songs on Twain's forthcoming album details the end of her marriage. Rolling Stone describes "Who's Gonna Be Your Girl?" as "a mournful ballad." "It's about feeling unappreciated and knowing that you are secondary," she says. "Having to live with someone that has different priorities and accepting that you're not the most important thing in a person's life." She had to change her entire writing and recording style for the new album so that it would not remind fans of the work she did with Lange, and her singing has changed, too. "I'm a different singer now," she says of her deeper singing voice. "There was a lot of coming to terms with that. It's been one of the obstacles in my life I've just had to learn to live with." Twain plans on releasing a new single in March and then dropping the album in May. The singer shows no signs of slowing down, either, as she hopes to get started writing another album immediately, calling writing her therapy. "It helped me come to terms with a lot of things emotionally," she explains. (PageSix)

Lionel Richie Postpones Tour With Mariah Carey. Fans will have to wait to dance on the ceiling with Lionel Richie. Weeks ahead of the scheduled start to his All the Hits Tour, which will feature special guest Mariah Carey, the legendary musician has postponed the project. "When you have been performing as long as I have, it takes a toll on your body," he said in a statement to E! News. "Unfortunately my recovery from a knee procedure will not have me 100% ready to start the tour next month. I don't want to disappoint my fans and I look forward to being back on stage so we can all be 'Dancing on the Ceiling' together again." According to the star's rep, the tour has been pushed back until the summer and new dates will soon be announced. All tickets for rescheduled dates will be honored. The shows were previously slated to kick off in Baltimore on March 15 with more than 30 shows all over the country and Canada. Originally, the concerts were meant to end in late May in Florida. Richie had even taken to Twitter as recently as Wednesday to gush about hitting the stage. "Can't believe we're less than a month away already till my new tour starts! See you soon," he wrote. While it's not the best news for dedicated fans, Richie has been moving and grooving on the road nonstop in recent years, including his All the Hits All Night Long tour from 2013 to 2015 and his Las Vegas residency through 2016. Perhaps it's time for a well-deserved break. Get better soon, Lionel! (Eonline)

Is This the Best Voice Coaches' Performance Ever? The Season 12 Music Video for "Waterfalls." We will go chasing these waterfalls, thank you very much. The coaches' performance on The Voice is always fun, since it's a combination of voices and genres that wouldn't typically find themselves performing together, but this year's rendition of TLC's "Waterfalls" might top them all. E! Instead of performing together on stage, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and Alicia Keys chose a more intimate setting to film a simple music video for the song. E! News has your exclusive first look at the video, which will air later during the blind auditions, and it's pretty great. Who knew we'd ever hear Blake Shelton singing a TLC song? This is the first season for this combination of coaches -- and the first season with Blake and Gwen as both competing coaches and a couple -- and only the second season featuring two female coaches. While Adam and Blake have, of course, coached every season so far, this is Alicia's second season and Gwen's third. Based on what we've seen so far, it might be the show's best coach lineup ever, and not just because Adam is completely and strangely obsessed with the fact that Blake and Gwen are dating to the point where it feels like he might also be trying to date them. It's a joy to watch, and luckily you don't have to wait long before you get to enjoy it, too. The Voice premieres Monday at 8 p.m. on NBC. (Eonline)

Colton Haynes to Make Live Singing Debut During George Michael Tribute Concert. Colton Haynes is warming up his vocal chords. I can exclusively reveal that the Scream Queens actor is getting ready to make his live singing debut at Gotta Have Faith, VH1 Save The Music's upcoming George Michael tribute concert in New York City. No word yet on what song Haynes will be performing, but he tells me, "I'm just so excited to be a part of this because I've been a fan since I was a kid and he's such an iconic inspiration to so many people and never strayed away from his own sound and being himself and that's so admirable. He's made so many people feel deep emotion through his music, myself included and to be a part of this incredible night is truly an honor." The concert will celebrate Michael's Grammy-winning career from his days with Wham! to his legendary solo years. The "Careless Whisper" hit-maker was just 53 when he died in late December. The lineup for the evening already includes Madam Secretary's Erich Bergen (he's producing the concert, too), Tituss Burgess, Cheyenne Jackson, current Hamilton star Javier Munoz, as well as Eric Hutchinson and Jon McLaughlin. All will be backed by a full orchestra. "We're thrilled to have Colton on board," Bergen says. "I had to corner him at Men's Fashion Week and beg him to do this. And he said yes! What a thrill! I'm equally as thrilled about our whole roster of performers. It's gonna be a wild night. Can't wait!" Radio personality Elvis Duran will host the event, which benefits VH1 Save The Music Foundation's work to restore school music programs in the U.S and takes place April 24 at New York City's Highline Ballroom. More performers are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. For tickets and more details, go to (Eonline)

Coachella beware: The Beyhive is mad and they have their stingers on. News that Beyonce has postponed her performance at this year's Coachella on the advice of her doctors hasn't gone over well on social media. Many fans are demanding a refund, not finding any solace in the fact that the singer, who's pregnant with twins, is now slated to headline next year's event. A statement posted Thursday to Coachella's official Facebook page read, "Following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months, Beyonce has made the decision to forgo performing at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival." The April festival still has big names such as Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, and Future, but that isn't stopping fans from demanding refunds or pledging to sell their tickets. (People)

Martin Garrix Announced as International Friend for SOS Children's Village. Martin Garrix is doing his part to give back and get involved. Feb. 24th he was announced as an international friend for SOS Children's Village, a non-profit that "builds families for orphaned, abandoned, and other vulnerable children around the world." The world renowned DJ/producer celebrated the announcement by taking a trip to and SOS Village Cape Town, South Africa to see first-hand how the organization impacts children who have lost their parents. Not only did he meet with children growing up in SOS families, he even played a short DJ set for them. Garrix told Billboard that he's very close with his parents and that their unconditional support played a huge part of his success and added that "it is awful that so many children around the world don't have the support of a caring family." Stephen Miller, Nation Director of SOS Children's Villages South Africa, said of Garrix, "He inspires millions of young people around the globe to live up to their dreams. A perfect match for SOS Children's Villages." (Billboard)

Bea Miller Shines on Newly Released 'Song Like You,' Breaks Down 'Chapter One: Blue' Collection. Bea Miller fans have a lot to look forward to in 2017. The New Jersey songstress' vocals are stunning on her newly released, incredibly catchy track "Song For You," the first track off her innovative collection Chapter One: Blue that dropped Friday Feb. 24. The ear candy is going to last us throughout 2017, as Miller plans to unleash two more "chapters" throughout the year that tie together to tell one big story. Chapter Two: Red is expected to drop in May and Chapter Three: Yellow in August. Finally, the entire project will come together in November when all 9 previously released tracks, including 3 new ones, will drop. Speaking on "Song For You," Miller told Billboard, "I woke up one morning and on my way to the studio I had a self-realization where I figured out what the problem was in my life and I needed to change something. Not only was that important in a personal aspect but it started everything I wrote this music about." (Billboard)

Maren Morris Closing Country Radio Seminar on the New Faces Show. All this week, has previewed the annual New Faces Show, which closes the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville Friday night. Without a doubt, the performance that is the most anticipated is Grammy winner Maren Morris. The entire year has been a high point for the singer, and being voted onto the show by her supporters at Country Radio is another career moment. "I'm very excited," she tells Billboard. "I remember the line-up from last year, and thinking how all those people have done so many incredible things in a year's time. So, to be included in this year's show is a really big deal. I'm very honored to have been included into that." Since the release of her self-titled Columbia EP back in November of 2015, it's been nonstop forward momentum for the singer-songwriter -- far exceeding any expectations she might have had. "I hate to sell myself short, but at this point last year, I was just hoping that my album wouldn't be shelved," she confesses. "It's been crazy to see what all has happened since then. I've been fortunate that the album came out, and was received the way it has been. The sky was the limit last year. I just had no hope of how insane that things were going to get." Things kicked into an even higher gear when her single "My Church" began to take off. The song peaked at No. 5 on the Country Songs chart, paving the way for the success of her Hero disc, which debuted atop the Country Albums list in June. The album's second single, "80s Mercedes" has fared well also, currently sitting at No. 20 on the Country Streaming Songs chart. Morris explained that while she loved each step along the radio tour, there were a few stops that were near to her heart. "I always love playing Chicago, as well as my home state. I'm from Arlington, Texas, so I grew up listening to KSCS and The Wolf, so to have those stations and DJs playing my music is very cool," Morris beams. "It's a little-girl dream come true, to turn on the radio, and hear them playing your song. You just feel giddy. When I was home for Christmas, I got to experience that a few times, which was nice." Morris promises that she's going to give it her all when she hits the stage Friday night. "I love the music that I put on this record, and I feel that every time my band and I walk out on stage, we have a good time. It's great to feed off the energy from the audience. I think that since this closes out the week, everyone is going to be in a good mood. It's music. It's supposed to be fun." The singer has just kicked off her first national headlining tour, with each date a quick sell-out. She admits to being floored by the response to the on-sale dates. "We had a few tickets left in Houston, but it finally sold out. It's crazy for me to think about that. My first tour is completely sold out. That's exciting. The fans came through, and bought tickets within the first few minutes of them going on sale. I'm excited to get out there." (Billboard)

Eminem Returning to Headline Reading, Leeds Festivals. Go ahead, say it -- guess who's back? Yup, Eminem has been announced as the third and final headliner for this summer's Reading and Leeds festivals (Aug. 25-27). It's the third time Slim Shady will topline the venerable festival after taking the closing spot in 2013 and 2001. "Eminem returning to Reading and Leeds is beyond exciting," said festival runner Melvin Benn according to NME. "His 2013 headline performance was incredible and I can't want to have him back." Marshall Mathers joins fellow headliners Kasabian and Muse. A number of other new acts were also announced on Friday (Feb. 24), including Bear's Den, Black Lips, Charlie XCX, Dillon Francis, Flatbush Zombies, Grouplove, Haim, Halsey, Marshmello, Migos, Milky Chance, Phantogram, Sam Divine, The Hunna and You Me at Six. While sister act Haim have announced that their second album will drop this summer it is unknown if Eminem will have any new material to share at Reading and Leeds. (Billboard)

This is some smurfin' goooood smurf! After ending her 2016 on vocal rest, Meghan Trainor is back with another booty-poppin' single! On Friday, the songstress dropped her latest track I'm A Lady, which will be featured in the upcoming film Smurfs: The Lost Village. Our feelings about another Smurf sequel aside, M.Train kills this hot new track with her signature empowering sass -- even Smurfette could get down to this smurf! Catch Smurfs: The Lost Village in theaters April 7! (Perez Hilton)


Emma Thompson Not Taking Part in Love Actually Reunion Due to Alan Rickman's Death: "It's Too Soon." You will not see Emma Thompson in the upcoming Love Actually reunion, for a sad reason. Many of the other cast members had last week gotten together to film a mini-movie for Red Nose Day, a biennial U.K. telethon to raise money for the Comic Relief charity, which helps impoverished children and their families. In Richard Curtis' 2003 cult romantic comedy and ensemble film Love Actually, Thompson and Alan Rickman, played a husband and wife whose marriage is strained by his romantic feelings towards another woman. The actor died at age 69 in 2016 after a cancer battle. Love Actually is one of nine films he and Thompson had appeared in together. The list includes three Harry Potter movies. Curtis had told the Press Association earlier this week that Thompson would not take part in the Love Actually reunion. "Ems isn't in it. She just can't do it," he said. He was also asked if Rickman's character would be featured in any way. "You know dealing with Alan is very complicated, so not really," he said. "We're not [involving] everyone. We're doing about two-thirds of people." Aside from Nighy, Grant and Liam Neeson, other Love Actually stars set to take part in the charity show reunion include Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Rowan Atkinson, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Olivia Olson. The 10-minute film, titled Comic Relief Actually, will depict the lives of the characters in 2017. The Red Nose Day special airs on BBC1 on March 24. (Eonline)

Biggest Oscar Moments of All Time: Cuba Gooding Jr. Loves Everyone at the 1997 Academy Awards. Cuba Gooding Jr. was feeling the love at the 69th Academy Awards in 1997. And for good reason! The then 29-year-old walked away with the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in Jerry Maguire, beating Fargo's William H. Macy, Shine's Armin Mueller-Stahl, Primal Fear's Edward Norton and Ghosts of Mississippi's James Woods. From the moment presenter Mira Sorvino announced his name live from inside the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center, it was clear Gooding would be accepting the award on his own terms. And while he may not have had the longest speech of all time, he did have the longest speech over the show's exit music. After hugging Cruise on his way to the stage, an exuberant Gooding told the show's producers, "I know I have a little bit of time so I'm gonna rush and say everybody, and you cut away, I won't be mad at you. Tom said don't forget to thank your wife. I will never forget to thank my high school sweetheart and the mother of my children, Spencer and Mason. I love you, Sara [Kapfer]. And my parents who are here, Shirley and Cuba the first." "And...God, I love you. Hallelujah. Thank you, Father God, for putting me through what you put me through, but I'm here and I'm happy. I just want to -- " As the exit music began to play, Gooding laughed. "Oh, here we go! OK, the studio, I love you. And Cameron Crowe and...Tom Cruise! I love you, brother! I love you, man! Derek Brose, Shawn Suttles, Keith Butler, all my behind-the-scenes crew. Regina King, I love you! You did a great job when we made the movie! Everybody involved with the movie!" The cheering grew louder, which only fueled Gooding's enthusiasm. "I love you! Oh my goodness! Here we are! I love you but keep going...Everybody, I love you! I love you all! Cameron Crowe! James L. Brooks!" he shouted as famous attendees including Goldie Hawn, Steve Martin and Will Smith gave him a standing ovation. "James L. Brooks, I love you! Everybody who's involved with this! I love you! I love you! I love you! Everybody involved!" In 2014, footage surfaced online that showed viewers what was going on behind the scenes in the stage production box as Gooding was giving his now famous speech. At the end of the rousing sequence, the lighting director shouted, "What a f--king opening! Woo! Phenomenal!" It was a career-defining moment for Gooding -- or so he thought at the time. Hollywood was never able to "show him the money" and spin his win into box office gold. Of course, it wasn't for a lack of trying. "The studios don't see me now," Gooding confessed in a 2006 New York Times profile. "As a commercial entity, I know my stock is low." Filmmaker Lee Daniels, meanwhile, blamed Gooding's acceptance speech for the actor's demise. "It was a Stepin Fetchit performance," he said. "A lot of black people were put off. What happened from that point was he lost respect from the Boyz N the Hood crowd. And as a businessman he went out for the money. As an actor of color you have to be careful, and he chose to go for the money instead of the art." Gooding himself admitted he was trying to "compete with Will Smith," one of Hollywood's most bankable stars of all time. "I thought people wanted me to make them laugh. But I was wrong on so many levels," he said. "I try to take all my energy and bravado and take it into comedy, and that's when I'm terrible. And it was also for the money. When I got to [the 2002 film] Boat Trip, I thought it was time to do something that was going to make me a $20 million player." In the years after his Oscar win, Gooding also bounced around between talent agencies, including Creative Artists, Endeavor, International Creative Management, Paradigm, United Talent and William Morris. "It's hard to make decisions where you feel you're not getting enough out of the relationship and you have to move on," he told the New York Times. "That's how I felt after the Oscar, where I felt I wasn't getting what was coming to me. I had to make decisions for what I felt was due to Cuba Gooding. If I felt lied to, or whatever, I made changes." Gooding stayed the course and earned raves for his roles in 2007's American Gangster, 2013's The Butler and 2014's Selma, among others. Not long after that, Ryan Murphy came calling. "When I won the Academy Award, I had seen that movie [Jerry Maguire] 15 times," Gooding said in a 2016 Vulture profile. "I had been to every awards show. There was a preciousness I put about myself as an actor and an artist. It made me pass on Amistad. It made me pass on Ali. It made me pass on a lot of these big movies because I wanted to make another statement." A string of box office and critical failures followed his award-winning performance in Jerry Maguire (Men of Honor, Radio, Rat Race, Snow Dogs, What Dreams May Come), which made Gooding persona non grata. So, after the FX miniseries American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson became a massive success in 2016, he doesn't take his reclaimed success for granted. "I just got out of actor jail of doing 10 years of direct-to-video movies. It was an education I would have paid a billion dollars, if I had it, to get," he said. "At the same time, I'm starving. I'm hungry again, to work with these new voices. I'm staying focused on the process as an actor." (Eonline)

Croatia to Continue Production Incentives Despite Film Center Crisis. The government of the south-eastern European country confirms its commitment to "maintaining and strengthening" its tax breaks for foreign productions. The Croatian government will continue its production incentives for filmmakers despite a crisis at the national film center that administers the 20 percent tax rebate scheme. Production incentives in the European Union member state, where Lionsgate's retelling of British folklore story Robin Hood: Origins, starring Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx is currently shooting, have attracted a raft of projects since they were launched in 2011. Projects that have shot in the country include HBO's Game of Thrones. The country's popular filming locations include the Adriatic medieval port city of Dubrovnik. The financial incentives are not under threat, Croatia's minister of culture Nina Obuljen Korzinek tells The Hollywood Reporter amid recent debate about their future. "The government is committed to maintaining and further strengthening the system of tax incentives for foreign film productions," she says. "The Croatian government is determined to continue to support the functioning of the Croatian Audiovisual Center [HAVC] as the main body in charge of audiovisual production in Croatia." Korzinek adds: "The ministry has this year doubled the sum earmarked for financing incentives for foreign productions, and we can confirm that the government will respect all commitments and will ensure return of the investment for those productions that are underway." The ministry also plans to "soon launch public consultations" on Croatia's Audiovisual Law "to confirm" HAVC's independent role "with regard to grant-giving procedures," according to Korzinek. HAVC was plunged into crisis earlier this month when its head, Hrvoje Hribar, resigned following a damning State Audit Office report that revealed financial irregularities. Hribar insisted Friday that all the money earmarked for 2017 incentives, around 2.2 million euros ($2.3 million), was already committed. He tells THR: "It is enough to fulfill the requirements of the last installments owed to productions from 2015/2016; in addition there is 700,000 [Croatian] kuna ($100,000) left for 2017 productions." He adds that following the public consultation that the ministry of culture is launching, he believes that "some fresh money" could be injected into the rebate scheme by the middle of the year. "The prime minister and several members of the government are fully aware of the importance of the problem and they feel obliged to find a solution," he tells THR. Last week, Daniel Rafaelic was appointed new acting director of HAVC when Hribar formally stepped down after attending the Berlin Film Festival where Croatia was represented at the European Film Market. (Hollywood Reporter)


The Good Fight's Race Against Time With Skype, Doctors and Terrorists. Well, they can't all be winners. That seems to be the moral of The Good Fight, three episodes in, and applies to "The Schtup List." Spoiler warning! The Good Wife was known for its fast-paced, high-stakes race against time episodes, something the legal drama almost always did well. But The Good Fight's first attempt at one failed to recapture the sense of urgency its predecessor almost always succeeded in conveying. Lucca (Cush Jumbo) and Diane (Christine Baranski) were tasked with defending their malpractice client when he was arrested for aiding a terrorist. A brief rewind: Zachary Knighton from Happy Endings played a world-class surgeon working with Doctors Without Borders and providing Skype support to medical professionals in Syria. He was helping a dentist operate on a man via Skype when he was arrested. Turns out the patient wasn't a terrorist, but a US citizen and brother to a known terrorist. He was over there to try and convince him to come home. In a Good Fight twist, turns out both Lucca and new addition Colin Morello (Justin Bartha) were being used to draw out the terrorist brother who was then killed in an airstrike. So was the patient, despite Lucca's win in court to allow the doctor to continue guiding the procedure over Skype. The best part of the episode was the thawing of the relationship between Diane and Lucca, which began with a handshake after their court win. Lucca and Colin are destined to be the show's new couple, which would feel more forced if it weren't for the pairing being placed in Jumbo's capable hands. She could have chemistry with a wall. The urgency of the court case was sidelined with the other storylines of the episode, causing a disjointed experience. There were attempts at threading together the stories, but it never really gelled. Maia (Rose Leslie) was off in her own world, facing off with her mother (Bernadette Peters), confronting her uncle and trying to help her father (Paul Guilfoyle) by obtaining Uncle Jax's "schtup list." A serialized story like the Ponzi scheme is most welcome, however it would be more compelling if Diane and Lucca were tied to it in a closer manner. Meanwhile, Marissa (Sarah Steele) got her feet wet with the firm's investigator (Nyambi Nyambi) and Adrian (Delroy Lindo), Barbara (Erica Tazel) and Julius (Michael Boatman) attempted to re-secure a business contract with a very pro-Trump administration company. Julius was brought in because he voted for Donald Trump. Yep, it didn't take long for The Good Fight to get more political. Gasp count: Zero. Expletive count: Three f -- ks, one s -- t. The Good Fight premieres new episodes on CBS All Access on Sundays. (Eonline)

CBS Will Have No Doubt After All & Cancels the Drama After Two Episodes. That was fast! After airing just two episodes, CBS is taking Doubt off of its schedule, and is apparently done with the legal drama. Next week, its timeslot (Wednesdays at 10 p.m.) will be filled by a rebroadcast of Bull. Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders will premiere its second season in that spot on March 8. Doubt debuted last week to just over 5 million viewers, and then fell to 4 million in its second week. For comparison, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders premiered to nearly 9 million viewers last year. Doubt starred Katherine Heigl as Sadie Ellis, a brilliant lawyer who fell for her client (Steven Pasquale), a man who may or may not have been guilty of murdering his girlfriend 24 years ago. Dule Hill, Laverne Cox, Dreama Walker, and Elliott Gould also starred. Originally, when the show was being considered for the 2015/2016 TV season, KaDee Strickland and Teddy Sears were cast in the lead roles, but CBS made a few changes before deciding to pick it up for 2016/2017. The series made headlines for being one of the first shows to feature a transgender actress (Cox) playing a transgender series regular character on broadcast TV, along with Fox's Star. (Eonline)

Goodbye Hester? Lea Michele Is Joining an ABC Pilot. With Hester out hunting tourists on Scream Queens, it's apparently time for Lea Michele to take on a new role. According to Deadline, Michele has been cast in a new untitled pilot for ABC about a hip hop artist named Courtney Rose (Brandon Michael Hall) who runs for mayor to promote his mixtape, and somehow wins. There are no details on Michele's role yet, which is reportedly because the part is being tailored to her, but she was originally cast as Courtney's chief of staff. The pilot is being co-produced by Daveed Diggs, who was part of the original cast of Hamilton on Broadway. Add that to the fact that it the show is about a musician and we would be shocked if there's not some singing involved at some point. As for Scream Queens, Fox hasn't made a decision about whether or not it will be brought back for a third season, but Michele's new gig doesn't mean a third season is less likely to happen. Hester would probably just not appear in the third season, which could make sense, given the fact that at the end of season two, she and Brock (John Stamos) had run away together to the island they bought, in order to hunt tourists in peace. But then again, the end of season two also resurrected season one's villain, the Red Devil, of which Hester was one, so who really knows? (Eonline)

Scarlett Johansson to host 'SNL' for fifth time. Scarlett Johansson will return to host "Saturday Night Live" for a fifth time March 11. The actress -- whose new film "Ghost in the Shell," from Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks, premieres March 31 -- will be joined by musical guest and Grammy Award winner Lorde, who will be making her first appearance on the NBC sketch-comedy series. Johansson last hosted "Saturday Night Live" in 2015. With her appearance this month, she becomes the 17th member the show's so-called "Five-Timers Club" -- a roster of performers who have hosted the show five times or more. The list includes Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin, Drew Barrymore, Candace Bergen, Chevy Chase, Danny DeVito, Tina Fey, John Goodman, Elliott Gould, Tom Hanks, Buck Henry, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Paul Simon, Justin Timberlake, and Christopher Walken. Baldwin has hosted the show the most times with 17 appearances. Martin has hosted 15 times. "Saturday Night Live" will return with new episodes March 4 in an episode hosted by "Hidden Figures" star and Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer. She will be joined by musical guest Father John Misty, whose new album "Pure Comedy" is forthcoming. "Saturday Night Live" is produced in association with Broadway Video and is executive produced by series creator Lorne Michaels. (PageSix)

Simone Biles and Mr. T Are Joining Dancing With the Stars. Get ready for endless "pity the fool" jokes, even if most of them come from us. ET reports that Mr. T will be competing on season 24 of Dancing With the Stars, and a source confirms to E! News that Simone Biles will be joining him. Biles, who took the world by storm during last summer's Rio Olympics with the US gymnastics team, was rumored to be joining last season, but ended up not being able to participate. "I would love to do Dancing with the Stars, but so far we have a three-month tour after this Olympics," Biles told E! News at the time. "I'm not sure if I'll have time." Now, the 19-year-old gold medal winner apparently has plenty of time to follow in her teammate Laurie Hernandez's footsteps. Hernandez and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy took home the mirror ball trophy in season 23, and since Biles has been called the greatest gymnast of all time, we're pretty sure she has a good shot of doing the same. As for Mr. T, we have no idea if the former pro wrestler and star of The A-Team and Rocky III can dance, but we do know that he's a positive voice on Twitter, hoping for peace on Earth and wishing his fans a blessed new year (or he was, until he stopped posting in December). He also has an app, and a Youtube series of which there are three episodes, uploaded more than three years ago. Those are just some fun facts for you about Mr. T, irrelevant to his potential on Dancing with the Stars. His last TV appearance was playing himself in the 2014 TV movie WrestleMania XXX. Biles and Mr. T are the first cast members named for season 24 so far. The full list will be revealed on Good Morning America on March 1. Dancing with the Stars premieres Monday, March 20 at 8 p.m. on ABC. (Eonline)

Nancy Kerrigan Will Compete in Dancing With the Stars Season 24. The list of names of stars gunning for the mirrorball trophy in the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars continues to grow. Variety reports that Olympic figure skating legend Nancy Kerrigan will take to the ballroom in season 24, along with a member of the wildly successful girl group Fifth Harmony, though which member remains to be seen. On top of that, a source confirms to E! News that Mr. Bachelor himself Nick Viall is being pursued to join the roster as well. The news comes a day after the announcement that both Mr. T and Olympic gymnastics phenom Simone Biles would be competing this season, making them the first names on the list. Kerrigan shot to fame in the '90s, having won the bronze medal at the 1992 Winter Olympics and the silver at the '94 games. She, of course, gained notoriety after the highly-publicized incident involving her attack by an associate of rival figure skate Tonya Harding's ex-husband. She's made brief appearances in film and TV over the years, most notably the Will Ferrell figure skating spoof Blades of Glory. While it remains to be seen which of the four remaining members of Fifth Harmony -- Normani Kordei, Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane and Lauren Jauregui -- will be strutting their stuff, each of them stand a good chance of rising above the competition thanks to their experience with choreography and reality TV. (The group was formed on Fox's X-Factor.) Departed member Camila Cabello might also be the member in question, as a quick glance at tour dates puts the current Fifth Harmony line-up overseas on an Asian tour just days after season 24 premieres on March 20. While Viall only remains in talks, his involvement is hardly a surprise. He'd be following in the steps of many of Bachelor Nation alumni, including Trista Sutter, Jake Pavelka, Melissa Rycroft and Chris Soules. The full cast list will be revealed on Good Morning America on March 1. Dancing With the Stars premieres Monday, March 20 at 8 p.m. on ABC. (Eonline)

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Star Erika Girardi Joins Dancing With the Stars Season 24 Cast. Pat the puss is going primetime! The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fan-favorite Erika Girardi is set to join the cast for the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars, a source exclusively confirms to E! News. While ABC does not comment on casting rumors, our source tells us fans can expect to see the RHOBH star appear when the full season 24 line-up of celebrity contestants and their professional dance partners are announced on Good Morning America on March 1. Since making her debut in the sixth season of the Bravo reality it, Erika, who is married to famous attorney Thomas Girardi, quickly became popular, thanks to her alter ego, pop star Erika Jayne, producing hits such as "Rollercoaster," "How Many F--ks" and "Xxpensive." Erika wouldn't be the first Real Housewife to do DWTS, as her RHOBH co-star Lisa Vanderpump competed in 2013 (and Lisa Rinna competed way back in 2006, before joining the franchise), as well as Real Housewives of Atlanta stars Kim Fields, NeNe Leakes, Kim Zolciak-Biermann. Also set to join the cast of the upcoming season? E! News revealed Saturday Night Live veteran Chris Kattan will enter the ballroom. Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, whose gymnastics teammate Laurie Hernandez took home the mirrorball trophy in season 23, The A-Team and Rocky III star Mr. T, Olympic figure skater legend Nancy Kerrigan and a mystery member of Fifth Harmony are also said to be competing. Dancing With the Stars returns for its 24th season on Monday, March 20 at 8 p.m. on ABC. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Bravo. (Eonline)