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Crossover Schmossover, Legends of Tomorrow Just Had Its Own Television Event. We are not here to bash the epic Elseworlds crossover currently taking place across The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl. In fact, we are loving the insane, body-swapping, reality-rewriting, ridiculous and hilarious romp the other Arrowverse shows are having right now, but we just wanted to take a minute to acknowledge the fact that Legends of Tomorrow doesn't even need a crossover to be utterly nuts in the best way possible. Just over the course of the night's midseason finale, which became sort of a summary of the whole season so far, one legend was a cat, one was Marilyn Monroe, several were puppets, nearly all of them died at least once, several of them got to star in opening credits sequences for retro TV shows that don't exist, each of them played at least two or three different versions of themselves, and one of them killed a leprechaun. In. One. Episode. And to top all that off, this was all c…

Movies

Julia Roberts was 'freezing' on set of 'Ben Is Back'. Julia Roberts. Big star. "Ben Is Back." Small indie. She plays the mother of a druggie. He's It boy Lucas Hedges. She liked him. She liked the script. Roberts: "Almost everyone knows someone who's addicted to something. Addiction is today's epidemic. That's why I wanted to do this movie. "It takes place over one day. You see the microcosm of the whole problem of this disease through the actions of one son who will do anything to get what he needs. There's his desperation to try and go straight, and my character, as a mom, to help him get there." Indie movies don't have fake sets. This is real upstate New York. When everyone looks cold, they're not acting. "Making this, we were freezing. I mean, really cold. You didn't want to be outside more than a few minutes at a time. I thought I was used to the cold, having lived here before. But we all turned to ston…

Music

Shawn Mendes "Walking on Clouds" Over First Grammy Nominations. Justifiably, Shawn Mendes was "so excited" when E! News caught up with him Friday night at Z100's Jingle Ball 2018 at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Hours earlier, he reached a career milestone when he earned not one but two nominations at the 2019 Grammy Awards. Mendes said it was "amazing" to find out the news live on CBS This Morning, where he helped announce the nominees alongside Alessia Cara, Zane Lowe and Janelle Mone. "It's literally like walking on clouds all day. It was just really, really crazy. It was a super emotional morning, because my entire crew and everyone I've worked really hard with for a few years was there," he said. "We all kind of experienced it together. It's amazing. That's all I can really say about it." The 20-year-old singer-songwriter said it was "for sure" the highlight of his year. "In My Blood…

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Meghan Markle's Surprise Appearance at 2018 British Fashion Awards Is Breathtaking. Meghan Markle graced the 2018 British Fashion Awards with her presence on Monday evening. The pregnant Duchess of Sussex surprised attendees and Anglophiles alike when she appeared as a special guest to present Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy with the British Womenswear Designer of the Year award. Meghan famously wore a custom creation by the fashion house's artistic director on her May 19, 2018 wedding day to Prince Harry. For the night's festivities at Royal Albert Hall in London, 37-year-old Markle wore a bespoke Givenchy gown, a gold bangle bracelet by Pippa Small ($430) and coordinating strappy heels by Tamara Mellon ($550). As is expected from Meghan's typical beauty regimen, she let her naturally stunning features shine through with minimal makeup and a sleek low bun. And as the fashion risk-taker she is, Meghan went against the royal family's affinity for more modest ensembl…

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Emilie de Ravin Gives Birth to a Baby Boy. Emilie De Ravin and Eric Bilitch's family just grew by one! The Once Upon a Time star announced on Instagram that she gave birth to a baby boy on Sunday. "Theodore Kubrick de Ravin-Bilitch was born at home on December 9," she revealed. "We're so excited you're finally out here to play with us! We love you so much Theo xoxo." Bilitch shared the same picture on his Instagram and his caption illustrated how eager he was to finally meet their newborn. "Mum was amazing, Vera is thrilled to be a big sister, and we're all very in love with baby Theo!" he wrote. de Ravin shared the news of her pregnancy in June when she posted a picture of herself with a positive pregnancy test. "Coming this fall...Baby boy makes 4!" she wrote. Theo is the first son and second child for the couple. The Lost star gave birth to their daughter, Vera Audrey de Ravin-Bilitch on March 12, 2016. In October, Bilitch pro…

HEADLINE TRUTH OR TRASH

"The Top Male Dog Name for 2018 is Max!"
Truth! Followed by Charlie and Cooper. The top female dog names are Bella, Lucy and Luna.

"Stormy Daniels Going On A Book Tour!"
Trash! What is there to tell us that we don't already know... or want to know.

"Lance Armstrong Made Millions Investing in Uber!"
Truth! About ten years ago Armstrong invested $100,000 in the then budding young company. It paid off with a number "too good to be true," though he's keeping quiet on the exact figure.

"Mary Poppins Lands on Mars While NASA Records Sound of Wind!"
Trash! She's missed her target before, but never THAT much

"Woman Gives Birth From Transplanted Uterus!"
Truth! It's the first time in history. The 32-year-old woman and baby are doing fine. She received the uterus transplant in September 2016. The procedure took 10 hours, and the uterus was out of the donor's body for around seven hours.

"300 Pound Woman Kills …

WEIRD NEWS

Get Out of Jail Free: Because You're Super Fat!
Here's one way to stay out of jail. Just eat way too much. In Florida, 38-year-old George Jolicoeur was arrested for scamming restaurants but was offered a plea deal when prosecutors discovered it was too expensive to incarcerate him - because he weighs 600 pounds! Jolicoeur became infamous for ordering food and then complaining about the quality and refusing to pay after he eats it. The obese thief once devoured five milk shakes before finding a hair in the shake and refusing to pay. After Jolicoeur was charged with five counts of felony petty theft, he became ill and bedridden. He now resides in a nursing facility and relies on a respirator to breathe. After prosecutors discovered that the state would have to foot the bill for his medical care they offered a plea deal. Assistant State Attorney Kyan Ware justified the decision saying, "He's in his prison cell. He's not getting out of that bed." (New York Daily …

DID YOU KNOW?

One out of six Americans will rake leaves and clean fallen debris from their yards sometime before the end of the year. Research reveals if you want to feel good and have more self-esteem you should talk about yourself or compliment yourself. 52% of mothers play video games when their children aren't home. A recent survey found that being asked for your phone number and email address is the biggest pain while shopping during the holiday season. 75% of people eat one grilled cheese sandwich per year. More than 9 out of 10 people who post photos online say it helps reduce holiday stress. A little over $600 million is spent on fencing material (barbed wire, chain link, chicken wire, etc.) each year in America. Doing this activity has become a popular first date option for Millennials. What is it? Going shopping.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

House bill 307 Texas would allow teachers to post the 10 Commandments in school classrooms.Remember hearing the announcer say on TV shows, "From Television City in Hollywood?" CBS has sold that facility this week for $750 million.The Motion Picture Academy is having a heck of a time getting someone to be the host for the Oscars and is considering a host-less event.They've begun shooting scenes for the next James Bond movie with Daniel Craig in Norway.Dolly Parton's younger brother, Floyd, died this week. He was 61.Now there's talk of a reboot of "The West Wing."Weird thing going on with Mel B. Something happened over the weekend -- we haven't been told what -- that resulted in her breaking a couple of ribs and having her hand injured.Steph Curry is getting flack for saying in a podcast that he thinks the moon landing was faked.Steve Harvey has a new look. A salt 'n pepper full beard, just so you're not surprised the next time you see him.Mic…

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TODAY IS

Two weeks from today, we hit the after Christmas sales!

Today's date should make it National Redundant Day -- 12-12.

Mayim Bialik, who blossomed into a star on "The Big Bang Theory" after making a big bang as a kid on "Blossom," turns 43. I remember when her career first Blossom'd... and then there was a Big Bang!

Hank Williams III is 46 today.
He hasn't been the disappointment his dad was, but he's working on it.
Fairly certain there'll be a 4th and 5th.
Gee, do you think you'd even have a chance to not be a Country singer with that name?

Jennifer Connelly turns 48 today. I believe this is the time the of year her eyebrows spin a cocoon.

Sheree Wilson turns the big 6-0 today. She played April on the old TV series, "Dallas" and you have to be a pretty talented actress to portray an entire month.

Former gymnast Cathy Rigby turns 66 today. This is a bad time of year for her. She's so tiny, when she goes to the mall, people constantly stop…

ON THIS DAY

John Jay was born on this date in 1745. He was the nation's first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Who would have known that our first Chief Justice would have a rap name?

In 1818 Mary Todd Lincoln was born. If you're curious, yes, she did enjoy the play.

On this date in 1899, George F. Grant patented the golf tee.
Up until then, golfers didn't any thing to stab them to carry around in their pockets.
The guy at the patent office couldn't resist and just had to ask, "What is this... FORE?"
For those who don't play golf, it's the piece of wood most of us hit instead of the ball when teeing off.
That's the thing you hit in golf that usually goes farther than the ball.
Before then, when you started playing golf, you didn't "Tee off"... you just offed.
Yes, the tee gives golfers one more excuse for why the drive didn't go straight.
Caddies were thrilled to be able to drop "hold the ball so I can hit it" as part of their duties.

In…

Music Calendar...

In 1957KEX/Portland disc jockey Al Priddy is fired for playing Elvis Presley's version of "White Christmas."
In 1960Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" makes it's first appearance on the charts.
In 1962The Beatles' producer George Martin goes to Liverpool to see Brian Epstein's new act, Gerry & The Pacemakers at the Cavern Club. At the door he met Cilla Black who was working as the cloakroom attendant.
In 1963The Beatles' "She Loves You" pushes "I Want To Hold Your Hand" out of the #1 spot on the UK chart. The group held the #1 spot for seven weeks.
In 1964"You've Lost That Loving Feeling" by the Righteous Brothers enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1964"Mr. Lonely" by Bobby Vinton is #1 and "She's Not There" by the Zombies is #2 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1965The Beatles play their last UK concert at Cardiff's Capitol Cinema.
In 1965Tom Jones performs on CBS…

Today In History...

In 1787Pennslyvania becomes the second U.S. state.
In 1870Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina becomes the first black lawmaker sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives.
In 1871Jules Janssen discovers dark lines in the solar corona spectrum.
In 1899George F. Grant patents the golf tee.
In 1901The first radio signal to cross the Atlantic is picked up near St. John's, Newfoundland, by inventor Guglielmo Marconi. (The signal was transmitted from a point some 2,000 miles away.)
In 1913Authorities in Florence, Italy, announce that the "Mona Lisa" stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris in 1911 had been recovered.
In 1917Father Edward Flanagan founded "Boys Town" outside Omaha, Nebraska.
In 1925The first motel, the "Motel Inn," opens in San Luis Obispo, CA.
In 1937Japanese aircraft sink the U.S. gunboat "Panay" on China's Yangtze River. (Japan apologized for the attack and paid $2.2 million.)
In 1946A United Nations committee accepts a gift …

Born On This Day...

In 1745John Jay, first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1789-95)In 1775English physician/chemist, William Henry (Henry's law)In 1786Politician, William Learned Marcy ("spoils of the enemy")In 1805American anti-slavery leader, William Lloyd GarrisonIn 1805Businessman, Henry Wells (founded Wells Fargo)In 1821Novelist, Gustave Flaubert (Madame Bovary)In 1863Norwegian painter, Edvard MunchIn 1864Editor, Arthur Brisbane (master of the big, blaring headline)In 1879Actress, Laura Hope Crews (Aunt Pittypat-Gone With The Wind)In 1881Film executive, Harry Warner (one of Warner Brothers)In 1893Actor, Edward G. Robinson (Little Caesar, The 10 Commandments)In 1894Engineer, Philip Drinker (invented the Iron Lung)In 1901Screen/scriptwriter, Howard Koch (Casablanca) [d: 8-17-95]In 1906Cartoonist, Zack Mosley (Buck Rogers) [d: 9-2-93]In 1913Broadcast journalist, Winston Burdett (CBS News) [d: 5-19-93]In 1914British novelist, Patrick O'Brian [d: 1-2-00]In 1915Actor, Curt Jurge…