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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Paris Climate Fraud

China's Freedom-Crushing "Social Credit Score"

Inside Jungle Warfare Training Center

Marines training aboard the Jungle Warfare Training Center on Camp Gonsalves, Okinawa, Japan, experience the rigors of combat in a dense jungle environment while instructors instill confidence and bolster leadership. These instructors build the center around small unit leadership, a tactical mindset and unit cohesion to keep JWTC running like a well-oiled machine.

Vehicle Maintenance Journeyman

Some Airmen are the backbones of their shop and some work at skill greater than their rank. A1C Soloman Henderson is that airmen for the RED HORSE squadron at Nigerien Air Base 201.

"More NCO's can definitely use an airmen like Henderson, just being in this environment being able to sustain the vehicles the way he has. I say back at home that he'd be twice the airmen that he is here."

Command, control: 2nd MEB conducts CAPSET inventory in Spain

U.S. Marines with 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade conduct an operational capability set inventory at Morón Air Base, Spain, March 14, 2018. The unit routinely inspects their equipment to ensure they are prepared to provide command and control support for troops operating in Europe and Africa

Commissioner McAleenan CBP Overview

Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey

The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) is one of the best measures we have of assessing employee engagement and will make USACE a better and more productive place to work. FEVS is your opportunity to us how we can improve our organization, resolve issues and make our team great.

Oklahoma Guardsmen get “Thunder Fit”

Members of the Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard participate in a workout event with the Oklahoma City Thunder in Edmond, Oklahoma, March 7, 2018. During the event, PJ Dozier, Kyle Singlar, Corey Brewer and other members of the Thunder led Oklahoma National guardsmen through an hour long workout.


On this date in 1616, Sir Walter Raleigh was released from the Tower of London.
  • I'm no history expert, but I believe that was an attraction at Disneyland: London. 
  • After getting everyone hooked on cigarettes. 
  • Ironically, the Tower was non-smoking. 
  • Oh, sure, let the guy who introduced us to cigarettes, walk. 

In 1815, Napoleon entered Paris. I think I've seen that video on the Internet.

On this date in 1885, John Matzeliger patented the shoe lacing machine.
  • Ironically, because he was such a loafer. 
  • Because, heaven forbid, we'd have to bend over and lace our own shoes. 
  • It was for those who can't reach there anymore. 
  • It was for the truly lazy person who has everything. 
  • How lazy can you get? Besides, may I say the word, "loafers?" 
In 1899, a woman was executed in an electric chair for the very first time. It was like getting a permanent perm.

It was on this date in 1942 that General Douglas MacArthur vowed, "I shall return." Seemed a little over dramatic, just to go to the restroom, but he did return.

On this date in 1963, the very first "Pop Art" exhibition took place in New York City. Soon, there was a cry for equal treatment and a Mom Art exhibit went up.

In 1988, an airplane flying over Shoreline Park in Mountain View, CA, caught the kite string of 8-year-old DeAndra Anrig, lifting her 10 feet in the air and carrying her 100 feet before she let go. That would be a great "where are they now?" story. My guess is, NOT flying a kite.


Spring arrives today at 12:15pm EDT.

Bathing suit model turned furniture salesperson Kathy Ireland turns 55 today. She Missed a St. Patrick's birthday by 3 days. How perfect would that have been? When I say, "Some day, I'd like to visit Ireland," that's who I'm referring to.

Actress Holly Hunter turns the big 6-0 today. She's at the stage of being an actress where the best jobs are on TNT.

Spike Lee is 61 today. He's the guy in those credit card commercials. He plans an enjoyable night courtside at Madison Square Garden because the Knicks are out of town.

Basketball coach Pat Riley turns 73 today. Nothing special planned. Just going out and having the oil changed on his hair.

Carl Reiner is still going and alive and well on Twitter at age 96!

National Proposal Day -- Have folks propose or reafirm their love for each other. Here are Cosmopolitan's ten ways NOT to get him to propose:
  • Gain 35 pounds to show him how sexy you'll look pregnant. 
  • Freak out whenever he utters "Will you...," then act all depressed when the words "...marry me" don't follow. Practice on these: "Will you... pass the remote?" or "Will you... stop staring at me like that?" 
  • Surreptitiously change his ring tone to "Chapel of Love." 
  • Since the theory is that all guys are looking for their mother, start wearing pleated elastic-waist jeans, appliqued vests, and jewelry that looks like fruit. 
  • Buy an old-fashioned alarm clock and place it by his bed. Tell him that this is your biological clock. Make sure it ticks - loud. 
  • Constantly call his best friend "excellent best-man material." 
  • At a family party, tap your spoon on your glass and say, "Everybody, I think Pete wanted to ask me a special question while you were all here tonight. Sweetie?" 
  • Not that you'd ever bribe anyone, but explain to your man that if you were to get engaged, he could register for the motorbike he's always wanted. Hey someone might buy it for him. 
  • Oh so casually request "Babe, can you scratch my ring finger? It's kinda itchy." 
  • Remind him that the's not getting any younger -- or any closer to actually knowing Amy Adams. 

Music Calendar...

In 1936 Benny Goodman and his Orchestra record "Christopher Columbus."

In 1948 The first live televised musical, "Eugene Ormandy" is seen on CBS.

In 1954 Decca, Columbia and MGM records introduce "high fidelity" records.

In 1958 Elvis Presley reports for U.S. Army duty.

In 1959 Bobby Rydell makes his first TV appearance on "American Bandstand."

In 1961 Ricky Nelson records "Hello Mary Lou."

In 1961 "Surrender" by Elvis Presley hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.

In 1965 "Game Of Love" by Mindbenders and "I Know A Place" by Petula Clark both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1967 The Supremes' single "The Happening" is released.

In 1967 "Penny Lane" by the Beatles is certified gold.

In 1968 Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Richie Furray and Jim Messina are arrested in Los Angeles for "suspected marijuana use."

In 1969 John Lennon marries Yoko Ono in Gibraltar. He was the second Beatle to marry in eight days. Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman were wed a week earlier.

In 1971 "Me And Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.

In 1972 Ringo Starr's single "Back Off Boogaloo" is released.

In 1974 Deep Purple's album "Burn" is certified gold.

In 1977 The final live T. Rex concert takes place in Portsmouth, England.

In 1979 Cher appears on the cover of Us magazine.

In 1980 A gun toting truck driver enters Elektra/Asylum's offices in New York demanding to see Jackson Browne or the Eagles.

In 1982 "Did It In A Minute" by Hall & Oates enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1982 "I Love Rock 'N Roll" by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 7 weeks.

In 1984 Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats marries actress Britt Ekland.

In 1984 The Judds make their concert debut in Omaha, NE, as the opening act for the Statler Brothers.

In 1987 Boy George pleads guilty to possession of marijuana in London.

In 1987 Kenneth Threadgill, who gave Janis Joplin her start, dies at age 78.

In 1990 Gloria Estefan suffers a broken back when her tour bus is hit by a truck skidding on a icy road. She makes a full recovery in 10 months.

In 1990 "Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles goes gold.

In 1990 The videos "New Jersey" by Bon Jovi and "Who's Better, Who's Best" by the Who are both certified gold.

In 1991 Michael Jackson signs the biggest deal in entertainment history when he inks a record/video/movie pact with Sony, valued at $65 million.

In 1991 Eric Clapton's son, Conor, 4, falls to his death from a 53rd story window in New York. Clapton wrote the song "Tears In Heaven" in his son's honor.

In 1992 "Human Touch" by Bruce Springsteen enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1992 Genesis' album "We Can't Dance" goes double platinum while their "Invisible Touch" CD is certified quadruple platinum.

In 1994 Madonna wins the Worst Actress Razzie Award for the third time for her film "Body of Evidence."

In 1995 "Baby It's You" by The Beatles is released as a single more than 30 years after they recorded it in Britain.

In 1996 The Rolling Stones' "Voodoo Lounge" video is certified gold, while Robert Palmer's album "Riptide" goes double platinum.

In 1998 Aretha Franklin's single "A Rose Is Still A Rose" is released.

In 1999 Postage stamps commemorating what would have been the 30th wedding anniversary of John Lennon & Yoko Ono are issued in Gibraltar.

In 2000 During a visit to "Live With Regis and Kathie Lee," Lonestar drummer Keech Rainwater does several impersonations, including Regis.

In 2000 Madonna issues a statement to announce that she is three months pregnant with her second child. The father was UK film director Guy Ritchie, ten years her junior. They were married the following December.

In 2000 Pink's single "There You Go" is certified gold.

In 2001 Bradley McIntosh, Jon Lee and Paul Cattermole of S Club 7 apologize to fans for being "very stupid" after being are cautioned by police for possession of a small amount of cannabis.

Today In History...

In 1413 England's King Henry IV dies and is succeeded by Henry V.

In 1616 Sir Walter Raleigh is released from the Tower of London.

In 1727 Physicist, mathematician and astronomer Sir Isaac Newton dies in London.

In 1760 The "Great Fire of Boston" destroys 349 buildings.

In 1815 Napoleon Bonaparte enters Paris, beginning his "Hundred Days" rule.

In 1816 The U.S. Supreme Court, in its Martin vs. Hunter's Lessee ruling, affirms its right to review state court decisions.

In 1833 The U.S. and Siam (now Thailand) conclude a commercial treaty in Bangkok.

In 1852 Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin," is published.

In 1885 John Matzeliger patents the shoe lacing machine.

In 1899 U.S. Marines land in Nicaragua to protect U.S. citizens in the wake of a revolution.

In 1899 Martha Place of Brooklyn, New York, becomes the first woman to die by electrocution for the murder of her stepdaughter.

In 1922 The first aircraft carrier, the USS Langley, is commissioned.

In 1934 Rudolf Kuhnold demonstrates a primative form of radar.

In 1942 During World War II, General Douglas MacArthur vowed, "I shall return," having left the Philippines for Australia.

In 1956 Union workers end an 156-day-old strike against Westinghouse.

In 1963 The first "Pop Art" exhibition takes place in New York City.

In 1969 President Richard Nixon says he will end the Vietnam war in 1970.

In 1972 Nineteen mountain climbers on Japan's Mount Fuji are killed in an avalanche.

In 1976 Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst is convicted of armed robbery for her part in a San Francisco bank holdup.

In 1980 The U.S. appeals to the International Court on hostages in Iran.

In 1981 Jean Harris is sentenced 15 years to life for the slaying of the Scarsdale Diet doctor.

In 1984 A Soviet ship is damaged by a mine off Nicaragua.

In 1984 In a major defeat for President Reagan, the Senate rejects a constitutional amendment to permit organized spoken prayer in public schools by a 56-44 vote.

In 1985 Libby Riddles becomes the first woman to win the "Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race" in Alaska.

In 1987 The Food and Drug Administration approves the sale of AZT, a drug shown to prolong the lives of some AIDS patients.

In 1988 An airplane flying over Shoreline Park in Mountain View, CA, catches the kite string of 8-year-old DeAndra Anrig, lifting her 10 feet in the air and carrying her 100 feet before she let go.

In 1988 PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat blames the Israeli government for escalating violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

In 1989 Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth confirms that his office was investigating Cincinnati Reds Manager Pete Rose.

In 1990 Namibia becomes an independent nation ending 75 years of South African rule.

In 1991 The U.S. shoots down an Iraqi warplane saying it violated the Gulf War cease fire.

In 1991 The U.S. Supreme Court rules employers could not adopt "fetal protection" policies barring women of childbearing age from certain hazardous jobs.

In 1992 Threatened with possible air raids, Iraq admits far larger ballistic and chemical arsenals than disclosed earlier.

In 1993 An Irish Republican Army bomb explodes in Warrington, England, killing 3-year-old Johnathan Ball and 12-year-old Tim Parry.

In 1994 El Salvador holds its first presidential election following the country's 12-year-old civil war.

In 1995 12 people are killed and nearly 5,000 others are sickened when packages containing the poisonous gas sarin leak on five separate Tokyo subway trains.

In 1996 Erik and Lyle Menendez are convicted of first-degree murder in slayings of parents in Los Angeles.

In 1997 The British government said that a rare brain disease that had killed 10 people was probably linked to so-called "mad cow disease."

In 1997 President Clinton and Boris Yeltsin open talks in Helsinki, Finland, on the expansion of NATO.

In 1997 Liggett Group, maker of Chesterfield cigarettes, settles 22 state lawsuits by agreeing to warn on every pack that smoking is addictive and admitting the industry markets cigarettes to teen-agers.

In 1998 Democracy activists appeals to the Chinese government to set up an independent monitor of human rights in China.

In 1998 India's new Hindu nationalist-led government pledges to "exercise the option to induct nuclear weapons."

In 1999 Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland and Brian Jones of Britain become the first to fly a hot-air balloon around the world nonstop.

In 2000 President Clinton arrives in Bangladesh on the first such visit by an American president.

In 2000 Former Black Panther Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, once known as H. Rap Brown, is arrested in Alabama for the fatal shooting of a sheriff's deputy. Al-Amin maintained he was innocent.

In 2000 Pope John Paul II begins the first official visit by a Roman Catholic pontiff to Israel, fulfilling his dream of a millennial pilgrimage in the footsteps of Jesus.

In 2001 In a Navy court, the skipper of the USS Greeneville accepts sole responsibility for the February 9 collision of his submarine with a Japanese trawler off Hawaii that killed nine Japanese.

In 2004 The U.S. military charges six soldiers with abusing inmates at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

In 2012 Disney's movie "John Carter" records one of the largest losses in

In 2012 inema history with a $200 million dollar write down.

In 2018 The first day of Spring.

Born On This Day...

In 1811 Napoleon II, king of Rome

In 1828 Dramatist, Henrik Ibsen (Peer Gynt, Hedda Gabler)

In 1856 Inventor, Frederick Winslow Taylor (scientific management)

In 1903 Actor, Edgar Buchanan (Uncle Joe-Petticoat Junction) [d: 4-4-79]

In 1904 Novelist/psychologist, B.F. Skinner (Skinner box) [d: 8-18-90]

In 1906 Actor, Ozzie Nelson (Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet) [d: 6-3-75]

In 1908 Actor, Sir Michael Redgrave (The Lady Vanishes) [d: 3-21-85]

In 1913 Actress, Judith Evelyn (Rear Window) [d: 5-7-67]

In 1918 Game show host, Jack Barry (The Joker's Wild) [d: 5-2-84]

In 1920 Editor, Lenore Hershey (Ladies Home Journal) [d: 2-27-97]

In 1920 Jazz pianist, Margaret "Marian" McPartland [d: 8-20-13]

In 1920 Actor, Patrick Troughton (Dr. Who, 1966-69) [d: 3-28-87]

In 1922 Bandleader/saxophonist, Larry Elgart (Hooked On Swing 1982) (96)

In 1922 Comedian/disc jockey, Ray Goulding (Bob and Ray) [d: 3-24-90]

In 1922 Actor, Jack Kruschen (Webster, Busting Loose) [d: 4-2-02]

In 1922 Writer/director/actor, Carl Reiner (Dick Van Dyke Show) (96)

In 1925 Nixon White House aide, John Ehrlichman (Watergate) [d: 2-14-99]

In 1928 U.S. long jumper, Jerome Cousins Biffle (Olympic-Gold-1952) [d: 9-4-02]

In 1928 Children's host, Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers Neighborhood) [d: 2-27-03]

In 1931 Actor, Hal Linden (Blacke's Magic, Barney Miller, Jack's Place) (87)

In 1935 Actor, Ted Bessell (Gomer Pyle, Donald-That Girl) [d: 10-6-96]

In 1936 Comedian, Vaughn Meader (The 1st Family-Kennedys spoof) [d: 10-29-04]

In 1937 Singer/actor, Jerry Reed (When You're Hot You're Hot) [d: 9-1-08]

In 1939 Brian Mulroney, 18th Canadian prime minister (1984-93) (79)

In 1941 Singer, Mike Settle (The New Christy Minstrels, First Edition) (77)

In 1943 Producer/director, Paul Junger Witt (The Rookies, Blossom) (75)

In 1945 Basketball coach, Pat Riley (Lakers, Knicks) (73)

In 1946 Country singer, Douglas Green (Riders In The Sky) (72)

In 1948 Actor, John de Lancie (Q-Star Trek, Stargate: SG1) (70)

In 1948 Hockey Hall-of-Famer, Bobby Orr (Boston Bruins) (70)

In 1950 Actor, William Hurt (Broadcast News, Michael, Dark City) (68)

In 1950 Drummer, Carl Palmer (Emerson Lake & Palmer, Asia) (68)

In 1951 Actress, Tanya Boyd (Celeste Perrault-Days of Our Lives) (67)

In 1951 Singer/guitarist, Guy Perry (The Motels) (67)

In 1951 Singer/guitarist, Jimmy Vaughn (Fabulous Thunderbirds) (67)

In 1957 Actress, Vanessa Bell (Yvonne-All My Children) (61)

In 1957 Director, Spike Lee (Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X) (61)

In 1957 Actress, Theresa Russell (Black Widow, Razor's Edge) (61)

In 1958 Actress, Holly Hunter (Broadcast News, The Piano, Copycat) (60)

In 1958 Football player, Rickey Jackson (Saints, 49ers) (60)

In 1959 Singer/guitarist, Richard Drummie (Go West) (59)

In 1961 Drummer, Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats) (57)

In 1963 Guitarist, Paul Anthony Mirkovich (Nelson) (55)

In 1963 Model/actress, Kathy Ireland (Brittany-Melrose Place) (55)

In 1963 Actor, David Thewlis (Dragonheart, Harry Potter movies) (55)

In 1964 Actor, Bryan Genesse (Bold & the Beautiful, Street Justice) (54)

In 1965 Guitarist, Adrian Oxaal (James) (53)

In 1968 Actress, Liza Snyder (Christine Hughes-Yes Dear) (50)

In 1970 Actor, Michael Rapaport (Mighty Aphrodite, Beautiful Girls) (48)

In 1971 Actor, Alexander Chaplin (James-Spin City) (47)

In 1973 Actress, Jane March (The Lover) (45)

In 1974 Actress, Paula Garces (Harold and Kumar) (44)

In 1975 Actor, Bryan Kirkwood (Ben-One World) (43)

In 1976 Singer, Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) [d: 7-20-17]

In 1979 Actress, Bianca Lawson (Megan Jones-Saved By the Bell) (39)

In 1979 Actress, Freema Agyeman (Sex and the City, The Carrie Diaries) (39)

In 1984 Actress, Christy Carlson Romano (Even Stevens, Kim Possible) (34)

In 1986 Actor/singer, Dean Geyer (Brody Weston-Glee) (32)

In 1996 Singer, Zonnique Pullins aka Miss Star (OMG Girlz) (22)


Jack Antonoff stepped out with model Carlotta Kohl on Saturday, March 17, where they watched a basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Bleachers frontman, 33, wore a gray sweatshirt and a tan hat, while Kohl wore a black Betty Boop sweater, jeans and combat boots. The new couple looked at ease as Kohl, 25, leaned in to Antonoff as they watched the New York Knicks play the Charlotte Hornets. This was not the first time the pair have been seen together. Us Weekly exclusively reported in January that the two were dating after they were seen enjoying a romantic dinner together, following news of the musician's split from Girls' Lena Dunham. The former flames dated for five years after they were set up on a blind date in 2012. "They had been slowly breaking up for the last six months," a source told Us at the time. "They took forever to actually break up." Since then, Dunham and Antonoff have remained on good terms, proven by a friendly Twitter exchange on March 8. The Not That Kind of Girl author, 31, also promoted her former beau's new single, "Alfie's Song (Not So Typical Love Song)," by tweeting, "Best new hit song by the baby Jack." While Antonoff has moved on with Kohl, Dunham has been busy creating a new HBO TV show with fellow Girls writer Jenni Konner. The actress revealed in February that she underwent a hysterectomy and spoke candidly about the experience in an emotional essay for Vogue. Touching on her previous relationship with Antonoff she wrote, "My beautiful partner, who has seen me through so much pain with compassion and care, has to be away for work, and I can feel us growing slowly apart, since life is so determined to display its full complexity right now." Antonoff showed his support for his former girlfriend by retweeting the article, calling it a "Beautiful piece." (US Weekly)

Wendy Williams Doesn't Want Pity for Her Graves Disease and Hyperthyroidism. Wendy Williams has been off the air for three weeks -- and now that she's back on TV, she has a lot to say. To promote her return to The Wendy Williams Show after her hyperthyroidism and graves disease diagnoses, Williams appeared on ABC's Good Morning America Monday, where she opened up to Amy Robach about why her hiatus was, it turns out, an essential wakeup call. "I don't take sick days. In the entire almost 10 years of doing the show, I've never taken a sick day," she said. "Really, Amy, it was a perfect storm -- a perfect storm that had been brewing, I have to say, internally, knowing my body, since late July." During her Halloween episode, for example, Williams fainted on camera -- something she now thinks could have been related to her illnesses. "I had missed three doctors' appointments with my endocrinologist; he's the one who handles the thyroid and the Graves," she said. At the time, she recalled thinking, "I'm functioning OK. I'm feeling a little weird, but I'll get through it." When the host finally made time to see her doctor in February, "That's when I found out, 'Whoa! Your levels are way off.'" Upon hearing her test results, Williams said, "I cried. And then I laughed. 'Are you out of your mind? It's sweeps!'" In response, Williams said her doctor told her, "Do you wanna be swept?" Williams was nervous to take time off work, but ultimately, it was the right call. "It turns out it was the best prescription ever, because I met a great team. They gave me a full workup. I found out I was very deficient in vitamin D. my internist told me I am, if not the worst case of vitamin D deficiency that she's seen in her career. I have vertigo, which I've had all my life, and that was affecting my equilibrium," she said. "It was just a mess going on inside my body. But I'm saved!" By sharing her story, Williams hopes to help others. "We as women -- particularly if we have families we're taking care of, children we're taking care of, homes or husbands -- we take care of everybody but ourselves," Williams said. "I'm not doing that anymore, Amy! Wendy first!" Williams is happy to share her story with viewers, but she does not want their pity. "If there's one thing that I could request from my Wendy watchers: Please don't ask me how I feel. When I see you in the grocery store, when I see you in the streets, please don't ask me how I feel with the woo-woo-woo and the puppy eyes. Because then I'm going to snap: 'How do you feel?' You know? I'm not that girl. I'm Wendy. Come on, now!" she said. "Come on! Throw your dubs up!" Instead, she wants fans to recite her catchphrase -- "How you doin'?" -- "so I could say, 'Alright.'" (Eonline)

Britney Spears' dad, Jamie, is super upset at Kevin Federline, who called him pleading for more child support when, in fact, all he wants is to jump on her gravy train. Sources connected to Britney tell TMZ, last Friday K-Fed called Jamie and said he was in a financial bind and wanted to talk about raising his child support. TMZ broke the story K-Fed has been pulling in $20k a month for child support for years, but he now says it's not enough. We're told Jamie was suspicious and asked Kevin where the $20k was going, but Kevin hedged. Our sources say, last week, Jamie got a letter from Kevin's lawyer, asking him if they could sit down and talk. They did indeed have a talk, and we're told the lawyer explained now that 12-year-old Sean and 11-year-old Jayden have gotten older, Kevin needed more than $20k. We're told Jamie pressed again, asking what the kids needed that they weren't getting. We're told Kevin's lawyer wouldn't answer, but said his client needed the means to take care of the 2 kids at Britney's level. Jamie fired back ... Britney's taking care of the kids the way she always did -- nothing's changed. Our sources say the lawyer repeatedly talked about Britney's recent successes -- particularly her sold-out Vegas shows -- saying she was making a lot more money. We're told Jamie kept pushing back, saying Britney's success has nothing to do with the needs of the children, and his daughter wasn't responsible for taking care of Kevin and his other families. Britney has paid Kevin a fortune in various forms of support over the years. When they divorced in 2007, she cut him a check for $1.3 million and he got spousal support for several years and continues to get child support. We're told Kevin and his lawyer never named a figure and never gave a single example of the children's unmet needs. (TMZ)

Anna Gunn's home alarm system came through in a big way by alerting her that a potential thief was lurking outside, and Anna was able to scare the perp off ... TMZ has learned. The "Breaking Bad" actress was at her L.A. pad in the Valley Thursday night when somebody smashed one of her back windows and triggered her alarm ... according to law enforcement sources. We're told Anna was quick to act and turn on the lights ... causing the suspect or suspects to take off. Anna made a 911 call and cops arrived shortly after and other than the broken window ... we're told everything at her home's shipshape. As we've reported ... a crime wave of celeb burglaries has hit the Valley the past several months, but fortunately for Gunn the thieves left empty-handed this time. She must have a security system like Joe Jonas. (TMZ)

"Weird Al" Yankovic's wife was so freaked out by a string of events at their home -- including an ominous phone call and man lurking on their property -- she called police in a panic. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Al's wife, Suzanne, called cops to their L.A. home earlier this week after receiving a creepy call from a man. It's unclear exactly what the caller said, but it was enough for Suzanne to feel scared. We're told when officers arrived, Suzanne also informed them she'd seen a man standing in her yard just a few days before. Suzanne said she locked eyes with the trespasser and he took off. Our sources say cops determined no crime had been committed, but they took a trespassing report. At this time, it does not appear the two incidents are related, but when police drive by in the foreseeable future, they'll take a close look around the property. (TMZ)

Charlie Sheen will not go to trial in his legal battle with the National Enquirer -- it appears both sides have reached a settlement in the defamation case. Charlie sued the Enquirer late last year over a story it published, claiming he raped a then 13-year-old Corey Haim on the set of the 1980s movie, "Lucas." Charlie denied the story, and Corey's mother also said it was BS. According to docs filed in L.A. late last week ... Charlie's lawyers are asking for the suit to be dismissed with prejudice -- meaning it can't be refiled. That's typically a sign that they've struck a deal. Sources familiar with the situation tell us no money changed hands -- but both sides were fully satisfied with the terms. We've got calls in to Sheen's legal team. (TMZ)

One of 2 women who came forward accusing Steven Seagal of sexual assault claims he raped her when she was in her late teens and took her virginity. Regina Simmons was flanked by her attorney, Lisa Bloom, at a news conference Monday and spoke publicly for the first time about the assault. Regina claims Seagal invited her to his home about 25 years ago under the guise there would be a wrap party. She says he took her into a bedroom, kissed her neck and then raped her. Regina added she had never been naked in front of another man before ... and when it was over, claims Seagal offered her money. She says she spoke to him again. Faviola Dadis is the second woman accusing Seagall of sexually assaulting her when she was 17. Faviola says the alleged assault happened in 2002 at The W Hotel ... where she claims Seagal pinched her nipples and slid his hand under her bikini and touched her vagina during an audition. Bloom wouldn't say if they'll sue Seagal and all legal options remain open. Bloom says she hasn't spoken to Seagal. They've reported the incidents to LAPD. This is the first time Regina and Faviola spoke about the alleged encounters, although it's not the first time Seagal's been accused of sexual misconduct. As we've reported ... Portia de Rossi claimed Seagal put her on a casting couch and unzipped his leather pants. Julianna Margulies claims she had a hotel room meeting with Seagal in the '80s, and he brandished a gun, but didn't touch her before she fled. (TMZ)

Jonah Hill's Brother Jordan Feldstein's Cause of Death Released. Jonah Hill's brother Jordan Feldstein, the manager of the band Maroon 5, died on Dec. 22 as a result of a blood clot blocking an artery in his lungs, E! News can confirm. According to the Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner's online records, the cause of death of the music manager, who was 40 years old at the time of his passing, is listed as pulmonary thromboembolism, which is a condition in which one or more arteries in the lungs get blocked by a blood clot. In addition, a deep leg vein thrombosis, which is a blood clot, was listed as the secondary cause of death. The documents state that Acute bronchopneumonia and obesity were other significant causes in his death. The case is now closed. On Dec. 23, E! News reported that Jordan passed away after going into cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles home. At the time, the Los Angeles County coroner confirmed the death to E! News, without citing its cause. "Unfortunately, last night Jordan called 911 for shortness of breath, when paramedics arrived it was determined he went into full cardiac arrest and passed away shortly thereafter," the family said in a statement to E! News. "His family asks for privacy during this difficult and unexpected time. In lieu of food and flowers, the family will announce a charity in the coming weeks where memorial donations can be made in Jordan's name." Jordan, founder and CEO of Career Artist Management, was a childhood friend of Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and helped get him his role as a coach on the Voice, according to The Hollywood Reporter. His company's other clients include Miguel, Elle King, Big Boi, Rick Springfield, The B-52's and Chromeo, the outlet said. In addition to Hill, whose real last name is Feldstein, Jordan is survived by two children, as well as parents Sharon Lyn and Richard Feldstein and sister and Lady Bird actress Beanie Feldstein. This story was first reported by Variety. (Eonline)

Comedian Mike MacDonald dies at 63. Canadian comedian Mike MacDonald died on Saturday at Ottawa Heart Institute as a result of heart complications, his brother confirmed to CTV News. He was 63. MacDonald was a key figure in the Canadian stand-up scene and had performed at the Montreal-based Just For Laughs comedy festival more times than anyone else. "Saddened to hear of the passing of our dear friends and Canadian comedy legend Mike MacDonald," the festival said from its Twitter account. "Over the years he has graced our stages more than any other comic and will be greatly missed." MacDonald was born in Metz, France in 1954, the son of a career Royal Canadian Air Force officer and began his comedy career at the age of 24. He moved to Toronto -- his family had settled in Ottawa -- and began to play venues frequently, quitting his day job to pursue comedy full time. As his career grew, he appeared on numerous talk shows, including "Late Night with David Letterman," "The Arsenio Hall Show," and many others, and played live shows in the U.S. as well. He starred in three specials for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, including "Mike MacDonald; On Target," "My House! My Rules!," and "Happy As I Can Be," which were well-received. In 2013, MacDonald underwent successful liver transplant surgery after his 2011 hepatitis C diagnosis progressed to the point of organ failure. His death resonated in the comedy world, and several comics paid tribute to MacDonald. "Mike MacDonald died yesterday," wrote Marc Maron. "He was the real deal. Comedy warrior. RIP." "So sad to hear about Mike MacDonald," wrote Jim Gaffigan. "I had the pleasure of performing with Canadian comedy legend a couple times. Once at a [Just for Laughs] gala and recently when I performed in Ottawa... On both occasions he was pure class and funny as hell." "I am pained to inform you that my friend and comedy mentor Mike MacDonald has passed away," wrote fellow Canadian comic, Jeremy Hotz. "Mike was a ferociously funny man. We shared so many good times. Thanks for taking me under your wing way back in the day. You were a great comic. You did your country proud." (PageSix)


Denzel Washington to receive New Dramatists' 2018 Distinguished Achievement Award. Denzel Washington, about to hit the Broadway stage in George C. Wolfe's production of "The Iceman Cometh," will receive New Dramatists' 2018 Distinguished Achievement Award, an honor that's previously gone to such stage artists as Audra McDonald, Bernadette Peters, Edward Albee, Meryl Streep and Stephen Sondheim, among others. The award will be presented to the Oscar- and Tony-winning actor at New Dramatists' 69th Annual Spring Luncheon tribute on May 15 in New York. "Mr. Washington has earned his career status through hard work and excellence," said Emily Morse, Artistic Director of New Dramatists. "He's a professional actor who continues to pursue artistic and career challenges, like undertaking the plays of August Wilson, an alumnus of New Dramatists, and Eugene O'Neill, for example, and it's his fearless risk-taking that connects him to what the playwrights working at New Dramatists and the collaborators who support their processes seek every day." Morse called Washington "a respected, consummate artist, and for this reason we wish to honor him at this year's luncheon." In addition to his screen career "Glory," "Training Day," "Remember the Titans," "A Soldier's Story" and last year's "Roman J. Israel, Esq.," among many others Washington won a 2010 Tony Award for his performance in August Wilson's "Fences" (he later reprised the role in the 2016 film version, which he also directed). The Distinguished Achievement Award is presented to individuals who have made an outstanding artistic contribution to the theatre community. The award will be presented to Washington at the annual New Dramatists' luncheon, May 15, at the New York Marriott Marquis in the Broadway theater district. "The Iceman Cometh" begins previews March 22 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, with an official opening April 26. (PageSix)

Pitbull to speak at United Nations about global water crisis. Grammy Award-winning rapper Pitbull is heading to the United Nations to discuss the global water crisis on World Water Day. The organization Clean Water Here announced on Monday that the international pop star will be named Clean Water Here Ambassador on March 22, when he visits the U.N. in New York City. Pitbull also will receive the 2018 World Water Champion Award for his global humanitarian efforts. He is leading the celebrity-driven social media campaign dubbed "Clean Water Here Cause Flash," in hopes of raising awareness of the water crisis. Other participants include Bruno Mars, Pink, Maroon 5, Demi Lovato, Monica and Juanes. On March 22, U.N. General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak will launch a 10-year plan focused on sustainable development of water resources. (PageSix)

Selena Gomez put on a bikini and hopped on a boat in Sydney Harbor over the weekend and you can clearly see some of the scarring from her kidney transplant. Gomez soaked up the sun Sunday with some friends -- and no Bieber. The scar is not located near the kidney, but Selena had complications immediately after her transplant. An artery broke and she had to get emergency surgery where doctors took a vein from her leg and created a new artery to help stabilize the overactive kidney, which left the scar on her leg. Selena was in really bad shape before the transplant, so it's a small price for another chance at life. (TMZ)

Allison Janney Celebrates Her Oscar Win With Three Shirtless Hunks. Better late than never! After Allison Janney won an Oscar for her role as parrot-loving hard-as-nails mom LaVona Harding in I, Tonya earlier this month, she didn't get to have quite the wild celebration she may have liked to and that's because she had to be on set of her hit sitcom Mom for a table-read the very next morning. But there's always time for a do-over! That's where pal Ellen DeGeneres comes in! During an appearance on Monday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the host with the most gives the comedy queen a celebration she isn't quite expecting -- a sexy dance from three shirtless, tiny short-wearing studs. Allison may not expected the onslaught of sexy dancers, but she certainly made it work, getting the trio of topless gentleman to pick her up and carry her around. In the sit-down with the recent Academy Award winner, Allison also discussed the rigor of "award season." Before the Oscars, Allison had already nabbed 30 awards, including an Independent Spirit Award, a Golden Globe and a SAG Award, for her role in I, Tonya, but she said all the accolades only made her nerves more intense at the 90th Annual Academy Awards. "It made me more nervous," confessed the Mom actress. "The more awards I won the more i was sure the next thing I was sure I wasn't going to." But win she did! During her chat with Ellen, she also discussed her game-time decision to open her Academy Awards speech by saying, "I did it all myself!" Prior to the win, Allison stopped by E!'s Live From the Red Carpet and talked to Ryan Seacrest, saying, "I'm pretty overwhelmed. This is my first time here at the Oscars and I came with Steven Rodgers who is the reason I'm standing here today and we had a pretty special morning together just thinking how much history we're bringing on this carpet, just our history alone. It's a very exciting moment." When asked how she prepared for her role as ice skater Tonya Harding's mother, Allison shared with Ryan, "I had a little bit of existing footage on LaVona that I just watched over and over again because that was my job was to bring this woman to life. I knew this story very well because of my figure skating background and just being around during that time when that story broke. We all knew it but we only knew one side of it and it was so fascinating to look at what she lived through." (Eonline)

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says the entire Brady crew has accompanied his mother, Galynn, on her health journey following her cancer diagnosis two years ago. "She's doing really well," Brady, 40, tells PEOPLE while promoting his new book, The TB12 Method. "I think any family that has dealt with cancer realizes the challenge it is not only at that moment, but as it continues to be." Due to the June 2016 cancer diagnosis, Galynn was unable to attend many of that season's games. However, she was able to be there for the Patriots' jaw-dropping Super Bowl comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons in February 2017. Earlier this year, before the Patriots took on the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl, Brady shared a family Facebook photo, showing Galynn smiling wide. "I think she's got so much appreciation for the people who have supported her," Brady says of his mother. "She's such a wonderful woman and she's been so positive through it all and we've been so proud of her." News of Gaylnn's illness broke last year, when Patriots owner Robert Kraft revealed that she had undergone chemotherapy and radiation throughout the 2016 season. Shortly after defeating the Falcons in last year's Super Bowl, Brady said of his mother: "She's been through a lot. Way harder than what I went through last night." Galynn, too, has opened up about the illness. "I remember sitting in the doctor's office and them telling me, 'You have breast cancer and it's only stage two,' " Galynn told NFL Network's Andrea Kremer in an interview last year. She started five months of chemotherapy in September 2016 and wasn't cleared to travel to Houston for the Super Bowl until just one day before her scheduled flight, according to CBS Sports "I think there's a special bond between a mother and a son," she told Kremer. "I just wanted to be there for Tommy, and I wanted to be there with our family. Everybody was going to the Super Bowl and I didn't want to miss that." (People)

Ben Affleck's Giant Back Tattoo Is Real and It's Spectacular. Ben Affleck recently showcased his massive back tattoo in public two years after he called it "fake," spurring a lot of feelings on Twitter. Affleck was first photographed sporting the ink, which depicts a colorful phoenix, in December 2015. A source told E! News at the time that the tattoo was real. The actor told Extra months later that it was "fake for a movie." Affleck, 45, showcased his back tattoo again a few days ago on a beach in Hawaii, proving that his ink is in fact permanent. He was photographed shirtless while taking part in what eyewitnesses said was a training session for the Netflix film Triple Frontier with Charlie Hunnam, Oscar Isaac and Garrett Hedlund. The men have not commented. Affleck's exes Jennifer Garner and Jennifer Lopez weighed in on his back tattoo in 2016. "You know what we would say in my hometown about that? 'Bless his heart,'" Garner told Vanity Fair. "A phoenix rising from the ashes. Am I the ashes in this scenario? I take umbrage. I refuse to be the ashes." "It's awful!" Lopez told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live. "I would tell him, 'What are you doing?' It has too many colors. His tattoos always have too many colors. They shouldn't be so colorful. You know what I mean? They should be cooler." This isn't Affleck's only tattoo. The Oscar winner also has shoulder tattoos, barbed wire across his right bicep, a large design featuring a fish and a skull and crossbones on his right arm and a dolphin on his right hip, which covered up the name of his high-school sweetheart. (Eonline)

The bad blood between Rob Kardashian and ex-girlfriend Blac Chyna may be subsiding. On Saturday, Chyna wished Kardashian a happy 31st birthday by posting a photo with him and their daughter, Dream. "Happy Birthday Rob from Dreamy and Chy," the caption to the Instagram story said. The drama between these ex-lovers hit an all-time low in recent months. After reaching a custody agreement back in September 2017, Chyna and the Kardashian family began filing suits against each other. Kardashian once claimed that Chyna tried to strangle him with an iPhone charger cord, which her attorney Lisa Bloom shot down. Kardashian also denied allegations he assaulted Chyna. In recent weeks, Chyna has been quite busy after a sex tape leaked across the internet. Despite the never-ending drama, Kardashian celebrated his birthday at Kris Jenner's house where there were balloons and other St. Patrick's Day treats. (Page Six)

Vince Vaughn has been spending quality time with his father, Vernon, playing blackjack at the Mansion at MGM Grand, Las Vegas' most exclusive casino, and watching the NCAA basketball tournament. The star of "Wedding Crashers" and "Old School" is a low-roller who bets just $1,000 a hand -- so-called whales wager the $25,000 maximum, a fellow gambler told me. "He's very laid-back, and very attentive to his dad," said my source. The Vaughn men apparently filled out brackets for NCAA March Madness and were taking breaks from blackjack to watch the games. Vince, a big fan of the Chicago Cubs and Blackhawks, said he had no preference, but Vernon was rooting for Michigan State. (Page Six)

Floyd Mayweather told us he's dead serious about fighting in the UFC -- and now, he says he's taking the most important step to make sure that happens ... getting a license. We got Floyd in L.A. earlier this week ... and he told TMZ Sports he's planning to submit the paperwork to get licensed as a pro MMA fighter. We're guessing he's eyeing Nevada. "Everything takes time. Eventually, we're gonna apply for the license, and hopefully we can fight," Mayweather said. No word on when exactly Floyd's applying -- or beginning his MMA training with UFC champ Tyron Woodley -- but TBE did give us an estimate on how long he'll need to get Octagon ready. "Even if it takes 6 to 8 months -- whatever it takes. We want to make sure that everything is done correctly, and everything is done the right way." (TMZ)

Liberace's penthouse -- featured in the 2013 film "Behind the Candelabra" -- has undergone a major makeover and is no longer a home ... but a company's headquarters. TMZ has learned the legendary pianist's former pad in L.A.'s Fairfax District is now the perfect fantasy office of women's fashion and lifestyle company NYLON Media. The glam space is filled with jewel tones, soft textures and gold details ... without forgetting Liberace's lavish style. We're told Liberace's old living room is now NYLON's main headquarters, and his master bedroom has been transformed into NYLON's music and sound studio. One of the main attractions of the penthouse -- the pool -- is still a hot spot ... but now serves as a venue for work events. The chic new office also houses Socialyte, a content creation agency led by influencer Beca Alexander, and SIMPLY, an agency that has worked with Alessandra Ambrosio, Olivia Culpo and Julianne Hough. (TMZ)

The Palm takes down Matt Lauer's caricature. As restaurants famed for their celebrity portraits wrestle with how to deal with the wave of Hollywood sex scandals, Page Six has learned that the legendary Palm steakhouse has taken down its caricature of Matt Lauer. We're told that the meat mecca -- which still boasts drawings of his former "Today" co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford -- erased Lauer about a month ago, following his ignominious ouster in November after a string of sexual misconduct allegations were made against him. Sources tell us that the popular steak spot also scrubbed Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby from its famous walls, with an insider saying that one regular guest, the comedian and actress Lea DeLaria, "took great pleasure" in covering up the disgraced "Cosby Show" star. Meanwhile, Sardi's -- which has a dining room lined with portraits of Broadway greats -- told Page Six that it's waiting on the verdicts of sexual assault allegations before making a decision on its own scandal-struck subjects, who include Geoffrey Rush, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Douglas and James Franco (all of whom deny wrongdoing). Terry Rooney, a spokesman for the theatrical haunt, pointed out that in all of those cases, the allegations are being contested, and said, "Until there is some resolution one way or another, we feel it would be inappropriate to remove the portraits." Katz's Deli -- which boasts dozens of photographs of famous diners, including Billy Bush, who was fired from the "Today" show for his part in the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape featuring President Trump's indelicate remarks about sexual assault -- is taking a different tack, however. Owner Jake Dell joked to Page Six that they have so many pictures that policing the walls could become a full-time job and laughed that he doesn't pay enough attention to Hollywood gossip to know who's involved in a scandal or who's not! (PageSix)

'Outlander' actor claims United crew made tasteless dog jokes. "Outlander" actor Graham McTavish has accused a United Airlines crew of joking about dogs in overhead bins less than a week after the death of puppy on a United flight. "Sorry, but my journey with @united today was rubbish," McTavish, 57, tweeted Friday. "Crew on the NOLA/ Chicago leg making jokes about dogs in the overhead, and then plain rude on the delayed Chicago/Vancouver flight 'If you want lunch you'd better get that table out.' Just makes a bad experience worse guys." In response to McTavish's claims, United has "reached out to our customer to get the facts and will investigate with everyone involved," airline spokesperson Maggie Schmerin told People. McTavish's allegations came just four days after a 10-month-old French bulldog died on a United flight after a flight attendant urged the owner to store the pooch in an overhead bin. A criminal probe has since been initiated. A federal investigation has also been launched. (PageSix)

Hannibal Buress kicked off stage for priest molestation jokes. Controversial comedian Hannibal Buress, who is best known for his persistent routines about the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby, had his mic cut off minutes into his set at a Catholic university. According to attendees, Buress began his set by revealing a set of guidelines Loyola University Chicago had sent him prior to his show at the school's Colossus event. In the email from the school, Buress stated, he was asked to refrain from "content about rape, sexual assault, race, sexual orientation/gender ... illegal drugs or the use of." So when Buress made a joke about the Catholic Church's history of child molestation, his mic was shut off, according to attendees on Twitter. "Bitch a old people, I can project," Buress said referencing the school's letter which he projected onto a screen onstage. "Y'all f -- k kids, right," Buress said before the mic cut out. The crowd reportedly booed but then quieted, so Buress could be heard without a mic. However, the program organizers then turned the background music up very loud so he could not be heard and Buress walked off the stage. Loyola's Department of Programming (DOP) assistant director told the school's paper The Phoenix, "DOP students did not make any day-of decisions for Hannibal Buress' show. Student Development Administrators made the decisions." One of the students in attendance tweeted that Buress returned to the stage 15 minutes later and was greeted with a standing ovation. Buress made several references to the debacle during the rest of his set. "There were content restrictions that were put with this gig," Buress said. "Which I agreed to, but today I was like, 'No, f -- k that.'" He added, "Imagine that, a grown out of touch person trying to police what goes into your ears and brain." In October 2014, Buress memorably called Cosby a rapist during a Philadelphia stand-up performance. It was captured on video and posted online, gaining wide exposure and renewing scrutiny of decades-old allegations of sexual assault lodged by a number of women. In a January 2016 panel discussion, Buress called it a weird surprise that his Bill Cosby "rapist" joke precipitated the star's fall from grace. "I was doing a joke in my show and that shouldn't influence public opinion. I don't know if it should go that far," Buress said. "It's weird to me that a joke did that." He added, "That's just one joke that ... people took and really ran with it." (PageSix)

$150K or not, Joanna Gaines won't sit for deposition. Pregnant Joanna Gaines won't have to sit for a deposition because the lawsuit involving her furniture line has settled without her help. Standard Furniture Manufacturing Company and LF Products have closed their case over the quality of the raw material being used for Joanna and husband Chip Gaines' Magnolia Home furniture line, according to The Blast. Page Six previously reported that Joanna, 39, wanted a whopping $150,000 per hour to sit for questioning, but a judge later ruled that she wouldn't get a paycheck for her time. Now the "Fixer Upper" star is free to nest as she pleases as she awaits the arrival of her fifth child. (PageSix)


Blink-182 Announces King of the Weekend Las Vegas Residency. All the small things you know and love about Blink-182 are coming to Las Vegas! The pop punk band from the '90s is coming to rock the Palms Casino Resort with their first-ever "Kings of the Weekend" Rock Residency starting this May. "Blurring the line between rock, punk and pop, blink-182 with Mark Hoppus (vocals/bass), Travis Barker (drums) and Matt Skiba (guitar), will bring its nearly 25-year history of hit songs, inappropriate tales and nonsensical antics to life in Kings of the Weekend," according to a press release. Mark, Travis and Matt (singer Tom DeLonge infamously quit the band in 2015) will begin their 16-show run on Memorial Day 2018. The trio will perform May 26-May 27, June 8-9, June 15-June 16, June 23-June 24, Oct. 26-Oct. 27, Nov. 9-Nov. 10 and Nov. 16- Nov. 17. "blink-182 is one of those bands that crosses over multiple genres of music, and also transcends many generations of music lovers. They're a perfect fit for a true rock residency our first at the Pearl," said Palms Casino Resort General Manager Jon Gray in a press release. "When the Palms asked us to do a residency here in Vegas, we said 'Absolutely!'" said Mark. He added, "Now, we just have to cast our show girls, create our set list -- a true throwback of Vegas classics with Sinatra, Liberace. Maybe we can even marry someone on stage...The possibilities in Vegas are endless." When in Vegas... Tickets for blink-182: Kings of the Weekend are $59, $79, $99, $109, and $169 and go on sale this Friday, March 23, 2018 at 10 a.m. (Eonline)

Fifth Harmony Announces Indefinite Hiatus. Fifth Harmony is taking a hiatus. The group members, Dinah Jane, Normani, Ally Brooke and Lauren Jauregui announced the news via Twitter Monday. The group members attributed the hiatus to their desires to pursue "solo endeavors." "Reflecting on the past six years since we started on X-Factor, we've realized just how far we've come and we appreciate everything so much, more now than ever," a note from the group said, citing their start on the British show. "We've really had one hell of a memorable journey together and can't begin to express our gratitude to y'all for coming along with us on this wild ride!" The note continued, "After six years going hard, non-stop, we also realized that in order to stay authentic to ourselves and to you, we do need to take some time for now to go on a hiatius from Fifth Harmony in order to pursue solo endeavors." They added, "We are all very excited and grateful to be able to take this time to learn and grow creatively and really find our footing as individuals. In doing this we are allowing ourselves to gain new experiences, strengths and perspectives that we can bring back to our Fifth Harmony family. They then thanked their fans. "To our Harmonizers, thank you for everything we have been able to build as Fifty Harmony. With your love and encouragement, we will continue to build on ourselves, support another in everything we do, and keep making you proud, each other proud and ourselves proud." They concluded, " We do have some upcoming shows through the end of the year which will still happen as planned, and we can't wait! All our love, from the bottom of our hearts, Dinah Jane, Lauren, Normani and Ally xoxoxo." (Eonline)

Flight of the Conchords postpone tour. The music comedy group Flight of the Conchords has postponed a series of tour dates after Bret McKenzie injured his hand in what he called a "very rock 'n' roll injury -- falling down some stairs." In a statement posted on the band's website on Sunday, McKenzie said the upcoming United Kingdom tour of the Flight of the Conchords would be rescheduled after he broke two bones in his hand. McKenzie says he will be prevented from performing for several weeks. The group's 13 U.K. performances were to begin on Sunday in London. McKenzie and Jemaine Clement recently reunited for a series of North American shows. Their HBO series ran from 2007 to 2009. (PageSix)

Michael Bolton Delivers 'Gangsta's Paradise' on 'Lip Sync Battle'. He's done rock, he's done pop, but he's never done hip-hop -- until now. Michael Bolton, famed for his adult contemporary ballads in the '80s and '90s, went head-to-head with Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson on Lip Sync Battle for Thursday's (March 22) episode. Although Davidson's job is to make studio and television audiences laugh, Bolton gave the comedian a run for his money, taking the stage with Coolio's 1995 hit "Gangsta's Paradise." Decked out in a black tank top, track pants and a large gold chain, Bolton's impressive recitation of one of the verses had co-host LL Cool J doubled over howling with laughter. "That was awesome," an impressed co-host Chrissy Teigen said of the 65-year old's lip sync. (Billboard)

Katy Perry Compliments Taylor Swift on American Idol -- But Was It Actually Shade? The Taylor Swift-Katy Perry drama lives on. An American Idol contestant reminded viewers of the longtime feud on Sunday night's episode. During the audition process, Perry's fellow judge Luke Bryan asked the Hollywood hopeful whom he looked up to as an artist. The contender apologized to Perry and cited Swift. "Oh, you don't have to be sorry!" Perry replied. "I love Taylor Swift," the contestant said. "I love her as a songwriter, as well," she said. While some viewers interpreted Perry's comment as a sincere compliment, others thought she was trying to throw shade. The feud between Perry and Swift dates back to 2014 -- right after Swift released "Bad Blood." During an interview with Rolling Stone, Swift told the magazine the song was about another female artist. However, Swift refused to say whom. "For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not," Swift said. "She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think, 'Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?'" Swift went on to suggest that this singer "tried to sabotage an entire arena tour" and "hire a bunch of people out from under me." Shortly after Rolling Stone published the interview, Perry tweeted, "Watch out for the Regina George in sheep's clothing." Two years later, a Twitter follower asked Perry if she would ever collaborate with Swift. The "Firework" singer replied, "if she says sorry, sure!" However, Perry has since said she's ready to put an end to their longtime feud. During a May 2017 episode of Carpool Karaoke, Perry said "I tried to talk to her about it and she wouldn't speak to me." "I do the right thing any time that it feels like a fumble," Perry said at the time "It was a full shutdown and then she writes a song about me, and I'm like, OK, cool, cool, cool, that's how you want to deal with it? Karma!" She also told James Corden she was "ready for that BS to be done." In addition, Perry apologized for her end of the feud during an interview with Ariana Huffington. "I am ready to let it go," Perry said. "Absolutely. One hundred percent. I forgive her and I'm sorry for anything I ever did, and I hope the same from her. I think it's actually like, I think it's time. There are bigger fish to fry, and there are real problems in the world. You know what I'm saying?" She also complimented the Reputation artist at the time, citing her songwriting skills specifically. "I love her, and I want the best for her," Perry added. "And I think she's a fantastic songwriter, and I think that, you know, if we, both her and I, can be representatives of strong women that come together despite their differences, I think the whole world is going to go like, 'Yeah, well we can do this.'" (Eonline)

Rick Ross returned to the stage for the first time this weekend since his hospitalization, and one of his main orders of business was shouting out his locked up label mate, Meek Mill. Da Boss performed early Sunday morning at The Light nightclub in Vegas in what appears to be the first show he's done since his heart-related health scare earlier this month. We broke the story ... Ross was hospitalized in Florida after someone found him unresponsive at his home and "slobbing at the mouth." He was put on ECMO to facilitate respiratory and heart functions, and eventually got sent back home to recover. Definitely looks like Rick is doing better -- he rapped through a few songs, drank from his double cup ... and, most importantly, led a chant demanding authorities #FreeMeekMill. The takeaway ... Renzel seems to be back to his old self, and he hasn't forgotten Meek. Oh, he also poured some champagne for some ladies in the front row. Wouldn't be a Rick Ross concert without that. Good to have you back, Rozay! (TMZ)

Maroon 5 Manager Jordan Feldstein's Cause of Death Revealed. Four months after his shocking death, the Los Angeles Department of Medical Examiner has determined that late Maroon 5 manager Jordan Feldstein died as a result of a blood clot blocking an artery in his lungs. According to a report posted in the Coroner's website, Feldstein, 40, suffered from a condition detailed as pulmonary thromboembolism and deep leg vein thrombosis, another type of blood clot. Also listed as contributing factors were obesity and acute bronchopneumonia. Feldstein, brother of actor Jonah Hill, was reported dead on Dec. 23 after suffering cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles home. Feldstein was the co-founder and CEO of Career Artist Management, which helped guide the career of his childhood friend, Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine. Among the company's other clients are Miguel, Big Boi Chromeo. Feldstein is also credited with helping Levine negotiate his long-running role as a coach on NBC's The Voice. (Billboard)

Austin Police arrested a man late Saturday in connection with a bomb threat that caused the cancellation of the Roots' show at South by Southwest conference. Trevor Weldon Ingram, 26, allegedly emailed Live Nation Music on Saturday afternoon saying there was a bomb planted at the Fair Market venue, according to a police statement. The officers searched the venue and "no threat was found," but Bud Light, the show's sponsor, decided to cancel the event in the interest of audience safety, although the announcement was not made until the show was scheduled to begin and a large crowd had gathered. According to the statement, police were "able to identify and locate the suspect believed to be tied to this threat and at 11:08 p.m. a warrant was signed" for Ingram's arrest, which took place just seven minutes later. He was taken into custody on third-degree felony charges of making a terroristic threat. "There are no indications of any broader security concerns for any activities relating to this incident," the report adds. In a series of tweets Saturday night that were deleted within 20 minutes, Roots drummer Questlove wrote that the cancellation was due to a "severe emergency." "Uh, welp can't say much but for those in Austin waiting in line to see us tonight," he wrote. "Tonight's show has been cancelled. They'll make official announcement but I'd rather save y'all the trouble of waiting in line." The Roots were scheduled to appear with Ludacris, Jessie Reyez, Rapsody, Dermot Kennedy and Tank and the Bangas. (Page Six)


Despicable Me 3 Is Coming to Netflix in April. Attention all minion lovers! We have some exciting news for you. E! News can exclusively confirm that Despicable Me 3 is coming to Netflix on April 5. Fans of all ages will be able to hear the sounds of minions from the comfort of their couch, bed or family room. And yes, the talented voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig and Miranda Cosgrove will also be blasted loud and proud for movie watchers to enjoy. For those who may have missed the box-office hit, Despicable Me 3 is centered around Gru who meets his long-lost charming (and more successful) twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist. The story would ultimately allow the film to earn a whopping $264 million at the box office. And yes, the cast and crew received a Kids' Choice Award nomination for Best Animated Film. "I would love to [carry on making them], they're so much fun," Steve recently told Yahoo Movies. "They're little pieces of positive energy that are put out in the world. In all honesty, that's what's special about them to me. They're fun, they're silly there's no axe to grind, they're free of cynicism, and that's rare." So what else is coming to Netflix in the month of April? Find out Tuesday morning when the streaming service releases their full list. (Eonline)

Renee Zellweger Transforms Into Judy Garland in First Photo for Upcoming Film Judy. Renee Zellweger went somewhere over the rainbow and came back as Judy Garland. The Oscar winner is slated to pop back up on the big screen in Judy as the eponymous late legend. While the film is still in the works, devoted fans are getting their first look at the transformed star thanks to this newly released photo of Zellweger in costume. In the stunning shot, the actress captures Garland's essence as she strikes a pose -- mic in hand -- with the triple threat's facial expression and later haircut. Directed by Rupert Goold and written by Tom Edge, the upcoming biopic will center on Garland's final concerts in London in the late 1960s amid her deteriorating health and romance with her fifth and final husband, Mickey Deans, shortly before her death. Zellweger is no stranger to the microphone. She famously sang and danced in the 2002 film adaptation of Chicago as lead Roxie Hart. The actress ultimately won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical and was nominated for an Academy Award. In addition to Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock and Michael Gambon will also star in the film. Principal photography began in London Monday. (Eonline)

Alicia Vikander on the daily workout that got her in shape for Tomb Raider - and why she doesn't wear makeup. The Tomb Raider star talks to GLAMOUR. You probably know Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander from The Danish Girl, but she's about to blow up again as she takes on the role of Lara Croft in the new Tomb Raider movie. Not everyone could fill the shoes of Angelina Jolie, but 29-year-old Alicia has the talent and vulnerability to do it justice. GLAMOUR UK caught up with the star to grill her on all things Tomb Raider, her minimal makeup routine and the intense four month workout that got her fit for the iconic role. Based on the 00s video game, Lara is the daughter of a missing adventurer. She refuses to take on her father's global empire, instead going in search of him on the island where he was last seen. "[Lara is] 20 when we meet her in the film and that was probably the time when I was working in a Levis store," Alicia says, reminiscing on her own early 20s. "I'd quit ballet school, which I thought was going to be my path, but my gut instinct told me to do something different. I had tried out for theatre school and didn't get it four times." Proof that sometimes what can feel like a failure just isn't meant to be. "I didn't know what was going to happen, but that's also part of a very important time when you get to try different things," she says. "I think, like Lara in this film, you shouldn't feel pressured." To become Lara, Alicia had to learn some kickass moves which required a full-on training regime. "There were so many different skills I had to learn and I also gained around 10lbs-12lbs of muscle. I worked with my trainer for four months leading up to it, then every day before I started to film I was in the gym." But she found a new love for muscle training and has continued since filming ended. "It was something I really enjoyed. I felt very much in my body and I loved having another strength." The Swedish actress already has an enviable figure but when it comes to health and fitness, she swears by one tip: sleep. "It changes the way you look and the way you feel," she says. "My mum used to tell me when I was a kid that I had to go to bed at 7.30pm and when I'd ask why she'd say, 'well you do get a bit grumpy when you don't have routines'. Then I realized when I was a bit older, that's actually true." In terms of beauty products she's less about makeup, but all about skincare. "Now I have a wonderful professional team to put on my makeup for camera and things, I rarely use makeup in my everyday life," she says. "But I love skincare. If anything, my skin goes extremely dry. I could put hand cream on my face and it still goes in. On flights I always put on masks and I have night cream as my day cream." (British Glamour)

Steven Spielberg on Time's Up: "This Is More Important Than Any of Us Can Ever Realize" The director was speaking at the U.K.'s Empire Awards, where he was presented with the Legend of Our Lifetime honor. The Time's Up movement has received a boost from arguably the biggest director on the planet. Steven Spielberg, speaking at the Empire Awards in London on Sunday night, praised the campaign against sexual harassment, describing it as a "watershed moment" for the industry. "It's been a rich and diverse year for film and for gender and for race, and for speaking out," he said on collecting the Legend of Our Lifetime award. "Thank you, Time's Up. We were very much on board from the very beginning, my wife Kate and I. This is more important than any of us can ever really realize." Spielberg who revealed that he would start shooting the fifth Indiana Jones installment in the U.K. in April 2019 said he hoped Time's Up would mark the "end of the way things were." Alongside Spielberg, the Empire Awards saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi win the best film honor, with Rian Johnson claiming the best director and Daisy Ridley the best actress award. Ridley was also on hand to present Mark Hamill with the Empire Icon award. Hugh Jackman won best actor for Logan, using the opportunity on stage to thank his wife via FaceTime and acknowledging that she never wanted him to go for the role of Wolverine 20 years ago. His Logan co-star Dafne Keen was voted best female newcomer. The best British film honor, sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter, was claimed by indie hit God's Own Country. (Hollywood Reporter)


Queen Helena Shares Some Touching Love Advice With Willow on The Royals. A word to the wise! Queen Helena (Elizabeth Hurley) and Willow (Genevieve Gaunt) share a sweet moment on Sunday's new episode of The Royals. The queen is still busy at work trying to find King Robert (Max Brown) a wife and she gives Willow a little bit of advice when the time comes for her to find a mate. "Look, it's not exactly torture being queen, but it is forever," she explains. "You sacrifice a lot standing next to a member of the royal family." Willow understands what she means. After being around the royal family for a while, she knows it's not exactly the fairy tale ending one would assume. After taking a brief detour to see if Willow has any information about Liam's (William Moseley) latest conquest, Greta, Helena gives Willow some final advice on matters of the heart. "Speaking of, are we out in front of Liam's latest dalliance?" she asks her. "She looks like she has a nice personality." Oh burn! Just as quickly, she returns to her calm motherly demeanor to offer Willow a final bit of advice about love. "You're not wrong to expect your love to be true. It's nice to know a man sees you and appreciates you for you," the queen tells her. "This isn't always the greatest environment for that." Brand new episode of The Royals Sunday at 10 p.m., on E! (Eonline)

Jasper and Princess Eleanor's Fate Revealed on The Royals! Plus, Prince Liam Discovers the Truth About King Robert. That escalated quickly! We're only two episodes into the new season of The Royals and Prince Liam (Will Moseley) may have found exactly what he needs to destroy King Robert (Max Brown), but something tells us it won't be that simple. First, Jasper (Tom Austen) remains in critical condition after being shot, and Princess Eleanor (Alexandra Park) was by his side every step of the way to ensure he is going to pull through. But she needs a little support from Liam who is nowhere to be found. "Where are you? Jasper's in surgery, I need you here," she texted Liam before his plane took off. "I'm sorry, Len. Can't get back," he responds to her. In any other circumstance Liam would have rushed to be by his sister's side, but right now, he has much bigger fish to fry. He had to try and get as much information as possible from Greta, whose father he believes is the banker who helped Robert pay Ted Price (Oliver Milburn) to kill King Simon (Vincent Regan). While he is momentarily discouraged from continuing his mission after he's accosted by armed guards who think he attempted to kill King Robert, a quick chat with his Uncle Cyrus (Jake Maskall) reminds him what's at stake. "You're not coming home. We've been working up to this moment for months. We may not get another chance," Cyrus convinced his nephew. "Stay the course, my young apprentice. I'm dying. Taking down Robert may be the last great thing I do." Back at the palace, Queen Helena (Elizabeth Hurley) was trying find a wife for Robert. Sadly, his number one choice, Willow (Genevieve Gaunt), decided she would rather marry for love then as a duty to her country and withdrew herself from consideration, which Robert seemed surprisingly disappointed by. Turns out he has a heart! "I've been thinking, I know how important this decision is to you. I don't want to waste your time. I can't be on the list," she told his majesty before explaining how her mom married for love and never regretted it. "Maybe I am a little afraid of the stakes, but I'm even more afraid of it not being real." In an uncharacteristically sweet and earnest moment, Robert admitted that he completely understands her objections. "I reconciled myself a long time ago to the fact that I would have to marry as a duty to my country," Robert reveals. "If I'm being honest, in my quieter moments, I'd hoped for something more. I wish the same for you, I really do, even if I am a little disappointed." But he's in luck, because the queen put Willow in charge of picking his future bride, and she plans on doing a great job. While Robert is tending to his duties in the palace, Jasper finally wakes up! Even though the king is still not thrilled with Eleanor's relationship with the bodyguard, she rushes to be by his side. He returns the favor by revealing to the world who he really is and opening the door for them to be together at last. "I consider it a matter of honor to take a bullet for your king," he tells reporters after he admitted he's an American. "In fact, I'd take a bullet for any member of the royal family, because in many ways they've become the family that I never had." Although his relationship with the princess can't yet be out in the open, he was at least able to tell the world how much he loves her. "My hearts been taken by a very beautiful woman," Jasper shared. "I'm not going to tell you who she is, but we look forward to a very long and full life together. They're not the only ones getting exactly what they want. After almost getting caught snooping, Liam was finally able to retrieve information from Greta's father's office. He returns home to tell Cyrus that they may have what they need to destroy King Robert. "Boone was right about everything," he shares with Cyrus while holding up the infamous hard-drive. "We've got it." Looks like this could be the beginning of the end for King Robert. Brand new episode of The Royals Sunday at 10 p.m., on E! (Eonline)

Was Megan Morrison Poisoned By the Institute on The Arrangement? The Institute for the Higher Mind did not come to play! In this week's all-new The Arrangement, Megan Morrison's (Christine Evangelista) nagging stomach pains caused the actress to faint at a big Hollywood event! The incident prompted a major media frenzy and plenty of salacious rumors, sending Deann (Lexa Doig) and Terence (Michael Vartan) into crisis management mode. But after learning that Lisbeth's (Ashley Hinshaw) food and water were poisoned when she was at the Institute, Megan couldn't help but wonder if she too had fallen victim to IHM's sinister ways. Two months prior to her fainting spell, Megan met with Lisbeth to get all the details on her time at the Institute. "There are so many things I want to ask you. Can we start with Terence? He's done things that should've destroyed me and Kyle (Josh Henderson) and it makes me wonder if he did something to make you leave," Megan prodded. "They poisoned my food and water," Lisbeth revealed. The poisoning led to Lisbeth having severe stomach problems, not unlike what Megan's been experiencing. Despite Lisbeth's big revelation, it seems Megan was able to put it out of her mind as her star continued to rise with her new mega-agents, Creative Partners Agency. "Creative Partners does not play. I've been with them for two months and they have me everywhere," Megan gushed to Shaun (Carra Patterson), IHM's legal adviser. From a major photo shoot to spearheading a campaign for female empowerment, Megan was becoming Hollywood's next big thing, but was this new-found fame too much for the young actress? The Institute's on-call doctor seemed to think so, diagnosing Megan with a bad case of stress. "You need to find ways to manage the pressure. You might start by taking something off your plate," the doctor suggested. Megan wasn't so keen on following the doctor's orders let alone believing his diagnosis, but Shaun encouraged her to just take a deep breathe. "You need to chill, Megan. If you don't want to believe the doctor, fine. But believe your body, it's telling you the same thing," Shaun insisted. Shaun was able to take one thing off Megan's plate. She managed to convince James to take her to the facility, where she's hoping she can get some insider information that will help them take down IHM. In the meantime, with no lead actor for Megan and Kyle's new film, Technicolor Highway, Deann started throwing out names, like Hollywood hunk Logan Travers (Andy Favreau), but Kyle wasn't having it. "He's not right for the part. How many times do I have to say it? No one's gonna force Logan down my throat. Not Jason and Vick and not you. I will kill this movie completely," Kyle yelled. A frustrated Deann stormed out. Even if she did have a point, Kyle was worried that history would repeat itself. "When I met Lisbeth on set I was single and she was dating the director," he revealed to Megan. But Megan wasn't about to let the love of her life and $10 million slip through her hands over a hot guy. "You know, we have a contract that forbids me from having an affair with a co-star or anyone else," Megan insisted. After convincing Kyle that Logan posed no threat to him, the couple headed back home for some drinks with their new friends Naseem and music sensation, Xavier Hughes (Ruffin Prentiss). What started out as a friendly cocktail hour led to Technicolor Highway finding its new leading man after Kyle witnessed the undeniable chemistry between Xavier and Megan. Let's hope he can put his jealousy aside and finally bring his brainchild to the big screen. Brand new episode of The Arrangement Sunday at 9 p.m., on E! (Eonline)

Pays John McEnroe 10 Times as Much for Tennis Pundit Role. The U.K. public broadcaster's gender pay gap dispute is the focus of a new TV documentary. The BBC's gender pay gap issue has come under fresh scrutiny following claims over the wages of its sports presenters. Martina Navratilova, the nine-time Wimbledon champion, has said she found that a fellow Wimbledon champion earns at least 10 times what she makes her for punditry work at the U.K. public broadcaster during the tennis competition. "It was a shock because John McEnroe makes at least 150,000 ($210,000) ... I get about 15,000 ($21,000) for Wimbledon, and unless John McEnroe's doing a whole bunch of stuff outside of Wimbledon he's getting at least 10 times as much money," she told the BBC's doc series Panorama in an episode entitled "Britain's Equal Pay Scandal" to be broadcast Monday. Navratilova added that she had been told she was being paid a comparable amount to men who were doing the same job. "We were not told the truth, that's for sure," she said. "It's still the good old boys' network ... The bottom line is that male voices are valued more than women's voices." The BBC defended the difference in pay, claiming that McEnroe's role was of a "different scale, scope and time commitment," to Navratilova, adding that McEnroe was considered "the face" of its Wimbeldon coverage. "He is widely considered to be the best expert/commentator in the sport, highly valued by our audiences, and his contract means he cannot work for another U.K. broadcaster without our permission," a representative told the program. Last summer, the BBC published a list of its top earners, sparking a major gender pay row after it emerged that just a third on the list were women and the top seven were men. The broadcaster later reviewed its pay structure, revealing that men were being paid 9.3 percent more than women. After China editor Carrie Gracie resigned in protest, six male presenters agreed to pay cuts. (Hollywood Reporter)

'The Crown': Petition Urges Star Matt Smith to Donate Pay Disparity to Time's Up. A Care2 petition is calling on the 'Doctor Who' alum to take action after he was paid more for his role as Prince Philip than leading lady Claire Foy earned as Queen Elizabeth. Days after news broke that The Crown star Claire Foy was paid less than male counterpart Matt Smith, a petition is calling on the latter to donate the extra salary he received for the Netflix drama to the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund. At a March 13 conference in Israel, producers revealed that star Foy earned less than male co-star Smith for the first two seasons of the Netflix hit. Foy played Queen Elizabeth in the drama from showrunner Peter Morgan, Sony Pictures Television Studios and Left Bank, and she earned a Golden Globe, SAG Award and Emmy nomination, among other accolades, for the part. Smith came into The Crown -- on which he played Prince Philip for two seasons -- with considerably more experience after having spent three seasons starring as The Doctor on Doctor Who. "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen," Left Bank creative director and executive producer Suzanne Mackie said at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem. Mackie acknowledged that Smith's experience on Doctor Who fueled the salary disparity. The Care2 Petition urges Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Smith to "show that they stand with women and do the right thing," while asking the actor and streaming giant to donate the difference in Smith's pay to the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund. The Crown drive -- which was near 22,000 signatures of its goal of 25,000 -- comes two months after a similar petition urged Mark Wahlberg to donate the $1.5 million more that he made during reshoots for All the Money in the World after news broke that his co-star, Michelle Williams, received a mere $1,000 for the same work. (Wahlberg and his agency, WME, would eventually donate $2 million to the Time's Up fund.) The Crown chronicles Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the present day. New actors are being brought in to take over Foy and Smith's roles, among others, for the previously announced third and fourth seasons, with those parts being recast for what is expected to be a fifth and sixth season. Olivia Colman (Golden Globe winner for AMC's The Night Manager) will take over for Foy as Queen Elizabeth, while the new Prince Philip has yet to be cast. Helena Bonham Carter takes over for Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret as new characters -- including Princess Diana -- will be introduced. Salary parity has become a larger part of the conversation as the Time's Up movement continues to gather steam, emboldening women to speak up about subjects like money that were once considered taboo. Pay discrepancies have also been in focus in the U.K. -- where The Crown is shot -- after recent revelations that male presenters at the BBC were paid substantially more than female ones. That led to the resignation of one prominent BBC editor, Carrie Gracie, who was BBC's China editor. (Hollywood Reporter)

Monday, March 19, 2018


Don't Work Too Hard
Is France unfairly punishing hardworking business owners - or is it just protecting the people from overwork? Opinions are split in the case of Cedric Vaivre, the baker who wouldn't take a break. Vaivre, who runs the only bakery in small town it the north of France (population 2,000), has been fined $3,700 for violating a law that says bakeries have to close once a week. The law allows exemptions, which Vaivre's bakery has received in previous years, but authorities failed to grant one in 2017 and he was fined for opening seven days a week at the height of the summer tourist season. The town's mayor - and thousands of supporters who've signed a petition - say Vaivre shouldn't be fined for working too hard. "In a tourist area, it seems essential that a business can open every day during the summer," said Mayor Christian Branle. But others - including fellow bakery owners - support the law, saying it's in place to protect workers in a profession where people are known for working extremely long hours. A retail union spokesman said, "We can't just allow them to work nonstop. It's absolutely necessary that both bosses and employees have a day of rest." (Vice)

Did You Get Ripped Off by Snuggies?
Allstar Marketing Group - the people who make Snuggies, the Magic Mesh Door, and more - will have to pay back its customers $7.2 million after the FTC accused it of tricking them with its advertised buy-one-get-one-free deal. Apparently that deal, which Allstar used for multiple products, made no mention of processing and handling fees customers would also be responsible for. The FTC said the ordering process was confusing and customers ended up paying more than they expected. Refunds will be sent to over 218,000 Allstar customers and the average refund amount is $33.14. Allstar actually agreed to the settlement in 2015, but for some reason, checks are only being mailed this week. (ABC News)

My Worst Car Carrier Nightmare
Ever get behind one of those car transportation trailers and wonder what would happen if one fell off? Wonder no more. It happened in New Zealand thought the exact reason for what caused a car to fall remains unknown. The incident happened just before 10am on Friday and caused some delays and blockages to commuters. There were also several wrecked cars including one upside down in the middle of the intersection. Amazingly there were no serious injuries. Local police are investigating. (Sun Live)

Cynthia Nixon... for Governor?
Actress Cynthia Nixon appears to be getting serious about challenging Andrew Cuomo for New York governor. The Sex and the City star has been rumored to be interested in the job, but new developments suggest there might be some merit to the rumors. She's reportedly met with two former top advisers to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio who specialize in engaging the Democratic left. She's also been seen out with a camera crew. But the "best evidence yet" of a possible run is that Nixon's wife, Christine Marinoni, just left her job as a special adviser for community partnerships at NYC's Department of Education, a move that would allow her to campaign for Nixon. She had held the $131,000-a-year job for nearly four years. If elected, the longtime education activist would be the first female and first openly gay governor of New York. It won't be an easy task but some argue Cuomo's airing of recent endorsements and a $100,000 TV ad show that he's already preparing for an intense Democratic primary in September. (New York Post)

The Greatest Ironic Justice You'll Hear About Today
A man who raped two women at knifepoint in Britain avoided capture for over 30 years. Then he peed on his neighbor's potted plant after an argument. The neighbor called police and 60-year-old Eric McKenna was arrested. He was only given a warning but also had to give a DNA sample. Turns out it was an exact match for samples recovered when a 21-year-old woman was raped by a man while walking alone in 1983 and an 18-year-old woman was raped in a similar situation five years later. The cases remained unsolved and unconnected until now. McKenna was arrested and charged with the rapes last year and sentenced to 23 years in prison on Friday. Detective Constable Mick Wilson said McKenna has "failed to show a glimmer of remorse" for his crimes. As for the neighbor whose plant got peed on, she said, "I felt physically sick when I found out what he'd done. I'm so glad I reported him and these women have got justice." (BBC)

That's a Very Expensive Hoax
A California woman whose kidnapping and rape were dismissed by police as a hoax akin to Gone Girl has settled with the City of Vallejo and its police department for $2.5 million. In 2015, Denise Huskins and boyfriend Aaron Quinn were drugged inside their home by a masked intruder, who kidnapped the then-30-year-old woman. Huskins was released outside her family's home two days later after being sexually assaulted. At the time, their claims were dismissed by police, who accused Huskins of making up the kidnapping. They only came around after the kidnapper, Matthew Muller, a Harvard-trained attorney and former Marine, was implicated in a different crime. He claimed to be part of a gang of "gentlemen criminals." While police eventually apologized to Huskins and Quinn, a federal judge rejected the city's effort to toss the couple's lawsuit. An attorney for Huskins and Quinn says the couple is "grateful." "One can only hope that the message of this settlement will be that victims are to be believed and that the police will accept a woman's highly credible report that she was kidnapped and raped." (Newser)

What the What?
In Oregon, Judge Susie Norby used a bench as a battering ram to break free from a locked courtroom, causing about $3,000 in damage! Norby offered to pay for the damage out of her own pocket, but a Clackamas County spokesman said the funds will come from the county's general fund, meaning taxpayers will foot the bill. Norby said, "I feel deeply sad to have caused harm to our beautiful and historic building. It is a building I cherish, respect and am proud and grateful to work in." Repair work in the Oregon City courtroom will include reinstalling marble on the framing above the courtroom doors, the report said. Norby said she locked herself in the courtroom on a Sunday and tried to ram her way out because her keys and phone were elsewhere, and no one was expected at the building until the following day. She was stuck in the courtroom for more than an hour before a sheriff's deputy came by and sprung her. (FOX News)


Moms are more likely than dads to admit they have a favorite child.
Your fingernails will grow a total of nine-and-a-half feet during your lifetime, and you'll grow six-and-a-half feet of nose hair.
Phone calls are 50% shorter than they were ten years ago.
About 40% of office workers need help at work to change their password.
32% of people have lied to get out of a wedding.
The number of American adults who have been married more than once has doubled since 1980.


  • The Queen has given her official consent for Harry and Meghan's upcoming wedding. 
  • The Stormy Daniels interview on "60 Minutes" is scheduled for this Sunday, unless legal action blocks it. 
  • A five-story penthouse across the street from Trump Tower is in contract for $180 million -- and if it sells, it will be New York City's most expensive condo sale ever. 
  • With all the accusations about Russian activities, there's talk of boycotting the upcoming World Cup there. 
  • Conductor James Levine is suing the Metropolitan Opera after they fired him for sexual misconduct allegations. 
  • Cheese consumption in the U.S. hit an all-time high last year is expected to rise even higher this year, according to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report. 
  • Pickle juice slushies are coming to Sonic. You have been warned. 
  • Bill Cosby got a retrial, but it's going to come with the testimony of five additional accusers testifying. 
  • In Germany, one of their food banks banned migrants from getting anything so that they'd be taking care of Germans first. 
  • There's a documentary coming out about the final days of Aaron Hernandez. 
  • James Adomian, a 38-year-old comedian, is claiming that "Saturday Night Live" has never hired any gay comedians... and that's why they've never had him on. 
  • Psychology Today reports 35 percent of couples in a U.S. sample had a commitment mismatch. Paris, France, is where people were most likely to split up if the less invested partner was female. 
  • The mayor of Honolulu has approved a temporary ban on "monster" houses of 3,500 square feet or larger. 
  • A couple in Afghanistan have named their son Donald Trump. 
  • Quarterback Josh McCown signed his contract with the New York Jets while he was at a Chick-fil-A. 
  • Don't say the word 'winter' in Erie, Pennsylvania. This year, they could hit 200-inches of snow for the season.


Sports Trivia Week -- the third full week in March. We offer this incredibly tough female sports quiz:
  • What do you call that game where you use a stick to hit the ball? (baseball) 
  • What game that utilizes an orange ball and a basket, features rather tall players? (basketball) 
  • Which sport requires players to have ice skates and a good dentist? (hockey) 
  • Which sports gives women the opportunity to see the most mens hineys in tight uniforms? (football)


On this date in 1571, Spanish troops invaded Manila. Suddenly, they had all the envelopes they could ever want.

In 1831, bank employee Ed Smith grabbed $245,000 in the first ever bank robbery in America at the New York City Bank.
  • He wanted to rob some place and he really hated traveling. 
  • The great thing about robbing a bank when you have the name Ed Smith -- you don't have to come up with an alias. 
  • A bank employee described the robber to police and he was later arrested. That's how bank employees got the name, "tellers." 
In 1865, a plot to kidnap Abraham Lincoln fell apart because of last minute schedule changes. Would-be kidnapper John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln about one month later. You kids listening at home, let that be a lesson to you about persistence. Probably not the best lesson, but a lesson none the less.

On this date in 1883, Jan Matzeliger invented the very first automatic shoe-making machine was unveiled.
  • This despite the protests of magic elves. 
  • The machine was big enough to hold 6 elves. 
  • There were bugs to work out. For example, at first, it only made three at a time. 
  • While the machine made shoes, it gave a lot of workers the boot. 

In 1917, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the 8-hour work day. Blame them.

On this date in 1918, congress approved the idea of Daylight Saving Time. And of course, things haven't changed since 1918.

In 1931, the state of Nevada legalized gambling, in spite of the odds. And the rest is history. Now it's such a part of their culture, people tell time by looking at slot machines.


Spring arrives tomorrow. At exactly 12:15 EDT.

Today is St. Joseph's Day, the patron saint of children's aspirin. It's the day that the swallows return to the California Mission San Juan Capistrano. The mission, should you choose to accept it, is to try and keep your windshield clean.

Bruce Willis is 63 today, 59 years older than his hair.
  • Yes, he'll be turning 63... with a vengeance. 
  • We'll know when he gets to the final "Die Hard" movie when it's called, "Die Hardest." Can't go higher than that. 
  • Happy birthday, yippie-yo ky-ay, mother... Teresa! 

Harvey Weinstein turns 66 today. I'm pretty sure he's not going to get what he wants for his birthday, no matter what it is.

Glenn Close celebrates birthday number 71 today. I know she was acting in "Fatal Attraction," but I still wouldn't let her near my pet bunny. Or, I'd make fun of her, but I'm afraid she'd boil my rabbit.

Lynda Bird Johnson, the daughter of President Lyndon Johnson, turns 74 today. All of the women in their family had the middle name, bird. Lady Bird Johnson, Lynda Bird Johnson, Big Bird Johnson...

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