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Monday, February 26, 2018

After one year, online veterans’ specialty plate sales show savings 2017 introduction results in more time for customers and MVD staff

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PHOENIX –Online sales for veterans’ specialty license plates have proven to save a lot of time for both veterans and Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division employees since the convenient service launched in January 2017.

Previously, veterans’ specialty plates had to be ordered in person at an MVD or Authorized Third Party office because veterans must provide paperwork authenticating their service in the U.S. military. With the advent of new security and other technical measures, that process has been available on for just over a year.

Because of the addition of digital access, more than 6,200 veterans’ plates have been issued online saving approximately 2,600 hours of customer visit time and 1,000 hours of employee processing time.

“The veterans’ plates not only honor veterans and their families, but also boost Arizona’s economy,” said Air Force Col. (Ret.) Wanda Wright, Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services Director. “In 2017, the funds from the license plates went to non-profits statewide that support veteran needs and events, which impact our local communities.”

“The veterans’ specialty plate is a great resource for Arizona,” said MVD Stakeholder Relations Manager Jennifer Bowser-Richards. “Making these available for sale online allows more veterans and their families to order these very popular plates and to do it on their schedule without coming to a physical location. It’s another way MVD honors those who have served and gets Arizonans out of line and safely on the road.”

For more information:

Lane closures on State Route 89 begin Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Chino Valley

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan for lane closures on north- and southbound State Route 89 between E Road 1 S (milepost 327) and E Road 4 N (milepost 330) for pavement repair.

Crack-seal work is scheduled to occur from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Tuesday, Feb. 27, through Thursday, March 1. No Friday or weekend work is planned.

SR 89 will be narrowed to one lane in each direction while work is underway and the speed limit will be reduced from 45 mph to 35 mph.

Drivers should proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down and watch for construction personnel and equipment.

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information, please call the ADOT Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or email For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT's Traveler Information Site at, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except when driving.

Westbound lane closure on Ajo Way/State Route 86 at Interstate 19 set for Feb. 27

Motorists on westbound Ajo Way/State Route 86 will encounter a short-term lane closure on Tuesday, Feb. 27. The right lane is scheduled to close from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for concrete paving. In addition, vehicle widths will be limited to 10 feet.

Drivers should expect delays while the work is underway.

As a reminder, the exit ramp from southbound Interstate 19 to Ajo Way is closed, and the following additionalrestrictions are scheduled to begin at 3 a.m. Friday, March 2:

Ajo Way will close to all traffic above I-19 so crews can install new traffic signals and roadway striping for the new interchange configuration. Drivers who need to cross I-19 must use an alternate route, such as Irvington Road.
All traffic on eastbound Ajo Way must exit to southbound I-19.
All traffic on westbound Ajo Way must exit to northbound I-19.
The northbound I-19 off-ramp to Ajo Way will close.

All work is scheduled to be complete by 5 a.m. Monday, March 5.

Drivers should always proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down and watch for construction personnel and equipment.

For more information, visit the project website.

For questions and comments, call the ADOT Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or email

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT's Traveler Information Site at, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except when driving.

Scandal in Coward County | The Andrew Klavan Show Ep. 468


Whether you're a fiery red, a blonde bombshell, a brunette babe or a silver fox, your hair color reveals something about you to other people. "Color is such an important factor in many of our lives that we often don't realize the signals we receive from it," writes Lynne Chapman, hair editor for "Just as red means stop and green means go, our minds perceive colors as messages telling something about what is to come, the atmosphere or a personality." Whether you intend it or not, your hair color could affect other people's first impression of you. This may be a subliminal message, but it's a powerful one. For example, since so much about a job interview is based on a first impression, your hair color could even impact your employment success. Chapman has researched the typical first impressions most people have for various hair colors--both positive and negative. "The positive and negative reactions can be altered by something as simple as a smiling face, an energetic stride or the clothing worn," insists Chapman.

Extra Light Blonde
Positive: Think Marilyn Monroe--glamorous, youthful, feminine and vulnerable. Negative: Frivolous or not capable.

Peachy Blonde
Positive: Warm, inviting and youthful charm. Negative: This may be the perfect color since it doesn't invoke the strong negative feelings of a lighter blonde shade.

Golden or Orangey
Positive: Think Lucille Ball--glowing, bright and cheerful. Negative: It can be seen as loud or brassy.

True Red
Positive: A fiery and passionate spirit. Negative: Angry, unreasonable and hot-tempered.

Positive: Reliable, no-nonsense. Negative: No imagination.

Dark Brown and Black
Positive: Mysterious or artistic. Negative: Shadowy and untrustworthy.

Beige or Taupe Blond
Positive: Warm, practical and classic. Negative: Colorless and unexciting.

Positive: Wisdom. Negative: Old.

Positive: Purity. Negative: Old.

Yes It's True - No It's B.S.

  • The Rat Pack singer whose signature song was "The Candy Man" was Dean Martin. (B.S., it was Sammy Davis, Jr.) 
  • Idiot's Delight is one of the many variants of the card game Poker. (B.S., it's Solitaire) 
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger was arrested in 1965 for being AWOL from the Austrian army. (Yes) 
  • In mathematics, the more common name of an "obelus" is a division sign. (Yes) 
  • The average butterfly has a lifespan of two years. (B.S., it's less than one month) 
  • Doc is the only one of the Seven Dwarfs that wears glasses. (Yes) 
  • The last time the French government used the guillotine to execute a convicted criminal was in 1805. (B.S., it was 1977) 
  • In the original book series, super-sleuth Sherlock Holmes was addicted to Cocaine. (Yes) 
  • The British candy company Cadbury was the first to offer a Valentine's Day chocolate box. (Yes) 
  • The Giraffe is the U.S. land mammal that has the most teeth of any mammal. (B.S., it's The opossum) 
  • Scientists have actually managed to inject a spider gene into a goat's egg, resulting in a goat that gives milk containing a silk protein that can be spun into super-strong thread. (Yes) 
  • Peter Rabbit's three siblings were Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail. (Yes) 
  • St. Charles Place belongs to the Bright Red color group on a standard U.S. Monopoly board. (B.S., it's purple) 
  • The only country in the Middle East that does not have a desert is Iran. (B.S., it's Lebanon)


Alcohol and Coffee Helps You Live Past 90!

Happy Monday everybody! A new study from the University of California-Irvine may be the greatest news you'll hear all week. It seems consumption of moderate amounts of alcohol and coffee is linked to living a longer life! No kidding. The key word is "moderate," of course. The study, called "The 90+ Study," started in 2003 and examined "the oldest-old" age group - about 1,700 nonagenarians - to determine what is key to living to your 90th birthday and beyond. They found those "who drank moderate amounts of alcohol or coffee lived longer than those who abstained," and that "people who were overweight in their 70s lived longer than normal or underweight people did." Claudia Kawas, a key researcher for the study said, "I have no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that modest drinking improves longevity." The research found that subjects who drank two glasses of beer or wine every day decreased their chances of a premature death by 18%, and those who drank two cups of coffee a day decreased their chances by 10%. This same research found regular exercise - as well as keeping busy with a regular hobby - is also key to living a longer life. (Newser)

America's Most Wanted Dead Beat Dad Caught!

After 20 years on the lam, it was just a simple, tiny cherry pit that led to the capture of America's "most wanted deadbeat" dad. According to the US government, Joseph Stroup owes some $560,000 in child support. He fled arrest in 1998 and at some point ended up in Alberta, Canada. Known there as Joop Cousteau, he got to know staff at a now-closed bar called the Bears Den, outside of Calgary. One day in November, Stroup, now 64, ordered an odd drink - a Cherry Coke topped with eight maraschino cherries. He then complained a cherry pit, which he held in his hand, had caused damage to his teeth. Bar co-owner Scott Winograd thought the claim was bogus as he knew their maraschino cherries had their pits removed. After a little Googling, Winograd arrived at the Justice Department's website, which listed Stroup as America's most wanted deadbeat parent. Winograd said the picture was "a spitting image. Within an hour the FBI, US Marshals and the Office of the Inspector General were calling and Stroup was arrested by the Canada Border Services Agency on Feb. 1. He now faces trial in Michigan over his alleged failure to financially support four children since June 1996. (CBC)

When Did You Start Smoking? About 9 Months!

In Indonesia, a 36-year-old father is facing a possible jail term after posting a picture of his nine-month-old son apparently smoking a cigarette. Allegedly the father put the lit cigarette in his son's mouth while his 18-year-old wife, Ummu Slamah, took a picture. When police saw it, they arrested the guy and he could be jailed for six months under Indonesia's Child Protection Act. Man, there's just dumb asses all over the planet. (Metro)

Exorcism Anyone?

Who knew we had an exorcist shortage? It seems the Vatican will be hosting a week-long international conference on exorcisms in April after demand for exorcists has apparently tripled in Italy alone. The church is reportedly worried about "the uneven skills of some of its current exorcists," as well as priests unwilling to learn how to perform exorcisms. Those worries come out of a recent four-day meeting organized by Friar Beningo Palilla in Sicily. Palilla tells Vatican Radio there are about half a million cases requiring an exorcist in Italy every year (though he admits not every case is an actual demonic possession). Palilla says the number of such cases is increasing because more Italians are patronizing fortune tellers and Tarot readers, which opens "the door to the devil and to possession." Worried about mistakes by self-taught exorcists, Palilla says he wants to see an improvement in exorcist training. A few years back, the Vatican offered its support to the International Association of Exorcists, which has licensed 200 or so exorcists since its founding in 1990. (USA Today)

First Lady Called Out by 14-Year-Old

First lady Melania Trump chose her mission as putting an end to cyber bullying. A 14-year-old survivor of the Florida school shooting thinks she needs to start with her family. Lauren Hogg sent out a tweet on Friday calling out the first lady, and it revolves around her older brother, David, who has emerged as an outspoken proponent of gun control after the shooting at his high school. Of course alt-right nuts and conspiracy theorists have floated all kinds of things about David Hogg, including that he's a "crisis actor" or has been coached by his father, a former FBI agent. Well it seems Donald Trump Jr. has liked several of the critical posts. Lauren Hogg tweeted that the first lady should have had a "convo" with Trump Jr. "before he liked a post about a false conspiracy theory, which in turn put a target on my back and created a safe space for people all over the world to call me and my family horrific things that constantly re-victimizes us and our community?" In a second tweet, she added that "I'm 14 I should never have had to deal with any of this and even though I thought it couldn't get worse it has because of your family." (The Hill)

How Could Elvis' Daughter Possibly Be Broke?

You'd think if you were the daughter of the King of Rock ‘n' Roll, you'd be set for life. Not so for Lisa Marie Presley whose massive fortune form the huge trust left by Elvis has been reduced to a mere $14,000 in cash and Lisa Marie is reportedly $16 million in debt. Of course none of this is her fault and she's now suing her former manager for $100 million. She says her fortune was lost because Barry Siegel failed to alert her to inappropriate spending (on expensive homes, mainly) and made a bad investment. After selling 85% of Presley's shares in Elvis Presley Enterprises for $100 million in 2005, Siegel invested in Core Entertainment, the parent company of American Idol, according to Presley. When the company went bankrupt more than a decade later, Presley says she lost $24.5 million. In a countersuit, Siegel tells a very different story. He says the 2005 sale of Presley's shares "cleared up over $20 million in debts Lisa had incurred and netted her over $40 million cash and a multi-million dollar income stream, most of which she managed to squander in the ensuing years. Siegel's attorney says Lisa Marie "refused to listen to the warnings of her most trusted advisers and her family" and eventually stopped paying Siegel. She is "looking to blame others" but "has only herself to blame for her financial and personal misfortunes." (TMZ)

What the What?

In Gainesville, Georgia, a crematorium was damaged because... it caught on fire. It seems the high heat from cremations sparked a fire in the attic at Memorial Park Funeral Home. There was already heavy smoke and fire damage by the time firefighters arrived. Fortunately, crews were able to knock down the fire in about 10 minutes and no one was injured. Mostly because the majority of the people inside were already dead. (11 Alive)


  • 29% of men have never cleaned the toilet at home. 
  • The average person smiles 26% less than they think they do. 
  • 42% of people wake up thinking about their job. 
  • 74% of women would never admit that they only clean their kitchen oven once a year. 
  • 82% of airline flights will finish on time most days. 
  • One in three American adults have a stuffed animal in their bedroom. 
  • 82% of children have lied to their parents about brushing their teeth.


  • The First National Bank of Omaha has dropped their N.R.A.-branded VISA card. 
  • Someone should have told German figure skater Nicole Schott that she probably shouldn't have used "Schindler's List" music for her free skate performance last Thursday night. 
  • A second Russian athlete tested positive for a banned substance at the Olympic games. 
  • This past week, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner was on stage and for some reason thought it would be a good idea to raise a glass of chocolate milk and make a toast to "Diversity!" 
  • Lindsey Vonn's father after her bronze medal finish in the downhill says "she needed to risk more." 
  • Brendan Fraser is alleging that the former president of the Golden Globes once assaulted him, as in groping. 
  • There are six new episodes of "The Tick" waiting for you on Amazon. 
  • General Mills has bought Blue Buffalo Pet Products for $8 billion. 
  • Net neutrality rules will officially end in April. 
  • The new Steven Soderbergh film "Unsane" was shot entirely on an iPhone. 
  • Dunkin Donuts is now offering three Girl Scout Cookie flavored coffee drinks: Thin Mints, Coconut Caramel and Peanut Butter Cookie. 
  • Your Amazon Prime membership now gets you free shipping on WOOT. 
  • Bachelor Nation's Clare Crawley is engaged. Only took four reality shows to find the right guy. 
  • In Seattle, someone complained about a Confederate flag being flown on a flag pole below a U.S. flag. It turns out it wasn't a Confederate flag-it was a Norwegian flag. 

THIS WEEK IS Eating Disorders Awareness Week -- February 26-March 3.

Would you believe that what and how you eat can tell people many things about you? There are 5 main groups:
  1. Meat and potato eaters -- About 25 percent of Americans habitually make this their dominant meal. These are solid citizens, conservative, resistant to change and devoted to keep with traditional values. They eat what their parents ate. 
  2. Junk-food eaters -- 22 percent of Americans exist mainly on fast foods, pizza, soda, etc. They eat as though they were teenagers. They rarely sit down to a normal meal, but snack their way through life. This is a family-oriented group. Their lives center on their children. When they eat out, it's fast-food, and they vacation at Disney-like theme parks. 
  3. Diet-concerned -- About 20 percent of Americans fall into this category. These people, who tend to be older than those in other groups, have their eye on the future and are intent on maintaining their health. This group is strong-willed, frugal and willing to give up immediate pleasures for long-term security. They pride themselves on their ability to save a buck and make do with last year's clothes, an older car, etc. 
  4. Naturalists -- 17 percent are in this group. They dine on wheat germ, yogurt, fruit and other foods without preservatives and they exercise regularly. Highly idealistic people in this group sincerely believe they can improve life for everyone with their constructive criticism. 
  5. Food sophisticates -- 16 percent of Americans are in this category. They're quiche eaters, wine tasters and cheesecake fanciers. This group is into wealth rather than health. They're young and career-oriented. They're willing to devote time, energy and effort to getting ahead and living first class... and they're inclined to delay marriage, children or anything else that would distract them from their goal. 

Music Calendar...

In 1917 The Original Dixieland Jazz Band cuts the first jazz record at a session in New York City.

In 1938 "Thanks For The Memory" by Shep Fields is #1 on the charts.

In 1954 Ruth Thompson (R-MI) introduces legislation to ban the mailing of "obscene, lewd, lascivious or filthy" phonograph records.

In 1963 "Hey Paula" by Paul & Paula is certified gold.

In 1965 Prior to joining the Yardbirds, London guitarist Jimmy Page releases his first solo single, "She Just Satisfies."

In 1966 "Get Ready" by the Temptations and "19th Nervous Breakdown" by the Rolling Stones both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1966 "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" by Nancy Sinatra is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1967 Buffalo Springfield performs "For What It's Worth" on CBS-TV's the "Smothers Brothers Show."

In 1968 The Temptations appear on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In."

In 1968 "Valleri" by the Monkees is certified gold.

In 1970 The Beatles' "Hey Jude" album is released in the U.S. It contained singles previously unavailable on past albums.

In 1974 Todd Rundgren, Billy Preston and Steve Miller appear on ABC-TV's "In Concert."

In 1975 Olivia Newton-John's album "Have You Never Been Mellow" goes gold.

In 1976 David Bowie's album "Station To Station" is certified gold.

In 1977 Jennifer Warnes makes her debut on "American Bandstand," singing "Right Time Of The Night."

In 1977 The Kinks perform on NBC-TV's "Saturday Night Live."

In 1977 "I'm Your Boogie Man" by KC & the Sunshine Band enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1977 "New Kid In Town" by Eagles is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1983 "Beat It" by Michael Jackson, featuring Eddie Van Halen on guitar, enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1983 Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album hits #1 on the U.S. albums chart where it remained for 37 weeks (nonconsecutive), selling more than 40 million copies worldwide.

In 1985 Tina Turner wins 3 Grammys including Best Record and Best Song for "What's Love Got To Do With It." Lionel Richie's "Can't Slow Down" wins Best Album and Cyndi Lauper is named Best New Artist.

In 1986 The Rolling Stones' single "Harlem Shuffle" is released.

In 1986 John Lennon's video "Live In New York" is certified gold.

In 1987 Capitol Records releases the first four Beatles albums on CD including "Please Please Me," "With The Beatles," "A Hard Day's Night" and "Beatles For Sale."

In 1988 Not long after the disc is pulled off the release schedules, bootleg copies of Prince's self-censored "Black Album" begin to surface.

In 1990 Cornell Gunter, former lead tenor for the Coasters, is murdered in Las Vegas at age 53.

In 1990 Wilson Phillips' single "Hold On" is released.

In 1991 AC/DC's album "Highway To Hell" is certified quadruple platinum.

In 1994 Whitney Houston appears on the cover of TV Guide.

In 1995 Former Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page & Robert Plant begin a world tour in Pensacola, FL.

In 1996 Two Kiss albums, "Kiss Alive II" and "Smashes, Thrashes & Hits" are both certified double platinum.

In 1997 Eric Clapton wins the Best Record and Best Song Grammys for "Change The World." The Beatles win Best Pop Performance by a duo or group for "Free As A Bird." 14-year-old LeAnn Rimes wins Best New Artist.

In 1997 Aerosmith's album "Nine Lives" is released.

In 1998 Destiny's Child's single "No, No, No" is certified platinum.

In 1999 "What's It Gonna Be?" by Busta Rhymes is released.

In 1999 Tori Amos' video "The Complete Videos 1992-1998" is certified gold and Creed's album "My Own Prison" goes triple platinum.

In 2008 Drummer Buddy Miles, who played with Jimi Hendrix and sang in those the 1980s-era Claymation commercials featuring the California Raisins, dies at age 60.

Today In History...

In 1815 Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from the island of Elba to begin his second conquest of France.

In 1848 The Second French Republic is proclaimed.

In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln signs the National Currency Act.

In 1869 The 15th Amendment to the U.S. constitution, guaranteeing right to vote, is sent to states.

In 1870 New York City's first pneumatic-powered subway line is opened.

In 1895 Michael Owens of Toledo, Ohio, patents a glass-blowing machine.

In 1907 Congress now makes $7500 a year; V.P. gets $12,000 a year.

In 1916 The world's worst marine disaster is recorded when the French cruiser Province sinks in the Mediterranean Sea with a loss of 3100 lives.

In 1919 Congress establishes the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.

In 1929 President Calvin Coolidge signs a measure establishing Grand Teton National Park.

In 1930 New York City installs traffic lights.

In 1940 The United States Air Defense Command is created.

In 1951 The 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, limiting the President to two terms in office.

In 1952 Winston Churchill announces that Britain had developed its own atomic bomb.

In 1960 Home fallout shelter kits go on the market in New York for $105.

In 1962 Astronaut John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, speaks to a joint meeting of Congress.

In 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signs a $11.5 billion tax cut.

In 1965 Indonesia seizes U.S. rubber plantations.

In 1966 The first Apollo test flight is a success.

In 1969 Levi Eshkol dies and Golda Meir becomes premiere of Israel.

In 1972 Unmanned Soviet lunar probe, Luna XX, returns moon rocks to Earth.

In 1979 A total solar eclipse casts a moving shadow 175 miles wide from Oregon to North Dakota before moving north into Canada.

In 1981 The Corporation for Public Broadcasting receives a $150 million pledge from TV Guide publisher Walter Annenberg.

In 1984 The Rev. Jesse Jackson acknowledges in Concord, NH, using the word "Hymie" to refer to Jews during a private conversation, saying it was "insensitive and wrong."

In 1986 Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and author Robert Penn Warren is named the first "poet laureate" of the United States.

In 1987 The Tower Commission issues a report on the Iran/Contra affair rebuking President Reagan for failing to control his national security staff.

In 1988 The Soviet Union's hockey team wins the gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada.

In 1988 Eric Arturo Delvalle, ousted as president of Panama by the country's National Assembly, calls for a national strike to repudiate General Manuel Antonio Noriega.

In 1990 Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega concedes defeat to his opponent,  Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, in an election upset.

In 1991 Kuwaiti resistance leaders assume control of their capital, following nearly 7 months of Iraqi occupation. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein orders his forces to withdraw from Kuwait.

In 1992 The U.S. Supreme Court rules unanimously that sexually harassed students may sue to collect monetary damages from their schools and school officials.

In 1992 The Supreme Court of Ireland clears the way for a 14-year-old girl to leave the country for an abortion.

In 1993 A bomb built by a group of Islamic extremists explodes in the parking garage of New York's World Trade Center, killing six people and injuring more than 1000 others.

In 1994 All defendants in the Branch Davidians trial are acquitted of first-degree murder but four convicted of voluntary manslaughter; two convicted of weapons charges and four acquitted of all charges.

In 1995 The first of 1,800 U.S. Marines land in Somalia to evacuate the last U.N. peacekeepers.

In 1995 Barings PLC, Britain's oldest investment banking firm, collapses after Nick Leeson, a 28-year-old British securities dealer loses over $1.4 billion gambling in Asian futures markets.

In 1996 President Clinton steps up economic sanctions on Cuba in responseto Cuba's downing of two unarmed airplanes belonging to the Cuban-American exile group Brothers to the Rescue.

In 1997 In a first for a major city, Pittsburgh announces a plan to repair a police department accused of a pattern of abuse and misconduct.

In 1997 Israel's cabinet votes to build a new Jewish neighborhood in disputed east Jerusalem.

In 1998 Michael Milken agrees to pay $47 million to settle civil charges he violated lifelong ban from Wall Street.

In 1998 A jury rejects an $11 million lawsuit filed by Texas cattlemen who blamed Oprah Winfrey for price fall after on-air comment about mad-cow disease.

In 2000 Pope John Paul II visits Mount Sinai in Egypt, where he prayed for religious tolerance in a garden under the peak revered as the place where Moses received the Ten Commandments.

In 2001 A UN tribunal convicts a Bosnian Croat political leader (Dario Kordic) and a military commander (Mario Cerkez) of war crimes for ordering the systematic murder of Muslim civilians.

In 2002 Pharmacist Robert R. Courtney pleaded guilty in Kansas City, Missouri, to watering down chemotherapy drugs. (He was later sentenced to 30 years in prison.)

Born On This Day...

In 1564 English dramatist/poet, Christopher Marlowe

In 1786 French physicist, Francois Arago (production of magnetism)

In 1802 Author, Victor Hugo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Miserables)

In 1808 French painter/lithographer, Honore Daumier

In 1829 Inventor/manufacturer, Levi Strauss (Levi's Jeans)

In 1832 John George Nicolay, private secretary to Abraham Lincoln

In 1842 Astronomer, Camille Flammarion (Mars researcher)

In 1846 American frontiersman, William "Buffalo Bill" Cody

In 1852 Businessman, John Harvey Kellogg (invented dry cereal)

In 1864 English astronomer, John Evershed (Evershed effect)

In 1866 Chemical industry pioneer, Herbert Henry Dow (Dow Chemical)

In 1875 Actress, Emma Dunn (Martha Kildare-Dr. Kildare films)

In 1877 Cartoonist, Rudolph Dirks (The Katzenjammer Kids)

In 1887 Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Grover Cleveland Alexander (Phillies, Cubs)

In 1887 Actor, William Frawley (Fred-I Love Lucy, Bub-My Three Sons)

In 1891 Actor, Al Bridge (Sullivan's Travels, Hopalong Cassidy films)

In 1906 Actress, Madeline Carroll (39 Steps, Secret Agent) [d: 10-2-87]

In 1908 Animator, Fred "Tex" Avery (created Bugs Bunny) [d: 8-26-80]

In 1913 Actor, Jon Hall Tom Reynolds-Ramar of the Jungle [d: 12-13-79]

In 1914 Actor, Robert Alda (Stuart-Days of Our Lives, Code Red) [d: 5-3-86]

In 1916 Actor, Jackie Gleason (Honeymooners, Smokey & Bandit) [d: 6-24-87]

In 1919 Actor, Mason Adams (Flamingo Road, Lou Grant, Son-in-Law) [d:4-26-05]

In 1920 Actor, Tony Randall (The Odd Couple, Love Sidney) [d: 5-17-04]

In 1921 Actress, Betty Hutton (Annie Oakley-Annie Get Your Gun) [d:3-12-07]

In 1922 Actress, Margaret Leighton (The Nelson Affair, Galileo) [d: 1-14-76]

In 1924 Japanese prime minister, Noboru Takeshita [d: 6-19-00]

In 1927 Game show host, Tom Kennedy (You Don't Say, Name That Tune) (91)

In 1928 Singer, Fats Domino (Blueberry Hill, Ain't That A Shame) [d: 10-25-17]

In 1930 Football player, Vic Janowicz (Redskins) [d: 2-27-96]

In 1931 Political columnist, Robert Novak (Evans & Novak) [d: 8-18-09]

In 1932 Singer/guitarist, Johnny Cash (A Boy Named Sue) [d: 9-12-03]

In 1933 Actor, Godfrey Cambridge (Cotton Comes To Harlem) [d: 11-29-76]

In 1938 Actor, Tony Selby (Mulberry, Max Taplow-Love Hurts) (80)

In 1943 Singer/guitarist, Paul Cotton (Poco) (75)

In 1943 Actor, Bill Duke (Bird on a Wire, Menance II Society) (75)

In 1945 Singer/guitarist, Bob "The Bear" Hite (Canned Heat) [d: 4-5-81]

In 1945 Singer/songwriter, Mitch Ryder (Devil With The Blue Dress On) (73)

In 1946 Basketball player, Bobby 'Bingo' Smith (Cavaliers) (72)

In 1948 Actor, Priscilla Lopez (Lynda Graves-As The World Turns) (70)

In 1950 Keyboardist/guitarist, Jonathan Cain (Journey, Babys) (68)

In 1953 Singer, Michael Bolton (How Am I Suppose To Live Without You) (65)

In 1953 Bassist/songwriter, Jim Crichton (Saga) (65)

In 1957 Cyclist, Connie Carpenter-Phinney (Olympic-Gold-1984) (61)

In 1957 Freestyle swimmer, Keena Rothhammer (Olympic-Gold-1972) (61)

In 1958 Actor, Greg Germann (Ned & Stacey, Richard-Ally McBeal) (60)

In 1958 Astronaut, Susan J. Helms (STS-54) (60)

In 1959 Basketball player, Rolando Blackman (59)

In 1962 Singer, Bernie Bremond (Johnny Diesel & The Injectors) (56)

In 1963 Actress, Chase Masterson (Leeta-Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) (55)

In 1965 Actress, Alison Armitage (Cat-Acapulco H.E.A.T.) (53)

In 1965 Playmate, Brittany York (October-1990) (53)

In 1966 Actress, Jennifer Grant (Celeste-Beverly Hills 90210) (52)

In 1970 Actress, Katie O'Neill (Together We Stand) (48)

In 1970 Actor, Meeno Peluce (Tanner-Bad News Bears, Jeffrey-Voyagers) (48)

In 1971 Singer, Erykah Badu (47)

In 1972 Singer, Rico Wade (Society of Soul) (46)

In 1973 Swimmer, Jenny Thompson (Olympics-2 Gold-1992) (45)

In 1977 Figure skater, Oksana Baiul (Olympic-Gold-1994) (41)

In 1980 Country Singer, Rodney Hayden (38)

In 1982 Singer, Nate Ruess (Fun) (36)

In 1985 Actor, Shiloh Fernandez (Evil Dead, Red Riding Hood) (33)

In 1986 Actress, Teresa Palmer (Bedtime Stories, Sorcerer's Apprentice) (32)

In 1986 Singer, Juliet Simms (The Voice, Automatic Loveletter) (32)

In 1990 Actor, Marco Esparza (World's End) (28)

In 1990 Actor, Alex Heartman (Red-Power Rangers Samurai) (28)

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On this date in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the National Currency Act. Afterwards, he only had one word to say: "Money!" Later, he signed another bill that made dollars.

In 1869, the 15th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was sent out to the states. It guaranteed the right to vote and that there would be a 16th amendment.

On this date in 1895, Michael Owens of Toledo, Ohio, patented a glass-blowing machine. This helped prevent glass-blowers from getting the hiccups while blowing, accidentally inhale the glass and developing a pane in the stomach. Yes, I said pane.

In 1907, Congress had their salary raised to $7500 a year. Today, that's a slow bribe day. Even today, that would make them overpaid.

It was in 1919, congress approved the money to make the Grand Canyon a national park. It wasn't the last time they put federal tax dollars towards a big hole.

On this date in 1930, New York City installed traffic lights.
  • They just made them all red, since drivers didn't pay attention to them anyway. 
  • Finally, drivers had lights to run. 
  • Up until then, cabbies didn't have any red lights to run. 

In 1960, home fallout shelter kits went on the market in New York for $105.
  • Nothing says protection from radiation like $105. 
  • Unfortunately, there were knockoffs and some people mistakenly bought hair fallout shelters. 
  • Like a radioactive bomb would be your biggest worry in New York. 


Olympic Gold Medal winning figure skater Oksana Baiul turns 41 today... which is like 367 in skater years.
  • I always thought her name sounded like something you'd be asked to say at a sobriety check. 
  • Oksana also won a special award for the skater with the most vowels. 
  • It was always tricky when she skated. Whenever the judges announced her name, it sounded like they were getting sick. 

Greg Germann turns the big 6-0 today. Oh, you've seen him. He was in "Ally McBeal." Think smarmy... yep, that's the guy!

Singer Michael Bolton turns 65 today. His last hit was a Geico commercial and before that he was belting out a song in a Honda commercial. There was a time when he was the hottest thing going. Now he's just going.

Mitch Ryder is 73 today, forever to be known as the "Devil in the Blue Dress" guy.

National Pistachio Day -- Grab a handful of pistachios. People who snack on them, or any kind of nut, are 20 percent less likely to die from any cause, according to researchers from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Tell a Fairy Tale Day -- How about the top five sports versions of famous fairy tales:
  • Little Red Riding on Jimmie Johnson's Hood 
  • Beauty and the pro wrestler named 'Beast' 
  • Snow White and the Seventh Game of the NBA Playoffs 
  • Cinderella: Laker Girl 
  • Goldilocks and the Three Chicago Bears


Emily Ratajkowski Marries Sebastian Bear-McClard in Secret Ceremony. Surprise! Emily Ratajkowski is a married woman. A rep for the bombshell model confirms to E! News that she wed actor and producer Sebastian Bear-McClard on Friday. Emily, 26, shared a series of photos to Instagram announcing the unexpected ceremony, which seems to have taken place at a New York City courthouse. Ratajkowski rocked a burnt yellow-colored suit with a black hat and veil for the ceremony, while her hubby sported a light blue ensemble and T-shirt. "Sooo I have a surprise. I got married today," she captioned a photo of Sebastian kissing her on the cheek. Internet personality The Fat Jewish was there for the low-key affair, as well as Emily's adorable pug. Witnesses perhaps? The stunning brunette, who rose to fame after starring in Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" music video, also shared an official portrait of the newly minted husband and wife on Instagram. The couple opted for thick gold wedding bands. It was only very recently that reports indicated Ratajkowski had split from her longtime boyfriend of three years, Jeff Magid. According to TMZ, Emily and Sebastian began dating just a few weeks ago. Photographers snapped Emily heading out to dinner looking very bridal chic in a satin slip dress and suede boots. Congratulations to the happy couple! (Eonline)

Robin Thicke's Girlfriend April Love Geary Gives Birth to His 2nd Child. Robin Thicke is a dad again. The 40-year-old "Blurred Lines" singer's 23-year-old girlfriend April Love Geary gave birth to a baby girl, Mia Love Thicke, their first child together and his second. The singer posted an Instagram video cradling his newborn daughter with the caption, "On 2/22 at 13:33 Mia Love Thicke was born. Thank you God and April Love." Thicke shares a 7-year-old son, Julian Fuego Thicke, with ex Paula Patton. On Friday, April posted on her Instagram Stories feed a video of herself lying on a hospital bed, to the tune of The Four Tops' 1972 song "Ain't No Woman Like The One I Got." She also shared a photo from inside the room showing of balloons, including a pink, heart-shaped one that read, "Baby girl." "Congrats to April & Rob! #babygirl Me and @richskillz are proud uncles!" 1OAK nightclub owner Richie Akiva wrote on Instagram. "Thank you for the flowers!!!! We love you!!" April commented. Throughout her pregnancy, April often showcased her baby bump on social media. She also posed semi-nude in an American Beauty-style photo on her birthday. She and Robin celebrated a baby shower earlier this month, during which the name of their daughter was revealed via a flower arrangement. "Julian came up with the name," Robin told People. "And I suggested the middle name Love after her mommy." (Eonline)

Josh Charles and Wife Sophie Flack Expecting Baby No. Josh Charles is ready to expand his family in 2018! Thanks to the power of Instagram, fans of The Good Wife star and his wife Sophie Flack learned that the couple is expecting their second child together. "Oh by the way..." Sophie shared on Instagram while displaying her baby bump and a cozy black T-shirt that read "I woke up like this." Close friends of the couple would immediately express their excitement and happiness about the news in the comments section. In fact, Bobby Cannavale appeared surprised by the news. "WHAAAAA?!!!! @Sophsf," he wrote on social media. "Love you guys!" The couple, who married in September of 2013, is already proud parents to a son. And while both mom and dad try to keep their personal lives private, Sophie's public Instagram has plenty of sweet family memories including a shot where she proudly calls Josh a "DILF." Fans know Josh for his role opposite Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society. He also played Will Gardner on CBS' long-running series The Good Wife where he received multiple Emmy nominations for his role. After exiting the show, Josh expressed a desire to pursue other opportunities. "I am really eager to get back on stage and find a play that I really want to do," he explained to Vanity Fair. "I would really love to do a play and I would really love to direct a movie. Now that I have more time my hands I'm going to hold myself to that and be really diligent." As for Sophie, she is a former New York City ballet dancer who is a freelance writer and editor. She also is the author of the book Bunheads. Congratulations to the couple on their big family news! (Eonline)

James Van Der Beek's Wife Kimberly Is Pregnant With 5th Child. James Van Der Beek doesn't want to wait to have his own home-grown little basketball team. The 40-year-old Dawson's Creek alum announced on Friday that his wife Kimberly Van Der Beek is pregnant with their fifth child. "Thrilled beyond belief to announce that we are once again adding to our family," James wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of the couple's four kids gathered around Kimberly, who is lying down, with their three daughters patting her baby bump. "And I say 'beyond belief' because some people are probably wondering if we're out of our minds. Which we might very well be..." James continued. "but I couldn't be more excited. Or grateful. Or in awe of @vanderkimberly." His former Dawson's Creek co-star and onscreen love interest Katie Holmes commented, "Wow! Congratulations!" He and Kimberly are parents to daughters Olivia, 7, Annabel, 4, and Emilia, who is almost 2, and son Joshua, who is almost 6. They have not revealed the sex of their fifth child on the way. (Eonline)

Jennifer Lawrence Is a Proud Middle School Dropout. Jennifer Lawrence doesn't regret dropping out of middle school to pursue her acting career. The 27-year-old star opened up about leaving school at the age of 14 to 60 Minutes. "I dropped out of middle school. I don't technically have a GED or a diploma. I am self-educated," she said in a sneak peek of her interview with Bill Whitaker. When asked if she regretted the decision, Lawrence responded, "No. I really don't. I wanted to forge my own path. I found what I wanted to do, and I didn't want anything getting in the way of it. Even friends, for many years, were not as important to me as my career. I mean, from the age of 14." School wasn't easy for Lawrence, and she knew acting was her true calling. "I struggled through school. I never felt very smart," the Red Sparrow star said. "And when I'm reading the script and I feel like I know exactly what it would look like if somebody felt that way, that was the whole part of my brain that I didn't even know existed -- something that I could be confident in and I didn't want to let it go." Still, she admits her parents weren't exactly thrilled with her decision to drop out. "It was just an overwhelming feeling of 'I get this. This is what I was meant to do,'" she said. "And to get people to try to understand that, when you're 14 years old wanting to drop out of school and do this, and your parents are just like 'You're out of your mind.'" Lawrence's determination paid off. The actress has starred in a number of popular films, including the X-Men and Hunger Games movies. She also received Academy Award nominations for her roles in Joy, American Hustle and Winter's Bone and took home the Oscar for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook. However, she's also experienced the dangers of fame, including having her privacy violated. In 2014, a hacker released nude photos of her online. After the experience, Lawrence said she was reluctant to take on the lead role in Red Sparrow because it required nudity. "I realized that there was a difference between consent and not," she said, "and I showed up for the first day and I did it and I felt empowered. I feel like something that was taken from me I got back and am using in my art." Lawrence's interview, was broadcast on 60 Minutes Sunday Feb. 25th. (Eonline)

"The Crown" star Claire Foy has separated from her husband, actor Stephen Campbell Moore. Foy said in a statement that this was by no means a recent event ... "We have separated and have been for some time." Although the statement says nothing about divorce, the words she uses loom large for an end to her 4-year marriage ... "We do however continue as great friends with the utmost respect for one another." Foy's husband had a major health scare last year when he was diagnosed with a tumor on his pituitary gland. Fortunately, it was benign. 33-year-old Claire herself had a similar scare at age 17, when she was diagnosed with a tumor in her eye. Again, benign. The couple has 1 child ... a 3-year-old daughter. (TMZ)

"Martin" star Tisha Campbell-Martin has filed for divorce from her husband of 22 years. Tisha, who played Martin Lawrence's wife in the '90s hit, filed divorce docs in L.A. Wednesday against her husband Duane Martin. The two got hitched in 1996 and have two sons together, Ezekiel and Xen. Tisha tells TMZ, "After 27 years of being together and two amazing children, it pains me to announce that I've filed for divorce. It's an emotional time and I graciously ask for privacy for me, our children and the rest of our family." We recently got Tisha out with fellow "Martin" stars Martin Lawrence and Tichina Arnold on the heels of rumors the show was making a comeback. They didn't totally spill the beans ... but they came pretty close. (TMZ)

Victoria Beckham Trades Heels for Crutches After Suffering Injury. Victoria Beckham won't be wearing her beloved heels for a while. The 43-year-old fashion designer and Spice Girls singer posted on her Instagram page on Friday a photo of herself sporting crutches, a sneaker and a medical walking boot while walking down a flight of stairs. She also wore a T-shirt that read, "It's a dark but happy place." "Thank you for all the lovely messages," Victoria wrote. "A small stress fracture, just needs some rest! #itsnotideal." The wife of David Beckham is known for her love of stilettos and platform shoes, which she happily showcases on social media and at public events. "I can't concentrate in flats!" she told Glamour in 2008. But she has occasionally been spotted wearing more comfortable footwear, sometimes due to doctor's orders -- she was forced to ditch her beloved heels for a while in 2011 after suffering a slipped disc after the birth of her fourth child, daughter Harper -- and sometimes of her own choosing. People were surprised when she wore flats during New York Fashion Week in 2014 and sported sneakers while walking in the city New York and on the runway of her Fall 2016 show. "I just can't do heels any more. At least not when I'm working," Victoria told the U.K. newspaper The Telegraph that year. "I travel a lot. Clothes have to be simple and comfortable." (Eonline)

Stephen Fry Reveals Private Battle With Prostate Cancer. Stephen Fry opened up about his private battle with prostate cancer in a video message on Friday. In a clip posted to his website, the 60-year-old actor revealed he went in for a flu shot just before Christmas and ended up having a general checkup. After his doctor expressed concern over his prostate specific antigen levels, the comedy star had an MRI. However, he was told something "mischievous" showed up on his results. So, he went in for a transrectal biopsy and learned the results the next day. "Yes, indeed, there is a cancer there," he said in the video. In fact, Fry discovered he had a Gleason score, a measurement for determining the aggressiveness of the cancer, of eight. According to the American Cancer Society, the highest score is a 10. "That's high enough to warrant some sort of treatment," Fry told viewers. So, Fry underwent a PET scan. While the results showed the cancer didn't spread, they did indicate that this lymph nodes required "active surveillance." So, he had his prostate and 11 lymph nodes removed in early January. The operation revealed he actually had a Gleason score of nine. "Considering 10 is the maximum, this was clearly rather an aggressive bugger," he said. Fry said the surgery went "pretty well" and announced he's been recovering. He also said he's "fit and well and happy" at the moment but that he'll need to have his PSA levels checked to ensure there wasn't anything left on the prostate bed. In the video, Fry said his husband Elliott Spencer and his family had been "just marvelous" throughout the experience. He also opened up about the emotional toll of cancer. "Because cancer, you know, in the end that's a word that just rings in your head. 'Cancer! I've got cancer.' I went around saying, 'I've got cancer. Good heavens, Stephen. You're not supposed to get cancer,'" he said. "I know it's an old cliche, but you don't think it's going to happen to you. Cancer is something that happens to other people." He also said his "life was saved" by early intervention and encouraged other men to get their PSA levels checked. Finally, he said he hopes he continues to stay healthy. "Here's hoping I get another few years left on this planet," he said, "because I enjoy life at the moment. That's a marvelous thing to be able to say, and I'd rather it didn't go away." (Eonline)

Justin Theroux's neighbor -- who thinks Justin's the Devil -- says he has no beef with Jennifer Aniston and feels sorry for her that Justin made her live in a s**thole apartment she hated from the get-go. Norman Resnicow tells TMZ ... Jen's always been nice to him and he feels sorry for her, because he believes Justin tried to force her to like his NYC pad and then bailed on her because she didn't. Resnicow says ... "Everyone knows Jennifer hated the place," and suggests she get top lawyers to protect herself against Theroux, "who is acting crummy to her like he did to me." He adds he's rooting for Jen because she named her most beloved dog Norman. Norman, who is in a legal blood war with Justin over apartment stuff, says Justin has a lot of nerve because, "Hey, I'm the guy he asked to help ease moving of his previous girlfriend out of the building." Norman just filed new legal docs in his ongoing legal war, claiming water damage from Justin's apartment has seeped into his living room, causing it to become mold-infested. Norman says it's so bad, he's taking meds to deal with the ill effects. (TMZ)

"Martin" star Tisha Campbell-Martin wants her husband to pay up in their divorce. Tisha filed divorce docs Thursday in L.A. stating she and Duane Martin separated in December of 2016 after 20 years of marriage. The two have two sons together, 8 and 16 years old. In the docs, Tisha seeks spousal support and to split both physical and legal custody of the couple's children. In a statement to TMZ she says, "After 27 years of being together and two amazing children, it pains me to announce that I've filed for divorce. It's an emotional time and I graciously ask for privacy for me, our children and the rest of our family." (TMZ)

Britney Spears' Ex-Husband Kevin Federline Requesting Increase in Child Support. Britney Spears may be finding herself in a legal situation. E! News has learned Kevin Federline is being represented by celebrity divorce lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan. Together, they are hoping to revisit the existing child support order been the "Piece of Me" singer and backup dancer. "Kevin is trying to voluntarily revisit a modification of the existing child support number, given that the kids are older and the financial circumstances of the parties are significantly different than when the child support was originally resolved," a source shared with E! News. "A letter asking to meet and confer on the issue was sent to Britney's representative on Thursday." The news comes less than two months after the pop music superstar celebrated her final show in Las Vegas as part of her residency inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. And just a few weeks ago, Britney announced she would be taking her Piece of Me tour on the road to select cities in North America, Europe and the U.K. later this year. Britney and Kevin were married from 2004 to 2007 and share two sons together. In June of 2017, the DJ opened up to Bravo's Personal Space about co-parenting with his exes. "You fall into your routine and it's really easy now," he explained. "It wasn't always easy, but it's a lot easier now." The Blast was first to report the news. (Eonline)

Lisa Marie Presley is offering an explanation for why she's in debt -- she says an ex-manager sunk $100 million into a failed investment, and now she's suing him. Lisa Marie says Barry Siegel ran the Trust Elvis Presley left for his daughter -- and in 2005 he sold off 85% of her interest in Elvis Presley Enterprises for $100 mil. In the lawsuit docs, obtained by TMZ, she says Siegel took all of that cash and invested in a company called Core Entertainment. Core is the parent company of "American Idol." You could kinda understand his move -- 2005 was the heyday for 'Idol.' Unfortunately, Core went belly-up in 2016 and, according to the docs, Lisa Marie's stock plummeted and she lost $24.5 million. In the suit, she also blames Siegel for not warning her she was spending beyond her means. For example, she says the Trust already had 2 mortgages that were under water ... when she bought a $9 million English estate. She says Siegel never sounded a single alarm. She says the Trust was left with a mere $14k in cash after Core went bankrupt. TMZ broke the story ... Lisa Marie says she's $16 mil in debt ... some of which is tied up in her mortgage on that English estate, as well as unpaid taxes. In the suit, she says Siegel stopped paying the taxes to conceal the true nature of her financial mess. Siegel's told us Lisa Marie's spending habits are the real problem, and claims she was $20 mil in the hole back in 2003 ... until he stepped in to right the ship. He claims his attempts to curb her spending fell on deaf ears. She's suing Siegel for more than $100 million. (TMZ)

Lisa Marie Presley is lying about the mountain of debt she claims to be under, and about how much money she's earning ... according to her estranged husband, Michael Lockwood ... TMZ has learned. TMZ broke the story ... LMP says she's $16 million in the hole, and can't afford to pay Lockwood's attorney's fees -- but Lockwood ain't buying it. In docs he just filed, Lockwood says Elvis Presley's daughter sucks at math. He points out she claimed to be making $104,000 per month in 2016, but also claimed she owed the IRS $1.67 million. Lockwood says that would mean she owes more than she made in income that year. According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Lisa Marie also fudged her numbers when she included the English manor she owns. Presley says she's way behind on the mortgage for it, but Lockwood says it's still worth something ... which she's left out of her calculations. He's not backing off his demand for Lisa Marie to kick in for his lawyers to the tune of $450k. (TMZ)

Actress Krista Allen walked in on a would-be burglar, who she says badly injured her dog during the break-in ... TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources tell us Krista arrived back at her San Fernando Valley home Thursday and found a transient woman inside. We're told Krista called 911 and held the woman down until cops arrived. The story gets crazier ... Krista claimed the woman pointed out that their family dog was having difficulty getting up, which led Krista to believe the woman had kicked her pup. The dog was, in fact, injured and taken to a vet. Unclear on its condition. Cops say the woman drank Krista's alcohol and ingested pills that were in the house. We're told she also had Krista's vibrator. We've reached out to Krista's rep ... no comment. (TMZ)

HFPA Launches Investigation After Brendan Fraser Accuses Former President of Assault. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is looking into Brendan Fraser's accusations against Philip Berk. In an interview with GQ this week, the 49-year-old actor claimed Berk -- the former president of the HFPA -- groped him after a ceremony in 2003, which he says contributed to his absence from the big screen since the '90s. Now, the HFPA -- who runs the Golden Globe Awards -- has released a statement that they are investigating Fraser's claims. "The HFPA stands firmly against sexual harassment and the type of behavior described in this article," the group told E! News. "Over the years we've continued a positive working relationship with Brendan, which includes announcing Golden Globe nominees, attending the ceremony and participating in press conferences. This report includes alleged information that the HFPA was previously unaware of and at this time we are investigating further details surrounding the incident." Meanwhile, Fraser detailed the incident to GQ, claiming Berk reached out to shake his hand before allegedly reaching around and grabbing part of his butt. "I felt ill," Fraser told the publication. "I felt like a little kid. I felt like there was a ball in my throat. I thought I was going to cry." Though Fraser demanded and received a written apology from Berk following the incident, he never moved on from it. Fraser said the experience made him "retreat" and "feel reclusive," messing with his sense of self. He said work "withered on the vine," adding, "In my mind, at least, something had been taken away from me." Berk -- a current member of the HFPA -- responded to Fraser's statements, admitting to GQ that he did, in fact, write an apology, but that he never admitted to any wrongdoing. "Mr. Fraser's version is a total fabrication," Berk said. "My apology admitted no wrongdoing, the usual 'If I've done anything that upset Mr. Fraser, it was not intended and I apologize.'" (Eonline)

Rapper NBA YoungBoy was arrested Saturday night in Tallahassee, Florida for a very serious outstanding felony warrant, including kidnapping. YoungBoy had a scheduled appearance at The Moon nightclub in Tallahassee, but there's no evidence he ever showed. Law enforcement sources tell us cops came in contact with YoungBoy on his tour bus-- we don't know why -- and when they ran the rapper's record and discovered he was a fugitive from Georgia for allegedly committing assault, weapons violations and kidnapping. The 18-year-old rapper has had lots of legal trouble ... he wrecked a Lambo, among other things. He was also arrested for a case connected to a series of shootings in Baton Rouge, LA back in 2016. He was also accused of firing a weapon during a drive-by shooting. He scheduled to appear in court Monday. (TMZ)

Notting Hill Star Emma Chambers Dead at 53. Actress Emma Chambers, who starred in the 1999 romantic comedy Notting Hill alongside Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, has died at the age of 53. "We are very sad to announce the untimely death, from natural causes, of the acclaimed actress Emma Chambers," agent John Grant said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. "Over the years, Emma created a wealth of characters and an immense body of work," Grant continued. "She brought laughter and joy to many and will be greatly missed. At this difficult time we ask that the privacy of the family and loved ones be respected." Chambers played the younger sister of Hugh Grant's character in Notting Hill, and outspoken, spunky girl named Honey. Hugh, 57, remembered his late co-star on Saturday, tweeting, "Emma Chambers was a hilarious and very warm person and of course a brilliant actress. Very sad news." In the U.K., Chambers had her breakout role in the acclaimed BBC series The Vicar of Dibley -- which she starred in from 1994 to 2007. The Doncaster-born actress received a lot of acclaim for the part, including a British Comedy Award for best television actress in 1998. Other roles on British television included The Rainbow, Take a Girl Like You, Martin Chuzzlewit, and The Wind in the Willows. (People)

Hugh Grant Mourns Death of Notting Hill Co-Star Emma Chambers. Following the news that his Notting Hill co-star Emma Chambers had died at the age of 53, Hugh Grant took to Twitter to express his sadness over the loss. On Saturday morning, the British actor wrote, "Emma Chambers was a hilarious and very warm person and of course a brilliant actress. Very sad news." Chambers' agent John Grant said in a statement to The Guardian on Saturday, "We are very sad to announce the untimely death, from natural causes, of the acclaimed actress Emma Chambers. Over the years, Emma created a wealth of characters and an immense body of work. She brought laughter and joy to many and will be greatly missed." Chambers was best known in the States for her role starring opposite Julia Roberts and Grant in the 1999 romantic comedy about an English travel book shoppe owner who falls in love with an American movie star. In the film, Chambers starred as Grant's quirky sister Honey. Chambers was also known in England for starring as Alice in the television program The Vicar of Dibley. Her co-star in the show Dawn French also tweeted, "I was regularly humped like this by the unique & beautiful spark that was Emma Chambers. I never minded. I loved her. A lot." Chambers is survived by her husband of 27 years, Ian Dunn. (Eonline)

Sridevi, Bollywood leading lady of '80s and '90s, dies at 54. Sridevi, Bollywood's leading lady of the 1980s and '90s who redefined stardom for actresses in India, has died at age 54. The actress was described as the first female superstar in India's male-dominated film industry. She used one name onscreen, like many leading ladies of her generation, and was known for her comic timing and her dancing skills, a great asset in the song-and-dance melodramas that are a staple of mainstream Indian cinema. Sridevi died Saturday in Dubai due to cardiac arrest, her brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor confirmed to Indian Express online. She had been in Dubai to attend a wedding in her extended family. Indian political leaders and entertainers posted condolences and recollections of her work, with many colleagues and fans expressing shock at the sudden news. "Woken up to this tragic news. Absolute shock. Sad," tweeted Rishi Kapoor, her co-star in the 1989 film "Chandni," or "Moonlight," in which Shrdevi played a woman choosing between two loves. Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered condolences too. "Saddened by the untimely demise of noted actor Sridevi. She was a veteran of the film industry, whose long career included diverse roles and memorable performances," he tweeted. Sridevi began acting as a child in regional cinema in India's south and made her debut in Hindi-language Bollywood films in the late '70s. Other famous roles included "Mr. India," in which she played a reporter, and "Lamhe," or "Moments," a 1991 film in which she played dual roles of mother and teenage daughter. Her impeccable comic timing and her dancing skills were front and center in "Chaalbaaz," or "Game Player," in 1989, where she played twins separated at birth. She shared the screen with some of Indian cinema's most iconic leading men, from Amitabh Bachchan to Shahrukh Khan. Another co-star was Anil Kapoor, her brother-in-law who was known in the West for his role in "Slumdog Millionaire." She stopped acting for several years after her marriage to film producer Boney Kapoor but made a well-received comeback in 2012 with "English Vinglish," a nuanced performance about a middle-aged woman learning English to fit in better with her family. Her last performance was the 2017 film "Mom," where she played a woman seeking vengeance after her stepdaughter is raped. She is survived by her husband and two daughters. (PageSix)


Michelle Obama to Release Memoir and Hopes Book Inspires Readers. Former First Lady Michelle Obama will release a memoir this November. The news was announced on Sunday. Former President Barack Obama's wife's new book is titled Becoming. "Writing Becoming has been a deeply personal experience," Michelle said in a statement released by publisher Penguin Random House. "It has allowed me, for the very first time, the space to honestly reflect on the unexpected trajectory of my life. In this book, I talk about my roots and how a little girl from the South Side of Chicago found her voice and developed the strength to use it to empower others. I hope my journey inspires readers to find the courage to become whoever they aspire to be. I can't wait to share my story." The memoir will be made available in 24 languages. The former first lady also plans on embarking on a U.S. and international book tour to promote Becoming. In 2017, the former first lady and her husband reached a joint agreement with Penguin Random House to publish books. They signed a deal that is believed to be worth more than $65 million, reports say. In 2012, she published the book American Grown, in which she talked about her White House kitchen garden and initiatives to promote healthy eating in America. The former president has published two books, Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope. (Eonline)

Justin Bieber's looking to expand his brand, and the plan is to get all his fans rocking clothing plastered with his name ... his middle name, that is. JB's company just filed paperwork to lock down the name "Drew" for all sorts of clothing apparel -- from shorts, jeans and skirts to sweaters, jackets and coats. He also wants to venture into the pajama and children's clothing world. But wait, there's more ... Bieber also filed to trademark the terms "The House of Drew," and the fancier French version -- "La Maison Drew." Because if Beyonce can have a 'House of' fashion line ... so can the Biebs. Interesting to note -- Bieber has applied for the "Drew" trademark twice before -- in 2012 and 2015 -- but the application was abandoned both times. Maybe now that he's a few years older and wiser ... he's getting serious. Seems like it's going that way with Selena Gomez, too. (TMZ)

Mindy Kaling Makes Her First Official Post-Baby Appearance at Disneyland. How do you make the happiest place on earth even happier? Invite the stars of A Wrinkle in Time to surprise Disneyland California Adventure with after an exclusive preview of the film. To promote Ava DuVernays spectacle (in theaters March 9), Mindy Kaling, Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon descended upon the theme park in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday. The sunny event marked Kaling's first official appearance since she welcomed a daughter in December 2017. Wearing an L.K. Bennett dress, she finished her look with Minnie Mouse ears. At the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land, Reid appeared onstage and introduced Kaling, Winfrey and Witherspoon's characters: Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which and Mrs. Whatsit. "I'm having an idea. Hold on one second. Would you guys like to meet the Mrs.?" she asked. After the trio joined Reid onstage, Winfrey revealed another surprise. "Today, you're going to get a tessering ticket," she said. "And you know what it does? It tessers you to the front of the line!" Afterward, the four actresses headed to Disneyland Park to take photos in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle with guests, who just so happened to be wearing A Wrinkle in Time-branded tees. Kaling and Reid also shared some photos and videos from the event with their Instagram followers. A Wrinkle in Time, based on the 1962 novel by Madeleine L'Engle, also stars Rowan Blanchard, Zach Galifianakis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Deric McCabe, Levi Miller, Michael Pena and Chris Pine. (Eonline)

Lindsey Vonn Scatters Grandfather's Ashes Near Olympic Mountain. Lindsey Vonn honored her late grandfather Don Kildow by scattering his ashes near a downhill race mountain in PyeongChang. According to the Associated Press (via NBC News) the 33-year-old ski racer spread the ashes on a rock near the men's downhill course before the first races. "I know that it would mean a lot to him to be back here," she told the AP (per NBC News) about her grandfather, who served in the Army Corps of Engineers near PyeongChang during the Korean War. "A part of him is in South Korea always." Being able to race in PyeongChang was "very special" to Vonn. The four-time Olympian said her grandfather was "excited" the 2018 Winter Games were held there and that he even told her stories about his time in South Korea. While Vonn tried to take home the gold in the women's downhill in his honor, she ended up winning the bronze. "I tried everything I could to win for him," she told the AP (per NBC News). I got a bronze, which to me, was very special and I think he'd be very proud of that." Per NBC News, Vonn met with seven South Korean men on Thursday and received a letter of appreciation in which they expressed their thanks for her grandfather's contribution to South Korea's freedom. Kildow passed away in November. Vonn shared a special tribute to her grandfather on Instragram at the time. "I still can't believe you're gone," part of her post read. "No words can describe how much you mean to me and how much I love you. I wish I had more time with you but I will cherish the memories we had." Vonn also credited her grandfather with fostering her love for skiing. "You taught me to be tough, to be kind, and above all, to ski fast," she continued. "Now, every time I ski down the mountain, I know you'll be there with me." In a previous interview with NBC News, Kildow tearfully described what it was like to see Vonn ski. "My heart, don't stop," he said. And when asked if the skier made him proud, he said, "You bet." (Eonline)

Chrissy Teigen "Oddly Mad" She Wasn't Invited to Emily Ratajkowski's Wedding. Did Chrissy Teigen -- and almost everybody else's invitation to Emily Ratajkowski's wedding get lost in the mail? While there were almost no guests who witnessed her and actor and producer Sebastian Bear-McClard's surprise union, the pregnant Lip Sync Battle star and fellow model jokes she is angry she wasn't invited. "I'm oddly mad I wasn't invited to @emrata's wedding even though we barely speak..." she tweeted on Friday. "Like, I like all your photos and leave flames on some." "@emrata ALSO, CONGRATS!!" she added, with a slew of fire emojis. Ratajkowski, who is known for posting racy photos of herself on social media and often triggers such responses, and Teigen have occasionally hung out together. Ratajkowski wed Bear-McClard at a New York courthouse earlier that day. Only Internet personality The Fat Jewish is known to have attended the ceremony. Ratajkowski, 26, had never posted about her beau before. TMZ reported that they began dating just a few weeks ago. Therefore, she did not announce her wedding in advance; she simply shared a photo of her and her new husband wearing custom gold rings on her Instagram Stories feed, writing, "Got married today." Meanwhile, Teigen did some celebrating of her own this past week; her friends threw her a surprise baby shower. She and husband John Legend are expecting their second child and first son. (Eonline)

Kylie Jenner receives Ferrari as 'push present'. Kylie Jenner has unveiled her lavish new "push present" a black Ferrari. The reality star posted footage of her flash new motor worth around 1.2million ($1.4 million) on her Instagram Stories. As she gave her followers a proper view of the limited edition LaFerrari , she told fans it's a "push present" for giving birth to baby Stormi earlier this month. It's not known who gifted Kylie the plush motor, but several reports suggest the pricey present could be from baby daddy Travis Scott. The couple were spotted out in the sports car as they were seen together for the first time since welcoming their baby daughter. The reality star and her rapper lover enjoyed a lunch date with friends at Nobu in Malibu. The pair haven't been seen together since their daughter was born at the start of the month, sparking rumours they had split. Since becoming a mum, Kylie has kept out of the public eye and was only pictured out for the first time earlier this month. We also exclusively revealed Kylie "picked and trademarked" her baby daughter's name months before giving birth so she could use it on her new make-up range. Kylie's fans were thrilled this week when she revealed her new collection inspired by Stormi, who was born last month. In addition to dubbing some of the palettes "Calm Before the Storm" and "Eye of the Storm," Kylie also named many of the individual shades after her new bundle of joy. One eyeshadow is called "Star Baby" while another is named "Heaven Sent." New mum Kylie, who kept her pregnancy under wraps for the whole nine months, recently updated her followers about the family's latest addition. She told her millions of fans how her baby girl was doing "good" and admitted the tot "looks just like me when I was a baby." (PageSix)

Charlie Sheen Selling Beverly Hills Home for $10 Million. Charlie Sheen has put his beautiful Beverly Hills home up for sale. A source confirms to E! News that the actor has listed his house for just under $10 million. Sheen purchased the seven bedroom, 8,932-square-foot house back in 2006 for $7.2 million, according to Trulia. So if you have an extra $10 million to spend and you're in the market for a new house, Sheen's place could be the home for you. The property features a movie theater room, game room and two swimming pools! Interested? (Eonline)

Aaron Feis, the assistant football coach who was shot and killed while protecting students in Parkland, FL, is being nominated for an award for courage ... by thousands of people. There's an online campaign aimed for ESPN to posthumously award Aaron the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this year's 'ESPYs.' As we reported, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School coach and security guard shielded students during the rampage. Sources connected to the ESPYs tell TMZ ... the key award recipients are chosen by an ESPN committee and reps at Maggie Vision -- the production company for the ESPYs. One source described Aaron as a "no-brainer" for the honor -- however, the award show is not until July, and we're told meetings about nominees won't start until April. Previous Arthur Ashe recipients include Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Caitlyn Jenner, Robin Roberts and Michael Sam. (TMZ)

J Lo went all out for her twins' 10th birthday party ... and she took REALLY good care of the people who helped throw it. Jennifer put on a bash for more than 30 guests at the Sugar Factory in Las Vegas Thursday night to celebrate Max and Emme's bday. We're told the party arrived around 5 PM and threw down for FOUR hours ... and made good use of their time. Well-connected sources tell us the bill was $7,500 and included custom cakes for each child -- red velvet Mario Bros. cake for Max and chocolate sloth cake for Emme. They also gorged on virgin gummy worm goblets, and a King Kong Sundae ... with 24 scoops of ice cream topped with sparklers! We're told J Lo had a blast dancing and spoiling her kids, solo. Their dad, Marc Anthony, wasn't there ... and ditto for A-Rod. We know she was happy about the whole production, because she tipped $5,500!! (TMZ)

McDonald's Brings Back Shamrock Shakes and Szechuan Sauce. Get ready! McDonald's Shamrock Shake and Szechuan sauce are back. The St. Patrick's Day treat returned Feb. 21 and the Szechuan sauce hits the menu Feb. 26. But if you want to get a packet, you better hurry. The fast-food restaurant has only 20 million cups of the sauce. While the Shamrock Shake resurges every year, the Szechuan sauce's revival is a little more dramatic. According to Fortune, McDonald's first introduced the Szechuan sauce back in 1998 to promote Disney's Mulan. Fast-forward nearly two decades and Adult Swim remind fast-food lovers how much they missed the sauce by airing an episode about it on the third season of Rick and Morty. People begged McDonald's to bring the sauce back and even created a petition that garnered thousands of signatures. Finally, McDonald's agreed and brought the sauce back for one day only on Oct. 7. People reportedly lined up for hours to get their hands on the sauce. Business Insider reported that someone even traded in their car for some. However, things turned ugly when McDonald's ran out of packets -- leading to "riots" and police getting involved. According to Billboard, Deadmau5 even paid $15,000 for a bucket of the sauce on eBay, which he ended up sharing with his fans. McDonald's apologized for the nightmare on Twitter and promised to bring the sauce back in the winter. Want to learn more about the sauce drama? McDonald's has a whole podcast dedicated to it, which you can listen to here. (Eonline)


Pink's Daughter Sets Up a Concert Candy Stand to Raise Money for Charity. You're never too young to help make a difference. Pink's daughter, Willow Hart, used her mom's concert to bring in some money to donate to Haiti. The 6-year-old entrepreneur teamed up with a friend and bought candy in bulk to sell at her mom's rehearsal hall. Pink's husband, Carey Hart, posted a photo of the two running their business with a crowd of people waiting to buy sweet treats. "Good work ladies," he wrote on Instagram, "doing your part. #DontTellTrump." Charity and political defiance. Pink is raising her kids to be active humanitarians and it seems there's no limit to what they can do. Pink's new album, Beautiful Trauma, is available now. The Beautiful Trauma World Tour kicks off March 1 in Phoenix. (Eonline)

2018 Oscars Performers Include Gael Garca Bernal, Mary J. Blige and Common. Roll out the red carpet and strike up the band! Gael Garca Bernal, Mary J. Blige, Common, Andra Day, Natalia Lafourcade, Miguel, Keala Settle and Sufjan Stevens will perform this year's nominated songs at the 2018 Oscars, show producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced Friday. "We're excited to have these talented artists showcase the powerful contribution music makes to filmmaking," De Luca and Todd told E! News in a statement. "It's a privilege to welcome them to the 90th Oscars stage." According to Friday's press release, Bernal, Lafourcade and Miguel will perform "Remember Me" from Pixar Animation Studios' Coco; Blige will perform "Mighty River" from Netflix's Mudbound; Common and Day will perform "Stand Up for Something" from Open Road Films' Marshall; Settle will perform "This Is Me" from 20th Century Fox's The Greatest Showman; and Stevens will perform "Mystery of Love" from Sony Pictures Classics' Call Me by Your Name. Jimmy Kimmel will host the Academy Awards March 4 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, broadcast live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET. It will also be televised in over 225 countries and territories. Guillermo Del Toro's The Shape of Water received 13 nominations, more than any other movie. "We want to make [the award ceremony] as entertaining as possible -- reverential and respectful but also fun and emotional. The Oscars should be a spectacle: fun and funny and great performances," Todd said in an interview with The New York Times, published Thursday. "It should also be a giant commercial for the movie business, which we all need to keep going." (Eonline)

Ski Mask the Slump God asks 'DOIHAVETHESAUSE?' on Latest Track. Although we're still waiting on a full-length project, God dropped off a song to hold us over in the meantime. "DOIHAVETHESAUSE?" is the latest release of his fast-paced, unique flow over an easygoing beat. The song features a lot of name and brand dropping, including Erykah Badu, John Cena, Michael Myers, Hennessey, Air Force 1 and more. The Florida rapper also references the recent controversial H&M ad: "My name is Ski, and I'm higher than cow that jumped over the moon," he raps. "Might be the coolest monkey in the jungle, but I'm not baboon." The track does not appear in the track list released in December for his upcoming Beware of the Book of Eli project. The project will feature Rich the Kid, Lil Yachty, Offset and Ronny J. There's also a special sample of the theme song from the '90s show Boy Meets World, with legendary spitter Busta Rhymes. His "Catch Me Outside" single was co-signed by rap goddess Missy Elliott, being that it sampled her classic Timbaland-produced track "She's a Bitch." (Billboard)

Fatboy Slim Gets CamelPhat To Remix 'Right Here, Right Now'. Fatboy Slim's game-changing LP You've Come A Long Way, Baby turns 20 years old this year, and the legendary DJ and producer is celebrating the milestone with a ton of dope remixes of that album's biggest hits by some of this generation's most interesting voices. We already shared with you an initial take on the timeless nugget "Right Here, Right Now" from Carmada, and, "Cola" production duo CamelPhat unleashes its version of the big beat classic. There's a radio edit and an extended version, both of which boost the tune's house qualities with a strong four-on-the-floor beat, while maintaining a lot of the original strings, vocal samples and hip-hop-inspired breakdown, which give "Right Here, Right Now" its undeniable coolness. Both versions of the CamelPhat remix are out now on Tool room. (Billboard)


Underprivileged Kids Can See A Wrinkle in Time for Free at AMC. Underprivileged children will be able to see A Wrinkle in Time at AMC Theatres -- for free. The "Give a Child the Universe" initiative, spearheaded by the racial justice organization Color of Change, is committed to helping those who can't afford tickets to the Walt Disney Pictures film. The initative encourages individual and group benefactors to buy and donate matinee tickets; it will distribute them to a network of local partners, schools and community-based organizations. "Color of Change believes in the power of images and supports those working to change the rules in Hollywood so that inclusive, empathetic and human portrayals of black people and people of color are prominent on the screen," said executive director Rashad Robinson. "From Selma to now A Wrinkle in Time, Ava DuVernay has set out to change the rules in Hollywood for people of color and women. By casting a black teenage actress, Storm Reid, as the heroine at the center of this story, the filmmakers and the studio send a powerful message to millions of young people who will see someone like them embracing their individuality and strength to save the world. We are pleased to partner with AMC to ensure that as many young people as possible, regardless of economic and financial hardships, can see this groundbreaking film." In a statement to E! News, Nikkole Denson-Randolph, vice president of special content at AMC, said, "The Wrinkle in Time story is one that children from all backgrounds and walks of life can identify with and draw inspiration from, and we are thrilled to celebrate this film in a meaningful way, through the vision of Ava DuVernay and in partnership with Color of Change." A Wrinkle in Time, adapted from Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 novel, stars Mindy Kaling, Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon. Storm Reid was cast as Meg Murry, a black teenager from South Central L.A.; in the book, Meg is white and lives in Connecticut. For DuVernay, that was an important and necessary change. "She's just a black girl who has no super powers but ends up doing extraordinary things that she didn't even know she could, and I relate to that," she recently told The Washington Post. She acknowledged that she took "a big swing" by casting Reid, explaining, "It is a fantasy where a black girl goes to another planet and saves the world." Winfrey has compared DuVernay's movie to a "new Wizard of Oz." A Wrinkle in Time premieres nationwide March 9; tickets are available now via Fandango. (Eonline)

Director Joss Whedon exits Warner Bros' 'Batgirl'. Joss Whedon has exited the Warner Bros' "Batgirl, a DC stand-alone movie that he came aboard last year to write, direct and produce. The deal was first made public last March and would have seen the writer and director of Disney/Marvel's tentpole blockbuster "The Avengers" join a rival comics universe of movies. He said on Thursday essentially he couldn't crack the story of the Gotham heroine, who has been in DC Comics lore since the late 1960s. "Batgirl is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realize I really didn't have a story," Whedon said in a statement. "I'm grateful to Geoff and Toby and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I... uh, is there a sexier word for "failed"? Whedon knows of heroines, having created "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," "Dollhouse" and "Firefly." The original Batgirl was set up as Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham Police Commissioner Jim Gordon. Rosario Dawson voiced Batgirl who had a prominent role in WB's hit animated "The Lego Batman Movie." No word from the studio on what will become of the movie. Warner Bros has another female-centric DC pic in the works in "Gotham City Sirens," which will focus on the Harley Quinn character played by Margot Robbie in "Suicide Squad." David Ayer, who helmed that pic, will also direct "Sirens." (PageSix)

Hollywood's Movie Dilemma: Gamble at Box Office or Sell to Netflix? Midbudget titles that would've been theatrical fare in years past (like 'Cloverfield Paradox') are going direct to streaming as studios minimize risk and Paramount offloads international rights to the new thriller 'Annihilation.' Facing an uncertain box-office climate, executives at major studios are more frequently asking: "Should we try our luck in theaters or sell this thing to Netflix?" In the case of recent midbudget sci-fi films like The Cloverfield Paradox (Paramount) and Extinction (Universal), the answer was "sell." The streamer paid more than $50 million for Paradox, even if the gamble didn't make major waves initially. Paradox drew 2.8 million viewers in its first three days after a stealthy plan to drop it following the Super Bowl on Feb. 4. By comparison, the Will Smith starrer Bright, which cost Netflix $90 million to produce and likewise included a pricey Super Bowl ad, brought in 11 million customers in the same frame after its Dec. 22 release, according to Nielsen's SVOD ratings report. (A Netflix source contends that Paradox is one of its top films in terms of number of times it was added to a viewer's list and that Nielsen's figure excludes laptop and mobile devices.) How would Paradox have performed at the box office if Paramount had stuck with a theatrical release? That's impossible to answer definitively. If viewers who checked out the film during its first three days online had shown up at the box office at the average 2017 price of $8.97, it would have had a debut of more than $25 million. But that's a big "if," since sampling the film from one's couch requires less of a commitment. Paradox would also have had to fend off competition from other movies. On its original release date, Feb. 14, 2017, it would likely have been overwhelmed by that weekend's No. 1 opener Get Out, which bowed to $33.7 million domestically. And on the second release date on which it had been tentatively penciled in, Oct. 17, 2018, it would have competed with that weekend's No. 1 opener, Jigsaw, which did $16.6 million. The movie was next shuttled to Feb. 2, when it could have been squeezed between Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Maze Runner: The Death Cure, which collected nearly $11 million each. And on April 20, the date the studio had finally set on before yanking it from the schedule, it would have faced a formidable threat in the newest Dwayne Johnson vehicle Rampage. Clearly, the studio wasn't eager to take the risk on any of those dates. The Paradox deal marks the latest in a string of Netflix acquisitions of a major studio's castoff. Netflix also bought worldwide rights to Universal's Michael Pena-led sci-fi pic Extinction, which that studio had pulled from its schedule in December. Add to that Netflix picking up international rights to the Natalie Portman starrer Annihilation (during postproduction), which Paramount will release domestically Feb. 23, and New Line's Shaft (while in preproduction), poised to hit theaters June 14, 2019. Netflix also snapped up worldwide rights from Universal to the Sandra Bullock post-apocalyptic pic Bird Box, which is in production. To outsiders, these moves by Netflix and its film division chief, Scott Stuber -- who has yet to release a zeitgeisty movie a la the streamer's series hits -- may seem head-scratching, but they're all in service of targeting niche audiences for subscriptions. "They know exactly what they're doing and who they're buying for," says a high-ranking rival exec. "They are not interested in theatrical or they would have bought a theater chain by now." With the ultimate goal of selling subscriptions in mind, Netflix spent hundreds of thousands of dollars for an ad for its Oscar-nominated documentary Icarus during the Feb. 11 broadcast of 60 Minutes, which featured a segment on Russia's sports doping program. An insider says the ad was successful in driving new memberships. For a studio, the calculation to sell a title to Netflix is simple: Save face on a potential underperformer and make its accounting look good. Less than three years ago, a similar decision might be made to dump a movie in January or April or late August, hope to gin up a little awareness, then make up some of the losses in DVD and ancillary sales. "Netflix has become the new ancillary market," says one studio exec. However, seeing first-run movies regularly head to Netflix may not be in the studios' best interest. Another film exec notes, "This will hurt the studios in the long run." (Hollywood Reporter)

Berlin: Refugee Drama 'Styx' Wins European Cinema Label Prize. A German doctor is faced with a moral crisis when she encounters a leaky trawler filled with refugees while on a solo yachting trip. Wolfgang Fischer's Styx, a stark drama exploring the refugee crisis, has won the European Cinema Label honor for best European film running the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival. The award, handed out by the association of European arthouse cinemas, includes distribution support for Styx in its pan-European release. Fischer's feature stars Susanne Wolff as a determined young German doctor who, while on a solo yachting trip, comes across a leaky trawler filled with desperate refugees. She is caught between her sense of duty and her desire to intervene, and the orders of an invisible coastguard telling her to stay out of the problem. "Styx is a simple but highly dramatic story that has a very clear and powerful message we in Europe cannot ignore the refugee situation. We must face it and find solutions," the European Cinema Label jury said in a statement. Styx was produced by Schiwago Film in co-production with Amour Fou Vienna. Beta Cinema is handling world sales. (Hollywood Reporter)

'The Breadwinner' Team Developing 'Daughter of Bells' Film. Aircraft Pictures is working with 'Breadwinner' screenwriter Anita Doron. On the heels of Academy Award-nominated The Breadwinner, Toronto-based Aircraft Pictures has again teamed up with The Breadwinner screenwriter Anita Doron to develop an animated feature titled Daughter of Bells. Aircraft will co-develop and co-produce the film with Wasabi Entertainment, the original content division of Relish Interactive (Weirdwood Manor). The Breadwinner was an international co-production between Aircraft, Ireland's Cartoon Saloon and Luxembourg's Melusine Productions. Aircraft's co-founder Anthony Leo is Oscar-nominated as producer of The Breadwinner, which earned the Annie Award for best independent animated feature, Golden Globe and Critics Choice nominations, and animated feature honors from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award and Toronto Film Critics Association Awards. For her work as a screenwriter on The Breadwinner, Doron was nominated for an Annie Award for best screenplay and a Canadian Screen Award for best adapted screenplay. Daughter of the Bells will be produced by Leo and Andrew Rosen for Aircraft and Paul Pattison and Sacha Raposo for Wasabi. According to the producers, the story of Daughter of Bells begins with an attack on the fictional city of Cadenza that sees all inhabitants turned to stone -- save one brave girl named Brio who sets out on a quest for help. Then, "Brio's encounters with the rhythmic tribes of the Madrigal Desert lead her on an journey of musical discovery as she searches for the key to restoring life in Cadenza and creating harmony for all." The initial concept was created by Anna Earley and Russ Uttley of Wasabi. (Hollywood Reporter)


Kim Kardashian to Compete on Celebrity Family Feud Against Kris Jenner and Sisters. Talk about an A-list episode of Family Feud! In a surprise move, the Kardashians, Jenners and Wests headed on down to the set of Celebrity Family Feud on Saturday for a very special taping of the beloved game show, featuring The Wests versus the Kardashian/Jenners. On Saturday afternoon, Kim took to Snapchat to surprise the world and an unknowing audience with the family's presence on the popular game show. Prior to the big reveal, Kim and husband Kanye West shared some behind-the-stage moments before the duo competed against mom Kris Jenner grandmother Mary Jo Campbell, sister Khloe Kardashian, sister Kendall Jenner and cousin Cici Bussey. Before the show, Kim said to the legion of social media fans, "So if you guys don't know -- Kanye and I are the biggest fans of Family Feud. "Kanye said he's waited his whole life for this moment. We're playing against the Kardashian/Jenners verses the Wests. Kim also added she was feeling good about the family face-off. The mother of three said, "I have a really good feeling about this. We're going to win." When a fan asked if daughter North West would be on the upcoming episode of the show, Kim tweeted back, "She came and wanted to but is too young." Sister Kylie Jenner, who just gave birth to her first child Stormi Webster earlier this month, appears to be absent from the familial challenge. It's unclear what team he's playing on, but Kim's bestie Jonathan Cheban was also at the taping. "Guys, we're on Family Feud and I am nervous," said Cheban in a video. "Really nervous. Kanye, everybody is here. This is so crazy. I have been watching this show my whole life!" A rep for the Celebrity Family Feud confirms the reality stars' appearance on the show to E! News and adds that their episode will air later this year. The rep also said that the well-known group played for charity. After taping the show, Kim hit up the Create & Cultivate event on Saturday night and told the audience, "I played Family Feud today so I am not trying to brag but my day was definitely amazing." The Kardashians were previously on Celebrity Family Feud in 2008 when it was hosted by Al Roker Celebrity Family Feud is a syndicated show that is currently hosted by Steve Harvey. The original Family Feud has been on since 1976. (Eonline)

The Kardashians played against each other on "Family Feud," but TMZ has learned it wasn't supposed to be that way ... it was scheduled to be a showdown between the Kardashians and the Hiltons. Sources connected to the production tell us ... they were in a mad scramble when they were contacted 4 days before Saturday's taping and informed the Hiltons weren't playing. Our sources say Paris and Kathy were on-board, but patriarch Rick Hilton was having none of it. We're told Rick -- who runs the monster real estate company Hilton & Hyland -- felt it wasn't right for him to appear because he's not in entertainment ... and it looked "thirsty." We're told Nicky thought it was nuts for the family to appear so she was out, and Barron and his fiancee ultimately decided not to do it. Fact is ... the families go back 3 decades and they really like each other, but it wasn't right for the Hiltons. So instead, the Kardashians/Jenners and the Wests battled it out ... Donner Party style. (TMZ)

Kim Kardashian was coy about her fam's appearance on "Family Feud" ... she won't give up whether the Kardashian's kicked the West's asses or vice versa. Kim was leaving the Create & Cultivate Conference -- which empowers women to launch their careers -- Saturday in Downtown L.A. when we asked about the game show. TMZ broke the story, the plan was for the Kardashians to square off against the Hiltons, and although Paris and Kathy were on board the other family members were not so they bailed. And check out the little girl who engages Kim, asking her to follow her on Instagram to support her pet project, Child Hunger Sucks. We check ... so far, Kim isn't following her but the day is young. (TMZ)

This Is Us stars finish filming season 2: 'Can't wait to get back for season 3'. Just a few weeks ago, Jack Pearson left this planet. Now it's time to lay season 2 of This Is Us to rest. The NBC family drama finished production on its current season on Friday. "Officially wrapped #ThisIsUs season 2," tweeted Milo Ventimiglia, a.k.a. the Pearson patriarch who is very much still part of the series. "Hope y'all enjoy the last few eps. Already can't wait to get back for season 3." Mandy Moore (Rebecca) echoed those sentiments on Twitter while giving her stamp of approval on the last three episodes of the season, the first of which airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT. This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman tweeted footage of the final scene being finished with Sterling K. Brown and his two onscreen daughters, Eris Baker and Faithe Herman. Fogelman told EW that the first of the final three episodes will "have some lightness and some fun." "We feel like fans almost deserve a break, because it's been really heavy," he noted. As for the finale? "Ultimately, we're culminating at a big, moving family event, which would presumably be Kate's wedding." (Entertainment Weekly)

'The Blacklist' Actress Megan Boone Says Her Character Won't Carry a Rifle Anymore. "I am deeply sorry for participating in glorifying them in the past," the star said. The Blacklist star Megan Boone announced on Friday her character would not carry a rifle again on the NBC show. In addition to the vow, Boone apologized if her character, FBI agent/profiler Elizabeth Keen, ever made the gun seem cool. "Liz Keen will never carry an assault rifle again and I am deeply sorry for participating in glorifying them in the past. Yours, girl from Florida," Boone tweeted. The decision comes in the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school, Stoneman Douglas, where 17 people were killed by a gunman using an AR-15. Since the mass-shooting at the school, there has been an enormous backlash against the NRA from the public and Hollywood, especially after the organization announced that schools should begin to arm teachers as its solution. Numerous companies that did business with the NRA, including MetLife and United Airlines, have severed ties with the organization. (Hollywood Reporter)

Tamar Braxton Clears Up Marriage Rumors on The View. Tamar Braxton opened up about her relationship with Vincent Herbert on Friday's episode of The View. The reality star co-hosted the show and shared what's really going on between her and her ex, who also joined the women at the table on the show. Back in October 2017, Tamar filed for divorce from Vincent after about nine years of marriage. Two months later, Tamar wrote on Instagram that a woman had informed her that Vincent got her pregnant, which he denied. On The View Friday, Tamar addressed rumors about her and Vincent's relationship and speculation that their split was a plot line for their reality show, Tamar & Vince. "I wish mine wasn't real, I wish I could say that a lot of the times it's made up, just so I could hide behind the truth sometimes," Tamar shared with the co-hosts. "But in this situation, I absolutely have no reason to lie about my marriage and the things that's happening in my marriage for ratings. I think that's disgusting and I would never sell my soul to the devil like that." She continued, "I have a regular marriage and regular marriages like everybody else, things happen and in my marriage you know it was just to a point where I felt like divorce was the only option that I had left. Although we're in extensive counseling and that is much needed and it still will always be, but I think the bigger picture of everything is that we have a responsibility to my amazing 4-year-old son and just to raise him in the most comfortable, amazing, loving, secure household that we can. That's why we don't live together." Tamar went on to confirm they don't live together and said, "No we don't, I definitely filed for divorce that's not a lie." Vincent then joined the co-hosts at the table and again denied the rumors that a woman is pregnant with his child. (Eonline)

The Good Fight Musical Is Here Thanks to Christine Baranski and Stephen Colbert. The Good Fight is stacked with Broadway veterans, just as its predecessor The Good Wife was, yet viewers were never treated to a musical episode -- until now. Sort of. The Good Fight star Christine Baranski appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and broke out the musical chops viewers have seen on Broadway and in flicks like Bad Moms, Mamma Mia and Into the Woods. When host Stephen Colbert began setting up the bit, Baranski said "Well, The Good Fight, that's so serious." It's important to note The Good Fight also features acclaimed stage talent such as Cush Jumbo, Bernadette Peters, Sarah Steele and now Audra McDonald. Baranski's Good Fight musical song is nothing short of perfect. Lyrics include, "You need a Diane Lockhart/to fight in your Good Fight," "It isn't The Good Doctor/It isn't The Good Place/It's different than The Good Wife/But it still has my face," and "Because you loved me on that other show/For over seven years/They gave me my own spinoff/Just like Frasier after Cheers." E! News previously asked Baranski about doing a Good musical before. Back during The Good Wife, Baranski said, "I keep waiting, but it's not in our style. How cool would it be if Alicia just had a dream where there was a nightmare Christmas party where we could make use of all the musical talent?" "I'm waiting for Diane to have her Sondheim moment," she said with a laugh. "She would sing 'I'm Still Here' -- maybe in season eight." There's always time to get something into The Good Fight season two, which premieres Sunday, March 4. Baranski told Colbert the show was still filming and is in the middle of an episode about a certain politically charged dossier. (Eonline)

Jared Leto fights for his life in new trailer for Netflix's The Outsider. Jared Leto is adopting a new way of life in the first trailer for Netflix's The Outsider. Leto stars as Nick Lowell, an American soldier imprisoned in Japan after World War II. His Yakuza cellmate helps to have him released, and Nick fights to earn a spot in the criminal organization in order to repay his debt. Nick's descent into the criminal underworld becomes increasingly more dangerous and violent as he fights for the Yakuza and fights for his life. "In life, sometimes we fight the current, and other times it's important to flow the river," Leto intones in the trailer. The Outsider is directed by Martin Zandvliet and produced by Art Linson, Kenneth Kao, and John Linson. Tadanobu Asano (Thor), Kippei Shiina, Shioli Kutsuna, Emile Hirsch (The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Bonnie and Clyde), Raymond Nicholson, Rory Cochrane (Argo), Nao Omori, and Min Tanaka star alongside Leto. The film premieres March 9 on Netflix. (Entertainment Weekly)

The Middle writers complete the sitcom's final script (Cue: tears). The Middle has written its last words. In a bittersweet post on social media, co-creator DeAnn Heline posted a picture of the comedy's last script in preparation for its series finale. "So... we finished breaking the very last episode of #TheMiddle today," she wrote. "Overwhelmed with emotion. I can't wait for you all to see it." The image highlights the words, "END OF SHOW, END OF SEASON, END OF SERIES." In October, Heline said she has witnessed a "very moving and overwhelming" reaction to the August announcement about the series ending, which briefly made her wonder whether they should stay put on ABC a little longer. The family-com she created with Eileen Heisler -- which stars Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn -- debuted in 2009. "I'm not going to lie, there's a part of you that goes, 'Well, maybe we should stick around,'" Heline said. ABC ordered two additional episodes of the sitcom's final season, bringing the total episode count to 24. The Middle airs Tuesdays on ABC at 8 p.m. ET. (Entertainment Weekly)

'Devious Maids' Reunion: Roselyn Sanchez Set as Female Lead in ABC Drama From Eva Longoria. She'll reunite with 'Devious Maids' duo Eva Longoria and Brian Tanen for the soapy drama 'Grand Hotel.' ABC is staging a Devious Maids reunion. The network has tapped Roselyn Sanchez as the female lead in drama pilot Grand Hotel. Based on the Spanish format, Grand Hotel is a soapy drama set against the backdrop of a Miami Beach hotel. It centers on the family who owns the business, the staff who run it and the explosive secrets they hide under the perfect exterior. Sanchez, who played Carmen Luna for all four seasons of the ABC-turned-Lifetime drama, was heavily courted for the role and will play Gigi, the embodiment of "Miami glamour," she is impossibly stylish with a flair for excess. Unapologetically fabulous but never frivolous, she's smart, cunning and fiercely loyal to her twin daughters. She's the hotel owner's (uncast) second wife, but never considers herself "second" at anything. The casting marks a reunion for Sanchez with Brian Tanen, who was a writer and exec producer on Devious Maids, as well as with Eva Longoria, who developed (and had an on-screen role in) the soap that was picked up at Lifetime after ABC originally passed on the pilot. Tanen penned the script for Grand Hotel and exec produces alongside Longoria and her ABC Studios-based Unbelievable banner topper Ben Spector. Oliver Bachert and Christian Gockel also exec produce. Ken Olin will direct the pilot. Sanchez's credits include Without a Trace, Rush Hour 2, Act of Valor and the upcoming indie thriller Traffik. She's repped by APA, Alchemy Entertainment and Hirsch Wallerstein. (Hollywood Reporter)

ABC News has been crowing about its flagship "World News Tonight With David Muir" taking the gold medal during the Winter Olympics, putting rival Lester Holt and his "NBC Nightly News" in the silver spot. But sources tell Page Six that, with Muir passing Holt in overall audience and closing the gap in the all-important 25-to-54-year-old demographic, Holt's bosses at NBC are beginning to sweat. And to make things even more awkward, Brian Williams -- whom Holt replaced on "Nightly News" after Williams was caught telling fibs on the air -- is a smash hit at his new gig at MSNBC. Meanwhile, sources tell us that if Holt's stats were ever to get into terminal territory and the network needed to make a change in the anchor's chair, the Peacock Network's recent crises would put them in a major bind. We're told that Savannah Guthrie -- who has been a huge hit as "Today" co-host with Hoda Kotb since Matt Lauer was fired for alleged sexual misconduct in November -- "would absolutely be a contender [for the 'Nightly News' gig]," and that "before Matt was fired, you could make a case to move Savannah to ['Nightly News'], but it's impossible to do that now." Bank-busting hire Megyn Kelly would be out, given that she's having her own ratings woes. Williams is proving himself to be a viewer-magnet on sister station MSNBC, where his "The 11th Hour" show has been No. 1 in its time slot (albeit on a network that gets far fewer viewers overall than NBC). He was moved there in 2015 after being suspended by NBC for embellishing stories about the Iraq War, and was replaced by Holt. An NBC News insider said, "Lester is beloved at the network, is doing outstanding work, and has 'Nightly News's' longest-winning demo streak in over 4 /2 years." Industry insiders were at pains to point out that Muir only beat Holt in parts of the country where their shows aired at the same time during the games, because Holt has been on early in some areas due to sports coverage. (Page Six)

'Unsolved' Stars Theorize Why Tupac and Biggie's Killers Were Never Caught. The series creators told THR they think they know who committed the decades-old murders. USA's new true crime series, Unsolved, attempts to solve the decades-old murders of two of pop culture's biggest figures: Tupac and Biggie Smalls. In the process, the cast and creators told The Hollywood Reporter at the show's Los Angeles premiere that not only did they come up with what they believe actually happened, they also have their own theories as to why those crimes are still unsolved 20 years later. "I think there's this presumption that, 'Well, it can't be that satisfying of a show because it's unsolved,' and I really don't think that's the case," creator Kyle Long told THR. "I really think we lay it all out there in a way that's interesting. We definitely show what conclusions some police officers came to and the audience will have to make up their mind." Executive producer Anthony Hemingway, who directed the majority of the ten-episode series, went even further: "The show's themes deal with perception and how perception challenges your best judgment, and just reminds us that we need to stop and think about our actions. By watching the show unfold, there is so much clarity that comes and new information that we just had no idea [about]. ... It'll show you the hard work that went into solving this case. You'll really get to see why it's unsolved, because we do solve it." Tupac Shakur was shot in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in late 1996, and Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. the Notorious B.I.G., was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles in early 1997. Unsolved lays out several reasons why the crimes remain unsolved, how they were linked and who could have committed them. But the actors have several of their own theories as to why the killers were never arrested. "I think it's still officially unsolved because 20 years ago, people didn't care enough that two young black men were killed and it was swept under the rug for a bit," says star Jimmi Simpson, who plays Russell Poole, the LAPD detective tasked with finding Biggie's killer. "Then by the time it got into the hands of someone who was desperate to solve it, LAPD was giving him a hard time. Cut to 15 years later, half of the essential witnesses are dead and now we've missed our opportunity to legally solve it because of a mishandling, in my opinion, in the justice system." Josh Duhamel, who plays Detective Greg Kading, the man tasked by the LAPD to solve the same crime a decade later, said he thinks there are several reasons why the crimes are still unsolved -- and will remain that way. "There's so much conflicting testimony. It would cost a tremendous amount of money. The guys who did it are dead. And it's just one of those things that would just take away too many resources, I think," he said. "It's unfortunate because I feel like these families deserve justice. But aside from some kind of a deathbed confession, I don't know if it'll ever be solved." And the fact that many of the key witnesses and suspects are not alive doesn't exactly help matters. "I think these crimes are unsolved because a lot of people are scared to speak up and try to get them solved," said Marcc Rose, who plays Tupac. "Aside from that, I feel a lot of people around that time who testified are no longer alive or maybe in prison. So it's really, really hard to try to put the pieces together." Rose played the famous rapper briefly in the film Straight Outta Compton, but tackled the role again, this time for the entire series. "In Compton, my job was to show him in the studio, how he felt with his music, his excitement, what went down between him and Dre, but I was so blessed with Unsolved. We got 10 episodes. So I get to show peel the layers back of who he was. You get to see the humanity between this guy. He's a human being. He's a brother. He's a son. You get to see the humanity, and the friendship between him and Biggie." After walking the red carpet, the cast and crew gathered in VIP booths inside Hollywood's Avalon nightclub for a screening of the first episode. Following the screening, the club turned into a full concert venue as the screen lifted up to reveal a full band, and Wavyy Jonez, who plays Biggie in the series, performed a short set. The afterparty-turned-concert continued with long sets from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony -- a group that worked with both Tupac and Biggie, and paid tribute to both men in their set -- and Busta Rhymes. Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. premieres Feb. 27 on USA Network. (Hollywood Reporter)

TV Ratings: Figure Skating Brings Olympic Uptick. Thursday night brings an 8 percent lift for the Olympics, which are down by the same measure through 13 nights. Figure skating provided NBC with a solid ratings victory on its final Olympic Thursday. Coverage of the women's medal performances, a night that saw those on the East Coast stay up past midnight to see Russian athletes Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva easily pass their competition, took a 12.0 overnight rating among households, building on the previous night by 8 percent. That might be the final marquee night out of Pyeongchang, save the tape-delayed closing ceremony set to air on Sunday. The latest averages have these 2018 Winter Games now off 8 percent from Sochi four years ago, averaging 20.8 million viewers once all NBC and NBC Sports Network primetime views are tallied. The streaming lift is now at an average 11 percent, though it's clear that more and more viewers have tuned in digitally towards the end of the Games. The night also saw ABC say farewell to Olympic counterprogramming The Bachelor Winter Games. Those earned a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49 for the first two hours, before an hour wrap-up fetched a 0.6 rating. (Hollywood Reporter)