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Thursday, August 30, 2018

TV/STREAMING . . .

See Jordin Sparks' Birth Plan Take a Dramatic Turn in Upcoming Lifetime Special. She may have walked the red carpet just days after giving birth, but Jordin Sparks' road to motherhood was a bumpy one. Cameras rolled as the singer prepared to give birth to her and husband Dana Isaiah's first child together in May, and E! News has an exclusive look at the moment Jordin's water broke. In the upcoming Lifetime special, Jordin Sparks: A Baby Story, the 28-year-old American Idol alum invites fans to witness the latest chapter of her personal life. In the clip, Jordin's loved ones gather at home to comfort the mom-to-be as she experiences the intense pain of contractions. They initially agree to wait a few more hours before heading to the birthing center, but plans change when the midwife suggests Jordin is seriously dehydrated and in need of an IV. "I don't want to go! I don't want to go!" she screams as Dana guides her to the car and promises to "drive fast." Sparks would ultimately deliver a healthy baby boy named DJ, though another clip from before she went into labor further highlights the familial tension between her mom and husband. Jodi Sparks pleads with Dana to put more effort into establishing a relationship with his mother-in-law, revealing that they've only had "one full blown conversation" since his and Jordin's relationship began. "I don't know you at all," she says. "So I'm all I'm seeing is that I don't have my daughter anymore. Now she's pregnant, now she's holed up here and she's with a guy who doesn't talk." Dana believes that Jodi hasn't reciprocated the love that his family has showed Jordin, causing tension to escalate even further. The one-hour special of Jordin Sparks: A Baby Story will premiere Thursday, Sep. 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime. (Eonline)

Shonda Rhimes' daughter knows the value of a dollar -- 'cause she earned every penny during a single appearance on mom's hit show, "Scandal," this year. TMZ has obtained 16-year-old Harper Rhimes' contract for her cameo role in the series finale back in Spring, and she raked in $1,089 for the one day of work. By the way, she had about 30 seconds of screen time in the episode ... that's a pretty sweet rate. By the way, Harper's contract has to be filed in court because she's under 18. Harper's role as Girl #1 came in the closing moments of the big finale. She's one of the kids walking through a museum and looking at an oil painting of Olivia Pope. This scene -- which, according to the contract, was shot on March 16 -- appears to be an homage to the viral photo from 2 weeks earlier of a young girl looking at Michelle Obama's portrait in the National Portrait gallery. Considering it was a non-speaking role ... Harper's cool grand is a pretty sweet allowance. Or as Olivia would put it, "It's handled." (TMZ)

Yes, The Real Housewives of Dallas Stars Fight About Brandi Redmond's Adoption. There have been a lot of questionable fights over the years on Bravo's The Real Housewives franchise and the latest on The Real Housewives of Dallas is next level. In the exclusive preview clip, the ladies of the Lone Star state are all assembled in Beaver Creek with drinks ("50,000 tequila shots" and red wine) and desserts flowing. Seems like a grand ole time... until Kameron Westcott starts some drama. Kam isn't happy she was left out of the secret that Brandi Redmond adopted a baby boy. She learned the news, as did most of the other women except Cary Deuber and Stephanie Hollman, at the adoption party that was shown in the Wednesday, Aug. 22 episode. "Were your feelings heart that you didn't know about the baby?" Kam asks D'Andra Simmons in the preview. "So f -- king stupid," Cary says. Yes, Kam is upset that everyone who is a cast member on the show didn't know about Brandi's adoption. Just look at Brandi's face as Kam goes on and on. "People that she's known for 10 years didn't know until she walked down those stairs," Stephanie says. A teary Brandi says she wasn't trying to hide anything from Kam. "It was just, like, a matter of fact kind of thing, you know?" "Instead of celebrating Brandi's adoption, she's sitting here making this poor girl feel like the biggest piece of s -- t because she didn't tell you about this baby beforehand," Stephanie says. Kam maintains it's a lot to take in when you see your friend debut a "real, alive baby in her arms." "That's hard," she says. Things quickly devolve even more when Stephanie says Kameron shouldn't be bashing Brandi for adopting a baby. The Real Housewives of Dallas airs Wednesdays, 9 p.m. on Bravo. (Eonline)

Behind Craig Melvin's move to step down from Saturday 'Today'. When Craig Melvin stepped down over the weekend as Saturday anchor of NBC's "Today" there was buzz at the network that he will next be groomed to join Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb as an anchor on the weekday broadcast, TV insiders told Page Six. Sources exclusively added that NBC News national correspondent Peter Alexander will be announced as Melvin's Saturday replacement in the coming weeks. A source told us, "The reason Craig Melvin was taken off Saturdays is to elevate him on weekdays." The source added that "Craig will eventually be [a weekday] anchor .?.?. You don't leave an anchor job to be a reporter." Melvin, who's a reporter and fill-in anchor during the week on "Today," said on-air Saturday of his exit: "For the better part of the past year, I have been pulling triple duty here at NBC News." He's also an MSNBC anchor. The source said, "He already plays a big role [on 'Today'] Monday to Friday. The network is really high on him right now: He's smart, charming, handsome and, perhaps most importantly, a family man." But another insider insisted Melvin's role during the week at "Today" will remain the same. Said the source, "Craig has been working six days a week for about a year, between the 'Today' show Monday to Friday and on the weekends .?.?. So, he stepped back from Saturday. He's going to continue doing the weekday 'Today' show as well as his MSNBC show, and he's not being 'groomed' for anything else." In January, Kotb replaced Matt Lauer -- who was axed in November by NBC amid a sexual-harassment scandal -- to star opposite Guthrie. The pairing resulted in an initial ratings boost, with the show even beating "Good Morning America." But recently, "Today" has been posting year-over-year audience losses in the 7-to-9 a.m. slot, according to TVNewser (as has "GMA"). "Today" has lost to "GMA" in overall ratings while still winning the coveted 25-to-54-year-old demographic. (PageSix)

Movies

Nicolas Cage Named Talent Ambassador for Macau Film Festival. The prolific actor will walk the red carpet and participate in a master class at the growing Asian film event, which celebrates its third edition this year. The Macau International Film Festival, holding its third annual edition in December, has named international film icon Nicolas Cage as a 2018 talent ambassador. Cage joins Hong Kong star Aaron Kwok as the event's celebrity envoys this year. Organizers said the pairing reflects the festival's "ambition to bring together local and international industry professionals, to highlight Macau's East-meets-West culture and to introduce local audiences to the best in international cinema." Cage follows Hollywood actor Jeremy Renner who served as a Macau ambassador in 2017. No stranger to Asia, Cage recently made a colorful appearance at the Shanghai International Film Festival in June. Relentlessly prolific, Cage has appeared in over 75 films in his 37-year screen career. His next release, horror thriller Mandy, was warmly received by critics at the Cannes Film Festival in May, where it made its world premiere. The film opens in North America on Sept. 14 and will get a special screening in Macau. During the Macau fest, which runs Dec. 8-Dec. 14, Cage will walk the red carpet at the opening ceremony and participate in a master class on Dec. 9. "Nicolas Cage is a brilliant, iconic actor and a star for the ages," said Macau artistic director Mike Goodridge. "We are proud and delighted to welcome him to Macau this year as our talent ambassador, and to show his extraordinary new film Mandy." (Hollywood Reporter)

Oscars: Ukraine Selects 'Donbass' for Foreign-Language Category. The film premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes. Ukraine has selected Sergei Loznitsa's Donbass, a drama centered on an on-going military conflict in East Ukraine, for the best foreign-language film Oscar race. The film depicts a conflict that has been raging since 2014 between Ukrainian government forces and Russia-backed separatists in a way that evokes an anarchic and absurdist horror show. "Tackling a bloody struggle that these days barely registers in the media beyond the region itself, despite the fact that the shady Ukrainian connections to President Donald Trump and his cronies keep bobbing up in the news, the film feels timely and borne of deep-held despair at the senseless strife tearing the country apart," wrote THR in its review. Named after one of the regions controlled by the separatists, Donbass premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes this year, winning Loznitsa the section's directing prize. The film went on to be screened at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Munich Film Festival, Transatlantyk Festival in Lodz, Poland and at Odessa Film Festival in Ukraine. Donbass is Loznitsa's fourth feature. All of this previous features, My Joy, In a Fog and A Gentle Creature, screened in the official selection at Cannes. Co-produced by Ukraine, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Romania, the film is scheduled to open theatrically in Ukraine in September. Donbass is Ukraine's 11st foreign-language Oscar submission since 1997. No Ukrainian film has made the shortlist for the Academy Awards. (Hollywood Reporter)

Amandla Stenberg defends her upcoming controversial Holocaust film. Amandla Stenberg's upcoming film "Where Hands Touch," which is set during the Holocaust, has raised many eyebrows ahead of its release. The romantic period piece from filmmaker Amma Asante revolves around the romance between two German teenagers -- Stenberg as a biracial young woman coming of age during the time of the Holocaust and George MacKay as a member of the Hitler Youth -- and when Variety posted a first look image from the film back in early 2017, social media users criticized the drama for romanticizing Nazis. Asante quickly took to social media to defend her project and clarify her purpose, writing, "This film does not romanticize Nazis in any way." The writer and director explained that the film is a passion project of hers because she wants to shine a light on the existence of "Rhineland bastards," the German children of color who grew up under Hitler's rule. Stenberg -- who also stars in "The Hate U Give," which is premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival along with "Where Hands Touch" -- was interested in starring in the Holocaust movie because she has wanted to work with Asante since her 2013 film "Belle," which is the first time Stenberg says she saw representation of a historical biracial experience on screen. "I think something that [Asante] is the most fascinated by and thinks is the most profound is the intersection of identity and how it's changed by our environments and our governments and by our peers and our families, and that was her intention with 'Where Hands Touch,'" Stenberg tells Variety during a recent interview for her Young Hollywood cover. "She spent time writing over the past 12 years and it's her baby and her passion project... She always does what she does with a deep and open heart towards how she can portray identity and how through portraying identity throughout history, how she can draw comparisons and hopefully teach lessons about what's happening now." Like Asante, Stenberg was interested in helping to share the history of the Rhineland bastards because, she says, "We lack a range of the experience of black people throughout history, let alone a story about someone who is biracial." "People don't really know that biracial children existed then," Stenberg says. "These biracial children where the children of French soldiers and German women who had fallen in love during World War I." Speaking about her character, Stenberg explains, "Leyna is a child who is walking a very dangerous tight rope. She is not living the Jewish experience. She is experiencing racism and persecution, which ends up leading to her being sent to a concentration camp where she lives an experience parallel to that of Romani people or disabled people or mentally ill people or outcasts -- those who were not Jewish and were not sent to extermination camps, but were persecuted and forced to work... that's where those biracial children were sent at that time." Stenberg understands that the subject matter may be perceived as controversial, but she defends the film's intent. "I think it's challenging for people to conceive of a story about the Holocaust that is not centered around the Jewish experience, but the experience of someone else," Stenberg says. "But I think what the movie does really beautifully is it demonstrates what happens with these tricky intersections of identity and how we still continue to be human and love and be loved, despite that." (PageSix)

Music

Taylor Swift Honors Aretha Franklin With a Moment of Silence at Detroit Concert. Taylor Swift honored Aretha Franklin on Tuesday by holding a moment of silence for the late Queen of Soul during her concert in Detroit. Before the tribute, Swift paused her Reputation Tour show at Ford Field to say a few words about the legendary singer. "She did so much for music. She did so much for women's rights. She did so much for civil rights," Swift said, as seen in a video captured by WXYZ Detroit's Brad Galli. "She was one of those people, where no matter what you said, no matter what glowing, positive thing you said about her, it would be an understatement. Words could never ever describe how many things she did in her lifetime that made our world a better place. And this is for her." The "Delicate" singer then asked the audience to hold the moment of silence so everyone could "reflect on our life and respect for her and everything that she did in her life." Swift then proceeded to cut the lights. Swift has fond memories of Franklin. In 2014, the "Respect" singer sang "Happy Birthday" to the "Blank Space" singer. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16 at her home in Detroit. She was 76 years old. The "Natural Woman" singer died of advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type and was surrounded by family members and loved ones at the time of her passing. After her death, many fans paid their respects to the 18-time Grammy winner by attending the public viewings held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Franklin will be laid to rest on Friday. (Eonline)

Janet Jackson clearly remembers when she fell in love with Michael Jackson's "Remember the Time" music video -- TMZ got a peek at her new music vid homage to MJ for his 60th birthday. Janet teamed up with Kwaylon Rogers -- aka @BlameItOnKway to his 3.6 million IG followers -- to shoot this 1-minute, 11-second clip. Janet plays the queen passing judgment on dancers ... just like Iman did in MJ's 1992 video. The project came about after Kway and Janet met at the Billboard Awards earlier this year. They hit it off and, soon after, Kway pitched the idea of reimagining Michael's hit video and releasing it Wednesday ... the day he would've turned 60. We're told the group rehearsed -- with Diamond Batiste behind the camera -- for a day and shot the video the next day to Janet's liking. As you should know, MJ's "Remember the Time" video -- costarring Eddie Murphy and Magic Johnson -- was hailed as a masterpiece. Kway and King Bach play the dancers desperate for Janet's approval in her tip of the hat to Michael -- which also features her new song, "Made for Now." It's a great tribute on a milestone day for MJ's family, friends and fans. TMZ broke the story ... Michael died in June 2009 after going into cardiac arrest at his Holmby Hills home. Paramedics on scene and staffers at UCLA Medical Center were unable to resuscitate him. Michael's doctor, Conrad Murray, was ultimately found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Murray still believes he did not play a significant role in Michael's homicide. (TMZ)

Ariana Grande Returns to No. 1 On the Artist 100 Chart, Aretha Franklin Reaches No. 2. Plus, Cole Swindell reaches a new peak in the top 10. Ariana Grande leaps from No. 16 to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Sept. 1) to become the top musical act in the U.S. for a third total week, as her latest album Sweetener opens atop the Billboard 200. She first led the list in August 2014 and then again in September 2014. The Artist 100, which launched in July 2014, measures artist activity across key metrics of music consumption, blending album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity. Sweetener debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 231,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Aug. 23, according to Nielsen Music. Grande concurrently charts 10 songs on the latest Billboard Hot 100, with two tracks ("No Tears Left To Cry," "God Is A Woman") placing in the top 10. Aretha Franklin rises 4-2 on the Artist 100 as the late Queen of Soul earns her highest-charting album on the Billboard 200 in 50 years, as 30 Greatest Hits moves 7-6. Franklin died on Aug. 16 at her home in Detroit. Rounding out the Artist 100's top five, Drake holds at No. 3, Post Malone rises 5-4 and Travis Scott falls 1-5. Meanwhile, Cole Swindell vaults 89-8 as the country singer's new album All of It debuts at No. 1 on Top Country Albums and No. 7 on the Billboard 200 with 50,000 units. Swindell previously peaked at No. 10 on the Artist 100 in 2016. (Billboard)

Maroon 5 to sell guitars and other music gear. A massive array of Maroon 5's gear will be up for sale on Thursday via Techno Empire's Reverb shop. The sale includes microphones, guitars, drum machines and other instruments used by the band onstage and during recording sessions throughout their two-decade career. "We used all of this gear when we were kids, working hard to establish ourselves as a band. Now, we're in a new phase and we need to clear out what we're not using anymore to make room for the equipment that will help us create what comes next," keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Jesse Carmichael said in a statement. "This gear was such a huge part of our story and I hope that it goes to an up-and-coming band or musicians who can make it part of their own story." Nearly 200 pieces from Maroon 5's gear collection will be available for purchase. Among the items are a chrome Shure wireless microphone lead singer Adam Levine used while on tour supporting 2007's "It Won't Be Soon Before Long." Guitars include a 2003 Fender '72 reissue Telecaster Thinline, a late Nineties Guild Bluesbird, a 2005 Fender Custom Shop Yuriy Shishnov Telecaster (numbered 43 of 50 made) and several Floyd Rose guitars played by Levine and James Valentine. A Gibson Les Paul Jim Beam guitar used during their "Songs About Jane" debut album tour is also included in the sale. "Either Adam or James decided to send that guitar up into the air at the end of one of the songs and when it hit the ground we hit the downbeat of the end of the song," Carmichael added. "I'm not sure if it recovered into a playable state, but it's a cool-looking guitar." Early era equipment will also be offered. A Yamaha S90 keyboard Carmichael played when the band members were teenagers performing under the name Kara's Flowers is also for sale. The keyboard was also used during Maroon 5's tour in support of "Songs About Jane" and was employed during the album's recording sessions. A custom made OD100 guitar head also hails from that era. "This was the head that I used on our very first tours right after high school," Carmichael said. Additional gear that will be on sale include an Akai MPC4000 drum machine, a MiKo keyboard, a custom-built keytar that was a one-off prototype, a Belvedere Model 1000 chord organ and several road cases stamped with the band's name. "I like the idea of road cases being passed down through different bands," Carmichael said. "It's nice to know that there's some history there when you put your gear in a case that's been all around the world with a band." (PageSix)

Us The Duo Sing Sweet Original 'Like I Did With You' and Show Off Baby Bump on 'America's Got Talent'. Us The Duo has been melting hearts and commanding so much of the conversation since their audition on America's Got Talent. The husband-and-wife team of Michael and Carissa Alvarado have already tasted the fruits of success, with full-scale tours and major-label releases. But winning AGT would be a dream come true. As the duo entered the second round, the story also moved on: they were expecting a baby. This week, Us The Duo returned to the AGT stage for a sweet performance of an original, "Like I Did With You," which they dedicated to their unborn child. And yes, Carissa is carrying a baby bump, a little girl who is due in October. Us The Duo is about to become Us The Trio. The judges were all moved by the routine, which Howie Mandel described as their "best performance yet." Viewers can vote for their favorite acts, with seven acts earning a berth in the semi-finals. (Billboard)

Daniel Emmet Performs an Aerosmith Classic in Italian on 'America's Got Talent'. Daniel Emmet made his return to America's Got Talent on Tuesday night as a wild card and he pulled a wild move by performing an Aerosmith's classic... in Italian. The classical crossover artist from Rochester, NY, proved he belongs in the competition when delivered a rendition of the rockers' Oscar-nominated "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" from 1998. The multilingual artist's elimination at the judge cuts round was a shock to AGTfollowers, but he's now a strong chance to progress through these live quarter finals. Viewers can vote for their favorite acts, with seven acts earning a berth in the semis. (Billboard)

'American Idol' Winner Taylor Hicks Claps Back at Runner-Up Katharine McPhee's Major Shade Attempt. The former "Scorpion" star tries to get out the vote by pointing out that Taylor Hicks beat her on "American Idol," but Hicks claps right back. Katharine McPhee threw some major shade at the man who beat her out for the fifth season of "American Idol," but Taylor Hicks clapped right back. The former "Smash" and "Scorpion" star captioned a photo of Hicks' winning moment, with her standing by his side as runner-up, by saying, "Voting matters," with an upside down smiley face. She then presented a link to the United States government's official voter registration page. Hicks shot right back, though, flipping a smiley face of his own in response, while agreeing to her sentiment. "You're right, voting DOES matter!" he said. "But you're a little late to the party, Kat." Hicks provided a more personal link to a PSA he did for his home state of Alabama, encouraging its citizens to vote. While McPhee has gone on to a much higher profile career since her time on the "American Idol" stage, neither of the top two finalists went on to huge success on the music charts. That honor goes to fourth place finisher Chris Daughtry, with honorable mention for country darling Kellie Pickler, who finished in sixth. After failing to find sustainable chart success, McPhee finally broke through with a co-lead role on NBC's "Smash," and her acting career has taken the lead ever since. After four years starring on CBS's "Scorpion," McPhee recently made her Broadway debut with a four-month starring role in "Waitress." Taylor Hicks has suffered a similar fate on the charts, and also enjoyed a successful run on Broadway, as Teen Angel in "Grease." He has continued to release albums and tour, as well as appearing on multiple television shows. His most recent gig is as host of INSP channel's culinary show "State Plate." Fans on Twitter loved the exchange, with many declaring Hicks the winner of this shade-off. But McPhee had her defenders, as well, with both "Idol" alums getting teased and poked. (Too Fab)

Latin Community Awards 2018 Coming to Washington in October. The Latin Community Awards 2018 will be presented Oct. 12 in Washington. The awards are an occasion to recognize the local talent of Maryland and Virginia, as well as to showcase talent from all over the world of entertainment and the media. Latin influencers, including talented Venezuelans, will have the doors open for them to shine during the event. The invited stars are joining forces to promote the gala of the Latin Community Awards as a prestigious prize among the Latin American community in the United States. The celebration will highlight the work of its president, Juan Hernndez Villegas, and its logistics director, Jessie Cruz. Among the musical guests for the evening are Ninel Conde, Pablo Montero, Fernando Allende, Jhosse and Grupo Lora, Mazizo Musical, La Banda Blanca de Honduras, Nory Flores de los Hermanos Flores, Oro Slido, Richard Yz, Nuby and Elvis Presley Jr. Film stars will also be present, including Riccardo Dalmacci, Guadalupe Hernandez, Julian Gallegos and Fernando Delgado. (Billboard)

Tyga is squaring off with the likes of Birdman and Lil Wayne by suing both Cash Money and Young Money, claiming they screwed him out of lots of loot. Here's the backstory. Tyga claims he made a deal back in 2009 in which he would produce 2 albums for Young Money. The albums -- 'Careless World' and "Hotel California" -- both charted big on Billboard. 'Careless World' charted #4 and 'Hotel Cali' charted 7. Tyga claims Young Money -- run by Lil Wayne -- shorted him "significant sums." He goes on in his lawsuit to claim in 2016 both Cash Money and Young Money agreed to pay Tyga all the royalties that he says were owed to him for years, but he didn't get squat. Tyga says he's tried over and over to get paid, only to get stonewalled. He wants no less than a cool mil. (TMZ)

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Philly better not boo this Santa ... Meek Mill's doing right by the city of Brotherly Love and spreading cheer early to a bunch of kids just in time for back to school. Meek Mill's teaming up with Puma, sports apparel Fanatics, United Legwear and Philly's luxury store Milano Di Rogue to donate more than 6,000 backpacks to students in the city. We're told there will be 3 types of backpacks -- for elementary kids, middle school and high school students. The kiddos get pencil sharpeners, rulers, glue sticks and crayons -- while it's dry erase markers, notebooks and pens for high schoolers. Meek tells TMZ he knows firsthand what it's like for families to struggle financially around back-to-school time. He says, "Those memories stay with me and that's why I'm committed to giving back to families in my hometown, putting smiles on kids' faces and helping them start the school year on the right note with the right supplies." And, get this ... we're told Meek's gonna surprise some kids Wednesday to personally hand-deliver the loot. Little advice for him though -- do NOT wear a Santa hat! That's risky biz in Philly. (TMZ)

How You Can See Meghan Markle's Wedding Gown and Tiara in Person. If you weren't able to fly to England for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wedding, here's your chance to get up close and personal... to their clothing. Kensington Palace has announced the newlywed's attire from their May 19 nuptials will be displayed at Windsor Castle as part of the "A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess Of Sussex." The Duchess' now-iconic Givenchy gown will be featured alongside the five meter long gown with designs of flora from all 53 countries in the Commonwealth, including the California poppy. Her boat-neck style, silk dress was designed by Clare Waight Keller for the main ceremony, after which she changed into a Stella McCartney gown for the reception. And in other exciting news, "Queen Mary's 1932 diamond and platinum bandeau tiara, lent to Meghan by the Queen for the star-studded ceremony, will be on public display for the first time." While Meghan's gown will be the original dress she wore when she said, "I Do," the wedding ensemble Harry wore will be a copy. However, the uniform is a near match, with the Palace revealing, "The specially commissioned frockcoat uniform of the Blues and Royals was made by Dege & Skinner and paired with a pair of trousers made of blue and black wool barathea." Anglophiles itching to see the royal clothing in the flesh can attend the exhibit at Windsor Castle from October 26 to January 6, and at Holyrood Palace from June 14 to October 6 next year. (Eonline)

Hershey Felder tells the story of Irving Berlin in one-man show. Hershey Felder, award winner, music virtuoso, is doing 10 weeks at 59E59. A one-man show on Irving Berlin. "Berlin stuck his famous patriotic song 'God Bless America' in a trunk with other unused material. He wrote it during the First World War, and nobody was interested in it. When Kate Smith needed something for Armistice Day 1938, he dug it out, changed one line and that was it. "He never made one cent from it. In 1893, arriving at Ellis Island a Russian immigrant, he saw Lady Liberty, understood the freedom this great country gave him, and donated that song's royalties in perpetuity to Scouts of America. "He wrote late at night 'sweating, leaving droplets of blood,' he said, creating those great songs 'Always,' 'Blue Skies,' 'Alexander's Ragtime Band,' 'There's No Business-Like Show Business,' 'Puttin' on the Ritz.' He didn't write at the piano. He'd hum. Assistants then sketched it out, and he'd make harmonies. "The end of his life, 1989, was unhappy. Prone to depression, when something went wrong he'd say, 'I'm done' and close up. Angry, depressed, a recluse. Near the end, he shut his Beekman Place house, wouldn't go for walks or attend his daughter's wedding. "Elvis was a mitigating factor. He recorded 'White Christmas' without contacting Berlin. Everyone everywhere played it. With hips and hair, he bastardized this song, which was important to Irving Berlin, who became infuriated. He couldn't accommodate rock 'n' roll, and Elvis represented the world in which he'd been important for 60 years and was now passing him by. "A supreme patriot, this 'land that I love' was deeply personal to Irving Berlin. Too many changes happening in this country. He couldn't stand it." Much like what's happening today. (PageSix)

Mandy Moore is remembering her late ex-boyfriend Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein nine years after his shocking death. Moore, 34, posted a picture of Goldstein posing in a t-shirt on Instagram, Monday, and captioned the intimate image, "9 years. I miss you every day, Adam. #djam." Goldstein was found dead at age 36 in his New York City apartment in August 28, 2009. He died of a drug overdose, according to CNN. Moore and Goldstein, who had known each other for years, started dating in early 2007 after reconnecting at a New Year's Eve party in Miami. "It's really new. They're in the beginning stages of getting to know each other," a source told PEOPLE at the time. "They're very into each other. It's very sweet." Their breakup -- two months later in March 2007 -- "was mutual," an insider told PEOPLE. Moore and Goldstein remained friends despite the split though. In fact, in 2008, Moore flew to the Joseph Still Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia, to see Goldstein after he survived a deadly plane crash with Travis Barker. Following Goldstein's 2009 death, his former fiancee Nicole Richie, and his friends Lindsay Lohan, Samantha Ronson, Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart all attended his memorial at the Hollywood Palladium. Moore has posted about Goldstein -- who worked as a deejay -- in the past. In 2015, she wrote, "This guy. One of a kind. Been on my mind a lot lately... I can still hear your laugh and oh man, I miss your hugs more than anything. Nearly 6 years and I'm still at a loss... " At the time of Goldstein's death, Moore told TMZ in a statement that she was "absolutely heartbroken." "For those of us lucky enough to have known him, Adam radiated a contagious exuberance for life and also personified the very definition of a true friend. To say that he will be missed beyond words is an understatement. My heart goes out to his loved ones." (People)

Celebs now go crazy when naming their kids. Once names were Stanley, Seymour, Betty, Mabel, Milton, Myron, Mildred, Marvin, Minnie, Irving, Ira, Harold, Harry, Hazel, Herbert, Herman, Joan, Jean, Frances, Flo, Lillian, Victor, Edith, Dominick, Doris, Arthur, Dorothy, Mo, Clara, Gertrude, Victor, Elsie. Now? Hayden Panettiere's daughter? Kaya. Kim's kids -- Saint, North and Chicago. Lucky they weren't hipped on Pennsylvania or they could've labelled the kid Pottstown. Indiana's the child of Casey Affleck. Gwyneth has Apple. Sean Penn's got Hopper. Beyonce -- Blue Ivy. Dream is Rob Kardashian's baby. George Lucas is daddy to Everest. Jessica Alba picked -- ready? -- Honor. David Arquette -- Coco. DJ Khaled, who has enough initials to pick something else, went for Asahd. Gwen Stefani's son? Apollo. Kylie Jenner? Stormi. Cardi B? Kulture. Penn Jillette? Zolten. Spencer Pratt's son -- Gunner. Toni Braxton -- Denim. Ashlee Simpson -- Bronx. We're lucky. Could've been Spuyten Duyvil. Sam Worthington's son's Rocket. Elle Macpherson -- Aurelius. (PageSix)

Jimmy Fallon pays for strangers' $1K dinner tab in the Hamptons. Jimmy Fallon generously paid some strangers' $1,000-plus dinner tab at Il Mulino in the Hamptons on Monday. A Page Six tipster said Fallon was at dinner with his wife, Nancy Juvonen, when he approached a table of four nearby. "He said he appreciated how happy" the group looked "and how they were 'enjoying each other's company,'" the source said. "He said the 'good vibe' made him happy and he wanted to pay for dinner." After the group said their thanks, Fallon and Juvonen took off. (PageSix)

Meghan Markle's on-screen dad shades her real father. Meghan Markle's father, Thomas Markle, can't seem to stop running his mouth to the media about the Duchess of Sussex, but the actor who played her father on "Suits" demonstrated quite a bit more discretion. "If you care about Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, then that should be the first and foremost in your mind before you say anything," "Suits" actor Wendell Pierce told the UK's Telegraph. "If you love your daughter, just love your daughter. It's not for public consumption." Pierce was one of the few "Suits" stars who didn't attend Meghan's wedding to Prince Harry, but he reminisced about a sweet moment he shared with Meghan when they were filming her on-screen wedding for the series. "We had a moment I cherish," said the 54-year-old, who played Robert Zane. "I was sitting with Meghan in her wedding dress, as we waited for a set-up. We were alone. I said to her, 'Your life is going to change. It's going to be amazing and I'm very happy for you, but I want you to know that I'm your friend, and no matter where you are or what's going on -- if the fishbowl that you're in ever starts getting to you -- you can call me.'" Thomas claims he hasn't spoken to Meghan, 37, since he was busted for staging paparazzi photos ahead of her wedding in May -- which he missed due to a reported heart attack. Last week, Thomas compared the secrecy of Kensington Palace to that of the Church of Scientology. He previously claimed that Meghan was "faking her smile" in public outings with the royal family and admitted to hanging up on Harry when the ginger prince reportedly warned him that the press would "eat him alive." Thomas then lamented that he has no way of getting in touch with Meghan and that she changed her phone number. (PageSix)

Dakota and Elle Fanning's Parents Finalize Their Divorce After 25 Years of Marriage. Dakota and Elle Fanning's parents are officially divorced after over 25 years of marriage. Steven and Heather Fanning's "marital or domestic partnership status is terminated and the parties are restored to the status of single persons," according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE and first reported by The Blast on Tuesday. "Irreconcilable differences have arisen between the parties which led to the irremediable breakdown of the marriage, making it impossible for the parties to live together as husband and wife," the documents stated. The pair's divorce was finalized on Aug. 24. Steven and Heather, both 51, are not seeking spousal support, according to the documents. However, the paperwork does show the former couple has a "marital settlement agreement" outside of the documents, which may indicate how they privately handled the division of their assets, including property. Steven first filed for divorce in 2016 but the couple later reconciled, according to The Blast, which also reported that he filed for the second time in January. Steven and Heather will not be collecting child support as Dakota is 24 years old, and Elle is 20. Dakota and Elle Fanning have yet to publicly address their parents' split. Reps for both actresses did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment. Meanwhile, the Fanning sisters have busy schedules with their acting careers as of late. Elle is currently filming Maleficent 2, the sequel to her blockbuster 2014 movie also starring Angelina Jolie. She will be reprising her role as Princess Aurora. In May, Elle shared a photo from her time on set. "It's bring your mom to work day on the #Maleficent2set!!!!!" Elle captioned the selfie of her and Jolie, 43, together in costume. Meanwhile, Dakota has found success on the small screen with TNT's The Alienist, which premiered in January. Dakota plays Sara Howard, a woman who works at the police station in New York City in 1896. Howard is investigating the case of a serial killer targeting young boys. "I think what drew me to this character that I play, she's the first female to work for the police department that has more of a role than someone who cleans," Dakota previously told PEOPLE. "And it's funny because the time that it takes place, it's kind of coming up on a new age for America and things are changing [like they are now], so it's like getting to do the 1896 version of that," she added. (People)

Vulture picked over the bones of Aziz Ansari's stand-up routine -- then circled back. The New York magazine site posted a story, "What Aziz Ansari Covered in One of His First Shows Post #MeToo Allegations," describing at length a number of jokes the "Master of None" star made at recent Wisconsin shows. Then, surprisingly, it took down all of Ansari's material, posting a note saying that the story had included content that the site didn't have "permission" to publish, and changing the headline to "The Scene Inside One of Aziz Ansari's Recent Shows." Then the story was changed yet again, amending the editor's note to read, "We don't want to give away the guy's whole set, so it has since been removed." Even more surprisingly, we're told the site made the changes of its own accord, and that Ansari didn't ask it to ax the jokes. A Vulture rep told us, "We recognize that's a sensitive issue for performing comedians and chose to take out his jokes so as not to spoil the integrity of his act." In January, an unnamed photographer accused Ansari of making her feel "pressured" into sex. Ansari said he believed it was consensual. (Page Six)

Kate Middleton founded an alcohol society at University for the best possible reason. She's more like us than we first thought... Just when we thought we couldn't love the Duchess of Cambridge and her perfectly placed hair any more, she's stunned us once again. Turns out, despite being a member of the Royal Family, Kate actually set up a society at St Andrews University in Scotland while she studied there... and it was dedicated to alcohol. However, she actually did it for #GirlPower and not just because she loves a cheeky glass of wine, as a lot of the societies at her university didn't allow women to join (including a lot of drinking clubs). Drinking societies are a little different there and were more of a place to socialize with friends, as opposed to overdoing it every night. They were like secret clubs where people could socialize, and only as recently as five years ago have women being allowed to join them. "She co-founded a girls' drinking society, 'annoyed that the old ones excluded women. But no one remembers her getting very drunk." Feminist AF AND can drink without embarrassing herself? Cheers to that! (British Glamour)

Louis C.K. has every right to return to standup comedy, with one major caveat ... something that was missing from his surprise set in NYC ... according to a fellow comedian. Melinda Hill's response to Louis' Sunday night appearance included #MeTooSoon ... and the hashtag has caught fire during the debate about the disgraced comedian. Still, Melinda tells us she's actually not against C.K. getting back onstage. She even understands his desire to perform again, but believes he needs to do more penance before peers and fans fully accept him back into the fold. Melinda says Louis' statement -- admitting the sexual misconduct allegations were true -- was missing a simple, "I'm sorry." He reportedly did not say those words Sunday night at the Comedy Cellar, either -- and she says she wants to hear that first. C.K. showing up unannounced at the club also doesn't sit well with Melinda. Check out her metaphor about sneaky behavior. It's relevant because at least one audience member complained about feeling "ambushed" ... according to the club. (TMZ)

Marlon Wayans has a simple response to Louis C.K. easing back into the comedy scene after admitting to sexual misconduct less than a year ago ... good. The "Naked" star and comedian was hangin' outside Madeo Tuesday night when our photog asked what seems to have been on mostly everyone's minds this week, especially in the stand-up world ... was it too soon for Louis to come back? Marlon doesn't think so. He believes there's such a thing as "comedy jail" -- when funny people go astray. Some comedians have to do time in the joint -- some for life, others for less ... all depending on the offensive offense. Marlon also mentions something that another comedian, Melinda Hill, told us -- that comics need to get onstage so they can work out their demons. When it comes to Louis ... Marlon thinks the dude's eligible for comedy parole. (TMZ)

Louis C.K.'s surprise return to stand-up -- to the delight of some and dismay of others -- has full support from some very important people in the comedy world ... the guys running the clubs. TMZ's learned several comedy hot spots in NYC would gladly welcome Louis back, despite his fall from grace last year after he copped to sexual misconduct. Louis Faranda, talent exec of Carolines on Broadway, tells us ... the comedian is like a son to him -- they personally go back to the beginning of C.K.'s career -- and he's a longtime friend of the club. Faranda adds ... "We all make bad mistakes in life and everyone deserves the right to be forgiven ... I totally understand the plight of the women he offended, [but] I also love Louie C.K. and CANNOT turn my back to him ever!!" Likewise -- Al Martin, owner of Broadway Comedy Club and Greenwich Village Comedy Club, says ... "Everyone is entitled to a second chance. I would book Louis." C.K. has performed at his clubs in the past. Bill Boggs, officer of the Friars Club, tells us it would also have Louis back. Boggs says, "We were repulsed by his actions and there's no question about that," but he gives C.K. the benefit of the doubt that he's learned from his mistakes. "We can't punish people for the rest of their lives; we can't assume they haven't learned. People can grow and change." These clubs are not alone. We broke the story ... fellow comedians like Marlon Wayans are glad Louis is back onstage, with Marlon telling us he feels C.K. did his time in "comedy jail." Other comedians, though -- like Melinda Hill -- feel C.K. needs to fully apologize and make amends for his wrongdoing before he returns to the mic. Melinda says Louis is "spearheading the #MeTooSoon movement." C.K. showed up unannounced at the Comedy Cellar in Manhattan Sunday night and did a surprise set ... after going MIA for about 9 months following a public admission of using his power to masturbate in front of women without their consent. Clearly, many fans of Louis are down with his return ... but many others aren't ready for the redemption tour. (TMZ)

Conor McGregor told Floyd Mayweather he can take that olive branch he offered and shove it ... saying, "There is no peace here, kid." Remember ... Floyd gushed over McGregor to TMZ Sports on Monday, calling the Irish fighter a "warrior" and even inviting him to train for the Khabib fight at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Vegas. But Conor clearly wants no part of that ... declining Floyd's offer on Tuesday with a fat middle finger. "F*ck the Mayweathers, except Senior and Roger," Conor said. "There is no peace here, kid. Step up or step down." Floyd responded to Conor's tweet later Tuesday night by posting a pic from the fight ... saying "Easiest 9 figures I ever made!" Obviously ... there's still bad blood on Conor's end from when the two fought in the boxing ring last August. McGregor lost ... and then had to deal with Floyd's trash talk over their Forbes List rankings (Floyd #1, Conor #4) a few months later. Seems like there's really only one way to settle this for good ... REMATCH!!! (TMZ)

Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow has one busy -- and bittersweet -- weekend ahead of her. Debbie plans to attend services for Aretha Franklin in Detroit AND John McCain in Washington D.C. -- all in about 48 hours. The Senator tells us it's going to be an incredible few days paying tribute to 2 extremely influential and powerful people. She's not the only politician pulling double duty ... former President Clinton is also jetting to Michigan and the Capitol to pay respects. The Queen of Soul has a star-studded tribute concert Thursday ahead of her Friday funeral. McCain has memorial and funeral services in D.C. starting Friday and will be laid to rest on Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland. Aretha and John died this month after battles with cancer. Aretha was 76. John was 81. (TMZ)

Donald Trump learned what a red card was for on Tuesday ... and POTUS waited about 2 seconds to use it on the White House reporters! The playful ejections all went down in the Oval Office, where D.T. played host to FIFA president Gianni Infantino for a celebration of North America landing the 2026 World Cup. Gianni gifted #45 with his own personalized futbol jersey ... and then brought out the referee cards -- and the exchange that ensued between the two was as hilarious as it was predictable. "In soccer, we have referees. And they have cards," Infantino explained. "Yellow cards and red cards. Yellow card is a warning, and when you want to kick out someone, this one right here." Trump couldn't grab the red card fast enough ... nearly chucking it at the media assembled in the Oval Office!! Good times. (TMZ)

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Salma Hayek's Husband Surprises Her With Vow Renewal On Island Getaway. Salma Hayek is one lucky woman. The Mexican actress revealed the sweet and romantic surprise her husband organized for her while on vacation by the beach. In a series of photos shared on Instagram, the producer shared the adorable photos of herself and husband, Francois-Henri Pinault, renewing their vows in an intimate ceremony, with their daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault as a witness. "The summer is coming to an end and my best moment was when my husband surprised me with a vow renewal," the 51-year-old gushed. Clad in a red casual dress, the actress joked, "it was not what I would have chosen to wear to my wedding but I was told I was going to the spa!" And while the Mexico native would've liked a mariachi band to perform, her husband got the next best thing. "There were no mariachi band on the island but my husband found this one-man band," she shared. The pair was first married in a romantic ceremony in Paris on Valentine's Day 2009. And it seems they enjoyed saying "I Do" so much that they decided to do it a second time, but in Venice. This isn't the first time Pinault has gone above and beyond to please his wife. Salma once revealed to E! News her husband had hired a chef on her birthday since he knew she was exhausted by work and traveling. "We had the most exquisite dinner in pajamas and sweatpants and to me that's the best birthday anyone could think of," she enthusiastically said. If only all men could be that way. *sigh* (Eonline)

Liam Hemsworth's Latest Prank on Miley Cyrus Is His Best Yet. It's never boring when Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus are together. While driving around in a camouflage mask, Liam records a video of himself and his girlfriend before quickly braking on the wheels and shouting, scaring Miley in the process. In frustration, the Hannah Montana star throws her arms in the air, but still keeps a grin on her face as she chastises the Australian. It seems the artist is not yet used to the actors attempts to scare her since she continues to fall victim to his hijinks. In one of their latest videos together, the pair is seen dancing together in the car, before the 28-year-old suddenly screams. Of course, the "Wrecking Ball" singer immediately tenses until she realizes her boyfriend had pulled off yet another prank. "I'm going to beat the... ," the singer scolded, trailing off. Oh, and there was the time when he almost drove Miley to tears by jumping out from behind a wall. In recent years, the couple has become more private with their personal lives, but funny videos like these always seem to assure the Miam fans that things are going well between the couple. Most recently, speculation about a breakup started swirling after Miley deleted all photos from her Instagram account. The truth, however, was much simpler. "Miley is working on new music and rebranding herself, hence why she deleted her Instagram photos. She is starting the process of a new music project and wants a clean slate," a source told E! News at the time. Meanwhile, Liam is relaxing after wrapping up production for the film Isn't It Romantic. The cast of the romantic comedy were recently spotted dancing their hearts out on the streets of the Big Apple for a scene in the movie. And Miley better watch out cause it looks like his co-star, Rebel Wilson, fancies the Australia native. In an Instagram post, she gushed, "Liam's a stud muffin obviously, who's so funny too!" We're watching you Rebel! (Eonline)

Did Daryl Hannah and Neil Young Get Secretly Married? Cryptic Messages Fuel Rumors. Daryl Hannah and Neil Young may have tied the knot over the weekend as fans and friends congratulate them on social media. The singer, 72, and the actress, 57, sparked rumors when she posted a cryptic caption on Instagram alongside a picture of a white owl overhead. "Someone's watching over us... love & only love," Hannah wrote. The Mirror was first to report claims that the two got married on Saturday in Atascadero, California following an earlier ceremony aboard his yacht. The pair went public as a couple in 2014. Reps for the two haven't responded to PEOPLE's request for comment. Patricia Arquette seemed to congratulate Hannah in the comment section with an equally cryptic message. "You are the whisperer to all the animals... birds and bees follow you and protect you," she wrote. "What a beautiful time of love and magic." CNN commentator Sally Kohn also hinted at the nuptials with her comment saying she was "so sorry not to be there." Guitarist Mark Miller meanwhile congratulated the couple with a Facebook post on Saturday. "Congratulations to Daryl Hannah and Neil Young on their wedding today," Miller wrote. "May they have a long and happy relationship." During an interview in March to promote their movie Paradox, in which Hannah directed Young, the singer gushed he's "very lucky." "We're very lucky to have found each other. I'm eternally thankful for the opportunity to share my life with her, and she feels the same," he told Yahoo. Hannah and Young became public shortly after Young ended his 36-year marriage to Pegi Young. The couple were criticized by friends, Young shared, including his former bandmate David Crosby. "When we got together, even some of my good friends were negative about it, and I could never understand it," Young recalled. "[Daryl is] a wonderful human being, and I'm very lucky to know her. That's all I was thinking." (People)

Chris Pratt and Anna Faris Reunite 1 Year After Announcing Split. We spy a pair of friendly exes! It's been more than a year since Chris Pratt and Anna Faris surprised fans when they announced their separation after eight years of marriage. But as the Hollywood stars continue to co-parent their son Jack, both mom and dad are proving to be on welcoming terms. On Monday, the famous pair was spotted enjoying a morning stroll with their son in Santa Monica, Calif. And Tuesday, both mom and dad stepped out again for another walk. Wearing denim jeans and a white scoop-neck T-shirt, Anna kept things casual when kick-starting her new day. As for Chris, he opted for shorts, a black button-down shirt and gray baseball cap. "We have a great friendship, we really do and we always have," Anna previously shared with SiriusXM's Hits 1 in Hollywood. "And it's always tough to envision your future as one thing, but I think there is a lot of love." That respect and friendliness has continued as the parents move on in the relationship department. Anna has stepped out numerous times with boyfriend Michael Barrett while Chris started the summer by hanging out with Katherine Schwarzenegger. Since then, the pair has gotten serious with the famous daughter of Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger hanging out with Jack. "She was helping him and very nurturing. She was extremely friendly and laughing with him," an eyewitness shared with E! News after spotting the group at The Bigg Chill in Westwood, Calif. "You could tell she loves little kids and is very good with them." When looking back at her romance with Chris, Anna couldn't help but gain a few lessons during her love story. "I think it's a lesson learned a little bit in terms of keeping relationships a little more private, potentially, even though I pride myself on being a pretty open person. But, I don't know, it's tough when you're under the scrutiny," Anna once shared. "I think it means valuing yourself. I was such an insecure kid that if anybody [was] remotely attracted liked me I was just completely smitten. Like, I can't believe the popular guy likes me." She continued, "I think my mom was always trying to reiterate: Value yourself, value yourself. We talk about that on the podcast a lot, about how women tend to not have strong egos as men and don't really prioritize themselves." (Eonline)

Katharine McPhee Calls Herself and Fiance David Foster 'Mommy and Daddy' in Hilarious Response to Erin Foster. She's got jokes! Katharine McPhee has been teased about the age difference between her and fiance David Foster -- who is 34 years her senior -- but it seems like she's isn't bothered by the banter. The 34-year-old Waitress star saw an opportunity to make fun of herself after her fiance's daughter Erin, who is actually older than her future stepmom, commented on an Instagram photo Opens a New Window. of hers on Tuesday, August 28. McPhee posted a pic of herself with a gorgeous backdrop while vacationing with her love in Stuart Island, British Columbia, to which Erin, 36, wrote, "FEELS LIKE I COULD HAVE BEEN INVITED ON THIS BEAUTIFUL TRIP." The American Idol alum hilariously responded, "@erinfoster mommy and daddy need alone time," along with the crying laughing emoji. "I may have just peed a little from laughing," one commenter wrote. "You could have invited the oldest daughter. You know. As a chaperone. I assume you have separate rooms?" Another simply added: "I love this family." Erin isn't the only daughter of the record producer who has given her seal of approval to the couple's engagement. His eldest, Amy, gushed over McPhee while speaking exclusively to Us Weekly in July. "I'm so close with [McPhee]," the 44-year-old songwriter told Us at the time. "She's amazing and funny, fun, smart, elegant, timeless, beautiful, talented. I can't say enough about her." Amy also slammed critics who have been giving the newly engaged couple a hard time. "I know that some people have been hating on that relationship," she said. "All I can tell you is it absolutely works when you see them together. It's love. The haters [can] shut the f�k up because they are perfect for each other." Us Weekly confirmed on July 3 that McPhee and Foster were engaged after more than a year of dating. Foster popped the question while the two were on a romantic vacation in Italy. (UsMagazine)

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again's Young Bill, Harry and Sam Are BFFs IRL, Too! The boys are back together again. Fresh off their hit movie Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! stars Jeremy Irvine, Josh Dylan and Hugh Skinner took off for a boys trip to the Shambala Festival in Northamptonshire, England. The Dynabros wore their finest '90s attire for the "Adventures in Utopia" themed event, which they made sure to document on their social media. Dylan shared a "family photo" of himself and Hugh cuddling up with a hen, before the lads partied at the yearly music festival. And it seems the Mamma Mia stars got into the festival spirit by wearing cat ears and a bit of glitter. Since starring together in the summer blockbuster, the actors have formed a solid friendship, as evident in their numerous Instagram photos together. In one of his many pictures with his co-stars, Irvine affectionately captions the moment: "Back with my boys." The second film, which introduced new characters to the original cast, was like a family reunion for star Amanda Seyfried. "It was even more fun than the first one," the actress shared. In the sequel, the young brits play the role of Bill, Harry and Sam back when the gentlemen first met the young Donna on the coast of the Greek island. While these actors are still in the early days of their acting careers, they have built quite an impressive resume. Skinner has starred in hit films like Star Wars the Last Jedi and the British comedy series Fleabag, while this is Dylan's first blockbuster gig. On the other hand, Irvine has been acting for quite some time and has had acting gigs in films like War Horse and Great Expectations. As good as those movies are, Mamma Mia 2 is one these boys will always remember. (Eonline)

Maura Tierney appeared feeble and frail a day after her scary cycling accident where a car hit her on the road ... but the good news is that she's on her feet and walking. "The Affair" star was spotted Tuesday walking gingerly with assistance as she headed down some steps. Maura's left arm was wrapped almost entirely with a protective bandage, presumably covering up an injury suffered Monday in Marina del Rey. She was seen later walking around the block under her own power. TMZ broke the story ... the former "ER" star's back wheel was clipped by a car while riding near the ocean. She was sent flying to the ground and was eventually transported to the hospital. She was released with no major injuries, but you can tell she's still feeling it. Cops say they don't believe alcohol or drugs were a factor. The driver even stayed on the scene while Maura was being treated. Good to see her out and about ... feel better, Dr. Lockhart. (TMZ)

Blackmail, Leaked Tapes and Outbursts: Lethal Weapon's Clayne Crawford Breaks His Silence About Firing. Lethal Weapon's very public dismissal of Clayne Crawford made headlines for weeks. Now Crawford is telling his version of events. Fox and Warner Bros. parted ways with Crawford following the second season of the hit drama following articles and reports of Crawford's bad behavior on set. Crawford publicly apologized for behavior on set in April, but was fired from the series weeks later... and claims he didn't hear from Fox or Warner Bros. In an interview on the Drinkin' Bros podcast, Crawford recounted the events surrounding his dismissal, something he didn't think would happen because of the high-profile role he was playing. When the first articles came out, Crawford said he called McG, the director of the pilot and second episode of the series, and said, "I was like, 'What the f-k is this? This is obviously [Damon Wayans] putting this s -- t out here.'" Then McG called Warner Bros. and advised Crawford to do the same, and the actor called Peter Roth, head of Warner Bros. TV. Crawford said he went into the conversation asking how the powers that be could let Wayans release info to the press like Crawford believed he was doing. "He said, 'Clayne, I can't promise you that I can save your job, but what I can tell you is that you have to make a public announcement apologizing, publicly, to Damon Wayans,'" Crawford said. "I was like, "What the fu -- ? I was like, 'Peter, why would I apologize publicly because he and I had a riff on set?' And he's like, 'Clayne, that statement alone tells me you don't want to come back.'" Crawford said he looked to his family, who was there during his call with Roth, and said he could not apologize to Wayans because "he has made life miserable for me on this show." He said he felt like Warner Bros. and the powers that be at Lethal Weapon had already started moving forward with firing him and that if he apologized, they'd use that to justify firing him. The actor said he was aware of the tapes of him yelling at the first AD that were later released by Variety because he was being blackmailed with them for months anytime he had a problem with costar Damon Wayans. Because Wayans wouldn't do table reads, Crawford said the cast and crew would find out what he would and wouldn't do on day of shooting. He gave an example of one instance where they were shooting in a church and Wayans, a Jehovah's Witness, said it was against his religion to enter the place of worship, so Crawford's shooting schedule would change dramatically. Crawford said he would complain about Wayans and anytime he went to complain he was told the tape of him yelling at the AD would come out and ruin his career. Variety reports Crawford's outbursts were also witnessed by children, which the actor called a "blatant f -- king lie." "I felt embarrassed in the moment," Crawford said, acknowledging it was his mistake to scream on set so publicly. And the tapes of the event, which took place in October 2017, became an ever-present cloud hanging over his head. "I knew that they were going to release these tapes because they'd been blackmailing me with them for months and months and months, the entire second season," Crawford said, noting he needed to address it head on because it was said he mistreated his cast and crew and he knew he had to apologize and get ahead of it all. He called his costars and asked if he had done anything wrong. "And I have all the text messages from these people and voicemails from these people saying, 'Obviously you're not the problem, but you've got to get ahead of this because you know they're going to use those tapes against you,'" he said. The tapes came out and the behind-the-scenes drama became very public and Crawford was out. "It's a little different when you replace Becky [on Roseanne] or the mom off of Fresh Prince. Like it's a little -- like if they'd replaced the Fresh Prince, we'd have been like, 'What the f--k are we watching anymore? That's why I just didn't think it was possible," Crawford said about getting replaced. "And again, I knew we had problems." Crawford told Ross Patterson his vision of the show was different from those involved. He had just finished Rectify and said he was "hesitant to come into a network show," especially one that was a remake of a movie franchise he was a fan of. "Again, our work ethics were quite different and creatively we saw the show much differently, I just didn't think they were going to get rid of me, I guess. And if they did, I thought they'd give me a buzz...just a jangle, just grab two cans and a string and just be like, 'You're not coming back. We feel like this is the Damon Wayans Show and people just don't like you. So, go the f--k back to Alabama you dumb hick, thanks for playing.'" Crawford said to this day he has yet to receive a call from Warner Bros. telling him he was fired from the series and he learned he was being replaced via social media and a Deadline report. Regarding the second tape released of Crawford and Wayans, Crawford said he wasn't aware of its existence. It took place during the episode Crawford directed, and the actor said he was nervous and excited, and when Wayans called in sick and later indicated he wasn't actually sick, then was hit with shrapnel and said he didn't trust the crew and Crawford, Crawford said he got extremely upset and the two went at it. In the interview, Crawford details the behavior that he alleges took place on set and said he was "set up to fail." As for why he did the podcast interview, Crawford said, "The only reason I'm doing this is because every time -- it's August and any time they talk about the show, it's my image, my f--king name, to promote their goddamn show." Listen to the full podcast here. (Eonline)

Ben Affleck was on a downward spiral in the days leading to his return to rehab. "Ben had been drinking alone for days," a source tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "He was in bad shape. He had barely been eating and had not showered. It didn't take much convincing. He wanted to go, and he cooperated." Affleck entered rehab on Aug. 22 with a second source telling PEOPLE, "He knew he needed help and was vocal about it." By his side was ex Jennifer Garner, also 46, who arrived at his home with an addiction therapist at her side. Garner drove the actor to a Malibu treatment center the same day. Several sources say Affleck had in fact been struggling again for months, though he had been going to meetings and working with a sober coach for much of the last year. "He's battled addiction for a long time now," says an Affleck source, noting the star had been "constantly working on himself" but after splitting with Lindsay Shookus in July "went into a darker and darker place until he had to reach out for help." The actor previously spent time in rehab in 2001 and 2017. Affleck wrote on Facebook in 2017 after a previous stay in rehab: "I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it, and to be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step." If you or someone you know is in need of help, please contact the SAMHSA substance abuse helpline at 1-800-662-HELP. (People)

Kanye West Argues Wearing Small Sandals Is the "Japanese Way." After his footwear made headlines at 2 Chainz's wedding, Kanye West took to Twitter to explain his shoe style. The "Gold Digger" rapper and his wife, Kim Kardashian, attended the Miami nuptials between 2 Chainz and Kesha Ward earlier this month. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star wore a neon green dress -- a shade she'd been rocking all week -- while her husband donned a mint green suit. However, it was his footwear that raised a few eyebrows. Not only did the Yeezy head rock a sock and sandal combination, but he also wore shoes that appeared to be a few sizes too small. But on Tuesday, West explained he had actually been wearing his sandals "the Japanese way." He also tweeted pictures of what appear to be a version of the traditional Japanese shoe, the geta. "The straps should be snug but not too tight between the two toes," part of the illustration read. It also stated, "Your heal [should] extend 1 [to] 2 [centimeters] off the back of the wooden sole." So what does Kardashian think of his shoe style? While the reality star didn't comment on the look, she did rock a similar sock and sandal combination in July. There you go, Internet. (Eonline)

Luann de Lesseps is no longer facing hard time ... because a judge just put the ol' stamp of approval on the plea deal in her drunken arrest case. The 'Real Housewives of New York' star dodged a felony charge and will stay out of jail. We broke the story, she agreed to plead guilty to battery, trespassing and disorderly intoxication for the Palm Beach County arrest. She just needed the judge's John Hancock. As part of the plea deal, Luann has to knock out 50 hours of community service and attend 2 AA meetings a week in her home state of New York. She also can't use drugs or alcohol and must submit to random testing during one year of probation. As we reported ... Luann was arrested on Christmas Eve for attacking a cop during her bust. There's video of Luann telling an officer she'd kill him if he continued to touch her. The felony charge Luann was originally facing, resisting an officer with violence, was reduced to battery as part of the deal. Luann also had to write an apology letter to the cop she hit. (TMZ)

There's still mystery surrounding the death of Bethenny Frankel's boyfriend, Dennis Shields, because an autopsy was NOT performed. The Chief Medical Examiner of NYC says there was a religious objection to the autopsy, so it was not performed -- and the cause and manner of death has been ruled undetermined. We're told in New York a religious objection can prevent an autopsy as long as police don't suspect a crime had been committed. TMZ broke the story ... Dennis was found dead earlier this month in Trump Tower from an apparent oxycodone OD. Dennis took an unknown quantity of oxycodone Rx pills, law enforcement sources say, and the following morning he asked his housekeeper to fetch Narcan, which blocks the effects of an opiod overdose. It's unknown when Dennis lost consciousness, but at some point the maid called 911. As we reported, the maid administered the Narcan but Dennis remained unresponsive. EMTs rushed to Trump Tower but it was too late. Bethenny was extremely emotional during a final goodbye to Dennis. He was buried Aug. 13. Dennis was 51. (TMZ)

THREE WAYS TO SPOT A LIE

Is your boss telling you the truth? Is your lover lying? If you pay close attention, you can probably tell if you're hearing the truth or a lie. Call it your own personal lie detector. Lying is actually fairly common. University of Massachusetts psychologist Robert Feldman says 60 percent of us lie at least once in a typical 10-minute conversation. Bankrate.com talked to several experts, including Nick Morgan, author of "How to Read Body Language"; Phil Houston, CEO of QVerity and co-author of "How to Spy the Lie"; and Lillian Glass, author of "The Body Language of Liars" to get tips on how to spot a lie.

1. Look at body language in context
If you ask a pointed question and the other person starts fidgeting, you could be hearing a lie. Tapping a foot or drumming a finger on a desk can indicate a lie in progress--unless the person doing that fidgeting does this sort of thing all the time. Body language will tell you a lot about whether someone is telling the truth--or not--but you need a baseline for that person's nonverbals or it won't mean anything. If you're talking with someone new, first discuss mundane topics, such as the weather, sports or movies. Then ask the loaded question. "Even if they're trying to maintain composure, the feet don't lie," Glass told Bankrate.com. "The truth leaks out through their feet."

2. Look for personal grooming
When someone grooms himself or his surroundings, it can indicate a discomfort with what he is telling you. "They're dressing themselves up to look more presentable, so you'll buy into what they're saying," explains Houston.

3. Listen for verbal loopholes
Houston calls them "exclusionary qualifiers"--a fancy way of saying someone is hedging on what he is saying. For example, if you hear "fundamentally" or "I think" at the beginning of a sentence, it gives the speaker a bit more latitude for telling the truth.

I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE

Glamour offers these "weird" things that are very normal about gossip:
  • 90% of women like gossiping about other women more than about men
  • 57% of women say they feel kind of bad about blabbing
  • 36% of women have tired to quit or cut back on gossiping
  • 54% of women in one survey said they are more likely to betray a confidence when they've been drinking
  • 26% of women shared the last piece of gossip they heard with three or more people
  • 27% of gossip is about purely positive stuff
  • 39% of women say false gossip has been spread about them having sex or doing something in bed that they did not do
  • 91% of women say they have never revealed dirt about someone online not even one tweet

YOUR CHANCE OF DYING IN 10 YEARS

If you're older than 50, a simple 12-question quiz could give you a clue as to whether you'll still be here in 10 years -- or whether you should start getting your affairs in order. (Or change your bad habits.) Developed by doctors at the University of California, San Francisco, the so-called "mortality index" was created to help patients understand the pros and cons of costly health screenings or medical procedures. That is, if you're not likely to live another 10 years, why have those expensive, and often invasive, tests? Led by Dr. Maria Cruz, the San Francisco researchers created the mortality index by analyzing data on almost 20,000 Americans, all of whom were over the age of 50 and took part in a national health survey in 1998, reports The Associated Press. During the 10-year follow-up period, nearly 6,000 of the participants died. The test follows below, but do note it's best to take it with your doctor or, at the very least, discuss the results with him or her so you can understand your score in the context of your own medical history. The twelve items on this quiz are each assigned points. The fewer total points you get, the better your odds of living longer. Total points can range from zero (best) to 26 (worst).
Take the mortality index:
  1. If you're a man, add two points.
  2. What is your age? If you're between the ages of 60 to 64, add one point. If you're between the ages of 70 to 74, add three points. If you're over 85, add seven points. All other ages, add zero points.
  3. If you have a current or previous cancer diagnosis, excluding minor skin cancers, add two points.
  4. If you have a lung disease limiting activity or requiring oxygen, add two points.
  5. If you have heart failure, add two points.
  6. If you smoke, add two points.
  7. If you have difficulty bathing, add two points.
  8. If you have difficulty managing money because of health or memory problem, add two points.
  9. If you have difficulty walking several blocks, add two points.
  10. If you have diabetes or high blood sugar, add one point.
  11. If you have difficulty pushing large objects, such as a heavy chair, add one point.
  12. If you are thin or of normal weight, add one point. If you are overweight, add zero points.

The worst score is 26: To get this score, which means you have a 95 percent chance of dying within 10 years, you have to be a man who is at least 85 years old with all of the above health conditions.
The best score is 0: To get this score, which means you have a 3 percent chance of dying within 10 years, you have to be a woman younger than 60, who is slightly overweight and has none of these health conditions.
Here's the biggest question: Why is being normal weight or slim a risk factor for death, while being overweight is not? One possible reason, according to the researchers, is that being thin in old age can be a sign of illness.

THE BEST PLACES FOR SINGLE MOMS TO MEET MEN

Divorced and a single mothers don't have much of a social life as expectations and standards for a potential boyfriend are much higher now that she's divorced with children. Delaine Moore, a divorce and dating coach and founder of IamDivorcedNotDead.com shared her three top picks:

1. Online.
"With over 50 million people now online dating, there's no excuse not to be a part of the action! You can multitask and scope for dates, all from the privacy of your home. This one was my saving grace," says Moore. There are sites specifically aimed at parents, she adds. Score! Except I haven't warmed up to online dating. Call me old school or call me scared, but I'm just not ready to go there.

2. A Golf store or the driving range.
"Trust me on this one, men galore," she says. I could get on board with this one. I prefer one-on-one interaction, and with a few YouTube videos I can be golf conversant in a few hours.

3. Get set up.
Ask everyone you know for set-ups -- not just your friends and family, but acquaintances, too. Moore says most people know hundreds of people but only ask those three or five people in their closest circle for a set up. Think broader, she says, and don't be shy.

Lori Edelson, a psychotherapist specializing in couples therapy in the metro Detroit area, has been advising men, women and couples for over 30 years. She suggested that gourmet markets or a grocery store's prepared food department might be the place to meet up. Or, dog parks at lunch time or on weekends are also good picks. And if you're willing to shell out a few bucks, Eldelson suggests looking into dinner meetings for singles like the "Eight at Eight" Dinner Club, a dating service.

WHAT YOU READ REVEALS YOUR PERSONALITY

A recent study says what you read reveals your personality. Here's what the study found: If you read...

Romantic Novels
You're sensual and extremely intuitive. You're also optimistic and quick to bounce back from disappointments.

Biographies
Inquisitive, cautious and ambitious, you investigate many options before making a decision.

Detective Books
You enjoy mental challenges. An excellent problem solves, you'll tackle problems most people wouldn't touch.

Horror Stories
Everyday life can be boring to you, so you seek excitement.

Science Fiction
Highly imaginative and creative, you are fascinated by technology and like to plan for the future.

Westerns
Extremely nostalgic and patriotic, you take pride in your self-reliance and go for the simple life.

The Bible
Honest and hardworking, you respect authority and find it easy to forgive people.

Classics
If you are well mannered, poised and gracious.

History Books
You're a productive person who dislikes small talk. You'd rather spend time on a constructive project than a party.

Coffee Table Books
If you prefer large, decorative books with color illustrations, you're an excellent host.

Poetry
A lover of nature and animals, you often get in touch with your feelings.

Financial Magazines
You are competitive and enjoy nothing more than outsmarting outer people.

Women's Magazines
You are determined to be come "superwoman," striving for excellence in everything you do.

Fashion Magazines
You are status conscious and you work hard to improve your social image.

Tabloids
Compassionate and upbeat, you're an entertaining conversationalist with a ready supply of fascinating facts, which make you a bit hit in the office and at parties.

News Magazines and the Daily Newspaper
If you like to read up on current events, you're a tough-minded realist who's receptive to new ideas.

Comic Books
Fun loving and carefree, you refuse to take life too seriously.

REASONS HAIRY MEN MAKE BETTER HUSBANDS

(YourTango.com) Give us a furry chest or give us death. We yearn for the good ol' days when hairy chests and full beards were celebrated on men instead of, well, the rigorous manscaping that's going on nowadays. Not on our side with this one? Here are 5 reasons -- proven by science -- why hairy men make awesome life partners:

1. They're masculine.
It's true! Research shows 54 percent of women prefer a masculine man with facial hair over a guy who's clean shaven. (And if the majority of women agree on this, then they can't all be wrong, can they? We think not.)

2. They're smart.
Find doctors and geniuses sexy? Chances are they're hairy under those white coats. Research shows that body hair is connected to intelligence. Still not convinced? Another study found that the majority of members in Mensa -- the largest IQ society in the world -- also have thick body hair!

3. They're hilarious.
Jason Mantzoukas, Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Robin Williams, Jim Gaffigan and Zach Galifianakis have two things in common: They're hilarious and they're hairy. OK, so this isn't exactly science, but whatever, it should be.

4. They're into good causes.
When November rolls around you can see many men going all out with growing out their facial hair for "Movember" to promote awareness for prostate and testicular cancer. And a man who brings awareness to great causes is definitely marriage material.

5. They're secure with themselves.
Currently the majority of millennial men -- 57 percent, in fact -- man-scape. Want a man who doesn't follow the status quo? Go hairy!

WEIRD NEWS

The Couple That Drinks Together, Stays Together!

A new study, published in The Journals of Gerontology, says couples who drink together are generally more happy. The study found that: "Concordant drinking couples reported decreased negative marital quality over time, and these links were significantly greater among wives." To paraphrase, basically couples who drink together in moderation are happier than those who don't, or if only one drinks. Study author Dr. Kira Birditt notes the study shows that it's not about how much they're drinking, it's about whether they drink at all and says, "We're not suggested that people should drink more or change the way they drink." Dr. Fred Blow, from The University of Michigan, also pointed out that problem drinkers are an entirely different story noting, serious heavy drinkers have disruptive relationships with people, particularly their partners. Well, whatever it is you take from this study, please drink responsibly. (Reuters)

Guess We Better Have the "Killer Robots" Discussion

Believe it or not, we've got to have the "killer robots" discussion. Experts from countries all over the world are meeting in Geneva to discuss ways to define and deal with "killer robots" -- futuristic weapons systems that could conduct war without human intervention. The weeklong gathering that opened Monday is the second at U.N. offices to focus on such lethal autonomous weapons systems and to explore possibilities for regulating them. In theory, fully autonomous, computer-controlled weapons don't exist yet so the debate is still in its infancy as experts have at times grappled with basic definitions. The United States has argued that it's premature to establish a definition of such systems, much less regulate them. Others, including Amnesty International, say governments and militaries should be banned from developing such systems. At a news conference hosted by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jody Williams said the group wanted "meaningful human control" when it comes to the use of military weapons and negotiations toward a ban on computer-controlled weapons systems. (CTV News)

From the "You Don't Say" Department

From the "You don't say" department, on average, Americans are paying 20 cents more per gallon for gasoline than they did last Labor Day Weekend. Much of the increase can be linked to the impact of Hurricane Harvey. But we're not done with you yet. Retail gasoline prices will likely go up ahead of the long Labor Day holiday weekend, but analysts say the higher pump prices won't last long. AAA lists a national average retail price for regular unleaded gasoline at $2.84 per gallon, a slight increase from Monday, but 2 cents less than one month ago. An AAA report read: "Despite no hurricane activity this Labor Day weekend, gas prices will be at their highest point for the holiday since 2014." The West Coast has the most expensive market in the country, with all but Arizona reporting a national average price above the $3 per gallon mark. (UPI News)

Ta-Da!!

They're calling it a miracle in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. A man with two female passengers and an infant was driving a van down a city street when his brakes suddenly failed. Dale Borough Fire Chief Todd Litzinger said the driver continued through an intersection to avoid hitting other cars, then turned into a funeral home parking lot, hoping the guardrail would stop the van. It didn't - and the van went through the guardrail and then drove off a second story parking lot and crashed nose first into the alley below. Believe it or not - nobody was injured - mostly because the driver was only going 15-20 mph at the time and everyone was wearing seat belts. Litzinger said if those involved in the crash had not been wearing seat belts, the incident would have been tragic adding, "It's a miracle they came out without a scratch." (WJAC-TV)

You Know What - Don't Eat Raw Fish

Maybe it's just better to avoid eating raw fish. In South Korea, a 71-year-old man had to have his hand amputated when his flesh started rotting just 12 hours after eating raw sushi. After two days of fever and excruciating pain in his left hand, he went to the emergency room. He also had a history of type 2 diabetes mellitus and hypertension. Despite the doctors best efforts - they operated on his hand and gave him two types of intravenous antibiotics - the man's condition got worse and doctors had no choice but to amputate the left forearm 25 days later. The patient did well after the surgery and was discharged home. People with diabetes are at particular risk of complications from skin ulcers because the condition restricts the flow of blood and nutrients to the skin so it takes longer to heal - and sometimes is not able to heal at all. (Metro)

Well Flipper, What Did You Learn During Your Incarceration?

A bottlenose dolphin named Billie, who learned to walk on its tail while in captivity, has now taught nine of her friends the trick after being released into the wild. Billie was rescued from a severely polluted creek in January 1988 and learned the trick known as the tailwalk by watching other dolphins she was housed with at a dolphinarium in Adelaide, Australia. The trick, which involves "standing" upright on the tail and running backwards along the waterline, is a common part of their routine but is rarely seen in the wild. After she was released into the wild, Billie continued to perform her trick and by 2011, other dolphins began copying her, according to a new study published in Royal Society's Biology Letters. Scientists say it marks the only known example of a mammal teaching human tricks to its peers in the wild without any help from a human trainer. (Metro)

What the What?

Over in Russia, Maxim Gert is a young Russian artist who will apparently spend the next 11.5 years in prison - because he went to Peru. It seems he made the huge mistake of bringing home two small bottles of ayahuasca - a famous spiritual medicine prepared by the indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin. Maxim has long been suffering from back pain, and while in the South American country, someone suggested he meet one of the local shamans and try ayahuasca, a traditional spiritual medicine with known psychoactive properties. Must have worked because he brought two small bottles with him on the flight home. But when he landed at Domodedovo airport, Russian custom officials confiscated the bottles and sent them to the lab for testing. The results showed a high concentration of dimethyltryptamine, a strong psychoactive compound that happens to be illegal in Russia. So, being Russia, he was arrested and charged with possession of drugs with an intention to sell them. Maxim's lawyer claims his client believed the substance was simply a natural remedy that could help him with his back pain, nothing more. Attorney Vladimir Brigadin told the court, "This drink is freely and legally sold throughout Peru, it is a national treasure." But again, this is Russia so the judge basically said, "tough luck" and sentenced Maxim to 11.5 years in prison for drug smuggling. The lack of a criminal record and testimonies of his friends and family that he had never used or dealt drugs didn't seem to matter too much. Maxim's lawyer is already working on an appeal, but chances of success are slim at best. (Oddity Central)

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Around 31% of us believe we've landed a job (in part) because we were wearing our lucky underwear.
  • 85% of women surveyed said they have flirted in order to get a better deal while shopping.
  • Americans spend a billion dollars a year on slippers.
  • Tests prove when it comes to hammering nails, women are more accurate than men.
  • When asked what advice they'd give newlyweds to ensure a happy life together, 19% of people said don't live near family or in-laws.
  • Studies show women are most likely to wash the dishes at night, men in the morning.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Did you know that actress Daryl Hannah and singer Neil Young have been dating for the past two years? She's 57 and he's 72. Now we're hearing they got married last weekend in California.
  • The town of Mayo, Florida is temporarily changing its name to "Miracle Whip."
  • A federal appeals court on Tuesday said printing "In God We Trust" on U.S. currency is constitutional, citing its longstanding use and saying it was not coercive.
  • Bob Costas and his representatives are in discussions with NBC about terminating a contract that runs through 2021, the New York Post and USA Today reported this week.
  • Usain Bolt has signed to play with an Australian soccer team.
  • A new study from the U.K. indicates that goats are attracted to people who appear to be happy.
  • Las Vegas has dethroned Seattle as the nation's hottest housing market after a two-year run. By the way, Seattle home prices have passed up Los Angeles, New York and San Diego over the past four years.
  • Sparkling water sales have tripled since 2008, especially with the addition of flavor and alcohol.
  • Pittsburgh has become the largest U.S. city without a daily print edition newspaper.
  • A new study says that deaths from drugs, alcohol and suicide now outpace diabetes.
  • The next season of "Mr. Robot" will be its last.
  • Did you know that John McCain's mom is still alive? She's 106-years-old.
  • If you're keeping score at home, Eddie Murphy is getting ready to be a dad for the 10th time, the latest with his longtime girlfriend, Paige Butcher.
  • A woman in Bolivia passed away this week. They think she was 118-years-old.
  • If he was still around, Michael Jackson would have turned 60 on Wednesday.
  • Clint Dempsey announced his retirement from professional soccer on Wednesday. He leaves the game tied with Fredy Montero for the most Sounders goals all-time at 47 and tied with Landon Donovan for the most international goals by an American at 57.
  • The release of the movie "Top Gun 2" has been delayed a year. You'll now have to wait until June of 2020.
  • Alec Baldwin has pulled out of an upcoming "Joker" movie citing scheduling.

TODAY IS

Tennis player Andy Roddick turns 36 today. One of the few people in the world whose name rhymes with neurotic.

Lisa Ling turns 45 today. She was on "The View" years ago. To give you an idea how long ago it was, that was back when they talked one at a time. Cameron Diaz turns 46 today. She told CNN that she's "actually retired." She hasn't made a movie since 2014. For all she's done, I still think of her as Fiona in "Shrek."

Actor Timothy Bottoms turns 67 today. Even though he's not working much these days, he's still an early riser. In fact, I'll bet you anything that right now, Bottoms' up!

Peggy Lipton, years ago in TV's "Mod Squad" and once married to Quincy Jones, turns 72 today.

Warren Buffett, or "Uncle Warren" as I like to call him, just in case, turns 88 today. (I'm going to keep calling him uncle until he believes me.) What do you get for a guy who not only owns everything, but he also owns everything that makes everything?

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 30 BC, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, died after being bitten by a snake. She committed suicide by allowing an asp to bite her.
It had gotten close to her disguised as a lawyer.
Yes, he was such an asp. It bit her on her asp... while playing the game, "You bet your asp."
I'm a little rusty on my ancient history but I believe she killed herself because Marc Anthony left her for J-Lo.

In 1645, Dutch settlers and American Indians signed a treaty of peace at New Amsterdam, New York.
It was known as the Fuggetaboutit Treaty.
The Indians agreed to allow the Dutch to settle in New York, as long as they didn't allow skyscrapers and the New York Yankees. Well, we know how well that worked.

On this date in 1780, Benedict Arnold became a traitor after declaring himself a free agent.

In 1797, author Mary Shelley was born. She wrote "Frankenstein," but he never wrote her back.

On this date in 1901, Hubert Cecil Booth patented the vacuum cleaner.
Oh, wait. No, he vacuumed the patent cleaner. Well, that's not really a big deal. Never mind.
Up until then, no one had any way to clean a vacuum.
Yep, at that time, door-to-door salesmen just knocked on doors but had nothing to sell.

In 1916 Turkey declared war on Russia. Surprising, since it was the United States that celebrated Thanksgiving.

The Japan Stationary Company sold the very first felt tip pen on this date in 1960. Of course, it left a permanent marker on the pen industry.

On this date in 1979, the first recorded comet ever to hit the sun. They had hit it before, but we weren't able to record it since we hadn't figured out how to run the stupid VCR.

In 1983, the "Three Stooges" received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Everyone in attendance received a commemorative finger poke in the eyes. Some felt they didn't deserve one. Others felt they soitenly did. Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck.

Music Calendar...

   In 1922 The New Orleans Rhythm Kings record "Tiger Rag."
   In 1947 "Near You" by Francis Craig is #1 on the charts.
   In 1957 Buddy Holly plays "Alan Freed's 3rd Anniversary Show" at the
           Brooklyn Paramount Theater in New York.
   In 1963 The Beatles' collarless Nehru jackets go on sale in England.
   In 1967 Frank Sinatra opens a 2-week run at the Sands in Las Vegas.
   In 1969 The Texas International Pop Festival opens 3-day run at a race track
           near Dallas with Janis Joplin, Santana, Chicago and Grand Funk.
   In 1969 Dean Martin's album "Gentle On My Mind" is certified gold.
   In 1969 Johnny Cash appears on the cover of TV Guide.
   In 1971 "Sweet & Innocent" by Donny Osmond and "Signs" by the Five Man
           Electrical Band are both certified gold.
   In 1972 John Lennon makes his solo debut at a charity concert at Madison
           Square Garden in New York.
   In 1973 The Doors officially disband.
   In 1973 "Delta Dawn" by Helen Reddy is certified gold.
   In 1975 "This Will Be" by Natalie Cole enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1975 "Get Down Tonight" by K.C. & The Sunshine Band is #1 on the U.S.
           top 40 chart.
   In 1976 Linda Ronstadt's album "Hasten Down The Wind" is certified gold.
   In 1977 "(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher & Higher" by Rita Coolidge is
           certified gold.
   In 1979 Bassist Dave Pegg joins Jethro Tull.
   In 1980 Cher makes an unannounced appearance as lead singer of new group
           Black Rose in New York's Central Park. The band was led by former
           boyfirend, guitarist Les Dudek.
   In 1980 "Sailing" by Christopher Cross is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1981 The Rolling Stones' album "Tattoo You" is released.
   In 1983 Police's album "Synchronicity" is certified gold and platinum.
   In 1984 Beatles fans paid $271,180 for memorabilia at auction in London.
   In 1986 "True Colors" by Cyndi Lauper enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1986 "Higher Love" by Steve Winwood is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1988 Brenda Lee sues MCA Records for $20 million in unpaid royalties.
   In 1988 Bruce Springsteen and actress Julianne Phillips file for a divorce.
   In 1989 After urinating on the floor and smoking in the non-smoking section,
           Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin is arrested for creating a
           disturbance on an airline flight.
   In 1990 Paul Anka becomes a naturalized American citizen in Las Vegas.
   In 1991 Jan Berry of Jan & Dean marries Gertie Filip.
   In 1991 Dottie West is critically injured in a car accident while en route
           to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. She dies five days later.
   In 1992 Don McLean and wife Patrisha have a daughter, Wyatt McLean.
   In 1993 Billy Joel is the first musical guest on CBS-TV's "Late Show With
           David Letterman."
   In 1993 U2 guitarist Adam Clayton and model Naomi Campbell postpone their
           wedding for a year, citing work commitments. They never marry.
   In 1993 The Jackson family announces that a family reunion TV special was in
           the works.
   In 1995 James Taylor and Carly Simon, who were divorced in 1981, perform
           together for the first time in 16 years at a benefit for Martha's
           Vineyard.
   In 1995 Sterling Morrison, 53, founding member of the Velvet Underground,
           dies after a lengthy battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
   In 1996 The "Macarena" by Los Del Rio is certified double platinum.
   In 1997 An auction of Elvis Presley memorabilia held simultaneously in
           London and Berlin raises $324,000.
   In 1997 "Mo Money, Mo Problems" by Notorious B.I.G. featuring Puff Daddy and
           Mace hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
   In 1999 Fans gather in Liverpool, England, to celebrate the re-issue of the
           Beatles' film "Yellow Submarine."
   In 1999 Sarah McLachlan's album "Mirrorball" is certified double platinum.
   In 2002 Bruce Springsteen's first album with the E Street Band since 1987,
           "The Rising," is released.
   In 2003 Paul McCartney's daughter, Stella, marries Alasahair Willis.

WEIRD NEWS

Not Enough Fish in the Sea? A divorcee seeking a wealthy boyfriend has won $17,000 in damages from an elite British dating agency called Se...