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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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 Seventy Thirty after it failed to introduce her to the man of her dreams. Tereza Burki sued for deceit and misrepresentation and the British high court agreed that the company had misled the businesswoman about its "exclusive" membership. The judge said the agency's then managing director, Lemarc Thomas, claimed there was a substantial number of wealthy male members actively engaged in its matchmaking services who were a sufficient match for Burki's desires. But in fact there were only about 100 active male members altogether - much less rich ones. Founder and company director Susie Ambrose said Burki had joined with the "lofty and unrealistic" expectations of how many men she would be introduced to through the agency. She added, "We are a niche, exclusive agency, not a mainstream, mass-market online dating service. We are not going to have thousands of members because there simply aren't thousands of single, wealthy, high-caliber prospects out there." (Guardian)

A Different Kind of Advent Calendar

A British company called Drinks by the Dram is offering a unique advent calendar featuring 24 rare varieties of whisky with a price tag of nearly 13,000. The company said, "Behind each door is a dram of exceptional drink -- from expressions worth over $24,000 a bottle to complex Japanese whiskies, and even a 60 year old Scotch!" The Calendar comes in a walnut or ebony finished box handmade by cabinet-maker Simon Jewell. If you just gotta have one, it can be purchased at several online stores, which offer international shipping. (UPI)

Guess What Made it Into the Toy Hall of Fame?

The Strong National Museum of Play has announced the Magic 8 Ball, card game Uno and pinball are this year's inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame. The field of finalists this year also included American Girl Dolls, chalk, Chutes and Ladders, Fisher-Price Corn Popper, Masters of the Universe, sled, tic-tac-toe, Tickle Me Elmo, and Tudor Electric Football. Magic 8 Ball, introduced in 1946, features a fortune-telling experience with one of 20 answers to questions appearing at the bottom of the ball. According to some surveys, it's one of the top 20 most popular toys of the 20th-century," museum curator Michelle Parnett-Dwyer said. "Uno continues to be a top-selling game, and it owes its success to its variability of play, fast pacing, and its wide age appeal. When it comes to family friendly fun, it's hard to beat Uno," curator Nicolas Ricketts said. Pinball was developed in 1931, inspired by an 18th-century French table game called bagatelle. The game has added numerous features over the decades and has famously partnered with brands including Star Wars, Game of Thrones and Indiana Jones for custom games. (UPI)

Why Hang Out on HGTV When You Can Have it All?

Having another shiplap withdrawal episode? Good news! Chip and Joanna Gaines are coming back to TV - but on a new network - namely, their own! The former HGTV dynamo and parents of five will return to television. However they also signed a non-disclosure which means they can't really tell you more than that. Chip Gaines said, "We are excited to be back!" The Gaineses are in talks with Discovery, the parent company of HGTV, to launch their own network according to People. A rep from Magnolia, the couple's company, "the details surrounding this opportunity remain a work in progress, but together, our hope is to build a different kind of platform for unique, inspiring and family-friendly content." (Newser)

How is This Not on Video?

In an incident that somehow failed to become a viral video, an American Airlines flight attendant was dragged down the aisle by her scarf during a clash with another flight attendant, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court. In the lawsuit, Kathy Ida Wolfe claims Laura Powers "maliciously dug her fingernails" into her arm before slamming the door of a beverage cart on it. Wolfe adds that Powers then "grabbed my scarf, choking me, and dragged me in the aisle and in front of the passengers." Wolfe says she reported the June 2016 incident to the captain, fellow attendants, and a manager. She also reported the assault to authorities after the airline failed to take action. She accuses the airline and Powers of "negligence, dangerous work environment, breach of contract, and assault and battery" and is seeking $1 million in damages. Powers and the airline argue that they are not liable because Wolfe "caused or contributed to cause the harm for which recovery of damages is sought." According to the lawsuit, both women are still employed by American Airlines. (Newser)

Well, He's No Houdini

Pedro Volta is an escape artist who was attempting to pay tribute to Harry Houdini by escaping from a water-filled tank while wearing a straitjacket. But Volta's no Houdini and he actually started to drown after fainting inside the glass tank The startling scene was recorded by onlookers in Doctor Gereda Square as part of the third edition of the international festival of magic, near the Spanish capital, Madrid. In the video, Volta can be seen working to free himself from the straitjacket underwater as the crowd looks on. The escape artist then begins pushing the top of the sealed tank with his head as he tries to get out of the water but fails to grab a breath as the tank is sealed. Organizers look on as Volta struggles until his body stops moving and he is left floating motionless in the water. They then rush to open the top of the tank and lift Volta out of the water. Reportedly Volta lost consciousness after spending two minutes in the tank. Paramedics were called but Volta had already regained consciousness by the time they arrived Volta later told reporters he had had a problem with a buckle on the belt restraining his arm and had taken longer than usual. (Metro)

Guy Going to Jail for Faking Death to Get Out of Going to Jail

Up in Alaska, things aren't looking so good for 35-year-old Ryan Meganack. He had been sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting an incapacitated woman. So to avoid prison, he faked his own death. Federal prosecutors say the Coast Guard spent $384,261 searching for Meganack after his girlfriend, who was part of the scheme, reported him missing off Port Graham. Investigators determined he swamped his skiff, returned to Port Graham on another boat and hid out near his mother's home. He planned to flee Alaska when the search ended. The plan went awry when Meganack's girlfriend confessed to his grieving parents that Meganack was not dead. U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason ordered Meganack to serve 15 months in prison consecutive to his 15-year state sentence. (ABC News)

What the What?

As if the hell Paradise, California is going through isn't enough - there are also looters authorizes have to deal with. Not just any looters mind you, police have actually arrested a group of men who were trying to impersonate Forest Service personnel to gain access to the area/ Authorities said there have been 53 reports of suspected looting in the fire zone. Not really sure how you could go much lower. (KPIX)

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Wall Street Journal is claiming that Hillary Clinton is planning to run again.
  • Amazon will announce that New York City and Northern Virginia will share as their second headquarters.
  • Stan Lee, who co-created Spider-Man, the Avengers, the X-Men and more heroes, and has appeared in nearly every film and TV show about his creation, died yesterday. He was 95.
  • In Japan, a man spent $17,000 on a wedding to a hologram. In the ceremony, he married a virtual reality singer. While there were 40 guests there, his mother refused to attend the ceremony.
  • In the recent election, Florida voters approved shutting down the greyhound racing industry. Tracks have 26 months to wrap things up, but that's going to mean a glut of dogs that need new homes.
  • Gerard Butler, Miley Cyrus, Shannon Doherty and Robin Thicke are among the celebrities who have lost homes in the California fires. Jamie Foxx and Julia Roberts are among those who had to be evacuated.
  • Slickdeals asked 2,000 people how much they were planning to spend on Black Friday and the average person is going to dish out $520.
  • Aerosmith's Joe Perry was a special guest guitarist for Billy Joel Saturday night, but had to check into a hospital after the performance when he collapsed and experienced shortness of breath.
  • The makers of Blue Moon beer are going to introduce a spinoff brand next month, CERIA and Grainwave Belgian-Style White Ale-a cannabis-infused beer.
  • The number of U.S. homes valued at $1 million or more increased by 400,702 this year.
  • Patrick Mahomes led the Kansas City Chiefs to a win on Sunday, but after the game, the stepfather of his girlfriend dropped dead just outside the stadium.
  • Kate Upton and Justin Verlander welcomed a baby girl into the world, Genevieve Upton Verlander.
  • Last week, Oakland Raiders radio voice Brent Musburger sent out a tweet mocking Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren's claim of having Native American heritage. He has since apologized "if I offended you."
  • Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is not expected to return next season.
  • Former Ohio State assistant football coach Zach Smith launched a tweet storm Sunday night where he alleged University of Texas head coach Tom Herman cheated on his wife "several times."
  • Archeologists in the U.K. have unearthed a 2,000-year-old Roman dog with its fur still intact.
  • The FDA is planning to ban menthol cigarettes.
  • Hilary Duff said she drank a placenta smoothie following the birth of her daughter. Ew.
  • 22 players were ejected following a brawl at a high school football game last week in New Jersey.
  • Chris Martin says he felt "worthless" after divorcing Gwyneth Paltrow.
  • Some stations around the country have already flipped to continuous Christmas music.
  • Douglas Rain, who will forever be known as the voice of Hal the Computer in "2001: A Space Odyssey" has died at the age of 90.

TODAY IS

Michael "Mr. Knee" Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks is 33 today.

Gerard Butler, one of those Hollywood types that lost a home in the California fires, turns 49 today.

Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel celebrates birthday number 51 today. Among Jimmy's guests, birthday cake and mildly humorous cards. He's the Jimmy that didn't take over for Jay Leno. 

Whoopi Goldberg turns 63 today. Whoopi.
Will she retire? Retire from what?
One of the few famous people in dreadlocks outside of the NFL.
Who knew when her folks were making whoopee they were making Whoopi.

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1775, American Revolutionary forces captured Montreal.

That of course was the inspiration for the famous quote, "OK, who's the genius who forgot to tell me we were in Canada?"

Immediately afterwards, a general looked at his map and said, "Boys, I think we might have made a wrong turn."


In 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to a friend stating, "In this world nothing can said to be certain, except death and taxes."

His friend was a hitman that was also a tax accountant, so it was very true.

Probably his second most-famous quote, right behind, "Oh, go fly a kite!"

Of course, if he were around today, he probably just would have written that on his Facebook page.


On this date in 1875, players in a Harvard-Yale football game wore uniforms for the very first time.

It saved the referees from having to say, "Off sides on the guy in the brown coat wearing the black derby."

Yeah, not everyone was into naked football, not that there's anything wrong with that.

This after an unfortunate incident the previous year, when Yale accidentally gang-tackled an innocent tuba player.

I'll just assume they wore some kind of clothes prior to this.

After a while, they realized the ties probably weren't a good idea.

In 1937, NBC formed the first full-sized symphony orchestra exclusively for radio broadcasting. What the musicians like most about being on the radio is that every day was casual day. Kinda like here.

On this date in 1940, Walt Disney's animated feature "Fantasia" premieres at New York's Broadway Theatre. That's also where the phrase, "I'll have what they're having" was born.

In 1942, the minimum draft age was lowered from 21 to 18. That was back when fake ID went the other direction: "22? Oh, no, look: I'm 17!"

On this date in 1972, the Holland Tunnel opened up between New York and New Jersey. They called it the Holland tunnel because New York and New Jersey went in Dutch on it.

Music Calendar...

In 1961 "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by the Tokens and "The Twist" by Chubby Checker both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1964 A supposedly official biography of The Rolling Stones, "Our Own Story," is published as a paperback book.

In 1965 Fontella Bass makes her TV debut on ABC's "American Bandstand."

In 1965 "I Got You (I Feel Good)" by James Brown and "Fever" by the McCoys both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1968 Rolling Stone Brian Jones buys Crotchford Farms in Sussex, England, the place where A.A. Milne wrote "Winnie The Pooh."

In 1970 The Carpenters' album "Close To You" and single "We've Only Just Begun" are both certified gold.

In 1971 "Sunshine" by Jonathan Edwards and "Old Fashioned Love Song" by Three Dog Night both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1971 "Imagine" by John Lennon peaks at #3 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1973 Jerry Lee Lewis Jr. is killed in a highway accident near Hernando, Mississippi.

In 1973 Peter, Paul & Mary's "In The Wind" album is certified gold.

In 1976 "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word" by Elton John enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1976 "Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)" by Rod Stewart hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for eight weeks.

In 1985 Mayor Tom Bradley declares "Rock & Roll Day" in Los Angeles and dedicates the "Rock Walk of Fame."

In 1985 Stevie Wonder's album "In Square Circle" is certified gold and platinum.

In 1986 Bob Dylan is denied admission to a Tanya Tucker concert in Toronto, when he shows up in a parka and jeans.

In 1986 Little Richard puts his palm prints in Hollywood's "Rock Walk."

In 1987 The California Raisins' debut album is released.

In 1988 Mayor Bradley declares "Michael Jackson Month," as the singer opens a 6-night stand at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

In 1990 Palm Springs, CA, Mayor Sonny Bono says he'll investigate running for Senator. He announces his candidacy 10 months later.

In 1990 Madonna's album and video "The Immaculate Collection" is released.

In 1992 Elton John performs in Mexico for the first time. 90,000 people attend the concert in Mexico City.

In 1992 Sting receives an honorary degree from Northumbria University inhis hometown of Newcastle, England.

In 1992 Annie Lennox's album "Diva" is certified platinum while Eric Clapton's CD "Unplugged" goes double platinum.

In 1995 M.C. Hammer plays a political benefit in Moscow for Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin's "Our Home Is Russia" political party.

In 1997 Ray Charles conducts his first-ever online chat at rhino.com.

In 1997 The Spice Girls are booed at the 44th Premios Ondas Awards in Barcelona, Spain, during a a lip-synched performance of "Spice Up Your Life."

In 1997 Celine Dion's first single in Japanese, "Be The Man," is released. It was the theme to the Japanese TV drama "Eve."

In 1998 Pianist Kenny Kirkland (Wynton & Branford Marsalis) dies a heart attack. He was 43.

In 1998 Weezer's album "Weezer" is certified triple platinum.

In 1999 NBC announces that its upcoming "Saturday Night Live" would be hosted by Garth Brooks, with alter ego Chris Gaines appearing as the musical guest.

In 1999 Donald Mills, the last surviving member of the singing Mills Brothers, dies in Los Angeles at age 84.

In 2000 Trisha Yearwood donates a Starlight Fun Center to Vanderbilt University Children's Hospital.

In 2000 The Beatles launch their first official web site, thebeatles.com.

In 2002 Trumpeter and big-band leader William "Bill" Berry dies in Los Angeles after a yearlong battle with lung cancer. He was 72.

In 2004 Rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard (Russell Jones), 35, accidentally dies of a combination of cocaine and a prescription painkiller while working in the studio.

In 2016 Leon Russell, renowned multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who collaborated with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, the Rolling Stones and Elton John over the course of 50 years, dies at 74.

Today In History...

In 1775 American Revolutionary forces capture Montreal.

In 1789 Benjamin Franklin writes a letter to a friend stating, "In this world nothing can said to be certain, except death and taxes."

In 1839 Abolitionists gather in Warsaw, NY, for a convention, during which they nominate James G. Birney for president.

In 1875 Players in a Harvard-Yale football game are the first to wear uniforms.

In 1909 250 miners lose their lives in a fire and explosion at the St. Paul Mine at Cherry, Illinois.

In 1921 "The Sheik," starring Rudolph Valentino, is released.

In 1927 The Holland Tunnel, the first underwater vehicular tunnel, is opened to provide access between New York and New Jersey beneath theHudson River.

In 1937 NBC forms the first full-sized symphony orchestra exclusively for radio broadcasting.

In 1940 Walt Disney's animated feature "Fantasia" premieres at New York's Broadway Theatre.

In 1941 British aircraft carrier "Ark Royal" sinks in the MediterraneanSea, one day after being torpedoed by a German U-boat.

In 1942 The minimum draft age is lowered from 21 to 18.

In 1956 The U.S. Supreme Court strikes down laws calling for racial segregation on public buses.

In 1967 Carl Burton Stokes becomes the first black in the U.S. elected mayor, when he wins the Cleveland, Ohio, mayoral race.

In 1969 In a speech in Des Moines, Iowa, Vice President Spiro Agnew accuses network TV departments of bias and distortion.

In 1970 A cyclone kills an estimated 300,000 in Bangladesh.

In 1971 Mariner 9 is the first to orbit another planet (Mars).

In 1974 Karen Silkwood, a technician and union activist at the Kerr-McGee Cimarron plutonium plant in Crescent, OK, is killed in a car crash.

In 1979 Former California Governor Ronald Reagan announces his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination in New York.

In 1982 Korean boxer Duk Koo Kim is fatally injured when he is knocked out by Ray Mancini.

In 1982 The Vietnam War Memorial is dedicated in Washington, DC.

In 1982 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin cuts short his U.S. visit after learning of the death of his wife, Aliza.

In 1982 Lech Walesa is freed after an 11-month internment in Poland.

In 1984 A libel suit against Time Inc. by former Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon went to trial in New York. The court ruled the Time article in question had been false and defamatory, but not libelous.

In 1985 Long dormant, the Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupts in Columbia washing away 25,000 people in floods and mudslides.

In 1986 President Reagan publicly acknowledges that the U.S. had sent "defensive weapons and spare parts" to Iran in an attempt to improve relations, but denied the shipments were part of a deal aimed at freeing hostages in Lebanon.

In 1987 Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega unveils an 11-point proposal in Washington for a cease-fire that called for the Contra rebels tolay down their weapons and accept an amnesty.

In 1989 Polish labor leader Lech Walesa receives the Medal of Freedom from President Bush during a White House ceremony.

In 1990 U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III tells reporters in Hamilton, Bermuda, the Persian Gulf crisis threatened world recession and the loss of American jobs.

In 1991 The U.S. House of Representatives approved a Senate-passed bill guaranteeing many workers up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for family emergencies.

In 1992 Riddick Bowe wins the undisputed heavyweight boxing title in Las Vegas with a unanimous decision over Evander Holyfield.

In 1994 A heavily armed gunman exchanges fire with police for more than 25 minutes on a San Francisco street, hitting two police officers, a paramedic and another person before being killed.

In 1994 Sweden votes to join the European Union.

In 1995 Glen Rogers, a drifter suspected of killing at least four women ina cross-country string of slayings, is captured after a high-speed chase in Kentucky.

In 1995 7 people, including 5 Americans, are killed when a bomb exploded at a military training facility in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

In 1996 Sgt. Loren B. Taylor, a drill sergeant who had sex with three women recruits at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, is given 5 months in prison anda bad-conduct discharge in the first sentencing of the burgeoningArmy sex scandal.

In 1996 A Saudi Boeing 747 collides with a Kazak cargo plane about 60 miles southwest of New Delhi, killing 349 people.

In 1996 An all-white jury in Pittsburgh acquits John Vojtas, a police officer, in the death of black motorist Jonny Gammage in a verdict that angered black activists.

In 1998 President Clinton agrees to pay Paula Jones $850,000, without an apology or admission of guilt.

In 1999 The Navy recovers the cockpit voice recorder from EgyptAir Flight 990, which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on October 31 killing all 217 people aboard.

In 1999 Lennox Lewis becomes the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world in a unanimous decision over Evander Holyfield in Las Vegas.

In 2000 Lawyers for George W. Bush fail to win a court order barring manual recounts of ballots in Florida. Florida Secretary of StateKatherine Harris announced she would end the recounting at 5 pm the next day- prompting an immediate appeal by lawyers for Al Gore.

In 2000 Joe Mullen and Denis Savard are among those inducted into theHockey Hall of Fame.

In 2001 Eight foreign aid workers -- including two Americans -- held captive in Afghanistan for three months are freed from a prison by anti-Taliban fighters.

In 2001 President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet at theWhite House, where they pledged to slash Cold War-era nuclear arsenals.

In 2004 Harry Lampert, the illustrator who created the DC Comics superhero The Flash, dies at age 88.

Born On This Day...

In 354Theologian/philosopher, St. Augustine (Bishop of Hippo)
In 1312King Edward III of England (1327-77)
In 1792English author, Edward John Trelawney
In 1833Actor, Edwin Booth (John Wilkes Booth's brother)
In 1834General Hamilton Hawkins (led charge up San Juan Hill in Cuba)
In 1850Scottish author, Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island)
In 1856U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Louis Brandeis (1916-39)
In 1893Biochemist, Edward A. Doisy (vitamin K) (Nobel-1943)
In 1894Jazz pianist/bandleader, Bennie Moten
In 1896Chinese aviator, Myron Beard (helped develop Boeing 747)
In 1906Actress, Hermione Baddeley (Maude, Good Life) [d: 8-19-86]
In 1916Actor, Jack Elam (How The West Was Won, The Dakotas) [d: 10-20-03]
In 1917Actor, Robert Sterling (George-Adventures of Topper) [d: 5-31-06]
In 1920Cartoonist, Charles Saxon (New Yorker Magazine) [d: 12-6-88]
In 1922Game show host, Jack Narz (Beat the Clock) [d: 10-15-08]
In 1922Actress, Madeleine Sherwood (Mother Superior-Flying Nun) [d: 4-23-16]
In 1922Movie director, Oskar Werner (Farenehit 451) [d: 10-23-84]
In 1924Actress, Linda Christian (Athena, VIPs, Battle Zone) [d: 7-22-11]
In 1932Actor, Richard Mulligan (Soap, Harry Weston-Empty Nest) [d: 9-26-00]
In 1933Actress, Adrienne Corri (Dr. Zhivago, A Clockwork Orange) [d: 3-13-16]
In 1933Lead singer, Clyde McPhatter (The Drifters) [d: 6-13-72]
In 1934Producer/actor, Garry Marshall (Laverne & Shirley/Murphy Brown) [d: 7-19-16]
In 1938Actress, Jean Seberg (Paint Your Wagon, Airport) [d: 9-8-79]
In 1939Author, George V. Higgins [d: 11-6-99]
In 1940Figure skater/sports reporter, Joan Haanappel (78)
In 1940Singer, Baby Washington (That's How Heartaches Are Made) (78)
In 1941Actress, Beth Brickell (Ellen-Gentle Ben) (77)
In 1941Actor, Dack Rambo (Jack Ewing-Dallas, Another World) [d: 3-21-94]
In 1941Baseball player, Mel Stottlemyre (Yankees) (77)
In 1942Blues singer, John Paul Hammond (So Many Roads) (76)
In 1944Singer/keyboardist, Timmy Thomas (Why Can't We Live Together) (74)
In 1947Actor, Joe Mantegna (Godfather III, Criminal Minds) (71)
In 1948Actress, Sheila Frazier (Gloria-Lazarus Syndrome) (70)
In 1949Guitarist, Roger Steen (The Tubes) (69)
In 1951U.S. hockey player, Beth Anders (Olympic-Bronze-1984) (67)
In 1951Drummer, Bill Gibson (Huey Lewis & the News) (67)
In 1953Actress, Tracy Scoggins (Cat-Lois & Clark, Babylon 5) (65)
In 1954Actor, Chris Noth (Detective Mike Logan-Law & Order) (64)
In 1955Actress, Whoopi Goldberg (Color Purple, Ghost, Sister Act) (63)
In 1956Singer/guitarist, Aldo Nova (Fantasy) (62)
In 1960Actor, Neil Flynn (Scrubs, The Middle) (58)
In 1960Bassist, Wayne Parker (Glass Tiger) (58)
In 1963Football player, Vinny Testaverde (Bucs, Browns, Ravens, Jets) (55)
In 1964Trumpeter/singer, Walter Kibby (Fishbone) (54)
In 1967Comedian/TV host, Jimmy Kimmel (Man Show, Jimmy Kimmel Show) (51)
In 1967Actor, Steve Zahn (That Thing You Do, You've Got Mail) (51)
In 1968Baseball player, Pat Hentgen (Blue Jays, Cardinals, Orioles) (50)
In 1969Actor, Gerard Butler (300, Olympus Has Fallen) (49)
In 1969Actress, Melissa Hayden (Bridget-Guiding Light) (49)
In 1970Actress, Cathy Jeneen Doe (Simone Russell-Passions) (48)
In 1971Actor, Noah Hathaway (Boxey-Battlestar Galactica, Quest, Troll) (47)
In 1978Bassist, Nikolai Fraiture (The Strokes) (40)
In 1980Actress, Monique Coleman (High School Musical) (38)
In 1982Actor, Michael Copon (One Tree Hill, Beyond the Break) (36)
In 1985Football player, Michael Bennett (Seahawks) (33)
In 1991Actor, Matt Bennett (Victorious, Bridesmaids) (27)
In 1991Actor, Devon Bostick (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) (27)
In 1993Singer, Julia Michaels (Borgeous) (25)
In 1995Actress, Stella Hudgens (The Memory Thief, Deeply Irresponsible) (23)
In 1998Singer, Charlie Storwick ("Turn it Up Up Up," "Good as Gone") (20)
In 2002Actress, Nikki Hahn (Jimmy Kimmel Live) (16)

Friday, November 9, 2018

TV/STREAMING . . .

Modern Family Twist: Who's Pregnant? First a death, now a new life. Modern Family is clearly doing it all this season, as just a couple episodes after we learned that DeDe Pritchett (Shelley Long) had passed away, we've now found out that Haley (Sarah Hyland) is pregnant! The news came out after Haley got her lipstick stuck all the way up her nose during a round of bumper cars with Dylan (Reid Ewing) and had to go to the emergency room, all because they were trying to prove they were grown up, mature adults by being the oldest people playing games at the carnival. Haley and Dylan (the father? probably?) had to find out from the nurse, who was a little weirdly casual when she realized her patient had absolutely no idea what was going on. Haley had been feeling insecure after Luke (Nolan Gould) used his new psych class knowledge to assess his family's personality types and declared that Haley was a Peter Pan who didn't want to grow up, so she and Dylan were going to go to a 4 1/2 hour play before deciding bumper cars were a better, much more adult idea. As fun as it was to see Haley's eyes go real big there at the end when the nurse told her the news, we can't help but wonder what it would have been like to watch Haley figure out the pregnancy herself. She's not the brightest bulb in the chandelier, and we wouldn't have been shocked to someday see her on I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant. A true missed opportunity. But regardless of how she found out, this is going to be wild. Haley as a mother is one thing, but if Dylan's the father, that's like a whole show in itself. His solution to the lipstick up Haley's nose was to try and hit her from the other side! He's gonna break this child! And what will they name it?! Elsewhere Wednesday night, Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) had adopted a chicken, and while Cam pretended he loved the chicken, Mitch pretended he didn't love the chicken, and didn't love going to the feed store to pretend he was a farmer. Cam then got rid of the chicken by pretending a raccoon had gotten her, and then throwing her over the fence of a chicken farm, and honestly this made us a lot sadder than it should have. Jay (Ed O'Neill) and Gloria (Sofia Vergara) argued while trying to get Joe (Jeremy Maguire) to eat vegetables while Joe did his best to manipulate them both, but honestly the thing that killed us was Jay trying to referee a soccer game without a whistle, and just by yelling "Whistle! Whistle!" And finally, Alex (Ariel Winter) is up for a government job that requires a family interview, which obviously went very, very badly because Claire (Julie Bowen) wanted to fix the interviewer's notes and Phil (Ty Burrell) learned that he was a Russian spy (a Russian spy...named Phillip). Naturally. Modern Family airs Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. on ABC. (Eonline)

American Horror Story: Apocalypse Explains a Lot But We're Still Confused. Dang it, nerds! American Horror Story: Apocalypse has been slowly shedding some light on exactly how the apocalypse came to be, and a few things made a whole lot of sense this week. After last week's strange and somewhat less-than-exciting episode saw Michael (Cody Fern) getting himself a new Kathy Bates from two nerdy engineers (Billy Eichner and Evan Peters in the worst wigs of all time) who build life-like female robots, this week showed us that the nerds could also control the robot. That meant that they could use it to put ideas into Michael's head -- ideas like "he should go back to the nerds and listen to them." So, he did, and they introduced him to "The Cooperative," also known as the Illuminati (LOL), and explained to him that as the Antichrist, he controlled the Cooperative, and he could end the world and destroy the witches. He then went to the Cooperative, made up of a whole bunch of masked rich people, and informed them that they and their families would be safe in a series of outposts, which they were also going to help build. Later, the nerds explained to their secretary, Ms. Venable, that they were going to build some outposts, and she could run one and make up all her own rules for the people inside it. So, we have two genius idiots to thank for all this, which is typical. Meanwhile, the witches tried to figure out what to do about Mr. Antichrist, especially after he attacked (with the help and encouragement of Dinah Stevens so she could get a talk show!) and murdered most of the coven. Cordelia had visions of finding her girls dead and not being able to bring them back, at which point Madison revealed that Michael can kill and completely erase people, to the point where their souls are just gone. That's when the witches decided to test out those powers Mallory has that people have been theorizing about. She can possibly reverse time, which could be extremely helpful in the face of Michael Langdon. They tested it by having her go back to Russia in 1918 and saving Anastasia. She didn't manage it, but she at least managed to go back to 1918 and almost save Anastasia, which was close enough to at least know she was capable of it. Now, in next week's finale, there are still quite a few questions to answer. What is the thinking behind sending Mallory and Coco to live in the bunker? Are the nerdy engineer versions of Billy Eichner and Evan Peters the same dudes who later end up in the bunker with their memories similarly erased? And also, why? Will they ever explain to us the point of those two starcrossed kids at the beginning of the season? Will we remember the rest of the stuff that happened at the start of this season well enough to even appreciate it if our questions get answered in the finale? All will be known next week! Hopefully! American Horror Story: Apocalypse airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX. (Eonline)

Why It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Finally Tackled Mac's Homosexuality (With One Spectacular Dance). It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is a wonderfully bizarre show. The long-running comedy, which wraped up its 13th season on Wednesday, Nov. 7, is no stranger to, well, being strange. However, in "Mac Finds His Pride," the comedy went to another level -- poignancy. After years of jokes and innuendos, series creator Rob McElhenney's character, Ronald "Mac" McDonald, came out of the closet, and in "Mac Finds His Pride," he came out to his father through a rather stunning choreographed dancer number. It's a personal triumph and moment of growth for Mac, and surprisingly Frank (Danny Devito). During the episode, Frank and his increasingly disfigured and injured face, took Mac around to find his place in the gay community so he could be the token gay in the gang's pride parade float. They hit up an S&M dungeon and a drag brunch in an effort to make Mac more comfortable. Ultimately, Mac needed to feel comfortable with himself, embrace his sexual orientation, and confront the "storm" that was going on inside of him, all the while coming out to his dad. That storm was illustrated through an impressive dance routine with a female playing god. It took McElhenney roughly four or five months to learn with choreographers Alison Faulk and Leo Moctezuma. "Yeah, that took months. I don't really know how to dance. I've never really been a dancer. And I still can't dance. I can just do that routine," he said. The cast, which also includes Kaitlin Olson and Charlie Day, performed a table read of "Mac Finds His Pride" at the 2018 Television Critics Association press tour. There, McElhenney said exploring Mac's sexual orientation and this episode was something that slowly evolved over time. "And then, this year, Charlie and I decided that this was something we were going to focus on, at least for one particular episode," he said. McElhenney, whose mother came out as a lesbian when he was young, said he felt like the show handled Mac's coming out "pretty well," but "at the end of the day, it was still an episode of comedy and I just assumed that people were laughing along with us." However, that changed when he looked at social media. "And through social media, I had a massive response of our fans in the LGBTQ community that reached out and told me how moved they were and how important it was to them that they felt represented on a show that they loved. And I just was not expecting that," McElhenney said. "I mean, thousands and thousands and thousands of people. And I just didn't think that we were that kind of show, and it turned out that we were for people. And so we wanted to honor that and do something that, you know, felt very different from what we normally do, that we would create an episode that seems like it's going in one direction and then pull the rug out from underneath." Day, who wrote the episode with McElhenney, said over the years the show has been able to tackle a variety of different topics and genres. "I mean, one of the great things that we get to do is try different things with our episodes, and some of the uncharted waters, if you want to call them that, were genuine emotion," Day said. "And once we stumbled on the episode becoming more about Frank being more tolerant and accepting something, we thought, well, this is something we haven't really done, which is our characters rarely change or learn. And it was nice to tell a story that way. Maybe it's just because we're getting older, but and we still have most of the episodes are still pretty typical in the format of just they're there to be funny. But it was nice to try something, for lack of a better term, heartfelt." It's Always Sunny will return for season 14 on FXX. (Eonline)

Revenue Up, Profit Down as RTL Group Negotiates Digital Shift. The European giant, which controls 'American Idol' producer Fremantle, saw strong digital growth but weaker results in traditional TV. European TV giant RTL Group reported a slight revenue jump in the first nine months of 2018, even as profits slipped. The company, whose assets include production giant Fremantle (X Factor, American Idol) and dozens of TV and radio stations across Europe, posted revenues of $5.12 billion (4.468 billion) for the nine months ending September 2018, a 2.7 percent increase. Net profit attributable to RTL Group shareholders was down $11.5 million (10 million) over the same period to $486 million (424 million). RTL is in the midst of a major strategic shift as the traditional TV giant negotiates a move to an online, digital world. On the production side, Fremantle, a group built on entertainment shows like X Factor and American Idol, is pushing into high-end drama, with series such as American Gods for Starz and HBO's My Brilliant Friend. RTL Group's digital revenue was up 17.9 per cent to $756 million (660 million) in the first three quarters of 2018, while revenue from its online platforms grew 7.3 percent to $288 million (251 million). Major sporting events, including the Winter Olympics and this summer's soccer World Cup, hit RTL's traditional, free-to-air advertising-driven business and negative exchange rate effects cost the company $73 million (64 million) over the nine-month period. TV advertising is still RTL Group's core business, though it now accounts for 46 percent of overall revenue, with just under 20 percent coming from the content business and around 15 percent from digital activities. RTL Group's nascent platform business accounted for 5.6 percent of total revenue in the first three quarters of this year, with the remainder coming from radio advertising and other activities. "The mixed developments of the European TV advertising markets show that we are on the right track with our clear focus on two growth areas: building and expanding our non-linear streaming platforms, and producing local exclusive content," said RTL Group CEO Bert Habets. "We will substantially increase the content offers of our streaming services across all genres this includes showing programs online first and developing original productions for these services." RTL Group confirmed it expects to meet its year-end target of moderate (2.5 percent to 5 percent) revenue growth for 2018 and stable operating (EBITDA) profits of between plus 1 and minus 1 percent, compared to 2017. (Hollywood Reporter)

Movies

Calling All Hopeless Romantics! Sleepless in Seattle Is Heading Back to Theaters. Get your tissues ready, because Sleepless in Seattle is returning to theaters! In honor of the classic romantic comedy's 25th anniversary, Fathom Events and Sony Pictures Entertainment are going to host screenings of the film in over 400 theaters across the country. For two nostalgia-filled night's, fans can once again experience watching the Tom Hanks film in theaters while munching on movie theater popcorn and licorice. In the movie, Hanks plays a recently widowed father who shares his grief with a radio show host, after some encouragement from his young son. And, as luck would have it, Annie, played by Meg Ryan, is overcome with emotion after hearing his story. From there, the rest is history. When the iconic film was first released in 1993, it earned over $17 million in the box office on it's first weekend alone. Since then, it has continued to draw hopeless romantics from across the globe. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan were so loved by the audience in fact that they reunited just years later to make another hit romance film, You've Got Mail. And there's more to look forward to, with a brand-new introduction by Meg Ryan and producer Gary Foster being included at the screening. "We couldn't let 2018 come to an end without honoring one of the truly great romantic comedies as it celebrates its 25th anniversary -- and we're doubly excited to have the help of Meg Ryan and Gary Foster, whose talents were so critical to making this film a success," said Tom Lucas, Fathom Events VP of Studio Relations. Tickets are available now at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. (Eonline)

'Hunter Killer' Gets License for Russia Release. The thriller starring Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman is due to premiere in Moscow Thursday after week's delay. Hunter Killer, a Hollywood thriller, in which U.S. troops rescue an embattled Russian president, has been given an exhibition license in Russia after it was mysteriously pulled from theaters in the country last week. Hunter Killer, starring Gerard Butler as a U.S. Navy submarine captain who tries to prevent World War III after the Russian president is taken hostage by his defense minister during a Kremlin coup, will be released Thursday, a week after it was originally due to have its Russian premiere. Russia's culture minister Vladimir Medinsky confirmed the film would be granted a license but criticized the movie. "This is a banal, boring and ultimately stupid film," Russian media quoted Medinsky saying. "If someone goes to see it, they will only have my sympathy for two wasted hours." Megogo Distribution, the film's distributor, confirmed that it had received a license. The film is due to open Thursday night on 70 screens in Moscow and more locations across Russia, though the nationwide figure is not available. The film, which also stars Gary Oldman, was pulled hours before its planned Russian premiere last week when the ministry of culture told the distributor that it had failed to show it had transferred a copy of the film "for permanent storage at the Russian state film fund." Others, including opposition politicians and social media commentators, suggested officials were seeking to block the movie for depicting a fictional scenario, in which the Kremlin chief is deposed. Popular independent online magazine Snob.ru wrote: "There must be fears that the movie could push viewers to the thought that the president could, in principle, be ousted, and the sky won't fall." Russian authorities have a track record of preventing the release of films deemed offensive. Earlier this year, the release of Armando Iannucci's satire The Death of Stalin, was stopped for allegedly poking fun at the Soviet past. Hunter Killer has also faced problems in neighboring Ukraine, which has had sour relations with Russia since Moscow annexed Crimea in 2014. Due for a release there on Oct. 25, it also failed to get a distribution license under a local law banning films depicting "the military power of Russia." (Hollywood Reporter)

German TV Giant ProSiebenSat.1 to Renegotiate Hollywood Output Deals. ProSieben is shifting its focus away from U.S. series in favor of local productions as third-quarter results show a fall in profit and revenue. German television group ProSiebenSat.1 is asking Hollywood to cut it some slack. The broadcast giant, which currently has volume or output deals with four Hollywood studios, is looking to renegotiate terms as profits and revenue slump in its core German free-TV business. ProSiebenSat.1's results, reported this week, showed that net profit for the first nine months of 2018 was down 8 percent and revenue off 3 percent compared to the same period last year. The group, which operates several free and pay-TV channels in Germany, says it now expects full-year revenue to drop in the "low-single-digit percentage range" to around $4.58 billion (4 billion). ProSiebenSat.1 CEO Max Conze said the company was now reviewing its existing U.S. studio contracts to see if they can be renegotiated. "ProSiebenSat.1 has approached the respective licensors in order to achieve relevant improvements in the scope of rights and/or volume inflow for license volumes both from existing agreements and for future agreements," Conze said. ProSiebenSat.1 has successfully closed a new licensing deal with Warner Bros. and is looking to do the same with its other Hollywood partners. The German group also has licensing deals in place with CBS, Disney and Fox, which require ProSiebenSat.1 to take a certain number of films and TV series from the U.S. studios. The German group is one of the biggest buyers of U.S. series worldwide and, for years, a steady source of licensing revenue for its studio partners. ProSiebenSat.1's German channels are packed with U.S. series, such as Warner Bros.-produced The Big Bang Theory and The Flash and CBS's NCIS franchise. But American series are not the ratings guarantor they once were, as viewers desert to streaming services, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. German audiences, following a pattern seen across Europe, are also shifting to more local series and shows. Red Arrow, ProSiebenSat.1's content arm, said it will be plowing money into the development and production of local shows and hopes to increase the company's share of local content commissions from 13 percent today to more than 30 percent over the next five years. (Hollywood Reporter)

'A Star Is Born' Rating Changed by New Zealand's Censor After Complaints. Bradley Cooper's film had a specific warning added after complaints from healthcare organizations in the country. [This story contains a major spoiler from A Star Is Born] A Star Is Born has had its rating reclassified in New Zealand after complaints from the public and health care providers that a suicide in the film had triggered two vulnerable young people, during its first week of release. The film was originally automictically classified with an M rating -- which is advisory not restrictive and usually carries the descriptor "Recommended for mature audiences" -- after receiving the same classification in Australia and carried a descriptive note "Sex scenes, offensive language and drug use." Following the complaints, New Zealand's chief censor required that the warning note be updated to include "suicide." The film is now rated M, with a classification that reads: "Sex scenes, offensive language, drug use and suicide." In a statement NZ's Office of Film and Literature Classification said the first complaint involved Police Victim Support advising that they responded to two vulnerable young people who had been severely triggered by the scene. "The Mental Health Foundation also informed us of a number of complaints," the statement added. The method of suicide used in A Star Is Born is the most common method of suicide in New Zealand. Chief Censor David Shanks said that although A Star Is Born handles the topic relatively sensitively, the OFLC felt it was in the best interest of the NZ public to add a warning, particularly considering NZ's appalling suicide rate. "Many people in New Zealand have been impacted by suicide. For those who have lost someone close to them, a warning gives them a chance to make an informed choice about watching," Shaks said. "We avoid unnecessary 'spoilers', but properly informing the viewing public is our primary concern," he added. Warner Bros. and Roadshow Films jointly distribute A Star Is Born in Australia and NZ where it opened on Oct. 18. (Hollywood Reporter)

Netflix Grants Exclusive Theatrical Release To Andy Serkis' 'Mowgli'. The newest retelling of the Rudyard Kipling tale will appear in limited engagements Nov. 29 before it hits the streaming service Dec. 7. Director Andy Serkis' Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, a new retelling of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, is the latest Netflix offering to get a limited theatrical release before it appears on the streaming service. Netflix announced that the film will have exclusive theatrical engagements beginning Nov. 29 in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and London before being released globally by Netflix on Dec. 7. It then will have an expanded theatrical release in additional theaters in the U.S. and the U.K. In Mowgli, Serkis, a pioneer in the art of performance capture, having played Gollum in The Lord of the Rings movies and Caesar in The Planet of the Apes movies, directs such A-list actors as Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Freida Pinto, Matthew Rhys and Naomie Harris, all playing jungle denizens, in the new version of Kipling's tale, with Rohan Chand playing the human boy who finds himself in their in their midst. The film was originally produced by Warner Bros., which saw Disney's Jungle Book, directed by Jon Favreau, beat it to the screen in April 2016. Warners, which had originally planned to release Serkis' movie in October 2016, moved its release to October 2017 and then to Oct. 19 of this year before selling the film to Netflix, which announced its acquisition this past summer, slating the movie for a 2019 online debut. Netflix, which had been operating under a strict day-and-date policy, with those films it gave a limited theatrical release appearing in theaters on the same day they hit the streaming service, recently began to make exceptions to that policy, announcing that it would give exclusive releases in advance of a movie's online debut to several upcoming awards hopefuls -- Alfonso Cuaron's Roma, the Coen brothers' The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and Susanne Bier's Bird Box. (Hollywood Reporter)

Music

Aw! Christina Aguilera's Daughter Joins Her On Stage for a Beautiful Moment. Christina Aguilera had a very special guest join her on stage at her Tuesday night show in St. Louis, Mo. While performing her hit "Beautiful" at the Peabody Opera House, the singer had her 4-year-old daughter, Summer Rain, sit beside her. Even though the five-time Grammy winner is used to performing in front of crowds, it looks like her little one had a bit of stage fright. "Summer begs me to come out every night onstage!" the proud mama wrote alongside a video of their sweet mother-daughter moment. "And then gets shy...but loves it...she's taking it all in early..." To make her daughter more at ease, Aguilera gently stroked her hair and held her close. She also invited the audience to sing along. "Beautiful, Sum! You hear that?" Aguilera excitedly said as her youngest listened with protective headphones over her ears. "Aw, I love you guys." At one point, Aguilera informed her little one the song was actually older than she was -- two years, in fact. "Summer, this was way before you were born," she said. "Mommy was wearing Chucks." Watch the video to see the beautiful moment. Summer isn't Aguilera's only child. The star also has a 10-year-old son named Max. Balancing motherhood and her Liberation Tour isn't always easy. "Tonight wasn't easy getting here," she said last month during her concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York, per People. "Summer was not happy about tonight's performance at all, but she finally went to bed. My 4-year-old is dying for me to be offstage so she can spend time with me and my oldest is like, 'Can I go home and play Fortnite now?' I'm like, 'Ugh... thanks.'" However, she'll soon be able to spend even more time with her kids. Her tour ends Nov. 13. (Eonline)

One of Ariana Grande's famous exes is beyond thrilled he didn't make the cut for her new hit song about past romances ... so much so, he couldn't contain his sense of relief. We got Nathan Sykes of The Wanted Wednesday at LAX, where we asked how he felt about not being named in Ari's song "thank u, next" ... which name-checks the likes of Big Sean, Ricky Alvarez, Mac Miller and, of course, Pete Davidson. Nathan, who dated Ariana briefly in 2013, hasn't heard the track yet ... but after we described it, he breathed a genuine sigh of relief. Seriously, you have to see his reaction -- pure joy. The song's basically about what AG's learned from each of her ex-BFs. So, we had to ask Nathan what HE learned from her. We're not saying he shaded her -- he actually showed Ariana a lot of love here -- but let's just say there was a looong pause after our question. As for her being single now? Nate's good. (TMZ)

Offset's upcoming album makes Cardi B cry. Cardi B couldn't be prouder of husband Offset. The Bronx rapper, 26, gushed about her husband's upcoming album on Twitter Tuesday, admitting it even made her cry. "I'm loving hubby album ... It's a very deep album..Intro made me cry twice" she wrote. The still-untitled album is due out Dec. 14, Offset, 26, announced early Tuesday morning. It'll be the third solo release from one of Migos' three members since the release of the trio's latest album, "Culture II" in late January. The first record, Quavo's "Quavo Huncho," debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 when it was released last month. While Takeoff's "The Last Rocket," which debuted last Friday, has been greeted by rave reviews. (PageSix)

Reggaeton sensation Karol G's Hollywood performance was allegedly a serious smash for one of her fans, who claims Karol's hired muscle roughed her up backstage. Karol played at Avalon Hollywood Tuesday night, and sources tell us, afterward a female fan was invited backstage with friends. At some point, they spotted Karol and her BF, rapper Anuel AA, leaving the club. We're told the fan lined up for a chance encounter, but that's when -- out of nowhere -- a security guard rushed at her and allegedly grabbed her arm and started shaking it aggressively. The guard kept telling the fan no photos or video were allowed backstage, and the fan said she hadn't taken any. During the scuffle, she claims the security guard twisted her wrist until her phone fell ... at which point, security started scrolling through it. We're told he found nothing. We're told the security guard left with the phone, but the fan got it back hours later. Law enforcement sources tell us the fan filed a report with LAPD for simple battery. We've reached out to Karol G's team ... so far, no word back. (TMZ)

Jason Bernard Announces Exit From Pulse Music Group. Jason Bernard is departing from Pulse Music Group to form a new entertainment venture. The veteran executive served as COO and head of the management arm of Pulse, founded in 2007 by record producer Josh Abraham and songwriters Scott Cutler and Anne Preven. In future, Bernard will represent several of his current songwriter/producer and mixer management clients, including Tim Pagnotta, Grammy nominee Tommy English, and Grammy-winning mixers Tony Maserati and Adam Hawkins. "I'm beyond proud of what we've accomplished as a team at Pulse, and truly appreciative of the time spent with colleagues and partners whom I deeply respect," Bernard comments in a statement. "Getting to witness what this company has become from inception is an experience that I don't take for granted. I'm excited to continue representing the caliber of creatives I've been fortunate enough to work with, while having the opportunity to develop new partnerships and ventures throughout the industry." Pulse Music Group is active in music publishing, management and music services, and currently boasts more than 25 staff. Bernard continues as a shareholder in Pulse's publishing division, the so-called core of the company. He'll remain with Pulse through the end of the year, before focusing his efforts on his new business. (Billboard)

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Prince Charles Doesn't Spend Enough Time With His Grandchildren. Prince William and Prince Harry want to see more of their father, Prince Charles. In the wide-ranging documentary Prince, Son & Heir: Charles at 70, premiering on BBC One, both brothers express a shared desire for Charles to spend more time at home, especially as he's getting older. "It's something I'm working on heavily. I think he does have time for it, but I would like him to have more time with the children," said William, 36, referring to his sons Prince George, 5, and Prince Louis, 6 months, and daughter Princess Charlotte, 3. "Having more time with him at home would be lovely -- and being able to, you know, play around with the grandchildren. When he is there, he's brilliant, but we need him there as much as possible." It's easy to understand why William feels that way, as he is famously close to his own grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. "Now that he's reached his 70th year, it's the perfect time to consolidate a little bit," he said of Charles, whose birthdate is Nov. 14, 1948. Like any good son, William added, "You're worried about having them around and making sure their health is OK. He's the fittest man I know, but equally, I want him to be fit until he's 95." Even Charles' wife, Duchess Camilla Parker-Bowles, agreed that he is a great grandfather -- when he's around, that is. Mentioning her four grandchildren from her previous marriage, Camilla said, "He reads Harry Potter and he can do all the different voices and I think children really appreciate that. He will get down on his knees and crawl about with them for hours, you know, making funny noises and laughing. My grandchildren adore him -- absolutely adore him!" To be fair, Charles expresses his love for his grandchildren in his own way. For example, the famous conservationist planted an arboretum at his Aberdeenshire home in 2013 to honor George, his first grandchild. "You can't believe how fast it has grown in the last five years," Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, said. "It was tiny when it was planted. You never think it is going to grow into anything at all, and the next thing you know, you're being dwarfed by it!" Still, William would like to see Charles spending more time around Kensington Palace. Harry, who is expecting his first child with wife Meghan Markle in the spring of 2019, also hopes his dad will find work-life balance. "He does need to slow down. This is a man who has dinner ridiculously late at night, and then goes to his desk later that night and will fall asleep on his notes -- to the point where he'll wake up with a piece of paper stuck to his face! The man never stops," he explained. "When we were kids, there were bags and bags and bags of work that the office just sent to him. We could barely even get to his desk to say 'goodnight' to him." (Eonline)

Prince Harry Reveals What Happened When He Asked Prince Charles to Walk Meghan Markle Down the Aisle. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal wedding was a day to remember for all members of the family. In BBC One's documentary called Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70, Prince Harry praised his father Prince Charles for stepping in and walking Meghan Markle down the aisle on their wedding day in a last-minute casting switch. Just days before their May 19 nuptials at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, Meghan's dad, Thomas Markle, pulled out of doing the honors after suffering an apparent heart attack. He did not attend the wedding, either. Upon that news, Kensington Palace published a note on behalf of the Duchess of Sussex. "Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding," she said. "I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health." When Thomas' health became a cause for concern, the Palace released a statement that said, "This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding. She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and for respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation." Prince Charles was then asked to do the honors, a request that he was reportedly "touched" by. One day before the wedding, it was formally announced that the Prince of Wales would escort his future daughter-in-law inside the chapel. The Palace said in a statement, "Ms. Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of St. George's Chapel on her Wedding Day. The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to The Royal Family in this way." According to the new BBC documentary, Prince Charles accepted the offer immediately and did not hesitate at all. "I asked him to and I think he knew it was coming, and he immediately said 'Yes, of course, I'll do whatever Meghan needs and I'm here to support you,'" Prince Harry revealed. The Duke of Sussex added, "For him that's a fantastic opportunity to step up and be that support, and you know he's our father so of course he's going to be there for us." At one moment in the wedding, Prince Harry could apparently be seen mouthing the words "Thank you" to his father. "Just because he's my father that doesn't mean I can just sort of go, 'Okay, that's all, I'll take it from here,'" Prince Harry explained in the documentary. Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, mentioned in the documentary that she thought that moment "was very touching" and "a lovely gesture." Another "lovely gesture" was Prince Charles' beautiful wedding gift to Meghan. It was revealed that he gave her a diamond tennis bracelet in the days before the ceremony. Aside from an absolutely beautiful royal wedding a little less than six months ago, Prince Charles and the rest of the royal family are now gearing up for another grandchild! On Oct. 15, Kensington Palace announced that Meghan and Prince Harry were expecting their first child together and that the baby was due "in the Spring of 2019." Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70 airs on Thursday on BBC One. (Eonline)

Why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry May Split from Kate Middleton and Prince William. Are the Royal Fab Four disbanding? Prince William and Prince Harry are considering breaking up their joint "court" at Kensington Palace and creating two separate offices. The U.K. paper, The Sunday Times, which first broke the story, says that the move could come in the spring after Meghan Markle, 37, gives birth to the couple's first child. With William one day set to be the Prince of Wales  and all that entails as heir to his father Prince Charles  Harry and Meghan will want to forge their own path, so it's a natural time to split up, insiders believe. (The palace has no comment.) "The arrival of Meghan has changed the dynamic of the relationship in a fairly significant way," royals author Sally Bedell Smith tells PEOPLE. "It is inevitable and practical because it gives Harry and Meghan some freedom to build up their own collection of interests and charities. "Meghan has very strong views on what she is interested in and that may be what Harry shares, but not what William and Kate share." Harry and Meghan's strength as a twosome was on display during their recent tour Down Under. As she sails through her second trimester, the Duchess of Sussex is making good on her promise to "hit the ground running" in support of women's issues. She gave an unprecedented three speeches during her tour with Harry, including a powerful talk to celebrate New Zealand's 125th anniversary of women's suffrage, stating that it's a basic human right of all people to "participate in the choices for their future and their community." And she's grabbing a firm hold of the royal reins, starting with the couple's social media footprint. After shutting down her own personal accounts following her engagement to Harry last year, she recently made her official return to social media with a snap of Harry as he rehearsed his speech for the Invictus Games closing ceremony in Sydney Oct. 27, posted on Kensington Palace's official Twitter -- which the couple currently share with Prince William and Princess Kate. Harry followed suit with a candid photo he took of Meghan cradling her baby bump underneath the shade of the Redwood trees in New Zealand. The foursome are, however, likely to keep their successful Royal Foundation, under which they organize their charitable endeavors and their groundbreaking mental health campaign, intact. "They have brought many charities working in the same sector together to empower them and lend their positions," says Bedell Smith. "But they will increasingly follow their own respective interests." "I think it really is just a shift in priorities and interests," she adds. "William is a husband and father of three and his focus is primarily on them, and Harry will soon be a father. "Each of them will continue the very strong representative of the Queen in carrying out tasks and assignments that she, and probably their father, wants them to do. They are going to be sharing in this diffusion of activities on behalf of the Queen." (People)

Royal Ballet Principal Dancer joins the cast of 'Cats'. Steven McRae, Principal Dancer of The Royal Ballet, has joined the cast of Universal Pictures and Working Title's "Cats" in the role of Skimbleshanks. In the Andrew Lloyd Webber stage musical, Skimbleshanks is an older ginger tabby cat who considers himself very important within the tribe. His main role is to work on the mail trains traveling at nighttime, which he considers a vital contribution to the Jellicles and sings about in the song "Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat." McRae is the second Principal Dancer from The Royal Ballet after Francesca Hayward to join the film adaptation of the Lloyd Webber musical directed by Oscar winner Tom Hooper. Hayward, as Deadline previously reported, will play a new role, Victoria, the white kitten. McRae joins a cast that includes Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, Ian McKellan, Idris Elba (Macavity), Judi Dench (Deuteronomy) Laurie Davidson and Mette Towley. The cast is rehearsing at Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire, UK making their way toward a Dec. 20, 2019 theatrical release. An Australian native, McRae, joined The Royal Ballet School on a Prix de Lausanne scholarship in 2003. He graduated into The Royal Ballet in 2004 and was promoted to First Artist in 2005, Soloist in 2006, First Soloist in 2008 and Principal in 2009. Hooper and Lee Hall ("Billy Elliott," "War Horse") adapted "Cats" for the screen. Hooper will also produce alongside Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, as well as fellow "Les Miserables producer Debra Hayward-who brought the idea to Working Title. Steven Spielberg, Lloyd Webber and Angela Morrison are EPs on the feature. (PageSix)

Lindsay Lohan's reps hit up Facebook for endorsements with 'substantial budgets'. Lindsay Lohan may have ever so slightly overestimated the value of her endorsement. A rep for the "Mean Girls" star went trawling for deals on a Facebook group for publicists and marketers on Tuesday, writing that interested parties should "reach out if you rep a brand that is interested in endorsement opportunities with Lindsay." They also rather grandly announced that "acceptable brands include: fashion, beauty, car, lifestyle, CPG, fitness/lifestyle, food/drinks, entertainment/media, tech. Must have a substantial budget." The response was, er, underwhelming. The post got three responses: one alerting a New York Post reporter to the gauche cash grab, and two from industry types asking for a "ballpark" on what "substantial" means. Since demand for her acting services took a nosedive circa 2010 -- and since struggling through some legal troubles -- Lohan has reinvented herself as a businesswoman and a (bizarro) philanthropist. She put her name on Lohan Nightclub in Athens in 2016, and opened the Lohan Beach House in Mykonos this summer, where she has filmed an MTV docuseries. A source described it to Page Six as "a cooler, hipper, edgier 'Vanderpump Rules.'" She also claims to have plans to launch an island resort in Dubai called "Lindsayland." Other business endeavors include an appearance in Diesel's "Hate Couture" campaign and her work as a spokeswoman for Lawyer.com. "When Lawyer.com first reached out to me, I was confused and a little scared because I thought I was in trouble," she said in an ad. "Lawyer.com is just about helping people. From getting a DUI -- let's not forget I got one, or two or three .?.?.?" Lohan was punched in September while trying to take a child -- whom she mistakenly believed was being trafficked -- away from its family. The rep for Lohan did not respond to a request for comment. (PageSix)

Tamera Mowry-Housley is looking for information about her niece following the shooting at a college bar in Thousand Oaks, California, late Wednesday night. Mowry-Housely responded to a tweet early Thursday morning after a girl posted photos of her missing suitemate on social media. "Ashely this is her aunt Tamera Mowry Housley. Can you please DM me your information?" the former Sister Sister star wrote. The suitemate responded, telling the actress that she was already in contact with Mowry-Housley's husband, former Fox News correspondent Adam Housley. In a separate tweet, the woman asked for prayers for her residence hall. "A handful of girls went to line dance tonight and they're not all accounted for." According to the Los Angeles Times, Housley tried to look for his niece at the Los Robles Regional Medical Center around 3:30 a.m. on Thursday but was turned away because the hospital was on lockdown. At least 12 people were killed after a gunman opened fire late Wednesday in a Southern California bar that was reportedly hosting a college night for country music fans. Shots were first reported about 11:20 p.m. at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, west of Los Angeles, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters. A Ventura sheriff's sergeant, identified as Ron Helus, was one of the first on the scene about three minutes later and was shot as he entered the bar and died at the hospital, Dean said. Eleven other slain victims were found inside. Dean said the unnamed shooter also died in the assault, though it was not immediately clear how or if he was being counted among the total dead. Approximately 10 others were shot, the Associated Press reports. Dean said the surviving victims inside the bar had "different levels of injury" and were transported to area hospitals. Dean said they believe the gunman acted alone. Other details about the shooting were not immediately available. "It's a horrific scene in there," he said, according to CNN. "There is blood everywhere and the suspect is part of that, and I didn't want to get that close and disturb the scene and possibly disturb the investigation." (People)

How is Howard Stern able to get the biggest stars on his show? With aggressive online marketing, according to former Stern staffer "Stuttering" John Melendez. Melendez -- whose "Easy for You To Say" memoir is available on Amazon and will arrive in bookstores on Tuesday from Rare Bird Books -- told me Stern urges his staff to create Twitter accounts and then bombard celebrities with messages trying to lure them to be guests. The author includes a photo of Stern apparently showing his staff an example of what they should tweet: "Hey Lady Gaga, HS loves you, go on show." The star of "A Star Is Born" has actually been on Stern's show on SiriusXM satellite radio three times in the past three years. The photo is captioned: "Who is this person, and what has he done with Howard?" Melendez settles quite a few scores in the book, with Stern as well as colleagues Robin Quivers, Gary Dell'Abate, Jackie Martling, Fred Norris and Artie Lange. The Long Island native credits Stern as a genius who gave him a career, but he complains that Stern was cheap with his Christmas presents and didn't come to his wedding. Melendez revels in detailing the pranks he played on his co-workers and the absurdly rude questions he put to celebs, the shtick that made him famous and led to his announcing gig on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." One of the best was when Melendez asked Andre Previn, Mia Farrow's ex, "Why is everyone so afraid to bad-mouth that cradle robber, Woody Allen?" Previn's reply was played over and over again in following years: "Oh get away from me, you and your jerky questions, you bloody fool!" Melendez doesn't expect Stern to mention the book on-air, joking "But maybe he'll sue me, which will only help me." Stern's camp did not respond to requests for comment (Page Six)

Ali Wentworth proved she is a lot funnier than her husband, George Stephanopoulos, at Audrey Gruss' Hope for Depression luncheon at the Plaza. The actress/author and mother of two told guests such as Dr. Samantha Boardman, Hilary Geary Ross, Jay McInerney and Jean Shafiroff about a recent poll in which the majority of respondents said they would rather give up sex than their phones. "I was astounded," Wentworth said. "It might be that you're having bad sex. I don't judge but .?.?. no phones in my house." Wentworth also joked that she named her "third baby" Zoloft -- "it sounds Greek" -- and how her mother Muffie Cabot, who was Nancy Reagan's White House social secretary, doesn't believe in therapy. "My mother just says when you get depressed, close your eyes and think about Christmas," she said. "I called my mother up, and I said, 'Is there any depression in our family?' and she said, 'Nope, nope, no depression, not at all.' I said, 'All four of my grandparents killed themselves -- that's depression'?.?.?. Meanwhile.?.?. my husband and I and our kids are on Zoloft and are all in therapy 24 hours a day because I am a big believer in it." (Page Six)

Teresa Giudice 'Would Love to Talk' to Trump About Husband Joe's Deportation -- If He'll Call Her. Teresa Giudice is open to talking to President Donald Trump about possibly pardoning her husband Joe Giudice to prevent his court-ordered deportation -- she's just waiting for Trump to call her first. The 46-year-old Real Housewives of New Jersey star and mother of four personally knows the president, having starred on Celebrity Apprentice in 2012 when Trump was host of the NBC reality competition series. She was also a supporter of his during the 2016 election, though she was on supervised release following her 11-month prison sentence and couldn't legally vote. "I would love to speak to him if he would like to call me," she said during an appearance on Wednesday's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. "I haven't, but I said, if he wants to speak to me, I would love it." Cohen then suggested Teresa make the first move. "I think he's got other things to do," the host and Bravo executive said. "I think it would take you reaching out to him. Are you going to try?" "We'll see what happens," Teresa said. Despite their Apprentice experience, Teresa recently told PEOPLE, "I don't have a relationship with Mr. Donald Trump in that way." She added, "I would take his call. If he would call me, of course I would take his call." Joe, 48, is currently serving out a 41-month prison sentence for mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud that began in March 2016. He is set to be released in March 2019. On Oct. 10, an immigration court ruled that Joe, who emigrated to America as a child but never obtained citizenship, will be deported to his home country of Italy upon his release. The judge gave him 30 days to appeal the decision, which Joe's team is actively pursuing. "They did make an example out of us. They said that, so they said they're making examples," Teresa previously told PEOPLE. "I think the judge even said it when she was sentencing us. So, they do that so everybody else kind of sees what happens to us, and then they'll make sure that they don't do it. But meanwhile, it's like they target people that are on TV or that are ... in the public eye. ... But then I'm sure there's so many people because they're not in the public eye that are getting away with so much." The Giudice family is doing everything in their power to make sure that Joe returns home to New Jersey. "They know we're gonna fight it. They know mommy is doing everything she can," Teresa says of her daughters Gia, 17, Gabriella, 14, Milania, 12, and Audriana, 9. "They know I'm doing everything I can. So that's it. That's all I can do." For the time being, Teresa says she's "taking it day by day" and doing "whatever we have to do." "He's very upset," Teresa told PEOPLE of Joe, who they've since visited in prison. "And hopefully, you know we have two attorneys or even three I think right now, I think they're bringing on a third one ... and hopefully they'll be able to appeal this, and Joe will be able to come home." "Whatever the attorneys tell me. Whatever they tell me, that's what I do," Teresa continued. "You know, we're going to fight this." (People)

Mike Tyson tells TMZ Sports he's rooting for another Floyd Mayweather comeback fight -- as long as it ain't in the Octagon! After that whole Japan fight debacle, Floyd insists he's retired (again) ... but Iron Mike says he hopes he reconsiders because he likes watching Mayweather fight ... as a boxer. Also worth noting ... Mike Tyson is stoned to the bejeezus in the clip. How do we know? 'Cause Mike's out promoting his new Tyson Ranch weed brand -- and his business partner, BigMike, told us they just lit up. In fact, Mike recently smoked out Conor McGregor -- and got the UFC star's marijuana seal of approval. "Hey, McGregor's a good guy," Mike said ... "He liked our kush. I'm very grateful for that." Mike's marijuana ranch is huge -- 400 acres right in the Coachella Valley in Southern California ... and Tyson tells us his goal is to take over the whole THC industry. Now somebody get that man some Funyuns!!! (TMZ)

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