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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

To All Our Listeners Merry Christmas & Happy New Year - Desert Radio AZ Christmas Story


Crossover Schmossover, Legends of Tomorrow Just Had Its Own Television Event. We are not here to bash the epic Elseworlds crossover currently taking place across The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl. In fact, we are loving the insane, body-swapping, reality-rewriting, ridiculous and hilarious romp the other Arrowverse shows are having right now, but we just wanted to take a minute to acknowledge the fact that Legends of Tomorrow doesn't even need a crossover to be utterly nuts in the best way possible. Just over the course of the night's midseason finale, which became sort of a summary of the whole season so far, one legend was a cat, one was Marilyn Monroe, several were puppets, nearly all of them died at least once, several of them got to star in opening credits sequences for retro TV shows that don't exist, each of them played at least two or three different versions of themselves, and one of them killed a leprechaun. In. One. Episode. And to top all that off, this was all caused by Constantine (Matt Ryan), a character and actor from a canceled show on NBC from 2015, who now both stars on this show and in an animated show on CW Seed, and he was accompanied by Charlie, a shapeshifter with the same face as a character who departed the show last year. It's like they do their own crossover every single week, and we're all over here going wow, a body swap. Wow, Arrow's going to the future. Wow, Barry Allen messed up a timeline again and messed up literally everything. The Legends do all of those things on a near-weekly basis, somehow. Most of the cast is used to it by this point, but it still kind of astounds Jes Macallan, who plays Ava Sharpe. "It was really fun," she said on the set of the CW show ahead of tonight's episode. "Like, what the hell show are we doing? We get to have a sing along, there's songs, there is so much stuff happening this season. We're going to just explode the DC Universe and we're having a blast with it." She said she and Caity Lotz compare the show to Deadpool with both levels of craziness and its penchant for making fun of things (crossovers included). "Let's just embrace it," she said. "Fun fact, because they're so difficult to work with, we had to do a lot of reshoots just to get the puppet person out of the shot and the puppet and the looks, he didn't make the right looks. His eyebrows went like this instead of like this. And so we had a bunch of stuff we had to tack on for the puppets." Just typical "fun facts" you might find on the Legends set, apparently. Anyway, everything's back to normal now in terms of the fact that all the Legends are back to their regular, non-puppet (and non-cat) selves. There may be a demon on the loose now, but that's just par for the course on this show. Legends of Tomorrow airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on the CW. (Eonline)

Tamron Hall is in 'full talk show mode'. Tamron Hall seemed ready to launch her upcoming daytime show last week when she interviewed "Black Panther" costume designer Ruth Carter at the HELP USA luncheon at Cooper Union. "She wore a fabulous white dress .?.?. She spoke about how her show has been picked up in 50 major markets and she was in full talk show mode," said a guest. Investigation Discovery network honcho Henry Schleiff was a sponsor of the event. Hall's Disney ABC show will launch in the fall. (PageSix)

Former Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge gets TBS show. TBS has put in development "Strange Times," based on Tom DeLonge's graphic novel and book series, as a potential adult animated series, with DeLonge set to executive produce. Written by Aaron Karo ("Aaron Karo: The Rest Is History"), "Strange Times" is about five dirty teenage skateboarders who solve paranormal mysteries while being chased by Deep State government agents. In the spirit of speaking truth to power and offending everyone equally, the potential series is a love letter to punk rock culture and a middle finger to everybody else. Karo executive produces with DeLonge, The Cartel's Stan Spry and Jeff Holland and Striker Entertainment's Russell Binder. "My love for all things paranormal and skateboarding are sometimes only superseded by my love for offensive humor," says DeLonge. "This series combines them all into one." "Tom is a storyteller," says Binder. "His experiences and his interests are vast, and his desire to share those with a broad and diverse audience is an itch we are beginning to scratch. 'Strange Times' is a comedic take on the tropes of coming of age, friendship, and how to escalate ways to humiliate your best friends while staying out of detention, and ideally, the hospital. "DeLonge originally launched "Strange Times" back in 2011 as a fringe news site reporting on unexplained phenomena. It grew from there, expanding across multiple properties, including a graphic novel and merchandise, and in 2016 DeLonge's "To The Stars" partnered with Simon & Schuster for the release of "Strange Times: The Ghost in the Girl," the first in a planned trilogy of young adult science fiction novels co-penned by DeLonge and award-winning author Geoff Herbach. Comedian and author Karo is best known for Ruminations, his email column and series of books, his young adult novel "Lexapros and Cons" and his Comedy Central special "Aaron Karo: The Rest Is History." DeLonge is repped by APA, Management 360 and Jackoway, Tyerman, Wertheimer, Austen, Mandelbaum, Morris, Klein & Trattner. Karo is repped by Underground and Gersh. (PageSix)

Star Trek producer explains how Picard spin-off will be 'extremely different'. The mysterious upcoming Star Trek series bringing back fan favorite Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) is going to be very different in tone from previous shows in the franchise, and below, executive producer Alex Kurtzman explains exactly how. The writer-producer has worked on J.J. Abrams' Star Trek films and is the current showrunner of CBS All-Access' Star Trek: Discovery, as well as an executive producer on the Picard series. We asked Kurtzman how the spin-off will compare to Discovery and Stewart's previous Star Trek series, The Next Generation. "It's an extremely different rhythm than Discovery," Kurtzman told EW exclusively. "Discovery is a bullet. Picard is a very contemplative show. It will find a balance between the speed of Discovery and the nature of what Next Gen was, but I believe it will have its own rhythm." Continued Kurtzman: "Without revealing too much about it, people have so many questions about Picard and what happened to him, and the idea we get to take time to answer those questions in the wake of the many, many things he's had to deal with in Next Gen is really exciting. 'More grounded' is not the right way to put it, because season 2 of Discovery is also grounded. It will feel more... real-world? If that's the right way to put it." So, there you have it, the words that come to mind when asked to describe the Picard show are things like "real-world, contemplative, grounded." (And, yes Kurtzman used "Picard" as if that's the show's title, but there is no official title yet, and it's pretty hard to imagine the actual title won't have "Star Trek" in it.) Only Stewart has been cast in the spin-off so far, Kurtzman added. "The writers' room has broken about eight episodes and we're moving quickly, and I couldn't be more excited about it," he noted. There's no premiere date announced as of yet. In the meantime, we have season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery coming Jan. 17. Kurtzman took over the captain's chair on the series last June. Now that the Discovery story has moved beyond the Klingon war, the show is taking on a bit of a lighter tone and has added Anson Mount (as Captain Pike) and Ethan Peck (as Mr. Spock) to the cast, which is led by Sonequa Martin-Green (Michael Burnham). (Entertainment Weekly)

The First Images of Netflix's Carmen Sandiego Are Here. Carmen Sandiego has been found, and she's looking good on Netflix. Gina Rodriguez will make her debut as the new voice of the iconic globe-trotting thief in the new 20-episode animated series, which premieres January 18. She stars alongside Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard, who voices Player, Carmen's BFF and accomplice. Netflix has released the first images of the new series, which is told from Carmen's perspective, and so far, Carmen and her pals look pretty darn cool. The streaming service will follow up the animated series with a live-action Carmen Sandiego movie, also starring Rodriguez. Per Netflix, Carmen Sandiego tells Carmen's backstory from her perspective, describing her as a modern-day Robin Hood who steals from V.I.L.E. to give back to their victims. "Carmen is publicly perceived as a criminal by most law enforcement agencies�correction, make that a master criminal due to the sheer scale and theatricality of her heists. We will follow her escapades and get to determine not only where but WHO in the world is Carmen Sandiego?" Carmen Sandiego hits Netflix on January 18. (Eonline)

'Power' halts production after car crash kills crew member. The Starz drama "Power" shut down production after a car crash at a Brooklyn shooting location killed a longtime crew member early Monday. Filming for the show's sixth season was postponed out of respect for the family of Pedro Jimenez, 63, and to allow cast and crew time to grieve, a Starz spokeswoman told The Post. Jimenez, a parking production assistant who worked on the show since season one in 2014, was killed when a coworker ran into him as he was setting up traffic cones for a shoot on Douglass Street in Cobble Hill. "I just learned we lost Pedro Jimenez, a member of the Power production team early this morning. My prayers and condolences are with the entire Jimenez family," tweeted rapper 50 Cent, who co-executive produces the show. Stars Omari Hardwick and Naturi Naughton also posted their condolences on social media, with Hardwick remembering Jimenez as "beautiful, hardworking, GRACIOUS Pedro." "As a person in communication & exchange of spirit as much as I was with good ole Pedro... I'm rocked," Hardwick wrote on Instagram. "NO team ever imagines losing a teammate. Let alone like this." It's unclear how long the production will shutter for, Starz said. (PageSix)

Fox Network Group Launches Streaming Service FoxNow in Europe The SVOD platform will debut on Vodafone TV in Spain, streaming episodes of series including 'The Walking Dead,' 'Deep State' and 'Legion.' FoxNow, the streaming service of Fox Networks Group, will debut in Europe through Spain's Vodafone TV, the companies announced in Madrid. The service, which will include full seasons of series from the Fox and Fox Life channels as well as a catalog of other films and series, will be available exclusively to Vodafone TV Total customers starting Dec. 14. Highlights of the FoxNow European service include drama series The Walking Dead, Deep State, False Flag and Legion as well as Vis a Vis, Fox Network Group Espana's first local production with Mediapro's Globomedia. Telecommunications giant Vodafone is ramping up its service in Spain in a push to compete with other operators in the territory, particularly Telefonica's Movistar, which on Tuesday announced it would be including Netflix into its new online offerings. Netflix is also available on Vodafone TV in Spain, alongside such channels as AXN Now, HBO Espana and Amazon Prime Video. Ignacio Garcia-Legaz, director of Vodafone TV, said the company's goal was "to offer the best portfolio of film and television series" in Spain but said the group had no plans to follow Movistar+ and Netflix and make a major investment in the production of original content for the Spanish market. (Hollywood Reporter)

Kevin Hart's Oscar Exit Divides Americans (Exclusive Poll) Some 36 percent said the Academy was "right" to ask the comic to apologize for past homophobic tweets or step down, while 34 percent said that was "wrong," a Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult poll finds. Many Americans say that Kevin Hart made the right call to back away from hosting the Oscars after his anti-gay tweets resurfaced and he declined to apologize anew for the years-old remarks. However, the comedian's video posts to his 66 million-plus Instagram followers about why he didn't revisit his old tweets were viewed more favorably than unfavorably, while the film Academy was viewed negatively by some, according to a new Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult poll. Hart's decision to step down from hosting the 91st Oscars was viewed favorably by 44 percent of Americans in the survey, which was conducted from Dec. 7 - 10 from a national sample of 2,202 adults. Among respondents, 26 percent said that Hart shouldn't have exited as host. Americans were split on whether the Academy made a good call to ask Hart to apologize or step down: 36 percent of respondents said the organization would have been "right" to pressure the comedian to apologize, while 34 percent said that was "wrong." Generally, 29 percent of respondents said they viewed Hart less favorably after the episode, while 26 percent viewed the Academy less favorably. The comedian had officially unveiled his selection as Oscar host on Dec. 4, hours after THR reported that the actor had held talks with representatives from the Academy about the role. Hart, a reliable box office draw whose recent hits include Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ($962 million worldwide) and Central Intelligence ($216 million), was expected to help boost the award show's flagging ratings. This year's Jimmy Kimmel hosted ceremony on March 4 drew 26.5 million viewers, an all-time low for the Oscars. Less than 48 hours later after Hart's unveiling, news outlets had published stories noting the comedian's use of anti-gay and homophobic sentiments in tweets from 2009, 2010 and 2011 after those tweets had been resurfaced on the platform. One of Hart's first reactions was to publish a Dec. 6 Instagram video in which he wrote, "Stop looking for reasons to be negative...Stop searching for reasons to be angry" and gave a casual explanation about why he wasn't looking to revisit the tweets. The same day, he spelled out what he viewed as an ultimatum from the Academy. "So, I just got a call from the Academy. And that call basically said, 'Kevin, apologize for your tweets of old or we're going to have to move on and find another host.' Talking about the tweets from 2009 and 2010," Hart said in a follow-up video. Hart added, "I chose to pass, I passed on the apology. The reason why I passed is because I've addressed this several times. This is not the first time this has come up, I've addressed it. I've spoken on it." In the new THR/Morning Consult survey, 42 percent of Americans viewed Hart favorably after his Instagram post. Meanwhile, only 14 percent viewed the Academy more favorably. The hosting debacle also shed some light on what many Americans think of controversial, years-old tweets being resurfaced. Broadly speaking, 56 percent respondents agreed with the statement, "An old social media post does not represent the person who posted it and has no influence on my opinion of someone." On the other hand, 44 percent agreed with the sentiment, "Social media posts are a form of expression and influence my opinion of someone regardless of how old the post is." Part of Hart's Instagram explanation had been that he was being targeted by "trolls" online. In his Dec. 6 Instagram post he said, "we feed the internet trolls and we reward them. I'm not going to do it, man." For others, the comedian missed an opportunity to make a simple gesture toward inclusivity. "Kevin Hart shouldn't have stepped down; he should have stepped up," stated GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis shortly after the comedian withdrew. Ellis added, "Hart's apology to LGBTQ people is an important step forward, but he missed a real opportunity to use his platform and the Oscars stage to build unity and awareness. We would still welcome that conversation with him." The Academy has yet to comment publicly on the incident. (Hollywood Reporter)


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

Shaun the Sheep Goes Sci-Fi in Aardman's First 'Farmageddon' Trailer. Strange things are afoot in the Mossy Bottom Farm. It's close encounters of the herd kind in the first teaser for Shaun the Sheep's new movie. Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon continues the production partnership between British animation powerhouse Aardman and StudioCanal and sees strange lights that appear over the quiet country town of Mossingham herald the arrival of a mystery visitor from far across the galaxy. But at nearby Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun has other things on his mind, as his mischievous schemes are continually thwarted by an exasperated Bitzer. The film, which follows the $106 million success of the original Shaun the Sheep Movie in 2015, is directed by Richard Phelan and Will Becher, written by Jon Brown and Mark Burton, produced by Paul Kewley with executive producers Mark Burton and Richard Starzak, Peter Lord, Nick Park and David Sproxton. Lionsgate is releasing Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon domestically in 2019/2020, while StudioCanal is releasing in its territories of Germany, France, U.K. and Australia/New Zealand from September 2019. The film will be first feature released by Aardman since the company's founders Lord and Sproxton made the landmark decision last month to hand over ownership to its employees. The studio is also working on a sequel to its 2001 hit Chicken Run, still the most successful stop-motion animation of all time. (Hollywood Reporter)

Juliette Binoche Named Berlin Festival Jury President for 2019 The Oscar-winning French actress, a Berlinale regular, will head the 69th Berlin International Jury. The French actress and Oscar winner Juliette Binoche will serve as president of the International Jury for the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival, Berlin announced Tuesday. "I'm very pleased that Juliette is president of the 2019 International Jury. The festival shares a strong connection with her, and I'm very happy that she'll be returning to the festival in this distinguished position," said Berlin Festival director Dieter Kosslick. Binoche, in a statement, thanked "Dear Dieter" for the "tremendous honor" of being asked to head the jury for what will be Kosslick's last Berlin as festival director. "It means the world to me!" she said. "I'm looking forward to this special rendez-vous with the entire jury and will embrace my task with joy and care." At least since her international breakthrough in Philip Kaufman's The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), Binoche has been a star on both the U.S. and European film scenes. She was the first actress to be honored at all three top European festivals, winning the Coppa Volpi in Venice in 1993 for her role in Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors: Blue, the Silver Bear (and best supporting actress Oscar) for The English Patient in 1996 and Cannes's best actress honor in 2010 for Certified Copy. Binoche has been a regular in U.S. independent productions, including alongside Johnny Depp in Chocolat (2000), a role which earned her a second Oscar nomination, and together with Steve Carell in Dan in Real Life in 2007. But she has continued to work in Europe, where she made her cinematic debut in 1983 in Pascal Kane's Liberty Belle. In her carrer, Binoche as worked with some of Europe's acclaimed directors including Jean-Luc Godard (1984's Hail Mary); Andre Techine (Rendez-vous in 1985), Leos Carax (The Night is Young, Lovers on the Bridge) and Michael Haneke (Cache). Binoche's last appeared in Berlin in 2015's opening night film Endless Night from Isabel Coixet. She most recently starred in Claire Denis's sci-fi drama High-Life and Non-Fiction from director Olivier Assayas. The 2019 Berlin International Film Festival kicks off Feb. 7, 2019 with the New York-set drama The Kindness of Strangers from Danish director Lone Scherfig starring Zoe Kazan, Tahar Rahim, Andrea Riseborough, Caleb Landry Jones, Jay Baruchel and Bill Nighy. The 69th Berlinale runs through Feb. 17, 2019. (Hollywood Reporter)


Shawn Mendes "Walking on Clouds" Over First Grammy Nominations. Justifiably, Shawn Mendes was "so excited" when E! News caught up with him Friday night at Z100's Jingle Ball 2018 at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Hours earlier, he reached a career milestone when he earned not one but two nominations at the 2019 Grammy Awards. Mendes said it was "amazing" to find out the news live on CBS This Morning, where he helped announce the nominees alongside Alessia Cara, Zane Lowe and Janelle Mone. "It's literally like walking on clouds all day. It was just really, really crazy. It was a super emotional morning, because my entire crew and everyone I've worked really hard with for a few years was there," he said. "We all kind of experienced it together. It's amazing. That's all I can really say about it." The 20-year-old singer-songwriter said it was "for sure" the highlight of his year. "In My Blood" is nominated for Song of the Year, while Shawn Mendes is nominated for Best Pop Vocal album. In addition to preparing for the ceremony, airing live from L.A.'s Staples Center Feb. 10, Mendes is gearing up for a world tour. His first date is set for March 7 at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam. "I have 100 shows coming up, and I just announced my first stadium in Toronto," the "Lost in Japan" singer noted. "I have my biggest tour I've ever done coming up next year, so I'm excited!" (Eonline)

Sebastian Yatra Tops Latin Airplay, Latin Pop Songs & Latin Rhythm Airplay Charts With 'Ya No Tiene Novio' Sebastian Yatra attends the Person of the Year Gala honoring Mana during the 19th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Nov. 14, 2018 in Las Vegas. The Mau & Ricky-assisted song earns the brothers their first No. 1 on any Billboard chart. Sebastian Yatra scores his second No. 1 on the Latin Airplay chart (dated Dec. 15) as "Ya No Tiene Novio" with Ricky takes over the chart, sprinting 12-1 in its 12th week. The song, which was released Aug. 10, ascends with a 57 percent boost in audience impressions (to 14.23 million) in the week ending Dec. 9, according to Nielsen Music. "This No. 1 represents the value of teamwork in my career," Yatra tells Billboard. "Not only through Mau & Ricky's collaboration but also the composers, producers, my label Universal, and my team who made this song possible and all the music we have been releasing. I'm beyond happy with this win. I dedicate it to God, my team and my family. Couldn't be more thankful. Onward with our efforts and dreams." Yatra claimed his first chart-topper through another collaboration: "Robarte Un Beso" with Carlos Vives landed at the summit on the chart dated Jan. 13 with 16.35 million in audience. With the move, the Venezuelan brothers score their first No. 1 on any Billboard chart. They first entered the Latin charts at the beginning of the year when "Mi Mala" with Karol G, debuted at No. 14 and No. 4 on Latin Digital Song Sales and Latin Digital Pop Sales charts (dated Feb. 24). It later peaked at No. 33 on the Latin Airplay chart-dated May 19. "This is a dream come true for us," Mau & Ricky tell Billboard via email. "To be able to achieve this together with our brother, Sebatian Yatra, makes it even more special." Concurrently, "Ya No Tiene Novio" lands atop the Latin Pop Songs and Latin Rhythm Airplay chart, earning the two acts their first leader on both tallies. The song is the 11th title to top the Latin Airplay, Latin Pop Songs and Latin Rhythm Airplay charts in the same tracking week this year. (Billboard)

Imagine Dragons to Perform During Halftime of College Football Playoff Champ Game Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons performs in concert during 2018 Music Midtown at Piedmont Park on Sept. 16, 2018 in Atlanta. Grammy Award winners Imagine Dragons will perform at halftime of the College Football Playoff championship game on Jan. 7. ESPN and Interscope Records announced the performance Monday. For the second consecutive season, the College Football Playoff will feature a Super Bowl-style halftime performance for the television audience. The school bands will still perform at halftime of the game in Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Imagine Dragons will headline the halftime telecast and perform from Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay. The bands' song "Natural" was used by ESPN as the theme for much of the network's college football coverage and promotions. Imagine Dragons won a Grammy in 2014 for its song "Radioactive." The band will perform several songs in the halftime set, including tracks from its recently released fourth album, "Origins." The halftime concert will be free to attend but limited to those who secure passes. Details on how to do that will be announced at a later date. Last season, Kendrick Lamar performed at halftime of the College Football Playoff championship game in Atlanta. (Billboard)


Meghan Markle's Surprise Appearance at 2018 British Fashion Awards Is Breathtaking. Meghan Markle graced the 2018 British Fashion Awards with her presence on Monday evening. The pregnant Duchess of Sussex surprised attendees and Anglophiles alike when she appeared as a special guest to present Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy with the British Womenswear Designer of the Year award. Meghan famously wore a custom creation by the fashion house's artistic director on her May 19, 2018 wedding day to Prince Harry. For the night's festivities at Royal Albert Hall in London, 37-year-old Markle wore a bespoke Givenchy gown, a gold bangle bracelet by Pippa Small ($430) and coordinating strappy heels by Tamara Mellon ($550). As is expected from Meghan's typical beauty regimen, she let her naturally stunning features shine through with minimal makeup and a sleek low bun. And as the fashion risk-taker she is, Meghan went against the royal family's affinity for more modest ensembles by baring one shoulder. She also rocked plum nail polish, a major no-no for members of the British royal family. (It's been reported that dark-colored nail polish is strictly prohibited, as Queen Elizabeth II prefers Ballet Slippers by Essie.) "It is such a pleasure to be here celebrating British fashion and British fashion designers in my new home of the U.K.," Meghan said onstage, per attendees who captured her remarks on camera and shared them via social media. Cradling her growing baby bump, she also noted, "It's so nice to see so many familiar faces, many of you I've known for quite awhile and a lot of you that I've been able to meet in the past year. So, thank you for the warm welcome." After presenting Keller with the coveted accolade, the designer thanked Meghan for enlisting her to bring her dream bridal gown to life. "This woman is so amazing," Keller gushed. "I got to know Meghan on such a personal level. To have someone like that trust you on such a personal moment in their life... I can't thank you enough because it was the most beautiful moment." Keller made history as Givenchy's first female artistic director, having previously presided over Pringle of Scotland and Chloe. She and Meghan began working on the modern look in early 2018, with both wanting to reflect a timeless elegance. Following Meghan and Harry's nuptials, Keller explained her and the bride's creative process. "It was a wonderful way to start the collaboration with her," she told reporters, "finding out what she wanted for her day and just to find the absolute perfect style for her. Part of it was really a conversation in the beginning and then through a series of sketches that I proposed to her. We exchanged conversations about what would be the ultimate lines and proportions and the scale of the dress." Fans of Meghan and Harry can now see the gown Keller designed on display at Windsor Castle, where the newlyweds tied the knot, as part of the exhibit "A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess Of Sussex." The exhibit is open daily starting until Jan. 6, where it will then move to Palace of Holyroodhouse in Scotland from June - October 2019. (Eonline)

Michelle Obama's Book Sales Hit 3 Million as She Adds New Cities to 2019 Tour: 'I'm So Humbled'. Not only is Michelle Obama continuing her book tour after attending former President George H.W. Bush's funeral last week, she's adding new cities to the lineup! "I couldn't be more excited to visit even more cities across the country and around the world," the former first lady, 54, said in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE about the additions to the final leg of her book tour, Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama. "I've been so humbled by the response to the tour thus far and the overwhelming interest we've received from so many communities we weren't able to visit this year," she continued. "That's why I'm thrilled that we're able to expand our conversations to these new settings and wider audiences. I can't wait to continue the discussions that have been so meaningful for me and, I hope, for so many others." Even before its publication, Mrs. Obama's memoir Becoming made headlines. Her candid reflections about her childhood, how she struggled to balance her career as a high-powered lawyer and mother, and the challenges she's faced during her marriage to former President Barack Obama and as first lady, have captivated the nation. Rocketing to the number one spot on the New York Times bestseller list after one week, the hardcover edition has sold more copies than any other book published in the U.S. in 2018, according to the tour's press release. More than three million copies of Becoming have sold in the U.S. and Canada alone. The book tour has also garnered massive attention. Featuring earnest conversations with icons like Oprah Winfrey and Sarah Jessica Parker, the 2018 leg of the tour included 12 events across 10 cities. "Over this time that I've been out of the White House, I've had time to think and reflect for the first time in a long time. I spent some time really thinking about the people, the stories and the experiences that have shaped me and helped me become the person I am today," Mrs. Obama said in a video when she first announced her tour in September. "I am proud of what I've created. I'm proud because it is candid, it's honest, it is totally and utterly me. So I'm also a little frightened because it is so candid and honest and open," she added. That said, Obama is eager to share her book with the world -- and to see how it empowers readers. "I'm hoping that, because of this book, others feel the power of their own voice and their own story," the former first lady said. "Not in the big moments, but in the little things, the small moments, the bumps, the bruises, the highs and the lows -- because those are the things that make us uniquely who we are." Readers have been captivated by Mrs. Obama's candor and now they have even more to look forward to. The 2019 leg of the tour, which kicks off on Feb. 8 and is produced by Live Nation, is expanding to include 21 events across North America and Europe. There will also be 11 additional events in the U.S., four in Canada, and six in Europe. One event will occur in Paris, a rescheduling of the Dec. 5 date that Mrs. Obama missed to attend President Bush's funeral. And, like the 2018 leg of the book tour, a portion of ticket sales for each event will be donated to various local organizations to "make her events as accessible to as many as possible," according to the release. Unfortunately for fans, the featured moderators have yet to be announced. But they can register now through Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 10 p.m. PST for Ticketmaster Verified Fan presale, according to the press release. Registered fans who receive a code will have access to purchase tickets for the North America events before the general public on Friday, December 14 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Information on the ticketing methods for the European events is available at each city's respective ticketing website. (People)

Lyricist drops his own lines. Lin-Manuel Miranda is back in "Hamilton." Taking it to Puerto Rico to help raise money for its artists and arts organizations. One problem. He can't remember the words. Miranda: "Feels like, in my brain, the files are on my desk, but they're a little messy. I don't have all the lines back yet. It's a lot of lines. Even though I wrote it, I haven't done it in 2?/2 years. I definitely need rehearsal." And then what? "Three musical projects are in my head. I keep checking the temperature on them, like which gets written next, which is raw, which one's cooking." (PageSix)

Cardi B was so sad on the day that she announced her split from husband Offset that she wouldn't leave her hotel to go to a club gig -- and had to be pushed to a car just to get her there, a source said. The rapper was booked to perform at Miami megaclub E11even during Art Basel Wednesday, but didn't arrive until 4 a.m. Thursday. Members of Cardi's entourage were overheard at the club saying that she "didn't want to get out of bed -- she was so upset about Offset." "She was at her hotel and still didn't want to leave at 3 a.m.," said the source. "Cardi didn't want to get out of bed." Finally, spies saw her exit the St. Regis at 3:30 a.m., telling us, "someone was pushing her to the car. She didn't want to go." The "Bodak Yellow" rapper "just kind of lip-synced her way through a few songs," an attendee told Page Six earlier this week. Another told us, "she didn't look like she was thrilled to be there .?.?. It seemed like she was phoning it in, though she did dance and throw some bills." We hear those bills helped brighten her mood a little. "Cardi didn't look happy at all, and then someone brought her a big pile of singles," an onlooker tells us. "It was a huge stack -- thousands. It perked her up and put a smile on her face." The couple's split comes amid rumors of infidelity: A woman Offset was alleged to have texted to set up a tryst, Summer Bunni, last week made a tearful video apology to Cardi and has now even dropped a song about all the drama, called "Don't Matter." Offset and Cardi have a 5-month-old daughter, Kulture, together. Cardi also performed Saturday at the Jingle Bash in Chicago, changing the words in her song "Motor Sport," from "I turn Offset on / I told him the other day / Man, we should sell that porn," to "I turn Offset on / I told him the other day / We should get divorced." Reps for Cardi did not respond to requests for comment. (Page Six)

Hilaria Baldwin seems to be a calming influence on her high-tempered husband Alec Baldwin -- after he allegedly punched a man over a parking spot in November. On "Good Day New York," yoga guru Hilaria told host Rosanna Scotto of the alleged incident: "Have you ever gotten upset about a parking space? You know what? We're doing a lot of deep breathing and namaste work at home." Hilaria also said of her relationship with Alec, "There's probably a yin and a yang to it, right? I definitely .?.?. There's places where he definitely makes me a better person and he gives me perspective, and there's definitely ways where I give him perspective." Alec's pleaded not guilty to assault and harassment charges. (Page Six)

Sharon Bush wasn't invited to George H.W. Bush's funeral. Sharon Bush -- ex-wife of Neil Bush -- is steamed she wasn't invited to President George H.W. Bush's funeral. Sharon informed Neil that she hoped to sit with their three children, Lauren, Pierce and Ashley, at the service for her former father-in-law, but Neil's secretary got back to her with the snub, claiming there were not enough pews in the Washington National Cathedral. "I was going to take the train down. I wanted to pay my respects," Sharon told me. "But I paid my respects by raising three wonderful children during a 23-year marriage." Instead, Sharon had lunch with Anne Hearst and Cynthia Germanotta, Lady Gaga's mom, during the funeral. Lauren, wife of Ralph Lauren's son David, has provided 100 million meals through her Feed Bag initiative. Pierce is head of Texas' Big Brothers Big Sisters. And Ashley tutors women in safe houses. "I taught them everything they know about 'points of light' by taking them to soup kitchens and homeless shelters from the time they were 4 years old. I didn't want them spoiled," Sharon said. "I did this. Neil was never around. He was always traveling." Neil could not be reached for comment. (PageSix)

Les Moonves and Julie Chen are 'invisible' in NYC. Les Moonves and Julie Chen have been spending more time in New York since he was forced to step down as CEO of CBS amid the latest round of sexual misconduct allegations. "It's easy to be invisible in New York," a source told us. "Julie's not on [her former CBS daytime talk show] 'The Talk' anymore, and they're spending a lot of time here. It's as much of an escape as they can get from all that's going on," the source added. "She thinks he didn't do anything wrong .?.?. They have a small child. She's very loyal and is very supportive. She's a fighter and she sticks by her man." In July, the New Yorker reported that 12 women had accused Moonves of harassment. In November, the New York Times reported that actress Bobbie Phillips accused Moonves of harassing her, and this month reported on leaked details of a draft report to CBS by two law firms. Last week, a rep for Chen told Page Six, "Julie remains committed to her marriage and is focused on her family," and, "in fact, this has drawn Julie and her husband, as well as their entire family, closer than ever." He denies misconduct. (PageSix)

Kevin Hart has had his share of problems -- although he dodged a bullet in this one. One of the venues on his comedy tour is being sued by a diabetic woman who claims she got kicked out of his show because she dared to use her cell phone to check her blood sugar. Tonya Torosian claims she was at the Viejas Arena in San Diego last July when she began to feel ill even before the show began. She suspected the cause was low blood sugar, so she opened up a cell phone app which monitors blood sugar levels. The venue has signs posted prohibiting the use of cell phones, but this she says was a medical necessity. Torosian says she was confronted by security guards and she tried explaining she was a diabetic who needed to monitor her blood sugar, but that fell on deaf ears. She claims she and her wife were then escorted to a medical tent, where she again tried to explain why she was using her phone. Torosian says they were then ejected from the venue and never got a refund. Torosian says it's a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act to have an unwavering policy prohibiting cell phone use when there's a medical necessity. She's suing Live Nation -- which operates the venue -- and wants damages and an order forcing the employees to make accommodations. Again, Kevin is not a defendant. (TMZ)

The sober streak is over for Dennis Rodman -- the NBA star admits he fell off the wagon and had started drinking again ... but now says he's still focused on cutting booze out of his life. Rodman entered rehab after a DUI arrest back in January -- and has openly talked about the difficulties of going sober. He slipped up in the past 2 weeks and hit the bar scene in Newport Beach, CA -- but tells TMZ Sports it was a mistake and he's now going back to AA meetings in the hopes of staying sober. Rodman says he had stopped going to meetings because they got boring -- hey, at least he's honest. But, after he started drinking again, Rodman reached out to his agent, Darren Prince (who's also battled substance abuse) and his AA sponsor and asked them for help. Rodman says he was ultimately convinced to go back to the meetings and already feels like he's making progress. "It's a long process and it's gonna take time to get over the hump," Rodman says. Rodman has been to rehab before -- once in 2014 ... and he was also featured on "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" back in 2010. We spoke with Rodman's agent, Darren Prince, who tells us, "Dennis is the king of rebounds and he'll rebound from this too." (TMZ)

Carolines' holiday card takes jabs at Megyn Kelly, Alec Baldwin. Comedy club Carolines on Broadway has sent out its annual hilarious holiday card with its tittering topical wish list. As always, the card begins "May the holidays bring" -- with this year's highlights including "A box of Band-Aids for Ariana Grande to cover up all of her Pete Davidson tattoos," "Reserved street parking for Alec Baldwin" and "the ability to say 'Kim Kardashian, prison-reform advocate,' with a straight face." The card also takes a jab at Megyn Kelly, by asking for "some blackface to cover up NBC's red face," and alludes to disgraced #MeToo comics with a project called "To Catch a Predator: The Stand-Up Special." (PageSix)


Emilie de Ravin Gives Birth to a Baby Boy. Emilie De Ravin and Eric Bilitch's family just grew by one! The Once Upon a Time star announced on Instagram that she gave birth to a baby boy on Sunday. "Theodore Kubrick de Ravin-Bilitch was born at home on December 9," she revealed. "We're so excited you're finally out here to play with us! We love you so much Theo xoxo." Bilitch shared the same picture on his Instagram and his caption illustrated how eager he was to finally meet their newborn. "Mum was amazing, Vera is thrilled to be a big sister, and we're all very in love with baby Theo!" he wrote. de Ravin shared the news of her pregnancy in June when she posted a picture of herself with a positive pregnancy test. "Coming this fall...Baby boy makes 4!" she wrote. Theo is the first son and second child for the couple. The Lost star gave birth to their daughter, Vera Audrey de Ravin-Bilitch on March 12, 2016. In October, Bilitch provided a brief behind-the-scenes glimpse at some of de Ravin's pregnancy cravings. He posted a picture of a shopping basket on Instagram, and items in the cart consisted of three pints of Talenti gelato (Sicilian Pistachio, Caramel Cookie Crunch and Vanilla Caramel Swirl) and a bottle of Asiago Caesar dressing. While it's a rather interesting combination of flavors, de Ravin is a cooking enthusiast. She has uploaded a number of photos on her Instagram page of meals she has cooked, including homemade gnocchi, a sushi bowl, pancakes and more. No matter what, this baby will not be lacking in the tasty food department. Congratulations again on the new baby! (Eonline)

Colleen Ballinger a.k.a. YouTube's Miranda Sings, Gives Birth. "He's perfect." Those are the first words Colleen Ballinger used to describe her firstborn son. The YouTube star, whose Miranda Sings character inspired the scripted Netflix spinoff Haters Back Off!, has yet to announce the name of her child with husband Erik Stocklin. After Ballinger tweeted she'd gone into labor Monday, her friend Ariana Grande replied, "OMG." Grande, who cast Ballinger in her "Thank U, Next" video, added, "I love you so much." "Behold, the birth of the YouTube savior is upon us," YouTuber Daniel Preda joked on Twitter. "May he deliver us from the wrath of 2018." Meanwhile, vlogger and former Dance Moms star JoJo Siwa tweeted, "I'M SO EXCITED FOR U!! I CANT WAIT TO MEET THE LIL DUDE!" After her son's birth, Ballinger spent some time interacting with fans on Twitter. Joking that her "vagina is shredded" after childbirth, the new mom said she's "so happy" she's no longer pregnant. More importantly, she is "so in love with him! He's so cute it's actually offending me." Ballinger said her son "came so early," as he "didn't want to miss Christmas." While she's yet to share a photo of her newborn with fans, Ballinger did tell one user he looks "exactly" like his actor father. "It's almost spooky how much they look alike. A full on mini me!" the 32-year-old actress tweeted. "He's so cute!!! I can't stop staring at him! He's so perfect!" (Eonline)

Diane Kruger Opens Up About Motherhood After Revealing Sex of Her Baby. It's going to be an unforgettable season for Diane Kruger. With the holidays getting closer and the release of Welcome to Marwen weeks away, it's safe to say the actress has a full plate on her hands. But more than a month after welcoming her first child with Norman Reedus, the new mom is ready to open up about her growing family. "It's already chaotic in the house. I don't think it could get any worse," Diane joked to E! News before her new movie hits theatres. "It's a great moment of joy. We have a lot to be thankful for. It's been a wonderful year." She added, "I'm just looking forward to having my own little family and be together and have take-out because I don't think I can step away to cook." With the Christmas season also comes holiday traditions. Although both Diane and Norman come from single mother families, the Hollywood star is looking forward to starting new rituals. "What's exciting is to start your own and anything is possible and as long as my home is happy and light and positive, it doesn't matter," Diane explained. Awww! While promoting Welcome to Marwen with co-star Janelle Mon�e, Diane also let it slip that her first child is a baby girl. "She's very little, but I'm tired," the proud mom shared with Extra. "I feel like a superhero right now." Family aside, Diane is more than ready for moviegoers to experience Welcome to Marwen. The project tells the story of Mark Hogancamp (Steve Carell) who was a victim of a brutal attack. He finds a unique and beautiful therapeutic outlet to help him through his recovery process. And yes, it's based on a true story. See the film for yourself when Welcome To Marwen is released December 21. (Eonline)

Kodak Black got down on one knee and gave a lucky woman a ring ... though it's unclear if he's engaged. Let us explain. It went down Sunday night at Santa's Enchanted Forest in Miami. The 21-year-old rapper and the chick, Yung Miami from Miami-based rap duo City Girls, were near a concession stand when, out of nowhere, he kneeled ... presumably to ask her to marry him. You see the crowd congratulate the couple after he puts what appears to be a purple Ring Pop on her digit. Yeah, a candy ring. Another giveaway it's a fake proposal ... Kodak places the ring on Miami's right hand. Whatever the case ... you know Kodak's really into her. (TMZ)

Nicki Minaj has a long history with her new boyfriend, because she first fell for him when she was a teenager -- and she feels he's changed since his checkered past. Sources close to Nicki tell TMZ ... her first relationship with Kenneth Petty happened when she was a 16-year-old living in Queens, and she calls him one of her first loves. As they say, what's old is new again ... she's been showing him off in pics from a romantic getaway for her 36th birthday. We're told Nicki understands Kenneth has a troubled past -- he's a registered sex offender convicted of attempted rape -- but she's confident he's matured since his time in NY state prison in the late 1990s. Nicki believes in second chances and has faith he'll be good to her. As we reported ... Petty was convicted of first-degree attempted rape in April 1995, when he and his victim were both 16. Sources close to Nicki say the full context of the crime is Kenneth was dating the victim -- and her mother filed the charges because she didn't approve of him. Our sources say Nicki and Kenneth still have great chemistry, despite all the years between their relationships. We're told she was very stressed out before they got back together, but she's much happier since rekindling their romance. We're told Kenneth's been treating her like a queen, and even planned the birthday trip. We're told Nicki's friends haven't seen her this happy with anyone in years. (TMZ)

Lil Xan briefly left his rehab facility to prepare for his post-rehab living arrangements ... TMZ has learned. Sources close to the rapper tell us ... Lil Xan left rehab Saturday in order to go sign papers for a new house he bought in his hometown of Redlands, CA. The new crib is where he'll set up shop once he's completed in-patient treatment. We're told he'll have round-the-clock staff monitoring him to keep him on the straight and narrow. Xan wasn't allowed to fly solo for the house mission ... we're told a nurse from the rehab center accompanied him. After signing the house documents, he headed back to rehab on Sunday. Remember, he just checked himself in last weekend to begin treatment, and our sources say he'll be there about another week. After that, he'll shift to outpatient treatment at home. We're told his new place has a studio, so he'll be able to work on new music. His album "Be Safe" -- inspired by his hero, Mac Miller, is set to drop next month. Xan had told us in mid-November he was immediately heading to rehab -- but he didn't begin until December. His camp says a scheduling mix-up with the facility caused the delay. (TMZ)

Courtney Love has broken in a big way with her ex-manager, Sam Lutfi, and she's just filed to get a restraining order because she says he's harassing her and her family unrelentingly. We've learned Courtney has just filed legal docs saying Lutfi has been demanding money from her for services he says he rendered ... and he is now so pissed off he's incessantly harassing her with emails, texts and phone calls. Courtney also wants the judge to prohibit Lutfi from harassing her daughter Frances Bean and Courtney's sister. The judge has yet to rule. BTW ... both Courtney and Sam are being sued by Frances Bean Cobain's ex-husband, Isaiah Silva, for allegedly orchestrating a break-in at his house and trying to steal Kurt Cobain's famous 'MTV Unplugged' guitar ... which is in Isaiah's possession. UPDATE: The judge issued the TRO. Courtney's lawyer, Howard King, tells TMZ, "The escalating verbal harassment and threats of Sam Lutfi left no choice to Courtney and her family, but to seek protection. The Cobains are grateful for the anti-harassment order issued by the Los Angeles Superior Court against Mr. Lutfi and the powers it provides law enforcement to assure that Mr. Lutfi terminates all contact with the family." (TMZ)

Floyd Parton Dead: Dolly Parton's Brother Was 61. Dolly Parton's brother, Floyd Estel Parton, has died. According to his obituary, published via the Atchley Funeral Home in Tennessee, Floyd passed away on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the age of 61. His cause of death was not revealed. Described as a true "Renaissance man," Floyd had an array of talents and areas of expertise. Per the obituary, he was an "avid outdoorsman" with an "abundant knowledge of nature," as well as an "incredible cook." He also shared his famous family members' love of music. He wrote the hit "Rockin' Years," which was recorded by his sister Dolly and Ricky Van Shelton. The song was even nominated for Best Country Vocal Collaboration at the 34th Annual Grammy Awards. He also wrote "Nickels and Dimes," which was sung by Dolly and later George Burns. Floyd is survived by his sisters -- Dolly, Rachel, Willadeene, Stella, Cassie and Freida -- as well as by his brothers David, Coy Denver, Bobby and Randy. His several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews also live on. (Eonline)


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

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

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

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

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

"300 Pound Woman Kills Boyfriend By Sitting On Him!"
Truth! In Eerie, Pennsylvania, 44-year-old Windi Thomas has pleaded guilty to sitting on his chest and crushing him to death after an argument. The recommended sentence is 18-36 years in prison.

"NASA Astronauts Say That Stephen Curry Never Really Happened!"
Trash! But that's funny.

"3rd Season of Stranger Things To Be Set At The White House!"
Trash! Think about it. How could it get any stranger?


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

This Year's Salvation Army Feel Good Story
They stand outside every December ringing bells and raising money for those in need. But one donation in Orlando this week really has the Salvation Army's bells ringing. Someone dropped a 1904 $20 coin made from one ounce of pure gold in one of the little red kettles. As you might have guessed, it's worth a good bit more than $20 now. Appraisers estimate more like a whopping 1,200. Captain Ken Chapman said, "We were elated." The special coin helped the area Salvation Army hit 100,000 for the season. (WREG)

Enough with the Support Animals Already
If you need a support animal to fly, forget about Delta. The airline said it will ban all emotional support animals on flights longer than 8 hours and will ban all service and support animals under four months of age on flights no matter the duration. The new policy is effective Dec. 18, ahead of the Christmas holiday travel season. Delta amended its animal policy after finding an 84% increase in reported incidents involving service and support animals in 2016 and 2017, "including urination/defecation, biting and even a widely reported attack by a 70-pound dog." The airline said the updated support and service animal age requirement aligns with the vaccination policy of the CDC, and the eight-hour flight limit for emotional support animals is consistent with the principles outlined in the U.S. Department of Transportation's Air Carrier Access Act. Delta plans to contact customers to adjust reservations if the policy update impacts their travel plans. The full policy and additional information is available on (MarketWatch)

The Continual Decline of Western Civilization: Sex Island
It's called "Sex Island" and it's the brainchild of five hard-partying New York friends in their 30s and 40s including a hedge-funder and a nightclub owner. Sex Island is basically designed for men who can drop $6,000 on a "golden ticket" to a private island in the Caribbean with unlimited booze, food and women ready to satisfy them at any hour of the day. Reportedly there are also drugs galore during the four-day erotic holiday, but Sex Island's head of PR, identified only as Tony, said it does not directly provide any illegal substances, but rather acts as a middleman between dealers and guests. When Sex Island's splashy promo video showing off women at the hosting site went viral, the Colombian government did everything in its power to shut it down. As a result, the founders were forced to relocate and put down roots on a private island in the Caribbean at a luxury hotel willing to partner with them. Both prostitution and brothels are legal in the country that hosts Sex Island. But when guests need a break from all the drugs and women, popular extracurricular activities are available like strip tennis, naked pool games and even naked sky diving. (New York Post)

Those Crazy Kids Today
Meanwhile in Ontario, police rushed to a residence in Simcoe after a 9-year-old girl called 911. Turns out she was only mad because her parents were making her clean up her room. Constable Dave Sanchuck says there was no criminal intent, so the girl won't face any charges or consequences apart from a good "talking to." Her little stunt wasted about 30 minutes of time for two officers who could have been helping somebody who really needed it. (CBC)

Goldmember? Is That You?
Over in Vietnam, 36-year-old businessman Tran Ngoc Phuc (FOOk - or at least that's how we're gonna say it) has become a social media star over his obsession with gold. He apparently wears a total of 29 pounds of gold wherever he goes, and is always accompanied by at least five bodyguards who make sure that no one messes with him. He began making headlines in Vietnam after a series of YouTube videos of him showing off his massive jewelry collection went viral with several millions of views. Since then, photos and videos of him wearing his huge gold necklace, bracelets and rings have been doing the rounds on Vietnamese social media, and even on several websites in China and Thailand. While some people expressed their doubts that the jewels are real gold, most commenters wondered how he can stand walking around with so much extra weight. Phuc admitted that wearing that much gold took some getting used to, but says it's worth it as all the gold has boosted his good luck and prosperity. (Oddity Central)

Thou Shall Not Put Thy Husband to the Kidnapping Test
In China, a 33-year-old mother identified only as Chen is in hot water after allegedly faked the kidnapping of her 11-year-old son as a way of testing whether her husband really cared about her and their child. Reportedly, Chen filed a fake missing person's report in Yueqing City, on Friday. She told police that her son had last been seen near his school and gave them a description of the clothes he was wearing. The case was declared a top priority and huge resources were allocated to a regional search. The family even offered 500,000 yuan ($72,000) for any information about the boy's whereabouts. Turns out the boy had been safe and sound in the care of a relative all along. Five days into the investigation police found evidence that Chen had been lying from the very beginning. CCTV footage from a parking lot near the scene of the alleged kidnapping showed the young mother telling her son to go wait in another car, while she went to file the fake missing person's report. After running a search and tracking down the other car, they found the boy safe and sound. Chen was arrested and charged with "creating and deliberately spreading false information" but what's even more bizarre is that according to an official police statement, she staged her own son's kidnapping because she had recently been in an argument with her husband and wanted to test his love for them. One official noted that kidnapping is a very sensitive issue in China, where around 70,000 are kidnapped and sold on the black market every year. Very few of them are ever found again, so someone faking their own child's kidnapping for such a stupid reason as Chen's is very unacceptable. (Oddity Central)

I'll Show You... You... Car!
In Harbor Springs, Michigan, police arrested 33-year-old Chad Johnson over some anger issues he had... with his car. Police were called after someone reported seeing Johnson beating his car with a baseball bat in a parking lot. While on their way to the parking lot, Troopers encountered Johnson driving the car and pulled him over. They noted the bat lying in the passenger seat, an open container of alcohol, and also suspected Johnson was intoxicated. Turns out he was also driving with a suspended license and had more than one previous OWI conviction. When asked about the baseball bat, Johnson told troopers he struck the car because it was always having problems and he was angry at it. He was charged with OWI 3rd Offense, Possessing Open Intoxicants in a Motor Vehicle, DWLS 2nd Offense, and Habitual Offender. That means he could get up to 5 years in prison. (Michigan Live)

What the What?
From the "How Dumb Can You Be" files: In Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, police say Michael Cornell - an elected constable - faces a citation and potential fine of up to $600 for allegedly trying to buy guns from people on the street as they were entering the Wilkinsburg Police Department for its annual gun buyback program. Cornell apparently saw it as a good way to get more guns cheap. By doing so he violated Wilkinsburg's peddling ordinance. Police say they will notify and consult with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to determine whether any other charges should be pursued. Police will also review surveillance video to see if it appears Cornell was successful in purchasing any guns on the street. WTAE)


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


  • House bill 307 Texas would allow teachers to post the 10 Commandments in school classrooms.
  • Remember hearing the announcer say on TV shows, "From Television City in Hollywood?" CBS has sold that facility this week for $750 million.
  • The Motion Picture Academy is having a heck of a time getting someone to be the host for the Oscars and is considering a host-less event.
  • They've begun shooting scenes for the next James Bond movie with Daniel Craig in Norway.
  • Dolly Parton's younger brother, Floyd, died this week. He was 61.
  • Now there's talk of a reboot of "The West Wing."
  • Weird thing going on with Mel B. Something happened over the weekend -- we haven't been told what -- that resulted in her breaking a couple of ribs and having her hand injured.
  • Steph Curry is getting flack for saying in a podcast that he thinks the moon landing was faked.
  • Steve Harvey has a new look. A salt 'n pepper full beard, just so you're not surprised the next time you see him.
  • Michelle Obama is extending her book tour as sales have broken through the 3 million mark.
  • Time magazine has announced its 2018 Person of the Year is "The Guardians," four individuals and one group -- all journalists -- who this year helped expose "the manipulation and the abuse of truth" around the world.
  • Modern Family's Sarah Hyland is doing well after undergoing a second kidney transplant.
  • Troubled "Mighty Duck" star Shaun Weiss was arrested for shoplifting $200 in merchandise from an L.A. Rite Aid.
  • The CDC is warning people to not eat raw cookie dough during the holiday season.
  • A 4,000-year-old board game was found etched into the ground in Azerbaijan.
  • After 11 years of early rises, Kathie Lee Gifford says she's going to be leaving "The Today Show." Her last day will be in April next year.
  • The Golden Globes is going to add a Carol Burnette Award, which will be awarded annually to someone who "has made outstanding contributions to television on or off the screen."
  • If you're keeping score at home, North Dakota is now producing more oil than Venezuela.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Former gymnast Cathy Rigby turns 66 today. This is a bad time of year for her. She's so tiny, when she goes to the mall, people constantly stop her and ask, "So, which way is Santa?"

Dionne Warwick turns 78 today. One of her earlier hits was "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" Of course, now with Google maps, the song is no longer necessary.

National Poinsettia Day -- By an Act of Congress, December 12 was set aside as National Poinsettia Day. The date marks the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett, who is credited with introducing the native Mexican plant to the U.S.


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

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

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

In 1901, the first radio signal to cross the Atlantic is picked up near St. John's, Newfoundland, by inventor Guglielmo Marconi. The announcer acknowledged the signal by saying, "No, you are not caller number 9."

On this date in 1917, Boys Town was founded. Since Kevin Spacey could be listening, we aren't going to say where.

In 1925, the world's very first motel, the "Motel Inn," opened in San Luis Obispo, CA. Talk about a dive, when you stayed there, they stole your towels. Funny, but the first six couples to check in were all named Smith.

On this date in 1953, Chuck Yeager flew the X-1 two and a half times the speed of sound.
Needless to say, it was loud.
He flew so fast, while flying he could hear himself landing.
He was actually able to hear people say "Congratulations" before they even said it.

In 1955, the hovercraft was patented. Imagine a vehicle that travels without touching the ground... if you don't include low-flying planes. The following year, they came out with Hovercraft Macaroni and Cheese.

Music Calendar...

In 1957 KEX/Portland disc jockey Al Priddy is fired for playing Elvis Presley's version of "White Christmas."
In 1960 Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" makes it's first appearance on the charts.
In 1962 The Beatles' producer George Martin goes to Liverpool to see Brian Epstein's new act, Gerry & The Pacemakers at the Cavern Club. At the door he met Cilla Black who was working as the cloakroom attendant.
In 1963 The Beatles' "She Loves You" pushes "I Want To Hold Your Hand" out of the #1 spot on the UK chart. The group held the #1 spot for seven weeks.
In 1964 "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" by the Righteous Brothers enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1964 "Mr. Lonely" by Bobby Vinton is #1 and "She's Not There" by the Zombies is #2 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1965 The Beatles play their last UK concert at Cardiff's Capitol Cinema.
In 1965 Tom Jones performs on CBS-TV's "Ed Sullivan Show."
In 1966 Pink Floyd performs at London's Royal Albert Hall.
In 1967 A London Appeals Court commutes Brian Jones' 9-month prison stay for possession of cannabis after hearing testimony from 3 psychiatrists that Jones could not stand nine months behind bars.
In 1968 The Rolling Stones' "Rock 'n Roll Circus" is filmed at Wembley studios for television. It never aired, but was released on video in November 1996.
In 1969 The albums "From Memphis to Las Vegas" by Elvis Presley and "Hot Buttered Soul" by Isaac Hayes are both certified gold.
In 1969 The Plastic Ono Band, featuring John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Klaus Voorman and Alan White, debuts at the Toronto Peace Festival.
In 1970 "Love The One You're With" by Stephen Stills enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1970 "The Tears Of A Clown" by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1973 Emerson, Lake & Palmer's album "Brain Salad Surgery" is certified gold.
In 1974 Guitarist Mick Taylor leaves the Rolling Stones. He's eventually replaced by Ron Wood.
In 1977 Crosby, Stills & Nash appear on the cover of People magazine.
In 1980 Devo's single "Whip It" is certified gold, while Bruce Springsteen's album "The River" goes platinum.
In 1985 Former Rolling Stone keyboardist Ian Stewart dies of a heart attack at age 47.
In 1987 Michael Jackson & George Michael release the first picture disc CDs.
In 1987 "What Have I Done To Deserve This?" by Pet Shop Boys enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1987 "Faith" by George Michael hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 4 weeks.
In 1988 Madonna signs a 5-film deal with Columbia Pictures.
In 1990 Frank Sinatra celebrates his 75th birthday at the sold-out Diamond Jubilee Concert at the Meadowlands' Byrne Arena in New Jersey.
In 1990 Barry Manilow's album "Because It's Christmas" is certified gold.
In 1995 Michael Jackson leaves a New York hospital, six days after collapsing during rehearsals for a HBO concert.
In 1996 Clint Black receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 1997 The Doors' "Box Set" goes gold, while the albums "Third Eye Blind" by Third Eye Blind and "No Secrets" by Carly Simon are both certified platinum.
In 1999 Paul McCartney tells London's Sunday Telegraph newspaper that he cried for 14 months following the April 1998 death of his wife, Linda, but said he would now get on with his life.
In 2000 The albums "East Coast Invasion/West Coast" by Beatles and "Landing On Water" by Neil Young are both released.
In 2001 The state of Nevada declares this day Frank Sinatra Day.
In 2003 Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger is knighted by Britain.
In 2007 Rock architect Ike Turner, who brutally abused former wife and rock icon Tina Turner, dies in San Diego. He was 76.

Today In History...

In 1787 Pennslyvania becomes the second U.S. state.
In 1870 Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina becomes the first black lawmaker sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives.
In 1871 Jules Janssen discovers dark lines in the solar corona spectrum.
In 1899 George F. Grant patents the golf tee.
In 1901 The first radio signal to cross the Atlantic is picked up near St. John's, Newfoundland, by inventor Guglielmo Marconi. (The signal was transmitted from a point some 2,000 miles away.)
In 1913 Authorities in Florence, Italy, announce that the "Mona Lisa" stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris in 1911 had been recovered.
In 1917 Father Edward Flanagan founded "Boys Town" outside Omaha, Nebraska.
In 1925 The first motel, the "Motel Inn," opens in San Luis Obispo, CA.
In 1937 Japanese aircraft sink the U.S. gunboat "Panay" on China's Yangtze River. (Japan apologized for the attack and paid $2.2 million.)
In 1946 A United Nations committee accepts a gift of land from John D. Rockefeller Jr. in Manhattan as the site for the U.N. headquarters.
In 1947 The United Mine Workers union withdraws from the American Federal of Labor (AFL).
In 1953 Chuck Yeager flies the X-1 two and a half times the speed of sound.
In 1955 The hovercraft is patented.
In 1963 Kenya gains independence from Britain.
In 1964 Russia launches Voshkod I, the first multi-crew in space (3 men).
In 1975 Sara Jane Moore pleads guilty to a charge of trying to kill President Ford in San Francisco the previous September.
In 1979 In response to the Iran hostage crisis, President Carter orders the removal of most Iranian diplomats from the U.S.
In 1980 A Leonardo DaVinci notebook is sold for $5 million.
In 1983 A truck bomb explodes at the U.S. Embassey in Kuwait.
In 1985 248 American soldiers and eight crew members are killed when an Arrow Air charter crashed after takeoff from Gander, Newfoundland.
In 1986 In a speech, President Ronald Reagan vows not to let the controversy over the Iran-Contra affair prevent him from "getting on with the business of governing."
In 1988 35 people are killed in a triple train collision during morning rush-hour in south London.
In 1989 Six enviromental groups announced that so-called biodegradable plastic trash bags are "rip-offs" and urged consumer boycotts.
In 1989 "Hotel Queen" Leona Helmsley is sentenced to 4 years for tax evasion totalling $1.2 million. (Helmsley served 18 months behind bars, plus a month at a halfway house and two months of house arrest.)
In 1990 Lauro Cavazos resigned as U.S. Secretary of Education.
In 1991 Russian President Boris Yeltsin wins a landslide approval in the Russian legislature for his new commonwealth.
In 1992 2,200 people are killed in an earthquake that struck the Flores Island region of Indonesia.
In 1993 Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chief Yasser Arafat fail to resolve disputes over a plan to start withdrawing Israeli troops from the Gaza Strip and Jericho before a deadline.
In 1994 The Brazilian Supreme Court acquits former President Fernando Collor de Mello of corruption charges that forced him to resign in 1992.
In 1995 By only 3 votes, the Senate kills a constitutional amendment giving Congress authority to outlaw flag burning.
In 1995 Two French airmen shot down over Bosnia arrive home after nearly four months as captives of the Bosnian Serbs.
In 1996 An European Union agrees to join the U.S. in landmark global pact aimed at making computers and related products less expensive.
In 1998 The House Judiciary Committee rejects censure, and approves the final article of impeachment against President Clinton, submitting the case to full House for verdict.
In 1998 Florida Governor Lawton Chiles dies in Tallahassee at age 68.
In 1999 Author Joseph Heller ("Catch-22") dies at age 76.
In 2000 The Marine Corps ground all eight of its V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft following a crash in North Carolina that killed 4 Marines.
In 2000 General Motors announces it would phase out its Oldsmobile division over the next few years.
In 2001 A bus ambush kills 10 Jewish settlers, prompting Israeli warplanes to strike back.
In 2001 Gerardo Hernandez, the leader of a Cuban spy ring, receives a life sentence in federal court in Miami.
In 2003 Paul Martin succeeds Jean Chretien as Canada's prime minister.
In 2018 Poinsettia Day honoring John Poinsett.

Born On This Day...

In 1745John Jay, first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1789-95)
In 1775English physician/chemist, William Henry (Henry's law)
In 1786Politician, William Learned Marcy ("spoils of the enemy")
In 1805American anti-slavery leader, William Lloyd Garrison
In 1805Businessman, Henry Wells (founded Wells Fargo)
In 1821Novelist, Gustave Flaubert (Madame Bovary)
In 1863Norwegian painter, Edvard Munch
In 1864Editor, Arthur Brisbane (master of the big, blaring headline)
In 1879Actress, Laura Hope Crews (Aunt Pittypat-Gone With The Wind)
In 1881Film executive, Harry Warner (one of Warner Brothers)
In 1893Actor, Edward G. Robinson (Little Caesar, The 10 Commandments)
In 1894Engineer, Philip Drinker (invented the Iron Lung)
In 1901Screen/scriptwriter, Howard Koch (Casablanca) [d: 8-17-95]
In 1906Cartoonist, Zack Mosley (Buck Rogers) [d: 9-2-93]
In 1913Broadcast journalist, Winston Burdett (CBS News) [d: 5-19-93]
In 1914British novelist, Patrick O'Brian [d: 1-2-00]
In 1915Actor, Curt Jurgens (The Spy Who Loved Me) [d: 6-18-82]
In 1915Singer/actor, Frank Sinatra (Ol' Blue Eyes) [d: 5-14-98]
In 1918Jazz singer, Joe Williams (Everyday I Have The Blues) [d: 3-29-99]
In 1920Music publisher, Dick James (published the Beatles) [d: 2-1-86]
In 1923Game show host, Bob Barker (The Price Is Right) (95)
In 1924Former New York City mayor, Edward Koch [d: 2-1-03]
In 1927Inventor, Robert N. Noyce (founded Intel Corp) [d: 6-3-90]
In 1929Playwright, John Osborne (Look Back In Anger) [d: 12-24-94]
In 1932Basketball Hall-of-Famer, Robert Pettit (St. Louis Hawks) (86)
In 1938Singer, Connie Francis (Where The Boys Are) (80)
In 1939Singer/keyboardist, Terry Kirkman (The Association) (79)
In 1940Singer, Dionne Warwick (Do You Know The Way To San Jose) (78)
In 1941Singer, Tim Hauser (Manhattan Transfer) [d: 10-16-14]
In 1943Singer/guitarist, Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers) (75)
In 1943Saxophonist, Grover Washington Jr. (Just The Two Of Us) [d: 12-17-99]
In 1944Drummer, Rob Tyner (MC5) [d: 9-17-91]
In 1945Jazz drummer/songwriter, Tony Williams (Miles Davis) [d: 2-23-97]
In 1946Brazilian auto racer, Emerson Fittipaldi (Indy 500-1989, 93) (72)
In 1947Actor, Wings Hauser (Lightning Force, Roseanne, 90210) (71)
In 1947Singer/keyboardist, Ralph Scala (Blues Magoos) (71)
In 1951Astronaut, Steven A. Hawley (STS-31, 93, 41-D, 61-C, 82) (67)
In 1952Actress, Sarah Douglas (Superman II, Pamela Lynch-Falcon Crest) (66)
In 1952U.S. gymnast/sportscaster, Cathy Rigby (Olympic-4th-1968) (66)
In 1956Actress, Ana Alicia (Melissa-Falcon Crest, Ryan's Hope) (62)
In 1956Playmate, Sondra Theodore (July-1977) (62)
In 1957Singer/songwriter, Cy Curnin (The Fixx) (61)
In 1957Singer/percussionist, Sheila E. (Glamorous Life) (61)
In 1958Actress, Holly Gagnier (Cassie-One Life To Live, Gina-Baywatch) (60)
In 1958Actress, Sheree J. Wilson (April-Dallas, Walker Texas Ranger) (60)
In 1961Actress, Sarah Sutton (Nyssa-Dr. Who) (57)
In 1963Actress, Teresa Blake (Gloria Marsh Chandler-All My Children) (55)
In 1963Guitarist, Eric Schenkman (Spin Doctors) (55)
In 1964Singer/dancer, Jeff Aaron Brown (Pasadenas) (54)
In 1966Singer, Nina C. Alice (Slew Siskin) (52)
In 1967Actress, Anne Bobby (Greta-All My Children) (51)
In 1969Playmate, Carrie Westcott (September-1993) (49)
In 1970Actress, Madchen Amick (Twin Peaks, Nicole-Dawson's Creek) (48)
In 1970Actress, Jennifer Connelly (Dark City, Beautiful Mind, Hulk) (48)
In 1970Actress, Regina Hall (Scary Movie) (48)
In 1972Actress, Missy Francis (Cassandra-Little House On The Prairie) (46)
In 1972Country singer, Hank Williams III (46)
In 1975Actress, Mayim Bialik (Blossom, The Big Bang Theory) (43)
In 1977Model, Bridget Hall (41)
In 1987Actress, Kate Todd (Radio Free Roscoe, Life With Derek) (31)
In 1990Singer, Dawin Polanco ("Just Girly Things") (28)
In 2000Actor, Lucas Jade Zumann (Thrill Ride, Anne with an E) (18)
In 2004Actor, Skylar Katz (Alexander and the Terrible, Very Bad Day) (14)
In 2004Rap singer, Skylar Katz (America's Got Talent) (14)