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Grey's Anatomy has tallied up all those surgeries and 'seriouslys' for your enjoyment. Ever wonder how many hook-ups, weddings, births, and blows there have been on Grey's Anatomy? You're in luck: The show tallied up all the most important plot points to help celebrate the drama's important milestone. After the Feb. 28 episode -- its 332nd -- of the drama airs on ABC, Grey's will become the longest-running primetime medical drama in history. That means a whole lot of surgeries and "seriouslys" were used over the years. In Thursday's episode, "We Didn't Start the Fire," Jackson will throw a party to celebrate Catherine's surgery, while Helen pays Alex and Jo a surprise visit. Jennifer Grey will return as Carol Dickinson, while Jason George is back as Ben Warren, and Lindsay Wagner returns as Helen Karev. Star Chandra Wilson directed the episode. As previously announced, ABC ordered three more episodes of Grey's Anatomy for…

Movies

Annette Bening never thought she'd be in a Marvel film. Annette Bening. Husband Warren Beatty. She's made more films than Kodak. Oh boy, does she need not to work. Now comes a comic-book film. Bening: "Me, a Marvel movie? No idea I'd ever do something like 'Captain Marvel.' I needed a crash course to understand what I was doing. My stuff's mostly with Brie Larson, who plays Captain Marvel. The way she does it is that she insists it's real for her. That it's grounded in the story." The plot? Earth gets caught in a galactic war between two alien races. Oy. If you need the restroom, you won't miss anything. Bening: "My way to do this was to relate to it on a personal, human level." Right. So next year, if it doesn't bring her an Oscar, maybe a Barbie? (PageSix)

Rocket men. Pre-"Bohemian Rhapsody," Elton John wanted a movie about Elton John. In 2012, he chose Justin Timberlake. Didn't happen. Then Tom Hardy. Uh-uh. N…

Music

Selena Gomez is back in the studio, and the timing couldn't be more perfect -- 'cause, as of this week, Ariana Grande's more relevant ... on Instagram, anyway. Selena was seen leaving a recording studio in L.A. Tuesday night, and ya gotta imagine she hopped into the booth and laid down some tracks. It's been more than 3 years since she released a solo album, even if she's been featured here and there with folks like Cardi B. Funny enough ... as Selena was in that studio, AG surpassed her fellow pop star in IG followers to become the most followed woman, if only barely. On Tuesday, Ariana reportedly hit 146,286,173 compared to Selena's 146,267,801. Both ladies got nothin' on Cristiano Ronaldo, though ... who's sitting pretty at 156M-plus followers. Speaking of Ariana, she was seen leaving a rehearsal Tuesday in Calabasas as she prepares to head out on tour. Followers or not ... the hustle never seems to stop in this biz. Not to compare these talented lad…

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

How Idris Elba Got to DJ Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding. Idris Elba scored the ultimate DJ gig last year; he played at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding in May. How? By royal request. "Harry and I, we've hung out a couple of times through his dad, his dad's charity The Prince's Trust helped me out as a young actor. So I do a lot of work with them, Harry and Prince William a few times," the 46-year-old Luther actor and People's Sexiest Man Alive of 2018 said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday. "And Harry came to a couple of parties that I DJed, and he was like, 'Hey man, what are you doing on the date?' And I was like, 'Nothing.' He goes, 'Hmm, would you DJ at my wedding?' I was like, 'Is this a joke? Are you joking?' And he's like, serious." "It was great," he said. Elba will also showcase his DJing skills at Coachella 2019 in April. "I play house, been DJi…

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Jennifer Lopez Reveals She Whispered Advice to Bradley Cooper Before He Sang at Oscars. Not even Bradley Cooper is above a little stage fright. The actor, who was up for three Oscars at the 91st Academy Awards for A Star Is Born, impressed the crowd with an intimate performance of "Shallow" with costar Lady Gaga but not before receiving a word of advice from Jennifer Lopez. "He seemed a little nervous," Lopez revealed in an Instagram Live with boyfriend Alex Rodriguez Sunday night. "I just whispered, I said, 'The song is so beautiful. When they hear the first few notes, they're going to start applauding. So don't worry. Just deliver the song.' He was like, 'I got it, I got it, okay.'" Lopez, who was on hand at the ceremony to present alongside Chris Evans, gushed over the pair's "amazingly beautiful, intimate performance" and said it was "so special" to have a front-row seat to the magic. The World of Dance …

DID YOU KNOW?

Phone calls are 60% shorter than they were 10 years ago.Hangers are the number one thing in our homes people say we have too many of.Almost 4 million bras are made every day.The average American will spend a total of 6 full days (about 23 minutes a day) washing dishes.Men are about 4 times more likely than women to lose their hearing.One out of ten men have never worn a tuxedo.Crayons are the #1 thing kids stick up their nose. French Fries is number two.When it comes to our breakfast eating habits, 10% of us do this unusual thing? We put milk in a bowl before the cereal.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

In 2015, Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch went for sale at $100 million. There were no takers. In 2017, the price was cut to $67 million. It's now on the market for $31 million.Rotten Tomatoes is turning off the comment sections of a movie until AFTER it hits theaters. People were trolling and writing negative reviews before a movie would even come out.The Pentagon has spent nearly $8 million to treat more than 1,500 transgender troops since 2016, including 161 surgical procedures.Actress Lisa Seagram, who appeared on such TV shows as "Batman," "The Beverly Hillbillies," "Bewitched" and "Burke's Law" in the 1960s, has died. She was 82.The man who generously paid Girl Scouts $500 for the rest of their cookies so they could get out of cold enjoyed his moment of fame... until authorities recognized him as a guy wanted on serious drug charges. He's since been arrested.Matt Damon reportedly skipped the Oscars to do some discount shop…

Floral Design Day --

Your favorite flower is blossoming with secrets about your personality. Take a walk down the garden path, and once you decide "this bud is for you," check what your selection discloses about you. "Your favorite flower is a reflection of your feelings and personality," explains Dr. Elayne J. Kahn, author of "1001 Ways to Reveal Your Personality."

Roses
You're a traditionalist at heart. Just as there are many varieties of this flower, you also enjoy variety in you life. You're loving and compassionate -- and strong-willed when you need to be.

Pansies
You're neat, organized and get along well with all kinds of people. Reliable, kind, and outgoing, you enjoy family, friends and fun get-togethers.

Daisies
You're cheerful and filled with zest for life. Your vitality gives you a love of travel and a desire to visit new places.

Daylilies
You're free-spirited and view life as an adventure. Routines bore you. You live for the moment, taking each day as …

TODAY IS

Final day of February. Flippin' the calendar tomorrow!

Country singer Jason Aldean turns 42 today. Not sure what the L stands for. There's a guy with a whole new perspective on life.

Pat Monahan is leaving on birthday track 50 today. He's the lead singer for Train or, the engineer of the group, if you prefer.

Rae Dawn Chong, Tommy Chong's acting daughter, turns 58 today. It says she was born on February 28 right there on her dad's rolling papers.

Gilbert Gottfried turns 64 today. His career was flying along as the parrot in "Aladdin" and the duck in the AFLAC commercials and then he was hit by a tsunami of bad judgement calls in comedy.

Frank Bonner, aka Herb on "WKRP In Cincinnati," is 77 today.

Mario Andretti is 79 today. He's been around the track a few times.

Smokey the Bear, the U.S. Forest Service's fire-fighting symbol, turns 91 today. If you were thinking of sending him something, don't send a dried flower arrangement. They're h…

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1849, the ship California arrived in San Francisco with the first of many gold seekers. The prospectors became known as the 49ers and while some found gold, they never once made the playoffs.

In 1854, 50-some opponents to slavery meet at a schoolhouse in Ripon, Wisconsin, to call for a new political group. The organization later became known as the Republican Party.

On this date in 1861, the Territory of Colorado was organized... all the way up until it legalized pot. Now there are clothes on the floor, the fridge stinks, pizza boxes on the kitchen counter.

In 1883, the first vaudeville theater opened... and a giant hook was used for the very first time.

On this date in 1940, a college basketball game was broadcast on TV for the very first time.
In the days before March Madness, people had to settle for February "Infuriation." Just didn't have the same ring to it.
Doesn't it seem like if they want to keep a basketball game to under 2-hours, all they should …

Music Calendar...

In 1925 "Tea For Two" by Marion Harris is #1 on the charts.
In 1930 Ted Lewis & his Orchestra record "On the Sunny Side of the Street."
In 1945 Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie record together for the firsttime.
In 1958 Chuck Berry records "Johnny B. Goode."
In 1959 Cash Box magazine begins using a red "bullet" on its record charts to indicate the strongest upward movement.
In 1963 Paul McCartney & John Lennon compose "From Me To You" in the car on their way from York to Shrewsbury, during the Helen Shapiro tour.
In 1966 Liverpool's Cavern Club, an early Beatles stomping ground, closes when its owners go bankrupt.
In 1968 Frankie Lymon ("Why Do Fools Fall In Love") dies of a heroin overdose at age 25.
In 1970 "Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)" by John Lennon, "Spirit In The Sky" by Norman Greenbaum and "Celebrate" by Three Dog Night all enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1970 "B…

Today In History...

In 1827 The first U.S. railroad chartered to carry passengers and freight, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company, is incorporated.
In 1844 U.S. Secretary of State Abel P. Upshur, U.S. Navy Secretary Thomas W. Gilmer and several others are killed when a 12-inch gun aboard the USS Princeton explodes.
In 1849 The ship California arrives in San Francisco with the first of the gold seekers.
In 1854 Some 50 opponents to slavery meet at a schoolhouse in Ripon, Wisconsin, to call for a new political group. The organization would later become known as the Republican Party.
In 1861 The Territory of Colorado is organized.
In 1883 The first vaudeville theater opens.
In 1902 A Colorado mine disaster kills over a thousand.
In 1933 Leftist playwright Bertolt Brecht leaves Germany.
In 1934 "Palooka" opens and introduces Jimmy Durante and "Inka Dinka Do."
In 1940 The British ship "Queen Elizabeth" is launched.
In 1940 The first college basketball game is televised on W2XBS/New Yo…

Born On This Day...

In 1516 England's Queen Mary I (1553-58)
In 1533 French essayist, Michel de Montaigne
In 1820 Illustrator, Sir John Tenniel (Alice in Wonderland)
In 1824 French acrobat, Charles Blondin (crossed Niagra Falls on tightrope)
In 1890 Russian dancer, Vaslav Nijinsky
In 1893 Novelist/playwright, Ben Hecht (The Front Page)
In 1901 Chemist, Linus Pauling (Nobel-1954, 1962) [d: 8-19-94]
In 1906 Gangster, Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel [d: 6-20-47]
In 1907 Cartoonist, Milton Caniff (Steve Canyon) [d: 4-3-88]
In 1908 Actress, Billie Bird (Benson, Dear John) [d: 11-27-02]
In 1909 Actor, Olan Soule (Mr. Pfeiffer-My Three Sons) [d: 2-1-94]
In 1909 English poet, Sir Stephen Spender [d: 7-16-95]
In 1910 Film director, Vincente Minnelli (American In Paris) [d: 7-25-86]
In 1914 Actor, Jim Boles (One Man's Family) [d: 5-26-77]
In 1915 Zoologist, Sir Peter Medawar (Nobel-1953) [d: 10-2-87]
In 1915 Actor, Zero Mostel (Fiddler on the Roof) [d: 9-8-77]
In 1923 Actor, Charles Durning (The Sting, Tootsie, Evening …

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THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Beverley Owen, best known for having played the original role of Marilyn Munster during the first season of The Munsters," has died of ovarian cancer at age 81.Singer/songwriter Mark Hollis, frontman of 1980s British new wave band Talk Talk who sang "It's My Life," has died at the age of 64. Manager Keith Aspden said Tuesday that Hollis died after a short illness.A study by the University of Arizona found the typical worker's desk, which tends to be your smartphone's home for about 40 hours a week, has hundreds of times more bacteria per square inch than an office toilet seat. The study also determined that your Smartphone has 7 times more germs than a toilet seat!The NFL's Scouting Combine is underway in Indianapolis.In South Carolina, a man ponied up $540 to buy every single last box of Girl Scout cookies a couple of scouts were selling, just so they could get out of the cold.Jerry Seinfeld sued a California dealer in classic cars Monday, saying the co…

TODAY IS

JWoww from Jersey Shore turns 33 today. She's getting closer to having to change her name to J-eh. (Her real name is Jennifer Lynn "Jenni" Farley.)

Josh Groban turns 38 although he's sang like he was 38 since he was 18. He plans a quiet, but weird night tonight of sitting at home and singing, "You raise me up!" to his arch supports.

Former first daughter, Chelsea Clinton, turns 39 today.
Mark my words, you'll see her run for office someday.
We watched her grow up. We had to. When we wondered what was going on under Bill's desk, he'd always yell out, "Hey, look over at Chelsea! Isn't she cute?"
Seems just like yesterday, she was running around the White House, hiding under the President's desk. Oh, wait... that was... uh, never mind.

Former Los Angeles Lakers star James Worthy turns 58. You may not be worthy, but he is.

Howard Hesseman, Dr. Johnny Fever from "WKRP in Cincinnati" turns 79 today. I think everyone in radio has k…

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1801, Washington, DC, was placed under the jurisdiction of Congress. And it never recovered. Or, well, that explains everything.

In 1813, congress approved the use of steamboats to transport mail.
Not only would it show up sooner than if it traveled by land, but it would also arrive wrinkle-free.
They had to -- it was the slowest form of transportation available a the time.
They really should move to trucks or something a little faster.
After several weeks, the practice was abandoned after mail began arriving too fast.
It was a cost-effective way to move it, but also, the steam allowed you to take a peek at what was inside.

On this date in 1827, the very first Mardi Gras was celebrated in New Orleans. After the initial bead shortage, they were better prepared for the following year. Until then, the biggest question in town was, "What the heck am I going to do with all these beads?"

In 1883, the very first cigar-rolling machine was patented. Although, if he had known …

Music Calendar...

In 1942 "Deep In The Heart Of Texas" by Bing Crosby enters the U.S. singles chart.
In 1955 Billboard magazine reports that for the first time sales of 45 rpm singles had surpassed 78 rpm rivals.
In 1956 Little Richard's single "Long Tall Sally" is released.
In 1960 Smokey Robinson and the Miracles make their first TV appearance on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."
In 1961 "Pony Time" by Chubby Checker hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.
In 1967 Pink Floyd's first single "Arnold Layne" is released.
In 1969 "Stormy" by the Classics IV is certified gold.
In 1970 Simon & Garfunkel's single "Bridge Over Troubled Water" goes gold.
In 1970 Jefferson Airplane is fined $1000 for profanity on stage at a concert in Oklahoma City.
In 1971 "What Is Life" by George Harrison enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1974 Joni Mitchell's album "Court And Spark" is certified gold.
In 1…

Today In History...

In 1801 Washington, DC, is placed under the jurisdiction of Congress.
In 1813 Congress authorizes the use of steamboats to transport mail.
In 1827 The first Mardi Gras is celebrated in New Orleans.
In 1844 The Dominican Republic gains it's independence.
In 1861 In Warsaw, Russian troops fire on a crowd protesting Russian rule over Poland, killing five.
In 1879 The artificial sweetener, saccharin is discovered.
In 1883 The first practical cigar rolling machine is patented.
In 1890 Boxers Danny Needham and Patsy Kerrigan fight 100 rounds in San Francisco before the match is declared a draw.
In 1908 The design of the U.S. 46-star flag (adding Oklahoma) is officially released.
In 1919 The American Association for the Hard of Hearing is formed in New York City.
In 1922 The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously upholds the 19th Amendment to the Constitution that guaranteed a woman's right to vote.
In 1922 Reader's Digest begins publication.
In 1932 Physicist James Chadwick proposes the existence o…

Born On This Day...

In 1807 American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
In 1850 Philanthropist/railroad builder, Henry E. Huntington
In 1877 Sports owner, Walter Briggs (Detroit Tigers)
In 1888 Historian, Arthur Meier Schlesinger
In 1889 Physiologist, Charles Herbert (discovered insulin)
In 1891 Inventor, David Sarnoff (founded RCA, NBC)
In 1892 Actor, William Demarest (Uncle Charley-My Three Sons)
In 1895 Actor, Edward Brophy (The Last Hurrah)
In 1902 Golf Hall-of-Famer, Gene Sarazen (invented sand wedge) [d: 3-13-99]
In 1902 Author, John Steinbeck (The Grapes Of Wrath) [d: 12-20-68]
In 1903 Actor, Reginald Gardiner (The Pruitts of Southhampton) [d: 4-25-90]
In 1904 American author, James Thomas Farrell (Studs Lonigan) [d: 8-22-79]
In 1904 Singer/actress, Elisabeth Welch (Stormy Weather) [d: 7-15-03]
In 1905 Actor, Franchot Tone (Dr. Freeland-Ben Casey) [d: 9-18-68]
In 1910 Actress, Joan Bennett (Little Women, Dark Shadows) [d: 12-7-90]
In 1910 Auto racer, Ted Horn (most consecutive national titles 1946-48) [d: 10-10-48…