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TV/STREAMING . . .

Gina Rodriguez Memorized That 6-Page Jane the Virgin Premiere Monologue In an Hour and a Half. Gina Rodriguez had one hell of a job to do during the Jane the Virgin final season premiere. It was already an emotional mountain of an acting job due to the fact that she had to react to the return of the husband she thought was dead, but Rodriguez also directed the episode, and she had to direct herself doing a six-page monologue, filmed all in one take. On screen, it took up seven minutes and 15 seconds. That is bonkers on every level, and Rodriguez didn't just show up to filming with the monologue memorized. She arrived at the table read with the whole thing on lock. We were there, and it was wild. She stuffed a whole cupcake in her mouth! "Well, yesterday [EP] Brad Silberling said he would give me a hundred bucks if I came memorized, so I would say it took me about an hour and a half," Rodriguez told reporters after the table read when asked how long it took her to learn. …

Movies

Kathie Lee Gifford's new career as a movie mogul off to a fast start. Kathie Lee Gifford's decision to depart the "Today" show after "like 120 years" left fans wondering if she wanted a quieter life -- but instead her next career as a movie mogul is already meteoric, Page Six is told. The veteran broadcaster -- whose last day on the NBC show is April 5 -- took a hiatus last summer to shoot a romantic comedy with Scottish former CBS late-night host Craig Ferguson, which follows a widow's journey around the world. Gifford -- who wrote the movie after her husband, Frank, passed away -- has secured funding for another four movies, all focusing on the experiences of widows and empty-nesters. Gifford learned that there are around 15 million widows in the US and shrewdly recognized the group as an under-represented market. She said, "I've become a widow, I lost my mother, and am an empty-nester, and there's millions of women in America just like m…

Music

American Music Awards 2019 Data Announced. ABC and dick clark productions announced Wednesday (March 27) that the 2019 American Music Awards will take place Sunday, Nov. 24. The event will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Calif., from 8:00-11:00 p.m. EST on ABC. The nominees for the American Music Awards are based on "key fan interactions as reflected in Billboard Magazine and on Billboard.com, including album and digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, social activity and touring. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound." (Billboard)

Hello! Adele Was Just Spotted at a Recording Studio. Set fire to the rain because Adele has been spotted at a recording studio. It's been nearly four years since the 15-time Grammy-winning songstress released her record-breaking third studio album, 25. Thanks to this new sighting of the star, there's hope that perhaps her next record isn&…

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Kate Middleton Is a True Troop Leader During Scouts Outing. Kate Middleton is trying out a new title. The royal mother of three headed into the woods for her latest public engagement on Wednesday -- a visit to the Scouts headquarters at Gilwell Park in Epping, England. Dressed comfortably for the outdoor event in a J. Crew sweater layered under a Barbour jacket with dark pants and See by Chloe boots, the duchess was ready to join the Scouts. The kids are currently taking part in the organization's pilot program, which is exploring adding 4 and 5-year-old children to help them with communication, leadership, teamwork and other life skills. Judging by photos from their activities, Middleton was rarely without a smile or a laugh amongst the youngsters. At one point during the engagement, she joined in den building outside and enthusiastically huddled inside a handmade den as some of the kids tested how waterproof the structure was. It's not surprising considering Middleton has pr…

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Alexa Vega and Carlos Pena Reveal the Sex of Baby No. 2. Alexa Vega is about to be extra outnumbered by men, because she and hubby Carlos Pena are having another baby boy! Their son Ocean Pena Vega is going to have a little brother in just a few months' time. Alexa and Carlos learned the sex of their unborn child by getting a special cake made for a gender reveal, which happened while they were aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise. Alexa, Carlos and Ocean sliced into the cake on the balcony of their suite, where blue and pink decorations adorned the walls. "We had the most epic #gendereveal party yesterday in our room! Sure, it was just our little family...But it was PERFECT!" Carlos gushed on Instagram. They even revealed that their newest little one will be named Kingston James Pena Vega, or KJ for short. The Spy Kids star and her hubby are currently on a 3-week babymoon to relax before baby no. 2 makes its big arrival. According to Carlos' Instagram, each member of the…

DID YOU KNOW?

25% of married people surveyed would divorce their spouse if they won the lottery.During your life, you'll spend two-and-a-half years cooking, and over three-and-a-half years eating. You'll eat about 35 tons of food, which is like seven elephants.Around 27% of single men say they won't date a woman who has a twin.25% of us have never been inside our next-door neighbor's house.An analysis of studies reveals student performance can actually be influences by the way a classroom is decorated in the classroom.47% of women purchase makeup when they are feeling down.About half the population believes their hair is their most attractive feature.A new survey asked more than 14,000 people what major scientific breakthroughs they think they'll see in their lifetime. And 41% of people said this? Living under the sea.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

President Trump says that the FBI will look into that Jussie Smollett case.Someone in Wisconsin won that $768 million Powerball jackpot the other night.Disney is going to ban oversized strollers, smoking, and "loose or dry ice" inside its theme parks in Florida and California, effective May 1st.Walgreens is going to start selling CBD products in 1500 of their stores.There was a rumor going around that if you change your birth year in your Twitter profile to 2007, it would take on a new look. What ends up happening is your profile gets shut down because you're suddenly signaling to Twitter that you're underage.Kobe Bryant ranked the top three basketball players of all time in this order: He's number one, Michael Jordan is second and LeBron James, third.A new study claims that the average American can't afford to buy a home in 70% of the country.Israeli cave explorers say they've discovered a 6.25 mile salt cave near the Dead Sea, and that makes it the worl…

TODAY IS

Former tennis star Jennifer Capriati turns 43 today. So, if you see her, you might say "Happy 43, love."

Lucy Lawless hits 51 today. She's now Xena, Princess of AARP.
Tell me have you Xena... Xena?
How could you ever be accused of something and defend yourself with a last name of "Lawless?"
We always thought it would be smart for her to market a skin cream for older warrior princesses... and call it "Not Xena."

Jill Goodacre, Mrs. Harry Connick Jr. turns 55 today. Something to like in that couple for everybody.

Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Elle MacPhearson turns 55 today. Never knew what the Elle stands for... Talk about a couple of model birthdays. It's a beautiful day! Boy, that was a good year. Terry Jacks, who had a hit with "Seasons in the Sun" but now has to stay out of it, turns 75 today. And as a special salute, we won't be playing "Seasons in the Sun." That will at least make it special to me.

Eric Idle of Monty Pyth…

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1638, Swedish colonists settle in what is now Wilmington, Delaware, the home of the first massage parlor and Swedish pancakes, I think. Their influence is very obvious at the corner of Ya and You Betcha.

John Tyler, our country's 10th U.S. president, was born on this date in 1790. One of his more remarkable achievements: after office, he became a father again at age 70. If you're keeping track at home, between his first wife and his second wife, Tyler fathered 15 kids.

On this date in 1792, Sweden's King Gustav III died, nearly two days after he was mortally wounded during a masquerade party. That was the last year they played lawn darts with the masks on.

In 1812, the first White House wedding takes place as Lucy Payne Washington, sister-in-law of President James Madison, married U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thomas Todd.
Having a brother-in-law on the Supreme Court, I'm sure that didn't present any problems.
That's one way to work the court.
They lost …

Music Calendar...

In 1827 20,000 attend Ludwig von Beethoven's funeral in Vienna.
In 1957 Lonnie Donegan ("Rock Island Line") begins his second U.S. tour at New York's Madison Square Garden.
In 1959 Connie Francis performs on CBS-TV's "Ed Sullivan Show."
In 1962 "Duke of Earl" by Gene Chandler is certified gold.
In 1963 Jan & Dean sing "Linda" on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."
In 1966 The Ventures perform "Secret Agent Man" on "Where The Action Is."
In 1969 "My Way" by Frank Sinatra enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1969 "Time Of The Season" by the Zombies peaks at #3 and "Traces" by the Classics IV peaks at #2 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1970 Ringo Starr appears on the "David Frost Show," singing "Sentimental Journey."
In 1973 After their single "The Cover Of Rolling Stone" debuts, Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show are pictured on the front of the magazine.
In 1975 A…

Today In History...

In 1638 Swedish Colonists settle in what is now Wilmington, Delaware.
In 1792 Sweden's King Gustav III dies, nearly two days after he was mortally wounded during a masquerade party.
In 1798 The Republic of Switzerland is formed.
In 1812 The first White House wedding takes place as Lucy Payne Washington, sister-in-law of President James Madison, marries U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thomas Todd.
In 1848 Broken ice creates a dam that stops Niagara Falls.
In 1867 The British Parliament passes the North America Act to create the Dominion of Canada, effective the following July.
In 1871 Royal Hall is opened in London by Queen Victoria.
In 1882 The Knights of Columbus is chartered in Connecticut.
In 1886 Coca-Cola is created by John Pemberton in Atlanta, GA, as a hangover cure and a stomach ache/headache remedy. Cocaine was an ingredient of Coke until 1904 when Congress banned it.
In 1920 Actress Mary Pickford and actor Douglas Fairbanks are married.
In 1932 A vaudeville comedian makes his radio deb…

Born On This Day...

In 1790 John Tyler, 10th U.S. president (1841-1845)
In 1819 Businessman, Edwin Drake (first productive oil well in America)
In 1853 Inventor/electrician, Elihu Thomson (founded General Electric)
In 1867 Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Cy Young ("greatest pitcher in history")
In 1875 Lou Henry Hoover, wife of U.S. president Herbert Hoover
In 1878 Composer, Albert Von Tilzer (Take Me Out to the Ball Game)
In 1888 Businessman, James E. Casey (founded United Parcel Service [UPS])
In 1889 Playwright/actor, Howard Lindsay
In 1908 Actor, Arthur O'Connell (Mr. Peepers) [d: 5-18-81]
In 1908 Actor/writer, Dennis O'Keefe (Dennis O'Keefe Show) [d: 8-31-68]
In 1911 Actor, Philip Ahn (Master Kan-Kung Fu) [d: 2-28-78]
In 1913 Actor/comedian Phil Foster (Frank-Laverne & Shirley) [d: 7-8-85]
In 1916 U.S. senator Eugene McCarthy [d: 12-10-05]
In 1918 Singer/actress, Pearl Bailey (Porgy & Bess) [d: 8-17-90]
In 1918 Businessman, Sam Walton (founded Wal-Mart) [d: 4-5-92]
In 1919 Actress, Eileen Hec…

TV/STREAMING . . .

Katherine Heigl Cast as Lead in CBS Comedy Pilot Our House. Heigl's got herself a new starring role. The current Suits star will lead and executive produce the CBS pilot Our House, opposite Timeless' Malcolm Barrett. The multi-cam comedy is about a married couple, Shawn (Barrett) and Bridget (Heigl) who are committed to raising their kids with the love and support Bridget never got as a kid but discover how difficult that is when they've moved into her childhood home, with her insane parents and siblings back in the picture. Per Deadline, Shawn is a therapist, and Bridget tries her best to be as laid-back and progressive as he is, but often finds herself reverting to the old school style of her parents and now has to find a balance between these wildly different parenting styles. This is Heigl's first role in a TV comedy, and one of few TV roles Heigl has taken. She's currently on Suits, starred in CBS' Doubt in 2017, NBC's State of Affairs in 2014, and of …