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This is day 110 of 2015. There are 255 days remaining.


• George Takei (Sulu on Star Trek) is 78

• Ryan O’Neal (What’s Up Doc?, Paper Moon, Love Story) is 74

• Jessica Lange (Tootsie, Sweet Dreams, American Horror Story) is 66

• Andy Serkis (Sméagol/Gollum in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy) is 51

• Carmen Electra is 43

• Joey Lawrence (Melissa & Joey, Blossom) is 39

• Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr is 32. Was married to Orlando Bloom.


• 1635: The Boston Latin School opened — America’s oldest public school.

• 1836: The Territory of Wisconsin was established by Congress.

• 1896: the first movie was shown at Koster and Bials Music Hall in New York City. Up until this time, people saw films individually by looking into a kinetoscope. This was the first time in the U.S. that an audience sat in a theater and watched a movie together.

• 1889: Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau, Austria.

• 1916: Chicago Cubs played their first game at Weeghman Park — now Wrigley Field. They defeated the Cincinnati Reds 7-6.

• 1939: Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams made his major league debut with the Boston Red Sox.

• 1951: Singer Luther Vandross was born. He died in 2005.

• 1968: Pierre Elliott Trudeau was sworn in as prime minister of Canada.

• 1971: The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools.

• 1972: The manned lunar module from Apollo 16 landed on the moon.

• 1980: The first Cubans sailing to the United States as part of the massive Mariel boatlift reached Florida.

• 1999: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School located in Jefferson County, Colorado.

• 2005: President George W. Bush signed a bill making it harder for debt-ridden people to wipe clean their financial slates by declaring bankruptcy.

• 2006: Residents in the English town of Luckington started making extra money by charging to pull drivers out of a river that they were accidentally driving into because of a mistake in a satellite navigation system.

• 2008: Danica Patrick won the Indy Japan 300 becoming the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race.

• 2010: An oil rig run by British Petroleum exploded in the Gulf of Mexico about 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, resulting in the largest off-shore oil spill in U.S. history. The fire and explosions on the platform killed 11 workers and injured 17.


• Administrative Professionals Week

• Bedbug Awareness Week

• Coin Week

• Boston Marathon

• Pot Smokers Day, because it’s 4/20. From Huffington Post: According to the editor of High Times, Steven Hager, the term “420” originated at San Rafael High School in 1971 among a group of about a dozen pot-smoking students. Intent on developing their own discreet language, they made 420 a code for a time to get high, and its use spread among members of an entire generation through various vehicles like the music of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. Other versions say 420 originated from a police dispatch code that identified pot smokers or that 420 was the number of chemical compounds that are found in pot.

• Volunteer Recognition Day


• April 20: Boston Marathon (Monday)

• May 10: Mother’s Day (Sunday)

• May 25: Memorial Day (Monday)

• June 21: Father’s Day (Sunday)

More holidays



17: Pounds of chips eaten by the average American each year.



A woman was kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight for jabbing a snoring passenger with an ink pen. [That ESPN reporter is simply way out of control.]

A truck overturned in Washington state, spilling nearly 14 million bees. [Why were they trucking something that could have flown there in half the time?]

There was good news for a homeless man in Tampa. A forgotten bank account in his name had been collecting his disability payments for years. [The account statement was found aboard his forgotten yacht.]

Furious 7 has become a member of  a rare group — films that have earned a billion dollars. [And expectations are even higher for the sequel, The Frozen 8.]

On the beaches of Washington state and Oregon tiny blue creatures are washing ashore dead and stinking up the beach. [Eyewitnesses say it looks like what would happen in a battle scene if Lord of the Rings had been directed by Quentin Tarantino and starred the Smurfs.]

The female winner of the St. Louis Marathon was disqualified for taking a shortcut. [Amazingly, it’s the second time in a week that a gyrocopter has been in the news.]

The great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar spent his 68th birthday having quadruple coronary bypass surgery. [He had a near death experience. He thought his life was over but then he heard the referee call overtime.]

The great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar spent his 68th birthday having quadruple coronary bypass surgery. [And he can still single-handedly beat the Knicks.]

The great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar spent his 68th birthday having quadruple coronary bypass surgery. [He’s now resting comfortably. Well, not comfortably. They couldn’t find a bed long enough.]

A new study shows that when dogs and their owners stare at each other the love hormone oxytocin is released meaning that people can feel just as strongly about their dogs as they do about relatives. [Plus dogs don’t forget to return your power tools.]



COUPLE BOUGHT BEANIE BABY FOR $15 AT GARAGE SALE, WORTH $90K _ In England a couple bought a Beanie Baby for $15 at a garage sale — and later realized it was worth over $90,000. As a former Beanie Baby collector, Ryan Flanaghan recognized the bear as a limited edition Princess Diana Di Beanie Baby — one of the most sought after in the collection. But he was stunned to find out that the bear was one of just 100 made around the world — and that another version is currently listed on eBay for just over $90,000. The couple are now hoping to sell the bear and put the money towards a deposit for a house.

… The Princess Di Beanie Baby was created in December 1997 — the year the princess died — to raise money for the Princess of Wales Memorial Trust. It includes a poem on the tag which refers to Diana as an ‘angel’.

STRANGERS HELP GIRL CELEBRATE HER BIRTHDAY _ Mackenzie Moretter of Minnesota told her parents she wanted a ‘big-girl party’ for her tenth birthday. This meant inviting friends, but after her parents sent invitations to Mackenzie’s classmates and heard no response, her mother took a different approach. Mackenzie has a rare genetic disorder called Sotos Syndrome that has delayed her development and makes it hard for her to socialize. Mom went on Facebook and posted in a few local groups asking families with girls around Mackenzie’s age to stop by their home (in Shakopee) — and the response was overwhelming. To mom’s surprise, more than 700 people joined a Facebook event she titled ‘Mackenzie’s Birthday Party’, and a few hundred people actually showed up a a local park.

_ The letter carrier who caused a full-scale security review in Washington when he violated national airspace by landing his gyrocopter on Capitol Hill says he’s frustrated that his message wasn’t getting through. Doug Hughes had hoped to raise awareness about the influence of big money in politics by deliberately breaking the law to deliver 535 letters, one for each member of Congress. Instead, the overwhelming focus of news coverage has been about the gaps he exposed in national security.

MAN’S OBITUARY ASKS MOURNERS NOT TO VOTE FOR HILLARY CLINTON _ Nearly a week after a North Carolina man died, having lived a life passionate about politics, his family thought it best to include those views in his obituary. Mourners of Larry Upright, who died at 81 on April 13, were urged by his obit not to cast their ballot for a specific candidate in next year’s presidential election. The obituary read: “The family respectfully asks that you do not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016. R.I.P. Grandaddy.” Family members said Upright didn’t come up with the idea to include the line about the presidential candidate in his obituary, but they know he’s “up there giggling right now. Just laughing out loud.”

WORLDWIDE ELECTRONIC WASTE WORTH $52 BILLION _ The amount of electronic waste generated in 2014 equals to about $52 billion — about 60 percent of which consists of kitchen, bathroom and laundry appliances. Bottom line: Only about 16 percent of discarded electronics were properly recycled or re-used. Of the 41.8 million tons, or megatons, of e-waste thrown away in 2014, about 60 percent include:

  • 12.8 million tons of small equipment (vacuum cleaners, microwaves, toasters, electric shavers, video cameras, etc.)
  • 11.8 million tons of large equipment (washing machines, clothes dryers, dishwashers, electric stoves, photovoltaic panels, etc.)
  • 7 million tons of cooling and freezing equipment (temperature exchange equipment)
  • 6.3 million tons of screens
  • 3 million tons of small IT (mobile phones, pocket calculators, personal computers, printers, etc.)
  • 1 million tons of lamps

MOM ARRESTED FOR LEAVING 4-YEAR-OLD HOME ALONE _ A Southern California woman is facing child endangerment charges after she left her 4-year-old daughter home alone while she took off on a day trip with friends. The 28-year-old mom was arrested when a neighbor called authorities to report the child was in the house by herself. San Bernardino Count Sherriff’s Department attempted to locate the young girl’s parents, but was unable to reach the mom. They then called the girl’s father, who was in Taiwan on business trip. The mom arrived home about two hours later and admitted to authorities that she had left the child alone earlier in the day without arranging for anyone to take care of her. She had gone on a road trip with friends two hours away. The mother also allegedly told deputies that she thought it was fine to leave the child alone because in China, she could do that as long as she left food for her and a list of detailed instructions on when to eat and what time to go to bed — which she had done. Deputies had found the note and some food while searching the house before the mother’s arrival, but apparently the food was too high for the child to reach by herself.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s your home alone story? How old were you when your parents left you home alone the first time?

KIM JONG UN SCALED THE NORTH’S TALLEST PEAK* _ On Saturday North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had a busy day — scaling the snowswept 9,000-foot tallest peak in his kingdom. And, naturally, North Korea’s state media trumpeted their leader’s not-so-real accomplishment. One headline: “Climbing Mount Paektu provides precious mental pabulum more powerful than any kind of nuclear weapon

… Mount Paektu is significant to the Kim dynasty: The regime has long claimed that Kim Jong Il was born on the mountain, giving them a “Mount Paektu bloodline.”

THE ORIGINAL SELFIE STICK WAS INVENTED IN THE 1980s _ Think you’re being all 2015 with your selfie stick? Man, you are way, way behind the times. The selfie stick was actually invented back in the 1980s. The concept didn’t take off until Bluetooth-enabled smartphone cameras in recent years, but the concept has been around for decades now. The original inventor of the selfie stick was a Japanese man named Hiroshi Ueda, who worked for the Minolta camera company. After being frustrated with the photo skills of passers-by ruining his vacation memories Ueda decided to use his engineering skills to take things in his own hands. He ended up creating an “extender stick,” which was a metal, extendable stick with a tripod screw on which he mounted a compact camera with a mirror attached to the front.

… Ueda filed a patent for the invention in 1983, and it was published by the US patent office in 1985. The document was titled “Telescopic extender for supporting compact camera.” Unfortunately for Ueda, this original idea never took off. Although Minolta did bring the device to market, it didn’t have many sales and was never a commercial success. • UEDA SELFIE

A FEW CIGARETTES A DAY ARE STILL DAMAGING TO HEALTH _ While the negative health effects of smoking have been well known for decades, many social smokers consider a few cigarettes a day not to be the biggest deal. French doctors, who conducted a recent study, have found that a third of smokers claimed up to 10 cigarettes a day was not associated with any risk of lung cancer. On top of that worrying statistic, only half of full-time smokers considered themselves at higher risk of lung cancer than the general population. Researchers said they were shocked that half of the people studied thought there was such thing as a “safe cigarette.”

ST. LOUIS MARATHON WIN OVERTURNED IN CHEATING SCANDAL _ Kendall Schler, who was originally declared the winner of this year’s St. Louis Marathon on April 12, had her title taken away and was officially disqualified after marathon officials discovered that she cheated to win the race. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch report Schler came onto the course at the last checkpoint to cross the finish line before anyone else Officials said that Schler did not register any times on the route, and that a review of last year’s marathon photos failed to turn up images of her on the course. As a result, her times have been erased, her spot in Boston vacated and she will no longer be allowed to run in the St. Louis Marathon.

… Schler’s third-place finish in last year’s St. Louis Marathon allowed her to qualify for this year’s Boston Marathon, which runs today (April 20).

JIM HARBAUGH ANSWERS MICHIGAN’S ULTIMATE FRISBEE TEAM’S PLEA _ Michigan’s Ultimate Frisbee team on Tuesday made a plea to have football coach Jim Harbaugh attend one of its practices, using The Black Sheep, a humor website for Michigan students. The plea, headlined “Ultimate Fris-Baugh,” included a compelling pitch complete with pictures and video of why Harbaugh should show up. With regional championships just two weeks away, the team implored Harbaugh to stop by, if he could. As the team prepared for its workout at Elbel Field on campus Wednesday night, a surprise visitor appeared on the sideline. Ultimate Frisbee player said, “We started to get a little energized and nervous, too.” Harbaugh met the team and ended up staying for almost the entire two-hour practice, poking his head into huddles. Afterward, he took pictures with the team.

… Harbaugh even offered up Michigan’s huge indoor practice facility and the team’s weight room to help the Ultimate team prepare for regionals.

LOVE RAMEN? LOVE BATHS? TRY A RAMEN NOODLE BATH _ The people of Hakone, Japan don’t mess around when it comes to ramen. Patrons of Yunessan Spa House know that a noodle bath is good for the skin and can increase metabolism, which is why they bathe in ramen too. The owner of Yunessan Spa says, “Lately people are very concerned about having beautiful skin, and they know the effect of collagen, which is contained in our pork-based broth. At this bath, everybody can have fun and take advantage of the healthy elements of ramen noodles.” But not everyone is a fan. One customer bathing in the noodles said, “It’s gooey. It’s weird. The trick is not to think about those nooks and crannies where the noodles can go.”



WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CLOWNS BATTLE PROTESTERS IN BIG TOP BRAWL _ A California circus became the site of a chaotic melee on Friday when clowns clashed with animal rights activists in front of hundreds of onlookers. The fight allegedly broke out when protesters forced their way under the big top and workers tried to stop them.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: OLD MAN SNATCHES CASE OF CASH FROM BANK GUARDS _ In China an elderly man became furious at bank tellers after he was informed he could not make a withdrawal because the bank had closed. Surveillance footage shows the man attempting to throw chairs at the service counter and refusing to leave the premises. After a 20-minute standoff, armed guards carrying two cases of cash were leaving the bank when the man stopped the guards and wrested away one of the cases. Police were called and they convinced him to give the case back. He didn’t go to jail … the old guy’s family was called to pick him up.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COFFEE-CRAVING PARROT DISTRACTED DRIVER _ Pennsylvania State Police said a woman who crashed her car told investigators she was distracted by her parrot. Angel Holyfield crashed her car into a guard rail after she became distracted when her pet parrot pecked at the lid of her cup in an attempt to reach the coveted coffee inside. The parrot was safely removed from the vehicle. Police did not say whether the bird sustained any injuries from the crash.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: A parrot that craves coffee? What’s human food does your pet crave?

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: RACCOON CLIMBS 700-FOOT-TALL CRANE, POOPS AT THE TOP _ A raccoon with no fears of heights is famous on social media after it climbed a 700-foot-tall construction crane in downtown Toronto. On Thursday morning, crane operator Robert MacFarlane captured photos of the critter climbing up the ladder towards where he was positioned. But before making its way down, MacFarlane tweeted that the raccoon also defecated at the top of the crane. The animal managed to reach the ground safely.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DON’T TRANSPORT PETS THIS WAY _ Police in northeast Ohio caught up with a minivan carrying four caged puppies after dozens of calls poured in to 911 centers. Akron police say the driver didn’t realize he did anything wrong by transporting the puppies in a cage on the roof of the minivan. On the roof! He was taking the 3-month-old puppies to his wife’s family in Pennsylvania, some 300 miles away. The man, his wife and their four children were inside the minivan. Police didn’t charge the man, but educated him on proper transportation of animals. The puppies appeared shaken, but fine otherwise. • VIDEO

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FIREFIGHTERS HEAR CRIES FOR HELP, SAVE PARROTS _ Firefighters in Boise, Idaho, responding to a house fire thought they heard the screams of people inside. The voices were screaming, “Help! Fire!” But when firefighters investigated they found parrots that had been trained to cry for help. There was actually nobody in the house. Crews removed the birds and gave them oxygen.



DANCING WITH THE STARS (8p ET, ABC) — The eight remaining couples perform to songs inspired by spring break.

2 BROKE GIRLS, ETC. (8p ET, CBS) — New. Followed by new episodes of Mike & Molly, Scorpion (season finale) and NCIS: Los Angeles.

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — The top ten artists perform. Dave Stewart, Mark Ronson, Ryan Tedder and Scott Hendricks advise.

GOTHAM (8p ET, FOX) — New. Then a new episode of The Following.

CASTLE (10p ET, ABC) — New

STARTALK (11p ET, National Geographic) — Hosted by astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, the first episode features Star Trek’s George Takei.



FURIOUS 7 DRIVES BEYOND $1 BILLION _ The action movie Furious 7 is No. 1 at the North American box office for a third weekend, scoring an additional $29 million.

… Globally Furious 7 has now made $1.15 billion.

… Coming in at No. 2 for the weekend was Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 with $24 million, followed by Unfriended at No. 3 with $16 million.

… Monkey Kingdom debut at No. 7 with $4.7 million.

THE ROCK: FAST AND FURIOUS 8 COULD TAKE PLACE IN NEW YORK CITY _ They’ve driven the mean streets of Los Angeles, drifted through Tokyo, and blazed trails across the world. So what’s the next destination for the Fast and Furious franchise? According to The Rock, it could be the Big Apple. Dwayne Johnson says it’s “possible” the next film could set its sights on New York City. But before a location is determined, The Rock and Fast star Vin Diesel agree they have to raise the bar for the next film while still maintaining the strong character development that’s been a signature of the series thus far.

BOBBY FLAY RESPONDS TO CHEATING RUMORS _ Bobby Flay has found himself in some boiling water following the news that he and his wife, former Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star Stephanie March, were headed for divorce. According to reports, the split between Flay and March has been a long time coming. While their marriage had some low points, it was a cheating allegation that seems to have broken the camel’s back. Rumor has it that Flay has been having an affair with one of his assistants, now being identified as 28-year-old Elyse Tirrell, a singer/actress who worked at Flay’s Bar Americain in 2008 before becoming his assistant.

… Fox New reports March learned of the affair shortly after Thanksgiving.

… Since the cheating allegations came to light, there has been quite a bit of mudslinging going on between the couple, including rumors that March also cheated during their relationship and that Flay has cancelled all of their shared credit cards, leaving March with almost nothing.

BOBBY FLAY’S REP RESPONDS TO ALLEGATIONS _ In response to the report that said Bobby Flay and his assistant Elyse Tirrell had a three year relationship, Flay’s rep says, “We will continue to refrain from responding to the continued efforts by certain parties to spread rumors and innuendo. This specific allegation was in a letter sent from one attorney in this case to the other. It was written and then leaked specifically to try to insert this story into the press, and that’s unfortunate. Even more unfortunate is that all of this is being done in order to renegotiate a pre-nuptial agreement that was agreed to over a decade ago and never amended during the marriage.”

CONAN O’BRIEN RIPS STAFF WRITER _ Conan O’Brien blasted one of his show writers Sunday for sending a series of sharp and nasty messages on what he saw as the dismal state of late night television. Conan tweeted: “I wish one of my writers would focus on making my show funnier instead of tweeting stupid things about the state of late night comedy.” O’Brien was referring to Andres du Bouchet, a writer for Conan’s show, who took to Twitter on Thursday with a barrage of scathing messages:

• “Comedy in 2015 needs a severe [mother-blanking] shakeup. No celebrities, no parodies, no pranks, no mash-ups or hashtag wars. And shove your lip-syncing up your [butt].”

• “Prom King Comedy. That’s what I call all this [stuff]. You’ve let the popular kids appropriate the very art form that helped you deal.”

… While not naming any of the rival late night shows, Du Bouchet’s messages didn’t leave much doubt as to the targets. The “Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” regularly features lip-sync segments, and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” is known for its pranks, and celebrity send-ups are common. • THE TWEETS

DETAILS ON ‘STAR WARS ANTHOLOGY: ROGUE ONE’ _ Plenty of new details about the expanded Star Wars universe have been revealed. Rogue One is about a band of resistance fighters who “unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans”.

FANTASTIC FOUR TRAILER GIVES US A FIRST LOOK AT DR. DOOM _ In the official trailer for The Fantastic Four, released Sunday, the young team gains their superhuman abilities, and villain Dr. Doom makes his first appearance. The trailer introduces Dr. Storm. In the clip, Dr. Storm defends his work before a committee, touting the genius of his young scientist. The video goes on to show the origin of the franchise’s superheroes — a teleportation incident gone wrong. The trip to an unknown, otherworld causes the quartet to gain unique and superhuman abilities. The new film will hit theaters on August 7. • VIDEO

IF NETFLIX WERE A NETWORK IT WOULD BE AT LEAST THE FOURTH-BIGGEST _ According to new estimates (from BTIG Research) the average Netflix subscriber streams movies and programs for two hours a day. If you compare that number to traditional, live TV viewing, where the average American sits in front of the box for around 5 hours every day, according to Nielsen, that might not seem like a huge dent. But as Business Insider points out, Netflix two hours is on one network (Netflix) versus five hours on ALL TV networks. In fact, if Netflix were a U.S. broadcast network, it would be at least the fourth-biggest network, or maybe higher.

1989 SET TO DROP OUT OF TOP FIVE _ Taylor Swift’s 1989 has been in the top five on Billboard‘s album chart for the past 24 weeks, but that’s about to end. Based on current projections, 1989 will be bumped from the top five for the first time since it’s late-2014 release. Taylor Swift’s 1989 album has produced two number one singles, Shake it Off and Blank Space. Her latest single is Style.

ALEC BALDWIN PROTEST GETS SWIFT BACKLASH _ Alec Baldwin is not the most popular guy these days, least of all with the minimum wage workers whose protest in the streets of Manhattan last week irked the millionaire so much he took to Twitter to wage his own protest while he waited in traffic. Baldwin tweeted: “(They should protest) somewhere where they’re not going to block the rush hour here in Manhattan at 6 o’clock in the evening. That’s a terrible idea. Life in New York is hard enough as it is. I know that when the Occupy Wall Street movement did this, the cops beat the hell out of them. Do you see any cops beating these people up now? Why do you think they’re not?” And you can just imagine the response Baldwin’s tweets have received since they were posted Wednesday night.

BUBBLE SHOWS: WHICH ONES SHOULD BE SAVED? _ It’s time for the networks to decide which shows to cut and which to bring back in the fall, and undoubtedly, some of your favorites are in jeopardy. TV Guide put together a list of shows that are likely on the bubble:

  • About a Boy
  • American Crime
  • Backstrom
  • Battle Creek
  • Castle
  • Constantine
  • Cristela
  • CSI
  • CSI: Cyber
  • The Following
  • Forever
  • Galavant
  • Hart of Dixie
  • Marry Me
  • Marvel’s Agent Carter
  • The Mindy Project
  • The Mytseries of Laura
  • Nashville
  • The Night Shift
  • One Big Happy
  • Resurrection
  • Revenge
  • Secrets and Lies
  • Stalker
  • State of Affairs



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  1. Furious 7, $29 million
  2. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, $24 million
  3. Unfriended, $16 million
  4. Home, $10.3 million
  5. The Longest Ride, $6.8 million
  6. Get Hard, $4.8 million
  7. Monkey Kingdom, $4.7 million
  8. Woman in Gold, $4.5 million
  9. The Divergent Series: Insurgent, $4.1 million
  10. Cinderella, $3.8 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

… Five years ago this week the number one movie was Kick-Ass.

… Ten years ago this week the number one movie was The Amityville Horror.

… Twenty years ago this week the number one movie was Bad Boys.



• A young woman, born at the turn of 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After years of a solitary life, she meets a man who might be worth losing her immortality for.
• Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn
• Links: websitetrailerreviews


• An eight-year-old boy is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father has for his little boy and the love a son has for his father.
• Kevin James, Emily Watson, Ted Levine
• Links: websitetrailerreviews


• An Australian man travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons.
• Russell Crowe, Jai Courtney
• Links: websitetrailerreviews


Courtesy of morning show talent coach Steve Reynolds. The Hot List is made up of the topics everyone knows about.

  1. ACMs
  2. Proms
  3. 4/20
  4. Britt McHenry
  5. Suge Knight
  6. Gay Marriage SCOTUS
  7. Bruce Jenner Special
  8. Dr. Oz
  9. Gwyneth Paltrow
  10. Tim McGraw
  11. Star Wars Trailer
  12. Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame
  13. Batman vs. Superman
  14. Michael Buble
  15. NBA Playoffs
  16. Zayn Malik
  17. Kentucky Derby
  18. Mayweather vs. Pacquiao


They say a dog is a man’s best friend, but have you ever wondered Which Breed of Dog Are you? The webesite BrainFall asked it users to take its “Which Breed of Dog Are you?” quiz,

Which breed of dog are you?

Bulldog – 25% of responses
Laid-back. That’s how you like to keep things. Don’t like your new boss? Had to wait in line at the supermarket? Got cut off in traffic? Eh… whatever. That’s why God invented things like beer and bacon.

German Shepherd – 24% of responses
You value family and loyalty above all things, and know the value of hard work. In fact, having nothing to do and no responsibility would probably drive you crazy! You’re quite sociable and people admire you for your dependability.

Beagle – 19% of responses
Inquisitive and sociable, you are a lot of fun to hang out with. But you’re also no stranger to trouble, believing that rules were meant to be broken. I bet you gave your parents fits when you were a pup… er kid!

Labrador – 17% of responses
You are an energetic, outgoing person who loves spending time outdoors. You get along well with just about everybody and love a good party. But you also always manage to keep yourself under control. It’s all about the balance, baby.

Toy Poodle – 10% of responses
You are as loyal as they come and give your loved ones constant attention. You’ don’t need an active lifestyle, but you need to be around people or you feel lonely. You also crave the comfort of routine, maybe because it helps to calm your wicked smart brain!

Dachshund – 5% of responses
Mischief should be your middle name. Is there anything you love more than confidently sticking your nose precisely where it doesn’t belong? Can anything compete with the utter joy of disobedience?  No… there is nothing finer. And on that note: time for a nap on the couch.


After many years of feeling unfulfilled at her job, Bronnie Ware set out to find something that resonated with her soul. She ended up in palliative care where she spent many years helping those who were dying. Some time later, she compiled a list of the five most common regrets expressed by the people she cared for.

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.



TRIVIA: 23 million people will take this kind of vacation this year. (Cruise)


If your only source of news is TMZ, you won’t win…

• On her way to her first campaign stop, Hillary Clinton made a stop at what fast food restaurant? (Chipotle)

• During a hearing in Washington D.C. a Senator’s phone rang, causing everyone to chuckle. What was his ringtone? (Let it Go from the movie Frozen)

• A Florida postal worker got onto the West Lawn of the Capitol in what unusual machine? (Gyrocopter)

• The FDA came down on a health food company for their unhealthy snack bars. Name the company. (Kind)



What kind of bee can never be understood?

A mumble-bee.



Curious cows investigate man’s didgeridoo playing. (Didgerimoooo?)



How to watch a movie on your tablet while laying down.



• Twisted Wave is a great audio recorder and editor for iOS devices. It also runs in a web browser.

• Hiking from Mexico to Canada: before and after.

• Where the bombs fell on London.

• Dashcams of live storm chasers.

• How to get free Dropbox space.

• There are 320 million people in the United States. How many have your name?

• Wear a poo emoji button-down shirt.

• Guys, we found your Pinterest page: The Man Cave Grill Master’s Grills

• How to remove a wasp infestation with a shop vac.

• This is sand.



• 1958: GEORGE JONES scored his first number one hit with White Lightnin’.

• 1959: DOLLY PARTON released her first single, Puppy Love, at the age of 13.

• 1974: MICKEY GILLEY’s first number one, Room Full of Roses, hit the charts.

• 1987: EDDIE RABBITT performed at the White House Easter Egg Roll.

• 1997: After 17 years of marriage, SWEETHEARTS OF THE RODEO singer Janis Gill filed for divorce from VINCE GILL.

• 1999: SHANIA TWAIN became the first woman honored by the Nashville Songwriters Association International at its 32nd Annual event in Nashville.

• 2002: TOBY KEITH’s My List began its first of five weeks atop the country singles chart.

• 2006: RASCAL FLATTS’ Me & My Gang held the top spot on both the Country Albums chart and the Top 200 all formats chart for a second week after selling more than 345,000 copies.

• 2008: TOBY KEITH began a 10-day trip with the USO to perform for American soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq

WADE HAYES (Old Enough To Know Better) is 46.

Clay Cook of ZAC BROWN BAND is 37.



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• Entertainer of the Year: LUKE BRYAN

• Album of the Year: MIRANDA LAMBERT, Platinum

• Top Male Vocalist: JASON ALDEAN

• Top Female Vocalist: MIRANDA LAMBERT

• Top Vocal Group: LITTLE BIG TOWN


• Single of the Year (awarded to artist): LEE BRICE, I Don’t Dance

• Song of the Year (awarded to songwriter): MIRANDA LAMBERT, Automatic

• Top New Artist: COLE SWINDELL

• Video of the Year: DIERKS BENTLEY, I Hold On

• Vocal Event of the Year: FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE/LUKE BRYAN, This Is How We Roll

… The show entered the Guiness Book of World Records as the most attended live show of all time.

… During the show, host BLAKE SHELTON revealed the 2016 ACM Part for a Cause will be a three day event headlined by CARRIE UNDERWOOD, DIERKS BENTLEY and KENNY CHESNEY at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

… Seven artists received special ACM 50th Anniversary Milestone awards: GARTH BROOKS, BROOKS & DUNN, TAYLOR SWIFT, KENNY CHESNEY, REBA MCENTIRE, GEORGE STRAIT and MIRANDA LAMBERT.

… ERIC CHURCH was joined by KEITH URBAN to perform I Pledge Allegiance To the Hag to open the show in honoring MERLE HAGGARD as the first ever ACM Male Vocalist winner. Eric then returned the favor joining Keith on Raise ‘Em Up.

… GARTH BROOKS’ show-stopping performance of All American Kid brought a standing ovation. He dedicated the tune to fallen military with several service men and women on hand along with the widow of the soldier whose death spawned the movie American Sniper.

… GEORGE STRAIT debuted his new single, Let It Go, which will come from a forthcoming album.

… With the date falling on the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, ALAN JACKSON sang his September 11 inspired tune, Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning.

… MARTINA MCBRIDE helped ignite the crowd with her performance of Independence Day.

… LITTLE BIG TOWN did Girl Crush and sounded fantastic.

… BROOKS & DUNN’s performance of My Maria was their first on television since their split. The duo will re-unite for several shows this summer as part of a Las Vegas residency with REBA MCENTIRE.

… RASCAL FLATTS collaborated with Christina Aguilera on her tune Shotgun and their song Riot.

… TAYLOR SWIFT’s mother, Andrea, recently diagnosed with cancer, introduced her daughter as Taylor received a 50th anniversary milestone award.

… MIRANDA LAMBERT’s win for Female Vocalist was her sixth, just one shy of the record of seven, held by REBA MCENTIRE.

KENNY CHESNEY has launched No Shoes TV. The show — regularly updated web videos — will include footage of tour stops on The Big Revival Tour. Correspondent Deanna Kay will catch up with the No Shoes Nation in the parking lot, on the road, in the stands and anywhere she thinks there’s a moment to capture. • VIDEO

After an intense week of online debate and criticism, CHASE BRYANT has decided to go forward with performing at a July 17 benefit for Sandy Hook Promise. The non-profit group was founded by family members who lost loved ones in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. According to its website, the group’s mission is to “protect children from gun violence so no other parent experiences the loss of their child by engaging and empowering parents and communities with targeted prevention programs in the areas of mental wellness early-identification and intervention, social and emotional development and firearm safety and security.”

… Chase is scheduled to go on the road with BILLY CURRINGTON and TIM MCGRAW as part of Tim’s Shotgun Rider Tour. Tim became involved with the group because his fiddle player, Dean Brown, is a longtime friend of Mark Barden, who lost a child in the shooting. He volunteered to make an upcoming concert date into a benefit for the organization. But some critics say the concert is part of the Sandy Hook Promise organization’s on-going attempt at gun control. The enormous backlash from that caused Billy to pull out, saying, “I’ve never been one to take on controversial issues … I do feel strongly about honoring and supporting the Sandy Hook community and will be making a donation to a local organization.”

… Tim issued a statement clarifying his intentions: “As a gun owner, I support gun ownership. I also believe that with gun ownership comes the responsibility of education and safety — most certainly when it relates to what we value most, our children. I can’t imagine anyone who disagrees with that.”

TIM MCGRAW has landed on Time magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential people of 2015. He was recognized in the Artist category and called country’s leading light and a renaissance man in a cowboy hat. Other celebs on the list include TAYLOR SWIFT, Bradley Cooper, Julianna Margulies and Barack Obama.

BRAD PAISLEY and MIRANDA LAMBERT have set new world records. Brad and Miranda were honored by the Guinness Book of World Records for Most Consecutive ACM Awards Wins, for Male Vocalist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year, respectively.

… Brad claimed the ACM Male Vocalist of the Year title in five consecutive years, from 2007 to 2011.

… Miranda won Female Vocalist of the Year for five consecutive years, every year since 2010. Editor: She won her sixth consecutive Sunday night, so Guinness will have to update its record in its next edition.

THE BAND PERRY have revealed the initial details for their upcoming third studio album. No date or title for the album have been announced but a new single is coming in June.

MIRANDA LAMBERT has written and recorded a song called Two Of A Crime for an upcoming Reese Witherspoon movie that will hit theaters in early May. The song will be available through iTunes beginning April 28. Miranda was asked directly by Reese to write a song for the movie, especially since Reese is one of Miranda’s favorite actresses.

BILLY CURRINGTON has backed out of the Sandy Hook benefit concert with TIM MCGRAW, which is to promote anti-gun laws. Billy says he doesn’t like the idea of taking on controversial issues and will instead be making a donation to the cause. As you may recall, controversy has followed Billy, who’s had two stints in anger management — one after a verbal altercation with a boat captain near his Georgia home.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD may be known for writing and recording mother-daughter songs, but now that her son Isaiah has arrived, she plans to write a song about the mother-son bond and include it on her next album, which she will begin working on in the coming weeks.

THOMPSON SQUARE’s tour bus was involved in a serious accident in Aurora, Colorado, Friday morning (April 17). The crash was caused when a bus carrying singer/songwriter Twin Shadow rear ended a truck that was stopped on the interstate just east of Denver, causing a multi-car pile up and slight damage to the Thompson Square bus. Kiefer and Shawna Thompson escaped injury, though the driver of Twin Shadow’s bus is in serious condition and eleven others were also treated for various levels of injury.

EASTON CORBIN will release his third album, About To Get Real, June 30.



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• Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain is 89

• Charles Grodin is 80

• Iggy Pop is 68

• Tony Danza (Who’s the Boss, Taxi) is 64

• Andie MacDowell (Groundhog Day) is 57

• Robert Smith of The Cure is 56

• James McAvoy is 36


• 1789: John Adams was sworn in as the first vice president of the United States.

• 1918: Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the German ace known as the “Red Baron,” was killed in action during World War I.

• 1952: Secretary’s Day (now Administrative Professionals’ Day) was first celebrated.

• 1977: The musical “Annie” opened on Broadway.

• 1980: Rosie Ruiz, the first woman to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon, was disqualified when officials discovered she had jumped into the race about a mile from the finish.

• 1982: Rollie Fingers of the Milwaukee Brewers became the first pitcher to record 300 saves.

• 1986: After massive hoopla, reporter Geraldo Rivera hosted a live TV special to open a sealed vault linked to Al Capone in Chicago’s Lexington Hotel. Except for a few bottles, the vault was empty.

• 1989: In Beijing, around 100,000 students gathered in Tiananmen Square to commemorate Chinese reform leader Hu Yaobang.

• 1993: Deputies near Cudahy, Wisconsin, arrested two men for stealing a large electronic game machine from a bar. The machine was so heavy, their pickup truck got stuck in the mud in the tavern parking lot. One of the men called the sheriff’s office and asked for a tow.

• 1996: The world’s highest roller-coaster opened in Las Vegas with a track 1,149 feet up. It circled the new Stratosphere hotel.

• 1998: While Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates presented his new Windows 98 computer operating system to a Chicago convention group, it crashed.

• 2003: A gym exclusively for dogs opened in Santiago, Chile. The gym offered treadmills, personal trainer services, a dog beauty parlor and courses for dog-owners to learn how to prepare their pets for exhibitions.

• 2005: An Australian undertaker began offering a beer-as-you-bury service to take some of the sting out of bereavement. The company, in Melbourne, introducing a minibus — complete with a mini-bar, coffee and a DVD player — in which up to 12 mourners could ride with the coffin to the cemetery.

• 2006: U.S. oil prices hit a record high, topping $75 a barrel, and the cost of regular gasoline at the pump soared to more than $3 gallon in some parts of the nation.

• 2009: A wooden putter which was used to take the final winning shot in the 1939 British Open was discovered dumped in a garage in the UK. Golfer Garry Bingham had stashed the club amid his clutter 20 years before not realizing its value. The antique putter was worth over $22,000.


• Kindergarten Day

• Bulldogs are Beautiful Day

• Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day


• May 10: Mother’s Day (Sunday)

• May 25: Memorial Day (Monday)

• June 21: Father’s Day (Sunday)

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