INTERPREP ★ FEBRUARY 19, 2018

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DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 19, 2018

This is day 50 of 2018. There are 315 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Smokey Robinson is 78

• Michael Nader (All My Children) is 73

• Jeff Daniels is 63

• Ray Winstone (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) is 61

• Leslie David Baker (The Office) is 60

• NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is 59

• Prince Andrew is 58

• Seal is 55

• Justine Bateman (Family Ties) is 52

• Benicio Del Toro (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) is 51

• Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) is 14

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1982: Ozzy Osbourne was arrested for urinating on The Alamo.

• 1986: The Soviet Union launched the Mir space station.

• 2006: The Rolling Stones made the largest show open to the public of the world in Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 1.3 million people went to the show.

• 2008: Toshiba announced the end of HD-DVD, ending the format war between it and Sony’s Blu-Ray Disc.

• 2016: Presidential candidate Donald Trump told Fox News he probably needed to act more presidential and said he would do so “pretty soon.”

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Best Friends Day

• Chocolate Mint Day

• Washington’s Birthday/Presidents Day

UPCOMING

• February 18: Daytona 500
• February 19: President’s Day
• March 4: Academy Awards
• March 8: Winter Paralympics begin
• March 8: International Women’s Day
• March 9: SXSW begins
• March 11: Daylight Saving Time begins
• March 11: NCAA basketball “Selection Sunday”
• March 13: March Madness begins
• March 29: MLB opening day
• March 30: Passover and Good Friday
• April 1: Easter
• April 13: Friday the 13th
• April 15: Tax deadline day
• April 20: 4/20
• April 22: Earth Day
• April 28: White House Correspondents Dinner
• May 4: Star Wars Day – May the Fourth be with you
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo
• May 13: Mother’s Day
• May 19: The royal wedding


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

150,000: Americans who have experienced a shooting on campus since Columbine in 1999.


NEWS ATTACK!

It’s Oscar week in Hollywood. [Which means all the stars are getting ready to check out of rehab for a day.]

According to a national science survey, about a quarter of all Americans incorrectly believes that the sun revolves around the earth. [And about 90% of all celebrities believe that the world revolves around them.]

A man in Italy was arrested for fraud after it was discovered that he had kept his mother’s body hidden in the freezer in order to continue collecting her pension. [Authorities got suspicious when neighborhood kids kept complaining that the man’s popsicles tasted like old people.]

Five people had to be treated for injuries after a flight over Europe encountered severe turbulence. [The turbulence was so bad that one way or another, everyone had an aisle seat.]

In Brazil a woman who conned people by faking cancer was sentenced to prison. [Incredibly, no one bought it when she immediately grabbed her heart, fell to the ground and played dead.]

Both men and women agree that curling is the least sexy winter Olympic sport. [Curling might be the only time when a man with a broom doesn’t turn the ladies on.]

Loneliness has been linked to a risk of premature death. [Not to mention a risk of cats.]

Donald Trump is blaming the 35,000 employees of the FBI for the shooting rampage in Florida. [They’re used it, though. Anytime he misses a short put he fires off a memo blaming the CIA for not warning him about a blade grass.]

Winter’s not over and more snow is coming. [You know it’s time to go on a diet when your snow angels look more like snow sumos.]


OLYMPICS

  Medal count

  Competition schedule

  Audio: Download the Winter Olympics clips package.

ESTER LEDECKA CELEBRATESWITH DINNER AT KFC _ Forget champagne: Czech skier/snowboarder Ester Ledecka celebrated her surprise gold medal in the Super-G on Saturday with a dinner of champions at Kentucky Fried Chicken. Ledecka, who appeared stunned after her winning run, was spotted by reporters eating chicken at a KFC near the snowboard course. When the reporters asked why Ledecka was eating fried chicken, she said, “Don’t tell my coaches.”

CHLOE KIM: ‘PEOPLE ACTING LIKE MY BESTIE AFTER THE OLYMPICS’ _ It is amazing what winning a gold medal will do for your social status, apparently. Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim tweeted that she has noticed a bit of a change in just how nice some people are being to her since she took home gold earlier this week. “People acting like my bestie after the Olympics. Like remember when you took a sip of my apple juice in kindergarten, still salty bout that.”

AMERICAN ERIN JACKSON: OLYMPIAN AND ROLLER DERBY STAR _ Erin Jackson — who got her start in inline skating and only got serious about speedskating over the past year — was a surprise qualifier for the United States in the women’s 500-meter race. She finished 24th on Sunday night in 39.20 seconds. The 25-year-old said the experience was awesome, but she was initially stressed about making the team because she had a lot of other things going on in her life.  Those other things? Roller derby. She said, “I’m on the national team for roller derby and I missed the roller derby World Cup, but my teammates were — of course — very understanding since I was going to the Olympics. U.S.A. actually won the World Cup. So go U.S.A.”

… Once she gets home from the Olympics she plans on going back to roller derby with her team in Jacksonville, Florida. She said she expects to keep doing both sports since the seasons don’t overlap much.

ICE DANCER STILL RELIES ON MOM TO MAKE HER COSTUMES _ Madison Hubbell and her partner, Zachary Donohue, are among three American ice dance teams with a shot at the Olympic podium when competition begins today (Monday) with the short program. And while they are unlikely to challenge the favorites, Canadian superstars Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and French rivals Gabriella Papdakis and Guillaume Cizeron, Hubbell and Donohue still have plenty of confidence.

… Perhaps part of the reason is the confidence they have in their costumes. Madison’s mom, who went to college for fashion design, makes all her costumes, often finding and using pieces of 1920s lace or hundreds of dollars in costume jewelry.

… Mom Susan Hubbell’s regular job back home in Ohio entails interior design work, and she’s also worked in a Mexican restaurant to make ends meet. But the time she spends in her downstairs studio, working on costumes for her daughter and Donohue, is more like a tireless labor of love.

ADAM RIPPON HIRED TO SERVE AS NBC OLYMPIC CORRESPONDENT _ Figure skater Adam Rippon will remain in PyeongChang for the duration of the 2018 Winter Olympics, joining NBC’s coverage as a correspondent.Rippon’s hire comes after his bronze medal win in the team skating event on February 12 and his 10th place finish in the men’s individual event.

SALLY FIELD TRIED SETTING HER SON UP WITH OLYMPIAN ADAM RIPPON _ If you’re wondering why you haven’t heard too much about legendary actress Sally Field lately, it’s because she’s too busy being a matchmaker to do anything else. Like many of us, Sally has become enchanted by the Winter Olympics currently happening in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Field’s son, Sam Greisman, recently shared a snippet of a great conversation with his mother via text with his Twitter followers online. After admitting he had a bit of a “Olympic crush” on figure skater Adam Rippon, he texted his mom. Her response was so great that Sam posted it online with the caption: “Just some really helpful advice from my mom on how to deal with my Olympic crush.” What Sally texted her son: “Sam… he’s insanely pretty. Find a way.” Skater Adam Rippon has yet to respond.


NEWS & NUGGETS

SCHOOL PROTESTS TO TAKE ON ‘AMERICAN CARNAGE’ _ The mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 dead has sparked calls for walkouts, sit-ins, and other actions on school campuses across the U.S. aimed at pushing lawmakers to pass tougher gun laws. Organizers behind the Women’s March are calling for a 17-minute walkout on March 14 to “protest Congress’ inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods.”

… Meanwhile, the Network for Public Education, an advocacy group for public schools, announced a “national day of action” on April 20, the anniversary of the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School. The organization is encouraging teachers and students to organize sit-ins, walkouts, marches, and any other events to protest gun violence in schools.

FLORIDA GUN OWNER TURNS IN AR-57 FOLLOWING PARKLAND SHOOTING _ On Friday, a Florida gun owner announced that he’d turned in his AR-15–style gun to the police. In the aftermath of the deadly Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, Ben Dickmann arrived at the conclusion that neither he nor any civilian “needs this rifle.” He wrote on Facebook: “This is an AR-FiveSeven, I own this rifle. It’s a caliber variant of the AR-15. I am a responsible, highly trained gun owner. (I am NOT a Police Officer or Sheriff’s Deputy). However I do not need this rifle. No one without a law enforcement badge needs this rifle. This rifle is not a ‘tool’ I have use for. A tool, by definition makes a job/work easier. Any ‘job’ i can think of legally needing doing can be done better by a different firearm. I enjoyed shooting this rifle immensely but I don’t need it, I have other types I can shoot for the same enjoyment. I have surrendered this rifle to The Broward Sheriff at the Tamarac Post. I could have easily sold this rifle, but no person needs this. I will be the change I want to see in this world. If our law makers will continue to close their eyes and open their wallets, I will lead by example.” • LINK

MISSOURI CHILDREN SELLING RAFFLE TICKETS FOR AR-15 RIFLE _ Some Neosho, Missouri, 7- to 9-year-olds are going door to door selling raffle tickets for AR-15s. The sales are part of a fundraiser supporting traveling baseball team. The team’s coach, Levi Patterson, says the idea of the raffle occurred before the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead. The father of one of the team’s players was associated with a Neosho gun manufacturing company and offered the rifle to use in the raffle.

… Even though Neosho, which is in the southwestern corner of Missouri, is steeped in the gun culture, the raffle quickly came under fire from community members who did not like the idea of children selling tickets for an AR-15 and because of the use of the logo of the Neosho School District, a wildcat, as part of the advertising. The school’s logo has not been copyrighted.

… In social media postings, Patterson appears to be offended that anyone would question his decision to have the children selling raffle tickets for AR-15s, sending a message to anyone who was concerned and making sure that “concerned” was placed in quotation marks. • LINK

AUSTIN DILLON WON THE DAYTONA 500 _ Austin Dillon won the Daytona 500 after Aric Almirola went spinning off his front bumper in turn three on the race’s final lap. Dillon drives the No. 3 car, the number made famous by Dale Earnhardt. His win comes 17 years to the day Earnhardt was killed in a last-lap crash in the 2001 Daytona 500. The victory also comes 20 years after Earnhardt scored his only Daytona 500 win.

GUY ARRESTED FOR FORCE-FEEDING COCAINE AND WHISKEY TO GOAT _ A man in Georgia is facing an animal cruelty charge and possible deportation after a video surfaced of him and two other guys force-feeding a goat whiskey and cocaine. Sheriff investigators arrested Sergio Palomares-Guzman at a ranch where he worked as a horse trainer. Footage from the incident shows Palomares-Guzman holding the goat’s horns while a second male suspect inserted cocaine into the goat’s nostril. Palomares-Guzman then forced the goat’s mouth open as the second suspect poured whiskey into the goat’s mouth. The two other suspects have not been identified. The goat is in good condition and available for adoption through the Gwinnett, Georgia, Animal Shelter.

LOTTERY JACKPOTS GROW _ The country’s two national lotteries are growing again. With no winner Friday night Mega Millions has grown to $185 million for Tuesday night’s drawing. Wednesday night’s Powerball is worth $246 million.

SPACEX LAUNCH DELAY _ SpaceX delayed its Sunday morning Falcon 9 launch, which was to send a pair of Starlink broadband satellites and a Spanish radar-imaging satellite into low-Earth orbit. This launch from the Vandenberg Air Base in Southern California was delayed for the second time to allow for more testing on the upgraded nose cone. Falcon 9 is scheduled to launch Wednesday at 9:17 AM Eastern.

LINGER OVER LUNCH TO LOSE WEIGHT: STUDY SUGGESTS _ If you’re trying to lose a little weight, start by looking at how you each lunch at work. A new study reveals people who wolf down their food could lose weight simply by chewing longer and pausing between bites. Research involving nearly 60,000 Japanese people showed a link between eating slower or faster, and losing or gaining weight.

… Researchers analyzed health insurance data from 59,717 individuals diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes — a form of the disease that generally hits in adulthood as a result of being overweight. The participants had regular check-ups from 2008 to 2013.

… A slow-eating group of 4,192 had a smaller average waist circumference and fewer obese individuals — 21.5 percent of the total. By comparison, the fast-eating group of 22,070 people was obese.

SWEETHEARTS FINALLY TIE THE KNOT AFTER 72 YEARS _ A pair of childhood sweethearts in the UK who split up in their teens have married each other more than 70 years later. George Coffin dated Irene Lanning when both were just 14 and the couple dated for three years. But George called time on their early relationship because he wanted to “spread his wings”. They went on to marry different partners and both were later widowed. But George and Irene — both now 89 — re-kindled their romance after they met at the funeral of a mutual friend. Grandfather-of-eight George popped the question to Irene six months later.

… George said, “It’s been a rollercoaster ride, and I asked her to marry me very quickly. At our age you can’t afford to hang around!”

… Irene added: “He’s still as handsome as he ever was, and we get on like a house on fire.”

23 MEMBERS OF THE SAME FAMILY WERE KICKED OFF CRUISE _ A violent brawl broke out aboard a Carnival Cruise Lines ship in Australia — leading to 23 members of the same family getting kicked off the trip. At least 30 people aboard the Carnival Legend cruise ship were injured during the fight Friday. While it is unclear how the mid-sea squabble started, the fight, which broke out on the eighth night of the 10-day cruise, prompted the ship to dock in New South Wales. After the 23 passengers — all part of the same family — were removed from the boat, the cruise continued on its journey.

COLORADO RESIDENTS CAN BUY GIRL SCOUT COOKIES IN FRONT OF WEED DISPENSARIES _ There’s good news for Colorado residents prone to munchies: as of Friday, you only need to make one stop to get both Girl Scout Cookies and weed. Girl Scouts of Colorado updated its cookie sales policy to allow Girl Scouts to sell their boxes outside of cannabis dispensaries. This is a change of heart for the organization, which previously banned setting up cookie booths in front of dispensaries. In a deleted tweet from 2014, its Colorado council stated, “If you are wondering, we don’t allow our Girl Scouts to sell cookies in front of marijuana shops or liquor stores/bars.”

… Under the new policy, Colorado’s Girl Scouts will be allowed to set up cookie booths in front of previously-banned “adult-oriented” places, like dispensaries, bars, and tattoo parlors. In an email, a Girl Scouts of Colorado spokesperson said that it’s up to parents and guardians to discern whether or not a business is appropriate for cookie sales.

HOTTEST NEW TOY TRENDS _ Every year over 30,000 toy enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and industry insiders from over 100 countries descend on the Big Apple, New York City for the annual American International Toy Fair, which wraps up this week.

• A big focus this year is on educational gadgets.

• Of course, kids want a good ole laugh, too. So gross-out games are expected to fly off the shelves, like the Pass Gas Dog. You spin a dial to pick a surprise scent, then pass it around to find out who smells what.

• Millennial nostalgia is big this year, with toys from decades past, like My Little Pony, Lite Brite and even Beanie Babies.

• Move over emojis and make way for shareable holograms. Seemez Virtual Friends lets kids can use their tablets and phones to collect and play with a menagerie of cute virtual critters and turn them into holograms. You can actually create a hologram of yourself and share it with other people.

• You may have seen photos on social media of families adopting dogs or cats from shelters and pampering them back to full health. Now kids can jump in on the action with Scruff-a-Love. Kids take a little ball of fluff and by washing them in water, drying them off and fluffing up their fur, they get to rescue their very own stuffed animal.

• This year the Marvel movieverse turns 10, and even the toys are celebrating. Hasbro is releasing a new line of nostalgic toys.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PLANE MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING AFTER MAN REFUSES TO STOP FARTING _ A flight was forced to make an emergency landing after a man refused to stop farting, causing a fight to break out between him and other passengers mid-air. The flight to Dubai made an unscheduled stop in Vienna after two passengers complained that an older man seated near them would not stop farting. A heated exchange soon broke out between them, which reportedly also involved a flight attendant. Upon landing in Vienna four people, including the two men who complained, were escorted off the plane. The old farting guy didn’t have to get off the plane.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: KANGAROO STRIKES BACK AGAINST HUNTERS’ CAR _ A 19-year-old was hunting with his brother from their car in Australia when the pair spotted three kangaroos. The 19-year-old said one of the kangaroos disappeared and, as he stuck his body out of the window to have a shot at the other two, the kangaroo launched itself at the moving car. The kangaroo collided with the side of the car and smashed the front window. It then bounced back onto the driver and headbutted him right in the jaw. The 19-year-old was knocked unconscious for about 30 seconds and suffered a broken jaw.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SHOPLIFTER GETS AWAY AFTER THROWING POOP AT EMPLOYEE _ A woman suspected of shoplifting at an Indiana home improvement store (Menard’s) fled the scene after causing a stinky distraction. A loss prevention officer told police he saw a woman take a video camera out of the box and place it in her personal bag. When she tried to exit the store with it, the employee tried to stop her. The shoplifter resisted by reaching behind her, putting her hands down her pants and throwing her poop at him. The poop struck the employee in his chest. The woman ran out of the store and escaped.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SHARK FALLS OUT OF SKY AND LANDS IN GARDEN _ A man in the UK was stunned after finding a shark in his garden when it fell from the sky. Colin Hill spotted the two-foot long catshark around lunchtime Thursday. He believes the shark was picked up by an over-ambitious seagull that dropped it mid-flight.

 WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FENDER-BENDER WOMAN TRIED TO CHANE APPEARANCE _ A Florida woman who caused a fender-bender fled into a store bathroom and tried to conceal her appearance with hair dye, makeup and a change of clothes stolen from the store. Police found the woman in the bathroom, along with empty boxes and price tags for the stolen items in the trash. She was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, theft, and obstruction of justice.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROAD-RAGER CUTS OFF DEPUTY _ Police in Louisiana say a road-rager cut off another motorist, then yelled an obscenity and flipped him off. It was a dumb thing to do to anyone, but the victim of his rage was a sheriff’s deputy in an unmarked patrol car. The deputy called for a marked unit to pull over the road-rager In addition to road rage, the guy was charged with driving with an expired license and driving without insurance.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROBBER DEMANDS CASH AND CONDOM _ A man brandishing a pistol ordered a clerk at a convenience store in Ohio to give him all the money. The man got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. He also demanded that the clerk give him a single condom. He got away with that, too.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN WALKS OVER HOT COALS ON A DARE _ In the UK, a man suffered serious burns to his feet after attempting to firewalk over a bonfire. The 23-year-old man had been drinking with a group of friends, who challenged the man to walk over hot coals.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DISPUTE OVER BEER LEADS TO INJURIES _ A California man pleaded not guilty to a charge that he attacked a friend with a machete in a dispute over a case of beer.


ON TELEVISION

2018 WINTER OLYMPICS (8p ET, NBC) — Primetime coverage includes the conclusion of the figure skating ice dance competition. Plus, gold medal finals in women’s freestyle skiing halfpipe and two-man bobsled.

BIG BROTHER CELEBRITY EDITION (8p ET, CBS) — New

THE BACHELOR (8p ET, ABC) — New. Arie visits the hometowns of the four remaining bachelorettes.

LUCIFER (8p ET, FOX) — Repeat

DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (8p ET, CW) — New. Zari is trapped in a time loop.

THE 2018 AMERICAN RESCUE DOG SHOW (8p ET, Hallmark Channel) — This special, hosted by Rebecca Romijn and Rich Eisen, raises awareness about pet adoption.

TRAFFIC STOP (8p ET, HBO) — This Academy Award nominated 2017 documentary revisits the violent 2015 arrest of a 26-year-old African American elementary-school teacher during a seemingly routine traffic stop for a minor violation. The doc includes raw footage of King’s arrest from the cameras in the police car.

THE BIG BANG THEORY (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

THE RESIDENT (9p ET, FOX) — Repeat

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (9p ET, CW) — Two repeats

YOUNG SHELDON (9:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

BULL (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

THE GOOD DOCTOR (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat

THE FALLON 5 (following NBC’s Olympic coverage) — NBC will air a short, 5-minute version of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this week, which will feature monologues, comedy segments and/or interviews.The Tonight Show will return after the Olympics.


ENTERTAINMENT

TOP TEN MOVIES _ Black Panther is a record-setting smash at the box office. Studio estimates Sunday say the Marvel superhero film blew past expectations, with $192 million in North American ticket sales Friday-Sunday. That makes Black Panther the fifth-biggest opening weekend ever and the highest-grossing February opening weekend.

… Black Panther made $387 million at the global box office.

… The Greatest Showman earned another $5.1 million over the Friday-Sunday period and is now the fourth-biggest live-action musical since 1974, behind Chicago ($170m in 2002), Grease ($188m, including reissues) and Beauty and the Beast ($504m last year).

  1. Black Panther, $192 million
  2. Peter Rabbit, $17.2 million
  3. Fifty Shades Freed, $19.6 million
  4. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, $7.9 million
  5. 15:17 to Paris, $7.6 million
  6. The Greatest Showman, $5.1 million
  7. Early Man, $3.1 million
  8. Maze Runner: The Death Cure, $2.5 million
  9. Winchester, $2.2 million
  10. Samson, $1.9 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was The LEGO Batman Movie.

… Five years ago this week the number one movie was A Good Day to Die Hard.

… Ten years ago this week the number one movie was Jumper.

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

IN THEATERS FRIDAY _ Black Panther’s position at No. 1 won’t be threatened this weekend.

Annihilation (R) – A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply. Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac.

Game Night (R) – A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves trying to solve a murder mystery. Rachel McAdams, Jesse Plemons, Jason Bateman, Michael C. Hall, Kyle Chandler.

Every Day (PG-13) – A shy teenager falls for someone who transforms into another person every day. Angourie Rice, Justice Smith.

EMMA WATSON DONATED $1.4M TO AN ANTI-SEXUAL HARASSMENT CAMPAIGN _ Emma Watson has donated $1.4 million to a campaign set up to tackle sexual harassment at work. Watson’s donation is the first one on the crowdfunding page for the newly launched Justice and Equality Fund. The fund aims to offer practical help in three areas: by providing advice and support; by offering legal advice and by campaigning for safer environments.

… The group behind the campaign, which is overseen by the women’s fun Rosa, describe themselves as: “UK-based women from the entertainment industry have come together to challenge the sexual harassment, assault and discrimination that persists across all industries and sections of society.”

JAMIE FOXX ENDED INTERVIEW AFTER BEING ASKED ABOUT KATIE HOLMES _ Ever since it was revealed that Jamie Foxx was dating Katie Holmes, they have both been tight-lipped about their relationship. They are spotted in public at times but they make sure to keep their union private. While at an All-Star Celebrity Game, Foxx stopped to do an interview with ESPN, but that chat ended abruptly when host Michael Smith asked about his Valentine’s Day one-on-one basketball game with Holmes. Smith asked, “Did you and Katie Holmes play basketball for Valentine’s Day? Like some real ‘Love and Basketball?’” Foxx quickly removed his headphones and went back to the court. • VIDEO

CELEBS THROW THEIR SUPPORT BEHIND #MARCHFOROURLIVES _ The strong, determined and loud voices of the teenagers who survived Wednesday’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, are leading the charge to the streets of Washington D.C. and across the country to end gun violence and mass shootings in schools… and Hollywood celebs are lining up in support. The students announced #MarchForOurLives, coming March 24, and a number of celebs say they are on-board with support: Justin Bieber, Amy Schumer, Josh Gad, Billy Eichner, Julianne Moore, Alyssa Milano, and others.

THREE BILLBOARDS WINS BEST FILM AT 2018 BAFTAs _ The UK had its big movie night Sunday with the 71st BAFTA Awards, honoring the best in film from last year. The biggest winner of the night was Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which took home five prizes including Best Film and Best British Film. Martin McDonagh, the film’s writer and director, is from the UK.

THEATER STARTED PLAYING FIFTY SHADES FREED INSTEAD OF BLACK PANTHER _ Moviegoers were 50 shades of confused when their screening Black Panther was accidentally hijacked by Fifty Shades Freed. Atlanta’s Regal Atlantic Station mixed up the two movies on Thursday night. Fifty Shades played for about five minutes before the mistake was corrected.

DID JENNIFER ANISTON AND JUSTIN THEROUX MARRY? _ Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux’s split may actually be just that, a split rather than a divorce. While the couple tied the knot in front of their closest family and friends in 2015, it seems the two may not have filed the actual paperwork to be a married couple. According to reports, no marriage license can be found in the Los Angeles County records dating all the way back to 2010. While many celebrities have gotten confidential marriage licenses, Jen and Justin did not get one in Los Angeles County.

… It is possible that the former couple filed a marriage license in one of the other 57 counties in California.

REBECCA GAYHEART FILES FOR DIVORCE FROM ERIC DANE _ Rebecca Gayheart and Eric Dane have called it quits. The actress, who has been mostly absent from the screen scene since the birth of her two children with the TV star, reportedly filed for divorce from Dane on Friday after nearly 14 years of marriage. Gayheart had been a popular teen slasher star in the late ’90s, with starring roles in Jawbreaker and Urban Legend. Meanwhile, Dane rose to mega fame as Dr. Mark Sloan, aka “McSteamy,” on Grey’s Anatomy and went on to star in The Last Ship.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

FERGIE’S NATIONAL ANTHEM: Fergie performed the national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game. It was an interesting rendition that got very interesting at about 1:15.

SOCK SOCK OR SOCK SHOE: Only weirdos put on a sock and a shoe then a sock and a shoe. Everyone knows it’s sock, sock, shoe, shoe.

PHONER: Two real callers to use when you borrow the story Eden shared in the Facebook group about getting into the wrong car.

DROPS: Winter Olympics clips package.


INTERPREP PROSHARE


BITS & BREAKS

WEEKLY HOT LIST

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

  1. Winter Olympics
  2. #MarchForOurLives
  3. Black Panther
  4. Trump Attacks FBI
  5. The Flu
  6. Russian Trolls
  7. Presidents Day
  8. Daytona 500
  9. Nathan Chen
  10. Jennifer Aniston/Justin Theroux
  11. Omarosa
  12. Black History Month
  13. LeBron James
  14. Jamie Foxx
  15. NBA All-Star Game
  16. Adam Levine

FOUR THINGS EVERY STAY AT HOME MOM NEEDS TO KNOW

Thinking about becoming a stay-at-home mom? Many moms agree that while it can be a thankless job, it is also a richly rewarding experience — one that they wouldn’t trade for the world. Here are some things to keep in mind:

• Be proud of what you do

• Make sure you keep your friends

• Organization is the key

• Get in touch with your creative side

PISCES ZODIAC

Got a birthday between today (February 19) and March 20? Then you probably already know you’re a pisces.

• If you’re going to play the Powerball or Mega Millions your lucky numbers are 3, 9, 12, 15, 18, and 24.

• Strengths: Compassionate, artistic, intuitive, gentle, wise, musical

• Weaknesses: Fearful, overly trusting, sad, desire to escape reality, can be a victim or a martyr

• Likes: Being alone, sleeping, music, romance, visual media, swimming, spiritual themes

• Dislikes: Know-it-all, being criticized, the past coming back to haunt, cruelty of any kind


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: We have Luther Crowell to thank for his 1872 invention that made grocery shopping a little easier. What was his invention? (Square-bottom paper bags.)

TRIVIA: There 413 streets in the U.S. with this word in the name. What word is it? (Love)

ANSWER WRONG AND WIN

• What sport uses a field that has objects laid out in a diamond pattern?

• Name a continent know for polar bears.

• Should a president of the U.S. pass away, who takes over his job?

• Zip-Loc is a brand name for what household item?


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Massive avalanche.

https://youtu.be/1XPF-F5LU3c


IMAGE OF THE DAY


DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 20, 2018

This is day 51 of 2018. There are 314 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Sidney Poitier (Lilies of the Field) is 91. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1974 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2009.

• US Senator Mitch McConnell is 76

• Sandy Duncan (Peter Pan, The Hogan Family) is 72

• Peter Strauss (Rich Man, Poor Man) is 71

• Hall of Fame basketball player Charles Barkley is 55

• French Stewart (Third Rock from the Sun) is 54

• Cindy Crawford is 52

• Andrew Shue (Melrose Place) is 51

• Lili Taylor (Mystic Pizza, American Crime) is 51

• Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys is 43

• Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) is 40

• Chelsea Peretti (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) is 40

• Trevor Noah (The Daily Show) is 34

• Miles Teller (Fantastic Four) is 31

• Rihanna is 30

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1952: The film The African Queen opened at the Capitol Theatre in New York City.

• 1962: While aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn orbited the earth three times in 4 hours, 55 minutes, becoming the first American to orbit the earth.

• 1965: Ranger 8 crashes into the moon after a successful mission of photographing possible landing sites for the Apollo program astronauts.

• 1992: On CNN’s Larry King Live, Ross Perot announced his intention to run in the 1992 U.S. presidential election.

• 1997: The Trinity Broadcasting network announced it has dropped singer Pat Boone’s Gospel America show after he records a heavy metal album and appears on the American Music Awards in black leather and a studded dog collar.

• 1997: Ben and Jerry’s introduced an ice cream flavor called Phish Food, named after the rock group Phish.

• 1998: American figure skater Tara Lipinski became the youngest gold-medalist at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

• 2001: FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested and charged with spying for Russia for 15 years.

• 2001: A man who led police on a 10 mile-an-hour chase on a tractor is jailed for a year. The driver was chased after being spotted driving while drinking a beer. Residents of Janesville, Wisconsin, lined the chase route and some even took photos. The driver eventually stopped in a church parking lot and told officers he didn’t think he would be arrested there. He was.

• 2006: The Danish newspaper that published controversial cartoons of Muslim Prophet Mohammed and triggered widespread, angry and often deadly protests, ran a full-page apology in Saudi papers.

• 2013: Estonia became the first country in the world to establish a national electric car charging network.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Cherry Pie Day

• Love Your Pet Day

• Muffin Day

UPCOMING

• March 4: Academy Awards
• March 8: Winter Paralympics begin
• March 8: International Women’s Day
• March 9: SXSW begins
• March 11: Daylight Saving Time begins
• March 11: NCAA basketball “Selection Sunday”
• March 13: March Madness begins
• March 29: MLB opening day
• March 30: Passover and Good Friday
• April 1: Easter
• April 13: Friday the 13th
• April 15: Tax deadline day
• April 20: 4/20
• April 22: Earth Day
• April 28: White House Correspondents Dinner
• May 4: Star Wars Day – May the Fourth be with you
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo
• May 13: Mother’s Day
• May 19: The royal wedding