INTERPREP ★ MARCH 23, 2018

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DATEBOOK: MARCH 23, 2018

This is day 82 of 2018. There are 283 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Ric Ocasek (The Cars) is 69

• Chaka Khan is 65

• Catherine Keener is 59

• Richard Grieco (21 Jump Street) is 53

• Reggie Watts (The Late Late Show with James Corden) is 46

• Keri Russell is 42

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1775: Patrick Henry called for America’s independence from Britain, telling the Virginia Provincial Convention, “Give me liberty, or give me death!”

• 1806: Explorers Lewis and Clark, having reached the Pacific coast, began their journey back east.

• 1942: During World War II, the U.S. government began moving Japanese-Americans from their West Coast homes to detention centers.

• 1983: President Ronald Reagan proposed the development of technology to intercept enemy nuclear missiles; the plan was dubbed “Star Wars” by its critics.

• 1994: Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings broke Gordie Howe’s National Hockey League career record with his 802nd goal.

• 1998: The movie Titanic won 11 Academy Awards, including best picture, best director and best song, to tie the record set by 1959’s Ben-Hur. The record was tied again by Lord of the Rings: Return of the King in 2003.

• 2001: Russia’s orbiting Mir space station ended its 15-year odyssey with a fiery plunge into the South Pacific.

• 2009: A Japanese astronaut on the International Space Station began testing a pair of special no-smell underwear. Koichi Wakata planned to wear the special antibacterial polymer pants for seven days. The underwear was developed by Japanese researchers trying to create clothing that reduces smells, absorb sweat and provide insulation.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Puppy Day

• Tamale Day

• World Meteorological Day

• Chips and Dip Day

UPCOMING

• 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 15: Academy of Country Music Awards
• April 16: Boston Marathon
• April 16: Pulitzer Prize winners announced
• April 17: Tax deadline day
• April 20: 4/20
• April 22: Earth Day
• April 28: White House Correspondents Dinner
• March 25: Palm Sunday
• March 29: MLB opening day
• March 31: March Madness Final Four begins
• April 1: Easter
• April 1: April Fool’s Day
• April 2: March Madness championship game
• April 13: Friday the 13th
• April 13: Coachella begins
• April 28: White House Correspondents Dinner
• May 4: Star Wars Day – May the Fourth be with you
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo
• May 8: Cannes Film Festival begins
• May 13: Mother’s Day
• May 19: The royal wedding
• May 28: Memorial Day
• June 10: Tony Awards
• June 14: World Cup begins
• June 21: First day of Summer
• July 4: Independence Day
• July 13: Friday the 13th


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, MARCH 24

• R. Lee Ermey is 74. Louie Anderson is 65. Kelly LeBrock is 58. Lara Flynn Boyle is 48. Jim Parsons is 45. Alyson Hannigan is 44. Jessica Chastain is 41. Lake Bell is 39. Keisha Castle-Hughes 28.

• Be Mad Day. Earth Hour. Chocolate Covered Raisins Day. Take Your Parents To The Playground Day. World Tuberculosis Day. Tortilla Chip Day.

SUNDAY, MARCH 25

• Gene Shalit is 92. Aretha Franklin is 76. Paul Michael Glaser is 75. Elton John is 71. Bonnie Bedelia is 70. Marcia Cross is 56. Lisa Gay Hamilton is 54. Sarah Jessica Parker is 53. Alex Moffat is 36. Katharine McPhee is 34. Ryan Lewis is 30.

• International Day of Remembrance of The Victims of Slavery and The Transatlantic. Medal of Honor Day. Waffle Day (Vaffeldagen).


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

23: Seconds it take blood to circulate in your body.


NEWS ATTACK!

The ashes of the great scientist Stephen Hawking will be interred next to the grave of Sir Isaac Newton. Two geniuses together forever. [My ashes will probably be interred next to the grave of Shemp.]

San Francisco has just become the largest U.S. city to ban fur. [And men who refuse to wax their backs.]

According to a recent study, there’s so much cocaine in circulation that there are pretty good odds that your hands have traces of the drug. [Researchers believe that the study helps explain the rising rate of addiction among professional palm readers.]

St. George, Utah has been named the country’s fastest growing metro area. [The fastest shrinking metro area is Washington, D.C. thanks to all the people leaving the White House.]

A seven-year-old girl in Oregon found a 65-million-year-old fossil. [But she still only got a B in Show and Tell.]

Scientists report that the world’s biggest floating pile of plastic garbage is now twice the size of Texas. [But only half the size of a Texan’s ego.]

Nearly half a million smoke detectors are being recalled for failing to work properly. [Yeah, at least one of them should have warned Mark Zuckerberg that he had a huge grease fire at Facebook.]

An astronaut now at the International Space Station says that he has a fear of heights. [Obviously, he also had the world’s worst high school guidance counselor.]

The man who was TV’s original Bozo the Clown has passed away at 89. After he retired, other actors played the role. [In lieu of flowers, the family asks that all donations be sent to your favorite charity hidden in a crème pie.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

TOYS ‘R’ US FOUNDER DIES _ On the day the stores he founded started liquidating inventory, Charles Lazarus passed away. Lazarus founded Toys “R” Us 70 years ago and died Thursday. Lazarus was 94 and no longer held a stake in the chain. He started the company in 1948 when he was 25, anticipating that the post-war baby boom would create demand for baby supplies and toys. He remained CEO until 1994.

MOM ARRESTED AFTER VIDEO SHOWS BABY SMOKING MARIJUANA _ A North Carolina woman was arrested after video surfaced on social media of her baby smoking marijuana. Twenty-year-old Brianna Ashanti Lofton was charged with two counts of felony child abuse, contributing to delinquency, and possession of marijuana. Raleigh police were alerted to the video by social media users who posted screenshots and information on the baby’s mother.

… In the video, an adult holds what looks like a small cigar to the baby’s lips. The baby appears to suck in and then exhale as the adult moves their hand away.

THOSE LITTLE PRODUCE STICKERS ARE A BIG WASTE PROBLEM _ Those little produce stickers on fruits and vegetables are everywhere. But, it turns out, they’re actually a significant problem despite their small size. Produce stickers carry price look-up (PLU) codes. PLU codes are decided on by the International Federation for Produce Standards, and are consistent throughout the world. That’s right: the code for a honeycrisp apple is the same in any grocery store, in any country. For example, the PLU for bananas is 4011. Why? Most produce does not come with packaging, —which means there has to be some way to convey the specific variety of the item to the checkout clerk. Hence, tiny stickers.

… Those stickers can be made of various products, though vinyl and plastic are the most common. The stickers aren’t supposed to be edible, and they’re definitely not nutritious, but they’re unlikely to cause any bodily damage. Where they can cause damage is to the environment. While household composting isn’t quite as widespread in the U.S. as we’d like, it is in Canada. And people who compost are used to simply throwing their fruit and vegetable waste into the compost bin. That is fine for something like an apple, for which you’d peel off and discard the sticker and discard before eating, composting only the core. But this becomes an issue with items where you don’t eat the skin — say, an avocado, or banana. With these, people are just throwing that whole outside in the compost, sticker included.

… Therein lies the issue: Produce stickers are a major problem for composting facilities. They don’t break down, and sorting them out from the actually-compostable product is time-consuming and expensive. Being extremely thin and pliable, the stickers pass through screens designed to catch them, and some composting companies single them out as the worst contaminant in their entire chain. Solutions have been proposed — one company in Sweden laser-etches their avocados — but a more biodegradable solution has not yet been adopted.

80-YEAR-OLD AND 92-YEAR-OLD FALL IN LOVE _ Renee Weiss and Miles Miller met last October at a speed dating event at an Atlanta retirement community, and immediately clicked. The event, the first of its kind at their community (Somerby Sandy Springs) brought together 10 men and 10 women ranging in age from 75 to 96. Weiss and Miller, who live independently nearby, heard about the event and were encouraged by friends and family to participate. She’s 80. He’s 92.

… At the event, men and women were paired up for only four minutes before the sound of a whistle signaled it was time to move spots and meet another potential love interest. For Weiss and Miller, four minutes with each other was enough time for a love connection. They have been together ever since, recently returning from a cruise.

… What do they do for fun? Weiss says, “We can go just go and feed ducks, or go to a movie or we go on a walk … what we do is not crazy. We just have fun and we enjoy each other and we look forward to seeing each other and we talk on the phone at least twice a day.”

WALMART ROBOTS WILL SCAN EMPTY SHELVES AT 90 SECONDS PER AISLE _ Walmart has some new robots which resemble portable air conditioners, but they’re much more sophisticated than that. These robots roll around the store and can scan an entire aisle in just 90 seconds. The robots will conduct inventory, as well as let human employees know to fix mispriced or misplaced merchandise. Fifty robots are being tested in various Walmarts across the country. The robots are six feet tall, and captures two terabytes of data in two minutes. They use lasers, 2D cameras and 3D cameras to do the job. A Walmart spokesperson said the robots will not be replacing human employees.

IRONY: FIRE EXTINGUISHER FACTORY GOES UP IN FLAMES _ A building on Chicago’s Southwest Side that contains a fire extinguisher manufacturing business went up in flames late Thursday, prompting a hazardous materials response that required more than 150 firefighters. A portion of the building collapsed under the intense flames.

INSTAGRAM’S CHRONOLOGICAL FEED IS (ALMOST) BACK _ Social media sites like to shove old posts down our throats. It’s, “Hey, look at all the eye candy you missed while you were away!” when all we really want is to catch up on the latest nonsense going on in our friends’ lives. Now Instagram says it’s bringing back some features of the chronological feed. Translation: newer posts at the top of the feed

… Users have been infuriated ever since Instagram removed its much-loved chronological feed in favor of promoting popular posts. But hey, what do you expect from a company owned by Facebook.

ROYAL WEDDING INVITATIONS SENT TO 600 GUESTS _ Kensington Palace said on Thursday that invitations for the wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been sent. Around 600 people have been invited to the May 19 nuptials at noon at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. All 600 have also been invited to a lunchtime reception given by Queen Elizabeth II at St. George’s Hall.

… Harry and Markle will also celebrate with around 200 guests at a private evening reception given by Prince Charles at Frogmore House, a royal mansion near Windsor Castle. The palace declined to comment on who is on the list.

… The invitations, which are beveled and gilded along the edges, feature Prince Charles’ three-feather badge embossed in gold. They feature italic writing on thick white card, and are issued under the name of Charles, father of the groom. The invitations revealed the dress code for wedding guests: uniform, morning coat or lounge suit for men, or day dress with a hat for ladies.

GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH IS TWICE THE SIZE OF TEXAS _ Five great “garbage patches” pollute the world’s oceans. Swirling vortexes of plastics, bottles, ropes, and fishing nets, these heaps of trash are the sad result of what happens when human trash gets stuck in cycling, ring-like systems of currents. The largest of these is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which, according to research announced Thursday, is 16 times larger than previous estimates assumed.

… Located between Hawaii and California, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch consists of two distinct collections of debris, bound together by a swirling spiral. The Ocean Cleanup Foundation calculated that at least 79 thousand ton of plastic are floating inside this area. Three-quarters of the mass is debris larger than 5 centimeters, and 46 percent of it comprises fishing nets.

DISTURBING VIDEO SHOWS DAD BUNGEE JUMPING WHILE HOLDING 2-YEAR-OLD _ A video showing a father plunging hundreds of feet in a bungee jump while holding his toddler daughter is creating controversy, and has many taking aim at the Malaysian reality television star who took the leap with the young girl.

… Video of the jump showed up on Instagram this week, showing a man named Redha Rozlan holding his 2-year-old daughter while standing on top of a bridge with a river more than 200 feet below.Rozlan was seen patting his terrified daughter on the back several times as she buried his head into her father’s shoulder. The man then counted down from three and fell backward off the bridge, his daughter clutching more tightly as they fell off the bridge and plummeted toward the river bed below. • VIDEO

… The Malaysian reality star defended his actions, saying that the young girl was properly secured and excited for the jump. He said online: “Chill, guys. Don’t try with your kids if your kids [are] not ready for this.”

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: THE PERFECT AGE TO GET MARRIED, ACCORDING TO SCIENCE _ Researchers say the best age to walk down the aisle is 26. The number comes from the Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions, which was written by journalist Brian Christian and cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HELLCAT DRIVER GETS PULLED OVER AT 160 MPH _ Indiana State Police pulled over a 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger Hellcat for going more than twice the speed limit on a toll road Tuesday, clocked at at 160 mph. The driver told an officer he was “just trying to get to Maryland.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: OPOSSUM RESCUED FROM UNDER HOOD OF CAR _ Authorities in Florida (Martin County) responded to an auto repair shop where workers discovered the cause of a woman’s car trouble — an opossum under the hood. The woman had brought in her car after spotting an animal’s tail moving through the front grill of the vehicle.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN FLINGS FECES ON HUSBAND AFTER FORGETTING WEDDING ANNIVERSARY _ Forgetting your wedding anniversary almost always ends in disaster, but for one couple the husband found himself in a world of doo-doo. According to Pasco County, Florida, officials, 35-year-old Carol Lynn Stone became enraged after her husband forgot their wedding anniversary. During an argument, Stone smacked her husband on the face, head, neck and chest, causing several scratches. At one point during the altercations, Stone pushed her husband to the ground and threw feces on him.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TEEN DRIVER TAKING TEST CRASHES INTO EXAM STATION _ A teenage driver in Minnesota (Buffalo) trying to get her license crashed into the examination building. Authorities say the 17-year-old girl inadvertently put the Chevrolet Equinox in drive instead of reverse at the start of the test. When the girl stepped on the accelerator, the car lurched forward, jumped the curb and plowed through the front of the building. The girl was not hurt, but her car had significant damage. No one inside the office was hurt, but the crash damaged the building’s brick wall and glass windows.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: AIRLINE CREW MEMBER TRIED TO SMUGGLE COCAINE IN PANTS _ A Fly Jamaica Airways crew member is accused of attempting to smuggle nearly nine pounds of cocaine through John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Federal officials said that during a security search late last week, Hugh Hall, a Jamaican citizen, was found to have four packages filled with white powder strapped to his legs and hidden underneath his pants. Authorities confirmed that the substance was cocaine — about $160,000 worth.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN FILLS POTHOLE WITH LUCKY CHARMS, EATS IT _ A college student in Michigan was videoed doing a crazy stunt that’s been shared thousands of times on the Internet. Except this stunt didn’t harm anyone, didn’t damage property, and won’t get him kicked out of school (Eastern Michigan University). 22-year-old Andrew filled a pothole with Luck Charms and milk… and ate the cereal. Why? Andrew says, “I don’t really know. I remember texting my roommate, and I was like, ‘I just got a great idea.’ And he was like, ‘Oh no, what is it?’ And then I told him and then we both had a laugh about it, and then we went and did it that night.” • IMAGE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SUSPECT HIDING IN FRIDGE _ Police in California went to a house on a tip that the suspect may be living there. The homeowner told police the man wasn’t there, but gave them permission to search the house. After a short search, police found their suspect hiding inside a refrigerator with the door shut.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNK LIKES EATING GRASS _ In Belgium, witnesses watched a man who was obviously drunk stop his car, crawl out on his hands and knees into a field and begin eating grass and grunting like a pig. In court, the guy told the judge: “I like eating grass, especially when I’m drunk. It tastes like spinach.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN CUTS OFF TWO DIGITS _ In England a factory worker lost part of his right thumb in a workplace accident, when it was cut off by the blade of the machine he operated. He was out for awhile, but when he was healthy enough to go back to the job, his supervisors asked him to show them exactly how the accident happened, so they could make sure it didn’t happen again. Unfortunately, it did. As he demonstrated the original incident, he sliced off part of the index finger of his left hand.


ON TELEVISION

FRIDAY

PREMIERE: MUPPET BABIES (10a ET, Disney Channel) — 34 years later, the popular Saturday morning cartoon is back, with a newly reimagined CG-animated series. The series follows the playroom antics of the young Kermit the Frog, Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal and brand-new Muppet Baby, Summer Penguin. The series will also feature guest appearances by fan-favorite Muppets including: Statler and Waldorf, Bunsen and Beaker, Rowlf the Dog, Rizzo and Dr. Teeth.

2018 NCAA TOURNAMENT (7p ET, CBS and TBS) — The Sweet 16 continues with No 5 Clemson vs. No 1 Kansas to start the night.

BLINDSPOT (8p ET, NBC) — New. Roman and Crawford (special guest star David Morse) spend a day together under strange circumstances.

ONCE UPON A TIME (8p ET, ABC) — New.

MASTERCHEF JUNIOR EDITION (8p ET, FOX) — New. The top 20 compete in a team challenge, preparing racks of lamb and pan-seared halibut for a wedding.

DYNASTY (8p ET, CW) — New.

MARVEL’S AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (9p ET, ABC) — New. Fitz and Simmons search for a way to seal the rift.

TAKEN (9p ET, NBC) — New. Hart goes solo to track down the mentor who betrayed her.

9-1-1 (9p ET, FOX) — Repeat

JANE THE VIRGIN (9p ET, CW) — New.

DATELINE (10p ET, NBC) — New

20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat

GAME OVER, MAN! (Netflix) — The stars of Workaholics, Adam Devine, Anders Holm and Blake Anderson, star in this new action/comedy about three friends who are on just about to get their dream video game financed, until their benefactor is taken hostage.

SEASON PREMIERE: SANTA CLARITA DIET (Netflix) — Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant return for season 2 of this horror comedy.

SATURDAY

2018 NCAA TOURNAMENT (6p ET, TBS) — Elite Eight

HOPE & FURY: MLK, THE MOVEMENT AND THE MEDIA (8p ET, NBC) — April 4th marks the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination and this documentary, narrated by Lester Holt, looks at how Dr. King and leaders of the civil rights movement used the power of print and television to show the injustice of racial inequality.

NICKELODEON’S 2018 KIDS’ CHOICE AWARDS (8p ET, Nickelodeon) — John Cena is the emcee.

ATOMIC BLONDE (8p ET, HBO) — Charlize Theron stars in this 2017 action film. James McAvoy and John Goodman also star.

SUNDAY

2018 NCAA TOURNAMENT (2p ET, CBS) — Elite Eight

60 MINUTES (7p ET, CBS) — Anderson Cooper interviews adult film star Stormy Daniels, who claims she had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006 and 2007. The interview was recorded earlier this month.

INSTINCT (8p ET, CBS) — New

AMERICAN IDOL (8p ET, ABC) — New. The auditions continue.

LITTLE BIG SHOTS (8p ET, NBC) — New. A singer from Ireland is joined by Pentatonix.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES (9p ET, CBS) — New

GENIUS JUNIOR (9p ET, NBC) — New

THE WALKING DEAD (9p ET, AMC) — New. A 2-hour episode

DECEPTION (10p ET, ABC) — New.

MADAM SECRETARY (10p ET, CBS) — New

TIMELESS (10p ET, NBC) — New

SERIES PREMIERE: TRUST (10p ET, FX) — Inspired by true events, this new series explores the lives of the wealthy Getty family, with the first season going into the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III by the Italian mafia in Rome. Getty Sr. was one of the richest men in the world at the time his 16-year-old grandson was held for ransom in 1973. The younger Getty was in on the plot, but his effort to extract millions from his grandfather went awry when the kidnappers turned on him. Donald Sutherland, Michael Esper (Shades of Blue), Brendan Fraser, and Hilary Swank star.

SEASON PREMIERE: BILLIONS (10p ET, Showtime) — The 3rd season begins.

SERIES PREMIERE: BARRY (10:30p ET, HBO) — Bill Hader stars in this new dark comedy as a depressed, low-rent hitman who winds up in an acting class while on a job in LA. He falls in love with acting and wants to pursue the class, all while still being a hitman for hire. Stephen Root (Get Out, Office Space), Glenn Fleshler (Billions), and Henry Winkler also stars.


ENTERTAINMENT

IN THEATERS TODAY _ Pacific Rim Uprising is predicted to score $22-29 million at the North American box office this weekend, debuting in first place.

Pacific Rim Uprising (PG-13) – Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju threat. John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Charlie Day.

Paul, Apostle of Christ (PG-13) – The story covers Paul, portrayed by Faulkner, going from the most infamous persecutor of Christians to Jesus Christ’s most influential apostle. Jim Caviezel, James Faulkner, Olivier Martinez.

Midnight Sun (PG-13) – A 17-year-old girl suffers from a condition that prevents her from being out in the sunlight. Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger.

Sherlock Gnomes (PG) – Garden gnomes, Gnomeo & Juliet, recruit renowned detective Sherlock Gnomes to investigate the mysterious disappearance of other garden ornaments. Voice cast: Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, James McAvoy, Mary J. Blige, Michael Caine, Ozzy Osbourne.

Unsane (R) – A young woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution, where she is confronted by her greatest fear–but is it real or a product of her delusion? Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard.

… Opening next weekend: Ready Player One, Acrimony, God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness.

NETFLIX’S THE RAIN HAS A PREMIERE DATE _ A new trailer for upcoming Netflix sci-fi thriller The Rain arrived Thursday. Set in a world where a rain-carried virus has wiped out much of the population, the drama tests whether a group of teens can actually stand the rain. It’s a matter of “stay dry or die” as characters try to outmaneuver mother nature herself. The new trailer gives more footage of the post-apocalyptic world the series is set in. The Rain will premiere on Netflix May 4, 2018. • VIDEO

NEWEST DEADPOOL TRAILER _ The sequel to Deadpool won’t be out for two months (May 18) but thankfully a second trailer starring the foul-mouth superhero was released Thursday. • VIDEO

THE CRAZY WAY KEVIN SMITH LOST 17 POUNDS IN 9 DAYS _ Kevin Smith nearly died after a heart attack, so he’s trying to lose weight — but his method is pretty unorthodox. In late February, the Clerks director shared a shocking photo on Instagram. There he was, hooked up to an IV, staring at the camera while recovering from a heart attack. Since that terrifying experience, Smith has decided to turn his life around. One of those ways is to lose weight. After leaving the hospital, doctors recommended he drop 50 pounds. So, he started eating potatoes — and that’s it. Just potatoes for two weeks, adding some spices and BBQ sauce for flavor. In just nine days, the 47-year-old has lost 17 pounds.

CHRIS EVANS SEEMS READY TO RETIRE FROM PLAYING CAPTAIN AMERICA _ Chris Evans is ready to hang up Captain America’s shield for good. In a New York Times profile on Thursday, Evans says, “You want to get off the train before they push you off.” The quote not only heavily implies that Evans is ready to retire from the role, but it could also mean there’s a higher chance the character could die in the coming Avengers movies.

…Captain America is a role Evans has inhabited since 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, and since then he has starred in two sequels — 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and 2016’s Captain America: Civil War — along with two Avengers movies. The next “Avengers” installments — Avengers: Infinity War on April 27 and a fourth film next year — were filmed back-to-back.

… With new characters recently introduced that could carry the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the future — Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Doctor Strange, for instance — it would make sense that original characters might be phased out.

THE HULK HOGAN/GAWKER CASE IS GETTING ITS OWN MOVIE — AGAIN _ Hulk Hogan may be coming back to the big screen — not as the latest member of the next Expendables cast, but played by another actor in a dramatic retelling of the most talked-about chapter of Hogan’s life. The Hulk Hogan Gawker story has already been covered in depth in a Netflix documentary, and there’s also a potential limited series about it that’s currently in the works. But that’s not stopping a director on Modern Family from stepping behind the camera on a separate movie version of the story.

… Jason Winer, who has produced and directed TV shows like Modern Family, Life in Pieces, and 1600 Penn, has attached himself to Gawker v. Thiel, a film that “centers on the fall of the controversial media company and the man that helped bring it down.” The “Thiel” in that title refers to Peter Thiel, the venture capitalist who funneled $10 million of his own money into Hulk Hogan’s defense case as a way to get back at Gawker, who published an article outing Thiel as gay back in 2007.

ANTON YELCHIN’S FAMILY REACHES SETTLEMENT WITH AUTOMAKER _ The family of actor Anton Yelchin has reached a settlement with Fiat Chrysler, the manufacturer of the SUV that crushed him to death in 2016. No details of the settlement were disclosed in the filing in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

… The actor was killed on June 19, 2016, when he was pinned by his Jeep Grand Cherokee against an entrance post at his Studio City home. It appeared that he had gotten out of the vehicle, and left it in neutral rather than putting it in park. The vehicle then rolled back and killed him.

… The company had received hundreds of complaints about the shifter on the Jeep Grand Cherokee, which returns to a set position no matter what gear it is in. Customers reported confusion witch had led to accidental rollaways. A month before Yelchin’s death, Fiat Chrysler sent a recall notice for 800,000 vehicles manufactured in 2014 and 2015.

… Yelchin’s parents filed a lawsuit, alleging that the shifter was poorly designed and was to blame for the crash.

… Yelchin was best known for portraying Chekov in the recent Star Trek films. He was 27.


AUDIO

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TRUMP’S ADVICE: At a conservative gathering Thursday Donald Trump was asked what advice he’d give his 25-year-old self.

MARCH MADNESS: The college basketball theme played by CBS.

MARCH MADNESS: A package of March Madness drops.

MEN IN BLACK: A reboot is coming. Here’s a clip from Will Smith’s song.

SPRING BREAK: Kid yells “spring break!” followed by some cheezy music.


INTERPREP PROSHARE

More prep in the Facebook Group.


BITS & BREAKS

WEIRD EXCUSES FOR BEING LATE

CareerBuilder talked to hiring managers about bizarre excuses for being late.

• My dog ate my work schedule.

• I was here, but I fell asleep in the parking lot.

• My fake eyelashes were stuck together.

• I forgot I did not work at my former employer’s location and drove there by accident. (The worker had been at the new job for five years.)

• I had morning sickness. (This from a man.)

• It’s too cold to work.

• My coffee was too hot and I couldn’t leave until it cooled off.

• An astrologer warned me of a car accident on a major highway, so I took all backroads, making me an hour late.

DRIVING LAWS WE’D LIKE TO SEE

From AskMen.com

• Driving ends at a certain age — We’re not proposing all driving privileges cease at age X. Here, age applies to the state of mind when caring for others on the road (or even sidewalks) ceases to be. The driver could be 88 or 18. Bonehead moves, whether by intent or ignorance, shouldn’t spoil driving for the rest of us.

• Over-customized cars are to be banned — If your car doesn’t need oil changes because you pour in a fresh quart every 100 miles, there’s no point installing speakers bigger than the wheels themselves. If the cylinder compression readout looks like Tiger Woods’ scorecard, don’t bother with the high-flow intake and custom exhaust either. And yet, some still do. They must be stopped before they polish again — and no, racing stripes do not make your car go faster.

• Animal restraining orders — Why are some of the most self-professed animal lovers the biggest threats to their companions’ well-being? What part of putting a beloved pet on your lap, in the way of the controls and inches from the airbag, sounds like a good idea while driving? Prove you’re smarter than your pet, that chases its own tail, or else we’ll have to enact animal-restraint laws.

• Decorative limits — A $50 set of four plastic spinner hubcaps is four too many. Also, it doesn’t take a dozen bumper stickers to state your opinion — we get it.

• IQ test to get a license — We’re not saying you have to be Ken Jennings, but you should have to prove you know why it’s a bad idea to drive 85 mph in thick fog. Or why four-wheel drive means diddly when you need to stop on ice.

• Lane assignments based on competency — When someone should be a passenger, but insists on driving, they should be banished to the far right lane. Can’t decide whether you want to go 45 or 75 mph? Welcome to the far right lane. Insist on driving intoxicated? Over to the right. Need to text your BFF? You get the idea.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Belgium has the highest rate of these in the world. (Divorces)

TRIVIA: This U.S. city boasts the only royal palace in the United States of America. (Honolulu, Hawaii)

TRIVIA: The average person uses approximately 57 what each day? (Sheets of toilet paper)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Basketball player buries an improbable buzzer-beater.


DATEBOOK: MARCH 26, 2018

This is day 85 of 2018. There are 280 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Alan Arkin is 84

• James Caan is 78

• Diana Ross is 74

• Steven Tyler of Aerosmith is 70

• Vicki Lawrence is 69

• Martin Short is 68

• Leeza Gibbons is 61

• Jennifer Grey is 58

• Michael Imperioli (Life on Mars, The Sopranos) is 52

• Leslie Mann (Knocked Up, This Is 40) is 46

• T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy) is 45

• Amy Smart (Road Trip, Felicity) is 42

• Keira Knightley is 33

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1934: The first Driving test was introduced in the United Kingdom.

• 1953: Jonas Salk announced his polio vaccine.

• 1968: The TV movie Marcus Welby: M.D. drew such a large audience it would return in the fall and become a long-running series, starring Robert Young, James Brolin, and Elena Verdugo.

• 1973: The Young and the Restless premiered today.

• 1982: A groundbreaking ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was held in Washington, DC.

• 1994: Roger Clinton married Molly Martin at the Arboretum and Botanical Garden in Dallas. President Bill Clinton was his brother’s best man.

• 1997: In San Diego, California, 39 Heaven’s Gate cultists committed mass suicide at their compound.

• 1999: The “Melissa worm” infected Microsoft word processing and email systems around the world.

• 1999: A jury in Michigan found Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man.

• 2000: Vladimir Putin was elected president of Russia.

• 2003: Tony Evans of Swansea, Wales, dropped the world’s largest rubber band ball out of an airplane over the Mojave Desert in Arizona to see if it would bounce. It didn’t. The one-ton record breaking ball took 20 seconds to drop a mile and stayed firmly rooted in the crater it created. Evans had spent five years building the ball.

• 2005: Prosecutors in Knoxville, Tennessee, summoned parents of repeatedly truant children to attend a meeting about the law concerning excessive absences. Not surprisingly, about 40% of the parents failed to show up.

• 2009: A chopstick lodged in a martial arts master’s stomach during a training stunt 20 years ago was removed. Wing Ma of China accidentally swallowed the 7 inch stick while trying to condition his body to take pain. He says, “It never came out the other end. I forgot about it until I started to get pains in my stomach.” That’s when he went to see a doctor to have it removed.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Live Long And Prosper Day (anniversary of Leonard Nimoy’s birthday)

• Make Up Your Own Holiday Day

• Purple Day, aka International Epilepsy Day

• Solitude Day

• Spinach Day

• Nougat Day

• Legal Assistants Day

UPCOMING

• 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 15: Academy of Country Music Awards
• April 16: Boston Marathon
• April 16: Pulitzer Prize winners announced
• April 17: Tax deadline day
• April 20: 4/20
• April 22: Earth Day
• April 28: White House Correspondents Dinner
• March 25: Palm Sunday
• March 29: MLB opening day
• March 31: March Madness Final Four begins
• April 1: Easter
• April 1: April Fool’s Day
• April 2: March Madness championship game
• April 13: Friday the 13th
• April 13: Coachella begins
• April 28: White House Correspondents Dinner
• May 4: Star Wars Day – May the Fourth be with you
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo
• May 8: Cannes Film Festival begins
• May 13: Mother’s Day
• May 19: The royal wedding
• May 28: Memorial Day
• June 10: Tony Awards
• June 14: World Cup begins
• June 21: First day of Summer
• July 4: Independence Day
• July 13: Friday the 13th