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DATEBOOK: MARCH 16, 2015

This is day 75 of 2015. There are 290 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Jerry Lewis is 89

• Director Bernardo Bertolucci is 74

• Game show host Chuck Woolery is 74

• Victor Garber (Alias) is 66

• Erik Estrada (CHiPS) is 66

• Nancy Wilson of Heart is 61

• Flavor Flav of Public Enemy is 56

• Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones) is 52

• Lauren Graham (Parenthood, Gilmore Girls) is 48

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1802: Congress authorized the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.

• 1850: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne was published.

• 1915: The Federal Trade Commission was organized.

• 1985: Terry Anderson, chief Middle East correspondent for The Associated Press, was abducted in Beirut.

• 1994: Figure skater Tonya Harding pleaded guilty in Portland, Oregon, to conspiracy for covering up the attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan.

• 1995: Mississippi formally ratified the Thirteenth Amendment, becoming the last state to approve the abolition of slavery. The Thirteenth Amendment was officially ratified in 1865.

• 1995: Astronaut Norm Thagard became the first American to visit the Russian space station Mir.

• 2002: Thirteen-year-old Brittanie Cecil was struck by a flying hockey puck during an NHL game between the hometown Columbus Blue Jackets and the Calgary Flames; she died two days later.

• 2005: A judge in Redwood City, California, sent Scott Peterson to death row for the slaying of his pregnant wife, Laci.

• 2005: A jury in Los Angeles acquitted actor Robert Blake of murder in the shooting death of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley. (A civil court jury later ordered Blake to pay $30 million to Bakley’s four children.)

• 2006: In Slough, England, a gang of crooks heard through the crook grapevine about a van that would be passing through town loaded with money. Lots of money. Millions, in fact. They snatched the van as its driver was making a delivery. And the story they had heard was true, the van was full of money. Unfortunately, it was Monopoly money that was to be used in a promotion of a new version of the game.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• American Chocolate Week

• National Button Week

• Termite Awareness Week

• Brain Awareness Week

• Shakespeare Week

• Act Happy Week

• Wildlife Week

• No Selfies Day

• Freedom of Information Day

UPCOMING

• March 17-April 6: March Madness

• March 17: St. Patrick’s Day (Tuesday)

• March 20: Spring begins (Friday, 6:45p ET)

• April 1: April Fool’s Day (Wednesday)

• April 5: Major League Baseball season opener (Sunday – Cards at Cubs, 8:05p ET)

More holidays

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

40 million: Americans who will fill out a March Madness bracket.

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NEWS ATTACK!

The heavily anticipated live action Cinderella opened over weekend. Everyone went to see it. [Which may explain the whereabouts of Vladimir Putin.]

The heavily anticipated live action Cinderella opened over weekend. Everyone went to see it. [Of course, the story had to be updated for the modern age. Cinderella got a restraining order against her stepmother; her fairy godmother was an iPhone; and she met Prince Charming on Tinder.]

The heavily anticipated live action Cinderella opened over weekend. Everyone went to see it. [Cinderella is all set to live happily ever after until her enemies discover that she used her personal rather than her official email.]

A mobile meth lab was found in the restroom of a Walmart in Indiana. [And in the garden shop they discovered that those weren’t tomato plants.]

Vladimir Putin hasn’t been seen for a while. There’s speculation that he’s sick. [They think a virus must have got him. So now HE knows what it’s like to be invaded.]

The Vice President of Sierra Leone is fearing for his life and requesting asylum from the U.S. [According to protocol, his American counterpart, Vice President Joe Biden, is now obligated to find room in his basement.]

A new study finds that people who stay away from other people have shorter life expectancies. [Live by the garlic, die by the garlic.]

The TV series Seinfeld is about to set a new record for streaming rights with a price tag that could it exceed $100 million. The bidders include Yahoo and Amazon. [And Vandelay Industries.]

The Pope shocked everyone by saying that he will have a short reign, only of a few years in office. [And then he plans to test the highly lucrative free agent market.]

In India, on the day of her wedding, a bride called off the wedding when her groom was unable to answer a simple math question. [The only thing that makes a man more nervous than getting married is getting married on the same day as a pop quiz.]

A 54-year-old Texas man entered Guinness World Records when he completed 4,321 pull-ups in 24 hours. [He now owns the pull-up record as well as the record for the world’s longest arms.]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

YOUR MARCH MADNESS POOL IS PROBABLY ILLEGAL _ An estimated 50 million people reportedly took part in March Madness office pools last year, and the number should be about the same this time around. And those people may be breaking the law. According to Pregame.com, wagering on last year’s March Madness tournament likely exceeded $12 billion, more money than was riding on the 2013 Super Bowl. Of that, $3 billion was estimated to be put into office pools of tournament brackets. But it’s unlikely anyone was arrested last year for taking part in the office pool, and it’s unlikely anyone will be arrested this year or anytime in the future.

… But if you’re afraid the NSA is snooping around your life and you don’t want to get in trouble, there are a couple of options. First, take your betting offline. Yes, old-school it with a paper bracket. And one law professor says it’s best to avoid serving as the pool administrator — the person collecting and handing out prize money.

… Play at your own risk. But it’s unlikely the police will be raiding the office.

WILL COMPANIES LOSE OVER $1 BILLION BECAUSE OF MARCH MADNESS? _ We hear it every year — March Madness costs employers over $1 billion in lost productivity. But is this true? Probably not. Most time management experts agree the average worker wastes roughly the same time every day on non-work activities. So if March Madness games weren’t aren’t going on, we’d be wasting that time on Facebook, or watching cat videos, or taking longer lunches. Basically when there’s downtime, or the boss isn’t around, we often fill our time with non-work stuff. This time of the year it’s stuff related to college basketball.

VLADIMIR PUTIN DEAD OR ALIVE? _ Reports claiming Vladimir Putin is dead have been all the rage in recent days, and there has been a flurry of rumors spreading around. There’s even some saying the Russian government has been overthrown in a silent coup. Regardless of wild theories, now it’s being claimed Putin is simply lying in bed doing whatever else does when they’re not feeling well: watching TV.

… On Sunday, an Austrian newspaper (Kurier) reported that an unnamed orthopedic doctor had traveled to Moscow in order to treat Vladimir Putin’s back problems. The newspaper could not substantiate their rumor with further information or an official source, but it makes sense based upon Putin’s medical history. For example, the 62-year-old Russian president once went “missing” when he was suffering from a slipped spinal disc from a long-standing judo injury.

WOMAN SMOKES A CIGARETTE ON A PLANE, GOES ON BIZARRE RANT _ A woman made an international flight a real pain for other passengers when she broke all the basic rules of good flying. Smoking has been banned on flights for decades, but didn’t stop the woman from lighting up a cigarette. A Reddit user who alleges that he was on the same flight as the woman says the incident took place before the flight took off. Passengers around her are visibly upset and try flagging down a flight attendant. When she was caught, she tried to blame the cigarette on someone else, but the people around her clearly saw what happened. The flight attendants allegedly told her that the police would be waiting for her once the plane landed if she didn’t calm down. She started to inform the passengers on the airplane that the U.S. has declared Venezuela a “national security threat.” Despite the warning from the flight attendants, the woman was going to say her piece before she got arrested. | VIDEO

WOMAN MAKES ONLINE APPEAL FOR LOVER WHO GOT HER PREGNANT _ A 25-year-old Australian woman who had a one-night stand with a random guy she met online, and got pregnant from the encounter, gave birth to a baby boy and has now made a desperate appeal to find the father. Bianca Fazey decided to have a one-night encounter on April 23 last year. Soon after, she discovered that she was pregnant, having been told previously that she was unlikely to ever become pregnant due to polycystic ovary syndrome. Having searched for the father as best she could for five months, Fazey decided to post an ad online (on Gumtree) looking for the guy — who called himself Jeremy. When she did, she received an aggressive bunch of messages from people who saw it fit to call her names.

NEW COMPANY WANTS TO MOVE YOU WITH SELF-FLYING CARS _ Imagine a world in which you call up a plane on your smartphone as easily as you can summon cars from Uber and Lyft. Then take it to the next level: The plane has no pilot, completely controlled by automatic algorithms. That’s the dream of AeroMobil, which unveiled its prototype flying car last year. The company has an aggressive launch date of 2017 for that vehicle, which the CEO describes as a “Ferrari with wings.” AeroMobil has yet to get regulatory approval for its “normal” flying car, and self-driving cars have their own regulatory hurdles to navigate, so talk of pilotless flying cars are probably farther away than 2017.

TEACHER WINS $1M PRIZE, PLANS TO GIVE IT AWAY _ A teacher who prefers reading and self-expression to standardized testing has won a $1 million prize, and plans to donate the entire thing to a school she founded in Maine 25 years ago. Nancie Atwell is the winner of the renowned Global Teaching Prize. Atwell says she plans to spend the money on replacing two furnaces, buying new books, and boosting tuition aid at the private demonstration school that gives training to teachers from far and wide. Called the Center for Teaching and Learning, the school trains teachers of kindergarten through eighth grade in a technique that centers on self-expression and stories.

GUY SETS UP GOFUNDME TO KEEP GIRLFRIEND FROM CHEATING _ Azel Prather Jr. has a lovely girlfriend who went to Miami for spring break, but he could not accompany her due to insufficient funds. So instead of just sitting back and letting fate take it’s course, Azel sought the help of the Internet to ensure that his girlfriend wasn’t being being unfaithful. The 25-year-old created a plea on the crowd-sourcing site GoFundme and requested $300 for an airline ticket from Maryland to Miami.

… He wrote on his GoFundMe page: “As you know, spring break is fastly approaching and my youngin and her friends are going to Miami. If you know anything about Miami, you know that she shouldn’t go without a chaperone. I need to get there to be with her and share this joyous time but my funds have been exhausted. We have a great thing going and I would hate to see it go down the drain for a little sand and sun. If you can find it in your heart to donate ANYTHING to help save my relationship I would greatly appreciate it. I just need a round trip flight. I will be staying wherever she lays her head, eating whatever she eats, and overseeing all parties and fun activity for the duration of the trip. I thank you in advance. Please fellas, I love her.”

… The Internet responded with 24 donations equaling $325. Whether he got his money in time to fly down before her spring break was over? We don’t know.

WOMAN TURNS 100 WITH SKYDIVE, SHARKDIVE _ What better way to mark your long life than by taking a few risks? Celebrating her 100th birthday with a parachute jump is not enough for South African Georgina Harwood, who plans to make her triple-digit birthday even more exciting by doing a shark cage dive today (Monday). Her birthday skydive was a tandem jump in which she was in harness with another person. The jump took place over the weekend. Wearing a red jumpsuit, Harwood was joined in the air by 15 family members and friends. She did her first when she was 92 years old in 2007. In a shark cage dive the participant goes underwater in a cage in an area where sharks are fed chum — bits of cut up fish meat — by tour operators.

99-YEAR-OLD WOMAN SEWS HER 1,000TH DRESS _ Lillian Weber kept her word. The 99-year-old woman, who sews a handmade dress every single day for small girls in Africa, reached her goal of 1,000 dresses over the weekend. Lillian, whose goal was to sew a thousand dresses before her 100th birthday in May, is the most celebrated woman in her Davenport, Iowa, senior community, where she and others regularly create dresses for the Christian outreach group Little Dresses for Africa.

STOMACH PAINS LED TO SURPRISE BIRTH IN SHOWER _ An Iowa (Des Moines) woman stepped into the shower last week to help ease the discomfort of stomach pains. She emerged holding a newborn. Brittany Young said that she knew she was pregnant when she had the recurring stomach pains. Turns out, Young may have misunderstood a hospital worker back December. Instead of being 12 weeks pregnant then as Young believed, she had 12 weeks left. Five minutes after entering the shower she gave birth. Mom and baby are doing fine.

CYCLIST HIT BY CAR TOLD ‘IT WOULD UPSET MY KIDS’ _ In England, Taron Stead, a 17-year-old cyclist, was recently hit by car. According to the Huffington Post, the male driver of the car that hit him stopped and a woman got out. The woman informed him she couldn’t help him because they were late getting their kids to school and the blood on his face would upset her children. The woman returned to the car without even asking if he was okay and the car drove away.

… Fortunately Taron was wearing his helmet. There’s surveillance video around the area (South Yorkshire) where he was hit and police are investigating.

FIFTY-FOUR-YEAR-OLD MAN DOES 4,321 PULL-UPS IN 24 HOURS _ A 54-year-old man from Corpus Christi, Texas, was able to set a new world record by completing one of the most difficult upper-body exercises: pull-ups. However, Mark Jordan did not just complete a handful of successful push-ups. What makes his world record so impressive is the number of pull-ups that he was able to do successfully — 4,321. If that number does not blow your mind, the fact that he was able to successfully complete all of them within a 24-hour period is even more impressive. Jordan accomplished this mind-blowing feat in November of last year but Guinness World Records made it official late last week.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TRAIN OPERATOR SAYS FAT PEOPLE SHOULDN’T SIT _ A train operator in England has apologized after a station announcer shocked passengers by saying that fat people should not sit down because of a lack of space. The train was full when a member of the train staff announced: “We are going to be like sardines on this train, so can I ask that only slim people sit on the three-seaters. If you are fat then it is simply not going to work.” Officials have apologized.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN SHOOTS FRIEND OVER WRONG BEER _ A New Orleans man is accused of shooting his friend because the friend brought him the wrong brand of beer. The victim allegedly showed up with Busch beer — but the suspect prefers Budweiser.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ITALIAN POLICE SAY ‘ISIS FLAG’ WAS JACKET _ Police were called to an apartment building on Italy’s eastern coast (Porto Recanati) after locals claimed that an Isis sympathizer may be within their midst. The officers searched the building and questioned residents, but were unable to recover the mystery black cloth spotted hanging from a tree next to the apartments. On further investigation police discovered that the supposed propaganda tool was nothing more than a jacket, swept into the trees after being hung out to dry.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BRIDE DUMPS GROOM FOR BAD MATH SKILLS _ In India a bride walked out of her wedding after the groom failed to solve a simple maths problem. But don’t blame just the bride — the woman’s relatives put the groom to the test after becoming concerned about his level of education. After the groom failed to come up with an answer for 15 + 6, the bride-to-be stormed out of the wedding.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: STRIPPER COP CAUGHT WEARING GUN
_ A Portuguese policeman was give a 22-month suspended jail sentence for wearing his service weapon while performing stripteases. The 32-year-old officer admitted that he wore his uniform to make his dances “more realistic,” but claimed the firearm was a replica of his service pistol. The policeman had turned to stripping part-time to make extra money.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN MADE TO WASH BEFORE COACH LEFT _ A woman was ordered off a London bus and taken to a bathroom to wash because she smelled bad. The driver said, “What do I do here? I’ve got a smelly one on.” The woman was taken by security staff to the bus station’s toilets, where she was told to wash up. After five minutes of washing she was allowed to return to the bus.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN HOSPITALIZED AFTER 36 HAMS FALL ON HEAD _ An employee of Hatfield Quality Meats in Pennsylvania was injured when 720 pounds of ham fell on his head. He was airlifted to a hospital after 36 hams fell on him. Had he died, police would have classified it as a hamicide.

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ON TELEVISION

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — The Battle rounds continue in this new, 2-hour edition.

SEASON PREMIERE: DANCING WITH THE STARS (8p ET, ABC) — Dancing is celebrating its 10th anniversary season. Celebs dancing this season include Suzanne Somers, Rumer Willis, Bachelor Chris Soules, Patti LaBelle, Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin and former NFL draft pick Michael Sam.

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

GOTHAM (8p ET, FOX) — Repeat

THE ORIGINALS (8p ET, CW) — New

MIKE & MOLLY (8:30p ET, CBS) — New

SCORPION (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

THE FOLLOWING (9p ET, FOX) — Hunter Parrish (Weeds) guest stars in this new episode.

JANE THE VIRGIN (9p ET, CW) — New

NCIS: LOS ANGELES (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

CASTLE (10p ET, ABC) — Linda Park (Star Trek: Enterprise) guest stars in this new episode.

THE NIGHT SHIFT (10p ET, NBC) — New

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ENTERTAINMENT

CINDERELLA DOMINATES BOX OFFICE WITH $70 MILLION _ Cinderella got the royal reception Disney was hoping for, opening to a strong $70.1 million over the weekend.

… Globally the film made $132 million.

DRUNK DRIVER CRASHES INTO JENNIFER ANISTON’S YARD _ An allegedly drunk driver reportedly crashed into Jennifer Aniston’s yard on Saturday. The unidentified man was driving in Bel-Air when he allegedly jumped the curb and went straight on to Aniston’s estate around 8:30PM. A security guard called 911, and when police arrived the guy allegedly attempted to claim he was not the one behind the wheel. Surveillance footage, however, proved otherwise, and the man was arrested after failing field sobriety tests. It’s not yet known if Aniston and fiancé Justin Theroux were at home during the accident.

JUSTIN BIEBER APOLOGIZES AT COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST _ Justin Bieber may have ended his Comedy Central Roast, which taped Saturday night in Los Angeles, on a humble note, but that didn’t stop him from getting skewered by friends and comedians at the annual event. As is tradition at the roasts, Bieber got the chance for a final say after the roasters were done ripping into him. While he got the chance to land a few hits, the pop star ended the night by apologizing for his much-publicized mistakes. He explained: “There was really no preparing me for this life. I was thrown into this at 12 years old, and I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. There’s been moments I’m really proud of and a lot of moments I look back and I’m pretty disappointed with myself for. But the things that I’ve done really don’t define who I am. I’m a kind-hearted person who loves people and through it all, lost some of my best qualities. For that, I’m sorry. But what I can say is that I’m looking forward to being someone you can look at and be proud of.”

… Roastmaster Kevin Hart didn’t hold back against Bieber, who was celebrating his 21st birthday on Saturday, despite being a friend of his. He started the night saying, “Tonight we are gonna do what parents and the legal system should have done a long time — give the boy a [butt]-whuppin he deserves.”

JACK HUSTON CONFIRMED TO PLAY LEAD ROLE IN ‘THE CROW’ REMAKE _ Jack Huston has landed a lead role in The Crow remake. James O’Barr, who wrote the graphic novel the movie would be based on, confirms the Boardwalk Empire actor “has definitely been cast” as the new Eric Draven for the upcoming movie. Luke Evans was previously set to headline the remake but he left to pursue other projects. He has since been cast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

KEVIN BACON STARS IN A COMMERCIAL FOR EGGS _ The egg industry has landed its perfect spokesman. Kevin Bacon has embraced his last name in a commercial for IncredibleEgg.org. The premise of the web commercials is that “Nobody knows eggs better than Bacon.” | VIDEO

KEVIN SMITH CONFIRMS MALLRATS SEQUEL _ Kevin Smith is headed back to the mall. The director has confirmed that’s he currently working on a sequel to his 1995 hit Mallrats.

BOBBI KRISTINA’S AUNT: SOMEONE INTENDED FOR HER TO DROWN _ One week after publicly claiming that Nick Gordon is under investigation for “attempted murder” in connection with the near-drowning of Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, Bobbi Kristina’s aunt, Leolah Brown, says (to TMZ) that Whitney’s sister-in-law, Pat Houston, also “has a lot to do” with Kristina’s condition: “… I hold her accountable for what happened to my niece, Bobbi Kristina, because of what knowledge I have of her. … It was someone’s intention to put [Bobbi Kristina] where she is right now. That I do believe.”

TWO AND A HALF MEN CREW FINALLY GET THEIR WRAP GIFTS _ After it was revealed last month that the Two and a Half Men crew hadn’t received the traditional wrap gift upon the CBS show’s end, sources say American Express gift cards arrived in the mail: $1,500 for those who worked on the show all 12 years; $1,000 for those with a tenure of nine years, and $750 for everyone else.

UNDER THE DOME WILL CONTINUE IN A THIRD SEASON _ When Under The Dome ended its second season in September, it left many viewers hanging on the edges of their seats and wondering when, if ever, the show would return. It has taken some time, but CBS has announced that Under The Dome will be returning, though it will no longer be a familiar Monday night staple. Instead, Dome will take up a new time slot, starting with its two-hour premiere on Thursday, June 25.

JOSH BROLIN IS THE REAL LIFE AQUAMAN, RESCUE’S SURFER _ A few weeks ago, actor Josh Brolin became a hero in Malibu, rescuing a straggling surfer being dragged out to sea by a strong current. Since then the story was only told by word of mouth, but now there’s video proof of Brolin flexing his water heroics. | VIDEO

MAMA JUNE OF HONEY BOO BOO MAY JOIN BIGGEST LOSER _ Mama June Shannon is apparently determined to return to television after her family show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo got canceled by TLC last year. The mother of four reportedly wants to take part on The Biggest Loser. In pictures obtained by TMZ, Shannon was indeed seen working out at a Hollywood park. She was spotted with celebrity personal trainer Natasha Kufa. It’s believed to be a warm-up before she joins the NBC weight loss program.

CHRIS EVANS REPORTEDLY DATING LILY COLLINS _ Love is reportedly in the air between Chris Evans and Lily Collins. Rumor has it the Captain America actor and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones star got together after meeting at the star-studded Oscars after-party hosted by Vanity Fair last month. Lily Collins, a daughter of Phil Collins, was previously romantically linked to actors Thomas Cocquerel, Jamie Campbell Bower, Taylor Lautner, and Zac Efron. Evans’ famous exes include actresses Jessica Biel and Minka Kelly.

TAYLOR SWIFT: OH NO, MY CAT RUINED MY $40 MILLION LEGS! _ On Saturday, Taylor Swift posted a photo of her left leg with an ugly-looking red scratch — a hazard of being cat-mom to Meredith and Olivia. Swift wrote: “GREAT WORK MEREDITH. I WAS JUST TRYING TO LOVE YOU AND NOW YOU OWE ME 40 MILLION DOLLARS.” She’s kidding, of course. Swift was poking fun at a tabloid report that claimed that she’s insured her mile-long legs for $40 million earlier this month. | IMAGE

TV RATINGS SEE DECLINES FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT MONTH _ February was another heartbreaker for the $65 billion television ad business. Commercial ratings cratered across broadcast and cable networks, marking the fifth straight month of double-digit declines for the industry. Overall prime-time broadcast network ratings were off 12 percent last month compared to a year ago, while cable networks dropped 11 percent.

… So what’s up? Why are Americans dumping broadcast and cable TV? Because we’re increasingly watching Netflix, Hulu, Amazon streaming and other services. About 40 percent of households now have subscription video service.

… Those same services are currently competing for content. Yahoo, Amazon and Hulu are among the bidders for the streaming rights to Seinfeld, with the winner expected to pay at least $500,000 per episode.

BRISTOL PALIN ENGAGED TO MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT _ Bristol Palin is engaged. The 24-year-old oldest daughter of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin will marry 26-year-old Sgt. Dakota Meyer, a former marine, who was awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest U.S. award for bravery, in 2011 for saving 36 of his comrades’ lives during an ambush in Afghanistan in 2009.

PROPOSAL DURING RYAN GOSLING’S DIRECTORIAL DEBUT _ A woman asked her girlfriend during the U.S. premiere of Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut at South By Southwest over the weekend. During the Q&A section of the screening of the film Lost River a woman used the opportunity to ask her girlfriend of 11 years to marry her. Instead of asking a question about the film, the woman turned to her girlfriend for a spontaneous proposal. “I want the rest of my life to be with you.” Her girlfriend said yes, and Gosling congratulated them as Lost River co-stars Eva Mendes and Saoirse Ronan applauded the two on stage.

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AUDIO

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STRANGE GYM CLASS SPORTS

One of our co-workers here at (your station) told us they bowled in gym class in high school. Their school was not far from a bowling alley so they’d either take a short bus ride to the alley or walk. What weird sport did you do in gym class? Here are three calls to help with the phones. » download

ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Here’s a huge batch of St. Patrick’s Day-related clips for talkovers, bumpers, promos, etc. » download

MARCH MADNESS DROPS

It’s nearly March Madness time. Here’s a package of March Madness drops. » download

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BITS & BREAKS

TOP TEN MOVIES

1. Cinderella, $70 million

2. Run All Night, $11 million

3. Kingsman: The Secret Service, $6.2 million

4. Focus, $5.805 million

5. Chappie, $5.8 million

6. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, $5.7 million

7. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, $4.1 million

8. McFarland, USA, $3.6 million

9. American Sniper, $2.93 million

10. The DUFF, $2.9 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Mr. Peabody & Sherman.

… Five years ago this week the number one movie was Alice in Wonderland.

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

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

IN THEATERS FRIDAY

THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT (PG-13) http://interprep.com/images/icons/tomato.png score/reviews

  • Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side.
  • Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet

DO YOU BELIEVE (?) http://interprep.com/images/icons/tomato.png score/reviews

  • When a pastor is shaken by the visible faith of a street-corner preacher, he is reminded that true belief always requires action. His response ignites a journey that impacts everyone it touches in ways that only God could orchestrate.
  • Ted McGinley, Mira Sorvino, Cybill Shepherd

THE GUNMAN (R) http://interprep.com/images/icons/tomato.png score/reviews

  • A former Special Forces soldier and military contractor, suffering from PTSD, goes on the run from London to Barcelona and across Europe.
  • Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Sean Penn

WEEKLY HOT LIST

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

  1. March Madness
  2. St. Patrick’s Day
  3. Justin Bieber Roast
  4. Frozen 2
  5. Taxes
  6. Madonna
  7. Bristol Palin Engaged
  8. SXSW
  9. Spring Training
  10. Vladimir Putin Missing
  11. Robert Downey, Jr. Video
  12. SAE Fraternity
  13. Lil Wayne
  14. Kathy Griffin
  15. Bobbi Kristina
  16. Apple Watch
  17. The Pope
  18. Common

MARCH MADNESS: STUFF TO KNOW

Here’s some background information about the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament (source: CNN).

• March 17-April 6, 2015 – The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament will take place.

• April 4-April 6, 2015 – The NCAA Final Four will be hosted in Indianapolis, Indiana, at Lucas Oil Stadium.

• April 7, 2014 – The championship game takes place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Connecticut Huskies defeat the Kentucky Wildcats, 60-54.

• The “First Four” are the four first-round games. Two games match number 16 seeds against each other, and the other two games feature the last four at-large teams selected into the tournament. The winners advance to the second round.

• UCLA has won the most NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournaments – 11.

• The average cost of a 30-second commercial during the championship game in 2014 was $1.49 million.

• Total TV ad spending during the tournament reached $1.13 billion in 2014.

• During the tournament in 2014, there were 69.7 million live video streams across all platforms through NCAA March Madness Live, which is managed by Turner Sports.

• Timeline: 1939 – The first tournament is held, and eight teams compete. Oregon defeats Ohio State 46-33.

• 1954 – The tournament final is broadcast live nationwide for the first time.

• 1991 – CBS begins broadcasting all games live.

• 1999 – CBS obtains an 11-year contract through 2013 worth $6 billion to broadcast the tournament.

• 2005 – College Sports Television begins a two-year agreement with CBS Sportsline.com and the NCAA for exclusive video streaming rights on CSTV.com for out-of-market game coverage. CSTV pays CBS $3 million for the rights and expects to be profitable in the first year.

• April 22, 2010 – In addition to expanding the men’s tournament basketball field to 68 teams from 65, the NCAA announces a 14-year, $10.8 billion television rights deal with CBS and Turner Sports. The deal, which goes into effect in 2011, marks the first time that each game will be televised nationally.

THE MOST OVER-RATED ACTORS

News.com.au says these actors are the most overrated. Is there someone missing?

20. Eric Bana

19. Rosamund Pike

18. Liam Hemsworth

17. James Franco

16. Mark Wahlberg

15. Daniel Radcliffe & Emma Watson

14. Sam Worthington

13. Seth Rogen

12. Will Smith

11. Nicole Kidman

10. Jason Bateman

9. Cameron Diaz

8. Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson

7. Melissa McCarthy

6. Ben Stiller

5. Meryl Streep

4. Robert Downey Jr.

3. Angelina Jolie

2. Liam Neeson

1. Johnny Depp

CAR FEATURES YOU CAN SKIP

Consumer Reports says when you’re looking for a new car, skip these features. (And here the must-have features.)

• Gesture/character recognition – Some cars are introducing separate touch pads to interface with their center screens, where you can scribe letters to enter addresses, for example. But they’re just as distracting and no easier to use than scroll wheels or simple touch screens.

• iPod/iPad/HDMI audio/video adapter. Some cars come with special adapters to connect your phone to the car, unnecessarily tying you into one type of connector and one type of phone; they can’t really do anything USB or Bluetooth connections don’t.

• CD/DVD player. With all the modern connectivity in cars and most people carrying their music libraries on their phones, CD players seem redundant. Plus, they take up valuable real estate on the dashboard. Similarly, iPads can carry movies as well as games, making rear entertainment systems another unnecessary expense and complication.

• Start-stop systems turn the engine off at stoplights to save gas. But they often shudder or surge when they restart, and gas savings seem pretty minimal.

• Built-in navigation brings a nice big screen and integrates with the car’s controls. But phone-based navigation often has better points of interest and voice recognition, and some factor traffic conditions.

• Apps are feeding into more and more cars. Some of them are handy: Aha, Audible, Pandora, Stitcher, and Spotify, among others, make it easier to control playback than just using the direct Bluetooth connection in the car. But as quickly as new apps come along, any of them could become obsolete before you trade in your car.

• Wi-Fi in cars is the latest rage. Most cell-phone plans offer mobile hot spots. And the signal has to come from somewhere. Wi-Fi routers in your car require their own monthly 3G data subscription in addition to your new car payment.

• Cooled seats. While most people want heated seats, there’s little outcry for cooled seats, which add a lot of noise and complication for a sensation that’s more strange than comforting.

• Lane-keeping assist is a new system that monitors the lane lines and electrically nudges the steering wheel to keep you between them. Lane-departure systems are just as effective at warning you if you’re not paying attention, and they’re less annoying because they don’t give you the eerie feeling that someone else is tugging the steering wheel.

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: There are 1,281,432 of these in the U.S. (Lawyers)

KIDS QUIZ

Can you answer some questions from Trivial Pursuit for Kids?

Which one of these video games came first?

  • Pong*
  • Pac-Man
  • Space Invaders

In the Turkish town of Nizip, they make soap. What do they do to make sure soap was made correctly?

  • Use each bar to wash their hands once.
  • Stroke the back of a goat once with each bar.
  • Lick it.*

Chocolate contains a useful ingredient that acts as a what?

  • A cough suppressant.* (Theobromine)
  • An anti-histamine.
  • A sleeping compound.

What is the best selling children’s book of all time?

  • Curious George*
  • The Poky Little Puppy
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone*

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JOKE OF THE DAY

A guy from (nearby hick state) is walking along the beach one day, and he sees a bottle laying in the sand. He picks it up and starts to brush it off, and out pops a genie. The genie says, “Since you have freed me from the bottle, I will grant you three wishes.” The (hick state guy) thinks for a moment and says, “I’m plumb thirsty — I think I’ll be wishing for a bottle of beer.” POOF! There is a bottle of beer in his hand. The (hick state guy) drinks it down and starts to throw the bottle, when the genie says, “I’d look at that bottle again before I threw it if I were you.” So he looks at the bottle and its magically filling back up with beer. The genie told him, “That is a magic bottle, and it will always fill back up after you finish it.” The genie then asked, “What other two wishes can I grant for you?” The (hick state guy) looks at the bottle in his hand and says, “I’ll be taking two more of these.”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Amazing downhill mountain bike ride through the streets of Chile.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

When you don’t have a dog…


source: bits & pieces

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• There will soon be 299 under-ocean cables that connect the world to the Internet.

• Lonely tweets.

• Amazing urban treehouse.

• 17 tips for Netflix users.

• Make any page look like it was made by a 13-year-old.

• Second Tomorrowland trailer.

• Click to add a point of gravity.

• Shotgun rules.

• Mix different sounds and create your perfect environment.

• Opt out of interest-based advertising.

• PleyWorld is the largest playground for LEGO fans.

• See what’s playing on the streaming services.

• For the burger lover: The Message is Medium Rare.

• Everything you ever wanted to know about your city.

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DATEBOOK: MARCH 17, 2015

This is day 76 of 2015. There are 289 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Astronaut Ken Mattingly is 79. Ken was scheduled to fly on Apollo 13, but was held back due to concerns about a potential illness — which he did not contract. In the film Apollo 13 he was played by Gary Sinise. He later flew as Command Module Pilot for Apollo 16.

• Patrick Duffy (Dallas) is 66

• Kurt Russell (Stargate, Tango & Cash, Tombstone, Breakdown) is 64

• Mark Boone Junior (Sons of Anarchy) is 60

• Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump, Apollo 13) is 60

• Vicki Lewis (NewsRadio) is 55

• Rob Lowe (Parks & Recreation, The West Wing, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me) is 51

• Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins is 48

• National Soccer Hall of Famer Mia Hamm (helped the U.S. women’s national team win the 2004 Olympics) is 43

• Brittany Daniel (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) is 39

• TV personality Rob Kardashian (Keeping Up with the Kardashians) is 28

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1756: St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated in New York City for the first time, at the Crown and Thistle Tavern.

• 1845: The rubber band was patented.

• 1931: Nevada legalized gambling.

• 1966: The last Studebaker was produced in Canada. The company’s U.S. plant already had closed.

• 1967: The cover of Life magazine carried a picture of Snoopy and Charlie Brown.

• 1991: In its first dress code change since the 1960s, Brigham Young University announced that students could wear knee-length shorts and go sockless.

• 1999: At a restaurant in Schererville, Indiana, an intoxicated man, angered by a slow-flushing toilet, pulled out a pistol and shot it several times.

• 1999: A Chinese illegal immigrant was given a year in jail for breaking into a Hong Kong home and eating an expensive pet turtle. Though the normal burglary sentence was three years, the judge assessed a lighter sentence because the defendant pleaded guilty, didn’t steal anything else, and claimed he was really hungry. He left two smaller turtles unharmed.

• 2005: Several major league baseball players told the U.S. Congress steroids were a problem in the sport.

• 2006: An employee at a funeral parlor in Kazakhstan was rescued after burglars knocked him out and nailed him inside a wooden coffin while they robbed the place.

• 2008: New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned after a scandal involving a high-end prostitute. David Paterson became acting New York State governor.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• St. Patrick’s Day

• Irish Coffee Day

• Eat Like an Irishman Day

UPCOMING

• March 17-April 6: March Madness

• March 17: St. Patrick’s Day (Tuesday)

• March 20: Spring begins (Friday, 6:45p ET)

• April 1: April Fool’s Day (Wednesday)

• April 5: Major League Baseball season opener (Sunday – Cards at Cubs, 8:05p ET)

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