Zoo says it ‘cannot confirm or deny’ April the giraffe pregnant 

Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 6:18 PM

April’s Calf Has Finally Been Named

Seven months ago, April the giraffe made headlines as millions of people tuned in to watch her give birth to her fourth calf live via the internet. Now the viral sensation may be ready for another special delivery. 

Animal Adventure Park owner Jordan Patch appeared on “Good Morning America” Thursday morning to give fans an update on the mother and her son Tajiri, who was born April 15 at the park in Binghamton, New York. 

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When GMA hosts asked if there was another bun in the oven, Patch answered, “I cannot confirm nor deny the possibility of another pregnancy.” 

If she is indeed expecting, the caretaker also teased the likelihood of another livestream. 

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“Are we ready for another giraffe cam, world? You tell me,” he laughed.

Millions of people around the world tuned into the much-anticipated live birth, which first started making headlines in February after YouTube briefly took the zoo's livestream down after animal activists complained the video violated policies against “nudity and sexual content.”

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After the zoo urged commenters to voice their frustrations -- and thousands did -- YouTube restored the stream within an hour.

The zoo teased on a daily basis for weeks that April was close to giving birth, until Tajiri was finally born in mid-April.

On the morning of the delivery, more than 1.2 million people watched to help welcome April’s bundle of joy into the world. 

Watch: Chance The Rapper spoofs NHL in ‘SNL’ skit

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 10:51 AM

Chance The Rapper spoofed the NHL on
Chance The Rapper spoofed the NHL on "Saturday Night Live" as he played a sports reporter who was out of his league.(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Chance The Rapper does not like hockey. In a word, he was “cold.”

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In a hilarious skit on “Saturday Night Live,” the rapper plays an NBA sideline reporter, Laslo Holmes, pressed into duty as a rinkside reporter for a game between the New York Rangers and the Edmonton Oilers.

“It’s very cold all around here,” Chance The Rapper said during Saturday night’s skit. “Lots of fun hockey going on. Lots of white dudes on skates running into each other full speed. I don’t get it.”

It was Chance The Rapper’s first appearance as a host on “SNL,” and the hockey skit spoofed several hockey traditions, The Sporting News reported, including fights.

Oh, and those names.

“One of the main guys on the Rangers, don't know how to say his name, it has like 30 letters in it, none of them are vowels,” the rapper said. “He's playing great, which is crazy because he got in a full fistfight in the first minute of the game.”

Here’s the full skit: 

Country music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis dead at 85

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 11:14 AM

Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis died Sunday morning in Florida.
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Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis died Sunday morning in Florida.(Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis died early Sunday morning in Ocala, Florida, according to his publicist, Don Murry Grubbs. He was 85.

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In his six-decade career, the singer recorded more than 60 albums, had three dozen Top 10 singles and wrote several hit songs that are now regarded as classics, the Tennessean reported.

During the 1960s, Tillis’ songs charted for several artists, with hits like “Ruby (Don't Take Your Love to Town),” “Mental Revenge” and “Detroit City,” becoming classics, the Tennessean reported.

As a recording artist, Tillis scored during the 1970s with two dozen Top 10 hits. Five of them topped the charts, including “Coca Cola Cowboy” in 1979.

His other No. 1 hits were “I Ain’t Never” in 1972, “Good Woman Blues”  in 1976, “Heart Healer” in 1976, “I Believe in You” in 1978. He also went to No. 1 in 1980 with “Southern Rains.”

The Country Music Association named Tillis Entertainer of the Year in 1976, the Tennessean reported, and he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame that same year.

Tillis appeared on several television shows, including “Hee Haw” and “Hollywood Squares.” He also appeared in films such as “Cannonball Run” and “Smokey and the Bandit.” He  did commercials for Whataburger, a fast-food restaurant chain, the Tennessean

reported.

Lonnie Melvin Tillis was born on Aug. 8, 1932, near Tampa, Fla. He developed a speech impediment after a childhood bout of malaria, the Tennessean reported. But he used the stammer to his advantage as an entertainer.

“After a lot of years and more hurting than I like to remember, I can talk about it lightly — which eases things a bit,” he wrote in “Stutterin' Boy,” his 1984 autobiography. “It's a way of showing people that it hasn't licked me, so it doesn't have to lick others.”

In 2007, Tillis was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry Hall of Fame by his daughter, singer Pam Tillis. Later that year, he was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

"I'm just so thankful, for everything," he  said when he was inducted.

In 2011, Tillis was named a National Medal of Arts recipient for his contributions to country music, the Tennessean reported. He received his award in February 2012 during a White House ceremony.

Bill Murray resurrects 'Caddyshack' character in Facebook series about baseball

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 10:09 AM

Bill Murray is eye to eye with a groundhog in a scene from the 1980 film
Bill Murray is eye to eye with a groundhog in a scene from the 1980 film "Caddyshack."(Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Carl Spackler is back.

Bill Murray played the hilarious golf course groundskeeper in “Caddyshack,” determined to keep a pesky gopher from ruining his lush fairways. He will play a similar role in “Bill Murray and Brian Doyle Murray’s Extra Innings,” an unscripted series that debuts Monday on Facebook, Entertainment Weekly reported.

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The show will stream on Mondays for the next 10 weeks.

The brothers will chronicle their adventures to several baseball parks and will attempt to get rid of animated gophers at the Martha’s Vineyard stadium. Bill Murray dresses in his Spackler outfit, with shredded cargo shorts and a floppy bucket hat, to play “Whack-a-Mole,” Entertainment Weekly reported.

Bill Murray & Brian Doyle Murray's - Extra Innings

Join Bill Murray and Brian Doyle-Murray starting 11/20 as they wander the Minor League ballparks of America, mingle with the locals, heckle a few players, and maybe even catch a bit of the game. Nobody does nothing better than these two.

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“I have issues with my own personal space,” Murray says as he wanders into the outfield, armed with a watering can. “In an ordinary situation, I need about a meter around me to be comfortable. However, on a baseball field, I need to be far away from any burrowing animal.”

Bill Murray, perhaps the most famous fan of the Chicago Cubs, also sings the new show’s theme song, “The Thing About Baseball,” written by the brothers and Paul Shaffer.

TMZ: David Cassidy reported to be in critical condition

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 8:34 AM
Updated: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 3:37 PM

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Entertainment website TMZ is reporting that entertainer David Cassidy is in a Florida hospital in critical condition.

TMZ reports that Cassidy, 67, was taken to an undisclosed hospital in Florida on Wednesday, suffering from organ failure. 

Cassidy’s representative told E! News Saturday afternoon that Cassidy is “currently conscious and surrounded by family.”

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Cassidy, the former “Partridge Family” star, has been in poor health for awhile. He revealed he has dementia in February.