THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 2023

Ron Howard remembers seeing his daughter Bryce Dallas Howard do a college play in the NUDE.  He called it, quote, “a complete assault on a father’s psyche.” 

Jennifer Aniston is sad that a “whole generation of kids” are watching “Friends” and finding things offensive.  “We should have thought [some things] through, but I don’t think there was a sensitivity like there is now.” 

Jay Leno has a “brand-new ear” after lighting his face on fire. 

Kenny Chesney turned 55 on Sunday, and celebrated it with bunch of friends on a “late night” private plane ride.  It included Kelsea Ballerini, who’s opening on his tour.  Kenny posted a photo of the good times on Instagram.

 I imagine Carrie Underwood gets tons of duet requests, but a superstar only has so much time.  So, congratulations to Cody Johnson who convinced Carrie to record a duet on the new album he’s been working on.

Ashley Cooke and Morgan Evans are both opening on Brett Young’s tour, which picks up tonight in Columbus, Ohio.  To get people excited about it they recorded a video together. She’s from Florida, and he’s an Aussie, so they did a word association game.  It was a culture clash.  For example, when she said “flip-flop”, he replied with “thongs”.  She said, “that’s underwear” and he was like, “We say g-string.” It’s a cute video, and they have a lot of chemistry.  How much?  It racked up over 1.3 million views on TikTok . . . and is filled with comments from people who are convinced they’re dating.  Those people are wrong, according to Ashley. She wrote, “Dang guys, these comments.  We’re just touring together.  Easy.”

In an interview with “Esquire”, Luke Combs said he’s been singing ever since he could talk.  But as a kid, he wasn’t sure if he was actually good at it . . . or if his parents were just LYING to him. Turns out they actually played a pivotal role more than once . . .As an only child, he didn’t have any brutally honest siblings there to weigh in.  He says his parents loved it when he sang, but quote, “everybody’s parents love when they do ANYTHING.” He eventually got into chorus in the sixth grade, and then school musicals.  His choir performed at Carnegie Hall once, and he had a solo.  But even after that, he didn’t have any plans to make it a career. He went to Appalachian State to get a business degree, then switched to criminal justice and wanted to be a homicide detective.  But his parents stepped in again the summer after his junior year while he was working at a go-kart track. His mom reminded him he had a guitar in his closet that they bought him in 7th grade.  So he picked it back up, learned to play, and the rest is history.  

Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks are co-hosting the “58th Academy of Country Music Awards”.  It’ll be the FIRST time Garth has EVER hosted a major awards show, and it took someone special to get him to do it. Dolly has a history with the ACMs.  She hosted alone in 2000, and with Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett last year.  The show is being held at the Ford Center in Frisco, Texas on May 11th, and will stream live on Amazon’s Prime Video.

14-year-old Carly Pearce wrote a letter to herself wondering what her future might look like . . . and she nailed it.  Carly read it out loud in a video posted yesterday on Instagram.  Here’s the bold prediction . . .  “Who knows what I will be doing when I open this letter.  Hopefully, I’ll be on my way to being a famous recording artist in Nashville.”  The clip is part of tonight’s special, “CMT Defining: Carly Pearce”. 

Thomas Rhett is 33. 

Justin Moore is 39.  Country singer.

Norah Jones is 44.  Biggest hits:  “Don’t Know Why” and “Come Away with Me”.

Mark Consuelos is 52.  Kelly Ripa’s husband.

Celine Dion is 55.

Donna D’Errico is 55.  Donna Marco on “Baywatch”. 

Piers Morgan is 58.

Ian Ziering is 59.  THE star of the “Sharknado” movies and “Beverly Hills 90210”.

MC Hammer is 61.  Biggest hits:  “U Can’t Touch This” and “2 Legit to Quit”.

Paul Reiser is 67.  Dr. Owens on “Stranger Things”.  Your parents knew him as Helen Hunt’s husband on the old school sitcom “Mad About You”.

Eric Clapton is 78.  The only person inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame THREE times:  as a solo artist, with the Yardbirds, and with Cream.

Warren Beatty is 86.

John Astin is 93.  Gomez Addams from “The Addams Family” TV show.  And one of the Riddlers on the old-school “Batman” TV show in the ’60s.

Peter Marshall is 97.  Host of the original “Hollywood Squares”.

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