‘The Simpsons’ predicted Disney would buy Fox

“The Simpsons” totally predicted that Disney would take over Fox — almost 20 years ago.

An episode called “When You Dish Upon A Star,” which first aired on November 8, 1998, depicted a sign on the front of a building that read “20th Century Fox, a Division of Walt Disney Co.”

The episode from the long-running Fox cartoon focuses on an unlikely relationship between Homer Simpson, Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger. The sign appears toward the end, as Ron Howard successfully pitches a movie about “a killer-robot-driving-instructor that travels back in time for some reason” and “a talking pie,” and receives bags of money for the project.

That Disney-Fox prediction became a reality on December 14, 2017, when Disney said it was buying a huge chunk of 21st Century Fox, which owns 20th Century Fox, for $52.4 billion.

“The Simpsons” prediction was noted on Thursday in a tweet by ESPN reporter Darren Rovell, who included a screen shot of the cartoon sign.

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The prediction was also noted on November 6, when news of the merger talks first surfaced, by various fans who tweeted screen shoots of “The Simpsons” sign.

This isn’t the first time “The Simpsons” has predicted major news events. Most notably, “The Simpsons” predicted that Donald Trump would become president, in a 2000 episode called “Bart to the Future.”

“As you know, we’ve inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump,” says the character Lisa Simpson, who had succeeded Trump as president.

The cartoon also predicted the 2003 tiger attack on Siegfried and Roy, text bloopers with autocorrect technology and faulty voter machines that miscounted votes for Obama as votes for his Republican rivals.

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John Lennon, Sally, Ride, Mr. Rogers: New USPS stamps for 2018

The U.S. Postal Service unveiled news stamps as part of its 2018 collection, CNN reports.

Musician John Lennon, performer and activist Lena Horne, America’s first woman in space Sally Ride and children’s television pioneer Mr. Rogers will be featured on Forever stamps next year, USPS officials said in a press release.

The USPS will also be issuing several other stamps, including: a “Year of the Dog” stamp to celebrate the Lunar New Year, “O Beautiful” to commemorate the song “America the Beautiful” and a stamp to mark the 200th anniversary of Illinois’ statehood.

Issuance dates on the stamps haven’t been released, the press release said.

The USPS encourages people to submit stamp suggestions. Click this link for details on submitting a suggestion.

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Sirius XM faces celebrity backlash after Steve Bannon rejoins radio show

Steve Bannon’s return to a radio hosting gig is kicking up some celebrity backlash.

Actors Seth Rogen, John Leguizamo, and singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge have all promised to boycott SiriusXM for allowing Bannon to appear on the subscription radio service.

The outcry started after SiriusXM announced last Tuesday that Bannon, the former chief strategist for President Trump, would be a host on the “Breitbart News Daily” radio show. It airs on Patriot, a conservative station.

“I can’t bring myself to appear on the same service that has decided to support Steve Bannon,” Rogen tweeted Friday, adding that he canceled a scheduled press tour on SiriusXM. Rogen stars in the new film “The Disaster Artist.”

Etheridge also suggested Friday that she would abandon her involvement with Volume, a SiriusXM music channel. She has hosted an interview program on the channel called “Melissa’s Basement.”

“After news that @SIRIUSXM has given #SteveBannon a show, I can no longer in good conscience be a part of my show,” she tweeted, later adding, “I will fight for anyone’s right to free speech. I will not be a part of amplifying or normalizing hate speech.”

Leguizamo, the Broadway and screen actor, followed Sunday. He tweeted to his more than 800,000 followers that he “just canceled my #SiriusXM because they hired #Bannon ! No hate mongers!”

The hashtag #BoycottSiriusXM, meanwhile, was posted or shared by thousands of social media users over the weekend, according to the tracking site Keyhole.

SiriusXM said in a statement Friday that the network “has promised to deliver a diversity of opinions and viewpoints, from conservative to progressive to everything in between.”

“Free speech is vitally important. We ardently believe that by allowing a virtually unlimited platform of viewpoints, we are doing our best to uphold that core value,” SiriusXM said.

The company declined to comment further on Sunday.

Bannon is familiar with radio. The Breitbart News executive chairman was a host on Patriot before the 2016 election. He joined the Trump campaign in its final months and served in the administration until August.

In its announcement, SiriusXM also said Breitbart would expand its presence on Patriot with a new daily weeknight show and additional weekend programming.

The financial terms of Bannon’s relationship with SiriusXM are not clear. When asked if Bannon is paid by the network, spokesman Patrick Reilly said SiriusXM does “not discuss the terms of our programming deals.”

Bannon did not provide a response to the potential boycott when asked by CNN on Sunday.

Bannon is a controversial figure in politics. He’s long been bent on upending the political establishment, and he’s often considered one of the harbingers of the populist movement that vaulted Trump into the nation’s highest office.

His far-right website, Breitbart, has also been defending the Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who is now embroiled in a sexual misconduct scandal.

“I feel jacked up,” Bannon told the Weekly Standard when he left the White House. “Now I’m free. I’ve got my hands back on my weapons. Someone said, ‘it’s Bannon the Barbarian.’ I am definitely going to crush the opposition.”

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Gretchen Carlson declines to rule out Senate run

Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson declined Thursday to rule out a run for the US Senate, telling CNN’s Poppy Harlow and John Berman that she’s been asked to run in her home state of Connecticut.

“My life has worked in mysterious ways,” she said. “I started as a classical violinist and was going to be a lawyer and I ended up in TV and never expected to be the face of sexual harassment, so my answer to that question is, who knows?”

Berman replied, “Were you sitting in our chair, like you did for a long time, I think you would take that answer to be an announcement that you are running for something.”

“No, not yet,” she said.

Carlson added that it’s not in her “timing right now.”

Last summer, Carlson went public with sexual harassment allegations against then-Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes and received a $20 million settlement and a public apology from 21st Century Fox.

When asked if there is a partisan divide in how people who report sexual harassment are treated, Carlson said the “obvious” answer is yes.

“What I’ve said from the beginning since my story broke 17 months ago is that sexual harassment is apolitical,” she said. “It is completely disingenuous to believe some groups of women and not believe others, and that’s what we’re seeing play out right now.”

Carlson has recently teamed up with several Democratic senators, including Al Franken, who is from her home state of Minnesota, Patrick Leahy of Vermont and other co-sponsors to help introduce the Arbitration Fairness Act of 2017. The bill would get rid of mandatory arbitration clauses in employment, consumer, civil rights and antitrust cases, and Carlson said it has bipartisan support in the House and Senate.

Following a raft of allegations he touched women inappropriately, Franken is facing calls from his Democratic colleagues to step down.

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Chelsea Handler evacuates home amid wildfire threat

Comedian Chelsea Handler is among the thousands who have had to flee their homes over the last three days as several wildfires burn in Southern California.

“Just evacuated my house. It’s like Donald Trump is setting the world on fire. Literally and figuratively,” Handler tweeted Wednesday morning. “Stay safe everyone. Dark times.”

A representative for Handler did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for further comment.

There are several active fires in and around Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

On Wednesday, a blaze known as the Skirball fire broke out along the I-405, one of the nation’s busiest, prompting a mandatory evacuation order for a portion of the affluent Bel Air neighborhood.

The Skirball fire also led to the closure of that major highway. It has since reopened in both directions.

The largest fire currently being battled is Ventura County’s Thomas fire, which has claimed 90,000 acres and destroyed at least 150 buildings, according to officials.

The Rye fire in Santa Clarita led to production delays for two television series, HBO’s “Westworld” and CBS’s “S.W.A.T.”

“Westworld” resumed production on Wednesday but continues to monitor the situation, according to HBO.

Handler’s evacuation came on the same day she was set to film the final episode of her “Chelsea” talk show.

That taping went on as planned, according to a post from Handler on Instagram.

Actress and singer Lea Michele was among the evacuees. The “Glee” star told The Hollywood Reporter that she left her home on Wednesday morning. “I had two minutes to think what I would take and I grabbed my cat and that’s all,” she said.

Socialite Paris Hilton tweeted that her house was being evacuated and her pets moved to safety.

“Thank you to all the firefighters who are risking their lives to save ours,” she wrote on Twitter.

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