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Summary

  1. News and updates for 1 April 2016
  2. Tributes paid to This Morning agony aunt Denise Robertson, who has died aged 83
  3. Justin Timberlake sued by Cirque Du Soleil
  4. Star Wars actor Mark Hamill attempts to hit one million Twitter followers

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By Genevieve Hassan and Chris Long

All times stated are UK

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That's all from us today and, in fact, this week. Thanks for joining us - we'll be back on Monday with more arts and entertainment news, so do join us then.

Before we go, there's just time for the weather. This report, though, comes with a twist as The Night Manager star Tom Hiddleston took a turn at forecasting for Fox 32 Chicago News as his Marvel alter-ego, Loki.

As a result, he blamed the incoming bad weather on his "brother from another mother", Thor, who had "taken his hammer and smashed it on the surface of the sky". 

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And while you'd be tempted to think it was just Loki being mischievous, there might be something to what he had to say, as it looks like Thor star Chris Hemsworth put the wind up a feathered friend at the launch of his new film, The Huntsman: Winter's War, last night.

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Final Wolverine movie title revealed?

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Hugh Jackman has said that the forthcoming Wolverine movie will be his last. But what will it be called?

Well, in the middle of last month, 20th Century Fox registered the domain names WolverineWeaponX.com and WeaponXmovie.com. Weapon X presumably referring to the secret research project that helped create Wolverine and Deadpool in the Marvel comic-book series.

So that’ll be what the film will definitely be titled?

Well perhaps, perhaps not. Jackman recently said he’d received an almost finished script. And earlier this week, Fox registered the domain WolverineTheDeathofLogan.com, indicating that this could be the final settled title of Jackman’s last outing as the metal-clawed mutant.

With shooting due to start soon for a March 2017 release, we should have proper confirmation soon. 

In other sequel title news, it looks like Danny Boyle has managed to clear his preferred name for his Trainspotting sequel - T2: Trainspotting Returns. Late last month, several variations of T2TrainspottingReturnsTheMovie.com were officially registered. Ewan McGregor recently said the film will start shooting at the end of May.

Mark Hamill will reveal Star Wars Episode VIII spoiler 'later'

Spoiler alert, Star Wars fans! Mark Hamill, aka Luke Skywalker, tweeted earlier he would reveal a "stunning" plot point from the upcoming Episode VIII if he reached one million followers on Twitter.

That led to some worrying he wouldn't reach the total (he's on about 982,000 at the moment) and therefore wouldn't let the womp rat out of the bag.

Thankfully, he's now revealed that even if he doesn't reach the total, he'll still reveal the story point "later". 

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Whoopi Goldberg goes into the cannabis business

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Oscar-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg is branching out into the cannabis business with a line of medicinal products for women to help provide relief for period pain.

The star said four products will initially be sold at dispensaries in California - sipping chocolate, a balm, a bath soak and herbal tinctures.

She said:

This was all inspired by my own experience from a lifetime of difficult periods and the fact that cannabis was literally the only thing that gave relief.

Goldberg is the latest celebrity to get involved with the growing industry - the family of reggae star Bob Marley teamed up with a cannabis company in 2014 to produce a brand called Marley Natural and rapper Snoop Dogg has also signed up to produce his own series of products. 

Fun fact - Whoopi Goldberg's real name is Caryn Johnson. Save that for your next pub quiz.

Matthew Perry to host show on Magic FM

We thought this might be another April Fool's joke, but apparently it's true - Friends star Matthew Perry is to guest DJ a show on Magic FM "for a couple of Saturdays".

He's currently starring in his West End play The End of Longing six days a week, so he obviously isn't busy enough. 

The radio station says he'll be "playing some of his favourite songs, sharing stories and answering your questions" during the show, which will be on air from 13:00 to 15:00.

Judging by the picture he tweeted of himself in the studio, could he be any more excited?

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Book trade marks April Fool's Day

It seems everyone has made an attempt to fool us this year - and the book industry is no exception.

Here are a few that failed to get past us:

  • HarperCollins is to launch a new series of colouring books for adults to take the trend to “the next level”. The Blank Colouring Book for Adults series will consist of 48 specially-designed blank pages for adults to colour using whatever materials they prefer.  
  • The Scottish Book Trust is launching a series of Audiobook Club Nights to connect teenagers with books at interpretive dance nights. At venues across Scotland, teens will be given wireless headphones and a choice of novel. They will then be encouraged to throw interpretive dance shapes inspired by the material they are listening to.  
  • Pan Macmillan is to publish the world's first colouring-in audiobook - Mindful Doodling: The Audiobook will allow readers to take the “thoroughly mindful experience of doodling and colouring-in and enjoy it hands-free, on the go, and without even needing a pen”.  
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Sherlock's Andrew Scott to play Hamlet

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London's Almedia Theatre has announced Sherlock star Andrew Scott is going to appear in its production of Hamlet next Spring, opposite Juliet Stevenson.

Scott is following in the footsteps of his Sherlock co-star Benedict Cumberbatch, who appeared in Hamlet at the Barbican last year.

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The name's Bond... Jamie Bond?

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Sometimes you read a story on 1 April and you hope it's not a joke - and the splash in the Daily Mail that Olivia Coleman is being lined up to become the first female James Bond is one such tale.

The paper reports that the Broadchurch and Peep Show star had impressed Bond producer Barbara Broccoli with her turn as a spy in BBC One's The Night Manager, which ended on Sunday.

It has an interview with "a close friend" of Coleman, who said: "It’s the dream job that every actor in Britain wanted and she was over the moon to land it."

She also said when Coleman was picked for the role, she "thought it was a joke at first".

Unfortunately, we suspect it might be too.

Blossoms singer: Viola Beach deaths left us 'devastated'

Singer Tom Ogden says his band Blossoms were left “devastated” after the members of Viola Beach, who were supporting them on tour, died in a car accident in Sweden.

Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe, Jack Dakin and manager Craig Tarry were killed when their car plunged more than 25m (82ft) from a bridge into a canal.

Instead of replacing the band with another support, Blossoms played out a 25-minute audio recording of Viola Beach's set. Tom Ogden told 5 live's Colin Paterson it felt “upsetting" but was a fitting tribute.

'Diverse and fascinating' collection wins poetry prize

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A collection of poems by an ecologist that felt like "opening a box of fireworks" has won The Poetry Society's Ted Hughes Award for New Work.

With "diverse and fascinating subjects" and an evocation of "the enchantment and truth of the natural world", David Morley's The Invisible Gift was a "natural successor" to the work of the former Poet Laureate who the prize is named after, the judges said.

Morley, who has previously created installations in natural landscapes and poetry films and podcasts, had also "found a way to give a voice to the Romani people who live in that natural world", they said.

The prize, which honours the "wide range of work produced by poets, not just in books but beyond", has previously been awarded to Andrew Motion for his radio performance Coming Home in 2014 and Kate Tempest for her spoken word piece Brand New Ancients in 2012.

At the ceremony at London's Savile Club, New York editor Eric Berlin's poem Night Errand was also named as the winner of the society's National Poetry Competition, beating more than 12,000 other entries.

The poem, about a sleep-deprived dad on a mundane errand to a shopping centre, "demanded a pause to dwell and recoup, followed by the compulsion to read it again", judge Sarah Howe said.

Alan Partridge to tackle Britain's 'schasm' between rich and poor

Alan Partridge
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Tackling the issue of the divide between rich and poor in a one-hour TV documentary is surely a task for a presenter with gravitas and tact - step forward then, Alan Partridge, who is to journey into the heart of unreported Britain for a one-off special.

Alan Partridge's Scissored Isle, which will air in May, will see Alan "move among [everyone from] supermarket staff to payday lenders, disaffected street gangs to food scavenging freegans" to investigate the "schasm" (a halfway point between a schism and a chasm, apparently) that has formed between the "haves and haven'ts", a Sky Atlantic spokesman said.

Partridge is, of course, the creation of Steve Coogan, who said it would be great to see the character "tackle the big issues of poverty and disenfranchised youth with the same clumsy ham-fistedness we would usually expect from George Osborne".

The spokesman said the show would hopefully see Alan "become a better citizen, a better man and a better, more sought-after broadcaster".

Given how Alan usually deals with such pressures - a barefooted drive to Dundee scoffing chocolates comes to mind - chances are high it won't end well.

'Cats are like clouds'

Working with a feline co-star sounds like one of the trickiest gigs but Luke Treadaway sounds pretty relaxed about his filming experience on A Street Cat Named Bob.

He chatted to the BBC's Green Room about the movie, and how you can't get frustrated if a cat won't take direction.

It’s the last week of the BBC Taster project The Green Room but if you’ve liked what you’ve seen so far you can still watch, rate and share the videos on the site. 

Other recent videos feature the likes of Beth Ditto, Isy Suttie, Caitlin Moran and Lauren Laverne.

A Few Good Men goes live

Aaron Sorkin
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The trend for live TV presentations continues - but now NBC is branching out from musicals to drama.  

Aaron Sorkin is to adapt and produce his script for A Few Good Men for a live TV production in 2017.

A Few Good Men started life on Broadway before it was turned into a Oscar-nominated film in 1992 starring Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise, who uttered the immortal line "you can't handle the truth".

The plot revolves around a military lawyer asked to defend three Marines on trial for murder.

Britain's Got Talent to install audition trap door?

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Britain's Got Talent has never been a show to let its less-successful audtionees down gently - but things are about to get even more brutal, if a story in the Daily Mirror is to be believed.

The paper reports that BGT supremo Simon Cowell plans to install a trap door in the stage to quickly dispose of those performers deemed too poor to carry on.

It claims if judges Simon, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams "all buzz quickly on an act, the ­trapdoor opens and they will vanish from the stage, looking like fools".

A spokesman for the show is quoted as saying the trapdoor will "hopefully... make the acts raise their game, as they won’t want to risk plunging off stage".

Given the date, we suspect it's actually this story that is for the drop, but stranger things have happened.

Robin Wright in talks to join Blade Runner sequel

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House of Cards star Robin Wright is in negotiations to join Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling in the sequel to the cult 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner. 

Alcon Entertainment wouldn't spill the beans on what character she would play though, or give any plot details away.

Ford - who seems to be on a run of reprising old characters after putting Han Solo's jacket back on and digging his whip out for the upcoming Indiana Jones movie - will return as police officer Rick Deckard, forced out of retirement to hunt for humanoid robots in 2019 Los Angeles. 

Sicario director Denis Villeneuve will be taking the helm, with an expected release date of January 2018. 

Filming is due to begin in July.

'Thunderclap' Newman was 'unsung musical genius'

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Pianist Andy "Thunderclap" Newman, who gave his name to the one-hit wonders behind the 1969 chart-topper Something In The Air, has died at the age of 73.

The song saw Thunderclap Newman - formed by The Who's Pete Townshend to showcase the talents of musicians Newman, John "Speedy" Keen and Jimmy McCulloch - spend three weeks at number one, fending off singles from The Beatles and Elvis Presley.

The trio split in 1971 after releasing one album, Hollywood Dream. Newman resurrected the band with a new line-up some years later.

Mark Brzezicki, drummer with Big Country and the reformed Thunderclap Newman, said the pianist was an "unsung musical genius".

He was an incredibly talented musician. He had his own unique, very individual piano-playing style. He was also incredibly intellectual, he knew a lot about everything. He was very wise, but also a very quiet and private man.

The Who also shared the news of Newman's death on their Facebook page, saying that it brought "great sadness".

Here's a reminder of Thunderclap Newman's huge hit - which has been covered by the likes of Elbow, The Lightning Seeds, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the Eurythmics over the years - in all its 1960s glory.

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More tributes for Ronnie Corbett

Tributes are still coming in for entertainer Ronnie Corbett, after his death was announced yesterday.

Robbie Williams showed off his Two Ronnies tattoo on his neck on Twitter in tribute:

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Stephen Merchant Instagrammed a picture of "the great Ronnie Corbett towering over me", and Eddie Izzard tweeted that he was "privileged" to have met him.

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His loss was even felt across the Atlantic, with rocker Alice Cooper - who starred in a Sky advert with the diminutive star in 2003 - saying:  

Even Americans know who Ronnie Corbett is. I was fortunate to do a few talk shows with him over the years. I became his "'flatmate" in a commercial, and even played golf with him. The Two Ronnies are reunited in a better place. Heaven is better than London, isn't it?

Mark Hamill promises Star Wars Episode VIII spoiler

Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, has promised fans he'll reveal a "stunning" Episode 8 plot point if he reaches one million followers on Twitter. 

He currently has 980,000 followers, so he's not far off.

Worried about the spoilers? It's ok, he's apparently got permission from director Rian Johnson.

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Sony to release proton packs for would-be ghostbusters?

Got a problem with something strange in your neighbourhood? Traditionally, you'd have had to have called Ghostbusters to deal with it, but if Sony's latest announcement is true, soon you can take care of those freaky ghosts yourself. 

The Proton Pack, which the company says was designed with the help of Dr Jillian Holtzmann and Dr Egon Spengler, "will be the first of its kind to capture ectoplasmic matter".

The pack will weigh about 6.6kg and is "water and slime-proof".

Sony president Kazuo Hirai says perfecting the pack was an example of the company's "relentless pursuit of innovation", adding: "It absolutely delivers the wow factor that is so important to our company mission.”

Amazing as it all sounds, movie buffs will recognise the names of the scientists involved from the original 1984 Ghostbusters film and this year's upcoming reboot and share our scepticism about the project.

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Justin Timberlake sued by Cirque du Soleil

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Theatre performance company Cirque du Soleil is suing singer Justin Timberlake, claiming he copied one of their songs without permission.

Legal papers filed in New York claim Timberlake's song Don't Hold the Wall - which featured on the star's 2013 album 20/20 - copied part of the song Steel Dream, which featured on Cirque's 1997 album Quidam.

The company is seeking a minimum $800,000 in damages for copyright infringement.

Producer Timbaland is also mentioned as one of the defendants, as he helped write the song, as well as Sony Music, which released the album.

Representatives for Timberlake, Timbaland or Sony have yet to comment on the action.

More tributes to Denise Robertson

Lisa Faulkner, who has presented cooking segments on This Morning, has paid tribute to Denise Robertson.

Am so sad to hear we have lost the wonderful Denise Robertson.I feel very privileged to have had many a chat with her. @itvthismorning 🙏🏻❤️

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Comedian Leigh Francis, the alter ego of ITV's Keith Lemon, tweeted that Robertson was "lovely", while former This Morning presenter Emma Willis wrote that today's show was "a lovely tribute... for a truly lovely lady".

Kate Thornton, who worked as a reporter on the show, said Robertson had been "a friend to millions".

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Richard Madeley pays tribute to Denise

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Richard Madeley, who appeared on This Morning with Denise Richardson for 13 years when it first began, told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire that Denise was "a truly wonderful, warm-hearted and wised woman".

We did know it was coming – we all got the warning lights about 10 days ago and Denise has been ill for a while so it hasn’t come as a blind-sider.

It’s very sad. We did the programme with Denise for a very long time because we started it together, all of us, in 1988 and we left after 13 years and she carried on and chalked up 28 years. I’m not just saying this because I have huge affection for her, but I think she was probably the best agony aunt in the business and was underrated somewhat in that regard.

She didn’t come on with all bells and whistles, she just got on with giving incredibly good advice. And what very few people won’t know is when a show was over, Denise would stay in the phone in room sometimes for hours well into the afternoon talking to people who hadn’t been able to get on the air - or continue counselling people who had and she gave up so much of her time.

I remember we auditioned some established agony aunts household names and although they were very good they didn’t match Denise’s authenticity and her genuineness. And her obvious serious compassion – she wasn’t in it for a career, she was in it because she like making a difference to people’s lives for good.

Phillip Schofield in tears

Watching @itvthismorning in floods! Beautiful tribute to our #Denise 😢

This Morning 'family' pay tribute to Denise Robertson

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This Morning's presenters and regular guests have paid tribute to agony aunt Denise Robertson at the start of today's show.

Holly Willoughby said she had been "a huge part of the family" and "a real fighter for everybody", while co-presenter Philip Schofield said when he started on the show, Robertson was "the person I wanted approval of most", adding: "It was the most incredible feeling when Denise approved." 

Former presenter Fern Britton said she had been "so wonderfully funny" and "a strong woman who we would all aspire to be".

Soap expert Sharon Marshall said Robertson had been "everyone’s agony aunt".

"There wasn’t a single person she didn’t help," she said, adding: "We have lost the most wonderful chum."

Eamonn Holmes, who came in while on sick leave to present the tributes to his "beloved friend", said the show had had 17,000 messages about the agony aunt in the first 20 minutes.

Denise Robertson's family thank viewers for support

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In a statement read out on ITV's This Morning, Denise Robertson's family thanked viewers for their messages of support and the staff of the hospital that treated her. 

They said:

It is with the deepest possible sorrow that we announce the passing of a very great lady. Our dearest Denise Robertson lost her short battle with cancer today at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

We send our gratitude to the many thousands of people who have sent messages of love, support and prayers during these difficult weeks, these sustained and delighted her immeasurably.

The care Denise received from Professor Cunningham, Dr Tait and all the staff at the hospital was above and beyond anything we could have hoped for.

The world has lost an extraordinary woman. We know that her ITV family, the This Morning viewers and the incalculable numbers of people she has helped and causes she has championed during her 83 years, will be grieving with us at this intensely painful time.

Holly Willoughby pays tribute to Denise

This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby has Instagrammed a picture of herself with Denise, saying:

"Yesterday we lost this gorgeous lady after her brave fight with cancer... We will miss her deeply... Denise you were quite simply one of life's good ones."

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Denise Robertson on her cancer 'fight'

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Denise Robertson, who has died at the age of 83, said last month that her cancer diagnosis had come as a surprise but she did not plan to "give up without a fight".

She last appeared on This Morning on 3 March, when she spoke to presenters Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby from the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, where she was undergoing treatment.

She thanked viewers for their messages of support, saying: “Can I just say how much it’s meant to me – all the love and support that’s come in from all of you – from colleagues, from viewers, it really is the most enormous help.”

“I wish I was there with you getting big hugs," she added.

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Musician sues Royal Opera House over ruined hearing

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A renowned viola player is suing the Royal Opera House for ruining his hearing and his career during rehearsals of Wagner's Die Walkure.

Chris Goldscheider claims his hearing was irreversibly damaged by brass instruments put immediately behind him.

The Musicians' Union says hearing damage is a major problem for musicians playing in orchestras.

The Royal Opera House denies it is responsible, but around a quarter of its players suffer hearing illnesses.

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'Very sad day' for This Morning as agony aunt dies

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Denise Robertson, who has been This Morning's agony Aunt since the show began in 1988, has died at the age of 83.

Robertson was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February.

The show made the announcement of her death on Twitter, calling her a "friend and colleague". 

Shortly after, This Morning presenter Philip Schofield added he was "heartbroken".

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BreakingThis Morning's Denise Robertson dies

Denise Robertson
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Denise Robertson, the agony aunt for ITV's This Morning programme, has died after a short battle with cancer, a spokesman for the show has announced.

Ronnie Corbett 'had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease'

Ronnie Corbett
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Ronnie Corbett's wife has said the star had been battling motor neurone disease before he died.

Anne Hart said he had been diagnosed in March 2015 after he "started to feel unwell and found it hard to breathe and to lie down" around Christmas 2014.

She told the Daily Mail only family and close friends knew of his illness.

“It became a 24-hour job with Ron getting gradually weaker,” she said. “He was not in pain, and up to the last 48 hours, he was fully conscious and aware of everything.”

On Tuesday, Corbett went into a coma after his oxygen levels dropped and he was taken to Shirley Oaks Hospital in Croydon where he died yesterday morning.

Anne said:

Throughout his whole illness, he never once grumbled or complained. No one could have been more courageous.

Stars turn out for David Bowie tribute concert in New York

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An all-star tribute concert to David Bowie, announced shortly before he died, was held last night in New York.

The concert in Carnegie Hall was announced on 10 January as a retrospective of Bowie's life.

But hours later, the singer's family announced his death from cancer. The concert then quickly sold out.

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Among the acts performing were the Flaming Lips, Pixies, Debbie Harry, Cyndi Lauper and former REM singer Michael Stipe.

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Good morning and welcome to our first live page of April, bringing you all that's going on in the world of arts and entertainment.

As it is 1 April, we'll also be keeping a look out for any good April Fool's stories - which include a line from Sony that they've developed a real-working Ghostbusters proton pack to catch ghosts with.

Keep an eye on us and we'll do our best to brighten your day.