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Celine Dion is joining forces with Gwen Stefani and will be featured as the pop star's advisor for Season 12 of The Voice.

"To get like the prize right here, everybody's going to be so mad - the other coaches - that I got you," Stefani said looking at Dion as the two announced their partnership Friday on Today.

"I am blown away by [Dion's] unbelievable story. Having this unbelievable gift to be able to speak through music to the whole world," Stefani continued as the pair sang each other's praises.

"I know Gwen very well. I know her career. I know how beautiful she is all the time," Dion added.

On Twitter, Dion shared a photo of herself with Stefani on the set of Today writing, "Very excited to join @gwenstefani on @NBCTheVoice as #TeamGwen's advisor for Battles!"

Season 12 of The Voice, which premieres Feb. 12 on NBC, will bring back coaches Adam Levine, Alicia Keys and Stefani's boyfriend Blake Shelton.

So Gwen Stefani, the lady who sang "'Cause I ain't no hollaback girl", whatever that is, apparently is in need of advisor for that show she's on, The Voice? Why? What's Dion going to do? Advise what? What's happening on television?

Personally, I can't wait for season 12 to start.

Be Well,
Steve


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Mike Connors, 'Mannix' star dead at 91
Mike Connors, best known for playing the lead role on Mannix, has died at the age of 91.

According to his son-in-law Mike Condon, Connors died Thursday in Tarzana, Calif. a week after being diagnosed with leukemia.

"He was a wonderful father, a wonderful husband, a wonderful father-in-law and a wonderful friend," Condon said in a statement to Deadline. "He was always there for anyone in need."

Connors is said to have been surrounded by his family during the time of his death including his wife Mary Lou.

The actor memorably portrayed brawling detective Joe Mannix on Mannix for eight seasons from 1968 to 1975 earning a Golden Globe in the process.

The series, known for always featuring a fist-fight, also included a series of muscle cars Connors would drive and one of the few African-American actresses on television at the time, Gail Fisher, who portrayed Mannix's secretary.

Connors also appeared in other television shows such as Tightrope!, Today's F.B.I., Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote, Walker Texas Ranger and most recently in 2007 on Two and a Half Men.

Film credits include roles in Island in the Sky with John Wayne and The Ten Commandments.

Connors is also survived by his daughter Dena and granddaughter Cooper.


Ashley Graham celebrates her cellulite: 'I love the skin I'm in'
Ashley Graham is celebrating the skin she's in.

The 28-year-old model shared a photo of her cellulite and a body-positive message Wednesday on Instagram from her trip to Manila, Philippines.

"I workout. I do my best to eat well. I love the skin I'm in. And I'm not ashamed of a few lumps, bumps or cellulite.. and you shouldn't be either. #beautybeyondsize #lovetheskinyourein," she captioned the picture for her 3 million followers.

Graham is in the Philippines to serve as the backstage host for the Miss Universe pageant Sunday, according to People. Fans praised the star for her "beautiful" and "inspiring" post in the comments.

"At last a beautiful 'real' person. I applaud you for being bold and unapologetic," one person wrote.

"YASSS girl!! that only shows that you're real!! people need to know that ANY woman can have this... and it's not bad. it's not ugly. it's just normal!" another added.

Graham is known for her modeling work with Lane Bryant, and became the first plus-size model to appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 2016. She recently landed her first-ever Vogue cover, appearing on the Jan. cover of British Vogue.

"The most rewarding part about the honor of being British Vogue's January cover girl is knowing how many lives we are changing," the star said in an essay for the magazine. "[I've been] hearing from thousands of women that they don't feel invisible anymore."

"This is a triumph for us all, and a beautiful demonstration of how we used our voices to create change, because loving ourselves at every size and shape is not a crime, it's a right," she added.

Fellow Sports Illustrated model Chrissy Teigen made headlines this month for sharing a photo of her stretch marks. The 31-year-old model welcomed her first child, daughter Luna, with husband John Legend in April.


LOOSE LIPS:
"I've never been excited by anything more in my life - and ready."
--Amanda Seyfried, on getting married and meeting her baby, to Vogue Australia


??? Guess Who ???

Which current Oscar nominee was crowned the 2017 Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year?


Dennis Quaid says 'no dogs were harmed' in 'A Dog's Purpose'
Dennis Quaid says "absolutely no dogs were harmed" on the set of A Dog's Purpose.

The 62-year-old actor responded in an interview on Wednesday's episode of the Today show to a video that appears to show a German shepherd being forced to jump in rushing water for the new movie.

"Absolutely no dogs were harmed in this," Quaid declared. "This was a piece of video that was shot during the making of this by some unknown person at the time."

"He also spliced, edited and manipulated that to make it look as if a dog was being abused," he added. "The dog had been in that water happily, and even afterwards, too. The dog was fine."

"What is not shown is divers under the water for the dog. Every precaution was taken. Platforms directly underneath the water that the dog was standing on -- not dangling in the water," the star said. "The dog was great. He wanted to do it again."

A Dog's Purpose came under heavy fire last week after TMZ published the video in question, which was shot in November 2015. Producer Amblin Partners and distributor Universal Pictures told the website they will investigate the incident.

"Fostering a safe environment and ensuring the ethical treatment of our animal actors was of the utmost importance to those involved in making this film and we will look into the circumstances surrounding this video," the companies said.

A Dog's Purpose is based on the book of the same name by W. Bruce Cameron, which follows a dog throughout his life and multiple reincarnations. Quaid and Peggy Lipton star, with Josh Gad as the voice of the dog, Bailey.


Willie Nelson cancels weekend Vegas shows due to illness
Willie Nelson has been forced to cancel two previously scheduled Vegas performances due to illness.

"We regret to inform fans that Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29 performances of Willie Nelson & Family: Vegas On My Mind have been cancelled due to recent illness and will not be rescheduled," a statement reads on Nelson's Facebook page.

The concerts were part of a planned five-show run at The Venetian resort.

The following performances set for Feb. 1, 3 and 4 are still scheduled to take place the country star's Facebook page notes with ticket holders for the cancelled shows told to contact their point of purchase for a refund.

Nelson, 83, had previously delayed the start of a joint tour with Merle Haggard in October of 2015 also citing illness.


??? Guess Who ???

Which current Oscar nominee was crowned the 2017 Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year?

Hidden Figures Oscar and SAG Award nominee Octavia Spencer was crowned 2017 Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year Thursday in Cambridge, Mass.

As part of the festivities, the famed Harvard University drama troupe roasted Spencer, then took part in a press conference with the Academy Award-winning actress. Spencer's film credits include The Help, Fruitvale Station, Black or White and Zootopia.

Ryan Reynolds will be separately honored as Hasty Pudding Man of the Year.

The group honored Kerry Washington and Joseph Gordon Levitt as its 2016 Woman and Man of the Year.

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