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A passenger on a United Airlines flight was savagely yanked off by airport police Sunday night at O'Hare International because he refused to get off an overbooked flight.

You see cops drag the man who screams in agony before getting pummeled with such force he starts bleeding from his nose and mouth.

The man reportedly told flight officials he could NOT give up his seat because he's a doctor and had patients waiting for him in Louisville ... but that didn't fly.

United released a statement, "Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was overbooked. After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate. We apologize for the overbook situation.”

 

Since 1991 when his father died, birthdays have been bittersweet for Bunny Wailer. Thaddeus 'Taddy Shut' Livingston passed away on April 10 that year.

 

Today is Bunny Wailer's (given name Neville Livingston) 70th birthday. 

 

To mark the occasion, the reggae legend launched 'Wailers Museum: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Bunny Wailer' here on April 9.

 

The museum occupies four rooms of the home his father owned. For Wailer, the occasion, attended by family and artistes, was special.

 

"It means a lot...A museum relates to things an artiste has done over the years. We have a Bob Marley Museum an' a Peter Tosh Museum so it's appropriate for me open one at this time," he told OBSERVER ONLINE.

 

Marley and Tosh were his colleagues in The Wailers, the famed group that formed in Trench Town during the ska era of the early 1960s.

 

They recorded two powerful albums (Catch A Fire and Burnin') for Island Records in 1973 before pursuing solo careers. 

 

Marley died from cancer in May 1981 at age 36. Tosh was murdered at his St Andrew home in September 1987 at age 42. 

 

Photos, original album covers and a registration document acknowledging a change in their Tuff Gang company to Tuff Gong, are some of The Wailers pieces on show at the museum.

 

Bunny Wailer's awards including three Grammys, his boyhood bamboo guitar and a gramophone that belonged to his father, are also displayed.

 

The museum launch is part of a series marking the singer/songwriter's latest milestone. It started last Friday with a dinner/dance at Bournemouth club in Central Kingston.

 

Three of Wailer's children, Tamara, Sasha and Asadenaki, and grandson Mark, attended the opening. Stranger Cole, Fred Locks, Capleton and Dre Tosh were some of the artistes present.

Janet Jackson and her super rich businessman husband have split just months after welcoming a baby together.

According to reports, Jackson and hubby Wissam Al Mana -- who is worth almost a BILLION bucks -- recently came to an agreement things weren't working and decided to go their separate ways.

Al Mana is Janet's third husband ... she married James DeBarge in the 80s but split after a year and was with Rene Elizondo Jr. from 1991 to 2000.

Jackson married Al Mana in 2012 ... they have one kid together, a son named Eissa who was born January 3.

Brad Pitt's mother Jane Pitt is reportedly begging Jennifer Aniston to help his son. Rumor has it, Jane recently called Jennifer and asked her to keep in touch with Brad amid his ongoing divorce and custody battle against Angelina Jolie. 

 

"Jane knows Jen's remarried [to actor Justin Theroux], but she believes she and Brad were meant to be together," an insider tells Radar Online, "She would love them to get back together-she loves Jen like a daughter and always will." 

 

Jane, however, is well aware that there's almost no chance Brad and Jennifer will ever reunite at this point. 

 

The insider explains, "Jane's devastated at the state her son's in, he is just not doing well right now, and she's begged Jen to please take him under her wing and help him get back on his feet. Despite the terrible way Brad treated her, Jane and Jen have never lost contact." 

 

According to the insider, Jennifer "has been in touch with Brad." The insider adds, "While she'll never go back to him, there's definitely been a lift on the no-contact rule from her inner circle." 

 

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The rumour mill has been swirling in recent months that Elba's set to take over the renowned James Bond franchise.

And now, it appears fans can expect Idris Elba, 44, in the starring 007 role after his Guerrilla director John Ridley, 51, let sip that he 'can't wait' to see him on the silver screen commanding the iconic role.

Speaking to BBC Radio One at the premiere of their new Sky Atlantic series, the Oscar winning writer couldn't help but gush about the Luther star's talent.

The American director and writer divulged: 'Idris is pretty much becoming a national treasure for every country. We couldn't have done it without him. 

'It was a pleasure, he's a gentleman. I can't wait to see him as James Bond quite frankly.'

The pair are working together on political mini series Guerrilla, which centres on young couple Jas (Frieda Pinto) and Marcus (Babou Ceesay), whose 'relationship and values are tested when they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell in 1970s London.'  

Playing Kent in the drama, Idris also executive produced the series with the 12 Years A Slave writer which is set to hit screens on Thursday April 13.

Despite the confession from Ridley, the British actor shut down the comments as merely fueling gossip.

He insisted on the red carpet: 'Oh my god, I have no idea why he said that. That's another six months of the rumour, oh well.' 

MailOnline have contacted Idris Elba's reps for further comment. 

It's not the first time the effortlessly cool actor has been linked to the Barbara Broccoli produced movie franchise since Daniel Craig called time on his portrayal of the role after four smash hit flicks.

Touted as one of the hot favourites to take on a license to kill, Idris insisted he's not been involved with any discussions relating to the role in March 2016.

The much-loved actor recently explained in an interview that he wasn't in talks with the movie executives behind the iconic franchise, saying that anything else was pure rumours. 

Speaking to Hello! US in a recent interview, the star put pay to speculation, saying: 'It's all rumour-ville.'

And shutting down any notion that he might be in secret talks regarding Bond, he stated: 'I'm not speaking to the James Bond people, and they're not speaking to me.'

Later that year in an interview with Good Morning America, Idris commented that he's 'too old' to play the action man.

The Wire star admitted to GMA's Michael Strahan that it's the 'wildest rumor in the world' that'll he'll be replacing Craig. 

Asked about the never ending speculation, Idris admitted: 'If I'm really honest, man, I think I'm too old for that, I can't be running around in cars and ladies and martinis – who wants to do that? It sounds terrible!' he laughed.

Idris has been batting away the rumours for years to become the first black 007, admitting in 2015 that he blamed his pal and current Bond Daniel for starting the speculation.

'Daniel Craig actually set the rumor off. About four years ago he said Idris Elba would be a great Bond, and then it started to creep, ' he told an interviewer. He added, jokingly, 'I blame Daniel.'

With Craig, 49, believed to be leaving the role after four outings and Idris joins Poldark heartthrob Aiden Turner, Jack Huston, James Norton, Tom Hiddleston, Tom Hardy and Damian Lewis as the favourites. 

 

They have jetted to the Caribbean island to celebrate their sixteenth wedding anniversary. 

And Barbara Windsor and Scott Mitchell certainly looked more loved-up than ever on Friday as they enjoyed another day in the glorious sunshine of Barbados.

The actress, 79, cut a radiant figure in a comfortable top and chic blue trousers as she headed to the beach hand-in-hand with her husband, 53.

The EastEnders favourite looked far more youthful than her 79 years in her trendy patterned top and vibrant cobalt trousers combo. 

Sweeping her bright blonde locks into a messy up-do, the London native showcased an impressively smooth and glowing complexion as she settled down on her lounger for the day.

Clasping tightly onto her husband's hand as they made their way down the beach, the star looked completely relaxed as she enjoyed another day in the sunshine.  

The actress appears to be making the most of her new free time - having said goodbye to Eastenders and her character Peggy Mitchell through a cancer storyline in May.

Having made her debut on the series in 1994, the former landlady of the Queen Vic poignantly left the show after much-loved character decided to commit suicide by refusing treatment.  

However Barbara had left the BBC soap officially in September 2010, in order to spend more time with her husband as she felt she had been 'taking her character home' with her.

Speaking to The Mirror two years after her departure, the beloved actress admitted that their relationship had gone from strength to strength since her working schedule had slowed down. 

She said in 2012: 'I don't want to kill what we have. He is much younger than me and it's not fair to him. I am very lucky, we have been together for over 20 years now and I thought, 'That's it'. 

'That's when I decided to go. Hard it was, but I have been really happy since I left and we have had a great life. And now I can get away when we want.

She added of their newly jet-set lifestyle: 'Me and Scott have had a lot more quality time together and we have had more ­holidays. When I got a holiday on EastEnders I would be taking a script with me. I couldn't relax and leave it behind.'

Barbara and Scott, who is her third husband, will celebrate their wedding anniversary on 8 April. 

 

Don Rickles, a comedian and actor known for his abrasive humor, died Thursday from kidney failure at his Los Angeles home, according to his publicist, Paul Shefrin.

He was 90 years old.

Known as the world's greatest insult comic, Rickles enjoyed a career that spanned decades and found him performing in everything from nightclubs to a Martin Scorsese film.

Rickles reveled in being the opposite of politically correct.

In a 1993 interview he told CNN's Larry King "I don't even know what the hell it means."

"I make fun of the world," Rickles said. "You know that. And if you know how to handle that and you treat people -- and you make fun of yourself, hey, it's not offensive."

Born in the Jackson Heights section of Queens in New York, Rickles was the only child of an insurance salesman and housewife.

After he graduated from high school in the 1940s he did a two-year stint in the Navy before following in his father's footsteps as an insurance agent.

That career didn't take off and Rickles enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

He tried his hand at performing comedy in nightclubs in between acting gigs and it was there he found his true calling by taking on hecklers.

Rickles was doing just that in the 1950s when Frank Sinatra and his entourage happened upon his performance in Miami Beach.

Sinatra took such a strong liking to the comic that Rickles became an honorary member of the Rat Pack and the singer helped open doors for Rickles and his caustic wit.

Los Angeles led to some TV and movie roles, but it was in Las Vegas, the Rat Pack's home base, where Rickles perfected his craft of curmudgeonly humor with sharply timed insults.

In 1965 an appearance on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson gave him his national breakthrough and he quickly became a regular guest.

TV execs tried to cash in on his popularity with "The Don Rickles Show" in 1972 but it was short-lived. A starring role on the sitcom "C.P.O. Sharkey" lasted a bit longer, from 1976-1978.

But it was "The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast," which ran from 1974 to 1984 on NBC, where Rickles' barbs and zingers helped firmly establish him as "Mr. Warmth."

On Thursday some of his Hollywood colleagues paid tribute to Rickles.

"He was called 'The Merchant of Venom,' but in truth, he was one of the kindest, caring and most sensitive human beings we have ever known," actor Bob Newhart and his wife, Ginnie Newhart, said in a statement. "We are devastated and our world will never be the same."

Former late night host David Letterman said in a statement that "Don coming on our show was always a highlight for me."

"Just endless mischief and nonsense, and a guy who would make the audience go completely crazy," Letterman said. "Such a professional, such a gentleman. I already miss him."

Revered in comedy circles, Rickles also had dramatic chops.

In 1995, he portrayed the trusted floor boss in Scorsese's gangster drama "Casino."

In 2014, the legendary director joined "Casino" star Robert De Niro in roasting Rickles during Spike TV's "One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles."

"Bob and I did like eight pictures together," Scorsese joked. "Then we did 'Casino' with Don, 20 years ago -- and we haven't worked together since."

On Thursday, Scorsese remembered Rickles as "a giant," "a legend," and "a complete pro" who kept him "doubled over with laughter" on set.

"We became friends over the years and I had the honor of being roasted by him more than once - sometimes when I didn't expect it. He just started showing up at places and insulting me," Scorsese said. "Experiencing Don, and tuning into his mind, I witnessed the evolution of his comedy. It was like listening to a great jazz musician wail. Nobody else did what he did."

The director added: "He made comedy into an art form. And like all geniuses, comic or otherwise, he's irreplaceable."

A whole new generation fell in love with Rickles' work after he was cast as the voice of "Mr. Potato Head" in the "Toy Story" films.

In February Rickles told Closer Weekly he had no plans to retire despite his advanced age.

He said he was still operating with the same spontaneous humor he always had.

"I don't practice or write stuff down -- everything I do onstage was just made up before I went on," he said. "You can't please everyone, but I've been fortunate in that my fans are in my corner."

Rickles added that he was grateful for his continued audience after so many years in the business.

"Whether it's 10 people or 300 people, an audience is still an audience," he said. "If people keep showing up to see you, then it's still a high."

 

Austin Powers star and Surreal Life feature Verne Troyer is seeking treatment for alcoholism after being hospitalized for nearly two weeks, according to TMZ. 

The site adds that Troyer has been struggling with alcohol for years, and nearly died of a related incident in 2002. Still, Troyer insisted in a Facebook post yesterday (April 6) that he’s getting the help he needs, and will succeed thanks in part to the support of his fans.

“I’ve been hearing from some concerned fans, so I’d like to address a very personal situation,” he wrote. “As you know, I’ve battled alcohol addiction in the past and while it’s not always been an easy fight, I’m willing to continue my fight day by day. I’ve been receiving treatment for the last week and I am voluntarily checking into a treatment center later this week to continue to get the help that I need. I want to thank everyone that’s reached out with their messages of support, it truly means the world to me. With your support, I got this.”

Fans very eagerly shared messages of support.

“You have all our support and then some. Hopefully you will be able to get to a place where you see the world and your life with a fresh set of eyes,” one commented, while another noted “You are in my prayers my friend. I’m so proud of you for seeking help.”

 

Bill O'Reilly's future at Fox News is the number one topic among Manhattan media executives, entertainment agents and journalists. But the network is keeping mum. Seemingly the only place where it isn't being discussed is on Fox News.

Neither O'Reilly nor Fox has said much about last weekend's report in the New York Times about settlements with five different women who accused the host of sexual harassment or verbal abuse. The matter has only been addressed briefly on Fox's air, and O'Reilly hasn't discussed it in the two editions of his show, "The O'Reilly Factor," that have aired since the story broke.

Fox's strategy of silence might make sense for now, given that O'Reilly is more than just a profit center for the company: he is an institution there, almost inseparable from the network, and long seemingly invincible.

Then again, that's exactly what media observers said last summer when Roger Ailes was sued by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson for sexual harassment. Ailes resigned two weeks later.

As Ailes faced an onslaught of sexual harassment allegations, several of the network's on-air personalities strenuously defended him in the press. And when O'Reilly faced a sexual harassment lawsuit in 2004, he delivered a ferocious response on-air the night it was filed.

Now, though, even as more than 30 advertisers have dropped his show, O'Reilly and his network aren't fighting back publicly.

Fox News' relatively subdued response has driven speculation throughout New York media about whether the longtime king of cable news could be on the way out -- and whether such a scenario is even plausible. Most would have dismissed the idea offhand at any other time, but the marked contrast between Fox's strategy in the past compared to now is fueling the discussion.

It could be a sign that network mogul Ruper Murdoch and his sons are following through on their pledge to remedy the network's culture.

On the other hand, the Murdochs might be quietly circling the wagons, demonstrating the same type of loyalty that Ailes inspired in many of his employees and perhaps bowing to financial reality.

Fox renewed O'Reilly's contract knowing that the Times story would be coming out. The Washington Post reported that the new deal extends at least through 2020.

Contracts have clauses and escape hatches. But if it really goes to 2020, those could be very expensive for the network.

Then there's the matter of a replacement. Fox has no obvious person in line to succeed O'Reilly right now.

"They are running plays from the Roger Ailes playbook and it is out of date," said one media executive at another company. "The Murdoch sons were supposedly 'disgusted' by Ailes' style and tactics, and couldn't wait to run him out of the company -- but if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, they seem to be heaping praise on Ailes this week."

Of course, there could be millions of reasons why Fox News is standing by O'Reilly. As in millions of viewers, and hundreds of millions of dollars.

"The O'Reilly Factor" has been the no. 1 program on cable news for 16 years running, and it's coming off the best quarter of ratings it's ever had.

On Monday, the show demonstrated its ratings prowess once again, drawing 3.65 million viewers -- far more than any of its competitors. It's also a cash cow. "The O'Reilly Factor" generated more than $178 million in advertising revenue in 2015 and over $118 million in the first nine months of 2016, according to Kantar Media.

An on-air personality at a rival network said O'Reilly is a "holy grail" for advertisers.

"You can't go alt-right if you're a major corporation," the source said. "He's as far as you can go to reach older, conservative Americans."

The exact fallout of the advertising exodus isn't clear yet. Paul Rittenberg, Fox News' executive vice president of advertising sales, said in a statement Tuesday that the network was working with advertisers to "address their current concerns about the O'Reilly Factor," and that "the ad buys of those clients have been re-expressed into other FNC programs."

That would suggest that the advertising revolt, such as it is, hasn't affected Fox's bottom line -- at least not yet. Mercedes-Benz and Sanofi, two companies to withdraw from the "Factor," both confirmed to CNNMoney that their ads would be re-allocated to other Fox programs. Only one organization, the Society for Human Resource Management, said it had ended its advertising on the entire network.

Richard Levick, a public relations specialist who has worked in crisis management, said that "it's going to have to get very costly" before Fox shoves O'Reilly out.

"This is all about the math," said Levick. "This is not about doing the right thing. If Fox was interested in doing the right thing, it would have done it long ago."

"The question that Fox has to ask is, are viewers going to start getting asked by their children: 'Why are you watching this man?'" he added. "And once Fox feels that that moment's come, that will have as much, if not more, resonance than the advertising dollars."

Levick said that we're living in the "age of mercantile activism," which could change the equation for the advertisers -- and for Fox.

"If the ads are just being reassigned to other Fox shows, it temporarily gives companies the opportunity to do the right thing and look good," said Levick. "But as mercantile activism continues to evolve, consumers are going to begin asking why they're spending money on the network at all."

The racial justice organization Color of Change intends to ask that question forcefully. The group called on advertisers to drop O'Reilly this week, and Rashad Robinson, its executive director, said he will be "monitoring what these companies are doing."

In 2009, the group spearheaded a similar campaign aimed at advertisers on Glenn Beck's Fox News program.

O'Reilly has weathered controversies before, often emerging from them with even more power, but Robinson thinks this time around could be different.

"At the end of the day," Robinson said, "money speaks to the Murdochs."

 

Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx are definitely an item. While continuously denying or mostly keeping their lips sealed when asked about their dating rumors, the two couldn't hide it when they were caught on camera together. 

The "Batman Begins" actress and the "Annie" actor were pictured while having dinner together on Sunday night, April 2 in the East Village in New York City. The picture was taken outside the window, but Katie's face can be clearly seen. 

Meanwhile, the man with Katie was not facing the camera, but he was wearing a white hat which was similar to the one he donned in an Instagram picture he shared on Monday. 

According to an eyewitness, the pair were also spotted after midnight "holding hands while walking near the pool" at the hotel and members-only club. "They're very serious," the source claims, adding that Katie's 10-year-old daughter Suri Cruise is well aware of their relationship. 

Katie and Jamie have been rumored dating since 2013, a year after she divorced Tom Cruise. 

 

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