Sounds like Elmo is back in business.
Kevin Clash, the man who made "Sesame Street's" favorite orange puppet famous, lost his job last year after being hit with accusations of having sex with underaged teen boys. Fans were left in the dark as to whether Elmo would ever return.
TMZ reported seeing Elmo on Sunday at the White House Easter Egg Roll with a new guy manning the ... whatever it is he mans. His name is Ryan Dillon, though it sounds like you shouldn't get used to him. A "Sesame Street" rep told TMZ Dillon is just a temp, as "no decision has been made for a permanent replacement as of yet."
I vote for James Earl Jones.
'FINDING DORY' IS ON THE WAY: Pixar is making a "Finding Nemo" sequel called "Finding Dory."
No. I'm not kidding. I would never kid about anything as serious as talking fish.
Ellen DeGeneres, who voiced the forgetful blue fish in the first film, tweeted "It's official," captioning a "Finding Dory" Instagram picture, according to E! News. She also told her talk show audience, "I'm excited that it's finally happening. I read the script and it's fantastic, it's hilarious, it's warm, it's everything that you want it to be."
A Disney-Pixar gold mine is what it will be.
The follow-up to the 2003 Oscar-winning hit will focus on DeGeneres' character, and will be directed by Nemo codirector Andrew Stanton.
"I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time," the 55-year-old DeGeneras said in a statement. "I'm not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating Toy Story 16. But the time they took was worth it. The script is fantastic. And it has everything I loved about the first one: It's got a lot of heart, it's really funny, and the best part is -- it's got a lot more Dory."
According to Statton, the new story picks up about a year after the original ended, and will also include Nemo, Marlin and the Tank Gang.
E! said the film is set to hit theaters Nov. 25, 2015.
SO FREDDIE MERCURY AND PRINCESS DIANA WALK INTO A GAY BAR: According to a new book, the late Freddie Mercury snuck a disguised Princess Diana into a notorious gay bar in the late 1980s.
In "The Power of Positive Drinking," comedian Cleo Rocos wrote that she, TV star Kenny Everett and the Queen singer disguised Princess Diana as a male model so that she could sneak into the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in south London. Dressed in an army jacket, black cap and sunglasses, no one apparently realized it was her.
"When we walked in ... we felt she was obviously Princess Diana and would be discovered at any minute. But people just seemed to blank her. She sort of disappeared. But she loved it," Rocos says. She said the place was packed, but she, Mercury and Everett helped divert attention from Diana so that she could order drinks at the bar. The group left after about 20 minutes.
"She did look like a beautiful young man," Rocos said. "She was always a very fit girl, so they might have thought, 'There's a nice young man with pert buttocks.'"
Of course, the royals are known for having pert buttocks.
JUSTIN BIEBER GETS BANNED FROM CLUB: Justin Bieber has been banned from a club in Austria.
The Austrian Times reported that managers of The Passage club in Vienna, said the singer's bodyguards smashed fans' cameras and destroyed the cell phones of other patrons. "Justin Bieber is no longer welcome here," club manager Joachim Bankel told the paper.
Right. He's no longer welcome at my house, either.
Bieber's having quite a year. He may be looking at charges for a recent run-in with a neighbor that ended when Bieber allegedly spit in the man's face and threatened to kill him. That was after the man confronted Bieber for supposedly driving recklessly through his neighborhood.
The Austrian Times also reported that many frenzied fans at Bieber's recent sold-out concert at Vienna Stadthalle needed medical attention, including one who was hospitalized overnight as she was suffering from "hysteria."
Can we get him in trouble for that, too?
Apparently 178 fans were treated on-site under similar circumstances.
Bieber's people declined comment over the club incident.
MAGIC JOHNSON'S SON COMES OUT: Magic Johnson's 20-year-old son has come out of the closet.
Earvin Johnson III -- aka EJ -- is one of Johnson's three children. The NBA legend told TMZ "Cookie and I love EJ and support him in every way. We're very proud of him."
The website showed a picture of EJ and his boyfriend, walking down Sunset Boulevard hand-in-hand.
EJ told TMZ he's been "hoping and praying" for his dad's team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, which was taken over by his father and his business partners last year.
EJ is a student at NYU and is supposedly close to his parents. In August, Magic tweeted, "Thx to my son EJ for hosting me at NYU. Look forward to taking him to dinner tonight in the city."
APRIL 3 IN HISTORY
Wednesday is April 3, the 93rd day of 2013. There are 272 days left in the year.
1776: George Washington received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Harvard College.
1860: The legendary Pony Express began carrying mail between St. Joseph, Mo., and Sacramento, Calif. (The delivery system lasted only 18 months before giving way to the transcontinental telegraph.)
1882: Outlaw Jesse James was shot to death in St. Joseph, Mo., by Robert Ford, a member of James' gang.
1913: British suffragist Emmeline Pankhurst was sentenced to three years in jail for inciting supporters to bomb the home of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, David Lloyd George. (Pankhurst, known for staging hunger strikes in prison, was repeatedly released and reincarcerated, serving roughly 30 days total behind bars.)
1936: Bruno Hauptmann was electrocuted in Trenton, N.J. for the kidnap-murder of Charles Lindbergh Jr.
1942: During World War II, Japanese forces began their final assault on Bataan against American and Filipino troops who surrendered six days later; the capitulation was followed by the notorious Bataan Death March.
1946: Lt. Gen. Masaharu Homma, the Japanese commander held responsible for the Bataan Death March, was executed by firing squad outside Manila.
1948: President Harry S. Truman signed the Marshall Plan, designed to help European allies rebuild after World War II and resist communism.
1968: The day before he was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "mountaintop" speech to a rally of striking sanitation workers.
1973: The first handheld portable telephone was demonstrated for reporters on a New York City street corner as Motorola executive Martin Cooper contacted Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs using a Motorola device that, according to an AP story, looked like "a small, domesticated version of military walkie-talkies" and weighed less than three pounds.
1974: Deadly tornadoes struck wide parts of the South and Midwest before jumping across the border into Canada; more than 300 fatalities resulted.
1996: An Air Force jetliner carrying Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and American business executives crashed in Croatia, killing all 35 people aboard.
2003: Moving with a sense of wartime urgency, the House and Senate separately agreed to give President George W. Bush nearly $80 billion to carry out the battle against Iraq and meet the threat of terrorism. Atlantic magazine editor Michael Kelly, 46, became the first American journalist to be killed while covering the Iraq war. Cuban security forces arrested the hijackers of a passenger ferry, rescuing nearly 50 hostages.
2008: NATO allies meeting in Bucharest, Romania, gave President George W. Bush strong support for a missile defense system in Europe and urged Moscow to drop its angry opposition to the program. Model Naomi Campbell was arrested at London Heathrow Airport after getting into an altercation with police during a dispute about lost luggage. (Campbell was later sentenced to 200 hours of community service and fined 2,300 pounds.)
Actress-singer Doris Day (90), former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl (83), conservationist Dame Jane Goodall (79), actress Marsha Mason (71), singer Wayne Newton (71), singer Tony Orlando (69), guitarist Mick Mars (Motley Crue) (57), actor Alec Baldwin (55), actor David Hyde Pierce (54), comedian-actor Eddie Murphy (52), rock singer Mike Ness (Social Distortion) (51), rock singer Sebastian Bach (45), Olympic gold medal ski racer Picabo Street (42), actress Jennie Garth (41), actress Amanda Bynes (27).