TIME Television

Jimmy Kimmel’s Plea for Cecil the Lion Leads to More than $150,000 in Donations

The late night host's emotional segment paid off in a big way for Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit

When late night host Jimmy Kimmel made an emotional plea on his show on Tuesday night that the death of 13-year-old Zimbabwean lion Cecil not be in vain, an outpouring of support was to be expected, but the magnitude of that generosity proved remarkable.

According to The Wrap, Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit—whose website was flashed on the screen for 25 seconds at the end of Kimmel’s segment on Cecil the Lion—netted more than $150,000 donations from 2,600 people in less than 24 hours. The unit had been responsible for tracking Cecil’s whereabouts until his untimely demise.

“Jimmy Kimmel implored his millions of listeners in the U.S.A. to make donations to support our work on lions, and conservation more widely,” Wildlife Conservation Research Unit director David McDonald said on the organization’s website. “We are so grateful for this and for the up-welling of support for our work worldwide.”

Cecil the Lion was killed on July 1 by American dentist Walter Palmer and two local guides. Palmer has been on the receiving end of mass vitriol from PETA, celebrities and social media users.

[The Wrap]

TIME animals

These Might Be the Smartest Animals in the World

A hamster on a trapeze, a chicken on a tightrope and a pig who can give himself a bath--anything is possible when there's food on the other side

A goat boxed with a young boy while a raccoon played the piano and two rabbits reenacted a scene from Romeo and Juliet. Though the I.Q. Zoo in Hot Springs, Ark., might have appeared to be a roadside gimmick, it was actually an important study in psychology and animal behavior. Husband-and-wife team Marian and Keller Breland were not circus showrunners, but rather the first-ever applied animal psychologists.

After determining punishment to be an ineffective motivator, even though it was then a common method in animal training, the Brelands focused their training on the provision of rewards for successfully completed tasks. Both had studied under the eminent behavioral psychologist B.F. Skinner, but abandoned graduate study to test the commercial potential of their work. They formed a company, Animal Behavior Enterprises, and later the I.Q. Zoo, to apply principles of human behavior to animals and make an income from that work.

Together, the Brelands appeared on television, traveled to fairs and theme parks, and published an influential article on animal behavior, “The Misbehavior of Organisms.” The paper’s title was both a reference and, controversially, a challenge to Skinner’s earlier article, “The Behavior of Organisms.”

Though LIFE introduced them in 1955 as “Psychologist Keller Breland and his wife,” Marian was the one who would go on to a long career, after Keller’s was cut short by a fatal heart attack in 1965. She went on finish her Ph.D., become a professor at the University of Arkansas and marry Robert E. Bailey, who had served as the Director of Training for the Navy’s Marine Animal Program and with whom she would continue to train animals and offer workshops.

Different animals at the I.Q. Zoo, which remained open into the 1990s, performed differently under pressure. “Despite apparent stupidity,” LIFE wrote, “chickens are among the easiest creatures to train.” As for the trapeze-swinging hamster, “He occasionally falls but remains undaunted.” But perhaps the hardest worker was the pig, who, after being trained to clean up a messy room, was so eager to please that he tried to drag the photographer’s light stand to the trash.

Trainers Marian and Dr. Keller Breland with their pet hamster, 1955.
Joseph Scherschel—The LIFE Picture CollectionTrainers Marian and Dr. Keller Breland with their pet hamster.


Liz Ronk, who edited this gallery, is the Photo Editor for LIFE.com. Follow her on Twitter @lizabethronk.

TIME Music

See Tyler, The Creator Rap The New Dr. Seuss Book

It was for a segment on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

It seems everyone was excited about Dr. Seuss’s new book What Pet Should I Get, especially rapper Tyler, the Creator.

He was so excited, in fact, that on Jimmy Kimmel Live he donned a full Cat-in-the-Hat suit and rapped the entire new book. Although maybe it was more Kimmel’s excitement than Tyler’s: he finishes the verse by saying, “Jimmy Kimmel, this segment was wack.”

What Pet Should I Get was released in July; the previously unpublished manuscript become the first new Dr. Seuss book since its author’s death in 1991.

TIME animals

This Adorable Teddy Bear Dog Is About to Take Over the Internet

Meet Tonkey!

When it comes to top cuddle buddies, teddy bears and cute dogs are pretty much neck-and-neck for first place.

But what if you didn’t have to choose?

Enter Tonkey, the Insta-famous pup who seems to be part plush toy and part canine. She has recently soared to Instagram fame with her Instagram account, @bearcoat_tonkey. Really, she’s 100% Shar Pei, but followers are convinced she’s got some sort of bear DNA in there.

What she really has is a plush coat, which is rare for the breed – both of a dog’s parents must possess a recessive gene for the pups to inherit Tonkey’s signature fuzz.

Head so big Tonkey just taking a break from holding it up😂😓

A photo posted by Tonkey Bear (@bearcoat_tonkey) on

She’s just four months old, but has already amassed quite the following on Instagram with nearly 119,000 followers. Keep in mind, this account has only been active for eight weeks.

Tonkey’s owner, Christine Park, told BoredPanda that she started the account as a way to make friends, but fears that she’s quickly been surpassed by her too-cute pooch.

It’s easy to see why Park is nervous about her dog’s growing popularity. Tonkey has the adorable pet thing down pat.

Whether she’s walking down the stairs – (or at least, attempting to).

Or running errands with a pal…

Or even just taking a leisurely dip in the tub…

Tonkey’s clearly got the making of super-dog-dom.

This fluff ball may be captivating the internet, but at home, she shares the spotlight with sister Maxi.

Max, Tonkey, and Tonkey's mouth towel ☔. . . #tonkey #the #walking #puddle 🐻

A photo posted by Tonkey Bear (@bearcoat_tonkey) on

Four months old, and already an internet sensation. Don’t be surprised if you see Tonkey taking the path of the pioneer Instafamous pup, Boo. We’re talking stuffed animals, books, phone cases – c’mon, you’d buy it too.

This article originally appeared on People.com

TIME celebrities

Christina Applegate Regrets Turning Down Legally Blonde

Premiere Of Warner Bros. "Vacation" - Arrivals
Jeffrey Mayer—WireImage Actress Christina Applegate arrives at the Premiere Of Warner Bros. 'Vacation' at Regency Village Theatre on July 27, 2015 in Westwood, California.

'What a stupid move that was'

Christina Applegate almost played everyone’s favorite Gemini vegetarian.

Applegate told ETonline that she turned down the role of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde because she was “scared” of playing another dumb blonde immediately after Married… With Children. “The script came along my way, and it was right after I had just finished Married,” Applegate said.

“I got scared of kind of repeating myself,” she added. “What a stupid move that was.”

The Vacation star also said that while she regretted turning down the role, she was glad that Reese Witherspoon ended up as the bubbly blonde lawyer.

“Reese deserved it, and she did a much better job than I ever could,” Applegate said.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME celebrities

Judge To Consider Fate of Convent Katy Perry Wants to Buy

Katy Perry arrives at the The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles.
Steve Granitz—WireImage/Getty Images Katy Perry arrives at the The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles.

Nuns are trying to stop the singer buying the LA property

LOS ANGELES — A judge is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday about whether the Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles can sell a hilltop convent overlooking Hollywood to pop singer Katy Perry.

An order of nuns owns the multimillion dollar property and has sold it to a businesswoman who wants to develop it into a hotel and restaurant. The archbishop, however, contends the nuns didn’t have authority to make the sale and Perry’s $14.5 million offer for the property is a better deal. The archbishop’s lawyers have asked a judge to overturn the sale.

Perry is not a party to the lawsuit, but the “Roar” singer met with the nuns in May to try to convince them she would be a good owner of their beloved convent. The sisters weren’t impressed.


TIME Television

Little Women Could Get a Dystopian Reboot on the CW

Little women movie adaptation
RKO Pictures/Getty Images American actresses Jean Parker, Joan Bennett, Spring Byington, Frances Dee, and Katharine Hepburn as the March women in a still from an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's book 'Little Women' directed by George Cukor, 1933.

The March sisters could be getting a 'a hyper-stylized, gritty adaptation'

Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy may be headed to the CW. The network has put Little Women, a script adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s beloved 1868 novel, into development, EW has confirmed.

NCIS actor Michael Weatherly is executive producing through his Solar Drive Productions along with writer Alexis Jolly, in association with CBS Television Studios.

This certainly isn’t the first time Little Women has been adapted for the screen, the most recent version being Gillian Armstrong’s feature starring Winona Ryder and Christian Bale, but you’ve never seen the March sisters like this before. The logline describes Jolly’s script as “a hyper-stylized, gritty adaptation,” in which the sisters “band together in order to survive the dystopic streets of Philadelphia.”

Pretty far from playing The Pilgrim’s Progress on Christmas Eve.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME celebrities

Cara Delevingne Speaks Out on That Awkward Interview

Cara Delevingne Attends 'El Hormiguero' Tv Show
Juan Naharro Gimenez—WireImage/Getty Images Cara Delevingne attends the El Hormiguero TV show at Vertice Studio in Madrid on July 8, 2015

Cara Delevingne’s interview with morning talk show Good Day Sacramento last week went about as awkwardly as possible. (Warning: may induce cringes).

Her dry sarcasm didn’t translate well to the hosts, who called her “Carla” at the top of the segment, asked if she’s read the Paper Towns book, and inquired why she appeared so unhappy to speak with them. It was rough.

(Read next: TIME’s interview with Cara Delevingne on the set of Paper Towns)

The actress and model addressed the interview with one simple tweet on Wednesday morning.

Delevingne also retweeted her backup, including actor Zach Braff:

Singer Boy George made sure that someone understood Delevingne’s brand of jokes.

Paper Towns is in theaters now.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME Music

Listen to This Surprisingly Good Whitney Houston/Jason Derulo Mashup

"I Wanna Dance With Somebody" meets "Want To Want Me"

What happens when you mix a recent Jason Derulo hit with a Whitney Houston classic? The women of Little Mix, who won the eighth season of the British X Factor, have decided to show us.

The group stopped by BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge to perform their mashup, backed by a full choir and organist. It starts off slow and smooth before eventually becoming loud and joyful. You’ll probably want to dance in your chair and clap along.

Little Mix have yet to become global superstars, but maybe this track will give them the boost they need.

Read next: Jason Derulo: Meghan Trainor ‘Insisted’ on Singing My Name

TIME Television

Watch the First Clip From The Unauthorized Full House Story

The 50-second clip highlights the trouble in paradise

Lifetime has released the first clip from The Unauthorized Full House Story, premiering on August 22 at 10 p.m.

The 50-second clip is supposed to show the drama behind the scenes of the sitcom. The actor playing John Stamos’s character Jesse (Justin Gaston) complains the Olsen twins are not comfortable on stage. Bob Saget (Garrett Brawith), who plays Danny Tanner, the wholesome TV anchor dad in the original show, gets yelled at off-stage for making a vulgar remark in front of the actress playing the character Stephanie (Dakota Guppy) — which is not surprising, given how raunchy his set is in real life.

Meanwhile, behind-the-scenes looks at Netflix’s upcoming 21st century Fuller House paint a much happier picture. John Stamos revealed this week that his character is still married to Becky (Lori Loughlin) in the reboot.


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