Born on this day!! Guitarist Gene Cornish of The Rascals is 77. Movie director-producer George Lucas is 77. Actor Meg Foster (“Cagney and Lacey”) is 73. Director Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump,” ″Back to the Future”) is 70. Musician David Byrne (Talking Heads) is 69. Actor Tim Roth is 60. Guitarist C.C. DeVille of Poison is 59. Singer Ian Astbury of The Cult is 59. Actor Danny Huston (“John Adams” miniseries) is 59. Musician Fabrice Morvan of Milli Vanilli is 55. Bassist Mike Inez of Alice In Chains is 55. Singer Raphael Saadiq (Tony! Toni! Tone!) is 55. Actor Cate Blanchett is 52. Singer Danny Wood of New Kids on the Block is 52. Director Sofia Coppola (“Lost In Translation”) is 50. Actor Gabriel Mann (“Revenge”) is 49. Singer Natalie Appleton of All Saints is 48. Singer Shanice is 48. Actor Carla Jimenez (“Growing Up Fisher”) is 47. Guitarist Henry Garza of Los Lonely Boys is 43. Singer Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show is 43. Singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys is 42. Bassist Mike Retondo of Plain White T’s is 40. Actor Amber Tamblyn (“Two and a Half Men,” ″Joan of Arcadia”) is 38. Actor Lina Esco (“S.W.A.T.”) is 36. Actor Miranda Cosgrove (“iCarly”) is 28.
THIS DAY IN GENIUS HISTORY
1796 – Edward Jenner administered the first smallpox vaccine to 8-year-old James Phipps.
1804 – The Lewis and Clark expedition set out from St. Louis.
1904 – The Olympic Games were held in the United States for the first time, in St. Louis, Missouri.
1948 – British rule in Palestine came to an end as The Jewish National Council proclaimed the State of Israel. Within hours, Israel was under attack from Arab forces.
1955 – The Warsaw Pact was signed by the Soviet Union and seven other Communist bloc countries. It finally dissolved in 1991.
1973 – Skylab, the United States? first space station, was launched into orbit.
1998 – Frank Sinatra died at the age of 82.
Today Is: Apraxia Awareness Day, Fintastic Friday Giving Sharks A Voice, National Chicken Dance Day, National Decency Day, The Stars and Stripes Forever Day, Underground America Day
TODAY ON TV!
Primetime TV (All Times Eastern)
CBS – 8:00 – McGyver / 9:00 – Magnum P.I. / 10:00 – Blue Bloods
NBC – 8:00 – Blacklist / 9:00 – Dateline NBC
ABC – 8:00 – Shark Tank / 9:00 – 20 20
FOX – 8:00 – Friday Night Smackdown
CW – 8:00 – Charmed / 9:00 – Dynasty
TV Talk Shows
Lilly Singh: Maitreyi Ramakrishnan (R 4/13/21)
Live with Kelly and Ryan: Denise Richards
Ellen DeGeneres: Whitney Cummings, Pepper Teigen, guest host Chrissy Teigen
The Real: Jacob Latimore, Yolonda Ross
Kelly Clarkson: London Kaye, Amy Adams, Alfonso Ribeiro, Brynn Cartelli
WHAT ARE YOU TALKIN’ ABOUT? Here are today’s PPM-Friendly Topics!
QUESTION: Daddy issues??? PRINCE HARRY lets it all hang out on Dax Shepard’s podcast, saying his dad “passed along his own pain and suffering!!” Ouch!!!!
QUESTION: Meanwhile, WHAT did ELLEN DEGENERES say to Oprah about her “toxic workplace” complaints?? “I wish someone had told me!!” Are you serious??
QUESTION: Can you even BELIEVE how excited you are right now?? The “Friends” reunion finally gets a release date: May 27th on HBOMax!!! We can’t breath!!!!!!
QUESTION: Ever think teenagers are IGNORING YOU?? It’s TRUE! Adolescents spend far less time looking at the face of people they are talking to than adults do!!!!!!!!
QUESTION: Is this the woman who will BEAT TOM CRUISE? Russian actress is tapped to be the first to shoot a movie in OUTER SPACE, ahead of Tom!!!!!!!!!!!
Prince Harry has stepped into the octagon with Joe Rogan over the coronavirus vaccine. He ripped the MMA announcer and popular podcast host on Thursday for recently telling listeners that young people need not get vaccinated. “Just stay out of it,” Harry said when asked about Rogan’s comments during an interview on Dax Shepard and Monica Padman’s “Armchair Expert” podcast. “The issue is in today’s world with misinformation endemic,” he added. “You’ve got to be careful about what comes out of your mouth.” Prince Harry also warned Rogan — who, like the Duke of Sussex, has an exclusive production deal with Spotify — that “with a platform comes responsibility.” Rogan made the controversial comments last month, when he told young listeners that they don’t need to get a jab. “If you’re like 21 years old, and you say to me, ‘Should I get vaccinated?’ I’ll go no,” he said. “If you’re a healthy person, and you’re exercising all the time, and you’re young, and you’re eating well, I don’t think you need to worry about this.”
********Hey, hang on a minute… why is Prince Harry a bigger expert on vaccines than Joe Rogan?? Why should we listen to HIM??
*******The advice to “just stay out of it” cuts both ways, doesn’t it???
****Besides, Joe Rogan shape-shifted on this issue after the Wokesters went after him!!!
*****The idea that Harry and Meghan can give advice on ANYTHING needs to be challenged!!! To be fair!!
Adam Sandler returned to the infamous IHOP location on Monday to surprise the hostess who didn’t recognize him in a viral TikTok. Sandler returned to the Long Island location for Milkshake Monday, a charity event that was inspired by the actor’s tweet. “For the record, I only left the IHOP because the nice woman told me the all-you-can-eat deal didn’t apply to the milkshakes,” he wrote on May 3rd. The promotion donated $1 (up to $50,000) for every IHOP milkshake that was purchased on Monday to the nonprofit Comedy Gives Back, which supports the comedy community with mental health support. The restaurant also offered all-you-can-drink milkshakes at its 19 Long Island stores in honor of Sandler’s tweet. On Monday, he posed wearing IHOP face masks with hostess Dayanna Rodas, who captioned the video, “Couldn’t have been more excited!! Thank you Adam Sandler!” Sandler shared a photo from the event of his English Bulldog Babu, captioned “Thank u IHOP for Milkshake Monday.”
*********It’s hard to recognize people in face masks!! We flipped off Emily Blunt the other day!! (at least we think we did)
TOPIC: Ever run into a celebrity without realizing it??
*********Should we treat comedians for mental health issues?? If they get sane, will they still be funny???
Frank Sinatra’s Palm Desert, California hideaway — first listed in 2007 — is back on the market for $4.25 million. The remote Coachella Valley property was then re-listed again — in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2020 — but each time has failed to attract a buyer. The property most recently hit the market again on May 7. But its location “in the middle of nowhere” has made it difficult to sell in the last 15 years. Known as the “Villa Maggio,” Sinatra commissioned the estate in 1967, naming it after the character he played in “From Here to Eternity,” Angelo Maggio, and using the rustic home as a more secluded getaway. While isolated, the estate is only 20 minutes away from Palm Desert and El Paseo shops and restaurants.
********Buyers were turned off when they refused to get rid of all the bodies on the property!!
*******The air conditioner makes a weird noise: “Wop, wop. wop….” (dare ya)
*******Some of his songs should be remade as rap hits, like “I’ve Got You Under My Car,” and “Bi*ch Be Lady Tonight!!”
Angelina Jolie is opening up about being a single mother of six. She appeared on E!’s “Daily Pop” this week to discuss her upcoming film, “Those Who Wish Me Dead,” in which she dished on her life at home with her children. Asked how she juggles it all, from her Hollywood career, humanitarian efforts and parenting six, Jolie, 45, revealed the symbiotic support system she has with her kids. “I have six very capable children,” the actress shared. “Of course you wake up and you just feel like, ‘I’ve got to make sure they’re OK. I’ve got to make sure they’re mentally OK,’ but honestly, I think a few years ago it switched and they’re thinking, ‘I’ve got to make sure mom’s OK.'” Jolie stressed that she and her kids are a “team” and she considers herself “very, very lucky.” She shares Maddox, Zahara, Pax, Vivienne, Shiloh and Knox with ex-husband Brad Pitt.
*******Aren’t they old enough to take care of themselves now??
******Just put shock collars on the younger ones, and let the older ones roam free!!
********Most single moms can’t go out and make a movie when they need money!!!
Prince Harry revealed that he and Meghan Markle once secretly met up at a grocery store in 2016 at the beginning of their relationship. “The first time that Meghan and I met up for her to come and stay with me, we met up in a supermarket in London, pretending that we didn’t know each other,” he said on Thursday’s episode of Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast. “We’re texting each other from the other side of the aisle,” he continued. “There are people looking at me, giving me all these weird looks and coming up and saying ‘hi’ and whatever.” Harry recalled wearing a baseball cap and “looking down at the floor” while “trying to stay incognito” as he and his future wife shopped mere feet away from each other. “I texted her saying, ‘Is this the right one?’ She goes, ‘No, you want parchment paper,’” he said. “I’m like, ‘OK, where’s the parchment paper?’”
*****They were playing “hide the zucchini” in the produce department!!
*****He squeezed her buns in the bakery!!!
*******She thought the supermarket was a good place to “check him out!!!”
Author J.K. Rowling’s groundbreaking “Harry Potter” franchise has chosen a new home for their flagship store in New York City, Warner Bros. has announced. Opening this June, the three-story Flatiron space boasts over 20,00 square feet of shopping, activities and opportunities to make magic happen. Guests can peruse 15 distinct areas of Harry Potter New York, including a large-scale statue of Fawkes the Phoenix that lords over the entrance — an NYC exclusive that was handcrafted by a team of custom propmakers, who prepared a number of one-of-a-kind features throughout the store. For those witches and warlocks who need to book it back to the Wizarding World, the New York store is also home to a London phone box where they can be transported back to the Ministry of Magic headquarters. Muggles, on the other hand, are invited to snap a few photos and be on their way. Wand engraving, House robe embroidery and other personalized sacraments of sorcery will also be available.
********What a beautiful store!! Antifa will be right over to burn it down!!!
*******Can we get the lightning tattoo on our forehead?? Please???
Ripping The Tabloids (Throughout the week, we’ll give you the stories from that weeks tabs!)
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Sorkin & Porizkova’s Red-Carpet Debut!-(National Enquirer)
Writer-director Aaron Sorkin and model Paulina Porizkova made their dating debut at the 2021 Oscars! Paulina, 56, has said after the September 2019 death of estranged hubby Ric Ocasek she’s ready to date again, but “I need a guy that can withstand my awesomeness.” Apparently the 59-year-old “West Wing” creator fills the bill!
Crowed Crows About Marvel Super Secret-(Globe)
Russell Crowe’s the Lord of Thunder from Down Under! The 57-year-old Gladiator star inadvertently let the cat out of the bag, crowing about his top secret role in Thor: Love and Thunder-a massive Marvel Universe no-no! “Now, I’m gonna get on my bicycle, I’m gonna ride up to Disney-Fox studios and round about 9:15, I shall be Zeus in Thor 4,” blabbed the actor during on an Aussie radio show, adding: “It’s my last day of Zeus-ing about.” It’s all Greek to us!
Van Gough-(Us Weekly)
Chicago, April 20
While in the Windy City filming scenes for Emily in Paris, Lily Collins stopped by the Immersive Van Gough exhibit. “It was…..incredible!” she said.
More, Wait, They Were Married?-(Star)
Helen Hunt & Hank Azaria-1999-2000
Winning an Oscar in 1998, the As Good as It Gets actress, 57, called her boyfriend of four years “my beloved.” Yet they divorced just 17 months after their wedding. Years later, the Simpsons voice actor, 56, admitted jealousy over his ex-wife’s career success was a factor: “It makes the degree of difficulty in the relationship, and in your own career, go way up.”
Adele: Out of the Spotlight But Staying Busy-(Life & Style)
Adele is living her best life at 33! Two months after her divorce was finalized, birthday girl Adele appears happier than ever. She’s been caring for her son Angelo. “My son comes everywhere with me. He’s the first person I see in the morning and the last person I see at night.” She has also been keeping the weight off. “I had to travel light and I could only bring half of me,” she quipped of her 100-pound weight loss last October. The dramatic slimdown was first revealed in January 2020, and an insider says Adele tries to exercise three times a week to maintain her new physique.
Matt James & Rachael Kirkconnell: Back On-(People)
The former Bachelor, 29, and his final rose recipient, 24, split after past racially insensitive behavior surfaced. But they recently reunited in N.Y.C. an L.A.-and James says he’s “focusing” on their relationship: “I’m not pursuing any relationships right now outside of that.”
Last Laugh-(In Touch)
“Amazon is opening a hair salon. Makes sense. Who knows more about hair than Jeff Bezos?”-Stephen Colbert.
“Martha Stewart just announced the release of her 99th cookbook. At this point, the recipes are just like, ‘I don’t know: Bologna on an Oreo?’”-Jimmy Fallon.
“There’s a new custom-made Ford Bronco going on sale for $400,000. Motor Trend says it can haul even the most fragile male ego.”-Jimmy Fallon.
Woman Goes Back To High School To Promote Social Platform
A 28-year-old Florida woman who allegedly went to a Miami high school on Monday dressed as a student to promote her Instagram account was later arrested, according to reports. Audrey Nicole Francisquini is accused of handing out flyers to students promoting her social media account while wearing a backpack and carrying a skateboard and recording her interactions on her phone when she was stopped by school security, according to WFOR-TV in Miami. Francisquini allegedly told the officer she was a student looking for the registration office and was stopped a second time when she continued to hand out flyers, the report said. The school was advised of a “potential threat on campus” when she allegedly refused to leave but Francisquini allegedly left through a side door before she could be stopped. Police identified her through her Instagram and she was later arrested at her home in North Miami Beach.
********Uh…. schools are probably NOT where you wanna do something like that these days!!
******If she really wanted to blend in, she should have been making out with a teacher!!
Halloween Prop Gets Unwanted Attention
A mom was left mortified after the police arrived at her door to attend to, what they believed, was a murder scene. Cara Louise had been doing a spot of gardening when she moved a fake corpse wrapped in bin liners she’d made for a spooky Halloween party for her kids last November. But in a mad dash to pick her eldest son up from school she forgot to move it back. When she returned to her home in Houghton Regis, she was greeted by 10 police officers as three people had spotted the prop and called 999. She was able to explain to the police what had happened. She said: “My five-year-old boy is really into dressing up for every occasion so we did the inside up with a circus theme and he dressed as It. “So the prop in the garden was part of our theme. “I have a tip for all parents who go all out at Halloween like myself. “Dispose of props or put them away safely.” Cara – who has two boys aged five and six months – said she was left mortified by what happened. She said: “I arrived home from the school run to see two police cars driving away from outside my house.
*******Meanwhile, the boys haven’t seen their father since Halloween!!
******Did the cops actually OPEN the trash bags???
TOPIC: The scariest Halloween props ever!!!
Man Arrested Over Tom Brady Argument
A Florida man was arrested after he allegedly became enraged during a “heated argument” about Tom Brady and pummeled his friend, police said. Brian Paulter was charged with domestic battery over Sunday’s incident, which began as he and his pals were heading home in St. Petersburg after a day of drinking, according to an arrest affidavit. “A heated argument regarding Tom Brady began and [Paulter] became enraged,” the court document states. The fight turned “physical” when they got home — and Paulter allegedly hit his male friend several times in the face, causing visible injuries and a lot of blood, cops said. Paulter then allegedly became “combative” with his buddy’s wife and shoved her, along with his own wife — who fell and hit her head on the kitchen counter. Cops noted that there was “a large amount of blood” on the kitchen floor when they got there, though it had mostly been cleaned up. It’s not known exactly what about Brady got him so upset.
********You know what?? We get it!! Brady makes US wanna punch somebody, too!!
*****Maybe the guy should track Tom down and take it out on HIM!!
TOPIC: The dumbest argument you ever got into!!!
Woman Arrested Claims People Were Jealous Of Her Body
A Florida woman arrested on a disorderly intoxication charge claims the only reason the cops were called while she was at a hotel pool was that the manager saw her in a bikini and was “jealous that her body looked good,” according to the Ocala Police Department. Records show the manager at the Country Inn & Suites spotted 42-year-old Melody Carr in her two-piece bathing suit at the hotel’s pool on May 3 and since she didn’t recall her ever checking into the hotel, she asked her for her room number. Police said Carr became irate, refused to provide her room number and stormed off. The manager said Carr trespassed but when officers arrived, Carr was walking with a brown dog at La Quinta Inn & Suites, which is located nearby. Carr became “verbally aggressive,” said the officer needed to leave her alone and claimed that she wasn’t doing anything wrong but the manager at the hotel called the cops on her because she was “jealous that her body looked good,” according to the affidavit.
******We’re not saying she’s big, but she had on an eight-piece bikini!!!
****This story isn’t enough to qualify as a “Florida Woman!!” She’ll have to try harder!!
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A LIST FOR FRIDAY
5 Happiness Hacks That Take 5 Minutes Or Less
- Tackle your hardest task.
Loretta Graziano Breuning, founder of Inner Mammal Institute and author of “Habits of a Happy Brain,” believes that humans can essentially rewire their brains. How so? By understanding that we have certain “happy chemicals” that were inherited from earlier mammals — and using that knowledge to develop habits that turn those chemicals on.
One of those chemicals is dopamine, which Breuning describes as “a sense of accomplishment,” and you can stimulate dopamine by going straight at your most difficult task of the day — ideally pretty early on. Have an email you’ve been putting off? A particularly challenging stretch of child care? A deadline you need to hit, or a difficult conversation you’ve been putting off? Tackle it first.
Ultimately, the goal is to “focus on a specific target,” Breuning said, and to celebrate yourself when you’re done. It might feel counterintuitive to tackle a hard task when you’re looking for a feeling of happiness, but stimulating dopamine in your brain can help keep you humming along (and feeling proud of yourself!) all day long.
- Take 10 deep breaths.
In a December study led by a team of researchers with the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Healthy Minds, experts broke down the four pillars they believe are essential to cultivating mental well-being: awareness, connection, insight and purpose. All these sound pretty lofty, but the pillars can be broken down into small daily habits that, over time, train the brain.
When it comes to awareness, for example, one of the simplest exercises to try is just breathing. Close your eyes and focus on the act of taking 10 breaths, the researchers suggested. That’s it! (Or consider 4-7-8 breathing. Or roll breathing. Or any of the hundreds of other types of focused breathing. Just find one or two methods that feel good to you so you’ll actually stick to it.)
Ultimately, research really does show how powerful mindfulness meditation can help to lessen feelings of anxiety and stress both in the moment and in the longer term. But the good news is that you don’t need to spend a huge chunk of your day doing it.
- Listen to a happy song. (Bonus points for dancing!)
When you’re exhausted or dragging, press play on an upbeat song. Research shows hearing happy music is on par with mindfulness meditation.
For example, in a 2016 study of older adults with Alzheimer’s, listening to music improved their sense of well-being and mood and lowered their feelings of stress. On the other end of the spectrum, studies have shown that singing to babies in the NICU helps to keep them “quietly alert” and reduced parental stress.
Bonus points for dancing or moving your body along with the music, which can help increase your energy levels even further while zapping stress.
- For a few minutes, focus on the people who’ve got your back.
According to Breuning, another key “happy chemical” is oxytocin, which people tend to think of as the love hormone, though she thinks of it as more closely tied to feelings of trust. To stimulate oxytocin quickly, she recommended thinking about the people you trust. Ask yourself: “If I need support, who will be there?” Breuning said.
You might go ahead and connect with that person by sending them a quick text or giving them a call, (or if you’re together at home, giving them a quick hug). And those simple moments of social connection with someone you love and admire are a big-time happiness booster.
But just thinking about who is in your “herd” can be enough, Breuning said. It stimulates your brain’s oxytocin, which helps you feel safe and secure.
- Do something kind for someone. (Or just think kind thoughts!)
Research shows that daily acts of kindness are a simple way to boost happiness and they don’t have to be big. What matters is that you’re deliberate about it.
“Intentionally set a goal to be kinder to others,” experts at the Mayo Clinic suggest . “Express sincerely felt kindness to a co-worker. Make a special effort to extend kind words to a neighbor. Hold the elevator for someone or take time to help a loved one.”
Experts also now understand that it can be equally powerful (at least from a happiness-boosting perspective) to simply spend some time cultivating a sense of kindness toward someone in your own head — whether or not that person even knows it.
The Center for Healthy Minds recommended thinking about things you admire about that person. Then “recall situations where they expressed these qualities and then imagine expressing your appreciation,” the group noted. “You can then extend this to people you don’t know very well and eventually even to people you find challenging.”
By spending some time sending happy thoughts someone else’s way, you’ll bring a bit of joy into your own life.
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