Born on this day!! Actor Kevin Tighe (“Emergency,” ″Murder One”) is 76. Opera singer Kathleen Battle is 72. Actor Danny Bonaduce (“The Partridge Family”) is 61. Actor Dawnn Lewis (“A Different World,” ″Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper”) is 59. Actor John Slattery (“Mad Men,” ″Desperate Housewives”) is 58. Actor Debi Mazar is 56. Actor Quinn Cummings (“Family”) is 53. Actor Seana Kofoed (“Men in Trees”) is 50. Country singer Andy Griggs is 47. Drummer Mike Melancon of Emerson Drive is 42. Actor Kathryn Fiore (“Reno 911!”) is 41. Actor Sebastian Stan (“Captain America”) is 38. Actor Eme Ikwuakor (“Marvel’s Inhumans”) is 36. Singer James Morrison is 36. Actor Lennon Stella (“Nashville”) is 21.
THIS DAY IN GENIUS HISTORY
1521 – After a three-month siege, the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán fell to the Spanish conquistadors, marking the end of one empire and the rise of another.
1868 – A series of earthquakes killed 25,000 in Peru and Ecuador.
1906 – An all-black army unit was accused of a shooting rampage that left 1 civilian dead at Fort Brown in Brownsville, Texas. In 1972 they were all exonerated.
1942 – Disney’s Bambi opened at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
1961 – The border between East and West Berlin was closed and marked with a barbed wire fence.
1995 – Baseball great Mickey Mantle died of cancer.
2008 – U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps won his 11th career gold medal, becoming the first athlete in Olympic history to do so.
Today Is: International Lefthander’s Day, National Prosecco Day
TODAY ON TV!
Primetime TV (All Times Eastern)
CBS – 8:00 – Big Brother / 9:00 – Young Sheldon / 9:30 – The Unicorn / 10:00 – Bull
NBC – 8:00 – NBC News / 9:30 – Ellen’s Game Of Games / 10:00 – Law and Order SVU
ABC – 8:00 – Holey Moley II / 9:00 – Don’t / 10:00 – To Tell The Truth
FOX – 8:00 – MLB Baseball
CW – 8:00 – Killer Camp / 9:00 – Penn and Teller Fool Us
TV Talk Shows
Jimmy Kimmel: Dawes, guest host Rob Lowe
Jimmy Fallon: Seth Meyers, Burna Boy
Stephen Colbert: John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon, Alex Wagner
Seth Meyers: Paula Pell, John Lutz
James Corden: Jason Sudeikis, Tori Kelly
Lilly Singh: Fortune Feimster (R 1/23/20)
Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
Conan: Jameela Jamil (R 7/9/20)
Watch What Happens Live: Rachael Harris, Sonja Morgan
The View: Sen. Cory Booker, Dylan McDermott (R 5/8/20)
The Talk: Marg Helgenberger, Simone Missick, Dove Cameron (R 9/20/19)
Live with Kelly and Ryan: Jake Johnson, Marissa Mullen (R)
Ellen DeGeneres: Woody Harrelson, Cardi B (R 10/9/19)
Wendy Williams: John Leguizamo (R 11/6/19)
The Real: Debbie Allen (R 4/23/20)
Kelly Clarkson: Danny DeVito, Meredith Hagner, Mikel Welch
Tamron Hall: Rosie O’Donnell, Reggie Bullock, Matt Lynch, Danny Burstein, Rob McClure (R 6/8/20)
WHAT ARE YOU TALKIN’ ABOUT? Here are today’s PPM-Friendly Topics!
QUESTION: What is the “FOX EYE” makeup trend, and why are all the offendinistas calling it “cultural appropriation??” And do you REALLY CARE?????
QUESTION: Did they, or did they NOT participate in the writing of “Finding Freedom?” Royal watchers say it’s the “pure, undiluted voices of H&M!!!!!”
QUESTION: Is California about to LOSE UBER AND LYFT?? The answer is “yes,” if the court upholds a law making drivers full-time employees!!!!!!!!
QUESTION: Can’t afford a fish tank?? Check out the CORAL CITY CAMERA, which streams live underwater shots from Miami!! Millions are watching!!
QUESTION: What does the moon SMELL LIKE?? This man is an aroma specialist, and he’s trying to figure it out!! The scent is OUT OF THE THIS WORLD!!
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the world’s highest paid actor for a second, consecutive year, according to Forbes. Johnson earned $87.5 million this year, with Ryan Reynolds following at No. 2 with $71.5 million, Mark Wahlberg at No. 3 with $58 million, Ben Affleck at No. 4 with $55 million and Vin Diesel at No. 5 with $54 million. Rounding out the top tier are Akshay Kumar at No. 6 with $48.5 million, Lin-Manuel Miranda at No. 7 with $45.5 million, Will Smith at No. 8 with $44.5 million, Adam Sandler at No. 9 with $41 million and Jackie Chan at No. 10 with $40 million. Johnson topped the Forbes list in 2019, as well, raking in $89.4 million in pretax earnings.
*****The Rock doesn’t even have to do anything.. they just send him money!! For being The Rock!!
******Ryan Reynolds made his money working on the Netflix Plantation!!
FACTOID: 25% of all money going to actors now comes from Netflix!!
Sumner Redstone, who turned a family-owned chain of drive-in movie theaters into a major U.S. media empire, has died at the age of 97, his company said Wednesday. Redstone, who was formerly executive chairman of CBS and Viacom, died on Tuesday. “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sumner M. Redstone, the self-made businessman, philanthropist and World War II veteran who built one of the largest collections of media assets in the world,” National Amusements said in a statement. Through his company, Redstone controlled 80 percent of the voting stock of Viacom and CBS. His net worth was estimated at $3 billion in May. “He was a force of nature and fierce competitor, who leaves behind a profound legacy in both business and philanthropy,” said ViacomCBS CEO and President Bob Bakish. “[We] will remember Sumner for his unparalleled passion to win, his endless intellectual curiosity, and his complete dedication to the company.”
********A bunch of Malibu cougars tried to strip him clean before he died!! They got $50 million apiece.. and he was still rich!!
******When he got to the afterlife, he saw the “billionaire’s entrance.” There was a lake of fire on the other side!!
Meghan Markle pulled out of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews’ wedding out of fear she would “create a media circus.” The claim is being made in the book “Finding Freedom,” written by royal reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand. Numerous palace insiders came forward to the two journalists and detailed what led to Meghan and Harry’s departure as senior members of the British royal family. The U.K.’s DailyMail reported Middleton and her mother Carole Middleton “reluctantly” invited the her to the May 2017 celebration but “privately harbored concerns” that her appearance with Prince Harry would “overshadow the main event.” “Meghan put careful thought into her outfit, leaning heavily on Jessica Mulroney to pull together an ensemble that was stylish without being splash when walking into church with Harry,” the authors wrote, as quoted by the outlet. The authors alleged that she ultimately pulled out of attending “at the last minute” after a newspaper article published the headline: “It’s Meghan v Pippa in the…Wedding of the Rears.”
********That’s all it takes?? One snarky headline in the paper, and she runs for the hills??
*******”I can’t be at your wedding because I’m such a huge celebrity??” Nice!
Jon Bon Jovi is having a virtual concert tomorrow (Friday). He also gave an update on loved ones who were diagnosed with the coronavirus. He said of his son Jacob’s case, “It was really mild; it was really early on. It was an intestinal version of it.” He added that Jacob “fully recovered and quickly.” His bandmates also contracted the disease. “David Bryan had it really bad… Everett Bradley — he, too, had it really bad,” Jon said. “We’ve seen a lot of people that we know, lives have been lost… This is nothing to mess around with… Wear your mask. Do the right thing, ’cause it’s real.” Jon’s summer tour was canceled and his album is on hold. He insisted, “These are the sacrifices that have to be made right now… Eventually, we will get back to it. I don’t know when, to be honest. I don’t think so for some time… A rock show really can’t happen without a crowd.” Explaining the premise behind his virtual show, he said, “I have been very involved throughout this COVID crisis,” by working at his community restaurant JBJ Soul Kitchen, opening a food bank, and encouraging others with the song “Do What You Can.”
*******A virtual Bon Jovi concert? Haven’t we suffered enough??
(Doesn’t it seem that there are different strains of COVID in different parts of the country?)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have a new place in Santa Barbara, Calif., after stints of living in Los Angeles and Vancouver, Canada. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved into their family home in July of this year,” a spokesperson said. “They have settled into the quiet privacy of their community since their arrival and hope that this will be respected for their neighbors, as well as them as a family.” A source says that they hope this is where their son, Archie can grow up and lead “as normal a life as possible.” This is the third big move for the royal duo since 2019. After the couple bid farewell to senior royal duties and vowed to split their time living in the United Kingdom and North America, Meghan and Harry jumped across the pond to Vancouver, Canada. In March, it was revealed that they relocated to the duchess’ hometown of Los Angeles where they reportedly were living in Tyler Perry’s $18 million mansion.
*****Tyler Perry’s lookin’ for ’em!! They skipped out without paying their last month’s rent!!
******Harry’s trying to figure out how to get their security deposit back!!
******They live next to Oprah… so the security is pretty good!! It’s Stedman with a guard dog!!
Stephen “tWitch” Boss, the set DJ of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” broke his silence on widespread allegations of toxicity at the talk show, claiming there’s “love” behind the scenes. “We can’t speak too much legally about it, but I’ll say this, there’s been love,” he told Us Weekly. “Obviously there’s some things to address, but from my standpoint and from countless others, there’s been love. I’ll just leave it at that until there’s a time where we can address more publicly. “There’s been love and there will continue to be love.” He is the latest celebrity to come forward and defend the host, joining Kevin Hart, Scooter Braun, Katy Perry and more. But stars such as Brad Garrett, Lea Thompson, Wayne Dupre and her former show DJ, Tony Okungbowa, have supported the claims that she created a toxic work environment. DeGeneres’ wife, Portia de Rossi, claims she is “doing great” amid the backlash and show investigation. Perhaps it’s because in her apology statement she blamed her show’s producers.
********Also, Harry Meghan walked across the street in Montecito and brought her a figgy pudding!!
*******Her staff calls her “Talk Show Karen!!” (true)
******Of course tWitch backs her up!! He’s trying to hang onto his job!!
Ripping The Tabloids (Throughout the week, we’ll give you the stories from that weeks tabs!)
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Taylor Swift Rushing Alwyn to the Altar!-(National Enquirer)
Lovestruck Taylor Swift is looking to get hitched to British film hunk Joe Alwyn-as swiftly as possible, sources said. The couple became even MORE loved-up during lockdown and reportedly don’t want to waste another moment getting to the altar. The “Shake It Off” singer, 30, and the “Boy Erased” star, 29, got together in 2017 after Taylor had her fill of bad romances with Tom Hiddleston, Jake Gyllenhaal and John Mayer. “Taylor says no man she’s ever dated comes close to Joe and she doesn’t want to lose him!” a spy spilled. The pair had been hoping for an “event wedding” this summer, but the pandemic put a pin in their plans-and sources said they’re both eager to do something simple at Taylor’s Nashville mansion.
Carrie Ann Cries For Axed Dancing Hosts!-(Globe)
“Dancing With the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba wept when she learned show hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews had been axed! “My heart breaks for Tom and Erin,” says Carrie Ann, 52. “It was just such sudden news.” Carrie Ann also thinks “a lot of our fans” also cried over the hosts’ dismissal. As for new host Tyra Banks, she adds: “She’s a strong, powerful woman…..I thinks we’re in good hands.”
Baby No. 6?-(Us Weekly)
A source says that musician David Foster, 70-who has five children with three exes-and wife Katharine McPhee, 36, are “definitely trying” for a baby. The musical pair, who wed in 2019, are crazy about each other. “She’s magic,” Foster says.
Posh: Already a Monster-In-Law!-(Star)
Who does she think she is? Victoria Beckham’s son, Brooklyn, proposed to his girlfriend, Nicola Peltz, just this summer, but the ex-Spice Girl is already shaping up to be a nightmare mother-in-law. While Posh has warmly welcome the Transformers actress, 25-who first hooked up with model Brooklyn, 21, last fall-into the fold, “she’s smothering her way too much,” a source says. Now Victoria, 46-also mom to Romeo, 17, Cruz, 15, and Harper, 9, with husband David Beckham, 45-is butting in on the wedding plans. “She’s intent on designing the dress, choosing the venue and orchestrating an over-the-top ceremony worthy of the family name,” the pal explains, adding: “Nicola’s going along with it and being polite for Brooklyn’s sake. The wedding will happen next summer at the latest-and she’s hoping Victoria will calm down by then!”
George & Amal: Separate Lives-(Life & Style)
Behind George Clooney’s signature grin, lies secret pain. After months of nonstop fighting over money, living arrangements and his hangers-on friends, the movie star and his human rights lawyer wife, Amal, “are going through a trial separation,” an insider alleges. “It’s a shock to everyone. George has told pals, ‘We’re both heartbroken.’ They’ve also both been unhappy in the marriage for a while, though.” For now, Amal and George “have agreed to stay in the same country together for the sake of the kids, [ 3-year-old twins],” says insider. “When they have to travel, it will be as a unit.”
One Last Thing: Seth Rogen-(People)
The actor, 38, stars in the new HBO Max comedy An American Pickle.
My wife [Lauren] and I ordered from the Cheesecake Factory last night. It was delicious, but we feel disgusting now. They have Buffalo Blasts, which sounds like a 6-year-old invented them, but they’re quite good.
Last recurring dream-
I have a lot of dreams where I’m trying to run on my hands, like on all fours, which I think is fairly uncommon. It’s the only way I can do it in the dream.
Last DIY project-
We fixed our dishwasher. Led by my wife-I was mostly support. She found a YouTube video. I think she Googled it on my phone, so that partially counts.
Will Kim Kardashian Ever Find Happiness?-(In Touch)
It’s over! Kardashian leaves Wyoming in tears after an epic battle with husband, Kanye West. Will she ever find happiness?
Marriage No. 1-
Kim was 19 when she eloped with Damon Thomas in January 2000. She later claimed she was high on ecstasy. The music producer, 49, who’s one half of production duo The Underdogs, filed for divorce in 2003.
Kim dated former footballer Reggie Bush from 2007 to 2010. Sources alleged he couldn’t keep up with her rising fame. After marrying a Kim look-alike, Reggie, 35, later admitted he “doesn’t keep in touch” with Kim.
Marriage No. 2-
Ten months after they met and three months after they got engaged, Kim married NBA star Kris Humphries, 35, in a lavish televised ceremony in August 2011. Just 72 days later, she filed for divorce.
Guy Uses Nunchucks To Light Matches
A Chinese martial artist broke a Guinness World Record when he used his nunchucks to light 21 matches in one minute. Shanghai martial artist Xie Desheng, who previously broke Guinness records for using his nunchucks to extinguish candles and unscrew bottle caps, made it into the record books for a third time by using the weapons to light 21 matches in 60 seconds. Xie, who has been studying the nunchucks for about 10 years, said it took him about a year of practice to prepare for each of his Guinness records. See the video HERE.
********He got a huge product endorsement from a… nunchuck company!!??
******Does Nike make nunchucks??
******If things get much worse, this could wind up on ESPN!!!
Woman Pic Left Off Of Drivers License
A Tennessee woman was left surprised and confused when she received her new driver’s license in the mail and noticed something missing from the photo — herself. Jade Dodd of Hickman County said she renewed her license online, but when the ID card arrived in the mail she quickly noticed it bore a photo of an empty chair where her face should be. Dodd said she visited a Department of Motor Vehicles office to get the error corrected. “The lady at the DMV did not really believe me when I was like ‘hey, I need my license fixed,'” Dodd told WKRN-TV. “Then, she looked it up in the system and goes, ‘Oh, I need my manager for this.'” Wes Moster, a DMV spokesman, said the error resulted from the wrong photo being saved to Dodd’s profile. “When the customer recently renewed her driver license online, she received an image of a chair because that was the last picture taken on file,” Moster told CNN. “When the Department was made aware of her situation, we immediately made things right with the customer and provided her with a license with her actual photo and have addressed this situation internally.”
********Funny… Joe Biden’s license has the same picture!! (cheap shot)
******Next day, the Invisible Man called: “Hey! My new license has a picture of a woman on it!!”
Last Blockbuster Put On Airbnb
The world’s last Blockbuster video store in Oregon is being listed on Airbnb for a series of 1990s-themed movie sleepover parties. Sandi Harding, who has been store manager at the 20-year-old store since 2004, listed the Blockbuster in Bend on the accommodation-finding site for up to four people to stay on three available dates in September. Harding had a living room set up inside the store, complete with a large 1990s-era TV, a VCR and a plethora of tapes. “It’s our 20th year as a Blockbuster, we were hoping to celebrate that this year, but with Covid throwing a wrench into everybody’s plans, we were really excited to be able to pull this off,” Harding said. She said the Airbnb listing is a way to give back to the community that has kept the video store in business while all of the other Blockbusters have gone bust. “It’s only $4 for the night, a penny more than what you would spend for a new release,” Harding said.
********Everyone wants to know: do they have Netflix??
******We’ll show up with a suitcase… full of popcorn and Twizzlers!!
******Does anyone remember going to Blockbuster… every Friday night??
A monkey escaped its enclosure at a zoo in Ireland and led zookeepers riding golf carts on a chase through the facility before being recaptured. Visitors to the Fota Wildlife Park in Cork said the zoo was put on temporary lockdown Tuesday when a monkey escaped from its closure and ran through crowds of onlookers while being pursued by zookeepers in golf carts. A zoo spokesman confirmed the exits were blocked while staff pursued the primate, a male roloway monkey named Valentino. “Valentino was continually under observation by the animal rangers and was quickly coaxed into a secure holding pen and returned safely to his island habitat. At no time was he in danger, or a threat to any visitors or members of the public,” the spokesman told CorkBeo.com.
*******The monkey wanted to get out of Ireland!! He can’t look at their teeth anymore!!
******That night, the leprechauns showed up and said, “What are YOU in for??”
STUFF THAT’S COOL AND VIRAL
VIDEO: BEAR SITS DOWN AND EATS LUNCH WITH FAMILY! (LANGUAGE)
A LIST FOR THURSDAY
7 Of The Weirdest Products People Have Been Buying During The Pandemic
- Roller skates
With lockdown orders in effect around the country, antsy Americans have been looking for new hobbies to occupy their time and excuses to go outside. For many, roller skating turned out to be a perfect solution.
Google searches for ”roller skates″ spiked considerably in May and retailers suddenly struggled to keep up with the demand, The Washington Post reported. California-based Moxi Roller Skates faced 12 times its usual sales and developed a massive backlog of orders, prompting its manufacturer to open a second factory to fulfill them all, according to founder Michelle Steilen. Impala Rollerskates’ pastel fade skates sold out the same day they were released during the lockdown, chief executive Matt Hill told the Post.
Because skates became just about impossible to find in stock, many consumers turned to secondhand markets. Online marketplace Mercari, for example, has seen an average of more than 21,000 searches for roller skates per week over the last six weeks ― an 892% volume increase since the pandemic ― with more than 300 new listings for roller skates added weekly.
As the pandemic raged into summer, Americans with a travel bug were desperate for a way to sightsee while maintaining social distancing. Recreational vehicles have been selling like crazy (even yours truly bought a used one). In fact, RV dealers saw as much as a 170% increase in sales for the month of May compared with the same time last year, according to the RV Industry Association.
Travelers who don’t have the money to buy haven’t let that stop them. RV rentals also surged, especially ahead of Memorial Day weekend. RV rental site RVshare reported a 1,000% increase in nationwide bookings since April 1.
Pandemic spending hasn’t been all fun and games. The number of firearms background checks compiled by the FBI ticked upward beginning in March and reached a record 3.9 million in June.
There are a few reasons for this heightened interest in gun ownership. It’s typical for gun sales to increase around election time. And, considering that Democratic hopeful Joe Biden supports greater restrictions on firearms, some opponents of gun control may want to stock up on firepower while they still can. Add in civil unrest around the country and a general sense of fear as the coronavirus remains uncontained and many people are feeling the need for heat.
For those doing their best to avoid busy public spaces, the grocery store is one of the top places to steer clear of. But grocery delivery services can be pricey, and sending an Instacart or GrubHub worker to do your dirty work may feel unethical.
It’s one reason why so many Americans have picked up bread-making during the pandemic. Sales of baking ingredients in general have soared, but dry yeast has been especially hard to come by. Yeast sales were up by 647% at the end of March, compared with the same week last year, according to Nielsen. In fact, yeast experienced the fastest sales growth over a seven-day period than any other grocery product tracked by Nielsen.
In many homes outside of the U.S., a bidet in the bathroom is commonplace. But here, bidets are finding newfound popularity following the toilet paper shortages that marked the beginning of the pandemic.
Google searches for bidets spiked in mid-March, while companies that sell bidets experienced a boom. Jason Ojalvo, CEO of Tushy, told Yahoo in April that sales were 10 times higher than they were pre-pandemic.
All dressed up with nowhere to go? If you’ve been working from home, avoiding bars and concerts, and generally lounging around the house all day, there’s no need to go out and buy new outfits. Not surprisingly, U.S. clothing sales dropped 79% in April. Sweatpants, on the other hand, are having their day. Purchases were up 80% over the same period the previous year, according to The New York Times. No doubt, many of those comfy clothes purchases were the subject of equally trendy tie-dye projects.
- Scented candles
If after months of stay-at-home orders your home is starting to smell extra lived-in, you’re not the only one in search of smell-good products. Candle sales have shot up during the pandemic. Net-a-Porter, for instance, reported a 130% year-over-year increase in mid-March.
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