Born on this day!! Actor Cathy Lee Crosby (“That’s Incredible”) is 77. Director Penelope Spheeris (“Wayne’s World,” “The Decline of Western Civilization”) is 76. Actor Ron Raines (“Guiding Light”) is 72. Country singer John Wesley Ryles is 71. Actor Keith Szarabajka (”Angel,” “The Equalizer”) is 69. Actor Dan Butler (“Frasier”) is 67. News anchor Stone Phillips is 67. Actor Dennis Christopher (“Breaking Away,” ″Chariots of Fire”) is 66. Actor Steven Bauer (“Scarface”) is 65. Bassist Rick Savage of Def Leppard is 61. Actor Brendan Coyle (“Downton Abbey”) is 58. Bassist Nate Mendel of Foo Fighters is 53. Actor Lucy Liu is 53. Actor Suzy Nakamura (“Dr. Ken”) is 53. Actor Rena Sofer (“24,” ″Just Shoot Me”) is 53. Rapper Treach of Naughty By Nature is 51. Actor Joe Lo Truglio (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) is 51. Singer Nelly Furtado is 43. Singer Britney Spears is 40. Singer-actror Jana Kramer is 38. Actor Daniela Ruah (“NCIS: Los Angeles”) is 38. Actor Alfred Enoch (“How To Get Away With Murder”) is 33. Singer Charlie Puth is 30.
THIS DAY IN GENIUS HISTORY
1804 – Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned emperor of France in Paris by Pope Pius VII.
1823 – President James Monroe outlined his famous doctrine opposing European expansion in the Western Hemisphere.
1859 – Abolitionist John Brown was hanged for his raid on Harper’s Ferry.
1942 – The first controlled nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated at the University of Chicago.
1954 – The Senate voted to condemn Republican senator Joseph R. McCarthy of Wisconsin for “conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute.”
1970 – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established.
1982 – Barney B. Clark became the first person to receive an artificial heart in a transplant operation.
1988 – Benazir Bhutto was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Pakistan, becoming the first woman to head a Muslim nation.
1990 – Composer Aaron Copland died at age 90.
1999 – A Protestant and Catholic cabinet convened for the first time in Northern Ireland.
2001 – Enron Corp., under CEO Kenneth Lay, filed for bankruptcy.
Today Is: International Day for the Abolition of Slavery Day, National Mutt Day, Safety Razor Day, Special Education Day
TODAY ON TV!
Primetime TV (All Times Eastern)
CBS – 8:00 – Young Sheldon / 8:30 – United States Of AI / 9:00 – Ghosts / 9:30 – B Positive / 10:00 – Bull
NBC – 8:00 – Annie Live!
ABC – 8:00 – Olaf’s Frozen Adventures / 8:30 – Toy Story That Time Forgot / 9:00 – Great Christmas Light Fight
FOX – 8:00 – NFL: Cowboys at Saints
CW – 8:00 – Walker / 9:00 – Legacies
TV Talk Shows
Jimmy Kimmel: Riz Ahmed
Stephen Colbert: Mahershala Ali, Jason Reynolds
Watch What Happens Live: Martha Stewart, Christian Siriano
The Talk: Skylar Astin
Live with Kelly and Ryan: Nicole Kidman, Holly Robinson Peete
Ellen DeGeneres: Michael Keaton
The Real: Desean Terry
Kelly Clarkson: Taraji P. Henson, Celina Smith, Lang Lang
Drew Barrymore: Vanessa Williams, Michelle Visage, Trixie Mattel, Mary McCartney
WHAT ARE YOU TALKIN’ ABOUT? Here are today’s PPM-Friendly Topics!
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QUESTION: Wanna meet the HAPPIEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD?? UN says 1/3 of humanity, or 2.9 billion people, have NEVER USED THE INTERNET!!!!
QUESTION: She wants to sell WHAT?? Woman tries to list her sofa for sale on Facebook.. but makes it look like her BABY BOY is for sale instead!!!!!!
QUESTION: What does a nutcracker do? CRACKS NUTS! Playboy model kicked out of FLORIDA mall for posing as a nutcracker using only BODY PAINT!!!!
Singer and rapper Bad Bunny is Spotify’s most-streamed artist of 2021. Spotify shared its annual Wrapped campaign Wednesday that unveiled the top artists, albums, songs, playlists and podcasts of the year. He was the most-streamed artist of 2021 with more than 9.1 billion streams, followed by the most-streamed female artist of the year, Taylor Swift. 2021 marks Bad Bunny’s second consecutive year as the most-streamed artist. In addition, the most-streamed album was Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour, followed by Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia and Justin Bieber’s Justice. The Joe Rogan Experience was the most popular global podcast, followed by Call Her Daddy and Crime Junkie. Spotify is the world’s largest music streaming service, with more than 381 million total users.
********We actually reached out to Machine Gun Kelly and asked him to shoot Bad Bunny!! He hasn’t gotten back to us!!
*****Rogan may not survive!! Too much truth on that podcast!!
Actor Nicolas Cage is set to play Dracula in the upcoming Universal Pictures movie, Renfield. The Great actor Nicholas Hoult will play the legendary vampire’s titular flunky in the film. Chris McKay — whose credits include The Tomorrow War and The Lego Batman Movie — is directing the project, based on a script penned by Ghosted and Rick & Morty scribe Ryan Ridley. Source material for Renfield includes an original story outline from The Walking Dead comic-book creator Robert Kirkman and Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, Dracula. Cage is currently earning rave reviews for his performance in the movie, Pig, which is now streaming on Hulu.
********How about The Lego Dracula Movie??? That would be incredible!!
******Dracula may be type-casting for Nic!!!
*******These days, Nic is mostly famous on Netflix!!!
Alec Baldwin has sat down with George Stephanopoulos in his first TV interview since the fatal “Rust” shooting. He spoke about the death of his colleague, cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, after Baldwin accidentally killed her on set during a rehearsal when he fired a gun that contained a live round. The producer also wounded the Western film’s director Joel Souza. Stephanopoulos said he and Baldwin spoke for over an hour and called the conversation “intense,” “raw” and “very candid.” He added that Baldwin answered every question and went into detail about what happened on the set. Stephanopoulos and Baldwin are friendly with each other. The journalist has previously appeared on Baldwin’s podcast and the pair are in the same Hamptons social circle. Baldwin has only broken his silence on two previous occasions. The first time was the day after the shooting when he tweeted, “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.” The second time was a week later when Baldwin spoke to photographers in Vermont. He said he is cooperating with the police and has been speaking to them every day. Baldwin maintained that he could not speak on the active investigation. “It’s an active investigation in terms of a woman died, she was my friend,” Baldwin told the media. “We were a very, very well-oiled crew shooting a film together, and then this horrible event happened.” “There are incidental accidents on film sets from time to time, but nothing like this,” he added. “This is a one in a trillion episode. It’s a one in a trillion event.”
*****We’re psychically channeling his attorney: “SHUT UPPPPPP!!!”
*******You just knew that Alec couldn’t stay silent. He thinks he can talk it all away… but that ain’t’ gonna happen!!
UPDATE: In the interview teaser promo, Baldwin claims he “never pulled the trigger!!” Say WHAT?? STORY HERE!!
Kathy Griffin is cancer-free. She shared the exciting news while appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Tuesday, telling the host that after undergoing surgery to remove half her lung, she’s officially in remission. “I’m cancer-free,” Griffin stated. “I don’t know why, I had a tumor, right? And I’ve never smoked, and it was in there for 10 years. So get this, they took it out and found it in another scan.” She explained the procedure to remove part of her lung, sharing that her doctor told her it would look like a “used condom.” “And then he goes, ‘You can use that,’” he said of his simile. “And I just did — and insurance covered it.” She said her vocal cords are still recovering, so her voice has changed. “It will heal, but I’m sort of enjoying it,” Griffin said. “I’m a good two octaves higher, I think … it’s higher than Mariah Carey.”
********She got a call from Trump’s severed head, wishing her well!!!
Kanye West is trending on TikTok over a NSFW comment he allegedly wrote in a high school pal’s yearbook. A TikTok user named Abby Richardson posted the viral clip on Tuesday with the caption, “no joke ask my grandparents” and the rapper’s song, “All of the Lights,” playing over it. She claimed in the video that her dad, Brian Richardson, was friends with West when they were in high school together. Abby’s clip began with a current photo of herself and her father. “[Point of view] your dads best friend in high school was kanye west,” she wrote over the pic. She then opened the yearbook to show her father’s name and class photo, later scanning over West’s moniker and pic that was listed in the same book. The TikToker then flipped to the back of the yearbook, where several of her dad’s pals left notes and signatures, including West. “You better get some p–y this summer,” Kanye allegedly wrote. People on TikTok were convinced the comment was written by West with one person writing, “That message is so ye.” Another wrote in awe, “Your dad was friends with the greatest artist of this generation.” Abby further alleged that her dad and West’s friendship was going to continue long after high school. “He was supposed to go with kanye to meet with [Jay-Z] but chose to stay back with my mom instead :/,” she claimed in the comments. See the video HERE
*******Well? Don’t keep us in suspense!! Did he??? Get some that summer??
Ripping The Tabloids (Throughout the week, we’ll give you the stories from that weeks tabs!)
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Comedian Pete Is a Culinary Clown!-(National Enquirer)
“Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson is a joke in the kitchen. The 28-year-old comedian confessed that he doesn’t even know how to boil water. In fact, he uses a coffeemaker to make ramen noodles. “I can make a mean Cup O’ Noodles,” he says. “I go to Costco and get premade ramen noodles, and then I go home. And since I don’t know how to boil water since I’m dumb, I go to the Keurig and….I use the hot water from that.” Still, his lack of culinary skills hasn’t exactly been a handicap in attracting beautiful women, having dated the likes of Ariana Grande, Kate Beckinsale and, most recently, Kim Kardashian. Presumably, he takes them out to eat.
Hair-Raising Fury Over Kidman’s Lucy-(Globe)
Furious fans are seeing red claiming Nicole Kidman’s upcoming turn as Lucille Ball in “Being the Ricardos” is an outrage because the Aussie actress looks nothing like the beloved American TV icon. But astonishingly, resemblance matters zilch to the biopic’s writer-director, Aaron Sorkin, who dishes, “So, finding an actress who looked like Lucille Ball wasn’t important to me, especially because I was excited by the idea that Lucille Ball doesn’t look like Lucille Ball-and that every time we’re seeing Lucille Ball not as Lucy Ricardo, she should be both, she should both literally and metaphorically let her hair down.” Fumes one die-hard “I Love Lucy” fan, “Hollywood keeps pissing me off with their castings of Lucille Ball. Nicole Kidman as Lucy is just ridiculous!” Seems Sorkin’s still got some ‘splaining to do.
Blake & Ryan: Keeping the Faith-(Us Weekly)
Three daughters and nine years of marriage has only solidified the love between Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds. “They have such an easy vibe,” a source says, of the actress, 34, and actor, 45, who recently enjoyed a date night in NYC to celebrate their pal Taylor Swift’s Saturday Night Live appearance. “There’s no fuss or insecurity on either side.” In fact, that’s what makes them work. “They thrive on having this dynamic where trust is 100 percent established,” says the source. “Plus, they share the same devilish sense of humor!”
Timothee: Toxic Bachelor-(Star)
He’s been called the next Leonardo DiCaprio-in more ways than one. Since becoming one of Hollywood’s hottest young actors. Timothee Chalamet has left a trail of broken hearts over his inability to commit. “This is not a guy who has trouble meeting women,” a source says of the 25-year-old, who’s been linked to several budding starlets, including Lily-Rose Depp and Eiza Gonzalez. “He brags about having a girlfriend in every city he travels to!” Monogamy and settling down are foreign concepts for the Dune star, says the source.” He’s just not capable of it.”
Say What?!-(Life & Style)
“If I [run] between four and 15 miles, I’m happy!”-Cynthia Erivo, on her “regular morning ritual.”
“I love being mistaken for her because it makes me feel so you. I’m so proud of her. She really rolls with it. I’m sure it’s not easy looking exactly like your mother.”-Reese Witherspoon, on 22-year-old daughter Ava Phillipe.
“It was haunted…..The piano played by itself. And then lights go on and off, or the doors and the windows open and close.”-Salma Hayek, on her London home once being inhabited by upwards of “30” ghosts.
One Last Thing: Marcia Cross-(People)
The actress, 59, guest stars on season 3 of Netflix’s hit series You.
Last time I got frustrated-
Keeping track of those little AirPods. No matter how hard I try, I’m always on the hunt for them. And charging cords. There should be a special place in hell for those who decided to change them with every new device.
Last text that made me laugh-
I was looking for a meme to send to my girls [twins Eden and Savannah, 14,] and I saw one of me as Bree [her character on Desperate Housewives], so I texted it to them. I don’t know if they thought it was funny or creepy. Probably creepy.
Last road trip-
We drove across the country so we could visit my family. Whenever we entered a new state, my husband [Tom Mahoney] would play a carefully curated song with that state’s name in it. That man can make a playlist.
Winner of the Week-(In Touch)
The singer celebrates the end of her conservatorship with her first glass of champagne in 13 years.
Python Slithers Into Family Car
An Australian family having a picnic in Queensland ended up calling a reptile specialist for help when they returned to their car and found a carpet python hanging off the rearview mirror. Josh Castle, director of Brisbane North Snake Catcher, said one of his reptile catchers responded when a family having a picnic north of Brisbane discovered the snake had apparently slithered into the vehicle through a window that had been left cracked open. Castle shared photos of the unusual scene on his company’s Facebook page. He said it was one of the more unusual places that callers have found snakes. “I have pulled them out of car bonnets and stuff like that, which is more to be expected because they can get into a bonnet from underneath,” Castle told 7News. “The fact it was actually in the car and soaking in the sun through the window on the mirror is quite weird.” Castle said the snake, which measured a little over 4 feet long, was safely relocated.
*********The snake was waiting for a bear to open the car door!!
TOPIC: The wild animal that got into my car!!!
High School Team Accidentally Calls The Buccaneers!
A Michigan high school basketball team’s wrong-number mistake in a group text led to the team getting an unexpected video chat session with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Vinny Tartaglia, a player for the Notre Dame Preparatory School basketball team, said he was in charge of adding numbers to the team’s group text, and he made a mistake while putting in one of the numbers. “We were trying to add people, and the last person was Luca, but I was one digit off,” Tartaglia told WDIV-TV. The group soon received a message from the owner of the wrong number, who wrote: “Ya’ll meant to add me to this? You know who I am?” The number belonged to Sean Murphy-Bunting, a Michigan native and cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the defending Super Bowl champions. Murphy-Bunting sent the students a selfie, but they were skeptical. “Everyone was skeptical, it’s definitely not an NFL player, right?” Tartaglia recalled. The team’s skepticism was laid to rest moments later when Murphy-Bunting initiated a FaceTime call from the Buccaneers’ locker room. “Leonard Fournette walked us through the locker room and showed us all the players,” teammate Nate Seaman said. “Sean Murphy-Bunting, Mike Evans, Lavonte Davis, Gronk, Richard Sherman. That’s when we all said, where’s the GOAT?” The question was answered a few minutes later when Tom Brady entered the locker room and chatted with the students. “The boys were losing their minds,” P. Jason Whalen, whose son is on the basketball team, said in a Twitter thread recounting the incident. See the story HERE.
********This is like the plot of a movie!!!! “Weekend at Brady’s!!!”
TOPIC: Ever send a text to the WRONG PERSON????
World’s Longest Nose
The Turkish man who was verified by Guinness World Records as having the longest nose on a living person said his supersized schnoz gives him an enhanced sense of smell. Mehmet Ozyurek, whose nose was officially measured at 3.46 inches from the bridge to the tip, said his large proboscis was the cause of mockery when he was a child, but he came to see it as a benefit. “My friends used to call me ‘Big Nose’ to upset me,” Ozyurek told Guinness World Records. “But I took a look at myself. That’s when I looked in the mirror — I discovered myself. “God made me like this, there is nothing that can be done in this situation. I learned to live in peace with my physique.” See the video HERE.
********You know what they say.. a man’s nose indicates the size of his ..
*******Is that his nose, or did he forget to hang up the phone??
*******He can’t pick it all by himself.. it takes a team!!!
Patrons Trapped In Pup!
More than 60 people who went to a British pub to see an Oasis cover band ended up spending three nights at the facility when a snowstorm left them stranded. Andrew Hields co-owner of the Tan Hill Inn in Swaledale, which is known as Britain’s highest pub at an altitude of 1,732 feet above sea level, said two of the three roads leading to the business were blocked by snowdrifts Friday night and the third was blocked by a downed power line. Hields said the pub, which was not affected by the downed power line, was well stocked with fuel, food and beverages before the storm, so the stranded revelers were well taken care of on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. “They’re all in good spirits, they’re all eating and drinking well,” Hields told CNN. One man who is undergoing dialysis treatment was evacuated by a mountain rescue team, but the rest of the pub’s visitors, including the members of Oasis cover band Noasis, were stranded until Monday morning.
********Several other people parachuted in because it sounded like a good time!!
*******Their only fear? Running out of pretzels!!!
TOPIC: Have you ever been trapped by weather??
STUFF THAT’S COOL AND VIRAL
VIDEO: HERE’S WHAT A SELF-DRIVING CAR LOOKS LIKE TO AN INFRARED CAMERA AT NIGHT.
A LIST FOR THURSDAY
How Healthy Are Your Favorite Starbucks Holiday Coffee Drinks?
Iced Sugar Cookie Almond Milk Latte: B+
No, you won’t find this at every coffee chain. But if you happen to swing by a Starbucks, you can be sure that this beverage won’t wreak much havoc on your health.
“At only 150 calories, 3.5 grams of total fat, 0 grams of saturated fat and 25 grams of added sugar, this is a nice treat that will not totally ruin your day of nutrition intake,” said Kylene Bogden, a registered dietitian and wellness adviser for Love Wellness.
But registered dietitian Tracy Lockwood Beckerman noted that the almond milk has a surprising downside. “It pulls in the lowest amount of protein, so it’s more likely to leave you hungry afterwards and craving more sweets,” she said.
Gingerbread Latte: B-
Starbucks uses a syrup that contains a whopping 38 grams of sugar, but some coffee shops use a spice blend that contains much less. Always read the nutrition facts if you’re being careful about your sugar intake.
Chai Latte: B-
Again, depending on where you go, a chai latte can either be pretty good for you or pack way too much sugar and no health benefits.
“Because chai tea is typically a blend of top-notch spices like black tea, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and cardamom, it’s likely to contain the most health perks like improved circulation, heart health and digestion,” Beckerman said. “However, places may use chai tea concentrate, so it may not truly contain enough of the herbs and spices to lead to any health benefits.”
At Starbucks, chai comes in the form of a syrup that’s loaded with sugar. A grande chai latte from Starbucks, for example, contains 42 grams of sugar. That’s way more than the recommended amount for adults — added sugars should be no more than 10% of your daily caloric intake, according to the USDA’s dietary guidelines.
Beckerman’s advice? Only get chai lattes from coffee shops that don’t use a concentrate.
Peppermint Mocha: C
Bogden refers to the peppermint mocha as a “human health bomb,” noting that a grande peppermint mocha at Starbucks contains 54 grams of sugar. But if you visit a coffee shop that uses real peppermint instead of peppermint-flavored syrup, you may be able to get some health benefits.
“Besides fresh breath, peppermint can improve digestion, congestion and may even help with headaches,” Beckerman said. “Plus, the antioxidants in peppermint may be able to improve immunity, too.”
Eggnog Latte: C-
Nutritionally speaking, the eggnog latte doesn’t look great at first glance. As Bogden noted, a grande at Starbucks has the most saturated fat across the board and 52 grams of sugar (yikes).
The eggnog latte is by no means healthy, but Beckerman did note that there are some nutritional benefits — one being that it has 17 grams of protein. “Because we are working with the egg whites and milk, we are left with more robust nutritional makeup like vitamin A and D and a heftier protein profile than most of the other beverages,” she said. “Because of that, you are more likely to walk away more full and satisfied.”
Chestnut Praline Latte: D
The Starbucks chestnut praline latte is packed with sugar (although not the most sugar, at 39 grams for a grande). But Beckerman noted that it really doesn’t come with any health benefits, other than protein from the milk.
Salted Caramel Latte: F
Sorry, salted caramel latte lovers, but Bogden deemed this one the absolute worst holiday beverages at Starbucks: “470 calories, 10 grams of saturated fat, 59 grams of sugar — that’s more than double the daily recommended intake for added sugar.”
Beckerman echoed this, adding, “Typically made with milk and caramel syrup or caramel sauce, this is a sugar-loaded beverage with little to no nutrition perks. You’ll be getting a little bit of protein thanks to the dairy milk, but nutritionally speaking, this one is pretty meek.”
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