Born on this day!! Comedian Jackie Mason is 93. Sports commentator Dick Vitale is 82. Guitarist Mick Box of Uriah Heep is 74. Film composer James Newton Howard is 70. Actor Michael J. Fox is 60. Actor Johnny Depp is 58. Actor Gloria Reuben (“The Agency,” ″ER”) is 57. Singer-actor Tamela Mann (“Meet The Browns,” ″Medea” films) is 55. Bassist Dean Felber of Hootie and the Blowfish is 54. Bassist Dean Dinning (Toad the Wet Sprocket) is 54. Musician Ed Simons of the Chemical Brothers is 51. Actor Keesha Sharp (“Lethal Weapon”) is 48. Singer Jamie Dailey of Dailey and Vincent is 46. Actor Michaela Conlin (“Bones”) is 43. Actor Natalie Portman is 40. Actor Mae Whitman (“Parenthood,” ″Arrested Development”) is 33. Actor Lucien Laviscount (“Scream Queens”) is 29.
THIS DAY IN GENIUS HISTORY
1898 – China agreed to lease Hong Kong to Britain for 99 years.
1870 – Author Charles Dickens died.
1934 – Donald Duck made his screen debut in The Wise Little Hen.
1944 – The Republic of Iceland was established.
1973 – Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes and became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years.
1978 – After 148 years, the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints finally allowed black men to become priests.
1993 – Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito married commoner Masako Owada.
Today Is: Donald Duck Day, International Archives Day, National Earl Baltes Day, Toy Industry Day
TODAY ON TV!
Primetime TV (All Times Eastern)
CBS – 8:00 – Kids Say The Darndest Things / 9:00 – SWAT / 10:00 – SWAT
NBC – 8:00 – Chicago Med / 9:00 – Chicago Fire / 10:00 – Chicago PD
ABC – 8:00 – Press Your Luck / 9:00 – A Million Little Things
FOX – 8:00 – Masterchef / 9:00 – Crime Scene Kitchen
CW – 8:00 – Kung Fu / 9:00 – Whose Line
TV Talk Shows
Stephen Colbert: Samuel L. Jackson, Padma Lakshmi
James Corden: Lisa Kudrow, Clea Duvall, Rostam
Conan: Kevin Nealon
Live with Kelly and Ryan: Helen Hunt, Danya Isom Johnson, Monica Mangin
Ellen DeGeneres: Kevin Nealon, Twice
Drew Barrymore: Meagan Good, Gary Vaynerchuk (R 1/14/21)
WHAT ARE YOU TALKIN’ ABOUT? Here are today’s PPM-Friendly Topics!
QUESTION: How much did it cost “The Bachelor” to get rid of Chris Harrison?? Friends say he demanded $25 million.. or he would spill all the DIRTY SECRETS!!
QUESTION: How do you save your twin sister from a CROCODILE? You just KEEP PUNCHING!! These Brit twins used a shady tour guide in Mexico.. and almost DIED!!!
QUESTION: Are you dating a DIRTY GUY?? A huge Twitter debate erupts after this dude says he wears his briefs 10 TIMES before he washes them!!!! Sounds.. “crusty??”
QUESTION: Fake news?? Or just an inside prank?? The New York Times publishes… and then deletes an article claiming that there are watermelons on MARS!!!!!! Cool!
QUESTION: Is this illegal, even in FLORIDA?? A NAKED WOMAN trashes a steakhouse, so cops respond by TASERING HER IN THE BOOBS!!! Game over, now in jail!!!
Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor has made her public debut — in her mom Meghan Markle’s new kids’ book. The baby — who will be known as Lili — appears in one of the illustrations in Markle’s book, “The Bench,” which is out now. In one of the illustrations by California artist Christian Robinson, Lili is shown being cradled in the Duchess of Sussex’s arms as her mother, sketched in a sun hat, white T-shirt and jeans, stands in a vegetable patch. Markle last month announced that the book — which is available for pre-sale on Amazon for $13.16, down from $18.99 — was inspired by a poem she wrote for her husband, Prince Harry, on Father’s Day 2019, the month after their son, Archie, was born. Markle, who gave birth to Lilibet on June 4, stated that it will explore the “special bond between father and son” as “seen through a mother’s eyes” — and has dedicated the book to Harry and Archie, writing in the inscription in her famous calligraphy: “For the man and the boy who make my heart go pump-pump.” Indeed, the book features an illustration of Harry and Archie, recognizable with their red hair, sitting on a bench feeding the family’s rescue chickens, which the couple house at their $14.5 million mansion in Montecito, Calif.
******Wait a minute. “Rescue Chickens??” Does Colonel Sanders know???
******We thought “The Bench” referred to Harry’s status as a “back-up King!!!”
****Will this sell more copies than Samantha Markle’s book, “The Diary of Princess Pushy??”
Rob Zombie has confirmed that he will write and direct a feature film based on “The Munsters,” the ’60s sitcom about a family of friendly monsters. “Attention Boils and Ghouls!,” Zombie wrote on Instagram. “The rumors are true! My next film project will be the one I’ve been chasing for 20 years! THE MUNSTERS! Stay tuned for exciting details as things progress!” Zombie is a longtime Munsters fan who named his song “Dragula” after the Munsters’ car and has often spoken of his love for the series. Zombie’s upcoming project is set up at Universal Studios’ 1440 Entertainment home entertainment division. The 1440 arm makes live-action and animated films and series for worldwide distribution across all non-theatrical platforms, which indicates the movie will likely go directly to streaming. “The Munsters,” which ran concurrently with the analogous spooky comedy “The Addams Family,” followed a family of benign monsters who are relocated from Transylvania to an American suburb. Satirizing European immigrants adjusting to life in an American suburb, the series reflected shifts in the current societal and political landscape.
******Sure, sure it did!!!
****We don’t remember: was there a zombie in “The Munsters???”
******The most famous catch phrase was Lurch the Butler: “You rang???”
Kid Rock wasn’t shy about hurling a homophobic slur over the weekend during a diatribe admonishing people who were recording him with their phones. Kid, whose real is Robert Ritchie, hit a stage inside the FishLipz Bar and Grill in Smithville, Tenn., and onlookers videoed the “Biker Boyz” actor shouting “f—k your iPhone” before belting the other “f” word at “you f—ing f—–s with your iPhones out!!!” according to footage obtained by TMZ. Rock then motioned to his groin area, and through more profane language encouraged those filming him with their devices to post his appendage. TMZ reported Monday that security at the establishment went around the room telling people to put their phones down.
*******He had to do SOMETHING! It’s Pride Month!!!
****Will this destroy his career?? Not in Tennessee!!!
Chris Harrison is apparently not coming back to the popular reality franchise, Deadline reported Tuesday morning. Harrison, who hosted the ABC series and spinoffs since 2002, reportedly received an eight-figure settlement and is stifled by a confidentiality agreement, according to the site. A representative for the show did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Post. Harrison’s apparently permanent exit from Bachelor Nation comes just hours after Monday night’s premiere of Season 17 of “The Bachelorette,” a season featuring former contestants Kaitlyn Bristowe, 35, and Tayshia Adams, 30, as the show’s new co-hosts. Comedian David Spade, meanwhile, has been tapped to steer this summer’s “Bachelor in Paradise” spinoff. In February, Harrison was entangled in controversy when he defended former “Bachelor” contestant Rachael Kirkconnell after pictures emerged of her attending an Antebellum-styled party. Kirkconnell eventually apologized and Harrison stepped down from his duties after ex-contestants slammed him for defending her.
********He asked for mercy.. but wokesters don’t deal in mercy!!!
*******It won’t be the same without Chris. Well, actually.. it will be EXACTLY the same!!
*******Let’s see… eight figures means over $10 million!! We wish someone would pay US that much to go away!!
Jennifer Lopez has inked a multiyear, first-look deal with Netflix, Variety first reported. As part of the deal, Lopez will produce both scripted and unscripted movie and TV content for the streaming site. Benny Medina, who co-founded Nuyorican with Lopez, and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, the company’s president, will co-produce alongside Lopez. “I am excited to announce my new partnership with Netflix,” Lopez told the publication. “Elaine, Benny and I believe there is no better home for us than a forward-leaning content creation company that seeks to defy conventional wisdom and directly market to the millions across the globe who no longer view art and entertainment with the kind of boundaries and limitations of the past.” “Throughout every aspect of her career, Jennifer Lopez has been a force in entertainment. In partnering with her and Nuyorican, we know she will continue to bring impactful stories, joy and inspiration to audiences around the world,” Netflix’s head of global films, Scott Stuber, told Variety in a statement.
********She’s playing an assassin and a secret agent in her first two movies!!! That sounds different!!
*****As part of the deal, she has to date a high-profile Hollywood star!! Nailed it!!
Ripping The Tabloids (Throughout the week, we’ll give you the stories from that weeks tabs!)
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Callen Clobbered With $240K Support!-(National Enquirer)
Disgraced funnyman Bryan Callen’s divorce has come through nearly a year after several women accused him of rape and sexual misconduct. The “Goldberg” star is surrendering $20,000 a month in spousal and child support! According to the settlement, Callen, 54, owes big bucks to Amanda Humphrey, his wife of 12 years, because his gigs raked in around $61,000 monthly! Amanda, who filed for divorce in February 2020, gets their $3.4 million Santa Monica house, according to legal papers filed May 5. The couple will share joint custody of Stella, 13, and Finn, 9, and the judgment also awards Amanda her 2019 Lexus and a bank stash of around $370,000. The “Complicated Apes” comic keeps his Venice, Calif., bachelor pad-already on the market for $1.9 million-along with his 2014 Toyota Prius, 2019 Tesla and all his frequent-flyer miles.
Surprise! Jennifer Love Hewitt, 42, and husband Brian Hallisay are expecting a third baby. “We had always been open to a third, but definitely didn’t think in the crazy year that the entire world was having that it would necessarily be this moment,” says the pregnant actress, mom to daughter Autumn, 7, and son Atticus, 5.
Slow and Steady-(Us Weekly)
Emma Watson couldn’t keep her hands off Leo Robinton while in L.A. on May 22. But an insider says that the actress, 31, is taking her time with her beau of over a year. “Emma’s in love, but she doesn’t want to rush an engagement,” says the insider. “They’re happy with how things are right now.”
Hold On, We’re Going Home-(Star)
Los Angeles, May 23
It’s safe to say Drake’s son Adonis isn’t a fan of the spotlight. The 3-year-old stole the show at the 2021 Billboard Awards by bursting into tears as his father scooped him up to dedicate his Artist of the Decade award to the tot (mom is artist Sophie Brussaux). Despite the incident, the 34-year-old still had an incredible night being honored for his years of topping the Billboard charts.
Say What?!-(Life & Style)
“The characters in the Harry Potter books were my friends. I spent the first two years in England playing hand-clap games with plants-if you slap them hard enough, they clap back-and learning how to read. That was my existence.”-Anya Taylor-Joy, whose family moved from Argentina to the U.K. when she was 6 years old.
“[I] have 21 of these glorious birds…..they do not smell. They are so clean! Their voices are loud but such fun to hear.”-Martha Stewart, on the peacocks she keeps on her New York farm.
“You know in Matilda when they eat dinner in front of the TV? That was me and my family with Friends.”-Millie Bobby Brown, insisting she’s “watched every episode” of the hit series.
“I’ve got three daughters. They’re like little Rubik’s Cubes that you can never figure out!”-Ryan Reynolds, on parenting James, 6, Inez, 4, and Betty, 19 months, with wife Blake Lively.
Just Married! Jimmie Allen & Alexis Gale-(People)
On May 27 the country singer, 35, wed his fiancée, 25, a nurse, at the Lake House Inn in Perkasie, Pa., in front of fellow Nashville stars Darius Rucker, Tyler Rich and Chuck Wicks.
Lament of the Week-(In Touch)
“I never got to lie about my age.”
-on the perils of being a child star.
Robot Pizza Delivery
A Rhode Island pizzeria unveiled the latest addition to its serving staff: a robot designed to take on the heavy lifting. Bill Kitsilis, co-owner of Angelo’s Palace Pizza in Cumberland, said he purchased a robot known as a Servi to help take some of the pressure off his staff. “When we’re really busy, our expediter is always yelling out, ‘runners, runners,’ looking for people to run food and our servers are busy,” Kitsilis told WJAR-TV. He said the robot is programmed with the layout of the eatery, so the operator needs only to put in the table number and the Servi will know where to go. “I feel like if my servers are able to spend more face-to-face time with the guests instead of running back and forth in the restaurant, just makes the job easier,” Kitsilis said. See the video HERE.
*********It’s kind of a combination of R2D2 and a plastic trashcan!!
*******Why not call it “Pepe Roni???”
*****Better yet, “Crusty the Robot!!”
Donkey Spotted Wandering Roadway
A driver on a Rhode Island road captured video of an unusual pedestrian wandering in the roadway: a loose donkey. Authorities in Johnston said the donkey was first spotted about 7 p.m. Sunday near the border with Scituate and was seen again at 8:30 p.m., but police were unable to locate the wandering animal. The city of Johnston famously dealt with a loose steer that escaped on its way to a slaughterhouse in February, and the animal was on the loose for nearly two months before being recaptured. The city’s authorities also dealt with a trio of nuisance turkeys that caused traffic hazards for weeks in 2018. Mayor Joseph Polisena said the donkey could prove difficult to corral. See the video HERE.
********They have to clamp down!! These animals think they run the place!!
*******If Donkey is here, can Shrek be far behind??
******This donkey is acting like a jackass!!
Police in England said a truck crash left a highway looking “like the set of a horror film” when tomato puree was spread across the roadway. Cambridgeshire Police said two vehicles were involved in the crash on the A14 highway in the Godmanchester area and one of the vehicles lost its load of olive oil and tomatoes. The resulting spill left the roadway covered in a layer of red liquid. “What looked like the set of a horror film was actually thousands of squashed tomatoes,” police tweeted. One driver sustained minor injuries and was released after being treated at a hospital, police said. See the pic HERE.
*********Cops rushed a huge pizza crust to the scene and mopped up!!
*******At least they weren’t killer tomatoes!!!
Escaped Monkey Finally Caught
Officials with a zoo in the Czech republic said a macaque monkey escaped from his enclosure and was on the loose for about three hours before being recaptured. The Decin Zoo said the male macaque monkey escaped from his enclosure early Monday morning, and zookeepers located and safely captured the primate a few hours later. The zoo had asked members of the public to call in sightings of the monkey rather than attempt to capture him without help. A zoo spokeswoman said the monkey had only been in his enclosure since Friday, so he wasn’t yet used to the paddock. “He was probably looking for a hole and he probably managed to find it,” the spokeswoman said.
********Someone called 911 and said, “I see macaque!!!”
********He didn’t escape… he “Czeched out!!!”
STUFF THAT’S COOL AND VIRAL
VIDEO: PRESIDENT OF FRANCE GETS SLAPPED IN THE FACE.
VIDEO: CRASH ON FREEWAY NEAR SACRAMENTO.
A LIST FOR WEDNESDAY
7 Things You Should Do In The Morning If You Have A Busy Day Ahead
- Work with your ‘hypnopompic’ state
This is a natural state of hypnosis you experience just before you wake fully, explains Leah Larwood, a clinical hypnotherapist. During the hypnopompic, your brain creates alpha waves, making it a good place to explore the mind in a relaxed state. “Once you have an inkling that you are surfacing from sleep, try to hang onto the thread that connects you to sleep and wakefulness,” she says.
“When you wake just roll back into the position you were in and try to re-enter the relaxed sleepy state you were in ― at this point, use it to explore what comes up for you on that day.”
Larwood says this state is good for discovering new insights, finding clarity or inspiration for creative projects. So if you wanted, you could drop in a burning question that’s been on your mind: How should I approach this work meeting? The idea is that you’re more connected to your unconscious mind and more likely to have those beneficial lightbulb moments.
- Open the curtains straight away
Lindsay Browning, a psychologist, neuroscientist and sleep ambassador for And So To Bed, says as soon as you wake up, open the curtains wide to let light into your bedroom.
“Bright sunlight will help your circadian rhythm know that it is morning and make you feel more alert and ready for the day,” she says.
- Write down what you’re worried about
Dreading certain things about the day, like a big meeting, hard task or difficult conversation? The first 20 mins after you wake are a window of opportunity, Larwood says. “You’re still experiencing the relaxing world of alpha waves and you have a strong connection with your subconscious. Try writing it down.”
“Start with something specific,” she continues. “Write your question or statement at the top of the page and use that as a springboard for exploring what’s on your mind. At the end, make a note of any findings or insights. Try some free-writing around how you’re feeling. Simply write unedited for 15 minutes. Often you can start to unravel what’s going on, and sometimes, discover the final piece to the puzzle.”
- Or make a to-do list for the day
Don’t like journaling? Get productive instead. “Prioritize things based on whether they are time critical, important or nice to do,” Browning says. “Start with tasks that are time critical and important … and then get to the rest.”
Another method is to make “4D decisions” with your to-do list, says Alkta Patel, a lifestyle physician and general practitioner. “I look at my to-do list every morning and convert this into a two-by-two matrix to make 4D decisions. Write your tasks in the best quadrant: Do – Defer – Delegate – Delete.”
- Organize the day depending on if you’re a ‘lark’ or ‘owl’
If you’re a “lark” who tends to be early to bed and early to rise, then tackle the most difficult tasks of the day in the morning, when you will be at your peak functioning, Browning says. Leave the more mundane tasks for later in the day when you will be starting to feel tired.
If you’re an “owl” who tends to want to go to bed later and get up later, then your peak work time will likely be later in the day. Start your working day by tackling tasks that do not require much brain power (like email checking) and leave the difficult jobs for later in the day when you will be more alert.
- Slow down your breathing before you start work
Patel says before she turns on her computer, she takes 60 seconds to slow down her breathing. “Slowing down your breath rate to six or less breaths a minute activates your parasympathetic nervous system, giving you calm and control for the rest of the days decision making,” she says.
“The simplest way is to breathe in for a count of four and out for a count of six and repeating this six times. It’s a great technique to use through the day when you notice the day’s stresses mounting.”
- Take a late-morning break
Browning says it’s a good idea to take a break around late morning by getting outside and having a brisk walk around the block. You may feel like this is a waste of time, but the natural daylight will help you to feel more alert, plus the exercise from the walk will also help to energize you.
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