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Disney’s animated Encanto banked 52% of its $40.3M 5-day gross from Latino and Hispanic audiences, and Sony’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife rang $35.3M in its second weekend.  House Of Gucci came in third place earning $21.8 million over the five-day weekend. Eternals and Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City round out the top 5. 

The website Reviews.org is looking for a “Chief Holiday Cheermeister to watch 25 holiday movies in 25 days, and earn $2,500. In addition to the cash, you also get a free one-year subscription to seven streaming services:  Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Disney+, HBO Max, Apple TV+, and Hallmark Movies Now. Added bonus:  YOU get to pick the movies.  The only real catch is that you have to fill out a short survey about each movie.  Applications are due by December 3rd, which is Friday. 

Stephen Sondheim, one of Broadway history’s songwriting titans, whose music and lyrics raised and reset the artistic standard for the American stage musical, died early Friday at his home in Roxbury, Conn. He was 91. His lawyer and friend, F. Richard Pappas, announced the death. He said he did not know the cause but added that Mr. Sondheim had not been known to be ill and that the death was sudden. The day before, Mr. Sondheim had celebrated Thanksgiving with a dinner with friends in Roxbury, Mr. Pappas said. 

There’s a lot of good titles being removed from Netflix this December. The complete list of all of the TV shows and movies that are leaving throughout December is here. Among those being removed include Titanic, Charlie’s Angels, House Party and, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. No more Puss in Boots or Spy Kids 1-3 for the kids. Also leaving Netflix in December are Mariah Carey’s Merriest Christmas and all six seasons of Grey’s Anatomy spinoff Private Practice. Tracy Morgan fans, The Last O.G. Seasons 1-2 will be gone. Netflix has a lot of great stuff in store for the month of December. Highly anticipated movies like Don’t Look Up and The Power of the Dog are hitting, as well as new seasons of hit shows The Witcher, Money Heist, and Cobra Kai. 

FAIZON LOVE played the department store manager in “Elf”, and he’s a little surprised that WILL FERRELL turned down $29 million to do a sequel.

If Matthew McConaughey becomes governor in the next few years, it will be in a movie. On Sunday night, McConaughey said he will not run to be the next governor of Texas. 

KANYE WEST made it painfully clear that he wants KIM KARDASHIAN back, in a five-minute “Thanksgiving Prayer  (LINK)” he posted on Instagram. The big question, of course, is . . . will any of this groveling get Kim back?  That remains to be seen.  But on Saturday . . . AFTER the video came out, Kim and PETE DAVIDSON were spotted having breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where they took selfies with a Dutch tourist.

Dave Grohl and producer Greg Kurstin introduced the Hanukkah Sessions last year in quarantine. Now more daily covers for this year’s Festival of Lights. The duo covered Lisa Loeb’s “Stay (I Missed You)” last night.

You familiar with The Avett Brothers?  N.C.-based Americana/country-rock/country-folk/folk-rock band. A fire on Friday destroyed 60 guitars and up to 100 paintings at the Concord home of Jim Avett, father of Scott and Seth Avett of the Avett Brothers band. It started from a golf cart. 5 departments were on hand.  No one was hurt but Jim Avett said a cat is missing.   

 Remember that guy Prince Midnight and his skeleton guitar (LINK), which he claimed was made from the actual bones of his dead uncle? It’s not clear if that was a hoax, but he does have a new invention that will HAUNT YOUR DREAMS. It’s a LARS ULRICH toilet, and it might just be the best toilet ever, because I could see it literally scaring that crap out of some people. It’s a fully-functioning toilet . . . supposedly . . . with a full-body sculpture of Lars sitting on it, right behind the bowl.  He’s holding drumsticks, but doesn’t appear to be wearing pants.  But don’t worry, he has an androgynous, Ken Doll crotch. So you basically sit on Lars’ lap to do your business.

Celebrating a Birthday today: 

Quarterback Russell Wilson is 33 

The Game (Rapper) is 42 

Anna Faris is 45 

Kevin from The Office Brian Baumgartner is 49 

The greatest closer of all time Mariano Rivera is 52 

Jonathan Knight from New Kids on the Block is 53. 

Don Cheadle is 57 

Andrew McCarthy is 59. “St. Elmo’s Fire”, “Pretty in Pink”, “Less Than Zero”, “Weekend at Bernie’s” and “Mannequin”. 

Tom Sizemore is 60 

Howie Mandel is 66 

Wrestler Jerry the King Lawler is 72 

Vin Scully is 84

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Christina Bella

Today’s birthday girl has been in 223 fine films, including:

  • Ass Quest 3
  • Buttman’s Show Off Girls
  • Fresh Meat 11
  • Girl + Girl 4
  • Meow Me Meow You 2
  • Rocco’s World: Feet Obsession
  • Welcome to Footville 2
  • And who can forget her role in 2008’s Rear Ended

Christina Bella is 40 years old.

Sports Report 1

The Blues rebounded nicely on Saturday and picked up a huge 6-3 win against the Blue Jackets from Enterprise Center.  Pavel Buchnevich had a pair of goals as well as two from Ivan Barbashev. Plus goals from Justin Faulk and Jordan Kyrou got the Blues the big win.  Up next, a game for the Blues against the Lightning at home on Tuesday.  Puck drop is scheduled for 7PM.

The San Jose Sharks are going to waive Evander Kane with the hope of assigning him to their AHL affiliate.  The team said that Kane will begin practicing with the San Jose Barracuda this week, assuming he clears waivers.  Kane has yet to appear in a game for the Sharks this season.  In October the NHL opened an investigation into allegations that Kane violated the league’s COVID-19 protocols by obtaining “a fake vaccination card he allegedly submitted.” The NHL announced (LINK) on Oct. 18 that Kane has been suspended 21 games without pay for an “established violation” of the NHL and NHL Players Association’s COVID protocols.

The SLU men’s soccer team continues to roll.  With a 4-3 win against Duke, they know have punched their ticket to the Elite 8.  They will take on Washington at 8PM on December 4th.  The SLU men’s team has yet to lose this season.

Over the weekend CBC High School won their 4th state title game against Liberty North High School.  CBC won 48-21 to pick up the Class 6 football state championship.  There are a few more games that still have to be played including St. Mary’s playing on Saturday in the Class 3 Championship and Holt playing on Friday night in the Class 5 Championship.

The Cardinals signed former Blue Jay Steven Matz last week – and when that happened a lot of people in the league weren’t happy including the owner of the Mets who was vocal saying he didn’t think his team was given a fair look by Matz.  However – I think they will be just fine as rumors are coming out that the Mets and Max Sherzer are very close to a multi-year deal that would more than likely wrap up Scherzer’s career and have him hang things up as a Met.  Also – lots of rumblings going on saying that the next 24-36 hours could be quite crazy in baseball with lots of moves and signings taking place.

Over the weekend Mizzou was on the road against 23rd ranked Arkansas and…the Razorbacks got the 34-17 win against the Tigers.  In basketball – Mizzou lost to Wichita State Friday and take on Paul Quinn tonight at 7PM.  The 14th ranked Fighting Illini take on Notre Dame on the hardwood today at 8PM.  The ended their football season with a 47-14 win over Northwestern.  SLU basketball beat Stephan F Austin on Wednesday and take on Boise State tomorrow night.

In a strange turn of events, Bob Stoops is returning to the sidelines for Oklahoma and will coach the team in its bowl game. The news comes after it was reported that Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley is leaving the program to become USC’s new head coach.  Stoops, who has remained as a part-time special assistant with the Sooners since retiring in 2017, was in the room when Riley informed the team he was leaving.  Stoops coached Oklahoma from 1996 to 2017 and won a BCS National Championship with the program in 2000. After he retired, Stoops helped select Riley, who was the team’s offensive coordinator, to be his replacement.

Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter is reportedly changing his name to Enes Kanter Freedom. Kanter will become his middle name, while Freedom will be his surname. Kanter has become an increasingly vocal civil rights activist and recently criticized Nike for what he believes is the company’s inaction regarding the treatment of minorities in China.  LeBronJames said Kanter is attempting to “use [his] name to create an opportunity for himself.” Kanter, who will become a U.S. citizen Monday, grew up in Turkey and has spoken out about what he views as human rights abuses (LINK) in his home country in the past.

Speaking of LeBron….the Indiana Pacers fans who made inappropriate comments to LeBron James during the Lakers’ trip to Indy on Wednesday will reportedly have the opportunity to go to future games. The two fans are not expected to receive lifetime bans or face any additional consequences. “The fans were ejected for violating the NBA Fan Code of Conduct,” NBA spokesperson Mike Bass said. James pointed the fans out to officials during the game, and they were eventually ejected. “When obscene gestures and language come into it, can’t be tolerated,” James said after the game.  We don’t 100% know, but fans and players close to the situation said that something was said about one of James’s kids potentially dying in a car crash.  This is just a string of events involving LeBron lately…JAMES got suspended for cracking ISAIAH STEWART of the Detroit Pistons in the face.  And now, he’s been fined for OBSCENITY. On Wednesday night vs. the Pacers, LeBron drained a three-pointer and then hopped away grabbing his crotch.  For that, he’s out $15,000 . . . which is, you know, whatever for someone with LeBron’s money. He also received a WARNING because after he was hit with his suspension, he called it “bull[crap]”