‘Giant pothole’ filled in by Schwarzenegger was actually a ‘service trench’ being used by gas company, authorities say – LINK
Starbucks’ New Olive Oil Drinks Are Being Called a “Legit Laxative” – LINK
2 years in prison for Rochester man who aimed laser pointer at Delta plane – LINK
A Court Ruled Honking Your Horn Isn’t Free Speech – LINK
Uber Is Accused of Charging More When Your Battery Is Low – LINK
No, the IRS isn’t calling you. It isn’t texting or emailing you, either – LINK
AI clones teen girl’s voice in $1M kidnapping scam: ‘I’ve got your daughter’ – LINK
Granite City High School one of at least 12 Illinois schools to receive threats Wednesday – LINK
Couple with 3 Kids Find Out They’re Cousins After Taking DNA Test 10 Years Into Marriage: ‘I Was in Shock’ – LINK
Jamie Foxx is currently hospitalized after experiencing an unspecified medical complication Tuesday morning. It sounds like it might have been serious, but nobody’s saying what happened. His daughter Corinne posted an update yesterday and said, quote, “Luckily, due to quick action and great care, he is already on his way to recovery . . . The family asks for privacy during this time.” Another source said Jamie is now communicating, which is good news. No word on how long he’ll be in the hospital or when he’ll return to work. He’s been in Atlanta filming a movie called “Back in Action” with Cameron Diaz and Glenn Close. (TMZ)
Arnold Schwarzenegger is a hero onscreen AND in his community. He took it upon himself to get a crew together to fill a large pothole in his Brentwood neighborhood in L.A. His spokesperson said there have been several requests made by residents to the Department of Public Works, but to no avail. Arnold tweeted a video of himself and said, quote, “Today, after the whole neighborhood has been upset about this giant pothole that’s been screwing up cars and bicycles for weeks . . . “I went out with my team and fixed it. I always say, let’s not complain, let’s do something about it. Here you go.” (Watch the video here.) Here’s a little audio of it all happening (I’m jealous of Arnold’s fancy work clothes . . . a nice watch, jacket, AND boots. Did he actually work in these, or did he just pick up the shovel for a quick cameo???) (Consequence)
Prince Harry will attend his father’s coronation . . . but his wife Meghan Markle will not. According to a statement from Buckingham Palace, she will, quote, “remain in California with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.” Harry and Meghan issued the same statement. The coronation goes down on Saturday, May 6th . . . but there will be festivities throughout the weekend. Some reports suggest Harry won’t be there for all three days. (TMZ)
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos have been married for more than 26 years. What’s their secret? They FIGHT. Kelly says, quote, “I don’t understand when people say, ‘We never fight.’ I go, ‘Oh, they’re in trouble.'” Mark officially becomes Kelly’s co-host on “Live!” on Monday, and you can definitely expect their private lives to spill out over the airwaves. Kelly says that if they think something will be funny, then, quote, “all bets are off.” (People)
HBO made some big announcements yesterday, like changing the name of HBO Max to just plain Max. (It’s merging with Discovery+.) But this might have been the BIGGEST piece of news: That “Harry Potter” TV series will be a straight-up REMAKE. Or, if you prefer, a reimagining of the books, with a brand-new cast. There’s no word yet on casting. It’ll also be more faithful to the original story, because they’ll take an ENTIRE SEASON to cover each of the seven books. They’re expecting this to play out over 10 years. (Hollywood Reporter)
But that’s not all they announced. Here’s more:
- A series based in the “Conjuring” universe is in the works. All we know right now is that it will, quote, “continue the story established in the feature films.”
- Another “Big Bang Theory” spinoff is happening. It’ll be the second one, after “Young Sheldon”. Once again, there are no plot details. But creator Chuck Lorre is coming back.
- Robert Downey Jr. plays multiple roles in the post-Vietnam drama “The Sympathizer“. It doesn’t debut until 2024, but the trailer dropped yesterday.
- A preview for Colin Farrell’s “Penguin” series . . . which is a spinoff of “The Batman” . . . was released. (Careful: The video contains questionable language.)
- A new “Game of Thrones” prequel called “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight“, will focus on George R.R. Martin’s “Dunk and Egg” novellas.
- Jodie Foster leads a new season of “True Detective”. (WARNING: The teaser contains profanity.)
- The GREMLINS are back! The new Max animated series “Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai”, is coming in May. Check out the trailer.
The Library of Congress announced the 2023 inductees into the National Recording Registry. It includes Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” album, and, for the first time, video game music with the “Super Mario Brothers” theme. This year’s list includes recordings from as early as 1908. In order to qualify, songs and albums must be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and at least 10 years old.
Here is the full inductee list, in chronological order:
- “The Very First Mariachi Recordings” album, Cuarteto Coculense(1908-1909)
- “St. Louis Blues”, Handy’s Memphis Blues Band(1922)
- “Sugar Foot Stomp”, Fletcher Henderson(1926)
- “Dorothy Thompson: Commentary and Analysis of the European Situation for NBC Radio”(August 23rd to September 6th, 1939)
- “Don’t Let Nobody Turn You Around”, The Fairfield Four(1947)
- “Sherry”, The Four Seasons(1962)
- “What the World Needs Now is Love”, Jackie DeShannon(1965)
- “Wang Dang Doodle”, Koko Taylor(1966)
- “Ode to Billie Joe”, Bobbie Gentry(1967)
- “Déjà Vu” album, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young(1970)
- “Imagine”, John Lennon(1971)
- “Stairway to Heaven”, Led Zeppelin(1971)
- “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, John Denver(1971)
- “Margaritaville”, Jimmy Buffett(1977)
- “Flashdance…What a Feeling”, Irene Cara(1983)
- “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”, Eurythmics(1983)
- “Synchronicity”album, The Police(1983)
- “Like a Virgin”album, Madonna(1984)
- “Black Codes (From the Underground)” album, Wynton Marsalis(1985)
- “Super Mario Brothers”theme song, composer Koji Kondo (1985)
- “All Hail the Queen”album, Queen Latifah(1989)
- “All I Want for Christmas Is You”, Mariah Carey(1994)
- “Pale Blue Dot” audiobook, Carl Sagan(1994)
- “Gasolina”, Daddy Yankee(2004)
- “Concerto for Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra”, Northwest Chamber Orchestraand composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich (2012) (Hollywood Reporter)
Speaking of badass songs and musicians, RUSH singer-bassist Geddy Lee will release his autobiography, titled My Effin’ Life, on November 14th of this year, and the book is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Lee said, “My friend and collaborator on the Big Beautiful Book of Bass, Daniel Richler, saw how I was struggling in the aftermath of Neil’s passing, and tried coaxing me out of my blues with some funny tales from his youth, daring me to share my own in return.” He also said, “So I did — reluctantly at first, but then remembering, oh yeah, I like wrestling with words. It’s a less physical version of arguing with musical notes, without a Ricky doubleneck breaking my back!” The title is a play on fans’ affectionate nickname for him: Geddy “Effin’” Lee.
There’s a Kenny Rogers album coming out in June called “Life Is Like a Song”. It includes a Dolly Parton duet, plus eight previously unreleased tracks. Kenny passed away in 2020
Could it be that America is finally coming around to the BRILLIANCE of the “Seinfeld” finale? (???) Because the website TV Insider just put out a list of the 10 worst finales, and “Seinfeld” isn’t even on it.
They DID include “Lost” and “The Sopranos”, though . . . and they seem to be the other two most hated finales these days.
Here’s the list . . .
- “Game of Thrones”, 2011 – 2019
- “Gossip Girl”, 2007 – 2012
- “Star Trek: Enterprise”, 2001 – 2005
- “How I Met Your Mother”, 2005 – 2014
- “Quantum Leap”, 1989 – 1993
- “Dexter”, 2006 – 2013
- “Lost”, 2004 – 2010
- “Two and a Half Men”, 2003 – 2015
- “The Sopranos”, 1999 – 2007
- “The Walking Dead”, 2010 – 2022 (TV Insider)
CELEBRITIES CELEBRATING A BIRTHDAY
Allison Williams is 35. Rose, the white girlfriend in “Get Out”, Marnie on “Girls”, and Peter Pan in that “Peter Pan Live” musical. Brian Williams is her dad.
Ty Dolla Sign is 41.
Glenn Howerton is 47. Disgraced Harvard professor Jack Griffin on “A.P. Bio” and Dennis on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”.
Lou Bega is 48. “Mambo #5”.
Aaron Lewis is 51. Lead singer from Staind
Ricky Schroder is 53. Superstar of “NYPD Blue” and “Silver Spoons”.
Max Weinberg is 72. E Street Band and former Conan O’Brien drummer.
Ron Perlman is 73. Clay Morrow on “Sons of Anarchy”. But to me he’ll always be the original Hellboy . . . and Vincent on the original “Beauty and the Beast” back in the ’80s.
The Reverend Al Green is 77. Superstar soul singer. “Let’s Stay Together”
Today’s birthday girl has been in 371 fine films, including:
– 18 and Lost in Cleveland
– 18 and Lost in Las Vegas
– Barefoot Wonders
– Bound for the Holidays
– Chloroformed and Hogtied
– Chloroformed Cuties
– Chloroformed Without Clothes
– Hocus Poke Us
– Three Cheers for Foot Worship
– And who can forget her role in 2005’s She Looks Great When She’s Knocked Out
Jana Cova is 43 years old
Gorman, Arenado lead Cardinals to win over Rockies – LINK
MLB Games Are Getting So Short, Teams Are Extending Beer Sales – LINK