Time Magazine Names St. Louis One Of World’s Greatest Places of 2021 – RFT
MARLA GIBBS is an absolute LEGEND for playing Florence the maid on “The Jeffersons” and Mary Jenkins on “227”. But she’s also 90 years old. So when she got her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday, the 88-degree L.A. heat got to her. Less than two minutes into her speech, Marla stopped speaking and closed her eyes. (AUDIO) After a few seconds, it looked like she was about to fall over. Luckily, her son had run up to the podium and was able to get a hold of her before she could. Then someone brought up a chair so she could sit, and someone else brought her a bottle of water. After a few minutes she was able to stand again, and walk down off the podium. She was treated by paramedics, and about a half hour later she received her star, with “Jeffersons” creator NORMAN LEAR by her side. Her rep says she’s “doing great.”
The first trailer for “Jackass Forever” is here
MATT DAMON and BEN AFFLECK are back on the big screen together in “The Last Duel”. . . and they brought along ADAM DRIVER.
There are some great “Bobs” in history, but who are the BEST? MentalFloss.com named the 20 greatest.
- Bob Marley. . . His 1984 “Legend” album is the best-selling reggae album of ALL TIME.
- Bob Barker. . . Legendary “Price Is Right” host.
- Bob Ross. . . Paint along with his “The Joy of Painting” on PBS .
- Bob Dylan. . . Considered one of the greatest songwriters of all time.
- Bob Woodward. . . “Washington Post” journalist who broke the Nixon Watergate scandal.
- Bobby McFerrin. . . His song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” is so infectious I just started singing it in my head.
- Bob Mackie. . . One of the best fashion designers of all time. A few celebrities he dressed include Whitney Houston, Elton John, Cher, and Lucille Ball.
- Bob Hoover. . . Aviation legend and a World War 2 fighter pilot who spent more than a year in a German prisoner-of-war camp, before he escaped.
- Bobbi Brown. . . The make-up artist and creator of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.
- The “Bob” haircut. . . It was considered scandalous in 1915, but by the 1920s, this haircut caused a growth in hair salons. Also shout-out to the BOBBY pin.
Bob Villa, Bob Fosse,
Director Malcolm D. Lee has a pitch in mind for a third Space Jam film…with Dwayne Johnson as its star. He added: “It would be different. I’m not sure what his skillset would be, maybe he goes back to wrestling. That might be interesting.” …“I never say never. It’s all going to be about whether the fans respond to this positively,” Space Jam: A New Legacy has already proved a box office success after taking in $31.65million (£23mi) in the US. However, the film has also received criticism. In it’s two-star review of the film, NME labelled the film “not just a mess, but a frenetic mess that’s exhausting to watch.” Responding to a report on the film’s successful opening, James tweeted: “Hi Haters!”
I have a list of rock songs inspired by real life stuff. ..I will give you the song title. You give me the real life event.
- “Tears in Heaven”, Eric Clapton. . . It was written about the death of his 4-year-old son who fell out of a window
- “Looking for an Answer”, Linkin Park. . . Mike Shinoda wrote this about the passing of Chester Bennington and the band debuted it at Chester’s tribute show.
- “Jeremy”, Pearl Jam. . . Inspired by the death of a high school student named Jeremy who shot himself in front of his class in 1991.
- “Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners”, Foo Fighters. . . Dave Grohl wrote this for the two miners who were trapped underground for two weeks in Australia. He had heard that one of them asked for an iPod loaded with their music to be sent down to them, so he sent a personal message and offered tickets and beers on him.
- “War Pigs”, Black Sabbath. . . An anti-war song in response to the fear that British men would have to enlist to fight in the Vietnam War
- “Adam’s Song”, Blink-182. . . Mark Hoppus was inspired by a suicide note he read in a magazine.
- “P.L.U.C.K.”, System of a Down. . . It stands for Politcally Lying Unholy Cowardly Killers. It’s dedicated to the lives that were lost in the Armenian Genocide of World War 1, which is estimated to be over one million.
- “Skylines and Turnstiles”, My Chemical Romance . . . Gerard Way witnessed the tragedy of 9/11 and was inspired to not only co-write the song, but also start the band.
Who just had their 100th song appear on the Hot 100 making them the youngest artist to have 100 songs appear on the Hot 100 chart? Justin Bieber and The Kid Laroi’s Stay debuted at number 3. Justin Bieber Stay He was 27 years and four months old. The previous record-holder was Drake, who got his 100th Hot 100 hit when he was 28 years and 11 months old in 2015. Bieber is the 11th artist with at least 100 songs on the Hot 100, following Drake (who has 235 of them), Glee (207), Lil Wayne (174), Taylor Swift (137), Future (123), Nicki Minaj (118), Elvis Presley (109), Kanye West (109), Chris Brown (103), and Jay-Z (102).
PEARL JAM bassist JEFF AMENT says he isn’t so sure wants to do shows with a vaccination card as a requirement to get in. (AUDIO) Pearl Jam will be kicking off the North American leg of their tour in March, and most of their rescheduled shows are indoors.
The Killers announced a new album and a North American tour in 2022. They released a 60-second trailer for Pressure Machine, their seventh studio album. (AUDIO) There’s footage of frontman Brandon Flowers’ remote childhood hometown of Nephi, Utah – his inspiration for the album. The band also announced dates for a North American tour launching in August of 2022. Pressure Machine will be out August 13th. September 18th, 2022 at Chaifetz Arena! Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 23rd at 10a
Rivers Cuomo has revealed Weezer’s next project will be a series of four albums called “Seasons,” with each being released on the first day of each new season in 2022. “I guess I’ve had a lot of time on my hands so I wrote four albums that we’ll put out next year,” Rivers says. “Spring is kind of like happy chill. And then we move through to dance rock, like a Strokes-style album for the fall, and then sad acoustic, Elliott Smith-style for winter.” Meanwhile, Weezer is preparing to embark on the Hella Mega Tour with Green Day and Fall Out Boy. It kicks off July 24th in Dallas. And that show comes to town the second Tuesday of next week.
COLDPLAY announced yesterday that their new album is coming out in October. It’s called “Music of the Spheres”. But what’s most interesting is that five of the 11 tracks have EMOJIS for song titles. They include a ringed planet, a red heart, and a sparkle. But I can’t guarantee that’s how they’ll appear on YOUR streaming service. Already on Apple Music, the titles are showing characters that look close, but they aren’t emojis. They’re actually called Unicode characters that are used in coding. Back in May, CHRIS MARTIN said, quote, “We’re trying to have the first album ever with some tracks that are just called emojis, but it’s proving tricky because of all the service providers.” So it sounds like they anticipated the difficulty of having these characters appear consistently on multiple platforms.
The Milwaukee Bucks Are NBA Champions!
- The Milwaukee Bucks closed out the NBA Finals defeating the Phoenix Suns 105 – 98 on Tuesday night.
- The Bucks won the series 4 games to 2.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo had a monster game to lead his team to a championship.
- The former league MVP had 50 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 blocked shots.
- Antetokounmpo also won the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award.
- This is the first championship for the Bucks since 1971.
Here is NBA Commissioner Adam Silver giving the MVP award to the Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo
Cardinals had a five-run lead entering the ninth last night against the Cubs with Johan Oviedo on the mound for most of the game and having done so much to get them to that point. The first Cubs batter of the ninth struck out but reached on a wild pitch. The second batter got to second base on an error. And then it got worse. The Cubs turned that wild pitch, an error, and three gift walks in the ninth inning into a 7-6 stunner against the host Cardinals on Busch Stadium. Alex Reyes failed to convert a save for the first time in his career, ending a run of 24-for-24 by allowing three runs and collecting only one out. That cost Oviedo the win he held after five incredible innings. Stltoday.com
The United States women’s national team (link) began their Tokyo 2020 Olympics campaign with a 3-0 defeat against Sweden (link) at the Tokyo Stadium in Japan earlier today, ending their 44-match unbeaten run in emphatic fashion.
Prematch, this clash had been billed as one of the most competitive ties, pitting the World Cup-winning USWNT against Olympic silver medallists Sweden, and the team who eliminated the U.S. in 2016.
New York Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp was hit by a car while riding his bicycle in California in a “horrific” crash over the weekend. Knapp was struck Saturday in the city of San Ramon, in the San Francisco Bay Area. The 58-year-old longtime NFL assistant was hospitalized and was in critical condition Tuesday, Lt. Tami Williams of the San Ramon Police Department said.
Jackson State coach Deion Sanders walked out of the Southwestern Athletic Conference media day in Birmingham, Ala., after a reporter twice called him by his first name. The Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback/return man and second-year head coach compared it to calling Alabama coach Nick Saban “Nick.” “You don’t call Nick Saban, ‘Nick.’ Don’t call me Deion,” Sanders said Tuesday, according to the Jackson Clarion Ledger. Stltoday.com
Poland’s national swimming team sent six athletes home from the Tokyo Olympic Games after selecting too many by mistake. Poland picked 23 swimmers but had to trim its team to 17 to comply with qualifying rules for FINA, the international federation for water sports.
The athletes were furious. Alicja Tchorz, an Olympian at the 2012 London Games and 2016 Rio Games, ranted over Facebook about Poland’s error. “Imagine dedicating five years of your life and striving for another start at the most important sporting event, giving up your private life and work, sacrificing your family and your dedication results in a total flop,”
A Chilean taekwondo athlete and a Dutch skateboarder will miss the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19, their respective national (link) Olympic committees (link) announced Wednesday. The two athletes – Chile’s Fernanda Aguirre (link) and Candy Jacobs of the Netherlands (link) – are the first known athletes to be ruled out of the Games after testing positive upon arrival in Tokyo.
Pole vaulters make it look so effortless (link): they run, stick their massive poles (link) in the ground, and leap over super-high bars onto a mat. But have you ever been curious about how they train for that moment? After all, these athletes have to condition their bodies to create the movement of clearing the bar before they actually attempt it (SEE VIDEO HERE)