39% of People Say Their Phone Is Their Most Important Possession – LINK
Apple’s new iPhone 13 lineup and everything else announced today – CNET
The Best U.S. Cities and National Parks, According to “Travel and Leisure” – LINK
Taco Bell Is Trying Out a 30-Day Taco Subscription Service – LINK
Fireball Is Releasing A Keg—A KEG!—Loaded With An Insane Number Of Shots – Brobible
NORM MACDONALD, one of the greatest comedians of our time, passed away yesterday after nearly a decade-long battle with cancer. He was 61. Norm had been battling cancer for nine years, but he told almost nobody, including family and friends. His longtime producing partner said, quote, “Norm was most proud of his comedy. He never wanted the diagnosis to affect the way the audience or any of his loved ones saw him. “Norm was a pure comic. He once wrote that ‘a joke should catch someone by surprise, it should never pander.’ He certainly never pandered. Norm will be missed terribly.”Norm got his break in Hollywood writing for “Roseanne” and “The Dennis Miller Show” in 1992. He joined “Saturday Night Live” a year later, and hosted its “Weekend Update” segment for three seasons. Although he was with the show through 1998, he lost the “Update” gig in 1997 . . . supposedly because he made jokes about O.J. Simpson, who was a good friend of an NBC executive named Don Ohlmeyer. Norm had his own sitcom, called “Norm”, which debuted on ABC in 1999 and ran for three seasons. He also appeared in several films, including “Dirty Work”, “Funny People”, “The People vs. Larry Flynt”, “Man on the Moon”, and “Deuce Bigalow, Male Gigolo”. He voiced Lucky the Dog in 1998’s “Dr. Dolittle” and its sequels. He also played Colonel Sanders in a few KFC ads and had a Netflix talk show in 2018 called “Norm Macdonald Has a Show”. He was planning to shoot a Netflix special at the time of his death.
Faith No More and Mr. Bungle will not being playing St Louis Music Park tomorrow night after all. Or the rest of the tour. It IS covid related but it is the mental side of it. The cancelations are due to mental health reasons, with singer Mike Patton explaining he is suffering from “issues that were exacerbated by the pandemic.” “Sorry to report that due to mental health reasons, I cannot continue with the currently scheduled Faith No More and Mr. Bungle dates,” Patton explains. “I have issues that were exacerbated by the pandemic that are challenging me right now. I don’t feel I can give what I should at this point and I am not going to give anything less than 100 percent. I am sorry to our fans and hope to make it up to you soon. The bands’ support me in this decision and we look forward to working through this in a healthy way.”
A man was arrested after showing up at Ariana Grande‘s Hollywood Hills home in the middle of the night, then flashing a knife when security tried to get him to leave 23-year-old Aaron Brown’s facing a felony brandishing charge for the incident, which our law enforcement sources tell us went down around 2 AM Friday on Ariana’s property.We’re told Brown arrived and demanded to see the singer, and when security told him to beat it … he refused and pulled a knife. LAPD was called to the scene and arrested him. It’s unclear if Ariana was home at the time, but if she was … we’re told she never came out during the altercation or Brown’s arrest. Our Ariana sources say she’s filed for a temporary restraining order against Brown, and a judge has granted her one until an upcoming hearing.
Former “Smallville” star and sex cult board member Allison Mack was too excited about the possibility of being behind bars. She showed up 2 weeks early to get it going. She was supposed to begin serving her sentence on September 29. Mack was sentenced to 3 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of racketeering and one count of racketeering conspiracy in her highly publicized sex cult case. She recruited and directed women to have sex with the leader of the cult. After her release … Allison will be on supervised release for another 3 years. This is the same spot Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman served their sentences for their roles in the college admissions scandal. The sex cult leader, Keith Raniere, was sentenced to 120 years in prison. Mack was with him in Mexico when he got busted back in 2018.
Remember when the twins first met in Twins with ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER and DANNY DEVITO. For years, there’s been talk of a “Twins” sequel called “Triplets”. . . with them learning they have a THIRD brother. And he was supposed to be played by EDDIE MURPHY. There was even a script. But director IVAN REITMAN says that Eddie got all booked up after the success of “Coming 2 America”, so he’s out. But don’t worry, they’ve found a suitable replacement: TRACY MORGAN.
HBO Max is developing a spin-off series centered around The Batman movie’s Penguin. Even though The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson, hasn’t even premiered, HBO has reportedly already approached Colin Farrell, who plays the Penguin in the movie, about starring in the spinoff. Also, HBO Max is developing a Harry Potter prequel series based on Hogwarts Potions Master Severus Snape, who was played by the late Alan Rickman. Apparently it would cover the characters teen years
Jason Sedekis thanks you for your unrelenting love for Ted Lasso. Dude was making $250,000 to $300,000 per episode. He signed a new deal for season 3 at $1 million per episode. “Ted Lasso” star Jason Sudeikis has reportedly scored a $1 million-per-episode deal with Apple to renew the feel-good hit for a third season. He is now head writer and producer so there are extra duties. Other cast members went from $50,000 to $75,000 per episode to the six-digit range. “Ted Lasso” has been so successful, Apple reportedly wants to keep it exclusively on its service and may buy Warner Bros. out of its rights to air re-runs of the show The show has garnered 20 Emmy nominations including outstanding comedy series and a pair of writing mentions. The season two premiere also brought in more viewers than any other original Apple TV+ show
If you were on the hook for the VMA’s on MTV. If your neck was on the line for the broadcast last Sunday. Are you happy? Maybe. The ratings plummeted 17% in the key age group of audiences between the ages of 18 and 49. According to the Hollywood Reporter, 900,000 live viewers tuned in on Sunday night, which is a 32 percent drop from 1.32 million viewers in 2020. Last year, in turn, saw a 5% drop from 2019. The show aired across 13 networks: MTV, VH1, the CW, Comedy Central, Nick at Night, Pop, TV Land, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, BET, BET Her and CMT. Here is the good news. It generated 38 million interactions on social media, beating the Super Bowl for the first time and marking it as the year’s top telecast for social media buzz. The Golden Globes also saw a 13-year low, with a viewership of 6.9 million viewers, a dramatic 63% plummet from 18.3 million in 2020. ED SHEERAN just attended the “VMAs” a few days ago. Good times? Doubt it. He digs the UK award shows and here is why
There’s a docuseries on the SEX PISTOLS in the works. It’s called “Pistol”,scheduled to hit FX sometime next year. It’s based on an autobiography written by guitarist STEVE JONES. Shockingly singer JOHN LYDON . . . a.k.a. JOHNNY ROTTEN. . . hates it and has no involvement in it, and he even sued Jones, drummer PAUL COOK, and bassist GLEN MATLOCK to stop it, but he LOST. And now he’s BROKE. He says, quote, “I’ve got no more savings, no more loans, no pensions. I’ve got nothing . . . I’m [effed] . . . I never expected [them] to be that evil.” Since FX is owned by Disney, Johnny says, quote, “This became Walt Disney money vs. me. Who do you think’s gonna win? The Sex Pistols have become the property of Mickey [effing] Mouse.”
Celebrating a Birthday today:
Reality TV’s Heidi Montag is 35.
Prince Harry is 37. Meghan Markle’s husband. He’s now sixth in line for the British throne, behind his dad, his brother William, and William’s three kids.
Tom Hardy is 44. Eddie Brock in “Venom”, Mad Max in “Fury Road”, and Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises”.
Dina Lohan is 59. Lindsay Lohan’s mom. She was a wannabe celebrity back in the day. Now she’s trying to live that dream through her children.
Dan Marino is 60. Miami Dolphins and Isotoner Gloves legend, former NFL commentator, and THE star of “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective”.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is 70.
Director Oliver Stone is 74.
Tommy Lee Jones is 74.
Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry is 83.
Today’s birthday girl has been in 236 fine films, including:
– Battle of the Hogtied Maids
– Booty Call
– Doin’ The Boss
– Don’t Fuck My Sister
– Naked College Slumber Party
– And who can forget her role in 2019’s Valley Of The Fuck Dolls Part Two
Kayden Kross is 36 years old
If the season ended right now…and we would move into the postseason…the St. Louis Cardinals would be the team to finish in the second Wild Card spot. Unbelievable. They moved up in the National League Wild Card standings after beating New York, 7-6, in 11 innings. The Cards are a half-game ahead of the Reds and one game ahead of the Padres for the second NL Wild Card spot. In the 11th, with runners on first and third and right-hander Jake Reed on the mound, Edmundo Sosa broke a 4-4 tie by hitting a hanging slider to left field, scoring Yadier Molina. Two batters later, Andrew Knizner drove in two. The Mets DID make a run to come back, but KK came in to pick up the save. Today, the Cards and Met’s play the final game of their series.
Ryan Braun, the 2011 National League MVP and franchise home run king for the Milwaukee Brewers, announced his retirement Tuesday. The six-time All-Star selection has not played this season after becoming a free agent when the Brewers declined to exercise a $15 million mutual option in his contract last October. He said QUOTE: “I have weighed this decision for many months. While I still love this game very much, the time is right for me to retire from my playing days.” In addition to his 352 home runs, Braun, who played all 14 of his MLB seasons with the Brewers, ranks second in franchise history in career RBIs, extra-base hits, total bases and doubles.
A man and a woman were robbed at gunpoint on the St. Louis Archgounds at around 7:30 pm Monday. One of the victims, a 20-year-old man, is a prospective player for the St. Louis Blues. The team says that he is in town for rookie camp. The suspect demanded that the victims give him their cell phones, vehicle keys, wallet, and purse. He then ran away. The victims were not injured. Police say that the incident is still under investigation.The St. Louis Blues issued this statement about the incident: “The St. Louis Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that took place on the Arch grounds early Monday evening involving one of our organization’s prospects. Our player, who is in St. Louis for our rookie camp, is safe as local authorities work to apprehend the suspect. We will have no further comment at this time.”
We mentioned this as we were getting off the air yesterday….Tyler Bozak has agreed to sign a one-year contract with the St. Louis Blues worth $750,000 plus bonuses. Last season, Bozak played in 31 regular-season games, totaling 17 points with five goals and 12 assists. The 35 year old has played in 170 regular season games with the Blues and 40 playoff games, recording 84 points since signing as a free agent in 2017.
The NBA hopes to appeal to players wanting some pocket change. On Monday, league executives discussed an in-season tournament that could net players $1 million each if their team wins. The idea takes after the concept European soccer leagues have by teams participating in other competitions while the season is being played out. No further details have been given. The challenge is trying to figure out the logistics of such a tournament. The WNBA tried the same thing this season with the Commissioner’s Cup. Many said the format was confusing.
The NFL Players Association determined Josh Gordon has successfully completed his NFL-monitored treatment program and has recommended to the league that he be reinstated. Gordon, 30, is awaiting final approval from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, but he is vaccinated against COVID-19 and said to be ready to play. The NFL suspended Gordon indefinitely in December 2019 for violations of its policies on substance abuse and performance-enhancing substances. That was Gordon’s sixth suspension since the 2013 season. Gordon was conditionally reinstated by the NFL in December 2020 and was set to practice with the Seattle Seahawks in the final two weeks of the regular season before his reinstatement was rescinded in January.
Buffalo Bills ownership has announced a new policy that will require all fans to be vaccinated to attend games at Highmark Stadium and KeyBank Center, home of the Buffalo Sabres, this season. Pegula Sports & Entertainment, along with Erie County, announced Tuesday afternoon that beginning with the Sept. 26 game against the Washington Football Team, all fans ages 12 and up must have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot in order to attend. That rule will expand to requiring all attendees over the age requirement to be fully vaccinated starting with the October 31 game vs. the Miami Dolphins. Masks will no longer be required for those above the age of 12 once the new policy is in place.
The U.S. Soccer Federation announced on Tuesday that it has offered the respective players’ unions for the U.S. women’s national team and the U.S. men’s side identical proposals for a new collective bargaining agreement. In a statement, the USSF said that this was done with the goal of aligning the men’s and women’s senior national teams under “a single collective bargaining agreement (CBA) structure.” They went on to say that the proposal will ensure that USWNT and USMNT players remain among the highest paid senior national team players in the world. More critically, the USSF said in its statement that it will not agree to a CBA with either union that doesn’t “take the important step of equalizing FIFA World Cup prize money.” That issue has been a sticking point with players on the USWNT, 28 of which are currently engaged in a lawsuit alleging gender discrimination over violations of the Equal Pay Act.
Vitor Belfort barely had time to celebrate his first-round technical knockout over Evander Holyfield before he started calling out Jake Paul. Belfort says: “I’d like to teach that boy a lesson. Your parents give you behaviors and all that, so he’s gonna meet his big daddy. And, if he likes money, we got big money. There’s no excuse to run away from this fight. So, he has to take it, and if you don’t take it, he’s gonna show he’s a coward and he’s looking for easy fights.” Shots fired. Triller’s Ryan Kavanaugh is pledging $30 million to the winner of the potential scrap. $30 mil is A LOT of money, but what’s unclear … after signing a deal with Showtime Boxing, could Jake even take the fight, even if he wanted to? Money talks. Stay tuned.