A Bullet Train Driver Left the Controls Due to a Bathroom Emergency – BBC
Nearly 40% of workers would consider quitting if their bosses made them return to the office full time, a new survey shows – BizInsider
Balenciaga Is Going to Start Selling Stiletto Crocs – HighSnob
Sisters ‘shot beauty parlour owner after row over price of getting nails done’ – DailyStar
Virginia DoorDash driver threatened to ‘execute’ at McDonald’s customers over Happy Meal: Police – AL
Largest collection of passwords ever has been leaked online – Techradar
And in other summer-related news . . . we’ve got our first poop-in-the-pool story of the year. A public pool in Wausau, Wisconsin had to shut down for the day after someone broke in yesterday morning and spread fecal matter all over the place. One report we saw described it as an “intentional fecal incident.”
Attorney General sues spa accused of human trafficking – KCTV5
A Disney Worker Shares the Dumbest Question a Guest Ever Asked – TikTok
Armie Hammer (link) has been in a custody battle in his and Elizabeth’s ongoing divorce (link), and the sexual assault scandal since January where several women accused him of emotional abuse, manipulation and sexual violence on social media. He called it BS and that’s about all we had heard from him. Then in March, Hammer was accused of rape (link) … something he’s denied, but police are investigating the accuser’s allegation. And remember in all this he lost all jobs and I think his agent etc. UPDATE…Armie Hammer checked himself into an in-patient facility in Florida on May 31st to get treatment for several addiction issues. He told his wife he was leaving the Cayman Islands — where he’d been staying for months — to seek treatment for drugs, alcohol and sex. Elizabeth and the family are reportedly supportive of his decision.
CHRIS HARRISON has announced he’s officially leaving the “Bachelor” franchise. He’s been the host and producer since it started in 2002. Chris has been on time-out since February, when he defended a contestant’s allegedly racist past. He announced his departure in an Instagram post (link). He said, quote, “While my two-decade journey is wrapping up, the friendships I’ve made will last a lifetime.” The “Hollywood Reporter” says he’s getting a big payday for leaving. Warner Brothers and ABC said in a joint statement, quote, “We are thankful for [Chris’] many contributions over the past 20 years and wish him all the best on his new journey.”
KANYE WEST designed a new jacket for the Gap, and it’s ugly. It looks kind of like a moon boot for your torso, and there’s no zipper or buttons, so it just stays open all the time… it’s 200 bucks. And it also crashed the Gap website with trying to get one when it was announced yesterday. Supposedly, the jacket brought the most traffic in the site’s history. Kanye was spotted wearing the jacket last week, and it doesn’t look any better on him than it would on you.
Over the weekend, Sinead O’Connor said she was done she is retiring. She is old and knows when to go away basically is what she said. She said she is tired etc. Also confirming that her forthcoming album ‘No Veteran Dies Alone (link)’, will be her last release. And all dates currently scheduled have been canceled. Get out the bunting she is back baby… she will not be retiring and her initial announcement was a “knee jerk reaction” to some triggering interviews with UK and Canadian broadcasters, who she referred to as “pigs in lipstick”. She also confirmed she will still be performing all shows currently booked in 2022, apologising to fans and industry workers “for the fright”. “All interviewers were asked to please be sensitive and not ask about child abuse or dig deep into painful shit about mental health which would be traumatising for me to have to think about. Every fuggin time I go to sell a record for 30 years, it’s ‘aren’t you mental? aren’t you an asshole? aren’t you invalid?’,” O’Connor said “I said I was retiring. As I have said many times before in knee jerk reactions when I was young and made the butt of media abuse on the grounds I’m legally vulnerable. The hugest misconception (I’m always asked this but never answer) of ‘Sinead O’Connor’ is that she is Amazonian. I’m not. I’m a five-foot, four-inch soft-hearted female who is actually very fragile.
Madea’s “retirement” didn’t last long. TYLER PERRY is bringing her back for a 12th movie, “A Madea Homecoming”. It’s hitting Netflix in 2022. There’s no word yet on the plot. Tyler supposedly put Madea to rest in 2019, with the movie “A Madea Family Funeral” and the stage play “Madea’s Farewell”. At the time he was 49 years old, and he said, quote, “I don’t want to be her age playing her, so it was time to shut it down and move on. I’ve got some other things I want to do, and in this next 50, I’m going to do something different.”
Also back is MIKE MYERS is BACK! Production has already started on his new Netflix limited series, “The Pentaverate”. It will be a six-episode, half-hour comedy where Mike will play SEVEN different characters. It’s about a secret society of five men who have been working to influence world events for the greater good since the Black Plague of 1347. One unlikely Canadian journalist (probably played by Mike) will try to uncover the truth and save the world. The series will also include Ken Jeong, Keegan-Michael Key, Debi Mazar from “Goodfellas”, and Jennifer Saunders from “Absolutely Fabulous”. Here’s Mike referencing the Pentaverate in his 1993 film, “So I Married an Axe Murderer”. His character Stuart
More good news in the movie industry…Filmmakers and executives from the U.S. and U.K. hoping to attend this year’s Cannes (link) Film Festival got good news as France, along with the rest of the European Union, reopened its borders to travelers from previously banned countries. The new regulations mean that Americans and Brits — if they are fully vaccinated — can travel to Cannes and will not be required to quarantine upon arrival. Both the U.S. and U.K. are designated “orange” countries in the EU’s new traffic light system for travel. Fully vaccinated travelers from orange-list countries — which also include most of Africa and Asia — will be able to enter the country provided they show proof of vaccination and a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before travel.
Rob Zombie is doing a movie version of the sitcom “The Munsters”! He said…’”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!” he adds. Sheri Moon Zombie and Jeff Daniel Phillips will be playing Lily and Herman Munster. Cassandra (Elvira) Peterson is in it as well. This casting is not fully confirmed at this time.( “The Munsters” is streaming on Peacock. That series ran for just two seasons between 1964 and 1966, spawning several feature films and a sequel television series titled “The Munsters Today” (1988 – 1991). Most recently, Bryan Fuller’s “Mockingbird Lane” reimagined the series for NBC, but never made it past a pilot episode.)
To celebrate New York’s apparent reopening, Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning a huge show in Central Park. No acts have been confirmed for the show, which is tentatively set for Aug. 21, but look for eight “iconic” stars to perform a three-hour show for 60,000 attendees and a worldwide television audience. The concert would be part of a “Homecoming Week” to demonstrate that New York City is coming back from the pandemic. Most tickets will be free, although there will be some V.I.P. seating. The mayor’s office said there would be vaccinated and unvaccinated sections at the concert, and that about 70 percent of tickets would go to people who are vaccinated.
Cruel World Festival has been rescheduled for May 14th 2022 at Brookside at the Rose Bowl. With Psychedelic Furs, Violent Femmes, Echo & the Bunnymen, English Beat, Public Image Ltd., Berlin, Missing Persons, the Damned, the Church, and more. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 11th check out the festival’s site (link) for more ticket information.
Today’s birthday girl has been in 603 fine films, including:
– Alone Time
– Best Friends Share Everything
– Every Man Loves His Babysitter 2
– Mandingo Massacre 9
– Sloppy Seconds
– And who can forget her role in 2016’s It’s a Family Thing
Keisha Grey is 27 years old.
Going into last nights game, the Cardinals had not one a game since last week against the Dodgers. And – well – that continues. They got WORKED last night by the Indians…final score 10-1. It was ugly. The Cards and Indians wrap up their 2 games series tonight. Adam Wainwright gets the start. 7:15 first pitch start.
Funny video to check out from last night. Pirates third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes hit a solo home run off Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler at PNC Park. But, he forgot to do one important thing—step on first base. With one out in the first inning, Hayes squeezed the home run just inside the right field foul pole. Instead of him recording his third homer of the season, a video review confirmed that Hayes stepped around first base, instead of on it, while turning on the jets running the bases. He’s a young player and sure to not live this down.
Over in the NHL, the Lightning have eliminated the Hurricanes with a win yesterday. They will take on the winner of the Islanders/Bruins series and that could wrap up today with an Islanders win. On the other side of the bracket, the Canadiens will play either the Knights or the Avs. And last night the Knights won in OT to take a 3-2 series lead.
In the NBA the 76ers got the win against the Hawks to tie up that series at 1. The last game had the Jazz getting a game 1 win against the Clippers. Tonight, Game 2 of the Suns/Nuggets series. Phoenix is up in that series 1-0.
Speaking of the Nuggets….On Tuesday, The NBA announced that Denver Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokic is this season’s Most Valuable Player. Jokic becomes the first MVP for the franchise. He is also the lowest draft pick ever to win the honor. Seven years ago, Jokic was drafted in the 2nd round at number 41. He is the sixth international player to win the award. Jokic is from Serbia. Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid finished second in MVP voting. Steph Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Chris Paul round out the top five.
It was time to check in and the Packers franchise quarterback was a no show. On Tuesday, Aaron Rodgers, 37, failed to appear for a mandatory minicamp, upping the ante on his dispute with the team about his future in Green Bay. He faces a fine in the $100,000 range for his decision. The news has been expected for weeks as Rodgers skipped offseason workouts amid his displeasure with the organization. Packers coach Matt LaFleur declined to disclose whether Rodgers’ absence was excused, calling it “team business.”
Rookie cornerback Cameron Kinley’s request to delay his U.S. Navy commission to play in the NFL for the Buccaneers has been denied. Kinley is being required by the Navy to commission as an ensign and is not permitted to appeal the decision. Kinley, a team captain at Navy and class president, signed as an undrafted free agent with the Buccaneers and participated in the team’s rookie minicamp, with the Navy’s permission. In a statement released Monday afternoon, Kinley said that he has spent the past week processing his emotions, as it is very difficult to have been this close to achieving his childhood dream and having it taken away from him. He also said he “hopes that this situation will soon be overturned and that he can get back to competing on the field and representing the U.S. Navy.”
The Metro East will have one of their own going for gold in Tokyo in July. Maryville, Illinois, native and Collinsville High School grad Michelle Bartsch-Hackley was named to the United States Women’s Olympic Volleyball Team on Monday. Bartsch-Hackley (link) is a 31-year-old outside hitter and has been a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team since 2015. She was an Olympic alternate in 2016. She also attended the University of Illinois and was inducted into the Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame in 2020. Bartsch-Hackley was joined by another former Illini great on the Olympic roster as well. Jordyn Poulter, who played at Illinois from 2015-2018, as she was named to the team on Monday as well.
The next version of the College Football Playoff is expected to include 12 teams. The CFP has included just four teams each year since the inaugural playoff in January 2015. But a 12-team playoff is now viewed as “the most likely result.” A 12-team playoff could satisfy complaints regarding the continued exclusion of Group of 5 schools such as UCF. In a 12-team system, automatic bids would go to the winners of the five power conferences, plus one of the Group of 5 champions. The other six spots would then be at-large bids.
Trainer Bob Baffert and the owners of Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit have filed a lawsuit against Kentucky racing officials. Medina Spirit’s Derby victory on May 1 is in jeopardy after a failed postrace drug test revealed some drugs in the horse. The Hall of Fame trainer and Medina Spirit owner confirmed last week that a second test—or split-sample—was also positive. Baffert and Zedan Racing Stables filed the lawsuit against the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Monday. The suit states that the Kentucky Horse Racing Committee told the trainer and owners on June 1 that remnant samples of the samples had been “damaged/contaminated” during transport to the testing lab.