A Man with No Arms Harassed a Woman and Offered Her a Foot Massage – KARK
Texas shooter dies after party-goers throw bricks at him – KBTX
The Average Person Has $116 in Unused Gift Cards – WANE
Sorry Kids, Schools Are Facing Shortages of Juice Boxes and Chicken Nuggets – WSJ
Should Paying with Sweaty Boob Cash Be Banned? – Mirror
Reporter fired after being caught smearing mud on self to suggest she helped in flood recovery – BoingBoing
Five Ways to Cool Your House Down When You Don’t Have AC – SFGate
A Man Posted a List of People Banned from His Property, and It Includes Oprah, the “Saved By the Bell” Cast, and the Supreme Court – Twitter
A Mother Made a Roadblock to Force Drivers to Stop at Her Kids’ Lemonade Stand – Mirror
LeVar Burton hosted “Jeopardy!” last night, and let’s just give him the gig already. He taped his episodes several months ago. He has wanted the gig for quite a while. He signed a fan petition to make him the show’s next host in 2013 (link). “Jeopardy!” has been without a permanent host since the beloved emcee — and host of 37 seasons since 1984 — Alex Trebek passed away last November (link). The show has rotated through guest hosts with no indication that it will pick a permanent person to stand behind the podium, including Ken Jennings, Dr. Oz, CNN’s Anderson Cooper (link) and NFL star Aaron Rodgers (link).
“Black Widow” hit theaters on July 9th . . . and now it’s already coming to all major digital platforms on August 10th, which is two weeks from today. That’s just a MONTH after its theatrical release . . . which is REALLY quick. It’s possible that Disney and Marvel saw declining box office numbers in the movie’s second weekend . . . coupled with the fact that COVID is making a comeback . . . and decided this was the best way forward financially. “Black Widow” will hit DVD, Blu-ray and 4k on September 14th, which is also a pretty quick turnaround.
Finally . . . the fans have been HEARD. During last weekend’s Comic-Con panel, MICHAEL C. HALL said one of the motivations for doing a new season of “Dexter” was to atone for the universally-hated season finale. Michael said, quote, “I think this is a show that’s very important to all of us and the chance to revisit it and maybe in the process, redefine the sense of the show’s ending and the sense of the show’s legacy more broadly was certainly a part of our motivation . . . no doubt.” “Dexter: New Blood” comes out November 7th on Showtime. There will only be 10 episodes, but Michael hinted that he IS open to doing MORE. Hardcore fans definitely have questions they want answered . . . and it’ll also be interesting to see JOHN LITHGOW and JENNIFER CARPENTER again in flashback scenes.
Just like “Halloween”, the new “Exorcist” is going to be a TRILOGY that follows up on the original . . . which makes sense, since it’s being made by the same people. Oh, and ELLEN BURSTYN is coming back to play Chris MacNeil . . . the mother of the original possessed girl. Leslie Odom Jr. from “Hamilton” is also in it, but there’s no word on LINDA BLAIR, who played the possessed girl, Regan MacNeil. The first film is scheduled to come out in October of 2023
Buzzfeed put together a list of actors who turned down roles for various reasons. Here are the highlights:
- Liam Neeson. . . Turned down the role of James Bond because his wife said she wouldn’t marry him if he took it.
- Drew Barrymore. . . Turned down the role of Sidney Prescott in “Scream” because she was sick of the “final girl” horror movie cliché.
- Claire Danes. . . Turned down the role of Rose in “Titanic” because she “didn’t have it in her” to do another romance with Leonardo DiCaprio after “Romeo + Juliet”.
- Will Smith. . . Turned down Django in “Django Unchained” because he couldn’t see eye-to-eye with Quentin Tarantino’s creative direction. He also turned down Neo in “The Matrix” because he didn’t want to be known as the “Alien Movie Guy.” He did “Wild Wild West” instead because he thought it’d be a bigger hit.
- Sandra Bullock. . . She also turned down the role of Neo in “The Matrix”. The team was going to change the role to a female for her . . . but she wasn’t interested.
- Zendaya. . . Turned down playing Aaliyah in her Lifetime channel biopic because she said the production value wasn’t there.
- Lily Allen. . . Turned down the role of Yara in “Game of Thrones” because she would have to do sex scenes with the character Theon, who was played by her real-life brother Alfie Allen.
- Zac Efron. . . Turned down the role of Ren in “Footloose” because he wanted to do something new since he just did “High School Musical”.
- Laurence Fishburne. . . Turned down the role of Jules in “Pulp Fiction” because he felt the movie made heroin use look attractive.
KANYE WEST held a listening party for his new album “Donda” Thursday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. It broke the Apple Music Global Livestream record … with 3.3 million viewers who tuned in on their screens. Twas a one-time deal — meaning it aired live for people to stream, but hasn’t gone back up on Apple for folks to watch again. So, that figure — 3.3M unique sets of eyeballs — is a one and done. It’d be a little harder to calculate if the thing was in circulation. The album was supposed to come out at midnight Friday . . . but for whatever reason, Kanye decided that “Donda” isn’t quite finished yet, so he’s still tinkering with it. And he has taken up residence inside the stadium in order to get it done. He even has a chef preparing meals for him and his team. As video evidence, Kanye was seen roaming through the stadium on Saturday during the nationally televised Atlanta United vs. Columbus Crew Major League Soccer match. He was wearing the same outfit he had on during the album preview on Thursday night. Sources say “Donda” is now coming out two Fridays from now, on August 6th.
The creator of Bob’s Burgers said Sunday at Comic-Con that a movie on the animated series is on its way. Creator Loren Bouchard said “We still don’t have a date but I do, of course, want to tell the fans, we’re working on it. My every waking moment is spent on the movie and it’s coming. They have to put it out.” Bouchard described the film, which was ordered by 20th Century back in 2017, as “a musical, comedy, mystery, adventure and a kind of coming-of-age story.” He also announced that he hopes his short film, called My Butt Has A Fever, will also hit theaters.
Summer films that were supposed to be big blockbusters but maybe weren’t so much.
- Ishtar(1987) earning $14.37 million (link) domestically from a $55 million budget.
- Super Mario Bros.(1993) ultimately earned under $21 million (link), less than half of its reported budget. Bob Hoskins, who played Mario, later called it (link) “the worst thing I ever did.”
- The 13th Warrior(1999)
- Battlefield Earth(2000) earned under (link) $30 million of a $73 million budget
- Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within(2001) cost $170 million (link) to produce, and lost the production company Square Pictures $81.8 million. Square Pictures folded (link) in 2002.
- The Adventures of Pluto Nash(2002) budget of about $100 million, it made just $7.1 million (link)
- Stealth(2005) box office take came in just shy of $77 million (link) against a $135 million budget, while critics called it (link) a ripoff of “Top Gun (link).”
- Evan Almighty(2007) “Bruce Almighty,” the original film, made more than $480 million worldwide when it was released in 2003, but it starred Jim Carrey and Jennifer Aniston (link) — two of the biggest stars in the world at the time — and cost just $81 million to produce. For “Evan Almighty,” the studio decided to go bigger, much bigger, to the point that the film had the distinction of being the most expensive (link) comedy ever produced at the time. Steve Carell (link), who played Evan, was already an acclaimed comedy star, but he didn’t have Carrey’s proven box office draw. All of that, plus the massive costs of visual effects and live animals on the set, led to the film earning just under (link) its reported budget at the box office.
- The Lone Ranger(2013) Disney the film would lose (link) them somewhere between $160 and $190 million.
One other is “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” (2017)
Celebrating a Birthday today:
Golfer Jordan Spieth is 28.
Hulk Hogan’s son Nick Hogan is 31.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is 33.
St. Louis’ own Max Scherzer is 37.
Taylor Schilling is 37. Piper Chapman on “Orange is the New Black”.
Pro wrestler Dolph Ziggler is 41.
Alex Rodriguez is 46.
Former SNL cast member Maya Rudolph is 49.
Pro wrestler Triple H is 52.
Juliana Hatfield is 54.
One of the Blue Collar comedians Bill Engvall is 64.
Bobbie Gentry is 77. Singer of “Ode to Billie Joe”.
Television writer and producer who created or developed many 1970s sitcoms such as All in the Family, Maude, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, and Good Times, Norman Lear is 99.
Today’s birthday girl has been in 170 fine films, including:
– The Anal Express
– Banged and Broken
– Colleagues In Cleavage
– Hold The Phone, Not The Moan
– Juicy Foot Emma
– My Stripping Stepmom
– And who can forget her role in 2019’s My Job is a Pain in the Ass
Emma Butt is 36 years old.
There is a rumor…and I cannot stress enough rumor…that the Blues could see some movement in the next few days. Some folks are saying that it’s all but a done deal that Jaden Schwartz will sign with Seattle. This has been something we have heard for a while now but, it may actually happen this week. Also – there are rumblings that the Blues are showing interest in Brandon Saad.
According to multiple sources, Aaron Rodgers will stay in Green Bay for at least one more year. This is despite a well-known issue between team management and the Super Bowl-winning QB. Rodgers has told people close to him that he will play for the Packers this season. Rodgers has three years remaining on his current contract, but none of the money is guaranteed. The Packers refuse to trade Aaron and want him to stay in Green Bay for the rest of his career. Rodgers is 37-years-old and as of yesterday, was all be already retired in the eyes of many folks.
Ten women have now filed complaints with Houston police about Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. Eight of the women are among the 22 women who have alleged in lawsuits that Watson sexually assaulted them or engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior during massage sessions. Two of the women who have filed complaints with Houston police, have not filed lawsuits against Watson. Watson’s lawyers acknowledged knowing the names of the 10 women who have filed criminal complaints, including the two who are not involved in civil litigation. As far as ON the field, Watson says he will report to training camp on time and is still looking for Houston to trade him.
Let’s face it: GARDNER MINSHEW is probably NOT going to be the starting quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars this season. Not with #1 overall draft pick TREVOR LAWRENCE on the roster. But Gardner isn’t giving up without a fight. In fact, he has a strategy that he hopes will give him an edge. In a recent podcast he said, quote, “In preparation for the competition, I haven’t taken a [poop] in weeks. Because number two isn’t an option for me. Number two is not an option.”
It wasn’t the ending that tennis superstar Naomi Osaka — nor her fans across Japan and worldwide — had expected for the Tokyo Olympics. Osaka lost to Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic in the third round. As the highest-paid female athlete in the world and the host country’s face of the Games, the huge expectations were hard to handle. “I definitely feel like there was a lot of pressure for this,” Osaka said. “I think it’s maybe because I haven’t played in the Olympics before and for the first year [it] was a bit much.” Osaka won her opening two matches in straight sets following a two-month mental health break. But conditions were different Tuesday with the roof closed because it was raining outside which led to different conditions for the world’s #1.
The U.S. snagged NINE more medals at the Tokyo Olympics, and four were gold. Skeet shooters Amber English and Vincent Hancock won two of those golds . . . and the men’s swim team won the 4-by-100-meter freestyle relay. Meanwhile, Katie Ledecky was hoping for gold in the women’s 400-meter freestyle, but had to settle for silver. But 17-year-old Lydia Jacoby won gold in the 100-meter breaststroke. She’s the first ever Olympic swimmer from Alaska. The U.S. is now tied with China in the overall medal count. Here’s where things stand heading into today . . .
- USA: 19. . . 8 gold, 3 silver, 8 bronze.
- China: 19. . . 7 gold, 5 silver, 7 bronze.
- Russia: 15. . . 5 gold, 7 silver, 3 bronze.
- Japan:13 . . . 8 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze.
- Great Britain: 10. . . 4 gold, 5 silver, 1 bronze.