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As you’ve probably heard, Elon Musk suspended Kanye West from Twitter, after he posted a picture of a Star of David merged with a swastika. And then Musk got dragged by Jack White. Not for banning Kanye . . . but for his very mixed, muddled, and seat-of-your-pants messaging when it comes to “free speech.” Jack said, quote, “So Elon, how’s that ‘free speech’ thing working out? Oh, I see, so you have to CHOOSE who gets free speech and who doesn’t then?” He added, quote, “It’s nice to watch in real time as you learn that all things need to be regulated, whether that be guns, drugs, alcohol, assembly, or speech because of the danger of someone or something being hurt or destroyed. “They’re sometimes called ‘laws’. And perhaps you’re learning how harmful it can be when you let dangerous, hateful people say whatever they want on your stage.”
Another person thinks James Corden is trash. It’s Mel B. . . a.k.a. Scary Spice. She was actually asked to name the biggest [D-head] celebrity she’s ever met. And she listed four people: Corden, Jessie J, HERSELF, and Geri Horner. . . also known as Ginger Spice. Why Ginger? She said, quote, “I love her to bits but she’s really [effing] annoying.” As for Corden, she said, quote, “I think you always have to be nice to the people that you work with whether it be production, camera guys, sound, lighting. “We all work for the same thing, so you should always be nice and he hasn’t been very nice.”
It seems crazy now, but there was a time when celebrities were stigmatized for trying to help people with AIDS. Sharon Stone says that when she started working with amfAR in 1995, her career took a hit. Quote, “I stayed for 25 years until we had AIDS remedies being advertised on TV like we have aspirin. “It did destroy my career. I didn’t work for eight years. I was told if I said condom again, funding would be removed. I was threatened repeatedly, my life was threatened, and I decided I had to stick with it.” Obviously, she feels it was worth it. Quote, “Now 37 million are living with HIV AIDS, living functioning and healthy.”
Bob McGrath, a true O.G. of “Sesame Street”, died yesterday at his home in New Jersey. He was 90 years old. There’s no word on the cause of death. Bob was a “Sesame Street” cast member from Day One, on November 10th, 1969. He was with the show through 2016. Bob started singing at the age of five. He sang in the Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra for two years while he was in the service. He was also popular in Japan, where he released albums of folk songs and ballads IN Japanese. Bob also sang on an NBC show called “Singalong with Mitch” from 1960 to 1964. And he did a stint singing Gregorian chants at funerals. Bob’s classic “Sesame Street” jams included “Sing, Sing a Song” and “The People in Your Neighborhood“.
It’s no secret Disney’s “Strange World” isn’t doing very well at the box office. It had a budget of around $180 million and so far, has only made around $42 million worldwide. But it wouldn’t be the first time an animated movie flopped for Disney.
Here are 10 others that didn’t do so well:
- “Treasure Planet”(2002): The budget was $140 million, and it grossed $109.5 million.
- “The Black Cauldron”(1985): The budget was $44 million, and it grossed $21 million.
- “The Rescuers Down Under” (1990): The budget was $37.9 million, and it grossed $27.9 million.
- “Pinocchio” (1940): The budget was $2.6 million, and it grossed $1.4 million.
- “Fantasia”(1940): The budget was $2.2 million, and it grossed $1.4 million.
- “Sleeping Beauty”(1959): The budget was $6 million, and it grossed $5.3 million.
- “Alice in Wonderland”(1951): The budget was $3 million, and it grossed $2.4 million.
- “The Sword in the Stone”(1963): The budget was $3 million, and it grossed $4.7 million.
- “Bambi” (1942): The budget was $858,000, and it grossed $2.9 million.
- “Fantasia 2000”(1999): The budget was $85 million, and it grossed $90 million.
Did that Marilyn Monroe movie “Blonde” upset you? Well, the director is pretty pleased about that. He says we’re living in a time where women have to be presented as empowered and people want to reinvent Marilyn as an empowered woman. But since that’s not what he did, it bothered people. Quote, “Which is kind of strange, because she’s dead. The movie doesn’t make any difference in one way or another. What they really mean is that the film exploited their memory of her, their image of her, which is fair enough . . . “But that’s the whole idea of the movie. It’s trying to take the iconography of her life and put it into service of something else. But that’s what they don’t want to see.”
Actress Lake Bell would like you to know that she’s a better parent when she’s . . . HIGH???During a panel on normalizing marijuana for Cann-Do cannabis products, she admitted she can’t get through the holidays without it. Quote, “I am straight up a better parent . . . I’m like on their level. I’m just like, ‘That is [an effing] crazy dinosaur! Like, ‘Let’s get on the ground right now and be [effing] crazy dinosaurs, let’s open some presents. [Eff] it.’ I become literally a kid.” Lake even wrote and directed a short film about a holiday gathering that’s basically saved by Cann-Do cannabis-infused drinks.
Tom Hanks just launched a packaged goods company called Hanx for Our Troops. And he’s giving 100% of its profits to organizations that provide aid to U.S. military veterans and their families. Their first product is coffee. It comes in three different flavors: Tom’s Morning Magic Blend, First Class Joe, and Sergeant Peppermint. You can buy all three flavors in pods, while First Class Joe is available in grounds, and Joe and Morning Magic Blend are available as coffee sticks. Tom said, quote, “By choosing our coffee, you help support those who chose to commit their time and efforts in defense of our liberties for the good cause that is the American Way . . . “Every penny of profit says ‘thank you’ to them. We owe them our gratitude, eh?”
Nick Cannon needed to slow down. The performer landed in the hospital with pneumonia after a Wild N Out concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden. He posted an Instagram photo from a hospital bed. Cannon wrote, “Okay, so I guess I’m not Superman.” He added, “Don’t trip though, I don’t need any well wishes or prayers, just some solid rest and I will be back on the journey to becoming stronger than ever… it’s just pneumonia, nothing I can’t handle.”
Welp, the holiday-themed action-thriller Violent Night picked up a solid $13.3 million in its box debut, but Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (LINK) continued to rule with $17.6 million. Wakanda Forever has now earned an impressive $394 million domestically to pass up fellow 2022 superhero pics The Batman ($369 million) and Thor: Love and Thunder ($343 million). It is also the first film since Spider-Man: No Way Home to stay No. 1 for four consecutive weekends.
While bands like The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Genesis called it quits in 2022, plenty of other bands reunited. Tom DeLonge’s return to blink-182 as one of the biggest rock stories of the year. Phil and Rex have put together a newer version of Pantera. Vocalist Lacey Sturm is back in Flyleaf with shows planned for 2023. Coal Chamber has reunited and will perform at the Sick New World festival in Las Vegas next year. Taproot is back and will play at next year’s Blue Ridge Rock Festival in Virginia. Even Pink Floyd reunited to release “Hey, Hey, Rise Up”, a single in support of Ukraine.
Houston authorities arrested two people suspected of the murder of Takeoff. 33-year-old Patrick Clark was charged with murder. Cameron Joshua was charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon. Reps from the Houston Police said: “We were able to deduce that Patrick Clark is the lethal shooter in the case, and that’s why he’s being charged with murder.” Clark applied for an expedited passport and reportedly had a Mexico itinerary attached to the request. He had a large amount of cash when he was arrested. They also said… said, “I can tell you that Takeoff was not involved in playing in the dice game, he was not involved in the argument that happened outside. He was not armed, he was an innocent bystander.” Takeoff was killed on November 1st outside of 810 Billiards and Bowling.
LL Cool J has created a one-of-a-kind hip-hop experience to honor the genre’s 50th anniversary. The ‘Rock The Bells (LINK)‘ cruise hits the water on a Norwegian Pearl that will go from Miami to The Bahamas. The trip runs November 13-17 in 2023 and includes performances from Trina and Trick Daddy. A full lineup will be revealed closer to the cruise’s launch date. The cruise activities include “pool deck parties with Kid Capri, DJ battles, rap karaoke, interactive graffiti, podcasts, roller skating, open mic nights, movie screenings, art galleries, tattoos, basketball and Bun B’s Trill Mealz Food Court.” Basically, there is something for everyone — and it appears to be kid-friendly.
‘Tis the season for Morgan Wallen surprises. He’s released new music on Friday . . . and he also just announced a world tour. Let’s start with the music. It’s a three-song set called “One Thing At A Time – Sampler”. All three songs will be on his next album, but there’s no word when that’ll be out. His One Night At A Time World Tour will kick off with some dates Down Under in March. The North American leg starts April 15th in Milwaukee, and stretches all the way into October. He will be at Busch on July 7th.
2022 was a big year for music and music videos, and YouTube officially unveiled on Thursday (Dec. 1) its top 10 songs of the year. The songs that appear on the annual YouTube include streams from the official music video, lyric videos and user-generated content that uses the full official song, and cover the period from Jan. 1, 2022 to Nov. 15, 2022. Its lists are restricted to two songs for each artist or album.
- Encanto Cast – “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”
2. Kodak Black – “Super Gremlin”
3. Jessica Darrow – “Surface Pressure”
4. Bad Bunny – “Tití Me Preguntó”
5. Future – “Wait for U” feat. Drake, Tems
6. Bad Bunny, Chencho Corleone – “Me Porto Bonito”
7. Karol G, Becky G – “Mamiii”
8. Imagine Dragons x JID – “Enemy”
9. Karol G – “Provenza”
10. Lil Baby – “In a Minute”
Someone always has to come along and ruin a good thing. For decades now, Axl Rose has ended Guns N’ Roses shows by throwing his microphone into the crowd. But during a recent show in Adelaide, Australia, some woman had to go and get HIT IN THE FACE by it, and end up with two black eyes and a bruised nose. And now . . . no more free microphones for us! On Friday night, Axl Tweeted, quote, “We don’t want anyone getting hurt or to somehow in any way hurt anyone at any of [our] shows anywhere. “Having tossed the mic at the end of [our] show for over 30 years we always felt it was a known part of the very end of [our] performance that fans wanted and were aware of to have an opportunity to catch the mic.” “Regardless in the interest of public safety from now on we’ll refrain from tossing the mic or anything to the fans during or at [our] performances.”
ACTOR WHO TRIED OUT FOR CERTAIN ROLES BUT DID NOT GET THE PART
Henry Cavill auditioned for the role of James Bond but lost out to Daniel Craig.
Britney Spears went out for the role of Allie in ‘The Notebook.’ Obviously Rachel McAdams would land the part.
Matt Damon auditioned for the Chris O’Donnell role of Robin.
Claire Danes was in the running for Rose in ‘Titanic’ but lost out to Kate Winslet.
Gabrielle Union auditioned for the role of Trinity in ‘The Matrix.’
Always Sunny star Glenn Howerton auditioned for Star-Lord but obviously lost out to Chris Pratt.
Jennifer Lawrence auditioned for the show ‘Gossip Girl’ but Blake Lively landed the role instead.
Hugh Grant could’ve easily been in the Harry Potter universe, but a scheduling conflict interfered. Enter Kenneth Branagh.
Joe Jonas originally auditioned for the role of Spider-Man, but was turned down for Andrew Garfield.
John Krasinski famously auditioned for Captain America before the role was given to Chris Evans.
Chris Pine auditioned for ‘The OC’ before being beat out by Ben McKenzie.
Salma Hayek was another contender for the role of Trinity, but apparently didn’t like to run.
CELEBRITIES CELEBRATING A BIRTHDAY
Son of Kim and Kanye, Saint West is 7.
“Malcolm in the Middle”, Frankie Muniz is 37.
Ronnie from “Jersey Shore” is 37.
Margaret Cho is 54.
Goo Goo Dolls singer Johnny Rzeznik is 57
Great White singer Jack Russell is 62.
And today would have been Walt Disney’s 121st birthday
Today’s birthday girl has been in 82 fine films, including:
– Assault That Ass 5
– Bad Ass Bitches 2
– Booty Juice 4
– Crazy Big Booty 10
– Inner City Black Cheerleader Search 63
– Prime Time Dymez
– Superwhores 2
– And who can forget her role in 2004’s Freaks Whoes And Flows 35
Persia Black is 40 years old
The Blues have lost five of their last six games and have fallen to 11-13-0 on the season. Their penalty kill is awful. This past Saturday it gave up two goals to the league’s 27th-ranked power play unit – and a third goal just two seconds after a Pittsburgh power play, or before St. Louis really had a chance to reset to 5-on-5 play. Blues lose 6-2 HERES THE FINAL CALL. When asked about the penalty kill Coach Berube said ““PK was horse(bleep),” “Absolutely horse(bleep). . . .We score and we take a stupid penalty and it’s in our net again.” Blues take on the Rangers today at 6pm
The College Football Playoff matchups arrived on Sunday. Number 4 Ohio State will face Number 1 Georgia in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bow,l and Number 2 Michigan will face Number 3 TCU in the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl. Both games take place on December 31st. The winners will go on to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in Los Angeles on January 9th.
Saturday was bittersweet for Jackson State football fans. The Tigers won their second consecutive SWAC title defeating Southern 43-24. Hours later, Jackson State lost their coach. Deion Sanders was officially hired to be the new head coach at Colorado. Sanders will owe a buyout to Jackson State. Sanders will owe JSU about $300,000 for a contract buyout, according to a copy of the agreement he signed in 2020 that currently expires on Dec. 15, 2024. The contract requires Sanders to pay half the remaining salary on his deal if he leaves for another job, so long as Ashley Robinson is still the athletics director at Jackson State.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson ran out onto the field for his first regular-season game in 700 days on Sunday, and he did not receive the warmest welcome. Watson and the Browns faced off in Houston against his former team, and the Texans fans let him know how they felt. Before Watson’s first official snap, Texans fans let him hear it with a chorus of boos. His family was there to offset the hostile crowd and showed their support with everyone wearing #4 jerseys in the stands. The NFL suspended Watson for 11 games and fined him $5 million after the quarterback faced numerous allegations of sexual misconduct from massage therapists. Watson also agreed to follow a treatment plan by professional behavioral experts. He’s been advised by his behavioral clinical team not to speak about his treatment program and recovery, but league sources say “he has made progress.” It wasn’t a pretty game for Deshaun Watson in his return after sitting out almost two years. Cleveland’s defense and special teams ensured the Browns won despite his struggles. The final score was 27-14.
The United States men’s national team were eliminated by the Netherlands in the round of 16 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Saturday. First-half goals by Memphis Depay and Daley Blind did Gregg Berhalter’s squad in as the Americans leave Qatar with a 3-1 defeat to the Dutch following a respectable group-stage campaign. The Netherlands will face Argentina in the quarterfinals on Friday since they knocked out Australia. Messi scored in the 35th minute, his first goal in the knockout-stage of a World Cup.
France and England will join Argentina and Netherlands in the quarterfinals after the European powerhouses made easy work of their opponents Sunday in Qatar.
France kicked things off Sunday morning with another dominant display in a 3-1 win over Poland. In the late game, England made it look easy in its 3-0 win over Senegal.