VIDEO: Florida driver opens fire in morning road rage shooting on I-95 – LINK
Watch a Granny Own This Shoplifter – LINK
Punxsutawney Phil Saw His Shadow . . . and 58% of Americans Trust Him – LINK
Roughly 47 million people quit their jobs last year: ‘All of this is uncharted territory’ –LINK
243 Pounds Of Contraband Bologna Seized At Texas-Mexico Border – LINK
A 477-Mile-Long Bolt of Lightning Stretched from Texas to Mississippi and Broke a World Record – LINK
Fast-casual restaurant to open St. Charles County location – LINK
TGI Fridays is going to give out free appetizers to delivery drivers and mail carriers next month. Anyone who shows up in uniform on February 10th can get one. They say it’s to thank them for everything they’ve done during the pandemic.
Some companies are already getting a head start and releasing either full commercials or teasers for this year’s Super Bowl. Here are the latest:
- Lay’s: PAUL RUDD and SETH ROGEN look back on their “golden” memories together. . . from a road trip . . . to a turbulent flight . . . and to Seth moving in to a haunted house . . . then it ends with Seth marrying the ghost from his house.
- BMW: ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGERis the Greek god Zeus for an ad for a new car.
- Uber Eats: They released three teasers to show that they deliver more than just food. One has GWYNETH PALTROWtaking a bite out of her infamous Goop vagina candle. The second is JENNIFER COOLIDGE eating lipstick and a makeup brush. And the third is TREVOR NOAH taking a bite out of deodorant.
- Budweiser: The Clydesdale has returned after taking a year off from the Super Bowl. The new spot is called “A Clydesdale’s Journey”and shows a horse hurting its leg and recovering, then getting back up to run because, “In the home of the brave, down never means out.”
A historic bridge in the Netherlands is being temporarily dismantled so that JEFF BEZOS can drive his massive yacht through it. The Koningshaven Bridge in Rotterdam was originally built in 1927. It was decommissioned in 1994, and declared a national monument. It underwent a major restoration in 2017, after which the city said it would remain intact going forward. But that was before Jeff decided to build the LARGEST SAILING YACHT in the world in a nearby city. The 417-foot-long beast is too tall to clear the bridge. It’s expected to be finished this summer. And when it’s ready to sail, Bezos and the company that’s building it will share the cost of dismantling the bridge so it can pass through . . . then reassembling it. There’s no word how much that’ll cost, but the price tag on the boat itself is said to be more than $500 million (LINK)
CNN boss JEFF ZUCKER resigned yesterday because he was having a relationship with a colleague and didn’t disclose it. He was asked to step down by Warner Media. The colleague in question is Allison Gollust, CNN’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. She will remain with the company. They’ve been close for DECADES, and their “friendship” had been the source of rumors. But both of them claim it “evolved” into a romantic relationship recently. Gollust claims it happened during COVID. They both acknowledged that they were wrong to have not disclosed this so-called evolution when it happened. Zucker was married from 1996 to 2019. Interestingly, they were outed during CNN’s investigation into CHRIS CUOMO’s shenanigans.
KEN JEONG and ROBIN THICKE walked out while filming the new season of “The Masked Singer” when former New York City mayor and DONALD TRUMP attorney RUDY GIULIANI was unmasked. They came back. The last time the show received criticism for their choice of “celebrity” was in 2020 with SARAH PALIN. “The Masked Singer” premieres on March 9th (LINK)
CBS is doing a show like “Survivor”, but with CELEBRITIES. It’s called “Beyond the Edge”, and it debuts March 16th. Unlike “Survivor”, nobody gets voted out. But there IS a bell they can ring if things get too rough and they want to quit. The contestants are competing to earn money for CHARITY. At the end, the two celebrities who’ve earned the most go head-to-head for one last prize . . . for their cause, of course. The show was filmed in the jungles of Panama over two weeks, which is a lot shorter than “Survivor”. It’s hosted by MAURO RANALLO, who’s best known for calling MMA and boxing matches. The celebrities are: Jodie Sweetin from “Full House” and “Fuller House” NFL legends Ray Lewis and Mike Singletary NBA star Metta World Peace Supermodel Paulina Porizkova Country artists Lauren Alaina and Craig Morgan “Bachelor” star Colton Underwood And Eboni K. Williams from “The Real Housewives of New York City”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their 2022 nominees yesterday. 17 total. There are 7 FIRST-TIME nominees . . . Carly Simon . . . Dolly Parton . . . Duran Duran . . . Beck . . . Lionel Richie . . . A Tribe Called Quest . . . and Eminem, who is also the only artist on the list in his first year of eligibility. The other nominees are: Kate Bush . . . Devo . . . Judas Priest . . . MC5 . . . New York Dolls . . . Rage Against The Machine . . . Pat Benatar . . . Fela Kuti . . . Eurythmics . . . and Dionne Warwick. To be eligible for this year’s ballot, each nominee’s first single or album had to have been released in 1996 or earlier. First year eligible acts that didn’t make the cut include Fiona Apple, Matchbox Twenty, Slipknot, and Nickelback. Voting for the FAN VOTE is open until April 29th on the Rock Hall’s website. Announced in May. The ceremony sometime in the fall. No date or location yet (LINK)
Remember, everybody thinks of Dolly as a country artist, and they always will. But she’s also an icon who’s crossed over to just about every genre, so, yeah, it’s time. And you can help by hitting up vote.rockhall.com/en. You have to log-in, but you get to vote daily until April 29th. As of last night Dolly was 2nd, behind Pat Benatar. Rolling Stone is “damn sure she belongs.” CMT points out she’s the first to top Billboard’s Adult Contemporary, Christian AC Songs, Hot Country Songs, Christian Airplay, Country Airplay, and Dance/Mix Show Airplay radio charts. When she IS inducted, it’ll be a feather in her cap because she’s already in tons of other Halls . . . including the Country Music Hall of Fame . . . Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame . . . Songwriters Hall of Fame . . . and, of course, the Happiness Hall of Fame.
50 year old Jackass stud Johnny Knoxville has sacrificed body and mind for our entertainment over the years. Jackass Forever hits theaters on Feb. 4. He gets leveled by a bull in an outdoor ring while dressed in full Matador gear. He suffered a broken wrist and broken ribs and a concussion. At 50, the father of three might be retiring. “My doctor said I can’t take another shot to the head, I’ve had so many concussions. I put my family through enough, quite honestly. I don’t think I have anything else to prove,” His son Rocko may want to get in the franchise but Johnny doesn’t want that to happen. “I made it very clear to him he won’t be going into the family business.” (LINK)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Chloe Grace Moretz are doing a Jim Jones and Jonestown movie. Gordon slash Levitt will be Jim Jones and Chloe Grace Moretz will be that survivor Deborah Layton. It is called White Night, a psychological thriller about Jones’ infamous People’s Temple cult. From his base in San Francisco, the charismatic preacher Jones built a large and devoted following. In 1974, he established “Jonestown” in Guyana. It was there, on Nov. 18, 1978, that Jones commanded his followers to drink poison. More than 900 people died in one of the largest mass murder-suicides on record (LINK)
55 year old Halle Berry has played Sofia in the John Wick franchise. Her first was 2019’s John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum. She recently said she will not be in John Wick: Chapter 4 next year but that her character Sofia MAY get her own movie. John Wick: Chapter 4 premieres in theaters March 24, 2023 (LINK)
You can now take a college course about TAYLOR SWIFT. It’s called “Why Get Over Your Ex When You Can Spend the Rest of Your Life Getting Even?” I’m kidding. I don’t actually know what it’s called. But it’s being offered at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute. Unfortunately, there’s a long waitlist for it The course description says, quote, “This course proposes to deconstruct both the appeal and aversions to Taylor Swift through close readings of her music and public discourse as it relates to her own growth as an artist and a celebrity. “Through readings, lectures and more, the class delves into analyses of the culture and politics of teen girlhood in pop music, fandom, media studies, whiteness and power as it relates to her image and the images of those who have both preceded and succeeded her.” The first class launched January 26th and runs through March 9th. Taylor has been invited to speak, but there’s no word if that’s happening (LINK)
Celebrating a Birthday today:
Tallulah Belle Willis is 28. Bruce Willis and Demi Moore’s daughter.
The Theranos chick, Elizabeth Holmes is 38.
Amal Clooney, who is the wife of George Clooney, is 44.
Isla Fisher is 46. She’s Psycho Gloria in “Wedding Crashers”. Borat, a.k.a. Sacha Baron Cohen, gets to ravage her in real life.
Warwick Davis is 52. He is a 3-foot-6 giant. He is “Willow”, both Professor Flitwick and the goblin Griphook in the “Harry Potter” movies, and the evil Leprechaun in the first four “Leprechaun” movies. Warwick is also the lead Ewok, Wicket, in “Return of the Jedi”and “Rise of Skywalker” . . . and has a few brief scenes in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as Wollivan.
Former pro wrestler Marty Jannetty, one-half of The Rockers with Shawn Michaels, is 62
Nathan Lane is 66.
Actress Morgan Fairchild is 72.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s mom and the mom from Meet the Parents, Blythe Danner is 79.
Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton is 82
Today’s birthday girl has been in 791 fine films, including:
- Absolute Ass 4
- Appetite For Ass Destruction 4
- Be My Bitch 1
- Chronicles Of A Pervert
- Double Parked 15
- Porn Of The Dead
- Splashes On Glasses 2
- Top Guns 7
- And who can forget her role in 2009’s Brazen and Unshaven
Hillary Scott is 39 years old
The Washington Commanders are already reaping the financial benefits of their rebrand. Not only are the Commanders the top-selling team at the moment on Fanatics, which is the NFL’s official online merchandise partner, but they are also dominating the list of hottest individual items. This is a point some argued before Washington initially ditched its old nickname and went by the temporary “Washington Football Team” moniker. The Cleveland Guardians enjoyed a bump to their sales this past fall after they rolled out their rebrand.
Jim Harbaugh called Michigan to inform the school that, despite interviewing with the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday, he will be returning to the school for the 2022 season. Michigan was apparently “elated” to get Harbaugh’s decision. Harbaugh told the athletic director that this would not be a recurring issue and that he would be staying at Michigan as long as the school wants him. Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell has emerged as the favorite to become the head coach in Minnesota.
Former Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson said that the team had a “four-year plan” that incentivized losing during the first two years which led to his 1-31 record during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Jackson said that bonus money was available if certain measurables were met such as aggregate rankings, being the youngest team and having so many draft picks. Jackson said he told Browns owner Jimmy Haslam that he wasn’t interested in bonus money and instead wanted that money used to improve the team. A spokesperson for the Browns called the charge “completely fabricated” and said that “any accusation that any member of our organization was incentivized to deliberately lose games is categorically false.”
The Washington Capitals announced superstar Alex Ovechkin will miss Wednesday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers as well as Saturday’s NHL All-Star Game as a result of the league’s health and safety protocols. Capitals winger Tom Wilson will replace Ovechkin in the All-Star Game.
The United States men’s national soccer team bounced back from Sunday’s disappointing defeat to Canada to stroll to a comfortable 3-0 World Cup qualifying win over Honduras on Wednesday night in Minnesota. Goals from Weston McKennie, Walker Zimmerman and second-half substitute Christian Pulisic lifted the U.S. to a second win of this international break. At kickoff in Minnesota it was 3 degrees. THREE. Some say that Honduras even contemplated not returning for the 2nd half. Honduras goalkeeper Buba Lopez had to be removed from the game at halftime due to hypothermia. Some reports say that forward Romell Quioto also left the game due to hypothermia.
The National Women’s Soccer League and the Players Association agreed to their first-ever collective bargaining agreement on Monday night. The landmark deal introduces player free agency, higher salaries with annual increases and other health and wellness benefits through to 2026. Free agency will begin in the 2023 season for players with six or more years in the league. In 2024, players with five years will be eligible for full free agency, and players with three years of service will have restricted free agency. Waived players will receive four weeks of severance pay plus a month of housing and health insurance.
Mizzou basketball took on Florida yesterday afternoon. And the Gators snuck away with a 66-65 win. They are on the road against Texas A&M on Saturday. SLU picked up the 92-90 win over George Mason. Their next game is Saturday against Dayton. And 18th ranked Illinois picked up a big win against 11th ranked Wisconsin 80-67. They take on Indiana on the road on Saturday.
Five-time Olympic curler John Shuster and four-time Olympic bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor were voted by Team USA to be the nation’s flag bearers at the Beijing Olympics on Friday. Shuster, one of four five-time Olympians in Beijing for Team USA, is the first American curler to be chosen as a flag bearer. Taylor, meanwhile, is the only woman to win three Olympic bobsled medals for the U.S. with two silvers and a bronze. However, after testing positive for COVID-19, Taylor announced that she won‘t be able to participate in the opening ceremony. Instead, three-time Olympic speedskater Brittany Bowe will take HER place.
And finally – speaking of the Olympics…there are two events going on today. Ski Jumping and Curling. If you want the full schedule of events you can find it on the blog or at Olympics.com.