This Year’s Toy Hall of Fame Finalists Include He-Man, Jenga, My Little Pony, and Yahtzee
The National Toy Hall of Fame just announced the 12 finalists for its 2020 class, and once again my favorite childhood toy . . . illegal fireworks . . . was robbed.
The finalists this year are: Baby Nancy doll . . . bingo . . . Breyer toy horses . . . Jenga . . . Lite-Brite . . . He-Man action figures . . . My Little Pony . . . Risk . . . sidewalk chalk . . . the game Sorry! . . . Tamagotchi . . . and Yahtzee.
The winners will be voted on by toy industry experts . . . plus public voting at ToyHallOfFame.org for the next week. Around three of the 12 toys will wind up getting inducted. They’ll be announced on November 5th.
Last year the three toys that made it in were the coloring book, “Magic: The Gathering” cards, and Matchbox cars.
Four of the nominees this year were ones that didn’t make the cut last year: Jenga, He-Man, My Little Pony, and Risk.
You Won’t Win a Jelly Belly Factory in Its Founder’s “Willy Wonka” Contest
If you haven’t heard about this, earlier this week, one of the founders of Jelly Belly announced he’s holding a Willy Wonka-style contest where people can find golden tickets to try to win one of his candy factories.
Well . . . Jelly Belly just put out an IMPORTANT message. While David Klein FOUNDED their company, he sold his stake 40 years ago and owns a different candy company, called Spectrum Confections.
And you can tell Jelly Belly is not super pumped about the confusion with the contest by how they phrased their message.
Quote, “Due to confusion in the marketplace, Jelly Belly Candy Company would like to take this opportunity to clear up the misconception that it is involved with a contest that purportedly offers a candy factory as its grand prize.”
They also downplayed Klein’s role in founding the company. They say he was, quote, “an independent third party when he came up with the name ‘Jelly Belly’ and other marketing ideas in 1976.”
So if you win this contest, you won’t be taking over Jelly Belly’s empire . . . you’ll get one of Klein’s factories, most likely in Florida.
We got Thursday Night Football tonight. Which means Monday Night Football is well next Monday. Remember they dropped the Hank Williams Jr All My Rowdy Friends are Here for Monday Night song after Mr Williams compared President Obama to Hitler. All was made smooth and they brought it back as of 2017 so this Monday night when you tune in you will here well not that song. The reason has to do with COVID-19. They’re saying the song “will not resonate for games that will be contested in mostly empty stadiums.” They also haven’t decided if it’ll ever come back. For this year, they’re going with a new version of this song (AUDIO) Little Richard’s song “Rip It Up” that uses his voice mixed with instrumentals by a band named Butcher Brown.
RONALD BELL, co-founder of KOOL & THE GANG, died yesterday at his home in the Virgin Islands. He was 68 years old. There’s no word on the cause of death. Ronald and his brother ROBERT “KOOL” BELL were among the founders of the band back in 1964. Ronald had a hand in writing and composing some of the band’s biggest songs, including “Celebration“, “Ladies Night“, “Cherish“, “Jungle Boogie“, and “Summer Madness“.
Those 2 cases against Kevin Spacey for sexual assault that never went anywhere…one case the person died of natural causes and the other one, from Anthony Rapp, was dropped because Rapp didn’t want to testify in court. Well Spacey has been sued 2 more times and one the the accusers is Anthony Rapp again. Rapp is the He grabbed my butt and took me into a room but he was able to get away case. This other one filed by someone named as CD says they met in 1981 when he was a 12 year old student in Spacey’s acting class. They had a few encounters over the years. There was a meet up when CD freaked out over something Spacey wanted to do so he ran. They both are claiming years of psychological damage.
RICK MORANIS stepped away from Hollywood in the early ’90s to raise his kids after his wife died of breast cancer . . . and he’s basically been M.I.A. ever since. But he’s been lured out of retirement to do a commercial with RYAN REYNOLDS for Mint Mobile. (AUDIO) This isn’t just a one-and-done for Rick. He’s also doing the new “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids”, with JOSH GAD starring as his son.
The website Ranker.com asked its users to name the celebrities they don’t care about anymore. Here were the Top 10 as of last night:
- Nicolas Cage
- Cuba Gooding Jr.
- John Travolta
- Bruce Willis
- Adam Sandler
- Meg Ryan
- Will Smith
- Denzel Washington
- Jennifer Aniston
- Jamie Lee Curtis
Carole Baskin’s first dance on “Dancing with the Stars” will be to “Eye of the Tiger”. (AUDIO) New season starts Monday on ABC
LifeHack.org assembled a list of 10 movies you need to watch to “be more successful.” Here they are, along with a brief explanation of what you can learn from them . . .
- “Fight Club”, Materialism and Emotional Detachment. In the movie, the Fight Club is about freeing yourself from the shackles of modern life, which imprisons and emasculates you . . . by being willing to give and receive pain and risk death.
- “Pumping Iron”, Self-Belief and Assertion. It’s not just for body builders . . . Arnold Schwarzeneggershares his mindset, attitude, and personal beliefs, and it’ll leave you inspired.
- “The Secret”, Positive Attitude. The movie has one primary aim: To help you lead a better life by changing your mental attitude.
- “The Social Network”, Entitlement. It’ll inspire viewers to feel deserving of success, while also showing some of the drawbacks that being successful can have, including backstabbing and legal battles.
- “Yes Man”, Opportunity. This movie will have you thinking about all the opportunities you may have missed by saying “no” to things.
- “Limitless”, Getting Things Done. It will provoke you to take action, and produce results with your life.
- “The Wolf of Wall Street”, Drive and Prosperity. It’ll make you reevaluate your current life, and have you aiming for the finer things.
- “The Words”, Own Your Work. It will inspire you to take charge of you work, and do the best you can with what you have.
- “The Pursuit of Happyness”, Never Giving Up. It will demonstrate why you should never give up on yourself, and to not allow circumstances to destroy your dreams.
- “Good Will Hunting”. Competence. This movie will inspire anyone with a talent, and who doesn’t believe they’re worthy of success.
ANNA FARIS is leaving the sitcom “Mom” after seven seasons, which leaves ALLISON JANNEY to carry the show on its upcoming eighth season. It’s unclear why she’s leaving, since she was still in the middle of her contract. She just said, quote, “My journey as Christy has come to an end, allowing me to pursue new opportunities, [but] I’ll be watching next season and rooting for my TV family.” Her absence will be addressed on the show, which is slated to start production September 14th. It was previously shut down in mid-March due to COVID-19.
So I found a list of shows that lost a main character but went on at least for a season or few.
- The Vampire Diaries
In 2015, original star Nina Dobrev confirmed via Instagram that she would be leaving the show after its sixth season. It went on for two more seasons, with Season 8 marking the show’s last. Dobrev returned to appear in the show’s 2017 finale episode.
- The Office
Steve Carell’s Michael Scott. His last episode as a main character, entitled “Goodbye, Michael,” aired in 2011 and showed Carell’s Michael walking to a plane to join his fiancée, Holly Flax, in Boulder, Colo. The show only ran for two more seasons after his departure, with Carell eventually reprising his role in the series finale.
- Two and a Half Men
After CBS announced that Sheen had been fired from the series due to some rehabs and melt downs the ninth season started with Sheen’s character having been killed off; Ashton Kutcher was brought on as a replacement lead. Then Angus T. Jones who played the kid Jake also left the series in Season 10. He was replaced by Amber Tamblyn, who played Charlie’s illegitimate daughter, Jenny. Even after losing two of its original three leads, the sitcom continued through Season 12.
- One Tree Hill
Scrubs changed after the seventh season, when it moved from NBC to ABC. With the contracts up for most of the original cast members, the show focused to four new medical students, with only Donald Faison and John C. McGinley returning full-time. Meanwhile, Zach Braff and Sarah Chalke served as recurring guests and ABC canceled the show after that season.
- The X-Files
It originally aired from 1993 to 2002, with FBI special agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson). The first seven seasons where great then Duchovny decided to leave. They brought in Robert Patrick and it ran for 2 more seasons
- Laverne and Shirley
After a disagreement with producers, Shirley actress lead Cindy Williams decided to depart the series in 1982, only two episodes into the eighth season. She subsequently filed a lawsuit against Paramount. The case was eventually settled out of court, and Williams was given an exit payment and released from her contract. On the show, Shirley’s absence is explained with a note left for Laverne saying that she had left town quickly to join her husband overseas. The show retained its title, although Williams never appeared again and was removed from the opening credits. Considering it lost one of its two title stars, ratings held relatively steady. Nevertheless, that ended up being the last season of the ABC sitcom.
The first three seasons of The WB’s fantasy supernatural drama focused on the three Halliwell sisters, Prue (Shannen Doherty), Piper (Holly Marie Combs) and Phoebe (Alyssa Milano). Doherty left the show after Season 3, with her character getting killed off in the season finale. Their long-lost half sister, Paige Matthews (Rose McGowan), took her place within the “Power of Three” from Season 4 onwards. Her character proved popular with audiences, helping the show go on for a total of five more seasons. The series concluded after the end of Season 8.
- Spin City
It was in its fourth season when star Michael J. Fox announced he was leaving due to his battle with Parkinson’s disease. They bring in Charlie Sheen on to play the new deputy mayor of New York City. The series took a dip in ratings but avoided cancellation for one season. It was eventually canceled after Season 6.
This was one of the few instances in which the show lasted longer after its transition in leads. Shelley Long, who played Diane Chambers, was a crucial part for the show’s first five seasons. When she left to focus on her movie career, Kirstie Alley was brought on to the show, with her character Rebecca Howe filling in for Diane. It was a successful move — fans of the show tuned into the series for another six seasons, with some even preferring Alley’s version of the show. The sitcom officially concluded in 1993, after its 11th season.
- Three’s Company
Three’s Company became Two’s Company in Season 5, after lead Suzanne Sommers demanded a heavily increased salary for her portrayal of Chrissy. When her demands went unmet, Somers went on a strike against the show, failing to show up for tapings. Afraid of losing its lead, ABC struck a compromise with the actress, who was still under contract at the time. She continued to appear in the series, but only in 60-second scenes in a handful of episodes. At the end of the season, Somers’s contract was not renewed, and Chrissy’s character was replaced by that of her clumsy cousin Cindy Snow (Jenilee Harrison). It worked out for the most part, with the show continuing through Season 8.
Some people think “The Walking Dead” has gone on WAY too long. AMC announced the upcoming 11th season will be the last. But instead of the usual 16 episodes, it’ll have 24, and it’ll be stretched out over two years. And we’ll actually get 30 more episodes, because, as previously announced, the show is adding six additional episodes onto the end of Season 10. All told, the show is expected to air new episodes through late 2022. On top of that, there are two more spin-offs in the pipeline: One will follow Norman Reedus (Daryl) and Melissa McBride (Carol). It’ll launch in 2023. And there’s also a scripted anthology series called “Tales of the Walking Dead”, which will feature “individual episodes or arcs featuring new or existing characters, backstories or other stand-alone stories.” They join “Fear the Walking Dead” and the limited series “The Walking Dead: World Beyond”, which premieres next month.
Olaf from “Frozen” is getting his own origin story. It’s called “Once Upon a Snowman” and it hits Disney+ on October 23rd (AUDIO)
The producers of “The Karate Kid” didn’t want Pat Morita to play Mr. Miyagi, because they just thought of him as Arnold from “Happy Days”. But Ralph Macchio is glad he was cast, because they gelled right away.
Joel McHale was on “The Tonight Show” last night and was asked if the rumors of a “Community” movie were true.(AUDIO)
Jeopardy! GOAT Ken Jennings will be returning to show for its 37th season this month as a consulting producer on the show. He will ” develop projects and serve as a general ambassador for the show.” Alex Trebek will also be back, even as he continues to battle pancreatic cancer. Due to coronavirus pandemic, the quiz show will film without a studio audience and with more space between Trebek and contestants. The new season kicks off on September 14.
Gorillaz teased a new song with Robert Smith of The Cure called Strange Timez. (AUDIO) The full song will be released today.
This year’s Farm Aid is going virtual, but there will be tons of performers. Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp will lead the way . . . and guest performers include Chris Stapleton, Jamey Johnson, Brandi Carlile, Margo Price, Jack Johnson, Boz Scaggs, and Bonnie Raitt. Farm Aid 2020 On the Road is going down September 26th. You can find out more about broadcast and streaming options at FarmAid.org.
DREW BARRYMORE has been married three times . . . once to Tom FREAKIN’ Green. . . but don’t expect her to walk that aisle a fourth time. She says, quote, “Never. Never, never, never. I will never get married again! And I also believe people should not say the word ‘never,’ and I will never, with a capital N-E-V-E-R, never get married. “I never want to be entwined with someone like that again ever. You break up, and you move on. You get divorced, and it’s just so different.” Drew has kind of a cynical take on the institution itself . . . quote, “I love that we are trying to hold on to an institution that [started] when the closest person to you for companionship was a three-day horse ride away and your life span was 30 years.” If you’d like to hear more from Drew, her new talk show premieres on Monday, September 14th.
Joey Votto is 37.
Ryan Phillippe is 46.
Guy Ritchie is 52.
Randy Johnson is 57. Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher
Colin Firth is 60.
Joe Perry is 70. Aerosmith guitarist.
Bill O’Reilly is 71.
Today’s BURTON BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY…he broke Babe Ruth’s single season home run record with 61 homers in the year 1961. And…he did it WITHOUT steroids. Or, at least, we THINK he did it without steroids. Regardless, he was the best. Former St. Louis Cardinals Roger Maris would have been 86 years young.
Today’s birthday girl has been stuffed more than the backpacks at a skydiving facility in 137 fine films including:
- Bareback Mounting
- Anal Sluts & Sweethearts
- Slut & Sluttier
- Big Sausage Pizza Volume 5
- Lips Toes & Hoes
- The simply titled BITCH
- And who could forget…her unforgettable role in…Double Parked Volume 12: Parking In The Rear
TRINITY is 40 YEARS OLD
The Cardinals are back on the field today taking on the Tigers in a double header. Jack Flaherty gets the start during the 1:15PM game. The night game will feature Austin Gomber on the mound.
On a night like Wednesday in Atlanta, it’s hard to pick just one stat that stands out from the Braves’ 29-9 victory over the Marlins—especially when the score is itself eye-popping—so it’s best to start with the records. Atlanta set the modern-day (since 1900) National League record for most runs in a single game, an MLB record for most runs in one inning this season (11) and the most runs scored in one game in franchise history (previous was 23 in 1957 as the Milwaukee Braves). Yet it’s the three home runs off the bat of outfielder Adam Duvall that’ll stick with many from a strange evening. Only a week after belting three home runs in one night at Fenway Park, Duvall’s bat stayed hot as he became the first player in Braves history with multiple three-home run games in his career.
Tonight the – very different – 2020 NFL season kicks off in Kansas City. The defending Super Bowl champs will take on the Houston Texans to get things started. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:20PM.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are now up 2-0 after they scored with less than 10 seconds to go to pick up the 2-1 win against the Islanders. The two teams will play game 3 on Friday at 7PM. Tonight, the Golden Knights and Stars play game 3 with their series tied up at a game a piece.
One of the NBA games last night went to double overtime, and the other was a complete domination. In the early game, the Raptors beat the Celtics in double overtime forcing a game 7. The two teams will wrap things up tomorrow night. In the other game, the Clippers dominated the entire game as they beat the Nuggets 96-85. Game 5 in that series will be om Friday night as well. Tonight the Lakers take on the Rockets with LA up 2-1 in that series.
The state of Louisiana will allow LSU to host games with 25 percent capacity during the 2020 season but will not allow tailgating due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The restriction would set a limit of 25,580 fans at Tiger Stadium. LSU hosts its season opener Sept. 26 against Mississippi State.
Penn State University announced the halt of sports team activities after 48 student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19 from Aug. 31 to Sept. 4. The 48 positive tests represent a massive spike for Penn State, which saw only one positive test in the previous week’s round of testing. The Nittany Lions have been testing athletes and staff at least once a week while the school conducts workouts amid the cancellation of the Big Ten’s fall sports schedule.
Duke head coach Coach K wants the 2021 NCAA men’s basketball tournament to feature every Division I basketball team to account for what he called “an irregular season.” Coach K, along with other ACC coaches, is proposing an “all-inclusive” tournament that would include 346 teams. “This is not a regular season,” he said in a statement. “It is clearly an irregular season that will require something different. Our sport needs to be agile and creative.”
Two-time U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka announced he is withdrawing from next week’s tournament, citing health concerns in a tweet posted Wednesday. Koepka, who is ranked No. 8 in the Official World Golf Rankings after starting the season at No. 1, missed the cut at last month’s Wyndham Championship and withdrew from the Northern Trust, the first tournament of FedEx Cup playoffs. The four-time major champion, who won the U.S. Open in 2017 and 2018, said in July that he still was feeling the pain of a torn patella tendon that caused him to miss time last season and would consider surgery.
NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson is making the move to IndyCar. Both parties are working to finalize sponsorship for a two-year stint that will allow the seven-time NASCAR champion to run road and street course races.