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Great Things in 2022: Adele in Vegas, the COVID Pill, World Cup and More – LINK
If you know anything about BETTY WHITE, then her final word will be no surprise to you: It was ALLEN . . . as in her husband ALLEN LUDDEN. This comes from CAROL BURNETT, who heard it from Betty’s assistant, then told their mutual friend VICKI LAWRENCE. Vicki says, quote, “How sweet is that? That is so sweet. God, I hope that’s true. For all of us, I really hope it’s true, a lovely thought.” Carol, Vicki, and Betty worked together on “The Carol Burnett Show” and its spinoff “Mama’s Family”. Betty and Allen Ludden were married from 1963 until his death in 1981 (LINK)
Also this…Betty White’s birthday is coming up on January 17th. And there is a birthday challenge out there of the socials. The #BettyWhitebirthdaychallenge encourages everyone to donate $5 to an animal shelter or the humane society. According to a release from the American Humane Society, White had a long love of animals and dedicated lots of time to the humane society and even served on their board of directors. White also served as the chair of the national “Be Kind to Animals Week” and promoted the protection of animals in film and tv. Donate $5 to a local rescue or animal shelter in your area in Betty White’s name.
Speaking of donating… Keanu Reeves made around $45 million from the first Matrix movie. There is a new report that says Keanu donated 70% of it to research for leukemia…the blood cancer. So that is around $31.5 million. Why? Family. His younger sister Kim had been battling leukemia for eight years at the time. She was diagnosed in 1991 and went into remission in 2001. Keanu actually created a charity to aid adults and children with cancer. He didn’t attach his name to it though. Also in Keanews… he’s going to be in a new true crime limited series for Hulu. . It’s called “The Devil in the White City” and LEONARDO DICAPRIO and MARTIN SCORSESE are producing it. It’s based on the historical non-fiction book of the same name (LINK)
ANDY COHEN was a drunken mess when he hosted CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage with ANDERSON COOPER. He blasted ABC’s New Year’s Eve coverage hosted by RYAN SEACREST. (Perry hasn’t been in Journey since 1998. Since 2007, they’ve been fronted by a guy named Arnel Pineda.) Well, Andy apologized yesterday. Not to de Blasio, and not to Journey . . . but to Seacrest.
The Grammy Awards were set for Jan. 31 in Los Angeles, but will probably move for a second year in a row, this time due to the omicron variant. (Last year’s show was originally set for Jan. 31, 2021, but on Jan. 5, 2021, it was delayed to March 14 due to a spike in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles). They want to hold the show in an arena at full capacity for the ticket revenue. A spokesman says no decision has been made. This year’s Grammy nominations were announced on Nov. 23, 2021. Jon Batiste is the top nominee with 11 nods, followed by Doja Cat, H.E.R., and Justin Bieber with eight each (LINK)
Omicron has hit the movies. Morbius starring Jared Leto won’t premiere in theaters on January 28th. The latest COVID threat has pushed the movie’s release to April 1st. DEADLINE reports that Sony is also moving the film so that Spider-Man: No Way Home can continue to make more cash without competition from the same company. Morbius was initially supposed to be released in October 2021.
Ever wondered what movie was the most popular the year you were born? MentalFloss put together a list based on which movies made the most money (LINK)
1972: “The Godfather”
1985: “Back to the Future”
1993: “Jurassic Park”
2001: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”
2008: “The Dark Knight”
Impractical Jokers was recently renewed for its 10th season. New episodes coming later this year on truTV. But the one dude Joe Gatto had quite the weekend. He and wife Bessy Gatto are going divorcing after eight years of marriage. Plus he announced he is leaving the show. He said in part… “due to some issues in my personal life, I have to step away. Bessy and I have decided to amicably part ways, so now I need to focus on being the best father and co-parent to our two incredible kids.” The three remaining Impractical Jokers guys (stars, James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, and Sal Vulcano) said they never imagined doing the show with out him but they will continue.
Recently Bruce Springsteen sold his entire music catalog for a reported $500 million, Now David Bowie’s estate has just sold the late icon’s catalog for around $250 million. Warner Chappell now owns Bowie’s entire publishing catalog, which spans six decades and includes hits like “Space Oddity” and “Heroes”, as well as Bowie’s posthumous studio album, Toy, which arrives this Friday.
Each year, Spotify releases its Wrapped feature, which is oriented to both listeners and artists. For artists it’s a breakdown of the year in four categories: streams, hours listened, number of listeners and the number of countries in which fans listened to that artist. No one came close to Metallica’s 1.3 billion streams, 112.2 million hours of listening by 58 million fans in 178 countries. Five Finger Death Punch had 582 million streams and Motley Crue below them at 337.3 million streams. Remember the video for “Nothing Else Matters” did surpass one billion views on YouTube earlier this year (LINK)
There’s a store called J.B. Hart Music in Grand Junction, Colorado. And a young man named Fallon used to come in all the time and ask to play the signature DIMEBAG DARRELL guitar. Fallon has intellectual and developmental disabilities due to a condition called Williams Syndrome, but he’s way into music, and he’d always wanted his own guitar. One day last year, someone came into the store and saw Fallon playing that guitar. After Fallon left, the anonymous customer BOUGHT the guitar, and asked the staff to give it to him next time he came in. Well, the staff didn’t know it, but Fallon moved from Colorado to Texas, so they didn’t see him for EIGHT MONTHS. But he came back to visit family, and on New Year’s Eve he went to the shop and FINALLY got his gift (LINK)
KISS finished the U.S. leg of their End of the Road tour. A KISS Las Vegas residency to carry into the new year has been put on the back burner for now. Recently Gene Simmons was asked if he had any New Year’s resolutions. He said he had room grow as a person which includes amassing more wealth, though Simmons said last year he already makes money at an Olympic level. “I’d like to be a kinder, better-looking and richer guy.” (LINK)
Celebrating a Birthday today:
Our buddy, Indy racecar driver Graham Rahal is 33.
Dave Foley is 59. “NewsRadio”, “Dr. Ken”, and “Kids in the Hall”.
Till Lindemann lead singer of the German band Rammstein is 59.
Michael Stipe from R.E.M. is 62.
Country singer Patty Loveless is 65.
Tina Knowles is 68. Beyoncé’s and Solange’s mama
Today’s birthday girl has been in 93 fine films, including:
- Assploitations 8
- Big Toys No Boys 6
- Crack Addict 7
- Lesbian Home Repairs
- Mommy Swingers
- Tongue Tied Lovers
- Unshaved And Dangerous 1
- And who can forget her role in 2014’s The Hair Force Back In Action
Victoria Rush is 41 years old
Coming off of a 6-4 win outside in Minnesota for the Winter Classic…the St. Louis Blues announced that the team has activated forward Brayden Schenn from injured reserve. In addition, the Blues activated forward James Neal and assigned him, along with forward Dakota Joshua, to the taxi squad. Schenn is currently in his fifth season with the Blues. Jordan Kyrou had himself a week. Enough to get the NHL player of the week honors….He collected 3 goals 4 assists and 7points in two games. Kyrou picked up outdoor NHL records for points both in a period and in a game with 4, as well as scoring the winning goal, in a 6-4 win against the Minnesota at the 2022 Discover NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day. Up next for the Blues? A game against the Penguins in Pittsburgh tomorrow night at 6:30PM.
We will go over some of our picks from the weekend here in a second – but let’s talk Monday Night Football. What is more than likely Ben Roethlisberger’s last game at Heinz Field – the Steelers took on the Browns. Ben ended his Heinz Field farewell completing 24 of 46 passes for 123 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Final score of the game, 26-14. With the win the Steelers improve to 8-7-1 and still have a chance to make the playoffs. Mike Tomlin is the first coach in NFL history to have 15 straight winning seasons.
Antonio Brown’s exit from the field on Sunday marked the latest strange turn in his career, and there appear to be conflicting reports on what triggered Brown’s departure. APPARENTLY – Brown told the Buccaneers his ankle wasn’t healthy enough for him to return to the game in the third quarter. Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians and the Tampa coaching staff reportedly believed Brown was healthy, and they sent him to the locker room after he refused to go onto the field. Arians said Brown did not tell him he was injured, adding “[Brown] left the field and that was it.” For now…AB is still a member of the Bucs on paper – but pretty much everything is leaning towards him being cut here very soon.
Las Vegas Raiders rookie cornerback Nate Hobbs was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of DUI early Monday morning, hours after the team returned from a last-second victory at the Indianapolis Colts that kept its playoff hopes alive. The arrest of Hobbs, 22, comes two months and one day after receiver Henry Ruggs III was involved in a fiery high-speed car crash that claimed the life of a 23-year-old woman and her dog and has Ruggs facing up to 50 years in prison on felony DUI and reckless driving charges. It also comes one day shy of a year from when running back Josh Jacobs was arrested on a DUI charge after a single-vehicle collision near the airport in Las Vegas.
Several fans who fell after a railing collapsed at FedEx Field on Sunday said the Washington Football Team’s statement that the team provided “onsite medical evaluation” is false. Multiple fans also said that staff at the field told them to “get the ‘F’ off the field” after they had fallen. After Philadelphia’s 20–16 win over Washington, quarterback Jalen Hurts could be seen walking to the tunnel when a railing collapsed and multiple fans fell onto the field. Hurts can be seen helping people up and proceeded to take pictures with them. After the incident, the Washington Football Team issued a statement. “To our knowledge, everyone involved was offered onsite medical evaluation and left the stadium of their own accord,” the statement read. However, multiple fans say that’s not true. One Eagles fan said: “They didn’t ask if anyone was hurt, and they sure as hell didn’t ask if anybody needed medical attention. The only thing the staff said to us was to get the ‘F’ off the field.”
No matter who the Trail Blazers put on him, Atlanta’s Trae Young simply could not be stopped. In the end, it didn’t matter for the result, but Young’s Monday night performance for the ages put the All-Star guard in some elite company. Portland beat the Hawks, 136-131. It was Young who stole the show, though, as he scored a career-best 56 points on 17-for-26 shooting from the field with 14 assists. Young’s 56 points are the most scored by any player this season.
As Major League Baseball remains in a lockout, MLB Network has cut ties with one of its most recognizable contributors. Insider Ken Rosenthal is out as part of the network’s news-breaking team, a decision that reportedly comes as the result of Rosenthal writing critical pieces about MLB commissioner Rob Manfred during the summer of 2020. The statement read: “As MLB Network continues to look at fresh ways to bring baseball to our viewers, there is a natural turnover in our talent roster that takes place each year. Ken played a significant part at MLB Network over the last 13 years. We thank him for his work across MLB Network’s studio, game and event programming, and wish him the very best going forward.”
Longtime International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound addressed the possibility of canceling or postponing the upcoming Winter Olympics because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Pound said that the chances of the Games not being played as scheduled are “very slim.” Pound was also asked about potentially postponing the Winter Olympics instead of canceling them, similar to the Tokyo Olympics that were moved from summer 2020 to 2021. Pound said he believes that things are too far along to postpone the Games and it will take a real turn of events for that to happen.
Mizzou has had a rough go since Christmas losing to both Illinois and 18th ranked Kentucky. Their next game was supposed to be tomorrow but that has been postponed because of virus concerns. So, they look to their NEXT game which will be against 15th ranked Alabama on Saturday. Illinois had their game against Florida A&M canceled and are back on the court tonight against Minnesota. Tip off is at 6PM. SLU’s game against La Salle is also postponed tomorrow but they will take on St Bonaventure on Saturday.
And finally — Sports retailer and memorabilia company Fanatics is reportedly acquiring trading card company Topps. According to sources the deal sits at roughly $500 million. It will include only Topps’ name and sports and entertainment division, not the company’s candy and gift cards line.” That means Fanatics now hold the exclusive license with Major League Baseball for trading cards. Fanatics came to a deal in August with the MLB Players Association and MLB for exclusive rights in 2026. Topps currently holds those rights through 2025, though Fanatics’ purchase of the company will get them into the MLB trading-card market immediately