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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Alcoholism and your eyes

If you have blue eyes, you may want to be wary of beer, wine and cocktails. Genetic researchers at the University of Vermont say that people with blue eyes are genetically more likely to become alcoholics than those who have brown eyes. The study found that those whose eyes were light-colored had a higher rate of alcohol dependence than those with dark brown eyes, but those who had blue eyes had the highest rate of alcoholism. This held true even after age, gender, differences in backgrounds and locations were factored in. While the study showed an association between blue eyes and a greater incidence of alcoholism, it did not prove there is a cause-and-effect link. That is, blue eyes do not cause alcoholism.


There's a first time for everything, and usually it's the children who are pushing the parents. Kids want to grow up. Parents want to keep them little. The eternal struggle. Still, 92 percent of adults say kids today are growing up too quickly. Harris Poll conducted an online survey of 2,463 U.S. adults aged 18 and over, as well as 510 teens ages 13 to 17, to ask them the age they thought was appropriate for the "first time" for a myriad of experiences. Kids of yesteryear did this all the time, but today's kids are really missing out.

  • At what age should kids begin receiving an allowance? On average, adults agree it should be at age 10. 
  • When should a girl begin wearing makeup? On average, adults say 15 years old, while teens say 13. 
  • When should a child be allowed to stay home alone? Adults say 13.5 years old for their children, but admit that, on average, they were allowed to stay home alone when they were 12.5 years old. 
  • When should parents have "the sex talk" with their child? Parents say they should do it when their child is 12 years old, which is one year younger, on average, than when their parents gave them the sex talk. 
  • When should kids get their own cell phone? Parents with younger children say age 13 is about right. 
  • When should a teenager be allowed to go on a first date and have a first kiss? Teens say they are ready at age 16 go on a one-on-one date, and their parents agree. However, kids say they are ready for their first kiss at age 15, while their parents confess that they were 14.5, on average, when they had their first kiss. 
  • When should a teenager be allowed to go to a concert without a parent? While the adults answering the question went to their first concert at age 18, on average, they say their kids are ready at a younger age, 16.5 years old. 
  • When are teenagers ready to see an R-rated movie? Teens say they are ready at 16.5 years old (never mind that the definition of an R-rated movie is 17 or older unless accompanied by a parent), while their parents say 17 and their grandparents say 18.


This is the word we use at the end of any argument that we feel we are right about but need to shut you up. Never use "fine" to describe how a woman looks. This will cause you to have one of those arguments.

Five minutes
This is half an hour. It is equivalent to the five minutes that your football game is going to last before you take out the trash, so I feel that it's an even trade.

This means something and you should be on your toes. "Nothing" is usually used to describe the feeling a woman has of wanting to turn you inside out, upside down, and backwards. "Nothing" usually signifies an argument that will last "Five Minutes" and end with the word "Fine."


One of the best ways to soothe stress is to relax. But it can be a vicious circle. How can you fully and deeply relax when you feel so stressed? James Porter, president of says there are five truly therapeutic ways to relax at home that will have you smiling again. Five do-it-yourself ways to stop stress cold:

1. Listen more than you talk
When you really connect with another human being, your brain releases feel-good chemicals, such as dopamine and oxytocin. Listening to someone else actually causes your blood pressure to drop, according to Dr. James Lynch, an expert in mind/body medicine and a retired professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland.

2. Take deep breaths
One of the best ways to deactivate the body's stress response is through deep breathing, according to Dr. Herbert Benson, professor of mind/body medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-author of the 1975 best-seller "The Relaxation Response." He says taking 20 deep breaths a day "with intention" will help you relax and decrease stress.

3. Meditate
The stress response is activated in a tiny section of the brain called the amygdala. Researchers from Harvard have shown that after eight weeks of daily meditation, the amygdala actually shrinks. "The smaller the amygdala became, the less stress subjects reported having," according to psychologist Sara Lazar.

4. Call a friend
When it comes to dealing with stress, emotional support from those we love is an important proactive factor, according to the American Psychological Association. The opposite is also true. There is a proven link between loneliness and many types of health problems, including high blood pressure, diminished immunity, cardiovascular disease and cognitive decline. Talking with a friend will not only help you relax and have fun, but also improve your health.

5. Take a nap
A short mid-afternoon nap will not only help reduce fatigue and make you more alert, but also make you feel more relaxed, says The Mayo Clinic. BTW: If you think watching television will help you relax and lower stress, you're wrong. In fact, it does just the opposite. Police dramas, sports and the news can actually induce stress.


From the everyday to the exotic -- pasta to poutine -- the choices we have when eating out are almost endless. So what do we eat? 31% opt for American food, followed by Italian (23%), and Mexican (16%), according to a survey conducted by the Harris Poll. Those were the answers given by adults who were asked this question: "Thinking of food now, if you had the choice to go out to a restaurant and eat one type of food, which of these are you most likely to choose?"
Top 8 most popular restaurant cuisines:
  1. American (31%)
  2. Italian (23%)
  3. Mexican (16%)
  4. Chinese (14%)
  5. Japanese (5%)
  6. Middle Eastern (3%)
  7. Indian (2%)
  8. French (1%)


There are a lot of ways to tell things about a woman.... this could be the goofiest. A woman's eyebrows reveals her relationship appetite, according to self-proclaimed "web goddess" Serena.
  • Thick: She's naturally drawn towards action and adventure and is quick to look around. She finds it hard to have a permanent relationship with just one partner.
  • Thin: She has little interest in long term relationships.
  • Close-set: She's jealous.
  • Wide-set: She's inhibited and shy.
  • Curved: She's very sensual.
  • Triangular: She prefers to be your best friend rather than passionate mate.
  • Straight: She's very conventional and trustworthy. A gal to take home to meet the parents.

And for the guys too... (from our twisted sarcastic mind)
  • Unibrow: (one brow all the way across the forehead) He might be spending a little too much time at the gym or wrestling bears at the circus.
  • No Brows: He sits way too close to the camp fire.
  • Lifted or Pointed: He could be a Klingon.


(Brostrick) The following are annoying Facebook Status Updates that need to stop because we're all pretty much sick of Facebook.

The "Prayers Please" post
Can you be a little more specific? If I'm going to have a direct line into God for you He's gonna want some details. Stop.

The "I Have the Best Husband/Wife Ever" post
Do you now? Someone dost protest too much, methinks. Stop.

The "I Just Cleaned Out My Facebook Friends" post
Like we should be so grateful. Thank goodness I'm still here to see and read that you're still making bad decisions on the regular. Stop.

The "My Team is the Best" Rant When, Let's Be Honest, You Know the Bare Minimum About the Game In General
Provide just one stat and I'll believe you. Just one. And the color of the uniform doesn't count. You're foolish. We all know it. Stop.

The "De-Friend" and then the "Re-Friend"
Yeah, I'm all set, but thanks. Stop.

The "Witty Birth Announcement"
Yep, we see the extra pair of shoes in front of the fireplace. Stop.

The "I'm Deleting Facebook at the End of the Week" post
Crap or get off the pot. Stop.

The "I'm Checking in Everywhere I Go" post
We get it. You've been places, but I'm embarrassed for you when you checked in at Johnny Rockets. Stop.

The "Taking a Picture of Whatever Gross Growth on Your Body and Asking Your Friends to Identify What They Think is Wrong With You" post
First, you're gross. Second, use this time to travel to the ER and not uploading photos on Facebook. Third, stop.

The "Does Anyone Know What Time Walgreens Opens" Post
Um, this isn't Google. Stop being so lazy. Plus, this makes me question how good you could possibly be at your job. Stop.

The "Dog With the Black Eye" Post
Posting pictures of abused animals online? Cool. Stop.

The "Heathy Food You Just Made" Post
Nice. Now go back to binge eating in your dark basement. Stop.

The "Political Rant" Post
You literally know nothing. We all suffer from secondhand embarrassment for you. Stop.


A women's magazine raided your closet and came back with the stats:
  • 34% of women would rather get a dental cleaning than organize their bedroom closet
  • 10% of women hire a pro to tackle the mess
  • 25% of average woman's clothing never leaves the hanger, because it doesn't fit
  • 5% of women ad clothing to their closets every week
  • 69% of women say the bum economy has kept them out of clothing stores
  • 19 pairs of shoes are in the average woman's closet
  • 20% of women will never toss their wedding dress
  • 23% of women stash sex toys in their closet
  • 32% of women equally divide closet space with their guy
  • 24% of women hog most of the closet space
  • 56% of women admit to snooping in their guy's closet
  • 12% of women don't snoop in their guy's closet for fear of what they might find
  • 56% of women would rather have a walk-in closet than a diamond engagement ring
  • 15 months is the amount of time the average woman would go without set for a closet full of new clothes


Sitting at a desk all day can be a killer. Literally. So if you want a job that is good for your cardiovascular system and muscles, you need to get up and move. HealthGrove compiled data from the Compendium of Physical Activities to identify the occupations that burn the most calories. Navy Seals lead the list, followed by firefighters and steel mill workers. The list is based on the hourly caloric burn for the average American male who weighs 191 pounds and the average American female weighing 159 pounds. By comparison, this is how many calories per hour we burn doing other activities:
  • Running at 6.7 mph: Men burn 955; women burn 795
  • Walking at 3.5 mph: Men burn 391; women burn 326
  • Sleeping: Men burn 86; women burn 72

Top jobs that burn the most calories:

1. Skindiving (Frogman or Navy Seal)
Female Average Caloric Burn: 908.7
Male Average Caloric Burn: 1091.6

2. Firefighter
Female Average Caloric Burn: 681.5
Male Average Caloric Burn: 818.7

3. Steel Mill Work
Female Average Caloric Burn: 628.5
Male Average Caloric Burn: 755

4. Forestry
Female Average Caloric Burn: 605.8
Male Average Caloric Burn: 727.7

5. Farming
Female Average Caloric Burn: 590.7
Male Average Caloric Burn: 709.5

6. Coal Mining
Female Average Caloric Burn: 477.1
Male Average Caloric Burn: 573.1

7. Roofing
Female Average Caloric Burn: 454.4
Male Average Caloric Burn: 545.8

8. Crab Fishing
Female Average Caloric Burn: 340.8
Male Average Caloric Burn: 409.4

9. Construction Worker, Massage Therapist, Elder Care, Garbage Collector and Lawn Keeper (tie)
Female Average Caloric Burn: 302.9
Male Average Caloric Burn: 363.9


What you order on a date can definitely send a signal, whether or not it's one you're conscious of. Sure, the list below is mainly full of generalizations, but there's some truth to every stereotype...

  • Martini: If you're a guy, you're trying to impress (and it's probably working). If you're a girl drinking a dirty martini, you're a hot mess: the dirtier, the messier, the hotter.
  • Vodka on the Rocks: Too self-conscious to actually order a martini.
  • White Russian: Obsessed with The Big Lebowski, and probably The Daily Show. Or, you just like to drink dessert.
  • Bud Light: You're easy going, laid back, and at home at a sports bar. If you're a girl, you know how to hang with the guys.
  • Vodka Cranberry: When in doubt, you stick to what you drank in college.
  • White wine: You're definitely a woman. You're possibly a little uptight.
  • Prosecco: You're often a little uptight, but tonight you're looking to party.
  • Whiskey, neat: You're hot. Regardless of gender.
  • Jaeger: Secretly wishing you were hanging out with your buddies.
  • Vodka Gimlet: You're a huge dork, but you hope sort of in a cool way?
  • Appletini: You've left the kids with a sitter and you're ready to have fun!
  • Pimm's Cup: You're an Anglophile.
  • Old-Fashioned: Mad Men is your favorite show -- you either want to be, or sleep with, Don Draper.
  • Margarita, on the rocks: You've decided to have a good time tonight.
  • Margarita, frozen: You're in Cabo.
  • PBR: You're drinking quickly on your way to a non-profit fundraiser, followed by a poetry reading in a former industrial warehouse.
  • Tequila Shots: You're either getting laid, or just getting through it.
  • Long Island Iced Tea: You have a drinking problem.


Defuse the most dreadful situations with tips from these hostage experts. All relationships lovers, pals, the chick behind the counter at Starbucks, at some point involve conflict. Yet here's what's odd: In school, we learned so much; the periodic table, algebra, how to make a backing soda volcano but never how to argue. So we carry on like kids. "I'm taking my toys and going home." It leads to break-ups, bruised feelings, and ruined friendships. But there is a better way: Just ask the NYPD's Hostage Negotiation Team, which has developed a time-tested framework for dealing with conflict in any crisis. And if it can handle bomb threats and murderers, surely it can handle any dispute you might get into.

You say, "You're pissed, can we talk?" She says, "No, I'm pissed"
Don't rush to end the conflict. Be patient. Slow down. As ex-NYPD hostage negotiator Jeff Thompson cautions: "Avoid hurrying toward a resolution" it may not be the outcome you want. It's like sex: If one of you gets off fast, great. But what about the other?

You say, "Fair, I get that. Let me try to see this from your perspective." She says, "I thought we'd hang out, then you went radio silent. After dating a year, that's madding."
Show you're really listening. "People will tell you their problems if you just listen. Then you can use those insights to frame a solution," says Stanford's Margaret Neale, co-author of Getting (More of) What You Want. The best way to prove you're listening? Paraphrasing back.

You say, "So, what I did was really immature and disrespectful." She suspiciously says, "Right..."
Don't be a dick. Or, as the NYPD puts it, "Show respect." This manages the current crisis and preserves the relationship. "Most disputes are with people you know and will see again," says Neale, "so respect is critical.

You say, "I guess I'd feel the same if the tables were turned." She says, "It was pretty damn rude."
Chill, even if you're faking it. It's easy to lash out to "win" a fight even if it would be counterproductive. But stay calm and you'll have no ugly words to regret later.

You say, "I know it looks that way. Can I tell you what happened, from my perspective?" She says, "Ha, this'll be good."
Admit your motivation. "Be honest about your own interests," not just the surface argument, says Jeanne Brett, of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. If not, how can you ask anyone to be honest about theirs?"


Why Does Little Tommy Always Whistle When He Coughs?

So, just thumbing through the New England Journal of Medicine where we find the strange case of the boy with the whistling cough! In India, Doctor Suresh C. Sharma reports that the boy's parents had brought him to the otorhinolaryngology outpatient clinic after noticing something strange about his cough. For the past couple of days, their 4-year-old son made a squeaky, whistling-like sound whenever he coughed. He had had no history or symptoms of viral infection of the upper respiratory tract, and was in good health, but during the physical examination, doctors did notice an expiratory wheeze in the middle and lower left lung. The boy's parents told doctors that he had been playing with a small whistle before the weird cough set it, but the chest x-ray revealed nothing abnormal. So a rigid bronchoscopy was performed and they found the problem- the boy had indeed swallowed the whistle and it was obstructing the airway that conducts air to the lungs. The whistle was carefully removed and a subsequent chest radiograph revealed that the hyperinflation of the left lung had returned to normal. But NO WHISTLES FOR YOU! (Oddity Central)

Having Trouble Conceiving? Try the Miracle House!

It once was just an ordinary 3-bedroom home in the suburbs of western Sydney. But ever since ash and oil began leaking from the walls in such a way that is reportedly "beyond science," homeowners, George and Lina Tannous, believe they are witnessing a sign from God and now call their home the "miracle house," claiming it can help couples become pregnant. There is even one instance of the house reportedly curing a woman's cancer. The mysterious oil first appeared in 2008, after George and Lina's 17-year-old son, Mike, was killed in a car accident. They believe that the oil is a manifestation of their son's spirit, and claim that over the years it has written his birth date on the walls using the oil, as well as a variety of Christian religious symbols. One of the first "miracles" attributed to the house was a woman who became pregnant with her third child after praying there, despite her doctors insisting that pregnancy was highly unlikely. A decade later, people from all around the world are still coming to visit the house which even has its own Facebook page. Sure there are plenty of skeptics, but to their credit, the Tannous' don't use their miracle house for profit or attention, even refusing to give interviews over the years, which has only strengthened some people's belief that this is a true miracle. (Oddity Central)

A Little Extra Trump Drama Courtesy of Illinois
Illinois' attorney general, Lisa Madigan, a Democrat, has announced a lawsuit accusing Trump Tower in Chicago of violating federal environmental laws through its use of the Chicago River. The Trump Organization claims the move is "motivated by politics" but Madigan is not seeking re-election in November. Reportedly, the 92-story residential building and hotel pulls almost 20 million gallons of water daily from the river to cool heating and ventilation systems before releasing it back at temperatures 35 degrees higher. Despite environmental laws requiring studies on the impact, including on fish, the suit claims no results have been presented. It also notes the building's "National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit" expired nearly a year ago. In a release, Madigan says, "Trump Tower continues to take millions of gallons of water from the Chicago River every day without a permit and without any regard to how it may be impacting the river's ecosystem. I filed my lawsuit to make sure Trump Tower cannot continue violating the law." Both the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club and Friends of the Chicago River announced in June that they were also planning to sue, but now will just work the attorney general's office. (NBC News)

Actually, You WON'T Be Moving to New Zealand
New Zealand home prices are among the highest in the world, and you won't be buying one anytime soon. That's because the just passed a law banning foreigners from buying homes there (with very few exceptions) in an attempt to drive the housing supply up and make homes more affordable for locals. Parliament passed the Overseas Investment Amendment Bill 63-57, with David Parker, associate minister of finance, telling the body, "We should not be tenants in our own land." Stats show just 25% of adult Kiwis own their own home, and homelessness is a big problem. Thanks to free-trade rules, buyers from Singapore and neighboring Australia are the only exemptions from the new law. Wait - New Zealanders are called Kiwis? (Guardian)

Never Underestimate the Power of a Hot Coffee Defense
In Millington, Michigan, a group of girls foiled a kidnapping attempt by throwing hot coffee on the male suspect who took off with authorities in hot pursuit. In the end, 22-year-old Bruce Hipkins was arrested on charges of unlawful imprisonment, assault, battery, and criminal sexual conduct minutes after police say he assaulted four girls as they left a gas station convenience store. Eleven-year-old Allison Eickhoff told reporters, "He said, 'You're coming with me.' And like, he grabbed my face." Her 13-year-old sister, Lauraen, said, "Seeing that your little sister was going to get taken is very scary." She fought back with the only weapons she had: her fists, and a hot coffee. "I grabbed my drink and chucked it at his head," then "punched him in the head," she says. Her companions, ages 12 and 14, joined in kicking and punching the man until he let go of Allison. He then grabbed another girl by the hair but "was again kicked and hit by the girls until he let her go and fled on foot." Hipkins was arrested after the girls called for help from a nearby inn. Police say surveillance video shows him watching the girls inside the convenience store before following them out. Oh, and his mug shot show coffee stains all over his white T-shirt. (ABC News)

We 100% Support Law Enforcement... Well, Except This Guy
Anthony Doran was the Superior police commander at the Pinal County Sheriff's Office in Arizona - well, until he made the decision to film himself having sex in his office using a department body camera. He then stored the homemade porn on a department computer. Doran was the target of an administrative probe in March and a Superior police secretary discovered the sex video while conducting official business on Doran's computer. A deputy examined the computer's hard drive further and discovered a folder titled "fun times" containing over 36 gigabytes of images, including pornography, pictures of Doran's private parts, and pictures of a naked girl about age 5. Doran was fired and now under criminal investigation. He denies he was on duty when the video was filmed and says the child depicted in photos is his daughter, and the images were not prurient or illicit. He added that he was never given a chance to explain his side of the story, and the town manager refused to accept a resignation letter in lieu of firing. Pinal County Attorney Kent Volkmer confirmed the child was Doran's daughter. He said investigators and prosecutors concluded no felony charges were warranted. (Arizona Republic)

What the What?
A group of mysterious pink and red blobs in the Scottish Highlands have led to widespread speculation that alien lifeforms are finally here! Helen Dow, 50, uploaded the picture to Facebook last week and it kicked off a huge debate about what it could be. It was taken near the very remote Loch Etchachan and appears to show a beige colored body with red strands coming out of it. This has prompted several claims that the unidentified object could be an alien, a lost yeti or even a unicorn attack. Helen said people are still furiously debating the mysterious photo and she has no idea what it is. Seriously? Unicorn attack? Keep drinking Scotland. Keep drinking! (Metro)


  • According to USA Today, 20% of us have played in a band at one time in our life.
  • Men hold about 5% of the jobs in the career field of nursing, except in the military, where they make up about 35% of the population.
  • According to a recent study, married men should never retire before their wives.
  • 20% of men don't change their undies on a daily basis.
  • According to Reader's Digest, about 68 pounds of clothing per person in the U.S. is thrown away each year.
  • According to USA Today, about 48% get hung up on, so the person can take another call.


  • Vermont Democrats made history Tuesday by nominating Christine Hallquist as the first transgender individual to be a major party candidate for governor.
  • The house in St. Helens, Oregon, that was used as Bella Swan's house in the Twilight movies is up for sale. Yours for just $349,000.
  • Bruno Mars announced that Ciara, Charlie Wilson, Ella Mai and Boyz II Men will replace Cardi B on the North American leg of his tour.
  • Two sisters working as lunch ladies-employees of the cafeteria at an affluent elementary school in Connecticut-have been accused of pocketing some of the lunch money the kids paid. Half-a-million dollars over the past five years.
  • So far, I've seen three "Aretha Franklin is dead" posts on Facebook. As of this writing, she isn't.
  • In London, a fly-away parrot spent three days on a rooftop before it was rescued. The best part was him swearing at the fire fighters trying to reach him.
  • New Parks Associates research shows 23% of U.S. broadband households own a wrist-worn connected health device, the most common of the connected health devices.
  • A new study says that 1 in 8 divorces is caused by student loan debt.
  • Ellen DeGeneres has a new line of t-shirts, jeans and shoes at Wal-Mart, all of which won't cost more than $30. EV1 is the brand name.
  • Americans older than 65 are filing for bankruptcy more than ever before.
  • An 11-year-old boy in Florida was able to hack into a state elections website and change results in under 10 minutes.
  • Kelly Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos are excited about their son Michael landing a role on the TV show "Riverdale," the show in which Mark Consuelos dad stars as Veronica Lodge's father.
  • Matt Lauer's divorce is beginning to take shape. It looks like he's going to have to pay his wife $20 million as part of the settlement.
  • Paris Hilton and Chris Zylka have delayed their wedding. They were supposed to get married in November, but Paris says she needs more planning time, so they'll get married next May.
  • Divers have found a 300-year-old canon off the coast of Florida.
  • If you're keeping score at home, Dane Cook is 47, his girlfriend is 19.
  • A rare 1913 Liberty Head nickel is expected to be auctioned off for $3 to $5 million.
  • Because they want to include you, the Girl Scouts are coming out with a gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookie.


Evva Lynch turns 27 today. If I say Luna, from the Harry Potter films... yeah, now you know who.

Rap singer Young Thug turns 27 today. I wonder if eventually he'll change his name to Old Thug?

Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks is complaining about her 46th birthday today.

Steve Carell turns 56 today. I'm sure they're planning something at The Office. I'll bet the reason he still looks so young is that he waited until 40 to... well, you know.

Madonna turns the big 6-0 today, almost twice the age of her boy toys.
  • She used to be married to some director Guy named Ritchie... but I could never remember his first name.
  • By the way, what do you get for a girl who's had everyone?
  • You can tell the years are starting to catch up with her. At her last concert, she was wearing a support bustier.
  • Truthfully, the Material Girl should consider wearing more material.

James Cameron, who gave us "Aliens," "Titanic" and the "Terminator" movies, turns 64 today. He should combine all three of those and make a movie called, the Talienator. (TAY-lee-uh-naytor) It could be about a robotic Taylor Swift that seeks revenge on groping disc jockeys.

Kathie Lee Gifford turns 65 today. She's a co-host of the Kathie Lee and Hoda Show. Guess which one she is? Yes, becoming a successful daytime TV talk show host has been a long Hoda Road.


On this date in 1777, American troops defeated the British at Bennington, Vermont. The score was tied at regulation and the Americans won in a shoot-out.
It was on this date in the year 1812 that Detroit fell to the British and Indians in the War of 1812.
  • And yet, we some reason, fought to get it back.
  • If you have to have a war, best to keep it to a year so you can give it a simple name.
  • Yes, at one time, we could have said, "OK, all yours!"

On this date in 1829, the original Siamese twins -- Chang and Eng Bunker -- arrived in the United States. Not surprising, whenever they went out to eat, they always asked for separated checks. They weren't much into family reunions... since they had one every day.

Edith Roosevelt, Teddy's wife, was born in 1861. She also spoke softly, but carried an even bigger stick than Teddy.

On this date in 1875, A locust swarm, estimated at 12 trillion, passes through Nebraska.
  • Imagine the guy who was in charge of counting them? "10,993... 10,994... what? I can't, I'm busy counting... uh... 1, 2, 3..."
  • Needless to say, that was not the summer for company picnics.
  • The legislature passed a law immediately, making it illegal to say the joke, "Boy it's swarm outside!"
  • They would have stayed, but there was nothing to do. (Funny in 49 out of 50 states.)
  • Sadly, none of them brought along sack lunches.

In 1954, the very first Sports Illustrated was published.
  • Unfortunately, just missed the swimsuit issue by several months.
  • Up until that time, "Swimsuit issue" meant you had a hole in the back of your suit.
  • Up until that time, a Swimsuit Issue was another way of saying "wardrobe malfunction."
  • Remember, without Sports Illustrated, there would be no Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

Elvis Presley died of heart failure in Memphis, TN, in 1977. He was only 42. Since that time, there have been thousands of supposed sightings of the King. Here are the "Top 5 Signs Elvis Is Really Dead":
  1. No longer a shortage of bananas or peanut butter at the local Memphis grocery stores.
  2. You just don't see flashy white diamond studded jump suits at J.C. Penney's anymore.
  3. Pharmacies no longer running low on Percodan and Dristan.
  4. Pink Cadillac salesman filed bankruptcy years ago.
  5. Four words once spoken: Lisa Marie Presley Jackson

Elvis' amazing climb from the humblest of beginnings to rock & roll immortality reached its first major plateau on January 27, 1956, with the release of "Heartbreak Hotel," his debut single on the RCA label. The first of 17 number 1 hits, "Heartbreak" held down the top spot for eight weeks, firmly establishing the man from Memphis, TN, as a national phenomenon. His hip-swiveling performances on ta series of '50s TV variety shows -- including Ed Sullivan's -- didn't hurt either, generating both hysteria and intense media coverage, and captivating a vast audience of rebellious, record-buying teens. By the time Elvis had sung his last note 21 years later, he held records for the most Top 40 hits (107), the most Top 10 hits (38), the most consecutive number 1 hits (10) and the most weeks at number 1 (80).

Music Calendar...

   In 1957 Ricky Nelson records "Be Bop Baby."
   In 1957 Buddy Holly and the Crickets are booed when they play the Apollo
           Theatre in Harlem. It takes 3 days to win the audience over.
   In 1962 Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as the drummer for the Beatles.
   In 1965 Dave Clark Five singer Mike Smith suffers two broken ribs when he
           was pulled off the stage by fans in Chicago.
   In 1966 Frank Sinatra's album "Strangers In The Night" is certified gold.
   In 1969 "I Can't Get Next To You" by Temptations enters the U.S. top 40
   In 1969 "These Eyes" by The Guess Who is certified gold.
   In 1973 Elton John appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
   In 1975 Drummer Phil Collins becomes the new lead singer for Genesis when
           Peter Gabriel leaves.
   In 1977 Elvis Presley, dies of a reported "coronary arrhythmia" at Graceland
           in Memphis, TN, at age 42.
   In 1980 Cozy Powell quits Rainbow.
   In 1980 "Another One Bites The Dust" by Queen enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1983 Paul Simon marries actress Carrie Fisher. They divorce in 1985.
   In 1984 Prince appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
   In 1985 Madonna and Sean Penn are married in Malibu, California. Madonna
           filed for divorce in 1988.
   In 1986 A riot between rival gangs erupts at a Run DMC concert in Long
           Beach, CA, seriously injuring 42 people.
   In 1986 "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On" by Robert Palmer and "Take Me Home
           Tonight" by Eddie Money both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1986 "Papa Don't Preach" by Madonna hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and
           stayed there for 2 weeks.
   In 1986 "True Blue" by Madonna hits #1 on the U.S. albums chart and stayed
           there for 5 weeks.
   In 1989 While doing his famous windmill guitar strum, the Who's Pete
           Townshend is injured when his hand hits the tremelo bar.
   In 1989 The Beach Boys' album "Still Cruisin'" and Red Hot Chili Peppers'
           album "Mother's Milk" are both released.
   In 1992 The first Madonna convention is held in New York.
   In 1994 Reba McEntire is nominated for six Country Music Association Awards.
   In 1994 Prince's album "Come" is released.
   In 1995 Brian Wilson performs for the first time on-stage with his daughters
           Wendy & Carnie of Wilson Phillips.
   In 1996 Billy Joel's album "Kohuept" is certified platinum, while
           Aerosmith's album "Draw The Line" goes double platinum.
   In 1997 Thousands of Elvis Presley fans flock to Graceland on the 20th
           anniversary of his death.
   In 1998 Pete Townshend performs at the Chicago House of Blues in a benefit
           concert that raised about $300,000 for abused & neglected children.
   In 1998 The Goo Goo Dolls, Dishwalla, Joan Osborne, Marcy Playground and
           Third Eye Blind perform at the second day of "A Day in the Garden,"
           commemorating the 29th anniversary of Woodstock.
   In 1999 Lorrie Morgan's "Greatest Hits" album goes double platinum.
   In 2000 'N Sync unveils a room dedicated in its honor at the Orlando,
           Florida, branch of the Ronald McDonald house.
   In 2002 The Rolling Stones perform a surprise club show in Toronto in
           to prepare for their upcoming Licks world tour.

Today In History...

   In 1777 American forces defeat the British in the Revolutionary War Battle
           of Bennington, Vermont.
   In 1812 Detroit falls to British and Indian forces in the War of 1812.
   In 1829 The original Siamese twins Chang and Eng Bunker arrive in Boston to
           be exhibited to the Western world.
   In 1858 A telegraphed message from Britain's Queen Victoria to President
           Buchanan is transmitted over the recently laid trans-Atlantic cable.
   In 1861 President Lincoln prohibits the states of the Union from trading
           with the seceding states of the Confederacy.
   In 1863 The Emancipation Proclamation is signed.
   In 1875 A locust swarm, estimated at 12 trillion, passes through Nebraska.
   In 1896 Gold is found at Bonanza Creek, Alabama.
   In 1920 Baseball's only fatality occurs when Cleveland Indian Ray Chapman
           is hit in the head by a fastball.
   In 1948 Baseball legend Babe Ruth dies in New York at the age of 53.
   In 1949 American novelist ("Gone With the Wind") Margaret Mitchell is struck
           and killed by a car in Atlanta, Georgia.
   In 1954 Sports Illustrated is first published by Time Inc.
   In 1956 Adlai Stevenson is nominated for president at the Democratic
           convention in Chicago.
   In 1960 Britain grants independence to the crown colony of Cyprus.
   In 1960 Joseph Kittinger parachutes from a balloon at 31,330m (record).
   In 1965 The AFL awards its first expansion franchise to the Miami Dolphins.
   In 1970 Venera 7 is launched by the USSR for a soft landing on Venus.
   In 1978 James Earl Ray, convicted assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,
           tells a Capitol Hill hearing he did not commit the crime, saying
           he'd been set up by a mysterious man called Raoul.
   In 1984 The Jaycees vote to admit women.
   In 1984 A Los Angeles federal jury acquits automaker John De Lorean in a
           $24 million cocaine conspiracy trial.
   In 1987 A Northwest Airlines jet crashes shortly after takeoff from Detroit
           Metropolitan killing all 153 aboard and 2 on the ground.
   In 1988 Vice President George Bush names Indiana Senator Dan Quayle to be
           his running mate.
   In 1989 A rare prime time lunar eclipse occurs over most of the United
   In 1990 President Bush meets with Jordan's King Hussein in Kennebunkport,
           Maine, where he urged him to close Iraq's access to the sea through
           the port of Aqaba.
   In 1991 Pope John Paul II begins the first-ever papal visit to Hungary.
   In 1992 On the eve of the Republican National Convention in Houston,
           President Bush denied a New York Times report that a confrontation
           with Saddam Hussein was being motivated by political concerns.
   In 1993 New York police rescue business executive Harvey Weinstein from a
           covered 14-foot-deep pit, where he'd been held nearly two weeks for
   In 1993 Actor Stewart Granger dies in Santa Monica, California, at age 80.
   In 1997 Cosmonauts, Vasily Tsibliyev and Alexander Lazutkin just back from
           Mir, reject criticism that they were to blame for troubles aboard
           the aging, problem-plagued space station.
   In 1999 Vladimir Putin is confirmed as Russia's prime minister, the fifth
           since early 1998.
   In 1999 The prime-time game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" begins a
           limited 2-week run on ABC-TV.
   In 2000 Delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles
           formally nominate Al Gore for president.
   In 2002 Terrorist mastermind Abu Nidal reportedly is found shot to death
           in Baghdad, Iraq. He was 65.
   In 2003 Idi Amin, the former dictator of Uganda, dies in Jiddah, Saudi
           Arabia; he was believed to have been 80.

Born On This Day...

   In 1798 Mirabeau Lamar (second president of the Republic of Texas)
   In 1832 Psychologist/scientist, Wilhelm Wundt (scientific psychology)
   In 1860 French writer, Jules Laforgue (lyrical irony, free verse)
   In 1862 College football coach, Amos Alonzo Stagg (introduced the huddle)
   In 1863 Chemist, Frederic Stanley Kipping (organic derivatives of silicon)
   In 1865 French physicist, Gabriel Lippmann (color photography)
   In 1868 Publisher, Bernard McFadden (True Romance, True Detective)
   In 1884 Science Fiction writer, Hugo Gernsback
   In 1892 Cartoonist, Harold Foster (Prince Valiant)
   In 1892 Cartoonist, Otto Messner (Felix the Cat)
   In 1894 Labor leader, George Meany (first president of AFL-CIO)
   In 1895 Actor, Lucien Littlefield (Mr. Beasley-Blondie)
   In 1897 Ringmaster, Robert Ringling (Ringling Brothers)
   In 1899 Actor, Glenn Strange (Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein)
   In 1904 Biochemist, Wendell M. Stanley (Nobel-1946) [d: 6-15-71]
   In 1907 Actress, Mae Clark (Frankenstein, Nana, Parole Girl) [d: 4-29-92]
   In 1913 Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin (1977-83) [d: 3-9-92]
   In 1915 Singer, Al Hibbler (Duke Ellington) [d: 4-24-01]
   In 1920 German novelist/playwright, Charles Bukowski [d: 3-9-94]
   In 1922 Conductor, Ernie Freeman (Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra) [d: 5-16-81]
   In 1925 Actor, Fess Parker (Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, Old Yeller) [d: 3-18-10]
   In 1926 Screenwriter, Norman Wexler (Saturday Night Fever) [d: 8-23-99]
   In 1928 Actress, Ann Marie Blyth (Kismet, Mildred Pierce) (89)
   In 1929 Jazz pianist, Bill Evans (Miles Davis) [d: 9-15-80]
   In 1929 Actress, Lois Nettleton (All That Glitters, Centennial) [d: 1-18-08]
   In 1930 Actor, Robert Culp (I Spy, Greatest American Hero) [d: 3-24-10]
   In 1930 Sportscaster, Frank Gifford (ex-Monday Night Football) [d: 8-9-15]
   In 1930 Tennis Hall-of-Famer, Tony Trabert (1955 Wimbeldon) (87)
   In 1932 Singer, Eydie Gorme ("Blame it on the Bosa Nova") [d: 8-10-13]
   In 1933 Actor, Gary Clarke (Hondo, Steve-The Virginian) (84)
   In 1933 Actress, Julie Newmar (Catwoman-TV's Batman, Living Doll) (84)
   In 1933 Astronaut, Stuart "Smoky" Roosa (Apollo XIV) [d: 12-12-94]
   In 1934 Actor/singer, Ketty Lester (Little House on the Prairie) (83)
   In 1936 Actress, Anita Gillette (Dr. Hanover-Quincy ME, Moonstruck) (81)
   In 1937 Actress, Lorraine Gary (Jaws, Jaws 2, Jaws 4) (80)
   In 1939 Actress, Carole Shelley (The Elephant Man) (78)
   In 1943 Actress/singer, Sharon Baird (Mickey Mouse Club) (74)
   In 1945 Actor, Robert Balaban (Close Encounters, The Monuments Men) (72)
   In 1945 Singer/guitarist, Gary Loizzo (American Breed) [d: 1-16-16]
   In 1946 Actress, Lesley Ann Warren (Victor Victoria, Clue) (71)
   In 1948 Singer/saxophonist/guitarist, Barry Hay (Golden Earring) (69)
   In 1949 Guitarist, William Spooner (Grateful Dead, Tubes) (68)
   In 1950 U.S. runner, Hasely Crawford (Olympic-Gold-1976) (67)
   In 1952 Actor, Reginald Veljohnson (Carl-Family Matters, Die Hard) (65)
   In 1953 TV personality, Kathie Lee Gifford (Regis & Kathie Lee) (64)
   In 1953 Baseball manager, Nick Leyva (Phillies 1988-91) (64)
   In 1953 Actress, Catlin O'Heaney (Snow White-Charmings) (64)
   In 1953 Singer, James J.T. Taylor (Kool & The Gang) (64)
   In 1954 Director, James Cameron (Terminator, Aliens, Titanic) (63)
   In 1955 Actor, Jeff Perry (Harvey Leek-Nash Bridges) (62)
   In 1957 Guitarist, Tim Farriss (INXS) (60)
   In 1957 Actress, Laura Innes (Dr. Kerry Weaver-ER, Deep Impact) (60)
   In 1958 Actress, Angela Bassett (Waiting To Exhale, Contact, Stella) (59)
   In 1958 Singer/actress, Madonna [Ciccone] (59)
   In 1958 Actor, Jonathan Prince (Danny-Alice, Mr. Merlin) (59)
   In 1960 Actor, Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People, Falcon & The Snowman) (57)
   In 1961 Football player, Christian Okoye (56)
   In 1962 Actor, Steven Carell (The Office, The Big Short) (55)
   In 1964 Tennis player, Jimmy Arias (U.S. Davis Cup Team) (53)
   In 1967 Rap performer, MC Remedee aka Debbie Pryce (Cookie Crew) (50)
   In 1969 Reality star, Jase Robertson (Duck Dynasty) (48)
   In 1970 Actor, Seth Peterson (Robbie Hansen-Providence) (47)
   In 1972 Singer, Emily Robison (Dixie Chicks) (45)
   In 1976 Actress, Crystal McKellar (Becky-The Wonder Years) (41)
   In 1978 Actor, Josh Casaubon (Hugh Hughes-One Life to Live) (39)
   In 1980 Singer/actress, Vanessa Carlton (American Dreams) (37)
   In 1985 Actress, Agnes Bruckner (Bridget-Bold & the Beautiful) (32)
   In 1985 Actress, Arden Cho (Teen Wolf, Pretty Little Liars) (32)
   In 1986 Wrestler, Colin Cassady (WWE) (31)
   In 1987 Guitarist, Jack Met (AJR) (30)
   In 1988 Actress, Rumer Willis (The House Bunny, The Whole Nine Yards) (29)
   In 1991 Actress, Evanna Lynch (Luna-Harry Potter films) (26)
   In 1991 Rap singer, Young Thug (26)
   In 1993 Actor, Cameron Monaghan (Shameless, Vampire Academy) (24)
   In 1997 Actress, Piper Curda (I Didn't Do It, A.N.T. Farm) (20)
   In 1997 Singer, Greyson Chance (20)

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Marine Time Machine - Navajo Code Talkers

Beyond the Uniform - Paramedic to Pilot

Here Comes the Boom


This Is Us Season 3 Adds Michael Angarano as Jack's Brother Nicky Pearson. It's time to meet Nicky Pearson on This Is Us. The NBC drama has added Will & Grace and I'm Dying Up Here veteran Michael Angarano to the cast of season three as Nicky, brother to Milo Ventimiglia's Jack Pearson. Both Jack and Nicky were in Vietnam together and season three is poised to focus on Jack's past, specifically his time fighting in the war. The news was announced at This Is Us' FYC Emmys panel on Monday, Aug. 13. "I am beyond grateful and very excited to be part of this show," Angarano tweeted. "My grandmother even told her dentist." Angarano appeared alongside another famous NBC Jack, Sean Hayes' character on Will & Grace, where he played Elliot, Jack's son. Angarano appeared in the both the original series and the revival season in 2017. His other credits include Mom, The Knick, Sky High and 24. For the Vietnam-set storyline, This Is Us tapped writer Tim O'Brien to consult and pen episodes alongside series creator Dan Fogelman. The new season will continue to jump around in time and break some rules, executive producers Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker said at the 2018 Television Critics Association press tour. "We are challenging ourselves in season three," Aptaker said. "Now that we've figured out that our audience is along for the ride...we're kind of breaking all the rules. We're challenging ourselves to jump to decades we've never been to before and going to the future as we've seen a little bit, and really play with the storytelling format in a way that's just much more complicated than we were able to in earlier seasons, when we were kind of showing people how the show worked." Look for changes in episode structure this year. "A typical episode of This Is Us has three sibling storylines and then a past episode, and every now and then we'll devote one solely to one character, but this season we're really throwing everything out the window and saying all bets are off," Aptaker said. "So maybe we'll do an episode where every act is a different time. Maybe we'll have something that jumps five timelines in an episode. We're really pushing the limits of what people will comprehend." This Is Us premieres Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. on NBC. (Eonline)

The Middle spin-off about Sue Heck has been greenlit. Sue Heck will return after all. While The Middle may be gone, the planned spin-off focused on Eden Sher's awkward late-teen middle daughter character Sue is now officially moving forward for next season. Here's the logline from ABC: "Cue the Sue happy dance. More Sue Heck is on the way. The series follows the twentysomething adventures of eternal optimist Sue Heck as she leaves the small town of Orson to navigate the ups and downs of a career and young adulthood in the big city of Chicago." Last May The Middle wrapped nine seasons on ABC's schedule as a show that was considered perpetually underrated by critics and in terms of pop culture buzz. Yet the program delivered a solid rating week after week on Wednesday nights while delivering a uniquely wholesome-ish family-friendly comedy. The Middle creators Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline will serve as writers and executive producers on the new show. No premiere date has been set but giving the order timing you can probably expect the comedy to debut midseason (Middle-season?). (Entertainment Weekly)

First look at Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Netflix has released the first two official photos of Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina in its new upcoming series "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina." In the first photo, we see Shipka as Sabrina Spellman. The second is a scene from the dark Baptism of Sabrina with Richard Coyle as Father Blackwood; Shipka as Sabrina; Lucy Davis as Hilda Spellman; Mirando Otto as Zelda Spellman; and Abigail Cowan, Adeline Rudolph and Tati Gabrielle as The Weird Sisters. "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft. Tonally in the vein of "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Exorcist," the adaptation finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature -- half-witch, half-mortal -- while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit. "Riverdale" showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who also serves as chief creative officer of Archie Comics, penned the script and executive produces alongside "Riverdale" collaborators Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater and Lee Toland Krieger. The drama hails from Warner Bros Television-based Berlanti Productions. The cast also includes Ross Lynch, Michelle Gomez, Chance Perdomo, Jaz Sinclair, Lachlan Watson, Bronson Pinchot and Gavin Leatherwood. (PageSix)

Nick Cannon promises his new show about the Bay Area will be dripping in authenticity 'cause he's got Oakland legends, E-40 and Too Short, on board as producers. Nick tells TMZ he's psyched about his drama crime series, "The Yay Area," because it's going to chronicle Northern California's drug culture, and its connection to Silicon Valley, biker gangs and even the Black Panthers. Nick's thinking "The Wire" meets "The Sopranos" -- and now that he has Short and 40 involved, he thinks things will move quickly. We're told several networks are interested, and Nick's sinking tons of his own dough into it. He plans to start shooting 'Yay' this Fall. Until then, Nick's so busy with so many other gigs ... we can tell, he needs a nap. (TMZ)

Khloe Kardashian's show on murderous sisters will premiere on Labor Day. Khloe Kardashian's Investigation Discovery show "Twisted Sisters" will premiere on Labor Day, Page Six has exclusively learned. The true-crime, six-part series will explore sisters who work together to commit crimes or turn on each other, often turning deadly, according to the network. "When choosing the stories, we couldn't believe how many untold tales there were to tell," said Kardashian. "As a true-crime fan myself, I am excited to share with viewers a new twist on the term 'sibling rivalry.'" ID president Henry Schleiff added, "Khloe 'killed' it in her first true-crime series." (PageSix)

Luann de Lesseps to sit for first post-rehab interview with Megyn Kelly. Luann de Lesseps will sit down on Tuesday for her first interview since entering rehab, Page Six is told. The "Real Housewives of New York" star -- who went into treatment back in July -- will appear on NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today" to discuss her recent struggles. It was the second time de Lesseps has gone to rehab since her Christmastime arrest in Palm Beach, Florida. Since coming out of a Connecticut facility in early August, she has returned to the stage in her hit cabaret show, "The Countess and Friends." (PageSix)

Netflix CFO David Wells to Step Down. Wells joined the streaming giant in 2004 and has served as financial head since 2010. Netflix on Monday said chief financial officer David Wells plans to step down after his successor is found. Wells joined Netflix in 2004 and served as CFO since 2010. Netflix said it will look inside and outside the company for a successor, with Wells choosing to remain with the company until one is found. "It's been 14 wonderful years at Netflix, and I'm very proud of everything we've accomplished," Wells said in a statement. "After discussing my desire to make a change with Reed [Hastings, Neflix's CEO], we agreed that with Netflix's strong financial position and exciting growth plans, this is the right time for us to help identify the next financial leader for the company," he added. During his tenure at Netflix, Wells has overseen a steep rise in annual spending -- currently around $8 billion a year -- to acquire and produce content so the streamer has a steady supply of new shows to grow its worldwide subscriber base. And with Amazon, Hulu, Facebook, Twitter, Apple and other companies also in the content game, and more buyers around, Netflix has seen the price for premium content rise. "David has been a valuable partner to Netflix and to me. He skillfully managed our finances during a phase of dramatic growth that has allowed us to create and bring amazing entertainment to our members all over the world while also delivering outstanding returns to our investors," said Hastings in his own statement. Wells' time at Netflix also saw the streamer move from just licensing programming to stocking its originals roster to increasingly bringing ownership in-house with overall deals with top TV producers. These includes multiyear deals with prolific TV producers Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy, Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan and Stranger Things producer Shawn Levy. (Hollywood Reporter)

Kerry Washington to Star in, Produce Hulu Drama 'Old City Blues'. Gore Verbinski is attached to direct the Makeready take on the Boom! Studios graphic novel. Kerry Washington is expanding her relationship with Hulu. The Scandal grad, who will next star in and executive produce Hulu's Little Fires Everywhere, has signed on to topline and exec produce Old City Blues for the streamer. The drama, which is in development at Hulu, is based on the Boom! Studios graphic novel. Black List screenwriter Arash Amel is adapting the TV take, with Oscar winner Gore Verbinski (Rango) attached to direct, should the project move forward. Published in 2011, Old City Blues was written by Giannis Milonogiannis. Set in the year 2048, the story takes place in New Athens, on the ruins that once was known as Greece but is now crawling with high-tech criminals including smugglers, drug dealers and corrupt politicians and powerful corporations. The potential series revolves around Solano, Thermidor and the rest of the New Athens Special Police, who endeavor to keep the city in check after the cyborg founder of a tech company is found dead. (It's unclear just what role Washington will take on as the project remains in development.) A writers room for the potential series has already been opened with Chris Black (Cinemax's Outcast) set to serve as showrunner and exec produce alongside Amel; Allison Davis (Underground) will pen the script. Washington will exec produce alongside her Simpson Street exec vp development and production Pilar Savone. Verbinski will also exec produce via his Blink Wink Productions. Boom! Studios president of development Stephen Christy and CEO Ross Richie will oversee for the company. Entertainment One will handle international distribution on the series, which is from Brad Weston's Makeready, as the former serves as the latter's top investor. Makeready's Scott Nemes will oversee for the company and exec produce alongside Weston. Old City Blues extends Washington's relationship with Hulu, where she next stars opposite Reese Witherspoon in Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere. Both Washington and Witherspoon are exec producing the straight-to-series limited series, which landed at Hulu following a multiple-outlet bidding war. The deal falls outside of Washington's overall pact with ABC Studios, for whom she starred on Scandal. For Boom! Studios, the deal comes after the company recently hired Averie Huffine as vp development to oversee its expansion in television. Beyond Marvel and DC, Boom! Studios has the largest library of comic book IP. Washington is repped by CAA, Washington Square Arts and attorney Gretchen Rush. Verbinski, whose credits also include A Cure for Wellness, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and The Lone Ranger, is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content and Sloane Offer. (Hollywood Reporter)

'Racist $100,000 Pyramid' Contestant Owns Up to Obama, Bin Laden Mix-Up. The 'BlacKkKlansman' Premiere was the Place to Be in Hollywood. "This just goes to show you that even a liberal Globalist Cuck like yours truly has some inherent racism lurking in my brain," contestant Evan Kaufman tweets. In what might go down as one of the worst answers in game show history, contestant Evan Kaufman revealed his "inherent racism" with one disastrous guess on "$100,000 Pyramid" Sunday night, and then tweeted how it happened. Kaufman was competing with "Saturday Night Live" alum Tim Meadows on the game show hosted by Michael Strahan, making the moment perhaps even more uncomfortable for him. After the episode aired, Kaufman's conflating of President Barack Obama and Osama bin Laden quickly went viral. Kaufman was presented with the answer, "People with the last name Obama," which really narrows it down to one family. But instead of naming Barack or Michelle or even their kids, after a very pregnant pause, he said, "Bin Laden." Kaufman immediately recognized his mistake, corrected it and Meadows was able to get the right answer, allowing them to move on. But perhaps no one was more horrified to see that moment play out on television than Kaufman himself, who knew it was coming after taping the episode months ago. He even admitted as part of a 13-tweet string that he'd wondered if it might be possible to edit it out, but as it was a timed sequence in the game, his screw-up was guaranteed a national spotlight and a permanent spot on lists of worst game show moments. And so, Kaufman jumped right out in front of it, presenting his side of the story almost immediately after the show ended Sunday night. To his credit, Kaufman didn't try to justify his mistake, or back away from the "inherent racism" it represented, as he described it. He even gave a shout-out to the production crew for capturing the moment so well, writing, "And so you have this perfectly viral clip. A clip that is insanely funny. It would be so funny if it wasn't me. The editing is impeccable." (Too Fab)


Taraji P. Henson Cracks the Boys' Club in What Men Want Trailer. "This is not a curse. This is a gift." So, says Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) in the trailer for Paramount Pictures' What Men Want, released just moments ago. After being passed over for a promotion at her sports agency, and being told to "stay in your lane," Ali visits a psychic and is given a mystical tea that enables her to actually hear men's thoughts. With her newfound abilities, Ali has an advantage over her colleagues (Brian Bosworth, Pete Davidson, Max Greenfield and Jason Jones) and infiltrates their boys' club at work. All the while, she works overtime to sign the next NBA superstar. Of course, Ali's powers have their downsides, as they test her friendships and a possible romance. Directed by Adam Shankman, and produced by James Lopez and Will Packer, additional cast members include Erykah Badu, Josh Brener, Mark Cuban, Deja Dee, Charles Green, Aldis Hodge, Tamala Jones, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kausar Mohammed, Tracy Morgan, Shaquille O'Neal, Ashani Roberts, Phoebe Robinson, Richard Roundtree and Chris Witaske. What Men Want, scheduled to premiere in theaters nationwide on Jan. 11, 2019, is a remake of the hit 2000 Nancy Meyers film What Women Want, co-starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. Henson next lends her voice to Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet, in theaters Nov. 21. (Eonline)

Sharon Tate is about to be resurrected in spectacular fashion in Quentin Tarantino's new movie, thanks to Margot Robbie ... so says Sharon's sister, who watched the action on the closed set. Debra Tate says QT's flick "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" -- which centers around the murders of her sibling and her friends at the hands of the Manson Family -- is magnificent because Margot is capturing all the nuances from the slain actress. It's a hell of an Oscar pitch. Debra says Margot's taking the role incredibly seriously ... and it shows from what she's seen firsthand on set. And, of course, the resemblance is uncanny. There's also this ... Debra says all the A-listers attached -- including Leo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino, just to name a few -- are actually super friendly in real life. How 'bout that?! Debra had previously bashed Tarantino and his cast for not reaching out to her for her blessing, but that's all changed. She came out fully supporting the movie late last month ... and it sounds like the film has come to exceed her expectations since then. (TMZ)

San Sebastian Festival Adds Bradley Cooper, Spike Lee, Damien Chazelle Films. The latest from Alfonso Cuaron, Jacques Audiard and Jia Zhangke also join the lineup of the top Spanish fest. The San Sebastian Film Festival has added Bradley Cooper's A Star is Born, Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman and Damien Chazelle's First Man along with seven other movies to its lineup. The 10 additions, which also include new films from Alfonso Cuaron, Jacques Audiard and Jia Zhangke, will screen in the Spanish festival's so-called Perlak section competition for the City of Donostia/San Sebastian Audience Award. Spain's only A-list festival, and the leading Spanish-speaking festival in the world, San Sebastian will run Sept. 21-Sept. 29 in the beachside town in northern Spain's Basque region. This is the first time that Lee will compete for an award in San Sebastian. His film about an African-American policeman who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan won the jury grand prix honor at Cannes and the audience award at the Locarno Film Festival. Chazelle's film stars Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, the first astronaut to walk on the moon, and Claire Foy. Before going to San Sebastian, the movie will open the Venice Film Festival. Cuaron will bring Roma, which will also have its premiere in Venice, to the Spanish festival, in which the Mexican director portrays the life of a maid working in a middle-class district of Mexico City in the early 1970s. Audiard will present his western The Sisters Brothers, which will have its premiere at the Venice Film Festival. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly. Cooper will screen his directorial debut that portrays musician Jackson Maine who discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally, played by Lady Gaga. After its premiere in Venice, A Star Is Born will close the audience award lineup to a close in San Sebastian. Zhangke's Ash Is Purest White chronicles the changes transforming China via a violent love story. Other movies that organizers added to its lineup on Tuesday are Nadine Labaki's Capharnaum, winner of the jury prize in Cannes; Lukas Dhont's Girl, winner of the Golden Camera award for best first film in Cannes; Ciro Guerra's Pajaros de verano (Birds of Passage); and Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai, which premiered in the Cannes Directors' Fortnight program. These films join those previously unveiled for the San Sebastian audience award category, namely Jafar Panahi's Three Faces, Pawel Pawlikowski's Cold War, Summer by Kirill Serebrennikov, El angel by Luis Ortega, Petra by Jaime Rosales, Raul de la Fuente and Damian Nenow's Another Day of Life, as well as Asako I & II by Ryusuke Hamaguchi. (Hollywood Reporter)

Well Go USA to Release Donnie Yen Action Flick 'Big Brother' in North America. The Hong Kong martial arts legend stars in the film as a seasoned former soldier who turns to unconventional methods to teach a high school class of teenage delinquents. Well Go USA has scooped up North American distribution rights to Big Brother, the latest action flick starring Hong Kong martial arts legend Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Rogue One). The indie action and genre distributor will release the film nationwide on Aug. 31, one week after its wide release in China. The company plans a digital release later in the year. Donnie Yen stars in the film as a seasoned former soldier recruited for his toughest mission yet teaching a class of teen delinquents. As he kicks his way into both their school and home lives, it becomes clear that his unconventional teaching style might be just what they need. At the same time, he has to deal with a greedy entrepreneur and his gang of fighters as well as the government "Well Go is honored to continue our long relationship with Donnie Yen," said Doris Pfardrescher, Well Go's president and CEO. "Donnie's star has continued to rise as international audiences become increasingly aware of his martial arts and acting prowess, and Big Brother is an exciting, funny, and touching film that will only add fuel to that fire." Big Brother is written by Tai-lee Chan and produced by Donnie Yen, Wong Jing, and Connie Wong. The deal was negotiated by Doris Pfardrescher for Well Go USA and Angela Wong for Mega-Vision Project Workshop on behalf of the filmmakers. (Hollywood Reporter)


Beyonce's Three Kids Make Cameos in a Behind-the-Scenes Vogue Video. Quiet on set! Beyonce's babies have arrived. It was a day of family fun for the Vogue cover star when it came time to shoot her highly anticipated September spread. According to a newly released behind-the-scenes video of the project, the Grammy winner brought her three kids -- daughter Blue Ivy Carter and twins Sir Carter and Rumi Carter -- along to set. The activity in between takes was just as picturesque as the songstress' ethereal photos. While the family is among the most famous in the world, fans got an inside look at the calmer, simpler moments in the Mother's Day. In a scene that could have been plucked out of an '80s home video of the star herself, we even got to see her 6-year-old firstborn hold the video camera and play in the grass as she sweetly said in the background, "I'm gonna zoom in for you guys, ok?" As Vogue explained, the video sees the shoot through Blue's eyes. Mixed in with shots of Beyonce smiling, getting her make done and nails filed, posing, having fun in her outfits and taking a moment to braid her own hair, we also got brief glimpses of her 1-year-old twins as they played with their big sister and got a kiss from their famous mama. However, as the family is always keen on keeping some privacy, the video was careful not to show their full faces. The iconic performer's three little ones were on her mind as she outlined her hopes for her children in the magazine. "As the mother of two girls, it's important to me that they see themselves too -- in books, films and on runways. It's important to me that they see themselves as CEOs, as bosses, and that they know they can write the script for their own lives -- that they can speak their minds and they have no ceiling," the multihyphenate said in Vogue. "They don't have to be a certain type or fit into a specific category. They don't have to be politically correct, as long as they're authentic, respectful, compassionate and empathetic." As she continued, she wants to give her daughters the freedom to "explore any religion, fall in love with any race and love who they want to love," adding, "I want the same things for my son. I want him to know that he can be strong and brave but that he can also be sensitive and kind. I want my son to have a high emotional IQ where he is free to be caring, truthful and honest." (Eonline)

Charlie Puth Performs 'Voicenotes' Mini-Set on 'Kimmel'. Charlie Puth was the musical guest Monday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where the pop artist hit a mini-set of tracks lifted from his latest album. Puth nailed three songs from his 2018 sophomore set Voicenotes, "How Long," the title track from; "Attention" and "Done For Me," all of which are appear online as an "exclusive off air" package. (Billboard)

Poppy Teases Diplo Collaboration With Futuristic Image. Poppy, the esoteric, winning YouTube phenomenon and pop artist, is just about ready to share her "futuristic" collaboration with Diplo. Overnight, Poppy (also known as That Poppy) posted what appears to be a screengrab from a sci-fi themed music video, with the message, "Poppy + Diplo 8/22." In the snap, Poppy is sat bolt upright in what appears to be a hospital bed with electrode patches attached to each temple. Of course, this being Poppy, the clinical locale could be her living room. Poppy has a deal with Diplo's Mad Decent, which stocks and sells her 2017 album Poppy. Computer and a range of merch, including backpacks and the fetching "'Poppy Is Not Signed To Mad Decent' t-shirt. The 23-year-old Massachusetts native is a bona-fide YouTube star and Streamy Award-winner, with more than 300 million views on her channel and three studio albums to her name. Her next, Am I A Girl? will feature collaborations with Diplo and Grimes, she recently told NME. "Diplo brought his dance beats. I wanted to work with Diplo for a long time," she said. The collab will be the follow-up to the album's lead single "In A Minute," which dropped July 27."The song that I have with Diplo is coming out next. It's very futuristic sounding," she added. (Billboard)

Migos' Quavo and Offset Join DJ Khaled on Stage in Detroit. Quavo of Migos performs onstage at the Rolling Loud Festival at NOS Events Center on Dec. 16, 2017 in San Bernardino, Calif. Migos had a night off Monday (Aug. 13) -- but two-thirds of the group still managed to find their way onstage, this time in Detroit. The group's Quavo and Offset, who just kicked off Migos' delayed Aubrey & the Three Amigos '18 tour with Drake on Sunday night in Kansas City, were special guests during DJ Khaled's set opening for Beyonce and Jay-Z's On The Run II Tour stop at Ford Field -- a few blocks away from Little Caesars Arena, where Migos will be performing Tuesday and Wednesday. Quavo performed a verse from "I'm The One," while Offset delivered a bit of "Ric Flair Drip." The tour with Drake was delayed several times due to production issues, but the first show found Migos hopping on stage during Drake's set for a selection of its own songs ("Walk It Talk It," "Versace" and "Stir Fry") and covers of Quavo's "Workin' Me," "Cardi B's "Drip" and DJ Durel's "Hot Summer." The tour is currently slated to run through Nov. 17 in Migos' native Atlanta. (Billboard)

Sam Smith blasted for not liking Michael Jackson. A comment about the King of Pop has Sam Smith in hot water. Over the weekend, Adam Lambert posted a video of himself and the British crooner listening to Michael Jackson while aboard a boat, in which Smith can be heard saying, "I don't like Michael Jackson, but this is a good song." While Smith, 26, may not have thought twice about what he said, the internet certainly did, with hundreds quickly taking to social media to slam the singer and point out that his song "Writing's on the Wall," from the 2015 James Bond movie "Spectre," sounded like Jackson's "Earth Song." One of the many people angered by Smith's comments was R&B legend, and former Jackson girlfriend, Stephanie Mills who tore into him on Instagram. "Don't come for MICHAEL JACKSON when you wish you have sold as many records and you wish you were the King of Pop like he was," Mills, 61, wrote. "I'm so tired of you people studying our music and studying our artist and claiming that you don't like our music." "Go sit your 1 HIT WONDER ass down and learn how to finish a tour," she continued. "When you can sell as many records as the king of Pop, Michael Jackson then maybe you can say something. So, I say to you Mr. Smith have several seats and come for me if you want to." Jackson's nephew TJ also weighed in on the matter, tweeting, "Sam Smith made a career on singing R&B/soul music. So, to look into a camera and disregard one of its pillars is ignorant, disrespectful and arrogant. Everyone has opinions but @samsmithworld don't disparage a soul pioneer when they helped paved the way for you and your music." He added that it was fine if Smith didn't like Jackson's music, the issue was that he made the comments on video, whether or not he expected that video to go public. "Anyone can like ANYONE they want," he tweeted. "What bothers me is SS is a popular SOUL artist. So, when he looks into ANY camera there is a good chance what is said will become public 1day. And for HIM to disrespect ANY classic soul Motown/Stax/etc artist publicly is arrogant. Period. Smith has yet to respond to the backlash to his comments. (PageSix)


Serena Williams Partners With Nike and Virgil Abloh for The Queen Collection. Serena Williams is tennis royalty and now her sportswear is fit for a queen. Nike announced its newest collaboration with the Olympic medalist and Off-White's Virgil Abloh (who doubles are the artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear): The Queen Collection. In honor of the US Open, beginning on August 27th, Serena will wear the new collection, which includes a tennis dress with a tutu-like skirt (ah-mazing) in both black and white, a bag, jacket and three pairs of sneakers, ranging from $130 to $900. "With Serena, we have one of our generation's most powerful, inspiring athletes as the muse," Virgial Abloh said, as reported by Business of Fashion. "I was trying to embody her spirit and bring something compelling and fresh to tennis." Consistent with Virgil's desires, the line truly embodies the tennis champion. For one, she's very feminine in her clothing choices. And, she loves dance, which is the inspiration behind the tennis dress. "So the dress is feminine, but combines her aggression," he continued, claiming his appreciate for the sport. "It's partially revealing. It's asymmetrical. It has a sort of ballerina-esque silhouette to symbolize her grace. It's not about bells and whistles and tricks. It's just about it living on the body and expressing Serena's spirit with each swing of the racket." The sneakers in the collection stem from the star's longtime relationship to the athletic brand. She's been a Nike ambassador since 2003 and has consistently steered away from the white tennis shoes that her peers and predecessors have worn. She prefers colorful looks, and while we can't say if this is her goal, they make her fast feet more apparent on the court. The Queen Collection includes the NikeCourt Flare 2 and limited editions of The Ten: Nike Air Max 97 and The Ten: Nike Blazer Mid SW. Each pair has accents of neon hues on the soles and read "Off-White for Nike" with the shoe's official title. Considering Serena's 23 grand slam singles victories, four Olympic gold medals, overall impact on sports and the powerful yet feminine designs of this collection, it's very clear that Serena is indeed a queen. (Eonline)

Dennis Shields Proposed to Bethenny Frankel Before His Death: 'She Didn't Say No,' Friend Says. Despite their complicated relationship status, Bethenny Frankel and Dennis Shields considered marriage in recent months -- and he even gave her an engagement ring. A friend of the Real Housewives of New York City star tells PEOPLE that the couple were discussing the possibility of marriage this past spring. "He proposed to her with a ring in April. She wasn't wearing the ring," the friend says. "There were some hurdles to overcome before she could make that level of a commitment. She loved him. He's her family and her best friend and her confidante. Her partner and her business partner." Still, Frankel, 47, kept the news a secret. "Very few people knew about the proposal," the friend says. "He's proposed before -- but never with a ring." Her answer? "She didn't say no," the friend says. "She would have loved to have married him, but there were some hurdles to overcome first." In the wake of his death, "Bethenny is devastated," the friend says. Shields was found dead in his Trump Tower apartment on Friday. He was 51. The NYPD is investigating his death as a possible overdose. According to the New York Post, the banker asked his assistant to give him Narcan, an emergency medication intended to reverse the effects of a narcotic overdose, but he lost consciousness before the medication could take effect. Perhaps complicating his future with Frankel, Shields was still legally married to his estranged wife Jill, who referred to him as "the love of my life" in a statement to PEOPLE after his death. Frankel and Shields began dating in 2016 -- three years after the Skinnygirl founder filed for divorce from ex-husband Jason Hoppy, with whom she shares 8-year-old daughter Bryn. But they first met about 28 years ago when he dated (and later married) Jill, one of her high school friends. They began seeing each other several months after he separated from his wife. But they dated on and off for years, and on last week's episode of RHONY, Frankel suggested they were taking another break, though they always remained close friends through their ups and downs. "I didn't say this to Dennis, but in my own mind I said 90 days. I'm not saying a word to Dennis for 90 days," Frankel told friend Dorinda Medley. "It's a really hard thing to realize that someone you love doesn't mean they're the right person. I wish he was." On Monday, Frankel posted an Instagram of Shields cuddling with her beloved dog Cookie, who died in October at the age of 17. "Rest In Peace my sweet babies who gave me endless unconditional love. #nowandforever," she captioned the intimate photo. And she was photographed looking heartbroken while attending Shields' funeral on Long Island. Frankel's friend tells PEOPLE it's unclear whether she and Shields were officially together leading up to his death. Still, their feelings were undeniable. "She talked to him this past week. He loved her and she loved him," the friend says. "She would have loved to have married him, but they were still working through their issues. She wanted to make it work." (People)

Chrissy Teigen's headbands aren't cheap. Chrissy Teigen's headband collection is so good, John Legend wrote a song about it. While vacationing with her family in Bali over the past two weeks, the 32-year-old model and social media star has taken to sharing her daily choice of hair accessory with her nearly 20 million Instagram followers, in a new series dubbed "Headband of the Day." But lest you think Teigen is picking up her bands in bulk from the hotel gift shop, guess again: The star has already spotlighted more than 10 wrapped-and-tied styles totaling nearly $4,000, from a black floral piece by Jennifer Behr to a metallic knit turban from Gucci. The Instagram series even has its own theme song, sung by Teigen's husband Legend. "Headband of the day, it's the headband of the day / Push your locks away, it's the headband of the day," the musician, 39, croons at the start of each clip. And while some followers suspected Teigen's headband videos might be sponsored, the star was quick to shut down the idea. "Not an ad!" she tweeted last Wednesday. "All my own headbands I've collected through the years. I just always want to wear headbands to events and no one ever lets me so I am FREE now to do ALL THE HEADBANDS I WANT." There you have it: Chrissy Teigen just wants to headband in peace. (PageSix)

Jenna Jameson is opening up about the strain not being able to lose weight had on her mental health after giving birth to her daughter Batel Lu. The former adult film actress, 44, shared a before and after photo of herself on Instagram Monday. "Let's talk about the mental aspect of losing weight and getting healthy. I'm going to be honest with you, when I was heavy I hated leaving the house. I felt judged," Jameson wrote. "I felt eyes on me everywhere. I could hear others internal monologue saying "damn, Jenna Jameson let herself go" ugh." "All of us do this, we worry so very much how we are perceived. But beyond that shallow thinking there was deeper shame. I was disappointed in myself," she continued. The mother of three revealed her concerns that she wouldn't go back to a size she felt comfortable with while being sober. "I was worried I couldn't lose the weight Sober. I'm being real with you," she admitted. "When I was in my addiction it was easy to stay thin. Sobriety and being overweight was new to me. I kept telling myself if I could beat addiction and stay sober, I can easily lose the weight... and I did. The healthy way." She added, "And as of today I can say my mental game is STRONG. I feel I can do anything, I conquered abuse, addiction, PTSD and depression. Thank you for listening and please tell me your stories below, I read every comment ?? #weightloss#weightlossjourney #keto #ketodiet#sober #sobriety #beforeandafter#fitmom #mentalhealth." Jameson also shared a mirror selfie of herself on her Instagram Story wearing a white one-piece bikini while showing off her toned body. Jameson has been open about her weight loss journey since giving birth in April 2017. Earlier this month, Jameson shared another before and after photo of her body in a joyful post in which she told her followers she had gone from a size 16 to a size 6 in jeans. "It's time for another #tuesdaytransformation . Guys, I fit into size 6 jeans! ?? the picture on the right I'm wearing size 16 jeans ?? the fit of my clothes is catapulting me forward now, not the scale so much," Jameson wrote in the caption. "Oh, and can we talk about "muffin top" it's gone! I feel like keto paired with #intermittentfasting has been my riddle solver!" she continued. "I've officially weaned off my poison sugar free creamer and am now drinking black coffee with stevia and coconut oil! ?? on a side note I want to acknowledge all of you taking the leap with me to get healthier, I'm SO damn proud of you!!!! Love you guys so much!" Jameson also previously shared in an Instagram post that since beginning the keto diet in March, she had lost 57 lbs. The diet is a very low-carb, moderate protein and high-fat eating plan. She shared two sets of before and after photos to show her followers how much her body had changed. "On the right, I weigh 187. On the left I'm a strong 130," she wrote. "I was lethargic and struggled with the easiest of tasks like walking in the beach sand with Batelli. I felt slow mentally and physically." "I took the pic on the right for a body positive post I was going to do and decided against it because I felt anything but f -- -- positive," she continued. "I'm now a little under four months on the #ketodiet and it's not only given me physical results, I feel happier, smarter, and much more confident." (People)

Former "Odd Mom Out" star Jill Kargman has pulled her son out of posh St. Bernard's School on the Upper East Side, claiming that he was the victim of anti-Semitism. Kargman said in an online essay that her son, Fletch, 10, came home in tears after hearing a fellow classmate say: "I'm a fan of Hitler! God sent Hitler down to kill the Jews because they nailed Jesus to the cross!" Kargman says she emailed the principal, whom Kargman claimed "shrugged it off" -- but she said that when she pressed for action, the student in question was forced to miss two field trips as punishment. Kargman said the incident put her "in a dark spiral of anguish for a month." But St. Bernard's told us in a statement that it "does not tolerate anti-Semitism" and that, "while we do not disclose publicly individual disciplinary actions with respect to our students, particularly as they are young children, the essay does not accurately or fully describe the underlying facts or the disciplinary actions taken." (Page Six)

Lo Bosworth says that it took "years of therapy" to recover from the sudden fame she experienced after "Laguna Beach" and "The Hills" took off. Bosworth -- who became a national sensation along with the rest of the cast when the MTV reality shows became a hit in the mid-2000s -- said at the Simply LA Conference over the weekend that she was "excited about it at first," but then was often in a "dark place" while the reality smash hit was on the air. (Page Six)

Alec Baldwin -- whose spy role in "Mission: Impossible -- Fallout" was all too brief -- drew a crowd at an East Hampton Library benefit on Saturday. At the annual Authors Night, the ubiquitous actor was signing copies of "You Can't Spell America Without Me," his parody -- with Spy magazine co-founder Kurt Andersen -- of a President Trump memoir. The literary crowd included Baldwin's wife, Hilaria, who was signing her 2016 wellness guide, "The Living Clearly Method," Robert Caro, Geraldo Rivera, and Montauk lobstermen John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski, who were signing their book, "A Speck in the Sea," which came out last May. Aldridge went overboard one night as Sosinski was asleep and spent 12 hours in the Atlantic before being rescued. Gregory Speck told them, "You two even look like characters from a novel by Herman Melville or Joseph Conrad." (Page Six)

Shaq ain't the only crime fighter in the O'Neal family -- his ex-wife, Shaunie O'Neal, spotted some dudes allegedly trying to break into her home ... and used her security system to scare 'em off! Shaunie spotted two dudes skulking around the property -- and activated the 2-way speaker on her Ring video surveillance system to yell at the intruders. "What are you doing?" Shaunie said calmly ... "You're on camera. Smile bitch!" You can see the "Oh crap" look on one of the perp's face -- both men immediately turn tail and book it out of the home. Shaunie, hoping for some public shaming, posted the footage to social media, saying, "Listen did y'all forget @Shaq is partners with @ring and made sure the kids and I had cameras everywhere." She added some hashtags -- "#igotudummy #smileBitch #ihateathief #weonyoass." (TMZ)

Deontay Wilder says he's done talking with Anthony Joshua's camp about a possible superfight down the road ... telling TMZ Sports Joshua's a LIAR who doesn't actually want to fight!! Wilder and Joshua are the two biggest names in boxing right now ... and both Joshua and his promoter, Eddie Hearn, have told us recently a superfight between the two WILL happen. But, now Wilder is throwing the brakes on all that talk ... telling us Joshua really DOESN'T want to make the fight work. "These guys have lied about so much stuff it's crazy," Wilder says. "Everyone knows who tried to make the fight, who really wanted to fight. A blind man could see the situation with this, and we're done with it." Deontay say s he's moving on and solely focusing on his next fight -- a November bout with Tyson Fury in Vegas. BUT ... Deontay does tell us he's going to knock Fury out early in the night ... soooo, the possibility for the superfight WOULD still be alive after that. Just sayin'. (TMZ)

Two UFC champs came face-to-face in the TMZ newsroom on Monday -- talking all sorts of smack to each other ... and begging Dana White to let them settle their beef in the Octagon. Henry Cejudo had called out T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 227 -- saying he'd come up in weight to fight T.J. for his bantamweight title. T.J. says he's 100% down. We invited both guys to appear on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs weeknights on FS1) and they accepted ... and the sparks immediately began to fly. T.J. said he'd knock Henry the hell out. and Henry shot back, "Be careful what you wish for." T.J. also said a fight with Henry would be "easy money." Henry said he'd destroy Dillashaw on the ground or on his feet. It got a little crazy when they squared off right inside the newsroom -- despite the stupid faces Evan was making in the background. (TMZ)

British Louis Vuitton model George Koh was found guilty of murdering fellow male model Harry Uzoka. The fatal incident took place in January after Koh, 24, and Uzoka, 25, got into a heated social media dispute, the Associated Press reported. Prosecutors claim Koh was envious of Uzoka, who was growing in the fashion industry after being signed to Premier Model Management and modeling for GQ and Zara. Uzoka had also recently landed a film role and was even close friends with high profile model Jourdan Dunn. Dunn, 28, paid tribute to Uzoka following his murder. "Rest in Paradise Young King," Dunn tweeted. Before Uzoka's death, he called Koh "fake," and asked him to stop "copying him." "Leave my name out of your mouth, it's that simple, I've never spoken bad of you in any way, so this is wild," Uzoka wrote in a message to Koh shown in court. The two then decided to hash out their differences in person after Koh claimed he slept with Uzoka's girlfriend model Ruby Campbell, who Uzoka met on set of a photoshoot in Los Angeles last summer. "Koh claimed he knew Uzoka well and then said that he had sex with Uzoka's girlfriend and that was the reason why they no longer talked," Prosecutor Richard Horwell QC said in court Monday according to BBC. "Where you I'll come there n we can fight bring ur friends with u," Koh told Uzoka. Uzoka then responded, "Come Shepherd's Bush." Once they met up at the location in London, Uzoka was chased down by Koh and his friends, which was recorded on nearby surveillance cameras. Uzoka, who brought a dumbbell bar to the fight, was then stabbed with a knife three times and died on a sidewalk in front of his house, the New York Post reported. Koh told the judge he carried the knives for self-defense. In addition to Koh, his two friends, Jonathan Okigbo, 24, and Merse Dikanda, 24, who went with him to meet Uzoka were also found guilty. Both Koh and Dikanda, who brought a machete to the fight, were found guilty of murder and Okigbo, who was not armed, was found guilty of manslaughter, according to the BBC. They will all be sentenced on Sep. 21. (People)


Emmy Nominee Jeff Daniels Shares the Real Reason He Hates Red Carpets. With two Emmy nods this year, Jeff Daniels should be excited for this year's award show. But on Monday's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! the actor revealed he hates walking red carpets. "The red carpet is a gauntlet... There is so much ambition on the red carpet you need to shower afterwards," he said. "And there are so many microphones." The Dumb and Dumber star recalled one particularly miserable red carpet moment. He joked he had already been "kicking and screaming" when he started to do an interview with a celebrity news outlet. An unnamed Desperate Housewives star then "swept in" and hijacked the interview. While Daniels' agent told him not to take it personally, The Newsroom star admitted he did. Still, his loathing of red carpets isn't going to stop him from potentially taking home a trophy. Daniels is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his role in Godless and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his role in The Looming Tower. The actor is hoping to win in both categories. "If you're going to put on a tux and get in a limo, you may as well win," he said. If he does win, it wouldn't be his first Emmy. Daniels won the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role in The Newsroom back in 2013. Still, the actor faces some tough competition. To see who he's up against, check out the full list of nominees. (Eonline)

Demi Lovato to Undergo ''Extensive'' Treatment For Several Months. Demi Lovato is in it for the long haul. Upon leaving Cedars-Sinai hospital last week, the pop star immediately entered rehab for addiction treatment and now, a source tells E! News, "She will be in rehab for several months and is doing an extensive program to ensure she gets the help she needs." The 25-year-old is currently in Chicago, where she is undergoing treatment with a therapist who focuses on sobriety, mental health and wellness. This trip to visit the specialist in Chicago is just one of the many steps the former Disney star is taking to maintain her sobriety, following an apparent overdose on July 24. With the singer placing the utmost importance in overcoming her addiction, she decided to cancel the remaining tour dates in her Tell Me You Love Me tour and has kept social contact to a minimum. The insider reports that Demi "hasn't been in communication with anyone and is really focusing on herself." That also includes limiting contact with her ex-boyfriend, Wilmer Valderrama, who visited the singer at the hospital as she recovered from extreme nausea and high fever. "Wilmer has been in touch with the family and has been checking in on Demi's status," but has been unable to speak to the "Sorry Not Sorry" singer as she undergoes treatment. The source explained, "The family is trying to make sure they eliminate all distractions and want her to be focusing on her health right now." Overall, "Demi is doing much better," both mentally and physically. "She has become more open and is happy she is getting the help she needs," especially after she began to "grasp the severity of what happened and that she almost died." While her health was what ultimately led the singer to enter rehab, a source previously told E! News, "She wants to make a statement to her fans, family and friends that she is strong and can recover." After her discharge from the hospital, the singer broke her silence with a post to Instagram. "I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction. What I've learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet," she wrote. Lovato thanked her family, team, the staff at the hospital and her fans for their love and support. "The love you have all shown me will never be forgotten and I look forward to the day where I can say I came out on the other side," she finished her message. As she continues on her path to sobriety, the source says, "Demi hopes to make a full recovery and be able to do the one thing she loves: Music." (Eonline)

Why Melanie Griffith Is Swearing Off Marriage After Four Divorces. "Working Bitch." That's the title Melanie Griffith suggested for her potential memoir (aptly inspired by her iconic role in 1988's Working Girl) when she spoke to InStyle magazine's Marshall Heyman for an interview earlier this month. In the wide-ranging profile, the actress and mother-of-four opened up about her life away from the big screen and revealed why she isn't afraid to share her non-traditional outlook on marriage with the world. Over the span of her successful career, Griffith has been married four times to three different men. Twice to Don Johnson, whom she fell in love with at just 14-years-old. They'd welcome a daughter, actress Dakota Johnson, during their second marriage, and Griffith also took in Johnson's son as her own. But before tying the knot for a second time with Johnson, she married actor Steven Bauer. The two had a son together, 32-year-old Alexander Bauer, and in 1996 Griffith welcomed a daughter, actress Stella Banderas, with her most recent ex-husband, Antonio Banderas. Like many working moms, Melanie opted to press pause on her career while she and Banderas grew their family. Melanie said that particular decision "was more exciting than playing a part in a story. You have to live your life and not just play somebody else all the time. And how can you play somebody else if you don't live your own life?" Despite what could be a complicated family dynamic, Griffith assured that she has nothing but warm feelings for all her exes. She explained, "All of my husbands, my three husbands -- I love them all so much, and we're all very close." And when asked if another marriage is a possible reality, Melanie offered, "I really don't think it's relevant for anyone anymore. But especially if you're 60 and you have four kids and you're living the life you've always wanted. Then why get married? It's, like, I would love to fall in love and have a romance, a relationship, but I haven't. I keep looking. I've had a couple of lovers but not a relationship." Her most valued relationships, however, revolve around the ones she has with her four children. She jokes that her kids would never set her up on a date, nor will you catch her swiping left or right on Tinder any time soon. She told InStyle, "I think I can find someone on my own. But if you know of anybody, please tell me." But as her kids grow up and flock from the nest, Griffith is starting to rethink her career. She concluded, "After getting divorced and, in a way, finishing up with my kids -- my Stella is now 21 -- I have the time and the chance to reboot and revitalize my career, I guess you would say." Well, we can't wait to see what's to come! Read more from Griffith here, and pick up the latest issue of InStyle on newsstands now. (Eonline)

Twin Alert! Reese Witherspoon Introduces Fans to Her Longtime Body Double of Nearly 15 Years. Ava Phillippe isn't the only one twinning with Reese Witherspoon! The actress, 42, introduced fans and followers to her body double Marilee Lessley for the first time on Instagram Monday, and the resemblance is uncanny. "I want to introduce you to someone who has been working with me for years. This is Marilee and she's my double. Don't we look alike? We totally do," Witherspoon said in a selfie video from the set of her HBO series Big Little Lies. "Meet Marilee! She has been my double in 5 movies and now she is helping out on #BigLittleLies! Don't we look alike?!" the mother of two captioned her footage. Also, on Instagram Story, Witherspoon shared more clips from the BLL trailer and revealed that they've known each other since 2003. "I met Marilee on Legally Blonde 2 and she looks so much like me and everybody said we look so much alike so she became my double!" the Hello Sunshine creator said. Back in 2015, Lessley shared a photo from their days on the 2005 film Just Like Heaven in a throwback post on Instagram. "This is @reesewitherspoon and I on the first film I ever worked on with her, Just Like Heaven! So many great memories on that film and met some great people who will always be lifelong friends! #majorthrowback #funtimes #movieset #notmytwin #timeofmylife," the mother of three wrote. Since working together, Witherspoon and Lessley have developed more than just a work relationship. In 2016, Lessley revealed that the Oscar winner was there for her during a difficult time in her life. "You would have never known that just 1 day prior I was attending my brother's funeral... and that the 2+ weeks prior was spent sleeping in a hospital waiting room waiting for him to wake up from the coma he was in from his motorcycle accident," Lessley wrote on Instagram. "You would have never known that me and my 3 kids didn't even have a home and were in the middle of a hard divorce, and that we lived in a friends living room, with just the clothes on our backs to our name... there were more hardships I will not mention here, but basically times were hard... and they even got harder after this day." She added, "Reese came to me on this shoot as she learned about all the tragedies and trials that had unfolded in my life that month and she asked how she could help. Even told me I could go home paid... I was prideful and told her everything was going to be okay. I didn't need a thing. Inside I was scared and felt like giving up. I wanted to shout 'yes!! Please help!!! I don't have a place to live!!!' I was grateful for her listening ear and advice... and touched at her caring heart." (People)

Kendra Wilkinson is moving on and finding peace after separating from ex Hank Baskett. The former Playboy model, who has been on an epic summer vacation with her two children, is "in a better place mentally" than she was a few months ago, a source close to Wilkinson tells PEOPLE. "She's in Thailand right now enjoying some downtime. They're still finalizing the divorce and it's a whole process," says the source. "But they're in communication and are in a healthier space. It's no longer toxic." While things between the two seem to have simmered down, the source says the two will not get back together. "The marriage is definitely over though and they're just trying to work through things as parents and act appropriately for their kids," the source adds. "There's definitely still lingering animosity and hurt feelings but that's just how they are too. They can both be irrational and don't think before they put everything out there." Wilkinson has sought travel as a respite from the tense relationship between her and Baskett. Earlier this month, she shared a selfie taken with her son Hank Baskett IV, 8, on the Great Wall of China. She and Baskett also share a daughter, Alijah, 4. She initially filed for divorce in April 2018 citing irreconcilable differences. According to court documents obtained by PEOPLE, the couple of nine years first separated in January of this year. In June, a source revealed to PEOPLE that Wilkinson was in the process of moving out of her family's home, saying, "It's not a healthy environment and the two of them together has been toxic." The source added that Wilkinson and Baskett, 35, had been trying to make it work for their children, but it ended up being too draining. At the time, Wilkinson was struggling with her decision to split from Baskett, a source told PEOPLE. "Kendra is not in the best place right now ... She's trying to convince herself she's happy, but she's not," the source said. "During their marriage, Kendra and Hank went through all the right steps to make it work, and while there seemed to be some great and positive changes for them as a couple and as individuals, she struggled to deal with everything fully. She was hiding." While the separation was tough on the two, Wilkinson shared she was "super open" to dating just two months after filing for divorce. On her 33rd birthday in June, the mother of two also shared a sexy selfie on Instagram. "I see you 33. Time to celebrate this beautiful life I have and created. Time to enter a new year with a new mind set. Time to shut the door on anything holding me down n run towards the top of my life with the people who truly love and care about me n want to see me there. My kids are on my back n i will forever carry them and their best interest but guess what haters? Time to find Kendra's sexy side again n explore new ventures. Let's have some fun... " (People)

Demi Lovato's near-death OD began at 4 AM July 24, when she texted a drug dealer to come to her house ... sources tell TMZ. Sources with direct knowledge tell us, Demi had been at a party in WeHo following a birthday celebration at Saddle Ranch on the Sunset Strip. After the drug dealer got the text, he came to her house and we're told the 2 freebased Oxycodone on tin foil. Our sources say unbeknownst to Demi, the drug dealer had a bad habit of buying dirty drugs from Mexico ... and the batch in question appeared to be laced with fentanyl -- that's the same drug that killed Prince and Lil Peep. We're told the dealer fled her home when he noticed she was in bed, breathing very heavily. Our sources say Demi had been using the dealer since April. TMZ broke the story ... someone on Demi's staff found her around 11:30 AM on the 24th. She had to be revived with Narcan. Demi was hospitalized for 2 weeks and then went to an out-of-state rehab facility. Last Friday, she and her mom flew to Chicago for a few days where she received treatment from a renowned addiction specialist. (TMZ)

Bella Thorne accused of copying black-owned beauty brand. Bella Thorne's new beauty brand is already causing controversy. The 20-year-old former Disney star launched her line Filthy Fangs on Saturday, but social media users quickly began pointing out how closely Thorne's new eyeshadow palettes resemble those from black-owned makeup brand Juvia's Place. Founded by Nigerian entrepreneur Chichi Eburu, Juvia's Place offers highly pigmented eyeshadow palettes with equally striking Afrocentric packaging that have made the line an Instagram favorite. The company's Masquerade Palette features the same bright yellow packaging and bold, glittery shades (in similar purple, blue and red colors) found in Thorne's Ocean Drive Palette. But price-wise, the two sets couldn't be more different: The Juvia's Place palette offers 16 shades for $30, while Thorne's includes nine shades for $50. Filthy Fangs' nine-shade Kyra Palette is even pricier, at $60 for nine shades. Beauty fanatics were quick to call out the visual similarities, along with the obvious price difference. "But... they look like Juvia's place palettes? And they're WAY more expensive," one Twitter user wrote. "I'm confused who thought this was a good idea." Added another, "This that bootleg Juvia's Place." Despite the blowback, both Filthy Fangs palettes sold out in under 24 hours and have already been restocked, according to a tweet from Thorne. Reps for both Thorne and Juvia's Place did not immediately respond to Page Six's request for comment. (PageSix)

Rihanna fell victim to a faulty home alarm system as LAPD officers and a helicopter swarmed her Hollywood Hills pad. Law enforcement sources say they responded to a home alarm at the singer's home Monday night. In a video -- obtained by TMZ -- multiple units can be seen parked outside the property. An LAPD helicopter was also spotted hovering about Rihanna's home in response to the alarm. Our sources say it was eventually determined the alarm was accidentally triggered, though Rihanna was not home at the time. As for the heavy police presence, were told it was because of the history of intruder's at Rihanna's crib. TMZ broke the story ... an intruder was arrested at the property back in May after he allegedly broke in and spent the night. The man allegedly told cops he was there to have sex with the singer -- though she was not home at the time -- but he did not intend to do it forcefully. The man was eventually charged with felony stalking and burglary. (TMZ)

Tyrese is dipping DEEP into his piggy bank, so deep there's nary a cent left to cover his estranged wife's attorney fees ... according to his financial records. Tyrese just filed docs responding to Norma Gibson's request for him to pay for her divorce attorney, and they reveal some serious monthly expenses. According to the docs, Tyrese says he's dropping about nearly $114k each month for his mortgage, child care, groceries, utilities and $10k in child support payments to Norma. Here's where that number becomes a problem -- Tyrese says in the docs he's only bringing in $51k on average each month. Doesn't take a math genius to see he's in the red. In fact, he says his savings have dwindled from $800k in cash last November to just $130k now. He's also blaming Norma for his lack of income these days -- saying the negative coverage he got last year when she accused him of domestic violence ... has made it hard for him to book movie work. (TMZ)

An actress who plays a post-apocalyptic juvenile delinquent on TV allegedly went nuclear on her BF in real life and got busted by cops. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Marie Avgeropoulos -- who stars as Octavia Blake on CW's hit sci-fi show, "The 100" -- was arrested in L.A. last week and booked for felony domestic violence. We're told a man called police very early on August 5 from inside a car ... claiming his girlfriend had hit him during a verbal argument. Sources say when police arrived, the man had marks on his body ... so Marie was taken to jail. Her mugshot's just as edgy as her character on '100' -- albeit with a lot less blood and war paint on her face. She does appear to have been crying though. A source close to Marie claims the actress was on new meds and mixed it with wine during dinner that evening ... which resulted in a bad reaction. We're told her boyfriend called police thinking they'd diffuse the situation rather than arrest her -- as they're both Canadian and unfamiliar with what'll get a person hauled off to jail in the U.S. Our source says he begged cops not to take her away ... and even bailed her out after. Marie was released on $50,000 bond. We're told the boyfriend does not want to press charges. (TMZ)

YG was flying high even before his flight left the gate ... at least according to American Airlines, which promptly kicked his allegedly drunken ass off the plane. YG boarded the LAX to JFK flight Monday night, but wasn't there long. The rapper was pissed off as he made that long, lonely and embarrassing walk back down the jetway. He said, "F**k American Airlines! They said I'm drunk. I'm sober than a muthaf***a!" American tells TMZ ... YG was indeed kicked off "due to being intoxicated." After seeing his video, though, AA tried to slide into his DMs. As he made his exit, YG made it clear he thinks this was less about booze, and more about FWB. He blurted, "Racist ass muthaf***as. I'm sober!!" The flight took off on time. (TMZ)

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