THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Netflix has replaced its old benchmark that mandated 70% of a movie or TV episode must be watched before it could be counted. That meant that the threshold for counting viewership for Martin Scorsese's latest mob flick, clocking in at 209 minutes, just got reduced from 146.3 minutes to two.
  • On day 2 of the Impeachment Trial, President Trump had a personal best since taking office: 142 tweets, 124 of which were retweets (his all-time highest number of retweets in a day since becoming president).
  • Tinder is going to add a panic button and a way to make safety check-ins to their app.
  • The 62nd annual Grammy Awards are this Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
  • A 90-year-old Alaskan Native woman had the honor of being the first person counted in the 2020 U.S. Census.
  • And now, it's getting legal. Lawyers for Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, sent cease-and-desist emails to British media outlets threatening legal action if they buy, publish or continue to publish what they consider intrusive pictures of Meghan.
  • Channing Tatum and Jessie J are back together a little more than a month after the pair first called it quits.
  • In Japan, they have an entire museum dedicated to rocks that look like they have human faces.
  • Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are reportedly going to therapy, to try and work out the rough patch caused by him getting cuddly with a movie co-star.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard filed a defamation lawsuit Wednesday against Hillary Clinton seeking $50 million in damages, claiming the former Democratic presidential nominee "carelessly and recklessly impugned" her reputation when she suggested in October that one of the 2020 Democratic candidates is "the favorite of the Russians."
  • Recently crowned Miss Utah USA will be the first openly bisexual contestant to compete for the Miss USA title in the competition's nearly 70-year history.
  • Longtime PBS news anchor Jim Lehrer passed away yesterday at the age of 85.
  • Patriots cornerback Joejuan Williams isn't having a great off-season. He's been charged with speeding, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drugs without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • At the Santa Barbara Film Festival, Brad Pitt flashed back to when he turned down that role in "The Matrix." The one that went to Keanu Reeves.
  • Texas got the most robocalls of any state in 2019.
  • There is an effort to market iguana meat as "chicken of the trees."
  • "Modern Family" star Jesse Tyler Ferguson is about to become a first-time father with husband Justin Mikita.
  • The U.K. is first in the world to offer a two-week grieving period for anyone who has lost a child.

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