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Amy Schumer Returns to the Stage

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 09:00

Amy Schumer is back! The 37-year-year old returned to the stage on Monday night at the Comedy Cellar in NYC. The performance comes just two weeks after giving birth to her son, Gene Fischer.

War of Words in Depp-Heard Lawsuit

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 08:58

It is a war of words between Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard. The actor has submitted a lengthy declaration of support in his defamation lawsuit against the actress saying, she “painted on bruises” and she caused him “serious bodily injury.” He also stated that the allege abuse took place while she was under the influence of a mix of “prescriptions amphetamines and non-prescription drugs with alcohol.”

Amber previously requested a dismissal of the lawsuit based on her claims against Johnny. She submitted photos of bruises, property damage and text messages describing the alleged abuse.

While the pair settled their divorce in 2016, it continues to be a game of he-said-she-said.

Ciara Goes to Harvard

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 08:56

Ciara is going back to school! According to People, the singer has been accepted into Harvard’s Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports program. According to the school’s website, the program will “examine best practices and winning strategies in the worlds of film, television, publishing, music and sports.”

No word yet on if the 33-year-old plans to live on campus with her fellow classmates.

Lisa Kudrow’s New Amazon Gig

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 20:16

Lisa Kudrow has a new gig at Amazon. The streaming network announced Tuesday that Lisa will co-star in a pilot called “Good People” alongside “2 Broke Girls” creator Whitney Cummings.

The show centers on three generations of women who work in the ombudsman’s office of a college and “navigate the current cultural climate, the concept of feminism across different generations, and the struggle to reconcile socially constructed ideas with current ethical views regarding complex issues such as sex, race, class, and gender.”

Lisa’s character will be ombudsmen Lynn Steele.

White House tells former top lawyer to stay away from Congress

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 19:48

President Trump is instructing a former top White House lawyer to defy a congressional subpoena. Don McGahn had been ordered to appear before the House to talk about the Russia investigation, but in a letter to the House Judiciary Committee, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone said he should decline “in order to protect the prerogatives of the Office of the Presidency.” Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler declared the president is just trying to block potentially damaging testimony. 

Cohen: Trump lawyer ordered me to lie to Congress

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 19:47

Newly released closed-door testimony by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen shows he claimed he was told to lie to Congress. The now-imprisoned Trump Organization lawyer told lawmakers that Jay Sekulow, a Trump campaign attorney, instructed him to lie to Congress about when negotiations over building a Trump Tower in Moscow came to an end. Sekulow’s legal team dismissed the claim, saying it’s part of a pattern by Cohen to blame others for his own actions. Cohen is in prison right now for lying to Congress.

Trump, Iran trade barbs as Islamic Republic ups uranium production

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 19:46

President Trump is back to trading barbs with Iran on Twitter. “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!” Trump said in response to news Iran has quadrupled the production of enriched uranium used in nuclear energy reactors. The Islamic Republic blamed the production spike on U.S. efforts to cut off its supply of materials that can be used in the production of plutonium, the preferred energy source for nuclear weapons.

Several injured as California local government confab devolves into brawl

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 19:46

Several people were injured when a conference of local government officials in California devolved into a brawl. Sheriff’s deputies responded when several attendees began throwing punches with at least one person being knocked unconscious. Cops didn’t arrest anyone because they couldn’t identify who instigated the fight, but it involved a gaggle of political consultants, vendors, and elected officials from the Los Angeles area.

Sanders, Biden tied in Iowa poll

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 19:46

Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden are locked in a statistic tie among Iowa Democrats, according to a new poll. Both garnered 24 percent of support. Coming in third was Pete Buttigieg with 14 percent, Elizabeth Warren at 12 percent, and Kamala Harris with 10 percent. It might sound like a bit of good news for Sanders, but 45 percent of Iowa Democrats reported caucusing for Sanders in 2016.

Major survey shows sharp differences between Millennials, Gen Z and prior generations

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 19:45

The two youngest generations are more pessimistic about the world than their predecessors, a major poll of both Millennials and Gen Z has found. Only 55 percent say businesses have a positive impact on the world, down six points from last year. And both groups reported home ownership and starting a family as low on their list of priorities—57 percent said they’d rather travel the world. And even though being a dilettante is a feasible lifestyle for them, both groups are super worried about their financial situations and think income inequality is a huge problem.

SIDEBAR—Millennials are those born between 1983 and 1994. Gen Z were born between 1995 and 2002. The 2020 election is the first election in which almost all Gen Z’ers will be eligible to vote. And while both groups tend to have fallen for environmentalist notions that the planet will burn to a crisp within their lifetimes, only 30 percent cited climate change and protecting the environment as a worry.

Fox News Townhall with Buttigieg was a ratings winner

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 19:45

Fox News’s Sunday town hall with Democrat candidate Pete Buttigieg was a ratings winner. The event beat out competing programming on MSNBC and CNN with an average of 1.1 million viewers it the all-important 25-54 demographic. Meanwhile, on the other networks, only 621,000 (MSNBC) and 447,000 (CNN) in that demo tuned in.

New York’s most luminous dignitaries had a bad night at last week’s Al Smith dinner

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 19:45

Thursday’s annual Al Smith charity dinner was a bad night for both Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo. Both were greeted by a smattering of boos from the crowd at the annual event that’s been attended by presidents and dignitaries. But the interaction between the two—de Blasio having just launched his presidential campaign—was even cooler. The two didn’t talk and barely made eye contact. Meanwhile, event emcee Nikki Haley used the event’s roast-like format to take shots at de Blasio’s love for illegal immigration. Probably best to watch the video.

Gunn is Back and Better than Ever!

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 16:49

James Gunn is licking his wounds after getting booted, then reinstalled, to write and direct “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.”

He was axed after old tweets surfaced making light of pedophilia and rape.

But after the cast rallied behind him — and enough time passed — he was brought back on.

Gunn says the experience made him “more creative and focused on the things that really matter to me, which are my friends, my relationship and the movies that I’m making.”

The Real World Returns

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 15:38

The “Real World” is making a comeback. The catalyst for reality television is set to return on Facebook Watch, according to Deadline. The classic MTV show will launch on June 13 in Atlanta, Georgia, Mexico and Thailand, all with viewers getting a chance to interact with the show.

The show will be co-produced by MTV.

The original “Real World” aired 32 episodes between 1992 and 2017.

Birthdays: May 21, 2019

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 15:36

Hutch Dano – Disney channel actor – 27

Gotye – singer – 39

Lisa Edelstein – Dr. Cuddy on “House – 53

Nick Cassavetes – movie director – 60

Judge Reinhold – actor, “Beverly Hills Cop” – 62

Mr. T – actor – 67

Al Franken – former comedian – 68

BORN ON THIS DATE

Notorious BIG – rapper – 1972 (d. 1997)

Chris Benoit – WWE champ – 1967 (d. 2007)

Jeffrey Dahmer – notorious serial killer – 1960 (d. 1994)

Fats Waller – jazz icon – 1904

King Philip II of Spain – 1527 (d. 1598)

RIP, Genevieve Waite

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 15:30

Genevieve Waite, the mother of South African model Bijou Phillips, died over the weekend. Sources close the family told TMZ that actress passed away in her sleep Saturday.

Genevieve’s most notable role was in the 1968 film, “Joanna.”

No cause of death was shared.

She was 71.

History: May 21, 2019

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 15:29

1881 – The American Red Cross is established.

Its mission paralleled the International Red Cross — bringing assistance to victims of war and natural disasters. 

Clara Barton was the principal founder, in partnership with Adolphus Solomons. Barton had worked under orders of President Lincoln to identify the remains of soldiers at the Andersonville prisoner of war camp, based on the records she kept while attending to the health of injured soldiers during the Civil War.

While in Europe during the Franco-Prussian war, she worked for the International Red Cross — and brought the idea stateside when she returned to the U.S. in 1873.

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1901 – Connecticut passes the first speed limit law in the US.

Vehicles were limited to 12 miles per hour in cities and 15 miles per hour on country roads. 

New York City followed suit with a full-on traffic code in 1903. 

As of 1930, 12 states had no speed limit and 28 did not require a driver’s license. In 1974, the National Speed Limit of 55 miles  per hour came into effect, not in the interest of safety, but rather to save on fuel consumption. Meanwhile, the nation’s traffic fatality rate also dropped anyway.

In 1987, the National Speed Limit ceiling was increased to 65. That was repealed altogether in 1995.

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1988 – Mikhail Gorbachev gets rid of Communist Party Leaders in Armenia and Azerbaijan. The move made him the leader of those two Soviet bloc nations.

But the fix would not last long as the Iron Curtain was beginning to crumble. Ethnic tensions remained in the postage-stamp satellite countries of the USSR. 

Gorbachev would be the last Soviet dictator. After his resignation, the Union quickly ended.

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1999 – Susan Lucci wins her first Daytime Emmy, after having been nominated for 19 straight years.

The All My Children Star was one of the highest-paid Soap actresses in the businesses — with a relatively paltry $1 million a year.

The crowd gave Lucci a standing ovation that lasted several minutes. 

Rainbow Baby Duggar

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 15:22

Josiah, 22, and Lauren Duggar, 20, are pregnant. Three months after sharing they suffered a miscarriage, the “Counting On” stars told Us Weekly they are “looking forward to holding a baby” this fall.

The couple, who tied the knot in 2018, shared their loss so others would know they are “not alone.”

Tarantino Pleads: “No Spoilers!”

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 14:32

https://www.vulture.com/2019/05/quentin-tarantino-cannes-once-upon-a-time-in-hollywood-spoilers.html

Hit List: May 21, 2019

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 14:30
  1. Anti-Life Vandalism (https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/05/19/notre-dame-de-lourdes-church-abortion-rights-graffiti/)
  2. Tornado Alley (https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/20/us/severe-weather-monday-wxc/index.html)
  3. Ford Workforce (https://apnews.com/0036437d785c483fb40c8a7dbe5a22d0)
  4. Victim Industry (https://observer.com/2019/05/apple-ceo-tim-cook-tulane-2019-commencement-speech-climate-change/)
  5. Dumb Millennials (https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=12243)
  6. Me Sad (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-20/many-millennials-gen-z-pessimistic-on-life-deloitte-survey)
  7. Clogged (https://www.sfgate.com/technology/article/Uber-Lyft-San-Francisco-pros-cons-ride-hailing-13841277.php)
  8. Rebels (https://www.france24.com/en/20190520-pressure-top-russian-daily-triggers-mass-walkout)
  9. Bonobo Pimps (https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/780177/bonobo-sex-mums-setting-up-sons-science-news)
  10. Dead Before Bedtime (https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/should-you-stop-eating-at-night-5xt9k535x)

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