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UCN DailyPrep for Friday, July 21, 2017

Today’s Audio

Geek (Comic-Con)

Song Parody: Radiohead - "Creep"
While Comic-Con is going down, we celebrate our inner-geek in this parody of "Creep" by Radiohead

OJ Simpson Theme

Production Element: TV Theme - The Simpsons
OJ Simpson is free on parole. With this opening theme from The Simpsons, you can discuss your thoughts over the rest of the bed.

How to Order at Chipotle in 2017

Drop In
Chipotle is having a rough time. With outbreaks of norovirus and now rats falling from the ceiling, here is the new way to order at their restaurant.


Fake Movie Trailer
New WWII movie directed by Christopher Nolan.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Fake Movie Trailer
New action/sci-fi starring Dane Dehaan and Cara Delevingne.

Donald Trump Weekly Address - More Candidates Like Me

With more celebrities entering politics, Donald Trump wants to share his excitement about more candidates like him in his Weekly Address.

Today Is National Junk Food Day (07-21)

National Junk Food Day is a huge holiday. And it's just going to keep getting bigger!

Found Sound

Linkin Park's Chester Bennington Dies at 41

Found Sound
Another great voice is gone far too soon as Chester Bennington (most famously of the band Linkin Park) took his own life at the age of 41. Here's a brief montage of his amazing voice.

OJ Simpson Granted Parole

Found Sound
After serving 9-years for an armed robbery conviction, The US parole board voted unanimously to grant former football star OJ Simpson parole.

Recording a Spotify Ad

Found Sound
HOT! Bleeped expletive.
YouTuber Gus Johnson made a quick video highlighting the subtle volume differences between music and commercials in the free version of Spotify.


Written Prep For Friday, July 21, 2017

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Today’s One-Liners
Celebrity News
Music News
Water Cooler Talk
Our Weird World
Who Am I?
Impossible Question
New Music Releases and Re-releases
At the Movies
Best TiVo Bets
UCN SportsPrep
Cool Stuff to Share on Social Media


Today’s One-Liners

OJ Simpson was granted parole on Thursday. His release could happen as soon as October 1st.***

***A lot of people are not pleased. For his ride home from prison, the Goldmans are sending Tiger Woods right after he goes to happy hour.

***There’s speculation that OJ could do a reality show like “Dancing with the Stars.” I’ll bet the guy can really cut a rug.


At a raucous Comic Con panel Thursday for “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” star Halle Berry drank half a pint of whiskey. The movie is out in September.***

***In a related story, Shia LaBeouf is making a surprise appearance at Comic Con.

***Halle got the whiskey from the producers of that “King Arthur” movie. They’ve been drowning their sorrows at the open bar since June.


World Wrestling Entertainment and Mattel are releasing a line of female wrestling superstar dolls. Toys R Us will sell the dolls when they’re released in September.***

***These will be female role models who know how to wrestle and win, perfect for young girls who want to grow up and work for Fox News.


Reports say Kylie Jenner Facetimed her family using her new Madame Tussaud’s wax figure and everyone was fooled.***

***It’s a very convincing wax figure. And Kim’s sex video has inspired more than a few whacks.

***Everyone loved the joke except for Caitlyn after having her candle removed.


TMZ says that OJ Simpson could line his pockets with cash by signing autographs, if he ends up as a free man later this year.***

***That OJ, always looking to make a killing.

***It’s in bad taste. Critics are calling on OJ to retire from public life. And if he gets out, Kris Jenner will call him with a job because the Kardashians’ ratings are down.


Friday on Netflix: the series debut of “Ozark” with Jason Bateman and Laura Linney. A family moves out to the country only to get involved in the world of dirty money.***

***Life in a small town turns into a nightmare. If you’re a guy, you had that reaction to the “Gilmore Girls” reboot.


Sunday on the Discovery Channel: “Shark Week” kicks off with Olympic champion Michael Phelps swimming against a Great White Shark.***

***A Great White Shark is an eating machine. And this one is especially hungry, because Michael’s bong water fell into the pool.

Celebrity News

And the title of “American Horror Story” Season 7 is…. “Cult.” The news was announced during an “AHS” event at Comic-Con yesterday, after co-creator Ryan Murphy previously revealed that the next installment of FX’s horror anthology is inspired by the 2016 presidential election.

Along with the news, FX also dropped a new website and video, featuring a group of creepy clowns revealing the title. The video is marked as “Week One,” with the following seven weeks locked. Once clicking on the website, users are prompted to log in through Facebook, which it says it will use to provide exclusive “AHS” content ahead of the new season. The new season also got a premiere date: September 5th.

Little else is known about Season 7. What we do know, however, is that “AHS” veterans Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson are returning, joined by franchise newcomers Billie Lourd and “Billy on the Street’s” Billy Eichner. Lena Dunham is also joining the new season.


Kim Kardashian’s whirlwind 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries has long been the stuff of punch-lines, but now it is making its way into an opera. The London show, called “The Marriage of Kim K,” is half musical, half opera and will feature Kim snapping selfies and playing up her relationship for the cameras. The show is being billed as a modern take on Mozart’s classic 1786 opera “The Marriage of Figaro.”


Joseph Gordon-Levitt has welcomed a son with his wife, the robotics expert Tasha McCauley, People reports. The private couple has not released details, but the baby reportedly arrived in June. The pair share another son who turns 2 next month. The couple has never released the names of their children.


Charlize Theron recently spilled on a few less-than-stellar moments in her past when talking to Howard Stern. The Oscar-winner revealed she got booted from her gig playing Roxie Hart (which Renee Zellweger ended up performing to great acclaim) in “Chicago,” saying, “The director kicked me off it. … I was really bummed about it. And I think because I had it, I was like, ‘Ah … I’m gonna make this movie’ and I got kicked off it.”

She says she didn’t get fired because of her performance. Instead, it was basically back-office politics: “Well, there was another director attached and he brought me on. And then that director got fired and this new director got brought on and he didn’t want to make the movie with me.” “Chicago” went on to win six Academy Awards in 2003, including Best Picture. Theron also confessed that she smoked a ton of weed and generally fooled around in her 20s, saying, “I had a f***ing great time.”


“Shazam!” the story about a boy-turned-most-mighty-mortal, will be the next movie in the DC Cinematic Universe to shoot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. David Sandberg is set to helm the pic for Warner Bros.’ New Line division. Shooting will begin early next year with a release slated for 2019. It is unclear if Dwayne Johnson, who has long been attached to play “Shazam!” villain Black Adam has officially signed on.


“Empire” is expanding its already robust cast with the Oscar-winning Forest Whitaker who will guest-star. He will take on the role of Uncle Eddie, a music icon who have an unknown Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) his first shot. Decades later, Eddie is back to help his old protégé produce a song for Empire. Other guest stars have included  Mariah Carey, Marisa Tomei, Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, Taye Diggs, Naomi Campbell, Courtney Love and Demi Moore.


Jada Pinkett Smith, 46, accomplished actress, wife of Will Smith and mother of two, has an enviable life, but it wasn’t always so. Smith opened up about her difficult past as a drug dealer on “Sway’s World.”

Smith was discussing her close friendship with the late rapper Tupac Shakur, a conversation that has come up a lot since the release of Shakur biopic “All Eyez on Me.” She has criticized the reimagining of their friendship, calling it “very hurtful.” Smith said that when she met Shakur something “very bad” had happened in her personal life, making her want to get out of the drug life, whereas he was just entering it.

“I’ve been having kind of an existential crisis around Pac because I was coming out, he was coming in, and there was a point at which we met. And then we kinda were going our separate ways. And I just felt like, ‘OK, God, one day you’re going to do for Pac what you did for me, which is, you saved me.’ And that just never happened for him.” Smith is planning to write a book about her early life.


“American Horror Story” co-creator Ryan Murphy has shared some casting news on Twitter. “Thrilled that my talented friend Lena Dunham is joining the AMERICAN HORROR STORY family. Always wanted to work together, and now we r!” Murphy tweeted. The post didn’t offer any other details about the role Dunham will play, but Murphy previously revealed the new season will be inspired by the 2016 presidential election. Previously confirmed co-stars include Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Colton Haynes, Leslie Grossman, Billie Lourd, Billy Eichner, Adina Porter and Cheyenne Jackson. Dunham is best known for writing, directing and starring in the HBO series, “Girls.”


Ian Anthony Dale, Meaghan Rath and Beulah Koale are joining “Hawaii Five-0” for Season 8, CBS announced. The show will return with fresh episodes on September 29th. Dale will become a full-time cast member after playing the recurring role of Adam Noshimuri since Season 2. Newbie Rath will play “Tani Rey, who McGarrett [Alex O’Loughlin] recruits after finding her working as a lifeguard at a hotel pool after she was kicked out of the police academy, despite being a first-rate candidate,” the network said. “Koale will portray Junior Reigns, a former Navy SEAL who just returned from serving his country and asks McGarrett, a fellow SEAL, for a job.”

The show also stars Scott Caan, Chi McBride, Jorge Garcia, Taylor Wily, Kimee Balmilero and Dennis Chun. The new hires were announced after the network confirmed longtime cast members Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park had departed following a contract dispute.


It’s official: Ryan Seacrest is returning to host the “American Idol” revival. More than two months after ABC announced that it was bringing the singing competition back to the airwaves, Kelly Ripa finally confirmed Thursday on “Live! With Kelly and Ryan” that the show’s longtime host will be coming back, too. Seacrest hosted American Idol since its start in 2002, and he said it’s “an honor, if not a bit surreal” to be returning to host Idol just a year after Fox canceled it last April following a 15-season run. “ In-person auditions for “American Idol” start August 17th in Orlando, Florida. The new season is slated to debut in 2018.


Jigsaw is back. To kick off Comic-Con in gruesome fashion, Lionsgate unveiled the first trailer for “Jigsaw,” the eighth film in the “Saw” franchise. The upcoming sequel, which arrives seven years after 2010’s “Saw 3D,” comes from “Daybreakers” filmmakers Michael and Peter Spierig. The “Jigsaw” trailer showcases more elaborate death traps and teases the return of the titular villain (or a copycat), who takes sadistic pleasure in pitting his victims against each other.

Tobin Bell, who played the baddie – but died in “Saw III” – isn’t listed in the official credits, but will be back in some capacity. All seven previous “Saw” films have a combined worldwide box office gross upwards of $870 million on a combined budget of roughly $67 million. “Jigsaw” stars Matt Passmore, Callum Keith Rennie, Clé Bennett, Hannah Emily Anderson, Laura Vandervoort, Mandela Van Peebles, Paul Braunstein, Brittany Allen, and Josiah Black. Lionsgate plans to open it just in time for Halloween on October 27th.

Music News

Louis Tomlinson has dropped his brand new single “Back to You” featuring Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals. It marks the 25-year-old former One Direction singer’s first song as a lead solo artist. He previously was the featured artist on Steve Aoki’s song “Just Hold On.” Louis teased the song on Instagram a few weeks ahead of the drop, sharing a photo of him and Bebe standing in the middle of a football field. Bebe and Digital Farm Animals did the same, with the latter writing, “Excited to be a part of this new record coming soon.”


Kesha has released a behind-the-scenes look at the making of her triumphant comeback single, “Praying,” off her upcoming album “Rainbow.” “‘Praying’ showcases my voice in a way my voice has never been showcased in my entire life,” she says in the video. The song was her first in four years following her very public case against Dr. Luke, her former producer who she alleges abused her over the course of several years working together. In the video, Kesha describes the project as “a dream come true,” and gushes over working with Swedish director Jonas Akerland. “It’s a psychedelic trip into my mind, I’m like putting my life into metaphors. It’s very cathartic; it’s like the best therapy session, the longest therapy session ever,” she says, adding that “the video is something I’m so excited for the world to see.” “It’s me talking about going through hard things and coming out the other side and being ok,” she says. “Hopefully it inspires other people they can get through something.”


The first official AC/DC photographic tour book is set to be released this fall. It will cover the full extent of the band’s 2015 world tour. The coffee table book will cover the full extent of AC/DC’s groundbreaking 2015 world tour and will include an introduction from Angus Young. “Rock Or Bust” will be out in October, but if you pre-order it before August 18th, the band will put your name on the back of the book. The book is 264 pages and features hundreds of behind-the-scenes images and live action shots of key dates on the 2015 tour, finishing in Australia in December.


Tim McGraw reached out to Republican Senator John McCain yesterday on social media after reports surfaced that McCain has a cancerous brain tumor. Tim posted an old black-and-white photo of the U.S. Navy veteran and war hero in his old uniform on Instagram writing, “real good man and A REAL HERO … Prayers from the McGraw family, @senjohnmccain.” The 80-year-old Senator had been diagnosed with a glioblastoma, one of the most common but reportedly one of the most malignant brain tumors. It can be treated with chemotherapy and radiation, but medical experts said it almost always grows back. McCain underwent surgery last week to removed all the cancerous tissue, and he is currently resting at his home in Arizona.


Country singer Maren Morris has a strategy for staying healthy and looking hot during the remainder of the Sam Hunt’s “15 in a 30 Tour.” The singer explained to Sounds Like Nashville that on the road this time there is a girl bus and a boy bus, “so I think we’re going to deck out the girl bus and we’ll have our workout routines every day or try as we may (laughs). We’ll really attempt it but I think it being my second full on tour, seeing the same people every day, it’s good to have some sort of routines so you don’t go stir crazy.” She added, “I try to eat healthy, it’s hard especially when there’s really good catering, it’s like, ‘Oh god, this is open for the next 10 hours.’ But I’m a caffeine fiend, so I always am just getting coffee in catering and walking around, and I’ll have my dog out.” The “15 in a 30 Tour” with Sam Hunt and Chris Janson runs throughout the entirety of the summer.


Shania Twain has released new music from her first studio album in 15 years. “Who wants another song from #ShaniaNow?” the country/pop superstar shared on her socials yesterday morning, along with a ten-second video clip that marries an instrumental track with an animation that declares “Poor Me.”. Then at midnight, the song was released to streaming sites and alyrical video was posted on YouTube. The tune is listed as the fourth cut on Shania’s “NOW” album, which comes out September 29th Until now, we’ve only heard the opening track, “Swingin’ with My Eyes Closed,” which she performed on the “Today” show, and the project’s first single, “Life’s About to Get Good.”


Dierks Bentley has contributed a song to the upcoming film, “Only the Brave.” The movie is based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots – a group of elite firefighters, otherwise known as the Seal Team 6 of firefighters, who battle out of control wildfires. The feature film focuses mainly on the men who fought and subsequently lost to the tragic Yarnell Hill wildfire, which burned a wide swath through Arizona in 2013, killing 19 firefighters. Dierks shared the movie trailer on Twitter writing, “so honored to have a song in this film. it sheds light on the lifestyle of wilderness fire fighters and honors these men and their families.” “Only the Brave,” starring Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Taylor Kitsch, Jeff Bridges and Jennifer Connelly, hits theaters nationwide on October 20th.


The Elvis Presley community is mourning the loss of the legendary “Memphis Mafia” figure – and perhaps Elvis’ oldest friend, Red West – who died at age 81 on July 18th at Baptist Memorial Hospital of an aortic aneurysm. West, a football player at Memphis’ Humes High School, became one of Elvis’ early defenders during his teen years and was by his side through nearly all of his incredible career. In addition to his personal work with Elvis, West was also known for his cameos in 18 of Elvis’ films, along with parts in such small and big screen favorites as “The Wild, Wild West,” “Black Sheep Squadron,” “Road House,” “the Walking Tall” movies, “Mannix,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “Magnum P.I.” and “The A-Team,” Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Rainmaker” – and “Goodbye Solo,” an acclaimed 2008 indie film that finally gave West his first starring role. His 2015 appearance on Nashville marked his final acting performance.

The ex-Marine, Golden Gloves boxer Red West was also a songwriter and co-wrote such Top 20 classics for Elvis Presley as 1973’s “Separate Ways” and 1975’s “If You Talk In Your Sleep.” West also wrote songs for such artists as Ricky Nelson, Pat Boone, and Johnny Rivers. Upon being fired in 1976 by Elvis’ father, Vernon Presley, West, along with his late cousin Sonny West, David Hebler, and journalist Steve Dunleavy, published the devastating tell-all, “Elvis: What Happened?,” which was released in the U.S. two weeks before “The King’s” death – a book that many close to Elvis maintain broke his heart. Red West is survived by his wife of 61 years, Pat, their two sons, his brothers and six grandchildren.


Graham Nash revealed that he hasn’t spoken to his one-time best friend David Crosby in two years. Nash, who’s currently on the road, spoke frankly to Atlantic City Weekly and when asked if a Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young reunion might be possible, Nash said: “No. With all due respect, David was very unkind to Neil (Young) and (his girlfriend, actress) Darryl Hannah. And again, with all due respect, David has been very unkind to me lately. I don’t get it, I don’t understand it. I have been one of his best friends for 45 years and now we haven’t spoken in two years. But the truth is, if that was it, then we certainly brought some good music to people’s lives, you know?”


The non-profit Childhaven has announced the establishment of the “Chris Cornell Music Therapy Program at Childhaven” in memory of the late musician. The announcement arrived yesterday, on what would have been Cornell’s birthday.

“The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation is excited to join Childhaven to support its extraordinary work impacting the lives of those in need,” his widow, Vicky, said. “Chris and I always shared a strong belief in the healing and inspiring power of music, and through Childhaven’s establishment of this program, we are able to keep the promise for Chris by continuing to protect the world’s most vulnerable children.”

Vicky has already committed $100,000 to the nonprofit’s therapeutic early learning model for trauma-affected children. The nonprofit serves children from birth to 5-years-old and their families overcome instances of neglect, abuse, domestic violence, addiction and more.


Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Special” will air on MTV as an update and follow-up to his seminal documentary about global warming, “An Inconvenient Truth,” which was released in 2006. Celebrities have rallied behind the cause of climate change and urged their fans to tune in. On Tuesday, Camila Cabello joined the effort. “climate change is threatening miami, it needs our help. tune into @mtv on 8/2 at 7:30 pm ET for “an inconvenient special” with @algore,” she tweeted. The message was retweeted more than 8,500 times. The former vice president and presidential contender took note of Cabello’s plug. Gore wrote back with a grateful message: “Thanks @Camila_Cabello! Together we can work together to save our home!” It may seem like an unlikely partnership, but the former Fifth Harmony star and the politician have a common goal – educating young people about the perils of climate change.


Drake has announced the lineup for his Houston Appreciation Weekend. Drizzy’s pop-up “ballet” will feature host Lil Wayne along with models Miracle Watts, Lira Galore and Maliah Michel. The event is black-tie, and the dress code will be strictly enforced. The event runs July 20 to July 23rd in Houston, Texas.


Earlier this week, R. Kelly was accused of being a cult leader who’s brainwashed young women into sexual slavery. Now, Keyshia Cole has offered her thoughts about the controversial story. The singer tells Hip Hollywood, “You never know. I don’t know what’s going on, but I think we will find out more. He’s never tried anything crazy with me. But maybe he knows I’ll slap the dog a** s**t out of him.”

Keyshia and R. Kelly previously collaborated on the 2007 track, “Best Friend,” featured on Kelly’s album “Double Up.” She also supported Kelly on his “Double Up” tour in 2007 and on his “Love Letter” tour in 2011.

The allegations about Kelly stem from a BuzzFeed report that claims the singer, who has homes near Chicago and Atlanta, is keeping up to six women at his various properties and controlling every aspect of their everyday lives, from what they eat and wear to their sexual encounters with him. Kelly has since denied these claims, even though two former members of his entourage have confirmed details of the report. One of Kelly’s alleged captives has denied that she’s being held against her will, and has insisted that she’s fine.

Meanwhile, a petition, launched by Care 2 on The Petition Site, has surfaced calling for Sony to drop Kelly from their label. In the document’s description, several instances of predatory behavior by Kelly throughout the years are cited. Care 2 notes that in spite of these accusations, the Kelly’s career has flourished unhindered. “R. Kelly should not profit while he continues to victimize women,” the petition description reads. Care 2 was just a few hundred signatures away from reaching their goal of 19,000 at press time.


A new movie called “Detroit,” directed by Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow and centering around the riots that took place in the Motor City over the course of five summer days in 1967, will hit theaters on August 4th. The soundtrack, which will be released this month, features a number of classic soul songs, including Martha & the Vandellas’ “Jimmy Mack” and the memorable Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell duet “Your Precious Love.” The album also features gems by such other veteran R&B artists as The Dramatics, The Devotions, The Elgins, Brenda Holloway and Jerry Williams. In addition, the soundtrack includes a tune by legendary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane and an original new song by The Roots called “It Ain’t Fair” which features guest vocals by Bilal.

Detroit, starring John Boyega of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” fame, will have its premiere July 25th at the Fox Theatre in the Motor City before opening August 4th in theaters across the U.S.

  • Here’s the complete track listing for the Detroit soundtrack:
  • “If You Haven’t Got Love” – The Dramatics
  • “Jimmy Mack” – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
  • “Baby Bunny (Sugar Honey)” – Jerry Williams
  • “Your Precious Love” – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Tyrell
  • “Till Johnny Comes” – Brenda Holloway
  • “Larry’s Rescue” – James Newton Howard
  • “It Ain’t Fair” – The Roots (featuring Bilal)
  • “Devil’s Gotten into My Baby” – The Devotions
  • “The Cream of the Crop” – Lee Rogers
  • “All Because of You” – The Dramatics
  • “Larry’s Alone” – James Newton Howard
  • “Grow” – Algee Smith
  • “Heaven Must Have Sent You” – The Elgins
  • “I Want to Talk About You” – John Coltrane


Meek Mill has released the fourth chapter for his “Wins and Losses” short film: “The Homegoing.” The video takes place at the young man’s funeral, who was killed during a shootout in a prior chapter. Mill appears during the service, rapping and paying homage to “all the fallen soldiers,” specially his late protege, Lil Snupe, who was killed back in 2013.


Celine Dion stars in a video for Vogue in which she models the latest couture looks from this month’s Paris fashion shows. Vogue says the video is “possibly the first time that haute couture has been shot exclusively for digital.” Filmed mostly at the legendary Ritz hotel in Paris, the video shows Celine modeling a number of outrageous dresses and headpieces, including one black and white number with a bizarre leather bustier. Designers featured include Dior, Valentino, Giambattista Valli, Chanel, Rodarte and John Galliano for Maison Martin Marigela.

Vogue praises Celine for her “kooky accessories, her outrageous throwback style, and her playful beauty moments,” some of which you can see in the video. In one scene, she holds up a Styrofoam head and takes a bite out of it. The magazine also notes Celine’s “unwavering positive spirit that has the whole world enthralled right now.” Dion tells Vogue, “My energy feels younger, more dynamic, excited. Everything now feels like it is a first.”


Judas Priest has released a new video game app called “Road to Valhalla “that takes you on a wild animated adventure through fantastical landscapes as you battle enemies, while trying to assemble snippets of some of the band’s classic tunes to create complete songs. The mobile game is available now for $1.99 at the Apple App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices. The game’s soundtrack features the popular Priest tunes “Breaking the Law,” “Turbo Lover,” “Electric Eye,” “Painkiller,” and “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’,” as well as “Road to Valhalla,” which appeared on the band’s latest studio effort, 2014’s “Redeemer of Souls.” The band also has made isolated song stems from tunes from their 2016 live album “Battle Cry” available exclusively to players for use in constructing full tracks as part of the game.


MTV has unleashed its first promo for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards with a celestial video that pays homage to the award show’s coveted Moonman trophies. In a nod to the astronaut figure and the pioneering spirit it represents, the otherworldly teaser centers on a set of musicians and dancers as they plant an MTV flag on the moon. The video features iconic moments from previous VMA shows as they float in outer space, like the wedding dress Madonna wore in her 1984 performance of “Like a Virgin” and the snake Britney Spears wielded while singing “I’m A Slave 4 U” onstage in 2001. It is sound-tracked by a futuristic cover of “Video Killed The Radio Star,” the Buggles’ recording that became MTV’s first-aired music video in 1981. The visual is directed by Floria Sigismondi, who has worked on music videos for the likes of Rihanna and David Bowie. The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from The Forum in Inglewood, California, on August 27th.


Taylor Swift and her legal team scored a small victory in their legal battle with David Mueller, a former Denver radio host who allegedly groped the singer during a 2013 meet-and-greet. On Wednesday, a federal judge sanctioned Mueller for destroying multiple electronic devices containing key evidence in the case. Mueller sued Swift in September 2015 claiming the pop star cost him his job after she claimed he groped her during a meet-and-greet session. In court documents, Mueller admitted Swift had been groped but blamed a “superior.”

U.S. District Judge William Martinez has allowed Swift’s attorneys to question Mueller about a two-hour audio recording he taped during an interview with his boss Robert Call, the day before he was fired. In court papers obtained by The Denver Post, Mueller admitted to destroying or losing four electronic devices, including a cellular phone, laptop, iPad and computer. Mueller gave multiple reasons behind his actions, including that he spilled coffee on his laptop’s keyboard. “It was fried,” Mueller said. A trial date has been set for early August.


Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington died of an apparent suicide by hanging Thursday morning. The singer was 41. LP’s Mike Shinoda tweeted, “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.” Bennington had struggled with drug addiction throughout his life. He appeared very affected by the death of Chris Cornell, who committed suicide by hanging in May. Thursday, perhaps not coincidentally, would’ve been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.

Bennington joined Linkin Park in 1999. A year later, the band released their debut album “Hybrid Theory,” which became a massive commercial success, and helped launch the rap-metal scene of the early 2000s. “Hybrid Theory” has since been certified diamond for 10 million copies sold. In 2004, Linkin Park recorded a collaborative EP with Jay-Z, which spawned the hit mash-up “Numb/Encore.” Their seventh and most recent album, “One More Light,” was released this past May. The band was scheduled to kick off a tour in support of the album on July 27th in Boston. In between his work with Linkin Park, Bennington also fronted Stone Temple Pilots between 2013 and 2015. Bennington is survived by his wife, and six children.

Linkin Park debuted a new music video for their hit track “Talking to Myself” off “One More Light” yesterday. The video features a split screen collage of black-and-white and filtered tour and show footage. Clips of excited fans and backstage footage are interspersed between shots of the band performing on stage to their latest record.


Paul McCartney took to social media to troll the Westboro Baptist Church. The group, known for its hate speech, took aim at McCartney Wednesday evening when they showed up at the venue in Wichita, Kansas, to protest his show. The WBC members stood outside the Intrust Bank Arena with signs that read, “Man’s Job: Obey God” and “Believe On the Lord Jesus.” Instead of getting annoyed, McCartney turned to the internet’s favorite mocking weapon to fight back: Memes. The Beatles co-founder photoshopped a photo of the protestors to show them holding additional signs that read, “All you need is love” and “I wanna be your man” and “We can work it out.” Captioning the photo, McCartney wrote, “Thanks Westboro Baptist Church for the warm welcome!”


Chris Stapleton recently canceled three weeks of shows due to a broken finger but he’s back in full force as a guest on “Today’s Summer Concert Series.” Stapleton performed in Rockefeller Plaza on Tuesday. The country artist performed some songs off of his new album “From A Room: Volume 1,” including “Second One To Know” and “Traveller” stand-out “Tennessee Whiskey.” At the “Today” show, Stapleton had s very special audience member: His mom. Hoda Kotb told the singer she asked her “what’s in the secret sauce,” and the matriarch replied, “Chris is simply a gift from god.”


Pepsi’s limited-edition clear Crystal Pepsi soda is making a return to stores this August and some well-known artists are teaming up for a tour to feed your need for ‘90s nostalgia. The beverage brand is hosting a “Crystal Pepsi Throwback Tour” featuring Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath, Salt-N-Pepa and Busta Rhymes, who will perform three free concerts during baseball season. The “Throwback Tour” kicks off in New York on August 1st with Busta in New York City at Billy’s Sports Bar, followed by McGrath at Chase Field in Phoenix on August 11th. Salt-N-Pepa will bat clean-up at Marlins Park in Miami on August 13th. The iconic hip-hop trio will also throw out the first pitch of the baseball game between the Miami Marlins and the Colorado Rockies that day.

Water Cooler Talk

True to her nickname, Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins, 101, set a new national record for the 100-meter dash last week as she stormed across the finish line at the USA Track and Field Outdoors Masters Championships. The Louisiana great-grandmother was the oldest female athlete to compete in the championships, held in Baton Rouge, and shaved six seconds off the current record for women ages 100 or older – clocking in at 40.12 seconds. The former schoolteacher, who swears by her healthy diet, only took up running after her 100th birthday – and was pretty nonchalant about her accomplishment. “I missed my nap for this,” said Hawkins after her heroic sprint.


Prisoners at a small county jail in Tennessee are being given an opportunity to get 30 days off their sentence if they agree to be sterilized. Sam Benningfield, the only judge in White County, Tennessee, which has a population of about 26,000 people, said he introduced the program as a way to prevent repeat drug offenders and other people accused of crimes to not have children. “I understand it won’t be entirely successful but if you reach two or three people, maybe that’s two or three kids not being born under the influence of drugs. I see it as a win, win,” he said.

The program was introduced on May 15th to both men and women. So far, 32 women have had a Nexplanon implant put in their arm, which can prevent child birth for up to four years. Thirty-eight men have signed up to get a vasectomy, which can be permanent.

The ACLU released this statement on the program reading: “Offering a so-called ‘choice’ between jail time and coerced contraception or sterilization is unconstitutional. Such a choice violates the fundamental constitutional right to reproductive autonomy and bodily integrity by interfering with the intimate decision of whether and when to have a child, imposing an intrusive medical procedure on individuals who are not in a position to reject it. Judges play an important role in our community – overseeing individuals’ childbearing capacity should not be part of that role.”


O.J. Simpson has been granted parole after being convicted in 2008 of kidnapping, armed robbery and 10 other charges. All four parole commissioners voted to free the 70-year-old former athlete. OJ will not be getting out until October at the earliest. During the parole hearing, O.J. testified, as well as one of his daughters and some of his friends. He served nine years in prison and was considered a low risk offender, which is why he was given parole. The parole board specifically said at the beginning of the hearing that they would not bring his acquitted murder charges from the 90s into account when thinking about his parole.


Coffee from a North Texas company is being recalled for containing an ingredient similar to Viagra, the FDA says. Bestherbs Coffee LLC, in Grand Prairie, voluntarily recalled all of its “New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Herbs Coffee” after an FDA lab analysis detected desmethyl carbodenafil. The drug is structurally similar to sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, according to the FDA notice. The drug may react with nitrates found in some prescription drugs, lowering blood pressure to dangerous levels, the recall said. The drug poses a risk to men with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease. The instant coffee packs also include milk, which is a potential allergen not included on the labels. The coffee was sold nationwide online. Each box sold comes with 25, 13-gram packs of coffee. People who’ve bought the coffee can return it to the Bestherbs office for a full refund.

Our Weird World

A Texas woman is facing federal drug trafficking charges after police say they found three large engine degreaser jugs containing 75 pounds of liquid meth. Austin Police said Seline Lizbeth Ayala, 23, was pulled over for speeding after 11 p.m. July 12th on Interstate 35. Police said Ayala seemed nervous and “verbally aggressive” and refused to allow officers to search her 2013 Dodge Avenger.

Police called for a drug detection dog, who indicated the presence of narcotics in three large jugs stored in the vehicle’s trunk. The jugs, which originally contained engine degreasing product Purple Power, contained 75 pounds of liquid meth, worth an estimated $2 million on the street.

Police said Ayala admitted she was delivering the drugs to Dallas in a deal coordinated by an unidentified man near her home. She said she previously made a similar delivery to Carrollton organized by the same man. She was ordered held without bond and is facing federal drug trafficking charges.

– One-Liner: I can’t believe these jugs were part of a bust.

– One-Liner: Luckily, the degreaser woman didn’t give them the slip.

– One-Liner: Degreaser mixed with meth makes for a very speedy cleanup.


A semi truck lost its brakes and the resulting crash destroyed thousands of pounds of beer, police in Colorado said. The truck was driving west on Wolf Creek Pass in Mineral County when the brakes failed at the top of the hill. A driver behind the truck started smelling smoke then noticed that the truck started speeding 60 to 65 mph down the hill. The truck missed the runaway ramp that is set before the road starts to switchback down the mountain. The truck made it to the last runaway ramp and came to a stop, but the load of beer and energy drinks it was hauling toppled out the back, spilling all over the ramp. The only casualty was the beer – about 42,100 pounds of it. No one was hurt in the crash.

– One-Liner: Now there’s a huge cleanup on tap.

– One-Liner: The truck originally lost power when chugging up the hill.


A Florida man angry about the AT&T work trucks parked in front of his home took matters into his own hands and opened fire on the vehicles’ tires and engines, police said. Jorge Jove, 64, confronted the workers outside his Hialeah home about 11 a.m. Wednesday.

“AT&T bucket trucks were working on some overhead phone lines on utility poles,” said Hialeah police Sgt. Carl Zogby. “The owner of the house came out. He was upset the trucks were parked in front of his house, asked them to move. They said, ‘We’ll move in a few minutes, we’re just working on the poles. We’re supposed to be here.’” Police said that’s when Jove, a former Miami-Dade firefighter, went back inside, got a gun and began calmly shooting at the trucks.

The shocking moment was captured on cellphone video as one of the AT&T employees called 911. “There’s a guy shooting out my tires!” the worker says in the clip as a man – presumably Jove – is shown approaching and shooting at the vehicles. Police said Jove fired 18 or more shots. No one was hurt in the incident. Jove was arrested and faces charges of aggravated assault with a firearm and felony vandalism.

– One-Liner: Shooting a phone truck. Bad call.

– One-Liner: The phone guys says this is really over the line.

– One-Liner: My respect for these phone workers just shot up.


Police in suburban Cleveland say a fast-food restaurant customer angry about the way his sandwich tasted and looked threatened to shoot somebody over it. The South Euclid Police Department reported receiving a call Tuesday about a man storming into the Steak ‘n Shake restaurant “acting crazy,” saying he had a gun and was going to shoot someone. Police say the 20-year-old man complained that the egg on his sandwich was runny and slimy and looked like spit. He was in custody Wednesday pending a court appearance on an aggravated menacing charge. Police say he didn’t have a gun. Police posted on the department Facebook page tips for better ways to deal with restaurant dissatisfaction:

  1. Remain calm
  2. Act Rational
  3. Don’t make comments you will regret later
  4. Don’t take matters into your hands
  5. When the police arrive be cooperative.

Police added that they don’t take special orders at “hotel SEPD.”

– One-Liner: When cops heard about the egg sandwich fiasco, they scrambled.

– One-Liner: Luckily, the arrest was over…easy.

– One-Liner: Someone that mad over an undercooked egg is pretty rare.


A Louisiana man who was rushing his pregnant wife to the hospital at speeds topping 100 mph missed his child’s birth because he was in jail. Zak Evans was arrested Monday and remained in jail as the couple’s daughter, who was premature, was born. His wife, Bridget, received an ambulance ride to a hospital. Evans was given a ticket for speeding, flight from an officer and careless operation. Creola police Chief Heath Landry says an officer clocked the couple going 108 mph in a 55 mph speed zone. He says the officer pulled them over in Pineville. The officer who stopped the couple dropped Evans off at the hospital but Evans said he had already missed the birth.

– One-Liner: He’s a bad driver. And he wouldn’t be in this situation if he pulled out a little quicker.

– One-Liner: He thought he could drive as fast as he wanted, laboring under the wrong impression.

– One-Liner: First came the conception, then he ended up in the pokey.


A Nova Scotia woman who hatched Pekin ducklings in an incubator said one of the eggs contained something shocking – twin ducks connected by an umbilical cord. Amber Brannen said she and her family hatched some Pekin duck eggs recently at their Yarmouth County home and one egg, which was no larger than the others, turned out to contain two babies. Brannen shared photos and video of the twins, connected by their umbilical cord, on Facebook. She said the twins were connected for their first few days, until the cord was dried out enough to cut. Brannen’s family dubbed the ducklings Nova and Scotia. They have decided to keep the ducks as pets.

– One-Liner: After this, the ducks say they’ll…shell out for more living space.

– One-Liner: You could have knocked the owners over with a feather.


A dog owner in Scotland shared photos of her golden retriever with her litter of puppies, one of which stands out for its rare green coloration. Louise Sutherland said her family was shocked when Rio, their 3-year-old golden retriever, gave birth to a litter that included a green puppy, which they dubbed Forest. The puppy’s eight siblings were born with more typical golden fur, she said. Sutherland said most of the litter will be going to new homes, but her family has decided to keep Forest for themselves. The cause of the condition was determined to be exposure to biliverdin, a green bile pigment found in the placenta.

– One-Liner: The other puppies were just green with envy.

– One-Liner: With all that free fertilizer, I hope the owner has a green thumb.


Hogs aren’t unusual in rural south Alabama, but one man said he’d never seen anything like the 820-pound animal he shot and killed in his front yard. Wade Seago said he and his daughter spotted the massive hog in their yard in Samson last week after the family’s pet schnauzer Cruiser started barking. “Cruiser had this huge hog confused with all of the barking and movement,” Wade said. “It was not a good situation.” So Wade got his .38-caliber handgun and took aim. It took three shots to drop the hog, Seago said, and he later weighed it on scales at a peanut company. Seago plans to display the hog’s stuffed head and shoulders at his taxidermy shop. He said the rest of the remains were discarded on a friend’s property. Seago didn’t have any regrets about killing the hog, which had tusklike teeth that were 6 inches long. Feral hogs cause millions of dollars in damage annually, and hunters on private land can kill as many of them as they want under Alabama law.

– One-Liner: Dealing with a giant pig in your yard is definitely not a…boar.


More than 25% U.S. households claim to use chatbots on a daily basis, a figure that rises to 40% among millennials, according a new survey from mobile marketing services company 3C Interactive. Only 5% of those surveyed said they didn’t find their chatbot experience valuable, but when those consumers were asked why, 71% said the chatbot could not answer their question or help them.

The survey results also suggested consumers have used chatbots most often to fulfill needs such as asking customer service questions (51%), checking order status (46%) and researching products (42%). Even though 51% of those surveyed said they used chatbots for customer survey questions, about 50% said they actually preferred human assistants to handle those questions.

Also, 44% said they would rather connect with a human to make a reservation or an appointment. While 57% of respondents said Facebook was the most popular platform for chatbots, 55% said they found out about some chatbots through family and friends, while 52% admitted to finding them through Twitter.


How long would your perfect romp last if you could choose? A dating website for married people called VictoriaMilan asked over 6,000 female members from 20 countries how long their sex sessions last with their husbands. Here’s how they ranked:

Denmark 44 minutes Austria 27 minutes
U.S. 41 minutes Switzerland 26 minutes
Finland 39 minutes Hungary 25 minutes
Canada 37 minutes Poland 24 minutes
Sweden 33 minutes Spain 23 minutes
Norway 33 minutes Netherlands 23 minutes
United Kingdom 33 minutes Italy 23 minutes
Germany 32 minutes France 23 minutes
Czech Republic 32 minutes Belgium 21 minutes
Ireland 31 minutes South Africa 15 minutes


All the work Ariana Grande did to raise money for the victims of the Manchester bombing in May helped make her a hero in the eyes of British kids. The British paper The Mirror said the singer is among the top 50 modern-day children’s heroes, according to a new survey conducted by Mattel of six-to-13-year-old children in the U.K.

The highest-ranked pop star on the list was British girl group Little Mix, who came in at No. 10, followed by Ed Sheeran at No. 11. Ariana ranked No. 14 on the list, right after Simon Cowell, but ahead of the superhero Iron Man. Justin Bieber and Harry Styles also made the list, but were ranked much further down, below the likes of The Rock, Thor, Luke Skywalker, Wonder Woman, Superman, Spider-Man, Batman, and Harry Potter.

“Mum” topped the list, followed by “Dad” at No. 2. In addition, “My teacher,” “Grandmother” and “Grandfather” were among the real-life heroes on the kids’ list.

Top Kids’ Heroes

1. Mum 11. Ed Sheeran 21. Thor 31. Usain Bolt 41. David Attenborough
2. Dad 12. Superman 22. Jack Sparrow 32. Zoella 42. Prince Harry
3. Lionel Messi 13. Simon Cowell 23. Wonderwoman 33. Justin Bieber 43. Kate Middleton
4. David Walliams 14. Ariana Grande 24. Matilda 34. Harry Styles 44. Finn (Star Wars)
5. David Beckham 15. Ironman 25. Luke Skywalker 35. Darth Vader 45. Prince William
6. Teacher 16. Grandmother 26. Hermione Granger 36. Willy Wonka 46. Jessica Ennis-Hill
7. Spider-Man 17. Grandfather 27. Olly Murs 37. Han Solo 47. Indiana Jones
8. Batman 18. Fireman Sam 28. Wayne Rooney 38. Neymar 48. Steve Backshall
9. Harry Potter 19. Incredible Hulk 29. Stampylongnose 39. Rey (Star Wars) 49. Bruce Lee
10. Little Mix 20. Ant and Dec 30. The Rock 40. Gareth Bale 50. Will Smith


Does it feel like scam calls are on the rise? You’re not alone. Roughly 80 million unwanted calls ranging from scammers to telemarketers are made each day, according to a new study from First Orion. The study showed that scam calls to mobile phones quadrupled in just two years. The company surveyed  U.S. mobile phone users about unwanted calls and found that over three-quarters of them had received a scam call this year, up 15% from 2015. While the number of people receiving calls is rising, the volume is skyrocketing. Four times as many people received over 20 scam calls in the past six months compared to 2015. Other interesting facts include:

  • Over 55% of respondents have received a scam call within the past month.
  • Almost 60% of consumers would be willing to pay monthly for a service that would identify callers, block spam and fraudulent calls as well as tell why they are calling compared to just 17% in 2015.
  • Over half of those surveyed believe it is their cell phone carrier’s responsibility to block scam and fraudulent calls or texts from coming to their phone.
  • Roughly three fourths of respondents said they would be more inclined to use a cell phone carrier that automatically blocked telemarketing and scam calls.


Anticipated back-to-college spending is on par with last year, with parents surveyed expecting to spend on average $1,347 compared with college students at $1,051. Although parents expect to spend more overall, 68% anticipate more than half of their back-to-college spending will be influenced by their students. Nearly 6 in 10 (57%) students plan to contribute more than half of the budget, according to according to Deloitte’s 2017 Back-to-College Survey. Other findings:

  • 76% of students consider themselves budget conscious
  • 81% say they buy their college school supplies from retailers who offer free shipping
  • 76% say they buy used textbooks
  • 66% say they rent textbooks
  • 82% of students say they include socializing at restaurants, bistros, and bars in their overall budget
  • 58% include room in their budget for attending cultural events like concerts, theater, and movies
  • 50% budget for going to sporting events
  • About 50% of both parents and students say they plan to increase spending both online and in-store if sales tax reductions or tax holidays are offered

Who Am I?

I was cohost of “Popular Mechanics for Kids,” along with Elisha Cuthbert from the series “24.”

I voiced the character of Emily for nine seasons on the PBS children’s show “Arthur.”

As an adult, I had my first major TV role in the coming-of-age series “American Dreams.”

I was surprised to learn, during the second season of the TNT series “Hawthorne,” that my character was a lesbian.

In 2011, I was cast in “Glee” as a tone-deaf member of the glee club with “self-diagnosed Asperger’s.”

Vanessa Lengies

Impossible Question

In Wyoming, you may not take a picture of this from January to April without an official permit. What? (A rabbit)


A study finds the average driver hasn’t done this in 12 years. What? (Switched car insurance companies)


42% of adults say they would rather forget this than lose their cell phone. What? (Their anniversary)

New Music Releases & Re-Releases

Nicole Atkins “Goodnight Rhonda Lee”
Vera Blue “Perennial”
Dan Croll “Emerging Adulthood”
Daphni “Fabriclive 93”
Ded “Mis-An-Thrope”
Lana Del Rey “Lust for Life”
Sara Evans “Words”
Foster the People “Sacred Hearts Club”
Goldfinger “The Knife”
In This Moment “Ritual”
Le’Andria Johnson “Bigger Than Me”
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley “Stony Hill”
Declan McKenna “What Do You Think About the Car?”
Meek Mill “Wins and Losses”
Stanton Moore “With You in Mind: The Songs of Allen Toussaint”
Billy Ocean “Here You Are: The Music of My Life”
Parmalee “27861”
Eddy Raven with Carolina Road “All Grassed Up”
Brian Reitzell, and others “American Gods (Original Television Series Soundtrack)”
Kim Robins “Raining in Baltimore”
Chris Robinson Brotherhood “Barefoot in the Head”
Romeo Santos “Golden”
Shattered Sun “The Evolution of Anger”
Emma Stevens “To My Roots”
Straight No Chaser “Six Pack Volume 3”
Avey Tare “Eucalyptus”
Tyler, The Creator “Flower Boy”
Various artists “The Bad Batch
Various artists “Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn (Original Broadway Cast Recording)”
Various artists “Descendants 2 (Original TV Movie Soundtrack)”
Various artists “Reggae Gold 2017”
Matt Wills “Cigarettes & City Lights”
Hans Zimmer “Dunkirk (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)”

At the Movies

“Dunkirk” [PG-13] (Wide) Watch Trailer
Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II. Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Damien Bonnard, Aneurin Barnard, Lee Armstrong, Harry Styles


“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” [PG-13] (Wide) Watch Trailer
A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe. Stars: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna


“Girls Trip” [R] (Wide) Watch Trailer
When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush. Stars: Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish


“Landline” [R] (Wide) Watch Trailer
In 1995, a teenager living with her sister and parents in Manhattan discovers that her father is having an affair. Stars: Jenny Slate, Jay Duplass, Abby Quinn, John Turturro


“The Midwife” [NR] (Wide) Watch Trailer
A midwife gets unexpected news from her father’s old mistress. Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot, Olivier Gourmet, Quentin Dolmaire

Best TiVo Bets For Friday, July 21, 2017

Daytime Lineup:
Live! With Kelly & Ryan (Syn) Al Gore, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Jonathan & Drew Scott, Hannah Hart
The View (ABC) Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Syn) (repeat)
The Wendy Williams Show (Syn) (repeat)
The Talk (CBS) Bryce Dallas Howard, Tiffany Haddish
The Real (Syn) (repeat)
Harry (Syn) (repeat)
Primetime Lineup:
Big Brother (CBS) TBA
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) (repeat)
Blue Bloods (CBS) (repeat)
America’s Got Talent (NBC) (repeat)
Dateline NBC (NBC) Investigative journalism.
MasterChef (FOX) (repeat)
Beat Shazam (FOX) (repeat)
Disney’s Descendants 2 (ABC) When the pressure to be perfect gets to be overwhelming for Mal, she goes back to the Isle of the Lost. Starring Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Cameron Boyce and China Anne McClain.
Masters Of Illusion (The CW) Featured magicians include Jason Bishop and Farrell Dillon.
Masters Of Illusion (The CW) (repeat)
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW) (repeat)
Late Night Lineup:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC) Kevin Bacon, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Nate Bargatze
Late Night With Seth Meyers (NBC) (repeat)
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (CBS) TBA
Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS) (repeat)
Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC) (repeat)
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) (repeat)

Best TiVo Bets For Saturday, July 22, 2017

Primetime Lineup:
Still Star-Crossed (ABC) (finale) A violent act escalates tensions; Rosaline is put in a compromising position.
Turn: Washington’s Spies (AMC) Ben’s plan to kidnap Benedict Arnold doesn’t work with Abe’s plan to kill Simcoe.
UFC Fight Night (AMC) Weidman Vs. Gastelum – Live from New York.

Best TiVo Bets For Sunday, July 23, 2017

Primetime Lineup:
Big Brother (CBS) The two new heads of households move rooms.
Candy Crush (CBS) Teams composed of business owners, a husband and wife, brothers-in-law, and cousins compete.
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) (repeat)
The Wall (NBC) (repeat)
Spartan: Ultimate Challenge (NBC) (2-hour season finale) Sex teams compete in the semifinals; the remaining teams compete in the championship.
The Simpsons (FOX) (repeat)
Family Guy (FOX) (repeat)
American Grit (FOX) Gossip causes tension.
Celebrity Family Feud (ABC) Celebrities competing include Paul Scheer, Adam Pally and Horatio Sanz.
Steve Harvey’s Funderdome (ABC) Inventions include an organizer for women’s bras and undergarments.
The $100,000 Pyramid (ABC) Celebrity battles include Cobie Smulders and Ryan Eggold.
Shahs Of Sunset (Bravo) Reza and Adam have an anniversary celebration; MJ and Reza visit MJ’s father.
The Strain (FX) Gus recruits his cousin for the job that will put the gang on top.
Game Of Thrones (HBO) Daenarys gets an unexpected visitor; Tyrion plots.
Ballers (HBO) (season premiere) Spencer looks to score some big clients to pay his debts; Ricky thinks about fatherhood.
Insecure (HBO) (season premiere) Issa struggles after her breakup with Lawrence; Lawrence adjusts to his new space.
Twin Peaks: The Return (Showtime) There’s fire where you are going.
I’m Dying Up Here (Showtime) Goldie thinks she’s misjudged her relationship; Bill helps Nick.

Timeline For Friday, July 21, 2017

1899 Ernest Hemingway is born.
1930 President Hoover signs an executive order establishing the Veterans Administration (later the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.)
1956 “I Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash peaks at No. 1.
1958 “Yakety Yak” by The Coasters peaks at No. 1.
1958 “Hard Headed Woman” by Elvis Presley peaks at No. 1.
1959 The NS Savannah, the first nuclear-powered merchant ship, is christened by First Lady Mamie Eisenhower at Camden, New Jersey.
1961 Captain Virgil “Gus” Grissom becomes the second American to rocket into a sub-orbital pattern around the Earth, flying aboard the Liberty Bell 7.
1969 Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin blast off from the Moon to return to earth.
1971 Carole King receives a gold album for “Tapestry.”
1973 “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” by Jim Croce peaks at No. 1.
1973 Jeanne Pruett is inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
1980 Draft registration begins in the U.S. for 19- and 20-year-old men.
1982 Dave Garroway dies.
1987 “Appetite For Destruction” CD by Guns ‘N Roses is released.
1990 “She Ain’t Worth It” by Brown peaks at No. 1.
1996 “The Daily Show” hosted by Craig Kilborn premieres on Comedy Central.
1998 Alan B. Shepard Jr., 74, dies.
1999 Charley Pride receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1999 Navy divers find the bodies of John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn and sister-in-law Lauren in the wreckage of Kennedy’s plane in the Atlantic Ocean off Martha’s Vineyard.
2007 David Beckham made his debut with the Los Angeles Galaxy in front of a sellout crowd of 27,000.
2007 Doctors removed five small growths from President Bush’s colon after he temporarily transferred the powers of his office to Vice President Dick Cheney under the rarely invoked 25th Amendment.
2007 “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the final book in the bestselling “Harry Potter” series is released.
2009 Gidget “The Taco Bell Chihuahua,” 15, dies.
2009 The iTunes Music Store reaches 8 billion songs sold.
2011 Space Shuttle Atlantis land at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was the last flight of NASA’s space shuttle program.
2012 “American Idol” winner Lee DeWyze weds model-actress Jonna Walsh at Maravilla Gardens in Camarillo, California.
2014 “Guardians of the Galaxy,” directed by James Gunn, starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, premieres in Hollywood.

Today Casual Pi Day – Legal Drinking Age Day – National Junk Food Day – No Pet Store Puppies Day

– Trivia: Who was the first host of the “Today” show? (Dave Garroway)

– Trivia: Who was America’s first man in space? (Alan B. Shepard Jr.)

– One-Liner: On this day in 2007, the final “Harry Potter” book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” was published worldwide. Harry Potter’s magic is so strong, adults were magically not embarrassed to be seen at a book store wearing a wizard’s robe.

Holiday Spotlight:
Today is National Junk Food Day, a great excuse for Americans to skip their diets and indulge in all foods that are sweet, greasy, or calorie-laden! Even doctors say it’s good to take a mental health break by indulging in your favorite junk foods – at least every once in a while. Why not make it National Junk Food Day? Here are some National Junk Food Day fun facts:

  • The term “junk food” was first popularized in the 1960s, but only really caught on following the release of the top radio hit, “Junk Food Junkie” in 1976.
  • The iconic Twinkie was threatened with extinction when maker Hostess filed for bankruptcy in 2012. The following year the company was bought up by a global management firm. Soon the famous snack cake returned to store shelves to the delight of millions of Americans coast to coast. The rapid turn of events was later billed as “the sweetest comeback in history ever.”
  • The Tootsie Roll is named after its creator Leo Hirshfield’s daughter Clara, whose nickname was “Tootsie.”
  • Today, the average American eats about 24.5 pounds of candy per year, with almost half of that made with some variation of chocolate.
  • Americans eat 13 billion hamburgers each year, which is enough to circle the earth more than 32 times.
  • Eating junk food alters the brain activity in a way similar to addictive drugs do, such as cocaine and heroin.
  • Over 1 billion pizzas are delivered in the United States every year. More pizzas are delivered on Super Bowl Sunday than on any other day of the year.
  • Chick-fil-A sells more than 1.64 billion chicken nuggets every year. That would be more than 5 nuggets for each person in the U.S.
  • Pizza Hut uses over 300 million pounds of cheese per year.
  • In 1979, in what has become known as the “Twinkie Defense,” Daniel White said he killed San Francisco mayor George Moscone and Harvey Milk because he ate too much junk food, such as Twinkies, candy bars, and cupcakes, which caused a chemical imbalance in his brain. He was still convicted and, in 1981, Congress outlawed the “Twinkie Defense.”
  • Cracker Jack originated in Chicago and was the first to use toys to target junk food to children.
  • Women are more likely than men to pull their Oreo cookies apart before eating them.
  • Over 2 billion popsicles are sold every year.
  • Ironically, cotton candy was invented by a dentist with the help of a confectioner. They marketed it as “fairy floss.”
  • On average, it takes about 364 licks to reach the center of a Tootsie Pop.
  • Over 450 billion Oreo cookies have been sold worldwide since their debut in 1912. This is enough to reach to the moon and back 5 times.
  • Hershey’s makes one million miles of Twizzlers every year.
  • The average American eats 30 pounds of French fries per year.


Timeline For Saturday, July 22, 2017

1893 “America the Beautiful” is written.
1908 Etiquette expert Amy Vanderbilt is born.
1926 Babe Ruth catches a baseball at Mitchell Field in New York that was dropped from an airplane flying at about 250 feet.
1933 Wiley Post becomes the first man to fly solo around the world in his plywood aircraft, the Winnie Mae. It took him 7 days, 18 hours and 49 minutes.
1934 Bank robber John Dillinger is shot to death by federal agents in Chicago.
1951 Robin Williams is born.
1989 “Toy Soldiers” by Martika is No. 1.
1990 American Greg LeMond wins his third Tour de France title.
1991 Jeffrey Dahmer is arrested after police find various body parts in a fridge in his apartment.
1994 O.J. pleads “absolutely, 100% not guilty” and the case assigned to Superior Court Judge Lance Ito.
1995 Susan Smith is found guilty of first-degree murder for drowning her two sons.
1999 The ashes of John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife and her sister are cast into the sea off Martha’s Vineyard.
1999 Woodstock 99 music festival begins Griffiss Park, Rome New York (till 25th) attended by 200,000. Ended due to violence.
2000 “Bent” by Matchbox Twenty peaks at No. 1.
2003 Saddam Hussein’s sons, Uday and Qusay, are killed by U.S. troops in Mosul, Iraq.
2008 Estelle Getty, who played Sophia Petrillo on “Golden Girls,” dies at the age of 84.
2008 Miley Cyrus releases “Breakout.”
2010 Robin Wright divorces Sean Penn due to irreconcilable differences after 14 years of marriage.
2011 Space Shuttle Atlantis lands successfully at Kennedy Space Center after completing STS-135. It was the final flight of NASA’s space shuttle program.
2013 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gives birth to a son, the third in line to the British throne; the child, named George Alexander Louis, is formally known as His Royal Highness Prince of Cambridge.
2013 Former U.S. President George W. Bush recovers after having a stent procedure to treat a blocked artery; the blockage was opened without any complications.
2016 Japan’s Funai Electric announce they will manufacture world’s last videocassette this month.

Today: Fragile X Awareness Day – Hammock Day – National Day of the Cowboy – National Penuche Fudge Day – Rat-catcher’s Day – Spooners (Spoonerism) Day

– Trivia: Who is Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge married to? (Prince William, Duke of Cambridge)

– Trivia: Who wrote the lyrics to “America the Beautiful?” (Katharine Lee Bates)


Timeline For Sunday, July 23, 2017

1715 The first lighthouse in America is authorized for construction at Little Brewster Island, Massachusetts.
1829 William Burt patents a forerunner of the typewriter.
1885 Ulysses S. Grant, 18th president, 63, dies.
1904 The first true edible conical shaped cone for serving ice cream was created at the St. Louis World Fair by Ernest Hamwi. His waffle booth was next to an ice cream vendor who ran short of dishes. Hamwi rolled a waffle to contain ice cream and the cone was born.
1950 “The Gene Autry Show” premieres on CBS.
1962 Jackie Robinson is enshrined in Baseball Hall of Fame.
1967 Philip Seymour Hoffman is born.
1977 Foreigner’s “Cold As Ice” is released.
1977 Judas Priest begins their first U.S. tour in Oakland, California, as the opening act for Led Zeppelin.
1980 Keith Godchaux (Grateful Dead) dies of injuries he sustained in a car accident in Marin County, California.
1982 Vic Morrow and two child actors are killed in a helicopter crash while filming “Twilight Zone: The Movie.”
1982 Diet Coke is introduced.
1984 Vanessa Williams resigns her Miss America title.
1985 “The Jeffersons” last airs.
1988 “Hold On To The Nights” by Richard Marx peaks at No. 1.
1992 The band Chicago gets a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
1993 Janet Jackson makes her movie debut in “Poetic Justice,” co-starring Tupac Shakur.
1996 Kerri Strug’s one-footed vault propels the U.S. women’s gymnastics team to gold.
1997 The search for Andrew Cunanan, the suspected killer of Gianni Versace, ends as police find his body on a houseboat in Miami Beach, Florida.
1999 Woodstock 1999 kicks off.
2000 Lance Armstrong wins his second Tour de France.
2006 American Floyd Landis wins the Tour de France under controversy.
2007 Drew Carey is tapped to replace Bob Barker on “The Price Is Right.”
2009 Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox becomes the 18th pitcher to throw a perfect game in Major League Baseball history, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0.
2011 Amy Winehouse is found dead at her London home.
2012 America’s first female astronaut, Sally Ride, dies of pancreatic cancer at age 61.
2015 The Supreme Court rejects Bill Cosby’s petition against a civil case of his alleged sexual of 15-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1974.

Today: Aunties Day – Gorgeous Grandma Day – Hot Enough For Ya Day – National Hot Dog Day – Parent’s Day – Vanilla Ice Cream Day

– Trivia: Who was Lance Armstrong engaged to from 2005 to 2006? (Sheryl Crow)

– Trivia: Who hosted “The Price Is Right from 1956–65? (Bill Cullen)

CeleBirthdays For Friday, July 21, 2017

Norman Jewison (Director)-91
Leigh Lawson (Being Julia: Archie Dexter)-72
Rosalie Hamlin (Rosie & The Originals)-72
Barry Whitwam (Herman’s Hermits)-71
Art Hindle (Paradise Falls: Pete Braga)-69
Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)-69
Gary Trudeau (Doonesbury Cartoonist)-69
Eric Bazilian (The Hooters)-64
Jon Lovitz (SNL / The Critic: Jay Sherman / Hotel Transylvania: Quasimodo)-60
Lance Guest (Life Goes On: Michael Romanov)-57
Matt Mulhern (Major Dad: Lt. Eugene “Gene” Holowachuk)-57
Greg Behrendt (Comedian)-54
Emerson Hart (Tonic)-48
Arija Bareikis (Southland: Officer Chickie Brown)-51
Alysia Reiner (Orange Is the New Black)-47
Michael Fitzpatrick (Fitz and the Tantrums)-47
Paul Brandt (Country singer)-45
Korey Cooper (Skillet)-45
Ali Landry (Eve: Rita Lefleur)-44
Justin Bartha (The Hangover: Doug)-39
Josh Hartnett (Penny Dreadful: Ethan Chandler / Lucky Number Slevin: Slevin Kelevra)-39
Damian Marley (Reggae singer)-39
Brad Mates (Emerson Drive)-39
Blake Lewis (American Idol Contestant)-36
Will Berman (MGMT)-35
Johan Carlsson (Carolina Liar)-33
Vanessa Lengies (Mixology: Kacey / Glee: Sugar Motta)-32
Jamie Waylett (Harry Potter films: Vincent Crabbe)-28
Rory Culkin (Signs: Morgan Hess)-28

– Trivia: Who is Gary Trudeau’s famous wife? (Jane Pauley)

– Trivia: In what year was Ali Landry crowned Miss USA? (1996)

– One-Liner: Comedian Jon Lovitz is 60 today. Jon was in the classic women’s baseball movie “A League of Their Own” which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. If he claimed he knew how huge that film would become, he’d be a liar.

CeleBirthdays For Saturday, July 22, 2017

Bob Dole-94
Orson Bean (Desperate Housewives: Roy Bender)-89
Louise Fletcher (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Kai Winn, Vedek / One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: Nurse Ratched)-83
Chuck Jackson (R&B singer)-80
Terence Stamp (Smallville: Jor-El)-79
Alex Trebek (Jeopardy! host)-77
George Clinton (Singer)-76
Bobby Sherman (Sanchez of Bel Air: Frankie Rondell)-74
Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon movies: Roger Murtaugh)-71
Paul Schrader (Writer-director)-71
Don Henley (Singer)-70
Albert Brooks (Drive: Bernie Rose)-70
Alan Menken (Composer)-68
Al Di Meola (Musician)-63
Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man: Green Goblin / Platoon: Sgt. Elias)-62
Lonette McKee (Third Watch: Maggie Davis)-63
Keith Sweat (Singer)-56
Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls)-54
Rob Estes (Melrose Place: Kyle McBride/ 90210: Harry Wilson)-54
Joanna Going (Dark Shadows: Victoria Winters/Josette)-54
David Spade (Rules of Engagement: Russell Dunbar / Joe Dirt movies: Joe Dirt)-53
John Leguizamo (The Kill Point: Mr. Wolf)-53
Pat Badger (Extreme)-50
Colin Ferguson-(Eureka: Jack Carter)-45
Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill: Spike)-50
Jaime Camil (Jane the Virgin: Rogelio De La Vega)-44
Daniel Jones (Savage Garden)-44
Rufus Wainwright (Singer)-44
Petey Pablo (Rapper)-44
Franka Potente (The Bourne Supremacy: Marie / The Bourne Identity: Marie)-43
A.J. Cook (Criminal Minds: Jennifer “JJ” Jareau)-39
Keegan Allen (Pretty Little Liars: Toby Cavanaugh)-30
Selena Gomez (Wizards of Waverly Place: Alex Russo)-25

– Trivia: Louise Fletcher won the Best Actress Oscar in 1975 for her performance in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” What unusual thing did she do during her acceptance speech? (Thanked her parents in sign language)

– Trivia: Rhys Ifans was briefly the lead singer for what Welsh rock group? (Super Furry Animals)


CeleBirthdays For Sunday, July 23, 2017

Ronny Cox (The Starter Wife: Pappy)-79
Don Imus (Radio host)-77
Larry Manetti (Magnum, P.I.: Rick)-74
Tony Joe White (Country singer)-74
David Essex (Singer)-70
John Hall (Orleans singer and former Congressman )-69
Blair Thornton (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)-67
Belinda Montgomery (Doogie Howser: Katherine)-67
Edie McClurg (The Life & Times of Tim: Helen)-66
Lydia Cornell (Too Close for Comfort: Sara Rush)-64
Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: Haymitch Abernathy)-56
Martin Gore (Depeche Mode)-56
Eriq La Salle (ER: Dr. Benton)-55
Yuval Gabay (Soul Coughing)-54
Slash (Guns ‘N Roses/ Velvet Revolver)-52
Juan Pope (formerly J. Lamont Pope) (My Name Is Earl: Jasper)-50
Stephanie Seymour (Model)-49
Charisma Carpenter (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Cordelia Chase)-47
Sam Watters (Color Me Badd)-47
Dalvin DeGrate (Jodeci)-46
Alison Krauss (Bluegrass-country singer)-46
Chad Gracey (Live)-46
Marlon Wayans (Littleman: Calvin / G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra: Ripcord )-45
Shannon Brown (Country singer)-44
Monica Lewinsky (Former White House intern / Bill Clinton mistress)-44
Stephanie March (Law & Order: SVU: Alexandra Cabot)-43
Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child)-37
Steve Jocz (Former drummer of Sum 41)-36
Paul Wesley (The Vampire Diaries: Stefan Salvatore)-35
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter)-28
Neil Perry (The Band Perry)-27
Danielle Bradbery (The Voice Season 4 winner)-21

Trivia: What reality TV dating program did Monica Lewinsky host in 2003? (Mr. Personality)

Trivia: Charisma Carpenter used to be a cheerleader for what pro football team? (The San Diego Chargers)

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The former football star got out of his 33-year sentence for kidnapping, extortion and robbery in just shy of 9 years. And, the Juice made a bunch of cash during his time in the slammer. According to some estimates, his NFL pension earned him about $600,000 during his prison stay.

***What's next for O.J.? Quiet retirement? More crime? A reality show?


The head football coach at Ole Miss resigned after phone records showed he had placed numerous calls to escort services.

***I guess the guy from Ole Miss was busy looking for a YOUNG Miss!


One of the members of the parole board granting OJ Simpson an early release wore a Kansas City Chiefs' tie to the hearing. Great tweet on that:


The former NFL quarterback appeared on the Dan Patrick Show to apologize for telling Colin Kaepernick he should cut his Afro hairstyle. Vick said he regretted his choice of words.

***"Yeah, what I meant to say was ...I'M clean-cut and available if there are any teams looking for a QB!


The  Dallas Cowboys' wide receiver sprang for a family-friendly blowout party Thursday, open to EVERYONE in his hometown of Lufkin, Texas, for food, drinks and kickball at a local park. He got a barbecue joint to provide $16,000 worth of ribs, brisket, sausage, potato salad, cole slaw and cobbler.

***Bryant is in the middle of a 5-year, $70 million deal, so the $16,000 was no big deal.


The agency in charge of keeping tennis on the up and up is investigating potential match-fixing at the 2017 Wimbledon tournament. The T.I.U. tracked a number of suspicious wagers and outcomes this year.

***And if the Tennis Integrity Unit can't get it done, they need this guy:

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There's a 3-way tie after the first round of golf's third major of 2017. Jordan Spieth (SPEETH), Matt Kuchar (KOO-chur) and 2017 U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka (KEP-kuh) are all at 5-under par 65 at Royal Birkdale. Mark O'Meara is dead last at 11-over 81.

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