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3/25/2022: Aerosmith Heads to Vegas
PLUS: “Love Is Blind” Gets Renewed, “Baby Shark” The Movie, and March Madness Continues
Today is Friday, March 25, 2022.
It is the 84th day of the year.
281 days remain.
Bill Nye was trending Thursday after Twitter user Kyle Hill asked his followers to only select two of the following options: “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” “Planet Earth,” “Cosmos” or “Mythbusters.”
Ice T was trending Thursday after tweeting about being robbed at a gas station in New Jersey. The suspect: Pump number 9.
100,000 Ukrainian landed in Twitter’s Top 10 Trends after President Biden stated the US will welcome refugees and send $1 billion in new humanitarian aid.
#ImAtTheAgeWhere! was trending Thursday. Tweets included, “can buy alcohol, but still have to show ID,” “get sore from literally doing nothing,” “want all these kids off my lawn” and “pee a little every time I laugh.”
New to Amazon Prime:
Destroyer (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%)
Judy (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%)
New to Hulu:
American Siege (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 0%)
Mass (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%)
New to Netflix:
Blade Runner 2049 (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%)
King of Thieves (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%)
STEPHEN E. WILHITE has died.
The creator of the GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) passed away on March 14. His wife told NPR that he died from COVID-19 complications at a hospital in Milford, Ohio.
He was 74.
SCOEY MITCHELL has died.
The comedian passed away March 19 at a health care facility in Torrance, California. No cause of death was shared.
He was 92.
LEONA LEWIS is expecting her first child with husband, choreographer DENNIS JAUCH.
The 36-year-old singer announced the news on Instagram this week, with a photo of her showing off her baby bump in a fitted black dress.
She is due this summer.
TARON EGERTON, 32, has covid.
The actor tested positive for the virus this week, according to insiders.
The diagnosis comes weeks after the actor fainted on stage during the opening night of his play, “Cock.”
No word on symptoms.
TERESA GIUDICE, 49, underwent an emergency medical procedure on Thursday.
After being admitted on Wednesday night, the reality star had a “non-cosmetic” operation early Thursday and spent the day “recuperating,” her lawyer James Leonard told TMZ.
JULIAN ASSANGE, 50, tied the knot with attorney STELLA MORRIS at the Belmarsh prison where he is being held, on Wednesday.
Only four guests and two witnesses were allowed to attend the ceremony, as well as two security guards.
As many may remember, Assange has been held at the prison since 2019 while authorities in the US seek his extradition so he can stand trial on more than a dozen charges related to the release of confidential military records by WikiLeaks in 2010.
No winner for Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing. Tonight’s drawing will be for a $50 million jackpot or a $31.7 million cash payout.
No winner for Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing. Saturday night’s drawing will be for a $181 million jackpot or a $118.1 million cash payout.
These albums drop today:
Bakers Eddy, “Love Boredom Bicycles”
Bodi Bill, “I Love U I Do”
D. Mark Owen, “Respite”
Emily Jane White, “Alluvion”
Five Foreign, “B.I.B.L.E.”
Guerilla Toss, “Famously Alive”
Jeremy Garrett, “River Wild”
Maren Morris, “Humble Quest”
Michael Buble, “Higher”
Proper, “The Great American Novel” Reba McEntire, “My Chains Are Gone”
Tom Rogerson, “Retreat To Bliss”
Wallows, “Tell Me That It’s Over”
Walter Martin, “The Bear”
Young Prisms, “Drifter”
SHANNA MOAKLER isnt pregnant after all.
The former model told Page Six this week that she received a “false positive” on a test due to taking some HCG to help her lose weight for her time on “Big Brother.”
While she may not be expecting now, Moakler told the outlet that more kids are “not out of the question.”
DAVE COULIER celebrated two years of sobriety this week with a photo of injuries he sustained during a past drunken night out.
The “Full House” alum posted a lengthy caption along with the photo that began with him saying “I was a drunk. Yes. An alcoholic,” before adding, “I’ve been alcohol free since January 1, 2020.
He credits his sober journey to his wife and friends “who have been there.”
Pet Brand Pawp — a 24/7 support system for pet parents — announced they will donate $10,000 to animal charities every time the film “Power of the Dog” is mentioned at this weekend’s Oscars.
Per the press release, they will donate up to $1 million to help shelter pets.
WORTH NOTING: The film has nothing to do with dogs.
AEROSMITH is heading back to Vegas.
The rockers announced 24 new dates of their Deuces Are Wild residency, which will kick off in June at Dolby Live Park MGM. Performances will run through December.
The group first launched their Vegas residency in 2019, but haven’t performed together since February 2020.
WORTH NOTING: They will be the first artists to perform in Dolby Atmos at Dolby Live.
Bravo is rebooting the “Real Housewives of New York City” with a brand new cast of ladies.
In addition, the network announced a second show that will include “RHONY” alums -- who were booted from air when their show got canceled after 13 seasons.
Bravo super host ANDY COHEN told Page Six that the network is still searching for “new Housewives” and they won’t stop until “the cast is right.”
CHRISTINA PERRI dropped her first studio single in eight years on Thursday.
The song, titled “evergone,” was written about Perri’s grief following the stillbirth of her daughter Rosie in 2020.
ALSO: Perri’s third studio album is now finished. A release date is expected to be announced soon.
Netflix has renewed its hit series “Love Is Blind” through Season 5.
The reality dating show just aired its second season last month and spent five weeks in the streamer’s Top 10.
Season 3 will air later this year.
New York Times Bestseller “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” is being turned into a Netflix movie.
The story follows reclusive Hollywood legend Evelyn Hugo, who chooses an unknown reporter to tell her life story, including her rise to fame and seven marriages. All are led to wonder why Evelyn has chosen this particular reporter to document her story.
WORTH NOTING: The book spent 54 weeks on the bestsellers list.
JASON BIGGS will host a new baking competition show.
“Biggs Ass Bake Off” follows the world’s best bakers who must live, sleep and breathe all things baking. If they can’t, they risk getting sent home. Each episode will feature a different 24-hour baking challenge.
A “Baby Shark” film is in the works at Paramount+.
No details were shared, other than it will premiere in 2023.
JENNIFER TILLY will return for Season 2 of USA Network series, “Chucky.” She voices Tiffany Valentine.
The second season is slated to premiere in the fall.
Season 1 debuted in October 2021.
JOSH DUGGAR’s sentencing hearing in his child pornography case has been postponed to May 25.
It was originally scheduled for April 5.
As previously reported, the 34-year-old former reality star was found guilty in December on two charges for knowingly obtaining and owning child pornography.
He faces up to 20 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.
THE DAILY KARDASHOPUS
BRITNEY SPEARS has no idea who PETE DAVIDSON or the Kardashians are.
Pete recently shared a video from his night at SCOTT DISICK’s house, which Brit re-shared along with a caption that said she had no idea who the guys are but found the video hilarious.
The video shows Scott and some other friends falling asleep watching “The King of Comedy.” Pete captioned the video, “Boyz night was wild.”
WE’LL NEVER BE ROYALS
Royal commentator Richard Eden insists that PRINCE HARRY and PRINCE ANDREW should be removed as Counsellors of State — aka able to act in QUEEN ELIZABETH’s place if she cannot carry out official duties.
PRINCE CHARLES and PRINCE WILLIAM are also Counsellors of State, but Eden pointed out that those two are currently away on royal tours, leaving only Harry and Andrew.
Eden’s concern was made in response to royal expert Pete Hunt tweeting that Andrew stepping in for Her Majesty is “an unthinkable move.”
WORTH ASKING: Are they wrong?
March Madness continues…
UCLA (4) takes on North Carolina (8) tonight after Purdue (3) takes on Saint Peter’s (15). Both games will air on CBS, starting at 6:09pm.
Kansas (1) will play Providence (4) tonight on TBS ahead of Miami (10) and Iowa State (11). Games start at 6:29pm CT.
LIST OF THE WEEK
In honor of MACKENZIE SCOTT’s latest donation, here are all the places she has supplied funds to following her divorce from JEFF BEZOS.
July 2020 — $1.7 billion:
Movement for Black Lives
Black Girls CODE
The Trevor Project
Future Without Violence
Fund for Trans Generations
No Kid Hungry
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
February 2022 — $133.5 million:
Communities in School
March 2022 — $436 million:
Habitat for Humanity International
DAY OF THE YEAR
National Lobster Newburg Day
National Medal of Honor Day
National Tolkien Reading Day
ON THIS DATE
708 – Pope Constantine assumes the papacy.
He was born in Syria, and fluent in Greek, though largely influenced by Eastern Orthodox practices.
Constantine took power while Rome was under control of the Byzantine Empire, which explains the departure from the tradition that had largely elected Romans, or clergy from other parts of Western Europe.
He was the last Pope to visit Constantinople — which was the seat of power for the Byzantine Empire and the Eastern Church — until John Paul VI returned in 1967.
1655 – Saturn’s largest moon is first recorded by Christiaan Huygens.
Huygens took an interest in astronomy after learning about Galileo, whose major discoveries happened some 45 years earlier.
1807 – Britain formally abolishes the slave trade across its Empire.
Though the trading of slaves was made illegal, ownership of them was not. That law came 26 years later in 1833.
1965 – The civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery formally concludes.
Led by Martin Luther King, the demonstrations were a major part of the Civil Rights Movement, and in particular repealing racist voting laws. After four days of traveling by foot, the group had amassed several thousand people.
The group ultimately waited to petition Alabama Governor Wallace for voting rights. Though guards kept them outside, they waited until one of the governor’s secretaries took their petition.
2001 – Icelandic singer Bjork freaks out the Oscars with her now-infamous swan dress.
That same year “Gladiator” took Best Picture, and Russell Crowe won Best Actor for the film, beating out Tom Hanks for his role in “Cast Away.”
2002 – “The Bachelor” debuts on ABC.
The dating show, hosted by Chris Harrison, starred Alex Michel and 25 eligible women.
Amanda Marsh was declared the winner but Michel decided not to propose in the finale. They did continue to date, but later called things off.
2020 - Prince Charles tests positive for COVID-19.
Buckingham Palace says the royal is experiencing mild symptoms, “but otherwise remains in good health.”
His wife, Duchess Camilla tested negative for the virus.
2020 - Spain’s death toll from COVID-19 overtakes China’s at 3,434.
Worldwide nearly 21,000 have died from the virus.
Sha’Carri Richardson - sprinter - 22
Jadon Sancho - soccer player - 22
Dylan Summerall - actor, “Angels Sing” - 23
Elizabeth Lail - actress, “Once Upon A Time” & “You” - 30
ALy Michalka - actress, “Phil of the Future” - 33
Ryan Lewis - music producer - 34
Big Sean - rapper - 34
Kyle Lowry - basketball player - 36
Katharine McPhee - actress, “Smash” & “Scorpion” - 38
Danica Patrick - race car driver - 40
Jenny Slate - actress, “Bored to Death” - 40
Lee Pace - actor, “Pushing Daisies” - 43
Sarah Jessica Parker - actress, “Sex and the City” - 57
Elton John - rock singer - 75
Born On This Date
Aretha Franklin - soul singer - 1942 (d. 2018)
Jack Ruby - shot Lee Harvey Oswald - 1911 (d. 1967)
Ed Begley - actor, “12 Angry Men” & “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” - 1901 (d. 1970)