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5/13/2022: Border Formula
PLUS: One Million Covid Deaths, Madonna’s Erotic NFTs, and “Spinal Tap” Sequel
Today is Friday, May 13, 2022.
It is the 133rd day of the year.
232 days remain.
Nikola Jokic was trending Thursday after officially being named the NBA’s 2022 MVP.
Astronomers unveiled the first image of a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way this week. In response, #MilkyWay was trending.
Ashley Judd was trending following her interview with Diane Sawyer about her mother, Naomi Judd’s recent suicide.
Christopher Walken was trending Thursday after multiple outlets revealed his next movie role. Head to Casting Call for more.
Thursday marked a grim milestone in the COVID-19 battle.
Just over two years into the pandemic, more than 1 million Americans have reportedly died from the virus.
The US currently averages about 330 deaths a day from the virus.
Victims of the Surfside condominium collapse reached a nearly $1 million settlement with insurers.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the agreement was announced during a court hearing this week.
Almost 100 people were killed when the Miami Beach apartment building collapsed in 2021.
Rat sightings are on the rise in New York City as more people emerge from their COVID-19 indoor habitats.
New city data shows that through April, residents have called in some 7,400 rat sightings. That is up about 6,500 during the same period last year and up by more than 60% from roughly the first four months of 2019.
In each of the months so far this year, the number of sightings was the highest recorded since at least 2010.
Officials in India are excited to announce that the number of greater one-horned rhinos are increasing.
The once-near extinct animal reached a new high of 4,014, per the country’s biannual survey.
The significant growth is attributed to a “baby boom,” due in part to the lack of visitors during the pandemic.
A baseball signed by Volodymyr Zelensky sold at auction for $50,103.
Boston-based RR Auction will be donating their cut of more than $15,000 to relief efforts in Ukraine.
The ball was projected to sell for $15,000.
New HBO Max:
Old (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%)
New to Netflix:
Senior Year (Rotten Tomatoes Score: Not Rated)
BRUCE MACVITTIE has died.
The actor, known for his roles in “The Sopranos,” “Law & Order” and “As The World Turns,” passed away May 7 at a hospital in New York City. A cause of death has not yet been determined.
He was 65.
RICHARD WAGNER has died.
The longtime CBS News correspondent passed away Tuesday at his home in Virginia. A cause of death was not revealed.
He was 85.
KELLY OSBOURNE is expecting her first child with boyfriend musician SID WILSON, 45.
The 37-year-old announced the news on her Instagram, writing that she is “over the moon.”
The pair, who have been friends for decades, went public with their relationship just months ago.
Steelers QB MITCHELL TRUBISKY, 27, and his wife, model HILLARY, 25, welcomed their first child.
The little boy, named HUDSON DAVID TRUBISKY was born on Monday.
While American parents are scrambling to find formula to feed their babies, pallets of it are being sent to the southern border.
Rep. KAT CAMMACK (R-Fla) posted side-by-side photos to Facebook showing empty shelves at a local grocery store and fully stocked pallets at a processing center at the border.
The White House has previously said that fixing the formula shortage is “top priority,” yet they don’t really seem to be fixing it.
WORTH ASKING: So now if someone illegally crosses the border, they get shelter, a free education AND the ability to feed their infants?
ALSO: What happened to “Build Back Better?”
A Monmouth University survey of 807 adults found that 26% of Americans feel the economy is the most important issue when it comes to voting this November, while 25% say its abortion.
The next biggest issues of concern are: health care (16%), immigration (14%), gun control (9%), and taxes (8%).
The survey also showed President JOE BIDEN is at his lowest approval rating -- just 38%. That is a 16% drop from when he was sworn in last year.
WHAT’S WORSE: According to the survey, 79% of Americans say the country is on the wrong track.
No winner for Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing. Tonight’s drawing will be for a $99 million jackpot or a $57 million cash payout.
No winner for Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing. Saturday’s drawing will be for an $83 million jackpot or a $47.6 million cash payout.
These albums drop today:
Florence + the Machine, “Dance Fever”
Kendrick Lamar, “Mr. Morale & The Big Sleepers”
Kevin Morby, “This Is A Photograph”
Lyle Lovett, “12th of June”
Mandy Moore, “In Real Life”
The Black Keys, “Dropout Boogie”
The Chainsmokers, “So Far So Good”
Yves Jarvis, “The Zug”
Some fans who have scored a seat in the courtroom for JOHNNY DEPP and AMBER HEARD’s trial went to great lengths to do so.
A 46-year-old woman from Madison, Wisconsin told PEOPLE that she has never before attended a public trial and slept in line overnight for her shot to get in.
Another fan, 52-year-old Sharon Smith from Britain, told the outlet that she crossed the ocean when the trial started in April.
Ivan De Boer, 59, used a year’s worth of paid vacation to travel to the trial, spending $30,000 on expenses so far.
WORTH NOTING: These three are all there in support of Depp.
ALFONSO RIBEIRO would appreciate it if fans quit asking him to do the Carlton Dance.
While chatting with JIMMY KIMMEL this week, the former “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star revealed that he gets asked to do the dance nearly every day and he no longer has a problem telling fans “no.”
Ribeiro also discussed the upcoming 32nd season of “AFV,” which premieres Sunday on ABC.
ASHLEY JUDD recently spoke with DIANE SAWYER about her mother, NAOMI JUDD’s, sudden death.
The actress told Sawyer that her mom committed suicide by firearm, as a result of her devastating mental illness. A mental illness, she says, wouldn't allow Naomi to process the “love and worth others showed toward her…she only felt self-doubt.”
Ashley also shared that she was the one who found her mom’s body.
WORTH NOTING: A memorial special, titled “Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration,” will air live from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee on Sunday.
MADONNA is getting into the NFT biz.
The singer released several digital NFT’s this week, with one that features trees, plants and bugs crawling out of her private area.
She defended the videos against critics saying she is simply doing what women have done for thousands of years — give birth.
CHRISTOPHER WALKEN will star in “Dune: Part Two” alongside TIMOTHEE CHALAMET and ZENDAYA.
He will play Emperor Shaddam IV, the ruler of the known universe who initially sent the Atreides family to Arrakis in order to cause their downfall, according to Deadline.
Shooting is set to begin this summer.
WORTH NOTING: “Dune” earned $400.6 million at the global box office when it hit theaters last fall. It also landed 10 Academy Award nominations and won six Oscars.
ANNA KENDRICK and BLAKE LIVELY are teaming up for a sequel to the 2018 dark comedy, “A Simple Favor.”
The movie will see the two reprise their roles as mommy vlogger Stephanie and fellow mom, Emily.
Blake confirmed the news in her Instagram Story.
HAYDEN PANETTIERE is reprising her role as Kirby Reed in the upcoming horror flick “Scream 6.”
The sixth film marks a major comeback for the actress, who hasn’t appeared on screen — big or small — since 2018.
Panettiere first starred as Kirby in 2011’s “Scream 4.”
Discovery+ is working on a new reality series about model OLIVIA CULPO and her sisters SOPHIA and AURORA.
The streamer revealed the show will give fans an “inside look at the trio as they navigate their lives, loves and businesses together in Los Angeles.”
The show will premiere later this year.
NBC has ordered a second season of the comedy series “Grand Crew.”
The show stars ECHO KELLUM, JUSTIN CUNNINGHAM, GRASIE MERCEDES, CARL TART, AARON JENNINGS and NICOLE BYER.
Season one brought in 17 million viewers and was the top digital comedy on Peacock.
MEANWHILE: The network decided not to move forward with the DEMI LOVATO-produced series “Hungry.”
DERMOT MULRONEY, ANNE HECHE and MCKALEY MILLER will star in the horror-thriller flick, “Full Ride.”
The movie centers on Eden (Miller), who after being waitlisted at Yale, attends a “Heaven and Hell” party in hopes of receiving a letter of recommendation from the wealthy parents of her classmate. Things quickly take a turn for the worse and Eden ends up fighting for her life.
A premiere date was not shared.
A sequel for “This Is Spinal Tap” — called “Spinal Tap II” — is in the works.
Deadline reports the ROB REINER will reprise his role as filmmaker Marty DiBergi, and his fellow original cast members MICHAEL MCKEAN, CHRISTOPHER GUEST and HARRY SHEARER are all set to return.
Reiner told the outlet that the “plan is to do a sequel that comes out on the 40th anniversary of the original film,” which would be March 19, 2024.
THE DAILY KARDASHOPUS
BLAC CHYNA lost a motion this week to have the judge in her trial against the Kardashians dismissed over claims he favored the famous family.
A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge ruled that Chyna “provided no evidence” to back up her allegations, according to court documents obtained by Page Six.
After losing to the Kardashians in her defamation suit, Chyna accused the judge of showing an “undeniably hostile and extremely biased” attitude against her.
The Kardashian’s attorney responded that she was “simply trying to save face.”
WE’LL NEVER BE ROYALS
Contrary to multiple reports, PRINCE ALBERT II of Monaco does not pay PRINCESS CHARLENE millions of dollars to be his wife.
The royals’ relationship was scrutinized after a French magazine claimed last week that Albert paid Charlene $12.5 million a year to stay by his side.
A source close to Charlene told Page Six “Of course she has a generous prenup, but Albert doesn’t have to pay her to stay.”
The fake news comes after Charlene “almost died” in November in South Africa after undergoing multiple surgeries and losing a significant amount of weight. She fell ill while in the country in May 2021, during what was to be a 10-day trip.
The United States will host the 2031 Men’s Rugby World Cup and the 2033 Women’s Rugby World Cup.
The announcement was made during the annual World Rugby council meeting in Dublin on Thursday.
England will host the 2025 Women’s Rugby World Cup and Australia will host the 2027 Men’s Rugby World Cup and 2029 Women’s Rugby World Cup.
LIST OF THE WEEK
In honor of today’s date, here is a list of terrible things that have happened on past “Friday the 13ths”. (Courtesy of Insider)
January 13, 1939 - Bushfires consume Victoria, Australia, killing over 500 people
September 13, 1940 - German forces bomb Buckingham Palace during WWII
July 13, 1951 - Kansas was hit with over 25 inches of rain
June 13, 1952 - Swedish flight disappears over the Baltic Sea -- never to be found
October 13, 1972 - Uruguayan Flight 571 crashes in the Andes
January 13, 1989 - A computer virus called “Friday the 13th Virus” hits the UK
October 13, 1989 - Stock Market “mini” crash
September 13, 1996 - Tupac Shakur dies
October 13, 2006 - New York is hit with two feet of snow
January 13, 2012 - The Costa Concordia sinks (The ship had twice as many passengers as the Titanic)
March 13, 2020 - considered the first official day of the pandemic
April 13, 2029 - Asteroid 99942 Apophis will come within 20,000 miles of Earth per NASA
DAY OF THE YEAR
National Apple Pie Day
National Crouton Day
National Frog Jumping Day
National Fruit Cocktail Day
National Blame Someone Else Day
ON THIS DATE
1607 – Jamestown is established in present-day Virginia.
It would become the most famous European Colony in North America. Trouble began almost immediately for the settlers. They had arrived too late in the season to plant crops. Most of them were upper-class anyway, and wouldn't have known how to survive on their own.
Though the settlers suffered disease and raids by natives, the London Company continually shipped more settlers and supplies across the ocean.
1846 – The United States declares war on Mexico.
The fight would be over the territory in and around modern-day Texas.
Texas had been independent of Mexico since 1836. The resolution to make Texas a state was argued and defeated in the Senate twice, for fear of severely disrupting the balance of free and slave states.
But by the end of 1845, it would become the 28th state. The Mexican government didn't take happily to its admission to the union. Border disputes began almost immediately. Polk sent in the first troops to defend the border in July that year.
After almost a year of back-and-forth skirmishes along the Rio Grande, Polk rallied the support of Congress to push back what he called a full-scale invasion.
The end of the war was settled with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848. The terms included Mexico's secession of California and New Mexico for the sum of $15 million.
1958 – Vice President Nixon's car is attacked while touring Venezuela.
Latin American countries were decidedly leftist during the Cold War and outraged at the anti-Soviet rhetoric coming from Washington.
A swarm of students managed to interfere with Nixon's motorcade. They attacked his car, smashed the windows and dented the body. Inside, Nixon was covered by agents.
By some miracle the car managed to escape, but not before almost being tipped over by the throng.
1981 – A terrorist shoots John Paul II in Rome.
Mehment Ali Agca was on the run after escaping a Turkish prison for murdering a journalist 2 years prior. He managed to get off several rounds, hitting the Pope four times and two bystanders.
The Pope underwent 5 hours of surgery and ultimately came around.
Agca’s trial was swift; he was convicted after only two days and spent 19 years in an Italian prison. He was then extradited to Turkey for another 10 years. He was paroled in 2010.
While in prison in Italy, the Pope personally met with his would-be assassin. By some accounts the men developed a friendship. John Paul II also met with Agca's family.
2019 – Actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty for her role in the college admissions scandal.
Thirty-three parents of college applicants allegedly paid more than $25 million to William Rick Singer, who organized the scheme. The money was used to fraudulently inflate entrance exam scores and bribe college officials.
Along with Huffman, “Full House” star Lori Loughlin and her husband were charged for their part in the scandal.
Debby Ryan - actress, “The Suite Life on Deck” & “Jessie” - 29
Morgan Wallen - country singer - 29
Jake Borelli - actor, “Grey’s Anatomy” - 31
Candice King - actress, “The Vampire Diaries” - 35
Lena Dunham - actress, “Girls” & “Camping” - 36
Robert Pattinson - actor, “Twilight” saga & “The Batman” - 36
Dawn Harper-Nelson - Olympic hurdler - 38
Pusha T - rapper - 44
Scott Morrison - politician - 54
Tish Cyrus - mom of Miley - 55
Darius Rucker - country singer - 56
Stephen Colbert - TV show host, “The Late Show” - 58
Dennis Rodman - basketball player - 61
Stevie Wonder - R&B singer - 72
Born On This Date
Ritchie Valens - rock singer - 1941 (d. 1959)
Bea Arthur - actress, “The Golden Girls” - 1922 (d. 2009)