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6/7/2022: Biden Does Kimmel
PLUS: Happy Hours Matter, “Top Gun” Continues to Soar, and Sussexes’ Early Exit
Today is Tuesday, June 7, 2022.
It is the 158th day of the year.
207 days remain.
#DDay was trending Monday on the 78th anniversary of US soldiers storming the beaches of Normandy in the midst of WWII.
Jimmy Kimmel was trending yesterday after news broke that the late night host landed a sit down with President Biden. More in Showbiz.
Apple landed in Twitter’s Top 10 Trends as users reacted to several new redesigns for iPhones, Macs and more. More info in Hit List.
Mike Flanagan was trending following the release of a teaser trailer for his new Netflix show. More in Showbiz.
ELON MUSK has sent a serious signal that he’s getting ready to walk away from his proposed acquisition of Twitter.
Musk’s legal team filed a letter with the Securities and Exchange Commission accusing Twitter of stonewalling their efforts to get real data about how many users are real people and not bot accounts. While the letter itself doesn’t have any legal power, one industry analyst told the New York Post he sees it as a paper trail to protect Musk if he decides to bow out.
Apple is adding a feature to its Messenger app that will allow users to edit and even un-send some messages. The feature is a welcome addition both for grammar snobs and people filled with regrets for firing off abrasive missives they wish they could take back.
The news came as part of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference held Monday, during which Apple also announced iPhone users will soon have more customization options for their lock screen.
The new features will roll out this fall.
The FDA has issued a recall for Urban Remedy Organic Revitalizing Tea Tonic Strawberry Hibiscus Rose drinks over concerns the beverage could be contaminated – with Hepatitis A!
The bottler of the drink isn’t necessarily responsible for the grievous error; instead, the botched batch is linked to a widespread strawberry recall that could be contaminated with the virus.
The bottles in question have a Best Buy date of July 17, 2022.
How long should Happy Hour be?
Adult beverage maker Bevy commissioned a study to answer just that; and as Americans return to life from the pandemic, they’re ready to get their drank on.
The results show 38% of respondents say Happy Hour should be three hours. Nearly 70% said they’re actively looking to make up for lost social time caused by pandemic lockdowns and social distancing rules.
Stocks were relatively flat Monday. The Dow picked up just 16 points and the S&P picked up 12.
The national average price of gasoline has set another record, at $4.87 a gallon.
Top 5 Songs on iTunes:
Kate Bush, “Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)”
Lady Gaga, “Hold My Hand”
Harry Styles, “As It Was”
Lizzo, “About Damn Time”
Walker Hayes, “AA”
Top 5 Songs on Spotify:
Post Malone & Doja Cat, “I Like You”
Harry Styles, “As It Was”
Lizzo, “About Damn Time”
Jack Harlow, “First Class”
Bad Bunny & Bomba Estereo, “Ojitos Lindos”
MARIEL SEMONTE ORR has died.
The rapper, known by his stage name, Trouble, passed away Sunday morning after being shot during a home invasion at an apartment complex in Conyers, Georgia.
He was 34.
Reality stars KAM WILLIAMS, 27, and LEROY GARRETT, 37, welcomed their first child together, a son named Kingston Lee.
The baby boy arrived on Tuesday, May 17, the couple told E! News.
The pair met on season 31 of MTV’s “THe Challenge: Vendettas.” They got engaged last month.
Actors JULIE GONZALO, 40, and CHRIS MCNALLY, 33, are parents!
The Hallmark stars announced the birth on Instagram, with a photo of the baby’s hand squeezing their fingers.
No further details were shared.
Baby #2 is on the way for actor JOSH PECK, 35, and his wife, cinematographer PAIGE O’BRIEN PECK, 31.
The pair announced the news on Instagram, with a snapshot of Paige’s baby bump.
The couple are already parents to son Max Milo, 3.
Country singer CHRIS LANE, 37, and “Bachelor” alum LAUREN BUSHNELL LANE, 32, are expecting their second child.
The couple are already parents to son, Dutton, 11 months.
SHAKIRA, 45, and her longtime boyfriend, soccer star GERARD PIQUE, 35, have called it quits.
The couple issued a joint statement revealing their split.
They share two sons, Milan, 9, and Sasha, 7.
Los Angeles Rams head coach SEAN MCVAY, 36, tied the knot with model VERONICA KHOMYN, 32, on Saturday.
The wedding featured a smattering of who's-who from the NFL.
ALSO: The wedding cake was in the shape of the Lombardi trophy.
Politico is now chiming in on dissatisfaction in the Biden Administration, where the president and his advisers just can’t figure out why their leftwing agenda isn’t making everything happy all the time, always and everywhere.
“In crisis after crisis, the White House has found itself either limited or helpless in its efforts to combat the forces pummeling them,” Jonathan Lemire reports.
OR: Pumping the economy full of trillions of dollars actually does lead to inflation and overregulating American energy companies and restricting energy production causes increased gas prices.
WORTH ASKING: If the definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over expecting the same result, why is Biden’s team trying the same thing over and over even though things keep getting worse?
GET A LOAD OF THIS: The New York Post has published a new, shocking video of HUNTER BIDEN. This time, the son of the President of the United States is seen buck naked, in a hotel room with a prostitute, waving around a handgun and even pointing it directly at the camera.
The video is dated October 17, 2018. According to federal records, Hunter purchased a handgun just five days earlier. On the application for the gun, Hunter said he wasn’t an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substances.
This is a blatant lie, as Hunter detailed at length in his own autobiography. Such a lie is a felony.
WORTH ASKING: Why isn’t he being prosecuted?
No winner for Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing. Tonight’s drawing will be for a $207 million jackpot or a $119.3 million cash payout.
JOE BIDEN will sit down with JIMMY KIMMEL on his late night talk show.
The interview, set to air tomorrow night, will mark Biden’s first in-studio late-night appearance as president.
“Top Gun: Maverick” continues to soar at the box office.
Over the weekend, the TOM CRUISE-fronted flick flew past $500 million worldwide.
Domestically the film has earned $291.6 million.
Netflix released a teaser trailer for “The Midnight Club” on Monday.
The new horror series, from creator MIKE FLANAGAN, follows a group of seven teens at a hospice for terminally ill young adults known as the Rotterdam Home. The group, who calls themselves the Midnight Club, gets together to share scary stories at night. When one of them passes away, unexpected occurrences begin happening in the Rotterdam Home.
The spooky series is set to debut this fall.
JAMES CORDEN’s replacement on CBS’ “Late Late Show” may be a panel of hosts.
According to network insiders, the idea of creating a panel of hosts “is a sign of how late-night is changing.”
As previously reported, Corden has decided to leave the show next Spring.
NEVE CAMPBELL has made the “difficult decision” to turn down an offer to appear in the sixth film in the slasher franchise, “Scream.”
“Sadly, I won't be making the next ‘Scream’ film,” she said in a statement to Page Six.
The actress, who played Sidney Prescott in the first five movies, stated that she felt the offer presented “did not equate to the value” she’s brought to the franchise over the years.
A “Scrubs” reboot may be in the works.
During a panel at ATX TV Festival over the weekend, creator of the series BILL LAWRENCE told the audience “we all want a reboot,” gesturing to the cast sitting next to him.
Elaborating further, Lawrence said that a movie may be the best way to bring the characters -- such as ZACH BRAFF, DONAL FAISON and SARAH CHALKE -- back.
SPEAKING OF SARAH CHALKE: While at the event, she reportedly got stuck in an elevator. When sharing the story later on, she said that to calm herself down — until she was rescued — she listened to DAX SHEPARD’s podcast.
Disney execs want their Jack Sparrow back.
Following the highly-politicized defamation trial between exes JOHNNY DEPP and AMBER HEARD, headhonchos at the Mouse House are ready to “welcome back” Depp to his role in the “Pirates” franchise, a source told PEOPLE magazine.
Depp has not played Sparrow since 2017, when he starred in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”
SPEAKING OF THE TRIAL: Depp reportedly dropped $62,000 on an Indian feast to celebrate his win.
MARIA BAKALOVA has joined the cast of Marvel’s “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3.”
Her role in the movie is being kept under wraps.
She stars alongside CHRIS PRATT, ZOE SALDNA, VIN DIESEL, BRADLEY COOPER, SYLVESTOR STALLONE and more.
Filming recently wrapped on the third film, according to director JAMES GUNN.
CHRISTOPH WALZ will star in a film adaptation of “Billy Wilder & Me.”
He will play the titular role in the coming-of-age, true-to-life retelling of the Hollywood icon.
The movie is based on a book by Jonathan Coe.
“Who You Gonna Call?,” a new documentary from Sony Pictures, focuses on R&B singer-songwriter RAY PARKER JR.
While known for writing the theme song for “Ghostbusters,” the documentary will show there is much more to Parker’s career and several other hits under his belt.
A premiere date has not been announced.
THE DAILY KARDASHOPUS
British tabloids claimed that KIM and her boyfriend PETE DAVIDSON “begged for tickets” to attend QUEEN ELIZABETH’s Platinum Jubilee, but were turned away by the Palace.
A royal insider told the Daily Mail that the reality star was so “determined to attend” that she said “she doesn’t mind if the tickets are ‘not VIP’.”
On Monday, a Kardashian source told Insider that the reports are false and the couple were in London for a work thing for Kim and left before the celebrations began.
Speculation over whether she and Davidson were in town for the celebration began last Monday when the two were spotted walking around London.
WE’LL NEVER BE ROYALS
PRINCE HARRY, MEGHAN MARKLE, ARCHIE and LILIBET are back home in California.
The Sussexes left the UK Sunday, calling an early exit on their trip for QUEEN ELIZABETH’s Platinum Jubilee.
Based on Brits’ reactions to the couple being back in town, they will likely not be missed.
TIM TEBOW and ALEX SMITH are among the players on the ballot for the first time for the College Football Hall of Fame.
In total, there are 80 players and nine coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision on the ballot.
The more than 12,000 voters have until June 30 to send in their ballots.
The class will be inducted on December 5, 2023 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
DAY OF THE YEAR
National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
National VCR Day
ON THIS DATE
1494 - The Treaty of Tordesillas is signed, splitting territories in the New World and beyond between Spain and Portugal.
The border was arbitrary, since most of the land had not been mapped.
The Portuguese took much of South America, while the Spanish pushed on into the North.
Because of the Portuguese exploration of South America, there are more speakers of their language in Brazil than in Portugal.
1776 - The first draft of what would become the Declaration of Independence is presented to the Second Continental Congress.
Richard Henry Lee was the author, and titled it a "Resolution of Independence." The document asserted that the United Colonies were free and separate from the British Empire.
After discussion and numerous drafts, the final Declaration of Independence was approved on July 4 that year.
1939 - The first reigning British monarch visits the United States.
King George VI and his wife Elizabeth cross from Canada into the US at Niagara Falls. This is the same King George depicted in the hit movie "The King's Speech."
While visiting New York and Washington, DC, the royals lobbied for American intervention in the brewing conflict in Europe.
1942 - After four days of bloody fighting, American troops declare victory in the Battle of Midway.
The US Pacific Fleet was heavily outnumbered by the Japanese, but managed to sink four enemy aircraft carriers while only losing one of its own. 292 aircraft were also gunned down, and 2500 Japanese navy men lost their lives.
The battle is considered a poignant turning point in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Later that summer, Americans began their counteroffensive at Guadalcanal, and remained on the march until the Japanese surrendered in 1945.
1966 - Ronald Reagan wins his first major political seat, becoming Governor of California.
The momentum of Barry Goldwater in 1964 and the relentless support of conservative heavyweight William F. Buckley helped land him the top spot in one of the nation's most liberal states.
He failed to win the GOP Presidential nomination twice, each in 1968 and 1976. Finally, he would be nominated and beat Jimmy Carter in 1980.
1980 - The first American solar power plant begins operations in Utah.
The largest in the world at the time, composed of 250,000 solar cells, it was used to power facilities at the National Bridge National Monument, including the visitor center, staff residences, and maintenance facilities.
2012 - Remains of the Curtain Theatre, where some of Shakespeare’s plays were first performed are found under a pub in London.
Archeologists unearthed the remains in Shoreditch, an area in northeastern London, during construction for a residential and commercial development project.
The Curtain Theatre, which opened in 1577, was London’s second playhouse. It was the main venue for Shakespeare’s plays between 1597 and 1599.
2020 - The COVID-19 global death toll passes 400,000 with confirmed cases nearing 7 million, according to Johns Hopkins.
Christian McCaffrey - football player - 26
Swae Lee - rapper - 29
Jordan Clarkson - basketball player - 30
Emily Ratajkowski - model - 31
Fetty Wap - rapper - 31
Iggy Azalea - rapper - 32
Michael Cera - actor, “Superbad” & “Juno” - 34
Bill Hader - actor, “SNL” & “Barry” - 44
Allen Iverson - basketball player - 47
Bear Gryllis - reality star, “Man vs. Wild” - 48
Dave Navarro - guitarist, Red Hot Chili Peppers - 55
Mick Foley - wrestler - 57
Mike Pence - former VP - 63
Liam Neeson - actor, “Taken” & “The Grey” - 70
Tom Jones - pop singer - 82
Born On This Date
Prince - R&B singer - 1958 (d. 2016)
Dean Martin - pop singer - 1917 (d. 1995)