Thursday, July 19, 2018

Iconic ‘Brady Bunch’ House May Be Torn Down

The Brady Bunch House
The Brady Bunch house as it looks today. (Zillow)
 TV 
One of the most well-known houses in America (though many have never entered its doors for real) is not only up for sale, but one of the prospective buyers is thinking of mowing it down. The house, located at 11222 Dilling Street, Studio City, CA was once the home of Mike and Carol Brady or at least the outside of it was. From 1969 to 1974, the exterior of the house was shown in the TV series, but not the inside. In fact, the inside looks nothing like the TV version which was filmed on a studio soundstage. (You can see photos of the inside of the home at Zillow.

This is the first time that the Brady Bunch house has been up for sale since the current owners bought it in 1973. Unlike the show, it features two bedrooms with three bathrooms and has two master suites. It is speculated that it is the second-most photographed house in the U.S. after the White House. The house is listed for $1.85 million and while the current owners are hoping that whoever purchases will preserve the house, at least one potential buyer is thinking of uprooting it. Stay tuned.

This Day in Pop Culture July 19

Billy Joel's "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" becomes #1 hit

Billy Joel’s First Billboard #1 Single

Although he will forever be known as “the piano man,” and has had hit songs like “Just the Way You Are” and “Honesty,” Billy Joel never felt like he was a “soft rocker.” In fact, he felt that it was a bit of an insult. That is where his inspiration came for his Glass Houses album released in 1980. He wanted the world to know that he could rock like the best of them. His song, “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” became his first Billboard #1 song and held that position for two weeks beginning on this day in 1980. It stayed in the two ten spot for 11 weeks and the album produced three other hit songs, “You May Be Right,” “Don’t Ask Me Why” and “Sometimes a Fantasy.” Glass Houses won the Grammy for “Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male” and also the American Music Award for “Favorite Album, Pop/Rock.” Joel is the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the U.S.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

'You Say' By Lauren Daigle - Video of the Day

 VIDEO OF THE DAY 

Lauren Daigle sings "You Say."

Dog Days of Summer Quiz

 POP QUIZ 

In this "pop" quiz, we've picked 16 famous friends from movies and television. 
Match the right dog tag with the right dog. Answers below.


Dog Day of Summer Pop Quiz

Row 1: Buddy (Air Bud), Ruff (Dennis the Menace), Beethoven, Pongo (101 Dalmatians)
Row 2: Papi (Beverly Hills Chihuahua), Eddie (Fraiser), Duke (The Beverly Hillbillies), Lassie
Row 3: Chiffon (The Shaggy Dog). Tiger (The Brady Bunch), Toto (The Wizard of Oz), Wishbone
Row 4: Marmaduke, Rin Tin Tin, Indy (Under the Dome), Benji

This Day in Pop Culture for July 18

Brenda Lee earns a #1 hit with "I'm Sorry" on July 18, 1960.

Brenda Lee Earns #1 Hit with 'I’m Sorry'

Brenda Lee was only 10 years old when she started her music career. Five years later, on this day in 1960, she earned a #1 hit with the song “I’m Sorry.” Known as “Little Miss Dynamite,” Lee had her big break at the age of 11 when she met country star Red Foley shortly before a concert and was invited onstage by him to perform Hank Williams' "Jambalaya." Four years later she had a #4 hit, “Sweet Nothin’s” followed by “I’m Sorry.” Amazingly, Lee earned 27 more top-40 hits during the ‘60’s. After her voice matured, Lee’s popularity dwindled, but the country star still makes appearances and people celebrate her during the holidays with her hit, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Another Robin Hood? Is This Really Necessary? - Video of the Day

 VIDEO OF THE DAY 

And now ladies and gentlemen - the umpteenth remake of a movie that nobody has been asking for: Robin Hood starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx and Mr. 50 Shades himself, Jamie Dornan. I wonder how audiences will feel about a white guy learning how to steal from a black man?

This Day in Pop Culture for July 17

Emoji Day is Born
Because everything has to have its own “day,” emoji’s got their’s on this day in 2014. This sudo holiday was created by Jeremy Burge the founder of Emojipedia, an emoji reference website. At the time, he had no activity plans for the day, but some has suggested that people only communicate using the icons throughout the day. In 2015, Pepsi celebrated the day with specially-marked Pepsi cans and bottles. In 2016, Sony Pictures Animation used the day to promote their upcoming The Emoji Movie (which was released in 2017), Google released a new series of emojis that were more inclusive to women from diverse backgrounds and Emojipedia created the first World Emoji Awards. In 2017, London’s Royal Opera House presented 20 operas and ballets in emoji form. Not to be outdone, this year Kim Kardashian has released three new “Kimoji” fragrances.

Monday, July 16, 2018

World's Best Athletes to Be Honored at The ESPYS

(ABC)

 TV 

According to ABC, “The ESPYS” gather top celebrities from sports and entertainment to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances. The 2018 ESPYS will recognize achievements in categories such as Best MLB Player, Best Team, Best Female Athlete and Best Upset. Inspiring human stories are showcased through three pillar awards – the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, the Jimmy V Perseverance Award and the Pat Tillman Award for Service.

This year’s ESPYS will be hosted by Danica Patrick and this year’s scheduled presenters include Kate Beckinsale, Chadwick Boseman, Alison Brie, John Elway, G-Eazy, Jim Gaffigan, Jennifer Garner, Olivia Holt, Trevor Jackson, Allison Janney, Dan Marino, Adam Rippon, Mikaela Shiffrin, Jon Stewart, Jessica Szohr, Russell Wilson and more.

In addition, top athletes and celebrities scheduled to attend include the following: Jay Ajayi (Eagles), Nelson Agholor (Eagles), Antonio Brown (Steelers), Andre Drummond (Pistons), Julie Ertz (USWNT), Nick Foles (Eagles), Draymond Green (Warriors), Todd Gurley (Rams), Malcolm Jenkins (Eagles), Travis Kelce (Chiefs), Chloe Kim (Olympian), Von Miller (Broncos), Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz), Terrell Owens (NFL HOF), Candace Parker (Sparks), Sloane Stephens (Tennis), members of the gold medal-winning 2018 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team and more.
Brit Critics’ Choice Award winner Jorja Smith and cathartic pop singer/songwriter MILCK will perform during the show. Crown and the M.O.B. will return as The ESPYS house band. Additionally, Philadelphia Eagles’ Zach Ertz and Los Angeles Sparks’ Nneka Ogwumike will present the Capital One Cup to Tomas Hilliard-Arce from the Stanford University Men’s Soccer Team and Melissa Lord from the Stanford Women’s Tennis Team.

This year’s ESPYS will be presented on Wednesday, July 18 from 8:00-11:00 p.m. on ABC.

Netflix Releases New Teaser Trailer for Third Season of 'Stranger Things'

 VIDEO OF THE DAY 

Stranger Things just released a new teaser trailer for the third season of the show featuring Steve Harrington (Joe Kerry) and new character Robin (Maya Hawke) who not only landed jobs at the new Starcourt Mall, they are featured in the commercial for Scoops Ahoy ice cream shop. No start date has been given for the new season just yet.



63 Things You Don’t Know About Disneyland

Sleeping Beauty's Castle (Tom Arthur/Wikimedia)

 THEME PARKS 

In honor of Disneyland’s 63nd birthday (which opened on July 17, 1955) here is a list of 63 things you didn’t know about the theme park. Okay, so you probably know a few of these, but there are plenty more trivia bits that should keep you entertained about the “happiest place on earth.”

1. Disneyland was First a TV Show
The building of Disneyland was an expensive venture of $17 million. Sure, it could have been done for cheaper, but it wouldn’t have been big enough to hold all of Walt Disney’s ideas. In addition to borrowing from his life insurance, selling his vacation home and making a few deals with several companies, Disney made a deal with ABC to create the TV show, Disneyland, which premiered on Wednesday, October 27, 1954. In addition to showing cartoons and short stories, Disney would also share about the new theme park that he was building. It won an Emmy for Best Variety Series during its first season.

2. Opening Day was a Disaster
The official opening day for Disneyland was held on Sunday, July 17, 1955 and was broadcast live on ABC. It was also a “international press preview” meaning that only those in the media and special guests were invited. However, instead of 14,000 or so guests attending, 28,000 people showed up, many who had purchased counterfeit tickets. The live broadcast was hosted by Art Linkletter, Bob Cummings and Ronald Reagan. Things did not go as planned and was later known internally as “Black Sunday.”
- Special guests were to arrive at the park throughout the day, but all showed up at the same time.
- Guests tripped over TV camera cords while the on-air hosts tried to make the best of things with faulty equipment.
- Due to a local plumber’s strike, Disney was faced with either running toilets or drinking fountains but not both.
- It was 101 degrees and guests were forced to purchase Pepsi to stay hydrated.
- The vendors ran out of food.
- The asphalt for Main Street had just been poured that morning and was still soft. Some women’s high-heeled shoes got stuck in it.
- There was a gas leak that closed down three of the park’s “lands” for the afternoon causing more congestion in the other areas of the park.
- The initial press reviews were not good.

3. Ticket Prices Then and Now
Admission to the “Happiest Place on Earth” was initially just $1 person. However, this didn't include the cost of the attractions. As of February 16, 2016, admission was $99 but most of all the attractions were included in the cost.