Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Another Robin Hood? Is This Really Necessary? - 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



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'


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)


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.

This Day in Pop Culture for July 16

Will Ferrell was born on July 16, 1967.

Will Ferrell is Born

It was on this day that comedian, impressionist, actor, producer, and writer John William "Will" Ferrell was born in Irvine, California. Long before his days on Saturday Night Live, Ferrell was making fellow student laugh in third grade by smashing his head into the wall. In his senior year in high school, Ferrell and a friend performed comedy skits over the intercom with permission from the principal. In college, he studied sports broadcasting and interned at a local television station, but apparently hated the job and after graduating, he knew that broadcasting was not for him. It wasn’t until 1991 that with the prompting of his mother that he moved to Los Angeles to “do something he liked.” He auditioned for the comedy group The Groundlings and got the job. In 1994, a producer for SNL saw one of their shows and asked Ferrell and a few others to audition. The rest is history.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

When Politics and Teddy Bears Mix - Video of the Day


The original Teddy Bear was named after Teddy Roosevelt. The Trumpy Bear is named after you-know-who. Could this be a real thing? I had to look this up. For just two payments of $19.95, plus shipping and handling, this grizzly can be yours. Just wow.

This Day in Pop Culture for July 15

Universal Studios Tram Tour began on July 15, 1964.

Universal Studios Tram Tour Introduced

Universal Studios has allowed guests to see the magic of making movies since 1915, but the official “GlamorTram” Tours began on this day in 1964. Guests are taken throughout the studios sound stages and backlot “neighborhoods,” but what has always made the trip special were the extra special effects that guests would experience while on the tram. The different effects has changed over the years but has included the collapsing bridge, a flash flood, an earthquake, an attack by Jaws, a rockslide, a runaway train, the avalanche tunnel, an encounter with King Kong and others.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for July 14

Large bills were discontinued on July 13, 1969.
Where Did the Money Go?
It was on this day in 1969 that the United States officially withdrew $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills from circulation after an executive order by President Nixon. They were last printed on December 27, 1945 and are still considered legal tender. Larger bills were used by banks and the federal government  for large financial transactions, but since the electronic money system was introduced, the use of large bills was no longer necessary. However, $500 bills are still used in the game of Monopoly.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Such a 'Beautiful Boy' - Video of the Day


Starring Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney and Amy Ryan, Beautiful Boy comes to select theaters on October 12, 2018.