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The Daily Dish – Friday, August 21

Ben Affleck will return as Batman for The Flash movie. He’ll join another former Caped Crusader, Michael Keaton, in the timeline-altering storyline Flashpoint. (ComicBook.com)

Chi Chi DeVayne, who appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, has died after a battle with pneumonia, Variety reports. She was 34.

Tosh.0, hosted by Daniel Tosh, will end after its upcoming 12th season on Comedy Central — which is moving toward adult animation.

Kirsten Dunst is a bit confused about being on one of Kanye West‘s Presidential campaign posters.
The actress, along with Vogue editor Anna Wintour, found her image in his “Kanye West 2020 Vision” poster after the rapper / presidential candidate posted it on Twitter Wednesday.
Kirsten tweeted at Kanye, asking, “What’s the message here, and why am I a part of it?”
She and Anna did not give their permission to be on the poster, which also features several other, non-famous people.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will happen this year.
The company who puts on the event says it will be “re-imagined” as was done for the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “Some is going to be virtual, there might be some small in-person pieces, spread out pieces, it’s not going to look at all of course like how we are used to — but the important thing is the traditions will be kept in some way.”
Macy’s says more details are coming later in the fall.

Following allegations of a toxic work environment at Ellen DeGeneres’s talk show, the host has increased perks for her staff. Page Six says employees will receive “increased paid time off and a generous medical leave policy.”
The new benefits package also includes birthdays off and paid time for medical appointments and family matters.
This comes after Ellen apologized for management’s bad behavior during a Zoom call with staff on Monday.
Another source tells Page Six that Ellen will return to set next week and some staffers are excited to “move forward” from the drama.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, August 21

According to a new survey, more than one-in-five college students won’t be enrolling in college this fall.
We’ve already seen some problems with coronavirus-related shutdowns and movements to online-only learning on the campuses of Notre DameNorth Carolina and Penn State — among others.
In response to the uncertainty that we’re all dealing with, 22% of college students looking for a “normal” on-campus experience are choosing to sit the year out and try again in 2021. (MarketWatch)

Have you taken your dog for a walk today? In Germany, a law has been introduced that would make it mandatory for owners to take their dogs for walks at least twice a day – for a minimum of one hour (in total). The proposed “Dogs Act” also states that owners would not be able to leave dogs chained up or alone for an entire day and puppies would be required to have human companionship for at least four hours a day. Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner said in a recent interview, “Pets are not cuddly toys; their needs have to be taken into account.” If passed, the law could go into effect next year. (BBC)

Speaking of puppies … A group of puppies recently took a field trip to Sea World in San Diego. The park is closed, so the puppies were allowed to roam around and even get up close to the shark and dolphin enclosures. SeaWorld teamed up with Mission Bay Puppy Rescue and Pups’N Boots to organize the event, with the goal of raising awareness for adoption. You can see a video of the puppy field trip on Sea World San Diego’s Instagram. And if you want to adopt one of these adorable pups, go to Mission Bay Puppy Rescue. (Insider)

Have we actually found a hangover cure? We all have our own hangover “cures” – from eating a greasy breakfast to “sweating it out” with a workout, to popping Ibuprofen. But a study from Finland may have discovered what could potentially be a real cure. Researchers from the University of Helsinki and the University of Eastern Finland found that the amnio acid L-cysteine decreased hangover symptoms like nausea, headache, stress and anxiety. L-cysteine is found naturally in the human body and is also abundant in protein-rich foods. The amino acid is also sold as a dietary supplement. (Delish)

Music News – Friday, August 21

It may not quite have the resonance of Oprah’s Book Club, but Adele has heaped praise on a self-help book she says “will shake your brain and make your soul scream.”
The newly slimmed-down singer gushed on Instagram about Untamed: Stop Pleasing Start Living by Glennon Doyle. She writes, ” I am so ready for myself after reading this book! It’s as if I just flew into my body for the very first time. Whew!… Anyone who has any kind of capacity to truly let go and give into yourself with any kind of desire to hold on for dear life – Do it. Read it. Live it. Practice it. We are a lot! But we are meant to be a lot!”
Adele suggests that you not only read it, but “have a highlighter on hand to make notes because you’ll want to refer back to it.” She says the book taught her that she’s solely responsible for her own freedom and that “our own liberation liberates those around us.”

Britney Spears struck out yet again on Wednesday, when a California judge dismissed her latest attempt to have her dad removed from her conservatorship.
The court ruled that Jamie Spears would retain control of Brit’s finances, while “temporary” conservator Jodi Montgomery would be in charge of everything else. For what it’s worth, Britney is fine with Montgomery’s work — she just wanted to boot her dad.
Brit got some surprise support from her mostly forgotten first husband Jason Alexander, who she was married to for three days back in 1994. He showed up to tell the paparazzi, “I wanna see Britney get what she rightly deserves. From pretty regular conversations, she doesn’t want to be under the conservatorship. It’s negatively affecting her life. It’s time for it to be over.” (TMZ)

People magazine says Taylor Swift recently donated $30,000 to help an 18 year-old Londoner attend college. Vitoria Mario had a fundraising page that detailed her attempts to earn money for tuition. Taylor saw her page and gave her $30,000.
She posted, “Vitoria, I came across your story online and am so inspired by your drive and dedication to turning your dreams into reality. I want to gift you the rest of your goal amount. Good luck with everything you do! Love, Taylor”

The Daily Dish – Thursday, August 20

Katy PerryLuke Bryan and Lionel Ritchie will all return as judges for the next season of American Idol, alongside host Ryan Seacrest.
The talent show, which was disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak, is coming back for its fourth season on ABC (19th overall). And because of the pandemic, auditions for the next season will be conducted virtually across every state. ABC Entertainment Karey Burke said in a statement, “American Idol has always been able to bring people together, entertain and inspire – and I am so proud of how this show continued to deliver joy and laughter into people’s homes during a time when we needed it the most.”

Collider says Marvel may be developing a Spider-Woman movie. The magazine claims Olivia Wilde is set to direct the film.

Joe Exotic‘s zoo has closed permanently.
This comes after current owner Jeff Lowe had his license to operate the animal park, made famous in the Netflix docu-series Tiger King, suspended.
In a post, Lowe bragged about the “unfathomable source of income” the Netflix series brought him. “Income that will guarantee the long term care of our animals and allow us to be very selective going forward.” Then he added, “As of today, we have decided to close the old zoo effective immediately.”
He also said he is “forfeiting [his] USDA exhibitors license.”
Joe Exotic, who’s serving a 22-year prison sentence in a murder-for-hire plot against Carole Baskin, was forced to give the zoo to his rival. But a judge gave Lowe time to close up shop before transferring it.

Clive Davis promises the upcoming Whitney Houston bio-pic will be a “no holds barred” portrait of the late singer-actress. His disappointment regarding previous documentaries on the ill-fated artist led to his hands-on involvement in this project.
The music mogul who guided Houston’s career will co-write the movie script. He tells the Variety podcast Strictly Business, “I have a mission… that the full picture of Whitney Houston is captured in a no-holds-barred film that is musically rich and shows her genius and more of her character than we have seen to date.”
The movie will use Whitney’s recordings, so whomever is cast won’t have to sing — opening up the role to actresses whose strengths aren’t musical.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, August 20

Today is National Radio Day, a day where we celebrate all of you! The listeners who make radio popular. Thank you for listening and for supporting your free, local, community-focused radio stations.

Northern California, including the San Francisco Bay Area, continues to do battle with a series of fires, many caused by lightning storms.
Since Sunday morning, an unusual barrage of lightning strikes in Northern and Central California, combined with extreme heat, have sparked hundreds of fires.
Over the last three days, state officials say there have been more than 10,000 lightning strikes in California. And as of Wednesday afternoon, California Governor Gavin Newsom, who has declared a state of emergency, said there were 367 major fires burning in the state. (Los Angeles Times)

For those of you who love tourist-trap locations like I do… The NY Daily News says a replica of the bar from the TV show ”Cheers” is closing its doors in Boston. The owner says the pandemic and high rent prices have killed his business.

This may be the biggest Zoom mishap yet … Forget people seeing you in your pajamas or having your kids or dogs disrupt a Zoom work call … A couple in Brazil has you all beat. Seems the frisky couple were caught getting busy during a Zoom call for Rio de Janeiro’s city council. Apparently one of the people on the call forgot to sign out before getting back to the bedroom action. Oops. (Insider)

Music News – Thursday, August 20

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande will be performing their smash “Rain on Me” at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.
They’ll get together at an undisclosed location to perform the seven-time-nominated song. This will be Ariana’s first VMA performance in two years — when she performed her hit “God Is a Woman.”
The women will be joining an already jam-packed guest list that includes Miley Cyrus, The Weeknd, and more. MTV will air this year’s VMAs on August 30th from various outdoor locations around New York City. (Variety)

Entertainment Tonight says Brad Pitt and Harry Styles are not going to star in a new movie together called “Faster, Cheaper, Better”. The movie is about changes in the trucking industry. Brad’s representative says the tabloid story is false

Life & Style Weekly Magazine says Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn are not stressing over becoming first time parents. A source tells the magazine, “Ed and Cherry aren’t stressing over becoming first-time parents during a pandemic. They’re both very easy going and are taking it all in their stride. Ed’s taken some time off to spend time with Cherry and the baby. He doesn’t want to miss out on any of the milestones and will definitely be a hands-on dad.”

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, August 19

Cuba Gooding Junior has been accused of rape — and the alleged victim is suing.
According to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, the woman says the Oscar-winner “coerced” her to his hotel room in 2013 and assaulted “her before falling asleep and allowing her to escape.”
Jane Doe is suing Gooding for a “crime of violence” based on gender and seeking damages.
Cuba’s attorney, Mark Heller, tells TMZ, “Clearly, this is a fabricated accusation that was never reported to the police — and forms no basis for any claim at this point with 7 years having passed.”
In October, Cuba pled not guilty to several charges in his sexual assault case. More than 20 women have accused him of sexual misconduct.

Tracy Morgan and his wife Megan have both filed for divorce — and TMZ says the split could get nasty.
Megan filed first, on July 28th, and Tracy followed the next day. They have a prenup — but there are two possible road bumps. He’s seeking joint legal custody and shared time with their 7-year-old daughter, while she’s demanding sole legal and physical custody.
Tracy also wants her to stop calling herself Megan Morgan and return to her maiden name.
The two announced their split last month after almost five years of marriage.

New Idea magazine says Ben Affleck is allegedly mad that Jennifer Garner and Bradley Cooper are going on dates. A source tells the magazine,  “He was always a bit jealous of Jen and Brad’s connection during their Alias time together. They’ve always been at ease with each other, but now it’s deeper and they’re adorable together. Garner and Cooper’s attraction was always there, but they didn’t take that next step because they were always in a relationship with other people.”

Life & Style Weekly Magazine says Dancing with the Stars will return to ABC on Monday, September 14th. Val and Sharna are among the notable dancers, who will be returning. Tyra Banks will host.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, August 19

John Ratzenberger, better known as mailman Cliff Clavin on Cheers, thinks he knows how to save the U.S. Postal Service.
The actor detailed his plan in a Cameo video.
Ratzenberger said, “The post office is in a little bit of a pickle right now. It is certainly in the news, being bounced back-and-forth so I had an idea. Why not do all your Christmas shopping early at the Post Office store?”
He encouraged fans to use the money they would have spent on Christmas gifts to buy stamps and send that to their family members instead. He explained, “It’s easy to carry, easy to mail, easy to ship. And it’s worth something, and it’ll be worth something for a long time.”

The Girl Scouts announced that they are releasing a new cookie flavor in 2021. The Toast-Yay! is a French toast-flavored cookie iced with a maple syrup-flavored frosting. Toast Yay! cookies are already available in select areas and will go nationwide in January. (PRNewswire)

Reports are coming out of people complaining of eye irritation, tearing, and eye discomfort related to minty lip balms or even gum and breath mints while wearing a mask. According to doctors, the peppermint oil or menthol, depending on the product, will get trapped under the mask in a concentrated amount and migrate toward the eyes, causing irritation. When mint can dissipate in the open air, it’s no big deal, but when it’s concentrated under your mask and makes its way to the delicate eye area through the space between your nose and the top of the mask it can result in red, irritated, itchy, and watery eyes. You don’t want to be touching your face or your eyes when you are out and about in a pandemic — so skip the minty stuff when you’re wearing a mask. (Women’s Health)

Residents of a town in Switzerland were shocked earlier this week when it suddenly started raining chocolate outside.
A ventilation system at a nearby Lindt chocolate factory malfunctioned and started blowing cocoa powder all over town, leaving a brown dusting on the ground and on cars. The company insisted that the cocoa dust posed no health risks to residents and offered to pay for any cleanup. The ventilation system was eventually fixed and production resumed. (USA Today)

Music News – Wednesday, August 19

Heat magazine says Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn are allegedly discussing having a Zoom wedding. A source tells the magazine, “They’d planned to hold something in the UK, but with the travel ban in place, they’ve moved to plan B. They’re looking at the possibility of holding a Zoom wedding, or throwing something intimate and low-key in Nashville [where they’re currently isolating] with just a few guests and a quick ceremony, if that. It will be understated and classy.”

ABC says Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga will perform ”Rain on Me’’ at the MTV Video Music Awards On August 30th 

TMZ says Britney Spears’ attorney has filed new court documents that call for others, in addition to her father, to run her conservatorship. She no longer wants him to be the only one making decisions about her life.

Kelly Clarkson really jazzed up one of Billie Eilish‘s older tunes in the latest edition of Kelly-Oke, a feature on her daytime talk show in which she sings other people’s songs and makes them her own. She turned “I Don’t Wanna Be You Anymore” into an old-school torch song.
Kel put her vocal spin on the track, and added some subtle stand-up bass, brushed drums and a vintage-sounding organ in the place of the original bedroom instrumentation:

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The Daily Dish – Tuesday, August 18

Ellen DeGeneres’ ex-girlfriend Anne Heche has addressed the recent toxic workplace allegations against the talk-show host. She told Mr. Warburton magazine, “I haven’t spoken to Ellen in years. I’d listen to the people who have.” Anne also described their nearly four-year relationship as “a beautiful part” of her life. (Page Six) And speaking of Ellen’s toxic workplace accusations, three senior producers — Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman and Jonathan Norman — have been fired from The Ellen DeGeneres Show following allegations of a toxic workplace. (Variety)

Rose McGowan has accused director Alexander Payne of sexual misconduct.
The actress — who helped kick off the MeToo movement after accusing Harvey Weinstein — tweeted on Monday about the alleged encounter, which she says took place when she was 15. “Alexander Payne. You sat me down & played a soft-core porn movie you directed for Showtime under a different name. I still remember your apartment in Silverlake. You are very well-endowed. You left me on a street corner afterwards. I was 15.”
In another tweet, she posted a photo of herself at 15 and wrote, “I just want an acknowledgement and an apology. I do not want to destroy.”
Payne is a two-time Oscar winner for The Descendants and Sideways, and ex-husband of Grey’s Anatomy star Sandra Oh.

Will Smith and Kevin Hart are teaming up for a remake of Planes, Trains & Automobiles.
The original, written and directed by John Hughes, starred Steve Martin and John Candy as an odd couple forced to become traveling partners as they try to get home for Thanksgiving.
The remake will be written by Aeysha Carr, whose credits include Brooklyn 99 and the upcoming Hulu series Woke.

There’s no word yet on when production will begin on the fifth season of This Is Us, but when it does, fans can expect the coronavirus pandemic to play a role.
The show’s creator, Dan Fogelman, dropped a few new details in a tweet on Sunday letting fans know that the show will definitely mirror the real-life events of the past several months, but added that it won’t drastically change the storyline or the ending. He added that there’s no plan yet for when production will resume and no word on when the new episodes will air.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, August 18

Highly trending last night and this morning on Twitter is Michelle Obama: The former first lady gave an impassioned speech on the first night of the Democratic National Convention. The convention isn’t actually a convention this year at all, as all of the speakers taped their speeches individually safe at home.

Also trending is Google Meet. The videoconferencing service has been under fire for being slow and sometimes dropping out completely for some users during meetings, conferences or video learning. Google says they will be beefing up the service and capacity of the popular service.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, one of the largest schools to attempt to bring students on campus for in-person learning, said Monday that it will shift to all-remote classes for undergraduates after testing has shown the spread of COVID-19 on campus.
The decision comes just a week after classes started for 30,000 students at the university, as 177 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed out of the hundreds of students tested. Another 349 will be quarantined both on and off campus after they were possibly exposed to the virus.
The order for remote-teaching for undergrads will go into effect today and the school will allows students to vacate campus dorms without economic penalties. (The Washington Post)

Because it’s Pinot Noir Day – and it’s 2020 … You can now get a shower wine glass holder – with a Bluetooth speaker. It even has a built-in microphone – so you can call your friends while you’re singing in the shower. (Pop Sugar)

Music News – Tuesday, August 18

We know a little about what Katy Perry‘s new Smile album sounds like — and she’s just clued us in about what it smells like.
A fan texted Katy during her #SmileSundays livestream and asked her to describe the scent of the music, and the star didn’t hesitate. She quickly ad-libbed, “It would smell maybe like fresh laundry, like the beginning of the day. Fresh laundry. Like newness, like clearness, like what you smell when you go outside and you’re on your way to school and it’s just clean for a second, until all hell breaks loose.”
To prove that, Katy also previewed another Smile track titled “Tucked.” Smile‘s set to drop on August 28th.

The Blast claims Madonna recently celebrated her 62nd birthday in Jamaica with her 26 year-old boy toy Allahmalik Williams. The couple reportedly spent the night smoking marijuana as a band played music on a beach.

Just Jared says Camila Cabello is heading to London to restart filming on the Cinderella movie. Production was shut down in March due to the coronavirus.

The NY Post says two men have been arrested in the killing of Run-DMC star Jam Master Jay. The rapper and DJ was killed in 2002 over drugs. The paper claims Jay collected $30,000 to buy cocaine. He took the narcotics and kept the money before he was executed in a recording studio.

The Daily Dish – Monday, August 17

Lately it seems everyone hates Ellen DeGeneres, but the embattled talk-show host has at least one friend left.
Kevin Hart had lunch with Ellen on Saturday after he defended the comedian, who’s been accused of treating guests badly and creating a toxic workplace at her show.
According to Us Weekly, the two dined at the Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito, California, and were “both dressed in tropical print button-down shirts and khaki shorts as they chatted while sipping wine.”
Earlier this month on Instagram, Kevin wrote, “It’s crazy to see my friend go thru what she’s going thru publicly. I have known Ellen for years and I can honestly say that she’s one of the dopest people on the [bleeping] planet.”
Ellen also supported Kevin in 2019 when he came under fire for tweets deemed homophobic as he prepared to host the Oscars that year.

Tiger King Joe Exotic is in prison, but he still wants to help find rival Carole Baskin‘s missing husband.
A new investigation has been launched to find out what happened to Don Lewis following the viral hit Tiger King. Don disappeared in 1997 and is believed dead.
According to TMZ, Don’s three daughter, who are suing Carole, have welcomed Joe’s assistance. They say that the “plan is for him to speak to their lawyer to figure out what, if any, useful info he has for the investigation.”
Joe claimed in Tiger King that Carole had a hand in getting rid of her husband.
His family recently announced a $100,000 reward for information about Don.

Simon Cowell is back home one week after breaking his back.
A friend tells People magazine that the America’s Got Talent judge  is “very happy to be back home with his family in the fresh sea air” of Malibu, California.
Simon underwent a “five-hour surgery” last weekend after falling off his new electric bike. But the source says he’s making great progress. “He’s been able to walk quite a lot and quicker than the experts had expected him to do after this type of major surgery, which is a great sign for the healing coming along well.”
No word, though, when Simon will return to America’s Got Talent.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, August 17

Northern California has unfortunately been suffering from some wildfires lately. But one fire got a lot worse recently with a phenomenon known as a FIRE TORNADO. The New York Times says fire tornadoes spawn in a combination of extreme heat from fire, turbulent winds and uneven terrain, according to meteorologists. No thanks!

Who says hard seltzers are only for summer? Just in time for Pumpkin Spice Season, VIVE hard seltzer is releasing a Pumpkin Spice flavor. (PRNewswire) Not to be outdone, Delish magazine says Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts have hit store shelves. A box of eight sells for $3.68. Pop-Tarts launched their pumpkin pie pastries early this year because of the Pumpkin Spice craze.

You’d think that these days – where no one is going, well, anywhere — FOMO, or Fear of Missing Out, wouldn’t be a thing. But according to experts, FOMO hasn’t gone away – it’s just changed. Instead of looking at other’s people’s vacation pics from exotic locations and feeling terrible about yourself, now people are looking at pics of people doing amazing things during their time at home – while they’re just sitting on the couch. “It’s shape-shifted,” says Jennifer Wolkin, a New York-based neuropsychologist, “It might not be looking at pictures of someone’s vacation or their parasailing trip or swimming with dolphins. It now becomes ‘They’re making sourdough starters,’ and ‘They’re going for a hike in these woods with their family, and I’m just on the couch and doing nothing and surviving and trying to find my breath.'” (USA Today)

Speaking of FOMO … There’s a company in Southern California that will set up a picture-perfect beach picnic for you. Bliss Beach will create the Insta-perfect beach day for you – with pillows, lounge chairs, a table, umbrella, cooler … everything you need for ultimate relaxation. No more schlepping all your stuff to the sand – just show up and it’s all there. (Travel & Leisure)

Fox News says the oldest person in the United States turned 116 on Saturday. Hester Ford has 12 children, 50 grandchildren and 120 great-grandkids. She credits her long life to family and a strong faith in God.

Music News – Monday, August 17

You’d think social media trolls would know better than to come at Kelly Clarkson, but one who ignored that rule got a hard smackdown on Twitter late last week.
The hater, who set her account to private after getting a response from Kelly, slammed Kel for putting her career before her family by stepping in for the laid-up Simon Cowell on America’s Got Talent. She wrote, “No wonder her marriage didn’t work… Surprise she has time for her kids… Not the good old country girl we fell in love with… It’s all about Kelly being on TV… And no one else… No tears for her… But for her kids.”
Kelly came back with a retort that quickly racked up the likes — “Shaming a woman who has a great work ethic, is a great mom, and who steps up and fills in when a friends asks for a favor because that’s actually what “good old country girls” do… This can’t be who you are deep down. I have more faith in your heart. Aim higher please!”

The Daily Mirror claims a copy of Ed Sheeran’s first demo album is going to be auctioned off and is expected to sell for $15,000. He recorded “Spinning Man” in 2004 when he was 13. Ed owns 19 of the 20 copies available.

The Daily Mail newspaper says John Legend and Billie Eilish are going to perform remotely during this week’s Democratic National Convention.

Adele was recently on Instagram when a fan asked, ”Adele where’s the album?” She replied, ”I honestly have no idea.”

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Friday, August 14

TMZ says Lodi, California police officer Erica Urrea is being hailed as a hero for saving a man’s life. The wheelchair-bound man got stuck on several train tracks as a locomotive was speeding towards him. Erica jumped out of her police car, ran to the man, and pulled him to safety as the train ran over his wheelchair. The man suffered a leg injury and was taken to the hospital where he is currently being treated.... [Read Full Story]