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The Daily Dish – Tuesday, April 20

Dwayne Johnson‘s Aquaman-obsessed daughter, Tiana Gia, got a suprise from the superhero himself on her third birthday.
The Rock called in a favor from his pal Jason Momoa, who sent the birthday girl a personalized video. Johnson filmed the little girl’s “priceless” reaction to the birthday message and posted it to Instagram.
In the clip, Momoa said, “I’m sorry I couldn’t be there but I love you and tell your papa that I love him too. I’ll see you soon, happy 3rd birthday. Bye Jazzy, bye Tia, love you.”
After hearing the message, Tiana jumped with joy.
In the post, Johnson wrote, “I had to make the call…it’s what daddy’s do. I can’t thank my brother @prideofgypsies enough for making this adoring 3yr old’s birthday the best EVER. Her reaction is priceless and what it’s all about.”
Earlier in the day, Johnson had showed Tiana’s love for Aquaman in several videos.

The Daily Mail says Russell Crowe wants to lose a large amount of weight before marrying his 30-year-old girlfriend Brittany Theriot. A source tells various publications, ”Russell’s doing everything he can to knock off the pounds. He wants to walk down the aisle looking his best. Everyone’s buzzing that he’s already bought a massive solitaire ring for her and they’re expecting an engagement announcement any day now. He’s finally healed his wounds after splitting with Danielle, and is ready to take that big step again”.

Life & Style Weekly Magazine claims Alex Rodriguez is allegedly warning Ben Affleck not to pursue Jennifer Lopez. A source tells the magazine  “Ben had to know that if he gushed about Jen in the article, it would get under Alex’s skin — and it did. A-Rod isn’t taking it lightly. Rodriguez is determined not to give Jen any reason to think about running back to Ben.”

TV Insider says Tom Bergeron may be returning as the host of ”Dancing With the Stars”. He posted a video from ”The Godfather Part 3” along with the caption: “Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in. Stay tuned…”

The Coast Social Network with The Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber – Tuesday, April 20

Sarah with the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber joins Zack to talk about more great businesses and organizations holding ribbon-cuttings in the area, and how you can feature your own business or organization if you are growing/expanding or opening. Visit smrchamber.com for more!... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, April 20

TODAY IS:
  • Lookalike Day
  • 4/20, the so-called Stoner’s Holiday. According to a new survey, 25% of Americans now consume cannabis — or have tried some form of it in the last year. This number is up a staggering 56% since 2018. The survey also found that 44% of American cannabis consumers believe April 20 should be recognized as a national holiday. (Forbes)

TikTok users aren’t shy about touting their favorite products – and Amazon has taken notice. To make shopping for these products easier, they’ve actually created a virtual storefront called, Internet Famous where you can shop all these products in one place. (Glamour)

The Daily Star says men are buying muscular bodysuits so they can look ripped and buff without going to the gym. The suits are made from silicone. People can buy a full torso, an upper body or a lower body suit. They cost $270. The suits make it appear as though men have a six pack of abs, and are made to fit under clothing easily.

With allergy season now here, more of us are coughing, sneezing and having asthma attacks. Question is, could a bad thunderstorm bring on asthma for thousands? Researchers call it “thunderstorm asthma and say it’s rare but does happen. Scientists looked at one particular storm five years ago in Melbourne, Australia. When the thunder came it didn’t bring much rain, but did drop a wave of humidity during the height of hay fever season. Hospitals saw a nearly 700-percent increase in patients with respiratory problems. Doctors and pharmacies were also inundated with calls. Asthma symptoms contributed to at least 10 people dying.

Music News – Tuesday, April 20

Ace Showbiz says the members of ABBA are working hard to develop their likenesses for their hologram tour. Bjorn Ulvaeus says, ”The band members were photographed from all possible angles and made to grimace in front of cameras. They painted dots on our faces, they measured our heads. We are really good friends and we see each other quite often. Being together in the studio again, it was so familiar. It all came rushing back in seconds. We had fun. You have to have fun.”

Elton John tells NPR.org that he became a musician simply because he loves music. “Well, you know, a lot of rock musicians go into rock music to pull girls. That was never my motive. I just wanted to play music. I was so obsessed with music, nothing entered my head apart from that.”

LUKE BRYAN told People that COVID-19 didn’t knock him down as hard as it could have, but he’s feeling very “blessed” to be on the other side.  He said he “didn’t have a long set of symptoms” but there were a tough couple of days.
Luckily, his wife was there to help.  Quote, “There were times when Caroline was nursing me back, so I was certainly amazed to move through that.”
In a different interview he opened up about his self-quarantine.  Quote, “I put myself in a part of the house and stayed away from my boys.  I didn’t want them to miss school so [one of the hardest things was] not being able to hug my kids.”
Missing the family is one thing, but NOT being on TV, that was a living hell.
Quote, “It was really, really tough not being [at ‘American Idol’].  That was the toughest part of quarantine.  It was really tough for me to have to miss out, but I was honored and amazed that Paula [Abdul] stepped in for me.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Monday, April 19

From 1982 to 1996, Jessie Hamilton worked as a chef at the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house at Louisiana State University. During that time, she didn’t just feed up to 100 young men, five days a week. She also would listen to the fraternity brothers and help them work through their problems.
Well, those men didn’t forget about Jessie and the impact she had on their lives. They pitched in and paid off her mortgage.
On the day of her 74th birthday, friends and family — along with some of the fraternity brothers — gathered to surprise her at her home. They presented her with a $45,000 check to pay off the mortgage and another check for almost $7000 for herself.
The fraternity brother who led the campaign, Andrew Fusaiotti, explained that she was “truly like a mother” to the guys.
Jessie agreed, saying, “They were my kids. They still are.”
And all these years later, the men she took care of were able to step up and take care of her. (Patriot-News)

The Daily Dish – Monday, April 19

Sharon Osbourne did her first interview since leaving The Talk last month.
She left over an on-air disagreement with co-host Sheryl Underwood after Sharon defended her friend, British journalist Piers Morgan, over his criticism of Meghan Markle following her interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Friday on HBO’s Real Time With Bill MaherSharon said, “It’s not fair, because it isn’t about being a racist. It’s about maybe not knowing what is correct and woke for your language that day, because it changes from day to day…
“I’ve been called so many things in my life, I am so used to being called names, but a racist is one I will not take.”
Sharon, who was reportedly given a $10 million payout, added, “I’m going to be just fine. I’m fine. I’m a fighter. I’m fine.”
But she did question Prince Harry‘s own feelings about race and privilege. “You know when they say with white privilege? Right there with Harry. He’s the poster boy. He sits there and says daddy cut him off so he’s not on the wages anymore and he was boo-hooing about it. You can’t feel empathy for that because you are healthy, bright educated young man. You can go do whatever you want to do. Your life is your own.”

Mossimo Giannulli is a free man.
The fashion designer, who was convicted for his role in the college admissions scandal, has completed his five-month sentence. Mossimo was released from a federal prison in California earlier this month and was able to complete the remainder of his sentence at home.
Mossimo’s wife Lori Loughlin served two months in prison before being released in December.
The couple pleaded guilty in May to paying $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as crew recruits even though they never participated in the sport.

Matthew McConaughey has a real shot at becoming the next governor of Texas.
In a new poll by The Dallas Morning News and The University of Texas Tyler, 45% of the registered voters surveyed said they’d vote for the actor.
Meanwhile, only 33% said they’d support incumbent Governor Greg Abbott.
McConaughey recently said he’d consider running for the office, and added that “it would be up to the people” on whether he did or not.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, April 19

TODAY IS:
National Garlic Day

Have you tried popcorn salad? It’s been around for a while apparently, but it’s been trending on Twitter lately. It’s basically white cheddar popcorn mixed with carrots, celery, snap peas and a sauce made of mayonnaise, sour cream, apple cider vinegar, shallots and Dijon mustard. Something to bring to the next BBQ? (In the Know)

How about some peanut butter with your lipstick? The Reese’s candy brand has teamed up with HipDot to create a limited edition line of makeup. The collection, on sale now, includes eye shadow palettes in ‘milk chocolate’ and ‘white chocolate,’ two lip balms, and two makeup brushes. Reese’s is the latest food brand to jump into the beauty space, following recent announcements by Chipotle and Peeps.

Get your vacuums ready to roll because household chores can be good for you! new Canadian study found that older adults who spent more time on chores like dusting, cleaning, and gardening, have bigger brains – and bigger brains can help prevent dementia. The scientists suggest that the low-risk physical activity of chores can help boost brain volume, which is a strong predictor of cognitive health.

This is really cool — literally … Scientists at Purdue University have created the whitest paint in the world, and they think it could eliminate the need for air conditioning! The paint is so white that it reflects more than 98% of sunlight that hits it, which means it also reflects heat. Scientists say painting the roof of apartment buildings or the roof of a house could eliminate the need for running the AC all day. On top of that, they think painting a rocky surface of the earth where no one lives could help prevent global warming. They think the paint will be available to buy in about two years. (Newser)

Music News – Monday, April 19

Over the weekend, Britney Spears answered three burning questions from her 29 million followers.
She assured the #FreeBritney crowd, via Instagram, that she’s (quote) “totally fine. I’m extremely happy, I have a beautiful home, beautiful children. I’m taking a break right now because  … um … I’m enjoying myself.”
Britney posted the red refrigerator on a lark. She thought it looked cool because (quote) “It was vintage. It was red and just really cool.”
Finally, Britney admitted to getting the spins while twirling in her videos. She said, as a trained professional dancer, she keeps a focal point on the camera, otherwise “I get extremely dizzy.” (Billboard)

Hey, creeps – stopping breaking in to Taylor Swift’s homes! Yet again, another person was caught trespassing on the singer’s property. Police were called to Taylor Swift’s Tribeca pad in New York City around 11pm Saturday night. A 52-year-old guy was trying to get in through the front door. No word if Taylor was there when it happened. She bought three apartments in the building as well as the townhouse next door. In all, she reportedly dropped 48 million dollars buying property on the block.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Friday, April 16

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb is a fan favorite for all his work on the football field.
And now, he’s doing something special off the field — launching his very own breakfast cereal called Chubb Crunch, which will be used to raise money for charity.
Nick promises that Chubb Crunch will be delicious, as it’s compared to Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
And, proceeds from sales of the cereal are going to the non-profit group First Candle, which is focused on making progress on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and helping families who have been affected by it.
Nick says it’s always been a dream to have his own cereal — and is especially thankful that his efforts will result in helping out a good cause. (Browns Nation)

The Daily Dish – Friday, April 16

Details have gelled for Saturday’s funeral service for Prince Philip.
Queen Elizabeth made “tough decisions” to ease tensions and accommodate the only 30 family members allowed at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. Buckingham Palace said the Royals “will not be drawn into perception of drama.”
However, brothers Prince William and Prince Harry will not walk side-by-side in the funeral procession. A cousin will be the buffer between the boys, who have rarely spoken since Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Queen Elizabeth’s four children and spouses will be in attendance as well as their eight grandchildren and spouses. Coverage in North America begins Saturday at 10 a.m. (Vanity Fair)

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez decided a week ago to end their engagement. TMZ reports that she still possesses the $1.8 million engagement ring.
A source very close to J-Lo told People magazine, (quote) “They spent time together in the Dominican Republic last week and decided that it’s best to go separate ways. The split is very amicable.”
Between breaking up and the formal announcement, J-Lo took off her ring and flaunted her naked left-hand. A-Rod announced his partial ownership of NBA and WNBA teams in Minnesota — the Timberwolves and Lynx. Going it alone raised eyebrows because last year A-Rod with J-Lo attempted to purchase the New York Mets. (People)

Oprah Winfrey can’t get up close and personal with fans just yet, but she’s not letting that get in the way of her next book tour, which will take the form of a virtual get-together.
Oprah and co-author Bruce Perry will kick off a five-event “tour” on April 27th, the release date for What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience and HealingShe made the announcement on Instagram, saying, “We hope that through these pages, we help people hold more empathy for themselves and others as we learn to shift from asking ‘What’s wrong with you?’ to ‘What happened to you?'”
They’ll be joined by a special guest at each event, including Gayle KingDax Shepard and Kristen Bell, and Rob Lowe.

When Kobe Bryant is inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame next month, Michael Jordan will honor the late player.
The Hall of Fame stated Thursday, (quote) “Members of Class of 2020 were asked to select previous inductees to accompany and present them to their peers.”
Kobe’s family chose Jordan, who also paid tribute at a public memorial one month after Kobe’s fatal helicopter crash. Jordan told the mourners with some levity, (quote) “It may be a surprise to people that Kobe and I were very close friends. He was like a little brother. I wanted to be the best big brother. To do that, you had to put up with the late-night calls or the dumb questions.”
The Hall of Fame Ceremony is scheduled for May 15th in Norwich, Connecticut. (People)

Furry Friends Friday with Maverick from Al-Van Humane Society – April 16

Maverick is a 9.5-year-old boy who is super laid back, friendly, and romantic! Maverick gets along with children, men, other dogs and cats! Maverick would love a couch and a friend to watch movies with – he will even let you pick out the movie. This boy just wants to plop into his new fur-ever home and provide love and cuddles for the rest of his life. If you’re interested in meeting Maverick, please fill out an adoption application online at www.al-van.org so his friends at Al-Van Humane Society can schedule a meet-and-greet.... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, April 16

TODAY IS:
Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day: Well, that shouldn’t be hard for a lot of us.

If there’s anything the pandemic has taught us, it’s to appreciate the simple things in life … A new survey asked people to name their favorite simple pleasures. The number one thing? Listening to their favorite songs. Here are some other favorite simple pleasures, according to the survey: a nice dinner, watching a favorite movie, exercising, cooking a great meal, having a great meal cooked for you, going to the beach, finishing a good book, sleeping in, taking a long walk or hike. (SWNS)

Speaking of listening to your favorite songs … An Australian study found that waking up to your favorite music helps you feel less groggy. It also makes you sharper first thing in the morning. Think of it as musical caffeine.

Good news, Pinot lovers … Pinot Noir may be the healthiest wine to drink. That’s because it has higher levels of the antioxidant resveratrol than other types of wine. (Martha Stewart)

Recently, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, figured out that there were about 2.5 billion Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaurs roaming the planet. Now, they weren’t all running around at the same time. Instead, there were — supposedly — about 20,000 of them at any given time … over the course of a couple million years or so. If these researchers are right, the T-Rex hung around for 127,000 generations. The researchers figured all this out, despite the fact that only about 100 T-Rex fossils have actually been discovered around the world. (Mercury News)

And, a burger chain in California is looking for people who love burgers and tattoos — so they can turn them into human billboards. Farmer Boys, which has 90 locations in California, Arizona, and Nevada, is celebrating its 40th anniversary by offering people free burgers for a year if they get the restaurant chain’s name and a burger tattooed on their body. They’re partnering with a tattoo shop in West Hollywood, which is offering three different two-by-two-inch designs.

Music News – Friday, April 16

It’s been 25 years since No Doubt released the worldwide smash “Don’t Speak,” but the song’s deep emotion still rings true for Gwen Stefani.
Gwen tells Variety the song was inspired by two big losses — her brother Eric leaving the band and bassist Tony Kanal breaking up with her after years of dating. She says, “Tony was my first real boyfriend and I was tragically obsessed with him. When my brother quit the band and then Tony quit me…it was a really hard time. I lived at home until I was 26, I was quite sheltered and innocent, you know, I just was.”
But as things changed in her professional life, Gwen’s personal life wasn’t as great as it seemed. “Once the song came out, it went from a nine-year hobby that was our passion while we went to college, to all of a sudden it’s like we do the ‘Just a Girl’ video, we go from that video set to the airport and go on tour and don’t come home for two and a half years. It was a huge thing to be there with your ex who you love still who doesn’t want to be with you.”

Maroon 5’s Adam Levine tells Billboard magazine that he doesn’t know what genre the band fits into anymore. “The band’s sound has drifted all over the musical map, weaving through an array of musical genres. I don’t even know what the [heck] Maroon 5 are anymore. We occupy a weird space, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Stevie Nicks tells Rolling Stone magazine that she considers Harry Styles her son. “When Harry came into our lives, I said, ‘This is the son I never had.’ So I adopted him. I love Harry, and I’m so happy Harry made a rock-and-roll record — he could have made a pop record and that would have been the easy way for him.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Thursday, April 15

In Newark, Delaware, Chen Wang donated 10,000 masks, 180 sleeping bags — along with medical gloves and winter coats — to the Christina School District.
Chen’s daughter attends a school in the district and said he “wanted to serve the community.”
The masks will help students continue attending school, even when they leave theirs at home. And, the gloves will go to the school nurses.
The sleeping bags and coats will be distributed to those in need, especially displaced families who are sometimes provided shelter by the district.
Chen hopes that this gesture inspires others to help out as well, suggesting that, “We should all help each other.” (Newark Post)

The Daily Dish – Thursday, April 15

Sharon Osbourne will have her say this Friday night on HBO.
Real Time host Bill Maher booked Sharon for her first interview since leaving the CBS daytime show, The Talk. She will appear one-on-one with Maher directly after his opening monologue.
An inside source previously warned that Sharon could wreak havoc on her former employers, (quote) “She knows where all the bodies are buried.”
On Monday, Sharon’s former co-hosts had lots to say about her and their trauma debating racism with Sharon. That raucous conversation last month was her last on The Talk. (Deadline)

Former Bachelor star Colton Underwood revealed on Good Morning America today that he is gay.
In an emotional interview with Robin Roberts, the 29-year-old former football player and star of ABC’s The Bachelorette and The Bachelor, said “I’ve ran from myself for a long time. I’ve hated myself for a long time … and I’m gay. And I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing it. And the next step in all of this was sort of letting people know.”
He revealed that he struggled with coming to terms with his sexuality and considered taking his own life. He said, “There was a moment in L.A. where I woke up and I didn’t think I was going to wake up. I didn’t have the intention of waking up and I did. And I think for me that was my wake-up call … this is your life, take back control.” Colton says that since he came out, “I’m the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my life.”
Colton is reportedly working on a documentary with Netflix about his life, his time on the Bachelor and the women he dated, and coming out.

Five police cruisers arrived at the mansion of Tom Cruise because a house guest found his secret “panic button.”
Kyra Sedgwick confessed to snooping around Tom’s place during a house party nearly 30 years ago. She told Drew Barrymore how she hoped the button might trigger a secret passageway. (quote) “I was looking around. There was this little button underneath the fireplace mantle. So, I pressed the little button. Nothing happened.”
Kyra became nervous and alerted Tom that she pushed the button under the fireplace mantle. He threw up his hands and told her the police would soon arrive expecting a dire emergency.
Tom’s house party guests — including Nicole Kidman, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore and Rob Reiner — greeted the Beverly Hills police officers at the front door. Kyra said, (quote) “I didn’t get invited back.” (E! News)

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, April 15

TODAY IS:
  • Tax Day
  • Husband Appreciation Day
  • That Sucks Day

This might make you cringe a bit. A new study finds that the average woman pops 65 pimples a year – that makes about 4,153 zits popped in a lifetime. 81% of women surveyed admit they pop their pimples, with more than 75% saying they know it’s bad for their skin, but the urge to pop those zits is just too strong. 52% said they are impulsive face pickers and they often pick at the skin on their face without realizing it.

Do you have a “cool mom”? Are you a “cool mom”? A survey found that nearly 70% of respondents said they had a “cool mom.” So, what exactly makes a mom cool? According to the people surveyed, talking to your kids about everything and anything, and letting your kids get away with things a “normal” mom wouldn’t make up the “cool mom” designation.

So, Dogcuteries are a thing. Thanks to Instagram we now have Dogcuterie, aka Barkcuterie. It’s exactly what you think it is — charcuterie boards filled with dog-friendly treats. Picture fancy dog biscuits surrounded by carrots, apple slices, and more — all arranged in a way that clearly took a lot of time … for no reason other than to post it on social media. (Pure Wow)

Speaking of dogs … Busch Beer wants to hire a pup to the be the official taster for their non-alcoholic beer for dogs called Dog Beer. Busch released their Dog Beer last August – and it immediately sold out. Now, they are going to be testing out new flavors and are looking for a pup with the right palate. If chosen, your pup will not only get plenty of dog-friendly beer, but a salary of 20 grand and pet insurance. If you want to apply for your dog, just post photos and videos of your dog on social media with the hashtag #BuschCTOcontest with a caption that includes the word “entry.” You have till April 28th. You can go to Busch Beer’s Twitter page for more info. (Delish)

Music News – Thursday, April 15

Taylor Swift is famous for her gift-giving skills, which she showed off by sending a care package and personalized note to a fan who works as a nurse.
Britta Thomasson got the surprise package a few days after a local Georgia newspaper profiled her and mentioned her love of Taylor’s music. She put up a Facebook post showing photos of the goodies that Tay sent along, as well as of the note that came along with the stuff.
Tay’s note read, “Dear Britta, I wanted to write to you and personally thank you for serving on the front lines of this pandemic and for being brave enough to put yourself in danger to help others… I’ve sent you some cozy clothes for when you’re off duty I’ll be thinking about you, and forever grateful! Love, Taylor.”

Maroon 5’s Adam Levine tells Vulture.com that he wishes there were more bands in music right now. “I feel like there aren’t any bands anymore, you know? There’s no bands anymore, and I feel like they’re a dying breed. I mean, there still are plenty of bands. And maybe they’re not in the limelight quite as much, or in the pop limelight, but I wish there could be more of those around.”

NBC says Heart’s Ann Wilson is going to kick off this year’s NFL Draft on April 29th by performing the National Anthem.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Wednesday, April 14

When the pandemic began, sixth grader Keena Schroeder of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, rolled up her sleeves and learned how to bake cheesecakes.
With a little practice, Keena became an excellent baker — and started a company called “Bug’s Bakery,” with the name inspired by her nickname, Bug.
As she started selling cheesecakes, money rolled in. Keena and her dad brainstormed ways to use that money — and decided to donate some of it to charity.
So now, $5 from the sale of each cheesecake goes to a program in her school district that helps kids in need afford school lunches. Keena recently presented a check for $1000 to the school board to help out.
And, her work isn’t done. Keena says she’s going to continue to make and sell cheesecakes as long as people want to buy them. (WKOW-TV)

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, April 14

Angelina Jolie hasn’t said much about her roller-coaster relationship with Brad Pitt, but that may change — if she goes through with plans for a tell-all about her life.
According to OK! magazine, she’s taken inspiration from Meghan Markle and feels compelled to tell her story after years of silence. A source says, “Angie applauds people who stand up for themselves, and she thought it was so brave of Meghan to go on air instead of suffering in silence. She feels like she’s been holding her tongue for years since her legal case is still looming. But it doesn’t make her any less determined to have her say at the right time.”
So what should we expect? “Angie plans on going into detail about their roller-coaster romance and the hell Brad’s snooty Hollywood friends put her through. Angie feels emboldened and wants fans to hear her side of the story.”

Prince Harry bought round-trip tickets for his grandfather’s funeral. Not shockingly, he will return to his pregnant wife, Meghan Markle.
Her doctor declined to allow her to travel with Harry to London. Meghan’s mother is looking after her while Harry attends to unpleasant family matters.
Harry will catch the first flight home as soon as the funeral service concludes, provided he tests negative for COVID. (New York Post)

Jennifer Aniston isn’t ready for motherhood just yet — despite reports that she’s planning to adopt a child.
TMZ got in touch with the actress’s people after hearing British tabloids say she had finalized plans to add a kid to her life. Shockingly, the stories were “false and never happened.”
Several outlets shared the story that Jen had made the adoption announcement to her Friends co-stars while they were shooting the reunion, but her reps say “no way.”

Kenan Thompson revealed that the Home Alone reboot is “very close” to being completed.
Kenan told Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen, (quote) “It was a long shoot. It started in Canada. Then got shut down because of the pandemic. It’s been very splotchy. But, I think they’re getting very close to finishing it.”
The plot revolves around a child, who steals a valuable heirloom in hopes of saving the family from financial ruin.
The director of the 1990 original starring Macaulay Culkin said, (quote) “It’s a waste of time. What’s the point? You’re not going to create lightning in a bottle again. I’m a firm believer that you don’t remake films that have had the longevity of Home Alone.” (People)

The Coast Social Network with Berrien Community Foundation – Wednesday, April 13

Susan Matheny, Program Manager at Berrien Community Foundation and Linnea Berg, Program Manager, Neighbor By Neighbor in Harbor Country join Zack to discuss the Alamar Nonprofit Sustainability Grant, how it benefits area nonprofits, and how to apply. Details are at berriencommunity.org.... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, April 14

TODAY IS:
  • National Gardening Day
  • National Dolphin Day
  • National Look up at the Sky Day
  • National Pecan Day
  • National Reach as High as You Can Day: A good day to set some goals.

Are you still in touch with friends from grade school? Earlier? How many friends do you still have from your early childhood?
According to an MSN poll, most of us haven’t kept in touch with friends from our earlier childhood. Just 8% said they had kept in touch with many friends from when they were younger. 22% said they kept in touch with a few, 31% said one or two, and 39% said they weren’t in touch with any friends from early childhood.
How about high school? According to those polled, the answers weren’t much different. 8% said they were in touch with many friends from high school, while 26% said they were in touch with a small group, 32% said one or two, and 34% said they didn’t stay in touch with anyone from high school.
College was even worse. Of the more than 200,000 people surveyed, just 2% said they were still friends with many people from college. 10% said they stayed in touch with a few college friends, 18% said one or two, and 42% said they didn’t stay in touch with anyone from college. 28% responded that they didn’t go to college.

Guys, you might have a new engagement standard to live up to thanks to this guy. William Hunn went viral last week for proposing to his girlfriend, Brittney Miller, with not one, but five engagement rings — giving her the option to select her fave. His post shows a range of ring styles featuring different cut stones and varying band designs. The video has been viewed close to 40,000 times, shared all over social media, and even got the attention of celebs like Gayle King.

Work from home … in West Virginia. If working from home with a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah River outside your window sounds almost like heaven, you can make it happen — and get $12,000 at the same time. The state of West Virginia is offering remote workers $12,000 to relocate to the Mountain State and reside there for at least two years. Transplants will also receive free annual passes to outdoor recreational activities and access to continuing education programs at West Virginia University. The program is being funded by financial software company Intuit. (Fox Business)

Music News – Wednesday, April 14

Tuesday night, Taylor Swift appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. By the end of their eight-minute chat, fans were convinced she dropped several Easter egg hints that 1989 will be the next re-recorded album.
First off, Taylor chose to be in her recording studio for the video conference interview. Just to make it clear where she spends her days. A few hardcore Swifties played with clues they detected to predict Taylor will release the 1989 album on Friday June 4 and a single on May 14. Though, more likely the date could be Thursday evening, May 13 – Stephen Colbert’s birthday.
The most obvious hint had to be when Taylor told Stephen to “Shake It Off.” She also mentioned “New York,” which had people thinking it referred to the first track on the 1989 album, “Welcome to New York.” (Entertainment Weekly)

Demi Lovato will return to TV starring in an NBC sitcom.
“Hungry” is about of group of friends with food issues. The press release says, (quote) “They help each other look for love, success and the perfect thing in the fridge that’s going to make it all better.”
Scooter Braun and his SB Projects colleagues will produce the single-camera sitcom. Demi earned an Executive Producer title. (Variety)

Christina Aguilera did not feel “Beautiful” in her early days in the spotlight — because she thought she was too darn skinny.
She tells Health magazine, “I think we all have our good days and our bad days in how we feel about ourselves. Entering this business, I hated being super skinny. Once I turned 21, I started filling out a little bit, and I was loving my new curves. I appreciated having a booty.”
Now that she’s hit 40, X-Tina believes she’s really hit her stride. “As you age, you stop comparing yourself to other people and start appreciating your body and owning it. With age, you figure out that life is too short to waste time thinking about what other people think about you.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Tuesday, April 13

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty purchased thousands of books from a local bookstore — and donated those books to The Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis.
This was just the latest generous act to help out The Boys and Girls Club. He previously donated masks to keep kids and staff there safe from coronavirus and he also donated $5,000 to support health and fitness programs there.
This time around, Jack chose to give the kids books because he was an avid reader growing up and wanted them to follow in his footsteps. He made sure to include some of his personal favorites and said he hopes the stories will inspire the next generation, regardless of the career paths they choose. (KTVI-TV)

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, April 13

CBS daytime show, The Talk, returned on Monday. This was the first show in one month. Production went on hiatus while CBS investigated Sharon Osbourne. They parted ways with Sharon getting a $10 million golden parachute.
Sheryl Underwood addressed the elephant in the room, (quote) “We need to process the events, so we can get to the healing. By the end of the hour, we want everyone to feel ready to move forward.”
Underwood confirmed Sharon’s account that her apologetic texts went unanswered. She told The Talk audience that she declined to respond because of the ongoing CBS investigation. Sheryl added, (quote) “If Sharon greeted me warmly, I would give her that in the same. I want people to understand when you’re friends, you stay friends.”
Co-host Elaine Welteroth said, (quote) “There have been a lot of false narratives spun in the media that frame both Sheryl and myself as co-conspirators in attacking Sharon. That is absolutely categorically false and unfair.”
During the discussion with a trauma specialist, Underwood confessed, (quote) “I feel like I’ve been in PTSD. I really wanted to get back to work with my friends and my colleagues and the crew.” (Entertainment Tonight)

Harvey Weinstein doesn’t want to go to L.A.
The disgraced movie producer wants to remain in a New York prison and is fighting extradition on “humanitarian grounds.” His lawyer Norman Effman says that he’s basically blind and has lost four teeth behind bars. He has medical procedures scheduled to address both issues. Effman says this is on top of previously documented cardiac issues, diabetes and back pain.
A new hearing is set for later in the month. (TMZ)

Last year’s edition of American Idol was really weird, thanks to the COVID pandemic — in fact, it was so weird that producers are bringing back the finalists for another shot this year.
The 2020 edition was just about to kick off when California went into lockdown, and the top ten contestants were forced to compete remotely from their homes. A year later, the Idol folks have decided that wasn’t fair, so they’re bringing back ten of the top-20 for a do-over on a show that will air April 19th. Voting will go on for two weeks, since the Academy Awards will pre-empt the show on the 26th.
Last year’s champion, Just Sam, was not asked back because she has already won the show. Two other finalists, Dillon James and Francisco Martin, snagged record deals, so they weren’t eligible to compete again. (Billboard)

The Coast Social Network with United Way of Southwest Michigan – Tuesday, April 13

Amanda and Heather from United Way of Southwest Michigan join Zack to chat about ALICE, why this important group of local residents needs assistance in our community, and how United Way is helping funded partners meet those needs. Find more details and read the 2021 ALICE report at uwsm.org.... [Read Full Story]