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Music News – Wednesday, November 4

Remember Kelly Clarkson‘s “amicable” split from hubby Brandon Blackstock? Well, it’s not so amicable anymore.
According to OK! magazine, things started to get ugly when Kel’s former manager, who happens to be Brandon’s dad, sued her for $1.4 million in allegedly unpaid fees. A pal of Kelly’s says, “The lawsuit really took the wind out of Kelly. She was with them for 13 years and made the company so much money. Now it feels like they’re going after her life savings.”
The spy adds that she’s ready to fight on all fronts. “If Brandon thinks he’s got the upper hand with this lawsuit and that he can get more money out of her in the divorce, he can think again. Kelly’s prepared to play hardball in court and drag out his dirty laundry on her daytime talk show, too. There will be no gagging her.”

It’s all about that blue for Meghan Trainor — who’s just revealed that she’s expecting a baby boy.
She tells Entertainment Tonight that she was positive that she was carrying a baby girl, until her doc delivered the news. Meghan says, “I spent so long where I’m like ‘it,’ or ‘baby,’ and I didn’t know when I could say it, but, it’s a boy.”
And Meghan has learned to dismiss those old wives’ tales. “So, there’s all these myths of, oh, if the heartbeat is really fast, it’s a girl, and if your hips are the first to go out, then it’s a girl, and so I was like, ‘It’s a girl.’ Like, I got it. I was so confident, and then when [the doctor] called us and I was like, ‘OK, tell us,’ and she’s like, ‘What do you think it is?’ And my husband is like, ‘A girl.’ And she’s like, ‘Actually, it’s a boy.'”
Meghan’s due date is in early February.

And, in case you’re in the market for a mansion, Realtor.com says Justin Bieber is selling his Beverly Hills home for $9 million. He bought the home last year for $8.5 million. The home has five bedrooms, a theatre, a wine cellar, a bar, a fireplace, a pool and a cabana.

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, November 3

Harrison Ford has paid tribute to his on-screen father, Sean Connery, who died Saturday at age 90.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Harrison said, “He was my father…not in life…but in Indy 3. You don’t know pleasure until someone pays you to take Sean Connery for a ride in the sidecar of a Russian motorcycle bouncing along a bumpy, twisty mountain trail and getting to watch him squirm. God we had fun — if he’s in heaven, I hope they have golf courses. Rest in peace dear friend.”
In a making-of featurette, director Steven Spielberg said casting Dr. Jones’s father in 1989’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was simple. “There is only one option when it comes to playing Indy’s father and that is James Bond. The original James Bond, the great James Bond: Sean Connery.”
Of Connery’s death, Indiana Jones co-creator George Lucas said, “Sir Sean Connery, through his talent and drive, left an indelible mark in cinematic history. His audiences spanned generations, each with favorite roles he played. He will always hold a special place in my heart as Indy’s dad. With an air of intelligent authority and sly sense of comedic mischief, only someone like Sean Connery could render Indiana Jones immediately into boyish regret or relief through a stern fatherly chiding or rejoiceful hug. I’m thankful for having had the good fortune to have known and worked with him. My thoughts are with his family.”

Britain’s High Court ruled yesterday morning against Johnny Depp in his libel suit against British newspaper The Sun.
The judge wrote that the tabloid published a “substantially true” article calling Depp a “wife beater.” Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard testified in court that Johnny beat her when they were married. She photographed her bruised face to prove it. Depp dubbed that stunt a “choreographed hoax.” His attorneys called Amber Heard a “compulsive liar.”
The three-week libel trial featured “sordid and salacious testimony” ranging from accusations of vengeful bedroom pooping, unfaithfulness, “deep misogyny,” gold-digging, drug and alcohol abuse plus screeds written on mirrors in blood. (The Guardian)

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, November 3

TODAY IS:
Election Day: Many companies are offering freebies and discounts to help you get through the day. Here are just some of them:
  • Krispy Kreme is giving away glazed doughnuts and a voting sticker.
  • McDonald’s is giving away new pastry items with the purchase of coffee.
  • Planet Fitness is offering a way to work off the election stress with a free workout and massage.
  • Uber and Lyft are offering discounted rides to the polls.
  • Hertz is giving a free day for a rental car “to perform your civic duty.”
  • Door Dash will have free delivery on all orders of at least $15 placed on Election Day.
  • Chili’s is offering their Presidente margaritas for just $5 (USA Today)

As we reported yesterday, lots of people expect today to be the most stressful day of their lives. And new research from the American Psychological Association seems to confirm that. Their research found that 68% of Americans say the 2020 election is a significant source of stress in their lives — up from 52% in 2016. And it seems the stress is equally felt, regardless of party – 76% of Democrats, 67% of Republicans and 64% of Independents said they had stress related to the election. (NBC)

Well, we now know what has helped us get through this pandemic … butter. Land O’Lakes says their butter sales will likely be up 20% this year over a normal year. And with all the baking, home cooking, and comfort food eating we’ve been doing, we can’t say it’s a surprise. (Food & Wine)

Sick of working from home? Some Marriott hotels are offering “day passes” for members of their Bonvoy travel program. You’ll get a hotel room from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., a desk area and wifi, coffee, water and room service – and you can even use hotel perks like gyms and pools – depending on the location. Currently, Marriott is offering the day pass package at hotels in Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Phoenix, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London, Singapore and Toronto. They have plan to add more locations in the near future. (NY Post)

A great reason to grab the remote … New research has found that couples who watch TV and movies together are closer and have better relationships. So if you’re arguing more these days, just grab the remote and snuggle up. (People)

Music News – Tuesday, November 3

Mariah Carey pulled a Halloween-worthy trick on fans over the weekend — by using creepy images to hint at that she has a Christmas announcement coming … eventually.
Mimi’s ornate post begins with a horror-movie styled door featuring dripping blood, handprints and the words “not yet.” It opens to show Mariah looking festive in front of a Christmas tree while “All I Want for Christmas Is You” plays in the background.
The kicker? She stopped short of a big reveal, saying “IT’S TIME! (But let’s get through Thanksgiving first)”

Taylor Swift just took the time to pay tribute to a seriously ill eight-year-old British fan and her dad — who literally walked the walk to raise funds for the girl’s illness.
Taylor made a cameo at the Pride of Britain awards to single out Hasti Brannigan, an eight-year-old who suffers from Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, a condition that causes stunted growth and serious bone abnormalities. Hasti’s dad, known as “Major Chris,” walked 750 miles for the cause — and he did it barefoot while carrying a 30-pound backpack.
The Hope For Hasti Just Giving page has raised nearly one million dollars. You can donate here.

Back when Justin Bieber was a tabloid troublemaker in public, he was a depressed dude in private — so much so that he considered suicide.
In the latest episode of his YouTube series, Next Chapter, Justin opened up about his darkest days. He says, “There were so many people that were just so mean. Random people saying like, ‘You suck! You look like a girl!’ I  would shake it off like it didn’t bother me but that stuff bothered me and it affected how I acted and how I treated people.”
The “Intentions” singer continued, “It was so consistent, the pain was so consistent. There was times where I was really, really suicidal.” He concluded by urging followers to seek help if they get to that point.

The Daily Dish – Monday, November 2

Sir Sean Connery‘s wife has revealed that the actor suffered from dementia before his death at age 90 on Saturday.
In an interview with the Mail on SundayMicheline Roquebrune said, “It was no life for him. He was not able to express himself latterly.” She added that the affliction “took its toll on him”
Micheline said her husband “got his final wish to slip away without any fuss… I was with him all the time and he just slipped away. It was what he wanted.”
The couple had been married since 1975.
Regarding the news of his passing, the internet lit up with tributes, including from current James Bond Daniel Craig said in a statement: “It is with such sadness that I heard of the passing of one of the true greats of cinema. Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more. He defined an era and a style. The wit and charm he portrayed on screen could be measured in mega watts; he helped create the modern blockbuster. He will continue to influence actors and film-makers alike for years to come. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones. Wherever he is, I hope there is a golf course.”
Pierce Brosnan, who played Bond in five movies, said, “Sir Sean Connery, you were my greatest James Bond as a boy, and as a man who became James Bond himself. You cast a long shadow of cinematic splendor that will live on forever. You led the way for us all who followed in your iconic foot steps. Each man in his turn looked to you with reverence and admiration as we forged ahead with our own interpretations of the role. You were mighty in every way, as an actor and as a man, and will remain so till the end of time. You were loved by the world, and will be missed. God bless, rest now, be at peace.”

Prince William battled the coronavirus earlier this year but kept his diagnosis a secret to avoid alarming the public.
Britain’s Sun newspaper reports the 38-year-old royal “struggled to breathe” while he fought the virus back in April.
William reportedly tested positive only days after his father, Prince Charles, also tested positive in late March. It’s not known if any other royals got the virus. During a royal engagement, William reportedly said, “There were important things going on and I didn’t want to worry anyone.”
A source says the Duke of Cambridge “was hit pretty hard by the virus.”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, November 2

TODAY IS:
  • All Souls’ Day
  • Deviled Egg Day

Think you’ve reached peak stress this year? Well, apparently not. According to a new survey, that day will be tomorrow. 55% of Americans polled said Election Day 2020 will be the most stressful day of their lives. And who are the most stressed about tomorrow? Millennials (61%) and Generation X (58%).

Speaking of stress … It seems that Election Day isn’t the only thing giving people anxiety. A survey by HelloFresh found that 53% of respondents say Thanksgiving will be twice as stressful this year because of coronavirus. Seems people are worried about everything from how they are spending the day, to cooking on their own for the first time, to pressure to make things extra perfect. (SWNS)

Since COVID started, virtual dating has gone up 36% — and 60% of video daters say they enjoy the “new dating normal.” In fact, 25% said they would continue to virtual date even when the pandemic ends. So, how long does it take to know if you have chemistry with someone on a virtual date? 30 seconds. Yep, a new study by Virgin Media found that online daters say they can tell if they have a spark with someone just 30 seconds into a video call. (SWNS)

Shaking hands with people has stopped because of coronavirus, but do you think the practice will be gone for good? A YouGov poll asked: “Once the COVID-19 pandemic is over, do you think you will shake hands?” 46% said yes, 26% said no, and 28% weren’t sure.

And, how was the Halloween candy haul for your kids, if they did go trick or treating this past weekend? Perhaps it’s nothing compared to this story. The Asbury Park Press newspaper says four children from Toms River, New Jersey won 1,200 pounds of Halloween candy from the TV show ”Wonderama.” A dump truck delivered the candy to the O’Sullivan children … Sadie, 9, Aiden, 9, Kenley, 7, and Maybre, 5. The foursome won the show’s costume contest with a variety of outfits.

Music News – Monday, November 2

The annual Jingle Ball holiday concerts won’t be dashing through the snow from city to city this year — but it’ll still bring the stars out to shine.
Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, Lewis Capaldi, Sam Smith, and Shawn Mendes are among the artists who’ll take part in this year’s edition of the holiday spectacular. The show will feature from-home performances by those stars, as well as looks inside their personal holiday traditions.
The event will go out on the CW network app on December 10th, and will air on the CW television network on December 14th. In addition, The CW will televise a one-hour Jingle Ball Greatest Moments special, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the event, on December 3rd.

Sam Smith tells NME magazine that their favorite place to be is on stage. Sam says, “I’m insecure. I think I’m an attention-seeker – obviously, because if you wanna stand on stage and sing in front of that many people, there’s something missing. Like a hole inside. When I’m onstage, I feel fulfilled. I feel really content. And when I’m offstage, something leaves and I don’t know what it is. The saddest moments in my life are when I walk offstage after a show.” Sam has been busy lately, premiering a new album and performing on various late night shows and virtual platforms.

The Daily Dish – Friday, October 30

An ABC executive admitted that they cast the wrong Bachelorette. Rather than Clare Crawley quitting after finding the love of her life, the producers shoved her out because she became boring.
Clare Crawley will be replaced by Tayshia Adams in next week’s episode, which is pre-empted by the election. It airs on Thursday, November 5th.
Last Tuesday’s episode featured a group date where Clare refused to hand out a rose. That was the aha moment for producers that Clare needed to be replaced. Rob Mills said on the Nick Viall Files podcast, (quote) “When she didn’t give out that rose and she just gave it to herself, that was really when we started making the call to replace her.”
Tayshia Adams answered the production team’s emergency call and quietly began to quarantine before Clare was forced to leave The Bachelorette. (New York Post)

Scarlett Johansson and Saturday Night Live funnyman Colin Jost tied the knot this weekend in Upstate New York — and that’s no joke.
The two started dating in 2017 after they met during her hosting stint on an episode of SNL. They wed at an intimate ceremony near Scarlett’s home in Palisades, New York, attended only by family members and close friends — all of whom abided by strict COVID protocols.
The couple made the announcement through the Instagram account of Meals on Wheels America and urged fans to donate to the organization as a way of wishing them well.

Netflix and Chill just got a little more expensive. Netflix raised their monthly subscription fees.
The new price goes into effect immediately for new subscribers. Current Netflix members will be alerted in November about the fee increase. The premium plan jumped to $18 per month and the standard plan to $14.
Since the pandemic, 26 million joined Netflix, but they reported fewer new subscribers than anticipated this summer. That could have prompted the streaming company to raise fees. Yet, when they increased fees last year, the saw a spike in cancellations. (Variety)

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, October 30

TODAY IS:
  • National Frankenstein Friday
  • National Candy Corn Day
Saturday Is Halloween.

Halloween costumes for pets are on the rise this year … and there’s a good reason why. Because people can’t celebrate the holiday the way they want to or are used to, they are dressing up their furry friends to bring some happiness to an otherwise stressful time. According to the National Retail Federation, sales of pet costumes are not only up this year, but many stores can’t keep dog and cat costumes on the shelves. A spokesperson for the National Retail Federation explained, “People can’t celebrate in person in the ways that they used to, so you’re seeing people try to … have a little joy and share a little joy, in a time when people are dealing with a lot of uncertainty.” (Business Insider)

This brings a whole new meaning to crawling across the finish line … 28-year-old Devon Lévesque of New Jersey will be taking on the New York City marathon this weekend in a very unusual way. He’ll be doing the whole 26.2 miles of the marathon on all fours. Yep, he’ll be bear-crawling the entire length. Devon is starting today and will end his marathon on Saturday. He’s doing it to honor his late father, who committed suicide when Devon was just 16. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through in my entire life,” he told People. “It was hard to watch because he was a happy-go-lucky person. I haven’t been able to cope with it until about 12 months ago and that is what is driving me to bring awareness to mental health and suicide prevention.”
Devon hopes to raise $200,000 for FitOps, a foundation that helps veterans use their fitness and leadership skills to become personal trainers. “100 percent of the funds raised will go towards the FitOps Foundation,” he says. “They’re dedicated to supporting and empowering veterans for re-acclimation [and] to raising awareness for mental health and suicide prevention.”  You can watch Devon’s efforts on his Instagram page.

Newser says Netflix has raised its prices. Their standard plan is going up by a dollar to $14 a month while their Premium plan is going up by two dollars to $18 per month. The new rates took effect yesterday while we were all probably busy bingwatching Stranger Things.

Music News – Friday, October 30

According to new court documents, the way to Britney Spears‘ wallet is through her stomach — since she spends 500 bucks a day on a personal chef.
The Blast reports that Brit’s dad, Jamie, presented details of her spending at a recent court hearing, showing the size of that meal ticket, which amounts to more than $100,000 per year. And, just like everything else, the fees are “considerably higher during the holiday season.”
At the same time, in those documents, it also shows that he’s paid $27,000 per month to serve as Britney’s conservator.

Lewis Capaldi has notched number-one hits in multiple countries, but he’s proven he’s really made it — he’s now a Funko Pop doll.
The Scottish star will probably be pleased with the way he’s depicted, decked out in black jeans, sneakers, green coat and sunglasses. He’s holding a rose in one hand while extending the other pleadingly, which fits his lovelorn image perfectly.
The mini-Capaldi is available for pre-order and will ship around January 8th.

Jake Gyllenhaal could be waking this morning to itchy ears.
Taylor Swift is once again talking about their brief romance from a decade ago. Then in 2012, she released the Red album. Taylor told Rolling Stone magazine (quote) “This was an album that I wrote specifically about pure, absolute, to the core, heartbreak.”
Taylor taped an interview with the magazine for its 500 Greatest Albums special. The magazine called Red the best of Taylor’s albums. It’s #99 on the Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums.
Red features three songs that are clearly about Jake Gyllenhaal. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “State of Grace” and fan favorite “All Too Well.” (Daily Mail)

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Thursday, October 29

Earlier this year, wildfires raged in Northern California, and affected nine-year-old Reese Osterberg in a big way. Her family lost their home in fire — and Reese lost her precious baseball card collection. She had collected 100 cards over the past three years.
When members of the fire department heard Reese’s story, they started spreading the word and asking for donations to replace her lost cards.
That’s when Kevin Ashford of San Jose, California, stepped up and offered to donate his baseball card collection to her.
Kevin didn’t just have a few cards in his garage. Instead, he had a massive collection of 25,000 cards that he’s been putting together since the late 1990s.
While the cards are definitely worth a lot of money, Kevin thought they would be worth far more to him if they would make the day of this little girl.
Explaining his decision, Kevin said he “would give anything to see the smile on her face when she receives them.”
See more on this story from KFSN-TV

The Daily Dish – Thursday, October 29

As soon as Big Brother named its All-Stars winner, CBS announced the reality series will return for season 23.
A CBS executive said Wednesday, (quote) “It feels fitting for this unprecedented season to conclude with an announcement of the show’s return next summer.”
Longtime host Julie Chen Moonves has the gig for another year. She renewed her contract that expired at the end of this All-Stars season. The two-hour live finale featured a showdown between Cody, Enzo and Nicole. (Deadline)

Kim Kardashian got caught photoshopping Khloé Kardashian in a sisterhood picture.
On Wednesday, Kim posted more photos from her lavish 40th birthday bash on a private island. She reportedly spent $1 million to fly 40 friends on a 777 jet and lodge them in luxury suites.
One picture in particular caught the attention of those who edit photos often enough to notice. The three oldest sisters link arms as they pose in string bikinis. However, upon close inspection, Kim’s lower right arm is missing.
It appears to be a classic case of photoshop fail. (New York Post)

Brad Pitt is single. He and German model Nicole Poturalski split after their brief fling.
She pulled the plug. Nicole is married. They consider it open marriage. The 27-year-old took a “hall pass” with Pitt for several weekends in the South of France. Then returned to her husband.
One of his buddies said, (quote) “It was never all that serious as it was cracked up to be.” (Entertainment Tonight) But it was one hell of a hall pass for her!

Lori Loughlin will spend Thanksgiving in prison.
The disgraced Full House actress was sentenced to two months for her role in the Varsity Blues college admission scandal. She confessed to faking applications for her two daughters. The judge ordered Lori to start her sentence no later than November 19th. That’s within the next three weeks.
The court requires more than just prison time for Lori Loughlin. There’s a $150,000 fine to pay plus 150 hours of community service when released sometime in January. (People)
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, October 29

TODAY IS:
  • International Internet Day: Otherwise known as Thursday.
  • National Cat Day: A good day to adopt a kitty.
  • National Oatmeal Day: I like mine with blueberries.
  • National Hermit Day: For those that like being alone.
  • World Stroke Day: Do you know the signs? Here’s how to spot a stroke FAST: Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties, and Time to call 911.

Do you argue with your partner over where to eat or what to order? survey by Panera Bread revealed that the average couple argues 156 times a year over where to order dinner from and gets in a fight three times a week over where to eat. It takes the average couple 17 minutes to finally make a decision about where to get dinner and what to order while 16% will take 30 minutes or more to decide. And the arguing doesn’t stop when the decision is made … 32% end up fighting about who’s going to be the one to pick up the food.

How are you dealing with election stress? A new Harris poll found that 65% of respondents are stressed over the upcoming election, with 48% saying that are more stressed about this election than those in the past. And how are they coping with the stress? 46% of those surveyed say they’ll be eating junk food – pizza in particular – as results come in. Others say they will be drinking to get them through election night. 26% say they’ll be drinking beer, 23% will be drinking wine, 15% will be hitting the hard stuff, and 13% say they will be reaching for “cannabis products.” (NY Post)

Can’t say this is surprising … A new survey by streaming service Tubi found that a third of respondents had already watched at least one holiday movie this year. Some began watching as early as August and September. And with all the stress and uncertainty right now, it’s easy to understand why: 72% of those surveyed said watching holiday movies brings them comfort. 64% said they are looking forward to the holidays more than ever this year. (SWNS)

Music News – Thursday, October 29

Chances are, Ed Sheeran‘s voice will be the first one a newborn baby in Britain will hear after emerging from the womb.
According to a new survey by retailer Kiddies Kingdom, Ed’s “Thinking Out Loud” is the most-streamed song for women in the midst of childbirth. He tops a mostly sweet list that also includes Sam Smith‘s “Stay With Me,” Adele‘s “Hello” and Hozier‘s “Take Me to Church”. (Heart)

Shawn Mendes was a guest on The Tonight Show Tuesday night and performed as medley of the songs “Intro” and “Wonder” from his upcoming album, Wonder. He also talked about what it was like to quarantine with Camila Cabello and offered a look into his new Netflix documentary, In Wonder. You can see those clips on the YouTube Channel for the Tonight Show.

Selena Gomez tells the Voting Power Hour that she recently voted for the first time. “Honestly, I’m not ashamed to say this. But… I’m kind of… This was my first time. I’m going to say that, because I’ve never felt — and this is so true, and I’m now admitting it to people — like my vote counts. Every vote counts. Some people get in their head, and they’re like, ‘Oh, well what does it matter?’”

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, October 28

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are engaged! Finally! Gwen made the post Instagram official on Tuesday.
Blake also posted the sweet picture on his page, writing, “Hey @gwenstefani thanks for saving my 2020… And the rest of my life.. I love you. I heard a YES!”

Jon Stewart is returning to TV – Apple TV-plus to be precise.
He signed a multi-year contract for a current events series. Jon Stewart will focus on a single subject for one hour. Topics will relate to current affairs in the United States.
For 16 years, Stewart hosted The Daily Show, which was the breeding ground for political comics Stephen Colbert, John Oliver and Samantha Bee. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Ellen DeGeneres did something different for Tuesday’s taping of her daytime talk show: She allowed humans into her studio.
Ten days ago, Los Angeles relaxed COVID restrictions for TV productions. For the first time, audience members are permitted, but they must wear masks and sit six feet apart. Ellen made 40 seats available for in-studio fans. They’ll be visible during Wednesday’s program along with her virtual audience.
Ellen’s Halloween episode on Friday will also have an in-studio audience dressed in costumes. Looking ahead, Ellen hopes Los Angeles maintains COVID policies so she may invite fans to 12 Days of Giveaways tapings. (Variety)

The Aretha Franklin bio-pic’s premiere has been pushed back to August 2021.
Respect, with Jennifer Hudson as the Queen of Soul, was scheduled to reach theaters January 15th — to coincide with the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. But with many multiplexes limited to 50 percent capacity or less, and others closed, MGM chose instead to wait out the pandemic.
Along with honoring the artist who blazed trails, broke barriers and was the first woman ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Respect is a star turn for Hudson, who won an Oscar for Dreamgirls and was personally selected for the role by Aretha Franklin. (Variety)

Coast Social Network with the Berrien Community Foundation – Wednesday, October 28

Zack speaks with Lisa Cripps-Downey from the Berrien Community Foundation about the Golden Acorn Excellence Awards, which are annual awards that BCF does to recognize an organization for their work and individuals for their heart of volunteerism each year. The agency gets a $4,000 grant and the individual can direct $1,000 to the nonprofit of their choice.... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, October 28

TODAY IS:
  • National Chocolate Day: Good thing you’ve probably got a lot of it around the house right now.
  • National First Responders Day: A good day to say thanks to the people who dedicate their lives to saving lives.
  • National Make a Difference Day: A good day to do something nice for someone.

Kids begging for a puppy is nothing new. In fact, according to research, starting at around age 6, the average kid will beg their parents for a dog about 11 times a month – or about 1,600 times before they turn 18. Be prepared, parents: the begging gets even more intense around the holidays. 62% of kids who’ve asked their parents for a dog get even more persistent during the holiday season, asking seven more times per month. And this year, that persistence may pay off. One-third of parents surveyed said they are planning to get their child a puppy this holiday season. (SWNS)

Speaking of pets … Seems people are going to the polls … with their pets in mind. A new survey by Banfield Pet Hospital found that 65% of pet owners said they take their pet into consideration when voting on different issues – like climate change. And when it comes to election night, 53% of the pet owners polled said they’d rather spend the night with their furry friend than with their roommate or significant other. But pets could be the thing that brings a politically divided nation together. 64% of pet owners said they’d be more inclined to engage with someone with different political views if they knew that person had a pet. (People)

Here’s more proof that hard seltzer isn’t just for summer anymore … Bud Light just announced an Ugly Sweater 12-pack of their Hard Seltzers, featuring three new holiday flavors: Gingersnap, Peppermint Pattie, and Apple Crisp. They’ll be available starting November 2nd. (Thrillist)

A new survey by DoorDash reveals that 84% of parents steal Halloween candy from their kids. The most stolen candy by parents … Snickers bar (26%) followed by Twix (16%) and M&M’s (15%).

Music News – Wednesday, October 28

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are engaged! Finally! Gwen made the post Instagram official Tuesday.
Blake also posted the sweet picture on his page, writing, “Hey @gwenstefani thanks for saving my 2020… And the rest of my life.. I love you. I heard a YES!”

Ed Sheeran just topped Heat magazine’s annual list of Britain’s richest under-30 celebrities — for the final time.
Ed, who’s 29, will age out of the top spot next year, but he’ll be going out with a fortune of $275 million, a lot of which is tied up in his huge real estate portfolio. Harry Styles is worth just shy of $100 million, and took over second place from Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, who hit the big three-oh himself this past year.
Harry’s former One Direction bandmates all made showings on the list as well. Niall Horan checked in at number-four, Louis Tomlinson in sixth, Liam Payne in seventh and new dad Zayn Malik in ninth.

Sam Smith plans to atone for a long-ago crime on Friday — by returning a coffee mug their mom swiped from the famed Abbey Road studios when Sam was a teenager.
Sam posted a photo of the mug online, then told the story of the heist on Australian talk show The Project. They initially claimed to be the mastermind, then said, “I will be honest, I didn’t take it, my mum took it. Seriously, my mum put it in the handbag. I didn’t have a handbag. It was a mug, an Abbey Road mug, Abbey Road is such a sanctuary of music… [I] wanted a piece of that sanctuary at home.”
Sam will have the chance to return the booty when they play a one-off show at Abbey Road on Friday to celebrate the release of their new album Love Goes.

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, October 27

Viewers of The Wendy Williams Show last Friday were concerned for the host’s health. Wendy acted erratic during a Hot Topics segment. Her words were disjointed, sometimes not finishing sentences and mispronouncing names.
Backstage there were whispers about Wendy’s sobriety. Nearly two years ago, she entered a rehab around the time of her divorce. Yet a former employee said most of Wendy’s staff is afraid to confront her. (quote) “This is going to play out bad.”
On Monday, Wendy Williams addressed the rumors about her health. She said, (quote) “I try to do the best that I can for you. I appreciate you watching, but even after all of these years, it’s still work. I guess every day is not perfect, but I’m not a perfectionist. I’m not perfect.”
If another taping goes badly like Friday, producers reportedly have evergreen repeat episodes to air in its place. (E! News)

Dwayne Johnson does not quit in the gym. Even when he’s bloodied himself.
On Monday, The Rock shared at Instagram how he busted open an eyebrow. Blood dripped down his face, then he wiped it away and stuck his finger in his mouth. (quote) “I can confirm my blood tastes like [my tequila brand] Teremana, calluses and BlaMoan [black and Samoan] hot sauce.”
Johnson blamed the accident on throwing around a 50-pound chain until muscle failure. He joked, (quote) “Sometimes you get lumped up and need stitches. Taste your own blood, keep working out and stitch up later — rules of the house.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

This most unusual season of The Bachelorette has a new twist: Clare Crawley now hints that producers forced her out.
Up until now, the story has been that Clare quit because she and Dale Moss immediately fell in love and wanted to get married. She refused to continue the charade of fake dates with the other men.
Then over the weekend, Clare sprinkled a bread crumb trail of “likes” at Twitter. Each of the posts defended Clare and blamed producers for her exit. There’s even a theory that they invited the replacement BacheloretteTayshia Adams, to quarantine several days before ousting Clare. She wouldn’t have chosen to depart “considering how bad she wanted to be a Bachelorette.”
More details will be revealed Tuesday night when The Bachelorette airs on ABC. (Entertainment Tonight)