- NBC says singer Irene Cara has died at the age of 63 from unknown causes. She is famous for singing the songs ''Flashdance ... What a Feeling'' and ''Fame''. Flashdance star Jennifer Beals posted, 'Thank you brilliant Irene for your open heart and your fearless triple threat talent. It took a beautiful dreamer to write and perform the soundtracks for those who dare to dream.'
- The Wrap says 22.3 million people watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC. That's up from 21.7 million last year. The parade was the most viewed program of 2022
- Axios says 3,000 flights were delayed over the holiday weekend due to a storm in the Northwest and midsection of the country.
- Newsweek magazine says Americans tossed $450 million worth of Thanksgiving food. That equates to over 3 million pounds worth of holiday food.
- Raw Story says 50% of Twitter's advertisers have allegedly stopped spending money with the social media service because Elon Musk allows toxic content on it. Many other advertisers have cut their spending due to inflation
- Yahoo News says Jay Leno recently returned to the Grossman Burn Center in Los Angeles where he gave cookies to the medical staffers who saved his life. All of the nurses in the Burn Unit received baked goods.
- Giant Freakin Robot says Chris Evans' Captain America shield is going to be auctioned off. It has a starting bid of $50,000.
- Hypebeast says Pepsi is celebrating the holidays with a new flavor called Nutmeg Royale.
- A new study by the Society of Automotive Engineers reveals that 25% of people fail to use their turn signal on a consistent basis. 48% of people consistently fail to signal a lane change.
- U.S. Campaign says Hidden Valley Ranch's version of Elf on the Shelf, Ranch on the Branch, sold out in 10 hours. The plush doll is now being resold on eBay for hundreds of dollars. It resembles a bottle of Hidden Valley ranch dressing.
- Giant Freakin Robot says Keanu Reeves is allegedly in talks to play a villain in ''Face/Off 2''. Producers are talking to Nicolas Cage about doing a sequel to his action movie.
- The Herald Sun newspaper says a new donut chain is opening in Russia because Krispy Kreme left due to Vladimir Putin's war with the Ukraine. The new donut shops are called Krunchy Dream instead of Krispy Kreme.
Hooray for Hollywood: Here are this past weekend's box office results.
(NOTE: five-day holiday weekend numbers ... Wednesday through Sunday ... in parentheses .. reg weekend numbers before that)
1. ”Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” $45.9 million ($64 million).
2. “Strange World,” $11.9 million ($18.6 million).
3. “Devotion,” $6 million ($9 million).
4. “The Menu,” $5.2 million ($7.4 million).
5. “Black Adam,” $3.4 million.
Black Friday Shopping Results: Business Insider says consumers set a new record when they spent $9 billion online during Black Friday. Many malls were empty on Friday as consumers stayed home and shopped from their couches. Apple Watches, Apple AirPods, smart speakers, smart televisions and digital cameras were the most purchased gifts.
Shoppers spent $5.3 billion online on Thanksgiving Day and $4.52 billion on Small Business Saturday.
Holiday Movies Good For Your Health: Fortune Magazine says watching holiday movies is good for your health. Therapist Courtney Cope tells Better Help. “Holiday movies make us happy for the same reason that watching any favorite movie makes us happy—the ritual, routine and familiarity of it. We typically watch the same Christmas movies every year and that gives a sense of order and calm to an often unpredictable world. When it comes to those cheesy holiday movies we love to watch, we know they are always going to work out in the most positive way and have a happy ending. It’s a nice vacation from reality for our brains where we can suspend belief and imagine a world where the good guy always wins, families always resolve their differences, the main character always finds true love and there’s always enough money for the most magical and extravagant dream christmas gift or trip for the whole family!''
Cope adds; ''Because of all of these positive things going on when we watch Christmas movies, our brains release dopamine, which is associated with pleasure and reward in our brains, while watching these films. These movies are giving us what we want: easy solutions to some of life’s most challenging problems in an expedited timeline—something that can be completely unrealistic in real life. But we don’t care how cheesy they are, the dopamine is doing the hard work to make us feel like we are having a great time. We are feeling pleasure and the reward center of our brain is being lit up and that is good enough to keep us entertained and engaged as audience members.”
The NY Post says Dua Lipa obtained Albanian citizenship yesterday when Albanian president Bajram Begaj bestowed an award and papers upon her. Dua Lipa Instagrammed; “Thank you President Bajram Begaj and Mayor @erionveliaj for this honour ~ got my Albanian citizenship!!''
Kim Petras tells I-D.Vice.com that music has helped her figure out who she is. “Music has helped me find myself. Every song was another try at figuring myself out. I kept singing until I figured out who I was.”
Bebe Rexha tells Billboard magazine that music is the great uniter of the people.“Music is supposed to bring everyone together. To join together people who have never met before and never meet again. To make them feel togetherness, camaraderie. And to take that feeling home and spread it to other people.”
Taylor Swift tells CheatSheet.com that her tryout for 'Les Misérables' was a nightmare. “When I got there they put me in full 19th Century street urchin costume and told me they were going to paint my teeth brown and I was like, ‘You are going to do that after I meet Eddie Redmayne right?' But no, they made me look like death and it became a nightmare. When I met Eddie, I didn’t open my mouth to speak!”
Elton John tells E! News that he will support his sons if they want to become singers. "They are still so young, so not entirely sure [what they want to do]. But of course, whatever their dreams and ambitions are, my husband David and I will fully support them."
The NY Post says Imagine Dragons star Dan Reynolds was recently spotted on a date in Los Angeles with Minka Kelly. The two were seen getting into a car together and spent more than five hours at a restaurant. Reynolds is separated from his wife while Kelly has dated Derek Jeter and Trevor Noah
Perez Hilton says Shawn Mendes has allegedly been spending time with his 50 year old chiropractor, Dr. Jocelyn Miranda. Shawn is 24 and has been seen lunching with his physician in Los Angeles.
Hiphopdx says Drake recently gifted DJ Khaled with four high-tech toilets that have a UV cleaning system, a remote control, a bidet and a built-in air deodorizer. The toilets cost $2,346 each. DJ Khaled posted, “My brother Drake just bought me and my family about four big toilet bowls,” Khaled said. “This is called a Toto toilet bowl. I’m not even joking Drake: we been wanting this. Me and my queen been talking about getting Totos for the whole house.”
Beyonce tells Harper's Bazaar magazine that she has no problem getting older. "I have no interest in searching backwards. The past is the past. I feel many aspects of that younger, less evolved Beyoncé could never [hang] with the woman I am today."
In Case You Missed It, Here Is Music News From Black Friday
Elton John tells Pop Sugar magazine that he will always remember his favorite stage costume."Oh, I think I'll always adore the giant feather suit from 'The Muppets'. I mean, it's completely impractical, and I remember always getting feathers in my mouth when I sang, but it has endured as a look, and I don't think many people have topped it or tried to emulate it."
Radar Online says Justin Bieber's wife, Hailey, doesn't want him to rush back to his tour. A source tells the website, "Hailey's been through so much with Justin, and she knows how fragile he is right now. She doesn't want to see him rush back to performing when he's not truly ready and wind up crashing and burning. Not only does she love him to bits, but she also knows she'll be the one left to pick up the pieces if he goes too fast. Justin can't wait to get back on stage and still thinks he's bulletproof despite everything he's been through. Hailey knows better and is fighting with him to cool his jets."
Justin postponed his tour to focus on his mental health
OneRepublic star Ryan Tedder tells HollywoodReporter.com that he once heard three of his songs back-to-back-to-back at a mall. “I was at a mall in Los Angeles and heard a OneRepublic song come on. Right after it was a song I wrote for another artist. Then ANOTHER OneRepublic song came on! I was like "Do they know I'm here? Are they trying to impress me by playing my songs?""
Harry Styles tells The Daily Mail that he's trying to slow down and focus more on his personal life. “I've come to realize I've been missing a lot, birthdays, anniversaries, things like that. This working is not everything about who I am, it’s something I do. And I don’t want to be defined as a person necessarily by what I do all the time. I want to be able to put that down.”
TMZ says Jay Leno hit a police car last night as he was pulling up to the Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, California. He and his wife were okay. Jay's Tesla and the police car suffered body damage. Jay was at the club to perform.
Cher has fallen in love with her 36 year old boyfriend Alexander Edwards. Female First says she posted, : “I (love) HIM BECAUSE HE WASNT AFRAID. HES KIND,HILARIOUS, SMART,TALENTED, BEAUTIFUL. WE TALK AND LAUGH. WE R PERFECTLY MATCHED. DO I WISH I WAS YOUNGER, YAH, I’M NOT BOO F*N HOO... He’s 36 and In End He Came after me, Till we met in the middle. He’s Consistent one, I’m The Skittish one. We love each other.”
Mediaite claims Mariah Carey allegedly used a teleprompter when singing ''All I Want for Christmas'' at this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. NBC's cameras showed Mariah's children and her dancers, but not the teleprompter. Tik-Tok star Sydney Barinas Mohr posted a video of the teleprompter.
Mariah Carey tells W magazine that she plans to have live reindeer at her home on Christmas morning. "I create my own Christmas moment. I mean, Santa Claus visits us. He comes with his reindeer. I am not exaggerating—this is the truth. By the way, before my kids were born, I did all the same types of things. That's just how it is with me and Santa and the reindeer. I know a lot of the time people are like, 'Oh, yay! Look at her! She's, like, so festive and such a Christmas girl,' or whatever. But, really, Christmas makes me happy. People think I had this princess-style life or whatever, a kind of fairy-tale existence where I just emerged, like, 'Here I am!' And that is not what it is."
Gossip Ireland says Kim Kardashian is under fire for spending Thanksgiving with Khloe's ex, Tristan Thompson.They had a Friendsgiving dinner with inmates at a local Los Angeles jail. Kim and Tristan also took selfies together.
The Internet reacts ...
“Why are u doing this with Tristan after what he did to ur sister?''
“Kim what we aren’t going to do is make Tristan the enemy and then try to give him his redemption arc . Blur his face out lol.”
“What are you doing hanging out with Tristan
Decider magazine says the new Magic Mike movie ends with a 30 minute dance routine where all of the male dancers are oiled up. Director Steven Soderbergh is quoted by the website as saying, “We wanted to blow the dancing up in a big way. We have this dance number with Channing [Tatum] and Salma [Hayek] right up front. And then the last 30-plus minutes of the movie are just this giant dance sequence.”
Weird Al Yankovic tells The Hollywood Reporter that Warner Brothers nixed his plan to do a Harry Potter parody. "Whenever it was, about a decade or two ago, I approached the movie company just to get a general blessing like, 'Hey, I'd like to do a Harry Potter parody.' And I think they said no, or they never responded or whatever. But sometimes when you're dealing with franchises, and you ask permission, you know, there's so many people that can say no, and they usually do. If I'm doing a franchise, it's usually better just to do it and ask for forgiveness rather than permission."
The NY Post says Rob Gronkowski and his brother recently went to a Sprouts supermarket were they played baseball in the produce aisle. Gronk used a loaf of bread as a bat before attempting to hit marshmallows like baseballs.
The NY Post says Nicole Kidman attended a Broadway performance of Hugh Jackman's show, ''The Music Man'', on Saturday. She bid $100,000 on a signed hat from Hugh. He wrote; “The generosity and love emanating from Nicole leaves me speechless. Thank you Nic for your friendship and support!”
Cinemablend says Jennifer Aniston has purchased Oprah Winfrey's Montecito, California home.She paid $14.8 million. Jennifer's new neighbors include Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Ariana Grande, Rob Lowe and Tyler Perry. The house has four bedrooms, a powder room and large oak trees
What States Put Up Their Christmas Decorations First ... According to a new survey by the online art gallery Singulart
The five states to put their Christmas decorations up first were:
South Dakota – November 17
Alaska – November 19
Arkansas – November 23
Nebraska – November 23
Tennessee – November 23
The five states to put their decorations up last were:
Hawaii – December 6
Delaware – December 5
Iowa – December 4
Montana – December 3
Rhode Island – December 3
States With The Fastest Talkers... According to a new study by Preply based on YouTube videos and call recordings
5 North Dakota
7 New Hampshire
8 South Dakota
States With The Slowest Talkers... According to a new study by Preply based on YouTube videos and call recordings 1 Louisiana
2 South Carolina
6 New Mexico
8 North Carolina
Top Christmas Carols... ... According to a new survey by Spam
“Jingle Bells” (31%)
“White Christmas” (29%)
“We Wish You A Merry Christmas” (27%)
My entire family is mad at me because of a sign I posted on my guest bathroom. I'm a grandfather with four daughters and 11 grandchildren. My wife and I hosted everyone at our house on Thanksgiving. The sign on my bathroom door read; ''#1 ok. #2 go down the street to the gas station.'' My house my rules! My family says I should expect things like this when I invite everyone over for a holiday dinner. Again. My house my rules. Was I wrong for posting the sign?