- ABC says New York City is celebrating the start of Hanukkah on Sunday night with a 36 ft menorah. It has been erected on 5th Avenue. A large crowd is expected to gather on Sunday when the first candle is lit
- A new survey by Ipsos reveals that 75% of Americans say people have forgotten the real meaning of Christmas. 21% of people believe in Santa Claus
- Axios says the Nashville International Airport is offering a holiday wrapping service today for free. Volunteers will wrap presents from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The TSA says travelers should not wrap their holiday presents because they need to be checked and X-rayed.
- Deadline Hollywood says Jane Fonda's cancer is in remission. She posted, “Last week I was told by my oncologist that my cancer is in remission and I can discontinue chemo. I am feeling so blessed, so fortunate. I thank all of you who prayed and sent good thoughts my way.''
- KTLA says Trevor Noah is going to host the Grammy Awards on February 5th on CBS
- Brand Eating says Kellogg's is celebrating the release of "Avatar: The Way of Water", with a new cereal called Pandora Flakes. The frosted corn flakes have mini blueberry-flavored moons. The cereal is available nationwide
- WSVN says Uber Eats is using robots to deliver food in Miami. When the robots arrive, customers use their phone and the Uber Eats app to open the robot and retrieve their food. The robots have six wheels and are guided by a GPS unit and sensors. Uber Eats will expand to other cities next year.
Rihanna has had trouble walking in high heels ever since giving birth. She tells the magazine, "It's absurd. Despite the fact that I wore heels the entire time I was pregnant, readjusting to them was challenging. But after giving birth, you realise that something has changed. Nowadays, any activity is a sport. Everything is a sport, including going to the coffee shop, shopping, walking the dog, and running errands."
Entertainment Tonight says unlike Olivia Wilde, Harry Styles, isn't upset about them breaking up. A source tells the TV show, “Harry is doing his own thing and focusing on work and his friends. He isn’t too broken up about their split.”
Jax tells Variety magazine that her father is her biggest supporter. “My dad has always been my number-one fan in everything I do. My dad grew up in a pretty tough family situation. He got out around 15 or 16 years old, and he was on his own. That's when he joined law enforcement, took the first government job he could get to pay the bills. But I think his calling was to be in entertainment. He's so charismatic. He's the star of any party. I think secretly he has fun embracing what I do because he could have done it in another life.”
The Weeknd tells TheStar.com that he wants to share with the less fortunate. “I care about people and will always share what good fortune comes to me. I don't know about others. I just know that I want to help others who need it.”
Post Malone tells Billboard magazine that nothing compares to being a father. “Dude, nothing can prepare you for being a dad. You can do all the research you want, when you're holding that little bundle in your arms for the first time, you don't know what to do. I'm learning as I go. It's the scariest and most epic experience I've ever had."
Rihanna tells IrishMirror.IE that she can't get enough of her baby. “He's the happiest little baby in the whole world. He’s so fun. No matter what you’re doing or what you’re feeling, when he smiles at you, everything else goes away.”
Hollywoodlife.com says Beyonce called Meghan Markle while she was doing her 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey. Megan was asked about the conversation for her new Netflix docu-series. She said, “She said she wants me to feel safe and protected. She admires and respects my bravery and vulnerability and thinks I was selected to break generational curses that need to be healed”
TMZ says Isaiah Lee, the man who attacked Dave Chappelle with a knife at the Hollywood Bowl, has been sentenced to nine months in jail. He took a plea deal and plead no contest to his charges. Lee had a gun-shaped knife with him when he attacked Dave.
The Daily Mail says Tom Cruise (Top Gun: Maverick) has received a Best Actor nomination from the AARP Awards. Other nominees for Best Actor include Brendan Fraser (The Whale), Tom Hanks (A Man Called Otto), Bill Nighy (Living) and Adam Sandler (Hustle). The magazine honors those over 50. The AARP Awards will take place on January 28th in Beverly Hills
Daily Mail photographers recently caught Ben Affleck smoking even though Jennifer Lopez has allegedly asked him to quit. A source tells Radar Online, “Ben has given up a lot of his vices over the years, but he just can’t get rid of the cigarettes. It’s his one guilty pleasure and something Jennifer might have to learn to live with. She absolutely hates Ben's cigarettes."
Hollywoodlife.com claims Pete Davidson is allegedly distraught that super model Emily Ratajkowski is dating other men besides him. A source tells the website, “Pete understands that Emily just got out of a marriage and he doesn’t want to smother her. Pete is slightly bummed when he sees her on a date with another guy because he does like her a lot. But he is not putting all of his eggs in one basket either. They both have very busy lives and Pete’s career is on the up and up. Pete has told Emily that he feels very strongly for her and she knows that he really is into her. He hasn’t been secretive about this to his close friends, or family.”
Avatar star Sam Worthington tells Variety magazine that he was almost cast as James Bond for ''Casino Royale''. The role eventually went to Daniel Craig. Sam, “I could play Bond as a killer, but I couldn’t get the debonair down for the life of me. The suit did not fit.”
Prince Harry says his brother, Prince William, screamed at him during a January 2020 meeting where he asked to be a part-time Royal. The Daily Beast, citing Harry's new Netflix documentary, quotes him as saying, “It became very clear, very quickly that that goal was not up for discussion or debate. It was terrifying to have my brother scream and shout at me and my father say things that just simply weren’t true and my grandmother, you know, quietly sit there and take it all in.”
The Drinks Business website says London's Duke of Sussex Pub is selling a Prince Harry-inspired beer called Harry's Bitter. It only has an alcohol by volume of 3.9%. The beer slights Harry for appearing weak, whiney and bitter in his new Netflix docu-series. One person tweeted, ''Kudos to the Duke of Sussex pub in Chiswick (West London) for this beautifully British riposte to Harry & Meghan's self-pitying Netflix show. Fittingly, with only 3.9% alcohol, "Harry's Bitter" is as weak as its namesake.''
Miley Cyrus tells E! News that she would consider playing Dolly Parton in a biopic someday."Me and Dolly have never really spoken, honestly, about me playing Dolly, because I feel like I'm already doing it! I don't know what they're gonna do to me. I'm sucked, I'm tucked and plucked, just like she taught me."
Cleveland.com says TLC is launching a new dating show called 'MILF Manor'. Eight older women will live in a mansion with eight younger men to see if they can find love. The show is going to premiere on Sunday, January 15th. It is already trending online
Nick Cannon tells ''The Check Up with Dr. David Agus'' that he has parental guilt. "Being a father of multiple kids, it's always the biggest guilt on me is that I don't get to spend enough time with all my children. One 'cause I'm constantly working and two because I'm just spread thin."
Forgetting To Buy Holiday Gifts
A new survey by YouGov reveals that 30% of people have forgotten to buy a holiday present for someone in the past. Other findings:
- 6% of people have forgotten to buy a holiday present for their partner
- 9% of people would consider breaking up with someone if they forgot to buy them a holiday present
- 28% of people say they are last minute holiday shoppers
- top reasons for forgetting to buy a gift ...
too busy 5%
missed delivery date 3%
forgot what their partner wanted 2%
Most Annoying Christmas Songs ... According to a new survey by Ipsos
All I Want For Christmas Is You ... 12 %
Jingle Bells ... 6 %
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer ... 5%
any Mariah Carey songs ... 3%
Santa Baby ... 2%
My birthday is next Friday. My wife is only getting me one gift. She says the gift qualifies as a birthday gift and a Christmas present. I told her that's wrong and I should get separate gifts for each occasion. She says I shouldn't because my birthday and Christmas are so close together. My wife claims one gift can cover both occasions. I wonder if anyone else with a December birthday has the same trouble I do with gifts? Should I receive one gift or two? Can you imagine what would happen if her birthday occurred around Mother's Day and I only got her one gift?