- Business Insider says Procter & Gamble and General Mills announced price hikes yesterday on goods such as coffee, Coca-Cola, diapers, toilet paper, breakfast cereals, breakfast food and healthcare products. The price hikes are due to supply chain issues
- The Wrap says the ratings for Aaron Rodgers' time on ''Jeopardy'' were huge. They improved 14% from Dr.Oz's final week. Rodgers equaled Katie Couric's ratings of 5.6 million viewers. Over 6 million watched Ken Jennings guest host
- Foodbeast says Disneyland's newest food offering is going viral. They stuffed a hot dog into a giant dill pickle and coated it with Panko The combination is fried, turned into a corndog, and then served with a dollop of peanut butter.
- Footwear News says Adidas' South Park sneaker sold out yesterday within an hour of going on sale. The sneakers have a white rubber sole and a purple towel-like body. The shoes sold for as much as $800.
Chauvin Trial Ends With Guilty Verdict: Derek Chauvin's trial ended yesterday. Chauvin is the former Minneapolis police officer, who kneeled on George Floyd's neck for nine minutes before killing him. The jury found him guilty of killing Floyd. Chauvin faces up to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder, up to 25 years for third-degree murder and up to 10 years for second-degree manslaughter. The NY Post says the other three officers in the case, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao, will go on trial beginning on August 23rd. They are facing 40 years in prison for aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter
Stars React ...
Whoopi Goldberg: 'Guilty Guilty Guilty... No one wins.. George Floyd is still gone.. and finally someone was responsible... Derek Chauvin.'
Oprah Winfrey: 'Relieved - and emotional in ways I didn’t expect,' she said. 'I cried tears of joy as each verdict was read. I'm grateful to the witnesses and their testimonies. Grateful to every Juror for seeing and acknowledging what the world saw on that tape. Thank you God for real!'
Barack Obama: 'Today, a jury did the right thing. But true justice requires much more. Michelle and I send our prayers to the Floyd family, and we stand with all those who are committed to guaranteeing every American the full measure of justice that George and so many others have been denied.'
Mariah Carey: 'Thank you because we need this. Sending love and prayers to the Floyd family. This is a day that will never be forgotten.. Believing something good will come out of this tragedy.. it's a start. Praise the Lord!'
Jamie Foxx: 'I am happy and relieved that the person that did this horrendous thing to you and your family was found guilty. The bitter is that we cannot bring you back… The bitter is all of the lives that were affected by what happened to you… all the tears that have been shed... and hearts broken... But through prayer and faithful people… Today with the announcement of this Verdict gives us some type of hope... hope that we can start righting the wrongs that have been in place for years in this country... rest in power George… And know that your words resonated around the whole world…'
Apple Announces Loads Of New Tech: CNET says Apple unveiled dozens of new products during their "Spring Loaded" event yesterday. The announcements included new iMac computers, a purple iPhone 12, AirTags, and more.
New Apple announcement recap ...
- New AirTag device (a Bluetooth locator to help find missing keys or wallets)
- Apple Card updates (the card can now be shared with family members and includes parental controls)
- Apple Podcasts app redesign (now includes subscriptions, recommendations, and more)
- New iPad Pro (featuring more powerful chip, better camera, 16GB memory, 2TB storage, and 5G connectivity)
- Larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro gets liquid retina XDR display
- New iMac computers in multiple colors (redesigned with new faster chip, Touch ID, and powerful speakers)
- New Purple model for the iPhone 12
- New faster model of Apple TV 4K streaming device (with redesigned Siri remote including mute and power buttons; also allows for HDR with high frame rates)
- Apple TV's "Ted Lasso" starring Jason Sudeikis will return for a second season in July
Olivia Rodrigo tells Glamour magazine that she still feels like an outsider despite her success. “To this day, I still feel like an outsider and I think that's just part of human nature and part of growing up. It's hard to find your footing in the world. "
Billie Eilish tells AmericanSongwriter.com that her father helped expand her musical horizons. “My dad used to make us tapes of all the stuff that he likes and we would listen in the car. It was all over the place. It was The Beatles and Avril Lavigne, a lot of big stuff from when my dad was kind of growing up as well. And also stuff that was current at the time when we were little, but it was all over the place again. It was all sorts of different music, totally different genres and totally different worlds of artists. It was great."
Taylor Swift tells Elle magazine that she is obsessed with counting down the days before big moments. "I make countdowns for things I’m excited about. When I’ve gone through dark, low times, I’ve always found a tiny bit of relief and hope in getting a countdown app and adding things I’m looking forward to. Even if they’re not big holidays or anything, it’s good to look toward the future. Sometimes we can get overwhelmed in the now, and it’s good to get some perspective that life will always go on, to better things."
Closer Weekly Magazine says Adele is secretly dating a childhood friend. A source tells the magazine, “Adele’s smitten and, while she’s keen to keep his identity under wraps, she’s not hidden her newfound happiness from family and friends. The romance came out of the blue while Adele was back home in London last year while lockdown restrictions were eased. Their friendship took an unexpected turn after a boozy night with mutual pals when they both realised they had feelings for each other. Given they already had the foundation of a friendship, things progressed quickly and they’re both so happy.”
Justin Bieber tells GQ magazine that he once lost his passport on purpose."There was one time early in my career that I purposely lost my passport. I was supposed to be on the Today Show, but didn't want to go. So me and my friends hid my passport. I think I did it because I missed my friends and wanted some kind of normalcy. At that time, I was willing to do anything to be normal."
The Globe claims Aaron Rodgers is in the running to replace Alex Trebek as the permanent host of ''Jeopardy.'' A source tells the magazine, “Behind the scenes, Aaron says to pretty much anybody who will listen that he really wants the permanent job, When it comes to having a famous name, and one associated with sportsmanship, Aaron has the edge and his team is campaigning hard to get the job on a permanent basis!”
The Wrap says the ratings for Aaron Rodgers' time on ''Jeopardy'' were huge. They improved 14% from Dr.Oz's final week. Rodgers equaled Katie Couric's ratings of 5.6 million viewers. Over 6 million watched Ken Jennings guest host
New Idea magazine claims Angelina Jolie is allegedly dating a DJ named Diplo. A source tells the magazine, “The kids think Diplo is God, so there’s no doubt they’ll approve — especially seeing their rigid mum loosen up a bit. It’s all been heartbreak and divorce and lockdowns for so long. No-one’s surprised at all to see her out partying. Everyone forgets she was a total Hollywood tearaway in her youth and partied with the best of them.” The inside source even went on to claim that Jolie isn’t scared of Diplo’s complicated history, assuring the tabloid that his “arrests and old restraining orders won’t worry her.”
Radar Online claims Prince Charles and Prince William ambushed Prince Harry for a talk following Prince Phillip's funeral. A source tells the website, “The meeting after the family laid Prince Philip to rest was not scheduled. Harry felt ambushed by his dad and brother which is no way to start a peace process. Harry has a long list of grievances and demands and isn’t willing to negotiate or talk about the future without Meghan being part of the process. Harry and Meghan think they are coming to the table in a position of power and they have nothing else to lose. Everything, from titles to money to security has already been taken away. If the family is serious about making peace they could start by returning everything they removed.”
Jennifer Love Hewitt tells Ace Showbiz that she broke blood vessels in her face while filming a labor scene for her TV show ''9-1-1''. "With both of my children, I labored for a long time, but I pushed only twice, so I got very lucky to only push a couple of times, so I never pushed for like nine hours straight, so it was a lot, I had a very bad migraine, I broke a lot of blood vessels in my face."
Entertainment Tonight says Tiger King star Joe Exotic is accepting Carol Baskin's offer to help him reduce his prison sentence. He tells the TV show, “It is time for Carole and Howard to put up or shut the hell up because I’m accepting their offer And I’m gonna take it one step further than that, OK? It is time to get on the phone to President Biden or whoever they need to that they’ve got in their little financial pocket and say, ‘Hey, Joe is willing to support a big cat bill to help protect cats in America from being exploited. But we need to keep our end of the deal and get Joe a pardon because this wasn’t really about murder for hire or shooting five tigers — this was about exploiting Joe to support Carole’s agenda.’ So, there’s the offer on the table, all right?”
Dancing with the Stars mainstay Cheryl Burke apologized to her former partner, Ian Ziering, for trashing him during an interview. She told the Pretty Messed Up Podcast, “The one thing I truly regret and want to make amends with is Ian Ziering. I was completely out of line a few years ago, and I did a podcast where they were asking me who my favourite partner was and who did I hate the most. And I answered Ian Ziering, and I said something along the lines of ‘I’d rather slit my wrists than dance with Ian Ziering again'. I truly am so sorry for being so inconsiderate and just talking trying to get a reaction and putting him as my punching bag really… I took it to that next level of nastiness,” Burke continued. “I was so nasty. And I’m here to publicly apologize to Ian and his family… I lost a lot of respect for myself. It haunts me till this day.”
Batista tells We Got This Covered that he demanded Warner Brothers cast him as Bane in a Batman movie. ''I’ve made no secret about this. I want to play Bane so bad I went to Warner Bros., had an appointment with them, had an appointment with DC, walked in the door and said, ‘I want to play Bane’. I’m not kidding. They were a little like, ‘Woah, we’re not even casting Bane’. I was like, ‘I don’t care, I’m playing him’.”
TMZ says a Pacific Palisades, California woman, named Maxine Adams, is suing Seinfeld star Michael Richards, aka Kramer. She claims he cut down her 30 year-old Brazilian pepper trees because he wanted a better ocean view. Maxine also says having a clear view will increase the value of Michael's home. She is seeking over $250,000.
The Daily Record says Glasgow Clyde College, in Scotland, is offering courses on Star Trek and Batman.
The description for ''Villains of the Batman'' reads ... ''That’s right! This course is all about the criminals! Such named foes as: Joker, Riddler, Penguin, Two-Face, Cat-woman, Poison Ivy, Clay Face, Ra's Al Ghul, Deathstroke, Black Mask, Bane, Condiment King, Harley Quinn, Court of Owls, Killer Moth, Killer Croc, Man-Bat, FireFly, Talon, Calendar man and the Clock King! Whether you are a hard-core fan of such characters in comics, movies, cartoons, games or if you have a keen interest to learn more. We’ll cover origin stories and how these characters have developed over the years. Learners will have the chance to ask questions in a safe, welcoming environment.''
The course description for ''Star Trek: The Evolution'' reads .... ''This course is aimed at Star Trek fans. Whether you are a hard core “Trekkie” or someone who just likes to watch the show or movies, this course is for fans or anyone who wants to learn all about Star Trek from beginning to end. Discover how today's technology has developed and has been inspired by this Sci-Fi. Delve into and learn Klingon (which although fictional is recognized as a language). Learn about the different Star Trek series, from the original William Shatner Star Trek, through Next Generation, Voyager and all the way to Star Trek Discovery and Picard.''
Snobbiest States ... According to a new survey by Zippo based on percent of population with a bachelor’s degree, number of Ivy League colleges and gallons of wine consumed yearly
4 New York
5 New Hampshire
6 Rhode Island