NOVEMBER 7, 2019

There’s a Vietnam War action movie in development called “Finding Jack”. The producer says, “We searched high and low for the perfect character to portray the role and after months of research, we decided on JAMES DEAN.” It’s “Rebel Without a Cause” James Dean, who died in 1955 at the age of 24.He’ll appear via “full body CGI” and archival footage and the movie got permission from his family to use his image. Another actor will provide his voice. Pre-production starts later this month, and they’re aiming for a worldwide release on Veterans Day next year. This is already causing outrage in Hollywood.  CHRIS EVANS and ELIJAH WOOD are among those speaking out against it.

 

Netflix said that they know certain users are sharing passwords, and they’re “monitoring” the situation. They also said they’re looking into “consumer-friendly ways” of preventing you from doing it. But no imminent changes are in the pipeline despite the fact that it’s costing them a FORTUNE. Three years ago, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said, “Password sharing is something you have to learn to live with, because there’s so much legitimate password sharing . . . sharing with your spouse, with your kids . . . so there’s no bright line, and we’re doing fine as is.” And yesterday, Hastings said that subscriber numbers don’t matter as much anymore, because new services can be made available in bundles with other products.

 

Last year, Jimmy Dean really made us look at wrapping paper in a whole new way . . . when they created SAUSAGE-SCENTED wrapping paper. Well . . . if you missed your chance last year, it’s back. Jimmy Dean is doing its “recipe gift exchange” again this year.  You go to their website, pick a recipe to cook, submit a photo and get to choose a prize. The prizes include the sausage-scented wrapping paper – sausage-flavored candy canes – sausage lip balm – and also, non-sausage-infused things like cowboy boot slippers, socks, and an ornament. If you want any of those things, it’s JimmyDeanGiftExchange.com . . . they’re all free, but only until supplies run out. And don’t worry about having to make a really complicated recipe to get your prize . . . one of the options is just sausage and eggs.

 

There’s a Vietnam War action movie in development called “Finding Jack” . . . and you won’t believe who landed one of the lead roles. The producer says, quote, “We searched high and low for the perfect character to portray the role . . . and after months of research, we decided on JAMES DEAN.” Not the porn star James Deen, and not the country singer-slash-purveyor of sausage Jimmy Dean. No, it’s “Rebel Without a Cause” James Dean, who died in 1955 at the age of 24. He’ll appear via “full body CGI” and archival footage . . . and the movie got permission from his family to use his image. Another actor will provide his voice.  Pre-production starts later this month, and they’re aiming for a worldwide release on Veterans Day next year.  This is already causing outrage in Hollywood.  CHRIS EVANS and ELIJAH WOOD are among those speaking out against it.

 

Yesterday we talked about KRIS KRISTOFFERSON NOT being at next week’s CMAs, even though he’s the recipient of this year’s Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. Well, his reason for not attending is because he’s scheduled to play a previously announced show in Davenport, Iowa.

The glittery socks MICHAEL JACKSON wore when he first moonwalked on TV in 1983 are hitting the auction block. It’s estimated they could sell for up to $2 million.

 

JAMES HOLZHAUER made his return to “Jeopardy!” last night in the Tournament of Champions. He WON, but not by as much as he’s used to.  This time he was taking on fellow winners. James finished with $30,635, while the second-place contestant had $10,800.  And while he didn’t destroy the competition, he went into Final Jeopardy not having to bet a dime to win.  And now he’s off to the semifinals. Meanwhile, former “Jeopardy!” champion AVI GUPTA is donating $10,000 to the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute in honor of ALEX TREBEK.  Avi won $100,000 in the Teen Tournament this summer.  Now he’s a freshman at Columbia.

 

DAN RATHER sat down with LITTLE BIG TOWN on his AXS-TV show “The Big Interview” and they talked about band dynamics. He wanted to know if JIMI WESTBROOK and KAREN FAIRCHILD being married causes any “imbalances” in the group. KIMBERLY SCHLAPMAN and PHILLIP SWEET both have outside relationships. As you may know, Jimi and Karen didn’t become a couple until 7 years after the band formed.  As it was happening Jimi said they had to step back and ask themselves if it was the right thing to do. “There’s a lot of layers to that.  It was important for us to NOT make them feel like it was ever a couple against them.  You don’t want that dynamic to change.  The thing we figured out is that we still function in the band like we always have.” Phillip said he saw the sparks fly back then, and actually encouraged it.  “I was happy.  I was like, ‘When happiness is there for you to go get.  You must seize the day.’  I was like, ‘Go get her.  Go get your girl.'”

 

For a decade, he was the handsome, quirky boy next door on the hit sitcom, “Friends.” But now Matthew Perry is making fans wonder what’s happened as photos have emerged of the actor wandering around Los Angeles looking like a hobo. The alarming new images show the 50-year-old staggering out of a restaurant Sunday in a state of disarray and sucking on a cigarette with a mystery woman. They immediately raised questions about whether Perry, who has been candid about his years of substance abuse issues, had again fallen off the wagon. He has a history of stints in rehab in 1997 and 2001. He once even said that he was so far removed from the height of his TV career that he doesn’t remember filming multiple seasons of “Friends.”

 

Dustin Lynch already has a big year planned ahead of him in 2020: He’s set to release his forthcoming 4th album, Tullahoma, on Jan. 17 before embarking on his Stay Country Tour with opener Travis Denning, starting Jan. 30 at Detroit’s The Fillmore. It’s amed after his hometown in Tennessee, his childhood and his Southern roots. “It’s all about me and growing up in my hometown. Every song on this album points to something that happened to me or my close friends and family, and that’s really cool. I’m very proud of where I’m from, and proud of this record because it will hopefully make my hometown a little more famous than it already is.” Feb. 28 — Bensalem, PA @ Parx Casino

“Thursday Night Football” at 8:15 p.m. on Fox. The Oakland Raiders host the Los Angeles Chargers.

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