FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2022

TOM HANKS and RITA WILSON were being mobbed by fans, when one of them tripped Rita.  Tom freaked out and yelled, “This is my wife.  Back the [eff] off!”  And everyone backed off.

A juror in the JOHNNY DEPP / AMBER HEARD trial spoke anonymously yesterday about how Amber’s crocodile tears, staring at the jury, and facial expressions weren’t believable.  He also said her story didn’t add up and the majority of the jury saw her as the aggressor.

If it weren’t for breast pump machines, we might not have CHRIS HEMSWORTH as an actor. Chris revealed that his first job was fixing, repairing, and cleaning breast pump machines and milk extractors.  And it inspired him . . . in a roundabout way . . . to pursue acting. Chris said, “I just remember being really bored.  And I used to kind of think about what I wanted to do, which was act, and all the other exciting things I wanted to journey into . . .Boredom is kind of a good space to do some solid thinking, and I did plenty of that.”

The Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics last night to win their fourth NBA title in eight years.  Just two seasons ago, the Warriors had the worst record in the league.  STEPH CURRY was named finals MVP. 

A sealed “Back to the Future” VHS tape sold for $75,000, which was a record.  It belonged to the actor who played Biff and even included a handwritten note from him. 

The makers of “Lightyear” say TIM ALLEN wasn’t replaced by CHRIS EVANS as Buzz because of his politics . . . but because his toy version of Buzz is “dumber” and “goofier”, so they brought in Chris to add, ” that movie-star quality.”

LUKE COMBS and beer, they go together like, “Cold Beer Calling My Name”, “Beer Never Broke My Heart”. His new album, “Growin’ Up”, is out next week, and he says there are no beer songs on it.  There “I’m in this transitional phase where there are days that I’m like, ‘I could crush 100 beers tonight at a bar and play for five hours.’  Other nights, I don’t want to get off the couch.  I want to hang with my wife and get ready to have this kid.” Don’t worry, the album WILL still be 100% Luke, because he knows his fans are counting on him. 

HUNTER HAYES teased a new song on TikTok, but it’s not the actual song.  The video shows a hand pressing numbers on a pay phone and the tones of the digits play the melody.  An operator answers and says, “We’re sorry.  The song you’re trying to listen to is not yet released.  Please try again later.”  Clever. 

In an interview with “Billboard” Brett Eldridge talked about how artists today are expected to promote themselves on social media. It’s a task that’s never-ending so he needed to create boundaries.  “I lock myself out.  I can’t look at my phone until nine o’clock in the morning, and I can’t be on it after 8:30 P.M.  It locks me out. And I only have social media for an hour and a half on all platforms.  So if I want to use those platforms to tell my story, I have to be mindful of how I use it.” He says the discipline is good for his own mental health.

WILLIE NELSON and his son MICAH released a new song called, “Die When I’m High (Halfway to Heaven)”.  The story behind it is pretty cool.  The two were playing chess and dominos one night when Willie blurted out, “If I die when I’m high, I’ll be halfway to heaven.”  It sounded like a song title, so Willie told Micah to write it. Micah says, “So I did.  That night I wrote it for him, about him.  It’s really just a love letter to [my dad].”

Somebody asked PRISCILLA BLOCK what Father’s Day means to her, and she said, “My dad has been my rock star my whole life.  He was the one who brought me to Nashville when I was 15. He was the one driving me to all of my tryouts for every single show.  He’s a hard worker, and that’s where my work ethic comes from is my dad.”

“The Jennifer Hudson Show” will premiere on September 12th . . . which is Jennifer’s 41st birthday.

Rich White Honky Blues – Hank Williams Jr – this is his 57th album. The sound is blues-country, and it was recorded over a 3 day stretch during the pandemic. 

Songs About You – Brett Eldredge

Apple TV has picked up the limited series “Before” starring Billy Crystal

Sylvester Stallone is going to star in his first-ever TV series, “Tulsa King,” which will air on Paramont+

Venus Williams is 42.  Tennis star.

Will Forte is 52.  He IS MacGruber . . . and “The Last Man on Earth”.

Jason Patric is 56 — Jason’s dad was Jason Miller, who played Father Damien in “The Exorcist”.  He’s also the grandson of comedy legend Jackie Gleason.

Dan Jansen is 57 – Olympic Gold Medaling Speed Skater

Erin & Diane Murphy are 58.  Twin sisters who shared the role of Tabitha on “Bewitched”.  They were fraternal twins, not identical ones . . . so, when they started looking less alike, Diane was fired, and Erin got to keep the job.

Greg Kinnear is 59.  “Little Miss Sunshine”, “As Good as It Gets”, and “The Last Song”with Miley Cyrus.

Joe Piscopo is 71

Barry Manilow is 79.  True living legend behind “Copacabana (At the Copa)”, “Mandy”, and “I Write the Songs”.

Newt Gingrich is 79.  Former Speaker of the House . . . from 1995 – 1999.

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