A 10-year-old girl in Connecticut is making it her mission to lift the spirits of kids stuck in foster care or homeless shelters during the coronavirus crisis.
CNN reports that Chelsea Phaire has sent out more than 1,500 art kits that include markers, crayons, paper, coloring books, colored pencils, and gel pens as part of Chelsea's Charity, which she co-founded with her parents.
"Since she was 7, she was begging me and her dad to start a charity," mom Candace tells CNN. "Every couple of months, she would ask, 'Are we starting Chelsea's Charity yet?'
When she was turning 10, she asked us again, and we decided it was time to go for it." They finally launched the organization last August, when Chelsea asked for donated art supplies instead of birthday presents.
While they sent out about 1,000 kits in the group's first five months, they've now sent out another 1,500 just since the pandemic began. "I feel good inside knowing how happy they are when they get their art kits," Chelsea says. "I have definitely grown as a person because of this."
Eddie Murphy unveiled a new character to honor the late Little Richard during Sunday's Feeding America Comedy Fundraiser, USA Today reports.
In a sketch dedicated to Little Richard, Murphy portrayed the fast talking Murray Murray, the greatest soul legend you've never heard of.
"I coined the phrase 'I have a dream' before Martin Luther King. That was actually going to be the name of my album, 'I Have a Dream,'" said Murray Murray. "He liked the way that flowed, with a good hook. He took that and run with it."
The benefit, co-produced by Funny or Die, was hosted by Kenan Thompson, Billy Crystal, Tiffany Haddish, and Byron Allen and featured Stephen Colbert, Whoopi Goldberg, Tina Fey, Kevin Hart, Andrew Dice Clay, and Wanda Sykes--who offered up some funny wisdom about parenting during a pandemic. "Kids, you're only cute on the Zoom call the first time you run into the room," Sykes said. "Every other time after that, we hate you."
Paul McCartney’s handwritten lyrics to The Beatles’ classic song “Hey Jude” sold for $910,000 on Friday through Julien’s Auctions.
Reuters notes that the winning bid was nine times higher than the original estimate. "It’s obviously a very iconic song that everyone’s familiar with,” Julien’s Auctions music specialist Jason Watkins says about McCartney's scribbled lyrics from 1968. “These handwritten lyrics were used in the studio as a guide when they were recording it.”
Also sold at the auction for $200,000 was a vintage bass drumhead with The Beatles’ logo on it that the band used during their first North American tour in 1964. More than 250 items of Beatles memorabilia were offered up in total at the online auction, which marked the 50th anniversary of the band’s breakup.
Marianne Faithfull, the singer and actress who dated Mick Jagger during London's swinging '60s, is hospitalized and reportedly "barely able to speak" after getting infected with coronavirus.
Page Six notes that friends are particularly concerned about the 73-year-old's prospects because she's already survived bouts with hepatitis C and breast cancer.
Meanwhile, Duran Duran bassist John Taylor said Sunday that he's "feeling okay" after being diagnosed with COVID-19 three weeks ago. The 59-year-old compared the illness to a "turbo-charged flu," adding, "I am speaking out to answer to the enormous amount of fear being generated by the pandemic, some of it entirely justified, and my heart goes out to everyone who has had to deal with real loss and pain. But I want to let you know that it isn’t always a killer, and we can and will beat this thing.”
On Sunday, Queen Elizabeth gave a rare television address to her country about the coronavirus outbreak, according to The New York Times.
“I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time,” the Queen said. “A disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all.”
The queen thanked both healthcare workers and those staying at home. “I hope in the years to come, everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge,” the Queen said, “and those who come after us will say that the Britons of this generation were as strong as any. That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humored resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterize this country.” Her remarks were recorded at Windsor Castle.
Her son, Prince Charles, and the prime minister, Boris Johnson, both tested positive for the coronavirus. As of Sunday night, more than 40,000 Britons had as well.
During these trying times, Jon Bon Jovi wants fans to try their hands at songwriting. This past weekend, the rocker asked fans in a YouTube video to contribute lyrics to a song he's working on about the coronavirus pandemic titled "Do What You Can."
"I did what I do best, which is to sit down with my guitar and try to put something to words, for you, maybe to brighten up your day.
Here's my idea: We're gonna write this one together," Bon Jovi said. "I'm gonna give you the chorus; I'm gonna give you the first verse. I'm gonna play the second verse, but you tell me your story.
Tell me what you're going through. Tell me how you're feeling."
He then played the start of the song, which opens with the words, "Tonight they're shutting down the borders and they boarded up the schools / Small towns are rolling up their sidewalks, one last paycheck coming through."
Fans can submit their lyrics in the video's comments, or use the hashtag "#DoWhatYouCan."
On Tuesday, HBO Max announced that among its inaugural streaming offerings in May will be an eight-part docuseries about Mark Wahlberg's life titled Wahl Street.
UPI reports that the show, which stars the rapper-turned-actor, will focus "on how Wahlberg juggles his film career with other business ventures, such as his production companies, clothing and sports nutrition lines, and car dealership."
In a press release, an HBO exec said, "Mark's entrepreneurial spirit is fun to watch and we hope to show both the struggle and triumphs of what it takes to succeed."
On Monday, the popular game shows Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune said they would begin taping without studio audiences in response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
A person close to the shows says that the move is "being taken out of an abundance of caution." The shows are taped months in advance at a studio in Culver City, California, so it'll be a while before the unattended shows air.
Last week, CBS announced that it was suspending production on The Amazing Race in response to the potentially deadly virus.
In Hillary, the new Hulu docuseries about his wife's life and career, Bill Clinton says he feels "terrible" that his affair with Monica Lewinsky made it difficult for the former White House intern to "get a normal life back." He says he entered into the affair as a means of coping with life's "pressure and disappointments and terrors" and says he used extramarital sex to "manage [his] anxieties for years." All in all, he says what he did was "awful" and insists, "I am a totally different person than I was."
Is this psuedo-apology coming 15-20 years too late?
Apparently, tantric sex has one major drawback . . . UNWANTED PREGNANCY. STING has six kids with two women . . . and not a single one of them was planned.
He says, quote, "I never intended to be a dad but became a dad by accident six times . . . yet they were the happiest accidents of my life because they're remarkable human beings.
"I didn't intend to be the patriarch of a tribe, but I am."
As much as Sting loves his kids, they can't necessarily count on his $400 million fortune. He says, quote, "I haven't promised my kids anything. I'll obviously help them if they're in trouble, but they're not waiting for a handout.
"I wouldn't want to rob them of that adventure in life: to make your own living. It's a wonderful and difficult thing to do."
DUSTIN DIAMOND is NOT a part of the "Saved By the Bell" revival, and in an interview he admits he's bummed about that, and says that "Saved By the Bell" isn't "Saved By the Bell" without Screech.
He points out that Screech was in more episodes than any other character, and he thinks that if you're going to reboot it, you should "bring back all the staples."
Obviously, Dustin's life and relationships with the other cast members have been turbulent over the years, which is probably why he wasn't invited back. But from how he's talking in the interview, he seems to be doing better.
KIRK DOUGLAS was worth $61 million when he died earlier this month, and $50 million of that is going into the Douglas Foundation, with the purpose of, quote, "[helping] those who cannot otherwise help themselves."
Beneficiaries will include a scholarship for minority and underprivileged students at St. Lawrence University, and the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.
There's no word where the other $11 million is going, but obviously Michael doesn't need it. Kirk is also survived by his wife Anne and two other sons, Joel and Peter.
LARK VOORHIES is on "The Dr. Oz Show" today, and in a preview released online, she admits that she's upset she wasn't asked to be a part of the "Saved By the Bell" revival.
She said, quote, "I have to admit I did feel a bit slighted and hurt when I was not invited to be part of the 'Saved by the Bell' reunion, as well as other cast members events . . .
"I also realized that having [bipolar] disorder may have played a major part in that factual decision. With that in mind, I am truly thankful for having had the chance to work on a show that has been so successful."
Dustin Diamond, a.k.a. Screech, has also been absent from any cast reunions . . . and he's not expected to be on the show either. Of course, he's also had his own struggles . . . and he hasn't been on great terms with the rest of the cast.
"I have to admit I did feel a bit slighted and hurt."
"Saved by the Bell" star Lark Voorhies joins me Wednesday to discuss her mental health, as well as her feelings about not being included in an upcoming reboot of the show. pic.twitter.com/mLYQ4aRpoF
From 2000 to 2015, there were around 800 episodes of "CSI" . . . across 36 seasons of four separate shows: "CSI: Miami", "CSI: New York", "CSI: Cyber", and of course the flagship, vanilla "CSI".
That's a LOT of material to mine from crime scene investigators, who don't actually do most of what the characters on the show did . . . and don't have most of the fake-science the characters on the show used.
Nevertheless, it's been five years . . . so Hollywood is looking to revive the series.
The "Hollywood Reporter"says CBS is in talks with the show's creative team to bring it back as a new, limited series.
Sources say it will be set in Las Vegas like the original, and they're trying to reunite some of the original cast, including William Petersen, a.k.a. Gil Grissom.
(In fact, it's so early that it's unclear how word got out. Perhaps some industry sleuths got their hands on some security camera footage from the building across from CBS . . .)
The Academy Awards are THIS Sunday, and so we ventured out into the Internet to compile a list of interesting facts about this year's show, and the Oscars in general.
Don't worry . . . we know that you haven't actually SEEN most of the movies nominated, so these are things that are interesting even if you haven't watched "Jojo Rabbit", "Parasite", and "Little Women" yet.
1. If Sam Mendes wins Best Director for "1917", it'll be the biggest gap between two directing wins in Oscar history. He first won in 2000 for "American Beauty".
Billy Wilder has the current record, with a 15-year gap. He won Best Director awards for "The Lost Weekend" in 1945 and "The Apartment" in 1960.
2. There's a competing COUPLE in the Best Picture category. Directors Greta Gerwig ("Little Women") and Noah Baumbach ("Marriage Story"), have been dating since 2011, and now, their movies are competing for Best Picture.
Noah is also up for Best Director . . . but Greta isn't, because the Academy apparently has a tradition of not nominating women in that category. The movies ARE competing in a few other categories though: Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original Score.
Coincidentally, both of the movies star Laura Dern, who's nominated for Best Supporting Actress . . . for "Marriage Story", not "Little Women".
3. "Toy Story 4" could become just the second sequel to win the Oscar for Best Animated Movie. The only other sequel to do it? "Toy Story 3".
4: The only franchise to win Best Picture twice was "The Godfather". The first movie won in 1972 and "The Godfather: Part 2" won in 1974. "The Godfather: Part 3" was also nominated in 1990, but it lost to "Dances with Wolves".
Although in retrospect, a lot of people think "Goodfellas" should've won that year.
5. This might come as a surprise: The average age of the Best Supporting Actor nominees is . . . 71. Brad Pitt is the youngest at 56, and there's also Tom Hanks at 63, Joe Pesci who's 76, Al Pacino who's 79, and Anthony Hopkins who's 82.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the actresses aren't so old, but they aren't all kids either. The average age of the Best Supporting Actress nominees is . . . 42. Kathy Bates is the oldest at 71, and there's also Laura Dern at 52, Scarlett Johansson who's 35, Florence Pugh who's 24, and Margot Robbie who's 29.
6. "Ford v Ferrari" is the first car racing film to get a Best Picture nomination. A surprisingly large number of racing films have missed out in the past . . . including "Rush", "Grand Prix", and "Days of Thunder".
7. Songwriter Diane Warren's nod in Best Original Song (for "I'm Standing with You" from "Breakthrough") is her 11th Oscar nomination.
She's never actually won. In fact, she's now the most Oscar-nominated woman without a win in history.
8. Renée Zellweger is nominated for Best Actress for "Judy" . . . but Judy Garland never won an Oscar. She was expected to though.
Judy was the favorite to win for "A Star is Born" in 1954, and there were even cameras set up around her hospital bed to capture her speech. She was okay . . . she'd just given birth.
But instead, Grace Kelly won for "The Country Girl" in one of the biggest upsets in Oscar history.
9. According to WalletHub.com, the cost of the Oscars ceremony is: $44 million. And $24,700 of that is the cost of the red carpet, which is 16,500 square feet. Each Oscar statuette is 24-karat gold-plated, and costs about $400.
10. The absurd Oscar GOODIE BAGS that are handed out every year aren't actually given in person. There are so many items that they're delivered in multiple suitcases to nominees the week before the ceremony.
All 25 nominees in the acting and directing categories typically get the swag, but there's one fewer this year, because Scarlett Johansson is nominated in BOTH leading and supporting actress categories, for "Marriage Story" and "Jojo Rabbit", respectively. She will only receive one bag.
11. While "1917" is edited to look like one long, single take, the longest take they actually filmed was nine minutes long.
12. Only one person actually named Oscar has ever won an Oscar. Oscar Hammerstein the Second . . . of Rodgers and Hammerstein fame . . . won two Oscars for Best Original Song: "The Last Time I Saw Paris" from "Lady Be Good" and "It Might As Well Be Spring" from "State Fair".
13. No one is 100% sure why they're called Oscars. Technically, the trophies are called an Academy Award of Merit.
Bette Davis claimed she nicknamed the award after her first husband Harmon Oscar Nelson . . . but others say it happened before that in 1931, when an Academy executive secretary named Margaret Herrick saw the award and said it looked like her "Uncle Oscar".
Regardless, the nickname was officially adopted in 1939.
14. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences votes on the awards, and there are around 8,000 members. The names of Academy members are a closely guarded secret but they're all film industry professionals . . .
And anyone who's either won or been nominated for an Oscar gets instant admission. Of course, each person's vote only counts once . . . so Meryl Streep doesn't get her vote multiplied by 471. (???)
For what it's worth, a 2014 survey conducted by the "Los Angeles Times", found that 76% of voters were men, 94% of them were white, and they were, on average, 63 years old. The Academy has tried to diversify since then.
15. Kirk Douglas may have only died a couple of days ago, but he WILL be included in the Oscars' "In Memoriam" segment.