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The Point Blog Archives for 2020-02

Sting Says All Six of His Kids Were Accidents

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."


(ABC News)

Dustin Diamond Says "Saved By the Bell" Isn't the Same Without Screech

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. 


Dustin Diamond isn't the only original Saved By The Bell cast member being left out. We recently reported Lisa Turtle was "hurt" that she wasn't included in the revival, saying she believes her bipolar diagnosis is to blame.

Kirk Douglas Left Most of His $61 Million Fortune to Charity

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.

Lisa Turtle Was "Hurt" That She Wasn't Included in the "Saved By the Bell" Revival

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.

The 10 Best Movie Theme Songs from the '80s

Just before EMINEM surprised everyone with his random performance at the Oscars, they showed a montage of how important songs have been to movies . . . and some of the best were from the '80s.


Perhaps inspired by that, has put together a list of the 10 best movie theme songs from the '80s.  Here they are:


1.  Prince"Purple Rain", 1984 . . . from "Purple Rain"


2.  Ray Parker Jr."Ghostbusters", 1984 . . . from "Ghostbusters"


3.  Kenny Loggins"Danger Zone", 1986 . . . from "Top Gun"


4.  Survivor"Eye of the Tiger", 1982 . . . from "Rocky 3"


5.  David Bowie"Underground", 1986 . . . from "Labyrinth"


6.  Harold Faltermeyer"Axel F", 1984 . . . the electronic instrumental theme from "Beverly Hills Cop"


7.  Prince"Batdance", 1989 . . . from "Batman"


8.  Duran Duran"A View to Kill", 1985 . . . from the James Bond movie "A View to Kill"


9.  Limahl"The Neverending Story", 1984 . . . from "The Neverending Story"


10.  Huey Lewis and the News"The Power of Love", 1985 . . . from "Back to the Future"


(It's kind of brutal that they put Huey Lewis and the News BELOW Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters" theme . . . because that theme supposedly rips off the Huey Lewis' song "I Want a New Drug".)

A "CSI" Revival Is in the Works

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 . . .)


15 Interesting Facts About Sunday's Oscars

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, 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.





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