CARL REINER DIES AT AGE 98 – (07/01/2020)
Comedy genius Carl Reiner has died at home in Beverly Hills at age 98. He was born in 1922 to Jewish immigrants, and went on to achieve worldwide acclaim as the creator of The Dick Van Dyke Show and several hit films. In seven decades in the business, he was an actor, writer and director, and a champion of social causes. He rose to fame with Dick Van Dyke, but also playing straight man to Mel Brooks in skits like the 2000 Year Old Man.
Reiner won nine Emmy awards, including five for Dick Van Dyke. Some of his most popular films as director included Oh God, starring George Burns, The Jerk starring Steve Martin and All of Me, starring Martin and Lily Tomlin. In 1998, Brooks and Reiner won a Grammy for The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000 reboot.
He died at home, surrounded by family. His son Rob Reiner, a director and producer himself, shared on social media: “Last night my dad passed away. As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light.”
Later in life, Reiner turned to political action, and seemed to relish roasting President Donald Trump on Twitter. He also continued to appear in films like Ocean’s Eleven and on sitcoms like Two and a Half Men and Hot in Cleveland.
Many on social media urged fans to memorialize Reiner with their vote in November. The Weekly Standard’s founder Bill Kristol wrote: “I’m so sorry to hear of Carl Reiner’s death. What a life! I want to say how proud we are that he was featured, just six weeks ago, in our vote by mail ad. Carl won’t be there to vote safely in November, as he wished–but he’ll be with us in spirit. May his memory be a blessing.”
Josh Gad wrote: “As if 2020 weren’t cruel enough. Goodbye to one of the greatest comedic minds of all time. Thank you for always making us laugh and for always giving us joy. My deepest condolences go out to the entire Reiner family. RIP #CarlReiner.”
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ALESSIA CARA AND SHAWN MENDES WIN BIG AT THE JUNO AWARDS – (07/01/2020)
Alessia Cara and Shawn Mendes were among the big winners at the 2020 Juno Awards. The ceremony was held virtually on Monday due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was originally going to take place on March 15th with Cara as host. Cara won three awards including Album of the Year and Pop Album of the Year for “The Pains of Growing” and Songwriter of the Year. Mendes won Single of the Year for his collaboration with Camila Cabello “Senorita” and Artist of the Year. Avril Lavigne won the Juno Fan Choice Award. Billie Eilish won International Album of the Year for “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?,” Loud Luxury won Group of the Year, Lennon Stella won Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Neon Dreams won Breakthrough Group of the Year, and Tory Lanez won Rap Recording of the Year for “Freaky.”
THE WEEKND DONATES $1 MILLION TO COVID-19 RELIEF: The Weeknd has donated $500,000 to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, as well as $500,000 to Scarborough Health Network, the hospital network in his Ontario hometown. The MusiCares donation will go to help members of the music industry who have lost work due to the coronavirus shutdown. Earlier this month, the singer donated $500,000 to be split between Black Lives Matter Global Network and the Colin Kaepernick Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative, as well as $100,000 to National Bail Out. The Weeknd has been raising money through sales of his “XO”-themed face masks, with 100% of the proceeds going to COVID-19 relief. He’s also matching every dollar raised.
MARK WAHLBERG IS ALLERGIC TO ALMOST EVERYTHING – (07/01/2020)
Mark Wahlberg is incredibly sensitive. The Spenser Confidential star revealed on social media that a recent allergy scratch test showed that he was allergic to “almost everything.” He posted a pic of his back, which was covered in swollen spots.
Several of his pals weighed in with advice and thoughts. “I’m no doctor, but based on the inflammation near the puncture marks it looks like you’re allergic to getting poked by needles,” Chris Pratt joked, while Mario Lopez simply replied, “Same.”
“If you end up being allergic to wine, I call dibs on the cellar!” professional golfer Justin Thomas wrote.
Earlier this week, Wahlberg shared that he was heading back to the gym after taking a COVID-break from F45, a global fitness company he invests in. He pushed the franchise, saying it’s “safe, properly sanitized”.
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