Johnny Depp Disappears Again - Into a Role!
Johnny Depp could well be the best actor of our day.
No matter what role he tackles, he dives in all the way - so much so, he's frequently unrecognizable.
Black Mass is the latest case in point.
In it, he plays Whitey Bulger, one of the most notorious gangsters in Massachusetts history.
And he pretty much disappears into the role.
Check out the clip. See if you can figure out which one is him...
Ten years ago this week, YouTube was founded.
Hard to imagine a point in our history without it, but there you are.
The first video ever was a 19-second opus called "Me at the Zoo," posted by one of the company's founders.
In it, we learn that elephants have really long trunks.
The video has been viewed over 22.5 million times.
I wonder how many of those were high school kids writing term papers about elephants...
Rest Well, Jayne Meadows
Jayne Meadows, a star of stage, screen and television, passed away yesterday at the age of 95.
She was perhaps best-known for her personal-life role as wife to Steve Allen, the first host of The Tonight Show.
Here's a fun clip from 1954 when Jayne appeared as the mystery guest on TV's What's My Line?, a show on which her husband was a panelist.
"Which One of You is Michael Palin?"
Over the weekend, the Tribeca Film Festival celebrated the 40th anniversary of Monty Python & the Holy Grail.
It was followed by a question-and-answer session hosted by HBO's John Oliver, but the Q&A didn't exactly go as planned.
Someone in the audience actually asked, "Which one of you is Michael Palin?"
Sadly, that person probably thought the legendary Python performer was related somehow to Sarah Palin.
I guess it's good that no one asked, "Which one of you is Monty Python?"
Know what I mean? Say no more, say no more...
Comedian in Chief
At Saturday's White House Correspondents Dinner, SNL's Cecily Strong had some strong competition.
From the current resident of the White House himself, President Obama.
Check out this bit where he invited Luther, his anger translator, to interpret the president's inner voice.
It's a bit seen often on Comedy Central's Key & Peele, but this time, the president was played by the real deal.
And it's real funny.
A Wild Reunion
This is an amazing video.
The Aspinall Foundation helps introduce gorillas born in captivity into the wilds of West Africa.
This video captures the moments when Damian Aspinall and his daughter Tansy rediscovered two gorillas she hadn't seen in about a dozen years since they were brought back to the Gabon Forest.
Truly amazing to watch the interaction between the primates and their human friend.
Chris Pratt Crushed by a Noahsaurus
Chris Pratt visited the Ellen show this week and agreed to play a game of "Dino Right, Dino Wrong" against Ellen's little buddy, Noah Ritter.
It was a trivia game about dinosaurs, and given that Chris just wrapped up Jurassic World, you'd expect him to have the edge.
This kid Noah is good. Check out the competition.
How Do You Write "Uh Oh" in Arabic?
On Tuesday, Lindsay Lohan posted an inspirational message to Instagram.
On the bottom line, it read "You're beautiful." Above it were some Arabic characters, which everyone took to mean the same thing as the English phrase.
Not so much, according to experts. Lindsay had actually written, "You're an ass" in Arabic.
Yesterday, she posted this picture of a pocketbook, and referenced the now-deleted message, saying it was an inside joke with a friend.
"So, was already known what it was."
I'm not buying it. How about you?
FYI- The funny thing is-the Arabic photo I posted was an inside joke w/friend to test my Arabic w/out Google translation. So, was already known what it was. Other than this- I love @maisonvalentino
A photo posted by Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) on Apr 23, 2015 at 9:42am PDT
Making FLOTUS's Day
How's this for a nice way for Michelle Obama to start her day?
The First Lady was entertaining some children of White House Staffers as part of Bring Your Daughters & Sons to Work Day.
One young lady asked Mrs. O who old she was, and when she answered, "51," the girl made a face.
Turns out she thought Mrs. O was "too young" to be 51.
Guess who got a big hug?
Have Blacks Abandoned Baseball?
Chris Rock did a guest spot on HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, part of the show's 20th anniversary celebration.
His topic: why blacks have abandoned baseball.
He talks about growing up a baseball fan, when 20% of the players in Major League Baseball were black. Now, that number has dwindled, according to Chris, to about 8%.
But it's not about being black, it's about being a baseball fan.
Check out the promo, and if you like what you see, you can watch the whole episode here - it's uncensored, so be careful where you watch it or how loud the audio is...
Don't Push Iron Man!
Robert Downey Jr. was sitting down for a series of interviews about Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Things are okay for the first four minutes, and then they start to go off the track when the reporter starts asking about RDJ's personal life.
You can tell he's very uncomfortable talking about his time in prison and struggling with addiction - "Are we promoting a movie?" RDJ asked.
The reporter refused to pick up on that cue and kept dwelling on the personal aspects.
Finally, RDJ got upset enough to walk out. And watch the reporter. He doesn't get why...
It's Dropping Trou Coming Around the Post...
Things got a little cheeky in the first rate at the Canterbury race track in Sydney, Australia yesterday when jockey Blake Shinn's trouser elastic snapped as he rode Miss Royale toward the finish line.
Even with his backside on full display, he managed to finish second, right in front of a horse named Modesty.
This stuff you can't make up.
And while it was embarrassing, it didn't affect him much. He won the last race of the day on a horse named Eisenhower.
This time, his pants stayed fully on.
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Sometimes the easiest way to add a fresh look to your garden is to use your favorite plants in a new way.
The popular easy care wave petunia provides big impact with minimal care. This year use these or other trailing petunias in a new way.
Combine wave petunias with another vigorous growing vine like lamium, licorice plant or black eyed Susan vine.
Create a living candelabra with a hanging basket of petunias. Insert several 12 inch candles into your hanging basket of trailing petunias. Just be sure to replace the candles before they burn down to the flowers.
Plant trailing petunias in the ground and grow as an annual groundcover. These large petunias will quickly fill the bed and add color throughout the season.
Or go vertical. Train these vigorous growers up a wire frame to create a petunia tree or along a fence for a colorful screen.
A bit more information: Create a tower of petunia flowers with a bit of 20 gauge fencing, landscape fabric, and a flat of trailing petunias, lantana, verbena or other trailing plant. For directions, click here.
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Chewing with Chewie
For some reason, people are taking the #TwizzlerChallenge to help raise autism awareness.
I don't see the correlation, but if it helps, who am I to question it.
You take a Twizzler in your mouth, and place the other end of the Twizzler in your partner's mouth, and chew on it like the two dogs chewing on a strand of spaghetti in Lady & the Tramp.
Jimmy Kimmel kicked off Autism Awareness Month at the beginning of April by taking the challenge with Rihanna.
And then he challenged Star Wars: A Force Awakens director JJ Abrams to take the challenge - with the biggest hairiest hero of them all, Chewbacca.
The other night, the pair stepped up. Check out the video - and who they passed the challenge to...
Kanye Don't Play That
The thought that both Kanye West and Kim Kardashian made the list of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2015 is hard to swallow.
Maybe it's because we're only four months in to 2015, and other more influential people won't be stepping up their game until the summer or fall.
The other night, Time held its 100 Gala in New York, and on the red carpet, comedian Amy Schumer - in my eyes, a deserving recipient of the recognition - threw herself to the ground in front of Kimye.
Payback, in some respect, for Kanye's pranks at the Grammys with Taylor Swift a few years ago and Beck a few months ago.
And guess what? Kanye didn't like it one bit. He and Kim both frowned at Amy and moved along, not even bothering to help her up.
Dancing with the Crutches
Derek Hough, one of the professional dancers on Dancing with the Stars, got hurt on Monday night, and probably won't be on DWTS for a while.
Details are vague, but the injury involved stairs and a light according to his Instagram post.
He broke a toe in one foot, and badly sprained the ankle on the opposite leg.
He says he'll do what he can to recuperate quickly, but for now, he'll be off his feet.
Performing 10 shows a week at Radio City while rehearsing with Nastia for DWTS, I've never felt more healthy,strong and fit. But then a fluke accident happened that involved a light and some stairs. Can't believe it, wish I had a cooler story to tell. All that dancing , flipping , jumping and the thing that stops me in my tracks is something as simple as a light and some stairs . I'm doing everything I possibly can to have a quick recovery and I'm determined to come back stronger than ever. I appreciate all the love and support, you guys are the best. And thank you to Mark, BC Jean and Corky Ballas for staying with me at the hospital until 2am. Love you . This is new territory for me , I'm usually able to work through injury but this one has literally floored me. But like I said before I'm determined to come back all guns blazing ... soon!!! #setbackisasetupforacomeback
A photo posted by Derek Hough (@derekhough) on Apr 22, 2015 at 12:21pm PDT
Full House Coming Back
John Stamos made it official this week on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Netflix has sealed the deal on the return of Full House to television.
So far, according to John, all the original players have signed on - except for the Olsen Twins. But they said in an interview yesterday they'd just heard about it, which means they of course don't have Facebook.
There will be 13 episodes in the original run - a one-hour reunion show, spinning off into Fuller House.
This one will focus on DJ, a recently-widowed mother of three with a fourth on the way.
Sounds fall-down funny already, doesn't it?
But, if you recall the original, Danny Tanner's wife passed away young, leaving Danny and his brother-in-law and wacky comic friend to raise three daughters.
So who knows?
It seems like the world is excited about it, so why not us, right?
Popeye Bye Bye
A shift supervisor at a Popeye's in Texas claims she was fired for refusing to pay back money robbed from the store at gunpoint while she was in charge.
Popeye's says that's not 100% true - she was fired for having too much money in the cash register.
That would be $400 - according to the woman, about an hour's worth of chicken and biscuits on that particular evening.
So let that be a lesson to you: even if you've got 14 customers in line, you tell them all they have to wait, because you've got too darned much money in the register.
Y'all come back now, y'hear?
I'm surprised they didn't get mad at her for letting the guy jump on the counter.
New Instagram Standards?
Over the weekend, a woman in Scotland posted pictures of herself to Instagram, showing what her belly looked like after delivering twins.
Her account was deactivated by Instagram within two minutes, according to most sources, for violating Instagram's decency rules.
She's wearing a fairly modest bra and sweat pants. Her belly is fully exposed, showing her stretch marks.
This is indecent, according to Instagram.
Mostly naked pictures of the Kardashians, on the other hand, are completely okay.
Something ain't right here!
Instagram deletes pregnancy stretch mark pictures for 'breaching decency guidelines': Hannah Moore's account d... http://t.co/0N1o0BACJE
— bas (@hadopiland) April 19, 2015
Reds Coach Goes Blue
Bryan Price, manager of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team, is getting a little fed-up with the reporters who cover his team.
On Monday, he let loose on them - unleashing 77 F-bombs in the 5-minute or so process.
I didn't count them - a reporter for The Cincinnati Enquirer did.
He was particularly miffed about a story in The Enquirer that reported a new catcher was on the way to the team that was published - actually, tweeted out - before the old catcher had been informed he was headed for the minors.
Feel free to count the number of beeps - because here's the edited version of the tirade, from SoundCloud.
Traveling Through Time to the Top
The new World Trade Center in New York City has created a very interesting journey on its 102-floor elevator ride to the top.
It shows a three-dimensional time-lapse history of the tip of Manhattan, starting 515 years ago in 1500 and going right up through today on the 47-second ride.
It's a pretty amazing ride. Check it out.
He started the Boston Marathon on Monday at 9 AM.
He finished the Boston Marathon on Tuesday at 5 AM.
Twenty hours, and every minute of it was an inspiration.
Michael Melamed, a 39-year-old professor from Venezuela, has muscular dystrophy.
And he runs marathons for charity, and to educate and inspire Venezuelan youth.
He's inspiring many others as well.
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Novel Way to Catch a Foul Ball
It's the top of the 9th.
The first batter is up.
He swings and tips it foul toward the third-base side.
And a quick-thinking fan raises her cup of beer and makes the catch!
And downs the beer before any more spills.
Suddenly, guys throughout the country have found their dream girl!
Do Not Take the Kylie Jenner Challenge
Tweens and teens are doing it with alarming regularity, and they really need to stop.
Taking the Kylie Jenner Challenge, that is.
Using whatever means possible to try to achieve lips similar to Kylie Jenner's.
No one knows for sure if Kylie's lips are naturally the way they look, but if they're not, she's got plenty of money to get them that way.
Kids, on the other hand, usually don't, so they're relying on other methods - jars, bottles, cups, et cetera - to try to mimic the look.
And it's not going well, causing all sorts of issues, some of which end up with hospital visits.
Don't let this happen to you!
"#kyliejennerchallenge" omfg😂😷 https://t.co/P1E0OcmC4w
— kaitlyn (@kaitlyncrcknell) April 20, 2015
Obi Wan Candelabra
Insiders are reporting that Ewan McGregor is in final negotiations to play Lumiere - the candelabra who sings "Be Our Guest" - in the live action version of Beauty & the Beast.
He'll be joining Emma Watson as Belle and Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, among others.
That means B&B will be uniting actors from the Star Wars, Harry Potter and X-Men franchises.
Could this mean a Beauty & the Beast franchise is about to be born?