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New York Jets franchise quarterback Sam Darnold was supposed to have a breakout season this year under offensive guru Adam Gase. That idea is now on hold for a few weeks. The Jets announced Darnold will miss Monday night’s game against the Cleveland Browns because of mononucleosis and he’s likely to miss more games this month as he recovers.

Mono is a tricky thing for athletes because it severely dehydrates the body and significantly lowers energy levels. Darnold will get the best possible treatment, so it’s possible he’ll be able to return faster than us common folk would.  Trever Siemian, formerly of the Broncos, will step as quarterback in the interim.

Hiding under the bad Darnold news was Le’Veon Bell going for an MRI on his shoulder and the health uncertainty of pro-bowl middle linebacker CJ Mosley. If both cannot play Monday night, in addition to Darnold, the Jets will be in for a rough evening against a desperate Browns team that was blown out in their opener. But wait, it gets worse. The Jets next five games are at New England, at Philly, home verses Dallas, then home verses New England. The Jets could easily be 0-7 in the blink of an eye and Adam Gase could be fighting with reporters come mid-October. Might be time to cancel the football season in New York as the Giants don’t look to be in much better shape. At least the New York Yankees are going to make the playoffs this year.

There is no denying the best basketball talent in the world is American born. LeBron James, Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kahwi Leonard, Anthony Davis, and the list goes on. The problem for Team USA in this year’s FIBA World Cup was that none of the aforementioned suited up in red, white and blue. Despite an all-star coaching staff, Team USA rolled out a C-level team in China. Coming into the tournament with a 58-game unbeaten streak, Team USA breezed through group play with a 5-0 record. They were led by the likes of Donovan Mitchell, Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, Harrison Barnes, Jayson Tatum, among other second and third tier NBA “stars.” Is that a roster good enough to win an international competition? Maybe.  But if the big dogs were on the court, it never would have been in doubt. USA encountered France in the quarter finals and were beaten 89-78. On paper, the talent levels match up, but the chemistry these other big basketball countries (France, Spain, Serbia, Australia, Canada) have with their teams is much better than that of the US team. In the game against France, it showed. The loss would have been more shocking if team USA had their big ballers, but they didn’t.  Losing to Serbia a day later in the consolation bracket was also not very shocking given that players, at that point, were ready to go home. Can we fault this version of Team USA for not bringing home a title? Not really. Hopefully, it inspired the best of the best to put on the jersey and represent the best basketball nation in the world on the international stage next time.
The former power couple of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have six children together, four of whom were theirs and two were adopted by Jolie. Maddox and his sister Zahara were adopted by Jolie in 2006 from Cambodia and now Maddox is off to college in South Korea. The 18 year old was interviewed on the campus of Yonsei University and had some interesting things to say about his dad, Brad. While claiming his siblings are excited about the fact he is attending college, when asked about his dad coming to visit him, Maddox said “I don’t know about that.” As the interviewer pressed more, Maddox answered, “Whatever happens, happens,” an answer that doesn’t speak of a good relationship with his father. On the positive side, it has been rumored that Brad and Angie are on much better terms now, which is a great thing for all their children. Hopefully the relationship between Brad and Maddox can be repaired as the teenager learns what college life is like abroad. Jolie, for her part, was seen on an Instagram video in tears when she dropped off her son at the school.

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood this year are inspired by cult classics and horror films produced during the 1980s.  Executive producer of the event, John Murdy, reflected fondly on his own experience, “When I grew up in the ’80s, it was the ’50s that were cool. We looked to like ‘Happy Days,’ ‘American Graffiti’ and listened to The Stray Cats. So, it makes sense now, that in 2019, the ’80s are the hip thing.”

The throwback event runs on every Thursday night, from September 19th to October 31st.  Guests are invited to dress in their favorite 1980s apparel – everything from neon leg warmers, to windbreakers and track suits. Fans will be able to immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of the decade – 1980s music will be on the escalators and MTV-era music videos will be on the screens of the subway where the “Ghostbusters,” “Creepshow” and “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man” attractions are located.

The Ghostbusters attraction was approved by Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and offers memorable moments from all three Ghostbuster films.

Several mazes with designs based on horror films are featured.  Last year there was one based on the first season the Netflix thriller Stranger Things.  This year’s Stranger Things maze is based on the second and third seasons of the show and promises to meet high expectations.

Event Stats

  • Dates: Consecutive Thursdaynights, from September 19th to October 31st
  • Time: 7pm
  • Location: Universal Studios Hollywood, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA

Prices:

  • General Admission $64-$102
  • Universal Express Passes $159-$299
  • Multi-Evening Passes $109-$299
  • Various daytime/nighttime combo tickets $97-$147
  • All-inclusive R.I.P. Tours start at $279.
  • All passes are available at Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com
Thousands of young Americans are in a deep hole because of student debt.  They are desperately trying to dig themselves out of the economic trap presented by the debt. It makes them a slave to their job and stops them from taking entrepreneurial chances, it effects whether or not they marry and start a family.  New families buy houses, furniture and lots of stuff, which puts money back into the economy. That was lost on Republican lawmaker Bill Posey of Florida when he questioned Hassan Minhaj, a comedian and Netflix host. Minaj explained that student loan debt is putting a “paywall” around young Americans, and that as a result, many are stuck on the sidelines. He went on the say that young people are asking celebrities to help pay off their student loans. Minaj asked Congressman Posey, “Are you a fan of Taylor Swift? Are you a Swiftie? Posey was lost.  Manaj continued, “Because even her fans have gone up to her and said would you pay back my student loans. That’s how desperate student borrowers are…They’re not even asking for selfies anymore.”  Minhaj’s testimony was done in good conscience and good humor, but it’s not clear how well it was received by Congress. The bottom line here is that student debt is a major issue for thousands upon thousands and is holding many back from making significant contributions to our society. America needs to take a hard look at this crisis to figure out how to better serve and educate the future of our nation.

It’s hard to imagine a movie ever being called something other than its famous name. Truth be told, many movies were named one thing, only to be changed when the marketing team steps in. Since the title can make or break a film, all titles are working titles until a final decision is made – sometimes at the last moment. Here are the working titles for 10 movies we could not imagine named differently:

1. Psycho 

Psycho was originally called Wimpy

2. American Pie

American Pie was originally called Comfort Food

3. Batman: The Dark Knight 

The Dark Knight was originally called Rory’s First Kiss

4. Bring It On 

Bring It On was originally called American Girls

5. Boys Don’t Cry

Boys Don’t Cry was originally called Take It Like A Man

6. Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction was originally called Black Mask

7. ET

ET was originally called A Boys Life

8. Titanic 

Titanic was originally called Planet Ice

9. Casablanca

Casablanca was originally called Everybody Come To Rick’s

10. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was originally called Head Cheese

Imagine if some of these movies had stuck with their original names? An iconic title like Titanic or Casablanca might never have been.  Not to mention that naming a scary movie Head Cheese was never a good idea – even as a working title. Thankfully, there were smarter people in the room to dub these films with title we know them as today.

Apple Store’s search engine has come under scrutiny recently for favoring Apple’s company created apps in its results.  Scrutiny by regulators in Europe and the United States forced Apple to change its search algorithm in July. The New York Times had analyzed the search results for six years and found that Apple’s own apps ranked first with at least 700 search terms used in the store. According to the newspaper, the analysis since 2013 included a ranking of more than 1,800 specific apps for 13 keywords. The Wall Street Journal confirmed The Times reporting with its review that found similar results; Apple’s own apps often took priority. Before changes to the algorithm, when one searched for common terms such as “music” or “podcast,” Apple Music or Apple podcasts would come up and you’d see unrelated Apple apps, forcing Apple’s competitors down the lists. This is a natural result of the company’s tight control of the process.  iPhone apps can only be installed from Apple’s Store and Apple’s software competes with many of the independent developers in the store. Newspapers get involved when governments get involved.  This issue is the subject of a civil lawsuit in the US and the US Department of Justice is considering an Apple investigation. The Dutch are looking into it as well. Apple told The Times that it has made changes to help users better find the apps they are looking for.  After the changes, it appears that fewer of Apple’s own apps appear at the top of search results.

Apple TV+ is entering the video streaming space to compete with Netflix, Amazon, and now Disney.  They have been working on original content to bolster their library and have already announced “The Morning Show,” the network headliner featuring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell. Now they’ve released a list of other original shows:

1. Snoopy in Space

https://youtu.be/n4hgH6IX2lU Original series from Peanuts Worldwide.

2. Oprah Winfrey Docuseries

https://youtu.be/nMkqEf2wJSg Several documentaries and shows with Oprah.

3. Amazing Stories

https://youtu.be/7c26YC1sIZo Reboot from 1980’s show by executive producer Steven Spielberg.

4. Truth Be Told

https://youtu.be/Bt5k5Ix_wS8 Based on a Kathleen Barber novel; features Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad.

5. Dickinson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GtV9V0dBgw Comedy starring Hailee Stienfeld.

6. Ghostwriter

https://youtu.be/Bt5k5Ix_wS8 Teenage / fictional series where ghosts come to life out of books.

7. See

https://youtu.be/7Rg0y7NT1gU Sci-Fi drama where humans are born blind.

8. For All Mankind

https://youtu.be/HZS9M52Bd_w Sci-Fi drama based on a Cold War space race that never ended.

9. Helpsters

https://youtu.be/Bt5k5Ix_wS8 Children’s program in partnership with Sesame Workshop.

The way people watch TV and movies has shifted dramatically away from following scheduled releases to on-demand and streaming and binge watching. Waiting for a week until the next episode of your favorite show airs is largely of the past.

However, Netflix, the folks that brought us binge watching, recently showed some sympathy for the older way of doing things.  Starting with Rhythm the Flow, their new music competition series featuring T.I, Cardi B and Chance the Rapper, they have chosen a hybrid release schedule. Several episodes will be released each week over a couple months.  This schedule retains some elements of binge while building the anticipation for the next group of episodes.

This hybrid schedule reflects a clever business sense.  It recognizes that this program may be best if the formula is adjusted.  Likewise, Disney, a future competitor in the streaming space, plans to release shows like Loki and The Mandalorian in the traditional weekly format. Lesson: No format, style or business practice is cast in stone – in the age of downloads, vinyl records are making a comeback for audiophiles, so anything is possible.

The dangers of relatively new products are rarely understood, which makes them difficult to regulate. Government watchdogs are put in a ‘wait-and-see’ position.   Meanwhile, early users of products like e-cigarettes begin using based on the industry hype – it’s like a cigarette, but it’s safe.  In a concern about their real cigarette habit, smokers jump to the ‘safe’ alternative while young people gravitate to the new, cool thing that makes them look, in their own minds, more mature.

Then the evidence starts to accumulate.  Vaping, as it’s referred to, is like smoking cigarettes, but it may be as unsafe, though in different ways.  This new guilty pleasure may be responsible for 450 reported lung disease cases and at least five deaths so far.

As a result, the watchdogs are lining up.  The American Medical Association (AMA) has called on Americans to stop using electronic cigarettes of all kinds until scientists get a better grip on the cause of these illnesses.  As one of the country’s most influential physician groups, the AMA urged its members to inform patients about the dangers of e-cigarettes including its toxins and carcinogens.  And they asked doctors to promptly report any suspected lung disease cases related to the use of e-cigarettes to their state or local health department.

That recommendation followed the advice of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that suggested people not use e-cigarette products while they are investigating the cause(s) of this flood of severe lung disease cases related to vaping.  The CDC reports that many, but not all, cases involved vaporized oils containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of cannabis. On another track, they said that some laboratories have identified vitamin E acetate in product samples as a possible cause of the illnesses.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have been under growing pressure to curb the rise in teenage use of e-cigarettes. This trend coincided with the increasing popularity of Juul e-cigarettes. AMA President Dr. Patrice Harris argued, “We must not stand by while e-cigarettes continue to go unregulated. We urge the FDA to speed-up the regulation of e-cigarettes and remove all unregulated products from the market.”

The message does get through to some.  Megan Constantino, 36, from St. Petersburg, Florida, stopped vaping after receiving reports about vaping-related illnesses and deaths. Like many users of vaping pens, Constantino began using the device after quitting smoking three years ago. Constantino is worried that many people will ignore the warnings.

Public health experts have found no evidence of infectious diseases and believe that these lung disease cases are likely to be associated with chemical exposure. Gregory Conley, President of the American Vaping Association, who advocates that cigarette smokers switch to non-nicotine-based vaping devices, said the AMA should be “ashamed of themselves for playing politics with people’s health and protecting the profits of drug dealers.”  Many lobbyists make such remarks in defense the profits of their constituents. We’ve seen this before from the fossil fuel and tobacco industries. The question is how many people are willing to believe the emerging science over public relations campaigns?