Show Notes for Thursday, May 25, 2023


Dear John,

I was married to a guy who broke my heart and basically ruined my life. We were together for three years, got engaged, and married at ages 25 and 26. Then his career took off. He started his own business as a side hustle and it hit - big time. He sold it for $10 million. He had $10 million when he was 30. And he wasn't able to handle it. He partied, and bought cars, and a boat. He chartered private planes and basically became a jerk. It wasn't long before I learned he was cheating and I divorced him. He said that was fine and that he had outgrown me anyway and it was my loss, not his. A real great guy, right? That was all 10 years ago. I have not really dated anyone seriously since. Well, last week, he called. He has pancreatic cancer and only has a few weeks to live. He apologized and said he regrets how he treated me. He asked if I would re-marry him as his dying wish. In return, I would inherit everything. It would be over $4 million. Part of me thinks I deserve it. Part of me thinks he deserves it because we were good together before he changed. And another part of me says he deserves the same treatment he gave me and to kick him to the curb. We've been talking several times every day for the last week. Sadly, I think I'd hate myself if I'm only doing it for the money. What should I do?

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Quick – When was the last time you chatted with your neighbor? If it was in the past week or so, then you’re above average. According to a poll, most adults have not spoken to their neighbors in 3 weeks. And here the interesting thing: That doesn’t stop us from bashing our neighbors on social media community pages. A survey of 2,000 adults in the UK discovered that 56% of those in local online groups encounter sniping and mudslinging. 34% described that as “pure entertainment”. In addition, 47% say they’ve shared some posts with family and friends because they were either outrageous or amusing. The study, commissioned by mobile network “giffgaff” to examine levels of community spirit, also found that one in 20 participants can’t remember the last time they spoke to their next-door neighbor face-to-face.

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A photo agency has denied Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s claim that the couple were in a “near-catastrophic car chase” with its paparazzi Tuesday night in New York City. Backgrid USA said in a statement: “According to the photographers present, there were no near-collisions or near-crashes during this incident. The photographers have reported feeling that the couple was not in immediate danger at any point.” The company also shot down the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s claim that they were followed by “highly aggressive paparazzi,” saying its hired shutterbugs had no intention of “causing any distress or harm, as their only tool was their cameras.” Nevertheless, the company said it will “be conducting a thorough investigation into the matter.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are “extremely upset and shaken” after being involved in a “near-catastrophic” paparazzi chase in New York. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who were traveling with Markle’s mom, Doria Ragland, were pursued by photographers after leaving the Ziegfeld Theater — where the former actress was honored by Gloria Steinem at the Women of Vision Awards — in Manhattan on Tuesday night. The trio left the event in an SUV around 10pm, and were reportedly followed by around 12 paparazzi. A source says that one cameraman hit a car, while another almost ran over an NYPD officer, during the “near-fatal” chase. The group eventually ditched their SUV and jumped into a taxi in an attempt at evading the photogs. A rep for the Sussexes said on Wednesday “This relentless pursuit, lasting over 2 hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers…pedestrians and two NYPD officers.”

Kevin Costner is promoting his new movie project amid his divorce from Christine Baumgartner, who allegedly had an issue with the actor’s intense work habits. He captioned an Instagram photo: “We’re deep into the production of #HorizonFilm, and, I have to tell you, I haven’t felt this way about a movie since we were making ‘Dances With Wolves.’ The pic features a director’s chair with “Horizon” printed on it. Costner’s estranged wife filed for divorce on May 2 after 18 years of marriage, which left him “stunned”, according to a source. LINK:

At the Cannes Film Festival, Johnny Depp hit back at critics on who suggested the festival shouldn’t have welcomed him following accusations that he abused his ex-wife, Amber Heard. At a press conference for the film “Jeanne du Barry,” in which he stars as 18th-century French King Louis XV, Depp said: “Everything that the majority of you have been reading for the last 5 or 6 years with regard to me and my life is fantastically, horrifically written fiction.” Asked if he felt boycotted by Hollywood, Depp said: “I don’t think about Hollywood. I don’t have much further need for Hollywood myself.”

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A galaxy of superheroes made a dying boy’s wish come true. 8-year-old Freddy Leitch, from England, had just days to live when his favorite Marvel and Disney characters knocked on his front door. Video shows the group of superheroes dancing and performing handstands for him and giving him the “best day of his life.” The boy was born with a rare genetic disease leaving him prone to infections. As Freddy’s illness progressed, his family strived to create as many memories as possible for him. Knowing his time was limited, he mom Kirsty put out an online appeal for people to visit him dressed as his favorite characters. Freddy was shocked when Spider-Man, Stitch, The Hulk, Supergirl and Power Ranger turned up. After telling his mother it was “the best day ever”, Freddy passed away 2 days later, surrounded by loved ones. LINK:

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The Italian Space Agency sent a specially-designed espresso machine into space for one of its astronauts.

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The word “aquarium” means “watering place for cattle” in Latin.

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Here are the movies being released to theaters this summer that are vying to be “THE” blockbuster of the year, à la “Jaws” or “E.T.” or “Independence Day”, etc…

✪ “Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3” (released May 5): What better way to kick off the season than with the gang of Marvel-ous misfits known as the Guardians of the Galaxy. Millions already agree…

✪ “Fast X” (May 19): This installment will not only welcome back Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez and Ludacris, it’ll welcome Jason Momoa, Rita Moreno and Brie Larson into the furious fold. Jason Statham, John Cena, Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron are also back from earlier adventures.

✪ “The Little Mermaid” (May 26): There’s quite a buzz for this latest Disney live-action “reimagining”. But one thing’s for sure – people will turn out to see it in droves.

✪ “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” (June 2): This sequel to 2018’s Oscar-winning “Into the Spider-Verse” will expand upon the story of Miles Morales — with Spider-Gwen’s help.

✪ “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” (June 9): We can only hope that the latest in this franchise, featuring animal-like Transformers known as Maximals, doesn’t run too long, and makes at least the tiniest bit of sense.

✪ “The Flash” (June 16): This one just might be the one to beat this summer, with DC bringing its universe of superheroes to an emotional and action-packed crescendo, led by embattled star Ezra Miller’s Flash.

✪ “Asteroid City” (June 16): Wes Anderson takes on the sci-fi genre. The film follows stargazers who are visited by aliens in a place in the desert called, you guessed it, Asteroid City. Incredible cast, too.

✪ “The Blackening” (June 16): This slasher comedy-horror hybrid looks like it will be a crowd-pleaser and then some, featuring an all-Black cast and hinging on the premise that, as the tag line says, “We can’t all die first.”

✪ “Elemental” (June 16): An original story from Pixar, featuring a world in which the elements must learn to live together in the same crowded urban environment.

✪ “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” (June 30): This 5th adventure from Indy (Harrison Ford) brings back John Rhys-Davies of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” fame, and also welcomes “Fleabag” star Phoebe Waller-Bridge and “Legion’s” Dan Stevens.

✪ “Joy Ride” (July 7): This takes the girls’ trip idea, and tells the story from an Asian American perspective, letting some gifted actresses, including Ashley Park and Stephanie Hsu, have what looks to be the best and wildest time ever.

✪ “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, Part One” (July 14): Tom Cruise is back as ‘Ethan Hunt’, faced with yet another impossible task that, somehow, you know he’ll be able to pull off. (We just hope the movie isn’t as dense, or as long, as the title.)

✪ “Barbie” (July 21): NOW we’re talkin’. Everything we’ve seen about this makes it look huge…including Ryan Gosling’s hilarious observations on harnessing his “Ken-ergy” at CinemaCon. The movie’s tongue-in-plastic-cheek feel surely has a lot to do with its director and co-writer Greta Gerwig.

✪ “Oppenheimer” (July 21): If Barbie’s subject matter is a bit light for you, try this very serious film from the very serious Christopher Nolan, who promises the movie – about the inventor of the atomic bomb – captures the story of “the most important person who ever lived.” (Bono disagrees…)

✪ “Haunted Mansion” (July 28): Disney continues its” let’s-turn-our-theme-park-rides-into-movies” tradition, after the successful “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise and somewhat less-explosive “Jungle Cruise”. This adaptation follows a 2003 version with Eddie Murphy.

✪ “The Meg 2: The Trench” (August 4): For those looking to get their creature feature needs met, hopefully this sequel improves on the strangely lackluster first film from 2018 about an insanely large prehistoric shark.

✪ “Gran Turismo” (August 11): This flick, based on the auto racing game, stars David Harbour, who pointed out at CinemaCon that that the game is essentially a racing simulator and that there was no real storyline to work with. Oh, no…

✪ “Blue Beetle” (August 18): Initially meant for streaming platforms, this flick marks the cinematic arrival of DC’s first Latino superhero, played by Xolo Maridueña of “Cobra Kai” fame.

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