Watch Will Smith as Venus and Serena Williams’ Dad in ‘King Richard’ Trailer

Will Smith is getting back to acting again.

Obviously, the rap star turned sitcom star turned movie star turned superstar hasn’t exactly been gone – he dropped Bad Boys 3 right before the pandemic, after all – but with Suicide Squad before that (not this one, though), it’s been a little while since he flexed his dramatic muscles. That comes to an end this fall when King Richard drops. Yer boy Will Smith is flexing all his acting muscles in this one, including and especially that legendary charm, as notorious sports dad Richard Williams.

Richard Williams was a polarizing figure when he burst onto the scene in the late 90s, as the father and coach of two young tennis prodigies: Venus and Serena Williams. People questioned his methods, his personality, his motivations, even his parenting. But it wasn’t long before they stopped questioning the results.

Serena won the US Open in 1999, her older sister Venus won Wimbledon a year later. Together they had individual success, formed a formidable doubles duo, and over the past 20 years, Serena emerged as one of the greatest female tennis players ever and is the highest-earning female athlete of all time.

Regardless of how you feel about their dad, his coaching methods, and his parenting – he started training them to be tennis champions when they were just four years old – he was instrumental in their success.

The official synopsis:

“King Richard follows the journey of Richard Williams, an undeterred father instrumental in raising two of the most extraordinarily gifted athletes of all time, who will end up changing the sport of tennis forever. Driven by a clear vision of their future and using unconventional methods, Richard has a plan that will take Venus and Serena Williams from the streets of Compton, California to the global stage as legendary icons. The profoundly moving film shows the power of family, perseverance and unwavering belief as a means to achieve the impossible and impact the world.”

Check out the trailer for King Richard, which hits theaters and HBO Max on November 19th.

Dad Convinced He Can Turn Stud Finder Joke Into Wide-Ranging Comedy Career

MORGANTOWN, WV – After eliciting a mild smirk from his wife while they were looking for the proper place to hang a painting, local father Trevor Abrams is convinced that he can turn his self-proclaimed “unbelievably funny” stud finder joke into a wide-ranging comedy career.

“Forget dingy comedy clubs, I’m going to sell out Madison Square Garden right away. Seinfeld can eat my dust!” said an irrationally cocky Trevor, who seemingly had no recollection that he had told his stud finder joke dozens of times before and his wife was just smirking to be polite.

Despite making six figures as a financial analyst, Trevor has already begun drafting a resignation email to his boss so he can focus on comedy full time, though as a goodwill gesture is planning to offer his boss two free tickets to what Trevor has tentatively named the Stud Finder Comedy World Tour.

“I can’t just be a one-joke comedian; I have to come up with an entire set. Wait, I’ve got it… Pull my finger! How has nobody thought of that before?” said Trevor to his wife, who waited until Trevor wasn’t looking and discretely hid the stud finder so he wouldn’t be able to tell these jokes again.

Sadly, Trevor’s joy quickly turned to frustration, as he found over 6,000,000 results when searching for “pull my finger” on Google, convincing him that they had all stolen his genius idea.

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Fans Want Danny DeVito, Not Chris Pratt, As Mario in Super Mario Bros. Movie

OK, so the casting news about the new “Super Mario Bros.” animate movie did not go well. Nintendo and Universal teamed up to pull together an all-star cast for the hotly anticipated film, but the news of Chris Pratt’s casting as Mario was NOT well-received. It’s nothing against Pratt, who is a lovely actor, but the Mario fans wanted someone different for the role. Someone with a little more connection to Charlie Day’s “Luigi.” And as soon as it was announced, fans started campaigning to have Danny DeVito in the role of Mario.

As fans petition for DeVito to take on the role, it should be said that it does make sense on some level. 2021 is an era where if people don’t get *exactly* what they want, they protest endlessly about it. If you don’t believe me, just look at how the “Jeopardy!” hosting saga has unfolded.

But the Danny DeVito as Mario angle is one that could work. You need to look no further than the dynamic comedic chemistry DeVito has with his “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” costar Charlie Day. Day was cast as Luigi, so it’s already a natural pairing to get DeVito in there as Mario.

Fans were not thrilled, and DeVito started trending on Twitter as fans put together the dream casting right away:

“Danny DeVito should’ve been Mario not Chriss Pratt, we were robbed.”

“I cannot believe we have been robbed of Danny DeVito as Mario and Charlie Day as Luigi…this is criminal”

It would’ve been legitimately cool to have DeVito as Mario alongside Day’s Luigi, but it’s also not how movies work anymore. What could be fun and cool isn’t nearly as important as “who can sit next to Jimmy Fallon and promote the movie?” and that’s why you need a big name in your leading role, even for an animated movie.

Jack Black is starring as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key and Seth Rogen are also on board. Anya Taylor-Joy will be playing Peach. Just a shame the obvious answer was there the whole time, but it was completely missed by the suits that deal with spreadsheets more than jokes.

Besides, they should probably release the Snyder Cut of the original film first and we’ll keep praying for DeVito as Wolverine.

Dust off Your Shoes and Make Sure You Remember These Bowling Rules

Bowling may feel like just a chunk of your childhood — a fun thing you did at some birthday parties or a boring league night with your parents every week — but bowling is actually much, much older than you or your parents. It’s believed that the original iterations of bowling existed as far back as 3200 BC. At least that’s around the age of a child’s grave that was unearthed and found to contain the first known balls and pins. If it feels like it’s been 3200 years since you stepped foot in one of the giant, dimly fluorescent-lit lanes of your youth, you might not remember all the details. Do you know, for sure, what kind of bowling you’ve signed up to play? And do you remember these bowling rules? We’re here to walk you through the whole thing, so you can stroll in with the same excitement and determination you did on the night of Megan’s 12th birthday party at Crossgate Lanes.

Over the centuries, bowling has, of course, evolved. In Germany, bowling was so popular among the gambling kind at one point that the government passed laws regarding how much money you could bet on a yard game. (We imagine they did this to cut down on how often bowling games led to fisticuffs.) Over time, it evolved more and began to look entirely different from the games played across Europe. In fact, things took a decidedly uppity turn when none other than Henry VIII banned the lower class from bowling and imposed hefty levies on private lanes. Of course, even Henry VIII’s game was significantly different from what we play today — primarily because they still bowled outside. And it wasn’t until 1511 that Martin Luther set a rule on the exact number of pins needed to play. As bowling evolved further, different parts of the world began putting their tweaks on the game.

Historians believe the first indoor bowling lanes opened in New York during the mid-1800s, and only then did bowling truly start to look like the game we play today. So, while an evening in a bowling alley now might feel a bit different than it did in your childhood, good “old-fashioned” 10-pin bowling is still played the same way it has been for many, many years. Keep reading for a quick (but thorough) refresher.

Types of Bowling

Did you know there are five different types of bowling? While most alleys specialize in the typical “10-pin” bowling game, there are a few other variations, too.

10-Pin

This is the bowling game you probably grew up playing. You throw your ball and try to knock down all 10 curvy pins.

Candlepin

Candlepin bowling is, well, weirder. The balls are even smaller, and the pins are long and narrow like candles. You’ll roll three times to try to knock over as many as you can. Fair warning: The candlepins are much harder to knock over than a standard pin.

Duckpin

This set-up is very similar to 10-pin — except, once again, the pins are shaped differently. These pins are curvy, like in regular bowling, but much squattier. The balls are similar in size to Candlepin balls.

Kegel/9-Pin

Kegel bowling is wildly different from 10-pin bowling. When playing 9-pin bowling, you play in teams on which you all work to take down the same pins. Another twist? There’s no resetting the pins between bowlers.

5-Pin

This version is prevalent in Canada, where they use smaller balls to knock down the five pins arranged in a V shape. And to add to the confusion, each pin has a different point value.

Bowling Rules

Since 10-pin bowling is the most popular and widely played, we’re going to focus on that. These are the most important rules you need to keep in mind when bowling. Of course, if you’re playing with friends, some people might not be as inclined to stick to the rules as others. Just remember it’s a game, Big Lebowski — you’re there to have fun.

1. Beware the Foul Line

When playing a casual game, people might not take this too seriously. However, the foul line is critical when playing in a league because it comes into play for two fundamental rules. First, you should release your ball before the foul line, not past it. Second, your body shouldn’t cross the foul line either. In serious bowling games, traveling across the foul line with your foot or with your ball still in hand would disqualify any points you earn during that throw.

2. Balls That Gutter Don’t Count

You already know that if your ball ends up in the gutter, you’re losing that throw and not scoring any points. But what if it rolls into the gutter and then bounces back out? Most leagues will tell you that your roll doesn’t count, along with any pins your ball might have knocked over. They’ll adjust the score manually.

3. No Ball Changes Mid-Game

Ever pick a ball, roll a few frames, and then decide to switch to something lighter or heavier? While this is fine when you’re just playing with the fam, it’s not allowed in a league. Proper bowling rules state that you must use the same ball for the entirety of your game. (You can switch between games, however.)

4. Two Throws Max Per Frame for the First 9 Frames

A strike comes when you throw the ball and knock over all 10 pins on the first throw. You don’t get to throw the ball a second time then, obviously. A spare is when you knock over some pins on your first throw and knock over the rest on your second throw. If you leave any pins after your second throw, you have an “open frame” and don’t get as many points.

5. 300 Points Is the Pinnacle

The “two throw max” rule gets complicated during the 10th frame. If you score a strike in every frame, you get a bonus throw in the last frame. If you get a strike or a spare on the tenth frame, you get a “third ball” or a third throw and a chance to get yet another strike. Getting all strikes for all these throws? That’ll get you a “perfect game” of 300 points.

6. Note the Bowler on Your Right

Is it your turn to bowl? Many recreational bowlers don’t know this, but it’s courtesy to wait to bowl until the person in the lane to your right is done with their frame. Trying to throw your ball at the same time as someone else can be pretty distracting.

7. Be Ready

Playing with a group? If you’re heading to the bathroom or the concession stand, make sure you time it so that you’re back in time for your next frame. This isn’t just courteous to your own friends but also people waiting for an open lane on busy nights.

8. Wear the Right Shoes

Bowling alley floors are expensive and require a lot of work. That’s why you’re required to wear bowling shoes. It might skeeve you out a little, but c’mon, we’ve all done grosser things. Besides, refusing to wear bowling shoes can do damage to the bowling alley’s floors, so you could be asked to leave if you don’t follow the rules.

Bowling Terms

Every sport has its own lingo, and bowling is no exception — there are a ton of words people use when you get into professional bowling. For instance, during a night out bowling with friends, you probably won’t be talking a lot about the “action” or how your ball spun. But if you hit the alley on league night, you’ll probably hear these bowling terms tossed around.

  • Arrows: The little triangles on the floor help you figure out where best to align yourself when throwing your ball.
  • Back End: The far end of the lane, down by the pins.
  • Bagger: A series of strikes.
  • Ball Return: The fancy machine that brings your ball back to you after each throw.
  • Chop: When you go for a spare and only knock down one pin while leaving the other next to it still standing.
  • Clean Game: When there are no “open frames,” and all frames were spares or strikes.
  • Foul Line: The line marking your approaching area versus the playing area.
  • Open Frame: A frame where you don’t knock down all the pins (so you don’t get either a strike or spare).
  • Spare: To knock down all remaining pins during your second throw.
  • Strike: To knock down all pins on the first throw.
  • Split: The gap between pins after you’ve knocked some over.
  • Turkey: Three strikes in a row.

Dude, it’s a lot; we know. Your best bet if you’re just getting back into the swing of things? Read through these rules, grab a ball that feels the most comfortable, lace up those rented shoes, and wait for the memories to come rushing back to you. We promise they will.

Jason Lander: No Quit

“There are a million pictures of my husband, Jason, with our four children, but this one stands out the most to me.

This was four days after our youngest child, Levi, was born and the first time Jason was able to hold him. Because of the severity of Levi’s jaundice, he was only allowed out from under the lights (he had three levels of lights) for very short periods of time, and not at all for the first 24 hours.

Jason was with our three older children most of that time, and since we decided it was best they didn’t see Levi in the NICU, he never had the opportunity to hold Levi, despite spending as much time as he could in the NICU with Levi and me.

I cannot imagine what it was like for Jason to go four days without holding his baby. I know it killed him, but he never said otherwise, because he knew how crucial it was to keep some sense of normalcy for the older children and allow what little time Levi could be held for Levi and I to bond. He held our family together during one of the scariest periods of our lives.

It is amazing to me that this period is now just a footnote in our lives, a memory that comes up in our Google photos. Three years later, Levi is now Jason’s little shadow (and twin!) The second Jason walks into the door, he runs up and greets him with a ‘Daddy!!!!!!’ Then follows him around everywhere. It’s absolutely beautiful.

And truly, anyone who knows my husband wouldn’t, or shouldn’t, be surprised by this. He has worked his tail off since the day ten years ago we decided I would be a stay-at-home mom to give our children the opportunity to have their momma home with them all the time.

He has gotten up and gone to work day-in, day-out through Lyme flairs, high fevers, injuries, and no sleep from being up with the kids. He has had to sacrifice being there for first words and steps, and funny stories, a lot of small things and a couple of big things, in order to make sure our family could be happy and comfortable.

It’s an amazing sacrifice in this day and age to take on the financial responsibility of a whole family, and Jason has done it every day, non-stop, no quit.

We are seriously so blessed to have this man heading up our family. I cannot imagine another person dedicating themselves or sacrificing as much as my husband does. I do not brag on him enough, but we are all so very thankful to have such an amazing man leading us.”

– Madalyn Lander

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No Time for New Bond, Yet, but Twitter Wants Henry Cavill

In a few months, we’re finally going to get to see Daniel Craig’s final performance as James Bond.

The initially controversial casting choice has won over fans since he debuted in Casino Royale, which reset the franchise away from Pierce Brosnan and invisible cars and towards a grittier, Bourne-esque identity, and Craig has headed up four movies as 007. No Time To Die is his fifth, and last, and fans are speculating about who will take over.

For their part, the producers of the Bond films say they won’t start thinking about that until next year after the long-delayed NTTD has had its run. Barbara Broccoli told Deadline that Craig deserves the spotlight right now, after all he’s done for the legendary franchise.

“We want Daniel to have his time of celebration. Next year we’ll start thinking about the future.”

After producer Michael G. Wilson said whoever follows Craig will have “big shoes to fill,” Broccoli acknowledged how the actor changed the character. “He enabled us to explore the emotional life of Bond, to go deeply into the personal, complexity of the character.”

Fans – many of whom initially hated the blond Craig’s casting – and even some critics aren’t waiting until next year to throw their favorite choices into the ring.

She’s not the only one who thinks Superman is right for Bond:

Many fans would like to see Tom Hardy or Tom Hiddleston in the role (those are two starkly different Toms!), while others want to mix things up with Idris Elba or Daniel Boyega. Some would even like to see a woman take over, especially given some of the female agents’ increasing capabilities in the recent movies.

We’ll have to wait until at least 2022 to see who will get the next license to kill, but I’m with this guy:

A Lunchables Shortage May Be Coming to a Store Near You

We do not want to freak anyone out, but it appears there is a Lunchable shortage hitting grocery stores around the nation. When it comes to packing a school lunch, especially if you have a picky eater, Lunchables feel like a cheat code. It’s an easy way to check a meal (sort of liberal use of the word meal but you get it) off the list and get the kids off to school during a hectic morning. But that’s not so easy, now that some customers can’t find inventory in the aisles.

Anecdotal reports of shortages are seen any time the brand posts anything on social media. The posts, however innocuous in nature, are soon flooded with comments from angry parents about how they can’t find the product anywhere (which, if you’re going to have some anger, this is the kind you want as a brand).

 

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Some blame the supply chain hiccups, which have thrown holiday shopping into disarray for a second straight season, have impacted car sales and made the wait time for new furniture around six to 96 months. And surely there’s something to that. But a spokesman for Kraft Heinz says it’s much more than that. It’s that a ton of people want Lunchables these days.

In a statement to NBC, they said:

“Compared to 2019, nearly 2 million more households bought Kraft Heinz brands in the second quarter of 2021. We are also seeing all-time high demand for many of our brands, including Lunchables, which in that case has been driven by proactive steps and investments in marketing and brand renovation that deliver on expectations of modern parents and kids. As such, Lunchables is seeing double-digit growth for the first time in 5 years.

“We’re actively investing in our supply chains and have teams working fast and furiously so our retailers and consumers can get more of the Kraft Heinz products they love, wherever they like to shop,” said the statement.

So if this hasn’t hit your hometown yet, consider yourself lucky. After a year plus when parents have had to do more at-home cooking than we’d like, the idea of losing that Lunchables get-out-of-packing-free card is just one more inconvenience.

You Can Get the Super Rare Mew Pokemon Oreo for a Measly $100,000

Pokemon hunters are next-level collectors. We’ve seen that in many iterations, starting with cards, obviously, and later with the mobile game. And now that fervor has even spread into cookies. Oreo and Pokemon launched a collab last month, allowing fans to get their hands on the specialty Oreos with 16 different Pokemon character designs.

This really feeds into the collector’s mindset, because they are randomized. You don’t get all 16 in each pack. So Pokemon fans have been out in full force in local grocery stores, trying to get their hands on some of the rarer characters.

And the hardest to get? That would be Mew. But if you *really* want one, it’s not that hard to get. You can just go to eBay and walk away with a rare Mew Pokemon Oreo for a cool $100k.

Yep, $100,000 for a COOKIE. That is an insane amount of money for something a toddler could eat in a fit of hunger.

Of course, it all comes down to condition. You can get a less-than-stellar Mew for $100. Some pristine listings even come in at a much more reasonable $1,000, with the mint-condition Mews going for around $25,000. But, if you want the very premium version of the psychic Pokemon, you gotta shell out that six figures.

What’s crazy is seeing where this ends up. Cookies are still on the shelves of stores, but this is a limited edition run. What happens sixth months from now when you can’t buy packages anymore? How much will a Pikachu or Charmander run you then? How much will an unopened package run? And how many kids colleges could you pay for if you happened to snag a Mew, the type of cookie that will age more appreciably than any other financial asset you own.

Marvel Is Scrambling To Retain Control of Avengers Characters

Remember a few years ago, when it looked like the deal Marvel had made with Sony to use Spider-man in the MCU was gonna fall apart before the new Spidey trilogy, and the Infinity Saga, could wrap up? Thankfully, the two companies were able to come to terms to keep Spidey around, and this winter, the web-slinger’s highly-anticipated third movie will be a key component in the multiverse storyline that is picking up steam. Unless a new, even bigger, rights issue derails the whole thing.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Marvel is currently working behind the scenes to ensure that they don’t lose full rights to, well, pretty much every Avenger in their stable. They are suing the heirs of the people who created these characters, including Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, and Gene Colan, who want to retain some ownership of their creations.

This news comes on the heels of the Ditko estate filing a notification of termination for Spider-Man, which they are allowed to do since the set period of time provided by copyright law has passed. If the Ditko estate is successful, Marvel would have to relinquish the rights to Spider-Man – and the attendant billions of dollars associated with the beloved superhero – in 2023. So unless Tom Holland’s put-upon super teen perishes in December’s No Way Home, Marvel better hope they find a solution.

Spidey isn’t the only character facing termination (former Marvel writer Larry Lieber filed a suit of his own in May) that could impact fan favorites and franchise centerpieces Iron Man, Dr. Strange, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Falcon, Thor, and more. The lawyer representing the heirs going against Marvel/Disney has been down this road before, having represented Jerry Sigel and Joe Shuster when they tried to get Superman back from DC. It didn’t work out (though neither have the recent Superman movies, tbh).

The Hollywood Reporter gets really in-depth about the challenges Marvel is facing, and how they plan to fight back in court (likely by using the “Marvel Method,” which claims that the atmosphere was one of loose collaboration and ownership wasn’t so cut and dry). The bottom line is, Marvel stands to lose a lot of money, and future MCU projects could be in real jeopardy if this doesn’t get resolved soon.

Hopefully, it will be, and hopefully, that resolution won’t come at the expense of some of the best and most influential comic book creators of all time.

90-Yr-Old William Shatner to Boldly Go to Space With Jeff Bezos

In the 60s, he boldly went where no man had gone before. Now, when he’s well past his 60s, he’s finally going to get his chance, sort of.

I don’t know if I’d call it the new space race, but over the past few years, the world’s billionaires have taken it upon themselves to extend our forays into outer space. Elon Musk is building ships, Richard Branson is hosting flights, and over the summer, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos flew into space (did that count?) with a few other civilians. Now Bezos plans to go back – this time, with some experienced backup: legendary spaceship captain William Tiberius Kirk – aka William Shatner.

The flight, which will last 15 minutes, and all the preparation for it, is part of a documentary that has yet to find a buyer. Perhaps the participation of one of pop culture’s most famous spacemen will speed up the process, or else the fact that, at 90, Shatner will be the oldest person to ever fly into space.

Shatner has been angling for something like this for a while now, even cheekily tweeting to NASA.

And last summer, at San Diego’s Comic-Con, he hinted that a private spaceflight might be in the cards, saying “There’s a possibility that I’m going to go up for a brief moment and come back down,” Shatner said during a panel about on NASA’s Artemis program that aims to put people on the moon in 2024.

It seems Bezos has found room for the actor, writer, singer on his next trip, scheduled for October. Hopefully, they’re saving some room for the ride home, because if anyone is going to find extraterrestrial life, it’s Captain Kirk himself.

At the very least, he’ll find some green alien women!