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Kobe Bryant And His Daughter Were Honored At The Grammys

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Yesterday, we reported the sad news that NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, among others, died in a helicopter crash. The news broke just a few hours before the 2020 Grammy Awards. As the award show started, many celebrities talked about the grief they felt after hearing the news.

The Grammy Awards were at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where Kobe played with the Los Angeles Lakers for many years. The award show was hosted by singer Alicia Keys, who shared a message and a song paying tribute to Kobe and his family.

Celebrities paid tribute to Kobe and his daughter at the 2020 Grammy Awards

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Alicia Keys / Facebook

Alicia said, “Here we are together on music’s biggest night celebrating the artists that do it best. But to be honest with you, we’re all feeling crazy sadness right now because earlier today Los Angeles, America, and the whole wide world lost a hero. And we are literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built.”

RELATED: Breaking: Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant, 41, And Daughter, 13, Dies In Helicopter Crash

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She then sang a rendition of “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye,” with Boyz II Men. There was not a dry eye in the audience. Alicia also pointed to the late NBA star’s retired jerseys, which were illuminated in the Staples Center all evening.

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During the pre-telecast ceremony, there was a moment of silence in Kobe’s honor. All day, fans left items to pay their respect to Kobe and his daughter outside of the Staples Center. Many fans left flowers, stuffed animals, and Lakers memorabilia.

Sending our thoughts and prayers to everyone hurting right now, especially Kobe’s wife, daughters, family, and friends.

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Carrie Fisher Is The Unsung Hero Of Ghostwriting Movie Scripts

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Mention Carrie Fisher, and you’ll likely get an immediate and enthusiastic reaction. Many first saw her in Star Wars and continue to see her as a princess just like Leia Organa. Though she had a strong presence on the big screen, she also did some of her best work behind-the-scenes. In fact, this lesser-known skill of hers made her one of the most popular in Hollywood. Unknown to some, Carrie Fisher was a much-desired script doctor who ghostwrote important and enduring scenes in several movies.

Fisher’s career left a lasting impression on viewers in multiple ways. She was crucial in bringing Princess Leia to life and shared her sharp personality outside of films with abandon. As a script doctor, Carrie Fisher put the final polish on movie scripts and scenes. She also conjured up moving moments from her own creativity. She has worked on include: Sister Act, The Wedding Singer, Hook, and more.

How Carrie Fisher got her start as a script doctor

Though famous for playing Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher was also a successful script doctor and screenwriter
Though famous for playing Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher was also a successful script doctor and screenwriter / The Verge

Like many stars, Carrie Fisher has a career that includes multiple movie titles. She appeared in films outside of star wars, including the cult classic, star-studded Blues Brothers. But her career as a script doctor and ghostwriter spans many titles as well. Ralph Waldo Emerson once stated, “Tis the good reader that makes the good book,” and in Fisher’s case, she proves that to be true. She explained, “I read mostly fiction and then it went to obligation. I was asked to write a book based on an interview I did for Esquire.” Then, “I was asked to adapt that book and then I started doing re-writes.”

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All this came when she was asked to adapt an interview she did for Esquire into a movie. She considered the whole thing serendipitous, calling it “a good job, but that is a job I did not look to get.” This was only the beginning, however, as demand for Carrie Fisher as a script doctor only grew when Star Wars kicked off in earnest. It was especially easy for Fisher to rewrite Leia’s dialogue because all of those lines had to be said by her. Being asked to make written words sound natural showed Fisher just how jarring Lucas’ script would be if left as it was. She elaborated, “It is easier as an actor to go into rewriting because you know what would fit into your mouth dialogue wise. We would tell George Lucas, ‘You can type this […] but you can’t say it.’”

Fisher built an impressive portfolio

Postcards From the Edge let Carrie Fisher bring something personal, witty, and emotional to life
Postcards From the Edge let Carrie Fisher bring something personal, witty, and emotional to life / Empire

First came something rather personal to get the momentum going. Fisher developed her keen eye for fixing scripts when adapting Postcards from the Edge, her very own semi-autobiographical novel. The 1990 movie starred Meryl Streep and showed studios that Fisher was someone they wanted on their team. After this, though, she like other script doctors didn’t get much fame for that role because they are usually uncredited. That’s why so few know about this part of her career. But she gained enough fame for Entertainment Weekly to dub her “one of the most sought after doctors in town.”

Fortunately, she contributed her keen eye and wit to some of our favorites. She’s also worked with some big names. Lucas, apparently approving of her Star Wars revisions, asked her to write an episode of the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. She expanded her work to include screenwriting in general when Steven Spielberg called on her to rewrite scenes with Tinkerbell.

Script doctoring and ghostwriting presented good work that eventually involved too many hoops to jump through

Fisher became crucial in adding another layer of depth to dialogue in Lethal Weapon 3
Fisher became crucial in adding another layer of depth to dialogue in Lethal Weapon 3 / IMDb

Fisher found it enjoyable to essentially ghostwrite for Hook and provide Julia Roberts more comedic moments. Overall, she felt it was “just nice being treated with a different kind of respect than certainly you would be as an actor.” This is in spite of receiving the Spielberg treatment; Hook screenwriter Jim V. Hart explained, “Steven tends to use writers like paintbrushes, he wants this writer for this, this writer for that.” Despite enjoying the experience, Fisher took on new jobs “to get off of that.” Her reflection is as to-the-point as you could hope: “So it just went from Hook to whatever. Sister Act. Lethal Weapon 3. The River Wild. Some really bad ones too.”

Her resume includes a lot of titles that Fisher seemed to earnestly enjoy working on. But bureaucracy and foul play wormed its way into the system and by then Carrie Fisher realized being a script doctor wasn’t the same anymore. In 2008, she told Newsweek that her writing career represented a “long, very lucrative episode of my life.” Eventually, things operated differently. “Now it’s all changed, actually. Now in order to get a rewrite job, you have to submit your notes for your ideas on how to fix the script. So they can get all the notes from all the different writers, keep the notes and not hire you. That’s free work and that’s what I always call life-wasting events.”

All audiences have probably enjoyed a movie with Carrie Fisher’s own personal flair in it

Fisher's work on Sister Act helped the stars really shine and show off their comedic capabilities
Fisher’s work on Sister Act helped the stars really shine and show off their comedic capabilities / Photofest

Comedy, action, musicals – these and more enjoyed Fisher’s influence as a writer. Reportedly, she helped “Whoopify” the script for Sister Act starring Whoopi Goldberg. Goldberg and several of her co-stars received nominations for their comedic performances, in part thanks to Fisher’s work – and their own stellar performances, of course. Though she worked with a team of other writers, Fisher got paid $100,000 per week to work on Outbreak. She had long since proven her tenacity, so more blockbusters called on her to work with them. Lethal Weapon called on Script Doctor Carrie Fisher herself to rewrite Rene Russo’s character and dialogue.

She incorporated a personal touch when fine-tuning Mercedes Ruehl’s dialogue for Last Action Hero. In that film, they wanted a feminine touch for capturing the mother/son dynamics. This practice became something of an insurance policy for studios; they wrote their script, had a famous author look it over, then sent it over to Fisher for a well-rounded revision. Young viewers dreaming of palaces and carriage rides enjoyed Fisher’s work when watching Anastasia (1997). In one of the movie’s most pivotal scenes, young orphan Anya debates and ultimately decides to venture on a “Journey to the Past” to find her family. “Princess Leia wrote that scene,” composer Stephen Flaherty joked. His and Lynn Ahrens’ initial vision had Anya already starting her journey when the musical number started. Fisher – herself living a life of fame and choices, ups and downs – included this struggle with all the wonderful and intimidating possibilities life throws young women.

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What Does A Typical Walmart Shopper Look Like?

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With Walmart’s immense and universal popularity in mind, Business Insider decided to research the store’s popularity. In particular, researchers looked at the type of audience Walmart attracts. Understanding this helps explain what about this store’s strategies work for whom. When an American shopper goes out, why do they choose to go here? Who chooses this store?

The study referred to data compiled by Kantar Retail’s ShopperScape. Shopperscape polls 3,000 American shoppers each month, with questions focusing on their shopping habits. By looking at various traits associated with a typical Walmart shopper, analysts can better understand what makes this store so popular.

Walmart attracts a particular shopper demographic compared to other retailers

While Target's popularity increases with Millennials, and stores shift greatly with older generations, Walmart is consistent with its popularity among older shoppers
2019 shopper profiles chart / Ruobing Su/Business Insider

Business Insider looked at Walmart and compared the giant to other popular stores. These include Target, Costco, Amazon, and even Kroger. When looking at Kroger, they included all Kroger banners, according to their site. Using these comparisons helped researchers keep things in perspective.

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Across the board, they noted Target attracted the youngest audience. They observed the age range of shoppers and divided them among Centennials, Millennials, Gen Xers, Baby Boomers, and Matures. Consistently, when observing shopping trends among the generations, Target never spiked above all others when observing Gen Xers and older. All other stores always surpassed it with older generations. Walmart, in comparison, enjoyed a relatively consistent performance. While other chains varied across generations, Walmart sported a strong performance, especially among Gen Xers, Boomers, and Matures.

Studying Walmart answers lingering questions for other stores

Walmart attracts certain demographics more consistently than other stores
Walmart attracts certain demographics more consistently than other stores / Walmart on GOBankingRates

When looking at annual household income, Walmart remains a pretty consistent favorite no matter a person’s salary. In contrast, Costco shoppers overwhelmingly ended up having an annual household income of $100k and higher. If analysts and strategists want to know why Costco might feel exclusive compared to the universal appeal of Walmart, the answer becomes simple. Walmart requires no membership. This helps it be – financially – more easily accessible, though consumers had moral objections against the store’s handling of disabled greeters.

Observing charts focused on age, income, race, and gender, Business Insider thus compiled an image of Walmart shoppers. Again, this is an average estimate of the demographic to expect shopping at this store based on its ease of access, affordability, and more. Ultimately, the study concluded the store’s average shopper is likely a 46-year-old white female with an annual household income of $76k. Ultimately, shoppers can come from many backgrounds, though. And this can vary based on a location’s own demographics. But that is just another reminder of how universally appealing stores ought to be.

Shopping demographics also depend on location, so this analysis is more of a general look at typical shoppers there
The analysis is more of a general look at typical shoppers there / Barbara Ries/Walmart

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104-Year-Old WWII Veteran Is Asking Everyone For Valentine’s Day Cards This Year

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104-year-old Bill White, who is a WWII veteran, is asking the public for Valentine’s Day cards this year! He wants to add to his collection of keepsakes that he has built up over the years, as it reminds him of his incredible life. Bill served in the Marine Corps during World War II and also survived the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. He says that one of his most cherished medals to date is his Purple Heart, which was given to those who were wounded or killed in combat.

“The fact that I even survived is something. There weren’t too many of us,” Bill recalls. He was near the front lines of battle back on March 3, 1945. A grenade exploded just six inches away from Bill and the other Marines. His injuries would sadly take him off the battlefield so he could recover. But, he was able to recover quickly and get right back to it.

Bill White is asking everyone for Valentine’s Day cards this year to add to his collection of life’s keepsakes

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Bill stays active at his assisted living home in Stockton, California. He often likes to dine with friends and work on his scrapbooks. He organizes his scrapbooks along with his medals, sorted out by year. “It’s kept me busy just trying to locate or keep track of what’s happened to me, where, when,” he says. Now, he hopes to add to this collection by earning tons of Valentine’s Day cards.

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“I’ll save every one of them like I’ve been saving little things that have come up until right now and they’ll be a personal part of my history,” he tells Fox 40.

Where you can send cards to

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Bill White and his personal collection of items from his past / KTXL

When asked about his secret to a long life? Bill says, “just keep breathing.” He continues, “I can’t think of anything else. I can give you all sorts of ideas and suggestions but if you’re not breathing, they don’t mean anything.”  If you’d like to send Mr. White a Valentine’s Day card this year to help him build his collection, send it to the address below!

Operation Valentine
ATTN: Hold for Maj Bill White, USMC (Ret)
The Oaks at Inglewood
6725 Inglewood Ave.
Stockton, CA 95207

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Bride Wants Guests To Pay Entrance Fee To Get On ‘Exclusive Guest List’ And Skip Line

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Someone posted a story on Reddit on how their cousin planned to charge every guest an entrance fee. The bride also set up an exclusive guest list for people who didn’t want to “wait in line” to enter the wedding. Reddit user DaintySheep shares the unusual story. “I’m a 19-year-old student, I don’t have a lot of debt, but I can’t be throwing my money around like I’m rich. I have a cousin (26), her wedding is on Sunday, we’re not really close, but we do have an okay relationship.”

She continues on that the bride, “made an announcement this week saying that she’ll be charging 50 dollars for every guest who’s coming. She said that they can Venmo her the money so there won’t be no [sic] problems and everyone who paid will be added onto the ‘exclusive guest list’ which basically means you won’t have to wait in line while other guests pay.”

Bride plans to charge guests entrance fee to get into wedding…

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Bride and guest with money / iStock, File

The Reddit user says that upon reading the message, she was incredibly shocked. The bride says she “wanted to get the money she spent on her special day back. I told her I wouldn’t be able to come because this was outrageous and that I wish her well on her special day. She contacted my aunt and my aunt called me cheap and rude. My parents offered to pay for my entry, but I refused.”

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Other Reddit users chimed in, agreeing with the original poster of the story. Most were in agreement that it was unnecessary for someone to charge a ‘fee’ to get into a wedding. One person comments, “I get people don’t have a lot of money to throw a big fancy wedding, but why can’t they stay within their budget and not expect their guests to pay for their big day?”

Many people online disagree with the bride

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Bride and groom on wedding day / The Knot

Another user points out that “she probably would have gotten $100+ per guest just through gifts and ‘recouped their losses’ if she hadn’t said anything. Now she’s going to lose guests and a lot of those that do come may consider the $50 entry fee their ‘gift’ and (rightfully so) not get her anything extra.”

Lastly, one user points out that this is an upcoming trend amongst couples. “The entitlement of bridal couples is appalling. None of my family would show up – and I wouldn’t blame them.”

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What do you think about charging guests with an entrance fee for a wedding? Acceptable or unnecessary?

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2020 Grammys Honors Willie Nelson, ‘A Star is Born,’ And More

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  • The 2020 Grammy Awards are honoring some of the best in the music game.
  • Tonight’s honors went towards Willie Nelson, the soundtrack for ‘A Star is Born,’ and many more.
  • Many dedicated their performances and speeches to Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash. 

 

The 2020 Grammy Awards have taken place tonight. Many award nominees have a prominent place in today’s mainstream pop culture. However, there is one legend who was honored tonight by taking home the Grammy for Country Solo Performance. That is Willie Nelson. Also being honored tonight is the 2018 film A Star is Born for their incredible original score. The film, in particular, takes home two awards for Song Written for Visual Media (“I’ll Never Love Again”) and Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.

The song that scored Nelson his award for the evening is “Ride Me Back Home.” Up against Nelson for the award includes Tyler Childers, Ashley McBryde, Blake Shelton, and Tanya Tucker. Also up for an award tonight was Reba McEntire for Country Album, Stronger Than The Truth. She sadly lost to Tanya Tucker’s While I’m Livin’.

2020 Grammys honor immense musical talent

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Willie Nelson / Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP, File

Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne walked the red carpet together prior to the awards ceremony to talk to all the talented stars. The two were there in order to present an award tonight, and alongside them, while walking the red carpet was their daughter, Kelly Osbourne. Ozzy recently revealed to the world that he had been struggling with Parkinson’s disease.

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The award’s show tonight has been a difficult one as the legendary basketball player Kobe Bryant died following a tragic helicopter crash. Kobe’s daughter, Gianna, was also aboard the plane at the time of the crash and sadly died as well. There has been a great deal of remembrance and honor towards Kobe on this difficult day at the awards. He was one of the main topics of conversation along the red carpet and some performances were even dedicated to him.

A statement from Lukas Nelson, Willie Nelson’s son

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‘A Star is Born’ / Warner Bros.

Following the news of A Star is Born earning two Grammys, Lukas Nelson (Willie Nelson’s son) put out a statement. Nelson had a big role in teaching Bradley Cooper to play guitar for the film. In his statement, Nelson writes, “I received the news a little while ago that I won a Grammy for the A Star is Born soundtrack. While I’m grateful, given the shocking and tragic news about Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna’s passing along with the others on board, I can only feel sadness.”

He continues, “From myself, and the members of Promise of the Real, we extend our deepest condolences… Our hearts go out to the Bryant family, as well as the families who’ve lost their loved ones at this heartbreaking time.”

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A huge congrats to the winners and all the nominees who were up for an award! To listen to “Ride Me Back Home” by Willie Nelson, check out the video below!

To watch the scene from A Star is Born where Lady Gaga performs “I’ll Never Love Again,” take a look at the video below.

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