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Krispy Kreme to sell Ghostbusters doughnuts

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Variety

Krispy Kreme and Sony Pictures have collaborated on something fans loved from their childhoods, creating two kinds of marshmallow-filled doughnuts to celebrate the Blu-Ray release of the 30th anniversary edition of “Ghostbusters.”

The Ghostbusters doughnut will feature white icing, a green splat inspired by the film’s Psychomagnotheric Slime, and a “Ghostbusters” logo sugar piece. The Stay Puft Marshmallow option will be decorated with white icing, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man’s face and a sugar hat.

They will be sold September 29-October 31 and you can pre-order 5 dozen or more starting today.

Police: Former WWE Wrestler Sean O’Haire committed suicide

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O’Haire had been working as a personal trainer in Spartanburg. After he left wrestling he tried his hand at kickboxing, MMA, and being a hair stylist. He and Chuck Palumbo were WCW tag team champions when that organization was shut down after being purchased by WWE.

WYFF (emphasis added):

Former WWE wrestler Sean Christopher Haire was found dead in his Spartanburg home Tuesday, according to Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger.

Clevenger said Haire, 43, was found dead at the home at 7:30 p.m.

Police told WYFF News 4 the death is a suicide, but Clevenger said the cause and manner of death are under investigation.

Dax Shepard to direct and star in CHiPs movie

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Deadline reports:

Warner Bros has set Dax Shepard to write, direct and star in a screen version of CHiPS, that TV series that ran from 1977-83 and featured two officers who patrolled the highways of California armed with motorcycles and the tightest khaki cop uniforms in television history. Shepard will play Officer Jon Baker (played in the original by Larry Wilcox), while Michael Pena is attached to play Frank “Ponch” Poncherello, the role Erik Estrada originated. Rick Rosner created the NBC series.

Here’s the iconic opening of the show:

Juveniles charged with burning down Tom Clancy’s home

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WBAL:

Two male juveniles in southern Maryland have been charged with arson for setting the fire that burned down the unoccupied estate of Tom Clancy in Calvert County.

The two boy, ages 12 and 14, have been charged with Arson 2nd Degree for their involvement with igniting the blaze that destroyed a two story unoccupied wood frame dwelling of the famed writer’s estate.

The fire marshal says the fire last [F]riday was brought under control withing 15 minutes but caused $149,000 in damages.

I’m not sure whether Clancy was still living in the Calvert County home much before his death last year or if he was living in his luxury penthouse in Baltimore primarily. I do remember there were reports when he was still married to his first wife that she purchased him a restored Sherman tank that was on the grounds of the mansion. There were even news reports discussing the house itself, which was the inspiration for the waterfront home that Clancy protagonist Jack Ryan owned in some of Clancy’s novels.

Chick-Fil-A also testing chicken & waffles in Philly, Memphis, and Inland Empire

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I noted last week that Chick-Fil-A has been testing a new breakfast menu that includes chicken and waffles. The initial reports were the new menu items were available in Middle Georgia.

A report from the Los Angeles Times indicates that the breakfast items are being tested in 12 stores in the Inland Empire in California:

Chick-fil-A has started testing a new breakfast menu at select locations around the country, including its 12 restaurants in the Inland Empire. Known for its fried chicken cutlet sandwiches, the Atlanta-based chain is looking to expand its morning offerings to include new “better for you” selections as well as a few new savory items, the company said in a release.

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For a mix of sweet and savory, Chick-fil-A has introduced Chicken & Waffles for breakfast with a fried boneless breast of chicken alongside a warm Belgian-style waffle with a caramelized sugar crunch and the maple syrup baked on the inside (440 calories, 9 grams of fat). There’s also new Cinnamon Swirls, the chain’s version of mini cinnamon rolls, served warm with cream cheese icing (310 calories, 17 grams of fat).

Other locations:

The new breakfast items will be available for a limited time in the Inland Empire as well as Philadelphia, Middle Georgia and Memphis, Tenn.

 

Report: Burger King in talks to buy Tim Horton’s to avoid US taxes

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Business Insider:

The Wall Street Journal’s Liz Hoffman and Dana Mattioli report Burger King is in talks to buy Tim Horton’s to pull off a “tax inversion” that would allow it to avoid U.S. taxes.

The new holding company would be based in Canada, the pair report.

“One of the people said a deal between the two companies could be struck soon, though additional details on timing couldn’t be learned,” they write. “Together the restaurant companies have a market value of about $18 billion.”

The deal would create the world’s third-largest fast food enterprise.

While this is mainly for the tax implications, would it mean more Tim Horton’s in the US? (There are a small number in the US including some on military installations.)

Union thugs threatened Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi with violence

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A RedState post by Labor Union Report has the details:

Some things never change. After nearly 15 years of trying to clean up a reputation marred with corruption, shake-downs of the film industry, as well as violence, Boston’s famous Teamsters Local 25′s public face turned very ugly earlier this summer when the popular Bravo network show Top Chef rolled into Beantown using non-union production assistants and drivers.

More from RedState:

In summary, when Bravo’s Top Chef began taping at Boston’s Steel & Rye in June, Teamster members from Local 25 greeted the crew and stars with picket signs, verbal abuse, alleged vandalism and even death threats.

Deadline.com fills in some more of the details:

The Teamsters picketers were already mad. By the time Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi’s car pulled up to the Steel & Rye restaurant in the picturesque New England town of Milton just outside Boston, one of them ran up to her car and screamed, “We’re gonna bash that pretty face in, you f*cking whore!”

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Jenn Levy, Bravo’s SVP Production, wasn’t spared. Arriving at the restaurant in her black SUV, she soon found herself running a gauntlet of vitriol. “She got of her car in front of the location and quickly ran through the picket line,” a source said. “They were yelling, ‘You bitch! You slut! We’re gonna get you!’ It went on like that all day.”

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There was a large film crew at Steel & Rye today filming a television program. During the course of the taping union picketers arrived and hassled members of the crew, pedestrians and a police officer who had been hired as safety detail. One passer by said the picketers were “aggressive”. Deputy Chief King stated that just under a dozen cars had their tires slashed at some point.

The RedState post notes that union shakedowns of film productions in Boston have been so bad in the past that many productions have avoided doing business in the city.

Pro-Abort: “I Want You to Eat a Taco, Drink a Beer, and Fund Abortion”

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Andrea Grimes of RH Reality Check admits she started the challenge as a Twitter joke in response to the Ice Bucket Challenge that is ubiquitous right now. She should have left it as one.

Grimes summarizes it:

The Taco or Beer Challenge couldn’t be simpler: You eat a taco and/or drink a beer, and you donate to an abortion fund. The only ice you’ll need for this challenge is the ice in your cooler, or maybe the ice in your water if you get a particularly spicy taco.

Everybody stays dry—ideally—and somebody gets help paying for a legal abortion.

Then she goes into further detail:

What do ice buckets have to do with ALS? I don’t know. What do tacos and beer have to do with abortion? I don’t know that either.

What I do know is that eating tacos and drinking beer is more pleasurable than getting doused with ice water, and that lawmakers around the country are passing increasingly restrictive anti-abortion access laws. Which means abortion funds are now more necessary than ever as legal abortion becomes harder than ever to access—especially for those of us who don’t live in major urban centers.

Tacos and beer, of course, remain as vital to our human happiness as they ever were. The solution is clear: Eat tacos, drink beer, and donate to abortion funds.

She admits abortion is “common” and “normal” but then talks about how you need to participate in the challenge and then closes with this:

The only way to fail the Taco or Beer Challenge is to not donate to an abortion fund. I believe in tacos, I believe in beer, and I believe in you.

I’ll gladly fail. I’ll drink beer (good craft beer – I bet Grimes drinks Coronas with her tacos), eat tacos, and pray the rosary for the innocent unborn that Grimes makes jokes about the killing of.

“Florida Man” Trifecta

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ActionNewsJax.com:

Jacob Jaquett was startled as he was trying to help a friend move in Mayport. He saw a naked man with a 3 to 4 foot sword.

“I was honestly kind of scared because I didn’t know what he had with him or what was going on,” Jaquett said.
He says the man charged at people and screamed at them, as seen in viewer-submitted video.

Action News called the sheriff’s office multiple times to get more information.

Officials could only say there was a call to service at the complex and couldn’t tell us anything else.

Jaquett says other members of the complex were able to get the man to put the sword down.

NY Daily News:

A South Florida man busted stealing thousands of dollars- worth of loot from a store told police and a judge his name was “Ima Thief.”

Police in Sunrise say the brazen bandit was trying to skulk out of an electronics store on North University Drive with two stolen TVs and other gear on Thursday when he was stopped by security, NBC Miami reported.

Police arrived and the man tried to flee, but was arrested.

At a bond hearing Thursday, the man told Broward Judge John Fry the same thing he told cops — his given name was Ima Thief.

ABC News:

A sleeping driver awakened by police at a Florida intersection led authorities on a chase before being arrested in a gated community.

The Palm Beach Post reports that 21-year-old Joslet Jean-Charles was asleep behind the wheel of a 2003 Ford Taurus at a busy intersection in Greenacres, Florida, about 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

When a patrol car pulled in front of Jean-Charles, he awoke, drove around the police and fled. He abandoned the vehicle in front of the Waterway Village development.

Police did not initially find Jean-Charles, but arrested him at an address found on a bill inside the car.

Nikki Haley does the #ALSIceBucketChallenge; challenges Stephen Colbert

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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was challenged to do the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS by a professor at the University of South Carolina. Video of her being doused in ice water by her children was posted to her official Facebook page this morning. After that, she challenged three other South Carolinians to do likewise. They included Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, singer Edwin McCain, and television host Stephen Colbert.

Here’s the video: