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Friday, February 21, 2020

Entertainment

Clint Eastwood appears to show his age in awkward Jim Nantz interview

Clint Eastwood can still hit a golf ball and take part in the making of a Hollywood film, but the gritty legend may finally be showing a few signs of age.

As usual, Eastwood made himself very visible at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am this year. Eastwood is from the San Francisco area and is an investor in the Pebble Beach Golf Links, so his attendance at the event has been a given throughout the years. During the final round of play on Sunday, Eastwood joined Jim Nantz and Nick Faldo for an interview during the CBS broadcast. Viewers quickly noticed that the 89-year-old seemed a bit distant.

Eastwood was lucid for the majority of the interview, though Nantz and Faldo did try to make light of him giving one-word answers at one point. Of course, we’re talking about a guy who will turn 90 in a few months.

While we all like to think of Eastwood from his Western film days or telling some kid to “get off my lawn,” he’s getting up there in age. The fact that he is almost 90 and is even able to still work and make public appearances is remarkable.

Rob Lowe roasted for wearing NFL logo on his hat

Rob Lowe NFL hat

Rob Lowe went viral on Sunday for his choice of hat at the NFC Championship Game in Santa Clara.

The actor attended the game and was shown on TV as FOX promoted the TV show “9-1-1: Lone Star”. Many noticed that rather than wear a hat representing a specific team — like say the 49ers or Packers — Lowe had one that showed the NFL shield on it.

The actor’s hat led to plenty of jokes on Twitter.

Lowe took note and commented on his hat becoming the top story of the blowout game.

Come on, Rob. You’re wearing an NFL shield logo on your hat. Who does that?? His career as an NFL referee is going about as well as his career as an NFL reporter.

Adam Sandler is a baller! Video highlights from his pickup game in Atlanta

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Adam Sandler is a confirmed baller.

Sandler was in Atlanta this week promoting his new movie “Uncut Gems”, which also stars Kevin Garnett. Sandler is known for his love of basketball and frequently seen sitting courtside at various NBA games. He also loves to play and will often join random pickup games to get some run.

On Thursday, Sandler went to an LA Fitness in Atlanta and played in a pickup game. We put together this great highlight video of him balling out. Sandler drained a bucket, made a reverse layup, and dished some sick passes. Take a look:

Later in the evening after balling out at LA Fitness, Sandler joined “Inside the NBA” on TNT after the Houston Rockets-LA Clippers game to promote “Uncut Gems.” Garnett has made some headlines for what he’s said in interviews. Sandler has been receiving Oscar buzz for his role in the movie.

Also, Sandler’s baggy ’90s style clothing has been receiving plenty of attention. If the clothes help him play that well, we have to leave him alone about it.

South Park takes shot at LeBron James over China comments

LeBron James

LeBron James has faced plenty of backlash since he made disappointing remarks about the NBA’s situation with China earlier in the week, and you knew it wouldn’t be long before “South Park” got in on the act.

The latest episode of “South Park,” which aired on Wednesday night,” took aim at LeBron for being afraid to support freedom of speech when his bank account could be directly impacted. As Deadline pointed out, the episode was about the plant-based food craze where substitutes are replacing meat. Cartman confronted students who were protesting in favor of the movement at South Park Elementary, and it’s clear his message was a shot at LeBron from the writers.

This isn’t the first time “South Park” has addressed the ongoings in China. In an episode earlier this month, the show took aim at Hollywood studios for allowing Chinese censorship to impact the content they are producing. One of the characters in the show shouted “F— the Chinese government” during a recent episode, and creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone issued a mock apology that ridiculed the NBA.

“Like the NBA, we welcome Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts. We too love money more than freedom and democracy,” the apology statement said.

In his first public comments about the China situation, LeBron said he believed Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey should have thought about the impact his tweet of support for Hong Kong protestors would have on others — i.e. LeBron and other NBA stars. He has since tried to backtrack, but several prominent people inside and outside the NBA community have criticized LeBron for his hypocritical stance.

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Jennifer Lopez, Shakira to perform at Super Bowl Halftime Show

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Jennifer Lopez and Shakira have been announced as the performers for this season’s Super Bowl Halftime Show.

The 2020 Super Bowl will take place on February 2 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The NFL, Pepsi and Roc Nation announced Thursday that J. Lo and Shakira would be performing. The announcement came through Jay-Z’s company, Roc Nation, which recently partnered with the NFL to help provide music selections for their events. Roc Nation is co-producing the show.

“These two remarkable artists are setting a new precedent for what this show can become, and we’re confident that this will be an incredible performance for the ages,” Pepsi Vice President of Marketing Todd Kaplan said in a statement.

J. Lo is engaged to Alex Rodriguez, so the only way to make the show complete would be a cameo from the former MLB player.

Watch: Blake Griffin’s roast of Caitlyn Jenner was legendary

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Comedy Central is airing a roast of Alec Baldwin on Sunday, and one clip from Blake Griffin taking it to Caitlyn Jenner during the program has already made the rounds because of the savage jokes.

The roasters of Baldwin include Robert De Niro, Joel McHale, Chris Redd, Jeff Ross, Ken Jeong, Nikki Glaser, Caroline Rhea, Adam Carolla, Jenner and Griffin. During his time on the mic, Griffin had some great lines, including a few directed at Jenner.

“On behalf of the entire NBA, and half of the rappers on the Billboard charts, I want to thank you for giving your daughters their daddy issues,” Griffin joked in one of his zingers.

Griffin would know – he has dated Kendall Jenner in the past, one of Caitlyn’s daughters with Kris Jenner.

Kendall Jenner has also been rumored to date the following NBA players:
D’Angelo Russell
Chandler Parsons
Jordan Clarkson
Ben Simmons

The Kendall Jenner jokes seem to be great material for the roasts; Jeff Ross got Blake with a really good zinger about her last year.

John C. Reilly to play Jerry Buss in HBO’s Showtime Lakers project

Jerry Buss

HBO has a pilot in the works on the Showtime Lakers, and they just recast one of the leading roles.

John C. Reilly will be playing the role of former Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss, according to a report from Deadline. Reilly replaces Michael Shannon, who was previously cast in the role but left the project due to creative differences, the report says.

The pilot is based off Jeff Pearlman’s book about the Showtime Lakers, “Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s.”

Buss, who died in 2013, bought the Lakers in 1979 and wanted the team to have an up-tempo style of play to attract fans. He had superstars on his team and the plan worked. The Lakers won five championships during that time, became a staple of the Los Angeles cultural fabric and an international sports brand.

It’s unclear when the pilot is set to air, but it sounds like programming many sports fans will not want to miss.