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Happy Birthday Elvis! He Would Have Turned 84 Years Old

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Here’s some foundation data about Elvis Presley, one of the greatest moving melodic demonstrations ever, with in excess of a billion records sold around the world.

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  • Birth date: January 8, 1935
  • Death date: August 16, 1977
  • Birth place: Tupelo, Mississippi
  • Birth name: Elvis Aaron Presley
  • Father: Vernon Presley
  • Mother: Gladys Presley
  • Marriage: Priscilla (Beaulieu) Presley (May 1, 1967-October 9, 1973, divorced)
  • Children: Lisa Marie, February 1, 1968
  • Military service: US Army, 1958-1960

Timeline:

  • 1953  Meets producer Sam Phillips.
  • 1954 – Records “That’s All Right,” at Sun Records in Memphis, his first hit.
  • 1956 – Makes his television debut on “Stage Show.”
  • 1956 – Has his first No. 1 single with “Heartbreak Hotel.”
  • September 9, 1956 – Appears on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
  • November 15, 1956 – First movie, “Love Me Tender,” is released.
  • March 1957 – Purchases Graceland for $102,500.
  • December 20, 1960 – “Flaming Star” is released, Elvis’ only non-singing movie role.
  • February 29, 1968 –Wins a Grammy in the gospel genre for Best Sacred Performance for “How Great Thou Art.”
  • December 3, 1968 – The television special “Elvis” airs. It is later called “The ’68 Comeback Special.”
  • December 21, 1970 – Meets with US President Richard Nixon at the White House.
  • August 28, 1971 – Receives the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • March 3, 1973 – Wins a Grammy in the gospel genre for Best Inspirational Performance for “He Touched Me.”
  • 1972 – Has his last US Top 10 hit in his lifetime with “Burning Love.”
  • January 14, 1973 – Elvis’ television special, “Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii – Via Satellite,” is seen in 40 countries by 1 billion to 1.5 billion people.
  • March 1, 1975 – Wins a Grammy in the gospel genre for Best Inspirational Performance (Non-Classical) for “How Great Thou Art.”
  • June 26, 1977 – Performs his last concert, in Indianapolis.
  • January 8, 1993 – The US Postal Service releases an Elvis commemorative postage stamp. More than 500 million are printed, three times the usual print run for a commemorative stamp.
  • 2002 – A remix of Elvis’ song, “A Little Less Conversation,” reaches the Top 10 in music charts around the world.
  • August 11-19, 2007 – First annual Elvis Week. Tens of thousands attend the festivities at Graceland celebrating the 30th anniversary of his death.
  • October 31, 2018 – Forbes names Elvis number two on its top-earning dead celebrities list, with an estimated $40 million in earnings.
  • November 16, 2018 – US President Donald Trump posthumously awards Presley the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the nation’s highest civilian honor — along with six others, including baseball phenom Babe Ruth and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

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What’s open and what’s closed on the Fourth of July

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So it’s the Fourth of July but, we still have things to do, errands to run, and so on. And if everything is closed, where does that leave us?We’re here to answer the most important Fourth of July questions: What’s open, and what’s closed?

OPEN

Stores and restaurant chains are likely to be open on July 4, but it’s always good to call aheadTarget — Open regular hoursWalmart — Open regular hours Kroger– Open regular hoursTrader Joe’s — All stores will be closing at 5, so don’t procrastinateMovie theaters — We can’t think of a better way to ring in America’s birthdayLiquor stores — So, this depends. If you live in a state where liquor stores are government-owned, they might be closed (like in North Carolina). In other states, it might vary by owner, so maybe call ahead.Zoos — So you might not think of the zoo as a holiday destination, but they do tend to be open.

CLOSED

Anything government-owned, like the post office, DMV, public libraries, etc, is most likely going to be closed.Your bank is probably closed, but if you need cash the ATM is always an option.Your favorite local spot — Varies by location! Call ahead! In general, local restaurants will probably be closed, but some morning-only spots (things like your favorite bagel or doughnut spot) might still be open during the day.Museums — OK, some might be open, but some aren’t. It’s a real 50-50. If you’re dedicated, call ahead. If not, it’s safest to assume no.

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Meet the New ‘Little Mermaid’ Star Halle Bailey

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With news that Halle Bailey has nabbed the starring role in Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, many were left to wonder just who exactly the up-and-coming star is. 

Though an “extensive search” was underway to find an actress to take on the coveted role of the Disney princess, director Rob Marshall says that apart from Bailey having a “glorious singing voice” she also “possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence and substance” that are the “intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role.”

The 19-year-old singer-actress and Atlanta native may seem like a newcomer to Hollywood, but Bailey has already made a name for herself with a slew of successful works in film, television and music. 

From having Beyoncé as a mentor to co-starring alongside Yara Shahidi in Grown-ish, The Hollywood Reporter takes a look at the young star’s accomplishments so far.

Music:

Bailey and her sister, Chloe, 21, first got their start by posting cover videos to YouTube. Eventually, as Chloe x Halle, they released an EP in 2016 titled Sugar Symphony, which spawned two singles “Drop” and “Fall.” “Drop” has more than 5 million views on YouTube, while “Fall” has racked up more than 1 million.

In 2017, the duo dropped another EP called The Two of Us, which featured the hits “Used to Love” and “Too Much Sauce.” The project was named one of Rolling Stone‘s Best R&B Albums of 2017. That same year, Chloe x Halle released “Grown,” which became the theme song for the Black-ish spinoff, Grown-ish.

In 2018, Chloe x Halle released their debut album, The Kids Are All Right, which they wrote and executive produced themselves. The music was also prominently featured on season one of Grown-ish. The Kids Are All Right also features their track “Warrior,” which was featured on the soundtrack for Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time.

At the 61st annual Grammy Awards, The Kids Are All Right was nominated in the best urban contemporary album category, and Chloe x Halle were nominated for best new artist. 

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‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’: Not a good dog, but an okay one

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All mutts are great pooches. Gracious, beyond any doubt, yours strength crap in a shoe now and again, or grab a nibble from the counter. In any case, in general, humankind would be much better on the off chance that we as a whole endeavored — tenaciously — to be somewhat more, er, doggish. “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” an enlivened film about canines (and other trained critters), doesn’t exactly satisfy the standard set by genuine pooches. Consider it a truly decent pooch.

Getting the latest relevant point of interest, this continuation fixates on a terrier named Max (Patton Oswalt, carrying out substitution voice responsibility after Louis C.K. was dropped from the establishment in the wake of sexual unfortunate behavior allegations). Max is as yet living joyfully in New York City with his proprietor, Katie (Ellie Kemper), and his lummox of a closest companion Duke (Eric Stonestreet). Be that as it may, at that point all of a sudden, in a concise montage, we see everything change: Katie meets a person, gets hitched and has an infant, none of which Max likes. Inevitably the infant turns into a baby, and he and the mutts start to get along so well that Max feels he should shield the kid from everything. The most ideal approach to do that is to not give him a chance to do anything.

Meanwhile, in another apartment, Snowball the rabbit (Kevin Hart) has come to think of himself as a superhero, thanks to the costume that his owner dresses him in. Gidget (Jenny Slate), a pampered puffball of a Pomeranian, still has a crush on Max.

The main story, such as it is, kicks in when Max and his family take a trip to the country. That’s where Max meets Rooster (Harrison Ford), a cattle dog who actually works for a living and who disdains Max — as much for his life of leisure as his nervous nature. Additional story lines focus on a favorite toy of Max’s that goes missing while he’s away and an attempt by Snowball and his new Shih Tzu pal, Daisy (Tiffany Haddish), to rescue an abused circus tiger from his evil owner (Nick Kroll). We know the circus owner is evil because he dresses in black and has a Russian accent.

See the problem here? There are so many subplots, it’s like herding cats.

The animation style of “Pets 2” is similar to that of the first film — the Manhattan skyline is rendered in softly bright and busy colors — but also more haphazard. Daisy’s hair looks so silky that you’ll want to stroke it and tell her that she’s a good girl (yes she is). And Gidget looks like a cotton ball with legs, But the rest of the pets aren’t rendered with such detail. Their eyes all have a weird glassiness, and their mouths appear disconnected from their faces.

Oswalt’s voice work is, as in “Ratatouille” and other energized ventures, extraordinary. Same with Slate and Haddish, whose characters are adequate to warrant a spinoff. Portage might not have very their ability, yet he passes on Rooster’s blunt disturbance such that fits the character.

The greater part of the motion picture’s jokes land unequivocally, which, incidentally, just serves to feature different shortcomings of the film. “Pets 2” feels less like a convincing, full-length highlight than like three good short movies, every one of which is just ambiguously identified with the other, and all of which exist only to get starting with one joke then onto the next. Anticipating that us should keep an eye out for another felines are-jerks minute isn’t the most ideal approach to draw in with a crowd of people, regardless of how substantial that point might be.

Regardless of its amusingness — and in spite of some really aww-moving minutes — “The Secret Life of Pets 2” is somewhat forgettable. Chicken entireties it up best with this simple evaluation: “Some stuff occurred. Presently it’s finished.”

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