411: Blake Shelton Gets Emotional on The Voice, Pope Endorses The Saints

Blake Gets Emotional On The Voice

  • Blake Shelton is known as the wise cracking jokester on The Voice but he got pretty serious & emotional the other night when Zach Bridges got up to audition with Blake’s Ol’ Red
  • Once he was done singing, Blake explained the back story and how that became his signature song
  • The other coaches were caught off guard a bit—Kelly Clarkson called it “really sweet” & John Legend joked about how sometimes Blake can be like a real person

(skip to 3:41 for Blake's monologue)


The Pope Accidentally Endorses The New Orleans Saints

  • The leader of the biggest church in the world may be on his way to picking up 1.8 million more followers -- on Twitter. 
  • Pope Francis took to the social media platform Sunday to give thanks to the Lord for the Church's new Saints, hash tagged, writing "They walked by faith and now we invoke their intercession." Unfortunately for his Holiness, hashtag-Saints is associated with a different kind of Saints -- the New Orleans kind, prompting celebration in the French quarter and beyond
  • "Saints plus-three, lock" tweeted Shoot-Your-Shot-Sports, responding to the Pontiff. New Orleans, of course, beat Jacksonville 13-to-6. 


Eddie Van Halen Getting Cancer Treatment in Germany

  • Apparently Eddie Van Halen has been quietly traveling to Germany for years seeking treatment for his throat cancer…which has been linked to a metal guitar pick from over 20 years ago
  • Despite being a heavy smoker, a metal guitar pick that he used to cradle in his mouth is allegedly responsible for his cancer
  • When he was first diagnosed back in 2000, doctors removed about 1/3 of his tongue but for the last 5 years he’s been receiving radiation in Germany, which has for the most part kept the disease in check

Jane Fonda Arrested For Protesting Climate Change

  • Jane Fonda's activist streak hasn't disappeared with age
  • The 81-year-old was one of 16 people arrested today (Friday) on Capitol Hill while protesting climate change. "Fire Drill Friday" is a weekly demonstration, and Fonda says she plans to attend every week for at least the rest of the year
  • She says she's even moved to Washington, D.C. so she can lead the protests

Box Office Recap

  • “Joker” topped the box office again with its second record-breaking weekend, raking in another $55-million for its second weekend in theaters—it’s officially Joaquin Pheonix’s highest grossing film of all time
  • “The Addams Family” and “Gemini Man” both debuted this weekend, and one did better than the other
  • “The Addams Family” made just over $30-million to take the second spot, while Will Smith’s Gemini Man only brought in $20.5 million—it was good enough for the 3rd spot but became Will Smith’s only opening of less than $21-million

In other movies news…..In what’s being called the “upcoming reimagination” Robert Downey Jr. is taking on the role of Dr. Doolittle—he’ll be joined by a star studded cast including Selena Gomez, Rami Malek, Octavia Spencer, John Cena & more as his animal friends



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