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Moderna & Pfizer will have Omicron-targeted boosters available this year

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A few days ago, Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel explained how the company was preparing to develop and provide a second Covid booster shot – and a fourth shot overall – to come out this fall. As in, when people are getting their annual flu shots this fall, we could get the newly developed Covid booster shot around the same time. Here’s more:

Moderna is working on a booster shot that will target the omicron variant of Covid for this fall as nations around the world prepare to distribute annual vaccinations against the virus.

“We are discussing with public health leaders around the world to decide what we think is the best strategy for the potential booster for the fall of 2022. We believe it will contain omicron,” CEO Stephane Bancel told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Monday.

Bancel said the omicron-specific booster will enter clinical trials soon, and Moderna is discussing whether the shot needs to contain any other components to fight the virus.

“We need to be careful to try to stay ahead of a virus and not behind the virus,” he said. Moderna has signed advanced purchase agreements with upfront payments worth $18.5 billion with the United Kingdom, South Korea and Switzerland recently ordering shots for this fall. Bancel said the company can supply 2 billion to 3 billion booster doses this year.

“There are discussions ongoing on a daily basis. We want to be ready with the best product possible for the fall of ’22,” Bancel said.

[From CNBC]

Which is good! But I also think that by the fall, we’ll probably be dealing with a hellish new variant, plus Delta and Omicron. But I appreciate that Moderna is trying. Anyway, I was happy enough with that news, but now Pfizer’s CEO says that they will probably have an Omicron-specific booster shot available in March!!!

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla on Monday said that his company is aiming to have a vaccine that targets the omicron variant as well as other COVID-19 variants ready in March.

“This vaccine will be ready in March,” Bourla said in an appearance on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

“We [are] already starting manufacturing some of these quantities at risk,” he added.

Pfizer will produce the doses to be ready in case countries want the shots, but Bourla noted that it was unclear if a vaccine targeting variants was necessary or how exactly it would be used.

“The hope is that we will achieve something that will have way, way better protection particularly against infections, because the protection against the hospitalizations and the severe disease — it is reasonable right now with the current vaccines as long as you are having let’s say the third dose,” Bourla said.

[From The Hill]

I’ve said this on Twitter a few times, but I would get a booster shot every month if they let me. My booster shot last November didn’t even knock me out that much – I was just sort of vaguely tired and out-of-it for a few days and that was it. If I get a fourth shot or a fifth shot, maybe I’ll start floating. Maybe I’ll never get sick again. Anyway, if Pfizer is updating their vaccine so it’s more effective against Omicron, does that mean people will be able to get their second booster shots this spring with Pfizer’s new formula? It sounds like it. Your move, Moderna!!

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The mistaken Thanksgiving text invitation is being made into a Netflix movie




After Cheeto won the presidency in 2016, many Americans needed a great story to lift their spirits. In walks Jamal Hinton, a high school senior who received an accidental text from Wanda Dench, who was inviting her grandson to Thanksgiving. Jamal took her up on the offer. Since that fateful text in 2016, Jamal has returned every year to Wanda’s for Thanksgiving. Last year, Wanda invited Jamal’s girlfriend and family to the festivities. Sadly it was the last year they all had with Wanda’s husband, Lonnie, who passed from COVID in April. But inviting a perfect stranger to Thanksgiving dinner and sort of making them an honorary family member wasn’t the end of this fantastical story. Now, Netflix is developing the “mistaken Thanksgiving text invitation,” into a feature film. Jamal made the announcement about the deal on Twitter and he and Wanda did a joint statement about the news. Abdul Williams, who wrote the Salt N Pepa biopic and The Bobby Brown Story, will develop the screenplay for Thanksgiving Text. We don’t have casting news yet and a director has not yet been tapped. Here is more on this story from NPR.

Now, weeks after celebrating Thanksgiving together this year, Hinton tweeted an announcement about an upcoming Netflix film based on their story of an unlikely friendship.

The feature film The Thanksgiving Text will follow the true story of strangers becoming friends after a text mishap.

“We are excited to share our story with the world,” Hinton and Dench said in a joint statement. “We hope it inspires more people to reach out and make connections that they wouldn’t ordinarily make.”

Abdul Williams, whose works include Lottery Ticket, Salt-N-Pepa, and The Bobby Brown Story, will write the film. Robert Teitel and George Tillman Jr. will produce the film; their works include The Hate U Give, The Barbershop franchise and Men of Honor.

[From NPR]

This was one of my favorite stories of 2016. Even though I wasn’t that shocked about the 2016 presidential results, 2016 just felt like such a heavy year. When I read the story about Jamal, Wanda, and Lonnie, somehow I felt hopeful about the next few years. I was sad to find out that Wanda’s husband Lonnie died from COVID last year. It was sweet to see that despite her loss, Wanda still continued her family’s new tradition of having Jamal and his girlfriend over for Thanksgiving. It was also not lost on me that we have yet to see a picture of Wanda and her actual grandson. I am so glad that Netflix has decided to make this sort of meet cute into a movie. We are all in need of a feel good story. The fact that the movie is based on a true story makes it that much more endearing.

This sort of story encourages others to do things outside of their comfort zone. Wanda could have easily apologized to Jamal and rescinded her accidental invitation but her giving heart and open mind helped her create a sort of second family with Jamal. I hope the film also includes everyone’s backstory. Wanda and Lonnie had been married 42 years when Lonnie passed away last year. I wonder how they met and started a family. It’s sad that we lost Lonnie to COVID but hopefully this film will immortalize his life and generosity. I want to place bets on who will star. I would love to see Diane Keaton (I know she is much older than Wanda but still) as Wanda and Kevin Costner as Lonnie. Jamal reminds me of John Boyega in a way but John is too old to play Lonnie since he was a high school senior at the beginning. I am totally looking forward to tracking the development of this film. I hope Netflix does this act of kindness justice.

Today marks our 6th Thanksgiving together💛 pic.twitter.com/6xas8EVsiM

— Jamal Hinton (@Jamalhinton12) November 25, 2021

I am very excited to announce our new partnership with Netflix. We thank every single one of you for your love and support in our journey the last 6 years. We can’t wait to tell our story on the big screen! 🎥🍾 pic.twitter.com/0heCmEWMDM

— Jamal Hinton (@Jamalhinton12) December 2, 2021

Looking forward to getting together with family and friends for Thanksgiving. Jamal said he’ll bring the pumpkin pie. pic.twitter.com/KQO9P8WMTZ

— Wanda D (@wandadench) November 25, 2021

For the first time since her husband Lonnie died of COVID-19, Wanda Dench sits down for an interview.

Wanda is the viral “Thanksgiving grandma” who sent the mistaken text to @kingjamal08 in 2016. Now, Jamal has made all the difference helping her heal❤️https://t.co/5wLyW51qCE pic.twitter.com/hMobqOaKYG

— Briana Whitney (@BrianaWhitney) May 21, 2020

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Jennifer Lawrence wore custom Dior to the ‘Don’t Look Up’ premiere

Last night was the New York premiere for Don’t Look Up, the star-studded ensemble film directed by Adam McKay. It premieres on Netflix this coming weekend and I’m looking forward to seeing it. It looks like an enjoyable comedy and you can’t argue with the cast. Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio are the “leads,” they play scientists who discover the comet which is about to hit earth and kill everybody, leading to huge shenanigans. Leo honestly looked a bit nervous to be photographed with a heavily pregnant woman. There was panic in his eyes. Leo, it’s not yours!!

J-Law wore Dior, a customized gown to accommodate her pregnancy. It’s been a while since we’ve seen her in a Dior gown and this is one of the better ones. That sheer fabric isn’t a cape, those are just fabric panels which are supposed to look sort of like “sleeves.” The dress is very glittery and well-made and Jennifer looked elegant. I’m sure her feet hurt! This was her first premiere in two years. Her jewelry is Tiffany & Co.

There weren’t many solo pics of Meryl Streep, but her dress is Marc Jacobs. Jonah Hill is blonde and shirtless (but not jacket-less) and he attended the premiere with his girlfriend Sarah Brady. Florence Pugh isn’t in the film, but I guess she wanted to see it because she turned up at the premiere too. She wore an insane Dolce & Gabbana ensemble which was totally wrong for New York in December. Bonus: Kid Cudi wearing teddy bears on his feet.

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Casey Wilson: I urge everyone to get a bedroom Christmas Tree, it is so comforting

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Casey Wilson was on Ellen promoting her new Apple TV comedy with Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell called Shrink Next Door. It’s based on the true story of a therapist moving in with his client’s family in the Hamptons. She also has a podcast about the Real Housewives called Bitch Sesh. Casey did a bit with Ellen where she campaigned to be People’s Most Beautiful 41-year-old next year. People put her in this year’s Most Beautiful issues as an example of a woman who was 40 and she claimed that made her the most beautiful 40-year-old. It was weird, and she said she qualified because she plays Sexiest Man Alive Paul Rudd’s wife on TV. I was more interested in Casey’s enthusiasm for Christmas. She showed photos of her two Christmas trees and explained that one is in her bedroom. Casey had decorated three weeks prior, meaning at the beginning of November. She also has fake trees and uses a pine scented thing to try to replicate what real trees would smell like. Get rid of it then! Here’s some of what she told Ellen.

On how much she loves Christmas


I’ve had [two trees] up for three weeks. I have a tree that I call my hero tree in the living room and I have bedroom tree. I urge everyone to get a bedroom tree. It is so comforting, life is so hard. Can’t we gaze upon some beautiful lights in our bedroom? I’m getting a third tree, a real tree, after Thanksgiving. It’s hard to get a real tree October first. I hang these scented things in them to trick your brain. It kind of wafts. It’s a strong scent. The smell makes feel a little sick.

[From Ellen on YouTube]

After that Casey talked about some texts to her husband she posted where she yelled at him for being too loud when coming in at night. They have two sons, Max, six, and Henry, four, and she said she was trying to get them to sleep when she sent those messages. I remember that time well! I only had one child but bedtime was tough.

As for Casey’s love of Christmas, I only have one artificial Christmas tree. We always had real trees growing up and one year my mom got a second one. It felt cozy to go to another room and see a second tree, however it’s a pain to put up Christmas decorations and take them down a month later. Maybe that’s why Casey decorates at the beginning of November. One year I went to a Christmas party in a mansion that was decorated with two enormous trees in the great room, two trees in a side room and three trees upstairs in a study! I’m sure they had staffers putting those things up. Kudos to all of you who go all out for Christmas. Between working, cooking and taking care of the house I feel accomplished to have one tree and some decorations up. Honestly I just put up my tree this weekend.

Here’s that interview! The beginning is awkward as hell.


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Beyonce reveals 4-year-old Rumi, who looks exactly like 9-year-old Blue Ivy

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Beyonce continues to churn out collections for her Ivy Park X Adidas collaboration. The latest is for “the holiday season,” but it’s not holiday-themed. It’s not Christmas-y, nor is everything red and green. No, the latest Ivy Park collection is called Halls of Ivy, and she’s playing around with a preppy, Ivy League-college look. There’s also a tennis theme, because Beyonce likes tennis and her latest single is for the Richard Williams bio-pic, King Richard. She’s also close to both Serena and Venus Williams. Sidenote: neither Serena nor Venus will end up wearing Halls of Ivy. Serena can’t wear any of it because of the very strict terms of her Nike contract. Venus won’t wear it because she has her own tennis-kit line, EleVen.

In the short commercial for the new collection, Beyonce grabbed James Harden, Natalia Bryant (Kobe’s daughter), Ava and Deacon Phillippe and Jalen Green. Beyonce also included her two daughters, Blue Ivy and Rumi Carter. I haven’t seen a photo of Rumi since she was a baby and I (along with everyone else) was shocked to see how much Rumi looks like Blue Ivy, and how strong those Carter genes really are. Rumi is just a mini-Blue!! Rumi is also 4 years old, because time has no meaning. Blue is already 9 years old. Have we seen a recent photo of Sir? I wonder if he got all of the Knowles genes?

Blue Ivy pictured with her mother/client Beyoncé and sister Rumi. On set of an Ivy Park shoot where she served as creative director pic.twitter.com/nY7P1uv7Pu

— TheLimitDoesNotExist (@sylviamphofe) November 30, 2021

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US: Jennifer Garner and John Miller plan to introduce their children to each other

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We know Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez’s kids have met because they’ve done outings together that were caught by the paparazzi Jennifer Garner and her on-again boyfriend, fast food technology entrepreneur John Miller, are much less pap-friendly. We’ve barely seen them out together. If US Magazine is to be believed (and I think they are when it comes to Garner) they’ve each separately met the other’s kids, but their kids haven’t met each other yet. John is notoriously private. He has a 15-year-old son and a 12-year-old daughter, based on details that came out from his 2014 divorce papers. According to US, John and Jennifer have talked about their kids meeting and are planning to arrange that. Here’s more, from the print edition:

Things are getting serious between Jennifer Garner and beau John Miller. On October 16, the actress, 49, spent a cozy evening at Miller’s home with his two kids from a previous marriage, and it went so well that now they’re planning on introducing his children to her brood. “It’s a huge deal,” a source tells Us, explaining that the pair didn’t want to involve their families “until they were 100 percent certain” that they were in it for the long haul. “Step one was meeting each other’s kids. Then they’ll look to move in together,” adds the source. “Assuming all is going well, it’ll culminate in an engagement!”

[From US Magazine, print edition, November 1, 2021]

Jennifer is having a house/mansion built now, and I wonder if John is planning to move in there. It seems odd that she hasn’t met his kids until now. They were together for about two years before they split in the summer of 2020. They reconciled sometime this spring. Did they just take it really slow last time? This is also a huge contrast to how quickly Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are moving and introducing their kids to each other. I know that Bennifer was together before, but so were Jennifer and John. We heard engagement rumors about Jennifer and John in 2020, also from US, and in 2019 a source told US that Jennifer felt like she’d “found a true partner” in John. It’s hard to believe that she hadn’t met his kids at that point if they were so serious. Something is off, but maybe it’s just their PR.

Respect for wearing legwarmers. They’re underrated.


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Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon’s ‘wild, insane’ love story is getting a biopic

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Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are still together despite Ozzy cheating on Sharon as recently as 2016. Sharon has said that Ozzy has cheated with a total of six women over their nearly 40 year marriage, which seems low especially considering that it includes two women who were nannies to their children. More importantly Ozzy has been incredibly abusive to Sharon and, in the documentary about his life aired last year on A&E, described calmly deciding to kill her in 1989. Sharon pushed a panic button while Ozzy was choking her, summoning the police. She declined to press charges.

Jack and Aimee Osbourne’s production company, Osbourne Media, is now working on a biopic based on Sharon and Ozzy’s life, and in collaboration with their parents. Sharon issued a statement about it. I would imagine she has a lot of free time after she got kicked off The Talk for being a racist bitch.

The lives and epic love story of rocker Ozzy Osbourne and manager and personality Sharon Osbourne will be the subject of an upcoming feature film.

The untitled project comes from Polygram Entertainment, and will follow a biopic format centering on their decades-long bond — one that exploded to the heights of pop culture with the flagship MTV reality series “The Osbournes.” Oscar nominee Lee Hall (“Billy Elliot”) is scripting the project.

“Our relationship at times was often wild, insane and dangerous but it was our undying love that kept us together,” said Sharon Osbourne. “We’re thrilled to partner with Sony Pictures and Polygram to bring our story to the screen.”

Sharon and her kids Jack Osbourne and Aimée Osbourne are producing via their label Osbourne Media, with Michele Anthony and David Blackman on behalf of Polygram Entertainment. Andrea Giannetti is overseeing development for Sony.

Music will obviously play a large role in the film, and will feature tracks from Ozzy’s band Black Sabbath as well as work from his solo career.

Hall’s writing credits include “Rocketman” starring Taron Egerton, Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse,” Stephen Frears’ “Victoria & Abdul,” and “Billy Elliot,” which earned him an Oscar nod for best original screenplay.

[From Variety]

This makes me sad for a couple of reasons. One is that I don’t think these terrible people deserve a movie about their toxic relationship. Sharon continues to show us what kind of person she is and Ozzy is just as bad we just don’t focus on him as much. The other is that it’s being written by Lee Hall, who’s behind the incredibly moving and beautiful film Rocket Man. Elton John deserved that dreamy look into how he overcame his demons and became a legend; Sharon and Ozzy do not rate a movie on that level. (Also Rocket Man got shut out of the Oscars! Taron Edgerton needed a best actor nomination and it should have been nominated for best film, but I digress.) I hope this movie falls through somehow, but the Ozzy documentary was popular, there are big names involved, and there’s still interest in Sharon and Ozzy’s story.

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