News Round-Up: May 27, 2021

Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista and friends
Dave Bautista and friends (via Instagram)
Dave Bautista and friends (via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

Yahoo News: 52-year-old Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista (center above) was asked about a shirtless, speedo-clad photo he took while down under in Australia. “I guess, when in Australia!” the retired wrestler joked on during an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show.

Outsports: The LGBTQ sports site has compiled a list of all of the 2021 Pride Nights taking place throughout Major League Baseball. Currently, 17 teams have scheduled a Pride Night on their 2021 calendars.

Axios: New studies indicate those who’ve recovered from COVID-19 and got vaccinated won’t need boosters, per the New York Times. However, those who weren’t infected but were vaccinated will likely need boosters. Check out the graphic below tracking the increase/decrease of COVID-19 cases over the past year.

Graphic showing increase/decrease of COVID infections for past year
(graphic via Axios)

ABC News: Joseph Costello, a high school freshman, will have his college education paid for thanks to getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Joseph, of Englewood, Ohio, was announced Wednesday as the winner of a full-ride, four-year scholarship – with room, board, tuition and books – in Ohio’s Vax-a-Million lottery. Additionally, an Ohio couple won the first weekly million-dollar prize in a separate drawing.

Variety: Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave is now distancing herself from the proposed Italian film, “The Man Who Drew God,” which has been announced as Kevin Spacey’s return to acting. The actress was reportedly attached to the project which is expected to be directed by her husband of 15 years, Franco Nero.

HuffPost: Lil Nas X says he’ll “never trust pants again” after his SNL wardrobe malfunction. The Grammy winner set the record straight about splitting his pants on “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend, assuring fans the wardrobe malfunction was not a publicity stunt.

Podcast: Texas’ Bathroom Bill, FDA Approves Generic Truvada, Tony Award Predictions & More

On this week’s The Randy Report podcast, I look at these LGBT headlines:

• Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is calling a special session of the Texas legislature to try an pass an anti-transgender “bathroom bill”

• The FDA has approved a generic version of Truvada

• Transgender leaker Chelsea Manning gave her first interview since being released from prison

• “Guardians of the Galaxy” star Dave Bautista has a message for homophobes

• Just a few predictions of who might win at this year’s Tony Awards

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report.

You can subscribe to The Randy Report podcast (for free!) on iTunes here.

Chris Pratt Drops A Hysterical Essex Accent On The Graham Norton Show

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Chris Pratt Explains the Story Behind His First Hollywood Headshot to Jimmy Fallon

A slightly chagrined Chris Pratt explains his first headshot

Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt explains the story behind his first “Hollywood headshot” (where Pratt refers to himself as “Douchemaster McChest”) to Jimmy Fallon.

Interesting story – halfway through you think it’s gonna go a little sideways; could have been some “friendly-photographer” shenanigans, but life works out for Mr. Pratt.

Watch below:

Chris Pratt explains the pose his first photographer suggested

“Douchemaster McChest”

“This headshot got me “Everwood” on the WB!”

“Guardians of the Galaxy” rakes in $94 million in debut weekend

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (featuring a hunky, sometimes shirtless Chris Pratt of Parks and Recreation) wins this weekend’s box office race racking up over $94 million. Initial estimates were in the $65-70 million range. This sets a new record for an August domestic debut, topping the $69.3 million opening of 2007’s “The Bourne Ultimatum.”

Last weekend’s winner ‘Lucy’ drops to second place with $18.2 million.

Rounding out third place is ‘Get On Up’ with $14 million.

A shirtless Chris Pratt leads “Guardians of the Galaxy” to top of the box office