Watch Dolly Parton give her coronavirus vaccine shot a ‘Jolene’ spin – CNET

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Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vac-cine... Country music legend Dolly Parton got her first coronavirus vaccine shot on Tuesday, and she tweaked one of her most famous hit songs for the occasion. Parton shared a video of herself getting the shot, but before doing so, she sang a new version of her 1973 song, Jolene.

Instead of singing, "Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene / I'm begging of you, please don't take my man /Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene /Please don't take him just because you can," Parton gave the lyrics a modern twist: "Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine / I'm begging of you, please don't hesitate / Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine / 'Cause once you're dead, that's a bit too late."

Parton fittingly received the Moderna vaccine. She donated $1 million in April of last year to help fund the research that made that vaccine possible. Her longtime friend, Dr. Naji Abumrad of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, administered Parton's shot.

"That didn't hurt!" Parton said after the shot, which she received while wearing a dark blue mask and matching long-sleeved top with convenient holes in the arms. "I did it, I did it!" she said with a laugh afterwards.

The singer, 75, said she got the shot because, "I'm old enough to get it, and I'm smart enough to get it." She also encouraged viewers to follow her lead.

"I just want to say to all of your cowards out there, don't be such a chickensquat, get out there and get your shot," Parton said with a laugh.

In less than an hour, her Twitter video of the shot and song had been viewed more than 223,000 times.

Parton got her shot on the same day that President Joe Biden announced that there will be enough vaccine for all U.S. adults by the end of May.

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Golden Globes memes: Bill Murray’s martini, Jeff Daniels in a room of doors – CNET

The Golden Globe Awards feel a little like a work Zoom meeting this year, with nominees blipping in virtually from wherever they happen to be on Sunday night. And just like those work meetings, there's always someone with a snark-worthy background, a cute pet, a forgotten mute button, or some other technical adventure. Turns out technology goofs are the one thing that can level the playing field and make that Oscar-winning actor look just as fumbling as your spacey co-worker.

Bill Murray's vacation look

Bill Murray, up for a best supporting actor award for On the Rocks, didn't win, but his bright and casual look appealed to those of us dreaming of a return to pre-coronavirus travel. So did his accompanying beverage. One person tweeted, "Bill Murray with his martini is a whole mood."

Even got in on the fun, tweeting out a new definition for "Hawaiian shirt."

"Hawaiian shirt, noun, 1. a short-sleeved, open-collar shirt originally worn in Hawaii, made of lightweight fabric printed in colorful, often bold designs of flowers, leaves, birds, beaches, etc.," the site tweeted, following up with, "2. also known as a Bill Murray tuxedo."

Jeff Daniels in the door store

Jeff Daniels didn't win an acting Globe for his role in The Comey Rule, but the door-filled room he was in won with viewers.

"Jeff Daniels, beaming in from the room where he stores all his doors," wrote one Twitter user.

And Daniels himself weighed in on his casual clothing choice, tweeting, "Congrats to Mark Ruffalo and a special thanks to the #Golden Globes for allowing me to fulfill a life long dream of going to an Awards Show wearing Carhartt.."

Olivia Colman reigns

Olivia Colman didn't win for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown, but she was thrilled for the winner -- her co-star, Emma Corrin, who plays Princess Diana.

"Get yourself someone who reacts the way Olivia Colman does when you win a Golden Globe," wrote one Twitter user.

Colman also won praise for her excitement when nominee Sarah Paulson showed off her puppy, and Corrin brought out her cat. Or as one person said, "We are all Olivia Colman leaning forward to see the pets."

Wrote another, "The best part of this Golden Globes so far is Sarah Paulson and Olivia Colman demanding Emma Corrin go find her cat."

Rating the rooms

The Twitter account @ratemyskyperoom got involved, too. Legendary writer/producer Norman Lear, 98, nabbed a perfect score, of course. "Classic. 10/10," the site wrote.

Queen's Gambit star Anya Taylor-Joy also scored a perfect 10. "Brought her 'A' lighting game," the site wrote. "Great lamp/mirror work. Tall plant. 10/10."

And Schitt's Creek star Eugene Levy also maxed out his rating. "Depth. Piano. Lighting. Love the stripes. Mirror. Pillows. Of course it's a 10/10," the site wrote.

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Lady Gaga’s dog walker posts first update since being shot in pet theft – CNET

Ryan Fischer, the dog walker shot during a theft of two of singer Lady Gaga's French bulldogs last week, posted an update from his Los Angeles hospital room on Monday. Fischer shared two photos on Instagram, one of him looking unconscious, and one of him awake and sitting up.

In the captions, Fischer discussed the shooting and called Gaga's dog Asia, who stayed with him as he lay bleeding, an "angel."

He also wrote, "I will write and say more later, but the gratitude for all the love I feel from around this planet is immense and intense. I felt your healing support! Thank you. I am humbled and grateful that attention and focus from the police were enough to get Koji and Gustav back to safety, and I know they are committed to bringing these criminals and attempted murderers to justice."

Koji and Gustav were stolen when Fischer was shot during a violent street robbery on Wednesday night, but have been returned unharmed.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, a woman brought the dogs to LAPD's Olympic Community Police Station Friday  around 6 p.m. PT, and Gaga's representatives were on hand to confirm they were the singer's pets. The woman's identity and the location where the animals were found will remain confidential due to the active criminal investigation and for her safety, police said. 

It's unclear how the woman came to be in possession of the dogs, but law enforcement sources told TMZ they believe she's a Good Samaritan who was not involved in the theft of the animals. 

What happened to Lady Gaga's dog walker? 

On Wednesday night, a male suspect shot and wounded Fischer and stole two of her three French bulldogs, Koji and Gustav. The third dog, Miss Asia, wasn't taken. The theft happened in Hollywood at approximately 9:40 p.m. PT, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, and the suspect used a semiautomatic handgun and fled the scene in a white, four-door Nissan Altima.

horrifying home surveillance video obtained by TMZ shows a man jumping out of a car and confronting Fischer, saying, "Give it up." The men struggle, and a shot can be heard, as can a dog's yelps and the panicked cries of the injured victim. "Help me, I've been shot. I've been shot," he screams as he lies on the ground. "Oh my god." A neighbor can be hard rushing to help Fischer. 

Fischer is in stable condition with injuries described as non-life-threatening, according to a police statement Friday evening. Police describe the two robbery suspects as between 20 and 25 years old. 

Lady Gaga's reaction to the crime

The singer herself is filming a movie in Italy (see below for more details), but on Friday, she spoke out about the attack for the first time, in an Instagram post.

"My heart is sick and I am praying my family will be whole again with an act of kindness," Lady Gaga posted, along with a photo of the dogs. She offered a $500,000 reward for the pets' safe return.

Gaga went on to praise the injured dog walker, writing, "I continue to love you Ryan Fischer, you risked your life to fight for our family. You're forever a hero."

Why would someone steal French bulldogs? 

In short, they're valuable and in demand. Puppies typically sell for between $1,500 and $3,000, but they can sell for far more. This isn't the first time French bulldogs, known as Frenchies, have been stolen. In November, two French bulldogs were reported stolen from the backyard of a residence in Daly City, just south of San Francisco.  And just last month, a San Francisco woman reported being violently assaulted and having her 6-month-old French bulldog stolen.

French bulldogs have big ears, large square heads and compact muscular bodies. The American Kennel Club describes the breed as "one of the world's most popular small-dog breeds, especially among city dwellers. The Frenchie is playful, alert, adaptable, and completely irresistible."  

Where is Lady Gaga now?  

The performer is currently in Rome, filming the new movie Gucci, about the famous fashion family dynasty, and on Tuesday, she waved to bystanders there while making her first public appearance since the shooting. In the film, Gaga plays Patrizia Reggiani, Italian socialite and ex-wife of Maurizio Gucci, the grandson of Gucci founder Guccio Gucci. Reggiani was tried and convicted of orchestrating her husband's assassination in 1995. Maurizio had two daughters with Reggiani, but he left her for another woman. Ridley Scott will direct the film, which is based on Sara Gay Forden's book The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed. 

Her fans have used the singer's social media accounts to express their sorrow about the attack.

The singer's father, Joe Germanotta, spoke to the New York Post.

"We're just sick over it, it's really horrible," Germanotta said. "It's like someone took one of your kids."

Gaga's famous friends rallied around her. Before the dogs were returned, actor Danny Trejo tweeted, "So sorry to hear about your dogs Lady Gaga, we got people out there looking for them."

Who is the injured dog walker?

According to the New York Post, Ryan Fischer, 30, recently relocated to Los Angeles from New York. One of his Instagram pages, Valley of the Dogs, features photos of what appear to be Gaga's dogs, as well as plenty of other canines. That's where he posted the update on his condition and thanked people for their support.

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Bill Gates is binge-watching Netflix, playing pickleball – CNET


Yes, even Bill Gates binges the occasional Netflix show.

Billionaire Bill Gates is only human, and as much as he raves about books, he's not above binge-watching a streaming TV series like a regular person. The Microsoft co-founder and co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation chatted with journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin on the invitation-only Clubhouse app on Wednesday, and revealed he recently spent four hours immersed in a Netflix show.

Gates said he sat down after dinner intending to read a book, but instead clicked on Netflix show Lupin, a French thriller starring Omar Sy as a man who turns jewel thief to avenge his father's death.

"Next thing I knew four hours have gone by," Gates admitted. "I really let myself go to seed that night, and I was kind of laughing at myself, I don't usually do that, but they sure make it easy. You just sit there and the next episode is up and running."

Gates said he and his son watched The Americans, but the rest of his family found it too violent. They have all watched Modern Family together, he said.

Video games, however, aren't his thing, though he watches his nieces and nephews play.

"I play bridge," Gates offered. He also plays tennis and pickleball, a game invented in his home state of Washington that combines badminton, table tennis and tennis.

Gates said he doesn't much play around on social media, tending to go to direct sources for his news, such as the Economist or The New York Times. Asked if he had a "burner" Twitter account, Gates said he does, though he didn't use that phrase.

"I have a Twitter (account) that I just mess around on, and then I have my official Twitter account," he said. "And that's true on most of the (social media) services. There's the official me, and then there's the 'messing around' me."

You can listen to full audio from Gates' chat on YouTube.

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Sharks swimming at sunset help American win the Underwater Photographer of the Year award – CNET

Californian Renee Capozzola dedicated several evenings to photographing sealife in the shallows off the tiny island of Moorea, finally landing this winning sunset shot.

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American Renee Capozzola became the first woman ever to win the title of Underwater Photographer of the Year award earlier this month for her image of reef sharks swimming while sea birds soar overhead in a tranquil corner of the Pacific Ocean off the island of Moorea.

"French Polynesia strongly protects its sharks, it is my favorite place to photograph them," Capozzola said in a statement. "I dedicated several evenings to photographing in the shallows at sunset, and I was finally rewarded with this scene: glass-calm water, a rich sunset, sharks and even birds."

Alexander Mustard, chair of the contest judges for the London-based award, praised her work.

"This is a photograph of hope, a glimpse of how the ocean can be when we give it a chance, thriving with spectacular life both below and above the surface," he said. "The photographer not only persevered until this serendipitous scene unfolded, but more importantly Renee had the talent to capture this precise moment. The gorgeous lighting is sympathetic, but the picture is made by the elegance of the composition as sharks, sunset and seabirds fleetingly converge."

The contest is especially valuable this year, he said, considering the pressures and grief of the coronavirus pandemic.

"Judging this year's competition was a pleasure, a much-needed escape into the underwater world," Mustard said. "I hope everyone enjoys immersing themselves in these fabulous images."

The competition added a new category, My Backyard, "introduced to show that underwater photography can still thrive when many photographers are forced to stay close to home."

Other winning images show sea creatures and shipwrecks from all over the world. A wide-angle photo taken in Palau shows a lake filled with millions of jellyfish. In another image, a male crab protects his mate inside a shipwreck off the coast of England. And a photograph of one lone small fish tangled inside a discarded yellow plastic net reminds viewers of the importance of caring for the oceans. Flip through 28 top images from the contest in our gallery.

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Sharks, shipwrecks and a lake full of jellyfish dazzle in underwater photo contest – CNET

The little gobie in the previous photo wasn't the only winner from British photographer Sandra Stalker.  She also won runner-up honors in the British waters, compact category, for her photograph of a tiny stalked jellyfish clinging to a weed, taken in Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset, England.

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Perseverance rover landing memes: Matt Damon has visitors on Mars – CNET

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Mars has long fascinated many of us stuck here on Earth, and Thursday's safe landing of NASA's Perseverance rover only stirred up the pop culture love for the red planet. The rover has serious work ahead, including searching for signs of life in an ancient lakebed, but Earthlings looked for the lighter side.

The rover's first image of its new home sparked plenty of memes and jokes -- and to no one's surprise, actor Matt Damon, who starred in 2015's The Martian, was front and center in many of them.

Matt Damon has company now

Some people edited Damon's image into the new Mars photo.

"This is awesome," one tweet read. "Huge congrats to everyone who helped find Matt Damon. Let's bring him home."

Science the what, now?

And many cited Damon's most famous quote from that film, where he "scienced the shit" out of his mission.

Famous faces on Mars

Others took the first Mars rover image and edited other familiar photos into it.

Mars with mittens

The famous photo of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and his big mittens, from President Joe Biden's inauguration, showed up. "Wait, the Hermès crew picked up Matt Damon, but dropped off Bernie?!" one Twitter user wrote.

Cruzing to Mars

And another hot story of the day, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz abruptly heading back to his frozen state from a vacation in Mexico, also showed up in the Mars memes.

"Spotted: Ted Cruz deviates from his plans in Cancun to hitch a ride with Perseverance to Mars," someone wrote.

Even a Twitter account purporting to be Larry the well-known cat who lives at 10 Downing Street, the headquarters of Britain's government, got in a dig at Cruz, writing, "If you find Ted Cruz up there, send him home..."

Elon in space

And is that SpaceX's Elon Musk? You know it is.

Percy is tweeting

The rover has an official NASA Twitter account, of course, where it delivers official news from its adventures.

"I'm safe on Mars. Perseverance will get you anywhere," was one of its early messages.

Some accounts claiming to be Perseverance were not official, though they still had fun with the events of the day. An account calling itself Percy the Mars Rover joked, "NASA really spent $2.5 billion to teach Americans how to spell 'Perseverance.'"

The jokes are far from over. Perserverance's mission is planned to last for at least one Mars year, or about 687 Earth days.

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Bill Gates’ daughter jokes about vaccine conspiracy involving her dad – CNET

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Bill Gates' daughter Jennifer, a medical student, received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine recently, and like many relieved recipients, shared a photo. But Gates also showed she's well aware of the false conspiracy theories involving her dad. After expressing how thankful she was for the vaccine, Gates joked, "PPS sadly the vaccine did NOT implant my genius father into my brain -- if only mRNA had that power."

Gates' father, the Microsoft co-founder, has worked to promote and research vaccines for years through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As such, he is the subject of many truly weird conspiracy theories, including one that claims he's pushing vaccinations in order to inject people with a microchip to track them.

Jennifer Gates also noted in her post, "I'll still be wearing my mask (or two!) after receiving my second dose -- hope that's self explanatory." Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, recently endorsed the wearing of a cloth mask on top of a surgical mask, which the CDC says improves the fit of the surgical mask.

Jennifer, 24, is Bill and Melinda Gates' oldest child, and has a younger brother, Rory, and a younger sister, Phoebe.

Bill Gates also received his first shot of the coronavirus vaccine recently, qualifying for it because he turned 65 in October. Like daughter, like father -- he also shared a photo of the happy moment, writing, "I feel great."

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Dive into SpongeBob SquarePants’ world with 360-degree YouTube video – CNET

Ever wanted to munch on a Krabby Patty at the Krusty Krab, or just watch SpongeBob SquarePants, Squidward and the rest of the Bikini Bottom crew at work? Now you don't need any underwater breathing apparatus, a la Sandy Cheeks the squirrel -- just the ability to click on a new 360-degree YouTube video posted Friday.

Nickelodeon Digital collaborated with Brooklyn-based animation studio Cartuna to create the video, which lets viewers explore different areas of SpongeBob's beloved workplace, the Krusty Krab. Characters such as superhero team Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, Krusty Krab owner Mr. Krab, evil-but-tiny Plankton and others make appearances, and sharp-eyed viewers will also spot the Alaskan bull worm, Mystery the Seahorse, DoodleBob and more familiar faces.

The video takes a variety of fan favorite scenes and lets viewers look at them from a new perspective, one in which they control the viewing angle and characters who weren't in the original scene come and go.

Back in 2020, SpongeBob SquarePants voice actor Tom Kenny talked to me about how the coronavirus lockdown would affect his happy sponge and friends, and also reflected on his character's popularity as a meme.

"Cartoons just translate globally to all cultures better than most pop culture," Kenny said. "I think that's why he's been so adopted by the meme culture."

The latest SpongeBob SquarePants feature film, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, comes to CBS All Access and video on demand services on March 4, along with the first six episodes of Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years. The Kamp Koral show features the popular characters as kids, and reveals how they met.

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Tom Brady credits tequila for wobbly Super Bowl party video – CNET

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Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady looked like he was feeling pretty super indeed on Wednesday celebrating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' victory in Sunday's big game. Tampa Bay Times sports reporter Joey Knight shared a brief video of Brady sporting a huge smile, but looking a bit unsteady on his feet. Twitter users viewed the clip more than 12 million times in three hours.

"I guess his sea legs aren't what they used to be..." Knight wrote when sharing the video.

Brady speaks

Brady himself responded to the video within an hour, tweeting, "Nothing to see her...just litTle avoCado tequila."

Readers enjoyed the response, with one saying, "Tom Brady: as good at Twitter as he is football."

Meme machine MVP

Brady being who he is -- an inevitable hall of fame athlete who normally follows an excruciatingly careful diet -- the jokes wrote themselves. Naturally, one person had to compare Brady's stagger with the confused walk of singer The Weeknd during the Super Bowl halftime show.

Completed pass

This being Florida, and not Brady's former team's state, snowy Massachusetts, the February weather allowed for shirtless players and a boat cruise on the Hillsborough River. At one point, Brady even threw the Lombardi Trophy to teammate and fellow former New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski, who was on another boat. Brady's MVP arm came through, and the Super Bowl trophy didn't go for a swim.

"Tom Brady really THREW the Lombardi Trophy to Gronk on another boat," marveled SportsCenter.

"If someone is going to throw something important and I get to chose who throws it and who receives it. I would feel pretty safe with these two," said one Twitter user.

Brady's no stranger to being memed or going viral. Sadly, the Super Bowl being in Florida this year meant viewers didn't get a return appearance of the quarterback's gigantic coat.

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