“I Blocked My Mom”: Instagram Gossip Superstar Deuxmoi Gets Personal Ahead of New Novel Release The anonymous Instagram gossip guru, whose account boasts 1.7 million followers, spoke with the AP ahead of the release of her new novel, “Anon Pls”.

“I Blocked My Mom”: Instagram Gossip Superstar Deuxmoi Gets Personal Ahead of New Novel Release

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

As social media’s answer to TMZ and People Magazine, the woman behind Deuxmoi is used to staying out of the spotlight. Until now: the anonymous New Yorker behind the account, which seeks out and shares unconfirmed celebrity gossip with her audience of nearly 2 million, just released a new novel, “Anon Pls”, based on her personal experience.

In anticipation of the book’s release, Deuxmoi spoke with the Associated Press about a wide range of topics, including why she blocked her mom, the four people she won’t post about, and the emotional moment she realized her account’s success would let her leave a “depressing” old job. Of course, she made sure to maintain her anonymity by turning off the camera during her video call with the AP.

While Deuxmoi maintained that she thinks her parents are “proud of me” for the account that has spawned a podcast, sponsorship deals, and now, a novel, she admitted that her mother isn’t a fan of the account’s core mission: sharing gossip. “I blocked my mom from the account,” she said, “Early on she would call me and be like, “This isn’t very nice,” you know, not that it was mean, but just the fact that I was like talking about somebody, a celebrity. She didn’t like it. So I blocked her.”

Deuxmoi’s mother isn’t the only person who isn’t a fan. One celebrity approached Deuxmoi directly and “said they felt really uncomfortable being posted about and they were so cool about it.” Now, they’re one of four people Deuxmoi absolutely won’t post about. The others? Haley Beiber, Kacey Musgraves, and another person who Deuxmoi says “I talk about in my book but don’t name.”

Deuxmoi has other ironclad rules when it comes to what she posts. “Sightings are not posted in real time,” she said. “I’m not trying to be Gawker Stalker.…Gawker was not my inspiration. It was honestly “Gossip Girl,” like, “Spotted: on the steps of the Met.” That was the inspiration.” She added, “I also try not to post about anyone underage.”

Although she wrote “Anon Pls” with the help of co-author Jessica Goodman, Deuxmoi insists the account is a one-woman show: “I’m the only one who’s posting and answering (direct messages). I started answering all my DMs, because I knew what it felt like to message somebody with a platform and not get a response.”

That same desire to relate to her audience is at the heart of her new book: ““The story is relatable,” she said. “It could happen to anybody who just happens to fall into something that becomes a phenomenon.”

“Anon Pls” was published on November 8th, 2022 by William Morrow.

1970s Birkenstock Sandals, Once Worn by Steve Jobs, Sell for $218,000 at Auction The “well-used” brown suede sandals, which date back to the period when Jobs founded Apple, represent a new sales record for sandals according to Julien’s Auctions.

1970s Birkenstock Sandals, Once Worn by Steve Jobs, Sell for $218,000 at Auction

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

Lots of Apple fans have wished they could walk a mile in Steve Jobs’ shoes. Now, one lucky buyer will have the chance, literally – after paying a record $218,000 dollars for a pair of Jobs’ Birkenstock sandals.

The “well-used” brown suede sandals were worn by Jobs during the 1970s and 1980s, a pivotal period during which Jobs founded Apple with Steve Wozniak and released a series of innovative home computers.

According to Julien’s Auctions, the sandals’ “cork and jute footbed retains the imprint of Steve Jobs’ feet, which had been shaped after years of use.” They were expected to sell for approximately $60,000, but the final price came to $218,750, a new record for sandals at auction. The sandals were also accompanied by an NFT.

The sandals’ buyer was not named by the auction house.

Disney’s “The Lion King” Celebrates 25 Years on Broadway The All-Time Highest Grossing Show Soon to Be Second-Longest Running

Disney’s “The Lion King” Celebrates 25 Years on Broadway

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

When “The Lion King” opened for preview audiences in the summer of 1997, director Julie Taymor remembers the audience’s joyous reaction and the enormous relief she felt. “I burst into tears,” she recalled in a recent interview. “We were just overwhelmed and we knew we had something.”

And now that the production is celebrating its 25th year at New York’s Minskoff Theater it is safe to say that what Disney and Ms. Taymor had was more than just “something.” The adaptation of the Oscar-winning 1994 animated film has become the all-time highest grossing Broadway show. It has been staged in 21 countries on six continents, performed in nine different languages and seen by over 110 million people. And with “The Phantom of the Opera” closing next year, “The Lion King” will vie with “Chicago” for the title of longest-running.

But Elton John, whose “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” garnered the film a Best Original Song Academy Award, is not at all surprised by the show’s staying-power.

“I’m not surprised at the longevity because the movie, when it came out, was so brilliant,” he said. “Then they put the musical on stage, which was a brilliant interpretation of the movie by Julie Taymor. It’s just astonishing what she did.”

Influencer Bethenny Frankel Demands TikTok Crack Down on Counterfeit Content Reality TV star and social media influencer Bethenny Frankel has filed a lawsuit against TikTok, claiming that the company did not take measures against fake ads using Frankel’s image.

Influencer Bethenny Frankel Demands TikTok Crack Down on Counterfeit Content

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

Bethenny Frankel began receiving messages from her 990,000 TikTok followers on September 16. They had questions about an ad in which Frankel appeared to promote a cardigan that was a cheaper version of a designer item.

But Frankel had never agreed to do this promotion: the ad was one of a series of fake ads using her image that Frankel says proliferate on the social media platform. She has now filed a lawsuit against TikTok in an attempt to address the problem.

According to TikTok, users have several ways to “flag content that violates the platform’s guidelines.” However, about 20 percent of flagged videos remain on the site. And the protocols for review and removal are unclear. When Frankel posted a video to warn her followers about the cardigan she hadn’t agreed to endorse, it was her warning video that was taken down “within minutes,” she said.

As the influencer industry grows—the market is projected to expand throughout 2030—the lack of clarity regarding policing of content is also generating concern in Washington. The recently introduced “Integrity, Notification, and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces for Consumers (INFORM Consumers) Act would require online platforms to collect, verify and disclose certain information from third-party sellers.”

Frankel hopes that her fame will help draw attention to the issue of fakes. “Influencers should be able to work with the platforms to ensure they retain control over their image,” she said.

T Rex Skull Excavated in South Dakota Expected to Fetch $15 Million in New York Auction Nicknamed Maximus, the 200 kg skull fossil, excavated between 2020 and 2021 in Harding County, South Dakota, will be auctioned by Sotheby’s in December.

T Rex Skull Excavated in South Dakota Expected to Fetch $15 Million in New York Auction

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

A 76-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus Rex skull is expected to find a new home this December when it goes to auction at Sotheby’s. The skull was excavated between 2020 and 2021 in Harding County, South Dakota – a place Cassandra Hatton, Sotheby’s head of science and popular culture, calls “the world capital for T. Rexes.”

The fossil, which measures 6 ½ feet in length, still has most of its external skull bones, and a number of teeth. Though the rest of the tyrannosaur’s skeleton was destroyed by erosion, Hatton believes that loss may be a boon at auction. “ When you think about it,” Hatton notes, “more people can fit a skull in their home than people who could fit a full dinosaur.”

The largest T. Rex skeleton ever found, nicknamed Sue, was also unearthed in Harding County. Sue currently resides in Chicago’s Field Museum, but Hatton believes Maximus will end up outside of an institution. “It’s the ultimate trophy,” Hatton said. “To place in one’s home.”

The skull bears two large puncture holes, which Hatton believes are evidence of a fight, most likely with a fellow T. Rex. “We don’t know that this is what caused the death of this animal, but we can tell that it did have a major battle during its lifetime,” she added.

Maximus, which Sotheby’s official listing calls “one of the best and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skulls ever discovered” is slated to hit the auction block at 10:00AM EST, December 9th.

Michelle Obama Kicks Off Monthlong Book Tour for “The Light We Carry” The Former First Lady’s Third Book Details Her Techniques for Overcoming Fear, Helplessness, Self Doubt

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

Former First Lady Michelle Obama launched a six-city book tour this month with a ranging, often funny conversation at the Warner Theater in Washington, DC, with the former TV host Ellen DeGeneres. Ms. Obama explained the origins of her third book, “The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times,” and how she tries to focus on the things that she can control while otherwise feeling out of control.

For her, that meant that during the isolation of the pandemic lockdown and the convulsions of racial unrest of that period, she did a lot of knitting.

“The interesting thing about knitting and using your hands and making something is that it is meditative,” she explained to Ms. DeGeneres. “In so many ways, it is like a faith. It’s a thing that shuts your worrying mind and lets your hands take over.”

The book is not intended to be a how-to-manual, she explained, but rather a description of her “personal toolbox,” the habits, attitudes, beliefs, and objects that help her overcome her feelings of fear, helplessness and self doubt.

In the book’s introduction, which was published on November 15, Ms. Obama writes that she wants to show, “what I use professionally and personally to help me stay balanced and confident, what keeps me moving forward even during times of high anxiety and stress.”

“The Light We Carry” is Ms. Obama’s first book since 2018’s massively successful memoir “Becoming,” which sold over 17 million copies.

Elton John Finishes Final North American Tour With Three Star-Studded Shows at Dodger StadiumDua Lipa, Kiki Dee, Brandi Carlile Joined the “Rocket Man” Pop Legend on Stage to Help Close Out Tour

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

Seventy-five-year-old pop music legend Elton John played his last-ever North American tour date in Los Angeles with three consecutive shows at Dodger Stadium this month.

“I started off in Los Angeles at the Troubadour (club), and I want it to end here because it’s been a magical place for me,” John said in an interview.

The final concert was broadcast live on Disney+ and included performances with Dua Lipa, Kiki Dee, and Brandi Carlile – three “very important singers in my life,” he explained.

John’s long illustrious career is now in its sixth decade and includes hits like “Tiny Dancer,” “Rocket Man,” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” He has six Grammy Awards, has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame and has sold over 300 million albums worldwide.

The Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour began in 2018 with 300 dates scheduled across the globe, but a long pandemic-related interruption has meant that John won’t play his final show in Sweden until July 2023. But that doesn’t mean he’s headed for retirement. “I’ll be recording with other people, and I’ll be hopefully writing an album for myself. So it’s not as if I’m stopping doing anything,” he explained. “But I’m not traveling. Traveling takes me away from my family.”

Kevin Costner’s “Yellowstone” Sets Viewership Record in Fifth Season PremiereParamount Show Watched by 12.1 Million Viewers, Most for Any Scripted Series Episode in Television

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

Paramount’s Kevin Costner-led western “Yellowstone” brought in 12.1 million same-day viewers for its fifth season premiere this month, making it the most-watched scripted episode of the television season, according to the Nielsen company.

What makes the numbers all the remarkable is that they’re for a cable show, not one aired by one of the established broadcast networks. By comparison, CBS’ “Young Sheldon” had the next-most watched episode this season with 7.14 million viewers.

Mr. Costner explained the show’s success by saying that “we’ve been able to create a show that didn’t start out being popular but did it on its own terms.”

Vulture.com editor Josef Adalian said that the show benefits from an older audience that is accustomed to watching television in the traditional way. “People want to watch it and they want to watch it now,” he said.

Beyoncé Receives 9 Grammy Nominations, Ties All-Time Record9 nominations make her tied with her husband Jay-Z as most nominated music act in the history of the awards show.

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

Beyoncé has received 9 Grammy nominations this year making her the most nominated artist, tying her husband Jay-Z with 88 nominations each, the AP reported.

Her song “Break My Soul” received record and song of the year nominations while “Renaissance” – Beyoncé’s contribution to the world of dancehall music – received a nomination for best album of the year. Also, for the first time in her career, Beyoncé was nominated in the dance category.

Should she win 4 Grammys, Beyoncé, who is already the most decorated woman in Grammy history with 28 wins, would break Georg Solti’s record for most awards won at 31.

Nearly half of this year’s leading nominees are women and more than half are people of color, the recording academy stated. Harvey Mason jr., the Recording Academy’s CEO stated he was proud of the strides in the peer-driven voting system and increased membership, steps that were taken to respond to criticism of the Grammys’ poor representation. Moreover, he stated that it was his priority to earn back trust from the music community including from Drake and The Weeknd, artists who have felt snubbed and are unwilling to submit any of their music.

The academy added new categories including a song for social change and five other categories including songwriter of the year, which, according to Harvey, will help to further diversify the annual awards