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Dale Earnhardt Jr. spoke passionately about his life and career during his NASCAR Hall of Fame induction speed in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Jan. 21. 

His career – and popularity – will continue to be celebrated.  

In a series of videos, Earnhardt describes why he selected three emotional trophies for his Hall of Fame trophy case.

1999 NASCAR Busch Series championship trophy

Capping back-to-back Busch (Xfinity) Series championships, Earnhardt Jr.’s follow-up effort created his own identity as a NASCAR driver. He was more than Earnhardt Sr.’s son.

The first title might have been enough over time, but consecutive crowns cemented his full-time rise into the premier series in 2000. The second title also served as a foundation for his hall-of-fame induction.

“The 1999 Busch Series championship was really important,” Earnhardt said during a video created by NBC Sports, reported by USA Today. “The ’98 championship was unexpected, wild, fun. … But ’99, we were supposed to win … nobody has faster cars; nobody has the crew that I have. All of us together were unstoppable.”

2001 The Pepsi 400 helmet

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NASCAR Winston Cup driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. stands on his car and celebrates his first career victory during The Pepsi 400. He was joined by teammate Michael Waltrip on the infield grass | ISC Archives/CQ-Roll Call Group via Getty Images

The moment Earnhardt crossed the finish line, capturing a checkered flag during the first Cup race at Daytona International Speedway since his father died on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500, emotions raced through anyone who witnessed the event, in person or digitally.

The emotion was inescapable, and Earnhardt paid tribute to the inspirational victory by placing an event helmet in the trophy case.

Conspiracy theories immediately popped up online. Who cares? It was a feel-good, made-for-TV moment NASCAR needed.

During a hall of fame video, Earnhardt said: “There’s not a day that goes by that I’m not thankful that (the win) happened. … I feel like it was a gift.

“I can’t tell people how much it matters to me. A lot of people, I think, were given a gift of closure and some relief. I wonder what we would have done over the next 12, 24 months or years had we not won that race?”

His first of 15 such honors had a special yet sorrowful memory attached to it. While he had a distant relationship with his father during his teen years, the Earnhardts developed a true NASCAR bond in the final three years they had together.

The Intimidator was named the Winston Cup’s most popular driver posthumously, and Dale Jr. accepted the award in his honor.

“I think that that moment and … that experience really put a lot of emphasis of the importance of that award …,” Earnhardt said in a video. “And so for the rest of my career, every time I won it, I relived (accepting) that award for my dad, in a good way. It was a good thing.”

Good thing, too, because Dale Jr. relived the honor every year from 2003-17.

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Title: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 3 Most Emotional Awards in His NASCAR Hall of Fame Trophy Case
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Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions



A spokesperson for Taylor Swift has responded to a report that named the singer as the celebrity with the worst private jet CO2 emissions. 

Yesterday, a report released by Yard claimed the American singer was the biggest CO2 polluter of the year so far, having flown in her private jet 170 times since January and totalling 8,294.54 tonnes of CO2.

However, Swift’s spokesperson told Buzzfeed News the statistics are inaccurate.

For context, the report claims the average person produces just seven tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

Taylor Swift speaks onstage during the 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on October 30, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Swift’s representative said only some of the 170 flights can be attributed to the singer: “Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals. To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”

Regardless, it is clear Swift’s jet is racking up significant amounts of carbon emissions due to its inefficient use.

According to the Yard report, her average flight time is just 80 minutes, and her jet’s shortest recorded flight flew between Missouri and Nashville for just 36 minutes.

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Other significant celebrity polluters include boxer and domestic violence perpetrator Floyd Mayweather, whose shortest flight was just 10 minutes long but emitted one ton of carbon; Kim Kardashian, who has emitted 609 times more carbon than the average person; and director Steven Spielberg, who took an 18-minute flight between Rotterdam and Amsterdam – a route which, when taken by train, takes only an hour. 

The subject of celebrity carbon emissions has blown up ever since Kylie Jenner shared an out-of-touch photo of her and partner Travis Scott posing in front of their private jets with the caption, “you wanna take mine or yours?”

In the midst of the backlash, many began diving deeper into Jenner’s private jet use by examining the Celebrity Jets Twitter account, which records celebrity private jet trips.

Many were horrified she was regularly taking flights as short as 12 minutes and reprimanded her for “her absolute disregard for the planet”.

Many found it hypocritical that ordinary people were being asked by big companies to reduce their car trips and use paper straws when celebrities are constantly leaving huge carbon footprints with frivolous trips in their private jets.

Despite the wave of criticism, celebrities have continued to take private flights between short distances. 


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Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!



Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with 'Fuller House' Co-Stars in Attendance!

Jodie Sweetin is married!

The 40-year-old actress, best known for playing Stephanie Tanner on Full House and Fuller House, married social worker Mescal Wasilewski on Saturday (July 30) at a private home in Malibu, Calif. after five years together.

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Jodie and Mescal wed in an intimate backyard ceremony that included her two daughters – Zoie, 14, and Beatrix, 11 – and her Fuller House co-stars including John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, and Andrea Barber.

“I know I have the right partner for the rest of whatever life brings me,” Jodie shared with People. “And I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Jodie and Mescal were first introduced through friends in 2017 and dated long-distanced before Mescal moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2020. They got engaged in January 2022.

This is the fourth marriage for Jodie – she was first married to Shaun Holguin from 2002 to 2006, to Cody Herpin from 2007 until 2010, and to Morty Coyle from 2012 to 2016. She shares Zoie with Cody and Beatrix with Morty.

Congrats to the newlyweds!


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How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season




All of a sudden, the fall movie season looks very busy. This week brought two big festival announcements loaded with major films to come: First came Venice, with a lineup that includes everything from Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale” to “Bardo”; it was followed by TIFF, where Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” will premiere alongside Sam Mendes’ “Empire of Light” and Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking,” among many others. Meanwhile, Telluride continues to shroud its selections in secret, but the latest lineups help us get a sense of what to expect there as well.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson dig through both lineups to get a sense for which films could impact the coming awards season and why it’s almost certain to be an unpredictable ride. They also address the return of competitiveness between festivals that seemed to subside earlier in the pandemic, and touch on the recent changes to the Oscar submission rules in France.

Watch the full episode above or listen it below. 

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. 


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Title: How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season
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