5 Things to Talk About Today

Sacha Strebe
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar has penned a touching tribute to late actor Robin Williams. In a statement to People, the 37-year-old actress revealed Williams as the "father I had always dreamed of having" on the anniversary of his death at the age of 63. Williams played Gellar's dad in the CBS comedy The Crazy Ones, which was canceled after one season. Gellar said, "There are not enough adjectives to describe the light he was, to anyone that ever had the pleasure to meet him. I will miss him every day, but I know the memory of him will live on. And to his family, I thank them for letting us know him and seeing the joy they brought him. Us crazy ones love you." — People
     
  • Winona Ryder confirmed a Beetlejuice sequel is happening. Ryder revealed the news during an interview on Late Night With Seth Myers: “Um, I think I can confirm it, because Tim Burton did this interview—like, it was very hush-hush, top secret … and then he was doing some press for Big Eyes, and he did an on-camera interview and he said, ‘Oh yeah we’re doing it and Winona’s going to be in it,’ and I was like [shocked face].” Fellow cast member Michael Keaton and director Tim Burton had already confirmed the follow-up film last year, so you know what happens when you say "Beetlejuice" three times? — Entertainment Weekly
     
  • A new study has linked the "Southern diet" to heart disease. Because the diet is traditionally high in fried and fatty foods, the findings are hardly surprising, but the research may assist Southern-diet devotees to make the necessary changes for their health. Data was collected across six years from 17,000 Caucasian and African American people over 45 years who had never suffered from heart disease. — Forbes
     
  • Google launched a new company called Alphabet, and here's what you need to know. Alphabet now owns Google, and Google has a new CEO, who reports to the old CEO. In short, Alphabet is now the parent company of all the smaller companies that Google has acquired, including projects like the driverless cars and anti-aging research into separate companies. Google is now one of those companies. Apparently there won't be any noticeable changes for now, since Alphabet is simply a holding company with "no consumer products of its own." — Money
     
  • While the universe will outlive the earth, new research shows it is "slowly dying." A new study reveals what scientists have long believed, which is that the universe is slowly burning out and "sliding gently into old age." Data compiled by a team of international researchers "measured the energy output across a large portion of space and found that it was only half of what it was a mere two billion years ago." But there's no need to panic. Luke Davies, a member of the ICRAR research team, said, "It will just grow old forever." — Huffington Post

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