Friday, April 15, 2016           Edition: #5710

Sheet Happens!

★ Katy Perry’s prospective purchase of a former convent in Los Angeles CA, which is intended to be converted into a huge mansion, has come one step closer to being realized after a judge has ruled that the sale of the property to a businesswoman was void. Dana Hollister, who wants to develop it into a boutique hotel, apparently acquired the property improperly and that puts the 8 acres back on the market with Perry’s standing bid of $14.5 million reportedly the preferred option for the archbishop. The transaction still needs the approval of the Vatican.
– AP
★ Kevin Hart has hinted that he is done with stand-up comedy tours. The comedian/actor performed 156 shows during his most recent “What Now? Tour”, with stops in 13 countries on 5 continents. It’s been dubbed the highest-grossing comedy tour ever with takings of more than $100 million. He’s the first comedian to sell out an NFL stadium, selling more than 50,000 tickets at Lincoln Financial Field in his hometown of Philadelphia PA. But at the CinemaCon event in Las Vegas this week he announced it’s, quote, “my last f—ing tour”.
★ Actress-turned-director Elizabeth Banks is on board a “Charlie’s Angels” revamp, according to reports. Banks, who made her directorial debut with the successful “Pitch Perfect 2”, has been attached to take charge of the ‘Angels’ reboot for a while, and now the news is close to being official. “Charlie’s Angels” was a big TV hit in the 1970s and early 1980s; Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu starred in a 2000 “Charlie’s Angels” movie and its 2003 sequel, “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle”. There’s no word yet on casting for the reboot.

• Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Indio CA) – The 1st of 2 consecutive 3-day weekends. Performers include: A$AP Rocky, Calvin Harris, Chris Stapleton, Disclosure, Ellie Goulding, Foals, Guns N’ Roses, LCD Soundsystem, Of Monsters and Men, The 1975, Sia, and Zedd. The identical lineup plays again next weekend.
• “Confirmation” (HBO) – Saturday “Scandal’s” Kerry Washington plays Anita Hill in this biopic that follows the true story of an attorney who accuses Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment when he’s under consideration to sit on the US Supreme Court in 1991. Co-stars Wendell Pierce, Greg Kinnear, and Jennifer Hudson.
• I Love the ’90s Tour – Tonight Coolio, Salt-n-Pepa, and Vanilla Ice headline this throwback touring show that gets underway in Greenville SC. Other 1990s acts on the bill: Biz Markie, Color Me Badd, Kid ‘n Play, and Tone Loc. Dates run through October in Salem VA.
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Tonight  Brandi Carlile (“The Firewatcher’s Daughter”). Rerun.
• “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global) – Tonight Lucinda Williams (“The Ghosts of Highway 20”). Rerun.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – Host Julia Louis-Dreyfus; musical guest Nick Jonas.
• Southern Ground Music & Food Festival (Charleston SC) – Saturday-Sunday Zac Brown Band’s 5th annual bash includes performances by Cam, Hunter Hayes, Kacey Musgraves, Old Dominion, Sam Bush, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Thomas Rhett, and A Thousand Horses.

• Azealia Banks – The outspoken 24-year-old has been waging wars of words on social media with the likes of Iggy Azalea, Erykah Badu, and even Sarah Palin. Now she’s picking on Kanye West, quote: “Kanye lost all credibility when he became a Kardashian. I don’t even look up to him anymore. I look past him.”
• Gwen Stefani – She and soon-to-be-ex Gavin Rossdale have no prenuptial agreement so he’s entitled to half the assets they acquired during the marriage, but he’s reportedly opted not to take it. He’s also not asking for child support and they will split custody evenly, but the Bush frontman will look after their 3 boys most often due to Gwen’s busy schedule.
• Kesha – She’s lined up to appear on “Nashville” (ABC), having recently filmed a guest appearance on Hayden Panettiere’s show playing herself. Kesha sold off her Nashville TN home last month. Her TV appearance will air on May 11th.
• Metallica – Today they’re releasing remastered reissues of the albums “Kill ‘Em All” and “Ride the Lightning”.
• P!nk – Her new single “Just Like Fire” is out today, a new song from the soundtrack to “Alice Through the Looking Glass”, the upcoming sequel to “Alice in Wonderland”. The fantasy adventure movie hits theaters May 27th.
• Rihanna – She’s fronting her own make-up collection for LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennesy). It’s thought the luxury goods conglomerate has paid up to $10 million to secure the venture, titled ‘Fenty Beauty by Rihanna’. It’s expected to launch in Fall 2017.

• “Barbershop: The Next Cut” ( PG-13 Comedy ): This 3rd instalment in the comedy series arrives 12 years after the last chapter as the crew at ‘Calvin’s Barbershop’ come together to bring some much needed change to their deteriorating neighborhood. Stars Ice Cube, Regina Hall, Anthony Anderson, Eve, Nicki Minaj. Seems the male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed.
• “Criminal” ( R-Rated Crime Drama ): In a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical terrorist plot, a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets, and skills are implanted into a death-row inmate in hope that he will complete the operative’s mission. Stars Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, and Tommy Lee Jones.
• “The Jungle Book” ( PG Family Adventure ): In this live-action version of Disney’s 1967 classic, the man-cub ‘Mowgli’ flees the jungle after a threat from the tiger ‘Shere Khan’ and embarks on a journey of discovery. Stars Neel Sethi, alongside the voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, and Scarlett Johansson. A sequel is already planned.
• Opening in limited release: “Colonia” (Romantic Drama); “Green Room” (Horror Thriller); and “Sing Street” (Musical Drama).

Since the dawn of bronzer and the birth of words like ‘strobing’ and ‘baking’, people have been strategically putting makeup on parts of their body to make them look curvier, slimmer, or more uplifted. We had leg contouring. We had neck contouring. And now makeup artist collective LiveGlam has decided to bring the world … bum contouring. The trick is to use darker shades under the crease of your bum to make it look more toned and defined. Bum contouring is clearly meant for when your bum will be out and about, so it’s mostly for beach days. You just won’t be able to sit down on the sand or swim, in fear of your pertness sliding right off. A small sacrifice for the perfect Instagram shot from behind. (Which will be the butt of jokes.)
– Sourced from “Metro”

There are proven benefits to writing by hand instead of keyboarding …
✓ It Activates the Brain – A 2012 study shows that writing letters by hand activates a circuit of neurons in the brain associated with reading.
✓ It Improves Spelling – Admit it, your ability to spell has been steadily decreasing ever since spell-checkers came into existence.
✓ It Helps You Remember – A 2014 study has found that writing longhand better helps you learn new information.
✓ It Helps You Think Faster – Students writing by hand have been found to write more, and more quickly, than those who type on a keyboard.
– Condensed from

Wolves have babysitters. While mom & dad go out and hunt, members of the pack watch over their pups. (But good luck finding a young she-wolf to hire on a Saturday night.)


1959 [57] Emma Thompson, London UK, movie actress (“Harry Potter” films, “Howard’s End”)/screenwriter (“Sense & Sensibility”)

1968 [48] Ed O’Brien, Oxford UK, rock guitarist (Radiohead-“Paranoid Android”, “There There”)

1978 [38] Chris Stapleton, Lexington KY, country singer (“Tennessee Whiskey”, “Traveller”)

1979 [37] Luke Evans, Pontypool, Wales, movie actor (“The Hobbit” films, “Fast & Furious 6”)  COMING UP: Co-stars with Emma Watson in Disney’s live action “Beauty & The Beast”, due in 2017.

1980 [36] Patrick Carney, Akron OH, blues-rock drummer (The Black Keys-“Gotta Get Away”, “Gold On the Ceiling”)

1982 [34] Seth Rogen, Vancouver BC, movie actor (“The Interview”, “Knocked Up”)

1984 [32] De’Mar Hamilton, Chicago IL, rock drummer (Plain White T’s-“Rhythm of Love”, “Hey There Delilah”)

1990 [26] Emma Watson, Paris, France, movie actress (“Colonia”, “Harry Potter” films)

1997 [19] Maisie Williams, Bristol UK, TV actress (‘Arya Stark’ on “Game of Thrones” since 2011)

NFL coach Bill Belichick (New England Patriots) is 64; Alt-rock singer David Pirner (Soul Asylum) is 52; Movie actor-comedian Martin Lawrence (“Bad Boys” films) is 51; TV actor Jon Cryer (“Two-and-a-Half Men”) is 51; Actor Lukas Haas (“The Revenant”) is 40.

Movie actor Sean Bean (“Lord Of the Rings”) is 57; Sports commentator Boomer Esiason (“The NFL Today on CBS”) is 55; Movie actress Jennifer Garner (“Dallas Buyers Club”) is 44; Pop singer-turned fashion maven Victoria Beckham (Spice Girls) is 42; Movie actress Rooney Mara (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”) is 31.

• “Day of Silence”, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) annual day of action to protest bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students. Supporters take a day-long vow of silence in protest.
• “Gripers’ Day”, a good day to have listeners call in with life’s little annoyances such as …
– Trying to open a band-aid wrapper while bleeding profusely.
– Setting your alarm for 7 pm instead of 7 am.
– Plastic ties that connect new shoes so you can’t walk when you try them on.
– Opening a can of soup and the lid falls in.
– Those little dryer sheets that get stuck in your underwear.
• “IRS Income Tax Day” in the USA, the official deadline for filing an individual tax return for 2015 (or request for an extension).
• “Rubber Eraser Day”, honoring English chemist Joseph Priestley’s 1770 discovery that a small cube of latex could be used to correct boo-boos. He coined the word ‘eraser’.
• “Take a Wild Guess Day”, honoring hunches, guesses, speculation, and other forms of intuitive intelligence.
• “That Sucks Day”, the 12th annual celebrating failure, incompetence, dissatisfaction, mediocrity, apathy, chaos, tomfoolery, buffoonery, and jackassery.
• “World Art Day”, an international celebration of the fine arts initiated by the International Association of Art (IAA) to promote awareness of creative activity worldwide.

• “Auctioneers Day”, observed annually on the 3rd Saturday of April (do we hear 4?) to honor the traditional profession of auctioneering. Charity auctions are held to celebrate the observance.
• “Eggs Benedict Day”, a day to enjoy heart-attack-on-a-plate – poached eggs, topped with back bacon, served on toasted English muffins, and slathered in Hollandaise sauce.
• “Healthcare Decisions Day”, the 9th annual designed to inspire and educate the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.
• “Husband Appreciation Day”, observed annually on the 3rd Saturday of April as a day to appreciate your mate for all that he is. “Wife Appreciation Day” is coming up in September.
• “Record Store Day”, an annual celebration of the old-fashioned indie disc shops where people used to hang out and listen to the latest music. Metallica is this year’s official ambassador. They’re releasing the album “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica!: Live at Le Bataclan”, with proceeds benefitting the Give for France charity. Mumford & Sons are releasing “There Will Be Time” as a limited-edition 7″. Also the White Stripes 2001 “Peel Sessions” are out on limited-edition vinyl. A roundup of other goodies here …
• “Save the Elephant Day”, the 4th annual to raise awareness of threats to their future in both Africa and Asia, ranging from poachers and traffickers to loss of habitat.
• “Stress Awareness Day”, focusing on one of the world’s leading health problems. Stressed out? Research shows housecleaning for 20 minutes can help.
• “World Voice Day”, initiated in 1999 as a worldwide celebration of the phenomenon of voice as a tool of communication in our daily lives. Related events include concerts, symposia, and open houses at voice clinics, TV shows, and radio programs.

• “Bat Appreciation Day”, a day to generate positive awareness about bats ahead of possible negative interactions with people after their Winter-long hibernation.
• “Blah Blah Blah Day”, a day to do all the things that people have been nagging you to do. This might include quitting a habit, losing weight, working on home projects, blah blah blah …
• “Cheese Ball Day”, saluting the hors d’oeuvre made with cream cheese, seasonings, and chopped nuts.
• “Haiku Poetry Day”, a celebration of the genre of poetry whose origins date back a millennium in Japan; and of English-language haiku, which has now been written for more than a century. To create one of these short poems, stick to a syllable pattern of 5-7-5.
• “Nosy Neighbor Appreciation Day”, a day to salute with a laugh the prying nature of those who continually insist on peeking-a-boo to find out what’s cooking in the neighborhood.
• “World Hemophilia Day”, a day of awareness of the genetic disorder that impairs the body’s ability to control bleeding through clotting or coagulation.

2015 [01] For the first time, it’s reported that digital music revenues matched physical sales over the previous year, thanks to strong growth in the streaming market

2012 [04] Major League Baseball commemorates the 65th anniversary of Jackie Robinson becoming 1st to break baseball’s ‘color barrier’ with every ballplayer, coach, and manager wearing #42, Robinson’s number when he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers

2014 [02] Google publicly offers ‘Google Glass’ computer headgear for the 1st time in a 1-day online sale at $1,500 apiece (well, that caught on, didn’t it?)

[Mon] Adult Autism Day
[Mon] Boston Marathon (Boston MA)
[Mon] Pet Owners Independence Day
[Mon] World Amateur Radio Day
This Week Is … Crime Victims Rights Week
This Month Is … Kite Month


– Thanks to Kimberly Harrington

So this dyslexic man walks into a bra …

☎ Who was your imaginary friend as a child?

Question: The average woman will do THIS 500 times over the course of her life.
Answer: Wear shoes that don’t fit.

If you want to be good at something you first must be willing to be bad at it.

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