Monday, April 20, 2015       Edition #5433


Bully For You!

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ A dress worn by Vivien Leigh in her role as ‘Scarlett O’Hara’ in the 1939 film classic “Gone With the Wind” has sold for $137,000 at an auction Saturday. The outfit, featuring black appliques, was one of more than 150 items from the film put up for sale by Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills. The items were part of the private collection of James Tumblin, formerly in charge of the hair & makeup department at Universal Studios. When he spotted the dress being thrown away by the Western Costume Company, he quickly snapped it up … for $20.
– Reuters.com
★ MTV has canceled “Eye Candy” after just 1 season. Victoria Justice, star of the freshman drama, made the announcement Saturday on Twitter, saying quote: “Please know that playing ‘Lindy Sampson’, is something that I loved and I will hold dear to my heart.” The cyber thriller, based on RL Stine’s best-selling novel, centered on a tech genius who tried to capture a serial killer that preyed on dating websites in NYC. The 10 episode series premiered this January.
– Variety.com
★ Demi Moore is looking for a decent proposal. The actress is selling the Central Park West property in NYC that she and ex-husband Bruce Willis purchased in 1990. The south tower penthouse at the iconic San Remo building is being listed alongside a 2-bedroom lobby-level apartment, presumably to house one’s guests. The landmark building has been home to celebs like Dustin Hoffman, Diane Keaton, and Steven Spielberg. Bono currently owns the penthouse in the north tower. And the price for Demi’s digs? OMG the price! How about $75 million, a number that would shatter several records.
– “New York Daily News”
★ Some of your favorite superheros are touring this Summer. “Marvel Universe LIVE!” is being staged by Feld Entertainment, the company that produces “Disney on Ice” and “Monster Jam”  tours. The 50-member cast is made up of gymnasts, parkourists, and stunt performers. It boasts bike stunts, car chases, fights, high falls, pyrotechnics, and 3D projection. Characters making appearances include ‘Black Widow’, ‘Captain America’, ‘Green Goblin’, ‘The Hulk’, ‘Iron Man’, ‘Spider-Man’, and ‘Thor’. The Marvel brand is already a multi-billion dollar-a-year industry; the live tour will only add to that bottom line.
– PostMedia
★ And Lady Gaga is reportedly lined up to voice cartoon character ‘Betty Boop’ in an upcoming animated/live-action hybrid movie being produced by Simon Cowell. Her link to the project has been revealed in a leaked Sony email posted on the Wikileaks website last week. In the correspondence, Gaga is said to be attached to the film to both voice the main role and provide some of the music. Cowell first announced the project last Summer. Gaga’s involvement had not been confirmed before the leak. Her reps have yet to comment on the story.
– WENN.com

TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Vance Joy (“Dream Your Life Away”). Rerun.
• “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC/CTV2) – The 8 remaining couples perform to songs inspired by Spring Break.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – The War on Drugs (“Lost In the Dream”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Matt & Kim (“New Glow”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Børns (“Candy”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Buzzcocks (“Singles Going Steady”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – The Waterboys (“Modern Blues”).
• “Queen Latifah” (syndicated) – Jessie J (“Sweet Talker”). Rerun.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Big Sean (“Dark Sky Paradise”).
• “The Voice” (NBC/CTV2) – The top 10 perform; advisers Dave Stewart, Mark Ronson, Ryan Tedder, and producer Scott Hendricks.

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Jay Z – He’s personally calling some of the new subscribers to his Tidal music streaming service to thank them for their support. Rocker Jack White has also been phoning paid-up subscribers to welcome them to Tidal.
• Kenny Chesney – He’s launching ‘No Shoes TV’ on his website, a round-up of the best moments at this year’s “Big Revival Tour” stadiums shows. Correspondent Deanna Kay hosts the interaction with fans at various venues.
• Lady Antebellum – Hillary Scott has survived a fire which gutted her tour bus on the way to the weekend’s Academy of Country Music awards in Arlington TX. Scott, her husband, tour manager, and driver were fortunately uninjured. There’s no word yet on the cause of the blaze.
• Madonna – David & Victoria Beckham have reportedly ‘fallen in love’ with her former mansion in LA. The $25-million+ property has 2 living rooms, 15 bathrooms, a full-sized theater, and 2 guesthouses. An insider tells “The Sun on Sunday” they’ve yet to decide if they’ll put in an offer.
• Megadeath – Just weeks after recruiting new members Kiko Loureiro and Chris Adler, band leader Dave Mustaine is ready to start work on the group’s 15th studio album. To that end, he’s launched a crowdfunding campaign to get it underway.
• Miranda Lambert – After being asked by actress Reese Witherspoon to contribute a track for the upcoming movie comedy “Hot Pursuit” (out May 8th), she wrote the song “Two Of a Crime” especially for the soundtrack. It’s the first time she’s written a song specifically for a movie.
• Mumford & Sons – Frontman Marcus Mumford tells “NME” magazine he doesn’t like the fact their name makes him sound like the big cheese and they once considered re-christening themselves. Quote: ”It’s a ball-ache. We thought about changing it but it’s a bit late now.”
• One Direction – Zayn Malik has surprised fans by debuting a newly shaved-head hairdo at the “Asian Awards” in London on Saturday night. The former boyband star, making his first public appearance since quitting the group, brought his mom along as his date.
• Sam Hunt – He’s once again #1 on ‘Billboard Hot Country Songs’ this week with “Take Your Time”. This marks Hunt’s 10th week at the top of the chart.
• Sia – She has released an EP called “Elastic Heart (The Remixes)”, a collection of 7 remixes of her current single, “Elastic Heart”. It’s available via all digital retailers.

THE SCIENCE OF THE SHAKE:
To avoid giving a ‘wet-fish handshake’ when you’re nervous, wash your hands and keep your palms open until you shake hands with employers or clients. Do not close your fist … that generates heat and sweat. The most intimidating ‘power handshake’ is palm down. When you present your hand this way it automatically makes the person shaking your hand subservient and bowing to your control. (For maximum effect, use a ‘palm buzzer’.)
–AskMen.com

HOW ‘K-CUPS’ CHANGED THE WORLD:
Those single-serve pods that come with Keurig-like coffee machines have hurt the coffee industry by removing one of its most reliable consumers … the kitchen sink. That’s because they’re replacing drip-brewing pots capable of making 10 or 12 cups, some of which isn’t consumed and gets dumped. Less waste means less demand, meaning the price of coffee as a commodity should continue to drop. Other facts about coffee pods …
• About 27% of consumers now own single-serve brewers; an additional 12% say they plan to buy one.
• Waterbury VT-based Keurig Green Mountain alone estimates that well over 20 million of its Keurig brewers are now in use.
• Almost every coffee brand, from Folgers to Starbucks, is now also sold in the disposable 2-by-2 inch plastic pods.
• Single-cup pods now account for about 12% of coffee volume sold, but represent 36% of total sales financially. How can that be? You’re paying far more for coffee in pods.
(The best of both worlds: Buy refillable pods at a dollar store. That way you get single servings without tossing gazillions of plastic pods in landfills.)
– Sourced from TheStar.com / Bloomberg

BS REASONS MEN DON’T DO DOCTORS:
Experts say there are several reasons males visit doctors far less than females. Among them …
• Too much waiting around, considered a waste of time.
• Office decor and the bias of information on display is often aimed toward women.
• Embarrassment discussing intimate matters.
• No point seeing a doctor unless there is something wrong.
• ‘Suck it up’ is the philosophy passed on from fathers to sons.
• Physical defects are signs of weakness that say something about your masculinity.
• Fear of being judged.
– About.com

BS AMAZING FACTS:
• In September 1944, the “New York Times” first explained pizza to its readers and included a rare use of its plural form ‘pizze’ (‘peet-SAY’?).
– NYTimes.com
• In just 17 days, worldwide box office earnings for  “Furious 7″ have topped $1 billion. That means “Furious 7″ has already become one of the top 20 highest-grossing films in history.
– Bustle.com

BS CHRONOMETER 04.20.15


TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1949 [66] Jessica Lange, Cloquet MN, movie actress (Oscars-”Blue Sky”, “Tootsie”)/TV actress (“American Horror Story: Freak Show”)  UP NEXT: Co-stars with Shirley MacLaine and Demi Moore in the road-trip comedy “Wild Oats”, scheduled for release this Summer.

1964 [51] Andy Serkis, Ruislip UK, movie actor (“The Hobbit” films; “Planet Of the Apes” movies)  UP NEXT: “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (May 1st); “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (December 18th); makes directorial debut with “Jungle Book: Origins” (2017).

1978 [37] Clay Cook, Snellville GA, country musician (Zac Brown Band-”Toes”, “Chicken Fried”)

1983 [32] Miranda Kerr, Sydney, Australia, fashion model (Victoria’s Secret)/wed to movie actor Orlando Bloom (2010-13)

TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Boston Marathon”, the 119th running of one of the most prestigious running races, beginning  this morning at 10 am EDT.
NET: http://www.bostonmarathon.org

• “420″ or “Pot Smokers Day”, the unofficial holiday of potheads. A few facts …
– ‘Four-twenty’ became an emblematic number for dopers in the 1970s. It comes from the time 4:20 pm, the secret ‘burn time’ originated by a group of pot-smoking students at California’s San Rafael High School back in 1971. (“High Times”)
– Marijuana is the most lucrative domestic crop in the USA, worth almost $36 billion … more than corn and wheat combined. (DrugScience.org)

• “Look-Alike Day”, a day for people who are constantly mistaken for rich and famous celebrities to have some recognition of their own. So who do people say you look like?

• “Volunteer Recognition Day”, honoring the legions of people who dedicate themselves to causes and helping others. They are making both big and small differences in the lives of millions worldwide.

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
1992 [23] Madonna becomes ‘Highest-Paid Female Recording Star’ with a reported $60-million Time-Warner deal to form her own entertainment company (Maverick)

TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1912 [103] Boston’s elegant new baseball stadium, Fenway Park, officially opens (Red Sox edge NY Yankees 7-6)

2008 [07] Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300, becoming the 1st female driver to win an Indy car race

2010 [05] ‘Deepwater Horizon’ drilling rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and beginning an oil spill that lasts 6 months

TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1992 [23] World record ‘House of Cards’ measures 75-feet-high (23 m)

AND REMEMBER . . .
[Tues] Bulldogs are Beautiful Day
[Tues] Kindergarten Day
[Wed] Administrative Professionals Day
[Wed] Earth Day
[Thurs] Talk Like Shakespeare Day

THIS WEEK IS . . .
Administrative Professionals Week / Animal Cruelty Awareness Week / Bedbug Awareness Week / Consumer Awareness Week / Crime Victims Rights Week / Environmental Education Week / Infant Immunization Week / International Wildlife Film Week / Karaoke Week / National Park Week / Occupational Health Nursing Week / Pet ID Week / Playground Safety Week / Safe Kids Week / World Week of Action for Lab Animals / Work Zone Safety Awareness Week

BULL’S BITS


BEST OF BS:
Highlight bits culled from 22 years of “Bull Sheet” back issues …
BS QUESTIONS PLAGUING HUMANITY:
• Why is it the bus is always late … unless you are?
• Why is it everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die?
• If ‘Dracula’ can’t see his reflection in a mirror, why is his hair always so neatly combed?
• Why do we use the phrase ‘recorded earlier’?  Is there any other time to record something?
•  If a cow laughed real hard, would milk come out her nose?
• Why isn’t ‘palindrome’ spelled the same way backwards?
• How did the ‘Keep Off The Grass’ sign get in the yard?
• What do they plant to grow ‘seedless grapes’?
– First published in “BS” 1999.

BS DUTIES OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II:
In honor of her nibs’ 89th birthday tomorrow, here’s a brief outline of what her royal duties actually entail …
✓ Throw the ceremonial 1st punch at British soccer riots.
✓ Feed the royal monkeys.
✓ Play local disc jockeys in donkey baseball games for charity.
✓ Represent the UK among the ‘Glorious Ladies of UFC’.
✓ Prevent Prince Harry from wearing T-shirts that say, “Wanna See the Royal Jewels?”
✓ Kick the Queen of Sweden’s butt in croquet.
✓ Tip like a big-shot.
✓ Pose for postage stamps.
– First published in “BS” 2012.
NET: http://www.FreeRadioPrep.com

BS WEB GOODIE:
Hey, that realistic cat head mask you always wanted is now in stock. Creepy!
NET: http://bit.ly/1FMZ6sn

BS RANDOM JOKE:
I told my wife I wanted something for my birthday that went from 0-to-80 in under 4 seconds. She bought me some bathroom scales.

PRETEND YOU’RE A POLITICIAN:
Have phone participants compete for prizes based on their ability to AVOID answering direct questions. Winners must exhibit a knack for ‘fuzzifying’ their answers just like elected officials.

BS PHONE STARTER:
☎ What fashion trend from the past do you wish would be resurrected? And which should remain buried forever?

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: A majority of us do THIS about 3 times a year.
Answer: Fake someone else’s signature.

BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Wear a watch and you’ll always know what time it is. Wear 2 watches and you’ll never be sure.

BS FRESH MEAT:
Lena Reece @ Legend FM Suva, Fiji; Niall O’Keeffe @ FRQ-FM Dublin, Ireland; Pamela @ CFRC-FM Queen’s University, Kingston ON; and Rickard Olsson @ Nacka FM 99.9 Saltsjö-Boo, Sweden.


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