Friday, April 21, 2017        Edition: #5958

Can You Believe This Sheet?

★The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has announced that Chris Pratt will be honored with the 2,607th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this morning at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The star in the category of Motion Pictures will be dedicated at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the El Capitan Theatre.
(Just a guess, but there may be a few female fans on hand for that…)
★Sylvester Stallone’s daughters stole Liam Hemsworth’s number out of  their dad’s phone.
The sibling trio – Sophia, 20, Sistine, 18, and Scarlet, 14 – has confessed to nabbing the ‘Hunger Games’ star’s digits from their dad but admits nothing ever worked out from it. According to Sistine: ”I called him. He never answered.”
(No one in Hollywood takes calls from Sly anymore, either)
★Serena Williams is pregnant with her first baby.  The tennis star, 35, made the announcement on Wednesday, showing off her pregnant belly on Snapchat.  She is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, 33.
(She couldn’t post the first pic to Reddit??)
★Caitlyn Jenner has admitted she wasn’t comfortable having sex with Kris Jenner.  The 67-year-old gold medalist opens up about her sex life with the mother of their kids Kendall and Kylie in her soon-to-be-released memoir ‘The Secrets Of My Life’.  In an excerpt published by People magazine, Caitlyn – previously known as Bruce – admitted getting intimate with now 61-year-old Kris was ‘imbued’ with love.
(Look it up, we had to!)
★Angry Mel Gibson hurled an ashtray at a wall when Paramount bosses offered him just US$15 million to make Braveheart.  In ‘Leading Lady’, a new biography about movie mogul Sherry Lansing, Gibson’s agent Jeff Berg recalls the tense negotiation. According to Berg, when Mel Gibson  was offered the paltry sun of $15 million, he not only threw a large glass ashtray, “He threw it through the wall!”
(Well, we all know Mel has a bit of a temper…)
★Prince Harry says  it was “only right” to share his experience of coping with the death of his mother Princess Diana because he hopes to “encourage others to come forward and smash” the stigma surrounding mental health.  The prince, now 32, had said in a recent and rare, candid interview that he shut down his emotions following her death and had “probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions”.  He finally sought counselling.
-E! News
★At nearly 50 years old, Julia Roberts is still winning awards for her beauty. This year marks the fifth time the actress has been named the World’s Most Beautiful Woman – quite the record as the title has only previously been snapped up twice by the same person. Twenty-six years after the ‘Pretty Woman’ star first won the World’s Most Beautiful Woman title by People in 1991, she is now on to her fifth time being named so after subsequent wins in 2000, 2005 and 2010. Jennifer Aniston was last year’s Most Beautiful, marking her second time after 2004.
(So THAT’S how she got the part in ‘Pretty Woman…”)

•“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global):  John Stamos, Bob Saget, Tim Robinson, Snakehips & Mo ®
•“The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon:  (NBC/CTV): Salma Hayek, W. Kamau Bell, Barry Manilow
•“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global):  Rosario Dawson, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Keith Alberstadt
•“Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Chris Evans, Mandy Patinkin, Michelle Branch, Jonathan Move ®
•“Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Patrick Stewart, Rupert Grint, Dan Stevens, New Kids on the Block ®
•“The View” (ABC/CTV): Cynthia Nixon
•“The Talk” (CBS): Octavia Spencer, Chris Evans, Rocky Carroll
•“Live with Kelly” (ABC/CTV): Rosario Dawson, Rick Schwartz, Zara Larsson, Clean Bandit, guest co-host Van Jones
•“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Jessica Lange
•“Harry” (NBC/CTV): Kurt Russell, Mckenna Grace, Bobbi Brown
•“Training Day” (CBS):  Frank and Kyle seek justice for a community organizer who is accidentally killed in a gang-related shooting.
•”NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS): Hetty’s former Vietnam war colleagues partner with NCIS after a former Navy commander kidnaps a corrupt Veterans Affairs administrator who has been siphoning funds.


•Prince -an E.P. of new music has been released, but may already have been derailed.  His estate is taking legal action, claiming producer George Ian Boxill is breaching a confidentiality agreement.  The 6-song E.P., called ‘Deliverance’, was recorded between 2006 and 2008.  It popped up on iTunes this week.  Today is the one-year anniversary of Prince’s death.
•Eddie Van Halen — Fans can now experience his famous guitar solo from Michael Jackson’s hit “Beat It” in an entirely new way thanks to an unusual cover by the Bottle Boys.  The group, which performs songs by blowing into beer bottles, recently released their unique cover of the “Thriller” classic complete with Eddie’s iconic guitar solo.  The group performed a ‘bottle’ version of the guitar solo on the track, which is currently going viral. Quote: “Safe to say, we never played this fast before!”
•Queen + Adam Lambert –have announced that they have added a fall European leg to their tour plans, in addition to their previously announced North American trek this summer.  The band will kick it off   November 1st in Prague.  They plan to play some songs never done live before, and promise a ‘brand new show with state of the art production.’  (Freddie hologram, anyone?)
•Gwen Stefani – still gets nervous on stage.  The ‘Used To Love You’ hitmaker admits she still finds it tricky stepping up on stage to perform but is able to relax a bit more once the ”adrenaline” kicks in.   ”It’s been all these years and I still, when I do live music … I still get nervous. It’s crazy. Anything can happen, you know? It’s that adrenaline”.
•Facebook – is giving the 1.2 billion people who use Messenger every month a handy way to share music. The company has unveiled a brand-new Discover tab for its popular chat app. Facebook says the new Chat Extensions will “enable multiple people to chat with the same business at the same time. If you are excited to share the newest song you love, you can now add a bot directly in a group thread and share the conversation and experience with your friends.”
•Brad Paisley — is getting ready to boogie: The country star will play an upcoming disco party in Nashville to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.  The fundraiser, set for  June 4 at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, was put together by Paisley’s wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley. The actress was inspired to help raise awareness and funds  for Alzheimer’s and dementia following the death of her mother, Linda Payne Williams, in November, after a long battle with dementia.
•Sam Hunt –again leads the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with “Body Like a Back Road”  The late Joey Feek debuts in sixth with “If Not For You.”  Keith Urban tops Country Albums chart with “Ripcord.”
•Alice Cooper –is getting the old gang back together.  He will reunite with his original ‘Alice Cooper’bandmates for a one-night gig in Nashville May 14. It’ll be their first time on stage together in over 40 years.
•Barry Manilow  –took to the stage on Tuesday night at New York City’s Town Hall for the Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!  It was the first concert appearance for the 73-year-old iconic singer since he publicly disclosed his sexuality and marriage to his manager Garry Kief. His new album, ‘This Is My Town: Songs of New York’ is out today.


– “The Lost City Of Z”  (PG-13 Action & Adventure, Drama) Based on author David Grann’s nonfiction bestseller, “The Lost City of Z” tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region.
– “Free Fire” (R-Rated Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama)  Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival.  (Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer)
– “The Promise” (PG-13 Drama, Romance) Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, The Promise follows a love triangle between Michael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, and Chris – a renowned American journalist based in Paris. (Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac, Shohreh Aghdashloo)
– “Phoenix Forgotten” (PG-13 Drama, Horror) Based on the shocking, true events of March 13th, 1997, when several mysterious lights appeared over Phoenix, Arizona. Phoenix Forgotten tells the story of three teens who went into the desert shortly after the incident, hoping to document the strange events occurring in their town. They disappeared that night, and were never seen again. Now, on the twentieth anniversary of their disappearance, unseen footage has finally been discovered, chronicling the final hours of their fateful expedition. For the first time ever, the truth will be revealed…  (Florence Hartigan, Luke Spencer Roberts, Chelsea Lopez)

Just in time for the  weekend, here are the top selling beers worldwide (and their nation of origin and market share), according to ‘Business Insider’:
10. Coors Light (U.S.)  1.3%
9.  Brahma (Brazil) 1.5%
8.  Harbin (China) 1.5%
7.  Heineken (Holland) 1.5%
6.  Yanjing (China) 1.9%
5.  Skol (U.S.)  2.1%
4.  Budweiser (U.S.) 2.3%
3.  Bud Light (U.S.) 2.5%
2.  Tsingtao (China) 2.8%
1.  Snow (China) 5.4%

(Why do I have the feeling that there are a whole bunch of sports stadiums and car races named ‘Snow’ in China?)
(I don’t care what everyone else is buying….I buy what’s on sale!)

If you are eating your vegetables, you figure you are doing a good thing for your health.  But the long foreheads at Harvard have done a study to determine which veggies are good for you and which are only kinda-sorta good for you.  Really good: kale and string beans.  Eat those and you are most likely to drop weight over time.  On the other side of the coin: potatoes, peas and corn.  Eat a lot of those and you are more likely to gain weight.  Corn was ranked the worst.  They found that it has the highest glycemic load, and these vegetables can cause frequent, intense blood sugar spikes.  Not only is that bad for you, but it also causes you to get hungry again faster.
(Newsflash: Technically, corn isn’t  a vegetable at all.  It’s a grain.)
(If  I’m going to spike my blood sugar….forget corn.  I’m going straight for the cake!)

A new device which can partially ‘read people’s minds’ has been developed in Japan.  It works by detecting and gaining information from brainwaves in people who are not able to verbally communicate.  Although only partially successful at this point, researchers hope use it to read people’s thoughts and relay them to others in the ‘near future’.  In tests, the machine could recognize single-digit numbers from the brains of test subjects with 90% accuracy.  For single syllable words, it was correct 61% of the time.  The developers hope to have an ‘easily operated’ device that works through a smartphone app within 5 years.  It could ‘read the minds’ of those who have lost the ability of voice-communication, and help them regain that ability.
(Read minds?  For the love of God, please don’t tell my wife about this!)
(Say goodbye to the old-fashioned lie-detector test.  They don’t work anyway.  I beat it every time…)

Emma Morano of Italy died at age 117 on April 15.  She was believed to be the last living person born in the 1800s.  Date of birth: November 29, 1899.  Violet Brown of Jamaica is the new oldest living person title-holder.  She was born March 10, 1900 and recently mourned the death of her 97 year-old son.
(Keep your Rolling Stones jokes to yourself…)


1926 [91] Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Mountbatten-Windsor), London UK, British Monarch  BS FACTOID: The ‘Queen’s Official Birthday’ takes place on the second Saturday of June each year. This year the ‘Queen’s Birthday Parade’ is scheduled for Saturday, June 17th.
1947 [70] Iggy Pop (Jim Osterberg Jr), Muskegon MI, ‘The Godfather of Punk Music’ (The Stooges-”Home”, “Candy”)
1958 [59] Andie MacDowell, Gaffney SC, spokesmodel (L’Oreal)/movie actress (“Four Weddings & A Funeral”, “Groundhog Day”)
1959 [58] Robert Smith, Blackpool UK, rock singer-guitarist (The Cure-”High”, “Friday I’m in Love”)
1966 [51] Michael Franti, Oakland CA, funk/reggae/jazz/rock singer (Michael Franti & Spearhead-”The Sound of Sunshine”, “Say Hey [I Love You]“)
1978 [39] Dave Brenner, Delta BC, rock guitarist (Theory Of a Deadman-”Lowlife”, “Bad Girlfriend”)
1979 [38] James McAvoy, Glasgow, Scotland, movie actor (“Atonement”, “Last King of Scotland”, “Split”)
1980 [37] Tony Romo, San Diego CA, NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys)

1936 [81] Glen Campbell, Delight AR, country-pop singer (“Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”/Alzheimer’s sufferer…final album ‘Adios’ comes out June 9)
1937 [80] Jack Nicholson, Neptune City NJ, movie actor/3-time Oscar winner (“As Good As It Gets”, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, “Terms of Endearment”)
1959 [58] Ryan Stiles, Seattle WA, improv comedian/TV personality (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?” since 2013 on CW, 1998-2007 on ABC, 1988-98 on UK’s Channel 4)
1986 [31] Amber Heard, Austin TX, dog smuggler/movie actress (“Magic Mike XXL”, “Machete Kills”)
SUNDAY-Documentary director Michael Moore (“Fahrenheit 9/11?) is 63; Indie rock musicians Aaron & Bryce Dessner (The National) are 41; Wrestler-actor-TV host John Cena (“American Grit”) is 40; TV host John Oliver (“Last Week Tonight”) is 40; TV actor Jesse Lee Soffer (“Chicago PD”/”Chicago Fire”) is 33; Movie actor Dev Patel (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”) is 27.

•“Kindergarten Day”, honoring the 1782 birth of German educator Friedrich Froebel, who established the 1st kindergarten in 1837. (Thanks for all the finger paintings, Freid.)
•”Chocolate Covered Cashews Day”  The cashew is a tree from the family Anacardiaceae.  Surprisingly, the shell of the cashew nut is toxic, which is why the cashew is shelled before it is sold to consumers.
•”Day of Silence” is a student-led movement to protest bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students and those who support them.
•”Big Word Day”, a day to use humongous words on purpose just to impress yourself. So go ahead and facilitate this celebration of excess verbiage! Find a big word for any word here …
…but remember:  Never use a large word when a diminutive one will suffice.
[Sat] Earth Day
[Sat] Jelly Bean Day
[Sun] Cherry Cheesecake Day
[Sun] Take A Chance Day
This Week Is…Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week
This Month Is…Straw Hat Month

2013 [04] Movie star Reese Witherspoon publicly apologizes for her actions that led to a disorderly conduct charge in Atlanta GA 2 days earlier when her husband-agent Jim Toth was arrested for DUI

2006 [11] “Soul2Soul II Tour 2006″, co-headlining Tim McGraw & Faith Hill kicks off in Columbus OH (ends 73 shows later in Las Vegas NV as the highest-grossing country music tour ever with a $90 million total)

2015 [02] AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd changes his plea to guilty on charges of cannabis and methamphetamine possession, and threat to kill in a New Zealand court (later sentenced to 8 months of home detention)

2016 [01] Prince was found dead at his home in Minnesota at the age of 57, after Police were summoned to his Paisley Park estate and found his body in an elevator.

2001 [16] In the XFL’s 1st (and last) championship game, the LA Xtreme beat the San Francisco Demons 38-6 (the fledgling football league folds soon afterward)

1996 [21] ‘World’s Highest Roller Coaster’ opens in Las Vegas NV, circling the new Stratosphere Hotel on a track 1,149 feet up in the air


• Can no longer kick the Queen of Sweden’s butt at croquet.
• Often jokes with Philip that his ears are now hairier than his head, then almost smiles.
• Often has erotic dreams about prunes.
• No longer able to throw the ceremonial 1st punch at English soccer riots.
• Has asked Prince Harry to cease wearing T-shirts that say, “Wanna See the Royal Jewels?”
• Her #1 son Prince Charles has already been on ‘Basic State Pension’ for several years.
• It’s almost 9 o’clock in the morning and she’s still on the throne.

☎ If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?

I will not be briefed or debriefed, my underwear is my own.

Question: 33% of people do THIS before they take a picture. What is it?
A: Floss!

Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

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