Friday, April 3, 2015        Edition: #5422

Our Sheet Don’t Stink!

★ According to 81-year-old fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, creative director of Chanel, his Siamese cat Choupette raked in 3 million euros ($3.25 million) last year for just 2 jobs. One was posing for a Vauxhall Corsa car calendar in Germany; the other a series of ads for Japanese makeup brand Shu Uemura. That means Choupette was paid just a fraction less than supermodel Cara Delevingne, thought to have earned around 3.25 million ($3.5 million) in 2014. By the way, Choupette has 2 maids … and her own Instagram account.
★ Robert Pattinson is reportedly engaged to marry FKA twigs. The former “Twilight Saga” star and Brit hip-hop artist have been dating for 6 months. Though 2 sources have independently confirmed the news, the couple’s reps are not commenting as yet. It was actually rapper/singer T-Pain who spilled the beans, blabbing to “Vulture” that twigs probably won’t be contributing new material to his new album because “she’s engaged now”. He later tried to do damage control on Twitter by claiming his slip-of-the-tongue was an April Fool’s prank.
★ Jeremy Renner has reached a custody settlement with his soon-to-be ex-wife Sonny Pacheco that will see “The Bourne Legacy” star pay out over $13,000-a-month in child support for their 2-year-old daughter Ava. According to court documents, the estranged couple will share joint legal and physical custody. The settlement also bans ‘arguing, yelling, using profanity, and making derogatory or insulting remarks’ in front of the child. Renner & Pacheco split in December after just 10 months of marriage. Renner had reportedly previous worried that his ex- would return to Canada and take the baby with her.
★ E! has commissioned yet another “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” spin-off show. “Dash Dolls” is being executive-produced by Kris Jenner alongside Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian. It will follow the employees of the sisters’ Dash boutiques, including Khloe’s best friend Malika Haqq and her twin sister Khadijah. The 8-episode series will premiere in the Fall. E!’s other new unscripted shows include: “WAGS”, which documents the lives of famous athletes’ spouses; and “Stewarts & Hamiltons”, a fly-on-the-wall series featuring ‘a family tree made up of true Hollywood royalty’.
– Bang Show Biz

• “CBS This Morning” (CBS) – Saturday morning Death Cab for Cutie talks about their 8th studio album, “Kintsugi”.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Today Kelly Clarkson (“Piece by Piece”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight The Weeknd (“Kiss Land”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Dave Hause (“Devour”). Rerun.
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/Omni 1) – Tonight Modest Mouse (“Strangers to Ourselves”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Tonight Tove Styrke (“Kiddo”). Rerun.
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Tonight Banks (“Goddess”).
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Today Ciara (“Ciara”); Pharrell (“GIRL”).
• “Lizzie Borden Chronicles” (Lifetime) – Sunday the debut of a new series with Christina Ricci reprising her role from the 2014 TV movie “Lizzie Borden Took an Ax”.
• “Mad Men” (AMC) – Jon Hamm returns as ‘Don Draper’ as the last 7 episodes of the final 14-episode season begin and the Emmy Award-winning series wraps its 7-season run.
• NCAA March Madness Festival (Indianapolis IN) – Tonight the free, 3-day Music Festival begins. Performers include Cold War Kids, Imagine Dragons, and Weezer. Saturday’s Countdown Concert features Bleachers, Passion Pit, and Rihanna. Sunday’s Jamfest stars Cole Swindell, Kacey Musgraves, Lady Antebellum, and Zac Brown Band. All 3 concerts are streaming live. Oh … and there’s Final Four basketball too. The NCAA Final is on Monday.
• “Queen Latifah” (syndicated) – Today Keyshia Cole (“Point of No Return”). Rerun.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – Host Michael Keaton (“Birdman”); musical guest Carly Rae Jepsen (“Kiss”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Boz Scaggs (“A Fool to Care”).
• “Wolf Hall” (PBS) – Sunday a new 6-part “PBS Masterpiece” miniseries begins about the relationship between Henry VIII (Damian Lewis) and his savvy adviser Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance), based on Hilary Mantel’s award-winning novels.

• Alicia Keys – Quote: “We believe Frederick Nietzsche couldn’t have been more right when he said ‘Without music, life would be a mistake’.”
• The Beatles – John Lennon’s 1st wife Cynthia, the first of the Beatles’ wives, has died at her home in Spain after a short battle with cancer. She was 75.
• John Legend – His dogs have gotten married. The 36-year-old singer officiated and also serenaded pooches ‘Puddy’ and ‘Pippa’ with his hit “All of Me” at their nuptials this week. He & wife Chrissy Teigen sprinkled rose petals down the aisle and even fed the pair their first piece of wedding cake. Their pets were appropriately dressed in suit & tie and a bridal gown.
• Katy Perry – She’s had her hair cut to look like Kris Jenner’s. The “Roar” hitmaker has debuted the drastic dark pixie cut on her Instagram page, revealing she asked her hairdresser to make her look like the 59-year-old show biz matriarch.
• Lorde – The 18-year-old singer/songwriter is currently working on the follow-up to her critically-acclaimed debut album “Pure Heroine” (2013), but is finding it difficult to write tracks for the collection. She’s been moaning about her troubles on Twitter.
• Lynyrd Skynyrd – A tribute concert recorded on November 12, 2014 in Atlanta GA is coming out on CD/DVD. “Lynyrd Skynyrd – One More For the Fans!” features special guests Aaron Lewis, Alabama, Cheap Trick, Charlie Daniels, Gregg Allman, Jamey Johnson, Peter Frampton, Randy Houser, OAR, and Trace Adkins among others. The exact release date, track listing, and more tour dates will be revealed soon.

• “Furious 7” ( PG-13 Action Thriller ): After 6 increasingly outrageous films, does the franchise have gas left in the tank? Early reviews suggest it does, with some describing this as one of the strongest installments yet. Stunts include cars parachuting out of a plane and one jumping between skyscrapers. Stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham.
• “Lambert & Stamp” ( R-Rated Biography ): A documentary that reveals how the unlikely partnership between aspiring filmmakers Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert produced one of the greatest rock bands in history: The Who. The movie-making twosome ultimately became co-managers of the band. And they handled Jimi Hendrix for a while too.
• Also opening in limited release: “Effie Gray” (Drama); “5 to 7” (Romantic Comedy).

HIP HOP ROYALTY 2015:’s newly-released 2015 ‘Hip-Hop Cash Princes Survey’ is an unranked list selected by a panel of judges, including Tyga and DJ Khaled. It’s made up of artists under 30 who are considered to have the star potential to graduate to the Forbes’ annual ‘Hip-Hop Cash Kings’ countdown. Iggy Azalea and Rae Sremmurd are perhaps the best-known artists on the new list. They’re joined by Migos, Nipsey Hussle, Young Thug, YG, Kid Ink, PartyNextDoor, and producers DJ Mustard, Mike Will Made-It, and Hit-Boy. If some of these seem a tad obscure, keep in mind artists are only eligible to appear on the ‘Hip-Hop Cash Princes’ ranking once.

The annual ranking from the UK’s 4Music TV that is decided by a panel of industry experts. It takes into consideration numerous factors from critical opinion to airplay. The top 10 …
1. Taylor Swift
2. Ed Sheeran
3. Sam Smith
4. Rihanna
5. Ariana Grande
6. Katy Perry
7. Maroon 5
8. Beyoncé
9. One Direction
10. Meghan Trainor
(Previous winners including Adele, Rihanna and Beyoncé.)

The estimated combined net worth of the 18 recording artists who signed the Tidal pledge endorsing Jay Z’s new music streaming service this week … $2,043,000,000.


1958 [57] Alec Baldwin, Massapequa NY, TV actor (“30 Rock” 2006-13)/movie actor (“The Departed”)

1961 [54] Eddie Murphy, Brooklyn NY, movie actor (“Shrek”)/former TV comedian (“Saturday Night Live” 1980-84)

1978 [37] Matthew Goode, Exeter UK, movie actor (“The Imitation Game”)/TV actor (‘Finn Polmar’ on “The Good Wife” since 2014)

1982 [33] Cobie (Jacoba) Smulders, Vancouver BC, TV actress (“How I Met Your Mother” 2005-14)/movie actress (“The Avengers”)

1985 [30] Leona Lewis, London UK, pop singer (“Bleeding Love”)/”X Factor UK” winner (2006)

1986 [29] Amanda Bynes, Thousand Oaks CA, movie actress (“Easy A”)/recently rehabbed social media pariah

TV actor Craig T Nelson (“Coach”) is 71; Movie actor Robert Downey Jr (“Iron Man”) is 50; Rock singer Josh Todd (Buckcherry) is 44; Magician David Blaine is 42; TV actress Natasha Lyonne (“Orange Is the New Black”) is 36; TV actress Daniela Bobadilla (“Anger Management”) is 22; Pop singer Austin Mahone (“Mmm Yeah”) is 19.

Rock guitarist Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) is 49; Country singer Troy Gentry (Montgomery Gentry) is 48; Country singer Pat Green (“Wave on Wave”) is 43; Rapper-singer-producer Pharrell Williams (“Happy”) is 42; Movie actress Lily James (”Cinderella”) is 26.

• “Armenian Appreciation Day”, honoring the country bordering the Black Sea which re-gained its independence in 1991. Famous folks of Armenian heritage (aside from Kardashians) here …
• “Don’t Go to Work Unless It’s Fun Day”, an annual observance encouraging us to lighten up at the office and actually enjoy work, not just endure it. (Party in the conference room!)
• “Easter Egg Hunt For Dogs”, the 17th annual hosted by National Service Dogs in various cities. The concept of having pooches search for Milk-Bones began in Oakville ON in 1998.
• “Good Friday”, observed since about 100 AD. There are few explanations as to why it’s known as ‘Good’ Friday since it commemorates a sorrowful time in Christianity. It’s a national holiday in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK, but not in the USA where it varies state-by-state.
• “Hospital Admitting Clerks Day”, an annual observance on the 1st Friday of April saluting those always smiling, always helpful frontline personnel at your local medical facility.
• “Passover” begins at sunset, the 8-day Jewish celebration of the flight of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery in the 1200s BCE. A ceremonial seder takes place on the first 2 nights, when symbolic foods such as unleavened bread are placed on the table.
• “Walk to Work Day”, observed annually on the 1st Friday of April. Whether or not it’s to work, the goal is to walk 30 minutes a day to ease stress and improve fitness. Created in 2004 by “Prevention” magazine.

• “Ballroom Dancing Day”, celebrated on the birth anniversary of Arthur Murray, the famous ballroom dancing instructor. It’s an activity that’s hot once again thanks to TV shows like “Dancing With the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance”.
• “International Day for Landmine Awareness & Assistance”. (Unfortunately, participation in this can cost you an arm and a leg.)
• “International Firefighters’ Day”, first begun in Australia on the feast day of Saint Florian, patron saint of firefighters.
• “International Pillow Fight Day”, when massive pillow fights are scheduled in cities worldwide from Amsterdam to Zurich. A listing of cities hosting events here …
• “Pink Moon”, the Full Moon of April, so-named due to the herb Moss Pink, or Wild Ground Phlox, one of the earliest widespread flowers of Spring. Other names have included ‘Sprouting Grass Moon’, ‘Egg Moon’, and ‘Fish Moon’.
• “World Rat Day”, the 13th annual recognizing the ‘dear, sweet animals which deserve greater recognition and admiration’. It’s claimed their bad image only suffers from ignorance and unthinking prejudice. (Well that and the plague.)

• “Easter Sunday”, the most important holiday in Christianity. The ‘moveable feast’ falls on the Sunday following the Full Moon on or after the Vernal Equinox. Since 326 AD, it’s been marked on one of the 35 dates between March 22 and April 25.
• “Go For Broke Day”, a day to throw caution to the wind and go all out, give it all you’ve got, don’t hold back, give it all or nothing, start giving 110%, let ‘er rip, balls to the wall!

2009 [06] “Fast & Furious”, the 4th film in the franchise, has a record-breaking $72.5 million opening weekend (highest-grossing opening of any car-themed film)

2007 [08] Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards denies to MTV his own earlier claim that he once snorted the ashes of his late father (maybe smoked them?)

2008 [07] Mariah Carey’s “Touch My Body” goes to #1, beating Elvis Presley’s old record of 17 chart-topping singles (only The Beatles have more with 20)

2009 [06] A Malawian court rejects Madonna’s attempt to adopt a 2nd child from the African nation after local rights groups protested her adoption of David Banda 2 years earlier

2010 [05] Apple releases its multi-touch tablet computer called the ‘iPad’ (3 million devices are sold within the first 80 days of its release)

2003 [12] An Oklahoma couple (aged 95 & 94) finally gets married after 77 years of living together (“Gummy, I’ve decided I wanna make you an honest woman …”)

2007 [08] A French TGV train sets an official new ‘Conventional-Train World Speed Record’ … 574.8 km/h (357.2 mph)

[Mon] Drowsy Driver Awareness Day
[Mon] White House Easter Egg Roll
[Mon] Hostess Twinkie Day
[Mon] Student Athlete Day
[Mon] Tartan Day
This Week Is … Laugh at Work Week
This Month Is … Anxiety Month


Do you agree or not?
1. Brach’s Chicks & Rabbits
2. Chocolate Crosses
3. Candy Corn
4. Generic Jelly Beans
5. Peeps
6. Brach’s Bunny Basket Eggs
7. Bunny Munny (foiled wrapped money candy)
8. Fluffy Stuffed Cotton Tails (cotton candy)
9. Jordan Almonds
10. Cadbury Creme Eggs

☎ What’s the least romantic movie to watch on a night in?

Knock knock. Who’s there? The pilot.

Question: A recent poll finds THIS is the #1 thing in our homes that we have too much of.
Answer: Coat hangers.

There is a big difference between an open mind and a hole in the head.

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