Tuesday, August 31, 2021 – Edition: #7057
The BS Press!
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BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Dog the Bounty Hunter’s stepdaughter got into an argument with her lover and punched him in the face, according to what he told police, who have charged her for domestic violence. Police in Honolulu received a call just before midnight on July 31 about an argument at a residence, and when they got there, the alleged victim told officers Cecily Barmore punched and bit him. She has confirmed there was an incident, but says it was an “altercation where a man struck me and said vile things about the memory of my dead mother.” She was placed under arrest for misdemeanor abuse of a household member.
★ ‘Tis the season… for Hallmark and Funko to team up and drop the holiday ornaments of your dreams. The iconic brands have collaborated to launch a collection of ornaments featuring popular characters from movies, TV shows, and comic books, like “Friends”, “The Office”, “Star Wars”, “Harry Potter”, “Spiderman”, ‘Batman”, and more. The Walmart-exclusives are designed to look like Funko’s collectible Pop! figurines and cost US $10 each. The majority have already sold out once since their launch, with the Friends characters being the first to go.
★ Ethan Hawke says he got off to a rocky start with Robin Williams when they worked together. “Dead Poet’s Society” was one of Hawke’s earliest screen roles, and proved to be the breakthrough that propelled him to a successful career. In a new interview, he recalled that he initially didn’t get along with star Robin Williams. Quote: “I thought Robin hated me. He had a habit of making a ton of jokes on set. At 18, I found that incredibly irritating. He wouldn’t stop and I wouldn’t laugh at anything he did.” Williams eventually became one of his earliest champions, and even put him in touch with his first agent.
★ Jason Momoa is doing his best to guard the oceans — not just in the “Aquaman” movies, but in real life too. In 2019, he founded a water company called Mananalu, which provides recyclable aluminum water bottles to replace single-use plastic ones. This summer, Mananalu landed a huge deal to distribute those bottles more widely than before. The company partnered with a food service company called Earth Angel, which provides food, water and refreshments to TV and film sets all over the world. That means that many of the biggest jobs in Hollywood will now run entirely on Momoa’s environmentally-friendly water bottles, which can be recycled or re-used many times over.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Sean Hayes, Awkwafina, Keke Palmer, Daryl Hall, John Oates
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Kate Beckinsale, Fred Armisen, Leon Bridges (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Daniel Radcliffe, Dan + Shay (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kevin Smith (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Lizzo, Billie Piper
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Stephen King (R)
• “The Talk” (CBS): Audra McDonald, Michael Michele, guest co-host David Begnaud (R)
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Helen Hunt, Ilana Glazer, Dr. Frank Lipman
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Sofía Vergara, Cam Anthony, Wim Hof (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Simon Cowell, Uzo Aduba, Michelle Williams, Blake Shelton (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Demi Lovato, Mikel Welch, Zanna Roberts Rossi (R)
• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC): Semi-Finals 1
• “Celebrity Game Face” (E!): Season 2 premiere. Jason Biggs & Jenny Mollen, Yvette Nicole Brown & Affion Crockett and Skylar Astin & Lisa Stelly compete remotely from their homes in a night of fun and games.
• “Jason Biggs’ Cash at Your Door” (E!): Series premiere. Host Biggs surprises unsuspecting contestants in their homes with a chance to win up to $25,000.
• “Always and Forever” (BET): When a woman’s childhood friends begin to die under mysterious circumstances, she becomes convinced their deaths are tied to dark secrets from her past.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Justin Bieber – has broken the record for the most monthly listeners on Spotify, with a whopping 83.3 million. That exceeds Ariana Grande, who had 82 million monthly listeners at her peak. The Weeknd is currently #2 with 74.5 million monthly listeners, Ed Sheeran is #3 with 72.4 million.
• Olivia Rodrigo – Her “Sour” album is back on top of the Billboard 200 albums chart, following its vinyl release on Aug. 20. That marks its 5th total week at #1. It has spent the second-most weeks at #1 this year, behind only Morgan Wallen’s 10-week run with “Dangerous: The Double Album”.
• Michael Jackson – His brother Tito says The Jacksons want to record a new tune featuring previously unheard work from Michael. Quote: “Anything that would work we would be willing to give a try and see what happens.”
• The Beatles – An expanded version of their final album “Let It Be” will be released October 15. The 1970 record has been newly mixed and will be released in a variety of formats to coincide with the premiere of Peter Jackson’s documentary “The Beatles: Get Back.” The Super Deluxe version includes 27 previously unreleased recordings, a 4-song EP and the never before released “Get Back” stereo LP.
• Iron Butterfly – Ron Bushey, the drummer famous for the 3-minute solo in their 1968 17-minute psychedelic classic ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’, died Sunday at 79. A cause of death was not disclosed. He was the member to appear on all 6 of the band’s albums, continuing to perform with the group for decades.
• kd Lang – says that back in the early days of her career, “a k.d. lang show was the original Tinder”. She came out in 1992 and has long championed gay rights causes. Her new remix album “makeover” gives a “dance twist” to her country sound.
• Dierks Bentley — had an unusual wedding gift for Blake Shelton. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Bentley said he was not invited to Shelton and Gwen Stefani’s intimate wedding ceremony, but did offer his friend a unique gift. Quote: “My presence at “The Voice” was his present!” Bentley will appear on the upcoming season of the singing competition show as an advisor.
• Thomas Rhett – says he did not do well at the start of quarantine, admitting that for “the first 30, 40 days…I was freaking out ‘cause I did not know what to do.” Eventually, his wife Lauren pointed out to him that he needed to take a step back and try to write again. Rhett says: “When I came back, the very first song I wrote was ‘Country Again’.”
SHOOTING THE BULL
Do you find yourself tipping service workers more since the beginning of the pandemic? Restaurateurs and industry experts say hospitality workers need higher tips to offset their losses during the pandemic and are asking customers to help out. With the dual challenges of a labor shortage and increasing food costs facing restaurants, one food columnist is suggesting a minimum tip of 18%, even for takeout. If your dining experience was good or outstanding, make it 20% or more. A June survey found that 20% of Canadian anticipated tipping more than they did prior to COVID-19, but 71% did not expect to change their tipping habits. The research found almost half of Canadians feel there is more pressure to give a decent tip since the pandemic.
(Well, I do, too NOW!)
(First, they tell me to tip, even for takeout. THEN they tell me to tip extra if my dining experience was good. How do I know it was good if I’m tipping before I eat?)
(How about you? Do you find yourself tipping more, considering how tough the pandemic has been on food service workers?)
IN THE HOUSE:
The audio-only chat app “Clubhouse” has announced it will launch a “spatial audio” feature to make voices sound as if they’re coming from different directions, helping conversations and virtual performances feel more life-like. The app jumpstarted the social audio trend last year and became known for chatrooms of thousands, including chief executives and celebrities. But now it faces increasing competition from tech giants like Facebook, Twitter and Spotify, which have all introduced their own audio chat features. Depending on how many speakers are in a Clubhouse room and other factors, the app’s new technology will assign users a ‘spatial positioning’, so the listener will hear the voices surround them in their headphones. Spatial technology makes it easier to detect when different users are speaking. For instance, in a comedy room, Clubhouse’s technology will detect the main speaker and place that person’s voice in the “front,” while the laughter of others could sound as if it is coming from the left and right sides.
(Unless I’m the one telling the jokes. Then they don’t need to worry about people laughing laughing…)
(If I wanted to hear a bunch of people arguing and talking over one another, I’d just stay at work!)
(They know my earbuds only work in one side, right?)
The key to re-igniting the romance in your life has been shining down all along. According to researchers from Tel Aviv University, exposure to ultraviolet radiation via sunlight increases romantic passion in humans. In a study, they exposed both men and women to UVB (ultraviolet radiation type B) in a controlled setting. Both genders exhibited increased romantic passion. And when participants were asked to avoid sunlight for 2 days, and then tan for 25 minutes, blood tests showed big upticks in hormones such as testosterone. Oh, one more thing: male subjects also experienced an increase in aggression.
(Awesome. I’ve got some chocolates and roses to return. Now I just need to get my wife to help me cut the grass, and we’ll have a wonderful date night!)
(I’ve seen those viral videos of ‘Karens’ in Florida. Trust me…the sun makes females more aggressive too!)
(So, they’re sure it’s the sunlight making guys horny…and not all those bikinis on the beach?)
SMALL CHANGES THAT CAN IMPROVE YOUR LIFE:
A small action daily is infinitely better and more impactful than a massive change you can’t sustain. Here are some micro habits that can improve many areas of your life. . .
➢ Start your day with at least one glass of water — hydrate before you grab a coffee. (I have a coffee before I do ANYTHING. Including drink coffee!)
➢ Have a few minutes of quiet time to think about and prepare for a good day ahead. Enjoy the sunrise before you check email and socials.
➢ Don’t make your morning workout a chore. Instead of an hour of exercise, try 5 minutes of plank, push ups, sit-ups or squats. (This one has MY vote!)
➢ Schedule short downtimes in between work throughout the day. For every hour of hard work, take a 5-minute break. (That’s when your boss will show up. I guarantee it!)
➢ Focus on small wins in the first half of the day. For every task you need to complete, break it into simple actions you can quickly get done.
➢ End your day with a tidy desk ready for tomorrow, so you don’t have to spend your morning getting ready for work.
➢ Invest at least 30 minutes each day doing a hobby you find relaxing. You can schedule it in the evenings or early mornings. (We hope you find washing dishes and doing laundry relaxing!)
➢ To make long-term goals work, break them into achievable daily goals. Focus on checking them off one day at a time.
DID YOU KNOW?
‘Type O’ blood was originally named ‘Type Zero’ blood, due to the lack of glycoproteins in the red blood cells. It was misread and is now called Type “O” blood. It is still often called ‘0’ (zero, or null) in other languages. (I guess you could call it a “typo”!)
BS CHRONOMETER 08.31.21
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1945  [Ivan] ‘Van’ Morrison, Belfast, Northern Ireland, rock-pop-blues singer (‘Moondance’, ‘Brown Eyed Girl’, w/Them-‘Gloria’)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, 1993
1948  Rudolf Schenker, Hildesheim Germany, rock guitarist (Scorpions-‘Rock You Like a Hurricane’)
1949  Richard Gere, Philadelphia PA, movie actor (“An Officer and a Gentleman”, “Pretty Woman”)
1970  Deborah Gibson, Brooklyn NY, pop singer (‘Only in My Dreams’, ‘Lost in your Eyes’)
1972  Chris Tucker, Atlanta GA, movie actor (“Rush Hour” movies)/stand-up comedian
1975  Sara Ramirez, Mazatlan Mexico, TV actress (‘Dr Callie Torres’ on “Grey’s Anatomy” since 2006-16)/Broadway actress (Tony Award -“Spamalot”)
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Eat Outside Day”, a great excuse to eat outside one more time before Summer comes to an end and we all get busy with Fall activities. (Did anyone book the ants?)
• “Love Litigating Lawyers Day”, Well, they DO love litigating… (You know the problem with making lawyer jokes? Lawyers don’t think they’re funny, and no one else thinks they’re jokes.)
• “Trail Mix Day”, celebrating the combination of nuts, seeds, dried fruits (bark, twigs, compost, etc.) . . . that takes about a gallon of water to wash down.
• “Matchmaker Day”, honoring those romantics (aka busybodies) whose dauntless pursuit of perfect matches for cupid’s arrow results in long-lasting love stories. Playing matchmaker requires a bit of social savvy, the ability to listen, and timing.
• “We Love Memoirs Day”, a memoir is different from an autobiography in that an autobiography may cover a person’s whole life, but a memoir has a narrower focus, covering a significant period in a person’s life. Some historically important memoirs include Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden”, and Anne Frank’s “The Diary of a Young Girl”.
• “Touch-A-Heart Tuesday”, take the opportunity to show your love toward others. Just like the old 60’s tune goes “Put a little love in your heart”. After all, love is eternal and a little bit of love goes a long way.
AND REMEMBER . . .
[Wed] American Chess Day
[Wed] No Rhyme or Reason Day
[Thurs] World Coconut Day
[Thurs] Pierce Your Ears Day
ON THIS DAY…
1997  Diana, Princess of Wales, is killed at age 36 in a car crash in a tunnel in Paris. Also killed are her companion, Dodi Fayed, and their driver, Henri Paul. Bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones, the only one wearing a seat-belt, survives
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2004  Action star-turned-California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger addresses the Republican National Convention, telling pessimists about the economy not to be “girly men”
2018  “A Star is Born” film remake, directed by and starring Bradley Cooper — and Lady Gaga, premieres at the Venice Film Festival (8 Academy Award noms)
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
2002  NASA announces ’NSYNC’s 23-year-old Lance Bass as the first celebrity astronaut, aboard a future Russian Soyuz mission (It doesn’t happen because he fails to pay the $20-million tab)
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
2006  Stolen on August 22, 2004, Edvard Munch’s famous painting “The Scream” is recovered in a raid by Norwegian police. It is said to be in a better-than-expected condition
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1995  6 people die attempting to rescue a chicken that has fallen down a well in southern Egypt (only the chicken survives)
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ In a room with 23 people, there is a 50% chance of 2 having the same birthday. If there are 70 people, it increases to 99.9%.
✓ Wasps get aggressive towards the end of summer because they get drunk on fermenting fruit hanging from trees.
✓ It would take 5 hungry piranhas about 7 minutes to completely devour a horse.
✓ Shoelaces untie themselves because the knot is subjected to forces of up to 7G with every step the wearer takes.
✓ On average, people flex their finger joints 25 million times in their life.
✓ It takes a week to 10 days to make a jellybean.
Best of BS . . .
August is “National Inventors Month”…today is our last chance to review …
BS ALL-TIME MOST USELESS INVENTIONS:
• The Waterproof Tea Bag
• World’s Largest Microchip
• The Compact Limousine
• The Glow-in-the-Dark Sundial
• Imitation Cubic Zirconia
• The Impact-Triggered Parachute
• All-Terrain Roller Blades
• Armpit-Scented Deodorant
-First published in BS in 2015
BS TAKE A MOVIE BACK TO SCHOOL:
• Batman Begins . . . Preschool
• Meet the Lockers
• The Fifth Elementary
• Look Who’s Chalking
• The A+ Team
• From Desk ’til Dawn
• No Country for Old Math
• Close Encounters of the Third Grade Kind
• The Curious Pencil Case of Benjamin Button
• Get Out – Your Alarm Clock
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2018
TODAY’S SCOOP OF BS:
➠ Starbucks is out with their Pumpkin Spice Latte for fall. (Man, I hate that stuff…I mean, If the coronavirus vaccine was pumpkin spice-flavored, I’d think twice…)
➠ Researchers say men are 3 times more likely than women to be the first to say “I love you.” (In our defense, ladies: we don’t mean it…)
➠ A study finds that 6 in 10 women over the age of 60 have active sex lives. (In other words, if the Scooter-is-a rockin’, don’t come a knockin’!)
➠ Debbie Gibson is 51 today. (You can still get “lost in her eyes,” except now she has to put on her reading glasses first…)
➠ Fact: Johnny Depp and Queen Elizabeth are 20th cousins. (They couldn’t be more different, either. One is a feminine aging figure with a stoic accent and taste for wine. The other is Queen Elizabeth.)
BS WEB GOODIE:
Longest ‘Happy Birthday’ EVER (sound up): https://tinyurl.com/3fvxm8zw
BS RANDOM JOKE:
Don’t you think it would be great if Walmart added an upper-level observation deck with a full bar?
BS PHONE STARTER:
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve bought online . . . while drunk?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: In a list of “Things You Should Not Own After Age 30”, THIS came in at #1. What is it?
Answer: Unframed posters
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
People might not get all they work for, but they must certainly work for all they get.