Friday, August 11, 2017 – Edition: #6032

Have Another Sheetload!

★ Divorce proceedings between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have stalled, according to friends. Apparently the former power couple, who had a very public and very bitter split in September 2016, have not moved forward with proceedings to end their marriage. A friend of Jolie says that Pitt’s commitment to self-improvement has struck a chord with the actress, who reportedly previously claimed she would consider taking Brad back “if he showed he was committed to raising a family”.
(Or if he showed those puppy dog eyes…)
★ Jennifer Lawrence says she felt an “energy” for director Darren Aronofsky on the set of the movie ‘Mother!’ but she didn’t know how he felt about her. Lawrence and the director have been dating for the past year after they met on the set of his psychological thriller. She points out that they never actually dated until after the film was finished and says “I’ve been in relationships before where I am just confused. And I’m never confused with him.”
(And there you have it.  The new Hollywood word for ‘wants to jump one’s bones’ is ‘energy’.)
★ Oprah Winfrey is set to extend her business empire by going into the food industry. Specifically, she will release ‘O That’s Good!’, her own line of healthy refrigerated soups and sides with Kraft Heinz this week, something that will no doubt boost the brand’s image enormously. Some of these tasty meals include mashed potatoes with cauliflower, parmesan pasta with white bean puree, and broccoli cheddar soup with butternut squash.
(Doesn’t she own shares in ‘Weight-Watchers’?)
★ Halle Berry is ”taking a little break” from dating and enjoying ”valuable time” to focus on herself.  50-year-old Berry – who has nine-year-old daughter Nahla with her ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry and son Maceo, three, with her former spouse Olivier Martinez – says she is enjoying some time with her kids and learning a lot about herself and has no interest in looking for love again at the moment.(But when she’s ready, there will be lots of men willing to have a bad breakup with her!)
★ Now might be a good time to catch up on all those Disney and Pixar movies you have been meaning to watch on Netflix, because soon they’ll all be taken down in favor of a new streaming service which will feature Disney material exclusively. It was only a matter of time, but Disney will be unveiling their very own streaming company, which means removing all their material which is currently available on Netflix. It is set to launch in the U.S. in 2018 and expand across the globe.
(It’s a small world, after all…)
★ Bill Murray returned to Groundhog Day … again. On Tuesday, the 66-year-old comedian went back in time — taking in a performance of ‘Groundhog Day’, the Broadway musical based on his hit 1993 movie about a cranky TV weatherman who gets stuck in a time warp while covering Groundhog Day ceremonies in Punxsutawney, Pa., and is forced to relive the same day over and over again until he gets it right.
(I’ll bet he knew how it ended…)

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Kate Beckinsale, Alexis Ohanian, Justin Moore ( R )
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Naomi Watts, Andy Cohen, Jo Koy
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): The best moments of the week, with a newly-recorded opening & monologue
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Molly Shannon, Matthew Rhys, Bleachers ( R )
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Ed Helms, Priyanka Chopra, Kaya Scodelario, Paramore ( R )
• “Last Call with Carson Daly” (NBC/CTV): Ne-Yo, Bonobo, Ari Graynor ( R )
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Tom Selleck, Vicki Iovine ( R )
• “The Talk” (CBS): Kevin Frazier, guest co-hosts Gabrielle Union & Alexandra Wentworth ( R )
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Kate Beckinsale, Max Greenfield, Manny Mua & Patrick Starr, guest co-host Lisa Rinna
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Charlize Theron, Jeff Garlin ( R )
• “Wendy Williams” (FOX): Meagan Good, Chef Judy Joo ( R )
• “Harry” (NBC/CTV): Zosia Mamet, Afton Williamson, Freddie Stroma ( R )
• “The Real” (FOX): Wiz Khalifa, Chiquis Rivera, Jacqie Campos, Mikey Marin, Jenicka Lopez, Johnny Lopez, guest co-host Angela Yee ( R )
• “Shark Tank” (ABC): Smartphone security app; bicycle break system; free parking app; free photo-printing service.

• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC): “Road to Finals” A look back at the best moments of Season 12.

• “Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC): Neil deGrasse Tyson vs. Rick Fox and Boy Band vs. Girl Group. Nick Lachey; Joey Fatone; Nathan Morris; Howie Dorough
• “Big Brother” (CBS): The new head of the household moves rooms.
• “Teen Choice Awards 2017” (FOX): Honoring the year’s teen icons; Louis Tomlinson; Bebe Rexha; Clean Bandit; Zara Larsson; KYLE. Hosted by John Cena and Victoria Justice.

• Ed Sheeran – has let it slip that his Video Music Awards performance will be a collaborative one. He told an interviewer that he is playing “with someone.”  He narrowed it down by saying that it is NOT Beyonce, and it is the “least likely person in the world” you would think that he would be doing a song with.  (Go Iggy Pop!)
• Kesha – says her new album ‘Rainbow’ has “saved her life”.  It helped bring her out of a dark place after her lawsuit against producer Dr. Luke – whom she accused of sexually abusing her during their time working together.
•  Miley Cyrus – her new album will be entitled ‘Younger Now’ and will be released on September 29th.
• Selena Gomez – has been cast in director Woody Allen’s next movie.  The film is so far untitled.
• Calvin Harris – has once again been named the world’s highest-paid DJ, earning $48.5 million –  almost $10 million more than his biggest competitor in the last year.
• Def Leppard – will reportedly play ‘Hysteria’ in its entirety on their 2018 tour. An expanded edition box set went on sale this month to mark the landmark album’s 30th anniversary. (There were SEVEN hit singles.  They pretty much play the whole thing anyway…)
• Sebastian Bach – the former Skid Row frontman took to Facebook to share an update on his health as he recovers from a recent hernia operation. Quote: “The surgery on my guts is healing up and I can’t wait to start (performing) again!”
• Liam Gallagher – says Harry Styles is ”alright”, but admits he isn’t a fan of his One Direction band mate Liam Payne. Asked what advice he’d give to Styles, Gallagher said: ”Just do what you wanna do, man. And whether it’s wrong or right, do it. Please yourself. God bless you for doing that (One Direction) stuff for ten years.”
• Kenny Rogers – More artists have been added to his retirement tribute concert.  Chris Stapleton, Reba McEntire, Lady Antebellum and Wynonna Judd  – performing solo as well as reuniting with her mother and Judds partner Naomi  – will all join the beloved musician on stage at the celebration. The show is October 25 in Nashville.
• Luke Bryan – has revealed that he is currently “95%  through” with his next studio project.  And that was before his Monday recording session!

• “Annabelle: Creation” (R-Rated, Drama/Horror): Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle. (Stephanie Sigman, Miranda Otto, Lulu Wilson, Anthony LaPaglia)
• “The Glass Castle” (PG-13, Drama): A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who’s an eccentric artist, and an alcoholic father who would stir the children’s imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty. (Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts, Ella Anderson)
• “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature” (PG, Comedy/Kids): Following the events of the first film, Surly and his friends must stop Oakton City’s mayor from destroying their home to make way for a dysfunctional amusement park. (Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Jackie Chan)
• “Ingrid Goes West” (R-Rated, Comedy): An unhinged social media stalker moves to LA and insinuates herself into the life of an Instagram star. (Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell)
• “Good Time” (R-Rated, Drama): A bank robber finds himself unable to evade those who are looking for him. (Jennifer Jason Leigh, Robert Pattinson, Barkhad Abdi, Benny Safdie)
• “The Only Living Boy in New York” (R-Rated, Drama) Adrift in New York City, a recent college graduate’s life is upended by his father’s mistress. (Callum Turner, Kate Beckinsale, Pierce Brosnan, Cynthia Nixon)

Here are some ways to ‘detox’ from your smartphone addiction:
▪ Get a watch – some of us use the fact that we need to check the time as an excuse to pull the phone out.  But in some circles, watches are coming back into vogue  (Or you could ask someone else the time and make THEM pull out their phone).
▪ Spend more time WITH the people you like – Phones keep us connected, but wouldn’t it be nice to actually SEE the people that we are staying connected to?  (Well, SOME of them…)
▪ Uninstall social media apps – Try it and you’ll notice how much time you were spending on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram etc.  (But what else am I supposed to do in line at the supermarket?  Talk to someone?)
▪ Make a ‘to-do’ list….on paper – it will help you set and achieve goals each day AND keep you from checking your phone for that list.  (Unless my ‘to-do’ list contains the item: ‘Play Angry Birds’!)
▪ Ask yourself if having your phone is really that important – Do you really need to take it with you wherever you are going right now?  (A-ha-ha-ha-ha!  Of course I do!)
(I pay a ton for my phone every month.  Might as well get my money’s worth!)
(I’m afraid I’m so far gone that if my data were cut off, I’d still pull my phone out 50 times a day and read old text messages!)
(Of course the other, more extreme method, is to drop it….literally!)

According to the financial service company ‘Fidelity’, in order to retire comfortably by the age of 67, you should have saved and invested the equivalent of one-year’s salary by the age of 30.  And get this: by age 35, you should have set aside TWO year’s salary.  Apparently we aren’t all doing terribly well in the ‘salting funds away for our golden years’ department.  The median amount of retirement savings for working-age families in the U.S., those between 32 and 61 years old, is just $5,000. That’s a far cry from the recommended $1 million needed to sustain yourself in retirement.  And keep in mind that it gets harder and harder to catch up the longer you wait to start.  Sorry about the reminder.  Have a good weekend!
(Why is it that I couldn’t SAVE a year’s salary by the time I was 30, but somehow I’m able to SPEND a year’s salary every 6 months?)
(One year’s salary by the time I was 30?  No problem.  When I was 30, I was living in my parents’ basement and squeegeeing windshields for spare change!)


1950 [67] Steve Wozniak, San Jose CA, Apple Computer co-founder (with Steve Jobs in 1976)/Inventors Hall of Fame (2000)/philanthropist

1953 [64] Hulk Hugan (Terry Gene Bollea) Augusta, GA, wrestler (He was the first wrestler to win consecutive Royal Rumbles, in 1990 and 1991 respectively. Hogan was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005)

1965 [52] Viola Davis, St Matthews SC, TV actress (‘Professor Annalise Keating’ on “How to Get Away with Murder” since 2014)/movie actress (“Suicide Squad”, “The Help”)

1967 [50] Joe Rogan, Newark NJ, TV personality (“Ultimate Fighting Championship” since 2002, “Fear Factor” 2001-06, 2014)/stand-up comedian (“The Joe Rogan Experience”)

1968 [49] Anna Gunn, Santa Fe NM, TV actress (“Breaking Bad” 2008-13, “Deadwood” 2005-06, “Shades of Blue” since 2017)

1976 [41] Ben Gibbard, Bremerton WA, rock singer (Death Cab for Cutie-“Black Sun”, “You Are a Tourist”)

1983 [32] Chris Hemsworth, Melbourne, Australia, movie actor (“Ghostbusters”, “Thor”) COMING UP: “Thor: Ragnarok” 2017.

1984 [33] Heath Fogg, Athens AL, blues-rock guitarist (Alabama Shakes-“Don’t Wanna Fight”, “Hold On”)

1965 [52] Peter Krause, Alexandria MN, TV actor (‘Adam Braverman’ on “Parenthood” 2010-15, “Dirty Sexy Money” 2007-09, “Six Feet Under” 2001-05)

1975 [42] Casey Affleck, Falmouth MA, movie actor (“Gone Baby Gone”, “Ocean’s 11” movies)

1992 [25] Cara Delevingne, London UK, fashion model (Oscar de la Renta, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, etc)/movie actress (“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”, “Suicide Squad”, “Paper Towns”)

Movie director Paul Greengrass (“Jason Bourne”) is 62; TV/movie actor John Slattery (“Mad Men”) is 55; Country singer Andy Griggs (“If Heaven”) is 44; Country drummer Mike Melancon (Emerson Drive) is 39; Movie actor Sebastian Stan (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) is 35; Singer-songwriter James Morrison (“I Won’t Let You Go”) is 33; TV actress Lennon Stella (“Nashville”) is 18.

• “Annual Medical Check-Up Day”, a yearly reminder to take care of your health by booking a checkup appointment today. (And if you’re lucky, your Doc will be able to see you by this time NEXT year!)

• “Play In the Sand Day”, which seemed like a harmless fun activity … until some fear-monger researcher warned a couple of years back that there may be health and safety implications.

• “Son & Daughter Day”, a day to pay special tribute to offspring by giving them the gift of your time together. If they are teenagers they’ll no doubt respond: “Yeah right … whatever.”

• “Kool-Aid Day”, the annual weekend celebration of the soft drink mix originally made in Hastings, Nebraska. Edwin E. Perkins first marketed the stuff in 1927 in 6 flavors (raspberry, cherry, grape, lemon, orange, and root-beer).

• “Presidential Joke Day”, or as it’s known on Twitter…‘Everyday’.

• “International Youth Day”, a UN observance since 1999 to draw attention to youth issues worldwide. (Acne?)

• “Middle Children’s Day”, a salute to middle-born children whose childhood activities were seemingly always limited by being ‘too young’ or ‘too old’.

• “Vinyl Record Day”, celebrated annually on the earliest of several possible dates in 1877 on which Thomas Edison may have invented the phonograph. The purpose is to encourage the preservation of the recordings, cover art, and cultural influence of vinyl records.

• “World Elephant Day”, conceived in 2011 and dedicated to the preservation and protection of the world’s increasingly scarce pachyderms.  NET:

• “Garage Sale Day”, observed on the 2nd Saturday in August to salute a North American institution on what’s likely to be a popular day for yard sales.  (Yeah, did you ever notice that no one ever holds a ‘garage sale’ anymore?  Always a ‘yard sale’!)

• “Filet Mignon Day” (French for ‘dainty fillet’), celebrating the beef steak cut from the tenderloin. The fillet is considered to be the most tender cut … and the most expensive.  (Order it well-done and watch a chef cry!)

• “International Lefthanders Day”, first celebrated in 1976 to salute that forgotten visible minority … lefties. Only about 10% of us are left-handed. If you’re one of them, shake off the oppression and stand up for your lefts! A few things that are awkward for lefties …

2014 [03] Comedian/actor Robin Williams dies at home in Paradise Cay CA, the victim of suicide at age 63

2000 [17] Madonna gives birth to her 2nd child, Rocco (father is Guy Ritchie, director of the films “Snatch” and “Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels”)

2003 [14] NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its 1st major operation outside of Europe in its 54-year-history (well, that went well)

2015 [02] For the 1st time in Major League Baseball history, all 15 home teams win their games (previous record was 12 in 1914)

2012 [05] 25-year-old Jamaican runner Usain Bolt wins his 3rd gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, raising his total to 6 Olympic golds (he won three more in Rio, raising his total to 9, but an earlier gold was taken away due to a teammate’s doping offences).


✓ Simply looking at a picture of a loved one can help relieve pain.
✓ Women find men more attractive when they get attention from other women.
✓ Kids are more likely to trust attractive adults.
✓ Denver, Colorado has more marijuana dispensaries than liquor stores or public schools.
✓ Starbucks offer 87,000 different drink combinations.
✓ Dead people can get goosebumps.

• Whyzit the words ‘worth’ and ‘price’ have generally the same meaning, while ‘worthless’ and ‘priceless’ are complete opposites?
• Whyzit when men want to look rebellious, they grow long hair; but if women want to look rebellious, they cut their hair short?
• Whyzit I’m all grown up and I still don’t know how to use call waiting?
• Whyzit the elevator always comes after you have just put down your bags?
• Whyzit only adults have difficulty with child-proof bottles?
-First published in BS in 2015

☎ What is it that you claim you hate, but you secretly love?

If you’ve seen one shopping center, you’ve seen a mall.

Question: Worldwide, we spend about $800 million on these every year.  What?
Answer” Shoelaces

Either you run the day, or the day runs you.

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