Wednesday, August 13, 2014        Edition: #5283

Have Another Sheetload!

★ The late Robin Williams, who was found dead of apparent suicide at his Marin County home in California on Monday, has left behind 4 as-yet-unreleased movies: “Absolutely Anything” (2015), “Boulevard” (yet to find theatrical distribution), “Merry Friggin’ Christmas” (November 7th), and “Night At the Museum: Secret Of the Tomb” (December 19th). And what might have been his most anticipated project, a sequel to his 1993 mega-hit comedy “Mrs Doubtfire, has been left dangling in the discussion stage.
★ The long-awaited “Breaking Bad” spin-off is getting closer. AMC has confirmed the “Better Call Saul” prequel series, centering on lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), will make its debut in February 2015. Meantime, “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston has all but ruled out a cameo on the spin-off, but promises he will direct an episode. Though the premiere may be 7 months away, you can get your ‘Saul Goodman’ fix on this newly-launched website …
★ Filming on the NWA biopic “Straight Outta Compton”, about the rappers’ rise to fame in the 1980s, has resumed this week after being shut down for several days. Last week, the crew was preparing to film outside the Compton Courthouse when … a drive-by shooting erupted. Onlookers say the gunfire broke out after bystanders flashed gang signs at a passing car. The cast & crew were shaken by the real-life drama and one person, not related to the movie, was injured. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is still investigating the incident.
★ 25-year-old Emma Stone is in talks to make her Broadway debut. The “Amazing Spider-Man” actress is in negotiations to star as ‘Sally Bowles’ in “Cabaret”, opposite Alan Cumming. If she lands the role, she’ll take over from Michelle Williams (“My Week With Marilyn”) when her stint comes to an end in November. Stone was previously in discussions for the production in April 2013, but was unable to accept the role due to movie commitments. The musical is currently scheduled to run until January 2015.

• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC/CityTV) – A dance performance by Season 8 winner Kenichi Ebina; 5 acts advance.
• “Arsenio Hall” (syndicated) – Wiz Khalifa (“ONIFC”). Rerun.
• “Candid Camera” (TV Land) – “Big Bang Theory’s” Mayim Bialik joins Peter Funt (son of the original 1960-67 show’s creator, Allen Funt) as co-host of this reboot, which airs original episodes tonight & Thursday before moving to its regular time slot (Tuesday 8 pm) next week.
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Ty Segall (“Sleeper”). Rerun.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – 5 Seconds of Summer (“5 Seconds of Summer”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Liquor Store (“Yeah Buddy”). Rerun.
• “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” (CBS) – Wild Child (“The Runaround”). Rerun.
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Ledisi (“The Truth”). Rerun.
• “So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX/CTV2) – The remaining 8 finalists perform to Michael Jackson songs; guest judge Jenna Dewan-Tatum (“Witches of East End”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Ryan Adams (“Ryan Adams”, out September 9th); Taylor Swift (TBA album out October 13th).
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Phillip Phillips (“Behind the Light”). Rerun.
• “Wendy Williams” (syndicated) – Jordan Knight (NKOTB); Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys).

• Ariana Grande – The 21-year-old pop star is reportedly dating her “Problem” collaborator Big Sean. She & the rapper, whose engagement to “Glee” actress Naya Rivera ended in April, have been spending more time together and are reportedly getting very close.
• Beyoncé / Jay Z – Having wrapped the US leg of their “On the Run” tour, they’ve reportedly been seeking solace at close friend Gwyneth Paltrow’s Brentwood CA mansion to escape constant speculation about the state of their marriage. Reports suggest they plan to stay there until they jet off to their final tour gigs September 12-13 at Stade de France in Paris.
• Foo Fighters – Their new album will be called “Sonic Highways”, just like the accompanying HBO documentary series. The album is now set for release on November 10th.
• Kings Of Leon – They’ve now axed 9 shows due to injuries suffered by drummer Nathan Followill in that bus crash over the weekend. The group will resume their trek August 28th in Holmdel NJ.
• Leonard Cohen – How’s he celebrating his milestone 80th birthday on September 21st? Apparently by releasing a new album. “Rolling Stone” reports the revered singer/songwriter is set to unveil “Popular Problems” next month. There are no plans to tour in support of it.
• Pink Floyd – A multi-sensory retrospective entitled “The Mortal Remains” was due to launch in Milan, Italy in September with the help of David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Roger Waters. But organizers have now scrapped the start date and suspended ticket sales after discovering the exhibition will not be ready in time. A new opening date is yet to be announced.
• Taylor Swift – She and pal Lorde recently took a private cooking class from an award-winning chef at a fine-dining establishment in Westerly, Rhode Island, where Swift owns a home. They both posted apron-clad pics on Instagram afterward.

“Let’s Be Cops” ( R-Rated Action Comedy ): A pair of pals dressed as police officers for a costume party become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted ‘heroes’ get tangled in a real-life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line. Stars Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr, Rob Riggle, Nina Dobrev.

The ultimate music playlist designed to get you psyched before you interview for that sought-after job …
50 Cent – “In Da Club”
Queen – “We Will Rock You”
2 Unlimited – “Get Ready For This”
Katy Perry f/Juicy J – “Dark Horse”
LMFAO – “I’m Sexy & I Know It”
Black Eyed Peas – “Pump It”
Rihanna – “Talk That Talk”
Outkast – “Hey Ya!”
– Sourced from

The real estate biz has always used plenty of smoke and mirrors but now more than ever, what you see may definitely not be what you get. That’s because real estate brokers are increasingly digitally sweetening photos of their listings with new layouts, different flooring, special moldings, and fresh finishes. Virtual renovation is more than just tweaking, it’s a full-blown overhaul. But the practice is perfectly legal provided the broker discloses the Photoshop trickery and shows an image of what the property actually looks like. So why bother? If sellers haven’t updated their home in 30 years, it can be a major hurdle to selling it. And not everyone has the vision to see beyond the current look, so the digital makeover provides that. The technology can also help out a seller whose taste is eccentric … or just plain terrible. (Is this cool … or a con-job?)

A statistical look at who we are and the things we do …
• 91% of us lie regularly. (Like every time someone asks, “How are you?”)
• 66% of us actually speed up at a yellow traffic light. (Yellow isn’t for ‘Caution’, it’s for ‘Race’!)
• 57% of us save gift-wrap to recycle. (And can’t remember where we put it when we need it.)
• 44% of us re-use aluminum foil. (The reason every kitchen has a ‘junk drawer’.)
• 40% of us have married our first love. (Have you met my right hand?)
• 30% of us refuse to sit on a public toilet seat. (So we stand?)

San Diego, California-based OwnPhone is hoping to eliminate the problem of uncomfortable headphones by offering custom-made earbuds that are perfectly molded to the size and shape of your ears. First you take a photo of your ear and upload it via smartphone app. The image is then analyzed by special software which plots the size, shape, and curves of your ear. These scans are used to create a 3D-printed model. The app also enables you to allow certain sounds to penetrate the earphones, such as notifications or a friend’s voice. Colors, styles, and materials can be personalized; the company claiming there are more than 10,000 combinations. OwnPhones are available to pre-order on Kickstarter for $149; they are expected to retail for $299 when they go on sale in March. (Even though they fit really well … you can still lose ’em.)
– @MailOnline

New terms leaking into our lingo …
• ‘Charge Rage’ – Anger and frustration caused by a lack of available electric-car charging stations, or by having one’s electric car unplugged by a person whose own car needs charging.
• ‘Solutionism’ – The belief that every problem has a solution, particular one that utilizes technology. In other words, being truly convinced that ‘there’s an app for that’.
• ‘Thumbstopper’ – An eye-catching or compelling item that makes a person stop scrolling through a list of posts, particularly when using the thumb to scroll a touchscreen device.

✗ “You’re being moody. Is it that time of the month?”
✗ “Don’t be so sensitive.”
✗ “Why are you eating a salad? Are you on a diet?”
✗ “Don’t cut your hair, you’ll look like a boy.”
✗ “You sure you can carry that?”
✗ “Let me help you with that.”
✗ “You don’t have much time left to have children.”
✗ “You sure curse/eat/drink a lot for a girl.”
✗ “You should wear your hair down more.”
✗ “Is this some sort of feminist thing?”
– Adapted from

In 1993, San Francisco held a referendum on whether a police officer named Bob Geary should be allowed to patrol while carrying a ventriloquist’s dummy called Brendan O’Smarty. He was.


1926 [88] Fidel Castro, Biran, Cuba, Cuban President (1959-2008) who turned over leadership to his li’l brother, Raul Castro (now 83)

1955 [59] Paul Greengrass, Cheam UK, movie director (“Captain Phillips”, “The Bourne Ultimatum”)

1962 [52] John Slattery, Boston MA, TV actor (‘ Roger Sterling’ on “Mad Men” since 2007)

1973 [41] Andy Griggs, West Monroe LA, country singer (“If Heaven”, “She’s More”)

1978 [36] Mike Melancon, Mount Laurier QC, country musician (Emerson Drive-“Moments”, “Fall Into Me”)

1984 [30] James Morrison (Catchpole), Rugby UK, pop singer-songwriter-guitarist (“I Won’t Let You Go”, f/Nelly Furtado-“Broken Strings”)

• “Filet Mignon Day” (French for ‘cute fillet’ or ‘dainty fillet’), celebrating the beef steak cut from the tenderloin. The fillet is considered to be the most tender cut … and the most expensive. That’s because the average steer or heifer provides no more than 4-to-6 lbs of fillet.

• “International Lefthanders Day”, first celebrated on Friday, August 13, 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! Things that are awkward for lefties …

• “Skinny Dipping Day”, saluting the decadent delight of swimming in the altogether … if there are no mosquitoes. (Keep your shirt on but let us know if you’ve ever taken it all off to take the plunge.)

2012 [02] Helen Gurley Brown, editor-in-chief of “Cosmopolitan” magazine for 32 years, dies in NYC at age 90

2011 [03] Before a Sugarland concert, the main stage at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis collapses during a hurricane-force wind gust, killing 7 and injuring 45 (opening act Sara Bareilles had just completed her performance)

1951 [63] Major League Baseball’s Brooklyn Dodgers stage a ‘Musical Depreciation Night’ promotion in which every fan with a musical instrument is admitted free (about 2,000 show up … one with a piano)

2008 [06] USA swimmer Michael Phelps sets record for most gold medals won by an individual in Olympic history (a total of 14) with his win in the men’s 200-meter butterfly (at the 2012 London Games he becomes the most decorated Olympian of all-time, with a total of 22 medals)

[Thurs] Creamsicle Day
[Thurs] Financial Awareness Day
[Thurs] International Nagging Day
[Fri] “The Expendables 3”; “The Giver” open in movie theaters
[Fri] Canadian National Exhibition begins (Toronto ON)
[Fri] Best Friends Day
[Fri] Men’s Grooming Day
This Week Is … International Clown Week
This Month Is … Cataract Awareness Month


• Flush the toilet on purpose to get you out of the shower.
• Loudly sing the chorus to “Fancy” while waiting at a stoplight after dropping you off.
• Hit on your teacher to insure an ‘A’ in Social Studies.
• Go ‘parking’ and slip each other some tongue.
• Leave just enough gas in the car so that YOU have to fill it up.
• Spy on you saying goodnight to your date on the front porch.
• Plot the ‘untimely’ death of the family pet that only you love.
• Gamble away your education fund in Vegas.

☎ Pica is a quirky syndrome that causes people to want to eat things with no nutritional value … secondhand books or candles, for instance. You likely don’t suffer from that malady but what have you chewed or munched on that’s a tad weird?

Which was started by a convicted criminal?
a. The first private detective agency. [CORRECT]
b. The first crime victim support group.
c. The FBI’s most-wanted list.
– “Quite Interesting”

You know it’s time to do the laundry when you have to dry off with a sneaker.

Question: Women who do THIS are less likely to gain weight than women who don’t.
Answer: Drink wine.

Live every day as if it were your last … because some day you’ll be right.

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