August 14, 2015

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Friday, August 14, 2015        Edition: #5516

Can You Believe This Sheet?

★ Universal Pictures has offered to pay for extra security for cinemas who’ve requested support during showings of the new film “Straight Outta Compton”. A spokesperson says the studio has not promoted enhanced security, but is partnering with exhibitors who’ve requested support. He notes the movie has been seen by thousands in hundreds of screenings without incident. Security was boosted for the Los Angeles premiere on Monday; no problems were reported.
★ This weekend the iconic white Ferrari driven by actor Don Johnson in the 1980s TV show “Miami Vice” is going up for sale at a Concours d’Elegance auction in Pebble Beach, California. The 1986 Ferrari Testarossa, driven by Johnson’s cop character ‘Sonny Crockett’, originally went up for grabs on eBay last year at $1.8 million, but failed to find a buyer. The Ferrari was featured in the show’s 3rd season and has been in storage since the series was cancelled in 1989.
– “Hollywood Reporter”
★ The CW is adapting “The Notebook” for TV. Originally a Nicholas Sparks novel, then a movie starring Ryan Gosling & Rachel McAdams, the series will follow the romantic journey of ‘Noah & Allie’ at the beginning of their relationship in late 1940s North Carolina. The original storytelling device – ‘Allie’s dementia – is apparently not a part of the proposed adaptation. The project is at the beginning of the development stage, with no pilot shot as yet.
– “Entertainment Weekly”
★ “Just Kids”, the award-winning 2010 memoir by punk rock singer Patti Smith, is being turned into a TV series for Showtime. The book chronicles Smith’s relationship with artist and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, with whom she lived with in NYC 1967-74. Smith herself is scripting the series along with “Penny Dreadful” creator John Logan, who will also co-produce.

• “Ed Sheeran – Live at Wembley Stadium (NBC) – Sunday TV audiences get a front row seat at his sold out Summer headlining shows at London’s Wembley Stadium in a 1-hour special.
Sheeran performs his biggest hits as well as a duet with Elton John.
• “Good Morning America” (ABC) – Today The Band Perry performs the new single “”Live Forever”.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight Big Talk (“Straight In No Kissin'”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Gap Dream (“Gap Dream”). Rerun.
• “Meredith Vieira Show” (syndicated) – Today Jennifer Lopez (“AKA”). Rerun.
• “Queen Latifah” (syndicated) – Today Common (“Glory”). Rerun.
• “Show Me a Hero” (HBO) – Sunday the debut of a new 6-part miniseries from producer David Simon (“The Wire”) & director Paul Haggis (“Crash”). Oscar Isaac stars as a young mayor who receives a court order to build low-income housing units in the ‘white area’ of his town.
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Tonight Boz Scaggs (“A Fool to Care”). Rerun.
• “Teen Choice Awards” (FOX/Global) – Sunday Ludacris, Gina Rodriguez, and Josh Peck co-host the annual fan-voted awards honoring movies, TV, and music. Taylor Swift has 3 nominations; her pal Ed Sheeran 2. Interestingly, One Direction goes up against former member Zayn Malik in the ‘Fashion Choice Male Hottie’ category. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” leads nominations among movies.
• “Today” (NBC) – This morning Janelle Monáe (“Wondaland Presents: The Eephus”) performs.
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Today Ice Cube (“Straight Outta Compton”).

• Billy Joel – This week he & new wife Alexis Joel (33) welcomed their 1st child, a baby girl named Della Rose. It’s the 2nd daughter for Joel; the 66-year-old is also dad to 29-year-old Alexa Ray from his previous marriage to Christie Brinkley.
• Bullet For My Valentine – Today they unleash their 5th studio album, “Venom”. BFMV is touring with Slipknot and Lamb of God this Summer before doing a headline tour in 2016.
• Grace Potter – Today she releases her 1st new album since 2012. “Midnight” is also her 1st solo album without her band The Nocturnals. Potter has had an extensive run of tour dates throughout 2015, including opening for the Rolling Stones twice.
• Kanye West – His new album “Swish” has been over 2 years in the making and one fan decided to start a petition on the White House’s ‘We The People’ website to ask for an executive order to force its release. Despite quickly gaining 100,000 signatures, the petition has now been removed on the grounds that it violates the site’s terms of participation.
• The Killers – Frontman Brandon Flowers has axed the remainder of his North American tour dates due to “unforeseen circumstances”. He’s already spent 2 weeks on the road to promote his solo album “The Desired Effect”, but has now cancelled the final 6 shows.
• P!nk – She’s written & recorded a new theme song for the “Ellen DeGeneres Show”. “Today’s the Day” will debut when Ellen kicks off her 13th season September 8th. P!nk has made 11 appearances on the daytime talk show over the years.
• Pink Floyd – The iconic rockers reunited for the Live 8 concerts in 2005 and put out an album of unreleased material, “The Endless River”, last year as a tribute to the late Richard Wright, but guitarist David Gilmour tells UK’s Classic Rock the band is over now … at least for him.
• Radiohead – Thom Yorke is going Broadway after creating original music for the upcoming revival of the play “Old Times”. The new version of the Harold Pinter play stars Clive Owen, Eve Best, and Kelly Reilly. Previews begin September 17th at the American Airlines Theatre.
• Sugarland – Jennifer Nettles is set to play Dolly Parton’s mother, Avie Lee, in the upcoming NBC-TV movie “Coat of Many Colors”. Ricky Schroder plays her dad, Lee. The special will be set in the Great Smoky Mountains in the 1950s, when Dolly was about 9-years-old.

• “The Man From UNCLE” ( PG-13 Action Adventure ): In the early 1960s, CIA agent ‘Napoleon Solo’ (Henry Cavill) and KGB operative ‘Illya Kuryakin’ (Armie Hammer) participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization that’s working to proliferate nuclear weapons. Director Guy Ritchie. Co-stars Alicia Vikander. Based on the 1964-68 TV series.
• “Straight Outta Compton” ( R-Rated Musical Biography ): The group NWA emerges from the streets of Compton, California in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes hip hop culture with their music and tales about life in the ‘hood. Produced by Dr Dre and Ice Cube. Stars O’Shea Jackson Jr (son of Ice Cube), Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr.
• Opening in limited release: “Final Girl” (Action Thriller); “Fort Tilden” (Comedy); “Mistress America” (Comedy); “People Places Things” (Comedy); and “10,000 Saints” (Dramedy).

Tonight “Deliciously Disabled”, a party meant to give people with disabilities a chance to explore and express their sexuality is being staged at a wheelchair-accessible venue in Toronto ON (now hosting the Parapan Am Games). The event is believed to be the first of its kind in Canada (if not the world). Described as a ‘sex-positive play party’, it shines a spotlight on an often ignored human rights issue for those with physical and mental limitations – access to sexuality is a major barrier. Party-goers are free to act on their consensual desires but don’t have to participate if they don’t want to. Organizers say finding a location that was both accessible and allowed nudity and sex proved to be a challenge. The Buddies in Bad Times Theatre space can hold 125 people including roughly 25 wheelchairs. Tickets are $20 each. Personal support workers attend free … and there are interpreters for the hearing impaired. (“HE SAID ‘DO YOU WANNA GET LUCKY?'”)
– CP

According to Sonia Faruqi, author of “Project Animal Farm”, labels on meat and dairy products often mean little to nothing. She offers a glossary of common labels with translations …
✗ ‘Farm Fresh’ … Meaningless.
✗ ‘Natural’ … Meaningless.
✗ ‘Family Farm’ … Meaningless, as most family farms are factory farms.
✗ ‘Third-Generation Farm’ … Meaningless, as “whether farming is a family tradition says nothing about whether the family farms in a traditional way.”
✗ ‘Free-Run Chicken/Turkey’ … Redundant, as most broiler chickens and turkeys are not housed in cages.
✗ ‘Grain-Fed Animal’ … Usually equivalent to ‘corn-fed’, which is the standard diet.
✗ ‘Raised Without Hormones’ … Deceptive if used for chickens, turkeys, and pigs because hormones are not generally used in these animals.
✗ ‘Raised Without Antibiotics’ … Helpful, as antibiotics are widely used in factory farms, since animals are under extreme stress. But this label says little about their living conditions.

Horses have 17 recognized facial expressions. (Picture ‘surprised horse’.)
– “The Guardian”


1945 [70] Steve Martin, Waco TX, movie actor (“Cheaper By the Dozen”)/banjo player (Steve Martin &  The Steep Canyon Rangers)/2-time Academy Awards emcee  BS FACTOID: He’s among this year’s recipients of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s ‘Distinguished Achievement Award’, to be presented at the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass event this Fall.

1966 [49] Halle Berry, Cleveland OH, TV actress (‘Molly Woods’ on “Extant” since 2014)/movie actress (Oscar-“Monster’s Ball”)

1983 [32] Mila Kunis, Chernivtsi, Ukraine, movie actress (“Ted”)/former TV actress (“That ’70s Show” 1998-2006)/wed to actor Ashton Kutcher 2015

Philanthropist Melinda French Gates (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) is 51; TV actress Debra Messing (“Smash”) is 47; Movie actor-director Ben Affleck (“Gone Girl”) is 43; Pop singer Joe Jonas (“Fastlife”) is 26; Movie star Jennifer Lawrence (“The Hunger Games”) is 25.

TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford (“Today”) is 62; Filmmaker James Cameron (“Titanic”) is 61; Pop singer Madonna (“Bitch I’m Madonna”) is 57; Movie actor Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”) is 53; Country singer Emily Robison (Dixie Chicks) is 43; TV personality George Stroumboulopoulos (“Hockey Night in Canada”) is 43; Rock bassist Bob Hardy (Franz Ferdinand) is 35; Country singer Dan Smyers (Dan+Shay) is 28.

• “Creamsicle Day”, celebrating those ooey gooey, orange- or raspberry-flavored Popsicles with ice cream inside, an invention of Swedish-born entrepreneur Alexander Frehse in 1923.
• “Financial Awareness Day”, a day to add up all your assets and all your debts in order to get a clear picture of where you stand … just before declaring bankruptcy.
• “International Nagging Day”. If you have issues with someone, this is a good day to get them out of your system … over and over and over again.
• “Shop Online For Groceries Day”, observed annually on the 2nd Friday of August. So, have you ever done it? Do shoppers also cheat in the online ‘express lane’?
• “Summer Romance Day”, celebrating the (sometimes brief) relationships formed during vacations in the lazy, hazy, crazy days of Summer.

• “Acadian Day”, celebrating the French who settled areas of Canada now called Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island in the early 17th century. Many Acadians were later banished by the British to Louisiana, where the name became contracted to ‘Cajun’.
• “Best Friends Day”, a day to salute our BFFs for being there … when nobody else is.
• “International Geocaching Day”, celebrated on the 3rd Saturday each August to salute the popular recreational activity in which participants use GPS to discover hide-and-seek containers (caches) hidden worldwide.
• “International Homeless Animals Day”, observed on the 3rd Saturday of August every year.
• “Natural Chimneys Jousting Tournament” in Mt Solon VA. It’s the 194th edition, making it the oldest, continuously-held sporting event in the USA, replete with horses, lances, swords, and body armor … just like in medieval England!
• “Relaxation Day”, a day to think about and encourage new forms of relaxation. Meditation? Yoga? Beer?
• “World Honey Bee Day”, begun in 2009 by beekeepers to create awareness of the importance of the bee industry and the various factors that threaten it. What honey bees do for us …

• “Roller Coaster Day”, celebrating every amusement park’s fast-track to fun. The idea for the roller coaster was first patented by LaMarcus Adna Thompson on this date in 1885.

1985 [30] Michael Jackson purchases the publishing rights to the vast majority of the Beatles’ catalogue for $47 million, outbidding Paul McCartney (now estimated to be worth over $1 billion, they’re controlled by Sony, one of cash-strapped Jackson’s primary creditors)

2010 [05] 1st-ever “Youth Olympic Games” (14 to 18-year-olds) are held in Singapore

2003 [12] A massive power failure in eastern Canada and northeast USA leaves some 50 million people without electricity for up to 2 days

[Mon] Black Cat Appreciation Day
[Mon] Cupcake Day
[Mon] Thrift Shop Day
[Tues] Bad Poetry Day
[Wed] World Humanitarian Day
This Week Is … Smile Week
This Month Is … What Will Be Your Legacy Month


As anyone who’s ever had children can verify, some of their everyday problems can be overwhelming … for them. A few that can set your kid off …
• His sock is on wrong.
• Chicken is gross.
• Her brother is talking.
• You picked out the wrong pants.
• She doesn’t want to get out of the car (or wants to get out of the car by herself).
• Things take too long to cook.
• He’s hungry, but can’t remember the word ‘hungry’.
• You gave her the WRONG blue crayon.
• He jumped off the sofa and you weren’t watching.
• You don’t understand what she just said.
– Adapted from

According to University of Chicago research, a woman is most attracted to a man who smells like what?
a. Musk.
b. Elderberries.
c. Her father. [CORRECT]

☎ If you could communicate with a dead celebrity, who would it be?

Did you know there are 172 words to describe coffee? Check out the “Official Coffee Taster’s Flavor Wheel”. (That slop you’re drinking is a “sweaty, enzymatic, dry distillation”, isn’t it?)

Life’s all about perspective. If you’re a frog, for instance, time’s fun when you’re having flies!

Question: Asked to name something they do in the bathroom during their morning routine that would surprise others, 40% of poll participants cited THIS.
Answer: Playing videogames on the phone.

Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.

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