Monday, August 22, 2016 – Edition: #5801

Deja Moo!

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, and O-Town creator Lou Pearlman has died in prison. The 62-year-old producer/manager passed away Friday at age 62 from an undisclosed illness. In 2000, Backstreet Boys filed a lawsuit against Pearlman, alleging he made millions while they were paid just $300,000. *NSYNC and solo artist Aaron Carter later filed similar suits. In 2007, Pearlman was convicted of running one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in history, in which some 1,700 investors were defrauded out of $300 million. He was sentenced to 25 years, with the incentive that 1 month would be taken off for every million he paid back. He paid nothing.
– People.com
★ “Groundhog Day” is back … as a musical. A Brit stage production based on the much-loved 1993 movie about a jaded weatherman forced to live the same day over and over has opened at London’s Old Vic Theatre. Andy Karl is being praised as a worthy successor to the film’s leading man, Bill Murray. One critic calls the musical equal to – or perhaps better than – the movie. The show’s director Matthew Warchus and composer-lyricist Tim Minchin are the same team behind “Matilda The Musical”, which won 4 Tony Awards. “Groundhog Day” runs at the Old Vic until September 17th. A Broadway run is uncertain as yet.
– “Daily Mail”
★ And pre-production on “M:I 6 – Mission Impossible” has been halted due to negotiations over Tom Cruise’s salary. A crew of about 20 has already been hired in London UK to start work on the upcoming movie but it’s now on hold while discussions continue. There seem to be 2 reasons for the hold-up: the studio wants Cruise and the other producers to cut their fees; and Cruise wants a pay raise for acting equal to what he’s getting for “The Mummy” remake (out June 2017). However, the money negotiations are not expected to affect filming, which is due to start in January.
– Deadline.com

TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – The Coathangers (“Nosebleed Weekend”). Rerun.
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/M3) – Ingrid Michaelson (“It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense”).
• “Meredith Vieira” (syndicated) – LeAnn Rimes (“All-Time Greatest Hits”). Rerun.
• “So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX/CTV) – The top 6 dancers perform for the judges.
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Maxwell (“blackSUMMERS’night”). Rerun.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – De La Soul (“And the Anonymous Nobody …”, out Friday).
• “Your Morning” (CTV) – Debut of a new nationwide morning program replacing the old “Canada AM” after 43 seasons. This ‘contemporary twist’ on morning TV is hosted by Anne-Marie Mediwake (CBC News) & Ben Mulroney (“eTalk”).

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Adele – “The Sun” reports she’s sold her 3-bedroom beach house in Brighton UK for $3.7 million, making a $457,000 profit. It’s thought she’ll now be making her California mansion in the Hollywood Hills her main family home.
• Beyoncé – Her latest single, “Hold Up”, is based around a series of samples. Among them “Maps” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Almost every last bit of that tune has been sampled (or stolen) in pop songs that went on to be much bigger than the original.
• Frank Ocean – The 28-year-old has finally released his new album, the 17-track “Blonde”, which was originally to be called “Boys Don’t Cry”. Credits on the record include Beyoncé, James Blake, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, and Tyler the Creator.
• Grimes – The 28-year-old (real name Claire Elise Boucher) says being a ”successful” artist is ”90% luck”. However, she tells “ASOS” magazine: ”I’d still be able to make records because I own all the equipment and I have all the skills.”
• Justin Bieber – He’s been called out on Twitter by disgruntled V Festival fans in the UK who accuse him of lip-syncing during his headlining set on the weekend. Many were also not impressed by his “hungover performance” on Saturday, to which he admitted onstage.
• Kanye West – Fans lined up for hours on Friday as he opened 21 “Life of Pablo” pop-up stores in locations all over the world, including Amsterdam, Cape Town, Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas, Melbourne, San Francisco, Sydney, and Toronto. His “Saint Pablo” North American tour starts Thursday in Indianapolis IN.
• Lady Gaga – Every time she tweets she gains an average of 8,000 new followers.
• Phil Collins – The 65-year-old musician tells “New York Times” his new memoir “I’m Not Dead Yet” is honest and self-deprecating. In it, he admits that booze almost killed him at one point. The book is due October 25th.
• 3 Doors Down – Saturday 38-year-old former guitarist Matt Roberts was found dead in a hotel in Wisconsin. The cause of death is not yet known.

MAINLY LARGE WITH A CHANCE OF FLAT:
Has your nose been growing this Summer? A new University of North Texas study finds that hot, humid weather may have helped shape our noses throughout the evolution of human history. The results suggest that wider, flatter noses evolved to help their owners cope in hot, muggy climates. Humidity is rough on the human body. It makes it much harder for us to shed heat by sweating so we have to find other ways to cope, such as allowing more heat to escape through the 2 holes in the middle of our face. The wider the nose, the more heat it can funnel out of the body. Thus, wider and flatter noses are more common in hot areas; and thinner, pointy noses in areas with colder, dryer air. (Was Pinocchio Swedish?)
– InsideScience.com

FROZEN DEATH ON A STICK:
Deep-fried Twinkies, the greasy delicacy usually exclusive to fairs and exhibitions, are now being sold exclusively at Walmart. As Hostess’s first frozen treat, these battered sponge cakes come in boxes of 7, in vanilla or chocolate flavor. It’s promised that they crisp up in the oven in just a few minutes. The junk-food snack is the result of a yearlong collaboration between Hostess and Walmart, as both companies look to spark food sales with innovative products. Now that Deep-Fried Twinkies have moved from the fair to the freezer, there is even less exercise involved in getting them. (Are you too intrigued not to try them, or are you straight-up horrified at this news?)
– PopSugar.com

MILLENNIAL EMPLOYEES ARE TRASHING VACATIONS:
Millennials obsess over their jobs more than older generations, and it’s beginning to negatively affect the rest of the workforce. In a new poll of over 5,000 workers, 39% of all respondents say they want to be seen as a ‘work martyr’ by their employers. But among Millennials, 48% would welcome that reputation. A ‘work martyr’ is defined as someone who agrees with the following statements …
✓ “No one else at my company can do the work while I’m away.”
✓ “I want to show complete dedication to my company and job.”
✓ “I don’t want others to think I am replaceable.”
✓ “I feel guilty for using my paid time off.”
This kind of work ethic is thought to be behind the millions of vacation days that go to waste each year, a trend that can be traced back to 2000. (Seriously? Has anyone ever uttered the last words, “I wish I had worked more”?)
– “Travel + Leisure Magazine”

FOR THE RECORD:
The world’s most expensive villa has gone on sale for €1 billion or about $1.12 billion. ‘Les Cedres’ (The Cedars), former residence of Belgian King Leopold II, is located in the heart of the peninsula of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat in the south of France. It’s the home of billionaire Grand Marnier heir Suzanne Marnier-Lapostolle. Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie once stayed there before delivery of their twins in nearby Nice. The 10-bedroom villa has an Olympic-size swimming pool, a ballroom, and stables for 30 horses. There are also 20 greenhouses, 35-acres of gardens with 150,000 plants, and around 15 gardeners on-hand. The neighbors include theater impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. (Imagine the mortgage payments on this little hovel!)
– “Metro”

DID YOU KNOW?
Half of Milan’s 1,270 pizzerias are run by non-Italians, of whom two-thirds are Egyptian.
– “The Times”

BS CHRONOMETER 08.22.16

TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1945 [71] Steve Kroft, Kokomo IN, CBS News correspondent (“60 Minutes” since 1989)

1967 [49] Ty Burrell, Grants Pass OR, TV actor (‘Phil Dunphy’ on “Modern Family” since 2009)

1970 [46] Giada DeLaurentiis, Rome, Italy, TV chef (“Giada at Home”)/Culinary Hall of Fame (2012)

1972 [44] Paul Doucette, North Huntington PA, pop-rock guitarist (Matchbox Twenty-”Unwell”)

1973 [43] Howie Dorough, Orlando FL, pop singer (Backstreet Boys-”I Want It That Way”)

1973 [43] Kristen Wiig, Canandaigua NY, movie actress (“Bridesmaids”)/TV comic (“Saturday Night Live” 2005-12)

1974 [42] Bo Koster, Louisville KY, rock keyboardist (My Morning Jacket-”Friends Again”)

1975 [41] Dean Back, Delta BC, rock bassist-vocalist (Theory Of a Deadman-”Lowlife”)

1978 [38] Jeff (Jean Francois) Stinco, Montréal QC, rock guitarist (Simple Plan-”Crazy”)

1978 [38] James Corden, London UK, TV host (“The Late Late Show” since 2015, “70th Tony Awards” 2016)/stage actor 2012 Tony Award for “One Man, Two Guvnors”)

TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Eat a Peach Day”, the best way being while standing under a peach tree immediately after picking it, with the juice running down your arm.

• “Southern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day”, a time for everyone Down Under to go outdoors at noon and yell ‘Hoodie-Hoo!’ to chase away Winter and make ready for Spring.

• “Take Your Cat To the Vet Day”, a reminder to schedule an annual checkup. Stats show cats go the vet half as often as dogs. Many cat owners only visit the vet when their cat is ill.
NET: http://tinyurl.com/oyhm8v3

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2006 [10] Paramount Pictures severs all ties with actor Tom Cruise after 14 years, citing ‘bizarre antics’ (sofa-jumping) and ‘erratic behavior’ off-screen (BS translation: Scientology)

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
2011 [05] Nick Ashford, half of the husband-and-wife songwriting/production team Ashford & Simpson, dies of complications from throat cancer at age 70

TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1989 [27] British Telecom unveils world’s 1st ‘Pocket Phone’ (that handy little drain for disposing of excess income)

TODAY’S RECORDS . . .
2003 [13] Norwegian Elvis impersonator Kjell Bjornestad sets a new world record by performing Presley’s repertoire for 26 straight hours

2007 [09] Texas Rangers rout Baltimore Orioles 30-3, the most runs scored in modern Major League Baseball history

AND REMEMBER . . .
[Tues] Day For te Remembrance Of the Slave Trade & Its Abolition
[Wed] Pluto Demoted Day
[Wed] Waffle Iron Day
[Thurs] “Lockn’ Festival begins (Arrington VA)
[Thurs] Kiss & Make Up Day
[Thurs] Secondhand Wardrobe Day

THIS WEEK IS . . .
Minority Enterprise Development Week / North American Organic Brewers Week / Safe at Home Week

BULL’S BITS

BEST OF BS:
Highlight bits culled from 23 years of “Bull Sheet” back issues …
BS SIGNS YOU’VE GONE TO A BAD FUNERAL DIRECTOR:
• Embalming fluid? Bud Light.
• Presents you the ashes of your loved one in an ashtray.
• Hearse has Pizza Pizza logo on the side and drops off a couple of pies on the way to the cemetery.
• Asks if you want cremation to be ‘original’ or ‘extra crispy’.
• Gives you a business card for his ‘Second-hand Eyeglass & Denture Shop’.
• 2 days after the funeral you see the deceased alive again, doing yardwork outside the funeral home.
– First published in “BS” 2003.

BS SIGNS YOU’VE HAD CHILDREN VISIT:
If you’ve ever invited families over that have children the same age as yours, you’ve probably noticed by the end of the evening (circa 8 pm) that ….
• At least one kid is passed-out on the sofa in the basement.
• There’s a half-eaten piece of pizza on your bookshelf.
• Two kids have to be carried out; both with bare feet.
• The shower is on.
• The coin jar has been pillaged.
• There are at least 3 mysterious puddles on the floor.
• Dozens of half-empty juice boxes are strewn about, one of them stuffed in the subwoofer.
• One kid is wearing only a parrot hat and a pair of dress shoes.
• At least one of your toilets is broken.
• Two kids are wet and won’t say why.
– First published in “BS” 2014.

BS PHONE STARTER:
☎ Usain Bolt aside, what’s your highlight from the Rio Olympics?

FIND THE FAKE BAND NAMES:
You run down the list rapid-fire while a guest/contestant/crew member attempts to identify which are real names of present or past musical groups and which are totally made up …
• The Bourbon Tabernacle Choir
• Brady Bunch Lawnmower Massacre
• Unicorn Velcro [FAKE]
• Cottage Cheese From the Lips of Death
• Plentiful Kumquat [FAKE]
• The Dead Sea Squirrels
• Jive of the Bashful Message [FAKE]
• Inhale Mary
• The Band Formerly Known As Sausage
• Phlegm Fatale

BS RANDOM JOKE:
An Olympics reporter asks a man with an 8-foot stick, “Are you a pole vaulter?” “Nein,” says the athlete, “I’m German. But how did you know my name was Walter?”

BS WEB GOODIE:
Wanna know when you’re gonna die? The online ‘Death Clock’ will give you a prediction based on your age, health, lifestyle, etc.
NET: http://www.deathclock.com

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: Just the smell of THIS makes people act nicer toward one another, according to recent research.
Answer: Coffee.

BS DEEP THOUGHT:
To die penniless is either perfect timing … or a hell of a budget.

NOW ON OUR SHEET LIST:
Mya Collier @ Classic Hits 103.3 [WRQQ] Baton Rouge LA; Laura McGeer @ FM 89.2 Castle Radio, Marbella, Spain/Gibraltar; Jennifer @ Canyon Country 97.1 [KCYN] Moab UT; Duane Daugherty @ X97.3 The Bird [WXXR] Terre Haute IN; and Marc Emms @ Rewind 108 [KVSL]: Show Low AZ.


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