Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Edition: #6591
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Netflix ruled nominations for the 77th Golden Globes, scoring nods for “Marriage Story” and “The Irishman” on the film front, and “The Crown” and “Unbelievable” for television. Noah Baumbauch’s “Marriage Story” landed a leading six nominations for film, followed by Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” with five each. HBO’s “Chernobyl,” Netflix’s “The Crown” and “Unbelievable” swept TV nominations with four a piece. HBO’s “Barry,” “Succession” and “Big Little Lies,” Amazon’s “Fleabag,” FX’s “Fosse/ Verdon,” Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method” and Apple TV’s “The Morning Show” each secured three. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual celebration to recognize the year’s best in TV and film will air live Jan. 5 on NBC with host Ricky Gervais.
★ Fans are mourning the death of the legendary puppeteer who brought us Sesame Street’s ‘Big Bird’ and ‘Oscar The Grouch.’ Caroll Spinney, who was behind the two beloved characters, died Sunday at age 85. He suffered from Dystonia for some time, which is a movement disorder in which a person’s muscles contract uncontrollably. Sesame Street confirmed his death, saying, “His enormous talent and outsized heart were perfectly suited to playing the larger-than-life yellow bird who brought joy to generations of children and countless fans of all ages around the world, and his lovably cantankerous grouch gave us all permission to be cranky once in a while.
★ Ryan Reynolds narrowly escaped serious injury when a barricade that was holding back hundreds of fans gave way and almost crushed him. He was at a Comic-Con Experience in Brazil on Saturday to promote his new movie, “Free Guy,” and was waving and greeting thousands of screaming fans when he jumped down off the stage to shake a few hands. As soon as he approached the swarming fans, the barricade broke and Reynolds used his impressive reflexes and response time to fling himself out of the way and onto the stage.
★ Daniel Craig says he just wants to ”punch” people who ask him if he wants his drinks ”shaken or stirred”. In the movies, his character, James Bond, who often asked about his drink preferences in bars and pubs, famously enjoys a martini that is shaken, not stirred. But after being asked the same question multiple times in real life, Craig admits that he has grown tired of it, and would rather just order a beer instead.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Dwayne Johnson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, She & Him
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Charlie Puth
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Clive Owen, Florence Pugh, Jon Batiste
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Saoirse Ronan, Alex Borstein, Dan Soder, Coady Willis
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Kendall Jenner, Tracee Ellis Ross, guest host Harry Styles
• “Lights Out with David Spade” (COMEDY): Bert Kreischer, Steve Ranazzisi, Candice Thompson
• “Conan” (TBS): Valerie Tosi
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Seth Meyers
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Day of Hot Topics
• “The Talk” (CBS): Marla Gibbs
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Saoirse Ronan, the new Miss Universe
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Dwayne Johnson, Chrissy Teigen
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Kathy Bates, Kevin O’Leary, John Legend, Dr. Joseph Sakran
• “Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways” (NBC): Ellen kicks off a new holiday tradition as she presents gifts with the help of special guests Michelle Obama, Jennifer Aniston and Sterling K. Brown.
• “The Voice” (NBC): Live Semi-Final Top 8 Eliminations
• “The Conners” (ABC): Season 2 mid-season finale
• “Black-ish” (ABC): Season 6 mid-season finale
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Billie Eilish – The 17-year-old has heaped praise on her brother Finneas, saying that the singer, songwriter and record producer is “the only reason I’m anywhere in the whole world and he’s probably the only reason I’m alive.” The two started making music together when she was 13 and Finneas was 17.
• Beyoncé — is not doing a Las Vegas residency, according to her rep. Rumors that Queen Bey would be hitting the strip began circulating Saturday after website LoveBScott posted a story citing “sources” that said she would announce the residency in the first half of 2020.
• Led Zeppelin – will be honored in a new set of dinky cars. Five collectible die-cast vehicles inspired by the group’s career are set for release this month as part of the Hot Wheels Pop Culture Collection. Each will be themed after a specific time period. Hot Wheels has previously given similar treatment to The Grateful Dead and The Beatles.
• AC/DC — singer Brian Johnson and his wife Brenda recently donated a property to All Star Children’s Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming foster care through innovation, science, and compassion. The organization sold the property for net proceeds of $335,000.
• Bachman-Cummings – Burton Cummings has added fuel to the rumor that he and Randy Bachman may tour together next year. On Sunday, he posted a photo of the pair celebrating onstage with their arms around each other, with the caption: “Rumour has it that this might be a sight many people will see in 2020…”
• Green Day — are among the West Coast performers for Dick Clark’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020”. Kelsea Ballerini, Blanco Brown, Dan + Shay, Dua Lipa, Paula Abdul, Salt-N-Pepa, Ava Max, Megan Thee Stallion, Anthony Ramos and SHAED will also take the stage in Hollywood.
• E.L.O. — Jeff Lynne says he has a collection of 2,000 cassettes containing unreleased Electric Light Orchestra recordings – but no player with which to listen to them. He says some of the decades-old material might find its way to the public someday.
• Florida Georgia Line – want to collaborate with John Mayer. According to singer Tyler Hubbard: “We love writing with all kinds of artists… Whether the song turns into anything or not, we always try to learn from other artists and we just love that approach, but when the magic happens you can’t kind of stop it.” FGL have collaborated with a number of non-country artists over the years, including Bebe Rexha, Nelly, the Backstreet Boys, Ziggy Marley, Hailee Steinfeld, the Chainsmokers and Jason Derulo.
• John Rich – will host a new program called “The Pursuit! With John Rich” on Fox’s streaming service. The show will feature fellow celebrities and friends of Rich discussing their personal journeys to achieve the American dream. Pursuit! With John Rich will begin in February, and will be filmed in the singer’s house in Nashville.
THIS WEEK’S NETFLIX (Canada) RELEASES:
➢ December 10:
• 12 Strong (Action/Drama): The story of U.S. Army Special Forces sent to Afghanistan immediately after the September 11 attacks. Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña
• Michelle Wolf: Joke Show (comedy special)
➢ December 12:
• Jack Whitehall: Christmas With My Father (Variety comedy special): with Michael Whitehall, Hugh Bonneville, Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
➢ December 13:
• 6 Underground (Action/Adventure): After faking his death, a tech billionaire recruits a team of international operatives for a bold and bloody mission to take down a brutal dictator. Ryan Reynolds, Mélanie Laurent, Corey Hawkins
➢ December 14:
• RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars: Season 4: RuPaul returns with a new field of gorgeous and talented sequin-sporting queens and the biggest prize in Drag Race history–$100,000.
➢ December 15:
• Northern Rescue: Season 1: A father who, after the death of his wife, uproots his three children from the big city to return to his hometown to take command of the local search and rescue service. William Baldwin, Kathleen Robertson
• Star Trek: The classic 1960s TV series. William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley
(For Netflix US, click here: https://www.whats-on-netflix.com/coming-soon/whats-coming-to-netflix-in-december-2019-12-7/ )
Brushing your teeth might not only save you from trips to the dentist, it could also protect you from heart failure, according to new research from the University of Seoul. The 10-year study of more than 160,000 people in South Korea found that brushing your teeth at least three times a day was linked with a 12% lower risk of heart failure, and 10% lower risk of atrial fibrillation. Scientists aren’t sure what lies behind the association, but they think that brushing your teeth could reduce the numbers of bacteria living in the gaps between the teeth and gums, preventing them from getting into the bloodstream.
(Sure, you might live longer, but you’ll spend all that extra time brushing…)
(They may be right…but I’m not willing to risk it.)
(And by going to the dentist less, you might also be able to AFFORD to live longer!)
Forget the Christmas turkey. This holiday season, your whole house can smell like a delicious bucket of KFC. The fast-food restaurant has announced the return of its wildly popular “Extra Crispy Fire Log” for a limited time. That’s right, you can get the KFC 11 Herbs & Spices Firelog from Enviro-Log for just $18.99. The log is made of 100% recycled materials and is “designed to make your home smell like fried chicken”. But, as the good people at KFC also point out, it may “attract bears or hungry neighbors.” And they also warn users not to put their faces directly near the fire to smell the fried chicken smell.
(Or you’ll wind up with an “extra crispy” nose…)
(That’s right, you can spend 19 bucks on a log to make your house smell like KFC, or, you know, spend the same on a bucket of chicken, and make your house smell like KFC, and you’ll be full!)
(Please tell me that their chicken isn’t also made out of “100% recycled materials”!)
THINGS WE LEARNED ABOUT THE HUMAN BODY IN 2019:
☞ Bodies move a year after death: In a discovery that could have implications for crime-scene investigators, time-lapse photography found that bodies can move a great deal for up to a year after death, including arms extending all the way out to the side over the course of months. (Wow…what we learned about human bodies…literally!)
☞ There may be a “pain organ”: Scientists are even discovering entire new “organs” they didn’t know were inside the body—in this case, a mesh-like web of cells inside the skin that sense pain. (Up ‘til now, the only ‘pain organ’ I was aware of was the one used in The Doors’ ‘Light My Fire’!)
☞ A tiny knee bone is coming back: Why would a little knee bone that evolved out of the human body come back? Researchers, after looking at 21,000 knee studies over 150 years, discovered that the fabella bone (located behind the knee) is about three times more common today than 100 years ago.
☞ The brain can adapt to having a sixth finger: In a study, two people with six fingers were found to have extra abilities and skill in terms of object manipulation, rather than motor impairments.
DID YOU KNOW?
Pantene has chosen “Classic Blue” as the 2020 Color of the Year. The Pantone Color Institute said it settled on a shade that offers the reassurance, confidence and connection that people may be searching for in uncertain times. Classic Blue is described as a shade reminiscent of the sky at dusk. (And did you also know that there is such a thing as a “Pantene Color Institute”?)
BS WEB GOODIE:
Amazon driver does the happy dance…
BS CHRONOMETER 12.10.19
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1952  Susan Dey, Pekin IL, TV actress (“The Partridge Family” 1970-74, “L.A. Law” 1986-1992)
1960  (Sir) Kenneth Branagh, Belfast, Northern Ireland, movie actor (“Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets”)/movie director (“Thor”)/screenwriter (“Hamlet”) COMING UP…”Tenet”, 2020
1964  Bobby Flay, NYC, TV chef (“Beat Bobby Flay” since 2015, “Boy Meets Grill”)
1974  Meg White, Grosse Pointe Farms MI, former rock drummer (White Stripes-‘Seven Nation Army’, ‘Icky Thump’)
1985  Raven-Symone, Atlanta GA, TV panelist (“The View” 2015)/former TV actress (“That’s So Raven” 2002-07, “Kim Possible” 2002-07, “The Cosby Show” 1989-92)
BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Dewey Decimal Day”, honoring Melville Dewey who was born December 10, 1851 in Adams Center NY. At age 21, he invented the “Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) System” while working as a student assistant in the Amherst College library. For creating this revolutionary new filing system, he’s known as the ‘Father of Modern Librarianship’.
• “International Human Rights Day”, honoring the UN Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
• “Nobel Prize Awards Day”. The awards were established by the will of Swedish chemist and dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel and have been held on this date since 1901. The current value of each award is over $1 million.
• “National Lager Day”, most lager is matured or conditioned at a cold temperature, and is cool and bottom fermented with a particular yeast. The term lager means “storeroom” or “warehouse” in German.
AND REMEMBER . . .
[Wed] App Day
[Wed] Have a Bagel Day
[Thurs] Gingerbread House Day
[Thurs] Poinsettia Day
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2005  Comedian Richard Pryor dies of heart failure at the age of 65 after battling Multiple Sclerosis since 1986
2009  James Cameron’s 3-D sci-fi epic “Avatar” has its world premiere in London (goes on to become highest-grossing movie of all-time at $2.8 billion)
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1984  African famine relief song ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ by Band Aid is released
2005  After five years of dating, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood tie the knot in a private ceremony at their home in Owasso, Oklahoma.
2007  Led Zeppelin play a one-off show at the O2 Arena in London, the biggest reunion in rock history. John Bonham’s son, Jason, plays drums at the show, which was a benefit for late Atlantic records president Ahmet Ertegun’s Education Fund
TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
2012  Colorado governor John Hickenlooper declares marijuana legal for recreational use
2013  General Motors appoints Mary Barra its CEO, making her the first female to become the chief executive of an automotive company
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1964  Reverend Martin Luther King Jr is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at age 35, the youngest ever to win the award
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ Chuck Norris’ first name is actually Carlos.
✓ Arnold Schwarzenegger made $75,000 for his role in the first “Terminator movie”. He made $15 million for “Terminator 2”.
✓ Robert Downey Jr. claims that Burger King saved his life from his drug addiction.
✓ Elvis Presley was a natural blonde.
✓ Lady Gaga taught herself to play the piano at the age of four.
✓ Harry Styles and Justin Bieber can both juggle.
BS STUPID QUESTIONS FOR CHICKENS:
• What kind of soup do you eat when you’re sick?
• Why does everything taste like you?
• What happens if I count you before you hatch?
• If tuna is the Chicken of the Sea, does that make you the Tuna of the Land?
• If I invited a goose over, would you be down with that?
• Which is the part where they get McNuggets?
• And where are your fingers?
• Spicy or original?
• Once and for all, which came first…you or the egg?
• Why won’t you show up for impeachment hearings?
Best of BS . . .
MORE BS SIGNS YOU WERE AT A BAD OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY:
• The Santa hired for the party arrives handcuffed to his parole officer.
• Stockings are stuffed with the office supplies you already had.
• Everyone’s arrested for listening to an illegally downloaded Bing Crosby CD.
• The caterer: Chef Boy-ar-dee.
• Instead of “The Night Before Christmas,” boss recites employees’ personal e-mails.
• Party expenses are deducted from your 401K.
• A camera crew is there from the new reality show: “Bad Office Parties, Christmas Edition.”
• This year, it’s your turn to be the pinata.
• Party consists of you, Prince Andrew, and a whole lot of mistletoe.
-Adapted from Neloo, first published in ‘BS’ in 2017
BS RANDOM JOKE:
Never mind my phone, I just I could disable auto-correct in my wife!
BS PHONE STARTER:
What, to you, is the greatest Christmas movie of all-time?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: Most of us say we’d be willing to drive 150 miles (240km) for THIS. What is it?
Answer: To see their favorite band or singer
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.