Monday, December 1, 2014              Edition: #5350


Bully For You!

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ “Let it Go”? Heck no! That’s just not Disney’s style. It’s far from retiring “Frozen”. In fact, it’s cashing in on the franchise’s unprecedented popularity with another sequel and a musical. They’re all in the works, says star Idina Menzel. Apparently Idina will NOT star in the stage version, however she will likely return to voice her beloved character ‘Elsa’ in the bigscreen sequel. “Frozen” has so far grossed $1.3 billion worldwide and that’s not even factoring in all the merch.
– Telegraph.co.uk
★ Even though he’s carved out a successful career in Hollywood, 38-year-old British actor Benedict Cumberbatch says he has no plans to quit the title role in the TV series “Sherlock”, because he enjoys playing the detective so much. Quote: ”If we can keep the quality up, I can’t imagine that I will ever get tired of being ‘Sherlock’. I’d love to play him as an old man.” Cumberbatch has portrayed Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s super-sleuth on the BBC-TV series since 2010.
– “Vogue”
★ 33-year-old movie star Jake Gyllenhaal has parted ways with his Hollywood Hills property in California for just under $3.3 million after living there for close to 10 years. That means the “Nightcrawler” actor has made a profit of nearly $1 million on the 2-acre property with canyon, mountain, and city-scape views. He bought it for $2.5 million in 2005. The single-story, 3-bedroom home was previously owned by Michael ‘Flea’ Balzary of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
– “Los Angeles Times”
★ And production on Steven Spielberg’s TV show “Red Band Society” has been halted due to low ratings. The FOX-TV series, an adaptation of the Spanish-language hospital-based drama “Polseres Vermelles”, has not been picked up past its initial 13 episodes. The series stars Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer as a strict nurse in charge of a group of unruly teenage patients. 9 episodes have aired and a 10th will screen Wednesday. The 3 remaining episodes will be shown ‘at a later date’. (BS translation: Probably never.)
– WENN.com

TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• British Fashion Awards (London) – Fashion house Alexander McQueen and Irish designer JW Anderson lead this year’s nominations with 2 apiece. Others in line for awards include Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham. Cara Delevingne battles it out with Sam Rollinson and Jourdan Dunn for ‘Model Of the Year.
• “CMA Country Christmas” (ABC) – This 2-hour special taped November 7th at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena is hosted for the 5th consecutive year by Jennifer Nettles (Sugarland). Performers include Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley (w/Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler), Brett Eldredge, Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, and Sara Evans.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Sam Smith (“In the Lonely Hour”).
• “50 Years With Peter, Paul and Mary” (PBS) – Performance footage of the 1960s folk group.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Chase Rice (“Ignite the Night”).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood (“CMA Awards” co-hosts); TI (“Paperwork”). Rerun.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Mary J Blige (“The London Sessions”).
• “The Voice” (NBC/CTV2) – The top 8 perform; Nick Jonas performs.
• “Wendy Williams” (syndicated) – Nick Jonas again.

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Band-Aid 30 – Bob Geldof has enlisted former French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s wife Carla Bruni to write a French version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”. Geldof has also recorded a German version of the charity song which is raising money to help fight Ebola.
• Cat Stevens (Yusaf Islam) – His first North American tour in 35 years begins tonight at Toronto’s Massey Hall. The trek, in support of the new album “Tell ‘Em I’m Gone”, also takes in Boston, NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, and LA. Stevens converted to Islam in 1977 before taking a 25-five year musical hiatus.
• Creed – Former frontman Scott Stapp is facing divorce proceedings. His estranged wife, Jaclyn Nesheiwat, has reportedly requested a judge commit him to a psychiatric facility for 60 days in order to detox.
• Dave Stewart – The former Eurythmics musician is exec-producing a new documentary, “The Blues House”, which chronicles a search for American blues artists of the 1920s. Director Sam Pollard has spent years attempting to track down the stories of blues greats who were forced into retirement during the Great Depression. The film is expected to be complete in early 2015.
• Def Leppard – Joe Elliott has launched a crowdfunding campaign to complete a movie in which he appears. Bobby Field’s film “The Bridge”, about a desperate rock star, is in need of funds to finish post-production. Elliott is aiming to raise $300,000 by the end of the year.
• Joni Mitchell – The iconic folk singer tells “Rolling Stone” that she stopped a biopic of her life, starring Taylor Swift, from being made. It was to be a bigscreen adaptation of “Girls Like Us”, a book about Mitchell, as well as singers Carole King and Carly Simon. Quote: “I said to the producer, ‘All you’ve got is a girl with high cheekbones’.”
• One Direction – Zayn Malik has reportedly postponed his wedding to 21-year-old Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards. They were due to wed next year but are now said to have put their plans on hold because of their hectic schedules. With the newly-announced UK dates of 1D’s “On the Road Again” tour, the boy-band is fully booked up until late 2015.
• Susan Boyle – The Scottish singer tells “The Sun” she’s met her 1st-ever boyfriend at age 53. The “I Dreamed a Dream” hit-maker, who once admitted she’d never been kissed, met a doctor from Connecticut while staying at the same hotel during her US tour. Quote: “All I’ll say is we are around the same age and he was a very nice guy.”
• Taylor Swift – She tells “ASOS” magazine her music would be ‘more beige’ if she hadn’t suffered ‘humiliation, embarrassment or devastation’ in her life. Quote: “Anybody who tells you they went through life without regret or error isn’t telling you the truth and they shouldn’t be trusted.”

TOP WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:
According to early estimates …
1. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1″ ($56.3 million)
2. “Penguins of Madagascar” ($26.9 million)
3. “Big Hero 6″ ($19.4 million)
4. “Interstellar” ($15.9 million)
5. “Horrible Bosses 2″ ($15.5 million)
– BoxOffice.com

END OF THE COMPUTER MOUSE?
A new gadget lets you navigate your PC with the flick of a wrist. ‘Flow’ is a small programmable wireless controller created by engineers and computer scientists in Berlin, Germany. Users control apps with hand movements or by tapping the device, similar to the futuristic device featured in the 2002 Tom Cruise movie “Minority Report”. The gizmo is designed to be more sensitive and flexible than a traditional computer mouse and can be programmed with shortcuts for more than 30 functions. The gadget is available for pre-order from crowd-funding site Indiegogo for about $99, with an estimated delivery date of June 2015. (So easy to use … unless your left ear gets itchy.)
– @MailOnline

HOTTEST TOYS FOR 2014:
What toys are most consumers considering as gifts for girls?
1. Disney ‘Frozen’ … 20%
2. Barbie … 17%
3. Generic dolls … 11%
4. ‘Monster High’ … 5%
5. ‘American Girl’ dolls, clothing, games … 4%
What toys are most considering for boys?
1. ‘Lego’ … 14%
2. Generic cars & trucks … 8%
3. ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ … 7.5%
4. Videogames … 7.5%
5. ‘Hot Wheels’ … 5%
– Rounded-off figures from National Retail Federation

GREEN CHRI$TMA$:
Highlights from the 2014 Neiman-Marcus “Christmas Book” …
✓ Frye gold-glazed ‘vintaged’ leather boots … $698.
✓ Gold hand-painted embossed linen matchbox (matches not included) … $175.
✓ Coravin wine access system (aka bottle opener) … $300.
✓ Faux fur-covered ice scraper … $35.
✓ The House of Creed bespoke fragrance (nothing to do with Scott Stapp) … $475,000.
✓ Multicolored Austrian crystal minaudière (miniature guitar) … $5,195.
And if you’re buying for a couple …
✓ “His & Hers” Vilebrequin Quadski (a jet ski that converts to an ATV in 5 seconds) … $50,000 each.
– HuffingtonPost.com

DID YOU KNOW?
9-out-of-10 people who drink too much are not alcoholics.
– “New York Times”

BS CHRONOMETER 12.01.14


TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1935 [79] Woody Allen (Allen Stewart Konigsberg), Brooklyn NY, film director/writer/actor (“Midnight in Paris”, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”)/2 Oscars (“Hannah & Her Sisters”, “Annie Hall”)

1945 [69] Bette Midler, Honolulu HI, pop singer (“It’s the Girls!”)/movie actress (“The First Wives Club”)

1970 [44] Sarah Silverman, Bedford NH, comedian/TV personality (“Sarah Silverman Program” 2007-10, “Saturday Night Live” 1993-94)/talk show host Jimmy Kimmel’s ex-girlfriend

1977 [37] Brad Delson, Agoura CA, rock guitarist (Linkin Park-”The Catalyst”, “In The End”)

1985 [29] Janelle Monáe, Kansas City KS, pop/soul singer/songwriter (“Cold War”, fun. f/Janelle Monáe-”We Are Young”)

1990 [24] Nico Sereba, Oslo, Norway, pop musician (Nico & Vinz-”In Your Arms”, “Am I Wrong”)

TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Advent Calendar Day”, the day many kids begin opening one compartment on their seasonal calendar each day through December 24th. Hey, is that chocolate in there?

• “Bifocals At the Monitor Day”, a day of lamentation for all those forced to tip their heads back open-mouthed in order to use a computer, thanks to their need for bifocal lenses. Gradually, more and more of the Boomer generation is suffering ‘presbyopia’ (Greek word for ‘aging eye’).

• “Cyber Monday”, the online version of “Black Friday”, when Internet retailers offer special deals and deep discounts in an attempt to jumpstart the holiday shopping season.

• “World AIDS Day”, the 26th annual day of AIDS awareness and education, first declared by the UN’s World Health Organization in 1988. The official symbol of “World AIDS Day” is the red ribbon. In some communities, the occasion is observed as “Day Without Art”.
NET: http://www.worldaidsday.org

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2003 [11] World premiere of the 3rd and final “Lord Of the Rings” movie, “The Return Of the King”, in Wellington NZ (#8 movie of all-time, grossing $1.12 billion worldwide)

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1950 [64] “Frosty The Snowman” by Gene Autry enters the Top 40 chart

1971 [43] John & Yoko Lennon release “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”

TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1990 [24] 132 ft below the English Channel, workers drill an opening the size of a car connecting the 2 ends of The Channel Tunnel or ‘Chunnel’, linking Britain and France

TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1997 [17] In a NYC music store, shlock soprano saxophonist Kenny G sets a Guinness World Record for ‘Longest-Held Note’, by playing an E-flat for 45 minutes and 47 seconds

AND REMEMBER . . .
[Tues] Giving Tuesday
[Tues] International Day For the Abolition of Slavery
[Tues] Mutt Day
[Tues] Special Education Day
[Wed] International Day of Persons With Disabilities
[Wed] Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting (NYC)
[Thurs] Cookie Day
[Thurs] Dice Day
[Thurs] World Wildlife Conservation Day

THIS WEEK IS . . .
Clerc-Gallaudet Week / Cookie Cutter Week / International Coelenterate Biology Week / Older Driver Safety Awareness Week

BULL’S BITS


BEST OF BS:
Highlight bits culled from 21 years of “Bull Sheet” back issues …
BS SIGNS YOU’RE A REAL LOSER:
● The ‘nativity scene’ you’ve set up in your yard includes 2 plastic pink flamingos and a baby doll lying in a painted tire.
● Most of your teeth are on a chain around your neck.
● Your dad walks you to school because you’re in the same grade.
● You see a sign that says “Say no to crack” and it reminds you to hike up your pants.
● You go to Goodwill to meet women.
● Your college nickname was ‘Mr Two-Left-Feet Totally-Uncoordinated Never-Get-It Loser-Man’.
– First published in “BS” 1998.

BS WAYS YOU CAN TELL IT’S DECEMBER:
✓ Chiropractor’s office is filled with courier workers.
✓ Annual “Beat Your Neighbor’s Light Display” contest is underway.
✓ Elevator music switched to “All I Want for Christmas is You” from “Stairway to Heaven”.
✓ Kids have finished printing out their Christmas list dataBase.
✓ “VISA limit … what VISA limit?”
– First published in “BS” 1994.
NET: http://www.FreeRadioPrep.com

BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
• What is a ‘clowder’?
a. A flight delay caused by poor visibility.
b. A seafood soup made with crab claws.
c. A collection of cats. [CORRECT. It's the collective term for a group of cats.]
– BuzzFeed.com

• Which shape is the most popular for Christmas cookies?
a. Santa Claus
b. Christmas tree. [CORRECT]
c. Gingerbread Man
– Land O’ Lakes

BS PHONE STARTER:
☎ What do you hate the most about flying?

BS RANDOM JOKE:
I’m not paranoid! Which of my enemies told you that?

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: When you buy one of THESE, it’s at least 10-years-old.
Answer: A Christmas tree.

BS DEEP THOUGHT:
A lie has no legs to stand on, but it gets places.

NOW ON OUR SHEET LIST:
Aaron Tamayo @ 105.1 The Kat [KGUM] Dededo, Guam; Boris Tupol @ 102 FM Vienna, Austria; Raymond Tylutki @ Pulling Radio Network, Fonda NY; Lewis McAdam @ ChatandSpinRadio.com, Newcastle-upon-Tyne UK; Chris Shaw @ 96-1 KZQ [WKZQ] Myrtle Beach SC; Leesa Cotton @ 105.1 FM Triple M, Melbourne, Australia; Andy Sim @ MerseyRadio, Liverpool UK; and Ash Arnold @ Koast Radio, Blyth UK.


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