Tuesday, February 25, 2014          Edition: #5167


Bully For You!

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ “Heroes” is coming back to NBC-TV as a mini-series in 2015. The series about ordinary people who discover they have super-powers was originally a smash hit with fans and critics alike when it debuted in 2006, but it became the subject of satire when it’s quality began to dip in its 2nd season. NBC says the surprising return is ‘shrouded in secrecy’ but has announced the return will imaginatively be titled … “Heroes Reborn”.
– ContactMusic.com
★ Movie star Russell Crowe has launched a Twitter campaign to have his new biblical epic “Noah” screened for Pope Francis. Crowe plays the title role in Darren Aronofsky’s new film that’s based on the story of Noah & the ark, and Crowe wants to make sure the leader of the Roman Catholic Church sees the movie. He’s been tweeting the pontiff’s official account and urging fans to re-post his messages. The film hits cinemas March 28th.
– WENN.com
★ Piers Morgan’s CNN prime-time talk show “Piers Morgan Live” will soon be axed due to slumping ratings, according to a recent announcement. The British interviewer, a former editor of London’s “Daily Mirror”, will host his final show in March but has reportedly already been in discussions about a new role with the news network after the show ends. Morgan took over the talk show slot from Larry King, who anchored it from 1985-to-2010.
– “New York Times”
★ And Brooke Burke-Charvet is being replaced on “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC), though the reason for her firing has not been made public. She started her “DWTS” career as a contestant, winning Season 7 with partner Derek Hough; then 3 seasons later replaced Samantha Harris as co-host. Her duties alongside Tom Bergeron end March 17th, when she’ll be replaced by FOX Sports reporter Erin Andrews. Yep, the same Erin Andrews whose sideline interview with  ranting Seattle Seahawk’s player Richard Sherman went viral.
– E! News

TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Colbert Report” (Comedy Central/CTV) – St Vincent (“St Vincent”).
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Schoolboy Q (“Habits & Contradictions”).
• “Glee” (FOX/Global) – The mid-season premiere as the show returns from a hiatus.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Benmont Tench (“You Should Be So Lucky”).
• “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” (CBS) – Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire (“Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire”).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV2) – Kanye West (“Yeezus”).
• “The Voice” (NBC) – More vocalists compete in blind auditions.
• “Wendy Williams” (syndicated) – Mary Mary (“Go Get It”).

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Dierks Bentley – Today he releases his 7th studio album,”Riser”. He says the lyrics in the title tune perfectly articulate who he wants to be and who he tries to be.
• 50 Cent – After 12 years with Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records, he’s signed a worldwide distribution and services deal with Caroline/Capitol/UMG. His first album under the new agreement will be “Animal Ambition”, scheduled for release June 3rd.
• Justin Bieber – His planned move to Atlanta GA has prompted backlash in the upscale neighborhood of Buckhead where the Biebs has been house-hunting. A local resident has begun a Facebook petition to keep the trouble-prone pop star out of the quiet, residential area.
• Kanye West – Along with Jack White, he’s headlining this year’s massive Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester TN. Also on the bill: Elton John, Lionel Richie, Vampire Weekend, the Avett Bros, Phoenix, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, and Frank Ocean. Bonnaroo will feature more than 125 bands and 20 comedians performing on 13 stages June 12-to-15.
• OutKast – Fans hoping their 40 festival appearances this Summer will lead to a new album will be disappointed to hear that Big Boi has told Revolt TV they’re only touring to celebrate their 20-year anniversary. No album is in the works, he says.
• Rolling Stones – Mick Jagger and singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright are among those creating music playlists for British Airways’ inflight sound systems. Kicking off the new initiative in March, Jagger will introduce passengers to artists like Malian singer Salif Keita and late Nigerian star Fela Kuti. Wainwright will offer up his favorites in April.
• St Vincent – Her new 11-track self-titled studio album is out today. It was recorded alongside frequent collaborator McKenzie Smith and Dap-Kings drummer Homer Steinweiss.

TODAY’S VIDEO RELEASES:
Out today on Netflix and/or other video providers …
• “Gravity” (  PG-13 Sci-Fi Thriller ): A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space. Stars Sandra Bullock (Oscar-nominated in her first-ever sci-fi role), George Clooney, Ed Harris. A who’s who of actresses were attached to the lead role, including Angelina Jolie (twice) and Natalie Portman.
• “Thor: The Dark World” ( PG-13 Action Adventure ): In episode 2 of the Marvel comic-based series, ‘Thor’ embarks on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with ‘Jane Foster’ and force him to sacrifice everything to save humanity. Stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston. Directed by Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones”).
• Also released today: “Adventure Time: The Complete 3rd Season” (TV Animation); “Law & Order: The 14th Year” (TV); “Mama’s Family: The Complete 3rd Season” (TV); and “The Middle: The Complete 4th Season” (TV).

YOUR FAVORITE SWEAR WORD REVEALS YOUR PERSONALITY:
• The ‘S-Word’ – People who use this word the most don’t put on airs; they are down to Earth, honest in their relationships and business dealings, and know how to get things done. They tend to be perfectionists and are often excessively  self-critical. They make good friends and are loyal to a fault. They have a can-do attitude and make great employees.
• ‘Damn’ – These folks are very conservative and often prudish. They are open and loving and more religious than most. Calm and collected on the outside, they are a cauldron of thought and emotion on the inside. They can be quite volatile if provoked. Open-minded and artistic, they make fine painters and poets. They are also the truest, bluest of friends.
• ‘Hell’ – These people are fiercely independent and tend to use others to further their own ends. Passionate and sexy, they make fantastic lovers. They adore money and material things. They make good mates and are somewhat family oriented, although they don’t express affection as well as others.
• ‘Bull’/'Beans’/'Shucks’ – People who can’t bring themselves to curse and use softer words are often practical jokers. Extremely creative, they make fine employees and wonderful bosses. They’re family oriented and can often go overboard with things. Of all the personality types, they are the most misunderstood.
• The ‘F-Word’ – People who use the F-word and its conjugations as a verb tend to be hostile and unreliable. They view life as a joke. Even though they like the company of others, they are loners at heart. They are hard workers and are extremely productive when motivated by personal gain. They can accomplish seemingly impossible tasks if something is in it for them.
– “Who Am I? Everyman’s Guide to Personality”

WHICH SPECIES WILL SURVIVE?
A recent study from the University of Washington tries to determine which mammals in the Western Hemisphere will actually be able to move to new areas suitable for them when they are displaced by climate change. Scientists say up to 40% of animals in certain regions could fail to reach a safe haven because they just won’t move swiftly enough to outpace the changes. Among those considered in danger: Primates such as spider monkeys, marmosets, and howler monkeys; as well as the group of species that includes shrews and moles. (And the survivors? We’d bet on coyotes, squirrels, and cockroaches.).
– SciTechDaily.com

ISLAND LINGO:
This month “The Bull Sheet” has been coming to you from Montego Bay. Here are a few things that ‘yah mon’ can mean here in Jamaica …
Yah mon … Hi there.
Yah mon … Hey, you!
Yah mon … What’s happening?
Yah mon … You betcha!
Yah mon … What do you want?
Yah mon … You’re welcome.
Yah mon … You are correct, sir.
Yah mon … I get it.
Yah mon … No problem.
Yah mon … See ya later.
(Typical conversation: “Yah mon.” “Yah mon?” “Yah mon!” “Yah mon?!?”)
– BS original

BS AMAZING FACT:
Alligators position sticks on their snouts to lure birds to land on them. (But how do they position the sticks with those short little arms?)
– “New Scientist”

BS CHRONOMETER 02.25.14


TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1965 [49] Carrot Top (Scott Thompson), Rockledge FL, clown-haired comedian who relies on wacky props/bad cosmetic surgery victim

1966 [48] Tea Léoni, NYC, movie actress (“Fun With Dick & Jane”, “Jurassic Park III”)/long-suffering wife of actor David Duchovny

1971 [43] Daniel Powter, Vernon BC, one-hit-wonder pop singer (“Bad Day”)

1971 [43] Sean Astin, Santa Monica CA, movie actor (“Lord Of the Rings” trilogy, “50 First Dates”)

1975 [39] Chelsea Handler, Livingston NJ, comedian/TV host (“Chelsea Lately” since 2007)

1976 [38] Rashida Jones, LA CA, TV actress (“Parks & Recreation” since 2009, “The Office” 2006-09)/movie actress (“I Love You, Man”, “Little Black Book”)

1978 [36] Shawna Thompson, Chatom AL, country singer (Thompson Square-”If I Didn’t Have You”, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not”)

TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Clam Chowder Day”, a day to add a little heat to your Winter with a bit of bacon, onion, and flour; some diced potatoes and a can of clams, simmered in clam juice and milk. Add lots of black pepper. Nummers!

• “Don’t Utter a Word Day”, because the world is made up of talkers and listeners … and the listeners need a rest.

• “Lumberjack Day”, honoring a tough job that’s become a popular sport … logging games.

• “World Spay Day”, the 20th annual campaign on the last Tuesday of February by Humane Society International to inspire people to spay or neuter pets and feral cats. The Doris Day Animal Foundation began the campaign in 1995.
NET: http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/spay_day

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2004 [10] Mel Gibson’s controversial film “The Passion Of the Christ” is independently released in about 2,000 theaters (thanks to grassroots promotion, the $30-million film goes on to gross over $600 million worldwide)

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
2009 [05] Calling his music ‘the soundtrack of my youth’, US president Barack Obama presents Stevie Wonder with the Library of Congress’ “Gershwin Prize”

TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1940 [74] 1st ‘Televised Hockey Game’ (NY Rangers vs Montréal Canadiens on W2XBS-TV in NYC)

TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1896 [118] ‘Largest Chicken Egg’ on record is laid by a Black Minorca hen in England (the 5-yolk egg weighs nearly 12 ounces and measures 12.25 inches around the long axis and 9 inches around the short axis)

COMING UP . . .
[Wed] “Mixology” series debut (ABC)
[Wed] “Nashville” Spring premiere (ABC)
[Wed] For Pete’s Sake Day
[Wed] World Pistachio Day
[Sun] “Academy Awards” (ABC)
This Week Is … Eating Disorders Awareness Week
This Month Is … Jobs in Golf Month

BULL’S BITS


MORE STRANGE BS LAWS THAT ACTUALLY EXIST:
• In Turkey it is illegal for a man above 80-years-old to become a pilot.
• In Germany it is illegal to run out of gas on an autobahn highway.
• In Singapore chewing gum is illegal.
• In London UK it is illegal to flag down a taxi if you have the plague.
• In Barcelona, Spain it’s illegal to wear your swimsuit on public streets.
• In Eboli, Italy kissing in a moving vehicle is illegal
• In Capri, Italy it is illegal to wear ‘excessively loud footwear’. Several tourists have been arrested because of their flip-flops.
• In England, there is still a law on the books requiring all men older than 14 years to carry out 2 hours of longbow practice every day.
– List25.com

BS RANDOM JOKE:
My psychiatrist told me I was crazy and I said I wanted a second opinion. He said okay, you’re ugly too.

THE BEST OPENING MOVIE LINES EVER:
Have a contestant try to match the line with the movie …
• “Anchorman” (2004) – “Mmm. I look good. I mean, really good. Hey, everyone! Come and see how good I look!”
• “Apocalypse Now” (1979) – “Saigon. S[heet]! I’m still only in Saigon. Every time I think I’m gonna wake up back in the jungle.”
• “Bridget Jones’s Diary” (2001) – “It all began on New Year’s Day, in my 32nd year of being single. Once again, I found myself on my own and going to my mother’s annual turkey curry buffet.”
• “Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas” (1998) – “We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.”
• “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986) – “The key to faking out the parents is the clammy hands. It’s a good non-specific symptoms; I’m a big believer in it.”
• “Gone With the Wind” (1939) – “What do we care if we were expelled from college, Scarlett. The war is gonna start any day now, so it won’t affect college anyhow.”
• “Goodfellas” (1990) – “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.”
• “Love Actually” (2003) – “Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrival’s gate at Heathrow Airport.”
• “Stand By Me” (1986) – “I was 12 going on 13 the first time I saw a dead human being.”

BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
Over half the money collected by members of the Screen Actors’ Guild comes from a single source. Which is it?
a. Talk show appearances.
b. TV commercials. [CORRECT]
c. Unemployment insurance.

BS PHONE STARTER:
☎ If you could erase all of your personal information online, would you? (In a Snapshot poll, 59% say ‘yes’.)

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: 25% of women say that they miss THIS the most while on vacation.
Answer: Their pet(s).

BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Whenever you throw dirt, you’re losing ground.


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