Thursday, February 26, 2015        Edition: #5406

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★ Kelly Osbourne has threatened to quit E! show “Fashion Police” over fallout about remarks made by her cast-mate Giuliana Rancic regarding 18-year-old actress Zendaya Coleman’s red carpet look at the Oscars. Rancic suggested Coleman reeked of marijuana because she wore dreadlocks. Coleman says that was disrespectful. Now it seems Osbourne, who’s a friend of Coleman’s, is unhappy with the backlash she’s receiving over Rancic’s remarks and wants to be left out of the controversy. (We say any show with a panel of women maliciously snipping about the appearance of other women does nothing to help the feminist cause.)
★ Wesley Snipes is heading back to the small-screen for his first big TV role in 25 years. The “Blade” actor will co-star in an NBC-TV pilot for the proposed crime thriller series “Endgame”, alongside Philip Winchester, who plays a former intelligence officer-turned-security expert who becomes drawn into a mysterious conspiracy in Las Vegas. Snipes was recently considered for the lead role in director Lee Daniels’ new hit TV show “Empire”, but that part eventually went to Terrence Howard. (Since completing jail time for income tax evasion in 2013, Snipes only work has been “The Expendables 3”.)
★ And Reddit has changed its policy regarding its users posting nudity without consent. Since 2005, the social networking site has turned a blind eye to people posting links to photos and videos of naked people on its websites, including those infamous stolen photos of Hollywood celebs last year. But on March 10th, a new privacy policy takes effect that will ban the posting of explicit content without the permission of the person featured in it. Requests can be made to remove any ‘involuntary pornography’. (An odd term … like someone tripped and accidentally tore their clothes off while posing for a photo.)

• “American Idol” (FOX) – The top 12 girls perform in hope of earning audience votes.
• “BET Honors 2015” (BET) – A rerun of Monday’s pre-taped awards. Kanye West receives the ‘Visionary Award’; Usher the ‘Musical Arts Award’, and actress Phylicia Rashad the ‘Theatrical Arts Award’.
• “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC/CTV) – The 2-hour 1st-season finalé of the new buzz show starring Viola Davis. The season-ending episode is titled “It’s All My Fault”.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Liv Warfield (“The Unexpected”).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Sleater-Kinney (“No Cities to Love”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Dierks Bentley (“Riser”). Rerun.
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Misterwives (“Our Own House”).
• “Queen Latifah” (syndicated) – Train (“Bulletproof Picasso”). Rerun.
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Steve Earle (“Terraplane”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tobias Jesso Jr (“Goon”).
• “Victoria’s Secret Swim Special” (CBS) – Victoria’s Secret models talk about their swimwear campaign while on location in Puerto Rico.

• Aerosmith – Tonight “Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014” screens in more than 300 select movie theaters in a special 1-night event. The concert was captured live at Donington Park in the UK in June 2014. The 19-song set list includes all of the band’s iconic hits.
• Chris Brown – This week he was forced to cancel Canadian dates on his “Between the Sheets Tour” after being refused entry into the country due to previous criminal convictions. He’d been slotted to perform with Trey Songz in Montréal and Toronto.
• Demi Lovato – This week she’s been hospitalized to treat a lung infection. According to one report, she was rushed to the Emergency Room at Providence Tarzana Medical Center in California on Tuesday after she began suffering breathing problems.
• LMFAO – Redfoo’s new solo single, “Juicy Wiggle”, refers to a dance that he first saw in Australia. With the upcoming release of the official video, fans will be able to practice their ‘Juicy Wiggle’ moves before they hit the beach this Summer.
• Lorde – Her producer and collaborator Joel Little tells Australia’s Triple J radio that they will begin work on her sophomore album ‘within the next month or so’.
• One Direction – According to the latest IFPI (International Federation Of the Phonographic Industry) ‘Global Recording Artist Chart’, they were the biggest UK act in 2014, thanks to the album “Four” and their SRO world tour. It’s the 3rd consecutive year they’ve held that title.
• Pussy Riot – Despite famously serving jail time for a past demonstration, the Russian pop collective lampoons Vladimir Putin during the new “House of Cards” season (released tomorrow on Netflix). In the scene, the provocative punkers describe the Russian prez as “not afraid of anyone … except gays”.
• Sam Hunt – Last night he made his first appearance on ABC-TV’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, performing his latest hit “Take Your Time” as well as “House Party” on the late night show’s outdoor stage.
• Taylor Swift – She’s been named ‘Woman Of the Year’ at this week’s “Elle Style Awards” in London. Swift was presented with her award by singer-songwriter Sam Smith. Katy Perry took the honor last year.

A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “Electric Slide” – Patricia Arquette is following up her ‘Best Supporting Actress’ Oscar for “Boyhood” by playing a real-life bank robber’s former girlfriend. Jim Sturgess stars as Eddie Dodson, an elegant criminal who robbed 64 banks in only 9 months during the early 1980s. Also in the cast: Isabel Lucas, Chloe Sevigny, and French star Christopher Lambert.
• “Indiana Jones” – 35-year-old “Guardians Of the Galaxy” star Chris Pratt admits it would be cool to play the swaggering archaeologist in Disney’s upcoming reboot of the adventure franchise but, contrary to rumors, no one’s asked him yet. Meantime, 68-year-old Steven Spielberg is said to be interested in returning to direct, but is said to be waiting to see the script.
• “The LEGO Movie 2” – Despite a snub by the Oscars, producers have hired director Rob Schrab (“Community”, “The Mindy Project”) for a sequel to the critically acclaimed animated movie. “The LEGO Movie” took almost $500 million worldwide on a budget of just $60 million. The sequel is pencilled in for 2018, a year after a ‘Batman’ LEGO feature hits screens.
• “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday” – 63-year-old Paul Reubens is returning as his eccentric kids’ character ‘Pee-wee Herman’ in a new Netflix feature film, the first standalone ‘Pee-wee’ feature since 1988’s “Big Top Pee-wee”. Reubens’ TV series, “Pee-wee’s Playhouse”, ran on CBS 1986-91. Judd Apatow is producing the new project. Shooting begins in March.
• “Sicario” – This thriller from Denis Villeneuve (“Prisoners”) stars Emily Blunt as an idealistic FBI agent enlisted by a government task force to take out a Mexican drug-cartel leader. The cast also includes Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Jon Bernthal (“The Walking Dead”) and Daniel Kaluuya (“Skins”). The film opens in theaters this September.

Demeter Fragrance, known for making one-note scents that smell like pretty much anything you can think of, is introducing a new one … Baby’s Head. What’s it smell like? As any mom knows, a baby’s head has a combination of scents: Clean skin, a hint of Johnson & Johnson shampoo, and perhaps a dairy undertone. A lot of people identify with the fragrance, but would you want to dab it on? It seems Demeter’s mission is to catalogue every single scent that exists on this planet. Some of its previous fragrances have included: Clean Laundry, Cotton Candy, Crayon, Dirt, Gin & Tonic, Holy Water, Pizza, Rain, and … Spring Break. (The aroma of a wet T-shirt?)
– “Allure Magazine”

According to Necar Zadegan of Bravo-TV’s “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” …
✓ Offer your ear … and your shoulder. Even if your friend doesn’t take you up on it, let her know you’re there. Sometimes the offer is worth more than the act itself.
✓ Always build your BFF up. A true friend provides reassurance, whether it’s confirming how beautiful a BFF looks today or what a great mom she is every day.
✓ Share your secrets. You can’t really share your life with somebody without being honest with them. Revealing all your skeletons to someone is a sure sign of true friendship.
✓ Stick up for them all the time, period. That’s an important one.
✓ Be patient as your lives change and grow. You can’t have the same expectations of your friend at 42 as you did at 22. It may be more difficult to connect, but a good friend always will.
(Finish the sentence: “A true friend is someone who …”)
– “Glamour Magazine”

Love can make your head spin … but it can also sober you up if you’re drunk. A new study reveals that oxytocin, the so-called ‘love hormone’ that’s released during hugs and sex, can block alcohol from getting to the brain. In the joint study by Australia’s University of Sydney and Germany’s University of Regensburg, intoxicated lab rats hit with a dose of the ‘cuddle hormone’ ended up less drunk. It’s unclear why, but researchers say the biochemistry may become clearer once humans are tested. (Does this in any way explain your shock & horror when waking up next to a total troglodyte after a night out?)

Snail teeth are made of the strongest natural substance yet discovered, which in future may be copied to make race cars, boat hulls, and airplanes.
– “Quartz”


1953 [62] Michael Bolton (Bolotin), New Haven CT, overwrought pop singer (“When a Man Loves a Woman”, “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You”)

1968 [47] Tim Commerford, Irvine CA, rock bassist (Rage Against the Machine-“Guerrilla Radio”, Audioslave-“Be Yourself”)

1971 [44] Erykah Badu (Wright), Dallas TX, R&B singer (“Love of My Life”, “Bag Lady”)/mother to Puma, Seven, and Mars

1979 [36] Chris Culos, Rockville MD, rock drummer (OAR-“Shattered [Turn the Car Around”])

1979 [36] Corinne Bailey Rae, Leeds UK, pop singer (“Trouble Sleeping”, “Put Your Records On”)

1982 [33] Nate Ruess, Iowa City IA, indie pop singer (fun.-“Some Nights”, “We Are Young”)

• “Chili Day”, observed annually on the last Thursday of February. It’s a great excuse to put together a perfect pot of spicy chili. What’s your secret ingredient?

• “For Pete’s Sake Day”, which asks the pressing question, ‘Just who the heck is Pete, anyway, and why would we do anything for his sake?’

• “Girl Day”, an annual event designed to ‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering’. It’s a day of encouragement for females brought on by the fact that women are severely under-represented in the engineering profession.

• “Levi Strauss’ Birthday” (1829-1902), the man who created the first Levi’s blue jeans for California’s gold miners in 1850. Without him, many of us wouldn’t have a wardrobe.

• “Personal Chefs Day”, an annual reminder to consider hiring a private chef for a day, a unique way to entertain friends and business guests in your home. It’s not as expensive as you might think … check your want ads.

• “Tell a Fairytale Day”. Yeah, inflict some of the most violent stories ever written onto your innocent, unsuspecting child. (What’s the scariest of all-time? “Fee, fi, foe, fum …”)

• “World Pistachio Day”, apparently honoring people with pink dye all over their lips. Betcha can’t eat just one!

2009 [06] NFL quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots and supermodel Gisele Bundchen tie the knot in a twilight wedding at St Monica’s Church in Santa Monica, California

1983 [32] Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album reaches #1, then spends a total of 37 weeks there  BS FACTOID: Today his “Thriller” contract is being sold by LA-based Nate D Sanders Auctions. The official agreement between Jackson’s Optimum Productions and the Screen Actors Guild for the track’s 13-minute video was signed by the late singer on October 10, 1983.

2006 [09] Avril Lavigne and Ricky Martin are among the artists who perform at the closing ceremony of the 20th Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy

2012 [03] Rain forces the postponement of the Daytona 500 auto race for the first time in the event’s 53-year history

[Fri] “Everly”; “Focus”; “The Lazarus Effect”; “Maps to the Stars” open in movie theaters
[Fri] International Polar Bear Day
[Fri] Read Me Day
[Sat] International Sword Swallowers Day
[Sat] Tooth Fairy Day
[Sat] Open That Bottle Night
This Week is … Secondhand Wardrobe Week
This Month Is … International Expect Success Month


Terrific tips to help out the household chef …
✓ To easily pit a cherry, place it on top of an empty beer bottle and pierce it with a chopstick.
✓ Wrapping a banana in plastic makes it last longer; wrapping it in newspaper makes it ripen.
✓ To peel garlic, place it inside 2 bowls of the same size (1 inverted) and shake hard.
✓ To easily peel potatoes, boil them then give them a quick ice bath. Then just pick the peel off.
✓ Has your honey crystallized? Put the jar in a bowl of hot water and let it stand a few minutes.
✓ To cut a cake without mutilating it, use dental floss … preferably unscented.
✓ A wine bottle can serve as makeshift rolling pin; an upturned glass can be a biscuit cutter.
✓ To avoid crying when cutting onion, put it in the fridge for a few minutes beforehand.
✓ To quickly chill wine without diluting it, throw a few frozen grapes in the glass.
✓ To rid your hands of garlic smell, rub them with stainless steel.
– Sourced from

The first commercially manufactured breakfast cereal went on sale 123 years ago today (1892). Which was it?
a. Corn Flakes
b. Shredded Wheat [CORRECT]
c. Quaker Oats

☎ What’s the best kind of car to in which to ‘do it’?

It’s scary in the morning when you start making the same noises as your coffee-maker.

Question: Women have dreams that feature THIS animal more than any other.
Answer: Snake.

Always borrow money from pessimists … they don’t expect to get it back.

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