Monday, February 3, 2014        Edition: #5151


“BS” … The Most Touchdowns in Show Prep!

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ 29-year-old Dylan Farrow, adopted daughter of Mia Farrow, has penned an open letter detailing events surrounding her alleged sexual assault committed by her adopted father, director Woody Allen. Published through a “New York Times” blog, the letter addresses previous accusations from Farrow of Allen’s ongoing abuse of her when she was a child. What’s made the ordeal even worse, she says, is the way Hollywood has ‘turned a blind eye’. (Most notably of late, presenting Allen a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at this year’s Golden Globes.)
– QMI
★ The asking price of the iconic Palm Springs CA estate of late actor-comedian Bob Hope & his wife Dolores, initially offered privately for $50 million, has been dropped to $34 million. The Hopes used the dome-shaped, futuristic hilltop house mainly as a 2nd home, often entertaining celebrity friends. The 23,000-plus square foot estate which can accommodate up to 300 guests is the largest private home ever designed by modernist architect John Lautner. (Do you even know 300 people?)
– “Palm Springs Desert Sun”
★ 30-year-old “Social Network” star Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as nemesis ‘Lex Luthor’ in the upcoming – still untitled – ‘Batman vs Superman’ movie. Also added to the cast is 65-year-old British actor Jeremy Irons, who will play ‘Batman’s trusted adviser, ‘Alfred Pennyworth’. As previously announced, Henry Cavill will reprise his ‘Superman’ role; Ben Affleck will suit up as ‘Batman’; and Gal Gadot plays ‘Wonder Woman’. The movie is set to open May 6, 2016. (Can you see Eisenberg as a bad guy?)
– “Entertainment Weekly”
★ A stage musical of hit time-travel movie “Back To the Future” is set to debut in London’s West End in 2015. Robert Zemeckis, who co-wrote and directed the 1985 Michael J Fox film, will reunite with co-writer Bob Gale to pen the book for the stage adaptation. According to Gale, the musical will be ‘true to the spirit of the film without being a slavish remake’. The stage production will include tunes from the movie along with brand new songs. (Will the car sing?)
– BBC Entertainment & Arts
★ NBC Universal plans to lay off the entire “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” staff when the late-night talk show moves from California to NYC later this month. Layoffs will begin February 14th and be staggered through April 4th. The 164 employees have been encouraged to look for jobs within the company, including positions with the new “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”. Jay Leno is set to leave the show this Thursday. (In a recent interview with “Hollywood Reporter”, he seemed to be under the impression all staffers would get 6 months notice.)
– TheWrap.com
★ And to help film the steamiest scene between Josh Brolin & Kate Winslet in his new movie “Labor Day”, director Jason Reitman brought in ‘food stylist’ Susan Spungen to create an gooey, oozing peach pie for them to take out their sexual tension on. The recipe includes
3 lbs of peaches, 3/4 cup sugar, 3 cups flour, a half-cup of shortening, 1 stick plus 1 tablespoon chilled butter, and 1 beaten egg. (1 Josh Brolin optional.)
– “New York Daily News”

TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Neko Case (“The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Zedd (“Clarity Deluxe”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Albert Hammond Jr (The Strokes).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – “The Best of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Musical Sketches”.
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Broken Bells (“After the Disco”, out tomorrow).
• “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful” (NBC) – Host Heidi Klum is joined by fellow models, including Kate Upton and Tyra Banks, to celebrate a half-century of the iconic swimwear issue. Musical performances by Enrique Iglesias, the Fray, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, and Tim McGraw.
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Jay’s final week; tonight Jimmy Fallon, who will succeed Leno as host on February 17th; 92-year-old actress Betty White, making her 19th appearance; musical guest Bonnie Raitt (“Slipstream”).

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Justin Bieber – TMZ has posted a NSFW photo of the pop star and his pal, Khalil Sharieff, with their mouths on the breasts of a very full-chested woman, reportedly a stripper hired to perform at a party in an LA studio. (Another classy move, Biebs.)
• Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – They’ve become the latest act to book a Las Vegas residency, signing for a series of shows at Wynn Resorts Encore Beach Club and Surrender Nightclub. The long-term engagement kicks off on Memorial Day weekend in May.
• Skrillex – Tonight in San Francisco CA he begins a series of 4 ‘takeovers’, multi-day events with different artists playing different venues in the host city each night. The 5-night San Francisco takeover includes A$AP Rocky, Seven Lions, and more. Brooklyn NY; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and Barcelona, Spain are also on the agenda for the series.

NEW OREOS OUT:
Continuing its tradition of creating new flavor after new flavor, Oreo cookie-maker Nabisco is launching 2 brand new varieties of the popular product today: ‘Cookie Dough’ and something called ‘Marshmallow Crispy’, which is based on Rice Krispies Treats but cannot be called that due to legal reasons. The temporary new flavors are expected to be available for 6-to-8 weeks only. (Wouldn’t all Oreos be ‘Cookie Dough’?)
– TIME.com

DOOMED DELIVERIES:
Thirsty ice fishermen in central Minnesota will no longer be able to have beer delivered to them … by a drone. Lakemaid Beer had been testing a drone delivery service on Lake Mille Lacs, one of the most popular ice fishing destinations in the state. Fishermen simply called in with their GPS coordinates, and a drone was sent out carrying refreshments. But after news of the drone deliveries started to go viral, the Federal Aviation Administration clued in and has since grounded the service. (If this violates air space regs, imagine what Amazon.com’s planned drone delivery will do.)
– ABC News

SHAKESPEAREAN SLAMS:
Nobody has ever mastered the putdown like William Shakespeare. Witness …
● ‘You mad mustachio purple-hued maltworm.’ (“Hamlet”)
● ‘Your face is not worth sunburning.’ (“Henry V”)
● ‘Thy brains are useless boiled within thy skull!’ (“The Tempest”)
● ‘Thou art a very ragged wart.’ (“Henry IV”)
● ‘There’s many a man hath more hair than wit.’ (“The Comedy of Errors”)
● ‘Sweep on you fat and greasy citizens!’ (“As You Like It”)
● ‘He has not so much brain as ear wax.’ (“Troilus & Cressida”)

CATCH A MOOD:
Want to feel happy? Spend more time with people whose mood you wouldn’t mind catching. The reason that works is simple: During conversation, we tend to mimic our counterpart’s facial expressions, posture, and speech rhythms. Experts suggest that by doing this, we come to feel what the other person is feeling. (We should all hang with Jimmy Fallon.)
– “Woman’s Day”

HOW TO EAT CHICKEN WINGS:
According to professional eater ‘Crazy Legs’ Conti …
DRUMLET PORTION:
• Use the ‘typewriter’ method, firmly grasping the wing like an ear of corn with both hands.
• Strip the meat with your bottom teeth first.
• Spin the wing while separating the meat from the bone from left-to-right.
WINGLET PORTION:
• Use the ‘wishbone’ method for the 2-bone section, using both hands to grab each bone at the bottom.
• Insert whole winglet into mouth.
• As you remove it, pull apart the bones and use the tongue to hold back the meat.
– NYDailyNews.com

FOR THE RECORD:
On Friday, Nebraska mom Molly Schuyler ate 363 wings at the 22nd annual “Wing Bowl” competition in Philadelphia PA, completely frying the previous record of 337. And what did the wing winner have to say about that? Quote: “I don’t think I want to eat another chicken wing for a while.”
– CBS News

DID YOU KNOW?
If you have an itchy arm, looking in the mirror and scratching the mirror image of that arm (the one that isn’t bothering you) will help, although it only provides a quarter of the relief of scratching the itchy arm.
– “New Scientist”

BS CHRONOMETER 02.03.14


TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1956 [58] Nathan Lane, Jersey City NJ, Broadway actor (“The Producers”, “Guys & Dolls”)/movie actor (“Swing Vote”, “The Birdcage”)

1965 [49] Maura Tierney, Boston MA, movie actress (“Baby Mama”, “Semi-Pro”)/TV actress (“ER” 2000-08)

1976 [38] Isla ['EYE-luh'] Fisher, Muscat, Oman, movie actress (“Confessions Of a Shopaholic”, “Wedding Crashers”)/wed to comedian-actor Sacha Baron Cohen since 2010

1982 [32] Jessica Harp, Kansas City MO, former country singer (The Wreckers-”Leave the Pieces”)

1990 [24] Sean Kingston (Kisean Anderson), Miami FL, reggae-pop singer/rapper (“Fire Burning”, “Beautiful Girls”)

TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Artist Appreciation Day”, an annual salute to those who choose to create as a way of life.

• “Carrot Cake Day”, an idea that first hatched in the Middle Ages. At that time, sugar and other sweeteners were rare and very expensive, so people used sweet vegetables for flavor.
NET: http://www.punchbowl.com/holidays/national-carrot-cake-day

• “Halfway Point of Winter” as 45 days of the season have passed and the equivalent remain before the beginning of Spring. (Did we hear a giant sigh?)

• “Setsubun” (or “Bean-Throwing Festival”), the day before the traditional beginning of Spring in Japan. It’s accompanied by a special ritual to cleanse away evil. It’s called mamemaki, literally ‘bean throwing’.

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2001 [13] The XFL (Xtreme Football League), founded by WWE mastermind Vince McMahon in cooperation with NBC-TV, plays its first games (folds after 1 season, leaving the remote-control overhead camera as its sole legacy)

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1959 [55] Rising rock & roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and ‘The Big Bopper’ are killed when their chartered plane crashes in Iowa a few minutes after takeoff from Mason City (known as ‘the day the music died’, thanks to Don McLean’s 1972 hit “American Pie”)

1979 [35] “YMCA” by the Village People peaks at #2 on the pop singles chart; The Blues Bros’ “Briefcase Full of Blues” hits #1 on the album chart

2003 [11] Legendary music producer Phil Spector is arrested for murdering actress Lana Clarkson in his Alhambra, California home (later sentenced to 19 years-to-life in prison, meaning he’ll be 88-years-old before becoming eligible for parole)

TODAY’S FIRST . . .
2002 [12] New England Patriots defeat heavily favored St Louis Rams 20-17 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans to take home their 1st Super Bowl

TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1947 [67] North America’s ‘Coldest Recorded Temperature’, -63 C (-81.4 F) at Snag, Yukon Territory

AND REMEMBER . . .
[Tues] Facebook 10th Birthday
[Tues] World Cancer Day
[Wed] Weather Forecasters Day
[Wed] Western Monarch Day
[Wed] World Nutella Day
[Wed] Digital Learning Day

THIS WEEK IS . . .
Children’s Authors & Illustrators Week / Dump Your Significant Jerk Week / International Coaching Week / International Networking Week / International Friendship Week / Just Say No to PowerPoint Week / Publicity for Profit Week / School Counseling Week / Women’s Heart Week

BULL’S BITS


BEST OF BS:
Highlight bits culled from 20 years of “Bull Sheet” back issues …
BS FELINE FILE:
This month is “Cat Health Month”. A few cat facts from a poll of cat owners & breeders …
• 80% of cats enjoy catnip. (20% have been to rehab.)
• 75% are allowed to go outdoors during daylight hours. (Because it’s always nice to share cat scat with neighbors.)
• 69% of those that go outside display hunting behavior; 41% of those kept inside resort to catching bugs to maintain hunting skills. (Or attacking scary laser pointer beams.)
• 50% hate car travel; just 16% enjoy it. (You can’t get the other 44% in a car thanks to clawing and hissing.)
• 44% will retrieve items thrown for them – toys, paper balls, etc. (The other 56% just stare at you like you’re out of your mind.)
– First published in “BS” 2004.

POPULAR EVENTS AT THE WEEKEND WINTER CARNIVAL:
“Mr & Mrs Chapped Lips Competition”
“Best Hat-Head Contest”
“The Skate to Open Water Race”
“The Luke-Warm Chocolate Chug-a-Lug”
“The Rip Your Tongue from a Frozen Fence Contest”
– First published in “BS” 1995.
NET: http://www.FreeRadioPrep.com

BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
What’s the worst hour of the day for car accidents?
a. 7 am
b. 4 pm [CORRECT]
c. 2 am
– “The Top 10 of Everything”

BS PHONE STARTER:
☎ What’s your sports superstition, the ritual you have to go through whenever your team plays?

BS RANDOM JOKE:
The furniture store keeps calling me to come back, but all I wanted was one night-stand.

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: In a poll of adults with older brothers & sisters, most say THIS is the #1 thing their sibling(s) used to make them do that they didn’t want to do as kids.
Answer: Eat strange things. (“Parent Magazine”)

BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.

NOW ON OUR SHEET LIST:
Alan Swan @ RTE2 FM Dublin, Ireland; Jody Schlabach @ 107.9 WAXE Vero Beach FL; Mike Wixson @ 1059 The Region [CFMS] Markham ON; Rosie Thornbird @ Kool 103.3 [WKQL] Brookville PA; Joel @ ILACradio.com Toronto ON; Ryan Bendinelli @ Pacific 106 on UStream.com, Phoenix AZ; Fatima Abdallah @ Capital FM Juba, South Sudan; and Chris Wolf @ WRFR Penobscot School, Rockland ME.


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