Friday, January 26, 2018 – Edition: #6144

Have a Sheety Weekend!

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Jessica Simpson is the latest celebrity to learn the hard way that you can’t post a photo of yourself that you don’t own.  According to a lawsuit, the paparazzi agency Splash News and Picture Agency (one of the biggest in the business) is suing Simpson over a photo she posted to social media last year. The agency claims Simpson took the image from them without permission, edited out their copyright information, and posted the pic to her Instagram and Twitter accounts. The photo now seems to be deleted from both places.
(Kinda weird, though, that they can take pics of her without her permission, own them, publish them, and sell them!)
-TheBlast
★ Another beloved comedy series is coming back.  CBS has given a 13-episode series order to ‘Murphy Brown’, a revival of the 1988 sitcom with its creator Diane English and star Candice Bergen both set to return. Bergen will reprise her role as the famous investigative journalist and TV anchor at the FYI network, as Murphy Brown returns to a world of cable news, social media, fake news and a very different political and cultural climate. Word is that talks are underway with other original cast members to return.
-Deadline
★ James Corden wants to go to Prince Harry’s bachelor party. The ‘Late Late Show’ host insists it is unlikely he’d be invited to Harry’s upcoming wedding to Meghan Markle, but he’d love to be a part of the prince’s final celebrations before becoming a married man.  According to Corden, ”I just want to go on the bachelor party. That’s all I’m looking forward to. He’s gonna have a hell of a bachelor party.”
-ContactMusic
★ The mother of stuntman John Berncker, who fell to his death on the set of “The Walking Dead” in Georgia in July, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against AMC, saying the show’s low budget led to inadequate safety precautions and her son’s death.  In a statement, Susan Bernecker said, “My goal is to do everything I can to protect other stunt performers and to ensure their safety on the set in the future.”
-MSN
★ Several TV writers and actors have anonymously shared their salary information in a push for equal pay.  A Google docs named “TV WRITERS SALARY” is spreading through social media as Hollywood continues to grapple with the realities of the ongoing wage gap debate. In addition to salary, the doc is requesting information including gender, race, and network.
(Try that at your workplace, and see how that works out for you!)
-Cosmopolitan
★ “Storm Chasers” star Joel Taylor has died while vacationing aboard a cruise ship.  Sources say that Taylor was found unresponsive in his cabin on Tuesday while onboard the Royal Caribbean ship, ‘Harmony of the Seas’.  The ship left Ft. Lauderdale, FL on Saturday for a week-long voyage.  His cause of death of death is unclear and his body is undergoing an autopsy in Puerto Rico.  Joel Taylor was 38.
-TheBlast

TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Chelsea Handler, Desus & Mero, Rob Haze
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Kyle MacLachlan, Julia Michaels
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Sean “Diddy” Combs, Luke Evans, Nicole Sullivan, John Stanier ( R )
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Kobe Bryant, Morgan Freeman, Glen Keane ( R )
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Guest co-host S.E. Cupp
• “The Talk” (CBS): Jenifer Lewis
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Willem Dafoe, Rachel Brosnahan, guest co-host Maria Menounos
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Kristen Bell, DNCE
• “Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo” (CBS): Bruno Mars performs at the Apollo Theater in New York City with his band the Hooligans, and takes to the streets, visiting, singing and entertaining locals.

SATURDAY-
• “Winter’s Dream” (HALLMARK): A former ski champion reenters the competitive world when a 16-year old downhill racer asks for help leading her to reawaken an old passion and find a new love.
• “Conan Without Borders: Haiti” (TBS): Conan travels to Haiti.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Host Will Ferrell with musical guest, Chris Stapleton.

SUNDAY-
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Kandi Burruss, Bevy Smith
• “Grammy Awards” (CBS): James Corden hosts the 60th annual Grammy Awards from New York’s Madison Square Garden. Performers include: Cardi B; Miley Cyrus; Luis Fonsi; Childish Gambino; Elton John; Kesha; Lady Gaga; Kendrick Lamar; Little Big Town; Bruno Mars; Pink; Sam Smith; U2.
• “2018 NFL Pro Bowl” (ESPN, ABC, TSN2): from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida, NFC vs. AFC all-stars

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Elton John – has announced the ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ world tour to mark his retirement from touring.  The plan is to play about 300 shows across the globe over the next three years.
• Led Zeppelin – has announced the reissue of their 2003 live album ‘How the West Was Won’.  The remastered album is coming in a variety of formats, including vinyl for the first time.  It is the first major release of their 2018 50th anniversary celebrations.
• Jack White – The former White Stripes leader, who opened a vinyl record pressing plant in his home town of Detroit last year, is making his shows a no-smartphone-zone, providing special pouches in which fans must zip up their phones during his concerts.
• 50 Cent – After emerging from bankruptcy a year ago, he’s now getting rich…thanks to bitcoin.   In 2014, he released his “Animal Ambition” album, and accepted cryptocurrency as a form of payment.   The 700 bitcoins he received as payment are now valued at $7-8.5 million.
• ‘NSYNC – their fans may have to say “Bye Bye Bye” to dreams of a Super Bowl reunion. Although Justin Timberlake will headline the Feb. 4 halftime performance, former bandmate Joey Fatone has shut down rumors of a regrouping.
• Eminem – his half-brother now shares his last name.  Nathan Kane Samra has been granted a name change to Nathan Kane Mathers.  Nathan is an aspiring rapper just like his big bro, and traveled with the “Up In Smoke” tour in 2000.  (Will he be called ‘Enimem’?)
• Flavor Flav – was on the receiving end of a beatdown at a Las Vegas casino. Flav told police that the suspect accused him of somehow disrespecting his mother, and then started swinging. He was also kicked while on the ground.
• Demi Lovato – is partnering with CAST Centers to bring free mental health sessions to each of her upcoming tour dates.  She did the same thing last summer.
• Chris Stapleton  – he and Emmylou Harris will sing together on the Grammys. What song they will collaborate on has not been revealed.
• Brothers Osborne – have announced their sophomore album ‘Port Saint Joe’ is due out on April 20.
It will feature 10 songs, all co-written by John and TJ Osborne.  John says it “is a sonic representation of who we’ve become not only as a band but as people.”

TODAY’S MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” (PG-13, Action/Adventure):  Young hero Thomas embarks on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease known as the “Flare”. (Dylan O’Brien, Ki Hong Lee)
• “Hostiles” (R-Rated, Drama/Western):  In 1892, a legendary Army captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory. (Scott Shepherd, Rosamund Pike)
• “Please Stand By” (PG-13, Comedy):  A young autistic woman runs away from her caregiver in an attempt to submit her manuscript to a “Star Trek” writing competition. (Dakota Fanning, Toni Collette)
• “The Neighbor” (R-Rated, Drama/Mystery):  A middle-aged man in a stagnant marriage finds his life upended when an attractive young woman and her seemingly abusive husband move in next door. (William Fichtner, Jessica McNamee)
• “American Folk” (PG, Drama/Musical):  Two strangers, both folk musicians stranded in California, take a road trip to New York in the days after 9/11. (Joe Purdy, Amber Rubarth)

BS NEWS OF THE WEIRD:
• A Nigerian woman who commented on an acquaintance’s Facebook plea for a partner ended up marrying him a week later.  When Chidimma Amedu decided it was to find a wife, he posted an ‘ad’ on Facebook, asking all women interested in becoming his wife to reply to his post. Sophy Ijeoma was apparently interested.   (We’re guessing that maybe she was the only one who replied?)
• Here’s an app with a different twist:  “Die With Me,” is a chat app that can only be used when your smartphone has 5% or less battery remaining.  The idea is to allow total strangers with a low battery to chat as they wait for their phone to shut off completely. Or, as the developers so poetically put it, to “die together in a chatroom on your way to offline peace.”   (Thing is, that last 2% lasts forever sometimes!)
• A veterinary clinic in Ireland posted a job opening on its website seeking a “crazy cat person” to join the staff as a professional “cat cuddler.”  The Just Cats Veterinary Clinic’s ad reads in part: “Does cattitude come naturally to you? Have you counted kittens before you go asleep? Do you feed the stray cats in your locality? Does petting cats make you feel warm and fuzzy?” (Oh, yeah, and are you OK with scooping lots of poop?)
-UPI, OddityCentral

BEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD 2018:
According to an assessment of all that shapes a country from quality of life to economic influence, here are the top10, according to the U.S. News and Report:
1. Switzerland
2. Canada
3. Germany
4. United Kingdom
5. Japan
6. Sweden
7. Australia
8. United States
9. France
10. Netherlands
(Canada is #2 again.  And very happy about it.  How Canadian.)
-USNews

BS SCIENTISTS SAY:
If your nose is cold, it could mean you’re working too hard.  The temperature of your nose is directly related to brain activity.  A Study done at the University of Nottingham determined that the more mentally overwhelmed you are, the colder your nose is likely to be,
(“I gotta go home boss, both me and my dog are mentally overwhelmed.”)
(Quite the opposite for me.  My nose gets cold when the ice cubes keep hitting it!)
-Independent

BS CHRONOMETER 01.26.18

TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1949 [69] David Strathairn, San Francisco CA, movie actor (“Bourne” films, “Good Night, and Good Luck”)

1955 [63] Eddie Van Halen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, plastic-hipped classic rock guitarist (Van Halen-‘Jump’)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2007)

1958 [60] Ellen Degeneres, Metairie LA, TV personality (“Ellen DeGeneres Show” since 2003, “American Idol” 2010-11)/former sitcom star (“Ellen” 1994-98)

1961 [57] Wayne Gretzky, Brantford ON, Hockey Hall of Fame former NHL player (9-time MVP)/all-time greatest hockey player?

1963 [55] 1963 Andrew Ridgeley, Surrey, England, pop singer (Wham!-‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’)

1981 [37] Colin O’Donoghue, Drogheda, Ireland, TV actor (‘Captain Hook’ on “Once Upon a Time” since 2012)

1982 [36] Brahim Takioullah, Guelmim, Morocco, Guinness World Record holder for ‘World’s Largest Feet’ since 1982 (left foot: 38.1 cm/15 ins; right foot: 37.5 cm/14.76 ins)

SATURDAY-
1957 [61] Frank Miller, Olney MD, graphic novelist/artist (“The Wolverine”)/movie director (“Sin City” films)

1959 [59] Cris Collinsworth, Dayton OH, NFL TV analyst (“Inside the NFL” 2009-2014)/former NFL WR (Cincinnati Bengals 1981-88)

1968 [50] Tracy Lawrence, Atlanta TX, country singer (“Find Out Who Your Friends Are”)

1968 [50] Mike Patton, Eureka CA, alt-metal singer-songwriter (Faith No More-‘Epic’)

1986 [32] Matt Sanchez, San Antonio TX, indie rock drummer-vocalist (American Authors-‘Best Day of My Life’)

SUNDAY –
Pop singer Sarah McLachlan (‘Angel’) is 50; Pop keyboardist Brandon Bush (Train) is 45; Rapper Rick Ross (“The Boss”) is 41; Pop singer Joey Fatone (*NSYNC) is 41; Pop singer Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys) is 38; Movie actor Elijah Wood (“The Hobbit”) is 37; TV actress Ariel Winter (“Modern Family”) is 20.

BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Australia Day”, the national day for our mates Down Under, commemorating the 1788 landing of Captain Arthur Phillip at Sydney to establish a penal colony.  Records of an annual celebration date back to 1808.
• “Peanut Brittle Day”, celebrating the yummy treat that sticks to your fillings. A little sugar, a little corn syrup, a little more sugar, some peanuts, a little butter, a little more sugar …
• “Spouse’s Day”, a time to enjoy and appreciate your better half. (Just before you deposit this month’s alimony.)
• “International Customs Day”, recognizing the role of custom officials and agencies in maintaining border security. It focuses on the working conditions and challenges that customs officers face on-the-job. (To celebrate, body-frisk a co-worker today.)
• Fun At Work Day”, because experts say when we enjoy our work, we are more productive. So here are a few suggestions . . .
✓ Find out where your boss shops and buy exactly the same outfits. Always wear them one day after your boss does. (Especially effective if your boss is a different gender.)
✓ Every time someone asks you to do something, ask them if they want fries with that.
✓ Include a piece of your kid’s artwork as a cover page for all reports you write.
✓ When answering your phone, talk in a fake British accent.
✓ Make up nicknames for all your co-workers and refer to them only by these names. (“That’s a good point, Sparky.”)
✓ Take a picture of your boss, have it framed and display it prominently on your desk.
✓ Leave the photocopy machine set to reduce 200%, extra dark, 17-inch paper, 99 copies.
✓ Send e-mail to the rest of the company telling them EXACTLY what you’re doing. (“If anyone needs me, I’ll be in the bathroom.”)
✓ Pretend your computer mouse is a CB radio mike. Talk to it.

SATURDAY-
• “International Holocaust Remembrance Day”, an annual memorial day commemorating the victims of the holocaust initiated by the WWII Nazi regime and its collaborators.
• “National Geographic Day”, marking the 1888 foundation of the National Geographic Society in Washington DC by a diverse group of geographers, explorers, teachers, lawyers, cartographers, military officers, and financiers.
• “Preschool Fitness Day”, observed on the last Friday in January to underline the importance of physical fitness for preschool children.
• “Thomas Crapper Day”, in honor of the man who invented the toilet flush mechanism, on the anniversary of his death in 1910. Thomas Crapper & Co became engineers by appointment to the English ‘throne’.

SUNDAY-
• “Blueberry Pancake Day”, because they’re nutritious enough to eat for breakfast, tasty enough for a mid-day snack, and easy enough to make for dinner.
• “Data Privacy Day”, to raise awareness about the importance of protecting the privacy of personal info online. It’s observed in Canada, the USA, and 27 European countries.
• “Daisy Day”,  the flower that symbolizes innocence and purity (also the best one for playing “he loves me, he loves me not”)

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2009 [09] 8 children are born to Nadya Suleman, whom the media dubs ‘Octomom’ (public reaction turns negative when it’s discovered the unemployed single already has 6 other kids via in vitro fertilization)

2015 [03] Nick Jonas lands a recurring role on FOX-TV’s “Scream Queens” (cast also includes Ariana Grande as a recurring guest star)

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2007 [11] Rolling Stones top the music rich list for the 2nd year in-a-row after racking up over $150 million in 2006

2008 [10] Alicia Keys hits #1 with her 3rd album “As I Am”, thanks to the largest-ever first week sales for a female R&B artist

2015 [03] Blink-182 announces Tom DeLonge is no longer with the band (DeLonge left the group so he would have time to prove that aliens exist…)

2015 [03] Chris Brown postpones his “Between the Sheets” tour with Kendrick Lamar in order to complete his last 100 hours of court-mandated community service

TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
2003 [15] Tampa Bay Buccaneers win their 1st NFL championship, routing the Oakland Raiders 48-21 in Super Bowl 37

2015 [03] Libby Lane becomes the 1st woman to ordained as a Church of England bishop

TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2010 [08] James Cameron’s film “Avatar” surpasses his 1997 movie “Titanic” to become the highest-grossing film of all-time (eventually totaling $2.8 billion)

BULL’S BITS

BS WACK FACTS:
✓ It would cost you only about $140 a year if you ate ramen for every meal.
✓ A cluster of bananas is called a ‘hand’.  A single banana is called a ‘finger’.
✓ A study claims that Instagramming your food before eating it may make it taste better.
✓ Researchers found that having too many friends on Facebook causes people to have a negative perception of you.
✓ It takes about 12 days of exercise to improve and preserve the body.
✓ No one really knows for sure why we have armpit hair.
-UberFacts

BS IT’S NOT A COMPLIMENT IF:
• It begins with “No offense, but…”
• It contains the words, “You look really good from far away”.
• They can’t say it with a straight face.
• They add, “…for your age”.
• Your response is, “What is that supposed to mean?”
• There are air quotes.
• It is followed by the word, “but”.
• You need chocolate and a hug after you hear it.
• You are saying it to the mirror.
-Twitter

BS RANDOM JOKE:
I saved 15% on car insurance by leaving the scene of the accident.

BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
• What is the largest island on Earth?
a. Greenland. [CORRECT]
b. Australia.
c. Great Britain.
d. Gilligan’s.

• What animal has a tongue longer than its tail?
a. Giraffe.
b. Crocodile.
c. Chameleon. [CORRECT]
d. Gene Simmons.
– TriviaCrack

BS PHONE STARTER:
☎ What’s your weirdest and/or worst border-crossing experience anywhere?

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question:  54% of women fantasize about this once a month.  What is it?
Answer:  Quitting their job!!!

BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Give the gift of love, and people think you’re cheap. Give them a cheap bit of crap, and they love you for it.


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