Friday, January 27, 2017 – Edition: #5899

Tomorrow’s Show Prep Today!

★ James Corden wants the Grammy Awards to be as ”fun and enthusiastic” as possible but insists he won’t be looking for laughs as host. The 38-year-old “Late Late Show” star says he doesn’t think it is the right occasion to showcase his comedic side. Quote: ”The truth is, it’s quite a tough room to do jokes in. You can’t really do comedy because it’s the Staples Center.”
The Brit has previously hosted the Tony Awards, but he thinks the Grammys will be a very different gig. And no, there won’t be any ‘Carpool Karaoke’. The Grammy Awards take place on February 12th.
– “People Magazine”
★ Bryan Singer is directing the pilot for a new “X-Men” TV series. 20th TV and Marvel Television are developing an untitled show revolving around parents who discover their child has mutant abilities. Singer has directed several “X-Men” movies, including the original film, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, and “X-Men: Apocalypse”. The new project is the 2nd “X-Men” series scheduled to hit the small-screen. “Legion”, which centers on the son of ‘Professor Charles Xavier’ (Patrick Stewart in the movies) is premiering on FX on February 17th. It stars Dan Stevens, Jean Smart, and Aubrey Plaza.
★ And Frances Bean Cobain wants the guitar at the center of her divorce battle with musician Isaiah Silva to be handed over to an art shipping company until the legal issue is resolved. Silva claims he was given Kurt Cobain’s left-handed Martin D-18E acoustic-electric guitar as a wedding present from his soon-to-be ex. The guitar was the last Kurt played before his death in 1994 and only 300 of that particular model were made. Frances’ mother Courtney Love has called it a “family heirloom”. As the late Nirvana frontman’s heir, Frances insists the instrument is hers. Now the battle is going to court.

• “Brad Paisley – Landmarks Live in Concert” – (PBS) – Tonight a “Great Performances Special”, recorded at an outdoor concert at West Virginia University.
• “Ellen” (syndicated/CTV2) – Today The Growlers (“City Club”).
• “Harry” (syndicated) – Today Kelly Rowland (“Talk a Good Game”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight Travis Scott (“Birds In the Trap Sing McKnight”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Elliphant (“Living Life Golden”). Rerun.
• “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global) – Tonight Fergie (“Double Dutchess”, due in 2017). Rerun.
• “Live With Kelly” (syndicated/CTV) – Today Train (“A Girl, a Bottle, a Boat”, out today. A supporting North American tour begins in Las Vegas on May 12th).
• “Miss Universe” (FOX) – Sunday Steve Harvey & Ashley Graham host from The Philippines.
• “NHL All-Star Game” (CBC/NBC) – Sunday afternoon the 62nd edition at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Carly Rae Jepsen and Fifth Harmony perform the pre-game anthems. Nick Jonas performs during the 2nd intermission. John Legend and Robin Thicke perform at Microsoft Theatre during All-Star weekend festivities.
• “The Real” (syndicated) – Wyclef Jean (“Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story”).
• ” Screen Actors Guild Awards” (TBS/TNT) – Sunday actors honor their peers for outstanding performances at the 23rd annual SAGs. Lily Tomlin receives the ‘Life Achievement Award’.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Parquet Courts (“Human Performance”).

• Arcade Fire – To tide fans over until their upcoming new album, they are putting out “The Reflektor Tapes/Live at Earls Court” today. The DVD collects their first feature film and concert footage from their 2014 “Reflektor” tour.
• David Bowie – He’s being commemorated by Britain’s Royal Mail with a full set of 10 postage stamps that will be released later this year. The limited edition collection features 6 album covers and 4 photos from various tours. It goes into circulation on March 14th.
• Drake – Is his latest playmate former porn star-turned-artist Rosee Divine? “Daily Star” reports they’ve been spotted doing dinner in Amsterdam, The Netherlands this week. The 27-year-old native of France is a former xxx-rated starlet (“Bad Bitches 1”) who recently left the porn world behind to work as an artist under the name Sophie B.
• Ed Sheeran – He’s announced a tour of arena venues in the UK and Ireland beginning in April. This leg of his European tour commences in Dublin with 2 shows April 12th-13th. He’s previously announced live dates in South America, Central America, and Mexico in May-June.
• Madonna – Hits 105 [KTTY] Texarkana TX is no longer playing her hits in response to her controversial comments about the White House during the Women’s March on Washington. The Texas radio station is banning her music “indefinitely”.
• Sam Hunt – The country star has proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Hannah Lee Fowler, during a spiritual retreat in Israel. Fowler, who hates the limelight, inspired many of the songs on her husband-to-be’s debut album “Montevallo”.
• Tift Merritt – Today she releases her new album “Stitch Of the World”, featuring the singles “Love Soldiers On” and “Dusty Old Man”.

• “A Dog’s Purpose” ( PG Family Adventure ): While the producer has pleaded his case that there was no harm to animals on-set, PETA’s call for a boycott may leave this film dead in the water. The story reminds us how dogs are more than just pets; they fill crucial roles in the lives of their owners. Stars Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, and Josh Gad as the voice of the Golden Retriever.
• “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” ( R-Rated Sci-Fi Thriller ): This is the 5th and final installment in the franchise. Picking up immediately after the events in “Resident Evil: Retribution”, the ‘Umbrella Corporation’ is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. Stars Milla Jovovich, Iain Glen, Ali Larter.
• Opening in limited release: “Kung-Fu Yoga” (Action Comedy); “The Salesman” (Drama).
• Opening wider: “Gold” (Thriller starring Matthew McConaughey).

Japanese scientists at Kyoto University say cats are as good as dogs at certain memory tests, suggesting they may be just as smart. A study shows that felines can recall memories of pleasant experiences, such as eating a favorite snack. This is known as ‘episodic memory’, and it’s common to dogs as well as humans. It’s thought to indicate introspective functions of the mind, so this study may imply a type of consciousness in cats. The researchers also say cats can match dogs on various mental tests, including responding to human gestures, facial expressions, and emotions. (Cats may be as smart as dogs … is that some kind of insult?)
– BBC Science & Environment

Human skin can now be printed. A team of biologists at Spain’s Universidad Carlos III in Madrid has built a prototype 3D bio-printer that can create functional human skin. It closely replicates real skin, featuring an epidermis-like external layer for protection; a thicker layer to act as the dermis; and a layer made up of cells that produce collagen, the protein that gives skin elasticity. The researchers say their lab-made skin could be used in transplants for burn victims; and also for cosmetics testing, bringing an end to animal testing once and for all. 3D-printed skin designed for transplant needs to be made using a patient’s own cells, so the body doesn’t reject it. (Cool. Now they can make skin flicks without any actors.)
– “The Independent”

Newborn Australian baby Brian Liddle Jr, born in Melbourne, has weighed in at 6.06kg (13.5 lb) and measures 57 cm long (over 22 ins). His mom, who says she always wanted “a little fat baby” was shocked to find out he’s twice the size of an average baby. (She was tempted to name him ‘Aughh Oomph’.)
– BBC News

The founder of (Gary Kremen) lost his girlfriend to a guy that she met on …


1957 [60] Frank Miller, Olney MD, graphic novelist/artist (“The Wolverine”)/movie director (“Sin City” films)

1959 [58] Cris Collinsworth, Dayton OH, NFL TV analyst (“NBC Sunday Night Football” since 2009, “Inside the NFL” since 2008)/former NFL WR (Cincinnati Bengals 1981-88)

1968 [49] Tracy Lawrence, Atlanta TX, country singer (“Find Out Who Your Friends Are”)

1968 [49] Mike Patton, Eureka CA, alt-metal singer-songwriter (Faith No More-“Sol Invictus”)

1986 [31] Matt Sanchez, San Antonio TX, indie rock drummer-vocalist (American Authors-“Best Day of My Life”)

Pop singer Sarah McLachlan (“Adia”) is 49; Soul keyboardist Jeremy Ruzumna (Fitz & The Tantrums) is 47; Pop keyboardist Brandon Bush (Train) is 44; Rapper Rick Ross (“The Boss”) is 40; Pop singer Joey Fatone (*NSYNC) is 40; Pop singer Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys) is 37;
Movie actor Elijah Wood (“The Hobbit”) is 36; Rapper J Cole (“Work Out”) is 32; TV actress Ariel Winter (“Modern Family”) is 19.

TV actor Tom Selleck (“Blue Bloods”) is 72; Entertainment mogul Oprah Winfrey (OWN) is 63; Movie actress Heather Graham (“The Hangover”) is 47; TV personality Sara Gilbert (“The Talk”) is 42; TV personality Jedediah Bila (“The View”) is 38; Pop singer Adam Lambert (“Whataya Want from Me”) is 35; Country singer Eric Paslay (“Friday Night”) is 34.

• “Fun At Work Day”, because experts say when we enjoy our work, we are more productive.
• “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.
• “Punch the Clock Day”, a day to calmly do your job stress-free, then go home and enjoy your real life.
• “Québec Winter Carnaval” through February 12th in Québec City QC, when thousands party hearty with ‘Bonhomme’ while wearing the traditional ‘ceinture fléchée’ (red sash as a belt).
• “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’.
• “Vietnam Peace Day”, observed on the anniversary of the 1973 peace deal signed in Paris, France that brought an end to America’s (then) longest war.

• “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.
• “Chinese New Year”, the traditional Chinese lunar year 4715. On the Chinese zodiac, it’s a Year Of the Rooster. People born in Rooster years are said to be flamboyant and fast-talking. The world’s largest migration of humanity is now underway in China as hundreds-of-millions are taking planes, trains, and cars back to their families to celebrate the Lunar New Year, the most important holiday on the Chinese calendar. Celebrations continue for 2 weeks.
• “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.
• “Seed Swap Day”, observed annually on the last Saturday in January to encourage gardeners to share resources with other gardeners and thereby reduce the need to buy expensive seeds from commercial suppliers.

• “Corn Chip Day”. Ask listeners to put a half-dozen in their mouths and whistle a tune.
• “Curmudgeons Day”, an annual celebration of the crusty, yet insightful, wags who consistently apply the needle of truth to the balloons of hypocrisy and social norms.
• “Guide Dog Day”, commemorating ‘The Seeing Eye’, North America’s first guide dog school which opened in Nashville TN on this date in 1929. The name is trademarked.
• “Puzzle Day”, celebrating one of our all-time favorite pastimes. What’s your favorite: Jigsaw or Crossword?
• “World Leprosy Day”, observed internationally to increase public awareness of leprosy, aka Hansen’s Disease. It’s one of the oldest recorded diseases in the world.

2004 [13] “The Lord Of the Rings: The Return Of the King” tops the list of Oscar nominees with 11 nominations

2010 [07] “The Catcher In the Rye” author JD Salinger dies, after years of seclusion

2015 [02] Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are given a songwriting credit on Sam Smith’s mega-hit single “Stay With Me”, due to its similarities with Petty’s 1989 track “I Won’t Back Down”

2015 [02] Taylor Swift’s Twitter and Instagram accounts are hacked, resulting in bogus tweets to her 51 million followers (she reassures fans that no nude photos exist)

2010 [07] Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveils a new invention, a tablet PC called the ‘iPad’, at a press conference in San Francisco CA

2004 [13] 13-year-old New Zealand actress Keisha Castle-Hughes (“Whale Rider”) becomes the youngest actress ever nominated in the ‘Best Actress’ category of the Academy Awards

[Mon] Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
[Mon] Croissant Day
[Mon] Inane Voicemail Message Day
[Tues] Inspire Your Heart with Art Day
[Tues] Street Children Day
This Week Is … International Snowmobile Safety Week
This Month Is … Unchain a Dog Month


A sampling of actual online posts from parents …
• “The pulleys in the garage aren’t for Daddy’s Jeep and the rope on the wall isn’t for a clothesline. Mommy likes to get tied up.”
• “Mom said she had her cycle calculated and it was safe. It was not. That’s why you’re here.”
• “I stabbed a bully in the leg when I was 10.”
• “We have a sex dungeon in the basement and the old creepy bookshelf is the hidden door.”
• “I pretend to be a semi-aquatic mammal in sexual role-play chatrooms.”
• “The reclining chair in her bedroom that [our daughter] loves? She was conceived on it.”
• “All the psychedelics.”
– Sourced from

☎ What weird and wonderful thing have you (or someone else) flushed down the toilet?

What country’s national flag provided the symbol for the Red Cross?
a. Belgium
b. Switzerland [CORRECT. The flag is a red square with a white cross in the center.]
c. Burkina Faso

I must be getting old. About half the stuff in my shopping cart says, “For Fast Relief.”

Question: According to a poll, THIS is the worst possible pickup line a guy could use at a bar.
Answer: “Come here often?”

Generally speaking, you aren’t learning much when your lips are moving.

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