Wednesday, January 27, 2021 – Edition: #6902
Tomorrow’s Show Prep Today!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ “Home Improvement” stars Tim Allen and Richard Karn are reuniting for the new History Channel reality competition series “Assembly Required”. Premiering Feb. 23, the series will see the “Tool Time” duo bring together the best and brightest handy-people from across the U.S. to push their building skills to the limit in head-to-head competition. Allen and Karn will choose items for the competitors to build, offering color commentary, and testing the final builds for quality, design, and functionality, with a grand prize of $5,000.
★ Jane Fonda will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at this year’s Golden Globes. The honor recognizes Fonda’s illustrious career in film, one that saw her top the box office and cement her name in movie history by starring in such classics as “Klute,” “The China Syndrome” and “9 to 5.” More recently, Fonda has appeared in the Netflix series “Grace & Frankie” as well as “Book Club” and “Youth.” Fonda is a seven-time Golden Globe winner and 15-time nominee. She will accept the honor on the Globes telecast, which will air Sunday, Feb. 28.
★ Annie Murphy is supporting Toronto’s Encampment Support Network. The “Schitt’s Creek” star auctioned off her very first red-carpet dress. The proceeds raised will benefit ESN, as well as another “awesome charity.” ESN is a volunteer-run network supporting people living in homeless encampments throughout the city. Murphy shared an update revealing the dress sold for $7,000 USD.
★ Warner Bros. is developing a new “Harry Potter” series for HBO Max. Sources close to HBO Max have confirmed that a new show set within the wizarding world of Harry Potter is in the early stages of development. They said that no writers, producers, actors or other talent are firmly attached to the project yet, but it is definitely moving forward. No word on what the focus of the show will be — what time period it will be set in or which characters it might follow.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Naomi Watts, Leslie Odom Jr.
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Rami Malek, Bridget Everett, Jesus Trejo
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Billy Crystal, Rep. Jackie Speier
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Stanley Tucci, Kate Berlant, Jacqueline Novak
• “Conan” (TBS): George Wallace
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Gina Kirschenheiter, Whitney Rose
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Kyra Sedgwick
• “The Talk” (CBS): Katie Couric
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Rosario Dawson, Nelly, Farnoosh Torabi
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Ted Danson, Lilly Singh
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Halsey, the Irwins
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Drew Carey, David Boreanz, Deborah Norville
• “The Price Is Right at Night” (CBS): Chris “Ludacris” Bridges tests his knowledge of prices for the Ludacris Foundation and helps contestants play for prizes, including NFL season tickets and sports cars.
• “The Masked Dancer” (FOX): The three finalists from group A and group B come together for the super six; guest panelist Whitney Cummings.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Miley Cyrus — will perform for healthcare workers at a special Super Bowl pre-game concert. She’s joined the line-up for the TikTok Tailgate event on Feb. 7. It will be attended by 7,500 vaccinated health care workers, who have also been invited to attend the Super Bowl in Tampa.
• Billie Eilish – ordered 70 boxes of Froot Loops online. She told Vanity Fair that after being catapulted to fame as a teen, “I’m like, I don’t know how much Froot Loops are. I tried to order one box of Froot Loops and I was like, Oh yeah, sure. It’s $35.” Thinking that must be what they cost, she placed the order, and wound up with 70 mini boxes of the cereal.
• Grammys – Record exec Clive Davis’s annual pre-Grammy celebration is evolving into two events this year. He’ll host a 2-part virtual event to replace his usual bash at the Beverly Hilton. The first, on Jan. 30, will feature 20 of his favorite live performances, with stars like Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Sean Combs, and Gladys Knight sharing memories. Details on the second haven’t yet been revealed.
• Jon Bon Jovi – Despite the fact that he is one of the biggest rock stars on the planet, he says (Quote:) “My life is much more normal than one would imagine. There are no platinum records hanging anywhere in my house. The trappings of rock stardom were never a part of my home. For some time, my younger kids weren’t quite sure what I do.”
• 3 Doors Down – is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its multi-platinum debut album “The Better Life” with three virtual shows. The series kicks off Feb. 5 with the band playing their debut album in its entirety plus 3 three never-before-heard songs from their vault. The February 19 show will feature “Greatest Hits Acoustic”, and March 5 “Greatest Hits Live & Electric”.
• Hedley — The trial of frontman Jacob Hoggard has been pushed back to next year in light of the pandemic. Hoggard, who pleaded not guilty at his preliminary hearing to sexual assault causing bodily harm and sexual interference, was initially set to be tried in Toronto this month. A new trial date was then set for April, but given ongoing court delays, it has now been postponed to Jan. 3, 2022.
• Kelsea Ballerini – Like many, she’s taking part in “Dry January”. So, as her song ‘Hole in the Bottle’ climbs the charts, she put a new twist on it in a new video posted to Facebook. LINK: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=429444001535544
• Big & Rich – singer John Rich lost $10,000 on a bet over the results of the presidential election, but it’s not all bad. He donated ten-grand to the military charity Folds of Honor after losing a bet with music journalist Adam Gold that Donald Trump would be sworn in for a second term on Jan. 20.
• Tim McGraw – is one of thousands of people interviewed by the late Larry King. McGraw shared a clip of one of their conversations with the message “I’ve had several opportunities…to sit and talk with Mr. King. Some of my favorite discussions and interviews. Always welcoming, knowledgeable and generous…He was one of kind.”
SHOOTING THE BULL
Are you in the market for a fake electric chair? How about one of the largest pinball machines in the world? The now-closed Guinness World Records Museum in Niagara Falls, ON is auctioning off its displays. Also up for grabs are the world’s heaviest man display, Wayne Gretzky and Dan Marino memorabilia, a miniature bicycle that was once one of the smallest in the world, the displays for the tallest and the heaviest men in the world, and even the giant wooden chair that sat outside the museum. The items are on the auction block after the landmark attraction permanently closed last September. The museum, located on Niagara’s iconic Clifton Hill, had been a popular attraction since its opening in 1978. The auction opened last Friday, but a live streamed auction will take place on Feb. 12 — an event Ripley is calling a “must-see for any enthusiast.”
(Let’s face it, where else are you gonna get a life-sized model of the woman with the longest neck in history? At least I HOPE that’s a model…)
(Did they close due to ‘record’ low attendance?)
GETTING THE JAB DONE:
Conspiracy theorists aside, everybody wants the COVID-19 vaccine. And some in the Los Angeles area are so enthusiastic about it that they’ve been camping out or lining up at vaccination sites before dawn, in hopes of scoring leftover vaccines. This comes after stories surfaced of vaccines being administered to bystanders who aren’t technically eligible yet, if there are excess shots left at the end of the day. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health says that there are no “official standby lines”, and that it “does not advise residents to show up at vaccination sites in the hopes of receiving a leftover vaccine.” On average, there is a less than 10% no-show rate for those with legit appointments. But that means about 30 people per day ARE vaccinated at clinics through these informal lines.
(PLEASE tell me that these people who are lining up all day are wearing masks…!)
(With my luck, I’d stand around all day, then pass out at the first sight of the needle!)
(It sort of sounds like when you camp out for concert tickets. Except no scalpers!)
➢ Researchers at Columbia University say they’ve taught a robot to show empathy for other robots. Study authors say their robot was able to learn and predict the future actions of another robot after watching that machine struggle with an obstacle test several times. The study notes this is a skill that humans develop beginning about age 3, which makes it easy for us to live and work together in the real world. The scientists say that their robots now share the ability to view a peer’s troubles and respond to them. However, this this brings up ethical questions regarding how much of this behavior robots should be permitted to learn. While it could make robots more adaptive and useful, it could also make them capable of manipulating humans. (As if that could ever happen…wait, I just had an ad pop-up for something that I’ve just GOT TO buy!)
➢ From self-driving cars to computers that can win game shows, humans have a natural curiosity and interest in artificial intelligence (AI). But a new study concludes there may be no way to stop the rise of machines. A team from the Center for Humans and Machines says people would not be able to prevent super artificial intelligence from doing whatever it wanted to. Their research found that an AI program with an intelligence far superior to humans could learn on its own without new programming, and if connected to the internet, it would have access to all of humanity’s data and could even take control of other machines around the world. As the study’s co-author put it, “There are already machines that perform certain important tasks independently without programmers fully understanding how they learned it.” (On the plus side, if it had access to the internet, it would probably lose its password!)
DID YOU KNOW?
A study has found that when sharing a vehicle with people who are outside your “bubble”, in order to avoid coronavirus transmission, it’s best for the windows to be down. The Brown University analysis used complex computer simulations to study how the aerosols that we breathe (some of which escape even properly-worn masks) move about a car’s cabin and how those flows change with various windows up and down. The occupants sat diagonally from one another, a common arrangement in taxis and rideshares. The researchers found that opening the windows opposite of each occupant can create a flow that drastically reduces the collection of aerosols in a car’s cabin.
BS CHRONOMETER 01.27.21
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1940  James Cromwell, Los Angeles CA, movie actor (“Babe”, “The Green Mile”)
1957  Frank Miller, Olney MD, graphic novelist/artist (“The Wolverine”)/movie director (“Sin City” films)
1959  Cris Collinsworth, Dayton OH, NFL TV analyst (“NBC Sunday Night Football” since 2009/former NFL WR (Cincinnati Bengals 1981-88)/15 sports Emmy Awards
1965  Alan Cumming, Aberfeldy Scotland, TV actor (“The Good Wife” 2010-16, “Instinct” 2018-19)
1968  Tracy Lawrence, Atlanta TX, country singer (‘If the Good Die Young’, ‘Find Out Who Your Friends Are’)
1968  Mike Patton, Eureka CA, alt-metal singer-songwriter (Faith No More-‘Epic’)
1969  Patton Oswalt, Portsmouth VA, TV actor (narrator on “The Goldbergs” since 2013)/movie actor (“Young Adult”)/comedian (Primetime Emmy and a Grammy Award for his Netflix special “Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping”)
1971  Guillermo Rodriguez, Zacatecas City Mexico, TV comedian (“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” since 2008)
1979  Rosamund Pike, London England, movie actress (“Gone Girl”, “Jack Reacher”)
1986  Matt Sanchez, San Antonio TX, rock drummer (American Authors-‘Best Day of My Life’)
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Punch the Clock Day”, a day to calmly do your job stress-free, then go home and enjoy your real life (interrupted every 15 minutes by a work email or text…)
• “International Holocaust Remembrance Day”, an annual memorial day commemorating the victims of the holocaust initiated by the WWII Nazi regime and its collaborators. On January 27 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and death camp, was liberated by the Soviet Red Army.
• “Vietnam Peace Day”, observed on the anniversary of the 1973 peace deal signed in Paris that brought an end to America’s (then) longest war.
• “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’. (Perhaps you’d like a souvenir to mark this fine occasion…LINK: https://tinyurl.com/y64rfdcn )
• “Library Shelfie Day”, some book collectors arrange them so their spines can be admired. Others have a system of organization that results in an alternative art form. However they are organized on the shelf, today you should take a “shelfie” and share it on social media. (Do you just screen-shot your list if you have a Kindle?)
• “National Geographic Day”, marking the 1888 foundation of the National Geographic Society in Washington DC by a group of geographers, explorers, teachers, lawyers, cartographers, military officers, and financiers. (Just like National Geographic, [co-host] has issues going waaaay back!)
• “National Chocolate Cake Day”, there is no shame in overindulging in dessert today, as long as it is chocolate cake! Made with melted chocolate, cocoa powder, or both, chocolate cakes were first baked in the late nineteenth century.
COMING UP . . .
[Thurs] Daisy Day
[Thurs] International LEGO® Day
[Fri] Freethinkers Day
[Fri] National Carnation Day
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1993  7 ft. 4 in. pro wrestler and actor André the Giant dies of congestive heart failure at 49
2004  “The Lord Of the Rings: The Return Of the King” tops the list of Oscar nominees with 11 nominations
2010  “The Catcher In the Rye” author JD Salinger dies, after years of seclusion
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1984  At the peak of his popularity, Michael Jackson films an ad for Pepsi that goes horribly wrong when some stray pyro sets his hair on fire
2015  Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are given a songwriting credit on Sam Smith’s mega-hit ‘Stay With Me’, due to its similarities with Petty’s 1989 hit ‘I Won’t Back Down’
2015  Taylor Swift’s Twitter and Instagram accounts are hacked, resulting in bogus tweets to her 51 million followers She posts on Tumblr: “Hackers gonna hack hack hack hack hack.”
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
2010  Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveils a new invention, a tablet PC called the ‘iPad’, at a press conference in San Francisco CA
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2004  13-year-old New Zealand actress Keisha Castle-Hughes (“Whale Rider”) becomes the youngest ever nominated in the ‘Best Actress’ category of the Academy Awards (since broken by 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) in 2013
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ For the “tallest waffle stack” record, Guinness maintains a 40-page document to define what a ‘waffle’ is.
✓ According to a 2014 study, the melting properties of mozzarella make it the best cheese for topping pizza.
✓ A 16th century game called “Flap-Dragon” involved trying to eat hot raisins from a bowl of burning brandy.
✓ Keiko the killer whale, star of “Free Willy”, was once shipped from Mexico to Oregon via UPS.
✓ Johnny Carson’s first three wives were named, in order, ‘Joan’, ‘Joanne’, and ‘Joanna’.
✓ Boring, Oregon and Dull, Scotland have been sister cities since 2012. In 2017, they added Bland Shire, Australia to their “League of Extraordinary Communities.”
Best of BS:
THINGS YOU CAN SAY TO BOTH YOUR TODDLER AND YOUR DRUNKEN FRIEND:
• You can’t nap here. You need to go to your bed.
• We never touch our private parts in public.
• Chew with your mouth closed.
• Keep your fingers out of your nose.
• I am not playing that song again. We have heard it 15 times. Put on your pants.
• I know, couch is a funny word.
• We need to use our “inside” voice.
• Don’t point, it’s rude.
• Yes, those are boobies, but we don’t touch those.
• Please go back and wash your hands.
• Do you really think whining will get you what you want?
• I don’t have any more money. Please stop asking.
• I am not going to ask you to sit down again. SIT DOWN.
• Why are you holding yourself? Do you need to pee?
• I told you to sit here. Why did you leave? You have to tell me when you’re going somewhere.
-HuffPost, first published in BS in 2017)
TODAY’S SLICE OF BS:
➠ Super Bowl 55 is set as the Tampa Bay Bucs and Kansas City Chiefs both won their conference playoff games on Sunday. (The defense for the Bills and Packers was so nonexistent that Manti Te’o is now dating them!)
➠ Bill Gates has donated $1.75 billion to help fight COVID-19. (Yet, he still hasn’t given a cent to fight the viruses that keep crashing Windows-10!)
➠ Lori Loughlin is set to begin her 100 hours of community service. (Her community service is to not make any more movies.)
➠ Scientists have found that, when sober, rats prefer silence, but on cocaine, they prefer jazz. (That’s really great . . . So, how’s that Coronavirus vaccine coming? Cure for cancer?)
➠ I just read that our brains get rid of their waste while we sleep. (THAT explains why Kanye is an insomniac!)
BS WEB GOODIE:
BS PHONE STARTER:
What is a big job interview “red flag” that you experienced, convincing you to seek employment elsewhere?
BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
• What is the largest island on Earth?
a) Greenland [CORRECT]
c) Great Britain
• What animal has a tongue longer than its tail?
c) Chameleon [CORRECT]
d) Gene Simmons
• Who is Spongbob Squarepants’ boss?
a) Larry The Lobster
b) Mr. Krabs [CORRECT]
d) Montgomery Burns
BS RANDOM JOKE:
Tattoos should actually make you MORE employable because they show that you’re able to sit in place for hours while tiny needles are jammed into your skin…and that’s exactly what every work meeting I’ve ever been in felt like.
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: According to a new survey, 93% of dog owners are convinced their dogs have the ability to do THIS. What is it?
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Don’t raise your voice. Improve your argument.