Monthly Planning Calendar in Today’s Issue!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Longtime buds Matt Damon & Ben Affleck have their very own sitcom that’s been picked up by CBS-TV for a pilot. No, they won’t be acting in it, they’re just the executive producers. “More Time With the Family” will star comedian Tom Papa as a family man who doesn’t see much of his family and attempts to remedy that situation. It’s the 2nd pilot for Affleck this season, as FOX-TV has already ordered up his crime drama, “The Middle Man”.
★ Could this lead to their first big argument? Kim Kardashian wants 7-month-old daughter North West to appear on her family’s reality show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” (E!) … but her fiancé Kanye West does not. A source says producer Ryan Seacrest personally reached out to Kim and asked her to consider allowing ‘Nori’ on the show because fans want to see her interact with her daughter and check out her mothering skills. However, Kanye isn’t keen on the idea and reportedly shuts down the topic whenever it’s brought up.
★ Next week’s album sales chart will show the full impact of the Grammy Awards, as big winners typically see a big spike in sales in the weeks immediately following the show. That spike has already become evident this week with sales of Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” up 19%; Katy Perry’s “Prism” experiencing an 11% increase; Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” up 16%; and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “The Heist” with a huge 38% sales jump.
★ And in a new magazine interview, 41-year-old actress Cameron Diaz says she ‘invests’ in all her relationships, whether it be with BFFs Drew Barrymore and Gwyneth Paltrow, or her (many, many) former boyfriends. She says she’s pleased to have stayed friends with all her former flames who’ve included baseball player Alex Rodriguez, singer Justin Timberlake, and actor Matt Dillon.
– “Self Magazine”
WEEKEND SHOW BIZ SKED:
• Annie Awards (Los Angeles) – Saturday the 41st annual honors for animated movies are handed out in LA. “Frozen” and “Monsters University” go head-to-head with 10 nominations apiece. Also up for multiple awards: “The Croods” and “Despicable Me 2”.
• “Arsenio Hall” (syndicated) – Tonight Bow Wow (“Underrated”).
• “Best of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Primetime Special” (NBC) – Saturday highlights from the show’s 5-year run.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Vanish Valley (“Get Good”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC) – Tonight Busta Rhymes (“Extinction Level Event 2”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS) – Tonight Eagulls (“Eagulls”, out March 4th).
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC) – Melissa McCarthy (“Mike & Molly”) hosts; musical guest Imagine Dragons (“Night Visions”). Seth Meyers, who’s been “SNL” head writer for 8 years, makes his final appearance before moving to “Late Night”.
• “Super Bowl 48” (FOX) – Sunday it’s the Seattle Sehawks & Denver Broncos @ MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford NJ. Queen Latifah sings during the pre-game show; opera soprano Renée Fleming performs the anthem; Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers are the halftime entertainment. Last year, 111 million people tuned in for the game. The coveted post-game TV slot is filled by ‘special episodes’ of “New Girl” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”.
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC) – Tonight Sara Bareilles (“The Blessed Unrest”).
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• “Frozen” – The soundtrack to Disney’s animated hit movie returns to #1 on the album sales chart for next week, the 1st soundtrack to spend 3 weeks at #1 since 2007, when the TV soundtrack to “High School Musical 2” accomplished the feat.
• J Cole – He’s launching his own label called Dreamville, in partnership with Interscope Records. He made the announcement on Twitter, just before dropping an 11-track new mixtape called “The Revenge Of the Dreamers”.
• Jonas Bros – Kevin Jonas is renting out his mansion in Denville NJ for the Super Bowl at a rate of $20,000-a-night. The 26-year-old former pop star, whose wife Danielle is due to give birth to their first child in February, has listed the property on website AirBnB. He’s even thrown in 4 tickets to the game. A portion of proceeds go to his charity Change for Children.
• Justin Bieber – His appointment calendar is starting to fill in. He’s now set for arraignment on DUI/street racing charges in Miami FL on February 14th; then scheduled to answer to assault charges in Toronto ON March 10th.
• Lady Gaga – Along with Elton John, Tegan & Sara, and Vampire Weekend, she’s been nominated for ‘Outstanding Music Artist’ at the 25th GLAAD Media Awards, to be presented in NYC and LA this Spring. The honors celebrate outstanding representations of the LGBT community in music, movies, TV, and journalism.
• One Direction – They’ve just been named ‘Global Recording Artists of 2013’ by the International Federation Of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) after analysis of digital downloads, streaming and physical sales found them to be the most popular act in the world.
TODAY’S MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “Labor Day” ( PG-13 Drama ): Filmmaker Jason Reitman’s latest stars Kate Winslet & Josh Brolin as a depressed single mom and a desperate man she offers a ride, who turns out to be an escaped convict on run from police. Co-stars Gattlin Griffith, Tobey Maguire. Adapted from the Joyce Maynard novel.
• “That Awkward Moment” ( R-Rated Romantic Comedy ): In this comedy that explores male-female relationships and commitment phobia, Zac Efron, Michael B Jordan, and Miles Teller play 3 best friends who, despite pledging to remain single, each find themselves at the make-or-break point in relationships.
A SHORT HISTORY OF HALFTIME:
Until 1991, Super Bowl halftime shows were known for being largely dull affairs featuring college marching bands and local artists. But that changed at Super Bowl 25 in Tampa FL, when the Disney-sponsored halftime show starring New Kids On the Block was the first to feature a contemporary pop music artist. Yet the performance remains largely forgotten now as it wasn’t even broadcast live. ABC-TV bumped it until after the game in favor of Gulf War news coverage. NKOTB weren’t even the most memorable musical performance of the night as 1991 was also the year that Whitney Houston delivered a rousing rendition of the pre-game anthem.
EAU DE PEPPERONI:
Hot, cheesy, and fresh out-of-the-oven … exactly how a guy (or girl) wants to smell, right? Demeter’s new ‘Pizza’ fragrance offers a strong scent of dough mixed with notes of tomato sauce, mozzarella, and oregano. The most dangerous side effect may be to your diet, one tester says, as it makes you constantly think about pizza. Other reviews say it’s “intoxicating and a little off-putting”; “as romantic as a cheese slice at 2 am”; and “great, if you want to smell like garlic”. The fragrance isn’t pungent for long. After a few minutes it mellows into the soft scent of cold, leftover pizza. (Which, of course, drives a the average guy wild.)
WANT TO PRACTICE SAFE SIPPING?
Ever have to toss a fragmented wine bottle cork and resort to re-sealing the bottle using plastic wrap and a rubber band? Well as a spinoff of that idea, a mother-son duo is hoping to launch a line of … wine condoms. Instead of fitting into the neck of the bottle like traditional wine stoppers, Laura Bartlett & son’s wine condoms roll over the opening, creating a snug seal. And they add no additional height, making it easier to store the bottle in the fridge. They’re hoping to raise enough money on Kickstarter to bring their product to market. (This will never fly … the mental images of condoms will be too repugnant for wine lovers.)
BS AMAZING FACT:
China has surpassed France and Italy to become the world’s biggest consumer of red wine. The country guzzled almost 2 billion bottles last year. Red wine consumption has skyrocketed since 2007, partially because the color red signals good fortune. And more than 80% of the wine consumed is now produced domestically, making China the 5th-largest wine producer in the world. (Now it’s ‘Red China’ for a different reason.)
– International Wine & Spirit Research
BS CHRONOMETER 01.31.14
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1973  Portia DeRossi (Amanda Lee Rogers), Horsham, Australia, TV actress (“Arrested Development” 2003-06/2013, “Ally McBeal” 1998-2002)/Ellen DeGeneres’ partner since 2004
1977  Kerry Washington, Bronx NY, TV actress (‘Olivia Pope’ on “Scandal” since 2012)/movie actress (“Django Unchained”, “Ray”)
1981  Justin Timberlake, Memphis TN, pop singer (“Suit & Tie”, “SexyBack”)/former boy-band singer (*NSYNC-“Girlfriend”)/movie actor (“The Social Network”)
1987  Marcus Mumford, Yorba Linda CA [raised London UK], folk rock singer-musician (Mumford & Sons-“Babel”, “I Will Wait”)/wed to actress Carey Mulligan since 2012
1987  Tyler Hubbard, Monroe GA, pop-country singer (Florida Georgia Line-“Stay”, “Cruise”)
Rich girl/wannabe singer Lisa Marie Presley is 46; Rock drummer Patrick Wilson (Weezer) is 45; TV actor Michael C Hall (“Dexter”) is 43; Rapper Big Boi (Outkast) is 39; Rock singer Andrew VanWyngarden (MGMT) is 31; TV actress-singer Heather Morris (“Glee”) is 27; Pop singer Harry Styles (One Direction) is 20.
Rock bassist Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) is 48; Pop singer Shakira (“Whenever, Wherever”) is 37.
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Backward Day”, a day to relieve Winter blahs by doing everything backwards, ie: calling people by their last name, eating meals in reverse, signing off your show at the beginning, etc.
• Chinese New Year”, aka “Spring Festival”, a festive holiday celebrated by Chinese worldwide on the 2nd New Moon after the Winter Solstice. The 4,712nd Chinese year is a ‘Year of the Horse’ on the Chinese zodiac. Chinese are expected to take 3.6 billion flights, train trips, and bus rides during China’s most important holiday period, the 40-day New Year celebration.
• “Preschool Fitness Day”, observed on the last Friday in January to underline the importance of physical fitness for preschool children.
• “Solo Diners Eat Out Weekend”, a time to enjoy a solitary meal in a restaurant or at home. After all, sooner or later, everyone faces the challenge of eating alone.
• “Working Naked Day” … naw, it’s not what you think. It refers to those who work at home, ‘stripped of all of the support of the corporate workplace’. So much for that mental picture.
• “Change Your Password Day”, an annual reminder to update your online security.
• “Ice Cream for Breakfast Day”, a tongue-in-cheek holiday invented to brighten up the dreary days of Winter.
• “International Face & Body Art Day”, a great excuse to drill another nose hole.
• “Spunky Old Broads Day”, dedicated to the saying ‘old girls just wanna have fun’. Spunky old broads are positive, fun, butt-kicking mature women over the age of 50 who refuse to sit back quietly and get old. Who’s the spunkiest famous old broad? Betty White?
• “Take Your Child To the Library Day”, the 3rd annual event when many libraries plan special family-oriented events.
• “Dump Your Significant Jerk Day”, a time to clean house before suffering through another awkward “Valentines Day”.
• “Groundhog Day”, a 128-year tradition that perpetuates the hogwash that a hibernating groundhog prodded from its burrow can forecast 6 more weeks of Winter by seeing its shadow. ‘Punxsutawney Phil’ is America’s original forecaster and most famous hog.
• “Play Your Ukulele Day”, when you’re encouraged to play a ukulele, share your ukulele, and teach someone else how to play. The theme is ‘Changing the World 4 Strings at a Time’.
• “Sled Dog Day”, honoring those tenacious teams of canines that pull together to provide transportation in the snowy North. It’s a good day to enjoy some ‘mush’!
• “World Wetlands Day”, observed annually since 1997 to raise awareness of the ecological value and benefit of the world’s wetlands. (Formerly known as ‘swamps’.)
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2005  On “Late Show” (CBS), David Letterman delivers a monologue written by former “Tonight Show” star Johnny Carson, in honor of his passing
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
1999  Cher sings the pre-game anthem at Superbowl 33 in Miami FL; Stevie Wonder performs the halftime show
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
2010  “Avatar” becomes the 1st film to gross over $2 billion worldwide
BS MONTHLY PLANNING CALENDAR . . .
[Feb 3] Artist Appreciation Day / Carrot Cake Day / Halfway Point of Winter
[Feb 4] Facebook Birthday / USO Day / World Cancer Day
[Feb 5] Weather Forecasters Day / Western Monarch Day / World Nutella Day / Digital Learning Day
[Feb 6] “2014 Olympic Winter Games” opening ceremony (NBC) / Jay Leno retires from “The Tonight Show” (NBC) / Canadian Maple Syrup Day
[Feb 7] “The LEGO Movie”; “The Monuments Men” open in movie theaters / Ballet Day / Girl Scout Cookie Day / Wave All Your Fingers At Your Neighbors Day / Wear Red Day
[Feb 8] Laugh & Get Rich Day / Opera Day
[Feb 9] “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles” (CBS) / “The Walking Dead” season premiere (AMC) / Autism Sunday / Man Day / Stop Bullying Day / Read In the Bathtub Day / World Marriage Day
[Feb 10] Clean Out Your Computer Day / Shrovetide begins / Westminster Dog Show begins (NYC) / Random Acts of Kindness Week begins
[Feb 11] Get Out Your Guitar Day / Pro Sports Wives Day / Shut-in Visitation Day / Satisfied Staying Single Day / World Day Of the Sick / Extraterrestrial Visitor Day
[Feb 12] “RoboCop” opens in movie theaters / Darwin Day / NAACP Day
[Feb 13] Employee Legal Awareness Day / Get a Different Name Day / World Radio Day
[Feb 14] “About Last Night”; “Endless Love”; “Vampire Academy”; “Winter’s Tale” open in movie theaters / Valentines Day / Full ‘Snow’ Moon / Ferris Wheel Day / Pet Theft Awareness Day / Library Lovers Day / Have a Heart Day / Condom Day / Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day / Women’s Heart Day / Call In Single Day / Donor Day / Quirky Alone Day
[Feb 15] National Flag Day of Canada / Hippo Day / Gum Drop Day / World Whale Day
[Feb 16] 63rd NBA All Star Game (New Orleans) / Innovation Day / Almond Day
[Feb 17] “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” debuts (NBC) / Presidents Day (USA) / Family Day (AB/BC/ON/SK) / Louis Riel Day (MB) / PTA Founders Day / World Human Spirit Day
[Feb 18] Battery Day
[Feb 19] 2014 Brit Awards (London) / Chocolate Mint Day / Single Tasking Day
[Feb 20] Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day / Love Your Pet Day / Northern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day / Great American Spit Out (Through With The Chew Week) / World Day for Social Justice
[Feb 21] “Pompeii”; “3 Days to Kill” open in movie theaters / International Mother Language Day
[Feb 22] International Sword Swallowers Day / International Tongue Twister Day / Margarita Day / Open That Bottle Night / World Thinking Day
[Feb 23] Curling is Cool Day / Diesel Engine Day / Daytona 500 (FL)
[Feb 24] “Late Night With Seth Meyers” debuts (NBC) / “The Voice” season premiere (NBC) / “Dallas” season debut (TNT) / Cupcake Day
[Feb 25] “Glee” midseason premiere (FOX) / Spay Day USA
[Feb 26] “Mixology” series debut (ABC) / “Nashville” Spring premiere (ABC) / Personal Chefs Day / For Pete’s Sake Day / World Pistachio Day / Inconvenience Yourself Day
[Feb 27] “Grey’s Anatomy” Spring premiere (ABC) / “Scandal” Spring premiere (ABC) / Chili Day
[Feb 28] “Non-Stop”; “Son of God”; “Welcome to Yesterday” open in movie theaters / Floral Design Day / Tooth Fairy Day / Rare Disease Day / Snowshoe Day
[Mar 2] “Academy Awards” (ABC)
UNUSUAL BS SUPER BOWL FACTS:
✓ Instead of stripes, officials at the very 1st Super Bowl were dressed in polka dots.
✓ Every Super Bowl in the 1970s was played on shag carpeting.
✓ Before Gatorade, players dumped clam chowder on the winning coach.
✓ Due to a pigskin shortage, Super Bowl 9 was played with watermelons.
✓ Mike Ditka is only person to win a Super Bowl as a player, coach, and cheerleader.
✓ No team trailing at the end of the 4th quarter has ever won a Super Bowl.
BS RANDOM JOKE:
When I get naked in the bathroom, the only thing that gets turned on is the shower.
BS PHONE STARTER:
☎ What is the craziest thing you’ve eaten bacon with? In a recent poll: Chocolate or sweets (14%); Other meats or fish (14%); Ice cream (9%); Peanut butter (5%).
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: Women, on average, do THIS 3 times a year.
Answer: Stay in their pajamas all day.
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine.