July 1, 2016

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Friday, July 1, 2016 – Edition: #5765

Can You Believe This Sheet?

★ This week the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences invited 683 new people – many of them women and minorities – to join in an unprecedented move toward diversity. Of the new invitees, 46% are women and 41% are people of color. If all 683 accept their invite, women would account for 27% of the more than 7,000 academy members (up from 25%) and minorities would total 11% (up from 8%). What all this means is next year’s Oscars should look a whole lot different. (Thank-you, Chris Rock.)
– Reuters.com
★ Former TV series “Lost in Space” is being rebooted on Netflix, which has ordered up a full season of a new incarnation of Irwin Allen’s 1960s sci-fi drama. The new version again follows the ‘Robinson’ family, who are stranded light-years from home, where they find themselves battling an alien environment as well as their own demons. The 10-episode first season begins streaming in 2018. (A 1998 movie version starring William Hurt, Matt LeBlanc, Gary Oldman, and Heather Graham was not so successful.)
– “Entertainment Weekly”
★ And 67-year-old actor Samuel L Jackson tells Stephen Colbert he’s got at least 35 more movies in him. The ‘hardest working man in Hollywood’ says he wants to have appeared in 200 movies by the time his career is done. His tally so far is 165, including today’s release “The Legend of Tarzan” in which he plays historical figure George Washington Williams. Jackson makes 4 or 5 films per year, spending more time overseas on movie sets than he does in Hollywood. (No wonder he’s #2 on the ‘Highest Grossing’ list below.)
– Contactmusic.com

• British Summer Time Festival (London UK) – This year’s BST in Hyde Park kicks off this weekend, headlined by Florence + The Machine and Kendrick Lamar on Saturday; and 74-year-old Carole King on Sunday, performing her classic 1972 album “Tapestry”.
NET: http://www.bst-hydepark.com
• “Good Morning America” (ABC) – Today Blink-182 (“California”, out today).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight Joanna Newsom (“Divers”). Rerun.
• “Killjoys” (Syfy/Space) – Tonight Hannah John-Kamen returns in Season 2 of the sci-fi series.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight The Coathangers (“Nosebleed Weekend”). Rerun.
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/M3) – Tonight Fleur East (“Love, Sax and Flashbacks”). Rerun.
• Mamby On the Beach (Chicago IL) – This Saturday-Sunday event at Oakwood Beach includes Animal Collective, Atmosphere, Chromeo, Lupe Fiasco, Milky Chance, Santigold and more.
• “The Talk” (CBS) – Today guest co-host Trisha Yearwood.
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Tonight Maxwell (“blackSUMMERS’night”).
• “Today Show” (NBC) – Today Rachel Platten (“Wildfire”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Blake Shelton (“If I’m Honest”). Rerun.

• Brad Paisley – He and actress Jennifer Garner are urging fans to support the victims of the devastating flash floods in their home state of West Virginia. Paisley has launched a crowdfunding campaign for flood relief and has personally donated $100,000.
• Guns N’ Roses – Their stadium tour continues this weekend with Alice In Chains opening a 2-night stand at Soldier Field in Chicago IL tonight and Sunday.
• Kanye West – He’s expanding his relationship with Adidas by launching new apparel lines, shoes, and accessories for men & women as part of the new ‘adidas + Kanye West’ brand. The company is also planning to open retail stores dedicated to West’s ‘Yeezy’ products.
• Maxwell – Today his new album “blackSUMMERS’night” is released. It’s his first album in 7 years and the 2nd installment in his musical trilogy that began with 2009’s “BLACKsummers’night”. Presumably the next is “blacksummers’NIGHT”
• Pink Floyd – The studio they converted from a Victorian warehouse and church hall in the 1970s is now being renovated into luxury apartments. The rockers recorded the albums “Animals”, “Division Bell”, and parts of “The Wall” at Britannia Row studio in Islington, London.
• Rihanna – Last night the video for her new single “Sledgehammer”, written for the movie “Star Trek Beyond” (July 22nd), debuted exclusively in IMAX theaters. It’s the first music video shot entirely with IMAX cameras. The video is now available for view on Tidal and VEVO.
• Sturgill Simpson – Saturday he plays the massive Roskilde Festival in Denmark as part of his tour in support of his new album “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth”.

• “The BFG” ( PG Fantasy Adventure ): Based on the book by Roald Dahl. A girl encounters the ‘Big Friendly Giant’ who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted soul who – unlike other giants – refuses to eat children. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Stars Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement.
NET: http://movies.disney.com/the-bfg
• “The Legend of Tarzan” ( PG-13 Action Adventure ): In the latest telling of the ‘Ape-man’ story, ‘Tarzan’, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment. Stars Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz.
NET: https://www.warnerbros.co.uk/movies/the-legend-of-tarzan
• “The Purge: Election Year” ( R-Rated Horror Thriller ): Former police sergeant ‘Barnes’ becomes head of security for ‘Senator Charlene Roan’, frontrunner in the presidential election due to her vow to eliminate the ‘Purge’. Stars Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell. The 3rd film in the series following “The Purge” (2013) and “The Purge: Anarchy” (2014).
NET: http://www.thepurgeelectionyear.com
• Opening in limited release: ” The Innocents” (Drama); “Life, Animated” (Documentary); “Our Kind of Traitor” (Thriller); and “Satanic” (Horror).

Hiral Sanghavi, the man behind Kickstarter’s BauBax travel jacket, is now hoping to raise $100,000 for his new duds … that wirelessly charge your electronic devices. The jackets, hoodies, jeans, and shorts come with a pocket for your phone or other device that serves as a wireless charging pad thanks to hidden copper wire and a battery bank. The battery bank takes 2-to-4 hours to charge, and provides a full charge to a smartphone or 2 charges to a smartwatch. If you’d rather not wear the battery, BauBax also offers charging wallets, wristlets, and more. The clothing ranges in price from $69 for men’s shorts to $169 for a jacket, but necessary add-ons drive up the cost. The gear is scheduled to ship in January. (This is all fine if you want to wear a 700-pound jacket.)
– CNNMoney

Based on the total amount all of their movies have taken in …
1. Harrison Ford … $4.8 billion.
2. Samuel L Jackson … $4.7 billion.
3. Morgan Freeman … $4.4 billion.
4. Tom Hanks … $4.3 billion.
5. Robert Downey Jr … $3.9 billion.
6. Eddie Murphy … $3.8 billion.
7. Tom Cruise … $3.6 billion.
8. Johnny Depp … $3.4 billion.
9. Michael Caine … $3.34 billion.
10. Scarlett Johansson … $3.33 billion.
– “Box Office Mojo”

“Finding Dory” is still breaking animated box office records. This week it crossed the $300 million domestic mark after just 12 days, becoming the fastest animated movie ever to reach that total. Previously, “Shrek 2” and “Toy Story 3” shared the record, hitting $300 million in 18 days. “Dory’s” global total is already over $430 million and it’s yet to open in major international markets like Germany, Japan, Mexico, Italy, South Korea, and the UK.
– EW.com

Ladybug orgasms last for 30 minutes. (“What’s that high-pitched screaming in the backyard?”)
– “Quite Interesting Facts”


1916 [100] Olivia de Havilland, Tokyo, Japan, movie actress (“Gone With the Wind”, “The Adventures of Robin Hood”)

1952 [64] Dan Aykroyd, Ottawa ON, movie actor (“Driving Miss Daisy”, “Blues Brothers”)/ex-TV comic (“Saturday Night Live” 1975-79)

1962 [54] Andre Braugher, Chicago IL, TV actor (‘Capt Ray Holt’ on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” since
2013, “Homicide: Life On the Street” 1993-2000)

1967 [49] Pamela Anderson, Ladysmith BC, movie actress (“Borat”)/former TV actress (“Baywatch” 1992-97)/”Playboy” model

1975 [41] Bryan Devendorf, Cincinnati OH, indie rock drummer (The National-“I Need My Girl”, “Sea of Love”)

1977 [39] Liv Tyler (Rundgren), NYC, movie actress (“The Incredible Hulk”, “Lord Of the Rings” trilogy)/daughter of Aerosmith’s Steve Tyler & former “Playboy” playmate Bebe Buell

TV actor-writer-director Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) is 69; Rock keyboardist Roy Bittan (E Street Band) is 67; Model-actress Jerry Hall (Mrs Rupert Murdoch) is 60; Pop/country singer Michelle Branch (“The Game of Love”) is 33; Movie actress Lindsay Lohan (“Mean Girls”) is 30; Movie actress Margot Robbie (“The Legend of Tarzan”) is 26.

Movie star Tom Cruise (“Missions Impossible”) is 54; TV actor Thomas Gibson (“Criminal Minds”) is 54; Voice actress Yeardley Smith (“The Simpsons”) is 52; TV chef Sandra Lee (“Semi-Homemade Cooking”) is 50; Movie actress Olivia Munn (“X-Men: Apocalypse”) is 36; Pop singer Elle King (“Ex’s & Oh’s”) is 27.

• “Canada Day”, the country’s national day which celebrates nationhood in 1867. It was first established as a holiday in 1879. Canada’s 149th birthday bash on Parliament Hill in Ottawa ON today features performances by Alex Cuba, Coeur de Pirate, Metric and others.
• “Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day”. Some of the most frightening flavors we’ve found are ‘Chicken Wing’, ‘Garlic’, ‘Lettuce & Potato’ and – mmm! – ‘Raw Horseflesh’.
• “Half-Year Day” or “Second Half Of the Year Day”, when 6 months are gone and 6 more are still to come. So how’s it going so far?
• “International Joke Day”, celebrating humor from around-the-world. Nothing like a joke in Swahili! Have listeners call in with brief jokes in other languages. Don’t have them explain them, just laugh uproariously.
• “Postal Worker Day” in America, to honor past & present postal workers for their service and dedication in serving the American people. 53 years ago today (1963), the US Postal Service introduced the Zone Improvement Plan, better known as the ‘ZIP Code’.
• “World Wife Carrying Championships” in Sonkajarvi, Finland in which men from around-the-world tote their wives (or a female friend) around an 830-ft (250-m) obstacle course in hope of winning her weight in beer. The current record is 55.5 seconds.
NET: http://www.eukonkanto.fi/en/

• “Be Nice to People You Don’t Like Day”. Just for one day … then tomorrow you can go back to being the grouchy old bear you usually are.
• “Freedom From Fear of Public Speaking Day”. There are a lot of self-help books, how-to classes, and support groups but – truth be told – some of us will never be comfortable with it.
• “I Forgot Day”, set aside to make up for all the birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions that you forgot to acknowledge over the past year. (What’s the lamest excuse you’ve heard?)
• “Tour de France”, the 103rd edition of the world’s premiere cycle race gets underway with the Grand Départ of 22 teams in Saint-Lô, France. The race runs through July 24th in 21 stages before finishing on the famous Champs-Élysées in Paris.
NET: http://www.letour.fr/le-tour/2016/us/
• “World UFO Day”, a day in which individuals and groups are encouraged to gather together to watch the skies for Unidentified Flying Objects.
NET: http://www.worldufoday.com

• “Compliment Your Mirror Day”. Participation consists of complimenting your mirror on having such a wonderful owner and keeping track of whether other mirrors you meet during the day smile at you. (This is much more fun if you have a prescription for medical marijuana.)
• “Dog Days of Summer” begin, according to “The Old Farmer’s Almanac”. Traditionally the hottest 40 days of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, the name comes from the ancients who would sacrifice a brown dog at this time to appease Sirius, the Dog Star. “Air Conditioning Appreciation Days” run simultaneously, and today is also “Stay Out Of the Sun Day”.
• “International Plastic Bag-Free Day”, a day to pick paper over plastic or, even better, a bag that’s reusable. ‘Disposable’ plastic bags are one of the world’s worst environmental problems.
NET: http://www.plasticbagfreeday.org

2004 [12] Movie actor Marlon Brando (“The Godfather”) dies at age 80

2011 [05] Prince Albert II of Monaco weds Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock at the royal palace (she becomes Her Serene Highness, Princess Charlene)

2007 [09] Britain’s Prince William & Prince Harry throw a massive concert in memory of their late mother, Princess Diana, on what would have been her 46th birthday

2009 [07] Michael Jackson’s untimely death a week earlier sends all his albums back into the “Billboard” top 10, including “The Jackson 5’s Ultimate Collection” at #5

2013 [03] Croatia becomes the 28th member of the European Union (which is soon to have 1 less)

[Mon] Independence Day (USA)
[Mon] Independence From Meat Day
[Tues] Bikini Day
[Wed] Eid-Al-Fitr [Muslim)
[Wed] Fried Chicken Day
[Wed] Beer Pong Day
This Week Is … Beans & Bacon Days
This Month Is … Horseradish Month


In honor of Canada’s national day, here are some …
• You understand the sentence: “Could you pass me a serviette, I just dropped my poutine on the chesterfield.”
• You eat chocolate bars, not candy bars.
• Your kid just finished grade 5 not 5th grade.
• You drink pop, not soda.
• You pronounce the last letter of the alphabet ‘zed’, not ‘zee’.
• Cuba has been a cheap place to go for holidays for 40 years … with good cigars.
• You drive on a highway, not a freeway.
• You have Canadian Tire money in your kitchen junk drawer.
• You get your morning coffee at ‘Timmys’ (Tim Hortons).
• You know what a toque is.
• You design your kids’ Halloween costumes to fit over a snowsuit … just in case.
• You know how to pronounce Saskatchewan. (Skatch-win).
– Adapted from BERTC.com

You know you’re old when you’re trying to get a tan but you can’t because the vultures are blocking out the Sun.

☎ What’s the grossest thing you’ve ever seen someone do at the beach?

Question: About $50 million disappears each year because we do THIS.
Answer: Leave change in vending machines.

A vibration is a motion that cannot make up its mind which way it wants to go.

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