Thursday, July 13, 2017 – Edition: #6012

Thanks For Being a Bull Market!

★ This should make things interesting for ‘Game of Thrones’ fans: Kit Harington has filmed three “fake” scenes to try and stop plot spoilers from leaking. The English actor will reprise his role as Jon Snow in the seventh series of the HBO fantasy-drama, which is set to premiere on Sunday. Because of the intense interest in the upcoming shows, and the fact that shows in previous seasons have been leaked, Harington has been sworn to secrecy about all storylines.
★ According to sources, Jennifer Garner confronted Lindsay Shookus about her affair with Ben Affleck back in 2015.  The story goes that Garner was on a work trip to New York City when she found out about their relationship and approached Lindsay.  According to the source, ‘Lindsay refused to back down or quit the affair.’ A statement thought to be released by Shookus on Twitter denying the affair was quickly revealed to be a fake on Tuesday morning.  And if you believe what has been reported, the Affleck-Shookus affair actually goes all the way back to 2013.
(He’s been seeing her almost as long as he’s been seeing Matt!)
★ ‘The Big Bang Theory’ star Melissa Rauch, who plays Bernandette, is pregnant with her first child. The actress broke the news to fans in a personal essay for  In the article, she admits she was apprehensive about going public with her baby news after suffering a secret miscarriage.
★ Actress Vivian Leigh’s copy of the “Gone With the Wind” script is going up for auction alongside dozens of items from the late star’s personal collection. Leigh won an Academy Award for playing Scarlett O’Hara in the 1939 epic “Gone With the Wind.” The sale includes Leigh’s copy of the original novel, inscribed with a poem from author Margaret Mitchell, which carries an estimated price tag of USD $6,500 to $9,000.   Also on offer is the wig Leigh wore to play Blanche DuBois in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” estimated at USD $500-800.
(Or maybe frankly, you don’t give a damn!)
-Toronto Sun
★ Disney’s magic carpet ride has hit a bit of turbulence.  Director Guy Ritchie and the studio are trying to wrap up a months-long search for someone to play ‘Aladdin’ in the upcoming live-action version of the cartoon classic.  That search has included famous names (like Riz Ahmed and Dev Patel) and complete unknowns from around the world to play the street hustler turned prince. But finding a male lead in his 20s who can act and sing has proven difficult — especially since the studio wants someone of Middle-Eastern or Indian descent.  Production was to have started this month, but the search for a male lead has dragged on, with Disney and Ritchie going back to the drawing board more than once.  Will Smith is signed on to play the Genie.
★ ‘Wonder Woman’ may still be showing on the silver screen, but the sequel to the hit film is already in the works. There are multiple reports that Diana Prince will again find herself in a war zone for her next adventure, this time in the 1980s Cold War. It comes as no surprise that work on a new ‘Wonder Woman’ film is coming so quickly, with the rip-roaring success of the first Gal Gadot feature. The film has already grossed over $360 million and is the most successful DC Extended Universe film thus far.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, TLC
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Will Ferrell, Alison Brie, Shawn Mendes ( R )
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Ashton Kutcher, Rob Corddry, the New Pornographers
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Alan Alda, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Desus & Mero, Jared Champion ( R )
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Bastille ( R )
• “Last Call with Carson Daly” (NBC/CTV): Jenna Elfman, JJUUJJUU, Steven Boyer ( R )
• “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy): Rep. Ilhan Omar
• “@Midnight with Chris Hardwick” (Comedy): Kevin Durand, Ginger Gonzaga, Iman Shumpert
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Steven Ho, Marc Maron, D.J. Demers
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Joy Behar, Judd Apatow
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Guest co-host Caitlyn Jenner
• “The Talk” (CBS): Dylan McDermott, guest co-hosts Jonathan & Drew Scott
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Kyra Sedgwick, Fred Savage
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Emma Watson, Little Big Shots, Rascal Flatts ( R )
• “Wendy Williams” (FOX): Mihisha Dellinger
• “Harry” (NBC/CTV): Anthony Anderson ( R )
• “The Real” (FOX): Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Israel Houghton, guest co-host Kelly Osbourne ( R )
• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC): “Best of Auditions” The judges reveal some of the biggest and best moments from the season so far.
• “Big Brother” (CBS): A house guest is evicted; the head of household competition.

• Jay-Z –  admits his marriage to Beyoncé wasn’t ”totally built” on the truth. Jay-Z said in a discussion on Tidal, “This is my real life. I just ran into this place and we built this big, beautiful mansion of a relationship that wasn’t totally built on the 100 percent truth and it starts cracking.”
• Coldplay – At a show in Dublin on the weekend, singer Chris Martin spotted a young fan crowd- surfing in a wheelchair.  Martin invited the stranger onstage, and the fan, named Rob, busted out his harmonica and showed off his own musical skills in front of 83,000 people.
• Jennifer Lopez – is back with Marc Anthony…at least in song.  They have been working together on her new Spanish album since last year, and are seen together, albeit briefly, in the video for the first single, ‘Ni Tú Ni Yo’, which roughly translates to ‘Neither You nor I’.
• Spice Girls – Nicole Kidman and James Franco are among the celebs participating in a cover of their hit ‘Wannabe’ for ‘W’ magazine.  Others in on the fun include Milo Ventimiglia, Keri Russell, and Alexander Skarsgard.
• Rolling Stones – A new book, “The Rolling Stones On Air In The Sixties”, comes out September 26th. The book will be released alongside a DVD containing recently discovered, never-before-released footage of the group filmed for the BBC, both in front of and behind the cameras.
• Queen – guitarist Brian May says that a Freddie Mercury movie is closer than ever. After 12 years, he says financing is in order and they are very close to making the official announcement.  Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek will have the starring role.
• Van Morrison –  has announced his 37th studio album, ‘Roll With the Punches’ will be released this fall and supported with tour dates in the U.S. and U.K. Due in stores on Sept. 22, the 15-song track listing blends new original numbers with covers of classic blues numbers.
• Maren Morris – has announced her engagement to singer Ryan Hurd.  She posted the news on Instagram.

Warren Buffet says that when he was young, he devised a way to save $300,000 over his lifetime by adjusting his haircut schedule.  Now, I’m thinking that he must go to a much fancier barber than me, but if we tend to spend that much on hair care, Yay baldness!  There is a story going around these days showing how if you are a young adult and you invested the $3.50 per day that you normally spend on coffee,  you would wind up with $106,000 in 30 years!   Of course that assumes an average annual return of 6%…and I don’t think that even Warren Buffett gets that on his haircut savings!
(It all sounds great…until that one morning that your $3.50 coffee RIGHT NOW is worth more than $106,000 in 30 years…)
($106,000…minus taxes, inflation, depreciation, market fluctuations, brokerage fees and at least one major recession, and you will probably actually end up with…..about $3.50…and a major caffeine-withdrawal headache!)
(Would the same apply to my $3.50 per day avocado toast habit?)

For better or worse (probably for better…) Psy’s 2012 hit ‘Gangham Style’ has finally been dethroned as the most-viewed video on YouTube.  It had held the title for 5 years, but then along came Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s music video for ‘See You Again,’ which currently sits at or around 2.9 billion views, about 2 million more than Gangham Style.
There rest of the top 5:
○ Justin Bieber’s ‘Purpose: The Movement’ version of “Sorry,” 2.635 billion views.
○  Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk” – 2.55 billion
○  Luis Fonsi’s ‘Despacito’ – 2.483 billion
(Finally, a #1 video that I know how to pronounce!)
(Still waiting for Psy’s big follow-up hit over here!)
(Gangham Style was in 2012?  Has Psy’s imaginary horse dance really been my go-to move for that long?)

Many people were shocked to hear that boxer Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather claims that he is unable to pay off his 2015 tax liabilities until gets his cash from next month’s fight with Conor McGregor.  He has filed a petition with the tax court to request a reprieve in the meantime.  Reports show that he is in hawk with the man to the tune of $22.2 million.  But we also know this: He is listed by ‘Forbes’ as being worth $40 million.  In 2015, he showed off his car collection on TV and pronounced it to be worth $15 million.  So although he may not have the cash, he certainly could get it by selling something.  But he doesn’t want to.  Now, rapper 50 Cent, a man who also has some interesting financial claims in his past (see ‘Today’s Music Event’) has Instagrammed a photo of Mayweather with a lap full of cash and a caption reading “Floyd was just on Facetime with me.  He had 20 million cash with him.  He just don’t want to pay. LOL.”  Mayweather shot back that he has already payed Uncle Sam over $26 million in taxes in 2015.
(The dude’s NAME is money!….actually both of them!)
(I know this: Mayweather is one guy that I wouldn’t trash-talk.  Unless I was McGregor…)

Cutting-edge vocab …
• ‘Gloatrage’ – Triumphant satisfaction that a person’s behaviour is as bad as expected, combined with outrage at that behaviour.  (His gloatrage was short-lived when he discovered the perpetrator was dating his daughter… )
• ‘Fearonomics’ – The negative impact of fear and anxiety on economic activity; the use of fear to sell products and services.  (I didn’t want the extended warranty, but then the cell phone salesguy started throwing fearonomics at me!)
• ‘Runcommute’ – A run between one’s home and workplace.  (As soon as it started to rain, I started to runcommute!)

With the MLB season resuming tonight, here are the Top 10 baseball movies of all time, according to an American poll:
10. Moneyball (2011)
9. Rookie of the Year (1993)
8. Bull Durham (1988)
7. The Natural (1984)
6. Bad News Bears (1976)
5. Angels in the Outfield (1994)
4. Major League (1989)
3. The Sandlot (1993)
2. A League of Their Own (1992)
1. Field of Dreams (1989)
(Just a thought here, but maybe the 80s and 90s were the golden age of baseball movies?)
(Hollywood please note: No sequels appear on this list!)


1940 [77] Patrick Stewart, Mirfield, England, TV actor (‘Jean Luc Picard’ in “Star Trek” from 1987-1994) movie actor (‘Professor Xavier’ in X-Men” movies)

1942 [75] Harrison Ford, Chicago, IL, movie actor (“Star Wars” films, “Indiana Jones” movies)

1957 [60] Cameron Crowe, Palm Springs CA, movie director-screenwriter (“Almost Famous”, “Jerry Maguire”)/musical documentary maker (“Pearl Jam Twenty”, “The Union”)

1962 [55] Tom Kenny, Syracuse NY, voice actor (“Spongebob Squarepants”, ‘Rabbit’ in “Winnie the Pooh”)

1969 [48] Ken Jeong, Detroit, MI, movie actor (‘Leslie Chow’ in “Hangover” movies), tv actor (“Ben Chang” in “Community” 2009-2015)

1988 [29] Steven R McQueen, LA CA, TV actor (‘Jimmy Borrelli’ on “Chicago Fire” since 2015, “Vampire Diaries” 2009-15)/grandson of legendary late actor Steve McQueen

1989 [28] Leon Bridges, Atlanta GA, R&B singer (“Smooth Sailin’”, “Coming Home”)

• “Beans ‘n Franks Day”. (Tomorrow is ‘Evacuate the Studio Day’).

• “Embrace Your Geekness Day”, a great day to be a Geek … or to know a Geek. Some people view the term with a negative connotation. Are they jealous of your knowledge and skills, perhaps? Yeah, that’s it. (And if you’re not one, embrace one!)

• “French Fries Day”. The ‘french’ has nothing to do with France, but the method of preparation. Food that’s chipped into pieces is said to be ‘frenched’. It’s thought that french fries most likely originated in Belgium.

• “Gruntled Workers Day”. We always hear about ‘disgruntled’ workers, but what about people who are happy with their jobs and can’t wait to go to work each day? Gruntled workers, this is your day … ya eager-beaver keeners.

• “Go West Day”, today is all about going west…at least until your GPS says, “Recalculating!”

[Fri] Tape Measure Day
[Fri] Grand Marnier Day
[Fri] Shark Awareness Day
[Sat] Gummi Worm Day
[Sat] Be a Dork Day
[Sat]I Love Horses Day

2015 [02] 50 Cent files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection (coincidentally, the move comes just days after a jury rules he must pay $5 million to a woman suing over a sex-tape case) His current net worth? $15 million.

2016 [01] Theresa May 1st becomes British prime minister, succeeding David Cameron (she is the 2nd woman to become PM, following Margaret Thatcher)

1976 [41] ‘Longest Bagpipe Concert’, featuring 4 student pipers, ends after 100 (ungodly) hours (Salisbury, Rhodesia)


• Facebook’s ‘like’ button was originally called the ‘awesome’ button.
• The Namib Desert Beetle can drink fog.
• Iceland is the only country without mosquitoes.
• A baseball player only needs to spend one day in the major leagues to earn free healthcare for life.
• Pope Francis used to be a nightclub bouncer.
-WhattheFFacts, DidYouKnow

▪ Is it just me or does something smell really bad around here?
▪ We could go to my place.  You’d really like my parents.
▪ Whoa, you’re pretty!  You must have gone to Dr. Stein.
▪ So….who’s the dude?
▪ You know, my dream is to one day open a place like this.  Or maybe just work at a place like this.  Or maybe just work.
▪ Want to see how blind people recognize each other?
▪ I bet you look a lot like your mother.  Actually, I know you do.
▪ I bet you’ve got a terrific scream

☎What is the weirdest or worst food that you have been served at someone else’s house?

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.

Question: According to a survey, it takes most people 25 minutes to decide THIS. What is it?
Answer: Figure out what to watch on Netflix.

If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.

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