Friday, July 15, 2016 – Edition: #5775

You’re Up to Your Eyeballs in Sheet!

★ Reports indicate that the new “Ghostbusters” movie may be banned from a theatrical release In China. While the newly-released movie has yet to be screened by Chinese censors, a source suggests that the film is likely to be blocked from distribution there because of rules that prohibit the promotion of ‘cults and superstitions’. Sony has attempted to give the film a better chance of passing the censors by re-titling it for the Chinese market “Super Power Dare-to-Die Team”.
★ As his divorce from Amber Heard drags on amid domestic violence accusations, actor Johnny Depp has reportedly put his multi-million-dollar mansion in Venice up for sale … at a loss. According to Italian newspaper “Affari Italiani”, Depp is listing the property overlooking the Grand Canal in the picturesque Italian city for an asking price of $10.9 million. Boasting 7 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms, the 17th-century Palazzo Dona Sangiantoffetti was purchased by Depp in 2011 for approximately $13 million.
★ And the “Ice Age” film franchise is taking to actual ice with a new live show. Ahead of the 5th film, “Ice Age: Collision Course” (out July 22nd), plans have been announced for “Ice Age on Ice”. The live ice show will follow the coolest animals left on Earth (‘Sid’, ‘Manny’, ‘Diego’, ‘Scrat’, ‘Ellie’ et al) in an all-new story. The skating show kicks off December 7th in Springfield MA and makes stops in 23 other North American markets through June of 2017. Tickets are on sale starting today.

• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC/CityTV) – Tonight hopefuls perform for the judges. Rerun.
• Forecastle Festival (Louisville KY) – The lineup for the 14th annual 3-day event at Waterfront Park: Alabama Shakes, Avett Bros, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Brandi Carlile, Death Cab for Cutie, Gary Clark Jr, Grouplove, Ryan Adams, Walk The Moon and more.
• “Good Morning America” (ABC) – Today Elle King (“Good Girls” from the “Ghostbusters” soundtrack).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight Post Malone (“White Iverson”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Charlamagne tha God (“South Crack The Album”). Rerun.
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/M3) – Tonight Frightened Rabbit (“Painting Of a Panic Attack”). Rerun.
• Pitchfork Music Festival (Chicago IL) – The eclectic lineup for the 3-day 2016 edition includes Brian Wilson, Broken Social Scene, Carly Rae Jepsen, FKA twigs, Miguel, Sufjan Stevens and many more.
• “Secrets Of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey” (ABC) – Tonight a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the latest “Star Wars” movie.
• “Today Show” (NBC) – This morning Gwen Stefani (“This is What the Truth Feels Like”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Good Charlotte (“Youth Authority”, the band’s 1st new album in 6 years, out today), Ray Parker Jr (the original “Ghostbusters” theme song).

• Billy Talent – Saturday night the Canadian rockers open Guns N’ Roses reunion show in Toronto ON.
• Coldplay – Saturday at NJ’s MetLife Stadium they begin a North American tour in support of their latest album “A Head Full of Dreams”. 22 dates are scheduled through September 3rd in San Francisco CA before the band heads to Australia.
• Confederate Railroad – Today they release their 1st album in 9 years, “Lucky to Be Alive”. Willie Nelson, John Anderson, Colt Ford, and former NFL coach Jerry Glanville appear on a special 20th anniversary version of their signature hit, “Trashy Women”.
• David Bowie – The late rocker assembled a hoard of artistic treasures throughout his life, including paintings valued at more than $13.2 million. The collection of more than 300 works of art is going on show at Sotheby’s auction house in London before being sold off in November.
• David Nail – His 4th studio album, “Fighter”, is out today. It includes collaborations with the Brothers Osborne, Lori McKenna, and Vince Gill.
• Fall Out Boy – They do a remake of Ray Parker Jr’s iconic 1984 theme song from “Ghostbusters” with help from Missy Elliot. Today’s release of the new “Ghostbusters” soundtrack also includes tracks from Elle King, 5 Seconds of Summer, G-Eazy f/Jeremih, Pentatonix, Walk the Moon, and Wolf Alice.
• Ice-T – He’s taking the “Art of Rap Festival” on the road to 8 cities this Summer, beginning tonight in Dallas TX. The lineup varies slightly by date, but includes headliners Kurtis Blow, MC Lyte, Mobb Deep, Naughty by Nature, Public Enemy, and the Sugarhill Gang. The tour runs through August 6th in Detroit MI.
• Jane’s Addiction – They’re commemorating the 25th Anniversary of their classic album “Ritual de lo Habitual” with the brief “Sterling Spoon Anniversary Tour” beginning tonight in Brooklyn NY and running to July 23rd in Cleveland OH. Dinosaur Jr and Living Colour open select dates.
• Luke Bryan – Tonight and tomorrow night his “Kill the Lights” tour plays the New England Patriots’ Gillette Stadium in Foxborough MA, southwest of Boston.
• Spice Girls – The trimmed-down group, which now consists of Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, and Geri Horner, or ‘GEM’ as they’ve re-dubbed themselves, has a new song to celebrate 20 years since the release of their debut hit “Wannabe”. According to “The Sun”, the track is called “Song For Her”.
• Steven Tyler – Today he releases his debut solo album, “We’re All Somebody From Somewhere”. The 13-song country-flavored release is co-produced by The Cadillac Three and Tyler himself.

• “Ghostbusters” ( PG-13 Action Comedy ): Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, two paranormal enthusiasts, a nuclear engineer, and a subway worker band together to stop the otherworldly threat. Stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones. A reboot of the franchise that included “Ghostbusters” (1984) and “Ghostbusters II” (1989).
• “The Infiltrator” ( R-Rated Crime Thriller ): In this true-life take on the war against the Medellín cartel, Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) plays a US Customs official who uncovers a money laundering scheme involving Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Co-stars John Leguizamo, Diane Kruger, Amy Ryan. Director Brad Furman (“The Lincoln Lawyer”).
• Opening in limited release: “Café Society” (Romantic Comedy); “Equals” (Sci-Fi); “Phantom Boy” (Animated Fantasy); and “Undrafted” (Sports Comedy).

A breakdown of the country stars who’ve made the most over the past year, according to “Forbes” annual ‘Celebrity 100’ list …
1. Garth Brooks … $70 million (mostly from touring)
2. Kenny Chesney … $56 million
3. Luke Bryan … $53 million
4. Toby Keith … $47.5 million
5. Jason Aldean … $36.5 million
(Now that Taylor Swift has exited country for pop music, no females top the list.)

If Facebook or Apple ever turns truly evil, we could be in big trouble. A new study has found that almost nobody reads online terms of service agreements, and even fewer understand them. In an experiment, over 500 college students were signed up for a fake social networking site called NameDrop, believing they were helping with a pre-launch evaluation. They were actually agreeing to hand over their first-born child to the fake company – enforceable through 2050 – as well as have their data and information shared with the NSA, foreign security agencies, and many other 3rd parties. But, of course, only 2% of participants realized they were agreeing to any of that. The study concludes that most of us view online policies as a nuisance. (“I agree to these terms and conditions” may be the biggest lie on the Internet.)
– “Ars Technica”

Soaking something in milk removes blood.


1961 [55] Forest Whitaker, Longview TX, movie actor (“The Butler”, Oscar-“The Last King of Scotland”) COMING UP: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”, out December 15th.

1972 [44] Scott Foley, Kansas City KS, TV actor (‘Capt Jake Ballard’ on “Scandal” since 2013)/ex-Mr Jennifer Garner (2000-04)

1973 [43] Brian Austin Green, Van Nuys CA, TV actor (“Rosewood” 2016, “Anger Management” 2012-14)/wed to actress Megan Fox since 2010

1981 [35] Taylor Kinney, Lancaster PA, TV actor (‘Lt Kelly Severide’ on “Chicago Fire”)/movie actor (“Zero Dark Thirty”)/Lady Gaga’s fiancé

Sports analyst Jimmy Johnson (“Fox NFL Sunday”) is 73; Classic rock drummer Stewart Copeland (The Police) is 64; Movie actor Will Ferrell (“Old School”) is 49; Pop singer-guitarist Luke Hemmings (5 Seconds of Summer) is 20.

Movie actor Donald Sutherland (“Hunger Games”) is 84; Camilla Parker Bowles Windsor (Mrs Prince Charles) is 69; Classic rock bassist Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) is 67; Movie/TV actor David Hasselhoff (“Baywatch”) is 64; German Chancellor Angela Merkel is 62; TV producer Mark Burnett (“The Voice”) is 56; Country singer Craig Morgan (“That’s What I Love About Sunday”) is 52; Director F Gary Gray (“Straight Outta Compton”) is 47; Country singer Luke Bryan (“Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”) is 40.

• “Be a Dork Day”, an annual excuse to wear goofy clothing, not brush your teeth, eat yucky food, and trip over your own feet. (In other words, act normal.)
• “Canadian Open Sandsculpting Competition & Exhibition” in Parksville BC. Sculptors have 30 hours over 4 days to create masterpieces using sand and water … and a lot of ingenuity.
• “Give Something Away Day”, an annual opportunity to share some of your bounty, whether it be buying a meal for someone, donating clothing, or giving flowers to someone confined to their home. (#GiveSomethingAwayDay)
• “Gummi Worm Day”, celebrating the ooey-gooey candies first created by German company Trolli in 1981. ‘Gummi’ means ‘rubber’ in German.
• “Pet Fire Safety Day”, a day to consider ways to keep your 4-legged friend(s) safe from house fires.
• “St Swithun’s Day”, honoring the 7th-century Bishop of Winchester. According to legend, if it rains on St Swithun’s Day it will rain for the next 40 days. If it is clear, no rain will fall for 40 days. (Sort of a saintly Groundhog Day.)
• “Tapioca Day”, honoring that stuff you put in pudding that looks like fish eyes.

• “Fresh Spinach Day”, an occasion to make use of some healthful leafy greens in your favorite recipes. Spinach & sharp cheese omelette, anyone?
• “Woodie Wagon Day”, observed annually on the 3rd Saturday of July to salute the vintage car body style (especially a station wagon) where the rear bodywork is constructed of wood framework with in-fill panels of wood or woodgrain-painted metal.
• “World Snake Day”, an annual celebration by wildlife enthusiasts of the age-old fascination with these beautiful but misunderstood creatures.
• “World Snail Racing Championships” on the cricket field at Congham, England. The racetrack has 2 concentric circles. Snails race from the inner to the outer circle, a whopping distance of 13 inches (33 cm).

• “Ice Cream Sunday”, celebrated annually on the 3rd Sunday of July, “Ice Cream Month”.
• “Lake Superior Day”, started in the early 1990s to honor the largest of the Great Lakes of North America and highlight its importance to the environment and the economy. It’s the world’s 3rd-largest freshwater lake by volume.
• “World Emoji Day”, celebrating the little pictograms that have become a modern form of punctuation. Why July 17th? That’s the date famously displayed on the iOS Calendar Emoji.

2011 [05] “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2” (last in the series) opens in movie theaters (grosses $1.3 billion in worldwide box office, #8 all-time)

2015 [01] A judge trims more than $1 million from the $7.4 million in damages Pharrell Williams and co-writer Robin Thicke must pay after the “Blurred Lines” copyright trial (also awards Marvin Gaye’s family 50% of future earnings from the song)

2015 [01] Chris Brown’s home in Tarzana CA is raided and ransacked by 3 masked men who lock his aunt in a closet before escaping with personal items and an unknown amount of cash

2003 [13] A Japanese company unveils the ‘Meowlingual’, a gadget it claims can translate cat meows and purrs into human phrases

2003 [13] AOL Time Warner disbands Netscape; non-profit spin-off Mozilla Foundation is established the same day (maker of Firefox, the best web browser?)

2006 [10] Twitter is launched, and quickly becomes one of the largest social media platforms

2007 [09] 125-year-old Philadelphia Phillies become first Major League Baseball team to lose 10,000 games as St Louis Cardinals beat them 10-2 (Phillies established in 1883 as ‘Philadelphia Quakers’, later called the ‘Philadelphia Blue Jays’ in the mid-1940s)

[Mon] Republican National Convention begins (Cleveland OH)
[Mon] Alternative Press Music Awards (Columbus OH)
[Mon] Caviar Day
[Mon] Get Out Of the Doghouse Day
[Mon] Nelson Mandela International Day
[Tues] Full ‘Buck’ Moon
This Week Is … Baby Food Week
This Month Is … Horseradish Month


• Are asparagus just artichokes that grew funny?
• Is it illegal to use shower curtains as regular curtains and vice versa?
• If the plural of octopus is octopi, why isn’t the plural of rabbit rabbi?
• Do newborn birds ever try to land on clouds?
• Why is in ‘incapable’ and ‘unable’ instead of ‘uncapable’ and ‘inable’?
• If everyone is unique … then are they?
• If you put a bunch of chameleons on top of a bunch of chameleons on top of a bowl of Skittles, what would happen?
– Adapted from “Furiously Happy” by Jenny Lawson.

☎ Which actors or actresses should ‘unretire’? Bridget Fonda? Jack Nicholson? Joe Pesci? Phoebe Cates?

I can go for more than 7 days without sleep … so it’s a good thing I sleep nights.

Question: According to a recent survey, the average person gets 4 of THESE a year.
Answer: Birthday gifts.

Life is a waste of time, time is a waste of life, so get wasted all of the time and have the time of your life.

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