Monday, July 17, 2017        Edition: #6014

Can You Believe This Sheet?

★ Jennifer Lawrence isn’t pretty enough to portray Sharon Tate, according to the murdered actress’ sister.  Debra Tate was asked about reports that director Quentin Tarantino’s plans for a movie about Charles Manson which include either Margot Robbie or Lawrence playing pregnant Sharon Tate,  who was killed by members of the Manson Family cult in 1969.  Debra Tate says that while both are accomplished actors, her pick would be Robbie, because Lawrence is “not pretty enough to play Sharon. That’s a horrible thing to say, but I have my standards.”
(Not pretty enough?  Probably the first time anyone has said that about JLaw!)
-Jam.Canoe, Movieweb
★ ‘The Walking Dead’ showrunner Scott M. Gimple says the production is “heartbroken” by the death of stuntman John Bernecker.  Production on the eighth season of the AMC show was halted after the stunt performer sustained serious injuries in a fall on the set in Atlanta on Wednesday.  He later passed away.  Bernecker’s family says his organs will be donated.
★ Mark Hamill has been bestowed one of Disney’s highest honors, but he still can’t believe Carrie Fisher wasn’t there to see it.  Hamill and Fisher were named ‘Disney Legends’ during a ceremony Friday at the company’s biannual fan convention, the D23 Expo in Anaheim.  Hamill said Fisher would have been making him laugh at the event and treating it with some irreverence.  Other honorees included Oprah Winfrey and Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee.
★ Jada Pinkett Smith says she was rejected to portray her now-husband Will Smith’s girlfriend in ‘The Fresh Prince of Bell-Air’. The 45-year-old actress has revealed she was turned down by the producers of the popular US sitcom – which ran from 1990 to 1996 – because she was ”too short” to be Will Smith’s on-screen girlfriend.
(Oh, well, ‘Smell Ya Later’!)
★ After an exhaustive search for the right person to take on the role of ‘Aladdin’ in the upcoming live-action version of the story, Disney has announced that Mena Massoud has been selected.  Massoud will star alongside ‘Power Rangers’ star Naomi Scott as Jasmine, and A-lister Will Smith as the Genie. No reveal has yet been made as to who’ll be taking on the villain of the film, Jafar, but British actor Tom Hardy is supposedly a frontrunner. ‘Aladdin’ is set to hit movie theatres on March 29, 2019, and with filming slated to begin this month, the release date was in some jeopardy.


• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Queen Latifah, Kyle Mooney, Portugal. The Man
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Al Gore, Issa Rae, Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner & James McAlister
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Maya Rudolph, Matt Johnson
• ” The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Jennifer Lopez, Terry Crews, Justin Theroux, Green Day ( R )
• “Last Call with Carson Daly” (NBC/CTV): Dominic Purcell, Night Beats, Baron Vaughn ( R )
• “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy): Regina Hall
• “@Midnight with Chris Hardwick” (Comedy): Hal Rudnick, Andy Signore, Jenny Nicholson
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Christina Applegate, Sherri Shepherd, Car Seat Headrest ( R )
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Vicki Gunvalson, Lydia McLaughlin
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Jackie Miranne
• “The Talk” (CBS): Ryan Phillippe, Kit Hoover
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Maya Rudolph, Dove Cameron
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Salma Hayek, Jennifer Hudson ( R )
• “Wendy Williams” (FOX): Ellie Lee, Melissa Garcia
• “Harry” (NBC/CTV): Willie Geist, Patina Miller ( R )
• “The Real” (FOX): Glamour, guest co-host Kandi Burruss ( R )
• “The Bachelorette” (ABC): Rachel returns to the United States to visit the hometowns of the remaining bachelors.
• “American Ninja Warrior” (NBC): “Denver Qualifiers” Competitors face three new obstacles called Bouncing Spider, Rail Runner and Ninjago Roll.

• Solange Knowles – ignored doctor’s orders to perform at London’s Lovebox Festival on Friday. She told her audience at the Noisey tent that she ”broke out of hospital” after three days to make the festival because she wanted to feel the ”love”.
• One Direction – Louis Tomlinson has a new solo deal.  He has already signed a solo deal with Simon Cowell’s Syco and with RCA in the US, but he has now confirmed he has a brand new contract with the record label, which is home to the likes of Fifth Harmony, Drake and Nicole Scherzinger. (How many more of these guys are there?)
• Miley Cyrus – has said goodbye to her tongue-wagging, twerking days. She has decided to tone down her image after her sometimes shocking antics left her feeling exploited. (You don’t say?)
• Demi Lovato – has weighed in on the Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight.  She says that McGregor might be crazy enough to win.  Quote: “Here’s the thing, Floyd is obviously a boxer and he’s obviously very very good at it, but Conor’s crazy.” (Did you see their promo tour?  They’re BOTH crazy!)
• Sebastian Bach – the former Skid Row frontman underwent surgery Thursday, but was vague on what for.  He posted that it was “singing-related” but had nothing to do with his voice or throat.  (So that leaves what?  The hand he uses to hold the mic?)
• Smashing Pumpkins – singer Billy Corgan has partnered with online gear marketplace ‘Reverb’ to sell equipment he used to record and tour for many Smashing Pumpkins records. Corgan will list over 100 guitars, amps and other items on the website.
• DMX – the rapper pleaded not guilty Friday in federal court in New York to 14 charges related to tax fraud. He was released after posting a $500,000 bond. According to prosecutors, he owes $1.7 million and hid millions in income from the I.R.S.
• Sheryl Crow – her next album, tentatively slated for release next year, features collaborations with Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks, Joe Walsh, Don Henley, Willie Nelson, and others.
• Guns N’ Roses – have canceled plans to visit Jerusalem after reports of violence at a holy site in the city.  Activists often urge touring acts to boycott Israel because of the ongoing humanitarian conflict between the state and its Palestinian neighbor.
• Poison – country singer Lauren Alaina wants to do CMT Crossroads with them.  She Tweeted the suggestion, and Poison Tweeted back, “Sounds like nothin’ but a good time!!”
• Toby Keith – his next album, ‘The Bus Songs’, will feature 12 of Keith’s more unorthodox songs, all of which were written – as the title suggests – on his tour bus.  It comes out September 8.
• Shania Twain – will headline the opening ceremony of the U.S. Open on Aug. 28 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.
• Dean Brody – is up for his 14th Canadian Country Music Association award for his sixth album, ‘Beautiful Freakshow’.  His competition includes Meghan Patrick, High Valley, James Barker Band and Dallas Smith.  The CCMAs happen September 10 in Saskatoon.

According to an etiquette expert, here are the top 10 etiquette faux pas you probably didn’t realize you are making:
✓ Never shake hands while seated. Even if you are introduced while seated, always stand.
(I did that once!)
✓ The guest of honor at any event always sits to the right of the host. (In my circles, that’s the dude who brought the booze…)
✓  If a glass has a stem, you should always hold it there and not by the cup … even if you are only drinking water. (Fortunately, most cans do not have a stem…)
✓ Soup should always be scooped away from you.  (Ah!  THAT’S why the Queen was scowling at me!)
✓At the end of a meal, place your napkin to the left of your plate to signify that you are done eating.  (And at that point may I remove my chaw from the napkin and resume chewing?)
✓ Other than a wedding ring or religious jewelry, diamonds are only supposed to be worn after 6 p.m.  (So….girls don’t have a best friend until dinnertime?)
✓ Regarding the cheek kiss, in North America, it’s one kiss, right cheek to right cheek.  In Europe it can be 2 or 3, depending on the country.  (And make sure you get the right set of cheeks!)
✓ Never write “Please RSVP” on an invitation.  It’s redundant. Simply write RSVP.  RSVP stands for répondez s’il vous plaît, which means “Please respond,” so the “please” is already included. (Or write “R, please”.)
✓ If you need to leave a room, simply say “please excuse me,” never “pardon me.” Asking for a pardon is reserved for service staff. (Or burpers.  Or murderers, come to think of it…)
(You had me at ‘faux pas!)
(I always figured that as long as my pinkie is extended, I’m good!)
(I don’t know how you did on this list, but if I were a ballplayer, I’d be batting about .800!)
(My first etiquette mistake was not knowing what etiquette meant!)

Yes, a massive iceberg the size of Jamaica has broken away from western Antarctica, but when you hear about THIS, you will really understand the seriousness of global warming.  It’s REALLY messing with our wine.  A new study indicates that global warming is likely to not only make fancy types of wine trickier to get hold of – it’s also going to increase the price of wine across the board.  Rising temperatures in winemaking countries are likely to increase the cost of labor in vineyards. According to the study, as heat rises in August, a month when a significant amount of the harvest is brought in, there’s a 15% drop in the amount of time laborers are able to work.  There’s also a drop in productivity, slowing down the wine production process.   How much does production drop?  They found that workers who pick grapes take 2.1%  more unscheduled work breaks for every additional degree of temperature.  Equally concerning is the fact that increased heat is also affecting the taste of wine, damaging the quality of grapes and shortening the growing season.  Previous research has found that intense heat can affect when grapes ripen, and mess with the delicate balance of sugars and acidity. Less water means smaller grapes with more tannins, causing that bitter, drying sensation you get from red wine.
(And think of how difficult it is going to be to make ICE wine!)
(If prices go way  up, does that make EVERY wine a premium wine?)
(I know that if MY job were to make wine, I’d probably take a lot of unscheduled breaks, too!)

Now that some are claiming that kale and probiotics might not be all they are cracked up to be, along comes what might be the next great superfood: Bee Pollen.  Yup.  Bee pollen is the mixture of pollen from flowers and bee saliva that male bees not only transport back to the hive, but as they go from flower to flower they also leave some behind. This is pollination, and it’s responsible for the incredible diversity in our food supply.  This pollen, which we can get at local farmers’ markets and health food stores, carries a load of health benefits for us.  Bee pollen is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. It is approximately 40 per cent protein and has dramatic benefits for our energy levels, thanks to its abundance of B vitamins. Bee pollen has  anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties and is protective of the liver and supportive of the immune system.  Bee pollen also has the ability to have a positive effect on the allergy response in the body.  And that’s just the nutritional side: It also tastes great! Good bee pollen is rich and creamy and melts in your mouth. Bee pollen can be added to smoothies, sprinkled over cereal and oatmeal, added as a topping to pancakes and waffles, mixed into veggie and fruit salads and even sprinkled on ice cream.
(I might have known that it contains Vitamin BEE!)
(Great.  Just as all the bees are dying we find that they hold the key to immortality!)
(Yes, apparently it is some of your beeswax!)


1935 [82] Donald Sutherland, Saint John NB, still-working movie actor (“Hunger Games” movies)/TV actor (“Crossing Lines” since 2013)/Hollywood Walk of Fame (2011)

1947 [70] Duchess of Cornwall (Camilla Parker Bowles Windsor), Plumpton UK, Prince Charles’ longtime mistress whom he finally wed in 2005

1952 [65] David Hasselhoff, Baltimore, MD, TV actor (“Knight Rider”, “Baywatch”, judge on “America’s Got Talent” from 2006-2009 and (ha!) recording artist)

1954 [63] Angela Merkel (Kasner), Hamburg, Germany, Chancellor of Germany since 2005/listed by some sources as ‘World’s Most Powerful Woman’

1960 [57] Mark Burnett, London UK, really rich TV producer (“Survivor”, “The Voice”)

1976 [41] Luke Bryan, Leesburg GA, country singer (“Kick the Dust Up”, “I See You”)

1979 [38] Mike Vogel, Abington PA, TV actor (‘Dale Barbara’ on “Under the Dome” 2013-15)

1985 [32] Tom Cullen, Aberystwyth, Wales, TV actor (‘Lord Gillingham’ on “Downton Abbey” 2013-2014)

• “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.

• “Get Out Of the Doghouse Day”, sort of like a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card from the game of “Monopoly”. In trouble with somebody you care about? This is the day to apologize, mend hurts, and try to get back to normal.

• “Peach Ice Cream Day” (aka ‘Fuzz Ripple’). Who cares why? Gimme some! Most ice cream makers only make the stuff during summer.

• “Yellow Pig Day”,  is a mathematician’s holiday celebrating yellow pigs (is there such a thing!?!), and the number 17.  It is celebrated annually since the early 1960’s, primarily on college campuses, and primarily by mathematicians.

• “National Tattoo Day”, a celebration of body art; everything from the artwork decorating the proud owners of tattoos and the thousands of studios that continue to rise around the country.  (These days, are you a rebel if you DON’T have a tattoo?)

[Tues] Caviar Day
[Tues] Nelson Mandela Day
[Wed] Daiquiri Day
[Wed] New Friends Day
This Week Is…Zoo Keepers Week
This Month Is…Ice Cream Month

2004 [13] Martha Stewart is sentenced to five months in prison plus five months in home confinement for lying to federal investigators

1955 [62] ‘Disneyland’ officially opens in Anaheim CA, less than a year after construction began (now hosts over 17 million visitors a year, who spend close to $3 billion)

2013 [04] In an effort to curb obesity rates, United Arab Emirates offers citizens 1 gram of gold for every kilogram of weight they lose

1982 [35] 52-year-old Don Bennett of Seattle becomes 1st ‘One-Legged Mountain Climber’ to hop to the top of Washington’s 14,408-ft Mount Rainier


• The ZIP in ZIP code stands for Zone Improvement Plan.
• Elvis never performed a single encore, so when he left, he wasn’t coming back. Hence the phrase, “Elvis has left the building.”
• Yoda and Miss Piggy were both voiced by the same person.
• The longest English word having only a single vowel is ‘strengths’.
• Wombats poop cubes.

The ‘Dad bod’ is a popular one, but let’s talk about some …
✓ ‘Netflix Autoplay Bod’
✓ ‘Corpse Pose is Still a Yoga Pose Bod’
✓ ‘Too Cheap to Join a Gym Bod’
✓ ‘Sauntering Counts as Exercise Bod’
✓ ‘Too Cold Outside Bod’
✓ ‘Too Hot Outside Bod’
✓ ‘Ben & Jerry’s Was 2-for-1 Bod’
✓ ‘Positive Thinking Counts as Exercise Bod’
✓ ‘Not Sure Why There’s a Dairy Queen Where the Gym Should Be Bod’
✓ ‘Dairy Queen Bod’
– Thanks to Sara Boboltz, first published in BS in 2015

☎ What is the best or worst tattoo that you have ever seen? (Spelling counts!)

I’m going back to sleep.  I refuse to give up on my dreams.

Question: 12% of people who are unhappy with their homes say it’s because of THIS.
Answers: Neighbors.

Grow through what you go through.

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