Tuesday, July 21, 2015        Edition: #5499

Sheeters Always Prosper!

★ 46-year-old actress Jennifer Aniston has denied she had an affair with her “Friends” co-star Matt Leblanc after his father recently suggested they were once a twosome. Paul LeBlanc has alleged in an interview that the co-stars had an off-screen romance while working on the 1994-2004 sitcom, and even claims it happened during Jen’s marriage to Brad Pitt. Aniston was wed to Pitt 2000-05; LeBlanc was married to Melissa McKnight 1997-2006. Aniston’s rep has now strongly denied the claim saying, “It’s 100% false. Jennifer has never had a romantic or sexual relationship with Matt LeBlanc.”
– WENN.com
★ Many stars of long-running “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” are returning for the 2-hour series finalé set for September 27th. CBS-TV has confirmed that both William Petersen (‘Gil Grissom’) and Marg Helgenberger (‘Catherine Willows’) will go behind the yellow tape one last time, as will Jorja Fox (‘Sara Sidle’), Paul Guilfoyle (‘Jim Brass’), and Eric Szmanda (‘Greg Sanders’). There will be two notable absences: Elisabeth Shue (‘Julie Finlay’) and George Eads (‘Nick Stokes’), who’ve opted not to participate. Production on the special begins July 29th in Los Angeles.
– TVLine.com
★ And “The X-Factor” producer-judge Simon Cowell has hinted that it might soon be time for his greatest creation, One Direction, to go on hiatus. Following the news that band member Louis Tomlinson is about to become a (surprise) father for the first time, the boy-band’s mentor has said the group now has enough hits under the belt to allow for some time off. Quote: “I hope they’ll have a little bit of time apart and want to get back together again … it’s absolutely their decision.” The music mogul, who himself became a father for the first time last year, adds that he doesn’t believe Tomlinson’s predicament will negatively impact the band.
– “The Sun”

• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC/CityTV) – Heidi Klum invites guest judge Michael Bublé to the panel to help narrow down the field.
• “Children for Sale: The Fight to End Human Trafficking” (CNN) – Actress Jada Pinkett-Smith hosts this new hour-long documentary special. She accompanies undercover law enforcement officers on raids and rescues, and along the way talks with young victims.
• “Daily Show With Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central/CTV) – Barack Obama gives one last interview to Stewart before the longtime host leaves next month (August 6th). It’s Obama’s 7th appearance overall, his 3rd since becoming president.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Madonna (“Rebel Heart”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Big Talk (“Straight In No Kissin'”).
• “Knock Knock Live” (FOX) – Premiere of a new Ryan Seacrest-produced reality series in which unsuspecting people answering their doors get the chance to win cash, meet famous people, or live out their dreams.
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Modest Mouse (“Strangers to Ourselves”).
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Silentó (“Watch Me [Whip/Nae Nae]”).
• “Marilyn Denis Show” (CTV/CTV2) – Kelsea Ballerini (“The First Time”).
• “Meredith Vieira Show” (syndicated) – Toni Braxton (“Love, Marriage & Divorce”).
• “The Real” (syndicated) – Jennifer Hudson (“JHUD”).
• “So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX/CTV) – The show celebrates 10 years on-air with performances by favorite dancers and choreographers.
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Veteran singer-songwriter JD Souther.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – James Bay (“Chaos & The Calm”).
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Jill Scott (“Woman”, out Friday).

• AC/DC – Yesterday ex-drummer Phil Rudd appeared in a New Zealand court charged with breaching the conditions of his previous sentence for possessing drugs and making a death threat. He was arrested again Saturday for boozing. He’s free on bail under the new condition of regular drug & alcohol testing. He’s due back in Tauranga District Court in August.
• Bleachers / Charli XCX – Tonight they kick off the co-headlining “Charli & Jack Do America” Summer tour in San Diego CA. Supporting acts Børns and Robert DeLong make appearances on select dates.
• Ed Sheeran – He traveled 5 hours out of his way to give a private performance of his love song “Tenerife Sea” for Jake Roche (frontman of boy-band Rixton) as he surprised Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson by proposing during the girl group’s sound-check at Manchester Arena.
• Gorillaz – Blur frontman Damon Albarn has confirmed he’ll start recording a new record with the virtual band in September. Jamie Hewlett has already been posting new artwork of the band’s cartoon characters on Instagram.
• One Direction – It’s estimated Louis Tomlinson’s baby could cost him as much as £20,000 a month until the child is 18, a total of £10 million ($15 million). The expected child is the result of a brief relationship with stylist Briana Jungwirth, lasting a little over 2 weeks.
• Paul McCartney – His “very musical” ex-wife Heather Mills says she gives their 11-year-old daughter Beatrice saxophone lessons because McCartney “can’t read music”. (Still snippy after all these years.)
• Rihanna – She’s now a ‘Contributing Creative Director’ of US-based sock brand Stance, promoting 2 limited-edition sets of over-the-knee and crew socks with the brand-name ‘Murder Rih Wrote’. Only 1,500 sets are being produced, all of which are individually numbered.
• Rita Ora – After an on/off relationship with 24-year-old Ricky Hil, son of designer Tommy Hilfiger, she’s now said to have split for good due to their conflicting work schedules.
• Sam Smith – He has a new boss: Alexander Wang. The 23-year-old Grammy-winner is working on a Fall/Winter menswear line with Balenciaga, the haute fashion line Wang oversees.

Out today on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
• “What We Do In the Shadows” ( NR Horror Comedy ): New Zealand indie film by Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi, creators of the HBO series “Flight Of the Conchords”. A hilarious send-up of vampire films in which an endearingly unhip quartet of vampire friends reveals to a documentary film crew the details of their daily (and nightly) routines.
• Also released today: “The Jokesters” (Horror Thriller); “Kung Fu Killer” (Martial Arts Action); “My Beautiful Laundrette” (1985 Re-release); and “Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock & Roll Mystery” (Kids).

✓ ‘Fruit Keg Tapping Kit’ ($19.99) – A plug-in tap that turns your watermelon into a keg. Scoop out the insides, purée them, and put ’em back into the shell with vodka. Now just plug ‘n pour.
✓ ‘Interlocking Corn Holders’ ($6.99) – Corn holders aren’t anything new but what if each pair locks together to prevent painful hand-stabbings when you reach blindly into a drawer? Genius.
✓ ‘Hot & Cold Soapstone Bowls’ ($60/pair) – Thanks to 2-layer construction, these bowls-within-bowls can be safely carried with either extra-cold or extra-hot contents.
✓ ‘Rabbit Champagne Stopper’ ($9.20) – Go ahead and open the good champagne. If you don’t finish it, this new purpose-built stopper will keep it bubbly and fresh for up to a week.
✓ ‘Gem Strawberry Huller’ ($7.99) – Remove the leaves, stem, and the not-so-sweet white part of a strawberry with a quick and simple push-and-pull motion.
✓ ‘No-Spill Ice Stick Tray’ ($9.99) – This new ice tray has a silicone lid that prevents spills. And it makes sticks instead of cubes … the perfect size and shape for slipping into your water bottle.
– Condensed from “Glamour”

Ahhh, cereal. How we love your simplicity in the morning when we can barely keep our eyes open. All you need is a clean bowl, a pour of milk, and the flakes or ‘O’s of your choosing. At least, that’s what we thought until this Twitter quote came to light: “Am I the only one that can’t eat cereal without ice cubes?!!” Yes, apparently lots of people actually add ice cubes to their cereal, as if a dash of cold milk isn’t enough to chill the whole bowl. If you’re one of these unique ice cube revolutionaries, where have you been hiding and why is this the first time we’ve heard about this? The odd practice is now making waves throughout the Twitter-sphere as a mass of icy cereal pics have been posted. (What odd thing do you eat for breakfast?)
– Sourced from “Woman’s Day”

Lay’s Potato Chips has announced the 4 finalist flavors in its “Do Us A Flavor” contest …
• ‘Kettle Cooked Greektown Gyro’
• ‘New York Reuben’
• ‘Southern Biscuits & Gravy’
• ‘Wavy West Coast Truffle Fries’
Snackers can vote for their favorite. The winning flavor will be revealed this October.
(If these seem odd, be advised that in Japan there are ‘Octopus Flavored Chips’.)
– @DailyNews

✗ You try for gorgeous, natural beach hair … it just turns into a tangled mess.
✗ You know if you wear sunglasses all day you’ll end up with raccoon eyes on your face.
✗ Once you find a spot and put your towel down, someone will get sand on it. Without a doubt.
✗ Walking in sand wearing shoes is so awkward. But if you don’t, you burn your feet.
✗ No matter how hot it is, trying to swim is a challenge because the water is always so cold.
✗ If you go swimming wearing a strapless top, you live in fear of flashing everyone.
✗ The public washrooms or port-o-potties are always SO gross and wet.
✗ Seagulls seem adorable until they come near your food and purse.
✗ Whenever a cute guy walks by, you’re inevitably sweating and burning up.
✗ Even though you apply sunscreen all day, you always end up beet red.
– Adapted from BuzzFeed.com

• Some cats are allergic to humans.
– NationalGeographic.com
• Zebras’ coats are just black. It’s their undercoats that have white stripes.
– “Mental Floss”
• There are only 30 Amur Leopards, 35 Javan Rhinos, and less than 400 Sumatran Tigers left on Earth.
– List25.com
• According to the UN Environment Program, over 150 species become extinct every single day.
– HuffingtonPost.com


1948 [67] Garry (Garretson Beakman) Trudeau, NYC, political cartoonist (“Doonesbury” since 1970)/TV creator-writer (“Alpha House” on Amazon Prime since 2013)

1957 [58] Jon Lovitz, Tarzana CA, movie actor (“Grown Ups 2”, “The Producers”)/former TV comic (“Saturday Night Live” 1985-90)

1970 [45] Alysia Reiner, Gainsville FL, TV actress (‘Natalie Figueroa’ on “Orange Is the New Black” since 2013)

1970 [45] Michael Fitzpatrick, Montluçon, France, neo-soul/indie pop singer (Fitz & The Tantrums-“The Walker”, “Out of My League”)

1972 [43] Paul Brandt (Belobersycky), Calgary AB, country singer (“Get a Bed”, “I Do”)

1978 [37] Josh Hartnett, San Francisco CA, TV actor (“Penny Dreadful” since 2014)/movie actor (“Hollywood Homicide”)

• “Crème Brûlée Day”, saluting the yummy French dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel. It’s normally served at room temperature.

• “Hemingway Days”, the 35th annual festival saluting the noted author in Key West FL through Sunday. A highlight is the ‘Hemingway Look-Alike Contest’ which draws greybeards from all over. (Today is the 116th anniversary of Hemingway’s 1899 birth date.)
NET: http://www.fla-keys.com/hemingwaymedia

• “Junk Food Day”. If your health wasn’t a factor, which junk food would you chow down on every chance you got: Burgers, Pizza, Hot Dogs, Tacos, Fries, Chocolate?

• “No Pet Store Puppies Day”, the 5th annual initiated by the SPCA to educate the public about the connection between pet stores and ‘puppy mills’, commercial dog breeding facilities where the emphasis in on profit, not on animal welfare.
NET: http://nopetstorepuppies.com

2013 [02] Brit cyclist Chris Froome wins the title in his 1st time competing in the Tour de France

2011 [04] NASA’s Space Shuttle program ends with the landing of the shuttle ‘Atlantis’ after mission STS-135

2012 [03] After 5 years, Turkish adventurer Erden Eruç completes the only solo human-powered circumnavigation of the world (hiking, using rowboats, kayaks, bicycles, etc)

[Wed] “Home Free” debuts (FOX)
[Wed] “Last Comic Standing” season debut (NBC)
[Wed] “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” airs (Syfy/Space)
[Thurs] Hot Enough For Ya Day
[Fri] WayHome Music & Arts Festival opens (Barrie ON)
[Fri] Newport Folk Festival opens (Newport RI)
This Week Is … Everybody Deserves a Massage Week
This Month Is … Vacation Rental Month


• Being child-free makes it easier for a woman to maintain her body … unless she’s an A-list celebrity with a live-in chef and a plastic surgeon on speed-dial.
• Forget camping, theme parks and all-inclusives, you can enjoy sexy weekend breaks whenever and wherever you want.
• You never, ever have to listen to children’s TV blaring in the background, let alone participate in the real-life horror of watching it.
• Swearing … one of life’s pleasures. It’s totally robbed from you when you have a child and have to watch your Ps & Qs all the f—ing time.
• You never have to ‘stay together for the kids’ … the excuse people often use for not having the balls to leave a bad relationship.
• Traveling outside of school holiday periods can cost far less. Vacation destinations are also a lot quieter.
• You’ve got time. Time to travel, socialize, go to the gym, drink gin in the bath at 3 pm, or dance on tables until the sun comes up.
• You never, ever have to stress over finding a babysitter for an entire week before going out for dinner. Or paying 50 bucks to a pimply teen for the privilege.
• Sleep. Period. Says it all, doesn’t it?
• Money. Ditto.
– Adapted from “Metro”

I’ve got a mind like a … a … what’s that thing called?

Despite their name, scientists say many of these creatures are lazy freeloaders. Which?
a. Worker Bees
b. Cowboy Beetles
c. Worker Ants [CORRECT]
– “Quartz”

☎ If you could pick, how would you want to die? In your sleep, guns blazing, or what?

Question: If money gets tight, over half of us say THIS would be the 1st thing we’d cut back on.
Answer: Cable/satellite TV.

Forgive and forget, but keep a list of names just in case.

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