Thursday, July 24, 2014        Edition: #5269

Never Accept a Generic – Ask For Pure “BS”!

★ Comic book icon Alan Moore is urging fans to boycott Dwayne Johnson’s new “Hercules” movie because it’s … ‘wretched’. Outspoken Moore believes it’s shameless for director Brett Ratner to release the film so soon after the death of fellow comic book writer Steve Moore (no relation), who created the “Hercules: The Thracian War” series. He died earlier this year. Alan Moore says his namesake found out about plans to turn his comics into a movie just a few months before his death and was angry about not being consulted. Dwayne Johnson hits the bigscreen as “Hercules” on Friday. (Um, when you sell the rights … you sell the rights.)
★ The best-selling novel “Fight Club” is getting a sequel. The sequel “Fight Club 2” is being planned as a 10-issue Dark Horse Comics miniseries coming in 2015. It picks up a decade after the ending of the original book, which was released in 1996. There’s no word yet if there is a movie adaptation in the works for this project. The critically acclaimed screen version of the original debuted in movie theaters in 1999, starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. (It’s OK, guys. We don’t need another sequel.)
★ And 27-year-old “Glee” star Naya Rivera has married close pal Ryan Dorsey, just 3 months after her engagement to rapper Big Sean ended. Reports say she and her longtime friend Ryan tied the knot in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in front of a small group of friends and family after a whirlwind romance. The wedding comes as a shock to many as it was only revealed last week that the couple was even dating after they were spotted on vacation together. Quoted in “People” magazine, they say: ”True love always prevails.” (Would you marry your bestie?)
– Bang Showbiz

• Comic-Con International (San Diego CA) – The much-imitated annual festival of fandom through Sunday features never-before-seen film trailers, first-look footage, A-list talent, and the usual array of fan-made superhero costumes. Highlights: A cast reunion from the 1984 film “The Goonies”; Megan Fox & Will Arnett hype the new “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (out August 8th); Benedict Cumberbatch promotes “Penguins Of Madagascar” (November 14th); and rumor has it Marvel will screen footage from “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” (May 1st, 2015).
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Tori Amos (“Unrepentant Geraldines”).
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – A performance by Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson ONE”. Rerun.
• “Fifty Shades of Grey” – Today the official trailer for the movie adaptation of the erotic best-seller hits the web. Beyoncé has already shared a teaser that features a slowed-down version of her hit “Crazy in Love”. The film’s due in theaters February 13, 2015.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – 5 Seconds of Summer (“5 Seconds of Summer”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Cerebral Ballzy (“Jaded & Faded”). Rerun.
• “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” (CBS) – Gloria Estefan (“The Standards”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Sharon Van Etten (“Are We There”).
• MTV Fan Fest (San Diego CA) – Linkin Park headlines this first-time event taking place in conjunction with Comic Con. The all-new “Fandom Awards”, which recognize the achievements of fans, are part of the festivities. A 1-hour highlight special airs on mtvU this Sunday.
• “The Talk” (CBS) – Sheila E (“Icon”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Kesha (“Warrior”); Tweedy (“Sukierae”).

• A$AP Rocky – A woman is suing him, claiming he hit her in the face as he worked his way through the crowd at the Made in America festival in Philadelphia PA last September, leading to the ‘exacerbation of pre-existing conditions’. She wants at least $75,000 in damages.
• Backstreet Boys – They have cancelled concerts in Tel Aviv, Israel in the wake of the escalating Middle-East conflict. The band says the July 29-31 shows have been cut from their schedule for now, but they’re optimistically trying to re-book for next year.
• Billy Joel – He’s set to be the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, to be awarded in Washington DC this November. The prize honors a living musical artist’s lifetime achievement.
• Brett Kissel – He leads nominations for the 2014 “Canadian Country Music Association Awards” with a total of 8, including ‘Single Of the Year’ (“Started With a Song”), ‘Album Of the Year’, and ‘Male Artist Of the Year’. The “CCMAs” are handed out September 7th.
• Godsmack – Their monster new 6-minute song “Generation Day” comes from the upcoming album “1000hp”, due August 5th.
• Magic! – Their million-selling debut single “Rude” is nominated for ‘Choice Single’ and ‘Choice Summer Song’ at the “2014 Teen Choice Awards” (FOX), coming August 10th.
• Wiz Khalifa – Tonight he headlines the 22-date “Under the Influence of Music Tour” as it kicks off in Scranton PA. Also on the bill: Young Jeezy, Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign and others. Khalifa’s long-awaited 3rd album, “Blacc Hollywood”, finally arrives August 19th.

A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “The Best Man Wedding” – Writer-director Malcolm D Lee is shooting a 3rd film in the “Best Man” series that’s scheduled to be released April 15, 2016. It follows 1999’s original “The Best Man”, and last year’s” The Best Man Holiday”. The cast of the previous films is also expected to return including Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, and Regina Hall.
• “Manimal” – Sony Pictures is rebooting the vintage TV show as an action-comedy movie combining animation and live action. The original 1983 NBC series starred Simon MacCorkindale as a man with the ability to turn himself into any animal, a talent he used to help police catch criminals. Actor Will Ferrell is a co-producer on the movie project.
• “Medusa” – British film director Peter Webber is planning to shoot another movie based around the story behind a famous painting. It would be his follow-up to 2003’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring”, which starred Scarlett Johansson as the subject of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer’s famous 17th century painting. The new film is set in post-revolutionary France.
• “Silence” – Martin Scorsese’s long-delayed movie adaptation of Shusako Endo’s 1966 historical novel of the same name is now set to hit theaters in November 2015. Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver star as 17th century Jesuit missionaries who travel to Japan to search for their mentor. Liam Neeson and Ken Watanabe co-star. Production begins in Taiwan later this year.

Watching your waistline? Reach for umami, new research suggests. Like spicy foods, it may help curb your appetite. Umami is the savory flavor that’s been dubbed the ‘5th taste’ after bitter, salty, sour, and sweet. A loanword from Japanese, it can be translated as ‘pleasant savory taste’. Scientists are as yet unsure why certain foods affect appetite. It could be based on which taste buds are activated by specific foods. But at least according to this latest study, eating umami may help you feel fuller and more satisfied. Foods high in natural umami include beef, pork, chicken, tomatoes, and mushrooms. (Our first exposure to it is often breast milk. Does that explain the name … umami?)

The 13th edition of Britain’s “Chambers Dictionary” has added 1,000 new words, including a slew of slang words. Among them …
• ‘Bitcoin’ … Online currency.
• ‘Bridezilla’ … A neurotic and demanding bride-to-be.
• ‘Cougar’ … A woman who chooses a lover significantly younger than herself.
• ‘Dad Dancing’ … The awkward, dorky dance moves exhibited by out-of-date dads.
• ‘F— buddy’ … A person with whom one shares a physical relationship only.
• ‘Hipsters’ … A subculture that values independent thinking, counter-culture, and creativity.
• ‘MILF’ … Mother I’d Like (to) F—.
• ‘Sexting’ … Fake sex via text.
• ‘Totes Amazeballs’ … Wow.
• ‘YOLO’ – You Only Live Once.
The dictionary, first published in 1872, typically contains more unconventional entries than the “Oxford” or “Merriam-Webster” dictionaries. (What current slang term do you think will last?)
– “The Independent”

If you have a desk job, you spend approximately 9.3 hours per day sitting. Sitting for 6 or more hours daily makes you 40% more likely to die within 15 years than someone who sits less than 3 … even if you eat healthy and exercise. In fact, sitting all day is one of the most dangerous things you do. Here’s why …
✗ As soon as you sit down your body basically goes into meltdown. Electrical activity in your leg muscles, for instance, shuts off completely.
✗ Calorie-burning drops to 1 calorie per minute.
✗ Enzymes that help break down fat drop by almost 90%.
✗ After 2 hours of sitting your good cholesterol drops by 20%.
✗ Sitting for most of the day increases your risk of heart attack as much as smoking.
A few solutions: Get a standing desk, pace around, fidget, and reduce your sitting time. (And get the heck off the couch while you’re at home.)
– Adapted from

The ‘’, which stands for ‘Personal Drink ID’, is a new portable device that can detect the presence of roofies in that beverage you just put down on the bar. The battery-powered gizmo is being funded on Indiegogo. Borrowing technology from the US Drug Enforcement Administration, it works by analyzing your drink’s molecular components via its light spectrum, current, and temperature. All you have to do is dunk the battery-powered gadget into your cocktail, and it’ll give you a reading as well as lighting up if your drink’s been drugged. It’s expected to cost $75 and the makers expect to begin shipping product in March. (Nifty idea but needs a better name, no?)
– “New York Daily News”

London hotel bar The Artesian has been named ‘World’s Best Bar’ for the 2nd year in-a-row at the 8th annual “Tales Of the Cocktail” festival in New Orleans LA. The bar in The Langham boutique hotel has also snagged ‘Best International Hotel Bar’, ‘Best International Bar Team’, and ‘International Bartender Of the Year’ for its barman Simone Caporale. Other winners …
• The Dead Rabbit in NYC … ‘World’s Best Drinks Selection’.
• 28 Hong Kong Street in Singapore … ‘Best International Cocktail Bar’.
• The Aviary in Chicago IL … ‘World’s Best Cocktail Menu’.
The festival is one of the most highly anticipated events for the cocktail and bartending world. (Funny, don’t see our hangout the Bucket of Blood on the list here anywhere.)
– “The Times-Picayune”

Babies practice their 1st word in their heads for months before saying it out loud. (“M-m-m-mommy”)
– “The Times”


1968 [46] Kristin Chenoweth, Broken Arrow OK, 4′-11″ TV actress (“The Good Wife” 2012, “Pushing Daisies” 2007-09)/movie actress (“Four Christmases”)/Broadway actress (“Wicked”)

1969 [45] Jennifer Lopez, Bronx NY, pop singer (“On the Floor”)/TV personality (“American Idol” 2011-12, 2014)/movie actress (“Out of Sight”)/estimated net worth $250 million (2014)

1975 [39] Eric Szmanda, Milwaukee WI, TV actor (‘Greg Sanders’ on “CSI” since 2000)

1982 [32] Elisabeth Moss, LA CA, TV actress (‘Peggy Olson’ on “Mad Men” since 2007, ‘Zoey Bartlet’ on “The West Wing” 1999-2006)

1982 [32] Anna Paquin, Winnipeg MB [raised Wellington NZ], TV actress (‘Sookie Stackhouse’ on “True Blood” since 2008)/movie actress (“X-Men” films, 1994 Oscar-“The Piano”)

1990 [24] Jay McGuiness, Newark UK, boy-band pop singer (The Wanted-“Chasing the Sun”, “Glad You Came”)

• “Cousins Day”, to honor all cousins who are living and pay homage to those who aren’t. (Or, as it’s known in [co-host’s] family, ‘Spouses Day’.)

• “Drive-Thru Day”, honoring all businesses that allow you to shop without leaving your vehicle. There are drive-thru banks, coffee shops, fast-food restaurants, florists, ice cream bars, liquor stores, marriage chapels (Las Vegas), and pharmacies. What’s the weirdest you’ve seen?

• “Tell an Old Joke Day”, a good excuse to open up your phone lines and have listeners tell their best joke … but only if they’re under 5-years-old.

• “Tequila Day”, celebrating Mexico’s national booze that’s becoming increasingly popular in other drinks beside margaritas. But we still like it the old fashioned way – a little salt, a slice of lime and … hay carumba!

• “Virtual Love Day”, a day for those who have experienced the ‘excitement, joy, and sorrow’ of an online relationship and especially for those who’ve found true love through the Internet.

2013 [01] American psychologist & sexologist Virginia Johnson dies at age 88 in St Louis MO (inspiration for current Showtime TV series “Masters of Sex”)

1995 [19] 1st woman to announce a network baseball game (Suzyn Waldman on “ABC Monday Night Baseball”)

2005 [09] US cyclist Lance Armstrong wins a record 7th consecutive Tour de France (all 7 titles later stripped due to doping)

[Fri] Lumberjack Day
[Fri] System Administrator Appreciation Day
[Sat] Day Of the Cowboy
[Sun] Korean War Veterans Armistice Day
[Sun] Take Your Houseplant For a Walk Day
This Week Is … Make Someone Smile Week
This Month Is … Horseradish Month


• “Don’t worry, my parents are asleep.”
• “I’ll get a world record for this!”
• “Let me just reach in and get your watch out of the printing press.”
• “Don’t worry, it’s fireproof.”
• “I’m making a citizen’s arrest!”
• “So, you’re a cannibal?”
• “Which wire was I supposed to cut?”
• “Don’t worry. I saw this done on TV.”
• “Oh look, there’s an attachment to that email!”
• “Maybe this wasn’t such a good idea …”

☎ Did you (or would you) find out what gender of baby you were having?

I have a secret fishing spot that nobody knows about … not even the fish.

Worldwide, about 40 square miles of land are transformed into which each day?
a. Parking lots
b. Golf courses.
c. Desert. [CORRECT]
– “Weird Fact Of the Day”

Question: Before the age of 1 THIS happens to babies about twice a day, every day.
Answer: They have their picture taken.

Sometimes the ‘majority’ only means that all the fools are on the same side.

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