Friday, July 29, 2016 – Edition: #5785

Monthly Planning Calendar in Today’s Issue!

★ Just a week out of the starting blocks and a sequel for the supernatural horror movie “Lights Out” starring Teresa Palmer has been confirmed. The film was made for just $4.9 million but its $35 million gross worldwide since its release has led to a 2nd movie being greenlighted. Director David F Sandberg says his plan was to make no-budget short films to get the Swedish Film Institute’s attention for a grant, but then New Line Cinema called and asked him to fill out one of his shorts into a feature film.
★ Think there’s no money in music anymore? 60-year-old record exec/producer LA Reid has just forked out $18 million for a Los Angeles mansion which was originally on the market for $28 million (seems he still knows how to cut a deal). The 7-bedroom property in Bel-Air comes with 7 bathrooms, an elevator, infinity pool with spa, built-in gym, indoor cinema, retractable glass walls, chef’s kitchen, and a bar with 300-bottle wine cellar. No worries about a mortgage. Reid is reportedly worth around $300 million.
– Bang Showbiz
★ And 56-year-old Simon Cowell says he’s training his son … for a Syco job. The Brit music mogul has already mapped out 2-year-old Eric’s career, saying he plans to give the youngster a role at Syco Music when he is old enough. It seems to run in the family, as Simon’s father, Eric Sr (1918-1999), was also music industry executive. As to Eric Jr, Simon says: “He loves music, loves dancing. He’s going to follow me into what I do. I know that.” No word on what Simon’s partner Lauren Silverman (38) has to say about it.
– “Entertainment Tonight”

• “Cats” (NYC) – Sunday Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway revival opens with singer Leona Lewis playing ‘Grizabella’. The original version ran from 1982 until 2000.
• “Chelsea” (Netflix) – Tonight The Go-Go’s (“Talk Show”).
• “Good Morning America” (ABC) – Today James Bay (“Chaos & The Calm”).
• Hard Summer Festival (Fontana CA) – Saturday-Sunday artists on the bill at the Auto Club Speedway include DJ Khaled, Ice Cube, Major Lazer, Ty Dolla $ign and more.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight Domo Genesis f/Anderson Paak (“Dapper”). Rerun.
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/M3) – Tonight Catfish & the Bottlemen (“Ride”). Rerun.
• Osheaga Music & Arts Festival (Montréal QC) – The 11th annual 3-day indie music event at Parc Jean-Drapeau is headlined by Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Lana Del Rey. Also on the bill are Bastille, Disclosure, Future, The Lumineers, Silversun Pickups and many more.
• OVO Fest (Toronto ON) – Tonight Drake’s 7th annual hometown fest at Echo Beach features Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa. Saturday’s artists include Machel Montano and Beenieman. Then Drake’s own “Summer Sixteen” tour moves over to the Air Canada Centre Sunday-Monday.
• “Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens” (Syfy) – Sunday the 4th installment of the campy horror-comedy series debuts. Stars Ian Ziering and Tara Reid are back alongside a cast that includes Gary Busey, David Hasselhoff, Stacey Dash, and Vince Neil.
• “Teen Choice Awards” (FOX/Global) – Sunday John Cena & Victoria Justice host the 18th annual fan-voted honors. Beyoncé, Drake, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, and Zayn Malik top the music categories. Justin Timberlake wins the ‘Teen Choice Decade Award’.
• “Today Show” (NBC) – This morning Jimmy Buffett (“Songs from St Somewhere”).
• Watershed Music & Camping Festival (George WA) – This 5th annual event has an impressive lineup, with Jason Aldean, Eric Church, and Keith Urban headlining. It’s the first-ever country music festival to play 2 consecutive weekends (this and next).

• Guns N’ Roses – They’ve now extended their reunion tour. Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan have dates booked well into next year. Their managers says: “‘I’ve been told there is no end date.”
• Jack White – His Third Man Records is celebrating its 7th anniversary on Saturday and will attempt to make history by playing the first vinyl record … in space. A vessel called the iCarus Craft will be used to launch a turntable containing a gold-plated 12-inch master of Carl Sagan’s “A Glorious Dawn”. The disc marks the label’s 3-millionth record pressing.
• Jake Owen – His 5th studio album “American Love” is out today. Owens says this one’s important because: “This is me, this is what I want to say and this is what I want people to remember me for.”
• The Ramones – Today a massive “40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition” of their self-titled debut album is released. The collection includes stereo and mono versions of the original; a collection of alternate mixes, outtakes, and demos; and a live album recorded in August 1976.

• “Bad Moms” ( R-Rated Comedy ): When 3 overworked and under-appreciated moms are pushed beyond their limits, they ditch their conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom, fun, and self-indulgence. Stars Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell, Christina Applegate.
• “Jason Bourne” ( PG-13 Action Thriller ): ‘Bourne’ again! Director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon reunite for the first time since 2007’s “Bourne Ultimatum” for this latest installment about the former CIA operative . This time around ‘Bourne’ is drawn out of hiding to uncover hidden truths about his past. Co-stars Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel.
• Opening today in limited release: “Equity” (Drama); “Gleason” (Documentary); “Indignation” (Drama); “Into the Forest” (Sci-Fi Drama); “The Land” (“Drama); “Tallulah” (Rom Com); and “Miss Sharon Jones!” (Musical Biography).

The new Pokémon Go Plus wearable is delayed until September. It had been expected by the end of July. Pokémon Go Plus is a $35 watch-sized device that lets Pokémon Go players perform some in-game actions without pulling out their phones. After being paired with a phone, it vibrates when you’re near a Pokéstop and lets you collect items from it, and it flashes when a Pokémon is near, after which you can press a button to throw a Pokéball. It’s unclear whether Nintendo is taking extra time to fine-tune the Plus or to make sure it has a large enough supply to satisfy demand. (Dumb move. Is this fad still going to be a thing in another 2 months?)

Number-crunching of stats from the past 4 years reveals the median distance traveled for music acts …
1. Phish, 152 miles.
2. Garth Brooks, 84 miles.
3. One Direction, 65 miles.
4. Adele, 63 miles.
5. Justin Bieber, 52 miles.
6. Beyoncé, 46 miles.
7. Taylor Swift, 43 miles.
8. Coldplay, 41 miles.
9. Luke Bryan, 40 miles.
10. Guns N’ Roses, 38 miles.
(And then there’s Kanye West, not even across the street.)

Some of Vincent van Gogh’s masterpieces are slowly turning white.
– Public Radio International


1953 [63] Ken Burns, NYC, Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, documentary-maker (“The Dust Bowl”, “The Civil War”)

1953 [63] Tim Gunn, Washington DC, fashion consultant/TV personality (“Project Runway” since 2004, “Under the Gunn” 2014)/author (“A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style”)

1953 [63] Geddy Lee, Toronto ON, classic rock singer-bassist (Rush-“Far Cry”, “Test for Echo”)

1953 [63] Patti Scialfa, Deal NJ, classic rock singer (E Street Band-“Born In the USA”, “Glory Days”)/Mrs Bruce Springsteen since 1991

1966 [50] Martina McBride (Schiff), Medicine Lodge KS, country singer (“A Broken Wing”, “This One’s For the Girls”)

1973 [43] Wanyá Morris, Philadelphia PA, pop-R&B singer (Boyz II Men-“I’ll Make Love to You”, “End Of the Road”)

Movie actor Arnold Schwarzenegger (“The Expendables”) is 69; Movie/TV actor Laurence Fishburne (“Man of Steel”) is 55; TV actress Lisa Kudrow (“Friends”) is 53; Director Christopher Nolan (“Interstellar”) is 46; Movie actress Hilary Swank (“Million Dollar Baby”) is 42; TV actress Jaime Pressly (“Mom”) is 39; Indie folk-rock singer-guitarist Seth Avett (Avett Bros) is 36; TV actress Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”) is 32.

Movie actor Wesley Snipes (“Blade”) is 54; “Harry Potter” author JK Rowling is 51; Rock drummer Will Champion (Coldplay) is 38; Country singer Zac Brown (Zac Brown Band) is 38; TV actor Rico Rodriguez (“Modern Family”) is 18.

• “Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival”, the 51st annual in Dauphin, Manitoba through Sunday, as thousands gather for traditional singing, dancing, egg-decorating … and perogies!
• “Gilroy Garlic Festival”, the 38th annual salute to the ‘stinking rose’ through Sunday in Gilroy CA. Events include ‘The Great Garlic Cook-Off’ and the ‘Miss Gilroy Garlic Pageant’.
• “International Lasagna Day” celebrating the famous Italian dish that’s become a worldwide favorite. Almost all recipes for the ‘perfect lasagna’ feature ricotta as the cheese of choice.
• “National Chicken Wing Day”, first proclaimed in 1977 by Buffalo NY mayor Stan Makowski. Legend has it that spicy ‘Buffalo Wings’ were invented at the city’s Anchor Bar in 1964.
• “Rain Day” in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, an annual event that started when a local farmer noticed it always seems to rain on July 29th. They now claim it’s rained on this date in 114 of the 142 years since.
• “System Administrator Appreciation Day”, observed annually on the last Friday of July to honor that special person in the office who maintains the computer network.
• “Talk In an Elevator Day”. After all, why is it we normally don’t? Try it and see what happens!

• “Chocolate Fest”, the 29th annual in the resort town of St Stephen, New Brunswick through August 6th. St Stephen is allegedly where the ‘chocolate bar’ was invented.
• “Cheesecake Day”, a day to indulge yourself in one of the most decadent of all desserts.
• “Father-In-Law Day”, honoring the spousal parent that’s never been all that impressed with you. Try to be nice anyway.
• “Kiss Your Car Day”, observed annually on the 1863 birth date of Henry Ford. It’s a day to show your vehicle how much you really, really love her.
• “World Championship Bunnock Tournament” in Macklin, Saskatchewan. The game involves throwing horse ankle bones at a target, similar to horseshoes.

• “Mutt Day”, honoring all dogs of mixed breeds. Purebred owners often view them as lesser in many ways but mutt owners know better!
• “Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day”, an annual celebration of strange musical instruments such as the bubble organ, fluba, and dulcimer. Check other oddities here …

2006 [10] Actress Pamela Anderson weds for the 2nd time (after divorcing Tommy Lee), to Kid Rock on a yacht off the French resort of St Tropez (they split after 4 months of marriage)

2005 [11] An anonymous bidder plays $1 million at auction for the original handwritten lyrics to The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love”

2003 [13] Boston’s Bill Mueller becomes the 1st player in Major League Baseball history to hit grand slam home runs from both sides of the plate in a single game (Sox 14-7 over Rangers)

2013 [03] In one of the largest-ever jewelry heists, close to €103 million in diamonds and other jewels are stolen from the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel diamond show in Cannes, France

[Aug 1] Civic Holiday (Canada) / Girlfriends Day / Psychic Day / Respect For Parents Day / Spider-Man Day / World Lung Cancer Day / World Wide Web Day
[Aug 2] “The Hills: That Was Then, This Is Now” (MTV) / Coloring Book Day / National Night Out
[Aug 3] Watermelon Day
[Aug 4] India Pale Ale Day / Chocolate Chip Day
[Aug 5] Olympic Games opening ceremony (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) / “Nine Lives”; “Suicide Squad” open in movie theaters / “The Little Prince” debuts (Netflix) / Outside Lands Festival begins (San Francisco CA) / Drone Racing begins on ESPN / Oyster Day / Underwear Day / Homemade Pie Day / International Beer Day / Twins Day
[Aug 6] Summer Mixtape Festival (Hershey PA) / Rise Above Fest (Bangor ME) / International Hangover Day / Fresh Breath Day / Jamaican Patty Day / Mustard Day / Sandcastle Day
[Aug 7] Lighthouse Day / Doll Day / Sisters Day / Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day / Professional Speakers Day
[Aug 8] “Game of Thrones” Season 1 begins again (CTV) / Assistance Dog Day / International Cat Day / Date to Create / Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night
[Aug 9] International Day Of the World’s Indigenous People
[Aug 10] Skyscraper Appreciation Day / Smithsonian Day / S’mores Day
[Aug 11] Play In the Sand Day / Annual Medical Check-Up Day
[Aug 12] “Florence Foster Jenkins”; “Pete’s Dragon”; “Sausage Party” open in movie theaters / “The Get Down” premieres (Netflix) / Kool-Aid Day / International Youth Day / Shop Online For Groceries Day / Vinyl Record Day / World Elephant Day / Worldwide Art Day
[Aug 13] International Lefthanders Day / Middle Child Day / Bowling Day / Garage Sale Day
[Aug 14] Chef Appreciation Day / International Rose Day
[Aug 15] Acadian Day (NB/NS) / Best Friends Day / Cupcake Day / Relaxation Day
[Aug 16] Roller Coaster Day / Wave at Surveillance Day
[Aug 17] Black Cat Appreciation Day / I Love My Feet Day / Thrift Shop Day
[Aug 18] Outta This World Concert (Houston TX) / Full ‘Sturgeon’ Moon / Bad Poetry Day
[Aug 19] “Ben-Hur” ; “Kubo & The Two Strings; “War Dogs” open in movie theaters / Aviation Day / International Orangutan Day / Men’s Grooming Day / World Humanitarian Day
[Aug 20] Hot 100 Music Festival begins (NYC) / Tragically Hip tour ends (CBC) / V Festival begins (Hylands Park/Weston Park UK) / Canadian National Exhibition begins (Toronto ON) / Geocaching Day / Homeless Animals Day / International Tongue Twister Day / World Honey Bee Day
[Aug 21] Spumoni Day / Senior Citizens Day
[Aug 22] Southern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day / Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
[Aug 23] Day For the Remembrance Of the Slave Trade & Its Abolition
[Aug 24] Knife Day / Pluto Demoted Day / Waffle Iron Day
[Aug 25] “Lockn’ Festival begins (Arrington VA) / Kiss & Make Up Day / Park Service Day / Secondhand Wardrobe Day / Whiskey Sour Day
[Aug 26] “Don’t Breathe”; “Mechanic: Resurrection”; “Southside With You” open in movie theaters / Breakaway Music Festival begins (Columbus OH) / Toilet Paper Day / Tug-of-War Day / Women’s Equality Day
[Aug 27] Afropunk Festival begins (Brooklyn NY) / Franchise Appreciation Day / International Bat Night / Just Because Day
[Aug 28] Radio Commercials Day / Crackers Over the Keyboard Day / Go Topless Day
[Aug 29] According to Hoyle Day / Individual Rights Day / International Day Against Nuclear Tests / More Herbs, Less Salt Day
[Aug 30] “ACM Honors” (CBS) / Cabernet Sauvignon Day / International Whale Shark Day / Holistic Pet Day / Toasted Marshmallow Day
[Aug 31] Venice Film Festival opens (Italy) / International Overdose Awareness Day / Love Litigating Lawyers Day / Matchmaker Day


1. “The Good Wife”
2. “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
3. “Broadchurch”
4. “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”
5. “Homeland”
6. “Million Dollar Intern”
7. “The Walking Dead”
8. “The Mindy Project”
9. “Magic City”
10. “House of Cards”

☎ What is your earliest memory?

Instead of having ballet dancers dancing on their toes, why don’t ballet companies just hire taller dancers?

Question: A new survey says THESE are the germiest things in a restaurant.
Answer: Ketchup bottles.

Modesty is the gentle art of enhancing your charm by pretending not to be aware of it.

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