Friday, June 25, 2021 — Edition: #7016
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ John Cena appeared on “The Tonight Show” Wednesday, and confirmed some pretty big news to host Jimmy Fallon regarding his WWE career. Back on May 8, Cena shared a cryptic Instagram post of the WWE logo, with no caption, which sparked rumors that he could be on his way back to the WWE ring. When Fallon asked Cena about it, Cena responded without hesitation, “Those rumors are true. I’ll definitely be back to the WWE”, but said he doesn’t know exactly when. Cena is currently filming the TV series “Peacemaker”, which is one reason why he can’t return just yet.
★ Even Indiana Jones is susceptible to bumps and bruises. Star Harrison Ford sustained an injury on the set of “Indiana Jones 5,” requiring him to take a hiatus from filming. In a statement, Disney said: “In the course of rehearsing for a fight scene, Harrison Ford sustained an injury involving his shoulder. Production will continue while the appropriate course of treatment is evaluated, and the filming schedule will be reconfigured as needed in the coming weeks.” Indiana Jones 5 is currently scheduled for release on July 29, 2022. Ford suffered a serious back injury on “Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom” and endured leg trauma while filming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” (And don’t even get me STARTED on his private flying history!)
★ The Emmy Awards will allow “Actress” and “Actor” winners to be called “Performers,” the Television Academy has announced. According to the official Emmys website: “No performer category titled ‘Actor’ or ‘Actress’ has ever had a gender requirement for submissions. Now, nominees and (or) winners in any performer category titled ‘Actor’ or ‘Actress’ may request that their nomination certificate and Emmy statuette carry the term “Performer” in place of Actor or Actress.” The new gender-inclusive option will be incorporated into this year’s event, scheduled for Sept. 19.
★ With just a few shows left for “Conan” on TBS, one of his final interviews was with Seth Rogen on Tuesday. And since Conan O’Brien has some upcoming free time on his hands, he asked Rogen for some ideas. Rogen, who owns his own cannabis company, was quick to suggest that O’Brien “try smoking a lot of weed for a long time,” and promptly pulled a joint from his shirt pocket. Once O’Brien, who admitted he had rarely ever smoked weed, figured out how to properly hold it, the interview went up in smoke. Conan lit up the joint, took a hit, and blew it out – much to the delight of his audience and his guest. Viewers on Twitter were blown away by tokin’ Conan, with comments like, “Conan smoking weed on tv when he knows he’s only got a few shows left is why he’s the best.” Conan’s final show was last night.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Charlize Theron, Willie Nelson, Beabadoobee
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Kenan Thompson, Juno Temple, Marina
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Sinéad O’Connor, Margaret Cho
• “The Talk” (CBS): Graham Norton, guest co-host Victor Cruz
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Joel McHale, Kelly Marie Tran, Mark Cuban, JP Saxe
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Casey Wilson, JP Saxe, guest host Stephen “tWitch” Boss
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Meg Boggs, Channing Tatum, Casey Wilson, Alicia Silverstone, Taylor Momsen
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Vanessa Hudgens, Jessica Alba, Iska Lupton & Anastasia Miari (R)
• “48th Daytime Emmy Awards” (CBS): Saluting excellence in daytime television; Sheryl Underwood hosts.
• “Chris Watts: Confessions of a Killer: Enhanced Edition” (LIFETIME): A man fails a lie detector test and confesses to brutally murdering his pregnant wife Shan’ann and their two young daughters.
• “Sand Dollar Cove” (HALLMARK): A real estate developer travels to a quaint seaside town to convince a charming local to sell his beachfront property. As she tries to figure out a way to make the deal work, the undeniable attraction between them continues to grow.
• “Doomsday Mom: The Lori Vallow Story” (LIFETIME): Suspicion falls on Lori Vallow and her husband, Chad Daybell, when their two young children disappear from their Idaho home in 2019.
• “2021 BET Awards” (BET): Celebrating the best of Black culture in music, TV, film, sports and philanthropy.
• “Biography: KISStory” (A&E): A documentary on KISS, chronicling the band’s five decades in the business; founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons reflect on their historic career. (Pt. 1 of 2)
• “Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC): JoJo Siwa vs. The D’Amelio Family and Ross Mathews vs. Loni Love
• “Batwoman” (CW): Season 2 finale
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Miley Cyrus – Her Pride Month celebration concert “Miley Cyrus Presents Stand By You,” featuring guests Maren Morris, Mickey Guyton, Little Big Town, Brothers Osborne and Orville Peck, arrives on Peacock today. A sneak peek shows Cyrus and Morris performing ABBA’s ‘Dancing Queen’ at the Ryman Auditorium in front of an audience of vaccinated fans.
• Pink – says the pandemic let her focus on her “Tow Wolves” organic wine label. Quote: “I have three different lives: I have this touring life, my home life, and then I make wine. The workload is huge – it’s just me and another woman who make all of this wine. I’m just a full-time mama during all of that.”
• Scooter Braun – In the newest Variety mag, the music industry mogul discusses his feud with Taylor Swift. Quote: “I regret and it makes me sad that Taylor had that reaction to the deal (where he bought the rights to her first 6 albums).” He claims he “asked for her to sit down with me several times, but she refused.”
• Britney Spears — Her ex Justin Timberlake wants to #FreeBritney. He reacted to Wednesday’s bombshell hearing in which Spears spoke about her “abusive” conservatorship for the first time in 13 years. Timberlake tweeted: “After what we saw today, we should all be supporting Britney at this time… what’s happening to her is just not right. No woman should ever be restricted from making decisions about her own body.” Mariah Carey, Halsey and Rose McGowan are also among the stars who have showed support.
• Journey – Yesterday, they released their new single ‘The Way We Used to Be’. No word on when the new album will be released, but the group has several high-profile performances scheduled for this year, including Lollapalooza and the iHeart Music Festival in Las Vegas. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/4juxubb3
• Elton John — has announced the final dates for his farewell tour, which includes stops in Italy, Spain, England, and France before hitting Canada and the US beginning in July 2022. The North American trek will wrap with 2 LA shows Nov 19-20. He’ll visit New Zealand and Australia in 2023 to end the tour, which began in 2018.
• Fleetwood Mac — Mick Fleetwood wants to get back on stage with Lindsey Buckingham “some day” before they “knock it all on the head”. Despite firing Buckingham 3 years ago, he hopes they can “make music” again after reconciling earlier this year. Quote: “The thought of walking on stage and Lindsey being part of that would be very healing.”
• Shania Twain – plans to release her 6th studio album in time for the beginning of her “Let’s Go” residency in Las Vegas on Dec. 2. Who would she like to collaborate with? Quote: “When I think of Blake (Shelton) and Gwen (Stefani), I think trio vocals. So that’s the first thing I wanna do.” She also called them “two sweet, adorable, friendly, talented people.”
• Jake Owen — has announced his benefit concert “Jake Owen & Friends: A Concert Made for You”, set for July 15 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. It will benefit the Country Music Association’s philanthropic arm, the CMA Foundation, supporting high-quality music education programs. Tickets go on sale today.
• Martina McBride – will be honored with an exhibit at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. From July 30-Aug. 7, 2022, the museum will host Martina McBride: The Power of Her Voice.”
The plan was for it to open in 2020, but it was postponed due to the pandemic.
SHOOTING THE BULL
SHOP FROM HOME AND SHAVE . . . CALORIES:
Here’s a bit of info that might save you time…and save your diet this weekend. Skipping a trip to the grocery store leads to fewer junk food purchases. That’s the conclusion of a study published this week in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Researchers tracked the spending patterns of 137 shoppers, and found that people who grocery shopped online spent on average about $2.50 less on unhealthy food purchases like candy and frozen desserts compared to when they did their shopping in person. While the study didn’t look into why shoppers spent less money on unhealthy food when they shopped online, the researchers said there are a few likely reasons: a reduction in opportunities for impulse purchases, and the fact that when you shop online you don’t have “the kids along” to beg for tasty-looking, but unhealthy items.
(Sounds good…but we both know you’re going to pick up donuts later anyway…)
(On the other hand, if you shop from home, you don’t burn any calories by walking around the store, so I suppose it’s about a wash…)
NEWS OF THE WEIRD:
➢ You may have heard that there is an online petition circulating to keep Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in space. By Wednesday, more than 110,000 had signed on at Change.org demanding the Amazon founder be kept from returning to Earth after participating in the first human space flight launched by his company Blue Origin. But here’s what you may not have heard: Another petition on the same site is calling for Bezos to purchase and eat the “Mona Lisa.” Why, you ask? According to the description, “Nobody has eaten the mona lisa and we feel jeff bezos needs to take a stand and make this happen”. It has more than 13,000 signatures. Bezos is the world’s richest person, with a net worth of $201 billion. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/b3j2c5p2
(I’m not sure if he’d do that, but I’m sure Amazon could find “something similar that he might like”!)
➢ A British man has earned his way into the record book…by stacking 5 M&M’s on top of one another. 23-year-old Will Cutbill said he had long dreamed of getting his name into the Guinness Book of World Records, but it wasn’t until the COVID-19 lockdown that he was eating a bag of M&Ms, and being bored, decided to see how many he could stack. Quote: “I started thinking, I wonder if there’s a world record for this, so I looked it up online and found out the most anyone had ever stacked was four.” Cutbill filmed his attempts for 2-3 hours before he managed to stack 5 M&M’s. (And that, folks, is what a Brit does when the pubs are closed!)
DID YOU KNOW?
University of Notre Dame researchers have found that married men who avoid pitching in at home usually end up having higher incomes than husbands who diligently help with household chores. A lot of people aren’t going to like this, but the study determined that selfish husbands who avoid domestic chores have “more resources” to devote toward their careers. Consequently, they usually earn more money. (They’re gonna need that extra cash for the divorce settlement!)
BS CHRONOMETER 06.25.21
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1945  Carly Simon, New York NY, pop singer (‘Anticipation’, ‘You’re So Vain’)
1947  Jimmie Walker, The Bronx NY, TV actor/comedian (‘J.J. Evans’ on “Good Times” 1974-1979)
1952  (Brian) Tim Finn, Te Awamutu New Zealand, pop-rock singer-guitarist (Split Enz-‘I Got You’, Crowded House-‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’)
1961  Ricky Gervais, Reading UK, Golden Globe, double Emmy-winning TV writer-producer (creator of “The Office”)/movie actor (“The Muppets”, “Night at the Museum”)/frequent “Golden Globes” host
1963  Doug Gilmour, Kingston ON, retired NHL player (1989 Stanley Cup winner, 1992-93 Frank J. Selke Trophy award winner, Hockey Hall of Fame 2011)/former president of OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs
1971  Angela Kinsey, Lafayette LA, TV actress (‘Angela Martin’ on “The Office” 2005-13)
1972  Mike Kroeger, Hanna AB, rock bassist (Nickelback-‘Photograph’, ‘How You Remind Me’)/half-brother of frontman Chad Kroeger (****PRON: CREW-grrr***)
1975  Linda Cardellini, Redwood City CA, TV actress (“Dead to Me” since 2019, “Bloodline” 2015-17)/movie actress (“Scooby-Doo”)
1979  (Elizabeth) Busy Philipps, Oak Park IL, TV actress (“Busy Tonight” 2018-19, “Cougar Town” 2009-15)
SATURDAY- Mark McKinney (“Superstore”) is 62; Chris O’Donnell (“NCIS: Los Angeles”) is 51; Sean Hayes (“Will & Grace”) is 51; Nick Offerman (“Parks & Recreation”) is 51; Gretchen Wilson (‘Redneck Woman’) is 48; Retired baseball pro Derek Jeter is 47; Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic) is 42; Aubrey Plaza (“Parks & Recreation”) is 37; Ariana Grande (‘thank u, next’) is 28
SUNDAY- Fashion designer Vera Wang is 72; Movie producer JJ Abrams is 55; Tobey Maguire (“Spider-Man”) is 46; Reality star Khloé Kardashian is 37; Sam Claflin (“Hunger Games”) is 35; Lauren Jauregui (Fifth Harmony) is 25; Chandler Riggs (“The Walking Dead”) is 22
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Leon Day” (‘Noel’ spelled backwards), observed exactly 6 months from Christmas, meaning we’re as far away from all that holiday rush and stress as we can be (and that you’ll start seeing Christmas stuff show up in stores in about 3 weeks…)
• “Catfish Day”, first initiated in 1987 to celebrate the value of farm-raised catfish. (Not the social media move where you pretend you’re someone you’re not, although it’s equally creepy…)
• “Day Of the Seafarer”, initiated by the International Maritime Organization to salute those in the shipping industry who bring us food, clothing, and other basic needs.
• “Global Beatles Day”, an annual observance celebrating the phenomenon of The Beatles and their long-lasting gifts to the world, including the promotion of peace, love, truth, and youth. Held on the date that, in 1967, the Beatles participated in the BBC program “Our World” performing “All You Need Is Love,” in the first-ever live global television link (broadcast to 26 countries). LINK: http://globalbeatlesday.com
• “World Vitiligo Day”, to build global awareness of the chronic condition characterized by areas of skin losing pigment. The disfiguring disease can have a negative social and psychological impact on patients. (Michael Jackson, who died on this date in 2009, suffered from this condition.)
• “Color TV Day”, this date in 1951, CBS broadcast the first color television show, “Premiere”. The variety show included Arthur Godfrey, Ed Sullivan, Garry Moore and Robert Alda. (Unfortunately, almost no one had a color TV to watch it on, but they had to start somewhere…)
• “Take Your Dog to Work Day”, created by Pet Sitters International to give dog owners the opportunity to invite their ‘best friend’ to participating workplaces. LINK: http://takeyourdog.com
• “Beautician’s Day”, your chance to show your appreciation to those who make you look beautiful. That includes your hairstylist, manicurist, esthetician (and Photoshop…).
• “Chocolate Pudding Day”, celebrating the ooey-gooey dessert most toddlers like to eat … with their hands.
• “Tropical Cocktails Day”, don’t forget to add a few frilly umbrellas for extra flair!
• “Global Smurfs Day”, on the Saturday closest to the June 25 birthday of the Smurfs’ creator Peyo (Pierre Culliford). He was born in 1928 and died in 1992 at age 64, having lived long enough to see his creation achieve success. On today’s holiday, Smurfs are celebrated all around the world!
• “National Canoe Day” in Canada. The canoe has been chosen as one of the ‘Seven Wonders of Canada’. Quote: “A true Canadian is one who can make love in a canoe without tipping.” – Pierre Berton
• “Decide to Be Married Day”, focusing on the joys of the ball-and-chain. (Please note: This is not a decision that one can make independently). [***Ask listeners for advantages to being married that you rarely hear about***]
• “Sunglasses Day”, the 79th anniversary of the 1942 debut of ‘Ray-Ban Sunglasses’. Shades are a 20th-century phenomenon. In the 1930s, the U.S. military commissioned glasses that would protect pilots from sun glare. But they didn’t become a real fad until the 1960s when an ad campaign asked, “Who’s behind those Foster Grants?”
• “Canadian Multiculturalism Day”, an opportunity to celebrate the country’s diversity and to appreciate contributions of multicultural groups and communities to Canadian society.
• “PTSD Awareness Day”, to bring greater awareness to the issue of post-traumatic stress disorder.
• “Helen Keller Day”, born on this date in 1880, she was an American author, political activist, and lecturer, and the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. The story of Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, was made famous by Keller’s autobiography, “The Story of My Life”, and its adaptations for film and stage, “The Miracle Worker”. (***See ‘BS Deep Thought’, below***)
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2006  Actress Nicole Kidman weds country singer Keith Urban in Manly, Australia
2009  Actress Farrah Fawcett dies of cancer at 62
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2009  The “King of Pop” Michael Jackson dies at his rented LA mansion of acute Propofol intoxication at age 50 (Internet traffic subsequently reaches unprecedented levels)
2020  The Dixie Chicks change their name to “The Chicks” to remove connotations of Confederate history, 2 weeks after band “Lady Antebellum” changed their name to “Lady A”
TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1978  The rainbow flag is first used as a symbol of gay pride, made by Gilbert Baker for a march in San Francisco
1993  Kim Campbell becomes Canada’s first female Prime Minister (for a brief 4 months)
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2006  Investor & philanthropist Warren Buffett donates $30 billion to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (this week, he donated another $4.1 billion to 5 organizations, putting him at the halfway point of his 2006 pledge to give away 99% of his net worth to philanthropy)
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ The Sun shrinks by 5 feet every hour.
✓ No one knows who named “Earth”.
✓ The average square yard of sidewalk in downtown Mexico City has 70 wads of discarded gum.
✓ The word ‘idiot’ comes from a Greek legal term meaning “one who doesn’t vote”.
✓ In the first season of “Sesame Street”, ‘Oscar the Grouch’ was orange.
✓ David Hasselhoff’s divorce settlement awarded him the catchphrase “Don’t Hassle the Hoff”.
Best of BS . . .
BS OTHER NAMES FOR HAPPY HOUR:
• Work Detox
• Our Hour
• Wine Down
• Sorry, Honey, I Have to Work Late
• Amateur Hour
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2020
TODAY’S SCOOP OF BS:
➠ The Global Polio Eradication Initiative just released a $5.1 billion dollar plan to eradicate polio by 2026. (It’s hard to believe we’re still fighting polio. It’s one of those things you have to be reminded every few years that it’s still around. It’s like the David Spade of viruses…)
➠ People all over are enjoying the first week of summer. (Kids everywhere are playing baseball, football, and basketball . . . on their iPads.)
➠ Singers Rebecca Black, Lana Del Rey and Kris Allen all just celebrated birthdays. (Or, as it shall furthermore be known: The REAL day the music died…)
➠ Thought of the Day: Smiling is 70% more attractive than wearing makeup. (But don’t smile too much or your makeup will crack!)
➠ Did you know that according to the bible, you shouldn’t have sex before marriage, pleasure yourself, get a tattoo, or eat pork? It’s true! (Hell, I have a cousin who’s done all of that while waiting in line at the tractor-pull!)
BS WEB GOODIE:
When you see your friend at the other side of the rave: https://fb.watch/65QgWqCLm3/
BS RANDOM JOKE:
I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.
BS PHONE STARTER:
What’s the worst example you’ve seen of tourists behaving badly?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: According to kids, THIS is the worst thing about being in a car with parents. What is it?
Answer: Their parents’ singing
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller