Thursday, June 23, 2016 – Edition: #5759

Good Morning, Sheetheads!

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ 29-year-old “Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington (‘Jon Snow’) is reportedly set to haul in over $500,000 per episode for the 7th season of the Emmy-winning HBO fantasy series. He and fellow main cast members Peter Dinklage (‘Tyrion Lannister’), Lena Headey (‘Cersei Lannister’), Emilia Clarke (‘Daenerys Targaryen’), and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (‘Jaime Lannister’) have all received gigantic raises as part of a deal they signed in 2014. Interestingly, it doesn’t guarantee that all of their characters will survive Season 7. The 6th season concludes this Sunday.
– “Hollywood Reporter”
★ A “Game Of Thrones” convention is coming to Nashville TN next Summer. Editors of the show’s fan site “Watchers on the Wall” have revealed they will host a 3-day convention in the city at the beginning of July 2017. The cult TV show’s first serious weekend convention will include panel discussions, speeches, and a chance for fans to get autographs from – and photos with – people connected to the show. Organizers have yet to reveal if any actual stars from the fantasy series are attending.
– WENN.com
★ Former “Wonder Woman” Lynda Carter is flying into another superhero universe – a recurring role on “Supergirl”, playing the US president in the upcoming 2nd season. Carter famously played superhero ‘Wonder Woman’ in the late 1970s. “Supergirl” stars Melissa Benoist as ‘Kara Zor-El’, a cousin of ‘Superman’. The show’s 2nd season is moving from CBS-TV to The CW and is scheduled to debut October 10th.
– ContactMusic.com
★ And former “Fashion Police” host Kelly Osbourne is writing a memoir. Rocker Ozzy Osbourne’s daughter promises “There’s No F—ing Secret” will discuss her battle with substance abuse, bullying, and how she gained her confidence and unique style. Quote: “I’m so excited to share an uncensored look at the stories that have shaped the woman I am today, which I hope will encourage and inspire others to find their own confidence and self-acceptance.” The book is being published next Spring.
– “Us Weekly”

TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “BattleBots” (ABC) – The 2-hour Season 2 debut of this hand-built robot series. 32 teams compete in 3-minute bouts in an effort to disable an opponent.
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Twin Peaks (“Down in Heaven”).
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Brandy Clark (“Big Day In a Small Town”); Nicki Minaj (“The Pinkprint”). Rerun.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – AlunaGeorge (“I Remember”, out in September); DJ Khaled (“Major Key”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Luna (“Free Somebody”). Rerun.
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/M3) – Birdy (“Beautiful Lies”).
• “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global) – Rascal Flatts (“Rewind”).
• “Meredith Vieira” (syndicated) – Faith Evans (“The King & I”). Rerun.
• “The Talk” (CBS) – Guest co-host Christina Milian (“4U”).
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Macklemore (“Macklemore & Ryan Lewis”).
• “Today Show” (NBC) – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (“This Unruly Mess I’ve Made”).

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Blink-182 – Guitarist-singer Tom DeLonge has revealed that he quit the band last year to further his research into … UFOs.
• Carrie Underwood – She won’t be “waiting all day for Sunday night” any more, but she’ll still perform the opening theme song for “NBC’s Sunday Night Football” this Fall. Her new intro, “Oh, Sunday Night”, is a mix of country, rock, and pop set to the music of “Somethin’ Bad”, a chart-topping duet from Underwood and Miranda Lambert released in 2014.
• Demi Lovato – After Internet trolls took aim at her over the weekend she announced she’s quitting social media. But she was back on Twitter a little over 24 hours later.
• Drake – In the wake of the tragic murder of singer Christina Grimmie, he’s cancelled fan meet & greets ahead of his new tour. This is likely to become a trend with many artists.
• Florida Georgia Line – They’ll continue atop nest week’s ‘Billboard Hot Country Songs’ chart with “HOLY”. Blake Shelton will lead the ‘Billboard Top Country Albums’ chart with “If I’m Honest”.
• Guns N’ Roses – Tonight at Ford Field in Detroit MI the reunited lineup kicks off 2 months of stadium gigs throughout North America. Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan are set for 28 dates across June, July, and August. Opening acts include Alice In Chains and Lenny Kravitz.
• Luke Bryan – He’s now hoisted “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” to the top of the new ‘Billboard Country Airplay’ chart after a 15-week climb. It’s his 14th #1 single.
• Paramore – They’ve reunited with former drummer Zac Farro, who quit the band in 2010. An in-studio group photo appears to show he’s working with his old bandmates on their next album.
• Michael Jackson – “Radar Online” claims to have obtained documents from Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office describing violent and disturbing pornographic images found during a 2003 raid of his Neverland Ranch.
• Rolling Stones – A touring exhibition of rare and unseen artifacts pertaining to the veteran rockers is heading to NYC later this year. “Rolling Stones Exhibitionism” launched at London’s Saatchi Gallery in April. It opens in the West Village’s Industria Superstudio this November.
• Taylor Swift – She & new beau Tom Hiddleston have been spotted dancing together as they watched Selena Gomez in concert on Tuesday night in Nashville TN.

COMING ATTRACTIONS:
A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “The Clapper” – Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine has joined a cast that includes Ed Helms, Amanda Seyfried, Tracy Morgan, and Leah Remini in this movie based on Dito Montiel’s book of the same name. The comedy centers on a professional infomercial clapper (Helms) who earns his living by sitting in the audience to applaud on cue.
• “Goodbye Christopher Robin” – Domhnall Gleeson plays AA Milne, the creator of ‘Winnie the Pooh’; Margot Robbie plays his wife Daphne. The film follows Milne’s relationship with his son, Christopher Robin, who inspired the famous tale about a boy and his cuddly toy bear. The film is still in-development and has no production schedule as yet.
• “Passion Of the Christ 2″ – Mel Gibson is planning a sequel to his controversial 2004 film according to “Braveheart” screenwriter Randall Wallace, who says he’s working on a script about ‘The Resurrection’. The original film became the most successful independent film of all-time, earning $612 million worldwide. Gibson has yet to comment on a follow-up.
• “Soul Of a Hunter” – 60-year-old former “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston (‘Walter White’) is working hard to line up financing for this next project, which he has written and will direct. He has not yet revealed details about the film’s storyline, but Cranston says he hopes to begin shooting later this year.
• Walter Cronkite biopic – Filmmaker Steven Spielberg is working on an as-yet-untitled biographical movie about late “CBS Evening News” anchor Walter Cronkite. The story will center on ‘America’s most trusted newsman’ and his coverage of the Vietnam War, specifically his role in turning public opinion against the un-winnable conflict.

CLOTHING STRUGGLES ALL PLUS-SIZE GIRLS FACE IN SUMMER:
✗ Chub Rub – Thigh chafing is so real; it can leave bitter red marks all over your inner thighs.
✗ Sweat Prints – Leaving swamp-ass marks on subway seats is all too embarrassing.
✗ Wearing All Black – Even when it’s 1,000 degrees out because you don’t want sweat stains.
✗ People Asking If You’re Pregnant – No, the fluttery high-waisted dress is because it’s hot AF.
✗ Shopping – You can’t find cute Summer clothes in your size that aren’t made of polyester.
✗ Finally Making the Decision – “Screw this! It’s my hot body, I’ll wear what I want!”
– Cosmopolitan.com

TRANSIT FOR THE FUTURE:
Self-driving cars are just the beginning. Other transportation options under development …
✓ Hyperloop – A super-fast train that uses induction motors and air compressors to glide on an air cushion at an astounding 760 mph.
✓ Straddling Bus – This innovative Chinese solution to urban congestion and pollution uses 2-lane-wide buses on tracks 7 feet above street level. That means cars can pass … underneath.
✓ Evacuated Tube Transport (ETT) – Imagine being sucked through a frictionless tube on Maglev trains at speeds up to 4,000 mph. That’s the plan for ET3 Global Alliance’s pod system.
✓ Shweeb – Google has invested $1 million in this human-powered monorail system that uses … bicycles. You can already pedal your way up to 28 mph at Agroventures in New Zealand.
✓ Hoverbike – Based on the same flying principles as a tandem-rotor helicopter, this flying motorbike is controlled through motorcycle-like handle grips.
✓ TF-X Flying Car – The “Jetson” dream is still alive! Boston MA-based Terragfugia describes its invention as a 4-seat hybrid with wings.
✓ Martin Jetpack – One of the safety features is a ballistic parachute that opens as low as 20 feet above ground. This ‘personal jetpack’ is expected on the market by 2017 … at $200,000.
– Condensed from MentalFloss.com

FOR THE RECORD:
Along with a couple of friends, YouTuber and former NASA engineer Mark Rober has created what he says is the ‘World’s Largest Functioning Nerf Gun’. Using a 3,000-pounds-per-square-inch paintball tank, the super-sized device is loaded with massive darts made from toilet plungers and pool noodles that can be rocketed at 40 mph for up to 130 yards. (Gee, what could possibly go wrong?)
NET: http://tinyurl.com/h7sojco
– Gizmodo.com

DID YOU KNOW?
What are your eyelashes for? They divert air to keep your eyes from drying out.
– NYTimes.com

BS CHRONOMETER 06.23.16

TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1957 [59] Frances McDormand, Chicago IL, movie actress (“Burn After Reading”, “Almost Famous”)/1997 Oscar (“Fargo”)/married to filmmaker Joel Coen (“True Grit”) since 1984

1972 [44] Selma Blair, Southfield MI, TV actress (“American Crime Story” 2016)/movie actress (“Hellboy” films) BS FACTOID: On Monday, Blair was taken by stretcher off of her flight from Cancun, Mexico to LA after having a meltdown. She has since written an apology in “Vanity Fair”: “I mixed alcohol with medication, and that caused me to black out and led me to say and do things that I deeply regret.”

1977 [39] Jason Mraz, Mechanicsville VA, pop/folk singer (“I’m Yours”, “The Remedy”)

1980 [36] Melissa Rauch, Marlboro NJ, TV actress (‘Bernadette Rostenkowski’ on “The Big Bang Theory” since 2009)

1984 [32] (Aimee Anne) Duffy, Bangor, Wales, pop singer (“Warwick Avenue”, “Mercy”)

TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “International Widows Day”, a UN-sanctioned day of action to address the poverty and injustice faced by millions of widows and their dependents in many countries.

• “Let It Go Day”, a day to release pent-up emotions. Whatever is bugging you, let it go!

• “Midsummer’s Eve” (aka “St John’s Eve”), celebrated in much of Northern Europe. In Sweden, Finland, and Estonia, it’s considered one of the biggest festivals of the year. Its origins go back to the ancients.

• “Pink Day”, for some unknown reason a day to dress in pink, from your lipstick to your toenail polish.

• “Runners Selfie Day”, a day to celebrate your run with a pic that you post at #runnersselfie.

• “United Nations Public Service Day”, first declared in 2003 to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community. On this day the ‘UN Public Service Awards’ are handed out for contributions in enhancing the role, prestige, and visibility of public service.

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2009 [07] Longtime TV personality Ed McMahon, Johnny Carson’s former sidekick on the “Tonight Show” (1962-92), dies at age 86

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2009 [07] 19 year-old R&B singer Chris Brown pleads guilty to 1 count of assault on former girlfriend, Rihanna, in return for being sentenced to 5 years probation and 6 months community service

2010 [06] 62-year-old Gregg Allman (Allman Bros Band) undergoes a successful liver transplant operation at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville FL

TODAY’S FIRST . . .
2013 [03] Nik Wallenda becomes the 1st to successfully walk across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope, while millions watch on TV

TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2007 [09] After passing through 50 countries including Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, Russia, and the USA, an around-the-world relay celebrating Italian sports-car maker Ferrari’s 60th anniversary finishes up at Ferrari headquarters in Maranello, Italy

COMING UP . . .
[Fri] Celebration Of the Senses
[Fri] International Fairy Day
[Fri] Take Your Dog to Work Day
[Sat] Catfish Day
[Sun] 2016 BET Awards (LA CA)
[Sun] Same Sex Marriage Day
This Week Is … Lightning Safety Awareness Week
This Month Is … Dairy Month

BULL’S BITS

REAL BUT REALLY USELESS SIGNS:
Hard to believe but these dumb warning signs have actually been spotted …
• At the end of a sidewalk … “Sidewalk Ends”.
• On a supermarket peanut bin … “Product Contains Peanuts”.
• At a swimming pool … “Do Not Breathe Underwater”.
• Also at a pool … “Danger: Water in Pool”.
• On a door … “If Door Does Not Open, Do Not Enter”.
• On a wall … “Do Not Stand on Wall”.
• At a zoo …. “Do Not Sit on Crocodile”.
• On a toilet … “No Diving”.
• On an elevator door … “Please Make Sure Elevator is Present Before Stepping In”.
• On a sign … “Caution: This Sign Has Sharp Edges”.
– Adapted from List25.com

BS RANDOM JOKE:
You know the lake water is dirty when you see a turtle riding a duck.

BS PHONE STARTER:
☎ What’s something you should never say to your partner in the sack? How about …
• Hope you don’t mind I left my boots on.
• Hurry up, the motor’s runnin’.
• Look…shadow puppets!
• Stop breathing … you’re fogging up the windshield.
• I’m sobering up and you’re getting ugly!

BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
Which of the following is NOT a real book title?
a. “Put Hemorrhoids and Constipation Behind You”
b. “Personal Grooming for Your Underarms” [CORRECT. No one has released a book on this topic ... yet.]
c. “I Knew 3,000 Lunatics”

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: THIS is where you’ll spend more than 1,200 hours this year if you are average.
Answer: Online.

BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Life is what happens to you while you are planning to do something else.


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