Friday, June 24, 2016 – Edition: #5760

Here’s Sheet in Your Eye!

★ The Television Academy has followed through on a threat to sue over today’s planned auction of Whitney Houston’s 1986 Emmy Award (for “Saving All My Love for You”). In a lawsuit against Heritage Auctions, the organization behind the Emmy Awards claims the statuette is a ‘loan’ to recipients and not a ‘gift’, adding that rules state the trophy should be given back to the Academy upon a winner’s death. Whitney died in 2012 and her heirs are now hoping to cash in on the prize as part of an estate sale of Whitney’s costumes and keepsakes.
★ Sunday Steve Martin’s musical “Bright Star” is set to fade from Broadway. Just weeks after coming up empty-handed at the Tony Awards, producers have decided this weekend will be its last. The bluegrass musical, written by the comedian-musician and his frequent collaborator Edie Brickell, began previews in February. It’s recently been reported that the pair, along with Brickell’s singer-husband Paul Simon, poured in over $1 million of their personal funds to keep it afloat. It was hoped some Tonys would bring in more patrons, but the show lost all 5 categories in which it was nominated.
★ And HBO has cancelled the rock & roll series “Vinyl”. The drama, which centers around a record label in 1970s NYC, initially received positive feedback when it premiered in February, but after consistently falling ratings the decision has been made not to proceed with a 2nd season. Bobby Cannavale starred as a recording executive on the show, which also featured Jack Quaid, Olivia Wilde, and Ray Romano among others. It was created by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese, Rich Cohen, and Terence Winter.
– “Variety”

• “Adventures in Babysitting” (Disney Channel): Tonight the debut of a series inspired by the 1987 film of the same name. Sabrina Carpenter and Sofia Carson star as competing sitters.
• “BET Awards” (BET) – Sunday at LA’s Microsoft Theater the 16th annual hosted by Anthony Anderson & Tracee Ellis Ross. Drake leads nominations with 9; followed by Beyoncé and Rihanna with 5 apiece. Performances by Alicia Keys, Bryson Tiller, Future, Maxwell, and Usher. A special celebration pays homage to Prince.
• BET Experience (LA CA) – Today-tomorrow the 4th annual free fan-fest that serves as a warm-up for the BET Awards is headlined by A$AP Ferg, Bryson Tiller, Fetty Wap, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, and Usher. Saturday’s ‘Celebrity Basketball Game’ features Snoop Dogg, Nick Cannon, Omarion, Wale, Ty Dolla $ign, The Game, and Desiigner.
• “CMT Crossroads” (CMT) – Tonight the debut of a new episode with Thomas Rhett and Nick Jonas sharing the stage with special guests Danielle Bradbery and John Oates.
• “Good Morning America” (ABC) – Today Brad Paisley (“Moonshine In the Trunk”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight Meghan Trainor (Thank You”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Empress Of (“Systems”). Rerun.
• “Today Show” (NBC) – This morning Steven Tyler (“”We’re All Somebody From Somewhere”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Avett Bros (“True Sadness”, out today).
• Vans Warped Tour – Tonight the 22nd annual gets underway in Dallas TX and runs through August 13th in Portland OR. The 2016 lineup includes Good Charlotte, Less Than Jake, New Found Glory, Reel Big Fish, Sum 41, Yellowcard and many more.
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Today guest co-host Kelis (“Food”).

• Alanis Morissette – She and GSO Business Management have reached a settlement in a $15-million lawsuit against her former business manager, Jonathan Schwartz, who’s accused of embezzling from her accounts. The terms of the settlement have not been released.
• Coldplay – Sunday when they take the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, they become the first-ever act to headline the massive UK festival 4 times.
• Demi Lovato / Nick Jonas – They’re co-headlining the 15th annual Honda Civic Future Now Tour that gets underway tonight in Miami FL. The trek hits 37 cities this Summer before wrapping up in Los Angeles CA on September 17th.
• Drake – Hip-hop producer Detail has filed a lawsuit against him over allegations Drizzy had his bodyguard ‘Chubbs’ beat him up. Fisher states that Drake asked him in 2014 to work as his executive producer but Fisher ultimately declined the job, leading to the beat-down.
• Hot Hot Heat – Today’s self-titled album release is the last for the indie rock band from Victoria BC. They toured from 1999 to 2014, playing hundreds of shows per year.
• Kanye West – This afternoon at The Forum in LA he’s hosting a glitzy event to premiere his new video “Famous”. The track hit headlines earlier this year when it was revealed that he jokes about sleeping with Taylor Swift in the lyrics. The event is being live-streamed on Tidal.
• Lady Gaga – She’s appearing in Indianapolis IN on Sunday at the Conference of Mayors annual meeting. Also in attendance: Hillary Clinton, and the Dalai Lama, who’ll give the keynote address. 300 mayors from across America are expected.
• Prince – Starting today Heritage Auctions is selling off a custom yellow cloud electric guitar which he used to play some of his early hits in the 1980s and ’90s. The fancy axe has an opening bid of $30,000, according to “Hollywood Reporter”.
• Selena Gomez – She stars in an original film released today on Netflix. “The Fundamentals of Caring” co-stars Paul Rudd and Craig Roberts.

• “Free State of Jones” ( R-Rated Historical Drama ): Matthew McConaughey stars in the true story of Newt Knight, a Mississippi native who deserts from the Confederate army during the Civil War and, with the help of both poor white farmers and African-Americans, takes over Jones County, declaring it an independent state. Co-stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell.
• “Independence Day: Resurgence” ( PG-13 Action Adventure ): There’s no Will Smith or Randy Quaid (thank goodness) but director Roland Emmerich, who helmed the 1996 original, is back; as are Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum to lead the cast, joined by Liam Hemsworth. This time, the aliens return with an even bigger attack force. Co-stars Sela Ward, Maika Monroe.
• “The Shallows” ( PG-13 Horror Thriller ): Blake Lively plays a medical student/surfer who is attacked by a Great White Shark while surfing a mere 200 yards from shore. Her short journey to safety becomes the ultimate contest of wills. Co-stars Óscar Jaenada, Brett Cullen, Sedona Legge. Shot in Queensland, Australia.
• Opening in limited release: “Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words” (Documentary); “Hunt For the Wilderpeople” (Adventure Comedy); “Misconception” (Documentary); “The Neon Demon” (Horror Thriller); “Raman Raghav 2.0” (Crime Thriller); “Swiss Army Man” (Adventure); and ” Wiener-Dog” (Comedy).

Forget red, white, or rosé … there’s a new wine in town. Blue wine is now a thing. No BS. A Spanish startup called Gik has just unveiled the first-ever blue vintage. They’re hoping it will be the next big thing among alcohol-loving Millennials who want their drinks to be Instagram-able, not just tasty. Gik created the wine with the help of the University Of the Basque Country using both red and white grapes from Spanish vineyards. And the blue color? That’s down to anthocyanin, a pigment extracted from grape skin. There’s also some indigo dye thrown in to ramp things up. The $12 wine first goes to market in Europe in the near future. (At last, something to pair with a really rare steak!)
– “Metro”

How does the fortune get into a fortune cookie? A machine uses air pressure to grab each piece of paper and then places it on cookie dough that is then folded around the fortune.
– Sourced from


1961 [55] Iain Glen, Edinburgh, Scotland, TV actor (‘Ser Jorah Mormont’ on “Game of Thrones” since 2011)/movie actor (“Resident Evil” films)

1979 [37] Mindy Kaling (Chokalingam), Cambridge MA, TV actress (“The Mindy Project since 2012, “The Office” 2005-13)/best-selling author (“Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?”)

1987 [29] Lionel Messi, Rosario, Argentina, soccer superstar (FC Barcelona, Argentina team captain) BS FACTOID: Argentina faces Chile in Sunday’s Copa América final at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium.

TV host/chef Anthony Bourdain (“No Reservations”) is 60; Comedian-actor Ricky Gervais (“The Office”) is 55; Oldies singer George Michael (“Faith”) is 53; Rock bassist Mike Kroeger (Nickelback) is 44.

Rock bassist Colin Greenwood (Radiohead) is 47; TV actor Chris O’Donnell (“NCIS: Los Angeles”) is 46; Country singer Gretchen Wilson (“Redneck Woman”) is 43; Rock drummer Nathan Followill (Kings of Leon) is 37; Singer-songwriter Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic) is 37; Pop singer Ariana Grande (“Dangerous Woman”) is 23.

• “Celebration Of the Senses”, when we’re encouraged to treat ourselves to stimulation of each of our 5 senses. What would be the best sensation for each?
• “Drive Your Corvette to Work Day”, the 14th annual event initiated by Mid America Motorworks. (Prepare to be keyed in the parking lot for showing off.)
• “International Fairy Day”, a holiday for believers, collectors, and the young at heart to celebrate all that is ‘Fae’, and to reconnect with their imagination and child-like wonder.
• “Pralines Day”, saluting the sweet & creamy taste treat made from sugared pecans or almonds. Pralines were invented in France by Marshal du Plessis-Praslin (hence the name).
• “St John’s Day”, commemorating the birth of St John the Baptist, and the 2nd day of Midsummer celebrations in many countries. It’s variously celebrated as …
– “San Juan Day” in Puerto Rico. Among the traditions: Puerto Ricans go to a beach, walk into the water and walk out backwards 7 times, then throw themselves on the sand for good luck, and finally … jump in for a swim.
– “St-Jean Baptiste Day”, the “Fête Nationale” holiday in the province of Québec and in French-Canadian communities across the country. Besides Québec, St John the Baptist is also the patron saint of auto routes, candlemakers, health spas, road workers, and wool workers.
• “Swim a Lap Day”, the pool equivalent of ‘Walk a Block’, an easily achievable step to getting your fitness initiative underway.
• “Take Your Dog to Work Day”, the 18th annual created by Pet Sitters International to give dog owners the opportunity to invite their ‘best friend’ to participating workplaces.
• “Ugliest Dog Contest”, the 28th annual at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California. Top dog wins $1,000. Some of them can be downright hideous … missing a limb, an eye, even fur.

• “Backyard Campout Night”, great fun for kids of all ages. But not so much for the adults trying to sleep indoors who wake up to the door slamming each time the ‘campers’ need something.
• “Catfish Day”, first initiated in 1987 to celebrate the value of farm-raised catfish.
• “Day Of the Seafarer”, the 6th annual initiated by the International Maritime Organization to salute those in the shipping industry who bring us food, clothing, and other basic needs.
• “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.
• “World Vitiligo Day”, to build global awareness of the chronic condition characterized by areas of skin losing pigment. Michael Jackson claimed to have this.

• “Beauticians Day”, your chance to show your appreciation to those who make you look beautiful and stunning. That includes your hairstylist, manicurist, esthetician (and Photoshop).
• “Canoe Day” in Canada. The canoe has been chosen as one of the ‘Seven Wonders of Canada’.
• “Chocolate Pudding Day”, celebrating the ooey-gooey dessert most toddlers like to eat … with their hands.
• “International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking”, a UN observance established in 1987 with the goal of achieving an international society free of drug abuse. Is it working yet?
• “International Day in Support of Torture Victims”, created by the UN General Assembly to demonstrate solidarity with all those whose mind, body, or spirit have been impacted by torture.
• “Log Cabin Day”, celebrated on the last Sunday of June to salute the simple structure that has become the symbol of both self-reliance and practicality.

2014 [02] “News Of the World” editor Andy Coulson is pronounced guilty but CEO Rebekah Brooks is found not guilty in the UK’s infamous phone-hacking case (either way, the Rupert Murdoch newspaper folds)

2012 [04] names Olivia Newton-John’s 1982 hit “Physical” as ‘The Sexiest Song Of All-Time’ (c’mon, seriously?)

2014 [02] The original lyrics to “Like a Rolling Stone”, handwritten by Bob Dylan on hotel stationery, sell for $2 million at auction

2010 [06] American John Isner finally defeats Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon in the longest match in professional tennis history (11 hours, 5 minutes of play over 3 days, with a final score of 70-68 after 183 games)

[Mon] Decide to Be Married Day
[Mon] Sunglasses Day
[Mon] PTSD Awareness Day
[Tues] International Body Piercing Day
[Wed] Summerfest begins (Milwaukee WI)
This Week Is … Animal Rights Awareness Week
This Month Is … Bathroom Reading Month


Use ’em all at once or one-at-a-time as the zodiac reading of the day …
• Aries – Nothing noteworthy will occur in your life this weekend, as you have not paid your cable bill in months.
• Taurus – The loneliness you feel cannot last forever. It can, however, last 40 years until the moment of your death.
• Gemini – Your 6 beloved cats will become celebrities, asked to appear on national television after smothering you in your sleep.
• Cancer – Nothing can stop Destiny from exerting its powerful influence over you if it so desires. However, it does not.
• Leo – You will be shocked next week when the gynecologist you’ve been seeing announces that you are not pregnant but male.
• Virgo – It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what’s been wrong with you lately. That, sadly enough, takes 3 rocket scientists.
• Libra – All of your Boy Scout training will come in handy this weekend when you’re forced to fight off 3 grown-men inside a darkened tent.
• Scorpio – Just when things seem to be going your way you’ll be forced to get out of bed this weekend.
• Sagittarius – Turns out all those sandwiches aren’t in fact named after you. ‘Turkey With Swiss On Rye’ is just a really unusual first name.
• Capricorn – By the end of next week, you’ll know more about dental prostheses than you ever thought possible.
• Aquarius – It may be years before your coworkers treat you with respect again, but it will be worth it for the brief time spent in the panda suit.
• Pisces – This will be a lucky weekend indeed, since no one enjoys a good concussion more than you.
– Adapted from

I’m not a complete idiot. Parts of me are missing.

☎ Which song do you like to sing out loud when no one else is around? Let’s hear it!

Question: When it comes to online dating profiles, the thing men are most likely to lie about is their job; but for women it’s THIS.
Answer: Their weight.

It was all so different before everything changed.

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