Thursday, June 25, 2015        Edition: #5481

Get Your BS Here, Hot ‘n Fresh!

★ 65-year-old actor Richard Gere is said to be romancing an actress-and-socialite half his age. He & 32-year-old Spanish actress Alejandra Silva have reportedly been dating over a year. The couple stepped out together for the first time on the red carpet at the 61st Taormina Film Festival in Sicily last week and were also spotted on a yacht off the coast this week. The blonde beauty is the daughter of businessman Ignacio Silva, former VP of football club Real Madrid. Gere split from his actress wife Carey Lowell (54) in 2013 after 11 years together.
– Bang Showbiz
★ Record producer Scott Storch has filed for bankruptcy for a 2nd time after losing his entire $70-million fortune. Storch became one of the top producers in the music biz in the early 2000s, working with the likes of Beyoncé, Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera, Lil Wayne, Pink, and TI. But Storch famously blew his bucks on cars, houses, and drugs; previously filing for bankruptcy in 2009, the same year he checked into rehab for substance abuse. In newly-filed legal documents he claims to have only $3,600 left to his name, including clothing, a watch, and cash. He made just $10,000 last year.
★ Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey currently plays the President of the United States on the hit Netflix drama “House of Cards”, and now he and his producing partner Dana Brunetti are planning another Washington-based TV show called “The Resident”. The drama follows the relationships between White House staffers and the various first families that live there over the course of several administrations. FOX News Channel political commentator Megyn Kelly is serving as a co-executive producer on the project.
– “Hollywood Reporter”

• The BET Experience at L.A LIVE (Los Angeles CA) – This 4-day hip hop/R&B fan fest leading up to the “BET Awards” on Sunday features appearances by  Kendrick Lamar, Kevin Hart, Ne-Yo, Nicki Minaj, Rae Sremmurd, and Snoop Dogg.
• “Boom!” (FOX) – Comedian Tom Papa hosts this new game show that challenges teams of players to defuse ticking slime bombs by cutting wires related to correct answers.
• Electric Forest (Rothbury MI) – This 4-day festival in a wooded venue 3 hours outside Detroit MI comes alive with eccentrically dressed fans, psychedelic art installations, and dozens of EDM, folk, and bluegrass artists. Among them: Skrillex, The String Cheese Incident.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Becky G (“Play It Again”). Rerun.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Nate Ruess (“Grand Romantic”).
• Kicker Country Stampede 2015 (Manhattan KS) – This annual 4-day country music event at Tuttle Creek State Park is headlined this year by Blake Shelton and Florida Georgia Line.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Halsey (“Room 93”). Rerun.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Morrissey (“World Peace is None of Your Business”).
• “Under the Dome” (CBS/Global) – Residents of small town Chester’s Mill remain stuck under a mysterious dome in the 3rd season debut of Stephen King’s sci-fi drama. Former “CSI” star Marg Helgenberger joins the cast to start the new season.
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo) – Josh Groban (“Stages”).
• “Wendy Williams” (syndicated) – Master P (“Boss of All Bosses”).

• Big & Rich – John Rich is getting into the restaurant biz with a new chain of eateries based on his lifestyle brand Redneck Riviera. The company has found success selling boots, T-shirts, and drinkware since launching last year. It’s first restaurant opens in Nashville TN next Spring.
• Ed Sheeran – He’ll be filmed as he performs in front of 90,000 fans at London’s SRO Wembley Stadium next month (July 10-12). The one-off concert film will first be released in his native UK. He’s currently on a world tour which concludes in New Zealand in December.
• Jay Z – His Tidal streaming service has lost its CEO after just 3 months on the job. A rep has confirmed that Peter Tonstad ”is no longer with the company” and says Tidal is “transitioning to a permanent CEO as part of our strategic plan to create a leading platform”. Wha?
• Kelsea Ballerini – Her debut single, “Love Me Like You Mean It”, has made history this week as it soared to #1 on the ‘Billboard Country Airplay’ chart. It’s the first solo female debut to achieve the landmark since Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take the Wheel” in 2006.
• Lady Gaga – Her French bulldog ‘Miss Asia’ is appearing in Coach brand’s latest ‘Coach pups’ ad campaign. The pooch is the 29-year-old’s pride and joy and is often snapped out and about with her.
• Nickelback – They’ve cancelled the remainder of their North American “No Fixed Address” tour in order for lead singer Chad Kroeger to undergo a throat operation. He requires surgery to remove a cyst on his voice box, and that will leave him unable to speak for several weeks.
• Queen – They’re teaming with RnR Brew to release a beer celebrating the 40th anniversary of their biggest hit, “Bohemian Rhapsody”. The signature pilsner ‘Queen Bohemian Lager’ honors the song written by the late Freddie Mercury for the album “A Night At the Opera” in 1975.
• Rihanna – She’s already describing her new boyfriend Karim Benzema as her ‘best friend’. She’s been on a string of dates with the Real Madrid soccer player in recent weeks. They first met at the World Cup tournament last Summer.
• Taylor Swift – Her holdout against Apple Music that caused it to reverse direction and agree to pay artists during its upcoming 3-month trial period has paid off for the company. Apple Music has now successfully struck a deal with independent labels following its dramatic U-turn.

A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “The Last Witch Hunter” – The 1st movie doesn’t even hit cinemas until October and already  a sequel and a potential “Axe & Cross” franchise has been announced. Early screeners of the first film are said to have been impressive. It stars Vin Diesel as a witch hunter who is all that stands between humanity and the combined forces of the worst witches in history. Rose Leslie and Elijah Wood co-star.
• “Meg” – Filmmaker Eli Roth is in talks to direct an adaptation of the best-selling book “Meg: A Novel Of Deep Terror”. It centers on 2 men battling a prehistoric Megalodon shark off the coast of California, although reports suggest the film version will shift the location to China. The project was first put into development in 1997 by Disney, but was subsequently shelved.
• “Raised Eyebrows” – Rocker-turned horror filmmaker Rob Zombie is further branching out to direct a biopic about late comic lengend Groucho Marx. The project is based on Steve Stoliar’s 1996 book “Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House”. Stoliar served as personal secretary to the leader of the Marx Bros for the final 3 years of his life.
• “Rampage” – Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson will star in this bigscreen adaptation of a videogame. The “Furious 7” star will reunite with “San Andreas” producer Beau Flynn for the film, based on the 1980s Midway Arcade Game that featured 3 monsters – a gorilla, a lizard, and a wolf – that destroy cities and landmarks. Production on the project begins next year.
• “The Story of Mata Hari” – Brit director Sophie Fiennes is working on a biopic about the cunning courtesan convicted of spying for Germany during WWI. She was executed by a French firing squad in 1917. Fiennes says there are many misconceptions about Hari, real name Margarethe Zelle. Her story was the basis of 1985’s “Mata Hari”, starring Sylvia Kristel.

Google is launching a free version of its music streaming service Play Music. It already offers a subscription-based service, where users pay monthly to listen to an unlimited number of tracks. The free version will be made up of curated playlists designed for different times of the day and tailored towards what you are feeling or doing. It makes use of Songza, an app that Google bought a year ago. The new free service, initially rolling out exclusively in the US, will (unfortunately) include ads, similar to the Spotify model. (Dammit! It was just a matter of time before they screwed up Songza, formerly the best app in the music biz.)

✓ Helps you live longer. Virginia Tech researchers have found that moderate beer drinkers are 19% less likely to die during any given time period than those who never touch a drop.
✓ Good for your gut. A new book, “The Diet Myth”, claims that drinking Belgian beer is actually beneficial to development of gut bacteria, which can aid efficient digestion.
✓ Helps fight cancer. Xanthohumol – a flavonoid found in hops – is an antioxidant which inhibits cancer-causing enzymes.
✓ Keeps brain sharp. A study in the “New England Journal of Medicine” finds that women who have 1 alcoholic drink a day are less likely to experience declining mental faculties as they age.
✓ Prevents kidney stones. A recently published study finds that people who drink a moderate amount of beer are up to 41% less likely to develop kidney stones.
✓ Some beer is actually lo-cal. Guinness has released statistics showing that its heavy, dark brew is lower in calories than either orange juice or skimmed milk.
✓ Makes bones stronger. Beer is rich in dietary silicon, a key to building bone mineral density, according to a study in the “Journal of the Science of Food & Agriculture”.
– Condensed from

These show biz celebs have actually publicly said how sorry they are for a movie they made …
• George Clooney for “Batman & Robin” (1997).
• Shia LaBeouf for “Indiana Jones & The Crystal Skull” (2008).
• Screenwriter JD Shapiro for “Battlefield Earth” (2000).
• Carol Burnett for “The Front Page” (1974).
• Bruce Willis for “Striking Distance” (1993).
(And we can now add Channing Tatum to the list. This week he apologized for his terrible 2009 movie “GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra”.)
– Sourced from

Racehorses are continuing to get quicker, according to a new study at Britain’s Exeter University of winning times spanning 165 years. The researchers say more work is required to determine whether the increased speed is due to breeding technique or changes in training and riding. Many in the industry had previously concluded that thoroughbreds had reached the limits of their speed, raising the question as to whether it was worth paying huge amounts of money to stud farms to breed winners. But the new study suggests that the average modern-day racehorse would beat one from the early ’90s by 7 lengths in a 6-furlong race. This could be due to the fact that horses are now being bred for speed rather than endurance. So younger colts are increasingly more effective at running shorter races. The study concludes there has been little, if any, improvement in average speed at middle and long distances. (How come any horse you put money on could be timed with a calendar?)
– BBC Science & Environment

The temperature of the Earth’s core is thought to be around 5,500 degrees C (9,900 F). That’s around the same temperature as the surface of the Sun.
– “Science Line”


1956 [59] Anthony Bourdain, NYC, TV host/chef (“Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations”, “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”)/author (“Kitchen Confidential: Adventures In the Culinary Underbelly”)

1961 [54] Ricky Gervais, Reading UK, triple Golden Globe-, double Emmy-winning TV writer-producer (“Derek”, “The Office” creator)/movie actor (“The Muppets”, “Night At the Museum”)

1963 [52] George Michael (Yorgos Kyriatou Panayioutou), Radlett UK, oldies singer (“Faith”, Wham-“Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”)

1972 [43] Mike Kroeger, Hanna AB, rock bassist (Nickelback-“Photograph”, “How You Remind Me”)/half-brother of frontman Chad Kroeger

1979 [36] (Elizabeth) Busy Philipps, Oak Park IL, TV actress (“Cougar Town” 2009-15)

• “Catfish Day”, first initiated in 1987 to celebrate the value of farm-raised catfish.

• “Day Of the Seafarer”, the 5th annual 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.

• “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. The disfiguring disease can have a negative social and psychological impact on patients. (Michael Jackson claimed to have this. Maybe Rachel Dolezal should have.)

2009 [06] Michael Jackson dies of acute Propofol intoxication at age 50 (Internet traffic subsequently reaches unprecedented levels)

1993 [22] Kim Campbell becomes Canada’s 1st female Prime Minister (for 4 brief months)

2006 [09] Investor & philanthropist Warren Buffett donates $30 billion to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

[Fri] “Big Game”; “Max”; “Ted 2” open in movie theaters
[Fri] Drive Your Corvette to Work Day
[Fri] Canoe Day
[Sat] Backyard Campout Night
[Sun] International Body Piercing Day
This Week Is … Lightning Safety Awareness Week
This Month Is … Fireworks Safety Month


✓ Always take the stairs when visiting the Eiffel Tower.
✓ Store the Nutella on a low shelf so you have to squat down … once every 5 minutes.
✓ Steal someone’s identity, like maybe Nicki Minaj. She has a pretty good butt.
✓ Invite your butt out for a friendly lunch (salads only) and then ask it nicely to be better.
✓ Put on a pair of Spanx over your current pair of Spanx and pray that your butt knows how to take a hint.
✓ Make a vision board of great butts.
✓ Move to Brazil. There’s something in the water there.
✓ Become an Olympic beach volleyball player. The ‘uniforms’ seem to include great butts.
✓ Surgery.
✓ Replace every meal during the day with a glass of vodka, and forget that you even have a butt.
– Thanks to Alison Leiby & Alyssa Wolff

Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which you can die.

There are 27 current flavors of Jell-O. Which is the all-time most popular?
a. Grape.
b. Strawberry. [CORRECT]
c. Celery.
– Kraft Foods

☎ What article of clothing should your partner never wear, but you don’t have the guts to say it?

Question: 40% of us say that THIS was our last big purchase.
Answer: A mattress.

Strip mining prevents forest fires.

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