Friday, June 26, 2015        Edition: #5482

Here’s More Bull Roar!

★ ‘Spider-Man’, Marvel’s most beloved superhero, has a new face. Tom Holland, a 19-year-old Brit actor with a handful of movie, TV, and stage credits to his name, will play ‘Peter Parker’ and his wall-crawling alter-ego in a new reboot of the “Spider-Man” franchise slated to hit theaters in Summer 2017. Judging from his Instagram account, where he’s posted videos of himself doing back-flips in his yard, he’s certainly got the athleticism to play ‘Spidey’. But the Internet is not entirely pleased with the choice, many on social media complaining he’s a boyish-looking unknown. Well, this does kinda look like a high school yearbook pic …
– PostMedia Network
★ With “Full House” surging back into the pop-culture conversation, a musical spoof of the classic ABC-TV sitcom has lined up Perez Hilton to star in the show, premiering in Toronto this August before moving to NYC in September. In the new unauthorized stage adaptation, “Full House: The Musical Parody!”, Hilton will seemingly portray both ‘Danny Tanner’ as well as Bob Saget, the actor who played the character on the TV show. The musical production, complete with original songs, arrives just as a Netflix sequel, “Fuller House”, is in the works; and a Lifetime TV movie that takes a behind-the-scenes look at the 1987-95 series is set to air.
★ And online streaming service Hulu has unveiled a replica ‘Seinfeld’ apartment to mark the debut of the classic 1989-98 sitcom on its website. Fans of the show can reminisce in a pop-up real-life replica on NYC’s Upper West Side. “Seinfeld: The Apartment” is open through Sunday, featuring original items from the TV set, a memorabilia gallery, and an interactive experience. Fans can lounge around in the 3,500-square-foot space, sit in the original sofa, and even recreate ‘Kramer’s infamous stumbling entrance into the apartment. It’s reported that the streaming service paid $160 million for the rerun rights to all 180 episodes. Check out the apartment here …

• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC/CityTV) – Tonight a rerun of this week’s auditions.
• “BET Awards” (BET) – Sunday live from LA’s Nokia Theatre the 15th annual gala celebrating the achievements of African-Americans and other minorities in music, entertainment, and sport. Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj lead nominations with 6 apiece. Performances by Ciara, Jason Derulo, Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, Ne-Yo. Janet Jackson receives the inaugural ‘Ultimate Icon Award’; Smokey Robinson the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’.
• Big Barrel Festival (Dover DE) – Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, and Carrie Underwood headline this inaugural 3-day country music event at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway. Also on the bill: Chris Young, Jake Owen, Kacey Musgraves and oodles more.
• British Summer Time – The final weekend of this annual Summer event in London’s Hyde Park is headlined by The Who tonight; and Taylor Swift on Saturday. Both gigs are SRO.
• “Falling Skies” (TNT) – Sunday the 5th and final season debut for this drama about Earthlings fighting back against an alien invasion.
• Farmborough (NYC) – This new 3-day country fest on Randall’s Island is the 1st-ever in the Big Apple. The headliners are Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, and Luke Bryan.
• “Good Morning America” (ABC) – Today Dierks Bentley (“Riser”) performs live.
• “Humans” (AMC) – Sunday the debut of a new London-set series that imagines a world in which families own artificially intelligent servants called ‘Synths’. In this futuristic drama, they’re bought and sold and used for jobs like farming, housekeeping, and in some cases, prostitution.
• “In Performance At the White House” (PBS) – Tonight the Obamas host gospel greats for a musical celebration at the White House. The prerecorded lineup includes Aretha Franklin.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight Fifth Harmony f/Kid Ink (“Reflection”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Børns (“Candy”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Tonight Tove Lo (“Queen Of the Clouds”). Rerun.
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Today Rixton (“Let the Road”).
• Loudwire Music Festival (Grand Junction CO) – This weekend’s inaugural 3-day event at Jam Ranch features Linkin Park, Rob Zombie, Theory Of a Deadman, Weezer and many more from various genres of rock, performing across 3 stages.
• “Queen Latifah” (syndicated) – Today Snoop Dogg (“Bush”). Rerun.
• Rockstar Mayhem Festival – Headlined by metal stalwarts Slayer, the annual traveling rock festival opens tonight in Chula Vista CA and tuns through August 2nd in Dallas TX.
• “Today” (NBC) – This morning Imagine Dragons (“Smoke + Mirrors”) perform.

• AC/DC – Today drummer Phil Rudd is scheduled to appear in a Tauranga, New Zealand court for sentencing after pleading guilty to threatening to kill a man and possessing illegal drugs last September. He could be facing up to 7 years in prison.
• Dierks Bentley – He says he’s still thrilled every time he hears one of his tunes on the radio. Quote: “I crank it up … because I’m excited to hear it.”
• Grateful Dead – Saturday & Sunday the surviving original members (Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir) perform a show called “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead” at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara CA. Along with 3 shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field July 3-5, the run marks the original members’ last-ever performances together.
• James Taylor – He’s scored the first #1 album of his career, more than 45 years after he first hit the airwaves with “Sweet Baby James” in 1970, as his new album “Before This World” has debuted atop the new ‘Billboard 200’ all-genre chart.
• Prince – His ex-wife Mayte Garcia is writing a tell-all book about her life with the recording legend. During their 1996-99 marriage she was not allowed to use his real name and he picked out every outfit that she wore. A holiday season release is being targeted for the book.
• Rita Ora – The 24-year-old has handed the keys to her £1.3-million house in North London to her parents, Vera & Besnik Sahatçiu, because she doesn’t have any time to spend in the 6-bedroom mansion. Quote: “They need it more than me. I’m never really in one place.”
• Selena Gomez – She’s reportedly dating Alexander DeLeon, lead singer for the Las Vegas pop-rock band The Cab. The twosome have apparently been close since a trip to Dubai in December with their mutual pal Kendall Jenner.

• “Max” ( PG Family Adventure ): A dog that helped US Marines in Afghanistan returns home and is adopted by his handler’s family after suffering a traumatic experience. Stars Thomas Haden Church, Josh Wiggins, Lauren Graham. Based on a true story.
• “Ted 2” ( R-Rated Comedy ): Newlywed  couple ‘Ted & Tami-Lynn’ want to have a baby, but in order to be a parent, ‘Ted’ the bear (voice of director Seth MacFarlane) has to prove he’s a person in a court of law. Stars Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried (taking over for Mila Kunis).
• Opening in limited release: “Big Game” (Action Adventure); “Escobar: Paradise Lost” (Thriller”); “Felt” (Horror Thriller); “The Little Death” (Comedy); and “A Murder In the Park” (Documentary).

According to a new survey, about 75% of us use made-up words and mixed-up phrases as part of our everyday language. Commonly made-up words include ‘conflab’, ‘irregardless’, and ‘supposably’. And commonly misused phrases (with correction in brackets) include …
✗ Hunger pains (Hunger pangs)
✗ Wreck havoc (Wreak havoc)
✗ Out on a whim (Out on a limb)
✗ Mute point (Moot point)
✗ Beckon call (Beck and call)
✗ Escape goat (Scapegoat)
✗ Different tact (Different tack)
✗ For all intensive purposes (For all intents and purposes)
✗ Extract revenge (Exact revenge)
✗ Play it by year (Play it by ear)
Men are apparently the worse for this, using nonsensical words and phrases 55% more often than their female counterparts. (In all seriosity, guys, we’ve got to nip this in the butt. Er …)
– Condensed from “Metro”

35% of people are born without wisdom teeth. As we continue to evolve, scientists believe that fewer and fewer humans will be born with wisdom teeth … or appendixes … or even little toes!
– “Mental Floss”


1969 [46] Colin Greenwood, Oxford UK, alt-rock bassist (Radiohead-“There There”)

1970 [45] Chris O’Donnell, Winnetka IL, TV actor (“NCIS: Los Angeles” since 2009)/movie actor (“Batman & Robin”)

1970 [45] Nick Offerman, Minooka IL, TV actor (“Parks & Recreation” 2009-15)

1973 [42] Gretchen Wilson, Pocahontas IL, country singer (“Redneck Woman”)

1979 [36] Nathan Followill, Oklahoma City OK, alt-rock drummer-vocalist (Kings of Leon–”Use Somebody”)

1979 [36] Ryan Tedder, Tulsa OK, pop-rock singer (OneRepublic-“Counting Stars”)/songwriter-producer (Adele, Beyoncé, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Lopez, etc)

1984 [31] Aubrey Plaza, Wilmington DE, TV actress (“Parks & Recreation” 2009-15)

1993 [22] Ariana Grande, Boca Raton FL, pop singer (w/Jessie J & Nicki Minaj-“Bang Bang”)

Director-screenwriter JJ Abrams (“Star Wars: Episode VII”) is 49; Movie actor Tobey Maguire (“Spider-Man”) is 40; Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian (“Keeping Up With the Kardashians”) is 31; Movie actor Sam Claflin (“Hunger Games”) is 29; TV actor Chandler Riggs (“The Walking Dead”) is 16.

Movie actress Kathy Bates (“Misery”) is 67; Movie actor John Cusack (“The Butler”) is 49; Alt-rock bassist Tim Nordwind (OK Go) is 39; Pop-rock bassist Mark Stoermer (The Killers) is 38; Country singer Kellie Pickler (“Red High Hells”) is 29.

• “Beautician’s Day”, your chance to show your appreciation to those who make you look beautiful and stunning. That includes your hairstylist, manicurist, esthetician (and Photoshop).
• “Chocolate Pudding Day”, celebrating the ooey-gooey dessert most toddlers like to eat … with their hands.
• “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 Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking”, a UN observance established in 1987 with the goal of achieving an international society free of drug abuse.
• “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.
• “National Canoe Day” in Canada. The canoe has been chosen as one of the ‘Seven Wonders of Canada’.
• “Take Your Dog to Work Day”, the 17th annual created by Pet Sitters International to give dog owners the opportunity to invite their ‘best friend’ to participating workplaces.
• “Ugliest Dog Contest”, the 27th 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.
• “Canadian Multiculturalism Day”, part of the ‘Celebrate Canada’ series of holidays that culminates with Canada Day on July 1st.
• “Decide to Be Married Day”, focusing on the joys of the ball-and-chain. Ask listeners for advantages to being married that you rarely hear about.
• “HIV Testing Day”, an annual campaign by the National Association of People with AIDS to encourage at-risk individuals to receive voluntary HIV counselling and testing.
• “Industrial Workers Of the World Day”, to draw attention to workers in manufacturing and their importance in producing the goods that we consume and rely on. (Thank-you, China.)
• “PTSD Awareness Day”, designed to bring greater awareness to the issue of post-traumatic stress disorder. (For many, it’s the unwanted payback for doing their ‘patriotic duty’.)

• “International Body Piercing Day”, promoting safety and education about the ramifications of body art that begins with a hole.
• “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 [01] Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez is thrown out of the World Cup for biting Italian player Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder (also banned from 9 international matches and handed a 4-month suspension from playing)

1977 [38] A pale, weak, and obese Elvis Presley performs what will be his final concert, at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana for a crowd of 18,000 (he dies August 16th)

1974 [41] 1st UPC grocery scanner is installed at a supermarket in Troy, Ohio (1st product to carry a UPC ‘bar code’ is Wrigley’s chewing gum)

1981 [34] ‘Most Coupons Used In a Single Purchase’ as Virginia Campbell of Mountain Home, Idaho buys $24,460 worth of groceries in a supermarket and uses clipped coupons and rebates to cover all but 67 cents of the bill

[Mon] Please Take My Children to Work Day
[Tues] “Zoo” series premiere (CBS)
[Tues] “Scream” series debut (MTV)
[Tues] National Organization for Women Day
This Week Is … Mosquito Control Awareness Week
This Month Is … Potty Training Awareness Month


• Put a ‘For Sale’ sign on the lawnmower. Let everybody who comes by take a test drive.
• Kill half the grass, let the other half grow long. Do a ‘comb over’.
• Mount your entire yard on a giant hydraulic platform. Lower it 1 inch per week.
• Tell your wife you can’t stand the screams of the poor defenseless blades of grass, then go sit in a corner gently rocking back and forth.
• Have a kid. Wait 10 years. Make him do it.

☎ What’s your worst example of tourists behaving badly?

I think sex is better than logic … but I can’t prove it.

Question: Half of moms say they love THIS, but it stresses them out.
Answer: Social media.

A picture is worth a thousand words, but it uses up a thousand times the memory.

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