Tuesday, June 30, 2015        Edition: #5484

Monthly Planning Calendar in Today’s Issue!

★ Are Mariah Carey and Australian billionaire James Packer set to get married? The 45-year-old singer – who has been married twice before – and 47-year-old media mogul have reportedly flown to Israel to attend a ‘pre-engagement consultation’ with James’ spiritual advisor. One thing that might hold up any imminent plans to walk down the aisle … Carey is yet to be legally divorced from Nick Cannon, with whom she has 4-year-old twins Monroe and Moroccan.
– TMZ.com
★ A “Hunger Games” exhibition opens in NYC tomorrow. As well as outfits worn by the actors and a myriad of memorabilia from the film series, the immersive attraction also features interactive displays and green screen technology which allows visitors to see themselves in the world of main character ‘Katniss Everdeen’. “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition” remains open at the Discovery Times Square Museum in Manhattan through January 3rd of next year.
NET: http://www.thehungergamesexhibition.com
– NYDailyNews.com
★ Longtime pals Ben Affleck & Matt Damon are teaming up again to bring the story of the FIFA corruption scandal to the bigscreen. The as-yet-untitled film is based on the upcoming book “Houses of Deceit” by Ken Bensinger, which delves into the story of former FIFA executive Chuck Blazer, who’s confessed to accepting millions in bribes over the course of 2 decades as part of soccer’s global governing body. Bensinger’s book is not slated for publication until 2017, but the “Good Will Hunting” collaborators are already developing the film version.
– VanityFair.com

• “Beat the Champions” (FOX) – Finesse Mitchell hosts this new competition in which amateurs battle world-class sports stars. The twist? The experts are forced to play with absurd handicaps.
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Miguel (“Wildheart”).
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Kelly Clarkson (“Piece by Piece”). Rerun.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Everclear (“Black Is the New Black”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Young Rising Sons (“The High EP”). Rerun.
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/M3) – OK Go (“Hungry Ghosts”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne (“Real Love”). Rerun.
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Jason Derulo (“Everything Is 4”).
• “Scream” (MTV) – The frightful film franchise becomes a campy new horror series, following a group of teens who unite to fight a bloodthirsty killer who’s on the loose. Stars Bella Thorne.
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Killer Mike (“Run the Jewels 2”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Jamie Foxx (“Hollywood: A Story Of a Dozen Roses”). Rerun.
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – TI & Tiny (“The Family Hustle”). Rerun.
• “Wonderland” (M3) – Debut of an Australian series about a womanizer (Michael Dorman) who makes a bet he won’t sleep with a new flat-mate for a year. Enter the woman of his dreams.
• “Zoo” (CBS/CTV) – James Patterson’s best-selling novel becomes a series, as a young biologist (James Wolk) investigates a strange pandemic of violent animal attacks worldwide.

• Adele – Pharrell Williams has confirmed he’s working with her on her highly anticipated new album. He says her studio process is to “open her diary for 20 minutes, do her thing, then head off with her beautiful boy”. Presumably her diary is where she pens new material.
• Chris Brown – He’s set to release his 7th album in the Fall. Sources tell “Billboard” that the new single “Liquor” will appear on the album, which has yet to be titled. Brown has a North American tour lined up before its release, which kicks off August 12th in Kansas City MO.
• Enrique Iglesias –”The Hero” singer’s fingers were sliced up when he grabbed a flying drone at a show in Tijuana, Mexico last month. He’s undergone reconstructive surgery and after a month of recuperation is slated to resume his “Sex & Love Tour” in Mexico City on Friday.
• Eric Church – “Jurassic World” actor Chris Pratt tells “GQ” magazine one of the ways he got into character for the movie was by listening over and over to the track “Dark Side” from Church’s album “The Outsiders”.
• Jessie J – She’s returning to Australia for “The Voice” despite her mystery illness. The 27-year-old, who’s become the newest coach on the Aussie show, recently posted photos of herself in hospital on Instagram, but NINE-TV producers have confirmed she’ll soon be back.
• Kacey Musgraves – She says her new album “Pageant Material” was inspired by listening to classic artists. Among them: Glen Campbell, Jim Croce, Loretta Lynn, Nancy Sinatra, Ronnie Milsap, and Stevie Wonder. Quote: “That era of … music is really inspiring to me.”
• Madonna – She purchased an 8-bedroom mansion on 24 acres in Bridgehampton, Long Island promising the land would be used for agriculture. But now the property is a tree nursery, which angry locals say is more about creating privacy and receiving tax breaks than farming.
• Pharrell Williams – Today he’s scheduled to premiere his new single “Freedom” exclusively on the new Apple Music platform.

Out today on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
• “Danny Collins” ( R-Rate Dramedy ): Inspired by a true story, Al Pacino stars as an aging 1970s rocker who can’t give up his hard-living ways. Then his manager (Christopher Plummer) uncovers a 40-year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon. Co-stars Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Michael Caine.
• “Get Hard” ( R-Rated Comedy ): When millionaire ‘James King’ (Will Ferrell) is nailed for fraud and bound for California’s San Quentin State Prison, he turns to ‘Darnell Lewis’ (Kevin Hart) to prep him to go behind bars. Co-stars Alison Brie, Craig T Nelson, TI. John Mayer appears as himself.
• “The Gunman” ( R-Rated Action Thriller ): A sniper on a mercenary assassination team kills the Minister of Mines in the Congo. The successful kill shot forces him into hiding. Upon returning to the Congo years later, he becomes the target of a hit squad himself. Stars Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Jasmine Trinca, Javier Bardem.
• “While We’re Young” ( R-Rated Comedy ): After meeting some free-spirited 20-somethings, an older couple attempts to adopt a new lifestyle with hip-hop dance classes and wild parties. But with each hilarious attempt to act young, they begin to better appreciate the rewards of growing old together. Stars Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Driver.
• Also released today: “The Decline of Western Civilization Collection” (Music Documentary Compilation); “Five Easy Pieces” (1970 Re-release); “I Am Evel Knievel” (Documentary); and “My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Cutie Mark Quests” (Kids).

Today Apple Inc rolls out its Apple Music worldwide, the company’s first foray into a digital music streaming service. Apple Music is available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and PC and will be coming to Apple TV and Android phones this Fall. The Apple Music catalogue boasts more than 30 million songs, but is not the same as the iTunes library. Effectively you’ll be able to stream most of the artists that distribute music through iTunes, but not all. To entice people into trying it out, Apple is offering a 3-month free trial, after which the fee is $9.99 a month. (Also part of the service is more competition for you: Beats 1 radio station, hosted by former Radio 1 personality Zane Lowe, as well as various channels hosted by music artists.)
– “Telegraph” / “New York Times”

Some of us just can’t get enough of bacon. But its real appeal doesn’t lie in the flavor or texture; it’s the smoky aroma, according to Canadian-based YouTube channel AsapScience. When bacon is heated, the fats melt, and the sugars and amino acids have a chemical reaction known as the Maillard reaction, which gives browned foods their distinct flavor. Some 150 chemical compounds waft through the air as bacon cooks to create the amazing aroma. So it’s not just the taste you desire, the smell itself is an example of chemistry at work, stimulating your brain and body. It may smell fantastic, but dieticians warn it’s extremely high in calories, fat, and salt. (Even so, in a 2010 survey 43% of Canadians say they’d choose bacon … over sex.)
– @MailOnline

• The original purpose of the ‘best man’ was to serve as an accomplice in case the bride needed to be kidnapped from disapproving parents.
• The ‘bridesmaid’ tradition started because people believed that dressing everyone up in the same clothing would confuse evil spirits.
• Ever practical, Puritan brides-to-be accepted ‘engagement thimbles’ from their fiancés. When the wedding day arrived, they’d simply cut the bottom off and wear it as a ring.
– “Mental Floss”


1959 [56] Vincent D’Onofrio, Brooklyn NY, movie actor (“Jurassic World”)/TV actor (“Law & Order: Criminal Intent” 2001-11)

1966 [49] Mike Tyson, Brooklyn NY, former world boxing champ (1987-90) who was the youngest-ever (20)/sometime movie actor (“Entourage”, “The Hangover Part II”)/ex-con

1982 [33] Lizzy Caplan, LA CA, TV actress (‘Virginia Johnson’ on “Masters of Sex” since 2013)/movie actress (“The Interview”, “Mean Girls”)

1983 [32] James Adam Shelley, Boston MA, rock guitarist (American Authors-“Best Day of My Life”, “Believer”)

1984 [31] Fantasia Barrino, High Point NC, R&B singer (“When I See U”, “Truth Is”)/”American Idol 3″ winner (2004)

1985 [30] Michael Phelps, Baltimore MD, champion swimmer with a record 22 Olympic medals; a record 18 of them Gold

• “Meteor Day”, an annual observance on the  the anniversary of the 1908 ‘Tunguska Event’ in Russia, the largest impact on Earth in recorded history, even though the asteroid or comet is believed to have burst in the air rather than hitting the surface. You can see a meteor just about any night of the year; they are made up of space dust and ice that enter Earth’s atmosphere.

• “National Organization For Women Day”, marking the date in 1966 that ‘NOW’ was founded in Washington DC by 28 delegates at the National Conference of State Commissions On the Status of Women.

• “Tech Support Appreciation Day”, saluting the computer nerds who keep us functioning. We may have to wait a long time on hold to talk to them, but what would we do without them?

2010 [05] “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” opens in movie theaters

2006 [09] “Love” premieres at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, a new Cirque du Soleil show that combines the troupe’s signature high-flying acrobatics with classic tunes from The Beatles

2005 [10] Spain becomes the 3rd country to permit same-sex marriage (after The Netherlands in 2001 and Belgium in 2003)

[Jul 1] “Magic Mike XXL”; “Terminator: Genisys” open in movie theaters / “Extant” season debut (CBS/CTV) / Canada Day / Full ‘Buck’ Moon / Second Half Of the Year Day / Zip Code Day
[Jul 2] Essence Festival begins (New Orleans LA) / I Forgot Day / World UFO Day
[Jul 3] “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead” (Chicago IL) / Calgary Stampede begins (Calgary AB) / Wireless Festival begins (London UK) / Compliment Your Mirror Day / International Chicken Wing Day / International Plastic Bag-Free Day / Stay Out Of the Sun Day / 2015 Montreux Jazz Festival begins (Lake Geneva, Switzerland)
[Jul 4] Independence Day (USA) / Made In America Festival (Philadelphia PA) / Independence from Meat Day / International Day of Cooperatives / International Cherry Pit-Spitting Day
[Jul 5] Bikini Day
[Jul 6] World Kiss Day / Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day
[Jul 7] Father-Daughter Take a Walk Together Day / Global Forgiveness Day / Tell The Truth Day
[Jul 9] “Dates” debuts (CW) / Québec City Summer Festival begins (Québec QC)
[Jul 10] “Minions” opens in movie theaters / T In the Park Festival begins (Strathallan Castle, Scotland) / Collector Car Appreciation Day / Don’t Step On a Bee Day / Piña Colada Day / Teddy Bear Picnic Day
[Jul 11] Cheer Up the Lonely Day / Slurpee Day / World Population Day / Bald is In Day
[Jul 12] “Masters of Sex”; “Ray Donovan” season debuts (Showtime) / Simplicity Day
[Jul 13] Embrace Your Geekness Day / Gruntled Workers Day / International Town Criers Day / French Fries Day / World Cup Soccer Day
[Jul 14] Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” published / Cow Appreciation Day / International Nude Day / Shark Awareness Day
[Jul 15] “2015 ESPYS” (ESPN) / “Dating Naked”, “Twinning” debut (VH1) / Be a Dork Day / Gummi Worm Day / Pet Fire Safety Day / Saint Swithin’s Day / Take Your Poet to Work Day
[Jul 16] “Married”; “Sex & Drugs & Rock and Roll” debut (FX) / Pemberton Music Festival begins (Pemberton BC) / Hot Dog Night / World Snake Day
[Jul 17] “Ant-Man”; “Trainwreck” open in movie theaters / “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” debut (Netflix) / Forecastle Festival begins (Louisville KY) / Pitchfork Music Festival begins (Chicago IL) / Eid-Al-Fitr (Muslim)
[Jul 18] “Hell on Wheels” season debut (AMC) / Celebration Of the Horse Day / International Mandela Day / Caviar Day / Woodie Wagon Day
[Jul 19] “Welcome to Sweden” season debut (NBC) / National Ice Cream Day / Lake Superior Day
[Jul 20] Global Hug Your Kid Day / Moon Day / Lollipop Day / World Jump Day / International Cake Day / Get Out Of the Doghouse Day
[Jul 21] “Knock Knock Live” premieres (FOX) / No Pet Store Puppies Day
[Jul 22] “Home Free” debuts (FOX) / “Last Comic Standing” season debut (NBC) / “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” airs (Syfy) / Alternative Press Music Awards (Cleveland OH) / Ratcatchers Day / Spoonerism Day
[Jul 23] Batman Day / Gorgeous Grandma Day / Hot Enough For Ya Day / Lumberjack Day
[Jul 24] “Pixels”; “Southpaw” open in movie theaters / WayHome Music & Arts Festival opens (Barrie ON) / Newport Folk Festival opens (Newport RI) / Fuji Rock Festival begins (Japan) / Cousins Day / Drive-Thru Day / Tequila Day / Tell an Old Joke Day
[Jul 25] Carousel Day / Dance Day / Day Of the Cowboy / Videogames Day
[Jul 26] “Caitlyn Jenner” reality TV series premieres (E!) / Aunties Day / Parents Day
[Jul 27] Korean War Veterans Armistice Day / Take Your Houseplant For a Walk Day / Walk on Stilts Day
[Jul 28] Milk Chocolate Day / World Hepatitis Day
[Jul 29] Microsoft Windows 10 release / Lasagna Day / Rain Day
[Jul 30] Cheesecake Day / Father-In-Law Day / International Day of Friendship / Support Public Education Day / Paperback Book Day / Chili Dog Day
[Jul 31] Full ‘Blue’ Moon / Lollapalooza opens (Chicago IL) / Osheaga Music Festival opens (Montréal QC) / Talk In an Elevator Day / System Administrator Appreciation Day / Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day / World Ranger Day
[Aug 1] OVO Fest opens (Toronto ON) / Hard Summer Festival opens (Pomona CA)


• Weekends? What weekends? Oh, you mean Thursdays, or that 3-hour window on Tuesday afternoon.
• Things must be organized a good month in advance. “Okay, I’ve penciled in ‘relaxation time’ for the 15th of September. Are you free?”
• Or spontaneously, on the day of. “I’m free for exactly 2 hours, let’s do something wild!”
• You go through cycles of hating one job, then hating the other. And during those cycles, you will seriously consider packing the worse one in.
• Exhaustion, so much exhaustion. Running on 6 hours of sleep becomes the norm.
• More jobs, more work friends. Yay, so many people to gossip with!
• “Sorry, I’m working” is your most frequently used phrase.
• Your free time is limited, so you hate yourself for binge-watching Netflix instead of doing something useful.
• You’re secretly pretty proud of your packed schedule. Deep down, you love being asked where you work and launching into a list of all your jobs.
– Adapted from Metro.co.uk

I’d like to have more self-esteem … but I really don’t deserve it.

☎ What’s the best example of ‘perfection’ you can think of? Steak & lobster? Scotch on the rocks?

Sweden’s Left Party has campaigned to outlaw which practice?
a. Sneezing in public.
b. Tooting on elevators.
c. Peeing while standing. [CORRECT. They want it to be mandatory that men sit.]
– HuffingtonPost.com

Question: 1-in-5 women say they are totally embarrassed to expose THIS during the Summer.
Answer: Their feet.

A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.

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