Thursday, June 30, 2016 – Edition: #5764

Monthly Planning Calendar in Today’s Issue!

★ Actress Drew Barrymore has already added director and producer to her résumé, and now she’s said to be setting her sights on hosting her own TV talk show. Reports say she’s looking for a development deal with executives at Warner Bros, where she already has ties through her upcoming reality TV series “First Dates”. She’s the narrator of the new program, which is based on a UK show of the same name. It’s being produced by Ellen DeGeneres.
★ Sorta singer Lisa Marie Presley has filed for divorce … for the 4th time. Elvis Presley’s daughter is seeking to end her marriage to music producer-husband Michael Lockwood just months after their 10th wedding anniversary. 48-year-old Presley cites ‘irreconcilable differences’ in her divorce papers, listing the date of separation as June 13th. She’s requested full custody of their 7-year-old twin daughters, Harper and Finley. Lisa Marie & Michael wed in Japan in 2006. Oddly, her 1st husband, Danny Keough, served as Best Man.

• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Nick Jonas (“Last Year Was Complicated”). Rerun.
• Essence Festival (New Orleans LA) – Through Sunday, this 22nd annual celebration of R&B music features Babyface, Ciara, Common, Jeremih, Kendrick Lamar, Leon Bridges, Mariah Carey, Maxwell, and Tyrese among others.
• “Greatest Hits” (ABC) – Series premiere. Arsenio Hall & country singer Kelsea Ballerini host a 6-episode celebrity karaoke competition. It includes both solo performances and duets of iconic tunes from the past 3 decades. Tonight: Jason Derulo, Kenny Loggins, Kim Carnes, Pitbull, Ray Parker Jr, REO Speedwagon, Rick Springfield.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Maxwell (“Black Summers’ Night”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – The Thermals (“The Body the Blood the Machine”). Rerun.
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/M3) – Big Sean & Jhené Aiko (“Twenty88”). Rerun.
• “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global) – We Are Scientists (“Helter Seltzer”).
• “The Talk” (CBS) – Guest co-host Idina Menzel.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Corinne Bailey Rae (“The Heart Speaks in Whispers”). Rerun.
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Guest co-host Jordin Sparks.

• Blake Shelton – His new video “She’s Got a Way With Words” was shot in a former dentist’s office that he owns in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. The building was gutted and renovated as a dive bar just for the shoot.
• Jennifer Hudson – Following her showstopping tribute performance of Prince’s “Purple Rain” at the BET Awards on Sunday night, Epic Records CEO LA Reid has announced the Oscar-winning singer and actress has been signed to an exclusive contract.
• John Mayer – The 38-year-old is as famous for his string of exes as he is for his music: Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jessica Simpson, Katy Perry, Minka Kelly, Taylor Swift. He tells “Watch What Happens Live” he’s now more mature and ready for a new relationship.
• Jon Pardi – He’s set to notch his first #1 on next week’s ‘Billboard Top Country Albums’ chart with “California Sunrise”. It’s his 2nd full-length release.
• Rolling Stones – Keith Richards is fronting a new TV documentary about his childhood in post-war Britain. In “Keith Richards – The Origin Of the Species” the 72-year-old talks about growing up in England’s most bombed-out town (Dartford), his experiences with post-WW2 rationing, and the various factors which led to him be in the Stones.

A BS selection of movies in the making …
• Detroit Riots Project – “Star Wars” actor John Boyega is joining the cast of this as-yet-untitled film about the 1967 Detroit riots. It’s being helmed by Kathryn Bigelow, the 1st woman to win a ‘Best Director’ Oscar (“The Hurt Locker” 2008). The film is being shot this Summer in Detroit and Hamtramck MI, and in Boston MA for release next year, the 50th anniversary of the riots.
• “Dungeons & Dragons” – Ansel Elgort (“The Fault in Our Stars”) is in talks to star in a fantasy film based on the enduring role-playing game. Rob Letterman (“Goosebumps”) is onboard to direct the movie, which hopefully has better luck than its predecessor … a 2000 “Dungeons & Dragons” film starring Justin Whalin & Jeremy Irons that was a critical and box office flop.
• “Kings” – Daniel Craig is in negotiations to co-star alongside Halle Berry in this drama about the 1992 riots in the South Central area of Los Angeles, set off by a real-life court case in which 4 LAPD officers were acquitted after beating black cab driver Rodney King. French director Deniz Gamze Erguven (“Mustang”) will make her English language debut with the project.
• “Minecraft” – An adaptation of the videogame that debuted in 2009 is hitting the bigscreen on May 24, 2019. It’s being directed by Rob McElhenney (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) and will be simultaneously released in 3-D and IMAX. When it arrives in theaters, it will join a roster of recent game adaptations that includes “The Angry Birds Movie” and “Warcraft”.
• “Wonder” – Owen Wilson in talks to join Julia Roberts and breakout child star Jacob Tremblay (“Room”) in this bigscreen adaptation of Raquel J Palacio’s novel of the same name. It tells the story of a 10-year-old boy with a facial deformity who enrolls in a private school after years of home-schooling. The movie is set for an April 7, 2017 release.

Mr Burger, a hamburger chain in Australia, is giving away free burgers for life … if you change your name to ‘Burger’. That’s right; a lifetime supply of burgers, or more precisely, one-a-day until you die (likely of heart disease). The first 10 people to legally change their last name and send in a copy of the official confirmation by July 31st are all winners (until they croak or change their names back to normal). You need to be 18 or over and Australia-based, so you can actually pick up your daily burger. The chain’s marketing manager says they’ve had lots of interest, but no one’s actually changed their name as yet. (What product would you be willing to change your name for? We’d consider Maybach.)

• Pants are responsible for twice as many accidents as chainsaws.
– “Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off”
• A staggering 2,583 stars have been unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame since 1960. Few people likely realize that a donation of $30,000 is required to receive the award.


1959 [57] Vincent D’Onofrio, NYC, movie actor (“Jurassic World”)/TV actor (“Law & Order: Criminal Intent” 2001-11) COMING UP: “Magnificent Seven” (September 23); “CHiPs” (2017).

1966 [50] 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

1972 [43] Molly Parker, Maple Ridge BC, TV actress (‘Jackie Sharp’ on “House of Cards” since 2014)

1982 [34] Lizzy Caplan, LA CA, TV actress (‘Virginia Johnson’ on “Masters of Sex” since 2013)/movie actress (“Now You See Me 2”, “Mean Girls”)

1983 [33] James Adam Shelley, Boston MA, rock guitarist (American Authors-“Best Day of My Life”, “Believer”)

1985 [31] Michael Phelps, Baltimore MD, champion swimmer with a record 22 Olympic medals; a record 18 of them Gold BS FACTOID: He’s come out of retirement in an attempt to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

• “Asteroid Day” (aka “Meteor Day”), an annual observance on 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.

• “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.

• “Social Media Day”, launched in 2010 to recognize and celebrate social media’s impact on global communication. While every day is essentially “Social Media Day”, today marks the 7th annual official celebration.

• “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?

1936 [80] Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With the Wind”, one of the best-selling novels of all-time and the basis for the blockbuster 1939 movie, is published

2010 [06] “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” opens in movie theaters

2006 [10] “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 [11] Spain becomes the 3rd country to permit same-sex marriage (after The Netherlands in 2001 and Belgium in 2003)

[July 1] “The BFG”; “The Legend of Tarzan”; “The Purge: Election Year” open in movie theaters / Canada Day / Second Half Of the Year Day
[Jul 2] British Summer Time Festival begins (London) / International Chicken Wing Day / International Day of Cooperatives / International Cherry Pit Spitting Day / World UFO Day
[Jul 3] Compliment Your Mirror Day / International Plastic Bag Free Day / Stay Out Of the Sun Day
[Jul 4] Independence Day (USA) / Independence From Meat Day
[Jul 5] Bikini Day / Work Without Your Hands Day
[Jul 6] Eid-Al-Fitr [Muslim) / Fried Chicken Day / World Kiss Day / Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day / Beer Pong Day
[Jul 7] Ottawa Bluesfest begins (Ottawa ON) / Father-Daughter Take a Walk Together Day / Global Forgiveness Day / Tell the Truth Day
[Jul 8] “Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates”; “The Secret Life of Pets” open in movie theaters / Collector Car Appreciation Day
[Jul 9] Bald is In Day / Body Painting Day
[Jul 10] Don’t Step On a Bee Day / Piña Colada Day / Teddy Bears Picnic Day
[Jul 11] Cheer Up the Lonely Day / International Town Criers Day / Slurpee Day
[Jul 12] Simplicity Day
[Jul 13] Embrace Your Geekness Day / Gruntled Workers Day / French Fries Day
[Jul 14] Pemberton Music Festival begins (Pemberton BC) / International Nude Day / Mac & Cheese Day / Shark Awareness Day
[Jul 15] “Ghostbusters”; “The Infiltrator” open in movie theaters / Forecastle Festival begins (Louisville KY) / Pitchfork Music Festival begins (Chicago IL) / Be a Dork Day / Gummi Worm Day / Give Something Away Day / Pet Fire Safety Day / St Swithin’s Day
[Jul 16] Celebration Of the Horse Day / Woodie Wagon Day / World Snake Day
[Jul 17] Ice Cream Day / Lake Superior Day
[Jul 18] Republican National Convention begins (Cleveland OH) / Alternative Press Music Awards (Columbus OH) / Hug Your Kid Day / Caviar Day / Get Out Of the Doghouse Day / Nelson Mandela International Day
[Jul 19] Full ‘Buck’ Moon
[Jul 20] International Cake Day / Moon Day / Space Exploration Day / Lollipop Day / Take Your Poet to Work Week / World Jump Day
[Jul 21] Country Jam USA begins (Eau Claire WI) / No Pet Store Puppies Day
[Jul 22] “Ice Age: Collision Course”; “Star Trek Beyond” open in movie theaters / Way Home Music & Arts Fest begins (Barrie ON) / Ratcatchers Day / Spoonerism Day
[Jul 23] Gorgeous Grandma Day / Hot Enough For Ya Day / Day Of the Cowboy / Hot Dog Day
[Jul 24] Cousins Day / Drive-Thru Day / Tequila Day / Thermal Engineers Day / Tell an Old Joke Day
[Jul 25] Democratic National Convention begins (Philadelphia PA) / Carousel Day / Red Shoe Day / Videogames Day
[Jul 26] Aunt & Uncles Day / All Or Nothing Day
[Jul 27] Korean War Veterans Armistice Day / Take Your Houseplant For a Walk Day / Walk on Stilts Day
[Jul 28] 25th Lollapalooza Festival begins (Chicago IL) / Lumberjack Day / Chili Dog Day / Milk Chocolate Day / Refreshment Day / World Hepatitis Day
[Jul 29] “Bad Moms”; “Genius”; “Jason Bourne” open in movie theaters / Osheaga Music & Arts Festival begins (Montréal QC) / OVO Fest (Toronto ON) / Watershed Music & Camping Festival begins (George WA) / Lasagna Day / Talk In an Elevator Day / Rain Day / System Administrator Appreciation Day
[Jul 30] Cheesecake Day / Father-In-Law Day / International Day of Friendship / Support Public Education Day / Paperback Book Day / World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
[Jul 31] “Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens” airs (Syfy) / Broadway revival of “Cats” opens (NYC) / Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day / World Ranger Day


✓ Start a ‘Warm Fuzzies’ File – Add to it every time someone says something encouraging or flattering about you.
✓ Assess Your Internet Diet – If your online feeds are full of pointless negativity, it may be time for a purge.
✓ Get Your Giggle On – What makes you laugh the hardest? Whatever it is, seek it out … often.
✓ Shake Up Your Routine – Give your senses something fun and unexpected to explore.
✓ Go For a Stroll – The simple act of getting outside can do wonders for your outlook.
✓ Focus on Good Things – Take the time for a closer look at the things that make you happy.
✓ Snuggle Somebody – Hugging can lower blood pressure, reduce stress levels, even boost your immune system.
✓ Take a 3-Minute Break – Even tiny meditation breaks with soothing sounds and images can help refresh your system.
✓ Get Your Hands Dirty – After spending many of your waking hours sitting at a computer, do something physical … anything.
✓ Create a Bad-Day Box – Put little things that bring you comfort and joy in it. That could be stickers or nail polish or mini-chocolates or photos. Break it out whenever a bad day comes.

An appendix is something found in the back of a book. Sometimes they get inside people and have to be taken out.

☎ What is the longest that you’ve stayed awake? What for?

• Mosquitoes are more likely to take a bite out of you if you’ve just eaten a banana. (True. Try garlic.)
• By age 60, most people have lost 40% of their ability to smell. (True. Grandpa smelled pretty bad.)
• Although Thursday is historically thought of as being named after the god Thor, it was actually named for his brother Thur. (Total BS.)
• The ancient Aztecs used to put cannabis in guacamole. (BS)
• Sharkskin was once commonly used as sandpaper. (True. Always remember to kill it first.)
• The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world. (True. Well, except for a 14-year-old surfing porn.)
• ‘Burrito’ is the Spanish term for ‘intestinal discomfort’. (BS.)
• The world’s oldest piece of chewing gum is over 9,000 years old. (True. It’s under a 10,000-year-old bus bench.)

Question: 7-out-of-10 of us have resorted to using THIS to brush our teeth.
Answer: A finger.

Practice safe eating – always use condiments.

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