Thursday, June 4, 2015        Edition: #5466

You Really Know Your Sheet!

★ We all know Shonda Rhimes can create and run a TV show (“Grey’s Anatomy”, “How to Get Away with Murder”, “Scandal”) but now the TV hitmaker is expanding her horizons and publishing her 1st book. It’s called “Year of Yes” and is due this November from Simon & Schuster. In December 2013, Rhimes decided to say ‘yes’  for 1 entire year to any and all unexpected invitations and options that came her way. She says it turned out to be one of the most amazing decisions she’s ever made. Her book will outline the results.
– “USA Today”
★ Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino went to great lengths to recreate a stormy Wyoming landscape in his upcoming Western movie “The Hateful Eight” by refrigerating the set to the extent that the actors could see their own breath (that never happens in movies). Taking place a few years after the Civil War, the story revolves around a group of traveling strangers who are forced to take refuge together at a bar when a storm hits. Actor Samuel L Jackson says the cast still texts one another sharing stories about the ‘incredible’ film. It’s due to open late this year.
★ A “Prison Break” TV reboot is in the works, 6 years after it was taken off-air. The jail series was cancelled after 4 seasons in 2009, but now FOX-TV is eyeing a revival featuring original stars Dominic Purcell & Wentworth Miller. Miller reveals, “We actually floated the idea to FOX very casually … and they seemed to think there was something there.” It’s thought that the plan is to produce a ‘short series’, similar to the 12-episode “24” reboot, “24: Live Another Day”, that aired last year.
– E! News
★ And Caitlyn Jenner is in talks to be the new face of MAC Cosmetics after introducing herself to the world on the upcoming cover of “Vanity Fair” magazine. The 65-year-old formerly known as Bruce Jenner has reportedly spoken to numerous beauty brands including MAC, with whom she’s had several high-level meetings over the past few months. Word has it the company has been debating the pros and cons and whether or not it would be a good fit. Some of the decision-makers are said to be excited about the idea while others are a bit more cautious.

• “Bones” (FOX) – Tonight the Season 10 finalé.
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – My Morning Jacket (“The Waterfall”).
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Kelly Clarkson (“Piece by Piece”).
• “Hannibal” (NBC) – ‘Hannibal’ (Mads Mikkelsen) is off to Europe in the Season 3 debut of this psychological thriller that’s gained critical praise and a cult following despite modest ratings.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – ‘Game Night’ prime-time specials return during the NBA playoffs, starting at 8 pm ET/PT. Tonight 50 Cent guests. Jimmy’s late-night musical guest is Wiz Khalifa (“See You Again”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – White Fence (“Like That”).
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Lifehouse (“Out Of the Wasteland”).
• “Mountain Jam” (Hunter Mountain NY) – The lineup for the 11th annual 4-day festival boasts Alabama Shakes, The Black Keys, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters and many more.
• “Queen Latifah” (syndicated) – Sheila E (“Icon”). Rerun.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Ricky Martin (“A Quien Quiera Escuchar”).
• X Games (Austin TX) – Metallica and Nicki Minaj headline on the Super Stage during this 4-day extreme games event.

• Eminem – He’s just released the dark new song “Phenomenal”, which will be featured on the soundtrack of the movie “Southpaw”. The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a boxer looking to rise up again after a personal tragedy. Both the movie and soundtrack are due in July.
• Enrique Iglesias – His hand injury from trying to catch a camera drone during his weekend concert in Tijuana is worse than first thought. Reconstructive surgery earlier this week took longer than anticipated as it was discovered he’s fractured one finger. The 40-year-old is scheduled to resume his “Love & Sex” world tour on July 3rd in Mexico City.
• Jay Z – According to producer Rick Rubin, it was comedian Chris Rock’s idea to re-purpose the hook from Ice T’s 1993 track “99 Problems” in Jay’s 2004 hit.
• Kanye West – An inside source says his 2nd child with wife Kim Kardashian West is due in December. Sources close to the couple are also suggesting that they may be expecting twins.
• Loretta Lynn / Jack White – Today they’ll be inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville TN. Lynn and White, who produced Lynn’s last disc, “Van Lear Rose”, will join in the official ribbon-cutting of the newly-renovated Walk of Fame Park at 1 pm EDT this afternoon.
• Mariah Carey – She’s chosen a unique way to premiere the video for the song “Infinity”, using dating website Fans and potential suitors can visit to learn more about her and what she’s looking for in a partner, as well as watch the clip for the new single.
• Oasis – Last month Paul McCartney hit headlines when he urged Noel Gallagher to end his feud with brother Liam and get the rock group back together for the sake of the fans. Now Noel tells Yahoo Music: “Tell him to write an Oasis track and then we’ll talk. I’ll just put that out there.”
• One Direction – Niall Horan has reportedly called time on his relationship with Australian model Melissa Whitelaw after struggling to make the relationship work long distance. The pair met while 1D was touring Down Under earlier this year.
• Taylor Swift – A source tells “Grazia” magazine: ”Taylor is very good at offering advice. She’s secretly trained to be a ‘love coach’ and was doing a course online. She qualified last month.”
• Zedd – The 25-year-old tells “Rolling Stone” magazine he’s bored with EDM music. Quote: “I can’t make ‘Clarity’ 10 times. I’m bored of it; I made it once and I want to move on. It’s important for me that my fans know I’m Zedd the musician, not Zedd the EDM DJ.”

A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “The Adventures Of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend” – Oscar-nominated filmmaker Jason Reitman (“Juno”, “Up In the Air”) is venturing into animation as he adapts author Dan Santat’s award-winning children’s book for the bigscreen. He’s writing & directing the project, which tells the story of an imaginary friend who’s on a quest to find a best friend.
• “Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them” – Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne (“Theory of Everything”) has the lead role in this ‘Harry Potter’ spin-off by JK Rowling, playing ‘Newt Scamander’, who discovers magical creatures worldwide and notes them in a textbook used at ‘Hogwarts’. The film, due in theaters in November 2016, is intended as the 1st of a trilogy.
• “Miracle On the Hudson” – 85-year-old Clint Eastwood (“American Sniper”) next directs a bio-pic on Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger, the veteran pilot who ditched US Airways Flight 1549 in a splash landing on the Hudson River in January 2009, saving everyone aboard. The jet had lost both engines from goose strikes after taking off from NYC’s LaGuardia Airport.
• ‘Tammi Terrell Bio’ – “Vampire Diaries” actress Kat Graham has been cast as Motown legend Tammi Terrell in an upcoming film about her life. The as-yet-untitled project documents the singer’s rise to stardom, her collaborations with the likes of James Brown and Marvin Gaye (“Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing”), and the tragedy of her death in 1970 at age 24.
• “Toy Story 4” – The next instalment will be a ‘brand new chapter’ in the series, Pixar studio honcho John Lasseter has revealed, as the plot will not follow on from 2010’s “Toy Story 3”.  Tim Allen signed on for a 4th movie even before it was announced and Tom Hanks was all for it as well. It’s set to be released in June 2017, 22 years after the original “Toy Story”.

✗ Being attached to your phone basically always, and ignoring everything else around you.
✗ Spending everything you earn and not saving any money.
✗ Eating take-out instead of cooking. Part of the reason you’re spending all your money.
✗ Expending all your energy trying to find a ‘serious relationship’.
✗ Not using sunscreen. Even worse, using tanning beds or lying out in the sun too long.
✗ Worrying about what other people think. You are never going to please everyone.
✗ Not getting checkups. Disregarding your health can lead to a lot of trouble down the road.
✗ Treating mental health issues as embarrassing or a sign of weakness.
✗ Always getting wasted, often on weeknights. It’s time to be a bit more responsible.
✗ Still smoking the odd cigarette when you’ve had a few beers (or more often than that).
✗ Sleeping in until 1 pm on weekends to ‘catch up’ on all that sleep you missed during the week.
✗ Trying to map out your entire life and obsessing over 5-year plans instead of living in the now.
– Adapted from

Just when we thought ‘Barbie’ doll couldn’t get any more relevant (outfit for every scenario, cellulite, stretch marks, freckles, etc), toymaker Mattel goes and gives its most iconic doll … adjustable ankles. That’s right, ‘Barbie’ now has actual ankles so that she can wear flat shoes as well as high-heels. In addition to the fact that she can now opt for comfort over mind-numbing stiletto-induced pain, the latest ‘Fashionista Barbie’ line also comes in 8 different skin tones, 18 eye colors, 14 facial sculpts, 22 hairstyles, and 23 hair colors. Seems she’s repping for everyday women for the first time ever. (Wow, welcome to the 21st century.)
– Condensed from “Metro”

• Guinness World Records has confirmed that a team of 100 volunteers in Bhutan has set a new world record by planting 49,672 trees in 1 hour. That smashes the previous record set by an Indian team 3 years ago by almost 10,000 trees. The government of the Himalayan kingdom sandwiched between India and China places great emphasis on protecting the environment. Unbelievably, the country has more than 75% forest cover.
– BBC News
• British singer Foxes (real name Louisa Rose Allen) has set a new Guinness World Records mark for ‘Most Live Concerts Performed in a 12-Hour Period in Different Cities’. The 26-year-old singer completed 7 shows in the south of England, performing a 15-minute acoustic set at each venue, in towns at least 50 km (30 mi) away from each other, in order to qualify for the record.

Male puppies can be chivalrous. While play-fighting they’ll sometimes let the female puppies win … on purpose.


1936 [79] Bruce Dern, Chicago IL, movie actor (“Nebraska”, “Django Unchained”)/father of actress Laura Dern

1974 [41] Stefan Lessard, Anaheim CA, alt-rock bassist (Dave Matthews Band-“Where Are You Going”, “The Space Between”)

1975 [40] Russell Brand, Grays UK, movie actor (“Despicable Me 2”, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”)/comedian (“Live in New York City”)/wed to pop singer Katy Perry 2010-12

1975 [40] Angelina Jolie (Voight), LA CA, movie actress (“Maleficent”, Oscar-“Girl, Interrupted”)/movie director (“Unbroken”)/actor Brad Pitt’s partner since 2005

1976 [39] Kasey Chambers, Mount Gambier, South Australia, country singer-songwriter (“Nothing at All”, “Not Pretty Enough”)

1981 [34] TJ Miller, Denver CO, comedian/TV actor (“Silicon Valley” since 2014)/movie actor (“Transformers: Age of Extinction”, “How to Train Your Dragon 2”)

1985 [30] Bar Refaeli, Hod HaSharon, Israel, fashion model (“Sports Illustrated”, “Maxim”)/TV host (“X Factor Israel” since 2013)/Leo Di Caprio cast-off

• “Cheese Day”, celebrated on the anniversary of the creation of the first Roquefort cheese, made from ewes’ milk and ripened in a cave near Roquefort, France in the year 1070. It’s the perfect excuse to indulge yourself with a slice of your favorite. (3-year-old Comté, please!)

• “Hug Your Cat Day”, a day to realize that felines need affection even though they act like they don’t want it.

• “International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression”, a UN observance established in 1982. There are approximately 50 million uprooted refugees around-the-world who have sought safety in another country. Around half of them are children.

2004 [11] “Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban” opens in movie theaters (goes on to earn almost $800 million worldwide)

2012 [03] Queen Elizabeth II’s “Diamond Jubilee Concert” (60th anniversary on the throne) is held outside Buckingham Palace in London (performers include Annie Lennox, Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Jessie J, Kylie Minogue, Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, Tom Jones)

2011 [04] China’s Li Na becomes the 1st Asian tennis player to win a major tournament, the French Open women’s title

1988 [27] World record for ‘Hacky Sack’ (foot bag) is set at 48,825 consecutive kicks

[Fri] “Insidious: Chapter 3”; “Spy” open in movie theaters
[Fri] Governors Ball festival begins (NYC)
[Fri] World Environment Day
[Sat] CatConLA begins (LA CA)
[Sat] Belmont Stakes (Queens NY)
[Sun] Tony Awards (NYC)
[Sun] Cancer Survivors Day
This Week Is … Business Etiquette Week
This Month Is … Audio Book Appreciation Month


• You get a note from your boss saying “We need to talk” …. written on your rolling papers.
• There’s a sign saying “Back in 10 Minutes” … on the airport control tower.
• The company pays your wages out of petty cash.
• You tell the barber what you think about his prices before you get your haircut.
• A black cat crosses your path and drops dead.
• You take an assertiveness training course and you’re afraid to tell your husband.
• Your pacemaker only comes with a 30-day guarantee.
• The candles on your birthday cake set off the smoke alarm.
• The pest exterminator crawls under your house … and never comes out.
• Mom calls you by your full name.

☎ Who should be the next ‘James Bond’? (Jason Statham, the Brit actor who co-stars in the Melissa McCarthy secret agent comedy “Spy”, opening tomorrow, has thrown his hat in the ring to play ‘007’. Daniel Craig is believed to have 2 more ‘Bond’ movies left on his contract.)

• Which word is derived from the ancient Celtic word for ‘bag’ or ‘sack’?
a. Arthritis
b. Budget [CORRECT]
c. Carryall

• Which can actually stop a moving train?
a. Typhoon
b. Pollen [CORRECT, by blocking train radiators.]
c. Skunk

Now that food has replaced sex in my life, I can’t even get into my own pants.

Question: Only 23% of the countries around-the-world do THIS.
Answer: Drive on the left side of the road.

Two wrongs are only the beginning.

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