Thursday, March 23, 2017 – Edition: #5938

There’s No BS Like Show BS …

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ 24-year-old Demi Lovato has become the latest celebrity to have personal photos leaked online. Sources say pics of the singer laying on her bed wearing an unzipped top have been circulating online via a number of sites. It’s unclear how authentic they are and when or where they were taken. Lovato has laughed off the photo hack, saying she doesn’t care if the world sees a cleavage pic of her. Other celebrities who have recently become victims of hackers include actresses Amanda Seyfried, Emma Watson, and Mischa Barton.
– PageSix.com
★ Woody Harrelson has given up weed. The 55-year-old actor, who is famous for his alternative lifestyle and love of marijuana, has revealed he actually quit the drug last year after realizing he’d stopped being taken seriously in Hollywood. Quote: “They think I’m a party animal … 30 solid years of just partying too f—ing hard!” He says he isn’t against the occasional toke, but feels that his overuse of pot was keeping him from being “emotionally available”.
– Vulture.com
★ And Meghan Markle has opened up about racial discrimination in Hollywood. The “Suits” actress, who’s dating Britain’s Prince Harry, says she has often been labeled ‘ethnically ambiguous’ in castings. Markle says she grew up in a family with an African-American mother and Caucasian father with a sense of belonging, but when entering show biz found out that she wasn’t black enough for black roles nor white enough for the white ones. To this day, she says, her skin tone is changed and her freckles are airbrushed out of photoshoots.
– “Allure Magazine”

TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Daily Show” (Comedy Central) – Swedish singer-songwriter Zara Larsson (“Lush Life”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Mondo Cozmo (“Shine”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Deap Vally (“Femejism”).
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/CTV) – Nicole Scherzinger (“Big Fat Lie”).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Post Malone f/Quavo (“Congratulations”).
• “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global) – Alison Krauss (“Windy City”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Migos (“Culture”).
• “Wendy Williams” (syndicated) – Zara Larsson f/Ty Dolla $ign (“So Good”).

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Adele – She’s broken records in every city she visited during her 8-concert tour of Australia, selling circa 600,000 tickets in total. That includes the biggest single Oz concert ever held, with more than 100,000 filling Sydney’s ANZ Stadium for the 2nd night of a 2-night stand.
• Brett Young – Tonight he joins Justin Moore and Lee Brice’s “American Made Tour” in Huntsville AL.
• Chuck Berry – The late rock & roll pioneer’s final album is being released on June 16th. His final recording is simply titled “Chuck.”
• Jason Derulo – The 27-year-old is refusing to reveal the identity of his secret girlfriend. He’s previously been openly linked to singer Jordin Sparks and model Daphne Joy but says he’s attempting to do things differently this time.
• Josh Turner – “Deep South” has debuted this week at #1 on the ‘Billboard Country Albums’ chart. It’s his first album in 5 years.
• Pitbull / Enrique Iglesias – They’re hitting the road on a co-headlining tour later this year. The arena tour begins in Chicago IL June 3rd and winds up in Toronto ON July 6th.
• Radiohead – They’re set to mark the 20th anniversary of their acclaimed 3rd studio album “OK Computer” at this year’s Glastonbury festival at UK’s Worthy Farm in June. They are said to be paying homage to that album, plus 2007’s “In Rainbows”, which turns 10 in October.
• Rihanna – She’s appearing in 2 episodes of the final season of “Bates Motel” (A&E), the first airing this Monday night. The 29-year-old admits she can’t stand the sound of her voice on TV and suggests fans down a shot of tequila every time she utters the name ”Norman” on the show.
• Thomas Rhett – His dad Rhett Akins, also a noted singer-songwriter, has joined forces with his son for Home Team Publishing, created in partnership with Thomas’ longtime manager Virginia Davis and Jay Z’s Roc Nation label.

COMING ATTRACTIONS:
A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “Ghostbusters” – Movie producer Ivan Reitman has confirmed there will be further movies in the franchise including a live-action adaptation and an animated film. The 70-year-old, who produced the first 2 original movies in 1984 and 1989, says there are several plans in store to expand the sci-fi franchise.
• “King Of the South” – Rap veteran Master P (real name Percy Miller) is moving forward with plans to turn his life story into a film, 2 years after casting Queen Latifah to play his mother in the project. The biopic follows his journey from a life of poverty in New Orleans LA to becoming a successful music mogul. The movie finally begins production this Summer.
• “Red Sea Diving Resort” – “Captain America” star Chris Evans is set to tackle a real-life drama about the Israeli mission to save Ethiopian Jews from Sudan in 1981. Evans is playing an Israeli spy in the story of the Mossad agency’s effort to rescue thousands of people trapped in Sudan in the late 1970s and transport them to Israel.
• “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle” – Robert Downey Jr (“Iron Man”) is set to portray Doctor Dolittle in another film based on the famous Hugh Lofting character. The 51-year-old actor is taking on the lead role in in a new story written and directed by Stephen Gaghan, who won an Oscar for his screenplay for Steven Soderbergh’s drug trade drama “Traffic”.
• “Widows” – 64-year-old Liam Neeson is rumored to be playing the onscreen husband of Viola Davis in this upcoming thriller from Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”). The original 1983 TV miniseries told the story of 4 women whose criminal husbands died in the middle of robbing a security van. Also in the cast: Michelle Rodriguez, Andre Holland, and Elizabeth Debicki.

WHAT EMPLOYERS ARE LOOKING FOR:
Job interviews can be difficult to prepare for. The main problem is the stupid questions, which no one has ever asked outside of a boardroom. But here’s what employers are really looking for in a job interview, according to a Google executive. The questions don’t matter as much as the conversation that happens afterward. It provides employers a unique opportunity to really understand what someone’s passionate about. In other words, it’s whether you click with your interviewer that is a deciding factor in you getting the job or not, rather than having clever answers prepared. The tech rep says most productive employees are those that are both happy and challenged, and feel that their work matters. (Just ask the people working at the car wash.)
– “Metro”

DISPROVED MYTHS THAT PEOPLE STILL BELIEVE:
✗ Dogs only see in black & white. Nope, they see color, just less of it than humans.
✗ Camels store water in their humps. It’s not water … it’s fat.
✗ Lightning never strikes in the same place twice. It does, the whole point of lightning rods.
✗ Bats are blind. They do use echolocation (radar), but that doesn’t mean they can’t see.
✗ Blood type determines personality, a prevalent belief in Asia. It has no bearing whatsoever.
✗ Cracking your knuckles gives you arthritis. That’s an old wive’s tale.
✗ You’re either extroverted or introverted, Nope, it’s a spectrum.
✗ Sugar makes kids hyper. This has been disproved. It does often make them happy though.
✗ We only use 10% of our brains. We use all parts of our brains, just not at the same time.
✗ The tongue tastes different flavors in different areas. It’s actually capable of tasting any flavor on any part of its surface.
– Adapted from List25.com

WHAT IS INAPPROPRIATE PURRING?
There are many reasons why your cat could be purring … and not all are positive. Turns out there’s such a thing as ‘inappropriate purring’, where a cat may actually be using its form of communication to relax itself in times of distress. A purr from a furry friend can mean anything from happiness to see you to their fear of a thunderstorm or an alert that they are in pain. However, rather than just a cry for help, the purring is often used by the cat as a form of self-soothing. For instance, a female may purr while giving birth to a litter but it’s not to signal contentment, but rather to keep herself and her kittens calm. Purring is also used to block out annoying outside sounds. (So it’s not some sort of mechanical motor then?)
– Pets4Home.com

DOWNRIGHT CHEESY:
Forget chocolate, you can now get an Easter egg made from … cheese. Food blogger Annem Hobson has just launched ‘The Cheester Egg’, a solid egg made entirely from cheese. It’s the result of a collaboration with independent artisan cheese company Wildes Cheese. And as if an Easter egg made out of cheese isn’t enough, they’re also working on a ‘Cheese Advent Calendar’. That idea was hatched before last Christmas, and thousands of fans have registered to purchase one for this year’s holiday season. Quote: “There’s a whole army of cheese lovers out there showing me their support and I hope I’m doing them proud.” (Mug of hot cheese, anyone?)
NET: http://tinyurl.com/lygtq99
– Refinery29.com

BS AMAZING AMERICAN FACTS:
• Only 1 member of US Congress identifies as unaffiliated with any religion.
– “The Atlantic”
• At least 1 person in America is shot per week … by a toddler.
– Press Union
• The bottom half of American adults measured by pre-tax income earn no more than the bottom half of American adults did in the 1970s.
– FiveThirtyEight.com
• Legal marijuana businesses have created 123,000 jobs in the United States.
– “Now This”
• Medical marijuana is legal in Florida, but it’s also legal to fire someone from their job for using it.
– AJ+

BS CHRONOMETER 03.23.17

TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1968 [49] Damon Albarn, London UK, alt-rock singer/songwriter/producer (Gorillaz-“Feel Good Inc”, Blur-“Girls & Boys”)

1972 [45] Reggie Watts, Stuttgart, Germany, band leader (“The Late Late Show With James Corden” since 2015)

1974 [43] Randall Park, Los Angeles CA, TV actor (‘Louis Huang’ on “Fresh Off the Boat” since 2015, “Veep” 2012-16)

1976 [41] Keri Russell, Fountain Valley CA, TV actress (“The Americans” since 2013, “Felicity” 1998-2002)/movie actress (“Dawn Of the Planet Of the Apes”, “Mission: Impossible III”)

1976 [41] Michelle Monaghan, Winthrop IA, movie actress (“Patriots Day”, “Mission: Impossible III”)/TV actress (“The Path” since 2016, “True Detective” 2015)

1978 [39] Perez Hilton (Mario Lavandeira Jr), Miami FL, pop culture blogger (PerezHilton.com)/media personality (“Radio Perez”)

TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Chip & Dip Day”. While North Americans might pick ‘Sour Cream & Onion’ or ‘Salt & Vinegar’ chips, the top flavors for ‘crisps’ in the UK include ‘Roast Beef & Mustard’ and ‘Smoked Ham & Pickle’. The Swiss like ‘Paprika’, while Thais choose ‘Prawn’, and in Egypt ‘Kebab’ is popular. The best dip? ‘Hot Bean with Jalapenos’ … or is it?

• “Puppy Day”, the idea being to save 10,000 homeless puppies in a single day by encouraging adoptions at dog pounds and rescue centers.
NET: http://nationalpuppyday.com

• “Tamale Day”, saluting the traditional Latin American dish made of pillowy, stone-ground corn mingled with delicious fillings, like spicy pulled pork in chile sauce or melted cheese.

• “World Meteorological Day”, an annual UN observance to promote understanding of how weather, climate, and water affects us all. For one thing, it seems to be our favorite topic of conversation. What overused weather clichés should be dumped?

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2002 [15] At the 22nd Golden Raspberry Awards, Mariah Carey takes home her first Razzie as ‘Worst Actress’ for her starring role in “Glitter”

2011 [06] Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor (“Butterfield 8”, “Cleopatra”) dies in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure at age 79

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
2008 [09] Brit soul singer Estelle starts a 4-week run at #1 on the UK singles chart with “American Boy” f/feat Kayne West. (later wins Grammy for ‘Best Rap Collaboration’)

TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
2002 [15] At the 75th Academy Awards, Eminem becomes the 1st rapper to take home an Oscar as “Lose Yourself” from the film “8 Mile” wins ‘Best Original Song’

2002 [15] Girls in Afghanistan are allowed to return to school for the first time in many years

TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2014 [03] Kentucky beats undefeated Wichita State in the NCAA basketball tournament, ending Wichita’s historic 35-0 record

AND REMEMBER . . .
[Fri] Chocolate Covered Raisins Day
[Fri] World Tuberculosis Day
[Sat] Carrie Fisher-Debbie Reynolds Memorial (Hollywood CA)
[Sat] Earth Hour
[Sun] Mothering Sunday (UK)
[Sun] British Summer Time begins (UK)
This Week Is … Cleaning Week
This Month Is … Deaf History Month

BULL’S BITS

MORE BS QUESTIONS PLAGUING HUMANITY:
• Is it still illegal to park next to a fire hydrant if your car is on fire?
• Ever wonder about people who are willing to get off their ass to search the entire room for the TV remote because they refuse to walk to the TV and change the channel manually?
• How can something be ‘an uphill battle’ and then ‘go downhill from there’?
• How fast do hot cakes sell anyway?
• Why do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions?
• Can you sentence a homeless man to house arrest?
• What do you call a female Daddy Long Legs?
• If an auto transport carrying a load of cars runs into a utility pole, is it a 6-car pile-up?
• What do people in China call their good dinner plates?
• Why doesn’t a chicken egg taste like chicken?

BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
What is “Dora the Explorer’s” last name?
a. Marquez [CORRECT]
b. LaPierre
c. O’Penner
– “Trivia Crack”

BS PHONE STARTER:
☎ What’s the oddest thing you’ve ever found while Spring cleaning? (Other than that you hate Spring cleaning.)

BS RANDOM JOKE:
You have to stay in shape. My grandmother started walking 5 miles a day when she was 60. She’s 97 today and we don’t know where she is.

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: Studies show THIS bird can remember human faces.
Answer: Pigeon.

BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Life becomes easier when you learn to accept the apology you never got.


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