Tuesday, May 24, 2016 Edition: #5737

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★ Is Kit Harington set for a “Game Of Thrones” spin-off show? Now that his character ‘Jon Snow’ is back from the dead, Harington is reportedly in talks to star in his own series. A senior executive has reportedly confirmed that “exploratory talks” with the actor have taken place. The new series is likely to launch if the HBO show comes to an end next year after its 7th season. Should Harington sign on, it could make him one of the highest-paid stars in TV history.
– “Daily Star”
★ Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is being criticized for flying to NYC via private jet to collect … an environmental award. Leo was being honored at the Riverkeeper Fishermen’s Ball alongside fashion designer Ralph Lauren. The next day he used the jet again to attend the 2016 amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala in Paris, France. A rep claims the only way for Leo to attend both fundraisers was to hitch a ride with flights that were already planned. The actor is known for his environmental activism and spoke about climate change during his Oscars speech this year.
– “Us Weekly”
★ Taylor Swift and her ‘squad’ are under attack from an Internet troll who’s threatening to kill them … and police are on the hunt for the guy. Among those threatened besides Taylor: Gigi Hadid and Cara Delevingne. Chrissy Teigen, who’s not part of Taylor’s posse, is also apparently in the lunatic’s crosshairs as well as Jaime King, wife of movie director Kyle Newman, who first gave called the cops about the cyber threats. Police now have a search warrant to comb through Twitter records that could lead them to the culprit, but so far they’ve not gotten the info they need to close in.
– TMZ.com

• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Nothing But Thieves (“Nothing But Thieves”).
• “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC) – The finalists perform; musical performances from Pitbull, Aloe Blacc, and Fleur East.
• Dylan Fest: A Celebration of Bob Dylan’s 75th Birthday (Nashville TN) – Part 2 of a 2-consecutive-night birthday celebration at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Over 30 acts perform Dylan tributes, including Ann Wilson, Boz Scaggs, City & Colour, Dhani Harrison, Emmylou Harris, Jason Isbell, Kacey Musgraves, Kesha, The Whigs.
NET: http://thebestfest.com/dylan-fest-nashville/
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Steven Tyler (“Red, White & You”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Brad Paisley w/Demi Lovato (“Stone Cold”).
• “Nightly Show” (Comedy Central) – Esperanza Spalding (“Emily’s D+Evolution”).
• “The Voice” (NBC/CTV2) – Season finalé. Performances by Ariana Grande, Little Big Town, Blake Shelton, Sia, and Zayn; Christina Aguilera reportedly sings alongside a hologram of the late Whitney Houston; the winner is revealed.

• Adele – She’s said to be set to sign a £90 million ($131 million) record deal with Sony Music as her contract with current label XL Recordings expires. If true, that would double her personal fortune to £175 million ($254 million), according to UK’s “The Sun”.
• Celine Dion – She’s been appointed as 1-of-3 administrators of her late manager-husband’s estate. $9 million is being placed in a trust, likely for the couple’s 3 young children. René Angelil left 2 homes in Canada to his adult kids from previous marriages. His other homes are being retained by Celine, as well as furniture, cars, clothing, jewelry, and personal effects.
• Chance the Rapper – His new mixtape “Coloring Book” is the first streaming-only
album to chart on the ‘Billboard 200’. It debuts at #8 in today’s new ranking. “Coloring Book” remains an Apple Music exclusive until May 27th.
• Kanye West – He’s facing a $2.5 million lawsuit by a composer who claims ‘Ye used his song on one of his tracks and wasn’t properly compensated. Gabor Presser, a Hungarian musician, says the last part of West’s “New Slaves” from his 2013 album “Yeezus” features one of his songs. West’s rep has yet to comment on the report.

Coming out on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
• “The Finest Hours” ( PG-13 Historical Drama ): Follows the true story of the US Coast Guard’s daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod MA after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in February 1952. On a small lifeboat faced with 70-foot-high waves, 4 guardsmen try to bring back more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard a rapidly-sinking vessel. Stars Chris Pine, Holliday Grainger, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster.
• “How to Be Single” ( R-Rated Romantic Comedy ): What 6 lonely New Yorkers all have in common is the need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever-evolving definitions of love. Based on the 2008 novel by “Sex & The City” writer Liz Tuccillo. Stars Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann, Alison Brie.
• “Zoolander 2” ( PG-13 Comedy ): In this sequel to the 2001 comedy, ‘Derek’ and ‘Hansel’ are modeling again when an opposing company attempts to put them out of business. Ben Stiller stars and directs; co-stars Owen Wilson, Penélope Cruz, Will Ferrell, and Kristen Wiig. Features approximately 1 gazillion cameos.
• Also being released: “Killer Dames: Two Gothic Chillers By Emilio P Miraglia” (Compilation); “Lou Grant: Season 1 1977-78” (Vintage TV); “Major Crimes: The Complete 4th Season” (TV); “Manhunter Collector’s Edition” (Compilation); “Wim Wenders: The Road Trilogy” (Compilation); “The Wonder Years: The Complete 5th Season 1991-92 (Vintage TV).

• Drone Cameras – First it was GoPros hidden in bouquets, now it’s drones flying down the aisle to capture every moment.
• No Wedding Dress – House of Ollichon, for example, has introduced a range of bridal wear in the style of crops, skirts, culottes, and jumpsuits to meet a growing demand for alternatives.
• Bold Color – Pastels are officially dead this year as this season it’s all about bright bold themes and in-your-face colors, ie: shocking orange, citrus lime, or sunshine yellow.
• Online Planners – Why shell out for expensive wedding planners when an online wedding site like ‘Bridebook’ has everything you need in one place without the big price tag?
• Pet Participation – Getting your dog involved in the big day, whether it’s having him/her as the ring bearer or just posing for pics, is the canine win of this wedding season.
• Reusable Bridesmaid Frocks – Think mix and match color palettes and outfits they will wear again.
• Pre-Ceremony Cocktails – Whether it’s a Bellini before church or an Old Fashioned on arrival, guests are being encouraged to start proceedings with a bang.
• Unplugging – It’s now fairly common protocol for couples to request that their guests ‘unplug’ during the ceremony and keep their phones in their pockets during the vows.
• Keeping Everyone in the Loop – Some weddings now have an official hashtag so that you can easily follow all the gossip from the day on social media.
• After Parties – 11 o’clock curfews or buses at midnight are so last year. Nowadays guests are encouraged to let their hair down until the wee small hours. Hey, it only happens once.
– Metro.co.uk

You’ve heard of iceberg vodka? Now you can have a glass of San Francisco fog … on the rocks. The city’s famous fog is being used to distill a – quote – ‘extraordinarily crisp’ vodka with ‘elegant hints of pear, citrus, and honeysuckle’. Hangar 1’s upscale ‘Fog Point’ isn’t cheap at $125 a bottle. To pull off the project, Hangar 1 teamed up with FogQuest, a nonprofit that collects water in unusual ways to aid remote communities, as well as Bonny Doon, a ‘biodynamic’ vineyard on California’s Central Coast. Hangar 1 is donating profits from the booze to a good cause: FogQuest’s future water conservation projects. (Looking for alternative sources of water isn’t so far-fetched considering California’s long-term drought.)
– TIME.com

People take selfies because, well, that’s what everyone does. In many cases, the best of those selfies exist to be posted on Facebook or other social networks. But a new University of Toronto study suggests that selfie-takers think they’re cuter than they really are. Thinking of yourself more highly than others do is a phenomenon called ‘self-favoring bias’. In experiments, regular selfie-takers not only vastly overrate their attractiveness, they also insist that the pictures they take of themselves show them off at their best. However, independent observers claim the selfies taken by habitual selfie-takers show more narcissism than selfies taken by people who occasionally or never take selfies. Bottom line: The more selfies you take, the more attractive you think you are. (And the more others think you’re obnoxious.)
– CNET.com

The so-called friendship paradox was first defined in 1991 by a sociologist who discovered, while studying the structure of social networks, that somehow everyone is less popular than their friends. The paradox occurs because of all the gregarious people out there who are especially social. The majority of people have a few close friends, while a small number of people are able to have LOTS of friends. It’s the 2nd group that causes the issue, because those with lots of friends are more likely to be counted as one of your friends in the first place. Once they’re your friend, they bump up the average number of friends your group of friends has. Therefore – on average – all of your friends have more friends than you do. Get it? (Um, tell you again? Some have 10. You have 1. The average is 5. You’re a loser.)
– Economist.com

[Discretion] As it’s “Masturbation Month” (no BS), a survey has asked 1,000-plus people whom they like to think about while doing it. Turns out, despite all the porn online, quite a large portion of both men & women use their imagination. And many (33% of men; 20% of women) like to imagine celebrities. Among those spurring the most fantasies, these are tops …
1. Jennifer Lopez
2. Jennifer Lawrence
3. Jessica Alba
4. Kim Kardashian
5. Carrie Underwood
1. Channing Tatum
2. Ryan Gosling
3. Adam Levine
4. Johnny Depp
5. Justin Timberlake
– We-Vibe.com

A Canadian couple has gotten married in front of 1,100 guests… all of them cats. It seems the couple loves animals even more than the average person so they flew in to Cat House On the Kings – a no-kill, no-cage cat sanctuary in California – where they were given permission to have their wedding ceremony performed. The couple met in Québec and decided to get married after dating 3 years. Before they met, the bride-to-be had visited the cat sanctuary in 2012. She enjoyed the visit so much she made it a priority to one day return. As well as ticking that off her bucket list, the couple can also be proud they were the first ever to be married at the sanctuary.
– NBC News

No team in North American pro sports has qualified for the post season more frequently without winning a championship than the NHL’s St Louis Blues. The Blues have qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs in 40 of the 48 seasons (83%) since they were established in 1967, only to have their hopes crushed every time.
– “Wall Street Journal”


1941 [75] Bob Dylan (Zimmerman), Duluth MN, folk/rock/pop singer-songwriter (“Like a Rolling Stone”)/Lifetime Achievement “Grammy Award” (1991)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1988)

1963 [53] Jimmy Ashhurst, Naples, Italy, rock bassist (Buckcherry-“Sorry”)

1969 [47] Rich Robinson, Atlanta GA, rock guitarist (Black Crowes-“Hard to Handle”)

1982 [34] Cody Hanson, Plano TX, rock drummer (Hinder-“Lips Of an Angel”)

1986 [30] Mark Ballas, Houston TX, professional dancer (“Dancing With the Stars” since 2007)

• “Asparagus Day”, honoring the only ‘spears’ most of us ever eat. What’s your secret recipe?

• “Brothers Day”, a day to give them a quick punch on the arm … just to let ’em know you care.

• “Escargot Day”, celebrating the gourmet food you can harvest off your driveway. How come we’ll eat snails but not slugs? Aren’t they the same thing?

• “International Tiara Day”, a day for women to celebrate their leadership powers. Real or virtual tiara-wearing is optional.

1991 [25] Oscar-winning road movie “Thelma & Louise”, starring Geena Davis & Susan Sarandon, opens in theaters

2014 [02] Reality star Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West are married in Florence, Italy

2010 [06] Paul Gray, 38-year-old bassist with metal band Slipknot, is found dead in a hotel in Des Moines, Iowa

2003 [13] Paul McCartney sits down for tea with Russian president Vladimir Putin, then heads to Moscow’s Red Square for his 1st-ever performance in the country

2001 [15] Temba Tsheri, a 16-year-old Sherpa, becomes the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest

[Wed] Missing Children’s Day
[Wed] Tap Dance Day
[Wed] Senior Health & Fitness Day
[Wed] Geek Pride Day
[Thurs] Eat More Fruits & Vegetables Day
This Week Is … Backyard Games Week
This Month Is … Military Appreciation Month


✓ 1 drink for every time Netflix asks you if you’re still watching. 2 drinks if one of you is asleep.
✓ 1 low-calorie beer for every unused piece of heavy fitness equipment in your home. A case of beer to the friends that will eventually have to help you move it.
✓ A shot of whiskey to the person in the shower in your 1-bathroom apartment who lets their significant other ‘pee real quick’.
✓ 1 drink for every hole in your favorite sweatpants. Finish your beer if any of these holes are revealing.
✓ 3 drinks for having sex somewhere other than the bed. A shot of tequila if you need that to get you going.
✓ 1 glass of water for each Weight Watchers healthy meal in your fridge; 1 shot of liquor for every frozen pizza in your freezer.
✓ 2 drinks for talking about getting a puppy and then deciding you’ll wait until you have a yard.
✓ Drink a beer every time your significant other tells you a story lasting longer than 5 minutes with no discernable point. 3 drinks per each additional minute.
✓ 1 drink for every fart in bed. 2 drinks for complaining about natural bodily functions.
✓ 1 glass of wine for every social event you avoid by saying your significant other has a headache. A bottle of wine if the original “Robocop” is on TV.
– Thanks to Katie Pecho

☎ The lost art of letter-writing deserves to be revived. Yes or no?

She’s so skinny, she can tread water in a garden hose.

Question: 1-in-10 married couples won’t do THIS even once this year.
Answer: Say “I love you”.

Love means nothing to a tennis player.

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