Friday, May 30, 2014        Edition: #5230


Monthly Planning Calendar in Today’s BS!

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Acting couple Evan Rachel Wood (“The Wrestler”) & Jamie Bell (“Jane Eyre”) have split after 19 months of marriage, a spokesperson has confirmed. The couple have a 10-month-old son who will reportedly be cared for via shared custody. It’s been speculated that Evan’s sexuality could have put a strain on the marriage. The 26-year-old came out in 2012 and now openly identifies as bisexual. She’s even named actress Milla Jovovich as one of her crushes.
– “Us Weekly”
★ Director Colin Trevorrow has now confirmed that leaked plot details about the upcoming movie reboot “Jurassic World” are essentially accurate. It seems “Jurassic World” is to be an actual theme park, complete with monorail, souvenir shops, and even a ‘dinosaur petting zoo’. Everything is going tickety-boo until the park’s staff ill-advisedly use gene-splicing to fuse together a monstrous new dinosaur.
– SlashFilm.com
★ There was an uproar among “Community” fans when NBC-TV cancelled Dan Harmon’s quirky comedy series. The problem has been that the devoted cult following has failed to translate into the kind of viewing figures NBC would like. But now streaming service Hulu is in talks with Sony Pictures Entertainment about bringing the show back for a 6th season online. The same strategy was used to resurrect “Arrested Development” on Netflix, with mixed results.
– “Hollywood Reporter”

WEEKEND SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “The Bachelorette” (ABC) – Sunday Andi and the bachelors travel to Santa Barbara CA; 12 of the guys sing with Boyz II Men. Rerun.
• “Billy Joel: A Matter of Trust – The Bridge to Russia” (PBS) – Sunday a screening of the documentary that followed Billy Joel’s historic 1987 concert in the then-Soviet Union.
• “BookCon” (NYC) – Can this new interactive literary event do for publishing what Comic Con has done for comics, graphic novels, and movies? The organizers of BookExpo America are hoping so. Saturday’s event includes best-selling novelist John Grisham, comic-book legend Stan Lee, and comedians Amy Poehler and Martin Short, who are each writing books to be published this Fall. Also appearing: Internet sensation ‘Grumpy Cat’.
NET: http://www.thebookcon.com
• “Fox & Friends” (FOX News Channel) – This morning the 6th annual ‘All-American Summer Concert Series’ continues with the Charlie Daniels Band (“Off the Grid: Doin’ It Dylan”).
• “Good Morning America” (ABC) – This morning the “2014 Summer Concert Series” features 50 Cent (“Street King Immortal”) live in concert.
• “The Grateful Dead – Dead Ahead” (PBS) – Saturday the legendary rockers perform at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall in this concert recorded in 1980.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight Lykke Li (“I Never Learn”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Heidecker & Wood (“Some Things Never Stay the Same”). Rerun.
• “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony” (HBO) – Saturday a repeat of the 29th annual gala April 10th in Brooklyn NY. 2014 inductees include Cat Stevens, KISS, and Nirvana.
• “Sing Your Face Off” (ABC) – Saturday in this singing competition series debut ‘celebrities’ undergo vocal training and a physical transformation to portray Adam Levine, Dolly Parton, Elton John, Lionel Richie, and Rihanna in performance.
NET: http://tinyurl.com/nfgb3ht
• “Today Show” (NBC) – This morning Rascal Flatts (“Rewind”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Anne Wilson (Heart); Ty Dolla $ign (“Beach House”). Rerun.

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Billy Idol – His memoir “Dancing With Myself” will be released in October. A publishing flack claims he’ll be revealing never-before-told tales of the culture, sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll that colored his experience.
• Brantley Gilbert – “Just As I Am” tops the new ‘Billboard Country Albums’ chart.
• Coldplay – “Ghost Stories” has become their 4th #1 album, topping the new “Billboard” magazine all-genre album sales chart. It’s had the biggest debut of any album this year.
• Justin Timberlake – His latest single, “Not A Bad Thing”, has reached #1 on both the ‘Pop Songs’ chart and the ‘Hot AC’ chart, giving him a new record for most pop song chart-toppers by a male solo artist. He’s now landed 7 of them.
• Metallica – Their self-titled 1991 album (aka ‘The Black Album’) has hit a new milestone, the first to sell 16 million copies since SoundScan started tracking data in 1991. It and Shania Twain’s “Come On Over” are the only albums to exceed 15 million units in the SoundScan era.
• The Roots – Saturday their 7th annual ‘Roots Picnic’ returns to Festival Pier in Philadelphia PA with an eclectic lineup that includes Janelle Monáe, Snoop Dogg, and The War On Drugs.
• Taylor Swift – The Asian leg of her ongoing “Red Tour” plays Shanghai, China tonight, then Tokyo, Japan on Sunday.

TODAY’S MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “Maleficent” ( PG Family Adventure ):  Angelina Jolie stars in the untold story of the villainess from Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty”. The vindictive fairy puts a curse on the infant princess ‘Aurora’ only to realize the child may be the only one who can restore peace. Co-stars Elle Fanning and Imelda Staunton, and keep an eye out for a cameo by Jolie’s daughter Vivienne.
NET: http://movies.disney.com/maleficent
• “A Million Ways to Die In the West”( R-Rated Western Comedy ): As a cowardly farmer begins to fall for the mysterious new woman in town, he must put his new-found courage to the test when her husband, a notorious gunslinger, announces his arrival. Seth MacFarlane directs, writes, and stars. Co-stars Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson.
NET: http://www.amillionways.com
• Opening in limited release: “Filth” (Crime Comedy); “The Grand Seduction (Comedy); “Korengal” (War Documentary); “Night Moves” (Thriller); and “We Are the Best!” (Drama).

NEW WAY TO TRACK MUSIC:
Twitter has partnered with “Billboard” magazine to launch ‘Twitter Real-Time Charts’, which measure the popularity of songs by scanning Twitter interactions to music-listening platforms like Spotify or iTunes. The service consists of 2 real-time charts: ‘Trending 140’, which measures the frequency a song has been shared over the past hour; and ‘Twitter Emerging Artists’, which ranks songs from artists with less than 50,000 Twitter followers. The service is the latest attempt by the social network to connect with mainstream entertainment. Last year it debuted the ‘Nielson TV Twitter Rating’ system, which measures the popularity of TV shows.
NET: http://realtime.billboard.com/?chart=trending140
– Billboard.com

NOW THERE’S VAPE HACKING:
Trying to keep up with this new vaping fad? Wacky flavors like ‘Thin Mint’ are a huge part of the culture that has cropped up around nicotine vaporizers, but it doesn’t stop there. In addition to creating their own custom flavors, vapers like to tamper with the insides of their devices to make what are called ‘mods’ (as in ‘modifieds’). Vape shops do a robust business in ‘rebuildable’ devices, while the Internet offers endless YouTube videos and forum posts explaining how to alter the atomizer to get a stronger flavor or tweak the battery to get a deeper puff. Here’s a video to post for bewildered parents that outlines what this is all about …
NET: http://tinyurl.com/py87xub
– TheVerge.com

SMART BALLS:
The World Cup kicks off in just 2 weeks. If making it to Brazil for the big event isn’t in the cards, you might try the next best thing and fine-tune your fútbol skills. That’s where the new ‘Adidas miCoach Smart Ball’ comes in. It has a built-in sensor that measures spin, velocity, and trajectory of your dead ball kicks, and the companion app offers tips on how to improve them. The miCoach is not only a great training tool but also an excellent soccer ball. According to Adidas, pros couldn’t tell the difference between the size 5, 32-panel miCoach ball and standard tournament balls. (Why not hook this up to a TV screen readout? “And Rinaldo kicks a 60 km/hr, counter-clockwise spinning corner kick directly into the penalty area …”)
– Maxim.com

WHY DOES BACON SMELL SO GOOD?
It’s a fact that nothing will get your mouth watering like the smell of bacon cooking. But why? The simplified version is this: When you throw bacon in the pan it undergoes something called the Maillard Reaction, which is what causes foods to turn brown and gives it its flavor. With sizzling bacon, the process causes sugars to react with amino acids. That reaction, combined with the meat’s melting fats, produces the aroma compounds that make you salivate more than Pavlov’s dog after a bell. (Now, about cinnamon buns …)
NET: http://tinyurl.com/p3fp65j
– CompoundChem.com

BS AMAZING FACTS:
‘Bertha’, ‘Cecil’, ‘Fanny’, ‘Gertrude’, ‘Gladys’, ‘Marjorie’, ‘Muriel’, ‘Rowland’, and ‘Willie’ are now “extinct” names in the UK, meaning they have not been recorded in the latest record of births.  Stats show people named ‘Eleanor’ are disproportionately likely to get into Oxford University.
– “Daily Telegraph”

BS CHRONOMETER 05.30.14


TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1964 [50] Wynonna Judd (Christina Ciminella), Ashland KY, country singer (“To Be Loved By You”, The Judds-“Love Can Build a Bridge”)/TV personality (“Dancing With the Stars” 2013)

1964 [50] Tom Morello, Harlem NY, rock guitarist (Audioslave-“Doesn’t Remind Me”, Rage Against the Machine-“Guerrilla Radio”)/aka The Nightwatchman

1975 [39] Cee-Lo Green (Thomas Callaway), Atlanta GA, TV personality (“The Voice” 2011-14)/rapper-vocalist-songwriter-producer (“Forget You”, Gnarls Barkley-“Crazy”)

SATURDAY –
Movie actor-director Clint Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby”) is 84; TV personality Phil Keoghan (“Amazing Race”) is 47; TV actress Archie Panjabi (“The Good Wife”) is 42; Movie actor Colin Farrell (“Total Recall”) is 38; Rock drummer Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy) is 34.

SUNDAY –
Movie actor Morgan Freeman (“Dark Knight Rises”) is 77; Rock guitarist Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones) is 67; Country singer Ronnie Dunn (ex-Brooks & Dunn) is 61; TV personality Heidi Klum (“Project Runway”) is 41; Pop singer Alanis Morissette (“You Oughta Know”) is 40; Movie actress Willow Shields (“Hunger Games” films) is 14.

TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Mint Julep Day”, celebrating the delicious and refreshing Summer cocktail made with bourbon whiskey, mint, water, and sugar. Sounds best if you order one using a Southern accent.
• “Water a Flower Day”, because nourishing a little bit of natural beauty might be the only truly worthwhile thing you do all day.

SATURDAY –
• “Macaroon Day”, honoring those ooey-gooey coconut cookies that stick to your fillings.
• “Save Your Hearing Day”. I SAID, TODAY IS “SAVE YOUR HEARING DAY” … if you’d turn down your earbuds you’d be able to … oh, never mind.
• “World No-Tobacco Day”, as declared by the UN’s World Health Organization to encourage people to kick their butts.

SUNDAY –
• “Cancer Survivors Day”, the 27th annual celebration of life on the 1st Sunday in June. Famous cancer survivors Christina Applegate, Melissa Etheridge, Sharon Osbourne, and Sheryl Crow.
NET: http://www.ncsdf.org
• “Go Barefoot Day”, a day to enjoy the comforts and pleasant sensations of shedding footwear.
NET: http://tinyurl.com/obva9q3
• “Heimlich Maneuver Day”, honoring the ‘abdominal thrust’ method of stopping choking, first described by Dr Henry Heimlich in 1974. Dr Edward Patrick claims to be the procedure’s uncredited co-developer.
• “Say Something Nice Day”, a day to thank someone, encourage someone, compliment everyone. Remember, if you can’t say something nice … mum’s the word!
• “World Milk Day”, initiated by the UN’s Food & Agriculture Organization to focus attention on milk and the milk industry. Humans are the only animal that drinks another animal’s milk.

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2008 [06] “Sex & The City: The Movie” opens in theaters

TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1911 [103] 1st “Indianapolis 500” auto race (Ray Harroun wins, averaging 74.59 mph)

TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1979 [35] Ted Coombs begins a successful 5,193-mile roller-skate from LA to NYC

BS MONTHLY PLANNING CALENDAR . . .
[Jun 2] Bubba Day / Leave the Office Early Day / Thank God It’s Monday Day / Yell Fudge at the Cobras in North America Day
[Jun 3] Led Zeppelin catalogue reissue begins
[Jun 4] Audacity to Hope Day / International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression / Tailors Day / Old Maid’s Day
[Jun 5] 2014 CMA Music Festival begins (Nashville TN) / Hot Air Balloon Day / Moonshine Day / Running Day / World Environment Day
[Jun 6] “Edge of Tomorrow”; “The Fault In Our Stars”; “Obvious Child” open in movie theaters / “Orange Is the New Black” Season 2 released (Netflix) / Governors Ball Music Festival begins (NYC) / Atheists Pride Day / Drive-in Movie Day / Horseradish Day / Lemonade Day
[Jun 7] George Strait’s final concert (Arlington TX) / Yo-Yo Day / Belmont Stakes (NYC) / Drawing Day / National Trails Day
[Jun 8] Tony Awards (CBS) / “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” season debut (E!) / World Oceans Day
[Jun 9] Abused Women & Children Awareness Day / Donald Duck Day
[Jun 10] Ball Point Pen Day / Iced Tea Day / World Pet Memorial Day
[Jun 11] Corn On the Cob Day
[Jun 12]  Bonnaroo Festival begins (Manchester TN) / Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala (NYC) / 2014 World Cup begins (Brazil) / Crowded Nest Awareness Day / Jerky Day / Peanut Butter Cookie Day / Career Nurse Assistants Day / Superman Day / World Day Against Child Labor
[Jun 13] Friday the 13th / “How to Train Your Dragon 2”; “22 Jump Street” open in movie theaters / Isle of Wight Festival begins (UK) / Banana Split Day / Blame Someone Else Day / Poultry Day / Work@Home Fathers Day / Full ‘Strawberry’ Moon
[Jun 14] Family History Day / Missing Mutts Awareness Day / Bourbon Day / World Blood Donor Day / World Juggling Day / Queen’s Official Birthday (UK)
[Jun 15] Fathers Day / 2014 MuchMusic Video Awards (Toronto ON) / “Game of Thrones” Season 4 finalé (HBO) / Global Wind Day / Husband Caregiver Day / Nature Photography Day / World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
[Jun 16] Fudge Day / Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Day
[Jun 17] Eat Your Vegetables Day / World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
[Jun 18] International Sushi Day
[Jun 19] Garfield the Cat Day / Recess At Work Day / World Sauntering Day
[Jun 20] “Jersey Boys”; “Think Like a Man Too” open in movie theaters / Flip Flop Day / Take Your Dog to Work Day / Ugliest Dog Day / World Productivity Day / World Refugee Day
[Jun 21] Summer begins / Global Orgasm Day / Go Skateboarding Day / Daylight Appreciation Day / World Handshake Day / World Humanist Day
[Jun 22] Global Smurfs Day / Stupid Guy Thing Day
[Jun 23] Baby Boomers Recognition Day / International Widows Day / Pink Flamingo Day
[Jun 24] St-Jean-Baptiste Day (QC) / Celebration Of the Senses / International Fairy Day
[Jun 25] Beyoncé & Jay Z’s “On The Run” stadium tour begins (Miami FL) / Summerfest begins (Milwaukee WI) / Day Of the Seafarer / Global Beatles Day / Catfish Day
[Jun 26] International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking / Canoe Day
[Jun 27] “Transformers: Age of Extinction” opens in movie theaters / BET Experience begins (LA CA) / Glastonbury 2014 begins (UK) / Decide to Be Married Day / Industrial Workers Of the World Day / HIV Testing Day
[Jun 28] Backyard Campout Night / International Body Piercing Day / Ramadan begins (Muslim)
[Jun 29] Log Cabin Day
[Jun 30] Descendants Day / Please Take My Children to Work Day / National Organization For Women Day
[Jul 1] Monty Python residency begins (London UK) / Canada Day

BULL’S BITS


BS ALBUM TITLES IN MOVIES:
Is this a new thing … classic albums in movie titles? Witness “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (“Days of Future Past”, 1967 Moody Blues album); and “Transformers: Dark Of the Moon” (“The Dark Side Of the Moon”, 1973 Pink Floyd album). Other classics that could be movie titles …
✓ “Godzilla: Appetite for Destruction” (Guns N’ Roses)
✓ “Pirates Of the Caribbean 7: Pieces of Eight” (Styx)
✓ “Finding Nemo 3: You Can Tune a Piano But You Can’t Tune a Fish” (REO Speedwagon)
✓ “Thor 3: Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em” (MC Hammer)
✓ “Toy Story 4: Rubber Soul” (The Beatles)
✓ “Wall Street 3: Back in Black” (AC/DC)
✓ “Ocean’s 14: Sticky Fingers” (Rolling Stones)
✓ “Hannibal 3: Diary Of a Madman” (Ozzy Osbourne)
✓ “Star Wars, Episode OU812” (Van Halen)
✓ “Hostel IV: Hotel California” (The Eagles)
(And perhaps “Deliverance II: In Through the Out Door”? Think about it.)
– Adapted from Maxim.com

BS PHONE STARTER:
☎ How do you manage distractions and constant questions from colleagues at work?

BS RANDOM JOKE:
Dealing with stupid people is like playing soccer. You can use your head, but a swift kick is more effective.

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: Creative people are more likely to have THIS habit.
Answer: They sleep on their left side.

BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise; seek what they sought.


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