Friday, May 5, 2017  Edition: #5968


★You would never know it, but Salma Hayek suffers from stage fright.  The 50-year-old star of ‘How to be a Latin Lover’ says she gets stage fright ‘really, really bad’ whenever she is set to appear front of a crowd.  Although she manages to do ok once she gets onto the stage, she says that she can’t do anything else the rest of the day because she is so exhausted.
(She looks just fine in front of a camera!)
★ Mark Ruffalo has sold his three-story Brooklyn townhouse for $3.125 million.  Ruffalo, who wraps up his Broadway theater debut in “The Price” this weekend, bought the four-bedroom townhouse for $3.5 million in 2015.  That’s about a 10% loss.
(I didn’t think you COULD lose money in real estate these days!)
★ The Walking Dead’s Josh McDermitt has deactivated his social media accounts following a scary backlash to some of his character’s actions.  ‘Eugene’ switched allegiances in Season 7 after being captured by the Saviors and many fans weren’t too happy with him. Unfortunately, some took to social media to rant at the actor for his character’s actions, and he even received a number of death threats.
(That’s huge, Euge!)
★ When Harrison Ford sat at the helm of the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it had been awhile.  However, he still noticed one thing that was off about the new set. J.J. Abrams says that Ford immediately noticed that unlike in the original Star Wars movies, set builders this time around designed the ship’s controls to include springs which keep the control yokes in place.  Apparently, because the original Star Wars had to run on such a low budget, the original control yokes, the devices that steer the ship, weren’t built with any springs that kept them in place.
★ Brad Pitt is ready for a comeback after a stressful year.  The  53-year-old is on the cover of US GQ Style, his first magazine cover since his split with Angelina Jolie last August.  But it does appear as if things are improving between him and his family. He says that he quit drinking 6 months ago. And last week there were reports that his six children stayed with him at his Los Angeles for the first time in seven months.  Next up: Netflix movie ‘War Machine’ May 26.
-DailyMail, Canoe
★ Rosie O’Donnell’s daughter Chelsea’s accusations of abuse at the hands of her mother are the latest in a long and stormy relationship between the two.  To wit:
• Chelsea married a 31 year old last July when she was 19.  Rosie found out 6 months later.
• She suffered a miscarriage but says Rosie never came to see her in the hospital.
• She made headlines in August 2015 after O’Donnell posted a message to her website saying her daughter was missing and had ran away from home. But Chelsea claims the comedienne kicked her out of their New York home and knew where she was the whole time.
• In June 2015, it was reported the two had reconciled as they posed for a happy photo after they  re-established communication following several months of silence.
• In Nov. 2015, Chelsea told ET that the future of her relationship with Rosie will remain private: “Everything further personally will be handled via me and my family alone and not publicly, unless necessary.”
• Rosie says her daughter is sick and on drugs, and is ‘not capable of truth or reason’.  And points out that her daughter is probably being paid by publications for her comments.
-People, DailyMail, US, PageSix

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Guy Ritchie, Alt-J, guest host David Spade
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV):  Paul Giamatti, Gisele Bundchen, Pete Lee
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global):  Richard Gere, Maria Bamford, Perfume Genius
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Jason Sudeikis, Andrea Martin, Jan Bohmermann, Lucius   R
• “Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV):  Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Steve Nash  R
• “The View” (ABC/CTV):  Wanda Sykes, guest co-host Deion Sanders
• “The Talk” (CBS):  Shemar Moore, Train
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV):  Diane Lane, Elisabeth Moss, Diana Krall, Chris Byrne
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV):  Bradley Cooper, Kym Douglas
• “Wendy Williams” (FOX):  Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly
• “Harry” (NBC/CTV): Clinton Kelly, Erin Richards
• “The Real” (FOX): Pepi Sonuga, guest co-host Joseline Hernandez

• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo):  Kim Zolciak-Biermann, Gabourey Sidibe
• “The 32nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards” (My Network):  Honoring the best of gospel music artists, writers and industry professionals.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) Host Chris Pine; LCD Soundsystem performs
• “Kentucky Derby” (NBC/TSN2) From  Churchill Downs; Louisville, Kentucky

• “2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards” (Comedy/MTV/SpikeTV) Honoring the best in TV and film from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles; Adam Devine hosts. Performers include Big Sean, Noah Cyrus and Pitbull

• The Weeknd – has been given the seal of approval by Selena Gomez’s mother after she said she was ”happy” with their relationship.
• Sting – is selling his penthouse in the world’s ‘most powerful’ building at Central Park West, NY.  Price? $56 million.
• Mariah Carey – It’s not often she gets told what to do. But her inner circle are taking no risks in their bid to stop her from getting back together with boy toy Bryan Tanaka. Apparently her people took her phone away to prevent her from contacting the dancer, whom she began dating after the end of her relationship with billionaire fiancé James Packer.
• Fantasia Barrino – opened up about her two wedding rings. As fans know, Fantasia tied the knot with Kendall Taylor in 2015, but she revealed she was married to someone else first: herself. Quote: “Before I met him I bought a ring and married myself. That’s crazy, right?”
• Pete Wentz – thinks Jaden Smith could be the next Nirvana.  The Fall Out Boy bassist thinks rock music is dying and that hip-hop is leading the way among the younger generation, however, he thinks the 18-year-old star – the son of actors Will and Jada Pinkett Smith – has the potential to be the next genre-killer act like Kurt Cobain’s group.
• Michael Bublé – is coming back.  After months spent out of the spotlight to be at his 3-year-old son Noah’s side as he underwent chemotherapy, the Grammy winner has marked his official return to the public with an appearance to accept Canada’s National Arts Centre Award in Ottawa on June 28. The next day, he will participate in a live telecast from the Arts Centre.
• Katy Perry and Jennifer Lopez – are tuning up for James Corden’s upcoming primetime special of “Carpool Karaoke.” This will be the second primetime special spawned from Corden’s popular Late Late Show segment, and the second time that J-Lo is a part of it.  The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2017 airs May 22.
• Glen Campbell – The title song from his farewell album, ‘Adios’ has been released to YouTube.
• Sara Evans – Her seventh album, ‘Words’  will be out July 21. Fourteen female songwriters contributed to the project. In addition to Evans, those names include Ashley Monroe, Caitlyn Smith, Hillary Lindsey and Hillary Scott.


• “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (PG-13 Action/Adventure):  Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. (Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel)
• “The Lovers” ( R Adventure Romance):  Debra Winger and Tracy Letts play a long-married, dispassionate couple who are both in the midst of serious affairs. But on the brink of calling it quits, a spark between them suddenly reignites, leading them into an impulsive romance.
• “Chuck” ( R Biographical Drama): Chuck Wepner went fifteen rounds in the ring with Muhammad Ali, and was the real life inspiration for Rocky Balboa. But before all that, he was a liquor salesman whose life changed overnight when he was chosen to take on The Greatest in a highly publicized title match. (Liev Schreiber,  Elisabeth Moss, Naomi Watts, Ron Perlman)
• “3 Generations” (PG-13 Comedy/Drama):  After Ray decides to transition from female to male, Ray’s mother, Maggie, must come to terms with the decision while tracking down Ray’s biological father to get his legal consent. (Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, Susan Sarandon, Tate Donovan)
• “The Dinner” ( R  Drama/Mystery) A look at how far parents will go to protect their children. Based on a novel by Herman Koch. (Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Rebecca Hall)

Just in time for the weekend comes this scintillating information:
Two or three beers may be a better painkiller than the stuff you get in the drugstore, a British study has determined.  Researchers at Greenwich University say they discovered strong evidence that alcohol is an effective painkiller. They also concluded the more beer people drank, the less pain they felt.  The study’s results found beer to be better at offering pain relief than Tylenol, and about as effective as codeine.

Other notes from the study:
-a blood alcohol content of .08, about three or four drinks, can reduce pain by up to 25 percent.
– the same amount also increases pain tolerance a little.

The researchers were careful to point out that this does not mean we should crack a beer every time we feel some discomfort, as long-term alcohol use for pain relief would cause more harm than good.  Long-term, the hope is that drugs may be developed which relieve pain as effectively as alcohol without the harmful side-effects.
(They had to do a study to conclude that the more beer you drink, the less pain you feel?  Definitely not brain surgeons)
(It might relieve pain now, but you’ll still be reaching for the Aspirin in the morning!)
(And beer definitely goes better with pretzels than acetaminophen.)
-Raycom News Network

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery turned 20 this week, and if Mike Myers can be believed, there will be a new Powers movie….someday.  Here are 6 Groovy Austin Powers Facts:

1. The film was a way for Myers to honor his dad.
Said Myers: “Austin Powers was a tribute to my father, who (introduced me to) James Bond, Peter Sellers, The Beatles, The Goodies, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.”

2. A lot of that groovy dialogue was totally improvised.
Yeah, baby, really. Myers estimated that “about 30 to 40%” of the film was made up on the spot.

3. There was a Seinfeld-Austin Powers casting connection.
Soup Nazi Larry Thomas traded his ladle for playing cards for his role as a casino dealer. Brian George, who played a Pakistani restaurant owner who blamed Jerry for his deportation, played a U.N. Secretary.

4. Giggity, giggity: Two Family Guy voice actors are also in the flick.
Nearly two years after the first Austin Powers movie was released, Seth Green (aka Scott Evil) settled into his long-running voice role as Chris Griffin on Family Guy. Carrie Fisher, who played a therapist with the thankless task of repairing the Dr. Evil/Scott Evil father-son relationship, voiced Peter Griffin’s boss, Angela, in nearly two dozen episodes.

5. There’s a five-step method for thawing a spy:
During the process, which took a while to comp … compl… complete, Powers underwent laser cutting, the warm liquid goo phase, reanimation, cleansing and evacuation — all in that order. That last one just took a long time.

6. Powers was in good company at the cryogenic storage facility.
Vanilla Ice and Gary Coleman were also preserved in the celebrity vault.

(Smashing.  Groovy. Yay capitalism!)



1959 [58] Brian Williams, Elmira NY, demoted TV news anchor (“NBC Nightly News” 2004-15)
1983 [34] Henry Cavill, Saint Saviour, Jersey, Channel Islands, movie actor (“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”, “The Man from UNCLE”)
1988 [29] Adele (Adkins), Enfield UK, soul singer-songwriter (“Hello”, “Rolling In the Deep”)
1989 [28] Chris Brown, Tappahannock VA, R&B/hip-hop singer (“Loyal”, “Run It”)/former Rihanna abuser
1945 [72] Bob Seger, Rock Singer, Lincoln Park, MI (Frontman for the Silver Bullet Band “Turn the Page,” “Night Moves,” “Old Time Rock & Roll” and “Against the Wind”)
1955 [62] Tom Bergeron, Haverhill MA, TV host (“Dancing With the Stars” since 2005, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” since 2001, “Hollywood Squares” 1998-2004)
1961 [56] George Clooney, Lexington KY, movie actor (Oscar-”Syriana”)/movie director (“Good Night, and Good Luck”)/movie producer (“Michael Clayton”)
1983 [34] Gabourey Sidibe, Brooklyn NY, TV actress (‘Becky Williams’ on “Empire” since 2015)/movie actress (“Precious”)
Rock drummer Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead) is 71; Indie rock drummer Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys) is 31; TV actor Alexander Ludwig (“Vikings”) is 25; TV actress Dylan Gelula (‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) is 23.


• “Cinco de Mayo”, a Mexican holiday commemorating the 1862 victory over French troops at the Battle of Puebla. Mexicans everywhere celebrate with parades and fiestas. That’s likely the reason today is also called “Totally Chipotle Day”, a celebration of the smoked jalapeño pepper.
(And just like on St. Patrick’s Day when everybody is a little bit Irish…)

• “Cartoonists Day”, kicking off “Cartoon Art Appreciation Week”, to create greater public awareness of and appreciation for the cartoon. Why today? “The Yellow Kid”, the first newspaper comic strip, was initially published on this day 122 years ago (1895).  What’s your favorite?  Least favorite?

• “Hoagie Day”, celebrating the super-sized sandwich also known as a sub, grinder, hero, Italian sandwich, po’ boy, wedge, zeppelin, or torpedo. What’s the best combo?

• “International Midwives Day”, observed since 1991 in over 50 nations worldwide to recognize and honor these healthcare professionals who are experts in women’s reproductive health.

• “International Roller Derby Day”, an unofficial worldwide holiday celebrating the unique sport.

• “Oyster Day”, celebrating the mollusk delicacy enjoyed by many. (What brave soul could have first decided to eat one of these things?)

• “Free Comic Book Day”, the 1st Saturday in May each year, when participating comic book shops around-the-world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes in.
• “Kentucky Derby”, the first jewel in the Triple Crown of horse racing, in Lexington KY. Lady Antebellum is singing the anthem ahead of the 143rd annual ‘Run for the Roses’.
• “National Beverage Day”, observed annually on May 6.  This is a day to sit back, relax and enjoy your favorite beverage. It may be hot, cold, blended, shaken, alcoholic, non-alcoholic, sweet, sour, smooth, dry, freshly squeezed, frozen or any other type.
• “Lemonade Day” a time to enjoy a refreshing glass of lemonade, but more importantly, it is a day to give youth an opportunity to experience the taste of success.
• “Paste Up Day” is about remembering those times before desktop publishing and computerized digital imaging when newspapers, magazines and catalogs were compiled by hand and those that worked so tediously in their positions.
• “Barrier Awareness Day”  We are charged with dissolving stigmas that keep people with disabilities from advancing in education.  It’s an opportunity to tear down walls and build ramps that will help provide access.

2006 [11] “Mission: Impossible III”, starring Tom Cruise and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman as the bad guy, opens in movie theaters

1999 [18] Garth Brooks is named ‘Artist Of the Decade’ at the “Academy of Country Music Awards” (“The Garth Brooks World Tour  w/Trisha Yearwood” continues, playing Fargo ND tonight through Sunday)

2002 [15] “Spider-Man” becomes the 1st movie to top $100 million in its opening weekend

2013 [04] The world’s 1st plastic gun is produced by Defense Distributed in Austin TX using a 3-D printer (security officials fear plastic weapons cannot be detected in airport screenings)

2004 [13] Picasso’s 1905 painting “Boy With a Pipe” sells for $104 million at Sotheby’s in NYC, setting a record-to-date for an auctioned painting

This Week Is..National Wildflower Week
This Month Is..National Barbecue Month



DoReMiFaSaLaTiDo – Tough to say.  Tougher for the track announcer in the middle of a race.

Maythehorsebewithu – Fair to say this horse did have the force. Darth Vader was not his father, it was in fact top-class New Zealand sire.

Ha Ha Ha – A nightmare for TV commentators to say  without looking stupid, it seems the last laugh was actually on those who named him. In a six-race career, he finished last twice and was pulled up on two other occasions.

Hoof Hearted – Say it quickly.

Passing Wind – Another of a flatulent nature, You wouldn’t have wanted to be behind him when finishing. It is probably why he won by a ‘distance’ in both of his victories.

Whykickamoocow – We’re not really sure how this came to light, probably a little bit too much whisky was consumed when filling in the forms.  Still, absolutely hilarious when called home.

Geespot – The naming is superb based on its pedigree. By the sire ‘Pursuit of Love’ and out of the mare ‘My Discovery’, you can only admire the creativity of the naming of this mare. Genius.

AARRRRRRR – Clearly named on ‘Speak Like A Pirate’ Day. Possibly the only animal able to say his own name.

Wear The Fox Hat – Say it quickly in an Irish accent, but not at work or school (or on the radio!)


☎What was your worst restaurant experience?

It’s funny how Cinco de Mayo always seems to fall on May 5.

Question: 11% of new parents say they’ve been known to fall asleep here. Where is it?
Answer: In the shower!

Since I didn’t believe in reincarnation in any of my other lives, why should I believe in it in this one?

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