Monday, November 14, 2016 – Edition: #5850

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★ Donnie Wahlberg (New Kids On the Block) and Nick Lachey (98 Degrees) are teaming up to produce a scripted TV comedy series about a fictional boy-band that reunites after 20 years apart. “Encore” is the result of conversations between Donnie and Nick about how their lives have changed between their days as teenage heartthrobs and now, balancing family life with boy-band reunions. It’s the 2nd boy-band series announced of late, after Zayn Malik’s drama “Boys”, which the former One Direction singer is co-producing.
★ A movie remake of “A Star is Born”, starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, has been given a September 2018 release date. The musical drama has previously been adapted for the screen in 1937, 1954, and 1976. Cooper plays a fading movie star who helps aspiring up-and-comer (Gaga) find her feet in the world of fame whilst his own career spirals downward. 41-year-old Cooper is also making his directorial debut with the project. It’s also been revealed that actor Ray Liotta is in talks to join the cast, though it’s not clear what his role would be.
– Bang Showbiz
★ A rare 1st edition of the book that introduced ‘Harry Potter’ to the world has sold at a London auction for circa $55,000. The 1st edition run of JK Rowling’s “Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone” is unique because of a spelling error on the back cover. The excerpt reads “Acclaim for Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone” where the second ‘o’ in ‘Philosopher’ is missing. The book had been expected to sell for $25,000-to-$30,000 but reportedly became the subject of intense bidding. Published in 1997, the book has sold more than 400 million copies worldwide.
– “Daily Mail”
★ And Meghan Markle, the actress-girlfriend of Prince Harry, has asked for time off from filming the USA Network show “Suits”. Markle, who stars as ‘Rachel Zane’ on the Toronto-filmed show, has told producers she has ‘something important to do’ and will not be on-set this week. Insiders speculate she’s meeting with lawyers to help manage her turbulent and sudden rise to international fame. Prince Harry appeared in public on Friday for the first time since news of his relationship came to light, joining Prince Philip at a Remembrance Day event in London.
– Postmedia Network

• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – The Head & The Heart (“Signs of Light”).
• “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC) – The remaining couples each perform one dance in a new style, and a ‘trio dance’.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Dawes (“We’re All Gonna Die”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Caspian (“Dust & Disquiet”).
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/CTV) – Idina Menzel (“idina.”).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Against Me!’s Atom Willard.
• “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global) – Chris Thile of Nickel Creek.
• “The Real” (syndicated) – Guest co-host Monica (“Code Red”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Little Big Town (“The Breaker”, out February 24th).
• “The Voice” (NBC/CTV2) – The top 12 perform; Garth Brooks serves as key adviser.

• Black Sabbath – History Channel is so pleased with the success of “Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour” which debuted over the Summer, Ozzy Osbourne & his son Jack are being asked about producing a 2nd season of the series.
• Bruce Springsteen – A group of motorcyclists from the Freehold NJ American Legion riding after a Veterans Day event on Friday pulled over to help a stranded biker who turned out to be … The Boss. Springsteen hopped on the back of one of the bikes and headed to a local bar while waiting for a ride.
• Katy Perry – She’s donated $10,000 to Planned Parenthood and encouraged her followers on social media to also support charities that are facing the threat of having government funding taken from them.
• Metallica – They’re lobbying for Motörhead to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
• Michael Bublé – His friend, music producer David Foster, says Michael will not sing again until his liver cancer-stricken 3-year-old son is well. Little Noah began receiving 4 months of chemotherapy on Thursday.
• P!nk – She’s confirmed she is expecting her 2nd child, taking to Twitter on Saturday evening to share a picture of her 5-year-old daughter Willow cradling her mother’s blossoming baby bump.
• Robbie Williams – He’s just notched his 12th solo #1 hit in Britain. Thanks to “Heavy Entertainment Show”, the 42-year-old s has become the UK’s most successful-ever solo artist.
• Sting – The former Police frontman has suffered from tinnitus for years, and admits he once turned to a hearing device but he wasn’t a fan. Quote: I tried wearing a hearing aid, but I heard more than I wanted to hear! People talk a lot of s–t!
• System Of a Down – They’ve announced they’ll release new music in 2017.The heavy metal band last released a studio 11 years ago, shortly before their split in 2006 and subsequent reunion in 2010.
• Taylor Swift – Rumor has it she has turned to Drake to help her master a new hip hop sound for her upcoming yet-to-be-titled album.
• The Weeknd – He & fashion model-girlfriend Bella Hadid have reportedly ended their relationship after almost 2 years. Inside sources claim their busy working lives have kept them apart for too long and caused a rift between them. (Naw, it’s likely just the new haircut.)

The largest, brightest Full Moon in nearly 7 decades is on display this morning. The Moon is nearer to Earth than at any time since 1948, astronomers say. The closest approach occurs at 6:23 am EST this morning, when the Moon passes within 216,486 miles (348,400 km) of Earth’s surface, about 22,000 miles (35,400 km) closer than average. The Moon’s distance from Earth varies because it is in an egg-shaped, not circular, orbit around the planet. If skies are clear, the Full Moon is appearing up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual, making it what is called a ‘Super Moon’, according to NASA. The next time a Full Moon comes as close to Earth will be in 2034. (Unless you use your binoculars.)

“Pokémon Sun and Moon” aren’t being released until Friday but details of the new twin games have been trickling out online from those with early copies. They include both ‘Red’ and ‘Blue’ species, but some critters are only available from one version, which means owners of the other edition will need to acquire them via trading. Gibbon-like ‘Passimian’, lava tortoise ‘Tortunator’, and Lycanroc’s ‘Midday’ forme are all exclusive to “Sun”. Orangutan-like ‘Oranguru’, smoke dragon ‘Drampa’, and Lycanroc’s ‘Midnight’ forme are all “Moon” exclusives meanwhile. (Hey, whatever happened to “Pokémon Go”? That was really hot … for about a minute.)

Lat week the company formerly known as Snapchat started selling its new ‘Spectacles’. The $130 sunglasses with built-in camera are only available from cartoonish vending machines. The ‘Snapbots’, as they’re being mysteriously pop up temporarily before moving on to the next location. The official website tells buyers where ‘Snapbots’ will be on a day-to-day basis. The treasure hunt smacks of marketing genius, whip fans into a tizzy trying to tap into the extremely limited supply of the newest gizmo. (Hey, whatever happened to ‘Google Glass’?)

The more time we spend on our smartphones, the more our quality of sleep suffers say researchers in a new study in the journal “PLoS ONE”. It’s the first study to directly measure actual screen-time and compare it to sleep quality. The study uses a mobile app that runs in the background to capture exact screen-time duration. And the results seem to back previous research suggesting that screen-time close to bedtime affects both the time taken to fall asleep and overall sleep quality. It may be that a screen’s blue light suppresses the sleep hormone melatonin, or that using a phone at bedtime simply keeps the brain more active. (Life would be a whole lot better if you’d just put the friggin’ phone down.)

• 2016’s 4-biggest box office films are all from Disney Studios and have collectively taken in more than $4 billion.
• The highest-grossing stage musical ever? “Phantom Of the Opera”, at $5.6 billion.
• The former voice of AOL’s ‘You’ve Got Mail!’ is now an Uber driver in Cleveland, Ohio.


1948 [68] Prince Charles (Philip Arthur George of Wales), London UK, heir to the British throne/married Camilla Parker Bowles since 2005/married to Lady Diana Spencer 1981-96

1968 [48] Brian Yale, Woodbridge CT, alt-rock bassist (Matchbox Twenty–”Unwell”, “Bent”)

1972 [44] Josh Duhamel [‘due-MEL’], Minot ND, movie actor (“Transformers” films)/wed to former Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie since 2009

1974 [42] Joe Principe, Chicago IL, punk rock bassist (Rise Against-“Satellite”, “Help Is On the Way”)

1975 [41] Travis Barker, Fontana CA, rock drummer (Blink 182-“Up All Night”, “I Miss You”)

1977 [39] Brian Dietzen, Barrington IL, TV actor (‘Jimmy Palmer’ on “NCIS” since 2004)

1979 [37] Tobin Esperance, Vacaville CA, rock bassist (Papa Roach-“Where Did the Angels Go?”, “Lifeline”)

1986 [30] Cory Michael Smith, Columbus OH, TV actor (‘Edward Nygma’ on “Gotham” since 2014)

• “International Girls Day”, instigated by Kappa Delta Sorority to celebrate all kinds of girls with all kinds of interests and abilities. It’s an opportunity to build confidence in girls and help them realize their potential.

• “Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day”, encouraging us to take things a little slower, take a mental step back and find some balance.

• “Operating Room Nurse Day”, initiated in 1989 to honor RNs who provide TLC in the OR.

• “Pickle Appreciation Day”, a day to gear up for some tangy, spicy and yummy fun.

• “Spicy Guacamole Day”, a day to show your true green colors by adding some jalapeño to your avocado dip.

• “World Diabetes Day”, recognizing what’s becoming an epidemic. Since 2000, the number of people worldwide with diabetes has more than doubled.

• “World Orphans Day”, observed annually on the 2nd Monday of November to raise awareness of the plight of millions of orphans around-the-world displaced by war, famine, disease, or poverty.

2002 [14] ‘Kermit the Frog’ receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1991 [25] Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” video premieres on FOX-TV (after critics blast the violence and crotch-grabbing, Jackson later issues an apology and a cleaned-up version)

2000 [16] As promised, The Offspring give away $1 million of their own money to a lucky fan, the 14-year-old winner of a trivia contest on “MTV’s Total Request Live”

2003 [13] Jay Z releases “The Black Album”

2004 [12] Gwen Stefani performs on TV as a solo artist (sans No Doubt) for the 1rst time as she takes the stage at the American Music Awards to sing “What You Waiting For”

2008 [08] The 1st ‘G-20’ economic summit opens, in Washington DC

2010 [06] Germany’s 23-year-old Sebastian Vettel wins the Formula One Championship to become the racing sport’s youngest champ (repeats 3 more times)

[Tues] George Spelvin Day
[Tues] Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day
[Tues] Entrepreneurship Day
[Tues] Philanthropy Day
[Wed] International Day for Tolerance

Geography Awareness Week / Nurse Practitioners Week / Perioperative Nurse Week / Radiologic Technology Week / Split Pea Soup Week / World Kindness Week


Highlight bits culled from 23 years of Bull Sheet back issues …
• Earl-Grey-T
• Snuff Daddy
• Haughty by Nature
• Notorious WIG
• Tuppence
– First published in BS 2007.

✓ Traveling with man’s best friend? Bring an extra suitcase and wedge a pillow inside to serve as a cozy dog bed in the car or hotel.
✓ To make sure headlights are shining as brightly as they should, polish them up with toothpaste. Just rub the paste (not gel) on with a rag, then rub it off with a clean rag.
✓ Leaky radiator? Locate the leak, then crack an egg or two over it. The egg will cook in the hot water and plug the hole … if the leak is in the radiator and not the hoses, that is.
✓ Don’t drive down the middle of country roads. Driving slightly off the beaten path, even by just a few inches, can make for a smoother ride and put less strain on your engine.
✓ If you need to pull over at a rest stop and take a 20-minute nap to keep going, do it in privacy. Get fabric screens that adhere to windows with suction cups or double-sided tape.
– First published in BS 2014.

What’s your Chinese name? At this online name generator, you just type in your name and best personal qualities to find out …

Let’s say you can select any person from history and ask them a question to which they must give a truthful reply. Whom would you select, and what question would you ask?

It’s hard to be graceful getting off your high horse.

Question: Researchers have found that women are 3 times more sensitive to THIS than men.
Answer: Sounds while sleeping.

Nobody’s doing a radio station for pets. We’d do one for plants.

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