Friday, November 17, 2017 – Edition: #6100

Sheet Happens!

★ Actor, director and producer Jay Baruchel is taking a hard right to join the cast of Letterkenny. The Montreal native, known for the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ films as well as the ‘Goon’ movies and the TV series ‘Man Seeking Woman’, will play Hard Right Jay, described as “a tiki torch-carrying out-of-towner who stirs things up in Letterkenny.”
★ Kristen Bell is recruiting former theater kids to star in a brand new TV show.  It’s like ‘High School Musical’…20 years later.  Each classmate on the show will return to the role they originally played, and will be trained by professional Broadway directors, choreographers, and vocal coaches.  Kristen Bell, who, by the way, was Dorothy in her high school production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’, is executive producing and appearing in the show.  ‘Encore’ will air on December 10 on ABC.
★ Tennis champion Serena Williams and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian welcomed their first child together on September 1, and now they’re making things official. The pair are getting married this weekend in New Orleans, and their guest list is the very definition of ‘lit’.  According to reports, not only will Beyoncé and Jay Z be there, Kardashian momager Kris Jenner will be in attendance, as will (potentially) actress Meghan Markle, who is close friends with Serena.
★ Anyone who watches TV knows that Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly from ‘The Office’ are the embodiment of #RelationshipGoals. But the chemistry between the actors who played them, John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer was completely real.  In her new book ‘The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide’, Fischer describes how the undeniable chemistry between her and Krasinski translated to their on-screen relationship during the show’s nine-season run.
★ Earlier this year, Gary Barlow revealed that he had shot a scene for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’. Being that he plays a Stormtrooper, fans won’t really know when he’s on screen, but now it’s being claimed that he will be starring alongside Tom Hardy, Prince William and Prince Harry. ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ hits movie theaters on December 15.
(That’s a heckuva cast!)
★ It seems not even Spider-Man is immune to the odd nasty injury. Tom Holland has broken his nose on a movie set for the third time, and while it is as yet unclear as to what movie it was, it’s safe to say that maybe Holland should rethink doing his own stunts. The 21-year-old revealed to his social media followers that he managed to bust his nose yet again, with people debating about whether it was on the set of the recently wrapped ‘Avengers 4’ or sci-fi feature ‘Chaos Walking’. His last broken nose occurred in August.
(Is that my Spidey-sense that’s tingling, or my broken schnoz?)
★ Kim Kardashian made $10 million in just ONE DAY of selling perfume worldwide … and incredibly not even a single customer got a whiff yet. Kim’s fragrance hit the online world Wednesday morning. Customers got to choose between 3 fragrances — Crystal Gardenia, Crystal Gardenia Oud and Crystal Gardenia Citrus. Only 300,000 bottles were produced and they were expected to completely sell out by Thursday night.

• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Jessica Chastain, Timothee Chalamet, a musical tribute to Sharon Jones
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Norah O’Donnell, Dead & Company
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Hillary Rodham Clinton, Will Ferrell, Nathan Davilmar ( R )
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Julia Roberts, Ben Schwartz, Shania Twain ( R )
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Bob Saget
• “The Talk” (CBS): J.K. Simmons, Jacob Tremblay
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Ben Affleck
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Ty Burrell, Lin-Manuel Miranda
• “Tim & Faith: Soul2Soul” (SHOWTIME): Tim McGraw and Faith Hill perform in concert on their 2017 “Soul2Soul” U.S. tour. Included: interviews with the stars; behind-the-scenes footage.

• “Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism” (HBO): Jon Stewart hosts this biennial fund-raiser for autism charities from New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Slated performers include J.J. Abrams, Stephen Colbert, Abbi Jacobson, Ellie Kemper, Jordan Klepper, Olivia Munn, Chris Rock and John Oliver.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Chance the Rapper hosts with musical guest Eminem.

• “2017 American Music Awards” (ABC): The 45th annual gala features performances by Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, BTS, Christina Aguilera and Diana Ross, who also receives the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement.  From the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Dr. Jackie Walters, Porsha Williams

• Nicki Minaj – is coming for Kim Kardashian’s throne in an attempt to “break the internet”   with a risqué photoshoot.  Minaj is gracing the winter edition cover of ‘Paper Magazine’, in a racy shot with her ample self multiplied into three different poses. The aptly titled edition is called “Minaj À Trois” and promises to “Break the Internet,” a phrase the magazine hasn’t used since Kardashian’s infamous champagne cover in 2014.
• Pink – her first heartbreak was all Bon Jovi’s fault.  She appeared on James Corden’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ and told of hearing the news at age 7 or 8 that Jon Bon Jovi had gotten married.  She ripped his posters off her wall and says she didn’t come out of her room for days.  She also claimed that she sings better upside down.
• Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez – are officially back together and seem to be moving very fast! They are reportedly in the market to find the perfect love nest for their rekindled romance. They were first spotted together again about a month ago.
• Jimmy Buffett & the Eagles – could be getting together for a series of joint dates in 2018. Encouraged by the response to the band’s few shows last year, plans are in the works for a limited run of dates together.  Buffett has credited the Eagles with helping launch his career with an opening slot on the Eagles’ 1976 tour.
• Eagles – Glenn Frey’s will is nowhere to be found, but his widow is trying to get the court to approve the copy she has, even though it’s not the original.  Cynthia Frey says that a financial management company was in possession of Frey’s will when he died in 2016.  She claims after his death, she switched financial management companies and the new one has not yet been able to locate Frey’s will among the documents they received in the switch.  (Love WILL Keep Us Alive??)
• Steely Dan – guitarist Walter Becker’s widow Delia has released a statement to let fans know that Becker died of an “extremely aggressive form of esophageal cancer” in September.  Up until now, no cause of death had been released.
• Aerosmith – Steven Tyler says he doesn’t believe former wrestler Ric Flair’s claim that he has bedded 10,000 women.  But just in case, Tyler says that “I got him so beat.”
• Guns N’ Roses – Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl joined them onstage for ‘Paradise City’, the closing song of their set on Tuesday in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
• Carrie Underwood – is ”doing great” after having surgery on her wrist following a fall. She broke her wrist when she fell hard on some steps outside her house.  According to her Twitter update, she “Had surgery on my wrist …& all went well … even though I’ll be setting off airport metal detectors from now on”.
• Luke Bryan – has revealed a new slew of stars for ‘Crash My Playa 2018′.  Previously announced headliners Blake Shelton and Sam Hunt will be joined by Maren Morris, Dustin Lynch and Brett Young.  Bryan’s annual all-inclusive festival vacation descends on Mexico’s Riviera Maya over the Jan. 17-20 weekend.
• The Steeldrivers – Bill Murray has done it again.  At their Charleston, South Carolina concert last week, Murray bought up the remaining tickets to the show and handed them out to fans waiting in line to purchase seats.

• “Justice League” (PG-13, Action/Adventure):  Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. (Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller)
• “Wonder” (PG, Drama):  Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. (Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic, Julia Roberts)
• “The Star” (PG, Animation/Comedy):  A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas. (Steven Yeun, Kristin Chenoweth, Zachary Levi, Gina Rodriguez)
• “Mudbound” (R-Rated, Drama):  Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi, where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war. (Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke)
• “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” (PG-13, Drama):  Roman Israel, a driven, idealistic defense attorney,  through a tumultuous series of events, finds himself in a crisis that leads to extreme action. (Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell)

What’s on the schedule for the weekend?  You’ll fit in some time for reading a book if you know what’s good for you.  Literally.  A Yale University study showed that those who read for 3.5 hours per week live on average 2 years longer than those who don’t.  Researchers tracked 3,600 people over the age of 50 for 12 years, and found that the readers consistently lived longer than non-readers, regardless of gender, wealth or education.  And it seems that reading books has a more dramatic effect on lifespan than either magazines or newspapers.  So find some time this weekend to read a book!
(Yeah, but then I gotta read a book!)
(They probably spent that extra 2 years of their lives reading, didn’t they?)
(What if I go see a movie based on a book?)

Spanx now caters to the “I’ve got a thing about my arms” crowd.  Spanx, the American underwear maker which focuses on shaping briefs and leggings to make women appear thinner, announced this Fall that they are selling ‘arm tights’ — or Spanx for arms, as the internet has so dubbed them.  Before you get too excited, these ‘arm tights’ are not shapewear, per se, but more of a layering piece intended to transition your sleeveless summer wardrobe pieces into fall, much like actual tights.  The arm tights are essentially skintight crop tops made entirely of hosiery, available in numerous colors from black to neon pink, and several textures (including cable knit, shimmery and sheer varieties).  They are selling for about U.S. $30-$34. Unlike traditional layering tops, the nylon and spandex sleeves are completely seamless.  Spanx founder Sara Blakely says that the new product is “a solution that will smooth and flatter your arms and feel super luxe on the skin too.”
(In case your other sleeves weren’t already constricting you enough!)
(Guys: Don’t even THINK of picking something like this up as a Christmas present!)
(Do they have any for men with the opposite effect?)
-ChicagoTribune, HollywoodReporter

Country singer Blake Shelton was named People magazine’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive 2017′ this week.  Here is a look at the past 10 winners (plus a bonus):
2017:  Blake Shelton
2016:  Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
2015:  David Beckham
2014:  Chris Hemsworth
2013:  Adam Levine
2012:  Channing Tatum
2011:  Bradley Cooper
2010:  Ryan Reynolds
2009:  Johnny Depp
2008:  Hugh Jackman
BONUS: 1992:  Nick Nolte!


1942 [75] Martin Scorsese, Queens NY, movie director (“The Wolf of Wall Street”, “GoodFellas”)/2007 Academy Award (“The Departed”)/TV producer (“Boardwalk Empire”)

1944 [73] Danny DeVito, Asbury Park NJ, TV actor (“Taxi” 1978-83, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” since 2006)/movie actor (“Get Shorty”)/movie producer (“Pulp Fiction”)

1944 [73] Lorne Michaels (Lipowitz), Toronto ON, TV producer (“Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” since 2014, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” since 2014, “Saturday Night Live” since 1975)/movie producer (“Mean Girls”)/Canada’s Walk of Fame (2003)

1960 [57] RuPaul (Rupaul Andre Charles), San Diego CA, TV show host (“RuPaul’s Drag Race” since 2009)

1977 [40] Aaron Lines, Fort McMurray AB, country singer (‘Cheaper to Keep Her’, ‘You Can’t Hide Beautiful’)

1978 [39] Rachel McAdams, London ON, movie actress (“Doctor Strange”, “The Notebook”)/TV actress (“True Detective” 2015)/Canada’s Walk of Fame 2014. COMING UP…Game Night, 2018

1988 [29] Reid Perry, Ridgeland MS, country bassist (The Band Perry-‘Better Dig Two’, ‘If I Die Young’)

1939 [78] Margaret Atwood, Ottawa ON, ‘Dean of Canadian Authors’ (“The Blind Assassin”, “The Handmaid’s Tale”)/Order of Canada (1981)/Canada’s Walk of Fame (2001)

1962 [55] Kirk Hammet, San Francisco CA, rock guitarist (Metallica-‘Enter Sandman’, ‘Hardwired’)

1968 [49] Owen Wilson, Dallas TX, movie actor (“Midnight in Paris”, “Wedding Crashers”)/brother of actor Luke Wilson

1974 [43] Chloë Sevigny, Springfield MA, movie actress (“Lovelace”, “Boys Don’t Cry”)/TV actress (“Big Love” 2006-11)

Fashion designer Calvin Klein is 75; TV actress Allison Janney (“Mom”) is 58; Drummer Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver/Guns N’ Roses) is 57; Movie actress Meg Ryan (“Sleepless in Seattle”) is 56; Movie director-actress Jodie Foster (“Silence Of the Lambs”) is 55; Country singer Billy Currington (“Let Me Down Easy”) is 44; Tech developer Jack Dorsey ( is 41; TV actor Adam Driver (“Girls”) is 34.

• “Leonid Meteor Shower”, peaks. An annual sky show when you can see ‘shooting stars’.  In 2017, the peak night of the shower is expected from midnight to dawn this morning and Saturday mornings (November 17 and 18).  Best yet, there is no moon to intrude on the Leonid meteor shower in 2017.  NET:

• “Homemade Bread Day”, when we’re all encouraged to bake a loaf from scratch. It’s a good day to get a bun in the oven!  Mmm … can you smell that?

• “Baklava Day”, celebrating the Greek/Turkish dessert treat that’s made from phyllo pastry, honey, nuts, and other yummy ingredients. (Can we get this delivered? Now?)

• “Farm Joke Day”, a day to have a chuckle about the rural lifestyle. Go ahead, have a cow!
Here are a few….but be warned – they’re corn-y!
➢Why did the scarecrow win the Nobel Prize? Because he was out standing in his field!
➢What do you get when you cross a robot and a tractor? A transfarmer.
➢ As a farmer, I hear lots of jokes about sheep.  I’d tell them to my dog but he’d herd them all.

• “Take a Hike Day”.  Instead of taking your walk today along city streets or in a mall or gym, find a park or place in the country where you can hike.  Hiking is great exercise, and even more importantly … a great stress reliever.

• “Unfriend Day”, an idea instigated by late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel in 2010, because you really don’t need to still be Facebook friends with people you went to camp with in Middle School. Or your former co-worker’s boyfriend’s roommate.

• “World Prematurity Awareness Day”, with the goal of improving the health of babies and striving to prevent premature birth, the #1 cause of infant mortality.

• “Adoption Day”, an annual event in which courts and communities across America come together to finalize thousands of adoptions of children from foster care.

• “Family Volunteer Day”, the 25th annual celebrating the power of families who volunteer together, an activity that helps communities, strengthens family communication, and provides opportunities for family members to be role models.

• “Mickey Mouse Day”, generally observed as his ‘birthday’ when he appeared in the cartoon short “Steamboat Willie” in 1928 (now making him a geezer mouse of 89).  It was the first cartoon with synchronized sound.

• “World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims”, an annual international observance on the 3rd Sunday of November.

• “Women’s Entrepreneurship Day”, a global movement to celebrate, empower, and support female entrepreneurs around-the-world.

• “World Toilet Day”, to encourage toilet hygiene. The Singapore-based World Toilet Organization promotes better design, ventilation, and sanitation for the device that is still a luxury in many parts of the developing world. ‘The Urgent Run’ is being staged to highlight the need to end the world sanitation crisis.

2003 [14] Actor and former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger is sworn in as 38th governor of California

2013 [04] On just the first day of its release, Sony’s PlayStation 4 sells 1 million units in the US and Canada

2000 [17] “Rugrats in Paris: The Movie” debuts, a significant music event because its soundtrack includes “Who Let the Dogs Out” by Baha Men, which becomes a worldwide hit

2002 [15] Michael Jackson briefly dangles baby son Prince Michael II (aka ‘Blanket’) over a Berlin, Germany hotel balcony for fans waiting outside (the world quivers)

1970 [47] Douglas Engelbart receives the patent for the first computer mouse

2003 [14] Two weeks before her 22nd birthday, Britney Spears becomes the youngest singer to ever get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame


✓ People who feel an urge to correct other people’s grammar are actually suffering from a form of OCD known as ‘Grammar Pedantry Syndrome’.
✓ 15 minutes of shivering in the cold can be the metabolic equivalent of one hour of exercise.
✓ All commercial pilots must learn and speak English, regardless of their origin.
✓ People who complain tend to live longer.
✓ The more intelligent a child is, the earlier they begin to lie, and the better they are at it.
✓ A beer a day reduces the risk of developing kidney stones by 40%

• How is it you can be looking for something, be told EXACTLY where it is, and still not see it?
• How is it you never remember which day is garbage day, when it hasn’t changed for 9 years?!
• Isn’t it embarrassing how you act when you’re sick?
• Do you hear the Charlie Brown teacher every time a woman speaks to you about her feelings?
• Do you want to go to ‘Bed , Bath and Beyond’ with me?
• Why do you even try to argue with me?
• Do you really need a seat for each of your legs?
• If you speak in the forest and there’s no one there to hear you, are you still wrong?
• Why is it when you watch your own kids, people say you’re ‘babysitting’?
• Why do you act like you just cleaned the entire house simply because you took out the trash?
• Are you even listening to me?
• Why can’t you just put the seat down?!!!


I was just reading through that book “50 Things to do Before You Die” and I was really surprised that none of them was “Shout for help!”

☎ Ever fantasize about being in a rock band?  What would you call your group?

Question:  Half of singles admit to doing THIS prior to going on a date.  What?
Answer:  Googling the other person.

The things that we love tell us what we are.

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