Friday, November 6, 2015        Edition: #5366

Here, Have Another Sheetload!

★ Blake Shelton is officially dating Gwen Stefani. After weeks of speculation that they were developing a relationship, it’s finally been confirmed. Shelton and fellow country star Miranda Lambert famously divorced in July. Stefani broke up with her husband Gavin Rossdale earlier this year. Reps for both have now released a statement: “Blake and Gwen work together (on ‘The Voice’) and are both single and have recently started dating.”
– “Us Weekly”
★ Jon Stewart has a new deal with HBO. He’s at last revealed some details about what he might be planning for the future after quitting “The Daily Show” 3 months ago. The new 4-year deal will see the 52-year-old creating topical, short-form digital content for the cable network’s online services, which will be showcased on HBO Now, HBO Go, and other streaming platforms. Also included in the deal is a first-look option for other TV and film projects.
★ And the guitar John Lennon played on The Beatles’ hit “Love Me Do” may set a new auction record when it goes up for sale this weekend in California. The jumbo J-160E Gibson Acoustic guitar, purchased by Lennon in Liverpool, went missing in 1963 during The Beatles’ Finsbury Park Christmas Show, but turned up 50 years later when it was purchased in a US junk shop. Julien’s Auctions describes the instrument as ‘one of biggest finds in music history’ and says its sale could top the $965,000 auction record set in 2013 for a guitar owned by Bob Dylan.

• Canada’s Walk of Fame Induction (Toronto ON) – Saturday hockey broadcasters Don Cherry & Ron MacLean cement their legacies with a shared star. Also being honored is crooner Michael Bublé among others. The ceremony is being televised December 17th on Global TV.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Today Sam Smith (“In The Lonely Hour: Drowning Shadows Edition”).
• Fun Fun Fun Fest (Austin TX) – This weekend’s 10th annual event features Chromeo, Chvrches, Coheed & Cambria, D’Angelo, Jane’s Addiction, Wu-Tang Clan and many others.
• History in Tampa Music Festival (Tampa FL) – Billed as ‘the largest hip-hop event to take place in the South’, tomorrow’s inaugural edition at Tampa’s Sun Dome is co-headlined by Lil Wayne and Nas.
• iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina (Miami FL) – Saturday’s lineup includes the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Don Omar, Marco Antonio Solis, Pitbull, and Prince Royce.
• “Innocence + Experience World Tour” (HBO) – Saturday this documentary special goes behind-the-scenes offering access to the band and team that worked on the massive world tour.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight Ryan Adams (“1989”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Swingin’ Utters (“Fistful of Hollow”). Rerun.
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/M3) – Tonight Leona Lewis (“I Am”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Tonight Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara. Rerun.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – Host Donald Trump (despite protesting picketers outside the venue); musical guest Sia (“This Is Acting”, coming January 29th).
• Soul Train Awards 2015 (Las Vegas NV) – Tonight at the Orleans Arena, Erykah Badu hosts the annual gala. Mark Ronson w/Bruno Mars and The Weeknd lead nominations with 5 each. Babyface receives the ‘Legend Award’; Jill Scott the ‘Lady of Soul Award’. A recorded awards special airs November 29th on Centric and BET.
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Tonight folk music icon Judy Collins.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Meghan Trainor (“Title”).

• Alan Jackson – Today a 3-CD retrospective entitled “Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story” is out, which includes 59 songs from all phases of his career plus 8 previously unreleased tracks.
• The Beatles – Today there’s a re-release of “The Beatles 1” compilation album. The 27-track CD/DVD collection includes restored videos for each song, promotional films, and ‘mini-movies’. A 2-LP vinyl package will follow soon.
• Charlie Puth – Today he releases his debut album “Nine Track Mind”, which includes the hits “One Call Away” and “Marvin Gaye”.
• Ellie Goulding – Today her 3rd album, “Delirium”, is released. Her November 11th concert at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom will be directed by Scarlett Johansson and live-streamed as part of the “American Express Unstaged” series.
• Gwen Stefani – She’s apparently moving on from her failed marriage to Gavin Rossdale by putting their family home on the market. The 6-bedroom Beverly Hills CA property is expected to sell for far more than the $13.3 million the couple paid back in 2007.
• Hunter Hayes – Today he’s releasing 7 songs in 3 different ways – acoustic, in-studio, and from live gigs – as part of “The 21 Project”. The tracks include the single “21” and a brand new song, “I Mean You”.
• Kurt Cobain – Today the Blu-Ray version of the documentary “Cobain: Montage of Heck” is out. The soundtrack, “Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings”, is due November 13th.
• Little Mix – The new album “Get Weird” arrives today. The girls describe it as ‘a celebration of being unique and not holding back’.
• Nico & Vinz – Today the Norwegian singing-songwriting duo returns with a new 5-track EP entitled “Cornerstone”. It’s meant as an ‘appetizer’ for a full-length project to come in 2016.
• Sam Smith – Today his hit debut album “In The Lonely Hour” gets a deluxe reissue titled “In The Lonely Hour: The Drowning Shadows Edition”. It includes multiple cover songs, such as Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know?” and Amy Winehouse’s “Love Is a Losing Game”.
• Seal – His new studio album “7” debuts today, highlighted by the single “Life On the Dancefloor”.
• Tammy Wynette – The country music icon is set to return to Nashville TN from beyond the grave in the form of a hologram. The “Stand By Your Man” singer passed away in 1998, but starting in early 2016 fans can see her in a new stage show thanks to Hologram USA.
• The Weeknd – San Francisco CA-based PAX is an official sponsor his current tour and are launching ‘The Madness Tour Limited Edition PAX 2’ pen in conjunction with the trek. The vaporizer features his ‘XO’ logo and plays his hit “The Hills” when turned on. It costs $325.

• “The Peanuts Movie” (PG Animated Family Adventure ): ‘Snoopy’ embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal ‘Charlie Brown’ begins his own epic quest back home. Voice cast includes Noah Schnapp, Bill Melendez, Hadley Belle Miller, Francesca Capaldi.
• “Spectre” ( PG-13 Action Adventure ): With Sam Mendes directing and Daniel Craig returning as agent ‘007’, this is the 24th official ‘James Bond’ movie since “Dr No” kicked it all off in 1962. The film has already grossed well over $80 million overseas. This time around, a cryptic message from ‘Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization.
• Opening in limited release: “Miss You Already” (Romantic Comedy); “Spotlight” (Historical Drama); “Trumbo” (Biographical Drama); and ” What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy” (Documentary).

According to a new ranking based on estimated total income over the past year …
1. Katy Perry … $88 million, mostly due to the “Prismatic World Tour”.
2. Taylor Swift … $80 million.
3. Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks / Christine McVie …$59.5 million.
4. Lady Gaga … $59 million.
5. Beyoncé … $54.5 million.

For all those who say they’ll stop wearing black when a darker color comes along … it’s here! There’s a new Kickstarter project to make a T-shirt that’s, well, blacker than black. Designer Phoebe Heess is looking for funding to create ‘the darkest T-shirt in the world’. As a material to make the duds, her tech wizards are taking inspiration from the Gaboon viper, a venomous snake found in the rainforests of sub-Saharan Africa, whose skin features ultra black pigment. They’ve copied the snakeskin’s microstructure to successfully create a fabric that reflects 40% less light than any other fabric tested. Meaning yep, they’ve actually created a fabric that’s blacker than black. For an investment of $69, you can wear it. (Ooh, edgy.)
– “Metro”

• China’s best Obama impersonator cannot speak English.
– “Washington Post”
• China is now home to more billionaires than the USA.
– “The Telegraph”


1946 [69] Sally Field (Mahoney), Pasadena CA, movie actress (“The Amazing Spider-Man” films, “Lincoln”)

1948 [67] Glen Frey, Detroit MI, classic rock musician (“The Heat is On”, The Eagles-“Hotel California”)

1970 [45] Ethan Hawke, Austin TX, movie actor (“Boyhood”, “Training Day”)

1974 [41] Zoe McLellan, La Jolla CA, TV actress (‘Meredith Brody’ on “NCIS: New Orleans” since 2014)

1984 [31] Patina Miller, Pageland SC, TV actress (‘Daisy Grant’ on “Madam Secretary” since 2014)

1988 [27] Emma Stone, Scottsdale AZ, movie actress (“Birdman”, “The Amazing Spider-Man” films)

DJ/producer David Guetta (“Dangerous”) is 48; Rock guitarist Zach Myers (Shinedown) is 32;
Rapper Tinie Tempah (“Trampoline”) is 27; Pop singer Lorde (“Royals”) is 19.

TV journalist Morley Safer (“60 Minutes”) is 85; Singer-songwriter Bonnie Raitt (“Something to Talk About”) is 66; Movie actress Parker Posey (“Hemingway & Gellhorn”) is 47; Rock bassist Scott Devendorf (The National) is 43; Movie actor Chris Rankin (“Harry Potter” films) is 32.

• “Halfway Point of Autumn”, with 45 days elapsed and 45 more remaining until the Winter Solstice on December 21st. (Or 33 more leaf rakings.)
• “International End Gossip Day”. (Yeah, like that’s ever gonna happen.)
• “International Day for Preventing the Exploitation Of the Environment in War & Armed Conflict”, a UN observance since 2001. (Kill people, not flowers!)
• “Saxophone Day”, commemorating the 1814 birth of Belgium’s Adolphe Sax, inventor of the musical instrument named for him. Sax became wealthy inventing numerous musical instruments, but died in poverty in Paris in 1894.

• “Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day”. Hey, chocolate with whatever is a good excuse to celebrate, right?
• “Notary Public Day”, initiated in 1975 to honor the officers who ‘administer oaths and statutory declarations, witness and authenticate documents, and perform certain other acts varying from jurisdiction to jurisdiction’. (Almost as exciting as “Accountants Day”.)
• “Pumpkin Destruction Day”, time to rid yourself of your jack-o-lantern. Halloween is over – it’s time to smash some pumpkins, so what evil plan do you have in mind?
• “Sausage & Kraut Day”, an annual food celebration on the 1st Saturday of November. What should go on top? No, not ketchup … hot, hot mustard!

• “Abet & Aid Punsters Day”, a day to make up incredibly bad puns, as proclaimed by the group Punsters Unlimited..
• “Cook Something Bold & Pungent Day”, a day to offset the coming chills of Winter. What’s the most pungent thing you can cook? Cabbage rolls? Fish? Lamb? Garlic? Onions?
• “Parents as Teachers Day”. Check out any kid who’s constantly scoring ‘A’s and you’ll likely find that kid gets a lot of help at home.
• “World Urbanism Day” (aka “World Town Planning Day”), celebrated in over 30 countries to recognize and promote the role of municipal planning in creating livable communities.

2001 [14] Keifer Sutherland’s hit TV series “24” debuts (FOX)

2012 [03] Brit MP Nadine Dorries is suspended from Conservative Party after becoming the first politician to appear on a reality TV series (“I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!”)

2005 [10] Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons musical “Jersey Boys” opens on Broadway to rave reviews

1995 [20] NFL’s Cleveland Browns relocate to Baltimore to become the Baltimore Ravens

2010 [05] Swiebodzin, Poland announces that the world’s biggest statue of Jesus, called ‘Christ the King’, is completed (33 meters or 108 feet)

[Mon] World Freedom Day
[Mon] World Orphans Day
[Tues] “Giller Prize” (CBC)
[Tues] Sesame Street Day
[Tues] World Science Day for Peace & Development
This Week Is … International Fraud Awareness Week
This Month Is … Historic Bridge Awareness Month


✗ Experimental jazz brunch.
✗ Off-brand hummus.
✗ Your mom discovering emojis.
✗ Office kitchen small talk while you’re waiting for the microwave, and then you have to defend your chicken parm Lean Cuisine to the smug vegan from engineering.
✗ Wet kissing.
✗ Wet children.
✗ Wet cheese.
✗ An elevator ride with 3 improv comedians.
✗ Untimely nether itches.
✗ Attending a casual get-together at your cousin’s apartment and, surprise, it’s a Jamberry party!
– Thanks to Sara Alterman

☎ Which city is your favorite for a weekend getaway?

Which sport was the ‘button-down collar’ invented for?
a. Cricket.
b. Billiards.
c. Polo. [CORRECT. Button-down collars were invented by polo teams in England to prevent their collar points from flapping in their faces during vigorous riding.]

I used to be high on life, but eventually I built up a tolerance.

Question: Women spend about 63 hours of their lives doing THIS.
Answer: Shaving their legs.

Reality is an illusion that occurs due to lack of alcohol.

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