Tuesday, November 8, 2016 – Edition: #5846

Will It Be the Nasty Woman or the Bad Hombre?

★ Zayn Malik is reportedly in talks about a guest role on the NBC-TV drama he’s co-producing. The former One Direction singer has teamed with “Law & Order” franchise creator Dick Wolf & his wife Noelle Wolf to develop “Boys”, a drama about a fictional boy-band struggling to cope with the pressure of their meteoric rise to fame. It’s now come to light that he may make cameo appearances in a couple of episodes.
– WENN.com
★ Inside sources say Angelina Jolie is ready and willing to fight Brad Pitt in court over the custody of their children and, “until he gets his s— together”, she wants him to have only monitored visitation. Brad filed legal docs Friday asking for joint custody of the couple’s 6 kids. But Angelina has drawn a line in the sand, asking for primary physical custody. She believes he has substance abuse and anger issues that must be addressed before they can resume a “normal” parenting regime.
– TMZ.com
★ And Kanye West has reportedly made wife Kim Kardashian furious after spending bigtime cash on furniture for their home in Calabasas, California only to tell interior designer he hated all the expensive items he’d handpicked. For example, he’s said to have spent $30,000 on a single couch … then had it put in storage. It seems he first demanded the new furniture be returned to retailers, but after they refused to take it back he had everything removed and warehoused. Then he went out and spent another fortune on another array of furniture.
– “New York Post”

• “The Beatles, Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years” (CTV) – A new documentary from director Ron Howard about how The Beatles set the world on fire in the 1960s, even without social media to fan the flames.
• “Election Night” (ABC/CBS/FOX/NBC/PBS/CBN/CTVNN) – Coverage of the 2016 US presidential election.
• “Ellen” (syndicated/CTV2) – Mandy Moore (“Amanda Leigh”).
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/CTV) – Lewis Del Mar (self-titled). Rerun.
• “Stephen Colbert Election Special” (Showtime/TMN) – A live election-night special subtitled, “Democracy’s Series Finalé: Who’s Going to Clean Up This S—?”.

• Arcade Fire – They’re signed to headline the 2017 Isle Of Wight Festival. The “Reflektor” band will take to the main stage of the music festival on Saturday, June 10th next year. It’s their only UK festival appearance in 2017 and their first since doing Glastonbury in 2014.
• Robbie Williams – Last night the “Angels” singer received the ‘BRITs Icon Award’, which honors UK artists who have had “a lasting impact on the nation’s culture”. He was handed the hardware at a special event at London’s Troxy theater.
• Tool – Today an authorized biography about frontman Maynard James Keenan is being released. Titled “A Perfect Union of Contrary Things”, the book is written by his longtime friend Sarah Jensen.
• The Weeknd – The 26-year-old singer-songwriter says he’s getting ”amazing” sleep now that he’s cut off his dreadlocks. How so? He could only previously sleep on one side of his face when he had the head-tilting hairdo. Does this explain why he couldn’t feel his face?

Coming out on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
• “Sausage Party” ( R-Rated Animated Comedy ): A sausage and various other food items strive to discover the truth about their existence in this R-rated CG animated film. Co-written and co-produced by Seth Rogen, who also has an onscreen role. The voice cast includes James Franco, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, and Michael Cera.
• “Taxi Driver” ( R-Rated Drama ): A 40th anniversary 4K restoration of one of the greatest films of all-time. Robert De Niro stars in Martin Scorsese’s unforgettable 1976 tale of a psychotic NYC cabbie driven to violence by loneliness and desperation. The acclaimed cast also includes Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel, Peter Boyle, and Cybill Shepherd.
• “True Memoirs Of an International Assassin” ( NR Comedy ): Comedian Kevin James seems to be everywhere these days. On top of his new CBS-TV sitcom “Kevin Can Wait”, he stars in this made-for-Netflix movie as a mild-mannered author whose life changes when his fictional novel about an international assassin is wrongly published as a true story. Debuts Friday.
• Also being released: “Kickboxer: Vengeance” (Martial Arts Drama); “Lone Wolf & Cub” (Manga Animation); “The Making Of the Mob: Chicago” (8-episode TV Miniseries); “Snowtime!” (Kids Animation); and “TURN: Washington’s Spies – The Complete 3rd Season” (AMC TV Drama).

It’s not just the presidential ballot that is setting America abuzz today. Nine states – home to about a quarter of the US population – are voting on whether to legalize, or expand legalization, of marijuana. It breaks down this way: five states (Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada) are voting on making weed a legal recreational drug, similar to alcohol. Three more states (Arkansas, Florida, and North Dakota) are voting on legalizing medical marijuana. And finally, Montana voters are deciding whether to ease restrictions on the state’s current medical marijuana system. (When you can get a dubious online doctor to Skype you a prescription for ‘insomnia’, you may as well make it legal.)
– BuzzFeed.com

Could a frozen zoo one day bring back extinct animals? Inside the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research is an unassuming building that smells like cleaning supplies. But in reality it’s an “an ark in a freezer”, comprising 10,000 DNA samples representing circa 1,000 species and sub-species. It would be sweet irony if a man-made creation like a freezer of vials turns out to restore some of the human catastrophes of modern times, from over-hunting to pollution to climate change. Some of the animals in the Frozen Zoo still roam the Earth while others, like the Hawaiian bird po‘ouli, are already extinct. (It at least provides hope when a recent report suggests a quarter of all mammals are now at risk of extinction.)
– “GQ”

A Swedish trial has found that nurses putting in a 6-hour workday take fewer sick days and are more productive than their colleagues grinding away for 8 hours or more. Researchers at Pacta Guideline, a consultant for Sweden’s public sector, have found that 77% of nurses working 6-hour days report being in good health, compared to just 49% of 8-hour workers. The researchers say the short-shifters are also much calmer and more alert. So why isn’t every employer shortening shifts? Because shorter workdays are still costing employers as they need to hire extra employees to cover the extra hours. (Would you accept less money to work less?)
– CNN.com

• Donald Trump’s campaign has spent more money on hats than it has on polling.
– “Washington Post”
• During the seemingly endless campaign, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have slept at home in their own beds far more than past presidential candidates.
– Politico.com


1949 [67] Bonnie Raitt, Burbank CA, pop singer-songwriter (“Something to Talk About”, “Love Sneakin’ Up On You”)/10 Grammy Awards/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2000)

1966 [50] Gordon Ramsay, Johnstone, Scotland, TV chef (some 15 different programs, including “Hell’s Kitchen”, “Kitchen Nightmares”, “MasterChef”, “Hotel Hell”)

1968 [48] Parker Posey, Baltimore MD, ‘Queen Of the Indies’ movie actress (“Café Society”, “Dazed & Confused”)

1972 [44] Gretchen Mol, Deep River CT, TV actress (“Boardwalk Empire” 2010-13)/movie actress (“3:10 to Yuma”) UP NEXT: “Manchester By the Sea”, opening November 18th.

1972 [44] Scott Devendorf, Cincinnati OH, indie rock bassist (The National-“I Need My Girl”, “Terrible Love”)

1975 [41] Tara Reid, Wyckoff NJ, movie actress (“Sharknado,” ”The Big Lebowski”)

1983 [33] Chris Rankin, Auckland NZ, movie actor (‘Percy Weasley’ in “Harry Potter” films)

• “Abet & Aid Punsters Day”, a day to make up incredibly bad puns, as proclaimed by the group Punsters Unlimited.

• “Cappuccino Day”, a good excuse to treat yourself to a kick of caffeine. Cappuccino was created in Italy in the 1600s. The name comes from an Italian order of monks known as the Catholic Capuchins. It’s prepared with espresso, hot milk, and a cap of foam.

• “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 an ‘A’ and you’ll likely find that kid gets a lot of help at home.

• “US Election Day”, always the Tuesday after the 1st Monday of November. What can we all say but … “Ohhhhh, thank gawd it’s over!”

• “Young Readers Day”, observed annually on the 2nd Tuesday of November since 1989. This is mainly celebrated in schools but it would be a good time to give books to children you know.

2010 [06] Late-night TV personality Conan O’Brien makes his debut on TBS (“Conan”)

2014 [02] Actor Matt Damon announces he’ll return to the ‘Bourne’ movie franchise, starring in the next film in the series (2016’s “Jason Bourne” racks up $413 million worldwide)

2001 [15] Microsoft releases its newly-developed game console ‘Xbox’ ($299)

2008 [08] AC/DC’s 15th studio album “Black Ice” hits #1 in 29 countries, including Australia, Canada, the UK, and the USA (2nd-best selling album of the year)

2012 [04] High winds cause scaffolding to collapse, killing 1 fan and injuring 19 more at a Linkin Park concert in Cape Town, South Africa

2014 [02] Florida Georgia Line take advantage of their hit song “Cruise” to host the “This is How We Cruise” voyage that leaves Miami FL for a 4-day Caribbean adventure

[Wed] World Freedom Day
[Thurs] World Science Day for Peace & Development
[Fri] Remembrance Day (Canada)
[Fri] Veterans Day (USA)
[Sat] World Pneumonia Day
This Week Is … Pursuit of Happiness Week
This Month Is … Adopt a Senior Pet Month


✓ “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” … Eurythmics
✓ “Fight Song” … Rachel Platten
✓ “Run the World (Girls)” … Beyoncé
✓ “I Am Woman” … Helen Reddy
✓ “Roar” … Katy Perry
✓ “I Purposely Sabotaged the Benghazi Rescue Mission by Sticking a Wrench In the Helicopter Rotors” … Sepultura
✓ “Huma Abedin is My Lover” … The Indigo Girls
✓ “Bill Has At Least 12 Other Kids Besides Chelsea (From Different Baby Mamas)” … Anthrax
✓ “The Clinton Foundation Is a Front to Amass a Personal Fortune” … Suicidal Tendencies
✓ “33,000 Emails? That’s Adorable. I’ve Really Wiped About 88 Million” … Corrosion of Conformity
– Thanks to Gary Almeter

☎ What’s your ‘favorite flop’, the TV show you loved while everyone else seemed to hate it?”

Rugby is a game played by gentlemen with odd shaped balls.

Question: Almost half of managers surveyed don’t like THIS about their job.
Answer. The official job title. (They think it sounds boring or doesn’t reflect responsibilities.)

When God created man, she was only kidding.

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