Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Edition: #6576
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Kristen Bell’s daughters already know what they’ll see in “Frozen 2” when it hits theaters on Friday. Bell admitted in an interview that she felt like being a cool mom for a moment, so she decided to spill. How did her daughters react? She says: “They were excited and then it occurred to me that I was in breach of my contract.” Bell says she made it very clear to her kids that they not tell anyone at school anything about the movie, and to ensure the secrets would stay safe, she jokingly told her girls that all of their teeth would fall out if they “spilled the beans.”
★ “Dancing With the Stars” alum Derek Hough woke up on Saturday morning in excruciating pain and ended up getting emergency surgery on his appendix. He was in good spirits after the medical procedure and was doing a little peacocking in the video that he shared. It appears that the surgery couldn’t keep Hough from trying to bust a move with a little shuffle.
★ Patricia Heaton’s husband, the executive producer of “Carole’s Second Act”, David Hunt, has been accused of sexual misconduct in an on-set scandal that led two female employees of the CBS sitcom to quit their jobs, according to a report. Hunt allegedly inappropriately touched a female writer, who ended up leaving the series along with a producer after they claim the network mishandled their complaints.
★ In 2008, Donny and Marie Osmond signed a six-week contract for a residency at the Flamingo Las Vegas. The show did so well that it got extended… and then extended… and then extended. Eleven years later, their massively successful engagement has finally ended. Although the finality of the Donny & Marie show hung over the theater like a thick blanket on Saturday night, the Osmonds proved to be professionals, as they fought through the emotions to perform their hits.
★ Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel will be honored with a special double-star ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today. According to a release, “The Hollywood Walk of Fame makes an extra special effort to pair artists who work together or are related with their stars next to each other.” Bell and Menzel star together in the upcoming Disney film “Frozen 2”, which opens on Friday.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Michael Douglas, Victoria Beckham, DJ Shadow featuring De La Soul
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Chadwick Boseman, Evan Rachel Wood, David Byrne, a performance by the Broadway cast of “David Byrne’s American Utopia”
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Helena Bonham Carter, Lena Waithe, Lady Antebellum
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Robert Pattinson, Al Gore, Nicole Rucker, Jon Theodore
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Josh Gad, Anna Camp, Adam Lambert
• “Lights Out with David Spade” (COMEDY): Ray Romano, Ron Funches, Nikki Glaser
• “Conan” (TBS): Thomas Middleditch
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Kristin Chenoweth, Emily Simpson
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Day of Hot Topics
• “The Talk” (CBS): Bruno Tonioli
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Helen Hunt, Paul Reiser, Demi Burnett, Joe Amabile, Krystal Nielson, Nick Viall
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Chrissy Teigen, James Wolk
• “The Voice” (NBC): Live results show: 10 artists are revealed as safe by America’s votes; the bottom three artists compete for the instant save, and one moves on.
• “Moonshiners” (DISCOVERY): Season 9 premiere
• “Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops” (HBO)” Series premiere. Police officers in San Antonio’s mental health unit work to divert people away from jail.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Ariana Grande — gave fans an update on her health amid her ‘Sweetener’ world tour. She posted that she is in “so much pain” and “it’s difficult to breathe during the show.” She recently revealed that she was battling panic attacks, depression and anxiety, and plans to seek treatment this week.
• Lauryn Hill — dropped her first new solo song in five years on Friday. ‘Guarding the Gates’ is from the forthcoming film “Queen & Slim.” New songs from Hill have been few and far between in the 20 years since her blockbuster debut solo album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.”
• Janet Jackson – fans walked out of her show in Brisbane, Australia on Friday night, many upset about her alleged lip syncing. It’s the third time in recent memory that she has been accused of her voice not matching up with her “random” stage movements.
• Sheryl Crow — says her Johnny Cash collaboration made her realize “Threads” would be her last album. She recorded ‘Redemption Day’ with Cash shortly before his death in 2003, and hearing his voice from the demo while recording the new album was a career defining moment. Quote: “I don’t want to make another sound. I want this to be the last, that leaves the taste in your mouth.”
• KISS – although they canceled their Australian tour, they did play one very special show, albeit as a 3-piece. They played their highly publicized concert for great white sharks, minus Paul Stanley who is out with the flu. As KISS played above water, fans submerged in a submarine had a chance to watch how the great white sharks reacted to the show. (Does this mean they’ve officially jumped the shark?)
• The Killers — will release the new album “Imploding the Mirage”, in the spring of 2020. They revealed the news on Twitter along with the announcement of a 2020 U.K. and Ireland tour in support of the release, noting “future musical teasing imminent.”
• (***CAUTION: “F’—in’”***) Jennifer Nettles — took the women-centric theme of the 2019 CMA Awards show to another level by donning a pink satin cape draped over her white pantsuit, writing “Play our F—in’ Records, Please & Thank You” on the front, with a woman’s face, and the words “equal play” on the back.
• Luke Bryan – is the #1 earning country music act in the past year, according to Forbes. Bryan took in $42.5 million over that time frame. #2 is the Zac Brown Band at $38.5 million, followed by Keith Urban ($35 million), Blake Shelton ($32 million) and Kenny Chesney with $31 million.
THIS WEEK’S VIDEO RELEASES (Streaming and/or DVD):
• “It: Chapter Two” (R-Rated, Horror–Streaming): Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back. (Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader)
• “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” (PG-13, Comedy/Drama–Streaming): A loving mom becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passions after years of sacrificing herself for her family. Her leap of faith takes her on an epic adventure that jump-starts her life and leads to her triumphant rediscovery. (Billy Crudup, Cate Blanchett)
• “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” (PG, Action/Kids–DVD): Dora, a teenage explorer, leads her friends on an adventure to save her parents and solve the mystery behind a lost city of gold. (Isabela Merced, Michael Peña)
• “American Dreamer” (R-Rated, Drama/Mystery–DVD): A down on his luck HAIL driver who makes extra cash chauffeuring a low-level drug dealer around town, finds himself in a serious financial bind and decides to kidnap the dealer’s child. (Jim Gaffigan, Tammy Blanchard)
The classic flip phone is coming back. Motorola has brought back the “Razr”, the legendary flip phone from 2004 that became the bestselling phone of all time, before the iPhone. You remember the Razr, right? It was impossibly thin, it had that blue-backlit metal keypad, and it seemed like everyone owned one. Plus, you could fold it in half! The new version is a modern smartphone. It still folds in half, and unlike many smartphones of today, it fits nicely in a small pocket. And remember the outside display on the Razr? The new one also displays time on the OUTSIDE, and lets you quickly respond to texts without opening it up. How much for this nostalgia machine that will definitely make your friends jealous? They won’t be jealous of the price. $1,500 U.S. Yes, twice as much as an iPhone 11.
(Shut up and take my money!)
(Awesome. I miss hanging up on people by “Flipping” it closed!)
(I’m pretty sure it has “Tetris” too…)
Admit it. You launch into your own rendition of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ whenever it comes on the radio. And as far as you’re concerned, your version is almost completely interchangeable with the original. Well, YouTube has launched a device that compares your singing to the powerful vocals of Queen’s iconic frontman, Freddie Mercury. The “FreddieMeter”, created in partnership with The Mercury Phoenix Trust (a charity founded by Queen’s surviving members dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS), allows you to test your vocal skills on four Queen songs — ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, ‘We Are the Champions’, ‘Somebody to Love’, and of course ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. To test your voice, you simply sing into your device’s microphone, and the site will produce an analysis of your performance, showing you how well your vocals match up with Mercury’s. EW conducted a test using a sample of Rami Malek’s vocals from the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Malek’s vocals were mixed together with master tapes of Freddie Mercury and the vocals of another singer for the movie). He scored just 48% on the FreddieMeter.
GIVE IT A GO HERE: https://freddiemeter.withyoutube.com/
DID YOU KNOW?
The short phrases of organ music played at sporting events are called “tuckets”.
BS CHRONOMETER 11.19.19
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1933  Larry King, Brooklyn NY, TV show host (“Larry King Live” 2005-2010, “Larry King Now” since 2012)
1938  Ted Turner, Cincinnati, OH, media mogul, philanthropist (founder of CNN and TBS/former owner of the Atlanta Braves/winner of sailing’s America’s Cup in 1977)
1942  Calvin Klein, Bronx NY, fashion designer (Calvin Klein Jeans, CK One, CK Be)
1959  Allison Janney, Dayton OH, 6-ft TV actress (‘Bonnie Plunkett’ on “Mom” since 2013, “The West Wing” 1999-2006)/movie actress (“The Help”, “Juno”) COMING UP…“Bombshell”
1960  Matt Sorum, Mission Viejo CA, rock drummer (Velvet Revolver, Guns N’ Roses, The Cult)/Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2012
1961  Meg Ryan (Margaret Hyra), Fairfield CT, movie actress (“Sleepless in Seattle”, “When Harry Met Sally”)
1962  Jodie (Alicia) Foster, LA CA, movie actress (2 Oscars-“The Accused”, “Silence Of the Lambs”)
1973  Billy Currington, Savannah GA, country singer (‘Hey Girl’, ‘Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer’)
1976  Jack Dorsey, St Louis MO, billionaire businessman/web developer (co-creator, CEO of Twitter)
1983  Adam Driver, San Diego CA, movie actor (‘Kylo Ren’ in the “Star Wars” franchise)/TV actor (‘Adam Sackler’ on “Girls” 2012-2017) COMING UP…“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Have a Bad Day Day”, for all the grouches who can’t stand being constantly told to ‘Have a good day’.
• “International Men’s Day”, now celebrated in over 60 countries (including Trinidad & Tobago where it began in 1999, as well as Australia, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, UK, and USA). It is an occasion to highlight discrimination against men & boys and to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular to community, family, marriage, and childcare.
• “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.
• “National Blow Bagpipes Day”, contrary to popular belief, the bagpipes did not originate in Scotland. However, it was Scotland that kept the instrument alive. As a result, it is Scotland that is most often associated with the instrument. While the exact origins of the bagpipes are disputed, the oldest reference to them is from Asia Minor (now Turkey).
• “Play Monopoly Day”, you can find Monopoly games in many and almost any theme. Examples: World War theme, sports theme, horse racing theme and even themes of famous cities around the world. Monopoly held the Guinness Book of World Records title in 1999 for most played board game in the world with over 500 million people having played.
AND REMEMBER . . .
[Wed] Beautiful Day
[Wed] Name Your PC Day
[Thurs] National Gingerbread Day
[Thurs] False Confession Day
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2013  People magazine names Maroon 5’s Adam Levine “Sexiest Man Alive,” making him the first musician to earn the title in the feature’s 28-year history.
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1990  Milli Vanilli are stripped of their 1989 Best New Artist Grammy because Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan didn’t actually sing on their debut album, “Girl You Know It’s True.” It is the first time a Grammy has ever been revoked
2007  At Caroline Kennedy’s 50th birthday party, guest performer Neil Diamond reveals his 1970 hit ‘Sweet Caroline’ was actually written about her
TODAY’S RECORDS . . .
1997  McCaughey septuplets (7 babies) are born to Bobbi McCaughey in Des Moines, Iowa. They would become the first set of septuplets to survive infancy
2004  “The Malice at the Palace”, the worst brawl in NBA history, occurs during an Indiana Pacers @ Detroit Pistons game (Ron Artest suspended 86 games (the rest of the season, plus playoffs); Stephen Jackson suspended 30 games)
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ You weigh slightly less when the Moon is directly overhead, due to the orientation and gravity.
✓ Rats procreate so quickly that within a year and a half, two rats could have over 1 million descendants.
✓ Because so many people live near the equator, two thirds of the Earth’s population have never seen snow in person.
✓ Over 3% of all beverages consumed on earth are Coca-Cola brand products.
✓ The mathematical probability of you being born is estimated to be about 1 in 400 trillion.
✓ Your nose is always in your field of vision, but your brain chooses to ignore it.
BS OVERHEARD AT THE PLASTIC SURGEON’S OFFICE:
• “Lady. It’s a scalpel, not a magic wand!”
• “But I AM smiling.”
• “Can I have a lift?”
• “Let’s not get the law involved.”
• “If you’d like, we can bag up your old parts to take home.”
• “Sorry, sir. We don’t do elbow rejuvenation.”
• “This is gonna be a top-notch botch.”
• “Oh, no! I just ran out of plastic!”
• “Like the Joker’s mouth. But wider.”
• “One more facelift and you’ll be able to blink your lips.”
• “When I asked for a boob job, I meant both of them.”
Best of BS . . .
BS HIPSTER-Y HOLIDAYS:
• Indie-pendence Day
• National Flannel Shirt Awareness Day
• Vegantines Day
• No Shave November
• Something in early October… before it’s cool
• Whatever it is, I’m allergic to it
• Home Brew Year’s Eve
• Fourth of Juleye-roll
• It’s this new one. You probably haven’t heard of it
-Twitter, first published in ‘BS’ in 2018
BS PHONE STARTER:
What would be your ‘sport’ nickname?
BS RANDOM JOKE:
We’re officially declaring today the day when the lazy oafs among us can cross ‘Take down the Christmas lights’ off their to-do list, and add ‘Plug in the Christmas lights’.
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: Almost ¾ of people surveyed say THIS gets them into the holiday spirit.
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Find patience or it will never find you.