Wednesday, October 30, 2019 Edition: #6562
The BS Press!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ As fires continue to rage across California, John Cena is helping out first responders. Cena, who plays a firefighter in the upcoming film “Playing With Fire”, out Nov. 8, has announced that in honor of First Responders Day, he’s donating $500,000 to two charities: Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation and California Fire Foundation. In a video posted to Twitter, he says: “California is in dire straights. It is burning. It is under siege from massive wildfires statewide. Which means our first responders are working around the clock and they need our help.”
★ The Rock does everything at a level of 110%, so it only makes sense that his cheat meals are more than any regular human can handle. On Sunday, Dwayne Johnson shared his weekly cheat meal with fans on Instagram. Along with his signature culinary crave, pancakes and peanut butter, Johnson showed off multiple pints of ice cream and explained his process. “#sundaycheatmeal keeps rollin’ on as I bring new meaning to the word, gluttony one bite at a time. Pancakes smothered with peanut butter and syrup. Not one, not two, but three pints of my fav ice cream @saltandstraw”. The Rock’s go-to flavor at the popular shop “Salt & Straw” is Chocolate Gooey Brownie.
★ Ben Affleck is addressing his missteps. Over the weekend, he raised concerns about his sobriety when TMZ posted a video of him, clad in a Halloween mask, stumbling as he made his way to the passenger door of a parked SUV. Now, he’s speaking out about the incident, telling paparazzi: “Well, you know, it happens. It’s a slip, but I’m not going to let it derail me.” He entered rehab for the third time in August 2018, following an intervention staged by his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner.
★ Eddie Murphy has hinted he could give up Hollywood movies for stand-up because he feels he’s much better suited to live comedy than acting. And while he is still open to movie offers, he says that in the future, his focus will likely be on his stand-up. Murphy explained, saying: ”I don’t want to say I’m retired like I won’t do anything. If some great thing comes along, or if some great thing happens, some great director or some great idea, of course, I’ll make other movies.” (I just hope that by “great”, he doesn’t mean “Norbit 2”.)
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Rob Lowe, Mackenzie Davis, Grace Potter
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Emilia Clarke, Bobby Cannavale, Booker T. Jones, FKA Twigs
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Norman Reedus, Cynthia Erivo, Miranda Lambert
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): John Krasinski, Joel Kim Booster, Amy McGrath
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton
• “Lights Out with David Spade” (COMEDY): Louis Anderson, Joey Diaz, Sarah Tiana
• “Conan” (TBS): Deon Cole
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Kary Brittingham, Stephanie Hollman
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Sen. Cory Booker, Mary Wilson
• “The Talk” (CBS): Olivia Newton-John
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Emilia Clarke, Harry Connick Jr.
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Dr. Ruth Westheimer
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Bradley Whitford, Anna Camp, Wiz Khalifa, DeAngelo Williams
• “Survivor” (CBS): Rival alliances go head-to-head over a powerful player; one castaway must decide whether to take on a risky task.
• “World’s Biggest Ghost Hunt: Pennhurst Asylum” (A&E): Five investigators are locked inside the legendary Pennsylvania facility for two weeks to document unexplained reports of paranormal activity.
• “The Bronx, USA” (HBO): Returning to his hometown, producer George Shapiro reflects on the borough he grew up in and the close friendships he made there that have stood the test of time.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Lady Gaga — A maid from The Beverly Hilton is auctioning off the dress Gaga wore to the 2019 Golden Globes. She wore the Valentino gown to the ceremony, where she scooped the Best Original Song – Motion Picture prize for ‘Shallow’ – her duet with Bradley Cooper from “A Star is Born”. Reps from Valentino reportedly believe the dress was stolen and are considering legal action.
• Justin Bieber – is teasing that he may have a new album out before the end of the year. He Instagrammed: “If this gets 20 million likes Justin Bieber will release an album before Christmas.” He also wrote: “Share it, like it, post it in your story…I’m almost done but your support will make me move faster.”
• The Spice Girls – Their management were plotting to replace Geri Horner, according to an unearthed memo. The note reveals that their first manager, Bob Herbert, had a replacement for Ginger Spice lined up because “She was tone deaf and …was unable to sing in tune or dance in time.”
• Led Zeppelin – Robert Plant admits he really doesn’t know what the group’s fourth album is called. The record, which contains ‘Stairway to Heaven’ among other classics, is referred to by some as “IV” or “Zoso” due to its use of symbols in place of a title. On his podcast, Plant said: “I don’t know what it’s called. ‘The Four Symbols’ is sometimes what it’s called.”
• The Who — Pete Townshend credits his 2003 arrest for saving his life. He was held by police for using his credit card to access a child porn website, and later received an official caution. He says that while waiting for police to go through his computers, he decided to have a long-delayed colonoscopy, which revealed a polyp, which his doctor said would have killed him within 6 months.
• Madness – As part of their 40th anniversary celebrations, they have announced a Nov 17 show in London where fans will pay the same price they would have to see the band in 1979. Tickets are $3.25 (plus booking fees) and go on sale Friday.
• Luke Bryan – is officially the country artist with the most certified digital singles ever. Bryan was presented with a plaque during the final night of his “Sunset Repeat Tour”, in Detroit, Michigan. Last week, he was awarded the ACM Album of the Decade honor, for his 2013 “Crash My Party” record.
• Dierks Bentley — is releasing a limited-edition T-shirt through his collection, Desert Son, to honor service members this Veterans Day. It features his “Riser” bird logo in a camouflage print on a black T-shirt. Proceeds will benefit Folds of Honor, which provides scholarships to family members of fallen veterans, and servicemen and women who are disabled.
Just in time to freak people out tomorrow, a team of researchers have shown off the fruits of years of their toil and sweat: a prototype phone case called “Skin-On”, which not only mimics the look and feel of human skin, but also enables the user to interact with it through gestures. Developed by researchers at the University of Bristol, Skin-On consists of a layer of stretchable copper wire between two layers of silicone. Creepy? Yes. Skin-On not only feels like skin, its creators say that the case essentially allows devices to ‘feel’ the user’s grasp, as well as various gestures, such as tickling, pinching or caressing, which allows users to use a messaging app to be operated via touch. The intensity of the touch controls the size of the emojis. A strong grip conveys anger while tickling the skin displays a laughing emoji and tapping creates a surprised emoji. In the future, they plan to implement hair and a temperature feature that would give a phone goosebumps in certain conditions, making it that much more creepy.
(Is there a vegan option?)
(Does it sweat when I get a text from the boss?)
(I’ve seen a picture of these things, and you don’t want to see a picture of these things!)
RECYCLING A GREAT IDEA:
A young Dutch inventor is widening his efforts to clean up floating plastic from the Pacific Ocean, this time turning his attention to rivers, using a new device to catch it before it ever reaches the seas. 25-year-old Boyan Slat, a university dropout, founded The Ocean Cleanup to develop a system he invented when he was 18 that catches plastic waste floating in the ocean. Now, he has unveiled his next step: A floating solar-powered device called the “Interceptor” that scoops plastic out of rivers as it drifts past. He calls rivers “the arteries that carry the trash from land to sea. Three of the machines already are deployed to Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam — and a fourth is heading to the Dominican Republic. 9 million tons of plastic waste, including plastic bottles, bags, toys and other items flow annually into the ocean from beaches, rivers and creeks.
(And that’s just the stuff that floats…)
(He’s gonna need a bigger blue box!)
(I still can’t believe we haven’t found a way to stop this from happening…)
“Facts” About animals that aren’t facts…
⇒ Dogs and cats are colorblind: They both have much better color eyesight than previously believed. A dog’s color vision may be similar to that of a person who has red-green color blindness. (So I still wouldn’t hire one as a decorator…)
⇒ Bees can only sting once: The only bee that can only sting once is the honeybee. And, wouldn’t you know it, Bumble bees (and yellow jackets) can sting repeatedly).
⇒ Touch a baby bird and mom will fly the coop: Once the young are hatched, it would take a lot for its parents to abandon them. Birds can’t detect human scents. But messing with their nest could potentially cause them to abandon the nest and their young as a response to the disturbance.
⇒ Blind as a bat: Yes, they hunt in the dark using echolocation, but research indicates that bats sometimes prefer using eyesight to sound when hunting. And many fruit bats don’t echolocate at all. In fact, they have particularly sharp vision.
⇒ Goldfish don’t have memory: They have a memory span of at least 3 months. And they may be able to tell time. Researchers found that they could remember when it is feeding time.
(And by the way, porcupines can’t shoot their quills…)
DID YOU KNOW?
U.S. scientists have trained a group rats to drive tiny cars in exchange for bits of Froot Loops cereal, and found that learning the task lowered their stress levels. Their study not only demonstrates how sophisticated rat brains are, but could one day help in developing new non-pharmaceutical forms of treatment for mental illness.
(Driving lowers their stress levels? They should try driving around here!)
BS CHRONOMETER 10.30.19
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1945  Henry Winkler, New York City, NY, TV actor (‘Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli’ on “Happy Days” 1974-1984)/2018 Emmy winner: “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series” for his role as ‘Gene’ on “Barry”
1951  Harry Hamlin, Pasadena CA, TV actor (“L.A. Law” 1986-1991, “Mad Men” 2013-2014)
1965  Gavin Rossdale, London UK, rock singer-guitarist (Bush-‘Glycerine’)/wed to Gwen Stefani 2002-15
1975  Ian D’Sa, Ealing UK [raised Mississauga ON], rock guitarist-vocalist (Billy Talent-‘Rusted From the Rain’)
1978  Matthew Morrison, Fort Ord CA, TV actor (‘Will Schuester’ on “Glee” 2009-15)
1981  Ivanka Trump, New York City, NY, business executive/author/advisor to the President of the United States, Donald Trump/Daughter of Donald Trump and his first wife, Ivana Trump)
1988  Janel Parrish, Oahu HI, TV actress (‘Mona Vanderwaal’ on “Pretty Little Liars” 2010-2017)
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Candy Corn Day”, celebrating the traditional Halloween candy that resembles corn kernels and can’t be resisted until you’ve finished off the entire 2-lb bag. About 9 billion pieces of Candy Corn will be manufactured this year.
• “Checklist Day”, an opportunity to appreciate the value of lists to give you peace of mind by helping you stay organized. Too lazy to make your own lists? Here’s a website that does it for you …
NET: http://checklists.com (We understand that Santa Claus is a big proponent of making a list…and checking it twice!)
• “Create a Great Funeral Day”, whether you are someone who likes to have things done your way, or if you simply don’t want to burden your loved ones with the task, pre-planning your funeral is a good idea. Besides … it’s much more fun for you when you do it in advance. (That’s it…put the ‘fun’ back in ‘funeral’!)
• “Devil’s Night” or “Mischief Night,” traditionally a night of pranks before Halloween.
• “Buy a Doughnut Day” … really, who buys just one? (The official dictionary spelling of the word is “doughnut.” The simplified, Americanized spelling of “donut,” has been around since the late 19th century. It didn’t catch on, though, until late in the 20th century)
• “Sugar Addiction Awareness Day”, something to keep in mind on what is also ‘Candy Corn’ and ‘Buy a Doughnut Day’! And by Halloween night, ‘Sugar Addiction Awareness Day’ will be nothing but a faint, sugar crashed, foggy-brained memory…
COMING UP . . .
[Thurs] Girl Scout Founder’s Day
[Fri] All Saints’ Day
[Fri] National Jersey Friday
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1938  A radio broadcast of H. G. Wells “The War of the Worlds”, narrated by Orson Welles, causes mass panic
2012  Walt Disney purchases Lucasfilm Ltd and its rights for Star Wars and Indiana Jones for $4.05 billion
2006  Oprah Winfrey gives a $1,000 Bank of America debit card to each studio audience member on her syndicated talk show, and asks that it be spent on someone outside their family
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1987  George Michael’s first solo album “Faith” is released
1991  Country singer Clint Black weds actress Lisa Hartman
2007  After losing top spot to Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain the year before, Elvis Presley once again tops “Forbes” list of ‘Highest-Earning Dead Celebrities’ (John Lennon is 2nd)
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ The first oranges were green.
✓ Kleenex tissues were originally intended for use in gas masks.
✓ Cats have five toes on their front paws, but only four on the back paws.
✓ Blue whales eat half a million calories in one mouthful.
✓ The longest English word is 189,819 letters long (It is the name of a protein).
✓ Firefighters use wetting agents to make water wetter.
BS FAKE PUMPKIN FACTS:
• The original name was Steve-O’-lantern.
• In October, baseball players switch from sunflower seeds to pumpkin seeds.
• For a brief period of time in the 80s, Pumpkin Patch Kids were a thing too.
• Pumpkin Spice was kicked out of The Spice Girls for seedy behavior.
• If you smash one, rockin’ 90s tunes start playing.
• Pumpkin Pi must be exactly 3.14159 inches deep.
• Tastes like chicken.
• The Great Pumpkin really isn’t all that great.
• You can buy Pumpkin patches. They’re similar to nicotine patches, but cure your addiction to Pumpkin Spice lattes.
• A crazy pumpkin is clinically out of its gourd.
-Twitter, first published in ‘BS’ in 2018
BS MONSTERS ON BROADWAY:
• Mummy Mia
• Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfman
• Black Cats
• West Side Gory
• Ghouls and Dolls
• Romeo and Ghouliet
• Hamilton Lecter
• The Invisible Man Of La Mancha
• Rodgers and Frankenstein’s “Stephen King and I”
-Twitter, first published in ‘BS’ in 2018
BS PHONE STARTER:
What’s a cheap Halloween costume you can throw together if you have no time or money?
BS RANDOM JOKE:
If one door closes and another door opens… your house is probably haunted.
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: 40% of homes that have THIS, are difficult to sell. What is it?
Answer: The number 13 in the address
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
If your dream only includes you, it’s too small.