Tuesday, October 22, 2019 Edition: #6556
Good Morning, Sheetheads!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ A life-sized interactive version of the “Friends” coffee shop Central Perk was constructed in Las Vegas with close to 1 million Lego bricks! The installation was commissioned by Warner Bros. Television to commemorate the ongoing festivities for the 25th anniversary of the TV show. Lego brick artist Nathan Sawaya spent 4 months building the exhibit at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino. It consists of almost 975,000 bricks and features a full-sized orange couch, cash register and even a menu, all made out of Lego. Sawaya says that the couch “was one of the toughest things to build because it’s so iconic, everyone knows it … You just want to get it right, but it’s so many bricks and at some point, it’s mind numbing.”
★ Dennis Quaid and his younger girlfriend Laura Savoie are on the road to marriage. A day after the couple was spotted enjoying their Hawaiian vacation, Us Weekly reported that the 65-year-old proposed to his 26-year-old beau. Despite three failed marriages, Quaid said in December that he would “never count anything out” when it comes to getting married again.
★ Chris Evans returned to the theatre where his career started on Saturday. The “Captain America” actor attended the opening of Concord Youth Theatre’s new venue in his hometown of Concord, Massachusetts, and opened up about how the space – which has gone from a capacity of 80 to 210 people at its new home – was a place he could go to ”feel safe and take risks”. The person who paid for the new building and renovation work has not been named, although it’s believed to be the Marvel star.
★ Brad Pitt is drawing serious criticism for appearing in a commercial for French bank Boursorama, which is being sued for refusing to accept American-born customers. In the ad, Pitt is seen walking around New York City while using various Boursorama services. But the catch is we cannot hear his audio at all. At the end, a voiceover says in French, “We do not need Brad Pitt to recommend Boursorama Bank because no one does it better than our customers.” Boursorama is one of several French banks being sued for discrimination by a group of people who have French and American citizenship as a result of being born in the States. They have no other connection to the US, and are unable to open accounts with Boursorama. The bank reportedly paid Pitt $6 million for the ad.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Benedict Cumberbatch, Kelly Ripa, David Byrne with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Jessica Biel, Billy Crudup, Jay Jurden
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): John Lithgow, Camila Mendes, Ree Drummond
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): James Spader, Tim Meadows, Alison Roman, Terence Higgins
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Joel Edgerton, Harry Connick Jr., Noah Cyrus
• “Lights Out with David Spade” (COMEDY): Ron Funches, Adam Devine, Alexandra Shipp (R)
• “Conan” (TBS): Paul Rudd
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Gary Janetti, Braunwyn Windham-Burke
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Newt Gingrich, Edward Norton
• “The Talk” (CBS): Taye Diggs, Elisha Cuthbert
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Kate Beckinsale, Anna Camp
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Keegan-Michael Key
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Mario López, J.B. Smoove, Aarón Sánchez
• “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (ABC): Linus waits in the pumpkin patch for the elusive Halloween symbol to appear.
• “Toy Story of Terror!” (ABC): When Woody, Buzz and the gang stop at a motel, one of them goes missing and the rest must figure out what is going on before they suffer the same fate.
• “2019 World Series” (FOX, Sportsnet): The Houston Astros host the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of the World Series.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Camila Cabello – met Lizzo backstage at the “We Can Survive” concert support of the American Cancer Society at the Hollywood Bowl Saturday night. Cameras caught Cabello saying “You were playing ‘Tempo’ in soundcheck, and I made an Insta-story of me twerking to it. I’m not great at it. You’ve got to teach me. Please.”
• Halsey – told the audience at Saturday night’s “We Can Survive” concert in support of the American Cancer Society that Taylor Swift’s latest album “Lover” is her “shower music”. She not only said that Swift is “definitely an artist that I would absolutely love to collaborate [with]”, she also sang Swift’s song “Lover” at the concert.
• Bruce Springsteen — returned to his hometown of Freehold, New Jersey on Saturday to offer a surprise introduction to the first public multiplex viewing of his concert/documentary film, “Western Stars.” In September, he came to town for the opening of the exhibit “Springsteen: His Hometown,” performing one song.
• Elton John – Says in his new autobiography “Me” that his husband David Furnish entered rehab for an alcohol problem after failing to cope with fame. Quote: ”I always thought David had slipped into Elton John World with remarkable ease and confidence, but it turned out that a lot of things I was completely used to living with, that I just saw as a fact of life, made him completely anxious.”
• Rick Astley – has re-recorded many of his older songs for his upcoming “The Best of Me” greatest hits package. He quit music after suffering an emotional breakdown in 1993, but now at 53, says the best part of his job is having the opportunity to travel the world.
• AC/DC — To mark 40 years since the death of singer Bon Scott, 10km of Perth’s Canning Highway, the Australian motorway Scott would travel on regularly in his youth, will be closed to play host to the world’s longest festival stage, featuring 8 bands playing AC/DC covers. Scott died Feb. 19, 1980.
• Dan + Shay — their latest single ‘10,000 Hours’, which features pop star Justin Bieber, has become the highest charting non-holiday country song on Billboard’s Streaming Songs Chart. It hit #3 on this week’s chart with 33.3 million streams. The only other non-holiday country song to reach the chart’s top 10 was Blanco Brown’s ‘The Git Up’, which reached #10 earlier this year.
• Carrie Underwood – says she can’t wait to host the CMA Awards for the twelfth consecutive year on Nov. 13, this time alongside special guest hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton. She says: “I feel like the three of us love what we do so much, and we love country music, and it means something…to have us up there on that stage kind of driving the bus for the evening and setting the tone.”
THIS WEEK’S VIDEO RELEASES (Streaming and/or DVD):
• “The Lion King” (PG, Animation/Drama): After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery. (Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Seth Rogen)
• “Angel of Mine” (R-Rated, Drama/Thriller): A woman grieving over the death of her daughter loses grip of reality when she begins to think her girl may still be alive. (Noomi Rapace, Rebecca Bower, Luke Evans)
• “Bloodline” (R-Rated, Mystery/Suspense): Evan values family above all else, and anyone who gets between him, his wife, and newborn son learns that the hard way. But when it comes to violent tendencies, it seems the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. (Seann William Scott, Mariela Garriga)
• “David Crosby: Remember My Name”: (R-Rated, Documentary): David Crosby reflects on his life of music stardom, while forging new oaths to relevancy at his age of 77 in this deeply personal documentary. (David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Jan Crosby)
We’ve often been told that one drink per day has numerous health benefits. Well, hold that thought, because a new study says that one glass of wine a day is worse for the heart than binge drinking. Frequent but light drinkers are more likely to develop atrial fibrillation — an irregular heartbeat, which can cause shortness of breath and chest pains and raise the risk of a stroke five-fold. The study of the drinking habits of almost 10 million people found that drinking every day was the riskiest, while drinking once a week was the least risky. On the other hand, binge drinking did not show any clear link with atrial fibrillation. The leader of the study was quick to point out that binge drinking can cause many other serious health problems, and people should stick to guidelines of no more than 14 drinks per week, keeping some days alcohol free.
(Did someone say “free alcohol?”)
(Better stick to an apple a day…)
(Keep some days alcohol free? Well there go my “Throwback Thursdays”!)
Scientists say fossils found in Morocco show that the practice of lining up may date back 480 million years. The study, from the journal “Scientific Reports” describes groups of blind trilobites, which look like modern horseshoe crabs, all facing in the same direction, and apparently maintaining contact via their long rearward spines. The researchers concluded that the arthropods probably intentionally formed a queue as they swarmed along the prehistoric sea floor as a method of protection or to find mates.
(I thought it felt like I’ve been lining up forever)
(It’s funny because when I’m in a lineup downtown, I feel anything BUT safe!)
(It’s funny that we look at prehistoric creatures as unintelligent, but they thought of everything long before we did!)
DID YOU KNOW?
We can only smell violets for a few moments at a time because their scent comes from ionone, which shuts our smell receptors off after stimulating them. After a few breaths, the scent pops up again because the brain registers it as a new stimulus. So, every time you smell a violet, it’s like the first time.
BS CHRONOMETER 10.22.19
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1938  Christopher Lloyd, Stamford CT, movie actor (“Back to the Future” franchise, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”)
1952  Jeff Goldblum, West Homestead PA, movie actor (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”, “Jurassic Park”)
1962  Bob Odenkirk, Berwyn IL, TV actor (‘Saul Goodman’ on “Better Call Saul” 2015-present, “Breaking Bad” 2009-13) COMING UP…”Little Women”, 2019
1968  Shaggy (Orville Burrell), Kingston, Jamaica, reggae singer (‘Angel’, ‘It Wasn’t Me’)
1969  Spike Jonze (Adam Spiegel), Rockville MD, movie director (“Where the Wild Things Are”, “Being John Malkovich”)/music video director (Arcade Fire-‘The Suburbs’, Jay-Z & Kanye West-‘Otis’)
1975  Jesse Tyler Ferguson, TV actor, Missoula MT (‘Mitchell Pritchett’ on “Modern Family” since 2009)
1981  Michael Fishman, Los Angeles CA, TV actor (‘DJ Conner’ on “Rosanne” and “The Conners”)
1985  Zac Hanson, Arlington Virginia, pop singer/drummer (The Hansons-‘MMMBop’)
1990  Jonathan Lipnicki, Westlake Village CA, movie actor (“Jerry McGuire”, “Stuart Little” movies)
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “international caps lock day” or is it “INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY”? In any event, it’s the annual celebration of one of the more useful keys on the keyboard. (Unlike ‘Scroll Lock’)
• “International Stuttering Awareness Day”, originated in 1998 to raise public awareness of the millions who suffer from the speech disorder.
• “Nut Day”. Ask anyone to name a nut and most will say ‘peanut’, which isn’t a nut at all, but a legume. Definition of a nut: A hard, dry, indehiscent fruit formed from 2 or more carpels but containing only 1 seed. It’s one of nature’s most perfect foods.
• “Smart is Cool Day”, a day to celebrate those who are often labeled ‘egghead’ or ‘smarty-pants’. If there’s ever a time to show off your IQ test results, this is probably it.
• “Used Car Dealership Day”, marking the opening of the world’s first used car dealership on this day in London, England in 1897. (“What do I have to do to put you in this car today?”)
• “Clean Up the Earth Day”, takes place exactly six months after Earth Day. It is a day to reflect on the progress that has been made to make a cleaner world in the past half-year, and a day to redouble efforts to make the world a cleaner place in the future.
• “National Color Day”, is about learning how colors can affect both body and mind—the day encourages us to learn about how colors can influence mood, emotions, productivity, and behavior.
AND REMEMBER . . .
[Wed] Lung Health Day
[Wed] Canning Day
[Thurs] Black Thursday
[Thurs] Bologna Day
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2001  “Grand Theft Auto III” is released, popularizing a genre of open-world, action-adventure games as well as spurring controversy around violence in videogames
TODAY IN SPORTS . . .
2001  Tennis power couple Andre Agassi & Steffi Graf are married in a private ceremony by a Las Vegas judge
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2000  Pop singer George Michael pays almost $3 million for John Lennon’s famous upright Steinway piano, on which he wrote his iconic anthem ‘Imagine’
2005  ABBA’s 1974 hit ‘Waterloo’ is voted the best song in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, decided by voters from 81 countries during a ceremony to mark the European event’s 50th anniversary
2012  Garth Brooks is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. George Strait, Bob Seger and James Taylor perform at the ceremony.
TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
2013  The iPad Air and OS X “Mavericks”, are introduced by Apple
2012  Cyclist Lance Armstrong is stripped of his 7 Tour de France titles (1999-2005) due to doping allegations
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ It takes 20 people two days to install the red carpet for the Academy Awards.
✓ Humans are the only mammal that can’t breathe and swallow at the same time.
✓ Research shows that if you touch an item in a store, you’re more likely to buy it.
✓ Every day at least one volcano is erupting somewhere in the world.
✓ There is one strand of corn silk for each kernel on an ear of corn.
✓ In Medieval times, the average person met about 100 people in their lifetime.
BS FAKE LAWYER FACTS:
• The Bar Association is actually a drinking club.
• A defendant is presumed innocent until he is pronounced broke.
• Most of them name their daughter “Sue”.
• If you and 10 of your friends want to sue someone, you’ll get a group discount.
• If you ask about some pro-bono, they usually say “I hope you find what you are looking for.”
• Or they will say, “I’m more of a Cher fan.”
• They don’t judge.
• “Lawyered up” is a real term.
• Since the invention of Siri, they are no longer required.
• “My Cousin Vinny” is based on a true story.
• They’re worth every cent.
• The word “attorney” is an anagram for “Ya Rotten”. Hold on. That one is true.
Best of BS . . .
BS SIGNS YOUR HOUSE IS HAUNTED:
• The phrase “If these walls could talk” isn’t just a saying at your place.
• At midnight, you hear a voice that says “Get out!”, and for once it’s not your wife.
• When you bought it, there was a “Haunted House for Sale” sign in the front yard.
• There are actual skeletons in the closet.
• Your kids’ Halloween treats disappear. (It’s gotta be a ghost…honest!)
• There is a vehicle marked “Mystery Machine” with a bunch of meddling kids and a Great Dane in it, parked out front.
• The ghost dragging the dead corpses around tells you it’s haunted.
• Someone hired a bunch of C-level actors and made a crappy movie about it.
• Ectoplasm on the stairs!
• The ceiling bleeds blood down the walls. Not a definite sign, but a really strong indication.
-Twitter, first published in ‘BS’ in 2018
BS PHONE STARTER:
What was your very first Halloween costume?
BS RANDOM JOKE:
What are clams so happy about, anyway?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Today’s Question: A quarter of us admit that we’ve done THIS while at work.
Answer: Looked for another job.
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.