Friday, October 14, 2016 – Edition: #5829

Can You Believe This Sheet?

★ The new TV movie “Killing Reagan” debuts Sunday on the National Geographic Channel in both Canada and the US. Based on the best-selling book of the same name by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard, the film examines the events of March 30, 1981 when a deranged young man named John Hinckley Jr tried to assassinate US president Ronald Reagan. In Hinckley’s troubled mind, it was the only way to get actress Jodie Foster to notice him. Reagan, who was 70-years-old at the time, took a bullet but survived. Tim Matheson (“Animal House”) stars as the president, Cynthia Nixon (“Sex & The City”) plays First Lady Nancy Reagan. (Odd casting?)
★ As disgraced “Today” show host Billy Bush negotiates his exit from NBC-TV after footage of him laughing with Donald Trump about assaulting women leaked, new reports say he isn’t going down without a fight. According to anonymous sources, Bush is considering suing the network for its role in the video’s release. While NBC bids to ax him over a ‘morality clause’ in his contract, he’s blaming the network for the leak of the tape to “The Washington Post”, and may even sue. Bush is also said to be looking to hire a ‘high-power fixer’. (Female viewers are important to “Today” … he’s toast.)
– “Esquire” /
★ And this week police had to secure the set of Jennifer Lopez’s NBC-TV police drama. Gunmen reportedly fired shots on the”Shades of Blue” set while threatening production staff. Chaos ensued, and cops were called in deal with the real-life drama. 47-year-old Lopez had already left for the day when the unidentified men invaded the Brooklyn NY location. Police quickly took control of the situation and sources close to the production confirm that nobody was injured in the incident … fortunately. (Were the cameras rolling?)

• “Eyewitness” (USA) – Sunday the series debut of a drama based on the Norwegian series “Øyevitne”. As teens share their first kiss, they witness a murder. Gil Bellows stars.
• “Goliath” (Amazon) – 8-episode series debut today. Billy Bob Thornton stars as a down-and-out lawyer fighting the injustice in the justice system. Co-stars Dwight Yoakam, William Hurt, and Maria Bello.
• “Good Morning America” (ABC) – This morning Bon Jovi (“This House Is Not For Sale”, out November 4th).
• “Great Performances” (PBS) – Tonight a tribute to Grammy ‘Special Merit Award’ recipients Earth, Wind & Fire, Jefferson Airplane, and more.
• “Haters Back Off” (Netflix) – Series release today about ‘Miranda Sings’ (Colleen Ballinger), an incredibly confident, untalented star who continues to fail upward by the power of her belief that she was born famous, it’s just no one knows it yet.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight Dan + Shay (“Obsessed”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Wolf Parade (“Apologies To the Queen Mary”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Tonight Young the Giant (“Home Of the Strange”). Rerun.
• “Live With Kelly” (syndicated/CTV) – Today Gavin DeGraw (“Something Worth Saving”).
• “Major League Baseball ALCS” (TBS/SNET) – Tonight Cleveland hosts Toronto in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. Game 2 is Saturday.
• “The Talk” (CBS) – Today Rick Astley (“50”).
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Tonight Norah Jones (“Day Breaks”).
• Tidal X: 1015 Benefit Concert (Brooklyn NY) – Saturday Angie Martinez hosts the Robin Hood Foundation fundraiser streaming live on Tidal from Barclays Center. Beyoncé & Jay Z headline, alongside Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, Lauryn Hill, Common, DNCE, Robin Thicke and others.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Kings of Leon (“Walls”, out today).

• Bob Dylan – The newly-announced Nobel Literature Prize-winner’s “Never Ending” tour reboots Sunday in Phoenix AZ, following his appearance at the Desert Trip Festival in Indio CA. The new run of dates goes through November 23rd in Ft Lauderdale FL.
• JoJo – Today she releases “Mad Love”, her first new full-length album in a decade. The lead single, “F— Apologies”, features Wiz Khalifa.
• The Naked & Famous – Today they release their 3rd album, “Simple Forms”. The Los Angeles-based band kicks off a headlining tour of North America on October 25th in Portland OR and winds up in Oakland CA November 30th.
• Prince – He left a host of songs behind when he died from an opioid overdose in April and there’s been much speculation about what will happen to the music. Turns out his ‘vault’ is being shopped to 3 major record labels … for $35 million.
• Steve Earle – Today he celebrates the 30th anniversary of his classic album “Guitar Town” with a deluxe re-issue on CD and digital. The 2-disc set features the album remastered from the original tapes.

• “The Accountant” ( R-Rated Crime Thriller ): Radically switching gears from playing ‘Batman’, Ben Affleck is a forensic accountant who works his money magic for crime syndicates, with JK Simmons (“Whiplash”) as the US Treasury agent dogging his heels even when Affleck’s character goes to work for a ‘legit’ company. Gavin O’Connor (“Warrior”) directs this thriller.
• “Kevin Hart: What Now?” ( R-Rated Standup Comedy ): Bigscreen concert films featuring standup comedians are rare, so the appearance of this one tells us something about Hart’s exceptional power to entertain. The film, co-directed by Leslie Small and Tim Story, focuses on Hart’s show for 53,000 fans in his hometown of Philadelphia PA on August 30, 2015.
• Opening in limited release: “Certain Women” (Drama); “Desierto” (Thriller); “Max Steel” (Action Adventure); “Ordinary World” (Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong’s first starring role, playing a washed-up punk singer); “Priceless” (Romantic Drama); “Supersonic” (the UK debut of a documentary on Brit rockers Oasis by Oscar-winning “Amy” director Asif Kapadia).

Move over ‘trick or treat’, there’s a new gig in town and it’s called ‘trunk or treat’. Originally started by church groups with the aim of providing a safer environment for trick-or-treaters going door-to-door on Halloween night, ‘trunk or treat’ involves a community coming together in a parking lot, either on the 31st or shortly before, so that children can ‘trick-or-treat’ out of the Halloween-decorated trunks of their cars. The alternative to door-to-door treat collecting is gaining popularity, in part due to the ease of security and in part due to the convenience of condensing a large volume of candy into a small area. (BS translation: less walking.)

A few items that may not be best for breakfast …
✗ Bread – Wheat can cause digestive problems for many people.
✗ Apples – High in fiber, which will leave you feeling (and maybe even looking) bloated.
✗ Pancakes/Waffles – Go light on the carbs if you don’t want to balloon up later in the day.
✗ Breakfast Burritos – High in sodium, which will cause you to retain water.
✗ Take-Out Breakfast Sandwiches – Also tend to be high in sodium.
✗ Cereal – Excess fiber, especially first thing in the morning, can definitely cause bloating.
✗ Yogurt – If you have difficulty breaking down lactose, you might try dairy-free yogurt.

Babies with big heads are more likely to get a university degree.
– “The Independent”


1939 [77] Ralph Lauren (Lipshitz), Bronx NY, fashion designer (Polo, CK Jeans)/estimated net worth $5.5 billion (2016)

1965 [51] Steve Coogan, Middleton UK, comedian/movie actor (“Despicable Me 2 “, “Night At the Museum” films)

1974 [42] Natalie Maines, Lubbock TX, country singer (Dixie Chicks-“Travelin’ Soldier”, “Landslide”)

1978 [38] Usher (Raymond), Dallas TX, pop-R&B singer (“OMG”, “Love In This Club”)

1989 [27] Mia Wasikowska, Canberra, Australia, movie actress (“Alice Through the Looking Glass”, “Alice in Wonderland”)

1996 [20] Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon, LA CA, celeb offspring (Madonna’s first child, via her personal trainer Carlos Leon)

TV chef Emeril Lagasse (“Essence of Emeril”) is 57; TV-movie actor Dominic West (“The Affair”) is 47; Country singer Kimberly Schlapman (Little Big Town) is 47; R&B singer Keyshia Cole (“Enough of No Love”) is 35.

Rock guitarist Bob Weir (Grateful Dead) is 69; Movie actor-director Tim Robbins (“Shawshank Redemption”) is 58; Rock bassist Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 54; TV actor Christian Stolte (“Chicago Fire”) is 54; Singer-songwriter John Mayer (“Waiting On the World to Change”) is 39; TV actress Caterina Scorsone (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 36.

• “Bald & Free Day”, honoring those with a beautiful, shiny top. You don’t have to be bald to celebrate; people who are married to, or related to a bald-headed person are also encouraged to celebrate alongside the honoree. So who’s the best-looking bald celeb?
• “Dessert Day”, honoring the tasty treat that tops off dinner. Nowadays just 14% of families regularly consume dessert, as opposed to 24% only 2 decades ago.
• “Lowercase Day”, a day to write without capitals. Your middle school grammar teacher might balk at the idea, but the shift button on your keyboard will thank you for the day off.
• “World Egg Day”, observed annually on the 2nd Friday of October to salute the many uses of chicken embryos. Events are held across the world celebrating the egg.
• “World Standards Day”, honoring the experts who develop standards for measurement, electronics, and telecommunications worldwide. (If they can’t even agree on a universal electrical plug, it doesn’t seem to be working.)

• “Global Handwashing Day”, the 9th annual as part of a campaign to motivate people everywhere to wash their hands with soap, a key factor in disease prevention.
• “Grouch Day”, a day to be grumpy, ungrateful, and cantankerous, and a day to allow grouches everywhere time to spout off.
• “International Day of Rural Women”, a UN observance since 2008.
• “Mushroom Day”, saluting the fungus among us. And you thought you were the only thing kept in the dark and fed crap.
• “White Cane Safety Day”, an annual date set aside since 1964 to celebrate the achievements of the visually impaired and their important tool of independence, the white cane.

• “Alternative Fuel Day”, when we’re encouraged to consider options to traditional gas-guzzling vehicles. As well as hybrids, electric cars, and vehicles that run on recycled cooking oil, there are experimental cars being developed that run on water and even … air.
• “Dictionary Day”, celebrating the 1758 birth of Noah Webster, one of the most famous of lexicographers, who 1st published “Webster’s Dictionary” in 1828.
• “Feral Cat Day”, initiated over a decade ago by the advocacy group Alley Cat Allies to promote humane care for domestic cats who are scrambling to stay alive in the wild.
• “Full ‘Hunters’ Moon”, so-named because it allowed hunters of old to stalk the woods after dark. It’s also been called the ‘Beaver Moon’ as well as the ‘Frosty Moon’.
• “Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day”, observed on the 3rd Sunday of October to say thank-you to the teachers who work without pay to give children spiritual knowledge.
• “World Food Day”, as declared annually by the UN.

2007 [09] Tom Petty documentary “Running Down a Dream” debuts at the New York Film Festival

2011 [05] The remake of 1984 film “Footloose” opens in movie theaters, starring Kenny Wormald & Julianne Hough, with Blake Shelton resurrecting the original theme song

2004 [12] Eric Clapton is suspended from driving in France after being caught at 134 mph in his Porsche 911 Turbo (he gets a €750 fine, poses for photos with French police, then leaves the scene with his secretary behind the wheel)

2006 [10] While opening for Rascal Flatts at NYC’s Madison Square Garden, Eric Church goes off-kilter, playing a little “Crazy Train” and staying on stage past his allotted time (he’s kicked off the tour and replaced by a seemingly talented newcomer … Taylor Swift)

2007 [09] TI is arrested and charged with weapons offences just hours before he’s due to perform at the “BET Hip Hop Awards” in Atlanta GA

2014 [02] Facebook and Apple offer to pay the cost of freezing the eggs of female employees covered by the company’s medical insurance plan (a way to help women focus on their careers if they wish to delay motherhood)

2012 [04] Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner jumps from the stratosphere to break the record for ‘Highest Freefall Jump’ with an altitude of 39,068 meters (128,018 feet … or 24 miles)

[Mon] “Jane the Virgin” season debut (CW)
[Mon] Bridge Day
[Mon] International Day For the Eradication of Poverty
[Mon] Mulligan Day
[Mon] Pasta Day
[Mon] Wear Something Gaudy Day
[Tues] World Menopause Day
This Week Is … Teen Read Week
This Month Is … Toilet Tank Repair Month


✓ First of all, make sure you’re actually getting enough good-quality sleep.
✓ Open your blinds so you’re waking up with natural light.
✓ Fill your room with scents that make you feel good.
✓ If you have time for a quickie, DO IT.
✓ Take a warm shower to relax tight muscles.
✓ Keep a positive mantra where you’ll see it every morning.
✓ Listen to music that gets you hyped.
✓ Do a super-quick workout.
✓ Have breakfast ready to go before you even wake up.
✓ Take a second to think about what you’re giving to society today.
✓ Have a game plan for the day and make sure at least one thing you do is for YOU.
✓ And finally, just smile, because that alone can lower stress.

I think I’ve reached my sexpiration date.

☎ What hidden gem have you found on Netflix that no one knows about?

Question: Over 80% of us have become angry with a friend for doing THIS.
Answer: Spoiling the end of a movie or TV show.

A continuing flow of paper is sufficient to continue the flow of paper.

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