Tuesday, October 25, 2016 – Edition: #5836
Sheet For Brains!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Today John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller, releases his 29th novel, “The Whistler”. Get ready to meet investigator ‘Lacy Stoltz’, who’s trying to crack the case of a corrupt Florida judge brought to her by a disbarred lawyer operating under a new identity.
★ Today actor Hugh Laurie (“House”) is being honored with the 2,593rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Fellow Brit star Stephen Fry is scheduled to salute his former comedy partner at the unveiling. The two became pals at Cambridge University, then went on to become a TV sensation with their own sketch show.
– “Daily Mail”
★ “Creed” actor Michael B Jordan and “Lethal Weapon” star Danny Glover are among those featured in singer-activist Harry Belafonte’s new public safety video about police brutality. Belafonte co-produced the hard-hitting short “Against the Wall” for Sankofa.org, a group attempting to raise awareness about preventable violence. The movie samples excerpts of police radio accounts of unarmed black youths being shot. Various actors portray the victims.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – DRAM (“Big Baby DRAM”).
• “Ellen” (syndicated/CTV2) – Joseph (“I’m Alone, No You’re Not”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Jimmy Eat World (“Integrity Blues”).
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/CTV) – Idina Menzel (“idina.”).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Lucius (“Good Grief”).
• “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global) – Mitski (“Puberty 2”).
• “Live With Kelly” (syndicated/CTV) – Guest co-host Michael Bublé (“Nobody But Me”).
• “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You” (PBS) – The first-ever documentary about the 94-year-old TV writer-producer responsible for some of the top shows of the 1970s (“All In the Family”, “Good Times”, “The Jeffersons”, “Maude”). Also out as a video release today.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Phil Collins (“Not Dead Yet: The Memoir” out today. In it, he admits that booze almost killed him at one point.)
• “The Voice” (NBC/CTV2) – Tim McGraw & Faith Hill serve as key advisers as ‘Knockout Rounds’ continue.
• “World Series” (FOX/SNET) – Chicago Cubs & Cleveland compete in Game 1 of the 112th edition of the MLB championship series.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Charlie Puth –He’s canceled the remaining dates on his “Don’t Talk Tour” due to illness. The tour, supporting 2016’s “Nine Track Mind”, was scheduled to run until November 8th.
• Drake – There’s more new music coming from him this year as “More Life” will be out in December. He hasn’t revealed how many songs will appear on the project.
• Garth Brooks – He’s streaming his music for the first time. It’s now available via Amazon Music. Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers can stream the latest single “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance”, from his upcoming new studio album “Gunslinger” (November 25th).
• Gwen Stefani – She’s returning to “The Voice” for Season 12 next year, replacing Miley Cyrus. Season 12 begins in February, with Stefani, boyfriend Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, and Alicia Keys onboard. Cyrus will be back as a coach for Season 13.
• Kesha – She’s been working on new music that Sony reps say should be released soon. But her attorney is less optimistic, saying: “Kesha still has received no commitments on promotion, songs, or even a release date.”
• Kings Of Leon – Their new album “Walls” has debuted at #1, atop today’s new ‘Billboard 200’ album chart.
THIS WEEK’S VIDEO RELEASES:
Coming out on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
• “Lights Out” ( PG-13 Horror ): When her little brother ‘Martin’ experiences the same events that once tested her sanity, ‘Rebecca’ works to unlock the truth behind the terror, which brings her face-to-face with an entity that has an attachment to their mother ‘Sophie’. Stars Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Maria Bello, Billy Burke.
• Also being released: “American Masters: Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You” (Documentary); “Ancient Aliens: Season 9” (TV); “Janet King, Series 2: The Invisible Wound” (Aussie TV); and “Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict” (Biography).
BRILLIANT PRODUCTS ALL LEFTIES WILL APPRECIATE:
These are real products on the market for the 11% of us who are left-handed …
✓ A measuring tape that’s readable for both righties and lefties.
✓ A pair of scissors that won’t immediately frustrate you.
✓ A can opener for any soup-loving southpaw.
✓ A deck of playing cards you can fan out the way you want.
✓ A set of notebooks for when you need to go left to write.
✓ A cool left-handed guitar that would make Jimi Hendrix proud.
✓ A mug that is actually readable when you hold it in your left mitt.
✓ A spatula spoon that makes left-handed cooking so much easier.
✓ A liquid measuring cup you can actually read.
✓ An angled pen that keeps ink from smearing and smudging.
✓ A counterclockwise corkscrew that’ll get any lefty to that glass of wine way faster.
– Condensed from BuzzFeed.com
RICH ‘N SNOOTY:
No, you’re not imagining it. Rich people really aren’t interested in you. A just-released New York University study has found that the wealthy spend less time looking at other people. That’s probably because the lower classes hold less ‘motivational relevance’ for them, meaning the hoi polloi aren’t worthy of their attention. The study used Google Glass to track the gaze of New Yorkers who were told to look at whatever caught their attention on the street. The researchers found a correlation between social class and interest in others. While class did not account for the number of times a participant looked at others, the upper classes spent less time looking at others compared with those in lower classes. This finding suggests that social class, like other forms of culture, can shape our cognitive functioning. (You don’t get rich being nice.)
HONEST CONFESSIONS FROM REALITY TV SHOW PRODUCERS:
• ‘Unscripted’ is a lot more of an accurate description than ‘reality’.
• Nothing is ever ‘scripted’, but some shows are certainly more heavily ‘produced’ than others.
• If two people are arguing, producers will engineer scenes where they have to face off.
• Producers also tend to ask provocative questions during on-camera interviews to get good quotes.
• Sometimes producers suggest dialogue for the characters in scenes.
• A lot of scenes have to be shot more than once.
• Camera operators have to be really fit, as they’re constantly running after people.
• Product placement sucks, but it’s how money is made in a world where everyone skips ads.
• The crew and cast of a show never really mingle.
• It can be so boring for editors to go through hours and hours of footage to find something juicy (75% of the footage shot for “The Bachelor”, for instance, isn’t used.)
• You might get to visit some really cool places you’d never otherwise see, but most of the time it’s pretty boring work.
– Adapted from Reddit.com
Those Halloween contact lenses that are on the market might look freaky as hell, but it turns out the costume accessory might be causing real damage to people’s eyes. A warning has been issued against using the decorative lenses as they could cause blindness, eye scratches, infections, and other eye problems. A person’s vision can also become impaired or less clear when wearing the lenses. A contact lens that’s not fitted properly by a professional can squeeze the cornea and block blood vessels at the edge. Last year one teenager went partially blind in her right eye after damaging her cornea wearing zombie eye contacts. The non-prescription contact lenses can be bought online for less than $10 a pair. (Far below the cost of having freaky eyes … permanently.)
BS AMAZING INTERNATIONAL FACTS:
• Shanghai’s Ikea store frowns on elderly daters clogging up its cafeteria.
– BBC News
• You can use the new plastic UK £5 note to play vinyl records.
• India has Uber … but for tractors.
– “News Magazine”
BS CHRONOMETER 10.25.16
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1957  Nancy Cartwright, Dayton OH, really rich voice actress (‘Bart Simpson’ and others on “The Simpsons” since 1989)
1961  Chad Smith, St Paul MN, rock drummer (Red Hot Chili Peppers-“Dani California”, Chickenfoot-“Oh Yeah”)
1969  Samantha Bee, Toronto ON, comedian/TV personality (“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” 2016, correspondent on “The Daily Show” 2003-15)
1971  Craig Robinson, Chicago IL, movie actor (“Sausage Party”, “Hot Tub Time Machine” films)/TV actor (“The Office” 2005-13)/TV host (“Last Comic Standing” 2010)
1984  Katy Perry (Hudson), Santa Barbara CA, pop singer (“Roar”, “California Gurls”)/highest-earning female celebrity in 2015/actor Orlando Bloom’s sometime girlfriend
1985  Ciara (Ciara Princess Harris), Austin TX, pop singer (f/Ludacris-Ride”, “Goodies”)/wed to Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson on July 6th at Peckforton Castle in UK
BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Cartoonists Against Crime Day”, honoring cartoonists, graphic artists, and illustrators who promote crime prevention through their works. (Stop varmint … or I’ll draw!)
• “Chucky the Notorious Killer Doll Day”, celebrating the murderous, knife-wielding doll brought to life in horror films: “Child’s Play” (1988); “Child’s Play 2” (1990); “Child’s Play 3” (1991); “Bride of Chucky” (1998); “Seed of Chucky” (2004); “Curse of Chucky” (2013).
• “Greasy Foods Day”. From pizza and nachos to burgers and French fries, it’s nearly impossible to ignore this guilty pleasure.
• “International Artists Day”, honoring the contribution artists make to society. It’s a day to visit a gallery, participate in something creative, or buy that painting that you’ve been admiring.
• “Punk For a Day Day”, so get on your faux-hawk, your stick-on tats, your imitation leather and strut your stuff!
• “World Pasta Day”, honoring one of Italy’s greatest gifts to the world. It’s estimated there are circa 350 different types of pasta and about 4 times that many names for them.
TYPE OF PASTA OR SPECIES OF VIRUS?
• Vermicelli [Pasta]
• Casinaria [Virus]
• Imperata Yellow Mottle [Virus]
• Fusilli [Pasta]
• Zika [Virus]
• Ziti [Pasta]
• Amaranthus [Virus]
• Manicotti [Pasta]
• Cotesia Rubecula [Virus]
• Penne [Pasta]
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2002  “Jackass: The Movie” opens in theaters
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2009  Almost 100,000 fans show up for the final concert of U2’s North American tour at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena CA while many more watch live online at U2.com
2011  Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler falls in a hotel room shower during a stay in Paraguay, knocking out 2 teeth which a local dentist repairs in time for a performance the next day
2014  Jack Bruce, classic rock bassist and founding member of Cream, dies at age 71
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
2006  Sean ‘Diddy’ scores his first #1 album on the ‘Billboard 200’ since 1997 with “Press Play”
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1991  33-year-old Jack Feeser sets the unofficial ‘World Car Kissing Record’ in Hanover, Pennsylvania by smooching a Geo Storm for 145 hours, 14 minutes in order to win the vehicle from an auto dealership
COMING UP . . .
[Wed] Howl At the Moon Night
[Thurs] “The Great Indoors” series debut (CBS)
[Thurs] Cranky Co-Workers Day
[Fri] “Inferno” opens in movie theaters
[Fri] Voodoo Music + Arts Experience begins (New Orleans LA)
[Fri] Frankenstein Friday
This Week Is … Rodent Awareness Week
This Month Is … Caffeine Addiction Recovery Month
WHAT WOMEN ARE READING THIS MONTH:
• ‘Great Boots for Curvy Calves’ – “Chatelaine”
• ‘Can Trans Girls Be Sorority Girls?’ – “Cosmopolitan”
• ‘FYI, You’re Holding Your Coffee Wrong’ – “Redbook”
• ’15 Times Your Mom Was Totally Right After All’ – “Woman’s Day”
• [Discretion] ‘When is the Right Time to Send a Dick Pic?’ – “Glamour”
WHAT MEN ARE READING THIS MONTH:
• ‘The Best Bedroom Toys For Men’ – AskMen.com
• ‘The Better-Sex Diet Secret’ – “Men’s Fitness
• ’62 Amazing Places to Grab a Pint’ – “Men’s Journal”
• ‘Real Men Keep It Rugged’ – “GQ Style”
• ‘An Illustrated Guide To the 9 Different Kinds of Breasts’ – “Maxim”
BS PHONE STARTER:
☎ How has your name been weirdly messed up when written on a Starbucks cup?
BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
• You’re a miner working the ‘hoot owl’. What the heck are you doing?
a. Operating the mineshaft elevator.
b. Covering the night shift. [CORRECT. In the newspaper biz, it’s known as the ‘lobster shift’.]
c. In charge of the emergency warning system.
• What is thought to be the largest object ever to have disappeared entirely into quicksand?
a. An oil well.
b. A train. [CORRECT]
c. Nicki Minaj’s butt.
BS RANDOM JOKE:
I just joined the 2-foot-high club. I had sex on a gravestone.
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: 3-out-of-4 people under 40 eat at least one of THESE per week.
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Rich or poor it’s good to have money.