Monthly Planning Calendar in Today’s Edition!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Today a new block of tickets for the new “Harry Potter & The Cursed Child” stage show at London’s Palace Theatre goes up for grabs. The first batch was released Wednesday and an estimated 120,000 fans registered and attempted to buy. Tickets quickly sold out and some were spotted on resale sites for as much as $3,500 apiece. The production, based on an original story by JK Rowling, is split into 2 parts. Fans can either take in Part 1 as a matinée and then watch Part 2 the same evening, or see the 2 shows on consecutive nights.
★ Actor Peter Sarsgaard is in final negotiations to play Robert Kennedy in “Jackie”, a new movie starring Natalie Portman as the beloved US first lady in the days following her husband John F Kennedy’s 1963 assassination. Robert Kennedy was the attorney general and JFK’s closest advisor, and his stoicism and Jackie’s grace in front of the cameras after the tragedy in Dallas TX steadied a mourning nation. Production is expected to begin by the end of the year.
★ And Taylor Swift has filed a countersuit against a radio DJ who alleges her groping story cost him his job. Former KYGO Denver personality David Mueller filed suit against the singer last month, claiming he’d been fired from his $150,000-a-year gig due to Swift’s false allegations about him acting inappropriately during a backstage meet-and-greet in 2013. According to the countersuit, Mueller has admitted Swift was assaulted, but blames ‘his superior’ at the radio station. Her lawyers claim that it’s clear that it was Mueller who “lifted her skirt and groped her”.
WEEKEND SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Today Ariana Grande (“Moonlight”, coming next year).
• “Grimm” (NBC/CTV) – Tonight in the Season 5 debut a ‘Wesen’ uprising is on the horizon.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight Big Grams (“Big Grams”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Waters (“What’s Real”). Rerun.
• “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global) – Tonight Ghost (“Meliora”); 1960s band The Zombies (“Odessey & Oracle”).
• “Supergirl” (CBS) – Saturday a rerun of this week’s series debut. After keeping her powers secret for 12 years, ‘Kara’ decides to embrace her abilities.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Demi Lovato (“Confident”).
• Voodoo Music & Arts Experience (New Orleans LA) – The 2015 edition is headlined by Florence + The Machine tonight; Ozzy Osbourne & guests Saturday; Zac Brown Band Sunday.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Alanis Morissette – A 20th anniversary deluxe edition of her massive-hit 1995 album “Jagged Little Pill” is released today. The 4-disc collector’s edition includes acoustic versions, unreleased demos, and a live concert recorded in London UK.
• Def Leppard – Today they release a new self-titled album recorded earlier this year at Joe Elliott’s studio in Dublin, Ireland. It’s the band’s first new material in 7 years and 11th studio album overall.
• Elvis Presley – “If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra”, a new album celebrating what would have been the musical icon’s 80th year is out today. It includes an electronically-created duet with Michael Bublé.
• Godsmack – Sunday a new leg of their North American tour gets underway in Missoula MT and runs through November 14th in Las Vegas NV. Red Sun Rising is the opening act.
• John Mayer – He and 3 former members of the Grateful Dead continue to honor the band under the name Dead & Company. Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Mayer and other musicians perform Saturday-Sunday at NYC’s Madison Square Garden.
• Katy Perry – Today a Blu-ray/DVD/digital download of her latest world tour becomes available. “The Prismatic World Tour Live” concert movie captures her 6-night stand in Sydney, Australia in December last year.
• Kylie Minogue – Sunday she’s set to kick off holiday season celebrations in London UK by switching on the city’s famous Oxford Street Christmas light display. The event will also feature performances by Foxes and Gabrielle Aplin.
• The Neighbourhood – Today they release their sophomore album “Wiped Out!”, featuring the lead single “RIP 2 My Youth”.
• One Direction – Their final show before their previously announced hiatus is at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield UK on Saturday night.
• Rise Against – Sunday the 2nd leg of their headlining North American tour kicks off in Hampton Beach NH. The dates are in support of their 7th studio album, “The Black Market”.
• Steve Martin & Edie Brickell – Their 2nd studio album, “So Familiar”, is out today. It’s the follow-up to 2013’s “Love Has Come for You”.
• “We Love Disney” – Today’s release of this new collection of movie themes from the Mouse House includes classic songs sung by the likes of Ariana Grande, Gwen Stefani, Jason Derulo, Jessie J, and Ne-Yo.
TODAY’S MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “Our Brand is Crisis” ( R-Rated Dramedy ): Sandra Bullock stars as a political-campaign strategist who is sent to a war-torn land in South America to help install a new leader. Co-stars Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, Joaquim de Almeida. Based on Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary film of the same name.
• “Scouts Guide To the Zombie Apocalypse” ( R-Rated Horror Comedy ): Three scouts, on the eve of their last camp-out, discover the true meaning of friendship when they attempt to save their town from a zombie outbreak. Stars Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan, Sarah Dumont.
• Opening in limited release: “Carter High” (Sports Drama); “Freaks of Nature” (Horror Comedy); “Love” (Romantic Drama); “Tab Hunter Confidential” (Documentary); and “The Wonders” (Drama).
HOW TO KEEP YOUR KIDS SAFE THIS HALLOWEEN:
• Substitute face paint for a mask whenever possible.
• Increase your kid’s visibility. Skip dark costumes which are hard to see at night.
• Be careful with fake weapons and other sharp accessories.
• Take younger children trick-or-treating while it’s still light outside.
• Keep track of your older trick-or-treaters with an app (ie: familysignal.com).
• Tell older kids to keep their cellphones in their pockets.
• Kids should obey all pedestrian rules.
• Tell kids to avoid houses that don’t look welcoming and to only accept treats in the doorway of a home.
• Have them stay away from animals they don’t know.
• Teach your kids to wait until they’re home to eat their candy.
• Drill this into your kid’s head: “Walk, don’t run!”
• Teach older kids not to let anyone suspicious join their party.
– BuzzFeed Life
BS AMAZING HALLOWEEN FACTS:
• 69% of us plan on celebrating Halloween.
• 50% of households will display some form of decoration.
• 48% of us have carved or will carve a pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern.
• 34% plan to throw or attend a party.
• 33% of parents will take their kids trick-or-treating.
• 23% will visit a haunted house.
• 19% have made or plan to make their own costume.
• 17% plan to wear last year’s costume.
• 11% of guys that went to a Halloween party last year dressed up as a football player.
– National Retail Federation
BS CHRONOMETER 10.30.15
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1965  Gavin Rossdale, London UK, rock singer-guitarist (Bush-“The Sound of Winter”)/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)
1988  Janel Parrish, Oahu HI, TV actress (‘Mona Vanderwaal’ on “Pretty Little Liars” since 2010)
Director Peter Jackson (“Lord Of the Rings”) is 54; Rock drummer Larry Mullen Jr (U2) is 54; Rock guitarist Johnny Marr (Modest Mouse) is 52; Celebrity spawn Willow Smith (daughter of Will) is 15.
Music producer David Foster (Michael Bublé) is 66; Rock singer Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 53; Rock drummer Rick Allen (Def Leppard) is 52; Country singer Big Kenny (Big & Rich) is 52; Movie actress Toni Collette (“The Hours”) is 43.
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 aid organization so you’ll have peace of mind. Too lazy to make your own lists? Here’s a website that does it for you …
• “Create a Great Funeral Day”. Whether you are someone who likes to have things done your way or whether you don’t want to burden the loved ones you leave with the task, pre-planning your funeral is a good idea. Besides … it’s far more fun for you when you do it in advance.
• “Devil’s Night” or “Mischief Night,” traditionally a night of pranks before Halloween.
• “International Bandanna Day”, when we’re encouraged to wear a bandanna to show people living with cancer that they are supported and not alone. In many areas bandanas will be sold as a fundraiser. The initiative originated in Australia.
• “Caramel Apple Day”, saluting the ooey-gooey treat guaranteed to yank out your dental fillings … or cause the need for new ones.
• “Halloween”, a long tradition in Canada, Ireland, the UK, and the USA. In recent years, the celebration has spread to other countries around-the-world.
• “International Magic Day,” traditionally a day for magicians to meet, celebrated on the anniversary of Harry Houdini’s death on October 31st, 1926. Every year, spiritualists hold a seance on Halloween to try and contact the late magician. So far, no answer!
• “Knock-Knock Jokes Day”, celebrating their momentous contribution to the comedy world.
• “All Hallows” or “All Saints’ Day” (begun in 835 AD), a Roman Catholic ‘Holy Day of Obligation’ (aren’t they all?). It’s a public holiday in the Philippines, when families gather to honor the dead.
• “Daylight Saving Time” in North America officially ends at 2 am. Remember: Spring forward, Fall back, so set your clock back an hour. (Hey, it’s a long weekend!)
• “Go Cook For Your Pets Day”, because it’s apparently not enough to house them, train them, exercise them, and clean up after them … now they need haute cuisine!
• “New York City Marathon”, one of the most prestigious annual runs. Among those participating this year … actor Ethan Hawke.
• “World Vegan Day”, an international focal point for celebrating veganism, a term invented by Donald Watson in 1944. True vegans do not eat meat, fish, dairy products, or eggs; nor do they use any products derived from animals, such as fur or leather.
• “Zero Tasking Day”, always the same day that Daylight Saving Time ends, a day to do absolutely squat with the extra 60 minutes you put on the clock because the real gift for this day is not feeling like you have to do something worthwhile with that ‘extra hour’.
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
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 EVENT . . .
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 MONTHLY PLANNING CALENDAR . . .
[Nov 2] All Souls Day / Fill Our Staplers Day / Plan Your Epitaph Day
[Nov 3] Cliché Day / Sandwich Day / Traffic Directors Day
[Nov 4] 49th CMA Awards (Nashville TN) / 20th MOBO Awards (London UK) / Take Our Kids to Work Day (Canada) / Candy Day / Use Your Common Sense Day
[Nov 5] Love Your Red Hair Day / Men Make Dinner Day
[Nov 6] “The Outskirts”; “The Peanuts Movie”; “Spectre” open in movie theaters / International Day for Preventing the Exploitation Of the Environment in War & Armed Conflict / Medical Appreciation Day / Saxophone Day
[Nov 7] U2’s “Innocence + Experience World Tour” airs (HBO) / Canada’s Walk of Fame Induction (Toronto ON) / Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day / Pumpkin Destruction Day / Sausage & Kraut Day
[Nov 8] Abet & Aid Punsters Day / Cook Something Bold & Pungent Day / Domino Day / Parents As Teachers Day
[Nov 9] World Freedom Day / World Orphans Day
[Nov 10] “Giller Prize” (CBC) / Area Code Day / “Sesame Street” Day / World Science Day for Peace & Development / Young Readers Day
[Nov 11] Hollywood Music in Media Awards (LA CA) / Remembrance Day (Canada) / Veterans Day (USA) / Diwali begins (Hindu) / Origami Day / Red Lipstick Day
[Nov 12] Fancy Rat & Mouse Day / World Pneumonia Day
[Nov 13] “By the Sea”; “Love the Coopers”; “My All American”; “Rings”; “The 33” open in movie theaters / World Kindness Day
[Nov 14] Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day / Spicy Guacamole Day / Pickle Day / Operating Room Nurse Day / World Diabetes Day / International Selfie Day
[Nov 15] More Than One Role Day / I Love to Write Day / Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day / World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims / Philanthropy Day / Rock Your Mocs Day
[Nov 16] “The Latin Explosion: A New America” (HBO) / International Day for Tolerance / Button Day
[Nov 17] Homemade Bread Day / Entrepreneurship Day / Unfriend Day / Petroleum Day / World Prematurity Awareness Day
[Nov 18] Married To a Scorpio Support Day / Apple Cider Day / Educational Support Professionals Day
[Nov 19] Great American Smokeout / Have a Bad Day Day / International Men’s Day / Rocky & Bullwinkle Day / Use Less Stuff Day / World Philosophy Day / Women’s Entrepreneurship Day / World Toilet Day
[Nov 20] “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2”; “The Night Before”; “Secret in Their Eyes” open in movie theaters / Mercury Prize (London UK) / African Industrialization Day / Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day (GOHARD) / Name Your PC Day / Peanut Butter Fudge Day / Transgender Day of Remembrance / Universal Children’s Day
[Nov 21] Family Volunteer Day / International Games Day / Adoption Day / Day of Play / Survivors of Suicide Day / World Hello Day / World Television Day
[Nov 22] “American Music Awards” (ABC) / Humane Society Anniversary Day / Mother Goose Day
[Nov 23] “Mark Twain Prize For American Humor” (PBS) / British Fashion Awards (London UK) / “Doctor Who” Day / International Image Consultant Day / Espresso Day
[Nov 24] Strange Names Day / Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day
[Nov 25] Full ‘Beaver’ Moon / International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women / International Hat Day / Blasé Day / Shopping Reminder Day / Tie One On Day
[Nov 26] Thanksgiving Day (USA) / Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Awards (Sydney)
[Nov 27] “Creed”; “The Good Dinosaur”; “Victor Frankenstein” open in movie theaters / Black Friday / Fur-Free Friday / Buy Nothing Day / Flossing Day / Day of Listening / Sinkie Day
[Nov 28] International Aura Awareness Day / World Day of Giving / Small Business Saturday
[Nov 29] “Soul Train Awards” (BET) / Sofa Sunday / Electronic Greetings Day / International Day of Solidarity With the Palestinian People / Square Dancing Day
[Nov 30] Cyber Monday / Computer Security Day / Meth Awareness Day / Stay Home Because You’re Well Day
REAL BUT REALLY WEIRD THINGS KIDS HAVE ASKED TO BE FOR HALLOWEEN:
According to an online survey …
✓ Pile of Dirt
✓ Superhero Chicken
✓ Bubblegum on Shoe
✓ Smoke Detector
✓ Cat’s Tail
✓ Evil Washing Machine
✓ Bloody Eyeball
✓ Baked Potato
✓ Murderous Banana
– Adapted from BuzzFeed Life
BS PHONE STARTER:
☎ What’s the comfiest Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?
BS RANDOM JOKE:
My sister’s expecting a baby. I don’t know yet if I’m going to be an uncle or an aunt.
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: Fewer than 1-in-3 adults can do THIS without looking like an idiot.
Answer: Use a yo-yo.
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Give blood. Play hockey.