Tuesday, October 6, 2015        Edition: #5343

Deja Moo!

★ TV action classic “MacGyver” (1985-92) is getting a revival as CBS-TV has officially put a new series into active development. The re-imagining of the series follows a 20-something ‘MacGyver’ as he gets recruited into a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening. The pilot is being helmed by “Furious 7” director James Wan. “MacGyver” joins a long list of older shows being dusted off and revived, including “The X-Files”, “Twin Peaks”, “Prison Break”, and “Heroes”.
– EW.com
★ 47-year-old Brit actor Daniel Craig says he doesn’t really care who next plays ‘James Bond’. While fans across the globe are speculating on who might next take on the identity of ‘Agent 007’, Craig isn’t preoccupied with the problem as “Spectre” is yet to be released and he still has a 5th film in his contract before he can consider retiring from the role. Quote: “The person should do the job and I don’t give a f— what color their skin is. It shouldn’t be an issue. A female is another story. But why not? ‘Jasmine Bond’?”
– “The Sun”
★ And sibling singing trio Haim are hoping to start their own music festival featuring only female artists. “The Wire” singers recently ended their trek as opening act for Taylor Swift’s “1989” tour, and now they’re envisioning something similar to Sarah McLachlan’s famous “Lilith Fair”, which took place during the Summers of 1997-to-1999, and briefly again in 2010. Este Haim says the dream line-up for a new all-female festival might include Swift, Lorde, Florence + The Machine, Jenny Lewis, and Chvrches.
– Vulture.com

• Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum Fundraiser (NYC) – Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, and Vince Gill are taking part in tonight’s ‘guitar pull’ at Best Buy Theater. They’ll take turns singing and telling the stories behind their songs. Tickets are $1,000 a pop!
• “The Flash” (CW/CTV) – In the Season 2 debut a meta-human named ‘Atom Smasher’ (Adam Copeland) arrives in ‘Central City’
• “Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition” – A new deluxe hardcover edition of JK Rowling’s classic is out today, featuring 110 full-color illustrations. The artwork is by Jim Kay, an award-winning Brit artist. Illustrated editions of the other books in the series will be released once a year for the next 6 years.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Jewel (“Picking Up the Pieces”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Strung Out (“Transmission Alpha Delta”).
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/M3) – R City (“What Dreams are Made Of”, out Friday).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Adam Lambert (“The Original High”).
• “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global) – Florence + The Machine (“How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”).
• “The Real” (syndicated) – Kelis (“Food”).
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Jewel again.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Lady Gaga (“American Horror Story: Hotel”).
• “The Voice” (NBC/CTV2) – A recap of the blind auditions includes previously unseen footage; a battle rounds preview follows.

• Avril Lavigne – She & estranged husband Chad Kroeger have reunited for songwriting sessions just a month after announcing they’ll divorce.  A new Instagram posting confirms they’re working on songs for her next disc despite the breakdown of their 2-year marriage.
• Don Henley – His new album “Cass County” will lead the “Billboard” country chart when it’s officially released later this week. It’s his 1st solo disc in 15 years.
• Garbage – Tonight in San Diego CA their “20 Years Queer Tour”, celebrating the band’s 20th anniversary, gets underway. Dates run though October 29th in Washington DC before the band heads to Europe. They’re performing their debut album in its entirety for the first time.
• Fetty Wap – His self-titled album has debuted at #1 on this week’s ‘Billboard 200’ chart. He’s had an impressive 2015 already, with three Top 10 singles before his album was even released.
• Pharrell Williams – His first children’s book is being published today by Penguin Random House, entitled “Happy!” (what else?). It’s based on his Oscar-nominated song of the same name and features photos of children representing numerous countries and cultures.
• Sara Bareilles – Today she releases her first book, “Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) In Song”, via Simon & Schuster. The book is a collection of personal essays which, among other things, tell the inside stories behind some of her most popular songs, including “Love Song”.

Out today on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
• “Dark Places” ( R-Rated Mystery Thriller ): Charlize Theron produces and stars in this bigscreen adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel. The story centers around a woman who testifies against her brother, accusing him of killing their family. 25 years later she’s forced to re-live the gruesome past. “Mad Men” actress Christina Hendricks co-stars.
• “Magic Mike XXL” ( R-Rated Dramedy ): This sequel to the 2012 film picks up 3 years after ‘Mike’ bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game. He and the remaining ‘Kings of Tampa’ hit the road to Myrtle Beach SC to put on one last blow-out performance. Stars Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez.
• “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” (NR TV Movie) – In yet another cheesy sequel, Washington DC is the site of the latest shark crisis. Stars Ian Ziering & Tara Reid are back, alongside the likes of Bo Derek, David Hasselhoff, Jerry Springer, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Mark Cuban … as the US president.
• Also released today: “American Horror Story: The Complete 4th Season” (TV); “Blood & Glory: The Civil War in Color” (History Channel Miniseries); “Duck Dynasty: Season 8” (TV); “Happyish Season 1” (TV); “I Am the Queen” (Documentary); “The Leftovers: The Complete 1st Season” (TV); “Penny Dreadful – The Complete 2nd Season” (TV); “Reign: The Complete 2nd Season” (TV); “South Park: The Complete 18th Season” (TV); “Tut” (Spike TV Miniseries); and “Vikings: The Complete 3rd Season” (TV).

Multipurpose ways to use the stuff besides drinking it …
✓ All-Purpose Cleaner – As a natural disinfectant, all it takes is a quick transfer from liquor bottle to spray bottle to turn vodka into an amazingly powerful cleanser.
✓ Deodorizer – A spritz of vodka on your clothing, be it a musty old sweater or your favorite pair of gym shoes, can actually help freshen them up as it kills odor-causing bacteria on the spot.
✓ Mold & Mildew Remover – The best part? The cheaper the bottle, the less filtered it’s likely to be, which is good news when it comes to killing mold.
✓ Insect Repellent – Simply spray yourself with vodka. Just make sure it’s not one of the flavored, sugary kinds.
✓ Weed Killer – “Reader’s Digest” suggests mixing 1 ounce of vodka with 2 cups of water and a few drops of dish soap. Apply to weeds growing in direct sunlight; it won’t work in shade.
✓ Flower Life-Extender – A shot of vodka can be a vase full of flowers best friend, helping them stay fresh longer as it inhibits ethylene production in the water.
✓ Hair Treatment – Vodka is naturally acidic and when added to conditioner can help maintain and lower a high pH level in hair. That means more shine; less frizz and dandruff.
– Condensed from MentalFloss.com

The new ‘Peeple’ app for rating human beings is causing controversy … before it’s even launched. ‘Peeple’ allows members to give star ratings to people they know via the app, much as restaurants and hotels are rated on sites such as Yelp. The app’s developers say they will pre-screen for negative abuse. However, users will not be able to delete comments made about them. Nor will they be able to remove themselves from the site once on it. The app differs from existing social media in that it specifically encourages users to assess others. Negative reviews will be stalled 48 hours before being published, and will be banned if they contain degrading comments, hateful content, profanity, and racism. The app, due to launch in November, already has 5,000 members signed up for testing. (A new low in social media?)
– Condensed from BBC News

‘Extreme Phone Pinching’ is possibly the most nerve-racking Internet craze yet. After all, what’s more stressful than gripping an expensive object over a cliff? Popularized by the music duo Twenty One Pilots back in July, ‘Extreme Phone Pinching’ involves holding your smartphone with your thumb and forefinger, and dangling it over somewhere you wouldn’t want it to fall … a cliff, atop a high-rise, over water, etc. And now the Internet has taken the ‘sport’ to the next level. People the world over are dangerously dangling their precious phones in all kinds of perilous places … over fire, out of moving vehicles, over sewer grates. (Seriously, if you value your 500-dollar investment, maybe give this activity a miss.)
– BuzzFeed.com

• E-Books Reduce Comprehension – A West Chester University study has found that students reading on iPads have lower reading comprehension than when they read printed books.
• You Remember Less About the Timeline – A study of adults finds that e-books can be hard to absorb, particularly when trying to put events from the story in chronological order.
• They’re Not Great as Textbooks – While e-textbooks are cheaper (and easier to carry), the majority of college students in some surveys say they prefer print books.
• They’re Tiring – Staring at a lit screen can be tiring for the eyes and the brain. A Swedish study has found that reading digitally requires a higher cognitive workload than reading paper.
(Advantage #5 … better doorstop.)
– Condensed from MentalFloss.com

Manila, capital of The Philippines, has been voted ‘World’s Worst City to Drive In’ by participants in the Global Driver Satisfaction Index. Manila is cited as having the worst score due to traffic levels and road quality, as well as parking and fuel prices. Jakarta, Indonesia and the Brazilian cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo rank 2nd, 3rd, and 4th-worst in the listing of 167 metropolitan areas worldwide. Officials in Manila, where the average road commute takes over 45 minutes, say they are putting measures in place to improve the local situation.
– “Philippine Daily Inquirer”

The odds of developing cancer go up by 10% in men and 18% in women for every 10 cm (4 in) above 1 m (39 in) they are tall.
– “The Local”


1955 [60] Tony Dungy, Jackson MI, NFL analyst (“Football Night in America”)/former NFL head coach (Indianapolis Colts 2002-09, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1996-2001)

1963 [52] Elisabeth Shue, Wilmington DE, TV actress “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” 2012-15)/movie actress (Oscar-“Leaving Las Vegas”)

1966 [49] Tommy Stinson, Minneapolis MN, rock bassist (Guns N’ Roses since 1998, The Replacements 1979–91)

1973 [42] Ioan Gruffudd [‘YO-an GRIFF-ith’], Aberdare, Wales, movie actor (“San Andreas”, “Fantastic Four” films)

1982 [33] Will Butler, The Woodlands TX, rock musician (Arcade Fire-“Reflektor”, “We Used to Wait”)/brother of frontman Win Butler

• “German-American Day”, honoring the likes of Albert Einstein, Lou Gehrig, John Steinbeck, and Levi Strauss. In fact, German-Americans make up 16% of the total US population. Prosit!

• “Mad Hatter Day”, described as “April Fool’s Day” without the pranks, it’s an opportunity to celebrate silliness. The date was chosen from illustrations depicting the Mad Hatter wearing a hat with a slip of paper that reads: ‘In this style 10/6’.
NET: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~ari/madHatter.html

• “Physician Assistant Day”, honoring all those nice people who order you to take off all your clothes and put the gown on. And make sure the opening’s at the back!

2007 [08] Former “Baywatch” actress Pamela Anderson ties the knot with producer/businessman Rick Salomon at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas (annulled 4 months later)

1996 [19] Country stars Tim McGraw & Faith Hill get married, then postpone the honeymoon in order to resume their joint tour 4 days later

2002 [13] Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones donates £100,000 to the school he once attended in Dartford, England for musical instruments and a band director (the resulting music center is named after him)

2007 [08] Jason Lewis completes the 1st human-powered circumnavigation of the globe

[Wed] “American Horror Story: Hotel” debut (FX)
[Wed] Kale Day
[Wed] Pet Obesity Awareness Day
[Wed] Walk to School Day
[Thurs] World Octopus Day
[Fri] World Egg Day
This Week Is … Carry a Tune Week
This Month Is … Adopt a Shelter Dog Month


• Cats will always think they rule the household. And that’s because they usually do.
• You can’t fight cat hair, you just have to accept it as part of your life.
• Cats have no concept of privacy and will insist on following you to the bathroom.
• If you don’t let them in, they will yowl outside the door; if you do let them in, they will yowl to be let out.
• Cats will want to eat whatever you’re eating, even if they don’t like it.
• Cats only seem to be awake between the hours of 5 and 7 am.
• They usually like to sleep where you are most likely to trip over them and fall to your death.
• Cats do not see feet as part of you, but as a separate creature … which needs to die.
• Despite being comparatively small, cats take up well over 50% of a bed. Or they will insist on sleeping directly on your face.
• When cats show you their bellies, there is a 50% chance they want it tickled … and a 50% chance they will bite your hand off if you touch them.
– Adapted from BuzzFeed.com

My kid’s school called to surrender …

Fast-food chain Arby’s took its name from the initials ‘R’ and ‘B’. What do they stand for?
a. Roast Beef.
b. Raffel Brothers. [CORRECT]
c. Red Blood.
– Wikipedia.org

☎ It’s “Work From Home Week”. What are the advantages and disadvantages of working at home?

Question: A typical woman spends 40 minutes more per day doing THIS than an average man.
Answer: Working.

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

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