Thursday, September 10, 2015         Edition: #5535

Sweet Sheet!

★ Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting and Sofia Vergara have been named Highest Paid TV Actresses in a new “Forbes” list. “The Big Bang Theory” and “Modern Family” stars have snagged an estimated $28.5 million apiece over the past year. Vergara has topped the list the past 4 years and now Cuoco-Sweeting joins her after negotiating a $1 million-per-episode deal last year. Vergara’s “Modern Family” stepdaughter Julie Bowen comes in 3rd, while both Deschanel sisters, Zooey and Emily, make the Top 15, as do Pauley Perrette, Robin Wright, Ellen Pompeo and Mariska Hargitay.
★ 50 Cent has been hit with a lawsuit from author Larry Johnson, who accuses the rapper of copying his novel and turning the story into the TV series “Power”. Johnson claims he sent Fiddy’s work associate Nikki Turner a manuscript of his book “Tribulation Of a Ghetto Kid” while he was looking for a publisher. He alleges there are a number of similarities between the book and the TV drama about a drug dealer trying to become a legitimate businessman. The writer is demanding $200 million from the rapper, who produces the show and has a recurring role.
★ And Bruno Mars has been asked for an encore. The “Uptown Funk” singer performed at the 2014 Super Bowl and impressed so much that he’s been asked back for Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara CA next year. He’ll reportedly perform as well as curate a lineup of special guests. Bruno’s performance with Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2014 attracted over 115 million viewers, the most-watched halftime show ever until that record was beaten by Katy Perry this year.
– “Entertainment Weekly”

• Bestival (Isle of Wight UK) – The annual 4-day rock fest at Robin Hill features Chemical Bros, Duran Duran, Missy Elliott, and Tame Impala among others.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – P!nk (“Ellen” theme song “Today’s the Day”).
• “Guinness World Records” – The 2016 edition is being published worldwide today.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – MuteMath (“Vitals”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – A Place to Bury Strangers (“Transfixiation”).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Panic! at the Disco (“Hallelujah”).
• “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global) – Toby Keith (he & Stephen have a long history that includes 4 appearances on “The Colbert Report”, the Christmas special, and the show’s finalé).
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Steven Tyler (“Love Is Your Name”).
• Lockn’ Festival (Arrington VA) – This year the 4-day jam-based festival includes Phil Lesh & Friends, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Widespread Panic and many others.
• “NFL Kickoff 2015” (NBC) – The 96th season gets underway with a concert in San Francisco CA featuring Ellie Goulding and Train, followed by the season-opening Pittsburgh Steelers @ New England Patriots game.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Carrie Underwood (“Storyteller”, out October 23rd).
• Toronto International Film Festival (Toronto ON) – The 40th edition reels through September 20th. This year’s slate includes a slew of music-themed documentaries: “The Reflektor Tapes” about Arcade Fire; the Janis Joplin bio “Janis: Little Girl Blue”; and “Miss Sharon Jones!”, about the R&B queen’s battle with cancer.
• “Under the Dome” (CBS/Global) – The 3rd-season and series finalé. The dome is coming down, and the Resistance will make a final attempt to protect the outside world from the infected townspeople of Chester’s Mill.
• “Wendy Williams” (syndicated) – Mary J Blige (“The London Sessions”). Rerun.

• Garth Brooks / Trisha Yearwood – Today they’re enshrined on the Nashville Walk of Fame on Nashville TN’s famous Music Mile, which already features more than 60 other markers for country music stars.
• Hozier – Tonight he begins a new slate of North American tour dates in St Paul MN. Gigs are slotted through October 23rd in Berkeley CA, after which he’ll head Down Under for an Australian tour.
• Justin Bieber – The 21-year-old’s new single “What Do You Mean?” has debuted at #1 on the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ chart, making him the youngest male artist to ever have a track debut at the top. It’s Bieber’s first #1; “Baby” peaked out at #2 in 2012.
• Norah Jones – She’s the mystery buyer of Brooklyn NY’s $6.25 million “Eat, Pray, Love” house, an old carriage house that featured in the film adaptation of the best-seller. Jones bought it in May under the guise of an LLC. It’s only now revealed that she’s the new owner.
• OMI – Another ranking of Song Of the Summer picks “Cheerleader”. According to the “Billboard” charts, the Jamaican’s infectious electro-ska ditty dominated this season. German producer Felix Jaehn re-mixed the 2012 reggae tune to make it a hit.
• Sam Smith – He’s received “GQ” magazine’s ‘Solo Artist Of the Year Award’. He was presented with the honor this week at a gala at the Royal Opera House in London, hosted by actor Samuel L Jackson.
• Thomas Rhett – He’s playing AT&T Stadium in Arlington TX, home of the Dallas Cowboys, on September 23rd in an event dubbed “Tangled Up in Texas”. It heralds the release of his new album “Tangled Up” (September 25th) and features an attempt at a world record for the largest game of Twister.
• The Who – They’ve postponed some dates of “The Who Hits 50!” tour to allow singer Roger Daltrey time to recover from an unspecified virus. Based on doctor’s orders, the first 4 gigs of the North American leg are being delayed, beginning with next Monday’s date in San Diego CA.

A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “Baby Driver” – Jamie Foxx is being tipped to star alongside Lily James in this story about a young driver who’s forced into working for a crime boss. Details about his exact role are being kept under wraps, but the 47-year-old actor-singer has reportedly been in negotiations with the film’s director, “Ant-Man” filmmaker Edgar Wright. Shooting is expected to begin later this year.
• ‘John Gotti Bio-Film’ – “Entourage” star Kevin Connolly has signed on to direct a stalled biopic about the infamous NYC mob boss starring John Travolta. Connolly is making his feature film directing debut after helming “Entourage” TV episodes and the hockey documentary “Big Shot”.
Travolta signed on for the film in 2011 and is still believed to be involved.
• “Mortal Kombat” – 38-year-old Australian filmmaker James Wan (“Furious 7”) is set to produce the new reboot based on the popular videogame series. It was first adapted to the silver screen in 1995, which spawned the 1997 sequel “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation” and the 1998 TV series “Mortal Kombat: Conquest”.
• “A Street Cat Named Bob” – The heart-warming story of a cat named Bob and his owner James Bowen, which has already spawned a series of 6 best-selling books, is being turned into a major film. The original 2012 book sold more than a million copies in the UK alone and helped former busker Bowen turn his life around. Work on the film adaptation begins in October.
• ‘Untitled Christopher Nolan Movie’ – The acclaimed director’s next movie is coming July 21, 2017. It’s his first feature film since “Interstellar”, which opened last November and generated worldwide box office over $670 million. Warner Bros film studio has all rights to the new project but has given no further details.

Continuing its seeming quest to dominate every aspect of consumer life, Amazon has turned itself into a food-delivery service, starting in Seattle WA this week. The online retailer is testing restaurant delivery in select areas of its hometown for members of its Prime Now service. It offers 1-hour delivery on orders for $7.99 or 2-hour delivery for free. The service, primarily available in downtown Seattle for now, leverages Prime Now’s existing delivery infrastructure to bring food orders from restaurants to customers. Using an app, customers are able to browse menus and place orders with dozens of participating local eateries. (What would you like to have delivered to your door that currently isn’t available?)
– “USA Today”

The best countries for older people to live in according to the Global AgeWatch Index, based on income, health, education, employment, and the enabling environment …
5. Canada
4. Germany
3. Sweden
2. Norway
1. Switzerland
(USA ranks #9; UK #10; Afghanistan pulls up last at #96.)

There have long been whispers of a cancer connection from cellphones and new research claims to back that up. A meta-study (basically a study of hundreds of other studies) by Dr Igor Yakymenko of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine reveals that radiofrequency from phones can damage DNA and cause a variety of health problems such as cancer, headaches, fatigue, even skin problems. For example, using a phone for 1 hour a day for 4 years ups the risk of some types of tumors by 3-to-5 times. So why aren’t we hearing about this? Cellphone-induced health problems can take up to 30 years to develop, Yakymenko says. To minimize your risk, try to use your cellphone less and go hands-free whenever possible. (If you wait long enough everything that’s good for you will be bad for you … and vice versa.)

A bang on the head can theoretically cause a bald spot.
– BBC News


1949 [66] Bill O’Reilly, NYC, right-wing conservative TV personality (“The O’Reilly Factor”)/author (“Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot”)

1950 [65] Joe Perry, Lawrence MA, rock guitarist (Aerosmith-“I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing”, “Dream On”)

1960 [55] Colin Firth, Grayshott UK, movie actor (“The King’s Speech”, “Mamma Mia!”)/Hollywood Walk of Fame (2011)

1966 [49] Stevie D, Chicago IL, rock guitarist (Buckcherry-“Gluttony”, “Crazy Bitch”)

1968 [47] Guy Ritchie, Hatfield UK, movie director (“The Man from UNCLE”, “Sherlock Holmes” films)  COMING UP: “Knights Of the Roundtable: King Arthur” (2016).

1974 [41] Ryan Phillippe (FIL-uh-pee), New Castle DE, movie actor (“The Lincoln Lawyer”, “Crash”)/ex-Mr Reese Witherspoon (1999-2007)

1984 [31] Matthew Followill, Oklahoma City OK, rock guitarist (Kings of Leon-“Use Somebody”, “Sex on Fire”)

1986 [29] Ashley Monroe, Knoxville TN, country singer (Pistol Annies-“Hush Hush”, “Hell on Heels”)

• “Day Of the Working Parent”, observed annually on the 2nd Thursday of September to salute those who have a constant juggling act trying to balance work and home lives.

• “International Make Up Day”, but it’s nothing to do with face paint. If there’s someone you’re estranged from, this is an excuse to talk to them to see if the relationship can be salvaged.

• “Make Your Bed Day”, an annual observance encouraging us to make tidying up the bedroom part of our daily routine. A recent study has found that those who make their beds daily describe themselves as happier overall than those who don’t.

• “Sewing Machine Day”, on the date that the sewing machine was patented in 1846. The first sewing machines were actually made in France in the 1830s. (What’s the ugliest thing mom ever whipped up on hers for you to wear?)

• “Swap Ideas Day”, because bouncing ideas off people is great for getting those creative juices flowing. Today you’re encouraged to trade ideas with others, to foster a sense of teamwork.

• “World Suicide Prevention Day”, the 11th annual as declared by the International Association for Suicide Prevention. The idea is to raise awareness of one of our biggest killers.

2000 [15] Halle Berry wins an Emmy Award for ‘Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie’ for her portrayal of actress Dorothy Dandridge in HBO’s “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge”

1991 [24] Nirvana’s landmark track “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is released as a single

2012 [03] At the US Open, Andy Murray of the UK wins Men’s Singles, becoming the 1st Brit to win a Grand Slam singles title since Fred Perry 76 years previously

2008 [07] The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particle accelerator, ‘Biggest Scientific Experiment in History’, is powered up beneath Geneva, Switzerland (leads to the ‘god particle’)

[Fri] Riot Fest begins (Chicago IL)
[Fri] 9/11 Remembrance Day
[Sat] “Johnny Cash: American Rebel” premieres (CMT)
[Sun] Miss America 2016 (Atlantic City NJ)
[Sun] Grandparents Day
[Sun] Pet Memorial Day
This Week Is … Housekeepers Week
This month Is … Prostate Cancer Awareness Month


A quickie review of the various kinds of Facebook ‘likes’ …
✓ The Obligation Like – You ‘liked’ my baby/cat/dinner pic so I am returning the favor by liking yours.
✓ The Duty Like – Dutifully ‘liking’ everything your close friends and family post.
✓ The Tactical Like – You ‘like’ them because you want them to ‘like’ your stuff back.
✓ The Look at Me Like – You want to remind them of your existence.
✓ The Sympathy Like – A ‘like’ given out of kindness when someone posts a really bad selfie.
✓ The Try to Look Smart Like – ‘Liking’ a highbrow article without even reading it.
✓ The Try To Look Cool Like – ‘Liking’ a song someone is listening to in an attempt to look cool when really you have no idea what it is or who it’s by.
✓ The Support Like – You ‘like’ the Feline Fridge Magnets page without even looking at it because a friend asked you to.
✓ The No Hard Feelings Like – When you ‘like’ somebody’s status to show you have ended the drama after a previous Facebook debate.
✓ The Sheep Like – You ‘like’ it because 62 people who already ‘like’ it cannot be wrong.
– Adapted from

☎ What’s your all-time favorite cover song?

According to a poll only 29% of couples agree on which?
a. Politics. [CORRECT]
b. Sex.
c. Laundry.

What do cannibals eat? Baked beings.

Question: A new study says the average person has 3 of THESE right now.
Answer: Past-due bills.

Wise men talk because they have something to say. Fools talk because they have to say

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