Thursday, September 14, 2017        Edition: #6055

Tomorrow’s Show Prep Today!

★  J.J. Abrams will step in as director of ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ after Colin Trevorrow parted ways with the project last week, Disney has announced.  Abrams directed and produced “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in 2015. He is also serving as an executive producer on the upcoming film “The Last Jedi,” out this December.  Abrams, who will also co-write ‘Episode IX’, recently produced ‘Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation’, ‘10 Cloverfield Lane’, and ‘Star Trek Beyond’.
★ Mark Hamill reports that he has a ”pretty nice” Beatles memorabilia collection. The ‘Star Wars’ legend, who played Luke Skywalker, and is expected to have a pivotal role in the upcoming instalment ‘The Last Jedi,’  says he is constantly approached by fans who want to tell him about their extensive collection of items from George Lucas’ universe.   Hamill says he can understand the urge to collect because he has purchased countless items inspired by The Fab Four.  He says of his collection: “That was my ‘Star Wars’.”
(George Lucas, George Martin…what’s the diff?)
★ Daniel Dae Kim is now set to play Major Ben Daimio in ‘Hellboy: Rise Of The Blood Queen’. The Korean-American actor’s casting comes two weeks after Ed Skrein stepped down from the lead role in the reboot following outcry that the character was being ‘whitewashed.’ In Mike Mignola’s comic version of the movie, Daimio’s Asian-American heritage is a central point to the character’s backstory. Dae Kim, best known as Detective Chin Ho Kelly on CBS’s Hawaii Five-0 reboot, was born in South Korea.
★ Russell Brand hopes to be friends with his ex-wife Katy Perry at some point in the future, calling her an “extraordinary woman”.  Brand and Perry split up in October 2012, just 14 months after they married.  The reasons for the breakdown of their marriage were never revealed but Russell says the “very trivial” nature of their split makes him hopeful that they can get back onto good terms some day.
(Very trivial to YOU, Russell…)
★ When ‘The Walking Dead’ returns for its eighth season next month, fans will be expecting a huge shift of tone from season 7.  That season saw a lot of criticism for being very dark and violent, but when it came to the finale, lines were drawn and the foundations were laid out for the infamous comic book story arc known as ‘All Out War’.  ‘The Walking Dead’ returns on Sunday, October 22 in the US and Monday, October 23 in the UK.
(With a title like ‘All Out War’, I’ve got a feeling that it may still be fairly violent!)
★  Roger Moore’s daughter Deborah has revealed the Bond star’s heartbreaking final diary entries written just weeks before his death. She says while reading the diaries, she laughed at his naughty jokes, showbiz stories and self-deprecating anecdotes about becoming “an old fart”.  But then she reached the final chapter and saw Moore’s heart-rending admission that he was scared of death, of joining his mates “in the great cutting room in the sky”. Just weeks after he wrote those lines, 007 legend Sir Roger Moore lost his short battle with cancer, at the age of 89.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Stephen Colbert, Nina Dobrev, Dustin Lynch
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Jake Gyllenhaal, Dr. Jane Goodall, Yo Gotti featuring Nicki Minaj
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Jennifer Lawrence, Caitriona Balfe, Ezra Klein, Elaine Bradley
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Steve Harvey, Jenna Fischer, Prettymuch
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Katy Tur, Taylor Tomlinson
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Seth MacFarlane, Martha Stewart
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): 25th Anniversary of “Sister Act”
• “The Talk” (CBS): Dr. Phil McGraw, guest co-host Wilmer Valderrama
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Ice-T
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Jessica Biel, Kym Douglas, Lonzo & LaVar Ball
• “Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC): Battles include Paula Deen versus Carson Kressley and Rico Rodriguez versus Jaleel White
• “American Ninja Warrior” (NBC): “Denver City Finals” The top competitors battle one more time before the national finals in Las Vegas.

• Bruno Mars – is bringing that 24k Magic to Apollo Theater for his first TV special.  He’s been filming some sequences this week.  ‘24K Magic Live at the Apollo’ will air on Wednesday, Nov. 29 on CBS.
• Lady Gaga – has urged Madonna to “push me up against a wall and kiss me” to quash their long-running feud. In her new biopic ‘Gaga: Five Foot Two’, she opens up about many aspects of her life, including her desire to put the rivalry with Madonna behind her.
•  The Weeknd – he and his girlfriend Selena Gomez have reportedly moved in together. The pair, who started dating in January, are believed to be living together in a lavish apartment in New York City’s Greenwich Village.
• Rod Stewart – has promised to change his hairstyle if Celtic progress in the Champions League. Sir Rod is a life-long supporter of the Scottish soccer team, and he suggests he may alter his trademark spiky cut if the team progresses to the next stage of the tournament.
• KISS – Original members Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley will reunite onstage for the first time in 16 years when Frehley joins Simmons’ solo band for a performance at ‘The Children Matter Benefit Concert’ at CHS Field Stadium in St. Paul, MN on September 20 in support of victims of Hurricane Harvey.  The pair recently reported they’ve been writing together.
• Abba – Their Virtual Reality tour is shaping up to take place in 2019. The Swedish pop superstars split up in 1982 and have never reunited, but Benny Andersson has confirmed they’ll be back in digital form, at least.
• Mel B – has been accused of intimidating a witness who was prepared to testify against her in her bitter divorce war with Stephen Belafonte, and police have opened a felony investigation. Rapper Siya filed a police report Monday, claiming Mel B sent her texts last Saturday threatening her if Siya dared testify against her.
• Craig Morgan – the country star, Army veteran and television host can now add another title to his resume: business owner. He will soon open ‘Gallery at Morgan Farms’ in Dickson, Tenn.  The store will sell “products from reclaimed, re-purposed, and recycled materials.” Morgan began work on the business as a way to deal with the death of his 19-year-old son, Jerry Greer, last year.
• Kenny Chesney – has launched the ‘Love for Love City Foundation’ to support Hurricane Irma disaster relief for the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.  Chesney was not at his home in St. John when the hurricane devastated the region, but he did offer shelter to approximately 20 people and their pets to ride out the storm.

The love lives of red-haired British men are being improved thanks to a phenomenon linked to a certain red-headed musician, a study has revealed. The ‘Ed Sheeran effect’ may be helping to turn around the love fortunes of long-suffering ginger men.  A new poll reveals that red-headed men  are getting more attention from women since Sheeran’s rise to superstardom.  The research found that one in five men with red hair in the age group 25-34 have been getting more sexual attention from the opposite sex.  Similarly, it was also found that a third of women polled said that their opinion of ginger males had improved since Sheeran’s rise to fame.  Ginger men also report that they have been on the receiving end of fewer jokes about their hair color.
(It’s funny that Conan O’Brien never had that same effect!)
(That’s great and all, but red hair or not….is Ed a good lookin’ guy?)
-NY Post, NME

If you are more than a little sick of brown-bagging your lunch at work every day, or if the thought of the cafeteria menu or the vending machine just about turn your stomach, here is what you could be having…if you went to the same school as four year-old Prince George.  At ‘Thomas’s Battersea’, where young George started school last week, you probably wouldn’t be able to find a chicken nugget anywhere.  The school’s menu works in a three-week cycle that offers lighter or more filling choices depending on the weather, with meals organized by a dietician.  Here is an example:
☼ Early in the school day, students enjoy a mid-morning snack, often consisting of a piece of fruit, organic milk or water and freshly baked fruit bread.
☼ A few hours later, children have the chance to create their own lunches. Not only is there a salad bar every day, but all the soups are freshly made. And when it comes to the main course, the menu lists lamb ragout with garlic and fresh herbs; turkey and ham pie topped with puff pastry; and a fresh-baked mozzarella, basil and tomato panini.  Each meal is also balanced with a fruit, vegetable and pasta, rice or quinoa.
☼ A fish or vegetarian meal, like salmon with a salsa verde or a chick pea, spinach, and sweet potato curry, are always an option as well.
☼ When it comes to dessert, favorites include Portuguese egg custard tarts with strawberries, steamed jam and coconut sponge cake with organic custard, and oven-baked oatmeal and raisin cookies served with banana milkshakes. And fresh fruit platters and yogurt are always on-hand as alternatives.
(Didn’t his parents say they wanted his school life to be ‘as normal as possible’?)
(That beats the heck out of the apple bowl they passed around once a week at my school!)
(The good thing about this is that when they feed you at school, he’ll never get beaten up for his lunch money!)

✗ These thieves must have had quite a jolt when they discovered their ill-gotten bounty.  Police say that a stolen SUV and attached U-Haul trailer were taken from outside an Albuquerque, NM hotel.  The owner of the vehicle and his wife were in the midst of taking the body of her father from Oklahoma to bury him in New Mexico when the trailer containing the body was taken along with the vehicle.  The still -occupied casket was later found in the vicinity.
(The don’t call them ‘U-Haul’ for nothin’!)
(Invasion of the body-snatchers?)


1947 [70] (Nigel) Sam Neill, Omagh, Northern Ireland, movie actor (“Jurassic Park”, “The Piano”)/TV actor (“Crusoe” 2008-10, “The Tudors” 2007-08)

1958 [59] Terry Dubrow, Los Angeles CA, Doctor (co-host of “Botched” since 2014)

1973 [44] Andrew Lincoln, London England, TV actor (‘Rick Grimes’ on “The Walking Dead” since 2010)

1973 [44] Nas (Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones), Queens NY, rapper (“Got Ur Self A …”, “Street Dreams”)/married to recording artist Kelis 2005-09

1999 [18] Emma Kenney, Manhattan NY, TV actress (‘Debbie’ on the American “Shameless” since 2011)

• “Cream-Filled Donut Day” … a holiday for cops? The most popular cream-filled donuts are chocolate cream and vanilla cream.  (Why eat a regular donut when you can replace the empty space of the hole with delicious cream…or jelly….for the same price??)

• “Eat a Hoagie Day”, celebrating the super-sized sandwich also known as a sub, grinder, hero, Italian sandwich, po’ boy, wedge, zeppelin, or torpedo. What’s the best combo?

• “National Coloring Day”, not to be confused with National Coloring Book Day, which is observed in August.  National Coloring Day is a special day for young and old alike. Coloring can be done just about anywhere and is affordable, too. Today is about adding a splash of color to your life, with or without coloring books. And if you are feeling extra adventurous, you can even color outside the lines, too!

• “Live Creative Day”, take the time to invent, discover and dream.  Infusing creativity in our lives through a variety a media from painting and graphic art to music and gardening all have an impact on our lives. (The only thing I’m capable of creating is an excuse!)

• “World Hearing Voices Day”, celebrating 25 years of the Hearing Voices Movement for those who receive advice, encouragement, and even laughter from others … who aren’t really there.
Something tells me you should visit their website:

[Fri] Day
[Fri] Greenpeace Day
[Fri] National Caregivers Day
[Sat] Eat an Apple Day
[Sat] Mayflower Day
[Sat] International Coastal Cleanup Day

1982 [35] Hollywood star and real-life Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly dies in an auto accident near Monte Carlo at age 52

2009 [08] Movie actor Patrick Swayze (“Dirty Dancing”) dies in Los Angeles at age 57 after a long battle with cancer

2009 [08] The short-lived primetime “Jay Leno Show” premieres on NBC-TV

2002 [15] No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani weds Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale in London UK (they divorce in 2016)

2013 [04] Singer-songwriter John Legend weds model Chrissy Teigen at Villa Pizzo in Lake Como, Italy

1984 [33] Dan Aykroyd & Bette Midler host the 1st “MTV Video Music Awards” at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall (The Cars win ‘Best Video’ for “You Might Think”)

1987 [30] ‘Largest-Ever Newspaper Edition’ as the Sunday “New York Times” features 1,612 pages and weighs in at a whopping 12 lbs/5.4 kg (paper carriers use forklifts for delivery)

2003 [14] Brandi Carbee & Natalie Svenvold of Bellingham, Washington set a new world record with 75 continuous hours of ‘teeter-tottering’ (a.k.a. ‘see-sawing’)


✓ Believing you’ve slept well, even if you haven’t, improves performance.
✓ Workaholics generally get less work done because they take on too much work and tend to be disorganized.
✓ That ‘old person smell’ is actually caused by a chemical, called 2-nonenal, that older people secrete through their skin.
✓ If your name is easy to pronounce, people will favor you more.
✓ If your last name is closer to the end of the alphabet, you’re more likely to be an impulse spender.
✓ If you’ve got an itch in your throat, scratch your ear.

✗ Doesn’t laugh when you give yourself ketchup sideburns.
✗ Lunges at you several times with a steak knife.
✗ Checks her cell and says, “Whoa, it’s 8:15 already!”
✗ Doesn’t even finish her Whopper.
✗ It’s been 4 hours since she left for the little girls’ room.
✗ As you drop her off, she says “Do me a favor … next time call a different escort service.”

☎ My dog destroyed it.  Do tell.

First, the doctor told me the GOOD news.  I was going to have a disease named after me…

Question:  A whopping 89% of people have never used these. What?
Answer:  Frequent flyer miles

Judge people by what they are, not where they are.

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