Thursday, September 25, 2014        Edition: #5313

Sheet For Brains!

★ Today increasingly weird actor Shia Labeouf is participating in a one-off ‘performance art’ piece in which he’ll … run around the perimeter of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Holland. Fans are invited to join in. The project is a collaboration with artists Nastja Sade Ronkko and Luke Turner, who previously worked on Labeouf’s #IAmSorry installation in Los Angeles. That’s the one where he wore a paper bag emblazoned with the words ‘I Am Not Famous Anymore’ over his head.
★ After months of rumors, speculation, and a drip-feed of actual information, we finally have  some solid intel on what to expect from Season 2 of “True Detective” on HBO. Filming is set to begin in October, with Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn now confirmed as the most high profile stars. A new press release says the plot will revolve around ‘a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him’. Still no word if Taylor Kitsch, Elisabeth Moss, or Rachel McAdams are joining the cast however.
★ And it’s nice to know Steven Soderbergh isn’t spending his retirement sitting around watching “Sex, Lies and Videotape” or “Out of Sight” on DVD. The acclaimed director has surprised film fans with a website posting of a re-cut version of Steven Spielberg’s “Indiana Jones: Raiders Of the Lost Ark” … turning it into a black-and-white silent movie. A footnote says the project is for ‘educational purposes only’, intended to highlight the importance of ‘staging’.

• CMT on Tour – Kip Moore headlines the 2014 Country Music Television trek, subtitled “Up in Smoke”, as it kicks off tonight in NYC and moves on to more than 20 cities through November, ending in Boston MA on November 21st. Charlie Worsham and Sam Hunt are the opening acts.
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Norah Jones (“Little Broken Hearts”).
• “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC) – 11th season premiere.
• “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC) – Series debut of Shonda Rhimes’ new legal drama starring Viola Davis as a law professor trying to solve a murder mystery.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – The Script (“No Sound Without Silence”, out September 30th).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – The Birds of Satan (“The Birds of Satan”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – A performance from Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson ONE”.
• “Scandal” (ABC) – Season 4 debut.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – John Mellencamp (“Plain Spoken”).
• “Wendy Williams” (syndicated) – Jennifer Hudson (“JHUD”).

• Black Eyed Peas – has amazed a tech innovations convention in Indianapolis IN by performing an entire DJ set using a smartwatch that he’s launching. He assured the audience at Connections 2014 that the device controlling his DJ decks was not linked to a smartphone.
• Britney Spears – She’s unveiled her ‘Intimate Britney Spears Lingerie’ collection at the Café Royal Hotel in London UK. Quote: “I’d love to see Kate (Middleton) in my underwear designs.” So she’s purportedly sending the Duchess of Cambridge one of every piece.
• 5 Seconds Of Summer – Michael Clifford has revealed that screaming and other noise at shows and appearances have affected his hearing. The Australian singer-guitarist tells “Billboard” a recent check-up shows he’s lost ability to hear high-pitched tones in the right ear.
• Jessie J – The 26-year-old pop singer tells “Daily Star” leaked nude photos are just a side effect of being famous and she can’t wait for hers to hit the ‘net. Quote: “‘There’s a bad girl in every good girl. I’m human and every single woman in this industry is in a long distance relationship so sometimes you gotta throw things down to keep your man.”
• Journey – They’ve wrapped up a joint Summer tour with the Steve Miller Band … but someone is still trying to sell tickets for phantom gigs through the end of the year. The classic rockers have posted warnings on social media not to buy the phony tickets.
• Kacey Musgraves – Tonight in  in Tulsa OK  she begins a brief 10-day Fall tour dubbed “Same Tour Different Trailer”. The schedule winds down October 19th in Savannah GA.
• Keith Urban – This morning at 9 am EDT his new video for “Somewhere In My Car” debuts at before being posted on VEVO.
• Pharrell Williams – He’s expanding his fashion empire by  teaming with French brand Moynat to create a new line of leather pouches, scarves, and bags that are shaped like trains and printed with a railroad-themed motif. The ‘Train Bag’ will cost over $4,100.
• Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters – Tonight they start off a Fall tour in Port Chester NY, with dates slotted up until October 7th in Los Angeles. The tour is in support of the new album, “lullaby and … The Ceaseless Roar”.

A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “The Great Wall” – Former “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston and his “Contagion” co-star Matt Damon are in talks to reunite for this new project from Chinese director Zhang Yimou. The mystery thriller centers around the construction of the Great Wall of China. The script has been penned by Tony Gilroy, the writer behind the ‘Bourne’ action series, in which Damon starred.
• “Magic Mike XXL” – Johnny Depp’s 28-year-old fiancée Amber Heard, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Andie McDowell are set for this sequel to the 2012 Steven Soderbergh dramedy. They’ll  join returning stars Channing Tatum and Matt Bomer, but not Matthew McConaughey, who’s moved on. The 2015 sequel is a road trip story about 3 male strippers going to a convention.
• “The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials” – A sequel to first-week film “The Maze Runner” ($83 million and counting) has already been announced for September 18, 2015. And there’s potential for more “Maze Runners” beyond that as author James Dashner has also penned another sequel, “The Death Cure”, that could be adapted for the bigscreen at a future date.
• “The 9th Life of Louis Drax” – Former “Breaking Bad” actor Aaron Paul is set to co-star with Jamie Dornan in this 2015 thriller based on Liz Jensen’s best-seller. Paul plays the father of a young boy who has suffered a near-fatal fall. As a psychologist begins working with the lad, he finds himself drawn into a mystery that tests the boundaries of fantasy and reality.
• “X-Men: Apocalypse” – Bryan Singer has closed a deal to direct another installment of this sci-fi series, and he’s also co-writing the script which is set in the 1980s. He says the next film, which is expected to feature cast members Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and James McAvoy, is the ‘most destructive’ movie in the franchise. It debuts May 27, 2016.

Baseball is a game with no clock. Theoretically, it can go on forever. But time catches up to all of us in the end … even 40-year-old Derek Jeter, who’s been a  New York Yankees institution since May 29, 1995. The last days of ‘The Captain’ are upon us, his final game at home in NYC’s Yankee Stadium tonight, followed by 3 games at Boston’s Fenway Park on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. And then, poof, he disappears. Jeter’s devoted fans have been savoring his long goodbye. A full-house 48,110 attended ‘Derek Jeter Day’ at Yankee Stadium on September 7th. (Where’s he place on the list of all-time baseball greats?)
– Adapted from

A new ranking of the mega-millionaires of rap based on total earnings over the past year …
1. Dr Dre … $620 million (thanks to selling Beats to Apple).
2. Jay Z / Diddy (tie) … $60 million.
4. Drake … $33 million.
5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis … $32 million.
6. Kanye West … $30 million.
7. Birdman (Cash Money Records co-founder) … $24 million.
8. Lil Wayne … $23 million.
9. Pharrell Williams … $22 million.
10. Eminem … $18 million.
– “Forbes Magazine”

Move over pumpkin spice latte, there’s a new coffee in town … and it tastes like beer. That’s right, Starbucks is testing out a new latte that tastes like stout beer. Or a pint of Guinness to be more precise. The coffee chain is currently pilot-testing ‘Dark Barrel Latte’ in select outlets. It’s described as a blend of espresso, chocolate stout-flavored syrup, and steamed milk, all topped with whipped cream and a dark caramel sauce. Be assured that the new drink, which can also be made as a frozen Frappuccino, is alcohol-free. (Just as well if it’s being served at their drive-thru.)
– “NY Daily News”

If you want to look presentable without sacrificing comfort, a new ‘onesie’ is sure to suit your fancy. ‘The Suitsy’, created by San Francisco CA real estate developer Jesse Herzog, resembles a business suit, complete with dress pants, a faux button-down shirt, and a jacket. However, it can be put on with a single zip; no folding, tucking, or buttoning required. Herzog claims it makes you appear professional but feels like you’re wearing pajamas. The Suitsy is currently looking for votes on Betabrand, an apparel crowdfunding platform. The number of votes will determine if Betabrand brings it to the masses. (About as believable as the tux T-shirt that’s been around for decades.)
– “Metro”

• Every 2 minutes we take more pictures than all of humanity did in the 19th century.
• Cleopatra lived closer to the invention of the phone than she did to the building of the Great Pyramid.


1929 [85] Barbara Walters, Boston MA, newly retired TV personality (“The View” 1997-2014, “20/20” 1978-2004)/1st female network news anchor (“ABC Evening News” 1976-78)/TV Hall of Fame (1990)

1944 [70] Michael Douglas, New Brunswick NJ, movie actor (“Wall Street” movies, “Traffic”)/TV actor (2013 Emmy for “Behind the Candelabra”)/Mr Catherine Zeta-Jones since 2000

1951 [63] Mark Hamill, Oakland CA, movie actor (‘Luke Skywalker’ in the original “Star Wars” trilogy)  COMING UP: “Star Wars” Episode VII”, now shooting in England.

1958 [56] Michael Madsen, Chicago IL, movie actor (“Sin City”, “Kill Bill”)  UP NEXT: Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” (2015).

1968 [46] Will Smith, Philadelphia PA, movie actor (“Hancock”, “Men In Black” films)/sometime rapper (“Switch”, “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It”)/Mr Jada Pinkett since 1997

1969 [45] Catherine Zeta-Jones, Swansea, Wales, movie actress (“Rock of Ages”, “Chicago”)/Mrs Michael Douglas since 2000 (she’s 25 years younger)

1980 [34] TI (Clifford Harris Jr), Atlanta GA, rapper-producer (“No Mediocre” f/Iggy Azalea, “Live Your Life”)/movie actor (“Fast & Furious”, “American Gangster”)/ex-con

• “Comic Book Day”, honoring the books you ‘read’ by looking at pictures.

• “One-Hit Wonder Day”, honoring artists who made it big only once before fading into obscurity. There’s nothing like a one-hit wonder to zap some spice into the bland regimen of playlist radio.

• “Psychotherapy Day”, the 3rd annual when therapists, clients, and therapy advocates unite to promote the profession, fight stigma, educate the public, and draw attention to the needs of community mental health centers.

• “RAINN Day”, observed on the 4th Thursday of September to raise awareness of sexual violence on college campuses.

• “Teach Ag Day”, an initiative to bring attention to the career of agricultural education and support current agriculture teachers.

• “World Pharmacists Day”, recognizing the role of the pharmacist in improving health in every corner of the world. Here’s to the drug pushers!

1964 [50] “Mary Poppins”, starring Julie Andrews as the magical nanny that wins her an Oscar, opens in wide release in movie theaters

1980 [34] Led Zeppelin drummer John ‘Bonzo’ Bonham is found dead at age 32 from asphyxiation on his own vomit after drinking 40 shots of vodka on the eve of the band’s US tour

1974 [40] Scientists 1st report Freon gas from aerosol spray cans is destroying the ozone layer (it’s banned in 1978)

1965 [49] 60-year-old Satchel Paige becomes the oldest-ever Major League Baseball player (pitches 3 scoreless innings for Kansas City)

[Fri] “The Boxtrolls”; “The Equalizer” open in movie theaters
[Fri] “The Amazing Race”; ” Blue Bloods”; “Hawaii Five-O” season debuts (CBS)
[Fri] Save the Koala Day
[Fri] World Contraception Day
[Sat] Global Citizens Festival (NYC)
[Sat] Shindig Music Festival (Baltimore MD)
[Sat] Hunting & Fishing Day
This Week Is … Chimney Safety Week
This Month Is … Be Kind to Editors & Writers Month


Just for a yolk, here’s a look at what how you like your eggs reveals about you …
● Sunny-side up … You are optimistic and easy-going.
● Hard-boiled … You’re a no-nonsense type, quick to form opinions.
● Soft-boiled … You’re gentle, sensitive and neat, but not always easy to please.
● Scrambled … You’re agreeable and steady, go with the flow.
● Over easy … You are very precise and know exactly what you want out of life.
● Poached … You are very orderly and don’t like to see anything out of its place.
● Omelets … You enjoy taking risks.

In golf, 1 under par is a ‘birdie’, 2 under par is an ‘eagle’; so what’s 3 under par called?
a. Albatross. [CORRECT]
b. Whale.
c. Impossible.

☎ Would you rather be a parent or a child?

I have 2020 vision. That’s right, I can see 6 years into the future.

Question: On average, adults do THIS 70 times per day.
Answer: Complain.

It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you place the blame.

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