Thursday, September 29, 2016 – Edition: #5818

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BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Today the mink stole that screen legend Marilyn Monroe wore in the final Marx Brothers movie “Love Happy” is to be sold at auction. The movie icon was a fresh-faced young actress when she landed the walk-on part in the 1949 comedy, but her appearance led to great things. And now the Western Costume Company stole she wore as she walked seductively in front of Groucho Marx is being sold by Nate D Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles. Bidding begins at $20,000.
– WENN.com
★ Internet security firm McAfee has published its annual list of the most dangerous celebrities to search for online in 2016. The new report conducted on various search engines by anti-virus experts finds that Amy Schumer has become the most dangerous famous name as it’s the most often hijacked by hackers to lure people to sites carrying malware. A search for Amy Schumer carries a 16% risk of clicking on a rogue site. Justin Bieber, TV host Carson Daly, Will Smith, and Rihanna also all have a greater than 13% chance of being dangerous.
– ContactMusic.com
★ And 52-year-old actor Brad Pitt skipped an appearance on the red carpet for last night’s premiere of his new IMAX movie “Voyage of Time” due to his recent marriage issues. Praising director Terrence Malick’s work on the movie, Pitt has released a statement explaining he’s currently focused on his family situation and does not want to distract attention away from the film. Pitt narrates the documentary project that chronicles the birth of time.
– “Access Hollywood”

TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Daily Show” (Comedy Central) – Blood Orange (“Freetown Sound”).
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Idina Menzel (“Idina”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Damian Marley (“Set Up Shop, Vol 3″).
• “John Denver: Country Boy” (PBS) – Family, friends, and colleagues recount the private life and public legacy of singer John Denver. Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Summer Cannibals (“Full Of It”).
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/CTV) – Regina Spektor (“Remember Us To Life’, out tomorrow).
• “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global) – Jimmy Eat World (“Bleed American”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Metallica (“Hardwired …to Self-Destruct”).

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Adele – Her 3rd album, “25″, has just been certified Diamond by the RIAA for sales of 10 million units … in less than a year.
• Alessia Cara – Her new Fall tour begins tonight in Silver Spring MD and winds up in Toronto ON on November 2nd. Ruth B (“Lost Boy”) is the opening act.
• Britney Spears – This week she took her Las Vegas show to London, her first full show in the UK in 5 years. She staged a stripped-down version of her residency show “Piece of Me”, performing 23 songs in 90 minutes at the London Roundhouse.
• Chris Young – Tonight in Bakersfield CA he embarks on his new 25-date “I’m Comin’ Over Tour”. Cassadee Pope is the opener. Special guests in September and October are Dan + Shay, with Dustin Lynch coming on board for November and December.
• Florida Georgia Line – Tyler Hubbard says he and his wife have taken a social media break to enjoy a better personal connection. The country star admits he’s been spending far too much time on Instagram and it’s time to do something about his Internet addiction.
• Kaytranada – The newly-crowned Polaris Prize winner (“99.9%”) has landed a major guest for her next album, reclusive former Outkast star Andre 3000. The Haitian-born, Montréal-based singer has confirmed reports the two eccentric artists are working together on new material.
• Phantogram – They’re touring the US and Canada this Fall in support of their latest album “Three”. The tour begins tonight in Las Vegas NV and wends its way cost-to-coast through November 5th.
• Selena Gomez – She’s reportedly checked into a rehab facility after recently cancelling her “Revival” tour. That would seem to confirm the rumor that the tour was axed after a family intervention.
• Sia – Tonight she commences her 1st-ever arena tour, her 1st major outing in 5 years. The “Nostalgic For the Present” tour begins in Seattle WA and wraps up November 6th in Austin TX. Miguel and AlunaGeorge are the openers.

COMING ATTRACTIONS:
A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “Framed” – Julia Roberts has signed on to portray real-life Parent Teacher Association president Kelli Peters, in a movie based on Kelli’s book, “I’ll Get You! Drugs, Lies, and the Terrorizing Of a PTA Mom”. Kelli was a PTA volunteer at her daughter’s elementary school in Orange County CA who became involved in a feud and lawsuit with a fellow parent.
• “In the Heights” – Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”) may appear in the movie adaptation of his first Broadway musical, although it won’t be the lead role of ‘Usnavi’ which he originated. The filmmakers are hoping to get him into another role, either pre-existing or newly written for the film. The creative team aims to begin production in the Spring.
• “Jackie” – Following a successful tour of film festivals around-the-world, including high-profile stops in Venice and Toronto, Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín’s Jacqueline Kennedy biopic has its US premiere set for the 54th New York Film Festival on October 13th. The Natalie Portman-starring biopic’s theater release date has been moved up 1 week to December 2nd.
• “Peter Rabbit” – “Late Late Show” host James Corden and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” actress Daisy Ridley lead the cast of a new live-action/CGI motion project based on children’s author Beatrix Potter’s tale about a mischievous bunny. Australian actress Rose Byrne voices the role of ‘Bea’. The 2018 release is set to start filming next January in Sydney, Australia.
• “Widows” – Viola Davis stars in director Steve McQueen’s upcoming new thriller. The story is based on a 1980s Brit TV series and 2002 mini-series of the same name. It follows 4 armed robbers who are killed during a heist attempt. Davis plays a widow forced to join 3 other women to complete the failed job. It’s McQueen’s first feature since 2014′s “12 Years a Slave”.

CHARITY PUNCH-UP:
The man said to have the ‘Most Punchable Face’ is finally putting it to good use. Martin Shkreli is auctioning off a chance to punch him in the face with proceeds going to the young son of his friend, PR consultant Mike Kulich, who died over the weekend. His 5-year-old son is currently recovering from leukemia. As CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, Shkreli jacked up the price of a drug largely used by people with cancer and AIDS. He was also arrested on securities fraud charges; and infamously paid $2 million for the only copy of a new Wu-Tang Clan album. Shkreli says he’s so far received offers up to $78,000 for one shot at his mug. He also says the winner can film the punch and even get someone else – say, with more arm strength – to do the punching. (Who would you pay to punch?)
– “Huffington Post”

HIGHEST-PAID COMEDIANS 2016:
Based on total income from all sources over the past year …
5. Jeff Dunham … $13.5 million
4. Amy Schumer … 1st woman to crack the list, with $17 million.
3. Terry Fator … $21 million
2. Jerry Seinfeld … $43.5 million
1. Kevin Hart … $87.5 million
– Forbes.com

HAPPY SPOUSE, HAPPY YOU:
If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life … marry a happy person. So say researchers after analyzing data on some 2,000 heterosexual couples over age 50 who’ve regularly completed questionnaires on their health. It turns out that happy partners don’t just rub off on their spouse’s mood, but on their physical health. Those with happy partners are found to be 34% more likely to be healthy themselves, whereas people with unhappy partners are more likely to report worse overall health, less exercise, and more physical impairments. Why? A happy spouse is more likely to have the energy to be a more proactive care-giver; more likely to engage in healthy patterns such as regular exercise and sleep; and less likely to cause their partner the stress and exhaustion of trying to cheer them up. (Aren’t you glad you married ‘Grumpy’?)
– TIME.com

POST-PLEASURE PEEVES:
Women’s most disliked antics of men in the moment after intimacy …
• Talking about an old girlfriend.
• Putting on underwear.
• Jumping up to take a shower.
• Immediately falling asleep.
– Adapted from “Redbook”

A PHOTO FIRST:
“Playboy” magazine has stepped into the debate over Islamic dress and women’s rights by featuring a hijab-clad woman in its pages for the first time. Muslim-American journalist Noor Tagouri appears in the October issue wearing a sexy snarl, black leather jacket and jeans … and a beige head scarf. The magazine claims the 22-year-old reporter, who’s included in “Renegades” issue, makes “a forceful case for modesty”. However, detractors note that Tagouri has a choice whether or not to wear the hijab, while women in many Muslim countries do not. Tagouri, an aspiring on-air reporter, says she’s ignoring the backlash. Quote: “It’s just negative energy and unhealthy.” (Is this tacky or trendy?)
– Slate.com

INSTRUCTIONS FROM A 1930 STEWARDESS MANUAL:
If you’re afraid of flying now, imagine the terror you’d have experienced back in the day …
• “Keep the clock and altimeter wound up.”
• “Carry a railroad timetable in case the plane is grounded.”
• “Warn the passengers against throwing their cigars and cigarettes out the windows.”
• “Keep an eye on passengers when they go to the lavatory to be sure they don’t mistakenly go out the emergency exit.”
– “Sky as Frontier: Adventure, Aviation, and Empire”, by David T Courtwright.

BS AMAZING FACT:
To be served quickest at the supermarket checkout you should follow the shopper with the full shopping cart, not the line of people with just a few things in their baskets.
– “New York Times”

BS CHRONOMETER 9.29.15

TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1948 [68] Bryant Gumbel, New Orleans LA, TV personality (“Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel [HBO] since 2005, “The Early Show” [CBS] 1999-2002, “Today” [NBC] 1982-97)

1955 [61] Gwen Ifill, NYC, TV news anchor (” PBS NewsHour”, “Washington Week”)

1973 [43] Danick Dupelle, Montréal QC, country guitarist-vocalist (Emerson Drive-”Moments”, “Fall Into Me”)

1980 [36] Dallas Green, St Catharines ON, indie-rock singer-songwriter (City & Colour-”Thirst”, “Fragile Bird”)

BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “International Coffee Day”, celebrating one of the world’s favorite beverages. It’s also intended to promote fair trade coffee and to raise awareness of the plight of coffee growers. Today is also “Biscotti Day”, an appropriate accompaniment for any cup of strong coffee.

• “Make a List Of the Top 10 Happiest Days in Your Life Day”, when we’re encouraged to jot down details … while we can still remember.

• “Michaelmas”, the feast day of St Michael the Archangel, the patron saint of exorcists. It’s also known as “Goose Day” in some places, thanks to the old English proverb which says, “If you eat goose on Michaelmas Day, you will never want money all the year round.” In the Middle Ages it celebrated the end of harvest, when laborers were paid for their work with meat, ale, fish, ale, good bread … and ale.

• “World Maritime Day”, an annual observance of the International Maritime Organization. The theme for 2016 is ‘Shipping: Indispensable to the World’.

• “World Heart Day”, a chance for people across the globe to take part in the world’s biggest intervention against cardiovascular disease.

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2013 [03] The highly-anticipated series finalé of “Breaking Bad” airs on AMC, drawing a record 10.3 million viewers

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
2001 [15] Jennifer Lopez marries her 2nd husband, Chris Judd, in Los Angeles (they separate 8 months later)

2015 [01] The original 1962 contract signed by The Beatles and manager Brian Epstein (said to be one of the most important contracts in popular music history) sells at Sotheby’s auction house for £365,000 ($548,000)

TODAY’S FIRST . . .
2014 [02] eBay Inc announces that it’s splitting off its PayPal unit into a separate company

TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2008 [08] Following the bankruptcies of Lehman Bros and Washington Mutual, the Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points, the largest single-day point-loss in its history

COMING UP . . .
[Fri] “Deepwater Horizon”; Masterminds”; “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” open in movie theaters
[Fri] Ask a Stupid Question Day
[Fri] Hug a Vegetarian Day
[Fri] International Translation Day
[Fri] Save the Koala Day
[Fri] Vegan Baking Day
This Week Is … World Hearing Aid Awareness Week
This Month Is …. Save a Tiger Month

BULL’S BITS

“WORLD OF WARCRAFT” CHARACTER OR PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION?
Some of the following are “WoW” characters; others are drugs that have been the subject of class action lawsuits. Which are which?
Anetheron [WoW Character]
Januvia [Drug]
Zofran [Drug]
Durotan [WoW Character]
Invega [Drug]
Liadrin [WoW Character]
Invokana [Drug]
Benicar [Drug]
Veressa [WoW Character]
Xarelto [Drug]
Onyxia [WoW Character]
Sinestra [WoW Character]
– Thanks to Paul Bigioni

BS PHONE STARTER:
☎ What is the correct order in which to wash your body when taking a shower?

BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
Which airport had the world’s first duty-free shopping?
a. Shannon in Ireland. [CORRECT. It began duty-free sales way back in 1951.]
b. O’Hare in Chicago IL.
c. Dorval in Montréal QC.

BS RANDOM JOKE:
Im not mad about my keys … I lost my bottle opener.

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: Most people who try THIS give up after doing it once.
Answer: Roller-blading.

BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Humans are #1 on the endangering species list.

Monthly Planning Calendar in Tomorrow’s “BS”!


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