Thursday, September 8, 2016 – Edition: #5814

Ah, Some BS to Look Forward to In the Morning!

“The Bull Sheet” is on late Summer hiatus tomorrow through September 25th inclusive. All subscribers are receiving account credits for missed service days.

★ Spotify has revealed the most-streamed songs of Summer 2016 worldwide …
1. Drake (f/Wiz Kid, Kyla), “One Dance” has been named ‘Song Of the Summer’.
2. Calvin Harris (f/Rihanna), “This Is What You Came For”.
3. Sia, “Cheap Thrills”.
4. The Chainsmokers (f/Daya), “Don’t Let Me Down”.
5. Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”.
6. Drake (f/Rihanna), “Too Good”.
7. Desiigner, “Panda”.
8. Fifth Harmony (f/Ty Dolla $ign), “Work From Home”.
9. Mike Posner, “I Took A Pill In Ibiza”.
10. Shawn Mendes, “Treat You Better”.
★ 68-year-old CBC-TV news anchor Peter Mansbridge has announced he’s retiring next year. In 29 years as chief correspondent and close to 49 as a reporter, Mansbridge has been a witness to history and the face and voice interpreting the news for Canadians. His final appearance as anchor on “The National” comes next July 1st, shortly after hosting Canada Day coverage for CBC.
★ Amy Schumer and Chris Pine have landed the top honors at the “GQ Men Of the Year Awards” in London this week. The “Trainwreck” star has been named ‘Woman Of the Year’, while the “Star Trek” actor has been presented the ‘International Man’ trophy at the 19th annual event. Michael Caine wins the ‘Legend’ trophy, Scottish comedian Billy Connolly the ‘Inspiration’ prize, and Ricky Gervais the ‘Genius’ award. Quote: “I am a genius. I could have chosen to cure cancer, but I chose to make faces instead!”
★ And movie actor Jamie Dornan says he’s finished with the role of ‘Christian Grey’. The Northern Ireland actor has just completed filming the 2nd and 3rd movie adaptations of EL James’ erotic book series, “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed”, back-to-back and has made it clear he won’t reprise the role if James’4th novel, “Grey”, is adapted for the bigscreen. Quote: “I’ve done ‘Fifty Shades’ forever.”

• “Better Things” (FX) – Debut of a new series about an actress who raises 3 daughters while juggling the pressures of working in Hollywood. Co-created by comedian Louis CK.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Alessia Cara (“Know-It-All”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Kaleo (“A/B”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – DIIV (“Is the Is Are”).
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/CTV) – Gavin DeGraw (“Something Worth Saving”, out tomorrow).
• “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global) – Travis Scott (“Birds In the Trap Sing McKnight”).
• “NFL Kickoff 2016” (NBC/TSN) – Dierks Bentley and OneRepublic perform live in an hour-long pre-game show before the NFL’s season opening game in Denver CO. The Broncos host the Carolina Panthers in a rematch of February’s Super Bowl.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Ariana Grande (“Dangerous Woman”).
• Toronto International Film Festival (Toronto ON) – Almost 400 films are being screened at the 41st annual 11-day event, which opens tonight with Antoine Fuqua’s retelling of the 1960 Western classic “The Magnificent Seven”, starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, and Ethan Hawke. First held in 1976, the festival often serves as a launch-pad for Oscar-winning movies.
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo) – Harry Connick Jr (“Harry”).

• Adele – “Hello” has been named ‘Track Of the Year’ at UK’s 6th annual AIM Independent Music Awards. The singer released the single while still with indie label XL Recordings, before signing a massive new deal with Sony.
• Azealia Banks – She’s selling off her belongings in a massive online ‘garage sale’. The 25-year-old “Chasing Time” hitmaker says she realized she was holding on to so many things for which she had no use. All items are up for grabs here …
• Bruce Springsteen – In his new memoir, “Born to Run”, the 66-year-old reveals he’s long struggled with bouts of clinical depression. He says he first saw a psychotherapist more than 30 years ago. He wrote the song “Depression” for his 2012 album, “Wrecking Ball”.
• The Chainsmokers – They’re projected to land a 3rd week atop the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ countdown next week with “Closer”, their collaboration with Halsey. “Closer” is also the UK’s current #1.
• Drake – He’s set to open an upscale strip club in Houston TX called The Ballet that promises a “classy new dance experience”. It’s scheduled to open at the beginning of next year and aims to put women on a “pedestal”. Houston already has over 100 strip joints.
• Oasis – Fresh off his Oscar-winning “Amy”, director Asif Kapadia is taking on the legendary Brit band in a new documentary. “Supersonic” charts the ’90s Brit band’s meteoric rise and fall. It’s UK release is scheduled for October 14th. No word yet on an international release date.
• One Direction – Former member Zayn Malik is attached to a scripted series about the formation of a massively successful, 1D-type boy-band. The show is titled “Boys” and is in development at NBC-TV. Zayn is executive-producing alongside Dick Wolf (“Chicago Fire”).
• Otis Redding – This weekend the late soul legend’s 75th birthday is being marked with a 3-day party in his native Macon GA, beginning on his actual birthday tomorrow. Tribute shows and special events culminate with a concert performance by Andra Day on Sunday.
• Rolling Stones – They’re featured in the new documentary, “Ole Ole Ole!: A Trip Across Latin America”, about their historic concert in Havana, Cuba earlier this year. The film is screening at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “The Greatest Showman” – Hugh Jackman is starring in this bigscreen musical about PT Barnum and his traveling circus. Jackman plays the fast-talking flimflam man and impresario who founded what became the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The cast also includes Zac Ephron, Michelle Williams, and Zendaya. Production is set to start this Fall.
• “The Human Comedy” – Actress Meg Ryan has taken on double duty by starring in and directing this new drama, based on author William Saroyan’s 1942 book. Ryan portrays a widowed wartime family matriarch and her real-life son, 24-year-old Jack, plays her eldest son onscreen. Meg’s “Sleepless in Seattle” co-star Tom Hanks also makes a brief appearance.
• “Loro” – Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino is helming this Italian-language bio-movie on the life of freewheeling former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Berlusconi, who turns 80 this month, was convicted of paying a teenage girl for sex in 2010 (later overturned), tax fraud in 2012, and an illegal wiretap scandal in 2013. Shooting is likely to begin next Summer.
• “Murder On the Orient Express” – Kenneth Branagh is directing and starring as famed detective ‘Hercule Poirot’ in this new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic story. Brit actor Tom Bateman is in negotiations to join the ensemble cast, playing ‘Bouc’, ‘Poirot’s companion and sidekick. The film is set for release in November 2017.
• “Shanghai Noon 3” – Jared Hess (“Napoleon Dynamite”) is set to direct a yet-to-be-titled follow-up to 2000’s “Shanghai Noon” and its 2003 sequel “Shanghai Knights”. Jackie Chan & Owen Wilson, who starred in the original action comedies, are in early negotiations to reprise their roles as the crime-fighting duo ‘Chon Wang’ and ‘Roy O’Bannon’.

The latest annual ranking of world universities by the education group Quacquarelli Symonds, based on research quality, employment for grads, and teaching quality …
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT is tops for the 5th consecutive year).
2. Stanford
3. Harvard
4. Cambridge
5. California Institute of Technology
6. Oxford
7. University College London
8. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
9. Imperial College London
10. University of Chicago

A new report by USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism finds little evidence of Hollywood improving the diversity of its movie characters or directors. A few findings based on the 100 most popular Hollywood films of the past year …
• Out of 4,370 speaking or named characters, 69% are male, 31% are female.
• Out of those speaking or named characters, just 32 are identified as LGBT.
• 74% of speaking or named characters are white, 12% black, 5% Latino, 4% Asian.
• 2% are shown with a disability.
• 32% of films feature a female lead or co-lead.
• There is not 1 Asian or LGBT lead or co-lead role.
• Females are far more likely than males to be shown in sexually revealing clothing or nude (30% to 8%).
• 93% of film directors are male; 8% female.
– Associated Press

• Legendary crooner Frank Sinatra took a shower … 12 times a day.
• There are 34,000 statues of Kim Il Sung in North Korea.
• Evolutionist Charles Darwin’s tortoise ‘Harriet’ died in 2006 at the age of 176.
– “1,339 Quite Interesting Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop”


1971 [45] David Arquette, Winchester VA, LA nightclub owner (Bootsy Bellows)/movie actor (“Scream” movies)/brother of actresses Patricia & Rosanna Arquette

1971 [45] Martin Freeman, Aldershot UK, TV actor (‘Dr John Watson’ on “Sherlock” since 2010, “Fargo” 2014)/movie actor (“Captain America: Civil War”,”The Hobbit” trilogy)

1979 [37] P!nk (Alecia Moore), Doylestown PA, pop singer (“Just Like Fire”, f/Nate Ruess-“Just Give Me a Reason”)

1987 [29] Wiz Khalifa (Cameron Thomaz), Minot ND, rap artist (f/Charlie Puth-“See You Again”, “Black & Yellow”)

1989 [27] Avicii (Tim Bergling), Stockholm, Sweden, EDM DJ (“Wake Me Up”, “Levels”)/#6 on “DJ Magazine” Top 100 DJs 2015)

• “Ampersand Day”, a celebration of the ‘&’ symbol. The term is believed to have evolved circa 1820-30 as a contraction of ‘and per se’.

• “International Literacy Day”, established by the UN in 1965 to promote reading & writing programs. Worldwide, 1-in-5 adults are illiterate, and 75 million children are not in school. Millions of young people leave school without a level of literacy adequate for productive and active participation in today’s information society.

• “Nose Hair Maintenance Day”, your annual opportunity to take proper care of nose hair by trimming, styling, brushing, or some such thing.
– Numb the Nostril: This may help to keep eyes from watering. Just put a small piece of ice up the nostril. This should numb it enough so that you could even survive plucking.
– Clean it First: This may seem obvious, but it is very important. The last thing you want to do is clog your trimmer with boogers, or pull a long sticky string out on the tip of your tweezers.
– Be Gentle: Nostrils can be disgusting, but they do serve a purpose. Their job is to keep those pesky dust particles and other foreign bodies from getting into our bodies.
– Light it Up: Make sure you have plenty of light. You don’t want to miss a single stray hair.
– Boil Some Water – When you’re finished with the ordeal, there’s nothing like a good steam to open up those pores and restore moisture to your nostrils.

• “Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Day”, honoring the special RNs who are dedicated to providing the highest standard of care to patients with cancer and blood disorders.

• “World Physical Therapy Day”, initiated in 1951 to recognize the work that physical therapists do for their patients and community.

2014 [02] Prince William & Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, announce they are expecting their 2nd child (Princess Charlotte); baby Prince George has celebrated his 1st birthday just 2 months previously

2006 [10] Country singer Toby Keith makes his bigscreen debut, producing and starring in the movie “Broken Bridges”

2011 [05] Jury selection begins for the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray (he’s later convicted, then writes a book about it all)

2003 [13] To celebrate the release of his latest album “Reality”, David Bowie performs the 1st ‘interactive concert’, broadcast to 21 theaters across the UK and allowing the singer to take requests through microphones connected to the Internet

[Fri] “The Disappointments Room”; “Sully”; “When the Bough Breaks” open in movie theaters
[Fri] “ACM Honors” (CBS)
[Fri] International Buy a Priest a Beer Day
[Fri] Wonderful Weirdoes Day
[Sat] International Drive Your Studebaker Day
This Week Is … Waffle Week
This Month Is … Service Dog Month


✓ You didn’t pay much attention the first time through school.
✓ To live up to all those teachers who inspired you … like good old Mrs What’s-Her-Name.
✓ Kids need to know the Moon landing was faked.
✓ You may work long hours, but at least the pay is bad.
✓ If you could make a difference in just one student’s life … actually, that wouldn’t be a very good average.
✓ All Summer long you can watch all the losers going to the office.
✓ The desire to help kids talk good.
✓ The glamour.

☎ What’s your best and worst body part?

What are the 2 main flavors in original bubble gum?
a. Spearmint & clove.
b. Wintergreen & vanilla. [CORRECT]
c. Salt & vinegar.

Would I ask you a rhetorical question?

Question: A new poll finds that fully half of us keep THIS hidden in our homes.
Answer: Love letters from an ex.

Shakespeare’s work is even more impressive when you consider … he did it all with a quill.

Next Edition of “The Bull Sheet” is for Monday, September 26th.

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