Friday, April 5, 2019 Edition: #6430
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BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ “Game of Thrones” may be leaving your screens this spring, but it will be headed to the real world by next year, with the launch of its first tourist location, which will be housed at one of the HBO series’ former studios. The “Game of Thrones” Studio Tour will be a 110,000-square-foot tourist attraction at Linen Mill Studios in Northern Ireland. According to HBO, it will ‘drop fans in the very heart of the Seven Kingdoms’ by ‘combining the breathtaking imagery, captivating sets, original props and costumes, and other behind-the-scenes items’ from the series. It’s set to open in Spring 2020.
★ Britney Spears is reportedly seeking treatment for her mental health, although there are conflicting reports as to the severity of her emotional distress. In January, she announced she was taking an indefinite work hiatus after her father’s colon suddenly ruptured. Last month, Jamie Spears underwent a second surgery to repair the organ. Sources say Britney is receiving treatment for issues related to her anxiety, but maintain she’s not at a hospital. She posted an image on Instagram with the words, “Fall in love with taking care of yourself. Mind. Body. Spirit.”
★ Susan Sarandon has signed up for “Bad Moms’ Moms”. She’ll reprise her role in the spin-off of the 2017 comedy movie, “A Bad Moms Christmas”, for the new film focusing on the mothers of the original moms in the film. Christine Baranski and Cheryl Hines will also reprise their roles in the upcoming sequel.
★ Tom Holland may be a masterful web-spinner, but he’s not very good at keeping secrets. His penchant for giving out spoilers is well known, as he admitted himself in a tweet last year. That’s why for “Avengers: Endgame”, extra precautions were taken to avoid any more mishaps. During his interaction at the Avengers: Endgame press tour in Mumbai, co-director Joe Russo revealed that Holland was never given the entire script of the movie. He was supplied with a special script containing only his character’s lines.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Celine Dion
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Taraji P. Henson, Jason Clarke, Nate Bargatze
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Hank Azaria, Henry Louis Gates Jr.
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Andrew Rannells,
Carla Lalli Music (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Zachary Levi, Kiernan Shipka
• “The Talk” (CBS): Reba McEntire, Lisa Whelchel
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Kelly Clarkson, Emilio Estevez
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Bill Hader, Maren Morris
• “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend : Series finale. Rebecca makes a life-changing decision about her future.
• “Yes, It’s Really Us Singing: The ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Concert Special!” (CW): Rachel Bloom and the cast of the series perform live versions of fan-favorite songs along with a live band and orchestra.
• “NCAA Basketball Tournament” (CBS): A Final Four semifinal. From U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
• “American Idol” (ABC): The Top 20 perform
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Host Kit Harington, with musical guest Sara Bareilles
• “True Love Blooms” (HALLMARK): Spring is in full bloom when urban gardener Vicki fights to save her community garden from a handsome real estate developer. Both are caught off guard when it’s not just the flowers that are blooming.
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Tamar Braxton, Lizzo
• “The 54th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards” (CBS): Reba McEntire hosts. Performers include Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, and Florida Georgia Line.
• “Killing Eve” (AMC): Season 2 premiere. Eve is reeling from her act of violence against Villanelle and doesn’t know whether she is alive or dead. A paranoid and severely injured Villanelle manages to get herself to the hospital for treatment.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Miley Cyrus — shared some Instagram pictures showing her seemingly enjoying nature from atop a Joshua Tree. While some people praised her “beautiful” photos, it didn’t take long for others to chime in and bash her for not respecting the ongoing effort to protect the iconic yucca trees.
• Chvrches – have been announced as co-headliners along with Mariah Carey, Blink-182, alt-j and Lynyrd Skynyrd for this year’s Festival d’ete de Quebec (FEQ). FEQ runs July 4-14 in Quebec City, and will also feature performances from Twenty One Pilots, Imagine Dragons, Slipknot, Kygo and Diplo.
• Backstreet Boys — Brian Littrell’s son will be opening for them on tour. The 16-year-old new country artist will be joining his dad and the rest of the group on the North American leg of their DNA World Tour this summer, which be the group’s biggest arena tour in 18 years.
• Mick Jagger — has become a great-grandfather for the second time after his 26-year-old granddaughter Assisi Jackson gave birth to her second daughter. Assisi’s boyfriend posted that the baby has been named Romy Pearl Ciara Key.
• The Beatles — John Lennon’s piano used during the creation of “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” could fetch more than $1 million at auction April 19. He used the piano to compose songs like ‘A Day in the Life’, ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ and more.
• Prince – The rare mixtape “The VERSACE Experience” is being released on cassette for Record Store Day 2019 on April 13. The exclusive album – which was originally distributed in 1995 at Paris Fashion Week – includes special remixes, segues, and sequencing overseen by the Purple One himself.
• Green Day – are working on a movie adaptation of their “American Idiot” album. But it was the announcement that they are releasing a book described as “a handbook for the rebellious everywoman” that raised some eyebrows. One commenter wrote: “if you’re going to claim to empower women with your book you should probably consider the optics of having no women involved in creating it.” The graphic novel is called “Last of the American Girls.”
• Chris Lane – Says that the paparazzi are starting to follow him and his reality star girlfriend Lauren Bushnell around. While for Bushnell, paparazzi is a part of life after her time on “The Bachelor”, it is brand new territory for Lane, and he says it’s “pretty cool.”
• Chris Stapleton — In an unexpected collaboration, Pink has called on him to lend his vocals to a song called ‘Love Me Anyway’ on her upcoming album, “Hurts 2B Human”, out April 26. Other Pink collaborations will feature Khalid, Cash Cash and Wrabel.
• Keith Urban – is the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, but he says the category’s name needs a bit of a makeover. In a press release, he said “I know the criteria isn’t purely about live performance, but I’ve always felt that that’s what it is, otherwise I thought it probably should be called Artist of the Year.” He’s up for the same title at Sunday’s ACM Awards.
TODAY’S MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “Shazam!” (PG-13, Action/Adventure): We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In 14-year-old Billy Batson’s case, he just needs to shout out one word – SHAZAM! (Zachary Levi, Michelle Borth)
• “Pet Sematary” (R-Rated, Horror): Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. (Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz)
• “The Best of Enemies” (PG-13, Drama): Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration. (Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell)
• “High Life” (R-Rated, Action/Adventure): Monte and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a dangerous mission to the outer reaches of the solar system. As the mystery of what happened onboard the ship is unraveled, father and daughter must rely on each other to survive as they hurtle toward the oblivion of a black hole. (Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche)
• “Amazing Grace” (Not Rated, Documentary, Limited): A documentary presenting Aretha Franklin with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972. (Aretha Franklin, Reverend James Cleveland)
NEWS OF THE WEIRD:
➠ A judge in Brazil has ordered identical twin brothers to both pay support to a child whose paternity could not be established. The men refused to say which one of them had fathered the child, assuming neither would have to pay. A DNA test proved inconclusive because of their identical twin status. The judge said the two men were taking away from the young girl the right to know who her biological father was, and ordered them both to pay the equivalent of $60 per month, which totals twice as much as what other children of similar economic background receive in Brazil.
(That’s the last time I “help a brother out”!)
➠ When police in China pulled over a motorcycle for a routine check, they didn’t expect to see the funniest driver’s license of their entire careers. The man, surnamed Tang, didn’t seem nervous when the officers asked for his documents, and the driver’s license itself had a regular cover, so there was nothing to prepare police for what they were about to see. Inside was a simple piece of paper that seemed ripped out of a school notebook, with all the relevant information written on it, and a picture of the driver glued to it. Tang’s motorcycle was seized and he was asked to report to the traffic department the next day. Photos of his handwritten driver’s license went viral on social media.
(He couldn’t just draw his photo too?)
➠ Two men were arrested in Arkansas after allegedly taking turns shooting each other while wearing a bulletproof vest, according to police. 50-year-old Charles Eugene Ferris and 36-year-old Christopher Hicks were detained after detailing what police call an elaborate cover story for the red spot on Ferris’ upper chest. Ferris claimed an someone had paid him for protection, and when the pair met another man at around 10 p.m., a gunfight broke out. The man’s wife had a different recollection, telling police that the men had been drinking outside when gunfire erupted. Ferris eventually changed his story, confirming they were drinking and playing with a bullet-resistant vest.
(A shot for me…a shot for you…)
DID YOU KNOW?
There is a chocolate bar available in Russia with a “secret ingredient” – cow’s blood. Hematogen — a chocolatey, chewy snack with an oddly metallic aftertaste — was the go-to snack for Russian kids before the fall of the Soviet Union. Made with beet sugar, condensed milk and sugar syrup, in addition to the moo-globin, the popular nosh was created as a kid-friendly iron supplement. A generation of tots came to love the “blood bars”, which were cheaper and more accessible than candy, and now those same Russian adults still have a soft spot for Hematogen — which is why it remains available to this day.
BS CHRONOMETER 04.05.19
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1950  Agnetha Fältskog, Jönköping, Sweden, singer (ABBA-‘Waterloo’, ‘Dancing Queen’)
1952  Mitch Pileggi, Portland OR, TV actor (“Walter Skinner” on “X-Files” 1994-2002, 2016-18)
1966  Mike McCready, Pensacola FL, rock guitarist (Pearl Jam-‘Jeremy’, ‘Last Kiss’)
1973  Pharrell Williams, Virginia Beach VA, pop artist (‘Happy’, w/Robin Thicke-‘Blurred Lines’)/music producer (Gwen Stefani, Jay-Z, Nelly, Usher, etc)/TV personality (‘The Voice’ 2014-16)
1981  Mike Eli, Denton TX, country singer-guitarist (Eli Young Band-‘Drunk Last Night’, ‘Crazy Girl’)
1982  Hayley Atwell, London UK, TV actress (‘Peggy Carter’ in “Marvel’s Agent Carter” 2015-2016)/movie actress (“Ant-Man”)
1989  Lily James, Esher UK, TV actress (‘Lady Rose Aldridge’ on “Downton Abbey” 2012-2015)/movie actress (“Baby Driver”)
Billy Dee Williams (“The Empire Strikes Back”) is 82; Paul Rudd (“Ant Man”) is 50; Zach Braff (“Scrubs”) is 44; Candace Cameron-Bure (“Full House”) is 43, Charlie McDermott (“The Middle”) is 29
Francis Ford Coppola (“The Godfather”) is 80; John Oates (Hall & Oates-‘Private Eyes’) is 71; Jackie Chan (“Rush Hour”) is 65; Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”) is 55; Ben McKee (Imagine Dragons- ‘Radioactive’) is 34
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Dandelion Day”, No one is really sure why, no one is really sure who came up with it, but it is Dandelion Day. So, rub one under someone’s chin and mourn the fact that Crayola has retired the ‘dandelion’ crayon!
• “Deep Dish Pizza Day”, celebrating the creation of Chicago’s Uno Chicago Grill, which opened in 1943. Why deep dish? Because you can’t possibly get enough fat-laden cheese and sausage onto a regular pie to cause a proper cardiac arrest.
• “Go For Broke Day”, a day to throw caution to the wind and go all out, give it all you’ve got, don’t hold back, give it all or nothing, start giving 110%, let ’er rip, balls to the wall! (Now I need a nap…)
• “Road Map Day”, which promotes map reading as an ‘enjoyable pastime’ and survival skill. Who reads the map or GPS during your family trips?
• “Bell Bottoms Day”, you’ll notice this is NOT held in conjunction with “Ride Your Bike Day”.
• “Drowsy Driver Awareness Day”, an annual initiative to encourage motorists to take notice when they’re too sleepy to steer. According to a poll, more than 10% of drivers admit to having fallen asleep at the wheel; and over 20% say they’ve momentarily dozed while driving. (The rest of us slept through it…)
• “Twinkie Day”, originally filled with banana cream, the oldest existing Twinkie is 43-years-old. (Bet you can find an older one at your corner grocery store…)
• “Tartan Day”, the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, a day set aside for the celebration of Scottish influence. More practically, it’s now the day that officially kicks off the annual Scottish tourism season.
• “Teflon Day”, commemorating the accidental 1938 discovery of the coating used to create non-stick surfaces by Du Pont researcher Roy Plunkett. (How do they get it to stick to a pan?)
• “Caramel Popcorn Day”, the buttery sugar goodness of caramel with the light airy nature of popcorn that creates an amazing flavor combination you can’t stop eating. This culinary delight has accents added to it in the form of peanuts, almonds, cashews, or even pecan.
• “Beer Day”, an unofficial holiday in the US marking the day in 1933 when Americans could legally buy, sell, and drink beer for the first time in 13 years, thanks to Prohibition. (***See “BS Beer a Quote” below***)
• “Empowered Women Entrepreneurs Day”, a day to tell a female friend or family member how proud you are of them for operating their own business.
• “International Beaver Day”, celebrating the species that restores the most valuable terrestrial ecosystem … wetlands. Organized by the nonprofit organization Beavers: Wetlands & Wildlife.
BS Fast Fact: Beavers’ teeth are orange due to their high iron content.
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1987  FOX TV network debuts, originally offering just 2 Sunday night programs: “Married … With Children” (runs 10 years); “Tracey Ullman Show” (original platform for “The Simpsons”)
2008  Movie icon Charlton Heston (“Ben-Hur”) dies at age 84 in Beverly Hills CA
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1994  Kurt Cobain of Nirvana kills himself with a shotgun at age 27. His body isn’t discovered until three days later when an electrician enters to install an alarm
2002  Grunge rocker Layne Staley of Alice in Chains dies at age 34 of a suspected drug overdose
TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1993  1st female PA announcer at a Major League Baseball park (Sherry Davis wins the San Francisco Giants job over 499 others who audition)
2008  Apple’s iTunes overtakes Walmart to become the largest music retailer
TODAY’S LAST . . .
2017  A Pepsi ad featuring Kendall Jenner is pulled after being criticized for trivializing demonstrations
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2000  ‘Loudest Burp’ on record, according to “Guinness Book of Records” (Paul Hunn lets one fly that registers 118.1 decibels, the equivalent of sitting in the front row at a rock concert)
BS WACK FACTS:
✓ Michael Jordan once turned down a $1 million endorsement because he didn’t want to say the name of the product — “Beanee Weenees” pork and beans.
✓ As a teenager, Christopher Walken worked as a lion tamer for a circus.
✓ Halle Berry was named after a department store.
✓ Martin Luther King, Jr. was a huge “Star Trek” fan.
✓ Snoop Dogg is one of the voice options for Tom Tom GPS.
✓ Madonna launched a skincare line called MDNA Skin, and it includes a $600 clay facemask, which she uses on her butt!
WEIRD REASONS TO BE PLACED UNDER HOUSE ARREST:
• Eating grapes at the supermarket.
• Removing the mattress tag.
• Getting married.
• Stealing someone else’s ankle monitor.
• Forgot to buy cat food.
• Door only opens from the outside.
• Calling your Mom a bad name.
• Decent exposure.
• Putting almost-empty milk carton back in the fridge.
• Asked to be.
Best of BS . . .
BS BEER A QUOTE:
• The only thing we have to beer, is beer itself.
• Life, liberty, and the pursuit of hoppyness.
• A beer in the hand is worth two in the Busch.
• The Bud stops here.
• No sense dwelling on the Pabst.
• Two beer or not two beer?
• You miss 100% of the shots you don’t drink.
• And God Said “Let There Be Coors Light”
• Ale be Back!
-Twitter, first published in ‘BS’ in 2019
BS RANDOM JOKE:
Nothing in the world is more expensive than a woman who’s free for the weekend.
BS PHONE STARTER:
What, as an adult, do you still need to hide from your parents?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: 18% of women always do THIS when taking a selfie. What is it?
Answer: Turn to the left, which they feel is their ‘best’ side.
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
It is Friday. Make sure that today is so awesome that yesterday gets jealous.