April 23, 2015

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Thursday, April 23, 2015        Edition: #5436

Don’t Take Any Sheet, Unless It’s Pure Bull!

★ British actor Dominic Cooper (“Mamma Mia!”) has been cast as ‘Rev Jesse Custer’ in the upcoming TV series adaptation of the controversial comic book “Preacher”. Based on Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon’s violent but darkly funny 1990s Vertigo comic, the story revolves around a no-nonsense Texas preacher who embarks on a mission to track ‘God’ down and hold him accountable for abandoning mankind. Also in the cast: Elizabeth Perkins (“Weeds”);  Lucy Griffiths (“True Blood”); and Ruth Negga (“Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD”). Executive producer Seth Rogen says filming should start soon. The pilot is expected to premiere sometime in 2016.
– Deadline.com
★ Acting couple Emma Stone & Andrew Garfield are apparently kaput. They were said to be taking a break from their 3-year relationship earlier this month but an insider now says the 26-year-old “Birdman” actress has quit for good and moved back to LA. One reason for the split is said to be the 31-year-old actor being ‘in a dark place’ for months getting into his role as a 17th century Jesuit in “Silence”, which began shooting in Taiwan this January. He lost 40 lbs (18 kg) to play the part. Another source notes that this time last year they were privately discussing marriage, but it didn’t happen because they’re both slaves to their schedules.
– UsWeekly.com
★ And “Girls” creator/actress Lena Dunham, who recently began filming Season 5 of HBO’s Golden Globe-winning series, has suggested the show’s 6th season could be its last. While she waits to learn if the show will be renewed again, she’s already making plans to end it on a high note as she doesn’t want to push the show past its due date. Dunham also says she can imagine reuniting the cast for a reboot … in a couple of decades. Quote: “I have fantasies of us all coming back when we’re 40. We’d want to wait long enough for something to have really gone down.”
– Variety.com

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – A mashup of 1970s acts, Earth Wind & Fire f/Chicago.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Caribou (“Our Love”).
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/Omni 1) – Estelle (“True Romance”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Elvis Costello (“Blood & Chocolate”).
• “Queen Latifah” (syndicated) – TI (“Paperwork”). Rerun.
• “The Talk” (CBS) – Reba McEntire (“Love Somebody”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Lunchmoney Lewis (“Bills”).
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Dwight Yoakam (“Second Hand Heart”).
• “Vikings” (History Channel) – After all the blood & gore, some lightheartedness the for 3rd-season finalé perhaps? The episode is entitled “The Dead”, so no.

• Britney Spears – Her residency at Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino has been named ‘Best Overall Show in Sin City’ by “Las Vegas Review-Journal” as part of its annual ‘Best of Las Vegas’ issue. She’s been performing her “Piece of Me” show there since late 2013.
• Death Cab For Cutie – Tonight the “Black Sun” band begins a North American headlining tour in Kansas City MO. The trek in support of their new album “Kintsugi” is scheduled to travel through mid-May.
• Ed Sheeran – He’s now reached a total of 2 billion Spotify streams. He’s only the 2nd artist to achieve that threshold, following Eminem earlier this year.
• Fergie – “Big Girls Don’t Cry” was the most downloaded song of 2007, ahead of Kanye West’s “Stronger” and Soulja Boy’s “Crank That”.
• Kelly Clarkson – Her 2004 hit “Breakaway” was originally written for Avril Lavigne’s 1st album.
• Mötley Crüe – They’re going to take a little longer saying goodbye, adding 21 more North American dates to their farewell tour during October and December. The whole shebang ends with a 3-night stand in Los Angeles at Staples Center December 28th, 30th, and 31st.
• Reba McEntire – The country veteran has come out squarely in favor of gay rights, including gay marriage. In a story on the gay issue website Pride Source, she says equality and same sex marriage are ‘very important’. Reba has enjoyed support from the LGBT community in past.
• St Vincent – She’s apparently split with rumored girlfriend Cara Delevingne after dating since February. The 32-year-old singer (real name Annie Clark) is said to have ended things with the 22-year-old Brit model due to their busy schedules. Cara split from actress Michelle Rodriguez last May after 4 months.

A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “Beauty & The Beast” – Ewan McGregor is in negotiations to play the role of ‘Lumiere’ in Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation, meaning he could have one of the movie’s most memorable songs if “Be Our Guest” returns from the 1991 animated film. The cast already includes Emma Watson & Luke Evans. Filming begins in May; the film’s due in 2017.
• “The Big Short” – Marisa Tomei has just joined Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, and Steve Carell in director Adam McKay’s Wall Street drama now shooting in New Orleans LA. It’s an adaptation of Michael Lewis’ best-seller “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine”. Brad Pitt, who is producing the pic, is also appearing onscreen in a supporting role.
• “The Other Half” – “Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany & real-life boyfriend, “Downton Abbey” actor Tom Cullen, have been cast in writer-director Joey Klein’s debut feature. The story centers on a bipolar woman who falls in love with a grief-stricken man, with whom she struggles to forge a simple life. The Canadian indie film begins shooting in Toronto ON this July.
• “Rogue One” – More details have been revealed about the upcoming “Star Wars” spin-off movie, which will star actress Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything”). The film, set between the events of “Revenge Of the Sith” and “A New Hope”, centers around a band of resistance fighters on a daring mission to steal ‘Death Star’ plans. It’s due for release December 16, 2016.
• “Target Churchill” – 74-year-old Michael Gambon (‘Dumbledore’ in “Harry Potter” films) has landed the role of Britain’s legendary WW2 prime minister. The film follows a fictionalized plot whereby Soviet leader Joseph Stalin attempts to have Winston Churchill assassinated before he can make his famous ‘Iron Curtain’ speech in 1946. The project is still in development.

Owners of gas-electric hybrids and battery electric vehicles are becoming less likely to trade for another one, according to new data from auto research site Edmunds.com. Even more surprising … they are increasingly opting to shift to SUVs. The disenchantment with clean-air fuel savers appears to be the result mainly of relatively low fuel prices, though there also seems to be a decline in the vehicles being seen as ‘special’. In other words, they no longer have snob appeal as being cutting edge. To avoid a backlog, GM recently cut the prices of its Spark EV and Cadillac ELR, and temporarily halted production of its Chevrolet Volt plug-in car. 22% of people who’ve traded in their hybrids and EVs so far this year have bought new SUVs. That’s close to double the rate of 3 years ago. (When Gulf War 3 hits, you’ll be sorry!)
– Sourced from USAToday.com

• “It’s unhealthy to eat standing up.” – Mostly false. Some studies have shown it may cause you to eat more than when sitting, but it causes no greater risk for indigestion or other issues.
• “Reading in dim light will ruin your eyes.” – False. Your eyesight can worsen over time due to a wide variety of factors, but reading in low lighting isn’t one of them.
• “If you go outside without a coat, you’ll catch a cold.” – Mostly false. Colds and pneumonia come from viruses, not a strong breeze. However, some research has suggested that getting chilled may make us more vulnerable if we already have a virus in our system.
• “You lose 75% of your body heat through your head!” – False. The reality is that we only lose 7-to-10% of body heat through our heads. Bare hands also feel cold … not to mention bare feet.
• “Wait an hour after eating to swim, or you’ll cramp up.” – False. In fact, the exact opposite is true. In order to swim, you need energy. So how else are you going to get it?
– Condensed from Bustle.com

• Croissants are not from Paris. They’re not even from France. They came originally from Vienna, Austria.
• Oreo cookies are actually a rip-off of Hydrox cookies which came first (1908). Unfortunately for Hydrox, people eventually began to think that Oreos (1912) were the original.
– List25.com


1954 [61] Michael Moore, Flint MI, documentary filmmaker (“Fahrenheit 9/11”, “Bowling For Columbine”)

1976 [39] Aaron & Bryce Dessner, Cincinnati OH, twin brother indie rock musicians/songwriters (The National-“I Need My Girl”, “Bloodbuzz Ohio”)

1977 [38] John Cena, West Newbury MA, pro wrestler (19 WWE championships)/movie actor (“12 Rounds”)  COMING UP: Co-stars with Tina Fey & Amy Poehler in the comedy “Sisters”, opening December 18th.

1977 [38] John Oliver, Birmingham UK, TV personality (“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” since 2014, “The Daily Show” 2006-13)/TV actor (“Community” 2014, 2009-11)

1977 [38] Kal Penn (Modi), Montclair NJ, movie actor (“Harold & Kumar” films)/former TV actor (“House MD”)/former White House aide (Associate Director of the Office Of Public Liaison)

1985 [30] Taio Cruz, London UK, pop/hip hop singer-songwriter (“Dynamite”, “Break Your Heart”)

• “Cherry Cheesecake Day”, because you’ve been adhering to that strict diet for too long.

• “International Sing Out Day”. If you have some passion for singing and want your talent to be spotted, then do not hold back!

• “Lost Dog Awareness Day”, the 2nd annual focusing on the huge number of lost dogs around-the-world and the efforts undertaken by organizations to help reunite pets with owners.
NET: http://tinyurl.com/nftesr6

• “The Lyrids”, April’s top meteor shower, which is expected to peak just before dawn this morning. NASA predicts 15-to-20 meteors visible per hour, and no special equipment is needed to see them. The Lyrids are bits and pieces of debris from Comet Thatcher and have been seen each April for more than 2,600 years, making them one of the oldest known meteor showers.

• “Take a Chance Day”. Some things you want won’t happen without a little risk. Today is as good a day as any to take that risk.

• “Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day”, observed annually on the 4th Thursday of April in America, when parents are encouraged to bring 8-to-18 year-old offspring to the workplace to gain firsthand experience of life in the work world.
NET: http://www.daughtersandsonstowork.org

• “Talk Like Shakespeare Day”, observed on the anniversary of the bard’s birth (and death at age 52). Forsooth, ’tis a pity methinks, if none deign giveth it a shot.

• “World Book & Copyright Day”, declared annually by UNESCO to promote reading and books on the death anniversary of both William Shakespeare, and Miguel de Cervantes in 1616.

• “World Laboratory Day”, celebrating the place where great discoveries, inventions, and medical cures are born. (And where mad scientists dwell.)

1896 [119] 1st ‘Motion Picture’ shown to the general public (a Vitascope system is used to project a film onto a screen in a demonstration at Koster & Bials Music Hall in NYC)

1988 [27] After spending a record total of 741 consecutive weeks (over 14 years) on the ‘Billboard 200’, Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of the Moon” album finally exits the chart

1964 [51] 1st MLB no-hitter pitched for a loss (Cincinnati Reds beat Astros’ pitcher Ken Johnson 1-0 on 2 costly Houston errors)

[Fri] “The Age of Adaline”; “Little Boy”; “The Water Diviner” open in movie theaters
[Fri] Hairball Awareness Day
[Fri] Teach Children to Save Day
[Sat] Eeyore’s Birthday
[Sat] Plumbers Day
[Sat] Sense of Smell Day
[Sun] Hug an Australian Day
This Week Is … Administrative Professionals Week
This Month Is … Jazz Appreciation Month


✓ You’ve recently swapped your nice handbag for a practical, roomy backpack.
✓ You have mom jeans. And you wear them with everything.
✓ Your drink of choice is a white-wine spritzer.
✓ You don’t see anything wrong with putting a blanket over your knees if you’re sitting outside and it’s chilly.
✓ You’ve recently invested in a nice box of thank-you cards.
✓ Your ideal evening involves a long bubble bath and a deep-conditioning hair mask.
✓ You sincerely enjoy putting together a packed lunch from what you can find in the fridge.
✓ You have a system for folding sheets. Which is different to your system for folding towels.
✓ Your Tupperware game is on point.
✓ The first thing you do when you get home is put your slippers on.
– BuzzFeed.com

☎ Are you willing to tell a sick co-worker to go home? How do you go about it?

Can you name the past or present TV shows given their antonyms? See if you can guess the real program based on a title diametrically opposite. For instance: The clue is Little Sister; the answer is “Big Brother”. Now try these …
• Crime & Chaos … “Law & Order”.
• Enemies … “Friends”.
• Queen Of the Valley … “King Of the Hill”.
• Fact Boy … “Gossip Girl”.
• Apartment … “House”.
• Mundane Makeunder: Homeless Edition … “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”.
• Sorrow … “Glee”.
• Fixing Good … “Breaking Bad”.
• Sane Women … “Mad Men”
• Abstinence or the Country … “Sex & The City”.
– Adapted from MentalFloss.com

I’m happier than a kitten with a Q-tip this morning …

Question: If a teenager is going to do THIS, it will cost an average of $320.
Answer: Go to the prom.

Originality is the art of concealing your sources.

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