Thursday, April 20, 2023 — Edition #7457
Tomorrow’s Show Prep Today!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Keith Nale, who competed on two seasons of “Survivor” and became a fan favorite, died Tuesday at age 62. His son Wes Nale said Keith had been battling cancer since January, and passed away at his home in Shreveport, Louisiana. Keith and Wes were contestants on “Survivor: San Juan del Sur” in 2014. The patriarch returned to the franchise solo for “Survivor: Cambodia” in 2015.
★ Filming of the movie “Rust” has resumed. A spokesperson for Rust Movie Productions said that principal photography was set to restart yesterday at Yellowstone Film Ranch in Montana. Production on the western starring Alec Baldwin came to a halt in 2021, when cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was fatally shot when a prop gun Baldwin was holding fired a live round of ammunition. Director Joel Souza was also shot and injured. Matthew Hutchins, Hutchins’ widower, and Baldwin announced they had reached an undisclosed settlement in October, following a wrongful death lawsuit.
★ Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey may want to call in a true detective for this one. After McConaughey suggested he and Harrelson could be half brothers, the “Cheers” alum weighed in on the possibility during his appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”. He told the host that “there is some veracity to that thought, because we talked to Ma Mac, Matthew’s legitimate mother…and she goes, ‘I knew your father.’ As he explained, it was how McConaughey’s mother said it that caught his attention. Quote: “It was the ellipses I found a little troubling or interesting. ‘I KNEW your father.'”
★ Time does heal all wounds. Twelve years after Charlie Sheen and Chuck Lorre’s dramatic falling out on “Two and a Half Men”, which included a fierce public feud and a lawsuit, the pair are back in business together, reuniting on Lorre’s Max comedy series “How To Be a Bookie”. In news guaranteed to make the show one of the most anticipated new series of the year, Sheen is set for a recurring role in the single-camera comedy headlined by Sebastian Maniscalco. No official comment from Max.
★ Fox-TV is hunting down the snake oil salesmen in its latest game show. The network has ordered “Snake Oil”, hosted by David Spade and exec produced by Will Arnett. It’ll see contestants pitched unique products by convincing entrepreneurs – some of whom are showcasing real business ventures, while the others are “Snake Oil Salesmen” whose products are fake. With the help of guest celebrity advisors, contestants must determine which products are real and which are a sham, for a chance to win life-changing money. The series will launch this fall.
★ Director Rob Savage says his upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King’s 1973 horror story “The Boogeyman” scared test audiences so much that he decided it needed to be recut. The Boogeyman follows the story of some high school students who become haunted by a terrifying monster. Savage explained: “The first time you see the creature, the audience screamed so loud, and then immediately started talking with their neighbours and chattering, that they completely missed the next lines.” The solution was to re-edit the movie, “And build in 45 seconds of padding, just so they didn’t miss any vital information.” The Boogeyman will be released June 2.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Jake Gyllenhaal, Whitney Cummings, boygenius
• “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Ray Romano, Zoe Lister-Jones, Flo
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Rachel Weisz
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Jason Bateman, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Brann Dailor (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Billy Porter, Lisa Kudrow
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Gail Simmons, Tom Colicchio
• “The Daily Show” (COM): Ryan Holiday, guest host Jordan Klepper
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Ray Romano, Jacob Ward, Erin Brockovich
• “The Talk” (CBS): Bridget Everett
• “Live with Kelly and Mark” (ABC/CTV): Jane Krakowski, Monica Mangin
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Julianne Hough, Michael Carbonaro, Danielle Kartes, Mckenna Grace
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Jim Gaffigan, Chris Appleton
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Vice President Kamala Harris
• “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC): Amelia takes her personal problems out on her colleagues; the threats against Bailey come to a terrifying head; Lucas and Jules make a risky decision.
• “Next Level Chef” (Fox): The remaining chefs must elevate their dish by frying their entree, a process that proves difficult to many.
• “Celebrity Game Face” (E): Fat Joe, NeYo, Estelle and Melanie Fiona show off their competitive side in a night of fun and games, hosted by Kevin Hart.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Jonas Brothers – will play 3 “secret” concerts this month at unannounced venues. They’ll perform somewhere in LA on April 25, Dallas-Fort Worth on Ap. 26 and in Baltimore Ap. 28. Fans have until 1pm ET today to register for a Verified Fan Onsale on Ticketmaster. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/ddp9u4zp
• Katy Perry – joined forces with Tyra Banks in a hilarious new TikTok, after fans compared the way Perry messes with contestants on “American Idol” to Banks’ iconic elimination speeches on “America’s Next Top Model”. In the vid, Tyra says she wore red lipstick because she knows “Katy’s all about color and pop.” Perry then puts the camera closer to their faces and says “So smize then!” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/28fzxts8
• Queens of the Stone Age – have announced 3 unconventional shows. During a short run of UK dates in June, the band will be playing a seaside amusement park, a castle, and an 18th century cloth hall. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/4j8hjkfa
• Foo Fighters – are back. After some teasing, the band has shared the new song ‘Rescued’, and announced “But Here We Are”, their new album, set for release June 2. It’ll be their first since the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins. The group calls it “a testament to the healing powers of music, friendship, and family.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2p8c3y3j
• Roger Waters – His May 25 “This Is Not A Drill” tour show in Prague will be screened live at more than 1,500 cinemas across more than 50 countries. UK’s The Times has hailed the show as “one of the most eye-catching, imaginative, well executed examples of arena rock you’ll ever see.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/3xwtwmyw
• Luke Combs – His next single should be a huge hit with fans — because they chose it. He conducted a poll on social media that gave followers the choice between ‘5 Leaf Clover’ and ‘Love You Anyway’ as his next release, and while performing in Nashville, he revealed that the latter tune came out on top. He told the crowd: “It was real close. I think it was 51% to 49%”.
• Old Dominion – Tomorrow, the group will drop the new single ‘I Should Have Married You’. Frontman Matthew Ramsey said: “There must be a lot of people out there that either need to hear this or need to say it. If you dance hard enough and sing loud enough, maybe the regret will go away…and thank you for hounding us about this one since we teased it a few months ago.”
• Zach Bryan and Travis Tritt — finally spoke “eye to eye” after exchanging Twitter volleys over the existence of trans people. Bryan later posted that they connected at the Two Step Inn Festival in Georgetown TX, and by both accounts, it was a good convo that didn’t turn ugly. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/3w2vsz5x
• Wynonna Judd — As the first anniversary of Naomi Judd’s death looms on April 30, Paramount+ and CMT have announced “Wynonna Judd: Between Hell and Hallelujah”, a documentary following her as she navigates the next phase of her life and career without her mother. It premieres on the service on April 26 in the US and internationally on July 19.
SHOOTING THE BULL
Here’s the newest “modern-day malady”: Digital hoarding. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder defines digital hoarding — a subtype of hoarding disorder – as one that “involves the collection of, and difficulty parting with, excessive amounts of digital material.” And experts say it’s a growing problem. Do any of these stats ring a bell?
• The average person has at least 40 apps installed on their phone — but uses less than 50% of them.
• Millions of people have inboxes with more than 1,000 unread emails.
• 60% of us NEVER delete any pictures or videos from any of their digital devices.
Dr. Darshana Sedera, deputy dean and director of the Digital Enterprise Lab at Southern Cross University, says there appears to be a correlation between the number of social media platforms a user uses and the amount of content they store. And when it comes to this rather new phenomenon, not all generations are affected equally. Gen Xers and Millennials are both likely to display symptoms of digital hoarding, but for the younger generations, especially digital natives, “it is logical to expect even greater levels of hoarding behavior”.
(Delete pictures? If I did that, I’d never know when it’s time to get a phone with more memory!)
(Great. I can imagine someone already working on a reality show about this now…)
IT’S ABOUT TIME:
➢ If you are worried about your children eating enough fruit and vegetables, try spending longer at the dinner table. In a German study, families who took about 10 minutes longer to eat dinner together saw the children eat “significantly” more fruits and vegetables. Kids in the study ate an average of an additional 7 pieces of produce, equal to one extra portion. (And Dad? He had 2 extra portions of dessert – so everyone wins!))
➢How long does it actually take to form a lasting habit? You may have heard, according to common knowledge, that it takes about 21 days. Well, it turns out there’s no one timeline for forming a habit, and it varies widely depending on the task at hand. Scientists at the California Institute of Technology studied 2 specific activities that can be habit forming. They found that to form a “gym habit” took an average of about 6 months. On the other hand, it took health-care workers an average of just a few weeks to get in the habit of washing their hands as frequently as the job requires. (I’d have to agree that you’re more likely to form a new habit successfully WHEN PEOPLE’S LIVES DEPEND ON YOU DOING JUST THAT!!)
How much money do you spend on food that ends up going to waste? If you’re average, it’s nearly $3,000 a year, according to new research. A survey of 2,000 US adults found that on average, each household spends $248 per week at the grocery store…and $63 worth goes to waste. Respondents said that when they cook, a quarter of them “always” or “often” make more food than they’re able to finish, usually with the intention of having leftovers. The problem (and this may sound familiar…): they don’t always get around to using them up. Nearly a third admitted they’re likely to forget about leftovers once they’re out of sight (32%). And that’s one of the top reasons people end up having food waste. Another reason is other household members not wanting to eat leftovers. While 43% said they prefer to eat their leftovers until they’re finished, a quarter of respondents say they get tired of eating the same thing over and over before they’re able to finish it.
(I’m a big proponent of leftovers. I figure that the risk of eating something that’s a few days old is greatly surpassed by the risk of my trying to cook something for myself!)
(Leftovers can be bad for your health. Because whenever I tell my wife dinner was so bad the first time there’s no way I’m eating it again, she throws a plate at me!)
SIGNS YOUR CHILD IS “HIGHLY GIFTED”:
According to neuroscience experts…
➠ Asynchronous development: Does your bright child struggle with simple tasks like tying shoelaces or remembering to brush their teeth? These are examples of asynchronous development — developing more quickly in some areas than others. It’s common for gifted children. (Your kid is also probably gifted if he or she can say “asynchronous development” …)
➠ Emotional depth and sensitivity at a young age: Gifted children may experience more intense emotional reactions to the world around them. Example: They may have a hard time enjoying shows where a character is hurt or is sad. Many also have a heightened sense of justice and can experience frustration when they feel like a situation is wrong.
➠ Existential questioning: Gifted children often have an insatiable curiosity, especially about the existential aspects of life. They may be more concerned about death, poverty, climate change and injustices than their peers, or ask questions like: “What happens when we die?” or “Why do bad things happen?” (Same…!)
➠ Unique interests or a mature sense of humor: If your child is making high-level chemistry puns or studying transit maps of major cities, you might worry they are missing out on their childhood. But they may just have a more advanced understanding of a topic than others their age.
➠ Underachievement in school: Gifted children have a need for constant mental stimulation. In school, they can be easily bored because they learn things faster than their peers. If school is not challenging for them, they may lose motivation.
(The problem? I experienced a lot of these “signs” as a kid. And I’m definitely not “highly gifted”!!)
DID YOU KNOW?
Netflix’s famous red envelopes are headed to the recycling bin of history. The company has announced the shutdown of its DVD-by-mail business. Since 1998, the company has mailed out over 5 billion DVD and Blu-ray rentals to subscribers across the U.S. The final Netflix DVDs will be shipped out on Sept. 29, 2023, according to co-CEO Ted Sarandos. (Don’t laugh. When you got movies via mail, you never spent all night deciding what to watch!)
BS CHRONOMETER 04.20.23
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “420” or “Pot Smokers Day”, the unofficial holiday of potheads. A few facts, man:
☞ ‘Four-twenty’ became an emblematic number for dopers in the 1970s. It comes from 4:20pm, the secret ‘burn time’ originated by a group of pot-smoking students at a California high school in 1971.
☞ Marijuana is by far the world’s most lucrative cash crop. It is also #1 based on value per square km, followed by coca (the plant used to make cocaine), and opium poppy. Non-drug related crops, like potatoes, vegetables, and wheat, fall far behind.
☞ More than 1 person every minute is arrested for marijuana possession in the US. (***See ‘Today’s Firsts’, below***)
• “High Five Day”, taking place on the 3rd Thursday of April, it is a holiday about giving high fives and spreading good vibes. It started in 2002 at the University of Virginia when a group of students gave out high fives all day. Today, we are encouraged to send a “virtual high five” or word of encouragement to kids in the CoachArt program who are battling chronic illness. LINK: http://nationalhighfiveday.com/
• “Lima Bean Respect Day”, encouraging us to recognize the protein power offered by the tasteless, mealy morsel that most of us avoid at all costs. (You have to admit, Lima Bean Day has some pretty tough competition, with it also being 420 and all…)
• “Look-Alike Day”, for people who are constantly mistaken for rich and famous celebrities to have some recognition of their own. (So, what famous person do people say YOU look like?)
• “Volunteer Recognition Day”, honoring the legions of people who dedicate themselves to causes and helping others, thereby making both big and small differences in the lives of millions worldwide.
• “Cheddar Fries Day”, who can resist crispy, golden French fries topped with cheddar cheese? Add some chives, bacon or jalapenos, and you have a culinary delight that will satisfy even the most discerning taste buds (The perfect snack for “420”, or am I overdoing it just a bit?)
AND REMEMBER . . .
[Fri] Chocolate Covered Cashews Day
[Fri] Bulldogs are Beautiful Day
[Sat] Jelly Bean Day
[Sun] Nose Picking Day
This Week is…Pet ID Week
This Month is…Guitar Month
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1937  George Takei, Los Angeles CA, actor (‘Mr. Sulu’ on “Star Trek” 1966-69 and in 6 movies)/9 million Facebook followers. COMING UP… “Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai”, 2023
1949  Jessica Lange, Cloquet MN, movie actress (Oscars-“Blue Sky”, “Tootsie”)/TV actress (“American Horror Story” 2011-2018). COMING UP… “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”
1964  Andy Serkis, Ruislip Manor England, movie actor (“Planet of the Apes” franchise, “Lord Of The Rings”, ‘Alfred’ in “The Batman”)
1970  Shemar Moore, Oakland CA, TV actor (‘Derek Morgan’ on “Criminal Minds” 2005-2020, “S.W.A.T.” since 2017)/movie actor (“Sonic the Hedgehog 2” [voice])
1972  Carmen Electra (Tara Patrick), Sharonville OH, TV actress (“Baywatch” 1997-98)/movie actress (“Scary Movie”, “Good Burger”)/married to Dennis Rodman 1998-99
1976  Joey Lawrence (Mignogna), Philadelphia PA TV actor (“Blossom” 1990-1995, “Melissa & Joey” 2010-2015)/movie actor (“Summer Rental”) COMING UP… “Frankie Meets Jack”, 2023
1978  Douglas “Clay” Cook, Snellville GA, country musician (Zac Brown Band-‘Whatever It Is’, ‘Chicken Fried’)
1983  Miranda Kerr, Sydney Australia, fashion model (Victoria’s Secret)/businesswoman (KORA Organics)/married to Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel since 2017
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1992  Legendary British comedian Benny Hill (“The Benny Hill Show”), dies of a heart attack at 68
2022  Netflix reports its first subscriber loss in a decade, losing 200,000 customers between Jan. and March
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2018  Swedish musician, DJ, remixer and record producer Avicii (Tim Bergling), commits suicide at age 28
2020  Homebound during the pandemic, Willie Nelson stages the “Come And Toke It” livestream to support legalization and to free those incarcerated for it. Guests include Ziggy Marley and Kacey Musgraves
THIS DAY IN SPORTS . . .
2008  Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300, becoming the first female driver to win an Indy car race
TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1971  Five high school friends in California coin the term “4:20” as a euphemism for smoking pot. (BS FUN FACTS: The Boston song ‘Smokin’’ clocks in at 4 minutes, 20 seconds, and if you multiply the title numbers in Bob Dylan’s ‘Rainy Day Women #12 And #35′, you get 420. Dude!)
2020  The price of US oil turns negative for the first time in history. As worldwide demand plummets due to the pandemic, benchmark West Texas Intermediate falls as low as minus $37.63 a barrel
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2010  The ‘Deepwater Horizon’ drilling rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 and springing an oil spill that lasts 6 months (The movie “Deepwater Horizon,” starring Mark Wahlberg, follows in 2016)
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ Saturn’s rings are only 30-300 feet (9-90 meters) thick.
✓ A sunset on Mars is blue.
✓ The cardboard holder that you often get around a takeaway cup of coffee is called a “zarf.”
✓ Cheetahs can’t roar, but they can purr, meow, hiss, and growl, similar to a housecat.
✓ Dogs who bark a lot can get laryngitis.
✓ In 2005, Australian Parliament banned staff from using the word “mate.” The Prime Minister objected, saying “mate” was an important part of Australian culture, and the ban was overturned within 24 hours.
Best of BS . . .
BS AWESOME JOB INTERVIEW TIPS:
• Be fashionably late.
• Wear pants. Just trust me on that one…
• In order to make a good first impression, be sure to place your beer on a coaster.
• Court-ordered community service is best NOT listed on a résumé.
• Make sure that you spell “Harvard” correctly on your résumé and “diploma”.
• A whoopee cushion can be an effective icebreaker.
• (***Caution***) When asked about hobbies, I wouldn’t say anything about sending pics of your ding-dong to women on social media…
• There’s really no reason to mention how well your anger-management treatment is going.
• Wait until after you’re hired to begin stealing office supplies.
• At no time say: “My biggest weakness is that I’m easily annoyed by stupid questions.”
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2022
BS ACCURATE DESCRIPTIONS OF MY FITNESS LEVEL:
• Let’s just say I get winded playing UNO.
• I run late a lot…
• I pump my own gas.
• Currently hiding from exercise . . . I’m in the fitness protection program.
• Jogging . . . my memory, to figure out the last time I exercised.
• My Fitbit thinks I’m dead.
• ‘Fat.’ With an ‘F’, not a “PH”.
• Less Jersey Shore and more Pauly Shore.
• I named my dog “Five Miles” so I can brag that I walk Five Miles every day.
• I once did a high jump to reach the Oreos on the top shelf at Walmart.
• If you see me running, call the police.
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2018
BS WEB GOODIE:
Shut up and take my money: https://tinyurl.com/2p484x7v
BS RANDOM JOKE:
My wife got mad at the fact that I have no sense of direction. So I simply packed up my stuff and right.
BS PHONE STARTER:
What odd smell do you really like?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: A survey of divorced people found THIS was the #1 thing that annoyed them about their ex. What was it?
Answer: Selective hearing
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace amid the storm.