Friday, April 26, 2019 Edition: #6439
Here’s More Bull Roar!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Spotting comic book legend Stan Lee in Marvel movies, TV series and video games has always been fun for fans. Now, Marvel Studios has announced plans to honor the late comic book legend by putting together a special behind-the-scenes video of every single one his movie cameos. It’s not known when the clip will be released. Lee makes a posthumous appearance in “Avengers: Endgame”, which opens in theatres today.
★ Rami Malek has been officially unveiled as the villain in the upcoming James Bond movie. The “Bohemian Rhapsody” star’s involvement was heavily speculated, and finally announced at a special event at 007 creator Ian Fleming’s Goldeneye estate in Jamaica on Thursday. Reacting from Jamaica, star Daniel Craig joked that he was “scared” by his new screen nemesis. It is expected to be Craig’s final appearance as James Bond.
★ A first-of-its-kind film festival dedicated to Keanu Reeves will take place in Glasgow, Scotland this weekend. The “KeanuCon” line-up includes “Permanent Record”, “John Wick”, “Constantine”, “My Own Private Idaho”, and “Destination Wedding”. Reeves directorial debut, “Man of Tai Chi”, will also be screened. According to the online schedule, the Wyld Stallyn, which we are thinking is a cover band of the fictional “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”, will also perform at the event. (Strange things are afoot!)
★ Renee Zellweger will lead the cast of a new Netflix social thriller “WHAT/IF”, which challenges cash-strapped people to do unacceptable things for money. The 10-episode first season will debut May 24. The 10-episode first season will also feature Jane Levy, “Glee” stars Blake Jenner and Samantha Ware, Daniella Pineda, and Dave Annable.
★ James Wan is adapting Stephen King’s novel “Salem’s Lot” for the big screen. It was previously adapted into a 1979 miniseries starring David Soul, and Rob Lowe starred in a more recent adaptation in 2004. King’s stories are proving to be very popular in Hollywood once again with a new version of “Pet Sematary” just released in theaters.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, Chris Hemsworth, 2 Chainz (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Sting, KJ Apa
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Zach Galifianakis, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Ellie Goulding (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Kit Harington, Chelsea Clinton, Marina (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Gordon Ramsay, Piper Perabo, Elle King (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Pitbull, Vivica A. Fox
• “The Talk” (CBS): Shemar Moore, Victoria Rowell, Christel Khalil, Bryton James, Rosie Rios, Bridget Moynahan
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Viola Davis, Sean Astin
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Adam Sandler
• “2019 National Football League Draft” (ABC): Rounds 2 and 3 from Nashville
• “2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony” (HBO): The 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees are Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, The Cure, Roxy Music, and The Zombies.
• “The Red Line” (ABC): In the premiere, three very different Chicago families journey toward hope and healing after a tragedy causes them all to consider how race and racial biases affect their lives.
• “American Idol” (ABC): The contestants perform Disney songs.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Childish Gambino — has shared a new song called “Algorythm” in a new augmented reality app. The app uses the game platform Unity to allow multiple players to explore a tropical world, where they can unlock the new track. The Android version of the app is now available to download, while an iOS version is expected to be released soon. Both versions will be free.
• Iggy Azalea — has been forced to re-record some vocals for her new album “In My Defense” after her hard drive crashed. She says that although she didn’t lose any entire songs, she wasn’t able to retrieve certain files from her drive when it broke beyond repair last week.
• Eminem – ‘Stan’ has officially been added to Merriam-Webster dictionary as both a noun and a verb. He introduced the world to the term in his 2000 hit of the same name. A “stan” is defined as “an extremely or excessively enthusiastic and devoted fan.
• Gord Downie – The late Tragically Hip singer will have a train car named after him. Farley Mowat, John McCrae, Lord Stanley, and Louis Riel are some other notable names that will be attached to the new O-Train Confederation transit line in Ottawa, ON. Youth aged 16 and under were invited submit names for the 40 train cars.
• Sting – has announced a residency at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas in 2020. The run of 16 shows are titled “My Songs”. That’s also the title of his upcoming album, which will feature the former Police frontman re-imagining tracks from throughout his career.
• Diplo – the electronic music producer will use his birth name, Thomas Wesley Pentz, to release country music. The first taste of an album called “Thomas Wesley” arrived Wednesday in the form of a collaboration with Cam entitled ‘So Long.’ Several more collaborations with country artists are on the way. Diplo plays the Stagecoach festival this Sunday.
• Miranda Lambert – Her MuttNation Foundation will put paws on the pavement at 2019 CMA Fest, with Lambert leading an official “Mutt March” on June 6. The event is in celebration of MuttNation’s 10th anniversary. Register at MuttNation.com.
TODAY’S MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “Avengers: Endgame” (PG-13, Action/Adventure): After the devastating events of “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe. (Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson)
• “Little Woods” (R-Rated, Drama): Ollie is trying to survive the last few days of her probation after getting caught illegally running prescription pills over the Canadian border. But when her mother dies, she is thrust back into the life of her estranged sister. (Tessa Thompson, Lily James)
• “The White Crow” (R-Rated, Drama): Inspired by the book “Rudolf Nureyev: The Life” by Julie Kavanaugh. An iconic dancer defects from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite KGB efforts to stop him. (Oleg Ivenko, Ralph Fiennes)
• “J.T. LeRoy” (R-Rated, Drama): A young woman named Savannah Knoop spends six years pretending to be the celebrated author JT LeRoy, the made-up literary persona of her sister-in-law. (Kristen Stewart, Diane Kruger, Laura Dern)
ICE, ICE BURGER:
It might be the weirdest idea that you’ve ever heard of, but if you are firing up the barbecue this weekend, give it a shot. According to “MasterChef” judge Graham Elliot, you can make a perfect burger at home, and it’s a lot easier than you might think. He says they key to grilling an excellent juicy hamburger is to put an ice cube in the middle of the patty, fold the meat around it, and then grill it. That way, the ice keeps the patty moist so it doesn’t dry out. Bizarre, but don’t knock it until you try it. Another tip to avoid dry patties: Don’t bite into your meat right away. If you let it sit for five minutes after taking it off the grill, the juices that have pooled in the center of your burger will reabsorb into the rest of the meat.
(Meanwhile, I’ll be over here with the dog, drooling…)
(I hate to break it to you, but if I’m at a barbecue, the ice cubes are already spoken for!)
(Sorry, I don’t use recipes when I’m grilling!)
NEWS OF THE WEIRD:
➢ A Canadian woman has been fighting a 10-year-long court battle for her right to ride escalators without holding the handrail. In 2009, Bela Kosoian was riding an escalator at a subway station in Laval, PQ when a police officer told her to respect a pictogram on the escalator that said “Caution, hold the handrail”. When she refused to obey, she ended up with a $100 ticket for refusing to hold the rail and another $320 for failing to identify herself. After being acquitted in court, she filed her own lawsuit against the city, arguing that she was not obligated to hold the handrail. She has so far lost twice in Quebec courts, but the case was heard by the Supreme Court of Canada last week. A decision is not expected for six months.
(That escalated slowly…)
➢ North Carolina State Legislators have introduced a bill that would require hybrid and electric vehicle owners to pay an extra annual fee to offset the gas taxes they aren’t paying since their vehicles don’t use as much gas a traditional vehicle. If passed, electric owners would be required to pay almost twice what they already pay in annual registration fees (currently $130 per year). In addition, hybrid vehicle owners would also be required to pay an extra annual fee, which would start at $87.50 in 2020 and rise to $137.50 by 2022.
(Where I live, the government gives YOU money for trying to help the environment!)
➢ A Florida road crew should get a failing grade for misspelling the word “school” in a pedestrian crosswalk in Doral. Workers ended up botching their spelling assignment, painting the letters “S-C-O-H-O-L”. A motorist noticed the error and after news reports picked up on the mistake, the city tweeted that the private contractor had corrected it.
(Or did they just write a big red “X” through it?)
DID YOU KNOW?
Tesla CEO Elon Musk says his company plans to roll out their own version of a ride-sharing service. Except patrons won’t be ‘sharing’ their rides, because the company plans to use driverless cars. Tesla’s automated rival to companies like Uber and Lyft is expected to be operational by next year.
BS CHRONOMETER 04.26.19
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1933  Carol Burnett, San Antonio, TX, TV Show Host (“The Carol Burnett Show” 1967-1978)
1958  Giancarlo Esposito, Copenhagen, Denmark, movie actor (“The Jungle Book”, “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”)/TV actor (“Better Call Saul” since 2017, “Breaking Bad” 2009-11)
1963  Jet Li, Beijing, China, movie actor (“The Expendables” movies, “Cradle 2 The Grave”)
1964  Jimmy Stafford, Morris IL, pop guitarist (Train-‘Hey, Soul Sister’, ‘Drops of Jupiter’)
1965  Kevin James, Stony Brook NY, movie actor (“Grown Ups”, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop”)/TV sitcom actor (“The King of Queens” 1998-2007, “Kevin Can Wait” 2016-18)
1970  Melania Trump, Sevnica, Slovenia, former model, First Lady of the United States
1971  Jay DeMarcus, Columbus OH, country musician (Rascal Flatts-‘I Like the Sound of That’, ‘Bless the Broken Road’)
1980  Channing Tatum, Cullman AL, movie actor (“Magic Mike” movies, “Jump Street” films)
1980  Jordana Brewster, Panama City, Panama, movie actress (“Fast & Furious” films)/TV actress (“Secrets & Lies” 2015-16)
Si Robertson (“Duck Dynasty”) is 71; Paul “Ace” Frehley (KISS) is 68; Sheena Easton (‘For Your Eyes Only’) is 60; Jim James (My Morning Jacket) is 41; Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy) is 35
Jay Leno (“Tonight Show”) is 69; Bridget Moynahan (“Blue Bloods”) is 48; Penélope Cruz (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”) is 45; Jessica Alba (“Fantastic Four”) is 38
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Audubon Day”, saluting John James Audubon, born on this day in 1785. He is best known for his wonderful bird portraits. What is often forgotten is that he painted them using stuffed models, captured in the wild.
• “Kids & Pets Day”, a celebration of the magical connection between children and animals.
• “Pretzel Day”, honoring the world’s oldest snack food. They were made as early as 610 A.D. by monks in France & Italy using dough scraps formed to represent a child’s arms folded in prayer.
• “Richter Scale Day”, celebrates the birth of the inventor of the Richter Scale, Charles F. Richter, in 1900. He invented the Richter Scale in 1935. It calculates the amount of energy released by an earthquake by measuring its magnitude or seismic waves. The Richter Scale measures from 0 to 9. (9 being a moody teenager stomping to their bedroom)
• “Hug an Australian Day”, to show our appreciation for all the friendliness and support Aussies have given us over the years.
• “World Intellectual Property Day”, established by WIPO in 2000 to celebrate content creators, and to raise awareness of how patents, copyright, and trademarks impact our daily lives.
• “Get Organized Day”, Do you find yourself lost in an absolute sea of clutter? Is your filing cabinet more of a three-story garbage can? Does your desk require an archaeological team to find? Then Get Organized Day may wind up being your salvation. (We may need a month…)
• “Prime Rib Day”, a food holiday honoring what may be the best cut of beef you can get. Only one way to celebrate … with a big, thick, juicy cut of prime rib, cooked perfectly to your liking. Don’t forget the au jus and the fully-loaded baked potato!
• “Tell a Story Day”, If you don’t have children to tell a story to, a friend will probably loan you theirs for a couple of hours. Gladly.
• “Babe Ruth Day”, This date in 1947, “The Bambino” returned to “The House that Ruth Built” to be honored after a legendary baseball career. AKA: ‘The Sultan of Swat’, ‘The Behemoth of Bust’, ‘The Caliph of Clout’, ‘The Babe’.
• “Morse Code Day”, in case you want to embrace a technology that has pretty much disappeared. Dash-dot-dot-dot … dot-dot-dash …
• “Blueberry Pie Day”, The official state dessert of Maine, one of the healthiest fruits on the market, inhibits cancer development and helps prevent urinary tract disease
• “Poetry Reading Day”, a day to “read some great poetry, the world better to see.” (“There once was a girl from St John’s …”)
• “National Superhero Day”, a day to honor superheroes, both real and fictional. Batman, Superman, Captain America, Wonder Woman, Iron Man, Hulk and Spiderman are just some of the superheroes whose names we recognize. Even though they are fictional, these superheroes are great role models for our children (Deadpool? Not so much…)
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1992  The final episodes of “Growing Pains” and “Who’s the Boss” air.
2011  TV news anchor Katie Couric announces she will no longer host the “CBS Evening News” (her tenure had been a ratings struggle since 2006)
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1986  Van Halen proves there is life after David Lee Roth as their album “5150″, the first with singer Sammy Hagar, hits #1 in the US
2013  Country music icon George Jones (‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’) dies at age 81
TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1921  The first radio weather reports are aired on WEW, St Louis, Missouri (and next week, we’ll find out if their long-range forecast was correct…)
1941  Chicago Cubs use 1st organ in a baseball park (duh duh duh duh da duh … charge!)
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1986  “Worst Nuclear Power Plant Accident in History” as an explosion and fire at Ukraine’s Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant releases radioactive contamination into the atmosphere (the only ‘level 7′ event recorded until the 2011 Fukushima nuclear incident in Japan)
BS WACK FACTS:
✓ Humans shed about 600,000 particles of skin every hour.
✓ If you are a guy, you have a 1-in-3 chance of going bald by the time you are 30. By age 50, your odds increase to 1-in-2.
✓ Your nose can remember 50,000 different scents.
✓ Your body has enough iron in it to make a metal nail 3 inches long.
✓ When awake, the human brain produces enough electricity to power a small light bulb.
✓ An average person produces about 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime, enough to fill two swimming pools.
BS IF CANDY IS DANDY, THEN…
• Wine is divine.
• Fried possum is awesome.
• Flan is…what the heck is flan, anyway?
• Pie is fly.
• With ribs, you need bibs.
• Rhyming gives you diabetes.
• What I’m eating must be a chocolate laxative.
• Rice is nice.
• I can’t seem to think of anything that rhymes with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos…
• Hop into my unmarked van.
• Willy Wonka was right about everything.
Best of BS . . .
MURPHY’S (OTHER) LAWS:
We all know that “if something can go wrong, it will.” Here are some more:
• If anything simply cannot go wrong, it will anyway.
• Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.
• Matter will be damaged in direct proportion to its value.
• The chance of the bread falling with the buttered side down is directly proportional to the cost of the carpet.
• The buddy system is essential to your survival; it gives the enemy somebody else to shoot at.
• Technology is dominated by those who manage what they do not understand.
• The opulence of the front office decor varies inversely with the fundamental solvency of the firm.
• Tell a man there are 300 billion stars in the universe and he’ll believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint on it and he’ll have to touch it to be sure.
• The first myth of management is that it exists.
-First published in ‘BS’ in 2017
BS PHONE STARTER:
High school graduates should take a year off before entering college. Yes or no?
BS RANDOM JOKE:
It is a proven fact that the first five days after the weekend are always the toughest.
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: 25% of people have kept THIS a secret from their partner? What is it?
Answer: A traffic ticket
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Life is like a road trip – enjoy each day and don’t carry too much baggage.