August 16 2021

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Monday, August 16, 2021 – Edition: #7046

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★ Thursday’s “Field of Dreams Game” had a dream ending for Chicago White Sox fans, and its Nielsen ratings were a dream for Fox. The walk-off win over the New York Yankees at a specially-constructed baseball diamond in Dyersville, Iowa was the most-watched regular season baseball game on any network in 16 years. The “Field of Dreams” game, based on the 1989 Kevin Costner movie, had a final scene fit for Hollywood. After the New York Yankees took the lead in the top of the 9th by scoring 4 runs on the Chicago closer, Tim Anderson (who recently admitted he has never watched the movie), hit a 2-run homer into the cornfield with one out in the 9th inning, ending the game in cinematic fashion.
★ Chrissy Teigen may be in the “cancel club,” but it’s not stopping her new cookbook release. On social media, she wrote she was “Bursting with joy right now, for my third cookbook is finally here!” According to Teigen, “Cravings All Together” is her “best f-ing cookbook yet” and it “quite literally saved” her. Teigen came under fire in May after Courtney Stodden claimed that she bullied them and sent death threats on Twitter a decade ago. And there were others. Teigen’s hateful posts were also directed at Lindsay Lohan, “Teen Mom” star Farrah Abraham and Avril Lavigne.
★ Emma Stone will be back for more dramatic fashions and dastardly deeds. She has officially closed a deal to star in the upcoming “Cruella 2” movie. News of the sequel’s development broke in early June, weeks after the live-action prequel to the Disney animated classic “101 Dalmatians” opened in theaters. At the time, “Cruella” director Craig Gillespie and screenwriter Tony McNamara were both expected to return for the new movie, but a deal was not yet done with Stone, who starred in and executive produced the first Cruella film.
★ Debra Winger says she dropped out of the 1992 movie “A League of Their Own” because she didn’t want to act with Madonna. In an interview, the straight-shooting actress discussed how she was supposed to be a Rockford Peach — specifically ‘Dottie Hinson’ — and spent 3 months training with the Chicago Cubs for the role. But when Madonna was cast as ‘All the Way Mae Mordabito’, the 3-time Academy Award nominee bailed, accusing director Penny Marshall of “making an Elvis film.” Defending her decision to step back, Winger took a veiled shot at Madonna’s acting abilities, saying: “I think [her] acting career has spoken for itself.” Winger’s role went to Geena Davis, but she collected a paycheck anyway.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Willie Nelson, Megan Stalter, Gabriels, guest host Maren Morris
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Melissa McCarthy, Jai Courtney, Little Simz
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Dr. Jonathan Lapook, Fumi Abe
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Ben Platt, Dana Bash, Jeff Bowders
• ” The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Liam Neeson, Anthony Ramos (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, Eboni K. Williams (R)
• “The Talk” (CBS): Bradley Whitford, Michael Cudlitz, guest co-host David Begnaud (R)
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Andra Day, Jenny McCarthy, Lance Ulanoff
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Adam Sandler (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Blake Shelton, John Legend, Nick Jonas (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Stephen Colbert, Judy Gold, Zainab Johnson (R)
• “Bachelor in Paradise” (ABC): Season 7 premiere. 23 former fan-favorite bachelors and bachelorettes arrive at a tropical oasis in Mexico for another chance at love.
• “Ben & Jerry’s Clash of the Cones: (FOOD): Season premiere. 6 Flavors of Kevin Bacon. 6 ice cream masters are hand-picked to create an original Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor of their own.

Jessie J – says she “can’t go a day without pain” as she battles a mystery health issue. She was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease, an inner ear disorder, in December, then began to suffer from a throat issue. In an Insta post, she said she has tried to remain positive, but sobbed “for hours” last because she couldn’t sing a song she usually finds easy.
• Lizzo – says Cardi B has “changed the game forever” for female artists. Asked what she loves about her, Lizzo explained: “Cardi B is the ultimate. She, to me, has always done it right…she was true to herself the whole time. She’s a ground breaker. You can’t deny her ability. She’s a superstar.”
• John Lennon — Rare live footage of him playing 1969 solo show days before he left the Beatles will be featured in the film “Rock & Roll Revival”. Lennon performed at the Toronto Rock & Roll Revival with a hastily assembled Plastic Ono Band, including his wife Yoko Ono and Eric Clapton. The 90-minute doc is expected to hit the film festival circuit next spring.
• Ringo Starr – will release the new EP “Change the World” on September 24. He shared that he has joined forces with “some new friends” for the record, including Linda Perry on ‘Coming Undone’, which she wrote, while ‘Rock Around The Clock’ features guitarist (and Ringo’s brother-in-law) Joe Walsh.
• Robert Plant – says he “always wanted” to reunite with Alison Krauss for a second collaborative album. The two announced last week that “Raise The Roof” will drop November 19, 14 years after their first joint album “Raising Sand”. They had always planned on working together again, but hadn’t found time in their schedules until now.
• Tony Bennett — has retired from performing. The 95-year-old performed 2 sold-out shows with Lady GaGa at Radio City Music Hall in New York this month, but his son/manager Danny Bennett says: “There won’t be any additional concerts. This was a hard decision for us to make, as he is a capable performer”, but travelling is too tiring for him. Tony was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2016.
• Kenny Chesney — has listed his 4-bedroom, 9-bathroom, 12,600-square-foot hilltop estate in Tennessee for $14 million. Named Bella Luce (Beautiful Light), the jaw-dropping home is a monolithic Mediterranean villa with floors made from 150-year-old reclaimed walnut, hand-carved beams of cedar and Douglas fir, limestone fireplaces, a home theater, a gym, an elevator and, get this: a lookout tower that offers spectacular 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside.
• Reba McEntire – has announced her upcoming triple album “REVIVED REMIXED REVISITED,” out Oct. 8. The three-part box set is a reimagined collection of some of her biggest songs, with each part reworking her hits in a different way.
• Tracy Lawrence – On Friday, he released the second installment of his three-part, 30th anniversary project, “Hindsight 2020 Volume 2: Price of Fame. The 12-song collection includes an appearance by Eddie Montgomery on the title track ‘Price of Fame’. Tracy Byrd joins Lawrence for ‘Holes in the Wall’.


If you’ve been packing on the pounds lately, I’ve got some bad news for you:  You can’t blame middle age. A study published Friday in the journal “Science” determined that metabolism, which has long thought to decline progressively throughout adulthood, is actually fairly stable between the ages of 20 and 60 — and THEN it starts tanking. The international team of researchers determined that metabolism is at its highest in infants, who burn calories about 50% faster than adults. That rate declines yearly by about 3% until about age 20, when metabolism plateaus through middle adulthood. At 60, the slump returns, decreasing by about 1% per year. Bottom line? You can’t blame middle age for your weight gain.
(Oh, well. There’s always the pandemic!)
(I guess someone needs to come up with a new name for “middle-age spread”!)
(Don’t worry. I’ve got PLENTY of other things to blame my weight gain on. The pandemic…pizza…beer…lack of exercise…buffets…the couch…)

➢ Sometimes it may seem as though your cat is unaffectionate, but it turns out some are just as attached to their people as babies and dogs are. A study by researchers from Oregon State University investigated how kittens react to their owners. It looked at the stress levels of kittens when interacting with people, and aligned them with 4 traits: secure; ambivalent; avoidant; and disorganized. While many would expect cats to be ambivalent, most experienced a ‘reduced stress response’ when owners returned after leaving a room. This would align them with a secure attachment. 64% of the cats had a secure attachment style, just like babies and dogs. However, the remaining 36% of kittens did not experience a fluctuation in stress levels. (So, at least there’s a chance that your kitten is ambivalent towards you…)
➢ A German animal shelter is trying a new approach to find homes for abandoned pets: it is posting their profiles on the dating app Tinder hopes that lonely humans looking for love might instead settle for the company of a cat or a dog. The Munich Animal Welfare Association got an advertising agency to shoot professional pics of 15 animals, including a black-and-white cat named “Captain Kirk,” and put them on Tinder. Several people have already swiped right to set up their first “date”. (Isn’t there an old saying about “swinging cats”?)
-Unilad, Reuters

Apparently, drive-in movies aren’t exclusively a night-time thing anymore. The newly-opened Loco Drive-In in Loudon, TN is the first daytime drive-in movie theater in the US. Equipped with a 35 by 63-foot (10.6 X 19.2m) LED video board screen, the theater is capable of showing films at any time of day . . . or night. The screen, affectionately known as the “LoCo Tron,” uses Samsung technology to display a 4K picture, similar to a traditional television. For the first few weeks, the Loco Drive-In is showing classic films such as “Smokey and the Bandit” “Minions” and “Tommy Boy”, with newer films to come later, along with sports streams, concerts and more. Large enough to host 400 cars, the plan is for the drive-in to also host car and boat shows and other events.
(Finally! I’ll be able to take the kids to a movie and they won’t fall asleep half-way through. And by ‘kids’, I mean ‘myself’!)
(…so, if you hurry, you might be able to watch “Rush Hour” during rush hour…)
(Well, if they think “Tommy Boy” is a classic, I suppose they might also believe that anyone would go to a drive-in movie during the day!)

(According to non-rich people…)
✓ “When they give the advice, ‘Only live off a third of your income, and you can be rich too.’ Honey, I have the bare minimum of essentials, and my paycheck is still not enough.”
✓ “When they balk at people who do service work wanting to be paid a living wage.”
✓ “They say, ‘Don’t buy that latte. Don’t go to the movies. You didn’t have to have drinks with your friend after work.’ You’re saying I’m not allowed to participate in society, socialize, or spend time with people if I’m poor.
✓ “When they can CLEARLY AFFORD to buy sustainable, ethical, organic products and still decide not to give a (crap) about the environment.”
✓ “When (they) only work two days a week for ‘something to do.'”
✓ When they say, ‘Buy in bulk; it’s cheaper.’ Yeah, maybe…but when you only have $2, you can’t buy a $20 bulk-pack of toilet paper. So you are stuck with the 4-pack.”
✓ “Behave badly and get away with it because of their wealth. They either throw money at the situation, or they know someone with influence who can make it all disappear.”
✓ “When they’re pompous and talk down to people. Like, they feel that people who are below them in economic status are less intelligent.”
(And the most-annoying thing? They have more money than me!)

Last month was not only the hottest July on record, it was also the hottest month ever recorded on Earth, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The combined land and ocean-surface temperature in July was 0.93°C above the 20th-Century average. The Northern Hemisphere’s land temperature was 1.54°C above average in July, also the hottest ever recorded and toppling the last record, set in 2012. In a release, the agency said: “This new record adds to the disturbing and disruptive path that climate change has set for the globe.”
(***See “Stupid Climate Change Questions”, below***)


1953 [68] Kathie Lee Gifford, Paris France, TV personality (“Today” 2008-19; “Live With Regis & Kathie Lee” 1988-2000)/sometime movie actress (“Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!”)

1954 [67] James Cameron, Kapuskasing ON, movie director-producer-writer (all-time box office champs “Avatar” $2.85 billion; and “Titanic” $2.19 billion) COMING UP…”Avatar 2″, 2022

1958 [63] Madonna [Ciccone], Bay City MI, pop singer (‘Like a Virgin’, ‘Papa Don’t Preach’)/sometime film actress (“Desperately Seeking Susan”, Evita”)

1958 [63] Angela Bassett, NYC, movie actress (“What’s Love Got to do With it”/TV actress “American Horror Story” 2013-18)/movie director (“Whitney”) COMING UP…”Black Panther II”, 2022

1962 [59] Steve Carell, Concord MA, movie actor (“Despicable Me” movies, “The 40 Year Old Virgin”)/TV actor (“The Office” 2005-11)

1972 [49] Emily Robison (now Strayer, nee Erwin), Pittsfield MA, country singer-instrumentalist (Dixie Chicks [now The Chicks]-‘Wide Open Spaces’, ‘Landslide’, Court Yard Hounds-‘The Coast’)

1980 [41] Vanessa Carlton, Milford PA, pop singer (‘A Thousand Miles’, ‘Ordinary Day’)

1987 [34] Dan Smyers, Wexford PA, country singer (Dan + Shay-‘From the Ground Up’, w/Justin Bieber-’10,000 Hours’)

1988 [33] Rumer Willis, Paducah, KY, movie actress (“House Bunny”), TV actress (“90210” 2009-2010, “Empire” 2017), season 20 winner of “Dancing with the Stars”/daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis

1993 [28] Cameron Monaghan, Santa Monica CA, TV actor (“Shameless” 2011-21, “Gotham” 2015-19)

• “Bratwurst Day”, celebrating the spiced sausage usually enjoyed on a roll with mustard, or by itself with a side of sauerkraut. The term ‘bratwurst’ is a compound of 2 German words – ‘braten’, meaning ‘fried’; and ‘wurst’, which means ‘sausage’.

• “Roller Coaster Day”, celebrating every amusement park’s fast-track to fun. The idea for the roller coaster was first patented by LaMarcus Adna Thompson on this date in 1885.

• “Tell a Joke Day”, an excuse to fill your workday with chuckles and laughs . . . and the occasional groan.

• “Rum Day”, a distilled clear alcoholic beverage which is a byproduct of molasses production or made directly from sugar cane juice — also a day that gives you an excuse to say “Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”

• “Airborne Day”,  designated by the United States Congress to honor the airborne division of the Armed Forces . . . NOT a day to celebrate those who are bad at lighting BBQs!

• “True Love Forever Day”, a day for those who have that feeling of love — to show it to and share it with each other (because Valentine’s Day wasn’t enough?)

[Tues] #2 Pencil Day
[Tues] Thrift Shop Day
[Wed] Mail Order Catalog Day
[Wed] Bad Poetry Day
This Week Is…Aviation Week
This Month Is…Golf Month

1985 [36] Madonna weds actor Sean Penn on her 27th birthday. They would divorce in 1989

2005 [16] P Diddy (Sean Combs) appears on the “Today Show” and announces he’s altering his stage name (again) by referring to himself simply as ‘Diddy’. (He may now go by the name ‘Sean “Love” Combs’, but we’re not sure)

2008 [13] Ellen DeGeneres weds actress Portia de Rossi in Beverly Hills, California

1977 [44] Elvis Presley dies at Graceland at age 42. The official cause of death is cardiac arrhythmia

2002 [19] 25 years to the day after the death of Elvis Presley, an album containing 30 of his #1 hits is released, with ‘A Little Less Conversation’ as a bonus track (a remixed version of the song hits #1)

2018 [03] Aretha Franklin dies after a long battle with pancreatic cancer at age 76

2010 [11] China overtakes Japan as the world’s second-biggest economy (after USA … for now)

2009 [12] Usain Bolt of Jamaica wins the 100m in a world record time of 9.58 seconds at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin


• To your fish, tapping on the aquarium glass is as loud as a rock concert.
• The first-ever movie with outtakes in the credits was “Smokey and the Bandit” (1977).
• Movie theater popcorn costs more per ounce than Filet Mignon.
• There are 92 known cases of nuclear bombs lost at sea.
• Most toilets flush in E flat.
• The word “gorilla” is derived from a Greek word meaning, “A tribe of hairy women.”
-UselessFacts, BathroomReadersInstitute

• Can’t we just turn down the thermostat?
• Do we really need trees?
• Will the oil companies save us?
• Why aren’t windmills gas-powered?
• Will it be a dry heat?
• If we tweet about it enough, it’ll get better, right?
• But don’t they say that change is good?
• Can I throw away my sweaters, then?
• But those rich guys going to space are helping, right?
• Can’t I just paint everything green?
• Is it getting hot in here?

➠ Last week, Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation as NY Governor. (Next, for sentimental reasons, he adamantly denied doing it…)
➠ A 90-year-old woman has made headlines by becoming the oldest graduate in Brigham Young University’s history. (That’s the good news. The bad news? She won’t have her student loans paid off until she’s 140!)
➠ A massive Oak Brook, IL mansion built by former major league slugger and hall of famer Frank Thomas just sold for millions. (Why so much? Well, picture your typical athlete’s mansion, but on steroids…)
➠ Ben Affleck turned 49 yesterday. (He celebrated by spending a quiet evening at home with the person he loves most . . . and then after Matt Damon went home, he hung out with Jennifer Lopez.)
➠ James Cameron is 67 today. (He’ll celebrate by releasing nine additional minutes of footage from his last birthday…)

• Which famous singer released a song called ‘Adore You’?
a) Harry Styles [CORRECT]
b) Dua Lipa
c) Halsey
d) CeeLo Green

• There are 4 best friends on the TV show “Pretty Little Liars”: Hanna, Emily, Aria, and…
a) Mona
b) Charlie
c) Spencer [CORRECT]
d) Poncharello

• Which Disney princess sings ‘Just Around The Riverbend’?
a) Snow White
b) Elsa
c) Pocahontas [CORRECT]
d) Leia

“But Mommy ALWAYS puts my artwork on the fridge!” (sound up):

I usually meet my girlfriend at 12:59, because I like that one-to-one time.

If a mysterious benefactor wrote you a check for $5,000 and said, “Use it to solve a problem”. What would you do with it?

Question:  According to a survey, people taking selfies is the #1 pet peeve at the gym. What’s #2?
Answer:  Naked people talking to you in the locker room

You learn nothing from life if you think you’re right all the time.


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