Monday, August 9, 2021 – Edition: #7041
Good Morning, Sheetheads!
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BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Markie Post, the actress known for her roles in “Night Court”, “The Fall Guy”, “Hearts Afire” and more, died on Saturday, following an almost 4 year battle with cancer. She was 70. Post was a a series regular on NBC’s Night Court, portraying public defender ‘Christine Sullivan’ for 159 episodes between 1985 and 1992. She also drew notice with her turn as ‘Georgie Anne Lahti Hartman’ in the CBS sitcom Hearts Afire, in which she starred opposite John Ritter.
★ Jake Gyllenhaal is the latest celeb to enter the debate about bathing — and he has his own reason for skipping showers. He told Vanity Fair: “More and more I find bathing to be less necessary, at times. I do also think that there’s a whole world of not bathing that is also really helpful for skin maintenance, and we naturally clean ourselves.” Although Gyllenhaal sometimes skips showers, he did clarify that he brushes his teeth often. He’s one of several actors who have recently started a conversation about proper shower protocol. Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher recently explained how they aren’t always in a rush to bathe their kids: 6-year-old Wyatt and Dimitri, who is 4.
★ Bob Odenkirk continues to recover from the heart attack that sent what felt like the entire world into a minor panic. He updated fans about his condition, joking about how many people have expressed concern for his well-being. In a statement posted on Twitter, Odenkirk said: “I am doing great. I’ve had my very own “It’s a wonderful life” week of people insisting I make the world slightly better. Wow! Thank you, I love everyone right now but let’s keep expectations reasonable!” On July 27, Odenkirk had what he has described as a “small heart attack” during filming of the final season of “Better Call Saul,” and was rushed to hospital.
★ They built it, and now people will come. On Thursday, the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox will meet at a special temporary field set up amid 159 acres of cornfields near the property used in the 1989 film “Field of Dreams”. The game was postponed in 2020 debut by the pandemic, and marks the first-ever major league baseball game in Iowa. An 8,000-seat ballpark will host the game, which will feature a corn maze outside the park in the shape the MLB logo. And it will be possible to hit a home run into the cornfield beyond the right field wall…just like in the movie.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): David Spade, Whitney Cummings, Jagger Eaton, Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Billie Eilish, Abigail Breslin
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Stephen King, Winston Duke
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, John Stamos
• ” The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Sharon Stone, Matthew Rhys (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Michelle Collins, Lexi Wilson
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Richard Branson, Jamie Lee Curtis
• “The Talk” (CBS): Roselyn Sanchez, guest co-host Terrence J
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Whitney Cummings, Melba Wilson, guest co-host Ali Wentworth
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Chris Pratt, Melissa King (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Becca Stevens, Sharon Richardson (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Iman, Max Greenfield (R)
• “The Bachelorette” (ABC): Season 17 finale
• “Cheap Old Houses” (HGTV): Series premiere. In New York state, Ethan and Elizabeth visit an 1850 Italianate with a jaw-dropping interior, a 1900 Victorian with its original details; and an 1850s schoolhouse restored by a father-daughter team.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Taylor Swift — has teased collaborations with Phoebe Bridgers, Chris Stapleton and Ed Sheeran. She’s set to release “Red (Taylor’s Version)”, the re-recorded version of her 2012 LP on November 19. Swift also confirmed that the rumored 10-minute version of ‘All Too Well’ is on the way.
• Kanye West – His long-awaited “Donda” album drops today, according to Apple Music. Late last week, Apple listed it as available for pre-order, with a release date of Aug. 9. Donda features 24 songs, including collaborations with Jay Z, Travis Scott, Kid Cudi, Playboi Carti and the late Pop Smoke.
• Britney Spears – Her father Jamie said in a court filing Friday that there are “no grounds whatsoever” for removing him from controlling her money and affairs. He claims he “has dutifully and faithfully served as the conservator of his daughter’s estate without any blemishes.” That came after Britney’s new attorney requested an emergency hearing to suspend him from the conservatorship.
• Kiss — will kick off its long-rumored second Las Vegas residency Dec. 27. The news was broken by Gene Simmons during an interview previewing his “ArtWorks” collection of paintings and sketches. He says the band will perform at Zappos “through February, but in the middle of the Kiss tour that’s going around the world.”
• Bryan Adams – has photographed a naked Rita Ora in the bathtub for the 2022 Pirelli Calendar. He was tasked with taking pics of famous faces, also including Cher, Grimes, Jennifer Hudson, Iggy Pop, Normani, Saweetie and St. Vincent, for the iconic calendar’s upcoming edition titled “On The Road”.
• Guns N’ Roses – Friday, they released the first new music since their 2016 reunion. ‘Absurd’ is a reworked version of ‘Silkworms’ from the band’s 2008 album “Chinese Democracy”, but the song actually goes back to 2001. It has recently found its way into the band’s setlist, first on Aug. 3 in Boston. No word on when fans can expect a new album.
• Tim McGraw — will test his acting chops in “1883”, the “Yellowstone” prequel series coming to Paramount+. He will star as ‘James Dutton’, alongside real-life wife, Faith Hill. He calls his first lead role in a TV series his “dream job”.
• Thomas Rhett – He and his wife Lauren Akins showcase their Nashville home in the latest issue of House Beautiful. The photo spread includes a children’s bedroom with bunk beds, a living room featuring a stone fireplace, and dining areas. Akins, who has 3 young kids and another on the way, said: “There are already stains on the carpets, markers on the walls, fingernail polish spilled on the wood floors, but it is a real and happy home.”
• Reba McEntire – revealed on TikTok that she suffered from COVID-19 and recovered, but it could affect her touring plans. Quote: “Stay home. Just stay safe. Stay healthy. It’s not fun to get this. I did get it. Rex (Linn, her boyfriend) and I got it and it’s not fun. You don’t feel good. We were both vaccinated and we still got it, so stay safe, stay home, and be protected the best you can.”
SHOOTING THE BULL
COMING CLEAN ON COMING CLEAN:
(***See “Show Biz Buzz”, above***) First, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher opened up about waiting until they see “dirt” on their kids before giving them a bath. Next, Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell chimed in, admitting that they, too, don’t always bathe their children on a regular schedule. Now Jake Gyllenhaal has shared his own controversial hygiene routine, which he says benefits his skin, saying: “More and more I find bathing to be less necessary, at times.” So, what does an expert say? Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Dustin Portela of Boise, Idaho, says: “Bathing daily is not necessary for everyone, but is not a bad thing either. If you are very physically active or have a Mike Rowe style ‘dirty job,’ bathing daily is probably a necessity. If you are more sedentary, a daily bath may not be necessary and could lead to skin dryness.” He says for the average person, a shower or bath is reasonable every 1-3 days. He also says that if you bathe daily, it may only be necessary to lather up certain areas in order to avoid drying out your skin . . . we’ll leave it to you to guess which areas. As for the good doctor, he showers “daily, and doesn’t plan to change his routine.”
(I just don’t understand how some people could get up in the morning and go about their day…without peeing first!!)
(On the other hand, some of the most sedentary people I know are the ones who most need a bath…)
(Trust me…with the kind of summer we’ve been having, NO ONE should be going more than a day without a shower!)
INCORRECT, INSECURE AND EXPIRED:
Using a password of 3 random words for an online account is more secure than those complex variations of letters, numbers and symbols, according to the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre. In a blogpost, the NCSC says a 3-word system creates passwords that are easy to remember. It also creates unusual combinations of letters, which is usually enough to keep online accounts secure from cybercriminals. On the other hand, more complex passwords can be ineffective because they can often be guessed by criminals using specialist software. The agency conceded that using 3 random words is not 100% safe, since people might use predictable word combinations, but said a major advantage of the system is its usability “because security that’s not usable doesn’t work”, an apparent reference to traditional password requirements involving complex combinations.
(Here’s the problem: The first 3 random words I thought of were ‘My’, ‘Pass’ and ‘Word’.)
(And if you need some help coming up with 3 random words, I’ll be narrating what’s always going on in my head later this morning…)
(Great. Now we can expect a rash of cybercrime victims who used ‘threerandomwords’ as their password…)
“FORCING” THE MONEY FROM YOUR WALLET:
Disney has revealed pricing for its new, highly anticipated Star Wars hotel. The Disney World-based hotel “Galactic Starcruiser” is essentially a cruise ship set in space, and while the company calls it the “most immersive Star Wars story ever created”, it’ll cost you — to the tune of US $6,000…for 2 nights. That’s for 3 adults and a child. A 2-night stay for 2 guests can be had for the bargain rate of just $4,809. That’s right: Despite being on dry land, pricing is similar to what it costs to go on one of Disney’s cruise ships at sea. And what does 6 grand get you? Disney says that covers “ongoing, immersive and interactive entertainment, where choices determine your experience,” your meals (excluding alcohol) and admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the home of the Star Wars-themed land Galaxy’s Edge. The hotel opens next spring.
(So, for 6 grand you don’t even get to go to a “galaxy far, far away”?)
(Just in case there was any doubt about who is really the Dark Side…)
(The good news? Most people who are likely to pay to go to a place like this probably don’t have kids!)
CELEB’S TALENTS YOU MAY NOT HAVE EXPECTED:
➢ Jason Statham – was a good enough diver that he represented England at the 1990 Commonwealth Games.
➢ Mike Rowe – The “Dirty Jobs” host can sing opera. He actually auditioned once for the Baltimore Opera and was accepted.
➢ Angelina Jolie – is a knife enthusiast who has been collecting them since childhood.
➢ Neil Patrick Harris – is a lover of magic and a member of the Magic Castle.
➢ Will Smith – is a Rubik’s cube prodigy. That scene in “The Pursuit of Happyness” where his character solves the puzzle was not rigged or pre-set in any way.
➢ Justin Bieber – Same. He showed off his talent on “Carpool Karaoke”.
➢ Mark Ruffalo – is a unicyclist. He learned when he was 12, and 25 years later, was able to get right back in the saddle on “The Graham Norton Show”.
➢ Harrison Ford – is a trained aviator. He took flying lessons after college, and picked up the hobby again at age 54 because he “hadn’t learned anything for a long time.”
➢ Nick Offerman – is an accomplished woodworker. In fact, he founded his own woodcrafting company, “Offerman Woodshop” about 20 years ago. (Come to think of it, maybe that one – you DID expect…)
DID YOU KNOW?
A slice of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer’s wedding cake will be auctioned on Wednesday, and is expected to go for as much as £500 (US$694). It was given to Moyra Smith, a member of the Queen Mother’s household, who preserved it with cling wrap and kept it in a floral cake tin with the handwritten label: “Handle with Care – Prince Charles & Princess Diane’s Wedding Cake,” which she signed and dated 27 July 1981. Dominic Winter Auctioneers says the 40-year-old cake “appears to be in exactly the same good condition, but we advise against eating it.”
BS CHRONOMETER 08.09.21
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1944  Sam Elliot, Sacramento, CA, movie actor (“A Star is Born”, “Tombstone”, “Roadhouse”)
1957  Melanie Griffith, New York City NY, movie actress (“Working Girl’, “Body Double”)
1964  Hoda Kotb, Norman OK, TV show host (“Today” since 2007, “Dateline NBC” since 1998)
1968  Gillian Anderson, Chicago IL, TV actress (‘Dana Scully’ on “The X-Files” 1993-2002, 2016-18, ‘Margaret Thatcher’ on “The Crown”, 2020 COMING UP…”White Bird”, 2022
1968  Eric Bana [Banadinović], Melbourne Australia, movie actor (“Hulk”, “Munich”)
1976  Jessica Capshaw, Columbia MO, TV actress (‘Dr Arizona Robbins’ on “Grey’s Anatomy” since 2009)
1983  Dan Levy, Toronto Canada, TV actor (“Schitt’s Creek” 2015-20)/son of actor Eugene Levy
1985  Anna Kendrick, Portland ME, movie actress (“Pitch Perfect” films, “The Twilight Saga”) COMING UP…”Alice, Darling”
1990  Bill Skarsgard, Vallingby Sweden, movie actor (“It”, “Deadpool 2″) COMING UP…”Emperor”, 2022
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Book Lovers Day”. No matter where you are, you’re never alone . . . as long as you have a book. Is reading as enjoyable with a Kindle or iPad?
• “Hand-Holding Day”, to celebrate one of the oldest expressions of reassurance and affection. Everybody has their preferred technique: Some like interlocking, others cupping or the pinky-link. Some prefer being on top, others the bottom. (Some swing both ways!)
• “International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples”, as declared by the UN. There are over 476 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. The 2021 theme is “Leaving no one behind: Indigenous peoples and the call for a new social contract.” (***Info on this year’s virtual commemoration here: https://tinyurl.com/2bhhvj3a ***)
• “Rice Pudding Day”, celebrating the tasty treat that combines rice, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and raisins. And what’s your secret ingredient? Rum?
• “Polka Day”, celebrating the fast-paced duet dance form said to have originated in the 1800s in Bohemia. (Really, it is possible to be sad when a polka is playing??)
• “Coworking Day”, Coworking is when workers from different companies share the same space. It could be defined as a shared but independent working environment, providing an opportunity for those who would be working alone, or in areas not well-suited for work, to share a space and work independently or collaborate. Benefits of coworking include:
⇒ A wider range of networking opportunities
⇒ Increased productivity
⇒ A boost in creativity
⇒ Collaboration opportunities
⇒ Greater flexibility
⇒ A sense of belonging and purpose
COMING UP . . .
[Tues] Lazy Day
[Tues] S’mores Day
[Wed] Son and Daughter Day
[Wed] Annual Medical Checkup Day
This Month Is…Family Fun Month
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2002  Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie weds actor Nicolas Cage (who played an Elvis impersonator in 1992s “Honeymoon in Vegas”), an ill-advised union that lasts 4 months
2015  Former NFL star and long-time “Monday Night Football” sportscaster Frank Gifford dies at age 84 (husband of TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford)
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1986 [35) An audience of 120,000 watches Queen play their last concert with Freddie Mercury at the Knebworth Park Festival in Hertfordshire, England (encore includes ‘We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions’ and ‘God Save the Queen’)
1995  Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead dies from a heart attack at age 53
TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1955  The first “Guinness Book of World Records” is published (***BS FUN FACT***) The Guinness Book of World Records holds the world record for being the book most-often stolen from libraries.
2012  Usain Bolt becomes the first person to win gold in the 100m and 200m events in back-to-back Olympics (then he did it again in 2016…)
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ A human head can remain conscious for 15-20 seconds after decapitation.
✓ Researchers in the field of “interruption science” have found that it takes an average of 25 minutes to recover from a phone call.
✓ Manhole covers are round so they can’t fall into the opening.
✓ Google handles over 2 trillion searches per year. That’s about 270 searches per person on Earth.
✓ In Asia and England, a black cat is considered lucky.
✓ In Uruguay, intoxication is a legal excuse for having an accident while driving.
Best of BS . . .
BS RUIN A PICNIC WITH ONE QUESTION:
• Does this meat smell OK to you?
• Has anyone seen my fingernail?
• Why is the rice crawling?
• Do you have any gluten free, low salt, no carb snacks? I’m doing a cleanse.
• So, who’s watched the Human Centipede trilogy?
• Who’s up for tripe?
• Who the hell invited her?
• Would you like to hear my definitive ranking of every family member at this reunion in order of hotness?
• Who put the bait next to the noodles?
• Do we really have to do this outside?
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2018
TODAY’S SCOOP OF BS:
➠ The Tokyo Olympics wrapped up yesterday with the closing ceremony. (I just couldn’t seem to get into it. Unless they go back to the original idea of all the athletes competing naked, I’m just not interested.)
➠ A Florida couple were arrested for assaulting each other with spaghetti. (Makes sense. Word is, their relationship was already strained.)
➠ According to some scientists, nearly 40% of people have some type of parasite living in their brain. (So, that many of us have a Taylor Swift song stuck in their head? Impressive.)
➠ Happy birthday to U2’s The Edge. (He celebrated his 60th yesterday by spending time with his brothers, The Fringe and The Brink…)
➠ Researchers tracking monkeys in Africa claim they actually boast about their sexual exploits. (…the monkeys, that is. Shockingly, researchers tracking monkey sex? Don’t get laid much.)
BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
• In “The Wizard of Oz”, the Tin Man wanted to see the Wizard about getting what?
a) A brain
b) A dog
c) A heart [CORRECT]
d) An oil can
• How many bones are there in the human body?
a) 206 [CORRECT]
• Who painted the Mona Lisa?
a) van Gogh
b) da Vinci [CORRECT]
BS WEB GOODIE:
2032 Olympics preview: https://tinyurl.com/d2u6562f
BS RANDOM JOKE:
On weekends, my coffee is recreational, as opposed to Mondays, when it’s medicinal.
What weird smell do you actually enjoy? (***See “Water Cooler Question”, below***)
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: 12% of people say THIS smell makes them happy. What is it?
Answer: Clean sheets
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
The best view comes after the hardest climb.