December 1 2017

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Friday, December 1, 2017 – Edition: #6110

Bully For You!

★ Matt Lauer was fired from the “Today” show on Wednesday for inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace, but his former co-anchor Katie Couric claimed five years ago that Lauer had an “annoying” habit of pinching her butt. Couric appeared on Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live” in 2012 and participated in a segment called “Plead the Fifth.” The segment, posted by TMZ on Wednesday, showed Cohen asking the anchor what was Lauer’s “most annoying habit.”
★ Johnny Galecki is reprising his Roseanne character for the show reboot. ‘The Big Bang Theory’ actor, who played David Healy on Roseanne from 1992 to 1997, missed the first table read for the TV revival, sparking rumors he may not be involved, but Roseanne Barr confirmed on Twitter that Johnny is, in fact, returning to the show, writing: “We have got our Johnny Galecki back on Roseanne this episode – what a joy to work with such a deeply empathetic actor”.
(Is he the only one who still has a job?)
★ Evangeline Lilly has teased that ‘Avengers 4’ will include plot elements from Season Four of the TV show ‘Lost’, which introduced flash-forwards. ‘Lost’ followed the survivors of a jet airliner crash which lands on a mysterious tropical island somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean.  Lilly played Kate Austen in ‘Lost’.  The anticipated Avengers sequel is slated for release in July.
(Pretty sure Gilligan did a few flash-forwards long before ‘Lost’ did!)
★ Chinese actress Liu Yifei is set to star as Mulan in a live action adaptation of Disney’s classic movie. The 30-year-old star beat out 1,000 other actresses across five continents for the role. Disney wanted to find a Chinese actress who could speak English plus has skills in martial arts and sword fighting. The live action Mulan film will be directed by Niki Caro – with a release date of 2019.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Laura Dern, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Gwen Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Domhnall Gleeson, Rian Johnson
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Queen Latifah, Freddie Highmore, Sam Smith
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Carol Burnett, Lewis Black
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Amy Sedaris, Greta Gerwig, Jessie Reyez ( R )
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Kristen Bell, Dianna Agron, Gary Clark Jr. ( R )
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Sen. Charles Schumer
• “The Talk” (CBS): Taye Diggs
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Terrence Howard, Kumail Nanjiani
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Octavia Spencer, Dave Franco, Ed Sheeran
• “The Mistletoe Inn” (HALLMARK): An aspiring romance novelist attends a writers’ conference at a quaint Vermont inn, where she bonds with a published author who’s dealing with writer’s block.
• “Neil Young: Somewhere in Canada (,, Facebook): A solo acoustic concert from an intimate venue in a Canadian locale that has a personal connection to Young.  (Although unannounced, the concert will be held in his boyhood home of Omemee, Ontario)

• “Christmas in Evergreen” (HALLMARK): A veterinarian sets out to have the perfect Christmas with her boyfriend but crosses path with a doctor and his daughter.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Chance the Rapper hosts, with musical guest Eminem.

• “The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special” (CBS): The 50th anniversary of Carol Burnett’s iconic variety series is celebrated by Burnett, cast members Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner, and others. Burnett reminisces about her favorite sketches, guest stars, wardrobe and bloopers.
• “Christmas at Holly Lodge” (HALLMARK): Evan realizes how legendary the Holly Lodge really is when he evaluates the property for a major developer. The attraction is mutual until Sophie, the owner, realizes the reason for Evan’s stay.

• Rihanna – claims that she only sleeps for “three or four hours a night’.  She says she finds it tough to switch off from the demands of her daily life at night.
• Jay Z – has finally outright admitted that he cheated on Beyonce. In a New York Times interview, he not only admitted that was unfaithful to his wife of nine years, but also said that therapy kept them from getting divorced. He has never named the woman he cheated with. Beyonce has called her ‘Becky with the good hair.’
• Black Eyed Peas – says Fergie could rejoin the group – but only in Virtual Reality form. He says he has no interest in releasing new music with his old bandmates, but he would be keen to do a futuristic VR experience for fans.
• Mariah Carey – and James Packer have quietly entered into a settlement agreement that puts an official end to their acrimonious split. Mariah apparently got a few million dollars and the engagement ring.  She was looking for $50 million.
• Rush – each member has had a species of microbe named after them by researchers at the University of British Columbia.  Scientists say the tiny organisms have long hair-like features that bob about like the band’s hair once did.
• Slash – Rapper Big Sean just purchased his Beverly Hills mansion for $8.7 million. The sprawling 11,000 square foot home was originally listed for $11 million, and reduced last year to $9.5 million.
• Roger Waters – Plans to air Roger Waters concerts on German television next year have reportedly been scrapped over concerns that the Pink Floyd co-founder’s outspoken support for Palestinian statehood constitutes antisemitism.
• Neil Young – Not only is he livestreaming a concert tonight (***see Show Biz Sked***), but 8 p.m. ET. Tonight also marks the release of ‘The Visitor’, his new album with Promise Of The Real, AND the launch of ‘NYA’ –  the Neil Young Archives.  It is a comprehensive online collection of all of his music, films, videos and books.
• Johnny Cash – his boyhood home is under consideration as a nominee for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.  His childhood residence was built in 1934 in Dyess, Arkansas. The home and 40 acres of farmland was given to the Cash family as part of a federal government economic recovery program during the Great Depression.
• Brad Paisley – Dolly Parton and Darius Rucker will join him on a TV special to honor the late Glen Campbell, while Hunter Hayes will team up with Alice Cooper to celebrate the lives of Tom Petty and Chuck Berry.  ‘The Year in Memoriam 2017′ will air on Dec. 18 and will be followed by ‘The Year: 2017′ on Dec. 19.  Both will be on ABC.

• “The Shape of Water” (R-Rated, Drama/Science Fiction):  In a Cold War high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Her life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment. (Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon)
• “Wonder Wheel” (PG-13, Drama):  On Coney Island in the 1950s, a lifeguard tells the story of a middle-aged carousel operator and his beleaguered wife. (Jim Belushi, Juno Temple, Justin Timberlake, Kate Winslet)
• “The Tribes of Palos Verdes” (R-Rated, Drama):  When the situation at her idyllic Palos Verdes home turns volatile, young Medina attempts to surf her way to happiness. (Maika Monroe, Cody Fern, Jennifer Garner)
• “The Disaster Artist” (Not Rated, Comedy):  When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true. (Eliza Coupe, Alison Brie, Lizzy Caplan)
• “Gangster Land (In the Absence of Good Men)” (Not Rated, Drama): The story of America’s most famous mobsters and their rise to power, including Al Capone’s ascension through the eyes of his second in command, “Machine Gun” Jack McGurn. (Sean Faris, Milo Gibson, Jason Patric, Jamie-Lynn Sigler)

Maybe you’ve noticed a little extra hair in the shower drain in the morning these days.  Or it seems like your brush is doing its impersonation of a chia pet lately.  It’s not your imagination.  Late summer and fall are the most popular seasons to search for “hair loss” on Google, according to a study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  But here’s the thing: No one knows WHY we lose more hair at this time of year.  One theory is that scalp hair, which is needed to protect the tops of our heads from sunburn, is no longer as important as the days shorten and temperatures cool in late summer and fall, so the biological need for a protective head of hair lessens, which means hair loss increases.
(Thanks.  Now I REALLY love winter.)
(So it’s not because of my stupid Fall hats?)
(I would blame my kids for making my hair fall out, but they’re around all year…)

Barring any last-minute problems, the Museum of Failure in Los Angeles will open tomorrow.   The Museum of Failure, which will makes its debut at A+D Architecture and Design Museum, will be a celebration of real-life products that never really hit their stride when unleashed on the public, and others that, while the concept may have seemed brilliant at the time, never really made their way off the drawing board.  There are over 100 failures on display, all borrowed from the original failure museum in Sweden.  The line-up of “history’s epic fails” will include food products, furniture, medical instruments, and games from the last couple of centuries, with an emphasis on outlandish output from more recent decades. We’re pretty sure you will be able to find a can of ‘New Coke’ if you look for it.  Founder Dr. Samuel West says that he started the museum because “it’s time we accept failure, learn from it, and truly achieve progress”.  Admission is $15.  Oh, and when you hear in February that it has closed down?  That’s planned.  It is only there for a limited run.  And by the way, opening in January?  The Museum of Selfies.
(So if it becomes popular, does that make it a failure, or a success?)
(15 bucks to get in?  Fail.)

☺ HOMEMADE OR GOURMET FOOD:  store-bought or homemade, giving food as a gift is both thoughtful and inexpensive. Gourmet candy and scorching hot sauces can be bargains, and there is always enough variety to suit everyone on your shopping list. Baking something and putting it in a fancy container might be a great idea too. (If it lasts long enough to make it out the door…)
☺ FESTIVE SOCKS:  are a great way to add a splash of personality to a wardrobe, and there are countless companies producing novelty socks that fit great and feel amazing. They are inexpensive and you can tailor your gift to anyone’s personality. (OK…FIVE inexpensive gifts that everyone loves getting…)
☺ COFFEE OR TEA (AND ACCESSORIES):  Full-bodied coffees that pair with a winter chill or teas flavored with holiday spices are easy to find this time of year and are perfect for the cold weather. There are also plenty of coffee and tea accessories, including mugs and French presses. (What is a ‘coffee accessory’?  Is that like a funnel?)
☺ BOOKS:  are an inexpensive, thoughtful gift that you can match to anyone’s taste.  This time of year, many paperbacks and even some hardcovers may be under $10. (Yes, they do still make them…)
☺ SCARVES AND HATS:  Scarves and hats are all over the place around the holidays, and you may be able to pick them up for under $10 in a wide range of styles and colors (Take it from someone who has been there: If your Grandma knits, check with her first!)
☺ BATH PRODUCTS:  Pretty much everyone could use a relaxing bath to unwind after the work week, and you can pick up items like bath bombs for under $10.  There are even aromatic coffee soaps you can give to the people in your life who don’t quite love the idea of sitting in lavender-scented water. (10 bucks?  Apparently the people on my list aren’t the only ones who will be getting soaked this Christmas!)


1935 [82] Woody Allen (Allen Stewart Konigsberg), Brooklyn NY, film director/writer/actor (“Blue Jasmine”, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”)/2 Oscars (“Hannah & Her Sisters”, “Annie Hall”) COMING UP…”A Rainy Day in New York”, 2018

1945 [72] Bette Midler, Honolulu HI, pop singer (‘The Rose’)/movie actress (“The First Wives Club”)

1970 [47] Sarah Silverman, Bedford NH, comedian/TV personality (“Sarah Silverman Program” 2007-10, movies/ “Wreck-It Ralph”) COMING UP…”Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2″, 2018

1977 [40] Brad Delson, Agoura CA, rock guitarist (Linkin Park-‘Numb’, ‘In The End’)

1985 [32] Janelle Monáe, Kansas City KS, pop/soul singer/songwriter (‘Cold War’, fun. f/Janelle Monáe-‘We Are Young’)

1988 [29] Tyler Joseph, Columbus OH, rapper/singer (Twenty One Pilots-‘Heathens’, ‘Stressed Out’)

1988 [29] Zoe Kravitz, Venice CA, movie actress (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, “Divergent” series)/daughter of actress Lisa Bonet & rocker Lenny Kravitz

2003 [14] Robert Irwin, Melbourne Australia, reality star (Son of the late Steve Irwin and Terri Irwin and younger brother to Bindi Irwin.  Earned a Logie Award in 2013 for his role in his father’s series “Steve Irwin’s Wildlife Warriors”)

1968 [49] Lucy Liu, Queens NY, TV actress (‘Joan Watson’ on “Elementary” since 2012, “Dirty Sexy Money” 2008-09)/movie actress (“Kung Fu Panda”, “Kill Bill”)

1968 [49] Nate Mendel, Richmond WA, rock bassist (Foo Fighters-‘The Pretender’, ‘Best of You’)

1978 [39] Nelly Furtado, Victoria BC, pop singer (‘I’m Like a Bird’, ‘Promiscuous’)

1981 [36] Britney Spears, Kentwood LA, pop singer (‘…Baby, One More Time’, ‘Oops!… I Did It Again’)

1983 [34] Aaron Rodgers, Chico CA, NFL quarterback (Green Bay Packers 2005-present)/2011 Super Bowl

1983 [34] Daniela Ruah, Boston MA, TV actress (‘Kensi Blye’ on “NCIS: Los Angeles” since 2009)

1991 [26] Charlie Puth, Rumson NJ, pop singer (‘See You Again’ w/Wiz Khalifa, ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’ w/Selena Gomez)

Rocker Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath) is 69; Movie actress Daryl Hannah (“Kill Bill”) is 57; Movie actress Julianne Moore (“The Hunger Games”) is 57; TV/movie actor Brendan Fraser (“The Mummy”) is 49; Movie actress Amanda Seyfried (“Mamma Mia!”) is 32.

• “Advent Calendar Day”, the day many kids begin opening one compartment on their seasonal calendar each day through December 24th. (Who are we kidding?  Through about Dec 10, when the rest mysteriously disappear.)

• “Antarctica Day”, begun in 2010 to celebrate the December 1, 1959 signature of the Antarctic Treaty, signed by 12 nations to set aside the entire continent (nearly 10% of the Earth) to be forever used exclusively for peaceful purposes in the interests of all mankind.

• “World AIDS Day”, the 29th annual day of AIDS awareness and education, first declared by the UN’s World Health Organization in 1988. The official symbol of “World AIDS Day” is the red ribbon. In some communities, the occasion is observed as “Day Without Art”.

• “Bifocals At the Monitor Liberation Day”, a day of lamentation for all those forced to tip their heads back open-mouthed in order to use a computer, thanks to their need for bifocal lenses. Gradually, more and more of us are suffering from ‘presbyopia’ (Greek word for ‘aging eye’)

• “Faux Fur Friday”, an excuse to wear your furriest synthetic outfits and accessories for an enjoyable day. (But isn’t it cruel to kill cute baby acrylics for their fur?)

• “International Sweater Vestival”, a day to wear your sweater vest to work. It’s meant as a parody of other celebrations. (Whoops.  I knew that.)

• “National Pie Day”,  a special day that is set aside to bake and cook all of your favorite pies. On this day, you are also encouraged to bake a few new pie recipes. And most importantly, it’s a day to eat pies!

• “Fritters Day”, honoring the yummy treat made by frying up small cakes of dough in butter or oil. (Yum! Really good for you, too!).

• “Ear Muff Day”, celebrating the first ‘Earmuffs’ patented by one Chester Greenwood of Farmington, Maine on this day 140 years ago in 1877.

• “Mutt Day”, saluting all dogs that are cross-breeds, no-breeds, or all-breeds.

• “Homemade Gift Day”. Better start now if you hope to have that ugly knitted hat finished in time for the big day!

• “International Day of Persons With Disabilities”, sponsored by the UN.

• “Roof Over Your Head Day”, an annual event to draw attention to the plight of the homeless.

2003 [14] World premiere of the 3rd and final “Lord Of the Rings” movie, “The Return Of the King”, in Wellington NZ (#14 movie of all-time, grossing $1.12 billion worldwide)

2004 [13] Longtime NBC News anchor and managing editor Tom Brokaw says good night for the last time on “NBC Nightly News”

1971 [46] John & Yoko Lennon’s ‘Happy Xmas (War is Over)’ is released

1982 [35] Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, album is released (Grammy Award Album of the Year 1984, best-selling album of all time

2011 [06] It’s a good day for comedy writers and late-night talk show hosts as pop boy-band Hanson announces they will be selling ‘MMMHop’ beer (a take off on their one-and-only hit “MMMBop” in 1997)

1913 [104] Ford Motor Company institutes world’s 1st moving assembly line for the ‘Model T’ Ford

• If crime doesn’t pay… does that mean my job is a crime?
• Do fish get thirsty?
• Do pilots take crash-courses?
• If nobody buys a ticket to a movie do they still show it?
• How do you know if honesty is the best policy unless you’ve tried some of the others?
• If you have a cold hot pocket, is it just a pocket?
• Why do they call it ‘chili’ if it’s hot?
• If you pamper a cow, do you get spoiled milk?
• What happened to Old Zealand?
• How did Walt Disney figure out how to make people pay to stand in lines all day and then come back for more the next day?
• How do you get off a nonstop flight?

☎ It’s time to start thinking about it.  Which is the best Caribbean island for a Winter getaway? Why?

Which brand of toilet paper are you not suppose to squeeze?
a. Angel Soft
b. Charmin [CORRECT]
c. Any generic brand
d. Scott

What is the Atkin’s diet about?
a. Watching calories
b. Watching carbohydrates [CORRECT]
c. Watching sodium
d. Watching sugars

“One door closes, another opens.  One door closes, another opens.  One door closes, another opens”.
-Me, with a chocolate advent calendar

Question:  According to a survey 35% of people have done THIS at their office Christmas party. What is it?
Answer:  Leave to go to a better party.

If everyone hates extreme political correctness, then why is it the standard?

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