Thursday, December 22, 2022 – Edition: #7385
Good Morning, Sheetheads!
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BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ “Black Adam 2” is officially on the back burner. Dwayne Johnson has taken to Twitter to share a statement confirming that a sequel to his recent superhero blockbuster won’t be moving forward. It had previously been reported that the project was dead amid a change in direction for the DC film universe, headed up by director James Gunn and producer Peter Safran. Johnson wrote: “James Gunn and I connected, and Black Adam will not be in their first chapter of storytelling. However, DC and Steven Bucks have agreed to continue exploring the most valiance (‘heroic’) ways Black Adam can be utilized in future DC multiverse chapters.” He added, “James and I have known each other for years and have always rooted for each other to success. It’s no different now, and I will always root for DC (and Marvel) to win and WIN BIG.” DC has also recently scrapped Patty Jenkins’ third ‘Wonder Woman’ film, along with Henry Cavill’s return as ‘Superman’. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2bky25br
★ Janelle Monáe will receive the Critics Choice Association’s SeeHer Award, an honor that will be bestowed next month during the 28th annual Critics Choice Awards. She joins Jeff Bridges, who earlier this month was tapped to receive the group’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The SeeHer Award honors a woman who advocates for gender equality, portrays characters with authenticity, defies stereotypes and pushes boundaries. Previous recipients include Viola Davis, Gal Gadot, Claire Foy, Kristen Bell, Zendaya and Halle Berry. Chelsea Handler will host the Critics Choice ceremony on Jan. 15.
★ Life moves pretty fast — but this car does not. An iconic prop Ferrari from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” sold for a cool $337,500 on Saturday — even though it doesn’t actually drive. The replica Ferrari 250 GT California was used in the scene where ‘Cameron Frye’ (played by Alan Ruck) accidentally causes his dad’s prized ride to crash through the garage window to the woods below. Since a genuine California Spyder Ferrari is one of the most sought-after classic cars, producers chose to have 3 highly detailed copies made for the 1986 flick. The prop car was rebuilt as a display piece after production ended.
★ Jerry Bruckheimer would love to see Johnny Depp return to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. The legendary Hollywood producer says it’s been a shame to see the actor’s personal issues affect his work life. Depp was famously dropped from the Disney saga after Amber Heard aired alleged details of their marriage in 2016. And while it’s unclear whether Disney would have him back in the iconic role, the franchise’s longtime producer says he would welcome the actor with open arms. Quote: “I would love to have him in the (next) movie. He’s a friend, a terrific actor and it’s unfortunate that personal lives creep into everything we do.” Bruckheimer says the script for “Pirates 6” is being worked on right now.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Don Cheadle, Zoey Deutch, Chris Isaak (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Adam Sandler, Greta Gerwig, Dane Cook, Babyface Ray, Keke Palmer (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): “Red, White, & Greenland! Stephen Cold-Bear is Lost in Space Force” (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Jesse Eisenberg, Meghann Fahy (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Noah Centineo, Max Thieriot, Syncopated Ladies (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): BravoCon: The Reading Room (R)
• The View” (ABC/CTV): Gabrielle Union, Sam Worthington (R)
• “The Talk”(CBS): Chelsea Handler, Max Thieriot (R)
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Kelly and Ryan’s Holiday Flashback, featuring heartwarming and hilarious holiday moments
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, Regina Hall, Taye Diggs, Melissa DeSousa (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): John Stamos, Kaitlyn Dever (R)
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Tabitha Brown (R)
• “Sherri” (Check local listings): TD Jakes, Katie Lee Biegel
• “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” (ABC): Sasheer Zamata, Jack Black and Kal Penn
• “My 600-Lb. Life: Where Are They Now?” (TLC): With bonus scenes; Holly has come a long way, but now she’s trying to balance a wedding and skin surgery; Lashanta struggles to lose any weight, and an accident curtails her weight loss even more.
• “A Country Christmas Harmony” (LIFE): Estranged country music duo and former sweethearts run into each other years later and are forced to shelter together during a storm.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Adele — is reportedly launching a lingerie line. The Sun says she also plans to sell other items like jewellery, perfume, and clothing. The paper says her company, Melted Stone, has applied to trademark “1, 2, Free” for goods in the US, after receiving approval in the UK. The application also lists watches, luggage, headgear, bags, backpacks, wallets, and even key fobs, in addition to “underclothing”.
• BTS — will release “BTS: Yet to Come in Cinemas” in movie theaters worldwide on Feb. 1. A release says the concert, shot at Busan’s World Expo 2030 bid, has been fashioned into a “special cinematic cut, re-edited and remixed for the big screen.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/bdduk45u
• Drake – After dropping 2 chart-topping albums this year, he has confirmed that he’ll hit the road in 2023. He hasn’t performed a formal tour since 2018, but has hit the stage several times with artist like 21 Savage, Lil Baby, and others.
• Greta Van Fleet — are putting the finishing touches on their third album. They dropped “The Battle at Garden’s Gate” in 2021, and the follow-up will see them go back to a simpler, more raw sound. According to drummer Danny Wagner: “It’s nearing completion, and we’re very excited about it.”
• Oasis – has a big fan in Bob Dylan. In a new Wall Street Journal interview, Dylan cops to enjoying the music of “The Oasis Brothers”, as well as Metallica, Nick Cave, Eminem, Wu-Tang, Royal Blood and “anybody with a feeling for words and language”. When it comes to TV, he likes…believe it or not, “Coronation Street”.
• Queen – Their iconic single ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ recently crossed the threshold of 2 billion streams on Spotify. This comes less than 2 years after it was certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America, representing 10 million in sales and stream equivalents in the US.
• Keith Urban – is such a big fan of a certain classic Christmas movie, that his go-to guitar is named after his favorite character. Quote: “One of my main guitars is called Clarence, and it’s named after the angel in ‘It’s A Wonderful Life.’”
• Blake Shelton – Gwen Stefani recently revealed that their bathroom is decorated with tabloid covers. Quote: “When we built our house last year in Oklahoma, [in] one of the bathrooms going out to the pool is every single tabloid cover (that they have been featured on), made into wallpaper. You go in there and you’re like, ‘Oh, my God.’ It’s pretty funny.”
• Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Lorrie Morgan, Tanya Tucker — and more are set to honor the life and career of George Jones, with a concert event and TV taping. “Still Playin’ Possum: Music and Memories of George Jones” is set for April 25 in Huntsville AL. It will also feature Jamey Johnson, Justin Moore, Mark Chesnutt, Michael Ray, Sam Moore, Trace Adkins, Tracy Byrd and Tracy Lawrence.
SHOOTING THE BULL
Everyone has heard those stories about the number of disgusting germs and bacteria found on our smartphones. For example, The University of Arizona found there are 12 times more bacteria on a cell phone than on an average toilet seat. That’s one reason this is so awesome: Twitter user @shao1555 shared a video from a McDonald’s in Japan that has a phone sanitizing station right next to the restroom sink. In the video, shao1555 can be seen placing their phone into a slot labeled “Smart phone.” The phone is automatically taken down into the sanitizing machine, where a lid closes and UV lights come on. After a moment, the sanitized phone is then sent back up for the owner to retrieve. The sink phone sanitizer is called the “Wosh”, and its manufacturer “Wota” says it can sanitize a phone in about 30 seconds, removing about 99.9% of bacteria. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/ypuc49th
(Then you pick up your phone with your unwashed hand, and get the heck out of there!)
(Sorry, I’ve lost waaay too much money in vending machines to ever think of putting my phone in one!)
If you’re stuck – and I mean REALLY stuck – on a gift for someone on your list, here’s a tip: Think about that person, and what you know about them. Consumer psychologist Aaron Ahuvia, author of “The Things We Love: How Our Passions Connect Us and Make Us Who We Are”, says there are 2 secrets to giving gifts that people will love:
1. The gifts people love most are rarely the most expensive, but often the most on target for the recipient. Give a gift that shows you have a genuine curiosity about that person. Say you’re buying a gift for an avid cook. Don’t ask the cook to name a kitchen gadget — think about what this person loves about cooking, some of their favorite dishes, tools, and fools, frustrations in the kitchen. An enthusiastic curiosity can go a long way in helping you find an excellent gift.
2. A great gift either reminds the recipient of a past connection with you, fosters a future connection – or both. For example: Gift someone a game and find time to play it with them. A scrapbook – or even golf passes can have the same effect. It’ll become a loved gift if the recipient sees it as a bridge that connects the two of you.
(And failing all that…just get her chocolate!)
(I guess the old saying is right: It’s the thought that counts…)
SLEEP IN HEAVENLY PEACE:
OK, parents . . . take notes if you need to, because this could come in REALLY handy. A survey asked Moms and Dads their best tips to get excitable kids to sleep on Christmas Eve. Here are some of the best answers from parents of kids aged 3-12…
• 21% tell their little ones Santa can’t come down the chimney until they are sleeping. (Wow! Talk about pressure…)
• 13% warn “The Elf on the Shelf” is still watching to make sure they drop off before midnight.
• 17% read a special Christmas story on the night of Dec. 24 to help kids to bed.
The problem? These handy tips aside, 51% of parents think their kids will struggle to go to sleep on Christmas Eve, no matter what they do.
(The good thing is this: If the kids can’t fall asleep until late, they’ll definitely sleep in on Christmas morning . . . NOT!!!)
(Never mind if we’re parents or not…I just took down some notes to use on MYSELF!)
SPOTIFY’S MOST-STREAMED CHRISTMAS SONGS OF ALL-TIME (globally):
1. ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ – Mariah Carey
2. ‘Last Christmas’ – Wham!
3. ‘Santa Tell Me’ – Ariana Grande
4. ‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas’ – Michael Bublé
5. ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ – Brenda Lee
6. ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ – Bobby Helms
7. ‘It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ – Andy Williams
8 ‘Mistletoe’ – Justin Bieber
9. ‘Snowman’ – Sia
10. ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ (1984 version) – Band Aid
DID YOU KNOW?
A new study has found that Santa’s sleigh could actually fly — with some major advancements. A group of physics students, inspired by the scene in 2003’s “Elf” in which Santa harnesses a jet engine to power his sleigh, performed a number of calculations taking into account the mass of the sleigh and its load of presents. They determined that in order to produce enough lift to fly during Santa’s Christmas Eve journey, the sleigh would have to move at about 10 times the speed of sound (12,300 mph, 19,800km/h). The sleigh would need a pair of wings similar to those on a commercial airplane. It would also need an engine with an equivalent thrust to that produced by NASA’s Saturn V rocket, which was used for the Apollo missions in the 1960s and 70s. The study was published in University of Leicester’s Physics Special Topics journal. (Well, Santa does have some very gifted builders on staff…!)
BS CHRONOMETER 12.22.22
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Regifting Day”, The Thursday before Christmas is a common date for work parties and festivities. Regifting Day encourages you to avoid giving the usual cheap and undesirable presents and help preserve the environment by ‘regifting’ a colleague. The term “regifting” came from the 1995 “Seinfeld” episode “The Label Maker,” although the practice itself had long existed.
• “Abilities Day”, first celebrated in 1999 to honor disabled people and their care-givers. It is also a time to recognize that we all have abilities and disabilities of various kinds. Today, show your solidarity by wearing a white ribbon, or by placing them on Christmas trees and wreaths.
• “Date Nut Bread Day”, celebrating the rich loaf that is moist and delicious, and great toasted for breakfast. Sort of like Christmas cake, only half the weight.
• “Cookie Exchange Day”, cookie exchanges/swaps/parties are loads of fun and pretty simple to put together. Whip up a batch or 2 of your favorite tried-and-true homemade cookies, or try that brand new recipe you’ve been eyeing, and share or trade with your friends, family, or co-workers (if they make it that far…).
AND REMEMBER . . .
[Fri] Pfeffernüsse Day
[Sat] Christmas Eve
[Sun] Christmas Day
This Month is… Root Vegetables and Exotic Fruits Month
This Month is…Safe Toys and Gifts Month
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1945  Diane Sawyer, Glasgow KY, TV news anchor (“ABC World News Tonight: 2008-2015, “Good Morning America” 1999-2016)
1946  Rick Nielsen, Rockford IL, rock guitarist (Cheap Trick-‘I Want You to Want Me’, ‘Dream Police’)
1962  Ralph Fiennes (***PRON: Rafe Fines***), Suffolk UK, movie actor (“Grand Budapest Hotel”, “Harry Potter” films)/stage actor (Tony Award-“Hamlet”) COMING UP…“The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar” 2023
1972  Vanessa Paradis, Saint-Maur-des-Fossés France, model (Channel)/movie actress (“White Wedding”, “Élisa”)/pop singer/partner of Johnny Depp 1998-2012
1989  Jordin Sparks, Phoenix AZ, pop singer (w/Chris Brown-‘No Air’, ‘Tattoo’)/“American Idol 6″ winner at age 17 in 2007
1991  DaBaby (Jonathan Kirk), Cleveland OH, rapper (‘Suge’, ‘Rockstar’, w/ Dua Lipa-‘Levitating’)
1993  Meghan Trainor, Nantucket MA, pop singer (‘All About That Bass’, ‘Dear Future Husband’)
2000  Joshua Bassett, Oceanside CA, TV actor (“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” 2019)/movie actor (“Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again”)/pop singer (‘Lie Lie Lie’)
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2006  “Night At the Museum”, starring Ben Stiller, opens in movie theaters (later spawns 2 sequels)
2007  Jimmy Fallon marries producer Nancy Juvonen in the Caribbean
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2002  The Clash singer Joe Strummer dies in Broomfield, England at 50 of an undiagnosed congenital heart defect
2012  Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood (65) marries his girlfriend, 34-year-old Sally Humphreys (still together)
2014  Joe Cocker dies of lung cancer at 70 in Crawford, Colorado
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
2001  Richard Reid unsuccessfully attempts to destroy an American Airlines plane flying from Paris to Miami using explosives hidden in his shoes (following this, passengers are forced to remove their shoes at security for over a decade)
BS WHACK CHRISTMAS FACTS:
✓ The movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” was a box office flop. It wasn’t until 1974, when its copyright expired and TV networks could air it for free, that it became a beloved Christmas movie.
✓ Will Ferrell consumed so much sugar while filming “Elf” that he actually became physically ill.
✓ In Slovakia, it is a tradition to keep “Christmas Carp” in the family bathtub for a few days before they are eaten.
✓ Although gingerbread houses date back to the 1600s, the tradition became widespread in Germany after the story of Hansel and Gretel was published in 1812.
✓ The Elf on the Shelf was inspired by the creators’ own toy elf, Fisbee, who they grew up with in the 1970s.
✓ Paul McCartney earns about $400,000 each year from his song ‘Wonderful Christmastime’, which is widely regarded as his worst song.
Best of BS . . .
BS TOP SIGNS YOU’RE SICK OF THE HOLIDAYS:
• You’ve got red and green bags under your eyes
• You’re serving reindeer pot pie
• When you hear, “Sleigh bells ring, are you listenin’?” you scream, “No! I’m not listening!”
• You climb on your roof and start hosing down Christmas carolers
• You think you hear your Christmas tree taunting you
• You’re busted for running through town wearing nothing but mistletoe
• You’ve got eggnog coming out of your ears
• Your standard response, “Happy freakin’ holidays to you too”
• You opt to stay in bed until April
-Neloo, first published in BS in 2017
BS WAYS TO HAVE A MERRIER CHRISTMAS:
• Hide all your toys before Christmas Eve, so Santa won’t think you already have too many.
• Do NOT teach your cat to meow ‘Jingle Bells’.
• If you feel down because of holiday weight gain, just remember: You were also fat in August.
• When caroling, if a homeowner throws hot cocoa on you, avoid giving an encore.
• Never tell a Salvation Army volunteer she has a cute pot.
• Never, under any circumstances, stand under a pear tree.
-First published in BS in 2011
BS NAME THAT OVERLY-VERBOSE CHRISTMAS SONG:
1. Apply ornamental decorative items to the house’s connective passage ways. (‘Deck the Halls’)
2. My parent’s mother was involved in an unexpected trampling incident with an antlered creature of the genus Rangifer. (‘Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer’)
3. Bestowing an emotion of great delight or happiness on the 3rd celestial body in orbit around the sun. (‘Joy to the World’)
4. A period of one and 5/7th weeks revolving around the winter holiday celebrated on the 25th day of December. (‘The 12 Days of Christmas’)
5. The only thing I desire to acquire on the 25th day of December is a pair of processes attached to the forward section my jaw serving for the prehension and mastication of food. (‘All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth’)
BS WEB GOODIE:
Leaving work for the holidays… https://tinyurl.com/t8fvjuz
BS RANDOM JOKE:
Christmas sweaters are only acceptable as a cry for help.
BS PHONE STARTER:
What is your absolute best Christmas memory?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: A survey says that 36% of us plan on doing THIS all day on Christmas? What is it?
Answer: Staying in our pajamas!
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
If you want to experience the true meaning of Christmas, give something to someone who can offer nothing in return.