Thursday, February 17, 2022 – Edition: #7170
Tomorrow’s Show Prep Today!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ (***UPDATE***) A Florida judge has granted a temporary injunction blocking the release of additional records related to the death investigation of Bob Saget. Saget was found dead in his hotel room in Orlando, Florida, last month. The Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that his death was accidental, most likely due to him falling backward and striking his head. Saget’s widow Kelly Rizzo and her 3 daughters had filed suit on Tuesday, requesting that some investigation records related to the death be exempt from being revealed publicly because of their graphic nature in how they portray the late actor.
★ “Spider-Man: No Way Home” has officially unseated “Avatar” to become the third-highest grossing domestic release in US history. After weeks of speculation over whether ‘Peter Parker’ had the legs to bump the people of Pandora from bronze, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” collected the remaining $1 million on Monday to push “Avatar” — and its mighty $760.5 million at the North American box office — to fourth place in the record books. It would require an additional $100 million in domestic ticket sales to catch “Avengers: Endgame” ($858 million) at #2, and even more to match “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($936 million) in first place.
★ Simon Leviev is looking to turn his “Tinder Swindler” fame into his big Hollywood break. He’s already signed with a talent manager, and wants to write a book, star on a dating show and host a dating podcast. Leviev is the subject of the new Netflix documentary in which women — and law enforcement — claim he flaunted a lavish lifestyle to women on Tinder, and once he got them hooked, he would convince them to “loan” him money. When they did, he’d ghost them and allegedly make off with their cash.
★ Warner Bros. is activating the power of the Wonder Twins. They’re a pair of alien siblings named ‘Zan’ and ‘Jayna’ who were introduced to a generation of TV viewers on Hanna-Barbera’s “The All-New Super Friends Hour” as young companions to adult heroes such as ‘Superman’, ‘Batman’ and ‘Wonder Woman’. The duo then appeared in the “Super Friends” comic and, over time, became incorporated into the larger DC universe. Now, Warner has hired Adam Sztykiel, who worked on the upcoming “Black Adam”, to write and direct an original live-action feature for HBO Max, based on the characters. The twins were known for their catchphrase, “Wonder Twin power, activate!”
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Ringo Starr, Shaun White
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Pete Buttigieg, Adam Scott
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Ike Barinholtz, Chloe Kim, Parcels
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Mya Allen, Andrea Denver, Ciara Miller
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Garcelle Beauvais, guest co-host Lauren Wright
• “The Talk” (CBS): Sheila E.
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Jesse Williams, Brian Kelly
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Mark Wahlberg
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Channing Tatum, Caitriona Balfe, Priscilla Block
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Drew’s Crew to the Rescue Hour
• “Jeopardy! National College Championship” (ABC): Semifinals #1
• “2022 Winter Olympics” (NBC, CBC): Women’s 1000m speed skating, women’s free skate, women’s halfpipe final, men’s ski cross, men’s hockey semifinal
• “Joe Millionaire: For Richer or Poorer” (FOX): The ladies’ families pay a surprise visit and meet both “Joes”; one of the ladies has her own surprise.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Megan Thee Stallion – celebrated her 27th birthday Tuesday with the launch of the Pete and Thomas Foundation, a non-profit supporting charitable programs in her hometown of Houston. It will focus on awarding scholarships and student resources, addressing housing issues for senior citizens, single mothers and families in need, and providing health and wellness care.
• Lizzo – She and Beck have been tapped as keynote speakers at this year’s South by Southwest festival, Mar. 11-20 in Austin TX. Lizzo’s keynote will come as she gets set for the premiere of her new Amazon reality series “Watch Out for the Big Grrrls”, scheduled to debut this year.
• Bobby Brown – will appear in a 12-episode series on A&E that will give fans a glimpse of his emotional visit to the gravesite of his late ex-wife Whitney Houston and their daughter, Bobbi Kristina. “Bobby Brown: Every Little Step” also covers his 2022 reunion with New Edition. It premieres May 31.
• Madonna — has reportedly recruited Katy Perry for a remix project. Perry previously appeared in Madonna’s star-studded ‘B**** I’m Madonna’ music video in 2015, and now it seems she’ll show up on a remix of a Madonna hit for a new album.
• Dr Dre – has discussed working with Mary J. Blige on her next album. He produced her 2001 hit ‘Family Affair’, and confirmed that the pair spoke about teaming up on her follow-up to ‘Good Morning Gorgeous’, which was released last week, after they shared the stage during the Super Bowl Halftime show on Sunday.
• Neil Young – His music has quietly returned to Spotify after he announced last month he was removing his catalog from the streaming platform for airing what he called COVID-19 misinformation on Joe Rogan’s podcast. No comment so far from Young or from Spotify. A spokesperson from Warner Bros. Records said it has “no comment or statement.”
• Eddie Vedder – has been forced to postpone solo shows in San Diego and LA (Feb. 15 and 17) after a crewmember tested positive for COVID-19. The dates, promoting his new “Earthling” album, have been rescheduled for Feb. 25 in LA and the 27th in San Diego.
• Keith Richards — will reunite with his solo band the X-Pensive Winos at the annual Love Rocks charity concert, March 10 at the Beacon Theatre in New York. The event will also feature Mavis Staples, Warren Haynes, Melissa Etheridge, Jimmy Vivino, Hozier and Steely Dan guitarist Connor Kennedy, among others. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2fh97w6p
• Academy of Country Music Awards — Kelsea Ballerini, Walker Hayes, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde are among those who will perform at the 57th ACMs on March 7. Breland and the pairing of Parmalee and Blanco Brown ft. Brooke Eden also will perform at the event, which is being shown on Prime Video. More performers will be announced.
• Jimmie Allen — will be a mentor on the upcoming season of “American Idol”. He shared the news on Tuesday from Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa in Hawaii, where he filmed a video with Minnie Mouse waving in the background. On Twitter, Idol also shared the news, explaining that Allen will split the mentor gig with pop superstar Bebe Rexha.
• Miranda Lambert — showed her love for animals on Valentine’s Day by donating $20,000 to help rescue pets. Lambert, a lifelong animal lover, gave $1,000 to each of 20 shelters across the US. She also posted a video on Instagram of herself and her dog, Delta Dawn. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/m3yhd4tc
SHOOTING THE BULL
NO CLEAN SHIRT? NO PROBLEM:
Chocolate and wine – Is there anything they CAN’T do? Scientists say they have created an anti-microbial lining that can wipe out body odor – by using some sweet-smelling chemicals found in chocolate and wine. Researchers at the University of Tokyo say the invention opens the door to making clothes that don’t have to go in the washing machine after each use. The lining they’ve come up with “zaps” underarm sweat, which is what gives garments a nasty odor. It is a combination of silver and plant compounds (polyphenols) called tannins. They are found in many common foods and drinks including tea, coffee, wine, and chocolate. The coating, called AgTA, is both cost-effective and convenient, according to the team, and would remain on an article of clothing for 10 washes before requiring re-application. They say people working from home could continue wearing the same shirt for weeks without stinking it up.
(Well, I guess you could do the same at work, if you don’t mind people thinking you only have one shirt!)
(Sounds good. Now – what’s this business about clothing going in the wash every time you wear them?)
SPILLING THE TEA ON TEA:
Put the kettle on. Drinking tea can help relieve the stress caused by the pandemic, according to a new study. According to research from the Tea Advisory Panel, 57% of British tea drinkers said a cup of tea at work helps them connect with colleagues, while 22% added they miss tea breaks in the office when working from home. I’m sure you’re aware that tea is loaded with antioxidants, but this research shows that tea drinking could also aid relaxation and lower stress levels. Co-author of the study Dr. Tim Bond said: “These…findings suggest that tea drinking has wider social ramifications that could impact mental health, which is worthy of future investigation, especially as many of us have suffered huge mental health pressures since the pandemic began.” Previous research has found that both black tea and green tea help aid relaxation, reduce stress levels, and reduce heart health decline. But unlike coffee, tea can act as a pick-me-up without affecting sleep.
(Still, keep this in mind: In order for it to work, you have to drink tea!)
(They think TEA helps you connect with your co-workers? Have any of these people ever tried going out for a beer after work?)
iWATCH APPLE WATCHES:
An Australian health insurance company says people who wear Apple watches show a drastic increase in physical activity. The company, AIA, which gives the fitness tracking watches to members of its AIA Vitality program, reports that people over 50 increased their physical activity by an average of 51% while wearing an Apple Watch. The overall increase across all age groups was a still-impressive 35%. AIA offers those who take out the AIA Vitality program the opportunity to meet movement goals, and see payments for their new watch shrink, possibly making the wearable free. Of course, these results do raise the question of whether the extra movement was thanks to the Apple Watch’s presence or simply an indicator of the lengths that some people will go to get something for free. The company observed a movement increase of 24% among the under-30 crowd, 23% for those in their 30s, and 41% for those in their 40s.
(And what other…uh…vital info were they able to glean from tracking their customers?)
(All my Apple Watch did was make me show a drastic decrease in my bank balance!)
(Maybe so, but I bet they all still look at their phone to tell what time it is!)
FROM THE BS POLL VAULT:
A statistical breakdown of life by the numbers …
• 39% of adults believe they are the best drivers they know.
• 60% of us admit we don’t know our next-door neighbor’s name.
• 33% of us say we’ve made a new friend in the past year.
• 6% of people say they NEVER tip.
• 5% of people who own dishwashers say they never use it.
• 40% of adults say they are currently working at their dream job.
• 22% of us say we can eat a whole pizza ourselves.
DID YOU KNOW?
When it comes to robots, the future is female. A Washington State University researcher has found that people respond better to robots that have “female” characteristics rather than male ones. In a survey, participants reported being more comfortable interacting with female robots in a customer service setting like a hotel. Study author Soobin Seo says this is an increasingly relevant topic, as more and more businesses consider replacing human workers with automated services and artificial intelligence. (That’s why we talk to ‘Siri’, not ‘Sir Siri’!)
BS CHRONOMETER 2.17.22
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “PTA Founders’ Day”, commemorating the parent-teacher association’s 1897 founding. It was originally known as the ‘National Congress of Mothers’. (And all this time, I thought it stood for ‘Parents to Avoid’…my bad!)
• “Random Acts of Kindness Day”, studies show the positive effects on us of doing kind acts for others, as well as receiving or even witnessing kindness. Some suggestions: Compliment a stranger, treat a homeless person to lunch, or anonymously donate to charity. (***See “Today’s Phone Starter”, below***) LINK: https://www.randomactsofkindness.org
• “World Human Spirit Day”, encouraging 2 minutes of silent meditation throughout the world – “and beyond” – to focus on the true spirit that flows through everything. (Wow, groovy.)
• “My Way Day”, in celebration of the phrase “It’s my way or the highway”. The day is believed to have been inspired by key events in the world happening because someone had a bold idea and wasn’t afraid to go through with it. Today, you are encouraged to do whatever you want, however you want. (Finally! I can get a donut with extra sprinkles!)
• “Café au Lait Day”, French for “coffee with milk,” the drink is simply coffee with hot milk added. In Europe, it is either espresso or dark coffee based, and steamed milk is used. In France, it is traditionally served in a white porcelain cup or bowl.
COMING UP . . .
[Fri] Pluto Day
[Fri] Drink Wine Day
[Sat] Prevent Plagiarism Day
[Sat] International Tug-of-War Day
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1962  Lou Diamond Phillips [Upchurch], Zambales Philippines, movie actor (“Young Guns”, “La Bamba”)
1963  Michael Jordan, Brooklyn NY, retired pro basketball player (“Air Jordan” of the Chicago Bulls is a 5-time NBA MVP, 6-time NBA champion, 14-time All-Star, 10-time scoring champ, and 2009 Hall of Famer)/Oh, yeah…he also played for the Washington Wizards
1965  Michael Bay, LA CA, film director/producer (“Transformers” films, “Armageddon”) COMING UP…”Ambulance”, 2022
1971  Denise Richards, Downers Grove IL, movie actress (“Wild Things”)/reality star (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” 2015-19)/married to Charlie Sheen 2002-06
1972  Taylor Hawkins, Fort Worth TX, rock drummer (ex-Alanis Morissette, Foo Fighters since 1997-‘Learn to Fly’)
1972  Billie Joe Armstrong, Oakland CA, rock singer/guitarist (Green Day-‘American Idiot’, ‘Good Riddance [Time Of Your Life]’)
1974  Jerry O’Connell, New York City NY, movie actor (“Stand by Me”)/TV (“The Talk” since 2021)
1980  Jason Ritter, Los Angeles CA, TV actor (“Parenthood” 2010-14)/son of John Ritter
1981  Joseph Gordon-Levitt, LA CA, movie actor/director/producer (“Lincoln”, “The Dark Knight Rises”)/TV actor (“3rd Rock From the Sun” 1996–2001) COMING UP…”Pinocchio”, 2022
1981  Paris Hilton, NYC, socialite/sometime TV personality (“Paris Hilton’s My New BFF”)/movie actress (“House of Wax”)/great-granddaughter of hotel magnate Conrad Hilton
1991  Ed Sheeran, Halifax UK, pop singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer (‘Thinking Out Loud’, ‘Shape of You’)
1996  Sasha Pieterse, Johannesburg South Africa, TV actress (‘Alison DiLaurentis’ on “Pretty Little Liars” 2010-17)
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2014  Jimmy Fallon officially replaces Jay Leno as host of “The Tonight Show”
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1976  Eagles release “Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)” (The best-selling album in the U.S. until it was surpassed by Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” after his death in 2009. In 2018, it regained the title.)
2005  A 1965 Fender Stratocaster that once belonged to Jimi Hendrix sells for £100,000 ($125,000) at auction in London
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
2013  Danica Patrick becomes the first female driver in NASCAR history to win the pole position at the Daytona 500
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2003  A Tauranga, New Zealand man is sentenced to 200 hours of community service for speeding … without a license or registration … on a motorized barstool … semi-naked … while intoxicated … with his butt on fire
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ On average, it costs twice as much to dine out as it does to eat at home.
✓ The crossed bones on a pirate flag are human thighbones.
✓ Freshly fallen snow is only about 8% water; the rest is air.
✓ In the 1850s, some Paris newspapers were printed on rubber so they could be read in the bathtub.
✓ Athens, Georgia is home to the only double-barreled cannon ever made.
✓ The founder of Match.com, Gary Kremen, lost his girlfriend to a man she met on Match.com.
Best of BS . . .
BS THINGS YOU DON’T WANT TO HEAR FROM YOUR UBER DRIVER:
✗ “Does the back seat smell like a dead guy?”
✗ “You can help yourself to the loose potato chips under the seat.”
✗ “You’re not a cop, are you?”
✗ “If my doctor knew I was driving, he’d be real mad.”
✗ “All the empty bottles up here keep rolling under the brake.”
✗ “I’m letting you know up front, any touching is 50 bucks extra.”
✗ “Mommy let me drive by myself today.”
✗ “You know it’s only midnight, and 3 couples already had sex back there.”
✗ “My passengers have a nearly 80% survival rate.”
-First published in BS in 2017
MORE BS QUESTIONS PLAGUING HUMANITY:
• Why do we always ask babies and pets the same question twice? (“Aren’t you just the cutest little thing huh? Aren’t you just the cutest?”)
• Why does one recite at a play, but play at a recital?
• Why is it that people will buy anything that’s ‘one per customer’?
• Is cheese the plural of choose?
• How can the weather be ‘hot as hell’ one day and ‘cold as hell’ another?
• Why is it that if you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the next morning you will have a flat tire?
-First published in BS 1998
BS WEB GOODIE:
Definitely a big hockey fan (sound up): https://tinyurl.com/2ccdzz9y
BS RANDOM JOKE:
I’ve never killed anyone, but I have to admit I’ve read a lot of obituaries with pleasure . . .
BS PHONE STARTER:
What random act of kindness did someone do for you?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: Reportedly, only 20% of people under age 21 have purchased one of THESE. We think it’s even less. What is it?
Answer: A postage stamp
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
One day, your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.