Monday, February 13, 2017 – Edition: #5910
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BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Netflix has revealed that the release date for Season 5 of “Orange Is the New Black” is June 9th. The storyline for the 5th season of 13 episodes takes place over the course of just 3 days, breaking tradition from previous seasons. It picks up where Season 4 left off, with ‘Daya’ (Dascha Polanco) holding a gun that will seemingly initiate a prison-wide riot at ‘Litchfield’. The cast of the multiple award-winning series recently picked up their 3rd consecutive “SAG Award” for ‘Outstanding Performance By an Ensemble In a Comedy Series’.
– “Hollywood Reporter”
★ Michael C Hall is returning to TV as another killer … a lady killer. The “Dexter” star is joining Season 2 of the Netflix Golden Globe-winning drama “The Crown”, in which he’ll portray John F Kennedy, opposite actress Jodi Balfour (“Quarry”) as Jackie Kennedy. Hall’s version of the late US president is described as a man who feels most comfortable in front of a crowd and isn’t happy with his wife stealing any of the limelight. Netflix has not yet announced a release date for Season 2, but it is thought it will arrive sometime in November.
★ And James Corden is working on new documentary about Motown Records. The “Late Late Show” host has lined up the most famous living Motown artists, including Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, and Smokey Robinson; as well as label founder Berry Gordy, to help him tell the story of the legendary record label that was first headquartered in Detroit MI. Gordy is said to have turned down a lot of offers to make similar films in the past but has made an exception for this particular one. Why? Seems he’s a big “Late Late Show” fan.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Angel Olsen (“My Woman”).
• “Humans” (AMC) – The Season 2 debut picks up several months after the events of Season 1, with ‘Niska’ (Emily Berrington) still at large. Carrie-Anne Moss joins the cast as an artificial intelligence expert.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – DRAM f/Erykah Badu (“WiFi”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Bomba Estereo (“Amanecer”).
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/CTV) – Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson (“Just Hold On”).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Mastodon’s Brann Dailor sits in.
• “The New Celebrity Apprentice” (NBC) – In the season finalé, the 2 finalists compete and the winner is named. Guests include Caitlyn Jenner.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Brantley Gilbert – He’s atop this week’s ‘Billboard Top Country Albums’ chart with “The Devil Don’t Sleep”. Little Big Town remains #1 on the ‘Hot Country Songs’ chart with “Better Man”.
• Brett Young – On March 1st he’s playing a bucket-list venue for any performing artist … NYC’s Madison Square Garden as part of Luke Bryan’s “Kill the Lights Tour”.
• Cassadee Pope – She’s now engaged after longtime boyfriend Rian Dawson proposed late on Friday evening. The couple has been dating since 2010. Dawson is the drummer for the rock band All Time Low.
• Ed Sheeran – He’s become the 1st act to spend 5 weeks at both #1 and #2 on the UK pop singles chart, with “Shape Of You” and “Castle On the Hill”. Meantime, Ed says he scrapped half the songs he’d recorded for his upcoming new album after he didn’t get the reaction he’d hoped for.
• Katy Perry – Last night at the Grammys, she performed her new single “Chained to the Rhythm” for the first time. It features guest vocals from Skip Marley (grandson of Bob) and Sia, who has a co-writing credit.
• Maroon 5 – Blake Shelton has dubbed Adam Levine an ”honest and loyal friend” as the Maroon 5 frontman was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday night.
The two work together (actually, compete) as coaches on NBC-TV’s “The Voice”.
• Prince – Universal Music Group has announced a multi-year agreement with the Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson effective immediately, granting exclusive licensing rights to the late artist’s NPG recordings, including a library of 25 albums and his highly anticipated trove of unreleased works. The deal excludes Prince’s Warner Music catalogue.
• Rolling Stones – A pair of Mick Jagger’s custom-made pants are set to fetch more than $10,000 at auction. RRAuction.com says the sage-green velvet pants, personally worn and shared by Jagger and bandmate Keith Richards, were gifted to musician Gram Parsons circa 1968. (It’s hard to believe Keith actually got into Mick’s pants.)
Tonner Doll Company says it’s releasing what it believes to be the first transgender doll on the market. The doll is based on Jazz Jennings, the teenage transgender subject of the TLC documentary series “I am Jazz”. It makes its debut at this week’s New York Toy Fair and is scheduled to be available in stores by July. A company rep says the 18-inch doll, which has a gender-less plastic body, is being tested for kids aged 8-and-up and is expected to retail for $89.99. Jennings appeared at age 6 on a Barbara Walters “20/20” special in 2007. Her parents say she’s identified as female since she could talk. She’s also the youngest person ever to be recognized on “Advocate” magazine’s ‘Top 40 Under 40’ list and made “TIME” magazine’s ‘Most Influential Teens’ list in 2014 and 2015. (Aren’t most dolls gender-less? ‘Barbie’ and ‘Ken’ are basically interchangeable from the waist down.)
– ABC News
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to make it through an entire day without uttering “Hey Siri”, “OK Google”, or “Alexa”, so it’s no surprise that Samsung has its own voice-controlled helper called ‘Bixby’ on the way. A feature that could be used in tandem with it is called ‘Hello’. A trademark application, which Samsung has filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office, describes the functions of ‘Samsung Hello’ as being much the same as what most virtual assistants provide. It’s possible that ‘Hello’ is Samsung’s new name for ‘Bixby’ or perhaps just a feature within the system’s larger umbrella. We’ll likely have to wait until Samsung officially unveils its next crop of Galaxy devices before we know for certain. (If the trigger word turns out to be ‘Hello’, it could wreak much havoc, especially if you’re playing Adele music at the time.)
MAKING LIQUOR QUICKER:
We’re not sure this is a better use of ultrasound than giving expecting parents a first look at their unborn babies, but scientists in Spain have figured out they can use ultrasound to create brandy that tastes like it’s been aged for years … in just 3 days. Brandy is made by distilling wine, then aging it in wood casks from 2-to-10 years. Chemical reactions between the alcohol and the wood casks are what give brandies their flavor, smell, and color. The scientists have found that ultrasound waves create tiny bubbles that cause oak chips to release chemical compounds, quickly adding the brandy flavor. Eight expert judges have ruled that ultrasound brandy is comparable to regularly aged brandies. (Cool, a tiny bottle of Rémy Martin may soon cost less than $100.)
DANCE MOVES THAT ARE SEXY:
Brit psychologists have finally found a scientific answer to what moves make someone a good dancer. The researchers used motion-capture technology to track dancers’ movements, then mapped them onto digital avatars. People have then been encouraged to rate the moves from each avatar’s dance. It turns out that the moves judged best for women involve wide swings of the hips and asymmetrical leg movements, coupled with moderate amounts of asymmetrical arm movements. On the male side, viewers are most attracted to guys who move their upper body a lot, especially the neck and torso. This apparently signals more muscularity, which biologically would make a male a good mate. (No mention of twerking as being appealing whatsoever.) Here’s a look at the good and the bad …
Researchers in Japan have created insect-size drones that pollinate plants to replace – or at least help replace – real honeybees. The robot pollinators have animal hair on their backs to mimic the fuzzy body of a bee and a special sticky gel that allows them to pick up and release pollen grains. But for now, they’re a long way from pollinating anything outdoors – the tiny 2-by-2 cm drones never been tested outside a lab. Bee populations around-the-world have declined rapidly in recent years, possibly because of pesticides, diseases, and climate change. The so-called ‘Colony Collapse Disorder’ is in part what inspired the researchers to create a robot bee. Without pollinators, we wouldn’t have a lot of the food we rely on every day. (A movie in which robot honeybees are hacked to kill people is no doubt already in the works.)
BS AMAZING MONEY FACTS:
• Brooklyn NY coffee shop Extraction Lab is selling single cups of coffee for … $18. It’s a rare Ethiopian arabica bean grown in Panama.
• The Persian Gulf state of Qatar is now spending $500 million on building projects for the 2022 World Cup … per week.
– BBC News
AND WE QUOTE:
“If I was American, I would have got [a knighthood] 10 years ago.”
– Former Brit soccer superstar David Beckham, bitter about not being awarded a ‘Sir’.
BS CHRONOMETER 02.13.17
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1971  Matt Berninger, Cincinnati OH, indie rock singer-songwriter (The National-“I Need My Girl”, “Terrible Love”)
1972  Todd Harrell, Escatawpa MS, alt-rock musician (3 Doors Down-“Here Without You”, “When I’m Gone”)
1974  Robbie Williams, Stoke-on-Trent UK, pop singer (“Candy”, “Angels”)/former member of Brit pop group Take That
1976  (Leslie) Feist, Amherst NS, pop singer (“1-2-3-4”, “Mushaboom”)
1979  Mena Suvari, Newport RI, movie actress (“American Beauty”, “American Pie” movies)
1985  Dash Hutton, LA CA, pop-rock drummer (Haim–”The Wire”, “Forever”)
1997  Prince Michael Jackson Jr, Beverly Hills CA, Michael Jackson’s #1 son with ex-wife/baby carrier Debbie Rowe
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Clean Out Your Computer Day”, an annual event on the 2nd Monday of the month when we’re encouraged to delete all the digital chaff we’ve collected over the past year.
• “Employee Legal Awareness Day”, a day to make employees aware of the main legal duties involved in conducting their day-to-day activities and the main legal risks incurred by failure to fulfil those duties.
• “Get a Different Name Day”, set aside to give us opportunity to pick one we’d really like. Find listeners with really odd names and ask them what nickname they’d like to be called.
• “International Condom Day”, initiated by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in an effort to reduce the spread of HIV through safe sex practices. Since its inception in 2009, it has been an informal observance celebrated in advance of Valentine’s Day.
• “Tortellini Day”, saluting the yummy little pasta rings stuffed with goodies such as cheese or prosciutto. They are sometimes described as ‘navel-shaped’, hence their alternative Italian name of ‘ombelico’ (‘belly button’).
• “World Radio Day”, a UN observation adopted on November 3, 2011 by UNESCO’s 36th General Conference. (Shouldn’t we get the day off or something?)
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2008  A California judge rules that actor Mel Gibson has successfully completed the terms of his no-contest plea to misdemeanor DUI
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2007  Rod Stewart is paid $1 million to perform for 1 hour at billionaire Steve Schwarzman’s 60th birthday bash in NYC’s Park Avenue Armory
2011  At the 53rd Grammy Awards, Lady Antebellum wins ‘Song Of the Year’ and ‘Record Of the Year’ for “Need You Now”; Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” scoops ‘Album Of the Year’
2016  Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” replaces his song “Sorry” at #1 on the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ (the 3rd consecutive #1 single from his “Purpose” album)
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2003  Dan Price completes a 4,000-mile cross-country ride from Joseph, Oregon to Key West, Florida … on a tricycle (averages 50-to-60 miles a day, camps out at night)
COMING UP . . .
[Tues] Valentines Day
[Tues] Pet Theft Awareness Day
[Tues] Safer Internet Day
[Tues] Singles Appreciation Day
[Tues] Quirky Alone Day
[Wed] Flag Day (Canada)
[Wed] Random Acts of Kindness Day
THIS WEEK IS . . .
Celebration of Love Week / Children of Alcoholics Week / Condom Week / International Flirting Week / International Friendship Week / Jell-O Week / Love a Mensch Week / Random Acts of Kindness Week / Secondhand Wardrobe Week
BEST OF BS:
Highlight bits culled from 23 years of “Bull Sheet” back issues …
BS GREAT THINGS ABOUT THE ‘SWIMSUIT EDITION’:
The “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition 2017” is being released today. Some of our favorite things about this annual event …
• Beats the heck out of the “Sports Illustrated Snowsuit Edition”.
• Almost as good as the “Sports Illustrated Birthday Suit Edition”.
• Proof positive that the “Miss Universe” pageant isn’t the only one exploiting buff babe bod’s.
• Far more interesting than a feature on a 330-lb offensive lineman who knits in the off-season.
• And the best thing by far … Zach Galifianakis in a Speedo.
– First published in “BS” 1995.
BS LEAST POPULAR VALENTINE CARDS:
• “Who needs flowers when we have love?”
• “Here … I made this during halftime.”
• “Thinking of you sweetheart, which, technically, the court order can’t prevent.”
• “Just wanted to say ‘I love you’ when I wasn’t falling down drunk.”
• “If only we weren’t so closely related!”
• “You’re too beautiful to resist, my under-the-ether dental patient.”
• “Hey Valentine, I’ll give you money to have sex with me.”
– First published in “BS” 2001.
BS RANDOM JOKE:
How are Mexicans feeling about Trump’s wall? They’ll get over it.
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: The average person has 8 of THESE that they got for free.
Answer: Coffee mugs.
BS WEB GOODIE:
Make your own mash-ups of the ’00s greatest hits …
BS PHONE STARTER:
☎ What movie have you re-watched the most number of times?
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Going the speed of light is bad for your age.
NOW ON OUR SHEET LIST:
Ric Hogerheide @ 98-7 The Bull [KUPL] Portland OR; Max Major @ K106.3 [CHKS] Sarnia ON; Jessika Johnson @ JDX [KJDX] Susanville CA; Olivia Ong @ Kristal-FM Brunei Darussalam; PJ Cross @ Kool Kat Oldies [WDLW] Lorain OH; James Onen @ 88.2 Sanyu FM Kampala, Uganda; and Ricky Carter @ Rock 100.5 [WJRL] Dothan AL.