February 8, 2017

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017 – Edition: #5908

We’ve Got Our Sheet Together!

★ “The LEGO Batman Movie”, opening Friday, shares one major facet with its predecessor, 2014’s “The LEGO Movie”, the love of cameos. Many, many cameos. Alongside the primary voice cast of Will Arnett’s ‘Dark Knight’, Michael Cera’s ‘Robin’, Ralph Fiennes’ ‘Alfred’, and Rosario Dawson’s ‘Batgirl’ are brief appearances by Adam Devine, Channing Tatum, Conan O’Brien, Ellie Kemper, Jonah Hill, Mariah Carey, Zach Galifianakis, and Zoe Kravitz. But that’s not where the cast list ends, far from it. There many more surprises being kept under wraps (ie: a bigscreen debut for Apple’s ‘Siri’ … shhh!)
– “The Independent”
★ Brit pop singer Kylie Minogue has won a battle to prevent Kylie Jenner from trademarking the name ‘Kylie’. It’s a legal issue that’s been contested since April 2014, when Kylie Jenner applied to trademark the single name. Minogue’s legal reps reportedly sent a letter to the US Patent & Trademark Office outlining why they should not grant the trademark, describing the 19-year-old as – ouch! – ‘a secondary reality television personality’. The patent office rejected the application last week, but it’s believed that Jenner, who also runs her own fashion and beauty line, has already launched an appeal.
– “Daily Mail”
★ Christie Brinkley is returning to the cover of the annual “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue” … at age 63. The former supermodel landed the coveted front page of the publication 3 years in-a-row back in the 1970s, marking her breakthrough in the industry. Now she’s back alongside her early-30s daughters Alexa and Sailor. In the new photospread, Christie models a curvy black one-piece suit. Brinkley vowed she’d never model in a swimsuit again 38 years ago, but is now saying she’s grateful to be asked to feature in the upcoming issue despite her age.
– “People Magazine”
★ And Brad Pitt’s “World War Z” sequel has been pulled from the movie release schedule. Paramount Pictures has confirmed the follow-up to the 2013 zombie film is no longer being released June 9th. No new release date has been announced, but there are hopes to have it ready to screen by 2018 or 2019. As it stands filming has yet to begin, though it’s likely Pitt will reprise the main role of protagonist ‘Gerry Lane’. Despite production problems and reshoots, the original move became one of the biggest hits of Pitt’s career, collecting $540 million in worldwide box office.
– HollywoodReporter.com

• “Ellen” (syndicated/CTV2) – Panic! At the Disco (“Death of a Bachelor”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Norah Jones (“Day Breaks”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – DJ Shadow (“The Mountain Will Fall”).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Ty Segall (self-titled).
• “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global) – Flo Morrissey & Matthew White (“Gentlewoman, Ruby Man”).
• “Legion” (FX/City) – Debut of a new series from Marvel Comics, starring Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”), whose character just may be more than human. Also starring Aubrey Plaza, Rachel Keller, Katie Aselton, and Jean Smart.
• “The Real” (syndicated) – Guest co-host Remy Ma (“Seven Winters & Six Summers”).
• “The Talk” (CBS) – LeAnn Rimes (“Remnants”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Kid Cudi (“Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'”).
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Guest co-host Reba McEntire (“Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope”).

• Adele – She’s reportedly rejected endorsement deals worth £40 million (circa $50 million), including her own reality TV show, for the sake of her son. The 28-year-old is said to be doing all she can to ensure 4-year-old son Angelo is kept out of the limelight.
• Bon Jovi – Tonight they hit the road for the first time in 4 years to support their new album “This House is Not for Sale”. The tour begins in Greenville SC, with dates announced up to April 11th in Toronto ON.
• The Chainsmokers – They’re kicking off the “Memories: Do Not Open” tour of North America in April in Miami FL. And they’re taking along Tony Ann, a Canadian pianist who’s studying at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, after being impressed by his online covers of their music.
• Garth Brooks – He’s headlining a new tribute album to recently retired country music veteran Don Williams. Also participating on “Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams”: Alison Krauss, Chris Stapleton, Lady Antebellum, Jason Isbell, and the Pistol Annies.
• John Legend – Both his wife Chrissy Teigen and their 9-month-old daughter Luna Simone are accompanying him on his “Darkness and Light” tour, which begins in Miami FL on May 12th and wraps with his performance at the Essence Festival in New Orleans LA on June 30th.
• Justin Timberlake – The 36-year-old has received his first Oscar nomination for “Can’t Stop the Feeling” from the movie “Trolls”. He says he plans to sneak a flask of booze into the February 26th gala because the Dolby Theatre offers no bar service within the auditorium.
• Kanye West – Seems somebody’s has 2nd thoughts. He’s quietly deleted his tweets about his December 13th meeting with then-president-elect Donald Trump about ‘multicultural issues’. Also missing online, a photo of a “TIME” magazine’s ‘Person Of the Year’ issue signed: “To Kanye, you are a great friend. Thanks, Donald Trump”.
• Madonna – She’s reportedly been granted permission to adopt 4-year-old twin girls from the African country of Malawi. Just last month she denied she was making a bid to expand her family.
• Sting – He’s set to receive a 2017 Polar Music Prize in Sweden this Summer. The annual award, founded by ABBA’s former manager Stig Anderson in 1989, is worth 1 million Swedish Krona (about $113,000). The ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall is on June 15th.
• Sugarland – Kristian Bush is composing the score for a new stage play titled “Troubadour”. Playwright Janece Shaffer’s romantic comedy is set in the 1950s and revolves around a group of friends who set out to change the course of country music.
• Willie Nelson – The 83-year-old has postponed 3 shows this week because of an undisclosed illness. He had been scheduled to appear at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace in Bakersfield CA. His rep says he plans to be back on the road again on February 16th in San Antonio TX.

New terms entering the lingo …
• ‘Computer Vision Syndrome’ – A condition of the eye caused by spending a large amount of time looking at electronic screens. Symptoms include eye strain, double vision, and temporary short-sightedness.
• ‘Gameboy Disease’ – A spinal condition in children caused by looking down at hand-held devices for long periods of time. It began with gaming devices but is now more likely to involve excessive use of smartphones.
• ‘Resistance Fatigue’ – Mental exhaustion brought on by the constant protesting of unpopular government policies.

If Finnish company Four Sigmatic gets its way, we’re all going to be sipping fungus-based java as part of our morning routine. It’s being touted for its health benefits, some of which check out. The beverage-maker is selling instant coffee blends, hot cocoa mixes, and elixirs infused with dried fungus. Research suggests that maitake mushrooms lower blood glucose in patients with Type 2 Diabetes, while the chaga mushroom variety could help lower coffee’s acidity to make the morning brew easier on the digestive system. However, detractors warn that consuming a concentrated form of any healthy compound can have potential side effects and interactions. (Considering how mushrooms are grown, another downside could be: “This coffee tastes like sh–!”)
– “Food Republic”

A statistical look at who we are and the things we do …
• 84% of women have bought clothes that are too small in order to get inspired to lose weight.
• 38% of men trim their nose hair before going out on a date.
• 19% of us have faked talking on the phone to avoid having to talk to someone in person.
• 18% of us have at least one broken appliance in the home.
• 5% of men have dumped a partner to avoid buying a gift for special days like Valentines.
• 3% of pet owners plan to give a Valentines Day gift to their critter.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson can now boast an unusual new culinary honor after helping create the ‘World’s Largest Seven-Layer Dip’. The “Furious 7” star recruited employees at his Seven Bucks Studios in Los Angeles to put together the monster appetizer, constructed in a giant glass fish tank as a Guinness World Record official looked on. The colorful dip, featuring sour cream, refried beans, guacamole, cheese, olives, and salsa, weighed in at 540 lbs (245 kg). The feat was filmed and posted on YouTube, then the whole shebang delivered to LA’s Midnight Mission for the homeless. (Which immediately needed 7,000 bags of nachos.)
– WENN.com

• There are at least 4 recognized ways of estimating time of death and they each can produce very different results.
– “California Sunday”
• People with Parkinson’s disease may be helped to write and draw by a new wrist-worn device containing tiny vibrating motors.
– BBC News
• The regular use of Caesarean sections is having an impact on human evolution.
– “News Magazine”


1955 [62] John Grisham, Jonesboro AR, lawyer-turned-novelist (“Rogue Lawyer”, “The Firm”) BS FACTOID: Movies made from his books include “The Pelican Brief” (1993), “A Time to Kill” (1996), “Runaway Jury” (2003), and “Christmas With the Kranks” (2004).

1961 [56] Vince Neil (Wharton), Hollywood CA, rock vocalist (Motley Crue-“If I Die Tomorrow”, “Girls Girls Girls”)

1969 [48] Keith Nelson, Pittsburgh PA, rock guitarist (Buckcherry-“Sorry”, “Lit Up”)

1977 [40] Dave ‘Phoenix’ Farrell, Plymouth MA, rock musician (Linkin Park-“The Catalyst”, “In the End”)

1985 [32] Jeremy Davis, North Little Rock AR, rock bassist (Paramore-“Decode”, “Crushcrushcrush”)

1986 [31] Anderson Paak (Brandon Paak Anderson), Oxnard CA, rapper-singer-songwriter-producer (“Yes Lawd!”, “Malibu”)

• “Laugh & Get Rich Day”, in recognition of laughter’s power to add to the bottom line. It’s claimed that people who laugh are more effective and tend to remember things better.

• “Opera Day”, for those who like listening to every word of a story being sung. (Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings.)

• “Propose Day”, the 2nd day in the Valentine week from February 7-14. In India on this day, large numbers of young people give roses to girlfriends, boyfriends, relatives, or friends.

2007 [10] 39-year-old wannabe actress, model, and million-heir Anna Nicole Smith is found dead in room #607 of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida

2012 [05] Late screen actress Elizabeth Taylor’s collection of artwork by Vincent Van Gogh, Camille Pissarro, and Edgar Degas sells for over $20 million at Christie’s in London UK

2009 [08] Chris Brown is questioned by police in Los Angeles after a complaint of assault from an unspecified woman (who turns out to be Rihanna).

2011 [06] Ashlee Simpson files for divorce from Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, citing irreconcilable differences

2015 [02] Beck wins ‘Album Of the Year’ and Sam Smith wins both ‘Song’ and ‘Record Of the Year’ at the 57th Grammy Awards

2004 [13] OutKast becomes the 1st hip-hop act to win a Grammy Award for ‘Album Of the Year’ (“Speakerboxxx/The Love Below”)

2004 [13] Beyoncé wins 5 trophies at the Grammy Awards, tying the then-record for female artists co-held by Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, and Norah Jones (Adele and Beyoncé have since raised the mark to 6)

[Thurs] Bagel Day
[Thurs] Pizza Day
[Fri] Full ‘Snow’ Moon
[Sat] Get Out Your Guitar Day
[Sat] Pro Sports Wives Day
[Sat] Satisfied Staying Single Day
This Week Is … International Coaching Week
This Month Is … Bird Feeding Month


• Tug-o-war for really, really weak people.
• Fix your kid’s yo-yo.
• Bundle cardboard for recycling.
• Self-sticking fake mustache.
• Don’t wanna forget something? Tie some navel lint around your finger!
• Really tasty dental floss.
• Sell it to the world’s grossest museum.
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☎ Which movies do you most like to watch when you’re home sick in bed?

It’s estimated that some 17 people die on-the-job every workday. That’s really bad news … unless, of course … you’re looking for a job.

• What is the name of the body’s tiny blood vessels?
a. Capillaries [CORRECT]
b. Viaducts
c. Plasmaghetti

• Which is another word for belly button?
a. Cratercus
b. Umbilicus [CORRECT]
c. Linticus
– Dictionary.com

Question: Last year, 11% of newborns had one of THESE.
Answer: An email address.

There is absolutely no substitute for a genuine lack of preparation.

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