Thursday, February 9, 2017 – Edition: #5908
Sheeters Always Prosper!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Sorry ‘Jason’ fans, but it seems everyone’s favorite goalie-masked serial killer isn’t coming back from the dead any time soon. After reboots of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and more recently the “Rings” franchise failed to stick, a planned revival of the “Friday the 13th” horror film series is being sent to the morgue. The reboot would have been the 13th film in the franchise, which started in 1980 with ‘Jason’ as an un-killable bad guy who supposedly died as a boy at ‘Camp Crystal Lake’.
– Postmedia Network
★ An ambitious live show based on “The Fast & The Furious” movie franchise is in the works. Universal, the studio behind the film series, is teaming with Brand Events to launch a live international arena tour next year. “Fast & Furious Live” debuts in January, 2018 and features scenes from the movies, cars from the franchise, and stunts based on those performed in the films. A Universal rep claims fans will experience everything they love about the movies in an up-close and incredibly cool live show, putting them in the center of the action.
★ And late “Wizard of Oz” star Judy Garland was reportedly groped by the ‘Munchkins’, her ex-husband Sid Luft claims in a new book. His posthumous memoir, “Judy & I: My Life With Judy Garland”, details his love affair with the Hollywood star who shot to fame as ‘Dorothy’ from Kansas. The biography alleges some of the tiny actors put their hands up the skirt of a then 16-year-old Garland as she filmed the 1939 Oscar-nominated musical. There were 225 Munchkins in the cast. Some of the little men, who were 40 or more years-old, apparently thought they could get away with anything because they were so small.
– “The Independent”
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Get Down Tonight: The Disco Explosion” (PBS) – A look at the popular 1970s fad, with music by the Bee Gees, Donna Summer, Leo Sayer, and Wild Cherry among others.
• “The History of Comedy” (CNN) – Debut of a documentary series that explores what makes us laugh, why, and how it influences our social and political landscape. The 1st episode focuses on George Carlin, Dick Gregory, and Lenny Bruce.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Alicia Keys (“Here”).
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/CTV) – Glass Animals (“How to Be a Human Being”). Rerun.
• “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global) – Rae Sremmurd (“SremmLife 2”).
• “The Real” (syndicated) – Guest co-host Remy Ma.
• “The Talk” (CBS) – Maren Morris (“Hero”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Future Islands (“The Far Field”).
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Beyoncé – She’s facing a $20-million lawsuit claiming she illegally sampled a late rapper’s lyrics in the video version of her song “Formation”. Messy Mya’s raspy voice can be heard at the start of the video, asking, “What happened after New Orleans?”.
• Dan + Shay – Tonight they commence a run of 24 tour dates through the Spring. The new leg of “The Obsessed Tour” kicks off in Rosemont IL and runs through April 27th in Pueblo CO.
• Diplo – The 38-year-old producer (real name Thomas Pentz) has been teasing a new Ed Sheeran and Major Lazer collaboration online. So far, it’s not been released in any form.
• Ed Sheeran – Meantime, the 25-year-old flame-haired singer-songwriter has revealed that he and actor Russell Crowe love getting drunk together. The pair are believed to have met in 2015, when Russell presented Ed with ‘British Album Of the Year’ at the BRIT Awards. Sheeran says: “We don’t get anything from each other, other than just a night out.”
• Katy Perry – She’s also teasing new music on her Instagram account with a cryptic video featuring a disco ball chained to her foot and a release date of this Friday. Alongside the footage, she’s written: ”Why are we all so chained.” Eh?
• Kesha – Music producer Dr Luke has launched a counterclaim against her over unpaid royalties. Their unsavory legal battle has been ongoing since 2014. Now he’s claiming he is the one who is owed money … $1.3 million in royalties to be precise.
• Lady Gaga – Here’s why you play the Super Bowl halftime show for free … her digital music sales increased by 1,000% after her performance on Sunday. Sales of “Born This Way”, “Bad Romance”, and “Poker Face” all spiked, with over 125,000 song downloads in total.
• Red Hot Chili Peppers – 54-year-old frontman Anthony Kiedis is currently performing on a torn tendon in his ankle, but won’t be cancelling any shows. He tells “ET Canada”: ”I’m always getting banged up, and hurt, and repairing, and recovering, and hurting, and it’s just normal.”
• Tegan & Sara – The twin-sister singing duo are blasting Canada’s Juno Awards for not nominating enough women. They’ve received 3 nods, but note that in 8 award categories no women have been nominated at all. Drake, Shawn Mendes, and The Weeknd are the leading nominees for this year’s Junos, being staged April 2nd in Ottawa.
A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “The Beach Bum” – Matthew McConaughey is starring in a new ‘stoner comedy’ from “Spring Breakers” director Harmony Korine. The 47-year-old actor plays ‘Moondog’, a surf-loving, laid-back rogue who lives life to the fullest. McConaughey has starred in a stoner comedy before, “Dazed & Confused” back in 1993. Shooting on the new project is due to begin in July.
• “The Burning Woman” – Sienna Miller stars with Jacki Weaver, Aaron Paul, and Christina Hendricks in this new family drama. The plot focuses on a woman who has to raise her young grandson after her teenage daughter mysteriously goes missing. It is the latest dramatic role for Miller, following her role as a crime boss mistress in Ben Affleck’s “Live by Night”.
• “Dragged Across Concrete” – Actors Mel Gibson & Vince Vaughn are reuniting for this crime thriller from filmmaker S Craig Zahler. Vaughn starred in the Oscar-nominated film “Hacksaw Ridge” last year, which was directed by Gibson. “Dragged Across Concrete” centers on a pair of suspended police officers who turn to crime to pay their bills.
• “The Price of Admission” – Michael Sheen & Michelle Monaghan have been confirmed to star in this new dramedy-existential thriller that’s said to be in the tradition of “Being John Malkovich” and “Birdman”. Sheen portrays a middling playwright undergoing a midlife crisis whose wife (Monaghan) grows tired of being second-fiddle to his work.
• “Toni Erdmann” – Hollywood legend Jack Nicholson is starring in this English-language remake of a German film alongside Kristen Wiig. The story follows the lonely father of an ambitious businesswoman, who disguises himself in order to follow her on a business trip. The original film is Oscar-nominated for ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ this year.
BEST EMPLOYEE PERKS:
A shortlist of companies that offer some of the most unusual perks beyond unlimited vacation time and casual Fridays …
✓ Coverage for gender reassignment surgery. (Goldman Sachs)
✓ Up to 40 hours of paid time off annually to volunteer. (Timberland)
✓ A Stay Fit program, offering $800/year for gym membership or fitness programs. (Microsoft)
✓ 3-to-6-month sabbatical leave for personal or professional reasons at 40% pay. (Deloitte)
✓ 4 months of paid parental leave for all part-time and full-time workers with 1 year or more of tenure. (IKEA)
✓ Pet insurance. (Scripps Health)
(Biggest perk over here … we’re allowed to come to work each day.)
THE REASONS FOR PDA:
A new survey says that making out in public is all about making others jealous. It’s a way of showing the world what’s yours, kind of like a dog claiming things by peeing on them. For guys, it’s been found the most common reason for PDA is to increase social standing. On the other hand, the most common motivator for women to make out in public is to make their ex jealous, and/or to exact revenge in hopes that he’ll want to get back together. But while the researchers have determined that straight women make out with dudes in public simply out of petty bitterness, they make out with other chicks to seem like a fun and adventurous party girl and to gain status. (Or so the lecherous guys say.)
WORST-PAYING JOBS THAT REQUIRE A DEGREE:
As most Millennials know, just because you have a higher education doesn’t mean you’re going to make a lot of money. A listing of some of the lowest-paying jobs requiring a degree …
✗ Legislators: So you want to change the world? That’s all fine and good, but the median salary for elected officials (from local through federal level) is just $20,500.
✗ Religious Workers Other than Clergy: The median salary is just $28,750, lower even than the median wage for all jobs … including those that don’t require a college degree.
✗ Non-Teacher Educators: Substitute teachers, assistant instructors, etc have a median salary of $28,960.
✗ Proofreaders & Copy Markers: There are fewer and fewer currently employed and the numbers continue to go down, perhaps in part thanks to a median annual wage of $35,630.
✗ Education, Training, and Library Workers: Their median annual wage is $40,380.
✗ Biological Technicians: The median wage for these workers who are often employed in labs is $41,650.
(Wait … they left out ‘Radio Station Interns’, median wage … a free coffee once in a while.)
DID YOU KNOW?
David Beckham owns over 1,000 pairs of soccer shoes. (Odd, considering he’s retired.)
– BBC News
BS CHRONOMETER 02.09.17
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1963  Travis Tritt, Marietta GA, country singer (“Love Of a Woman”, “Best of Intentions”)
1979  Richard On, Rockville MD, rock singer-guitarist (OAR-“Shattered [Turn the Car Around]”, “This Town”)
1979  Zhang Ziyi, Beijing, China, movie actress (“Memoirs Of a Geisha”, “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon”) NEXT: “God Particle”, out October 27th.
1981  Tom Hiddleston, London UK, TV actor (“The Night Manager”)/film actor (“The Avengers”) UP NEXT: “Kong: Skull Island” (March 10th); “Thor: Ragnarok” (November 3rd).
1987  Rose Leslie, Aberdeen, Scotland, TV actress (‘Ygritte’ on “Game of Thrones” since 2012, “Downton Abbey” 2010)
1987  Michael B Jordan, Santa Ana CA, movie actor (“Creed”, ”Fantastic Four”) COMING UP: “Black Panther” (2018)
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Bagels & Lox Day”, a food holiday celebrating the deli favorite that involves topping a fresh-baked bagel with salmon fillet that has been cured.
• “Develop Alternative Vices Day”, a day to change your habits and improve yourself.
• “Extraterrestrial Culture Day”, an officially acknowledged day in New Mexico (particularly Roswell) that celebrates our past, present, and future relationships with extraterrestrial visitors.
• “Pizza Day”, saluting what is likely the world’s favorite pie. A few facts …
– The first pizza was sold in Naples, Italy in 1738.
– Pepperoni is the most popular topping, preferred by 36% of pizza fans.
– Over 3 billion pizzas are sold each year.
– More pizzas are sold on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year.
– About 17% of all restaurants are pizzerias, or at least serve pizza.
– On average we consume over 23 lbs/10½ kg of pizza per year.
• “Read In the Bathtub Day”, an excuse to luxuriate in a steamy tub with a great novel. (Not on your eReader … zap!)
• “Stop Bullying Day”, the kickoff of “Stop Bullying Week”, when schools are encouraged to conduct classes on how to stop bullying in schools and neighborhoods. Sponsored by Hey UGLY (Unique Gifted Lovable You).
• “Toothache Day” in honor of the feast day of St Apollonia, patron saint of dentists and those suffering from toothaches.
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2002  Princess Margaret of England (the real-life character depicted in “The Crown” on Netflix) dies at age 71 after suffering a stroke
2009  Ringo Starr of The Beatles becomes the 2,401st person to be added to the Hollywood Walk Of Fame during a ceremony that marks the 50th anniversary of the Walk
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2009  Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant & bluegrass singer Alison Krauss take 5 Grammy Awards for their “Raising Sand” album collaboration, including ‘Album Of the Year’
2014  In celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show”, CBS-TV airs the star-studded special “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles”
TODAY’S RECORDS . . .
1997  1st NHL coach to win 1,000 career games (Scotty Bowman, Detroit Red Wings)
2014  Scientists from Australian National University observe the oldest star in the universe for the first time, located 6,000 light years from Earth and believed to be 13.7 billion-years-old
COMING UP . . .
[Fri] “Fifty Shades Darker”; “John Wick: Chapter 2”; “The Lego Batman Movie” open in movie theaters
[Fri] Full ‘Snow’ Moon
[Sun] “Grammy Awards” (CBS/CityTV)
[Sun] “BAFTA Awards” (BBC 1)
This Week Is … Children of Alcoholics Week
This Month Is … Love the Bus Month
BS WAYS TO SAY “I GOT COFFEE” ON YOUR RÉSUMÉ:
• “Entrusted with responsibilities necessary for the daily functioning of the office.”
• “Anticipated managerial needs by having those items critical to the day’s success on their desk by the time they arrived in the morning.”
• Established relationships with 3rd-party vendors in order to ensure fast, accurate, and efficient delivery of orders.”
• “Elevated the energy level for key presentations.”
• “Led the office in the successful completion of multi-variable requests.”
• “Increased productivity through focused distribution of intellectual stimulation.”
• “Influenced a positive tone and atmosphere each morning.”
• “Orchestrated the delivery of high-volume orders at peak production hours.”
• “Developed the most efficient route for fulfilling requests to minimize downtime spent waiting.”
– Thanks to Olivia Scott
BS PHONE STARTER:
☎ What song do you like to sing out loud when no one else is around?
BS U-PICK WAR TRIVIA:
• In which year did the United States invade Canada?
b. 1812 [CORRECT, Although the War of 1812 ended in a stalemate in 1815.]
• Who was assassinated in Sarajevo, sparking World War I?
a. Baron Rudolf Von Hindenburg
b. Archduke Franz Ferdinand [CORRECT]
c. Charlie Chaplin
BS RANDOM JOKE:
It takes a big man to cry, but it takes an even bigger man to laugh at that man.
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: Women think about THIS approximately 50 times a day.
Answer: Their hair.
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
The face of a child can say it all, especially the mouth part of the face.