February 24 2023

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Friday, February 24, 2023 – Edition: #7425

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BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Zendaya, Jason Bateman, Jeff Bridges and Aubrey Plaza will be among the presenters at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. The SAG Awards announced yesterday that the film and TV stars will announce winners at the 29th annual ceremony, which honors the best performances on film and television. The film categories, including its marquee film ensemble award, are a key Oscar bellwether. Other presenters include Amy Poehler, Eugene Levy, Jenna Ortega, Matt Bomer and Oscar winner Ariana DeBose. This year’s ceremony will be available as a livestream on Netflix’s YouTube channel on Sunday.
-AP
★ Ryan Reynolds is Building Canada’s largest film and TV studio near Toronto. Maximum Effort, the production and advertising company he co-founded with his business partner George Dewey, is part of an ownership group creating a 1.2 million-square-foot studio in Markham, Ontario. Construction is scheduled to begin shortly on the new studio. The news of Reynolds’ latest investment comes after a report stating that Reynolds is planning a proposal to purchase the Ottawa Senators NHL team.
-ETCanada
★ “Intervention” star Ken Seeley is urging those in Britney Spears’ inner circle to get on the same page and get her some help — saying if she continues to spiral, it could cost her life. He’s sharing his concerns for Spears after someone called off a planned intervention for her. He said those closest to her wanted her to get help for mental health struggles and substance abuse, but someone pulled the plug. Now, some fans and people close to her are becoming increasingly alarmed, especially since she posted a video this week speaking in an Aussie accent while running around yelling, “Never be a rollercoaster!”
-TMZ
★ Country music star Reba McEntire will join “The Voice” season 23 as a “mega mentor,” NBC has announced. Joining previously announced coaches Chance the Rapper, Kelly Clarkson, Niall Horan and Blake Shelton, the Country Music Hall of Fame inductee will kick-start her mentorship after the Battle Rounds, ahead of the Knockout round. After serving as “battle advisor” to Team Blake during the show’s first season, McEntire will collaborate with Shelton once more before he leaves “The Voice” at the end of the season.
-TheWrap
★ Meet Phoenix! Paris Hilton revealed the name of her and Carter Reum‘s newborn on her “This Is Paris” podcast Wednesday. She said: “My beautiful baby boy’s name is Phoenix Barron Hilton Reum. And Carter and I are so proud to welcome him into the world.” The hotel heiress shared that she plans to name her future daughter London and is hoping to stay on theme by naming her son after a different city.
-PageSix
★ Elizabeth Banks is reflecting on Ray Liotta — and how happy he was about acting in his last film before his death in May. The “Cocaine Bear” director spoke fondly about Liotta while attending the “Cocaine Bear” premiere in LA, and said he was “laughing” and “so happy” as he reviewed his scenes. Banks said that while Liotta never saw the final movie, “he did see all his scenes”. Cocaine Bear, which opens today, was the last film Liotta completed before dying in his sleep at 67.
-HuffPost

TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Tom Cruise, Camila Morrone
• “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Aaron Judge, Josh Duhamel, Freddie Gibbs featuring Anderson .Paak (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Hilary Duff, Kim Petras, Danny Carey (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Dave Bautista, Jenny Slate, Stephen Sanchez with Em Beihold (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Billy Crudup
• “The Talk”(CBS): Maurice Ashley, guest hosts Lisa Rinna & Morris Chestnut
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Tessa Thompson, Toni Collette, Jocelyn Delk Adams
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Eugene Levy, Gina Torres, Hisham Tawfiq, Jonathan McReynolds
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Guy Fieri, Damona Hoffman, Taye Diggs
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Larry Wilmore
• “20/20” (ABC): An Instagram model’s relationship with an older man turns deadly.
• “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (CW): Guest comics Brad Sherwood and Jeff Davis
• “Young Rock” (NBC): With his Hollywood prospects on the upswing, Dwayne makes good on a promise to his family; Dwayne wonders if there’s something bigger for him on the horizon.
SATURDAY-
• “54th NAACP Image Awards” (CBS, BET, CMT): Honoring film and television; Queen Latifah hosts. Kerry Washington, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Cliff “Method Man” Smith, among others, will present. Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade will be honored with the president’s award,
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Host Woody Harrelson; Jack White performs
SUNDAY-
• “American Idol” (ABC): Hopefuls audition for the judges in New Orleans, Las Vegas and Nashville.
• “The Simpsons” (Fox): When Carl is smitten by a beautiful Black woman, he looks into the roots of his own identity by discovering the origins of a mysterious rodeo buckle.
• “The Blacklist” (NBC): Season 10 premiere. Six months after Wujing’s escape from custody, Reddington mysteriously resurfaces in Manhattan amidst an explosion.

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Lizzo – In an awesome video made with some “Sesame Street” friends, she played delicious music on a flute made of chocolate chips — before a certain blue monster gobbled it up. In a video posted to Sesame Street‘s Twitter, ‘Elmo’ offers up his neighborhood’s “famous cookie flute” for Lizzo to try. Before giving it a shot, she says: “I’ve played a lot of instruments, but I’ve never played a cookie before!” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/4v92w2ws
• Jessie J – has been following a vegan diet for years, but now that she’s pregnant, she says she’s “giving her body what it craves”. On Instagram, she revealed that she ate meat from Joyces Jerk Joint Caribbean restaurant in London. She added that she still follows her vegan diet “most of my days.”
• The Rolling Stones – have joined forces with Paul McCartney on a new song, to be released this year. A Stones spokesperson has confirmed the ex-Beatle has recorded bass parts “for a forthcoming Rolling Stones project”, although The Telegraph reports that rumors Ringo Starr is also involved are unfounded.
• Aerosmith – Joe Perry has announced he’s hitting the road in April for 6 US dates with the Joe Perry Project, featuring ex-Extreme and Van Halen frontman Gary Cherone. Tickets go on sale today.
• Red Hot Chili Peppers — Bassist Flea is launching his own podcast, “This Little Light” where he’ll share his musical early musical memories, alongside guests. The 15-part podcast will premiere March 30. Guests will include Rick Rubin, Cynthia Erivo, Thundercat, Patti Smith, and Margo Price.
• Brad Paisley – not only has a new record label, he has new music. He announced that after spending his entire career with Arista Nashville, he’s moving on to a new deal with UMG. The song ‘Same Here’ dropped today, and he is currently in the process of finishing his next studio album, set for release later this year. LINK: https://www.instagram.com/p/Co97GYcroLE/
• Morgan Wallen — This week, he’s not only at #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart with ‘Thought You Should Know’, he’s also at the top of the 4 other Billboard country charts. ‘Last Night’ tops the Country Songs, Country Digital Song Sales and Country Streaming Songs charts, and his “Dangerous: The Double Album”, continues its reign on the Top Country Albums chart.
• Alan Jackson — may be cutting back on touring, but he’s still writing. He recently revealed on his daughter’s podcast “In Joy Life with Mattie Jackson” that he hopes to release new music. Quote: “The creative part jumps out every now and then. I’m always scribbling down ideas and thinking about melodies, and I feel like there’ll be some more music to come.”

SHOOTING THE BULL

THIS WEEK’S MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “Cocaine Bear” (R, Thriller/Comedy): An oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists and teens converge in a Georgia forest where a 500-pound bear has ingested a staggering amount of cocaine and gone on a coke-fueled rampage for more blow… and blood. (Keri Russell, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Ray Liotta) No Tomatometer rating.
• “Jesus Revolution” (PG-13, Drama): A hippie street preacher joins forces with Pastor Chuck Smith and his struggling congregation to inspire an awakening. (Kelsey Grammer, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Joel Courteney) No Tomatometer rating.

A LONG WEEKEND – EVERY WEEKEND:
Apparently, workers aren’t the only ones who benefit from a 4-day work week. The world’s largest 4-day workweek trial has concluded, and the companies who participated reported increased revenue and decreased resignations. And following the trial, 56 of the 61 organizations that participated elected to continue with the shortened week. The trial was conducted in the UK, and lasted about 6 months. Employees received 100% of their usual pay, while working 80% of their typical hours – with the catch that there should be no decrease in productivity. Staff departures (a significant expense for businesses) dropped by 57% over the course of the trial period, while companies saw increases in revenue and reductions in absenteeism. As for the workers, well-being improvements were seen, with 39% of participants experiencing a reduction in stress. Additionally, 71% had lower levels of burnout at the end of the trial. 15% of employee participants indicated that NO INCREASE in pay would be able to convince them to go back to a 5-day-per-week schedule.
(NOW they’ve got a problem, don’t they?)
(Of course, their bosses are saying: “If you can be as productive in 4 days as you used to be in 5…what the heck were you doing with 20% of your time before we did this?”!!)
-Bloomberg

NEWS OF THE WEIRD:
➢ A California man whose 3.97-inch (10cm) tongue earned him a Guinness World Record has found an unusual way to put his unique muscle to work — painting. Nick Stoeberl, who was awarded the world record for longest tongue (male) from tip to teeth in 2012, showed off his unusual painting skills during an appearance on the ITV series “This Morning”. He showed how he wraps his tongue in plastic wrap before dipping it in paint and using it to draw on a canvas. Stoeberl has been given the nickname ‘Lickasso’ for his unusual painting method. He said his paintings have sold for up to $1,200. (Still, unfortunate nickname!) LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2mfmdkwe
➢ A man was arrested after Memphis Police say he ate 2 bags of chips that someone else had stolen from a convenience store. Reports say that on Feb. 9, a man got into an argument with a store clerk because she wouldn’t sell him beer. The man then took an entire display of chips and put it into his car. While transporting the chips, several bags fell to the ground. After the suspect drove off, another man, Joseph Braswell, picked up 2 of the fallen bags of chips, which were worth $4.98. Minutes later, officers found him with crumbs on his face. Police reviewed video footage and concluded that Braswell was aware of the theft, and charged him with theft of merchandise less than $1,000. (Hey, it’s not called the 5-second “suggestion”!)
-UPI, Fox59

BEST MUSIC VIDEOS OF ALL TIME:
According to a compilation of answers 10 websites, music experts and fans…
1. “Thriller” Michael Jackson (1983)
2. “Sledgehammer” Peter Gabriel (1986)
3. “Take On Me” A-Ha (1985)
4. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Nirvana (1991)
5. “Like A Prayer” Madonna (1989)
(What’s YOUR favorite vid?)
-StudyFinds

DID YOU KNOW?
You’d think that companies would value their only workers who have face-to-face contact with their customers – but apparently, that’s not the case. A new survey found that 4 in 5 delivery drivers are experiencing burnout — and fear they’ll lose their jobs if they don’t make all their drop-offs on time. What’s more, 45% claim their employers don’t give them all their tips. Another 54% claim their company doesn’t pay them overtime wages when they’re forced to deliver packages after their normal hours. (Should we call them FED-UPs?)
-StudyFinds

BS CHRONOMETER 02.24.23

TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Friday Fish Fry Day”, on the first Friday of Lent, when family and friends gather for fish frys at restaurants and bars. It is celebrated in the US Midwest, as well as other places around the world. The day was created by Caleb Westphal, who had eaten over 370 consecutive Friday night fish frys at the time of the holiday’s first celebration. (It’s also a song – by The Wiggles!) https://tinyurl.com/1cgektu0
• “Tortilla Chip Day”, saluting the 1940s invention by Rebecca Webb Carranza of LA. Rather than tossing misshaped tortillas from an automated tortilla machine, she cut them into triangles, fried them, and sold them for a dime a bag. They were an immediate hit!
• “World Bartender Day”, to appreciate the staff at your favorite watering hole. They work hard to keep their customers happy and often aren’t paid very well. (And without them, really, how many jokes would there be?)
• “Trading Card Day”, traditionally associated with sports; baseball cards are especially popular. Cards dealing with other subjects, like Pokémon, are often considered a separate category, known as non-sports trading cards. These can include cartoons, comic book characters, television series and film stills. (Got it…got it…need it…trader…)
• “International Stand Up to Bullying Day”, in which participants sign and wear a pink shirt to take a visible stance against bullying. It is based on a campaign started by Travis Price and David Shepherd, who took a stand for a fellow student who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school.
• “Skip the Straw Day”, a group of 8th grade students in Whitehall MI came up with this in 2017, “to encourage Americans to give up the straw habit and help spread awareness about the damage caused by disposable plastics.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/yptkuxfu

SATURDAY-
• “Clam Chowder Day”, a day to add a little heat to your Winter with a bit of bacon, onion, and flour; some diced potatoes and a can of clams, simmered in clam juice and milk. Add lots of black pepper.
• “Let’s All Eat Right Day”, honoring Adelle Davis, one of America’s best-known nutritionists. Born February 25th 1904, she wrote a series of books about healthy living. (…as opposed to any other day, when it’s “Let’s eat. All right!”)
• “Chocolate-Covered Peanuts Day” (there goes “Let’s All Eat Right Day”!), The first chocolate-covered peanut candies were “Goobers”, first sold in 1925. The word “Goober” was a common slang word for peanut (and for many of my relatives!)
• “Open That Bottle Night” … you know, the one that’s gathering dust in your wine cellar, or maybe that 20-year-old bottle of Scotch you were given as a gift. What are you saving it for?
• “Quiet Day”, also known as “National Don’t Utter a Word Day”. It’s a day to lower the noise level for a healthier and more relaxed life.
• “Pistol Patent Day”, Samuel Colt invented the pistol. He received Patent #138 for it on this day in 1836. The patent was for the Colt Revolver with a rotating chamber containing 6 bullets.

SUNDAY-
• “For Pete’s Sake Day”, which asks the pressing question, “Just who the heck is Pete, anyway, and why would we do anything for his sake?”
• “Set a Good Example Day”, to celebrate those who are setting good examples for others and to encourage more people to do the same. (Just watch me – and do the opposite!)
• “Levi Strauss’ Birthday” (1829-1902), the man who created the first Levi’s blue jeans for California’s gold miners in 1850. Without him, many of us wouldn’t have a wardrobe.
• “Personal Chefs Day”, an annual reminder to consider hiring a private chef for a day, a unique way to entertain friends and business guests in your home. It’s not as costly as you might think.
• “Tell a Fairytale Day”, Yeah, inflict some of the most violent stories ever written onto your innocent, unsuspecting child. (What’s the scariest of all-time? “Fee, fi, foe, fum …”)
• “World Pistachio Day”, betcha can’t eat just one! Once upon a time, pistachios were sold in a bright red color which left your hands a vivid hue of cherry. Today, a more mechanized harvesting process means they are picked, hulled and dried before the shell has a chance to become stained or marked, so there’s no need to dye them.

TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1945 [78] Barry Bostwick, San Mateo CA, movie actor (“The Rocky Horror Picture Show”)/TV actor (“Spin City” 1996-2002)

1950 [73] George Thorogood, Wilmington DE, blues-rock singer/guitarist (w/The Destroyers-‘Bad to the Bone’, ‘One, Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer’)

1951 [72] Debra Jo Rupp, Glendale CA, TV actress (‘Kitty Forman’ on “That ‘70s Show” 1998-2006, and “That ‘90s Show” since 2023, “The Ranch” 2017-2020)

1958 [65] Sammy Kershaw, Kaplan LA, country singer-guitarist (‘She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful’, ‘Third Rate Romance’)/married to Lorrie Morgan 2001-07

1966 [57] Billy Zane, Chicago IL, movie actor (“Zoolander”, “Titanic”) COMING UP… “Takeover”

1977 [46] Floyd (“Money”) Mayweather Jr, Grand Rapids MI, retired pro boxer (held 15 world titles in 5 weight classes/retired with a 50-0 record/world’s highest-paid athlete 2012-15, 2018, and 6th all-time)/current boxing promoter and owner of NASCAR Cup Series team “The Money Team Racing”

1989 [34] Daniel Kaluuya, London England, movie actor (“Get Out”, “Black Panther”) COMING UP… “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”, 2023

1991 [32] O’Shea Jackson Jr (“OMG”), LA CA, movie actor (“Cocaine Bear” [out today], “Straight Outta Compton”)/TV actor (‘Kawlan Roken’ in “Obi-Wan Kenobi”/rapper/son of Ice Cube

SATURDAY- comedian Carrot Top [Scott Thompson] is 58; Téa Leoni (“Jurassic Park 3”) is 57; Sean Astin (“Lord Of the Rings” films) is 52; Chelsea Handler (“Chelsea Lately”) is 48; Rashida Jones (“Parks & Recreation”) is 47; Shawna Thompson (Thompson Square) is 45; Jameela Jamil (“The Good Place”) is 37; pro tennis player Eugenie Bouchard is 29

SUNDAY- Michael Bolton (‘When a Man Loves a Woman’) is 70; Tim Commerford (Rage Against the Machine) is 55; Music producer (of Katy Perry, Taylor Swift) Max Martin is 52; Erykah Badu (‘Bag Lady’) is 52; James Wan (“Saw” movies) is 46; Nate Ruess (fun.) is 41

ON THIS DATE . . .
2022 [01] Russian leader Vladimir Putin announces the start of a “special military operation” in Ukraine to “demilitarize” the country, moments before Russia launches an invasion by land, air and sea, amid international condemnation

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2011 [12] CBS announces it is suspending production of “Two-and-a-Half Men” after Charlie Sheen airs a scathing rant about the network and show creator Chuck Lorre in an interview (he’s eventually dumped for Ashton Kutcher; Sheen moves on to “Anger Management”)

2019 [04] Queen, with Adam Lambert, open the Oscars with a medley of ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘We Are the Champions’. The biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” goes on to win 4 awards, more than any other film at the ceremony

2020 [03] Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is found guilty of rape and a criminal sexual act in a landmark case that ignited #MeToo movement (currently serving a 23-year sentence)

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1993 [30] Eric Clapton wins big at the Grammys, taking 3 awards for ‘Tears in Heaven’, 2 more for his album “Unplugged”, and Best Rock Song for his acoustic version of ‘Layla’

1998 [25] Elton John is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace

TODAY’S FIRST . . .
2008 [15] Ailing 82-year-old Fidel Castro retires as President of Cuba after nearly 50 years, turning the reins of power over to his brother Raul (at the time a spry 77-year-old)

BULL’S BITS

BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ Studies show a “50% off” sign increases sales, even if shoppers don’t know the original price, or what a reasonable price for the product would be.
✓ Aerosmith made more money from “Guitar Hero” than from any of their albums.
✓ Mountain Dew is slang for moonshine. It was originally created as a mixer for moonshine and whiskey in Tennessee.
✓ In 1999, PayPal was voted one of the top 10 “worst business ideas”.
✓ If your throat tickles, scratching your ear can make it go away.
✓ Cabbage was once considered an aphrodisiac.
-FactRetriever, TheFactSite

Best Of BS . . .
BS FAKE BEACH FACTS:

• The best beach bods are always at the nudie beaches.
• You can make friends there by approaching random strangers and offering to rub them down with sun tan lotion. Pantsless.
• Winter is the best time to visit.
• That’s really kitty litter.
• Everyone you meet there ends up transferring to your school so you can fall in love forever.
• I own some Arizona ocean-front property, in case you’re looking.
• Jellyfish go great with peanut butter.
• Walking to your car with sand in your suit feels fantastic.
• Actual sex on the beach is better than the drink of the same name.
• Socks with sandals are perfectly acceptable.
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2020

TODAY’S SCOOP OF BS:
➠ “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” just hit movie theaters. (‘Ant-Man” is considered the world’s smallest action hero…just behind Tom Cruise!)
➠ Avril Lavigne and pop-punk singer Mod Sun are no longer engaged. (I guess he decided that he wanted to start creeping out other people…)
➠ Blanket Jackson recently turned 21. (Each year, he makes a wish and blows out the candles…but, nope…same name…)
➠ Good News: Researchers say that fat in the buttocks, as opposed to belly fat, can actually be good for you. (Bad News: The Kardashians may live forever.)
➠ [***Caution***) Richard Gere was recently hospitalized with pneumonia while on vacation. (You don’t wanna know what happened when he coughed!)

BS WEB GOODIE:
Friday fun (sound up):  https://fb.watch/iPGVDdTdiW/

BS RANDOM JOKE:
I spent a lot of time, money, and effort childproofing my house … but somehow, they still get in.

BS PHONE STARTER:
If you could be someone else for a week, who would it be?

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question:  One in 7 people admit that, at some point in their life, they have done this THIS twice in one day. What is it?
Answer:  Go on a date — with different people

BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.

 

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