Friday, January 28, 2022 — Edition: #7156
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BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Disney says it is “taking a different approach” for its upcoming live-action remake of animated movie “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” following criticism from actor Peter Dinklage. Dinklage, who has a form of dwarfism, said the casting of a Latina actress in the title role was “progressive” but called the story, “about seven dwarfs living in a cave together,” “backward”. In a statement, Disney said: “To avoid reinforcing stereotypes from the original animated film, we are taking a different approach with these 7 characters and have been consulting with members of the dwarfism community.” The company says it will share more as the film heads into production. The new Snow White movie is scheduled for release next year.
★ Neil Young is thanking the co-owners of his catalog for their support in his bid to have Spotify remove his music, acknowledging it was a “costly move.” A day after Young expressed in a now-deleted post on his website that he no longer wanted his songs on the platform over its relationship with divisive podcast host Joe Rogan’s alleged misinformation regarding COVID-19 vaccinations, the company agreed to honor his request. Upon hearing that news, Young expressed appreciation to Hipgnosis, which owns part of his catalogue, writing: “Losing 60 percent of worldwide streaming income by leaving Spotify is a very big deal, a costly move, but worth it for our integrity and beliefs.”
★ “Downton Abbey” fans will have to wait a little longer. Focus Features has pushed back the release of “Downton Abbey: A New Era” by 2 months. The sequel will now be released on May 20. It was previously scheduled for release on March 18. While plot details for the film have been sparse, writer Julian Fellowes has said that ‘Lady Mary’ continues to run Downton as the mother of the next Earl of Grantham.
★ Courteney Cox has created a line of cleaning products inspired by cosmetics. The actress, known for playing neat freak ‘Monica Geller’ on “Friends”, launched the brand Homecourt this week, which features products usually made for domestic use but produced with skin care ingredients and fine fragrances. She said: “We decided to make a beauty line for the home. I’m obsessed with design and my home, and I wanted the home to smell like something that I’d want to wear.”
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Taylor Lautner, Chloe Kim, Griff x Sigrid
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Marlee Matlin, Mackenzie Davis
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Judi Dench, Huma Abedin, Teddy Swims, Daniel Fang (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Carl Bernstein, guest co-host Lisa Ling
• “The Talk” (CBS): 50 Cent, Joseph Sikora
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): A look back at some viewers’ favorite moments
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Jamie Dornan, Japanese Breakfast
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Ike Barinholtz, Francia Raisa, Danielle Kartes
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Paris Hilton, Kathy Hilton, Joshua Weissman
• “Nancy Drew” (CW): Season 3 finale
• “Janet Jackson.” (A&E/LIFETIME): At age 7, Janet’s tough-talking father, Joe, puts her to work in the family show; he never asked if she wanted to be a performer, so it’s up to Janet to find her own path.
• “Great Chocolate Showdown” (CW): Premiere. 10 home bakers take on the art of tempering chocolate and create a dessert that reflects their personality, then deliver “s’more” creativity when they re-imagine a campfire classic.
• “Butlers in Love” (HALLMARK): At a prestigious academy where competition is fierce, sparks fly between passionate Emma and rebellious Henry as they train to become royal butlers.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Host Willem Dafoe, with musical guest Katy Perry
• “NFL Conference Championships” (CBS, Fox, TSN4, CTV): AFC – Bengals @ Chiefs; NFC – 49ers @ Rams
• “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” (ABC): Season 2 finale. Von Miller, Ali Wentworth and Laverne Cox
• “Supermarket Sweep” (ABC): Season 2 finale
• “We Need to Talk About Cosby” (SHOWTIME): Part 1. Comic-director W. Kamau Bell explores Bill Cosby’s life and work, weighing his actions against his influence through interviews with comedians, cultural commentators, journalists and women who share their personal encounters with him.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Rihanna – has donated $15 million through her Clara Lionel Foundation to 18 organizations fighting climate change. The contribution was done in partnership with Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s #StartSmall philanthropic initiative. The Barbados native specifically selected organizations that are doing work within the United States and Caribbean nations.
• Miley Cyrus – will perform at Steven Tyler’s annual star-studded Grammy Awards viewing party. It’s scheduled for April 3 at the Hollywood Palladium, to benefit Janie’s Fund, a charitable organization to help abused and neglected girls. The event is named after Aerosmith’s hit ‘Janie’s Got a Gun’.
• John Lennon – His son Julian is auctioning off some Beatles memorabilia, including 3 guitars given to him by his father and Paul McCartney’s handwritten notes about ‘Hey Jude’ — but not physically. It’s a sale of non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Winning bidders will be able to claim ownership of a digital file described as an “audio/visual collectible” in which Julian Lennon narrates a “specific heartfelt memory.”
• Bryan Adams — has shared the new single ‘Never Gonna Rain’ from his upcoming 15th studio album, “So Happy It Hurts”, out March 11. He’s currently on tour in Europe, hitting Portugal, Spain and Switzerland between now and next weekend. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/3u7ysnb7
• Keith Urban – will fill some schedule gaps left open at Caesars Palace in Vegas after Adele postponed her residency. Urban has announced 5 gigs between March 25-April 2 at the world-famous Colosseum inside Caesars Palace.
• Turnpike Troubadours, Lord Huron and Cody Jinks – will co-headline the “Under the Big Sky Festival”, July 15-17 at Big Mountain Ranch in Whitefish MT. Black Pumas, Jamey Johnson and Midland are also on the bill, as well as Lainey Wilson, Margot Price, Morgan Wade, and many others. Tix go on sale Feb. 4. LINK: https://www.underthebigskyfest.com/
• Kane Brown – and his wife, Katelyn, both got new ink to celebrate the birth late last year of their second daughter, Kodi Jane, Brown. He had “Kodi” tattooed on his left hand, and Katelyn got a similar tattoo of their daughter’s name – including her middle name — tattooed on her right arm. Brown shared a pic of the fresh ink on his Instagram, in a shot of the couple holding hands. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/yjxe2273
SHOOTING THE BULL
FOR THE RECORD:
⇒ A marathon in Siberia may have broken a Guinness World Record when runners braved temperatures of 63.4° below zero F (-53°C). Organizers of the Pole of Cold Marathon in Yakutia, Russia, said the start time for the race was pushed up to the early morning Jan. 21 after weather forecasts indicated the temperature would dip to 76° below zero F (-60°C) in the afternoon. Guinness currently lists the world’s coldest marathon as 2001’s Siberian Ice Marathon, where the temperature was about 38°F below zero (-39°C). Russian runner Vasily Lukin won the Pole of Cold Marathon in 3 hours, 22 minutes. (But he’s not looking for fame, at all. He says he’s had enough exposure!)
⇒ A group of British men broke a Guinness World Record by playing a board game for more than 85 hours. Lea Poole, Dale Poole, Adam Bircher and Luke de Witt Vine, members of the Herefordshire Boardgamers group, played 79 rounds of the board game “Dune”, based on the same Frank Herbert novel as the 2021 film of the same name, for a total of over 85 hours. The previous record was 80 hours, set by 4 men in the Netherlands in 2017. The effort raised money for Alzheimer’s U.K. and mental health charity Herefordshire Mind. (Each is also expected to be awarded an individual Guinness record for “Nerdishness”!)
NEWS OF THE WEIRD:
➢ A Minnesota mom sparked quite a reaction on TikTok after revealing she has been celebrating her son’s birthday on the wrong day. In Emily Vondrachek’s viral video, she tells how she recently brought her 3-year-old, Henry, to a pediatrician’s office. Later, the receptionist called, saying the insurance company wouldn’t cover the visit because the birthdate they had on file for Henry didn’t match the one on file with the doctor’s office. Vondrachek said that instead of “digging” for Henry’s birth certificate, at that moment, she scrolled back in her Facebook and Snapchat posts and noticed that for the past 2 years, she and her family had shared photos on Feb. 26 announcing Henry’s birthday. When she scrolled further back to Henry’s birth, she found he was born on Feb. 25. Vondrachek said she must have given the wrong date-of-birth to the doctor’s office, which is why it had on-record that he was born on the 26th and not the 25th. (…And dad? He just shows up and eats cake whenever he’s told to?)
➢ An 85-year-old man from India is being investigated after claiming to have received 11 COVID-19 vaccine doses in less than a year. Retired postman Brahmdeo Mandal was stopped from getting what he claimed would have been his 12th shot early this month. Although it’s unclear how word of Mandal’s vaccination marathon reached authorities, it is believed that he boasted about the positive effects on his health of the repeated jabs, and someone tipped off police. Mandal claims that the COVID-19 vaccine has made his ailments, many of them considered normal at his age, disappear. (This is gonna set the conspiracy theorists back 2 years!)
DID YOU KNOW?
Condoms will be available to athletes at next month’s Olympic Games in Beijing, but hugging is being discouraged. Organizers are keeping up with the tradition of making condoms available to Olympians, despite detailed social distancing guidelines aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 within the “closed loop” in which the Games will take place. An email from Beijing officials says: “All Olympic-related units will provide appropriate quantities of condoms for free at the appropriate time to people who’ve checked in to stay inside the loop.” The Games are set to take place from Feb. 4-20. (Take the word “games” any way you’d like!)
BS CHRONOMETER 01.28.22
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Daisy Day”, celebrating the flower that symbolizes innocence and purity (also the best one for playing “he loves me, he loves me not”)
• “Blueberry Pancake Day”, because they’re nutritious enough to eat for breakfast, tasty enough for a mid-day snack, and easy enough to make for dinner. (If you can’t find your napkin, it’s probably stuck to your elbow…) LINK: https://tinyurl.com/y5vlwa5s
• “Data Privacy Day”, to raise awareness about the importance of protecting your personal info online. It’s observed in Canada, the USA, and 27 European countries. (Because when companies say “We value your privacy” …what they really mean is “We put a value on your privacy!”) LINK: http://tinyurl.com/zogpja5
• “National LEGO Day”, to celebrate these ingenious and enriching toys. How? You could visit a Legoland theme park (in Carlsbad, CA, and Winter Haven, FL — there’s also a Legoland Discovery Center in Tempe, AZ), you could watch one of the “Lego” movies, or you could simply build something with Lego. (Go all out and invite a kid to join you…) [***See “Today’s Firsts, below***]
• “Kazoo Day”, honoring the (annoying) musical instrument that even the most untalented can play.
• “Pop Art Day”, celebrated annually on the anniversary of Jackson Pollock’s birth. His works are classified as abstract expressionism, very different from the pop art of artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.
• Fun At Work Day”, because experts say when we enjoy our work, we’re more productive. Here are a few suggestions for having fun at work . . .
✓ Find out where your boss shops, and buy the same exact outfits. Always wear them one day after your boss does. (Especially effective if your boss is of a different gender.)
✓ Every time someone asks you to do something, ask if they want fries with that.
✓ Include a piece of your kid’s artwork as a cover page for all reports you write.
✓ When answering your phone, talk in a fake British accent.
✓ Make up corny nicknames for all your co-workers and refer to them only by these names. (“That’s a good point, Sparky.”)
✓ Take a picture of your boss, have it framed, and display it prominently on your desk.
✓ Leave the photocopy machine set to reduce 200%, extra dark, 17-inch paper, 99 copies.
✓ Send e-mail to the company DL, telling them EXACTLY what you’re doing. (“If anyone needs me, I’ll be in the bathroom.”)
✓ Pretend your computer mouse is a CB radio mic. Talk to it.
• “Corn Chip Day”. The corn chip is made from cornmeal which is baked or fried in oil. Although it originated in Mexico, the US patent was granted in 1932. (***Ask listeners to put a half-dozen in their mouth and whistle a tune***)
• “Curmudgeons Day”, an annual celebration of the crusty, yet insightful, wags who consistently apply the needle of truth to the balloons of hypocrisy and social norms. Celebrated on the birthday of late comedian WC Fields, one of the all-time most beloved curmudgeons.
• “Seeing Eye Dog Day”, commemorating ‘The Seeing Eye’, North America’s first guide dog school which opened in Nashville, Tennessee on this date in 1929.
• “Puzzle Day”, celebrating one of our all-time favorite pastimes. What’s your favorite: Jigsaw or Crossword?
• “National Carnation Day”, honoring the memory of President William McKinley. The carnation was said to be McKinley’s favorite flower, and he always wore one on his lapel.
• “Croissant Day”, the first step of which is being able to say the French word. It’s not ‘CROY-sent’, it’s ‘cwah-SAHN’. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/amzltv8
• “Inane Voicemail Message Day”, a time to change, shorten, replace, or delete that annoying voicemail message … which you likely recorded on Day One and then never altered.
• “Yodel for Your Neighbors Day”, yodeling is a singing style that most people associate with Switzerland or being in the mountains. It consists of people going back and forth between octaves very fast to get a unique type of sound. (Does this mean that Celine Dion is a yodeler?)
• “National Escape Day”, it’s all about taking a well-deserved break from all the hassles and struggles of everyday life (as well as your yodeling neighbors)
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1936  Alan Alda, New York City NY, TV actor (‘Hawkeye’ in “M*A*S*H” 1972-1983, “The West Wing” 2004-06)
1968  Sarah McLachlan, Halifax NS, pop singer (‘I Will Remember You’, ‘Angel’)/founder of “Lilith Fair” tour
1976  Rick Ross [William Roberts II], Coahoma County MS, rapper (f/Drake & Chrisette Michele-‘Aston Martin Music’, f/T-Pain-‘The Boss’)/record exec (founder of Maybach Music, signees include Meek Mill and French Montana)
1977  Joey Fatone, Brooklyn NY, pop singer (*NSYNC-‘Bye Bye Bye’)/TV host (“The Singing Bee”, 2007)/reality show contestant (2nd place on “Dancing With the Stars”, 2007)
1980  Nick Carter, Jamestown NY, pop singer (Backstreet Boys-‘I Want It That Way’)
1981  Elijah Wood, Cedar Rapids IA, movie actor (“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy) COMING UP…”L.A. Rush”
1985  [Jermaine] J. Cole, Frankfurt Germany, rapper (‘Nobody’s Perfect’, ‘Work Out’)
1993  Will Poulter, London England, movie actor (“We’re The Millers”, “The Revenant”)
1998  Ariel Winter, Los Angeles CA, TV actress (‘Alex Dunphy’ on “Modern Family” 2009-20)
SATURDAY- Katharine Ross (“The Graduate”) is 82; Tom Selleck (“Magnum, P.I.”) is 77; Oprah Winfrey (“Oprah”) is 68; Ed Burns (“Saving Private Ryan”) is 54; Heather Graham (“The Hangover” movies) is 52; Sara Gilbert (“Roseanne”) is 47; Justin Hartley (“This Is Us”) is 45; Adam Lambert (‘Whataya Want from Me’) is 40; Eric Paslay (‘She Don’t Love You’) is 39
SUNDAY- Gene Hackman (“Unforgiven”) is 92; Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney is 81; Phil Collins (‘In the Air Tonight’) is 71; Christian Bale (“The Dark Knight” Batman trilogy) is 48; Olivia Colman (“The Crown”) is 48; Josh Kelley (‘Only You’) is 42; Wilmer Valderrama (“That ’70s Show”) is 42
ON THIS DAY . . .
1986  The Space Shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, killing all 7 crew members on board, including Christa McAuliffe, who was to be the first teacher in space
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2006  Clint Eastwood becomes the 31st filmmaker in 70 years to be given the Directors Guild of America’s ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1985  With all the big names in town for the American Music Awards, USA For Africa’s famine-relief single ‘We Are the World’ is recorded in Los Angeles
2014  At a press conference, the members of Mötley Crüe sign a “cessation of touring agreement” preventing them from ever touring again after 2015. They also announce “The Final Tour.” (Just to let you know how that went, their tour dates for this summer are still officially “ON”) LINK: https://tinyurl.com/yckujtat
TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1958  The Lego company patents their design of Lego bricks, which are still compatible with those produced today
1999  The first ‘Live Sex Change Operation’ is performed online (download or upload?)
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1984  Glynn Wolfe weds for a non-bigamous record 28th time (Las Vegas NV). He would marry 3 more times
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ Just one in 3 consumers pays off his or her credit card bill every month.
✓ Greenland hosts the World Ice Golf Championships. Hazards include ice floes (and frostbite).
✓ Las Vegas is NOT the largest gambling centre in the world. Macau surpassed it in gambling revenues in 2006.
✓ Ancient Greek and Roman statues were actually brilliantly colored, not bare marble or stone
✓ In the middle-ages, dead bodies were often used as ammunition in catapults.
✓ Frogs cannot swallow without blinking.
Best of BS . . .
MORE BS QUESTIONS PLAGUING HUMANITY:
• If you suffer from kleptomania, should you take something for it?
• Is it possible for reality checks to bounce?
• If your blood type is ‘B-negative’, are you destined to be a pessimist?
• If your teenager threatens to run away from home, should you try to get it in writing?
• Scientists say that the first 5 minutes of your life are the most dangerous, but aren’t the last 5 pretty risky too?
-First published in BS in 2003
BS INCORRECT ABBREVIATIONS:
• WTF: Where’s the Fries
• TMI: Too Many Idiots
• IMHO: Is My Hearing-aid On?
• ASAP: Add Salt And Pepper
• IKR: I Know Ralph
• FUBAR: Feeling Uneasy But Accepting Reality
• YOLO: You Overthink Life Obsessively
• ADHD: Americans Don’t Hate Donuts
• STFU: Selling This Fast Unicycle
• MILF: Man I Love Friday
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019
TODAY’S SCOOP OF BS:
➠ A study claims that senior citizens are the happiest of all generations. (Well, YOU’D be happy too, if you got to eat dinner at 3, take a nap every day, and wear a diaper if you want!)
➠ The Sundance Film Festival, a virtual event again this year, runs through Sunday. Robert Redford named the festival after his character in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”. (Glad he didn’t play the other guy. I wouldn’t go to a “Butch Festival.” Or . . . would I?)
➠ A report has found that ‘thinking of death’ can make you a more successful person. (Not to be confused with ‘hoping for death’, which just means you’re married.)
➠ Scientists say that being in love makes you a less productive person. (Unless you have a high sperm count!)
➠ Did you know: Violin bows are commonly made from horse hair. (Which explains the long-face every time one is played…)
BS WEB GOODIE:
Introverts vs. extroverts: https://tinyurl.com/mweaed67
BS PHONE STARTER:
What would be the most annoying thing about having YOU as a roommate?
BS RANDOM JOKE:
Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself.
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: 7% of people say they have done THIS in the bathroom. What is it?
Answer: Drink a beer!
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Beauty endures only for as long as it can be seen; goodness will remain so tomorrow.