Monday, January 16, 2023 – Edition: #7396
New Week – New Sheet!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Britney Spears has broken her silence following Friday’s “meltdown” at a Los Angeles restaurant — with a strange and seemingly defiant Instagram meme. She posted an illustration depicting a woman in sunglasses with her legs crossed, with the caption: “They told me I couldn’t that’s why I did!” The post came a day after a casual dinner LA with husband Sam Asghari ended with her, according to witnesses, yelling and “talking gibberish,” leading Asghari to storm out of the restaurant.
★ Embattled comedian Andy Dick was arrested Friday morning in California, and charged with public intoxication and failing to register as a sex offender. Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said deputies responded regarding an “intoxicated subject” who was “possibly under the influence of narcotics”. They discovered Dick “displaying signs of being under the influence of alcohol” and arrested him without incident. They say that a routine records check revealed that Dick “was a registered sex offender who was not up-to-date on his registration.” In November, he was convicted of sexual battery for groping an Uber driver, and was ordered to register as a sex offender.
★ According to a new report, Lisa Marie Presley died after her heart stopped a second time on Thursday — and her family had signed a DNR (do not resuscitate) order because she had been pronounced brain dead. TMZ says that Presley’s family had ordered doctors not to try to revive her if she flatlined again, attributing the new information to “sources with direct knowledge.” It was also revealed over the weekend that the 54-year-old will be laid to rest at her childhood home, Graceland, next to her son Ben.
★ Jamie Lee Curtis has tested positive for COVID-19, just days after attending — and going viral at the 80th Golden Globes. The “Everything Everywhere All at Once” star, who became an instant meme when she exuberantly celebrated co-star Michelle Yeoh’s first Golden Globe win, took to Instagram to reveal her positive diagnosis amid Hollywood’s awards season. The 64-year-old shared an image of several at-home testing kits, and wrote: “Sadly, this head cheerleader is not going to be at all the weekend festivities cheering on her friends and colleagues.” It was later announced that Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, both nominated for their roles in “The Banshees of Inisherin”, would miss last night’s Critics’ Choice Awards after testing positive for COVID-19. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/3pnmptkm
★ Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are starting off the new year with a new family member. On Friday, Legend announced during a private concert hours after the baby’s arrival, saying: “What a blessed day,” and adding that he “didn’t get a lot of sleep” but still felt energized after spending lots of time at the hospital. The new baby will join Teigen and Legends’ 6-year-old daughter Luna and 4-year-old son Miles.
★ “Avatar: The Way of Water” is still drawing audiences box office. James Cameron’s latest remains #1 in its 5th weekend, with an estimated Martin Luther King Jr. weekend 4-day take of $35 million. That will push the sequel $568 million at the domestic box office by today, passing “The Dark Knight” and “The Lion King” to become the 13th-highest grossing movie of all-time in the US and Canada. In strong second place was “M3GAN”, with an estimated 4-day take of $21 million.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Danny DeVito, Lucy DeVito, Travis Bennett, A Boogie wit da Hoodie
• “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Aubrey Plaza, Jalyn Hall, Sudan Archives
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Hugh Jackman, Mimi Webb
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Leslie Jones, Rosie Perez, Daniel Fang
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Zoe Saldana, Kumail Nanjiani, Talk (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Fraser Olender, Kristin Chenoweth
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Wes Moore, Leslie Jones, Blind Boys of Alabama, Yolanda Renee King, Martin Luther King III
• “The Talk”(CBS): Tabitha Brown, Lawrence Saint-Victor
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Nathon Fillion, Heidi Gardner
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Cedric the Entertainer, Pam Grier, Bernice King, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Veda Tunstall
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Tracee Ellis Ross
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Jay Pharoah, Kyla Pratt
• “NFL Football” (Check local listings): Wild card game. Dallas @ Tampa Bay
• “America’s Got Talent: All-Stars” (NBC): Winners, finalists, favorites and viral sensations audition for a spot in the finals.
• “The Neighborhood (CBS): Calvin and Tina decide to take the honeymoon they never had to Madrid; Dave and Gemma team up with Malcolm and Marty on a project to surprise Calvin upon his return.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Jonas Brothers – Friday, he joined his former fellow “The Voice” coach Kelly Clarkson on her daytime talk show and told her that not only is the group’s new album “done”, but they will be touring “later this year”.
• Iggy Azalea – promised last week that something scandalous was coming – and Friday she announced her year-long multimedia project. Her “Hotter Than Hell X OnlyFans” site will include poetry, illustrations, photography, video, and her 4th studio album. Oh, and plus some extra goodies, for an extra fee.
• Måneskin – The Italian rockers have released their new single ‘Gossip’, featuring a guest appearance by Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello. It’s from Måneskin’s album “Rush!”, out this Friday. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/589cjden
• Alice Cooper – has announced his spring “Too Close For Comfort” US tour. Tickets go on sale Friday, for the tour, which begins April 29 in Youngstown OH, and runs through May 18 in Biloxi MS. Cooper will also serve as opening act for some shows on Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe upcoming “The World Tour” this summer.
• Genesis – will drop a career-spanning box set compiling material recorded for the BBC. “BBC Broadcasts” drops March 3, in 5-CD and 3-LP versions, collecting sessions recorded by the band between 1970-98. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2s488fvn
• Kelsea Ballerini – Pics of her watching the national championship game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood CA with “Outer Banks” stars Chase Stokes, Austin North and other celebs last Monday have gone viral, sparking rumors of a new romance between her and Stokes. Ballerini headlined the Allstate Championship Tailgate ahead of the TCU-Georgia showdown. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/4ns4y6rp
• Maren Morris – This Friday, she’ll be a judge on the latest episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, on MTV. She calls the appearance her chance to “fulfill a decade-long dream.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/3jt5xarv
• Chris Young – Friday, he released 2 tunes: the romantic new single ‘Looking For You’, and ‘All Dogs Go To Heaven’. All Dogs Go To Heaven, is inspired by his own German Shepherd, Porter, a Christmas gift in 2017 from his sister. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2hzk9zkt
SHOOTING THE BULL
We all know that rotten feeling. One minute you’re enjoying a lazy afternoon doing approximately nothing…and the next you’re hit with that uneasy feeling in the pit of your stomach, and an increasing sense of dread as the hours tick away – because Monday is coming. It’s called the “Sunday Scaries”, and when you consider that more than a quarter of us have a harder time falling asleep on Sunday nights, and 73% of workers regularly lose out on rest due to worrisome thoughts about their job, there must be something we can do about it, right? Taijah Bell, a Georgia-based therapist, says you should “Ask yourself about what are some intentional things you can put in place on a Monday morning that will set the tone for your week…maybe having an extra hour in the morning…to stop and get your favorite breakfast, maybe journaling in the morning, whatever self-care activities look like for you.” Social worker and owner of Transformation Counseling Services Pia Johnson believes that aside from self-care and setting positive intentions for the upcoming week, “It is essential to re-evaluate your job. (The Sunday Scaries) may be a clear sign that this is not the right job, role, or company for you.” If you find that you have done all you can and the symptoms do not become more manageable, she suggests “seeking out a therapist that can assist you on your journey.”
(Nope. If you had kids like mine, you’d be more familiar with the “Friday Frights, when you realize that you have to be with them 24-7 for the next 2 whole days!)
(I only get the “scaries” like that at income tax time!)
(***See “Reasons to Party”, below***) It’s a tough day today. It’s “Blue Monday”, which is, according to legend, the most depressing day of the year. But here’s an interesting question: Is it possible to eat our way out of the “winter blues?” Maybe. If you’re feeling especially listless this winter, take look at what’s on your plate. Dr. Robert Levitan, chair in depression studies at University of Toronto says one of the main problems is the amount of sugar and fat we crave. Quote: “That’s where Seasonal Affective Disorder comes in, since there’s a relationship between the lack of light and craving carbohydrates.” The answer? We need to make sure we’re getting enough lean protein throughout the day, because, simply enough, it makes you feel full, and helps us avoid having a ‘sugar crash’. More and more research these days is pointing toward the Mediterranean diet (based on fruits, veggies, unprocessed cereals, legumes and olive oil) as being as good for your mental health as it is for your body.
(Yeah, but you have to eat fruits, veggies, legumes and olive oil!)
(That’s why I love Tuesdays. They’re as far away from Monday as possible!)
NEW GOOD NEWS:
➢ A World War II vet has celebrated his 108th birthday surrounded by more than 160 cards from complete strangers following an appeal from a nursing home. Donald Rose said he’s overwhelmed by the kindness of well-wishers after people from across the UK sent him a greeting card to mark his milestone…including one from King Charles III. The Royal British Legion launched an appeal on Facebook to encourage people to send the widower a card to celebrate the occasion, plus his achievements during the war. Rose, a former sniper and Desert Rat who also served with the Queen’s Royal Regiment, was awarded a number of medals during his service.
➢ A man who basically spent his life helping disabled people find a place to live has won a £2.5million (US $3.1 million) country house. Grant Carson scooped up the 5-bedroom farmhouse on 8 acres of land after entering the Omaze Million Pound House Draw. He worked at a Glasgow charity for 27 years, helping disabled people with all aspects of life. The 58-year-old widower said he’s happy that he can now get something he’s always wanted – but was out of the question due to chronic arthritis he has had since he was 7. The new home is surrounded by “idyllic countryside” and he can now “definitely afford a dog walker,” because along with the house, he also won £100,000 ($122,000) in cash. (I’m not crying – YOU’RE crying!)
BABY NAMES FOR 2023:
Forget Olivia, Emma, Liam and Noah. Here are the “up and coming” most popular baby names for 2023, according to parenting website Nameberry…
(Which are the boys and which are the girls? Your guess is as good as mine…)
BABY NAMES FROM 1923:
The most popular baby names from 100 years ago, according to US Social Security Administration…
1. Mary 1. John
2. Dorothy 2. Robert
3. Helen 3. William
4. Margaret 4. James
5. Betty 5. Charles
6. Ruth 6. George
7. Virginia 7. Joseph
8. Mildred 8. Edward
9. Elizabeth 9. Richard
10. Frances 10. Donald
DID YOU KNOW?
A new type of shoes, available this summer, promises to allow you to walk at the speed of your run. The strap-ons, aptly named “Moonwalkers,” feature 8 wheels per shoe to move your feet as if you were on a moving walkway at an airport. For safety, on stairs, or in crowded areas, the wheels don’t move at all. Designed by American tech start-up Shift Robotics, they accelerate normal walking pace to 6.8 mph, around the clip of a comfortable run. No word on price. (Comfortable run? Sorry, I’m not familiar with that term…) LINK: https://youtu.be/8r0TPD5NUQ0
BS CHRONOMETER 01.16.23
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Blue Monday”, the third Monday of January has been awarded this gloomy title due to a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold, dark nights, and the arrival of unpaid credit card bills. Though we may say we hate Mondays, an Australian study found that the day that scores lowest for most employees’ morale is actually Wednesday. (If you can imagine hating “Hump Day”!)
• “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day”, in the US, honoring the legacy and celebrating the birthday of the iconic civil rights leader. King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination. He was assassinated in 1968.
• “Appreciate a Dragon Day”, celebrating fictional dragons as memorable characters. (Let’s see, there is “Puff”, “Pete’s”, The “How to Train Your Dragon” dragon, “Smaug” from “The Hobbit”, the “Game of Thrones” dragons, the “Harry Potter” one…and the dragon tattoo. That’s about it!)
• “Fig Newton Day”, celebrating the cookie with figs in the middle … the only figs many people ever eat.
• “International Hot & Spicy Food Day”, encouraging us to spice up our lives in order to add some zest to a Winter’s day. What’s the absolute hottest thing you’ve ever put in your mouth?
• “Religious Freedom Day”, when everyone has the right to believe the same stuff I do.
• “Nothing Day”, quite simply… a day for nothing…or as my boring neighbor Norman the accountant calls it, “Monday”.
• “Elementary School Teacher Day”, dedicated to all the teachers who help mold young minds during their formative years. Today, we thank retired and current elementary school teachers for all they have done to help students. (Thanks! And sorry my kid gave you a cold!)
• “National Without a Scalpel Day”, What do heart disease, stroke, aneurysms, and uterine fibroids have in common? They’re just a handful of conditions that can now be treated without surgery. In honor of this progress, The Interventional Initiative made today annual National Without a Scalpel Day.
AND REMEMBER . . .
[Tues] Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day
[Tues] Kid Inventor’s Day
[Wed] Gourmet Coffee Day
[Thurs] Popcorn Day
This Week is…Hunt for Happiness Week
This Month is…Manuary
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1943  Ronnie Milsap (Millsaps), Robbinsville NC, country singer/pianist (‘I Wouldn’t Have Missed it for the World’, ‘Any Day Now’)/Country Music Hall of Fame 2014
1948  John Carpenter, Catharge NY, movie director (“Halloween” movies, “Escape from New York”)
1959  Sade (Helen Adu), Ibadan Nigeria, R&B singer (‘Smooth Operator’, ‘The Sweetest Taboo’)
1974  Kate Moss, London England, fashion model (Calvin Klein, has appeared on over 300 magazine covers)
1980  Lin-Manuel Miranda, New York City, Broadway actor/composer/playwright (“Hamilton”, “In the Heights”)/actor (“Mary Poppins Returns”) COMING UP… “The Little Mermaid”, 2023
1980  Albert Pujols, Santo Domingo Dominican Republic, retired MLB player (NL MVP 2005, 2008-09, 4th in history to 700 HRs, in 2022 as a St. Louis Cardinal)
1982  Max Joseph, New York City, reality TV star (co-host of the MTV series “Catfish” 2012-16)/film director (“We Are Your Friends”)
1981  Nick Valensi, NYC, rock guitarist (The Strokes-‘Last Nite’, ‘Juicebox’)
1985  Renée Felice Smith, Long Island NY, TV actress (‘Nell Jones’ on “NCIS: Los Angeles” since 2010)
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1979  The landmark BBC nature series “Life on Earth”, presented by David Attenborough, makes its debut
2011  “The Social Network” is the big winner at the 68th Golden Globes, picking up awards for ‘Best Drama’, ‘Best Director’, ‘Best Screenplay’, and ‘Best Original Score’
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1988  George Harrison hits #1 with ‘Got My Mind Set On You’, becoming the act with the longest time between #1 hits – it was 24 years since ‘Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)’. Current record: Mariah Carey — 29 years 153 days between ‘Vision of Love’ in 1990 and ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ in 2020.
1996  Jamaican police mistake Jimmy Buffett for a drug smuggler and shoot at his seaplane after it lands in the water. U2’s Bono is also on board with his family
TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
2006  Africa’s first female elected head-of-state, Liberia’s new president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is sworn in
2016  First-ever flower grown in space – a zinnia — aboard the International Space Station, using NASA Veggie system
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2005  Romanian university lecturer & novelist Adriana Iliescu gives birth at age 66 to a daughter, Eliza, breaking the record for “World’s Oldest Birth Mother” (Current record: 73 years of age!)
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ Cats spend 66% of their life asleep.
✓ All dogs are descended from gray wolves that were first domesticated in China.
✓ Your foot and your forearm are the same length
✓ The word “bless” originally meant “sprinkle with blood”.
✓ Every single possible 3-character .com domain has been registered
✓ In the U.S., prison inmates can’t vote, but they can run for office.
Best of BS . . .
BS WEIRD TIMES TO APOLOGIZE:
• When someone tells you they are getting married.
• When seeing someone naked for the first time.
• When called by a telemarketer.
• While looking in the mirror.
• When someone tells you to stop apologizing.
• After apologizing for apologizing too much.
• After Taylor Swift has already written a song about you.
• After winning first place.
• After sex.
• Before sex.
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2018
BS SIGNS YOU’RE ON A BAD CRUISE:
• As you board, a personal injury attorney hands you his business card.
• The Carnival Cruise crew turns out to be actual carnival workers.
• Puerto Vallarta looks a lot more like Newark NJ than in the brochure.
• Every time you see the crew, they’re wearing life preservers.
• During a light breeze, the captain issues an order to abandon ship.
• The navigation chart seems to be a placemat from Red Lobster.
• It’s day 3 and you’re still docked.
• You keep finding barnacles in your pants.
• You hit an iceberg and hundreds die.
-First published in BS in 2009
BS WEB GOODIE:
Future influencers: https://tinyurl.com/yyxx2m6y
BS RANDOM JOKE:
90% of all electrical vehicles made are still on the road today. The other 10%? They made it all the way home!
BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
• Lemurs are only native to one country, which one?
b) Madagascar [CORRECT]
• In which year did the first color television come out?
b) 1954 [CORRECT]
• What was Walt Disney afraid of?
b) Mice [CORRECT]
d) Being cryogenically frozen for all eternity
BS PHONE STARTER:
What is the weirdest pizza topping you’ve experienced? People will put pretty much anything on them…but what ones have you actually tried?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: The average person does THIS for 12½ minutes each day. What is it?
Answer: Scroll on their phone before bedtime
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.