BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ The inevitable Caitlyn Jenner book deal has arrived. Jenner will write her memoir with the help of Buzz Bissinger, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who wrote “Friday Night Lights” in 1990; and who also wrote the “Vanity Fair” cover story in which ‘Cait’ debuted. Jenner approached him about writing the memoir a few months after the article came out. The book will follow Jenner from Bruce to Caitlyn, and her brave transition into womanhood. It’s due out in Spring 2017.
– “New York Times”
★ The brains behind “How I Met Your Mother” are developing a new pilot for CBS-TV entitled “My Time/Your Time” that chronicles the relationship of a young couple as they begin dating long distance. It’s based on the 2014 5-part web series “7P/10E” by Avital Ash about 2 people who get to know each other via 4-minute Skype chats each night. CBS has also picked up a drama pilot about amateur teen sleuth ‘Nancy Drew’ as a grown-up NYPD detective. The revival, now titled “Drew”, will reportedly focus on a non-white heroine.
– “Hollywood Reporter”
★ And if you mixed “Survivor” with “The Amazing Race” you might get “Kicking & Screaming”, a new show from FOX-TV that features 10 survivalists teaming up with 10 pampered individuals for a tense race through the wilderness. It’s described as a competition reality series infused with a touch of comedy. Teams will have to go up against wild animals, dangerous terrain, and unpredictable weather to get to the finish line. The 8-episode 1st season is set to debut later this year.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “American Idol” (FOX) – Hopefuls perform for the judges in Atlanta GA, Philadelphia PA, and San Francisco CA.
• “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” (CW) – Series debut. The network’s 3rd DC Comics show (after “Arrow” and “The Flash”) features ‘Rip Hunter’ (Arthur Darvill), who travels back in time to assemble a crew that will help him prevent big bad ‘Vandal Savage’ from destroying the world.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals (“Lifeline”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Wavves (“V”).
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/M3) – Børns (“Dopamine”).
• “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global) – Iggy Pop (“American Caesar”).
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Grace (“Memo”).
• Sundance Film Festival – The annual independent film festival based in Park City UT unreels beginning today. Actors Jon Hamm and Lena Dunham are on the competition jury. The winning films are announced at a ceremony hosted by new “Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi on January 30th.
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Punk rock legend Patti Smith.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Wet (“Don’t You”).
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Rev Run (Run DMC).
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Adele – “Hello” has become the fastest video to hit 1 billion views on Vevo. French-Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan shot the 6-minute work of art, the first video made using IMAX cameras.
• David Bowie – ‘Ziggy Stardust’ will be forever memorialized in the cosmos thanks to Belgian astronomers and a Belgian radio station who’ve registered a constellation near Mars in Bowie’s name. It entails 7 stars arranged in the shape of a lightning bolt. Meantime, a petition has launched in the UK to put Bowie’s face on the £20 note. Seriously.
• Glenn Frey – What did he die of? A medical expert says when you have conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis, the medication that you take actually makes your immune system weaker, thus making you susceptible to infection and pneumonia. That may have been the cause.
• Kanye West – Wife Kim Kardashian is going camera crazy over their newborn son Saint West. The “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star has reportedly taken over 1.2 million photos of her baby boy ahead of his highly anticipated debut. Time-lapse photography?
• Lil Wayne – His 19-date “Dedication Tour” gets underway tonight in El Paso TX and rolls through towns and cities he’s rarely visited on previous treks through March 6th in Lincoln NE. Hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd is the opening act on most dates.
A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “Aquaman” – Actress Amber Heard is reportedly in talks to play Jason Momoa’s love interest. “Conan the Barbarian” star Momoa signed on to play the comic book superhero way back in 2014, and movie executives are now reportedly speaking with Johnny Depp’s wife about the role of ‘Mera’, Queen of Atlantis. The film is scheduled to screen in 2018.
• “Boo! A Madea Halloween” – Tyler Perry’s tough-talking ‘Madea’ character fights off ghosts, ghouls, and zombies in her next bigscreen adventure. The storyline is the result of a collaboration with comedian Chris Rock. Written, directed, produced, and starring Perry, the film hits theaters on October 21st. Production is now underway in Atlanta GA.
• “Enzo Ferrari” – Actor Christian Bale has bailed out of Michael Mann’s upcoming bio-film because … he couldn’t gain weight fast enough. Bale was due to star as the famed Italian racer/carmaker but apparently didn’t think he could safely get to the weight needed by Spring, when production starts. Mann is already talking to other actors about the role.
• “Stan & Ollie” – Steve Coogan & John C Reilly star as the iconic Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, one of the greatest comedy duos in history. This upcoming biopic focuses on their 1953 tour through Britain, as the aging comedians rediscover their chemistry and their fans in the face of old ghosts and new health problems. There is currently no release date for “Stan & Ollie”.
UBER FOR HELICOPTERS IS HERE:
Imagine being able to use Uber to call a ‘copter instead of a car. Airbus is partnering with Uber to make that dream a reality. Airbus is providing helicopters to Uber for use with its on-demand service in a pilot project that launches this week at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Uber has tested its so-called ‘UberChopper’ service before with rides to special events like the Cannes Film Festival and the US Formula 1 Grand Prix. 15-minute rides to and from Park City UT and the Salt Lake City airport cost $200 per person during the day and $300 at night. It’s not Uber’s first foray into alternate forms of transportation; it offers rickshaw service in India and boat service in Turkey. (Next … Hoverboards?)
– “Wall Street Journal”
FOREIGN WORDS THAT YOU SPEAK:
The English language loves a good loan word. These are common words and phrases lifted directly from another language …
✓ Avatar – In Hinduism, it means the manifestation of a god in bodily form.
✓ Chowder – May come from the French word for cauldron, chaudière.
✓ Fest – The German word for celebration. Hence, Oktoberfest.
✓ Intelligentsia – Describing a well-educated sector of society, the word arose in Russia in the late 19th century.
✓ Kowtow – Chinese for a traditional bow of respect that involves touching one’s head to the floor.
✓ Lemon – May have originally come from an Arabic term for citrus fruit.
✓ Mosquito – Means ‘little fly’ in Spanish.
✓ Sherbet – Either from the Turkish şerbet or from the Persian term sharbat.
✓ Tattoo – Brit explorer James Cook brought the word back from his Pacific voyages in Polynesia.
✓ Tsunami – In Japanese, the word means ‘harbor wave’.
(“Oh yes, I speak 10 different languages …”)
– Adapted from “Mental Floss”
Why can’t there be a real-life ‘Spider-Man’? The answer is pretty simple: as a species, humans are just too big. A new University of Cambridge study explains that the larger an animal is, the greater the proportion of its body surface area is needed to be adhesive for it stick to a wall. In short, if you’re big, your sticky feet need to be much bigger. So, for an animal as small as an ant, only 0.09% of the creature’s surface area needs to be adhesive for it to walk up walls. For a gecko, the level rises to 4.3%; and for a human, the estimated surface area needed is 40% – or 80% if you’re only using one half of your body as an adhesive. (Let’s hope they received heaps of government funding to figure all this useful stuff out.)
WHAT THE HECK IS IT THEY’RE SAYING?
Social platform Ask.fm has revealed the top acronyms and slang terms used by its 150 million members, who are mostly teenagers and young adults. Among the top terms …
• GOAT .. Greatest Of All Time
• OOTD … Outfit Of The Day
• PAP … Post A Picture
• Savage … extremely good.
• TBR … To Be Rude (before writing something harsh).
• Slept … missing something good or being high
• IDEK … I Don’t Even Know.
• IKR … I Know, Right?
• SMH … Shaking My Head.
• Dime … a top approval rating on a score of 1-10.
– BBC News
NEW FOOD PRODUCTS:
• The new Oreo cookie flavor is ‘Cinnamon Bun’ and they’re said to taste like Dunkaroos. The new creation is a cinnamon cookie with cinnamon bun-flavored creme. It’s also announced that fan-favorite Oreo flavor ‘Red Velvet’ is making its way back to shelves permanently.
• McDonald’s will soon be selling french fries drizzled with 2 kinds of chocolate sauces. The ‘McChoco Potato’ debuts in Japan next week, where it will exclusively be available for the time being. It’s said the combination “creates a wonderful salty and sweet harmonious taste”.
– NBC News
THINGS ONCE CONSIDERED GEEKY THAT HAVE NOW BECOME COOL:
✓ Reading in Public
✓ Wearable Tech
✓ Vinyl Records
✓ Sci-Fi Culture
✓ Apple Products
✓ “Star Wars”
✓ Preppy Clothes
✓ Graphic Novels
✓ Big Eyeglasses
– List 25.com
BS AMAZING FACT:
The average age of first-time moms in North America has hit a record high of 26.
BS CHRONOMETER 01.21.16
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1956  (Virginia) Geena Davis, Wareham MA, 6-ft movie actress (“Thelma & Louise”, Oscar-“The Accidental Tourist”)
1973  Chris Kilmore, Dillsburg PA, rock DJ (Incubus-“Love Hurts”, “Anna Molly”)
1976  Emma Bunton, London UK, pop singer (ex-Spice Girls-“Say You’ll Be There”, “Wannabe”)
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Granola Bar Day”, saluting the former healthful treat that now more than likely is loaded with sugar, salt, chocolate, and some kind of hardened white gunk that they claim is yoghurt.
• “Hugging Day”, a day to hug anyone who will accept a hug and to see how many you can hug before the day is over (make sure you have a lawyer on retainer).
• “Squirrel Appreciation Day”. So take a moment today and think about the squirrels. (Huh?!?)
• “Women’s Healthy Weight Day”, a highlight of “Healthy Weight Week”, designed to fight the media portrayal of women as extremely thin, submissive, and self-absorbed in how they look.
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
2012  Adele hits #1 on the album chart with her 2nd studio album “21”, which yields 5 hit singles and eventually sells over 26.4 million copies worldwide
TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1976  The 1st Concorde supersonic transports with commercial passengers simultaneously take flight and achieve speeds well over the sound barrier at 1,350 mph
1986  100 participate in the 1st “Nude Olympics” in 38 F (3 C) weather in Purdue, Indiana
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2009  Toyota officially passes GM to become the world’s largest automaker
COMING UP . . .
[Fri] Answer Your Cats’ Questions Day
[Sat] PGA Awards (LA CA)
[Sat] Country Music Awards Of Australia (Tamworth NSW)
[Sun] “The X-Files” reboot debuts (FOX)
[Sun] Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day
This Week Is … No Name-Calling Week
This Month Is … Polka Music Month
BS THINGS EVERY GUY DOES WHEN HE STARTS LOSING HIS HAIR:
• You scream “I’m too young to be losing my hair!” no matter how old you are.
• You examine the extra hairs in the shower drain hoping they’re from your body not your head.
• You delve the depths of the Internet for miracle cures.
• You start investigating your family tree looking for signs of hope … or despair.
• You get even more bummed after looking into the cost of prescription remedies.
• You experience a sunburned scalp for the first time.
• Your enthusiasm for hats increases dramatically.
• You start the search for a magical hair style that will hide your pain.
• You finally realize that stressing about hair-loss will only make it worse.
• You remind yourself that you’re saving hella money on haircuts.
– Adapted from BuzzFeed.com
BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
Which gland in the human body has been nicknamed the ‘master gland’?
a. The thyroid gland.
b. The pituitary gland. [CORRECT]
c. The sweat gland.
– “Compton’s Living Encyclopedia”
BS PHONE STARTER:
☎ Who’s the most pretentious singer?
BS RANDOM JOKES:
How cold is it? It’s so cold that …
• You’re really hoping for a heated argument with your wife.
• You actually spot a teenager pulling up his pants.
• Your breath fog comes out wearing a jacket.
• Exotic dancers have been strongly advised to pre-warm their poles.
• You have to open the freezer to warm your house up.
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: The average teenager owns 3 of THESE.
Answer: Sports jerseys.
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
We are the people our parents warned us about.