January 22, 2016

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Friday, January 22, 2016        Edition: #5615

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★ Chris Rock is under pressure to step down as Oscars host over the diversity row. Rock is hosting the Oscars for the first time since 2005, but the #OscarsStillSoWhite uproar has led to calls for him to step down altogether rather than try to initiate change from within. He’s receiving increasing calls to boycott the awards ceremony in the aftermath of the controversial nominations last week, in which none of the 20 acting nominations went to a black or ethnic minority actor. Director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith were among the first to announce they won’t be attending the February 28th awards in protest.
– People.com
★ This week on “Fox & Friends”, former “Clueless” actress and Fox News contributor Stacey Dash has voiced her disapproval of the celebration of Black History Month and other institutions that celebrate racial differences. Either we want segregation or integration, says the actress, who is Bajan, African-American, and Mexican. Quote: “We need to get rid of channels like BET and the ‘BET Awards’ and the ‘Image Awards’, where you’re only awarded if you’re black.” If it were the other way around, she notes, everyone would be up in arms as it’s a double standard.
– Variety.com
★ And actress Jennifer Lawrence has been cast as former Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s lover in the new movie “Dear Fidel’. The “Joy” star is set to play ‘Marita Lorenz’ who began a romance with Fidel when she was just 19. After falling pregnant and having an abortion, Lorenz left Cuba and was recruited by the CIA for an assassination mission. She returned home in 1960 to carry out the mission but fell in love. She was also a top FBI spy in the 1970s. The film’s script is by Eric Warren Singer, who also wrote J-Law’s hit film “American Hustle”.
– “Hollywood Reporter”

• “Chelsea Does” (Netflix) – Saturday Chelsea Handler’s 4-part documentary series becomes available. Still no word on a start date for her Netflix talk show.
• CMAA Awards (Tamworth NSW) – Saturday the annual ‘Golden Guitar’ prizes are handed out from the Country Music Awards of Australia. Lee Kernaghan leads nominations with 8; followed by Beccy Cole and Catherine Britt with 6 each.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Today Jennifer Lopez (“Shades of Blue”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight Leon Bridges (“Coming Home”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight K-pop singer Luna (“Don’t Cry For Me”). Rerun.
• “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global) – Tonight Låpsley (“Understudy”);  Steven Tyler (“Love is Your Name”).
• “Meredith Vieira” (syndicated) – Today Bryan Adams (“Get Up”). Rerun.
• PGA Awards (LA CA) – Saturday the 27th annual movie/TV kudos presented by the Producers Guild of America. The awards have a good record for predicting which film will go on to win the Oscar for ‘Best Picture’. Brit producer David Heyman (“Harry Potter”, “Gravity”) is being presented with a special honor, as is Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy”, “Scandal”).
NET: http://tinyurl.com/jjgbzbn
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – Former UFC champ Ronda Rousey hosts for the first time; musical guest Selena Gomez (“Revival”) also makes her “SNL” debut.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight St Lucia (“Matter”).
• “The X-Files” (FOX) – Sunday the classic sci-fi series (1993-2002) makes its long-awaited return with a 2-night reboot featuring original stars David Duchovny & Gillian Anderson. It premieres following the NFL NFC championship game.

• Celine Dion – Today the funeral for her husband, René Angélil, is scheduled for Montréal’s Notre Dame Basilica, where the couple married in 1994. A public memorial in Las Vegas is set for February 3rd at Caesars Palace. René died of cancer at age 73 last week.
• Charlie Puth – The 24-year-old pop star tells UK’s “The Sun” that he’s single but taking a break from dating after splitting with former girlfriend Selena Gomez. Gomez is said to now be dating model/fashion executive Samuel Krost after they were spotted together this week.
• Kanye West – Insiders say he has no intention of recording a David Bowie tribute album. That rumor began in “Daily Star” this week and immediately caused Bowie fans to slam the idea online. A petition was even started in an attempt to stop the recording.
• Lady Gaga – 68-year-old pop icon Elton John is in writing sessions with Gaga this week as she works on her new album that’s due out later this year. He claims he got involved because her last album, “Artpop”, was not very good. She’s also reported to have hired big names such as Mark Ronson, RedOne, and Giorgio Moroder to produce the new project.
• “NOW” – Today the popular compilation series debuts its first rock edition, “NOW That’s What I Call Rock!”.  Among the 18 tracks: Cage the Elephant, Fall Out Boy, Imagine Dragons, Royal Blood, Seether, Shinedown, Walk the Moon, X Ambassadors and more.
• Santigold – Today the eclectic musician releases her 3rd album, “99¢”, featuring the lead single “Can’t Get Enough of Myself”.

• “Dirty Grandpa” ( R-Rated Comedy ): Right before his wedding, an uptight guy (Zac Efron) is tricked into driving his grandfather (Robert De Niro), a perverted former Army general, to Florida for Spring Break. Co-stars Zoey Deutch, Aubrey Plaza. Rated R for crude sexual content throughout, graphic nudity, and for language and drug use.
NET: http://www.dirtygrandpa.movie
• “The 5th Wave” ( PG-13 Action Adventure ): Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. ‘Cassie’ (Chloë Grace Moretz) is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. Co-stars Matthew Zuk, Gabriela Lopez, Bailey Anne Borders. Based on the Rick Yancey best-sellers.
NET: http://tinyurl.com/h8hbpsb
• Opening in limited release: “The Boy” (Horror Thriller); “Exposed” (Drama); “Mojave” (Thriller); “Synchronicity” (Sci-Fi Thriller);

A new listing of the ‘Best 10 Countries In the World’, based on the perceptions of more than 16,000 people, who were asked to score countries on things like leadership, military, economic strength, culture, and transparency. Here they are, in order …
10. Denmark
9. The Netherlands
8. France
7. Japan
6. Australia
5. Sweden
4. USA
3. UK
2. Canada
1. Germany
– “US News & World Report”

Owning a car in Winter can be a chore. Use these tips and tricks to make cold weather commuting a little easier.
✓ Clean your windshield with shaving cream. It has the same active ingredients as defoggers.
✓ Wrap your car’s side mirrors in plastic bags overnight to keep them snow- and ice-free.
✓ Use hand sanitizer on your car keys. The alcohol will quickly melt the ice inside locks.
✓ Put old socks on your windshield wipers overnight to prevent ice build up.
✓ Keep an old rug or tarp in the trunk to throw on your windshield after parking.
✓ Coat the outside rubber edges of doors with cooking spray and wipe them clean to prevent freezing.
✓ Put some cat litter in a couple of socks and place them in the car to absorb the moisture that creates fog.
✓ Remove snow from your car’s roof with a push broom.
✓ Use your car’s floor mats for more traction when you’re stuck.
✓ Position your car facing east when parking overnight so the rising sun will melt snow and ice.
– Edited from MentalFloss.com

The most common (aka worst) passwords of the past year, according to password management company SplashData. Their rankings (compared to the year before) …
5. 12345 (Down 2)
4. qwerty (Up 1)
3. 12345678 (Up 1)
2. password (Unchanged)
1. 123456 (Unchanged)
Seeing as these are all hacked passwords, it should give you some insight on how not to pick a password.
– Gizmodo.com

A kangaroo can appear as though it’s mourning for its dead mate when in fact it’s … trying to have sex with it.
– “BBC News Magazine”


1949 [67] Steve Perry, Hanford CA, classic rock singer (“Oh Sherry”, Journey-“Open Arms”)

1952 [64] Teddy Gentry, Ft Payne AL, semi-retired country singer (Alabama-“Reckless”, “Jukebox in My Mind”)/a record 21 consecutive #1 country hits

1965 [51] Diane Lane, NYC, movie actress (“Under the Tuscan Sun”, “Unfaithful”)

1985 [31] Orianthi (Panagaris), Adelaide, Australia, pop-rock singer-songwriter/guitarist (“According to You”)

1996 [20] Sami Gayle, Weston FL, TV actress (‘Nicky Reagan-Boyle’ on “Blue Bloods” since 2010)

1998 [18] Silentó (Richard Hawk), Atlanta GA, rapper (“Watch Me [Whip/Nae Nae])”

Oldies singer-guitarist Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) is 63; TV actress Mariska Hargitay (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) is 52; Rock bassist Nick Harmer (Death Cab for Cutie) is 41.

Oldies singer Neil Diamond (“Melody Road”) is 75; Country musician Keech Rainwater (Lonestar) is 53; Movie/TV actor Ed Helms (“The Office”) is 42; TV actor Justin Baldoni (“Jane the Virgin”) is 32; Movie/TV actress Mischa Barton (“The OC”) is 30.

• “Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day”, a day to concentrate on your feline and answer the questions you think it’s asking. People often consider cats unaffectionate, not true companions. But the truth is, they only talk to humans. Studies show they rarely ‘meow’ at other cats.
• “Celebration of Life Day”, a day to honor the gift of children and grandchildren.

• “Handwriting Day”, a day set aside to recognize ‘graphology’ (handwriting analysis) and to encourage more legible handwriting.
• “Measure Your Feet Day”, a good excuse to conduct a poll to find the listener with the largest.
• “Pie Day”, celebrating the pie as an ‘art form’. Isn’t it better as a weapon?
• “Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day”, when snowplow drivers are encouraged to take out as many mailboxes as possible. High score wins! Hey, any excuse to have fewer bills delivered.
NET: http://www.wellcat.com/january/snow_plow_mailbox_hockey_day.htm
• “Wolf Moon”, the Full Moon of January, so-named because it traditionally caused wolf packs to howl hungrily. It’s also sometimes referred to as the ‘Old Moon’ or ‘Moon After Yule’.

• “Beer Can Appreciation Day”, observed on the anniversary of the 1st canned beer, marketed by Kruegar Brewing of Richmond, Virginia in 1935.
• “Compliment Day”, when we’re encouraged to say something nice to at least 5 people.
• “Global Belly Laugh Day”, a day to experience the health & happiness benefits of taking a moment to laugh out loud. To that end, we’re all encouraged to throw our arms in the air and laugh heartily at precisely 1:24 pm local time.
NET: http://www.bellylaughday.com
• “Peanut Butter Day”, unless someone in the house is at risk of anaphylactic shock from an allergy. Originally called ‘nutmeal’, peanut butter has only been around for about 120 years but it’s a staple in 85% of homes and we eat about 3 lbs per person per year.
NET: http://www.punchbowl.com/holidays/national-peanut-butter-day
• “Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day”, a tongue-in-cheek salute to the beginning of the 1848 gold rush in California. (“Well, consarn it! A whole ‘nuther year’s done skedaddled right past an’ we’re celerbating this agin!”)

2008 [08] Australian actor Heath Ledger (Oscar-“The Dark Knight”) dies in NYC of pharmaceutical overdose at age 29

2012 [04] Adele’s 2nd album “21” clocks up a 16th week at #1, matching the record of the “Titanic” movie soundtrack

2015 [01] In the 1st successful celebrity case of its kind, Rihanna wins a legal battle against UK retailer Topshop for selling a T-shirt bearing her image without obtaining permission

2006 [10] LA Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant scores 81 points against the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center, 2nd-most points in a single NBA game in history behind Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 in 1962

[Mon] “Lucifer” series premiere (FOX)
[Mon] Robert Burns Day
[Mon] Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
[Tues] Peanut Brittle Day
This Week Is … Sugar Awareness Week
This Month Is … Volunteer Blood Donor Month


“Has never once turned me on.” – My oven.
“Utter narcissist.” – My mirror.
“Major control issues.” – My remote.
“Tends to throw in the towel.” – My linen closet.
“Smart ass.” – My chair.
“Makes us feel empty inside.” – My wine bottles.
“Unforgettable!” – My memory foam pillow.
“Not exactly my cup of tea.” – My Keurig machine.
“She has to be on top.” – My mattress.
“Makes me feel all warm inside.” – My microwave.
“I’ve always looked down on her.” – My ceiling.
“We both suck.” – My vacuum cleaner.
– Thanks to Sara Runnels

What is the 5th largest planet in our Solar System?
a. Venus.
b. Earth. [CORRECT. Following Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.]
c. The Moon.
– “Trivia Quest Magazine”

☎ What’s your all-time favorite TV cartoon or newspaper comic strip?

A recent study of economics has found that the best time to buy anything is last year.

Question: Over three-quarters of us do THIS alone, but would prefer to do it with a partner.
Answer: Drive to work.

Women who seek to be equal to men lack ambition.

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