Monthly Planning Calendar in Today’s BS!
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BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Two private planes owned by Elvis Presley are up for sale. The ‘Lisa Marie’, named after his daughter, was refurbished in 1975 to include a master suite, conference room, bathroom with gold taps, and a stereo system with 50 speakers. Neither it nor the ‘Hound Dog II’ is airworthy but both have been on display at Graceland for over 30 years. They’re being sold off by Julien’s Auction House via sealed bids through February 3rd. The planes are being auctioned as one lot, with the option to buy land next to Graceland to display them. The new owner of Graceland, Authentic Brands Group, has decided to offload them.
– BBC Entertainment & Arts
★ The annual nominations for the “Golden Raspberry Awards” for worst cinema of the year aren’t due to be unveiled until January 14th, but thanks to a leak we already know who’s up for ‘honors’. Unsurprisingly, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” leads all others with 9 nods, including ‘Worst Film’, ‘Worst Director’ (Michael Bay), ‘Worst Sequel’, ‘Worst Screenplay’, and ‘Worst Supporting Actor & Actress’ (Kelsey Grammar, Nicola Peltz, Sophie Miles). Also nominated for ‘Worst Film’: “A Million Ways to Die In the West”, “Sex Tape”, and “The Interview”. The ‘winners’ are announced in February.
★ In other show biz news: Actress Zoe Saldana has announced the arrival and names of her twin baby boys – ‘Cy’ and ‘Bowie’ . . . 33-year-old actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“Inception”, “The Dark Knight Rises”) is a married man, wedding girlfriend Tasha McCauley in their home over the holidays . . . And did Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis also tie the knot? That’s what we’re left wondering after Ashton posted an ambiguous message on his Facebook page, wishing fans “Happy New Year” from – hmmm – ‘The Kutchers’.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “The Bachelor” (ABC) – In the 3-hour (!?!) Season 19 premiere, Chris Soules, a wealthy businessman and farmer from Iowa, meets 30 hopeful bachelorettes.
• “Celebrity Apprentice” (NBC) – Following last night’s Season 14 debut, the teams write & produce a TV commercial. Contestants include actors Ian Ziering and Vivica A Fox; TV personalities Brandi Glanville, Geraldo Rivera, Kate Gosselin, and Leeza Gibbons; former pop star Kevin Jonas; comedian Gilbert Gottfried; former sports stars Jamie Anderson, Johnny Damon, and Terrell Owens.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Taylor Swift (“1989”). Rerun.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Heart (“Heart & Friends – Home For the Holidays”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Weezer (“Everything Will Be Alright In the End”).
• “Late Late Show” (CBS/Omni 1) – Guest host Drew Carey.
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Lera Lynn (“The Avenues”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Big KRIT f/Raphael Saadiq (“Cadillactica”).
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• “Frozen” – “Let It Go” was 2014’s most popular song among karaoke crooners, accounting for 15% of the 3.5 million songs sung by users of Lucky Voice Online Karaoke, well ahead of the nearest rival … “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.
• Kanye West – A surprise release on iTunes and West’s website on New Year’s Day, the new single “Only One” has already reached #3 on sales charts. The ode to Kanye’s daughter North is the first of his musical collaborations with Paul McCartney.
• Little Jimmy Dickens – Short in stature, but long casting a shadow as an ambassador of country music, the 4′-11″ entertainer died Friday at age 94 in Nashville of cardiac arrest. He had been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1948.
• Madonna – 14 more tracks from her upcoming album “Rebel Heart” have leaked online. Amongst the most recent leak is a collaboration with Pharrell Williams called “Back That Up (Do It)”. The ongoing leaks may pull forward the album’s planned March release date.
• Rihanna – “World Peace” may or may not be the first official track off of her rumored upcoming album “#R8”, but the newly leaked demo may become the first unofficial club banger of the year.
• Taylor Swift – “1989” was 2014’s top-selling album in North America, moving a total of 3.66 million units. That edged out the “Frozen” soundtrack at 3.53 million.
• U2 – Frontman Bono reveals he may never play the guitar again after damaging his elbow in that high-speed bicycle accident back in November. He says recovery has been much tougher than anticipated. You would not be alone in failing to realize that Bono actually played guitar.
A TEXT & A SNORT:
Nesta, the ‘innovation charity that helps bring great ideas to life’, has declared scent transmission via smartphone one of its top 10 predictions for 2015. It’s already technically possible to send the aroma of, say, freshly-baked bread, using an attachment called ‘Scentee’. And Nesta predicts this is the year the technology really takes off. It involves plugging a gizmo into a smartphone’s headphone socket which uses alcohol-based aroma cartridges to emit a puff of vapor when triggered by a signal. Scientists are already working on a way of avoiding the need to use chemicals and cartridges to achieve the same goal. (Does this idea stink?)
– “The Guardian”
MOVIES THAT ARE TURNING 10-YEARS-OLD IN 2015:
Prepare to feel old! Believe it or not, these films debuted a decade ago …
• “Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire”
• “Batman Begins”
• “The Sisterhood Of the Traveling Pants”
• “Mr & Mrs Smith”
• “Walk the Line”
• “Brokeback Mountain”
• “The Dukes of Hazzard”
• “Wedding Crashers”
• “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”
– Adapted from BuzzFeed.com
BEWARE THE LOOM:
Doctors are warning parents of the need to be vigilant after a spate of children have shown up in ERs with popular loom bands … stuck up their noses. Although medics can usually get them out, there is a real risk that children could choke on them. The tiny colorful rubber bands, which can be woven to make bracelets, have become a popular craze over the past year or so. While it’s quite common for kids to turn up at hospitals with small objects lodged in noses or ears, it’s only recently that a problem with loom bands has arisen. The danger often involves inserting one of the S-shaped hooks used to complete loom bands into the nose. ‘Rainbow Loom’, the plastic device for weaving the small bands, was invented in 2011. (What’s the weirdest thing you’ve heard of a kid ramming up a nostril?)
– BBC News
DID YOU KNOW?
New analysis of both spoken and written word has found that women are now rarely described as either ‘blonde’ or ‘sexy’ in conversation. (Was 2014 the year feminism really took hold?)
– “Daily Mail”
BS CHRONOMETER 01.05.15
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1931  Robert Duvall, San Diego CA, movie actor (“The Judge”, 1984 Oscar-“Tender Mercies”)
1942  Charlie Rose, Henderson NC, TV personality (“CBS This Morning” since 2012)/TV journalist (“Charlie Rose” since 1991, “60 Minutes” 1999-2005)
1946  Diane Keaton (Hall), LA CA, movie actress (“The Family Stone”, 1978 Oscar-“Annie Hall”)
1968  Carrie Ann Inaba, Honolulu HI, dancer/TV personality (“Dancing With the Stars” judge since 2005)
1969  Marilyn Manson (Brian Warner), Canton OH, shock-rock musician (“Personal Jesus”, “The Dope Show”)
1970  Rick Campanelli, Hamilton ON, TV personality (“ET Canada” since 2005)
1975  Bradley Cooper, Philadelphia PA, movie actor (“Silver Linings Playbook”, “The Hangover” films)
1978  January Jones, Sioux Falls SD, TV actress (‘Betty Draper’ on “Mad Men” since 2007)/movie actress (“We Are Marshall”, “Love Actually”)
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Divorce Monday”, when legal firms brace themselves for a surge in queries from spouses planning to break up after limping through the Christmas holidays. Many couples wait until after Christmas and the New Year before initiating a separation, leading to a glut of inquiries on the first working Monday of January.
• “Review Your Wrestling Holds Day”, a day to try to find someone who’ll let you practice all the wrestling holds you learned as a kid … the hammerlock, half-nelson, flying scissors, etc. (Don’t try the sleeper!)
• “Secondhand Wardrobe Day”, celebrating the unique finds available in vintage clothing stores and thrift shops. Don’t think of second-hand clothes as ‘hand-me-downs’, think of them as ‘broken in’ so they are not stiff or scratchy like new clothes.
• “Twelfth Night”, the “Eve of Epiphany”. Tomorrow is the “Twelfth Day Of Christmas” when, according to the carol, your true love should give to you ’12 drummers drumming’. Different traditions mark the date of “Twelfth Night” on either the 5th or 6th of January.
• “Weigh-In Day”, when many plan to kick off their resolution to lose weight on the first day back at work in the New Year.
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1995  After 82 episodes of the mega-hit NBC-TV sitcom “Seinfeld”, Kramer’s given name is revealed … ‘Cosmo’
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1980  Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” becomes hip-hop’s first Top 40 hit
2004  Britney Spears’ marriage to childhood friend Jason Alexander is annulled … after 55 hours
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1940  Edwin Armstrong demonstrates his new invention … ‘FM Radio’ (thanks for the gig, dude!)
TODAY’S RECORDS . . .
1975  World’s oldest parrot, ‘Jimmy’, dies in England at the age of 104
1987  Tony Ferko sets a new world record by juggling 7 ping-pong balls … with his mouth
BS MONTHLY PLANNING CALENDAR . . .
[Jan 6] Consumer Electronics Show 2015 begins (Las Vegas) / Three Kings Day
[Jan 7] “The Book of Negroes” opens in movie theaters (Canada) / “Empire” debuts (FOX) / “American Idol” season premiere (FOX) / “2015 People’s Choice Awards” (CBS) / I’m Not Going to Take It Anymore Day / International Programmers Day / Orthodox Christmas / Tempura Day
[Jan 8] Bubble Bath Day / English Toffee Day / Midwives Day / Show & Tell Day at Work / War on Poverty Day
[Jan 9] “Taken 3” opens in movie theaters / AFI Awards (LA) / Cassoulet Day / Static Electricity Day
[Jan 10] Cut Your Energy Costs Day
[Jan 11] “Golden Globe Awards” (ABC) / Human Trafficking Awareness Day / No Pants Subway Ride
[Jan 12] Clean Off Your Desk Day
[Jan 13] Make Your Dream Come True Day / Poetry at Work Day / Public Radio Broadcasting Day / Rubber Duckie Day
[Jan 14] “Match” opens in movie theaters / Caesarean Section Day / International Kite Day / Dress Up Your Pet Day / Organize Your Home Day
[Jan 15] Academy Awards nominations revealed / Humanitarian Day
[Jan 16] “Blackhat”; “Paddington”; “Spare Parts”; “Still Alice”; “The Wedding Ringer” open in movie theaters / Appreciate a Dragon Day / International Fetish Day
[Jan 17] Cable Car Day / Chili Days / Kid Inventors Day
[Jan 18] Winnie the Pooh Day / Thesaurus Day / World Religion Day
[Jan 19] Martin Luther King Day (USA) / Popcorn Day / Tin Can Day / World Day of Migrants & Refugees
[Jan 20] Penguin Awareness Day / Disc Jockey Day / Rid the World of Fad Diets & Gimmicks Day
[Jan 21] Hugging Day / Squirrel Appreciation Day
[Jan 22] “Nightwatch” premieres (A&E) / Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day / Celebration of Life Day / Women’s Healthy Weight Day
[Jan 23] “Black Sea”; “The Boy Next Door”; “Mortdecai”; “Red Army” open in movie theaters / Handwriting Day / Pie Day / Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day
[Jan 24] 2015 BET Honors (Atlanta GA) / Country Music Awards of Australia (Tamworth) / Fancy Rat & Mouse Day / Belly Laugh Day / Beer Can Day / Compliment Day / Peanut Butter Day / Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day
[Jan 25] SAG Awards (LA) / A Room of One’s Own Day / Mac Computer Day / Irish Coffee Day / Opposite Day / Robert Burns Day / World Leprosy Day
[Jan 26] Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day / Peanut Brittle Day
[Jan 27] Holocaust Memorial Day / National Geographic Day / Thomas Crapper Day / Viet Nam Peace Day
[Jan 28] Data Privacy Day / Kazoo Day
[Jan 29] Australian Academy of Cinema & Television Arts Awards (Sydney) / Curmudgeons Day / Puzzle Day / Seeing Eye Dog Day
[Jan 30] “The Lazarus Effect”; “Max”; “Project Almanac” open in movie theaters / “Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of” debuts (VH1) / Fun at Work Day / Inane Answering Message Day / Pre-school Fitness Day
[Jan 31] Inspire Your Heart with Art Day / Seed Swap Day / Street Children Day
[Feb 1] Super Bowl 49 (Phoenix AZ)
[Feb 8] 57th Grammy Awards
[Feb 22] 87th Academy Awards
BEST OF BS:
Highlight bits culled from 21 years of “Bull Sheet” back issues …
BS WAYS YOU CAN TELL YOU OVERSPENT DURING THE HOLIDAYS:
✗ You’ve padlocked your mailbox.
✗ At dinnertime your children keep pleading, “Please sir, I want more!”
✗ You’ve sent out change of address cards … but you’re not moving.
✗ You signed up for a course in panhandling.
✗ You’ve cut up your VISA card and used it to decorate the noose around your neck.
– First published in “BS” 1995.
ORIGINS OF POPULAR SPORTS:
• Baseball – Based on the English game of rounders, it was Alexander Cartwright who, with members of NYC’s Knickerbocker Baseball Club, first came up with the modern version by designing the diamond-shaped field and the first set of rules in 1845.
• Basketball – Invented in 1891 by Canadian phys-ed teacher James Naismith while working at the Springfield, Massachusetts YMCA. Remembering a childhood game called ‘duck-on-a-rock’, he developed a set of 13 rules that gave origin to the game of basketball.
• Football – Derived from the English game of rugby, the rules were devised by Yale U coach Walter Camp in 1879 (‘Father of American Football’). The 1st pro player was ‘Pudge’ Heffelfinger who signed a $500-contract to play for the Allegheny Athletic Association in 1892.
• Hockey – Early 1800s paintings show ‘shinney’ being played on frozen ponds in Nova Scotia. Canadian James George Creighton is believed to have organized the game in 1875 and helped to popularize it. The first recorded indoor hockey match took place in Montréal that same year.
– First published in “BS” 2013.
BS RANDOM JOKE:
My ex is living proof of how stupid I can be.
BS PHONE STARTER:
☎ Which dating website is the best? Why?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: THIS is the most common mammal in North America.
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
When the toilet paper of experience is depleted, the ass of reason goes unwiped.
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