Thursday, January 5, 2023 – Edition: #7389
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ “Wednesday” has taken over the Netflix crown, beating out the platform’s long-time flagship original series, “Stranger Things,” to be the most in-demand show available on the platform at the start of December, according to new data, which takes into account consumer research, streaming, downloads and social media, among other engagement. The new “Addams Family” spinoff had 66 times the average series demand for the first half of December and looks to be one of the strongest premieres of the year, even outpacing global demand for the premiere of “Squid Game” in 2021.
★ More details are surfacing about the snowplow accident that led to Jeremy Renner’s hospitalization on New Year’s Day. The “Hawkeye” actor was using a 14,000-pound snowplow to tow a car on a snowed-in private road near his home in Reno, Nevada, police say. After towing the car of a family member who had gotten stuck, Renner got off the plow, which then began to roll. He attempted to get back into the driver’s seat, but was “run over”. After undergoing 2 surgeries on Monday, he posted: “Thank you all for your kind words… I’m too messed up now to type. But I send love to you all.”
★ King Charles III is reportedly eager to reconcile with Prince Harry, contrary to the Duke of Sussex’s recent claim. The Telegraph reported this week, citing sources, that “Those close to the king insist that he has always made clear how much he loves both of his sons, keeping communication channels open throughout the last few years, despite the many barbs from California.” The insiders told the British newspaper that Harry’s side of the story was “wrong,” adding that Charles and Harry have remained in contact and the monarch has “reiterated that his door remains open and that the duke and [Meghan Markle] are welcome at any time.” (Or at least until Harry’s latest interviews air this weekend…!)
★ Elvis fans have a special present to look forward to on what would have been his 88th birthday. Warner Bros. has announced free screenings this Sunday of Baz Lurhmann’s “Elvis” — starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks. The 2022 biopic will show up at theaters in 10 select markets across North America. The showings, which just might give the film a little help on its possible path to Oscar glory, will also feature the 30-minute special “Just a Boy From Tupelo: Bringing Elvis to the Big Screen.”
★ A new favorite to take on the role of ‘James Bond’ has emerged, as “Bullet Train” star Aaron Taylor-Johnson reportedly performed a screen-test and met with franchise producer Barbara Broccoli about taking on the mantle of 007. A report says the meeting “went well.” Broccoli has been on record as wanting a younger star who is British, and doesn’t yet carry a megastar pedigree. 32-year-old Taylor-Johnson has also appeared in the movies “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, “Godzilla” and the “Kick-Ass” franchise.
★ And just in case you’ve gone a few hours without anyone mentioning “Avatar: The Way of Water” to you, you’ll be happy to know that there are now 2 Lego sets inspired by the box-office champion. One is a 528-piece set depicting a Metkayina reef dwelling, while the other is a simpler, 259-piece set which creates a posable skimwing figure, complete with Tonowari and Jake Sully minifigures, and a Pandoran coral reef setting. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/yc7xyjd5
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Laura Dern, Jeremy Allen White, Matt Maeson
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Colin Quinn, Madison Cunningham
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Chris Wallace, Jessie Buckley
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Jordan Peele, Melissa Rauch, Maya Stepansky
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Rosie O’Donnell, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Marcus Mumford (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Jessica Chastain, Seth Meyers
• The View” (ABC/CTV): Adam Schiff
• “The Talk”(CBS): Ashley Park
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Allison Williams, Gabby Bernstein
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Mario Lopez, Ellie Bamber, Danielle Kartes
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Kate Hudson, Julie Tremaine, Brendan Kirby
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Morris Chestnut, Antonia Gentry
• “World Junior Hockey Championships” (TSN): Gold medal and Bronze medal games
• “So Help Me Todd” (CBS): When Margaret finds herself on the verge of losing an important case, Todd seeks help from an unlikely source — his imprisoned ex-girlfriend.
• “Law & Order” (NBC): Evidence leads Cosgrove and Shaw to a murder cover-up at a construction site; Price and Maroun push a key witness to testify, knowing that could lead to legal consequences.
• “Celebrity Jeopardy!” (ABC): Michael Cera, Brianne Howey and Zoë Chao.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Meek Mill – has an ambitious 2023 planned. He posted on New Year’s Day that he’ll release an album every quarter this year, and “It’s not even albums no more. we really making full docuseries music!!!!” He shared a link to video previews of several new tracks in a highly produced, cinematic format. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/4adkfryr
• Adele – told her Vegas residency crowd on New Year’s Eve that she has “to waddle these days as I have really bad sciatica.” In a video from the show, she is seen hobbling across the stage. The 34-year-old has struggled with the issue since slipping a disk while sneezing at age 15.
• Metallica – Their 1991 hit ‘Enter Sandman’ has passed 1 billion plays on Spotify. Metallica was also the most-streamed metal band of 2022, notching 1.6 billion plays. surpassing 2021’s total of 1.3 billion. Metallica’s new album “72 Seasons” drops April 14. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/25vf5arm
• AC/DC – Iggy Pop says at one point, he was asked to be their singer. He told the New York Times” “I listened to their record. I thought, I can’t fit that bill…It was quite well made. They do careful work, but I’m not what they needed.” No word on exactly when the offer was made.
• Tom Petty — After just 9 days on the market, his estate has found a buyer for his $9.85M Malibu bungalow on Escondido Beach. Petty, who died in 2017, bought the ocean front property for $6.8M in 2010, and it inspired the song ‘Something Good Coming’ that same year.
• Wynonna Judd — shared a “mental health” check-in on social media after fans expressed concern for her following her canceled New Year’s Eve appearance due to “vertigo”. In the vid, she says she is “working so hard on my mental, physical and spiritual well-being…I’m really blessed and I’m broken and I’m working really hard at self-care…” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2p9c9k9k
• Lady A – While many are participating in Dry January, Charles Kelley posted that he’s gone much longer than a month without a drink. In a vid on his Instagram Stories, he said: “My wife reminded me, actually, a couple days ago that I’d hit my 6-month sobriety mark. And, woohoo! Couldn’t have done it without her, above all. My bandmates, so much support. God.”
• Dan + Shay — Shay Mooney started off the new year by sharing shirtless before-and-after photos following his 50-pound weight loss. On Insta, he wrote: “I changed my entire world in 6 months. No gimmicks or fads. Just consistency. If that tired guy on the left can do it, so can you.” In the “after” selfie, he looks nearly half his size while wearing just gym shorts to debut his newly toned body. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/ecnnkxuf
SHOOTING THE BULL
Could it be? Have scientists finally come up with a cure for old age? British researchers say they’ll be testing a new drug this year, which could increase life expectancy to about 120 years. The treatment, which they say could significantly increase a person’s healthy lifespan and, in turn, their longevity, by boosting the immune system, was made possible after they found a way to slow down – and potentially even prevent – the natural ageing of T cells, a key part of our immune defences. The researchers say it’ll be a number of years before any effective longevity drug is available, and there is no guarantee of success, as the project is still at an early stage.
(But based on some of the free samples they’ve been handing out to Paul Rudd (Jennifer Aniston), they believe they’re on the right track!)
(Living to 120 sounds awesome, but not being able to afford to retire until I’m 100? Not so awesome…)
FROM THE MOUTHS OF BABIES:
Sorry, dads – you’re just not at the top of the list when it comes to baby’s first words. According to the largest-ever study of early vocabulary by a team at Cornell University, while a child’s first word is often “mama,” across different languages and cultures, they usually learn the words “this” and “that” before they utter “dad.” Why ‘this’ and ‘that’? The words are used to grab their parents’ or caregivers’ attention, say the researchers, who determined that children are excited to spread their curiosity with others and thus, use those words early on to help demonstrate their point of view. The team said: “While adults think of these words as simple, their meanings are fairly challenging for children to understand at young ages”.
(So what they’re saying is that “Dad” is much too simple for them?)
(My kid’s first words were “Mama”, “This” and “Mailman”. Should I be worried?)
NEW YEAR’S SUBSTITUTION:
Can you stand it if I mention New Year’s resolutions one more time? Actually, this is sort-of a good news story, because it boils down to this: If you made a resolution to lose weight or exercise more, forget about it. Because according to a professor from the University of Rochester, you’re not likely to be successful in keeping those resolutions anyway. To change things up, and make yourself happier, Richard Ryan, an expert on motivation and well-being, says that resolutions to help others will end up being better for you personally in the long run. How’s that? He says that most resolutions, such as losing weight, are an attempt to look better, relieve guilt, or meet the standards of others, and “because it isn’t really coming from your own values or interests, the energy for it fades fast.” On the other hand, goals which include giving back to others are much more satisfying. He said: “If we…set goals that aim to help others, those kinds of goals will, in turn, also add to our own well-being” and happiness.
(Great idea. Ah, well…too late for this year!)
(Perfect. So, I could really use a crew of free labor to help with some landscaping in the spring. So, if you’d like to be happier, just reach me here at the station…)
THE MOST-ANTICIPATED MOVIES OF 2023 (Part 1)
✪ M3gan (Jan 6): A roboticist (Allison Williams) programs a robot child to help her orphaned niece cope with a tragedy.
✪ Magic Mike’s Last Dance (Feb. 10): Channing Tatum’s on-screen stripping career ends with a conclusion described as the “Super Bowl of Stripping”.
✪ Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (Feb. 17): Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang and his Ant-Family are trapped inside the Quantum Realm, and forced to face Kang the Conqueror.
✪ Cocaine Bear (Feb. 24): Director Elizabeth Banks’ dark and comedic spin on a true story about a black bear that ate a duffel bag of cocaine in the 1980s.
✪ Creed III (Mar. 3): The directorial debut for star Michael B. Jordan, who gets in the ring with Jonathan Majors as former friend Damian “Dame” Anderson.
✪ Scream 6 (Mar. 10): Ghostface takes a stab at New York, as Courteney Cox is joined by Jenna Ortega, Melissa Barrera, and more, plus the return of Hayden Panettiere from Scream 4.
✪ John Wick: Chapter 4 (Mar. 24): Keanu Reeves returns as the beloved gun-fu hero, where he must face Bill Skarsgård’s the Marquis de Gramont.
✪ Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (Mar. 31): Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Justice Smith and Sophia Lillis attempt to rectify a mistake after one of their heists goes awry.
✪ The Super Mario Bros. Movie (Apr. 7): The voice cast includes Chris Pratt as Mario, Charlie Day as Luigi, plus Anya Taylor-Joy, Jack Black, Seth Rogen, Fred Armisen, and more.
✪ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (May 5): Includes Rocket Raccoon’s (Bradley Cooper) origin story and the return of Gamora (Zoe Saldaña). Also back: Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan and more.
✪ Fast X (May 19): The 10th installment of the “Fast & Furious” franchise features another high-octane adventure. Joining Vin Diesel and the usuals are newbs Jason Momoa and Brie Larson.
✪ The Little Mermaid (May 26): Halle Bailey is making waves as Princess Ariel in Disney’s reimagining of “The Little Mermaid.” She’s the first Black actor to play the character and second Black actor to be dubbed a Disney princess.
✪ Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (June 2): This sequel to “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is another animated spectacle of web-slinging starring an older Miles Morales (Shameik Moore).
✪ Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (June 9): Follows the “Beast Wars” storyline with 3 factions of Transformers being linked to Earth’s past. Voices include Ron Perlman, Peter Dinklage, Pete Davidson and more.
✪ Elemental (June 16): Pixar’s 27th film follows unlikely duo Ember (Leah Lewis) and Wade (Mamoudou Athie) who, despite their fundamental differences, discover that they have a lot of similarities.
(***Part 2 tomorrow***)
DID YOU KNOW?
A guest essay for the New York Times over the weekend insisted that being short is “better” for the future of the planet. Author Mara Altman wrote that not only do shorter people tend to live longer, they’re also crucial in conserving food and resources on our dying planet (because they eat less), and “they may also be best suited for long-term survival (and not just because more of us will be able to jam into spaceships when we are forced off this planet we wrecked).” Altman even suggested people begin purposefully mating with shorter people in order to produce a shorter society. Twitter users didn’t disappoint in their responses, with one writing: “Someone short and single is writing op-eds for The New York Times.”
BS CHRONOMETER 01.05.23
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Bird Day”, an annual observance where adherents celebrate through birdwatching, studying birds, and bird adoption. Part of the idea is to educate wannabe bird owners about the special issues involved with taking care of our fine feathered friends.
• “Whipped Cream Day” (aka Crème Chantilly), celebrating the sweet fluff used to top off desserts. (What’s the weirdest thing you put it on?)
• “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.
• “Screenwriters Day”, most people think that the director created the vision for the things they watch. They’d be surprised to discover that almost every movie or TV show was originally created, written, and rewritten long before the director ever heard of the project…by a screenwriter! Today we honor the great screenwriters. (Quick – name one!)
• “National Keto Day”, an observance of the popular high-fat, low carb ketogenic (keto) diet that “has been shown to offer a number of health benefits, including weight loss, blood sugar maintenance, and cognitive support”, according to the Vitamin Shoppe, which originated the observance. (Fun “fact”: The keto diet won’t work unless you tell everyone you come in contact with that you’re on it!)
AND REMEMBER . . .
[Fri] Bean Day
[Sat] Fruitcake Toss Day
[Sun] Bubble Bath Day
This Week is…Thank Your Customers Week
This Month is…Celebration of Life Month
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1931  Robert Duvall, San Diego CA, movie actor (“Apocalypse Now”, “The Godfather”)
1942  Charlie Rose, Henderson NC, TV host (“CBS This Morning” 2012-17, “Charlie Rose” 1991-2017), TV journalist (“60 Minutes” 1999-2005, 2008-17)
1946  Diane Keaton (Hall), LA CA, movie actress (“Something’s Gotta Give”, Oscar-“Annie Hall”) COMING UP… “Book Club 2 – The Next Chapter”, 2023
1959  Clancy Brown, Urbana OH, movie actor (“The Shawshank Redemption”)/TV actor (“Dexter: New Blood”, voice of ‘Mr. Krabs’ on “SpongeBob SquarePants” since 1999)
1968  Carrie Ann Inaba, Honolulu HI, dancer/TV personality (“Dancing With the Stars” judge since 2005, “The Talk” 2017-21)
1969  Marilyn Manson (Brian Warner), Canton OH, shock-rock singer (‘Sweet Dreams’, ‘The Dope Show’)
1970  Rick Campanelli, Hamilton ON, TV personality (“ET Canada” 2005-17)/’Rick the Temp’ on MuchMusic 1996-2005)/radio personality (***current co-host of Toronto-area’s Z103.5 morning show***)
1975  Bradley Cooper, Philadelphia PA, movie actor (“The Hangover” movies, “Silver Linings Playbook/movie director (starred in and directed “A Star is Born” )
1978  January Jones, Sioux Falls SD, TV actress (“Mad Men” 2007-15, “The Last Man on Earth 2015-18)/movie actress (“X-Men: First Class”, “Love Actually”)
1981  Deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman), Niagara Falls ON, electronic music DJ-producer (w/Kaskade-‘Move For Me’, ft. Rob Swire-‘Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff’)
1987  Kristin Cavallari, Denver CO, reality TV star (“Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County”, “The Hills”)/actress (“Van Wilder: Freshman Year”)/businesswoman (fashion designer and founder of lifestyle brand “Uncommon James”)
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1995  After 82 episodes of the hit sitcom “Seinfeld”, Kramer’s given name is finally revealed: ‘Cosmo’
2015  Cameron Diaz marries Good Charlotte’s Benji Madden in Beverly Hills CA (still together!)
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1979  The double-album soundtrack to the film “Saturday Night Fever” reaches sales of 25 million, making it the best-selling LP in history at the time
1998  Sonny Bono (of Sonny & Cher, and Republican congressman) dies in a skiing accident near South Lake Tahoe CA, at age 62
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
2005  Eris, the largest known dwarf planet in the Solar System, is discovered by a team at the Palomar Observatory in California (although slightly smaller in diameter than Pluto, it is considered larger due to its larger mass)
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1987  Tony Ferko sets a new world record by fitting 7 ping-pong balls into his mouth
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ Earth is closest to the sun in January.
✓ The Southern Hemisphere typically has milder winters than the Northern Hemisphere because it has less land and a more maritime climate.
✓ The average snowflake falls at about 3 mph (4.8kph).
✓ One inch (2.5cm) of snow will produce just less than 1/10 of an inch (.25cm) of water when melted.
✓ The Big Dipper is known as “The Casserole” in France.
✓ Reincarnation is forbidden in China without government permission.
Best of BS . . .
BS WORST PICKUP LINES:
• I’m new in town. Can you give me directions to your apartment?
• Say, didn’t we go to different schools together?
• That dress would look great on my bedroom floor.
• Hi. Can I buy you a car?
• What do you like for breakfast?
• Let’s go to my place and do the things I’ll tell everyone we did anyway!
• Can I buy you a drink, or do you just want the money?
• I’m not the type of person to have sex without consent. By the way, you have my consent.
• NOW will you dance with me, or should I go screw myself again?
-Jokes2Go, first published in BS in 2018
TODAY’S SCOOP OF BS:
➠ Police in Hollywood detained a “person of interest” in a brush fire arson case. (They didn’t reveal his name. But since he’s considered a “person of interest” in Hollywood, I’ll rule out Cuba Gooding, Jr.!)
➠ About three-quarters of the people who made new year’s resolutions have already broken them, says a report. (No kidding. I’d only use a Peloton Bike if they made it entirely of chocolate!)
➠ About three-quarters of the people who made new year’s resolutions have already broken them, says a report. (My New Year’s resolution is to get out of the gym membership I bought at the start of LAST year!)
➠ My 2023 New Year’s resolution is to have a better outlook and more positive self esteem. (But I’m sure I’ll screw that up…)
➠ Fact: The average person smiles nearly 20 times a day. (Of course we’d smile more, but… you know… Pete Davidson.)
BS WEB GOODIE:
Respect the classics, man (sound up): https://tinyurl.com/48tb4swb
BS RANDOM JOKE:
If you’re ever being chased by a pack of taxidermists, do NOT, under any circumstances, play dead.
BS PHONE STARTER:
What life-changing item did you buy for under $100?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: A study shows we throw away 92% of THESE without ever using them. What are they?
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
When things go wrong, don’t go with them.