Monday, July 25, 2022 – Edition: #7279
It’s Another Running Of The Bull!
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BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ James Caan’s cause of death has been revealed as a heart attack. Known for appearing in films such as “The Godfather” and “Misery”, Caan passed away at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in early July at the age of 82 and, according to documents obtained by TMZ, he suffered a fatal “heart attack” and had coronary artery disease. Caan also suffered from “chronic obstructive pulmonary disease” – also known as COPD, as well as congestive heart failure. He made his final movie appearance in the upcoming action thriller “Fast Charlie”, out next March.
★ The weekend’s big new movie, “Nope,” is hitting the low end of pre-release projections with an estimated $44.5 million opening through Sunday, enough to top the box office. Prior to the weekend, “Nope” was projected for a $45-50 million opening. That’s higher than the $33 million opening earned by director Jordan Peele’s debut film “Get Out” in 2017 but well below the $71 million earned by “Us” in 2019.
★ Dwayne Johnson, going back to his WWE days, always know how to make an entrance, and Saturday was no exception as the action star, fully clad as DC superhero ‘Black Adam’, was ‘elevated’ into Comic-Con’s Hall H as the speakers shook the room. Adorning attendees’ necks were Black Adam lightning lights which flicked on when he arrived. Johnson’s voiced boomed: “Hall H, you have been warned. The DC universe will never be the same again.” Johnson returned to stage in more relaxed summer wear after the rest of the movie’s cast was introduced, saying “I heard Black Adam was here”. Next, he premiered a new teaser revving up for the pic’s October 21 release date. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/yckr2nr3
★ AMC has announced a new spin-off for “The Walking Dead” next year that will star Andrew Lincoln’s ‘Rick Grimes’ and Danai Gurira’s ‘Michonne’. The new limited series was revealed at The Walking Dead’s San Diego Comic-Con panel, and looks to “continue the journey and love story” of Rick Grimes and Michonne. AMC says the series will “begin with 6 episodes in 2023,” leaving the door open for it to be more than a mini-series. A seriously injured Rick Grimes was last seen in Season 9 of The Walking Dead, being flown away by a helicopter. Michonne left the show a season later after discovering Rick may still be alive. It was also revealed that this series will replace the planned Rick Grimes movie.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Paris Hilton, Matteo Lane, aespa, Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, Taika Waititi, guest host Chelsea Handler (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Kevin Hart, Joseph Quinn, Toro y Moi
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Rep. Jamie Raskin, Death Cab for Cutie, St. Vincent
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Rhea Seehorn, Jeremy Allen White, Art Cruz
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Nicki Minaj, Mark Wahlberg, Judy Greer, Sigrid (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Kyle Viljoen, Ryan McKeown
• “The View” (ABC, CTV ): Charlamagne Tha God
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Sophia Carson, Retta, Audra Fordin
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Octavia Spencer, Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, Blake Vogt (R)
• The Kelly Clarkson Show: (Check local listings): Kaley Cuoco; Zosia Mamet; Henry Winkler
• The Drew Barrymore Show (Check local listings): Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Morena Baccarin, Justin Sutherland (R)
• “Better Call Saul” (AMC): A new player gets in the game.
• “The Bachelorette” (ABC): After a roller-coaster week, the bachelorettes make a decision at the rose ceremony that will alter the course of their journey; when everything doesn’t go as expected, Gabby and Rachel are left to question everything.
• “Air Jaws: Top Guns” (DSC): High-flying sharks are back; Dickie and Andy use the latest high-tech cameras to capture new iconic shots like those that made “Air Jaws” legendary.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Kid Cudi — After replacing his frenemy Kanye West as a headliner at the Rolling Loud Festival in Miami, his Friday set was cut short when he left the stage during his 4th song after multiple water bottles were thrown at him from the crowd.
• Taylor Swift — Selena Gomez rang in her 30th birthday Friday with her best friend by her side. The birthday girl shared pics of her and Swift at what appears to be a birthday dinner, with the caption: “30, nerdy and worthy”. The post caused “TAYLENA” to trend worldwide on Twitter for several hours. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/532pthxw
• U2 — will reportedly stage a multi-day residency in Las Vegas next year. According to Billboard, they “will be the first group to perform at the MSG Sphere at The Venetian in Las Vegas when the $1.8 billion arena opens next year.” No dates have yet been announced.
• Pat Benatar – said late last week that she’s not playing one of her classic hits on her current tour. Quote: “We’re not doing ‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot’ and fans are having a heart attack…I’m sorry, in deference to the victims of the families of these mass shootings, I’m not singing it.” Although the song is tongue in cheek, Benatar said she can’t say those words out loud with a smile on my face”.
• Pink Floyd — has released a new version of their 1994 song ‘A Great Day for Freedom’. The updated rendition will serve as the b-side to physical copies of ‘Hey Hey Rise Up’, the group’s first new music in 28 years — which dropped in April. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/yx9c85hj
• Kelsea Ballerini has announced her “Heartfirst Tour”. The first of 10 dates will be at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Sept. 24, with stops Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, and other cities, plus the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Oct. 6. Tickets go on sale this Friday.
• Kane Brown – He may be gearing up to release a full-fledged country album, but his love for pop music is very evident in his new song ‘Grand’, which he released on Friday. The song will appear on Brown’s “Different Man” album, out Sept. 9. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/4jdzps8s
• Carrie Underwood – took to Instagram to show fans around her stunning garden at her Tennessee home. She posted video of her lush garden, which she calls her “happy place”, as well as some of the large yield that she’s already picked this season, including bell peppers, turnips, peas, and berries. The vid is set to the tune of ‘Garden’, from her new album “Denim & Rhinestones”. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/5jk25jww
SHOOTING THE BULL
“PART”LY TO BLAME:
As more and more electric, automated and connected vehicles hit the roads, a new report says drivers should be aware of the many cybersecurity risks could emerge. The new report by Deloitte Canada calls modern vehicles “super-computers on wheels”, containing hundred of parts, which naturally contain “systematic vulnerabilities, or cybersecurity gaps that widen the likelihood of a device being compromised.” What kind of risks are we talking about? Deloitte’s report mentions GPS tracking and stalking, targeted malware, and control of vehicle acceleration and braking. It also identifies an incident last year when 25 automated vehicles owned by a transportation company were hacked and remotely accessed by a teenaged hacker, who proceeded to determine each vehicle’s exact location, whether it was occupied by a driver, and, most significantly, ran commands on it remotely. Deliotte says it is the responsibility of all manufacturers to better understand each individual part that makes up a vehicle, and collectively evaluate the risk each part brings forward.
(I’m pretty sure I’m OK. I’ve got Norton!)
(I’d still trust that teen hacker with my company car before I’d let my own kid drive it…)
As you know, the lengths some go to in showing their dedication to fandom are impressive, and sometimes very expensive. We’re thinking that explains this: Marvel revealed at Comic-Con that they’ve created a set of real-life Infinity Stones. While it won’t quite cost you the life of someone you love to get your hands on the stones, like it does in the MCU, it’ll still be expensive – to the tune of a combined value of more than $25 million (!) Marvel has partnered with Eastern Continental Gems to launch the special collection of gemstones, which are housed in a custom-made Infinity Gauntlet like the one ‘Thanos’ wears in the movies. The most valuable pieces of superhero merchandise ever include a Colombian emerald ‘untouched by human hands’, a Madagascan sapphire, and a ruby from Mozambique, plus an amethyst, a cushion shaped spessartite and a yellow diamond. For those of us with more limited financial means, Marvel also confirmed that a limited-edition version of the Reality Stones will be issued in September, for price more in line with what us mere mortals can afford. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2p8taw3w
(Yeah, but those one really WILL BE reality “stones”!)
(Pretty sure the only person who can afford those things would be Iron Man – or the guy who plays him!)
NEW GOOD NEWS:
➢ A border collie named Saul definitely earned some extra treats, after helping a search and rescue team find his owner in California’s Tahoe National Forest. On July 12, Saul’s 53-year-old owner tumbled 70 feet while hiking, and broke a hip and several ribs. The next day, he finally got cell service and called for help. About 25 people with Search & Rescue made their way to the area, and “in true Lassie fashion,” Saul ran up to 2 members of the team and led them to his owner, who was under a camouflage tarp. According to a police Sgt., Saul was “jumping up and down and spinning around in circles,” then “He took them right to the victim.” The man was airlifted to hospital, and Saul was treated to a “well-deserved dinner.”
➢ A good Samaritan made sure that a stranded bride made it to the church on time, in an adventure fit for the big screen. As detailed on TikTok by Marksteen Adamson, who saved Anastasia Medvedskaya’s big day, he was driving through London when he spotted her in a white gown, flower crown and veil looking “confused and flustered” in a crosswalk. The bride flagged him down to ask for a ride to the church, where her groom and guests were waiting. She explained that she had been trying to hail an Uber, but 3 different drivers had canceled on her at the last minute, leaving her 45 minutes late to her own wedding. Adamson told the bride and 2 people in her wedding party to “jump in,” and they all headed to the chapel. The video ends with Adamson delivering the bride safely to the church, where she is met by the vicar. The TikTok has, of course, gone viral. (Ironically, my first bride also had to hitchhike on our wedding day. Except she was going in the other direction!)
STUPID THINGS WE DO TO LOOK COOL:
(Not that any of these work…)
☞ Talking on speakerphone in public: Why have a private conversation that invades everyone else’s space? (Do it over text, like the rest of us…or at least turn it up so we can hear the other person better!)
☞ Taking pics of cash: Rather than looking cool, this gives the impression of trying too hard. It’s just as bad as bragging about how rich your parents are!)
☞ Boasting about not being on social media: Just like despising popular trends, there’s not much point in bragging about not being on social media. It doesn’t make you “better” than anyone else. (Same thing about eating vegan?)
☞ Insisting on having the last word: Sure, it gives you a momentarily exhilarating feeling, but it never, but it doesn’t mean you’ve satisfactorily resolved the conflict.
☞ Using abusive swear words and insults: Insults directed at a person’s gender, orientation, physical or mental ability, or skin color not only decreases your cool factor, it actually makes you appear intolerant. (But…isn’t that what Twitter was invented for?)
☞ Making fun of others’ hobbies or interests: Laughing at someone else about what they enjoy because it’s perceived as cheesy says more about the person poking fun than it does about the person showing an interest in something. (Yeah, [***co-host***]!)
☞ Using your zodiac sign as an excuse: We’ve all heard someone do it: “Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. I’m a stubborn Taurus”. Don’t use your zodiac sign as an excuse to continue bad behavior. (So, what excuse should I use?)
(The stupidest thing I do to look cool is to choose my own clothing!)
DID YOU KNOW?
Super skinny people are more likely to be couch potatoes than those with a normal or high body mass index (BMI), a new study says. Researchers in China have found that it’s not more activity and less food which keeps many people fitting into a size small. The author of the study says the researchers “expected to find that these (very thin) people are really active”, but the study found “They had lower food intakes and lower activity, as well as surprisingly higher-than-expected resting metabolic rates”.
BS CHRONOMETER 07.25.22
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Hot Fudge Sundae Day”, an annual excuse to indulge in this decadent hot n’cold dessert. (And they couldn’t have arranged to have this on a ‘Sunday’?)
• “Merry-Go-Round Day” (or “Carousel Day”), the anniversary of the mechanical carousel’s first patent in 1871 by William Schneider of Davenport, Iowa. He didn’t invent it, however, as carousel rides may go back as far as 500 AD. (I like to call it a ‘horse tornado’!) [***BS FUN FACT: In the UK, they usually turn clockwise, while in North America and Mainland Europe, they typically go counterclockwise.***]
• “Wine and Cheese Day”. Oh, all right … if we have to.
• “Culinarians Day”, a special day to salute anyone who cooks. (I cook. But no one would call me a culinarian!)
• “Thread the Needle Day”, a day for those who sew. The term “thread the needle”, is also a saying. It means to either walk a fine and difficult line between two things or issues, or to do something difficult.
• “Red Shoe Day”, founded in memory of Australian Lyme disease patient, Theda Myint, who died on July 25, 2013. Red Shoe Day is an annual remembrance not only for Theda, but for all those lost to Lyme and other invisible illnesses.
COMING UP . . .
[Tues] Aunts and Uncles Day
[Tues] Bagelfest Day
[Wed] Bagpipe Appreciation Day
[Thurs] Chili Dog Day
This Week is…Shark Week
This Month is…National Blueberry Month
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1955  Iman (Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid), Mogadishu Somalia, model/actress/TV host “Project Runway Canada”/entrepreneur/widow of David Bowie)
1965  Illeana Douglas, Quincy MA, movie actress (“Cape Fear”, “To Die For”)/TV actress (“Goliath”, 2019)
1967  Matt LeBlanc, Newton MA, TV personality (BBC’s “Top Gear” 2012, 2016-18)/TV actor (“Man With a Plan” 2016-20, “Friends” 1994-2004)
1974  Jay R. Ferguson, Dallas TX, TV actor (‘Ben’ on “The Connors” since 2018, ‘Stan on “Mad Men 2010-15)
1985  Shantel VanSanten, Luverne MN, TV actress (‘Julie Swagger’ on “Shooter” 2016-18, “One Tree Hill” 2009-2012)
2000  Mason Cook, Oklahoma City, OK, TV actor (‘Ray DiMeo’ on “Speechless” 2016-19)
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1990  1990 Roseanne Barr sings a shrieking and legendarily bad version of the American National Anthem at a Cincinnati Reds-San Diego Padres game. President George Bush refers to it as “disgraceful” (And at the time, we thought it would be the low point of her career…)
2020  2-time Academy Award-winning actress Olivia de Havilland (“Gone With the Wind”) dies at age 104
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1980  AC/DC releases its first album without lead singer Bon Scott, who died 5 months earlier. “Back in Black”, featuring new frontman Brian Johnson, goes on to sell an estimated 50 million copies, the second best-selling album in music history
2014  Weird Al Yankovic’s 14th album, “Mandatory Fun”, featuring parodies of songs by Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke, Iggy Azalea, Lorde and Imagine Dragons, becomes the first comedy album to hit #1 in more than 50 years
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1978  The world’s first ‘Test Tube Baby’ is born (Louise Brown of Oldham UK, who had been conceived outside her mother’s body using the new technique of ‘in-vitro fertilization’)
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2010  WikiLeaks publishes more than 76,900 classified documents about the war in Afghanistan, likely the largest leak in military history
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ It takes one 15-20-year-old tree to produce 700 paper grocery bags.
✓ Chimpanzees, gorillas . . . and koalas have human-like fingerprints.
✓ Sea lions can dance to a beat.
✓ A study found that people interrupt close friends or family more than they interrupt strangers.
✓ Boys are more likely to be left-handed than girls are.
✓ Riding a roller coaster can help you pass a kidney stone.
Best of BS . . .
BS REJECTED ANNIVERSARY CARDS:
• To another year of not finding anyone better.
• You’re 40! (…months behind in your child support payments)
• You’re the best starter husband a girl could wish for!
• Happy “Got Drunk in Vegas and Did Something Stupid Day.”
• I really thought you’d be dead by now.
• I love you… by the way, that dress DOES make you look fat.
• We’re such a great match. I like to travel, and you like to get around.
• When I said “For better or worse”, that was actually rhetorical.
• We need to talk.
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2018
TODAY’S SCOOP OF BS:
➠ Pete Davison’s ex, Olivia O’Brian, claims he broke up with via text message, just before his relationship with Kim Kardashian. (Breaking up with someone over text isn’t necessarily insincere. You have no idea how long it takes to pick out the right emojis!)
➠ US President Joe Biden is back to wearing a face-mask, after being diagnosed with COVID-19. (In fact, It’s the first mouth-related issue Biden’s ever had that wasn’t a result of him trying to put his foot in it!)
➠ Joe Biden has COVID-19. The CDC says, to be safe, you should still avoid one-on-one human contact. (You know, like Star Wars fans do…)
➠ A 4.7 magnitude earthquake shook Texas late last week. (No reports of injury, but several homes fell off their tires!)
➠ Starbucks has pulled their new chicken sandwich after multiple diarrhea complaints. (Well, if diarrhea is the benchmark for pulling a menu item, I don’t have a good feeling about my Taco Bell stocks!)
BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
(***Today is “Culinarian’s Day” – see above***)
• What does it mean when you “dice” vegetables?
a) Cut into thin strips
b) Cut into as small pieces as possible
c) Cut into small cubes [CORRECT]
d) Gamble them away
• Traditional shepherd’s pie contains which of the following meat?
a) Lamb [CORRECT]
• Gyro or gyros, made from meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie, is the national dish of which country?
c) Greece [CORRECT]
BS WEB GOODIE:
Next-level dad: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMNxtQ1Kn/?k=1
BS RANDOM JOKE:
If you want your kids to listen, try talking quietly to someone else.
BS PHONE STARTER:
If you were arrested with no explanation, what would your friends and family assume you had done?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: One in 5 adults say they still have an emotional response to THIS sound. What is it?
Answer: The ice cream truck
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Don’t be pushed by your problems; be led by your dreams.