Wednesday, July 13, 2022 – Edition: #7271
The BS Press!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Johnny Depp has reached a tentative deal to resolve a suit from a “City of Lies” crewmember who says the actor assaulted him on set. According to a notice of settlement filed with court on Monday, Depp settled with location manager Greg “Rocky” Brooks in a deal that requires Depp to follow through with unspecified terms of the settlement by the end of August. The filing says when he does, “A request for dismissal will be filed no later than January 5, 2023.” Brooks sued in 2018, alleging that Depp screamed at him, punched him twice in the ribs and offered him $100,000 to hit back, during a drunken tirade. Brooks was allegedly fired from the production after he refused to promise that he would not sue over the incident.
★ Bridgerton’s Jonathan Bailey is about to join the cast of yet another period drama! The English actor has been making headlines for his portrayal of ‘Viscount Anthony Bridgerton’ in the Netflix period drama. In season 2, Anthony’s love story was the highlight, and while fans are definitely looking forward to seeing more from Anthony and ‘Kate’ in season 3, Bailey will also join Matt Bomer and Allison Williams in a limited Showtime series set in Washington D.C. in the 1950s called “Fellow Travelers.” In the 8-episode political thriller, Bailey’s character ‘Tim Laughlin’ is described as “an earnest Fordham University graduate brimming with idealism and religious faith.” Production begins this month in Toronto.
★ “Judge Judy” is heading to streaming, and just like Judith Sheindlin’s new show, there will be no subscription fees to watch it. The long-running CBS courtroom show now has its own dedicated channel on Paramount’s Pluto TV free streaming platform. Sheindlin stopped making new Judge Judy episodes in 2021 and now stars in “Judy Justice” for Amazon’s free ad-supported Freevee platform. The new Judge Judy channel will be part of Pluto’s efforts to bring viewers even more non-stop, 24/7 daytime show channels. The game shows “Let’s Make a Deal”, “Jeopardy!”, and “Wheel of Fortune” will also get dedicated channels, with the Wheel and Jeopardy! channels set to debut Aug. 1.
★ There’s a good chance that fans won’t have to wait another 36 years for the next “Top Gun” sequel. Miles Teller has told “Entertainment Tonight” that Tom Cruise is already in talks about doing a third film following the huge success of “Top Gun: Maverick”. Teller, who plays pilot ‘Lt. Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw’ in Maverick, said he has been having “conversations” with Cruise about appearing in another Top Gun flick. As of July 10, Top Gun: Maverick has grossed around $1.18 billion worldwide, making it the highest-earning film of the year.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Billy Bob Thornton, Marcus Scribner, Sean Paul featuring Gwen Stefani, guest host Anthony Anderson
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Evan Rachel Wood, Harry Smith, Conan Gray (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Emma Thompson, Evie Colbert, Tom Segura (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Beanie Feldstein, Matthew Modine, Billy Strings, Jonathan Ulman (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Rose McIver, Tony Hawk, YUNGBLUD (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Nina Ali, Caroline Brooks
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Guest co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin
• “The Talk” (CBS): Dave Coulier, guest co-host Robert Horry
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Matthew Modine, Dr. Holly Phillips
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Josh Gad, Colin Cloud, Benson Boone (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Austin Butler, Nicola Coughlan, Charithra Chandran, Chris Daughtry (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Jennifer Grey, Zosia Mamet, Kwame Onwuachi (R)
• “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox): The top 4 from last week pick their partners and dance in random genres; all 8 dancers showcase their talents in solo rounds; 2 face elimination.
• “Big Brother” (CBS): The houseguests compete to win the power of veto; the winner of the competition can keep nominations the same or save someone from eviction.
• “Nova” (PBS): Ultimate Space Telescope: NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, from its conception to completion.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Harry Styles – the music video for ‘Late Night Talking’, the second single off his album “Harry’s House”, drops today. Monday, he shared a sneak peak, showing…a shot of his just his feet. Lying in bed, Styles shakes his blue-socked toes to the beat of the song, while whistling off camera. LINK: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cf4Zqe9JvIO/
• Doja Cat — SZA announced at Mad Cool Festival in Spain on Sunday that the pair have another collab coming, called ‘Shirt’. The 2 previously teamed up on 2021’s ‘Kiss Me More’.
• Menudo – The Latin boy band is eyeing a return, and Mario Lopez is lending a hand. After a 12-year break, Menudo Productions announced a global search to find the next iteration of the vocal group that launched Ricky Martin to fame. Lopez, who did his own time as a teen idol when he starred on “Saved by the Bell,” will host social media updates on worldwide hunt for “Menudo: A New Beginning”.
• Metallica – Now “Westworld” has used one of their songs on its soundtrack. After ‘Master of Puppets’ was featured on the soundtrack of the season finale of “Stranger Things”, turning the group into the hottest thing since, well, Kate Bush, the latest episode of Westworld features an epic orchestral cover of ‘Enter Sandman’. LINK: https://youtu.be/Ab0lH8aJIKs
• Twisted Sister – In a Twitter Q&A, he said the group has no interest in reuniting, despite “lucrative offers” to do so. And when asked about releasing new music, he poured cold water on that idea, too: “Never say never, but I don’t see me recording anymore.” He said he’s more focused these days on “movies, books, tv, radio, etc.”
• Luke Bryan – Leave it to him to wiggle his hips with such fervor that he fell down. While on stage in Raleigh NC, during ‘That’s My Kind of Night’, he tumbled to the stage, but kept singing without missing a note, then began thrusting into the air. Video seems to show he tripped over some electrical tape on the stage. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/y3b34crv
• Tim McGraw – says he’s “in the middle” of making new music. While he’s definitely been busy lately, touring and starring in the “Yellowstone” prequel “1883”, he told an interviewer that he has “probably mixed 8 (songs) so far, and will record a few more soon.” No word yet on a projected release date.
• Reba McEntire — In addition to her TV show (“Big Sky”), TV movie (“The Hammer”) and Oklahoma restaurant, she has just announced a fall tour. “Reba: Live in Concert” will launch October 13 in Lafayette LA, running through Nov. 19 in Wichita KS, with opening act Terri Clark.
SHOOTING THE BULL
What’s the first thing your kids do after school? New research says that children who play sports are happier and healthier than those who go straight to their screens. Scientists from the University of South Australia found that those who meet up with friends, practice sports, or take music lessons feel much better about themselves. They also found that kids who did other things, such as homework or reading, also experienced better well-being than those on screens. The team analyzed data from 62,000 students in 4th through 9th grade to see what they did between 3-6pm each day. They found that most students watched TV about 4 days a week and spent time on social media about 3 times a week.
(What about the kids who, like I did, go straight to the cookie jar?)
(Are they really trying to tell us that kids only use social media after school SOMETIMES?)
(It’s “French Fry Day”, and here’s the latest in French fry news…)
➢ People have been left thoroughly freaked out after a chef has shared how she transformed a McDonald’s meal into a gourmet pasta dish. Content creator Danny Kim recently challenged chef Amy Brandwein to create tortellini using fast food ingredients. She was given a Happy Meal (fries, chicken nuggets, sweet and sour sauce and 2 apple pies). The vid shows her blending flour, water, salt, milk and butter, before adding eggs to make a paste, and carrying on from there, finishing by plating the dish, adding chopped chives, fresh apple and crispy apple pie crumb. But as amazing as Amy’s skills are, TikTok users weren’t sold, with one writing: “Bro all that food turned into 3 pieces of pasta”. Another grimaced: “My inner Italian is raging.” (Impressive, but I’m pretty sure the whole thing was rigged-atoni!) LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2p8mtjcc
➢ A New York restaurant’s $200 plate of French fries, certified as the world’s most expensive by Guinness, is returning for National French Fry Day, today. Serendipity3 earned the record when chefs cooked up Creme de la Creme Pommes Frites, featuring Chipperbeck potatoes, Dom Perignon Champagne, cage-free goose fat from France, Guerande Truffle Salt, truffle oil, Crete Senesi Pecorino Tartufello cheese, shaved black summer truffles from Italy, truffle butter, organic grass-fed cream from Jersey Cows, Gruyere Truffled Swiss Raclette and a topping of 23-karat edible gold dust. (Fancy. Now, pass the ketchup!)
DOGS: HAVING THEIR DAY:
Do you feel safer with your dog around? If so, this will make perfect sense to you. A new study from Ohio State University found that neighborhoods with higher dog ownership experience fewer crimes. In observing crime rates in various areas, they found that places with higher dog populations had lower rates of homicide, robbery and aggravated assault. These neighborhoods also had higher levels of trust among the residents. The study’s lead author says it doesn’t all come down to the fact that dogs can scare off potential evil-doers. Nicolo Pinchak says: “When people are out walking their dogs, they have conversations, they pet each other’s dogs. Sometimes they know the dog’s name and not even the owners’ [names]. They learn what’s going on and can spot potential problems.”
(So when someone says, “This neighborhood is going to the dogs”, that’s a GOOD thing?)
(Take THAT, cat lovers!)
STARS TURNING 60 IN 2022:
☞ Tom Cruise: He’s not quite “Born on the 4th of July” – he turned 60 on July 3.
☞ Emilio Estevez: The “Young Gun” turned 60 on May 12.
☞ Demi Moore: Turns 60 on Nov. 11 (at least parts of her will!)
☞ Steve Carrell: Aug. 16, we’re trusting that he won’t be a “60-Year-Old Virgin”.
☞ Jodie Foster: No need to “Panic”, but she hits the big 6-0 on Nov. 19.
☞ Jim Carey: I’m not a “Liar, Liar” when I say he hit 60 on Jan. 17.
☞ Rosie O’ Donnell: Both she and Matthew Broderick hit 60 on March 21.
☞ Paula Abdul: Is “Straight Up” 60 as of June 19.
☞ Jon Bon Jovi: He “ain’t gonna live forever”, but he did turn 60 on March 2.
☞ Garth Brooks: Turned 60 on Feb. 7, so he probably gets up “when the sun comes up.”
(Are you anywhere near as shocked as I am by how few of these people have NO GREY HAIR at age 60? Amazing!)
DID YOU KNOW?
Pringles wants a spider named after it. The chip manufacturer, owned by Kellogg’s, is petitioning the International Society for Arachnology to recognize the little-known Kidney Garden spider as the “Pringles Spider”. Why? The snack food maker says the arachnid bears an uncanny resemblance to its mustachioed logo. A press released says: “”In 1968 the world was introduced to the iconic Pringles can and logo, but little did we know there was a creature…who was unknowingly spreading the Pringles love.” An online petition began last week and has over 6,000. If it’s “officially recognized” Pringles said it will give away free cans to the first 1,500 signatories to celebrate the spider’s new name. LINK: https://www.pringles.com/us/pringles-spider.html
BS CHRONOMETER 07.13.22
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “French Fries Day”. The ‘French’ in French fries has nothing to do with France, but the method of preparation. Food that’s chipped into pieces is said to be ‘frenched’. It’s thought that French fries most likely originated in Belgium. (And I thought they were first cooked in Greece!)
• “Beans ‘n Franks Day”. One way to get rid of the extra wieners when you buy ‘em in packs of 10, but buns come in 8-packs. (Tomorrow is ‘Evacuate the Studio Day’)
• “Embrace Your Geekness Day”, a great day to be a Geek … or to know a Geek. Some people view the term with a negative connotation. Are they jealous of your knowledge and skills? Of your pocket protector? Of your taped glasses? (And if you’re not one, embrace one!)
• “Gruntled Workers Day”. We always hear about ‘disgruntled’ workers, but what about people who are happy with their job and can’t wait to go to work each day? Gruntled workers, this is your day … ya eager-beaver keeners.
• “Go West Day”, on the anniversary of the day in 1865 that Horace Greeley, founder and editor of the New-York Tribune, advised readers to “Go west young man”. (This day is all about going west…at least until your GPS says, “Recalculating!”)
• “Barbershop Music Appreciation Day”, created in 2005 by the worldwide organization of women singers “Sweet Adelines International” to mark its 60th anniversary. Today, relax and enjoy the sweet voices of a Barbershop Quartet (…quartet…QUARTETTTTTTTT!)
AND REMEMBER . . .
[Thurs] Pandemonium Day
[Thurs] Mac and Cheese Day
[Fri] Gummi Worm Day
[Fri] Give Something Away Day
This Month is…Horseradish Month
This Month is…Lasagna Awareness Month
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1940  Patrick Stewart, Mirfield England, TV actor (‘Jean Luc Picard’ in “Star Trek” 1987-1994)/movie actor (‘Professor Xavier’ in “X-Men”, “Dr. Strange” movies)
1942  Harrison Ford, Chicago IL, movie actor (“Indiana Jones” movies, ‘Han Solo’ in “Star Wars” films)
1946  Cheech Marin, Los Angeles CA, comedian-movie actor (“Up in Smoke”, “Born in East L.A.”) COMING UP…“Shotgun Wedding” 2022
1957  Cameron Crowe, Palm Springs CA, movie director-screenwriter (“Almost Famous”, “Jerry Maguire”)/music documentarian (“Pearl Jam Twenty”, “The Union”)
1962  Tom Kenny, Syracuse NY, comedian/voice actor (“SpongeBob SquarePants”, ‘Rabbit’ in “Winnie the Pooh”)
1969  Ken Jeong, Detroit MI, comedian-movie actor (‘Leslie Chow’ in “Hangover” movies)/TV actor (‘Ben Chang’ in “Community” 2009-2015)/TV personality (“The Masked Singer” panelist since 2019)/also a licensed physician
1988  Steven R McQueen, Los Angeles CA, TV actor (‘Jimmy Borrelli’ on “Chicago Fire” 2015-16, “Vampire Diaries” 2009-15)/grandson of legendary actor Steve McQueen
1988  Colton Haynes, Wichita KS, TV actor (“Arrow” 2013-20, “Teen Wolf” 2011-17)
THIS DAY IN SHOWBIZ . . .
1923  The ‘Hollywood’ Sign is officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywood. It originally reads “Hollywoodland”, but the last 4 letters are dropped after renovation in 1949
2013  “Glee” star Cory Monteith is found dead at 31 in a Vancouver hotel room after accidentally ingesting a toxic combination of heroin and alcohol.
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1984  Eddie Van Halen joins Michael Jackson on stage at The Jacksons’ tour stop at Texas Stadium, for a live rendition of his guitar solo from ‘Beat It’
1985  The “Live Aid” concerts take place in Philadelphia and London, for African famine relief. Performers include: a reunited Led Zeppelin, a reunited The Who, plus Queen, U2, Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, Elton John, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Bryan Adams, Madonna, Phil Collins (in both locations, thanks to a Concord), and many more
2015  50 Cent files for bankruptcy protection (coincidentally, this comes just days after a jury rules he must pay $5 million to a woman suing over a sex-tape case) His current net worth? $40 million
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
2013  #BlackLivesMatter is created in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman, who was on trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1976  The ‘Longest Bagpipe Concert’, featuring 4 student pipers, ends after 100 (ungodly) hours in Salisbury, Rhodesia
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ Dolphins have names for one another.
✓ A snail has 2 pairs of antennae: 1 for seeing, 1 for smelling.
✓ The color orange was named after the fruit, not the other way around.
✓ Mozart wrote the melody of ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ at the age of 5.
✓ Dandelions are loaded with vitamins A, C, and K—not to mention calcium, iron, and potassium.
✓ Ketchup used to be considered a medicine.
Best of BS . . .
BS WAYS TO STRETCH YOUR FAMILY’S VACATION BUDGET THIS SUMMER:
• Start referring to your tool shed as the quote-unquote ‘summer house’.
• Take the kids to a car wash and tell them it’s Disney’s latest attraction, “The Land of Really Shiny Minivans”.
• When taking a car trip, keep freezer bags in the glove compartment in case you hit a deer.
• Take the kids to your new backyard attraction, “The Garden Slug Petting Zoo”.
• Save money at Hertz. With the right tools, ANY rental car can be a convertible.
• Go for a really long drive and wait for the kids to fall asleep. After they wake up, tell them they slept right through the Grand Canyon.
-First published in BS in 2016
TODAY’S SCOOP OF BS:
➠ A survey found that nearly half of men have said “I love you” by accident. (To a woman, though. When they say it to a Budweiser, baseball mitt or their Black Lab, it’s NEVER by accident.)
➠ Harvard administrators are worried too many students are receiving straight-A’s. (So, go ahead and file this under “Problems that will never burden the admins at Arizona State University”.
➠ The most popular drinks in America are beer, vodka and red wine. (Or as Demi Lovato calls it: A breakfast smoothie.)
➠ Shark Week kicks off July 24th on Discovery, and I’ll be glued to the TV. (Shark Week: The second-best time for women to have an affair — after March Madness…)
➠ Harrison Ford is 80 today. (Instead of the Lost Ark or the Crystal Skull, these days he’s just looking for his dang glasses!)
BS WOULD YOU RATHER?
(***You run down the list while your caller decides which choice is more palatable …***)
• Would you rather have a really nice home, or a great car, but a dumpy house?
• Would you rather have a smart, but boring partner, or one who is funny, but not that bright?
• Would you rather have lots of money, or lots of free time?
• Would you rather have skin that changes color based on your emotions, or tattoos appear all over your body depicting what you did yesterday?
• Would you rather there be a perpetual water balloon war going on in your city, or a perpetual food fight?
• Would you rather have the ability to mute people at will, or pause people for 5 seconds at a time, but only once an hour?
• Would you rather be able to control lights with your mind, or actually be able to throw your voice?
• Would you rather only be able to wear clown shoes, or not be able to wear any shoes?
• Would you rather have to pass gas loudly every time you have a serious conversation or have to burp after every kiss?
BS WEB GOODIE:
BS RANDOM JOKE:
When you eat a lot of spicy food, you can lose your taste. When I was in India last summer, I was listening to a lot of Michael Bolton.
BS PHONE STARTER:
What’s the worst advice you’ve ever been given?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: According to a survey, 1% of us are horrified at the thought of touching THIS. What is it?
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Instead of accepting the things that you cannot change, try changing the things that you cannot accept.