Wednesday, June 10, 2020 Edition: #6716
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ “Tiger King” star Joe Exotic fears he will be “dead in three months” due to his medical issues allegedly being ignored while he serves a lengthy prison sentence. In a lengthy note to supporters, he wrote that he was born with “Cvid, not COVID-19,” an immune system disorder, and requires blood infusions every four weeks. He claims he has not had one since the end of January, and as a result, he is losing weight, sores won’t heal, and he claims without intervention, he’ll be “dead in 2-3 months.” The former zookeeper is serving a 22-year prison sentence after being convicted of plotting a murder-for-hire against Carole Baskin, among other charges.
★ Mayim Bialik is hoping to make a big bang with her new hosting gig. The “Big Bang Theory” alumna is set to MC “Celebrity Show-Off,” a remote talent show featuring a lineup of celebs. Each of the TBS series’ 10 episodes will give celebrities the opportunity to see who can produce the most compelling content from the comfort of their own homes. The list of talent signed up so far includes Diplo, Ja Rule, Action Bronson, Gabi Butler, Dwight Howard, Travis Kelce, Nene Leakes, Jason Mraz, Kevin Smith, Tori Spelling, Bella Thorne, and Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah Willis.
★ The nominees for the second annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards were announced on Monday. Netflix’s “Cheer” and VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race” led the race with five nominations each, while “Queer Eye” followed closely behind with four nods. Netflix is also positioned to be the big winner, with the streaming platform nabbing an impressive 31 overall nominations. “Survivor” host and executive producer Jeff Probst will receive this year’s Critics Choice Real TV Impact Award. Critics Choice Real TV Awards winners will be announced on June 29.
★ Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions have opted to launch the supernatural thriller “You Should Have Left” on premium video-on-demand instead of its planned debut in theaters. The movie, starring Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried, will be available to rent starting June 19. Bacon’s character is a screenwriter, who travels with his younger wife and 6-year-old to a remote house in the Alps to work on a sequel to his hit film. He begins to lose his bearings when he suspects that a sinister force within the house knows more than he or his wife have revealed, even to each other.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Pete Davidson
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Lenny Kravitz
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Stacey Abrams, Megan Rapinoe
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Michael Moore, Bel Powley
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Symone Sanders, Jennifer & Andre Laubach
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Judd Apatow, Dr. Mike Varshavski
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Dax Shepard
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Chance the Rapper, Jillian Bell (R)
• “Game On!” (CBS): James Corden & Landon Donovan take part in the nightly game show.
• “Bulletproof” (CW): Season 2 premiere. A chance discovery propels Bishop and Pike deep undercover, and they soon find themselves at the heart of a notorious international crime family.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Ciara – is one of the Seattle musicians participating in tonight’s “All in WA” streaming concert to raise money for COVID-19 relief efforts across Washington state. The concert, which will air on local NBC affiliates, can be streamed on Amazon’s Twitch channel, and will be available on Amazon Prime after it airs. Also performing: Pearl Jam, Ben Gibbard, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Macklemore, Dave Matthews and more.
• Lady Gaga – With her new album “Chromatica” debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, she is now one of only eight women with at least six #1 albums. Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears and Taylor Swift have six each, while Janet Jackson has seven, Madonna nine and Barbra Streisand eleven.
• Boy George — will film “The Voice Australia” remotely due to the pandemic. He’ll to mentor artists from his London home because he and fellow coach Kelly Rowland cannot enter Australia due to travel restrictions. Earlier episodes had been filmed before social distancing rules were put in place.
• Queen — Brian May has been named the greatest guitarist of all time by the readers of U.K.’s Total Guitar magazine. Rounding out the top five are Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen and Eric Clapton.
• Sex pistols — Former frontman John ‘Johnny Rotten’ Lydon is caring for his wife full-time as she battles Alzheimer’s disease. He says he is Nora Foster’s “full-time carer” and to him, “That person I love is still there every minute of every day and that is my life.” They married in 1979.
• KISS – Their “Kiss Kruise X”, which was scheduled to take place October 30 – November 4 aboard Norwegian Pearl, has been officially postponed to October 29 – November 3, 2021. Also scheduled to perform as they sail from Miami to Belize and Honduras will be Ratt, Queensrÿche, Bruce Kulick, Fozzy, Black ‘n Blue and more.
• Jason Isbell – is one of the performers who will remember John Prine during an all-star online special tomorrow. Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves, and Bill Murray will also appear in “John Prine Picture Show: A Tribute Celebrating John Prine”, which will stream at 7:30 p.m. ET via Prine’s YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch.
• Travis Denning — After more than a year on the charts, he has made history with his second single, ‘After a Few’. It has risen to #1on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart in its 65th week. Not only is it the longest climb ever to #1, it has broken the record for the most weeks spent on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.
PEOPLE SAVING DOGS, DOGS SAVING PEOPLE:
⇒ When the pandemic hit, many people found themselves separated from their pets due to closed borders and cancelled travel plans. Now, a Mumbai-based cybersecurity researcher is organizing a private jet to ferry animals to their hometowns and return them to their families. Deepika Singh already has a Golden Retriever, two Shih Tzus and one Lady Pheasant bird booked. Singh says she needs two more passengers that have been left behind during the lockdown to make the flight viable. She is welcoming canines, birds and other pets on the all-animal private flight. While only a single trip is currently in the works, Singh and the airline are researching the demand for these pet-only flights to see if they can become a regular service. (It’s a furry good idea…)
⇒ We’ve all wondered at some point if our faithful canine companions would save us if the situation ever called for it. Researchers from Arizona State University set out to answer that question and came to this heartwarming conclusion: Yes, as long as he or she knows how. In the experiment, 60 dog owners were “locked” in a big box with a light-weight door. Owners called to their dogs for help, and about one-third of the dogs rescued their distressed owner. The study’s author says that might not sound like a lot, but each dog had to not only want to help their owner, but also needed to be intelligent enough to figure out what actions had to be taken. And interestingly, more dogs opened a door to rescue their owner than opened a door to get food in a control experiment. (I’m pretty sure my dog would open the door for a burglar!)
OOMPA LOOMPAS NOT INCLUDED:
A Willy Wonka-esque chocolate factory/theme park is in the works in the Dutch town of Zaandam. Plans for Tony’s Chocolonely Chocolate Circus call for three buildings, with one housing a roller coaster. Tony’s Chocolonely, a Netherlands-based confectionary, announced the $105 million Chocolate Circus a few years ago, but now the plans have been submitted to the planning council. About 500,000 visitors per year will have the chance to learn about chocolate in the complex, and ride the looping coaster. The theme park should take about three years to build.
(“The suspense is terrible. I hope it’ll last…”)
(Chocolate and roller coasters together…two things that too much of them will make you hurl!)
THE BEST TIME OF DAY TO DO STUFF:
➢ Work out: 7:00am. Exercise before breakfast is best for losing weight and boosting energy levels.
➢ Drink coffee: 9:45am. The stress hormone cortisol, which regulates energy, peaks between 8-9am, so you likely don’t need a boost until after that. (The only problem is that I can’t get out of my jammies until I’ve had my first cup…)
➢ Do focused work: 10am. For most, your “biological prime time” when you have the most energy is around 10:00. (Not if I just had my first coffee at 9:45!)
➢ Interview for a job: 10:30am. Because it is probably the most convenient time for the interviewer. They aren’t rushed, and they’ve had time to settle in for the day and get ready for your interview.
➢ Take a break: 11am: It’s easier to restore your gradually-diminishing mental resources when you take a break closer to the start of your workday.
➢ Take a nap: 2-3pm. Midafternoon is the best time due to the sleepiness most experience after lunch, and it is unlikely to interfere with nighttime rest.
➢ Hold a meeting: 3pm. This is the time that everyone is most likely to be available. Tuesdays seem to work best. (Around here, pizza seems to work best!)
➢ Creative work: 6pm. Tasks that require a lot of attention also exhaust your ability to filter out distractions. So consider tackling creative tasks at home right after work. (Note: If you have kids, you’re on your own!)
DID YOU KNOW?
A study of app usage has found that TikTok is almost as popular with kids as YouTube. The analysis of 60,000 families across the US, UK, and Spain found that kids age 4-15 spend 80 minutes a day watching TikTok videos, just five minutes less than they spend watching YouTube. It also found that kids are now watching twice as many videos per day as they did just four years ago. (And the study was carried out over the course of more than a year, so the numbers aren’t entirely quarantine-related…)
BS CHRONOMETER 06.10.20
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1921  Prince Philip Mountbatten (born Philippos Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderbert-Glucksburn, Prince of Greece and Denmark), Corfu Greece, Duke of Edinburgh & Mr. Queen Elizabeth II since 1947
1962  Gina Gershon, Los Angeles CA, movie actress (“Showgirls”, “Bound”)/TV actress (“Riverdale” since 2018)
1964  Kate Flannery, Philadelphia PA, TV actress (‘Meredith Palmer’ on “The Office” 2005-13)
1965  Elizabeth Hurley, Basingstoke UK, TV actress (‘Queen Helena’ on “The Royals” 2015-18, “Gossip Girl” 2011-12)/movie actress (“Austin Powers” films)/model (Estée Lauder)
1966  Theresa Caputo, Hicksville NY, reality star (“Long Island Medium” 2011-19)
1979  Lee Brice, Sumter SC, country singer (‘Rumor’, ‘I Drive Your Truck’)
1992  Kate Upton, St Joseph MI, fashion model (“Sports Illustrated”, 100th anniversary “Vanity Fair” cover)/sometime movie actress (“The Other Woman”, “Tower Heist”)
2001  Sasha (Natasha) Obama, Chicago IL, youngest daughter of former US president Barack Obama & first lady Michelle Obama
TODAY’S BS REASON TO PARTY . . .
• “Ball Point Pen Day”, commemorating its 1943 invention by Lasalo Biro of Budapest, Hungary. During WW2, Britain’s Royal Air Force commissioned him to develop an instrument that could write under low atmospheric pressure at high altitude. (Did they think of using a pencil?)
• “Iced Tea Day”, celebrating the favorite Summer cooler of millions. Tea is the world’s 2nd-most-popular beverage … after water. (Let’s get this parTEA started!)
• “Herb and Spice Day”, an essential part of flavorful cooking as well as fun and easy to grow. (It takes some thyme, though. Sorry.)
• “Black Cow Day” A Black Cow, is a root beer float – A drink made with scoops of vanilla ice cream and root beer.
• “Alcoholics Anonymous Founders’ Day” On June 10, 1935, Bill Wilson and Dr. Robert Smith set out to find the best way to reform alcoholics, and Alcoholics Anonymous was born. (In Canada, the organization is called “AA, eh?”)
COMING UP . . .
[Thurs] Corn on the Cob Day
[Thurs] Cousteau Day
[Fri] Magic Day
[Fri] Superman Day
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2003  “Wicked” opens on Broadway (proceeds to win 40 awards over its run)
2007  Close to 12 million tune in for the final episode of “The Sopranos”, which ends with its famous “cut to black” to the strains of Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’)
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2004  Legendary singer Ray Charles dies at age 73 in Beverly Hills CA (the bio-film “Ray” opens 4½ months later, starring Jamie Foxx)
2009  The daughter of Cher, Chastity Bono, announces she’s undergoing a sex change to become a man, a decade after she came out as lesbian
TODAY IN SPORTS:
2016  “Mr. Hockey” Gordie Howe, the Hockey Hall of Fame right winger (23-time NHL All Star), dies at age 88
2003  The Spirit Rover is launched, beginning NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover mission, which continued with the Opportunity rover (launched in 2004) through mid-2018
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ Trees “sleep” at night, relaxing their branches after dawn and perking them up before sunrise.
✓ The lowest temperature of the day is usually right after sunrise.
✓ The telephone was originally called a “harmonic telegraph”.
✓ An iPhone contains about 0.0012 ounces of gold, worth about $1.52.
✓ Liars blink less frequently than normal during the lie, and then speed up to around eight times faster than usual afterwards.
✓ Hans Christian Anderson died by falling out of bed.
BS SAD CEREALS:
• Unlucky Charms
• Frosted Mini-Weeps
Best of BS . . .
BS STRANGE SUMMER CAMP RULES:
• Everyone must go swimming within 30 minutes of eating.
• Maximum two campers per sleeping bag.
• Bring cookies for the guy in the hockey mask.
• Counselors may only “get it on” at the dock after 9pm.
• All campers are required to call home each hour.
• You have to go in January.
• You may only raid your own panties.
• Be sure to pack your flute!
• No pants allowed.
• Stay away from the murdery-est part of the woods.
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019
TODAY’S SLICE OF BS:
➠ 7-Eleven is going to sell life insurance in Japan. (There’s only one stipulation: For health reasons, you are no-longer allowed to shop at 7-Eleven.)
➠ I just read that Apple has a “secret police” called the Worldwide Loyalty Team that makes sure employees don’t leak anything. (Microsoft has the same thing except they make sure customers cannot download anything.)
➠ Kanye West turned 43 on Monday. (Or, as he puts it: “The Sun has made 43 trips around me.”
➠ A 266-pound Russian housewife held a robber captive for more than an hour by sitting on him. (He was arrested, then let go by police when they realized being detained by a 266-pound Russian housewife was punishment enough.)
➠ (***CAUTION***) Doctors extracted a cell phone charger from man’s urinary bladder after the cable was inserted through the penile urethra in a form of gratification gone bad. (Although he won’t be arrested, doctors do say he was charged with sexual battery…)
BS WEB GOODIE:
Washing machine wizard: https://vm.tiktok.com/oSAqWM/
BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
• What is Garfield’s favorite food?
a) Lasagna [CORRECT]
• What cartoon that originally aired in 1981 features an evil wizard ‘Gargamel’ and his cat ‘Azrael’?
a) Inspector Gadget
b) The Smurfs [CORRECT]
c) Johnny Quest
d) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
• Who are Donald Duck’s nephews?
a) Dewey, Louie, and Jack
b) Huey, Dewey, and Louie [CORRECT]
c) Chewy, Huey, and Louie
d) Dewey, Huey, and Chop-Suey
BS RANDOM JOKE:
I find it interesting that “take out” can mean food, dating and murder.
BS PHONE STARTER:
What is an awkward situation that everyone can relate to? (When you can’t remember someone’s name? When the delay on a video chat causes everyone to interrupt each other? Watching a sex scene with your parents?)
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: The average person uses THIS 2,100 times before replacing it. What is it?
Answer: Coffee mug
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
If failure is not an option, then neither is success.