Friday, June 12, 2020 Edition: #6718
100% Grade A Bull!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ The 1939 Civil War epic “Gone With the Wind” has been temporarily removed from the streaming service HBO Max amid the ongoing protests following the killing of George Floyd. The film has been criticized for years for its positive depiction of slavery and the Antebellum South. HBO released a statement saying: “Gone With the Wind is a product of its time and depicts some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that have, unfortunately, been commonplace in American society. These racist depictions were wrong then and are wrong today, and we felt that to keep this title up without an explanation and a denouncement of those depictions would be irresponsible.” The film is one of the highest grossing movies of all time and won eight Oscars at the 12th Academy Awards.
★ The 2020 Peabody Awards has named “Watchmen,” “Succession,” “Ramy,” “Stranger Things” and “Fleabag” among the 30 most compelling programs of the year. The awards also recognized the PBS series “Frontline” and “The Simpsons” as Institutional Award winners that have made a significant impact on media and culture. Cicely Tyson, known for her work in “How to Get Away With Murder” among many other things, was named winner of the Peabody Career Achievement Award.
★ Lionel Richie’s music will be the focus of a new Disney movie. The musical has the working title “All Night Long”, in honor of Richie’s 1983 chart-topping hit single. The film will not be a biopic, but is expected to be along the lines of “Mamma Mia!”, in which songs by ABBA were at the heart of an original story.
★ Dakota Johnson is heading to the rodeo. She’s set to star in and exec produce “Rodeo Queens”, currently in development at Amazon Studios. The TV series is described as a comedy mockumentary that follows an ensemble of Rodeo Queen hopefuls as they compete for the coveted crown.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Kevin Bacon, David Dobrik, Christine and the Queens
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Gayle King, Amy Sedaris (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Nick Jonas, Travis Kelce, Finesse Mitchell, Michel’Le Baptiste (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Keegan-Michael Key, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Spike Lee, Joseph “JoJo” Clarke & Bri’Anna Harper
• “The Talk” (CBS): Dennis Quaid, Gone West
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Andy Cohen
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Jake Tapper, Ricky Martin
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Tyler Perry, Ben Platt (R)
• “WWE Friday Night SmackDown” (FOX): The Superstars of World Wrestling Entertainment do battle in elaborate, long-running rivalries in a weekly two-hour showdown.
• “Ringside” (SHOWTIME): The dramatic upbringing of boxing prodigies Kenneth Sims Jr. and Destyne Butler Jr., and their aspirations of surviving on the South Side of Chicago to achieve boxing glory.
• “Love in the Forecast” (HALLMARK): An aspiring meteorologist befriends a neighbor who teaches her the importance of trusting nature and each other.
• “Their Killer Affair” (LIFETIME): When several carnal murders in a small beach town are linked to the public release of a dating app’s client information, detective Maxine Payton suspects the killer may be someone intimately close to her.
• “Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC): The cast of “The Bold Type” takes on RuPaul and the team from “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
• “90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?” (TLC): Season 5 premiere
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Beyoncé — is reportedly about to sign a $100 million deal to work on three Disney movies. She’ll appear on the soundtrack for Marvel’s “Black Panther”, due for release next year, plus two other blockbusters. She may also provide voice work for some Disney Plus documentaries.
• Iggy Azalea – has given birth to a son. She confirmed the news on her Instagram Story after dodging pregnancy rumors for months. She welcomed her bundle of joy with boyfriend, rapper Playboi Carti, a few months ago.
• Avicii — A new museum dedicated to his life and achievements will open next year in Stockholm, Sweden. The Avicii Experience forms part of a new facility called SPACE, which is geared towards music, gaming and content creation. It will feature a mix of memorabilia and behind-the-scenes photographs and videos.
• Grammys — The term “urban” has been removed from a Grammy Award category to reflect the evolving state of the music industry. ‘Best Urban Contemporary Album’ has been renamed ‘Best Progressive R&B Album’ to “highlight albums that include the more progressive elements of R&B and may include samples and elements of hip-hop, rap, dance, and electronic music.”
• Thin Lizzy — A documentary on the life and career of frontman Phil Lynott will be released to Irish movie theaters in the fall. “Phil Lynott: Songs For While I’m Away” will include interviews with Thin Lizzy members, U2’s Adam Clayton, Suzi Quatro, Huey Lewis, Metallica’s James Hetfield and more.
• The Doors — Five decades after the release of their landmark album “Morrison Hotel”, Z2 Comics has announced a graphic novel will be released on October 13. Morrison Hotel will be formatted as an anthology, in collaboration with the surviving members of the band and drawn by artists from around the comic book world, each weaving the band’s influence into the story.
• John Fogerty – will be among the performers on “United We Sing: A Grammy Salute to the Unsung Heroes”. The June 21 event will be hosted by Harry Connick Jr. and his daughter Georgia as they road trip across the US to “thank and celebrate” essential workers. Also performing: Herbie Hancock, Cyndi Lauper, Little Big Town, Dave Matthews, Tim McGraw and Jamie Foxx, with appearances by Sandra Bullock, Drew Brees, Queen Latifah, Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey, Renée Zellweger and more.
• Jimmy Buffett — will give his first-ever performance on the Grand Ole Opry on June 27. He’ll play on a bill that also includes Brad Paisley and Mac McAnally.
• Thomas Rhett – hasn’t let the lockdown slow him down. He says he has written around 35 to 40 new tunes since the coronavirus upended his touring plans this year.
⇒ Dogs are able to detect the presence of Covid-19 on infected patients by sniffing their armpits, according to a new study by French scientists. Researchers at the National Veterinary School trained eight Belgian Malinois shepherd dogs to identify people infected with the coronavirus from odour samples taken from the armpits of more than 360 subjects, both healthy and suffering from Covid-19. The dogs’ success rate was 95%. A dog’s nose is around 100 million times more sensitive than a human’s, and previous studies have shown they can sniff out a variety of diseases, including cancer, diabetes and Parkinson’s. (Apparently coronavirus smells just like a dead squirrel…)
⇒ New research shows that men have taken on a greater share of household chores than expected during the pandemic. Info from the Canadian Review of Sociology shows that men have risen to the occasion, housework-wise, bucking the predictions of sociologists that the pandemic would cause men to do less domestic labour during lockdown. The survey of 1,250 cohabiting parents found that “household division of labour appears to have remained static or become slightly more equal during the period of quarantine, remote work, remote schooling and social distancing.” Fully 40% of fathers said they are cooking more during the pandemic, for example, although only 28% of women thought men were cooking more. The same disparity was found when it comes to doing laundry and cleaning, but both sexes agreed that dad is handling more of the shopping these days. (There you go guys, you’ve convinced yourselves that you’re doing more housework…now you just have to convince HER!)
NEWS OF THE WEIRD:
➢ A Belgian man has been tormented for 10 years – by pizza. The 65-year-old has been the unwitting recipient of a constant stream of pizza deliveries that he didn’t order. Jean Van Landegham initially thought his unwanted deliveries were the result of an address mix-up or an incorrect order, but after years of being inundated with unwanted pies, sometimes as many as 14 at once, he feels that he is the victim of a cheesy culprit. Police are aware of the situation, and when they find the perpetrator, Van Landegham says it “will not be their best day.” (Obviously someone thinks he kneads the dough!)
➢ A man in France has been awarded a $45,000 severance package because his job was “too boring”. Frédéric Desnard, who worked as a manager at a Paris perfume firm, claimed that his $80,000-per-year gig became a “descent into hell” after he lost a key client and was relegated into working monotonous duties, which resulted in him becoming “depressed, destroyed and ashamed.” Doctors seconded his self-diagnosis, resulting his hefty severance, the first “bore-out” case in French history. (Except for when I took my kids to The Louvre…)
DID YOU KNOW?
Netflix trademarked “Space Force” almost a year before the US military did for the same name. The streaming service registered the name for its satirical show starring Steve Carrell, in Jan. 2019, while the trademark for the youngest branch of the military was founded in Dec. 2019. While some feel that the issue will become acrimonious, there is reportedly no bad blood between the two organizations about it at this time.
BS CHRONOMETER 06.12.20
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1974  Jason Mewes, Highlands NJ, movie actor (“Clerks”, “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”)
1979  Robyn (Carlsson), Stockholm, Sweden, pop singer (‘Show Me Love’, ‘Dancing on My Own’)
1981  Adriana Lima, Salvador Brazil, fashion model (“Elle”, “GQ”, “Vogue”)/estimated earnings of $10.5 million in 2016, world’s 2nd highest paid model since 2014.
1985  Dave Franco, Palo Alto CA, movie actor (“Neighbors”, “Now You See Me”)/brother of actor James Franco
1985  Chris Young, Murfreesboro TN, country singer (‘The Man I Want to Be’, ‘Losing Sleep’)
1985  Kendra Wilkinson, San Diego, CA, former Playboy Playmate, reality star (“Girls Next Door”, “Kendra”)
SATURDAY- Malcolm McDowell (“A Clockwork Orange”) is 77; Tim Allen (“Home Improvement”) is 67; Ally Sheedy (“The Breakfast Club”) is 58; Rivers Cuomo (Weezer) is 50; Steve-O (“Jackass”) is 46; Chris Evans (“Captain America”) is 39; Kat Dennings (“2 Broke Girls”) is 34; Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen (“Full House”) are 34
SUNDAY- 45th US President Donald Trump is 74; Boy George (Culture Club) is 58; Yasmine Bleeth (“Baywatch”) is 52; Lucy Hale (“Pretty Little Liars”) is 31; Daryl Sabara (“Spy Kids”) is 28
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Superman Day”, Superman was created in 1933 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. “What’s that in the sky? Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane? No, it is the Superman! The Man of Steel….” BS FAST FACT: Originally, Superman did not have the ability to fly, but he was “able to leap tall buildings at a single bound”
• “Automotive Service Professionals Day”, begun in 2005 by National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence to salute auto mechanics and others involved in vehicle maintenance. (We salute you. Now call me some time with some GOOD news!)
• “Crowded Nest Awareness Day”, recognizing the condition ‘Crowded Nest Syndrome’, the series of problems that occur when children who’ve moved out of the house…move back in.
• “Jerky Day”, the annual observance celebrating the rich history, immense popularity, and nutritional benefits of dried meat snacks. In one poll, men picked jerky as ‘Best Road Snack’.
• “Peanut Butter Cookie Day”, a good time to dig out Grandma’s famous recipe and bake up a dozen. The treat first became a favorite in the early 1900s.
• “Red Rose Day”, an annual celebration of the most popular cut flower. Also one of the most expensive!
• “World Day Against Child Labor”, an International Labor Organization-sanctioned holiday first launched in 2002 to foster the worldwide movement against child labor in any of its forms.
• “Kitchen Klutzes Day”, celebrating not-so-accomplished cooks by encouraging them to prepare a recipe that contains no more than 4 ingredients, not including water, salt & pepper. (Umm, does ketchup count?)
• “Weed Your Garden Day” … or maybe you could just start referring to it as a ‘wildflower display’?
• “Sewing Machine Day”, Thomas Saint patented the first sewing machine in 1790. Since then, the sewing machine has become one of the iconic symbols of the Industrial Revolution. (Any idea how to work one of those things?)
• “Random Acts of Light Day”, encourages us to bring light to the darkness of cancer by surprising someone with an act of kindness.
• “Bourbon Day”, a day to raise a glass of the sweetened amber spirit to celebrate the splendor of this great American whiskey. Most recipes use about 70% corn, which gives it its nickname of ‘corn whiskey’. Although the origin of the name ‘bourbon’ is unclear, contenders include Bourbon County in Kentucky and Bourbon Street in New Orleans.
• “Family History Day”, a day to ‘share the folklore, legends and myths of your family tree’.
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• “Strawberry Shortcake Day”, either on a shortcake biscuit or on a sponge cake, strawberry shortcake is an easy and delicious summertime dessert.
• “World Blood Donor Day”, dedicated to thanking and celebrating blood donors around-the-globe. It occurs on the birthday of Karl Landsteiner, who created the ABO blood group system, which is still used today.
• “American Flag Day”, commemorating John Adams’ 1777 recommendation to Congress that the ‘Stars & Stripes’ be adopted as America’s flag.
• “Pop Goes the Weasel Day”, celebrating the rhyme we’ve known since childhood and the tune that sticks in our heads every time we hear it played on an ice cream truck….(the definition of anticipation? The look on a kid’s face while hearing that song and winding up a Jack in the Box)
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1981  “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, the first Indiana Jones film, premieres. It was directed by Stephen Spielberg, produced by George Lucas and starred Harrison Ford
2003  Movie actor Gregory Peck, star of “To Kill a Mockingbird”, dies at age 87
TODAY IN MUSIC . . .
2003  Little Richard, Van Morrison, Queen, and Phil Collins are inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
2017  Forbes releases its Top 100 highest-paid entertainers list – Sean “Diddy” Combs comes in at #1 with earnings of $130 million
TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1997  In the first ever baseball inter-league game, SF Giants beat Texas Rangers 4-3
2007  Delcambre, Louisiana approves an ordinance setting a maximum penalty of 6 months in jail and a $500-fine for being caught … in saggy pants
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ Earth travels through space at 660,000 miles per hour.
✓ Studies show that it’s usually the most talkative spouse who gets her (or his) way.
✓ Crayola is a French word that means “oily chalk”.
✓ Swallowing uses 25 muscles.
✓ The height of a bowling pin is equal to its circumference.
✓ Some monkeys have fingertips at the tips of their tails.
Best of BS . . .
BS SIGNS IT’S BEEN A LONG WEEK:
• You can’t even be bothered making the sandwich; you just eat the ingredients separately.
• You take a screenshot on your phone to show a friend the crack on the screen.
• The coffee isn’t working so you start eating it from the jar.
• May feels like it was months ago.
• You ran out of alcohol on Wednesday night.
• You haven’t had to delete your browser history once this week.
• You just microwaved your muffin for 37 minutes..
• You spent half of Thursday morning frantically searching for motivational quotes.
• You have used the phrase “This has never happened before” more than 3 times since Monday.
• You aren’t even sure if it’s Friday.
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2018
TODAY’S SLICE OF BS:
➠ The Dalai Lama is set to release a music album. (I’d put money on this album topping the charts. That is, if I were a Tibetan man.)
➠ 7-Eleven in Japan will begin selling life insurance to its customers. (Before this, your best life insurance policy was to shop there with a gun…)
➠ A study found that 75% of people use a different voice to talk to their pets. (It also found that that 100% of cats don’t give a crap WHAT voice you use…)
➠ An adult movie actor is running for office in Florida. (I hope he realizes that being a male porn star and being a politician are two different things. One is a slimy sleaze-bag that gets paid while screwing people. The other is a porn star.)
➠ Fact of the Day: Women live longer than men because their immune systems don’t age as quickly. (And also because you don’t encounter a lot of dangerous situations when you spend half your life in the bathroom!)
BS WEB GOODIE:
Hold my beer while I have some wine: https://tinyurl.com/ybk4hpc7
BS PHONE STARTER:
What would your wrestling “entrance song” be?
BS RANDOM JOKE:
I don’t understand why people have to ‘get ready’ for bed… I’m always ready for bed…
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: Believe it or not, 1% of people say they have put THIS on their cereal in the morning. What is it?
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Some people say that Friday is the end of the week, but for some, it’s only the beginning.