Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Edition: #6471
100% Grade A Bull!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Comedian Kevin Hart is being sued by a woman who claims she was “violently” struck by a member of his security detail. Carmen Marrero claims that in January, she was walking on the sidewalk in New York when Hart was exiting a building and a group of fans gathered to surround him. She accuses Hart’s security of assault and battery and claims she was “violently contacted” as she walked by.
★ 2019 is truly Keanu Reeves’ year and we are just along for the ride. He’s starred in the third “John Wick” film, had a cameo appearance in the Netflix’s rom-com “Always Be My Maybe”, and will voice a new character in “Toy Story 4”. And now he’s made the announcement that he’s set to star in a video game called “Cyberpunk 2077”, which is set to come out next year.
(And most importantly, let’s not forget “Bill and Ted Face the Music”, out next summer!)
★ Geena Davis has joined the cast of “GLOW” for the Netflix wrestling comedy’s upcoming third season. Season 3 will follow the ladies of GLOW as they take the Vegas strip by storm. Davis will guest star as Sandy Devereaux St. Clair, the former showgirl turned entertainment director of the Fan-Tan Hotel and Casino, appearing in five of Season 3’s 10 episodes.
★ Nicole Kidman gave up eating ants because they “don’t taste good”. She opened up about her unusual habit in a recent interview, saying that when it comes to eating, she’s game to try just about anything, “but ants don’t taste good… Just sort of off…Just acidic-y. Kind of weird.” Kidman cops to eating grubs, worms and insects in the past.
★ Quentin Tarantino vowed to ”fire” anyone who was found with their mobile phone on the set of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, according to Timothy Olyphant, who stars in the film. Olyphant says that Tarantino had a strict rule in place on his latest movie because he wanted people to be focused on their work and not distracted by their hand-held devices. He says: ”Outside the set we’d have a lovely little booth for everyone to check their phones in.” Tarantino calls “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood” his ”most personal” film because it is inspired by his own childhood.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Chris Hemsworth, the Jonas Brothers
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Beto O’Rourke, Billy Porter
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Andy Cohen, Ocean Vuong
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Tiffany Haddish, Don Cheadle, Keane
• “Conan” (TBS): Louie Anderson, Matt Braunger
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Dorinda Medley, Sonja Morgan
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka
• “The Talk” (CBS): Hilary Duff, guest co-host Vanessa Williams
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Selena Gomez, Tessa Thompson, Lance Ulanoff
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Jason Sudeikis, Olivia Wilde, John Mayer
• “Card Sharks” (ABC): Joel McHale hosts a revival of the classic game show.
• “Match Game” (ABC): Season 4 premiere
• “Catfish: The TV Show” (MTV): Season 8 premiere
• “Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese” (NETFLIX): Part documentary, part concert film capturing Dylan’s 1975 tour, including previously unseen footage.
• “Stanley Cup Final” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): St. Louis Blues at Boston Bruins in Game 7
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Joe Jonas – Of all people, it seems he is the one who appears to have let slip that My Chemical Romance are set to reunite. In an interview, Jonas said: “I’ve got some dirt. My Chemical Romance were apparently rehearsing next to us in New York recently, which — I thought they broke up, so…that’s the gossip!”
• Rihanna – is currently in the studio and has blocked off a whole month to record new music for her anticipated album. She told an interviewer that she took some time off for herself over the past couple years, explaining that she started to realize she needed more “me” time.
• Mumford & Sons — Multi-instrumentalist Ben Lovett predicts they will still be making music and touring into their 70s. He says they draw inspiration from Elton John, who, in his words: “Doesn’t need to do it at all – he does it because that’s what he’s here to do on this earth.” Lovett says the group will keep going as long as they find it “interesting” to be a part of.
• Stone Temple Pilots — will mark the 25th anniversary of their second album, “Purple”, by releasing an expanded Super Deluxe Edition on September 13. The reissue will include unreleased demos, early versions of album tracks, plus acoustic recordings.
• The Who – Dr. Martens is paying tribute to the group with a special collection including boots and shoes with the group’s iconic target symbol, as well as t-shirts, socks and a leather backpack. Guitarist Pete Townshend is known to have worn Doc Martens boots on stage as far back as 1967.
• Christopher Cross — will hit the road to pay tribute to the Beatles’ “White Album” with a band including Todd Rundgren, Micky Dolenz of the Monkees, Chicago’s Jason Scheff and Badfinger’s Joey Molland. The shows will include some of the members’ biggest hits along with songs from the White Album, properly titled “The Beatles”, which was released in 1968. The tour begins September 21 in Atlantic City.
• Randy Houser – He and his wife Tatiana welcomed a baby boy on Sunday. Huckleberry Randolph is the couple’s first child together. Houser says that the 7 lb., 6 oz. baby boy is “handsome, healthy and happy and we couldn’t be more excited to get him home and start the next chapter of our lives together with him.”
• Highwomen – The first single from the all-female supergroup will be released next month, according to bandmember Brandi Carlile. The all-star group, comprised of Carlile, Maren Morris, Amanda Shires and Natalie Hemby plus a rotating cast of other female artists, began generating buzz when it formed early this year. The group performed at Loretta Lynn’s birthday tribute concert in April.
LET THE MUSIC PLAY:
The old saying is that “Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast” or something like that. And while that may be true, according to a number of recent studies, music comes with a lot of other benefits to the listener:
• Makes your brain release more dopamine: That’s what it does when experiencing pleasurable things like eating our favorite foods, being successful at a game, or, yes, having sex. Dopamine is good for a number of brain and bodily functions, including mental acuity.
• Reduces stress by decreasing the amount of the stress hormone cortisol in the body. (So, using those earphones at work might keep away the doctor, as well as those annoying co-workers)
• Enhances performance in running and other strength and conditioning exercises.
• Can help you sleep better — if you listen to the right type of music before bed. (Note to self: Never listen to classical music in the car!)
• Gets you to work in a much better state of mind: Listening to music while sitting in traffic can improve your mood, which has add-on benefits for the rest of the day, like arriving at work relaxed at ready to dive into your to-do list.
• Boost language skills: Children who take music lessons have been shown to score higher when tested on verbal skills. (Just look at Bob Dylan!…or Lil Wayne!)
• And making music you love a part of your life has been shown to increase your IQ and academic performance.
(Plus it gave me a job!)
(That’s all good, but why does OTHER people’s music make me so ornery?)
PLASTIC: NOT SO FANTASTIC:
Canada has announced plans to ban the use of many single-use plastics by 2021. While exactly which plastics would be included in the ban isn’t yet clear, you can bet that straws, cutlery and take-out food containers will be among the plastic items that become no-nos. The list could also include cotton swabs, drink-stirrers, plates, and some plastic bags. Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the U.K. and the European Union signed on to the Ocean Plastics charter at the G7 summit in Charlevoix, Quebec last June, agreeing to find ways to deal with marine plastics litter. The European Union voted in March to ban plastic items for which market alternatives exist.
(While they’re at it, how about making a law against throwing plastics in the water?)
(I’m pretty sure I can find a way to stir my coffee without a plastic stick that will only be used once!)
(Has anyone told Kim Kardashian about this?)
SIMPLE, EVERYDAY WAYS TO SAVE MONEY:
➢ Think before you drink: Bottled water costs 800 times more than tap water. And the average American worker spends more than $1,000 annually on coffee. Cutting back on the drinks you buy could save you big-time. (If only there were a way to brew coffee at home…)
➢ Cancel the gym: If you don’t go, it’s sort-of a waste. Explore cheap home fitness ideas, and do things like walking and running outside. (You can avoid doing those for free!)
➢ Use cash-back programs: Many stores and credit cards offer up to 8 per cent back through their rewards programs. Make sure you only make necessary purchases, though, and pay that credit card off every month or you’ll be paying interest. (Of way more than 8%!)
➢ Go to the library: You probably know they have books there. You can also borrow CDs and DVDs, or even stream movies…for free! And they quite often also have children’s events, lectures and other events, also free. (And free Wi-Fi!)
➢ Swap instead of buy: Hold clothing swaps, toy swaps, and even trade home goods with friends. It’s a great way to get new (used) stuff and get rid of old stuff. There are also some great websites dedicated to swapping.
➢ Share to save: In the “sharing economy”, it’s possible for two or more people to go in together on passwords and memberships and share everything from tools to lessons to dog-sitting or baby-sitting services.
➢ Bring your lunch to work: You knew this was coming. You could save nearly $2,000 per year. Even once or twice a week would amount in significant savings. (Couldn’t I just SHARE someone else’s lunch?)
➢ Stop paying others to do it for you: Yard work, pest control, simple car maintenance…if you can do it, roll up your sleeves and do it. (The kids might be mad when they find out they aren’t getting an allowance, though…)
➢ Be Smarter About Grocery Shopping: It means being aware that it is all too easy to cave in to eye-catching packaging and premade snacks. Shop on a full stomach and tempting treats will be less likely to make their way into the cart. Always shop with a grocery list — and stick to it. And buy the essentials in bulk. (Why do I feel like you’re going to tell me that ice-cream isn’t an essential?)
DID YOU KNOW?
Meteorologists are warning that the more reliable and faster cell phone service expected with the introduction of 5G could come at a cost: accurate weather forecasting. That’s because the U.S. government is auctioning network frequencies at 24GHz for the service, which is very close to the radio frequency emitted by water vapour. Meteorologist Jordan Gerth says that there are “certain radio frequencies where molecules in the atmosphere actually emit a very faint signal, and that faint signal…is detectable with weather satellites, and we use that faint signal as an input into complex mathematical models that forecast the weather.” He says losing that data would set forecasting back decades.
BS CHRONOMETER 06.12.19
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1974  Jason Mewes, Highlands NJ, movie actor (“Clerks”, “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”) COMING UP…”Jay and Silent Bob Reboot”, 2019
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”) COMING UP… “Zeroville”, 2019
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” and “Kendra”)
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….” (Metropolis, Illinois hosted their annual “Superman Celebration” on the weekend)
• “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.
COMING UP . . .
[Thurs] Sewing Machine Day
[Thurs] Weed Your Garden Day
[Fri] Family History Day
[Fri] National Flip Flop Day
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 . . .
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.
✓ Almonds are a member of the peach family.
✓ Crayola is a French word that means “oily chalk”.
✓ Three Mile Island is only 2 1/2 miles long.
✓ The height of a bowling pin is equal to its circumference.
✓ There wasn’t a single pony in the Pony Express, just horses!
BS BAD THINGS TO HEAR OVER A P.A. SYSTEM:
• “Please fasten your seatbelts. I want to try something.”
• “Will the owner of a white Maserati, or possibly a white Lamborghini, please come to the front door to identify your car?”
• (***Caution***) “Yes, baby, just like that…”
• “Customer needs assistance with hemorrhoid cream…”
• (mumbling) “I hate all these people so I’m going to skip the tornado announcement.”
• “Joe, please report to the office so we can discuss something that rhymes with ‘hire’, but means the exact opposite.”
• “May the Hunger Games begin!”
• “Clean up in aisle…ummm…clean up in ALL the aisles!”
• “And today’s cafeteria special is pizza with pineapple.”
• “This is not a drill.”
BS GEEKS’ FAVORITE BANDS:
• Jefferson Star Wars
• The Doctor Who
• The Tolkien Heads
• The Big Bang Theory of a Deadman
• Men Without Stats
• Nerd Eye Blind
• Log-ins & Messina
• The Jim Parsons Project
• The Square Roots
• 30 Seconds to Marvel
• Never Seen Barenaked Ladies
-Twitter, first published in ‘BS’ in 2018
BS PHONE STARTER:
What is something you did that your parents still don’t know about to this day?
BS RANDOM JOKE:
My friend said, “I don’t understand cloning.” I said, “That makes two of us.”
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: 69% of couples say doing THIS shows that you don’t trust your partner. What is it?
Answer: Not allowing him or her to drive your car
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.