June 18 2018

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Monday, June 18, 2018 Edition: #6236

Ah, the Sweet Smell of BS!

★ ‘Springer’ may have reached the end of the line. Production has been halted on “The Jerry Springer Show” and the future of the show is uncertain. The Hollywood Reporter is describing the show as “currently in limbo with no new episodes planned for the forseeable future.” When the syndicated show didn’t receive a pickup order for the upcoming season, staff were told that show’s future was uncertain and it has been confirmed that production staff have been laid off. The Jerry Springer Show changed the face of television when it burst on the airwaves in the early 1990s, ushering in an era of “trash TV” as the first talk show in TV history to require security guards onstage to break up fistfights between agitated guests.
(The funny thing is that he always signed-off by saying “be good to each other” right after letting his guests beat the bajeepers out of each other!)
★ Johnny Depp’s reps have cancelled all of his upcoming media appearances after recent pictures of his gaunt appearance prompted questions about his health. The status of Depp’s health made for a hot topic on social media after he posed for shots with fans in Russia while touring with his band, The Hollywood Vampires.  Depp appeared noticeably thinner in the shots, but has since looked fuller and healthier in subsequent photos taken in Warsaw, Poland while on tour.
★ Chris Hardwick, the comic and and host of “Talking Dead,” the chat show that followed episodes of “The Walking Dead,” found himself on the receiving end of stinging allegations by an ex-girlfriend, and now, AMC has pulled the plug on his TV show and on promotional appearances at next month’s San Diego Comic-Con. Hardwick has denied ever assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, saying he does “not condone any kind of mistreatment of women”. That came a day after Dykstra detailed an abusive relationship in a lengthy essay — but never specifically mentioned Chris Hardwick by name.
★ John Travolta’s new movie “Gotti” hit rock bottom faster than a cinderblock tied to a body being thrown into a river. “Gotti” scored a zero percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes from film critics, a rare feat managed by only a few dozen movies. At the time of this writing, only 17 reviews have been counted for the film, so the film’s fortune could change. But, as of now, all reviews of the Travolta film are currently are rotten.
★ Liza Minnelli has said it is “100% fiction” that she approves of the forthcoming Renée Zellweger biopic of her mother, Judy Garland. Minnelli wrote: “I have never met nor spoken to Renée Zellweger … I don’t know how these stories get started, but I do not approve nor sanction the upcoming film about Judy Garland in any way.” She was responding to a report that she had “bonded” with Zellweger over her portrayal of Garland in upcoming feature film, “Judy”, set for release late this year.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Jeff Goldblum, Jermaine Fowler, Granger Smith
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Jared Leto, Alessia Cara
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Benicio Del Toro, Alison Brie, Robin Thede
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Louie Anderson, Cold War Kids
• ” The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Niall Horan, Andrew Lloyd Webber
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): David Oyelowo, Jimmy Pardo, Margo Price ( R )
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Mike Colter, Alfre Woodard
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Day of Hot Topics
• “The Talk” (CBS): Ray Liotta, Valentine, guest co-host Fergie
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): James Corden, “Science Bob” Pflugfelder
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): The most touching and inspiring stories from Season 15
• “2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards” (MTV): Chris Pratt will receive the Generation Award, previously given to stars such as Will Smith, Sandra Bullock and Tom Cruise. Hosted by Tiffany Haddish.
• “The Proposal” (ABC): Jesse Palmer hosts the latest dating series from the creator of The Bachelor. The catch here is that none of the 10 contestants in each episode will have a chance to actually meet their mystery suitor until the field has been narrowed down to two remaining prospects.

• (****Caution–language***) Beyoncé – her joint album with JAY-Z is finally here. Under the name the “Carters”, the duo released “Everything Is Love” on Saturday. They also released a video for the song ‘Apeshit’.
• DJ Khaled – appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Friday night and discussed a secret music video shoot. His upcoming 11th studio album will be titled “Father of Asahd”, after his toddler son, and Khaled said his son will be directing a “top secret” video shoot for a song on the new album. Quote: “It’s about greatness. I can’t give you all the info yet.”
• Chris Brown – A judge granted a woman a restraining order against him last week after she accused him of hitting and stalking her. The woman claims Brown hit her when attending one of his parties.
• Blink 182 – drummer Travis Barker is suffering from blood clots in his arms, which has caused the band to postpone its ongoing Las Vegas residency. They plan to reschedule.
• Andrea Bocelli – is back with his first recording of new material in 14 years. His new album, “Sì” will be released on Oct. 26. The first single ‘If Only’, is out now and he’ll sing it on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on June 21.
• Steve Miller – is touring with Peter Frampton, and a highlight of their shows together is their nightly blues jam. Miller says every show is being recorded and that the two are “putting a record together now” that will showcase their performances.
• Ozzy Osbourne – his guitarist Zakk Wylde claims that in 2020, at the end of his current farewell tour, Ozzy will assume the lead singer position in Wylde’s side project, a Black Sabbath cover band called Zakk Sabbath. (At least we know Ozzy is familiar with the material!)
• Kurt Cobain – his personal belongings will go on display at a new exhibition next month. The Museum of Style Icons in Ireland will feature the ‘Growing Up Cobain’ exhibit starting July 19. Items to be displayed include the striped jumper he wore in the ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ video, old photographs, and childhood drawings.
• Motörhead – A vampire movie starring late frontman Lemmy Kilmister will premiere in Los Angeles next month. “Sunset Society”, which also features Dizzy Reed of Guns N’ Roses and Tracii Guns of L.A. Guns, will be screened on July 6.
• Blues Brothers – their guitarist Matt “Guitar” Murphy died Friday at 88. He also played with Ike Turner, Etta James, Willie Dixon, and Sonny Boy Williamson, but he is best known as Aretha Franklin’s soul food chef husband and band guitarist in the 1980 comedy “The Blues Brothers”.
• Rory Feek – appeared on CBS Sunday morning to talk about how he is getting along since he lost his wife and musical partner—Joey Martin Feek, to cancer in March 2016. He said that he feels “just as married and just as in love [since Joey’s death].” As for performing without her, he said: “It felt surreal and strange, a little wrong in some ways because I had kinda decided I wouldn’t. But, on the other side, it felt strangely similar.”
• Florida Georgia Line – Tyler Hubbard says that their fourth album will be released in early 2019, but fans won’t have to wait too much longer for new music: “The plan is try to release a song or two every month until the album comes out.

They usually hit on Sunday about 5pm, and last until…well, Monday at noon. Here is how to start your week on the right note:
1. Savor that Sunday sleep: The only thing worse than waking up on a Monday morning is waking up on a Monday tired. Try this: have a bath or long shower and get into those cozy PJs and call it an early night. Come 6 a.m., you’ll be so glad that you did. (Too late?)
2. Have a hit list: Have a list of five or so ‘action items’ to complete during the week. That will help you feel in control and focused on Monday morning. Creating a short list of what will make your week satisfying helps you stay on track. (Yeah, that’s usually completed for me before I ever get to work!)
3. Infuse Monday with a little fun: Why not make Monday the new Thursday? Go to a movie. Have sushi with a friend. Have your co-worker over for a glass of wine and a little cheese — Mondays feel way different when your week is punctuated with pleasure. (Go out on Monday? I can survive Friday on no sleep. I can’t do that all week!)
4. Make a change: If your Monday misery feels impossible to contain over time, it’s probably a good sign you need to make a change. Maybe you need a vacation or to look for a new job.
(That’s exactly what my boss said!)

Science finally has an answer for the question of why it is so hard to resist the foods that are so bad for us. It’s because a lot of foods available to us today ‘trick’ our brain circuits. Researchers at Yale University said last week that foods that combine fats and carbs appear to send the human brain haywire, creating rewards above and beyond what people get from foods that contain either ingredient alone. They found that foods like pizza, burgers, and pasta with creamy sauces containing both fat and carbohydrate are more rewarding, calorie for calorie, than those containing only fat or only carbohydrate. They think their experiment, using real-time brain scans, may help explain why so many of us are obese, and why we overeat even when we are not hungry. Modern processed foods seem to trigger our brains in ways that naturally foraged foods never could.
(Of course they do. No one ever got to forage for a drive-thru menu!)
(Actually I know what makes ME overeat: Mondays!)

➢ Going Out to Eat: Americans now spend more money at restaurants than at grocery stores. If you eat out once per day and spend just $10 each time, that’s $3,650 per year, before tips. (And sometimes I go hog wild and let the rest of my family eat out, too!)
➢ Throwing Food Out Early: Many foods are perfectly fine for days or even weeks after the dates on their labels, especially when properly stored. (Trust me.)
➢ Setting Your Thermostat: You can save about 3 percent on your heating bill for each degree (Fahrenheit) you turn down your thermostat during the winter. (We do that. My wife and I both set the thermostat. About 5 times each every day!)
➢ Doing The Laundry: If you have a high-efficiency washing machine, you’re using less water, so you should be using less detergent too. An excessive amount of soap won’t make anything cleaner—in fact, you’ll likely end up with a buildup, which can make your whites appear grey. Read the instructions and try adding less detergent to each load.
➢ Buying Certain Cosmetics: Many name-brand companies’ products can be found in the shelves of your local dollar store for much less than what you would pay for the exact same products anywhere else.
➢ Buying (Admittedly Awesome) Clothes: If you need brand name clothes, be sure to check out overstock stores. These stores have amazing deals on quality clothing, shoes, and accessories, sometimes at as much as 90 percent off. And read your clothes’ tags. Properly washing and drying your clothes will keep colors and fabrics intact.
➢ Buying Coffee: Consider taking advantage of free coffee around you, such as at work. And for people who enjoy blended coffee drinks, purchasing some tasty creamer can help liven up a boring cup while helping you spend much less than you would on a daily frap. (Just keep the Irish whiskey bottle out of view in the office!)


1942 [76] (Sir) Paul McCartney, Liverpool UK, rock billionaire (Wings-‘Band on the Run’, The Beatles-‘Hey Jude’)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1999)

1965 [53] Kim Dickens, Huntsville AL, TV actress (‘Madison’ on “Fear the Walking Dead” since 2015/ movie actress (“Gone Girl”, “Thank You for Smoking”)

1971 [47] Nathan Morris, Philadelphia PA, oldies singer (Boyz II Men-‘I’ll Make Love to You’, ‘End Of the Road’)

1976 [42] Blake Shelton, Ada OK, country singer (‘Boys ’Round Here’, ‘Sure Be Cool If You Did’)/TV personality (“The Voice” since 2011)

1980 [38] David Giuntoli, Milwaukee WI, TV actor (‘Nick Burkhardt’ on “Grimm” 2011-17)

1981 [37] Scooter Braun (Scott), New York City NY, entrepreneur (talent manager who represents musical acts such as Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Carly Rae Jepsen)

1990 [28] Jacob Anderson, Bristol UK, TV actor (‘Grey Worm’ on “Game of Thrones” since 2013)

• “Autistic Pride Day”, an annual celebration of the ‘neuro-diversity’ of people on the autism spectrum that’s designed to shift views of autism from ‘disease’ to ‘difference’.

• “Go Fishing Day” which, if you can pull it off, would allow you to post a sign on your door saying ‘Gone Fishing’. Work, after all, is for people who don’t know how to fish.

• “International Picnic Day” a great time to enjoy a meal ‘al fresco’, or if you don’t know him … anyone else you choose. It’s a pseudo-holiday for humans but a regular working day for ants.

• “International Sushi Day”, the 10th annual observance conceived originally as a Facebook page. If you’re looking for an excuse to eat raw fish, this seems as good a day as any.
NET: http://bit.ly/10Xizp

• “Splurge Day”, when we’re encouraged to go out and do something indulgent. If funds or guilt were no problem, what would you blow bucks on? $40-a-lb Comté cheese … mmm!

• “Ride to Work on Your Motorcycle Day”, the annual event initiated by the Ride to Work Organization to advocate and support the use of motorcycles and scooters for transportation.
NET: http://www.ridetowork.org

[Tues] Pets in Film Day
[Tues] Eat an Oreo Day
[Wed] Vanilla Milkshake Day
[Wed] World Refugee Day
This Week Is… Play Catch Week
This Month Is.. Iced Tea Month

2004 [14] Ray Charles’ funeral is held in Los Angeles CA at the First AME Church, featuring performances by BB King, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, and Wynton Marsalis

2011 [07] Clarence Clemons, saxophone player in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, dies at age 69 after suffering a stroke. He is eventually replaced in the band by his nephew, Jake Clemons

1905 [113] The wooden chair that’s become a symbol of Summer, the ‘Adirondack Chair’, is patented by Harry Bunnell of Westport NY (in Canada, it’s known as the ‘Muskoka Chair’)

2014 [04] Internet retailer Amazon.com releases its own smartphone, ‘Fire’

2000 [18] Tiger Woods wins the US Open Golf Championship by a record 15 strokes

2012 [06] ‘World’s Fastest Supercomputer’, Sequoia, is installed at US Department of Energy

2013 [05] The biggest version of Boeing’s Dreamliner plane, the 787-10, debuts at the Paris Air Show in France


✓ The so-called “fact” that you eat 8 spiders a year was a social experiment to show how fast false information spreads on the internet.
✓ Happy cows produce more milk, and the act of simply calling them by their name ups production by 3.5%.
✓ Napoleon wasn’t short. He was actually above the average height for a Frenchman at the time.
✓ Volkswagen owns Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Audi, Ducati and Porsche.
✓ Only 18% of Americans can drive standard transmission vehicles.
✓ Your nipples are as unique as your fingerprints.

• Rubbing alcohol
• Guacamole, because everything’s better with guac on it
• More cowbell
• Steel wool and vinegar
• Deny, deny, deny
• Rub a jellyfish on affected area then pee on it
• Frank’s RedHot Sauce. “Cause I put that [STUFF] on everything”
• Fight fire with fire. Stay out in the sun.
• 3 Long Island Iced Teas and you’ll forget all about that crap
• Thoughts and prayers

What famous person do other people tell you that you most look like and/or sound like?

Apparently it costs $200,000 to climb Mount Everest…which to me, is a bit steep.

Question: 1/4 of singles say a person without this is a turn-on?
Answer: A social media account

It’s very easy to give an example, but it’s very difficult to become an example.

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