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BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Actor Josh Gad is pretty sure he’s not heading to Broadway to reprise his role as ‘Olaf the Snowman’ in the planned stage production of “Frozen”. The mega-hit movie has made $1.3 billion worldwide and Disney is in the early stages of putting a stage production together. But Gad says other projects make it nearly impossible for him to participate. Quote: “I think I have a busy enough slate ahead of me without considering the ramifications of putting a snowman outfit on and traipsing across a Broadway stage.”
★ It’s been 10 years since “The Spongebob Squarepants Movie” hit screens, a film that still holds its own today. The juggernaut TV show that it was based on celebrated its 15th anniversary last month and is rapidly approaching 200 episodes, most for any show in Nickelodeon history. After a decade, a sequel to the 2004 feature film is finally in the works. “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” wraps production in November and is set to open February 6, 2015.
★ Will Ferrell’s new movie is angering some New Yorkers. The 46-year-old actor is currently shooting “Sleeping With Other People”, co-starring Amanda Peet, Natasha Lyonne, and Jason Sudeikis, on NYC’s Upper West Side and area householders are annoyed by the fleet of production trucks that’s blocking streets and causing traffic jams. In fact, Will has even been booed when leaving Rosie O’Donnell’s former home on West 81st Street, where filming is currently taking place.
★ And is Tom Cruise set to make a “Star Wars” cameo? There have been all kinds of rumors surrounding “Star Wars: Episode VII” now shooting in Britain, but this takes the lightsaber. Tom Cruise has reportedly met with director JJ Abrams to discuss a brief appearance in the film. It’s not as far-fetched an idea as it might seem: The 51-year-old star is close friends with Abrams, who helmed Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible III”. The twosome reportedly met over the weekend to discuss some sort of role for the A-lister, or at least … that’s the rumor.
– Bang Showbiz
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC/CityTV) – Auditions continue.
• “Arsenio Hall” (syndicated) – Janelle Monáe (“The Electric Lady”). Rerun.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Jennifer Nettles (“That Girl”). Rerun.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tech N9ne (“Strangeulation”).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV2) – Kip Moore (Up All Night”). Rerun.
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Phish (“Fuego”, out today).
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Nico & Vinz (“The Magic Soup & The Bittersweet Faces”).
• “The Silkworm” – This 2nd mystery novel under JK Rowling’s pseudonym Robert Galbraith is published today. The ‘Harry Potter’ scribe wrote 2013’s “The Cuckoo’s Calling” under the pen name, but her secret was revealed without her permission.
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Oldies singer Bill Medley (Righteous Bros).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Jack White (“Lazaretto”). Rerun.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Aaliyah – The just-announced Lifetime network biopic will cover her life from age 10 through her death in 2001 at 22. It will apparently deal with her alleged secret marriage to R&B singer R Kelly when she was just 15 and he was 27, a union that was never officially confirmed.
• Aerosmith – Steven Tyler’s actress-daughter says her dad is so high-maintenance about his skincare regime that she makes sure to raid his cupboards for expensive face creams whenever she visits.
• Bob Dylan – Handwritten lyrics to his classic hit “Like a Rolling Stone” are being sold at a Sotheby’s auction today in NYC. Dylan wrote his career-changing song in pencil on small sheets of hotel stationery in 1965. Bids are expected to surpass $1.5 million.
• Coldplay – Chris Martin & Gwyneth Paltrow ‘consciously uncoupled’ back in March, but word has it they’re still living together, beaching together, and parenting their kids Moses and Apple together. So how did they go their separate ways, exactly?
• John Legend – He’s often targeted by Canadian border officials as he shares his real name, John Stephens, with a man with a criminal record. But after tweeting “Heading to Canada now, somebody help me out at immigration please”, he says he had no problems on his last trip.
• Luke Bryan – His first stadium show has made history by setting an all-time record for a country concert at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh PA, 50,000-plus. Dierks Bentley was the special guest alongside “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” openers Cole Swindell and Lee Brice.
• Sting – He says he wants his kids to know the meaning of money and achievement, so he doesn’t intend to leave them his £180 million ($300 m) fortune. He tells “Mail on Sunday” his 6 children haven’t had and won’t have an easy ride and will have to stand on their own two feet.
THIS WEEK’S VIDEO RELEASES:
Out today on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
• “Enemy” ( R-Rated Thriller ): Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a dysfunctional history teacher who tracks down an exact double of himself after spotting the mystery man while watching a rented DVD. The story is based on José Saramago’s 2001 novel “The Double”.
• “300: Rise Of an Empire” ( R-Rated War Drama ): Neither Gerard Butler nor Michael Fassbender is back for this follow-up ‘Greekquel’ to the 2006 epic “300”. This time around general ‘Themistokles’ fights invading Persians. Stars Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green.
• “Winter’s Tale” ( PG-13 Fantasy Mystery ): A burglar (Colin Farrell) falls for an heiress (Jessica Brown Findlay) as she dies in his arms. When he learns that he has the gift of reincarnation, he sets out to save her. Co-stars Will Smith, Russell Crowe, William Hurt.
• Also released today: “The Beatles: A Hard Day’s Night” (Reissue); “The Boondocks: The Complete 4th Season” (Animation); “The Bridge: Season 1” (TV); “FrackNation” (Documentary); “I Spy: The Complete Series” (Vintage TV); “Mama’s Family: The Complete 4th Season” (TV); “Masters Of Sex: Season 1” (TV); “NOVA: Escape from Nazi Alcatraz” (Documentary); “NYPD Blue: Season 6” (Vintage TV); “Unforgettable: Season 2” (TV); and “Witches of East End: The Complete 1st Season” (TV).
WHAT’S ON YOUR SUMMER TO-DO LIST?
Might we suggest …
✓ Sleep In the Trees – Spend all day and all night surrounded by nature. Fulfill your childhood dreams of sleeping in a treehouse.
✓ Dig Your Toes In the Sand – It wouldn’t be Summer without a lazy weekend at the beach, complete with plenty of sunshine, a good book, and absolutely no agenda.
✓ Watch a Movie Under the Stars – What could be more romantic than an outdoor movie on a beautiful night in a public park? Best part … you can bring your own popcorn and wine.
✓ Sip Rooftop Cocktails – Watch the sunset with 360-degree views and a refreshing gin & tonic at your favorite big city rooftop bar.
✓ Scream At an Amusement Park – Oodles of new rides this Summer. One creating buzz: World’s Tallest Water Slide (169′ @ 65 mph) at Schlitterbahn Water Park, Kansas City KS.
✓ Travel for Food – Fill up the tank and start driving towards the nearest coast for one of Summer’s must-eats … fresh seafood. Will it be blue-crab or fresh lobster rolls?
✓ Pop Into a Pool – From oceanfront infinity pools to pools perched over a rainforest, there are lots of ahh-inspiring places to take a dip even if there’s nary a beach in sight.
Food really does taste better when it looks good, psychologists have found, noting that we are also willing to pay more for ‘edible art’. In tests, Oxford University researchers have found that volunteers claimed a salad tasted better when arranged to resemble a work by the Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky. The flavor of the artistic dish was consistently rated better than the same 30 ingredients tossed together randomly or placed neatly but uncreatively on the plate. Inspired by the results, a chef participating in the experiment has gone on to create a range of other dishes inspired by famous artworks from the likes of Picasso, Magritte and Rothko. (“Look, my meatloaf looks like Mona Lisa!”)
MORE THINGS YOUR CAR MECHANIC WON’T TELL YOU:
• You don’t need to have your fuel injector cleaned.
• If there is something wrong with your catalytic converter or emissions system, consult your dealer as a free replacement is often legally required.
• Be careful with brake jobs. Many mechanics will use cheap parts and mark the price up.
• Watch out for ‘certified’ pre-owned cars. The certification usually means nothing.
• A transmission pan with metal particles in it is normal. Don’t get duped.
• A transmission flush is almost guaranteed to be a scam. They aren’t recommended by manufacturers and cars almost never need them.
• Cheap parts from China are getting popular. Ask to see the box.
NOT LEARNING FROM MISTAKES:
If you want to date someone who looks like your ex Match.com will set you up … for a fee. The online dating site has partnered with Three Day Rule, a matchmaking service that uses facial recognition software to identify a person’s type and then finds potential partners who bear a resemblance. You just upload pics of your ex and the service finds compatible dates with the same facial structure. Soon certain Match.com members will be given the option of upgrading their account to include Three Day Rule. But it doesn’t come cheap. A 6-month package costs – ouch! – $5,000. (Wouldn’t you rather forget that jerk you dated and move on?)
BS AMAZING ANIMAL FACTS:
• Birds learn to choose the best building materials for their nests. (“Hey Redbreast, check it out! I found some rebar in that vacant lot on the corner.”)
– BBC News
• Piranhas enjoy beans and other vegetables. (For instance, they like their human thigh with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.)
– “Quite Interesting”
• Manatees swim by farting. (Makes it tough to reverse.)
BS CHRONOMETER 06.24.14
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1947  Mick Fleetwood, Redruth UK, classic rock drummer (Fleetwood Mac-“Rumours”) COMING UP: The band is touring again, with a 30-date trek beginning September 30th in Minneapolis MN.
1961  Iain Glen, Edinburgh, Scotland, TV actor (‘Ser Jorah Mormont’ on “Game of Thrones” since 2011)/movie actor (“Resident Evil” films)
1979  Mindy Kaling (Chokalingam), Cambridge MA, TV actress (“The Mindy Project since 2012, “The Office” 2005-13)/movie actress (“The Five-Year Engagement”, “Wreck-It Ralph”)
1986  Solange Knowles, Houston TX, wannabe pop singer (“Losing You”, “I Decided”)/Beyoncé’s little sister/amateur elevator boxer
1987  Lionel Messi, Rosario, Argentina, soccer superstar (captain of Argentina’s World Cup team, FC Barcelona)
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Celebration Of the Senses”, when we’re encouraged to treat ourselves to stimulation of each of our 5 senses. What would be the best sensation for each?
• “International Fairy Day”, a holiday for believers, collectors, and the young at heart to celebrate all that is ‘Fae’, and to reconnect with their imagination and child-like wonder.
• “Pralines Day”, saluting the sweet & creamy taste treat made from sugared pecans or almonds. Pralines were invented in France by Marshal du Plessis-Praslin (hence the name). Originally they were simply almonds coated with caramelized sugar.
• “St John’s Day”, commemorating the birth of St John the Baptist, and the 2nd day of Midsummer celebrations in many European countries. It’s variously celebrated as …
– “San Juan Day” in Puerto Rico. Among the traditions: Puerto Ricans go to a beach, walk into the water and walk out backwards 7 times, then throw themselves on the sand for good luck, and finally … jump in for a swim.
– “St-Jean Baptiste Day”, the “Fête Nationale” holiday in the province of Québec and in French Canadian communities across Canada. Besides Québec, St John the Baptist is also the patron saint of auto routes, candlemakers, health spas, road workers, and wool workers.
• “Swim a Lap Day”, the pool equivalent of ‘Walk a Block’, an easily achievable step to getting your fitness initiative underway.
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1994  Disney movie “The Lion King” opens in wide release and grosses $41 million during its initial weekend, a record for an animated film
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
1999  Eric Clapton auctions off 100 of the guitars in his collection to raise money for his Crossroads drug rehab clinic in Antigua (a Fender Clapton named ‘Blackie’ goes for almost $1 million, making it the most expensive guitar of all-time)
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1989  Roseanne Cash’s “I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party” tops the country singles chart, the 1st Lennon-McCartney song to become a #1 country hit
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2010  American John Isner finally defeats Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon in the longest match in professional tennis history (11 hours, 5 minutes of play over 3 days, with a final score of 70-68 after 183 games)
COMING UP . . .
[Wed] Glastonbury 2014 begins (UK)
[Wed] Beyoncé & Jay Z’s “On The Run” stadium tour begins (Miami FL)
[Wed] Summerfest begins (Milwaukee WI)
[Wed] Global Beatles Day
[Thurs] International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking
[Fri] “Transformers: Age of Extinction” opens in movie theaters
This Week Is … Carpenter Ant Awareness Week
This Month Is … Bathroom Reading Month
WORST BS AD SLOGANS FOR AIRLINES:
✗ “Join Our Frequent Near-Miss Program”
✗ “Noisy Engines? We’ll Turn ‘Em Off!”
✗ “Complimentary Champagne During Free-Fall”
✗ “Ask About Our Out-of-Court Settlements”
✗ “Enjoy the In-flight Movie On the Plane Next to You”
✗ “The Kids Will Love Our Inflatable Slides”
✗ “We Might Be Landing on Your Street!”
✗ “Terrorists Are Afraid to Fly With Us”
✗ “We Never Make the Same Mistake 3 Times”
✗ “Bring a Bathing Suit”
BS RANDOM JOKE:
My credit card was stolen but I decided not to report it because the thief’s been spending less.
BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
Female kangaroos have 3 of which?
c. Vaginas [CORRECT]
– “Discover Magazine”
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: Once purchased, almost 20% of THESE are never used.
Answer: Postage stamps.
BS PHONE STARTER:
☎ What current or past song defines Summer for you?
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
The reason a dog is man’s best friend is because he wags his tail instead of his tongue.