Wednesday, March 15, 2023 – Edition: #7438
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ After working with Tim Burton on “Wednesday”, Jenna Ortega is reportedly in talks to star in the long-planned “Beetlejuice” sequel. Ortega would star as the daughter of ‘Lydia’, the character played by Winona Rider in the beloved 1988 film. This news comes as Ortega is starring in “Scream VI”, which just had the highest-grossing opening in the franchise’s history. Ortega’s reps have not commented on the reports, but The Hollywood Reporter says production could start as early as late May in London. Burton and star Michael Keaton are both expected to return.
★ Meghan Markle may be resurrecting her old blog “The Tig” for a major comeback. The Duchess of Sussex shut down the lifestyle site following her engagement to Prince Harry in 2017. According to a document filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office, a potentially rebooted version of the website would consist of articles and interviews about a variety of topics, such as “food, cooking, recipes, travel, relationships, fashion, style, interior design, lifestyle, the arts, culture, design, conscious living, health and wellness”. While a relaunch date has yet to be announced, it could be as soon as next week, according to a report.
★ Jimmy Kimmel is setting the record straight on Jenny the donkey’s alleged appearance at the 2023 Oscars. While hosting the Academy Awards, he brought out an animal that he said was the lovable creature from “The Banshees of Inisherin”. On “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, he joked that it was “our emotional support donkey” but it “stirred up some controversy.” True that, as multiple news outlets called Kimmel’s bluff and noted the miniature donkey wasn’t the famous ‘Jenny’ at all. On his show, Kimmel tried to clear things up, saying: “It’s true. It wasn’t Jenny. It wasn’t even a female donkey. The donkey’s name is Dominic. It was a male donkey. We didn’t think it was a good idea to fly a donkey over from Ireland, so we hired an L.A. donkey. Maybe you noticed…the lip fillers and the implants.”
★ From “Desperate Housewives” to… “Real Housewives”? Nicollette Sheridan claims Bravo producers are going all out to cast her on the 13th season of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” She tweeted: “Knocking at my door…how desperate are y’all to have me?” She sent the tweet “@BravoTV@Andy#RHOBH.” She also replied to her own tweet with a GIF of Jack Nicholson knocking on a door in the “The Shining.” Sheridan has some interesting ties to the reality show “Housewives.” She was married to Lisa Rinna’s husband Harry Hamlin from 1991-92, and was also married to Denise Richards’ husband Aaron Phypers from 2015-18.
★ “Barbarian” actor Justin Long and “Superman Returns” star Kate Bosworth sparked engagement rumors with their appearance at the Vanity Fair Oscars party on Sunday, following the awards show. Bosworth showed off a giant diamond ring on her finger as the couple walked the red carpet. Long and Bosworth started dating after making “House of Darkness” in 2021. The couple has not commented on the speculation.
★ “Scream VI” marks the first film of the horror franchise in which Neve Campbell’s ‘Sidney Prescott’ does not appear. But the film’s directors say they still hope she could return in the future. In an interview, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett — of the filmmaking collective known as Radio Silence — shared their position, with Bettinelli-Olpin saying: “We’d never give up on her. We love Neve, and we love Sidney.” Last year, Campbell announced that she would not be part of Scream VI, due to a salary dispute.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): David Letterman, Dominique Fishback
• “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Keira Knightley, Zachary Levi, Rina Sawayama, Nore Davis
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Kamala Harris, Carrie Coon
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Bryan Cranston, Nicole Byer, Nic Collins
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dan Levy
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Danny Pellegrino, Katie Maloney
• “The Daily Show” (COM): Guest host Kal Penn
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Christina Ricci, Ally Love
• “The Talk” (CBS): Christine Ebersole, Susan Stroman
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Keira Knightley, Nicholas Braun, Dr. Becky Kennedy
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Seth Rogen, Jessica Williams, Meena Harris
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Kerry Washington, Tracy McMillan
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Chrissy Metz, Nika King
• “The Conners” (ABC): Dan and Jackie take a road trip to a hardware wholesaler in Oklahoma; Darlene heads out of town and leaves behind a plethora of to-do notes for Becky and Ben.
• “Survivor” (CBS): A budding romance could become an easy target for one tribe; A castaway hopes to convince the tribe of their worth to stay another day.
• “The Masked Singer” (Fox): Sesame Street Night; Two singers are unmasked.
• “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+): Season 3 premiere. AFC Richmond navigates a tougher schedule in the Premier League.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Harry Styles, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Adele and Miley Cyrus – are among the artists featured by animal behavior expert Anna Webb in her personalized playlist for pooches. The idea is to help ease stress for dogs, thanks to the rhythm, beat, or soft vocals in the song. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/4753u5wc
• Drake – has announced dates for his “It’s All a Blur” tour with 21 Savage. The 29-date arena run, his first since 2018, kicks off June 16 in New Orleans. Tickets go on sale this Friday.
• TLC and Shaggy – have announced their co-headlining “Hot Summer Nights” tour, with En Vogue and Sean Kingston as special guests. It begins June 1 in Alabama, making its way around the US and Canada over the next month-and-a-half. Tickets go on sale this Friday.
• Def Leppard – drummer Rick Allen joined Mötley Crüe on stage Sunday to perform ‘Primal Scream’ during their set at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood FL. Allen shared drumming duties for the song with Mötley’s Tommy Lee, with the 2 positioning their drum risers side by side. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/5by43px8
• Lynyrd Skynyrd — returned to the road Sunday for the first time since founding guitarist Gary Rossington’s death. Performance and home videos of Rossington played on the giant screen while the group played ‘Tuesday’s Gone’ in Plant City FL. At the end, the words “Gary Rossington 1951-2023: Your Legacy Lives on Forever” appeared on the screen. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/yc3nsve6
• Morgan Wallen – His new “One Thing at a Time” album has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, with 501,000 equivalent album units in the US. It’s the largest week for any album this year, and the biggest since Taylor Swift’s “Midnights” last November.
• Darius Rucker – has announced his 2023 “Starting Fires Tour”, which kicks off in Roanoke VA on June 15, continuing for 20 more performances across the US. Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors and Drew Green will serve as openers. Rucker is putting the finishing touches on his 11th album, “Carolyn’s Boy”.
• Kelsea Ballerini – wore a surprise accessory onstage Sunday night. While rocking a sparkling gold outfit, shouts from the crowd tipped her off to the fact that a dark-colored ankle sock was dangling from the fringe of her dress. She plucked the sock from her outfit and held it up for the crowd to see, saying, “I feel like Sulley from Monsters, Inc.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/yhe7knv
SHOOTING THE BULL
THE WORD ON PASSWORDS:
If your bank password is the same as your Facebook password, yeah, it’s time to change them both. As you know, using weak or the same passwords across websites can put your data at risk. And with stats showing the average internet user has more than 70 passwords, it’s no surprise that we tend to default to something that’s easy to remember, like a pet’s name or street name. But with some password-cracking bots able to run thousands of character combinations in an attempt at accessing your data, it a good idea to have a strong password. Here’s how to create one, according to an expert: Think of a phrase or a string of words that will be easy to remember. For example: “Flowersgrowoutside”. Then, add in some numbers and special characters. The password Flowersgrowoutside, with a number 3 instead of the “e” and a number “zero” instead of the letter “o”, and with a percent sign at the end, is much trickier for a hacker, human or bot, to crack. [Flow3rsgrow0utside%]
(Also: Impossible for YOU to remember!)
(And I thought they made you include those symbols in your passwords just to drive you crazy!)
WOKE THE KIDS:
Some parents in the UK were left in disbelief after a nursery school chain sent out a handbook urging parents NOT to call their daughters “pretty” or “princess.” Bright Horizons is one of the largest nursery school providers in the UK, with hundreds of locations. Parents of children enrolled there received what is being described by media as a “woke” handbook, advising parents to steer clear of gendered language and to not praise their children for good behavior. The handbook states: “It is so easy to fall into a pattern of praising a girl’s appearance (‘You look so pretty!’), labelling her behavior as ‘good’, or congratulating her when she does something perfectly”, and urges parents to “reflect” on how they are raising their daughters. It’s also suggested that parents “eliminate gender-based references to your child, such as ‘princess’ or ‘tomboy’ or phrases like ‘Young ladies don’t behave that way.’ The guide advises that parents be aware of gendered language – and to fill their homes with “books, toys, and decor that do not conform to specific gender roles.” Parents responded with outrage, with one saying “Bright Horizons is dictating to parents their own political views on how to raise their children.”
(I guess they didn’t have much of a celebration for “International Women’s Day” last week?)
(Pro-tip: It’s also a bad idea to call your SON “pretty” or “princess”!
What do you think? Given the chance, would you keep your partner…but sleep in a different room? Half of us would, according to a new poll. The survey of 2,000 US adults who live with a significant other found that 49% would be willing to try sleeping in a separate bed as a way to get better rest, and this is probably why: The average person who lives with a partner gets fewer than 4 good nights of sleep a week. As for what drives us nuts about sleeping together: When their partner steals the covers comes in at #1 (35%), followed by being awakened by their tossing and turning (35%), when they sleep with the TV on (28%), snoring (28%) and sleeping with the lights on (27%).
(Nothing about crumbs in the bed in there, huh?)
(Having the TV on never bothers me – mostly because I can’t hear it for all that snoring!)
MONEY MISTAKES YOU’RE MAKING OVER AND OVER:
And you may not even realize it…
☞ Not having an emergency fund: This should be your top priority after paying essential bills. Build up 3-6 months’ worth of essential costs for use ‘when’ – not ‘if’ an emergency happens. (For me, it’s not ‘when’ I’ll be able to create an emergency fund. It’s ‘as-if’!)
☞ Having no clue where your money is going: Start looking at your transactions daily and observe where your bucks are going. It’s an opportunity to be more mindful about your spending habits. (I was surprised how much of mine goes directly “out the window”!)
☞ Going all-in on your debts because someone told you to do it that way: Loan payments, credit cards, or line of credit – they all automatically flow through your account without a strategy. If you have debts all over the place, you’re a prime candidate for debt consolidation, which lowers the interest you’re paying and the total amount of payments. (THEN maybe you’ll be able to create that emergency fund someday!)
(Whoo-hoo! Nothing here about visiting Starbucks twice a day. Let’s go!)
DID YOU KNOW?
Those vitamins and supplements you’ve been taking every day for years to improve your health? They’re just a waste of money, a new study contends. Researchers from Northwestern University say their health benefits are mainly in the mind — and some may do more harm than good. The systematic review of 84 studies found “insufficient evidence” that taking multivitamins or single supplements prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer. In fact, the researchers specifically advise against taking beta-carotene supplements because of a possible increased risk of lung cancer. The research team says there’s no “magic set of pills to keep you healthy.” Instead, diet and exercise are still the keys.
BS CHRONOMETER 03.15.23
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Ides of March”, marking the date of the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC, which was a turning point in Roman history. It’s also the tongue-in-cheek observance “National Brutus Day”, recognizing the fact that no matter where you work, there’s as much backstabbing, plotting, and intrigue as there was in ancient Rome. The word ‘ides’ simply means ‘middle’. There’s nothing unlucky about it … unless you’re Caesar.
• “International Day Against Police Brutality”, begun in 1997 as an initiative of the Montréal-based “Collective Opposed to Police Brutality” and the “Black Flag” group in Switzerland.
• “True Confessions Day”, They say confession is good for the soul, so go ahead and spill (***open up the ‘Morning Crew Confessional’ where anonymous callers shed their guilt by admitting their outrageous actions. You can even assign penance!***)
• “World Consumer Rights Day”, initiated by Consumers International to promote the basic rights of all consumers, and to demand that those rights are respected and protected.
• “World Contact Day”, first declared March 15, 1953 by the “International Flying Saucer Bureau”. Today, UFO contact groups unite to collectively try to make peaceful contact with extraterrestrial beings. (Like we don’t already have enough problems here on earth, without looking for more…)
• “Dumbstruck Day”, when someone is dumbstruck, they are so shocked and surprised that they can’t speak. People may be dumbstruck after hearing shocking, amazingly good or amazingly bad news. (Or reading any of a number of Facebook comments…)
• “Everything You Think is Wrong Day”, Maybe it’s a day when nothing goes right and everything seems to go wrong for you. But don’t be dismayed — these types of days happen, and they, too, shall pass. The good news: “Everything You Do is Right Day” is coming tomorrow!
AND REMEMBER . . .
[Thurs] Absolutely Incredible Kids Day
[Thurs] Lips Appreciation Day
[Fri] St. Patrick’s Day
[Sat] Awkward Moments Day
This Week is…Sleep Awareness Week
This Month is…Frozen Food Month
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1935  Judd Hirsch, The Bronx NY, TV actor (“Taxi” 1978-1983, “Numb3rs” 2005-10)
1943  David Cronenberg, Toronto ON, filmmaker (director/writer of “The Fly”, director of “A History of Violence”)/Order of Canada, 2002/Canada’s Walk of Fame, 1999
1953  Frances Conroy, Monroe GA, TV actress (“American Horror Story” since 2011, “Six Feet Under” 2001-05)/movie actress (“Joker”)
1955  Dee Snider, Astoria NY, rock singer (Twisted Sister-‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’)/reality TV personality (“Celebrity Apprentice” 2012)
1963  Bret Michaels (Sychak), Butler PA, rock singer (Poison-‘Every Rose Has Its Thorn’)/reality TV personality (“Celebrity Apprentice” 2010, 2013, “Rock of Love With Bret Michaels” 2007-09)
1968  Mark McGrath, Hartford CT, pop singer (Sugar Ray-‘Fly’, ‘When It’s Over’)/TV host (“Extra” 2004-08, “Don’t Forget the Lyrics!” 2010), reality TV personality (“Celebrity Big Brother” 2018)
1972  Mark Hoppus, Ridgecrest CA, rock bassist-singer (Blink 182-‘All the Small Things’, ‘I Miss You’)
1975  Eva Longoria, Corpus Christi TX, TV actress (“Telenovela” 2015, “Desperate Housewives” 2004-12)
1975  will.i.am (William Adams Jr), LA CA, rapper/music producer (Black Eyed Peas-‘I Gotta Feeling’, ‘My Humps’)
1985  Kellan Lutz, Dickinson ND, movie actor (“The Legend of Hercules”, “Twilight” movies)/TV actor (“FBI: Most Wanted” 2020-21)
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2010  Sacha Baron Cohen marries Isla Fisher in Paris
2017  Disney refuses to cut a gay moment in film “Beauty and the Beast” for Malaysian censors, and instead pulls the film from distribution
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2004  Bob Seger, George Harrison, ZZ Top, Jackson Browne, Prince, Traffic and The Dells are inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
2010  ABBA, Jimmy Cliff, Genesis, The Hollies, and The Stooges are inducted at the 25th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
2019  Sam Smith says he is nonbinary, telling interviewer Jameela Jamil, “I am not male or female. I think I float somewhere in between.”
TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1985  The first Internet domain name, symbolics.com is registered
2002  Liverpool UK international air terminal is re-branded Liverpool John Lennon Airport as Yoko Ono unveils a 7-ft bronze statue of Lennon overlooking the check-in hall
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2010  Sony announces the ‘Biggest Recording Deal in History’, worth more than $250 million, with the estate of Michael Jackson (10 album projects over 7 years, including one of previously unreleased material)
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ Though not commonly used, the day after tomorrow is called “overmorrow.”
✓ Before clocks were common, the terms “deosil” and “widdershins” were used for ‘clockwise’ and ‘counter-clockwise’.
✓ The Atlantic Ocean is saltier than the Pacific Ocean.
✓ Male cats are called ‘toms’, and females are called ‘queens’ or ‘mollies’.
✓ Your lips don’t touch when you say ‘touch,’ but they do when you say ‘apart.’
✓ When he was President, George H.W. Bush banned broccoli from Air Force One and the White House.
Best of BS . . .
BS TIPS ON WINNING YOUR OFFICE MARCH MADNESS POOL:
• Confirm with Siri that basketball is the game with the orange-y ball.
• Pick the team with the tallest players.
• Find out which star players have the least amount of homework due this month.
• Determine which coaches best implement the free-labor model.
• Pick the meanest-looking mascots.
• Don’t pick Howard.
• Remember that the shot clock is longer in college basketball than it is in the NBA, so high-tempo teams can be forced to play out of their element by an opposing coach with a disciplined strategy. Then flip a coin.
–First published in BS in 2017
TODAY’S SCOOP OF BS:
➠ A survey found that 1 in 10 people have had sex at the office. (The other nine? They work in the IT Department…)
➠ A study has ranked McAllen, Texas as the most overweight/obese city in the United States. (What do you expect from a city whose name sounds like a McDonald’s menu item?)
➠ Country superstar Carrie Underwood turned 40 last week. (She’s one of many people who went from “American Idol” to superstardom — along with Kelly Clarkson, Kelly Clarkson and, uh, Kelly Clarkson…)
➠ Monday marks the first day of Spring, and people have already begun throwing out things they just don’t need anymore. (Like winter clothing, their March Madness Brackets . . .)
(***Caution***) ➠ Spring arrives on Monday. (Technically, it’s called the Vernal Equinox. But nobody says that because they don’t want to get their ass kicked…)
BS WEB GOODIE:
Definitely didn’t expect THAT: https://tinyurl.com/wrvksmwz
BS RANDOM JOKE:
I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.
BS U-PICK O’TRIVIA:
• What is the name of the Irish folk song that is commonly associated with St. Patrick’s Day?
a) Whiskey in the Jar
b) When Irish Eyes are Smiling [CORRECT]
c) Danny Boy
d) Where the Streets Have no Name
• What is the traditional Irish blessing often shared on St. Patrick’s Day?
a) “May the road rise up to meet you” [CORRECT]
b) “May the sun shine warm upon your face”
c) “May the wind be always at your back”
d) “May your partner miss your shoes if she be upchuckin’ today”
• Which is a common affectionate nickname for Ireland?
a) Home of the Shamrocks
c) The Emerald Isle [CORRECT]
d) Manly, yes, but I like it too
BS PHONE STARTER:
What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: Health experts say you should wash THESE 2 to 3 times a year, although many of us don’t. What are they?
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
The most courageous act is to think for yourself. Aloud.