March 14 2023

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Tuesday, March 14, 2023 – Edition: #7437

Sheet Happens!


★ “The Last of Us” was officially renewed for a Season 2 by HBO in January, but the creators are planning “more than one season” to tell the much larger story from the video game’s sequel, “The Last of Us: Part II.” The game’s part 2, released in 2020, on which the series is based, tells a bigger, more complex story than part 1. There are many more characters, flashbacks and action set pieces, and the creators of the HBO adaptation, Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, have confirmed that it will definitely take more than one season for the story of part 2 to be adequately told. The creators wouldn’t reveal if the “Part II” story would get 2 or 3 seasons,  but Mazin said, “more than one is factually correct.”
★ Alec Baldwin is being sued again. Following the criminal trial and civil lawsuits arising from the “Rust” shooting, Ahmed Mustafa is suing Baldwin for property damage and personal injury after allegedly being involved in a car crash in the spring of 2021, in which he says serious injuries were sustained. The plaintiff says the accident occurred on Pacific Coast Highway 1 in Malibu, due to “the impatience and negligence of Mr. Baldwin” as he left a shopping center.
★ Prime Video subscribers will have a chance to see “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” in theaters nearly 2 weeks before its worldwide release. Paramount and Amazon are partnering for the first time on the exclusive event, set for March 19. Over 1,200 US theaters will participate. Prime members can purchase up to 10 tickets each. “Dungeons & Dragons” premieres worldwide on March 31.
★ Pedro Pascal wants Prince music to be played at his funeral. “The Last of Us” star is the latest celeb to take on First We Feast’s “Hot Ones” challenge, in which stars eat 10 chicken wings, each prepared with a progressively hotter sauce. Meanwhile, they answer questions from host Sean Evans. Pascal made it all the way through the 10-wing challenge, and on the last one, he was asked about his love for Prince, and why he wants ‘Purple Rain’ played at his funeral. Pascal shared that not only is it his favorite song, it moves him deeply. Quote: “I didn’t go to church. I was raised by HBO, Spielberg and Prince.”
★ “The Flintstones” fans finally have an update on the long-awaited reboot/sequel series “Bedrock”. Fox TV has announced the voice cast for the Elizabeth Banks-produced comedy, including Banks, as ‘Pebbles Flintstone’. Stephen Root will play ‘Fred’, while Amy Sedaris provides the voice for ‘Wilma’, Nicole Byes plays ‘Betty Rubble’, Joe Lo Truglio plays ‘Barney’, and Manny Jacinto stars as ‘Bamm-Bamm’. The new show is set 20 years after the original series. No premiere date has been set.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Seth Rogen, Rachel Zegler, Sunny War
• “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Bryan Cranston, Penn Badgley, Maya Hawke
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Regé-Jean Page, Mae Martin, John Mayer
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): James Spader, Ian McShane, Ms. Pat, Nic Collins
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Bad Bunny, Josh Gad, Samara Weaving, Ellie Goulding
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Chloe Fineman, Danielle Cabral
•  “The Daily Show” (COM): Guest host Kal Penn
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Paris Hilton
•  “The Talk” (CBS): Tisha Campbell
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Christina Ricci, Dr. Rebecca Robins
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Ike Barinholtz, Sarah Ferguson, Billy Porter, TWICE
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Courteney Cox, Melissa Barrera, Tony Dokoupil, Tamar Adler
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Sebastian Maniscalco, Mason Gooding
• “The Bachelor” (ABC): The Women Tell All
• “Gotham Knights” (CW): Series premiere. In the wake of Bruce Wayne’s murder, his adopted son is framed, along with the children of some of Batman’s enemies.
• “FBI” (CBS): The shooting of a federal corrections officer leads the team to an ex-Marine who went rogue after returning from Afghanistan; Tiffany’s sister looks to her for guidance when their younger brother begins to lash out.

• Lewis Capaldi – has announced a “special, raw and honest” feature length music documentary called “Lewis Capaldi: How I’m Feeling Now”. Set for release on Netflix April 5, it will arrive ahead of his second album “Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent”, out May 19.
• (***Watch for dating, following Monday’s ceremony***) The Weeknd – With the 4 Juno awards he picked up on Saturday at the annual Canadian music awards show’s opening night, he’s now tied with Bryan Adams for the second-most Juno wins of all time with 21. Anne Murray is first, with 25.
• Panic! At The Disco — played their final show ever in Manchester, England on Friday. Brendon Urie shared an emotional message on social media, writing: “I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. For the last 18 years, it’s truly been an experience that I’ll always be grateful for…Let’s live every day like it’s our last, babyyyyy!”
• Rival Sons – Their upcoming album “Darkfighter” will now be released on June 2. It was originally slated for March 10. The good news for fans is the group will release another album called “Lightbringer” later in the year. They dropped the single ‘Bird in the Hand’ on Friday. LINK:
• Billy Joel – wishes he could delete “at least 25%” of his songs from the record. He told the LA Times: “I’ve written some real stinkers I wish I could take back.” He specifically named ‘When in Rome’ from 1989’s “Storm Front” and ‘C’etait toi (You Were the One)’ off 1980’s “Glass Houses”.
• The Rolling Stones — A songwriter has launched a lawsuit against Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, claiming the group’s 2020 single ‘Living in a Ghost Town’ is based on 2 of his own compositions. Sergio Garcia – who performs as Angelslang, says he gave a demo CD to “an immediate family member” of Jagger, and that’s how the band gained access to the music.
• Thomas Rhett – had a surprise in store when he took the stage at London’s O2 Arena during the C2C Festival on Friday. He brought pop star Niall Horan to the stage for a duet of Horan’s 2017 hit ‘Slow Hands’. Rhett’s intro for the song: “Me and the band learned this song yesterday. And we rehearsed it this morning. So we’re gonna give you our best shot.” LINK:
• Thompson Square – Friday, they released the summery new song ‘Without You’. Keifer Thompson said of the tune, which hits airwaves May 1: “Sometimes a song comes along that fits so perfectly you know right away that you have to record it – Without You is one of those songs”. LINK:
• Kristian Bush – Friday, the Sugarland founder released the final installment of his 4-album release, “52-This Year”. He says although the songs are ones that he wasn’t able to use on other albums, they “fit like puzzle pieces in a way that complete the picture of me all the way up until this moment.” Bush, whose birthday is today, released a total of 52 songs (one for each year of his life).


The old saying is that “money can’t buy happiness”, but that’s not necessarily true. According to a recent study, money CAN buy happiness…but it depends on the person. Researchers from the universities of Pennsylvania and Princeton found that on average, larger incomes are associated with increasing levels of happiness. But that happiness peaks at US$100,000 a year and then plateaus, according to the study. The researchers said: “The exception is people who are financially well-off but unhappy. For instance, if you’re rich and miserable, more money won’t help. For everyone else, more money was associated with higher happiness.” Oh, and for the happiest people – their happiness kept right on growing with their income – even above $100,000.
(I’ll believe it when I see it. I’m never gonna see it, am I?)
(The good news is that they way inflation is going, pretty soon you’ll be able to make $150K before your happiness levels off!)

Great idea. A life coach says if you’re single, you should take yourself on a date once a week. Chantelle Dyson says there’s no reason not to treat yourself if you’re at a point in life where you’re without a significant other, so go to a concert…go to a restaurant…heck, go on vacation by yourself. After becoming a divorcee at age 26, she decided she didn’t want to miss out on life, and decided to do things on her own and enjoy singlehood. So, she started taking herself on dates to spend quality time alone, such as reading in the park, having a solo movie night and going to concerts. Now she advises others to do the same, and says spending time alone allows people to “truly understand themselves” and have “better success” when they do decide to date. She also suggests that while on a solo date, you set yourself challenges to push yourself out of your comfort zone. One example: “Speak to 5 strangers.”
(Why would I want to ruin a perfectly nice time?)
(The only problem is we need a catchy slogan to encourage people to go on a weekly “me” date. Hmmm…no, I don’t believe “Take yourself out” is quite appropriate!)

Although we’ve always been told that wisdom comes with age, 1 in 9 seniors say they still don’t have life figured out. A survey of 2,000 Americans 64 and older dispels the idea that older people have all the answers – even though more than half said that everyone expects them to. 54% of seniors said they feel like there’s “always” or “often” pressure on them to make the best decisions, and nearly one-fifth feel that decision-making actually gets harder as they get older (17%). The survey found that older folks used to feel very confident about making large financial purchases and investing on their own, but one-third would now consult others about those decisions beforehand.
(And if they were to ask me about any type financial decision, I’d advise them that they’ll be just fine – if they do the exact opposite of what I tell them to do!)
(This just proves what I’ve always suspected – they more you know, the more you realize you DON’T know!)

⇒ Butter:  It is safe to eat past its best before date as long as it’s been stored properly and doesn’t show any signs of spoilage (mold, change in color or texture). Butter is good for a month after the best before date in the fridge – and up to a year in the freezer. (Sure, it’s safe to eat – but I still can’t afford it!)
⇒ Bread:  Yes, it will go stale, but as long as it’s not moldy, it’s safe to eat. If stale, try toasting it or using it for breadcrumbs. If it has mold – trash it.
⇒ Hard cheese:  It’s usually safe to eat for months after its best before date. In fact, aging actually improves the flavor of many cheeses. Just make sure it’s stored in the fridge, in an airtight container.
⇒ Canned foods:  They’re safe as long as the can is intact and the contents look and smell normal. Keep canned foods in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight or heat.
⇒ Dry cereal:  It doesn’t go bad the same way that things like meat or dairy products do because it is processed, and designed for a long shelf life. Generally, cereal is good for up to a year past its best before date. (The cereal my kids eat isn’t even “good” to begin with!)
⇒ Hard candy:  Good news – That leftover Halloween candy you found under the sofa is probably still good. Candy has a long shelf life because it contains preservatives and is often packaged in a way to prevent contamination.  Sugar also acts as a natural preservative. (And THAT, kids, is why I’m going to live forever!)
(THAT aged well…!)

Keeping up with the latest news can be very bad for your health, according to a study. Last year, researchers at Texas Tech University found that those who obsessively follow the news are more likely to suffer from both physical and mental health problems, including anxiety and stress. Those who constantly check the latest headlines end up with “significantly greater physical ill-being”, that can lead to a vicious cycle where people check for updates more and more often. (This is a developing story…stay tuned for more…!)


• “Ask a Question Day”, an annual observance with the goal of improving our knowledge and lives by asking more and better questions. Such as …
– If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?
– If an ambulance is on its way to save someone and it runs over someone else, does it stop to help?
– What do you say when someone says you’re in denial, but you’re not?
– How do you handcuff a one-armed man?
• “Potato Chip Day”, honoring North America’s favorite snack food. It was invented by chef George Crum (yup, ‘Crum’!) on this day in 1853 at a resort in Saratoga Springs NY after an uppity diner complained the potato slices were too thick. (What’s the best flavored potato chip? Worst?)
• “Save a Spider Day”, a day to appreciate arachnids and the webs they weave.
• “World Pi Day”, as in March 14 or 3/14 or 3.14 … get it? It honors the magic number for circles that expresses the ratio between radius and circumference. (4 years ago today, on ‘Pi Day’, Google announced employee Emma Haruka Iwao had broken the world record for calculating pi, to 31.4 trillion digits, using Google Cloud).
• “Genius Day”, celebrated on the anniversary of the 1879 birth of Albert Einstein. It was him who said, “The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.”
• “Legal Assistance Day, aiming to help us understand the importance of what lawyers do for their communities, by giving people a way to handle and resolve their legal needs. (And a rich source of joke material!)
• “Organize Your Home Office Day”. Studies once showed that an inordinate number of those who work at home still dress in office attire every day in order to ‘get into work mode’. Is that still the case? (At least from the waist-up?)

[Wed] Dumbstruck Day
[Wed] Everything You Think is Wrong Day
[Thurs] Lips Appreciation Day
[Fri] St. Patrick’s Day
This Week Is…Older Workers Employment Week
This Month Is…International Ideas Month

1933 [90] (Sir) Michael Caine (Maurice Micklewhite), London England, movie actor (‘Nigel Powers’ in “Austin Powers in Goldmember”, “Kingsman: The Secret Service”, “The Dark Knight” trilogy) COMING UP… “The Great Escaper”

1933 [90] Quincy Jones, Chicago IL, music producer (Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and “Bad”)/Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 2013)/father of Rashida Jones

1948 [75] Billy Crystal, Long Beach NY, movie actor (“When Harry Met Sally,”, “City Slickers”)/9-time Academy Awards host/stand-up comedian

1951 [72] Rigdon “Rick” Dees, Jacksonville, FL, radio disc jockey (“The Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 Countdown”)/voice artist/actor/recording artist (‘Disco Duck’)

1958 [65] Prince Albert II of Monaco (Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre de Matignon-Grimaldi), Monte Carlo Monaco, Monaco’s 32nd ruler

1970 [53] Kristian Bush, Knoxville TN, country singer-guitarist-mandolin player (Sugarland-‘Stuck Like Glue’, ‘It Happens’)

1986 [37] Jamie Bell, Billingham England, TV actor (“Turn: Washington’s Spies” 2014-2017)/movie actor (“Fantastic Four”, “Billy Elliot”) COMING UP… “Surrounded”

1988 [35] (Wardell) Stephen “Steph” Curry, Akron OH, NBA player (Golden State Warriors – 2-time MVP, 4-time champion, 9-time all-star, 2-time scoring champ, 2015 AP Athlete of the year)

1986 [37] Este Haim, LA CA, rock bassist-guitarist (Haim-‘If I Could Change Your Mind’, ‘The Wire’)

1994 [29] Ansel Elgort, NYC, movie actor (“Baby Driver”, “The Fault in Our Stars”)

2018 [05] Physicist Stephen Hawking (“A Brief History of Time”) dies at 76

2011 [12] Neil Diamond is finally inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, along with Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, Dr John, Darlene Love, and Leon Russell

2021 [02] At the Grammys, Beyoncé wins 4 trophies, making her the most-awarded woman in Grammy history with 28, one more than Alison Krauss (Bey now has 32)

1997 [26] 68-year-old Gordie Howe signs an AHL contract with Syracuse Crunch

2017 [06] The world’s oldest golf club, Scotland’s “Muirfield” votes to admit women as members for the first time in its 273-year history

2020 [03] The longest-ever passenger flight by distance, by Air Tahiti Nui, from French Polynesia to mainland France (9,765miles, 15,715 km), departs, due to COVID-19. And it was a domestic flight!


✓ The word “porcupine” means “spiny pig” in French.
✓ Humans have the same number of hair follicles as chimpanzees.
✓ Women have more taste buds than men.
✓ A study showed that the brains of people who exercise moderately look 10 years younger than those who don’t.
✓ Studies have shown that psychologically, losses are twice as powerful as gains. So winning $100 feels as good to us as losing $50 feels bad.
✓ Ancient Romans left graffiti on Egyptian pyramids saying things like: “I didn’t like anything but the sarcophagus,” and “I can’t read the hieroglyphs.”
-FactSlides, FactRetriever

Best of BS . . .
• The Screen Actors Guild refuses to pay you scale for your role as ‘corpse’ in an episode of “CSI”.
• In the middle of an audition, the director shouts, “Who is this has-been? Get me David Hasselhoff!”
• Even Ryan Seacrest has stopped kissing your butt.
• In the credits, you’re no longer “over the title”, you’re under the caterer.
• Your latest co-star was a St Bernard.
• Your last movie shipped ‘direct to landfill’.
• (***Caution***) Your ass is now too big to fit on the casting couch.
–Adapted from TopFive

➠ Sunday, Daylight Saving Time came into effect. (No word yet on how Facebook users were able to cram 24 hours of scrolling into a 23-hour time-frame…)
➠ Paula Deen says she’s ready to lighten up her cooking. (At least that’s what I think she said. Her mouth was full of butter at the time…)
➠ Monday is the first day of Spring. (…which means I have about 5 days to take down my Christmas lights before it gets weird!)
➠ March Madness is here, as teams vie for a chance at becoming National Basketball Champs. (Not sure about you, but I don’t have time to fill out a bracket, because I’m just too busy finishing the Arizona State team’s homework!)
➠ St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. (It is considered the 4th biggest drinking day of the year, just behind New Years Eve, the 4th of July, and Election Night…)

Just a hunch, but I think it got him (sound up):

Don’t be part of the problem. Be the whole problem!

What brand are you most loyal to?

Question:  In a survey asking about the common ways people have wrecked their phones, 42% said they had done THIS. What is it?
Answer:  Put it in the washing machine

A failure is like fertilizer — it stinks to be sure, but it makes things grow faster in the future.


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