Wednesday, May 31, 2023 – Edition: #7485
The BS Press!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Lisa Rinna is talking about her “Real Housewives” exit. In a new interview with ES Magazine, the former “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star explained that she left the show last year because her life had become too “volatile”, and she and her family were even receiving death threats. Rinna said the “didn’t want to live like that”, saying: “The way the fanbase reacts to the show now is not how it was when I first started.” Being on the show for 8 seasons had also begun to seriously impact her family. Rinna said in addition to the death threats, she was seeing “Some of the most horrible things I’ve ever seen in print in my life, and it’s a reality show! It’s a stupid show!” She added that she’s not “sure how much longer that can exist in the zeitgeist, to be honest with you.”
★ These may be the waning days of the scripted cable blockbuster show, but nonetheless, the most-watched entertainment show of the just-completed 2022-2023 TV season was “Yellowstone”, according to just-released figures reported by Variety. In its list of America’s most-watched shows of the 2022-2023 season, NBC’s “NFL Monday Night Football” came in at #1, averaging just over 18 million viewers. Paramount’s Yellowstone was second, averaging about 11½ million, followed in the top-5, in order, by ESPN’s “Monday Night Football”, “NCIS” and “FBI”. Just in case you’re wondering, “American Idol” ranked #23, with an average of 6.7 million viewers.
★ Kourtney Kardashian is throwing more fuel on the sibling rivalry drama – by allegedly trying to get her own show — all about her! The mom of 3 wants her real life with husband Travis Barker, showcased on a reality show spinoff of “The Kardashians”. And Radar Online says the 44-year-old knows how to make it work. She is supposedly planning to capitalize on trying to have a baby with Barker. The publication claims: “She’s desperate to have a baby, but she’s also hugely cash-hungry and willing to use it to make money.”
★ “Shark Tank” and ‘Dragons’ Den” star Kevin O’Leary is taking aim at Target’s decision to launch a Pride collection in its stores amid reports that the retailer has lost $10 billion in market value in 10 days. The entrepreneur, also known as ‘Mr. Wonderful’, sounded off on Fox news, saying: “When Bud happened, I can’t believe that boards didn’t wake up…Budweiser was the American beer. It took decades to build that brand and they blew it up in 30 hours.” Referring to Target, Leary said its misstep is the reason a lot of companies stay out of controversial areas. Quote: “When you actually get involved in a fight like that, you lose 50% of your constituency.”
★ Benedict Cumberbatch and his family were left fearing for their lives when a man wielding a knife began destroying property and shouting at the actor. Reports say a 35-year-old chef at a luxury hotel kicked his way through the front gate of Cumberbatch’s $3.5 million London property — shouting “I know you’ve moved here, I hope it burns down” while the actor, his wife, and their 3 kids could hear him just outside their doors. The man then pulled out one of the family’s plants and threw it at the garden wall, spat at the intercom and pried it loose with a fish knife. Bissell fled, but was arrested after police found his DNA on the intercom. He’s since been fined and given a restraining order.
★ John Cleese says a scene in the stage show of “Life of Brian” won’t be cut due to modern-day sensitivities. The scene in the 1979 film shows the character of ‘Stan’ – portrayed by Eric Idle – telling his fellow revolutionaries that he now wants to be a woman and demands to be called ‘Loretta’ as he wants to have children. While it has been reported that the scene would be cut from the stage version, Cleese has rejected this, writing on Twitter that at “a table reading of the latest draft…all the actors – several of them Tony winners – had advised me strongly to cut the Loretta scene. I have, of course, no intention of doing so.”
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Chris Hemsworth, Meghann Fahy, Måneskin (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Katie Holmes, Danielle Deadwyler, Anuel AA (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Brett Goldstein, Amanda Warren (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Christopher Meloni, D’Arcy Carden (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Rose Byrne
• “The Talk” (CBS): Sheryl Lee Ralph, guest co-host Irika Sargent (R)
• “Live with Kelly and Mark” (ABC/CTV): Rupert Friend
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Chrissy Teigen, Matt Iseman, Lukas Gage, Easton Corbin (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Kate Hudson, Julie Tremaine, Brendan Kirby (R)
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Viola Davis (R)
• “Homeward Bound: A Grammy Salute to the Songs of Paul Simon” (CBS): Performances from Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Eric Church, Susanna Hoffs, Jonas Brothers, Brad Paisley, and more.
• “Nancy Drew” (CW): Season 4 premiere
• “Expedition Unknown: Unearthed” (DSC): Premiere. Josh Gates travels to Sudan to dive a flooded pyramid; and hopefully unlock the mystery of a civilization that once conquered Egypt.
• “Dave” (FXX): Season 3 finale
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Beyoncé — took to social media to reflect on her 11-year-old daughter Blue Ivy’s surprise appearance at her tour stop in Paris. Beyoncé wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo and videos of Blue Ivy’s cameo: “My beautiful first born. I’m so proud and thankful to be your mama. You bring us so much joy, my sweet angel.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/mwrbf485
• Taylor Swift – The 1975 frontman Matty Healy seemingly teased fans over rumors that he’s dating her. At a weekend festival in Scotland, he said to the crowd: “Is it all a bit? Is it sincere? Will he ever address it? All of these questions and more will be ignored in the next hour. Ladies and gentlemen, this is The 1975.”
• Matchbox 20 – singer Rob Thomas told Yahoo! Entertainment that his incredibly unstable upbringing included an alcoholic mother, an absentee father, and a grandma who sold moonshine and marijuana. Quote: “When I was 10 years old, I was at my grandmother’s house learning how to separate seeds and stems, so I could make dime bags so she could sell weed.”
• Tina Turner – Her widower, Erwin Bach, reportedly plans to transform the $76 million Swiss estate where she died into a museum dedicated to her life and work. The pair bought the sprawling 10-building waterfront retreat, that overlooks Lake Zurich, in 2021. A statue of her is also said to be in the works in her hometown of Brownsville TN, which is already home to The Tina Turner Museum.
• Hollywood Vampires – The supergroup, featuring Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp, has been forced to postponed a number of shows, because of Depp’s ankle injury. Three concerts scheduled for this week (in Manchester NH, Boston, and Bethel NY) will now take place in July.
• Conner Smith — has dropped the chest-thumping anthem ‘How It Looks From Here’. The song, co-written by Smith, Rhett Akins, Josh Jenkins and Daniel Ross, follows the 22-year-old’s hits ‘Take It Slow’ and ‘Creek Will Rise’. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/bdebu4de
• Morgan Wallen – His next single will be the retro-tinged ‘Everything I Love’. The song, which is based on a sample of the Allman Brothers Band classic ‘Midnight Rider’ could become his 10th #1 single at country radio.
• Toby Keith – released the 6-song EP “America” just ahead of Memorial Day. It features Keith fan favorites like ‘Should’ve Been A Cowboy’, ‘Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)’, ‘American Soldier’ and more.
SHOOTING THE BULL
BARE MINIMUM MONDAYS:
By now, we’re all familiar with the new job trend “Bare Minimum Mondays”, where workers do exactly that on the first day of the workweek. The trend promotes a ”gentle start” to the working week by easing the usual pressures and expectations that arise after the weekend. And now, an Australian boss is making sure her employees fall in line. Marketing manager Caitlin Winter, says it’s been ”one of the best decisions she’s ever made” as a boss. She started using Bare Minimum Mondays as a way for staff to take the day at their own pace and to treat themselves with ”space and kindness”, thus setting themselves for a productive week. In spite of the stereotype, she says it doesn’t mean they sit in their “PJs all day in front of the TV”. In reality, “it’s simply a day where we work from home, don’t schedule any meetings, and generally just treat ourselves with a little more space and kindness.” She has noticed that her team’s work has been impressive, with overall happiness and productivity improving.
(So, instead of the ‘Sunday Scaries’, her people get the ‘Monday Melancholies’?)
(Apparently, ‘Bare Minimum Mondays’ is also the summer dress code around here, if you’ve seen the intern lately…)
NEW TO YOU (AND ME…):
❑ If you have a job requiring lots of physical work, you’re probably envious of the heroes of the Marvel Universe, who are not only super-strong, they never seem to suffer from joint pain or sore back muscles. But now, a European robotics company has made it possible for you to enjoy “quote-on-quote” super-strength. German Bionic has developed the Cray X, the first connected power suit for use in industry. The company says the “exoskeletons” help people lift and carry heavy objects by amplifying their movements and thus, significantly reducing the risk of accidents by protecting the lower back from excessive strain.
The wearable, waterproof device fits on like a backpack and is powered by a 40-volt battery. It offsets about 30kg (66lbs.) of weight per lifting movement. It’s made from ultra-light carbon fiber, and the company says it uses A.I. to adapt to a worker’s movements, and also alerts them to poor posture and fatigue. (So, in that respect, it’s just like a mother-in-law!)
❑ Cultivated meat is closer than ever to your dinner table, with a Dutch startup reporting a massive increase in efficiency — that means pork can be grown in just one week. That’s much quicker than on the farm, where a pig is reared for at least 8 months. The people at Meatable say they have smashed their own record of growing pork in 2 weeks, and they’ve “created a product of the highest quality with the expressions of proteins and long fatty acid chains which are essential to give meat its unique pork sensory experience.” That means it has good “mouth-feel”. Meatable creates cultivated meat from just a single animal cell, and the company expects to reduce the time required even further. (Pretty soon, it’ll be fast food!)
NOT DOWN WITH THE SICKNESS:
So, for how long will you fight symptoms before finally admitting that you’re officially sick? According to a survey, more than one in 4 of us sort-of believe we can will our sickness away. A poll of 2,000 adults in the US found that until they have cold sweats or chills (48%), a fever (46%) or see green when they blow their nose (21%), they won’t admit they’re sick. Usually, that means it takes about 2 days of symptoms before they admit they’re unwell. And almost 60% said they have, at some point, used the excuse that “it’s just allergies” (‘tis the season…) when someone asks if they’re feeling OK. The OnePoll survey also found that more than one-third (36%) said they are more likely to carry on and go to work on the first day they feel under the weather, rather than take a sick day. But their healthy co-workers aren’t too impressed: 71% said they feel it’s rude to come to work when you’re sick.
(Of course, that depends on whether that co-worker is the one who has to pick up the slack for you…)
(Hey – Sick days are called that for a reason! Although holidays are pretty “sick” too…!)
HOT WEATHER HACKS:
➢ Build an air conditioner out of a bucket: Transition a 5-gallon bucket into a makeshift air conditioner by attaching a few PVC sections to its edges, filling it with ice water, and pushing air from tiny fan through the top. And it doesn’t hog up a whole window. (Just don’t ‘kick the bucket’!)
➢ Make aloe ice cubes: Be ready for that inevitable sunburn. Pick up a bottle of aloe vera gel and fill an ice cube tray. Remove them as needed to cool off your beet-red skin. (It’s funny, because my usual treatment for sunburn ALSO involves a lot of ice cubes!)
➢ Freeze a sponge: Soak it, toss it in a Ziplock bag, and leave it in the freezer. When you are melting from the heat, take it out and rest it on your forehead or wrists. You’ll cool down without getting soaked, since the sponge will absorb any residual moisture as it warms.
➢ Wear wet socks to bed: For those unbearably hot nights, place a towel at bottom of your bed and slip on a pair of socks you’ve soaked in cold water. Point a fan at your feet and prepare for a prolonged chill to tingle up your spine. (I’d rather be warm than damp, thank you!)
➢ Freeze your pillowcases and sheets: To better fall asleep on those humid nights, stash a few pillowcases in a sealed bag in the freezer and slip them on before you hit the hay. You’ll be surprised how well it works to cool you down. (For an added thrill, try it with your boxers!)
-HuffingtonPost, first published in BS in 2021
DID YOU KNOW?
You’ve heard the old saying about exercise: “no pain, no gain” — but it turns out that might be backward. According to a new study, those who engage in more physical activity end up having a higher tolerance for pain. These findings, from the University Hospital of North Norway, propose that an increasing exercise could be a potential strategy for managing chronic pain. The study author wrote: “Becoming or staying physically active over time can benefit your pain tolerance. No matter what you choose to do, the key is to stay active!” (I prefer “No pain, no pain”…)
BS CHRONOMETER 05.31.23
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Smile Day”, You’ve probably heard that it takes more muscles to frown than to smile. Babies smile about 400 times a day. The average adult? About 20 times. Today, help fix that by smiling as much as possible. (Here’s why: https://tinyurl.com/5n8s84dy )
• “Macaroon Day”, honoring those ooey-gooey coconut cookies that stick to your fillings.
• “Save Your Hearing Day”, something older people often advise younger people to do. But most don’t listen until they reach the point when they can’t. (***See “Today’s Record”, below***)
• “Speak in Complete Sentences Day”, a good excuse to bring up our pet peeve about newscasters who write sentences without active verbs, i.e.: “Police searching for suspects in a kidnapping today.” (NOT a complete sentence [Ha! Neither was that!])
• “World No-Tobacco Day”, as declared by the World Health Organization, to encourage people to kick their butts. (I quit smoking cold turkey. And started putting it on my sandwiches instead…)
• “Meditation Day”, to partake in this mental exercise of private devotion. It uses the techniques of concentration and contemplation to attain spiritual awareness and purification, and to calm the body and mind. (I tried to get a job teaching meditation, but I didn’t have a good inner view!)
• “Autonomous Vehicle Day”, to honor advances in the autonomous vehicle industry, and to recognize the potential opportunities in changing the way the we travel. (As long as they don’t run into any obstacles…)
AND REMEMBER . . .
[Thurs] Children’s Day
[Thurs] Heimlich Maneuver Day
[Fri] Rocky Road Day
[Sat] Family Recreation Day
This Month is…Photography Month
This Month is…Guy Pride Month
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1930  Clint Eastwood, San Francisco CA, movie director (Oscars-“Million Dollar Baby”, “Unforgiven”)/movie actor (“Dirty Harry”, “The Bridges of Madison County”)
1960  Chris Elliott, New York NY, movie actor (“Cabin Boy”, “There’s Something About Mary”)/TV actor (“Schitt’s Creek” 2015-20, “How I Met Your Mother” 2009-14)
1961  Lea Thompson, Rochester NY, movie actress (“Back to the Future”), TV actress (“Caroline in the City” 1995-2000)
1962  Corey Hart, Montréal QC, pop singer (‘Sunglasses at Night’, ‘Never Surrender’)
1964  Darryl McDaniels (“DMC”), Harlem NY, rapper (Run-DMC-w/Aerosmith-‘Walk This Way’, ‘It’s Tricky’)
1965  Brooke Shields, New York NY, model-movie actress (“The Blue Lagoon”)/author (“Down Came the Rain”)/TV actress (“Lipstick Jungle” 2008-09, “Suddenly Susan” 1996-2000) COMING UP… “Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields” documentary, 2023
1976  Colin Farrell, Dublin Ireland, movie actor (“Total Recall”, “Horrible Bosses”) COMING UP… “Sugar” TV series
1991  Azealia Banks, New York City NY, rapper, pop singer-songwriter (‘Chasing Time’)
1991  Farrah Abraham, Omaha NE, reality TV star (“16 & Pregnant”, “Teen Mom”, “Celebrity Big Brother”)/mattress actress
1996  Normani Hamilton, Atlanta GA, pop singer (Fifth Harmony-‘Work from Home’, reality TV contestant (“Dancing With The Stars”- Season 24)
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1990  “Seinfeld,” starring Jerry Seinfeld, debuts on NBC, as “Seinfeld Chronicles”
2000  “Survivor” debuts as a 3-month Summer show on CBS (Richard, Rudy, Susan, Sean, Colleen, Kelly, Greg, and Gervase quickly become household names). Season 44 wound up last week
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2014  Michael Jackson becomes the first artist with Top 10 hits in 5 consecutive decades as ‘Love Never Felt So Good’ reaches #9
2014  Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ becomes the first video to reach 2 billion views on YouTube (now over 4.8 billion)
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1976  The Who sets the Guinness Record for ‘Loudest Concert’, putting out a total of 76,000 watts of power at 126 decibels (no wonder it’s “Save Your Hearing Day”). Guinness no longer certifies this record.
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ The stickers on fruit are edible. The glue is also FDA approved.
✓ Apples are part of the rose family.
✓ If you’re feeling nervous, chew gum. Your brain will reason that you’re not in danger because you wouldn’t be eating if you were.
✓ The man with the world’s deepest voice can make sounds humans can’t hear – but elephants can.
✓ Only a quarter of the Sahara Desert is sandy.
✓ Turkeys can blush.
Best of BS . . .
BS STUPID QUESTIONS AT THE DRIVE-THRU:
• Can I take your order?
• Do you guys deliver?
• Can we start with an appetizer?
• What do you mean, you don’t serve spinach here? This is Popeye’s, right?
• Can I drive back thru when I need a refill?
• How much are the ‘dollar menu’ items?
• Can I get some rum in my Coke?
• Is this healthy?
• Could I get 10 mayo packs, 7 relishes, 16 Ketchup packets and a napkin please?
• . . . And can I get that to go?
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2018
TODAY’S SCOOP OF BS:
➠ A report claims that global warming could be drastically slowed if we all worked less. (Pretty sure that makes King Charles is the “Greenest” person on earth…)
➠ Madison Square Garden opened on this date in 1879. (Up until then, New Yorkers had to make due with circular gardens…)
➠ Scientists say people’s heads are getting bigger. (Why? I’m sure it has to do with reading all those brilliant Facebook posts…)
➠ Video games can help relieve pain, improve your eyesight and even help battle depression, says a report. (That’s odd, all those same symptoms went away for me, once I kicked my video-game-playing 20-something out of the basement…)
➠ Scientists say they’ve developed a type of cannabis that doesn’t get you high. (Because now that we’ve ended world hunger, AIDS and global warming, it’s time to focus on the REAL issues…)
BS WEB GOODIE:
Unclear on the concept: https://tinyurl.com/mvy6ce6s
BS RANDOM JOKE:
Childhood is like being really drunk — everyone remembers what you did, except you.
BS WOULD YOU RATHER?
(***You run down the list while your caller decides which choice is more palatable …***)
• Would you rather be able to control animals, or be able to see into the future?
• Would you rather have to use chopsticks for every meal, or eat with your hands?
• Would you rather have to write everything you say out by hand, or only be able to speak in rhymes?
• Would you rather listen to an annoying laugh for a whole day, or be tickled for one hour?
• Would you rather lose the ability to cry, or cry randomly for 20 minutes every day?
• Would you rather wear a constantly-changing outfit, or a constantly-changing hairstyle?
• Would you rather your only mode of transportation be a donkey, or a giraffe?
• Would you rather have to always hop around on one foot, or always have to squat?
• Would you rather wear a green leprechaun hat every day, or fairy wings?
BS PHONE STARTER:
What’s the best – or the worst thing that you inherited from your parents?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: Two-thirds of those who own one of THESE — have a name for it. What is it?
Answer: A guitar
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Appear as you are, be as you appear.