Friday, May 12, 2023 — Edition: #7473
100% ‘Grade A’ Bull!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Susan Sarandon was arrested Monday at the New York State Capitol in Albany while protesting for raising the minimum wage for tipped restaurant workers. The 76-year-old actress was one of 8 activists who arrested for disorderly conduct. They were processed, issued appearance tickets, then released. Sarandon is the president of the organization One Fair Wage, which argues that the minimum wage increase not including tipped service workers negatively impacts women and single moms of color the most.
★ It’s been nearly 2 decades since Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis swapped bodies in the beloved Disney classic “Freaky Friday” — and now fans have a reason to celebrate. Disney has confirmed that a sequel is officially “in development, with Elyse Hollander writing the screenplay, and Curtis and Lohan in talks to return.” Freaky Friday was a box-office smash upon its release 20 years ago, grossing over $160 million against a $26 million budget, with many critics raving about the on-screen chemistry shared between Curtis and Lohan. Curtis has very publicly lobbied for a sequel over the past several years.
★ CBS is supersizing 2 of its signature reality franchises: “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race” will permanently expand to 90-minute episodes next season, the network has announced. But keep in mind: there’s a caveat to it all: The writers strike means it’s very likely that primetime won’t look at all like this come September. But CBS says it already has contingency plans in place, including several unscripted series waiting in the wings.
★ Lily Collins’ wedding jewelry has been stolen from a luxury Los Angeles hotel. The “Emily in Paris” star was visiting the spa at the West Hollywood EDITION hotel when her belongings were taken. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s office is investigating, but there was no sign of forced entry where her belongings were stored. Her engagement ring and wedding band were among the items stolen. They were given to her by her husband Charlie McDowell, whom she tied the knot with in Sept. 2021.
★ Dolph Lundgren says he’s been battling cancer for 8 years. Revealing his diagnosis for the first time, the Swedish actor opened up about his fight with cancerous tumors on his kidney and liver on “In Depth With Graham Bensinger,” revealing he was first diagnosed with cancer in 2015. The “Rocky IV” villain says he eventually went into remission, but the cancer came back in 2020, when a doctor gave him a terminal diagnosis, telling him he only had 2-3 years to live. The “Aquaman” star says he went for a second opinion, and subsequent treatments are making his tumors shrink.
★ “The Nanny” reunion may still be happening…after the writer’s strike, according to series star and SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher. In an interview, she also teased that the possible November special could “maybe” become something bigger. She said that once the strike ends, “we’ll be able to go back to figuring out what we want to do for a ‘Nanny’ kind of reunion, maybe backdoor pilot.” Nov. 3 will mark the 30th anniversary of the CBS comedy.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Charlie Day, Padma Lakshmi, Bebe Rexha (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Kieran Culkin, Method Man, Jimin (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Prince Harry, Kal Penn, Big Thief (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Reese Witherspoon, Paula Pell, Michael Solomonov (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen
• “The Talk” (CBS): Kenya Barris, Kevin Alejandro (R)
• “Live with Kelly and Mark” (ABC/CTV): Michael J. Fox, Andrew McCarthy
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Nicole Byer, Toheeb Jimoh, Danielle Kartes (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Hilary Swank, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Jay Shetty (R)
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Russell Westbrook, Nina Westbrook
• “Jeopardy! Masters” (ABC): Games 7 & 8. The 6 highest-ranked current contestants compete.
• “NHL Playoffs” (Check local listings): Florida @ Toronto; Edmonton @ Las Vegas
• “Dream Moms: (HALL): A former singer and a once-aspiring dancer regain their passion to perform as they prepare to compete in a TV talent contest.
• “NHL Playoffs” (Check local listings): Dallas @ Seattle, Carolina @ New Jersey (if necessary)
• “XFL Football” (ABC): Championship game: Arlington Renegades vs. DC Defenders
• “American Idol” (ABC): Disney Night
• “East New York” (CBS): Season 1 finale
• “Fear the Walking Dead” (AMC): Season 8 premiere. Morgan and Madison find themselves back at odds trying to do what’s best for Mo while struggling to accept their new lives.
• “Match Me Abroad” (TLC): Series premiere. After failing to find a soulmate in the US, Americans take the search overseas; Expert matchmakers pull out all the stops to connect these hopeful romantics.
• “NHL Playoffs” (Check local listings): Las Vegas @ Edmonton, Toronto @ Florida (both if necessary)
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Beyoncé – Her “Renaissance World Tour” could make her $2.4 billion in ticket sales alone by the end of September, according to an estimate by Forbes. Tickets for Bey’s first global jaunt in 7 years are selling for up to $700. Her tour began Wednesday in Sweden.
• Billie Eilish — After her 5-year-old SoundCloud cover of Drake‘s ‘Hotline Bling’ started gaining traction on TikTok last month, she has now released an official version. Her 1-minute take on the song is now available on streaming services. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/evw8etw4
• Doja Cat – not only was she named pop songwriter of the year at the 2023 BMI Pop Awards, she has also announced that her upcoming 4th album will be titled “First of All”. No release date yet.
• BTS – Two solo documentaries chronicling the break-out journeys of members J-Hope and Suga will open in theaters June 17. “j-hope IN THE BOX” and “SUGA: Road to D-DAY” will be released to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the K-poppers.
• Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Their story will be turned into a film musical. “Relax” is named after their controversial first single. The group recently played live for the first time in 36 years.
• Sammy Hagar – Jumped onstage to join the Sammy Hagar tribute band Three Lock Box for renditions of ‘Rock Candy’ and ‘Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy’ in Las Vegas. The group’s thrilled singer “Sin City Sammy” asked the crowd: “How often does this happen?” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/58wx4fr3
• Peter Frampton – is the only artist among a pile of guests to be featured on 2 of 30 songs on Dolly Parton’s new “Rock Star” album, out Nov. 17. He performs a duet with Parton on his 1975 hit ‘Baby, I Love Your Way’, and plays the solo on her version of the Beatles’ ‘Let It Be’, which also features Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Mick Fleetwood.
• Kenny Chesney – His tour was set to end May 27, but now, he has stepped in for Morgan Wallen to headline the Gulf Coast Jam June 3 in Panama City FL, and Carolina Country Music on June 10 in Myrtle Beach SC. Wallen is under doctor’s orders to rest his voice for 6 weeks.
• Nate Smith – His self-titled debut album is not only the biggest debut from a new artist this year – it’s also the biggest debut from a new artist since 2020. The collection hit #6 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart and #30 on the Billboard Top 200. He’s currently on tour with Thomas Rhett.
• Jelly Roll – will pull back the curtain on his musical journey in the new documentary “Jelly Roll: Save Me.” Partnering with ABC News, the program, which chronicles the 38-year-old’s struggles with addiction and mental health, and how he draws inspiration from them, will be available on Hulu May 30. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2dstrsmf
SHOOTING THE BULL
THIS WEEK’S MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “Book Club: The Next Chapter” (PG-13, Comedy): Four best friends take their book club to Italy for the fun girls trip they never had. (Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen) Tomatometer: 50%, Audience Score: 86%
• “Rally Road Racers” (PG, Kids Comedy Animated): A rookie race car driver gets the opportunity to compete against the champion of the rally car circuit. With help from a former driver, Zhi must overcome unexpected obstacles to prove he has what it takes to be the next great racer. (Jimmy O. Yang, JK Simmons, John Cleese) No Tomatometer rating.
• “Blackberry” (R, Drama, limited): The story of Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, the men that charted the course of the spectacular rise and catastrophic demise of the world’s first smartphone. (Jay Baruchel, Glenn Howerton) Tomatometer: 98%, Audience Score: 100%
NO SPLITTING THE BILL:
A “solo dining” restaurant has just opened in Toronto, Ontario. Yunnan Noodle Shack bills itself as the city’s first solitary dining restaurant. That doesn’t mean you’re allowed to come and eat alone – it means that’s the only option. Chef and co-owner Andy Su says that everything about the place, including the atmosphere, the music, the service, and even the food are “all just background”, and the restaurant is “there to let you have a conversation with yourself”. Solo diners who drop in will see 25 individual wooden dining stations set up in rows, with dividers separating them from the next diner. A framed QR code brings up the menu. A set of buttons on the table has options for “Bill,” “Call” and “Water.” You can also order and pay online. So, if you’re eating alone, what do you do to stay occupied? You can place your phone into a holder and stream Netflix or YouTube while you eat. Of course…
(Oh. So — just like my teenager at ANY restaurant…!)
(That’s probably exactly where I’d end up on prom night…)
NEWS OF THE WEIRD:
➢ A Michigan man claimed a $25,000 a year for life lottery prize — after forgetting about his winning ticket — twice. 70-year-old Floyd Warstler said that he bought his ticket for the Aug. 13 Lucky For Life drawing at a gas station, but he forgot about the ticket for a month. About a month later, he realized he’d never checked it, and when he scanned it at a store, he got a message to make a claim at the lottery office. He figured he might have won about $5,000. Later, his girlfriend spotted the ticket in his car, checked the number online, and told him he’d won $25,000 – a year for life! Unbelievably, he still didn’t claim his prize for a few more months because they “went south for the winter a few days later”. Warstler took his prize as a $290,000 lump sum, which he plans to invest. (…if he ever gets around to it…)
➢ A trio of thieves knew something wasn’t ‘right’ after pulling off one of the dumbest heists in history – 220 sneakers of various brands, all for the right foot. The misstep occurred on April 30, at a sports goods store in Peru. At around 3:30 am, the men managed to cut the padlocks at the back of the store and steal 3 large crates filled with sneaker boxes. What the thieves didn’t realize was that all the shoeboxes they took only contained sneakers for the right foot, because the owner had prepared the crates to have the footwear displayed at a local sports goods fair. Police suspect the thieves have hidden their haul, as there’s no way they can sell the sneakers on the black market. (The problem is this: The store owner can’t sell all his LEFT sneakers either!)
FROM THE BS POLL VAULT:
A statistical look at who we are and the things we do, with Mother’s Day in mind . . .
• 81% of women 40-to-44 years-old are mothers.
• 14% of women have broken up with a man because they didn’t like his Mother.
• 18% of us say we have quit a job because our Mother told us to.
• 60% of moms say the best way to discipline their kids is to take away their video games.
• 24% of consumers shopping for “Mother’s Day” will buy their gifts from discount stores.
• 11% of moms end their childbearing years with 4 or more children.
• 12% of Mothers admit that what they want most for Mother’s Day is the day to themselves.
-First published in BS in 2022
DID YOU KNOW?
Milk is a better drink for hydration than water, according to a new study. Researchers at Scotland’s St. Andrews University compared the hydration responses of several different drinks, finding that while water does a pretty good job of quickly hydrating the body, beverages with a little bit of sugar, fat or protein do an even better job of keeping us hydrated for longer. (Still looks funny when you douse your face with it, though…)
BS CHRONOMETER 05.12.23
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “International Nurses Day”, a highlight of “Nursing Week” that commemorates the 1820 birth date of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. Here’s to you, RNs, NPs, and all nurses!
• “Limerick Day”, celebrating the 1812 birthday of Edward Lear, author of the first collection of limericks, “The Book of Nonsense”. (Some ‘Loony Limericks’ here: LINK: https://tinyurl.com/4dd2ahun )
• “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day”, promoting awareness of the syndrome officially known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, or ‘M-E’. Today is also “Fibromyalgia Awareness Day”, a similar malady that can cause debilitating fatigue, sleep disturbance, and joint stiffness.
• “Odometer Day”, a reminder that odometers help us anticipate the lifespan of our cars and remind us to schedule maintenance (in hopes that our cars will “go that extra kilometer” for us…)
• “Nutty Fudge Day”, fudge is a confection made with ingredients like butter, sugar, corn syrup, condensed milk, marshmallow creme, vanilla, and chocolate. Nuts can be added as well, as they are today, for it is Nutty Fudge Day! The ingredients are cooked and then beaten until soft, creamy, and smooth.
• “Canadian Tulip Festival”, begins, running through May 22 in Canada’s Capital Region of Ottawa-Gatineau. The world’s largest tulip festival is thanks to a gift of 100,000 tulip bulbs from Dutch Princess (later Queen) Juliana in 1945 as thanks for providing her a home during WW2. LINK: https://tulipfestival.net/
• “Tulip Day”, celebrated in several countries to welcome Spring. It’s a good excuse to drop by your favorite florist and pick up a tulip bouquet — but don’t expect their floral scent to enhance your home … tulips are virtually fragrance-free.
• “Hummus Day”, celebrated since 2012 to salute the spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and garlic. (The stuff also makes a good wall spackling.)
• “Leprechaun Day”, dedicated to the wee elves of Ireland. According to folklore, if you catch one, he has to give you his pot of gold. (We just hope it’s not full of sham rocks!)
• “Apple Pie Day”, The first apple pie recipe was printed in England in 1381. Ingredients included good apples, good spices, figs, raisins, pears, saffron and cofyn (a type of pastry crust).
• “Cough Drop Day”, they’re sometimes known as throat lozenges because they were originally shaped like lozenges, or diamonds. They have also been called troches, cachous, and cough sweets. (Today, have a couple, whether you’re sick or not!)
• “Frog Jumping Day”, dedicated to frogs that jump, and jumping like a frog, and frog jumping contests, and Mark Twain’s short story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” which appears to be the inspiration for the day.
• “Mother’s Day”, in some 60 countries including USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and most of Europe. The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at a church in Grafton WV. More North Americans eat out on “Mothers Day” than any other special occasion. (No reservations? Forget it.)
• “Dance Like a Chicken Day”, Everybody do the chicken dance now: “Dadda dadda dadda dah, dadda dadda dadda dah, dadda dadda dadda dah duh duh duh duh…” (Poultry in motion?)
• “Buttermilk Biscuit Day”, before the American Civil War, biscuits emerged as an inexpensive addition to meals. This sturdier bread product soon became popular, as people realized it absorbed the gravy on the plate better than plain bread. Soon, the new family favorite, ‘biscuits and gravy’, was created.
• “National Underground America Day”, honoring the 6,000 or so North Americans who make their homes not only on Earth, but in it. Underground America Day began in 1974, when architect Malcolm Wells came up with the idea.
• “Stars and Stripes Forever Day”, the anniversary of the first public performance of ‘The Stars and Stripes Forever’. It was first performed May 14, 1897 in Philadelphia, on the occasion of the unveiling of a statue of George Washington.
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1948  Steve Winwood, Birmingham England, rock singer/keyboardist (‘Higher Love’, ‘Roll With it’, Spencer Davis Group-‘Gimme Some Lovin’, Traffic, Blind Faith) Rock Hall of Fame w/Traffic, 2004
1950  Billy Squier, Wellesley MA, rock singer-guitarist, (‘The Stroke’, ‘Everybody Wants You’)
1955  (Leon) Kix Brooks, Shreveport LA, country singer (Brooks & Dunn- ‘Boot Scootin’ Boogie’, ‘My Maria’)
1959  (Irving) ‘Ving’ Rhames, NYC, movie actor (“Mission: Impossible” films, “Pulp Fiction”) COMING UP… “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One”, 2023
1962  Emilio Estevez, Staten Island NY, movie actor (“Breakfast Club”, “The Outsiders”, “Mighty Ducks” movies)/brother of Charlie Sheen, son of Martin Sheen. COMING UP… “Guns 3: Alias Billy the Kid”
1968  Tony Hawk, Carlsbad CA, pro skateboarder (became a star for redefining vertical skateboarding, founding skateboard company Birdhouse, and launching a successful video game series)
1969  Kim Fields, NYC, TV actress (‘Tootie’ on “The Facts of Life” 1979-88, “Living Single” 1993-98)
1978  Malin Akerman, Stockholm Sweden (raised Niagara-on-the-Lake ON), TV actress (‘Lara Axelrod’ on “Billions” 2016)/movie actress (“Rock of Ages”, “Friendsgiving”)
1978  Jason Biggs, Pompton Plains NJ, movie actor (“American Pie” movies)/TV Actor (“Orange is the New Black” 2013-19)
1981  Rami Malek, Los Angeles CA, TV actor (‘Elliot Anderson’ on “Mr. Robot” 2015-19)/movie actor (Best Actor Oscar for “Bohemian Rhapsody”) COMING UP… “Oppenheimer”, 2023
1986  Emily VanCamp, Port Perry ON, movie actress (“Captain America: Civil War”, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”)/TV actress (“Revenge” 2011-15)
SATURDAY — Harvey Keitel (“Reservoir Dogs’) is 84; Stevie Wonder (‘Superstition’) is 73; ex NBA player Dennis Rodman is 62; Stephen Colbert (“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”) is 59; Darius Rucker (Hootie & the Blowfish) is 57; Mickey Madden (Maroon 5) is 44; Iwan Rheon (“Game of Thrones”) is 38; Lena Dunham (“Girls”) is 37; Robert Pattinson (“Twilight Saga”) is 37; Morgan Wallen (‘More Than My Hometown’) is 30
SUNDAY — George Lucas (“Star Wars”) is 79; Danny Wood (New Kids on the Block) is 54; Cate Blanchett (“The Hobbit”) is 54; Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”) is 52; Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) is 44; Facebook founder & CEO Mark Zuckerberg is 39; Dustin Lynch (‘Cowboys and Angels’) is 38; Miranda Cosgrove (“iCarly”) is 30
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1956  According to the show, ‘Homer Simpson’ of “The Simpsons”, is born in Springfield
2008  NBC announces Jimmy Fallon will succeed Conan O’Brien as host of “Late Night” (He hosts the show 2009-14)
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2008  Neil Young has a spider named for him. The recently discovered species is called ‘Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi’
2013  After Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield records the David Bowie song ‘Space Oddity’ while on the International Space Station, his rendition is posted to YouTube, and quickly garners millions of views
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1941  Konrad Zuse presents the “Z3”, the world’s first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ Earth spins at a speed of about 1,000 mph (1,609 km/h).
✓ Earth travels around the sun at a speed of 67,000 mph (107,826 km/h).
✓ In the script, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s classic “Terminator” line was “I’ll come back.”
✓ Overly tight ponytails (and manbuns) can cause bald spots.
✓ Rabbits can growl, hiss, and purr like a cat.
✓ Depending on who is sniffing, a man’s sweat can smell like urine, flowers, vanilla…or sweat.
-BathroomReadersInstitute, How Come?
BS WHACK ‘MOM’ FACTS:
✓ An unborn baby can recognize its mother’s voice.
✓ A mother orangutan never puts her babies down and typically nurses them for 6 or 7 years.
✓ On average, moms take 2 minutes 5 seconds to change a diaper, equivalent to about three 40-hour work weeks each year. Fathers take an average of 1 minute 36 seconds.
✓ The mother who gave birth to the heaviest baby was in 1955. Her newborn weighed 22 pounds 8 oz (10.2 kg).
✓ The world record for the oldest mother is held by 74-year-old Erramatti Mangayamma of India, who gave birth to twins in 2019, after IVF treatments.
✓ The first thing a baby vocalizes is “ma”. So you, in effect, named your mother.
Best of BS…
What sayings that your mom kept repeating do you now find fall out of your mouth when you’re speaking to your own kids? How about …
• A little soap and water never killed anybody!
• Bored! How can you be bored? I was never bored at your age.
• And where do you think you’re going?
• Don’t put that in your mouth, you don’t know where it’s been!
• Clean up after yourself, I’m not the maid!
• You won’t be happy until you break that, will you?
• Don’t make me come in there!
• How do you know you don’t like it if you haven’t tasted it?
• Beds are not made for jumping on.
• If I’ve told you once I’ve told you a thousand times …
-First published in BS 2005
BS WAYS TO MAKE NHL PLAYOFFS MORE EXCITING FOR NON-HOCKEY FANS:
• Only guys named ‘Stanley’ get to wear a cup.
• New snack bar item … players’ missing teeth dipped in fudge.
• Make players dress up as their favorite ‘Disney’ character.
• Goalie gloves full of angry hornets.
• Sharpen players’ sticks to a point.
• Zamboni cleans ice DURING the 3rd period.
• Naked penalty shots.
-First published in BS 1998
BS WEB GOODIE:
BS RANDOM JOKE:
My Mom has gossip dyslexia. She talks in front of people’s backs.
BS PHONE STARTER:
Who’s the all-time best TV mom?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: 14% of kids under the age of 12 say they think THIS is the hardest thing about being a Mommy. What is it?
Answer: Taking care of Dad!
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
A mother is she who can take the place of all others — but whose place no one else can take.