Friday, May 6, 2022 — Edition: #7225
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Here’s another sign of the film industry’s return to normal: The summer blockbuster season is set to kick off with a huge Marvel movie on the first weekend of May with “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” And just like the last film to feature Doctor Strange, “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” this one arrives with the sky-high expectations one would expect from a pre-pandemic blockbuster. Projections have “Doctor Strange 2” earning an opening weekend of at least $160 million, with some analysts expecting a figure closer to $200 million. Should those be correct, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” would deliver the biggest opening weekend of 2022 and the second-biggest debut in COVID-19 times. “The Batman” has the biggest opening of the year, with $134 million, and “Spider-Man: No Way Home” ranks as the pandemic’s biggest opening weekend with $260 million.
★ Ray J is claiming that Kim Kardashian and mom Kris Jenner partnered with him to release the couple’s infamous 2007 sex tape — but that may not be entirely true. In an interview, Ray J maintained Kris and Kim hatched the plot to make and sell a sex tape in the wake of the enormous financial success of Paris Hilton’s. Ray J says Kardashian got her mom to give the tape to Vivid Entertainment and he and Kardashian signed a contract for 3 tapes — but only one was made public. But TMZ is quoting sources with direct knowledge as saying Jenner never negotiated with Vivid Entertainment, which distributed the tape in 2007, and that Kim K and Ray J dealt directly with Vivid and its lawyers.
★ Johnny Depp insists that Hollywood has boycotted him, but overseas he’s poised to make a big-screen return. His new film “Jeanne Du Barry”, will be pitched at Cannes later this month. The project would mark Depp’s first feature since 2020’s “Minamata”. Depp will play ‘King Louis XV’, a.k.a. ‘Louis the Beloved’ in a French-language movie directed by Maïwenn, who also stars as the ruler’s mistress. Shooting will take place primarily at the Versailles Palace and is set to begin this summer.
★ Put on your best cabaret attire, because Airbnb is inviting you to spend the night at the Moulin Rouge. The home rental giant has unveiled a select and secluded stay inside the iconic red windmill in Paris that it says “has been sumptuously designed to transport guests back in time to the late 19th century.” The windmill’s interior has been transformed into a Belle Époque-inspired boudoir, reminiscent of the cabaret era. Lucky guests will get to experience a peek behind the velvet curtains, including backstage access to the theater, a traditional French meal, the best seats during the Moulin Rouge’s acclaimed show “Féerie”, and an overnight stay inside the iconic windmill, all for just 1 Euro a night. Only 3 overnight stays are available, and alas, they’re booked.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Sophie Turner, Tom Pelphrey, Moses Storm
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Chris O’Donnell, Elvis Costello
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Tiffany Haddish, Chloë Sevigny, Katrina Lenk, Aric Improta (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Adam Scott, Joachim Trier, Maria Bamford (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Jane Fonda, guest co-host Lindsey Granger
• “The Talk” (CBS): Montell Jordan
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Elizabeth Olson, Steve Patterson
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Cynthia Erivo, guest host Tiffany Haddish
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Xochitl Gomez, Benedict Wong
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Brooke Shields, Neil Patrick Harris, Benny Drama, Aly Raisman
• “Magnum P.I.” (CBS): Season 4 finale
• “Sheryl” (SHOWTIME): Sheryl Crow rises to superstardom and finds a way to turn even her darkest experiences into captivating, timeless work — creating a legacy that continues to inspire and influence.
• “Inspiring America: The 2022 Inspiration List” (NBC): Honoring extraordinary individuals who have made an impact during the last year. Hosted by Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb.
• “Warming Up to You” (HALLMARK): A fitness expert must get a movie star into shape before he shoots his next film.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Host Benedict Cumberbatch, with musical guest Arcade Fire
• “American Idol” (ABC): Live, Top 7
• “Call the Midwife” (PBS): Season 11 finale
• “Love Match Atlanta” (BRAVO): Series premiere. A glimpse into the personal and professional lives of 5 of Atlanta’s hottest matchmakers and the competitive and drama-filled matchmaking industry.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Post Malone – The 26-year-old is expecting his first child with his girlfriend, whom Malone hasn’t identified publicly. Quote: “I’m excited for this next chapter in my life, I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.” He’s also gearing up for the June 3 release of his new album “Twelve Carat Toothache”.
• Billie Eilish — has announced the climate-focused event “Overheated”, a multi-day event featuring climate activists, musicians, and designers at venues across The O2 arena. As well as panel discussions, Overheated will host live performances, screenings of a documentary, and “climate action opportunities”. Eilish and brother Finneas will appear June 10, with a TBA keynote speaker.
• Madonna — will look back on decades of dance hits on the upcoming retrospective album “Finally Enough Love”, out Aug. 19. It celebrates her history-making run on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart, where she has a record 50 chart toppers, the most #1s on any single Billboard chart. It will be available in both a 16-track and a 50-track deluxe version, named “Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones”.
• Sammy Hagar – says his next album won’t sound “remotely country,” despite working with Nashville producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile). While Hagar’s plan was to make an “Americana record, a little bit less hard rock”, Cobb told him: “I wanna make the record I grew up on, I wanna hear you and Mikey [Anthony] sing like you did in ‘Top of the World’ with Van Halen.”
• Brittany Spencer – will perform the national anthem at the 148th Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Fresh off her performance at the CMA Awards, Spencer’s performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” will be broadcast on NBC and take place in front of 150,000 fans attending the Run for the Roses.
• Garth Brooks – The earth was literally shaken as he and an audience of over 102,000 sang in unison during his Saturday show at Louisiana State University’s Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. In fact, the scene was so raucous, it registered as a small earthquake on LSU’s official seismograph. The song he was performing when the alarms starting sounding? ‘Callin’ Baton Rouge’, of course.
• Kacey Musgraves — has recorded a version of Elvis Presley’s 1961 classic ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ for the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic “Elvis”, starring Austin Butler. The film is set to premiere at Cannes this month.
SHOOTING THE BULL
TODAY’S MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” (PG-13, Action/Adventure): Dr. Stephen Strange casts a forbidden spell that opens the doorway to the multiverse, including alternate versions of himself, whose threat to humanity is too great for the combined forces of Strange, Wong, and Wanda Maximoff. (Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Rachel McAdams)
• “Happening” (R, Drama-limited): An adaptation of Annie Ernaux’s novel, looking back on her experience with abortion as a student when it was still illegal in France in the 1960s. (Anamaria Vartolomei)
• “The Twin” (R, Horror-limited): Following a tragic accident that claimed the life of one of their twins, Rachel and Anthony relocate to the quiet Scandinavian countryside with their surviving son. But when Rachel begins to unravel the torturous truth about her son, she confronts the forces that are trying to take hold of him. (Teresa Palmer, Steven Cree)
⇒ If you’ve ever wondered just where your cat runs off to when he/she ventures outdoors, wonder no more. According to new research from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, not very far at all. Scientists used GPS technology to track nearly 100 cats in Norway, and the results suggest home is where the heart is – even for cats. On average, the cats spent 79% of their time outside within 50 meters (164 feet) of home. And for all cats, the average maximum distance from home recorded was 352 meters (1,155 feet). A few felines, however, ventured as far as several kilometers away. (Those would be the ones whose owners told them to “stay close”…)
⇒ Animal researchers admit they’re “surprised” by the results of a new study revealing how often you should feed your dog. The study, an analysis of data collected by The Dog Aging Project since 2019, covers 10,000 dogs of all ages, sizes and breeds. The researchers looked for associations between diet and health conditions such as skin, orthopedic, kidney, urinary, liver, cardiac, and neurological disorders. And here’s where the surprise comes in: Dogs fed just once a day have fewer health issues and better cognitive scores, compared to dogs fed more frequently. (The study was financed by something called “The International Brotherhood of Vengeful Kitties, Who Happen to Have Access to Food All Day Long, So Suck it, Rusty”!)
NEWS OF THE WEIRD:
➢ A Florida woman celebrated her 100th birthday by trying something new — jumping out of a plane. Raymonde Sullivan, who served on the front lines as a nurse in World War II, took to the skies Monday on a tandem skydive. When asked about it by a TV reporter, she said: “I had never done it, and I’ve done a lot of things in 100 years so I thought I must do it while I can.” Sullivan also decided her first time skydiving would also be her last, saying: “It’s scary.” (The worst part was when they began to fall, and the guy she was strapped to yelled in her ear: “So, how long have you been an instructor?)
➢ An American family caused a scare at Israel’s main airport after presenting an unexploded bomb shell as a souvenir at security. A member of the family, whose names have not been revealed, had picked it up as a souvenir on a visit to the Golan Heights. Witnesses say the man simply took it out of his backpack and showed it to security staff, asking if it could be put in a suitcase. A security officer ordered the area cleared and panic ensued immediately. Video footage shows people shouting and fleeing the check-in area or simply taking cover on the floor. (Is this what they mean by “carrying-on”?) LINK: https://youtu.be/MYR0CDz_UaU
FASCINATING MOTHERS DAY FACTS:
• $126,725: Annual salary you would have to pay someone in 2022 to perform the tasks mothers do at home, according to a calculation by Insure.com.
• $4.1 billion: Estimated tab for special Mothers Day outings, like dinner or brunch (US).
• $2.2 billion: Amount expected to be spent on flowers (US).
• $220: The average amount adults spend on Mother’s Day. Sons tend to spend 24% more than daughters.
• 2 billion: Number of mothers in the world.
• 27: Average age at which a mother had her first child in 2020, up from 24.9 in 2000.
• 14: Hours per week the average mom spends cooking.
• 7,300: Average number of diaper changes a mom does by a baby’s 2nd birthday.
• 4.6: Babies born every second worldwide.
• 69: Highest recorded number of children born to one mother.
• 74 years: Oldest recorded age for a mother to give birth.
• 22 pounds, 8 ounces (10.2kg): Heaviest recorded birth-weight for a baby.
-CNBC, ReadersDigest, Town&Country
DID YOU KNOW?
Co-workers who wear designer brands are less likely to be seen as team players, according to a new study. The American Psychological Association reports that people who do not show off their wealth and social status appear more cooperative and willing to collaborate with others. While previous research has found that people who flash luxury brands and how well-off they are appear more disciplined, intelligent, and competent, the new research suggests co-workers perceive those with high social status as someone who cares more about their self-interest than helping others.
BS CHRONOMETER 05.06.22
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “International No Diet Day”, created in 1992 by UK advocacy group Diet Breakers to help people appreciate the body they have. (In my case, because no one else does…)
• “No Homework Day” … not sure why or who started it, but c’mon, teach’, be a sport! (When’s “No Housework Day”?)
• “Tourist Appreciation Day”, a highlight of “Travel & Tourism Week”, when we’re encouraged to consider all the things tourism brings to our communities. (Let’s see … crowds, litter, traffic jams, people wearing sandals with socks …)
• “National Nurses Day”, raising awareness of the great contributions and commitment of nurses, and to acknowledge the vital role they play in society. National Nurses Week begins today and ends May 12 the birthday of Florence Nightingale (May 12, 1820). Nurses are more likely to sustain a work-related back injury than construction workers, and they walk an average of 5 km (3 miles) per shift. (So, stop hitting the “nurse call” button so much!) [***Nurses Week is May 9-15 in Canada***)
• “Beverage Day”, a chance to kick back with your favorite beverage and enjoy the day. (I’ll try to have one of each…)
• “International Space Day”, dedicated to the extraordinary achievements, benefits, and opportunities in the exploration of space. The goal is to promote math, science, technology, and engineering education in young people, in hopes of inspiring them to pursue a career in science, specifically space-related jobs.
• “No Pants Day”, is an unofficial holiday that occurs on the first Friday of May. Celebrated mostly in the US, it calls for participants to act as if wearing only undergarments on their lower half is a normal thing to do.
• “National Cosmopolitan Day”, typically made with vodka, lime and cranberry juices, today there are many delicious variations of the Cosmo.
• “National Tourism Day”, part of “Travel & Tourism Week”. For municipalities to promote their area or region. Municipalities and entertainment venues big and small use today to let people know about activities and events in their area. (By the way, “World Tourism Day” happens every September.)
• “Provider Appreciation Day”, celebrating childcare workers, including teachers, nannies, and caregivers, all of who are essential workers in helping working parents to provide for their families.
• “Free Comic Book Day”, the 1st Saturday in May each year, when participating comic book shops around-the-world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes in.
• “Kentucky Derby”, the first jewel in the Triple Crown of horse racing, in Lexington KY. Brittney Spencer will sing the anthem ahead of the 148th annual ‘Run for the Roses’. The purse for 2022 is US$3 million.
• “V-E Day”, Victory in Europe Day, generally known as V-E Day, or simply V Day, is the public holiday celebrated on May 8 to mark the formal acceptance in 1945 by the Allies of World War II, of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender. That marked the end of World War II in Europe.
• “Student Nurse Day”, As part of National Nurses Week, Student Nurses are honored today. Their drive to care, learn, and specialize in nursing will make a difference in the lives of millions in the coming years.
• “National Have a Coke Day”, a day to enjoy a glass of ice-cold Coca-Cola (or 2). Fun fact: cans of coke first appeared in 1955. Some call it ‘soda’. In other parts, it’s called ‘pop,’ or ‘tonic’. (In my family, it’s called ‘mix’!)
• “No Socks Day”, when we’re encouraged to avoid wearing socks to feel less encumbered and help the environment by creating less laundry. (I fail to see how not covering my feet will help the environment in any way!)
• “World Red Cross Day”, celebrating the 1828 birth of Jean Henri Dunant in Geneva, Switzerland, the founder of the International Red Cross/Red Crescent.
• “National Coconut Cream Pie Day”, whether vanilla, lemon, lime, peanut butter, banana, coconut or chocolate, find one today. (And remember: It’s Gilligan’s favorite!)
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1945  Bob Seger, Detroit MI, rock singer-pianist-guitarist (w/the Silver Bullet Band: ‘Old Time Rock & Roll’, ‘Night Moves’)
1955  Tom Bergeron, Haverhill MA, TV host (“Dancing With the Stars” 2005-20, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” 2001-15, “Hollywood Squares” 1998-2004)
1961  George Clooney, Lexington KY, movie actor (“Ocean’s Eleven” movies, Oscar-“Syriana”)/movie director (“Good Night, and Good Luck”)/movie producer (“Michael Clayton”)/TV actor (“ER” 1994-99)
1983  Gabourey Sidibe, Brooklyn NY, TV actress (‘Becky Williams’ on “Empire” 2015-20)/movie actress (“Precious”)
1987  Meek Mill [Robert Rihmeek Williams], Philadelphia PA, rapper (ft. Drake-‘Amen’, (ft. Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown-‘All Eyes On You’)
1993  Naomi Scott, London England, movie actress (“Aladdin”, “Power Rangers”)
SATURDAY- Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead) is 76; Eagle-Eye Cherry (‘Save Tonight’) is 54; Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys) is 36; Aidy Bryant (“Saturday Night Live”) is 35; Alexander Ludwig (“Vikings”) is 30
SUNDAY- Gary Glitter (‘Rock and Roll, Part Two’) is 78; Alex Van Halen (Van Halen) is 69; Bill Cowher (“NFL Today on CBS”) is 65; Melissa Gilbert (“Little House on the Prairie”) is 58; Enrique Iglesias (‘Hero’) is 47
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2004  The much-hyped series finale of “Friends” airs on NBC (52.5 million viewers)
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1965  At a hotel in Clearwater FL, Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones can’t sleep because there’s a tune running through his head. He rolls a tape, falls asleep and wakes up the next morning to find he’s recorded the riff to ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.’
1997  For the first time, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame holds its induction ceremony in Cleveland, where the Hall is located. Inducted are: The Jackson 5, The Bee Gees, The Young Rascals, Joni Mitchell, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Parliament-Funkadelic.
2015  “The Royal Society Open Science Journal” publishes a study on the evolution of pop music that identifies 3 ‘music revolutions’: 1964 (‘British Invasion’), 1983 (synthesizers, samplers, and drum machines), and 1991 (hip hop going mainstream)
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
2002  Entrepreneur Elon Musk founds aerospace manufacturing and space transportation company “SpaceX”
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2013  Walmart revenue exceeds that of Exxon Mobil, making it the largest company by revenue on the “Fortune 500” list (it still is)
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ Amazon has a “two pizza rule”, which stipulates that no meeting should involve more people than can be fed by 2 pizzas.
✓ YouTube was created by 3 former PayPal employees in February 2005. In November 2006, it was bought by Google for $1.65 billion.
✓ Your hair grows faster in the morning than at any other time of day.
✓ Toads don’t have teeth. Frogs do.
✓ Schoolhouses were traditionally painted red because it was the cheapest available paint.
✓ People in nudist resorts play volleyball more than any other sport. (Sorry for the mental picture!)
Best of BS . . .
BS CLEAR SIGNS YOU’RE A MOMMY:
• You have time to shave only one leg at a time.
• You think that a little green jumpsuit with orange elephants on it (and matching hat) is “absolutely the most adorable thing” you have ever seen.
• You know where every bathroom is in every office, store, or building you go into.
• You find yourself cutting your husband’s sandwiches into cute shapes.
• Someone else’s kid throws up at the dinner table. You keep eating.
• You’ve mastered the art of placing 6 different food items on a plate without anything touching.
• You hear your mother’s voice coming out of your mouth when you say, “NOT in your good clothes!”
• You can’t bear to give away baby clothes … it’s so final.
-First published in BS in 2010
BS UNLIKELY FACEBOOK EVENTS:
• The Reopening of MySpace
• Procrastinator’s Anonymous – First Meeting TBD
• Keep Everything To Your Freakin’ Self Day
• Measles Party
• Get Your Personal Information Back From Russian Hackers Night
• Fight Club. Because Rule #5 of Fight Club is “You do not make a Facebook event about Fight Club.”
• Come Find Out More About My Deeply Disturbing Political Leanings.
• Everybody Meet at CVS. We’re Gonna Find That Dude’s Car!
• Farmville Championship
• “Delete Your Facebook Account at Midnight” party
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019
BS U-PICK MOTHERS’ DAY TRIVIA:
• In the vast majority of languages, the word for “Mother” has THIS in common …
a) It is capitalized
b) It begins with the letter ‘M’ [CORRECT]
c) It reads the same backward as forward, as in “Mom”
d) It can be combined with the words ‘army’ and ‘boots’ to create an insult
• According to the old proverb, what is the ‘Mother of Invention’?
a) Necessity [CORRECT]
d) Alec Baldwin’s wife, probably
BS WEB GOODIE:
Totally necessary (sound up): https://tinyurl.com/2p9c6fab
BS RANDOM JOKE:
Motherhood: It takes patience, humor, and a lot of wet towelettes.
BS PHONE STARTER:
“Pulling on the heartstrings” time: What is the biggest sacrifice your Mom made for you?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: When asked “What’s the hardest part about being a Mommy”, 14% of kids said THIS. 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.