Tuesday, May 16, 2023 — Edition: #7475
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BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Jamie Foxx and his daughter, producer Corrine Foxx, will host a new music-centric game show called “We Are Family” for Fox, it was announced yesterday. The new series will premiere in 2024. It will showcase non-famous relatives of celebrities performing duets with their hidden famous family member. The studio audience will be entirely comprised of 100 contestants trying to win up to $100,000 by correctly guessing which celeb the performer is related to. before they are revealed. Jamie Foxx continues to recover from his April 12 “medical complication” which was later confirmed to be a stroke.
★ Sam Asghari slammed TMZ’s “disgusting” TV special about his wife, Britney Spears, ahead of its release last night. In an Instagram video, he said: “I found it absolutely disgusting for the people who were in her life when she didn’t have a voice, they went and told her story like it was theirs.” Asghari took aim at the outlet for putting his wife “under the microscope” when she is finally free from her family and management’s control and encouraged readers not to fall for “clickbait” stories. The bodybuilder-turned-actor’s post came hours before TMZ published a story claiming his and Britney’s marriage, is already in “deep trouble.” after less than a year. The outlet alleged Spears has gotten physical with her husband during screaming matches and that he no longer spends much time at their house.
★ Jeremy Strong may have earned accolades for playing a character with some of the worst daddy issues in TV history, but he’s not drawing from personal experience. The “Succession” star recalled how very unlike ‘Logan Roy’ his own father was in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning. When Strong was 8, his father, David, threw himself in front a speeding car, to protect him. Quote: “There was a car coming, like, 40mph that wasn’t slowing down for the traffic light. So, he picked me up and he threw me outta the way.” Strong said his father was hit by the car, breaking “all the bones” in both legs, and saved his life.
★ Blac Chyna thinks her face was “looking crazy” before she had her fillers removed. The 35-year-old model and reality star – who now wants to revert to her given name of Angela White, made the remark in an Insta video while looking back on old photos of herself. She added about getting the fillers out: “I look so much better,” before saying getting them wasn’t “worth it”. The former OnlyFans star went on: “Ladies, that ain’t the wave… look at (my) lips…Please don’t even do the filler, it is not even worth it. It is not worth it.”
★ Kate Winslet has won the coveted Leading Actress award at the BAFTA TV Awards for her performance in “I Am Ruth”. She has won 3 BAFTA Film Awards during a stellar career but this is her first TV win. Winslet’s heart-wrenching drama, which also won Best Single Drama, explored a relationship between a mother and teenage daughter experiencing severe mental health issues in the social media age.
★ Jimmy Fallon’s successful “Password” revival will return for a second season soon. Production was postponed as the “Tonight Show” host continued to show support for the Writers Guild of America’s strike. He hasn’t hosted a new episode of The Tonight Show since May 2, when the strike began. NBC renewed Password, with Keke Palmer returning as host, and filming was expected to start on the Universal lot, but Fallon is among the stars refusing to cross the picket line.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Viola Davis, Julius Tennon, Brett Goldstein, Daniel Caesar (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Millie Bobby Brown, Michael Imperioli, Tegan and Sara (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Janet Yellen, Rob Delaney (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Courtney Love, John Early, Masa Takayama (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Teresa Giudice, Leslie Bibb
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Rita Moreno, Kelly McCreary
• “The Talk” (CBS): Gabriel Iglesias, Olivia Liang (R)
• “Live with Kelly and Mark” (ABC/CTV): Joel McHale, Alfonso Ribeiro
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Chris Tucker
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): George Clooney (R)
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Jeannie Mai Jenkins, Robin Thede
• “Jeopardy! Masters” (ABC): Games 11 & 12
• “9-1-1: Lone Star” (FOX): Season 4 finale
• “Angel City” (HBO): The first of a 3-part look at L.A.’s professional women’s soccer team.
• “NBA Playoffs” (Check local listings): LA Lakers @ Denver Nuggets
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Ed Sheeran – says he cured his stutter as a child by repeatedly rapping along with Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP”. He had developed the speech impairment after undergoing laser surgery to remove a facial birthmark, which was inadvertently performed without anesthesia.
• Taylor Swift – defended a fan from a security guard during a Philadelphia show over the weekend. During ‘Bad Blood’ she paused to address a security guard, saying: “She’s fine! She wasn’t doing anything!” Then yelling: “Hey, stop! “while continuing to sing. Fans have suggested the security guard who was being too aggressive with a female fan. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/yyv6mhzt
• Buckcherry – Their new album “Vol. 10”, out June 2, includes 10 originals, plus a cover of Bryan Adams’ classic ‘Summer of ‘69’. Why that song? Josh Todd explained it is one of the few covers they perform live, “and our manager caught it one day, and he’s, like, ‘Wow! You guys do this so good. We’ve gotta record this song. This is so cool.”
• Lenny Kravitz – said in a new interview that his next 2 albums are “pretty much cut” and he’s looking forward to going back on the road after his last tour was cancelled midway through due to the pandemic. He also said he’s happy to see today’s Black artists given more artistic freedom, rather than being pigeonholed into one or 2 genres.
• The Pretenders — will release their 12th album “Relentless” in September. Why that title? Chrissie Hynde said: “It’s the life of the artist. You never retire. You become relentless.” The group has just dropped the first single ‘Let The Sun Come In’. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/4hw9hy2e
• Luke Combs – made sure wife Nicole felt appreciated on her first Mother’s Day as a mom. He posted a sweet photo of his wife holding their son Tex, and wrote: “I’ve gotten to spend the last 11 months watching this incredible woman become the most amazing mother in the world. She is strong, patient, kind and I’m so lucky to live my life alongside her.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/5y7mmx4p
• Gabby Barrett – has announced her next single ‘Glory Days’ will be out in June. It will presumably appear on her sophomore album, which she is currently recording, while opening some shows for Kane Brown.
• Keith Urban — is returning to “American Idol” on this Sunday’s season finale as a guest mentor. Urban, who served as a judge on seasons 12-15, will also perform ‘Wild Hearts’ during the program.
SHOOTING THE BULL
How do you feel about being asked to tip for traditionally non-tipping services, like takeaways meals, online purchases…or even, god forbid…for self checkout purchases? The Wall Street Journal did a report on the rise of digital, self-checkout kiosks and how customers have responded to tip prompts. Many people said they were asked to tip workers with whom they had no interaction, and they said they were frustrated with these prompts. Though some were willing to tack on the extra fees, the majority said tip cues are confusing — and many said they were unsure where the money was going. Examples: A customer who took a beer from a self-service beer fridge at San Diego’s Petco Park (stadium), was asked to include a tip in his payment. And a traveler who said he was prompted to include a 10-20% tip on a $6 bottle of water at an airport gift shop called the ask a “bit of emotional blackmail”. And in another bit of “extreme asking”, some landlords have taken to TikTok to make a case for gratuity to be added onto rent, if you can believe it.
(Call me crazy, but if you’re serving yourself, shouldn’t the business be tipping YOU…in the form of a discount?)
(I wouldn’t call my brother cheap…but the only tipping he does is…cows!)
MIND THE GAP:
You know how it goes: You’re spending time with a new acquaintance, and after covering the basics (the weather, your jobs, your kids…), you sort of run out of things to talk about. Yes, the dreaded awkward silence. On the other hand, a lull in conversation with a close friend never feels quite as…awkward. Why is that? A recent study from researchers at Dartmouth University delved into this phenomenon. The researchers found that although long gaps (lasting more than 2 seconds) were a sign of disconnection between pairs of strangers, they had the opposite effect between friends, marking “moments of increased connection”. Plus, friends were discovered to have more of these gaps in their interactions. The researchers wrote that between strangers, a long gap tended to signal a change in the subject of a conversation, but between friends, they provided spaces for reacting and reflecting on what was just said.
(Or in the case of MY friends, that lull gives them a chance to finish taking their drink…and burrrrping!)
(On the other hand, don’t we all have that one friend who has no idea what they mean by “awkward silence”, because they always have to bloody fill it!)
Google has announced that it will look different in the near future. And the look isn’t the only thing that’s changing. The search engine plans to bring AI chat features to its main page, as it works to keep pace with a wave of artificial intelligence tools that could threaten the company’s dominance. The company says it is introducing the next evolution of Google Search, which will use an AI-powered chatbot named “Bard” to answer questions “you never thought Search could answer” and to help get users the information they want quicker than ever. Google’s new look and feel will definitely be noticeable. After typing a query into the search bar, you’ll see a pop-up with an AI-generated response, in addition to a display of the traditional results. If you’re interested, you can sign up now for a waitlist for the new Google Search. A limited number of users will have access to it in the coming weeks.
(And if you want to know where to sign up…just Google it!)
(Sorry, not interested, until I hear what Jeeves has to say about it…!
2023 SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS (Part 1):
Here are the movies being released to theaters this summer that are vying to be “THE” blockbuster of the year, à la “Jaws” or “E.T.” or “Independence Day”, etc…
✪ “Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3” (released May 5): What better way to kick off the season than with the gang of Marvel-ous misfits known as the Guardians of the Galaxy. Millions already agree…
✪ “Fast X” (May 19): This installment will not only welcome back Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez and Ludacris, it’ll welcome Jason Momoa, Rita Moreno and Brie Larson into the furious fold. Jason Statham, John Cena, Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron are also back from earlier adventures. (But really, are we there for the stars…or the cars?)
✪ “The Little Mermaid” (May 26): There’s quite a buzz for this latest Disney live-action “reimagining”. But one thing’s for sure – people will turn out to see it in droves. (And some will even bring their kids!)
✪ “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” (June 2): This sequel to 2018’s Oscar-winning “Into the Spider-Verse” will expand upon the story of Miles Morales — with Spider-Gwen’s help.
✪ “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” (June 9): We can only hope that the latest in this franchise, featuring animal-like Transformers known as Maximals, doesn’t run too long, and makes at least the tiniest bit of sense.
✪ “The Flash” (June 16): This one just might be the one to beat this summer, with DC bringing its universe of superheroes to an emotional and action-packed crescendo, led by embattled star Ezra Miller’s Flash.
✪ “Asteroid City” (June 16): Wes Anderson takes on the sci-fi genre. The film follows stargazers who are visited by aliens in a place in the desert called, you guessed it, Asteroid City. Incredible cast, too.
✪ “The Blackening” (June 16): This slasher comedy-horror hybrid looks like it will be a crowd-pleaser and then some, featuring an all-Black cast and hinging on the premise that, as the tag line says, “We can’t all die first.”
✪ “Elemental” (June 16): An original story from Pixar, featuring a world in which the elements must learn to live together in the same crowded urban environment.
✪ “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” (June 30): This 5th adventure from Indy (Harrison Ford) brings back John Rhys-Davies of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” fame, and also welcomes “Fleabag” star Phoebe Waller-Bridge and “Legion’s” Dan Stevens.
(Tomorrow: Part 2, covering July and August’s releases…)
DID YOU KNOW?
Eating a Michelin-star-level meal on the “edge of space” could be a thing next year, if French company Zephalto has its way. The space tourism venture is currently selling “pre-reservation tickets” for trips in a pressurized capsule, named Celeste, attached to a stratospheric balloon. The capsule will ascend to an altitude of 25km (15½ miles), allowing guests to marvel at the curvature of the Earth, while being wined and dined in style. The plan is to ferry 6 passengers and 2 pilots to maximum altitude in 90 minutes. The capsule will then float above Earth for 3 hours – plenty of time to enjoy a multiple-course meal and several glasses of fine French wine. Pre-reservation tickets are going for 10,000 euros (US$10,900)…but all in, a trip on Celeste will set you back 120,000 euros ($131,100). (Wow! Taking the concept of “Michelin-star” meals literally!)
BS CHRONOMETER 05.16.23
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Biographers Day”, a day to start reading or writing a biography. What would you call yours?
• “Love a Tree Day”, a great day for tree-huggers everywhere. Trees are a good thing. They give us shade, comfort and shelter. They give off oxygen, too.
• “Mimosa Day”, celebrating the cocktail traditionally made with equal parts chilled orange juice and champagne and served in a champagne flute. It was originally created in 1925 at the Ritz Hotel in Paris.
• “Piercing Day”, a ‘Hole-y Holiday’ celebrating the practice of puncturing or cutting a part of the human body to create an opening in which jewelry can be worn. (You need another piercing like you need another hole in your head!)
• “International Day of Light”, the anniversary of the first successful operation of the laser in 1960 by physicist/engineer Theodore Maiman. The day celebrates the role light plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development. This year’s theme: “Light for the Future”. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/5fsp8nh9
• “Wear Something Purple for Peace Day”, the first ‘intergalactic holiday’, as declared by a group called ‘The Moderns’, whose goal is to make the world a peaceful place and thereby encourage alien species to make contact.
• “Sea Monkey Day”, celebrating the amazing pet that comes alive when placed in water. ‘Sea-Monkeys’ is the brand name for brine shrimp sold in hatching kits as novelty aquarium pets in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom since 1960.
AND REMEMBER . . .
[Wed] Hypertension Day
[Wed] Cherry Cobbler Day
[Thurs] Hummus Day
[Fri] Pizza Party Day
This Week is…Women’s Health Week
This Month is…Healthy Vision Month
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1944  Danny Trejo, Los Angeles CA, movie actor (“Machete”, “Grindhouse”)
1953  Pierce Brosnan, Drogheda Ireland, movie actor (‘James Bond’ in “Die Another Day”, “Mamma Mia!”)/TV actor (“Remington Steele”) COMING UP…”The Out-Laws”, 2023
1955  Debra Winger, Cleveland Heights OH, movie actress (“An Officer and a Gentleman”, “Terms of Endearment”)/TV actress (“The Ranch” 2016-20)
1965  Krist Novoselic, Compton CA, rock bassist (Nirvana-‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’)
1966  Janet Jackson, Gary IN, pop singer (‘Rhythm Nation’, ‘Control’)/sister of Michael Jackson
1969  Tucker Carlson, San Francisco CA, TV host-commentator (“Tucker Carlson Tonight” 2016-23)
1969  David Boreanaz, Buffalo NY, TV actor (“SEAL Team” since 2017, “Bones” 2005-2017, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” 1997-2003)
1973  Tori Spelling, Los Angeles CA, TV actress (“Beverly Hills 90210” 1990-2000, “Tori & Dean: Inn Love” 2008-2010, “BH90210″, 2019)/married to Dean McDermott since 2005
1986  Megan Fox, Rockwood TN, movie actress (“Jennifer’s Body”, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movies, “Transformers” films)/TV actress (“New Girl” 2016-17) COMING UP…“The Expendables 4”, 2023
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1986  “Top Gun”, directed by Tony Scott and starring Tom Cruise, premieres (the sequel, “Top Gun: Maverick”, premiered May 27, 2022)
2019  After 12 seasons, the final episode of “The Big Bang Theory”, starring Jim Parson, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco, airs
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1983  Michael Jackson introduces the ‘Moonwalk’ when he busts out the move on the Motown 25th anniversary TV special
2019  “Rocketman” a biopic based on the life of Elton John, starring Taron Egerton, premieres at the Cannes Film Festival
TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1866  Hires Root Beer debuts at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, a creation of pharmacist Charles Hires
1966  ‘SpaghettiOs’, gooey pink pasta circles in a can, are first marketed
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1991  14 Stanford University students begin leapfrogging and don’t stop for 10 days and 996.2 miles
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ In order to get his first big career break with “The Terminator”, James Cameron sold the script for $1…and a promise that he’d direct it.
✓ The Olympic world record for the longest human long jump is greater than the world record for longest horse long jump.
✓ There are 177,147 different ways to tie a necktie.
✓ 99% of Finns take a sauna at least once a week.
✓ The word “school” comes from the ancient Greek for “free time.”
✓ In the 18th century, pigeon poop was used to make gunpowder. As a result, King George I declared the droppings to be the property of the Crown.
Best of BS . . .
BS GRADUATION GIFT FAILS:
• A McDonald’s job application
• New carpet for the basement
• A lifetime subscription to ‘World Of Warcraft’
• A box of ramen noodles
• A timer counting down to your first student loan payment
• An itemized bill of all of your life and school expenses up to this point
• A baby
• Anything that isn’t money or a job
• An eviction notice
• Thoughts and prayers
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2018
BS PICKUP LINES FOR ROBOTS:
• “Can I binary you a drink?”
• “WD-40 and chill?”
• “I find you riveting.”
• “I’m not saying I’ve got a virus, but I’d certainly corrupt you.”
• “My docking station or yours?”
• “Nice bits!”
• “You compute me.”
• “You’re just the type of robot that I could take home to my motherboard.”
• “Are those real, or were you upgraded in Silicon Valley?”
• “Beep boop boop beep.”
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019
BS WEB GOODIE:
Still need to work on the approach (sound up): https://tinyurl.com/58tckyvp
BS RANDOM JOKE:
Just remember: Bear spray does not work like bug spray. I should not have to tell you again.
BS PHONE STARTER:
What elements of pop culture will be forever linked in your mind to your childhood?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: 1/3 of drivers agree that THIS feature makes a car feel like a home away from home. What is it?
Answer: Heated seats
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
On particularly rough days when I’m not sure I can endure any more, I remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days is 100%. And that’s pretty good…