Thursday, November 10, 2022 – Edition: #7356
Here’s More Bull Roar!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Jennifer Aniston is sharing her very personal IVF story for the very first time. In a new interview with Allure, she opened up about the painful pregnancy rumors that plagued her for years. She said she was trying to get pregnant, and with “All the years and years and years of speculation… It was really hard.” The “Friends” actress noted she “was going through IVF, drinking Chinese teas, you name it.” Not helping was her split from husband Brad Pitt in 2005 after 5 years or marriage and the hurtful assumptions that she chose career over kids. Quote: “It was absolute lies (that ) I just cared about my career. And God forbid a woman is successful and doesn’t have a child.” But now at 53, she said she has “zero regrets” about how things worked out.
★ “Canada’s Drag Race” is getting a visit from the prime minister. On Tuesday, the trailer dropped for the new season of the reality competition, dubbed “Canada vs. the World”, which features a very surprising appearance by Justin Trudeau. The Canadian PM will appear as a special guest, as 9 queens from across the globe compete for the international crown. On the judging panel: “Canada’s Drag Race” season 1 winner Priyanka, along with guest judges Anjulie, Hollywood Jade, Jeanne Beker, Joe Zee, Sarain Fox, and humorist Gary Janetti. It’ll be the first time a world leader has appeared on the “Drag Race” franchise, though US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi appeared on the latest episode “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars”. Canada’s Drag Race: Canada vs. the World premieres Nov. 18. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/3p4ypm5c
★ Finally, fans can see a glimpse of Brendan Fraser’s highly-lauded performance. The first official trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale” dropped on Tuesday, after the film received standing ovations at festivals. Fraser plays a 600-pound English teacher named ‘Charlie’ who suffers from morbid obesity and is struggling to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter, played by “Stranger Things” star Sadie Sink. In the trailer, Fraser says: “Do you ever get the feeling people are incapable of not caring? People are amazing.” The film premiered at Venice Film Festival, where Fraser broke down in tears during a 6-minute standing ovation. The actor also got emotional during another standing ovation at the BFI London Film Festival.
★ Aaron Carter was working on a sitcom before his death. TMZ reports the singer had been part of filming the pilot for “Group”, which follows group therapy patients who are seeking help for mental health. Brian Farmer, the show’s writer and director, says he has received the blessing of Carter’s family to finish work on the show in memory of the late star. It is currently in post-production, and will soon be shopped to streaming services and TV networks. Olive Chiacchia, who plays Carter’s love interest, took to Instagram following his death, sharing photos and writing a lengthy memorial.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Brian Tyree Henry, Lizzy Caplan, Young the Giant
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Will Ferrell, Lindsay Lohan, The 1975
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Stephen Colbert: Emily Blunt, George Saunders
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Tracy Morgan, James Acaster, Benny Greb
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Kim Kardashian, Edward Enninful, Fontaines DC (R)
• “The Daily Show” (COM): Jordan Peele
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Christina Ricci, Omar Epps
• The View” (ABC/CTV): Emily Blunt
• “The Talk” (CBS): Justin Baldoni
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Caroline Rhea, Gaten Matarazzo
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Luke Grimes, Walker Hayes
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Joanna Gaines, Andrea Savage, Renee Rapp, Pauline Chalamet, Alyah Chanelle Scott, Amrit Kaur
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Tamera Mowry-Housley, Gabby Samone
• “Sherri” (Check local listings): Katharine McPhee Foster, Ms. Pat
• “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC): Following life-changing news, a thunderstorm hits Grey Sloan; surgeons and interns work together to save an injured reporter; a beloved author undergoes a risky surgery.
• “Hell’s Kitchen” (Fox): Season 20 winner Trenton and soon-to-be-wife Macy challenge contestants to create their upcoming wedding menu.
• “The First 48” (A&E): Five young lives are ruined when a plan to score some easy money goes horribly wrong.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Drake — and 21 Savage are being sued for $4 million over the fake covers they used to hype their new “Her Loss” album. Docs say Vogue has “not endorsed [“Her Loss”] in any way”, and asked multiple times for all promos using the Vogue name to be taken down.” Vogue says Drake and 21 posed on what looks like a legit Vogue cover, leading fans to believe the special edition mag is real.
• Justin Bieber – Judge Judy says he is afraid of her. Judy Sheindlin, who lived beside Bieber, told Access Hollywood: “He’s scared to death of me. There was a period of time before he grew up — when he was foolish, and doing foolish things.” The TV judge recounted that Bieber even had his security alert him when she was outside — just so he wouldn’t accidentally cross her path.
• Mötley Crüe — Nikki Sixx has bought a new home in Southern California. The 63-year-old and his wife Courtney paid $6.9 million for a property in the Santa Monica Mountains, overlooking Lake Sherwood reservoir. The 8,000-square-foot 5-bedroom, 6-bathroom house was built in 2001 and includes an attached 4-car garage. They maintain a primary residence in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
• Nazareth – The original singer of the Scottish rockers, Dan McCafferty, has died at 76. Bassist Pete Agnew posted: “I have lost my best friend and the world has lost one of the greatest singers who ever lived. Too upset to say anything more at this time.” McCafferty retired in 2013 due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which restricted his ability to breathe.
• Peter Gabriel – has announced a new album, “i/o” and a 2023 tour of the UK and Europe. A press release indicates that “full details on the i/o album will follow.” It will be his first album of new music since “Up” in 2002.
• Dolly Parton – Former Journey frontman Steve Perry will guest on her upcoming rock album. At the Rock Hall of Fame ceremony, she revealed Perry will join her on a cover of Journey’s ‘Open Arms’. Perry tweeted: “If Dolly says it’s true, then it must be true. Her voice is amazing!” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/ye2xts64
• Lainey Wilson – her episode of “CMT Campfire Sessions” is out now on CMT’s YouTube and Facebook channels. It is set in front of a barn with horses in the background, and includes her new hit ‘Heart Like a Truck’, as well as her first #1 ‘Things A Man Oughta Know’.
• Carrie Underwood – If she looks like a natural during the crowd-surfing scene of her ‘Hate My Heart’ video, there’s good reason: She’s done it in real life. She told ET Online that she did it at age 16 or 17 “at a Green Day concert”. Another scene in the video sees her riding a mechanical bull. Yup, she’s done that, too: “It was [at] a CMA after-party.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/4xfmp9vh
SHOOTING THE BULL
If you thought Elon Musk was off his rocker when he was talking about charging $20 a month for a blue check mark, you’ll LOVE this: According to tech newsletter Platformer, the Twitter owner has discussed putting the social media giant behind a paywall, so we’d all have to pay to use it. Here is how it might work: Everyone would have free access to Twitter for a limited amount of time each month, before they’d have to pay more to keep browsing. Discussions about this are apparently in the early stages, so it’s not yet clear how serious Musk is about implementing this idea.
(Tell me you’re addicted to social media without telling me that you’re addicted to social media…)
(…because if you were stuck in a cesspool for 2 weeks, you’d definitely pay money to be able to stay there for the rest of the month, right?)
(I’m pretty sure he’ll “retweet” on this idea…!)
☞ Researchers from Edith Cowan University say you may be able to cut your weightlifting routine in half and still see the same muscle-building results. How? By lowering weights instead of lifting them up. They found, in studies where various groups of people performed 3 distinct types of dumbbell curl exercises, that those who only lowered weights during their workouts saw the same improvements as those who raised and lowered weights, despite performing half the number of repetitions. (So…who lifted the weights back up for them?)
☞ The old saying might actually be true: An apple a day really could keep the doctor away. Researchers say that daily consumption of apples, berries, grapes and tea can promote heart health. A study funded by the US Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics investigated data from 172 studies on the health benefits of flavan-3-ols — a “bioactive” compound that’s good for your heart. Data showed that the flavan-3-ols — also found in red wine and dark chocolate — can improve blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels. The lower blood sugar levels resulting from ingesting the compound also reduces the risk of nerve and eye damage. The scientists are now advising people to eat the equivalent of an apple, some berries and 2 cups of tea every day — a combination containing about 500 milligrams of flavan-3-ols. (Can I get that in a gummy?)
Which are the best years of your life? The years when you’re in your 30s, according to a poll of seniors, with the 20s a close second (by a margin of 30-25%). That’s according to a survey of 2,000 Americans 65 and older. Conducted by OnePoll, the survey also found that if they had the chance to redo one major decision, 20% said they would have saved more money, and 14% would have invested earlier. The good news? 36% said that regardless of the past, they’re happy with their life as it is, and 36% also said that the errors they made in the past benefitted them by teaching valuable life lessons. When asked what advice they would give to their own selves in their 20s, people said they would “accept challenges,” “follow your intuition” and “don’t be afraid to seize life.”
(Of course, if they had saved more money like they wish they had, they wouldn’t have been able to have such a blast when they were in their 20s and 30s!)
(If I were to give advice to my 20-year-old self, it’s be mostly about fashion choices!)
41-year-old ‘Captain America’ actor Chris Evans was named People magazine’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive 2020′ this week. His first reaction was that his “Mom will be so happy”, but he also realizes that he’s likely to be teased by close friends…such as co-stars and previous Sexiest Man Alive winners like Paul Rudd, Ryan Reynolds and Chris Hemsworth. Quote: “Really this will just be a point of bullying. It’s ripe for harassment.” For the record, here is a look at the past 15 winners (plus a bonus):
2021: Paul Rudd
2020: Michael B. Jordan
2019: John Legend
2018: Idris Elba
2017: Blake Shelton
2016: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
2015: David Beckham
2014: Chris Hemsworth
2013: Adam Levine
2012: Channing Tatum
2011: Bradley Cooper
2010: Ryan Reynolds
2009: Johnny Depp
2008: Hugh Jackman
2007: Matt Damon
BONUS: 1992: Nick Nolte!
-People, E!, TheWrap
DID YOU KNOW?
A new research hub at the University of St Andrews in Scotland is dedicated to preparing humanity to deal with extraterrestrial life. The goal of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Post-Detection Hub is to be a permanent co-ordinating centre for an international effort to develop protocols, procedures and treaties aimed at ensuring humanity will “respond responsibly” if we find evidence of, or are contacted by, other life in the cosmos. John Elliott, the hub’s coordinator, says we don’t know if we’ll ever get a message from “E.T.”, but “we do know that we cannot afford to be ill prepared—scientifically, socially, and politically…for an event that could turn into reality as early as tomorrow”.
BS CHRONOMETER 11.10.22
BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Vanilla Cupcake Day”. While they may not be most people’s favorite cupcake, hardly anyone DISlikes them. Another advantage is that any kind of frosting tastes good on them. (You’ll notice it is plural . . . ‘CupcakeSSS Day’, so have as many as you want!)
• “Forget-Me-Not Day”, for remembering those whose lives have touched us in some way. You’re encouraged to think of people who had an impact on your life and the way in which they changed it. (Then go see a lawyer and file charges…)
• “Sesame Street Day”, saluting the 1969 debut of the landmark children’s TV show on PBS. It was the first preschool educational TV show to base its contents on laboratory research. (I suppose we should order a “Bert-day cake”!)
• “World Science Day for Peace & Development, established by UNESCO in 2001, to highlight the significant role of science in society and the need to engage the public in debates on emerging scientific issues. (I’ve heard a few too many debates on some scientific issues lately…) LINK: https://tinyurl.com/y2bnxb8b
• “Accounting Day”, an annual observance to promote the profession and provide an opportunity for networking among accountants in public practice, industry, and government. (Sounds exciting.)
• “Area Code Day”, they were introduced in the 1940’s to solve the issue of not enough phone numbers to go around. Initially, densely populated regions were assigned codes with lower numbers at the beginning and end. Why? It was determined that those in urban areas should be able to dial faster. And how do you make rotary phones dial faster? By using lower numbers, which had a shorter “pull time”.
COMING UP . . .
[Fri] Remembrance Day/Veterans Day
[Fri] Sundae Day
[Sat] Chicken Soup for the Soul Day
[Sun] Sadie Hawkins Day
This Week is…Cat Week
This Month is…Historic Bridge Awareness Month
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1944  (Sir) Tim Rice, Amersham England, author and lyricist (worked with Andrew Lloyd Webber [“Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Evita”] and Elton John [“The Lion King”, “Aida”]
1956  Sinbad (David Adkins), Benton Harbor MI comedian/TV actor “A Different World” 1987-91)/movie actor (“Necessary Roughness”, “First Kid”)
1963  Hugh Bonneville, London England, TV actor (‘Robert Crawley’ on “Downton Abbey” 2010-15)/movie actor (“Paddington”, “The Monuments Men”)
1968  Tracy Morgan, NYC, comedian-TV actor (“30 Rock” 2006-13, “Saturday Night Live” 1996-2006)
1968  Chris Cagle, DeRidder LA, country singer (‘What Kinda Gone’, ‘I Breathe In, I Breathe Out’)
1969  Ellen Pompeo, Everett MA, TV actress (‘Dr Meredith Grey’ on “Grey’s Anatomy” since 2005)
1975  Jim Adkins, Mesa AZ, rock singer-guitarist (Jimmy Eat World-‘Pain’, ‘The Middle’)
1978  Diplo (Thomas Pentz) Tupelo MS, DJ (w/ Ellie Goulding & Swae Lee-‘Close to Me’)/producer (Drake, Beyoncé Justin Bieber)
1983  Miranda Lambert, Lindale TX, country singer (‘Mama’s Broken Heart’, ‘The House That Built Me’)/married to Blake Shelton 2011-15
1986  Josh Peck, New York City NY, TV actor (“Drake & Josh” 2004-07, “Turner & Hooch” 2021) COMING UP…“Oppenheimer” 2023
1989  Taron Egerton, Birkenhead England, movie actor (“Rocketman”, “Eddie the Eagle”) COMING UP…“Tetris”
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1969  The educational children’s TV series “Sesame Street” debuts on PBS (***See BS Reasons to Party, above***)
2002  Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Lenny Kravitz, and Brian Setzer guest star on “The Simpsons” in an episode where they run a rock & roll fantasy camp
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2013  At the MTV Europe Awards, Miley Cyrus smokes a joint while accepting the “Best Video” award for ‘Wrecking Ball’ (the ceremony is held in Amsterdam, where pot is legal)
2014  ‘Uptown Funk’ is released by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars (Billboard ‘Song of the Year’, 2015, Grammys for ‘Record of The Year’, ‘Song of the Year’, 2016)
2017  Carrie Underwood takes a nasty fall outside her home, breaking her wrist and injuring her face. She doesn’t appear in public again until April 2018, when she performs ‘Cry Pretty’ – a song partly inspired by the incident – at the ACM Awards
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1885  German engineer Gottlieb Daimler unveils the world’s first motorcycle, named the ‘Reitwagen’ (“riding car”)
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1996  Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins becomes the first NFL quarterback to pass for 50,000 career yards, and the first to reach 4,000 completions
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ Before acting, Tom Cruise wanted to be a Catholic priest.
✓ Bookworms are actual insects that bore holes in books.
✓ The letter combination “o-u-g-h” can be pronounced in 8 different ways.
✓ You can buy horseradish ice cream in Tokyo.
✓ Using your car’s brakes generates enough heat to warm your house.
✓ 3 inches of ice can support one person. 4 inches can support a group of people, single file. 36 inches (91cm) can support a weight of 110 tons (100,000 kg).
Best of BS . . .
BS SIGNS YOU’RE A BAD REFEREE:
• Every time you raise your arms, your pants fall down.
• Every call you make begins with “Umm …”
• You won’t throw your flag on the field because you’d just have to pick it up.
• No one pays any attention when you blow your slide whistle. [***SFX***]
• You can’t believe how many players’ autographs you’ve collected during games.
• You missed the last 3 calls because the beer vendor was slow giving you change.
• Just in the first half, you made 6 tackles and an interception.
• And the most telling evidence you’re a bad referee … horizontal stripes.
-First published in BS in 2015
• Whyzit people passing other people in boats always wave? People in cars do not do this. (“Hi! I’m on a boat, too!”)
• Whyzit eggs are in the dairy section at the supermarket? Ever see a cow lay an egg?
• Whyzit cartoon characters wear the same outfit in every single episode?
• Whyzit we feel it necessary to look in the mirror after puking or crying?
• Whyzit we call it a ‘pair of pants’ when it’s just one?
• Whyzit the numbers on a phone go one way and the numbers on a calculator go the other?
• Whyzit we say ‘bye-bye’ but not ‘hi-hi’?
• Whyzit there aren’t ‘bulletproof pants’?
• Whyzit they call it an ‘escalator’ even when it takes you down?
• Whyzit called your ‘bottom’ when it’s really in the middle of your body?
• Whyzit ‘semis’ are actually bigger than regular trucks?
• Whyzit things are typed ‘up’ but written ‘down’?
• Whyzit we say an alarm clock goes ‘off’ when it actually turns ‘on’?
-First published in BS in 2017
BS WEB GOODIE:
Natural reaction: https://tinyurl.com/4h9n2927
BS RANDOM JOKE:
I find it quite easy to meet my expenses. They’re everywhere.
BS PHONE STARTER:
What’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever broken?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: According to a survey, one in 8 drivers on the road is doing THIS RIGHT NOW. What is it?
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.