Friday, November 11, 2022 – Edition: #7357
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Rainn Wilson has changed his name to protest climate change — to ‘Rainnfall Heat Wave Extreme Winter Wilson’. “The Office” star announced his name change on Twitter Wednesday ahead of the United Nations climate change conference COP27 summit in Egypt this week. He wrote: “With the help of my scientist friends at Arctic Basecamp, I’ve changed my name to Rainnfall Heat Wave Extreme Winter Wilson. This is not a joke, I’m as serious as the melting Arctic, which amplifies global risks including extreme weather events around the globe.” The 56-year-old actor is a board member of Arctic Basecamp, a team of Arctic experts and scientists who bring their expertise to events around the world. He said he hopes to raise awareness about global environmental issues and the consequences from the warming Arctic. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/mrydjh9v
★ The Queen of Christmas is back with a 2-hour primetime concert special next month. CBS will present “Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to All!” on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 8pm ET/PT. The show will also be available live and on demand on Paramount+. Filmed in New York City at Madison Square Garden, the concert special will feature Carey performing a repertoire of her festive holiday hits, including the perennial favorite ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You.’ Carey is the best-selling female artist of all-time, with more than 200 million albums sold and 19 Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles.
★ For those complaining about the accuracy of Netflix’s “The Crown”, Dominic West has a message for you: The show is “imaginative speculation”. He plays ‘King Charles’ in the hit show, and he’s advising those who don’t approve of The Crown to watch royal documentaries instead. He said: “It’s a drama…I watched every documentary that has ever been made about my character, and there are plenty of those that people can watch if you don’t want to watch what a great dramatist has created imaginatively.” The new season of The Crown explores various royal controversies during the 90s.
★ Tim Allen isn’t ruling out a “Home Improvement” fixer-upper. Speaking ahead of the Nov. 16 premiere of “The Santa Clauses” miniseries, Allen revealed we may not have seen the last of his beloved ’90s sitcom — though he believes Tim Taylor’s storyline may be done. He said: “The crew and cast…we’ve always said that we wanted to do it as a short film for charity…and it was a matter of scheduling.” But he noted that, in a way, Tim Taylor has already continued on television—in “Last Man Standing’s” Mike Baxter, Allen’s follow-up sitcom that ran from 2011-21. In Allen’s opinion, Tim Taylor kind of grew into Mike Baxter, as an actor and as a man.”
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Sylvester Stallone, Linda Cardellini, Louis Tomlinson
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Seth Meyers: Daniel Radcliffe, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Kerry Condon, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Dena Tauriello (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Tyra Banks, Yvonne Orji, David Blaine (R)
• The View” (ABC/CTV): Bob Woodward
• “The Talk” (CBS): Gerald McRaney, Iliza Shlesinger
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Justin Hartley, Lindsay Lohan
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Jonathan Majors, Craig Morgan, 82nd Airborne Division Choir
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Ben Platt, Dustin Milligan, Cole Hauser
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Josh Groban
• “Sherri” (Check local listings): Gabriel Iglesias, Nadia Caterina Munno
• “Shark Tank” (ABC): Guest shark Peter Jones; a luxury office apparel line; a portable way to enjoy beverages on tap; a fruit preservation device; an update on Curie, a natural product line.
• “The Greatest @Home Videos: Thanks & Giving” (CBS): Luke Bryan joins host Cedric the Entertainer to surprise heroes who went viral risking their lives during Hurricane Ian; Plus favorite fall videos.
• “Lopez vs Lopez” (NBC): George believes he can fix Mayan’s anxiety by building her a special security system with items from the dollar store.
• “Undercover Boss” (CNBC): The president and CEO of UScellular goes under cover to see how his new plans for brand growth are operating.
• “Reindeer Games Homecoming” (Life): Premiere. Sparks fly between a Vermont biology teacher and her high school crush as they compete in a holiday fundraising tradition.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Host Dave Chappelle; Black Star performs.
• “Yellowstone” (Paramount, CMT, MTV): Season 5 premiere. John Dutton is sworn in as Governor; he makes bold moves to protect the Yellowstone from his opponents; the bunkhouse and the Duttons enjoy the Governor’s ball.
•”Celebrity Jeopardy!” (ABC): Semifinal: Celebs John Michael Higgins, Wil Wheaton and Joel Kim Booster
•”NFL Football” (NBC): Los Angeles Chargers @ San Francisco 49ers
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Bad Bunny – has been named by Apple Music as its 2022 artist of the year, marking the first time since the Apple Music Awards launched in 2019 that a Latin artist has won. He joins previous honorees Billie Eilish, Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, Taylor Swift and the Weeknd.
• Taylor Swift — Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively’s children didn’t know their “aunt” Taylor was a famous singer. Reynolds said of their 3 daughters – ages 3-7: “They just thought Taylor’s just like an aunt, like a friend of Mommy and Daddy…And then they went to a concert one day and were like, ‘Ohhhhh, this isn’t a hobby.'”
• Bon Jovi — Richie Sambora might reunite on stage with the group at a festival next year. Asked on the red carpet of The Music Industry Trust Awards in London on Monday about the chances he’ll get back together with Bon Jovi for a headlining performance at next summer’s Glastonbury festival, Sambora said: “It’s a possibility. We’re talking a bit.”
• Bruce Springsteen – is staging a takeover of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”. Monday through Wednesday next week (plus Nov. 24) will see him perform several songs from his new album “Only the Strong Survive”, which drops today. He’ll also appear as a speaking guest.
• Van Halen – Sammy Hagar said the shelved song ‘Between Us Two’ may appear on a future archival release. The tune, written for the 1996 film “Twister”, was ultimately not used. In a podcast interview, Hagar said: They’re looking through the archives right now to try to remaster some of the old stuff from my era. They’ll find it. That’s gonna be a treasure.”
• Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde – Wednesday on “Good Morning America”, they were announced as winners of the 2022 CMA Award for Musical Event of the Year, for ‘Never Wanted To Be That Girl!’ Cody Johnson was honored with the music video of the year award for ‘’Til You Can’t’.
• Luke Combs and Hardy – both won top awards at Tuesday’s BMI Country Awards ceremony in Nashville. Hardy was named songwriter of the year, while Combs’ ‘Forever After All’ won country song of the year. Toby Keith received the BMI Icon award.
• Alabama — The family co-founder Jeff Cook is looking to honor him, following his death Monday at 73 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. They’ve asked that in lieu of flowers, those looking to pay their respects make a donation to The Jeff and Lisa Cook Foundation, which was founded last year to educate and supply resources for people affected by Parkinson’s to “help themselves and each other.”
SHOOTING THE BULL
TODAY’S MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (PG-13, Action-Adventure): The people of Wakanda fight to protect their home from intervening world powers as they mourn the death of King T’Challa. (Tenoch Huerta, Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong’o)
• “Spirited” (PG-13, Comedy-Musical – limited): A modern musical rendition of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story “A Christmas Carol.” (Will Ferrell, Ryan Reynolds, Octavia Spencer)
ALL ABOUT THAT BASS:
What exactly IS IT about some songs that gets everyone out on the dance floor? Well, it’s all about that bass, of course. Researchers from McMaster University in Hamilton ON found that people danced almost 12% more when a very low-frequency bass was playing. The team staged a concert, using the electronic duo Orphx, to perform at the university’s LIVELab. The venue was equipped with special equipment, including 3D motion capture and enhanced speakers that can produce extremely low frequencies that are undetectable to the human ear. Throughout the concert, the researchers manipulated the very-low bass-playing speakers, turning them on and off. They found the amount of dancing movement was 11.8% greater when the speakers were on. They say that with low bass comes strong vibrations that can be felt throughout the body. The interaction between the vibrations and our body affects the body’s motor system, which is what researchers think gives us this urge to dance.
(Disclaimer: Just because you have the URGE to dance, doesn’t mean you CAN dance. At least that’s what my wife tells me…)
(And all along, I thought it was BOOZE that gets people dancing!)
LEST WE FORGET . . .
Six things you probably didn’t know about poppies:
✓ There are more than 70 kinds: The one in Flanders Fields is a “common poppy”, also known as “corn poppy” or even “Flanders poppy.” It is different from the kind that produces opioids, called the “opium poppy”.
✓ Poppy seeds lie dormant until the ground is tilled: When the soil is tilled to plant, say, corn, poppies often come up too. Presumably, the digging of graves in Flanders Fields did the same.
✓ The poppy seeds in your bagel are mostly cultivated from the opium poppy. That’s why poppy seeds are banned in several countries, including China — the worry is that they’ll be used to grow drugs.
✓ The 25-cent coin with the red poppy released by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2004 was the first circulated coin in the world to have color.
✓ About half of all legally grown poppies (for medicine) are grown in Tasmania.
✓ Poppies have been used by humans for thousands of years as traditional medicine. The remains of Neolithic humans in the Alps have been found with a pouch containing wheat, barley, and poppy. The Flanders poppy makes a compound called rhoeadine that has effects on people, but it’s very mild compared to opium.
-CTV, first published in BS in 2020
NEWS OF THE WEIRD:
➢ The US National Park Service is pleading with nature-goers to stop licking toads in an attempt at getting high off their gland-secreted psychedelic substance. But toad licking — once spoofed on “Family Guy” — particularly from the Colorado River toad, comes with serious health risks, the NPS warned in a Facebook post. The agency warns that “Licking or swallowing can lead to numbness of the mouth and throat as well as severe and life-threatening effects on the heart (including cardiac arrest) as a result of the digoxin-like compounds.” To drive home the point, the NPS went on: “As we say with most things you come across in a national park, whether it be a banana slug, unfamiliar mushroom, or a large toad with glowing eyes in the dead of night, please refrain from licking…not only is this illegal (5-MEO-DMT is a DEA schedule I drug), it’s also quite dangerous.” The Colorado River toad, found in parts of California, Arizona and New Mexico, is one of North America’s tallest, at 7 inches. (So, it’s not a toad-al myth?)
➢ Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus VR who sold his company to Facebook, says he’s come up with a custom VR headset that will kill a player if they die in a video game. Like, literally. Describing the headset in his blog, Luckey, who has mainly worked on national defense tech in recent years, details how he made a “Sword Art Online”-style headset. In that series, players are trapped in a giant, VR combat simulation where if they die in the game, it will kill them for real, because they are laced into “NerveGear” tech. Luckey’s version of the concept is a VR headset that is laced with charges that will explode, “destroying the brain of the user” if they trigger a “game over” screen. However, he hastens to add in his blog post that while he has designed the part of the headset that can kill you, “The perfect-VR half of the equation is still many years out.” (A great Christmas gift…for a few select individuals!)
DID YOU KNOW?
No one can fault you for feeling a bit nervous before heading to the dentist, but a team from the American Dental Association suggests avoiding marijuana before your appointment. As personal and medical marijuana use increases, a new poll finds more than half of dentists (52%) suspect a significant number of their patients are high when they arrive for a checkup. Most dentists said they limit treatment to patients who are high, sometimes forcing them to return for another visit. And due to concerns over how marijuana and anesthesia impact the central nervous system, 46% of dentists said sometimes they need to use more anesthesia. (These are the patients who write on the ‘medical history’ form: “It’s complicated”…)
BS CHRONOMETER 11.11.22
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Remembrance Day”, commemorating the end of WWI at 11 am on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. It’s observed in Canada, the UK, and Australia…and in Belgium & France as “Armistice Day”. The original tradition is to observe 2 minutes of silence at 11am.
• “Veterans Day” in the USA, the annual observance originally called “Armistice Day”, renamed in 1954. The day now honors all American military veterans.
• “Martinmas”, the date of the annual “Martinmas Goose Celebration” at the town hall in Sursee, Switzerland. Blindfolded participants try to cut down a suspended goose with a single sword stroke. The warm weather that (sometimes) occurs around this time is called ‘St Martin’s Summer’ in Europe.
• “Origami Day”, celebrating the ancient Japanese art of paper-folding. (Scrunch, scrunch, scrunch, hey look what I made … it’s a flu virus!)
• “Singles Day” in China, begun by college students in the 1990s as a version of Valentine’s Day honoring those who’ve yet to wed. It has developed into a major shopping day for gifts to woo that special someone. It’s scheduled on 11-11 because it’s the date with the most ‘singles’. LINK: http://tinyurl.com/mhf7kub
• “Metal Day”, in honor of the classic 1984 metal mockumentary “This is Spinal Tap”, which, among others, gave us the classic line: “These go to 11” to describe how the band’s amps go up to “one louder” than 10. The day was first celebrated in 2011 (so yes, 11-11-11) by VH1 Classic. (So, flash the Devil horns, crank it to 11 and have . . . a good time . . . all the time!)
• “Sundae Day”, Did you know that the most expensive sundae ever sold for $60,000? California ice cream brand Three Twins offered it, featuring ice cream hand-churned with glacial ice from the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. And the purchaser actually got to eat it on the summit. And got to fly there first-class, and stay in a 5-star hotel. Plus a souvenir T-shirt. And $10,000 went to charity. (So, the sundae itself was basically worth…$6.99, same as at Dairy Queen?)
• “Pizza With the Works Except Anchovies Day”. The world’s first true pizzeria, Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba, opened in 1830 and is still in business today in Naples, Italy. Italian immigrant Gennaro Lombardi opened the first North American pizzeria in 1895 in NYC. Pizza is now consumed all over the world …with or without anchovies. (Sounds fishy to me…)
• “Happy Hour Day”, celebrates the time at bars and restaurants when drinks are served at discounted prices. Happy hours usually take place in the late afternoon – and usually for more than an hour. (Booze won’t fix your life…but it’s worth a shot!)
• “Fancy Rat & Mouse Day”, a day set aside for people who appreciate pets . . . that are vermin. LINK: http://www.afrma.org
• “World Pneumonia Day”, an annual forum for the world to stand together and demand action in the fight against the deadly lung inflammation. More than 100 organizations representing the interests of children staged the first observance in 2009.
• “Chicken Soup for the Soul Day”, honoring the sappy series of feel-good books. Conventional wisdom says that chicken soup works wonders on the common cold. So, “chicken soup” became a shorthand for a cure-all, a mysterious-but-effective way to solve problems. The book series spawned a generation of sentimental spinoffs. (If you enjoy crying while in the bathroom…)
• “World Kindness Day”, when we’re encouraged to perform acts of kindness for others. A few suggestions just in case you’re stumped …
✓ Randomly place boxes of condoms in people’s shopping carts when they aren’t looking.
✓ Walk into a bar and offer to buy a round for everyone. Leave.
✓ Take the parking ticket off some poor driver’s windshield. Put it on someone else’s windshield.
• “Actors Day”, dedicated to all the talents who have acted or auditioned for even a small role in any film, TV, or theater project. (My only acting experience is when I’ve said: “No, officer, I DON’T know how fast I was going….)
• “Moms & Dads Day”, because apparently “Mother’s Day” and Father’s Day” celebrations just aren’t enough pressure for kids to deal with … thanks a lot! (Do I have to buy a card for this one too?)
• “Sadie Hawkins Day”, named after the “Li’l Abner” comic strip character ‘Sadie Hawkins, the homeliest gal in the hills’. The tradition that girls can ask boys out on this day was born in the “Li’l Abner” strip published on November 15, 1937.
• “Start a Rumor Day”, there isn’t much information available about this day, so there’s a good chance it got started by a rumor.
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1948  Robert “Mutt” Lange, Mufulira Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia), songwriter/music producer (AC/DC; Def Leppard; Bryan Adams; Foreigner, The Cars, Nickelback, Shania Twain)/married to Shania Twain 1993-2010
1950  Jim Peterik, Berwyn IL, rock guitarist-singer/songwriter (Survivor-‘Eye of the Tiger’, Ides of March-‘Vehicle’)
1960  Stanley Tucci, Peekskill NY, movie actor (“The Hunger Games” films, “The Devil Wears Prada”) COMING UP . . . “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” 2022
1962  Demi (Demetria) Moore, Roswell NM, movie actress (“G.I. Jane”, “Ghost”)/married to Ashton Kutcher 2005-12/married to Bruce Willis 1987-2000. COMING UP… “The Substance”
1964  Calista Flockhart, Freeport IL, TV actress (“Brothers & Sisters” 2006-11, “Ally McBeal” 1997-2002)/married to Harrison Ford since 2010
1974  Leonardo DiCaprio, Hollywood CA, movie actor (“Titanic”, Oscar-“The Revenant)/environmentalist (established the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998, devoted to promoting environmental awareness) COMING UP… “Killers of the Flower Moon”, 2023
1996  Tye Sheridan, Elkhart TX, movie actor (“Ready Player One”, “X-Men: Apocalypse”)
SATURDAY- 1944 Al Michaels (“NBC Sunday Night Football”) is 78; Neil Young (‘Heart of Gold’) is 77; 1958 Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”) is 64; figure skater Tonya Harding is 52; Cote de Pablo (“NCIS”) is 43; Ryan Gosling (“La La Land”) is 42; Anne Hathaway (“The Dark Knight Rises” is 40
SUNDAY- Chris Noth (“Sex & The City”) is 68; Whoopi Goldberg (“The View”) is 67; Aldo Nova (‘Fantasy’) is 66; Neil Flynn (“The Middle”) is 62; Jimmy Kimmel (“Jimmy Kimmel Live”) is 55; Steve Zahn (“Dallas Buyers Club”) is 55; Gerard Butler (“The Phantom of the Opera”) is 53; Nikolai Fraiture (The Strokes) is 44
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2004  M’hammed Soumayah, bodyguard for Liza Minelli, sues the aging singer for $100 million for allegedly forcing him to have sex with her or be fired
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1994  Christie’s auction house in New York holds its first-ever auction of rock memorabilia, including The Beach Boys’ guitars, a stage outfit worn by Jimi Hendrix, and John Lennon’s famous Army fatigues
2009  19-year-old country music sensation Taylor Swift becomes the youngest to win ‘Entertainer of the Year’ at the CMA Awards
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
2011  The clock registers 11:11 on 11-11-11 (a hot date for many couples to wed)
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ William Shakespeare had a curse engraved on his tombstone to prevent anyone from moving his bones.
✓ The 3 things pregnant women dream of most during the first trimester are: 1) frogs 2) worms and 3) potted plants.
✓ At any given moment, there are 1,800 thunderstorms happening on Earth. (This amounts to 16 million each year.)
✓ It takes twice as long to lose new muscle if you stop working out, than it did to gain it.
✓ On average, people can hold their breath for about one minute. The world record is 24 minutes 37 seconds.
✓ Frank Sinatra was offered the lead role in “Die Hard”.
Best of BS . . .
BS FAMOUS LAST WORDS:
• “The red wire, right? Definitely cut the red wire?”
• “I don’t think it’s Ebola…I think it’s the burrito.”
• “Do not enter? Why would it say that?”
• “What are you gonna do? Stab me?”
• “I KNEW I should have forwarded that email to 10 people…”
• “Niiice wolfie…”
• “Please clear my browser history.”
• “There’s absolutely nothing wrong with gas station sushi.”
• “Come on! What’s the worst that could happen?”
• “Woman! Make me a sandwich!”
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019
TODAY’S SCOOP OF BS:
➠ The 56th Annual CMAs were held Wednesday night in Nashville. It’s country music’s biggest night. (Not counting “The Academy of Country Music Awards”, “The Country Music Television Awards”, and “The Country Awards for Music of Country Awards that Feature Country Music” Award Show…)
➠ This year’s Black Friday deals have been revealed at Walmart. (My wife and I differ on gifts this year. She wants a diamond necklace. I want to get her something sensible like a bathrobe. So, we compromised, and I’m getting her a diamond necklace.)
➠ A Florida traveler stuffed a gun into a raw chicken and tried to bring it on a flight, TSA says. (I guess the gun was also trying to “get to the other side”…)
➠ Neil Young turns 77 tomorrow. (Okay, I think it’s safe now to call him just: “Neil”.)
➠ Whoopi Goldberg will be 67 on Sunday. (She plans to celebrate with sisters Yippee and Hooray!)
BS WEB GOODIE:
Because it’s Friday, that’s why (sound up): https://tinyurl.com/yc7mhr23
BS RANDOM JOKE:
The best thing about the good old days is that I wasn’t good, and I wasn’t old!
BS PHONE STARTER:
What’s the most addictive game on your phone that you have played?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: A survey says that 13% of us get stressed-out by THESE. What are they?
Answer: Group text threads
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons.