Wednesday, November 11, 2020 – Edition: #6848
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Fans of the Welsh soccer club Wrexham can look forward to having a drink with Ryan Reynolds and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s” Rob McElhenney at future matches, according to a release from the duo, who have announced their plan to take over the team. Founded in 1864, Wrexham has been under the ownership of its fans since 2011. Reynolds and McElhenney said their goal is to grow the club that plays in England’s fifth-tier and get them back into the English Football League, and increase attendance at an improved Racecourse Ground. They also promised several times in their mission statement to always beat their biggest rivals, Chester.
★ Following Alex Trebek’s death on Sunday at age 80, George Stephanopoulos’ reps are already lobbying for the ABC News anchor to become the next host of “Jeopardy!” According to a report, the anchor reportedly has been “actively” chasing the role. In May, Stephanopoulos told Howard Stern that he was interested, but whoever takes over for Trebek would have “big shoes to fill.”
★ The handgun used by the late Sean Connery in the first ‘James Bond’ film is the star attraction in a Hollywood auction next month. The semi automatic Walther PP gun, which, along with its smaller model the PPK, became one of the film franchise’s best-known images, is expected to fetch between $150,000 – $200,000 at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills on Dec. 3rd. Julien’s calls it “one of the most recognizable pop culture references of all time.”
★ (***CAUTION—Title***) Kevin Hart has set another stand-up comedy special at Netflix. “Kevin Hart: Zero F**ks Given” will launch Nov. 17. According to Netflix, “Kevin Hart serves up laughs and brick oven pizza from the comfort of his home and dishes on male group chats, sex after 40, and life with COVID-19.” The special was filmed in September in Los Angeles, one month after Hart revealed that he tested positive for COVID-19.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Maren Morris
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Michael Strahan, Brené Brown, Patty Smyth
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Olivia Colman, Gillian Anderson, Kylie Minogue
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Ethan Hawke, Lewis Black, Carter McLean
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Max Greenfield
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): The cast of “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City”
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Ice-T
• “The Talk” (CBS): Billy Gardell, Folake Olowofoyeku
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Reba McEntire, Vince Vaughn
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Usher
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Olivia Munn, Voices of Service
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Milo Ventimiglia, Amy Sedaris, Cat Deeley
• “The 54th Annual CMA Awards” (ABC): Performers include Lady A., Gabby Barrett, Charlie Puth, Eric Church, and Luke Combs; Hosted by Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker
• “S.W.A.T.” (CBS): Season 4 premiere
• “Chicago Med” (NBC): Season 6 premiere
• “Chicago Fire” (NBC): Season 9 premiere
• “Chicago P.D.” (NBC): Season 8 premiere
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Lil Nas X – will release his new single ‘Holiday’ on Friday. The Yuletide song was teased in a Western-and time-travelling-themed trailer on Sunday Night Football, showing Santa being kicked out of a saloon for being too drunk. The promo featured a cameo from Michael J. Fox, who quips: “Whatever you do Nas, don’t go to 2020.”
• Billie Eilish — surprised fans on Monday with the announcement that she’ll be dropping the brand-new single ‘Therefore I Am’ at 1pm (EST) tomorrow. She wrote on Instagram: “I’M SO EXCITED FOR THIS ONE.”
• Foo Fighters — Dave Grohl says their upcoming 10th studio album “Medicine at Midnight’, is their “party album.” He previously said that David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” era was a huge influence on the record, and now he says the title track in particular pays homage to the Bowie classic. “Medicine at Midnight” drops February 5, 2021.
• Bob Marley – will feature prominently in “Reggae Sunsplash,” the upcoming documentary by director Stefan Paul. It showcases the second year of the music festival ‘Sunsplash’, held in Jamaica in 1978, which was headlined by Marley in front of more than 50,000 people. It was his last-ever performance in his home country.
• Sting — has pushed back the release of his new album “Duets” to March 2021 due to manufacturing delays caused by the pandemic. It had been set for release on November 27 and features a new collaboration with Italian icon Zucchero titled ‘September’. Other songs include ‘It’s Probably Me’ with Eric Clapton, ‘Desert Rose’ with Rai music singer Cheb Mami and ’44/876′ with Shaggy.
• Bee Gees — HBO has confirmed the group’s documentary movie “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” will premiere on Dec. 12th and stream on HBO Max. The first teaser shows how director Frank Marshall explores the “triumphs and hurdles of brothers Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb.”
• Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line and Lee Brice — will not be attending tonight’s Country Music Association Awards. They were both scheduled to perform, but tested positive for the coronavirus. Lady A’s Charles Kelley will take Brice’s place in a duet with Carly Pearce of ‘I Hope You’re Happy Now’.
• Craig Morgan — During Saturday’s Grand Ole Opry show, he teamed up with Operation Finally Home to surprise U.S. Army Sergeant Ethan LaBerge and his family with the news they will be receiving a mortgage-free home in Tennessee. LaBerge and his family thought they were there as part of a special recognition series for Purple Heart recipients.
• Old Dominion – Their hit ‘One Man Band’ (written by Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Brad Tursi and Josh Osbourne) has been named Song of the Year for this year’s ASCAP Country Music Awards, which honors songwriters and publishers of the most performed country songs of the year.
Don’t bug out, but here’s the latest in pet food: Purina is launching a new line of dog and cat foods that they say is more eco-friendly than typical meat-based kibbles. Starting this month, the company will sell “insect-based” Purina Beyond Nature’s Protein in Switzerland. In a release, Nestle, which owns Purina, said that the insect protein comes from black soldier fly larvae, which is already in use in animal feed in Europe. They say the feed, which also includes millet and fava beans, provides protein, energy and fiber to aid digestion. The company claims they’ve seen “increasing demand for diversified sources of proteins for pet food products”. Many scientists have long promoted eating bugs as a sustainable food option – not just for pets, but for humans, too.
(Bug larvae? For my dog? So much for being man’s best friend!)
(My dog has eaten a lot of questionable things…but I’m pretty sure he’s going to turn his nose up at this!)
(Awesome. Now, just like frogs, my cat can eat what bugs her…)
Here’s a smattering of good news as we get set for the coming cold temperatures. A new study says that weather does NOT play a major role in the spread of coronavirus. Remember at the start of the pandemic, when scientists hoped that the hot summer months might help reduce its spread? We all know how THAT turned out. But health officials have also been fearing the winter flu season will bring another wave of infections. Now, researchers are saying that regardless of elements, the weather doesn’t play a large role in the spread of COVID-19. A team at The University of Texas at Austin found that temperature and humidity have little impact on this pandemic’s path. They add the key factor in COVID’s transmission from one person to another remains human behavior.
(Well, that and 5G…)
(Plus, if someone tries to shake your hand in the next six months, you’ll probably be wearing mitts!)
(On the other hand, a lot more people will be coughing…)
Spending some tranquil time in nature, surrounded by greenery and wildlife, has been linked to better mental health for, like, ever. But a study just released by the University of Exeter has just added a huge asterisk to that idea. Researchers found that so-called “green prescriptions” from health professionals may not be as good an idea as they seem. According to their study, spending time in nature is only good for your mental health if you WANT to be outdoors. That’s right. It seems greenery doesn’t offer the same mental health relief if it’s forced on us, or something that we’re “supposed” to do. But fortunately, the study found that many of the 18,000 test subjects in the study who battled depression and anxiety reported that they already chose to visit with nature regularly.
(So if you want to get your teenagers outside, tell them that they AREN’T allowed to go to the park!)
(It’s also not so good for your mental health to be outside during horsefly season!)
LEST WE FORGET . . .
Six things you probably didn’t know about poppies:
➢ There are more than 70 kinds: The one in Flanders Fields is called “common poppy”, also known as “corn poppy” or even “Flanders poppy.” It is different from the kind of poppy 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 (hence the name ‘corn poppy’). 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. All poppies produce compounds that can have medicinal effects. The Flanders poppy makes a compound called rhoeadine that has effects on people, but it’s very mild compared to opium.
THE 10 HAPPIEST SONGS, ACCORDING TO SCIENCE:
Dutch neuroscientist Jacob Jolij analyzed the results of a survey and found that songs that make people especially happy tend to be very fast in tempo, played in a major key, and most are either about positive events such as parties or romantic experiences, or simply “do not make sense at all”. Here are the Top 10 happiest songs, according to the survey of English and Irish citizens:
1. ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ — Queen
2. ‘Dancing Queen’ — ABBA
3. ‘Good Vibrations’ – The Beach Boys
4. ‘Uptown Girl’ – Billy Joel
5. ‘Eye of the Tiger’ — Survivor
6. ‘I’m a Believer’ – The Monkees
7. ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’ – Cyndi Lauper
8. ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ – Bon Jovi
9. ‘I Will Survive’ – Gloria Gaynor
10. ‘Walking on Sunshine’ – Katrina and the Waves
DID YOU KNOW?
Some interesting stock price adjustments occurred in the wake of this week’s announcement by Pfizer and BioNTech of a viable COVID-19 vaccine. As you might expect, stocks of those two companies increased by about 10%. The good news also affected shares of movie theatre chain AMC, which skyrocketed 60%, while concert promotor Live Nation was up more than 20%, and Carnival Cruise Lines stocks went up 39%. Zoom? Not so good. Shares plunged 17%. And so did shares of home-exercise equipment company Peloton.
BS CHRONOMETER 11.11.20
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1960  Stanley Tucci, Peekskill NY, movie actor (“The Hunger Games” films, “The Devil Wears Prada”) COMING UP . . . “The King’s Man” 2021
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…”Songbird”
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, a non-profit devoted to promoting environmental awareness) COMING UP…”Killers of the Flower Moon”, 2021
1996  Tye Sheridan, Elkhart TX, movie actor (“Ready Player One”, “X-Men: Apocalypse”)
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 silence at 11 am.
• “Veterans’ Day” in the USA, the 102nd annual observance originally called “Armistice Day”, then 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, ‘Indian Summer’ in North America (uh, maybe ‘Native Summer’?).
• “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’. (***See “Today’s Record”, below***)
• “Metal Day”, in honor of the classic 1984 metal mockumentary “This is Spinal Tap”. Metal declares independence from the mundane and conventional while insanity, alienation, and death are its foundation But it’s not all doom and gloom…(So, flash the Devil horns, crank it to 11 and have … a good time … all the time!)
COMING UP . . .
[Thurs] Chicken Soup for the Soul Day
[Thurs] National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day
[Fri] Actor’s Day
[Fri] Sadie Hawkins Day
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 City holds their 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 artist to ever 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)
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2018  Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba sets new records for their Singles Day sale, $1 billion in 85 seconds, $30.8billion in 24 hours
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ The side of a hammer is called a “cheek”.
✓ An espresso has less caffeine than a cup of coffee (115 to 80mg).
✓ One pound (454g) of coffee makes about 50 cups of coffee; One pound of tea leaves makes about 300 cups of tea.
✓ The length from your wrist to your elbow is the same as the length of your foot.
✓ On average, people can hold their breath for about one minute. The world record is 15 minutes 2 seconds.
✓ Baskin-Robbins once made a ketchup-flavored ice cream.
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 SLICE OF BS:
➠ A 90-year-old Minnesota election judge has just retired after 60 years of service. (She was immediately picked up by Walmart and is now the youngest greeter they have…)
➠ Daniel Craig’s 5th Bond film, “No Time to Die”, is slated for release in April 2021. There’s already talk about who will replace Daniel Craig as Bond. (They’re thinkin’ someone muscular, tough, and British . . . Like Madonna.)
➠ Anthony Anderson said “Dreams do come true” as he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame recently. (Anthony’s star is next to Randy Quaid — Not Randy Quaid’s STAR, but Randy Quaid . . . under a park bench . . . sleeping.)
➠ A truck carrying bees toppled on a Pennsylvania highway recently, closing Interstate 81 South. (I think authorities refer to accidents like this as a “Honey Boo Boo…”)
➠ Robin Thicke & April Love Geary are expecting their third child together! (Expect the baby to be born with its mother’s eyes and its dad’s thin layer of ooze…)
BS WEB GOODIE:
Must be a Sharp ‘A’: https://tinyurl.com/y4epvfyu
BS RANDOM JOKE:
Does my partner think I’m a control freak? I haven’t decided yet.
BS PHONE STARTER:
What is the smallest reason you’ve ended a relationship?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: THESE are 50% shorter than they were 15 years ago. What are they?
Answer: Phone calls
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.