November 17 2020

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020 – Edition: #6852

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★ Chadwick Boseman won’t be featured in the upcoming “Black Panther” sequel, according to Marvel officials. The late actor starred as the ‘King T’Challa’ in the hit 2018 flick, and was due to reprise the role before his death of cancer earlier this year at age 43. When asked about the prospect of a digital recreation of the star, Marvel’s Victoria Alonso said: “There’s only one Chadwick and he’s not with us. Our king, unfortunately, has died in real life…and we are taking a little time to see how we return to the story.”  “Black Panther 2”, starring Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman and Letitia Wright, has a May 2022 release date.
★ Who’s up for another round of wedding crashing? Vince Vaughn has revealed that he and Owen Wilson, his co-star in the 2005 R-rated comedy “Wedding Crashers,” are in talks to return for a sequel. The first movie told the story of two friends who sneak into weddings looking for one-night stands with attendees. Vaughn says that David Dobkin, the director of the original, is also in on the sequel talks, and there is a plot idea which is “pretty good.” (Right now, ANY script looks pretty good to Owen Wilson!)
★ Keanu Reeves and the rest of “The Matrix 4” team are under fire, because of a reported huge wrap party with over 200 attendees in Potsdam, Germany, despite the country’s strict coronavirus lockdown measures. The party was allegedly staged as a movie scene to avoid a 50-person limit on parties during a four-week partial lockdown that began on Nov. 3. It was apparently code-named the “ice cream team event.” A spokesperson for the studio said it really was part of the film, calling it “a celebration scene.”
★ Malcolm McDowell has revealed that he got death threats after his villain character, ‘Dr. Tolian Soran’, caused the death of ‘Captain Kirk’ in the 1994 film “Star Trek Generations”. He was given police protection when he attended the film’s premiere as a result of the backlash – much to his bemusement. McDowell said: “It was such a joke, but nobody knew whether to take it seriously, because the internet was in its very early days.”

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): “People’s Sexiest Man Alive, Alison Brie, G-Eazy featuring Blackbear
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Whoopi Goldberg, Emma Corrin, Dierks Bentley
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Hugh Laurie, Rachel Bloom, LP, Valerie Franco
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Melissa McCarthy, Bobby Cannavale, FITZ
• “Conan” (TBS): Tracee Ellis Ross
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Stephen Dorff, Elizabeth Berkley
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Michael J. Fox
• “The Talk” (CBS): Jamie Lee Curtis
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Ryan Phillippe, Buddy Valastro
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Sarah Paulson, Kiera Allen
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Holly Robinson Peete, Candace Cameron Bure, Lacey Chabert, Kane Brown, Maggie Rose
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Michael Strahan, Jamie Oliver
• “Big Sky” (ABC): Premiere. Danielle and her sister Grace are kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway; private detectives Cody Hoyt and Cassie Dewell search for them.
• “NCIS” (CBS): Season 18 premiere
• “FBI” (CBS): Season 3 premiere
• “FBI: Most Wanted” (CBS): Season 2 premiere

• BTS – Their next album “BE” will focus on the emotional impact the pandemic has had on them. The K-pop superstars released their latest LP, “Map of the Soul: 7” in February, but were forced to abandon plans to tour due to the coronavirus crisis. Instead, the group have been working on the new album.
• Post Malone – While appearing on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” to promote his new Celebrity World Pong League, he said that Drake is one of the worst celebrities he’s played against. Quote: “Drake’s no good. I was just like, ‘Man, he sucks.'”
• Mariah Carey – Has unveiled the long-lost music video for her 1996 single ‘Underneath the Stars’. She tweeted: “It’s one of my favorite songs from the Daydream album and somehow never got released. I’m so happy to have found it.” LINK:
• Jane’s Addiction — Frontman Perry Farrell says he had his voice box removed and “put on a table” during spinal surgery. He went under the knife in September to have “crushed discs” removed, and says the idea of the procedure was “daunting” because of the risk to his singing voice, but thankfully, it was a success — and he’s even standing taller now.
• KORN – Guitarist Brian “Head” Welch’s solo band Love and Death has recorded a cover of ‘Let Me Love You’, which was originally recorded by DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber. Why? He says “I have always loved that song”. It will appear on “Perfectly Preserved”, out in Feb.
• Jon Bon Jovi, Metallica frontman James Hetfield and Alice Cooper — are among the artists who will appear at VetsAid 2020: Home for the Holidays. This virtual music festival, on Dec. 12, was organized by the Eagles’ Joe Walsh and will raise funds for veteran services groups in the US.
• Jimmie Allen – will be among the stars representing country music at the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. He’ll sing with his ‘This Is Us’ duet partner Noah Cyrus at this year’s TV-only event on Nov. 26. Dolly Parton, Brett Young and Lauren Alaina will also perform.
• Merle Haggard – The Nashville tribute concert held in April to mark the 4th anniversary of his death is being released in DVD and CD Dec. 11. “Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard” includes performances of his songs by John Mellencamp, Keith Richards, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson and more.

According to a new study, telling “little white lies” to children in order to get them to behave better can be damaging to them as adults. Researchers at a Chinese university say they found that these lies, such as “Eating carrots helps you see in the dark”, or “If you keep making that face, it’ll get stuck like that forever” could be responsible for psychological damage in later life. Their study of 900 volunteers between the ages of 10-17 discovered that attachment to parents was lower and anxiety levels were higher among those who’d been lied to as kids. Girls were found to be affected more profoundly than boys.
(And here I am, still waiting for that watermelon tree to grow in my stomach…)
(On the other hand, telling your spouse a little white lie can SPARE you a lot of psychological damage!)
(You’re telling me that some kids actually NEVER were lied to?)

A Michigan man has created the world’s first mobile bowling alley. Inspired by companies like Amazon, Uber and Grub Hub, which rely on convenience for their customers to achieve success, Terrance Jackson decided to bring a bowling alley to the people, rather than make people come to the alley, by converting a 53-foot, semi-truck trailer into an exclusive entertainment center on wheels. Luxury Strike Bowling consists of 2 automatic bowling lanes, a scoring system, temperature control, neon lighting, 80-inch theater screen, a sky lounge and a state-of-the-art sound system. Because of size constraints, the two lanes are shorter than those of traditional bowling alleys, and the bowling balls are smaller and slightly lighter than regular ones. The bowling alley is available to rent for parties, corporate events, and even church gatherings and small weddings, starting at $500 for 2 hours.
(Which is exactly what we paid for bowling on Saturday night…)
(Spare me.)
(He couldn’t just come up with a video game like everyone else?)

➢ Researchers have determined that a person’s sense of self entitlement could determine how willing they are to take risks in regard to contracting COVID-19.  A study published in the journal “Personality and Individual Differences” found that people who are “higher in psychological entitlement” were less likely to comply with coronavirus guidelines compared to those with “lower” senses of entitlement. “Entitled” people were more likely to say they would still attend parties, not engage in social distancing or make efforts to wash their hands more, and were more likely to believe the threat of the virus is overblown. (Other than that, I’m sure they’re very likeable people…)
➢ Desserts have become our go-to stress reliever during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to, a Canadian search platform that connects those with a sweet tooth with delicious desserts nearby. The platform says that since early March — when the pandemic caused widespread lockdowns, most online dessert search categories saw dramatic increases of between 100% to 250%. Example: Searches for banana bread increased by 170%. (I’d like to challenge that conclusion by cross-referencing it with the latest data from…)
-NYPost, Canoe

☞ Pantyhose:  traditional sheer, flesh-tone pantyhose should be reserved for a visit with the Royal family. Opt instead for tights that give you a timeless look no matter what your age.
☞ Ankle-length dresses and skirts:  While some current fashion trends lean toward flowy full-length skirts, for business attire, it’s best to stick with styles that hit right below the knee.
☞ Shoulder pads:  They may have been awesome in the 80s, but now? Both men and women should ditch them in favor of tailored, current styles. (Hey! Even I knew that one!)
☞ Round-toed shoes for women:  It’s time for an update. To avoid looking dated, go for shoes styles with a pointed toe. (And give your co-workers an excuse to call you the Wicked Witch of the West!)
☞ Square-toed shoes for men:  Fashion experts are saying the classic round-toed dress shoe is more visually appealing – and back in style. (I guess my square-toed sneakers are never gonna catch on?)
☞ Sweater sets:  The word is if you’re over 20, you should skip them, as they can have the effect of aging older women. (So can having kids UNDER 20!)
☞ Patterned knit suit sets:  Instead , go for a tailored suit jacket with ankle-length pants or a knee-length pencil skirt in a solid, neutral color.
☞ Pleated pants for men:  Go for flat-fronts, or pants with a single crease. Pleated pants can give the appearance of extra weight around the middle, which ages you. (Ages the pants, too – they’re probably older than half your co-workers!)
☞ Suspenders:  Yes, they have their place in more fashionable circles, but the goal of your business attire shouldn’t be to make a fashion statement. Stick to a belt. (What? And deny Larry in accounting the chance to SNAP them, then laugh maniacally 3 times a day?)

A new study has found that those of us who eat chilli peppers could be 25% less likely to die prematurely from things like cancer and cardiovascular diseases. American researchers discovered that the capsaicin in the spicy peppers – which is the ingredient that gives chilli its kick – could have a load of other health benefits. Besides its antioxidant properties, capsaicin could help stop inflammation, and protect against the spiking of blood-glucose levels.


1938 [82] Gordon Lightfoot, Orillia ON, folk singer-songwriter (‘The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald’, ‘Sundown’)

1942 [78] Martin Scorsese, Queens NY, movie director (“The Wolf of Wall Street”, “GoodFellas”)/2007 Academy Award (“The Departed”)/TV producer (“Boardwalk Empire”)

1944 [76] Danny DeVito, Asbury Park NJ, TV actor (“Taxi” 1978-83, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” since 2006)/movie actor (“Get Shorty”)/movie producer (“Pulp Fiction”)

1944 [76] Lorne Michaels (Lipowitz), Toronto ON, TV producer (“Saturday Night Live” since 1975, “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” since 2014, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” since 2014)/movie producer (“Mean Girls”)/Canada’s Walk of Fame (2003)

1960 [60] RuPaul (Rupaul Andre Charles), San Diego CA, TV show host (“RuPaul’s Drag Race” since 2009)

1977 [43] Aaron Lines, Fort McMurray AB, country singer (‘Cheaper to Keep Her’, ‘You Can’t Hide Beautiful’)

1978 [42] Rachel McAdams, London ON, movie actress (“Doctor Strange”, “The Notebook”)/TV actress (“True Detective” 2015)/Canada’s Walk of Fame 2014.

1978 [42] Tom Ellis, Bangor Wales, TV actor (“Lucifer” since 2016)

1988 [32] Reid Perry, Ridgeland MS, country bassist (The Band Perry-‘Better Dig Two’, ‘If I Die Young’)

• “Leonid Meteor Shower”, peaks. The annual sky show when you can see ‘shooting stars’. (***Check for dating***) This year, the shower is expected to peak in the early hours of this morning, before dawn. NET:

• “Homemade Bread Day”, when we’re encouraged to bake a loaf from scratch. Mmm … can you smell that? (A good day to get a bun in the oven??)

• “Baklava Day”, celebrating the Greek/Turkish dessert treat that’s made from phyllo pastry, honey, nuts, and other yummy ingredients. (Can we get this delivered? Now?)

• “Farm Joke Day”, a day to have a chuckle about the rural lifestyle. Go ahead, have a cow!
Here are a few … but be warned – they’re corn-y!
➢ Why did the scarecrow win the Nobel Prize? Because he was out standing in his field!
➢ What do you get when you cross a robot and a tractor? A transfarmer.
➢ As a farmer, I hear lots of jokes about sheep.  I’d tell them to my dog but he’d herd them all.

• “Take a Hike Day”.  Instead of taking your walk today along city streets or in a mall or gym, find a park or place in the country where you can hike. Hiking is great exercise, and even more importantly … a great stress reliever. (And if you make a playlist for the occasion, be sure to label it “Trail Mix”!)

• “Unfriend Day”, an idea instigated by TV host Jimmy Kimmel in 2010, because you really don’t need to still be Facebook friends with people you went to camp with in Middle School. Or your former co-worker’s boyfriend’s roommate. (Or anyone with a “couple” profile…)

• “World Prematurity Awareness Day”, with the goal of improving the health of babies and striving to prevent premature birth, the #1 cause of infant mortality.

[Wed] Mickey Mouse Day
[Wed] Apple Cider Day
[Thurs] Women’s Entrepreneurship Day
[Thurs] World Toilet Day

2003 [17] Actor and former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger is sworn in as 38th governor of California

2013 [07] On the first day of its release, Sony’s ‘PlayStation 4’ sells 1 million units in the US and Canada

1997 [23] Shania Twain’s second album “The Woman in Me” is certified Diamond for sales of 10 million copies

2000 [20] “Rugrats in Paris: The Movie” debuts, a significant music event because its soundtrack includes ‘Who Let the Dogs Out’ by Baha Men, which becomes a worldwide hit

1970 [50] Douglas Engelbart receives the patent for the first computer mouse

2003 [17] Two weeks before her 22nd birthday, Britney Spears becomes the youngest singer ever to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame


✓ Some species of fish have voices.
✓ 15 minutes of shivering in the cold can be the metabolic equivalent of one hour of exercise.
✓ All commercial pilots must learn and speak English, regardless of their origin.
✓ People who complain tend to live longer.
✓ The more intelligent a child is, the earlier they begin to lie, and the better they are at it.
✓ A beer a day reduces the risk of developing kidney stones by 40%

Best of BS . . .

• Eaten by the early cat
• Squeezed into a crowded subway car with all of the other early birds
• Grouchy later in the day
• The freshest donuts
• To walk around without pants on because no one is up yet
• On my nerves
• The 4pm Early Bird Special
• Invited nowhere, because everyone knows they’ll just fall asleep
• I’ll never know
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2018

➠ The 2020 E! People’s Choice Awards were held Sunday. (The award recognizes people for their outstanding work in pop-culture. The winners are voted on by the general public as opposed to the Academy. (All fine and dandy until Donald Trump won for “Best Drama of 2020!”)
➠ A woman was arrested after refusing to wear a mask in an Oregon Walmart. (And yet, the most annoying person in the store remained the guy in the checkout line balancing his checkbook.)
➠ Kim Kardashian has released a candle in honor of her mom, Kris Jenner. (I guess it really lights-up when you make a sex-tape!)
➠ Atari is opening a themed hotel in Las Vegas. (It’s the perfect hotel for what is almost certainly your last date…)
➠ On this week in 1928, Mickey Mouse made his film debut in “Steamboat Willie.” (Mickey Mouse first appeared on writing tablets. Now he’s on everything from T-shirts to lunch boxes to the small of my back. Spring break…Long story.)

(***Caution — preview content***) What’s the name of that place? [Sound up]

I was just reading through that book “50 Things to do Before You Die” and I was really surprised that none of them was “Shout for help!”

What dire warning from your parents turned out not to be true?

Question:  On average, one of THESE is touched 25 times before someone buys it. What?
Answer:  A greeting card

Fear does not stop death. It stops life.


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