Friday, November 5, 2021 — Edition: #7101
Never Accept a Generic – Ask For Pure “BS”!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Joe Exotic says his health has taken major turn for the worse. In a note shared on Instagram, The ‘Tiger King’ star says he recently had a biopsy performed on his prostate, and doctors let him know that he has an “aggressive cancer.” He says he doesn’t want sympathy, he wants to be able to receive treatment at home. His attorney, says he plans to file a motion requesting compassionate release from federal prison in Texas. While he is hopeful cancer treatment will help, Exotic also acknowledges the outlook could be grim, noting if treatment doesn’t work, he’d like to, “enjoy what life I have left with my loved ones!” This comes on the heels of Netflix sharing the trailer for the Tiger King follow-up series featuring many those who appeared in the show’s first season.
★ If you were a fan of “The Sopranos,” you probably have questions about what really happened when the show’s final episode suddenly cut to black, leaving Tony Soprano’s fate in limbo. Finally, in a new interview with Hollywood Reporter, creator David Chase has given a clear-cut answer: Tony died after the sudden cut to black. Chase says, at one point, about 2 years before the series’ 2007 finale, he spotted saw a little restaurant. Quote: “It was kind of like a shack that served breakfast. And for some reason I thought, ‘Tony should get it in a place like that. Why? I don’t know.’” If anything, the revelation gives some closure to the series, not too long after we learned about Tony’s origins in “The Many Saints of Newark.”
★ For “Sex and the City” fans who can’t help but wonder whether they, too, could enjoy the lavish lifestyle of Carrie Bradshaw and her crew — at least for a night — there’s a chance now to find out. For 2 nights in November, Airbnb is renting a version of Carrie’s enviable apartment. It’s got all the accoutrements that made it so memorable on the show, plus a virtual visit from Carrie herself, Sarah Jessica Parker. The brownstone stays will occur just weeks ahead of the premiere of “And Just Like That …”, the upcoming HBO Max series that continues the adventures of Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte, but not Samantha. Oh, and because the original “Sex and the City” premiered 23 years ago, each one-night stay will cost guests just $23. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/4e85rk6w
★ Quentin Tarantino is selling 7 never-before-seen “Pulp Fiction” scenes as non-fungible tokens (NFTs). He announced that he is venturing into the world of cryptocurrency by auctioning off uncut scenes from the 1994 black comedy film that starred John Travolta and Uma Thurman. The scenes will be sold as Secret NFTs – to give a choice to the owner to publicly display possession of the token or keep it under wraps.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Kieran Culkin, D.J. “Shangela” Pierce, Camilo & Evaluna
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Tony Hale, Snail Mail
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Beanie Feldstein, Norman Lear, Lady A, Atom Willard (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Ben Platt (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): A former co-host returns to the table for Flashback Friday
• “The Talk” (CBS): Kal Penn
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Fisher Steven, Ryan Eggold, Dr. Jennifer Ashton
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Nicole Scherzinger, Blake Anderson, guest host Tiffany Haddish
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Anna Kendrick, Michael Imperioli, Steve Schirripa, Duff Goldman, Tito Jackson
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Billy Porter, Missy Robbins
• “2021 Breeders’ Cup Classic: (NBC): From Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, CA
• “Next Stop, Christmas” (HALLMARK): Angie wonders what life would be like if she had married an ex who became famous. When she finds herself magically transported to the past, she has the chance to relive that Christmas and learn what (and who) is truly important to her.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Host Kieran Culkin, with musical guest Ed Sheeran
• “Dexter: New Blood” (SHOWTIME): Series premiere. For the past decade, Dexter has assimilated into small-town life; when a local hotshot begins behaving recklessly, he questions whether he can continue to suppress his murderous urgings.
• “Yellowstone” (PAR): Season 4 premiere
• “A Christmas Treasure” (HALLMARK): After opening a 100-year-old time capsule, a woman meets a charming chef and wonders if she should move to New York and further her writing career.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Justin Bieber and Coldplay — lead the line-up for Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball with Barclaycard 2021. “The UK’s biggest Christmas party” returns to London’s O2 arena December 11 and 12. Also on the bill: Years & Years, Jax Jones, Clean Bandit, Becky Hill, Jesy Nelson, Sigrid, and Mimi Webb.
• Mariah Carey — has announced a new festive single with Khalid, ‘Fall In Love At Christmas’, dropping today. It also features US choir director and gospel singer Kirk Franklin.
• ABBA – have dropped the first look at the slick digital avatars that will take the stage for their 2022 “Voyage” concert series. The high-energy trailer sees the group rocking the stage in glowing, Tron-like suits on a stage filled with digital neon pyramids as they dance along to 1978’s ‘Summer Night City’. Their return includes a London concert series that will have them performing as avatars with a live band beginning May 27. After a four-decade break, ABBA’s new album “Voyage” comes out today. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/4ks2ej8n
• Bee Gees — The career of Sir Barry Gibb is being celebrated on a new set of stamps. The Isle of Man Post Office 7-stamp collection charts his career from 1969-2019. Gibb was born on the island in 1946, followed by his twin brothers Robin and Maurice 3 years later.
• Alice Cooper – has announced a US tour for early next year in support of latest album “Detroit Stories”. The run of dates will kick off in Cincinnati on January 28, and will conclude with him headlining the 2022 Monsters of Rock cruise in mid-February. Later in the year, he’ll tour with The Cult in the UK.
• Bruce Springsteen — is reportedly looking to sell his music and publishing catalogs, and he stands to score a massive payday. Billboard estimates his album catalog to be worth $145-$190 million, while his publishing could fetch $185 million-$225 million.
• U2 – have joined TikTok, and are previewing a new song there. They gave fans a taste of ‘Your Song Saved My Life’, which will be featured in the soundtrack to the animated movie “Sing 2”. Bono also has a voice role, as the world’s most reclusive rock star, ‘Clay Calloway’. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/tzhpesc
• Little Big Town – will support the Eagles at London’s BST Hyde Park. Karen Fairchild and co. say it’s a “dream come true” to be opening for the iconic rock band at a 50th-anniversary show on June 26.
• Carrie Underwood and Mickey Guyton – are 2 of the big names who have been announced to appear at the 2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 25. They will join Jimmie Allen and Chris Lane to represent country music at the event, which returns to its pre-pandemic format of floats, marching bands and in-person crowds lining the streets of New York City. (Full list here: https://tinyurl.com/ywuxshpa )
• Brad Paisley – His wife Kimberly Williams posted what might be the most embarrassing birthday photo of all time for his 49th birthday on Oct. 28. On Insta, she uploaded of Paisley riding a coin-operated grocery store horse like it’s a bucking bronco. Her caption: “It’s hard to believe he’s even a grown up, but please help me wish @bradpaisley a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! LINK: https://tinyurl.com/kvv8ydpn
SHOOTING THE BULL
TODAY’S MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “Eternals” (PG-13, Action/Adventure): The saga of a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations. (Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek)
• “Spencer” (R-Rated, Biography/Drama): The marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles has long since grown cold. Though rumors of affairs and divorce abound, peace is ordained for Christmas festivities at the Queen’s Estate. But this year, things will be profoundly different. (Kristen Stewart, Timothy Spall)
• “The Beta Test” (R-Rated, Mystery/Thriller): A married Hollywood agent receives a mysterious letter for an anonymous sexual encounter and becomes ensnared in a sinister world of lying, infidelity, and digital data. (Jim Cummings, Virginia Newcomb)
⇒ White Castle believes that a robot can make better French fries than a person can, and is trying out a new fry-flipping robot named “Flippy 2”. Why is it so difficult to make great fries consistently? Employees in fast food restaurants are often subject to a flurry of distractions in the kitchen, causing them to pull fries out of the fryer too early, or leave them in too long. Last year, the burger chain installed the first french-fry making robot, “Flippy”, in one of its kitchens in the Chicago area, and the chain recently replaced it with Flippy 2, a smaller version that performs more human functions. White Castle has plans to roll it out to up to 10 of its 360 total restaurants. No word on what kind of impact Flippy 2 may eventually have on employee numbers. (With a cute lil’ name like that…WHO CARES!)
⇒ For the person on your Christmas list who takes their hot sauce a little bit TOO seriously, Wal Mart is selling a “Flavors of the World” hot sauce gift set. It includes 30 bottles of hot sauces that were “inspired from journeys across the globe,” according to the description. Each 20-ounce bottle has a different flavor, including Mango Habanero, Smokey Bourbon, Extremely Hot Red, Garlic Del Fuego, Fiery Diablo, Jalapeño, Green Jalapeño, Mexican Style, Garlic Habanero, and Smokin Chipotle. How much? Just $19.98. Plus toilet paper. Sorry. (It’s like an advent calendar for the tailgate party crowd!)
NEWS OF THE WEIRD:
➢ An airplane passenger left travelers stunned when he was caught giving a friend a tattoo during a flight. Video posted by the Instagram account “Passenger Shaming” shows the man using a tattoo gun on his buddy’s hand while the plane was landing. Leaning the hand on his tray table, large puddles of ink are seen splattering over it. It was shared with the caption: “Thoughts and prayers for no turbulence.” It isn’t clear what he was drawing. (…aside from a lot of disgusted looks from others!)
➢ A Georgia woman who left an emergency room untreated after waiting hours to see a doctor was charged $700 – simply for showing up! Taylor Davis says she went to the Emory Decatur Hospital emergency room for a head injury, but decided to leave after waiting 7 hours for care. A few weeks later, $700 bill arrived in her mailbox from the hospital. Davis, who says her name was never called and her vital signs were never taken, was convinced it must be a mistake. But an email response to her inquiry informed her she was charged for an “emergency room visit fee”. The message from a hospital financial services employee said: “You get charged before you are seen. Not for being seen.” (Like the old saying goes, they really “SEEN her coming”, didn’t they?)
DID YOU KNOW?
New research is calling into question the widely-accepted premise that people are basically optimistic. In fact, researchers from the University of Bath say people may be naturally pessimistic. Their study concluded: “Optimism bias is continually being used to guide large government projects, seemingly to manage projections about the time and financial costs of project. Our latest research…supports a re-examination of optimism bias before it guides policy any further.” (I’ve gotta agree. I’m usually pretty pessimistic myself. Except on Fridays, of course!)
BS CHRONOMETER 11.05.21
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1941  Art Garfunkel, New York NY, folk-pop singer (Simon & Garfunkel-‘Mrs. Robinson’)
1955  Kris Jenner, San Diego CA, momager/TV personality (“Keeping Up with the Kardashians”)/mother of…well, you know…
1959  Bryan Adams, Kingston ON, pop-rock singer-guitarist (‘Summer of ’69’, ‘Cuts Like a Knife’)/professional photographer (“Exposed”)
1960  Tilda Swinton, London UK, movie actress (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”, “Snowpiercer”)
1963  Tatum O’Neal, Los Angeles CA, movie actress (“The Bad News Bears”, Little Darlings”)/Youngest person to win an Academy Award, for “Paper Moon” at age 10
1964  Famke Janssen, Amstelveen Netherlands, movie actress (“X-Men” movies, “Taken” movies”)
1968  Sam Rockwell, Daly City CA, movie actor (“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, ‘Justin Hammer’ in “Iron Man 2”)/TV voice actor (‘Vic’ in “F is for Family” 2015-present)
1971  Jonny Greenwood, Oxford England, rock guitarist-keyboardist (Radiohead-‘Creep’, Karma Police’)
1974  Ryan Adams, Jacksonville NC, alt-country/rock singer-songwriter-guitarist (‘Bad Blood’, ‘Lucky Now’)/married to Mandy Moore 2009-15
1987  Kevin Jonas, Teaneck NJ, pop singer (Jonas Brothers-‘Sucker’, ‘Only Human’)/reality TV star (“Married to Jonas” 2012-13)
SATURDAY- Sally Field (“Forest Gump”) is 75; Fred Penner (“Fred Penner’s Place”) is 75; Ethan Hawke (“Training Day”) is 51; Rebecca Romijn (“X-Men” franchise) is 49; Thandiwe Newton (correct) [*pron: Tan DEE way*] (“Crash”) is 49; Zoe McLellan (“NCIS: New Orleans”) is 47; Taryn Manning (“Orange is the New Black”) is 43; Patina Miller (“Madam Secretary”) is 37; Emma Stone (“La La Land”) is 33
SUNDAY- Joni Mitchell (‘Big Yellow Taxi’) is 78; Christopher Knight (“The Brady Bunch”) is 64; Tommy Thayer (KISS) is 61; Music producer David Guetta is 54; Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”) is 51; Zach Myers (Shinedown) is 38, Adam Devine (“Pitch Perfect”) is 37; Lorde (‘Royals’) is 25
BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Guy Fawkes Day” in England, a traditional celebration since 1752 (also celebrated in New Zealand and the Canadian province of Newfoundland & Labrador). It commemorates the 1605 ‘Gunpowder Plot’ when Fawkes-led Catholics attempted to blow up the Parliament Buildings. One of the day’s traditions gives it its nickname … ‘Bonfire Night’.
• “Commercial TV Broadcast Day”, the first commercial was broadcast on television on this date in 1930. (Quick, what is your favorite of all time?)
• “American Football Day”, On this day in 1959, sports fan Lamar Hunt launched a league of his own – the American Football League (AFL). It merged with the NFL in 1966. It’s also…
• “Jersey Day”, to express your fandom for your favorite pro football players. (And to find out who at your workplace judges people according to what team they cheer for!)
• “Love Your Red Hair Day”, a day to celebrate the beauty of those gorgeous red tresses. Today, gingers are encouraged to celebrate their red hair by posting photos on social media using #LoveYourRedHairDay. BS GINGER SNAPS: Famous redheads include musicians Ed Sheeran, Florence Welch (Florence + the Machine) and birthday-boy Art Garfunkel (when he was younger); actresses Christina Hendricks, Emma Stone, Julianne Moore; actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Damien Lewis and Eddie Redmayne (appropriate name or what?), and, of course, Prince Harry (for a limited time!)
• “Bank Transfer Day”, started in response to plans by big banks to charge fees that many people saw as excessive. The day encourages people to transfer their money from big commercial banks to not-for-profit credit unions.
• “Halfway Point of Autumn” (Northern Hemisphere), with 45 days elapsed and 45 more remaining until the Winter Solstice on December 21st. (Or 33 more leaf rakings…)
• “Basketball Day”, honoring the game invented in 1891 by Canadian-American James Naismith as a YMCA pastime, which evolved into big biz where players get a bazillion bucks a bucket. Naismith was born on this date in 1861. BS FUN FACT: Naismith also invented the football helmet.
• “National Nachos Day”, They were first created circa 1943 by Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Anaya while working at a restaurant called the ‘Victory Club’ in Piedras Negras, Mexico. The original nachos consisted of fried tortilla chips covered with melted cheese and jalapeño peppers. (***And just try to get through this bit without making a ‘Nacho cheese’ pun!***)
• “Saxophone Day”, commemorating the 1814 birth of Belgium’s Adolphe Sax, inventor of the musical instrument named for him. (What is your favorite song featuring a sax?)
• “Marooned Without a Compass Day”, we can only imagine that this day came from the question most people are asked at least once in their life: “If you were lost on a desert island, what one item (or 2 items, or 3 of whatevers…) would you want with you?” (We’re choosing a boat!)
• “Book Lovers Day”, honoring all the bookworms and book lovers in your life. If you’re a book lover yourself, treat yourself to some quality reading time.
• “The End of Daylight Saving Time”, as Standard Time officially returns at 2 am. Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour (remember: ‘Spring forward, Fall back’). Hey, it’s a long weekend! About 70 countries observe DST. Most of North America, Europe and parts of South America and New Zealand adhere to it, while China, Japan, India and most countries do not. (It starts on different dates in some countries. In Australia, DST started Oct. 3. In Europe, it happened last weekend…)
• “Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day”, celebrating a particular combination of flavors: dark, bitter chocolate and toasted almonds. This is one of the oldest recipes involving chocolate in the English-speaking world. (Hey, chocolate with ‘whatever’ works for me!)
• “Notary Public Day”, initiated in 1975 to honor the officers who ‘administer oaths and statutory declarations, witness and authenticate documents, and perform certain other acts varying from jurisdiction-to-jurisdiction’. (Almost as exciting as “Accountants Day”)
• “Hug A Bear Day”, it isn’t about the big fuzzy beasts that roam the forests munching on nuts and berries. Hugging one of those could, in fact, lead to a very BAD Day. Hug A Bear Day is about our loyal, trusty, fuzzy, stuffed Teddy Bear.
• “Little League Girls Day”, in honor of New Jersey’s brave foray in equal opportunity sports for tomboys in 1973, when that state became the first to allow girls to play Little League baseball.
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2007  TV, film, and radio writers who are members of the Writers Guild of America go on strike, shutting down more than 60 TV programs, including all the late-night talk shows. The strike lasts until Feb. 12, 2008
2015  Collins Dictionary names “binge-watch” the word of the year, followed by “transgender”
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1988  The Beach Boys, who haven’t had a #1 hit since ‘Good Vibrations’ in 1966, top the charts with the Brian Wilson-less ‘Kokomo’, from the movie “Cocktail”. It’s the longest gap between #1s for any artist. (Exceeded by Cher with ‘Believe’ in 1999)
2011  A decayed tooth that once belonged to John Lennon sells at auction for over $31,000
TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1935  The game of “Monopoly” is launched by Parker Brothers
2019  In an effort to curb gaming addiction, the Chinese government sets new rules for young people, including a maximum of 90 mins of video games per day
TODAY’S SECOND . . .
2018  NASA’s Voyager 2 probe (launched in 1977) leaves the solar system, becoming the second human-made object to reach interstellar space (the first was Voyager 1 in 2012)
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2014  A Van Gogh painting, “Still Life, Vase with Daisies, and Poppies”, sells for $61.8 million, exceeding its estimated worth of $50 million
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ The “Fi” in “WiFi” doesn’t mean anything. Its creators just called it that because it rhymes with “HiFi”.
✓ In the 19th century, ‘Shirley’ was a popular name for boys.
✓ In horse racing, the favorite wins less than 30% of the time.
✓ By the age of 20, you’ve lost 20% of your sense of smell.
✓ A rat can fall from a 5 story building without injury.
✓ Leonardo da Vinci invented an alarm clock that woke him by rubbing his feet.
Best of BS . . .
BS THINGS EVERYONE THINKS WHEN THE CLOCKS GO BACK:
• Hooray! An extra hour in bed! Bed! Bed! Bed! I’m going to put on new sheets. Maybe get a new blanket. God, I love sleep. I’m definitely going to go to bed at the ‘same’ time.
• I’m not sure my Mom has reminded me enough about the clocks. She only texted twice, emailed, and called me this morning.
• Why am I so hungry? Seriously, it’s only 7 am and I could chew that guy’s arm off to get his bacon sandwich.
• No, really, why am I so hungry? It’s only 11 am and I’ve already eaten my lunch and been to the bakery for a danish.
• Why do we even change the clocks in the first place? It’s something to do with farmers, isn’t it?
• Is my phone showing the right time? It should auto-update, shouldn’t it?
• It’s so dark out. I need a flashlight just to find my front door.
• Why am I so tired? This is basically jet lag. Standard time jet lag.
• Oh good, I haven’t missed “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune”. Oh wait, I have missed it! Stupid microwave clock…
• I’ll just go to bed now. Seems like a good idea.
• How is it 1 am? And I’m wide awake again!
-Adapted from Metro
TODAY’S SCOOP OF BS:
➠ A new report has found that that today’s pop music is louder and has less variety than the pop music of years past. (The study was conducted by your grandparents…)
➠ Wednesday was National Stress Awareness Day. (Inner city teachers and ER doctors were too busy to observe the occasion, but it was a big deal for Instagram celebs running late for 10:00 A.M. Hot Yoga…)
➠ Kris Jenner is 66 today. (Her kids don’t know what to get her because they haven’t read the script yet…)
➠ Kris Jenner is 66 today. (It’s not too late for a gift either. She’s hoping to get gift cards for Bed, Bath & Botox!)
➠ Fact of the Day: Cats ‘headbutt’ you as a way of saying they trust you. (However, in Jean-Claude Van Damme movies, it’s a way of saying: “I Can’t Act.”).
BS WEB GOODIE:
Rollin’ home for the weekend like: https://tinyurl.com/suatdha5
BS PHONE STARTER:
What is your nightmare travel story?
BS RANDOM JOKE:
Oh, no! Clocks go back on Sunday and I can’t remember where I bought mine…
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: Fridays are the most popular day of the week to use one of THESE. What are they?
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Happiness is where we find it; but very rarely where we seek it.