Thursday, November 17, 2022 – Edition: #7361
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Brendan Fraser will not be attending the Golden Globe Awards, even if he receives a nomination for his much-buzzed-about performance in “The Whale”. Asked in a new cover profile for GQ’s Men of the Year issue whether he would go to the Jan. 10 event, Fraser said he “will not participate”, adding: “I have more history with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association than I have respect for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association”, a reference to the nonprofit organization that votes for the Golden Globes. The “Mummy” star has claimed that former HFPA President Philip Berk sexually assaulted him in the summer of 2003, while at a luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel, an alleged incident Berk disputes. Fraser has said he believes he was blacklisted in Hollywood partly due to the aftermath of the alleged incident. Fraser added to GQ: “My mother didn’t raise a hypocrite. You can call me a lot of things, but not that.”
★ Brian Laundrie’s family has joined the public outrage over a clue featured on Sunday’s episode of “Celebrity Jeopardy!” involving their son, who committed suicide after murdering his girlfriend Gabby Petito last year. According to their attorney, the family agrees with comments made by shocked social media users — who slammed the game show for the “insensitive” and “tasteless” clue — and wants the show to apologize. The clue read, “In 2021, fugitive Brian Laundrie ended his days in Fla.’s Myakkahatchee Creek area, home to these long & toothy critters.” Fans slammed the show, saying the nature of the clue made light of the tragic circumstances in which Petito and Laundrie died.
★ It looks as though Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis will be making a “Freaky Friday” sequel. Curtis was quoted this week as saying: “There is no scheduled date, but we’re talking…The right people are talking.” Curtis said she and Lohan discussed their possible big screen reunion last Sunday. She feels that with her turning 64 next week, and with Lohan 36 now, “[A sequel] lends itself so beautifully.” Curtis said they are both committed to it, and now the decision is “Disney’s to make and I think they’re interested.”
★ Mariah Carey won’t be getting everything she wants for Christmas this year. Her attempt to trademark the phrase “Queen of Christmas” has been rejected. The US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board denied her attempt to trademark the phrase, along with her attempts to lock down the rights to “Princess Christmas” and “Christmas Princess.” Carey applied for the trademarks in March, 2021 but quickly faced backlash, including from singer Darlene Love, who says David Letterman gave her the title 30 years ago. Carey’s planned to use the title for things like fragrances, lotions, nail polish, jewelry, and mugs, as well as ornaments, toys, dog clothing, masks, lingerie and sweatshirts.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Patrick Dempsey, Nicholas Hoult, the Backseat Lovers, Billy Gibbons
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Jessica Chastain, Martha Stewart, the Smile
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Michelle Williams, the winners of “Pickled”
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): David Duchovny, Sarah Jones
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Tracee Ellis Ross, Sosie Bacon, Erica Spera
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Craig Conover, Kory Keefer
• The View” (ABC/CTV): Danai Gurira, Garth Brooks
• “The Talk” (CBS): Kelly Rowland, John Michael Higgins
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Chris Hemsworth, Fitz and the Tantrums
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Mindy Kaling, Dove Cameron, Giada De Laurentiis, Chris Colfer, Noah Kahan
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Anya Taylor-Joy, Joe Buck, Aubry & Kale Walch
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Justin Hartley, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Allison Holker Boss
• “Sherri” (Check local listings): John David Washington, Mikie Russo
• “Pickled” (CBS): 16 celebs compete in a pickleball tournament to benefit Comic Relief US, and win the coveted totem of excellence: the Colbert Cup.
• “Hell’s Kitchen” (Fox): Chefs are put to the test when Gordon and special guest Stephanie Izard challenge them to make the perfect dish with obscure ingredients — only in a wok.
• “Law & Order” (NBC): When a decorated military veteran is found murdered, Cosgrove and Shaw work with his daughter to uncover an important clue; Price and Maroun untangle the stories of other service members to make their case.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Taylor Swift – On the same day she picked up 4 Grammy nominations, Ticketmaster had to postpone sales for her “Eras” tour following site crashes and technical difficulties. The company tweeted: “There has been historically unprecedented demand with millions showing up to buy tickets for the TaylorSwiftTix Presale.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/mvsu23pf
• Rihanna – said the one celebrity she’s hoping to add to her next Savage x Fenty fashion show is none other than — Beyoncé! Quote: “I mean, Beyoncé got body. That would just trump everything for me.” Her show last week featured Johnny Depp, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Cara Delevigne, and more.
• Bryan Adams – is among the nominees for The Songwriters Hall of Fame next year. Also to be voted upon for the 54th Annual Induction & Awards Gala on June 15, 2023 are Snoop Dogg, Patti Smith, R.E.M., Sade, Gloria Estefan, ELO’s Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood, and many more.
• Rush — bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee’s memoir, which was originally scheduled for release this fall, now has a release date of May 16, 2023. The as-yet-untitled memoir will be around 400 pages, and be available as a hardcover and as an e-book.
• KISS – Gene Simmons says the band has decided the date and place for its last-ever concert, but he’s not revealing it yet. Quote: “You don’t want to find out what you’re getting for Christmas…in July, right?” The group’s “End Of The Road” tour was originally scheduled to conclude on July 17, 2021 in New York, but has since been extended to at least early 2023.
• Tim McGraw – has been named co-headliner for 2023’s “Boots and Hearts”, the largest country music festival in Canada. The event, set for Aug. 10-13 at Burl’s Creek, north of Toronto, will also feature headliners Keith Urban, Tim Hicks, and…Nickelback? LINK: https://bootsandhearts.com/
• Jelly Roll, Jackson Dean and Priscilla Block – are all nominees for the Country Radio Seminar’s latest New Faces class. The New Faces program showcases up-and-comers in its New Faces of Country Music show. Elvie Shane, Ernest, Callista Clark, Frank Ray and Nate Smith are also nominated.
• Blake Shelton – His wife has some gift ideas to celebrate his upcoming retirement from “The Voice”. She told “ET”: “It’s hard, you know, he has everything…But I think his favorite thing would be a bag of corn, like honestly, he would be so thrilled. Or fertilizer or something like that.”
SHOOTING THE BULL
YOU ARE WHAT YOU HEAR:
A new study says there is a connection between your personality and the type of music you enjoy. Mental Health portal Very Well Mind surveyed over 36,000 people worldwide, asking them to rate different musical styles, and fill out questionnaires relating to the ‘Big 5’ personality traits: extraversion, agreeableness, openness, conscientiousness, and neuroticism. Here are some of their conclusions:
• Rap/hip hop fans: Despite the stereotype they are aggressive or violent, no such link was found. They tend to have high self-esteem and are generally more outgoing than fans of other styles.
• Fans of Pop music: are described as having “high self-esteem” with extraverted (outgoing) personalities, and have “honest, and hard-working” traits.
• Fans of Country: Tend to be hardworking, conventional, outgoing, and conservative. They to be emotionally stable, and rank lower than others in openness to experience.
• Fans of Rock and Heavy Metal: “often project images of anger, bravado, and aggression”, but in spite of their aggressive music tastes, they tend to be gentle, creative and introverted, with low self-esteem.
• Fans of Indie music: are defined by their “passivity”, but like their metalhead brethren, are creative, introverted, and display low self-esteem. They also tend to be intellectual, but less hardworking.
• Fans of Dance music: Are typically outgoing, assertive, and open to experience, but rank lower than others in gentleness.
• Fans of Classical music: Are somewhat introverted but at ease with themselves. Creativity and healthy self-esteem are common among them.
• Fans of Jazz, Blues, and Soul: Tend to be extroverted with high self-esteem. They also tend to be very creative, intelligent, and at ease. (And also tend to wear little, funny hats!)
Yes, like it or not, electric vehicles are the future of transportation. But up until now, the high cost of EV batteries and long charging times stood in the way of mass adoption. Now, researchers at Penn State say they have developed a breakthrough electric vehicle battery design that could lead to more affordable electric vehicles – that charge in just 10 minutes. Without getting too technical, the researchers say their breakthrough involves their development of a method of temperature control that promotes the best possible performance from a battery, and it will allow most drivers to downsize their electric vehicle batteries from 150 to 50 kWh. Lead study author Prof. Chao-Yang Wang said: “The smaller, faster-charging batteries will dramatically cut down battery cost and usage of critical raw materials such as cobalt, graphite and lithium, enabling mass adoption of affordable electric cars.”
(I hope we don’t completely get rid of regular cars. After all, no more gas-powered cars means no more gas stations. And no more gas stations means no more last-minute places to shop for my wife on Christmas Eve…)
(I had no idea electric car batteries were so expensive. In fact, any time I’ve seen one, it’s been free of charge!)
COUNTING OUR BLESSINGS:
Who are the people you most rely on? The average person has 5 people in their life who they have a very strong relationship with, and can count on for anything, according new research. A OnePoll survey looked into 2,000 Americans’ levels gratitude for the relationships in their lives, and found that 7 in 10 are more thankful for the people in their life this year than ever before (71%). On the eve of US Thanksgiving, just who are they most thankful for? Kids came in at #1 (54%), followed by a romantic partner (53%) and siblings (45%). One in 7 employed respondents said they also feel very thankful for a co-worker.
(Of COURSE I’m thankful for you, (***co-host***). It wouldn’t be the (***name of show***) without you. Literally!)
(I’ve gotta say – Yes, my kids are the ones I’m most thankful for. But they’re definitely NOT the ones who I can count on for ANYTHING!)
An AskReddit thread asked people to come up with things that look like fun in movies — but are miserable in real life. Here’s what people had to say…
➠ “Montages where they’re working hard, especially if it’s a “glow-up” thing full of exercise and dieting and self-improvement. (And in real-life, you can’t do it in fast-motion, either!)
➠ “Drinking hard liquor out of a flask. In movies, it looks kind of normal, but in real life, you just look like an alcoholic.”
➠ “Living paycheck to paycheck or not making enough to survive in the city you live in.” (But they always still have great clothes and an awesome apartment!)
➠ “Getting everyone ready in the morning…Kids drinking orange juice. Mom cooking pancakes and smiling. Dad grabbing a piece of toast and running out the door… Everyone should be scrambling to get ready and yelling at someone to get up and people fighting for the bathroom and the dog barking at a squirrel outside.”
➠ “Fighting. (Hurting) your hands, scaring your friends, and getting into legal trouble is about all you get out of fighting, besides maybe a quick rush of endorphins.”
➠ “Crowd surfing. In reality, you’re getting thrown about, dropped on people heads and groped until the crowd drops you and then you’re lucky if you don’t get your (butt) kicked for falling on someone’s head.”
➠ “Sex on the beach (sand!!!), prom, marrying a prince, trying on a LOT of outfits, legal trials, hunting ghosts, most Halloween parties, most high school relationships, having your car break down in a picturesque town. For one thing, it is never coincidentally the week of the big annual festival.”
(We say: Doing ANYTHING in the rain!)
DID YOU KNOW?
There’s a price war happening on hot dog and soda combos. Sam’s Club has lowered the price of its hot dog and drink deal at its food courts to $1.38 from $1.50. Its chief rival, Costco, still offers its combo for $1.50. On its website, Sam’s Club (owned by Walmart) said: “Frankly, it can’t be beat.” Costco’s hot dog-soda deal has cost $1.50 since it was introduced in the mid-1980s, and considers it a perk for its members. Last year, the company sold 122 million of the “loss-leaders”. The companies use a similar strategy with rotisserie chickens. Despite the cost of poultry going up, Costco’s rotisserie chickens still cost $4.99, while Sam’s Club go for…$4.98. (Also, they’re the only items you can buy “one” of in the whole place!)
BS CHRONOMETER 11.17.22
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Leonid Meteor Shower”, the annual sky-show when you can see ‘shooting stars’, peaks overnight tonight. This year, under a dark sky, you might see 10-15 Leonid meteors per hour. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/5d6u2rk9
• “Homemade Bread Day”, when we’re encouraged to bake a loaf from scratch. Mmm . . . can you smell that? (It’s also “Butter Day”. Coincidence?)
• “Use Less Stuff Day”, We tend to use a lot of disposable containers and paper towels and just…well… stuff. Today, you’re encouraged to take a critical look at these behaviors and do what you can to cut back, and dispose of what you do use in a responsible way.
• “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 told 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. 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 Jimmy Kimmel in 2010, because you really don’t need to 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. LINK: http://www.marchofdimes.org
• “Guinness World Records Day”, an annual celebration of record-breaking, when thousands of people around the world come together with one common goal, to become a title holder. (What record would you attempt?)
• “Great American Smokeout”, an annual intervention event by the American Cancer Society. Approximately 31 million American adults still smoke, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the country. Today, you’re challenged to quit for the day, or make a plan to quit. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/yp4fjk7t
COMING UP . . .
[Fri] Apple Cider Day
[Fri] Mickey Mouse Day
[Sat] Have a Bad Day Day
[Sun] Name Your PC Day
This Week is…International Fraud Awareness Week
This Month is…Peanut Butter Lovers Month
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1938  Gordon Lightfoot, Orillia ON, folk singer-songwriter (‘The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald’, ‘Sundown’)
1942  Martin Scorsese, Queens NY, movie director (“The Wolf of Wall Street”, “GoodFellas”, Oscar-“The Departed”)/TV producer (“Boardwalk Empire”)
1944  Danny DeVito, Asbury Park NJ, TV actor (“Taxi” 1978-83, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” since 2006)/movie actor (“Get Shorty”, “Twins”)/movie producer (“Pulp Fiction”)
1944  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  RuPaul (Charles), San Diego CA, TV producer-host-judge (“RuPaul’s Drag Race” since 2009 and spin-offs)
1977  Aaron Lines, Fort McMurray AB, country singer (‘Cheaper to Keep Her’, ‘You Can’t Hide Beautiful’)
1978  Rachel McAdams, London ON, movie actress (“Doctor Strange” movies, “The Notebook”)/TV actress (“True Detective” 2015)/Canada’s Walk of Fame 2014. COMING UP…“Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret” 2023
1978  Tom Ellis, Bangor Wales, TV actor (“Lucifer” 2016-21, “Rush”)
1988  Reid Perry, Ridgeland MS, country bassist (The Band Perry-‘Better Dig Two’, ‘If I Die Young’)
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2003  Actor and former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger is sworn in as 38th governor of California
2013  On its first day of release, Sony’s ‘PlayStation 4’ sells 1 million units in the US and Canada
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1997  Shania Twain’s second album “The Woman in Me” is certified Diamond for sales of 10 million
2000  “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
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1970  Douglas Engelbart receives the patent for the first computer mouse
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2003  At 21, Britney Spears becomes the youngest singer ever to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ People who feel an urge to correct other people’s grammar are actually suffering from a form of OCD known as ‘Grammar Pedantry Syndrome’.
✓ People who complain tend to live longer.
✓ 15 minutes of shivering in the cold can be the metabolic equivalent of one hour of exercise.
✓ When you listen to music, your heart can sync to the rhythm.
✓ The more intelligent a child is, the earlier they begin to lie, and the better they are at it.
✓ Most people’s bodies consist of enough fat to make 7 bars of soap.
Best of BS . . .
BS YOU MIGHT BE A BAD DRIVER IF:
• You leave a party stone sober, and the host still insists on hiding your keys and calling a cab.
• People ask you about ‘the accident’ and you reply, “Which one?”
• You replace your airbag more often than your oil.
• You’ve asked a police officer to hold your beer while you find your license.
• You swerve to miss a tree, only to find out it’s your air freshener.
• All anyone can see when you drive is your knuckles.
• Whenever you walk into traffic court, everyone greets you by name.
• Cops carry special tickets with your info already filled out.
• You’ve ever hit a car in front of you … while trying to back up.
-First published in BS in 2009
BS QUESTIONS FOR A MAN FROM A WOMAN:
• How is it you can be looking for something, be told EXACTLY where it is, and still not see it?
• How is it you never remember which day is garbage day, when it hasn’t changed for 9 years?!
• Isn’t it embarrassing how you act when you’re sick?
• Do you hear the Charlie Brown teacher every time I speak to you about my feelings?
• Do you want to go to ‘Bed, Bath and Beyond’ with me?
• Why do you even try to argue with me?
• Do you really need a seat for each of your legs?
• If you speak in the forest and no one’s there to hear you, are you still wrong?
• Why is it when you watch your own kids, people say you’re ‘babysitting’?
• Why do you act like you just cleaned the entire house simply because you took out the trash?
• Are you even listening to me?
• Why can’t you just put the seat down?!!!
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2017
BS WEB GOODIE:
Definitely looks surprised: https://tinyurl.com/bd8weew9
BS RANDOM JOKE:
My teen wants to learn to drive. I know I’m not going to stand in his way!
BS PHONE STARTER:
What is the strangest app you have heard of or tried? We’re going with “Carrr Matey”, which reminds you where you parked your car — in a pirate voice. That, or “Places I’ve Pooped”, which…well, it’s pretty self-explanatory…
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: An online survey found that THIS is the #1 fashion trend that people would like to see go away. What is it?
Answer: Saggy pants
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Our fingerprints never fade from the lives we touch.