Tuesday, October 29, 2019 Edition: #6561
It’s Your Daily Constitutional Sheet!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Paul Rudd has been doing the media rounds in Canada promoting his Netflix show “Living With Yourself,” and recently talked about a number of Canadian things to encourage Canucks to give the show a shot. He confirmed that he’s currently bingeing CBC/Netflix hit “Schitt’s Creek” and proceeded to gush about the show’s cast and characters. Quote: “Catherine O’Hara’s character…is quite possibly the greatest creation since Mars Rovers. It’s something to behold. It’s spectacular.” Later he told Canadians that they would love his show because it involves “a lot of Tim Hortons, a lot of hockey … a lot of President’s Choice cookies.”
★ Christopher Lloyd hopes there will be a fourth “Back to the Future” film. The 81-year-old starred as Emmett ‘Doc’ Brown in the iconic film trilogy between 1985 and 1990, and now says that he would love for there to be a new installment to the franchise, although he doesn’t think it will happen. Lloyd says that although he always hoped the franchise would be successful, he never expected the magic of the series to last for over three decades. “Back to the Future – The Musical” is set to debut in February.
★ Mary Joe Eustace is dishing about making peace with her ex-husband Dean McDermott and Tori Spelling. She stopped by McDermott’s podcast “Daddy Issues” to discuss how she managed to reconcile with her ex and his wife. Because McDermott cheated and left Eustace for Spelling, the road to peacefulness was not easy. It became necessary though for the sake of Jack, the 21-year-old son she shares with McDermott. Eustace says she and Spelling have similar personalities and are now getting along famously. She even shared a photo with the “BH90210” star on social media to document the occasion. (Translation: “He’s YOUR problem now!”)
★ “The Walking Dead” is waging legal war with the creators of a comic book series. According to legal docs, “The Toking Dead” filed a trademark application in August 2017, but AMC fired back with a cease and desist, claiming copyright infringement … and the legal standoff is still going down. For those unfamiliar … “Toking Dead” is a comic strip about 2 friends who open a marijuana dispensary, and when disaster strikes and people mutate into zombies, the guys discover their weed holds the key to saving humanity.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Ewan McGregor, Linda Hamilton, Caamp
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Jason Momoa, Rhett & Link, Daniel Humm
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Jennifer Aniston, Thomas Middleditch
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Emma Thompson, Taran Killam, Jeremy O. Harris
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Hailee Steinfeld, Mallrat
• “Lights Out with David Spade” (COMEDY): Jon Lovitz, Christina Pazsitzky, Bert Kreischer
• “Conan” (TBS): Aaron Paul
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Kelly Dodd, Brandi Glanville
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Kristene Chapa, Grace Chapa
• “The Talk” (CBS): Edward Norton
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Henry Golding, Bear Grylls, Sara Lynn Cauchon
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Ewan McGregor, guest host Howie Mandel
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Max Greenfield, Shin Lim
• “The Voice” (NBC): Taylor Swift serves as mega-mentor on the second night of the knockouts, the coaches pair their artists to perform individually against a teammate, then select a winner to move on to the live playoffs.
• “2019 World Series” (FOX): Washington Nationals at Houston Astros for Game 6.
• “Any One of Us” (HBO): An unprecedented glimpse into the world of spinal cord injuries.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Post Malone – His “Hollywood’s Bleeding” has become the first album released in 2019 to score four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album spent its first three weeks at No. 1 Sept. 21 through Oct. 5, and returns to the top on the latest chart, dated Nov. 2.
• Halsey – hosted her annual Halloween party in LA on Friday night, with the theme of this year’s event being 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s rock stars. Avril Lavigne was in attendance, and joined Halsey (who was dressed as Marilyn Manson) on stage to perform her hit ‘Girlfriend’.
• Nirvana — Kurt Cobain’s vintage, olive-green cardigan, which he wore at the band’s famous “MTV Unplugged” performance in New York in 1993, sold for $334,000 at auction on the weekend. The cardigan has never been washed since the concert.
• Elton John – postponed his Saturday night concert in Indianapolis. He posted on social media that he was “extremely unwell”. That comes following the death of Gladys Furnish – the mother of his Toronto-born husband David Furnish. The show will be rescheduled for March.
• Prince – lashed out at the music industry for “trying to ram Katy Perry and Ed Sheeran down our throats” in a series of unearthed notes and letters. Prince wrote: “We don’t like it no matter how many times they play it.” The notes were found inside his home following his death, and will be part of a book, “The Beautiful Ones”, by Dan Piepenbring, who had been asked by the Purple One to work on his memoir before his passing.
• Metallica — Founding Thin Lizzy guitarist Eric Bell has slammed them for allegedly failing to pay him for a guest appearance 20 years ago. He was invited to play ‘Whiskey in The Jar’ with the metal legends in Dublin in July 1999 and expected to receive around 2000 euros (approximately $2,200) for his appearance. He admits there was no agreement on the fee, but feels slighted that he was handed “a big ball” of Metallica t-shirts, key rings and hats instead of payment.
• Little Feat – singer/guitarist Paul Barrere died on Saturday from complications of liver disease at UCLA Hospital at age 71. His songwriting credits include ‘Feats Don’t Fail Me Now’, and his music appeared on “The Sopranos”, and in the films “Major League II”, “Pink Cadillac” and “Road House”, among others.
• Cody Jinks — canceled his concert slated for Saturday night in Nacogdoches, Texas, because of an unspecified “threat of violence.” He tweeted: “The safety for our fans, friends, and staff is first and foremost.” Police say they were notified Saturday morning of a threat that was made over the phone. Kinks has promised to reschedule the show.
• Ned LeDoux – His 2-year-old daughter Haven died due to a choking accident at the family home in Kansas. LeDoux is the son of singer-songwriter Chris LeDoux, and has released one studio album.
• Chris Lane – married “The Bachelor” alum Lauren Bushnell on Friday in Nashville.
THIS WEEK’S VIDEO RELEASES (Streaming and/or DVD):
• “Luce” (R-Rated, Drama/Mystery): A married couple is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted from war-torn Eritrea, after an alarming discovery by a devoted high school teacher threatens his status as an all-star student. (Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Tim Roth)
• “10 Minutes Gone” (R-Rated, Action/Adventure): A man whose memory has been lost due to a bank heist gone wrong must piece together the missing 10 minutes from his memory in order to determine who sabotaged him. (Bruce Willis, Michael Chiklis)
• “Them That Follow” (R-Rated, Drama/Mystery): Set deep in the wilds of Appalachia, where believers handle death-dealing snakes to prove themselves before God, a pastor’s daughter holds a secret that threatens to tear her community apart. (Kaitlyn Dever, Walton Goggins, Olivia Colman)
• “Mike Wallace Is Here” (PG-13, Documentary): Relying exclusively on archival footage, a documentary that tracks Wallace’s storied career and troubled personal life, and explores how broadcast journalism evolved to today’s precarious tipping point.
CHECK THIS OUT:
Canadian grocery chain Sobeys is testing a computerized shopping cart that lets customers scan groceries and pay for them without having to line up at a checkout counter. The machine, called “Smart Cart”, operates like a self-checkout on wheels, with a built-in scale to weigh produce, and a scanner plus a screen to show the price total and a card reader for payment. The customer scans their groceries, pays, and leaves. Soon, Sobeys hopes their carts will be able to analyze what a shopper has put in it without the need to scan a barcode. It will also be able to take a customer’s grocery list and plan a route through the store, guiding them to each item using an on-screen map. Or, a customer could choose a recipe and have the cart show them where to find the ingredients.
(You had me at “not having to line up at a checkout counter.”)
(What they haven’t thought of is that with no trip to the cash register, sales of National Enquirer will plummet!)
(They can make the carts as “smart” as they want…I bet it still has one wobbly wheel!)
A haunted house in Summertown, Tennessee promises such a fright that participants must be cleared by a doctor and sign a 40-page waiver before entering. The McKamey Manor experience, which can last up to 10 hours, also requires those-about-to-be-spooked to be at least 18 years old, insured and pass a background check and drug test. Owner Ross McKamey offers $20,000 to anyone who is able to complete the tour, but so far, it hasn’t happened. He records each tour on video, which he says is as much for his own legal protection as it is for the publicity he gets by posting them online. How much does it cost to have the willies scared out of you? It’s free, with a bag of dog food for the owner’s five dogs. McKamey says that the key to inspiring terror is a “mind game” that relies on hypnotism to have visitors tricked by their own minds.
(All those requirements, and they never said a thing about having to wear diapers?)
(I couldn’t even watch the videos…)
HOW TO HAVE AN ECO-FRIENDLY HALLOWEEN:
(…or How to Make Your Halloween Less Scary for the Environment…)
☞ Parties: Make yours a zero-waste party. Avoid the use of single-use plastics such as cups, plates and cutlery. (And Dracula teeth?)
☞ Pumpkins: Buy yours from a local farmer’s market. After carving it, compost the insides, or put it to good use by making pumpkin pie and roasting the seeds.
☞ Costumes: Instead of buying new, shop at a thrift store, borrow from a friend or make your own pieces from old clothing and textiles. (I’m sure I have some pretty scary stuff right in my closet right now!)
☞ Candy: To avoid excessive packaging, purchase treats in bulk. Package them in mini paper bags. Buy fair trade chocolate bars. (Where can I get fun-size fair trade stuff?)
☞ Decorations: Reuse as many decorations as you can from year to year. And get crafty! Gather some art supplies and make your own decorations from household or outdoor items like branches, leaves, cardboard, ribbon, tin cans, etc. (If you’re looking for spider webs, you’re welcome to come visit my basement…)
(Green: Now an official Halloween color!)
DID YOU KNOW?
According to scientist and photographer Dr. Roger Clark, the resolution of the human eye is 576 megapixels. The camera in an iPhone 7 is 12 megapixels.
BS CHRONOMETER 10.29.19
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1947  Richard Dreyfuss, Brooklyn NY, movie actor (“Jaws”, “Mr Holland’s Opus”)
1957  Dan Castellaneta, Chicago IL, TV voice-over actor (‘Homer’ on “The Simpsons” since 1989)
1961  Randy Jackson, Gary IN, pop singer (Jackson 5-‘Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)’ (Not to be confused with the Randy Jackson of “American Idol” fame)
1971  Winona Ryder, Winona MN, movie actress (“Beetlejuice”, “Edward Scissorhands”)/TV actress “Stranger Things” since 2016
1972  Tracee Ellis Ross, LA CA, TV actress (‘Dr Rainbow Johnson’ in “black-ish” since 2014) COMING UP…”Covers”, 2020
1972  Gabrielle Union, Omaha NE, movie actress (“Bring It On”, “Bad Boys II”)
1984  Chris Baio, Bronxville NY, indie rock musician (Vampire Weekend-‘Diane Young’, ‘Cousins’)
BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Hermit Day”, the perfect excuse to curl up with a good book and enjoy a day of peace and quiet.
• “International Cat Day”, a day for cat fanatics to dote over their felines … as if they don’t the rest of the year.
• “Oatmeal Day”, a food celebration honoring the hot breakfast cereal that ‘sticks to your ribs’, as grandma used to say.
• “World Psoriasis Day”, to increase awareness of the life-long skin disorder. It’s estimated some 125 million people worldwide suffer from the malady.
• “International Internet Day”, Since 2005, it has been celebrated to commemorate a momentous day in the history of telecommunications and technology, which to many, signifies the creation of the internet. On this date in 1969, the first electronic message was transferred from one computer to another. The letters ‘L’ and ‘O’ were transferred before the connection crashed. (The dude was typing “LOL”????)
AND REMEMBER . . .
[Wed] Checklist Day
[Wed] Candy Corn Day
[Thurs] National Magic Day
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2012  Publishing houses Penguin and Random House merge to become Penguin Random House, the largest publisher in the world
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1983  ‘Islands in the Stream’, written by the Bee Gees and intended for Marvin Gaye, goes to #1 in the US as a duet by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.
2005  Wax figures of The Beatles used on the cover of the “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album are auctioned off for £81,500 after being discovered languishing in a back room of Madame Tussauds wax museum in London
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1945  First ballpoint pen goes on sale, manufactured by Biro
TODAY’S RECORDS . . .
1998  Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off on STS-95 with 77-year old John Glenn on board, making him the oldest person to go into space
2008  Delta Air Lines merges with Northwest Airlines, creating the world’s largest airline
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ The human body contains 96,000km (59,650miles) of blood vessels.
✓ The right lung takes in more air than the left.
✓ Kite flying is a professional sport in Thailand.
✓ A chameleon’s tongue is twice the length of its body.
✓ Flies always launch backward for a quick getaway.
✓ The average speed of a skydiver’s descent is 200kph (124mph)
BS HAUNTED HOUSEPARTY PLAYLIST:
• Transylvania Girls
• Hungry Like the Wolfman
• Scareless Whisper
• Mummy Mia
• Pumpkin Spice Spice Baby
• All About That Basement
• I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Boos (by Skeleton John)
• Please Mr. Ghostman
• Smells Like Teen Spirits
• Anything by Slayer
BEST OF BS:
BS SIGNS YOU’RE TOO OLD TO GO TRICK-OR-TREATING:
• You get winded from knocking on the door.
• When someone drops a candy in your bag, you lose your balance and fall over.
• You have to carefully choose a costume that won’t dislodge your hairpiece.
• You ask for high-fiber candy only.
• When the door opens you yell, “Trick or …” and can’t remember the rest.
• You’re the only ‘Batman’ in the neighborhood with a walker.
• You have to ask a kid to chew the candy for you.
• People say, “Great Keith Richards mask!”, but you’re not wearing a mask.
– First published in ‘BS’ 2002.
BS PHONE STARTER:
What is the tackiest Halloween costume you’ve ever seen?
BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
• The word ‘witch’ comes from an Old English word meaning:
a. Wise woman [CORRECT]
b. Wicked woman
c. Wrinkled woman
d. Broom rider
• Which is an earlier name used for candy corn?
a. Sweet kernels
b. Chicken feed [CORRECT]
c. Sugar bombs
d. Orange drops
BS RANDOM JOKE:
A kid came to the door last night to trick-or-treat. I say: “Um buddy, it’s only October 28th. He says: “I’m dressed as a time traveler.”
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: In a new Halloween poll, parents said that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are their favorite treats to steal from their kids. What was second?
Answer: Kit Kats (followed in order by Milky Way, Three Musketeers and Candy Corn)
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.