Friday, October 2, 2020 — Edition: #6821
We’ve Got Our Sheet Together!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ A treasure trove of Kobe Bryant memorabilia found in an abandoned storage locker has been returned to the NBA star’s family. After an abandoned locker in L.A. was recently auctioned off, it was discovered to contain everything from Kobe Bryant shoes to jerseys and even a mink coat from a photoshoot. In total, there were 35 pairs of shoes, jerseys, Lakers practice gear, a Lakers all-access badge, tax paperwork and more. The buyer sold the items to “Storage Wars” star Rene Nezhoda for about $13,000, who planned to sell them on the open market, but Kobe’s widow Vanessa felt the items belonged with the Bryant family — so her reps reached in hopes of working out a deal. Nezhoda says that now, everything has been worked out, with “a number of personal items, worn items, and paperwork sold directly back to the Bryant family”, and some of the items that were NOT worn by Kobe will still be sold for profit.
★ Zac Efron will star in a remake of the Stephen King classic “Firestarter”. The story follows a young girl who develops pyrokinetic abilities and is abducted by a secret government agency that wants to harness her powerful gift as a weapon. The first movie, released in 1984 and starring Drew Barrymore, grossed $17 million at the domestic box office.
★ Dwayne Johnson has revealed the cast for “Young Rock”, his upcoming NBC comedy series inspired by his life. Young Rock will chronicle Johnson’s formative years, with The Rock set to appear in each episode. Bradley Constant will portray Johnson at age 15 and “Marco Polo” star Uli Latukefu will play him from the ages of 18 to 20, when he’s recruited to play football at the University of Miami. Adrian Groulx plays Johnson at age 10, and Johnson’s parents will be played by Stacy Leilua and Joseph Lee Anderson. Production is expected to start soon in Australia.
★ Carole Baskin may have been scratched from “Dancing With the Stars”, but she’s champing at the bit to return to TV. She has revealed that she is “shopping a show with Think Factory.” Baskin said that the series seeks to expose animal cruelty and “will be going after the animal abusers, bringing them to justice and then hopefully getting the animals into accredited sanctuaries.”
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Shaquille O’Neal, Lamorne Morris, A$AP Ferg featuring Tyga
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Adam Sandler, BTS
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Rachel Dratch, Keith Urban (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Kieran Culkin, Maren Morris (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Jaime Harrison, Anthony Anderson
• “The Talk” (CBS): Kathie Lee Gifford, Sara Evans
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Kathie Lee Gifford, Anderson Cooper
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Kalen Allen, “World of Dance” winners MDC 3, guest host Stephen “tWitch” Boss
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Lauren Cohan, Matt Iseman, Akbar Gbajabiamila
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Jason Sudeikis, Sherri Shepherd, Kym Whitley
• “2020 NBA Finals” (ABC, SN): Game 2, Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers
• “Undercover Boss” (CBS): Season 10 premiere
• “Kingdom of Silence” (SHOWTIME): The circumstances surrounding the assassination of Saudi Arabian dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
• “Country at Heart” (HALLMARK): A struggling country singer meets a songwriter in need of inspiration. After teaming up, their work gets complicated.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Season 46 premiere. Host Chris Rock, with musical guest Megan Thee Stallion
• “2020 NBA Finals” (ABC, SN): Game 3, Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat
• “The Walking Dead” (AMC): The postponed season 10 finale
• “The Walking Dead: The World Beyond” (AMC): Series premiere. The Walking Dead spinoff follows a new set of characters who are part of the generation born after the start of the zombie menace.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Jennifer Lopez — will receive The People’s Icon award on Nov. 15 at the 2020 E! People’s Choice Awards in recognition of her contributions to music, film, television and fashion. She’ll be honored for her performances on stage and on screen, including her 2020 Super Bowl halftime performance.
• Sam Smith — has announced a virtual gig from Abbey Road Studios, and is offering fans the chance to witness the ”special performance” on October 30, the day their new album “Love Goes” drops. Fans who pre-order the album by October 5 will be able to access early bird tickets for $5.
• Michael Bublé – is one of the famous guests on Gary Barlow’s new song ‘Elita’. Colombian singer-songwriter Sebastián Yatra also helps out on the “sultry pop-fusion gem” which will appear on Barlow’s forthcoming album, out Nov. 27.
• Pearl Jam – is among the acts appearing on “Good Music to Avert the Collapse of American Democracy, Volume 2”. The album, featuring 77 previously unreleased songs from David Byrne, Postal Service, Mark Ronson, Big Boi and Sleepy Brown, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and many more, is available today only on Bandcamp. Proceeds go to Voting Rights Lab.
• Sammy Hagar — has announced plans for his annual birthday bash celebration. For more than two decades, he has hosted the event at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Mexico. This year, due to the pandemic, it will be held in Catalina Island, Calif. and broadcast as part of a pay-per-view event. The celebration on Oct. 8 will feature Hagar, his band the Circle plus surprise guests, and will air on the 17th.
• AC/DC – have released a first taster of their new album, an excerpt of the hard-riffing song ‘Shot In The Dark’. A 30 second teaser video, the first new music from the band since 2014, features the reunited line-up of Brian Johnson, Angus Young, Stevie Young, Cliff Williams and Phil Rudd, with Angus flashing his trademark devil’s horns at one point. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/ydgk43sk
• Maren Morris and Kane Brown — are among the half-dozen performers scheduled for the 2020 CMT Music Awards on Oct. 21. Ashley McBryde, Dan + Shay, Little Big Town and Luke Bryan are all on the performers list. McBryde and Dan + Shay are both three-time nominees; Morris, Brown and Little Big Town each have two nominations; and Bryan has one.
• Kenny Chesney – was one of many country artists who took time to remember Mac Davis, the 1974 ACM Entertainer of the Year who died on Tuesday. He recalled Davis befriending him early in his career and making him feel like his art mattered. Chesney wrote: “That was Mac: a giant heart, quick to laugh and a bigger creative spirit. I was blessed to have it shine on me.”
• Dolly Parton – Her new Netflix movie “Christmas on the Square” will premiere Nov. 22. The musical stars Christine Baranski as “wealthy and unpleasant woman” and Parton as an angel. It will feature 14 original songs by Parton.
RUNNING WITH THE GIRLS:
(***Caution-content***) Ahhh…some stories you just save for a Friday. If you’ve ever been lucky enough to exercise in close proximity to…errr…well-endowed women, you may have heard them complain that having breasts makes it difficult to run. To determine if that is true, UK sports-bra retailer “boobydoo” put prosthetic breasts on male runners which were designed to reflect the weight of the average bust size in the UK – 36DD. So, they had four men wearing realistic, prosthetic silicone breasts weighing 1kg. The runners were asked to run a distance based on their fitness and running ability. Their times ‘with boobs’ were then compared with their average without. The four men, on average, ran 12% slower when wearing their “knocker-lockers”. Comments from the test subjects included:
• “The impact was pretty high. My lower back feels a little bit tender right now”
• “I got a stitch early on and I don’t normally stitch (cramp)”
• “The weakness around my knees – I had to slow down, I didn’t feel comfortable going faster, as I don’t want to injure myself.”
(…or anyone else!)
(I never realized that breasts slow women down. Of course, women never chase me, so…)
NEWS OF THE WEIRD:
➢ A number of popular TikTok and Instagram influencers have been exposed for faking their luxurious lifestyle by renting a Los Angeles studio designed to look like the inside of a private jet. It turns out that there are now full-blown studios designed to look like private jets, complete with appropriate lighting, and several notable influencers have been using them to deceive their fans. This week, a list of social media influencers who used the fake jet studio, including Kennedy Cymone, who has 1.6 million Instagram followers, was circulating on Twitter. After doing a bit of digging, users found that the place was located in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, and was available for rent to groups of up to nine people, for $64 an hour. (I bet they charge extra for carry-ons, just because they can!)
➢ A group of five newly acquired parrots at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park in the UK are being booted from the zoo for squawking obscenities at visitors. After being quarantined together for several days last month due to the coronavirus outbreak, the bold birds had apparently taught each other a colorful vocabulary of curse words. The chief executive of the park said “because they were all quarantined together, it meant that one room was just full of swearing birds.” He added that the birds’ swearing made people laugh, which triggered them to swear more, and because they had also learned to mimic human laughter, “When one swears, one laughs, and before you know it, it just got to be like an old working men’s club scenario where they are all just swearing and laughing.”
(The NBA is considering using them to train refs…)
DID YOU KNOW?
A study has found that there really is a ‘flirting face’ in women, and men are naturally able to spot it. A University of Kansas team used Facial Action Coding software to examine how women interact in a social environment and if they can convey their attraction without actually saying anything. Across six studies, most men were able to recognize a certain female facial expression as representing flirting. Women’s ‘flirting’ expressions were found to be different from expressions that have similar features — for example, smiling, and men were able to differentiate the two. (We’re guessing the study took place “pre-mask” …)
BS CHRONOMETER 10.02.20
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1945  Don McLean, New Rochelle NY, folk-pop singer/songwriter (‘American Pie’, ‘Vincent’)
1948  Donna Karan (Faske), Forest Hills NY, fashion house founder (DKNY)
1951  Sting (Gordon Sumner), Newcastle-Upon-Tyne UK, rock musician (‘If You Love Somebody, Set Them Free’, The Police-‘Every Breath You Take’)/founder of the ‘Rainforest Foundation’ (1989)
1970  Kelly Ripa, Stratford NJ, TV talk show co-host (“Live With Kelly & ______” since 2001)
1971  Tiffany (Darwish), Norwalk CA, pop singer (‘I Think We’re Alone Now’), actress (“Necrosis”)
1974  Sam Roberts, Montréal QC, rock singer-songwriter (‘Don’t Walk Away Eileen’, ‘Brother Down’)
1982  Mike Rodden, Oklahoma City OK, rock bassist (Hinder-‘Better Than Me’, ‘Lips Of an Angel’)
1988  Brittany Howard, Athens GA, blues-rock singer (Alabama Shakes-‘Don’t Wanna Fight’, ‘Always Alright’)
SATURDAY- Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac) is 71; Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe) is 58; Clive Owen (“Closer”) is 56; Gwen Stefani (‘Hollaback Girl’) is 51; Kevin Richardson (Backstreet Boys) is 49; Neve Campbell (“Scream”) is 47; Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”) is 47; Sean William Scott (“American Pie”) is 44; Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 41; Ashlee Simpson (‘Pieces Of Me’) is 36; A$AP Rocky (No Limit’) is 32; Noah Schnapp (“Stranger Things”) is 16
SUNDAY- Susan Sarandon (“Thelma & Louise”) is 74; Christoph Waltz (“Django Unchained”) is 64; Russell Simmons (Co-founder of hip-hop label “Def Jam”) is 63; Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”) is 53; Alicia Silverstone (“Clueless”) is 44; Richard Parry (Arcade Fire) is 43; Melissa Benoist (“Supergirl”) is 32; Dakota Johnson (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) is 31
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Custodial Workers Day”, honoring those who clean up after the rest of us. Nicer names for ‘Janitor’ include: ‘Caretaker’, ‘Maintenance Coordinator’, and ‘Sanitation Engineer’.
• “Name Your Car Day”. Polls show that about 15% of people have a pet name for their vehicle. (***See “BS Phone Starter”, below***)
• “International Day of Non-Violence”, observed on the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. This day is referred to in India as “Gandhi Jayanti”.
• “World Farm Animal Day”, as declared by the ‘Farm Animal Reform Movement’ to memorialize the “needless suffering and death” of billions of innocent farm animals each year. It also honors the birthday of Gandhi, who was a champion of humane farming.
• “World No Alcohol Day”, Finally! A day to dry out after celebrating Beer Day, Wine Day, Margarita Day, Bloody Mary Day, Martini Day, Mai Tai Day, Pina Colada Day…you see where I’m going here.
• “Guardian Angel Day”, a special time to think about, appreciate, and give thanks to them for watching over us.
• “German Unification Day”, celebrating the 1990 reuniting of East & West Germany to again become a single country after 45 years. It was a benchmark of the end of the ‘Cold War’.
• “Techies Day”, an salute to the people who know their way around the technology that is inseparable from our daily lives. Also, a day when students are encouraged to consider a career in technology. (There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don’t…)
• “Look at the Leaves Day”, a day to admire the color changes of Autumn. (Now imagine the leaves a foot-and-half deep all over your backyard and a rake in your blistered hand …)
• “Caramel Custard Day”, it’s a rich, flavorful dessert that originated in Europe. The Ancient Romans experimented with the binding properties of eggs in their cooking, but custard as we know it didn’t emerge until the Middle Ages. (If it has caramel in it, I’m in!)
• “Family TV Show Day”, a time for everyone to gather round the TV for the privilege of learning how wonderful this brand of air freshener and that roll of toilet paper are.
• “Mean Girls Appreciation Day”, the perfect day to quote “Mean Girls”, but today’s date is particularly noteworthy for fans of the 2004 hit movie. (Things really started to heat up between Aaron Samuels and Cady when he asked her what day it was, and she replied, “It’s October 3rd.”)
• “Cinnamon Roll Day”, or “Kanelbullens Dag” as it’s known in Sweden, the country of the yummy sweet-bun’s presumed origin. Good excuse to scarf one with your coffee this morning.
• “Improve Your Office Day”, a day to focus on ways to make your work experience better. Among the suggestions: Keep it clean; simplify; and bring a piece of outside inside (Also: donuts).
• “International Toot Your Flute Day”, to encourage the idea of selling yourself and telling others how good you are, while rejecting the idea that self-promotion is ‘bragging’.
• “Taco Day”, an annual celebration of the great taste of the traditional Mexican dish.
• “Vodka Day”, celebrating the versatile, virtually tasteless and odorless tipple that accounts for about 25% of spirits sold in North America. We now have an assortment of wild and wacky added-flavor vodkas available, including maple syrup, root beer float, s’mores, PB & J and – an homage to the breakfast cereal Fruit Loops – ‘Loopy’. More savory include smoked salmon, chili peppers, bacon, espresso, cucumber, rose and buttered popcorn. (Buttered popcorn flavor? I’m shaken. And stirred.)
• “National Golf Lover’s Day”, Since 1952, the PGA has held a charity event each year for National Golf Day.
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2013  In the case of ‘AEG Live vs. Michael Jackson Estate’, the court determines that AEG is not guilty of negligence for hiring Michael Jackson’s physician Dr Conrad Murray
2016  Kim Kardashian is robbed at gunpoint of $10 million worth of jewelry in her hotel in Paris
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2004  55-year-old Billy Joel causes a stir by marrying his third wife, 22-year-old cooking student Katie Lee (He is now married to Alexis Roderick)
2010  On Season 7 of “The X Factor” (UK), One Direction perform as a group for the first time, singing a cover of ‘Torn’. They finish the competition in third place.
2017  66-year-old Tom Petty dies after going into cardiac arrest at his Malibu home. He is taken to UCLA medical center, but cannot be revived.
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1971  A homing pigeon averages a record 133kph (83 mph) in an 1100km race in Australia
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ Sugar was first added to chewing gum in 1869…by a dentist.
✓ The actual communication from Apollo 13 was: “Houston WE’VE HAD a problem.”
✓ A tiger can cover 30 feet in a single stride.
✓ Singer Meat Loaf is a vegetarian.
✓ Frogs use their eyeballs to push food down their throat.
✓ Giant swallowtail caterpillars disguise themselves as bird poo to avoid predators.
BS WEIRD THINGS TO ‘PUMPKIN SPICE’:
• Laundry detergent
• An IV
• Embalming fluid
• Literally anything other than pumpkin pie and other baked goods containing actual pumpkin.
• NEW THIS YEAR: Kraft Dinner!!
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019
TODAY’S SLICE OF BS:
➠ Japan Airlines will drop “ladies and gentlemen” in favor of the more inclusive greetings “Attention all passengers” and “Welcome, everyone”. (However, ramming the food and drink cart into your shins while skipping your seat will remain unchanged…)
➠ Instagram went down earlier this week in the U.S. and Europe. (Every time Instagram goes down it makes you think: “Wow, this is what it used to be like in the old days…you know, 2012”)
➠ Lindsay Lohan recently offered advice to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on avoiding the paparazzi. (Not to be outdone, Stevie Wonder gave them advice on how to drive on the right side of the road…)
➠ Singer Sting is 69 today. (Nowadays when he belts-out, ‘DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME’, it’s less to do with the Coronavirus, and more to do with you standing on his oxygen tube…)
➠ SAT scores are at their lowest levels in 40 years. (On the bright side, these kids can always try a career as NBA referees…)
BS WEB GOODIE:
Not impressed: https://tinyurl.com/y5k3t8rc
BS RANDOM JOKE:
It’s Friday. Time to go make some stories for Monday.
BS PHONE STARTER:
What is your ‘pet name’ for your car? Where did it come from?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: 96% of us admit we do THIS even though we know it will hurt. What is it?
Answer: Eat or drink something hot
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
If you continue to think the way you’ve always thought, you’ll continue to get what you’ve always got.