Friday, October 7, 2016 – Edition: #5824
Ahhhh, Your Daily Bovine Colonic!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Saturday Jamie Foxx & Idina Menzel headline this year’s Carousel of Hope Ball in Beverly Hills CA. The 2 take the stage at philanthropist Barbara Davis’ biennial event, dedicated to increasing awareness about diabetes. They join presenters Denzel Washington, Anjelica Huston, and Quincy Jones. David Foster is the party’s music director. The event also includes a live auction hosted by actress Sharon Stone. This year’s honorees include Sidney Poitier, who’s presented with an ‘Inspirational Lifetime Achievement Award’. Since its launch in 1978, the Carousel of Hope Ball has raised over $100 million. (From rich people acting nice for a change.)
★ Actress-du-jour Margot Robbie has revealed the Earth-shattering news that no matter how drunk she is she always remembers … to remove her makeup. The 26-year-old says she’s ”anal-retentive” about having clean skin and makes sure she removes every last remnant of foundation and mascara after a night out. The Australian “Suicide Squad” star admits she’d prefer to wear no makeup at all and finds it’s ”annoying” that she needs to be camera-ready when traveling because paparazzi follow her around. (How quickly superficiality sets in.)
★ And 35-year-old Kim Kardashian West is looking for a body double to help confuse would-be assailants, following her robbery in Paris. An inside source says the ploy is a recommendation from her new security team. The source adds: ”The kids being kidnapped is Kim’s biggest fear. She previously didn’t want to shell out for armed security, but now she realizes the family needs 24-hour protection.” (Finding a body double would seem a tad difficult … the ‘champagne glass test alone’ would eliminate everyone … except Nicki Minaj maybe.)
– “New York Post”
WEEKEND SHOW BIZ SKED:
• Desert Trip Festival (Indio CA) – The massive 2-weekend classic rock-themed festival (dubbed ‘Oldchella’) features Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Rolling Stones, and The Who.
• “Divorce” (HBO) – Sunday the series debut of a new comedy about a middle-aged couple trying to decide if their marriage is worth saving. Stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Molly Shannon.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Today OneRepublic (“Oh My My”, out today).
• “iHeartradio Music Festival – Night Two” (CW) – Tonight highlights of this year’s event in Las Vegas NV; Ryan Seacrest hosts; performers include Usher and Sting.
• “Insecure” (HBO) – Series debut Sunday of a new comedy about the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern-day African-American woman. Issa Rae stars.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight The Lumineers (“Cleopatra”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Guided by Voices (“Please Be Honest”).
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/CTV) – Tonight The Kills (“Midnight Boom”). Rerun.
• “Live With Kelly” (syndicated/CTV) – Today Colbie Caillat (“Malibu Sessions”, out today).
• “Presidential Debate” (ABC/CBS/FOX/PBS) – Sunday Anderson Cooper (CNN) & Martha Raddatz (ABC News) moderate from Washington University in St Louis MO.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – Host Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”); musical guest Twenty One Pilots (“Blurryface”).
• “The Talk” (CBS) – Today Keke Palmer (“So Uncool”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Van Morrison (“Astral Weeks Live At the Hollywood Bowl”).
• “The X Factor” (ITV in UK) – Saturday this season’s live shows begin with the final 12 competitors. Simon Cowell is mentoring the girls’ category, Louis Walsh has the groups, Nicole Scherzinger looks after the boys, while Sharon Osbourne has the over-25s.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Daya – Today the teenage pop singer releases her first full-length album, “Sit Still, Look Pretty”. Daya had a hit with the track “Hide Away” as well as “Don’t Let Me Down”, her collaboration with The Chainsmokers.
• Green Day – Today they release “Revolution Radio”, the band’s first new record since 2012. They’re currently rehearsing and mapping out a world tour in support of the new project.
• Norah Jones – “Day Breaks” is out today, her stunning 6th solo album which is a kindred spirit to her breakout 2002 debut “Come Away With Me”. It finds the 9-time Grammy-winner returning to the piano and her roots.
• Oasis – A new deluxe edition of their 3rd album “Be Here Now” is out today as part of their “Chasing the Sun” series of reissues. It’s available on CD, digital download, as a triple CD set, a 12″ vinyl LP, and a super deluxe box set.
• Sum 41 – Their new album “13 Voices” is released today. It’s their 1st since frontman Deryck Whibley was hospitalized in 2014 with liver and kidney failure due to excessive drinking, and was issued a stark warning by doctors that he was just 1 drink away from death.
TODAY’S MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “The Birth Of a Nation” ( R-Rated Drama ): Multi-talented Nate Parker (who produced, co-wrote, directed and co-stars in his historical opus) blundered into a PR nightmare at the Toronto Film Festival when he refused to talk about a rape scandal of which he was acquitted in his university days. That’s diverted attention away from his acclaimed drama, which uses poetic licence and creative direction to recreate Nat Turner’s slave rebellion in 1831 Virginia.
• “The Girl On the Train” ( R-Rated Mystery ): Paula Hawkins’ 2015 novel held readers spellbound. Tate Taylor (known for “The Help” and “Get on Up”) hopes to do the same with the movie version starring the redoubtable Emily Blunt. She plays an alcoholic divorcee who witnesses something shocking from the window of her commuter train. Lives will be profoundly changed as the information ricochets through lives. Co-stars Justin Theroux.
HIGHEST-PAID TV ACTORS 2016:
It takes an estimated $2.5 million to make 1 episode of “Game of Thrones” … if that episode shows only 5 actors onscreen without makeup, wardrobe, or sets. One reason is salaries. The highest paid TV actors, based on estimated salary per episode …
✓ Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki … $1 million apiece, “Big Bang Theory”.
✓ Alexis Bledel, Lauren Graham … $750,000 each, “Gilmore Girls” (reboot).
✓ Mark Harmon … $525,000, “NCIS”.
✓ Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau … $500,000 apiece, “Game of Thrones”.
✓ Kevin Spacey … $500,000, “House of Cards”.
BIG THINKERS ARE BIG YAWNERS:
Yawning doesn’t mean you’re bored, it just means you’ve got one big, hot brain in your head, according to a new study from at SUNY Oneonta. That’s because yawns are actually a cooling mechanism for the brain. Researchers have found they are able to predict the yawn length of various animals based on their brain weight and the number of brain cells in their cortex. Perhaps surprisingly, body and mouth size have nothing to do with yawn length. If it’s true animals yawn involuntarily to cool their brains, it explains why human yawns, averaging 6.5 seconds, are the longest in the animal kingdom, beating out those of gorillas, lions, elephants, and others. (Here we thought yawning had to do with staying out until 3 am hammering back shooters …. on a school night.)
– “The Atlantic”
TIPS FROM PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZERS:
This is “Get Organized Week”. The Association of Professional Organizers finds that managers spend an average of 6 weeks each year searching their desks for misplaced information. A few tips …
✓ Organize surface clutter first. Visible results will help keep you going.
✓ Sort, identify, and place. Don’t get sidetracked catching up on unfinished chores.
✓ Start with one corner of a room. Do only one area at a time; never zigzag.
✓ Use a box labeled ‘goes elsewhere’ for things that don’t belong where they’re found.
✓ Surround yourself only with useful, inspiring things. Donate unneeded items.
Any Halloween lover knows that cobwebs are a staple in haunted houses. When spook-ifying your home, getting just the right dusting of spider webs is key; the only problem is that store-bought webs can be a real pain to put up. Thankfully, there’s the ‘Webcaster’: a handy tool that turns hot glue sticks into beautifully creepy webs. The device looks and works just like a normal glue gun. Simply load in the special glue stick, connect to an air compressor, and pull the trigger. There’s also a cheaper option that attaches to a shop vacuum. The gun’s sticks come in white, black, and orange. Once you’re finished with your fancy collection of cobwebs, they can be easily removed with a wet towel. (Or a simpler solution to create webs … quit cleaning for a few weeks.)
DID YOU KNOW?
• Being sarcastic about the regime of Kim Jong-un is illegal in North Korea.
– “Evening Standard”
• There are only 28 websites on the Internet in North Korea.
– “Digital Spy”
BS CHRONOMETER 10.07.16
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1951  John Mellencamp, Seymour IN, pop-rock singer (“Jack & Diane”, “Hurts So Good”)/Farm Aid co-founder/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2008)
1953  Tico (Hector) Torres, NYC, classic rock drummer (Bon Jovi-“Always”, “Livin’ On a Prayer”)
1959  Simon Cowell, Brighton UK, TV personality (“American Idol” 2002-10)/TV producer (“The X Factor” since 2004, “America’s Got Talent” since 2006)/entertainment mogul (Syco Music)
1967  Toni Braxton, Severn MD, R&B/pop singer (“Unbreak My Heart”, “Breathe Again”) BS FACTOID: After complications from her battle with chronic illness lupus, her delayed “The Hits Tour” kicks off October 12th in Detroit MI instead of this weekend in Oakland CA.
1968  Thom Yorke, Wellingborough UK, rock singer-guitarist (Radiohead-“Nude”, Creep”)
1975  Damian Kulash, Washington DC, rock singer-guitarist (OK Go-“Here It Goes Again”, “Get Over It”)
1978  Nathaniel Rateliff, Bay MO, indie musician (Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats-“Look It Here”, “SOB”)
1979  Shawn Ashmore, Richmond BC, TV actor (‘Sam Spencer’ on “Conviction” 2016)/movie actor (‘Iceman’ in “X-Men” films)
1982  Jake McLaughlin, Paradise CA, TV actor (‘Agent Ryan Booth’ on “Quantico” 2015)
TV/movie actor Chevy Chase (“Community”) is 73; Movie actress Sigourney Weaver (“Avatar”) is 67; Movie actor Matt Damon (“The Martian”) is 46; Soul singer Noelle Scaggs (Fitz & The Tantrums) is 37; TV personality Nick Cannon (“America’s Got Talent”) is 36; Pop singer Bruno Mars (“Uptown Funk”) is 31; TV actress Molly Quinn (“Castle”) is 23.
TV personality Sharon Osbourne (“The X Factor”) is 64; Movie director Guillermo del Toro (“Pacific Rim”) is 52; TV actor Brandon Routh (“Legends of Tomorrow”) is 37; Country singer Scotty McCreery (“See You Tonight”) is 23.
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Diversity Day”, the 11th annual on the 1st Friday of October, celebrating who we are, no matter what race, religion, gender, age, nationality, or disability.
• “Pet Obesity Awareness Day”, begun by veterinarians and veterinary healthcare personnel who are committed to making the lives of animals healthier and more vital. An estimated 54% of dogs and cats are overweight or obese.
• “World Smile Day”, on the 1st Friday of October intended as an excuse to do an act of kindness and help one person to smile.
• “Costume Swap Day”, an annual opportunity to exchange last year’s Halloween outfits with someone you know on the 2nd Saturday of October, thereby sparing the stress and expense of coming up with something completely new.
• “Family Bowling Day”, when many bowling alleys allow kids to bowl free.
• “Motorcycle Ride Day”, on the 2nd Saturday each October, to encourage all motorcyclists to get out on their bikes for a united day of riding.
• “Pierogi Day” (also spelled pyrogy, perogi, pirogi), honoring the traditional Eastern European dish consisting of boiled dumplings of unleavened dough stuffed with various ingredients.
• “Touch Tag Day”, an annual salute to the schoolyard game that almost every kid has played in some version. The game that’s variously known as ‘Touch’, ‘Tag’, ‘It’, ‘Chasey’, and ‘Catching’ has been played by children for thousands of years, going back as far as Ancient Egypt.
• “World Octopus Day”, a celebration of all species with 8 arms. Ever eaten octopus?
• “Clergy Appreciation Day”, observed on the 2nd Sunday of October to salute people of the cloth no matter their gender, denomination, or religion.
• “Fire Prevention Day”, a highlight of the annual observance of “Fire Prevention Week”. It marks the anniversary of the ‘Great Chicago Fire of 1871’, the disaster that began a movement toward fire prevention as an adjunct to firefighting.
• “International Beer & Pizza Day”, an unofficial food holiday being celebrated for the first time today. Hmm, what should we do?
• “Leif Erikson Day” in Norway and Iceland, commemorating the Viking explorer’s discovery of North America (‘Vinland’) circa 1000 AD … almost 500 years before Christopher Columbus.
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1996  Fox News Channel is launched
2003  In a State of California recall election, Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected Governor
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
2014  Weezer releases their 9th studio album, “Everything Will Be Alright In the End”
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2001  Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hits his 73rd home run of the season, setting a new (but tainted by steroids) Major League Baseball record
AND REMEMBER . . .
[Mon] Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
[Mon] Columbus Day (USA)
[Mon] “2 Broke Girls” season debut (CBS)
[Mon] “Supergirl” season debut (CW)
[Mon] International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction
[Mon] World Porridge Day
This Week Is … Financial Planning Week
This Month Is … Global Diversity Awareness Month
• Whyzit while you’re in school there may be a shortage of qualified personnel in a particular field, but by the time you graduate with the necessary qualifications, that field’s employment market is glutted?
• Whyzit a newborn baby always seems to bear a striking resemblance to the relative with the most money?
• Whyzit nobody believes an ‘official spokesperson’ but everybody trusts an ‘unidentified source’?
• Whyzit anything too stupid to be said is often sung?
BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
Which US state shares the longest border with Canada?
c. Alaska [CORRECT. Look north, not south!]
BS RANDOM JOKE:
It must be Autumn. The birds and the grandparents are starting to migrate south.
BS PHONE STARTER:
☎ What’s a really gross-looking meal that you just love to eat?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: According to a survey, THIS is the #1 phrase women do not want to hear.
Answer: “You look tired.”
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
It’s not the minutes spent at the table that put on weight, it’s the ‘seconds’.