Monday, June 19, 2023 — Edition: #6723
Good Morning, Sheetheads!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Ryan Reynolds announced his new baby with Blake Lively in the most Ryan Reynolds way possible. He went to Instagram to announce his new series “Bedtime Stories With Ryan”, and at the same time subtly shouted out his 4th baby, who he says inspired the show. The series’ announcement includes a quirky video of himself dressed in checkered pajamas, preparing to read to a pair of animatronic sheep as he says in a voiceover: “I want to tell you a bedtime story.” With a promise for it to be a “restful show” from “an anxious mind,” Reynolds added in the caption that “the idea for a show made to help everyone fall asleep was born the same day as my 4th child.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/n8adr8dj
★ Now, Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott are NOT getting divorced — we think. According to a report by US Weekly, sources close to the couple say that Spelling and McDermott “have been better than ever” lately. The insiders could not explain McDermott’s post on Friday, which calmly announced their plans to divorce. He made waves on social media when he posted a heartfelt message about his impending divorce from Spelling, but by Saturday afternoon McDermott had deleted the post and his Instagram bio included the line: “married to the love of my life [Tori Spelling].” Friends speculate that McDermott may have made his post after a particularly intense fight with Spelling, but once they cooled off, they decided not to go through with it.
★ Kourtney Kardashian broke out a poster board and black Sharpie to announce to the world — and her husband — that she’s pregnant. Friday night, during Blink-182‘s concert in LA, she held up a sign in the crowd that read “Travis I’m Pregnant” to get Travis Barker’s attention onstage. The sign was put up on the big screen, and the drummer’s bandmates started hollering, “Hey, Travis! Somebody’s having a baby!” Barker walked out from behind his drum kit to make his way to Kardashian, picked her up, and gave her a hug and a kiss. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/53zr72zf
★ Nine years after it was first announced, “The Flash” has finally dashed into theaters, speeding toward a #1 debut — but the DC film didn’t exactly match the lightning pace of its superhero. The Flash had a $24.5 million opening day domestically, enough to set the Ezra Miller film on pace for a #1 debut, and estimates have it set for a 4-day Juneteenth weekend take of $64 million. While “The Flash” is unlikely to match its opening projections, it’s not the only one. Disney and Pixar’s “Elemental” is looking at a debut below $30 million through Sunday, marking the lowest 3-day opening in the history of Pixar.
-Deadline, The Wrap
★ Linda Hamilton is joining the cast of “Stranger Things” Season 5, adding yet another icon to the cast for the Netflix series’ final season. Details on the “Terminator” actress’ role haven’t been revealed, but she joins Paul Reiser (“Aliens”) and Sean Astin (“The Goonies”) in the show that’s essentially a tribute 1980s cinema. Season 5 of the sci-fi fantasy series paused development in solidarity with the WGA writers’ strike earlier this year. Season 4 was released in two parts in 2022.
★ Despite reports that The Weeknd‘s new HBO show “The Idol” won’t be returning for a second season, HBO took to Twitter to set the record straight. The network wrote: “It is being misreported that a decision on a second season of The Idol has been determined. It has not, and we look forward to sharing the next episode with you Sunday night.” Reports of The Idol‘s lack of renewal started swirling last week after Page Six published a story stating that the fate of the program is unclear, with a source saying “it was always … a limited series.”
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Mark Wahlberg, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Spoon, Chloe Kim (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Megan Thee Stallion, Natalia Dyer, Montell Fish (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Wanda Sykes, Ronan Farrow (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Rihanna, Aubrey Plaza, Louie Anderson (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Matt Rogers, Bowen Yang
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Keke Palmer, Melba Wilson, CeCe Peniston, Robin S., Deborah Cox
• “The Talk” (CBS): Chris O’Donnell, Vanessa Lachey, Sean Murray, Wilmer Valderrama, Katrina Law
• “Live with Kelly and Mark” (ABC/CTV): Jeffrey Dean Morgan, John Leguizamo
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Djimon Hounsou, Miranda Cosgrove, Chance the Rapper (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Zanna Roberts-Rassi (R)
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Heidi Klum, Jacob Latimore (R)
• “Black Pop: Celebrating the Power of Black Culture” (E!): From the soulful era of Motown to the artistry of pop star royalty and more than 50 years of hip-hop.
• “You Are Here” (AMC): Series premiere. Colman Domingo travels to Savannah GA to celebrate the end of “Fear the Walking Dead” with friend and co-star Kim Dickens, and confronts his complicated feelings about the South with a trip to Wormsloe Plantation.
• “The Great American Recipe” (PBS): Season 2 premiere
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Lady Gaga – Her concert film for “The Chromatica Ball Tour” is well on its way. She confirmed the news via Instagram, also giving fans an update on what else she’s been working on: “I have been running my start-up Haus Labs, doing philanthropic work, and additionally have been working on The Chromatica Ball film edit” She’s also working on music for a “special project” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/3v4cx676
• Avicii — On Friday, his hit ‘Wake Me Up’ — released 10 years ago on June 17 – was given RIAA Diamond Certification, signifying 10 million units sold. The song is the highest certified dance/electronic song in RIAA history. It spent 54 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, and 26 weeks at #1 on the Hot Dance chart.
• The Pretenders – have dropped a new song featuring a string section arranged by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood. ‘I Miss You Daily’ will appear on the upcoming album “Relentless”, which has been pushed back to a Sept. 15 launch. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/3te9tj59
• Billy Idol – has announced an expanded version of his self-titled 1982 debut album, complete with a previously-unreleased live concert from that year. The show, recorded at the Roxy in West Hollywood, will be available in the limited-edition 2CD set. The package, out July 28, also includes an unreleased 12-minute version of ‘White Wedding’.
• Heart – Dolly Parton’s cover of their classic ‘Magic Man,’ featuring Ann Wilson (who turns 73 today), was released on Friday. Dolly’s “Rockstar” drops November 17, and will be available as a 4 LP or 2 CD set, and digitally. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/yfakfrbn
• Eric Church – is a new co-owner of his home state’s NBA team. He’s among a group of buyers finalizing a deal to buy a majority stake in the Charlotte Hornets from former b-ball star Michael Jordan. The group also includes rapper J. Cole. The deal still must be approved by the NBA.
• Morgan Wallen – His hit ‘Last Night’ is atop the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart for a 9th week. The song is also at #1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart for a 7th consecutive week – giving him the 2 longest-leading #1s on the chart this decade. ‘You Proof’ led the chart for a record 10 weeks beginning in Oct.
• Jordan Davis — is a dad again. He and his wife Kristen have welcomed a baby boy, he revealed on Instagram. He posted a pic of Elijah Patrick, writing: “His momma did incredible in getting him here and we hope to get him home to his brother and sister soon. The baby weighed in at 10 lbs., 1 oz. LINK: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cthg4otPnlP/
SHOOTING THE BULL
DEAD OF NIGHT:
Bad news for “night owls” – staying up late may lead to habits which result in an early death. After a number of studies over the years showing those who stay up late into the night are more likely to suffer from health problems and die younger than “early birds”, experts now believe they’ve found the cause: Night owls tend to smoke more and drink more alcohol than those who rise and shine earlier. Swedish researchers looked at data from almost 23,000 twins who participated in a study between 1981-2018, and analyzed the death records of 8,728 people. They determined that the chance of dying is 9% higher for night owls than for early birds. The researchers noted that nonsmoking night owls didn’t have any higher risks of death, and alcohol-related deaths were an obvious contributing factor among people who stay up late.
(Well, if we’re not supposed to stay up all night, why are the best infomercials on then?)
(Moral of the story: It’s much better to be a daydrinker!)
FLIP-FLOPPING THE SCRIPT:
Yes, Friday was Flip-Flop day, so we’re a bit late for that, but this is still something we think everyone should be aware of: A company in Brazil is selling what it calls the “world’s first unchewable flip-flops”. Brizza, which is marketing the product in collaboration with Pedigree, says the flip-flops are unchewable because they are made with the most bitter substance known to man…and buying a pair just may “save your dog’s life”. Dogs’ love for chewing footwear is well documented…and the company says that puts them at risk of very serious gastrointestinal problems. The unchewable flip-flops are made with something called denatonium benzoate, known as the most powerful bittering agent in the world. A single drop is enough to make an Olympic-size pool of water taste noticeably bitter, yet it is safe for consumption. It is widely used in the pet industry to discourage animals from biting and licking things they shouldn’t. LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQJqo_ALf9g
(I mean, how bad could this stuff taste? Because my dog actually eats from the cat box!)
(Oh, now I get it! When they said “unchewable” flip-flops could save my dog’s life, I thought they meant because if Rover eats my footwear, I’d kill him! My bad!)
NEW GOOD NEWS:
➢ Researchers say they’ve stumbled upon a new cancer treatment. Twice-a-week yoga practice has been shown to be effective at reducing symptoms of fatigue in people with cancer, as well as reducing the likelihood of a beaten cancer from returning. It’s well-known that physical inactivity increases the risk of getting cancer – and that most forms of exercise help prevent it. Three studies presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the world’s largest cancer conference, suggest that prescribing rest for a patient suffering from low energy levels is not the best idea. In one of the studies, yoga was found to significantly reduces inflammation among cancer survivors. In another, cancer patients showed lower levels of fatigue and reported higher levels of life satisfaction after doing yoga. And the third study found that cancer patients who are classified as “active” have a reduced risk of death by almost one-fifth.
➢ For decades, people worldwide (probably including your parents and grandparents) have been saying that they believe morality is declining. But new research says that’s not the case. Two psychologists examined surveys conducted in 60 countries between 1949-2019 about moral values, and found that 84% of participants said they felt morality had declined. In their own 2020 surveys, people said they thought people were less “kind, honest, nice, and good” now compared to earlier times. The researchers concluded that: “If, as people all over claim, morality has been declining steadily and precipitously for decades, then people’s reports of current morality should also have declined over the years.” They didn’t, and the researchers say this means the perception of moral decline is a cognitive illusion, or “it’s…very difficult to find any evidence that [it] has happened.” (These guys obviously haven’t met my neighbor’s teenagers!)
An Ontario parent has gone viral after uploading to TikTok what she calls “the most hilarious birthday invitation I have ever seen”. Natalie LeClaire says she was absolutely thrilled when her son came home with the invitation, which definitely didn’t beat around the bush in terms of what kids and parents could expect at the upcoming party. Sharing a pic of the invitation, she reads it aloud: “You are invited to Elle and Edie’s 5th birthday party. This event is brought to you by Pinterest fails and the Dollar Store, so please set your expectations appropriately. As requested, the theme will be ‘unicorns but with rainbows and maybe bats…but there should be princesses and also Minnie and we need dancing lights’ so… dress accordingly.” The invite continues: “Please pack a bathing suit, sunscreen, puddle jumpers etc., in case your sweet baby angels decide our original plan sucks and the pool would be a better time. If you would like to drop off and run, we support that entirely. If you would like to stay, we will provide ‘adult juice’ and deny any offers of help to be polite, but deep down want the support. You do you.” She concludes her video by saying: “Needless to say, we will absolutely be attending…because these are my people.” Her video has been viewed 5.4 million times. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/5n8dmcb6
(My wife would wouldn’t miss this – and she’d wear an outfit that hits all 6 themes!)
(We need a follow-up, to hear how this banger turned out!)
DID YOU KNOW?
A mansion is on the market in Dubai for an incredible US $204 million, making it the most expensive house available in a city where luxury property is red-hot. The home, in the desirable Emirates Hills neighborhood, has 60,000 square feet of indoor space – but only 5 bedrooms: At 4,000 square feet, the primary bedroom is bigger than most homes. Amenities include a 15-car garage, 19 bathrooms, indoor and outdoor pools, two domes, an 80,000-liter coral reef aquarium, a power substation and panic rooms. It sits on a 70,000-square-foot lot in a gated community overlooking a golf course. (Five bedrooms – and 19 bathrooms? You do the math!) LINK: https://tinyurl.com/4buzy29k
BS CHRONOMETER 06.19.23
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Juneteenth”, officially “Juneteenth National Independence Day”, on the anniversary of the 1865 announcement of General Order #3, proclaiming freedom from slavery in Texas. This day celebrates the emancipation of all who had been enslaved in the US.
• “World Sauntering Day”, a day to ‘revive the art of Victorian sauntering, and discourage jogging, lollygagging, sashaying, fast walking, and trotting’. It’s also “Martini Day”, can we stumble?
• “Martini Day”. Recipe for a very dry martini: Take 1 bottle of gin …
• “Eat an Oreo Day”, Oreo has been the best-selling cookie in the United States since its introduction in 1912. The perfection of an Oreo cookie is down to an exact science. The cookie-to-crème ratio of an original Oreo cookie is always, without fail, 71% to 29%.
• “Take Your Cat to Work Day”, because you’ve needed to clear everything off your desk for months…
• “Garfield the Cat Day”, honoring Jim Davis’ fat cat comic strip on the anniversary of its 1978 debut in newspapers. (Big fat hairy deal.)
AND REMEMBER . . .
[Tues] World Productivity Day
[Tues] World Refugee Day
[Wed] Go Skateboarding Day
[Thurs] Onion Rings Day
This Week Is…Camping Week
This Month Is…Iced Tea Month
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1947  Salman Rushdie, Mumbai India, novelist (“Satanic Verses”, Midnight’s Children”)/knighted by Queen Elizabeth, 2007
1948  Phylicia Rashad, Houston TX, TV actress (‘Claire Huxtable’ on “The Cosby Show” 1984-92)
1950  Ann Wilson, San Diego CA, rock-pop singer (Heart-‘Barracuda, ‘All I Wanna Do is Make Love to You’)
1954  Kathleen Turner, Springfield MO, movie actress (“Romancing the Stone”, voice of ‘Jessica Rabbit’ in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”)
1962  Paula Abdul, Van Nuys CA, TV personality (“So You Think You Can Dance?” 2015-16, “The X Factor” 2011, “American Idol” 2002-10), “The Masked Dancer” 2020-21/pop singer (1988 Grammy – ‘Opposites Attract’)
1964  Boris Johnson, New York NY, embattled politician (UK Prime Minister 2019-22, Mayor of London, 2008-2016)
1969  Lara Spencer (Von Seelen), Garden City NY, TV personality (“Good Morning America” since 2002, “The Insider” 2004-11)
1975  Hugh Dancy, Stoke-on-Trent England, TV actor (“Law & Order” since 2022, ‘Will Graham’ on “Hannibal” 2013-15)/movie actor (“Downton Abbey: A New Era”)/married to Claire Danes since 2009
1978  Zoe Saldaña , Passaic NJ, movie actress (“Guardians of the Galaxy” films, “Avatar” films) FUN FACT: She has appeared in all 3 of the highest-grossing films of all time (2 Avatar films and “Avengers: Endgame”)
1983  Macklemore (Ben Haggerty), Seattle WA, rapper (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis-‘Thrift Shop’)
1984  Paul Dano, New York City NY, movie actor (“There Will Be Blood”, Little Miss Sunshine”, ‘Riddler’ in “The Batman”) COMING UP… “Spaceman”, 2023
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2013  “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini dies of a heart attack at age 51 in Rome, Italy
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1965  ‘Yesterday’ is recorded and mastered this week, the first Beatles song recorded solo (by Paul McCartney). Temporarily titled ‘Scrambled Eggs’, it is often called the “most covered” song of all time
2010  Katy Perry’s ‘California Gurls’ hits #1, the first of five Hot 100 chart-toppers from her “Teenage Dream” album – a feat only equaled by Michael Jackson’s “Bad”
TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1846  The first officially recognized baseball game is played. The NY Nines defeat the Knickerbockers 23-1 at Hoboken, New Jersey
2018  Canada’s Senate votes to legalize recreational marijuana use, the first major economy to do so
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ The average disposable diaper can hold up to 7 pounds (3.2kg) of liquid.
✓ It is impossible for most people to lick their own elbow.
✓ The word ‘bi-weekly’ has two meanings. Twice a week, and once every two weeks.
✓ Wearing headphones for an hour can increase the bacteria in your ears by 700 times.
✓ Kraft produces enough Cool Whip each year to fill the Grand Canyon.
✓ There are over 100 billion known galaxies. How many unknown galaxies there are — is not known. (Makes sense.)
– -TotallyAwesomeUselessInformation, BathroomReadersInstitute
Best of BS . . .
EVEN MORE BS SIGNS YOU DRINK TOO MUCH COFFEE:
• You can thread a sewing machine while it’s running.
• You walk 20 miles on your treadmill before you realize it’s not plugged in.
• You don’t need a hammer to pound nails.
• Your only source of nutrition comes from “Sweet & Low.”
• You don’t sweat, you percolate.
• When someone says. “How are you?”, you say, “Good to the last drop.”
• You buy ½ & ½ by the barrel.
• You can type sixty words per minute … with your feet.
• You’ve worn out the handle on your favorite mug.
• You go to AA meetings just for the free coffee.
• You help your dog chase its tail.
-Reddit, first published in BS in 2022
TODAY’S SCOOP OF BS:
➠ The 5-day Bonnaroo Music Festival wrapped up yesterday. (It’s like Coachella. But since it’s in Tennessee, the trucker hats are worn without irony!)
➠ A report says high school students wanting to study late and stay focused during exams are abusing ADHD prescription drugs. (So, parents — if your kid is suddenly taking an interest in school and getting good grades, he’s probably on drugs.)
➠ According to a study, more than half of Americans age 65 or older now use the internet. (Most seniors finally decided to get connected once they found out that it has every single episode of “Murder She Wrote”!)
➠ I hate to be the one to tell you this, but scientists claim that over 50% of household toothbrushes contain traces of fecal matter. (Meanwhile, 4 out of 5 dentists recommend that those with affected brushes see the fifth dentist!)
➠ More and more teens say they’re frustrated with the number of adults on Facebook. (I hear ya, broseph! There’s nutt’n LAMER than a bunch o’ clueless geezers trying to harsh our buzz while we chillax wit our homiez on the old F-book, yo! Flip me your crispy handle via DM and let’s Bust-it to Insta!)
BS WEB GOODIE:
Get you too? https://tinyurl.com/462k3nkj
BS PHONE STARTER:
What foods do you mix together that horrify others?
BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
• Which singer has had a Billboard #1 hit in each of the last 4 decades (1990s-2020s)?
a) Mariah Carey [CORRECT]
c) Billy Joel
• Who was the first female artist to have 4 country albums hit #1 on the Billboard 200?
a) Taylor Swift
b) Carrie Underwood [CORRECT]
c) Shania Twain
d) Alice Cooper
• Which astronomer is name-dropped in Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’?
a) Isaac Newton
b) Galileo [CORRECT]
c) Stephen Hawking
d) Neil deGrasse Tyson
BS RANDOM JOKE:
Somebody actually complimented me on my driving yesterday. They left a little note that said: “Parking Fine”.
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: 25% of us have kept THESE for sentimental reasons. What are they?
Answer: A pair of shoes
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
You will never plough a field if you only turn it over in your mind.