Friday, May 31, 2019 – Edition: #6463
The BS Press!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Arnold Schwarzenegger is going back to kindergarten. He’ll star in an animated superhero series aimed at preschoolers, called “Superhero Kindergarten.” The series was created by Stan Lee and was his final project before his death last November. Schwarzenegger, who also serves as executive producer, will voice the lead character, ‘Arnold Armstrong’ aka ‘Captain Courage’. He has also recently lent his voice to another project, rapping some verses for Austrian singer Andreas Gabalier’s song ‘Pump It Up – The Motivation Song’, which documents the “Terminator” star’s career.
★ When “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer three months ago, fans were shocked. But now he has some good news to share: Trebek reports in this week’s “People” cover story that he’s in “near remission.” The 78-year-old says that his type of cancer has a 9 percent survival rate, but he has been responding very well to chemotherapy, with some of his tumors having shrunk by more than 50 per cent. He says he’ll still have to go through several more rounds of chemotherapy to hopefully get into full remission, but he’s elated at how far he’s come.
★ Mindy Kaling will soon release a set of essays based on her life experiences. The currently untitled book is scheduled for release next summer. Amazon announced this week that topics will include Kaling’s experiences as a single mother, including how she balances her friendships while taking care of her daughter and her career, and working with Hollywood personalities like Sandra Bullock, Reese Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey.
★ Simon Cowell wants his son Eric to start working for him at the age of ten. Cowell says ”if he could”, he would pull his five-year-old son out of school in just five years, and employ him at his record label “Syco”. Simon has openly admitted in the past that he would love his son to officially take over the reins of his entertainment empire one day, and last year he gave Eric a taste of what’s to come as he let his mini-me have control of Syco offices as part of Unicef UK’s World Children’s Day.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Jon Hamm, Naomi Scott, Hannah Brown, Mavis Staples featuring Ben Harper (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Emma Thompson, Sophie Turner, Paula Pell, Amirah Kassem (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Anne Hathaway, Ari Melber (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Tracy Morgan, Willie Geist, Ingrid Andress (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Max Greenfield, Maggie Siff (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): A performance by the Broadway cast of “The Prom”
• “The Talk” (CBS): Emily Deschanel, guest co-host Brigitte Nielsen
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Taron Egerton, Danielle Brooks
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Mark & Paul Wahlberg, Stedman Graham, Adam Lambert
• “Deadwood: The Movie” (HBO): David Milch’s critically acclaimed HBO western series returns for a belated finale that takes place a decade later and features most of the original cast.
• “Blindspot” (NBC): Season 4 finale
• “Wedding at Graceland” (HALLMARK): Laurel & Clay decide to get married at Graceland in June, but with an album due, wedding preparations galore, and arriving family, it’s not going to be easy.
• “NHL Stanley Cup Final” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Boston at St. Louis in Game 3
• “NBA Final” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors in Game 2
• “Fear The Walking Dead” (AMC): Season 5 premiere
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Lady Gaga – Her song ‘Poker Face’ has been named the second-best gambling song of all-time in a poll by PokerStars of 1,000 European customers. Motorhead’s ‘Ace of Spades’ was #1. The rest of the top 5 included: The Animals – ‘The House of the Rising Sun’, Johnny Cash – ‘Big River’, and Elvis Presley – ‘Luck Be a Lady’.
• Adam Levine — Just days after his shocking exit from The Voice, his new show is premiering on NBC. Levine is an executive producer on the new reality competition “Songland”, in which songwriters are given the chance to work with producers and well-known recording artists to create a hit. It will premiere Tuesday on NBC.
• Prince – His estate is gearing up to release a posthumous album featuring 14 previously unreleased songs, due on June 7. “Originals” will be exclusively available on Tidal, until it is widely released on June 21.
• Guns N’ Roses — guitarist Slash has confirmed that they have plans to start work on a new album later this year. Several members, including Slash, previously hinted that the idea had been discussed, but now he says: “When we finish the tour in the fall, then we will commence working on [what] will end up being the next Guns record.”
• Culture Club — is coming to the big screen. An untitled biopic about the life of singer-songwriter Boy George is being produced by MGM. It is said to chart his childhood in a working class Irish family through his rise to stardom along with Culture Club in the 1980s.
• Pink Floyd – Ahead of the #GilmourGuitars charity auction with Christie’s in NYC on June 20, guitarist David Gimour is releasing three podcasts featuring conversations with Matt Everitt about the guitars. More than 120 of his guitars will be auctioned in aid of charitable causes.
• Carrie Underwood — is the second act whose touring plans have been hit by the Toronto Raptors’ playoff drive. First, Twenty One Pilots were forced to cancel their Wednesday concert at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena, and now Underwood’s June 9 show has been pushed back “to a later date”.
• John Pardi — has revealed the cover art and track listing for his upcoming “Heartache Medication” album. It features the song ‘Don’t Blame it on Whiskey’, a duet with Lauren Alaina, which was co-written by Eric Church and Miranda Lambert.
TODAY’S MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “Rocketman” (R-Rated, Drama): An epic musical fantasy about the incredible story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. It follows his fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. (Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden)
• “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” (PG-13, Action/Adventure): The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. (Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown)
• “Ma” (R-Rated, Horror): A lonely woman befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house. Just when the kids think their luck couldn’t get any better, things start happening that make them question the intention of their host. (Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers, Juliette Lewis)
It looks like Meghan Markle and Prince Harry could have a privacy issue. Their residence, Frogmore Cottage, sits in the middle of the semi-public Frogmore Estate. And Frogmore House and Gardens is open to the public for three charity days right now. As you can imagine, security for Harry and Meghan is presumably amped up. But apparently some tourists were still able to get inappropriately close to Meghan and Harry’s house. The local press is reporting that some visitors have claimed they were able to walk alarmingly close to the home, some were able to take pictures despite police warnings, and some even tried to “peer into” the windows. One royal fan even commented on specifics of the couple’s home and said it is “mad how close you can get.”
(She’s not the only one who’s mad!)
(I guess that’s what they mean by “royal treatment”.)
NEWS OF THE WEIRD:
➢ Thieves have made off with a strawberry field in western Germany. Or at least most of one. Police say the fruit bandits must have devised a complicated scheme in order to load two-thirds of the crop from a field at a farm near Lambsheim onto vehicles and drive off in the middle of the night. The value of the bootleg berries is set at about $780 (£613).
(I guess Strawberry Fields AREN’T forever!)
➢ A political candidate in India managed to make himself a viral sensation after a video showed him crying and telling a reporter that he only received 5 votes in the recent general elections, despite the fact that he has 9 family members. Prime Ministerial candidate Neetu Shutteran Wala, a relatively unknown politician who ran as independent in the city of Jalandhar, broke down in tears as he revealed that despite having nine family members, he had only received five votes. Asked if that meant that not even his family voted for him, the emotional politician said that he blames election fraud. About 600 million people voted in the election.
(THERE’S his problem…he’s too honest!)
➢ (***CAUTION***) A Hong Kong woman reportedly suffered a case of amnesia after straining too hard on the toilet due to constipation. According to her son, after relieving herself in the bathroom, his mother found she was suddenly unable to remember anything from the past 10 years. She was taken to the hospital, where her memory returned by the morning. Doctors determined that her health, both physical and mental, was fine. She was sent home, but still has no recollection of the eight hours after she visited her bathroom.
(Some things are best forgotten…)
BS CHRONOMETER 05.31.19
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1930  Clint Eastwood, San Francisco CA, movie director (Oscars- “Million Dollar Baby”, “Unforgiven”)/movie actor (“Dirty Harry”, “The Bridges of Madison County”)
1960  Chris Elliott, New York City NY, movie actor (“Cabin Boy”, “There’s Something About Mary”)/TV actor, (“Schitt’s Creek” since 2015)
1961  Lea Thompson, Rochester, NY, movie actress (“Back To The Future”), TV actress (“Caroline In The City” 1995-2000)
1965  Brooke Shields, NYC, model/movie actress (“The Blue Lagoon”)/author (“Down Came the Rain”)/former TV actress (“Lipstick Jungle” 2008-09, “Suddenly Susan” 1996-2000)
1976  Colin Farrell, Dublin, Ireland, movie actor (“Total Recall”, “Horrible Bosses”) COMING UP…”The Gentlemen”, 2020
1980  Andy Hurley, Menomonee Falls WI, rock drummer (Fall Out Boy–‘Sugar, We’re Goin Down’, ‘This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race’)
1991  Farrah Abraham, Omaha, NE, reality star (“16 & Pregnant”, “Teen Mom”)
1996  Normani Hamilton, Atlanta GA, pop singer (Fifth Harmony-‘Work from Home’, “Dancing With The Stars”- Season 24)
SATURDAY- Morgan Freeman (“The Shawshank Redemption”) is 82; Ronnie Wood (The Rolling Stones) is 72; Heidi Klum (“America’s Got Talent”) is 46; Alanis Morissette (‘You Oughta Know’) is 45; Brandi Carlisle (‘The Story’) is 38; Amy Schumer (“Trainwreck”) is 38; Tom Holland (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”) is 23
SUNDAY- Charlie Watts (The Rolling Stones) is 78; Dana Carvey (“Wayne’s World”) is 64; Andy Cohen (“Watch What Happens Live”) is 51; Wentworth Miller (“Prison Break”) is 47; Wayne Brady (“Who’s Line Is It Anyway?”) is 47; Zachary Quinto (“Star Trek”) is 42; Fabrizio Moretti (The Strokes) is 39
TODAY’S REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Macaroon Day”, honoring those ooey-gooey coconut cookies that stick to your fillings.
• “Save Your Hearing Day”, something older people often advise younger people to do. But most don’t listen until they reach the point when they can’t.
• “Speak in Complete Sentences Day”, a good excuse to bring up our pet peeve about newscasters who write sentences without active verbs, i.e.: “Police searching for suspects in a kidnapping today.” NOT a complete sentence (ha!)
• “World No-Tobacco Day”, as declared by the UN’s World Health Organization to encourage people to kick their butts.
• “World Smile Day”, there is so much a smile can do. Just one smile can brighten someone’s day. It can also improve your day. Smiles are infectious. A healthy smile can develop confidence and generate a new outlook on the world. (It can also make others wonder what the heck you are up to!)
• “Dare Day”, a day to do something that you have been wanting to do but couldn’t get up the courage to try.
• “Flip a Coin Day”, a day of easy decision making. Just flip and follow the results. (Or ask Siri to do it for you…)
• “Global Day of Parents”, a UN observance since 2012 to honor all parents and appreciate their selfless commitment to their children.
• “International Children’s Day”, first proclaimed in 1925 by the World Conference For the Well-Being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland. The day is designed to draw attention to any and all children’s issues. (If it’s both Parents Day and Children’s Day, we just might have a problem…)
• “Go Barefoot Day”, a day to enjoy the comforts and pleasant sensations of shedding footwear. Why? Because it feels great! The members of the ‘Society For Barefoot Living’ believe you should go barefoot all the time.
• “Heimlich Maneuver Day”, honoring the ‘abdominal thrust’ method of stopping choking, first described by Dr Henry Heimlich in a June 1974 article in the journal “Emergency Medicine”. BS FACTOID: In 2016, 96-year-old Heimlich used the technique himself for the first time when a female resident at his retirement home in Cincinnati OH was choking at the dinner table. He died in December 2016. (Of a heart attack, in case you were wondering.)
• “Say Something Nice Day”, a day to thank someone, encourage someone, compliment everyone. Remember, if you can’t say something nice … mum’s the word!
• “Rocky Road Day”, saluting the ice cream flavor that’s made with chocolate ice cream, nuts, and marshmallows. (Immortalized by ‘Weird’ Al Yankovic in his Joan Jett parody, ‘I Love Rocky Road’).
• “Bubba Day”, honoring those formally named or just informally called ‘Bubba’. (We’re betting most of ’em live in ‘Dixie’.) A quick search for famous ‘Bubbas’ reveals that all of the top 12 are nicknamed (rather than born with the name) Bubba, including Bill ‘Bubba’ Clinton, Charles ‘Bubba’ Smith and Gerry ‘Bubba’ Watson Jr.
• “Rotisserie Chicken Day” , This delicious style of chicken is cooked whole on a rotisserie or spit that turns continuously over a heat source, roasting it slowly. This sears the skin to seal in the flavor, resulting in a tender and juicy chicken. (And the dog laying around in the kitchen all day, drooling).
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1990  “Seinfeld” starring Jerry Seinfeld, debuts on NBC as “Seinfeld Chronicles”
2000  “Survivor” TV reality series debuts as a 3-month Summer show on CBS-TV (Richard, Rudy, Susan, Sean, Colleen, Kelly, Greg, and Gervase quickly become household names) Still going. (Strong?)
2017  Comedienne Kathy Griffin is fired from CNN after a photo of her holding bloody head resembling Donald Trump is posted on her social media accounts
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2014  Michael Jackson becomes the first artist with Top 10 hits in five consecutive decades on the Hot 100 as ‘Love Never Felt So Good’ reaches #9
2014  A Maserati car and an unspecified amount of jewelry are taken in a burglary at Miley Cyrus’ home in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1976  Guinness Record ‘Loudest Concert’ as The Who put out a total of 76,000 watts of power at 126 decibels (no wonder it’s “Save Your Hearing Day”). Guinness no longer certifies this record.
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson eats about 10 pounds of food every day.
✓ Contrary to popular belief, Walt Disney is not cryogenically frozen. He was cremated.
✓ Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name was “Moon.”
✓ For her role in Winter’s Bone, Jennifer Lawrence learned how to skin squirrels.
✓ Will Smith’s first name is actually Willard, not William.
✓ Mark Zuckerberg’s home AI assistant is voiced by Morgan Freeman.
BONUS BS WHACK ELTON JOHN FACTS:
(“Rocketman” premieres today…)
✓ He took his stage name from two bandmates: Elton Dean and Long John Baldry. His middle name, Hercules? That came from a horse on a TV show.
✓ Between 1973 and 1976, he recorded 15 hit singles, nine of which went to No. 1 or 2.
✓ He wrote many of his classic songs in 15-20 minutes after receiving the lyrics from songwriting partner Bernie Taupin.
✓ He names his pianos after female singers. He has had instruments named after the first names of Aretha Franklin, Diana Krall, Nina Simone and Blossom Dearie.
✓ John Lennon joined him on stage in New York in 1974 for what would be Lennon’s final concert appearance.
BS ORIENTATION VIDEOS IN HELL:
• “How to Properly Exit the Hand Basket”
• “How to Have a Snowball’s Chance”
• “For Those of You Who Worked as Servers or in Retail, This Won’t Be Much of an Adjustment”
• “Enjoying Limitless Decaf”
• “Don’t Bother to Stop, Drop, or Roll”
• “What to Do When Someone’s NOT on Fire”
• “Why There Are So Many Cats Here”
• “Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t”
• “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”
MORE BS QUESTIONS PLAGUING HUMANITY:
• If swimming is so good for your figure, how do you explain whales?
• Does the Pillsbury Doughboy have any roll models?
• Do dogs chase their tales in the opposite direction in the Southern Hemisphere?
• How do itches move when you scratch them?
• Do cannibals get engaged to be marinated?
• Why do most bosses think the best reward for a job well done is more work?
BS PHONE STARTER:
What is something from your childhood that a younger person wouldn’t understand?
BS RANDOM JOKE:
Women only call me ugly until they find out how much money I make. Then they call me ugly and poor.
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: The #1 gym pet peeve is people who take selfies while exercising. What is number #2?
Answer: Naked talkers in the locker room
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
A new broom sweeps clean but an old broom knows the corners.