Tuesday, June 6, 2023 – Edition: #7489
Sheet For Brains!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks out about that 1996 affair with his housekeeper in his tell-all new Netflix documentary, “Arnold”. In it, Schwarzenegger admits Shriver was left “crushed” after finding out he’d fathered Joseph, who is now 25, with Mildred Baena. Shriver confronted Schwarzenegger about the rumors during a therapy session in 2011. Schwarzenegger recalled: “One day, the counsellor said, ‘Today Maria wants to be very specific about something…She wants to know if you’re the father of Joseph.’” He says he thought his heart stopped, then he told the truth, and “She was obviously crushed by that.”
★ Michael J. Fox gave “Back to the Future” expo attendees a scare Sunday when he fell onstage. The 61-year-old, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991 at age 29, was walking onto the stage at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, when he tripped. To the relief of fans, Fox landed on a couch and was able to continue the Q&A panel with his co-stars Christopher Lloyd and Tom Wilson.
★ Showtime is not moving forward with a documentary on disgraced comedian Louis C.K. The feature-length doc was announced by Paramount Global last summer. Caroline Suh, who previously directed Netflix documentary “Blackpink: Light Up the Sky,” about K-Pop superstars Blackpink, was set to helm the project about C.K., which was billed as examining the comedian and his downfall as well as the wider #MeToo movement. It is unclear whether the documentary will land somewhere else.
★ Just in time for the original film’s 30-year anniversary, Disney is developing “Hocus Pocus 3”. The beloved franchise stars Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker as a trio of Salem witches. The announcement follows last year’s “Hocus Pocus 2”, which reunited the central stars 29 years after the release of director Kenny Ortega’s 1993 original, and broke streaming records for Disney+.
★ Mark Hamill is ready to be done with ‘Luke Skywalker’, the iconic role that made him a household name. In an interview with “CBS Sunday Morning”, the 71-year-old explained that he is grateful for all the happiness the character brought to fans, but he doesn’t “see any reason to” play Skywalker again. He feels the Star Wars team has “so many stories to tell, they don’t need Luke anymore”. He did, however, leave some wiggle room, noting that he is a believer in the saying “never say never”.
★ It’s not quite showtime yet, but “Beetlejuice 2” is coming, and star Michael Keaton has given some insight on how Tim Burton and the rest of the film’s creators are making sure it just like the 1988 original. In an interview, Keaton said working on Beetlejuice2 “is the most (freaking) fun you can have working.” Why? Because they’re “doing it exactly like we did the first movie. There’s a woman in the great waiting room for the afterlife literally with a fishing line…tugging on the tail of a cat to make it move.” The sequel is scheduled for release Sept. 6, 2024.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Anthony Mackie, Chris Distefano, Gracie Abrams (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Blake Shelton, Gigi Hadid (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Shaquille O’Neal, Mayim Bialik (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Bryan Cranston, Nicole Byer, Keshi (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Rebecca Romijn
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Lala Kent, a performance by the Broadway cast of “& Juliet”
• “Live with Kelly and Mark” (ABC/CTV): Natasha Lyonne, Mädchen Amick
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Riley Keough, Suki Waterhouse, Camila Morrone, Taylor Jenkins, Sunny War (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): John Boyega, Bill Nye (R)
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Yvette Nicole Brown, Ron Funches (R)
• “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” (ABC): Tiki Barber, Lauren Ash and Jim Jefferies
• “Celebrity Jeopardy!” (ABC): Troian Bellisario, Wil Wheaton and Hasan Minhaj
• “Customer Wars” (A&E): Season 2 premiere
• “Burden of Proof” (HBO): Series premiere. In 1987, a couple awake to find their daughter missing. Their son believes the parents are responsible, and has the investigation reopened. Another episode follows.
• “The Freedom to Exist — A Soul of a Nation Presentation” (ABC): An in-depth look at the transgender community, including an interview with Elliot Page and a report on how statewide bans across the country are impacting families and conversations in schools.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Olivia Rodrigo – Fans noticed that the Spotify Canvas that shows up when you listen to ‘Drivers License’ on the platform, now has “06-30-23” listed as the card’s expiration date — leading to speculation that the date marks the end of her “Drivers License” era, and possibly the release of something new.
• Drake – Nelly Furtado says he encouraged her musical comeback. He invited her to be a surprise guest for his All-Canadian North Stars event in Toronto last summer, reminded her about her legacy and value to the music industry and urged her to work on new music. Nelly quote: “I couldn’t say no when he invited me on stage, I had to be brave and boss up and start the next chapter.”
• Fugees – 18 months after they abruptly canceled their much-anticipated reunion tour, Lauryn Hill brought out Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel onstage during her show at Philadelphia’s Roots Picnic. They performed 6 songs in what many believe will be the last-ever performance from the group. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/cxpw5buz
• David Bowie – A fully restored film and soundtrack will be released Aug. 11 for the 50th anniversary of the documentary/concert film “Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars: The Motion Picture”. The soundtrack will include ‘The Jean Genie/Love Me Do’ medley and ‘Round And Round’ featuring Jeff Beck, which has never been released anywhere before.
• Metallica – is hosting a special screening event in theaters on Aug. 18 and 20. “Metallica: M72 World Tour Live From Arlington, TX – A Two Night Event”, will capture 2 different performances from the group, who are playing each city twice on the current tour, promising “no repeat” songs at each stop. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/4rrd5mjw
• Luke Bryan – His “Farm Tour 2023” just got better. He has announced that Chayce Beckham, Kameron Marlowe, The Peach Pickers and DJ Rock will join him as special guests. The 5-date Farm Tour kicks off September 14 in Shelbyville KY, running through Sept. 23 in Eyota MN.
• Jon Pardi – has made a seamless transition into fatherhood since the arrival of his daughter, Presley Fawn, on Feb. 18. Quote: “She’s been a great baby….fun and super cute and it’s been a fun time with her.” Pardi’s latest ‘Your Heart or Mine’ is closing in on the top 10.
• Miranda Lambert – During her headlining appearance at Gulf Coast Jam (Panama City FL) on Friday, she performed a rendition of Morgan Wallen’s #1 hit ‘Thought You Should Know’. Lambert co-wrote the endearing Mother’s Day tribute, alongside Nicolle Galyon and Wallen.
SHOOTING THE BULL
❑ While they are being promoted around the world as a crucial weapon in reducing carbon emissions, solar panels only have a lifespan of up to 25 years. And experts say billions of panels will eventually all need to be disposed of and replaced. So, they are calling for urgent government action to prevent a looming global environmental disaster. Ute Collier, deputy director of the International Renewable Energy Agency in the UK, says: “It’s going to be a waste mountain by 2050, unless we get recycling chains going now.” More and more solar panels are being produced, but at this point, there’s no real plan to deal with the waste, she says. One company says it hopes eventually to be able to extract and re-use 99% of a unit’s components. (Using solar power, I would hope…!)
❑ Scientists in the UK are developing peas that don’t taste like peas. And no, it’s not part of a crafty plan to get children to eat their veggies. As more and more of us turn to plant-based food, they are hoping to produce a more planet-friendly, home-grown alternative to importing soya beans. Peas are high in protein, but it’s hard to mask their taste when they’re used as a meat substitute in vegan dishes. Scientists discovered a gene for pea flavor 30 years ago. At the time, research was stopped, as there was no use for it. Now it could be the basis of a new industry, as Belfast-based plant breeding company, Germinal works to make flavourless peas as a soya alternative. (Well, it’s definitely a “green” initiative!)
OLD VOLKS HOME:
Remember the classic hippie-era Volkswagen bus? Well, because no ones a reboot more than the auto industry, the automaker has revived its groovy 1960s-era VW Volkswagen T1, also known as the Microbus and the Transporter. Except this time, it’s electric. Last year, Volkswagen unveiled the ID Buzz, a retro-styled electric van, and now, the North American version has been revealed, and though it features 3 rows of seats, it’s still shorter than a traditional minivan. The iconic Microbus was introduced in 1949, and in North America, it became associated with the Hippie movement. But the Bus also provided transportation for large families long before the front-wheel-drive minivan was invented by Chrysler in the 1980s. The NEW ID Buzz features an electric motor capable of producing 282 horsepower, more than 10 times the power of an early VW Bus. Prices start at US $40,000 LINK: https://www.vw.ca/en/models/id–buzz.html
(You know the Microbus, don’t you? You may remember it from such films as “Little Miss Sunshine”…and “Cars”!)
(Like the hippies say, if you remember owning a Microbus, you probably never did!)
OOPS, I DID IT AGAIN:
Which little mishaps seem to find their way into your life time and time again? In a survey of 2,000 adults, some of the most common blunders reported include accidentally sending a text to the wrong person, laundry mishaps that result in shrunken or discolored clothes, mistaking a stranger for someone you know, forgetting a meal on the stove, and trying to enter a vehicle that doesn’t belong to them. Other common errors: preparing a meal for work only to leave it at home, and forgetting to cancel unused subscriptions. Some respondents also admitted they have forgotten about planned events and failed to show up, while others said they have dropped a book while reading…in the bathtub.
(Yeah, my wife has done that last one about 100 times. Except by ‘book’, I mean ‘wine’!)
(Pretty much sounds like a typical day for [***Afternoon guy***]!)
THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS:
Gretchen Rubin, author of “Life in Five Senses”, says that she spent 10 years studying what makes us happy in life—but there’s something she overlooked the entire time. And that’s the fact that there are ways our senses can help spark happiness. Here’s how…
1. If you need a burst of energy and cheer, use your sense of smell: Take a deep whiff of clean laundry or fine wood at the hardware store. With smells, you can’t save them, so enjoying a scent is all about the present, yet it can also transport you to the past, and nostalgia is a happy thing.
2. Stressed out? Use your sense of touch: Why do you think someone invented stress balls and fidget spinners? Some elderly care homes keep cuddly throw pillows, because it’s very comforting to touch something soft and warm. (Me? When I’m stressed, I chew pens…or coffee beans!)
3. Feeling distracted and unproductive? Use your sense of sound: You may find that the more you can control your surroundings, the less bothered you are by errant noises. Maybe ask your partner to use earbuds on video calls if you both work at home. Put your phone on silent when you need to concentrate. Just as it’s a relief to clear clutter, it’s good to clear clatter, too.
4. Need a creative spark? Use your sense of sight: Just try to spot the small details. Give yourself an assignment to spot a certain color while out walking, or really look at the trees or peoples’ hats. The more you look, the more beauty you’ll find, and you just might also find inspiration. (Also, money, if you’re lucky!)
5. Want to feel closer to people? Use your sense of taste: Yup, enjoying unique foods and flavors with others is an ancient custom for a reason. Make a date with a friend or relative you haven’t hung out with in a while and go to a new (to you) restaurant. Or get together with your partner and cook up a new recipe. The sharing of a sensory experience can lead to conversations that are unusually warm and intimate.
DID YOU KNOW?
Baby boys “talk” more in their first year than girls, according to a comprehensive new study. These early vocalizations include sounds like squeals, vowel-like utterances, growls, and short pseudo-word sounds such as “ba” and “aga.” While some infants naturally vocalize more than others, on average, boys express about 10% more sounds in their first year than girls, a finding that contradicts the long-held belief that girls have a consistent advantage over boys in language development. By the end of the 2nd year, however, the University of Memphis study found that girls surpass boys, making 7% more sounds. (And from then on, it’s not even close!)
BS CHRONOMETER 06.06.23
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “D-Day”, the 79th anniversary of 1944’s “Operation Overlord” invasion of Europe by Allied Expeditionary Forces during WW2. Before dawn, over 2,700 ships converged on Normandy, carrying 2-million tons of war materials and 155,000 troops. The password for the operation: ‘Mickey Mouse’.
• “Drive-in Movie Day”, commemorating the opening of the first ‘drive-in’ 89 years ago (1933) in Camden, NJ. It cost 25 cents per person or a buck-a-car to see “Wife Beware”.
• “National Churro Day”, They’re fried, they’re crunchy, they’re sweet! What’s not to love?
• “Gardening Exercise Day”, a day to get out and workout with your plants. Don’t laugh… if you’ve ever helped a gardener for an afternoon, you know what hard work it is.
• “Atheist Pride Day”, promoting the civil rights of atheists, the separation of state and church, and devoted to providing information about atheism.
• “Yo-Yo Day”, observed on the birth anniversary of Donald Duncan (1892-1971), who first mass-marketed the wildly popular invention in the West during the 1930s. According to legend, the yo-yo was invented in the Philippines centuries ago … as a weapon.
• “Eyewear Day”, we can clearly see the importance of bringing awareness to eye health and comprehensive eye exams. Eyewear Innovations…
⇒ Bifocals were invented in the 1760s. These eyeglasses made it possible to see objects both close up and far away.
⇒ Monocles were developed in the late 18th century and were worn around the neck. Interestingly, monocles were mainly worn by aristocrats.
⇒ Pince-nez were invented in the late 19th century. These eyeglasses were held in place by a spring-clip between the lenses instead of frames.
⇒ Sunglasses became popular in America around 1929. Eventually, they became an essential fashion item still in use today.
⇒ Ray-Bans are also knowns as “Aviators.” First developed for pilots in the 1930s, Ray-Ban eyeglasses are now especially popular with celebrities.
AND REMEMBER . . .
[Wed] Chocolate Ice Cream Day
[Wed] June Bug Day
[Thurs] Jelly-Filled Donut Day
[Fri] Donald Duck Day
This Week is…Fragrance Week
This Month is… Cataract Awareness Month
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1947  Robert Englund, Glendale, CA, movie actor (‘Freddy Krueger’ in “A Nightmare on Elm Street” films) COMING UP…”Natty Knocks”, 2023
1952  Harvey Fierstein, Brooklyn NY, Broadway actor (Tony Award-“Hairspray”)/playwright (“Torch Song Trilogy”)/movie actor (“Mrs. Doubtfire”, “Independence Day”)
1956  Björn Borg, Stockholm Sweden, retired tennis player (former #1 ranked player, 11-time Grand Slam winner, first to win 6 French Open singles titles)
1959  Colin Quinn, Brooklyn NY, movie actor (“Trainwreck”), TV comedian (“Saturday Night Live” 1995-2000)
1960  Steve Vai, Long Island NY, rock guitarist (Whitesnake, David Lee Roth, Frank Zappa, solo artist – ‘The Audience is Listening’)
1967  Paul Giamatti, New Haven CT, movie actor (“Cinderella Man”, “Sideways”)/TV actor (“John Adams”) COMING UP…“The Holdovers”
1974  Uncle Kracker (Matthew Shafer), Mount Clemens MI, country/rock/rap vocalist (‘Follow Me’, ‘Drift Away’)/former Kid Rock turntablist
2007  Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Santa Monica CA, TV actress (‘Lily Tucker-Pritchett’ on “Modern Family” 2011-20)
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1991  NBC announces Jay Leno will succeed Johnny Carson as host of “The Tonight Show” on May 25, 1992
1998  “Sex and the City” premieres, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1992  Guns N’ Roses’ ‘November Rain’ video debuts on MTV. At $1.5 million, the 9-minute epic is the most expensive video ever made at the time. In 2018, it becomes the first video made prior to YouTube’s creation to reach 1 billion views
2001  Saying he doesn’t have time to drive them anymore, Elton John auctions off 20 of his cars for a total of $2.75 million
TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
2012  A solar plane called ‘The Solar Impulse’ lands in Morocco after completing the world’s first intercontinental flight powered by the Sun
2018  A special pedestrian lane for slow-walking smartphone users is introduced in Xi’an, China
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2018  A man is announced to have won France’s €1 million (US $1.1 million) My Lottery for the second time in 2 years, with odds of 1 in 16 trillion
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ Hitting snooze on your alarm can make you more tired than if you had gotten up right away.
✓ Believing you have a good memory helps you to have a better memory.
✓ Nail biting has been associated with a better immune system because of the exposure to germs that causes your body to build antibodies for.
✓ Queen Victoria survived at least 8 assassination attempts.
✓ You can’t work in Antarctica unless you’ve had your wisdom teeth and appendix removed.
✓ In 2006, CNN listed Mark Zuckerberg and the founder of Netflix (Reed Hastings) among the “10 People Who Don’t Matter.”
Best of BS . . .
BS REASONS YOUR KID WASN’T ASKED TO BE VALEDICTORIAN:
• Has 3 more years to go in 11th grade.
• He’s only popular with his ‘My Manga/Anime Girlfriend’ chat group.
• Doesn’t want to be a valedictorian as she really doesn’t like animals.
• Hasn’t showed up at school since Christmas.
• Hates being lumped in with the ‘dorky kids’ who actually graduate.
• Not really at the head of the class, more the other end.
• Turned it down because of a scheduling conflict … he had grad that weekend.
• Still hammered from prom.
BS MEDIOCRE DARES:
• Take an awesome selfie, and don’t post it anywhere.
• Eat a cookie that’s been on the floor for SIX seconds.
• Do the hokey-pokey, but don’t turn yourself around.
• Keep your Wordle score to yourself.
• Send a tweet, and don’t ask people to ‘like’ or ‘share’.
• Ask the waiter for Worcestershire sauce.
• Don’t do what Simon says…
• Wear your Thursday underwear on a Wednesday.
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2022
BS WEB GOODIE:
Not sure why, but I love this: https://tinyurl.com/yvw7d854
BS RANDOM JOKE:
My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far, I’ve finished 2 bags of M&Ms and a chocolate cake. And I feel better already.
BS PHONE STARTER:
What’s the best movie theme song of all-time?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: A survey found THIS is the most annoying thing about attending a music festival. What is it?
Answer: Porta Potties
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Hard work puts you where good luck can find you.