Friday, July 28, 2023 – Edition: #7526
Here’s More Bull Roar!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Prince Harry’s phone-hacking claims against a UK publisher were thrown out of court yesterday. The judge also dismissed the Duke of Sussex’s claim there was a “secret agreement” between Buckingham Palace and the press. In his ruling, the judge said the case had “not reached the necessary threshold of plausibility…” The Sun’s publisher celebrated the ruling as “a significant victory.” Prince Harry still has the right to continue suing the newspaper for using other alleged illegal activities to get information about him and his family. A trial over the matter will begin in January, if no settlement is reached ahead of time
★ Kylie Jenner is finally coming clean about having plastic surgery, admitting in Thursday’s season finale of “The Kardashians” that she underwent breast augmentation surgery at age 19. The Kylie Cosmetics mogul, who is 25, has long denied going under the knife. She got emotional while speaking about her decision to have breast surgery during a conversation with close friend Stassie Karanikolaou. Jenner revealed for the first time publicly that she had the surgery before giving birth to daughter Stormi, and said she regrets it. Quote: “I just wish, obviously, I never got them done to begin with. I would recommend anyone who is thinking about it to wait until after children.”
★ The director of a low-budget British indie who sparked controversy last year by casting Kevin Spacey months before his sexual assault trial now says his decision has been proven right. In November, Gene Fallaize cast Spacey in a voice-only role in “Control”, 2 weeks after London’s Crown Prosecution Service brought the number of charges Spacey would be facing up to 12, said that he “absolutely knew” it was a “risky move.” He says he discussed it with producers, and although it wasn’t “an easy decision”, they “made the best decision…and it’s…proven itself.”
★ Amid Vanna White’s fight for better pay at “Wheel of Fortune”, it seems that many fans would like to see her replaced with Pat Sajak’s daughter, Maggie Sajak. TV Insider reports that many Wheel watchers have taken to commenting on Maggie’s Instagram posts, with one writing, “You should be taking over Vanna White’s job when Vanna White is ready to retire.” Someone else replied, “I totally agree! She would be PERFECT!” White, who is apparently paid one-fifth of Pat Sajak’s $15 million annual salary, has threatened to quit unless Sony agrees to more than double her pay to $7.5 million.
★ Melissa Roxburgh is returning to NBC to guest star on” Quantum Leap”. The “Manifest” star will appear in the Season 2 premiere on Oct. 4, joined by Francois Arnaud, Aaron Abrams, and P.J. Byrne. This marks Roxburgh’s return to NBC, after the network canceled her missing plane drama “Manifest” in 2021 after 3 seasons. It was picked up by Netflix for a 4th and final season, which came to an end last month.
★ Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon are developing a sequel to “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem” and planning a 2-season series that will serve as a “bridge” between the films. “Tales of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” will appear on Paramount+. That’s a sign of how bullish the studio is about “Mutant Mayhem,” the animated feature that opens in theaters on August 2. Paramount and Nickelodeon chief Brian Robbins has made rebooting the Turtles a top priority after the live-action film franchise ran out of steam with 2016’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.”
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Allison Janney, Chris Estrada, Frankie Quiñones, Yung Gravy performs (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Sienna Miller, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gabriel Basso, Ryan Hamilton (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Jim Gaffigan, Jesse Williams (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Colin Quinn, Gabrielle Union (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Hot Topics
• “The Talk” (CBS): Ana Gasteyer (R)
• “Live with Kelly and Mark” (ABC/CTV): Craig Ferguson, Antwan “Big Boi” Patton; guest co-host Deja Vu
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Michael Ealy, Jennifer Tilly, Small Town Strong (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Jessica Biel (R)
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Roy Wood Jr., Cierra Ramirez (R)
• “Tropic Jaws” (DSC): When a 16-foot great white invades Bali’s warm coast, it sparks fears the sharks could adapt to hunting the tropical beaches.
• “How To With John Wilson” (HBO): Season 3 premiere. Documentary filmmaker John Wilson embarks on an odyssey of self-discovery and cultural observation by covertly filming the lives of fellow New Yorkers while trying to share advice.
• “Greatest Geek Year Ever: 1982” (CW): Season 1 finale. Henry Winkler joins the “Night Shift”; Eddie Murphy has “48 Hours” to stay out of jail; the kids at Ridgemont High have some fast times; Jason slashes his way into 3D.
• “Megasharks of Dangerous Reef” (DSC): The remote islands off South Australia are believed to harbor some of the biggest white sharks on the planet — but they’re rarely seen.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Host Amy Schumer; musical guest Steve Lacy (R)
• “Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC): WWE Women vs. WWE Men and Marcus Lemonis vs. Bert Kreischer
• “Tough as Nails” (CBS): Season 5 finale
• “Dark Winds” (AMC): Season 2 premiere
• “The Great Food Truck Race” (FOOD): Season 16 finale
• “Naked and Afraid: Castaways” (DSC): Series premiere. Nine veterans are marooned on a bug-infested island with no tools or maps; they must scavenge wreckage to help survive.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Timbaland and Justin Timberlake – are both working with Nelly Furtado. Tuesday, they shared photos of themselves in the studio. While Furtado FaceTimed into the session, Timberlake and Timbaland smiled together, in person. Last week, Timbaland and Furtado revealed they’ve been “cooking” in the studio. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/mryyfyte
• Post Malone – says that having a baby slowed down his partying – but not his existential dread. In an interview, he said: “Iit’s really slowed me down a lot, party-wise, going out and being crazy”, but the artist, who has always had a penchant for living off the grid, said: “I’m trying to get some land right now…the end is nigh.”
• Roger Waters – will premiere his “The Dark Side of the Moon Redux” at the London Palladium on October 8, two days after the album’s release. He’ll be joined by many of the musicians who worked with him on the re-recording of Pink Floyd’s seminal 1973 classic.
• Ozzy Osbourne – The mechanical bull named after him has been unveiled at its permanent home, Birmingham New Street station in Birmingham, England. His wife and manager Sharon was on hand for “Ozzy the Bull’s” first performance on Wednesday, which involved the 33-foot tall sculpture moving his head and swishing his tail. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/h2kz8889
• Queen – Dolly Parton’s cover of their classic ‘We Are The Champions/We Will Rock You’ will be used to promote NBCUniversal’s coverage of the Olympic Games Paris 2024, which begins July 26, 2024. Parton also collaborated with NBCU on a music video for the song. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/mr67fv66
• Chris Stapleton — Within the first week of release, his single ‘White Horse’ received 135 adds, marking the biggest add day of the last 12 months at country radio, and the highest chart debut for Stapleton at Mediabase, entering at #31.
• Brad Paisley – says he’d jump at the chance to co-host…anything with Carrie Underwood again. On “Today”, he said: “We could host a bar mitzvah. I mean, honestly, you name it.” The pair were fan-favorites during the 11 years they hosted the CMA Awards together.
• Jason Aldean – His ‘Try That in a Small Town’ video is now 6 seconds shorter. Images of a Black Lives Matter demonstration have been removed from the clip, which now has 19 million views. It’s not clear when the footage was removed, but TMZ reports it featured Fox footage, used without permission.
• Morgan Wallen – Has just bought a new pair of boots – and they’re unlike any you’ve seen before. He debuted his custom Tecovas during his show on Saturday night in LA. Designed by The Shoe Surgeon, they’re inspired by pro BMX rider Nigel Sylvester’s Air Jordan 1’s(!) LINK: https://tinyurl.com/mut9ry4b
SHOOTING THE BULL
THIS WEEK’S MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “Haunted Mansion” (PG-13, Fantasy/Comedy): A woman and her son enlist a motley crew of so-called spiritual experts to help rid their home of supernatural squatters. (Rosario Dawson, LaKeith Stanfield, Owen Wilson, Tiffany Haddish) Tomatometer: 45%
• “Talk To Me” (R, Horror/Mystery): When a group of friends discover how to conjure spirits using an embalmed hand, they become hooked on the new thrill, until one of them goes too far and unleashes terrifying supernatural forces. (Sophie Wilde, Miranda Otto) Tomatometer: 86%
THE WORD ON BEING AWKWARD:
Awkwardness is usually thought of as a negative trait to be overcome, but it turns out it may be a key to professional success. That’s the argument put forth in the upcoming book “Good Awkward: How to Embrace the Embarrassing and Celebrate the Cringe to Become The Bravest You”, by workplace performance expert Henna Pryor. She defines workplace awkwardness as “what we feel when the person we believe ourselves to be ― so our true selves ― is…temporarily at odds with the person that people see on display.” And while being awkward can have its drawbacks, Pryor argues that it is also “an emotion that’s 100% universal”, and essential to professional growth. How so? Because by definition, if you are to advance in your career, you need to expose yourself to new and sometimes awkward situations along the way. She also says that research suggests that showing some awkwardness can make us appear more human and likable to colleagues.
(I may be awkward, but I’m nowhere NEAR as awkward as that book title!)
(You have to believe her when she says being awkward can lead to professional success. Because…well, Zuckerberg!)
No one is going to say that the newest Skittles flavor “tastes like the rainbow”. In celebration of Mustard Day on August 5, the candy brand has partnered with French’s to make its first-ever mustard-flavored Skittle. The company says the candies have a “tangy mustard flavor” combined with Skittles’ “iconic chewy texture” – and are colored yellow. But you won’t find the new flavor on store shelves. If you’re odd enough to want to try the new flavor, you need to meet up with French’s “Mustard Mobile”, which is stopping in 3 US cities: Atlanta on July 31, Washington on August 2, and New York on August 5. You can also enter an online sweepstakes for a chance to win a package of Mustard Skittles. LINK: www.Frenchs.com/MustardSkittles
(What’s second prize? Two packs?)
(On one hand, the very thought of Mustard Skittles makes my nose hairs curl. On the other, I’m thinking: “What would those things taste like on a hot dog?”)
NEWS OF THE WEIRD:
➢ A farmer who had recently relocated from his rural home to an urban apartment building shocked his new neighbors – when they spotted 7 cows on his 5th-floor balcony. When moving from his rural home, he brought the calves, weighing 10-20kg each, to raise as pets. Annoyed by the constant mooing and foul smell of the young bovines, many residents decided to put up a stink of their own, and after calling authorities, the animals were forcefully removed on the first day in their new home. (I’ve smelled worse in my own apartment building!)
(***Caution – preview for content***) ➢ Apparently there IS a cure for R.B.F. Poor Irina Prosmushkin suffered from a perma-frown. Or, as it has been labelled on social media, #restingbitchface. But on a recent FaceTime call, her mother noticed she couldn’t stop smiling, and the 48-year-old has Dr. Andrew Jacono to thank. The Manhattan-based plastic surgeon performed a lip lift on Prosmushkin, curing her of the so-called “resting bitch face” that had plagued her. Lip lifts — a minimally invasive operation that shortens the skin between the upper lip and the nose — are trending, thanks in part to social media and all those Zoom calls we’ve had to endure seeing ourselves on. Done well, the surgery widens the top lip, defines the cupid’s bow, improves tooth display, and creates a more youthful appearance. On mature patients with a drooping mouth, the surgery makes their expression appear happier. According to Prosmushkin, “Now I have this perfect pout.” (I had a boss with “R.B.F.”. Except we called it “R.F.” — because the “B” was redundant!)
DID YOU KNOW:
The Center for Disease Control says that “Being awake for 17 hours is similar to having a blood alcohol content of 0.05%,” and “being awake for 24 hours is similar to having a BAC of 0.10%.” And recent stats show that among adults, 29% get less than 5 hours sleep each night. You know where we’re going here? Yup – this means that at any given time, almost one-third of the population is operating in a manner that could be considered legally drunk. (…and that’s why I act the way I do at work on Fridays, boss…honest!)
BS CHRONOMETER 7.28.23
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Milk Chocolate Day”, an excuse for chocoholics everywhere to chow down! (Which would you rather have: chocolate milk, or milk chocolate?)
• “Hamburger Day”, honoring the world’s favorite sandwich, whose origins can be traced back as far as the Middle Ages. Reportedly, Louis Lassen, owner of Louis’ Lunch in New Haven CT, sold the first hamburger and steak sandwich in the US on this date in 1900. Today, close to 6 billion are served annually by restaurants. Here are 4 food finds about hamburgers:
✓ The oldest fast-food restaurant in the world is the White Castle franchise, which opened in 1921.
✓ Americans eat more burgers at restaurants or on-the-go than they do at home.
✓ The largest hamburger ever created weighed 8,266, pounds and was cooked for a burger festival in Seymour, Wisconsin.
✓ Hamburgers are made of beef, not ham, and there is much debate over whether they actually originated in Hamburg, Germany.
• “World Hepatitis Day”, to create awareness that 1-in-12 people worldwide is living with either chronic hepatitis B or C, far higher than the prevalence of HIV or any type of cancer.
• “National Waterpark Day”, in the US. Nearly every state has a waterpark. Impressively, Wisconsin Dells, WI (pop. 3000) is the Waterpark Capital of the World. The largest indoor park in America is at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in Sandusky, OH. (And the longest waterslide in the world is in Malaysia: https://tinyurl.com/2s2kr9d3 )
• “Buffalo Soldiers Day”, it was on July 28, 1866, with the passage of the Army Reorganization Act, that Congress created 6 army regiments of all-black soldiers, consisting of 2 cavalry units and 4 infantry units—which were later consolidated into the 24th and 25th infantry units. They all eventually were known as Buffalo Soldiers.
• “System Administrator Appreciation Day”, to honor that special person in the office who maintains the computer network. (Today, and today only, remember to try restarting your computer before you bother him/her!)
• “Talk in an Elevator Day”, Taking a moment to talk to another human being can do wonders to refresh your, and the other person’s day. Today, make it a point to strike up a casual conversation with someone while you are on your way up or down. (And watch them recoil in horror…)
• “International Lasagna Day” celebrating the famous Italian dish that’s become a worldwide favorite. Almost all recipes for the “perfect lasagna” feature ricotta as the cheese of choice.
• “National Chicken Wing Day”, first proclaimed in 1977 by Buffalo NY mayor Stan Makowski. Legend has it that spicy “Buffalo Wings” were invented at the city’s Anchor Bar in 1964. (This is turning out to be the BEST DAY EVER!)
• “International Tiger Day”, to promote a global system for protecting the natural habitats of tigers and to raise awareness and support for tiger conservation issues. BS FAST TIGER FACTS:
-They are the largest cats in the world.
– A tiger’s roar can be heard up to 3km away.
-Tigers’ canine teeth have pressure-sensing nerves, enabling it to know exactly where to deliver the killing bite to its prey.
• “Lipstick Day”, celebrating every girl’s go-to makeup item — and the power of a set of stained lips. (Is this a good time to mention that 2 very common ingredients of lipstick are pig fat . . . and fish scales?)
• “Rain Day” in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, an annual festival that started when a local farmer noticed it always seems to rain on July 29th. They now claim it’s rained on this date in 117 of the 149 years since. (Do they have an alternate date in case of sun?) LINK: http://raindayfestival.com/
• “Cheesecake Day”, a day to indulge yourself in one of the most decadent of all desserts. (What’s your favorite kind? Mine’s ‘guilt-free’)
• “Father-In-Law Day”, honoring the spousal parent who has never really been all that impressed with you. (Try to be nice anyway.)
• “Kiss Your Car Day”, observed on the 1863 birth date of Henry Ford. It’s a day to show your vehicle how much you really, really love her (As opposed to “kissing your car goodbye”, which would be something else entirely…)
• “Paperback Book Day”, marking the start of the paperback book revolution with publication of Penguin #1, “Ariel, The Life of Shelley” by Andre Maurois in London this date in 1935.
• “Support Public Education Day”, promoting the efforts of administrators, teachers, and parents who aim to maintain a public education system that meets the needs of every student.
• “World Snorkeling Day”, On this day in 1932, Joseph L. Belcher patented the “Belcher Breathing Apparatus”. The word ‘snorkel’ comes from the German word ‘schnorchel’, which, loosely translated, means ‘to snore underwater’.
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1957  Scott Pelley, San Antonio TX, TV news anchor (“CBS Evening News” 2011-17)/TV news correspondent (“60 Minutes” since 1999)
1964  Lori Loughlin, New York City, TV actress (‘Aunt Becky’ on “Full House” 1988-95, “When Calls the Heart” 2014-19)/served 2 months in prison for her role in the 2019 college admissions bribery scandal
1969  Dana White, Manchester CT, entrepreneur (president of the UFC, played a pivotal role in its growth into a mainstream sports spectacle)
1972  Elizabeth Berkley, Farmington Hills MI, movie actress (“Showgirls”)/TV actress (“Saved by the Bell” 1989-93, 2020-21)
1974  Afroman (Joseph Edgar Foreman), Palmdale CA, rapper (‘Because I Got High’)
1976  Jacoby Shaddix, Mariposa CA, alt-rock singer (Papa Roach-‘Last Resort’, ‘Face Everything and Rise’)
1985  Dustin Milligan, Yellowknife NT, TV actor (‘Ted Mullens’ on “Schitt’s Creek” 2015-2020, “90210” 2008-09)
1990  Soulja Boy (DeAndre Way), Chicago IL, rapper (‘Crank That [Soulja Boy]’)/TV personality (“Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” 2014-16)
SATURDAY- Documentarian Ken Burns is 70; Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”) is 70; Geddy Lee (Rush) is 70; Patti Scialfa (E Street Band) is 70; Martina McBride (‘Independence Day’) is 57; Wil Wheaton (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”) is 51; Wanyá Morris (Boyz II Men) is 50; Josh Radnor (“How I Met Your Mother”) is 49; Ashley McBryde (‘Girl Going Nowhere’) is 40
SUNDAY- Paul Anka (‘Put Your Head on my Shoulder’) is 82; Arnold Schwarzenegger (“Terminator” films) is 76; Laurence Fishburne (“Matrix” movies) is 62; Alton Brown (“Good Eats”) is 61; Lisa Kudrow (“Friends”) is 60; Vivica A Fox (“Booty Call”) is 59; Terry Crews (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) is 55; “The Dark Knight” director Christopher Nolan is 53; Hilary Swank (“Million Dollar Baby”) is 49; Jaime Pressly “My Name Is Earl”) is 46; Joey King (“The Kissing Booth”) is 24
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2000  Kathie Lee Gifford makes her final appearance as co-host of “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee”
2006  Mel Gibson unleashes an ill-advised anti-Semitic tirade as he’s arrested for DUI in Malibu CA (the ensuing police mug-shot is pretty much a career-killer)
TODAY IN MUSIC . . .
1973  The “Summer Jam” concert takes place at Watkins Glen racetrack in New York, outdrawing Woodstock with a crowd of over 600,000. The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, and The Band play to the massive crowd that paid $10 a ticket – if they bought one
2007  ‘Hey There Delilah’ by Plain White T’s hits #1, two years after it was released. “Delilah” is runner Delilah DiCrescenzo, who singer Tom Higgenson was trying to impress with a song
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
2019  The first Fortnite World Cup is won by US teenager Kyle Giersdorf with the largest ever e-sports prize of $3 million at Arthur Ashe Stadium, New York
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2011  American swimmer Ryan Lochte sets a new world record for the 200-meter individual medley, winning gold at the World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai, China
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ Hershey’s Kisses are named that after the “kissing” sound the chocolate makes as it falls from the machine on the conveyor belt.
✓ Chimpanzees, gorillas . . . and koalas have human-like fingerprints.
✓ Liars blink less frequently than normal during the lie, and then speed up to around 8 times faster than usual afterwards.
✓ The stage before frostbite is called ‘frostnip’.
✓ A full bladder is about the size of a softball.
✓ Bullfrogs do not sleep.
BS BAD CHILD DAYCARE NAMES:
• Bite Club
• Everything Sharp
• NyQuil Nannie’s
• Melania’s Handbag Factory
• Free Range Children
• Flowers in the Attic
• Summer School
• (***Caution***) Pee-wee’s Playhouse
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2022
TODAY’S SCOOP OF BS:
➠ NCAA has fined the University of Tennessee football program $8 Million Dollars for recruiting violations. (That’s a lot of money. I mean, Ohio State could have bought 2 players for that kind of scratch…)
➠ Author J.K. Rowling will celebrate her 58th birthday on Monday. (You can tell she’s getting up there, too…Her next book will be called: “Harry Potter and the Seven-Years of Night-Sweats”!)
➠ A study finds that women feel most attractive at age 28. (And least attractive when their husband is about to direct a movie starring Megan Fox…)
➠ Mischa’s Restaurant in New York is selling a $29 hot dog. (It’s laced with truffles, seasoned with saffron, and boiled in the tears of the unemployed…)
➠ National Clown Week begins one week from today. (Here’s what I know about clowns: Some are happy. Some are sad. And some are insane and form posses.)
BS WEB GOODIE:
True, that (sound up): https://tinyurl.com/y5wywz3w
BS RANDOM JOKE:
Wouldn’t exercise be a lot more fun if calories screamed while you burned them?
BS PHONE STARTER:
What song do you feel compelled to sing along with — even if you don’t really know the words?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: 38% of people say they always go to the same place for THIS. What is it?
Answer: A haircut
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
When you love what you have, you have everything you need.