Tuesday, June 27, 2023 – Edition: #7504
More From the Sheethouse!
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BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Christine Baumgartner beat Kevin Costner to the courtroom. When the handbag designer filed for divorce in May after 18 years of marriage, the actor was reportedly “blindsided” — because he had planned to file first. The “Yellowstone” alum’s lawyer was having the paperwork drawn up when his estranged wife “sneak attack[ed] him and serve[d] him with her own set of divorce papers,” according to a source quoted by the US Sun. Costner was “so shocked”, and Christine has since made him look terrible and has continued to do so”, the insider added.
★ “The Conners” and “The Righteous Gemstones” star John Goodman says he misses his “Roseanne” co-star Roseanne Barr, but he’s not sure he’d work with her again. The sitcom was canceled in 2018 after a racially-charged tweet by Barr, for which she later apologized. At the Monte Carlo Television Festival, Goodman was asked in an interview if he regrets speaking up for Barr. His answer: “No. At the time I remember…it just turned into an attack. And that made me very uncomfortable.” Goodman said he “felt bad for her…And I love her. She’s just her own person.” When asked if he’d work with Barr again, he said: “I just don’t know. I miss her.”
★ Jon Hamm is a married man. He wed his “Mad Men” co-star Anna Osceola on Saturday at Anderson Canyon in Big Sur CA, where they filmed the show’s 2015 series finale. 52-year-old Hamm and Osceola, who is 35, beamed while saying “I do” during their ceremony overlooking the sea at sunset. One of the couple’s co-stars, John Slattery, was on hand to support them, plus A-listers including Paul Rudd, Larry David, Tina Fey, Brooke Shields, and fellow newlywed Billy Crudup.
★ Vanna White is reportedly making a power play at “Wheel of Fortune”, following news of Pat Sajak’s impending retirement. A new report says she has hired “an aggressive new lawyer” to negotiate a long-overdue salary increase. Bryan Freedman, is known to be a bulldog for his clients when it comes to wringing out the biggest possible payday, and has previously represented Tucker Carlson, Chris Cuomo, and Mike Richards, the former producer of “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel”, who was fired from his short stint as Jeopardy! host. According to the report, White earns $3 million per year for flipping letters, a fifth of Sajak’s $15 million salary. Also at issue is the fact that White apparently hasn’t had a pay increase in 18 years.
★ Henry Cavill nearly became ‘James Bond’. In a new interview, “Casino Royale” director Martin Campbell revealed that Cavill “looked great” and “his acting was tremendous” when he auditioned for the part that eventually went to Daniel Craig. Campbell added: “If Daniel didn’t exist, Henry would have made an excellent Bond…he was in great physical shape… very handsome, very chiseled”, but he “looked a little young at that time.” Cavill was just 22 when he auditioned, while Craig was 38, which worked in his favor, as producers had envisioned a more seasoned 007.
★ Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, is on the road to recovery after undergoing surgery for breast cancer. A rep for the 63-year-old—an author, ex-wife of Prince Andrew, and mother to Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie—announced the news, saying her early form of breast cancer was detected at a routine mammogram screening. The rep said the surgery has taken place “successfully”, and her prognosis is good.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Omar Apollo (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Kevin Hart, Joseph Quinn, Toro y Moi (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Steve Carell, Phoenix (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Ethan Hawke, Retta, Iman Vellani (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Kelly Clarkson
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Andy Grammer
• “The Talk” (CBS): Freddie Prinze Jr. (R)
• “Live with Kelly and Mark” (ABC/CTV): Winston Duke, Carson Kressley
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Rob Lowe, Marcus Scribner (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Queen Latifah, John Kanell (R)
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Greg Mathis, Chase Rice (R)
• “Celebrity Jeopardy!” (ABC): Semifinal #2: John Michael Higgins, Wil Wheaton and Joel Kim Booster
• “Superman & Lois” (CW): Season 3 finale
• “Gotham Knights” (CW): Season 1 finale
• “Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music” (HBO): Performance artist Taylor Mac and 24 musicians reframe American history during a 24-hour concert featuring songs from 1776 to 2016.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Megan Thee Stallion – shared a hilarious update on what’s she’s been up to, saying that “since the last time y’all seen me, I learned to do a…pull up,” as she’s seen working out at a gym. She is also seen getting cryotherapy, looking at Birkin bags at in Paris and attending the Louis Vuitton Runway Show. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/bded28sc
• Drake – Has not only announced that his first book, “Titles Ruin Everything, A Stream of Consciousness”, co-written with Kenza Samir is now for sale on his website, he also announced “I made an album to go with the book.” No release date for the album “For All the Dogs” has been announced. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/bdfmp8dx
• The Beatles — The document that released them from their recording obligations is up for auction with an expected sale price of up to $500,000. Dated Dec. 29, 1974, the contract made the Beatles’ split official 5 years after they disbanded. It’s signed by all 4 members. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2t7amxsn
• Guns N’ Roses — A picture of Slash and Axl Rose together in the studio has ignited hopes that the group is working on new material. The photo was shared by Urban Sound Studios in Norway, where the band had appeared at a festival. The caption says the pair were listening to “new mixes” ahead of their headline slot on at Glastonbury over the weekend.
• Dave Grohl – showed up on stage with 3 different acts at Glastonbury, even though Foo Fighters weren’t even on the bill. He played a secret set with Foos as the “Churn Outs“, and the next day joined Guns N’ Roses for ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ and appeared with The Pretenders for a rendition of ‘Tattooed Love Boys’. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/bda8rnwn
• Eric Church — honored Bob Seger in his home town on Friday, playing an 8-song medley of some of the retired Detroit rock icon’s favorites during a concert at the Pine Knob Music Theatre. Church reminded the crowd that in 2006, when Church was booted from a Rascal Flatts tour, “The next phone call we got was Bob Seger” with an offer to open for him.
• Brett Young – His next album includes a Tim McGraw cover. ‘Don’t Take the Girl’ was a big hit in 1994, and Young says it’s one of the songs that inspired his career in country music. Young’s 4th studio album “Across the Sheets” will drop on Aug. 4.
• Luke Bryan — has announced the return of his annual Caribbean concert vacation, Crash My Playa. It’ll happen January 17-20 at the Moon Palace Cancún in Riviera Cancún, Mexico. In addition to Bryan, performers will include Dustin Lynch, Jelly Roll, Jon Pardi and Bailey Zimmerman. LINK: https://www.crashmyplaya.com/
SHOOTING THE BULL
TELLIN’ ABOUT TELEVISIONS:
Despite the importance of the internet in our everyday lives, the television is still the central entertainment hub of most homes. (And yes, I’m aware that most TVs these days are internet-enabled). That said, it stands to reason that the average consumer believes that the more you spend on a TV, the higher quality you’ll get. But according to a new study, that’s only true to a point. PerfectRec analyzed 262 popular TV models available in the US, and found that above the one-grand mark, there are rapidly diminishing returns for 65-inch TVs. The team determined that $1,250 is the sweet spot for picture quality on 60″ to 69″ TVs. Once you pass this price range, picture quality doesn’t improve much at all. In fact, unless you’re willing to pay hundreds or thousands more, you most likely won’t be able to tell the difference in picture quality.
(But on the other hand, you’ll still be able to brag about how much you paid for your TV!)
(And remember: Never have the best TV in your circle of friends – or you’ll have to host the Super Bowl party!)
THERE’S A NAP FOR THAT:
Sometimes, there’s nothing sweeter than taking an afternoon nap. And as it turns out, it’s also good for your brain. Researchers at University College London found that having a quick nap in the afternoon could slow the rate your brain shrinks as you age. That’s right, apparently the human brain actually decreases in size as we get older, and naps help to alleviate that effect. The average difference in brain volume between habitual nappers and those who don’t nap was equal to 2.6 to 6.5 years of ageing. The researchers want their findings to help reduce the stigma associated with daytime napping for adults. In addition, other recent studies found that taking a siesta has benefits for work productivity, creativity and memory. Some employers are now installing nap pods, sleep rooms and other spaces dedicated to power naps for workers.
(We have a nap room here, but I’m not allowed to use it until the drool-catcher arrives!)
(Your brain SHRINKS as you get older?? Thanks for giving me something else to worry about!)
If you’re hoping one day to know if there are aliens out there, it just may be that your computer knows before you do. A Harvard professor of astronomy predicts that extraterrestrials will make contact with artificial intelligence before humans, mostly because they would feel a “kinship” with technology. Avi Loeb, featured in the upcoming documentary “God Vs. Aliens”, says that interstellar travel would be “done with electronic gadgets and devices rather than with biological creatures because the journey takes a long time”. He points out that with our existing technology, it would take 50,000 years to travel to the nearest star. And that means that artificial intelligence systems could remain dormant during that time, and “survive the journey.” His point? Loeb feels that extraterrestrials visiting earth would likely reach out to A.I. before humans, because, chances are, they would share more similarities with our computers than with us. But that could also be a good thing, because, if we ever play host to unearthly visitors, “we can use our AI systems to interpret their AI systems.”
(Of course, this is all hypothetical. No one wants to visit us. Have you seen what we’ve done to the place?
(Gee, I can’t see anything going wrong there…!)
A Reddit user recently asked: “What is something that everyone looks stupid doing?” Here are some of the best (and completely correct) answers…
⇒ “Chasing after something that’s being blown away by the wind.”
⇒ “Standing or sitting awkwardly while everyone sings, ‘Happy Birthday to You.'”
⇒ “Getting out of the backseat of a two-door car.”
⇒ “Chasing a ping pong ball.”
⇒ “When you’re walking in the opposite way you’re supposed to go, and you have to do a sudden 180-degree turn.”
⇒ “We all look a bit silly when we confidently walk into a glass door we thought was open.
⇒ “A rant filmed from your car seat.”
⇒ “Trying to take off your pants without removing your shoes first.”
⇒ “Walking through a cobweb that no one else sees, and then waving your arms around a lot…”
⇒ “Running with a backpack on.”
⇒ “TikTok dances.”
DID YOU KNOW?
The Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam hosted a pop-up tattoo parlor, with tattoo artists inking replicas of Rembrandt’s work on paying visitors. Renowned tattoo artist Henk Schiffmacher is part of the team that recreated works by the 17th-century artist. As he points out: “Worldwide, more tattoos are sold than works of art to hang on your wall. An old tattoo artist once called tattoos ‘The Poor Man’s Rembrandt’: a work of art that is more affordable than a painting…but no less carefully executed and selected.” Several designs—costing US$109-$218 were on offer through Sunday, including original etchings by Rembrandt, his signature, and his monogram.
BS CHRONOMETER 06.27.23
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Canadian Multiculturalism Day”, an opportunity to celebrate the country’s diversity and to appreciate contributions of various multicultural groups and communities to Canadian society. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/3rkb6jy5
• “Decide to Be Married Day”, focusing on the joys of the ball-and-chain. (Please note: This is not a decision that one can make independently). [***Ask listeners for advantages to being married that you rarely hear about***]
• “Happy Birthday to You Day”, it’s been translated into at least 2 dozen languages, and Guinness once called it the most recognizable song in English. Today is the birthday of the woman who wrote the song’s melody. Mildred Hill was born on this date in 1859.
• “Pineapple Day”, whether you’re eating a pineapple upside-down cake or sipping a piña colada, be sure to celebrate this occasion with pineapples in some way! (Fun Fact: Pineapples were such a status symbol in 18th century England that you could rent one for the evening to take to a party.)
• “Sunglasses Day”, the 87th anniversary of the debut of ‘Ray-Ban Sunglasses’. In the 1930s, the US military commissioned glasses that would protect pilots from sun glare. But they didn’t become a real fad until the ‘60s when an ad campaign asked, “Who’s behind those Foster Grants?”
• “Bingo Day”, Bingo is a game popular with both the young and old that is played in person or online, often for prizes or money. Bingo dates back to 16th-century Italy, where a lottery game called Il Giuoco del Lotto d’Italia was played.
• “HIV Testing Day”, an annual campaign by the National Association of People with AIDS to encourage at-risk individuals to receive voluntary HIV counseling and testing.
• “Industrial Workers of the World Day”, to draw attention to workers in manufacturing and their importance in producing the goods that we consume and rely on. (Thank-you, China.)
• “PTSD Awareness Day”, to bring greater awareness to the issue of post-traumatic stress disorder.
• “Helen Keller Day”, born on this date in 1880, she was an American author, political activist, and lecturer, and the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. The story of her and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, was made famous by Keller’s autobiography, “The Story of My Life”, and its film and stage adaptations, “The Miracle Worker”. (***See ‘BS Deep Thought’, below***)
AND REMEMBER . . .
[Wed] Paul Bunyan Day
[Wed] Body Piercing Day
[Thurs] Hug Holiday Day
[Fri] Food Truck Day
This Week is…Tennis Week
This Month is…Rose Month
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1942  Bruce Johnston (Benjamin Baldwin), Peoria IL, pop-rock singer-bassist/keyboardist (Beach Boys-‘California Girls’)/songwriter (Barry Manilow-‘I Write the Songs’)
1949  Vera Wang, New York City, NY, fashion designer (Recognized for her haute couture wedding gown designs and for her relationships with celebrities)
1959  Lorrie Morgan (Loretta Lynn Morgan), Nashville TN, country singer (‘Watch Me’, ‘What Part of No’)/daughter of George Morgan, widow of Keith Whitley, and ex-wife of Jon Randall and Sammy Kershaw, all of whom are country singers
1966  (Jeffrey Jacob) “JJ” Abrams, NYC, movie producer-director (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”, “Mission: Impossible” films) TV show creator (“Felicity”, “Lost”) COMING UP…”Aporia”
1975  Tobey Maguire, Santa Monica CA, movie actor (“The Great Gatsby”, “Spider-Man” films)
1984  Khloé Kardashian, LA CA, reality TV personality (“Keeping Up With the Kardashians” 2007-21), “The Kardashians” since 2022/sister of Kourtney, Kim, and Rob Kardashian
1986  Sam Claflin, Ipswich England, movie actor (‘Finnick Odair’ in “Hunger Games” films, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”)
1996  Lauren Jauregui, Miami FL, pop singer (Fifth Harmony-‘Work From Home’, ‘Worth It’)
1997  H.E.R (Gabriella Wilson), Vallejo CA, R&B singer (‘I Can’t Breathe’, ‘Damage’)
1999  Chandler Riggs, Atlanta GA, TV actor (‘Carl Grimes’ on “The Walking Dead” 2010-18, “A Million Little Things” 2019)
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2008  Bill Gates steps down as Chairman of Microsoft Corporation to focus full-time on charity work
2017  Tennis star Serena Williams poses pregnant and nude for the cover of “Vanity Fair”
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2002  Bassist John Entwistle of The Who dies in Las Vegas at age 57 of a heart attack induced by cocaine
2015  Bassist and songwriter Chris Squire of Yes dies of leukemia at age 67 in Phoenix AZ
TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1967  The world’s first ATM is installed in London, England. Though it did use PIN codes, one major difference from today’s ATMs is the fact that this one did not charge a fee
2017  Mark Zuckerberg announces Facebook has reached 2 billion monthly users (Now 2.99 billion)
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2005  At age 46, Julio Franco of the Atlanta Braves becomes ‘Oldest MLB Player to Hit a Grand Slam’ (vs Florida Marlins)
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ An 11-year-old girl gave Pluto its name.
✓ It would take 225 million years to walk a light year.
✓ Australia has pink and purple lakes.
✓ It’s a scientific fact that chicken noodle soup helps relieve symptoms of the common cold.
✓ ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Hey Jude’ were recorded using the same piano.
✓ Sylvester the Cat has won 3 Academy Awards.
Best of BS . . .
MY POLYGRAPH TRIGGERS . . .
• “Did you or did you not eat the last two-thirds of the chocolate cake?”
• “How much time have you spent on TikTok in the past 3 hours?”
• “What have you done for a Klondike bar?”
• “Did you or did you not download all those BTS songs that are on your phone?”
• “Was that dent on your bumper before you left?”
• “Would you consider yourself emotionally stable?”
• “Will you submit to a polygraph test?”
• “Did you really let your mother’s call go to voicemail?”
• “Are you wearing pants?”
• “Did you do it?”
TODAY’S SCOOP OF BS:
➠ A report found that cleaning up the clutter in your home cuts out 40% of your housework. (Not to mention 75% of A&E’s reality programming!)
➠ Scientists have created a robot that is unbeatable at rock, paper, scissors. (Because now that we’ve ended world hunger, COVID and climate change, it’s time to focus on the REAL issues?)
➠ According to a poll, 33% of Americans self-diagnose medical conditions using the internet. (Makes sense. It’s cheaper and easier than going to a doctor’s office. Plus, the nurses on the internet are much naughtier!)
➠ Did you know that phobophobia is the fear of having a phobia? (It’s a complex complex…)
➠ Fun Fact: Report: Drinking 42 cups of coffee in one sitting can kill you due to a caffeine overdose. (And, if you got that coffee at Starbucks, you died broke!)
BS WEB GOODIE:
Mean joke: https://tinyurl.com/2p93kdd2
BS RANDOM JOKE:
My friend asked me to help him round up his 37 sheep. I said: “40.”
BS PHONE STARTER:
What profession doesn’t get enough credit or respect?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: When it comes to summer vacation, 29% of parents are concerned about THIS. What is it?
Answer: Their kids won’t spend enough time outside.
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” – Helen Keller