July 13 2023

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Thursday, July 13, 2023 – Edition: #7515

The BS Press!

★ Johnny Depp was THIS close to losing 2 of his homes in West Hollywood — but was able to take out a $10 million loan to save them. Records show that his smaller house, Which faced foreclosure in 2016 in the amount of $4.28 million, was in full reconveyance after the actor paid what he owed. Depp took out a massive loan in March on the other home — known for its resemblance to a gothic replica of a Bavarian castle. That home went into a $5 million default in 2018. The Daily Mail reports that Depp was forced to take out the 8-figure home loan after blowing his $650 million fortune on litigation with Amber Heard and other reckless spending.
★ Rob McElhenney is opening up about his recent medical diagnosis. The “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” star has revealed that he’s been diagnosed with “a host of neurodevelopmental disorders and learning disabilities” at the age of 46, He told fans that he decided to share the news publicly to help others who may be going through something similar. McElhenney told his Twitter followers that he’ll go into more detail on “the full diagnosis/prognosis” on his podcast in 2 weeks.
★ On Tuesday, Tom Cruise surprised fans with an appearance at a matinée screening of “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” at a theater in Toronto. Introducing the film, Cruise told the audience, “We dream of these moments to make these films for you, and for you all to see it on this kind of format. It really is such an honor to entertain you, and I’m just so happy to see everybody here.” One newspaper columnist wrote that Cruise and director Chris McQuarrie had “braved Toronto traffic” to get to the screening. That, after he asked a member of the media last week: “What’s up with the traffic in Toronto?” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/3jvrxcr4
★ Angelina Jolie’s former investment company is accusing Brad Pitt and “co-conspirators” of “stripping” and “looting” their formerly owned Château Miraval, in a bid at gaining control. Nouvel claims Pitt “wasted” the company’s assets by “spending millions on vanity projects…rebuilding a staircase 4 times and spending millions to restore a recording studio,” documents say. Attorneys claim that Pitt’s “misconduct” escalated after Jolie sold Nouvel in 2021 to a company controlled by a Russian oligarch. The filing states that Pitt was incensed that Jolie didn’t sell it to him, and acted like a petulant child, refusing to treat Nouvel as an equal partner in the business.”
★ The “Barbie” movie will be released in The Philippines, following a review by the country’s film censors. Last week, the film was banned in Vietnam over its inclusion of a scene with a map alleged to show the ‘nine dash line’ by which China lays claim to nearly all of the South China Sea. Vietnam says that China’s claims violate its sovereignty and that films and TV shows must not show the map. The Phillipine review committee determined that “the contentious scene does not depict the ‘nine-dash line,” but instead shows “the route of the make-believe journey of Barbie”.
★ Attention islanders, it’s time to meet the Season 5 cast of “Love Island USA”. Peacock has released a teaser, which gives a glimpse at the islanders who are looking for love this season. And a surprise is headed to Fiji with them: “Vanderpump Rules” star Ariana Madix will be making a guest appearance this season. Madix, who is also competing on the upcoming season of “Dancing with the Stars”, will appear during the series’ second week. Sarah Hyland is back to host. Love Island USA season 5 debuts on Tuesday, July 18. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/4u4z37j4


• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Ben Stiller, Desus Nice, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jon Stewart (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Miley Cyrus, Jesse Williams, Mary Mack (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Harrison Ford (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Adam Scott, Jeff Tweedy, Wilco (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Michelle Buteau, Garcelle Beauvais
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Geraldo Rivera
• “The Talk” (CBS): Terry Crews, Bill Nye (R)
• “Live with Kelly and Mark” (ABC/CTV): Michelle Buteau, Andy Cohen cohosts.
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Kerry Washington, Charlize Theron, Sofia Wylie, Sophia Anne Caruso, Paul Feig and Soman Chainani (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Camila Cabello
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Sebastian Maniscalco, Mason Gooding (R)
• “Generation Gap” (ABC): The seniors and juniors are joined by celebrity guest Jaclyn Smith.
• “The Blacklist” (NBC): Series finale
• “What We Do in the Shadows” (FX): Season 5 premiere

• Olivia Rodrigo – sent her love to fans after her new single ‘Vampire’ debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. On Insta, she shared a screenshot of the top 10 and wrote: “AHHHHH IM SO EXCITED AB THIS!!! thank you x1000 to everyone who bought and streamed vampire I love you!!!!” LINK: https://www.instagram.com/p/CuhuFTKPzk-/
• Taylor Swift – The FBI is asking for help from Swifties. On Twitter, it issued a mock “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)” cover, encouraging people to submit tips regarding possible criminal activity. In place of a real tracklist, “Speak Now (FBI’s Version)” includes 9 ‘song titles’ detailing the sort of offenses they’re looking for: terrorism, cybercrime, counterintelligence, civil rights, etc. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/3ccysb6p
• The Weeknd – His “After Hours Til Dawn” tour has crossed a major milestone, grossing over $350 million so far. He also broke the record for highest attendance across 2 nights at London Stadium over the weekend, with 160,000. That also sets a record for the highest single night attendance for a show at the stadium, with about 80,000 fans each night.
• Britney Spears – has announced the release date of her hotly-anticipated memoir. A press release says her “astonishingly moving story”, titled “The Woman in Me”, will be available October 24. She revealed the cover on Instagram. LINK: https://www.instagram.com/p/CukLUPevybd/
• Slash – Both he and Wolfgang Van Halen appear on the “Barbie” movie’s star-studded soundtrack. Slash lends his talents to ‘I’m Just Ken’, written by Mark Ronson and sung by Ryan Gosling, who portrays Ken in the movie.  Van Halen tweeted that he plays on the same song, plus a “lot of textural stuff throughout the film. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/3fcbh4ty
• Rod Stewart — wrapped up his UK tour in Edinburgh by performing a surprise duet – with his 94-year-old sister, Mary. Monday, the 78-year-old singer and his sister performed the 1975 hit ‘Sailing’, with their arms around one other, as the audience cheered them on.
• Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp — The co-founders of Farm Aid are bringing the annual benefit for US family farms back to the Midwest. They have announced that the 2023 Farm Aid will return to the Indianapolis, IN area on Sept. 23, for the third time in the event’s 38-year history. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2p8ys7bb
• Mickey Guyton – will release the new single ‘Nothing Compares to You’ tomorrow — and that’s not all: It’s a duet with a friend and country star. After teasing fans for several days, she finally posted: “It is a collaboration, and this collab is just, it’s mind-blowing, and I’m so excited…It’s…drum roll please…Kane Brown!” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2c6j55ud
• Old Dominion – has scored its 9th career #1 single with ‘Memory Lane’. On Insta, the group wrote: “This means more to us than we could ever describe to you all. We feel the love and we’ll keep doing our best to earn it!” It is the title track of Old Dominion’s 8-song EP, which dropped in June. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/5vd4r2h9


It may be French Fry Day, but Burger King Thailand is offering up an interesting new burger to go with your fries. And while it is meatless, it’s not meatless in the way you may have come to expect. This week, the fast-food chain introduced what it calls the “Real Cheeseburger.” It’s a bun filled with as many as 20 slices of cheese…and, you got it, NO MEAT. The item launched on Thai menus Sunday, priced at about one-third of what a usual burger sells for. It quickly went viral, with many posting TikTok videos of them trying the new sandwich. In a social media post, Burger King said: “This is no joke. This is for real.” One sampler, a 25-year-old IT engineer, said she loved cheese but “this was a bit too much.” Another customer said the taste of the Real Cheeseburger was “too intense”…which sounds pretty good to me!
LINK: https://tinyurl.com/52dv95wa
(It’s like I’ve always said: There’s only one rule of cheese: “There’s no such thing as too much cheese!”)
(Go ahead…I know you want to order one…“hold the cheese”!!)

Everyone gets bored sometimes, but do you ever kind of ENJOY it when you have “nothing to do”? If so, you might be considered creative. Researchers from the University of Arizona found that ‘especially creative’ people tend to keep themselves entertained — even during idle moments and downtime — and they don’t need a smartphone or streaming service to do it. The study authors went into a little more detail, saying creative people are more likely to make the most of their downtime in a typical day, by “exploring their mind”. Study participants who were considered ‘more creative’ reported feeling less bored while sitting alone in a room. And during COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, it was found that creative people were less bored and more engaged with their thoughts.
(I know my kid is definitely creative. He creates new problems every day…)
(The study was carried out by a bunch of scientists who found that they enjoy doing frivolous studies in their downtime as a way of keeping themselves busy!)

Interesting angle. A new survey found that 90% of Gen Zers are anxious – about talking on the phone. And this has given rise to a new dating trend: The breakup text. Follow along: Instead of the dreaded “break-up call” that has been the standard dumping method for generations, today’s 26-and-under crowd is sending – and receiving “breakup texts”. The survey found that 1 in 5 Gen Zers have broken up with a partner via text, and it apparently isn’t just a thing that happens, it has become “a thing”, or normal behavior. One young Aussie who broke up with a partner via text said that younger people “prefer” rejection over text. Why? “It saves an awkward chat”.
(But remember, you may still run into that person the next day, when she asks you to pass the potatoes!)
(Kids today! Why can’t they man-up…and send an email, like I had to do!)
(Aaaaand coming soon…The “breakup emoji”!)

First of all, it’s entirely possible that this information has been rendered inaccurate by yesterday’s opening of his latest epic adventure, “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One”. However, what better time to celebrate his career with this list of Tom Cruise’s best films of all-time (up until yesterday, at least), according to a consultation with 10 expert websites (and don’t expect to hear the word “Cocktail” once in the next couple minutes!):
1. “Top Gun” (1986): This action-packed film follows the story of talented fighter pilot ‘Maverick’, as he competes to become the best in his class at the US Navy’s elite fighter weapons school. It was a massive hit, cementing Cruise’s status as a leading man. (So why did we have to wait 36 years for a sequel?)
2. “Mission Impossible: Fallout” (2018): Nearly every “Mission Impossible” film could be called one of his best, but “Fallout”, the 6th installment in the action spy franchise, is considered the best in the series. Why? Men’s Health wrote: “if only for its all-in action attitude. Face-swapping, stunt-defying, plotline-stupefying…it’s got everything that makes an MI film an MI film. Plus, Henry Cavill co-stars.”
3. “Jerry Maguire” (1996): In this romantic comedy-drama directed by Cameron Crowe, Cruise plays a sports agent who has a moral awakening and decides to start his own agency. The film earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. And of course, it gave us “Show me the money!”
4. “Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow” (2014): This science fiction action film starred Cruise with Emily Blunt. It takes place in a future where Earth is under attack by a relentless alien species. It’s one of Cruise’s most vulnerable roles because his character isn’t a professional when it comes to combat.
5. “A Few Good Men” (1992): This legal drama stars Cruise as a military lawyer who defends 2 Marines accused of murder. The ensemble cast includes Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore. Cruise’s performance and the iconic courtroom scene, where Nicholson delivers the famous line “You can’t handle the truth!”, are particularly memorable. The film scored 4 Oscar nods.
(What’s your fav Tom Cruise movie? We still like “Risky Business”!)

Scientists have come up with a way to make common painkillers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen…from pine trees — instead of from crude oil products. That’s right: various pharmaceutical drugs are created using chemicals that come from crude oil. The researchers say this poses a significant threat to sustainability efforts as the world attempts to reduce greenhouse emissions. The new chemicals are derived from a component of turpentine, which comes from pine trees and is a waste byproduct from the paper industry. (I had no idea that any time I have a headache I’ve been ingesting crude oil products for relief. Now I have a tummy-ache!)


• “French Fries Day”. The ‘French’ in French fries has nothing to do with France, but the method of preparation. Food that’s chipped into pieces is said to be ‘frenched’. It’s thought that French fries likely originated in Belgium. (And I thought they were first cooked in Greece!)
• “Beans ‘n Franks Day”. One way to get rid of the extra wieners when you buy ‘em in packs of 12, but buns come in 8-packs. (Tomorrow is ‘Evacuate the Studio Day’)
• “Embrace Your Geekness Day”, a great day to be a Geek … or to know a Geek. Some people view the term with a negative connotation. Are they jealous of your knowledge and skills? Of your pocket protector? Of your taped glasses? (And if you’re not one, embrace one!)
• “Gruntled Workers Day”. We always hear about ‘disgruntled’ workers, but what about people who are happy with their job and can’t wait to go to work each day? Gruntled workers, this is your day … ya eager-beaver keeners.
• “Go West Day”, on the anniversary of the day in 1865 that Horace Greeley, founder and editor of the New-York Tribune, advised readers to “Go west young man”. (This day is all about going west…at least until your GPS says, “Recalculating!”)
• “Barbershop Music Appreciation Day”, created in 2005 by the worldwide organization of women singers “Sweet Adelines International” to mark its 60th anniversary. Today, relax and enjoy the sweet voices of a Barbershop Quartet (…quartet…QUARTETTTTTTTT!)

[Fri] World Kebab Day
[Fri] Tape Measure Day
[Sat] Gummi Worm Day
[Sun] Ice Cream Day
This Week Is…Creative Maladjustment Week
This Month Is…Anti-Boredom Month

1940 [83] Patrick Stewart, Mirfield England, TV actor (‘Jean Luc Picard’ in “Star Trek” 1987-1994)/movie actor (‘Professor Xavier’ in “X-Men”, “Dr. Strange” movies)

1942 [81] Harrison Ford, Chicago IL, movie actor (“Indiana Jones” movies, ‘Han Solo’ in “Star Wars” films) COMING UP…”Captain America: Brave New World”, 2024

1946 [77] Cheech Marin, Los Angeles CA, comedian-movie actor (Cheech & Chong-“Up in Smoke”, “Born in East L.A.”)

1957 [66] Cameron Crowe, Palm Springs CA, movie director-screenwriter (“Almost Famous”, “Jerry Maguire”)/music documentarian (“Pearl Jam Twenty”, “The Union”)

1962 [61] Tom Kenny, Syracuse NY, comedian/voice actor (“SpongeBob SquarePants”, ‘Rabbit’ in “Winnie the Pooh”)

1969 [54] Ken Jeong, Detroit MI, comedian-movie actor (‘Leslie Chow’ in “Hangover” movies)/TV actor (‘Ben Chang’ in “Community” 2009-2015)/TV personality (“The Masked Singer” panelist since 2019)/also a licensed physician

1988 [35] Steven R McQueen, Los Angeles CA, TV actor (‘Jimmy Borrelli’ on “Chicago Fire” 2015-16, “Vampire Diaries” 2009-15)/grandson of legendary actor Steve McQueen

1988 [35] Colton Haynes, Wichita KS, TV actor (“Arrow” 2013-20, “Teen Wolf” 2011-17)

1989 [34] (Todd) Leon Bridges, Atlanta GA, soul singer-songwriter (‘Coming Home’, w/Miranda Lambert-‘If You Were Mine’)

1923 [100] The ‘Hollywood’ Sign is officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywood. It originally reads “Hollywoodland”, but the last 4 letters are dropped after renovation in 1949

2013 [10] “Glee” star Cory Monteith is found dead at 31 in a Vancouver hotel room after accidentally ingesting a toxic combination of heroin and alcohol.

1984 [39] Eddie Van Halen joins Michael Jackson on stage at The Jacksons’ tour stop at Texas Stadium, for a live rendition of his guitar solo from ‘Beat It’

1985 [38] The “Live Aid” concerts take place in Philadelphia and London, for African famine relief. Performers include: a reunited Led Zeppelin, a reunited The Who, plus Queen, U2, Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, Elton John, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Bryan Adams, Madonna, Phil Collins (in both locations, thanks to a Concord), and many more

2015 [08] 50 Cent files for bankruptcy protection (“coincidentally”, this comes just days after a jury rules he must pay $5 million to a woman suing over a sex-tape case) His current net worth? $40 million

2013 [10] #BlackLivesMatter is created in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman, who was on trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin

1976 [47] The ‘Longest Bagpipe Concert’, featuring 4 student pipers, ends after 100 (ungodly) hours in Salisbury, Rhodesia


✓ On average, an office worker will use the left hand for 56% of what they type on a keyboard.
✓ Rubber (elastic) bands last much longer when they are refrigerated.
✓ The eye of an ostrich is bigger than its brain.
✓ Putting sugar on a cut will make it heal faster.
✓ X-rays can’t detect real diamonds.
✓ Ketchup used to be considered a medicine.
-BestLife, Facts

Best of BS . . .
• Is it just me, or does something smell REALLY BAD around here?
• We could go to my place. You’d really like my parents.
• Whoa, you’re pretty!  You must have gone to Dr. Stein.
• So….who’s the dude?
• You know, my dream is to one day open a place like this. Or maybe just work at a place like this. Or maybe just work.
• Want to see how blind people recognize each other?
• I bet you look a lot like your mother. Actually, I know you do.
(***Caution***) • I bet you’ve got a terrific scream!
-Stuff, first published in BS in 2017

• Each passenger is asked to bring a quart of oil in their carry-on.
• After flight attendants demonstrate seat belts, oxygen masks and life vests, they run through how to settle a flight insurance claim.
• The First Class seat next to you is reserved for the spare tire changer … and the spare tire.
• Flight attendant makes “air quotes” with her fingers every time she says “Captain”.
• In addition to being able to purchase drinks, snacks, and a pillow, flight attendants offer a wide array of parachutes.
• Observing other passengers go into a screaming mid-flight panic … out your window … on a different plane.
• The pilot’s guide dog has a major attitude problem.
-First published in BS 2011

You might want to get that checked:  https://www.instagram.com/p/CsbNH24Srn2/

Organized people are just too lazy to search for stuff.

What word do you always have trouble pronouncing? (This should be good…)

Question:  In a survey asking about things that people WON’T share with their significant other, toothbrush came in at #2. What came in at #1?
Answer:  Underwear

If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting it off.


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