Monday, June 5, 2023 — Edition #7488
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Ezra Miller may be back as ‘The Flash’ soon enough, because a script for a would-be sequel has already been written. “The Flash 2” is signed, sealed and delivered — and on standby — courtesy of “Aquaman” screenwriter David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick — and now Warner is just waiting to green-light it — depending on how the first “Flash” film fares at the box office, upon its June 16 release. By the way, the rollout for the speedster superhero movie is be anything but typical. Star Ezra Miller has done no press — but will make a low-profile appearance at the LA premiere on June 12, only posing for pics, rather than doing interviews. A source said the troubled star wants “the conversation to be about the movie and not about Ezra”.
★ Danny Bonaduce is set to undergo brain surgery today to relieve a neurological disorder. Last year, the “Partridge Family” star took medical leave from his radio show to focus on his health. He returned last June, but says his brain still felt “fuzzy”. Eventually, he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus – a build-up of fluid in the brain. He says the operation will involve placement of a stent and drain port in his head to remove the liquid build-up, and if things go correctly, “it’ll be 50 percent better right out of it.”
★ Congratulations are in order to “Wolf of Wall Street” star Jonah Hill and his girlfriend Olivia Miller. The couple has confirmed they welcomed their first child on Friday. The baby’s sex and name have not been revealed. Miller was spotted with a baby bump back in March, but there was no confirmation from the couple at that time. There has also been speculation that Hill and Millar had gotten engaged after she was spotted wearing a ring, though there is no confirmation from the couple on that at this time.
★ “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” has become Sony Pictures Animation’s biggest box office hit ever (by far), earning $51.7 million on its opening day, and an estimated $113 million-plus opening weekend, more than triple the $35 million launch of its 2018 predecessor, “Into the Spider-Verse”. Before release, Across the Spider-Verse had been projected for an $80 million-plus opening, but that got thrown out the window and into an interdimensional portal when the film earned $17.3 million from Thursday previews alone, the second highest ever total for an animated film.
★ Leah Remini took to Instagram on Friday to share that she recently completed her second year at the prestigious New York University, and she’s taking a step back to admire her progress. The “King of Queens” star posted: “Two years ago, I had an 8th-grade education thanks to spending 35 years in a cult. And now, at age 52, I’ve successfully finished my second year at NYU. Remini, who has been actively outspoken against Scientology since disavowing the church, added, “If you have the desire and capacity, please remember that it’s never too late to start again.”
★ Making the “Barbie” movie required so much pink paint, it led to a worldwide shortage. That’s the claim coming from the film’s production designer, Sarah Greenwood, who told Architectural Digest that the film required creating a full-sized version of Barbie’s Dream House in a London soundstage. Director Greta Gerwig explained that pink is a key color in the film, in order to maintaining it’s “kid-ness”. Rather than use CGI, Gerwig had designers create a hand-painted backdrop, “because toys are, above all, things you touch”.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Milo Ventimiglia, Charles Barkley, Paramore (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Dwayne Johnson, Camila Cabello, Ian Lara (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Lin-Manuel Miranda, John Kander, a performance by the Broadway cast of “New York, New York” (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Taron Egerton, Maude Apatow, Jessi Klein (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Daisy Kelliher, Alex Propson
• “Live with Kelly and Mark” (ABC/CTV): Adrien Brody, Dominique Fishback, the winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Sterling K. Brown, Jaren Lawison, Tanya Holland
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, Chris Appleton
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Taye Diggs
• “American Ninja Warrior” (NBC): Season 15 premiere
• “Stars on Mars” (FOX): Series premiere. Follows a simulation of what it might be like to be an astronaut on Mars, with celeb contestants competing to be the “celebronaut.”
• “Crime Scene Kitchen” (FOX): Season 2 premiere
• “NHL Finals” (Check local listings): Game 2: Florida @ Las Vegas
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Lade Gaga – Her monster 2011 hit ‘Born This Way’ ranks #1 on Billboard’s “Top 65 LGBTQ Anthems of All Time”. The rest of the top 5, in order: ‘I’m Coming Out’ – Diana Ross (1980), ‘I Will Survive’ – Gloria Gaynor (1978), ‘Vogue’ – Madonna (1990), and ‘True Colors’ – Cyndi Lauper (1986).
• Rihanna, Beyoncé & Taylor Swift – All made the 2023 Forbes Richest Self-Made Women List. Riri leads the pack at #20, worth $1.4 billion. Swift is #34 and Beyoncé is #48. Also on the list: Madonna and Dolly Parton.
• Tina Turner — fans streamed her music in massive numbers in the week following her death. Her songs collected more than 40 million US on-demand streams from May 24-30. The most-streamed tune was ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’, with 7.2 million.
• Queen – Never-before-seen draft lyrics for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in Freddie Mercury’s handwriting show the word “Mongolian” crossed out, and replaced by “Bohemian”, suggesting that ‘Mongolian Rhapsody’ was the song’s original title. The draft lyric sheet is now up for auction.
• Billy Joel – has announced he’ll play the final show of his Madison Square Garden residency in July 2024, over a decade after he kicked off the monthly concert series. That’ll be his 150th career show at the New York City arena. The monthly residency started Jan. 14, 2014, and was suspended only for Covid and a handful of occasions when medical issues forced postponement.
• Morgan Wallen – As ‘Last Night’ notches a 5th week atop Billboard’s Country Airplay chart – it has also become his first-ever top 10 hit on the Pop Airplay chart. It currently sits at #10.
• Ashley McBride – Friday, she released the single l Learned to Lie’, and announced the new album “The Devil I Know” will drop Sept. 8. A look at the track list shows Lainey Wilson, Brothers Osborne’s John Osborne and her friend Nicolette Hayford (a.k.a. Pillbox Patti) with songwriting credits. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/3wcj7b9b
• Tracy Lawrence — Ahead of the June 8 launch of CMA Fest, he has been added to the event’s stadium concert lineup. Also added: Jo Dee Messina, Josh Turner and Tanya Tucker. Newly announced showcase performers include: Brian Kelly, Nate Smith, Priscilla Block, Michael Ray, Ty Herndon, and others.
SHOOTING THE BULL
‘PAYING’ FOR IT:
Do you work on commission? Or is a large part of your pay based on quotas or bonuses? Uh-oh. Performance-based pay is not good for your health, a new study says. University of Aberdeen (Scotland) Business School researchers found that that workers receiving performance-related pay are more susceptible to chronic stress, heart disease, high blood pressure, and mental health issues. These conditions could, in turn, lead to coping mechanisms such substance use and addiction. The study’s authors wrote: “Given these findings, it’s crucial for companies to consider the potential impact on their employees and establish policies that support their well-being.”
(Well, if you work on commission, I’m sure that hearing THIS really helped with your stress-levels!)
(I can only hope that these findings also apply to spammers, scammers and hackers! Isn’t what they do “performance-based?)
JUNK FOOD JUNK:
⇒ A new study has found that eating a junk food diet filled with sugar, saturated fat and processed foods results in poor sleep quality. And when study participants switched to a healthier diet, their sleep quality improved. Jonathan Cedernaes, study co-author and associate professor at Uppsala University in Sweden, said: “Both poor diet and poor sleep increase the risk of several public health conditions.” Sleep problems have been linked to an increased risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack and stroke. (So, on those nights when I can’t sleep, I shouldn’t get up finish off that box of donuts on the counter?)
⇒ Kevin Maginnis is McLovin’ it! The 56-year-old Nashville man went on an all-Mcdonald’s diet for 100 days, and lost 58.5 pounds (26.5kg) when it ended last week. He started at 238 pounds, losing 30 pounds in the first 30 days, by eating half-portions for each meal. Quote: “I’ve eaten everything from Big Macs to quarter pounders — with fries. Don’t get bitter while I’m eating my apple fritter and losing weight!” Maginnis didn’t exercise while on his “program”, and he avoided snacking. He also replaced soda with water, and didn’t eat any fruit or vegetables, aside from those in burgers, apple fritters and blueberry muffins. After eating only McDonalds food for 100 days, he says he feels “amazing”. (But I’m guessing he isn’t sleeping too well these days?)
NEW GOOD NEWS:
➢It’s been one of the deadliest seasons for summiting Mount Everest, and it would be even deadlier, if it weren’t for a Sherpa named Gelje. The 30-year-old guide rescued a Malaysian climber after he was found shivering in an area called the “death zone,” where the lack of oxygen and -30C° (-22°F) temperatures prohibit extended human visitation. Gelje hauled the climber 1,900 feet down the mountain, where another guide joined the rescue. They wrapped the climber in a sleeping mat, and traded off carrying and dragging him to safety. Gelje, a devout Buddhist, likened the rescue to his religion, saying: “Saving one life is more important than praying at the monastery.”
➢ A daredevil job seeker landed a new position after jumping out of a plane with a sign asking for work. Chris Serrano, a creative director living in Florida, filmed himself skydiving while holding a piece of cardboard reading “Open4Work.” He posted the clip on LinkedIn with the caption: “I got laid off last week. So, I will be freefalling until I find a new gig—literally. If you’re looking for an award-winning creative that works hard, takes risks, and knows how to pack a parachute, reach out.” His post went viral, and caught the eye of Jack Peagam the Co-founder and CEO of the social app Linkup, who responded in an unexpected way: He posted a video of himself skydiving with a sign which read: “Hey Chris, sorry 2 see you got laid off. We’ve got work 4 U”. Fast forward 2 weeks and the pair of thrill-seekers have released a new video showing Serrano signing a new contract with Peagam’s Manchester-based outfit—after diving out of a plane together. (We’re guessing the company also has great health benefits?)
STUFF WE USED TO BELIEVE:
A Reddit user recently asked, “What’s the dumbest thing you believed as a kid?” — and the responses are priceless. Here are some of them…
☞ “I would watch the TV in horror if a character was smoking while drinking alcohol. I had a vague notion that alcohol was flammable, and I was afraid they would explode.”
☞ “That songs played on the radio were being played live each time they came on. Smashing Pumpkins song at 2am? I assumed they got out of bed to play it.
☞ “I thought Jennifer Lopez was named Jenny Ferlopez.”
☞ “I thought ‘shoplifting’ was like weightlifting, only instead of weights, people were lifting the entire store building…I pictured big, burly, bald men that liked to go around heaving store buildings overhead, grunting and red-faced, like the weightlifters.
☞ “Cats are girls, and dogs are boys.”
☞ “Don’t drink and drive meant all drinks. My dad was super confused when I told him he wasn’t allowed to have any soda until we got home.”
☞ “That the high-pitched noise on hot summer days was electricity running through the power lines. It was really grasshoppers.”
☞ “Still waiting for that watermelon in my stomach to come out.”
☞ “When you went to a fast-food place, the default drink was Coke, and if you wanted something else, you’d press the button on the lid (“diet” for instance) and now you had Diet Coke.”
☞ “My mum told me we used to be apes. I believed her, but I didn’t understand why there were no photos of me of when I used to be an ape.”
☞ “When I was about 6, I asked my dad what the button on the top of the clock by my bed was for. He said it was for the alarm. From then on, I was afraid to push it because I thought it would call the fire department.”
DID YOU KNOW?
Check out the latest fitness trend – walking backwards! Experts are increasingly convinced that we should be walking backwards to reap a host of health benefits – both physical and mental. Jack McNamara, lecturer in clinical exercise physiology at the University of East London, explains that walking backwards can improve your balance, gait, provide relief from foot and back pain, and expend more energy than walking forward. Walking backwards also forces the brain to work harder, and that’s where the mental health benefits come in. (But other people pointing and laughing at you? That’s definitely NOT good for your mental health!)
BS CHRONOMETER 06.05.23
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Hot Air Balloon Day”, commemorating the first hot air balloon flight, by the Montgolfier Brothers in Annonay, France in 1783. (We’re glad it ‘took off’! I’ll shut up now…)
• World Environment Day”, a thing since 1972. The 2023 theme is “Beat Plastic Pollution”. These are exceptional times in which nature is sending us a message: To care for ourselves we must care for nature. LINK: https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/
• “Gingerbread Day”, the term “gingerbread” originally referred to preserved ginger, later referring to a confection made up of honey and spices. While most are familiar with the gingerbread house at Christmas, you might also want to try some delicious gingerbread bread, cake, bars, biscuit and cookie recipes that are perfect any time of the year.
• “Apple II Day”, celebrating this day in 1977 when the Apple II computer was released. A hulking beige mammoth with 4KB of RAM (upgradeable to a whopping 48KB), the Apple II defined Apple for a generation. Retailing at $1,298, it cost the equivalent of three iPads today — even though it seemed a total bargain at the time.
• Attitude Day”. Attitudes are contagious … is yours worth catching? A day to appreciate those whose attitude makes those around them happy. (It’s our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its outcome.)
• “Sausage Roll Day”, Originally a British treat, they have developed a following across the pond, as more and more of us are beginning to understand the delicious appeal of these mouthwatering snacks.
AND REMEMBER UP . . .
[Tues] Drive-in Movie Day
[Wed] VCR Day
[Thurs] Best Friends Day
This Week Is…Bed Bug Awareness Week
This Month Is…Pride Month
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1956  Kenny G (Kenneth Gorelick), Seattle WA, smooth jazz saxophonist (‘Songbird’-one of the most commercially successful instrumental musicians of all-time
1962  Jeff Garlin, Chicago IL, comedian, TV actor (‘Murray’ on “The Goldbergs” 2013-22, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” since 2000)
1971  Mark Wahlberg, Dorchester MA, movie actor (“Ted”, “Boogie Nights”)/TV producer (“Boardwalk Empire”, “Entourage”)/Businessman (co-owner of ‘Wahlburgers’ chain with his brothers Donnie and Paul)/former hip hop singer (Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch-‘Good Vibrations’)
1978  Nick Kroll, Town of Rye NY, TV actor (“Kroll Show 2013-2015), movie actor (“Sausage Party”, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie”) COMING UP… “Red One”, 2023
1979  Pete Wentz, Wilmette IL, rock bassist-singer (Fall Out Boy-‘Sugar, We’re Goin Down’, ‘This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race’)
1980  Mike Fisher, Peterborough ON, retired NHL player (Ottawa Senators, Nashville Predators)/married to Carrie Underwood since 2010
1981  Sebastien Lefebvre, Montréal QC, rock guitarist (Simple Plan-‘Summer Paradise’, ‘Welcome to My Life’)
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2005  “Monty Python’s Spamalot” wins 3 Tony Awards, including ‘Best Musical’
2018  Miss America pageant announces an end to its swimsuit competition
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2004  About 40 guests are in attendance as Jennifer Lopez weds her 3rd husband, Marc Anthony, in a backyard ceremony at her LA home (they separate in 2011, divorce 2014)
2017  Kesha is rebuffed when she tries to hug Jerry Seinfeld at a red-carpet event – turns out he’s not a hugger. The video quickly goes viral. (This would have made a great “Seinfeld” episode!)
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1993  Julie Krone rides 13-to-1 longshot Colonial Affair to victory in the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first female jockey ever to win a Triple Crown horse race
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2003  37-year-old Brad Hauter arrives in NYC after riding his Yard-Man lawnmower 5,600 miles across the USA from San Francisco CA … at 10 mph
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ Sunglasses first became popular in the 1920s when movie stars wore them to protect against reporters’ flashbulbs.
✓ Koi fish can live to be 200 years old.
✓ Sterling silver contains 7.5% copper.
✓ If you’re average, you’ll flex your finger joints 25 million times in your lifetime.
✓ “Jay” used to be slang for “foolish person.” So, when a pedestrian ignored street signs, he was referred to as a “jaywalker.”
✓ In England, in the 1880’s, “Pants” was considered a dirty word.
Best of BS . . .
BS WAYS TO GET OUT OF MOWING THE LAWN THIS WEEKEND:
• Put a ‘For Sale’ sign on the lawnmower. Let everybody who comes by take a test drive.
• Kill half the grass, let the other half grow long. Do a ‘comb over’.
• Mount your entire yard on a giant hydraulic platform. Lower it 1 inch per week.
• Tell your wife you can’t stand the screams of the poor defenseless blades of grass, then go sit in a corner, gently rocking back and forth.
• Have a kid. Wait 10 years. Make him do it.
-First published in BS in 2015
TODAY’S SCOOP OF BS . . .
➠ Of nearly 1,000 fathers surveyed, 52% actively grill and barbecue, making BBQ accessories one of the most popular items to get dad for Father’s Day. (For me, on the other hand, my favorite cooking accessory is GrubHub!)
➠ As I’m sure you’ve heard, Al Pacino is going to be a father at 83. (He’s going from the House of Gucci to the house of “goochy goochy goo”.)
➠ This week back in 1980, the video game Pac-Man made its debut. The video gaming market is nearing $150 billion in revenue per year! (This makes me think I’m in the wrong business. Also making me think I’m in the wrong business? . . . Everything else in my life!)
➠ Kenny G is 67 today! (Yup, still too young to enjoy his own music…)
➠ FUN FACT: The “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” does not include “Sex Addiction,” as a mental disorder. (Sex addicts feel like they’ve been screwed. And they like it…)
BS WEB GOODIE:
Monday motivation (sound up): https://tinyurl.com/56dvn338
BS RANDOM JOKE:
Today’s goals: Coffee and kindness. Uh, maybe 2 coffees, and THEN kindness.
BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
• What does a ‘cobbler’ typically make and repair?
b) Shoes [CORRECT]
d) Cobblestone roads
• In which sport would you require a “shuttlecock”?
c) Badminton [CORRECT]
• The 5 basic human senses include: touch, taste, hearing, sight, and WHAT?
b) Smell [CORRECT]
BS PHONE STARTER:
What embarrassing thing did your kid say in public that made you wish the earth would open up and swallow you whole?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: 60% of us agree: Technology has made us worse at remembering THIS. What is it?
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.