Wednesday, September 16, 2020 — Edition: #6809
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Thirty years after Will Smith sat on his throne as the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” he has partnered with Airbnb to give fans the chance to rent out a portion of the famous Brentwood mansion that was used as the exterior for the hit sitcom. The home offers access to what would have been Will’s bedroom and bathroom on the show, along with the poolside lounge area and ritzy dining room. Guests will be greeted by bold graffiti art, posh interiors, family portraits and Philly cheesesteaks served on silver platters. A 5-night stay is being offered for just $30 per night to commemorate the show’s 30-year anniversary. Last week, Smith announced the show would be rebooted for Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming service.
★ Lifetime has cast married actors Ben Lewis (“Arrow”) and Blake Lee (“Parks and Recreation”) as the stars of “The Christmas Setup,” the network’s first-ever holiday movie centered on a gay romance. Described as a “feel-good LGBTQ holiday romance,” “The Christmas Setup” will be a part of Lifetime’s lineup of holiday movies for the season, which begin airing Oct. 23. Lifetime says it is “working closely” with GLAAD to “ensure the movie represents the LGBTQ community sensitively and accurately.”
★ Universal has set a Valentine’s Day release for “Marry Me,” a romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson. It features original songs from J-Lo as well as Latin music star Maluma, who is co-starring and making his feature-film debut. Lopez plays a musical superstar and one half of a sexy celebrity power couple alongside Maluma’s character, who agrees to marry a humble math teacher played by Wilson and then get to know each other.
★ Sharon Stone wants to write a book about her ”dismal” online dating experiences. She’s experimented with the matchmaking app “Bumble” but says she doesn’t believe it’s the right place to look for love because there’s no substitute for real ”chemistry”, so she’d like to document her stories as a warning to others. Quote: ”They no longer know how to behave over dinner, be in a relationship or communicate. I don’t want a ‘text relationship’ with someone I’m actually dating, for example. I find that dismal.”
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Daisy Ridley, guest host Josh Gad (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Sharon Stone, Shaquille O’Neal, Kylie Minogue
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Drew Barrymore
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Cynthia Nixon, Michael Stipe, Larry Wilmore, Sonny Emory
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): John David Washington, Michael McIntyre, Glass Animals
• “Conan” (TBS): Kiersey Clemons
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Ben Mandelker, Ronnie Karam, Amy Phillips, Ira Madison III
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Gabrielle Union, Brian Stelter
• “The Talk” (CBS): Alyssa Milano (R)
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Josh Groban, Mark Bittman
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Jennifer Aniston, Robert Iger, Charlie Puth (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): The most unforgettable moments, including Sherri Shepherd, Kym Whitley, Jillian Bell, Chance the Rapper, Ben Platt, Jason Momoa
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Jane Fonda, Gabrielle Union, Christian Siriano
• “Archer” (FXX): Season 11 premiere
• “Academy of Country Music Awards” (CBS): Keith Urban hosts. Performers include: Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Luke Bryan
• “Notre-Dame: Our Lady of Paris” (ABC): An firsthand look into the disastrous fire that ravaged the revered landmark in 2019, includes firsthand accounts and harrowing footage from within the inferno
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Taylor Swift — sent Katy Perry a hand-embroidered silk blanket for her new baby girl Daisy Dove. Included was a hand-written note by Taylor to the new parents. It appears she had a similar item as a child and decided to send the parents a heartfelt gift.
• Dua Lipa — appears alongside Billy Idol on Miley Cyrus’ upcoming album. There’s no official release date yet, but according to Cyrus: ”I’ve been working on this body of work for such a long time, I just want it to get to live its fullest potential.”
• Eddie Money — Guitarist John Nelson, who recorded with him in the 1980s and 90s, has filed a claim saying he’s owed an estimated $1.5 million in royalties dating back to a contract signed in 1986, plus subsequent “oral agreements”.
• Metallica — won’t stop selling “Blackened”, their own brand of whiskey, because of James Hetfield’s alcohol addiction. Guitarist Kirk Hammett said: ”You can’t compare the two things. James’s struggle to get dry is a completely personal matter…If I were a diabetic, that wouldn’t mean that I couldn’t sell sweets.”
• The Rolling Stones – On the weekend, a collector dished out $1,152 for a yellow Rolling Stones’ tongue logo toilet-seat cover during an auction of former bassist Bill Wyman’s archival belongings. The purchase made it the most expensive ever sold at auction. One other record: His 1969 Fender Mustang Bass went for $384,000, the highest price ever paid for a bass guitar.
• Goo Goo Dolls — have revealed the details for their upcoming Christmas album. “It’s Christmas All Over” will be released on Oct. 30. Apart from the band’s take on a number of Christmas classics, it will feature two originals, with the first single, ‘This Is Christmas’, set to be released on October 2nd.
• ACMs – The Academy of Country Music Awards are tonight, and Entertainer of the Year nominees Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood will perform together to kick off the show, with each artist sharing a medley of some of their greatest hits.
• Miranda Lambert – was one of the “early winners” of ACM awards announced on Monday. Her ‘Fooled Around and Fell in Love’, featuring Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack and Elle King picked up the “Music Event of the Year” honors.
• Brad Paisley – He and his wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley have pledged to donate one million meals to those in need. Meal company Tiller & Hatch, which they co-founded, has partnered with Feeding America member food banks for the initiative, which was announced on Monday.
• Travis Tritt – will release his first new single in more than 10 years on Sept. 25. ‘Ghost Town Nation’ is the first release off his forthcoming album, expected next year.
If you’re looking to impress a potential partner, you might want to brush up on your driving skills. More than half of drivers (56 %) say they would not date someone they thought was an unsafe driver, according to a study. And 18% of respondents said they’ve actually dumped a partner because of their driving habits. The survey of 2,000 American drivers conducted by OnePoll found that 78% agree that how a person drives says a lot about their personality. Other findings:
• 46% said that drivers who follow the rules of the road are more trustworthy.
• 52% view drivers who take care of their cars as responsible.
• 75% view drivers who don’t wear their seatbelts as reckless.
• 61% said if a driver was excessively speeding, it would cause them to never get in the car with them again.
• 36 % have refused to be driven by a friend due to their poor driving habits.
(Did these people consider that some people drive like that because they don’t want to give them any more free rides?)
After being stranded for six months, dozens of cruise ship crew members are finally being allowed back on land. More than 100 employees of the Mediterranean Shipping Co. who were working on three ships moored off the coast of Brazil, were stranded aboard the ships due to the red tape involved in their repatriation. And according to a spokesperson, they have not even been paid for that time, despite continuing routine maintenance of the ships. Crew members aboard the MSC Poesia had begun to protest and made signs that read “Enough is enough” and “Send us home, our lives matter.” Meanwhile, staff aboard the MSC Musica and MSC Seaview, near São Paulo, are reportedly still at sea.
(On the plus side, they are in the only place on earth where you can still find a buffet…)
(I hate to break it to you, guys, but we’re all stuck in one place too…)
(From what I’ve heard about what cruise staff make, they probably didn’t even notice the pay difference!)
ORANGE IS THE NEW FAT BLOCK:
Many of us think of oranges as an excellent source of Vitamin C. And they are. But according to a new study, there are benefits to eating oranges that you probably never expected. They just might be the ultimate weight-loss food. And help you avoid heart attacks and stroke. Researchers at the University of Western Ontario introduced nobiletin, which is extracted from oranges, to the diet of overweight mice. Not only did this reverse symptoms of obesity in test mice, but it also reduced the harmful build-up of plaque in their arteries, known as atherosclerosis. Separate research has found that nobileton helped rodents that were given a high-calorie diet to stay lean.
(Oranges – is there anything they CAN’T do? Besides rhyme…)
(I’ve heard they also help you concentrate…)
(Let’s celebrate – with a gin and juice!)
PATRONIZING PHRASES YOU MIGHT USE AT WORK WITHOUT REALIZING IT:
☞ “You can do better than that”: First, it sounds like something a parent tells their child, and second, it invalidates and criticizes the other person’s work. Try: “This looks great, but I think we can do even better. What do you think?”
☞ “Right… Now back to the matter at hand”: It completely ignores and invalidates whatever was being said previously. Instead, write down what the other person is saying, and promise to get back to the subject later. (And if it was a bad idea, DON’T!)
☞ “I actually like that idea”: It may give the impression that you think the person does not usually come up with good ideas, so you’re surprised. Try: “That’s a good idea”. (I’ve never had anyone say either one to me…)
☞ “Everyone knows that…”: This phrase can make others feel belittled, or even dumb if they didn’t actually know ‘that’. Try: “You may know that…” (I’d still feel stupid…)
☞ “You’re missing my point”: This implies that it is the other person’s fault for not understanding what you have said. But you might be at fault for not making your point clearly. Try: “Let me try to rephrase this to make my meaning clearer.”
☞ “Good luck with that!”: This can come off as condescending because it could indicate that you expect the other person to fail. It can also indicate that the person isn’t capable. Try: Let us know if you need any help.” (Or it could actually mean “Good luck with that!”)
DID YOU KNOW?
A survey has found the average person watched 20 movies over the summer, and binge-watched 4 entire television shows. The study of 2,000 Americans found that 52% said they streamed more than they would in a normal summer due to stay-at-home restrictions with COVID-19. The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Tubi, revealed that the average respondent watched an additional four hours of content a day, compared to how much they were watching at the start of quarantine.
BS CHRONOMETER 09.16.20
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1956  David Copperfield [Kotkin], Metuchen NJ, magician-illusionist (became famous for making the Statue of Liberty ‘disappear’ and walking through the Great Wall of China)/21 Emmy Awards/11 Guinness World Records
1956  Mickey Rourke, Schenectady NY, movie actor (“The Expendables”, “The Wrestler”) COMING UP…”Girl”, 2020
1958  Jennifer Tilly, Harbor City CA, movie actress (“Liar Liar”, “Bound”)
1964  Molly Shannon, Shaker Heights OH, TV actress (“Saturday Night Live” 1995-2010)/movie actress (“How the Grinch Stole Christmas”)
1968  Marc Anthony (Marco Antonio Muniz), NYC, pop singer (‘I Need to Know’)/married to Jennifer Lopez 2004-14
1971  Amy Poehler, Burlington MA, TV comic (“Parks & Recreation” 2009-14, “Saturday Night Live” 2001-08)/movie actress (“Alvin & The Chipmunks” films, “Baby Mama”)
1979  Flo Rida [Tramar Dillard], Carol City FL, rapper (‘Whistle’, f/T-Pain-‘Low’)
1981  Alexis Bledel, Houston TX, movie actress (“Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” movies)/TV actress (“Gilmore Girls” 2000-07) COMING UP…“Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 3″
1986  Ian Harding, Heidelberg Germany TV actor (‘Ezra Fitz’ on “Pretty Little Liars” 2010-2016)
1992  Nick Jonas, Dallas TX, pop singer (‘Jealous’, Jonas Bros-‘Sucker’)/TV actor (“Camp Rock” films)/younger sibling of Kevin & Joe Jonas
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Collect Rocks Day”, a celebration of the hobby of gem & mineral collecting. (If you have young boys, you probably collect rocks…in the dryer!)
• “Guacamole Day”, honoring the avocado, the tomato & onion treat that resembles baby poop.
Avocado Fun Facts:
⇒ Avocados are a fruit, not a vegetable.
⇒ Avocados mature on the tree, but only ripen once they are taken off the tree.
⇒ Although the plant dates as far back as 5,000 BC, prior to 1915, it was commonly referred to in California as ‘ahuacate’ and in Florida as ‘alligator pear’.
⇒ On average, 53.5 million pounds of guacamole are eaten every Super Bowl Sunday, enough to cover a football field more than 20 feet thick.
• “Independence Day” in Mexico (“El Grito de Independencia”), celebrating the declaration of independence from Spain in 1810. Fiesta!
• “Stepfamily Day, It’s estimated that 1-in-3 of us is in a stepfamily at some point. It’s now more common to refer to these as ‘blended’ families. (The story of Cinderella ruined the term ‘step-anything’ for everyone!)
• “International Day for Preservation of the Ozone Layer”, as first declared by the UN in 1994.
• “Working Parents Day”. Isn’t parenting work in itself?
• “National Play-Doh Day”, before it found its way to the craft shelf, Play-Doh was sold as wallpaper cleaner!
COMING UP . . .
[Thurs] Monte Cristo Day
[Thurs] Time’s Up Day
[Fri] Chiropractic Founders Day
[Fri] Cheeseburger Day
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1984  “Miami Vice” starring Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas makes its debut with a two-hour episode that includes a scene featuring the Phil Collins hit ‘In the Air Tonight.’
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1979  Sugar Hill Gang’s ‘Rapper’s Delight’ is released. It becomes the first rap song to chart on the Hot 100, reaching #36. (It samples the melody of Chic’s ‘Good Times’.)
2009  Reports say US president Barack Obama called Kanye West a “jackass” in an off-the-record comment (If the current President said something like that, no one would bat an eye!)
TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1908  Carriage-maker William C. Durant, founds General Motors in Flint, Michigan
2000  27th Summer Olympic Games open in Sydney, Australia
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ Turtles and honeybees are both deaf.
✓ None of the hummingbird, the loon and the kingfisher are able to walk.
✓ Bears have favorite trees and will walk for miles just to scratch their backs on them.
✓ It takes approximately 12 hours for food to entirely digest.
✓ Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors.
✓ Ketchup leaves the bottle at a rate of 25 miles per year.
BS LAME SUPERHEROES:
• Ironing Man
• The Silver Websurfer
• Blunder Woman
• The Hot Flash
• Can’t Man
• The Incredible Sulk
• Captain ‘Murica
• Aromatherapy Man
• Thor Loser
Best of BS . . .
BS STUPID QUESTIONS FOR BIGFOOT:
• Shouldn’t you actually be called “Bigfeet”?
• Have you ever met “Bigsock”?
• Can I get a selfie?
• Are you also blurry in real life?
• Chewbacca: Friend or foe?
• Where’d you get the Uggs?
• So, is “Sasquatch” your legal name, then?
• Is it true what they say about having big feet?
• Wanna play chess?
• So, how’d you get the name?
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019
TODAY’S SLICE OF BS:
➠ Apple’s iPhone 12 release date seems to be moving away from September and possibly into October. (I just don’t think it’s THAT much of an upgrade from the “11”. I mean, can it crush more candy than the one I’m using now?)
➠ Brach’s has introduced a new “turkey dinner flavored” Candy Corn. (So if you love the taste of turkey and you love the taste of Candy Corn, you’re about to realize how much you love them separately…)
➠ A cat in Japan has been honored by local officials for helping lead to the rescue of an elderly man who had fallen into a canal. (The cat celebrated its newfound hero status by ignoring everyone, falling asleep, then peeing in its owner’s slipper.)
➠ Actor Mickey Rourke is 68 today. (His REAL close friends refuse to put candles on his cake because they’re afraid his face will melt…)
➠ An Oxford psychologist warns that putting “calorie counts” on fast-food menus is emotionally ‘harmful’ to people. (Who cares?? I can’t read when I’m drunk anyway!)
BS WEB GOODIE:
Board buddy: https://tinyurl.com/y4zqannw
BS PHONE STARTER:
What’s the dumbest idea you’ve ever had that actually worked?
BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
Name the Disney movie that contains the quote:
• “If you keep on believing, the dream you wish will come true.”
a) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
b) Cinderella [CORRECT]
c) Beauty And the Beast
d) Monsters Inc.
• “Some people are worth melting for.”
a) Frozen [CORRECT]
b) Peter Pan
c) The Little Mermaid
d) Winnie the Pooh
• “When I look at you, I can feel it. I look at you, and I’m home.”
a) The Lion King
b) Finding Nemo [CORRECT]
d) Lilo and Stitch
BS RANDOM JOKE:
I need to teach my facial expressions how to use their inside voice.
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: A study found that people who have THIS in their home fall asleep faster than most others. What is it?
Answer: A fish tank
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Growth and comfort do not coexist.