Thursday, September 9, 2021 — Edition: #7063
Never Accept a Generic – Ask For Pure “BS”!
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BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ The big names joining the upcoming season of “Dancing with the Stars” were revealed on “Good Morning America” yesterday. The new cast includes The Talk co-host Amanda Kloots, Beverly Hills 90210’s Brian Austin Green, Bling Empire’s Christine Chiu, Peleton instructor Cody Rigsby, former NBA player Iman Shumpert, country star Jimmie Allen, YouTube superstar JoJo Siwa, Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kenya Moore, Cobra Kai’s Martin Kove, The Bachelor’s Matt James, Spice Girls’ Melanie C., The Office’s Melora Hardin, WWE’s Mike ‘The Miz’ Mizanin, Olympic gymnast Suni Lee, and previously-announced YouTuber Olivia Jade. Season 30 of Dancing with the Stars premieres Monday, Sept. 20 on ABC.
★ Welcome back to the Matrix. It’s been nearly 18 years since the last time we plugged into that simulated reality, and now fans are invited to once again take the red pill through a unique first look at the upcoming 4th movie. whatisthematrix.com , an interactive fan website dedicated to “The Matrix Resurrections”, launched Tuesday and it comes with the first footage from the film. You just have to know where — and when — to look. The choices users make on the website determine what they are able to see.
★ “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” will be released 2 weeks earlier than expected. The upcoming sequel was initially set to hit the big screen on October 15, but Sony bosses have decided to bump the release forward to October 1 following the record-breaking box office debut of Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.” The follow-up to the 2018 blockbuster “Venom” sees Tom Hardy reprise his role as ‘Venom/Eddie Brock’ opposite Woody Harrelson as supervillain ‘Carnage’.
★ “The Flintstones” is one of the most iconic shows of all time, so it’s no surprise the creative minds at Warner Bros. would want to revive them for new projects. While Elizabeth Banks is working on a sequel series for adults entitled “Bedrock”, HBO Max is about to release a fresh spin on the Flintstones universe for all ages. “Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs” is a new animated show centered around ‘Pebbles’ and ‘Bamm-Bamm”. The show is scheduled to arrive on Sept. 30, and HBO Max has already unveiled a trailer. LINK: https://youtu.be/jMYy-bzPoAQ
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Shaquille O’Neal, Maisie Peters
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): John Cena, J Balvin
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Sarah Paulson, Kacey Musgraves
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Amanda Peet, Paula Pell
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Addison Rae, Jason Biggs
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Simu Liu, guest co-host Mia Love
• “The Talk” (CBS): Tom Cavanagh, Darren Barnet, guest co-host Victor Cruz
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Amanda Peet, Padma Lakshmi
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Memorable Moments from Season 18, featuring Michelle Obama
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Topher Grace, Ted Danson, Holly Hunter, Julianna Margulies, Dua Lipa, Daisy Ridley, Jewel, Keegan-Michael Key
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Best Of Week: Eddie Murphy
• “When Nature Calls With Helen Mirren” (ABC): Animals stuck on a never-ending video call; etiquette lessons for elephants; a squirrel that hosts a home-shopping program is stalked by a deranged viewer.
• “CBS Fall Preview” (CBS): Stars of CBS series take to the stage to celebrate the network’s new fall season; a sneak peek of the 4 new series, and previews of popular returning shows.
• “Long Island Medium: In Memory of 9/11” (TLC): Theresa Caputo visits the sites of the attacks and meets with victims’ families to deliver messages of healing and heroism from the spirits of their loved ones.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Jonas Brothers – surprised fans by debuting their funky new single ‘Who’s In Your Head’ during their show in Colorado on Sunday. The group posted a video on TikTok featuring the footage, and wrote that the new song drops on Sept. 17.
• Kanye West – has scored his 10th #1 album. “Donda,” debuted at the top of Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart, making him the seventh artist to have 10 #1s on the chart. And that’s not all. With 309,000 equivalent album units in the US, Donda is the biggest album debut of the year so far, surpassing Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour.”
• Janet Jackson – has shared the first teaser trailer for her upcoming documentary “JANET”, which will air over 2 nights in January on Lifetime and A&E to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her debut album. The clip features interview snippets from Missy Elliott, Mariah Carey and Paula Abdul. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/smn9t4c7
• The Cranberries — paid tribute to late singer Dolores O’Riordan on what would have been her 50th birthday on Monday. They dropped a new music video for ‘Never Grow Old’ (featuring never-before-seen footage), and created a playlist in her honor. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/5vbkcpkk
• Iron Maiden — are going head-to-head with Drake for the UK #1 album this week. The metal icons released “Senjutsu” on Friday, the same day Drake dropped the “Certified Lover Boy”. Maiden currently lead in physical sales and downloads, while Drake has significantly more streams.
• Radiohead — have announced “KID A MNESIA”, a triple album reissue marking the 21st anniversary of “Kid A” and “Amnesiac”. The two albums are the subject of a teaser video shared by the band on Tuesday. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/4fhjmevc
• Colin James – The Canadian bluesman will release his 20th studio album, “Open Roads”, on Nov. 5. His new single ‘Down on the Bottom’ is out now, and he has a western Canadian tour set to begin in November. LINK: https://youtu.be/4C8ZFmBrUbo
• The Mavericks – are among this year’s Americana Lifetime Achievement Award nominees. They will be recognized at the Americana Honors & Awards, on Sept. 22 at the Ryman Auditorium. Also receiving the honor will be Keb’ Mo’, Trina Shoemaker, Carla Thomas, and the Fisk Jubilee Singers.
• Reba McEntire – will release her “Revived Remixed Revisited” triple album next month, with singer-songwriter Mya Byrne, who is trans and queer, playing mandolin and lap steel on ‘I’m a Survivor’. Byrne says of the song, which recently became a TikTok trend: “It is a historically unprecedented thing for 2 trans women to have prominent production roles…on a country music single.” Producer LeahAnn “Lafemmebear” Mitchell, who is also trans, remixed the song.
SHOOTING THE BULL
A majority of bosses blame their employees for technical glitches experienced during Zoom meetings, and consider it a fireable offense. That’s the big takeaway from a recent survey on leadership responses to Zoom issues, done for the workplace collaboration company Vyopta. They polled 200 managers who worked at companies of 500 or more employees. 91% said that their employees experienced technical issues such as poor connection, frozen screens, audio problems or showing up late. The bosses agreed these hiccups can directly affect business, and 43% blamed their employees for the issues. One in 4 managers said they have fired a worker for technical issues, and around 83% opted to take disciplinary action in other ways, including removal from projects.
(…which was what I wanted all along…heh-heh-heh…)
(So there you have it. Showing up late is a “technical glitch”!)
(The biggest problem I’ve had with Zoom is the huge zit on the end of my nose!)
JUST FOR SHOW:
❑ A real-life replica of Moe’s Tavern from “The Simpsons,” is opening at Springfield Mall in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, this Friday. At Moe’s Tavern, presented by JMC Pop Ups, patrons are encouraged to cosplay as their favorite character from “The Simpsons.” The pop-up venue, operating through Sept. 26, will feature a Simpsons-themed menu, with dishes like Homer’s Chicken Tenders, Marge’s Spicy Fried Tenders, Carl’s Loaded Chips, Moe’s Magic Mushrooms and Barney’s Mozzarella Sticks. Of course, Moe’s Tavern wouldn’t be complete without a bottle of Duff (in this case, the custom-labeled craft soda, Duff D’oh! Beer, or custom-labeled water). JMC Pop Ups tried to inject as much of “The Simpsons” as possible into the Moe’s pop-up, so fans will also find orange and green diamond-shaped windows, a pool table and a replica neon sign that says: “Beer is the Answer.” (“The cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.”)
❑ You could throw some epic murder mystery dinner parties at a “Game of Thrones” type home, which has just hit the market in Rochester, Michigan. The 11,000-square-foot castle in the Detroit suburb is listed for $2.29 million. The 5-level, 60 foot (18m) tall home features a drawbridge, moat, a grotto, secret passageways and a hidden tower with a 50-foot-tall spiral staircase. There are 26 rooms, some of which are hidden. It sits on more than 6 acres and is surrounded by a wrought iron fence and two gated towers. According to the real estate agent, “This is ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 9.” The owner of the home brought in people from all over the world to help construct it over a 6-year period in the 90s. (Actually, in Detroit, the iron fence and gated towers are fairly standard…)
THE SKINNY ON FAT:
☞ We’ve always been told that being overweight is a sure-fire path to health problems and disease. But a recent study finds obesity may actually increase a person’s chances of surviving potentially deadly illnesses. Researchers from the University of Gothenburg say people with bigger waistlines are less likely to die from severe bacterial infections than those who are slim and trim. Previous studies have showed how excess weight increases the risk of developing certain forms of cancer, diabetes, or heart disease. But the new findings confirm what scientists call the “obesity survival paradox,” or that being overweight or obese offers protections against bacterial infections. (And when you’re punched in the gut…)
☞ As fall arrives and many children are heading back to school, a new study says returning to the daily classroom routine can help kids avoid becoming overweight. Researchers from the University of Central Florida found, especially in the wake of COVID-19 and remote learning, that behaviors which often lead to obesity — such as inactivity and too much screen time — drops on school days. At the same time, a child’s general level of activity rises on school days — leading to better overall health. (Unless there’s a chip truck on the way home…)
MOST POPULAR MOVIE MUSIC:
From an analysis of over 4,000 movies to determine the most commonly used movie songs on soundtracks . . .
1. U Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer (15 films, including Tropic Thunder, Into the Wild, Grown Ups 2, The Festival…)
2. Under Pressure – Queen & David Bowie (14 films, Happy Feet 2, Minions, Sing…)
3. Push It – Salt-N-Pepa (13 films, 10 Things I Hate About You, Love, What Men Want)
4. Spirit in the Sky – Norman Greenbaum (13 films, Suicide Squad, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ocean’s Eleven)
5. It Takes Two – Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock (13 films, Iron Man 2, The Proposal , Sisters)
(Ummm…’Dancing Queen’, anyone?)
FUNNIEST TWEETS OF THE WEEK FROM PARENTS:
⇒ My kids’ superpower is using 24 different cups in a day to drink 3 cups of water. — Jessie
⇒ At this point in my life, all of my clothes come from places that also sell groceries and tires. – Mommy Meme Jeans
⇒ “Why don’t you eat a fruit?” I yell at my kid through a mouthful of Cheez-Its. — AparnaRC
⇒ I appreciate the thought, kindergarten, but my son doesn’t need 3 days off for Labor Day. He’s actually unemployed and lazy (af). – Henpecked Hal
⇒ What did parents do before smart phones, like push the swing with both hands or something? – Daddy Go Fish
…AND A FEW FROM WOMEN:
⇒ i like how before you see a movie they have to show a little PSA begging everyone to act normal – amelia elizalde
⇒ My goal was to have $10,000 saved by the end of 2021. I’m already at $8.32 – K Rob
DID YOU KNOW?
TikTok has overtaken YouTube in average watch-time among US users, according to a report from app analytics firm App Annie. As of June 2021, TikTokers watched over 24 hours of content per month, compared with 22 hours and 40 minutes spent on YouTube by its users. In the UK, the difference is even more stark: TikTok users there now watch almost 26 hours of content a month, compared to less than 16 on YouTube.
BS CHRONOMETER 09.09.21
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1952  Dave Stewart, Sunderland England, pop-rock guitarist (Eurythmics-‘Here Comes the Rain Again’)/producer (Tom Petty, Mick Jagger, Stevie Nicks)
1960  Hugh Grant, London England, movie actor (“Love Actually”, “Bridget Jones” films) COMING UP…”Five Eyes”, 2022
1966  Adam Sandler, Brooklyn NY, movie actor-producer (“The Wedding Singer”, “Grown Ups” movies) COMING UP…”Spaceman”, 2022
1971  Eric Stonestreet, Kansas City KS, TV actor (‘Cameron Tucker’ on “Modern Family” 2009-20)
1971  Henry Thomas, San Antonio TX, movie actor (“E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”, “Legends of the Fall”)/TV actor (The Haunting of Hill House”)
1975  Michael Bublé, Burnaby BC, pop-jazz singer (‘Home’, ‘Haven’t Met You Yet’)
1980  Michelle Williams, Kalispell MT, movie actress (“Blue Valentine”, “Brokeback Mountain”)/TV actress (“Dawson’s Creek” 1998-2003) COMING UP…”Venom: Let There Be Carnage”, 2021
1987  Afrojack [Nick van de Wall], Spijkenisse Netherlands, music DJ-producer (w/Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo & Nayer-‘Give Me Everything’, w/Beyoncé-‘Run the World Girls’)
1991  Hunter Hayes, Breaux Bridge LA, country singer-songwriter (‘I Want Crazy’, ‘Wanted’)
BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Teddy Bear Day”, honoring the first and most popular plush animal toy that was inspired by the helpless cub that US president Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot while hunting in 1902. Morris & Rose Mitchom, owners of a Brooklyn NY candy store, took credit for creating the first ‘Teddy Bear’, but renowned German toymaker Steiff may have already been making bears by then.
• “Wonderful Weirdos Day”, saluting all people who are . . . well, kinda quirky. Know any? If you’re typically on the prim and proper side, use this day to let loose.
• “International Sudoku Day”, today was chosen because 9/9 is symbolic within Sudoku. Sudoku is a logic-based number puzzle with the objective to fill a 9×9 grid so that each column, row, and 3×3 sub-grid contains all the digits from 1 to 9. The name itself means “single number.”
• “National Wiener Schnitzel Day”, dedicated to a traditional Austrian dish which belongs to the best-known specialties of Viennese cuisine. It’s a very thin slice of veal which is breaded and then deep fried in clarified butter or lard.
• “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day”, raising awareness about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy and the plight of individuals and families who struggle with FASD. The first “FASDay” was observed on 9/9/99, to signify that a woman should abstain from alcohol during the 9 months of pregnancy.
COMING UP . . .
[Fri] Hot Dog Day
[Fri] Make-Up Day
[Sat] Make Your Bed Day
[Sat] Hot Cross Bun Day
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2012  Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are married in Mount Pleasant SC
2019  The daytime talk show “The Kelly Clarkson Show”, debuts. Every episode starts with “Kellyoke,” where Clarkson sings a cover of a popular song
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2005  Despite fan protests, Liverpool, England declares its intention to demolish Ringo Starr’s birthplace on Madryn Street, which The Beatles’ drummer lived in until age 5
2014  About 500 million iTunes users are surprised when U2’s latest album “Songs of Innocence” shows up free and without permission in their personal libraries
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
2014  Apple announces the Apple Watch, the iPhone 6, and the iPhone 6 Plus; all featuring ‘Near Field Communication’ (NFC) to allow instant payments in stores without credit cards
TODAY’S RECORDS . . .
1999  Nicholas Stephen Wadle is born in Beloit, Wisconsin at 9:09 am on the 9th day of the 9th month of 1999; his weight … 9 lbs, 9 oz (What are the odds?)
2015  Queen Elizabeth II becomes Great Britain’s longest-reigning monarch at 63 years and 7 months, beating the previous record set by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ During the Middle Ages, Christmas Trees were hung upside down.
✓ Lobsters and jellyfish never stop growing.
✓ A cat can independently rotate each of its ears 180 degrees.
✓ Cats sleep for 70% of their lives.
✓ Light doesn’t necessarily travel at the speed of light. It has been recorded moving as slow as 38 mph.
✓ Sherlock Holmes never said “Elementary, my dear Watson.”
Best of BS . . .
BS LESSONS WE ACTUALLY LEARNED IN SCHOOL:
• Homework is a collaborative effort … a shortcut to the answers is just a text away.
• Your parents will embarrass you somehow even when they’re not trying to.
• Everybody’s always changing the rules of math and it’s not your fault.
• Boys – Anything goes. Girls – “Hide your shoulders, this is not a brothel!”
• WW3 could happen and your mom would still find a way to get you there in time for first period.
• You’ll never forget how to solve for ‘x’, but you’ll never need to in your entire lifetime.
• Biologists are only now beginning to understand the biome that exists under every school desk.
• Teachers get hangovers too.
-BuzzFeed, first published in BS in 2015
TODAY’S SCOOP OF BS:
➠ A study showed that 42% of women and 50% of men have talked dirty on the phone. (I have, but for some reason, the pharmacist at CVS drive-through doesn’t think it’s as hot as I do…)
➠ China is IKEA’s fastest growing market. (Interesting. They went from building the Great Wall to assembling a so-so bookcase…)
➠ Did you know: The television was invented before sliced bread. (In unrelated news, TVs are getting thinner while viewers are getting fatter!)
➠ Tom Wopat from “The Dukes of Hazzard” fame is 70 today. (He’ll have a birthday party at his place, but you’re only allowed to enter by jumping through the window…)
➠ Happy Birthday! Adam Sandler is 55. (His sense of humor, however… just turned 11.)
BS WEB GOODIE:
Bad hair day: https://tinyurl.com/37e2ms7m
BS RANDOM JOKE:
Mirrors don’t lie. And lucky for me, they don’t laugh.
BS PHONE STARTER:
If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would you live — and why?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: According to a study, THIS can cause a person to leave a negative restaurant review. What is it?
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything . . . or to doubt everything. Both save you from thinking.