September 1, 2015

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015        Edition: #5528

Sheet Happens!

★ Movie star Jennifer Lawrence and comedian Amy Schumer are writing a comedy film together. Their friendship is relatively new; J-Law admits she first met Schumer a few months ago after watching Amy’s film “Trainwreck” and says she immediately became a huge fan. Quote: “It’s been the most fun experience of my life. We start the day off on the phone, laughing. And then we send each other pages. And we crack up.” The screenplay, in which Lawrence & Schumer play sisters, is almost complete. Also helping out with the writing is Amy’s real-life sister, Kim Schumer.
★ Seems Sandra Bullock is off the market, according to media reports. The 51-year-old movie star is reported to be dating LA-based photographer Bryan Randall. describes Randall as a 49-year-old lifestyle photographer from Portland OR who’s also had a modeling career, posing for fashion house Saint Laurent and “Harper’s Bazaar”. Bullock  reportedly brought Randall along as her date to the top-secret wedding of actors Jennifer Aniston & Justin Theroux on August 5th.
– “Entertain This!”
★ Acting couple Robin Wright & Ben Foster have reportedly called off their engagement a 2nd time and may have actually ended the relationship secretly a few months ago, according to a new report. The couple, who met on the set of the movie “Rampart” in 2011, became engaged in January 2014, then split up in November, only to reconcile a few weeks later. But now it seems the relationship is kaput. The “House of Cards” actress has 2 children from her marriage to actor Sean Penn, whom she divorced in 2010 after 14 years.
★ And thanks to a snitch, we’ve learned a few inside facts about 18-year-old reality TV star Kylie Jenner (“Keeping Up With the Kardashians”). Among the blabber’s claims …
• Kylie believes she’s the best looking member of the Kardashian-Jenner family, even more so than 19-year-old model sister Kendall Jenner.
• Her vanity is out of control. She takes 200 selfies a day and can’t walk past a reflective surface without checking herself out.
• She’s not the brightest candle on the cake. How she got her high school diploma is a mystery to anyone who knows her.
– “OK Magazine”

• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC/CityTV) – 11 acts perform for the judges.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Madonna (“Rebel Heart”). Rerun.
• “The Girl In the Spider’s Web” – Today late author Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” trilogy (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”, etc) gets this new addition written by David Lagercrantz that serves as a continuation of the story. The new book is being released in 35 countries. The “Millennium” series was published after Larsson died in 2004. It was later adapted into movies.
• HMV Football Extravaganza (London UK) – This 20th annual charity event at Grosvenor House Hotel raises funds for music therapy organization Nordoff Robbins. 39-year-old David Beckham is being honored with the ‘Legend of Football Award’.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Atlas Genius (“Inanimate Objects”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Gorgon City (“Sirens”). Rerun.
• “Marilyn Denis Show” (CTV/CTV2) – Francesco Yates (“Better to Be Loved”).
• “Meredith Vieira Show” (syndicated) – Jordin Sparks (“Right Here, Right Now”). Rerun.
• “Today” (NBC) – Maddie & Tae (“Start Here”) perform.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Vince Staples (“Summertime ’06”).

• Disturbed – They’ve debuted atop the latest ‘Billboard 200’ chart with their new album “Immortalized”. That gives the rock band their fifth career #1.
• Kacey Musgraves – The “Follow Your Arrow” singer will introduce the ‘Kacey for Lucchese’ boot collection in time for Christmas this year. The line features 4 different western designs and Musgraves gushes that each boot is “really cute!”. The new boots retail for $300-to-450/pair.
• Luke Bryan – When his brother-in-law died late last year, Luke took his nephew and 2 nieces in and made them part of the family. He admits to “People” that it was hard for everyone, but his own 2 boys have now adjusted just fine.
• Mumford & Sons – They’ve announced they’ll be heading out on an extensive tour of the UK and Ireland this Autumn. The arena tour begins in Nottingham on November 28th.
• NWA – With over $140 million in domestic box office, “Straight Outta Compton” has now become the highest-grossing music bio-pic ever, surpassing the Johnny Cash story “Walk The Line”.
• Rihanna – It seems Brit Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton is smitten with her. So smitten he’s chartered a $300,000-a-week super-yacht and invited her aboard for a 5-day cruise of the Amalfi Coast in Italy. The luxury craft comes with a crew of 13.

Out today on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
• “Bessie” ( TV-MA ): Queen Latifah stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in this HBO Films presentation that focuses on Smith’s transformation from a struggling young singer into ‘The Empress Of the Blues’, who became one of the most successful recording artists in the 1920s and is an enduring icon today. Co-stars Michael Kenneth Williams, Bryan Greenberg.
• “I’ll See You in My Dreams” ( PG-13 Comedy ): A widow and former songstress discovers that life can begin anew at any age. After the death of her beloved dog, ‘Carol’ (Blythe Danner) decides to embrace the world in a different way. Co-stars Malin Akerman, June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, Mary Kay Place.
• “Mad Max: Fury Road” ( R-Rated Sci-Fi Action Adventure ): Original “Mad Max” director from 1979, Australian George Miller, is at the helm. Original star Mel Gibson is too old to race across the post-apocalyptic wasteland, so Tom Hardy is now ‘Max’, a man of action and few words. Charlize Theron co-stars. Also available in the new “Mad Max 4-Film Blu-ray Anthology”.
• Also released today: “Abbott & Costello Meet the Monsters Collection” (Compilation); “Castle: The Complete 7th Season” (TV); “Chicago Fire: Season 3” (TV); “Chicago PD: Season 2” (TV); “Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me” (Documentary); “Hawaii Five-O: The 5th Season” (TV); “JFK & LBJ: A Time for Greatness” (Documentary); “Nashville: The Complete 3rd Season” (TV); “The Originals: The Complete 2nd Season” (TV); “Our Man in Tehran” (Documentary); “Scorpion: Season 1” (TV); “Texas Rising” (History Channel Miniseries); and “The Vampire Diaries: The Complete 6th Season” (TV).

A medieval sanctuary in Spain has issued a job ad to fill a vacancy for a hermit. Our Lady of the Rock, which dates from 1299 AD, has listed the requirements on Facebook. The successful candidate must ‘leave all uncivil or immoral activity outside’ in order to perform ‘all the proper duties of a hermit’. These include guarding and looking after the ancient hermitage, which sits atop a rock overlooking a small town in Catalonia. This particular hermit job involves little seclusion and actually requires the successful applicant to welcome visitors. The year-long tenure comes with free accommodation and a modest stipend of 1,000 euros … circa $1,100. (Just enough to cover a new loincloth every 30 days.)
– #NewsfromElsewhere

People who enjoy hot & spicy food may live longer. That’s according to a recent study of people in China who eat spicy foods the most often. It’s not the first time there have been health claims about spices. The US National Institutes of Health suggests many of the claims have yet to be scientifically proven. Their review of a few …
• Cinnamon – While it has a long history as a folk cure for everything from bronchitis to diabetes, evidence for any health benefit is ‘generally lacking’.
• Garlic – Mixed evidence suggests it might slightly lower blood cholesterol and blood pressure. But a trial of garlic supplements to prevent stomach cancer has shown no effect.
• Turmeric – This Indian spice, used in curries and mustards, is touted as a pain reliever and aid to digestion and liver function. Lab studies suggest it may have anti-inflammatory effects, but the findings have not as yet been confirmed in humans.
One expert suggests the best thing about spicy flavors may be that they encourage us to eat healthier foods than we otherwise might. (It takes 87 spices to make eggplant palatable.)

In an apparent blunt-hazed fog Kanye West announced at the VMA’s that he’s running for US president in 2020. According to the twitterverse, here’s what that might look like …
✓ “The Campaign Posters Could Be Amazing … ‘Yeezus for President, Bruh!’.”
✓ “First Lady Kim would usher in a new era of stunning, curve-hugging outfits for everyone in politics.”
✓ “If Kanye becomes president he needs to make Yeezy Boosts accessible to the middle class.”
✓ “Debates would be … repetitive.”
✓ “‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ would be shot in the White House.”
✓ “When Kanye becomes president every wing of the White House will be the ‘West Wing’.”
✓ “Don’t expect (his long-in-the-works new album) ‘Swish’ to drop until at least 2029.”
– Adapted from

For the first time over 1 billion people have used Facebook on a single day, according to company founder Mark Zuckerberg. The milestone was reached last week when 1-in-7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with friends and family. Facebook has nearly 1.5 billion users who log in at least once a month, but this was the most-ever in a single day. The company has almost peaked out as far as attracting users in North America, Europe, and India but there are huge gaps in its reach … Africa, much of Asia, and some of Latin America. These are the areas Facebook is now focused on.
– BBC Technology

‘James Bond’ actor Daniel Craig uses Pedialyte, a medicine used to treat children with diarrhea, as a hangover cure.
– “Du Jour”


1939 [76] Lily Tomlin. Detroit MI, TV actress (Netflix series “Grace & Frankie”)/movie actress (“The Pink Panther 2”)/comedian (“And That’s The Truth”)/Kennedy Center Honors.(2014)

1946 [69] Barry Gibb, Isle of Man UK, falsetto oldies singer (Bee Gees-“Stayin’ Alive”, “To Love Somebody”)

1950 [65] Dr Phil (McGraw), Vinita OK, daytime TV talk show host (“Dr Phil” since 2002)/author (“Relationship Rescue”)  FACTOID: He’s only a ‘doctor’ due to a PhD in psychology.

1957 [58] Gloria Estefan (Fajardo), Havana, Cuba, oldies singer (“Music of My Heart”, “Anything For You”)

1976 [39] Angaleena Presley, Beauty KY, country singer-songwriter (Pistol Annies-“Hush Hush”, “Hell on Heels”)

1984 [31] Joe Trohman, Hollywood FL, rock guitarist (Fall Out Boy-“Thnks fr th Mmrs”, “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race”)

1996 [19] Zendaya (Coleman), Oakland CA, TV actress (‘KC Cooper’ in “KC Undercover” 2015)/reality TV star (“Dancing With the Stars”)/pop singer (“Replay”)

• “Building Code Staff Appreciation Day”, honoring those important personnel who would never take a bribe and allow shoddy construction to take place … honest!

• “Exclamation Day!”, part of “International Enthusiasm Week!” Wow! Exciting, isn’t it!

• “First Day of Spring” in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, so designated by tradition, not any relation to the Vernal Equinox.

• “No Rhyme Nor Reason Day”, a celebration of words that don’t rhyme with any other words (aka refractory rhymes), ie: angel, month, orange, purple, silver.

• “September”. In Latin ‘septem’ means ‘seventh’. That’s because back in the day when the New Year started in March, September was in fact the 7th month.

2002 [13] “Scooby-Doo” co-stars Sarah Michelle Gellar & Freddie Prinze Jr wed in Mexico

2006 [09] Luxembourg becomes the first country to complete the move to all-digital TV

1995 [20] Cleveland’s ‘Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’ is dedicated

1985 [30] The wreck of the ‘Titanic’, sunk by an iceberg in 1912, is finally found by French & American researchers 370 miles south of Newfoundland

[Wed] “A Walk In the Woods” opens in movie theaters
[Thurs] Wilderness Day
[Thurs] Skyscraper Day
[Fri] Bring Your Manners to Work Day
[Fri] Newspaper Carrier Day
[Fri] Lazy Moms Day
This Week Is … International Enthusiasm Week
This Month Is … Library Card Sign-Up Month


• Why do we call people we don’t know ‘perfect strangers’? Doesn’t everybody have their faults?
• Are next Monday’s pre-natal classes cancelled because it’s Labor Day?
• What do people in China call their good plates?
• If moths eat wool sweaters, why don’t they eat sheep?
• Do people with psychic powers get nostalgic about next week?
• If a dog’s bark is worse than his bite why don’t hospitals ever report dog bark wounds?
• Should animal shampoo be tested on humans?

Find the #1 song on the day you were born (or anyone else).

According to a poll, which is the food item that’s been in the average home freezer longest?
a. Ice cream.
b. Pot Pie. [CORRECT]
c. Frozen Peas.

Called terms of ‘venery’ (‘the hunt’ in medieval times), many groups of animals have names you are familiar with – a ‘pack’ of dogs, a ‘school’ of fish, a ‘colony’ of ants. But try to identify these animals by their group names …
• A ‘Romp’ of ? [Otters]
• A ‘Crash’ of ? [Rhinoceroses]
• A ‘Shrewdness’ of ? [Apes]
• An ‘Exaltation’ of ? [Larks]
• A ‘Host’ of ? [Sparrows]
• A ‘Murder’ of ? [Crows]
• A ‘Troop’ of ? [Kangaroos or Monkeys]
• A ‘Leash’ of ? [Greyhounds]
• An ‘Unkindness’ of ? [Ravens]
• A ‘Sounder’ of ? [Swine]

You might be going to a bad beauty salon if they do electrolysis with jumper cables.

☎ What’s your absolute favorite thing to wear? Why?

Question: Fully two-thirds of women polled say they dislike it when a man wears THIS.
Answer: A Hawaiian shirt.

An unbreakable toy is useful for breaking other toys.

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