September 14 2020

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Monday, September 14, 2020 — Edition: #6807

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★ A new film on Netflix has sparked outrage on social media amid claims that its stars, primarily young girls, are portrayed in a sexualized manner. “Cuties” started streaming on Sept. 9, and since then, more than 200,000 tweets have used the hashtag #CancelNetflix, amid calls for a boycott. Focused on an 11-year-old girl who joins a dance crew in defiance of her family’s wishes, Cuties premiered at Sundance earlier this year, winning a Best Director award. Opposition to the film began in August after it was promoted by Netflix with a poster which differed substantially from the original French theatrical poster.
★ Warner Bros has postponed the debut of superhero sequel “Wonder Woman 1984” until Christmas Day. The film, starring Gal Gadot, had been scheduled for release on Oct. 2, but with many theaters still closed due to the pandemic, it will now be released on Dec. 25. Movie studios have been shuffling their schedules for months as the industry tries to recover from the pandemic, which forced theaters around the world to shut their doors in March.
★ Halle Berry says she is “speechless” after scoring a $20 million deal with Netflix to distribute her directorial debut “Bruised”. Berry both stars in and directs the drama, in which she portrays an embattled mixed martial arts fighter seeking redemption. On the eve of its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, Netflix bosses secured global rights to the movie, which is screening as a work-in-progress.
★ Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg now have yet another thing in common. Stewart has launched a CBD line that includes “hemp-derived, cannabidiol-rich” gummies, soft gels and oil drops. But of course, the domestic diva’s line comes in “gourmet flavors” such as Meyer lemon, blood orange and kumquat and huckleberry. She was introduced to her partner in the line, Canopy Growth, by her pal and co-star Snoop — who launched his own line of cannabis products, “Leafs by Snoop”, in 2015. In a video, Stewart said: “I’ll leave the THC offerings to Snoop.”

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): DJ Khaled, guest host John Legend (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Jude Law, Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, Summer Walker
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Bob Woodward, Luke Combs
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV):  Kelly Clarkson, Malcolm Jenkins, Michael Schmidt, Sonny Emory
• ” The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Dr. Phil McGraw, Kelsea Ballerini
• “Conan” (TBS): Ralph Macchio
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Aesha Scott, Robert Westergaard
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Michael Cohen
• “The Talk” (CBS): Olivia Newton-John (R)
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Lauren Cohan, Joe Guerrera
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Wanda Sykes, Demi Burnett, Will Smith, Cirque Mei (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): The most unpredictable moments, including Tim Allen, Theresa Caputo, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Annie Murphy, Sho Madjozi, Keith Sweat
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS) Premiere. Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, Adam Sandler
• “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC): Season 29 premiere, with new host Tyra Banks.
• “VOMO: Vote or Miss Out: (ABC): Celebs including 2 Chainz and Lil Baby, Tim Allen, Whitney Cummings, Will Ferrell, Charlamagne Tha God, Tiffany Haddish, Jon Hamm, Scarlett Johansson, Jay Leno, Jaden Smith and Willow Smith take part in a nonpartisan event to provide info on voting and encourage all Americans to participate in this fall’s election. Hosted by Kevin Hart.

• Vinyl records – The Record Industry Association of America reports that vinyl album revenues have exceeded CD revenues for the first time since the 1980s. Vinyl sales of $232 million in the first 6 months of 2020 accounted for 62% of total physical revenues while $129.9 million was spent on compact discs.
• Justin Bieber – fans are losing their minds after he shared a cryptic message on Friday, posting the words: “ONE WEEK.” The same message appeared on his Instagram story. After a couple of hours of fans sharing their theories, Bieber confirmed posts refer to his new music coming this Friday.
• Harry Styles – has landed another movie role. He has signed on for Olivia Wilde’s next project “Don’t Worry, Darling”, starring Florence Pugh. Filming is tentatively scheduled to start in the fall.
• Madonna — and screenwriter Diablo Cody discussed details of the screenplay about her life that the two are working on in an Instagram Live. She says the movie will cover her “struggle as an artist trying to survive in a man’s world,” a journey that has been “happy, sad, mad, good bad and ugly.”
• John Fogerty — has denounced the Trump campaign for playing CCR’s ‘Fortunate Son’ ahead of a rally in Michigan on Thursday. In a video on Facebook, Fogerty said he said he found Trump’s use of the song “confounding to say the least” and went on to explain the song’s 1969 origins from the Vietnam War.
• Stevie Nicks — Miley Cyrus sampled her 1981 hit ‘Edge of Seventeen’ in her new single ‘Midnight Sky’ and says when she reached Nicks to seek her approval, she received the reply: “You can borrow from me anytime.”
• Rough Trade – Their controversial 1981 hit ‘High School Confidential’, written by bandmembers Carole Pope and Kevan Staples, was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday.
• Luke Bryan – surprised elementary school coach Matthew Bailey by paying him a virtual visit on “Good Morning America.” Bailey, who is a big fan of Bryan, works with a non-profit organization that creates play environments for schools, but because of funding cutbacks, his job is in jeopardy. Bryan offered his praise and invited Bailey to attend one of his shows when the quarantine has been lifted.
• Lee Brice — His new album “Hey World” is set to drop on November 20. On Friday, he released a touching new video for the title track, featuring “The Voice” Season 7 contestant Blessing Offor.

More than half the respondents to a recent poll said they sleep better when they are naked. And it looks like they are onto something. The MyFitnessPal blog recently put together a list of benefits of sleeping in the altogether. Those benefits include better and faster sleep because of more effective temperature regulation, healthier skin, a faster metabolism, and higher self-esteem. That’s right…apparently sleeping in the buff promotes changes to your body-image. Not convinced yet? Another study found that those who sleep nude have sex about eight times per month, nearly double to those who slept clothed.
(I’m guessing those people have partners?)
(I used to sleep nude. Until one day my wife told me my jammies are wrinkled…)
(Sleeping naked MUST be healthy. When I fall asleep dressed and with my shoes on, I always seem to wake up the next day with a splitting headache!)

Willy Wonka was the first guy to come up with the idea of giving away his candy factory, but David Klein is doing the same thing, and he’s an actual person with a REAL candy factory. Klein is holding a treasure hunt, and the winner gets his mysterious factory, which is said to be in Florida. How can you get in on this? First, you must pay $49.99 to enter the treasure hunt, which takes place in every US state. Only 1,000 tickets are sold per state, and one player or family will find the golden ticket (actually a gold-colored dog tag) in each state, based on a riddle they receive. Whoever finds a dog tag wins $5,000. The grand prize includes full ownership of the building and a candy making course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Whoever claims the candy factory can create their own company, and Klein will offer his confectionary expertise if necessary. And he is an expert. He is one of the inventors of Jelly Belly jelly beans. For details, find “The Gold Ticket” on social media.
(So, just to be clear: No Oompa Loompas are included?)
(The suspense is terrible…I hope It’ll last.)
(If I won that, it’d be like putting Dracula in charge of a blood bank!)

➢ Your childhood dreams have come true. Pillsbury has launched a new edible cookie dough across Canada, and it’s completely safe to eat it raw. The stuff is made from heat-treated flour and pasteurized eggs, which means that it can be eaten straight from the tube. Oh, and you can also bake it. Pillsbury says that the new edible recipe tastes the same as their original stuff, and they plan to transition all of their cookie dough to the edible version by the end of the year. (Like it ever stopped you before…)
➢ Beer giant Anheuser-Busch says it quickly sold out of its latest offering: a ‘beer’ for dogs. “Busch Dog Brew” is a bone broth made from pork, corn, celery, mint, turmeric and ginger. It contains no alcohol. The company says their Dog Brew, which was offered for sale online, and sold in traditional beer cans, is a way to provide dogs with a nutritious snack that helps to promote a healthy digestive system, and a way for dogs who struggle to eat solid food to get all of their nutrients. (Because Rover doesn’t pass gas enough already?)
-FreshDaily, UPI

(According to an online poll…)
⇒ Baywatch (17%):  “it keeps what’s best about the TV show while mocking the things that should be mocked, and the cast is really, really ridiculously good-looking.”
⇒ Hook (29% on Rotten Tomatoes):  “Dustin Hoffman IS Captain Hook. And the late Robin Williams is THE PAN”
⇒ Hot Rod (39%):  “Hot Rod fully deserves to be a cult classic. I will die on this hill.”
⇒ Armageddon (38%):  “It has EVERYTHING you want in a film: action, adventure, romance, it’s scary AND hilarious.”
⇒ The Princess Diaries (48%):  “it’s a great teenage romantic comedy and Mia is an amazing lead character.”
⇒ Coyote Ugly (23%):  “I can’t help myself. I love it and watch it and laugh at/with it all the time.”
⇒ Showgirls (20%):  “my top guilty pleasure movie. I love the camp, the silliness in spite of how serious it takes itself. It’s so bad it’s GLORIOUS!!”

A team of scientists hunting for extraterrestrial civilizations just scanned 10 million stars — and came back with nothing. Scientists at Australia’s Curtin University and CSIRO research organization scanned a vast region of space with an array of 4096 antennas in hopes that they might pick up on radio transmissions of an alien society. Although this doesn’t rule out the possibility of extraterrestrial life, it does mean that it’s either elsewhere or it doesn’t have technology that resembles ours.


1947 [73] (Nigel) Sam Neill, Omagh Northern Ireland, movie actor (“Jurassic Park”, “The Piano”)/TV actor (“Crusoe” 2008-10, “The Tudors” 2007-08) COMING UP…”Rams”, 2021

1958 [62] Terry Dubrow, Los Angeles CA, Doctor (co-host of “Botched” since 2014)

1973 [47] Andrew Lincoln, London England, TV actor (‘Rick Grimes’ on “The Walking Dead” 2010-18)/movie actor (“Love Actually”)

1973 [47] Nas (Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, Brooklyn NY, rapper (‘It Was Written’)

1999 [21] Emma Kenney, Manhattan NY, TV actress (‘Debbie’ on the American “Shameless” since 2011, “The Conners” since 2018)

• “Cream-Filled Donut Day” … a holiday for cops? The most popular cream-filled donuts are chocolate cream and vanilla cream. (Why eat a regular donut when you can replace the empty space of the hole with delicious cream…or jelly…for the same price??)

• “Eat a Hoagie Day”, celebrating the super-sized sandwich also known as a sub, grinder, hero, Italian sandwich, po’ boy, wedge, zeppelin, or torpedo. What’s the best combo?

• “National Coloring Day”, not to be confused with National Coloring Book Day, which is observed in August. Today is about adding a splash of color to your life, with or without coloring books. And if you are feeling extra adventurous, you can even color outside the lines, too!

• “Live Creative Day”, take the time to invent, discover and dream. Incorporating creativity through a variety of media from painting and graphic art to music and gardening all have a positive impact on our lives. (The only thing I’m capable of creating is an excuse!)

• “World Hearing Voices Day”, for those who receive advice, encouragement, and even laughter from others … who aren’t really there.  Something tells me you should visit their website:

• “Boss/Employee Exchange Day”, a day to help bosses and employees appreciate each other by sharing each other’s point of view. It can be a day where bosses and employees exchange ideas, or it can be a day where they literally exchange jobs and reverse roles for the day.

[Tues] Day
[Tues] Greenpeace Day
[Wed] Mayflower Day
[Wed] National Guacamole Day
This Week Is…National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
This Month Is…Classical Music Month

1982 [38] Hollywood star and real-life Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly dies in an auto accident near Monte Carlo at age 52

2009 [11] Patrick Swayze (“Dirty Dancing”) dies in Los Angeles at age 57 after a long battle with cancer

2017 [03] Selena Gomez reveals that due to her battle with lupus, she has undergone a kidney transplant, donated by her friend Francia Rais

2002 [18] No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani weds Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale in London UK (they divorce in 2016)

2013 [07] John Legend weds model Chrissy Teigen at in Lake Como, Italy

1984 [36] Dan Aykroyd & Bette Midler host the first “MTV Video Music Awards” at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall (The Cars win “Best Video” for ‘You Might Think’)

1987 [33] ‘Largest-Ever Newspaper Edition’ as the Sunday “New York Times” features 1,612 pages and weighs in at 12 lbs/5.4 kg (We hope carriers were tipped well that week….)

2003 [17] Brandi Carbee & Natalie Svenvold of Bellingham, Washington set a new world record with 75 continuous hours of ‘teeter-tottering’ (a.k.a. ‘see-sawing’)


✓ Kids who got slimed on Nickelodeon’s “You Can’t Do That on Television” were paid an extra $150 for their troubles.
✓ Approximately 25% of people will sneeze when exposed to bright light.
✓ According to a study, colds and the flu take a bigger toll on women than men.
✓ Both optimists and pessimists brace for the worst when awaiting potential bad news.
✓ Workaholics generally get less work done because they take on too much work and tend to be disorganized.
✓ Researchers discovered that chimpanzees perceive butts the same way that humans perceive faces.

Best of BS . . .
• Doesn’t laugh when you give yourself ketchup sideburns.
• Checks her cell and says, “Whoa, it’s 8:15 already!”
• Lunges at you several times with a steak knife.
• Doesn’t even finish her Whopper.
• It’s been 4 hours since she left for the little girls’ room.
• As you drop her off, she says “Do me a favor … next time call a different escort service.”
-First published in BS in 2017

• Golf is a good walk spoiled.
• Golf is an awkward set of bodily contortions designed to produce a graceful result.
• Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into a very small hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose.
• Golf is a game where the ball always lies poorly and the player well.
• There’s no better game in the world when you are in good company, and no worse game when you are in bad company.
• Golf is a sport whose secret is to hit the ball hard, straight, and not too often.
• Your worst putt will be as close as your best chip.
• The only shots you can be dead sure of are those you’ve had already.
• It’s good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.
• The biggest liar in the world is the golfer who claims that he plays the game merely for exercise.
• Old golfers never die, they just putter away.
-First published in BS in 2017

➠ The first weekend of the NFL season is in the books. (I have a good feeling about [my team] too . . . they didn’t have a single player who stabbed, shot or impregnated anyone during the off-season.
➠ Mathematicians say you have better odds of winning an Oscar than winning the lottery.  (Unless you’re Pete Davidson. In which case, keep playing the lottery!)
➠ Donald Trump was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. (It’s the only thing during his presidency that he hasn’t blamed on the FBI, Hillary, or CNN…)
➠ A very rare earthquake shook New Jersey at 2am last Wednesday. (Men stumbled onto the streets, broken glass was everywhere, chaos ensued in the streets. . . then the earthquake hit…)
➠ Oliver Stone turns 74 tomorrow. (Or does he??)

Amazing shot:

(the answer is in brackets)
• The wheel or control of fire?  (control of fire)
iphone or Facebook? (Facebook)
• “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” or “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets?” (Chamber of Secrets)
• Ludwig Van Beethoven or J.S. Bach? (J.S. Bach)
• Disney World or Disneyland? (Disneyland)
• The movie “Speed” or “The Matrix”? (Speed)

Have you ever been a fan club member? To whose fan club? To what celeb did you send fan mail? Or tweet and received a response?

Flies refer to people as ‘Walks’. Definitely.

Question:  More than 40% of happily married women can’t remember THIS.  What?
Answer:  Where she and her spouse had their first date.

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.


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