Wednesday, April 28, 2021 — Edition: #6975
Can You Believe This Sheet?
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ The “Game of Thrones” prequel series “House of the Dragon” has officially begun production in the U.K. On Monday, HBO released a photo of the cast at the show’s first table read. Scheduled to premiere in 2022, “House of the Dragon” takes place 300 years before the events of “GOT”. The new 10-episode show is set in the early days of Westeros and focuses on House Targaryen.
★ Chadwick Boseman’s family has a message for those saying the late actor got snubbed from an Oscar: … he was NOT snubbed, and shout out to Sir Anthony Hopkins for the win. Boseman’s brother, Derrick says he doesn’t view Chadwick not winning an Oscar for Best Actor as a snub, because every nominated actor was excellent and deserving of the award. He says the family isn’t upset whatsoever that Chadwick’s name wasn’t called at the end of the Oscars ceremony.
★ A piece of ultra-rare “Alien” memorabilia that was blasted out of the airlock 4 decades ago has been salvaged and is now up for sale. On April 29, Julien’s Auctions is unveiling a long-lost early prototype of H.R. Giger’s classic Xenomorph design. Known as “Big Chap,” this version of the franchise’s signature creature features a translucent design that’s distinctly different than the opaque acid-spitting monster we know and love. Bidding on Big Chap starts at $40,000.
★ Peacock began streaming Superfan Episodes of “The Office”, appropriately, on Pretzel Day, which just happens to be character ‘Stanley Hudson’s’ favorite holiday. The Superfan Episodes feature never-before-seen and deleted scenes, bloopers, featurettes and interviews. Peacock now has Superfan Episodes available for Seasons 1 and 3. Pretzel Day began with the Season 3 episode “Initiation”, when ‘Pam’ is supposed to keep track of ‘Michael’s’ productivity, but he spends the day waiting in line for a pretzel. ‘Stanley’ says he is especially fond of the day because it is a break from “a job for which he gets paid too little.”
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Justin Theroux, Mike “My Pillow Guy” Lindell, Tom Jones
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Brian Regan, Rupi Kaur
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Sen. Bernie Sanders, Julia Michaels
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Elisabeth Moss, Ari Melber, Moon Vs Sun
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Jason Schwartzman, Gabby Barrett
• “Conan” (TBS): Louie Anderson (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Dolores Catania, Jennifer Aydin
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Marcia Fudge, John Grisham
• “The Talk” (CBS): Leslie Jordan
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Bethenny Frankel
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Ellen Bennett, Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram, Jon Randall
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Morgan Harper, Trisha Yearwood, Brett Gelman
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Kevin Bacon, Action Bronson
• “Presidential Address to Congress and the Nation and the Republican Response” (ABC/CBS/NBC): President Joe Biden addresses the joint session of Congress and the nation.
• “The Handmaid’s Tale” (HULU/CRAVE): The delayed fourth season begins with 3 new episodes.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Pink — will join Rag’n’Bone Man for a performance of their duet ‘Anywhere Away From Here’ at the Brit Awards on May 11. They will take the stage together alongside the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Choir. The 2021 Brits will include a live audience of 2,500, with free tickets for front-line workers.
• Justin Bieber – caused controversy when he debuted his new dreadlocks on Instagram, with some people accusing him of cultural appropriation. He previously received backlash when he wore dreadlocks in 2016, but that didn’t stop him from sharing a number of pics showing him relaxing in the sun with wife Hailey.
• Kanye West – The pair of prototype Nikes he wore during his 2008 Grammy Awards performance has shattered the record for most-expensive sneakers ever sold. His “Nike Air Yeezy 1s” fetched $1.8 million in a private sale to RARES, a sneaker investment marketplace. (‘Sneaker investment’ is a thing?)
• Eminem — dropped his first Non-Fungible Token collection on Sunday. It features original instrumental beats that he produced specifically for the release.
• The Rolling Stones — guitarist Ronnie Wood has revealed he was recently diagnosed with cancer for a second time, but has been given the all-clear. Quote: “I’ve had cancer two different ways now. I had lung cancer in 2017 and I had small-cell more recently that I fought in the last lockdown … I came through with the all-clear.” Small-cell carcinoma is a type of cancer most commonly found in the lungs.
• Bon Jovi – have announced a concert broadcast that will air at drive-ins and indoor movie theaters. The group will kick off the Encore Drive-In Nights 2021 concert series on May 22. It will be broadcast to roughly 300 drive-ins in the U.S., Canada and Ireland, as well as select indoor cinemas around the world.
• Jason Aldean – His two-night (May 14 and 15) “Jason Aldean: Live” concerts from Manchester, Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Farm will feature tickets for a live stream option for the full May 15 concert. The purchase will enable fans to watch Aldean’s 90-minute set for 24 hours after the event.
• Dierks Bentley — is reviving his “High Times & Hangovers” dive bar tour, which he first launched in 2006. This time, the 5-city club tour will launch May 11 at Isle of Palms SC, and will run through May 15 in Knoxville TN. The tour will also hit Charlotte NC, Greenville SC and Gainesville FL. Joining Bentley for will be Cody Canada & The Departed (Cross Canadian Ragweed).
• Thomas Rhett – His new album “Country Again – Side A” drops on Friday, and to celebrate, he’s holding a special virtual experience. Tickets for the show are available at: https://thomasrhett.veeps.com/
SHOOTING THE BULL
What if, instead of a vaccine, you could take a pill to cure yourself of COVID-19, and you could take it at home? That’s exactly what Pfizer is working in. In two separate trials, one in the US and one in Belgium, volunteers are being given the first pill specifically designed to stop SARS-CoV-2. If the trial is successful, it is possible that a home cure for Covid-19 will become available later this year. The antiviral medication would attack the virus and stop it replicating in our noses, throats and lungs. Pfizer isn’t giving many details yet, but we do know that the trials involve first testing to see how well-tolerated the medication is in humans, then it will need to be established whether the drug works for those exposed to SARS-CoV-2.
(Great…here come the comments from the anti-pillsters!)
(They’d better hurry, while they can still find people who haven’t been vaccinated!)
(They couldn’t try this on animals first? I mean, there are animals that are LITERALLY called guinea pigs!)
LIFE IS NOT A BOX OF CHOCOLATES, AS IT TURNS OUT:
Uh-oh. Your sweet tooth could be worse for you than just a mouth full of cavities. A new study says that eating sweet treats — like donuts, chocolate and even sugary drinks — increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, and can increase your risk of death during middle age. Oxford University researchers found that two diets are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death in middle-age. The first consisted of a high intake of chocolate, confectionary, butter and white bread, with low intake of fresh fruit and vegetables. The second was centered around sugar-sweetened beverages, fruit juice, chocolate, confectionary, table sugar and preserves, and was low in butter and higher-fat cheese. The scientists say their findings are “consistent with previous research which has suggested that eating foods that contain less sugar and fewer calories may be associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease” and death before retirement age.
(Especially if you eat them before dinner. Right, Mom?)
(Ah, but what a way to go – Death by chocolate!)
(It’s like reading my own grocery list!)
SOME OF YOUR BEESWAX:
A beekeeper is begging homeowners NOT to mow the dandelions on their lawn…for the sake of bees. Roger Croll of the Halifax Honeybee Society backs up the comments of many on social media, who pointed out that dandelions are an important source of food for bees emerging after a long winter of hibernation. According to him, dandelions may not be the first choice for bees, “but there are so many dandelions right now that I see my bees coming in ladened with yellow pollen.” Dandelions are most important to bees in spring because they are very hungry, and may have already gone through their stores of honey, according to beekeeper Tara LaPointe. So, if your lawn is crawling with dandelions, it’s OK if you keep them for a while. The bees will thank you.
(These days, experts are telling us not to rake our leaves in fall, and not to mow grass in spring. What a wonderful time to be alive!)
(It’s a good thing my wife likes flowers…)
(It turns out I live in a neighborhood full of environmentalists!)
THE STRANGE (-ish) HABITS OF SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE:
➢ They get up early – VERY early: Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of the UK for 11 years, began her days at 4 AM! It is said that he slept only 4 hours per night during the week.
➢ Wear different socks: Seth Godin, an American businessman and leading marketing theorist, is known for wearing brightly colored mismatched socks. He does it to illustrate a point: don’t be afraid to “step out of the mold.” (I believe the ‘mold’ part comes when you wear your socks for 2 days…)
➢ Wear an unusual work uniform: A suit, tie and briefcase is for ordinary businessmen. Apple CEO Steve Jobs wore jeans, a black turtleneck, and a pair of New Balance sneakers for all his meetings and conferences. (But I wear the same thing for 2 days, and everyone thinks I’m hungover!)
➢Sleeping in a capsule: Swimmer Michael Phelps, who has won more Olympic medal than anyone else (28) slept in an air-controlled compartment that simulated being 2,700 meters above sea level. The objective was to force his body to work even while asleep, producing more red blood cells and delivering oxygen to the muscles.
➢ Work 130 hours per week: Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer used to put in more than 18 hours per day, including weekends. She took a week off every 4 months. (To sleep?)
➢ Lock yourself in a hotel room: Maya Angelou, the poet, novelist, activist, actress, singer, screenwriter and film director, did just that from 7 am to 2 pm, to increase productivity. She carried a dictionary, a bible, a card game and a bottle of sherry … to stimulate creativity, of course. (She does that, and she’s a genius. I lock myself in a hotel room and they send housekeeping up to let me out…)
DID YOU KNOW?
Hundreds of people named Josh from around the US got together in a Nebraska firld on Saturday for a huge pool noodle “fight” over their shared name. It started as a joke, when Josh Swain of Arizona made a group chat of all the Josh Swains he could find on Facebook, challenging them to a fight on April 24, 2021. The invitation was eventually extended to anyone with the first name Josh, and Lincoln, Nebraska was chosen because of its central location. 4-year-old Lincoln local Josh Vinson Jr., known as “Little Josh,” was eventually crowned the winner. He received a Burger King crown, a champion’s belt and a tiny trophy.
BS CHRONOMETER 04.28.21
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1941  Ann Margret (Olsson), Valsjobyn Sweden, movie actress (“Viva Las Vegas”, “Bye Bye Birdie”)
1950  Jay Leno, New Rochelle NY, comedian/TV host (“Tonight Show” 1992-2009, 2010-14). “Jay Leno’s Garage” since 2014)
1971  Bridget Moynahan, Binghampton NY, TV actress (‘Erin Reagan-Boyle’ on “Blue Bloods” since 2010)/movie actress (“John Wick”)/NFL QB Tom Brady’s baby mama (2007)
1973  Jorge Garcia, Omaha NE, TV actor (“Lost” 2004-10, “Hawaii Five-0″ 2013-19)
1974  Penélope Cruz (Sanchez), Madrid Spain, movie actress (“Zoolander 2″, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”) COMING UP…”The 355”, 2022
1978  Drew Scott, Vancouver BC, TV show host (“Property Brothers”, “Buying and Selling”)
1978  Jonathan Scott, Vancouver BC, TV show host (“Property Brothers”, “Buying and Selling”)
1981  Jessica Alba, Pomona CA, movie actress (“Sin City”, “Fantastic Four”)/consumer goods entrepreneur (The Honest Company)
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Blueberry Pie Day”, ushering in blueberry pie-making season, which lasts until September. The first documented recipe for blueberry pie appeared in the Appledore Cook Book in 1872. Blueberries are abundant in Maine, so it’s no surprise that blueberry pie is the state’s official dessert.
• “Poetry Reading Day”, a day to ‘read some great poetry, the world better to see.’ (“There once was a girl from St John’s …”)
• “National Superhero Day”, a day to honor superheroes, both real and fictional. Batman, Superman, Spider-Man and Wonder Woman are fictional, but still are great role models for children Deadpool? Not so much… (And of course, we have “essential workers,” who are real-life heroes.)
• “National Cubicle Day”, the first cubicle was introduced in 1968 as an alternative to working in open areas, often called bullpens. It had flexible configurations with partitions to pin up current projects and provide privacy – sort of. (Or as cubicles have come to be known to some – ‘Hell with fluorescent lighting…’)
• “Clean Comedy Day”, celebrating this more family-friendly form of comedy by challenging us to keep our humor clean for a day, and enjoy it all the same. (Are they trying to ruin my reputation?)
• “Denim Day”, millions of people will wear jeans with a purpose today: to support survivors, and educate themselves and others about all forms of sexual violence. (Ever since lockdown, I tend to avoid wearing skinny jeans. They’re getting more and more difficult to ‘pull off’!)
COMING UP . . .
[Thurs] Dance Day
[Thurs] Shrimp Scampi Day
[Fri] Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
[Fri] Bugs Bunny Day
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2012  ‘Scotty’ is ‘beamed up’ as ashes of late actor James Doohan, who played engineer ‘Montgomery Scott’ on “Star Trek”, are launched into space aboard a SpaceX rocket
2019  The “Game of Thrones” episode ‘The Long Night’ debuts, with the longest battle ever screened (nearly 80 mins), surpassing “Lord of the Rings” Battle of Helm’s Deep (44 mins)
TODAY IN MUSIC . . .
2003  Apple launches the iTunes store, the first widely successful legal music download app, thanks to the emergence of the iPod. At first, the service is available only to Mac users
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
2001  US millionaire Dennis Tito becomes the ‘First Space Tourist’, paying $12 million-plus to spend 8 days aboard a Russian Soyuz mission carrying supplies to International Space Station
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2019  Disney reports that the Marvel film “Avengers: Endgame” made an estimated $1.2 billion worldwide, the first film to make more than 1 billion on opening (5 days)
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ On average, adults have 2 to 9 pounds of bacteria in their body.
✓ There are 550 hairs in the average eyebrow.
✓ Melting an ice cube in your mouth burns about 2.3 calories.
✓ The Pilgrims refused to eat lobsters because they thought they were huge insects.
✓ Scientists believe that octopuses are as smart as dogs.
✓ The word ‘noon’ originally meant “3p.m.”
Best of BS . . .
BS DEEP THOUGHTS FROM NON-ESSENTIAL WORKERS:
• “I wonder why oils are essential and I’m not…”
• “I’ll remember this next time the boss tells me at the last minute that I have to work overtime, because ‘nobody else can do it.’”
• “I always thought the donuts I brought to the office every Friday made me essential…”
• “At least my dog thinks I’m essential.”
• “We’re re-opening? How can I lose 30 pounds – fast?”
• “What am I supposed to do when I’ve finished Netflix?”
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2020
TODAY’S SCOOP OF BS:
➠ A clinical study found that the more time you spend on Facebook, the less important you feel about yourself. (I can’t wait to post this on Facebook! First, though, I have lasagna lunch pics to scroll-thru and cat videos to watch…)
➠ A report claims that close friends tend to have actual genetic similarities, just like families do. (Which means, if you’re in [***name a hick place***] and your best friend seems just like a sister, there’s a good chance she is!)
➠ Jay Leno is 71 today. Unfortunately, he can’t cut a piece of cake because his knife is STILL stuck in Conan’s back…)
➠ A team of researchers have determined that the best time to have sex is 7:30am. (Explains why my wife sleeps until 8!)
➠ Thought of the Day: The only person in this world who will never hurt you, never lie to you, never make you cry, and always be there for you…is yourself. (Yeah, well that’s the problem…)
(Give contestant the clues, they must tell you what all three have in common…)
• Jim, Michael, Phyllis
(Answer: Characters on “The Office” TV show)
• Seas, Continents, Dwarfs
(Answer: Things there are 7 of)
• Toilet, Eye, Trash can
(Answer: Things with lids)
BS WEB GOODIE:
And that was the last time we ever saw him: https://tinyurl.com/y8c377s8
BS PHONE STARTER:
What do you absolutely HATE to share?
BS RANDOM JOKE:
Can you imagine how awkward it would be if your pet went on your phone and found the hundreds of pictures you have of them sleeping?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: According to a survey, THIS happens to the average person at precisely 9:40am. What is it?
Answer: They feel fully awake!
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
It is better to look back on life and say, “I can’t believe I did that” than to look back and say, “I wish I did that.”