Thursday, April 29, 2021 — Edition: #6976
The BS Press!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ With almost every successful TV series you can think of from the last 50 years getting a reboot, you have to wonder how it is that we’ve never seen a good, new “Flintstones” series. Well, wonder no more. Elizabeth Banks has signed on to star in and executive produce “Bedrock”, an animated series set 20 years after the events of the original. In the show, ‘Fred Flintstone’ is on the brink of retirement, and 20-something ‘Pebbles’ is embarking on her own career. As the Stone Age gives way to a shiny and enlightened new Bronze Age, the residents of Bedrock will find evolution harder than a swing from Bamm-Bamm’s club. Banks will voice adult Pebbles Flintstone.
★ Casey Hammer, granddaughter of Armand Hammer and aunt of Armie Hammer, is set to reveal the family’s secrets in a limited documentary series. She has signed a deal to tell the inside story of the rise and fall of the notorious Hammer family, including its latest unfolding chapter. It comes after Vanity Fair published an in-depth expose of the Hammer family and Armie had to step away from a number of projects including the Paramount+ ‘The Godfather’ series “The Offer”, the Watergate drama “Gaslit” and the Jennifer Lopez feature “Shotgun Wedding”, as a result of his recent revelations. The series is currently being shopped to broadcasters and streamers.
★ Carrie Ann Inaba is bidding a temporary farewell to “The Talk”. Inaba, who joined the show’s hosting panel in 2019, has announced that she is taking a leave of absence from the CBS daytime show. In videos tweeted on Monday, she told fans that she plans to use the time to focus on her well-being, saying that “Health is the most important thing.” While Inaba didn’t disclose any more details behind her decision, she has previously opened up about her various health struggles, including being diagnosed with the autoimmune diseases Sjögren’s Syndrome and Lupus.
★ The brains behind the blockbuster documentary “Framing Britney Spears” are now working on a film revolving around Janet Jackson’s ‘Nipplegate’ incident during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. That’s when she shocked viewers and upset NFL bosses and sponsors when her breast was bared during an explosive performance with Spears’ ex-boyfriend, Justin Timberlake. It’s still not clear who is to blame for the eye-popping moment, and the new film aims to explore the drama and the fall-out. (No release date has been…um…revealed…)
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Maya Rudolph, Malcolm Gladwell, Kings of Leon
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Michael B. Jordan, Impractical Jokers, Coi Leary
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Mila Kunis, Sara Kays
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Leslie Jordan, Ashnikko featuring Princess Nokia
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Brian Tyree Henry, Tom Grennan
• “Conan” (TBS): Joel McHale (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Lionel Richie
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Michael B. Jordan, Rickie Lee Jones
• “The Talk” (CBS): Skylar Astin
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Billy Porter, Eric Ripert
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Adam Levine, Maroon 5
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Anna Kendrick, Justin Baldoni
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Jessica Simpson
• “2021 NFL Draft” (ABC): Coverage of Round 1 of the draft from Cleveland
• “Let’s Be Real” (FOX): Premiere. Satirical puppet series covering politics and pop culture with topical sketches, celebrity cameos and remote pieces.
• “William & Kate’s Royal Anniversary” (CW): Celebrating the Cambridges’ 10-year wedding anniversary.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Billie Eilish — After dropping a video on Monday showing her new blonde look, she announced on Tuesday that she’ll drop a new song this morning, and release her 2nd full-length album, “Happier Than Ever,” on July 30. Billboards reading “album out July 30” had already begun popping up in various cities.
• Mac Miller – His estate has announced the release of “The Book of Mac: Remembering Mac Miller” on Oct. 26. The late rapper’s life, career and legacy is documented in the 320-page book by author and longtime fan Donna-Claire Chesman.
• Lorde – has reactivated her “onion rings review” page after 5 months. Yes, she runs an onion review page on Instagram, and her 52,000 followers are very pleased that it’s back. Of Hotel Ponsonby’s pickled rings, she wrote: “I totally vibe the concept…however I think if you’re gonna go there, go there, and let acidity rather than sweetness dominate.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2tzyy5u4
• Counting Crows – have released ‘Elevator Boots’, the first single from their 4-song EP “Butter Miracle, Suite One”, which drops on May 21. The group’s first new song in 7 years, is described as “a glam look at life on the road.” LINK: https://youtu.be/3KCi0yToHzY
• Iron Maiden — frontman Bruce Dickinson is going on a spoken word tour. He’ll travel the UK for 6 speaking stops in August in a tour titled ‘An Evening with Bruce Dickinson’, in which he’ll deliver a “cornucopia of fascinating tales and derring-do exploits”.
• The Rolling Stones — have launched their SS21 fashion collection, a range of surfer-style pieces emblazoned with their signature tongue and lips logo. Fans can get their hands on a tie-dye yellow and green top and a blue hoodie from the RS No.9 Carnaby collection. RS No. 9 Carnaby first opened its doors at 9 Carnaby Street in Soho in September.
• Jimmy Buffet – Some Parrot Heads, who paid more than $10,000 for a pod of 4 seats to his tour kick-off on May 13 in Delray Beach, Florida, are steaming because of a rule that says to get in, your I.D. must match the name provided at the time of purchase, and tickets are non-transferable. That means those who bought theirs through a reseller are out of luck.
• Tenille Arts – Her hit ‘Somebody Like That’ has become the first country #1 hit sung by a woman, that was also written and produced by women. The song, written by Arts, Alex Kline, and Allison Veltz Cruz, and produced by Kline, currently sits atop the Mediabase/Country Aircheck chart. It is also the first #1 by a Canadian-born country artist since Emerson Drive’s ‘Moments’ in 2007.
• Rascal Flatts – Jay DeMarcus says the pandemic may have changed the trio’s decision to go their separate ways. The group was forced to cancel their planned final tour last year, and now he says “I think all of us are at this place right now where (when they are able to hit the road), it might not even be a farewell tour.”
• Marty Stuart – has served up a cover of birthday-boy Willie Nelson’s ‘One In A Row’, the second single off “Songs I Sing In The Dark,” a collection of 20 songs recorded acoustically at Stuart’s former home outside of Nashville. LINK: https://youtu.be/ZEkT1xJgM8I
SHOOTING THE BULL
Yes, a good hit of java in the morning definitely can give you a quick boost. And a new study says that grabbing a second and third cup may be good for your brain. Researchers in Portugal say those who regularly drink coffee are not only more alert, but also have a better memory. Researchers from the University of Minho found that consuming 3-5 cups of coffee per day can make coffee drinkers more focused while also displaying more brain activity, and greater memory and learning abilities. In an examination of MRI scans, scientists discovered differences in the makeup of the brains between regular coffee drinkers and those who don’t consume the beverage. Coffee drinkers had a more “efficient” brain, as shown by quicker connectivity between parts of the brain. This means regularly drinking coffee may give people better motor control. Participants consuming caffeine were also less likely to let their minds wander. Study authors add the effects of a brain boost from coffee can be immediate, and non-coffee drinkers could start seeing benefits from a single cup of java.
(If you can get them out of the bathroom…)
(Then why is it that even though I’ve had 3 cupd, I can never remember what my wife takes in hers?)
(I thought the company provided free coffee because they like me. Turns out, they think I need it!)
THE TRUTH COMES OUT IN THE WASH:
Ever since the beginning of the pandemic, it’s been drilled into our heads: Wash your hands. Often. Scrub for a full 20 seconds, the time it takes to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice. Repeat whenever possible. But it seems these days, handwashing has fallen to pre-Covid levels. While last June, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found Americans said they were lathering up twice as often as they did in 2019, a survey done in January found only 57% were washing their hands 6 or more times a day. That’s a big drop from the 78% of people who said they were washing hands frequently early in the pandemic. And in April 2020, only 27% admitted to just rinsing their hands after using a public bathroom, rather than using soap. In January of this year, it was up to 48%. Among those who study things like this, these people are known as “rinse and runs”.
(I’ll admit it. I’m NOT washing my hands as much these days. But it’s mostly because I am SO SICK OF THAT INFERNAL SONG!!)
(I’m just glad that when they compile data like this, it’s done by means of a survey, rather than putting some creepy dude in the bathroom to watch!)
(It’s not the first time the word “runs” has been applied to someone’s bathroom behavior!)
FUNNIEST TWEETS OF THE WEEK FROM WOMEN:
⇒ i do skincare but my skin doesn’t care — 7
⇒ “Can you multitask?” yeah I can listen, ignore and forget at the same time. — hurts
⇒ I told my therapist she’s more like my stock broker bc she manages my emotional investments and I waited for her to laugh but she just took notes – Sweatpants Cher
⇒ Parents love to break the news to you that someone you don’t know passed away. – Akilah Green
⇒ My toxic trait is saying to myself “it’s only $20” 1700 times a week — girlemoji
⇒ this decade will *also* be known as the Roaring Twenties but this time due to me screaming – Karen Chee
MOST VIEWED YOUTUBE VIDEOS OF ALL TIME:
1. ‘Baby Shark Dance’ – Pinkfong Kids’ Songs & Stories (8.37 billion views)
2. ‘Despacito’ — Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee (7.31 billion)
3. ‘Shape of You’ — Ed Sheeran (5.27 billion)
4. ‘Johny Johny Yes Papa – LooLoo Kids – (5.18 billion)
5. ‘See You Again’ — Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth — (5.07 billion)
6. ‘Masha and the Bear – Recipe for Disaster’ – Get Movies (4.43 billion) [a Russian children’s cartoon]
7. ‘Uptown Funk’ — Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars (4.15 billion)
8. ‘Gangham Style’ — Psy (4.04 billion) [the oldest music video on this list]
9. ‘Learning Colors – Colorful Eggs on a Farm’ – Miroshka TV (3.93 billion) [Russian educational]
10. ‘Bath Song’ – Cocomelon Nursery Rhymes (3.91 billion) [American educational]
(I’m just happy that my obsessive watching of Downton Abbey hasn’t caused it to show up here!)
DID YOU KNOW?
A new report warns that advances in cancer research are suffering due to COVID-19. With quarantine mandates and less funding, a team from the Institute of Cancer Research in London believe some cancer breakthroughs are now two years behind where they would have been if procedures weren’t interrupted by the pandemic. One problem is that with social distancing rules, researchers have had to limit the number of people who can occupy laboratories. Professor Paul Workman of London’s Institute of Cancer Research calls the coronavirus pandemic “the greatest threat to cancer research in generations.”
BS CHRONOMETER 04.29.21
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1933  Willie Nelson, Abbott TX, country singer (‘Always On My Mind’, ‘On The Road Again’)
1954  Jerry Seinfeld, Brooklyn NY, comedian/TV actor (“Seinfeld” 1990-98)/comedian (web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” 2012-17, which then moved to Netflix)
1955  Kate Mulgrew, Dubuque IA, TV actress (‘Red’ on “Orange Is the New Black” 2013-18, “Star Trek: Voyager” 1995-2001)
1955  Leslie Jordan, Chattanooga TN, TV actor (“Will & Grace” 2001-20, “Call Me Kat” 2021)
1957  Daniel Day-Lewis, London UK, movie actor (2012 Oscar-“Lincoln”, 2008 Oscar-“There Will Be Blood”, 1989 Oscar-“My Left Foot”)
1958  Michelle Pfeiffer, Santa Ana CA, TV actress (“American Horror Story: Hotel” 2015)/movie actress (‘Catwoman’ in “Batman Returns”, “Dangerous Liaisons”)
1963  Mike Babcock, Manitouwadge ON, NHL Coach (Toronto, Anaheim, Detroit)/Stanley Cup winner 2008/coached Team Canada to gold at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in 2004, 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, 2014 Olympics in Sochi, and 2016 World Cup of Hockey
1970  Andre Agassi, Las Vegas NV, retired professional tennis player (Olympic gold 1996, 8 Grand Slam titles, career winnings: $31 million)
1970  Uma Thurman, Boston MA, movie actress (“Kill Bill” movies, “Pulp Fiction”)/spokesmodel (Virgin Media, Louis Vuitton)
1983  Megan Boone, Petoskey MI, TV actress (‘Elizabeth Keen’ on “The Blacklist” since 2013)
BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Viral Video Day”, excluding music, “Masha and the Bear – Recipe for Disaster” holds the title of most-watched viral video, with 4.43 billion views. (***See “Most-Watched Videos of all Time, Above***)
• “Zipper Day” It was in 1851 that Elias Howe, the inventor of the sewing machine, received a patent for an “Automatic, Continuous Clothing Closure.” He never made an attempt to market his invention and missed the recognition he may have received. (You might say he preferred to “fly” under the radar…)
• “World Wish Day”, marking the day Chris Greicius received his wish to be a police officer, inspiring the creation of Make-A-Wish and its global wish-granting mission. Since Chris’ wish in 1980, more than 500,000 children around the world have had their one-true-wish granted by Make-A-Wish.
• “Shrimp Scampi Day”, celebrating the tasty dish that mixes sautéed shrimp with garlic, shallots, parsley and oregano; drenches it all with wine & brandy, then lights ’er up. Bring it on!
• “International Dance Day”, introduced in 1982 by UNESCO to increase awareness of the importance of dance in societies. (I tried to think of a joke about hi-school dances, but I kept getting stuck at the punch line…)
• “We Jump the World Day”, dedicated to the art of Parkour, also known as “free running”. Enthusiasts credit it with giving them a fresh attitude toward obstacles in their lives. (Doing parkour is just like talking to women — I can’t do parkour…)
COMING UP . . .
[Fri] Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
[Fri] Bugs Bunny Day
[Sat] Couple Appreciation Day
[Sat] Frequent Flyer Day
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2011  Britain’s Prince William & Kate Middleton are married at London’s Westminster Abbey (tin and aluminum are traditionally appropriate gifts this year)
2018  “The Simpsons” surpasses “Gunsmoke” with its 635th episode, the most of any TV series (currently stands at 703, and counting…)
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1989  Jon Bon Jovi marries his high school sweetheart Dorothea Hurley at Graceland Chapel in Las Vegas (still together)
1991  ‘Don’t Rock the Jukebox’ single released by Alan Jackson (Billboard Song of the Year 1991, ASCAP Award Country Song of the Year 1992)
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1852  The first edition of Peter Roget’s Thesaurus is published. (Did they have word for ‘thesaurus’ before that?)
TODAY’S RECORDS . . .
1996  The ‘World’s Highest Roller Coaster’ “The High Roller” opens in Las Vegas NV, circling the new Stratosphere Hotel on a track 909 feet (277m) in the air (closed in 2005)
2015  Chicago White Sox at Baltimore Orioles game sets the pre-COVID-19 all-time low attendance mark for Major League Baseball, with zero fans on hand (the stadium was closed to the public due to civil unrest)
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ The famous Disney “signature” logo is based on Walt Disney’s actual signature.
✓ Giraffes are the only vertebrate animals that don’t yawn.
✓ Twitter can handle up to 18 quintillion user accounts.
✓ Twice, France has attempted to switch to decimal time, which consists of 100-minute hours and 10-hour days.
✓ Men tend to overestimate women’s interest in them, while women tend to underestimate men’s interest.
✓ Men who grow beards easily and earlier in life are more likely to go bald.
Best of BS . . .
MORE BS QUESTIONS PLAGUING HUMANITY:
✓ Do pigs have pen pals?
✓ Why are toenail clippers bigger than fingernail clippers when toenails are smaller than fingernails?
✓ How many people thought of the Post-It note before it was invented but just didn’t have anything to jot it down on?
✓ Isn’t saying something is ‘indescribable’, describing it?
✓ How does a shelf retailer keep the store from looking empty?
✓ Do crabs think fish can fly?
✓ What would you use to dilute water?
✓ What do you call a male ladybug?
✓ Can you grow birds by planting birdseed?
✓ Is it progress if a cannibal learns to eat with a fork?
✓ Is your answer to this question ‘no’?
-First published in ‘BS’ in 2017
TODAY’S SCOOP OF BS:
➠ Melania Trump just turned 51. (She closed her eyes, made a wish and blew out the candles . . . You should’ve seen her face when she opened her eyes and looked to her left…)
➠ A man who lost everything he owned in a flood last year, just won $2 million dollars in the Michigan State Lottery. (It was the biggest single jackpot in Michigan since he drank the water an hour earlier…and lived!)
➠ Caitlyn Jenner has filed paperwork to run for Governor of California. (And, YOU question why the terrorists hate us??!)
➠ Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton are celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary. (Let’s hope they’ll finally get a chance to treat themselves to a lavish weekend of relaxation in an exotic location, for once…)
➠ The NFL Draft is underway. (The only pro sports draft that lasts longer than the season…)
BS WEB GOODIE:
BS RANDOM JOKE:
If you only have one fitted sheet, you never have to fold it. Follow me for more household tips.
BS PHONE STARTER:
What is your best tip to save money?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: 80% of us admit that we have never thoroughly cleaned THIS. What is it?
Answer: Microwave oven
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
To see what is right and not do it is a lack of courage.