August 20 2021

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Friday, August 20, 2021 — Edition: #7050

Sheet Happens!


★ James Bond has wrestled out The Rock to become the world’s highest paid movie star. Daniel Craig’s Netflix streaming deals for the “Knives Out” sequels have netted him an estimated $100 million US, according to Variety. That’s twice as much as second-placed Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, with Will Smith and Denzel Washington tied for third place with $40 million apiece. Jennifer Lawrence and Julia Roberts are tied for highest-earning female actor, with $25 million each.
★ Michael Keaton agreed to return as ‘Batman’ because he saw it as a challenge to see if he can “pull that off”. Keaton has agreed to put the Batsuit back on after nearly 30 years, appearing alongside Ezra Miller in “The Flash.” The film will disregard the 2 Batman movies made in 1995 and ’97, and explore what Keaton’s version of Batman has been up to since we last saw him. Keaton says, in the “back of his head”, he always thought, ‘I bet I could go back and nail that (role)’. Keaton last played Batman in 1992’s “Batman Returns”. The Flash is set for release in Nov. 2022.
★ Food Network has a new primetime competition series that’s about to give all chocoholics a “nervous bakedown” waiting for its arrival. The Sunny Anderson-hosted show is called “Chocolate Meltdown: Hershey’s After Dark” and it will make its sweet debut on Sept. 27th. According to the Food Network, “In each hour-long episode, they must solve clues and brave the thrilling rides (at Hershey Park in Hershey, PA) to use Hershey’s sweets for their colorful and spectacular creations before the night is over.” The winner of each episode earns a year’s supply of Hershey’s candy, a Hersheypark vacation and a cash prize.
★ “Spencer” is set for release November 5th. The biographical drama on Princess Diana starring Kristen Stewart had been expected to come out in 2022 to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Diana’s death but will now be released with an eye towards the awards season. Spencer will also premiere at the Toronto and Venice film festivals. Stewart plays the late Princess of Wales – who was born Diana Frances Spencer – in the film, which takes place over a few days over Christmas 1991 at the Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham Estate, as Diana decides to end her marriage to Prince Charles.
★ Jennifer Lopez is attempting to cut ties with Alex Rodriguez for good. After wiping him from her Instagram, she’s reportedly decided that she no longer wants to be his business partner. During their 5-year run, the two joined forces for a portfolio of real estate, invested in the self-care company, Hims & Hers, and the personal training app, Fitplan. According to a source: “She will have to sell her side of the company or buy him out. She doesn’t care about how it goes down, just that she is free of the ties to him. She knows it’s [only] fair to Ben [Affleck].”

• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Andy Samberg, Hannah Waddingham, Tom Odell (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Chris Pratt, Ed Sheeran (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Colin Farrell, Tim Gunn, guest co-host Yvette Nicole Brown (R)
• “The Talk” (CBS): Helen Hunt, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Amanda Kloots, Anna Kloots, guest co-hosts Akbar Gbajabiamila & Mark Sanchez (R)
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Michael Douglas, Elizabeth Banks, Dr. Mike Dow, guest co-host Mark Consuelos
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Justin Theroux, Bethenny Frankel, Cameron Jay (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Peyton Manning, Iain Armitage, Rosanna Pansino, Matt Stell (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Phoebe Robinson, Michelle Collins (R)
• “Secret Celebrity Renovation” (CBS): Paula Abdul gifts her childhood dance teacher, Dean Barlow, with a state-of-the-art dance studio.
• “The Greatest #AtHome Videos” (CBS): Season 2 premiere
• “Cold Case Files” (A&E): Season 2 premiere

• “Stand Up to Cancer” (ABC/CBS/NBC/FOX): Celebrities support research; Anthony Anderson, Ken Jeong, Tran Ho and Sofia Vergara co-host; performers include Common and Brittany Howard.
• “A Little Daytime Drama” (HALLMARK): Hoping to save her soap opera, a writer tries to convince a popular actress and her real-life boyfriend to return to the show.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Host Chris Rock, with musical guest Megan Thee Stallion (R)

• “Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC): Vivica A. Fox vs. Bill Bellamy and MLB Alums vs. MLB Wives
• “The Walking Dead” (AMC): Season 11 premiere
• “NYC Epicenters 9/11 Through 2021 and a Half” (HBO): A 4-part visual essay from director Spike Lee, weaving together first-person accounts of the biggest events impacting New York City in the 21st century, including the 9/11 attacks, the pandemic, and the Black Lives Matter protests.

• Nelly – will headline the latest “CMT Crossroads”. The 3XGrammy-award-winner will celebrate the Aug. 27 release of his “Heartland” EP by highlighting over a decade of his explorations of country music alongside Florida Georgia Line, Kane Brown, Blanco Brown and BRELAND. CMT Crossroads airs Sept. 1.
• Lizzo — Facebook and Instagram are removing negative comments on her accounts after she broke down in a video about the hate she’s faced. Upon the release of her first single in 2 years, ‘Rumors’ featuring Cardi B, Lizzo hopped on Instagram Live and shared an emotional confession about how much she’s suffered from online trolls.
• Kelly Clarkson – has revealed that the cast of “American Idol Season 1” had serious doubts about the show’s longevity. During an interview on Kevin Hart’s new show “Hart to Heart”, she said the contestants “thought it was a joke” when the show premiered in 2002. She became the first Season winner at the age of 20 and went on to become a 3-time Grammy winner who now has her own show.
• Rolling Stones — A guitar Keith Richards once allegedly shot a hole in is estimated to fetch $250,000 at auction. Apparently, Keith was so mad that Mick Jagger and Ron Wood “borrowed” his guitar, he “grabbed it, sandwiched it between two pillows, took out a gun and shot it.” The guitar not only still has the hole, but also has remnants from one of the pillows used to silence it.
• Rush — Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee have released a funny teaser video announcing Rush Canadian Golden Ale. Lifeson notes that the pair tried “20 different beers” before settling on 3, which will arrive Aug. 30. There’s also a companion shirt (The product description notes: “This tee will not get you drunk. But you can get drunk in it.”). LINK:
• Sam Hunt — has been sentenced in his 2019 DUI case. He’ll serve 48 hours in DUI education centers and lose his driver’s license for a year after pleading guilty. He received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days, but all of that time will be suspended except the 48 hours.
• Garth Brooks — has canceled the 4 remaining dates on his 2021 calendar and the Nashville show he was hoping to make good after a rainout in July. Due to rising COVID cases, these shows are canceled: Cincinnati Sept. 18, Charlotte, N.C. Sept. 25, Baltimore Oct. 2 and Boston Oct.9.
• Jason Aldean and Dierks Bentley – will both appear on the upcoming season of “The Voice”. Season 21 premieres in September, and as always, each coach will enlist a high-profile star guest to serve as advisor. Aldean will mentor Team Kelly Clarkson, and Bentley will mentor Team Blake Shelton.
• Dolly Parton — recently told a British interviewer that she got “a lot more credit” than she deserves for her donation of $1 million in funding for research into the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Parton said: “Mine was a small part, of course…but I was happy to be part of that…”


• “PAW Patrol: The Movie” (G-Rated, Kids/Family): Ryder and the pups are called to Adventure City to stop Mayor Humdinger from turning the bustling metropolis into a state of chaos. (Iain Armitage, Will Brisbin)
• “Reminiscence” (PG-13, Mystery/Thriller): Nick Bannister, a private investigator of the mind, navigates the alluring world of the past when his life is changed by new client Mae. After she disappears, he fights to learn the truth about her. (Rebecca Ferguson, Hugh Jackman)
• “The Protégé” (R-Rated, Mystery/Thriller): Rescued as a child by the legendary assassin Moody and trained in the family business, Anna is the world’s most skilled contract killer. But when the man who taught her everything is brutally killed, Anna vows revenge. (Michael Keaton, Maggie Q, Samuel L. Jackson)
• “The Night House” (R-Rated, Horror): Reeling from the unexpected death of her husband, Beth is left alone in the lakeside home he built for her. She tries as best she can to keep it together — but then nightmares come. (Rebecca Hall, Sarah Goldberg)

It’s Friday – why not rent a nice outfit and go out for a fancy meal with the family? That’s right, I said RENT a nice outfit. A study by researchers at Washington State University found that young adults are willing to rent clothing rather than own their own wardrobe. For Gen Zers, renting clothes is a way to cut down on waste and reduce overconsumption. Advocates for apparel rental, or “collaborative apparel consumption” say that renting outfits extends the life of clothing because consumers usually throw items out after wearing them a few times. The team surveyed 362 young adults born between 1997 and 2002. They found that this generation still wants to be fashionable, but don’t feel the need to actually own the products they use.
(Good thing – the way real estate prices are going…)
(Does this mean if you want to reserve an outfit, you’d make a “clothes call?)
(Why not? It’s not like the rental place’s outfits could be any more dated than mine!)

➢ A giant rubber ducky made a surprise appearance in a Maine harbor, and officials have no idea who put it there — or why. Harbor Master Katherine Given says the giant yellow duck, with the word “Joy” written in large letters on its front and estimated to be 25 feet tall, appears to be anchored in the shallow part of the harbor. She says because it is in shallow water, it isn’t a navigational hazard, and “a lot of people want to keep it here.” (Fine…Until someone says “Release the quackin’”!)
➢ A man has been charged for landing a helicopter in a busy parking lot in order to make a Dairy Queen run. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police say the pilot landed a red helicopter “in a high traffic parking lot on 101st Street in Tisdale, Saskatchewan at about 5pm” on July 31st. The pilot reportedly dropped off a passenger who picked up an ice cream cake. The 34-year-old pilot now has a court date for dangerous operation of an aircraft. (In his defence, he DID land in a ‘desserted’ area…)
-UPI, NYPost

Video gaming is virtually exercise, new research suggests. Game platform Stakester has revealed in a new study that 2 hours of gameplay burns about 420 calories in men and 472 calories in women. That’s as good as completing a staggering 1,000 sit-ups, according to Stakester’s findings.


1948 [73] Robert Plant, West Bromwich UK, classic rock singer (‘Tall Cool One’, Led Zeppelin-‘Stairway to Heaven’, ‘Whole Lotta Love’)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 1995/Commander of the Order of the British Empire 2009

1954 [67] Al Roker, Queens NY, TV host (“Today Show” since 1996, Host of NBC’s coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade since 1995)

1956 [65] Joan Allen, Rochelle IL, movie actress (“Jason Bourne” films, “Room”)

1969 [52] Billy Gardell, Pittsburgh PA, TV actor (“Bob Hearts Abishola” since 2019, “Mike & Molly” 2010-16)

1970 [51] Fred Durst, Jacksonville FL, nu-metal-rap-rock singer (Limp Bizkit-‘Rollin’, ‘Behind Blue Eyes’)

1974 [47] Amy Adams, Vicenza Italy, movie actress (“American Hustle”, “Arrival”)

1983 [38] Andrew Garfield, Los Angeles CA [raised Surrey UK], movie actor (“The Amazing Spider-Man” films, “The Social Network”)

1992 [29] Demi Lovato, Albuquerque NM, pop singer (‘Heart Attack’, “Sorry Not Sorry’)/TV personality (“The X Factor” 2012-13)

SATURDAY- Kim Cattrall (“Sex and the City”) is 65; Carrie-Anne Moss (“The Matrix”) is 54; Google co-founder Sergey Brin is 48; Kelis (‘Milkshake’) is 42; Brody Jenner (“The Hills”) is 38; retired sprinter Usain Bolt is 35; Kacey Musgraves (‘Merry Go ‘Round’) is 33; Hayden Panettiere (“Nashville”) is 32

SUNDAY- Steve Kroft (“60 Minutes”) is 76; Tori Amos (‘God’) is 58; Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”) is 54; Giada DeLaurentiis (“Giada at Home”) is 51; Paul Doucette (Matchbox Twenty) is 49; Howie Dorough (Backstreet Boys) is 48; Kristen Wiig (“Bridesmaids”) is 48

• “Lemonade Day”, honoring the old-fashioned Summer refreshment favorite. Many sources say that lemonade was invented in Paris on this day in 1630. (And remember, unless life also hands you sugar and water, your lemonade is going to suck!)
• “Kool-Aid Days” begin, the annual weekend celebration of the soft drink mix originally made in Hastings, Nebraska. Edwin E. Perkins first marketed the stuff in 1927 in 6 flavors (raspberry, cherry, grape, lemon, orange, and root-beer). “Oh, yeah!” LINK:
• “Radio Day”, for no apparent reason other than someone penciled it in on a calendar years ago. To celebrate, all on-air personalities get a hefty raise and a day off. (In my dreams…)
• “World Mosquito Day”, commemorating the 1897 date when British doctor Sir Ronald Ross discovered the link between malaria transmission and mosquitoes. (At the time it created a lot of buzz…)
• “Bacon Lovers Day”, saluting one of the oldest of all processed meats. The Chinese began salting pork bellies as early as 1500 BC. What odd dish do you include bacon in … or on? (Bacon is the duct tape of the kitchen. It can fix anything!)
• “Medical Transporters Day”, can be traced back to World War I, where Field Ambulances transported those in need of care to medical facilities. This innovation moved into hospitals in the form of Medical Orderlies, and into the community in the form of ambulances.
• “Virtual Worlds Day”, Whether you enjoy on-line games or simulating real life events for training, or connecting with colleagues around the globe inside a virtual workspace, this day is for you. (Is “The Sims” still a thing?)

• “World Honey Bee Day”, recognizing both the honey bee and the beekeepers who tend hives. It also encourages everyone to buy and enjoy locally produced honey.
• “Senior Citizens Day”, to recognize and show appreciation for the value and contribution of elders to home, family, and society. So, make sure you call Grandma and Grandpa today. (Or take them out for dinner…at 4 o’clock!)
• “Spumoni Day”, saluting the Italian dessert made from layers of ice cream, whipped cream, candied fruit, and nuts. It is typically made with 3 layers of flavor: Chocolate, Pistachio, Cherry.
• “Poets Day”, poetry is a form of writing that uses the aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of a language, combined with simile and metaphor, to bring out meanings deeper than the mere definition of the words. (And that was a fairly poetic description, don’t you think?)
• “Brazilian Blowout Day”, for those who haven’t tried it, the hair-smoothing process can take it from frizzy and out-of-control to soft and impossibly shiny in just one sitting.

• “Eat a Peach Day”, the best way to eat a peach is while standing under a peach tree, immediately after picking it, with the juice running down your arm.
• “Southern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day”, a time for everyone Down Under to go outdoors at noon and yell ‘Hoodie-Hoo!’ to chase away Winter and make ready for Spring.
• “Tooth Fairy Day”, honoring the tradition of bartering molars for moolah. Where’s it come from? No one knows for sure, but there was a fairy tale in 18th-Century France about a ‘tooth mouse’ who hides under a pillow. The tooth fairy as we now know her didn’t appear until the early 1900s. (So how much is she paying for prime enamel these days?)
• “Pecan Torte Day”, Do you know these ‘Pecan Fast Facts’? No peekin’. . .
→ Pecans provide nearly 10% of the recommended Daily Value for zinc. If the body doesn’t get enough zinc, it may have difficulty producing testosterone – a key hormone for sexual desire in both men and women.
→ Pecan trees usually range in height from 70-100 ft. (21-30m), but some grow 150 ft. (46m) or higher.
→ It would take 11,624 pecans, stacked end to end, to reach the top of the Empire State Building.
→ Texas adopted the pecan tree as its state tree in 1919. Texas Governor James Hogg liked pecan trees so much that he asked for one to be planted at his gravesite when he died.
→ Albany, Georgia, which boasts more than 600,000 pecan trees, is the pecan capital of the U.S.  It hosts the annual National Pecan Festival, which includes a race, parade, pecan-cooking contest, and the crowning of the National Pecan Queen.

2012 [09] Groundbreaking comedian Phyllis Diller dies at her Los Angeles home at age 95

2017 [04] Comedian and telethon host Jerry Lewis [Joseph Levitch] dies at 91

2016 [05] The Tragically Hip play their final concert in their hometown of Kingston, ON. 6,700 attend, including Prime Minister Trudeau, with 25,000 gathered outside, and 12 million Canadians watching on TV or online. The tour had been announced after singer Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

2018 [03] The Eagles album “Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975” is certified for sales of 38 million, making it the best-selling album of all-time in America, topping Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” by 5 million. Worldwide, Thriller is still by far the top seller.

1920 [101] American Professional Football Conference (APFC), forerunner of the NFL, is created during a meeting at the Jordan & Hupmobile Auto Showroom in Canton, Ohio

2000 [21] Tiger Woods wins the PGA Championship to become the first golfer since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win 3 majors in a single year

2012 [09] Augusta National Golf Club (home of The Masters) announces it’s finally opening its doors to women (former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and banker Darla Moore become the first female members)

2004 [17] In an event arranged by the Washington Tow Truck Association, 83 trucks roll through Wenatchee WA, setting a Guinness Record for ‘World’s Largest Parade of Tow Trucks’


✓ If you kicked a ball in space, it would keep going forever (unless it hit something).
✓ Shaquille O’Neal wears size-22 shoes.
✓ Rats can find their way through a maze faster when Mozart music is being played.
✓ In the Old West, more cowboys died crossing swollen rivers than during gunfights.
✓  Under US federal law, clothing tags must last the lifetime of the garment.
✓ The first “Avon Lady” was actually a man (Company founder David McConnell in 1886).

Best of BS . . .

• “It was a bright and non-stormy day…”
• “…and the ghost’s name was Casper. He was friendly. The end.”
• “My dating history in excruciating detail.”
• “I went to the grocery store the other day. I got everything on my list, then I went home and put it away.”
• “This one time… at band camp… we got our instruments…. and played songs…. and that’s it.”
• “The one about that time we brought the wrong sandwiches.”
• “…and it was then I realized that I forgot to claim that deduction on my taxes…”
• “The one where Smokey the Bear told me that only I can prevent forest fires — and then he separately told the same thing to like, every other kid. How am I supposed to believe anything he says?”
• “Any story about your kids.”
• “…and the call was coming from a call center in Des Moines, Iowa!”
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2018

➠ There’s a phone app out there that can send a message to break-up with your significant other. (I think you can download it at…)
➠ According to a poll, 30% of people feel that money is more important than friends. (The other 70% prefer their friends, but only because they can borrow money from them . . .)
➠ Scientists say that chemicals found in sweat can spread happiness to surrounding people. (Which explains why some people are actually excited to take photos with NYC’s ‘Naked Cowboy’!)
➠ Fact:  There is ONE ATM in all of Antarctica. (And when you withdraw money it literally is: Cold Hard Cash.)
➠ Al Roker is 67 today. (I predict 100% chance of Cake!)

I had a vision…but lost it:

My (partner) woke up this morning with a huge smile on her face . . . I love sharpies!

Who did you know BEFORE they became famous?

Question:  30% of people say they can never do THIS without looking awkward or clumsy. What is it?
Answer:  Open a bottle of wine

It’s not what you gather, but what you scatter, that tells the kind of life you lived.


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