August 28 2020

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Friday, August 28, 2020 — Edition: #6797

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★ “Live With Kelly and Ryan” is making a big move…back to its studio. They’ve been broadcasting remotely for more than five months, but on Sept. 8, Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest will be reunited in the New York City studio, though they won’t be joined by an audience. The 33rd season will premiere the day before with a special holiday episode called “Live’s Labor Day Cookout,” which will take place outdoors with guests Hilary Swank and Brett Eldredge. Live With Kelly and Ryan has been remote since mid-March, and in that time, they’ve shown off their homes and families, held cooking sessions in their own kitchens, and even hosted a wedding for essential workers.
★ Chris Hemsworth is being lined for a role in the “Mad Max” prequel. According to a report, Warner Bros. wants him to play a character called ‘Dementus’. A description of the character reads: ”He is breathtakingly handsome. An angel’s face, scarred by a deep forehead wound stitched together with shiny chrome staples.” Hemsworth is yet to sign up for the role and it is unclear if Dementus will be a hero or villain in the film, which set prior to the events of “Mad Max: Fury Road”. George Miller will be back to direct.
★ Executives behind “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” were aware of toxic workplace allegations two years before a string of troubling reports highlighted a problematic environment. Buzzfeed is reporting that a complaint was filed with an industry union in 2018, alleging gender discrimination, including sexist remarks made by top producers. This comes days after DeGeneres apologized to her staff, saying it was “heartbreaking” to recently read about the accusations. Warner Bros., the show’s distributor, confirmed there was a complaint filed in 2018, but noted that “there is nothing new or noteworthy about this issue.”
★ Following Kobe Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, his wife Vanessa filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Island Express, the company that operated the aircraft. Island Express has now filed a suit of its own. The company is suing two air traffic controllers who they claim caused the crash. The helicopter was flying in very heavy fog at the time. The suit says that one of the controllers said that he would operate using visual flight rules. The company also claims that the controller denied the use of life-saving radar.

• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alanis Morissette (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Tracee Ellis Ross, Luke Bryan (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Rachel Brosnahan, Anderson .Paak (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Dan Domenech, Billy Porter, Paula Faris (R)
• “The Talk” (CBS): Adam Lambert (R)
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Regina Hall, Adam Scott, Avril Lavigne (R)
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Melissa McCarthy, KJ Apa (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Mayim Bialik, Max Greenfield, Chloe x Halle, Craig Susser (R)

• Tour de France (NBCSN): 107th edition, featuring a Grand Départ on the Riviera and eight mountain days on the 21-stage route. Stage one: Nice — 156km (yes, it IS really happening, even in 2020!)
• “#SayHerName, Justice for Breonna Taylor”(BET): Examining how her shooting highlights the lack of awareness of Black women victims of police brutality.
• “Love Island: More to Love” (CBS): Premiere. A weekly look at the islanders’ best moments from the previous week, including never-before-seen footage, commentary and exclusive interviews.
• “Sorority Secrets” (LIFETIME): A college student finds herself in grave danger after joining an elite sorority that doubles as an escort service.

• “2020 MTV Video Music Awards” (MTV/CW): Live from New York City; hosted by Keke Palmer, performances by Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, The Weeknd, BTS, Doja Cat, Maluma and more.
• “Voices Magnified: Policing in America” (A&E): Examining what it will take to transform the way we police our streets so people of all races can feel safe and respected by those who are charged with protecting them.

• Kanye West — is being sued for more than $20 million by MyChannel, a tech company that claims they moved in to Yeezy headquarters to help him launch his famous “Sunday Service”. They say he “inexplicably” cut ties with them, taking their technology with him.
• Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign – will release their new collaboration ‘Expensive’ today. The pair previously hooked up with Jason Derulo on ‘Swalla’ in 2017.
• Katy Perry — has given birth to a baby girl named Daisy Dove Bloom. Her partner Orlando Bloom shared a post by the charity Unicef, of which the couple are ambassadors, confirming the arrival of their daughter along with a photograph of the child’s hand. It’s also been announced that Perry will receive the Gracies Impact Award from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. The award is presented to an artist who has made a positive impact on society through her music.
• John Lennon — A new box set of his solo work drops Oct. 9, which would have been his 80th birthday. “Gimme Some Truth. The Ultimate Mixes” features 36 solo tracks, which have “all been completely remixed from scratch, radically upgrading their sonic quality and presenting them as a never-before-heard Ultimate Listening Experience.”
• Van Halen — A new book charting their history will be published Nov. 20. “Van Halen: A Visual Biography” by Canadian music journalist Martin Popoff is said to feature “detailed timelines, stuffed with trivia that swiftly moves us through 40 years of…rock history from one of the storied greats of the genre.”
• ZZ Top – guitarist Billy Gibbons says the 12-second burst of guitar that opens Prince’s ‘When Doves Cry’ made him a fan for life. Quote: “That opening guitar figure is killer. That passage solidified our admiration for Prince as a truly gifted soloist on the six-string.”
• Reba McEntire – releases another concert special on YouTube tonight. “Reba in Concert” was filmed in 1990 in Austin, Texas. She will also chat with fans on her YouTube channel.
• Chris Stapleton – released his new song ‘Starting Over’ yesterday. On Monday, he shared a preview video for what is likely his next album, posting a clip with the caption “11.13.20,” possibly signifying its release date.
• Carrie Underwood – has recorded an new version ‘Waiting All Day for Sunday Night’, her Sunday Night Football theme song for NBC.

Just when I’m starting to get used to the idea that putting two spaces after a period isn’t cool anymore, now I see THIS: According to the writer of a book on digital etiquette, “Only old people or troubled souls put periods at the end of every sentence” when texting. Victoria Turk, author of “Kill Reply All”, says that while older texters may consider the period an innocent symbol that a sentence has ended, younger “digital natives” (Gen Z and millennials) consider it a form of aggression, and “extremely uncool”. Turk writes that the younger generations consider the act of sending a text a sufficient signifier of a complete thought, making periods feel unnecessary and overly final, because the format of a text message makes it clear when you’ve finished your thought. As a result, using a period can come across as if you’re “quite cross or annoyed”.
(It’s ironic, because I feel like whenever I need to send a text to a member of a younger generation, I AM “quite cross or annoyed”!)
(I. See. What. She. Means.)

➢ A Muslim woman has asked a court to end her marriage because her husband is too nice. The unidentified woman from India recently approached court to ask for a divorce from her husband of 18 months. Asked to explain, she said that her spouse loved her too much and never argued with her, which she found impossible to accept. To make matters “worse”, the woman’s husband also cooked and cleaned for her, and helped with various household chores. She declared herself “fed up” and asked the members of the court to end her marriage. The court immediately rejected her request as frivolous, and asked the couple to settle their differences themselves. (To which he responded: “Yes dear… I mean judge!”)
➢ A California man used beer to prevent his property from going up in flames amid a massive wildfire. Vacaville homeowner Chad Little’s family started packing their things to escape the fire, but he decided he would stay to protect the home. He was prepared to fend off the inferno with hoses — but then the water was turned off. So, as his cars were torched and flames started to catch on his workshop, he turned to the only liquid he could find – a 36-pack of Bud Light. He says he found a nail and “was just shaking it up, popping it and spraying them, popping it, and grabbing another one.” The fire department arrived just as he finished using the brew to put out the flames around his shop. (Given the choice between beer and the workshop, I’m not sure I’d have made the same decision…)
-OddityCentral, NYPost

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest person, is wealthier than he’s ever been. On Wednesday, with Amazon stock edging up 2%, Bezos’ net worth increased by $4.9 billion, making the 56-year-old the first person ever to amass a $200 billion fortune. (Stock went down significantly later in the day, when my wife returned her latest order…)


1961 [59] Jennifer Coolidge, Boston MA, movie actress (“American Pie”, Legally Blonde”) COMING UP…“Swan Song”, 2020

1962 [58] David Fincher, Denver CO, movie director (“Gone Girl”, “The Social Network”)

1965 [55] Shania Twain (Eilleen Edwards), Windsor ON, pop-country singer (‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’, ‘Man! I Feel Like a Woman’)/best-selling female country music artist

1969 [51] Jack Black, Hermosa Beach CA, movie actor (“School of Rock”, “Nacho Libre”)/rock singer (Tenacious D)

1969 [51] Jason Priestly, Vancouver BC, TV actor (‘Brandon Walsh’ on “Beverly Hills 90210” 1990-2000, and “BH90210” 2019

1981 [39] Jake Owen, Winter Haven FL, country singer (‘I Was Jack [You Were Diane]’ ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night’)

1982 [38] LeAnn Rimes, Pearl MS, country singer (‘How Do I Live’, ‘Can’t Fight the Moonlight’)

1986 [34] Florence Welch, London UK, indie rock singer (Florence + The Machine-‘Dog Days are Over’, ‘What the Water Gave Me’)

1986 [34] Armie Hammer, LA CA, movie actor (“The Man from UNCLE”, “The Social Network”) COMING UP…“Dreamland”, 2020

2005 [15] Alana Thompson (Honey Boo Boo), McIntyre GA, reality star (“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” 2012-17)

SATURDAY- Elliot Gould (“Ray Donovan”) is 82; Astronaut Chris Hadfield is 61; Rebecca De Mornay (“Risky Business”) is 61; Carla Gugino (“Watchmen”) is 49; Lea Michele (“Glee”) is 34; Liam Payne (One Direction) is 27

SUNDAY- Billionaire Warren Buffett is 90; Lewis Black (“The Daily Show”) is 72; Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”) is 57; Cameron Diaz (“There’s Something About Mary”) is 48; Bebe Rexha (w/ Florida Georgia Line -‘Meant to Be’) is 31

• “Bow Tie Day”, saluting the look that involves ‘a ribbon of fabric tied around the collar in a symmetrical manner such that the 2 opposite ends form loops’. (Some people just can’t pull off a bow tie…and that’s why their face is red!)

• “Cherry Turnover Day”, celebrating the yummy treat made with a little puff pastry, some cherries, some butter …. and a little more butter.

• “Crackers Over the Keyboard Day”, honoring the time-honored tradition of snacking and web surfing. What’s the worst thing you’ve spilled on your computer keyboard? Or someone else’s?

• “Radio Commercials Day”, commemorating the first-ever radio ad, broadcast on this date in 1922. Queensboro Realty received 10 minutes of air time on NYC station WEAF for $100.

• “Red Wine Day”, whether you prefer a fine wine after a hard day at work, with a few of your favorite friends at the local pub, or enjoy a glass or two during dinner, red wine is perfect any time! (Except the shower. Wine is MUCH better in the bath…) Here are some benefits:
✓ Good for your heart – Grapes are loaded with antioxidants. Resveratrol is believed to be the key ingredient in red wine that is good for blood vessels, lowers blood pressure and increases the good kind of cholesterol – HDL.
✓ Cancer – Drinking dark red wine may also reduce the risk of colon, lung and prostate cancer. Some believe resveratrol attacks cancerous cells and “inhibits their ability to function.”
✓ Brain Power – Resveratrol may also help keep your memory sharp-as-a-whistle.
✓ Colds – Red wine may help keep the common cold at bay.
✓ Red wine may help prevent tooth decay.
✓ Resveratrol testing on animals suggests it may also help protect against obesity and diabetes. The skin of red grapes may help regulate blood sugar. (Never mind the wine…get me a bottle of resveratrol!)

• “According to Hoyle Day”, honoring Britain’s Edmond Hoyle on the anniversary of his death in 1769. He’s the guy who took the time to formalize rules to many popular games. Thus, the expression “according to Hoyle” has come to mean ‘playing by the rules’.
• “International Day Against Nuclear Tests”, a UN observance to underscore the need for a unified attempt to prevent any further nuclear weapons testing.
• “More Herbs, Less Salt Day”, because it’s ‘healthier, zestier and lustier!’ So, go ahead, spice up your life! What’s the world’s most-used spice? Black pepper.
• “Chop Suey Day”, a stir fry made with a hodgepodge of ingredients like egg, meat, and vegetables. In fact, the name “chop suey” comes from a Cantonese word meaning “odds and ends”.
• “Lemon Juice Day”, the oddest juice. You’d never drink it straight up, but without it, a lot of our food and drinks would be flat and dull. Lemon juice can also play an important role in food preservation when used in home canning.

• “Holistic Pet Day”, initiated by the Animal Miracle Foundation to encourage pet owners to develop a healthy lifestyle for their pets through diet, exercise, and environment.
• “International Day of the Disappeared”, to draw attention to the fate of individuals imprisoned under poor conditions and at places unknown to their relatives and/or legal representatives.
• “Frankenstein Day”, honoring Mary Wollenstone Shelley, the author of “Frankenstein”. She was born on this day in 1797. The novel “Frankenstein” was first published anonymously in 1818.
• “Beach Day”, celebrating everything BEACH…parties, family, friends, great food, photography, beach must-haves and most importantly, encouraging clean-up of beaches to help save the lives of sea birds & ocean mammals.
• “Slinky Day”, the Slinky was originally designed and sold in the 1940s. The inventor had accidentally knocked a spring off the shelf, and watched it ‘walk’ down a series of books, to a tabletop, and then to the floor where it neatly coiled itself. (After all that, there really wasn’t much left to invent, was there?)
• “Toasted Marshmallow Day”, celebrating that great Summer treat on a stick. So how do you like yours done? NET:

2003 [17] During her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, Madonna infamously plants open-mouth kisses on both Britney Spears & Christina Aguilera

2016 [04] At the MTV Video Music Awards, Beyoncé wins Video of the Year for ‘Formation’. In support of the Black Lives Matter movement, she brings four mothers of shooting victims onto the red carpet. By the end of the evening, Bey (along with her production designer, choreographer, director, cinematographer and editor) has eight trophies.

1963 [57] Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his “I Have a Dream” speech addressing the civil rights march at Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.

2019 [01] Climate change activist Greta Thunberg arrives in New York after sailing across the Atlantic in a carbon-neutral voyage aboard a racing yacht equipped with solar panels

1994 [26] 18-year-old Tiger Woods becomes the youngest winner in the history of the US Amateur Golf Championship


✓ There are more stars in the sky than grains of sand on earth.
✓ There are more ways to arrange a deck of cards than there are total atoms on Earth.
✓ Africa is the only continent with land in all four hemispheres.
✓ Belarusians eat 178kg (392 pounds) of potatoes per person per year.
✓ The average person speaks 450 words in a typical 3-minute phone call.
✓ If you play a round of golf, then drink 2 cocktails, you’ve just gained more calories than you burned.
-MSN, Telegraph, BathroomReadersInstitute

Best of BS . . .
• Just Do It Tomorrow
• I Wanna Dance With Somebody Taller
• Ranch Buffalo Wings
• Baby Shark Nado
• Finding Dory Delicious
• Pumpkin Spice Spam
• How I Unfortunately Met Your Mother
• Montezuma’s Revenge is a dish best served cold
• Fox News
• Happy Last Birthday
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019

➠ Hester Fold, the oldest living person in the U.S., just turned 116. (She spent the day doing what she loves:  Watching “The Today Show” on NBC, and getting all of Al Roker’s references…)
➠ A new study claims that the coronavirus can survive on frozen meat and fish for up to three weeks. (This isn’t good. I mean, have you ever tried putting a face mask on a freshly hand-sanitized brisket?)
➠ The Pumpkin Spice Latte returned to Starbucks this week. (We’ll talk about this more in an hour, for the benefit of all the white women getting into work late…)
➠ One thing we’ve learned from the Republican National Convention… (Trump doesn’t look any less orange — even when he controls the lighting!)
➠ A German study concluded that staring at women’s breasts for 10 minutes a day is better for your health than going to the gym. (Or, you can do both, like the guys at the gym do!)

All set for the weekend:

If I die, I forgive you. If I recover, we’ll see.

What’s the biggest plot twist you’ve seen in real life?

Question:  By the time school starts, the average family has 9 of these. What?
Answer:  Things they wanted to do before the end of summer, but didn’t.

A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.


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