Thursday, February 25, 2021 — Edition: #6925
Bully For You!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Shailene Woodley has confirmed that she’s engaged to football player Aaron Rodgers. During an appearance on “The Tonight Show,” Woodley told Jimmy Fallon that their announcement isn’t actually “new news,” and they’ve been engaged “for a while.” She noted that she’d never been to or seen a football game before meeting Rodgers and that her friends have had to explain her fiancé’s athleticism to her. Quote: “I don’t know him as a football guy. I know him as like, the nerd who wants to host Jeopardy!”.
★ “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards has taken over as the show’s new interim host, and fans are taking to social media to share their reactions. One wrote: “Really excited to see Mike Richards as the host for the next little while! . . . He certainly has the voice and personality of someone who should be on tv!” Another agreed, writing: “Can we put Mike Richards as Top 5 for future permanent host? I love his command, control, confidence and mastery.” Richards closed his first episode with this: “As Alex said, we’re trying to build a kinder and gentler society. And if we all pitch in just a little bit, we’re going to get there. See you next time.”
★ “Home Improvement” actor Zachery Ty Bryan cut a plea deal to avoid jail time in the “choking” attack on his girlfriend in Oregon last year, according to reports. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of menacing and fourth-degree assault in exchange for three years of probation in the Oct. 16, 2020, attack. Prosecutors agreed to drop six other charges, which included strangulation and coercion. The actor also agreed not to contact the victim.
★ The popular video game “Frogger” is being turned into a competition series at NBCUniversal’s streaming service, Peacock. “Frogger” will feature 12 outrageous obstacle courses, or “crossings.” These physically demanding challenges will see contestants dodge treacherous traffic, leap over snapping gators and hop over hungry hippos to conquer the course. The series, which was ordered for 13 episodes, is based on Konami’s popular “Frogger” franchise, which debuted in 1981 as an arcade game.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Steve Harvey, Michael Peña, Ava Max
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Eddie Murphy, Eve Hewson, the Kid LAROI
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Regina King, Vic Mensa featuring Wyclef Jean
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): David Spade, Jason Mantzoukas, Raghav Mehrotra
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Jodie Foster, Holly Humberstone
• “Conan” (TBS): Kevin James
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Josh Groban, Soleil Moon Frye
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Day of Hot Topics
• “The Talk” (CBS): Dr. Phil McGraw
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Michael Chiklis, Beau MacMillan
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Jane Fonda
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Dr. Jill Biden
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Andra Day, Ben & Erin Napier
• “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” (ABC): Celebrity contestants Robert Herjavec, Chris Harrison and Alfonso Ribeiro.
• “Floribama Shore” (MTV): Season 4 premiere. When their beach vacation is up-ended by COVID-19, the crew sets their sights on someplace out-of-the-way and truly exotic: the snow-capped mountains of Montana.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Billie Eilish — will launch her much-anticipated documentary by performing and chatting with fans during a virtual get together tonight. The “Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry” live premiere event will be available beginning at 9pm ET, via the Apple TV App and Eilish’s YouTube channel.
• Justin Bieber — surprised fans with a performance at Spotify’s Stream On virtual launch event on Monday. He performed a 3-song set consisting of ‘Holy’, ‘Anyone’ and ‘Lonely’. This comes after Bieber made history as the first artist to play a TikTok concert on Feb. 14.
• Robbie Williams – has a biopic is in the works. It will tell the story of his ascent to fame, and detail “the demons he battled on and off stage as he became a huge star” through his work with Take That and his solo career. Production is slated to begin this summer.
• Tina Turner — In the teaser for the HBO documentary film “Tina,” she recalls her mother leaving when she was young. Turner explains how this memory shaped her, saying: “I wanted her to come for me. I waited. She never did. And it’s all right…I pulled myself above the destruction and the mistakes.” The documentary debuts on March 27. LINK: https://youtu.be/xaW4i5pSKAg
• Aerosmith — have delayed their UK and European tour until 2022. This is the second time the group has postponed the shows, having already rescheduled their 2020 dates for this summer, due to COVID-19. The new dates are set for June and July 2022.
• (***CAUTION***) Twisted Sister — Frontman Dee Snider has lashed out against the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. After a Twitter user wondered why Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson said he would refuse induction, Snider wrote: “The RnR Hall committee members are arrogant elitist (***A-holes***) who look down on metal & other bands that sell millions because we’re not their definition of cool.”
• Miranda Lambert — announced on social media Tuesday that her new song with Elle King will be titled ‘Drunk (and I Don’t Wanna Go Home)’. It drops tomorrow. They put fans into frenzy after teasing a collaboration on Monday.
• Thomas Rhett – says Eric Church is his “favorite country artist of all time.” He told Bobby Bones: “As far as just me growing up and really falling in love with the craft of songwriting and a guy that can just perform the crap out of a show, it would be Eric, for sure.”
• Darius Rucker – Not only is ‘Beers and Sunshine’ the first “socially distanced” created song of his career, it has just become his 10th #1 country airplay song. Tomorrow, he’ll sing it on “NBC News Today” from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
SHOOTING THE BULL
➠ Here’s a solution if you haven’t been able to score an appointment for a COVID-19 test at your local hospital or pharmacy. In New York, a West 34th St. storefront is hosting 2 vending machines selling DIY at-home COVID tests instead of snacks or sodas. For $149 — credit or debit cards only, no cash — you can pick up a PCR saliva test, use it at your leisure, FedEx it to one of Wellness 4 Humanity’s partner labs with a pre-printed label, and get your results via text or email in 48 hours. The company plans to install the machines in other major cities soon. (This is one time you definitely don’t want to do something “positive” with your money!)
➠ Two decades after Pokemon became the biggest thing in schoolyards around the world, copies of the Japanese trading card game are fetching six figures at auction in a boom fueled by pandemic lockdowns. Boxes of the 1999 U.S. first edition base set have sold for around $400,000 at auction in recent months. A single card in mint condition of the popular fire-flying character ‘Charizard’ sold for $300,000. Joe Maddalena, executive vice president at Heritage Auctions in Texas, believes many bored Gen Xers and Millennials started playing Pokemon again when forced to occupy their time at home. (This, folks, is what happens when you’ve watched ALL of Netflix!)
PET ROUND UP:
➢ Cat owners who don’t appreciate it when their kitty delivers a fresh kill to the front door might want to give their feline some extra attention. Researchers at the University of Exeter say they’ve found that cats hunt less if their owners play with them every day and feed them meaty foods. The scientists say that cats that played with their owners for just 5-10 minutes each day brought home 25% less prey. And introducing commercial cat food with meat proteins is even more effective, reducing the number of prey cats brought home by 36%. (This “science minute” has been brought to you by the United Brotherhood of Birds and Mice…plus the odd Cockroach!)
➢ Packs of dogs in eastern Russia are inexplicably turning up pink and blue. The bizarre phenomenon has occurred in the area of the town of Dzerzhinsk, near an abandoned chemical plant that once manufactured an ingredient in a commonly used “Prussian blue” dye. Experts believe this detail may help explain why some pups are now blue through-and-through — including their droppings. The animals don’t appear to have been harmed physically, and will remain under observation for about 20 days. (Hard not to!)
➢ From snake attacks to jumping into oncoming traffic, a new study has found that one in three dog owners have put themselves in harm’s way to save their four-legged friend. In a survey of 2,000 dog owners, more than seven in 10 (72%) said they would gladly risk their own safety to save their dog. No surprise there, because 78% consider them a full-fledged member of the family. Of those married or in a relationship, 53% admit to kissing their doggo more than their partner. (Makes sense. Who waits for you at the front door with their tail wagging?)
FUNNIEST TWEETS OF THE WEEK FROM WOMEN:
⇒ Wasn’t planning on spending my hottest years living like the grandparents in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but here we are – Emma Ketchum
⇒ oh the gap on my resume? i can totally explain. i was hanging out – Liv
⇒ Wait Albert Einstein was real? I thought he was a theoretical physicist – Freyja Katra
⇒ i used to check my phone like twice during a movie and now i check the movie like twice during my phone – Dana Donnelly
⇒ One day I’m gonna write a book about a recipe blogger that confesses to murder in every single recipe on their website but they never get caught because no one reads the 12 pages of text before the recipe. – Dea Poirier
…AND A FEW ABOUT DOING TAXES:
⇒ Turbo Tax is the worst computer game ever. – Simon Holland
⇒ Just did my own taxes. I should be in jail by the morning – Dan Kaufman
⇒ i was doing my taxes on turbo tax and next thing i know, they said i owe money. i never closed a website tab so fast — d
DID YOU KNOW?
A new study by the American Chemical Society predicts that edible holograms will one day decorate food items, such as birthday cakes. A research team has already created a “laser-based method to print nanostructured holograms on dried corn syrup films.” While today, we can find holograms on credit cards, various pieces of product packaging, and driver’s licenses, study authors say their groundbreaking technology may make it possible to decorate food items, and to ensure food safety, label products, and provide sugar content information using their technique, called ‘direct laser interference patterning’. (Doesn’t that sound delicious?)
BS CHRONOMETER 02.25.21
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1965  Carrot Top (Scott Thompson), Rockledge FL, standup comedian (red-haired prop comedian whose odd inventions are the center of his stand-up acts)/movie actor (“The Hangover”, “Pauly Shore is Dead”).
1966  Téa Leoni, NYC, TV actress (‘Elizabeth McCord’ on “Madam Secretary” 2014-19)/movie actress (“Jurassic Park 3”)/married to David Duchovny 1997-2014
1971  Sean Astin, Santa Monica CA, movie actor (“Lord Of the Rings”, “Goonies”)
1975  Chelsea Handler, Livingston NJ, TV personality (“Chelsea” 2016-17, “Chelsea Lately” 2007-14)/standup comedian
1976  Rashida Jones, LA CA, TV actress (“Parks & Recreation” 2009-15, “The Office” 2006-11)/movie actress (“The Social Network”, “The Muppets”)/daughter of music producer Quincy Jones
1978  Shawna Thompson, Chatom AL, country singer (Thompson Square-‘If I Didn’t Have You’, ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not’)
1986  Jameela Jamil, London UK, TV actress (“The Good Place” 2016-20)
1994  Eugenie Bouchard, Montreal QC, pro tennis player (2014 Wimbledon runner-up, 1 singles and 1 doubles title)/currently dating Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Clam Chowder Day”, a day to add a little heat to your Winter with a bit of bacon, onion, and flour; some diced potatoes and a can of clams, simmered in clam juice and milk. Add lots of black pepper.
• “Let’s All Eat Right Day”, honoring Adelle Davis, one of America’s best-known nutritionists. Born on February 25th 1904, she was an advocate in the nutrition movement, and wrote a series of books about healthy living. (As opposed to any other day, when it’s “Let’s eat. All right!”)
• “National Chocolate-Covered Peanuts Day” (there goes “Let’s All Eat Right Day”!), The first chocolate-covered peanut candies were “Goobers”, first sold in 1925. The word “Goober” was a common slang word for peanut (and for many of my relatives!)
• “Quiet Day”, also known as “National Don’t Utter a Word Day”. It’s a day to lower the noise level for a healthier and more relaxed life.
• “Pistol Patent Day”, Samuel Colt invented the pistol. He received Patent #138 for it on this day in 1836. The patent was for the Colt Revolver with a rotating chamber containing six bullets.
• “Digital Learning Day”, celebrating the use of digital technology in learning and in particular highlighting innovative and forward-thinking uses of technology for learning in the classroom.
COMING UP . . .
[Fri] Levi Strauss Day
[Fri] For Pete’s Sake Day
[Sat] Kahlua Day
[Sat] Tongue Twister Contest Day
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2004  Mel Gibson’s controversial film “The Passion of the Christ” is independently released in about 2,000 theaters (thanks to grassroots promotion, the $30-million film goes on to gross over $600 million worldwide)
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2009  Calling his music “the soundtrack of my youth”, US President Barack Obama presents Stevie Wonder with the Library of Congress ‘Gershwin Prize’
2015  Madonna falls down a set of stage stairs during her performance of ‘Living For Love’ at the Brit Awards when her cape doesn’t release properly when pulled by a dancer. She gamely gets up and finishes the performance
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
2007  After decades of filmmaking and 7 Academy Award nominations, director Martin Scorsese finally wins his first Oscar, for “The Departed”, at the 79th Academy Awards
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1896  The ‘Largest Chicken Egg’ on record is laid by a hen in England (the 5-yolk egg weighs nearly 12 ounces and measures 12.25 inches around the long axis and 9 inches around the short axis)
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ The gender-neutral word for niece or nephew is nibling.
✓ Elephants aren’t afraid of mice…but they are afraid of bees.
✓ The average person loses about 1,600 eyelashes per year.
✓ About 2.5 million people live in the Sahara Desert.
✓ The bestselling Hot Wheels vehicle is the Chevrolet Corvette.
✓ One of the asteroids seen in “The Empire Strikes Back” is actually a potato.
BS WORST PICKUP LINES:
• “Do you have insurance? Because I’m looking for a friend with benefits.”
• “Do you know what my shirt is made of? Boyfriend material.”
• “It’s a good thing I have my library card, because I’m totally checking you out.”
• “Are you a Pokemon? Because I’d sure like a Pikachu!”
• “I’ve fallen for you and I can’t get up.”
• “Have you been to the doctor lately? Because I think you’re lacking in Vitamin ME.”
• “So, how much do you weigh?”
• “Are you a parking ticket? Because you’ve got FINE written all over you.”
• “If you were a wedgie, I’d pick you.”
• “Could you add me to your “to-do” list?”
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2020
TODAY’S SLICE OF BS:
➠ Tiger Woods got in a car wreck early Tuesday morning. (Not to be confused with his golf game or dating life. That’s a train wreck.)
➠ 22-year-old Fernando Tatis Jr. has signed that 14 year/$340 million deal with the San Diego Padres, the 3rd biggest contract in MLB history. (Now MLB is testing Padres’ ownership for controlled substances…)
➠ KFC and Pizza Hut have delighted fans by joining forces to bring back the popcorn chicken Pizza topped with gravy, cheese and sweetcorn. (The official name: “Angioplasty-Lovers Pizza”)
➠ Art Cervi, the man behind ‘Bozo the Clown,’ has died at 86. (…Leaving behind some pretty big shoes to fill!)
➠ Art Cervi, the man who played ‘Bozo the Clown’ has passed away at 86. (Hundreds of clowns are expected to be in attendance for his funeral, yet somehow, they only anticipate 13 cars in the parking lot…)
BS WEB GOODIE:
COVID hair? https://tinyurl.com/3myma64u
BS RANDOM JOKE:
I always read my wife’s horoscope to see what kind of day I’m going to have.
BS PHONE STARTER:
What concept can you just not seem to wrap your head around?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: 21% of women say they would cancel plans with a friend because of THIS. What is it?
Answer: They don’t like how that look that day
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Be so positive that negative people don’t want to be around you.