January 28 2021

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Thursday, January 28, 2021 — Edition: #6903

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★ Julia Quinn, the author of “Bridgerton,” says she never expected to receive an offer to turn her best-selling romance series into a Netflix show. Quinn says she heard that producer Shonda Rimes ran out of reading material while on vacation and somehow stumbled on one of her books. Quote: “It’s crazy to think that my life is forever changed because Shonda didn’t bring enough reading material on vacation, but that’s honestly what happened.” Rimes is also the producer behind “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal.”-Yahoo
★ Director Robert Rodriguez will return to the beloved “Spy Kids franchise” to direct a reboot for Skydance. He’ll write and helm a new movie that will revolve around the adventures of a multicultural family. The ‘Spy Kids’ franchise launched in 2001 starring Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara as Carmen and Juni Cortez, who have to save their parents, played by Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino, when they’re kidnapped while also having to contend with the small matter of saving the world. The first film spawned two sequels and one “kinda-sequel”, which was mostly a new movie with different characters in the same world.
-ContactMusic, Polygon
★ Comedian Richard Lewis has revealed that he is currently recovering from multiple serious surgeries, and therefore won’t be able to appear in season 11 of “Curb Your Enthusiasm”. In a post on Twitter, Lewis shared the news, revealing that he had to have operations on his back and shoulders. He included a photo of himself and series creator/star Larry David, wishing his buddy luck and saying that he’ll still “be watching” the upcoming new season of the HBO comedy. Lewis is been a recurring character Since Season 1, playing a fictionalized and exaggerated version of himself.
★ Chadwick Boseman has scored a posthumous 2021 Independent Spirit Award nomination. On Tuesday morning, Boseman — who died in August after a private 4-year battle with colon cancer — was revealed have earned a nod for best male lead for his performance in the 2020 film “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”. The movie marks Boseman’s final film role. The 36th Independent Spirit Awards will take place on Thursday, April 22nd.


• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Michelle Pfeiffer, George Lopez, Arlo Parks
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Keegan-Michael Key, Terry Gross, Fontaines D.C.
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Viggo Mortensen, Charles Blow
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Desus & Mero, Ryan Shazier
• “Conan” (TBS): Mike Birbiglia
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Wendy Williams
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Bevy Smith
• “The Talk” (CBS): Lily Tomlin
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Jared Leto, Rebecca Jarvis
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Laverne Cox
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Sharon Richardson
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Wayne Brady, Leslie Jordan
• “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” (ABC): Celebrity contestants Constance Zimmer, Maria Menounos and Yvette Nicole Brown play for charity.
• “Rehab Addict Rescue” (HGTV): Series premiere. A couple’s giant 1920s home is too much to handle; electrical issues have rendered the kitchen useless and the home’s size creates a lengthy to-do list.

• David Guetta – The DJ is bringing his “United At Home” series to Dubai. He’ll play a live-streamed set from the iconic Burj Al Arab Jumeirah’s helipad on Feb. 6, and is encouraging fans to tune in and help raise vital funds for UNICEF and Dubai Cares’ “Education Uninterrupted” campaign.
• Taylor Swift – Her ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ has been given the sea shanty treatment. On Monday, the U.S. Navy Band debuted a parody video, transforming the Swift’s hit into a TikTok-ready sea shanty, complete with a hand drum, fiddle, and deep, harmonized vocals. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/yyoeow8t
• Van Halen — A mural of the late Eddie Van Halen was unveiled to mark what would have been his 66th birthday on Tuesday. The artwork, dubbed ‘Long Live the King’, is near the Guitar Center store on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. It features the guitarist playing his beloved instrument and wearing a Van Halen necklace.
• Rush — An official memorial celebration to honor late drummer Neil Peart has been postponed once again due to COVID-19. After announcing last August that the St. Catharines, ON tribute event would be moved to April, organizers have now pushed “A Night for Neil” to November 6.
• Foo Fighters – will launch a limited-time channel on SiriusXM. Foo Fighters Radio, which will run for 2 months, will begin with a live performance from the band at the SiriusXM Garage in Los Angeles on Feb. 5, coinciding with the release of the band’s new “Medicine at Midnight” album.
• Billy Ocean — To coincide with Children’s Mental Health Week (February 1-7) he has teamed up with the Young Voices Choir to release an uplifting recording of the Bill Withers’ classic ‘Lovely Day’. All UK profits will go to children’s mental health charity Place2Be.
• Olivia Newton-John – has been enjoying her time quarantining with her daughter Chloe Rose Lattanzi so much so that she invited her to collaborate on a new song. She says the song, ‘Window in the Wall’ sort of “found her”, and she wasn’t looking for it at all.
• Blake Shelton — After releasing his latest single ‘Minimum Wage’, he has confirmed that a new album is on the way. Minimum Wage is Shelton’s first solo single since ‘God’s Country’ in 2019, and is currently at #29 on the country airplay chart. He says he’s “pumped” about putting out a new album.
• Brett Young – will play a virtual concert from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to help launch a Spirit Airlines loyalty program and credit card. “Brett Young: Live from the Runway” happens on Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. ET on YouTube.
• Parker McCollum – The singer of the #1 song ‘Pretty Heart’ will be making his Grand Ole Opry debut on Feb. 6. Being asked was made a little sweeter because the invite was extended by Dierks Bentley…via Facetime. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/y2jv94dm


If you’re getting sick and tired of breathing the smell of your own coffee breath while wearing a face mask, you’ll be happy to hear about this. The latest trend is scented face masks. From fresh mint to lavender to an assortment of fruity smells including apple and strawberry, scented masks are on the rise, and they’re a welcome change from some of the initial offerings. Last year, a few companies jumped on the mask-making bandwagon with food scented face masks — including Black Label’s “Breatheable bacon” and Jack in the Box’s fried chicken face mask. So, we’ve definitely come a long way…unless you’d prefer one of those to the smell of herbal spearmint, of course.
(Now, Dr. Fauci recently said it’s not a bad idea to wear TWO masks. What scent pairs nicely with orange mist?)
(All I know is that on New Year’s Day, I walked around thinking to myself “You people have no idea of the smells that this mask is protecting you from!)
(What scent would you suggest?)

As we all know, ordering our restaurant meals for delivery has become an even more popular and convenient thing to do during the pandemic, and it’s a good way to support local business who may be experiencing a difficult time. But we also know that some foods, including French fries, don’t travel well. Because they often arrive cold and mushy, many solutions have been tried over the years, like special cooking oils and perforated packaging designed to keep them crispy. Now, SAVRpak, a California-based start-up, has developed peel and stick patches designed to absorb condensation inside food containers, slowing the rate at which fries and other foods deteriorate between a restaurant kitchen and your front door. The patches, which look like a thick, white sticker, are covered in plant pulp and contain ice. Once placed in a delivery bag or box, it relies on thermodynamics to keep hot meals and salads from going soggy. Hot foods emit moisture, which is the main reason French fries and other hot foods go mushy during delivery. By using SAVRpaks, which the restaurant freezes ahead of time, the packets alter the dew point and absorb some of the moisture floating around the container. And the company says it “will not make hot food cold.”
(I’ve never had a problem with delivery fries. Certainly nothing that a little…or a lot…of ketchup won’t help!)
(I swear to you that until this minute, I had no idea that it was a thing to have a salad delivered!)
(Well, if your delivery guy wasn’t sneaking a few fries BEFORE…)

According to the old saying, “money can’t buy happiness,” but a new study has found that…yeah…that’d be wrong. Although previous studies have found there’s a limit to how much a person’s income impacts their happiness, a researcher from the University of Pennsylvania says the sky’s the limit when it comes to money’s influence over well-being. Matthew Killingsworth’s study examined over 33,000 people; each providing a moment-to-moment snapshot of their daily lives, to give a truer representation of how satisfied people are at any given time, rather than looking at overall well-being. Other studies have concluded that money stops mattering at income levels of around $75,000. The new study, however, revealed that rising income continues to affect the earner’s well-being even into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Killingsworth says that when he analyzed across a wide range of income levels, he found that “all forms of well-being continued to rise with income” and he never found a point when more money stopped mattering, “Instead, it keeps increasing.”
(This study brought to you by the Institute of “How Shallow Can Humanity Get?”)
(Just once, couldn’t I find these things out for myself?)
(I don’t know if money can buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with!)

JustWatch.com:  Search a movie or TV show, and it tells you where it is streaming. (What I need to know is where it’s streaming for FREE!)
Outline.com:  Allows you to read the text on virtually any website without seeing the ads. Also allows you to highlight and annotate text for later. Aimed at use on news and info-based sites. (Bad news: I tried it, and got a pop-up!)
10MinuteMail.com: “Disposable” email service for use when a site requires that you provide an e-mail address to send a validation e-mail to. Don’t give up your real e-mail address and don’t end up on a bunch of spam lists.
Photopea.com:  It’s an advanced online image editor with Photoshop. Allows you to create a new image or edit an existing one from your computer or device.
Pdfdrive.com:  Contains more than 77 million books available to download for FREE on .pdf. No ads, no limits. (Sorry, carry on. I’ll be here for a while…)
WornOnTV.net:  Just what you think it is: They track down the exact clothes actors wear in TV shows. Plus, they often show a similar cheaper option if your budget doesn’t quite match that of the Kardashians. (The Kardashians actually DO wear clothes sometimes?)
PointerPointer.com:  No explanation. Just try it.

A new study has found that a baby’s first breath triggers live-saving and life-long changes in breathing systems. A team at the University of Virginia School of Medicine says their findings may prove invaluable in the fight against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. They found that when a child exits the mother’s womb and breathes for the very first time, that action activates a signaling system within the brainstem that is responsible for early breathing regulation and support.


1936 [85] Alan Alda, New York City NY, TV actor (‘Hawkeye’ in “M*A*S*H” 1972-1983, “The West Wing” 2004-06)

1968 [53] Sarah McLachlan, Halifax NS, pop singer (‘I Will Remember You’, ‘Angel’)/founder of “Lilith Fair” tour

1976 [45] Rick Ross (William Roberts II), Coahoma County MS, rapper (f/Drake & Chrisette Michele-‘Aston Martin Music’, f/T-Pain-‘The Boss’)

1977 [44] Joey Fatone, Brooklyn NY, pop singer (*NSYNC-‘Bye Bye Bye’)/TV host (“The Singing Bee”, 2007)/reality show contestant (2nd place on “Dancing With the Stars”, 2007)

1980 [41] Nick Carter, Jamestown NY, pop singer (Backstreet Boys-‘I Want It That Way’)

1981 [40] Elijah Wood, Cedar Rapids IA, movie actor (“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, “The Lord Of the Rings” trilogy) COMING UP…”No Man of God”

1985 [36] J (Jermaine) Cole, Frankfurt Germany, rapper (‘Nobody’s Perfect’, ‘Work Out’)

1993 [28] Will Poulter, London England, movie actor (“We’re The Millers”, “The Revenant”)

1998 [23] Ariel Winter, Los Angeles CA, TV actress (‘Alex Dunphy’ on “Modern Family” 2009-20)

• “Daisy Day”, celebrating the flower that symbolizes innocence and purity (also the best one for playing “he loves me, he loves me not”)

• “Blueberry Pancake Day”, because they’re nutritious enough to eat for breakfast, tasty enough for a mid-day snack, and easy enough to make for dinner. (If you can’t find your napkin, it’s probably stuck to your elbow…) LINK: https://tinyurl.com/y5vlwa5s

• “Data Privacy Day”, to raise awareness about the importance of protecting the privacy of personal info online. It’s observed in Canada, the USA, and 27 European countries. (Because when companies say “We value your privacy” …what they really mean is “We put a value on your privacy!”)
NET: http://tinyurl.com/zogpja5

• “National LEGO Day”, to celebrate these ingenious and enriching toys. How? You could visit a Legoland theme park (in Carlsbad, CA, and Winter Haven, FL — there’s also a Legoland Discovery Center in Tempe, AZ), you could watch one of the “Lego” movies, or you could simply build something with Lego. (Go all out and invite a kid to join you…) [***See “Today’s Firsts, below***]

• “Kazoo Day”, honoring the (annoying) musical instrument that even the most untalented can play.

• “Pop Art Day”, celebrated annually on the anniversary of Jackson Pollock’s birth. His works are classified as abstract expressionism, very different from the pop art of artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

[Fri] Freethinkers Day
[Fri] National Puzzle Day
[Sat] National Croissant Day
[Sat] Yodel for Your Neighbors Day

1986 [35] The Space Shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, killing all 7 crew members on board, including Christa McAuliffe, who was to be the first teacher in space

2006 [15] Clint Eastwood becomes the 31st filmmaker in 70 years of Directors Guild of America (DGA) history to be given the organization’s ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’

1985 [36] With all the big names in American music in town for the American Music Awards, USA For Africa’s famine-relief single ‘We Are the World’ is recorded in Los Angeles

2014 [07] At a press conference, the members of Mötley Crüe sign a “cessation of touring agreement” preventing them from ever touring again after 2015. They also announce “The Final Tour,” after which they are legally obligated to disband. (Just to let you know hoe that went, their tour dates for this summer are still officially “ON”) LINK: https://tinyurl.com/y3cgrfah

1958 [63] The Lego company patents their design of Lego bricks, which are still compatible with those produced today

1999 [22] The first ‘Live Sex Change Operation’ is performed online (download or upload?)

1984 [37] Glynn Wolfe weds for a non-bigamous record 26th time (Las Vegas NV)


✓ Greenland hosts the World Ice Golf Championships. Hazards include ice floes (and frostbite).
✓ From the time it was discovered to the time it was stripped of its status as a planet, Pluto hadn’t made a full trip around the sun.
✓ A raw steak is about 75% water.
✓ It’s possible for a professional mimic to forget his real voice.
✓ In the middle ages, dead bodies were often used as ammunition in catapults.
✓ “Ex-Lax” was originally called “Bo-Bo’s”.
-BathroomReadersInstitute, Awkward

Best of BS . . .
January is traditionally the boom time for people looking for new jobs. A few indications you should be one of them …
• It’s a 12-hour commute each way.
• You’re the spelling bee coordinator in rural Arkansas.
• You’re the only employee not wearing a hazmat suit.
• At day’s end, you always seem to be coughing up asbestos.
• As of 4 pm yesterday, you have successfully visited every website on the internet.
• You’re a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coaching staff.
• In your 10 years as an Amish traffic cop, you haven’t had to write one single speeding ticket.
• You’re the poor idiot who has to change the gas prices on the sign every 5 minutes.
• Office rule #23: Miss a deadline … lose a finger.
-First published in “BS” in 2011

➠ “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins will direct the next “Star Wars” movie, ‘Star Wars: Rogue Squadron’, coming out in December 2023. (She says she’s already figured out the beginning and the middle, but has no idea how to end it. In other words, it’s ready to go!)
➠ Chipotle has launched a “Shawn Mendes Bowl” made from chicken and cauliflower rice. (It’s just like his music . . . except with more substance.)
➠ In a past interview, Snooki revealed that Lindsay Lohan once made out with Pauly D.  (…This entertainment update was brought to you by penicillin.)
➠ The Sundance Film Festival, a virtual event this year, begins today. Robert Redford named the festival after his character in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”. (Glad he didn’t play the other guy. I wouldn’t go to a “Butch Festival.” Or . . . would I?)
➠ A report has found that ‘thinking of death’ can make you a more successful person. (Not to be confused with ‘hoping for death’, which just makes you married.)

Extended version (sound up, wait for the drum break):  https://youtu.be/t8tnaZw-uTE

What was the last thing that made you literally laugh out loud?

Why is it that everything I like is either expensive, illegal, or won’t text me back.

Question:  According to a survey, THIS is the #1 thing that will put you in a bad mood in the morning. What is it?
Answer: Spilling food or drink on your clothes

He that would live in peace and at ease, must not speak all he knows or judge all he sees.


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