Tuesday, January 26, 2021 – Edition: #6901
The BS Press!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ After being spurned by Donald Trump in his bid for a pardon, Joe Exotic is moving on to the next POTUS, and keeping the faith that President Biden will grant his freedom. Exotic says he has more confidence in Biden regarding criminal justice and prison reform, and claims he watched a TV special on VP Kamala Harris, leading him to believe she can “help clean up the corruption in the DOJ and other agencies.” As for his feelings about Trump, Exotic says he always looked up to him for being a straight-shooter and never backing down, but that all changed after January 6.
★ Over the weekend, Samuel L. Jackson documented his trip to the Forum in Los Angeles County to get his first COVID-19 vaccination. At age 72, Jackson falls under the county’s 65-and-up eligibility rules. He couldn’t resist marking the moment with a nod to his Marvel Cinematic Universe roots. He shared a selfie showing off his brightly colored ‘Nick Fury’ face mask. He’s played the Avengers founder and S.H.I.E.L.D. director in 11 Marvel films as the eyepatch-wearing character.
★ After “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” wrapped its final episode, Kim, Kourtney, Khloé and Kris surprised their roughly 30-person crew with Rolex watches. The famous family reportedly “thanked everyone with speeches” and swapped sentimental stories from the set prior to presenting the team with the pricey timepieces, on which they spent a total of around $300,000 — about $10,000 each.
★ Perry Botkin Jr., the Grammy-winning composer behind “The Young and the Restless” theme song, died last Monday. He was 87. He also composed and arranged theme music and scores for other hit series like “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “Mork & Mindy” and “The Smothers Brothers Show.” The theme song for “The Young and the Restless,” best known as “Nadia’s Theme” for its association with Olympic gymnast Nadia Comăneci, earned him a Grammy for best instrumental arrangement.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Anthony Anderson, Sal Iacono, Death Cab for Cutie
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Susan Sarandon, JJ Watt, Thad Cockrell
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci, Adrianne Lenker
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Ted Danson, Brooks Wheelan, Ann Patchett
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Jared Leto, Jacob Collier
• “Conan” (TBS): Jason Segel
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): D’Andra Simmons
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Wendy Williams
• “The Talk” (CBS): Olivia Newton-John, Chloe Lattanzi
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Tika Sumpter, Jean Chatzky
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Dax Shepard
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Adam Lambert, Venus Williams
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Matthew McConaughey, Vanna White
• “To Tell the Truth” (ABC): Season 6 premiere. Celebrity panelists Jimmy Kimmel, Andrea Savage and Sherri Shepherd.
• “mixed-ish” (ABC): Season 2 premiere
• “Teen Mom OG” (MTV): Season 9 premiere
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Justin Timberlake – ‘Better Days’, his duet with Ant Clemons, featuring Kirk Franklin, was released to streaming services following the song’s performance at the Biden-Harris inauguration. It has now set the record for the most-Shazamed song in a single day in the US.
• BTS — After releasing their album “BE (Deluxe Edition)” on Nov. 20, the K-pop supergroup are dropping another release. “BE (Essential Edition)” will arrive Feb. 19. They will also be unveiling “surprise gifts” for the ARMY in the days leading up to the Essential Edition’s release.
• Prince – Singer/percussionist Sheila E. is making a biopic about their longtime relationship. She posted on Facebook: “Coming soon…Sheila E. to release ‘Girl Meets Boy’, a film telling the beautiful story of her time with Prince. Stay Tuned.”
• Salt-N-Pepa — DJ Spinderella was shut out from the group biopic that premiered Sat. on Lifetime, and she isn’t pleased. Spinderella, born Deidra Roper, took to Twitter to complain about the film which focuses exclusively on Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton’s journey to hip-hop stardom.
• Paula Abdul – says Michael Bolton was a poor babysitter when she was a kid. Abdul’s big sister was close to Bolton when he was a music biz rookie, so when she needed someone to watch Paula, she called on Bolton. Quote: “He was the worst babysitter, because all he cared about was music.”
• Nickelback – When the UK group The Lottery Winners went viral on TikTok with a “sea shanty” version of their hit ‘Rockstar’ the group liked it so much that they joined in, adding their own vocals for a remixed supergroup version. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/y3btdm7f
• The Beach Boys — A TV special to mark the group’s 60th anniversary could soon be in the works, according to co-founder Al Jardine. And although a full commemorative tour this year is unlikely, he’d like to take the band on the road to “10 or 20 areas of the world”.
• Morgan Wallen – His sophomore album “Dangerous: The Double Album” has debuted at the top of the all-genre Billboard 200 albums chart. It also debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, making him the first artist to debut at the top of the Top Country Albums and Hot Country Songs chart at the same time.
• Eric Church – has announced that he has not one, but three new albums coming in April! “Heart”, “&”, and “Soul” are the names of the three projects, with the & album coming out April 20th, exclusively for members of his ‘Church Choir’ fan club. “Heart” arrives April 16th, and Soul will be available April 23.
• Garth Brooks — Before stepping outside the US Capitol Building to perform ‘Amazing Grace’ at President Biden’s Inauguration Day ceremony, he enlisted the help of Lady Gaga’s hair and makeup team. In a tweet, Brooks asked Gaga to pass on his thanks to her hairstylist and makeup artist, writing: “They saved a cowboy today.”
SHOOTING THE BULL
DRILLING DOWN BEFORE GOING FORWARD:
There are probably a dozen “office jargon” terms that you wish you’d never hear again, but which one is the MOST annoying? “Circle back.” In a survey by Workfront, 13% of workers called it the most annoying phrase used in the office. In a post discussing “soul sucking corporate phrases”, Los Angeles Magazine listed circle back as the most annoying phrase used in the office. And CNBC called for the phrase to be banned from offices. According to corporate finance and advisory firm Keystone Partners Vice President Brenda Stanton, “It usually means we just had a meeting where nothing was accomplished, and we need to ‘circle back’ to have another pointless meeting.” She feels the term can be upsetting to someone who needs an immediate answer. Other ways to say circle back, without actually saying it include “Let’s return back” and “Let’s schedule another call” …not that the end result is any different. Other ‘most-annoying’ work phrases include “Think outside the box,” “Synergy,” “Game-changer” and “Run it up the flagpole.”
(What comes to mind for you?)
(I’m not sure what comes to mind for me. Let’s ‘touch base’ later!)
(My personal least favorite: “Can I see you in my office?”)
Elon Musk wants to give away $100 million. Last week, Musk — the founder of Tesla and SpaceX — tweeted he would donate $100 million towards a prize for designing effective carbon capture technology. You might recall that earlier this month, Musk, after surpassing Amazon founder Jeff Bezos as the world’s richest person, asked his Twitter followers for feedback on ways he could donate money that would “really make a difference.” His follow-up tweet on Thursday said, “Am donating $100M towards a prize for best carbon capture technology.” Controlling carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere is an important step in the fight against climate change. Carbon dioxide is emitted by the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal and oil.
(Hey Elon! I’ve got an idea. It’s called a tree…)
(Well, whoever comes up with the winning entry will definitely be the best-paid scientist out there!)
(I just don’t like this guy. Go ahead…call me an “anti-Musker”!)
CHEWING THE FAT ABOUT FAT:
⇒ New research has poked a hole in the theory that it’s possible to be “fat but fit.” Physical activity does nothing to cancel the harmful effects of excess body weight on cardiovascular health, according to a study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. Scientists found that regardless of activity levels, overweight study participants faced higher cardiovascular risks than those with normal body weight. When compared to inactive normal-weight adults, physically active obese people were still about twice as likely to have high cholesterol, 4 times more likely to have diabetes and 5 times more likely to have high blood pressure. The findings contradict previous studies concluding that physical activity could lessen the effects of extra body weight on heart health. (I suppose you’re looking for a ‘paunch’ line here…)
⇒ Skipping dinner could cause weight gain, according to a new study. Researchers at Osaka University observed the health records of about 18,000 students over the course of 3 years and found those who regularly skipped dinner were likely to gain weight or be overweight. Ditching dinner was more associated with overweight/obesity in men and women, than skipping breakfast or lunch was, according to the study’s findings. Researchers aren’t sure why dinner-skipping appears to contribute to weight gain, but they theorize it could be that skipping dinner causes a person to eat more than they usually would at other times of the day. (Been there, done fat…)
FALL ASLEEP FASTER WITH THE SIX Ts:
The team at eco-friendly bedding brand “Snug” analyzed decades of research to uncover exactly what we need to do to fall asleep peacefully…
☞ Timing: Most adults need between 6 and 9 hours of sleep per night. Are you going to bed early enough to achieve this?
☞ Temperature: Your bedroom should be around 17°C (63F). While this may vary a bit from person to person, it’s always harder to fall asleep when you are too hot or cold (or your partner is…believe me!)
☞ Technology: Take a little time away from the screen before bedtime. It’s best not to use your phone in the 90 minutes before bed. Reading, meditating or drawing are relaxing alternatives that can help you to sleep soundly.
☞ Taste-buds: Give them a break before bed. Eat your last meal at least 3 hours before bed…and no coffee for 10 hours before trying to sleep is best. (If I don’t have a coffee for 10 hours, I’ll definitely be able to fall asleep!)
☞ Tog: The what? It stands for ‘Thermal Overall Grade’, and is a measurement of how much a fabric insulates. Changing your duvet according to the seasons can help you sleep. A 4.5 tog is best for warmer nights, 10.5 for in-between seasons, and 13.5 for winter.
☞ Thank you: Turn out the light, say goodnight and be thankful for something. While it may sound corny, science shows expressing gratitude for things big and small satisfies us and helps us rest.
(What’s your ‘go-to’ tip for falling asleep?)
DID YOU KNOW?
A new survey finds the average person tried to form 19 new habits during quarantine – and gave up on all but 4 of them. A new exercise routine (34%), a new hobby (31%), and a new cooking regimen (29%) were among the top new habits to try last year. On the other hand, a new wake-up time (13%), meditation (12%), and going to bed earlier (10%) were the activities most likely to be tried and subsequently abandoned in 2020. (If, like me, your “new hobby” is cutting down on laundry through repetition, you might be considered a success!)
BS CHRONOMETER 01.26.21
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1934  Bob Uecker, Milwaukee WI, baseball announcer (comedic play-by-play announcer for the Milwaukee Brewers’ radio broadcasts since 1971)/movie actor (“Major League” movies)/former MLB player
1949  David Strathairn, San Francisco CA, movie actor (“Bourne” films, “Good Night, and Good Luck”)
1957  Deep Roy, Nairobi Kenya, movie actor (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “Star Trek”)
1958  Ellen Degeneres, Metairie LA, TV personality (“Ellen DeGeneres Show” since 2003, “American Idol” 2010-11)/TV actress (“Ellen” 1994-98)
1961  Wayne Gretzky (“The Great One”), Brantford ON, former NHL player (9-time MVP, 10-time scoring champ, 4-time Stanley Cup winner)/all-time greatest hockey player?/former NHL coach
1963  1963 Andrew Ridgeley, Surrey England, pop singer (Wham!-‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’)
1981  Colin O’Donoghue, Drogheda Ireland, TV actor (‘Captain Hook’ on “Once Upon a Time” 2012-18)
1982  Brahim Takioullah, Guelmim Morocco, Guinness World Record holder for ‘World’s Largest Feet’ since 1982 (left foot: 38.1 cm/15 inches; right foot: 37.5 cm/14.76 inches)
BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Australia Day”, the national day for our mates Down Under, commemorating the 1788 landing of Captain Arthur Phillip at Sydney to establish a penal colony. Records of an annual celebration date back to 1808.
• “Peanut Brittle Day”, celebrating the yummy treat that sticks to your fillings. A little sugar, a little corn syrup, a little more sugar, some peanuts, a little butter, a little more sugar …
• “Spouse’s Day”, a time to enjoy and appreciate your better half. (Just before you deposit this month’s alimony…)
• “International Customs Day”, recognizing the role of custom officials and agencies in maintaining border security. It focuses on the working conditions and challenges that customs officers face on-the-job. (To celebrate, body-frisk a co-worker today. Just kidding!)
• “Plan for Vacation Day”, in the US, celebrated on the last Tuesday of January, a day to encourage Americans to plan their time off. Recent stats show 52% of Americans don’t use all their vacation time, and 24% haven’t taken any paid leave in more than a year. (Take your time!)
• “Lotus 1-2-3 Day”, marking the anniversary of the day in 1983 when the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet program, which was a three-in-one (1-2-3) spreadsheet calculator, database manager, and graphics package, debuted as an application for the IBM PC.
AND REMEMBER . . .
[Wed] Thomas Crapper Day
[Wed] National Geographic Day
[Thurs] Daisy Day
[Thurs] Blueberry Pancake Day
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2009  8 children are born to Nadya Suleman, whom the media dubs ‘Octomom’ (public reaction turns negative when it’s discovered the unemployed single mom already has 6 other kids via in vitro fertilization)
2010  James Cameron’s film “Avatar” surpasses his 1997 movie “Titanic” to become the highest-grossing film of all-time (eventually totaling $2.8 billion)
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2006  Garth Brooks’ “Double Live” album, released in 1998, becomes the first live album certified Double Diamond for sales of over 20 million in America
2015  Blink-182 announces Tom DeLonge is no longer with the band (He left the group so he would have time to prove that aliens exist…)
2020  18-year-old Billie Eilish wins 4 of the 9 televised awards at the Grammys, including the big ones: Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist
TODAY IN SPORTS . . .
2020  LA Lakers basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and 7 others die in a helicopter crash in foggy conditions in the hills above Calabasas, California
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1972  Serbian flight attendant Vesna Vulovic survives a 10,160 meter (6.3 miles) fall without parachute – the highest-ever fall without a parachute
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ The dwarf planet “Pluto” was named by Venetia Burney, an 11-year-old British schoolgirl.
✓ A cluster of bananas is called a ‘hand’. A single banana is called a ‘finger’.
✓ A slang word used by bankers for those who pay off their credit cards in full each month is “deadbeats”.
✓ Technically, the “high seas” are waters 12 or more nautical miles beyond a nation’s territory.
✓ “Chewco”, “Obi-1 Holdings” and “Kenobe” were all names of Enron subsidiaries.
✓ Melbourne, Australia was originally named Batmania.
Best of BS . . .
BS QUESTIONS FOR A MAN FROM A WOMAN:
• How is it you can be looking for something, be told EXACTLY where it is, and still not see it?
• How is it you never remember which day is garbage day, when it hasn’t changed for 9 years?!
• Isn’t it embarrassing how you act when you’re sick?
• When a woman speaks about her feelings, does that sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher to you?
• Do you want to go to ‘Bed , Bath and Beyond’ with me?
• Why do you even try to argue with me?
• Do you really need a seat for each of your legs?
• If you speak in the forest and there’s no one there to hear you, are you still wrong?
• Why is it when you watch your own kids, people say you’re ‘babysitting’?
• Why do you act like you just cleaned the entire house when all you did was take out the trash?
• Are you even listening to me?
• Why can’t you just put the seat down?!!!
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2017
TODAY’S SLICE OF BS:
➠ A ticket purchased in Michigan has won $1.05 billion dollars in the Mega Millions lottery. (That’s the biggest single jackpot winner since Kris Jenner had another girl!)
➠ The Mexican paparazzi caught Bella Thorne in a skimpy bikini while on vacation in Tulum. You can find them online (…once your wife leaves the room)
➠ Playboy has cancelled its online magazine’s ‘Playmate of the Month’ feature. (Fine with me! I found it sooooo hard to fit my computer under my mattress anyway…)
➠ New rescheduled shows have been announced for singer Boz Scaggs. (So, take a hike, insomnia!)
➠ Fact of the Day: Chainsaws were originally invented as a tool to help deliver babies. (Of course, in those days, using a chainsaw would cost you “an arm and a leg”!
BS WEB GOODIE:
Ice follies: https://fb.watch/3b_84a3kxX/
BS RANDOM JOKE:
I saved 15% on car insurance by leaving the scene of the accident.
BS PHONE STARTER:
What is there rarest or oddest thing you’ve ever witnessed?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: A survey says THIS is the number one thing a woman can say to start a fight with her husband. What is it?
Answer: That he was flirting with, or looking at another woman
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Don’t dream of winning — train for it.