Tuesday, July 20, 2021 – Edition: #7032
We Give a Sheet!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Kim Kardashian West could be signaling a new name for her KKW Beauty line. Her company has filed trademark documents to lock up the rights to “SKKN”. There was speculation she would be dropping the KKW name to distance herself from Kanye West (‘KKW’ stands for ‘Kim Kardashian West’, after all), but reportedly, she has no plans to change her legal name. And perhaps surprisingly, Kanye has actually assisted with the rebranding and the new packaging that’ll come with it. On the other hand, despite the fact that the brand revamp in the midst of Kardashian’s high profile divorce from West, the beauty brand claims there is absolutely no connection.
★ Will Smith has a new project coming up that will not only bring him back to Netflix, but back to comedy for the first time in several years. Smith will host a new variety comedy special including sketches, musical performances and conversations with big-name celebrity guests, according to a report by Variety. It is scheduled to debut later this year.
★ Production on the “Aquaman” sequel has already begun, but it will ramp up into high gear now that star Jason Momoa as arrived in England, where the movie is being filmed. In a video he posted to Instagram, Momoa said: “I am finally in England. It is sunny out. It’s amazing, and I’m going to start ‘Aquaman 2’ tomorrow.” Pointing to his long brown hair, Momoa indicated he was about to get a dye job in order to achieve Aquaman’s signature blonde highlights.
★ Nicolas Cage says it wasn’t hard to get into the mindset of his character in “Pig.” He’s already received rave reviews for his portrayal of a former chef who becomes distraught after his beloved truffle pig is stolen and sets off to find whoever was responsible. And his cat deserves some credit. Cage says: “I had already had bad dreams about what I would do if I lost Merlin, my cat. I had nightmares. And I told this to Michael [Sarnoski], the director. I said I already have it in my psyche, in my imagination, in my emotions. I know how to play this part without acting.”
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Henry Golding, Robin Thicke, guest host Anthony Anderson
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Jonas Brothers, Zoe Lister-Jones
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Jason Sudeikis, Yola
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Kristin Chenoweth, Tim Robinson, Simon Rich, Taku Hirano
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Cher, Jackson Wang (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Mindy Kaling, Rachel Zoe
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Mj Rodriguez
• “The Talk” (CBS): Constance Zimmer, guest co-hosts Victor Cruz & Mark McGrath
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Mark Wahlberg, Finola Hughes, the Crafty Lumberjacks
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Bryan Cranston, Anya Taylor-Joy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Nick Jonas, Eve Hewson, Lilly Singh (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Matthew McConaughey, Vanna White (R)
• “NBA Finals” (ABC, TSN): Game 6. Phoenix Suns @ Milwaukee Bucks
• “Mental Samurai” (FOX): Season 2 finale
• “The Flash” (CW): Season 7 finale
• “America’s Book of Secrets: Special” (HISTORY): On 9/11, Americans’ sense of security was severely shaken. But what are the most dangerous threats to the US today — both foreign and domestic?
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Adele — stole the show while making a rare public appearance at Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Phoenix. Seated next to LeBron James’ agent Rich Paul, she wore a glamorous animal print coat with a black face mask and was seen waving an orange Suns towel.
• Olivia Rodrigo – “Sour” has notched a fourth total week at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, racking up 83,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. last week. It is the album’s second straight week at the top, after debuting at #1 in early June, then returning to the top on July 3.
• Elton John – says artists like Lorde “blew [his] mind” when he first heard them. On his show “Rocket Hour”, he called her hit ‘Royals’ “unlike anything I’d ever heard before. It just blew my mind. It was so simple and yet so moving.” He also name-checked Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa and Channel Tres, saying: “They’re 16 or 17 or 15 years of age. How do they do that?”
• Elvis Costello — will release a Spanish version of his acclaimed 1978 album “This Year’s Model” on Sept. 10. “Spanish Model” will feature the original instrumental performances by Costello’s band, the Attractions, accompanied by new vocals from Latin pop and rock artists, including Luis Fonsi.
• The Faces – are making new music. Guitarist Ronnie Wood has revealed the trio of surviving members, including Rod Stewart and Kenney Jones, have been recording together in between his sessions with Rolling Stones bandmate Mick Jagger. The Faces split in 1975 but have reunited several times since.
• Blink-182 – Frontman Mark Hoppus has given fans an update on his cancer battle. On Twitter, he said that he has “diffuse large B-cell lymphoma Stage 4-A, which means, as I understand it, it’s entered 4 different parts of my body”. He is undergoing chemotherapy for his rare type of blood cancer.
• Bruce Springsteen — A lyric in his song ‘Thunder Road’ has been edited 46 years after its release. Official versions of the lyrics, including on the original 1975 pressing of “Born to Run” and on Springsteen’s website had the song’s first line reading: “The screen door slams, Mary’s dress waves.” After spirited online debate over whether he sings that Mary’s dress “sways” rather than “waves”, Springsteen’s manager and ‘Born to Run’ co-producer Jon Landau has confirmed that “The word is ‘sways.’” His website has been corrected.
• Garth Brooks, Darius Rucker, George Strait and Jimmie Allen — are among the artists paying tribute to Charley Pride on “CMT Giants: Charley Pride”, a special airing Aug. 25 on CMT. Other performers on the 90-minute special include Alan Jackson, Mickey Guyton, Luke Combs, Wynonna and Reba McEntire.
• Parker McCollum — has some serious praise for Miranda Lambert. He teamed up with a few heavy hitters — including Lambert — to write for his upcoming debut album “Gold Chain Cowboy”. The ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’ singer calls her “the Dolly Parton of my generation.” Quote: “I think she’s a phenomenal talent…she’s such a normal, regular person…You’d never know she’s a superstar.”
• Dolly Parton — has added two more Emmy Awards nominations to her long list of achievements. Her 2020 Netflix film “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square” received nods in the categories Outstanding Television Movie and Outstanding Choreography for Scripted Programming. The Primetime Emmy Awards will be handed out Sept. 20.
SHOOTING THE BULL
REALLY GOOD FRIENDS?
Canadian researchers say that two-thirds of romantic couples actually start out as friends. The team from the University of Victoria analyzed data from nearly 1,900 university students and adults in their project, and determined that 68% romantic relationships begin as friendships. That number is even higher among people in their 20s and in the LGBTQ+ community – at a massive 85%. They discovered little variation in the results across gender, level of education, or ethnic groups. The lead researcher says that while people are often taught that romance and friendship are totally different types of relationships, this study shows the lines between the two can be blurry.
(So if your partner says someone at work is “just a friend”, be worried. Be very worried!)
(Also blurry: The line between romance and being enemies!)
(And then there’s me. Every romantic partner eventually decided we should “Just be friends”.)
PIE IN THE SKY:
A chef in Guatemala has become famous for using a volcano as a pizza oven. Mario Mansilla grew up in the shadow of Pacaya, one of Guatemala’s most active volcanos. Today, his popular “Pizza Pacaya” has become one of highlights of visiting the volcano, with tourists paying a premium to have him cook his delicious pies right on the smoldering volcanic rock, next to flowing rivers of lava. Mansilla got the idea when he happened to see a group of tourists roasting marshmallows over lava. It took some trial and error, but after 5 years, he had perfected his volcanic pizza recipe, and Pizza Pacaya finally opened in 2019. He now climbs the volcano almost daily, bringing along a backpack containing 60 pounds of equipment and ingredients, to cook pizza for tourists. How long does it take to cook a pizza on an active volcano? Mansilla says the heat is so intense that each tray requires no more than 10 minutes.
(I’ve got a feeling that he can’t deliver one in 30 minutes, though…)
(If you’re looking for an ice-cold Coke to go with it…you’d be on your own…)
EVERY DOG HAS HIS DAY:
➢ Scientists have found that “Man’s best friend” won’t necessarily help a man out by sharing food, even if that man has given up a snack first. That’s right, even though dogs are sometimes happy to share food with other dogs, and to help humans in other ways, researchers at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna designed an experiment to give puppers the chance to dispense a treat to an unknown human, sometimes after that person had done the same for them the previous day. They found that whether or not the human had helped the dog obtain food had no bearing on whether or not the dog pressed a button to share food with a person. (They were, however, more than happy to share their fur with anyone nearby…)
➢ Online pet gift shop Yappy.com is on the hunt for a “Chief Puppy Officer” to look after staff members’ dogs while they work. And if that doesn’t sound like the absolute best job in the world, the role comes with a pro-rated £24,000 (US $33,000) salary. The CPO’s duties will include ensuring the pups are “happy, entertained, comfortable and safe at all times”, working with the dogs to provide market research on new products and providing the canines with toys, treats, play and relaxation. According to Yappy, the perfect person for the job is someone who is “dog obsessed”, and an “expert” level tummy tickler. (You should probably be an “expert level” pooper scooper too!) LINK: https://www.yappy.com/uk/dogs/b/chief-puppy-officer
THINGS THAT MAKE ABSOLUTELY ZERO SENSE:
(According to contributors of a Buzzfeed thread…)
✗ “People wanting flying cars. With as many bad drivers as there are on the ground, why would you want that in the sky?”
✗ “Why there are certain foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Why is cereal a breakfast item? Why is it not normal to eat it for dinner?”
✗ “That my spouse cannot close anything completely. Everything is halfway screwed on or has the top just sitting on it.”
✗ “A lot of women’s pants don’t come with pockets or have fake pockets. What is with that?!”
✗ “How easily people can convince themselves they know more about a topic after a 10-minute Google search, than an expert, who has devoted their life to a topic.”
✗ “Not using your blinker. Seriously, it’s one movement of one finger…”
✗ “Why the traffic lights downtown are not synchronized so that drivers don’t have to stop at every block for yet another red light.”
✗ “Eggman always outruns Sonic, even though Sonic is supposed to be the fastest thing alive.”
DID YOU KNOW?
Nutritionally, plant-based meat is not the same as real meat, according to a study. Researchers at Duke University compared 18 widely known plant-based meat alternatives to 18 grass-fed ground beef options. In a statement, they said: “To consumers reading nutritional labels, they may appear…interchangeable. But if you peek behind the curtain…there are large differences between meat and a plant-based meat alternative…That’s not to say that one is better than the other” but that “plant and animal foods can be complementary because they provide different nutrients.”
BS CHRONOMETER 07.20.21
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1947  Carlos Santana, Autlan de Navarro Mexico, rock guitarist (w/Rob Thomas-‘Smooth’, ‘Black Magic Woman’)
1964  Terri Irwin, Eugene OR, reality TV star (“The Crocodile Hunter” 1997-2004)/naturist/author/widow of Steve Irwin, the late “Crocodile Hunter”)
1966  Stone Gossard, Seattle WA, rock guitarist (Pearl Jam-‘Jeremy’, ‘Last Kiss’)
1969  Josh Holloway, San Jose CA, TV actor (‘Sawyer’ on “Lost” 2004-2010, ‘Will Bowman’ on “Colony” 2016-2018)
1971  Sandra Oh, Nepean ON, TV actress (“Grey’s Anatomy” 2005-14, “Killing Eve” since 2018)/movie actress (“Under the Tuscan Sun”, “Sideways”)
1980  Gisele Bundchen, Três de Maio Brazil, model (among the highest-paid in the world since 2004)/environmental activist/actress (“The Devil Wears Prada”)/married to NFL quarterback Tom Brady since 2009
1988  Julianne Hough, Sandy UT, movie actress (“Rock of Ages”, “Footloose”)/country singer (‘That Song in My Head’)/TV personality (“Dancing With the Stars”)
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Moon Day”, the anniversary of the first lunar landing in 1969. Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first to walk on the Moon. Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin joined him later, while Michael Collins remained orbiting above. A few things you likely didn’t know about the lunar landing … NET: http://tinyurl.com/l5p7kb (Celebrate how you want, but please don’t do the obvious!)
• “International Chess Day”, observed since 1966, honoring the game that generates challenge, intellectual stimulation, and enjoyment for people of all ages. There are an estimated 605 million regular chess players around the world. And 70% of adults have, at some point, played chess. (Except they play on their tablet now…)
• “Lollipop Day”, celebrating the 1908 invention of the famous candy on a stick. Pieces of hard candy were put on the ends of pencils for kids to nibble much earlier than that, but the treat had no name. So, here’s to lollipops!
• “Ugly Truck Day”. Sure, a brand new, shiny truck with all the gadgets is a great thing, but there’s something noble about an old, worn, ugly truck. Or maybe that’s just a guy thing?
• “Nap Day”, grab a chaise lounge out in the yard, spread a blanket at the beach, string a hammock between two trees or curl up on your bed under a ceiling fan with the air conditioner cranked.
• “National Fortune Cookie Day”, Although this fun tradition is more Asian-American than strictly Chinese, it’s an essential ending to a Chinese dinner in most Western countries. Here’s to forecasting the future and pop psychology, cookie-style!
AND REMEMBER . . .
[Wed] Legal Drinking Age Day
[Wed] Junk Food Day
[Thurs] Hammock Day
[Thurs] Spoonerism Day
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2012  ‘Batman’ sequel “The Dark Knight Rises” opens in theaters, eventually raking in over $1 billion worldwide
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2017  Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington is found dead, a suicide by hanging. The 41-year-old was close friends with Chris Cornell, who died in similar fashion two months earlier.
2015  Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert divorce after 4 years of marriage.
TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1969  Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin step out from Apollo spacecraft 11 to become the first to walk on the moon. 600 million watch on live TV.
2005  Canada becomes the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage (after the Netherlands, Belgium, and Spain).
TODAY’S RECORDS . . .
2006  German student Torsten Lauschmann claims to have organized a record 600 million people in the Western Hemisphere to jump simultaneously on “World Jump Day” in order to reset Earth’s orbit and fix global warming (turns out to be a hoax ‘art installation’).
2014  Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy wins the British Open, making history with his third major championship — at age 25.
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ 96% of candles sold are purchased by women.
✓ Elephants drink a minimum of 50 gallons of water per day.
✓ It is possible to be allergic to one cat, but not another.
✓ A lobster’s blood is colorless, but when exposed to oxygen, it turns blue.
✓ The yo-yo was originally used as a weapon for hunting the in the Philippines.
✓ Venetian blinds were invented in Japan.
Best of BS:
BS SIGNS YOU HAVE A CRAPPY SUMMER JOB:
• The uniform includes a name tag, a hairnet, and an orange vest with a fluorescent yellow ‘X’.
• Each day begins with the North Korean pledge of allegiance.
• They make everyone share the whistle.
• A sign in the restroom reads: “Employees Must Wash Each Other”.
• Your parents lie and tell people you’re temporarily working as a stripper.
• A big part of your day involves dodging Federales and the opposing cartel.
• Even the interns berate you with “Out of the way, loser!”
• To go home at the end of the day, you have to escape.
-First published in BS in 2015
TODAY’S SCOOP OF BS:
➠ “Shark Week” has concluded. (If the sharks seemed a bit “testy” this year, it’s because they just learned that they’ve been replaced by Bill Cosby as the world’s most dangerous predator…)
➠ San Diego Comic-Con begins on Friday. (For those who don’t understand what Comic-Con is all about, it’s where event-goers from all over gather with one common goal: To Sleep with Harley Quinn.)
➠ 73-year-old Arnold Schwarzenegger was spotted showing his 46-year-old physical therapist girlfriend Heather Milligan in his native Austria last week. (46!!!? Come on Arnold, you’re old enough to be her illegitimate father!)
➠ Amy Winehouse fans are expected to commemorate the 10th anniversary of her death on Friday by leaving empty liquor bottles and packs of cigarettes on her mother’s lawn, like they do each year. (So, I guess my neighbor commemorates her death on my lawn EVERY DAY?)
➠ A study once found that smoking marijuana before driving doubles the risk of you getting into an accident. (In response, a stoner said, “Or maybe smoking marijuana doubles the risk of an accident getting in a car with you. I just blew your mind, man!”)
BS WEB GOODIE:
I’m 99% certain that I’ll never be this cool: https://tinyurl.com/4h6cukrp
BS RANDOM JOKE:
I made a huge to-do list for today. I just can’t figure out who’s going to do it.
BS PHONE STARTER:
What’s your most creative way to keep cool in the summer heat? How about these . . .
☞ Visit the frozen food aisle at the supermarket. Lie down on the peas.
☞ Put a wet handkerchief on the back of your neck. It could start a new fashion fad!
☞ Run cold water over each of your wrists for 10 seconds. It will reduce your temperature for roughly an hour.
☞ Go to your basement and lay on the floor.
☞ Soak a t-shirt in the sink, wring it out, put it on, and sit in a lawn chair.
☞ Keep a spray bottle handy to mist yourself at night. Explain the damp sheets to your spouse.
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: On average, it takes men 2½ years to do THIS. What is it?
Answer: Admit they’re balding
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
There are two kinds of people who don’t say much: those who are quiet and those who talk a lot.