Thursday, July 30, 2020 — Edition: #6751
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BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ The bear is back. Earlier in the week, Ryan Reynolds offered a $5,000 on Twitter for the return of a missing stuffed bear. A Herschel backpack was stolen in Vancouver along with an iPad inside, but it was the bear that owner ‘Mara’ really wanted back, and now that bear has been found! Inside the bear is a voice recording of her mother saying, “I love you I’m proud of you, I’ll always be with you.” Mara’s mother died last year. On Wednesday morning, Reynolds retweeted the news from Mara that the bear had been found. Reynolds’ comment: “Vancouver is awesome.”
★ “Schitt’s Creek” has broken the record for most Emmy nominations given to a comedy series in its final season with 15 nods in total. The show surpassed the previous record of 13 nominations set by “30 Rock” in 2013. “Schitt’s” nominations include one for each of the show’s four leads, including an outstanding lead actor nod for Eugene Levy, a lead actress nod for Catherine O’Hara, a supporting actor nod for Dan Levy, and a supporting actress nod for Annie Murphy. The show also got nominations for directing, and is one of 8 shows nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series.
★ A new digital series is set to use humor to spread awareness about climate change – and it is hosted by The Office’s Rainn Wilson. “An Idiot’s Guide to Climate Change”, which premiered online Tuesday, is a six-part docuseries running on Wilson’s “Soul Pancake” YouTube channel. Climate activist Greta Thunberg will be among the guests as Wilson embarks on what he calls “a life-changing journey from an everyday, well-intentioned but uninformed liberal to strident climate activist.”
★ Drew Barrymore will begin hosting “The Drew Barrymore Show” on CBS later this year – and she has announced a lineup of online programs in a lead-up to the premiere on September 14. In addition to “Drew’s Cookbook Club” and “Drew’s Movie Nite”, she’ll also be taking fans behind the scenes with “The Art of the Interview” and “The Making of the Drew Barrymore Show”. Barrymore says she plans to take people through her ”journey” from when she started work on the chat show, through to its launch.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Tracee Ellis Ross, Mayor Muriel Bowser, guest host Anthony Anderson (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Seth Rogan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alanis Morissette
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Ricky Gervais, Noah Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Sean Hayes, Dan Levy
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Allison Janney, 5 Seconds of Summer (R)
• “Conan” (TBS): Bob Odenkirk (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Ramona Singer, Brad Goreski
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Miss Piggy
• “The Talk” (CBS): Ozzy & Jack Osbourne, Al Roker, John Rzeznik
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Eva LaRue
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Mark Wahlberg, Black Pumas (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Sherri Shepherd, Kym Whitley, Paul Reiser, Katie Lee, Lauren Daigle (R)
• “Holey Moley” (ABC): A yoga instructor and a businesswoman face The Distractor; an ice cream entrepreneur and a professional wrestler compete on Buns & Wieners; two self-identified cat people take on Water Hazard.
• “NBA Basketball” (TNT, TSN): The season finally resumes with 2 games: Utah Jazz at New Orleans Pelicans; Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Drake — has beaten Madonna’s record for the most Top 10 hits in US chart history. He has two tracks in the top 10 of this week’s Billboard Hot 100 chart in collaboration with DJ Khaled: ‘Popstar’ at #3 and ‘Greece’ at #8, bringing his total to 40, and overtaking Madonna’s 38.
• BTS – revealed in a livestream that they will release a new English single next month, and a new album is also on the way. The new digital single will be released on Korean and international streaming sites on Friday, August 21.
• Pearl Jam, R.E.M., The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Aerosmith and more — have joined forces with the Artists Rights Alliance to demand that political parties “establish clear policies requiring campaigns to seek the consent of featured recording artists, songwriters, and copyright owners before using their music in a political or campaign setting.” The Village People, Neil Young, and Tom Petty’s estate have all recently called out the Donald Trump campaign for using their songs without permission.
• AC/DC – Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider says their much-anticipated new album “has been recorded” but had to be “delayed” because of the pandemic. He previously stated that the album will use some parts recorded by guitarist Malcolm Young prior to his death. Now, Snider calls it “a miracle of technology” and “the ultimate ‘one more time.'”
• Merle Haggard — Sam Rockwell is in talks to star in a biopic of the legendary country musician. Rockwell will reportedly do his own singing for the flick, which will be mainly set during the 1990s.
• Randy Travis – Although his voice was silenced by a stroke in 2013, a previously unreleased recording was released yesterday. The demo ‘Fool’s Love Affair’ was made available to celebrate the release of his debut single ‘On the Other Hand’, 35 years ago this month. LINK: https://orcd.co/foolsloveaffair
• Jason Aldean — showed off a new tattoo on Insta on Mon., and attributed it to “Ink Master” season 9 winner Bubba Irwin, who made a house call. Aldean got a beach scene featuring palm trees climbing around his forearm, looping in his already existing tattoos of his three daughter’s names.
• Brad Paisley — leads the “Quarantine All-Stars” in a new instrumental for coronavirus relief for musicians through the MusiCares Foundation. The ‘Quarantine’ video features an intro from Luke Bryan. Musicians on the song include Steve Wariner, Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain, the Rolling Stones’ musical director Chuck Leavell, Sonny Emory (Eric Clapton), members of Bryan’s band, and more. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/y366lckc
According to reports, you may have to PAY to use Twitter by the end of this year. CEO Jack Dorsey said during a call with investors last week that it’s preparing to explore how it could institute some sort of paid subscription model, saying “you will likely see some tests this year.” At this point, most of the $3.5 billion in revenue it generates per year comes from ads, and Dorsey says the company is actively looking at finding additional revenue streams. That would mean making us pay. The most obvious move would be to invite people to pay to avoid seeing sponsored tweets on their timeline, but that doesn’t mean that an “every user pays” system isn’t being considered.
(How about I pay not to see tweets from trolls instead?)
(I know a few people who should be charged by the hashtag…!)
(I’d pay to not see a certain someone’s tweets in the news every morning…)
CHEW ON THIS:
The future of taking prescription drugs could be in chewing gum, thanks to a new robotic mouth. Stay with me here. Researchers at the University of Bristol say medicated chewing gum is a very effective way of getting drugs into a patient’s body. The problem is, there’s no proven method of testing how well gum releases medicine into the mouth. Now, the team from Bristol is testing to see how well a motorized mouth does the job. The robo-jaw comes with its own teeth, mimics human chewing motions, and even produces artificial saliva. The researchers say the “mouth” allows them to measure how much chemical is being released into the saliva. Their invention will help limit danger to human test subjects while scientists experiment with drug doses in gum, and save pharmaceutical companies money.
(While they’re at it, can they also study why gum loses its flavor in the first 5 minutes?)
(And as a bonus, the robo-jaw hasn’t ONCE left its used gum under a chair!)
Which is best for the environment – using a modern energy-efficient dishwasher, or doing your dishes in the sink? Researchers from the University of Michigan investigated and found that dishwashers are generally better, but not if you use a certain method of handwashing. Their recommendations are to avoid “pre-rinsing” and to deselect “heated dry” when using a dishwasher. The worst method for dishwashing is the “running tap” method of manual dishwashing where the dishes are washed under a constant stream of hot water, using more power and water than any other method. But here’s the best method that’s even better than the dishwasher: manual washing using a “two basin” method, where the dishes are washed in a sink of hot water and then rinsed in a sink of cold water. This method cuts emissions by 66%, and is 18% more efficient than using a dishwasher.
(It’s funny…I always used that “running hot water” method until I got my own place…)
(As far as I’m concerned, the best method is the “No , you can’t go out to play until you’ve done the dishes” method…)
The Canadian government has unveiled a new tool which allows Canadians to assess the risk level of contracting COVID-19 while participating in different activities. Ordering take-out food, camping, grocery shopping and outdoor exercising are considered low risk. Medium risk activities include going to the movies, visiting a hair salon or outdoor patio, getting in a taxi, shopping at a mall, and attending a wedding or funeral. Here are the highest-risk activities and places:
⇒ Bars and nightclubs
⇒ Crowded indoor restaurant/buffet
⇒ Gyms and athletic studios
⇒ Amusement parks
⇒ Cruise ships and resorts
⇒ High contact sports with shared equipment (football/basketball)
⇒ Large religious/cultural gatherings
⇒ Music concerts, or places where people are singing or shouting
⇒ Watching sporting events in arenas and stadiums
⇒ Indoor party
⇒ Hugging, kissing or shaking hands
⇒ Sexual activity with new people
⇒ Crowded public transportation (bus, subway)
(Careful…for some, all of those last three are sexual activities!)
DID YOU KNOW?
NASA’s latest Mars mission, set for launch this morning, will literally be wired for sound. The Perseverance rover will carry two microphones. One will be on the entry, descent and landing system, and the other is wired to the laser-beaming “SuperCam” instrument designed to zap rocks to learn more about their composition. Scientists expect that listeners will hear a “pop-pop-pop” sound every time the laser fires in search of organic compounds, or the building blocks of life. No country has ever successfully sent a microphone to Mars. As a result, we’ve never heard the eerie sounds of the surface of Red Planet.
BS CHRONOMETER 07.30.20
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1941  Paul Anka, Ottawa ON, oldies pop singer (‘Put Your Head on my Shoulder’, ‘Diana’)/songwriter (‘My Way’, ‘Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’ theme)
1947  Arnold Schwarzenegger, Thal Austria, movie actor (“Terminator” films, “Predator”, The Expendables” films)/38th California governor 2003-11/5-time “Mr. Universe”.
1961  Laurence Fishburne, Augusta GA, movie actor (“Man of Steel”, “Matrix” trilogy)/TV actor (“Black-ish” since 2014)
1962  Alton Brown, Los Angeles CA, chef, TV personality (“Good Eats”, “Iron Chef America”)
1963  Lisa Kudrow, Encino CA, TV actress (“Friends” 1994-2004)/TV producer (“Who Do You Think You Are?” since 2010)/movie actress (“The Other Woman”, “Easy A”)
1964  Vivica A Fox, South Bend IN, movie actress (“Sharknado 2: The Second One”, “Kill Bill” movies)
1968  Terry Crews, Flint MI, TV actor (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” since 2013)
1970  Christopher Nolan, London UK, movie director-producer-screenwriter (“Dunkirk”, “Interstellar”, “The Dark Knight” films) COMING UP…”Tenent”, 2020
1974  Hilary Swank, Lincoln NE, movie actress (Oscars-“Million Dollar Baby”, “Boys Don’t Cry”)
1977  Jaime Pressly, Kinston NC, TV actress (‘Jill Kendall’ on “Mom” since 2014, “My Name Is Earl” 2005-09)/movie actress (“A Haunted House 2”, “I Love You, Man”)
1999  Joey King, Los Angeles CA, movie actress (“The Act”, “The Kissing Booth”) COMING UP…”Kissing Booth 3″, 2021
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Cheesecake Day”, a day to indulge yourself in one of the most decadent of all desserts. (What’s your favorite kind? Mine’s ‘guilt-free’.)
• “Father-In-Law Day”, honoring the spousal parent who has never really been all that impressed with you. Try to be nice anyway.
• “Kiss Your Car Day”, observed annually on the 1863 birth date of Henry Ford. It’s a day to show your vehicle how much you really, really love her (As opposed to “kissing your car goodbye”, which would be something else entirely…)
• “Paperback Book Day”, marking the start of the paperback book revolution with publication of Penguin #1, “Ariel, The Life of Shelley” by Andre Maurois in London this date in 1935.
• “Support Public Education Day”, promoting the efforts of administrators, teachers, and parents who aim to maintain a public education system that meets the needs of every student.
• “World Snorkeling Day”, On this day in 1932, Joseph L. Belcher patented “Belcher Breathing Apparatus”. The word ‘snorkel’ comes from the German word ‘schnorchel’, which loosely translated means ‘to snore underwater’.
• “National Chili Dog Day”, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans are expected to eat 7 billion hot dogs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. And during the month of July, 10 % of the annual retail hot dog sales occur.
COMING UP . . .
[Fri] Avocado Day
[Fri] Mutt Day
[Sat] Spider-Man Day
[Sat] Play Ball Day
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2006  After 42 years, the world’s longest running music show, “Top of the Pops”, is televised for the last time on BBC2
2017  Hackers reveal they have stolen data from HBO, including “Games of Thrones” scripts and episodes
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2003  ‘SARStock Concert’ in Toronto ON draws about 450,000 to see AC/DC, Rolling Stones, Rush, The Guess Who, Justin Timberlake and others in a bid to prove the city’s safety after an outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
2007  Britney Spears divorces rapper-dancer Kevin Federline due to irreconcilable differences after over two years of marriage and 2 children
TODAY’S RECORDS . . .
1976  American athlete Bruce (now Caitlyn) Jenner sets a world record in decathlon with 8,617 points and wins Gold at the Montréal Olympics
2002  Brazil wins a record 5th FIFA World Cup championship with a 2-0 victory over Germany
TODAY’S LAST . . .
2003  The last ‘old style’ Volkswagen Beetle rolls off the assembly line in Mexico (best-selling car model in the world at the time, over 21 million sold)
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ A square piece of dry paper cannot be folded in half more than 7 times.
✓ A duck can’t walk without bobbing its head.
✓ You have to eat 5kg (11lb) of potatoes to put on .5kg (1lb) of weight. (But the butter’ll get ya!)
✓ Radio waves travel so much faster than sound waves that a broadcast voice can be heard sooner 18,000 km away than in the back of the room in which it originated.
✓ Polo players are not allowed to play left-handed because it’s too dangerous.
✓ Due to gravitational effects, you weigh slightly less when the moon is directly overhead.
BS STARBUCKS “NAME” FUN:
• Gave my name as “Fire”. When the barista shouted my ‘name’, everyone ran away. Now I have a lot of new handbags.
• Gave my name as “Spartacus”. When the barista shouted my ‘name’, the whole place shouted: “No, I am Spartacus.” Then there was a long discussion about whose coffee it actually was.
• Gave my name as “I’m Hungry”. When the barista shouted my ‘name’, half of the customers yelled “Hi Hungry, I’m Dad!”, and the other half just rolled their eyes.
• Gave my name as “Free Coffee”. When the barista shouted my ‘name’, it all kicked off. Laptops went flying, I saw one woman get hit in the face by a pug, one person screamed ‘What about tea?’, people started shoving sugar in their pockets for no reason. Try it.
• Gave my name as “Anthropocene”. I just made up the word in the spur of the moment. As the barista screamed out my ‘name’ repeatedly, everyone was shocked. But the name seems to have stuck.
• Gave my name as “Aphrahat,” the Persian Sage. As the barista shouted “WHO?!”, I was like, “Dang, my academic specialty is so uninteresting that I can’t even participate in this thing.”
TODAY’S SLICE OF BS:
➠ An overdue book from 1978 was returned to a Tulsa, Oklahoma, library. (You could tell it was an old book. It was called, “Clifford the Big Red Dog . . . goes disco dancing!)
➠ Batman was honored at Comic-Con, as it’s been 81 years since his parents died, marking the birth of Batman. (When they asked him what he wanted as a gift, he whispered, “For Robert Pattinson to be Robin.”)
➠ A South Carolina state park visitor recorded a trio of alligators who routinely used a crosswalk to make their way across a road…and the video has gone viral. (“Excuse me, please move, I need to get bayou.”)
➠ Arnold Schwarzenegger is 73 today. (He didn’t plan anything big, . . . He’s just, you know, spending the day with his families…)
➠ Former U.S. Women’s Soccer goalie Hope Solo is 39 today. (She’s probably going out drinking tonight, so look for her on TMZ tomorrow!)
BS WEB GOODIE:
The look on his face: https://tinyurl.com/y3g46487
BS RANDOM JOKE:
Hedgehogs, eh? Why can’t they just share the hedge?
BS PHONE STARTER:
What huge screw-up did you manage to fix before anyone noticed?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: 15% of us say we prefer to do this WITHOUT our significant others. What is it?
Answer: Grocery shopping
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
He who borrows, sells his freedom.