Tuesday, June 29, 2021 – Edition: #7018
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BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Harry Connick Jr. is headed to Easy Street. He’s taking on the role of billionaire ‘Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks’ in the upcoming “Annie Live!” special on NBC. Connick Jr. told People that he has seen the classic “a million times, “and it’s one of those things where you watch it and enjoy it and never really imagine yourself a part of it, so when I was asked to play Daddy Warbucks it was kind of surreal because that’s such an iconic role.” He joins Taraji P. Henson, who will play ‘Miss Hannigan’, the infamous head of the orphanage. Annie Live! will air Dec. 2 on NBC.
★ John Langley, who created the long-running TV show “Cops” which helped usher in the reality TV era, died Saturday of an apparent heart attack in Baja, Mexico. He was 78. Langley was competing in the Coast to Coast Ensenada-San Felipe 250 off-road race at the time. “Cops” was canceled in 2020 after the George Floyd protests, and had become controversial for showing primarily the point of view of police.
★ In an interview, George R.R. Martin discussed the upcoming final 2 books in the series that inspired “Game of Thrones”. He said that when the show moved beyond the books he’d completed, the storyline actually wound up “going in somewhat different directions” than he had in mind. Martin said that he is “still working on the book, but you’ll see my ending when that comes out.” He isn’t saying now when they’ll be ready, despite telling fans last year that he was anticipating completing the 4th book, “The Winds of Winter” by July 2021. The final book will be called “A Dream of Spring”.
★ Quentin Tarantino has considered remaking “Reservoir Dogs” as his final film. Tarantino has long promised to retire after making 10 movies, and although he hasn’t yet revealed what his last project will be, he admitted on “Real Time with Bill Maher” that he thought about going full circle and making a new version of his 1992 classic debut. Quote: “That’s kind of a ‘capture time in a moment’ kind of thing. I won’t do it, internet! But I considered it.”
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Dax Shepard, Monica Padman, Tony Hale, Saweetie (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Sofia Vergara, Jack Antonoff, Bleachers (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Vin Diesel, Helen Mirren, Ludacris, John Cena, Tyrese Gibson, Justin Lin, Jordana Brewster, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Amy Adams, Stacey Abrams, Ashe (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Steve Buscemi, Ed Sheeran
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Sonja Morgan, Leah McSweeney
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Eric Adams, Tai, Rainn & Brooke Sheppard
• “The Talk” (CBS): Tony Hale, guest co-hosts Bill Bellamy & Bobby Bones
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kal Penn, Dr. Lisa Lippman, Kelsea Ballerini
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Kristen Bell, Wiz Khalifa, Angelina Spicer, guest host Chelsea Handler
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Howie Mandel, Ilana Glazer, Danny Trejo, Elle King
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Courteney Cox, Amber Stevens West, Alexis Nikole Nelson, Devon Franklin (R)
• “TMZ Investigates: UFOs: The Pentagon Proof” (FOX): Analyzing the U.S. government’s official response to UFO conversations from an investigative standpoint; interviews with key players; new footage of UFOs from the deck of a USS naval ship.
• “America’s Top Dog” (A&E): Season 2 premiere. A Hollywood superstar pup takes on a bird hunter; a talented pit bull goes up against a punk rock border poo; two K9s named after movie villains face off.
• “Good Bones” (HGTV): Season 6 premiere.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• One Direction — Simon Cowell believes he can “persuade” them to reunite. Cowell, who put the group on “The X Factor” 11 years ago, says even though they have been on indefinite hiatus since 2016, someday they’ll be back on stage together again. Quote: “I think it will happen…whether it is making records again or touring, it would be the most amazing thing. I’d love it to happen.”
• Ed Sheeran – dropped the bombshell that he has written a song for the new BTS album. During an appearance on “Most Requested Live”, he said: “I’ve actually worked with BTS on their last record, and I’ve just written a song for their new record,” he said. “And they’re super, super cool guys as well.”
• Justin Bieber — A TikTok user who has apparently been staking out his New York City apartment shared a video in which Biebs pleads with fans to get lost. Before walking inside, he says: “I don’t appreciate you guys being here. You know when you come home at the end of the night, and you want to relax? This is my space to do that. So, I would appreciate it if you guys could leave.”
• Gloria Estefan, Sting, and Andrea Bocelli – have joined the global virtual fundraiser Vax India Now. Josh Groban and Yo-Yo Ma will also take part in the July 7 event, to bring attention and medical resources to the Covid-ravaged country, currently battling a deadly second wave. It will be livestreamed by CNN.
• Rush – guitarist Alex Lifeson says he has completed 10 new songs for a project called “Envy of None”. Envy of None also includes bassist Andy Curran (Coney Hatch), guitarist Alfio Annibalini and vocalist Maiah Wynne. The plan to drop their debut release later this year.
• Bruce Springsteen – reopened Broadway with a “Springsteen on Broadway” performance on Saturday, and he also opened up on stage about his Nov. DWI arrest. Quote: “I was handcuffed and thrown in jail…My case was, ‘The United States vs. Bruce Springsteen.’ That’s always comforting to hear — the entire nation is against you!”
• The White Stripes – A 20th anniversary digital deluxe edition of their landmark 2001 album “White Blood Cells” has been released. It features HD audio remasters of all the original songs, plus a full-length performance of the album recorded at Detroit’s Gold Dollar in 2001. Vinyl editions arrive Oct. 22.
• Gary Allen – has returned to performing live for the first time since the pandemic closed down concerts, but it wasn’t easy getting back up to speed. He got ready for touring by rehearsing with his band 4 nights a week, and he says he lost his voice every night until the Saturday before their first show. His new album “Ruthless,” his first since 2013, dropped on Friday.
• Miranda Lambert – her new version of Hank Snow’s ‘I’m Movin’ On’ appears on the soundtrack to “The Ice Road”, the new Netflix movie starring Liam Neeson (released on Friday). Also appearing on the soundtrack are: Tim McGraw’s take on The Cars’ ‘Drive’, Jason Isbell with the Johnny Cash favorite, ‘All I Do Is Drive’, and Brantley Gilbert and FGL’s Tyler Hubbard duetting on ‘Rubber Meets the Road’.
• Toby Keith — released his new song ‘Old School’ on Friday, and fans might notice a few familiar names in the credits. The song, which celebrates living in a small town, was written by Maren Morris, Ryan Hurd and Brett Tyler years ago.
SHOOTING THE BULL
⇒ A CCTV company is paying remote workers to yell at armed robbers. Washington-based Live Eye Surveillance offers up a surveillance camera system that keeps constant watch over shops and lets a remote human operator intervene whenever they see something suspicious. For $399 per month, workers in India will keep an eye on your business’ video feed 24/7. In a sample video, two robbers, one carrying an assault rifle, run into what appears to be a 7-Eleven store and force the clerk behind the counter. As the clerk opens the cash register, the Live Eye system dings and a voice informs the robbers that the police have been called. They run out of the store. On its website, the company claims several major corporations as customers, including 7-Eleven, Shell, Dairy Queen, and Holiday Inn. (Getaway driver: “Hey man, did you get the cash? Robber: “No, man. He yelled at me!”)
⇒ In the least shocking science discovery news ever, researchers say they have discovered that slow internet stresses people out. The report, published by mobile broadband company Ericsson, claims that mobile content delays, on average, spike your heart rate by 38%. When a video buffers, your heart rate rises anywhere from 19-34%. According to Ericsson, that’s the same level of stress you feel when you watch a horror movie. (With the internet around here, it’s like watching Stephen King movies all day long!)
☞ Researchers claim they have found a new way of getting kids to follow a healthy diet: putting more vegetables on their plate. Larger portions of veggies resulted in kids chomping down 68% more of them on average, in a 4-week experiment involving 67 children aged 3-5. The Penn State University research team used broccoli and corn, and found the increase in vegetables served resulted in an increase in consumption among children of an amount “equal to about one-third of a serving or 12% of the daily recommended intake for young children.” (I’m the same way – with chicken wings!)
☞ Eating chocolate for breakfast could help you lose weight. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston gave 100 grams of milk chocolate to 19 post-menopausal women within one hour of waking up and then again one hour before they went to sleep for two weeks. They found that chocolate intake made no difference in the participants’ weight and actually aided weight loss. The study suggested that eating chocolate in the morning can actually help burn fat and reduce glucose levels in the blood. The reason may be the chemicals in cocoa, called flavanols, which are thought to increase fat oxidation. Eating chocolate at night also helped the test subjects regulate sleeping patterns and alter metabolism. (I bet they had a really tough time finding volunteers for THAT study!)
THINGS YOU HAD NO IDEA YOU COULD DO WITH COCA-COLA:
➢ Kill garden pests: To get rid of plant-munching slugs and snails, pour a small bowl of Coca-Cola and place it near your garden or flowerbeds. The smell will attract them, and the drink’s acidity will kill them.
➢ Defrost your windshield: Pour Coke liberally across your windshield and wait about a minute. The ice should turn to slush for easy removal. (Have a Coke…on ice!)
➢ Clean pans: For any pan with a burnt-on mess, pour in a can of Coke and simmer.
➢ Loosen rusty bolts: Unscrew the bolt half-turn and pour on Coca-Cola. Let it sit, then wipe.
➢ Feed plants: Particularly with azaleas and gardenias, adding a small amount of Coca-Cola to the soil can deliver nutrients your plant may be low on.
➢ Cooking: It can be used to tenderize pot roast, or mixed with ketchup or BBQ sauce for a wonderful sweet glaze. (This is not the type of ‘mix’ I envisioned when I bought a case of Coke…)
➢ Remove gum from hair: Dip the gum into a small bowl of Coke and let it sit for a few minutes. The cola breaks down the gum, allowing you to wipe it off.
➢ Clean the toilet: Pour Coca-Cola all around the bowl and let it sit. There’s no need to scrub, just flush, and your toilet should be sparkling clean. (Nothing like a bowl full of Coca-Cola!)
DID YOU KNOW?
For the first time in its 2,000-year history, tourists will be able to explore the subterranean levels of the Roman Colosseum. These corridors and archways are where gladiators and animals would wait before being sent to combat in the upper arena. The historic opening is part of a decades-long total restoration of the famed site. Archaeologists, restorers, engineers and architects are among the experts who worked to bring the landmark as close to its original state as possible. The team used photographic surveys, surface mapping, and the slow and meticulous job of washing away centuries of dirt. The Colosseum was built in 72 BCE.
BS CHRONOMETER 06.29.21
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1944  Gary Busey, Baytown TX, movie actor (“Buddy Holly Story”, “Point Break”, Lethal Weapon”), reality star (“Celebrity Apprentice” 2013, “Dancing With the Stars” 2015)
1967  Melora Hardin, Houston TX, TV actress (‘Jan Levinson’ on the “The Office” 2005-2015)
1968  Judith Hoag, Newburyport MA, TV actress (‘Tandy Hampton’ on “Nashville” 2012-18)
1978  Nicole Scherzinger, Honolulu HI, TV personality (“The X Factor UK” 2016, “The X Factor US” 2011)/pop singer (‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’, Pussycat Dolls-‘Don’t Cha’)
1982  Lily Rabe, NYC, TV actress (“American Horror Story” since 2011, “The Whispers” 2015)
1982  Colin Jost, Staten Island NY, comedian-TV actor (“Saturday Night Live” since 2005 as writer and actor/“Weekend Update” co-anchor since 2014)
1991  Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles CA, pro basketball forward with the LA Clippers (2-time NBA champion, 2-time NBA Finals MVP, 4-time All-Star)
1994  Camila Mendes, Charlottesville VA, TV actress (‘Veronica Lodge’ on “Riverdale” since 2016)
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Camera Day”, which has unknown origins, but we always turn our ‘focus’ to cameras and photographs on June 29th. It was calculated that in 2017, we took over 1.2 trillion digital photos (Check Instagram for some of these ‘valuable’ contributions … mostly involving cats)
• “Hug Holiday”, which encourages us to give hugs to those who really need them. Aimed at the elderly, sick and lonely, and anyone who needs the warmth, cheer, and love that a hug provides. Be sure to ask first…and be fully vaccinated! (If you knew my Aunt Betty, you’d be asking for a holiday FROM hugs today!)
• “Waffle Iron Day”, celebrating the great kitchen gadget that makes tasty treats. The waffle dates back to the 1300s in Greece, where flat cakes were baked between two metal pans. At the time, they topped it with cheeses and herbs. (What’s the weirdest waffle ingredient or topping you’ve heard of? For us, it’s turkey stuffing!)
• “Almond Buttercrunch Day”, a combination of toffee covered with chocolate, and sprinkled with toasted almonds. (It’s definitely worth a special day to me!)
ALMOND FUN FACTS:
✓ Chocolate manufacturers use 40% of the world’s almonds.
✓ It takes more than 1.2 million beehives to pollinate California’s Almond crop (over 550,000 acres).
✓ There are 9,773 people in the U.S. listed with the last name ‘Almond’ according to Forebears.io
AND REMEMBER . . .
[Wed] International Asteroid Day
[Wed] Social Media Day
[Thurs] Canada Day
[Thurs] International Joke Day
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2003  Katherine Hepburn, winner of a record 4 Oscars for ‘Best Actress’, dies in Old Saybrook, CT at age 96
2012  After 5 years of marriage, Katie Holmes files for divorce from Tom Cruise
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2000  The casket holding Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zandt is stolen from a mausoleum in Jacksonville FL, then abandoned after the thieves are unable to open it
2000  Eminem’s mother goes to court claiming defamation of character in a $10 million civil suit, taking exception to the line “My mother smokes more dope than I do” from Eminem’s single ‘My Name Is’
TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
2007  Apple officially releases the ‘iPhone’ (before this, we weren’t staring at our right hands 18 hours a day)
2008  Thomas Beatie, the world’s first pregnant man, gives birth to a daughter. (He has since given birth 2 more times)
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2013  The world’s dog-friendly communal dining event occurs in Bridgehampton, NY, as 224 people are joined by 120 dogs to enjoy mealtime together
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ Right now, you’re looking at your nose, but your brain chooses to ignore it.
✓ Eating spicy foods can cool you down on a hot day.
✓ Having negative friends is linked to depression, lowered self esteem, insomnia and anxiety. Positive friends are good for your overall health.
✓ Video games train the human brain to make faster real-life decisions.
✓ If we could harness just 0.1% of the ocean’s tidal kinetic energy, we could meet current global energy demand 5 times over.
✓ There’s a mountain in Australia named Mt. Disappointment because the explorers were unimpressed with the view at the top.
Best of BS . . .
BS OVERHEARD AT THE GROCERY STORE:
• “Our store has four checkout lanes open at all times. Unless we’re really busy. Then there’s just one.”
• “Whenever someone ONLY buys toilet paper, you can tell they’re in a hurry.”
• “Would you like your milk in a bag?” “No, just leave it in the jug.”
• “According to the box, I’ve been eating enough lasagna for four people.”
• “Where’s the vegan, gluten-free, fat-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, carb-free aisle?”
• “Sir, the sign says 8 items or LESS. I don’t care if your name is Les!”
• “Yes, I work here. I’m not wearing this garish green get-up as some kind of as fashion statement.”
• “Why do people insist on arranging their family reunion in the middle of aisle 3?”
• “Mom, if you’re eating for two, how many is that lady eating for?”
• “Please put some clothes on, Ma’am. This isn’t Walmart.”
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2018
BS WHAT CANADIANS AREN’T GOOD AT:
(Canada Day is on Thursday…)
• Taming our geese
• Using fewer ‘u’s than our neighbours
• Wearing a pair “aboots”
• Winning the Stanley Cup, apparently
• Shopping at Target
• Sharing maple syrup
• Not apologizing
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2020
TODAY’S SCOOP OF BS:
➠ A leading geneticist says human intelligence is slowly declining. (Uh, what does “declining” mean?)
➠ A study found that Guppy fish seek ugly friends to make themselves look more attractive. (How superficial. I’m going to laugh about this at dinner with Steve Buscemi and Jonah Hill…)
➠ Gary Busey is 77 today. (If you forgot about his birthday, don’t worry . . . so did Gary.)
➠ Did you know that Phobophobia is the fear of having a phobia? (It’s a complex complex.)
➠ People who go online within two hours of bedtime have more stress, scientists say. (Especially men who can’t remember if they cleared their browser history!)
BS WEB GOODIE:
Yeah? Well, what’s YOUR name? https://tinyurl.com/3r5sek9s
BS RANDOM JOKE:
I wish I was as thin as my patience.
BS PHONE STARTER:
What’s the nicest thing a stranger has ever done for you?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: A survey found of the top things that instantly put us in a better mood, THIS came in at number one. What is it?
Answer: Finding money in your pocket you didn’t know you had
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Never test the depth of the water with both feet.