Monday, October 18, 2021 – Edition: #7087
Good Morning, Sheetheads!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox are officially divorced. Fox filed for divorce from Green in November 2020, citing irreconcilable differences. She requested joint custody of their 3 children. Earlier this year, Green said of their split: “Neither one of us did anything to each other. She’s always been honest with me and I’ve always been honest with her.” Since their separation, Fox started a relationship with Machine Gun Kelly while Green is dating his “Dancing With the Stars” partner Sharna Burgess.
★ Michael Caine may have taken his final bow, but he isn’t retiring. The 88-year-old 2-time Academy Award winner cleared things up in a tweet on Saturday, a day after he said that his latest movie would be his last. Following his appearance in the new film “Best Sellers”, he explained that he hadn’t worked for 2 years prior to that due to a spine problem, which affects his legs. And as he put it, “I also wrote a couple of books, which were published and were successful. So, I’m now not an actor, I’m a writer, which is lovely because as an actor, you have to get up at half past 6 in the morning and go to the studio. As a writer, you can start writing without leaving the bed.” Best Sellers is now available on VOD.
★ Netflix bosses have fired an employee who leaked info regarding Dave Chappelle’s controversial new comedy special “The Closer”. A statement from the company said: “We have let go of an employee for sharing confidential, commercially sensitive information outside the company. We understand this employee may have been motivated by disappointment and hurt with Netflix, but maintaining a culture of trust and transparency is core to our company.” Netflix bosses have been criticized for airing the comedy special, which pokes fun at the LGBTQ+ community. Three employees who publicly attacked the decision were suspended last week.
★ Robin Williams’ daughter is asking fans to stop sending her a now-viral impersonation of her late dad. After actor Jamie Costa’s impression of Williams took the internet by storm last week, 32-year-old Zelda posted a tweet in response to people “spamming” her with the 5-minute video, which shows Costa in character as Robin the day he learned of John Belushi’s death. She wrote: “Please, stop sending me the test footage. I’ve seen it. Jamie is SUPER talented, this isn’t against him, but y’all spamming me an impression of my late Dad on one of his saddest days is weird.” Costa’s impersonation left viewers raving about his performance, and suggesting he get the lead part in a potential Williams biopic.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Billie Eilish, Zach Galifianakis (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Jennifer Aniston, Amandla Stenberg, a performance from “Wicked” (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Rep. Adam Schiff, Kacey Musgraves
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Amanda Peet, Paula Pell (R)
• ” The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Dave Grohl, Kate Beckinsale, Coldplay featuring Selena Gomez
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): “Below Deck Mediterranean” Reunion Show
• “The Talk” (CBS): Meredith Vieira
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Jamie Foxx, Hilarie Burton, Joanne Molinaro
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): David Duchovny, Liza Koshy, Peter Rosalita
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Scott Speedman, Elaine Welteroth, Shangela
• “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC): The 11 couples take on performances inspired by “Grease”; Frankie Avalon performs; plus a “surprise” appearance by Didi Conn, who played ‘Frenchie’ in the film.
• “The Real Queens of Hip-Hop: The Women Who Changed the Game” (ABC): An intimate look at the evolution and impact of women emcees and rappers, told by the trailblazing artists.
• “Hoarders” (A&E): Season 13 premiere
• “Intervention” (A&E): Season 23 premiere
• “Howie Mandel & Friends: Don’t Sneeze on Me” (CW): Comics reflect on life, love, travel and the pandemic in Los Angeles.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Adele — was absolutely not having it when an interviewer jokingly told her not to “panic” about the fact that Ed Sheeran will be releasing his “Equals” album around the same time as her latest, “30”. Her response: “Ha! I ain’t panicking! He can panic!” Before moving on, she pointed out that she “loves Ed” and “really loves” his wife, Cherry Seaborn.
• Little Mix — are reportedly planning to launch solo careers after their 2022 tour. According to a source, the trio are “putting things in place” to work on individual projects including new management and recording deals, although they aren’t going to completely call time on the band.
• Elton John — has topped the UK singles chart for the first time in 16 years, making him the only artist to score a top 10 single in 6 separate decades. His collaboration with Dua Lipa, ‘Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)’ hit #1 on Friday after 3 weeks at #2. He last topped the singles chart in 2005 when he appeared on 2Pac’s posthumous single ‘Ghetto Gospel’.
• Rolling Stones – Mick Jagger has responded to Paul McCartney’s comments of last week when he referred to the Stones as a “blues cover band”. While on stage at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, Jagger told the crowd: “Paul McCartney is here…he’s going to join us in a blues cover later.”
• Vince Neil – is “back home and recovering” after being taken to hospital Friday as a result of falling off the stage during a show with his solo band at the Monsters on the Mountain festival in Tennessee. Video shows him coming to the edge of the stage, and seemingly slipping on a crack. He fell about 4 feet to the concrete below. Bassist Dana Strum later told the crowd that he “broke ribs when he fell”. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/ty5a6rrd
• Walker Hayes — isn’t the only member of his family who’s found a bigger audience thanks to his viral hit ‘Fancy Like’. His 15-year-old daughter, Lela, who helped her dad create the dance that goes with the song “gets recognized all the time now, and she’s real cute about it.” He added that it has been a bonding moment for the two.
• Lady A — Just as they wrapped up the last shows on the “What A Song Can Do” tour – they’re getting ready to release the “What A Song Can Do” album. The band tweeted that it will drop this Friday. Their current single ‘Like A Lady’ is currently in the Top-15 (and climbing).
• Lee Brice – has scored his 9th consecutive #1 country hit with ‘Memory I Don’t Mess With’. He noted the achievement on social media, writing: “I cannot thank y’all enough for showing this song so much love! I’m forever grateful.”
SHOOTING THE BULL
LEAVE THE LEAVES:
If you had raking and bagging leaves on your weekend to-do list and didn’t quite get around to it, don’t feel guilty. Experts say doing so can be bad for your yard – and for the planet. David Mizejewski, a naturalist at the National Wildlife Federation, says that leaving at least some of the leaves in your yard can help fertilize your grass and other plants, provide shelter for animals and even reduce emissions from landfills. How? First off, leaves fall around the root zone of plants, where they do things like suppress weeds or other plants from growing. They also fertilize them in the spring as they compost. Leaves also provide shelter and sustenance for creatures such as earthworms and pillbugs all they way up the food chain to salamanders, toads, box turtles, shrews and chipmunks, plus caterpillars, which provide food for birds. And why should we keep leaves out of landfills? A huge volume of leaves can break down and form methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. So, keep them in your yard for a greener planet…and a greener lawn!
(My neighbor will be so happy to hear that he doesn’t have to blow his leaves into my yard this year!)
(Does this apply to the leaves that land in gutters, too? Asking for a friend.)
(Insects provide food for birds? I didn’t even know they could cook!)
AISLE BE DARNED:
Remember at the start of the pandemic, we were told to be careful with our groceries, and wipe them down before bringing them to the kitchen and putting them away? Some people even stored them in the garage for a few days, to make sure there was no chance of bringing the virus into their home. Now, a new study has tested more than 900 samples from high-touch surfaces in Ontario grocery stores for the virus that causes COVID-19 and found ZERO positive results. That adds to growing evidence that transmission of coronavirus via surfaces is “very improbable.” Maria Corradini of the University of Guelph says in order to contract the virus via surface transmission, a combination of events has to “align perfectly. It doesn’t happen often, it can, but the probability is very low.”
(Do I still have to rinse my produce, then?)
(But as a word of advice, I still wouldn’t pick up a used face mask…)
NEW GOOD NEWS:
➢ A restaurant owner on the Indonesian island of Bali watched as his neighbors moved away, struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic, and leaving trash behind. So, as a solution to the economic downturn and the environmental crisis in his community, Made Janur Yasa began a program in which residents could exchange plastic for rice. He says it’s a win-win: His neighbors are fed, and he recycles the plastic. It’s a system that’s worked since May 2020, and has since extended to more than 200 villages. In total, he’s collected about 500 tons of plastic. Yasa says he is “trying to change behavior” and his method “is showing them an example through action.” (Now, everyone is out there, looking for plastic. All members of the Kardashian family are strongly advised to avoid the area…)
➢ An elk that had a car tire around its neck has finally been freed from its hindrance. The bull elk was first seen 2 years ago near Denver by a Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer. Since then, it was spotted a handful of times by trail cameras. Officials say the tire wasn’t affecting its ability to eat and drink, but they feared the animal would become tangled in tree branches. Finally, acting on a tip, officers were able to tranquilize the over 600-pound animal and remove the tire. They estimate the tire was filled with 10 pounds of debris and that the elk dropped 35 pounds with the removal of tire and antlers. They were surprised at the good condition of the animal’s neck. (But the animal was reported to be “tired”…)
DID YOU KNOW?
The New Zealand city of Christchurch has cast its official wizard from the payroll after 23 years of service. 88-year-old Ian Brackenbury Channell was paid a tax-free NZ$16,000 (US $11,280) a year to provide “acts of wizardry” and promote the city. But the city has ended his contract, saying it is going in a more modern and diverse direction. The city’s website says Christchurch is the only city to have had an official Wizard since 1982.
BS CHRONOMETER 10.18.21
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1951  Pam Dawber, Detroit MI, TV actress (“Mork & Mindy” 1978-82, “My Sister Sam” 1986-88)/married Mark Harmon, since 1987
1952  Chuck Lorre, Long Island NY, TV producer (“The Big Bang Theory”, “Two and a Half Men”, “Mom”)
1960  Jean-Claude Van Damme [Van Varenberg], Brussels Belgium, martial artist-movie actor (“The Expendables 2″, “Timecop”)
1979  Ne-Yo [Shaffer Smith], Camden AR, pop-R&B singer-songwriter (‘Let Me Love You’, ‘Miss Independent’)/TV personality (judge on “World of Dance” 2017-2020)
1984  Lindsey Vonn, Saint Paul MN, retired ski racer (first American woman to win Olympic gold in downhill skiing)/2-time World Champion/4-time World Cup winner
1984  Freida Pinto, Mumbai India, movie actress (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, “Slumdog Millionaire”) COMING UP…”Mr. Malcolm’s List”, 2022
1987  Zac Efron, San Luis Obispo CA, movie actor (“Baywatch”, “High School Musical”) COMING UP…”Gold”, 2021
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Alaska Day”, commemorating the formal transfer of Alaska from Russian to USA control on this date in 1867, one of the sneakiest real estate deals ever. The US paid $7.2 million, less than 2 cents an acre. Alaska produces up to 600,000 barrels of oil per day. (And half that many reality shows…)
• “Chocolate Cupcake Day”. They don’t count, right? They’re just little.
• “No Beard Day”, an observance likely started by some guy’s extremely chafed partner. (And if today is No Beard Day for you, so is tomorrow, the next day, and at least a few days after that…)
• “World Menopause Day”, a collaboration between the International Menopause Society and the World Health Organization for improving awareness on the subject.
• “Multicultural Diversity Day”, observed by educators, who focus special attention on multiculturalism and diversity in their classrooms today.
• “Adjust your Chair Day”, because people often sit in chairs in ways that strain their backs or cause long term problems. This day is dedicated to adjusting chairs — if they are adjustable—to ameliorate these problems…especially for people who spend long hours at a computer while sitting in an office chair.
COMING UP . . .
[Tues] Dress Like a Dork Day
[Tues] Evaluate Your Life Day
[Wed] Suspenders Day
[Wed] International Day of the Air Traffic Controller
This Week Is…Pharmacy Week
This Month Is…Halloween Safety Month
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ …
1988  “Roseanne”, starring Roseanne Barr, John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf, premieres (spinoff show “The Conners” premieres Oct. 16, 2018)
2000  Demi Moore divorces Bruce Willis due to irreconcilable differences after 13 years of marriage
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2005  An image of a naked John Lennon curled around Yoko Ono, taken on the last day of his life, is named top magazine cover of the past 40 years (the “Rolling Stone” cover shot is by Annie Leibovitz)
2008  Adele is the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live”. Hosted by Sarah Palin, the show gives Adele a huge boost of exposure (she performs ‘Cold Shoulder’ and ‘Chasing Pavements’)
2011  A UK court declares 4 original members of UB40 bankrupt, after selling 70+ million records over their 33-year career
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1977  In Game 6 of the World Series vs LA Dodgers, NY Yankees slugger Reggie Jackson (‘Mr. October’) hits 3 home runs off 3 consecutive pitches from 3 different pitchers (Yankees win the game and the series, the team’s first since 1962)
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ You can light a Bic lighter about 3,000 times before it runs out of fluid.
✓ If you’re standing on a mountaintop, and the conditions are just right, you can see a lit match from 50 miles (80km) away.
✓ When ‘feminine scents’ such as vanilla are sprayed in women’s clothing stores, sales increase.
✓ A trip around a baseball diamond is 20 yards longer than a goal-to-goal run on a football field.
✓ When it was introduced in 1848, the modern golf ball was called the “gutta-percha” ball.
✓ The melting temperature of bubble gum is 125° Fahrenheit (52°C).
Best of BS . . .
BS WHEN SHE SAYS “I’M FINE”:
• Drop the chocolates and flowers . . . and back away slowly.
• Tell her “K”, leave with your buddies, and don’t come back until tomorrow.
• Think of it as if she said it with “air quotes”.
• Do the opposite of whatever she tells you to do next. Trust me, just do it.
• Immediately say, “Yes! You ARE fine, baby!”
• Whatever you do, don’t tell her to “Calm down”.
• Pray that she doesn’t follow it with your name, or the word “Sweetheart”.
• Sleep with one eye open.
• Grab the bag you have under your bed marked: “Emergency”. Proceed to the airport. Tell the man “The eagle has landed.” You’ll be escorted to a deserted island. Stay there until further notice.
• Or maybe she IS fine.
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019
TODAY’S SCOOP OF BS:
➠ Saturday was National Boss Day. (So, I took my wife out to lunch.)
➠ The Dodgers beat the Giants 2-1 Thurs., to advance to the National League division series (Sorry, didn’t watch. I already have something in my life that lasts forever and features little scoring — my marriage.)
➠ At 90, William Shatner became the oldest person ever to travel into space last week. Did you know only 600 people have ever ventured into space? (It used to be 601, until Brian Williams ‘fessed up…)
➠ David Lee Roth turned 67 last week. (The remaining members of Van Halen celebrated by buying him a present, tossing it aside for a different gift, then getting rid of that one for a third present, and then bringing back the original gift.)
➠ A man in India was found guilty of murdering his wife with the use of a venomous snake. (The man will go to prison, but the snake was set free. Because, you know . . . “un-armed”…)
BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
• What is the most common type of pitch thrown in baseball?
b) Fastball [CORRECT]
d) Hail Mary
• In what month is the longest day in the Southern Hemisphere?
b) December [CORRECT]
• What is the fastest fish in the ocean?
b) Black Marlin [CORRECT, up to 129 km/h (80mph)]
d) Fried fish
BS WEB GOODIE:
Hey, is that allowed? https://tinyurl.com/bnr68c78
BS RANDOM JOKE:
Who exactly was it who decided to call it “Emotional Baggage” and not “Griefcase”?
BS PHONE STARTER:
What celebrity do you most admire – and why?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: The average family uses only about 8% of their WHAT?
Answer: TV channels
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.