Tuesday, October 27, 2020 – Edition: #6837
Tomorrow’s Show Prep Today!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Sacha Baron Cohen was delighted that U.S. President Donald Trump offered up some “free publicity for Borat” – despite labelling the actor a “creep” and saying he doesn’t find him funny. Trump’s presidency is one of the main topics in the new “Borat” film, but his comments didn’t appear to fazed Cohen, who took to Twitter to share an article about Trump’s comments and wrote: “Donald—I appreciate the free publicity for Borat! I admit, I don’t find you funny either. But yet the whole world laughs at you. I’m always looking for people to play racist buffoons, and you’ll need a job after Jan. 20. Let’s talk!”
★ Earlier this year, Variety reported that a sequel to the cult-classic Halloween comedy “Hocus Pocus” had been greenlit for Disney+. At the time, Disney’s preference was for a sequel featuring original stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy rather than reboot the film with a new cast. Now, it appears that will be happening, according to Midler. In an interview, she said: “They’ve asked us if we were interested and of course all of us said yes.” Midler and her co-stars have already reunited, in costume, as their “Hocus Pocus” characters, in advance of a special live, one-night-only virtual event, “In Search of The Sanderson Sisters”, set for this Friday.
★ Suzi Quatro wants Scarlett Johansson to play her in her upcoming biopic. She’s having her life made into a movie after 2019 documentary, ‘Suzi Q’, received rave reviews. And Quatro, who had hits including ‘Stumblin’ In’ as well as the tole of ‘Leather Tuscadero’ on “Happy Days”, says she would love to see Johansson take on the lead role, although Miley Cyrus and Billie Eilish are also in the running.
★ Felicity Huffman has finally put the college admissions scandal firmly in her rearview mirror … and she’s reached the finish line before Lori Loughlin even got started. Huffman is officially off supervised release, and her legal team says she’s completed all other aspects of her punishment — including her 2-week prison stint in the San Francisco Bay Area and 250 hours of community service.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Anne Hathaway, H.E.R.
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Shawn Mendes, Tig Notaro
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Sarah Cooper
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Natalie Portman, Cindy McCain
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Billy Porter, David Byrne, Kane Brown
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Wynonna Judd, Diplo
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Jon Meacham, guest co-host Bari Weiss
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Jimmy Fallon, Jessica Capshaw, Hugh McMahon
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Justin Hartley, Keith Barry
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Meghan Trainor, Glenn Howerton
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Stanley Tucci, Noah Schnapp
• “This Is Us” (NBC): Season 5 premiere.
• “2020 BET Hip Hop Awards” (BET): Performers include: 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Chris Martin, Gucci Mane, Lil Baby, Mulatto, Quavo, Ty Dolla $ign, and more.
• “2020 World Series” (FOX/SN): Game 6. Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
• “Let’s Make a Deal Primetime” (CBS): Essential workers play Smash for Cash and Car Pong, for the chance to win luxury cars, a recreational vehicle and up to $100,000.
• “The Price Is Right at Night” (CBS): Thanking frontline workers for their service, and giving them the chance to win prizes such as luxury cars, a travel trailer and cash.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Adele – told fans during her hosting gig on “SNL” that there was a good reason that she wasn’t there as musical guest. In her opening monologue, she said: “There’s a couple of reasons – my album’s not finished, and I’m also too scared to do both. I’d rather just put on some wigs…have a glass of wine, or six, and just see what happens.”
• Drake – His new “Certified Lover Boy” isn’t coming out until Jan., but he’s already teasing fans. He posted a one-minute video that starts with a young boy staring into the dark sky as leaves fall, set to instrumental music.
• Meghan Trainor – Her holiday album will be released on Friday. She has announced that it will include appearances by stars like Seth McFarlane and Earth Wind and Fire, and her father Gary is featured on ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’.
• Mike Tyson – has partnered with LA-based group Tiki Lau to drop a new EDM tune. The title? ‘Mike Tyson’. In the high-intensity song, he repeatedly says the words: “I’m Mike Tyson.” There are rumors he plans to use it as his walk-out song for his upcoming boxing match against Roy Jones Jr. LINK (brace yourself…): https://tinyurl.com/y5yepobo
• Elton John – now has his own Barbie doll. He worked with Mattel on the project, which features a blonde Barbie clad in a purple bowler hat; pink sunglasses; a glittery top beneath a bomber jacket with sparkling “Elton” across the front with rainbow hem, flared pants, and rainbow platform boots, recognizing John’s activism on behalf of LGBTQ rights.
• Bruce Springsteen — recorded his new “Letter to You” album in just four days. The album, which was released on Friday, is his first studio album with the E Street Band in six years, and he said his “years of playing” with the band have created an “efficiency” in the studio, and all the vocals on the record are “first takes”.
• Chris Stapleton — released the new song ‘Arkansas’ on Friday. Written after a road trip through the state, he said: “We drove like a bat out of hell through the Ozark Mountains … and that’s what this song is all about.” It will appear on his fourth studio album “Starting Over,” out Nov. 13.
• Cam — will release her sophomore album “The Otherside” this Friday. The 11-song project, which features the single ‘Classic’, follows her 2015 major-label debut album, “Untamed”.
• Charley Pride – will be honored with the CMA 2020 Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award on Nov. 11. The award is to recognize an artist who has “achieved national and international prominence and stature through concert performances, humanitarian efforts, philanthropy, record sales, and public representation at the highest level.”
FANGS A LOT:
Some dentists have been compelled to warn people NOT to use nail products in their mouths. Yup. Why? It seems some TikTok users have been sharing some dangerous techniques for applying fake vampire fangs for Halloween. One user named “Kait” posted a video of her vampire look…quickly followed by videos of her frantically struggling to remove her fake fangs, with the caption “I used nail glue (yes I’m dumb) BUT HOW DO I GET THEM OFF!!!!” The video has more than 10 million views, and received attention from a few dentists, who pointed out that you should NOT use nail glue because it won’t come off – and it is poisonous. It seems a better option would be to use denture glue, which is safe and easy to take off. According to Kate’s videos, she was finally able to remove her fangs – after two hours of trying.
(Mom always said your teeth take a beating at Halloween!)
(It wasn’t long ago that some wackos were filing their teeth on TikTok – also a nail product!)
(I know I’m not the first to say it, but stop making stupid people famous!)
PUT THE GAME INN:
Atari is opening gaming-inspired hotels around the US. The company, forever linked with iconic games like Pong and Centipede, first announced the plan in January, and has now announced that the first hotels will be in Phoenix, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada, with plans for future Atari hotels in 6 other US cities. What could one expect to experience in a “gaming-inspired” hotel? According to Atari, they will be styled with ‘retro-futurism’, pop culture and nostalgia themes. They will feature themed restaurants and retro arcades with classic Atari games, plus more recent gaming innovations, such as Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. Some locations will also have venues for esports tournaments and studios for influencers to produce content. Each hotel will also have a nightclub and speakeasy bar for adult guests.
(So, the kids will be playing video games all night while Dad is downstairs getting drunk. Just like at home!)
(Finally! A hotel with more game than its guests!)
(The only problem? Because it’s run by Atari, once your stay is over, you have no memory!)
GIMME A HYGGE:
Do you remember the trendy term “hygge”? Hygge, which refers to all things cozy and comforting, was a big deal last year. Well, what could be the word of the year for 2020, like hygge, also comes from Denmark. I give you “samfundssing”. The Danish Language Council defines samfundssing as “putting the concern of society higher than one’s own interests.” It could be more loosely translated as “community spirit” or “social mindedness”. After the term was used in March by Denmark Prime Minister Mette Frederikson, in a plea for cooperation and assistance in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, Danish people and companies responded immediately, by assisting to alleviate pressure on healthcare services, and manufacturing much-needed medical equipment. The word is now used on social media as a hashtag to highlight kind acts.
(Wow – And I thought I was having trouble spelling “quarantine”!)
(To make it easier, we’ll just call it hashtag: “keyboard faceplant”!)
(There is an awesome irony in a politician telling people to “put the concern of society higher than one’s own interests”.)
REAL PLACES WITH MORBID NAMES:
These destinations sound too creepy to visit …
• The Skeleton Coast, Namibia
• Tombstone, Arizona
• Dead Sea, Israel/Jordan
• Murder Island, Nova Scotia
• Hell’s Kitchen, New York City
• Golgotha (Place Of the Skull), Jerusalem
• Devil’s Island, French Guiana
• Death Valley, Nevada/California
DID YOU KNOW?
Coca-Cola is finally getting rid of Tab, the pioneering diet soda that kept a small but diehard fanbase for almost 60 years. Coke rolled out Tab in 1963 as its first foray into the diet soda market. The saccharin-sweetened drink — which Coke promoted as the soda “for beautiful people” in a 1978 ad — went on to become a cultural phenomenon. It was the leading diet soda by 1980 but fell by the wayside after Diet Coke debuted in 1982, and last year Tab accounted for just 0.1 percent of the world’s $22 billion in diet cola sales. (This is the first non-surprising thing that has happened this year…)
BS CHRONOMETER 10.27.20
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1939  John Cleese, Weston-super-Mare UK, TV actor-comedian (“Monty Python’s Flying Circus”)/movie actor (2 ‘James Bond’ films, 2 ‘Harry Potter’ films, 3 ‘Shrek’ films)
1949  Garry Tallent, Detroit MI, rock bassist (Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band-‘Born to Run’, ‘Born In the USA’)
1951  (Kennneth) K. K. Downing, Staffordshire UK, rock guitarist (Judas Priest-‘Breakin’ the Law’, ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’’)
1958  Simon LeBon, Bushey UK, pop singer (Duran Duran-‘Hungry Like the Wolf’, ‘The Reflex’)
1963  Marla Maples, Dalton GA, reality star (Competed on season 22 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”/ex-wife of US President Donald Trump)
1984  Kelly Osbourne, London UK, TV personality (“Project Runway Junior” 2015, “Fashion Police” 2010-15)/reality star (The Osbournes 2002-05)/daughter of Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne
1993  Troy Gentile, Boca Raton FL, TV actor (‘Barry Goldberg’ on “The Goldbergs” since 2013)
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Boxer Shorts Day”, a salute to their invention on this date in 1901. (I’d normally have a “boxer shorts” joke here, but I couldn’t find any “clean ones”…)
• “Black Cat Day”, In spite of the fact that for many, black cats are associated with bad luck, in many historical settings and cultures, black cats were actually related to positive things. Today, we appreciate them (something that they will acknowledge by remaining completely aloof…)
• “Cranky Co-Workers Day”, in honor of all the complaining and just plain cranky people you work with and have to endure all year. This is the day to let them go with it and enjoy their misery.
• “Potato Day”, one of several ‘food holidays’ honoring the humble spud. This root vegetable became one of the New World’s most important discoveries. What’s the best way to cook ’em? Fries? Mashed? Baked? Au Gratin w/Gruyere & Creme Fraiche?
• “American Beer Day”, beer is the most popular alcoholic drink in the United States, where over 5,000 breweries produce more than 9 billion gallons annually.
• “Navy Day”, paying tribute to all US men and women who serve as sailors. October 27, 1775 is considered by many to be the birthday of the United States Navy, based on a document which supported the purchase of a fleet of merchant ships to form an American colonial navy. Officially, this celebration has been replaced by Armed Forces Day in May.
• “World Occupational Therapy Day”, celebrating Occupational Therapists (OTs), who enhance children and adults’ abilities to engage in daily roles and activities that are both important and necessary to each individual.
AND REMEMBER . . .
[Wed] National Chocolate Day
[Wed] Plush Animal Lover’s Day
[Thurs] National Cat Day
[Thurs] Hermit Day
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1964  Singers Sonny & Cher are married (The bride wore bell-bottoms)
2014  “The Last Ship”, Sting’s musical about shipbuilding in north-east England, opens on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1975  Bruce Springsteen’s picture is featured on the covers of both ‘Time’ & ‘Newsweek’
2013  Lou Reed dies from liver disease at his home in Southampton NY at age 71
TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1982  China announces its population has reached 1 billion-plus
2004  Boston Red Sox win their first World Series championship since 1918, finally vanquishing the so-called “Curse of the Bambino” (Babe Ruth) that had plagued them for 86 years
TODAY’S LAST . . .
2015  Twitter discontinues “Vine”, the short-form video hosting service that launched the careers of Shawn Mendes and Ruth B
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2002  Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith becomes NFL’s all-time rushing leader, surpassing Walter Payton’s 16,726 yds (Smith ends career in 2004 with 18,355)
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ Right-handed people chew most of their food on the right side of their mouth, left-handed people do so on the left.
✓ Teeth are the only part of the human body which cannot heal itself.
✓ Eyelashes last about 150 days
✓ Fingernails grow about four times faster than toenails.
✓ If allowed to grow for your whole lifetime, the length of all your hair would be about 725 kilometers.
✓ The largest muscle in your body is the one you are sitting on!
BS BAD SLASHER-FLICK TITLES:
• The Texas Coleslaw Massacre
• Children of the Corn Dogs
• Pet Seminary
• Fried Egg, The 13th
• The Potatoes Have Eyes
• I Couldn’t Care Less What You Did Last Summer
• House of 1000 Corgis
• Nightmare on Elmo’s Street
• Night of the Living
TODAY’S SLICE OF BS:
➠ Canada’s Northwest Territories was rocked with an earthquake on Saturday. (And as a country known for Anne Murray and Celine Dion, getting rocked isn’t something they’re [we’re] used to!)
➠ Starbucks has released a ‘Frankenfrapp’ and ‘Wolfman Frappuccino’ for Halloween. (The only thing scarier is the price…)
➠ Using the airport as a shuttle service, Florida Man has been busted for running an international ‘Flying Squirrel trafficking ring’ with Asia. (I’m really on the fence about this one.)
➠ Today is Black Cat Day. (I find it TOTALLY cool that there is a special day to honor Idris Elba!)
➠ The CDC says that “Flu Season” has begun, and now is the time to get vaccinated. (Another tip for avoiding the flu is to wash your hands after touching things where lots of hands have been — like doorknobs, grocery carts, and Miley Cyrus.)
BS WEB GOODIE:
Probably not street-legal: https://tinyurl.com/yysq887q
BS RANDOM JOKE:
Why is it called a ‘dad-bod’, and not a ‘father-figure’?
BS PHONE STARTER:
What’s something you really resent paying for? (Software subscriptions? Cable channels that you never watch? Plastic bags? Water?)
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: When it comes to their Halloween costume, 1 in 6 people will do THIS. What is it?
Answer: Wear the same costume as last year
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
The work you do when you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.