Wednesday, September 22, 2021 — Edition: #7070
100% Grade A Bull!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Jake Gyllenhaal has revealed that he does in fact shower as regularly as everyone else, after walking back on comments he made last month. Seemingly jumping on the Hollywood bandwagon for neglecting cleanliness – following Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ comments that they only wash their kids when they see dirt – Gyllenhaal said in August: “More and more I find bathing to be less necessary, at times.” But during a Q&A at the screening of his new Netflix film “The Guilty”, he clarified things, saying: “It was an answer to a question where I was being sarcastic and ironic and it has followed me around. Unfortunately, I showered before I came here so I’m sorry about that.”
★ Nick Cannon is getting set for his own syndicated daytime talk show. Launching on Monday, “Nick Cannon” is described as bringing his “fresh, funny and unique perspective to daytime,” a “fun, inspiring, optimistic, energetic and unpredictable hour of comedy-driven entertainment” Asked about the types of guests he’s looking to have on, Cannon said he plans to serve up some surprises by welcoming “people that I’m fascinated by…The best interviews are those opportunities where you can introduce your audience to new ideas, new people, new fascinations.” Another aspect that makes the show different is that it will tape in a studio in Harlem — which, he pointed out, has never been done before.
★ Harvey Weinstein again pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of rape and sexual assault on Monday. Weinstein had pleaded not guilty to the same charges in July, shortly after being extradited to Los Angeles from New York. But prosecutors brought a new indictment against him in August, in order to salvage a charge that had been dismissed on statute of limitations grounds. A trial is not expected until next spring, at the earliest.
★ Perhaps nothing says “live television” quite like having to suddenly cut to a commercial break after a streaker has run through the shot while on air. And that’s exactly what happened on the “Today” show on Monday morning. To be fair, the streaker wasn’t totally nude. At least, according to host Craig Melvin, who informed viewers that “There was an almost-naked runner” who ran past the street-level studio window. Melvin tried to tease the next segment as the show was forced to go to break, but co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie couldn’t quite process things, with Guthrie calling out: “Oh my gosh, what is happening?”, with Melvin and Kotb yelling things like “What are you doing?!” and “Get your clothes on!”
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Julianne Moore, My Morning Jacket
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Steve Martin, Martin Short, Margaret Qualley, Dr. Jane Goodall, Cynthia Erivo
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Shawn Mendes
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): John Kerry, Jim Gaffigan, Andē
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy, Bill Gates
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Sutton Stracke, Justin Simien
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Dulé Hill
• “The Talk” (CBS): James McAvoy
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Anderson Cooper, Dulé Hill
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Scott Foley
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Alyson Hannigan, Shaquille O’Neal, Dan Reynolds
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): John Stamos
• “The Goldbergs” (ABC): Season 9 premiere
• “The Wonder Years” (ABC): Series premiere
• “The Conners” (ABC): Season 4 premiere
• “Home Economics” (ABC): Season 2 premiere
• “A Million Little Things” (ABC): Season 4 premiere
• “Survivor” (CBS): Season 41 premiere
• “Chicago Med” (NBC): Season 7 premiere
• “Chicago Fire” (NBC): Season 10 premiere
• “Chicago P.D.” (NBC): Season 9 premiere
• “The Masked Singer” (FOX): Season 6 premiere
• “Alter Ego” (FOX): Series premiere
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Lil Nas X – ‘Old Town Road’, his hit with Billy Ray Cyrus, is now the #1 certified single in all of Gold and Platinum history at 15 x Diamond, according to the RIAA. Nas says everyone should stream his new album “Montero” to celebrate.
• Drake — Following the release of his monster album “Certified Lover Boy”, he has moved onto his next business venture: chicken! He’s purchased a minority stake in the restaurant chain Dave’s Hot Chicken. It specializes in hot chicken tenders and sliders, and has 22 locations, with plans to expand to 500 after selling franchising rights.
• The Lumineers — have announced their 4th studio album “Brightside”, and shared the title track. Singer-guitarist Wesley Schultz says, “It’s like a 15-year-old’s fever dream, an American love story in all its glory and heartbreak.” The album drops on Jan. 14. https://tinyurl.com/5fwwrjtw
• Dave Grohl — is going on tour – but not with the Foo Fighters. To support the release of his new book, “The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music” – out Oct. 5 – He’ll do a limited run of intimate evenings where he will bring his first ever published work to life. The tour kicks off Sept. 27 in London, and includes dates in LA, New York, and Washington DC.
• U2 — Bono was surprised by his pal Matt Damon’s sudden popularity in Ireland when Damon holed up there during the height of the pandemic. He stayed in the coastal town of Dalkey, in cottages that had been booked for the cast of his upcoming movie “The Last Duel”. Bono told GQ: “I’ve lived…next to this village, for 30 years, this (guy) is there for 3 months and they make him the king of Dalkey!”
• Cole Swindell — didn’t take the weekend off after losing his mother last week. He paid tribute to Betty Carol Rainey during his set in Boston on Saturday. During his ballad ‘You Should Be Here’, he stopped to reflect on writing the song to honor his late father, and told the crowd that his mom would have wanted him to be right where he was — playing for fans just 3 days after her funeral.
• Morgan Wallen – A Rolling Stone story says he isn’t coming through with the money he pledged for organizations such as the Black Music Action Coaliton in the wake of his “n-word” scandal. Nearly 8 weeks after making the promise, a BMAC rep is quoted as saying they are “disappointed that Morgan has not used his platform to support any anti-racism endeavors”.
• Tracy Lawrence – has announced his 16th annual Mission Possible Turkey Fry and Benefit Concert to support Nashville Rescue Mission. Taking place on Nov. 23, concert portion, at the SkyDeck at Assembly Hall, will include performances by Dustin Lynch, Michael Ray, Lainey Wilson, Lawrence and more.
SHOOTING THE BULL
A Vancouver man grew tired of using dating apps to meet someone special, so he decided to do something about it. Fed up with the fact that, as he puts it, apps force people to “look at strangers with no context”, Dan Hawkins is offering prizes of up to $7,000 to anyone who can help him get a date, and ultimately, a wife. Hawkins, who says meeting a significant other online has replaced traditional methods of meeting a partner through friends and family, is asking people to send along potential matches for him. After filling out a form, the hopeful matchmakers will be entered to win prizes. A committee made up of his friends will identify good matches, set Hawkins up on some dates, and ideally, he says, a courtship will lead to marriage. After the wedding, Hawkins will hand out the prizes. And what kind of a partner is Hawkins looking for? “Somebody who has a kind heart, someone who’s curious and maybe has a sense of humor, it doesn’t have to be my sense of humor.”
(Good. Because this sounds like a bad joke…)
(He’s also looking for a partner who can lend him $7,000!)
(He sounds like the kind of guy who has been swiped left on…a lot.)
⇒ Many parents are concerned that the amount of screen time their children experience isn’t good for them. But a surprising new study has found that things aren’t as bad as mom and dad fear. University of Colorado-Boulder researchers report increased screen time among adolescents only results in a slightly higher risk of attention disorders, disturbed sleep, or lower grades. And they also found that school-aged children who spend lots of time staring at digital screens tend to have more close friends. However, it should be noted that there does appear to be an increased risk of depression or anxiety, depending on the type of screen time. (I know. Watching the Jets has the same effect on me…)
⇒ Overeating is NOT the cause of excess weight, according to a team of scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s actually what you eat, not how much you eat, that leads to obesity, according to their study. They found that processed food and rapidly digestible carbohydrates may be the real problem. Current Dietary Guidelines claim that losing weight “requires adults to reduce the number of calories they get from foods and beverages and increase the amount expended through physical activity.” But study authors feel this age-old model for weight loss doesn’t work in a world full of tasty, heavily marketed, cheap processed foods. They say reducing consumption of these rapidly digestible carbs will lessen the body’s underlying drive to store body fat. (Good theory. Too bad we’ll never know!)
EVERYTHING NICE ABOUT PUMPKIN SPICE:
With fall officially arriving today, for some it’s the most wonderful time of the year: Pumpkin Spice season. And if you are one of those people who want pumpkin spice in everything from your Oreos to your…pumpkin spice…here is some good news: The spices that are mixed together to make pumpkin spice each have their own health benefits. That’s right: Pumpkin spice is actually pretty good for you. The flavor is generally made up of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice. Cinnamon is thought to help control blood sugar levels, nutmeg has been used to treat many afflictions including cancer and kidney disease, but more research is needed. Ginger seems to be an effective treatment for nausea and morning sickness. Cloves are used to treat toothaches, and allspice is good for things like intestinal gas, diarrhea, flu and colds. And let’s not forget pumpkin. While it isn’t actually an ingredient in ALL pumpkin spice products, if it is used, you’re in luck. Pumpkin is high in vitamin A, which is good for your eyes, skin, and fighting infections.
(Wait! What about whipped cream? Tell me something good about whipped cream!)
(Now there’s a dietary supplement that I can get into!)
(I used to love that stuff until that unfortunate overdose incident a few years ago…)
THE 10 MOST ANNOYING MISPRONOUNCED WORDS:
(According to a poll…)
1. Pacifically instead of specifically – 35%
2. Probly instead of probably – 28%
3. Expresso instead of espresso – 26%
4. Specially instead of especially – 25%
5. Artick instead of arctic – 19%
6. Nu-cu-lar instead of nuclear – 19%
7. Tenderhooks instead of tenterhooks – 18%
8. Ex-cet-ara instead of etcetera – 18%
9. Ass-essory instead of accessory – 15%
10. Triath-a-lon instead of triathlon – 9%
(Man! I just realized how irritating I am!)
DID YOU KNOW?
The Dutch remain the tallest people in the world, but according to a new study, they are getting shorter. Statistics Netherlands says women born in 2001 are an average of 1.4cm shorter than those born in 1980, while for men the gap is an average of 1cm. What’s behind the downward trend? Scientists have suggested everything from climate change to a more diverse gene pool, but one expert says the answer is nutrition. It could be that easier access to unhealthy food, and inequalities when it comes to healthy eating are the main reasons for the decrease in average height.
BS CHRONOMETER 09.22.21
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1943  Toni Basil [Antonia Basilotta], Philadelphia PA, pop singer (‘Mickey’)
1949  David Coverdale, Saltburn-by-the-Sea England, rock singer (Whitesnake-‘Here I Go Again’, Deep Purple-Burn’)/married to Tawney Kitaen 1989-91
1958  Andrea Bocelli, Lajatico Italy, operatic singer (‘Time to Say Goodbye’ w/Sarah Brightman, ‘The Prayer’ w/Celine Dion)
1958  Joan Jett [Larkin], Philadelphia PA, classic rock singer (w/The Blackhearts-‘I Love Rock & Roll’, ‘I Hate Myself for Loving You’)
1960  Scott Baio, New York City NY, TV actor (“Happy Days”, “Charles in Charge”)
1961  Bonnie Hunt, Chicago IL, movie actress (“Jumanji”, “Cheaper By the Dozen” films)
1987  Tom Felton, London UK, movie actor (‘Draco Malfoy’ in “Harry Potter” films)
1982  Billie Piper, Swindon England, TV actress (‘Rose’ on “Dr Who” 2005-13), pop singer (‘Day & Night’)
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Autumnal Equinox” in the Northern Hemisphere, as Fall officially arrives this afternoon at 3:21 EDT. Fall ends with the start of Winter on December 21…in 90 days. (Today is also notable as the official launch of pumpkin spice EVERYTHING!)
• “Business Women’s Day”, celebrating the important contribution of working women and women business owners.
• “Dear Diary Day”, a day to ‘put it on paper because it’ll make you feel better’. (Until someone sneaky finds your diary and Instagrams all your deepest, darkest secrets.)
• “Centenarians Day”, honoring those who’ve lived 100 years or more (you’d best hurry up and honor them!)
• “Hobbit Day”, celebrating author JRR Tolkien and the birthdays of his characters ‘Frodo’ and ‘Bilbo Baggins’. “The Hobbit” was first published 84 years ago today.
• “White Chocolate Day”, honoring the tasty confection of sugar, cocoa butter, and milk solids. It first appeared in Switzerland in the 1930s when Nestlé invented it to use up excess cocoa butter. To qualify as real ‘white chocolate’, it must be at least 20% cocoa butter by weight.
• “Online Recovery Day”, a campaign to raise awareness for online treatment of substance abuse. It is the first national health awareness day focused on the benefits and advantages of telehealth services for any health issue. Link: https://www.nationalonlinerecoveryday.com/
COMING UP . . .
[Thurs] Celebrate Bisexuality Day
[Thurs] Restless Legs Awareness Day
[Fri] Cherries Jubilee Day
[Fri] Punctuation Day
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1994  “Friends” debuts with the episode ‘The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate’ (the show is originally called “Friends Like Us”, but is temporarily changed to “Six of One” to avoid confusion with “These Friends of Mine” … which later becomes “Ellen”)
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2011  Research finds that Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is the song most likely to be found on British iPods, with more than 40% of owners having the song on their players
2015  The copyright for the song ‘Happy Birthday’ is ruled invalid, putting the song into the public domain
2018  Rihanna is appointed as an ambassador for Barbados
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1985  The first “Farm Aid” benefit concert is held in Champaign, Illinois as founders Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp help raise $10 million to aid the farming community (Nelson and Mellencamp will both perform at this year’s event, on Sat. in Hartford CT)
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2003  Detroit Tigers set an American League record with their 118th loss of the season (12-6 to KC Royals), beating the previous mark by the Philadelphia Athletics in 1915 (Tigers finish at 43-119…43 games out of the post-season)
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ Every day, the average person creates a sentence that has never been said before.
✓ Cats lose almost as much fluid through grooming as they do through urination.
✓ Bamboo is stronger than steel. It has greater tensile strength and it also withstands compression better than concrete.
✓ UPS was started by two teenagers with one bicycle and $100 borrowed from a friend.
✓ A column of air one inch square and 600 miles high weighs about 15 pounds.
✓ Some Egyptian mummies wore dentures.
Best of BS . . .
FAKE AUTUMN FACTS:
• Pumpkin Spice was the sixth Spice Girl.
• Dried up leaves are difficult to spot.
• ‘The Great Pumpkin’ is a documentary about Donald Trump.
• The ‘m’ is silent.
• During Autumn, the average household consumes 3.14 pumpkins. Or as it’s more commonly known, ‘pumpkin pi’.
• No pumpkins were harmed during the making of your pumpkin spice latte.
• Nothing and no one falls in Autumn.
• Every time a pumpkin gets smashed, a demon gets its horns.
• People actually call it Autumn.
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2017
BS SIGNS YOU HAVE TOO MUCH BODY HAIR:
• Not enough hours in the day to rinse, lather, and repeat.
• Getting caught in the rain means you stink like a Labrador.
• You keep a Weed Whacker in the medicine cabinet.
• Another guy in the sauna asks, “Isn’t it a little hot for the sweater?”
• Discovery Channel wants to shoot blurry footage of you naked for their ‘Bigfoot’ story.
• Your doctor tells you you’ve got mange.
• As your wife runs her fingers over your hairy chest, your missing monkey wrench turns up.
-First published in BS 2011
TODAY’S SCOOP OF BS:
➠ A report shows insecure narcissists are more likely to post on Facebook. (At least according to a status I read while posting 50 selfies where I’m forcing a smile and sadly wondering why no one likes me…)
➠ Fall officially arrives today. (“Fall” is also referred to as “Autumn”. And “Autumn” is also referred to as the reason I sometimes come home with glitter all over my body…)
➠ A Bolivian woman found a human finger in the hamburger she was eating at a local restaurant. (At least she had something she could stick down her throat to help her throw up!)
➠ Joan Jett is 63 today. (These days she still loves Rock n’ Roll, but she’d prefer a Rock ‘n Chair…)
➠ Fact: Sarcasm is banned in North Korea. (Also banned? Good haircuts!)
WOULD YOU RATHER?
(You run down the list while your participant decides which choice is more palatable …)
• Would you rather have the ability to see 10 minutes into the future or 150 years into the future?
• Would you rather be forced to sing along or dance to every single song you hear?
• Would you rather find true love today or win the lottery next year?
• Would you rather be in jail for five years or be in a coma for a decade?
• Would you rather give up air conditioning and heating for the rest of your life…or the internet?
• Would you rather never be able to go out during the day or never be able to go out at night?
• Would you rather be an extra in an Oscar-winning movie or the lead in a box office bomb?
• Would you rather communicate only in emojis or never be able to text ever again?
• Would you rather swim in a pool full of Nutella or a pool full of maple syrup?
BS WEB GOODIE:
First-ever soccer game in VR glasses: https://tinyurl.com/4wu6xpfy
BS RANDOM JOKE:
“Just be yourself” is the worst advice you can give to some people…
BS PHONE STARTER:
Where is your ‘happy place’?
BS WATER COOLER QUESTIONS:
Question: For some reason, men tend to do THIS more often in the fall. What is it?
Answer: Watch romantic comedies
Question: Research shows that people who do THIS on a regular basis are happier than those who don’t. What is it?
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Sometimes the greatest adventure is simply a conversation.