Friday, April 11, 2014        Edition: #5200

Bully For You!

★ 46-year-old Brit actor Daniel Craig has quit the upcoming courtroom drama “The Whole Truth” just days before he was due to begin shooting in Boston MA with 44-year-old co-star Renée Zellweger. Craig was set to play a District Attorney and had been spotted preparing for the role at Boston’s Suffolk County Superior Court last month. Producers have halted production on the indie film and the start date has been moved back by 3 weeks. It had been scheduled to begin filming this coming Monday.
– “Boston Globe”
★ 25-year-old actor Michael Cera (“Arrested Development”) is set to make his Broadway debut in a revival of Kenneth Lonergan’s 1996 play “This is Our Youth”. Cera plays a dejected 19-year-old who has stolen $15,000 from his tycoon father, while fellow Broadway newcomer Kieran Culkin (31) portrays his drug-dealer friend. They first appeared in the play together in Sydney, Australia two years ago. Previews begin in Chicago IL June 10th and, if all goes well, the production will then transfer to Broadway’s Court Theatre in August.
★ And actress Anne Lee Greene has been hit with a breach-of-contract lawsuit by producers of the HBO series “Femme Fatales”. Her crime? Refusing to appear fully nude in sex scenes. Greene filed a complaint in LA court 2 years ago, claiming she was bullied into performing nude scenes and sexually harassed during her time on the show. Now a countersuit accuses her of breaching the ‘nudity rider’ she signed, agreeing to appear fully naked. Producers claim her refusal caused a substantial delay in the filming schedule. They want $85,000 in ‘damages’.

• “Arsenio Hall” (syndicated) – Tonight Martina McBride (“Everlasting”).
• Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Indio CA) – Today the annual 2-weekend rock bash gets underway. This year’s performers include Arcade Fire, Beck, Cage the Elephant, Foster the People, Lana Del Rey, Lorde, Muse, Outkast, Pharrell Williams, Queens Of the Stone Age, and the reunited Replacements. The same lineup is featured again next weekend.
• “The Dave Clark Five – Glad All Over, a Great Performances Special” (PBS) – Tonight rare concert footage and performances by the 1960s British group. Rerun from earlier in the week.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Today Miranda Lambert (“Platinum”, out June 3rd).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Icona Pop (“This Is… Icona Pop”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Lil Jon (“Crunk Rock”). Rerun.
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Tonight David Nail (“I’m a Fire”). Rerun.
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Today R5 (“Louder”).
• “Mad Men” (AMC) – Sunday Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss et al return in the debut of the 1st episode of the popular show’s 2-flight final season.
• “MTV Movie Awards” (MTV) – Sunday Conan O’Brien hosts for the 1st time. “American Hustle”,  “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, “12 Years a Slave”, and “The Wolf of Wall Street” are up for ‘Movie Of the Year’. But what we really care about is who wins ‘Best Kiss’, ‘Best Fight’, ‘Best Shirtless Moment’, and ‘Best WTF Moment’. Performers include Ellie Goulding, Eminem w/Rihanna, twenty one pilots, and Zedd.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – Seth Rogen hosts for the 3rd time (“Neighbors”, in theaters May 9th); musical guest Ed Sheeran (“x”, out June 23rd).
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Tonight Stewart Copeland (ex-The Police).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight new Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee KISS.

• Big Sean – The Detroit-based rapper (w/Drake-“All Me”) has called off his engagement with “Glee” actress Naya Rivera (whom he met on Twitter) just 6 months after it was announced and – not surprisingly – it seems to have caused a serious rift.
• Christina Milian – She’s taken in 3 baby opossums after their mother was run over by a car. The “AM to PM” singer has posted a pic on Instagram of the baby critters in a cushioned box under a heat lamp in her home. She’ll play mom until she finds a suitable animal shelter.
• Drake – In a bit of a surprise move, ESPN has announced he’s been tapped to host the “2014 ESPY Awards”, to be broadcast live on July 16th from Los Angeles. The ESPYs recognize individual and team athletic achievements and other sports-related performances.
• Eminem – He and director Spike Lee are teaming up in Detroit MI to film the video for Em’s track “Headlights”, which features fun. frontman Nate Ruess. No word on whether Ruess also appears in the video.
• “Frozen” – The Disney soundtrack continues to top the new Nielsen SoundScan sales chart for next week, remaining at #1 for it’s 9th non-consecutive week.
• Janis Joplin – The off-Broadway debut of a musical based on her life has been delayed indefinitely due to ‘production issues’. “A Night With Janis Joplin”, starring Mary Bridget Davies, had a 4-month run on Broadway but plans to move it to a smaller venue have fallen through.
• Katy Perry – This week the 29-year-old “Dark Horse” singer has posted a pic of herself on Instagram sporting a head of … green hair.
• – He’s expressed interest in recording with his “Rio 2” co-star, Anne Hathaway. Hathaway voices the role of ‘Jewel’ in the film; while is ‘Pedro’. Will says he was ‘blown away’ by her singing voice and wants to do something outside of an animated film.

• “Draft Day” ( PG-13 Sports Drama ): At the NFL Draft, general manager ‘Sonny Weaver’ has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the #1 pick. He must decide what he’s willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams. Stars Kevin Costner, Chadwick Boseman, Jennifer Garner, Frank Langella.
• “Oculus” (  R-Rated Horror ): A woman tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon. Stars Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites. Shot in Mobile, Alabama. Nothing whatsoever to do with the Oculus company that makes virtual reality goggles, which Facebook just bought for $2 billion.
• “Rio 2” ( G-Rated Animated Adventure ): It’s a jungle out there for ‘Blu’, ‘Jewel’ and their 3 kids after they’re hurtled from Rio to the Amazon wilds. As ‘Blu’ tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful ‘Nigel’, and the most fearsome adversary of all … his father-in-law. Voice cast includes Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Kristin Chenoweth, Andy Garcia.
• Also opening in limited release: “Cuban Fury” (Comedy); “Dancing in Jaffa” (Documentary); “Hank & Asha” (Romantic Comedy); “Hateship Loveship” (Drama); “Joe” (Drama); “Only Lovers Left Alive” (Vampire Fantasy); and “The Railway Man” (Biographical Drama).

Several tech firms are urging people to change all their passwords – especially high-security services like email, file storage, and banking – after the discovery of a major security flaw. The co-called ‘Heartbleed Bug’ that has compromised OpenSSL, a product used to safeguard sensitive data (such as ‘https//:’ sites). One security technologist says that on a scale of 1-to-10, this ranks as an 11. Those affected include Canada’s CRA tax collecting agency, which halted online services. Experts suggest the following guidelines when picking new passwords …
• Don’t choose one that’s obviously associated with you (birthday, pet name, etc).
• Choose words that don’t appear in a dictionary.
• Use a mixture of unusual characters (0#6!).
• Have different passwords for different websites and computer systems.
• Keep passwords safe, by storing them on a secure password vault on your phone.
(No need to panic,  just do what you should have been doing – regularly changing passwords.)
– BBC News Technology

If Canada is ever overrun by brain-eating zombies, better hoof it to St John’s, Regina, or Edmonton. That’s according to University of Alberta grad student Michael Ross, who’s developed a scoring system that rates Canadian cities on their ability to fend off an invasion by the undead. Ross says his best advice is to avoid southern Ontario like the plague, calling it a ‘zombie playground’. His zombie-survival index ranks cities on 6 factors that either appeal to or repel zombies. The greater a city’s population, for example, the more brains for zombies to eat, which makes Toronto, Montréal, and Vancouver attractive. But cities close to military bases, or where there’s a high ratio of gun ownership, are better equipped to resist the walking dead. That’s why St John’s tops his zombie-proof list. (Are there a lot of deadheads in Moose Jaw, or is that just us?)

A battery that can charge a mobile device in under 30 seconds has been shown off at a technology conference in Tel Aviv. Israeli start-up StoreDot unveiled the device – made of biological structures – at Microsoft’s Think Next Conference. In one demonstration a Samsung S4 smartphone went from dead battery to full power in just 26 seconds. The battery is currently only a prototype but the company predicts it will successfully integrate it into a smartphone within a year and have a commercially viable product within 3 years. The batteries are likely to be 30-to-40% more expensive to manufacture compared to traditional ones, meaning the final product will be twice as expensive than those currently on the market. (How come ‘smartphones’ aren’t at least partially powered by solar or motion technology? Even your 2-buck calculator has that.)

Bolstered by decriminalization laws in Washington state and Colorado, marijuana could become an $8.2 billion retail business by 2018, according to a new projection. That’s a 33% jump over earlier forecasts and a 5-fold increase over expected 2014 retail and medical sales.
– “Marijuana Business Daily”


1979 [35] Chris Gaylor, Stillwater OK, rock drummer (All-American Rejects-“Gives You Hell”, “Dirty Little Secret”)

1987 [27] Joss Stone (Joscelyn Stoker), Dover UK, pop-soul singer (“You Had Me”, “Fell In Love With a Boy”)/TV actress (“The Tudors” 2009-10)

TV actor Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family”) is 68; TV host David Letterman (“Late Night”) is 67; Movie actor Andy Garcia (“Rio 2”) is 58; Country singer Vince Gill (“When Love Finds You”) is 57; TV personality Ron MacLean (“Hockey Night in Canada”) is 54; Pop-rock bassist Guy Berryman (Coldplay) is 36; TV actress Claire Danes (“Homeland”) is 35; Rock singer-guitarist Brendon Urie (Panic At the Disco) is 27; Fashion model Brooklyn Decker (“Sports Illustrated”) is 27.

TV/movie actor Ron Perlman (“Sons of Anarchy”) is 64; Rock drummer Max Weinberg (E Street Band) is 63; Rock singer Aaron Lewis (Staind) is 42.

• “Day of Silence”, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) annual day of action to protest bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students. Supporters take a day-long vow of silence in protest.
• “Pet Day 2014”, sponsored by the Animal Miracle Network as a reason to ‘paws’ and consider the plight of the many animals in shelters awaiting a home.
• “World Parkinson’s Disease Day”, to boost awareness of the disorder and to spur new research and treatment innovations. The red tulip is the official flower of “World PD Day”.

• “Baby Massage Day”, observed annually on the 2nd Saturday in April to salute the growing practice that is said to soothe, relax, and stimulate babies.
• “Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day”. Almost anyone can make one, but almost everyone does it a bit differently. What’s your secret trick?
• “International Day for Street Children”, the 4th annual designed to give millions of street kids worldwide – and their champions – the chance to speak out so their rights cannot be ignored.
• “Licorice Day”. The best kind?  We say ‘zout’ (salt) from The Netherlands. A recent UK study says licorice is good for dental health. (It’s the anise that does it.)
• “Slow Art Day”, an annual global all-volunteer event designed to enable more people to appreciate art. Why ‘slow’? When we look slowly at an artwork we make discoveries, without need of any ‘expertise’.
• “Walk on Your Wild Side Day”, a day to do something unpredictable, ie: Going to work dressed like a gorilla, getting a Master’s degree, anything ‘they’ said you’d never do.

• “Scrabble Day”, honoring one of the world’s most popular games on the anniversary of the 1899 birth date of its inventor, Alfred Butts, a jobless architect who came up with the idea during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

2013 [01] Influential comedian/actor Jonathan Winters dies at age 87 in Montecito, California (inspiration to the likes of Billy Crystal, Jim Carrey, Jimmy Kimmel, Robin Williams, and Steve Martin)

2002 [12] Aretha Franklin and several Motown recording stars are honored with street names in Detroit MI’s new low-income housing project (“You can’t miss it, it’s at the corner of Aretha and Smokey …”)

2004 [10] After 11 years as a pro, golfer Phil Mickelson wins his 1st major championship, The Masters

1964 [50] The Beatles set a new record as 14 of their singles are listed at the same time on the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ chart (from “Can’t Buy Me Love” at #1 to “Love Me Do” at #81)

[Mon] Passover begins (Jewish)
[Mon] Dictionary Day
[Mon] International Moment of Laughter Day
[Tues] Bicycle Day
[Tues] US Income Tax Pay Day
This Week Is … 911 Operators Week
This Month Is … International Guitar Month


✗ The bride trying to introduce people to each other while forgetting all their names.
✗ Some 2nd cousin-once-removed inviting herself. And her 3 kids. And their dog.
✗ Someone accidentally referring to the groom by the bride’s ex-boyfriend’s name.
✗ An older aunt pounding back frozen margaritas after asking, “Is it noon yet?”
✗ Any discussion of honeymoon sex.
✗ Someone asking the bride how much weight she’s planning to lose before the wedding.
✗ A half-dozen guests all getting the bride-to-be the same gift … cheapest thing on the registry.
✗ A gift of sexy lingerie from an inappropriate relative who thinks she’s at a bachelorette party.
✗ The bride getting all the ‘How Well Do You Know Each Other?’ questions wrong.
✗ The mother-of-the-bride blurting that she hopes the bride pops out some grandkids ASAP.
✗ The gift of the ‘Better Marriage’ fart-absorbing blanket.
✗ You are the bride and they make you wear that frickin’ ribbon hat.
– Adapted from

One rule of grammar to remember … double negatives are a no-no.

☎ Is it really possible to be ‘just friends’ with an ex?

Question: Bartenders get more of THIS than people in other professions.
Answer: Sleep.

If you can count your friends on one hand, you’re set for life.

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