Thursday, April 14, 2011        Edition: #4484
Here’s More Bull Roar!

Due to unflattering online photos of her jogging, a rep for 26-year-old actress Scarlett Johansson has had to deny that the movie star is pregnant (this is why outdoor exercise is overrated) . . . Sorta actor David Arquette (“Scream 4”) says he tried to sleep with his ex, Courteney Cox (“Cougar Town”), while they were visiting Disney World last week but she shut him down and now they’re likely to divorce (does this guy ever shut up?) . . . In a new interview with “Seventeen Magazine”, 18-year-old “Camp Rock” actress Demi Lovato has revealed the reason she spent 3 months in rehab was to treat bulimia (this is what caused her to give a backup dancer a black eye?) . . . “American Idol” producer Nigel Lythgoe thinks the judges should decide which contestants go home each week instead of viewer voting (unsurprisingly, Pia Toscano agrees) . . . 25-year-old Ashley Tisdale (“High School Musical”), 39-year-old actress/model Bridget Moynahan (QB Tom Brady’s baby mama), and 28-year-old R&B singer Keri Hilson (“Pretty Girl Rock”) have all stripped down for “Allure” magazine’s annual ‘Nude Issue’ (cover girl Lauren Conrad remains fully clothed and boring as ever) . . . 37-year-old pseudo-actress Tori Spelling tells “Us Weekly” she’s struggling through her 3rd pregnancy and has been feeling nauseous for 3 months (we can relate – same thing happened watching her last reality TV show) . . . And if you have a spare $1 million lying around, you can buy a single 30-second commercial during Oprah Winfrey’s final daytime TV talk show on May 25th (what do you think she’ll be giving away to the audience?).

• “American Idol” (FOX/CTV) – Jason Aldean w/Kelly Clarkson (“Don’t You Wanna Stay”); Rihanna (“S&M”); another contestant is eliminated.
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Matthew Morrison (“Glee”); Queens Of the Stone Age (“Era Vulgaris”).
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/A Channel) – “American Idol” castoff Pia Toscano.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CHCH) – Francis & The Lights (“It’ll Be Better”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Florence & The Machine (“Lungs”).
• “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” (CBS) – Jason Aldean (“My Kinda Party”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/A Channel) – Lupe Fiasco (“Lasers”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni) – TV On the Radio (“Nine Types of Light”, for which a full-length companion film is now posted on YouTube).
• “Lopez Tonight” (TBS) – Sum 41 (“Screaming Bloody Murder”).
• “Marilyn Denis Show” (CTV/A Channel) – Josh Groban (“Illuminations”).
• “The Office” (NBC/Global) – Will Ferrell is introduced as regional manager ‘Deangelo Vickers’ (he’ll stick around until May 5th). He’s already expressed interest in permanently replacing the departing Steve Carell.
• “The Paul Reiser Show” (NBC) – Debut of a new comedy starring the 53-year-old former “Mad About You” star (1992-99) as himself. The series replaces the struggling “Perfect Couples”.
• “The Talk” (CBS) – Guest host Gloria Estefan.
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/A Channel) – Bright Eyes (“The People’s Key”).

• The Beatles – Today a Fame Bureau auction in London features Fab Four memorabilia, including their first recording contract (expected to fetch at least $80,000) and the piano on which Paul McCartney first played “Yesterday” under it’s working title “Scrambled Eggs”.
• Beyoncé – Rumor has it she’s working on a new video for her upcoming studio album, which could be for a club track called “Girl”. Ace Showbiz reports that no less than 200 African dancers and 8 choreographers have been hired for the shoot.
• Chely Wright – The out-of-the-closet country singer (“Single White Female”) is marrying Lauren Blitzer at a private location in Connecticut August 20th. They met last year through their LGBT rights advocacy work.
• Eminem – He’ll make his first Canadian appearance in a decade when he headlines the “Osheaga Music & Arts Festival” in Montréal this July.
• Justin Bieber – Tonight he performs in Tel Aviv. This week he’s sent out a series of angry Twitter messages, complaining that aggressive photographers have forced him to spend his Israeli trek holed up in his hotel room. (Hey kid, you wanted to be famous.)
• The Kinks – Ray Davies says a reunion of the 1960s-70s rock band (“Lola”) is a definite maybe. Quote: “There’s nothing in the pipeline yet, but it’s possible.”
• Lady Antebellum – They’ve overtaken Taylor Swift as the act with the most downloaded country song of all-time (“Need You Now”).
• Lady Gaga – She reportedly recorded the new track “You And I” with uber-producer Mutt Lange for her new album “Born This Way”, out May 23rd.

A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “Cosmopolis” – This new thriller from edgy director David Cronenberg is based on Don DeLillo’s novel about a risk-taking financial whiz in a future world. Robert Pattinson (“Twilight Saga”) & 24-year-old Toronto actress Sarah Gadon are set to star. The cast also includes Paul Giamatti, Juliette Binoche.
• “Horns” – 24-year-old Shia LaBeouf (“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”) will star as ‘Ig Perrish’ in the film adaptation of the Joe Hill novel about a man who wakes up after a night on the town to discover he has protrusions growing from his skull. The project is currently in development with an eye to a 2013 opening.
• “Seeking a Friend At the End Of the World” – Steve Carell & Brit actress Kiera Knightley are set to play unlikely roadtrip pals in his first post-“The Office” film role. The pair will play neighbours on a trip to meet Carell’s childhood sweetheart in the hours before an asteroid wipes out the planet.
• “Total Recall” – Bryan Cranston (“The Lincoln Lawyer”) is in negotiations to play the villain in this upcoming remake starring Colin Farrell. In the 1990 original, Arnold Schwarzenegger played a man haunted by a recurring dream of journeying to Mars. In the new story, Farrell plays a factory worker who begins to believe he is a spy, although he doesn’t know for which side.
• Untitled Woody Allen Film – 53-year-old Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”) has signed on to star in director Allen’s upcoming Rome-based film. It is the first time the pair have worked together since “Alice” in 1990. Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”) is also thought to be in line for a leading role.

“My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness”, the not-much-anticipated cookbook from actress/lifestyle-guru/country singer/cleanse practitioner Gwyneth Paltrow has arrived, and it’s unintentionally quite funny. Witness some of its better lines …
•  “Could I use some butter and cheese and eggs in my cooking without going down some kind of hippie shame spiral? Yes. Of course I could.”
• “I’m not sure how healthy bacon is in general, but I know it’s incredibly delicious.”
• “One cold wintry day in London, I was dreaming about salad nicoise – one of my favorites.”
• “During the strict macrobiotic chapter of my life, I ate miso soup every day for breakfast and sometimes with dinner as well.”
• “I basically love anything that comes in a hot dog bun … except hot dogs.”
• “I first had a version of this at a Japanese monastery during a silent retreat – don’t ask, it’s a long story.”
• “One evening when I had my wood-burning stove going I realized I hadn’t thought of dessert.”
– Excerpted from

Owners and trainers of service dogs are increasingly angry at pet owners who pass their animals off as service dogs by using phony credentials. The imposters go to the Internet to buy vests, ID cards, and certificates for their pooches. The deception allows their pets to live in restricted housing, accompany them inside restaurants and hotels, or fly for free in airplane cabins rather than in cargo holds. Authorities warn that people who fake a disability and/or pretend their pet is a service animal risk at least a fine, and in extreme cases, fraud charges. (This is even sleazier than faked disabled parking stickers.)
– “Sun Sentinel”

A few compulsive disorders that may seem unusual, but are none-the-less real addictions …
• Crackberry – Smartphone addiction is real. Can you leave it at home? Does it get in the way of relationships? Are you sneaking behind a loved one’s back to check it?
• Nasal Spray – After a few days of use your nose no longer responds to the medication as well, and you need extra shots of it to clear your stuffy nose. So you use increasingly more and more.
• Pica – This disorder affects people who can’t stop chomping on ice cubes, Popsicles, or even dirt. This unusual obsession often develops as a result of an iron or mineral deficiency.
• Plastic Surgery – Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but what if you are never satisfied with your look? These addicts are usually perfectionists or those with body dysmorphic disorder.
• Reading – It might seem healthy, especially with literacy rates so low, but people hooked on books lose sleep and some even stop going to work.
• Tanning – So-called ‘tan-orexics’ develop a tanning dependency. Some exhibit withdrawal symptoms such as nausea and dizziness when they try to quit their sunning habit.
– Condensed from

Preventing obesity and smoking may save lives but it doesn’t save money, according to a new report from the National Institute for Public Health & The Environment in the Netherlands. The researchers found that, from age 20-to-56, obese people rack up the most expensive health costs. But because both they and smokers die sooner than healthy people, it costs much less to treat them in the long run. On average, healthy people live 84 years, obese people 80, and smokers 77. So ultimately, the thin and healthy folks cost the healthcare system most, about $417,000 from age 20 on. The finding counters the common perception that preventing obesity will save health systems worldwide millions. (Fat people are cheaper … who knew?)

The top dog in a pack is invariably the most patient and least aggressive.
– “Clever Dog: Life Lessons from Man’s Best Friend”, by Ryan O’Meara.


1935 [76] Loretta Lynn, Butcher Hollow KY, country music legend (“Coal Miner’s Daughter”)

1960 [51] Brad Garrett (Gerstenfeld), Woodland Hills CA, TV actor (“’Til Death” 2006-08, 2 Emmy Awards-“Everybody Loves Raymond” 1996-2005)/movie actor (“Tangled”, “Night At the Museum: Battle Of the Smithsonian”)

1973 [38] Adrien Brody, NYC, movie actor (“Cadillac Records”, 2003 Oscar-“The Pianist”)

1973 [38] David Miller, San Diego CA, operatic tenor (Il Divo-“I Believe in You”, “The Time of Our Lives”)

1977 [34] Sarah Michelle Gellar, NYC, movie actress (“The Grudge 1 & 2”, “Scooby-Doo 1 & 2”)/ex-TV actress (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” 1997-2003)/Mrs Freddie Prinze Jr since 2002

1980 [31] Win Butler (Edwin Farnham Butler III), The Woodlands TX, indie rock singer (Arcade Fire-“Ready to Start”, “Keep the Car Running”)

1996 [15] Abigail Breslin, NYC, movie actress (“No Reservations”, “Little Miss Sunshine”)  UP NEXT: “New Year’s Eve”, opening December 9th.

• “Black Day”, an observance original to South Korea where those who have not found love dress in dark colors and commiserate over meals of black food, with the dish of choice being Chinese-style noodles topped with a thick sauce of black bean paste. (The antithesis of “White Day” on March 14th when men give gifts to women.)

• “International Moment of Laughter Day”, a day to take the time to experience the power of laughter. Ha!

• “Pan-American Day”, commemorating the first “International Conference of American States” in 1890 involving the countries of North, South, and Central America.

• “Titanic Disaster Anniversary”. Shortly before midnight on April 14, 1912 the ship collided with an iceberg causing it to sink at 2:20 am on April 15th. (Thereby making Leo DiCaprio a star.)

1997 [14] Sitcom star Ellen DeGeneres reveals she’s a lesbian in an interview with “TIME” magazine (Quote: “Yup, I’m gay.”)

1992 [19] Billy Ray Cyrus releases his mega-hit single “Achy Breaky Heart”

1956 [55] Ampex demonstrates the 1st videotape recorder (the size of a large freezer)

1986 [25] Unruly baseball fans disrupt Opening Day in Toronto as hundreds run onto the field throughout the Blue Jays-Orioles game (police eject 126 and jail 35)

2003 [08] Human Genome Project is successfully completed with 99% of the human genome sequenced to 99.99% accuracy (in case you ever want to ‘DIY’ a baby from cells)

1924 [87] ‘World Record Snowfall in 24 hours’ (76 inches or about 2 m in Silver Lake, Colorado)

[Fri] Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival begins (Indio CA)
[Fri] “Rio”; “Scream 4” open in movie theaters
[Fri] US Income Tax Pay Day
[Sat] Husband Appreciation Day
[Sat] 2011 Record Store Day
[Sun] East Coast Music Awards (Charlottetown)
[Sun] Palm Sunday (Christian)
This Week Is … Week Of the Young Child
This Month Is … Emotional Overeating Awareness Month


Some of the following are real names of past or present musical acts; some are total BS. Which are which?
• The Smart Pumps [BS]
• Phlegm Fatale [real]
• Poultry in Motion [real]
• Women’s Work [BS]
• Results of Inbreeding [real]
• Rejected Sitcom [BS]
• Asia Haze [BS]
• Skeptic Tank [real]
• Brady Bunch Lawnmower Massacre [real]
• Rocket Tahiti [BS]

What word would make a nice baby name if it weren’t for its unsuitable meaning? (How about Angina, Calorie, Dyslexia, or Feta for girls; Bench, Caftan, Raunch, Thwart for boys?)

German website Zeit Online has posted a map in which you can compare the evacuation around Japan’s Fukushima power plant to the populations around nuclear plants in Canada and the US. You can adjust the area of evacuation with a slider. Scary fact: 111,592,997 North Americans live within 50 miles (80 km) of a nuclear plant.

Always take time to stop and smell the roses and sooner or later, you’ll inhale a bee.

Today’s Question: THIS is the #1 way a woman lets a man know he needs to get in shape.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Pokes his belly.

Inside every small problem is a larger problem struggling to get out.

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