Tuesday, April 7, 2015        Edition: #5424

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★ 68-year-old Candice Bergen may just be living proof that life begins after 40. Today the actress publishes “A Fine Romance”, a 2nd memoir that comes 3 decades after her first, “Knock Wood”. The new chapters offer a poignant, charming, and funny glimpse into Bergen’s later years and her marriage to French director Louis Malle. The book also focuses on motherhood (she had her daughter Chloe at age 39) and the success she found later in her career with the CBS-TV sitcom “Murphy Brown”, which aired 1988-98.
– “Los Angeles Times”
★ George Clooney has been granted a new protection order banning strangers from approaching his property on Lake Como. Clooney is set to return to his luxury Italian villa with wife Amal Alamuddin in the next few weeks and Roberto Pozzi, the mayor of Laglio, has issued public notices that warn trespassers they will be slapped with a $600 fine for leaving a car or boat within 100 yards of the lakeside compound or if they are spotted lingering nearby. Clooney bought the villa in 2001 and usually spends Spring and Summer there each year.
– WENN.com
★ 69-year-old David Lynch, who co-created the original “Twin Peaks” TV series and was set to direct the upcoming Showtime revival, has announced he’s left the project. Quote: “Dear Twitter friends, Showtime did not pull the plug on ‘Twin Peaks’. After 1 year and 4 months of negotiations, I left because not enough money was offered to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done.” The filmmaker goes on to say that the project may still be very much alive at the cable channel, just he won’t be involved.
– Variety.com

• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Awolnation (“Run”).
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Darius Rucker (“Southern Style”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – From SXSW in Austin TX, Brad Paisley (“Moonshine In the Trunk”). Rerun.
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Action Bronson (“Mr Wonderful”). Rerun.
• “Meredith Vieira Show” (syndicated) – Andy Grammer (“Magazines or Novels”).
• “Out Came the Sun” – The memoirs of Mariel Hemingway, 53-year-old actress-granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, are published today. Among the juicy bits, she accuses Woody Allen of trying to seduce her when she was 18-years-old and working on his 1979 film “Manhattan”.
• “The Real” (syndicated) – Big Sean (“Dark Sky Paradise”). Rerun.
• “The Talk” (CBS) – Florida Georgia Line (“Anything Goes”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Who Is Fancy (“Goodbye”).
• “The Voice” (NBC/CTV2) – The top 20 artists perform; Sia performs.
• “Wendy Williams” (syndicated) – Trisha Yearwood (“PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit”). Rerun.

• Blues Traveler – Their new album “Blow Up the Moon” is out today, featuring an interesting array of special guests including Bowling for Soup, Hanson, JC Chasez (*NSYNC), Jewel, Plain White T’s, 3OH!3, and Thompson Square. It’s an odd mix.
• Brian Wilson – For today’s release of his 11th solo album, “No Pier Pressure”, he’s returned to Capitol Records, his original home with The Beach Boys. The album features collaborations with Nate Ruess (fun.), She & Him, and Sebu Simonian (Capital Cities).
• Hank Williams – Sony Pictures Classics has acquired worldwide rights to “I Saw the Light”, a new movie that chronicles the legendary country music singer’s rise to fame and the health and personal issues that sent him to an early grave. English actor Tom Hiddleston leads the cast, which also features Elizabeth Olsen, Bradley Whitford, David Krumholtz, and Cherry Jones.
• Jay Z – His new streaming service Tidal is benefitting from exclusive releases of Rihanna’s new track “American Oxygen” and Beyoncés “Die With You”, which she recorded to celebrate their 7th wedding anniversary.
• Kelly Clarkson – Both P!nk and Hilary Duff turned down her 2004 hit “Since U Been Gone”.
• Lee Ann Womack – Her crossover country hit “I Hope You Dance” was so popular in 2000, songwriters Mark Sanders & Tia Sillers turned it into a novelty gift book.
• Ludacris – He has rapper Ja Rule’s ego to thank for his ongoing acting gig in the “Fast & Furious” franchise. Ja Rule had a small role in the original 2001 movie but rejected a half-million-dollar offer to appear in the follow-up, so director John Singleton hired Ludacris.
• Matt & Kim – Today they release the new album “New Glow”. The duo has already unveiled a performance/lyric video for one track, entitled “Get It”.
• Miley Cyrus – She’s revealed on Instagram that she and her friends use an IV drip at home as a means of pumping nutrients into their blood in order to perk them up. Other famous names said to be fans of the unusual treatment include Rihanna and Madonna.
• One Direction – Harry Styles has spent his free time during their world tour doing charity work. The 21-year-old escaped the drama of Zayn Malik’s recent departure by spending hours at the Lalela Project, a children’s charity in Cape Town, South Africa.
• Plain White T’s – Their 2006 hit “Hey There Delilah” is about Delilah DiCrescenzo, a NYC-based distance runner who competes in the women’s 3,000 meters steeplechase.

Out today on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
• “The Book of Negroes” ( NR TV Miniseries ): A 6-part miniseries based on Canadian author Lawrence Hill’s award-winning 2007 novel about a kidnapped African woman’s long road from slavery to freedom at the dawn of the 19th century. Originally aired on CBC-TV/BET. Stars Aunjanue Ellis, Ben Chaplin, Cuba Gooding Jr, Louis Gossett Jr.
• “The Immigrant” ( R-Rated Romantic Drama ): Marion Cotillard stars in the story of 2 sisters who sail from Poland to NYC in 1921 in search of a new start. When they reach Ellis Island, the two women are separated. One is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan, while the other is quarantined with an illness. Co-stars Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner.
• “A Most Violent Year” ( R-Rated Crime Drama ): Set in NYC in 1981, statistically the most dangerous year in the city’s history. The story follows the owner of a heating oil company as he fends off rivalries, loan sharks, attacks on his family, truck hijackings, and an investigation by an assistant DA. Stars Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, Albert Brooks, David Oyelowo.
• “The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death” ( PG-13 Horror Thriller ): 40 years after the first haunting at ‘Eel Marsh House’, a group of children evacuated from WW2 London arrive, awakening the house’s darkest inhabitant. Stars Phoebe Fox, Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irvine. A sequel to the 2012 film which starred Daniel Radcliffe.
• Also released today: “Manhattan: Season 1” (TV); “Masterpiece Mystery: Grantchester” (TV); and “The Simon Wiesenthal Collection” (Documentary Compilation).

Think your gig is strange? Check out these odd ways to make a living around-the-world …
• ‘Apologizer’ (Japan) – They’re hired by professional apology services to apologize on behalf of people. We’re not even joking.
• ‘Bed Warmer’ (United Kingdom) – Some hotels apparently have employees roll around in their beds to warm things up for guests.
• ‘Bike Fishers’ (Netherlands) – With all those bikes and all those canals in Amsterdam, you can see why this job might exist.
• ‘Car Plate Blocker’ (Iran) – In Tehran, only cars with certain license plate numbers are allowed on the road on certain days, so drivers pay people to stand behind their plates and cover them.
• ‘Cuidacarros’ (Brazil) – These guys watch your car when you’re gone and beat up anybody that tries to steal it.
• ‘Ear Cleaner’ (India) – Like the name says, they clean your ears. For an extra penny they’ll clean your left nostril. Ok, we’re kidding. Q-tips anyone?
• ‘Elephant Dresser’ (Sri Lanka) – Well, somebody has to convince the elephant to put on some nice clothes for special ceremonies.
• ‘Gender Equality Consultant’ (Sweden) – It’s not entirely clear what they do but word has it they go around making sure that typical gender stereotypes are avoided.
• ‘Hitchhiker’ (Indonesia) – Taking advantage of highway ‘fast’ lanes that are restricted to vehicles with 3 or more passengers, these people hire themselves out as extra riders.
• ‘Mourner’ (Taiwan) – Yep, they’re actually paid to cry at funerals. “He was such a nice guy, sniff!”
• ‘Oshiya’ (Japan) – These burly guys are paid to push passengers onto overcrowded trains.
• ‘Ostrich Sitter’ (South Africa) – It’s like babysitting kids, except they’re big birds.
• ‘Sleeper’ (Finland) – A Finnish company hires people to sleep on their beds. Apparently they need comfort levels to be checked.
• ‘Toques’ (Mexico) – They walk around with batteries giving bar patrons shocks after they leave. Supposedly it sobers them up.
– Adapted from List 25.com

✓ Make a Cheerio necklace. It allows your kid to snack while you shop.
✓ Bring bubble wrap with you. They can pop it while you push the cart through the aisles.
✓ Put together a ‘busy wallet’ with drawing paper, fun stickers, and a pen.
✓ Bring googly eyes with you so you can turn large purchases in your cart into instant friends.
✓ Print out a shopping list just for them. They can help you look for items and check them off.
✓ Let them wear whatever they want … including their Halloween costumes.
✓ Bring a beach towel to drop into the bottom of the cart, making it a more comfy playpen.
✓ Pack a special shopping snack. Let them enjoy it while you focus on finding items.
✓ Make shoe shopping stress-free by bringing your kid’s feet (in silhouette) but not your kid.
– Condensed from BuzzFeed.com

• Male mice sing love songs to females.
– “The Guardian”
• Cats like classical music, particularly the compositions of Georg Friedrich Handel.
– “The Times”
• A koala mom will carry her baby on her back once her joey becomes too big for her pouch.
– BuzzFeed.com


1939 [76] Francis Ford Coppola, Detroit MI, movie director (Oscars-“The Godfather I & II”, “Apocalypse Now”)/father of filmmaker Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”)

1948 [67] John Oates, NYC, oldies singer (Hall & Oates-“I Can’t Go For That”, “Maneater”)

1954 [61] Jackie (Yuan Lung) Chan, Hong Kong, movie actor-producer-director-stuntman (“Kung Fu Panda”, “Rush Hour” series)

1964 [51] Russell Crowe, Wellington NZ, movie actor (“Noah”, 2001 Oscar-“Gladiator”)

1985 [30] Ben McKee, Forestville CA, rock bassist-vocalist (Imagine Dragons-“I Bet My Life”, “Radioactive”)

1988 [27] Ed Speleers, Chichester UK, TV actor (‘Jimmy Kent’ on “Downton Abbey” 2012-14)

• “Empowered Women Entrepreneurs Day”, a day to tell a female friend or family member how proud you are of them for operating their own business.

• “International Beaver Day”, celebrating the species that restores the most valuable terrestrial ecosystem … wetlands. Organized by the nonprofit organization Beavers: Wetlands & Wildlife.
NET: http://www.beaversww.org

• “Metric System Day”, celebrating its 1795 adoption in France, where it was first developed. The only 3 countries in the world NOT using the system now: Liberia, Myanmar, USA. Myanmar (Burma) is taking steps to adopt it officially.

• “No Housework Day”, an annual opportunity to avoid dishes, cleaning, taking out trash … and guilt!

• “World Health Day”, an initiative of the World Health Organization to highlight public health issues of international concern on the anniversary of the organization’s creation in 1948.
NET: http://www.who.int/world-health-day/en/

2012 [03] Mike Wallace, longtime “60 Minutes” journalist (1968-2006) on CBS-TV, dies at age 93 in New Canaan, Connecticut

2014 [01] English model, writer, and TV host Peaches Geldof dies of a heroin overdose at age 25  BS FACTOID: This August, Bob Geldof is reportedly set to wed his longtime girlfriend Jeanne Marine in the same church where the funerals of his daughter Peaches and his ex-wife Paula Yates were held.

2008 [07] Olivia Newton-John begins a walk across the entire length of China’s Great Wall to raise funds for breast cancer research (takes her 3 weeks to cover the 141 miles)

2008 [07] Bob Dylan becomes the 1st pop/rock music artist to win a Pulitzer Prize

[Wed] Buddha Day
[Wed] Dog Fighting Awareness Day
[Wed] Trading Cards For Grown-ups Day
[Thurs] Cherish an Antique Day
[Fri] “Ex Machina”; “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck”; “The Longest Ride” open in movie theaters
[Fri] Farm Animals Day
This Week Is … Bat Appreciation Week
This Month Is … Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month


A new poll asks which of 2 similar pet peeves irks people most. A sampling of results …
✗ Plane Etiquette – People who hog the overhead bins OR people who recline their seats in coach? Overhead bin hogs get 65% of the vote, people who recline 35%.
✗ Bad Driving – Tailgaters OR slow drivers in the left lane? Tailgaters have a slight edge, 53% to 47%.
✗ Phone Etiquette – People who have loud phone calls in public OR people who check their phones during conversations? Loud public callers get 65% of the vote.
✗ Email Etiquette – People who always ‘reply all’ on emails OR people who don’t reply to emails at all? The ‘reply all’ people irk more, 51% to 49%.
✗ Social Media Etiquette – Excessive complaining on social media OR excessive bragging on social media? Believe it or not, complaining is voted worse, 55% to 45%.
✗ Parenting Etiquette – Parents who let their kids run wild OR people who give unsolicited parenting advice to strangers? The parents with wild kids score huge over unsolicited advice, 86% to 14%. There’s some irony there.
✗ Grammar Etiquette – People who misuse common words OR people who correct other people’s grammar? People who misuse words lead, 57% to 43%.
✗ Lateness Etiquette – People who are always late OR people who are totally intolerant of lateness? Those who are always late bother us most, 80% to 20%.
✗ Confrontation Etiquette – People who are openly rude OR people who are passive-aggressive? Openly rude people are most annoying, 85% to 15%.
✗ Temperature Etiquette – People who complain about the heat OR people who complain about the cold? People complaining about heat are worse, 57% to 43%.
– Harris Interactive

Wow, yesterday [co-host] had a near-life experience!

What’s the 2nd-largest city in France, after Paris?
a. Lyons.
b. Marseilles. [CORRECT]
c. Montréal.
– “Trivia Quest Magazine”

☎ What product meant for the opposite gender do you use? (Shampoo? Deodorant? Jeans?)

Question: The average person has 2 of THESE that they haven’t used in at least a year.
Answer: Keys.

Just because it fits you doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll look good in it.

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