Friday, August 12, 2011        Edition: #4570

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BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
She’s getting ready to head down the aisle August 20th but Kim Kardashian’s ex, NFL player Reggie Bush (New Orleans Saints), is reportedly trying to change her mind (too late, she’s already commissioned a replica of Prince William & Kate’s wedding cake – no BS!) . . . Meantime, Kardashian has now sued retailer Old Navy to force the clothing store chain to quit using a look-alike model in ads (Old Navy say thanks for the extra publicity) . . . According to “OK!” magazine, here’s what superstar George Clooney does on a typical date with 31-year-old former wrestler Stacy Keibler – he cooks dinner, then they watch “True Blood” (wow, how to spring for a big time, George) . . . Another side effect of the London riots – various independent record labels may have lost all their stock at a distribution warehouse owned by Sony that burned to the ground (meaning some cutting-edge acts may never get off the ground) . . . 20-year-old actor LaMarcus Tinker (ex-“Friday Night Lights”) is heading to “Glee” (FOX) to play a love interest for ‘Mercedes’ (hurray, someone in the high school under 35!) . . . 47-year-old actress Nicolette Sheridan has announced she won’t be returning to “Desperate Housewives” (ABC) for its final season (uh lady, after you’ve sued your boss, it’s not really an option) . . . And 14-year-old flash-in-the-pan YouTube sensation Rebecca Black (“Friday”) has quit high school and opted for home-schooling after constant taunts from her classmates about her lame song, ie: “Oh hey, Rebecca, guess what day it is?” (welcome to show biz, kid).

WEEKEND SHOW BIZ SKED:

• “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” (ABC) – Sunday this 8th annual 3-hour special features performances from this summer’s fan fest in Nashville, including Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Trace Adkins, and Zac Brown Band. Basically, a who’s who of country music.
NET: http://www.cmaworld.com/cma-music-festival/music-fest-tv
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/A Channel) – Today Romeo (“Get Low”). Rerun.
• “Farm Aid 2011” (Kansas City MO) – Saturday a line-up that includes Jamey Johnson, Jakob Dylan, and Jason Mraz joins Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews at the annual fundraiser.
NET: http://www.farmaid.org
• “George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight” (CBC) – Robbie Robertson (“How to Become Clairvoyant”).
• “Good Morning America” (ABC) – This morning the “American Idol” finalists (Saturday the “Idols Summer Tour 2011” hits Atlantic City NJ).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CHCH) – Tonight Coldplay (untitled 5th studio due October 25th). Rerun.
• “Karaoke Battle USA” (ABC) – Tonight Joey Fatone hosts the premiere of a new competition that shines the spotlight on the best karaoke singers coast-to-coast.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Mona (“Mona”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/A Channel) – Tonight Tame Impala (“Innerspeaker”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni) – Tonight Blake Shelton (“Red River Blue”). Rerun.
• “Outside Lands Festival” (San Francisco CA) – The 4th annual 3-day music, food, wine & art festival kicks off tonight in Golden Gate Park. Arcade Fire, Muse, and Phish are the headliners.
NET: http://www.sfoutsidelands.com
• “Rock the Ranch” (Twin Lakes WI) – Saturday the annual active rock festival features Alter Bridge, Five Finger Death Punch, Hinder, and Theory Of a Deadman among many others.
NET: http://www.rocktheranchmusic.com
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – Host Jesse Eisenberg (“30 Minutes or Less”); musical guest Nicki Minaj (“Pink Friday”). Rerun.
• “Today Show” (NBC) – This morning Zac Brown Band (“You Get What You Give”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/A Channel) – Tonight Maná (“Drama Y Luz”).
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Today child prodigy Jackie Evancho (“Dream With Me”). Rerun.

BS MUSIC NOTES:

• Amy Winehouse – Police have launched an investigation into an alleged robbery at the late singer’s home in the Camden area of London. According to “The Sun”, personal letters and lyrics for her planned 3rd album are among the items missing.
• Beyoncé – Starting Sunday she’s performing a series of smaller gigs called “4 Intimate Nights With Beyoncé” at NYC’s Roseland Ballroom. The other shows are next Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
• Hilary Duff – The 23-year-old tells “Access Hollywood” she wants to have children but is hoping to record a new album first. Sunday is her 1st wedding anniversary with hockey-playing hubby Mike Comrie (Pittsburgh Penguins).
• Jennifer Lopez – She’s now confirmed for another season of “American Idol” for a reported $20 million. (Her love don’t cost a thing, but you gotta pay off the judge.)
• Kenny Chesney – Saturday his first-ever stadium show in the New York-New Jersey area takes place at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford NJ. Also on the bill: Billy Currington, Uncle Kracker, and Zac Brown Band.
•  Kid Rock – He’s the next to be roasted by friends & colleagues on Comedy Central. The show tapes this Sunday and will air later this summer.

TODAY’S MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “Final Destination 5” ( R-Rated 3-D Horror Thriller ): Teen survivors of a suspension-bridge collapse soon begin to fear that there’s no way to cheat ‘Death’. Star Emma Bell’s TV work on “The Walking Dead” (AMC) ramps up the cool factor for this reportedly last installment of the franchise. Seems this time they really mean ‘final’. Shot in Vancouver.
NET: http://finaldestinationmovie.warnerbros.com/index.html
• “Glee: The 3-D Concert Movie” ( PG Music Documentary ): A concert documentary shot during the “Glee Live! In Concert!” summer 2011 tour. Said to be a bouncy, high-energy film that’s a refreshing reminder of what the TV show does best. But Cory Monteith, Dianna Agron, Lea Michele and the rest are threatening to reach a whole new level of pop culture saturation, no?
NET: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/fox/gleethe3dconcertmovie
• “30 Minutes or Less” ( R-Rated Action Comedy ): Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”) plays a pizza delivery driver who is forced to rob a bank … or else. That’s the ultimatum he faces after 2 fledgling criminals kidnap him, strap a bomb to his chest, and inform him that he has a deadline. Co-stars Danny McBride, Nick Swardson. Shot in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
NET: http://www.30minutesorless.com

99 WAYS TO SELL:
Historians can’t pinpoint who originated the trick of pricing retail items a penny short of a dollar but the pricing tactic has been around for at least a century. It may seem silly, considering taxes in most places take the overall cost over a buck anyway, but it works. Consumer behavior experts say that ending a price in ‘.99’ is based on the theory that, because we read from left to right, the first digit of the price resonates with us most. That’s why we’re more likely to buy a product for $4.99 than an identical one for $5. The item that starts with a 4 just seems like a better deal than the one that starts with a 5. (Boy, are we gullible!)
– LifesLittleMysteries.com

TREAT FOR TREKKIES:
One “Star Trek” fan is about to put his money where his mouth is. King Abdullah of Jordan, a serious ‘Trekkie’ who actually had a cameo in an episode of “Star Trek: Voyager” 15 years ago, plans to spend $1.5 billion building a “Star Trek” theme park in his country. The park will be called the “Red Sea Astrarium”, with grounds spanning 184 acres in Jordan’s only port city, Aqaba. The park, scheduled to open in 2014, will feature 5-star accommodations and theatrical productions. And since a similar venue in Las Vegas is now closed, the “Astrarium” will be the only place of its kind where fans can go. (Boldly go.)
NET: http://tinyurl.com/3bdqpzd
– CNET.com

‘BERG TO THE RESCUE?
The idea has been around since the 1970s – use tugboats to drag icebergs to areas experiencing severe drought. When French engineer Georges Mougin originally proposed it, he was laughed at. But now, the idea is being taken seriously thanks to a new computer model developed by a French software-maker. According to its simulations, an iceberg could be dragged from Newfoundland & Labrador to the northwest coast of Africa in about 5 months, while retaining over 60% of its mass. The only major impediment to the plan is the price: $10 million. But it’s a plentiful source of fresh water – each year 40,000 icebergs break away from the polar ice caps on their own. At 86, Georges Mougin may have the last laugh … he’s still raising funds to try and make his dream a reality. (It’s cheaper by volume than the bags of cubes they sell at service stations.)
– “Wired”

BS AMAZING FACT:
One of the most popular current selections by passengers for in-flight movie during Qantas Airlines long-haul flights is the French documentary, “The Female Orgasm Explained”.
– AOL.com

BS CHRONOMETER 08.12.11


TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1949 [62] Mark Knopfler, Glasgow, Scotland, classic rock singer/guitarist (Dire Straits-“Money For Nothing”, “Sultans of Swing”)

1956 [55] Bruce Greenwood, Noranda QC, movie actor (“Dinner for Schmucks”, “Star Trek”)

1965 [46] Peter Krause, Alexandria MN, TV actor (‘Adam Braverman’ on “Parenthood” since 2010, “Dirty Sexy Money” 2007-09, “Six Feet Under” 2001-05)

1975 [36] Casey Affleck, Falmouth MA, movie actor (“Gone Baby Gone”, “Ocean’s 11” movies)

1979 [32] Cindy Klassen, Winnipeg MB, speed skater (record 6 Olympic medals, first female speed skater to win 5 medals in single Olympiad – 2006)/featured on Canadian quarter released 2010

SATURDAY –
Retired Cuban president Fidel Castro is 85; Movie director Paul Greengrass (“Bourne” films) is 56; Country singer Andy Griggs (“She Thinks She Needs Me”) is 38; Country musician Mike Melancon (Emerson Drive) is 33; Pop singer James Morrison (“Broken Strings”) is 27.

SUNDAY –
Classic rock singer David Crosby (CS&N) is 70; Movie actor/comedian/banjo player Steve Martin is 66; Romance novelist Danielle Steel (“The House”) is 64; Movie actress Halle Berry (“Monster’s Ball”) is 45; Reality TV personality Spencer Pratt (“The Hills”) is 28.

TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “International Youth Day”, a United Nations observance since 1999 to draw attention to youth issues worldwide. (Acne?)
• “Kool-Aid Days”, the annual weekend celebration of the soft drink mix originally made in Hastings, Nebraska. Edwin E Perkins first marketed the stuff in 1927 in 6 flavors (raspberry, cherry, grape, lemon, orange, and root-beer). This year’s fest features 14 kinds.
NET: http://www.kool-aiddays.com
• “Middle Children’s Day”, a salute to middle-born children whose childhood activities were limited by always being ‘too young’ or ‘too old’. (Aw, ya whiners!)
• “Perseid Meteor Shower”, when Earth passes through a broad stream of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle. The best time to look is during the hours before dawn on Saturday morning.
NET: http://tinyurl.com/3ldzpef
• “Vinyl Record Day”, celebrated annually on the earliest of several possible dates in 1877 on which Thomas Edison may have invented the phonograph. The purpose is to encourage the preservation of the recordings, the cover art, and the cultural influence of vinyl records. Do they really sound ‘warmer’ as aficionados claim? Maybe that’s why they’re making a comeback?
NET: http://vinylrecordday.org

SATURDAY –
• “Filet Mignon Day” (French for ‘cute fillet’ or ‘dainty fillet’), celebrating the beef steak cut from the tenderloin. The fillet is considered to be the most tender cut … and the most expensive. The average steer or heifer provides no more than 4-to-6 lbs of fillet.
• “International Lefthanders Day”, first celebrated on Friday, August 13, 1976 (despite what the website says) to salute that forgotten visible minority … lefties. Only about 10% of us are left-handed. If you’re one of them, shake off the oppression and stand up for your lefts!
NET: http://www.lefthandersday.com/about.html
• “Skinny Dipping Day”, saluting the decadent delight of swimming in the altogether. (Hey, when’s ‘Fat Dipping Day’?)
• “Sturgeon’ Moon”, the Full Moon of August, so-named because the large fish were most readily caught during this month. It’s also been called the ‘Red Moon’, ‘Green Corn Moon’ and ‘Grain Moon’.

SUNDAY –
• “Creamsicle Day”, celebrating those ooey gooey, orange- or raspberry-flavored Popsicles with ice cream inside, an invention of Swedish-born entrepreneur Alexander Frehse in 1923.
• “International Nagging Day”. If you have issues with someone, this is a good day to get them out of your system … over and over and over.
• “Sandcastle & Sand Sculpture Day”, a long summer tradition on beaches everywhere. So what’s your best construction tip?

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .

1939 [72] Classic movie musical “The Wizard of Oz”, starring Judy Garland, receives its world premiere in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin (studio chiefs want to see how it will play in America’s heartland)

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
1994 [17] The 25th anniversary Woodstock concert, “Woodstock ‘94”, opens in Saugerties NY with over 30 bands playing for a crowd of about 350,000 (it’s a huge success, with little hint of the violence that would mar the 30th anniversary concert)

2009 [02] Electric guitar pioneer and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honoree Les Paul dies at age 94 in White Plains NY (among his innovations: the solid-body electric guitar, overdubbing, phasing, multitrack recording)

TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1961 [50] East Germany begins construction of the ‘Berlin Wall’ (torn down 1989)

1981 [30] IBM introduces the ‘Personal Computer’, equipped with Microsoft operating system MS-DOS 1.0

TODAY’S RECORD . . .

1978 [33] Arron Marshall completes record ‘Longest Shower’ … 336 hours!

COMING UP . . .
[Mon] Discovery Day (Yukon Territory)
[Mon] Best Friends Day
[Mon] Relaxation Day
[Mon] Failures Day
[Mon] Lemon Meringue Pie Day
[Tues] Elvis Memorial Day
[Tues] Remember What Your Spouse Wore the First Time You Met Day
[Wed] Thrift Shop Day
This Week Is … Resurrect Romance Week
This Month Is … Get Ready For Kindergarten Month

BULL’S BITS


BS WHYZITS:
• Whyzit only a grown-up would tell you to ‘Stop playing with your food!’?
• Whyzit Americans choose from just 2 people for president but from 50 for ‘Miss America’?
• Whyzit one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?
• If you’re supposed to learn from your mistakes, whyzit some people have more than 1 child?
• Whyzit people believe you when you say there are 4 billion stars, but immediately check when you say the paint is wet?

BS RANDOM JOKE:
I’ve discovered I scream the same way whether I’m about to be devoured by a Great White Shark or if a piece of seaweed touches my foot.

BS PHONE STARTER:

What is the most expensive article of clothing you’ve ever purchased? Still got it?

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Today’s Question: A recent study suggests THIS is a sure sign that a guy doesn’t want to get married.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: He drives a flashy car.

BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.


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