Tuesday, August 23, 2016 – Edition: #5802

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★ Tonight Justin Timberlake steps in to host a Hillary Clinton fundraiser after Leonardo DiCaprio had to pull out. Leo was due to hold an event at his Los Angeles CA home but after discovering he’d be stuck in NYC until Wednesday to finish his current project, asked Justin and his wife Jessica Biel to step in. They immediately agreed to fill in as hosts and moved the event to their home.
– People.com
★ For the first time, “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies are going to be available to purchase together. On November 1st, the “Middle-Earth Six-Film Collection” is being released, available in 2 different editions. The “Theatrical Versions” collection, with all the films in their original theatrical form is priced at $35.99. The “Limited Collector’s Edition”, with 30 discs of content including the extended versions of each film, bound in faux leather books on a Hobbit-esque wood shelf will set you back … $799.99.
– EW.com
★ “American Idol” is receiving this year’s ‘Governors Award’ from the Television Academy, which honors achievement in television beyond the scope of a traditional Emmy Award. The singing competition series created by Simon Fuller ran for 15 seasons on FOX-TV, ending its run last May. Over the years, the show has also produced superstar talent like Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, and Kelly Clarkson. The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, air September 18th on ABC-TV.
– Variety.com
★ And actress Mischa Barton has been ordered to pay $200,000-plus to screenwriter Daniel Lief after missing the start of a movie project because she was on vacation in Europe. Lief filed legal papers in September, accusing her of missing the start date of his 2014 film “Promoted”, in which she was slated to play the lead role. Lief says the production delay to the movie, which had to be recast, cost him more than $300,000. Now, a court has ordered the former “OC” actress to pay him more than $200,000 … plus interest.
– TMZ.com

• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC/CityTV) – 12 acts compete for a spot in the semifinals.
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Blood Orange (“Freetown Sound”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Kongos (“Egomaniac”).
• “Meredith Vieira” (syndicated) – R&B great Patti LaBelle. Rerun.
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana. Rerun.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Dolly Parton (“Pure & Simple”).

• Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Tonight and Thursday “The River Tour” plays MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford NJ as part of a new string of dates. The new schedule wrap ups in Foxborough MA on September 14th at the New England Patriots’ Gillette Stadium.
• Dolly Parton – She once lost in a Dolly Parton look-alike contest.
• Guns N’ Roses – The “Not in This Lifetime” reunion tour is rolling on into 2017, as the rockers play Australia, Japan and New Zealand. The North American leg wrapped last night at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego CA. They next play South America in October-November.
• Justin Bieber – He’s said to be in talks to play a talented young footballer alongside soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in a reboot of the “Goal!” film franchise. It would be the Biebs first movie acting role, after previously doing only a cameo as himself in “Zoolander 2”. David Beckham is also reportedly in talks to appear as himself in the movie.
• Justin Moore – He has the leading country music album on today’s new ‘Billboard 200’ chart with “Kinda Don’t Care”. Moore has enjoyed 3 previous top 10 releases: “Off the Beaten Path” in 2013; “Outlaws Like Me” in 2011; and his self-titled set in 2009.
• Miranda Lambert – She’s gotten engaged to a 6-year-old boy. The 32-year-old accepted the proposal from the young fan at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium but told him he’d have to wait 25 years.
• Prince – Mislabelled pills have been found in his Paisley Park home, further explaining his self-administered fatal overdose at the age of 57. Some of the counterfeit samples that have been uncovered contain the dangerous synthetic opioid fentanyl.

Coming out on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
• “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” ( PG-13 Fantasy Adventure ): The original film, “Snow White & The Huntsman” (2012), made $400 million worldwide. In this follow-up, a war between rival queen sisters ‘Ravenna’ and ‘Freya’ escalates. Stars Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt.
• “Maggie’s Plan” ( R-Rated Dramedy ): Greta Gerwig stars as a practical 30-something who, without success in finding love, decides now is the time to have a child on her own. But when she meets an anthropology professor and struggling novelist (Ethan Hawke), she falls in love for the first time, and adjusts her plans for motherhood. Co-stars Julianne Moore, Bill Hader.
• “The Nice Guys” ( R-Rated Action Comedy ): Russell Crowe & Ryan Gosling star as a mismatched pair of private eyes investigating the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in 1970s Los Angeles. Co-stars Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer. Think “Starsky & Hutch” meets “Boogie Nights”, plus a little bit of “Lethal Weapon” mixed in.
• “Ratchet & Clank” ( PG Animated Adventure ): When the galaxy comes under the threat of a nefarious space captain, a mechanic and his robot ally join an elite squad of combatants to save the universe. Voice cast includes James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward, Sylvester Stallone. This adaptation of the popular videogame series is planned as a film franchise.
• Also being released: “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete 1st Season” (TV); “Elementary: The 4th Season (TV); “Lucifer: The Complete 1st Season” (TV); “NCIS: The 13th Season” (TV); “Superstore: Season 1” (TV); “The Walking Dead: The Complete 6th Season” (TV); and “The Wonder Years: The Complete Series 1988-93 (Vintage TV).

Drivers are generally leery of electric cars over the simple fear that the battery’s charge will run out and leave them stranded unexpectedly. But now researchers at MIT and the Santa Fe Institute say that this so-called ‘range anxiety’ is somewhat overblown. What they’ve found is that 87% of vehicles on the road today could be replaced by a low-cost electric vehicle even if there’s no possibility of a recharge during the day. The reason being, the average driver doesn’t go far on a typical workday. Drivers would still need to figure out alternatives on days when an EV vehicle wouldn’t do, such as long business trips or vacations. One researcher suggests car-sharing programs could help with that. (Too expensive. We’re waiting for teleportation.)
– “Washington Post”

Among seniors, close family relationships appear more important than friends in extending life, a new University of Toronto study finds. Older adults who are extremely close with family (other than spouses) have about a 6% risk of dying within the next 5 years, compared with about 14% among those who are not close to their family. Family appears to be more important than friendships because of what people expect from family – being taken care of when you are in ill health, for example. In contrast, friends are more likely to move in and out of your network, especially if you are not easy to be around. One expert disagrees, saying the definition of family needs to be expanded beyond blood or relationships by marriage. (What’s that old axiom … you can pick your friends but you can’t pick your family.)
– HealthDay.com

The lawyers who helped bring the song “Happy Birthday” into the public domain will be handsomely rewarded. A judge this week has awarded the legal team $4.6 million after last year’s successful copyright lawsuit. The money will come out of a $14 million class-action settlement being paid by music publisher Warner/Chappell. In the case, documentary filmmaker Jennifer Nelson sued the company after it charged her a $1,500 licensing fee for including the song in her film about its origins. A federal judge has ultimately concluded that Warner/Chappell’s claim on the copyright of the famous tune is dubious. (Warners would still like 50 bucks every time you sing “Auld Lang Syne” however.)
– Courthouse News Service

Dog owners who enjoy throwing sticks for their pet in the park have been warned to stop. The British Veterinary Association is concerned that this simple pastime can cause painful injuries ranging from tongue splinters to the piercing of vital organs. No figures are available but a numerous vets say they regularly get stick injuries to dogs’ mouths. The fear mongers emphasize they don’t want people to stop owners from playing and exercising with their dogs, they just want them to further protect their pets by using safer dog toys. Labradors and border collies are said to be most likely to come down with injuries, as they are fast runners and enjoy games of fetch. (First we worried over kids playing outdoors, now it’s pets.)
– “BBC News Magazine”.

Are certain times of the year harder on a marriage? Maybe, suggests new University of Washington research that finds couples are more likely to file for divorce after vacation periods. The reason may be people tend to face holidays with rising expectations, despite what disappointments they might have had in the past. They represent periods of the year when there’s anticipation for a new beginning, something different. However, vacations can be stressful and emotionally-charged for struggling couples and actually widen fissures in their marriage. So when Summer vacations or the December holiday season don’t meet expectations, people often file for divorce. (The 1st Monday in January is said to be busiest for divorce lawyers.)
– UPI.com

• Being the sole breadwinner of the family is bad for men’s health … but good for women’s.
– “The Guardian”
• Viruses are more dangerous in the morning.
– BBC News
• A hot bath may be better than cycling at lowering the blood sugar levels of type-2 diabetics.
– “Daily Telegraph”


1961 [55] Dean DeLeo, Montclair NJ, rock guitarist (Stone Temple Pilots-“Out of Time”, “Between the Lines”)

1970 [46] Jay Mohr, Verona NJ, movie actor (“Are We There Yet?”, “Jerry Maguire”)/TV personality (“Last Comic Standing”/standup comedian (“Jay Mohr: Happy. And a Lot.”)

1976 [40] Scott Caan, LA CA, TV actor (‘Det Danno Williams-“Hawaii Five-O” since 2010)/movie actor (“Ocean’s 11” movies, “Gone In 60 Seconds”)/son of actor James Caan

1978 [38] Julian Casablancas, NYC, rock singer-songwriter (The Strokes-“Juicebox”, “Last Nite”)/son of Elite Models founder John Casablancas

1980 [36] Joanne Froggatt, Littlebeck UK, TV actress (maid ‘Anna Bates’ on “Downton Abbey” 2010-15)

• “Day For the Remembrance Of the Slave Trade & Its Abolition”, designated by UNESCO in 1998 as an annual observance to memorialize the transatlantic slave trade.

• “Hug Your Sweetheart Day”, an annual excuse to let your beloved know that he or she is always there in your fondest thoughts. Gag.

• “Permanent Press Day”, a day to proudly wear polyester and keep the iron unplugged.

• “Sneak Off To the Beach Day”, a day to surreptitiously soak up some rays before Summer’s all over. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

• “Sponge Cake Day”, celebrating the fat-free dessert that’s variously known as ‘Angel Cake’.

• “Virgo” astrology sign begins (August 23 to September 22). Traditional traits of people born under this sign: modest and shy, meticulous and reliable, practical and diligent, intelligent and analytical. On the dark side, they can also be fussy and a worrier, overcritical and harsh.

2000 [16] 51 million watch the final episode of the original “Survivor” TV series (a Summer replacement show) as Richard Hatch is named the $1-million winner (then promptly forgets to pay his taxes leading to jail time)

2007 [09] Queen guitarist Brian May is finally awarded his doctorate in astrophysics by London’s Imperial College (the degree he was seeking when he left school during the band’s first flush of success)

1966 [50] 1st photo of Earth from the Moon is taken by ‘Lunar Orbiter’

2008 [08] Madonna kicks off the 86-date “Sticky & Sweet Tour” at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales which goes on to become the highest grossing tour by a solo artist ($280 million)

[Wed] Knife Day
[Wed] Waffle Iron Day
[Thurs] Kiss & Make Up Day
[Thurs] Park Service Day
[Fri] “Blood Father”; “Don’t Breathe”; “Mechanic: Resurrection” open in movie theaters
[Fri] Breakaway Music Festival begins (Columbus OH)
This Week Is … Minority Enterprise Development Week
This Month Is … Cataract Awareness Month


• Why bean sprouts aren’t just weeds.
• ‘Fat clothes’.
• Cats’ facial expressions.
• The need for the same style of shoes in different colors.
• Taking a car trip without trying to beat your best time.
• The difference between beige, off-white, ecru, and eggshell.
• Cutting your bangs … to make them grow.
• Eyelash curlers.
• The inaccuracy of every bathroom scale ever made.
• OTHER women.

There are two sides to every issue, and I always agree with both.

• According to experts, the ideal has a long lean neck and depth of body. She has fullness, but ribs that show. She has legs that curve, but not as much as a sickle. What the heck are they talking about?
a. An antique Queen Anne chair.
b: A prize-winning dairy cow. [CORRECT]
c. A runway fashion model.

• 83% of guys say they have broken up with a girlfriend because of what?
a. Fear of her father. [CORRECT]
b. Not showing up in order to watch a game on TV.
c. She couldn’t drive stick-shift.

☎ How long will you wait for a shopping website to load? Apparently, nearly half of us won’t wait even 3 seconds.

Question: The majority of people think you shouldn’t do THIS after the age of 38.
Answer: Get a tattoo.

Politics is said to be the 2nd-oldest profession, but it bears a very close resemblance to the 1st.

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