Friday, December 16, 2005        Edition: #3182
Time For Your Daily Bovine Colonic!

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
TODAY NBC-TV daytime drama “Days of Our Lives” features footage of the show’s stars taped at the Rolling Stones’ NOVEMBER 4th concert in Anaheim CA (more appears MONDAY and TUESDAY) . . . TODAY’s edition of “In Touch Weekly” magazine quotes Kevin Federline as saying he’s consulted lawyers about demanding a $125-million settlement from Britney Spears if their marriage ends (you know what, Brit – it just might be worth it!) . . . CBS-TV is planning a summer experiment with a ‘telenovela’ program (a serial drama that airs several times per week), one of the most popular TV genres worldwide but so far not found on English-language television . . . SUNDAY through DECEMBER 24th personal items belonging to the late Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead go up for auction on eBay, including his dishwasher, stereo cabinets, kitchen cupboards, freezer and – toilet (proceeds to the non-profit Sophia Foundation) . . . NEXT FALL NBC-TV’s Sunday night NFL feature game will debut, preceded by a 7 pm studio show called “Football Night in America” (hmm, wonder where that idea came from – can you spell “HNIC”?) featuring Bob Costas & Cris Collinsworth, then the 8 pm game with John Madden & a yet-to-be-named play-by-play announcer . . . A reality TV series about the Jackson family is being shopped to various networks, but this is about a trio of 2nd-generation Jacksons, the sons of Tito, who had some success overseas in the ‘90s as a boy band named 3T . . . Canadians have spent over $21 million on more than 32,000 Xbox 360 gaming consoles since the new system was launched NOVEMBER 22nd . . . Americans have spent over $100 million on more than 325,000 Xbox 360 gaming consoles since the new system was launched NOVEMBER 22nd . . . And at least 7 “Lost” cast members have now chalked up traffic violations while shooting the ABC-TV hit in Hawaii (Michelle Rodriguez alone has notched 4 separate citations, including a DUI charge).

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Aaron Neville – TONIGHT he does the “Tonight Show With Jay Leno”.
• Bon Jovi – SATURDAY their “Have a Nice Day” tour stop at Washington DC’s MCI Center will be the first full-length live concert streamed via Sprint’s wireless video delivery system.
• Christina Aguilera – After recently marrying Jordan Bratman, she says that her friends now call her ‘Mrs B’.
• Diana Krall – Her new “Christmas Songs” CD tops holiday-album sales over the past week.
• Lee Ann Womack – SUNDAY she headlines a tribute to ‘first responders’ (the people who came to help immediately after Hurricane Katrina) in the casino town of Tunica MS. Others performing include singer Wayne Newton, comedian Paul Rodriguez & actress Brittany Murphy.
• Martina McBride – Her album of country classics, “Timeless”, has just been certified Platinum by the RIAA for shipments of a million copies. She launches her 2006 tour JANUARY 13th in State College PA.
• Michael McDonald – TODAY he guests on “Live With Regis & Kelly”.
• Neil Young – TOMORROW he’s scheduled to perform as the musical guest on NBC-TV’s “Saturday Night Live”. He’s planning to tour Australia early NEXT YEAR.

OPENING IN THEATERS TODAY:
• “The Family Stone” ( PG-13 Romantic Comedy ): A ‘home for the holidays’ movie with a twist – a New England family unites against their favorite son’s plan to propose to his uptight NYC girlfriend during the holidays. Overwhelmed by the hostile reception, she begs her sister to join her for emotional support, triggering further complications. The all-star ensemble cast includes Claire Danes, Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Dermot Mulroney, Luke Wilson, and Sarah Jessica Parker … who says the skirts she had to wear to portray her uptight character were so snug, she couldn’t even sit down.
NET: http://www.thefamilystonemovie.com/
• “Memoirs of a Geisha” ( PG-13 Historical Drama ): Director Rob Marshall’s (“Chicago”) period piece about the rise of a young girl from her fishing-village roots to became one of Japan’s most celebrated geishas. Stars Li Gong, Michelle Yeoh and Ziyi Zhang (all of them Chinese actresses). In limited release; opens wide DECEMBER 23rd.
NET: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/memoirsofageisha/

BUZZ INDEX 2005:
Yahoo!’s annual list of the most-searched-for terms online …
5. Green Day
4. Mariah Carey
3. Cartoon Network
2. 50 Cent
1. Britney Spears
– “Hollywood Reporter”

AND WHAT ABOUT RUBBER BABY BUGGY BUMPERS?
Modern baby buggies and strollers in which the child sits facing forward may be impeding the development of speech. How so? Old-fashioned buggies played a crucial role in developing language skills because youngsters faced backward, allowing direct eye contact with the adult pushing them. Nowadays kids can spend several hours a day staring out into space rather than watching and learning from a parent or care-giver. (In [co-host’s] case, that may be a GOOD thing.)
– “The Telegraph”

DID YOU KNOW?
About 1 in 3 cat and/or dog owners say their pets watch TV, according to a poll by pet-supply manufacturer Hartz.

MONA LISA SMILE:
Researchers from the Netherlands’ University of Amsterdam have applied hi-tech ‘Emotion Recognition Software’ to Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting, “The Mona Lisa”, and discovered that she was … 83% ‘happy’, 9% ‘disgusted’, 6% ‘fearful’ and 2% ‘angry’. (In other words, she was female.)
– Reuters

HOTTEST WOMEN IN HDTV:
Not everyone looks good in HDTV; the picture is so clear that you can easily see acne scars and aging signs. But according to a new ranking, even in high-def these femmes are flawless …
5. Alexis Dziena, “Invasion”.
4. Jennifer Garner, “Alias”.
3. Nikki Cox, “Vegas”.
2. Mischa Barton, “The OC”.
1. Eva Longoria, “Desperate Housewives”.
– TVPredictions.com

CUTTING EDGE VOCAB:
According to 2 separate dictionaries, here is the definitive ‘Word of the Year’ for 2005 …
• ‘Infosnacking’ – Checking e-mail or browsing online while on the clock at work. (“Webster’s New World College Dictionary”)
• ‘Podcast’ – A digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio player. (“New Oxford American Dictionary”)
– “USA Today”

FAT & JOLLY MAY NOT BE TYPECASTING:
Psychologists at Britain’s Bristol University have teamed up with colleagues across Europe to study the lifestyles of thousands of people and discovered that – thin people are far less happy than rotund ones. The study suggests that, rather than being content and confident, slim people often struggle to deal with life’s woes. Furthermore, a review of over 3,000 cases of suicide shows that the BMI (Body Mass Index) of victims averaged significantly lower than those who soldier on through life. (So there you go: eat, be happy! Porky.)
– “The Independent”

WEALTHIEST FICTIONAL CHARACTERS:
5. “C Montgomery Burns” (“The Simpsons”), Net Worth: $8.4 Billion, Source: Energy.
4. “Lex Luthor” (“Superman”), $10.1 billion, Defense/Software/Real Estate.
3. “Richie Rich” (“Richie Rich” comic books), $17 billion, Inheritance.
2. “Oliver ‘Daddy’ Warbucks” (Broadway musical “Annie”), $27.3 billion, Defense Industries.
1. Santa Claus (Holiday Season icon), Net Worth: Infinite. Source: Toys/Candy.
– “Forbes Magazine”

THE BULL SHEET 12.16.2K5

TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1941 [64] Lesley Stahl, Lynn MA, well-preserved TV journalist (“60 Minutes” since 1991)

1946 [59] Benny Andersson, Stockholm, Sweden, oldies singer (ABBA-“Dancing Queen”)

1949 [56] Billy Gibbons, Houston TX, classic rock guitarist/singer (ZZ Top-“Legs”)

1963 [42] Benjamin Bratt, San Francisco CA, TV actor (‘Major Jim Tisnewski’ on “E-Ring”)/movie actor (“Miss Congeniality”)

1963 [42] Jeff Carson, Tulsa OK, country singer (“Shine On”)

1971 [34] Michael McCary, Philadelphia PA, retired pop singer (Boyz II Men-“End of the Road”)

SATURDAY’S BIRTHDAYS –
Movie actor Eugene Levy (“American Pie”) is 59; Rock bassist Mike Mills (REM) is 47; Movie actress Milla Jovovich (“Resident Evil”) is 30.

SUNDAY’S BIRTHDAYS –
Rock guitarist Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) is 62; Movie director Steven Spielberg (“Munich”) is 59; Actor Ray Liotta (“GoodFellas”) is 50; Movie star Brad Pitt (“Mr & Mrs Smith”) is 42; Country singer Tracy Byrd (“The Truth About Men”) is 39; Rapper DMX (“Who We Be”) is 35; Actress Katie Holmes (“Batman Begins”) is 27; Pop singer Christina Aguilera (“Beautiful”) is 25.

TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Chocolate Covered Anything Day”, so fill up the tub and invite that special someone over!
• “Eat What You Want Day”, a day to actually enjoy what you eat without worrying about quotas and content. Go ahead, chubby – have another mug of gravy!
• “Nine Days of Posadas” begins, the traditional Mexican Christmas celebration that includes breaking open a pinata. Similarly, “Simbang Gabi” or “Christmas Observance” in the Philippines runs TODAY through January 6th, said to be the world’s longest Christmas celebration.
• “Underdog Day”, to salute all of the underdogs and unsung heroes – the ‘Number Twos’ who contribute so much to the ‘Number Ones’ that we always read about. Sherlock Holmes’s Dr Watson, Robinson Cruse’s Friday, the Lone Ranger’s Tonto, Captain Kirk’s Mr Spock & [co-host] are examples. Ask listeners for other followers who’ve been under-appreciated.

SATURDAY –
• “Audubon Christmas Bird Count”, the annual avian enumeration conducted by some 40,000 North American bird watchers through JANUARY 3rd.
• “First Flight Anniversary Celebration” will be held at Kill Devil Hills NC. A tradition since 1928, it honors the Wright Brothers’ flight at Kitty Hawk NC December 17th, 1903. 102 years ago at 10:35 am ET, the first sustained motorized aircraft flight travelled a total of 850 ft. Orville Wright was the pilot, winning the honors in a coin toss. Wilbur got to run alongside.
• “International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers”, the 3rd annual tribute to prostitutes who have been killed while on-the-job.
• “Maple Syrup Day”, honoring the great Canadian taste treat that requires a 2nd mortgage on your house to purchase. There are over 12,000 maple syrup producers in Canada, accounting for more than 85% of world production. The province of Québec is the world’s top-ranking maple syrup producer, accounting for more than 70% of all production.
• “Saturnalia”, the week-long ancient Roman festival honoring Saturn the planter god, which was marked with these lasting traditions: the exchange of gifts, illumination of lights, and the closing of businesses. Early Christian church leaders scheduled “Christmas” at this time of year partly to counteract this extremely popular but disapproved pagan celebration.

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1905 [100] Show biz journal “Variety” debuts (still being published)

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
1971 [34] Don McLean releases 8-and-a-half minute single, “American Pie”, one of the longest (and most confusing) songs to ever hit the pop chart

TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1949 [56] A Swedish fighter plane manufacturer begins producing autos that eventually carry the name ‘Saab’

TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1972 [33] Miami Dolphins become only team to go undefeated for an entire NFL regular season, and go on to win the Super Bowl (players from that team still gather to celebrate when the last undefeated team loses each season)

AND REMEMBER . . .
[Wed] Winter begins (1:35 pm ET)
[Wed] Humbug Day
[Wed] Look at the Bright Side Day
[Wed] Flashlight Day
[Wed] Elton John’s wedding
[Wed] “Cheaper by the Dozen 2″ & “Fun With Dick and Jane” open in movie theaters
This Week Is … Drunk Drivers Awareness Week
This Month Is … Safe Toys & Gifts Month

BULL’S BITS

MOST-PLAYED CHRISTMAS TUNES ON THE RADIO:
5. “Feliz Navidad”, José Feliciano.
4. “Jingle Bell Rock”, Bobby Helms.
3. “Holly Jolly Christmas”, Burl Ives.
2. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, Brenda Lee.
1. “The Christmas Song”, Nat King Cole.
– Nielsen BDS

BS CHRISTMAS Q&A:
Q: St Nicholas was bishop of what country?
A: Myra, now known as Turkey.

Q: According to the University of Ohio, this is one of the Christmas season’s biggest myths or urban legends. What is it?
A: That poinsettia plants are poisonous.

WORST MOVIES OF 2005:
According to Website, “The Stinkers”, these are the smelliest of all, listed alphabetically …
• “Aeon Flux”, starring Charlize Theron.
• “Alone in the Dark”, starring Christian Slater & Tara Reid.
• “Dirty Love”, with Jenny McCarthy & Carmen Electra.
• “Doom”, featuring The Rock.
• “Son of the Mask”, starring Jamie Kennedy.
More ‘awards’ in various categories are listed here …
NET: http://www.thestinkers.com/2005sofar.html

BS PHONE STARTERS:
• Who is absolutely the most annoying person to listen to?
• What holiday tradition would you like to see dumped? (The office party? Secret Santa? Decorations and/or seasonal music in stores 2 months ahead?)

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Today’s Question: 83% of men absolutely hate doing THIS during the holiday season.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Singing carols.

BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.


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