Friday, December 7, 2007        Edition: #3672
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The National Board of Review has named the Coen brothers’ “No Country For Old Men” the ‘Best Film of 2007′ (the 1st of like 8 bajillion year-end lists to come) . . . “High School Musical” star Zac Efron is the ‘Most Wanted Celebrity of 2007′, according to (the 2nd of those lists) . . . “American Idol’s” Randy Jackson is releasing a new CD within a few weeks that features fellow judge Paula Abdul on vocals (put these people back to work before they cause real damage!) . . . Irish prosecutors have dropped charges against “The Tudors” actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers over his booze-fueled tantrum at Dublin Airport LAST MONTH after he made a formal apology & agreed to make a charity donation . . . Actress Lindsay Lohan is reportedly now hooking up with actor Heath Ledger after they recently met in a NYC club (okay, who’s left in Hollywood that hasn’t ‘met’ her?) . . . “Pirates of the Caribbean” star Johnny Depp will next play notorious 1920s gangster John Dillinger in the upcoming drama, “Public Enemies”, slated to begin production in MARCH . . . “Pirates of the Caribbean” actress Keira Knightley graces the cover of the DECEMBER/JANUARY issue of “Interview” magazine – sans clothes, something she’s done before w/Scarlett Johansson for “Vanity Fair” . . . NYC artist Kurt Kauper’s new exhibit entitled “Everybody Knew That Canadians Were the Best Hockey Players” features oil paintings of 1970s hockey greats Bobby Orr & Derek Sanderson – in the buff . . . For the first time ever, Vancouver will host the “Canadian Country Music Awards” in 2009 . . . Natascha Kampusch, the 19-year-old Austrian woman who escaped LAST YEAR after being confined by a kidnapper in a cramped cell for over 8 years, is getting her own TV talk show on Austria’s newest TV channel (a job she qualified for by … being confined by a kidnapper in a cramped cell for over 8 years) . .  . And “Super Size Me” documentary-maker Morgan Spurlock has reportedly done what the entire US military can not – locate terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden – something he’s allegedly filmed for his new doc that will premiere at the “Sundance Film Festival” in JANUARY.

• Britney Spears – She’s being accused of stealing 4 white fur coats from a designer following her 26th birthday celebration in Los Angeles LAST WEEKEND. The damage? $28,200.
• Celine Dion – Word has it she’s ready to have another child with 65-year-old husband Rene Angelil. Their son Rene-Charles was born in 2001 after rigorous fertility treatments.
• Paul McCartney – He’s reportedly introduced his 4-year-old daughter Beatrice to his rumored new girlfriend, actress Rosanna Arquette, leading to speculation things are getting serious.
• Radiohead – They’ve announced the free download of their new album, “In Rainbows”, will only be accessible 1 more week. The album’s ‘physical release’ is scheduled for JANUARY 1st.

• Blake Lewis – THIS MORNING the “American Idol” runner-up is on “Live With Regis & Kelly” (syndicated/CTV).
• “The Eight“ – SATURDAY the first-ever multi-city Hanukkah concert event celebrates the Jewish “Festival of Lights” with parties in NYC, LA, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, Washington DC, Tel Aviv, Mumbai, Moscow, and Sydney. Each venue features music from up-and-coming artists and a unique menorah lighting ceremony.
• “The Girls Next Door” (E!) – SUNDAY a new season of hijinks by Hugh Hefner’s hangers-on debuts. Thanks to the Hollywood writers’ strike, shows like this have an extended shelf life.
• “Movies Rock“ (CBS) – TONIGHT this prerecorded 2-hour special celebrates music’s leading role in filmmaking. Performers include Beyoncé, Carrie Underwood, Chris Brown, Elton John, Fergie, LeAnn Rimes, Mary J Blige, Tony Bennett, and Oscar-winning “Dreamgirls” star Jennifer Hudson was reportedly so disappointed with her performance of “Somewhere” from “West Side Story” at the taping last SUNDAY that she insisted on a re-do after the show.
• Neil Young – He’s the musical guest on a “Saturday Night Live” rerun hosted by actor Jack Black (NBC).
• Snoop Dogg – SUNDAY his new reality show, “Father Hood”, debuts (E!) which follows his day-to-day life as a parent. Word has it he’s really strict. (“You kids put that bong down and get in here and clean up all your weapons!”)
• Taylor Swift – SATURDAY at the Mall of America in Bloomington MN, the country star is on the judging panel to select the winners of the online “Holiday Holla” contest sponsored by teen safety organization Keep the Drive. Participants are competing for $15,000 by rewriting and performing traditional carols with new and catchy lyrics about smart driving.
• “2007 Video Game Awards” (Spike TV) – TONIGHT Samuel L Jackson hosts the taping at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, with the show airing SUNDAY. Among the performers are the Foo Fighters who are featured in “Rock Band”, anticipated to be one of the top games of the year.
• Wayne Newton – TONIGHT he’s on a vintage rerun of the “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC).

“The Golden Compass” ( PG-13 Fantasy Adventure ): Nicole Kidman & Daniel Craig star in this bigscreen adaptation of the Philip Pullman bestseller. The idea is to release a trilogy a la “Lord of the Rings”. In this first chapter, a young student (13-year-old British newcomer Dakota Blue Richards) journeys to the far north to save her best friend whom she fears has been kidnapped by a secret organization. The other 2 books in the “His Dark Materials“ series, “The Subtle Knife” and “The Amber Spyglass”, have already been optioned for the bigscreen.

Monks on a remote peninsula in northern Greece have been found to have one of the lowest cancer rates anywhere in the world. After closely scrutinizing their diet and lifestyle, researchers believe that low-stress living and avoiding certain foods is the key. The austere regime of the 1,500 monks includes pre-dawn meditation and a simple diet consisting of home-grown vegetables and fruit with the occasional fish dish but no meat. (Is this healthy … or a life sentence?)
– “Times of London”

For human males flowers and chocolates are typically used to woo females but for dolphins it seems the equivalent is … a bunch of weeds. New research shows that male dolphins carry pieces of plants and twigs to impress females. Object-carrying as part of sexual display is rare in the animal kingdom, with only humans and chimpanzees doing anything similar. (Apparently coughing up a hairball doesn’t count.)
– “Daily Telegraph”

The winner of a $1-million lottery scratch ticket in Massachusetts may not be so lucky after all. 55-year-old Timothy Elliott is due in court TODAY to face charges of violating probation. He’s a convicted bank robber who isn’t supposed to gamble. His crime? Buying a $10-lottery ticket for the $800 Million Spectacular game at a supermarket in Hyannis. He was arrested after trying to claim the first $50,000 of his payout at lottery headquarters. (For more info, Google ‘Irony’.)
– “Boston Globe”

• This may be the best idea since the ‘New Coke’. Children at the Steiner School in Brighton, England have been told that their ‘Father Christmas’ (Britain’s version of Santa) will be wearing a green suit this year. Why? So as not to remind pupils of Coca-Cola ads.
– “Children Now“
• You can’t pie the big guy! A 22-year-old University of Montana student has been charged with assault after shoving a pumpkin pie in the face of a shopping-mall Santa and shouting, “What do you think of that, Santa?” The drama student claims he had the stunt videotaped and was going to ask his no-longer-jolly victim to sign a film release form.
– Associated Press
• Should Santa have a 6-pack? The USA’s top doc has launched a crusade to put Kris Kringle on a diet because … he’s setting a bad example to children. Acting Surgeon General Steven Galson says it’s important that those who kids look up to serve as role models who are in good shape, eating well and getting exercise. Surprisingly, the Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas has agreed, asking its 800 members to lose weight in order to set a better example.
– “Boston Herald”

“Desert Bus” is widely recognized as the most boring video game of all-time. It involves driving a bus from Tucson AZ to Las Vegas NV in real-time at a maximum speed of 45 mph, an 8-hour trip. The bus has no passengers, the desert has no scenery, and if you don’t steer properly the bus will veer off the road and be towed back to Tucson … also in real-time. A successful trip scores you a single point and the option of making the return trip for another point. According to masochists who’ve successfully completed the mission, the only excitement in the game comes at the 5-hour mark when a bug splats on the windshield. (At THIS WEEKEND’S “Video Game Awards” we’re guessing this one wins nada.)
– “Curious Times”

SUNDAY quasi-star Jesse McCartney will attempt to set a new world record for leading the world’s largest group of Christmas carolers at the Mall of America in Bloomington MN. They’ll be singing “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)”, promoting the fact that McCartney is the voice of ‘Theodore’ in the new movie version of “Alvin & the Chipmunks” (opening DECEMBER 14th).
– BN

A Mongolian wild ass can run 8 mph faster than a reindeer.
– “Country Accents Farmer’s Almanac”


1949 [58] Tom Waits, Pomona CA, contemporary folk singer-songwriter (“Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards”/soundtrack composer (“Domino”)/sometime actor (“Coffee & Cigarettes”)
1973 [34] Terrell Owens, Alexander City AL, NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys, ex-Philadelphia Eagles, ex-San Francisco 49ers)

1974 [33] Nicole Appleton, Hamilton ON, pop singer (All Saints-“Never Ever”) who’s mother to Oasis singer Liam Gallagher’s child

1987 [20] Aaron Carter, Tampa FL, TV personality (“House of Carters”)/pseudo-singer (“Saturday Night”)/younger brother of pop singer Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys)

Movie actor David Carradine (“Kill Bill”) is 71; Classic rock singer Gregg Allman (Allman Bros) is 60; Movie actress Kim Basinger (“LA Confidential”) is 54; TV actress Teri Hatcher (“Desperate Housewives”) is 43; TV actor Dominic Monaghan (“Lost”) is 31; TV actor Ian Somerhalder (“Lost”) is 29.

Movie actor Kirk Douglas (“Sparticus”) is 91; Movie actress Judi Dench (“Casino Royale”) is 73; Movie actor John Malkovich (“Con Air”) is 54; TV actress Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives”) is 45; Rock guitarist Brian Bell (Weezer) is 39; Rock singer/guitarist Jakob Dylan (The Wallflowers) is 38; Country singer David Kersh (“If I Never Stop Lovin’ You”) is 37; Rock drummer Tre Cool (Green Day) is 32; TV actor Jesse Metcalfe (“Desperate Housewives”) is 29.

• “Burning of the Devil” (“La Quema del Diablo”) in Guatemala and on the Caribbean island of Antigua, when thousands of locals watch while a large effigy of his nastiness is set ablaze, followed by smaller fires throughout the capital cities. Ah, the holiday spirit!
• “International Civil Aviation Day”, established by the UN in 1994 to recognize the role of the   International Civil Aviation Organization in promoting the safety, efficiency and regularity of international air transport. Yeah, where’s that happen?
• “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day”, observed on the anniversary of one of the defining moments in history, the 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii which caused the US to enter WW2.

• “Bad Hair Day”. So if you’ve got it, flaunt it!
• “Bodhi Day”, the Buddhist holiday commemorating ‘Buddha’s Enlightenment’.
• “Inane Answering Machine Message Day”. What’s yours say? Time to spice it up?
• “Take It in the Ear Day” which is either about accepting criticism graciously, or some really weird sexual proclivity.

• “Homemade Gift Day”. Better start now if you hope to have that ugly knitted hat finished in time for the big day!
• “International Children’s Day”, a joint initiative between UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences observed annually on the 2nd Sunday in December. It’s a day when broadcasters are encouraged to ‘tune in to kids’.
• “Pastry Day”. Better start now if you hope to have those burnt baked goods finished in time for the big day!

1979 [28] “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” opens in movie theaters, kicking off the canceled TV show’s cinematic franchise

1998 [09] Britney Spears’ debut single “Baby One More Time” is certified a million-seller

1935 [72] 1st ‘Western’ team to win the “Grey Cup” as Winnipeg edges Hamilton 18-12

1963 [44] 1st use of ‘Instant Replay’, in Army-Navy football game on CBS-TV (nowadays we get replay after replay from a half-dozen angles – above, opposite-side, underneath …)

1934 [73] University of Washington running back Byron Haines scores all the points in a football game – for both teams – as he runs for a TD, then is later is pushed back into his own end zone for a safety (final score UW 6, USC 2)

[Mon] Led Zeppelin reunion concert (London)
[Mon] International Human Rights Day
[Mon] Dewey Decimal Day
[Mon] Children’s Memorial Day
[Tues] Nobel Peace Concert (Oslo, Norway)
[Wed] Poinsettia Day
This Week Is … Tolerance Week
This Month Is … Closed Caption TV Month


Songs you just can’t get out of your head once you’ve heard them …
• Peter, Bjorn & John’s “Young Folks”.
• The Disney theme “It’s A Small World”.
• “We Will Rock You” by Queen.
• “Green Acres” TV theme song.
• The “Mission Impossible” theme.
• “YMCA” by the Village People.
• “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms.
• ABBA’s “Mamma Mia”.
• Baha Men’s “Who Let the Dogs Out”.
• “This is the song that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friends ….”
Ask listeners to add to the list.

The week’s most requested music files online …
5. One Republic – “Apologize”
4. Baby Bash – “Cyclone”
3. Flo Rida f/T-Pain – “Low“
2. Soulja Boy – “Crank Dat Soulja Boy”
1. Alicia Keys – “No One”
– Big Champagne Online Music Measurement

I’m just reading “The Kite Runner”. The best part about books is that there are no commercials.

Which has-been star would you like to see make a comeback?

Today’s Question: 66% of boys and 20% of 10 men do THIS around the holiday season.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Hunt through the house for their Christmas gifts, to peak.

Make sure you’re not at the airport when your ship comes in.

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