Thursday, December 22, 2011        Edition: #4657
Good Morning, Sheetheads!

NFL star Tom Brady (New England Patriots) & his model wife Gisele Bundchen are getting set to move into their new Brentwood, California home as the $20-million mansion nears completion after 18 months of construction (at 22,000 sq ft, it’s half the size of a football field) . . . Movie producer Bob Yari has been ordered by a superior court judge to pay actor Brendan Fraser and director Paul Haggis $12 million in damages for improperly withholding profits from their 2004 film “Crash” (there were apparently ‘inappropriate accounting procedures’, aka rip-offs) . . . Vegan actress Alicia Silverstone is urging us to give the gift of an animal adoption this Christmas from Farm Sanctuary, which enables the well-being of pigs, goats, chickens and other farm critters (hey, your gift is we’re feeding a pig for a year – Merry Christmas!) . . . 31-year-old famous person Kim Kardashian tells “Hollywood Reporter” her family’s various reality TV shows ‘could go on for years’ (some sort of threat?) . . . The ‘Best Original Screenplay’ Oscar presented to Orson Welles for his work on 1941’s “Citizen Kane” has sold in a Hollywood memorabilia auction to an anonymous bidder for $861,542 (magician David Copperfield was apparently the runner-up) . . . Director Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Dark Of the Moon” has been named ‘Most Mistake-Ridden Movie of 2011’ by, with a reported 58 onscreen blunders (the first mistake was making it) . . . New Zealand comedian Rhys Darby has confirmed the former cast of “Flight Of the Conchords” is eager to reunite for a movie based on the hit HBO show and may begin work on a script next year (for the record, HBO says it ain’t happening) . . . 38-year-old actress Kate Beckinsale tells “Daily Telegraph” it takes a lot of people to make her appear beautiful, quote: “I tend to wake up looking like Steve Tyler, then somebody comes to help” (zing!) . . . And “Jersey Shore” star Nicole Polizzi has been hit with a $7-million counterclaim after she dumped licensing company SRG Ventures for failing to launch a line of ‘Snooki’-related merchandise last year (better get this settled quick, folks – her clock’s at 14 minutes and ticking!).


• “Colbert Report” (Comedy Central/CTV) – The Black Keys (“El Camino”). Rerun.
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Glen Campbell (“Ghost On the Canvas”).
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Lady Antebellum (“Own the Night”). Rerun.
• “George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight” (CBC) – Chris Isaak (“Beyond the Sun”); Josh Groban (“Illuminations”); Michael Bublé (“Christmas”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CHCH)– Chevelle (“Hats Off To the Bull”). Rerun.
• “Justin Bieber: Home For the Holidays” (CTV) – In this all-new special, Justin performs his hits, his favorite covers, and some Christmas classics.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Gavin Rossdale (Bush-“Sea Of Memories”); Laura Marling (“A Creature I Don’t Know”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Childish Gambino (“Camp”).
• “The Talk” (CBS) – Allison Krauss & Union Station (“Paper Airplane”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Il Volo (“Christmas Favorites”).
• “Wendy Williams” (syndicated) – Boyz II Men (“Twenty”). Rerun.
• “The X Factor” (FOX/CTV) – In the 2-hour live finalé, Justin Bieber performs a duet with former contestant Drew; then the winner is announced (Chris Rene, Josh Krajcik, or Melanie Amaro).

• Coldplay – A caricature of the band sketched on a piece of sheet-music paper by frontman Chris Martin has raised $2,680 in an online auction by Pencils of Promise, a charity that raises funds for schools in the developing world.
• Lady Antebellum – This week Dave Haywood became engaged to girlfriend Kelli Cashiola, a VP at Warner Music Nashville. He popped the question by blindfolding her and taking her home, where he’d spelled out ‘Will You Marry Me?’ in Christmas lights.
• Lady Gaga – Donald Trump is claiming he’s responsible for her phenomenal rise to stardom. It was apparently his choice to have her perform during the 2008 “Miss Universe Pageant” (which he owns). The resulting exposure, he claims, is what got people talking about her worldwide.
• Michael Bublé – This week he lived out a lifelong dream by suiting up for a practice scrimmage with his hometown hockey team, the Vancouver Canucks. He says he’s disappointed about missing a shot and falling down, but will never forget the experience.
• Motley Crue – Frontman Vince Neil tells “Las Vegas Sun” it’s not for sure yet but he’s thinking seriously about quitting the band after they finish their upcoming 3-week residency at the Hard Rock Hotel in February.
• Sean Combs – Diddy tells E! Online he’s planning to expand his booze biz to include ‘the best, smoothest and most authentic tequila in the world’, to go alongside his vodka brand Ciroc.
• Sugarland – The state of Indiana has settled with 64 of 65 victims in a class action lawsuit, which charged that the state was liable for deaths and injuries resulting from the August 13th stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair. In addition to the $300,000 awarded to each claimant, fair officials have distributed nearly $800,000 in donations from the public.
• Tim McGraw – Now that a court has released him from further commitment to Curb Records, his manager is looking for a new recording deal amongst the biggest record labels. The new deal is likely to be worth tens-of-millions to both McGraw and the company that signs him.

A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “Devil’s Knot” – Reese Witherspoon will star in this adaptation of the book “Devil’s Knot: The True Story Of the West Memphis Three”. She’ll play the mother of one of three 8-year-old Boy Scouts who were bludgeoned to death in 1993. The 3 teens convicted of the crime were released from prison earlier this year after maintaining they did not carry out the slaying.
• “Fast 6” – Vin Diesel has revealed “The Fast & The Furious” franchise will eventually include 7 films as scriptwriters are already working on 2 sequels to “Fast Five”. The actor claims the introduction of so many new characters meant finishing off the story will require ‘more than 110 pages’. The real reason for 2 more sequels: “Fast Five” raked in $626 million this year.
• “Man of Tai Chi” – Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut will be shot in China, with production slated to start in February. Set in contemporary Beijing, Tiger Chen stars as a young martial artist whose fighting skills bring him vast opportunities as well as painful choices. Reeves, who will also co-star in the pic, will shoot the film in both Mandarin and English.
• “Passion” – 33-year-old actress Rachel McAdams is in talks to star in this English-language remake of the French psychological drama “Crime d’Amour”. Her castmate in “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”, Noomi Rapace, may also appear in the project. Director Brian de Palma is looking to begin filming in Berlin, Germany in March.
• “300: The Battle Of Artemisia” – In this sequel to 2006’s “300”, Eva Green has the role of Greek goddess ‘Artemisia’, who persuades ‘Xerxes’ (Rodrigo Santoro) to amass an army and lead it into battle. While set in the same time period as the original film, this epic story is said to stand on its own. Shooting is set to begin next Spring for a 2013 opening.

Engineers at China’s Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Hubei University for Nationalities have created a chemical coating that causes cotton materials to clean themselves. The treated material sheds both stains and odors when it is exposed to sunlight. The researchers say the treatment is cheap, non-toxic, and ecologically friendly. (If this means no more trips to the laundromat, we’re all for it!)
– BBC News


• 25 years ago, a British woman accidentally swallowed a pen. At the time, both her husband and her doctor thought she was making the story up, so nothing was done about it. But now, a quarter-century later, a surgeon has indeed removed a pen from the 76-year-old’s abdomen … and it’s still in working order!
– “British Medical Journal”
• Last night on Dutch TV, the hosts of a show called “Test Rabbits” ate each other’s flesh … to find out what it tastes like. BNN personalities Dennis Storm and Valerio Zeno each went under the knife to have a piece of muscle removed from a left butt cheek and abdomen. The segment then featured a chef pan-frying the tiny pieces of flesh in oil while a studio audience looked on.
– QMI Agency
• A campaign by British animal-rights group Viva (Vegetarians International Voice for Animals) has apparently backfired. The protest was designed to discourage UK retailer Harvey Nichols from selling reindeer paté. Instead, it seems to have drawn consumer attention to the product. The paté, made from Swedish Arctic reindeer meat, cognac, and spices – advertized as a ‘farm-raised relative of Rudolph’ – is now completely sold out.

22-year-old Ekaterina Rybolovleva, the socialite daughter of Russian billionaire Dmitriy Rybolovlev, has purchased a Manhattan apartment at 15 Central Park West for an astonishing $88 million ($13,000 per sq ft), setting a new record for the highest individual transaction in New York City history. The 10-room property was first listed by Citigroup chairman Sandy Weill in November, who promised to donate the proceeds of the sale to charity. Ekaterina reportedly is planning to stay in her new home ‘when visiting New York’.

Seaweed-eating nations often have higher-than-average life expectancies. In Iceland, dried seaweed known as ‘sol’ is credited with helping Icelanders to live to 83 on average, thanks to its fat-absorbing qualities.
– “The Independent”

“The Bull Sheet” will be shutting down for the holidays from December 24-January 1 inclusive. Subscribers will receive account credits for missed service days.


1945 [66] Diane Sawyer, Glasgow KY, TV news anchor (“ABC World News” since 2009, “Good Morning America” 1999-2009, “20/20” 1998-2000, “60 Minutes” 1984-89)

1949 [62] Robin Gibb, Isle of Man, oldies singer (Bee Gees-“Stayin’ Alive”, “I Started a Joke”)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1997)

1962 [49] Ralph Fiennes (‘fanes’), Suffolk UK, movie actor (“Harry Potter” films, “Schindler’s List”)/stage actor (Tony Award-“Hamlet”)

1972 [39] Vanessa Paradis, Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France, pop singer (w/M-“La Seine”)/movie actress (“Heartbreaker”)/actor Johnny Depp’s partner since 1998

1989 [22] Jordin Sparks, Phoenix AZ, pop singer (w/Chris Brown-“No Air”, “Tattoo)/”American Idol 6” winner (2007)

• “Capricorn the Goat” astrology sign begins. People born under the sign are said to be practical, disciplined, methodical, organized, cautious, and careful.

• “Haiku Poetry Day”, celebrating the unrhymed Japanese style of verse that’s written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables. A sampling for the season: Twelfth Day of Christmas / Shouldn’t have had all that nog / Drums are way too loud!

• “International Arbor Day”. What a great time of year to honor trees … just as we’re slaughtering them en masse and dragging them into our homes!

• “Winter” began this morning at 12:30 am EST in the Northern Hemisphere, Summer in the Southern Hemisphere.

2006 [05] “Night At the Museum”, starring Ben Stiller, opens in movie theaters (sequel “Night At the Museum: Battle Of the Smithsonian” released in 2009)

1958 [53] The Chipmunks (‘Alvin, Simon, and Theodore’) hit #1 with “The Chipmunk Song” (all 3 voiced by Ross Bagdasarian, recording as ‘David Seville’)

2002 [09] Joe Strummer, lead singer of legendary British punk band The Clash, dies in Broomfield, England at age 50 of an undiagnosed congenital heart defect

1900 [111] 1st car produced under the ‘Mercedes’ name is delivered to its buyer, Austrian auto racer Emil Jellinek (in exchange for his patronage, the Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft company agreed to name its new model after his 11-year-old daughter, Mercedes)

2001 [10] Richard Reid attempts to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63 (his failed attempt is the single reason you still have to remove your shoes at airport security)


1971 [40] NBA’s LA Lakers defeat Baltimore Bullets 127-120 for their 27th straight victory, breaking the longest winning streak in professional sports (their 33 consecutive wins that season remain the longest-ever NBA winning streak)

[Fri] “We Bought a Zoo” opens in movie theaters
[Sun] “The Darkest Hour”; “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”; “War Horse” open in movie theaters
[Mon] Boxing Day
[Mon] Kwanzaa begins
[Mon] Candy Cane Day
[Mon] Thank-You Note Day
[Mon] Whiners Day
This Week Is … Las Posadas
This Week Is … Make a New Year’s Resolution to Stop Smoking Month


• Be especially patient with your humans during this time. They may appear to be more stressed-out than usual.
• Be tolerant if your humans put decorations on you. They seem to get some special kind of pleasure out of seeing how you look with fake antlers.
• Do not pee on the Christmas tree.
• Do not drink water in the container that holds the tree.
• Do not chew on the cord that runs from the funny-looking hole in the wall to the tree.
• A big man with a white beard and a very loud laugh may emerge from your fireplace in the middle of the night. DO NOT BITE HIM!
– “Brain Candy”

What’s the one Christmas movie you have to watch every year? (Around here, the tradition includes “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”, “The Family Stone”, and “Love Actually”.)


It’s not hard to meet expenses, they’re everywhere.


About a year ago, we were introduced to a blog called ‘Kim Jong-Il Looking at Things’. Now that North Korea’s ‘dear leader’ has died and passed the torch to his 27-year-old son, there’s a new blog that follows in the first blog’s footsteps: ‘Kim Jong-Un Looking at Things’ …

• Up until the Victorian era, ‘Hot Cockles’ was prevalent at Christmastime. What was it?
a. A drink.
b. A game. [CORRECT. Begun in medieval times, it involved a blindfolded player trying to guess which other player hit him.]
c. An illness.

• Who set the specific date of December 25th for the observance of Christmas?
a. St Peter.
b. Augustus Caesar.
c. Julius I, Bishop of Rome. [CORRECT. And it wasn’t until 350 AD.]

Question: The tradition of hanging stockings by the fireplace originated for THIS reason.
Answer: To dry wet socks, as many children had only one pair.


Just when you’re getting used to yesterday, along comes today.

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