Thursday, December 24, 2015        Edition: #5600

‘Twas The Sheet Before Christmas …

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★ Guess who won ‘Model Of the Year’? has just announced the winners in an end-of-2015 ranking of top fashion models. Germany’s 5′-9″ Anna Ewers (featured on the “2015 Pirelli Calendar”) has won the top spot as the industry’s pick for best model. Gigi Hadid won the ‘Reader’s Choice Award’, just ahead of runner-up Kendall Jenner, both of them having participated in the “2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show”.
– Splash News
★ Netflix has picked up “Mindhunter”, a 2nd drama series from “House of Cards” creator David Fincher. It’s based on the 1996 book “Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit” by John Douglas & Mark Olshanker. Douglas spent decades developing criminal-profiling techniques for the FBI and teamed with writer Olshanker for the story of his 25-year career tracking down serial killers. Fincher is set to direct the TV drama as well as executive produce, alongside business partner Charlize Theron. It’s unclear at this point if the actress will also star in the series as no casting has yet been announced.
★ Actors Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams are heading back to Broadway in a new production of the award-winning play “Blackbird”. Daniels is re-teaming with director Joe Mantello for the project, after they garnered critical acclaim for an Off-Broadway version in 2007. Williams will take on the female lead. The drama chronicles the tense reunion of a couple who come face-to-face 15 years after having an illicit sexual affair when she was underage. The new production premieres in February at NYC’s Belasco Theatre. A feature film adaptation, starring Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn, is also coming in 2016.
★ And “Pretty Little Liars” returns with the 2nd half of its 6th season after the new year, but how much longer will the hit ABC Family show go on? Despite the fact the network has made no formal announcement, series creator Marlene King says she would like for Season 7 to be the last. One reason may be that King has been working on a pilot for another show titled “Famous in Love”, which stars Bella Thorne. New episodes of “Pretty Little Liars” kick off with a 5-year time jump, resulting in a more mature point-of-view. Season 6B returns January 12th, the same day ABC Family takes the new name Freeform.

• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Nick Jonas (“Nick Jonas”). Rerun.
• “It’s a Wonderful Life” (NBC/CTV) – An angel gets his wings every time this 1946 Jimmy Stewart classic charms a new viewer.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Jeff Lynne’s ELO (“Alone In the Universe”). Rerun.
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Ariana Grande (“Christmas & Chill”).
“The View” (ABC/CTV) – Today 1970s disco singers Cheryl Lynn, Thelma Houston. Rerun.
• “Wendy Williams” (syndicated) – The cast of “Elf: The Musical”. Rerun.

• Adele – She tells “Daily Mirror” she’s attempted to give up booze on a number of occasions over the years to curb her drunken antics, but now she has been told to quit to preserve her voice. Quote: “I am not allowed to drink as it dehydrates my vocal chords.”
• Carrie Underwood – She tells E! News: “Sometimes you just have to make things simpler and escape all the noise.” You got that right, sister.
• Coldplay – Frontman Chris Martin is being sued by photographer Richard Terry, who claims the singer struck him with his vehicle … last January. Martin & ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow were leaving an LA restaurant when the paparazzo was allegedly struck as we ran up to Martin’s Jeep. Now, 11 months after the incident, the lawsuit suggests Martin has “a significant history of repeated and ongoing violent acts against entertainment news people”.
• Deadmau5 – He’s revealed he is dealing with health problems, specifically “depression issues”. He’s reactivated his social media accounts after abruptly shutting down them down a few days ago,  but says he plans to slow down his media usage for the time being.
• Kenny Chesney – His 2015 “Big Revival Tour” wasn’t only the most attended country music tour this year with more than 1.3 million fans, but it also may have save lives. Concert-goers at Chesney’s stadium shows had the chance to register as potential bone marrow donors. A total of 25 potential matches to people fighting life-threatening bone & blood cancers were found.
• Lee Brice – He has raised more than $20,000 at special concerts for flood relief in his home state of South Carolina. Heavy rain hit the southeast coast in October, causing historic flooding that washed away homes, bridges, and roads.
• Thomas Rhett – He’ll be #1 once again on the ‘Billboard Country Songs’ chart for next week with “Die a Happy Man”.

• “Concussion” ( PG-13 Sports Drama ): Will Smith stars in the true story of Pittsburgh PA pathologist Dr Bennet Omalu, who uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions during the course of normal play. Co-stars Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
• “Daddy’s Home” ( PG-13 Comedy ): A mild-mannered radio executive strives to become the best step-dad to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids. Stars Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, Thomas Haden Church.
• “Joy” ( PG-13 Biographical Dramedy ): The story of a family across 4 generations and the woman who rises to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty. Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Robert De Niro again star in a David O Russell film, their 3rd (following “American Hustle” and “Silver Linings Playbook”).
• “Point Break” ( PG-13 Action Thriller ): A young FBI agent infiltrates an extraordinary team of extreme sports athletes he suspects of masterminding a string of unprecedented, sophisticated corporate heists. Stars Édgar Ramírez, Luke Bracey, Ray Winstone, Teresa Palmer. Remake of the 1991 Patrick Swayze/Keanu Reeves film..
• Opening in limited release: “45 Years” (Romantic Drama); “The Hateful Eight” (Western Thriller); and “The Revenant” (Western Adventure).

A ranking of the male stars who make too much, based on their last 3 movies and comparing their pay to return on investment. Those who delivered the least bang for the buck in 2015 …
5. Will Smith … Returned $8.60 for every $1 earned.
4. Liam Neeson … $7.20 for every $1.
3. Will Ferrell … $6.80 for every $1.
2. Denzel Washington … $6.50 for every $1.
1. Johnny Depp … Only returned $1.20 for each $1 paid, thanks to big-time bombs like “Transcendence”.
(Hey Johnny, “Mordecai” was maybe not such a great idea either.)

Using information on 18,000 children gathered over an extended period of time, researchers at the London School of Economics say kids born to first-time moms in their 30s have better cognitive scores and ‘behavioral outcomes’ than first-born children with mothers in their 20s. That may be because first-time mothers in their 30s are more likely to be educated and in stable relationships; have higher incomes and healthier lifestyles. They are also more disposed to have planned their pregnancies and to seek prenatal care earlier. Children of 30s moms also outperform kids whose moms gave birth in their 40s. Those offspring are more often obese because their moms didn’t play with them as much. (These days more women are waiting until their 30s to have kids … and that seems a good thing.)
– “Times of London”

10. Holly Madison vs Kendra Wilkinson
9. Kelly Osbourne vs Giuliana Rancic
8. Rebel Wilson vs The Kardashians
7. Taylor Swift vs Katy Perry
6. Justin Bieber vs Seth Rogen
5. Sean Penn vs Lee Daniels
4. Taylor Swift vs Nicki Minaj
3. Kylie Jenner vs Blac Chyna
2. Drake vs Meek Mill
1. Donald Trump vs The World
– Condensed from @LizBraunSun

Based on earnings from all sources over the past year …
5. Roger Federer – The Swiss player is the highest-paid in tennis at $67 million.
4. Lionel Messi – Barcelona FC soccer star Argentina national team captain at $73.8 million.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid star & Portugal national team captain at $79.6 million.
2. Manny Pacquiao – The Filipino boxer has made over $160 million this year.
1. Floyd Mayweather – Far & away the highest paid athlete of 2015 at $300 million+.
(Keep in mind the list doesn’t reflect total wealth.)

In 2015, people asked Google “What is 0 divided by 0?” more often than “What is ISIS?”.


1971 [44] Ricky Martin, San Juan, Puerto Rico, pop singer (“La Vida Loca”, “She Bangs”)

1973 [42] Stephenie Meyer (Morgan), Hartford CT, novelist (“Twilight Saga”, which sold over 100 million copies worldwide in 37 languages and spawned the uber-successful movie series)

1974 [41] Ryan Seacrest, Dunwoody GA, TV host (“American Idol” since 2002)/TV producer (“Keeping Up With the Kardashians”)/radio personality (KIIS-FM LA, “American Top 40”)  BS FACTOID: Performing at this year’s “New Year’s Rockin Eve with Ryan Seacrest”: Carrie Underwood, Charlie Puth, Demi Lovato, Fall Out Boy, 5 Seconds of Summer, Luke Bryan, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Taylor Swift, and Wiz Khalifa among others.

1991 [24] Louis Tomlinson, Doncaster UK, pop singer (One Direction-“Story of My Life”, “What Makes You Beautiful”)

Pop singer Jimmy Buffett (“Margarittaville”) is 69; Movie actress Sissy Spacek (“Coal Miner’s Daughter”) is 66; Pop singer Annie Lennox (“No More I Love Yous”) is 61; Pop singer Dido (“White Flag”) is 44.

• “Christmas Eve”, a family gift-giving occasion in many countries.

• “Egg Nog Day”, celebrating the seasonal rum or brandy drink that has nothing good for you in it but sure tastes good. A coffee spiked with egg nog and brandy is called a ‘tom-tom’.

• “Christmas Day”, a holiday in at least 105 nations.

• “Boxing Day”, a legal holiday in Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, and the UK, which takes its name from the old English tradition of boxing up gifts & food for the less fortunate. It coincided with “St Stephen’s Day”, when churches opened their collection boxes to the poor. In South Africa, it’s known as “Day of Goodwill”. In Canada, it’s also the excuse for giant after-Christmas sales in stores.
• “Kwanzaa” begins (through January 1st), the African-American version of traditional African harvest festivals, celebrated in North America since 1966. ‘Kwanzaa’ means ‘first fruit’ in Swahili.
• “National Whiner’s Day”, dedicated to people who whine about unwanted Christmas gifts.
• “Thank-You Note Day”, a day to say thanks for all those gifts before you forget.
1990 [25] Tom Cruise weds Nicole Kidman, his co-star from “Days of Thunder” (lasts 11 years)

2009 [06] A private funeral is held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills for 32-year-old actress Brittany Murphy, who’d passed away 4 days earlier from cardiac arrest

2014 [01] Sony Pictures finally releases the movie “The Interview”, after shelving it due to hacking attacks (the so-called ‘comedy’ about an attempted assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un proves to be more lame than controversial)

[Fri] Full ‘Snow’ Moon
[Fri] “Downton Abbey” UK series finalé (ITV)
[Fri] Christmas Pudding Day
[Sat] Candy Cane Day
[Sun] Visit the Zoo Day
This Week Is … Halcyon Days
This Month Is … Make a New Year’s Resolution to Stop Smoking Month


• Letter to North Pole comes back stamped, “Dream on, pipsqueak!”
• Kid asks for a new bike, gets a pack of smokes.
• Giant carton under the Christmas tree contains styrofoam peanuts only.
• Instead of ‘naughty’ or ‘nice’, Santa has him on his ‘dork list’.
• Labels on all your kid’s toys read ‘Straight Outta Craptown’.
• Santa’s first words when your kid meets him in the mall … “Off my lap, Tubby!”

The trouble with children is that they are not returnable.

✗ Czech-Mex
✗ Thai-Bo-hemian
✗ Bavariasian
✗ Indian-a
✗ Ukrainian Fusion
✗ Swedish-Finnish
✗ Crimea-Riviera
✗ AfroChine
– Thanks to Chris & Margaret Steck

What was Tommy Kinsella’s job at the Church Of the Holy Redeemer in Bray, Ireland for a record 81 years?
a. Custodian.
b. Priest.
c. Altar boy. [CORRECT]

☎ Which holiday tradition is an absolute MUST for you each year?

Question: You probably already used one of THESE this morning and you’ll likely use 5 different ones this week.
Answer: Passwords.

Sometimes too much to drink is not enough.

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