Tuesday, December 7, 2010        Edition: #4402
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BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
A pair of young German hackers is under investigation for allegedly stealing new tunes by Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, and Kelly Clarkson as well as an explicit photo of an artist in a compromising position, rumored to be Ke$ha (hope it’s not a shocking sideview showing just how big her nose actually is) . . . 22-year-old movie actor Michael Cera (“Scott Pilgrim vs The World”) is now playing bass for indie rock group Mister Heavenly – for their entire tour (as a musician he actually plays more than one note) . . . 24-year-old Chanel model Heidi Mount & her hairstylist husband Shawn Mount say they’re extremely relived now that charges he sexually assaulted another (unnamed) model during this year’s London Fashion Week have been dropped (apparently he has only one Mount) . . . 71-year-old Aussie actor Paul Hogan is demanding an apology from the Australian Crime Commission, claiming their recently curtailed 5-year investigation into his personal finances has cost him his career (actually, that ended 10 years ago with the gawdawful “Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles”) . . . 59-year-old Aussie actor Geoffrey Rush (“Pirates Of the Caribbean” films) has unveiled Sydney’s new ‘Walk of Fame’ honoring the city’s most famous stars, with actress Cate Blanchett among the first to be enshrined (strangely Paul Hogan failed to make the cut) . . . 24-year-old actress Amber Heard (“Pineapple Express”, “Zombieland”) has come out of the closet, thanking GLAAD for empowering her to do so (GLAAD says thanks – and who the heck are you again?) . . . Actress Angelina Jolie has teamed with designer Robert Procop to create a new jewelry line, with all proceeds going to Jolie’s charity organization Education Partnership for Children of Conflict (a new meaning for ‘conflict diamonds’) . . . Sarah Palin’s 20-year-old daughter Bristol Palin is denying rumors she was forced to appear on “Dancing With the Stars”, claiming the show approached her and she made the decision on her own (after mommy’s handlers said ‘go’) . . . Meantime, comedian Kathy Griffin contends in her stage act that Bristol is the only contestant in the history of the “DWTS” to actually gain weight, and calls her the white ‘Precious’ (ouch!).

TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Christina Perri (“The Ocean Way Sessions”).
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/A Channel) – Duffy (“Endlessly”).
• “Glee” (FOX/Global) – The holiday episode “A Very Glee Christmas”, featuring music from the recently released “Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album”.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Brad (“Best Friends?”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Matt & Kim (“Sidewalks”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/A Channel) – R Kelly (“Love Letter”, out December 14th).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni) – Ra Ra Riot (“The Orchard”); George Benson (“Songs & Stories”).
• “Lopez Tonight” (TBS) – Keri Hilson (“No Boys Allowed”, out December 21st).
• “Today Show” (NBC) – Natasha Bedingfield (“Strip Me”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/A Channel) – Keith Urban (“Get Closer”).
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Wilson Phillips (“Christmas in Harmony”).

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Drake – The 24-year-old tells Globalgrind.com he’s concerned that his generation is afraid to express themselves because they don’t talk face-to-face often enough, relying on technology for communication instead.
• Elton John – He’s become obsessed with tennis and makes sure he plays a few sets every morning, even when he is on tour.
• Gorillaz – Frontman Damon Albarn says he’s considering retiring when the band’s current “Escape To Plastic Beach” world tour comes to an end in New Zealand later this month, because he can’t ‘keep going at this size and pace’.
• Katy Perry – “Daily Star” is reporting that her comedian-husband Russell Brand helps choose her stage costumes. Ah, that explains it!
• TI – Today his 7th album, “No Mercy”, hits stores. It features collaborations with Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera, Eminem, Kanye West, and The-Dream.
• The Who – Today a ‘40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Collector’s Edition’ of their “Live At Leeds” album is released. The package includes a reissue of the original vinyl version and a previously-unreleased live performance of the entire rock musical “Tommy”.

TODAY’S VIDEO RELEASES:
• “Inception” ( PG-13 Sci-Fi Action ): Director Christopher Nolan’s story about a world where the technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a highly skilled ‘dream thief’ who is given his toughest job ever.
• “Salt” ( PG-13 Action Thriller ): Angelina Jolie stars as CIA officer ‘Evelyn Salt’, who is accused of being a spy by a Russian defector. She goes on the run, putting all of her experience and skills to use to elude capture, learn the truth of her identity, and hopefully clear her name.
• “Shrek Forever After” ( PG Animated Family Comedy ): In the series’ 4th and final chapter, a bored and domesticated ‘Shrek’ makes a pact to get back to feeling like a real ogre again. Returning voice cast includes Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas.
• Also released today: “Bonanza: The Official 2nd Season” (Classic TV); “Boy Meets World: The Complete 4th Season” (TV); “Curious George: Sweet Dreams” (Animation); “Law & Order: The 8th Year” (TV); “Restrepo” (Afghan War Doc); “Twentieth Century Fox 75th Anniversary Collection” (Compilation); “Vega$: The 2nd Season” (TV); and “Yogi Bear’s All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper” (Animation).

FROM THE BS POLL VAULT:
A snapshot of who we are and what we do …
• 78% of men have bought a bottle of booze as a holiday gift for someone.
• 73% of us get stressed about what to wear to at least one holiday occasion.
• 60% of single women say they would love a year’s supply of chocolate for Christmas.
• 57% of us say flirting with co-workers at the holiday office party is ‘acceptable behavior’.
• 12% of us will not go to any holiday season parties this year.
• 6% of married guys admit to proposing on the phone.

SCIENTISTS SAY:
A BS compendium of recent ‘discoveries’ …
• Scientists say … ‘Narcissistic Personality Disorder’, characterized by an inflated sense of self-importance and the need for constant attention, is no longer considered a disorder. (Because these days we all seem to be fighting over mirror time.)
– “New York Times”
• Scientists say … evolution has given us the instinct to eat a lot every time we can, as we’re subconsciously preparing for hard times. It’s also fueled by competition – beating others to the food. (These are all good excuses when you wolf down another plateful of Christmas baking.)
– CNN.com
• Scientists say … cheating on your partner may be genetic. According to Binghamton University researchers, the propensity for infidelity could very well be part of our DNA. (“I can’t help it, honey. It’s all in my jeans … er genes.”)
– “Globe & Mail”
• Scientists say … striking a ‘power pose’ raises testosterone levels by about 20% and lowers the stress hormone cortisol by a similar amount. Simply leaning back in an office chair and putting their up on the desk actually makes people more impressive in their own eyes. (As Shania Twain once said, “That don’t impress me much.”)
– “BBC News Magazine”

BAGGING FOR DOLLARS:
People who bag groceries for a living have to work quickly and efficiently without breaking anything. Some are so superb at the task they enter the world of competitive bagging, which culminates in the National Grocers Association’s ‘Best Bagger Contest’ in Las Vegas. The competition tests baggers on bag structure, weight, and speed. It’s even been the subject of the recently-released documentary film, “Read, Set, Bag!” (What we want to know is … where on Earth is there a supermarket left where someone actually bags your groceries?)
NET: http://bit.ly/ctscUF
– Neatorama.com

BS QUICKIES:
• Kazuhiko Minawa of the Enoshima Aquarium in Japan has developed a method of powering Christmas tree lights using … an electric eel. Since 2007, his idea has been put to use in a local shopping center. (Nuclear, wind, solar, and now … eel power!)
– “Discover Magazine”
• The ‘Corleone’ family mansion is up for sale. The 8-bedroom Staten Island NY house used in the filming of the 1972 movie classic “The Godfather” is listed at $2.9 million (horse head extra).
– Gothamist.com
• If that’s not to your liking the 1.4-acre parcel of land in western Montana once owned by Ted Kaczynski, the infamous ‘Unabomber’, is on the market for just $69,500. The secluded property has no electricity or running water. (However, leftover postage stamps are included.)
– AP

HOW TO BE STRESS-FREE:
December is “Stress-Free Holidays Month”, an initiative to help us enjoy the holiday season without going out of our minds. A few tips to help lift your spirits and reduce your stress level …
– If you’re wanting to send Christmas cards, make it a family project so the chore’s not left to one person.
– If the extended family are getting together for a holiday meal, ask everyone to bring a dish.
– Consider gifts that don’t require shopping, such as magazine subscriptions or tickets to events.
– Don’t create clutter with decorations.  If you have to step over it, duck under it, or squeeze by it, it’s going to add more stress to your holidays.
More ideas at these websites …
NET: http://www.parentingwithoutpressure.com/holidays/nsffhm.htm
NET: http://www.fengshuidiva.com/articlemorejoylessstress.htm

DO WE HAVE TO PICTURE THIS?
The results of this survey may surprise you. Retired people have twice as much sex as their grown kids! The average senior citizen makes love 4 times a week, compared to just twice a week for their married children. Researchers say that’s because the spark is still there and seniors have more time to show their affection. (You’re not getting older, you’re getting luckier!)
– PA News

DID YOU KNOW?
• Four is the only number that, spelled out, has the same number of letters as its value.
• Forty is the only number whose letters are in alphabetical order.
– Rinkworks.com

BS CHRONOMETER 12.07.10

TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1949 [61] Tom Waits, Pomona CA, contemporary folk singer-songwriter (“Glitter & Doom Live”)/sometime actor (“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”, “Coffee & Cigarettes”)

1977 [33] Dominic Howard, Stockport UK, rock drummer (Muse-“Resistance”, “Uprising”)

1979 [31] Sara Bareilles, Eureka CA, pop singer (“King of Anything”, “Love Song”)

TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “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?)
NET: http://www.icao.int/icao/en/aviation_day.htm

• “Letter Writing Day”, when we’re encouraged to take a few minutes to send someone a handwritten letter. Letter writing has almost become a lost art. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone, either printed or in cursive?

• “Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day”, observed on the anniversary of one of the defining moments in American history, the 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii which caused the US to enter WW2.
NET: http://tinyurl.com/y43i

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1979 [31] “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” opens in movie theaters, kicking off the canceled TV show’s cinematic franchise

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
1991 [19] “Black Or White” by Michael Jackson peaks at #1 on pop singles chart and stays there 7 weeks

TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1935 [75] 1st ‘Western’ team to win the “Grey Cup” as Winnipeg edges Hamilton 18-12

1963 [47] 1st use of ‘Instant Replay’, in Army-Navy football game on CBS-TV (nowadays we get replay after replay from a dozen angles, some that you can pick as a preference online)

TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1934 [76] 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)

COMING UP . . .
[Wed] 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death
[Wed] Salesperson Day
[Thurs] Pastry Day
[Thurs] Christmas Card Day
[Thurs] Homemade Gift Day
[Thurs] International Anti-Corruption Day
[Fri] Nobel Prize Day
This Week Is … Human Rights Week
This Month Is … Colorectal Cancer Education & Awareness Month

BULL’S BITS

JEHOVAH OR J-HOVA?
Are the following lyrics taken from the Bible or Jay-Z … or both?
• “In the beginning was the word.” [Bible]
• “Behold, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.” [Bible]
• “I’m a beast.” [Jay-Z]
• “He who does not feel me is not real to me.” [Jay-Z]
• “But whoever denies me before men, I will also deny him.” [Bible]
• “When kingdom come, you ready?” [Jay-Z]
• “Let the trumpets blow.” [Jay-Z]
• “Take the plank out of your own eye.” [Bible]
• “The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” [Bible]
• “In time, I’ll take away your miseries and make them mine.” [Jay-Z]
• “The meek shall inherit the Earth.” [Both]
– Thanks to Kate McIntyre

BS RANDOM JOKE:
I’m an absolute, off-the-wall fanatical moderate.

BS ‘AUTO-COMPLETE’ GAME:
Here’s a nifty little game that requires only a computer to play. You give your contestant a word or term and they guess what the top suggestion Google search engine’s auto-complete feature will recommend. It they’re correct, they win the prize. A few search term ideas (and what the search engine recommends) …
• Canadian (Canadian Tire)
• Sexiest (Sexiest Music Videos)
• Christmas (Christmas Songs)
• Beer (Beer Store)
• Toronto (Toronto Star)
• American (American Eagle)
• Kiwi (Kiwi Fruit)
• Kentucky (Kentucky Fried Chicken)

BS PHONE STARTER:
We don’t have enough time to hear ‘a few of your favorite things’ but we do have time to hear one. Tell us about it.

BS ‘NAME THAT NOISE’:
Bring in a toy that makes noise. First caller to name what it is wins.

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Today’s Question: Over 4,000 people get injured by THESE every year.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Snowblowers.

BS DEEP THOUGHT:
You’re never too old to learn and never too young to know it all.


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