Friday, February 27, 2009        Edition: #3964
Monthly Planning Calendar in Today’s Issue!

Actress Malinda Williams tells “Life & Style” magazine she wouldn’t be surprised if her 28-year-old “Nailed” co-star Jake Gyllenhaal weds his 32-year-old actress-girlfriend Reese Witherspoon in the very near future (they were recently spotted ring shopping in NYC) . . . 48-year-old Demaris Meyer, the ‘mystery woman’ in 71-year-old actor Morgan Freeman’s car when he flipped it last Summer in Mississippi, is now suing him for injuries suffered, both physical and to her reputation (Quote: “I am not ‘Miss Daisy’ … I was not and never have been his mistress”) . . . Lauren Conrad claims the upcoming 5th season of “The Hills” (MTV) will be the last (has anyone told ‘Speidi’ yet?) . . . It’s over between 41-year-old illusionist Criss Angel & 30-year-old “Girl Next Door” Holly Madison, a rep confirming she’s dumped him but that they remain close friends (apparently his wand wasn’t so magic) . . . Fed up with the price of kids’ duds, Britney Spears’ ex-, Kevin Federline, wants to start a discount line of children’s clothing and is in talks with Gerard Guez about a licensing deal (apparently$20,000-a-month in child support just isn’t enough) . . . 18-year-old “Slumdog Millionaire” star Dev Patel is in talks to appear on the real-life UK version of TV game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” (ITV) alongside director Danny Boyle, with proceeds going to children’s charities (a case of art imitating – art) . . . And actress Julianna Margulies has confirmed to “TV Guide” that her “ER” character, nurse ‘Carol Hathaway’, will return to the show in the April 2nd series finalé alongside George Clooney’s ‘Dr Doug Ross’ and the former onscreen duo will be married and – parents to twins (well thanks for blowing the entire storyline Juliana – what’s the opposite of a ‘cliffhanger’?).

• “East Coast Music Awards” – (Bold/CBC) – Sunday the 21st annual awards celebrating Atlantic Canadian music are handed out in Corner Brook NL. Newfoundland singer Damhnait Doyle pairs up with CBC’s Jian Ghomeshi to host.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/A Channel) – Today Fall Out Boy (“America’s Suitehearts“) is the musical guest.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight R&B singer Robin Thicke (“Lost Without U”) is onstage.
• “Late Night With David Letterman” (CBS) – Tonight country act Randy Rogers Band (“Buy Myself a Chance”) performs.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – Actor Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother”) hosts; country star Taylor Swift is the musical guest.
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/A Channel) – Tonight country singer Lee Ann Womack (“Last Call”) is on.


• Barenaked Ladies – Co-founder Ed Robertson claims the recent split with lead singer Steven Page is a positive thing. He says the group is energized and looking forward to its ‘new era’.
• DMX – The imprisoned rapper is facing additional charges after he allegedly threw a tray of food at an Arizona detention officer. He’s now facing aggravated assault charges.
• Franz Ferdinand – The Scots rocker’s new track “No You Girls” features the band playing … human bones. Frontman Alex Kapranos says he stumbled upon a box of bones that he bought for $17. Later the group decided they might make an unusual percussion sound.
• Jewel – She’s suffered a knee injury while rehearsing for “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC). She’s scheduled to compete with husband Ty Murray on the new season beginning March 9, but now she’s worried she won’t be able to compete.
• Jonas Bros – They picked up the ‘Worst Album’ and ‘Worst Band’ honors at this week’s “NME Awards” in London.
• Mariah Carey – She isn’t letting the economic crunch wreck her shopping; she bought over $200,000 worth of chairs, sofas, and other furnishings during a 4-hour spree at a trendy store on Melrose Avenue to help fill up her new Los Angeles home.
• No Doubt – They’ve announced a 45-city Summer tour which begins May 3 in East Rutherford NJ. Canadian stops include Toronto, Montréal, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver.
• Rihanna – “Star Magazine” claims she might be pregnant. The gossip is that she knew it before the Chris Brown fight but was hesitant to tell him as she thought he might get upset.
• Taylor Swift – She’s featured in cameo appearances in both “The Jonas Brothers: 3D Concert Experience” and in Miley Cyrus’ “Hannah Montana: The Movie” that hits theaters April 10. Swift just landed atop the “Billboard” album chart for a 10th non-consecutive week with “Fearless”.
• TI – He tells entertainment news show “Extra” that his conviction on a federal firearms charge means he’ll be serving exactly the same sentence as lifestyle guru Martha Stewart, a 5 month stint in prison. He says he’d be pleased to receive pointers from her on how to serve his time.

• “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience” ( G-Rated Music ): A 3-D concert film of Nick, Joe & Kevin’s 2008 “Burning Up” tour recorded in Anaheim CA and NYC, as well  as documentary footage on the lives of the 3 brothers. To further ante up hype, they’ve announced they’ll be zipping cross-country this weekend to pop into local movie theaters unannounced.
• “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li “ ( PG-13 Action Thriller ): Based on the popular video game franchise. Vancouver-born “Smallville” actress Kristin Kreuk plays an Interpol agent who enters an underground fighting tournament with the goal of collaring the contest’s founder (Neal McDonough), leader of a crime syndicate. Taboo of Black Eyed Peas has a small role.


32-year-old fitness trainer Paul James of Melbourne, Australia says he’s about halfway to meeting his New Year’s resolution of … piling on 100 lbs. Why would he want to? So he can better understand his overweight clients. So far he’s ballooned from 175 lbs to 217, but vows he won’t stop overeating until he hits a rotund 280 lbs. He’s gaining the weight by feasting on a calorie-rich diet, avoiding all daily exercise, and drinking beer every evening. He plans to hit his target in March, hold his weight steady until June, then try to lose the pounds by early October. (Okay how many people are starting to really hate on this guy?)
– Ananova News Serv ice

Just as another videogame-inspired flick opens (“Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li”), here’s a new listing of the best-ever movie adaptations of games …
• “Mortal Kombat” (1995)
• “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” (2001)
• “Resident Evil” (2002)
• “Silent Hill” (2006)
• “Final Fantasy VII Advent Children” (2005)
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In case Facebook isn’t ‘look at me!’ enough for you, the website Diddit allows you to boast about all the things you’ve done in your life (cities visited, adventures survived, food & drink consumed, etc) plus all the magnificent things you plan to do in future. Users compile lists of completed experiences, called ‘diddits’, and future plans, called ‘wanna dos’, then share them with friends. For the particularly egocentric, the site has sections for users to ‘share stories of life experiences’ with other users. (We’ve started a diddit list of lamest websites we’ve seen.)
– “The Independent”

A BS snapshot of who we are and what we do …
• 80% of marriages that fail within the first year lacked approval from parents to begin with.
• 78% of married women fantasize about coming home to a clean house every day.
• 63% of females say women look better today than during their mother’s generation.
• 49% of single women & 38% of men say ‘personality’ is the single most important trait in a potential date.
• 24% of homeowners are embarrassed to leave their garage door open.
• 10% of us have at least one french fry somewhere in our vehicle.


This record can only be broken in Rio de Janeiro: This week a samba dancer has worn the smallest scrap of clothing ever in a “Carnaval” parade. Model Dani Sperle sported a silver headdress, a necklace, matching arm bands … and nothing else but a 3-cm-long (1.2-in) patch of cloth. That breaks the record set last year by Viviane Castro, whose covering was all of 4-cm-long (1.6 in).
– AP

• Camel’s milk has 10 times more iron than cow’s milk.
– BBC News
• Humans are the only creatures to regularly consume milk from another species.

“Kara (DioGuardi) and I have known each other for years and we get along great. But we tried 4 judges before and it doesn’t work. It takes up so much time for each of us to give our opinion that it slows down the pace of the show.”
– “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul in “OK!” magazine. (It would take a lot less time if she’d actually spit out a coherent sentence!)


1932 [77] (Dame) Elizabeth Taylor, London UK, aging movie star (Oscars-“Butterfield 8”, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”)/AIDS activist (AMFAR)/wed 8 times

1934 [75] Ralph Nader, Winsted CT, consumer advocate/2000 & 2004 US presidential candidate (Green Party)

1959 [50] Johnny Van Zant, Jacksonville FL, country-rock singer (Van Zant-“Help Somebody”, Lynyrd Skynyrd-“Sweet Home Alabama”)

1971 [38] Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas, Atlanta GA, pop singer (TLC-“Unpretty”, “No Scrubs”)

1981 [28] Josh Groban, LA CA, pop singer/operatic baritone (“You Raise Me Up”, “The Prayer”)

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is 54; Oldies singer Cindy Wilson (The B-52’s) is 52; Pop singer Pat Monahan (Train) is 40; TV actor Robert Sean Leonard (“House”) is 40; Country singer Jason Aldean (“Why”) is 32.

Classic rock singer Roger Daltrey (The Who) is 65; Movie director Ron Howard (“Frost/Nixon”) is 55; TV actor George Eads (“CSI”) is 42; Movie actor Javier Bardem (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”) is 40; Rock guitarist Ryan Peake (Nickelback) is 36; TV actor Jensen Ackles (“Supernatural”) is 31.

• “Glory in Simple Artistic Achievements Day”, by posting your kid’s ‘fridge art’ perhaps?
• “Polar Bear Day”, declared by non-profit conservation group Polar Bears International to heighten awareness of the declining population of the big white guys of the Far North.
• “No Brainer Day”, when we’re encouraged to slack off. Any activity attempted should be something done without serious thought … a ‘no brainer’ activity. Like this show, for instance.
• “Read 5 Pages in the Dictionary Day”. Just think, if you do this each day for a year … you’ll be really boring.

• “Floral Design Day”, focusing on the art of flower arranging, both as a profession and as a hobby.
• “Public Sleeping Day”, saluting the luxurious treat of catching 20 winks on a subway, park bench, commuter train, on the beach or … on-the-job.
• “Repetitive Strain Injuries Awareness Day”, a day of awareness of a collection of injuries that affect the muscles, nerves, and tendons. These days, RSIs are most often associated with computer use or gaming. But what other repetitive motions have caused you pain?
• “Tooth Fairy Day”, honoring the tradition of bartering molars for moolah. Where’s it come from?  No one knows for sure but there was a fairy tale In 18th-century France about a ‘tooth mouse’ who hides under a pillow. So how much is she paying for prime enamel these days?

• “Chalanda Marz” in Switzerland, when they drive away Winter by ringing bells and cracking whips. Let’s try that and see if it works! [SFX].
• “Peace Corps Day”, commemorating the 48th anniversary of the worldwide volunteer organization’s founding by US president John F Kennedy.
• “Peanut Butter Lover’s Day”, a good day to have phone contestants try a tongue twister or whistling a tune with a mouthful of smooth or crunchy.
• “Pig Day”, honoring the ‘most intelligent and useful of domesticated animals’. Studies show pigs are much smarter than horses … but harder to ride.
• “Share a Smile Day”. If for no other reason, it’ll make people wonder what you’ve been up to!
• “St David’s Day” in Wales. The Welsh celebrate their patron saint by taking a leek … and wearing it.

1974 [35] “People” magazine debuts, devoted to celebrity & pop culture news (movie actress Mia Farrow is on the cover)


1827 [182] 1st ‘Mardi Gras’ celebration in New Orleans LA (1st co-ed flashes to get a cheap string of beads)

1987 [22] A team of 90 elementary school students in Kumamoto, Japan skips rope together
160 times without missing for a new “Guinness World Record”

[Mar 2] Jimmy Fallon replaces Conan O’Brien on “Late Night” (NBC) / U2 begins 5-night stand on “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS)
[Mar 3] U2 releases “No Line On the Horizon” album / I Want You To Be Happy Day / Rascal Flatts opens Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo (TX)
[Mar 4] International Scrapbooking Day
[Mar 5] Multiple Personalities Day / Unique Names Day
[Mar 6] Frozen Food Day / “Watchmen” opens in movie theaters / National Salesperson Day
[Mar 7] Stop Bad Service Day
[Mar 8] International Women’s Day / Daylight Saving Time begins / Aunts Day / Plant a Flower Day
[Mar 9] Workplace Napping Day / Panic Day / Barbie Doll’s 50th Birthday / Employee Appreciation Day / Muhammad’s Birthday (Islam) / Allman Brothers Band 40th Anniversary concerts begin (NYC) / Commonwealth Day / “Dancing With the Stars“ season debut (ABC)
[Mar 10] Salvation Army Day / Mario Day / Osama Bin Laden birthday / Full Moon / Videogame BAFTA Awards (London)
[Mar 11] 27th Canadian Music Week begins (Toronto) / Organize Your Home Office Day / Worship of Tools Day / Holi (Hindu)
[Mar 12] Middle Name Pride Day
[Mar 13] Ear Muff Day / Good Samaritan Day / Open an Umbrella Indoors Day / Genealogy Day / Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame Induction / Canadian Radio Music Awards (Toronto) / South-by-Southwest Festival begins (Austin TX) / “The Last House On the Left”, “Miss March”, “Race to Witch Mountain” open in movie theaters
[Mar 14] Potato Chip Day / Save a Spider Day / World Pi Day / Sound Relief benefit concerts (Sydney & Melbourne, Australia)
[Mar 15] Ides of March / Buzzard’s Day / Absolutely Incredible Kid Day / True Confessions Day / National Quilting Day
[Mar 16] Everything You Do Is Right Day / Freedom of Information Day / Lips Appreciation Day
[Mar 17] St Patrick’s Day / Submarine Day / World Maritime Day
[Mar 18] Forgive Mom & Dad Day
[Mar 20] 1st Day of Spring / Agriculture Day / Proposal Day / Single Parents Day / Snowman Burning Day / Teacher Appreciation Day / No Homework Day / “Duplicity”, “I Love You, Man”, “Knowing” open in movie theaters
[Mar 21] International Astrology Day / Children’s Poetry Day / World Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination / “Twilight” DVD released
[Mar 22] International Goof-Off Day / As Young As You Feel Day
[Mar 23] World Meteorological Day
[Mar 25] Sing Out Day / American Diabetes Alert Day
[Mar 26] Make Up Your Own Holiday Day / Legal Assistants Day
[Mar 27] National Joe Day / Photography Day / Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day / “Adventureland”, “The Haunting in Connecticut”, “The Janky Promoters”, “Monsters vs Aliens”, “12 Rounds” open in movie theaters
[Mar 28] 2009 Global Earth Hour (8:30 pm local) / Something On a Stick Day / GLAAD Media Awards (NYC) / Kids Choice Awards (Nickelodeon)
[Mar 29] 2009 Juno Awards (Vancouver) / Mom & Pop Business Owners Day / Vietnam Veterans Day
[Mar 30] I Am In Control Day / Hot Dog Day / Take a Walk In the Park Day / Doctor’s Day
[Mar 31] Bunsen Burner Day / Tater Day
[Apr 1] April Fools Day / Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band tour begins (San Jose CA)
[Apr 2] “ER” series finalé (NBC)
[Apr 4] 29th Genie Awards (Toronto) / 2009 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Indiction (Cleveland)
[Apr 5] Palm Sunday (Christian) / WrestleMania XXV (Houston) / Academy of Country Music Awards (Las Vegas)
[Apr 6] Toronto Blue Jays home opener


In general, who do you think is in charge when it comes to relationships – women or men?

I was never very musical as a kid. I tried to play my shoehorn … but all I got were footnotes.


Today’s Question: The first one of THESE had a top speed of just 6 mph.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Roller coaster.


Age is a high price to pay for maturity.

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