Tuesday, February 28, 2006           Edition: #3228
Monthly Planning Calendar in Today’s BS!

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
TONIGHT “The Amazing Race 9″ kicks off with a 2-hour premiere on CBS-TV (CTV in Canada), pitting 11 new 2-person teams against one other for a million-dollar prize . . . TONIGHT MTV’s “The Real World” begins its 17th season, this time in Key West FL where 7 pretty strangers will live together, love together & get into some nasty fights . . . iTunes has passed another benchmark as the 1-billionth tune has just been downloaded from the online music distributor (it was Coldplay’s “Speed Of Sound”) . . . THIS WEEK in London UK, authors Michael Baigent & Richard Leigh are suing for infringement of copyright, claiming Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” didn’t just borrow a theory, it stole the whole thrilling jigsaw puzzle they created in their book, “Holy Blood, Holy Grail” . . . 28-year-old “Lost” star Jorge Garcia says he’s stopped living on ‘rum & burritos’ in order to shed 30 lbs after TV viewers complained his portly frame didn’t mesh with the castaway storyline . . . Reese Witherspoon has surpassed Julia Roberts to become the ‘Highest Paid Actress of All-Time’, negotiating $29 million for the upcoming film “Our Family Trouble” (Julia got $24 million for “Mona Lisa Smile”) . . . Just 6 months after she was filmed snorting cocaine (her best-ever career move), Brit model Kate Moss is in talks to sign a deal with Calvin Klein said to be worth upwards of $3 million . . . And ‘Best Actor’ contender Philip Seymour Hoffman (“Capote”) is getting worried – seems he made a drunken bet with drama pals in college that if any of them ever won an Oscar, they would bark the entire acceptance speech (according to betting handicappers, odds are he’ll be woofing it up!).

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• George Michael – When cops found him slumped over the wheel of his Range Rover in London’s West End, they also reportedly found cannabis, GHB (aka liquid Ecstasy), and a variety of sex toys & masks. He’s out on bail while the substances are analyzed.
• George Strait – TONIGHT he kicks off the all-star concert series at the annual “Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. Other acts scheduled during the 20-day event include Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Gretchen Wilson, Lonestar, Martina McBride, Toby Keith & Trisha Yearwood.
• Korn – Their hometown of Bakersfield CA has honored them by naming a small stretch of road near the local arena ‘Korn Row’.
• Maroon 5 – Frontman Adam Levine says he’s finished collaborating with other artists for now because he wants to focus on writing the band’s new album.
• Tim McGraw – “Redbook” magazine has just named him ‘Hottest Husband’ in the music biz.
• Music in stores TODAY: Bruce Springsteen’s “Hammersmith Odeon, Live ’75″; Kid Rock’s “Live Trucker”; Andrea Bocelli’s “Amor”; Alan Jackson’s “Precious Memories”; Ne-Yo’s “In My Own Words”; “Hank Williams III’s “Straight to Hell”; and Elvis Costello’s “Live with the Metropole Orkest, My Flame Burns Blue”.

TODAY’S VIDEO RELEASES:
• “The Ice Harvest” ( Crime Comedy – DVD/VHS ): John Cusack & Billy Bob Thornton portray small-time schemers dangerously out of their depth as they attempt to swindle the local mob out of some money on Christmas Eve.
• “Lady & the Tramp: 50th Anniversary Edition” ( Animated Family – DVD ): Disney technicians went through close to 340,000 frames of the 1955 original classic and digitally removed some 30 million pieces of dust and dirt.
• “Pride & Prejudice” ( Romantic Period Drama – DVD/VHS ): Keira Knightley is Oscar-nominated for her role in this latest bigscreen version of Jane Austen’s novel about 5 sisters in Georgian England whose lives are turned upside-down when a wealthy young man & his best friend arrive in their neighborhood.
• “Walk the Line” ( Musical Biography – DVD ): The Oscar-nominated bio-film is out in widescreen & full-screen editions, plus a 2-disc ‘Special Edition’ ($40) with extended musical performances & other features. Joaquin Phoenix is nominated for ‘Best Actor’ for his portrayal of Johnny Cash; Reese Witherspoon for ‘Best Actress’ for her role as June Carter.
• “Where the Truth Lies” ( Mystery Thriller – DVD ): Kevin Bacon & Colin Firth star in Canadian director Atom Egoyan’s tale about a celebrated comedy team (loosely inspired by Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis) who break up due to a scandal involving a beautiful woman found dead in their hotel suite. Based on a Rupert Holmes novel. Partially shot in Toronto & Brantford ON.
• “Yours, Mine & Ours” ( Family Comedy – DVD ): Dennis Quaid & Rene Russo star as a Coast Guard Admiral & a free-spirited widow who impulsively elope and join their families, causing a slapstick war of opposites. A loose remake of the 1968 Henry Fonda/Lucille Ball film.
• Also on DVD TODAY: “NFL Super Bowl XL: Pittsburgh Steelers Championship”; “Charmed: The Complete 4th Season”; and “Ellen: The Complete Season 3″.

THE OSCAR EFFECT:
The Oscars may be more than just annual awards, they can also be a passport to a longer life. A study of actors has found that Oscar-winners live, on average, almost 4 years longer than nominees who go home empty-handed. Actors aren’t the only people who reap benefits: Dr Donald Redelmeier of Toronto’s Sunnybrook & Women’s College Health Sciences Centre has also found that Oscar-winning directors live longer than non-winners, and male directors live an average 4.5 years longer than actors.
– ANI Health & Science

BS AMAZING FACT:
90% of people who live to be 110 or older are women. If you make it to age 110, you now have about a 3% chance of making it to 115.
– “LA Times”

BS LAW & DISORDER:
• A man in Bogota, Colombia has been sentenced to 4-years’ house arrest for slapping a woman’s bottom as he rode by on his bicycle, sparking local debate on whether the punishment fits the crime.
• NYC authorities have charged 4 men with illegally harvesting & selling body parts from more than 1,000 corpses over the past 4 years, possibly including the remains of PBS-TV’s late “Masterpiece Theatre” host, Alistair Cooke.
• Poodunnit? A new weapon is being developed in the war on dog dirt in Britain – DNA testing. Doo dumped in public areas will be scooped up and compared to DNA taken from canine suspects. DNA matches will result in fines up to $2,000, but police admit the problem will be catching dogs ‘in the act’.

AND WE QUOTE:
 “I was shocked when I heard, but I feel she’s going to beat it.”
– Sheryl Crow’s ex-fiancé Lance Armstrong commenting to “Star Magazine” on her struggle with cancer, something he’s all too familiar with.

BEST HAIR IN HOLLYWOOD:
According to a new ranking, here are the top ‘dos among actresses …
5. Jessica Alba
4. Charlize Theron
3. Beyoncé Knowles
2. Gwyneth Paltrow
1. Marcia Cross
– “In Touch Weekly”

THE BULL SHEET 02.28.2K6

TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1944 [62] Kelly Bishop, Colorado Springs CO, TV actress (The grandmother, ‘Emily Gilmore’, on “Gilmore Girls” since 2000)

1955 [51] Gilbert Gottfried, Brooklyn NY, comedian whose distinctive whiny voice has made him big bucks as a voice-over artist (“Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events”, “Aladdin”)

1957 [49] Cindy Wilson, Athens GA, classic rock singer (B-52′s-“Love Shack”)

1969 [37] Pat Monahan, Erie PA, pop singer (Train-“Drops Of Jupiter”)

1973 [33] Eric Lindros, London ON, NHL player (Toronto Maple Leafs)

TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Mardi Gras” / “Fat Tuesday” / “Shrove Tuesday”, the climax of carnival celebrations around-the-world (New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro, Nice, etc). It’s also observed as “Pancake Day”, the last feast before Lent. Since 1445, women in Olney, England have participated in a “Pancake Race”, running a 415-yard, ‘S’-shaped course carrying a pancake in a skillet. Since 1950, the women of Liberal KS have been competing against their Brit counterparts for best time.
NET: http://www.sideburn.demon.co.uk/olney/pancake.html
NET: http://www.swdtimes.com/pancakeday/

• “International Floral Design Day”, focusing on the art of flower arranging, both as a profession and a hobby.

• “Public Sleeping Day”, either highlighting the plight of the homeless or something to do with having the morals of Charlie Sheen.

• “Spay Day USA”, the 12th annual nationwide campaign to end the tragedy of pet overpopulation by encouraging every pet owners to have their pets spayed or neutered. (Do NOT attempt this at home!)
NET: http://www.ddaf.org/spayday

• “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. The tooth fairy as we now know her didn’t make an appearance until the early 1900s, as a generalized ‘good fairy’ with a professional specialization. So how much is she paying for prime enamel these days?

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1983 [23] 125 million watch 2.5-hour final episode of “M*A*S*H”, most viewers ever for a single episode of a TV series, which will likely never be topped due to the proliferation of hundreds of cable and satellite TV channels (the series lasted 8 years longer than the real Korean War)

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
1996 [10] “Jagged Little Pill” by Alanis Morissette wins “Grammy Award” for ‘Album of the Year’

TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1977 [29] Canada’s federal government announces creation of new, publicly-owned passenger railway to be called ‘Via Rail’ (then starts tearing up railway tracks all across the country)

TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1854 [152] ‘Republican Party’ founded in Ripon WI (‘The Bush League’)

1940 [66] 1st ‘Televised Basketball Game’ (Fordham vs Pittsburgh at NYC’s MSG)

BS MONTHLY PLANNING CALENDAR . . .
[Mar 1] International Day of the Seal / Pig Day / Share a Smile Day / Peanut Butter Lovers Day / St David’s Day / Ash Wednesday / Lent begins / 2005 RRSP deadline
[Mar 1-4] Canadian Music Week 2006 (Toronto)
[Mar 2] Salespersons Day
[Mar 3] I Want You To Be Happy Day / 37th NAACP “Image Awards”
[Mar 4] International Scrapbooking Day / 26th “Razzie Awards” (LA CA) / “Canadian Radio Music Awards” (Toronto) / 20th “Soul Train Music Awards” (Pasadena CA)
[Mar 5] Multiple Personalities Day / Unique Names Day / 78th “Academy Awards”
[Mar 6] Frozen Food Day
[Mar 7] Stop Bad Service Day / “Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire” DVD release
[Mar 8] Aunts Day / International Women’s Day / Plant a Flower Day
[Mar 9] Panic Day / Barbie’s Birthday / Employee Appreciation Day
[Mar 10] Salvation Army Day / Mario Day / Osama Bin Laden’s birthday
[Mar 11] Worship of Tools Day
[Mar 11-19] The Brier (Regina SK)
[Mar 12] Middle Name Pride Day / “Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Musical Show” opens (Broadway)
[Mar 13] 2006 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction (NYC) / 26th “Genie Awards” / Ear Muff Day / Good Samaritan Day / Open an Umbrella Indoors Day / Genealogy Day / Commonwealth Day
[Mar 14] Potato Chip Day / Save a Spider Day / Purim (Jewish) / Holi (Hindu)
[Mar 15] Ides of March / Buzzard’s Day / Absolutely Incredible Kid Day / True Confessions Day
[Mar 16] Everything You Do Is Right Day / Freedom of Information Day / Lips Appreciation Day
[Mar 16-Apr 3] March Madness NCAA Basketball Tournament
[Mar 17] Submarine Day / St Patrick’s Day / World Maritime Day
[Mar 18] Quilting Day / Forgive Mom & Dad Day / Maple Syrup Saturday
[Mar 19] Teenagers Day
[Mar 20 ] Spring arrives (1:26 pm EST) / Quilting Day / Agriculture Day / Proposal Day / Single Parents Day / Annual Office Coffee Cup Washing
[Mar 20-26] World Figure Skating Championships (Calgary AB)
[Mar 21] Snowman Burning Day / Teacher Appreciation Day / International Astrology Day / Children’s Poetry Day / World Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination
[Mar 22] International Goof-Off Day / As Young As You Feel Day / New Year’s Day (India)
[Mar 23] World Meteorological Day / “The Lord of the Rings” stage musical opens (Toronto ON)
[Mar 24] No Homework Day
[Mar 25] Family Day / Sing Out Day / Full ‘Worm’ Moon
[Mar 26] Make Up Your Own Holiday Day / Legal Assistants Day / Summer Time begins (Europe)
[Mar 27] National Joe Day / Photography Day / Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day
[Mar 28] Something On a Stick Day / “King Kong” released on DVD / Organize Your Home Office Day
[Mar 29] 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 / 19th “Kids’ Choice Awards” (LA CA)
[Apr 1 & 3] March Madness NCAA Basketball Tournament “Final Four” (Indianapolis IN)
[Apr 2] Daylight Saving Time begins / “2006 Juno Awards” (Halifax NS)
[Apr 4] Toronto Blue Jays home opener
[Apr 5] “2006 Gospel Music Awards” (Nashville TN)
[Apr 6-9] The Masters Golf Tournament (Augusta GA)
[Apr 9] Palm Sunday (Christian)
[Apr 10] “2006 CMT Music Awards” (Nashville YN)
[Apr 11] Muhammad’s Birthday (Islamic)
[Apr 13-20] Passover (Jewish)
[Apr 14] Good Friday
[Apr 16] Easter Sunday

BULL’S BITS . . .
BS THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER TELL A WOMAN:

• Your family hates her.
• You flirt with other women.
• You’ve done shameful things in the past.
• You compare her to your ex-girlfriend.
• You have wimpy hobbies.
• You don’t like her girlfriends.
• You find one of her girlfriends smoking hot.
– AskMen.com

STATION SPLITTER ID OF THE DAY:
“This is [your station], local radio made right here in [your market].”

BS BLATANT JOKE:
A guy working in a sewage plant takes off his jacket and drapes it over a handrail, whereupon it immediately slips off into the crap tank. He’s just about to dive in to retrieve it when his co-worker yells, “There’s no use doing that, the jacket’s ruined.” The guy says, “Yeah, I know … but my sandwiches are in the pocket.”

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Today’s Question: When buying a gift for their girlfriends, 4% of men have accidentally done THIS.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Mistakenly given it to their wives.

BS DEEP THOUGHT:
A great idea needs landing gear, not just wings.

 


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