Tuesday, February 10, 2015        Edition: #5394

Good Morning, Sheetheads!

★ As Bobbi Kristina Brown continues to fight for her life at Georgia’s Emory University Hospital, her family remains at her side in a solemn vigil. Among those spotted making visitations: Bobbi’s grandmother, gospel singer Cissy Houston, and family friend Tyler Perry. Last night a public vigil was planned in nearby Riverdale GA. In the meantime, an investigation has been launched against Brown’s partner Nick Gordon, since Brown is reported to have suspicious-looking injuries. Tomorrow marks the 3-year anniversary of the death of Bobbi Kristina’s mom, Whitney Houston, who was found unconscious in a hotel bathtub in Los Angeles.
– ContactMusic.com
★ Actress Dakota Johnson says she had doubts about accepting the lead role in “Fifty Shades Of Grey” (opening Friday) and she still worries the decision could send her career in the wrong direction. She plays ‘Anastasia Steele’, the submissive student seduced by bondage-obsessed business magnate ‘Christian Grey’ (played by Jamie Dornan) in the new film based on EL James’ erotic novel of the same name. In an interview with Brit magazine “Stella”, she reveals she’s banned her divorced parents, Melanie Griffith & Don Johnson, from seeing the film, as well as her brother and all his friends. She admits the steamy movie is a career gamble, saying: “Even now there are moments when I think, ‘What the f— have I done?’.”
– WENN.com
★ Meantime, “Fifty Shades of Grey” director Sam Taylor-Johnson has confirmed that both sequels to EL James’ racy mega-seller – “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed” – are also coming to the bigscreen. According to “Cosmopolitan”, Johnson made the announcement at a fan event at NYC’s Zeigfeld Theatre with author James and the movie’s stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. The news doesn’t come as much of a shock. The racy pic is tracking to open with $60 million over Valentines weekend, and online pre-ticketing site Fandango says it’s the fastest-selling R-rated title in its 15-year history.
– Variety.com

• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Annie Lennox (“Nostalgia”); Sam Smith (“In the Lonely Hour”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Annie Lennox again (thanks to her knockout Grammys performance).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Rhiannon Giddens (“Tomorrow Is My Turn”).
• “Queen Latifah” (syndicated) – Bobby Brown (“Masterpiece”). Rerun.
• “Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life – An All-Star Grammy Salute” (Los Angeles) – Taping of a special at Nokia Theatre honoring the prolific singer-songwriter. Performers paying tribute include Ariana Grande, The Band Perry, Ed Sheeran, John Legend, Janelle Monáe, Lady Gaga, and Usher. The 2-hour special airs next Monday on CBS-TV.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Mark Ronson (“Uptown Funk”).

• Chris Brown – He’s preparing to get his joint tour with Trey Songz back on track after completing his community service sentence. He had to postpone the “Between the Sheets” trek last month after an LA judge refused to sign off on a travel permit needed because he’d yet to complete the final 100 hours of his court-ordered community service. A new start date has yet to be announced.
• Demi Lovato – She’s vowing to overhaul her pop career and adopt an “authentic” new sound in a bid to land herself a Grammy Awards nomination next year.
• Echosmith – Tonight they embark on a North American headlining tour, kicking off at Iowa State University in Ames IA. The tour runs through March 29th in San Diego CA.
• Ed Sheeran – He’s tweeted that he may need to buy a new suit after Lady Gaga mistook him for a waiter at the Grammy Awards.
• Fka Twigs – Tahliah Barnett is facing the prospect of changing her stage name a 2nd time after failing to resolve a dispute with 1990s alternative pop duo The Twigs, who have a copyright to their name. She launched her career as ‘Twigs’, but agreed to alter it to ‘Fka (Formerly known as) Twigs’ in 2013 after receiving a complaint, but now the female duo has filed suit over the amended name as well.
• Iggy Azalea – She’s accused a pizza delivery worker of leaking her private phone number when she recently ordered take-out. She was baffled at first after being inundated with calls and texts from fans; then later tweeted her displeasure with a Papa John’s Pizza outlet in California.
• Jack White – A tour rider leaked from his performance at the University of Oklahoma last week suggests he received $80,000 for the show. The rider also demands homemade guacamole from a specific recipe, and bans … bananas. His management has branded the leak in the UO student newspaper “unprofessional and very unwelcoming”.
• Jessie J – She tells “Daily Star” that she’s on the verge of turning down a role in a “massive movie with one of the biggest American actors” because the shooting schedule clashes with her upcoming stint on the Australian version of “The Voice”.
• Rihanna – She’s raised over $50 million for the MAC AIDS Fund. The “FourFiveSeconds” hitmaker designed 2 lines of Viva Glam lipstick and lip gloss for cosmetics brand MAC, which was then sold to raise money in support of the cause.

Out today on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
• “Alexander & The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” ( PG Family Comedy ): This Disney tale is based on the best-selling kids’ book that revolves around young ‘Alexander’ (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the worst day so far of his brief life. Co-stars Steve Carell as the father, Jennifer Garner as the mother, Bella Thorne, and Dylan Minnette.
• “Kill the Messenger” ( R-Rated Crime Drama ): Jeremy Renner stars as a reporter who becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA’s role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine. Co-stars Robert Patrick, Jena Sims.
• “Laggies” ( R-Rated Romantic Comedy ): Keira Knightley stars in this dark indie comedy that follows a young woman who reacts to her boyfriend’s marriage proposal by pretending to go on a business retreat while actually hanging with a new friend, a 16-year-old who lives with her world-weary single dad. Co-stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell.
• “Nightcrawler” ( R-Rated Crime Thriller ): Jake Gyllenhaal plays a driven man desperate for work who muscles his way into the world of LA crime journalism, where siren-chasers scour the night for juicy stories. He ends up blurring the line between observer and participant as he becomes the star of his own story. Co-stars Rene Russo, Bill Paxton.
• “Rosewater” ( R-Rated Bio-Drama ): Jon Stewart (“The Daily Show”) makes his screenwriting and directorial debut with this true story about Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, who  is detained by Iranian forces who brutally interrogate him under suspicion that he is a spy. Cast includes Gael García Bernal, Kim Bodnia, Dimitri Leonidas.
• Also released today: “Batman: The 2nd Season” (1966 TV); “Digimon Fusion” (Anime); “Forbidden Films From the Age of Beauty: Anthology of Erotic Cinema – The 1900s” (Compilation); “Kink” (Documentary); “Mama’s Family: The Complete 6th Season” (1989 TV); “Nurse Jackie: Season 6” (TV); “Olive Kitteridge” (TV Mini-Series); and “20 Stories for Spring” (Animation Compilation).

This Valentines Day, you can surprise your ex with something else that is forever … a cockroach. Yep, jilted lovers looking for revenge can adopt a Madagascar hissing cockroach or a giant hairy scorpion from the San Francisco Zoo as a gift for a ‘certain someone’. The Adopt-a-Cockroach program asks for a $25 donation in return for an official adoption certificate, housed in a romantic red box alongside a handful of plastic roaches. A $50 Adopt-a-Scorpion donation will get you a scorpion stuffed animal as well as the adoption certificate. It’s said to be permanent protection against future ‘romantic stings’. All funds benefit the San Francisco Zoological Society. (Clever idea or just tacky?)
– @NYDailyNews

Looking for some fun ways to add romance to your relationship? Try one or more of these …
✓ Give your lover a dozen roses … with a creative twist. Give 11 red roses and 1 white rose. Attach a note that reads: “In every bunch there’s one who stands out … and you are that one.”
✓ Get your partner a wristwatch. Inscribe it with: “I always have time for you.”
✓ Attach a $100 bill or gift card to a Victoria’s Secret catalogue, along with a note to him saying: “You choose.”
✓ Following a bubble bath you’ve prepared for her, wrap her in a towel that you’ve warmed up in the dryer.
✓ Write your partner a love letter or poem on one sheet of paper. Glue it to thin cardboard, cut it up into puzzle-shaped pieces, then mail all the pieces. Or, mail one puzzle piece per day!
✓ Visit a karaoke bar and surprise your lover by getting up and singing “your song” to him/her.
✓ Make a giant greeting card out of a big cardboard box, such as the type used to pack a refrigerator.
✓ Does your partner love M&M’s? Fill a 1-gallon glass jar with them as a gift.
✓ It’s romantic – but commonplace – to eat dinner by candlelight. So here’s a change of pace: Eat breakfast by candlelight.
✓ Take your lover on a surprise 2-week vacation to Paris. (Yes please!!!!)
– Condensed from RD.com

• A baby is born on its predicted due date just 4% of the time.
– BBC News
• Cats are significantly less stressed when they have a cardboard box to hide in.
– “Wired”
• Saying ‘ow’ makes immersion in very cold water seem less painful.
– “Daily Telegraph”


1967 [48] Laura Dern, Los Angeles CA, movie actress (“Wild”, “Jurassic Park” films)

1967 [48] Vince Gilligan, Richmond VA, TV show runner (“Better Call Saul”, “Breaking Bad”)/TV writer-producer (“The X-Files”)

1974 [41] Elizabeth Banks, Pittsfield MA, movie actress (“The Lego Movie”, “The Hunger Games” films)  COMING UP: Produces and stars in “Pitch Perfect 2”, opening May 15th.

1981 [34] Uzo Aduba, Boston MA, TV actress (‘Crazy Eyes’ on “Orange Is the New Black” since 2013)

1981 [34] Barry Sloane, Liverpool UK, TV actor (The Whispers” 2015, “Revenge” 2011-14)

1991 [24] Emma Roberts, Rhinebeck NY, TV actress (“American Horror Story”)/movie actress (“We’re the Millers”)/daughter of actor Eric Roberts/niece of actress Julia Roberts

1994 [21] Makenzie Vega, LA CA, TV actress (‘Grace Florrick’ on “The Good Wife” since 2009)

1997 [18] Chloë Grace Moretz, Atlanta GA, movie actress (“Kick-Ass” movies, ”Laggies”)

2000 [15] Yara Shahidi, Minneapolis MN, TV actress (‘Zoey Johnson’ on “black-ish” since 2014)

• “Extraterrestrial Visitor Day”, an officially acknowledged observance in New Mexico that celebrates extraterrestrial cultures; and our past, present, and future relationships with ETs.

• “For the Birds Day”, a highlight of “Wild Bird Feeding Month”. (So check your cookbook for some yummy wild game recipes.)

2006 [09] Final episode of cult favorite “Arrested Development” airs on FOX-TV (a later Netflix reboot lasts one further season)

2008 [07] Oscar-nominated actor Roy Scheider (“Jaws”, “All That Jazz”) dies at age 75 of cancer

2014 [01] Actress, singer, dancer, and diplomat Shirley Temple dies in Woodside CA at age 85 (the top Hollywood box-office draw for 4 years in-a-row 1935-38)

2013 [02] Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” is named ‘Album Of the Year’ at the 55th Grammy Awards; fun.’s “We Are Young” is ‘Song Of the Year’; Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” is ‘Record Of the Year’

2007 [08] Illinois senator Barack Obama officially enters the race for the White House in Springfield IL

[Wed] Get Out Your Guitar Day
[Wed] Pro Sports Wives Day
[Wed] Satisfied Staying Single Day
[Wed] World Day Of the Sick
[Thurs] Darwin Day
[Fri] “Fifty Shades of Grey”; “Kingsman: The Secret Service” open in movie theaters
[Fri] Friday the 13th
This Week Is … Funeral Service Education Week
This Month Is … Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month


• Your lumberjack fantasies become reality. Who doesn’t want to have sex with an 1840s gold miner?
• You get to use his conditioning products. Guys with beards simply have better product.
• Brushing beards is fun. Odds are you’ll both love it.
• He’s more fun to snuggle. Beards are like face sweaters and who doesn’t love to cuddle up with a cozy cardigan during Winter months?
• He’s sooo masculine. The kind of man who looks like he can build you a treehouse with nothing but his bare hands and a pile of kindling.
• He’s patient. Do you know the kind of patience it takes to grow out a beard?
• He’s healthier. A beard blocks out the sun’s harmful rays and keeps him baby-faced underneath all the fuzz.
• He’s confident. It takes some serious cojones to walk around with a full bush on your face.
• It tickles. Everywhere.
– Adapted from “Cosmopolitan”

You can’t take it with you? These guys might quibble. Check out these elaborate and mega-expensive Russian mafia gravestones …
NET: http://bit.ly/1DBxmae

Which country has the most cows?
a. China
b. India [CORRECT. Over 250 million.]
c. Nigeria
d. USA
■ There are 1.4 billion cattle on Earth. If we all went vegetarian, what would we do with them?
– Economist.com

☎ What destination would make the ideal Valentines date and which celebrity would you like to be with? (In an ideal scenario, Canadians would choose to be with actor Ryan Gosling or singer Shania Twain, against the breathtaking setting that is Lake Louise in Alberta’s Banff National Park. At least, that’s according to a new Hotels.com survey.)

The trouble with children is that they are not returnable.

Question: It’s estimated North Americans will spend $700 million on THIS for Valentines Day.
Answer: Gifts for pets.

A closed mouth gathers no foot.

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