Thursday, February 2, 2012        Edition: #4682

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49-year-old actress Demi Moore doesn’t want to check into rehab even though her daughters want her to, especially Rumer, who was at home and witnessed her convulsing after ‘smoking something’ (instead she’s undergoing ‘spiritual counseling’, likely more Kabbalah gobbledygook) . . . After autopsy meetings to determine what went wrong, Simon Cowell’s “The X Factor” (FOX) is getting a major overhaul for its next season, with host Steve Jones and judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger being dumped in favor of ‘bigger celebrities’ (it needs to be ‘event TV’, the kind you schedule to watch in case you miss something) . . . One addition to the show could be 37-year-old host Ryan Seacrest, who’s rumored to be leaving “American Idol” after this season (although he doesn’t need the money thanks to a new $300-million deal with Clear Channel Communications) . . . Actor Alec Baldwin’s “Here’s The Thing” podcast has revealed some upcoming hosts for “Saturday Night Live” (NBC) this season, including Jimmy Fallon, Jonah Hill, Justin Bieber, and Katy Perry (oh no, Biebs again?) . . . DC Comics has announced it’s bringing back the characters from the “Watchmen” comics for a series of prequels to be released this Summer (the original 1986-87 series spawned a 2009 movie adaptation) . . . Famous felon Lindsay Lohan has apparently moved out of her home in Venice, California just weeks after a man was arrested for trespassing and moved into LA’s infamous party palace, the Chateau Marmont Hotel (this could be trouble!) . . . Mr Mariah Carey, TV host Nick Cannon (“America’s Got Talent”), is bouncing back from his recent health scare by planning to direct his first feature film, which he describes as ‘taking a lot of the young hip-hop acts of today and putting them in a movie with a bunch of comedians, make something happen there’ (sounds promising, doesn’t it?) . . . And actress Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”) has been voted ‘Most Desirable Woman of 2012’ in the annual poll, just ahead of Kate Upton, Rooney Mara, and Miranda Kerr (whither Betty White?).


• “American Idol” (FOX/CTV) – More hopefuls audition for the judges; a preview of Madonna’s video “Give Me All Your Luvin’” is shown. The full video debuts on YouTube Friday morning.
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Evanescence (“Evanescence”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CHCH) – Korn (“The Path of Totality”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – White Denim (“D”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Nas (“Life Is Good”, coming later this year).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Lana Del Rey (“Born to Die”).
• “The Rosie Show” (OWN) – Kristin Chenoweth (“Some Lessons Learned”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Blake Shelton (“Red River Blue”).
• “Wendy Williams” (syndicated) – Mary J Blige (“My Life II: The Journey Continues, Act 1”).

Adele – It’s been confirmed she’ll make her return to the stage at the “Grammy Awards” (CBS) on February 12th, her first performance in nearly 5 months since undergoing vocal cord surgery. She previously announced she’ll perform at the “2012 BRIT Awards” in London February 21st.
Amy Winehouse – The verdict that she died of ‘misadventure’ with no illegal drugs in her system may be voided as the validity of the presiding coroner is being questioned. Suzanne Greenaway resigned after it was discovered she was appointed Assistant Deputy Coroner by her husband … and didn’t actually qualify for the job.
Beyoncé – The Department of Women’s & Gender Studies at Rutgers University has a new course based on her. The class, called “Politicizing Beyoncé”, aims to showcase how her music and career can help us understand race, gender, feminism, and sexual politics in America.
Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert – Their first TV performance as a married couple is now confirmed, a duet version of “America the Beautiful” prior to the Super Bowl on Sunday (it’s already on iTunes so we’re guessing they’ll be lip-syncing). Shelton returns as a judge on NBC-TV’s “The Voice” in a special episode following the game.
Dierks Bentley – Tonight he performs at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium to celebrate the arrival of his 6th album, “Home”, which is set for release next Tuesday. Special guest Will Hoge is the opening act.
Spice Girls – Scary Spice (Melanie Brown) is hinting they may get together for a reunion performance at Queen Elizabeth’s upcoming ‘Diamond Jubilee’ in June, celebrating her 60 years on the British throne. (Is her nibs really into the Spice Girls? Wow, she IS old!)
Taylor Swift – Her smash album “Speak Now” has just been certified Quadruple Platinum, for shipments of 4 million units.
Terri Clark – Tonight she kicks off her “Roots & Wings Unplugged” acoustic tour at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne, California. Clark says the shows will feature her going it solo, playing her guitar, kicking a stomp box, and telling stories.
Trisha Yearwood – The Grammy-winning country singer (“How Do I Live”) and best-selling author of 2 cookbooks has inked a deal to star in an as-yet-unnamed 6-episode daytime cooking show for the Food Network. The series is now in production in Nashville and set to debut in April.

A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “Death Wish” – A remake of late actor Charles Bronson’s classic 1974 action film is coming, to be directed by Joe Carnahan (“The Grey”). In a Twitter post, Carnahan reveals the film will revisit Brain Garfield’s vigilante novel, but the new movie will be set in LA, not NYC. There are no firm casting details as yet.
• “Kill Your Darlings” – “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe will disrobe onscreen to play famous poet Allen Ginsberg if director John Krokidas gets his way. The actor tells Britain’s “The Sun” that there will likely be nude scenes and he’s been instructed he should undergo ‘no manscaping of any kind’ as the film is set in the 1940s.
• “Les Miserables – 21 year-old Samantha Barks has beaten a host of names (including Taylor Swift) for the role of ‘Eponine’ in this upcoming film adaptation whose cast already includes Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, and Anne Hathaway. Her previous claim to fame was placing 3rd in the BBC-TV talent show “I’d Do Anything”. The film’s due late this year.
• “The Double” – Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”) & Mia Wasikowska (“Alice in Wonderland”) will star in this screen adaptation of the classic 1846 Fyodor Dostoyevsky novella. The story follows a meek man who’s driven to near breakdown by the appearance of a look-alike who’s his exact double in appearance but confident, aggressive, and extroverted.
• “The Wicker Man” – Actor Nicolas Cage is keen to make a sequel to his 2006 movie … even though it was a flop. He tells “Empire” magazine he’d like to hook up with one of the great Japanese filmmakers and set the sequel in Japan, where the story’s protagonist ‘Edward Malus’ would appear as a ghost. (Something tells us he’ll never get the money to make this.)


The war against male pattern baldness is expensive. Just one hair transplant operation can cost more than $10,000 … about $5 per transplanted hair. More than 95,000 hair transplants are now performed per year, according to the International Society of Hair Restoration. As well as surgical transplants, men who want to hang on to their hair have other options, including medications. And the near future may bring treatments that can end baldness forever – at least for those willing to pay the price. (Baldness is said to be inherited from your mother’s genes …. but who has a bald mother?)
– “Los Angeles Times”

“The Dictionary of American Regional English”, an ambitious project begun in 1962, is finally set to reach the end of the alphabet next month when Harvard University Press publishes the 5th and final volume in the series. The reference books collect examples of American regional dialect. A few highlights …
• ‘Strubbly’ … A Pennsylvania German term for ‘untidy’.
• ‘Swivet’ … A word from the South meaning ‘a state of anxiety’.
• ‘Whoopensocker’ … Chiefly used in Wisconsin to mean something ‘extraordinary’ of its kind.


According to an Amazon France listing, new ebooks to be exclusively accessible on the much anticipated ‘iPad 3’ are scheduled for publication on March 29th. That would dovetail with online rumors that the latest version of the uber-popular tablet is coming in early March. Word has it the new iPad will include the ‘Siri’ personal assistant application, a higher-resolution display, a faster processor, and LTE wireless connectivity. (You know what this means … your chance to pick up a used iPad 2 for a song!)
– “The Register”


By the year 2030 the world will need at least 50% more food, 45% more energy, and 30% more water, according to UN estimates.


1942 [70] Graham Nash, Blackpool UK, oldies singer (Crosby, Stills & Nash-“Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”, Hollies-“Bus Stop”)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1997)

1949 [63] Ross Valory, San Francisco CA, classic rock bassist (Journey-“Don’t Stop Believin’”, “Open Arms”)

1966 [46] Robert DeLeo, Glen Ridge NJ, rock bassist (Stone Temple Pilots-“Between the Lines”, “Lady Picture Show”)

1975 [37] Todd Bertuzzi, Sudbury ON, NHL forward (Detroit Red Wings)

1977 [35] Shakira (Ripoll), Barranquilla, Columbia, pop singer (f/Wyclef Jean-“Hips Don’t Lie”, “Whenever, Wherever”)/philanthropist
● BS FACTOID: Shakira is Arabic for ‘full of grace’.

1983 [29] Jordin Tootoo, Churchill MB, NHL forward (Nashville Predators)/1st person of Inuit descent to be drafted by an NHL team

• “Crêpe Day” (aka “La Chandeleur”) in France, when the traditional thin pancakes are served up, filled with either sweet or savory goodies. On this day it’s customary to hold a coin in one hand and the crêpe pan in the other as you flip the crêpe into the air. If you manage to catch it in the pan, it’s said your family will be prosperous for the rest of the year.

• “Groundhog Day”, a 125-year tradition that perpetuates the hogwash that a hibernating groundhog prodded from its burrow can forecast 6 more weeks of Winter by seeing its shadow. This annual oddity stems from the Christian celebration of “Candlemas”. An old Scottish poem proclaims, “If Candlemas is fair and clear, there’ll be two winters in the year.” In Mexico, today is known as “Dia de la Candelaria”, a big day for bullfights and festivals.
– Canada’s best known prognosticator is ‘Wiarton Willie’.
– ‘Punxsutawney Phil’ is America’s original forecaster and most famous hog.
● BS FACTOID: The World Order of Woodchucks & Groundhogs notes that groundhogs aren’t afraid of their shadows at all. In fact, they like lying around in the Sun. And furthermore, they don’t come out to check the weather … it’s mating season and they’re looking for love!

• “Imbolc” (‘IHM-bulk’), the ancient Wiccan festival also known as ‘Brighid’ (‘breed’) or ‘Oimelc’ (‘EE-mulk’) which means ewe’s milk. The celebration signals the middle of the season of long nights and anticipates the upcoming season of light. Celebrants make ‘Corn Maidens’ from corn & wheat and place them in a cradle known as a ‘Bride’s Bed’.

• “Sled Dog Day”, honoring those tenacious teams of canines that pull together to provide transportation in the snowy North. (A good day to enjoy some ‘mush’!)

• “World Wetlands Day”, observed annually since 1997 to raise awareness among governments, non-governmental organizations, and the public at large of the ecological value and benefit of the world’s wetlands. (Formerly known as ‘swamps’.)

2000 [12] Oprah Winfrey’s new female-targeted ‘Oxygen’ TV network debuts (her cable network OWN [Oprah Winfrey Network] debuts in January 2011)


1979 [33] Sid Vicious of punk rock band the Sex Pistols dies of a heroin overdose at a party celebrating … his completion of a detox program


1936 [76] The first 5 members of the new ‘Baseball Hall of Fame’ are announced at Cooperstown NY: Babe Ruth, Christy Matthewson, Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, and Walter  Johnson

1993 [19] Patent issued to Nickolas Cipriano of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the ‘Wrestling Bed’, a child’s bed with padded corner posts and surrounding ropes to make it resemble a wrestling ring (coolness!)


[Fri] “Big Miracle”; “Chronicle”; “The Innkeepers”; “The Woman in Black” open in theaters
[Fri] Solo Diners Eat Out Weekend
[Fri] Wear Red Day
[Sat] Ice Cream for Breakfast Day
[Sun] Super Bowl 46 (Indianapolis)
[Sun] World Nutella Day
[Sun] Dump Your Significant Jerk Day
This Week Is … International Snow Sculpting Week
This Month Is … Bird Feeding Month


✗ Pick ‘n Lick
✗ Larva Town
✗ Food Crypt
✗ The Expiration Date Grab-Bag
✗ Risky’s
✗ Price Hiker
✗ Bag This!


Give a bald man a comb and he’ll never part with it.


Who was the first movie actress depicted on a postage stamp?
a. Marilyn Monroe
b. Grace Kelly [CORRECT, as Princess of Monaco in 1956.]
c. Nancy Reagan
– “Fascinating Facts”

You run down the list while a crew member/phone caller/studio guest rates each item as simply ‘good’ or ‘bad’ …
• eBooks.
• Happy hour.
• Pet gerbils.
• Entertainment awards.
• Groundhog Day.
• Shaved heads.
• All-star games.
• TV show marathons.
• All-you-can-eat buffets.
• Figure skating to live rock bands.

☎ February is “Creative Romance Month”. What’s the most inventive romantic thing someone ever did for you?


Question: According to a recent study, THIS can lead to daytime drowsiness.
Answer: Blowing your nose.


Fools rush in … where lottery tickets are sold.

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