Wednesday, February 25, 2015          Edition: #5405

Well Bully For You!

★ 32-year-old actor Jamie Dornan will reportedly NOT be starring in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” sequels as ‘Christian Grey’ … because his wife doesn’t want him to. It’s also been reported that Dornan didn’t click with his “Fifty Shades” co-star Dakota Johnson, and has blamed her for the film’s generally poor reviews. The news comes shortly after a report suggesting director Sam Taylor-Johnson apparently wants to pull out of the sequels as well, due too clashes with author EL James. It’s said she blames the writer for the film’s failings.
★ Karlie Kloss is leaving Victoria’s Secret. The 22-year-old model, who joined the lingerie giant as one of its iconic angels in 2011 at age 18, will be hanging up her wings when her contact runs out this year. The blonde beauty, who was also unveiled as the face of Chanel’s Coco Noir fragrance in August and became an ambassador for L’Oreal Paris in September, will end her collaboration with the label due to her jam-packed schedule. One of the items on her agenda is enrolling at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study this Fall.
– “Us Weekly”
★ “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara & her fiancé Joe Manganiello have been forced to postpone their wedding as the former “True Blood” actor will be busy with his new movie “Magic Mike XXL”, a sequel to the 2012 male stripper comedy that also stars Channing Tatum, Adam Rodriguez, and Matt Bomer. The couple got engaged on Christmas Day and were planning to tie the knot this Summer but have now put their plans on hold. Sofia says: ”We want to get married at a time when we can get away and make time for a honeymoon. So the wedding will probably be later this year.”
★ And actress Marisa Tomei has been cast as feminist icon Gloria Steinem in an upcoming mini-series produced by George Clooney. The actor is reuniting with his “Ides of March” co-star for “Ms”, an HBO production focusing on the creation of “Ms Magazine” in 1971. Steinem and Bella Abzug (played by Kathy Najimy) founded and ran the publication during the early days of the second wave of the women’s movement. Clooney and partners will executive produce the project, while Gloria Steinem herself will serve as a consultant.

• “The Amazing Race” (CBS/CTV) – Phil Keoghan returns to host the 90-minute 26th-season debut which features 11 new teams, 6 of them being pre-existing duos while 5 are meeting for the first time at the starting line.
• “American Idol” (FOX) – The top 12 guys perform in hope of winning audience votes.
• “BRIT Awards 2015” (ITV) – TV personalities Ant & Dec host the annual UK music awards (taking over for James Corden, who’s succeeding Craig Ferguson as host of “Late Late Show” on CBS-TV). Sam Smith leads nominations with 5, followed by Ed Sheeran and George Ezra with 4 apiece. Other multiple nominees include alt-J and One Direction. Other performances by Madonna, Paloma Faith, Royal Blood, Take That, and Taylor Swift.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Fifth Harmony (“Reflection”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Sam Hunt (“Montevallo”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – James Williamson (“The Re-Licked Project”).
• “Late Late Show” (CBS/Omni 1) – Garfunkel & Oates (“All Over Your Face”).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Christina Aguilera (“The Voice”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Glass Animals (“Zaba”).
• “Modern Family” (ABC/CityTV) – “Connection Lost”, an entire episode themed around digital communication and shot entirely on Apple devices ( iPhone 6s, iPads, MacBook Pros) … apparently because we don’t spend enough time staring at them already.
• “Survivor” (CBS/Global) – Jeff Probst returns to host the 90-minute 30th-season premiere, with the theme “Worlds Apart”. It features 3 tribes: ‘Blue Collar’, ‘White Collar’, and ‘No Collar’. After a decade and-a-half it’s getting harder to come up with new twists, isn’t it?
• “The Talk” (CBS) – Brandy Clark (“12 Stories”).
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Estelle (“All of Me”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Lupe Fiasco (“Tetsuo & Youth”).

• Aloe Blacc – He says he feels cheated by the digital success of his Avicii collaboration “Wake Me Up”, because he made so little money though it became the most streamed track ever on Spotify. And for 168 million streams on Pandora, he claims he earned just over $12,000.
• Ariana Grande – Tonight “The Honeymoon Tour”, her first North American headlining tour, kicks off at the Independence Event Center in Independence MO. The 25-date trek, in support of her former #1 album “My Everything”, visits arenas throughout the US and Canada.
• Chris Brown – He tells NYC’s Hot 97 [WQHT] that he isn’t jealous of former (abused) girlfriend Rihanna’s rumored new relationship with actor Leonardo DiCaprio. In fact, he admits she’s made a good choice, saying she’s … ‘gone up’.
• Kanye West – He says he’s hoping to honor his late mother, Donda West, by creating a videogame … featuring her as the main character. The game is to be called “Only One”, after his song that’s dedicated to her.
• Ne-Yo – He tells “Metro” that his mother is still his biggest influence. The 32-year-old, who recently released his 6th studio album “Non-Fiction”, praises his mom for being his ‘absolute hero’ because she maintains a positive attitude even though she’s had a difficult life.
• Rascal Flatts – Tonight their “Vegas Riot!” Las Vegas residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino gets underway. They’ve recruited last year’s “The Voice” winner Craig Wayne Boyd (Blake Shelton’s protegé) to serve as opening act. The 9-show stand runs until March 14th.
• Sam Smith – After winning 4 Grammy Awards earlier this month, he’s booked to return to North America this Summer for his 2nd arena/theater tour of 2015. The month-long run will kick off July 17th at the Forecastle Festival in Louisville KY.
• Thomas Rhett – His current hit “Make Me Wanna” will be atop the new ‘Billboard Country Airplay’ chart when it’s unveiled tomorrow, taking over from Florida Georgia Line’s “Sun Daze”. Rhett is touring this year with Florida Georgia Line.
• Willie Nelson & Alison Krauss – Last year their co-headlining tour was cut short when Krauss had to undergo a minor medical procedure, so they’re teaming up again this Summer to visit 9 cities beginning in June.

New cutting-edge vocab …
• ‘Gig Economy’ – The economic sector consisting of freelancers who take on a series of small jobs, particularly jobs that are contracted online using a website or app.
• ‘Healthography’ [health + geography] – The study of the relationship between wellness and geographic location.
• ‘Homillionaire’ [home + millionaire] – A person who owns real estate worth $1 million or more.

Beverly Harzog’s just-released book, “The Debt Escape Plan: How to Free Yourself from Credit Card Balances, Boost Your Credit Score and Live Debt-Free”, is the result of personal experience as a CPA … and running up debt. A few of her tips on reducing credit card debt …
• Face Up to It – Make a list of all your credit cards, their APR (Annual Percentage Rate), and the balance you owe on each one. This is a good way to jolt you into reality.
• Budget – Get a handle on all of your spending and then look for places where you can save. The money you find will become your ‘escape money’ to be used to attack your debt.
• Pick Your Strategy – ‘Avalanche’ method eliminating highest-interest-rate debt first; ‘Snowball’ plan, erasing the smallest debt first; or ‘Blizzard’ method, a combination of the two.
• Stay Motivated – Celebrate milestones, Harzog advises. Let’s say you’ve stuck to your budget for a month. Give yourself a little treat … and don’t charge it.
• Rebuild Your Credit Rating – Pay all of your bills on time and you can actually start rebuilding your credit score while you are in the process of reducing your debt.
(And you best tip is …? Scissors?)
– Adapted from

A statistical look at who we are and the things we do …
• 88% of us, when asked to describe ourselves in 1 word, say ‘shy’.
• 66% of us believe there actually is a ‘Mr’ or ‘Mrs Right’, the perfect match for us somewhere.
• 51% of owners of vehicles with a sunroof admit they never use it.
• 35% of us admit we just can’t seem to find a soul-mate.
• 31% of women spend 20 minutes or more doing their hair each day.
• 17% of us say we would learn to play a musical instrument if we could go back in time.

Last week, the Dutch-based nonprofit reality-TV project “Mars One” announced its selection of 100 volunteers who may get one-way tickets to Mars. It’s the latest in decades of Mars colonization projects and – like all the rest – this one is unlikely to ever happen. Why? They don’t have any technology; they don’t have any agreements with the space industry; and – the biggest problem – there’s no compelling reason for going to Mars in the foreseeable future. Last year, a National Research Council report came to a similar conclusion. It only managed to come up with a grab bag of vague reasons for blasting off to the red planet: ‘inspiration’, ‘industrial goals’, and ‘prestige’. But those squishy ideas won’t likely cut it when it comes to finding funding. (It’s only a lame TV show. Why did everyone start taking this so seriously?)
– BuzzFeed News

Dental hygienists reveal the techniques they use themselves …
✓ Clean all of your mouth – including the tongue – but don’t brush too hard.
✓ Use a gentle circular motion, brushing at a 45-degree angle where the gum and teeth meet
✓ Don’t rinse after brushing. You want fluoride toothpaste residue to remain on teeth.
✓ It’s best to brush before eating, so accumulated bacteria don’t react with sugar from food.
✓ Snack on cheese, not sugary fruits. Cheese increases saliva, which neutralizes acid.
✓ Drink fizzy drinks through a straw, so the citric acid has no direct contact with your teeth.
✓ Strawberries can improve appearance of your smile as they have a gentle whitening effect.
✓ Use floss or interdental brushes between the teeth once a day to help rid bacteria.
✓ Wait an hour to brush after drinking wine. Its acid causes enamel to temporarily soften.
✓ Most important is to brush teeth before bed, so bacteria can’t multiply throughout the night.
– Condensed from

Only 1 person has applied to move to the Pacific island of Pitcairn despite a government offer that new settlers will be provided with a free plot of land to build their own house.
– “Daily Telegraph”


1966 [49] Téa Leoni, NYC, TV actress (‘Elizabeth McCord’ on “Madam Secretary” since 2014)/movie actress (“Tower Heist”)/long-suffering wife of actor David Duchovny

1971 [44] Daniel Powter, Vernon BC, one-hit-wonder pop singer (“Bad Day”)

1971 [44] Sean Astin, Santa Monica CA, movie actor (“Lord Of the Rings”)/TV actor (“The Strain” since 2014)

1975 [40] Chelsea Handler, Livingston NJ, TV host (“Chelsea Lately” 2007-14)/standup comedian (“Uganda Be Kidding Me: Live”)  UP NEXT: An all-new talk show on Netflix beginning in early 2016.

1976 [39] Rashida Jones, LA CA, TV actress (“Parks & Recreation” 2009-15, “The Office” 2006-11)/movie actress (“The Social Network”, “The Muppets”)

1978 [37] Shawna Thompson, Chatom AL, country singer (Thompson Square-“If I Didn’t Have You”, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not”)

• “Clam Chowder Day”, a day to add a little heat to your Winter with a bit of bacon, onion, and flour; some diced potatoes and a can of clams, simmered in clam juice and milk. Add lots of black pepper. Nummers!

• “Inconvenience Yourself Day”, an annual observance on the 4th Wednesday of February to focus on ways to show respect for others, the environment, and the world around you.

2004 [11] Mel Gibson’s controversial film “The Passion Of the Christ” is independently released in about 2,000 theaters (thanks to grassroots promotion, the $30-million film goes on to gross over $600 million worldwide)

2007 [08] After decades of filmmaking and 7 Oscar nominations, director Martin Scorsese finally wins his 1st, for “The Departed”, at the 79th Academy Awards

2009 [06] Calling his music ‘the soundtrack of my youth’, US president Barack Obama presents Stevie Wonder with the Library of Congress’ “Gershwin Prize”

1940 [75] 1st ‘Televised Hockey Game’ (NY Rangers vs Montréal Canadiens on W2XBS-TV in NYC)

1896 [119] ‘Largest Chicken Egg’ on record is laid by a Black Minorca hen in England (the 5-yolk egg weighs nearly 12 ounces and measures 12.25 inches around the long axis and 9 inches around the short axis)

[Thurs] Personal Chefs Day
[Thurs] Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
[Thurs] Bacon Day
[Thurs] World Pistachio Day
[Fri] “Everly”; “Focus”; “The Lazarus Effect”; “Maps To the Stars” open in movie theaters
[Sat] International Sword Swallowers Day
[Sat] Tooth Fairy Day
This Week Is … Eating Disorders Awareness Week
This Month Is … Jobs in Golf Month


• “Call of Duty? Mass Effect? Those aren’t videogames! Now Pong! There was a videogame!”
• “Quit calling me ‘Mister’ [‘Ma’am’]!”
• “Junior High kids having sex? In my day, you waited until you were at least 15!”
• “fun.? Train? Maroon 5? Those are words, not band names! No style, no imagination! Oingo Boingo! Duran Duran! Wang Chung! Those are proper band names!”
• “Razor scooters? It’s a skateboard with a damn handle! Sissies!”
• “Junior, come here and read this tiny text on my smartphone to me.”

I don’t know who this Rorschach guy is, but his paintings of masked Amazon women wrestling goats are truly amazing.

You name the cereal, your contestant tries to name it’s advertising mascot …
• Trix [The Trix Rabbit]
• Lucky Charms [LC Leprechaun]
• Rice Krispies [Snap! Crackle! and Pop!]
• Frosted Flakes [Tony the Tiger]
• Kellogg’s Corn Flakes [a rooster named Cornelius]
• Froot Loops [Toucan Sam]
• Sugar Crisp [Sugar Bear]
• Cap’n Crunch [well duh … Cap’n Crunch]
– “Topher’s Breakfast Cereal Character Guide”

☎ What’s your hometown’s claim to fame? A famous resident? A significant historical event? A movie filmed there? A ridiculous nickname?

Question: The average person does THIS 10 times while they’re on a week-long vacation.
Answer: Posts items on Facebook. (“Look at me! I’m in Barbados! Neener neener neener!”)

Most decisions don’t require extensive research.

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