Thursday, February 5, 2015        Edition: #5391

Deja Moo!

★ What should be a simple divorce may become very expensive for Jeremy Renner. Sonni Pacheco – who married “The Bourne Legacy” actor in January 2014 – is asking for primary custody of their 22-month-old daughter Ava, claiming his house is unsafe due to an unfenced swimming pool and unsecured gun collection. She’s also demanding child support, attorney fees, and other legal expenses. Sources connected with Renner say he’s already given Sonni everything she’s asked for … now she’s getting grabby.
★ On the heels of the huge success of “American Sniper”($318 million to date), The Weinstein Company plans to develop another true-life sniper tale as a TV miniseries. The studio will adapt Nicholas Irving’s book “The Reaper: Autobiography of One Of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers” for a 5-night series, with production set to begin this Summer. Special Ops sniper Irving was the US Army 3rd Ranger Battalion’s deadliest marksman. During a 4-month period in 2009, he tallied 33 kills. A TV network is not yet attached to the miniseries.
★ Olympian-turned-reality TV star Bruce Jenner’s mom has confirmed her son is transitioning to become a woman and she says she’s not only OK with that, she’s very proud of him. Quote: “I am more proud of him now than when he stood on that podium and put the gold medal  around his neck. He deserves all the respect. I support him whole-heartedly. I just love him like I always have.”
★ And actor Johnny Depp reportedly ‘can’t wait’ to wed actress-girlfriend Amber Heard. The 51-year-old “Mortdecai” star is expected to tie the knot with his 28-year-old fiancée on his private island of Little Hall’s Pond Cay in the Bahamas this weekend. The couple, who became engaged in 2013 after a year together, are said to be planning to wed on the 45-acre island in front of about 50 guests. The February date is apparently due to their work schedules: She’s filming in London and he’s getting ready to shoot the next “Pirates Of the Caribbean” in Australia.
– E! News

• “Allegiance” (NBC) – Debut of a new spy drama that resembles FX channel’s “The Americans”. Gavin Stenhouse stars as a CIA analyst specializing in Russian affairs. What he doesn’t know is, both his parents and his sister are part of a dormant Russian sleeper cell.
• “American Idol” (FOX) – The singers perform in hope of advancing to the next stage.
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Slash f/Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators (“World on Fire”).
• “Lance Loves Michael: The Lance Bass Wedding” (E!) – A 90-minute special that follows the preparations for last December’s wedding of the former *NSYNC singer and boyfriend Michael Turchin. The ceremony was performed by actresses Joanna Garcia Swisher (“Reba”) & Jamie-Lynn Sigler (“The Sopranos”) who became ordained ministers of ‘Universal Life Church’.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – King Tuff (“Black Moon Spell”).
• “Late Late Show” (CBS/Omni 1) – Guest host John Mayer.
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Soul music vet Bettye LaVette (“Worthy”).
•  Grammy Foundation Legacy Concert (Los Angeles) – Tonight’s 17th annual event is entitled “Lean On Me: A Celebration Of Music & Philanthropy” and features performances by Aloe Blacc, Bryan Adams, John Mellencamp, Melissa Etheridge, Robin Thicke, and Willie Nelson.
• “Meredith Vieira Show” (syndicated) – Lance Bass again.
• “The Talk” (CBS) – Fifth Harmony (“Reflection”).
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Ziggy Marley (“Fly Rasta”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Jack White (“Lazaretto”).

• Beyoncé & Jay Z – They’re apparently still house-hunting in Los Angeles, having ‘discreetly viewed’ a number of properties in the Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills, and Bel-Air areas. Word has it they’ve enrolled their 3-year-old Blue Ivy in a local private school which charges over $15,000 a year and are currently residing in a Beverly Hills hotel while their search continues.
• Garth Brooks – Tonight his “World Tour” rolls into Pittsburgh PA’s Consol Energy Center for the first of 6 shows through Sunday.
• INXS – Tim Farriss has undergone emergency surgery to reattach the 4th finger on his left hand, severed by an electric boat anchor winch he was working on in Sydney, Australia. He faces months of physiotherapy and fears he may never play guitar again.
• K Michelle – Tonight in San Francisco CA she kicks off the first leg of her “My Twisted Mind Tour”, in support of her latest album, “Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?”. Tour dates have been announced up to March 12th in Atlanta GA.
• Lady Gaga – She’s collaborating with Paul McCartney on material for her next album. She says when he originally called to propose the idea she hung up on him because she thought it was a prank.
• Sam Smith – He’s lost his voice just days before his first-ever appearance at the Grammy Awards, leaving his performance on the show in jeopardy. He’s nominated for 6 prizes at the Grammys, which will be held in Los Angeles on Sunday.
• Sly & The Family Stone – 1960s funk legend Sly Stone (Sylvester Stewart) has been awarded $5 million in back royalties while still living out of his van in South LA. The 71-year-old sued his former manager and lawyer and, after 2 days of deliberations, a jury agreed with his claim.
• Taylor Swift – She’s announced that Haim will open for her on 7 North American dates of her “1989 World Tour” this Summer, including multiple-night stands in Chicago, LA, Nashville, and Washington DC. The tour begins May 5th in Tokyo, Japan.

A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “The Lost City of Z” – Charlie Hunnam (“Sons of Anarchy”) is replacing Benedict Cumberbatch to star opposite Robert Pattinson & Sienna Miller in this adaptation of the book by David Grann. In the true-life drama, Hunnam portrays British explorer Percival Fawcett, who disappeared in 1925 while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon. The film’s due in 2016.
• “Sleepless Night” – “Django Unchained” star Jamie Foxx has taken on the lead role in this crime thriller opposite “Source Code” actress Michelle Monaghan. The pic is a remake of the 2011 French film “Nuit Blanche” (white night). It follows an underworld-linked cop who finds his family in danger after double-crossing his criminal colleagues. He ends up spending a long night trying to retrieve his kidnapped child.
• “Star Wars” stand-alone – 31-year-old “Theory of Everything” actress Felicity Jones has won the female lead in this as-yet-untitled spinoff film due in December 2016 after several actresses tested for the role in Hollywood last week. Aaron Paul and Edgar Ramirez are thought to be in the running for the male lead. Few other details have been released about the project.
• “The Taliban Shuffle” – Actor Christopher Abbott has booked a role in Tina Fey’s adaptation of journalist Kim Barker’s wartime memoir. The story is said to be a dark comedy dealing with Barker’s fish-out-of-water experience and the challenges of being a woman in wartime Afghanistan and Pakistan. Fey is producing and playing the journalist.

Unusual qualifications demanded by some carriers …
• AirAsia – Cabin crew must be age 20-to-28 with excellent eyesight. No eyeglasses allowed.
• British Airways – Tights worn by attendants must have density of 10-to-15 denier in black; nail polish must be red or very pale natural shades.
• easyJet – Airline staff must be able to tread water for at least 1 minute.
• Ryanair – Height between 5′-2″ and 6′-2″ (157-188 cm) ‘with weight in proportion’. Crew must ‘be able to swim well’.
• Qatar Airlines – Crew must have an arm stretch of 84 inches (213 cm) … while on tip-toes.
• TAM – This Brazilian airline trains flight attendants in jungle survival skills.
• Virgin Atlantic – Staunch rules on appearance feature a minimum makeup requirement, including mascara and lipstick.
– @MailOnline

Soft drink giant Coca-Cola is introducing a new low-fat, low-sugar, high-protein milk called Fairlife. It’s advertised as being ‘cold-filtered’ with more calcium than competitors. It’s also lactose-free. And yes, it technically is real milk; the ‘Real’ seal, eligible for use by dairy product manufacturers, is proudly displayed on packaging. Samplers say it looks and feels a little thicker than traditional milk, and has a slightly richer taste. Fairlife’s aftertaste is said to be less appealing, with a malty mouth-feel that’s akin to a protein shake. (It still comes from another species … one of the freakiest things we as humans do.)

To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the board game “Monopoly” in France, Hasbro is releasing a spacial limited-edition of 30,000 sets, replacing the fake paper money in 80 of them with real Euro notes. While 69 of the 80 winning games will have five 10-euro notes and five 20-euro notes, another 10 will have five real 20-euro notes, two 50-euro notes, and one 100-euro note. And a jackpot game replaces every game note with the real deal … a total windfall that totals 20,000 Euros. The new sets went on sale this week. While the weight isn’t noticeably different between the sets with cash and those with play money, it’s said the lucky boxes do bulge a bit. (In French, ‘Go’ is ‘Aller’.)
– Agence France-Presse

The new super-yacht La Belle is the ‘first mega yacht designed for women’. Lidia Bersani Luxury Design has just unveiled the sleek white & gold vessel which is targeted at millionaire women. Measuring 262 ft (80 m) and sleeping up to 12 people, it’s 5 decks are decorated in a breathtaking array of crystal, gold, fur, onyx, gemstones, and flowers. Features include Swarovski crystal chandeliers, gold mosaics, ice fountains, and a full spa. Yacht designer Bersani says she does not yet have a price for the luxury vessel as it is just an initial concept, but she does say, “It will not be cheap, I am sure.” (First customer … Oprah?)

No matter which router you buy, getting wireless Internet working in your home – your entire home – can turn into an impossible task. The makers of the new product Eero aim to change all that. The startup company contends it’s ready for a world of 4K streaming, where dozens of devices and smart appliances simultaneously rely on wi-fi to function 24/7. Eero is a little white box that promises simple set-up. Plug the first unit into your cable modem, then plug other units into electrical outlets throughout your house. Yes, you’ll need more than one. Three is the magic number for most homes, according to Eero, and it’s offering a pre-ordered 3-pack for $299 starting this week (shipping begins this Summer). But in exchange for that money, Eero claims it will deliver a mesh network that blankets every corner of every room in your home with strong, robust Internet connectivity. (Great idea … but a tad expensive?)

Dutch babies smile, laugh, and enjoy cuddling more than their North American counterparts.


1934 [81] Don Cherry, Kingston ON, “Hockey Night in Canada” commentator (“Coach’s Corner” since 1980)/former NHL coach (‘Coach Of the Year’ with Boston Bruins 1975-76)

1964 [51] Duff McKagan, Seattle WA, rock bassist (Velvet Revolver-“Fall to Pieces”, “Slither”, ex-Guns N’ Roses-“November Rain”, “Sweet Child o’ Mine”)

1969 [46] Bobby Brown, Roxbury MA, R&B singer (“Every Little Step”, New Edition-“Hit Me Off”)/TV personality (“Being Bobby Brown”)/widower of Whitney Houston/father of Bobbi Kristina Brown

1969 [46] Michael Sheen, Newport, Wales, TV actor (‘William H Masters’ on “Masters of Sex” since 2013)/movie actor (“The Twilight Saga”, “Frost/Nixon”)

1971 [44] Sara Evans, Boonville MO, country singer (“A Little Bit Stronger”, “Suds In the Bucket”)

1985 [30] Cristiano Ronaldo (dos Santos Aveiro), Funchal, Portugal, soccer star (Real Madrid, Portugal National Team)

1987 [28] Darren Criss, San Francisco CA, TV actor (‘Blaine Anderson’ on “Glee” since 2010)/Broadway stage actor (“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”)

• “Constitution Day” in Mexico, honoring the country’s ‘Political Constitution of the United Mexican States’, approved on this date in 1917.

• “Weather Forecasters Day”, commemorating the 1744 birth of Boston MA physician Dr John Jeffries, one of the first to keep detailed records of weather conditions (from 1774-1816).

• “Western Monarch Day”, celebrating the stunning orange & black migratory butterfly.

• “World Nutella Day”, the 9th annual celebration of the chocolate-y hazelnut spread that’s best eaten right out of the jar … by the handful.

1992 [23] For the first time, an animated feature is nominated for a ‘Best Picture’ Oscar – Disney’s “Beauty & The Beast”

1978 [37] Fred Newman makes 88 consecutive basketball free throws … blindfolded!

1981 [34] World’s ‘Largest Jell-O’ contains 9,246 gallons of watermelon-flavored mix (Brisbane, Australia)

[Fri] 2015 MusiCares Person Of the Year (Los Angeles)
[Fri] Working Naked Day
[Sat] 67th DGA Awards (Los Angeles)
[Sat] Dump Your Significant Jerk Day
[Sat] Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbors Day
[Sun] BAFTA Film Awards (London)
[Sun] Man Day
This Week Is … School Counselling Week
This month Is … Children’s Dental Health Month


● Having a job of any kind will make all fathers forget their son’s 8th birthday.
● A detective can only solve a case once he has been suspended from duty.
● Bar patrons never get drunk … even if they drink all day.
● All grocery shopping bags contain at least one stick of French bread.
● Once applied, lipstick will never rub off … even while scuba diving.
● The Eiffel Tower can be seen from any window of any building in Paris.
● Cars and trucks that crash will almost always burst into flames.
● A single wooden match will be sufficient to light up a room the size of a stadium.
● Medieval peasants had perfect teeth.
● Dogs always know who’s bad and will naturally bark at them.
● When they are alone, all foreigners speak English to each other.

Politicians are interested in people. Not that this is always a virtue. Fleas are interested in dogs.

Which are actually good for your brain, according to new research?
a. Weekend bar binges.
b. TV crime dramas. [CORRECT]
c. S’mores.
– “Daily Telegraph”

☎ Who’s the most famous person you ever shook hands with?

Question: The average man has 11 of THESE, while the average woman has only 5.
Answer: Hats.

Anyone who’s all wrapped up in themselves is overdressed.

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