Wednesday, January 6, 2010        Edition: #4175
Sweet Sheet!

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
It’s been announced that “Celebrity Apprentice 3” (NBC) will debut March 14th with a cast that includes Poison singer/reality TV vet Bret Michaels; TV chef Curtis Stone; oldies singer Cyndi Lauper; baseball great Darryl Strawberry; political scumbag Rod Blagojevich; washed-up comedian Sinbad; and the ubiquitous Sharon Osbourne (can you have a reality show without her?) . . . 76-year-old Yoko Ono says an autobiography about her eventful life with John Lennon will be my her next book, which will be written within the next 5 years (better get at it while you’re still lucid – oops, maybe too late!) . . . Famous person Paris Hilton tells “Life & Style” magazine she’s ‘devastated’ by the death of her friend since childhood, Casey Johnson, the 30-year-old socialite daughter of NY Jets owner Woody Johnson and heiress to the Johnson & Johnson empire, who was found dead in her LA home Monday (so far the COD is being called ‘natural causes’ – we’ve heard that one before) . . . Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli tells “Hello!” magazine that his friends 48-year-old actor George Clooney & 31-year-old model/TV personality Elisabetta Canalis, who’ve now been dating a year, are in love and their romance is reminiscent of legendary love stories of the past (sorry ladies!) . . . A spokesperson for 39-year-old actor Vince Vaughn (“Four Christmases”) has confirmed to “People” magazine that he’s wed his 31-year-old Canadian girlfriend Kyla Weber in an intimate Chicago ceremony limited to close friends & family (she once worked in real estate – but doesn’t need to now) . . . And a new survey finds that 45-year-old actress Sandra Bullock was the biggest box office draw in 2009 (thanks to “All About Steve”, “The Blind Side” and “The Proposal”), ranking her ahead of Johnny Depp & Matt Damon (proof that quantity beats quality?).

TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Really Doe (“First Impressions”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Bat for Lashes (“Two Suns”).
• “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” (CBS) – Nellie McKay (“Normal as Blueberry Pie”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/A Channel) – Clipse (“Til the Casket Drops”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS) – Julian Casablancas (“Phrazes For the Young”).
• “Live With Regis & Kelly” (syndicated/CTV) – Katharine McPhee (“Unbroken”).
• “Lopez Tonight” (TBS) – Marc Anthony (“El Cantante”).
• “People’s Choice Awards” (CBS/Global) – Queen Latifah hosts the 36th annual fan-voted awards from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles that picks winners in 35 categories. The “Twilight” movie franchise and “True Blood” TV show are among leading nominees. Music nominees include Beyoncé, Black Eyed Peas, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Eminem, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Keith Urban, Lady Gaga, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, and Tim McGraw.
NET: http://www.peopleschoice.com/pca/
• “Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien” (NBC/A Channel) – Ke$ha (“Animal”).

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Jordin Sparks – She’s stepped up her security after receiving a series of messages from a ‘creepy’ fan.
• Leona Lewis – She’s set to record a new track with Kings of Leon for an updated version of her 2nd album, “Echo”.
• Lil Wayne – The release of his oft-delayed new album “Rebirth” has now been postponed to June 22nd, even though it’s accidentally been shipped to 500 fans who pre-ordered. (Publicity stunt?)
• Pink – She’s set to perform at the “Grammy Awards” January 31st, joining already announced performers Beyoncé, Black Eyed Peas, and Taylor Swift.
• Radiohead – Thom Yorke has written 3 songs for an upcoming documentary about the Free Tibet movement. “When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun”, which has been 7 years in the making, centers on the struggles encountered trying to free Tibet from Chinese occupation.
• Red Hot Chili Peppers – They’ve found a new axeman to replace departed John Frusciante. Josh Klinghoffer has confirmed he’s onboard and will make his debut with the band when they perform Grammy weekend at the MusiCares ‘Person Of the Year’ event honoring Neil Young.
• Rihanna – She’s promising to reveal her most intimate secrets in an autobiography, entitled “The Last Girl On Earth”, set for release in June. (Like is she seeing Timberlake or not?)
• U2 – They raked in more money from concert tickets than any other act last year, grossing $123 million on their “360 Tour” and selling more than 1.3 million tickets, according to “Pollstar”.
• Zac Brown Band – “Toes” tops a new listing of the “Top 10 Country Dance Club Hits of 2009”, just ahead of Randy Houser (“Boots On”) and Jason Aldean (“She’s Country”).

FROM THE BS POLL VAULT:
A statistical breakdown of life by the numbers …
• 40% of videogamers are now women.
• 39% of employees say their supervisors fail to keep promises.
• 37% of employees say their bosses fail to give credit when it’s due.
• 32% of men never get naked in front of their partner at home because they are embarrassed about their appearance.
• 30% of married people say the thing they fight about most often is ‘laundry’.
• 18% of men are embarrassed about thinning hair.

ROW ROW ROW YOUR BOAT:
Today (weather permitting) English adventurer James Kenworthy and a crew of 6 are scheduled to embark on a 3,000-mile cross-Atlantic trek from Morocco to Barbados … in a rowboat. Their hi-tech vessel dubbed ‘Sara G’ will attempt ‘Atlantic Row 2010′ as a fundraiser for Help For Heroes, a charity that aids military veterans.
NET: http://worldoceanrowing.com

BS BUZZWORDS:
New terms leaking into the lingo …
• ‘Foodoir’ – A memoir that includes recipes or that is focused on food, meals, or cooking. Julie Powell’s “Julie & Julia”, for instance.
• ‘Meformers’ – Social network users who continually post updates about their own activities, thoughts, and feelings.
• ‘Pirate Bath’ – Washing just the armpits and private areas with a cloth or handful of water. A cursory way of getting clean while on-the-go.

ALL-TIME BOX OFFICE CHAMPS:
As “Avatar” continues to fill theaters, it now ranks 4th in all-time ticket sales worldwide, meaning producer/director James Cameron now holds 2 of the top 4 spots …
1. “Titanic” ($1.84 billion)
2. “Lord Of the Rings: The Return Of the King” ($1.12 billion)
3. “Pirates Of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” ($1.07 billion)
4. “Avatar” ($1.03 billion)
5. “The Dark Knight” ($1 billion)
– BoxOfficeMojo.com

YOUR SALAD IN THE STARS:
According to the Association for Dressings & Sauces, your astrological sign often indicates which kind of salad dressing you prefer. For instance …
• Low-Fat Vinaigrettes – Most preferred by Aries.
• Italian dressing – Pisces / Virgo.
• French dressing – Sagittarius.
• Ranch – Taurus / Aquarius / Scorpio.
• Blue Cheese – Cancer / Leo.
• Can’t decide, enjoy variety, or just don’t care – Gemini / Libra / Capricorn.
NET: http://www.dressings-sauces.org/pressroom_saladSign.html
– Dressings-Sauces.org

DID YOU KNOW?
• The average lifespan of a human tastebud is just 7-to-10 days.
– BodyBuilding.com
• January has the fewest marriages of any month of the year. Coincidently, it also has the fewest divorces.
– “Weekly World News”

BS CHRONOMETER 01.06.10


TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1953 [57] Malcolm Young, Glasgow, Scotland, rock guitarist (AC/DC-“Rock ‘n Roll Train”, “Hard As a Rock”)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2003)

1955 [55] Rowan Atkinson, Consett UK, movie actor (“Bean”, “Four Weddings & a Funeral”)/TV comic (“Mr Bean”, “Blackadder”)

1960 [50] Howie Long, Charlestown MA, TV football analyst (“FOX NFL Sunday”)/former NFL DE (Raiders 1981-93)/Pro Football Hall of Fame (2000)

1968 [42] John Singleton, LA CA, movie producer/director/screenwriter (“Four Brothers”, “2 Fast 2 Furious”)

1978 [32] Tara Spencer-Nairn, Montréal QC, TV actress (‘Officer Karen Pelly’ on “Corner Gas” 2004-09)

TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Armenian Christmas”. What a deal … they get to shop for gifts during January sales!

• “Cuddle Up Day”, an opportunity to snuggle up to someone or something on a cold winter’s day.

• “Epiphany” (aka “Three Kings Day”), a Christian celebration and public holiday in Spain, Italy, Sweden, and Puerto Rico. In Ireland it’s known as “Little Christmas”. In Italy during “Epiphany Festival”, the kindly witch ‘La Befana’ slides down chimneys on her broom to bring toys and goodies for kids. In Mexico, where it’s known as “Dia de los Santos Reyes”, kids put straw out and leave shoes on balconies to be filled with toys by ‘Los Tres Reyes’ (The Three Kings) who bring gifts riding camel-back.  TRIVIA: What the heck is ‘myrrh’ anyway? It’s a natural compound secreted by shrubs, originally used for its aromatic qualities, but recently Italian scientists have found it may be useful as a painkiller.

• “Maroon Festival” in Jamaica, a tradition since 1738 that pays tribute to the ancestors of the Maroons, descendants of slaves who were freed by the Spanish and fled to Jamaica’s untouched South Coast in pursuit of freedom, and who live there to this day.

• “Smith Day”, celebrating the most-common surname in the English-speaking world.
BS SMITH QUIZ:
In 30 seconds name the following 5 Smiths …
• This Canadian food manufacturer is famous for jams, sauces, ketchup, and fruit fillings. (E.D. SMITH)
• It’s one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. (Glaxo-SMITH-Kline)
• This famous movie actor hosted the Nobel Prize Awards Concert in December. (Will SMITH)
• If you lived in olden days, he was the shoemaker for your horse. (BlackSMITH)
• He’s Canada’s best-known chef, who’s hosted “Chef at Home”, “Chef at Large”, and “The Inn Chef”. (Michael SMITH.)

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1854 [156] ‘Sherlock Holmes’ is born, according to Sherlockian scholars who’ve studied the works of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1974 [36] Canada’s new ‘Global Television Network’ debuts

1975 [35] Chuck Woolery hosts & Susan Stafford turns over the letters on the new TV game show “Wheel Of Fortune” (most-watched game show of all-time)

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
1964 [46] The Rolling Stones headline their first tour (to put this into perspective, the opening act is … the Ronettes)

TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1936 [74] 1st-ever ‘Female Mayor’ in Canada (Barbara Hanley in Webbwood ON)

1952 [58] “Peanuts” by Charles Schulz debuts in newspapers (most successful syndicated comic strip in history)

TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1980 [30] Philadelphia Flyers set NHL record of 35 consecutive games without a defeat

AND REMEMBER . . .
[Thurs] I’m Not Going to Take It Anymore Day
[Thurs] International Programmers Day
[Thurs] Orthodox Christmas
[Fri] Show & Tell Day at Work
[Fri] Elvis Presley’s 75th Birth Anniversary
[Fri] Learn to Ski Day
[Fri] “Daybreakers”; “Leap Year”; “Youth in Revolt” open in movie theaters
This Week Is … Lose Weight/Feel Great Week
This Month Is … Bread Machine Baking Month

BULL’S BITS


JANUARY DIET CHEATING EXCUSES:
• If you eat something, but no one else sees you eat it, it has no calories.
• Movie-related foods do not have additional calories because they are part of the entire entertainment package.
• Foods that have the same color have the same number of calories. (Spinach and pistachio ice cream, cauliflower and whipped cream.)
• Things licked off knives and spoons have no calories if you are in the process of cooking.
• Chocolate is a universal substitute, and may be used for any other food.
• If you drink a diet soft drink with a candy bar, the calories in the candy bar are canceled out by the diet soft drink.
• Cookie pieces have no calories. The breaking of the cookies causes the calories to leak out.
• Food used for medicinal purposes never counts, such as hot chocolate, brandy, toast . . . Sara Lee cheesecake.
– Cooks.com

BS RANDOM JOKE:
You know, this guy’s work cannot be underrated …

BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
• You suffer from ‘lachanophobia’. What are you afraid of?
a. Snow Shovelling.
b. Vegetables. [CORRECT. Your kids no doubt have it.]
c. Breast-Feeding.
NET: http://phobialist.com

• What’s the state sport of Alaska?
a. Crabbing.
b. Dog Mushing. [CORRECT]
c. Cod Thawing.
– “Totally Trivia”

BS PHONE STARTERS:
• When should you take down the Christmas decorations?
• It’s 10-years-old now, so what’s the weirdest ‘millennium’ souvenir you still have?

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:

Today’s Question: The odds that a guy will do THIS are about 1-in-5.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Cheat in a relationship. (BookOfOdds.com)

BS DEEP THOUGHT:

Anyone who always tells the truth is a big liar.


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