Wednesday, January 13, 2010        Edition: #4180
Sheeters Always Prosper!


Director Sam Raimi & star Tobey Maguire have quit “Spider-Man 4” after Columbia Studios put the sequel on indefinite hold due to script problems (a new director & star will be announced for what’s now planned to be a ‘a prequel’) . . . Black Eyed Peas’, Tim McGraw, Mark Hoppus of Blink-182, and the All-American Rejects will be featured in the new ‘Gillette Uncut’ campaign, which will include a series of mini-documentaries on a website called (uh, do rock stars shave?) . . . Simon Cowell has made what everyone already knew official – he’s leaving FOX-TV’s “American Idol” after the current season and has sealed a $160-million deal to launch a US version of his UK TV talent show “The X Factor” (basically “American Idol 2”) . . . Angelina Jolie’s stylist blabs to E! Online that Brangelina will NOT attend Sunday’s “Golden Globe Awards” because Brad is ticked he failed to receive a nomination for his role in “Inglourious Basterds” (we’re guessing big-mouth is now ‘former stylist’) . . . FOX-TV has ordered up a 2nd season of its hit musical comedy “Glee” and announced a nationwide search for 3 new stars (oh oh, they’re messing with success!) . . . And  40-year-old singer/actress Jennifer Lopez tells “Elle” she has no plans to retire when she gets old(er), claiming she’ll still be singing & dancing ‘at age 71′ (is this some sort of threat?).


• “American Idol” (FOX/CTV) – Auditions continue as hopefuls perform for the judges in Atlanta GA.
• “Daily Show With Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central/CTV) – Ringo Starr (“Y Not”) performs with the Ben Harper Band.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/A Channel) – Gloriana performs “How Far Do You Wanna Go?”
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Country group Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Bros, reunited after a 17-year hiatus (“The Pilgrimage”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Lisa Hannigan (“Sea Sew”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/A Channel) – Ke$ha (“Animal”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS) – The Hotrats (“Turn Ons”).


• Avril Lavigne – She’ll sing a new song called “Alice Underground” on the soundtrack of Tim Burton’s upcoming “Alice In Wonderland” movie, opening March 5th.
• Beyoncé – She says she wants to take a 6-month break from music to recharge batteries and ‘be inspired by things again’.
• Dixie Chicks – The Erwin sisters, Martie Maguire & Emily Robison, have temporarily split from Natalie Maines to record a new album. There’s no word on what it will be and when it will be out.
• Guns N’ Roses – Over a year after the release of “Chinese Democracy”, Axl Rose and company finally kick off a North America tour tonight in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
• Lady Gaga – She’s hired her childhood musical idol Boy George to support her during her shows at the O2 Arena in London next month. The 1980s icon is currently on probation after serving time for falsely imprisoning a male escort. (Y’know … they kind of look alike.)
• Paul McCartney – The 67-year-old is reportedly making secret plans to marry New England Motor Freight heiress Nancy Shevell, his American girlfriend of nearly 2 years, and is said to have announced his intentions to his family during a Caribbean vacation. ($50 million says this is a bad idea.)
• Sisqo – The  Dru Hill singer who had a solo hit with “Thong Song” (1999) has been ordered by a Swiss court to pay monthly support for a child he fathered via … a 14-year-old fan. The now-25-year-old mother claims conception occurred following a show in Zurich. Sisqo has reportedly avoided taking a paternity test. (That could be an expensive decision.)
• Snow Patrol – Frontman Gary Lightbody has revealed to BBC Radio that he is working on 2 new side projects, a band called Tired Pony and the electronic project Listen … Tanks!
• Taylor Swift – She’s become the top-selling digital artist in history, with more than 24.3 million tracks sold to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
• Usher – Atlanta GA police are investigating the alleged theft of $1-million-worth of furs, jewelry, designer clothes, and a laptop computer from his car while he was shopping in a store. (If you leave that kind of loot lying out in full view, you deserve to lose it!)

New cutting-edge vocab …
• ‘Deleb’ – A dead celebrity, particularly one used to endorse products in advertisements. (“Hi, this is Elvis for Wal-Mart Caskets …”)
• ‘Frugal Fatigue’ – Mental exhaustion caused by constantly pinching pennies and watching the bottom line during tough economic times. (“I’ve got a bad case of frugal fatigue. This morning I cut the end off the toothpaste tube to make sure none got wasted.”)
• ‘Wheredunit’ – A murder mystery or detective story where the location of a crime plays as important a role as the person committing it … as in a ‘Whodunit’. (By example: 2009 movie “The Chaser”, in which only the viewer knows the location of the protagonist’s home.)


Looking to sign up at a gym? Experts offer these tips on how to find the right facility to add inspiration to your perspiration …
• Location: Is it convenient to home or work? It’s the #1 reason people use or don’t use a gym.
• Timing: Visit a prospective club during the same time you expect to be using it.
• Schedule: Are the classes you want offered at hours convenient for you?
• Ambiance: How clean is it? Is the music too loud? Is most of the equipment in working order?
• Profile: A meat market gym filled with gorgeous 20-year-olds might not be the most comfortable place for an overweight or mature woman. Pick a place that suits your style.
• Services: Do you need a personal trainer to keep you in line? Do you like group classes?
– Condensed from


Sitting in front of a TV hour-after-hour may raise the risk of death from heart disease and other causes … even in people who aren’t overweight. Australian researchers have found that adults who watch more than 4 hours of TV daily have a 46% higher risk of death from all causes and an 80% higher risk of cardiovascular death than those who watch less than 2 hours daily. Each hour sitting in front of a TV per day raises the risk of death from cardiovascular disease by 18% and risk of cancer death by 9%. (There’s also the possibility of being bored to death.)
– Reuters Health


The most critical mistakes employees make when talking to the boss about a raise …
• Assuming longevity entitles you to a raise.
• Needing a raise because you bought a new house, car, or had a baby.
• Threatening to quit or refusing to do a project.
• Stating that some other employee got a raise so you want one too.


Want a getaway that really is a get away? A sampling of recommended islands that are lesser known so they aren’t overflowing with sun seekers …
• Culebra – An archipelago off Puerto Rico with many of its islands classified as nature reserves. There are bird sanctuaries as well as stunning beaches.
• Harbour Island – Part of the Bahamas collection of over 1,100 islands, this small island has more than 3 miles of pink sand.
• Hvar – One of the islands off Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast where you can explore small villages, vineyards, and fig & olive groves.
• Mauritius – A vibrant island nation off the coast of Africa with white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and an interesting blend of Creole, Chinese, Indian, and European cultures.
• Mustique – This small, privately owned island in St Vincent & The Grenadines is an exclusive getaway frequented by rock stars and royalty alike.
– Excerpted from


Real couples offer tips on ways to maintain a happy relationship …
• Fight the Good Fight – It beats fuming quietly and is a great way to air out problems.
• Be a Flirt – Harmless flirting can be productive. The fact that others might be interested in your partner should boost your self-esteem.
• Spend Time Apart – It allows you time to miss each other.
• Separate Spending Styles – One might be a penny-pincher, the other a spendthrift, but it can balance out. As a couple, you need to nurture the individual whenever possible.
• Embrace the Silence – Isn’t it nice when you’re comfortable enough with someone you don’t have to make mindless talk?
• Keep Your Old Friends – Time spent with individual friends makes you feel fulfilled, and that can only make couple time happier.
– Condensed from “Elle” magazine


Scientists have found that women who have fuller and firmer lips are seen as younger than they really are. According to a new study, even if a woman’s skin gains wrinkles and her hair loses its luster, her appearance will belie her years if she has fuller lips. The findings confirm the conventional belief that a pout is one of the strongest signals of sexual allure. (Yeah, Donatella Versace is a real fox with those trout lips.)
– “Times of London”


The best operatic sopranos can sing nearly as loud as the roar of a jet engine.
– “Nature”


1961 [49] Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, NYC, TV actress (“The New Adventures of Old Christine” since 2006, “Seinfeld” 1989-98, “Saturday Night Live” 1982-85)

1962 [48] Trace Adkins, Springhill LA, country singer (“You’re Gonna Miss This”, “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk”)

1966 [44] Patrick Dempsey, Lewiston ME, TV actor (‘Dr Derek Shepherd’ on “Grey’s Anatomy” since 2005)

1970 [40] Shonda Rhimes, Chicago IL, screenwriter/TV show creator/executive producer (“Grey’s Anatomy” since 2005)

1977 [33] Orlando Bloom, Canterbury UK, movie actor (“Pirates Of the Caribbean” trilogy, “Lord Of the Rings” trilogy)


• “International Skeptics Day”. We’re not sure there’s any point in setting aside a day for this …

• “Make Your Dreams Come True Day”, presumably another observance initiated by the Society of Hopeless Optimists.

• “Rubber Duckie Day”, celebrating the tub toy tots treasure. Observed on the anniversary of
“Sesame Street” character ‘Rubber Duckie’s birthday. Every possible possibly angle on rubber ducks (including “Sesame Street’s” ‘Ernie’ singing about his) can be found here …

• “St Knut’s Day” or “Tjugondag Knut” (20th Day of Christmas) in Sweden & Norway, where they just can’t seem to let the holiday season go. Part of the celebration involves throwing out the Christmas tree (by now an armful of naked twigs with a star on top).

1910 [100] In what’s been called the ‘Birth of Radio Broadcasting’, electron tube inventor Lee De Forrest arranges for a handful of people at receiving locations around NYC to hear the voice of Enrico Caruso and other Metropolitan Opera stars through individual earphones


1969 [41] The soundtrack of The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” is released and reaches #2 on  British & North American charts (The Beatles’ “White Album” is #1)  FACTOID: The movie is being remade by filmmaker Robert Zemeckis for release in 2012.


1957 [53] Wham-O Co introduces the 1st ‘Frisbee’


1985 [25] Likely the ‘Oldest to Score a Golf Ace’, as 99-year-old German duffer Otto Bucher sinks a hole-in-one on a course in Spain


[Thurs] “Project Runway 7” begins (Lifetime)
[Thurs] Dress Up Your Pet Day
[Fri] International Fetish Day
[Fri] “The Book of Eli”; “The Spy Next Door” open in movie theaters
This Week Is … Universal Letter Writing Week
This Month Is … Mentoring Month


Are the following classic comedians stiff or still kickin’?
• Melon-tossing Gallagher. [Alive and 62.]
• Portly “Saturday Night Live” favorite Chris Farley. [Died in 1997.]
• Multi-voiced Rich Little. [Alive at 71.]
• Salty-tongued standup George Carlin. [Died 2008.]
• Transplanted Ukrainian comic Yakov Smirnoff. [Alive and 58.]
• Violin-playing Henny ‘Take My Wife Please’ Youngman. [Died in 1998.]
• Mad-cap ad-libber Jonathan Winters. [Alive at 84.]
• Danish pianist and quip-master Victor Borge. [Died 2000.]
• Tommy Chong, of Cheech & Chong fame. [Alive and 71.]
• Confetti-throwing Rip Taylor. [Alive and 76 turning today.]


We’re making progress … things are getting worse at a slower rate.

This week is “Bowling Week”. Like all sports, bowling has its own jargon. See if your crew or a listener who bowls can guess what each of the following bowling terms means …
• ‘Bedposts’ – A 7-10 split (aka ‘Goal Posts’).
• ‘Dutch 200′ – A game where the player consistently alternates between strikes and spares, resulting in a score of exactly 200.
• ‘Golden Turkey’ – 9 strikes in-a-row.
• ‘Ham Bone’ – 4 strikes in-a-row.
• ‘Six Pack’ – 6 strikes in-a-row (aka Wild Turkey).
• ‘Thanksgiving Turkey’ – A perfect game.
• ‘Turkey’ – 3 strikes in-a-row.
• ‘Turkey Sandwich’ – Scoring a spare and then a turkey, followed by another spare.


What do you call a resident of the Isle of Man?
a. A Man.
b. A Manner.
c. A Manx. [CORRECT]
– “Webster’s College Dictionary”

Today’s Question: According to a recent study, couples who do THIS together are happier than those who don’t.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Attend sporting events.


You are never too old to learn and never too young to know it all.

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