Friday, January 15, 2010           Edition: #4182
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Brooke Mueller has moved back into the Los Angeles home she shared with actor Charlie Sheen,  and the “Two & A Half Men” star has moved out so as not to violate a restraining order filed against him after their domestic dispute Christmas Day (they’ll try to sort out this fiasco next Wednesday in court) . . . Meantime, Sheen’s legal woes have bolstered ratings for his TV sitcom, which this week snared its biggest audience in over a year (ah, so it’s all a promotion!) . . . An Italian furniture maker is set to auction off sofas, chairs, and desks Michael Jackson commissioned for ‘Foxbury Manor, the $21-million British estate he planned to rent during his 50-date stint at London’s O2 Arena . . . “One Tree Hill” actor Antwon Tanner (‘Skills’) has been sentenced to 3 months in the slammer for selling social security numbers to an undercover cop during a sting operation . . . 36-year-old actress Kate Beckinsale says she felt like ‘a hunchback with blackheads’ when named ‘Sexiest Woman Alive’ by “Esquire” magazine and claims the title has done nothing but pile on pressure for her to look good . . . This week actor-turned-singer Michael Imperioli’s NYC concert ended on a sour note as he demanded a belligerent heckler be tossed out (who’d have the balls to heckle ‘Tony Soprano’s nephew?) . . . And this Saturday night Tareq & Michaele Salahi, the infamous couple who gate-crashed the White House, are being paid to host a party at Pure Nightclub in Caesars Palace in Las Vegas (will Barack & Michelle attempt to sneak in?).

• “Big Day Out” – Tonight the 18th annual festival tour of Australia/NZ kicks off at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium with a lineup that includes Kasabian, Ladyhawke, Lily Allen, Muse, and Powderfinger. Next week “BDO 2010” moves on to Australian venues.
• “Golden Globe Awards” (NBC/CTV) – Sunday the 67th annual movie/TV awards from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association kick off major awards season. Movie musical “Nine” has 5 nominations; Sandra Bullock has nominations for ‘Best Actress’ in both ‘Comedy’ (“The Proposal”) and ‘Drama’ (“The Blind Side”); Meryl Streep is also double-nominated (“Julie & Julia”, “It’s Complicated”); movie music nominees include Paul McCartney (“Everybody’s Fine”), U2 (“Brothers”), and Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (“Where the Wild Things Are”); on the TV side “Mad Men” has 3 nominations. Director Martin Scorsese receives the ‘Cecil B DeMille Award’ for lifetime achievement.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Paolo Nutini (“These Streets”).
• “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” (CBS) – Tonight Luke Bryan performs his #1 country hit “Do I”.
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/A Channel) – Tonight the Hot Rats (“Turn Ons”).
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – Sigourney Weaver (“Avatar”) hosts; Ting Tings perform.
• “The Singing Bee” (CMT) – Tonight Reba McEntire makes a cameo appearance during the season premiere. Melissa Peterman returns as host.
• “Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien” (NBC/A Channel) – Tonight Lifehouse (“Smoke & Mirrors”).


• Aaron Tippin – The “Kiss This” country singer has become celebrity spokesperson for the ‘Commemorative Air Force’, a non-profit organization that promotes the restoration and preservation of combat aircraft.
• The Beatles – Ringo Starr admits he can’t play “The Beatles: Rock Band” videogame. While he’s tried, he struggles to replicate his own parts virtually. Quote: “I’m absolutely crap at it.”
• Bryan Adams – It’s been announced the classic rocker will be the recipient of the ‘Allan Waters Humanitarian Award’ at Canada’s national music awards, the “Junos”, coming up April 18th.
• Dr Dre – The hip-hop icon says he’s in no rush to finish his long-delayed album “Detox” and admits it’s now unlikely to be released before 2011.
• Lady Gaga – She’s hosting the “Hands Up for Marriage Equality” benefit in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Saturday, an event calling for same-sex marriage to be made legal.
• Paul McCartney – His new album “Live In Los Angeles” will be distributed free in this weekend’s “Mail on Sunday” newspaper in Britain. The 12-track set was recorded during a performance at the Amoeba Music record store in Hollywood.
• Rush – Drummer Neil Peart says the legendary rockers are in the early stages of recording new material that won’t be released in traditional album format. Instead, they’ll release a couple of songs, play them live, then go back into the studio to do more later.
• Smashing Pumpkins – 29-year-old Jessica Simpson has gone public about her relationship with 42-year-old rocker Billy Corgan … professionally at least. She’s revealed the odd couple has teamed up for a new song.
• Three Days Grace – Tonight they begin a co-headlining US tour with Breaking Benjamin in Peoria IL.

• “The Book of Eli” ( R-Rated Action Adventure ): Denzel Washington plays a lone man fighting his way across a post-apocalyptic USA in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humanity. For his role Washington was trained in martial arts and performed all of his own stunts for the hand-to-hand combat sequences. Co-stars Mila Kunis, Gary Oldman, singer Tom Waits.
• “The Spy Next Door” ( PG Action Comedy ): Jackie Chan plays a former CIA spy who takes on the tough assignment of looking after his girlfriend’s 3 bratty kids. When one of them accidentally downloads a top-secret formula, a Russian terrorist pays a visit to the family. Co-stars Amber Valletta, Billy Ray Cyrus, George Lopez.

Yale University scientists have discovered that everyday emotional stress can be a trigger for the growth of tumors. It’s now thought that any sort of trauma, emotional or physical, can act as a ‘pathway’ between cancerous mutations, bringing them together in a potentially deadly mix. It’s the first study to show that the conditions for developing the disease can be affected by our emotional environment. The researchers emphasize that reducing stress and avoiding stressful conditions is always good advice. (Thanks for the tip but your announcement didn’t help!)


Passengers are regularly videotaped at Narita International Airport in Tokyo, Japan but not for security purposes. An infrared camera scans incoming international passengers looking for people who may have … a fever. Those who show signs of high temperature are interviewed and may be given medical treatment. It might seem a little draconian, but the Japanese have one of the highest performing, lowest cost health care systems in the world and a big part of it is devoted to information-gathering and disease prevention. (Can you buy wallet-size copies?)

America’s rapid rise in obesity appears to have leveled off, with new government figures showing no significant increase in a decade. But there’s little reason to cheer. More than two-thirds of adults and almost a third of children are overweight, and there are no signs of improvement. Experts say they’re not sure whether the lull in the battle of the bulge can be attributed to more awareness and better diets or whether society has simply reached a maximum level of tubbiness. (Have another donut while you ponder that.)

A few classic movie moments you likely didn’t know were improv …
• “Casablanca” (1942) – “Here’s lookin’ at you, kid” was actually an inside joke between stars Humphrey Bogart & Ingrid Bergman from something he said when teaching her to play poker.
• “Full Metal Jacket” (1987) – About half the lines the ‘Drill Sergeant’ spits out were made up on the spot. The actor, R Lee Ermey, was a real drill sergeant originally hired as a technical advisor.
• “Raiders Of the Lost Ark” (1981) – Star Harrison Ford had dysentery and wasn’t in the mood to run after a swordsman as the script called for, so after the assailant showed off some flashy sword work, Ford simply shot him.
• “Silence Of the Lambs” (1991) – Anthony Hopkins’ creepy hissing after his famous ‘liver & fava beans with a nice Chianti’ line was a spur of the moment creation. It stunned co-star Jodie Foster, causing a genuine look of horror.
• “Taxi Driver” (1976) – Robert De Niro’s iconic line “You talking to me?” was a total ad lib. It’s now one of the most famous film lines of all-time.
• “The Shining” (1980) – Jack Nicholson’s famous “Here’s Johnny!” announcement as he chops through a door with an axe was a total invention on his part that wasn’t in the script.


• A townhouse dubbed ‘New York City’s Skinniest House’ has sold for $2.1 million. The 9.5-foot- wide, 42-foot-long (3X12 m) brick building in Greenwich Village was built in 1873 on land used as an alley between homes. It’s now listed for rent at … $10,000 a month.
• Prena Thomas of Lakeland, Florida has an unusual ‘pet’ she keeps in her freezer … a snowball. She made it in 1977 during a rare Florida snowfall and has kept it safely frozen in a bread bag for 33 years. She occasionally takes it out to show friends.


Mammals are the only animals with flaps around the ears.


1947 [63] Andrea Martin, Portland ME, movie actress (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”)/former TV comedian (Emmy Award-“SCTV”)/stage actress (Tony Award-“My Favorite Year”)

1968 [42] Chad Lowe, Dayton OH, TV actor (“24” 2007, Emmy-“Life Goes On” 1991-93)/movie actor (“Unfaithful”)/wed to actress Hilary Swank (1997-2006)/brother of actor Rob Lowe

1978 [32] Eddie Cahill, NYC, TV actor (‘Detective Don Flack’ on “CSI: New York” since 2004)

1979 [31] Drew Brees, Austin TX, NFL quarterback (New Orleans Saints, ex-San Diego Chargers)/Offensive Player Of the Year (2008)

Pop/jazz singer Sade (“Soldier of Love”) is 51; Pop singer Maxine Jones (En Vogue) is 44; Fashion model Kate Moss is 36; Rock guitarist Nick Valensi (The Strokes) is 29.

Former heavyweight boxing champ Muhammad Ali is 68; Alt-country singer Steve Earle (“Townes”) is 55; Movie actor Jim Carrey (“A Christmas Carol”) is 48;  US First Lady Michelle Obama is 46; Rock drummer Jon Wysocki (Staind) is 42; TV actor Naveen Andrews (“Lost”) is 41; Country-rock singer Kid Rock (“All Summer Long”) is 39; Movie actress Zooey Deschanel (“500 Days of Summer”) is 30; Country singer Amanda Wilkinson (The Wilkinsons) is 28.

• “Fresh Squeezed Juice Day”. So what’s your preference … Orange? Grapefruit? Tomato? Red Man Chaw?
• “Hat Day”, a day to dispel the boredom of mid-Winter by wearing the goofiest hat you can find. Always hilarious on radio.
• “International Fetish Day”, celebrating the various kinds of kink that the kinky get off on. A few actual fetishes you may not have heard of …
– Arachibutyrophilia … A fixation on peanut butter.
– Agalmatophilia … Arousal from statues, mannequins, dolls, and effigies.
– Catoptrophilia … Unusual titillation in the presence of mirrors.
– Chremastistophilia … Excitement at being robbed or held up.
– Formicophilia …An obsession with very small creatures, such as ants.
– Macrophilia … An attraction to giants, especially domination by giant women.
– Melophilia … The erotic worship of music.
– Pogonophilia … A fascination with bearded men.
• “Work at Home With Your Spouse Day”, to encourage couples to make the most of their relationship & skills by starting a business together. What would be the biggest problem of working with your spouse?

• “Hot & Spicy Food International Day”, encouraging us to spice up our lives in order to add some zest to a winter’s day. What’s the absolute hottest thing you’ve ever put in your mouth?
• “Religious Freedom Day”, when you all have the right to believe the same stuff I do.

• “Judgment Day”, a day to look at yourself in the mirror and see how you’re doing on your New Year’s resolutions. Some dissenting folk have named this “Ditch New Years Resolutions Day”, a day to be honest and admit that you’re never gonna do it … whatever it was.
• “Kid Inventors Day”, to acknowledge the past & present accomplishments of kid inventors and encourage the creativity of future kid inventors. It’s estimated a half-million children and teens invent gadgets and games each year.
• “St Anthony Day”, honoring the patron saint of domestic animals. That’s why today is also the annual “Blessing Of the Animals” at the Cathedral in Mexico City, when chickens, cows and house pets decorated with flowers are on parade.

1987 [23] 1st ad on a home video release appears on “Top Gun”, a 30-second Diet Pepsi spot (DVDs now come with oodles of commercials, a half-hour of trailers, and about 87 features on the making of the movie)

1994 [16] Pop singer Harry Nilsson (“Everybody’s Talkin’”, “Without You”) dies of a heart attack at age 53


1967 [43] 1st ‘Super Bowl’ (although it isn’t called that until 2 years later) as 61,946 fans pay 10 bucks a ticket to watch legendary coach Vince Lombardi‘s Green Bay Packers beat the KC Chiefs 35-10 in LA (MVP is Packer QB Bart Starr)

2001 [09] ‘Wikipedia’, the free content encyclopedia, 1st goes online

1983 [27] Tom Syles of Van Nuys CA sets a world record by keeping a single Life Saver candy intact in his mouth for 7 hours, 10 minutes

[Mon] Winnie the Pooh Day
[Mon] Thesaurus Day
[Mon] Martin Luther King Day (USA)
[Tues] Rid the World of Fad Diets & Gimmicks Day
[Wed] Camcorder Day
[Thurs] Women in Blue Jeans Day
[Thurs] Women’s Healthy Weight Day
This Week Is … Universal Letter Writing Week
This Month Is … Clean Up Your Computer Month


• You’ve already received a rejection letter from NASA on your proposal to blow up the Moon.
• You still set off smoke detectors just by walking into a room.
• You’ve received a citation for exceeding the load limit while walking over a suspension bridge.
• There are so many empties in the garage, you’ve slapped up a ‘Recycling Depot’ sign.
• You’re still a virgin.
• Someone else already killed Hitler.
– Extrapolated from

Good news! Death MAY ease tension, researchers report.


What kid activity would you like to try as an adult?

Today’s Question: Research shows that fathers spend more time, money, and affection on children if they have THIS feature.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: They resemble dad. (“Oprah Magazine”)


The worm in the sour apple doesn’t know any better.

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