Friday, January 10, 2014        Edition: #5135

Bully For You!

★ Just when everyone was getting used to writing 2014 instead of 2013, Sarah Jessica Parker is sending us back to 2010 by hinting at a possible “Sex & The City” movie reunion. Parker tells “InStyle” that ‘a part of her’ thinks there is one last chapter to tell. Quote: “It isn’t a decision that can wait forever. I don’t want to have to wear muumuus!”
★ Fear not! Producers behind period drama “Downton Abbey” have dismissed speculation the hit TV show is about to go off-air. “Downton” creator Julian Fellowes sparked the rumor after confirming plans to write new US drama “The Gilded Cage”. Online gossip suggested the series would finish after a 5th season, but a rep says there are no plans to end the show anytime soon. The 4th season is currently airing to record-breaking ratings on PBS in America.
★ 35-year-old actress Zoe Saldana (“Avatar”, “Star Trek Into Darkness”) is set to star in a TV remake of “Rosemary’s Baby”, based on Ira Levin’s 1967 horror novel about a pregnant woman whose husband and neighbors have sinister plans for her unborn child. The story was previously made into a 1968 movie starring Mia Farrow & John Cassavetes. Filming on the new 4-hour NBC-TV mini-series of “Rosemary’s Baby” is set to kick off soon in Paris, France.
– Bang Showbiz
★ Just days after Ke$ha entered rehab for an eating disorder her mother Pebe Sebert has revealed the 26-year-old is battling both anorexia and bulimia, and her team of managers and advisors are mainly to blame. One reportedly ordered her to lose 15 lbs within 30 days. Quote: “He told her he didn’t care if she shoved her hand down her throat or took illegal drugs.” It was previously reported Ke$ha’s music producer and label boss Dr Luke once told her she looked like a “f—ing refrigerator” on the set of a music video shoot.

• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Today 30 Seconds to Mars (“Love Lust Faith + Dreams”).
• “Enlisted” (FOX) – Tonight the debut of a new comedy that centers on a small military base in Florida. Stars Parker Young, Keith David.
• “Girls” (HBO) – Sunday the 3rd season premiere of  Lena Dunham’s comedy about a group of girls in their early 20s.
• “House of Lies” (Showtime) – Sunday Don Cheadle returns as a highly successful, cutthroat consultant in the drama series’ 3rd season debut.
• “Golden Globe Awards” (NBC) – Sunday Amy Poeler & Tina Fey return to host the 71st annual film & TV honors presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in Beverly Hills CA. “American Hustle” and “12 Years a Slave” lead movie nominations with 7 apiece. Netflix’s “House of Cards” and HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra” lead the TV pack with 4 nods each. Coldplay, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, and U2 vie for ‘Best Original Song From a Motion Picture’.
• International AACTA Awards (Los Angeles) – Tonight “American Hustle” leads movie nominations for the international portion of the Australian Academy of Cinema & Television Arts Awards. The domestic AACTA Awards take place in Sydney on January 30th.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight Xolie Morra & The Strange Kind (“The Great Social Experiment”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Foals (“Holy Fire”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (“Give the People What They Want”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Tonight Red Fang (“Whales & Leeches”).
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Tonight classic rocker Graham Nash. Rerun.
• “True Detective” (HBO) – Sunday Matthew McConaughey & Woody Harrelson star in the debut of a new crime drama about detectives engaged in a hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana. (Could this become the new buzz show à la “The Sopranos” or “The Wire”?)

• Adele – Nielsen SoundScan has confirmed that “21” has become the 1st-ever digital album to sell over 3 million copies.
• Chris Brown – This week he rejected a deal offering a reduced sentence if he pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor assault charge he faces over an October incident in Washington DC. A trial date is expected to be set at a February 20th hearing. Prosecutors say they have substantial video surveillance footage as evidence.
• “Frozen” – The soundtrack to Disney’s animated movie hit has become the 1st soundtrack to reach #1 on the album chart in a year, since “Les Misérables” did it in January 2013.
• Lady Antebellum – Tonight they launch their “Take Me Downtown Tour 2014” in Peoria IL. Opening acts are Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves.
• Linkin Park / Offspring – Saturday they stage the “Concert For the Philippines” at Club Nokia in LA, a fundraiser to benefit victims of the Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan.
• Neil Young – Sunday in Toronto ON he begins a series of ‘Honor the Treaties’ benefit concerts raising funds for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation legal defense fund. Diana Krall is special guest. Other shows are scheduled for Winnipeg MB, Regina SK, and Calgary AB.
• One Direction – Niall Horan appears to be getting serious about Hungarian model-girlfriend Barbara Palvin as he plans to take her to Mullinger, Ireland next month to meet his parents.
• Outkast – It’s now confirmed they’ll reunite to headline this year’s Coachella Festival alongside Arcade Fire and Muse. The fest runs April 11-13.
• Rod Stewart – This week the classic rocker marked his 69th birthday (see Celebirthdays) early by hosting a dinner party in LA. Attendees included his grown-up children Kimberly, Sean, and Ruby, as well as wife Penny Lancaster.
• 3 Doors Down – Tonight they return to the road in Reno NV for a tour dubbed “3 Doors Down Acoustic – Songs From the Basement”. In a unique twist, limited-edition VIP tickets offer onstage seating.

• “August: Osage County” ( R-Rated Dramedy Opens Wider ): Director John Wells’ over-the-top, occasionally uproarious tale of an extremely dysfunctional family. The star-studded ensemble cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Ewan McGregor, Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis, and Meryl Streep. Debuted at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival.
• “The Legend of Hercules” ( PG-13 Action Adventure ): Kellan Lutz stars in an adaptation of the original story of the mythical Greek hero. Betrayed by his stepfather the king, then exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, ‘Hercules’ must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom. Directed by Renny Harlin.
• “Lone Survivor” ( R-Rated War Drama Opens Wider): Based on the failed 2005 mission “Operation Red Wings”, when members of US SEAL Team 10 were tasked to capture or kill a notorious Taliban leader. Stars Mark Wahlberg, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Eric Bana, and Taylor Kitsch.
• Opening in limited release: “In Bloom” (Drama); “The Rocket” (Drama).

In a recent study researchers at Scotland’s St Andrews University have found that women are most attracted to men who remind them of their fathers and men to women who resemble their mothers. In fact, we are most likely to marry someone who looks like our opposite sex parent, particularly when it comes to hair and eye color. The researchers say many animals, such as birds and monkeys, also tend to choose partners that resemble their parents. (Seems your daughter’s likely to wed a fat, balding guy who wheezes a lot.)
– PA News

5. Dressing up.
4. Tying up or being tied up.
3. A liaison in a public place.
2. Romance with a stranger.
1. Relations with more than one partner.
(Co-host’s biggest fantasy is actually having sex.)
– “The Good Sex Guide”

The DASH diet has been named ‘Best Overall Diet’ for the 4th year-in-a-row in a new magazine ranking of 32 diets by a panel of experts. Other categories in the annual listing include ‘Best Weight Loss’, ‘Best Diabetes’, ‘Best Heart-Healthy’, ‘Best for Healthy Eating’, ‘Best Commercial’, ‘Best Plant-Based’, and ‘Easiest to Follow’. The DASH diet focuses on portion sizes and balancing proteins and carbs. It was selected best as it not only helps reduce weight, it also maintains blood pressure and cholesterol at a healthy level. (Ohhhh. We thought the DASH diet was something to do with prunes.)
– “US News & World Report”

Dogs align themselves along a north-south axis when they defecate. (When lost in the woods you can use your canine compass.)
– “Times of London”


1945 [69] Rod Stewart, London UK, wrinkle-rocker (“Tonight’s the Night”, “Maggie May”)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1994)

1948 [66] Donald Fagen, Passaic NJ, classic rock singer (Steely Dan-“Reeling In the Years”, “Hey Nineteen”)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2001)

1953 [61] Pat Benatar (Andrzejewski), Brooklyn NY, classic rocker (“Hit Me With Your Best Shot”)/4 consecutive Grammy Awards for ‘Best Female Rock Vocal Performance’ 1980-83

1978 [36] Brent Smith, Knoxville TN, rock singer-songwriter (Shinedown-“The Crow & The Butterfly”, “Second Chance”)

Country singer Naomi Judd (The Judds) is 68; TV actress Phyllis Logan (“Downton Abbey”) is 58; Pop-rock guitarist Tom Dumont (No Doubt) is 46; R&B singer Mary J Blige (“I Am”) is 43; Movie actress Amanda Peet (“The Whole Nine Yards”) is 42.

Radio personality Rush Limbaugh is 63; Radio/TV personality Howard Stern (“America’s Got Talent”) is 60; Alt-rock keyboardist Charlie Gillingham (Counting Crows) is 54; Internet billionaire Jeff Bezos ( is 50; Movie director/rock musician Rob Zombie (“Halloween”) is 49; Rock singer Zack de la Rocha (Rage Against the Machine) is 44; Pop singer Melanie Chisholm (Spice Girls) is 40; TV actress Naya Rivera (“Glee”) is 27; Pop singer Zayn Malik (One Direction) is 21.

• “Bittersweet Chocolate Day”, the kind you can eat with less guilt because it has less sugar. And unlike milk chocolate or white chocolate, it does not contain any milk solids.
• “Cut Your Energy Costs Day”, a day to help both the environment and your bottom line. So what’s your best tip?
• “Houseplant Appreciation Day”, a day to salute their therapeutic value in lifting your mood and outlook. And if you’re a gardener, they give you an opportunity to play in the dirt until Spring arrives in the seemingly far, far, distant future.
• “Peculiar People Day”, a good day to have listeners call in stories about the extraordinary, unusual, strange, odd, uncommon, intriguing, different, abnormal, and quirky people they know.

• “Fruitcake Toss Day”, your opportunity to finally throw away the old holiday fruitcake. The original celebration in Manitou Springs CO has been discontinued this year, but we can continue on without them. Go for distance!
• “Hot Toddy Day”, saluting the steaming hot spiked Winter bolster. What goes in yours?
• “Human Trafficking Awareness Day”, drawing attention to efforts to eradicate modern-day slavery around-the-world.
• “International Thank-You Days”, a week-long opportunity to thank someone from your past who did something nice for you.
• “Tattoo Pride Day”, a day to show off your ink. Hey, I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.

• “Eat Crackers & Try to Whistle Day”, just to see if it’s still as much fun as it was when you were a kid. (This calls for an on-air experiment!)
• “Global No Pants Subway Ride”, the 13th annual public participation event that began in NYC, then spread to subway systems worldwide. This year pranksters are expected to drop trou in at least 55 cities, including Calgary, Chicago, London, Sydney, Toronto, Washington, and Vancouver. What’s the point? Fun!
• “Handwriting Day”, celebrating the quickly disappearing cursive art. (“Mom, what’s handwriting?”)
• “Pharmacists Day”, honoring drug dealers everywhere.
• “Roller Skating Day”, celebrating the pastime that previously employed 4 wheels for what we now do with 2 wheels.
• “Work Harder Day”, some maniacal boss’ idea of a holiday? On a Sunday?

1949 [65] The 7-inch 45 rpm phonograph record is introduced by RCA

1994 [20] The trial of Lorena Bobbitt, who cut off her husband’s penis, begins in Virginia (a jury eventually finds her not guilty of ‘malicious wounding’ due to ‘temporary insanity’)

2008 [06] Tata Motors, India’s largest automaker, unveils the ‘World’s Cheapest Car’, the Nano (MSRP around $2,000)

[Mon] Clean Off Your Desk Day
[Mon] Rubber Duckie Day
[Tues] Caesarean Section Day
[Tues] Dress Up Your Pet Day
[Wed] “American Idol” season debut
This Week Is … Home Office Safety & Security Week
This Month Is … Be On-Purpose Month


• Isn’t the most difficult thing in the world knowing how to do something but watching someone else do it wrong without commenting?
• Aren’t the only people who really listen to an argument the neighbors?
• Are people getting more stupid or do we just notice it more as we age?
• Do women like silent men because they think they’re listening?
• Isn’t a desk just a trash can with drawers?
• When they make ‘Extra Virgin Olive Oil’ do they use the really ugly olives?

You should always try to live within your income … even if you have to borrow to do so.

The record for the highest-flying bird ever recorded was set when …
a. A vulture was sucked into a jet engine. [CORRECT, at 37,900 feet/11,550 meters.]
b. Geese were spotted grazing on Mt Everest.
c. A duck collided with a skydiver.

☎ What food do you most often throw out? Most people polled (38%) say fruits & veggies.

Question: About a quarter of  people who don’t do THIS in the morning say they feel guilty about it later in the day.
Answer: Make their bed.

Don’t talk unless you can improve the silence.

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