Friday, January 13, 2012        Edition: #4668

Sheeters Always Prosper!

Oscar nomination ballots are due today, so it’s the last chance for movie studios to bribe Academy members (only kidding – sorta) . . . “Two-and-a-Half Men” star Ashton Kutcher has been spotted at a media event still wearing his wedding ring (dating a teenager to make him jealous seems to have worked, Demi!) . . . Producer Patrick Muldoon reveals that 26-year-old actress Amanda Seyfried will be giving us an eyeful in the upcoming Linda Lovelace bio-pic, dropping trou for several full-frontal nude scenes (mom will be so proud!) . . . Movie star George Clooney spent a large part of November with his arm in a sling and now says he needs to have additional surgery in a bid to mend the elbow injury (it’s not been revealed how it happened) . . . “2 Broke Girls” (CBS) creator-producer Michael Patrick King reportedly had a meltdown at a panel session when TV critics asked him why his show has ‘so many one-dimensional characters’ (we were wondering the same thing) . . . A TV series based on Martin Scorsese’s gangster movie classic “Goodfellas” (1990) has been given the go-ahead by AMC network, the prequel storyline set to follow mobster character ‘Henry Hill’ (Ray Liotta) in his early years (casting not yet begun) . . . Movie star Scarlett Johansson’s rep is denying reports there’s a disagreement between the actress and her mother over money (it’s perfectly clear: Scar has it, Mom doesn’t) . . . And after it seemed she was being left out of the project, word has it actress-screenwriter Kristen Wiig may write the “Bridesmaids” movie sequel after all (likely after the first read-through of a really lame script proposal).

• “George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight” (CBC) – Coeur de Pirate (“Blonde”).
• “Golden Globe Awards” (NBC) – Sunday controversial host Ricky Gervais returns to host the 69th annual honors from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at LA’s Beverly Hilton. A few highlights …
– For the 2nd year in-a-row, Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) & Atticus Ross are up for ‘Best Original Score’, this time for “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”.
– Nominees for ‘Best Original Song’ are Lady Gaga w/Elton John (“Hello Hello” from “Gnomeo & Juliet”); Chris Cornell (“The Keeper” from “Machine Gun Preacher”); Sinead O’Connor (“Lay Your Head Down” from “Albert Nobbs”); Mary J Blige (“The Living Proof” from “The Help”; and Madonna (“Masterpiece” from “WE”.)
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CHCH) – Tonight Tune-Yards (“Who Kill”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Atmosphere (“The Family Sign”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Me’Shell NdegéOcello (“Weather”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Tonight Tony Bennett (“Duets 2”).
• “Live With Kelly” (syndicated/CTV) – Today Common (“The Dreamer, The Believer”).
• “Miss America Pageant” (ABC) – Saturday Chris Harrison & Brooke Burke-Charvet host from Las Vegas as women from across the USA vie for the 2012 tiara.
• “Napoleon Dynamite” (FOX) – Sunday, the series premiere of a new animated comedy based on the off-beat 2004 movie that starred Jon Heder as an oddball high school geek. Two episodes are interspersed with FOX-TV’s other animated shows.
• “The Rosie Show” (OWN) – Today Rosanne Cash (“The List”).
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – Host “Harry Potter” actor Daniel Radcliffe; musical guest Lana Del Rey (“Born to Die”, out January 30th).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Jennifer Hudson (“I Remember Me”), Graffit6 (“Colors”).


• Adele – Her mega-hit “21” holds on to the #1 album spot for a 15th non-consecutive week, selling another 124,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan.
• David Nail – “Let It Rain” tops this week’s “Billboard” magazine ‘Country Songs chart. His first #1 single comes from his new album “The Sound Of a Million Dreams”.
• John Parr – He had a hit in the 1980s with the song “St Elmo’s Fire”, and now he’s released a reworked version celebrating Denver Broncos QB Tim Tebow. Listen to “Tim Tebow’s Fire” here …
• Katy Perry – Her parents, Keith & Mary Hudson, are reportedly trying to set their newly-single daughter up with Tim Tebow. A friend says Mary thinks he’d be the perfect match as he’s handsome, charming, intelligent, and above all … ‘a good Christian’.
• Kelly Clarkson – Tonight her “Stronger” tour begins in Mashantucket, Connecticut. It runs through April 10th in San Diego, California.
• Ludacris – He plans to release his 8th album, “Ludaversal”, some time in May. He’s already recorded a collaboration with Usher and promises other surprise appearances by guest artists.
• Madonna – She’s revealed her new album is expected towards the end of March. It will be called “MDNA”, a sort of text-message spelling of her name, but critics are complaining it’s too close to ‘MDMA’, the abbreviated name for the narcotic also known as Ecstasy. (Oh please.)
• Red Hot Chili Peppers – They’ve been forced to postpone the start of their upcoming tour due to multiple foot injuries sustained by Anthony Kiedis. Instead of January 20th, the “I’m With You” trek will now begin March 29th in Tampa Bay, Florida.
• Scotty McCreery – 3 months after its release his debut album, “Clear As Day”, has just been certified Platinum for sales of more than 1 million units.


• “Beauty & The Beast 3-D” ( G-Rated Family Animation ): Disney’s 1991 classic gets a 3-D makeover. Perhaps best remembered for its same-titled Oscar-winning theme song. From a time when animated movies weren’t necessarily voiced by celebrities. Are 20-somethings going back to relive their youth with these Disney re-releases?
• “Contraband” ( R-Rated Action ): Mark Wahlberg stars as a former smuggler who heads to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills in order to protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord. Co-stars Giovanni Ribisi, Kate Beckinsale. Shot in New Orleans, Panama City.
• “Joyful Noise” ( PG-13 Musical Comedy ): It’s “Glee” with old people and gospel music. Queen Latifah plays the newly-appointed director of a choir who faces opposition over the group’s direction as they head into a national competition. Co-stars Dolly Parton.


Real but really weird beliefs from over the years …
• If you pass a funeral procession on Friday the 13th, you will die the very next day.
• Cutting your nails on Friday the 13th is a bad omen which can bring seriously bad luck.
• It’s a bad day for new beginnings, so starting a new business on this day will be a disaster.
• Similarly, starting out on a trip is considered to bring misfortune.
• If you leave the calendar page on Friday the 13th, you will be killed by a witch the next day.
• If you were born on Friday the 13th your entire life will be marked by bad luck.
• You should never cut your hair on Friday the 13th, as it results in a death in the family.
• If you change your bed linens on Friday the 13th, you’ll have bad dreams throughout the night.


Mercedes-Benz is bringing Facebook to its cars, with a special version of the service being built in to a new in-vehicle ‘telematics system’ which has been unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. Accessing Facebook on the road is not exactly the same as using the social network on a personal computer or smartphone. The version of Facebook offered in Daimler AG’s Mercedes is stripped down to a limited set of features, specially designed for drivers and centered around the locations of friends and businesses. (Just what we need, another distraction for people piloting 2 tons of metal at a mile a minute.)


Simple things you can do to make some very real and positive changes in your life …
✓ Wake up early. It’s a peaceful time before the hustle & bustle of the day starts.
✓ Eat slowly, and eat only until you’re feeling full.
✓ Walk daily, it’s good for your overall physical health.
✓ Get off the sidelines. Move from being a watcher to a doer.
✓ Declutter, mentally, physically, and socially. Lots of space will open up around you.
✓ Live in the moment, instead of analyzing the past or worrying about the future.
✓ De-routinize. Don’t be afraid to change things up; it makes life more exciting.
✓ Pause before purchasing. Wait a day or two. If you still believe it to be useful, then buy it.
✓ Create something … anything. It will bring you the satisfying feeling of accomplishment.
✓ Single-task. It’s proven to be more efficient and less stressful than multi-tasking.
– Condensed from “Aftermath”


There are approximately 700 languages spoken in the country of Papua New Guinea. (“Pardon me, what did you say?”)


1962 [50] Trace Adkins, Springhill LA, country singer (“You’re Gonna Miss This”, “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk”)

1966 [46] Patrick Dempsey, Lewiston ME, TV actor (‘Dr Derek Shepherd’ on “Grey’s Anatomy” since 2005)

1970 [42] Shonda Rhimes, Chicago IL, screenwriter/TV show creator/executive producer (“Grey’s Anatomy” since 2005)

1977 [35] Orlando Bloom, Canterbury UK, movie actor (“Pirates Of the Caribbean” trilogy, “Lord Of the Rings” trilogy)

1984 [28] Nathaniel Motte, Lincoln NE, electro-pop musician (3OH!3- f/Ke$ha-“My First Kiss”, “Don’t Trust Me”)

1990 [22] Liam Hemsworth, Melbourne, Australia, movie actor (“The Last Song”) COMING UP in 2012: “The Hunger Games”, “The Expendables 2”.

Music producer T-Bone Burnett is 64; Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh (“Oceans 11”) is 49; Rapper-actor LL Cool J (“Last Holiday”) is 44; Actor Jason Bateman (“Juno”) is 43; Rock musician Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) is 43; Rock singer-guitarist Caleb Followill (Kings of Leon) is 30.

Movie actress Andrea Martin (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) is 65; TV-movie actor Chad Lowe (“Unfaithful”) is 44; TV actor Eddie Cahill (“CSI: New York”) is 34; NFL quarterback Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints) is 33; Rapper Pitbull (“I Know You Want Me”) is 31.


• “Blame Someone Else Day”, celebrated on the first Friday the 13th of each year as a day to saddle other people and things with responsibility for the mess we’re in.
• “Friday the 13th”, by tradition a day of bad luck. . Every year has at least 1, but never more than 3. The 13th of the month falls on Friday more often than on any other day of the week.
• “Rubber Duckie Day”, celebrating the tub-toy tots treasure. Observed on the anniversary of
“Sesame Street” character ‘Rubber Duckie’s birthday. Every possible angle on rubber ducks (including “Sesame Street’s” ‘Ernie’ singing about his) can be found here …

• “Caesarean Section Day”, commemorating the 1st successful procedure of the kind, performed in 1794 by Dr Jesse Bennet in Edom, Virginia on his wife. (To celebrate, leave your house this morning by going out through a window.)
• “Dress Up Your Pet Day”, a day to assert our dominance over the dumb creatures of the animal kingdom by humiliating them in human attire … then laughing at them.
• “Makar Sankranti”, the mid-Winter festival of India & Nepal that marks the transition of the Sun beginning it’s northward journey, what’s called the ‘Uttarayan’. The event is marked by flying kites. (Hey, if it means Spring is getting a bit closer … we’re all for it!)
• “North American International Auto Show”, one of the world’s largest automotive exhibitions, opens to the public through January 22nd in Detroit, Michigan. Over 700,000 visitors expected.
• “Old New Year’s Day”, according to the now disused Julian Calendar. It’s still observed in Belarus, Ukraine, and some communities in Russia.
• “Work at Home With Your Spouse Day”, to encourage couples to make the most of their relationship & skills by starting a business together. 5 ways to do it without killing each other …

• “Fresh Squeezed Juice Day”. So what’s your preference: Orange? Grapefruit? Potato?
• “Hat Day”, a day to dispel the boredom of mid-Winter by wearing the goofiest hat you can find. (Always hilarious on radio.)
• “Humanitarian Day”, a day of respect observed on Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s (real) birthday.
• “International Fetish Day”, celebrating the various kinds of kink that the kinky get off on.

2008 [04] Golden Globe Awards are cancelled, due to Writers Guild of America strike that began the previous fall


2003 [09] British police arrest The Who guitarist Pete Townshend for possessing indecent computer images of children (he’s later let off after claiming he was ‘doing research’ for an upcoming book on his own experiences with abuse)


1957 [55] Wham-O Company introduces the 1st ‘Frisbee’


1985 [27] 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


[Mon] Martin Luther King Day (USA)
[Mon] “Alcatraz” series premiere (FOX)
[Tues] Kid Inventors Day
[Tues] Rid The World of Fad Diets & Gimmicks Day
[Wed] “American Idol” season premiere (FOX)
This Week Is … Universal Letter Writing Week
This Month Is … Mentoring Month


Today is “Friday the 13th”, a bad day for those who suffer ‘triskaidekaphobia’ (fear of number 13) or ‘paraskevidekatriaphobia’ (fear of Friday the 13th). A good excuse to review these …
• Good luck: You enjoy a refreshing shower. Bad Luck: You still always smell like bacon.
• Good luck: You keep a rabbit’s foot in your pocket. Bad luck: It’s chocolate.
• Good luck: Your wife meets you at the door naked. Bad luck: She’s coming home.
• Good luck: You’re hitchhiking and a trucker pulls over. Bad luck: You were using the wrong finger.
• Good luck: Your boyfriend’s getting in shape. Bad luck: So he’ll fit into your clothes.
• Good luck: Your neighbor exercises in the nude. Bad luck: He weighs 460 lbs.
• Good luck: You get a 3-day weekend! Bad luck: You get the flu on Friday.


Go ahead, jump! 100,000 lemmings can’t be wrong.


Which annoying, self-involved, pompous famous person do you find the most slap-able? You know, the kind you just wanna cuff upside the head … for their own good. On our list: Ashton Kutcher; Brian Williams (CTV/TSN Sports); Justin Bieber; Kim Kardashian; Lindsay Lohan; Tim Tebow.


Question: If you’re looking to air out all your personal problems, new research suggests THIS may be a really good outlet.
Answer: Talk to your pet. It will enjoy the attention and won’t react to all your whiny complaints.


It’s better to be patient in traffic than to be a patient in hospital.

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