Friday, January 28, 2011       Edition: #4435
Monthly Planning Calendar in Monday’s BS!

Filming of the widely-anticipated 2-part movie “The Hobbit” will be temporarily delayed because 49-year-old director Peter Jackson has undergone surgery for a perforated ulcer in Wellington NZ this week (shooting is now expected to begin mid-February) . . . According to “Entertainment Weekly”, there are 10 names being floated around to replace Regis Philbin on “Live with Regis & Kelly”, including Anderson Cooper (though he’s busy trying to get his own daytime talk show off the ground); Billy Bush (would have to work around his contract with “Access Hollywood”); Jeff Probst (his “Survivor” contract is up this year and he’s co-hosted in the past); Mark Consuelos (Kelly’s husband – imagine the bickering!); and Ryan Seacrest (like he needs the money) . . . 33-year-old actress Sarah Michelle Gellar is set to return to TV with a thriller pilot called “Ringer” (CBS), which insiders say will likely be picked up for the 2011-12 season (you go, Buffy!) . . . 21-year-old transgender model Elle Schneider (née Reynaldo Gonzalez) has come forward with the sensational claim she’s responsible for famous person’s Kelly Osbourne’s split from rocker-fiancé Luke Worrall (we sense another Sharon Osbourne PR stunt) . . . 58-year-old actor Jeff Goldblum is reportedly dating socialite Patty Hearst’s actress daughter Lydia – who is 26 (it’s a January-December romance) . . . And, despite “Star Magazine’s” latest cover story, a rep for 41-year-old actress Jennifer Aniston insists she’s not adopting a baby from Mexico, does not have a nursery in her home, nor has she hired a nanny (the rep did not deny, however, the rumor that Aniston is dating a midget, sleeps with hamsters, and is considering joining the Ultimate Fighting Challenge).

• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/A Channel) – Today Amos Lee (“Mission Bell”).
• “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (ABC) – Sunday Justin Bieber speaks on the issue of texting while driving and takes the cast to a soundcheck party at one of his concerts.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight Fitz & the Tantrums (“Pickin’ Up the Pieces”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Matt & Kim (“Sidewalks”).
• “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” (CBS) – Tonight Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Bros (“The Pilgrimage”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni) – Tonight Gregg Allman (“Low Country Blues”).
• “Live With Regis & Kelly” (syndicated/CTV) – This morning Bryan Adams (“Bare Bones”).
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – Host Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”); musical guest Nicki Minaj (“Pink Friday”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/A Channel) – Tonight The Band Perry perform their first #1 country hit, “If I Die Young”.

• The Beatles – This week former Canadian rock singer Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy has become the first-ever student to graduate with a masters degree in ‘Beatles Studies’. She was 1 of 12 who enroled in the program at Britain’s Liverpool Hope University when it began in 2009.
• Blake Shelton – Tonight he embarks on the 20-date “All About Tonight Tour” in LaCrosse WI. The tour’s rotating opening acts include The Band Perry, Chris Young, Easton Corbin, and Steel Magnolia.
• Carrie Underwood – “Ottawa Citizen” reports her hockey-playing hubby Mike Fisher may be traded from the NHL’s Ottawa Senators to the Nashville Predators. He has 2 years left on his contract (at $4.2 million per) but it does not include a no-trade clause.
• The Decemberists – The Portland OR indie rockers have their first-ever #1 album after the opening week sales of “The King Is Dead”.
• Diddy – He’s guest-starring on “Hawaii Five-0” (CBS), playing an NYPD officer in an episode scheduled to air this Spring. To prepare for the role, he’ll undergo weapons instruction and Navy SEAL training.
• Drake – He may return to his acting roots (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”), as he’s reportedly negotiating for a role in the indie movie “Arbitrage”, whose cast already includes Al Pacino & Susan Sarandon.
• Jimmy Buffett – The 64-year-old has been released from a Sydney, Australia hospital after falling off a stage and hitting his head, leaving him unconscious for 5 minutes. He’s cancelled the final date on his tour, which was scheduled for Sunday in Auckland, New Zealand.
• Taylor Swift – Today’s edition of “Us Weekly” reports that actor Jake Gyllenhaal showed up in Nashville on January 19th because he didn’t think they had ended their relationship properly and he felt he owed her a face-to-face explanation.
• Toby Keith – Saturday he performs at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry more than 8 years after his first and only appearance.

• “The Mechanic” ( R-Rated Action Thriller ): Jason Statham stars as an elite assassin who takes on an apprentice with a connection to one of his earlier targets. A ‘re-imagining’ of the 1972 Charles Bronson film. Co-stars Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland.
• “The Rite” ( PG-13 Supernatural Thriller ): Colin O’Donoghue plays a disillusioned American seminary student who attends exorcism school at the Vatican, where a Welsh priest (Anthony Hopkins) inspires him to battle demonic forces. Inspired by true events.

Jeans left unwashed for a year are no dirtier than those that have only been worn for a couple of weeks, according to a new study. A New Zealand scientist based in Canada used a live subject (an Alberta student who refused to clean his jeans) to test how dirty they can get. The surprising results show that the denim carried no more bacteria after 15 months of not washing than after 2 weeks. (The aroma however …)
– “New Zealand Herald”

Naming babies after a specific place has become a hot trend, especially among celebrities.  Singer Alicia Keys named her son ‘Egypt’ after falling in love with the country during a visit (obviously not in the past week). British Prime Minister David Cameron named his new daughter ‘Florence’; designer Georgina Chapman named her baby girl ‘India’; movie actress Amy Adams named her daughter ‘Aviana’, after the 7-month-old’s birthplace of Aviano, Italy. (Which placenames would make for the worst baby names? How about Dildo, Newfoundland; Humptulips, Washington; Frog Suck, Wyoming; or maybe Bastard, Norway?)

The manufacturers of a new supplement claim their product ‘Go Away Gray’ could restore your hair color in as little as 2 weeks. Hair produces its own hydrogen peroxide, and a 2009 UK study found that this bleach builds up when there’s a reduction in one of human hair’s enzymes (catalase), suggesting our hair goes gray simply because it bleaches itself out. This new hair pill combines plant-derived catalase with vitamin B6, folic acid, zinc, saw palmetto, and horsetail, all said to make hair healthier. It costs about $30 for a month’s supply. (The jury’s still out, but if it actually works, inventor Cathy Beggan is going to be a billionaire!)
– “Best Health”

The American Kennel Club has announced the addition of 3 new dogs to its list of registered breeds: The Norwegian Lundehund and Entlebucher Mountain Dog are both unbelievably cute but the one you want has to be the Xoloitzcuintli [‘shoh-loh-eets-KWEEN-tlee’]. These Mexican dogs were once thought to have mystical healing powers. Though people don’t believe that quite so much any more, there is still apparently a trend to use the hairless dog as a sort of live hot water bottle. (Trouble is … some of them leak.)

According to a recent study conducted by the National Endowment for Financial Education, 58% of married respondents admit they conceal cash from their spouse, 30% hide bills, and 15% hide bank accounts.


1968 [43] Sarah McLachlan, Halifax NS, pop singer (“Fallen”, “Angel”)

1977 [34] Rick Ross (William Leonard Roberts II), Coahoma County MS, rapper (f/Drake & Chrisette Michele-“Aston Martin Music”, f/T-Pain-“The Boss”)

1977 [34] Joey Fatone, Brooklyn NY, TV personality (“Dancing With the Stars” 2007, “The Singing Bee” 2007)/former pop singer (*NSYNC-“Pop”)/movie actor (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”)

1980 [31] Nick Carter, Jamestown NY, pop singer (Backstreet Boys-“As Long As You Love Me”)/former reality TV show personality (“House of Carters”)/one-time Paris Hilton boy-toy

1981 [30] Elijah Wood, Cedar Rapids IA, bug-eyed movie actor (“Sin City”, “The Lord Of the Rings” trilogy)  UP NEXT: “The Hobbit: Part I” (2012).

1998 [13] Ariel Winter, Los Angeles CA, TV actress (‘Alex Dunphy’ on “Modern Family” since 2009)

Movie actor Tom Selleck (“Three Men & A Baby”) is 66; Media mogul Oprah Winfrey (“Oprah”) is 57; Movie actor/director Edward Burns (“27 Dresses”) is 43; Movie actress Heather Graham (“The Hangover”) is 41; TV personality Sara Gilbert  (“The Talk”) is 36; Blues singer/guitarist Jonny Lang (“Live At the Ryman”) is 30; Pop singer Adam Lambert (“Whataya Want from Me”) is 29.

Movie actor Gene Hackman (“The French Connection”) is 81; Movie actress Vanessa Redgrave (“Letters to Juliet”) is 74; Classic rocker Phil Collins (Genesis) is 60; Movie actor Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) is 37.

• “Carnaval de Québec”, the 57th edition of Canada’s largest outdoor Winter carnival through February 13th includes night parades, concerts, and snow sculptures. The official drink is a ‘Caribou’ (brandy, vodka, sherry & port). The mascot is snowman ‘Bonhomme Carnaval’.
• “Data Privacy Day”, to raise awareness about the importance of protecting the privacy of personal information online. It is currently observed in Canada, the USA, and 27 European countries.
• “International Make Your Point Day.” So what is the gist of what you’re trying to say, anyway?
• “Up-Helly-Aa”, the annual staging of an ancient Norse tradition in Lerwick, in Scotland’s Shetland Islands, when a fiery ship is sent out to sea as a sacrifice to the Sun.

• “Curmudgeons Day”, an annual celebration of the crusty, yet insightful, wags who consistently apply the needle of truth to the balloons of hypocrisy and social norms. Always celebrated on the birthday of late comedian WC Fields, one of the all-time beloved curmudgeons.
• “Corn Chip Day”. Ask listeners to put a half-dozen in their mouths and whistle a tune.
• “Puzzle Day”, celebrating one of our all-time favorite pastimes. What’s your favorite: Jigsaw or Crossword?
• “Seed Swap Day”, observed annually on the last Saturday in January to encourage gardeners to share resources with other gardeners and thereby reduce the need to buy expensive seeds from commercial suppliers. (After last year’s failures, I’m about ready to throw in the trowel.)

• “Croissant Day”, the first step of which is being able to say the French-derived word ‘croissant’. It’s not ‘CROY-sent’, it’s ‘cwah-SAHN’ … ya rube.
• “Inane Answering Message Day”, a time to change, shorten, replace, or delete that annoying voice-mail message … which you likely recorded on Day One and then never altered.
• “World Law Day”, established in 1922 to celebrate the rules society lives by. Some of the weirder ones around-the-world can be found here …
• “World Leprosy Day”, an annual observance on the last Sunday of January to increase public awareness about leprosy and to further leprosy eradication. (It’s not just biblical!)
• “Yodel for Your Neighbors Day”, a day to add some frivolity to your neighborhood by warming up the ol’ vocal cords … outdoors. (Followed by ‘Getting Egg-ed by Your Neighbors Day’.)

1985 [26] 45 top recording artists attend an all-night recording session in LA to produce the charity record “We Are the World” in aid of African famine relief (among those participating:  Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Sting, Diana Ross, Paul Simon & many others)

1921 [90] NFL franchise in Decatur IL moves to Chicago and is renamed the Staleys after it’s starch company sponsor (the following year, team is renamed again – da Bears)

1999 [12] 1st ‘Live Sex Change Operation’ is performed online (download or upload?)

1962 [49] Johannes Relleke of Rhodesia survives after being stung by 2,443 bees

1984 [27] Glynn Wolfe weds for a non-bigamous record 26th time (Las Vegas NV)

[Mon] Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
[Mon] Inspire Your Heart With Art Day
[Tues] Juno Award nominees announced
[Tues] Academy of Country Music Awards nominations announced
[Tues] International Year of Chemistry begins
[Wed] Groundhog Day
This Week Is … Cross Country Skiing Week
This Month Is … Thyroid Awareness Month


January is traditionally the boom time for people looking for new jobs. A few indications you should be one of them …
• It’s a 12-hour commute each way.
• You’re the spelling bee coordinator in rural Alabama.
• At day’s end, you always seem to be coughing up asbestos.
• You’re the only employee not wearing a hazmat suit.
• As of 4 pm yesterday, you successfully visited every website in the world.
• You’re Charlie Sheen’s publicist.
• In your 10 years as an Amish traffic cop, you haven’t had to write one single speeding ticket.
• You’re the idiot who has to change the gas prices on the sign every 5 minutes.
• Office rule #23: Miss a deadline … lose a finger.

The great thing about cold weather is that you don’t have to see as many tattoos.

According to a Harvard University study, what do years of losing and then regaining weight increase your chances of?
a. Ulcers.
b. Gallstones. [CORRECT]
c. Hernia.
d. Hosting the #1 daytime TV talk show.

You’re in an overcrowded lifeboat with the entire cast of “Jersey Shore”. Which one would you toss overboard?

Today’s Question: In a new relationship, the average woman waits 2-and-a-half months before doing THIS.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Showing her face without makeup.

Experience is a good teacher but submits huge bills.

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