Monday, January 31, 2011        Edition: #4436
Monthly Planning Calendar in Today’s Issue!

• The love story “Like Crazy” and the assisted suicide documentary “How to Die in Oregon” won the top awards at the “Sundance Film Festival” Saturday night, putting both on the list of must-see indie movies for 2011. The ‘Audience Award’ for best drama went to “Circumstance”, which tells of 2 Iranian teenagers who fall in love but are not allowed to be together due to cultural influences.
• Former “My Name Is Earl” TV actress Jaime Pressly has filed for divorce to officially end her marriage to entertainment lawyer Simran Singh. Legal documents claim the union ended December 27th, just days before she was arrested on suspicion of DUI. She’s seeking to deny Singh spousal support, not that she could afford it …. she’s also facing IRS allegations she owes close to $640,000 in back taxes.
• A former “American Idol” contestant is attempting to sue the show for discrimination for a 3rd time, withdrawing a $100-million complaint to ask for just $5 million. Ian Benardo, who failed his audition when he tried out in 2006, originally filed a $300-million lawsuit against producers, claiming they ‘exploited’ his homosexuality by asking him to ‘gay it up’. He reduced his demand to $100 million when he refiled papers in September, but that lawsuit was dismissed.
• A spokesperson for Lisa Marie Presley is refuting a tabloid story suggesting she’s fallen ill after embarking on an extreme diet and losing more than 50 lbs in 5 months. The story claims she had to flown to the US from her estate in Britain to receive emergency treatment, but her rep says Lisa Marie is perfectly fine and currently in Los Angeles to record her 3rd album.
• And 45-year-old actor Charlie Sheen has checked into rehab … again (3rd time in 12 months). The move comes a day after he was hospitalized following a reported 36-hour drug & booze-fueled party at his home. His TV sitcom “Two-and-A-Half Men” (CBS) has shut down production for the 2nd time in a year. 8 episodes of the show’s current season (for which Sheen is reportedly getting $27.5 million) remain to be shot. It’s unclear how long he will remain in the undisclosed rehab center but a typical stay is 28 days.

• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Randy Rogers Band (“Burning the Day”).
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/A Channel) – The Band Perry (“The Band Perry”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – The JaneDear Girls (“The JaneDear Girls”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Delta Spirit (“Ode to Sunshine”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/A Channel) – Edie Brickell (“The Gaddabouts”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni) – Justin Bieber (“Never Say Never”, opening February 11th); Best Coast (“Crazy for You”).
• “Lopez Tonight” (TBS) – Jamie Foxx (“Best Night of My Life”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/A Channel) – Esperanza Spalding (“Chamber Music Society”).

• Britney Spears – Her new video will reportedly air just before “Glee’s” post-Super Bowl episode.
• 50 Cent – He tells MTV News that his next album, “Black Magic”, is about 80% complete and should be out this Summer.
• Justin Bieber – The Super Bowl is always filled with famous TV ads and this year Best Buy is teaming Bieber with Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne. Everyone is being tight-lipped about the content.
• LeAnn Rimes – “Us Weekly reports her partner Eddie Cibrian has hired an image consultant to help rid him of his ‘philandering sleaze’ reputation, a plan that includes trading in his Porsche for a Prius and taking his son to NBA games instead of hangin’ with his buds.
• Madonna – She’s finished directing her 2nd movie, “WE”, the story of Britain’s King Edward VIII, who abdicated in 1936 over his love affair with American divorcée Wallis Simpson. The movie will be screened at a number of international film festivals, starting next month.
• Maroon 5 – They’ll will play their new single, “Never Gonna Leave This Bed”, as part of the pregame festivities at Super Bowl 45 in Dallas TX on Sunday.
• Michael Buble – He’s putting down roots in Britain by purchasing a $4.5-million estate in Surrey where he hopes to spend part of the year with his partner, Argentine actress Luisana Lopilato.
• Motley Crue – Prison-bound Vince Neil has run into yet more trouble as he & wife Lia allegedly owe over $1.1 million in unpaid taxes. Neil is due to surrender to authorities at Nevada’s Clark County Detention Center on February 15th, a week after his 50th birthday.
• New Kids On the Block – Jonathan Knight says he wasn’t offended by the headlines last week after 1980s pop star Tiffany revealed he was gay in a TV interview, because he ‘came out’ to friends & family years ago.
• Taylor Swift – Her label Big Machine threw her a “Heavy Metal At the Hard Rock” party Friday night in Nashville where she was presented with a slew of awards, including #1 radio single & music video (“Mine”); 1 million debut sales week for “Speak Now”; and top selling artist of 2010.

In a series of studies, psychologists have shown that far fewer people notice our screw-ups than we think. The egocentric notion that other people are actually paying attention to every little faux pas we make is called the ‘spotlight effect’. The studies not only show that most people don’t notice our goofs, but those who do judge us far less harshly than we imagine. It’s interesting to note that this human tendency to exaggerate the impact of our mistakes seems to be universal. (So remember … no one ever died from dead air. Got fired maybe, but never died!)
– “Social Studies”

According to the ‘Lemelson-MIT Invention Index’ survey, here’s where we have our most creative ideas …
• In the car … 20.4%
• In the office, workplace, or school … 19.9%
• In bed … 15.6%
• Outdoors … 14.4%
• In the bath or shower … 4.9%
• While exercising … 4.9%
• Watching TV … 1.6%
• Listening to music … 1%

Forget dieting! According to a survey published in an Italian health magazine, there’s nothing like love to help you shed those extra pounds. Fully 80% of Italians polled say that a new love interest is the best way for both men & women to get into shape. However, there’s also a downside to losing weight through love: 33% of respondents admit the pounds only stay off until marriage; and another 23% say it all comes back after a first child is born … for both parents. (That’s when you quit dreaming and settle for what you’ve got?)

• The Labrador is North America’s most popular dog for the 20th year running. Runners-up? The German Shepherd and Yorkshire Terrier.
• Polar Bears can swim for 9 days. At least one did that was observed by scientists in the Beaufort Sea, north of Alaska. The big bear covered 426 miles (687 km) in all, the observers suggesting it could be a result of climate change.
– “Earth News”
• Researchers in Italy have discovered that Homing Pigeons, which have an innate ability to find their way back to their nest over long distances, do so by smelling. The study shows that birds with a blocked right nostril are unable to create the ‘map of smells’ to guide them home.
– BBC News


1970 [41] Minnie (Amelia) Driver, London UK, movie actress (“Phantom Of the Opera”, “Good Will Hunting”)/TV actress (“The Riches” 2007-08)

1973 [38] Portia DeRossi (Amanda Lee Rogers), Horsham, Australia, TV actress (“Better Off Ted” 2009-10, “Arrested Development” 2003-06, “Ally McBeal” 1998-2002)/Ellen DeGeneres’ partner since 2004

1977 [34] Bobby Moynihan, Eastchester NY, TV comic (“Saturday Night Live” since 2008)

1977 [34] Kerry Washington, Bronx NY, movie actress (“The Last King of Scotland”, “Ray”)

1981 [30] Justin Timberlake, Memphis TN, pop singer (“SexyBack”, ‘N Sync-“Girlfriend”)/movie actor (“The Social Network “, “Yogi Bear”)

• “Backwards Day”, a day to relieve Winter blahs by doing everything backwards, ie: calling people by their last name, eating meals in reverse, signing off your show at the beginning, etc.

• “Beloved Wives Day” in Japan, the 6th annual salute to the better half of couples. On this day, husbands are supposed to pay extra attention to the missus and do things they don’t usually do, such as say ‘I love you’. It’s a creation of the ‘Adoring Husbands Association’.

• “Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day”, an annual event on the last Monday of January celebrating the padding we all like to pop.
You can pop some virtual bubbles here …

• “Gorilla Suit Day”, an annual observance when people around-the-world are encouraged to get their gorilla suits out of the closet, put them on, and go door-to-door.

• “Inspire Your Heart With Art Day”. If you’re admitted to the ER today, instead of defibrilator paddles, they’ll be strapping a Renoir on your chest?

• “Play an Old Game You Haven’t Played in Years Night”. Maybe Yahztee, Scrabble, Monopoly, Canasta, Hungry Hippo … Strip Poker?

2007 [04] Blinking electronic devices planted around Boston MA that throw a scare into citizens turn out to just be guerilla marketing for late-night cable TV cartoon “Aqua Teen Hunger Force”

1976 [35] Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw launches a short-lived country singing career with the release of “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” (eventually reaches #17)

1928 [83] ‘Scotch Tape’ is 1st marketed by 3M (without inventor Richard Drew, we’d still be wrapping up gifts with rope!)

1977 [34] Only time since US weather records have been kept that all 48 contiguous states simultaneously have snow on the ground

[Feb 1] 2011 Juno Award nominees announced / Academy of Country Music Awards nominations announced / International Year of Chemistry begins / Spunky Old Broads Day / Working Naked Day
[Feb 2] Groundhog Day / Crepe Day / Girls & Women in Sports Day / Sled Dog Day
[Feb 3] Chinese New Year
[Feb 4] USO Day / Bubble Gum Day / Wear Red Day / World Cancer Day / “The Roommate”; “Sanctum” open in movie theaters
[Feb 5] Weather Forecasters Day / World Nutella Day
[Feb 6] Super Bowl 45 (Dallas TX) / Dump Your Significant Jerk Day
[Feb 7] “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” opens on Broadway / Ballet Day / Wave All Your Fingers At Your Neighbors Day
[Feb 8] Extraterrestrial Culture Day / Laugh & Get Rich Day
[Feb 9] Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now World Tour 2011” begins (Singapore) / Bon Jovi’s 2011 North American tour begins (State College PA) / Stop Bullying Day / Read In the Bathtub Day
[Feb 11] “The Eagle”; “Gnomeo & Juliet”; “Just Go With It”; “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” open in movie theaters / BAFTA Awards (London) / Pro Sports Wives Day / Shut-in Visitation Day / Satisfied Staying Single Day
[Feb 12] NAACP Day / Paul Bunyan Day / Darwin Day
[Feb 13] “53rd Grammy Awards” (Los Angeles) / Employee Legal Awareness Day / Get a Different Name Day / Man Day
[Feb 14] Valentines Day / Mawlid al-Nabi begins at sundown (Muslim) / Clean Out Your Computer Day / Ferris Wheel Day / Library Lovers Day / Condom Day / World Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day / Women’s Heart Day / Call In Single Day / Quirky Alone Day / World Marriage Day
[Feb 15] “2011 BRIT Awards” (London) / Ke$ha’s “Get $leazy Tour” begins (Portland OR) / Gum Drop Day / National Flag of Canada Day
[Feb 16] “American Idol” ‘Hollywood Round’ begins (FOX)
[Feb 17] PTA Founders Day / World Human Spirit Day
[Feb 18] “Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son”; “I Am Number Four”; “Unknown” open in movie theaters / Full Moon
[Feb 19] Chocolate Mint Day
[Feb 20] Katy Perry’s “California Dreams World Tour” begins (Lisbon, Portugal) / Love Your Pet Day / Northern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day / World Day for Social Justice / Clam Chowder Day / Daytona 500
[Feb 21] Family Day (AB, ON, SK) / Louis Riel Day (MB) / Presidents Day (USA) / International Mother Language Day
[Feb 22] Spay Day USA / World Thinking Day / Single Tasking Day
[Feb 23] Curling is Cool Day / Inconvenience Yourself Day
[Feb 24] Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day / Chili Day / Personal Chefs Day
[Feb 25] “31st Razzie Awards” (Hollywood) / “Drive Angry 3D”; “Hall Pass”; “Shelter” open in movie theaters
[Feb 26] For Pete’s Sake Day / Levi Strauss Day / Open That Bottle Night / International Sword Swallowers Day
[Feb 27] “83rd Academy Awards” (Hollywood)
[Feb 28] Floral Design Day / Tooth Fairy Day / Rare Disease Day


A highlight bit culled from 17 years of “Bull Sheet” back issues …
• White Sheets – He may have a hang up about getting down and dirty. His stilted and uptight ways may mean he will scrutinize everything you do in and out of bed. He is a neat freak and no matter how neat you are, you will never be as neat as him.
• Stripes – This is a get-it-right guy. He is reliable but he’s better at taking orders than taking the initiative. Spell out exactly what you want and he will carry out your orders to the letter. But don’t expect any romantic surprises.
• Solid, Intense Colors – He’s a sucker for sensuality and not afraid to make a bold move … like calling in sick to work and camping out under the covers for the day. He needs a woman who shares his amorous appetite.
• Wild Prints – His libido is a bit too hot. He needs a lot of stimulation and may not be content with just one woman. If you are looking for a commitment, this may not be the guy.
• Plaid – This can be good and bad. He is a bit square so if you have a wild side he will not be interested. Then again, he is probably really good at doing the laundry.
• Pastels – Bring him coffee in bed, cook him special meals and be like a mother to him and he is yours. If you expect him to wait on you, move along, there’s nothing for you in this relationship.

Sometimes opportunity knocks when you’re too damn tired to get up.

Which is the correct way to use a toothpaste tube … squeeze or roll? Why?

Today’s Question: The oldest woman doing THIS professionally is 42.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: NFL cheerleader (Cincinnati Bengals).

You will never be younger than you are today.

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