Thursday, July 1, 2004        Edition: #2813
Nuthin’ Like a Bull in Your Radio Shop!

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
PR flacks for Mary-Kate Olsen are vehemently denying she has a drug abuse problem in addition to an eating disorder, a rumor that started when it was discovered she’d checked into the Cirque Lodge Rehab Center in Sundance UT . . . The 6th book in the ‘Harry Potter’ series will be called “Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince” (we like “Harry Potter & The Never Ending Stream Of Merchandise”) . . . Mud from LAST WEEKEND’S rain-drenched “Glastonbury Music Festival” in England has been put up for auction on eBay – and already attracted bids over $130 . . . Long-divorced oldies singers Carly Simon & James Taylor will reunite THIS SUMMER to perform at a fund-raiser for John Kerry . . . Failed Democratic presidential candidate Reverend Al Sharpton is signed to host Spike TV’s new reality show “I Hate My Job” in which contestants get career make-overs . . . Jennifer Lopez is set to unveil a new line of sexy underwear on JULY 24th, her 35th birthday . . . The new book “Brando In Twilight” by Patricia Ruiz claims legendary actor Marlon Brando is nearly $20 million in debt and  is living in a 1-bedroom bungalow on government assistance . . . And actor Antonio Banderas has reportedly commissioned high-end shoe designer Manolo Blahnik to create special ‘odor-free footwear’ for his wife Melanie Griffith, apparently fed up with the smell emanating from her collection of 200 pairs of shoes (bet she’s thrilled he shared that info!).

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Beyoncé – She’s getting a whopping $1.8 million to headline the “La Dolce Vita” charity event JULY 10th in England. She’ll keep half the loot and donate the rest to the Cantor Foundation, which raises money for 9/11 victims.
• Tim McGraw – His 9th album, “Live Like You Were Dying”, is set for release AUGUST 24th.
• Kylie Minogue – She earned over $600,000 for performing at the Paris wedding of Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal’s daughter. Minogue was flown to France by private jet to perform in the private show for a grand total of … 30 minutes.
• Snoop Dogg – He’s developing his own cologne that will include artificial marijuana. He says he doesn’t smoke cannabis anymore but still likes the smell.
• Britney Spears – She’s hired Sherman Oaks CA wedding planner Yifat Oren, who specializes in elegant upscale weddings for celebrities.
• Jennifer Lopez – She’s just started to record her next studio album, slated for a Christmas release.
• Madonna – Word is she’s been donating some of the best seats on her current concert tour to  fellow Kabbalah believers … some of whom have been scalping the tix to the highest bidder.
• Shania Twain – TODAY she’s on “Oprah”, along with Dolly Parton & Melissa Etheridge.

COMING ATTRACTIONS:
Bruce Willis is set to play a policeman in a cameo role for “Ocean’s Twelve”, joining a cast that already includes Brad Pitt, George Clooney & Julia Roberts . . . Actor Vince Vaughn has sold a concept to bring popular Japanese-made cartoon series “Speed Racer” to the bigscreen, and will executive produce and star in the film as ‘Racer X’ . . . Madonna has acquired the movie rights to Michael Gross’ revealing fashion industry book “Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women”, a behind-the-scenes look at supermodels such as Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford & Christy Turlington . . . Scarlett Johansson has joined the cast of Woody Allen’s first film to be made in the UK which, as usual for an Allen flick, as-yet has no title . . . Producers of Nicole Kidman’s controversial new movie “Birth” are defending a scene that shows her in a bathtub with a young boy (Canadian actor Cameron Bright), noting the actors are not nude, there’s no physical contact, and the boy is playing her reincarnated husband trapped in the body of a 10-year-old.

TO DI FOR:
THIS WEEK in London’s Hyde Park a massive new fountain honoring the memory of Princess Diana has been unveiled. The official opening of the contemporary-styled oval fountain was presided over by Queen Elizabeth and attended by Prince Charles and sons William & Harry. The $6.6 million work was designed by American landscape artist Kathryn Gustafson and features water flowing in different directions at different speeds throughout 780 tons of Cornish granite. Kids will be allowed to play in the water, perhaps alluding to Di’s love of children. By the way, TODAY is the late princess’ birthday … she would have been 43.
– “Daily News”

FOR LOVE OR MONEY:
Remember last FEBRUARY when Mattel Corp announced that ‘Barbie’ and ‘Ken’ had split … after 43 years together? Well thank goodness, she’s found someone new! With the help of over 2 million online voters, she’s decided the new guy in her life is Australian surfer-type ‘Blaine’, who just happens to be the brother of ‘Barbie’ friend ‘Summer’. He’ll arrive in stores THIS MONTH, retailing for $14.99. THIS FALL, Mattel will launch a fragrance for ‘Barbie’, purportedly a scent reminiscent of a ‘bouquet of fresh flowers full of fantasy’. (Gee, could all of this have anything to do with lagging ‘Barbie’ sales?)
– “USA Today”, “Women’s Wear Daily”
NET: http://barbie.everythinggirl.com

RICHSPEAK:
In its 8th annual “World Wealth Report”, investment bank Merrill Lynch & Co refers to people with more than $1-million in assets (excluding their main home) as ‘HNWIs’ or ‘High Net Worth Individuals’. People with $30-million or more in assets are ‘Ultra-HNWIs’. Folks with a mere $500,000 to $1-million are simply the ‘Mass Affluent’. (People with nuthin’ are called ‘Radio’.)
– Reuters

BEST FOOD:
Despite biases for or against proteins, fats and carbohydrates, there are certain foods that most nutritional experts agree have the best disease-fighting, health-promoting qualities. A survey of nutritionists came up with the following list of stuff that’s good for ya …
• Blueberries (more antioxidant power than any other fruit)
• Green leafy vegetables
• Nuts (a compacted source of all the nutrients a plant needs to grow)
• Avocados
• Whole grains
• Legumes, including soy (protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals)
• Low-fat milk and yogurt
• Eggs (complete protein in a low-cal package)
• Dark unsweetened chocolate
– “Newsday”

BS AMAZING FACT:
The average age of Internet users may be older than you think … it’s now 31.

AND WE QUOTE:
“No, she is not pregnant.”
– Britney Spears’ spokeswoman Leslie Sloane, refuting a report in the UK tabloid “News of the World”.

THE BULL SHEET 07.01.2K4

TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1952 [52] Dan Aykroyd, Ottawa ON CAN, movie actor (“50 First Dates”, Oscar nomination-“Driving Miss Daisy”)/ex-TV comic (“Saturday Night Live” 1975-79)

1967 [37] Pamela Anderson, Ladysmith BC CAN, retired TV actress (“VIP” 1998-2002, “Baywatch” 1992-97, “Home Improvement” 1991-93) who’s appeared on 6 “Playboy” covers/ex-Mrs Tommy Lee/ex-Kid Rock fiancée

1970 [34] Henry Simmons, Stamford CT, TV actor (‘Detective Baldwin Jones’ on “NYPD Blue” since 2000)

1971 [33] Missy Elliott (Melissa Elliott), Portsmouth VA, hip-hop artist (Grammy Awards-“Get Ur Freak On”, “One Minute Man”)

1977 [27] Liv Tyler, Portland ME, movie actress (‘Arwen Undomiel’ in “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “Armageddon”)/daughter of Aerosmith’s Steve Tyler & former “Playboy” playmate Bebe Buell FACTOID: She’s expecting her first child with Spacehog rocker Royston Langdon, which she says they’ll raise in his home area of Leeds, England.

BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
[Canada] “Canada Day” national holiday
[USA] “National Frozen Yogurt Day”

TODAY is “International Joke Day” celebrating humor from around-the-world. (Nothing like a joke in Swahili!)

TODAY is “National Financial Freedom Day”, a day to plan the path of future financial wealth. (Also known as “Buy a Lottery Ticket Day”.)

TODAY is “National Postal Worker Day” in America, to honor past and present postal workers for their service and dedication in serving the American people. 41 years ago TODAY (1963), the US Postal Service introduced the Zone Improvement Plan, better known as the ‘ZIP Code’.

SATURDAY the 31st “International Cherry Pit Spitting Contest” expectorates in Eau Claire MI. Entrants eat a cherry and then spit the pit as far as possible. Sounds like a good excuse for an in-studio competition!
PHONER: 616.782.7101 (Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm)
NET: http://www.tree-mendus.com

MONDAY is the “50th Anniversary of Rock n’ Roll”, at least according to Sun Studios in Memphis TN, the place where Elvis Presley recorded his first single “That’s All Right” on July 5, 1954. A ‘Global Moment in Time’ is being organized for 12 noon when radio stations worldwide are being asked to play the landmark tune.
PHONER: 212.576.2700 x235 (Deborah Sternberg, Goodman Media International)
NET: http://www.50yearsrocknroll.com

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1941 [63] Bulova Watch pays $9 for 1st ‘network TV commercial’

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
1979 [25] ‘Sony Walkman’ is introduced

TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1874 [130] 1st ‘zoo’ in America (Philadelphia PA)

COMING UP . . .
[Fri] Full ‘Buck’ Moon
[Fri-Sun] World Wife Carrying Championship (Sonkajarvi, Finland)
[Sat] Dog Days of Summer Begin
[Sat-July 25] 2004 Tour de France
[Sun] Independence Day
[Sun] National Country Music Day
[Sun] Sidewalk Egg Frying Day
[Mon] Independence Day holiday (no BS service)

BULL’S BITS . . .
ALL-TIME TOP MOVIES IN DOMESTIC BOX OFFICE:

1. “Titanic” ($601 million) 1997
2. “Star Wars” ($461 million) 1977
3. “ET: The Extra-Terrestrial” ($435 million) 1982
4. “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” ($431 million) 1999
5. “Spider-Man” ($404 million) 2002
– Box Office Mojo

FREE FEATURE:
Feng Shui Diva is offering a new free morning show feature aimed at women 18-49.  Feng Shui Diva’s “Feng Shui Minute” is an upbeat and entertaining piece of life-changing advice every week offered in both Mp3 and .wav formats. The first 2 months are accessible to stations online. New minutes will be added every other month. Custom tags are available to stations at no charge.
PHONE: 804.241.1685 (Robyn Bentley)
NET: http://www.fengshuidiva.com/fengshuiminutes.htm
 
BS TRIVIA:

How many US states border an ocean? (23. Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii.)
– “Totally Trivia”

BS BLATANT JOKE:
They say 50% of marriages end in divorce. It would be more … but they don’t count the ones who kill each other.

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Today’s Question: There are 60 million of THESE in the USA right now. By the year 2010, there will be 80 million. What?
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Grandparents.

BS DEEP THOUGHT:
He who dies with the most toys … dies.


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