Tuesday, July 28, 2009        Edition: #4066
Good Morning, Sheetheads!

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
One of Hollywood’s largest prop houses, 20th Century Props, is closing after falling victim to the recession and is selling off its vast collection of movie memorabilia as some 94,000 items from films including “Titanic” and “Cleopatra” go under the hammer today through Saturday (NET: http://tinyurl.com/mjp3zz) . . . “Lost” stars Evangeline Lilly (29) & Dominic Monaghan (32) are reportedly engaged a 2nd time, 2 years after scrapping their initial plans to wed (their relationship’s becoming as complicated as their TV show) . . . 39-year-old model Rachel Hunter (ex-Mrs Rod Stewart) is moving back to her native New Zealand from Los Angeles to help deal with the pain of a broken engagement to 27-year-old NHL hockey player Jarret Stoll (LA Kings) who called off the wedding without offering a reason (2 minutes for ‘Unsportsmanlike Conduct’!) . . . 35-year-old former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham tells “Hello!” magazine she wants to stay in LA for the sake of ‘her career’ (huh?) . . . 54-year-old movie actor Jeff Daniels (“State of Play”) tells “Chicago Sun-Times” he refuses to move to LA for the sake of his career, claiming that living away from the Hollywood bubble in his hometown of Chelsea MI (pop 4,500) keeps him sane (he actually pays for his own flights to California business meetings) . . . 32-year-old British actor Orlando Bloom is the latest star to quit the “Pirates Of the Caribbean” film franchise, reportedly joining Keira Knightley in walking away from the Disney series (which has been flogged to death anyway) . . . After a stint in hospital, 23-year-old drug-addled actress Mischa Barton is ‘doing great’ and preparing to begin filming on “The Beautiful Life” (CW), according to the show’s creator, Ashton Kutcher (who stands to lose a pantload if she doesn’t get better).

TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “The Bachelorette” (ABC/CityTV) – Vancouver restaurant designer Jillian Harris invites the final 2 bachelors to meet her family in Hawaii in the penultimate episode.
• “Daily Show With Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central/CTV) – Spinal Tap (“Back From the Dead”).
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/A Channel) – Motown legend Stevie Wonder.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – The Duke Spirit (“Neptune”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/A Channel) – Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs (“Press Play”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS) – Silversun Pickups (“Carnavas”).

BS MUSIC NOTES:

• AC/DC – Tonight they bring their “Black Ice World Tour” back to North America for another leg beginning at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro MA.
• John Lennon – A song he wrote in the 1960s could see the light of day from beyond the grave. His son Julian is working on writing music for Lennon’s lyrics to “Tell Her Now”, part of a private collection Julian acquired after his father was killed in 1980.
• Julianne Hough – The dancer-turned-country singer is nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding choreography for a “Dancing With the Stars” dance routine set to “Great Balls of Fire”. The Emmys air September 20th.
• Justin Timberlake – He’s reopened his Mirimichi Golf Club near Memphis TN after spending $16 million renovating the course to make it more eco-friendly. He bought the property in 2007.
• Kid Cudi – The “Day ‘n’ Nite” rapper is launching an acting career, signing to appear on “How to Make It in America” (HBO), a new comedy produced by Mark Wahlberg and the team behind “Entourage”.
• Leona Lewis – The “Bleeding Love” singer has revealed she’s having hypno-therapy to boost her confidence. Mentor Simon Cowell has arranged for her to be treated by celebrity therapist Paul McKenna to calm her nerves ahead of a proposed 14-month tour.
• Michael Jackson – Chicago-based jeweler LifeGem, which specializes in creating diamonds from individual hair samples, has announced plans to release a limited edition made from the King of Pop’s hair. The charred locks were saved after the disastrous 1984 Pepsi commercial shoot when his hair caught on fire. (OK, can this get any cheesier?)
• Radiohead – Movie director Chris Weitz has confirmed rumors that a new solo recording from frontman Thom Yorke is slated to appear on the soundtrack of “New Moon”, the much-anticipated sequel to “Twilight” (opening November 20th).
• System Of a Down – Serj Tankian has announced he is writing his 2nd book of poetry. He writes in a blog post that the project will have ‘a visual/interactive element’. (About the only way you’ll get his fans to read poetry.)
• Taylor Swift – Fans could be in for a long wait for her next album. She tells MTV News she likes to take a lot of time and really develop an album for a year-and-a-half or 2 years so that it’s ‘not thrown together’. (OMG, by then she could be 21!)

TODAY’S VIDEO RELEASES:

• “Dragonball Evolution” ( Fantasy Thriller ): Justin Chatwin plays young warrior ‘Goku’ who sets out on a quest to collect a set of 7 magical orbs that will grant their wielder unlimited power, racing against time and the vengeful ‘Lord Piccolo’. Co-stars James Marsters & Yun-Fat Chow. Based on the anime/manga comic books and TV series (1986-89). The film was mostly shot in an abandoned jeans factory in Durango, Mexico using greenscreens.
• “Fast & Furious” ( Action Thriller ): Vin Diesel & Paul Walker return in this 4th film in the street racing series. This time their feud is reignited back in Los Angeles, where a crime has pitted them against one another yet again. Also returning from the original 2001 film: Michelle Rodriguez & Jordana Brewster. Available in a ‘2-Disc Special Edition DVD’.
• “Miss March” ( R-Rated Comedy ): Zach Cregger & Trevor Moore, who honed their chops in NYC comedy troupe The Whitest Kids U’Know, co-direct and co-star as buddies who attempt to crash a party at the Playboy mansion so one of them can win back his former sweetheart, now one of the magazine’s hottest centerfolds. Co-stars Raquel Alessi.
• “Streets of Blood” ( Crime Drama ): Val Kilmer, 50 Cent, and Sharon Stone stars in this straight-to-DVD drama about a New Orleans police officer who comes to believe that his former partner was murdered during the mayhem of Hurricane Katrina. Why straight-to-DVD? Val Kilmer, 50 Cent, and Sharon Stone.
• Also released today: “Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series” (TV); “Dollhouse: Season One” (TV); and “Jim Breuer: Let’s Clear The Air” (Comedy).

BS THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT MEN:
• 82% of men don’t care about celebrity gossip.
• 69% of men admit they’ve fantasized about a friend of their girlfriend/wife.
• 60% of men would be willing to take a male birth control pill, if it was available.
• 53% of men think women put too much value on a man’s worth but about the same number agree that men put too much value on a woman’s looks.
• 52% of men say that good, regular sex is crucial in a relationship.
• 50% of men have read their girlfriends’ e-mail or other electronic messages.
• 48% of men say they’d dump their girlfriend if she got fat.
• 33% of men say a beautiful wife or girlfriend is the ultimate status symbol.
• Just 5% of men get freaked out by dating women with higher incomes than them.
• Only 4% of men agree with the statement ‘real men don’t cry’.
– “Cosmopolitan”

DAY TRIPPER:
If you’ve consumed a lot of caffeine, say the equivalent of 7 cups of coffee, you are 3 times more likely to hear voices than if you’d restricted your caffeine intake to less than 1 cup, according to psychologists at the University of Durham in England. Their recent study shows that over-ingesting the stimulant slightly increases your risk of experiencing other hallucinations as well. (Yeah, like earlier this morning I had a hallucination that I was wide awake.)
– “Scientific American”

HOW NOT TO GET THE JOB:

A new poll asks managers the stupidest things people have said during job interviews. Among the worst …
• “I would be a great asset to the events team because I party all the time.”
• “I get angry easily and I went to jail for domestic violence. But I won’t get mad at you.”
• “If I get an offer, how long do I have before I have to take the drug test?”
• “Cigarettes are getting more expensive, so I need another job.”
• “I’ve never heard such a stupid question.”
– CNN.com

LIAR, LIAR PANTS ON FIRE:

Studies in which people keep ‘lie diaries’ suggest that we deliberately mislead others in 25% of interactions that are not just fleeting conversations. In total, we lie and are lied to about 200 times a day. Modern technology isn’t helping, as texting and email just seem to make truth-bending even easier. What’s interesting is that usually we’re fooled by lies. Despite urban myths about telltale signs (ie: lack of eye contact), we’re generally no more successful at detecting lies from facial clues than using a coin-toss. (What’s your best way of detecting a lie?)
– “New Zealand Herald”

BS THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER DO WHILE DRIVING:
A recent poll reaches the consensus that these distractions are a total no-no if you want to be a safe driver …
• Putting on makeup.
• Talking/texting on a cellphone.
• Looking at a map or reading a book.
• Consuming very hot food or beverages.
• Arguing with passengers.
• Attempting to restrain pets.
• Playing handheld games.
• Making out or having sex.
– CarsForGirls.com

BS THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER DO VIA TEXT MESSAGE:
Texting has replaced much of our face-to-face time because it’s quick, discreet, and easy. There are certain situations, however, that texts just can’t articulate properly. Among them …
• Breaking Up: The person on the other end of the PDA deserves an in-person relationship kill. Text to set up a time and place to talk, but leave the news to old-fashioned hot air.
• Coming Out – Chances are the person you’re coming out to will be shocked about your announcement. If you’re ready to come out, sit them down and tell them how you feel in person.
• Health Issues – Texting your pregnancy status to a partner or discussing mental health or other issues over text can send a shockwave through your device. Get up front and get the support you need with a face-time talk.
– About.com

THE GODIVA OF THE MIDDLE EAST:
Dubai’s Al Nassma, the world’s first chocolates made from 100% camel milk, will soon be marketed internationally. The company is currently in talks with upscale British department store Harrods and San Francisco’s Chocolate Covered to sell its products. With 3,000 camels on its Dubai farm, it currently sells through its own store as well as in luxury hotels and on private airlines and hopes to eventually meet a production target of 100 tons per year. Why should you try camel chocolate? Camel milk reportedly contains 5 times more vitamin C than cow milk, less fat, less lactose, and more insulin, making it a good option for diabetics and the lactose intolerant. (So … will that be one hump or two?)
– FreeRepublic.com

DID YOU KNOW?
The #1 point-of-entry for most house burglars is the front door, according to a State Farm study.

BS CHRONOMETER 7.28.09


TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1945 [64] Jim Davis, Marian IN, really rich cartoonist (“Garfield”)

1945 [64] Rick Wright, London UK, classic rock musician (Pink Floyd-“Another Brick In the Wall”)/Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame (1996)

1954 [55] Hugo Chavez, Sabaneta, Venezuela, confrontational President of Venezuela since 1999

1976 [33] Jacoby Shaddix, Mariposa CA, alt-rock singer (Papa Roach-“Lifeline”, “Forever”)

1990 [19] Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em (DeAndre Way), Chicago IL, rapper (“Kiss Me Thru the Phone”, “Crank That [Soulja Boy]”)

TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Accountants Day”, honoring all those people who seem to know the cost of everything but the value of nothing.

• “Beatrix Potter Day”, honoring the English author who created the “Peter Rabbit” children’s books on the anniversary of her 1866 birth. (Subject of the 2006 Renée Zellweger film, “Miss Potter”.)

• “Milk Chocolate Day”, an excuse for chocoholics everywhere to cow down!

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .

2006 [03] Actor-director Mel Gibson vents an ill-advised anti-Semitic tirade as he’s arrested for DUI in Malibu CA (the ensuing police mug shot is pretty much a career killer)

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
1989 [20] Singer Anne Murray opens the “Anne Murray Centre” in her hometown of Springhill NS, packed with awards, photos & other career memorabilia

TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1900 [109] 1st ‘Hamburger’, according to some sources, is invented by Louis Lassing of New Haven CT (although the name comes from a sandwich popular in Hamburg, Germany)

1933 [76] 1st ‘Singing Telegram’ is delivered to singer Rudy Vallee on his 32nd birthday in NYC (now you can send balloon-a-grams, candygrams, cookie-grams, stripper-grams …)

TODAY’S RECORDS . . .
1962 [47] Paul Henderson of Omaha NE survives a record 303 consecutive roller coaster rides

1979 [30] A cushioned egg dropped from the top of the 1815-ft (553-m) CN Tower in Toronto lands unbroken

COMING UP . . .
[Wed] Lasagna Day
[Thurs] Cheesecake Day
[Thurs] Father-in-Law Day
[Fri] “Aliens In the Attic”; “The Collector”; “The Cove”; “Funny People” open in movie theaters
This Week Is … World Footbag (Hackysack) Week
This Month Is … Smart Irrigation Month

BULL’S BITS


WHAT WOMEN ARE READING:
• “The Perfect Smoky Eye” – Chatelaine
• “How Confident Are You in Bed?” – Glamour
• “Which Men Make the Best Lovers?” – Redbook
• “Surprising Cures For Headaches” – Woman’s Day
• “Look Good in Shorts!” – Ladies’ Home Journal

WHAT MEN ARE READING:
• “Mafia Lessons On Life & Power” – AskMen.com
• “Inside Hollywood’s Sexiest Hotel Room” – GQ
• “Read Her Dirty Mind” – Men’s Health
• “Drinking In the ’80s Was Awesome!” – Maxim
• “Would You Wear a Male Engagement Ring?” – Details

BS RANDOM JOKE:

It’s okay to have nothing to say … unless you’re talking.

BS PHONE STARTER:

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose?

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:

Today’s Question: The average woman will spend 287 days of her lifetime doing THIS.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Deciding what to wear.

BS DEEP THOUGHT:

Facts are stubborn things.


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