Friday, July 2, 2010        Edition: #4297
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TV network Oxygen has nabbed the syndication rights to “Glee” for reruns beginning in 2013, and the net is also developing a companion reality TV series (thereby beating what was a fresh concept deep into the ground) . . . Now we know why Lindsay Lohan’s 2007 DUI case may have been plea-bargained so quickly, TMZ reporting the cop who took custody of the cocaine found in her vehicle mistook it for a breath mint and threw it in the trash (powdered breath mints?) . . . More probs on the set of NBC-TV’s “The Office” as actress Angela Kinsey (‘Angela’) has split from husband Warren Lieberstein – who just happens to be one of the show’s writer/producers (awkward!) . . . Details about Sandra Bullock’s divorce continue to trickle in, including the fact she still plans to co-parent ex-hubby Jesse Jame’s kids (how long before she qualifies for sainthood?) . . . 25-year-old Ali Fedotowsky, the current mate-seeker on “The Bachelorette” (ABC), reportedly gets engaged on the August 2nd finalé (have these people learned nothing?) . . . Britney Spears’ former bodyguard Fernando Flores, who quit due to her alleged erratic behavior, has told LA’s Department of Children & Family Services she’s too unstable to raise her sons (she’s denying charges she beat one with a belt and gave both food they were allergic to) . . . French film hit “Amelie” tops a new “American Cinematographer” magazine poll of more than 17,000 film fans as the best film made between 1998 and 2008 (it’s a must-see, even with the subtitles) . . . And the new movie trailer for horror movie sequel “Paranormal 2” has been pulled from cinemas in Texas because of complaints it’s – too scary (uh, isn’t that the idea?).

• “Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular” (CBS) – Sunday Craig Ferguson (“Late Late Show”) hosts the 37th edition of the orchestra’s annual free outdoor Fourth of July concert, featuring guest star Toby Keith.
• “A Capitol Fourth” (PBS) – Sunday actor Jimmy Smits hosts the 30th anniversary of the Independence Day celebration in Washington DC, featuring performances by Darius Rucker,
David Archuleta, Gladys Knight, Reba McEntire, and others.
• “Good Morning America” (ABC) – This morning Mary J Blige performs.
• “Heineken Jammin’ Festival” (Mestre, Italy) – Saturday through Tuesday this giant outdoor music event features the likes of Aerosmith, Black Eyed Peas, Cranberries, Green Day, Pearl Jam, Rise Against, and Thirty Seconds To Mars.
• “The Hour” (CBC) – Tonight Norah Jones (“The Fall”); Cory Monteith (“Glee”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight Ozzy Osbourne (“Scream).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Phoenix (“Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix”).
• “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” (CBS) – Tonight Dr Dog (“Shame, Shame”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/A Channel) – Tonight Court Yard Hounds (“Court Yard Hounds”).
• “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” (NBC) – Sunday Justin Bieber, Enrique Iglesias, and LeAnn Rimes perform before fabulous pyrotechnics explode over NYC.
• “Oprah Winfrey Show” (syndicated/CTV) – Today Dolly Parton (“Letter to Heaven”).
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – Drew Barrymore hosts; Regina Spektor is musical guest.
• “Today Show” (NBC) – This morning Maroon 5 performs live for the Summer Concert series.
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/A Channel) – Tonight Sarah McLachlan (“Laws Of Illusion”).
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Today Travie McCoy (“Lazarus”).

• Brooks & Dunn – Following Ronnie Dunn’s prescribed vocal rest, the duo resumes their “Last Rodeo” tour July 16th in Indianapolis IN, with opening act Gary Allan.
• Eminem – His new album “Recovery” has debuted at #1, selling over 741,000 units according to Nielsen SoundScan. That’s the biggest opening week sales figure so far this year.
• John Lennon – In honor of his 70th birthday this October, EMI is reissuing 8 digitally remastered solo albums, a new best-of set, and a box set called “Gimme Some Truth”.
• Kenny Chesney – Tonight and tomorrow he’s playing The Joint in Las Vegas, a venue that holds 4,000 people. Tonight’s show airs live on his web-based ‘No Shoes Radio’.
• Led Zeppelin – Folk singer Jake Holmes is suing Jimmy Page for plagiarism over the song “Dazed & Confused”, 40 years after it was released on Zep’s debut album. Even if he’s successful, he can only claim royalties and damages for the past 3 years due to the statute of limitations.
• Pink – Tonight she headlines the 2010 “Wireless Festival” in London’s Hyde Park. Alt-rock act the Ting Tings are special guests.
• Rascal Flatts – Bassist Jay DeMarcus and CMT personality Allison DeMarcus are expecting their first child in January 2011. They were wed in 2004.
• Reba McEntire – Today in NYC, she helps Norwegian Cruise Lines christen its largest-ever cruise ship, the 4,200-passenger ‘Norwegian Epic’.
• Rihanna – Sunday the 25-stop North American leg of her 3rd concert tour, “Last Girl on Earth”, kicks off in Vancouver BC. Ke$ha and Travie McCoy are the tour’s opening acts.

A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “Captain America: The First Avenger” – Tommy Lee Jones has joined the cast of this Marvel comics superhero movie in the role of ‘Colonel Chester Phillips’, who recruits one ‘Steve Rogers’ to join an experimental project that leads to the creation of the ‘Super Soldier’. Chris Evans has the title role as ‘Rogers/Captain America’. The flick’s due for release in July 2011.
• “Footloose” – Julianne Hough has kept her role as ‘Ariel’ in the at-times-troubled remake of the 1984 film. The new version is expected April 2011. Newcomer Kenny Wormald, a former dancer on Justin Timberlake’s tour, has been cast as ‘Ren’, the lead character originally played by Kevin Bacon. Dennis Quaid will portray Ariel’s party-pooper pop ‘Reverend Moore’.
• “Mad Max: Fury Road” – The upcoming 4th film in the series is designed to be ‘a relaunch, a revisit, and an entire restructuring’ of the cult sci-fi series. 32-year-old Brit actor Tom Hardy takes over as ‘Max Rockatansky’, the role that made Mel Gibson a star when he played it in 3 films from 1979-85. Charlize Theron is signed to co-star. The film’s due out in 2012.
• “Sherlock Holmes 2” – Director Guy Ritchie is working on a script that will take full advantage of the sleuth sequel being filmed in 3-D. It is also thought he’s hiring some of the crew that worked on James Cameron’s “Avatar” to oversee the 3-D effects. The as-yet-untitled sequel is expected in 2011.

The average woman burns off 48,000 calories a year … shopping. A recent study reveals that women make about 132 shopping trips per year. That works out to an annual total of 159 hours and 56 minutes of walking at a fast pace. Men don’t seem to experience the same calorie-burning benefit because … they don’t shop as much. (Thanks to online shopping, my fingers are in great shape!)
– “Daily Mail”


The average human body hosts up to 35,000 different species of bacteria. In fact, bacterial cells outnumber human cells by 10 times. Most reside in just 3 places, the most populated being the intestines, where well over 5,000 species can be found. Next up is the mouth, home to a few hundred types; and finally, about 100 species of bacteria reside on our skin. Fortunately, the overwhelming majority of these are not harmful to humans. (Eww, did you just get itchy?)

Because it is considered bad luck if a bottle of champagne fails to break when launching a ship, the bottle is often scored to maximize its chances of smashing. Experts say you should also use a brand of champagne with big bubbles. The larger the bubbles, the higher the pressure inside the bottle. Oh, and give the bottle a shake first.


1947 [63] Larry David, Brooklyn NY, TV actor/director (“Curb Your Enthusiasm” since 2000)/TV producer/writer (co-creator of “Seinfeld” 1990-98)

1949 [61] Roy Bittan, Queens NY, rock keyboardist (Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band)

1983 [27] Michelle Branch, Flagstaff AZ, country singer (The Wreckers-“Leave the Pieces”)/pop singer (w/Santana-“The Game of Love”)

1985 [25] Ashley Tisdale, West Deal NJ, movie/TV actress (“High School Musical” films)

1986 [24] Lindsay Lohan, NYC, famous person/movie actress (“Freaky Friday”, “Mean Girls”)/multi-visit rehab veteran

Country singer Aaron Tippin (“Kiss This”) is 52; Movie star Tom Cruise (“Knight & Day”) is 48; Voice actress Yeardley Smith (“The Simpsons”) is 46; Pop musician Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies) is 41.

Advice columnist Abigail Van Buren (“Dear Abby”) is 92; NY Yankees owner George Steinbrenner is 80; US first daughter Malia Obama is 12.

• “I Forgot Day”, set aside to make up for all the birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions that you forgot to acknowledge over the past year. (What’s the lamest excuse anyone ever laid on you?)
• “International Chicken Wing Day”, celebrating the tasty chicken tidbits that used to be tossed out. The idea of drenching fried wings in hot sauce is said to have hatched in 1964 at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo NY when unexpected guests showed up. The “Great International Chicken Wing Society Cookoff” begins today in Reno, Nevada.
• “Roswell UFO Festival”, through Monday in Roswell NM, a celebration inspired by the infamous day in 1947 when a UFO purportedly crashed on a local ranch and launched an entire industry of UFO/military conspiracies. Events include a ‘UFO Parade’, ‘Alien Pet Costume Contest’, and appearances by Marvel Comics characters and actor Wes Studi from “Avatar”. By the way, thanks to that incident 63 years ago, today is observed as “World UFO Day”.
• “World Wife Carrying Championships”, the 18th annual 2-day event in Sonkajarvi, Finland in which men from around-the-world tote their wives (or a female friend) around an 830-ft (250-m) obstacle course in hope of winning her weight in beer. The current record is 55.5 seconds.

• “Compliment Your Mirror Day”. Participation consists of complimenting your mirror on having such a wonderful owner and keeping track of whether other mirrors you meet during the day smile at you. (This is much more fun if you have a prescription for medicinal marijuana.)
• “Dog Days of Summer” through August 11th, traditionally the hottest time of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The name comes from the ancients, who would sacrifice a brown dog at this time to appease Sirius, the Dog Star, believing that star was the cause of the hot, sultry weather. “Air Conditioning Appreciation Days” run simultaneously to celebrate the contribution of AC to a better way of life (and a really high electricity bill). Today is also “Stay Out Of the Sun Day” (unless you’re working on a melanoma collection).
• “Tour de France”, the 97th annual staging of the world’s premiere cycle race through July 25th, covering a distance of 3,642 km or 2,263 mi throughout France. American Lance Armstrong has announced it will be his final race. He’s won a record 7 consecutive times (1999-2005).

• “Barbecue Day”, celebrating the time-honored tradition of roasting flesh over an open flame. Interestingly, ‘barbecue’ in Canada is either the implement (“It’s time you cleaned that caked-on grease off the barbecue”) or the process (“I’m gonna barbecue some venison steaks, thanks to Uncle Gordie bagging that buck last fall”). But in the US, ‘barbecue’ more often refers to the food (“Hoo-ey! Smoky Joe serves up the most lip-smackin’ barbecue!”).
• “Country Music Day”, celebrating the roots music movement that began in America some 80 years ago with the advent of the Carter Family & Jimmie Rodgers. Country is actually a mishmash of several other music styles, including traditional folk, Celtic, blues, gospel, hokum, and old-time music. (How come there aren’t any ‘All Hokum, All the Time’ radio stations?)
• “Independence Day” in the USA. Among the more unusual “4th of July” festivals: “International Cherry Pit Spitting Contest” in Eau Claire MI; “World’s Greatest Lizard Race” in Lovington NM; and the annual “Sidewalk Egg-Frying Challenge” in Oatman AZ. It’s also the excuse for the annual vegan observance “Independence From Meat Day”.
• “International Drive Your Studebaker Day”, honoring the innovative vehicle manufacturer that went defunct in 1967. If you’re old enough to remember the car, you’re likely too old to drive.
• “Pride Week” in Toronto culminates with the 30th edition of the famous ‘Pride Parade’, Canada’s largest gay & lesbian pride event,
• “Queen’s Plate”, the 151st running of the first jewel in the Canadian ‘Triple Crown’ of horse racing, at Toronto’s Woodbine Racetrack. Queen Elizabeth II is this year’s guest of honor.


2004 [06] Legendary actor Marlon Brando (“The Godfather”) dies in Los Angeles at age 80

1988 [22] Michael Jackson becomes 1st music artist to have 5 different #1 singles from 1 album (“Bad”)


1985 [25] Microsoft releases 1st version of “Windows” but few computers are powerful enough to run it

1994 [06] Columbian soccer team member Andres Escobar is killed outside a bar in Colombia for deflecting a ball into his own goal in a June 22nd loss to the United States in the World Cup

2002 [08] Adventurer Steve Fossett becomes the first to fly solo around-the-world nonstop in a balloon (later disappears during a 2007 flight and is declared legally dead in 2008)

2005 [05] Paul McCartney & Bono’s performance of “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” at “Live 8” sets Guinness World Record for ‘Fastest Concert Recording to Digital Download’, becoming available online just 44 minutes, 39 seconds after it is performed live


[Mon] Caribbean Day
[Mon] Work-a-holics Day
[Tues] Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day
[Wed] Chocolate Day
[Wed] Ringo Starr’s 70th birthday
This Week Is … Unassisted Home Birth Week
This Month Is … Bikini Month


• Whyzit when you get what you want, you don’t want it as much?
• Whyzit we call them ‘elevators’ when they go up AND down?
• Whyzit when someone eats something that’s a bit ‘off’ they insist you taste it so you can see how vile it is?
• Whyzit cats don’t pant?
• Whyzit they’ve never found a cure for that mysterious illness that turns 3-day weekends into 4-day weekends?

Insanity is my only means of relaxation.


If you could have personally witnessed one event in history, what would you want to have seen?


Today’s Question: A recent study has found that women who have one of THESE benefit from elevated body esteem.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: A gay male friend. (“Oprah Magazine”)


A true friend asks only for your time, not your money.

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