Thursday, July 8, 2010        Edition: #4301
Sweet Sheet!


BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:

This morning nominations for the 62nd annual primetime “Emmy Awards” will be announced live at 5:30 am PDT (the hardware’s handed out August 29th) . . . Today marks the worldwide release of a new celebrity fragrance, ‘Bruce Willis’, which is described as ‘straight, masculine, and unconventional’ and features the slogan “Smart Guys Live Forever” (hey, it’s been a long 10 years since his last hit movie) . . . For the first time ever, some of the “American Idol” tour dates have been cancelled due to poor ticket sales (now you might have to go to a karaoke bar to hear sub-par renditions of cheesy pop) . . . Before making his major movie debut as mysterious vampire ‘Demetri’ in the “Twilight Saga”, “People” magazine reports that actor Charlie Bewley made a living as a ‘stripper pole salesman’ (there’s a career in this?) . . . French actress-singer Vanessa Paradis has revealed the secret to her great relationship with movie star Johnny Depp – lots of time apart (yeah, it’s tough to split up when you’re uh … split up) . . . And famous person Kim Kardashian (“Keeping Up With the Kardashians”) tells us that her role model when she was younger (and a lot less curvy) was ‘Princess Jasmine’ from “Aladdin”, whom she thought she resembled (no wonder Kim’s such a cartoon character).

TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• Bayfest 2010 (Sarnia ON) – The annual 2-weekend event kicks off its rock weekend with
Scorpions tonight, Rush on Friday, and Weezer on Sunday. The 2nd weekend features Keith Urban, Alan Jackson, and Black Eyed Peas.
NET: http://www.sarniabayfest.com
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/A Channel) – James Taylor & Carole King (“Troubadour Reunion Tour”)
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Minus the Bear (“Omni”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Never Shout Never (“What Is Love”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/A Channel) – Blitzen Trapper (“Destroyer Of the Void”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS) – Willie Nelson (“Country Music”).
• “Live With Regis & Kelly” (syndicated/CTV) – Reunited Brit band Squeeze.
• Outfest 2010 (Los Angeles) – The 28th annual gay & lesbian film festival presents “Glee” star Jane Lynch (cheerleading coach ‘Sue Sylvester’) with its 14th annual ‘Achievement Award’, the festival’s highest honor.
NET: http://www.outfest.org/fest2010/index.html
• “So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX/CTV) – Natasha Bedingfield performs “Touch”; another contestant is eliminated.
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/A Channel) – Jane Lynch (“Glee”).

BS MUSIC NOTES:

• Elton John – Reflecting back on 20 years of sobriety, the 63-year-old says his life was ‘on hold’ until he was 43 because he was addicted to drugs and alcohol.
• Jason Aldean – His parents divorced when he was 3. While spending Summers with his dad in Homestead FL, his pop would map out guitar chords in a notebook which Jason practiced all day while his father worked. Afterward, they’d play guitar together.
• Justin Bieber – He’s dethroned Lady Gaga as the ‘Most Searched Celebrity’ online, according to new stats from search engine Ask Jeeves.
• Kanye West – He & model-girlfriend  Amber Rose are ‘taking a break’ while he ‘devouts everything to his craft’, a source tells UsMagazine.com. She’s apparently been using the time well, cozying up to Kim Kardashian’s ex-, New Orleans Saints football player Reggie Bush.
• Kelly Clarkson – The revived all-female “Lilith Fair” continues to be snake-bit as she’s now scrapped all her appearances in the touring festival. Her excuse – she needs to complete work on her upcoming studio album.
• Metallica – Drummer Lars Ulrich says he jumped at the opportunity to make his acting debut in the comedy “Get Him To the Greek” because he liked the idea of ‘relinquishing control’ on the movie set. He ‘relinquished control’ by … playing himself.
• Nine Inch Nails – Trent Reznor’s wife Mariqueen Maandig has revealed in a new “Women’s Wear Daily” interview that she’s expecting a baby. As a result, the couple’s collaborative album project has now been put on hold.
• Ting Tings – They’ve finished recording the follow-up to their breakthrough debut album, “We Started Nothing”. The new project is as-yet-untitled.

TODAY’S MOVIE OPENING:

“Grease Sing-A-Long” ( PG-13 Musical ): One of the highest-grossing movie musicals of all-time (circa $400 million) goes interactive with a sing-a-long version in select theaters. Set in 1959 California, the 1978 film follows the hijinks of the kids at ‘Rydell High’, including greaser ‘Danny’ & good girl ‘Sandy’ (John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John).
NET: http://www.greasemovie.com

COMING ATTRACTIONS:
A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “Abduction” – An action-thriller about a teen who discovers his ‘parents’ aren’t for real when he stumbles across his baby picture on a missing persons’ website. He hits the road to find the truth. Stars Taylor Lautner (“Twilight Saga”), Sigourney Weaver (“Avatar”). Filming is set to start later this year for a 2011 release.
• “Iron Lady” – Meryl Streep is being lined up to don one of her infamous accents to play former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in this upcoming bio-film. It’s being helmed by Phyllida Lloyd, who directed Streep in “Mamma Mia!”. The story is said to focus on the period immediately prior to the Falklands War, a crucial point in the former PM’s career.
• “Moneyball” – Stephen Bishop suits up as real-life MLB slugger David Justice in this baseball movie that’s soon to shoot in LA. It’s based on Michael Lewis’ 2003 book about Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane (played by Brad Pitt) and his strategy for building a team without paying players enormous salaries. Robin Wright, Jonah Hill, and Philip Seymour Hoffman are also onboard.
• “Riptide” – Brad Pitt is reportedly also being offered a role in this thriller about what happens to a group of people on a ship when a passenger is murdered onboard. Shia LaBeouf (“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”) is also being sought to co-star in the murder mystery. At this point, the film is still in development.
• “Sonny Boy” – Actor Johnny Depp is set to play out his life-long rock ‘n roll dream on the bigscreen after reportedly landing the lead role in this upcoming film about a rocker who scores a hit with an old song and embarks on a mission to find the track’s original writer.
• “TMI” – Bradley Cooper (“The Hangover”) has been offered the lead role in this planned romantic comedy alongside Anna Faris (“The House Bunny”). “TMI” (Too Much Information ) tells the tale of two friends who drunkenly discuss their lives and discover they may be the perfect match for each other. Ryan Reynolds was initially offered the lead but bowed out.

FROM THE BS POLL VAULT:

A BS snapshot of who we are and what we do …
• 86% of us have locked our keys in the car at least once.
• 75% of vacationing families have had to turn around and go back home to get something they forgot.
• 42% of women wish they had long hair.
• 40% of us have a secret wish to be taller.
• 20% of employees regularly go out for ‘Happy Hour’ with workmates.
• 16% of women have suffered an injury as a result of wearing high-heels.

WAYS TO HIDE COOKING GOOFS:

• Overdone Pasta: Put in ice water or run under cold water for a few minutes to stop the cooking process and contract the starch. Then reheat in tomato sauce; the acid will perk it up further.
• Sticky Noodles: Drain and cool immediately. Then return the pasta to a sauté pan, add at least one tablespoon of olive oil, and toss while reheating.
• Overcharred Steak: Rub it with a mix of ground pepper, chili powder, and garlic, then present it as ‘blackened’. Or slice it up as is and use in stir-fries, salads, or fajitas.
• Oversalted Soup: Add some uncooked pasta or a raw, peeled potato to the pot. The starch will absorb much of the salt. Discard the pasta or potato after 15-to-20 minutes.
• Dry Fish: Brush with a butter-and-lemon mixture, then sprinkle with chopped cilantro, marjoram, or savory. The sauce will add moisture, the herbs flavor.
• Overcooked Vegetables: Cool as quickly as possible in ice water, then reheat briefly in hot stock and squirt on some acid (lemon, lime, or even orange) before serving.
• Stale Rolls: Wet your fingers and flick some water on them, then microwave in a microwave-safe cooking bag for no more than 5-to10 seconds.
• Limp Greens: Bathe them briefly in a bowl of very cold water (no ice, which will bruise the leaves), then wrap in a damp towel and refrigerate.
• Burned Bread: Scrape off the worst, brush with olive oil, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, and present as crostini; or use for croutons.
– Condensed from RD.com

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF BEFORE BUYING ANYTHING:

Before you pull out your wallet, Beth Kobliner, author of the best-seller “Get a Financial Life”, suggests you answer these questions honestly …
• Do you have to buy this item? Could you borrow it or swap for it instead?
• Have you found the best deal? You should compare prices at 3 different stores.
• Have you gotten your Z’s? Before making a big-ticket purchase, sleep on it.
• Are you buying just because it’s on sale? A bargain isn’t a bargain if you’ll never use it.
• Have you asked about future deals? Some stores will tell you when an item’s going on sale.
• Do you love it and do you need it? Don’t pull the trigger until the answer to both is yes.
• Can you afford it? If you don’t have money in the bank to pay for the item in full, don’t buy it.
– Condensed from Redbook.com

DID YOU KNOW?

• During waking hours, people’s minds seem to wander about 30% of the time, according to estimates by psychologists who have interrupted people throughout the day to ask what they’re thinking.
– “New York Times”
• NBA superstar LeBron James’ favorite player growing up was Michael Jordan. Like Jordan, James has taken the court wearing #23. But now he’s started a petition saying no NBA player should ever wear 23 again, in tribute to Jordan. James has filled out paperwork with the league to wear #6 next year. But where?
– TTP

BS CHRONOMETER 07.08.10


TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1958 [52] Kevin Bacon, Philadelphia PA, movie actor (“Frost/Nixon”, “Footloose”)/Hollywood Walk of Fame (2003)

1961 [49] Toby Keith, Clinton OK, country singer (“American Ride”, “Love Me If You Can”)/sometime movie actor (“Beer For My Horses”, “Broken Bridges”)

1970 [40] Beck (Hansen), LA CA, alt-rock singer (“Girl”, “E-Pro”)

1976 [34] David Kennedy, Poway CA, rock guitarist (Angels & Airwaves-“Everything’s Magic”, “The Adventure”)

1982 [28] Sophia Bush, Pasadena CA, TV actress (‘Brooke Davis’ on “One Tree Hill” since 2003)/briefly married to co-star Chad Michael Murray (2005-06)

1998 [12] Jaden Smith, Malibu CA, pint-size actor (“The Karate Kid”, “The Pursuit of Happyness”)/son of actors Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith

TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .

• “Eat A Vegetable You’ve Never Tried Before Day”. Bamboo? Kudzu?

• “SCUD Day” (Savor the Comedy, Unplug the Drama), a day to remind us to spend more time laughing, less time being serious.

• “Videogames Day”, a day for kids to appreciate both the games … and the parents who buy them. Actually, one of the fastest growing segments of the videogame market is now adult women.

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .

1990 [20] 1st TV broadcast to generate 1 billion viewers (FIFA World Cup, hosted by Italy)

2005 [05] Superpower fantasy film “Fantastic Four” opens in movie theaters, starring Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, and Michael Chiklis

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .

1995 [15] “Waterfalls” by TLC peaks at #1 on pop singles chart and remains for 7 weeks

TODAY’S FIRST . . .

1995 [15] Sacramento Gold meet Las Vegas Posse in 1st-ever CFL game between 2 US teams (the ill-advised American experiment is eventually trashed)

TODAY’S RECORD . . .

1977 [33] Sabra Starr finishes ‘Longest Recorded Belly Dance’ … 100 hrs

COMING UP . . .

[Fri] Calgary Stampede begins
[Fri] “Despicable Me”; “Predators” open in movie theaters
[Sun] World Population Day
[Mon] International Town Criers Day
[Tues] Embrace Your Geekness Day
[Tues] Gruntled Workers Day
This Week Is . . . Music For Life Week
This Month Is . . . Blueberry Month

BULL’S BITS


LEAST POPULAR NEW COUNTRY ALBUMS:
• “Let’s Do It In the Okra” … Chattahoochee Three.
• “I Ain’t Drunk, Just Pukin’” … Cooter.
• “Redneck Noise for Pinko Libs” … Dixie Chicks.
• “Honkytonk Honky” … Whitey White & The Bedsheets.
• “Cottonmouth Caterwauling” … Willie Nelson.
• “Hickey on My Tattoo” … Spanklin Brothers.
• “Painted Up & Puttin’ Out” … Taylor Fast.
• “Drunk Tank Lovin’” … The Double-Wide Dandys.
•”10 Gallon Toupee” … Tim McGraw.
• “I Ain’t No Stereotype” … Mary Jo Jean Johns.
– Excerpted from Chickenhead.com

BS PHONE STARTER:

What things that are currently popular are waaaaaaay over-rated? How about …
• Katy Perry’s looks. Owlish eyes. Muffin top. Hot? Not.
• ‘Smart’ phones. How absurd to walk down the street staring into your palm. The height of coolness … NOT being accessible 24/7. The sound of coolness … silence.
• “Twilight Saga”. Iron-deficient actors looking all wan and angst-ridden in movie after movie after movie …
• Social networks. You have no idea where the material you share with ’friends’ is going to end up. The privacy you’re so willingly giving away is irretrievable.
• Usher lyrics: “Oooh oh oh oh, my my my my my my my …” He actually wrote this all down?
• The train-wreck adventures of Lindsay Lohan. A truly pathetic personage who hasn’t done anything worth talking about since 2004. Why does she get so much coverage? We like to gloat.
• Twitter. It’s devolved into a method for not-quite-stars to keep their name in the forefront. Example: Sometime actor Dean McDermott’s weekend tweet “I had the worst night. Catheter cut me up coming out. Unbelievable pain. I got a fever of 104 and was throwing up.”

BS RANDOM JOKE:
So long as there’s a jingle in your head, TV is not free.

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Today’s Question: The average age of someone who does THIS is now 49.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Works as a nurse.

BS DEEP THOUGHT:
The greatest ability is dependability.


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