Tuesday, July 10, 2012        Edition: #4783

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Tonight Kristin Davis (“Sex & The City”) makes her Broadway debut as the wife of a presidential candidate in Gore Vidal’s play about politics, “The Best Man” (a role she’ll fill until the show wraps in September) . . . Sony Pictures has announced “The Amazing Spider-Man” will be a trilogy – at least – and here’s why: Worldwide box office after its 1st week totals $341.6 million . . . Actor Alec Baldwin tells “Vanity Fair” it took a long time to move on after a TV producer leaked those irate phone messages to his daughter back in 2007, quote: “I wanted to stick a knife in him and gut him and kill him and I wanted him to die breathing his last breath looking in my eyes” (this guy has political aspirations?) . . . According to “Star Magazine”, Katie Holmes has reached out to show biz pal Sandra Bullock for advice in dealing with her divorce from Tom Cruise (maybe that’s why she ‘Blind Sided’ him) . . . Singer Mariah Carey and her “America’s Got Talent” host-husband Nick Cannon are renting a 6-bedroom, 6-and-a-half bath estate in the Hamptons on Long Island this Summer, featuring a ‘Balinese resort-style backyard, a negative edge swimming pool, and floating cabanas’, for which they’re paying $150,000-a-month (that $800-a week cottage you’re thinking of renting … piece a crap) . . . And the man who broke into Sean Combs’ Hamptons home has admitted to – icky – using Diddy’s toothbrush (eww, cooties!).


• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Sharon Van Etten (“Tramp”). Rerun.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Justin Bieber (“Believe”); Mindless Behavior (“#1 Girl”). Rerun.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CHCH) – The Dirty Heads (“Cabin By the Sea”) perform their single “Spread Too Thin”.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tennis (“Young & Old”). Rerun.
• “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” (CBS) – Lee Brice (“Hard to Love”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tom Waits (“Bad As Me”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Blues guitarist Buddy Guy promotes his new memoir, “When I Left Home”.
• “Major League Baseball All-Star Game” (FOX) – The 83rd annual from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips does a pre-game concert; country star Luke Bryan sings the anthem; country singer Kellie Pickler performs during the 7th inning stretch.
• “The Talk” (CBS) – Guest co-host Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips).
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Glen Frey (“After Hours”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – BoB (“Strange Clouds”).

• The Killers – Today they debut a new song called “Runaways”, the lead single from the band’s forthcoming album, “Battle Born”, which is due in the Fall. Drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr recently told “Rolling Stone” the album is ‘living up to its title’ as it’s becoming their ‘difficult 4th record’.
• Lady Antebellum – Tonight the European leg of their “Own the Night 2012 World Tour” gets underway with the 1st show of 2 consecutive nights in Dublin, Ireland. In all, they’ll visit 12 European cities before moving on to Australia in September.
• Slash – Today the rocker is honored with the 2,473rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Charlie Sheen and movie mogul Robert Evans will be among the celebrities saluting the guitar great when he unveils his pavement plaque in front of the Hard Rock Café on Hollywood Blvd.
• Staind – Their 1st live album, “Live From Mohegan Sun”, is available today. A DVD of the 2011 concert recorded at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Montville, Connecticut is coming in August. Meanwhile, Staind is touring this Summer as part of the “Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival”.
• System Of a Down – Today frontman Serj Tankian releases his new solo album “Harakiri”. Serj and the rest of his bandmates will perform alongside the Deftones this August on a short North American tour.
• Train – Tonight the San Francisco band’s extensive “California 37 Tour” of North America in support of their latest album kicks off in Montréal, Québec.
• Zac Brown Band – Their new album “Uncaged” is out today. The project marks the official debut of the band’s newest member, percussionist Daniel de los Reyes. Zac Brown tells Associated Press the music on this release is ‘really about making people dance’.


• “American Reunion” ( R-Rated Comedy ): The characters from the “American Pie” series, ‘Jim’, ‘Michelle’, ‘Stifler’ et al, reunite in East Great Falls, Michigan for their high school reunion. Most of the original 1999 cast returns, including Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott, Chris Klein, Tara Reid, and Natasha Lyonne.
• “Being Flynn” ( R-Rated Dramedy ): Adapted from Nick Flynn’s 2004 memoir “Another Bulls—t Night in Suck City”, the movie explores the relationship between parent and child. Paul Dano (“There Will Be Blood”) plays a young writer whose estranged father shows up after 18 years when he’s evicted from his apartment. Co-stars Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore.
• Also released today: “Barney: All About Opposites” (Family); “Baseball’s Greatest Games: New York Met’s First No-Hitter” (Sports Doc); “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope” (Documentary); “Duran Duran: A Diamond In the Mind” (Music); “Father Dowling Mysteries: The 2nd Season” (Vintage TV); “Fightville” (Documentary); “Game of Thrones: The Complete 1st Season” (TV); “The Glades: The Complete 2nd Season” (TV); “Quill: The Life Of a Guide Dog” (Documentary); “Sesame Street: Elmo’s Magic Numbers” (Family); and “Thomas & Friends: Schoolhouse Delivery” (Family).


We humans are responsible for warming our climate and most of us seem to get that. A recent poll shows that a majority of us now link an unnaturally warming climate to droughts, floods, and other weather extremes. But, according to opinion research by George Mason University, only 19% of TV weather forecasters acknowledge the established science of climate change. An earlier study found that 27% of TV meteorologists call global warming a ‘scam’, while over half deny that humans are its cause. (Seems they got that wrong too … just like today’s weather.)
– Grist.org


Doctors at a Rhode Island hospital have counted a dozen recent cases of people injured by wayward bristles from wire grill-cleaning brushes in barbecued food – suggesting it’s not an uncommon occurrence. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has now put out a warning. Experts suggest wiping down your grill with a wet paper towel to make sure no wire pieces are left after cleaning. Or, consider alternative cleaning tools. Nylon scrubbers and grill stones made of recycled material can be used instead of wire brushes. (There’s likely worse stuff on your burger, thanks to dad dropping it on the ground before slapping it on your plate.)
– “USA Today”


In his new book, “The Great White Elephant: Why Rich Kids Hate Their Parents”, Canadian financial adviser Franco Lombardo outlines 3 reasons wealthy offspring often resent the ‘rents …
• Wealthy parents don’t say ‘no’ often enough. Their kids grow up with a sense they can get whatever they want. When they go out into the world and the world tells them ‘no’, they’re angry.
• Rich parents are often absent parents and the kids feel abandoned. When the parents try to make up for lost time with money, their kids get even angrier. You can only make up lost time with time.
• Our society at large makes fun of rich kids. So parents tell them at an early age to hide their wealth. When the kids grow up, they feel a big part of their identity has to remain hidden … and they blame their parents.
– CNBC.com


Situated in an undisclosed location near Tzfat, northern Israel, is a government-approved medical marijuana plantation which was founded in 2004 by a retired biology teacher. Named Tikun Olam, the plantation has created a new cannabis strain which contains very low traces of THC, the main constituent in cannabis responsible for making people feel stoned. By virtually eliminating THC in a new strain called ‘Avidekel’, it can now offer the medicinal benefits of cannabis to patients who wish to keep a clear head. (Sounds like the most fun since no-alcohol beer.)
– GizMag.com


✓ Don’t ask me to clean your 5-bedroom house in 2 hours. Make sure you give me enough time to clean everything properly.
✓ Please do not ask me to sew on buttons, clean the wheels of your bike, scrub out your mailbox, or pull out the refrigerator in order to clean behind it.
✓ If your house is a disorganized mess it makes it harder to clean. Pick up toys, piles of papers, and clutter from surfaces so I can actually get to them.
✓ It makes me crazy when I’ve just cleaned a floor and my employer walks all over it in dirty shoes.
✓ Tiny kindnesses mean a lot. Please say thank-you, even if it’s just on a Post-it. Little gifts are unexpected pleasures. Those small appreciations keep me honest and make me work harder.
✓ Come home unexpectedly every once in a while and see what we’re doing. Good housecleaners won’t watch your TV, talk on the phone, or eat on your bed.
✓ It’s a huge relief when clients allow me to take my child with me to work. Sometimes I just can’t find a sitter but I still need the money.
✓ Trust me. You hire an AC guy and take his advice, you hire a plumber and do what she says, but I come in and you think you know more about how to clean than I do.
– Condensed from RD.com

• A fish has been discovered in Vietnam that has its genitals on its head. (How efficient! That’s what guys do their thinking with anyway.)
– “New Scientist”
• Most men will lose an average of 1.4 inches in height during their lifetime. (And add about 12 in girth.)
– “Men’s Health”
• A jagged building in London dubbed ‘The Shard’ has been inaugurated as the tallest building in Europe, with a height of 310 m (1,020 ft). The 95-story structure features an observation deck on the 72nd floor, but that’s not opening until 2013. (Dumb timing … too late for the Olympics!)
– Wikipedia.org


1931 [81] Alice Munro, Wingham ON, short-story author (“Runaway”, “The Love Of a Good Woman”) who’s won 3 “Governor General’s Awards” & 2 “Giller Prizes”

1952 [60] Kim Mitchell, Sarnia ON, oldies singer (“Patio Lanterns”, Max Webster-“Let Go the Line”)/currently afternoon drive personality @ Q107 [CILQ] Toronto

1953 [59] Rik Emmett, Toronto ON, oldies singer/guitarist (“When a Heart Breaks”, Triumph-“Rocky Mountain Way”)

1970 [42] Gary LeVox, Columbus OH, country singer (Rascal Flatts-“Banjo”, “Take Me There”)

1972 [40] Sofia Vergara, Barranquilla, Colombia, TV actress (‘Gloria Pritchett’ on “Modern Family” since 2009)

1976 [36] Adrian Grenier, born on a New Mexico commune, TV actor (“Entourage” 2004-11)/movie actor (“The Devil Wears Prada”)

1980 [32] Jessica Simpson, Abilene TX, fashion designer (“Jessica Simpson Collection”)/former country singer (“Come on Over”)/former pop singer (“I Wanna Love You Forever”)/sometime movie actress (“Dukes of Hazzard”)/TV personality (Fashion Star” 2012, “Newlyweds” 2003-05)/ex-Mrs Nick Lachey (2002-05)


• “Don’t Step On a Bee Day”, a warning to kids and grown-ups that now is the time when going barefoot can mean getting stung by a bee. And with the recent disappearance of millions of the crop-pollinating critters, we need to save every one we can!

• “Piña Colada Day”, the one day of the year you can play Rupert Holmes’ cheesy oldie “The Piña Colada Song” … as long as you blow it up real good after a couple of bars.


1946 [66] 1st ‘Drive-In Theater’ in Canada opens in Hamilton, Ontario


1977 [35] Cher gives birth to Elijah Blue Allman, her 1st and only child with short-time husband Gregg Allman of the Allman Bros


1996 [16] 1st fashion house to debut its collection simultaneously on a Paris catwalk and online (Yves Saint Laurent)


[Wed] Cheer Up The Lonely Day
[Wed] Slurpee Day
[Wed] World Population Day
[Thurs] Simplicity Day
[Thurs] “Big Brother” season 14 debuts
[Fri] “Ice Age: Continental Drift” opens in movie theaters
[Fri] Friday the 13th
This Week Is … Laundry Workers Week
This Month Is … Parks & Recreation Month


✗ The mess hall has a cash bar.
✗ There are weekly prizes for ‘Best Rash’.
✗ After 3 days, you spot your kid in a bad part of town paving driveways.
✗ Youngsters take turns being ‘Camp Doctor’.
✗ Your daughter starts using a lot of prison slang.
✗ It’s the first time you’ve heard of a roadkill culinary camp.
✗ It’s called Camp Itchibug of Muskoka.
✗ Son comes home with a poorly stitched incision where his kidney used to be.
✗ It’s the first time you’ve heard of an Amish computer camp.
✗ It’s called Mr & Mrs Cranky’s Camp for Kids Whose Parents Don’t Love Them, Don’t Want Them Around, and Won’t Even Pay for a Halfway Decent Camp.


☎ What 3 backyard items are total ‘must-haves’ in Summer?


I was once arrested for walking in someone else’s sleep.


• Which is the 2nd-most visited country in the world after France?
a. China.
b. Italy.
– “The Economist”

• Tripping on something is the #1 cause of accidents in the home. What’s 2nd?
a. Walking into a glass door. [CORRECT]
b. Slipping on the stairs.
c. Falling out of bed.
– KATU.com


Question: THIS was once a very common sound to hear, but we don’t hear it much anymore.
Answer: Telephone busy signal.


Gambling is a tax for people who can’t do math.

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