Friday, July 11, 2014       Edition: #5260

Either Sheet or Get Off the Air!

★ Multiple sources are reporting that acting couple Ryan Gosling & Eva Mendes are having a baby. “OK! Magazine” originally broke the news that Mendes is allegedly 7 months pregnant with Gosling’s child. “US Weekly” says an insider has confirmed it, as does “People” magazine. She’s 40, he’s 33. They’ve been together 3 years and co-starred in the movie “The Place Beyond the Pines” last year. In February, Mendes dismissed rumors she was preggers, telling Ellen DeGeneres she routinely avoids airport scanners because she thinks they’re creepy, not because she’s pregnant. (Do you hear it? The sound of millions of women worldwide weeping.)
★ Score one for George Clooney. The actor slammed Brit tabloid “Daily Mail” for a ‘completely fabricated’ story about fiancée Amal Alamuddin’s mother being concerned about their marriage for religious reasons. On Wednesday morning, MailOnline took the story down off the Internet and issued a statement, apologizing to the actor and saying it was ‘not a fabrication but supplied in good faith by a reputable and trusted freelance journalist’. The “Mail” claims it has launched a ‘full investigation’. (If they want to publish fiction they need to hire JK Rowling.)
★ Alec Baldwin may have retired from public life but that doesn’t mean he’s retiring from acting. He most recently appeared as a sleazy tabloid reporter on “Law & Order: SVU” and he may have something even more scandalous up his sleeve for his next role … Toronto mayor Rob Ford. Well, sorta. Word is he’s developing a new TV show in which he would play the central character, a Rob Ford-type mayor only in NYC. The show is intended as a cable channel drama. (He’s gonna need to shave his head and pile on another 300 lbs to pull this off.)
★ And the members of death metal band Unfathomable Ruination say they’ll continue playing inside an air-tight box … until they run out of oxygen. The steel cube, part of London, England’s Sculpture In the City exhibition, is an art installation by Portuguese artist João Onofre called ‘Box Sized DIE’. The band will put their life at risk through August 1st each Wednesday-through-Friday at 6 pm. Outside the cube, viewers only detect muffled vibrations as the box is soundproof. (So how do we know they’re actually in there?)

• “Arsenio Hall” (syndicated) – Tonight Blush (“Warrior”). Rerun.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Today Jason Mraz (“Yes!”, coming July 15th). Rerun.
• “FOX & Friends” (FOX) – This morning the 6th annual All-American Summer Concert Series continues with a live performance by Scotty McCreery (“See You Tonight”).
• “Good Morning America”(ABC) – This morning Keith Urban (“Fuse”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight Royksopp & Robyn (“Do It Again”‘). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Lucius (“Wildewoman”). Rerun.
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Tonight Hurray For the Riff Raff (“Small Town Heroes”). Rerun.
• “Masters Of Sex” (Showtime) – Sunday Michael Sheen & Lizzy Caplan return as real-life sex researchers William Masters & Virginia Johnson in the 2nd season debut. Comedian Sarah Silverman is also joining the cast in a recurring role.
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Tonight Rick Savage & Joe Elliott (Def Leppard).
• “Today Show” (NBC) – This morning Fifth Harmony (“Better Together”).
• World Cup Final (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – Sunday it’s Argentina vs Germany for the whole shebang.

• Eminem – Tonight & tomorrow he becomes the 1st rapper to headline London’s iconic 90,000-seat Wembley Stadium. It’s actually a back-up plan as he’d originally hoped to play outdoors in Hyde Park but couldn’t get approval.
• Justin Bieber – This week he copped a deal over that infamous egging of a neighbor’s house in Calabasas CA in January. He’s pleading no contest to misdemeanor vandalism and instead of jail time serves probation and community service, and must pay restitution for damage.
• Justin Timberlake – Saturday in Charlotte NC he begins a new round of North American dates on his “20/20 Experience World Tour”. The shows run through August 12th in LA before moving on to Europe, and then Australia in the Fall.
• Keith Urban – Saturday he begins his new “Raise ‘Em Up Tour” in Calgary AB as part of the annual Calgary Stampede. Jerrod Niemann and special guest Brett Eldredge open the shows. The tour runs through September 13th, winding up at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup.
• Mariah Carey – What’s more elusive than “The Elusive Chanteuse”? Sales of her latest album, which have totaled a mere 97,000 copies since its May 27th release. One insider says the problem was getting the lead single right. We say the problem began with the ridiculously pretentious title, “Me. I Am Mariah, The Elusive Chanteuse”.
• Modest Mouse – Tonight in Saugerties NY they kick off a brief Summer tour with a few shows in the US and the rest of the dates in Canada. The tour runs until August 9th in Queens NY.
• Shakira – She performs “La La La (Brazil 2014)” f/Brazilian artist Carlinhos Brown at Sunday’s closing ceremony of the FIFA World Cup. It will be her 3rd consecutive FIFA World Cup performance.
• Robin Thicke – If the debut sales of his new forgiveness-begging “Paula” album are any indication of how his quest to get his ex Paula Patton back is going, then a divorce is imminent. It has moved a mere 25,000 copies in the USA. The UK total is even worse … a laughable 530.
• Switchfoot – Saturday the 10th annual Switchfoot Bro-Am returns to Moonlight Beach in Encinitas CA. As well as a surfing competition, the free daylong event includes a Nerf-surf jousting contest plus live performances. The event benefits homeless and at-risk youth.

• “Dawn Of the Planet Of the Apes” ( PG-13 Sci-Fi Action ): In this reboot of the series that began in 1968 (8 films and counting), a nation of genetically-evolved apes led by ‘Caesar’ is threatened by a band of human survivors of a devastating virus. Stars Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell. An as-yet-untitled sequel is already planned for 2016.
• Opening in limited release: “Boyhood” (Drama); “Land Ho!” (Comedy Adventure); and “A Long Way Down” (Dramedy).

Twitter use can have damaging effects on romantic relationships. A new study from the University of Missouri has found that people who actively use Twitter and argue with their partners over Twitter-use are more likely to have relationship problems, which can result in cheating, break-up or divorce. A related Pew Research study has found that 27% of couples say the Internet has had an impact on their relationships, but the majority say the impact has been positive. Only 20% of couples think the impact has been negative. (Seems some view technology as a source of tension, others as a source of connection.)

Book recommendation website Goodreads has compiled a list of ‘Most Abandoned Books’, the ones we start but then give up on. The 5 most abandoned contemporary books …
✗ “The Casual Vacancy” – JK Rowling
✗ “Fifty Shades of Grey” – EL James
✗ “Eat Pray Love” –  Elizabeth Gilbert
✗ “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” – Stieg Larsson
✗ “Wicked: The Life & Times Of the Wicked Witch Of the West” – Gregory Maguire
The all-time most frequently started but unfinished books are all classics: “Catch-22”, “The Lord Of the Rings”, “James Joyce’s Ulysses”, “Moby Dick”, and “Atlas Shrugged”. Almost half of readers say the reason they stop reading a book is because it’s too slow or boring. Other reasons: ‘immoral’ or ‘extremely stupid’. Interestingly, 38% of readers say they always finish a book, even if they set it down and pick it back up years later. (Dumbest book ever written is …?)

• Leaving envelopes full of cash in public places is forbidden by French law, punishable with a maximum sentence of 6 months in jail and a fine of 30,000 euros.
– “The Times”
• If a dead whale is found on a British beach, by ancient law the head belongs to the king and the tail to the queen.
– “Quite Interesting”


1934 [80] Giorgio Armani, Piacenza, Italy, fashion designer with a personal fortune of $8.5 billion as of 2013

1959 [55] Richie Sambora, Perth Amboy NJ, rock guitarist (estranged from Bon Jovi-“Who Says You Can’t Go Home”, “It’s My Life”)/rehab grad

1965 [49] Scott Shriner, Toledo OH, rock bassist (Weezer-“I Want You Too”, “Perfect Situation”)

1970 [44] Justin Chambers, Springfield OH, TV actor (‘Dr Alex Karev’ on “Grey’s Anatomy” since 2005)

Oldies singer Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac) is 71; Alt-rock guitarist Dan Murphy (Soul Asylum) is 52; Movie actor Topher Grace (“Spider-Man 3”) is 36; Movie actress Michelle Rodriguez (“Fast & Furious 6”) is 36; Country singer-guitarist Kimberly Perry (The Band Perry) is 31; TV actress Natalie Martinez (“Under the Dome”) is 30.

Movie actor Harrison Ford (“Star Wars”) is 72; Movie director Cameron Crowe (“Almost Famous”) is 57; R&B/dance singer Deborah Cox (“Beautiful U R”) is 40; Pop-rock drummer Will Champion (Coldplay) is 36; TV actor Steven R McQueen (“The Vampire Diaries”) is 26.

• “Blueberry Muffin Day”, celebrating the only morning snack we can think of that turns your teeth blue.
• “Cheer Up the Lonely Day”, an opportunity to make a lonely person happy by spending time with them. (It’s a good day to give [co-host] a call!)
• “Cow Appreciation Day”, a day to celebrate the ‘beauty of the bovine’, so don’t forget to polish your shoes, check your wallet, and throw another T-bone on the grill.
• “Pet Photo Day”, a day to pose your little darlin’ and snap off a few JPEGs. (And don’t forget to further humiliate the critter by decking it out in a dress and funny hat. And be sure to Photoshop the result and add the torso of a platypus.)
• “Slurpee Day”, honoring the signature frozen beverage that 7-Eleven convenience stores began selling in 1967. The 1st 7-Eleven franchise stores opened 50 years ago (1964).
• “Swimming Pool Day”, although we think every hot Summer day should be swimming pool day. It’s a lot fewer headaches to have a friend or neighbor with a pool than owning your own.
• “Wayne Chicken Show”, the 34th edition in Wayne, Nebraska, home of the ‘National Cluck-Off’ in which contestants try to act and sound like a chicken.
• “World Population Day”, declared by the UN as a day to focus on the problems of overpopulation. About 150 people are born each minute. World population crossed the 5-billion mark on this day in 1987. We reached the 6-billion mark in 1999 and 7-billion in 2011.

• “Buck Moon”, the Full Moon of July, so-named for the season when buck deer develop new antlers. It’s variously known as “Hay Moon”, “Thunder Moon”, and “Wort Moon”.
• “Collector Car Appreciation Day”, the 5th annual salute to automotive hobbyists that’s geared to raising awareness of automotive restoration and collection.
• “Different Colored Eyes Day”, celebrating the diversity of eye color as well as people with eyes that are a different color from one other. Celebs who have what’s called ‘heterochromia’ include rocker David Bowie, actress Mila Kunis, and actor Kiefer Sutherland.
• “Moon Amtrak”, the 35th annual stunt by customers at Mugs Away Saloon in Laguna Niguel, California who line up cheek-to-cheek and simultaneously drop their drawers to ‘moon’ passing trains. The bottoms-up bash draws up to 1,000 bums to the tavern. An audio report here …
• “Pecan Pie Day”, celebrating one of the most decadent of all desserts. The crust and pecans aren’t necessary … just the yummy goo in the center! Is it ‘PEE-can or ‘puh-CAHN’?
• “Simplicity Day”, a day to focus on ways to simplify your life.

• “Barn Day”, an annual day of appreciation on the 2nd Sunday in July for what can be attractive as well as functional architecture. Also the place where people with bad manners are born.
• “Beans & Franks Day”, a celebration of every kid’s favorite lunch … ‘Beanee Weenees’.
• “Embrace Your Geekness Day”, a great day to be a Geek … or to know a Geek. Some people view the term with a negative connotation. Are they jealous? Yeah, that’s it.
• “French Fries Day”. The ‘french’ has nothing to do with France, but the method of preparation. Food that’s chipped into pieces is said to be ‘frenched’. Fries most likely originated in Belgium.

2007 [07] “Harry Potter & The Order Of the Phoenix” opens in movie theaters (goes on to make $940 million in worldwide box office)

1994 [20] Michael Jackson’s rep publicly denies rampant rumors that he has married Lisa Marie Presley (but he did … briefly)

2002 [12] Some 200 mourners attend the funeral of John Entwistle in Gloucestershire, England, the longtime bassist for The Who having died of an overdose in Las Vegas NV

1914 [100] In his Major League Baseball debut, future legend Babe Ruth pitches 7 strong innings to lead the Boston Red Sox over the Cleveland Indians 4-to-3

1919 [95] A golfer is said to have played 180 holes in a single day (10 rounds)

[Mon] International Nude Day
[Mon] International Town Criers Day
[Mon] Shark Awareness Day
[Tues] 85th Baseball All-Star Game (Minneapolis MN)
[Tues] Be a Dork Day
This Week Is … Be Nice to New Jersey Week
This Month Is … Air-Conditioning Appreciation Days


• ‘How to Look Taller Without High Heels’ – “Cosmopolitan”
• ‘#NeverAgain: How to Break a Bad Boy Addiction’ – “Glamour”
• ‘Fix Your Sex Life At Any Age’ – “Ladies’ Home Journal”
• ‘8 Things Happily Married Couples Do Every Day’ – “Redbook”
• ‘How to Have a Happier Marriage by Monday’ – “Chatelaine”

• ‘Make This Playlist and Have the Best Sex Ever’ – “Men’s Health”
• ‘Girls Wearing Bracelets’ – “Maxim”
• ‘Dress For More Sex!’ – “Men’s Fitness”
• ‘We Tried Co-ed Naked Yoga (So You Don’ Have To)’ – “Details”
• ‘Has She Been Saying “I Have A Headache”? Here’s What You Should Have Been Doing Right’ –

Some mornings it just doesn’t seem worth it to gnaw through the leather straps.

☎ If you could give your 20-year-old self 3 words of advice, what would you say?

Question: THIS was the #1 answer when teens were asked what they most appreciate about their dad.
Answer: He drives them places.

An escalator can never break, it can only become stairs.

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