Thursday, July 25, 2013        Edition: #5032

Bully For You!

✳ Kim Kardashian & Kanye West have spent over 750k on … gold toilets. Four of the gold-plated commodes are being installed in their $10-million Bel Air mansion in Los Angeles, which is currently undergoing renovation. Other lavish additions include 6 special-edition beds, a Swarovski-encrusted fridge-freezer, and a million-dollar-plus security system. An inside source says they expect the interior to cost twice as much as the property. (Nothing exceeds like excess!)
– Bang Showbiz
✳ Just when you think Syfy channel can’t possibly top itself after the unbelievable success of “Sharknado”, it’s come up with a new post-apocalyptic version of “The Wizard of Oz”. In the new mini-series created by Russian director Timur Bekmambetov (“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”), ‘Dorothy’ is a male warrior from present-day who is transported to a future ‘Oz’ to defeat the despotic wizard who rules over the land. His sidekicks in the battle (the original ‘Scarecrow, ‘Tin Man’, and ‘Lion’) are now named ‘Heartless’, ‘Brainless’, and ‘Coward’. (Uh, we’ll wait for “Sharknado 2”, thanks.)
✳ Sales of “The Cuckoo’s Calling, the crime thriller JK Rowling wrote under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, have skyrocketed since she was outed as its true author. Rowling was furious when a lawyer, charged with keeping her secret, accidentally told a friend who then tweeted the news and alerted the UK press. The leak made the tome Britain’s bestselling hardcover last week, with many retailers running out of copies. So is all this a stunt? Not according to JK: “If sales were what mattered to me most, I would have written under my own name from the start, and with the greatest fanfare.” (OK, you win.)
✳ Jimmy Fallon is a new dad. The 38-year-old “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” host (NBC) and his 46-year-old wife, producer Nancy Juvonen, welcomed a baby girl on Tuesday. His rep says the couple, who wed in 2007, is overjoyed about the arrival. Juvonen runs Flower Films with actress-pal Drew Barrymore, who also became a first-time mom to a baby daughter last year. (Fallon’s a dad; Kimmel’s a newlywed … all the late night bad boys are getting so mainstream.)

• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Justin Bieber (“Believe”); Phillip Phillips (“American Idol”). Rerun.
• “Hell’s Kitchen” (FOX) – Season 11 finalé as Gordon Ramsay announces the final 2 chefs; the chefs compete in a challenge; and Ramsay chooses a winner.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Karmin (“Hello”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Damien Jurado (“Maraqopa”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – New Order (“Live at Bestival”).
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (ABC/CTV) – Broadway cast of “Kinky Boots”.
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Court Yard Hounds (“Amelita”).

• Black Sabbath – Their 20-date North American tour in support of the new album “13” begins tonight in Houston TX. The trek is set to run through September 3rd in Los Angeles.
• Lady Antebellum – This week 27-year-old Hillary Scott and her husband-drummer Chris Tyrrell welcomed their first child, a daughter named Eisele Kaye. Her name is a combination of Tyrrell’s mother’s maiden name and Scott’s mother’s middle name.
• Maroon 5 – They’ve tied the record for most #1 songs in the 17-year history of “Billboard” magazine’s ‘Adult Pop Songs’ chart. “Love Somebody” has become their 8th chart-topper, bringing them even with P!nk.
• One Direction – Their new video “Best Song Ever” received 10.9 million views in its first 24 hours of release, according to VEVO. That beats the previous record-holder, Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop”, which totaled 10.7 million views.
• Stevie Wonder – Other performing artists are reportedly signing on to his vow to avoid Florida until its ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is abolished. Among them: Alicia Keys, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Madonna, Rihanna, and the Rolling Stones.
• Whitney Houston – Her grave in Westfield NJ has been marked with a teardrop-shaped headstone that includes a heart-shaped engraving with the words ‘The Voice’ and below the inscription ‘I will always love you’. She died February, 2012 at age 48 in Beverly Hills CA.

A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “Platinum the Dance Movie” – Brit actress Finola Hughes (“General Hospital”) is starring in this indie feature as a mom whose daughter (Kathryn McCormick) is trying to win a national dance competition. Things get complicated when she begins to fall for her biggest rival (Shane Harper). Shooting has just gotten underway this week in Los Angeles.
• “Relative Stranger” – James Badge Dale (“World War Z”) and Sarah Bolger (“Once Upon a Time”) are set to star in this upcoming character-driven indie drama. The story follows a Civil War veteran who shows up at the home of his brother-in-law with dire consequences when he gets into a lethal feud with neighbors. Production is set to start in September in Texas.
• “The Secret Service” – Colin Firth stars and 80-year-old Michael Caine plays a veteran agent in this upcoming spy film. Mark Millar, who wrote the comic book on which the film is based, claims “Secret Service is the spy movie we’ve been waiting for since ‘Bond’ lost his sense of humor.” The movie is scheduled to debut in November 2014.
• “The Trial Of the Chicago 7” – Paul Greengrass (“The Bourne Ultimatum”) is in final talks to direct this long-delayed project based on an Aaron Sorkin script. The movie chronicles the trial of 7 people who were charged with conspiracy and inciting riot during protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The clash became one of the decade’s defining moments.
• “Yukikaze” – Warner Bros studio acquired rights to this Japanese sci-fi action novel by Chohei Kambayashi earlier this year and attached Tom Cruise to star. The story centers on a hyper-dimensional passageway appearing over Antarctica that allows an alien force to attempt a terrestrial invasion. That results in humanity uniting to go on the offensive and save the world.

After studying the breathing patterns of infants during sleep, researchers at New Zealand’s University of Auckland are recommending that car seats should NOT be used as a place for infants to sleep. The study found that breathing problems caused by safety seat restraints are significantly reduced when a foam insert is used to allow the infant’s head to rest in a neutral position, but it still claims car seat use should be restricted to the ‘minimum time required for essential travel’. (So much for that old trick of taking a newborn for a car ride to induce sleep.)

A new listing of promising actors, once hotter-than-a-pistol, who turned dull …
5. Shia LaBeouf
4. Adrien Brody
3. Orlando Bloom
2. Robert Pattinson
1. Ryan Reynolds
– QMI Agency

95% of women don’t know how to walk in high heels, according to NYC’s so-called ‘stiletto whisperer’ Victor Chu. He is offering lessons to teach women how to strut their stuff. For $50, the former shoe designer for Reebok and Ugg, instructs women how to walk correctly in an hour-long class. A few tips (for free!) …
✓ Walk heel-to-toe.
✓ Engage the abs.
✓ Take long strides.
✓ Relax hips and knees.
✓ Stretch calves and ankles to avoid cramping up.
✓ Heels above 3 inches are really, really dangerous.
Bottom line, he says, is you need to be fit to walk in heels with stability.

Fish may be healthy to eat, but keep it away from anyone you plan to do business with. University of Toronto and University of Michigan researchers found that people who had been exposed to a fishy smell in a hallway were willing to invest 24% less money with another person, suggesting that fishy smells make others suspicious and undermine cooperation. And being suspicious makes people more likely to literally … smell something fishy. (“Sorry, no deal, tuna-breath.”)
– “Journal of Personality & Social Psychology”

Looking for a unique wedding gift? How about …
• Combo iPod Stereo Dock & Toilet Paper Holder … $90.
• DEOS Group Diamond Earbuds … $15,000.
• Billion Dollar Club Crocodile Umbrella … $50,000.
• Ginza Tanaka Handbag with 2,182 diamonds … $1.63 million.
• Chopard Diamond Watch … $25 million.

You’d think the last thing on your mind when you have a migraine would be sex. But new research shows that sex might actually cure migraines. The study found that 1-in-5 migraine sufferers was completely cured after getting busy, while more than half said they at least felt better. One reason it may work is because doing the deed triggers the release of endorphins, our body’s natural painkillers. There’s also an area of the brain that’s responsible for both extreme head pain and orgasms which could play a role. (The “I’ve got a headache” excuse just got old!)
– International Headache Society

Could this be the greatest round of golf ever played? A 25-year-old former Eastern Kentucky University golfer posted 14 birdies, 1 eagle, and 3 pars at Glenmary Country Club in Louisville KY, finishing with a 16-under-par total of 56 while playing from the back tees on the 6,540-yard course. Jesse Massie’s feat is being submitted to Guinness World Records. A handful of golfers have shot 55, but never on a par-72 course.
– “USA Today”

Dogs do not, contrary to popular belief, see in black & white but are sensitive to color. They have 2 kinds of color receptors as opposed to our 3, allowing them to see a limited number of shades. (Such as tennis ball white, bone grey, Alpo brown …)
– “Medical Daily”


1967 [46] Matt LeBlanc, Newton MA, TV actor (“Episodes” since 2011, “Joey” 2004-06, “Friends” 1994-2004)/movie actor (“Lovesick”, “Charlie’s Angels” films)

1974 [39] Jay R Ferguson, Dallas TX, TV actor (‘Stan Rizzo’ on “Mad Men” since 2010, “Judging Amy” 2003-04)

1985 [28] James Lafferty, Hemet CA, TV actor (“One Tree Hill” 2003-12)

1988 [25] Heather Marks, Calgary AB, fashion model (Calvin Klein, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, Victoria’s Secret)

• “Act Like a Caveman Day”, a day to tune in to your wild and primal instincts. Pass me a thigh bone, would ya?

• “Be Adamant About Something Day”, a chance to cease being wishy-washy and have an unyielding opinion about at least one thing. So, what are you adamant about?

• “Chili Dog Day”, saluting the tasty combination of topping a hot dog with fiery hot chili. Genius! (But messy.)

• “Collingwood Elvis Festival” through Sunday in Collingwood ON, which culminates with one of the largest Elvis tribute artist competitions anywhere. Why an Elvis fest here? Something to attract Summer visitors to this ski resort town.

• “Culinarians Day”, a special day to salute anyone who cooks.

• “Hot Fudge Sundae Day” because … well, why not?

• “Merry-Go-Round Day”, the anniversary of the mechanical carousel’s first patent 142 years ago (1871) by William Schneider of Davenport, Iowa. He did not invent it, however, as carousel rides may go back as far as 500 AD.

1990 [23] Before a ball game, comedian Roseanne Barr infamously sings an off-key rendition of the anthem to a booing crowd in San Diego CA, then scratches herself and spits

2001 [12] Mariah Carey cancels upcoming engagements and checks herself into a Connecticut psychiatric hospital suffering from an ‘emotional & physical breakdown’

1978 [35] Louise Brown of Oldham, England becomes world’s 1st ‘test tube baby’ (conceived outside her mother’s body using the new technique of ‘in-vitro fertilization’)

2010 [03] Wikileaks publishes classified documents about the war in Afghanistan, one of the largest leaks in US military history

[Fri] “The To Do List”; “The Wolverine” open in movie theaters
[Fri] Lumberjack Day
[Fri] Talk In an Elevator Day
[Sat] Take Your Houseplant For a Walk Day
[Sat] Day Of the Cowboy
[Sat] Walk on Stilts Day
[Sun] Aunties Day
This Week Is … Garlic Week
This Month Is … Family Golf Month


• The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
• The Italians eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Canadians.
• The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than New Zealanders.
• The French drink excessive amounts of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits.
Conclusion: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you!

☎ Do you think neighborhood watch programs actually work? (After 40 years, experts say results are inconclusive.)

In all of Scotland there are only 3 of which?
a. Scotch whisky distilleries.
b. Outdoor public swimming pools. [CORRECT]
c. Philanthropists.
– BBC News

High heels were invented by a women who had been kissed on the forehead.

Question: Doing THIS at a job interview increases your chances of getting hired by 43%.
Answer: Wearing eyeglasses.

The best vacations are spent near the budget.

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