Friday, June 6, 2008        Edition: #3792
Sheet For Brains!     

Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes will soon be relocating to NYC in time for her Broadway debut THIS FALL in “All My Sons”, thereby avoiding a bicoastal family split (as you know, you can never refer to Tom as ‘bi’) . . . Despite warnings, Jessica Simpson’s meddling dad Joe Simpson continues to interfere in her relationship with Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo, now offering to ‘sell’ their engagement if there is one (there won’t be if Joe doesn’t blow) . . . “US Magazine” has begun a petition (NET: to get actress Shannen Doherty (aka ‘Brenda Walsh’) on the new CW network “Beverly Hills 90210” spinoff (apparently forgetting that everyone hated her for most of the ‘90s) . . . “Juno” writer Diablo Cody and producer/director Steven Spielberg are teaming up for a Showtime comedy called “The United States of Tara”, about a mother with multiple personality disorder (brilliant, a different actress can play the role each week!) . . . “Sex & The City” co-star Kim Cattrall has joined the voice cast of the satirical cartoon series “Producing Parker”, which premieres on Canada’s E! channel NEXT YEAR, playing the self-absorbed, high-maintenance host of a daytime talk show (weird, she doesn’t look or sound like Oprah at all) . . . A new AOL poll ranks the pie-obsessed “Pushing Daisies” (ABC) as favorite new TV show of the past season, edging out “Gossip Girl” (CW) . . . And Brit-based hottie actress Sienna Miller (“Stardust”) has dumped her Welsh actor-boyfriend RHYS Ifans (“Elizabeth: The Golden Age”) because he was reportedly jealous about her seeing her ex-BF, “Brothers & Sisters” actor Matthew RHYS (she apparently hates learning new names to moan so “Tudors” star Jonathan RHYS Meyers should be getting a call any day now).

• “Banff World Television Festival” – The annual salute to the best in worldwide TV takes place SUNDAY through Wednesday in the Canadian Rockies. Among the kudos being handed out: UK-born, Vancouver-raised “Sex & The City” actress Kim Cattrall receives the ‘NBC Universal Award of Distinction’, recognizing an ‘outstanding career in the broadcast industry’.
• George Clooney – TODAY a new display of the movie star’s costumes opens at the  Rosemary Clooney House Museum in Augusta KY, including his football uniform from “Leatherheads” and a set of his “ER” scrubs. (Eventually, they’ll likely take his long-gone aunt’s name off the joint and put his on.)
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – UK chart-toppers the Ting Tings (“That’s Not My Name”) are on.
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS) – Gavin Rossdale (Mr Gwen Stefani) performs “Love Remains the Same”.
• “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (USA) – SUNDAY in the season premiere, reclusive ‘Detective Goren’ (Vincent D’Onofrio) is tempted to join a shady operation.
• “Live With Regis & Kelly” (syndicated/CTV) – THIS MORNING Ashanti promotes her new album “The Declaration”.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – Kanye West is the musical guest; NBA star LeBron James hosts.
• “Today Show” (NBC) – THIS MORNING Chris Brown performs “Forever”.

• Alabama – SATURDAY bronze statues honoring the retired country band will be unveiled in their hometown of Fort Payne, Alabama. In honor of the occasion, founding member Jeff Cook will entertain with his new group, the Allstar Goodtime Band.
• Alicia Keys – SUNDAY she plays Montreal’s Bell Centre as part of her “As I Am” North American arena tour.
• Avril Lavigne – She’s just announced plans to launch a fragrance for teens. (Smells like teen spirit?)
• Boston – TONIGHT the classic rockers kick off a summer tour (with 2 new members) by headlining an outdoor festival at Marina Park in Thunder Bay ON, one of the stops for the round-the-globe motor sports event “Great Race 2008”.
• Coldplay – ESPN will use music from their album “Viva la Vida“ extensively during coverage of the European Championship soccer tournament, played SATURDAY through June 29 in Austria and Switzerland.
• Foo Fighters – TONIGHT & Saturday they play SRO shows at London’s 90,000-capacity Wembley Stadium.
• Kenny Chesney – A rep for the 40-year-old country star says a report suggesting he’s getting married is dead wrong. In fact, Kenny was apparently surprised by the news and isn’t sure how anyone would’ve gotten that idea. (Maybe the change in California marriage laws?)
• Leonard Cohen – The 73-year-old iconic singer/songwriter/poet plays Toronto’s Sony Centre For The Performing Arts TONIGHT through Monday. Then he’s off to Ireland and the UK.
• Taylor Hicks – TONIGHT the 2006 “American Idol” winner joins the Broadway cast of “Grease”, playing ‘Teen Angel’ in the revival of the popular musical.
• Toby Keith – SATURDAY he hosts the 5th annual “Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic” in Norman OK, a charity event that benefits an organization helping children with cancer.

• “Kung Fu Panda” ( PG Animated Comedy ): A clumsy panda bear becomes an unlikely Kung Fu hero when a treacherous enemy spreads chaos throughout the countryside in this martial arts family adventure. Features the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, and Lucy Liu.
• “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan” ( PG-13 Comedy ): Adam Sandler plays a secret agent in Israel’s Mossad who fakes his own death and moves to NYC where he reinvents himself as a hairstylist. But it doesn’t take long for his former enemies to track him down. Hijinks ensue. Co-written by Judd Apatow (“Knocked Up”). Mariah Carey does a cameo.

People who use marijuana for a long time can develop abnormalities in their brains, according to Australian researchers. The new University of Melbourne study shows that the drug actually shrinks parts of the brain that control memory and emotion. Long-term, heavy cannabis use can cause significant brain injury, memory loss, and difficulties learning new information. (Researchers also say that long-term, heavy cannabis use can cause memory loss and difficulties learning new information.)
– ”HealthDay News”

Another weekend of JUNE weddings coming up, a perfect excuse to check this new ranking of the greatest nuptials on film …
5. “Runaway Bride” (1999)
4. “My Best Friend’s Wedding” (1997)
3. “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” (2002)
2. “Sweet Home Alabama” (2002)
1. “Father Of the Bride” (1991)
– “The Insider”

Real estate experts say that the presence of a Starbucks coffee outlet can be a strong indicator that a neighborhood’s home values are set to spike. Why? Starbucks does extensive economic research before moving into a new locale, therefore the choice of those locations indicate the company has confidence in an area’s economy. (Great news … if you’re planning on buying a home in a bookstore or a mall.)
– “Newsweek”

• The world’s largest Pez dispenser holds 6,480 candies.
• The Guinness World Record for the most Guinness World Records is held by Ashrita Furman of Queens NY. He has set or broken 194 records, and holds 82 current ones.
– “New York Times”

• There was once a pineapple-flavored Mars bar. It was not a roaring success.
– BBC News
• There are still more than 100 tribes that have had no contact with the outside world. More than half are in Brazil or Peru.


1936 [72] Levi Stubbs, Detroit MI, Motown oldies singer (Four Tops-“Reach Out I’ll Be There”)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1990)

1952 [56] Harvey Fierstein, Brooklyn NY, Broadway actor (Tony Award-“Hairspray”)/playwright (“Torch Song Trilogy”)/movie actor (“Mrs Doubtfire”)

1967 [41] Paul Giamatti, New Haven CT, movie actor (“Cinderella Man”, “Sideways”)/TV actor “John Adams” (HBO)

1970 [38] James ‘Munky’ Shaffer, Rosedale CA, nu metal guitarist (Korn-“Evolution”, “Twisted Transistor“)

1973 [35] Lisa Brokop, Surrey BC, country singer (“Break It”, “Big Picture”)

Former Canadian PM John Turner is 79; Oldies singer Tom Jones (“It’s Not Unusual”) is 68; Movie actor Liam Neeson (“Batman Begins”)  is 56; Pop singer Prince (“Purple Rain”) is 50; Rock drummer Eric Kretz (Stone Temple Pilots) is 42; Rock guitarist Dave Navarro (ex-Jane’s Addiction) is 41; Rock musician Eric Johnson (The Shins) is 32; Movie actor Michael Cera (“Juno”) is 20.

Former US First Lady Barbara Bush is 83; Comedian Joan Rivers is 75; Cartoonist Scott Adams (“Dilbert”) is 51; Movie actor-director Keenan Ivory Wayans (“Scary Movie”) is 50; Rapper Kanye West (“Stronger”) is 31.

• “Couple Appreciation Day”. So which celeb couple is cutest … Tim & Faith? Brad & Angelina? Paris & Benji?
• “Donut Day”, always the first FRIDAY in JUNE, honors the Salvation Army ‘Lassies’ of WWI who served donuts to thousands-upon-thousands of soldiers. It’s now used as a fundraiser for the Sally Ann’s needy causes.
• “Gardening Exercise Day”, a day to get out and work out with your plants. Don’t laugh … if you’ve ever helped a gardener for an afternoon, you know what hard work it is.
• “Tailors Day”, to honor and appreciate tailors for their contribution to turning clothing, one of the most important requirements of our lives, into an art-form.
• “Take a Kid Fishing Weekend”. Even if they aren’t biting, everyone can have a good time outdoors in the fresh air. Sorry li’l dude, but you gotta bait your own hook.
• “Yo-Yo Day”, observed on the birth anniversary of Donald Duncan (1892-1971), the businessman who first mass-marketed the invention in the West in the 1930s when it became wildly popular. According to modern legend, the yo-yo was first invented in the Philippines centuries ago … as a weapon. (If it goes down but doesn’t come back up, is it a ‘yo’?)

• Attitude Day”, honoring those who know who they are, what they stand for, and aren’t afraid to assert themselves to maintain their identity (aka ‘Pushy People Day’). Attitudes are contagious … is yours worth catching?
• “Belmont Stakes”, the 140th running of the 3rd and final jewel in horseracing’s Triple Crown at Elmont NY’s Belmont Park. says Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown can reportedly make as much as $50 million in stud fees if he wins the Belmont and claims the Triple Crown. That works out to as much as $100-K per mare.
• “Betty Picnic Day”, originally an annual gathering of women named ‘Betty‘ – but since they’re aren’t many left – a good excuse to dine al fresco anyway.
• “Chocolate Ice Cream Day”, celebrating one of the most popular flavors, but not THE most popular flavor. That honor goes to vanilla, favorite of 29% of us. Chocolate is runner-up at 8.9%.
• “Shavuot” (“Feast of Weeks”) begins at sundown. It’s 1 of 3 ‘Pilgrim Festivals’ in the Jewish calendar, this one celebrating the Ten Commandments, the foundation of Jewish law.
• “World Naked Bike Ride” when naturists in 70 cities in 20 countries worldwide take to the streets on bicycles to protest oil dependency and to ‘celebrate the power and individuality of our bodies’. In Canada, groups have been organized to participate in Guelph ON, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Victoria. US cities participating include San Francisco and Washington DC.

• “Children’s Sunday”, an annual salute on the 2nd SUNDAY in JUNE to the wee folk.
• “Name Your Poison Day”. If you could have all you wanted of one bad-for-you thing for the rest of your life without any repercussions … what would you pick?
• “National Puerto Rican Day Parade”, the 51st annual along Fifth Avenue in NYC.

1933 [75] 1st ‘Drive-In Theater’ opens, in Camden NJ (1st drive-in theatre in Canada opens in Hamilton ON in 1946) (25 cents per person or buck-a-car to see “Wife Beware”)

1998 [10] “The Boy is Mine” by Brandy & Monica zooms to #1 on pop charts and stays for 13 weeks, one of longest-running #1 singles of the modern rock era

1844 [164] 1st ‘YMCA’ founded by George Williams in London UK (“It’s fun to play at the …”)

1882 [126] 1st ‘Electric Iron’ (next day, the 1st dress shirt ends up with a big burn hole)

[Mon] Donald Duck Day
[Mon] “Nashville Star” season premiere (NBC)
[Thurs] Taco Day
[Thurs] Kitchen Klutzes Day
[Thurs] 8th Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival begins (Manchester TN)
[Thurs] NXNE Festival begins (Toronto)
[Fri] Friday the 13th
This Week Is … Sun Safety Week
This Month Is … Cancer From the Sun Month


• “The Lap-Dancing Workout … Really!” (Chatelaine)
• “What Guys Don’t Get About Sex & The City” (Cosmopolitan)
• “Summer Hair How-Tos” (Glamour)
• “What Happy Couples Know” (Redbook)
• “Look Better in the Buff” (Ladies’ Home Journal)

• “End Of the Truck Era?” (
• “Lose Your Gut For Good” (Men’s Health)
• “The 9 Best Mirror Pep Talks” (Maxim)  
• “The New Casual Friday” (Details)
• “What to Do When Your Cooler’s Too Small” (Esquire)

What is the best example of ‘perfection’ that you can think of?

The week’s most requested music files online …
5. Rick Ross – “Boss”
4. Lil Wayne – “I”
3. Lil Wayne f/Static Major – “Lollipop”
2. Flo Rida f/T-Pain – “Low”
1. Usher – “Love In This Club”
– Big Champagne online music measurement

I was thinking, Chinese skywriters must get especially dizzy …

Today’s Question: In the past 7 years, the number of people seeking treatment for THIS condition has increased by 66%.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Snoring.

Fake it till you make it.

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