Thursday, June 11, 2009        Edition: #4038
Bully For You!


More than 30 concerned parents of tots at the First Presbyterian Nursery School in Santa Monica CA have filed complaints asking authorities to do something about paparazzi constantly hanging around school gates (thanks to 3-year-old enrollee Violet, daughter of Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner) . . . Hugh Hefner’s 23-year-old ex-girlfriend Kendra Wilkinson (“The Girls Next Door”) has announced she’s expecting her first child with her 26-year-old NFL player-fiancé Hank Baskett (Philadelphia Eagles), just as they’re set to wed June 27th at the Playboy Mansion (apparently Hank scored in the off-season too)  . . . “Vogue” editor-turned-wedding gown designer Vera Wang has reportedly signed on for the 9th installment of “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC) which will debut in September (she’ll be a sprightly 60 when the new season kicks off) . . . Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson, whose 4-year-old daughter Exodus died after a freak accident last month, has wed his girlfriend Lakiha Spicer in Las Vegas just 30 minutes after securing a marriage license (uh, his late daughter’s name was ‘Exodus’?) . . . is responding to complaints from celebs about imposters using their names on Twitter accounts by introducing a new ‘Verified Accounts’ program that authenticates Twitter feeds from famous folk (no more guessing if they’re tricks or tweets) . . . 34-year-old actor Leonardo DiCaprio has reportedly split with 24-year-old Israeli-born model Bar Refaeli, his on-and-off girlfriend since 2005, because she wanted to move in with him (dude, you’re like one bad movie away from never being able to date a supermodel again!) . . . And 10-year-old “Slumdog Millionaire” actor Azharuddin Ismail says he’s ecstatic about leaving Mumbai’s slums behind and moving into his new home, a hifalutin single-room hut worth all of – $7,820 (happiness is all relative).

• Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival (Fuse) – 80,000 fans are expected for the 8th annual 4-day music fest in Manchester TN through Sunday. More than 120 musical acts & 20 comedians perform, including Bruce Springsteen, Phish, Beastie Boys, Snoop Dogg, Nine Inch Nails, David Byrne, TV On the Radio, Wilco, Snoop Dogg, and Elvis Costello.
• CMA Music Festival (Nashville TN) – Gretchen Wilson kicks off the annual 4-day fan fest with a free 10 am outdoor performance at Nashville’s Riverfront Park. The opening night concert at LP Field features Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Julianne Hough, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, and Rascal Flatts. The festival is expected to attract over 50,000 fans. ABC-TV will air a 3-hour special about the event later this year. Two acts are playing both Bonnaroo and the CMA Festival: Cherryholmes and The Zac Brown Band.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – No Doubt promotes their “Summer Reunion Tour”. Gwen Stefani tells the newest issue of “Elle” magazine she’s still fighting writer’s block when it comes to writing new songs for what would be the first No Doubt album since 2001.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Green Day guests, in their 3rd of 4 nights in-a-row. Billie Joe Armstrong has announced the group will release music in some form through the “Rock Band” platform before the end of the year.
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/A Channel) – Martha Wainwright (“I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS) – Jonas Bros promote the upcoming album “Lines, Vines and Trying Times” (out next week).

• Alan Jackson – Last night he played an intimate show at a Nashville honky-tonk club called Cadillac Ranch to celebrate his 20-year anniversary in the country music biz.
• Britney Spears – She’s announced she will tour Australia for the first time ever this November.
• Carrie Underwood – Today a new exhibit called “Carrie Underwood: All-American Girl” opens at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. The centerpiece is the dress she wore at the 2009 “ACM Awards” in Las Vegas, which includes 120 yds of fabric and an 8-ft train.
• Kanye West – Today his Kanye West Foundation holds the 2nd “Stay in School Benefit Concert” in Chicago. It will be taped by the Fuse network to air later this summer.
• Lady GaGa – She’s the subject of a new custom version of the popular iPhone music game “Tap Tap Revenge”, now selling for $5. It’s the first of a series of versions to be based on Universal Music Group artists.
• Lauryn Hill – The former Fugees frontwoman has just cancelled her upcoming tour of Europe due to ‘illness’. She hasn’t performed in public since being booed off a London stage in 2007 when she showed up 2 hours late.
• Madonna – A painting by Peter Howson depicting her nude with former husband Guy Ritchie has finally been purchased by an anonymous buyer. The piece failed to sell at an auction last month but now a buyer outside Scotland has forked out more than its reserve price of $24,000.
• OAR – They’ve launched a Twitter songwriting contest whereby fans can submit their lyrics, 140 characters at a time. The band will then pick 3 winning verses, a chorus, and a bridge that will make up the lyrics of a song to be released on iTunes in October.


A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “The A-Team” – 57-year-old Liam Neeson is in talks to star in the bigscreen version of the classic TV show, playing ‘Hannibal Smith’, the role made famous by the late George Peppard. It’s also reported that Bradley Cooper (“The Hangover”) is in talks to play ‘Faceman Peck’. The other 2 major parts of ‘Howling Mad Murdock’ and ‘BA’ have yet to be cast although rapper Common is rumored to be favored for the former Mr T role. Production is due to begin in August for a June 2010 release.
• “The Back-Up Plan” – Jennifer Lopez says getting back to acting after an extended maternity break has been made easier by … bringing her twins to work with her. Year-and-a-half-old Max & Emme have become regulars on the set during the shoot. Fittingly, Lopez plays a woman who conceives twins through artificial insemination, only to meet the man of her dreams on the very same day. The romantic comedy is expected in theaters next January.
• “Full House: The Movie” – Actor John Stamos, who played ‘Uncle Jesse’ on the 1987-95 TV sitcom is  working on turning the show into a feature film. None of the original cast (Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen, Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, Jodie Sweetin) is expected to participate. The idea would be the recreate the first few years of the series with a new cast. Stamos thinks Steve Carell would make a good ‘Danny Tanner’ (Bob Saget’s character).
• “Priest” – Brit actor Paul Bettany (“The Da Vinci Code”) stars as a priest who disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece. “Twilight” actor Cam Gigandet (‘James’) will again sink his teeth into a vampire role, this time playing a night-roaming sheriff. The horror thriller about the battle between humans and vampires is due in theaters next year.
• “Spider-Man 4” – Director Sam Raimi has finally persuaded 26-year-old Kirsten Dunst to return to the role of ‘Mary Jane Watson’. She’ll join Tobey Maguire, who’s already agreed to reprise his ‘Spidey’ character in both the 4th and 5th films. Now there’s just one more challenge … finding the perfect villain. The movie is slated for a 2011 release.


• Politics in Taiwan has always been rough but this is downright dirty! A man has been sentenced to 5 months in jail for tearing a wig off Nationalist Party legislator Chiu Yi. The Taipei District Court levied the stiff sentence on 50-year-old Huang Yung-tien for depriving Chiu of the ‘freedom to be pretty’. Yep, your read that right. (They should have fined him … then he’d have to decide toupée or not toupée.)
– Reuters
• Karina Oakley of Guildford, England has an IQ of 160 – the same as famed physics professor Stephen Hawking and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. But Karina spends much of her day playing with dolls and drawing pictures because … she’s only 2. Her mother says her little girl is very observant, talks all the time, and – like any 2-year-old – asks a lot of questions. (“Oh mother dear, do tell why the sky appears azure when in fact the atmosphere is colorless?”)
– “Daily Mail”
• Scientists in Japan are baffled over a spate of unusual weather … it’s been raining tadpoles!
Amphibious downpours have been reported in a number of cities since the beginning of June. In one bizarre incident, a man who heard a strange thumping sound discovered more than 100 dead tadpoles on car windshields in a parking lot. The raining down of small creatures is a rare meteorological occurrence that’s variously been attributed to strong winds, storms, and/or water spouts sucking them up and depositing them inland. But this time, none of these seems to be a factor. (“And now the AccuWeather forecast … mainly froggy this morning with a …”)
– Ananova News Service

A US web monitoring firm has declared the one-millionth English word to be ‘Web 2.0′, a term for the latest generation of web products and services. Global Language Monitor searches the Internet for newly coined terms, and once a word or phrase has been used 25,000 times it recognizes it as being official. ‘Web 2.0′ beat out the terms ‘Jai ho’ (a Hindi language equivalent of ‘hallelujah’), ‘N00b’ (an inexperienced and/or ignorant person), and ‘slumdog’ (a slum dweller) to be declared the landmark word.
– BBC World


Get-togethers incolving people and their pets are becoming increasingly popular. At these affairs 10-to-20 pet owners get together, swap tales, have a little wine, and listen to a Pupperware ‘consultant’ try to sell them gourmet cat kibble, doggie couture, and parrot grooming products. The consultant gets a cut of the sales, the hostess usually gets a product discount, and everyone has a good time … except maybe for the pets forced to model their newly purchased clothing.
– “Globe & Mail”


Tokyo-based company ‘Office Agents’ rents out friends, work colleagues, and even relatives to pad out the guest list at weddings. A fake friend costs about $200, a song or dance routine another $50, and a heart-tugging speech from the fake will set you back an extra hundred. Newlyweds wanting to impress their in-laws with the volume of their friends are among those secretly padding guest lists with fakes. The recession has also boosted the popularity of the service; people who’ve recently lost their jobs but want to maintain an air of respectability are turning to the company for fake work-related guests.


A new shoe outfitted with an embedded GPS chip will allow the location of the wearer to be monitored in real time online. It’s hoped the new gizmo will offer a way to keep track of the growing number of people with Alzheimer’s disease, who often wander off and can’t find their way back home. The tracking device is a collaboration between GTX Corp, a firm that specializes in miniaturized GPS, and footwear company Aetrex. It’s expected to retail for around $200-to-$300. Do they come in teenager versions?

• New data shows that iPhone users spend 50% more on weekends. (If a Blackberry is a ‘crackberry’, an iPhone is heroin.)
• Launched as an email list in 1995, Craigslist is on pace to increase its revenue by 23% this year to $100 million. (Recession, what recession?)
– Advanced Interactive Media Group


1949 [60] Frank Beard, Frankston TX, classic rock drummer (ZZ Top-“Concrete & Steel”, “Sharp Dressed Man”)/ironically the only member of the band without a beard

1952 [57] Donnie Van Zant, Jacksonville FL, country/rock singer (w/Hank Williams Jr-“That’s How They Do It in Dixie”, Van Zant-“Help Somebody”)

1959 [50] Hugh Laurie, Oxford UK, TV actor (‘Dr Gregory House‘ on “House MD” since 2004)

1978 [31] Joshua Jackson, Vancouver BC, TV actor (‘Peter Bishop’ on “Fringe” since 2008, “Dawson’s Creek” 1998-2003)/movie actor (“Cruel Intentions”)

1986 [23] Shia LaBeouf, Los Angeles CA, movie actor (“Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of the Crystal Skull”, “Transformers”)

• “Hug Holiday”, an annual observance begun by some eternal optimist somewhere who thinks most of the world’s troubles can be solved with a tight clinch. C’mon now, don’t be shy … group hug everybody!

• “King Kamehameha Day”, honoring Hawaii’s first king, who unified the Hawaiian Islands in 1810. Not very significant to the rest of us … but it sure is fun saying ‘Kah-MAY-uh-MAY-uh’!

• “Nursing Assistants Day”, the 32nd annual observance recognizing the efforts of RNAs, and nursing assistants in long-term care homes.

1979 [30] Legendary movie star John Wayne (‘The Duke’) dies at age 72

2002 [07] “American Idol: The Search For a Superstar” debuts (FOX) as a summer replacement series, but quickly becomes the #1 show on US television

2002 [07] 59-year-old Paul McCartney weds 34-year-old Heather Mills at Castle Leslie in Ireland (what an expensive idea this turns out to be!)


1994 [15] World’s ‘Largest Popcorn Container’ is unveiled in Jacksonville FL which, at 8-feet-tall, holds 6,620 cubic feet of popcorn


[Fri] US TV signals go digital
[Fri] “The Taking of Pelham 123″; “Imagine That” open in movie theaters
[Sat] World Naked Bike Ride
[Sun] Children’s Sunday
[Sun] World Blood Donor Day
[Mon] Ride to Work On Your Motorcycle Day
This Week Is … Automotive Service Professionals Week
This Month Is … Lane Courtesy Month


Depending on the circumstances it could mean …
• Please don’t be mad at me.
• Please stop talking.
• You look good.
• Please let me go to sleep.
• I want you to make me feel less sad.
• I know you need assurances that I feel the same way about you.
• Thank you for not complaining that I went out last night.
• You have the emotional maturity of a petulant 5-year-old.
• I need to hang up the phone now.
• Ya wanna?
– Thanks to Shelley McIntyre.


What slang word do you use (or did you use) to mean ‘really good’? And ‘really bad’?

Agree with me now … it will save so much time.

Today’s Question: According to a Cornell University study, doing THIS at your house will reduce calorie intake by up to 15%.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Using the front door. (The side, back, or garage doors generally lead you right into the kitchen.)


A picture can be worth a thousand words but they may not be the right thousand words.

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