Thursday, June 20, 2013        Edition: #5011

Our Sheet Don’t Stink!

✳ Did Kim Kardashian & Kanye West really name their new daughter Kaidence Donda West? That’s the claim of an online report attributed to a nurse at LA’s Cedars Sinai Hospital, where Kardashian gave birth last Saturday. Although Kardashian and West haven’t confirmed the unusual name, there’s some logic to the report. ‘Donda’ is the name of West’s late mother; ‘Kaidence’ is an obvious spinoff of the musical term ‘cadence’, in keeping with Kanye’s musical bent. (In that case, they should have called her ‘Auto Tune’.)
✳ Reports say Kate Moss is set to pose nude for “Playboy” magazine’s 60th anniversary issue. The Brit fashion model, known for her pin-thin androgynous body emblematic of the heroin-chic look of the ‘90s, is said to be appearing in the January 2014 issue. Her hairstylist Oribe Canales has let it slip that she’s already completed the shoot, and he was on-set to style her hair. Moss is also celebrating a landmark in January, turning 40 on the 16th. (This blast-from-the-past idea could only be perceived as cutting edge by 87-year-old Hef.)
✳ In a candid new interview with “Rolling Stone”, Miley Cyrus is asked if she is a ‘stoner’ and the 20-year-old replies, “I did a song with Snoop Dogg called ‘Ashtrays & Heartbreak’, so people can put it together for themselves.” She adds: “I think alcohol is way more dangerous than marijuana. People can be mad at me for saying that, but I don’t care. I’ve seen a lot of people spiral down with alcohol, but I’ve never seen that happen with weed.” (Pot is everywhere in the media these days. There’s more weed on “Mad Men” than in our back garden.)
✳ The fate of Jennifer Love Hewitt’s Lifetime TV show “The Client List” is reportedly up in the air as her pregnancy is causing lots of backstage drama. She wants the pregnancy to be written into the show’s 3rd season, with her real-life baby-daddy Brian Hallisay playing her fictional one, while the showrunner is pushing for the series’ current male lead Colin Egglesfield, who plays her brother-in-law, to be the main love interest. (If only the show were this intriguing. Maybe turn the cameras around?)
– “Scandal Sheet”
✳ And while a meeting between wacky former actress Amanda Bynes and almost-as-wacky former singer-songwriter-producer Wyclef Jean did not end up happening on Monday as scheduled, Chinga Chang Records CEO Dan Herman contends that Wyclef is still interested in discussing a possible album collaboration. In fact, Herman claims, Wyclef has been very receptive to the idea of meeting to brainstorm ideas and he’s confident that it’s going to happen. Quote: “This album is going to shock the world.” (Yeah, that sounds about right.)
– E! News

• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (“The Heist”). Rerun.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – No Doubt (“Push & Shove”). Rerun.
• “George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight” (CBC) – Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies); k-os (“BLack on BLonde”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Muse (“The 2nd Law”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes (“Baby Caught the Bus”); The Stepkids (“Sweet Salvation”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Yeah Yeah Yeahs (“Mosquito”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Japandroids (“Celebration Rock”).
• NBA Finals (ABC/TSN) – Game 7, from the American Airlines Arena in Miami FL.
• “The Talk” (CBS) – Big Time Rush (“24 / seven”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – The Mowgli’s (“Waiting For the Dawn”).
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Amy Grant (“How Mercy Looks from Here”).

• Bad Company / Lynyrd Skynyrd – Tonight in Auburn WA they begin a co-headlining tour that celebrates both bands’ 40th anniversaries. The trek runs through July 27th in Bethel NY.
• Beyoncé – She’s reached a private out-of-court settlement with videogame maker Gate Five, which had filed a lawsuit claiming her ‘extortionate demand’ for higher compensation for the game “Starpower: Beyoncé” drove away investors, causing the company to lay off 70 people.
• Chris Brown – His new track “Don’t Think They Know” features previously unreleased vocals by late singer Aaliyah. And the video uses not 1 but 2 virtual Aaliyah projections. Her family seems to have signed off on this?
• Darius Rucker – Tonight “Songtellers with Darius Rucker: The Story of True Believers” premiers on Great American Country. Filmed at Nashville’s Belcourt Theatre, Rucker shares the stage with each of the co-writers from his chart-topping album “True Believers”.
• Drake – In the new issue of “GQ”, he talks about Chris Brown, saying: “I don’t want my name to be synonymous with that guy’s name. I really don’t.”
• Mary J Blige – In a new lawsuit, she’s accused of reneging on a December 9th gig in Dallas TX in order to perform with the Rolling Stones in Brooklyn NY the night before. And Vision Entertainment Worldwide claims she received a $145,000 deposit which she never gave back.
• Pink Floyd – Their entire catalogue is now available for streaming on Spotify after users completed a challenge issued on Pink Floyd’s Twitter page, asking that fans stream the song “Wish You Were Here” 1 million times.
• Rihanna – She’s just surpassed Justin Bieber as the most-viewed artist on VEVO. Her videos have now generated a combined 3.784 billion views, about 2 million more than Bieber’s.
• Robert Plant – He’s taking his Sensational Space Shifters on tour this Summer, beginning tonight in Dallas TX. The tour runs up to July 27th in Brooklyn NY.

A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “Catfight” – “Easy A” director Will Gluck is set to produce another female-skewed comedy about an insecure high school student. The story centers on a social outcast who manages to snag a scholarship to an elite private school and attempts to reinvent herself as one of the popular kids. The project has no cast and no release date as yet.
• “River of Shadows” – Actor Gary Oldman is developing a movie about 19th-century photographer & inventor Eadweard Muybridge, which he will direct. Muybridge is considered by many to be the ‘Father of the Motion Picture’. Oldman’s film revolves around the photographer’s battle with a love rival. Industry reports suggest that Ralph Fiennes will play the lead.
• “The 33” – Jennifer Lopez has committed to appear alongside Antonio Banderas in a movie based on the true-life story of the Chilean miners who were trapped underground for 69 days in 2010. There’s no info on J-Lo’s role yet, but Banderas will apparently be playing Mario Sepulveda, the miner nicknamed ‘Super Mario’. Production is set to begin in Chile this Fall.
• “Tomb Raider” – There’s no cast yet and the storyline of this videogame reboot is still being worked out but it will likely follow archaeologist ‘Lara Croft’ as she sets off on one of her international adventures. The most recent videogame version, released this year, sold more than 3 million units. Angelina Jolie previously played ‘Croft’ on the bigscreen in 2001 & 2003.
• “The Wolf of Wall Street” – Thanks to an onslaught of online promotion, there’s lots of buzz about Martin Scorsese’s upcoming drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio as hard-partying real-life stockbroker Jordan Belfort. Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey co-star. Some say the flick is sure to become a major player during awards season. It arrives in theaters November 15th.

MIT scientists have developed a system to help us improve conversational and interpersonal skills in order to feel more comfortable with situations such as job interviews or first dates. The software, called MACH (‘My Automated Conversation coacH’), uses a computer-generated onscreen face, along with facial, speech, and behavior analysis to provide users with feedback on their interactions. Designed to run on an ordinary laptop, the system uses the computer’s webcam to monitor a user’s facial expressions and movements. (You’ll know you’re truly dull if you’re talking to your laptop and it reverts to ‘sleep’ mode.)

GPS steer you wrong? You’re not alone. A new Harris Interactive poll says most GPS users have received bad directions and many still use paper maps as backup. Some highlights …
✗ 63% of drivers with GPS say their navigating device has given them bum directions.
✗ 46% of GPS users also keep maps in the car (mostly those over age 55).
✗ 35% of men use GPS as a primary navigational source, compared to just 26% of women.
✗ 6% of us still rely on old-fashioned verbal directions when it comes to finding our way.
✗ 3% say of us say we simply wing it when we’re in an unfamiliar place.
(Keep in mind the poll’s commissioned by Michelin, maker of famous travel guides … on paper.)
– “USA Today”

India is the last country on Earth with regular telegraph service. But not for long! On July 14th, someone somewhere in India will tap out what will be the last-ever telegraph message as India’s state-owned telecom company, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, is finally ready to pull the plug after a 2-year delay. It admits that telegrams are simply no longer commercially viable in the age of digital communications. (It’s the last telegram in the world … what would you say? People are listening in on my phone calls. Stop.)

A selection of dumb food-handling habits – and what you should be doing instead …
• Allow Meat to Mingle – Cross-contamination happens when bacteria-infested juices from uncooked foods come into contact with other foods … sometimes even in a grocery bag.
• Leave Groceries in Trunk While You Shop the Mall – recommends that perishable food should not be left out more than 1 hour if it’s hotter than 90 degrees F (32 C).
• Always Use the Same Cutting Board – If you’re using the same cutting board, tongs, knives and plates to handle raw meat as you are to handle cooked meat, you’re asking for trouble.
• Skip the Cooking Directions – Different meats require different cooking times and different cooking temperatures. When in doubt, check the packaging.
• Only Check Surface Temperatures – Meats like burgers & sausages need to be cooked all the way through. Do yourself a favor, stick that thermometer in deep, where the Sun don’t shine.
• Leave Fridge/Freezer Door Open – Meat should be stored at 35-40 F (1.5-4.5 C) in the refrigerator, and at 0 F (-18 C) in the freezer. Tough to maintain those levels with the door ajar.
• Don’t Wash Your Hands – The rinse-soap-rub-rinse routine should take you at least 20 seconds. Your stomach and everyone else’s appetite will thank you for it.
• Leave Cooked Food Out Forever – 2 hours is the recommended maximum time you should leave your food out before it needs to be refrigerated.
• Practice Food Cryogenics – As a general rule of thumb, food can only be kept 3-4 days in the fridge and 2-6 months in the freezer … unless you want to end up with a mouthful of carpet.
– Condensed from

Left-handed people are better at computer games.
– BBC News


1949 [64] Lionel Richie, Tuskegee AL, oldies singer (“All Night Long”, Commodores-“Easy”)

1952 [61] John Goodman, Afton MO, movie actor (“Argo”, “Trouble With the Curve”)/TV actor (“Roseanne” 1988-97)  UP NEXT: “Monsters University”, opening Friday.

1967 [46] Nicole Kidman, Honolulu HI, movie actress (“The Paperboy”, “The Hours”)/Mrs Keith Urban since 2006/Mrs Tom Cruise 1990-2001  COMING UP: “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”, December 20th; “Grace of Monaco”, December 27th.

1967 [46] Dan Tyminski, Rutland VT, bluegrass singer-songwriter-instrumentalist (Alison Krauss & Union Station-“Paper Airplane”, “Lonely Runs Both Ways”/10 Grammy Awards

1968 [45] Robert Rodriguez, San Antonio TX, movie director-producer-screenwriter (“Machete” movies, “Sin City”)  UP NEXT: “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”, 2014.

1973 [40] Chino Moreno, Sacramento CA, alt-rock singer (Deftones-“Diamond Eyes”, “Rocket Skates”)

1976 [37] Jerome Fontamillas, Watsonville CA, alt-rock guitarist-keyboardist (Switchfoot-“Meant to Live”, “Dare You to Move”)

1983 [30] Grace Potter, Waitsfield VT, pop-rock singer-songwriter (Grace Potter & The Nocturnals-“Never Go Back”, w/Kenny Chesney-“You & Tequila”)

1989 [24] Chris Mintz-Plasse, LA CA, movie actor (“Kick-Ass” films, “Superbad”)

• “American Eagle Day”, to commemorate the USA’s national symbol, the Bald Eagle. In a 1784 letter, Benjamin Franklin complained about that choice, saying he preferred … the turkey.

• “Recess at Work Day”, time to take a break, play some games, and work on improving employee morale. If it’s good for school kids, why not adults? Hopscotch in the hall, everyone!

• “World Refugee Day”, first declared by the UN in 2001 as an expression of solidarity with Africa, which hosts the most refugees.

2003 [10] The Ang Lee movie “Hulk” opens in movie theaters, starring Eric Bana as the Marvel Comics character

2006 [07] The BBC cancels its landmark weekly pop music show “Top Of the Pops” after a record 42 years on-air (and about 479 sexual assaults by long-time host Jimmy Savile)

2008 [05] Surrey University in England awards Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page an honorary Doctorate in Music

1986 [27] In Rochester NY, competitive eating champ Peter Dowdeswell sets a new record by downing 144 prunes in 32 seconds (sets another record the next morning)

[Fri] 1st Day of Summer (as of 1:04 am EDT)
[Fri] Firefly Music Festival begins (Dover DE)
[Fri] Flip Flop Day
[Fri] Take Your Dog to Work Day
[Sat] Stupid Guy Thing Day
[Sun] Full ‘Strawberry’ Moon
This Week Is … Meet a Mate Week
This Month Is … Audio Book Appreciation Month


You run down the list while a caller/guest/crew member rates each as simply ‘good’ or ‘bad’ …
• Customer reward cards.
• Electronic ‘Evite’ invitations.
• Backyard kids’ birthday parties where parents are also invited.
• ‘Summer Ale’.
• Purses for guys.
• Recycle bins left in your cul-de-sac 4 days after trash pick-up day.
• Mason jars as drinking mugs.
• Pet cats left outdoors at night.
• Out-of-Office Autoreply email.

☎ What’s the weirdest thing you’ve done in front of your pet? Pretended to be an animal? Sung opera? Danced naked? What else?

What was the cowardly lion costume in the 1939 film classic “The Wizard of Oz” made from?
a. Horsehair.
b. Squirrel fur.
c. Real lions. [CORRECT]

I’m out of bed and dressed. What more do you want?

Question: You can fall asleep faster if you do THIS.
Answer: Wear socks to bed. (But you’ll decrease your odds of other things happening.)

To dream of the person you would like to be is to waste the person you are.

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