Tuesday, June 28, 2011        Edition: #4537

Ahhh, the Sweet Smell of BS!

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
42-year-old actress Jennifer Aniston has showed off her first ink (that we know of), a small tattoo on the inside of her right foot that reads ‘Norman’, the name of her beloved dog who recently died (the only love of her life that lasted more than a couple months) . . . A body discovered dead in a portable toilet during cleanup after Britain’s massive weekend “Glastonbury Festival” has been identified as 56-year-old Christopher Shale, a local Conservative Party chairman (thereby answering the question, “Who died in here?”) . . . 65-year-old actress Helen Mirren (“The Queen”) has felt it important to tell us that when she has visited nudist beaches, she found the experience ‘comforting’ (that’s TMI, lady!) . . . A second of Charlie Sheen’s ‘goddesses’ has split, Natalie Kenly moving out of his LA mansion, prompting the 45-year-old actor to initially demand she return the $160,000-Mercedes he bought her last year (goddess #1, Bree Olson, ditched him in April – by text message) . . . 22-year-old actor Rupert Grint tells “Attitude” mag that kissing his 21-year-old co-star Emma Watson during a scene in “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 2” (out July 15th) seemed ‘unnatural’ because she’s been like a sister to him since age 9 (then they re-did the scene 4 times) . . . And movie actor Shia Labeouf has revealed that large chunks of “Transformers: Revenge Of the Fallen” was improvised with no script whatsoever but he promises the 3rd instalment, “Transformers: Dark Of the Moon” (opening tomorrow) features the best “Transformers” script he’s ever received (not saying a lot, is it?).

TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/A Channel) – Taylor Swift (“Speak Now”).
• “Gayle King” (OWN) – Lenny Kravitz (“Black & White America”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CHCH) – Hannibal Buress (“My Name is Hannibal”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – The Kills (“Midnight Boom”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/A Channel) – My Morning Jacket (“Circuital”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni) – Sleepy Man Banjo Boys (“Our Favorite Bluegrass”).
• “Live With Regis & Kelly” (syndicated/CTV) – Selena Gomez (3rd album “Otherside” is out today).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/A Channel) – Blake Shelton (“Red River Blue”, to be released July 12th); “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery.
• “The Voice” (NBC/CTV) – The 4 remaining contestants perform.

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Alice Cooper – Movie star Johnny Depp joined him onstage during a weekend gig at London’s 100 Club, playing guitar on the Cooper hits “I’m Eighteen” and “School’s Out”.
• Beyoncé – Today her new album “4” is released. An expanded version includes 3 extra tracks and 3 remixes of the lead single “Run The World (Girls)”. Hope the album sells well … Beyoncé bought her sister Solange Knowles 25 pairs of designer shoes for her recent 25th birthday.
• Billy Ray Cyrus – Today he releases the album “I’m American”, which features appearances by Jamey Johnson, Craig Morgan, Darryl Worley, and Amy Grant.
• Black Eyed Peas – They’re teaming with Ubisoft to launch a videogame which encourages users to sing & dance to their hits. “The Black Eyed Peas Experience” will be available for both Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360.
• Blink-182 – Mark Hoppus says a single from their as-yet-untitled upcoming album is due July 3rd, but there are still 3 or 4 contenders for which track it will be.
• Kings of Leon – Guitarist Matthew Followill says their new documentary film, “Talihina Sky: The Story Of Kings Of Leon”, will likely polarize people’s opinion of them, making some like them more and others dislike them more. So far, the film has debuted in Ireland and the UK.
• Lady Gaga – A Michigan-based law firm has launched a $5 million-plus class action suit against her, claiming she’s profiting from sales of her $5 Japan relief wristbands by deliberately inflating shipping costs. To give you an idea of the credibility of the action … the law firm is called ‘800-LAW-FIRM’, which will likely lose the suit but win some cheesy publicity.

TODAY’S VIDEO RELEASES:
• “Beastly” ( PG-13 Romantic Fantasy ): In this updated take on the “Beauty & The Beast” tale, Alex Pettyfer (“I Am Number Four”) plays a NYC teen who is transformed into a hideous monster in order to find true love. Co-stars Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen.
• “Season Of the Witch” ( PG-13 Fantasy Adventure ): Nicolas Cage & Ron Perlman play 14th-century crusaders who return to their homeland to find it devastated by the Black Plague. There they are persuaded to transport an accused witch to a remote abbey for punishment.
• “Sucker Punch” ( PG-13 Fantasy ): 22-year-old Aussie actress Emily Browning plays a teen institutionalized by her wicked stepfather who creates a dream world that helps her cope with her harsh reality. Co-stars Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Hudgens, and “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm.
• “3 Backyards” ( R-Rated Drama ): The story of 3 residents of the same suburban town over the course of one perfect, glittering autumn day as they embark on tiny journeys that take them vast distances from the familiar. Stars Embeth Davidtz, Edie Falco, Elias Koteas.
• Also released today: “Lord Of the Dance 3-D” (Musical); “Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete 1st Season” (TV); “Team Umizoomi” (Animation); and “Warehouse 13: Season 2” (TV).

ANOTHER WAY TO JACK UP PRICES:
Move over 3-D, now there’s D-Box! Instead of delivering movie thrills straight between the eyes, this new technology connects to the moviegoer through hi-tech seating that enables 3 levels of pitching, rolling, and heaving. The moviegoer has control over the intensity of that action, via a control knob that can reduce the movement, or, if it all becomes too much, shut it off. D-Box debuted in some 80 cinemas with the now-showing movie “Super 8”. The special seating involves an increased admittance charge of about $8. (What would be the ultimate movie in D-Box? “Fast Five”?)
– “Chicago Sun-Times”

BS HOUSEHOLD HINTS TO MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER:
• To make your shower doors sparkle, wipe them down once a week with full-strength vinegar.
– “Tightwad Living”
• WD-40 removes crayon marks from walls immediately. It might leave a greasy line on flat paint but that can be easily washed off with soap & water.
– Hints-n-Tips.com
• If a drippy faucet is keeping you awake, tie a string long enough to reach the drain onto the end of it. It’ll still drip … but you won’t hear anything.
– “Woman’s Day”

FROM THE BS POLL VAULT:
A statistical breakdown of who we are and what we do …
• 87% of parents set rules about what time teens have to come home at night.
• 75% of users have the same password for email and Facebook.
• 53% of us have at least some belief in astrology.
• 48% of children are bothered when different foods touch one another on their plate.
• 38% of women take off their shoes at the movies.
• 25% of pet owners have tasted their animal’s food.

HOW TO MAKE A PERFECT CUPPA:
Scientists at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle, England have spent 180 hours testing tea to discover that the key to the best-tasting brew is made by adding boiling water to a tea bag in a mug and leaving it for 2 minutes, then removing the bag and adding milk and waiting an additional 6 minutes. Not only does that avoid scalding but by then it has cooled to 60 C (140 F), the optimum temperature to let flavors out. Tea which remains un-sipped for 17 minutes, 30 seconds is past its best. (That’s when you drop in a couple of ice cubes and guzzle it.)
– “Telegraph”

WHAT COMES AFTER A TERABYTE?
Actually there are lots of things bigger than a terabyte. A quick look at memory sizes …
1000 Bytes = 1 Kilobyte
1000 Kilobytes = 1 Megabyte
1000 Megabytes = 1 Gigabyte
1000 Gigabytes = 1 Terabyte
1000 Terabytes = 1 Petabyte
1000 Petabytes = 1 Exabyte
1000 Exabytes = 1 Zettabyte
1000 Zettabyte = 1 Zottabyte
1000 Zottabyte = 1 Brontobyte (1 followed by 27 zeroes)
– Expert Knowledgebase

MOST SHOPLIFTED ITEMS:
The most shoplifted items in the world, according to Rachel Shteir’s new book “The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting” …
6. Raw Steak.
5. Underwear.
4. Batteries.
3. DVDs.
2. Toothbrushes.
1. Gillette Mach 3 Razors.
– “New York Observer”

DIET MYTHS BUSTED:
Here’s the real scoop on 3 currently circulating diet myths …
• Bananas Are Fattening – One medium banana contains only 105 calories; you’d have to eat at least 6 to equal one slice of pizza. Also on the plus side, bananas are a good source of fiber, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin B6.
• Certain Foods Help You Lose Belly Fat – Contrary to what some diet books & articles preach, there are no foods that magically melt away fat off your belly … or any other part of your body. Where fat tends to settle is typically all in your genes. Or maybe your jeans.
• The More You Sweat, The More Weight You Lose – While it’s true exercise helps you lose weight by burning calories, heavy sweating only indicates how much temporary water weight you’ve lost. That fluid will quickly be replaced as you drink water to rehydrate your body.
– “Joy’s Healthy Bite”

SUMMER TRIP TRAUMA:
Vacations aren’t just a summer break from routine anymore. The ‘Leisure Travel Monitor’ suggests that vacations are becoming an obligatory way for families to reconnect as we suffer guilt for the lack of family time in our daily lives. So it’s not just a vacation anymore, it’s making up for all the missed family dinners, activities, and special occasions. (Well thanks for creating even more pressure for us to make our little 2-week breather the perfect experience.)
– PA News

DID YOU KNOW?
Starting in September, Dutch airline KLM will begin flights between Paris and Amsterdam using bio-fuel made from … used cooking oil.
– AP

BS CHRONOMETER 06.28.11


TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1926 [85] Mel Brooks (Kaminsky), Brooklyn NY, really rich Broadway producer (“The Producers”)/movie director (“Blazing Saddles”)/widower of actress Anne Bancroft

1948 [63] Kathy Bates, Memphis TN, movie actress (“The Blind Side”, 1990 Academy Award-“Misery”)/TV actress (‘Jo Bennett’ on “The Office” since 2010)

1966 [45] John Cusack, Evanston IL, movie actor (“2012”, “Runaway Jury”)

1976 [35] Tim Nordwind, Kalamazoo MI, rock bassist/singer (OK Go-“White Knuckles”, “Here It Goes Again”)

1977 [34] Mark Stoermer, Houston TX, pop/rock bassist (The Killers-“Human”, “When You Were Young”)

1986 [25] Kellie Pickler, Albemarle NC, country singer (“Best Days Of Your Life”, “Red High Hells”)/former “American Idol” finalist (2006)

TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Insurance Awareness Day”. Hmm, now who do you think came up with this one?

• “Long Letter Day”, time to stop whatever you’re doing and write a long letter to an old friend.

• “Tapioca Day”, honoring that stuff you put in pudding that looks like fish eyes.

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1998 [13] 1st TV ratings week in which more viewers watch cable/satellite channels than broadcast channels (that Home & Garden channel is rivetting, isn’t it?)

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
2007 [04] The Spice Girls announce a reunion and ‘world tour’ (fizzles out after a handful of shows)

TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1994 [17] 1st ‘UV Index’ reading, measuring daily ultraviolet exposure from the sun’s rays (aka the ‘Melanoma Factor’)

TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1984 [27] England’s Melvyn Switzer sets ‘Loudness Record for Snoring’ at 85.5 decibels (a level that can damage your ears over time)

1988 [23] An ostrich at the Israeli Kibbutz Ha’on lays the ‘Heaviest Bird Egg Ever Recorded’ … 5.1 lbs (2.3 kg)

COMING UP . . .
[Wed] Camera Day
[Thurs] Meteor Day
[Fri] Canada Day
[Fri] Hug a Cowboy Day
[Fri] Half Year Day
This Week Is … Helen Keller Deaf-Blindness Awareness Week
This Month Is … Soul Food Month

BULL’S BITS


EASIEST BS JOBS IN SHOW BIZ:
• Snooki’s personal librarian.
• Fan mail coordinator for Jermaine Jackson.
• Ron Howard’s anger-management coach.
• Carrie Underwood’s rehab counselor.
• Zach Galifianakis’ barber.
• Terri Hatcher’s pastry chef.
• Courtney Love’s bodyguard.
• Steven Tyler’s weightlifting spotter.
• Wardrobe coordinator, “Cars 2”.
• Academy Award acceptance speech writer for Cameron Diaz.

BS PHONE STARTER:
What’s the absolute best vacation destination?

BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
It was once customary for a woman to butter which part of her body?
a. Her hair. [CORRECT]
b. Her legs.
c. Her hips.
– Halife.com

BS RANDOM JOKE:
Be courteous to everyone. You never know who might show up on the jury.

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Today’s Question: At last count there were 679 of THESE in the world, but only 14 were women.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Self-made billionaires. (“More”)

BS DEEP THOUGHT:
The most solid stone is the lowest one in the foundation.


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