Friday, March 9, 2007        Edition: #3484
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TODAY on “The View” (ABC/CTV), Rosie O’Donnell reveals that part of her regular therapy for depression involves hanging upside-down for a half-hour a day (now there’s a truly icky mental picture!) . . . SATURDAY at the “Canadian Radio Music Awards” in Toronto, City & Colour, Mobile, and Neverending White Lights are among the acts with multiple nominations, and Triumph will be inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame . . . SATURDAY Beyoncé is the leading contender for the 21st “Soul Train Music Awards” in LA with 3 nominations, followed by Mary J Blige, Chris Brown, John Legend, Ne-Yo, Gnarls Barkley, and Yung Joc with 2 apiece (the taped show airs in national syndication the week of March 17-24th) . . . Oscar-winning “Dreamgirls” actress Jennifer Hudson has signed on with cosmetics giant Avon to front a worldwide campaign for a new perfume (‘Eau de Effie’?) . . . For more than a week now “Pirates of the Caribbean” star Johnny Depp & his partner Vanessa Paradis have been keeping a bedside vigil for 7-year-old daughter Lily-Rose, who’s said to be in serious condition from an undisclosed illness in a UK hospital . . . In Florida, the Broward County Medical Examiner has found the cause of Anna Nicole Smith’s death but refuses to reveal it until police complete their own investigation, which could take several more weeks (is there anyone attached to this story who isn’t into grandstanding?) . . . Actor Tim Daly will star in an upcoming 2-hour special episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC/CTV) that will launch a spinoff show centering on ‘Dr Addison Montgomery-Shepherd’ (so far the new series has no title, no location, and no general plot – just actress Kate Walsh) . . . “Lost” (ABC/CTV) cast members Naveen Andrews (‘Sayid Jarrah’) & Dominic Monaghan (‘Charlie Pace’) are complaining about lack of screen-time on the show’s 3rd season, whining that their getting paid for doing nothing (quit griping – if ratings keep tanking, you’ll be doing nothing and NOT get paid) . . .TV producer Mark Burnett is being sued for $2 million-plus by TV writer Sharlene Sullivan, who claims she gave him the idea for his reality show “Rock Star” back in 2002 but was told to abandon the idea and write an unrelated treatment regarding transvestites (huh?) . . . Former ‘James Bond’ actor Pierce Brosnan will co-star with Meryl Streep in the film adaptation of the stage musical “Mamma Mia”, based on the music of ABBA (can you imagine these two singing?) . . . Thanks to her racy online photos, sleazeball “Girls Gone Wild” producer Joe Francis is offering “American Idol” competitor Antonella Barba $250,000 to host an upcoming video (take it – there’s no money in singing off key!) . . . And the UK’s Channel 4 is planning a new reality series called “Dumped”, in which contestants will live for 3 weeks in a garbage dump, scavenging everything they eat, wear, shelter under, and use – from other people’s refuse (like there isn’t enough trash on TV!).

• Diana Ross – TONIGHT the 62-year-old inspiration for “Dreamgirls” appears on “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS).
• Katharine McPhee – TONIGHT the “American Idol” alum is on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC).
• Lily Allen – TOMORROW the Brit pop singer (“Smile”) is the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” (NBC), hosted by actress Drew Barrymore (“Music and Lyrics”).
• Michael Jackson – TODAY in Tokyo, he’s scheduled to host a ‘fan art contest’ for those who couldn’t afford the 400,000-yen tickets to YESTERDAY’s ‘VIP Party’. The attendees are still being rung up for an entrance fee of about $130.
• Monica – TODAY she’s a guest on the “ Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CityTV).
• Norah Jones – TONIGHT she performs on the “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/A Channel).
• *NSYNC – Lance Bass is writing his autobiography to be called “Out of Sync”, which promises to delve into his life, his music and his sexuality. It’s due on shelves in OCTOBER.
• Snow Patrol – They’ve recorded the new song “Signal Fire” for the soundtrack of “Spider-Man 3” (opens MAY 4). Why not a tune called “Chasing Sandman”?

“300” ( R-Rated Period War Drama ): In 480 BC, Spartan king Leonidas leads 300 of his warriors into the Battle of Thermopylae against  well over 100,000 soldiers of the Persian army, who are bent on conquering Greece. The battle is said to have inspired all of Greece to band together against the Persians, and helped usher in the world’s first democracy. Based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel. Stars Gerard Butler (“The Phantom of the Opera”), Lena Headey, and David Wenham. Shot in Montréal. Dramatic soundtrack music & trailers here …

Western Europe is the most expensive place in the world to live, according to the latest annual ‘Worldwide Cost of Living ‘survey. Europe is home to 8 of the 10 most expensive cities in the world, and 14 of the top 20. Oslo, Norway remains the most expensive spot, at 32% more costly than NYC, the benchmark for all comparisons. It’s closely followed by Paris, France and Copenhagen, Denmark. The world’s cheapest capital in 2007 is Tehran, Iran.
– “The Economist”

According to a new ranking by the Geneva-based Airports Council International, based on total passengers in the past year …
5. LAX, Los Angeles CA (61 million)
4. Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Japan (65.2 million)
3. Heathrow, London UK (67.5 million)
2. O’Hare International, Chicago IL (76.2 million)
1. Hartsfield-Jackson International, Atlanta GA (84.8 million)
(Canada’s busiest airport, Toronto’s Pearson International, served 30.9 million passengers.)

According to Dr Shelly Weiss, neurologist at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children and author of “Better Sleep for Your Baby & Child”, we get the best sleep of our lives between the ages of 6-and-12. It’s never the same after that. Elementary school-aged children are in their prime for ‘perfect sleep’, she says, but when they become adolescents, they develop erratic sleep schedules, including the tendency to stay up later and wake up later.
– “Globe & Mail”

While returning to your youth is impossible, here are a few tips on how you may get closer to sleeping like a 6-year-old …
• Don’t take naps during the day.
• Get fresh air and exercise during the day. Exercise right before bed may keep you awake.
• Take a warm bath, read, or listen to quiet music in the evening.
• Limit your consumption of alcohol as it can keep you awake. Smoking cigarettes can also act as a stimulant that disturbs your sleep.
• Avoid coffee, tea or soft drinks in the evening. Drink warm milk or hot water before bed.
• Go to bed and get up at the same time every day.
• Keep your bedroom comfortable, cool and quiet.
• Get up and do something else if you have trouble sleeping. Then, go back to bed later.
(And one final tip – do NOT seek employment doing a morning radio show.)
– Health Canada

• Nonsmokers dream more than smokers.
• More than 1 billion automotive tires require disposal worldwide every year.
• In England in 1558, beards were taxed according to their length.
• Lipstick on your collar will disappear when rubbed with petroleum jelly.
• In Europe, Spring – measured by when plants start flowering and other natural indicators – now occurs an average of 6-to-8 days earlier than it did 30 years ago.
– /  “The Independent” / BBC / “Toronto Star”

New Zealand fishermen have caught what is expected to be a world-record Colossal Squid, the first adult of the species to ever be landed intact. Found deep in Antarctic waters, Colossal Squid are about the same length as Giant Squid but are much heavier. The mammoth creature is 10-meters-long (about 33 ft) and weighs 450 kg (990 lbs). Calamari rings made from it would be the size of tractor tires.
– Ananova News


1943 [64] Charles Gibson, Evanston IL, TV news anchor (“ABC Evening News” since 2006, “Good Morning America” 1987-2006, “Primetime Live” 2000-04, “20/20” 1998-2000)

1976 [31] Ben Mulroney, Montréal QC, TV host (“eTalk Daily” since 2002, “Canadian Idol” since 2003)/son of former PM Brain Mulroney

1980 [27] Chingy (Howard Bailey Jr), St Louis MO, rapper (“Pullin’ Me Back”, “Right Thurr”)

1987 [20] Bow Wow (Shad Moss), Columbus OH, rapper (w/Chris Brown-“Shortie Like Mine”, w/Ciara-“Like You”)/movie actor (“The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift”, “Roll Bounce”)

1992 [15] Luis Armand Garcia, LaGrange IL, TV actor (‘Max Lopez’ on “George Lopez” since 2002)

Former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell is 60; Classic rock guitarist Tom Scholz (Boston) is 60; al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden is 50; Movie actress Sharon Stone (“Basic Instinct”) is 49; Rock bassist Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam) is 44; British royal Prince Edward is 43; Singer/songwriter Edie Brickell (“What I Am”) is 41; Country singer Daryle Singletary (“Amen Kind Of Love”) is 36; Rapper/producer Timbaland (w/Justin Timberlake-“What Goes Around …”) is 35; Country singer Carrie Underwood (“Wasted”) is 24.

Media magnate Rupert Murdoch (FOX-TV) is 76; TV actor Wallace Langham (“CSI”) is 42; Pop singer Lisa Loeb (“Stay”) is 39; Movie actor Terrence Howard (“Crash”) is 38; Movie actor Johnny Knoxville (“Dukes of Hazzard”) is 36; Twin rockers Benji & Joel Madden (Good Charlotte) are 28.

• “Amerigo Vespucci Day” [vuhs-POOCH-ee’], commemorating the Italian’s 1451 birth in Florence. He’s the marginally-successful explorer that a European mapmaker chose as namesake for the ‘New World’, as in ‘North Amerigo’. Had he chosen the last name ‘Vespucci’ instead, things would have sounded a lot different!
• “Employee Appreciation Day”. Just to show how much you’re appreciated … you can come in tomorrow, too.
• “Frozen Dead Guy Days” weekend in Nederland CO, the 6th annual celebration of Grandpa Bredo Morstoel, who died in 1989, was frozen by his grandson and stored in a shed. Odd!
PHONER: 720.374.6742  NET:
• “Go Commando Day”, a tongue-in-cheek observance when we’re encouraged to forego wearing underwear. Perhaps created by some laundry-challenged single guy out of necessity?
• “Panic Day”, when you’re encouraged to run around all day telling people you just can’t handle it anymore. In other words … just a regular day.
• “St Frances of Rome Day”, the patron saint of motorists and housewives, who is said to have never argued with her husband in 40 years of marriage. Wow, that woman really was a saint!
• “World’s Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up”, the 46th annual weekend celebration in Sweetwater TX, with live rattlesnakes on display, snake-meat to eat, snake products for sale, a parade, a cook-off, and the ‘Miss Snake Charmer Pageant’ … as well as lots of snake herding, of course.
PHONER: 915.235.5488  NET:

• “Mario Day”, saluting anyone with that name because the abbreviated date (MAR-10) sort of spells ‘Mario’. Famous Marios include NHL Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux, legendary race car driver Mario Andretti, and Super Mario Bros (Nintendo game).
• “Salvation Army Day”, the anniversary of its establishment in the USA on this day in 1880. The Sally Ann was founded by William Booth in London in 1865, then came to NYC to provide food, shelter and clothing to needy Americans.

• “Daylight Saving Time” in North America begins at 2 am. The annual ‘Spring Forward’ has been moved forward from early APRIL in an attempt to save energy, but the change has had some unforseen impact. Hundreds of thousands of computers, cellphones, and BlackBerry devices aren’t automatically prepared for the earlier move ahead 1 hour, which could result in mayhem come MONDAY morning. Oh no, it’s Y2K panic all over again!
Daylight Saving Time LAST YEAR: April 2-October 29.
Daylight Saving Time THIS YEAR: March 11-November 4.
• “Johnny Appleseed Day”, celebrated on the anniversary of his death. Born John Chapman in Massachusetts in 1774, he became a serious nurseryman who laid out orchards in the wilderness of the US Midwest, then gave or sold trees to pioneers.
• “The 2007 Tim Hortons Brier” final, the Canadian Men’s Curling Championship at Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum.
• “Worship of Tools Day” (aka “Tool Appreciation Day”), celebrating men’s inexplicable fascination with high-priced gizmos. What tool have you purchased and then never, ever used even once?

1997 [10] Alanis Morissette, Shania Twain, and Céline Dion become the 1st recipients of the new ‘International Achievement Award’ at the “Juno Awards”

1997 [10] Notorious BIG (Christopher Wallace) dies at age 24 after a drive-by shooting in LA (best career move he ever made as “Life After Death”, released only weeks later, sells more than 10 million copies worldwide, making it one of the biggest rap albums of all-time)

1959 [48] ‘Barbie Doll’s Birthday’, the day she is 1st unveiled at NYC’s “International Toy Fair” (sales of over 800 million have made her the most successful toy ever produced … until recently)

1964 [43] 1st Ford ‘Mustang’ car is manufactured (goes on to become a classic collectible)

1996 [11] “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men remains at #1 for a record 15th week in-a-row

[Mon] 2007 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction (NYC)
[Mon] Middle Name Pride Day
[Mon] British Commonwealth Day
[Tues] Ear Muff Day
[Tues] Genealogy Day
[Wed] Potato Chip Day
[Wed] Save a Spider Day
This Week Is … Universal Women’s Week
This Month Is … Women’s History Month


The week’s most requested music files online …
5. Fat Joe – “Make It Rain”
4. Beyoncé – “Irreplaceable”
3. Akon – “Don’t Matter”
2. Mims – “This Is Why I’m Hot”
1. Akon – “I Wanna Luv U”
– Big Champagne Online Music Measurement

• How many of you believe in telekinesis? Raise my hand …
• I don’t need your attitude … I have my own.
• My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I’m right.

Should movies be released on DVD at the same time as they open in theaters? (A new report by research company Marketing Power suggests that film studios would experience a 16% boost in biz by simultaneously releasing movies to theaters and DVD, however, movie theaters would take a whopping 40% hit in ticket sales.)

Today’s Question: The more education a woman’s husband has, the greater her odds are of being THIS.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Thin.

Every morning is the dawn of a new error.

“The Bull Sheet” – Used by 9 of this year’s CMW ‘Station of the Year’ Nominees!

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