Tuesday, March 24, 2015              Edition: #5414

Sweet Sheet!

★ Sony Pictures is planning a film adaptation of the Broadway show “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”. The stage production, which debuted on Broadway in January 2014, tells the story of composer & performer King and her songwriting collaborators Gerry Goffin, Cynthia Weil, and Barry Mann. It’s packed full of hit songs like “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, “Up On the Roof”, “So Far Away”, and “I Feel the Earth Move”. The show earned 7 Tony nominations and won 2 of them. It’s already spawned a London West End production and a North American touring company, which kicks off in the Fall. (King’s breakthrough album “Tapestry” topped the album chart for 15 weeks in 1971 and remained on the charts for more than 6 years.)
– TheHollywoodReporter.com
★ Magician David Copperfield’s luxury 4-story Manhattan pad on the 57th floor of the Galleria Tower was recently flooded when the pump on his rooftop pool malfunctioned and the entire pool drained through his apartment and those below, right to the basement. The flood also knocked out the posh property’s elevators. Copperfield was performing at his residency in Las Vegas at the time of the disaster and was said to be ‘terrified’ that his precious art and antique collection would be ruined, but was relieved to learn the valuables were saved. Copperfield purchased the place in 1997 for $7.4 million. (Let the lawsuits begin!)
– “New York Post”
★ And former spouses Miranda Kerr & Orlando Bloom have reportedly been … ”hooking up”. A source claims the estranged couple, who split in 2013 following 3 years of marriage, have been getting together whenever they can, believing the close relationship they share is beneficial for their son Flynn (4). The 31-year-old model & 38-year-old actor have remained on good terms since their split and sparked rumors they may be taking steps to rekindle their romance when they left the “Vanity Fair” Oscars after-party together last month. (Since their split, she’s been linked to billionaire Aussie businessman James Packer and – seriously? – Justin Bieber.)
– “OK! Magazine”

• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Incubus (“Trust Fall”, out May 12th).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Saint Motel (“My Type”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – The Budos Band (“Burnt Offering”).
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/Omni 1) – Modest Mouse (“Strangers to Ourselves”).
• “Meredith Vieira Show” (syndicated) – Jason Derulo (“Talk Dirty”).
• “Pretty Little Liars” (ABC Family) – A ‘big reveal’ is promised on tonight’s 6th season finalé.
• “The Talk” (CBS) – Guest host Josh Groban (“Stages”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Little Big Town (“Pain Killer”).
• “The Voice” (NBC/CTV2) – The artists choose a song to perform while their direct competitors watch; adviser Nate Ruess (fun.) mentors.

• Fleetwood Mac – They’ve rescheduled their tour of Australia and New Zealand, postponed in 2013 due to bassist John McVie’s health. The 10-date tour will now happen in late October and early November, according to “Billboard”. They haven’t traveled Down Under since 2009.
• Iggy Azalea – It looks like the collaborative track that she and Britney Spears have been teasing will be included on Iggy’s follow-up album to “The New Classic”.  The rapper says “Pretty Girls” will likely be the first single from her sophomore project.
• Jason Aldean – He married fiancée and former “American Idol” contestant Brittany Kerr in Mexico over the weekend, the couple has confirmed to “Us Weekly”. The pair were first linked in September 2012, prior to Jason’s headline-grabbing divorce from his wife Jessica in 2013.
• One Direction – Louis Tomlinson’s ex-girlfriend Eleanor Calder traveled more than 21,000 miles to Sydney, Australia and back in an attempt to save their relationship, but the singer’s schedule is said to have put a real strain on their 4-year romance resulting in them splitting.
• Rolling Stones – Guitarist Ronnie Wood has inked a deal with Genesis Publications to release “How Can It Be? A Rock & Roll Diary”, a series of entries from his personal journals which start in 1965, and were written during his early years as a member of The Birds.
• Taylor Swift – She’s bought up 2 potentially racy web addresses to stop adult websites being started in her name. TaylorSwift.porn and TaylorSwift.adult would have both been available on June 1st, when new alternative ‘dot’ suffixes will be allowed.

Out today on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
• “The Hobbit: The Battle Of the Five Armies” ( PG-13 Adventure Fantasy ): In the 3rd film of Peter Jackson’s trilogy adapting JRR Tolkien’s popular masterpiece, ‘Bilbo’ and company are forced to engage in a war to keep the ‘Lonely Mountain’ from falling into the hands of an array of combatants. Stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage.
• “Into the Woods” ( PG Musical Fantasy ): In this adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s hit stage musical, a witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairytales to reverse the curse put on their family tree. Directed by Rob Marshall. Stars Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt.
• “Unbroken” ( PG-13  Biographical Drama ): Angelina Jolie directs the story of Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic runner who survives a plane crash during WW2, then spends a harrowing 47 days in a life raft with fellow crewmen only to be caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a POW camp. Stars Jack O’Connell, Takamasa Ishihara, Domhnall Gleeson.
• Also released today: “Mr Bean: The Whole Bean: 25th Anniversary Collection 1990-95” (Vintage TV).

✗ You’re supposed to use the little hole in the pop can tab to hold your straw.
✗ You’re supposed to use a ‘flange plunger’ for your toilet and a ‘cup plunger’ for your sink. Yeah we know, you just use the cup plunger for everything.
✗ You’re supposed to push in the tabs on either end of the plastic wrap or aluminum foil box to prevent the roll from coming out.
✗ You’re supposed to use only a dab of toothpaste. And you’re not supposed to rinse after you brush.
✗ You’re supposed to store peanut butter upside down so that the oils distribute evenly.
✗ You’re supposed to peel bananas from the other end, not the stem end.
– Adapted from List 25.com

This week the 36-year-old Brit has taken over from long-running host Craig Ferguson on CBS-TV’s “Late Late Show”. So who is this dude?
• Sitcom Writer/Actor – “Gavin & Stacey” ran on the BBC 2007-10. Corden co-wrote the series and played the role of ‘Smithy’. It won numerous awards including a BAFTA for Corden.
• TV Host – Corden hosted the Brit Awards 3 times (4 if you count his 2009 appearance with Matthew Horne and Kylie Minogue), so he’s no stranger to big hosting gigs.
• Movie Actor – Had a role in the movie musical “Into The Woods” last year. Will next be seen in “Kill Your Friends” alongside Nicholas Hoult, and “The Lady In the Van” starring Maggie Smith.
• Stage Actor – Has performed in both NYC and London’s West End. Won a 2012 Tony Award for his role in “One Man, Two Guvnors” on Broadway.
• Family Guy – Married charity worker Julia Carey in 2012 and the couple are parents to son Max (2011) and daughter Carey (2014). The family recently relocated from London to LA.
– Condensed from ContactMusic.com

Most of these were not big hits, but snippets from them became part of many monster tunes …
1. Fab 5 Freddy – “Change the Beat”
2. The Winstons – “Amen, Brother”
3. Lyn Collins – “Think (About It)”
4. James Brown – “Funky Drummer”
5. Slick Rick & Doug E Fresh – “La Di Da Di”
6. James Brown – “Funky President (People it’s Bad)”
7. Public Enemy – “Bring the Noise”
8. Run-DMC – “Here We Go (Live At the Funhouse)”
9. Mountain – “Long Red”
10. The Mohawks – “The Champ”
– TheVerge.com

A new Reuters-Ipsos poll taken this month has found that just 46% of Americans hold a favorable opinion of Barack ‘No Drama’ Obama, known for his cool and cautious style. By contrast, some current and former TV presidents fare much better in the poll. Witness …
✓ ‘President David Palmer’ (Dennis Haysbert) of FOX’s “24” … 89% approval.
✓ ‘President Jed Bartlet’ (Martin Sheen) of NBC’s “The West Wing” … 82% liked.
✓ ‘President Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell) of SyFy’s “Battlestar Galactica” … 78% approval.
✓ ‘President Fitzgerald Grant’ (Tony Goldwyn) of ABC’s “Scandal” .. 60% favorable.
✓ ‘President Francis Underwood’ (Kevin Spacey) on Netflix’s “House of Cards” … 57% like him.
Even Obama likes ‘Underwood’, quipping in 2013: “This guy’s getting a lot of stuff done. I wish things were that ruthlessly efficient.” (At least Obama beat Vladimir Putin, only 24% like him.)
– NYDailyNews.com

Pass the Panda Pops and whack on the Spice Girls as we take a time-tour to 20 years ago …
• Beaded curtains. Practical? Not at all. But colorful and total proof of how cool you were.
• Spinning desk chair. Meant for you to be comfortable while doing homework but … wheeeee!
• Collectibles. Whether it was ‘Pogs’ or ‘Pokemon’ cards, your room was laden with them.
• ‘Furby’. A toy that talked back! Hours of fun and less irritating than modern-day ‘Siri’.
• A TV/VHS combo. Whoa, state-of-the-art technology!
• ‘Beanie Babies’, all with their labels intact ’cause you knew they’d be worth millions someday.
• ‘PlayStation’. OMG how realistic were those “Tomb Raider” and “Crash Bandicoot” graphics!
• A see-through phone. That plugged into the wall.
• Beanbag seat. Sinking into it with a “Harry Potter” book or your Walkman was the best.
• Heartthrob posters. Backstreet Boys. *NSYNC. Which did you kiss goodnight?
• Glow-in-the-dark stars. Shining on your ceiling, the ultimate reason to get excited for bedtime.
• A lip-shaped cushion. The ultimate proclamation of how fashionable and out there you were.
– Metro.co.uk

• ‘Icecap’ – You don’t have to be a sommelier to understand the importance of serving wine at the right temperature. Enter this handy chiller that aerates and cools your room-temperature wine to cellar temp in seconds. The canister fits atop a typical wine glass. Just pour in the vintage, wait a few secs, then sip.
– Quirky.com
• ‘PaperKarma’ – Stop junk mail (the physical kind delivered to your door) by using your phone. Just take photos of the unwanted mail you want to stop. The app automatically contacts the mailer and removes you from the distribution list. The company claims it can stop most unwanted mail, provided that it’s addressed directly to you.
– Quora.com
• ‘Switchmate’ – Developed by Californian electrical engineers, it acts like a robotic finger to turn light switches on and off. It can be attached to existing switches using a magnetic fastener. Using an app, the device can be programmed to turn on at certain times or even when it detects you walking into a room with your phone.
– DailyMail.co.uk
• Ultra-Ever Dry – This is a highly hydrophobic paint that’s recently been used in St Pauli, a trendy neighborhood in Hamburg, Germany that got fed up with inebriated party-goers urinating against walls. When lower sections of walls are coated with the product, it causes the liquid to splash back, creating a problematic experience for the offender.
– GizMag.com

Former CNN talk show host Larry King is into social media … sorta. The 81-year-old tweets by calling a dedicated voicemail, which is listened to by an assistant who then transcribes his thoughts to Twitter.
– Vox.com


1951 [64] Tommy Hilfiger, Elmira NY, fashion designer (‘Tommy Girl’) who’s name on anything jacks the price about 200%

1973 [42] Jim Parsons, Houston TX, TV actor (‘Sheldon Cooper’ on “The Big Bang Theory” since 2007)

1974 [41] Alyson Hannigan, Washington DC, TV actress (“How I Met Your Mother” 2005-14, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” 1997-2003)/movie actress (“American Pie” series)

1976 [39] Peyton Manning, New Orleans LA, NFL QB (Denver Broncos since 2012, 2007 Super Bowl MVP-Indianapolis Colts)/5-time NFL MVP/14-time Pro Bowl selection

1977 [38] Jessica Chastain, Sacramento CA, movie actress (“Interstellar”, “Zero Dark Thirty”)

• “Chocolate Covered Raisins Day” … but not the kind you find in your kid’s bunny cage.

• “Inspect Your Cat’s Tongue Day”. You know you’ve always wanted to see what makes your cat’s tongue feel like sandpaper … today’s the day to find out!

• “World Tuberculosis Day”, to build public awareness that tuberculosis remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of about 1.6 million people each year, mostly in Third World nations.

2002 [13] Halle Berry (“Monster’s Ball”) & Denzel Washington (“Training Day”) take home the top acting Oscars at the Academy Awards

2001 [14] The segment of Highway 19 that runs through Macon GA is renamed “Duane Allman Boulevard”, in remembrance of the Allman Bros guitarist who died in a motorcycle crash near there 3 decades earlier

2002 [13] After a record 15 nominations, Randy Newman wins his 1st Oscar award for ‘Best Song’, the “Monsters Inc” composition “If I Didn’t Have You”

[Wed] Pecan Day
[Wed] Tolkien Reading Day
[Thurs] International Sister Cities Day
[Thurs] Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
[Fri] “Get Hard”; “Home” open in movie theaters
[Fri] Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day
This Week Is … Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Week
This Month Is … Mad for Plaid Month


Sure, we’ve all heard of ‘spooning’ with a partner. But have you tried …
• Sporking
• Microplaning
• Egg separating
• Oyster shucking
• Bon-bon scooping
• Salad tonging
• Cake breaking
• Wine bucketing
• Knifing
– Thanks to Dan McMinn

☎ What simple thing did you learn at an embarrassingly late age?

Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.

Question: You will find 158 of THESE in the average home.
Answer: Books.

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