Thursday, March 27, 2014        Edition: #5189

You’re Up to Your Eyeballs in Sheet!

★ Sometime actress Gwyneth Paltrow & Coldplay frontman Chris Martin are splitting after 11 years of marriage. The twosome have experienced ups-and-downs in the past, most recently rumors that she’s been having an affair. But now they’ve announced on Paltrow’s lifestyle website that they’ve decided to separate after ‘working hard’ on their marriage for more than a year. They say they are parents first and foremost (to Apple and Moses), and have asked that family privacy be respected as they ‘uncouple and co-parent’.
★ Actress/singer Krysta Rodriguez has dropped out of a leading role in the upcoming “How I Met Your Mother” spin-off. The “Smash” actress was set to play ‘Juliet’, best friend of lead actress Greta Gerwig’s character in “How I Met Your Dad”, but she’s exited the pilot project after changes were made to the script. The spin-off will center on a group of friends living in NYC and follow the main character’s journey to meeting her future husband. The “How I Met Your Mother” series finalé airs Monday on CBS-TV.
★ The fiery car accident last year that killed “Fast & Furious” actor Paul Walker was caused by excessive speed and not mechanical failure, the LA County Sheriff’s office has announced after a 4-month investigation. The 2005 Porsche Carrera GT driven by Walker’s friend Roger Rodas was traveling at speeds of 80-to-93 mph (129-to-150 km/hr) in a 45 mph zone before Rodas lost control and crashed into trees and a utility pole in Santa Clarita CA. Bottom line, according to the investigation … ‘unsafe speed for the roadway conditions’.
★ And calling all zombies: The Dock Street Brewing Co in Philadelphia PA has crafted a blood-red beer in honor of the upcoming season finalé of AMC’s “The Walking Dead”. The 7.2% American Pale Stout, dubbed ‘Dock Street Walker’, will be released on Sunday to coincide with the 4th season’s final episode. It’s made with malted wheat, oats, flaked barley, cranberry, and – yuck! – actual smoked goat brains, to give it a unique flavor. The brewery says in a press release: “In true walker fashion, don’t be surprised if its head doesn’t hang around forever.”

• “American Idol” (FOX/CTV) – Janelle Monáe performs; contestants face elimination.
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – White Denim (“Corsicana Lemonade”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) Together Pangea (“Snake Dog”).
• “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” (CBS) – Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire (“Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire”). Rerun.
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Cole Swindell (“Chillin’ It”). Rerun.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – The National (“Trouble Will Follow Me”).

• Brantley Gilbert – His 22-city “Let It Ride Tour” starts tonight in LaCrosse WI. Special guests are Thomas Rhett and Eric Paslay. Gilbert releases his next album, “Just As I Am”, on May 20th. He co-wrote every track on the project including the lead single, “Bottoms Up”.
• Diddy – Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs is going back to the moniker ‘Puff Daddy’ for the release of his new album. The lead single “Big Homie” is out Monday. The title of the new album is not yet announced nor is a release date, but it will be his first solo endeavor since 2006’s “Press Play”.
• Guns N Roses – Their seminal song “Sweet Child of Mine” was written in just 5 minutes.
• Linkin Park – For the video of their new single, “Guilty All the Same” (f/Rakim), they’re offering something different … a playable videogame. Fans can take apart the pieces and remix both the song and game any way they want using the free Microsoft software platform Project Spark.
• Neon Trees – 30-year-old frontman Tyler Glenn has come out in a new “Rolling Stone” interview, saying he’s known he was gay since age 6. Glenn thanks family, friends, and fans for their support, and encourages others to come out as themselves … whatever that may be.
• One Direction – Hundreds of teenage girls turned up Monday in Somerset UK in the hope of getting a ‘selfie’ with the band as they filmed a video for a yet-to-be-revealed new single.1D has not released any material since their 3rd album “Midnight Memories” came out in December.
• Taylor Swift – A man accused of threatening her family, and who also claims to be married to the superstar, has been ordered by a Los Angeles Superior Court to stay away from her for 3 years. Swift stated in court documents that she fears for her safety both in public and at home.
• Travis Tritt – The country music veteran has a new gig as narrator of the movie “As Dreamers Do”, about the life of Walt Disney. The movie will be available May 13th, but can be pre-ordered online to be received by April 17th.

A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “Amityville” – 16-year-old Disney star Bella Thorne (“Shake It Up”) is set to step out of her family-friendly comfort zone to star in this new horror film that stars Jennifer Jason Leigh as a single mom who moves her 3 kids into the infamous haunted ‘Amityville’ house (had she not seen the previous 4 movies?). The film is scheduled to hit cinemas in January 2015.
• “Black Mass” – Dakota Johnson (“50 Shades of Grey”) is in negotiations for the role of Johnny Depp’s love interest in this bio-film about Boston crime kingpin-turned-fugitive Whitey Bulger. Guy Pearce also co-stars as the mobster’s brother. Bulger was arrested in California in 2011 and is currently serving time in a Massachusetts state prison for 2nd-degree murder.
• “Scarface” – Chilean director Pablo Larrain is in talks to direct a remake of this gritty crime drama that’s been in the planning stages since 2011. The reboot will reportedly stay true to both the 1983 version, which starred Al Pacino as Cuban gangster ‘Tony Montana’, and the 1932 original, which starred Paul Muni. The new film will be set in modern-day LA.
• “The Traitor’s Wife” – Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is reportedly courting Katie Holmes to play the cunning wife of American War of Independence general-turned-traitor Benedict Arnold in a bigscreen adaptation of the historical novel by Allison Pataki. Weinstein is just one of several producers vying for the screen rights to the book.
• Untitled Steve Jobs Biopic – Director David Fincher is demanding Christian Bale be signed to star if he’s to helm this project. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (“The Social Network”) has written the script, based on Walter Isaacson’s book. Producers are hoping to begin shooting next year. “Jobs”, the 2013 bio-film starring Ashton Kutcher, failed to excite either critics or movie-goers.
• “The Wolverine 3” – Hugh Jackman will reprise his signature role as the titular character and James Mangold will helm this followup to “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009) and “The Wolverine” (2013). The storyline for the upcoming project is being kept under wraps, but it’s thought to include some time travel. “The Wolverine 3” is scheduled for a March 2017 release.

This morning at 7 am, Taco Bell begins serving a new breakfast menu with 13 items – including the much-buzzed-about ‘Waffle Taco’, the ‘Steak & Egg Burrito’, and something called the ‘AM Crunch Wrap’. Fast-food morning meals have been around for awhile: McDonald’s introduced breakfast in 1972, Burger King in 1983. But, due to the nature of the association of donuts and bagels with breakfast, the leading breakfast outlets are still the leaders of fast-food baked goods in North America: Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks in America, and Tim Hortons in Canada. (Would you wanna work in the next cubicle to a guy who just had a burrito for breakfast?)
– ABC News

Breaking some so-called marriage ‘rules’ may be the best thing you can do for your relationship, according to experts. For instance …
✗ Never Go to Bed Angry – Trying to work through a problem when you’re tired and stressed won’t get you anywhere. Better to revisit the issue when you’re rested.
✗ Always Be 100% Honest – You don’t need to share details of past relationships, for example. It’s more important to be polite and caring when it comes to your partner’s feelings.
✗ Never Vacation Without Each Other – Sometimes you need a spa weekend, and he may want to go camping (or vice versa). Just be sure you don’t always take off without each other.
✗ Once You Have Children, They Come First – You shouldn’t put your relationship on hold in order to be good parents. Making your relationship top priority is best for the whole family.
✗ Never Sleep in Separate Beds – One partner may be a tosser-and-turner. And then there’s snoring. So if one of you occasionally decamps to the guest room, don’t sweat it.
✗ Boring is Bad – A drama-filled relationship may feel exciting, but in the long run it’s not likely to be healthy. Better to have a safe, relaxed life together spiced up with vacations and activities.
– Condensed from

To catch a liar, tap into your gut instinct, a new UC Berkeley study suggests. We humans are very poor lie detectors because we tend to evaluate what we’re told based on unreliable physical signals, like eye contact and fidgeting. But experiments suggest we only achieve about 50% accuracy using these traditional lie detection indicators. The researchers say our unconscious minds are better at teasing out truth. Results of experiments show participants are far more likely to spot liars using their automatic instincts about suspects, suggesting we may have some intuitive sense beyond conscious awareness that knows a person is lying. (What does your gut say when your skinflint buddy says, “You buy this round, and I’ll get the next”?)
– “Psychological Science”

Only on NYC’s tony Upper East Side does a trip to the dentist involve a mouth full of diamonds. Well, it’s not quite like that … but close. At the New York Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, celebrity dentist Dr Emanuel Layliev (think Hugh Jackman, Tom Brady, Usher) uses real diamond dust to exfoliate stains and act as a ‘mild abrasive’ before whitening. It’s part of a paste applied with an electronic toothbrush to gently clean the pores of the tooth enamel, allowing the bleaching process to work more effectively. The QuickWhite treatment with diamond dust costs $250. At the very least, the bling factor makes a trip to the dentist worth talking about. (Stain removal with the world’s hardest substance? Do you rinse with iron filings?)

Restaurant meals cost 3 times more on average than meals made at home.
– NPD Group


1963 [51] Quentin Tarantino, Knoxville TN, film producer-writer-director (“Django Unchained”, Oscar-“Pulp Fiction”)

1965 [49] Johnny April , Enfield CT, rock bassist-vocalist (Staind-“Not Again”, “Believe”)

1969 [45] Pauley Perrette, New Orleans LA, TV actress (‘Abby Sciuto’ on “NCIS” since 2003)

1970 [44] Mariah Carey, Huntington NY, pop singer (“Don’t Forget About Us”, “We Belong Together”)/5 Grammy Awards/18 #1 singles/TV personality (“American Idol” 2013)

1971 [43] Nathan Fillion, Edmonton AB, TV actor (‘Richard Castle’ on “Castle” since 2009, “Firefly” 2002-03)

1975 [39] Fergie (Stacy Ferguson), Whittier CA, pop singer (“Clumsy”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, Black Eyed Peas-“I Gotta Feeling”, “Where Is The Love?”)

1988 [26] Jessie J (Jessica Cornish), London UK, pop singer (“Domino”, w/BoB-“Price Tag”)/TV personality (“The Voice UK” 2012-13)

1990 [24] Kimbra (Johnson), Hamilton NZ, pop singer-songwriter (w/Gotye-“Someone That I Used to Know”)

• “Joe Day”, when people who hate their names are to be given a break and simply called ‘Joe’. Ask listeners for the most horrific given names they’ve come across.

• “Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day”. How about these, for instance …
– “She Got the Ring & I Got the Finger”
– “You Done Tore Out My Heart and Stomped That Sucker Flat”
– “You’re the Reason Our Kids Are So Ugly”
– “Her Teeth Were Stained, But Her Heart Was Pure”
– “I Ain’t Never Gone to Bed With An Ugly Woman, But I Sure Woke Up With a Few”
A listing of hundreds more here (scroll down to ‘The Best Of the Worst Country Song Titles’) …
The ‘Do-It-Yourself Country Song Generator’ will help you create a hit in just moments …

• “World Theatre Day”, celebrated every year on March 27th. It was established in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute.

1973 [41] Actor Marlon Brando (“The Godfather”) declines the Academy Award for ‘Best Actor’ (actress Sacheen Littlefeather announces he’s protesting Hollywood’s portrayal of Native-Americans in film)

2003 [11] The Rolling Stones postpone a planned series of concerts in Hong Kong after the deadly SARS flu epidemic breaks out (later perform a benefit there to show the city is safe to visit)

2003 [11] The City of Liverpool opens John Lennon’s boyhood home to the public (‘Mendips’, located at 251 Menlove Avenue)

1939 [75] University of Oregon defeats Ohio State University 46-33 to win the 1st-ever NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament (the original March Madness actually ended in March)

1998 [16] Viagra, the ‘Little Blue Pill’ for men, is approved for retail sale by the FDA (men immediately begin skipping to work in the morning)

1999 [15] Bill Minty of Bridgeport, Connecticut boils 6,000 eggs for his neighborhood ‘Easter Egg Hunt’ in 10 minutes by placing them inside a mesh bag in a large washing machine at his dry cleaning shop

[Fri] Weed Appreciation Day
[Fri] “Noah”; “Sabotage” open in movie theaters
[Sat] Earth Hour
[Sun] Juno Canadian Music Awards (Winnipeg MB)
[Sun] “Call the Midwife” season debut (PBS)
This Week Is … Tsunami Awareness Week
This Month Is … Ethics Awareness Month


• Does the machine care if you’re mad?
• Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery?
• Isn’t a mistake evidence that at least someone tried?
• Ever feel like your ship may have come in, but you were at the airport?
• If you think you’re indecisive how can you be sure?

☎ What’s the weirdest event of the last 50 years?

“Cosmopolitan” magazine has a March Madness-style bracket showdown online with the theme of ‘Girliest Thing Ever’. Brunch or Glitter? Cupcakes or Fishtail Braids? Etc. Cute.

When women are shopping for clothes, why do they always hold up ugly dresses and ask the same thing: “Would this look better on?” On what? On fire?

Question: Complete the list: The things couples argue about most are money, household chores, and THIS.
Answer: Snoring.

A reputation takes years to build and only seconds to destroy.

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