Wednesday, May 24, 2000                                               Edition:  #1814

Today Christie’s East in NYC is auctioning off a whack of Hollywood and TV memorabilia. Judy Garland’s size 6B ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” are expected to fetch $750,000 or more. Also expected to command big bucks — the ‘Cowardly Lion’s’ costume from “Oz” (made of real lion’s hide), a Rolls-Royce from the ‘James Bond’ classic “Goldfinger” and Christopher Reeve’s “Superman” capes and body stockings. But here’s a look at the . . .
BS ITEMS EXPECTED TO GO CHEAP IN TODAY’S SALE:
• Marlon Brando’s soiled girdle from “Apocalypse Now”.
• The script from “The Postman”.
• Silent film star Fatty Arbuckle’s lucky jockstrap.
• Ralph Machio’s autograph.
• Curdled stick of butter from the set of “Last Tango in Paris”.
• Abe Vigoda’s colostomy bag from “The Godfather”.

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
Tonight’s the much-ballyhooed ‘first gay romantic kiss on TV’ on the season finale of “Dawson’s Creek” as ‘Jack’ (Kerr Smith) and ‘Ethan’ (Adam Kauffman) lock lips (for the record — previous gay kisses on TV were ‘jokes’ not ‘romantic’) . . . Tonight‘s season finale is Michael J Fox’s final appearance on “Spin City” as he retires to fight Parkinson’s disease . . . Tonight in London there’s a “Diamond Tribute” to new ‘Dame’ Elizabeth Taylor in which 2 diamonds from her own collection will be auctioned as an AIDS fund-raiser.

MISSION MONEY:
Unless you’ve been in a coma, you know the summer movie season kicks off today with the opening of “Mission: Impossible 2″. “MI-2″ fax:
• Tom Cruise returns as ‘Ethan Hunt’, leading his IMF team to re-capture and destroy a deadly German-manufactured virus before it falls in the wrong hands. As with “M:I-1″ the plot is secondary to SFX and action.
• Co-stars Anthony Hopkins, Ving Rhames and Thandie Newton (Zambia’s only movie star?).
• The first movie made $465 million worldwide. Estimates predict “M:I-2″ will clean up $80 million-plus over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
• The new Tom Cruise biography “Cruise Control” by celeb biographer Frank Sanello is being released on the net as an ‘e-book’ today.
NET:http://www.netpackage.com

WHY YOU HAVEN’T SEEN YOUR SON THIS WEEK:
According to a new Northstar Research poll, 85% of Canada’s teenagers now use the Internet,  three-quarters of them at home. On average, male teens go online 10 or more hours a week, teenage girls for 8 hours. (There’s at least 2 extra hours of naked women pix posted.)

WHY GRAMPS IS GRUMPY:
You’d think people who constantly blow their cool would die earlier right? Au contraire, mon frere! A leading psychologist says grouches live longer than people who are open, friendly and cooperative. The reason? Nice people tend to give in when bad things happen while cranky people fight back. So people who respond to health problems and aging by NOT suffering in silence tend to live longer. (Great, the boss will live forever.)

THE BULL SHEET 05.24.00

TODAY’S CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS . . .
1938    [62] Tommy Chong, Edmonton AB, TV actor (Leo-That ‘70s Show)/former movie actor (Cheech & Chong-Up in Smoke)/Rae Dawn Chong’s dad
1941    [59] Bob Dylan (Zimmerman), Duluth MN, folk/rock/pop singer/songwriter (1998 Grammy Award-Time Out Of Mind, Like a Rolling Stone)
1945    [55] Priscilla Presley, Brooklyn NY, film actress (Naked Gun series)/ex-Mrs Elvis Presley (1967-73)
1960    [40] Kristin Scott Thomas, Redruth ENG, film actress (English Patient, Mission: Impossible)

BS REASONS TO PARTY  . . .
Today is “National Escargot Day”, celebrating the only gourmet food you can harvest off your driveway. (PHONE STARTER: “What’s the grossest thing anyone ever talked you into trying at a restaurant?”)

This is “Backyard Games Week”. The people at Patch Products are happy to talk about the most popular games and what’s new for 2000, including Olympic-based games. They have giveaways too!
PHONER: 800-524-4263 (Frank, Chris or Andrea)

ON THIS DAY IN THE ’90S . . .
1995    CFL’s Ottawa Rough Riders find out they drafted a dead player (turns out to be great blocker!)
1995    Mel Gibson’s “Braveheart” premieres (aka ‘Men in Skirts’)
1999    Heather Locklear’s extended ‘guest star’ stint (since 1993) finally comes to an end as “Melrose Place” airs series finale after 7 seasons

TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1932    [68] CBC established (the next day, the first layoffs at the CBC are announced)
1991     [09] Pittsburgh Penguins win their 1st-ever Stanley Cup (vs Minnesota North Stars)
1996    [04] Leann Rimes releases debut hit “Blue”

TODAY’S RECORDS . . .
1982    [18] Christina Samane of South Africa gives birth to heaviest-ever baby — 22-lb, 8-oz boy
1986    [14] Reginald Huffstetler treads water for record 98.5 hrs
1988    [12] John Moschitta sets “Guinness World Record” for fast talking — 586 words per minute

AND REMEMBER . . .
[Thurs] National Tap Dance Day
[Fri] Morning Radio Wise Guy Day
International Public Relations Week
National BBQ Month

BULL’S BITS . . .
THE TRUTH BEHIND MEN’S BS PHRASES:

• “I’m a romantic.” . . . “I’m poor.”
• “You’re the only girl I’ve ever cared about.” . . . “You are the only girl who hasn’t rejected me.”
• “I don’t know if I like her.” . . . “She won’t sleep with me.”
• “I had a wonderful time last night.” . . . “Who the hell are you?”
• “I have something to tell you.” . . . “Get tested.”
• “I’ve been thinking a lot.” . . . “You’re not as attractive as when I was drunk.”
• “I need you.” . . . “My hand is tired.”

THE LAST WORD: Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.

 


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