Tuesday, May 10, 2011        Edition: #4502

It’s official: Paula Abdul has finally signed on to be a judge on Simon Cowell’s US version of “The X Factor” (can we stop talking about this show now?) . . . 27-year-old actress Olivia Wilde (“Tron Legacy”) tells “GQ” magazine she’s taken more seriously now that she’s a brunette, adding that people used to be shocked she wasn’t stupid when she was a natural blonde (uh, jury’s still out) . . . 48-year-old actor/director Jodie Foster has put her 7-bedroom, 8-bathroom Beverly Hills CA compound up for sale at just under $10 million, a half-million-dollar loss from the 2005 purchase price (maybe she expected “The Beaver” to flop?) . . . Today is the 6th wedding anniversary for model Heidi Klum & singer Seal, but they already renewed their wedding vows (an annual ritual) at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach FL on the weekend (even they chickened out of going to drug-crazed Mexico – and they have a house there!) . . . Angelina Jolie tells “USA Today” she hates the sound of her own voice (isn’t it reassuring to know that even Angelina has self-esteem issues?) . . . There’s a just-released “Glee” cover of Rebecca Black’s “Friday”, an utterly addictive rendition of the worst song ever written (thanks for the ear-worm, dudes) . . . “The Office” (NBC) has taken a major ratings hit in the first episode without Steve Carell, a 17% dip in adults 18-49 (c’mon, administer the painkiller OD and put it out of its misery!) . . . 71-year-old former “Monty Python” comedian John Cleese is working on his biography, in which he and a professional writer will alternate pages, Cleese ‘drawing on his memories’ for his half (BS translation: It’s a half-ass job) . . . And “CSI” star Marg Helgenberger tells a French radio show that pop star Justin Bieber was ‘kind of a brat’ during his 2 guest appearances on the series (known in France as “Les Experts”) and she wasn’t impressed with his work as he’d never acted before (look out lady, you’re about to be hit with the online wrath of a bazillion ‘Beliebers’!).

• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Jennifer Lopez (“Love?).
• “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC/CTV) – Adele (“21”) performs; Michael Bolton (“Bolton Swings Sinatra”) performs; the 4 teams that move on to the semifinals are announced.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/A Channel) – Jennifer Lopez (“Love?”); Stevie Nicks (“In Your Dreams”).
• “Glee” (FOX/Global) – Prom madness abounds as the King & Queen are named.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CHCH) – Calle 13 (“Entren Los Que Quieran”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – The Knux (“Remind Me in 3 Days”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/A Channel) – Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni) – Hugo (“Old Tyme Religion”).
• “Lopez Tonight” (TBS) – Jennifer Lopez (“American Idol”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/A Channel) – Def Leppard (“Mirrorball”).

• The Cars – Tonight in Seattle WA the reunited ‘New Wave’ rockers begin a tour in support of today’s release of the new album “Move Like This”.
• Foo Fighters – A 4-pack of their songs, including 2 off their new album “Wasting Light”, are available beginning today in the Rock Band 3 Music Store of downloadable content.
• Jennifer Lopez – Turns out her ‘live’ singing performance on “American Idol” was not so live after all. (That actually happens more often than you might think.)
• Matthew Morrison – Today the 32-year-old “Glee” star (‘Will Schuester’) releases his self-titled debut album, which he says reflects his ‘eclectic music taste’. It includes collaborations with Elton John, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Sting.
• Sheryl Crow – She tells “Prevention” magazine she’s keeping her budding romance with musician Doyle Bramhall II low-key because she doesn’t want her kids to be upset if they split.
• Spice Girls – A planned stage musical featuring their hits, “Viva Forever”, is being delayed so it can be perfected before opening in London’s West End. It’s now likely to debut in December. The group is involved in the production but will not perform.
• Stevie Nicks – She tells CNN she hasn’t changed her mind about Lindsay Lohan portraying her in a bio-film. That’s never going to happen, Nicks says, unless Lohan cleans up her life. (What’s that old adage about the pot dissing the kettle?)
• System Of a Down – Tonight in Edmonton AB the reunited rock band kicks off a handful of North American tour dates before heading to Europe for a Summer tour. Opening act is Gogol Bordello.

• “Blue Valentine” ( R-Rated Drama ): Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams star in this frank and honest portrait of a relationship on the rocks. The story of love found and love lost is told in past and present moments in time.
• “No Strings Attached” ( R-Rated Romantic Comedy ): In this ‘friends-with-benefits’ comedy by director Ivan Reitman, Ashton Kutcher attempts to have meaningless sex with Natalie Portman. without ruining their friendship. The film’s original working title was “F—buddies”.
• Also released today: “Christmas in July” (Dick Powell 1940 Comedy); “Home Improvement: The 20th Anniversary Complete Collection” (Vintage TV); “The Misfits” (Marilyn Monroe’s 1961 final film on Blu-ray); “My Little Chickadee” (WC Fields 1940 Comedy); “Rocky: Limited Edition” (Blu-ray debut); “Some Like It Hot” (1959 classic on Blu-ray); “Something Wild” (1986 Comedy on Blu-ray).

Phone battery dead? Yell at it! That could be the solution if South Korean scientists perfect a new technology that turns sound into electricity. That would allow a phone to recharge even while a conversation is in progress. The technology could also be used to power MP3 players, raising the possibility of charging an iPod by simply singing along to your favorite songs. The greater the volume, the greater the charge. (This could go down as one of the most irritating inventions in history!)
– DailyMail.co.uk

‘Night owls’ who go to bed late and sleep in tend to eat more calories in the evening, more fast food and full-calorie soda, and fewer fruits and vegetables than ‘early bird’ people who are early to bed and early to rise,  according to a Northwestern University study. A calorie that’s consumed at 11 pm isn’t any different than one that’s consumed at 11 am, as long as activity offsets the weight gain. The new study indicates sleep and meal timing may be more important than previously thought. (You don’t see a lot of joggers at 2 am.)
– “Chicago Tribune”

A few questions from top life coaches to help you get your life on track …
• When you look in the mirror, do you love what you see?
• Do you maintain independence in your relationship or marriage?
• Are you focused on personal growth?
• If anything were possible, what would your work look like?
• Do you have a sense of work-life balance?
• Have you established daily ‘feel-good’ rituals?
• Does your physical space reflect your emotional state?
• Are you in control of your health and wellness?
– Condensed from “Best Health Magazine”

In Japan, 32-year-old Rie Tanaka is such a popular voice actress in anime, videogames, and radio dramas that she even has her own trading cards. And now fans can actually take her to bed by purchasing the Rie Tanaka cover for their hug pillows (‘dakimakura’). The latest version features Tanaka in a bunny costume on one side and in a skimpy nightgown on the other. The new pillow cover is priced circa $115. (How long before the Bieber people pick up on this?)
– Kotaku.com

A new study of DNA suggests North America was originally populated by just a few dozen people who crossed the temporary Bering land bridge connecting what is now Siberia and Alaska. That occurred during the Ice Age about 14,000 years ago. According to a DNA expert, Rutgers University genetics professor Jody Hey, the size of the founding population for the ‘New World’ was only about 70 people. (We get a better turnout at our family reunion.)
– LiveScience.com

The Caribbean may have sandy white beaches, but tropical temperatures can’t compare to the cold when it comes to contentment. Turns out, people in colder climates tend to be happier, according to the World Database of Happiness. In his book “The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search For the Happiest Places In the World”, author Eric Weiner suggests one reason may be that in colder places everyone must work together to survive, and that gives way to something powerful and lasting … love. (Naw … when it’s 20 below, you’re just happy to be alive.)
– “Working Mother Magazine”

This week is “Etiquette Week”. Etiquette experts universally lament that ‘thank-you notes’ are on the endangered-habits list. A few guidelines on the subject …
• You should write a thank-you note within a day or two of receiving a gift.
• After your wedding, you have 6 weeks to send thank-yous but sooner is always better.
• It’s a habit best started when you’re young, so see to it that your kids write thank-yous for gifts.
• Steer clear of pre-written thank-you cards. They don’t really convey much appreciation.
• After dinner in someone’s home, it’s proper to thank your host with a call the next day, followed by a quick thank-you note.
• Always send thank-you notes to potential employers after an interview, thanking them for their time and interest.
– RD.com

• The perfect nap lasts 26 minutes, according to a NASA study. (For it to be perfect, shouldn’t what preceded the ‘perfect nap’ be considered?)
– BBC News
• It takes a force of 210.9 kg per square meter to crack open a macadamia nut. (Is that why they cost about 500 bucks a pound?)
– PopBitch.com
• Physically speaking, the ideal age for a woman to become pregnant is 22. (So how come biological clocks seem to be set for 35?)
– “Glamour Magazine”


1955 [56] Chris Berman, Greenwich CT, ESPN/ABC-TV sportscaster (“SportsCenter”, “Monday Night Countdown”, “Sunday NFL Countdown”, “Baseball Tonight”)

1960 [51] Bono (Paul Hewson), Dublin, Ireland, rock singer (U2-“Vertigo”, “Beautiful Day”)/only person nominated for an Oscar, Grammy, Golden Globe, and Nobel Prize  BS FACTOID: He took his name from a billboard advertising ‘Bono Vox’, a hearing aid store.

1965 [46] Linda Evangelista, St Catharines ON, fashion model (1 of the 5 original ‘supermodels’)/Canadian Walk of Fame (2003)/VH1 Fashion Awards Lifetime Achievement Award (1996)

1990 [21] Lauren Potter, Inland Empire CA, TV actress (‘Sue Sylvester’s’ assistant ‘Becky Jackson’ on “Glee” since 2010)

• “Clean Up Your Room Day”. What, once a year? Were you born in a barn?

• “Trust Your Intuition Day”, a day to listen to your ‘gut feelings’ and act upon them. Is it true … are women better at this than men?

• “World Lupus Day”, to create awareness of the potentially fatal autoimmune disease capable of damaging virtually any part of the body. 9-out-of-10 people with lupus are women. 80% of new lupus cases are diagnosed among women aged 15-to-44.
NET: http://www.worldlupusday.org

1996 [15] Tornado disaster thriller “Twister” opens in movie theaters

1986 [25] TV actress Heather Locklear (“TJ Hooker”, “Dynasty”, “Melrose Place”) weds Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee (they divorce in 1993)

1963 [48] Decca Records signs the Rolling Stones (on the recommendation of The Beatles’ George Harrison)

1983 [28] Lee Chin Yong performs a record 170 continuous chin-ups in Seoul, Korea

1990 [21] ‘World’s Largest Painting’ is unveiled in Armidale, Australia, a 72,437 sq ft smiley face created by Robb College students

[Wed] Eat What You Want Day
[Wed] School Nurse Day
[Wed] Third Shift Workers Day
[Wed] Receptionists Day
[Wed] Cannes Film Festival begins
[Thurs] Limerick Day
[Fri] Friday the 13th
This Week Is … Etiquette Week
This Month Is … Arthritis Awareness Month


The New Kids On the Block and Backstreet Boys combined North American concert tour is scheduled to kick off May 25th under the heading “NKOTBBSB”. Other vintage groups that might reunite under a revamped name …
• Cheap Geriatrick.
• The Who Gives a Crap
• Diaper Changin’ Daddies
• Bachman Turner Overhaul
• Tom Petty & The Heart Patients
• Frankie Changes Planes & Proceeds On to Hawaii
• Counting Crows Feet
– Adapted from TopFive.com

Okay, who put a stop payment on my reality check?

How many different smells can the average human nose distinguish?
a. 500.
b. 5,000. [CORRECT. Most of us can distinguish somewhere between 5,000-and-10,000 different aromas.]
c. 5 million.
– PA News

When and where would be your ideal location to ‘make a baby’? (Most women pick ‘A quiet candlelit evening at home’. Most men pick ‘Here, now!’)

Today’s Question: A third of female pet owners have done THIS.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Canceled plans to go out so their pet wouldn’t be lonely.

If you have to tell people you’re famous, you aren’t.

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