Tuesday, May 17, 2011        Edition: #4507
Thanks a Sheetload for Choosing “BS”!

Brad Pitt’s latest film, “The Tree of Life”, has been booed at the “Cannes Film Festival” (you get your chance to join the boos cruise when it opens in theaters May 27th) . . . Meantime, Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, the Bosnian War film “In the Land of Blood & Honey”, got picked up by a distributor at Cannes and will hit theaters December 23rd (so who’s the breadwinner in the family now, Brad?) . . . NBC-TV has reportedly rejected producer David E Kelly’s “Wonder Woman” pilot, starring Adrianne Palicki (so it’s back to the drawing board, hopefully for her icky wardrobe too) . . . TMZ reports that 24-year-old Lindsay Lohan is telling friends she’s serious this time – no drugs, no booze, no breaking the law ever again – for the rest of her life (deja vu all over again) . . . 81-year-old Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr is reportedly investing $100 million in a Broadway musical about his life, set against the backdrop of the 1960s civil rights movement (if nothing else, the music should be great – he owns the rights to most of the Motown catalogue) . . . 47-year-old movie actor Mike Myers is about to become a dad for the first time via wife Kelly Tisdale, whom he secretly wed last Fall (bet it’s a “Shrek”-themed nursery) . . . And self-involved 38-year-old actress Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed that she burned off her eyebrows last year when her new rotisserie barbecue exploded (there are people who’d pay to watch this!).

• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – The Joy Formidable (“The Big Roar”).
• “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC/CTV) – Pitbull performs w/Ne-Yo; Stevie Nicks performs; another couple is eliminated.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/A Channel) – Vegas entertainers Donny & Marie Osmond.
• “Gayle King” (OWN) – Jamie Foxx (“Best Night Of My Life”).
• “Glee” (FOX/Global) – ‘Jesse St James’ (Jonathan Groff) helps New Directions choose a set list for Nationals.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Black Angels (“Phosphene Dream”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/A Channel) – Cee-Lo Green (“The Lady Killer”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni) – UK rapper Tinie Tempah (“Disc-Overy”).
• “Lopez Tonight” (TBS) – Chris Colfer (“Glee”).
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – kd lang (“Sing It Loud”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/A Channel) – TV On the Radio (“Nine Types of Light”).
• “The Voice” (NBC/CTV) – Musician Adam Blackstone and singers Monica, Reba McEntire, and Sia Furler help the coaches.

• “The Good Wife” (CBS)
• “Hellcats” (CW)
• “NCIS” (CBS)
• “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS)
• “One Tree Hill” (CW)
• “Raising Hope” (FOX)
• “Traffic Light” (FOX)

• Arctic Monkeys – Tonight the Brit rockers set off on a 3-week North American tour, starting in Washington DC.
• Ben Harper – Today he releases his 10th studio album, “Give Till It’s Gone”. It features collaborations with Jackson Browne and Ringo Starr.
• Beyoncé – Her new video for “Run the World (Girls)” has been delayed as she’s said to be ‘perfecting it’. There’s no new release date as yet.
• John Rich – Today he releases 2 EPs: “Rich Rocks” and “For the Kids”, paying tribute to his favorite charity, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Rich is currently one of the final 2 contestants on NBC-TV’s “Celebrity Apprentice”. The season finalé airs this coming Sunday.
• Katy Perry – Her album “Teenage Dream” has set another record. With its wealth of hit singles, she has now become the first artist to spend 52 consecutive weeks in the Top 10. She began the streak with “California Gurls”.
• Kings of Leon – People.com reports frontman Caleb Followill has quietly married model-girlfriend Lily Aldridge at the San Ysidro Ranch in California in an intimate ceremony with just family in attendance.
• Lady Gaga – She’s split from her longtime boyfriend, 30-year-old heavy-metal drummer Luc Carl. Was it a “Bad Romance” or just a fiercely grueling schedule? We guess the latter.
• Miranda Lambert – The newlywed has a new tattoo, a pink paw-print heart placed on the ankle that now sleeps next to Blake Shelton’s ankle.
• Rihanna – She’s started following ex-boyfriend Chris Brown on Twitter and he’s reciprocated by adding her to his list. According to website MediaTakeOut.com, they’ve since privately communicated at least a dozen times. One word, girl … dumb!
• The Who – Roger Daltrey is taking “Tommy” on a 6-week North American tour beginning September 13th in Hollywood FL. He’ll perform the classic album in its entirety, using visuals to accompany the songs. Pete Townshend will not be a part of the tour.

• “The Mechanic” ( R-Rated Action Thriller ): Jason Statham stars as an elite assassin who takes on an apprentice with a connection to one of his earlier targets. A ‘re-imagining’ of the 1972 Charles Bronson film. Co-stars Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland.
• “The Rite” ( PG-13 Supernatural Thriller ): Colin O’Donoghue plays a disillusioned American seminary student who attends exorcism school at the Vatican, where a Welsh priest (Anthony Hopkins) inspires him to battle demonic forces. Said to be ‘inspired’ by true events.
• “The Roommate” ( PG-13 Thriller ): Minka Kelly (“Friday Night Lights”) plays a college student who finds her safety jeopardized after she’s assigned to a dorm room with a new roommate who seemingly has a ‘killer personality’ (Leighton Meester). Co-stars Cam Gigandet, Billy Zane.
• Also released today: “Araya” (Documentary); “Barney: I Can Do It” (Animation); “The Bionic Woman: Season 2” (Vintage TV); “Covert Affairs: Season 1” (TV); “Flashpoint: The 3rd Season” (TV); “Sophia Loren Award Collection” (Compilation); “Thor: Tales of Asgard” (Animation);  and “Wartorn 1861-2010” (Documentary).

New York City has announced that its high-tech new taxicabs, Nissan NV200s, will include a so-called ‘low-annoyance horn’, which promises to reduce ear-splitting honks. But what would a low-annoyance horn sound like? The city’s taxi commissioner says it will be ‘less grating, less sharp and jagged’. (Throughout Manhattan posted signs warn of a $300-fine for horn-honking, a warning that falls on deaf ears … thanks to all the horn-honking.)
– “NY Times”

A magazine poll asks women what the key factors are for sex to be ‘good sex’. The results …
5. ‘Commitment’
4. ‘Communication’
3. ‘Technique’
2. ‘Variety’
1. ‘Timing’
(Funny, ‘Staying Awake’ didn’t come up.)
– “Complete Woman”

People with fewer qualifications are prone to age more quickly according to a new study of some 400 men & women. DNA evidence suggests cellular aging is more advanced in adults with no qualifications compared with those who have a university degree. So why would that be? Experts think education might help people lead more healthy lives. (Or maybe the binge drinking and junk-food consumed during all-night cram sessions convinces you to clean up your act?)
– BBC News

Falling in love causes changes in men’s and women’s testosterone levels. The levels fall in men and rise in women so that they become more like each other. Italian scientists at the University of Pisa have made that discovery while studying people in love. Interestingly, 2 years afterward, when the same people were tested while no longer madly in love … their testosterone levels were back to normal. (Scientific proof that when we’re in love we become one … or at least closer to it.)
– “New Scientist”

A Nepalese Sherpa named Apa has broken his own record for ‘Most Climbs of Mount Everest’ by scaling the world’s tallest peak for the 21st time. He first climbed Everest carrying equipment for mountaineers in 1989 at age 12 and has repeated the feat almost annually since. This time he’s leading an environmental expedition that plans to carry down tons of garbage left behind by previous climbers. (Big Mac wrappers … they’re everywhere.)
– AP

The first known use of the word ‘slut’ in printed English was from 1402.
– “Magazine Monitor”


1961 [50] Enya (Eithne Patricia Ni Bhraonain), Gweedore, Ireland, pop/new age jazz singer (“A Day Without Rain”, “Orinoco Flow [Sail Away]”)

1962 [49] Craig Ferguson, Glasgow, Scotland, TV host (“The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” since 2005)/TV actor (“The Drew Carey Show” 1996-2004)

1965 [46] Trent Reznor, Mercer PA, rock singer (Nine Inch Nails-“Survivalism”, “Every Day is Exactly the Same”)/film score composer (“The Social Network”, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”)

1966 [45] Hill Harper, Iowa City IA, TV actor (‘Dr Sheldon Hawkes’ on “CSI: NY” since 2004)

1969 [42] Alan Doyle, Petty Harbour NL, Celtic/folk/rock singer (Great Big Sea-“Consequence Free”, “Ordinary Day”)

1970 [41] Jordan Knight, Worcester MA, pop singer (NKOTB-“Step By Step”, “Hangin’ Rough”)
BS FACTOID: The New Kids On the Block-Backstreet Boys combined North American concert tour is scheduled to kick off May 25th under the heading “NKOTBSB”.

1973 [38] Josh Homme, Joshua Tree CA, rock musician/songwriter (Them Crooked Vultures-“Mind Eraser No Chaser”, “New Fang”; Queens Of the Stone Age-“Little Sister”, “No One Knows”)

1982 [29] Matt Cassel, Northridge CA, NFL quarterback (Kansas City Chiefs)

1985 [26] Matt Ryan, Exton PA, NFL quarterback (Atlanta Falcons)

1988 [23] Nikki Reed, West Los Angeles, California, movie actress (‘Rosalie Hale’ in the “Twilight Saga”)/screenwriter (“Thirteen”)

1989 [22] Tessa Virtue, London ON, Canadian ice dancer with Scott Moir (2011 World Championship Silver,  2010 Olympic Gold)

• “Flower Moon”, the Full Moon of May, so-named for the abundant flowers during this time. Other names include the ‘Corn Planting Moon’, and the ‘Milk Moon’.

• “Pack Rat Day”, celebrating people who squirrel away all kinds of ‘stuff’. What’s the oddest thing you have that you refuse to throw away?

• “World Hypertension Day”, an annual observance to highlight the preventable stroke, heart, and kidney diseases caused by high blood pressure and to highlight information on prevention, detection, and treatment.
NET: http://www.ish-world.com/default.aspx?WorldHypertensionDay

• “World Telecommunications Day”, a UN observance since 1969. This year’s theme is ‘Better  Life in Rural Communities’.
NET: http://www.itu.int/wtisd/

2000 [11] After 10 years & 300 episodes, the series finalé of “Beverly Hills 90210” airs (FOX), highlighted by the marriage of ‘David’ (Brian Austin Green) & ‘Donna’ (Tori Spelling)

1975 [36] Elton John’s “Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy” becomes the 1st album to be released and certified Platinum (2-million seller) on the same day

1620 [391] 1st merry-go-round/carousel on record is set up at a fair in Philippolis, Turkey

1875 [136] 1st ‘Kentucky Derby’ is won by Aristides

1939 [72] George VI (“The King’s Speech”) & wife Queen Elizabeth make the 1st Canadian visit by a reigning British monarch (one of their duties is officially opening the Queen Elizabeth Way [QEW] highway joining Niagara to Toronto)

1980 [31] Kumar Anandan sets record of balancing on 1 foot for 33 hours (if you think that sounds easy … see if you can make it for 33 seconds!)

1991 [20] A woman evicted from a hotel room in Berkeley, California sets a record by leaving behind 85 cats

1996 [15] 2,000 Swedish protestors stage mass urination on “Pee Outdoors Day” to protest construction of a sewage plant

2009 [02] Gonzales (former Feist collaborator) breaks Guinness World Record for ‘Longest Public Solo Performance’ by performing 300 consecutive songs over more than 27 straight hours in Paris, France

[Wed] International Museum Day
[Wed] Visit Your Relatives Day
[Wed] Employee Health & Fitness Day
[Fri] “Pirates Of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” opens in movie theaters
[Fri] Bike to Work Day
This Week Is … Bike to Work Week
This Month Is … Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month


Tonight on “The Biggest Loser” (NBC), the final 4 contestants take part in a cooking competition (is this a good idea?). In case you’re unsure of your status, here are a few …
• You’ve convinced yourself that a ‘corn’ dog counts as a vegetable.
• The 7-11 has to close to re-stock after you leave.
• You can grease a pan by rubbing it against your cheek.
• More than half the keys on your keyboard are stuck due to Frito crumbs.
• Everyone has started to type your name in bold.
– Adapted from “BB Spot”

Where’s the strangest place you have fallen asleep?

The world’s oldest airline began service 91 years ago today (1920).  Which airline was it?
a. KLM [CORRECT. The Dutch carrier inaugurated service with a flight from Amsterdam to London.]
b. United
c. Air France
– Wikipedia.org

I started out with nothing. I still have most of it.

Today’s Question: The list of items most likely to be left behind in hotel rooms is topped by phones, miscellaneous electronic gadgets, and laptops. And THIS is #4.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Stuffed animals.

We probably wouldn’t worry about what people think of us if we could know how seldom they do.

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