Tuesday, November 14, 2006        Edition: #3408
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TODAY the new computer game SingStar Rocks! is released exclusively for PlayStation, a competitive singing game that features real songs & music videos from some of today’s hottest artists, like Gwen Stefani’s “Cool” and Fall Out Boy’s “Dance, Dance” . . . TONIGHT Mario Lopez and Emmitt Smith strap on their dancing shoes to determine who’ll be the latest “Dancing with the Stars” champion (ABC) and judge Carrie Ann Inaba says the testosterone will be flying (yeah, guys who dance are so macho, aren’t they?) . . . TONIGHT the new medical drama “3 Lbs” (the weight of the average human brain) premieres (CBS) which focuses on an ambitious neurosurgeon played by Stanley Tucci (replaces the canceled crime drama “Smith”) . . . TONIGHT “The Rockettes Christmas Spectacular” opens at the Hummingbird Centre in Toronto for 84 performances through December 31st (the cast includes 20 actual Rockettes from NYC’s  Radio City Music Hall plus some 80 other performers, including singers, dancers, and Mr & Mrs Santa Claus) . . . SATURDAY’s TomKat wedding in Italy promises to be a star-studded affair, with private jets arriving in Rome as early as TODAY with the likes of John Travolta & wife Kelly Preston, Kirstie Alley, David & Victoria Beckham, and Tuscan tenor Andrea Bocelli . . . Before the wedding, Cruise & Holmes will reportedly throw a lavish party for the 250 guests at acclaimed restaurant Dal Bolognese in Piazza del Popolo near Rome . . . During a break in filming “A Mighty Heart” in Pune, India, Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt have reportedly visited Indian mystic & astrologer Anand Soni who made the shocking prediction that they’ll split up NEXT YEAR and Brad will run back to ex-wife Jennifer Aniston (we’re guessing there was no tip afterward) . . . Why she dumped him, reason #37: At the time she wed FedEx, Britney Spears was estimated to be worth $100 million, but according to recent reports her net worth has fallen to between $35-$50 million . . . And rocker/hunting advocate Ted Nugent calls it ‘a work of art’ and ‘absolutely magnificent’ – it’s a custom guitar built for him by Quicksilver Guitars that has a built-in precision high-caliber Derringer handgun (handy to have if you spot a 12-point rack in your concert crowd).

• Akon – TONIGHT he performs “Smack That” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC).
• Carrie Underwood – She says she’s planning to release a new album NEXT YEAR and hopes it’s received as well as her debut effort , “Some Hearts”, which has now sold over 4 million copies.
• Il Divo – TONIGHT women will swoon as they guest on the “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/A Channel).
• James Blunt – TODAY he’s a guest on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CityTV).
• Lee Ann Womack – She’s received a 30-day protective order to keep a Georgia man whom she’s convinced is stalking her away from her. A DECEMBER 1st hearing will be held to determine whether a permanent order should be granted.
• Michael Jackson – TODAY he releases “Visionary – The Video Singles”, a mammoth boxed set of DualDiscs with audio from 20 of his hits on the CD side and the video for each track on the DVD side.
• Neil Young – TODAY the album “Live At The Fillmore East” launches the new “Neil Young Archives Performance Series”. It was recorded with his band Crazy Horse on March 6 & 7, 1970 at NYC’s Fillmore East, a pair of concerts that have since become legendary.
• Panic! At The Disco – TONIGHT they do “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” (NBC).
• Taylor Hicks/Katharine McPhee – TODAY the “American Idol 5″ winner and runner-up both release their debut albums.
• Tenacious D – TONIGHT Jack Black & Kyle Gass play on “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS) to hype their new movie “The Pick of Destiny” (out NOVEMBER 22nd). Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl plays drums on the movie’s soundtrack, which is being released TODAY.
• Also on CD TODAY: The self-titled debut album by Bianca Ryan, 12-year-old winner of the summer TV competition “America’s Got Talent”; Damien Rice’s “9”; +44’s “When Your Heart Stops Beating”; The Game’s “Doctor’s Advocate”; Kenny G’s “I’m In the Mood for Love … The Most Romantic Melodies of All Time”; and Yusif Islam’s (formerly Cat Stevens) “An Other Cup”.

• “Accepted” ( Teen Comedy ): A high school slacker invents a bogus university to prevent his parents from finding out he’s been rejected by every college he applied to. But thanks to a hot website, his fake ‘South Harmon Institute of Technology’ starts attracting legit students. There are 39 shots of Apple Computers in the movie, perhaps explaining why star Justin Long (“Dodgeball”) became a company spokesman. Co-stars include Jonah Hill and comedian Lewis Black (“The Daily Show”).
• “The Da Vinci Code” ( Thriller ): Director Ron Howard’s take on Dan Brown’s bazillion-selling novel features Tom Hanks as famed Harvard symbologist ‘Robert Langdon’ and a supporting cast that includes Audrey Tautou, Jean Reno, Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina, and Paul Bettany. If you don’t know the story by now, you must have been in a coma. Comes in several versions including “The Da Vinci Code Gift Set” (Special Edition, Widescreen version on 2 discs with bonus “Cryptex” and the “Langdon Journal”). The 2nd-biggest movie of the year, taking in $756 million in worldwide box office.
• “He Changed Our World” ( Documentary ): The memorial service held SEPTEMBER 20th in Beerwah, Australia for “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin on a limited-edition DVD, with proceeds to benefit his Wildlife Warriors fund to continue his work with endangered species and habitat protection and run his Australian wildlife hospital. Celebs appearing include Russell Crowe, Cameron Diaz & Justin Timberlake, Larry King, and Kevin Costner.
• “John Tucker Must Die” ( Teen Comedy ): Singer Ashanti, “Grudge 2” actress Arielle Kebbel and TV star Sophia Bush from “One Tree Hill” play 3 gorgeous, popular girls from competing high school cliques who discover that they’ve each been dating the same hot jock (Jesse Metcalfe) and decide to band together to seek revenge. Brittany Snow co-stars as the bait. Shot in Vancouver and at Heritage Woods Secondary School in Port Moody BC.
• Also on DVD TODAY: “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – The Complete 6th Season”; “Family Guy (Season 4, Part 2)”; and Paul McCartney’s “The Space Within US”, a musical documentary that follows his most recent US tour.

Who would’ve guessed that the threat of nuclear annihilation gets people hot ‘n bothered? At least it seems to be true in South Korea, where condom manufacturers report that sales skyrocketed immediately after North Korea carried out its nuclear test. The country’s ‘Love Motels’ have also seen a sharp rise in business and the online reservations are booked solid for the next month. The head of Korea’s Institute for Sex Education suggests that people tend to have the urge to procreate in times of extreme situations. The release of stress, he says, is one of the top reasons why sex is good for the body. (It’s also less fattening than beer or chocolate.)
– Associated Press

Scientists at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Canberra have developed the ‘Wearable Instrument Shirt’, a new T-shirt that turns the fake strumming of air guitar into actual music. The hi-tech tee has motion sensors built into its elbows that pick up the wearer’s arm motions and relay them wirelessly to a computer which interprets them as guitar rifts. One arm is interpreted as picking chords while the other strums. The shirt is adaptable to both right and left-handed wannabe rock stars. Who knows what happens if you accidentally put it on inside-out. (Thank goodness these government researchers aren’t wasting their time on a cure for cancer or some other insignificant project.)
– “eTalk Daily”

Astronomers at Russia’s Academy of Sciences have released an absolutely pointless doomsday warning about an asteroid which may … or may not … hit the Earth in the year 2035. Apparently we won’t know for sure for another 22 years. A spokesman says the possibility that the asteroid now orbiting the Sun will collide with Earth cannot be denied, but it will be 2028 before the exact danger level can be determined. (Hey, thanks for the penetrating analysis … wake us up when you know something!)
– “Curious Times”

China is renowned for its 1-child policy to limit population growth but now authorities in Beijing say families can also only have … 1 dog. The campaign is the result of a rabies epidemic which killed 318 people in SEPTEMBER alone. Authorities are calling on pet owners to ‘create a harmonious society and be a civilized dog raiser’. Meantime, stray animals are being culled. (Only someone totally insensitive would suggest they’re being eaten.)
– “GQ”

A group of math professors who began picking lottery numbers based on mathematical probability theory 4 years ago have won $13 million in a UK lottery. The team of 17 staff members from Bradford University devised a formula which used all 49 possible numbers in their selections. The idea was that if all the numbers were in use, there would be better odds of winning. It took a while, but apparently they were right!
– News.com.au

The world’s most powerful production car has been unveiled by a British manufacturer. The ‘Bristol Fighter T’ boasts a 1,012 horsepower engine, a theoretical top speed of 270 mph and a price tag near $675,000. It will be hand-built at a Bristol factory and comes with an 8-liter, V10 engine to propel the car from 0-60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds. Only 20 will be built each year, meaning owners will belong to an elite group. Bristol Cars has been producing the ‘Fighter’ and  ‘Fighter S’ since 2004. The new model is a response to a demand from consumers for even more power. (Unfortunately, a trip to the corner store will cost you 8-grand in fuel.)
– “The Guardian”

Starbucks recently announced plans for over 30,000 new stores worldwide to add to the 12,440 they already operate. According to Launi Skinner, the company’s vice-president in charge of store development, the chain is practically forced to sell coffee on every corner because customers won’t walk far to get it. Even going to the other side of the street can be a barrier, Skinner claims. (Couldn’t they somehow rig it up to our plumbing?)
– ITV.com

• People who have just fallen in love spend over 85% of their waking hours thinking about their newfound soul-mate.
• Of all the words in the English language, the word ‘set’ has the most definitions.
• According to connoisseurs of unusual foods, beetles taste like apples, wasps like pine nuts, and worms like fried bacon. Surprisingly, none of them taste like chicken!


1948 [58] Prince Charles (Philip Arthur George of Wales), London UK, heir to the British throne/married Camilla Parker Bowles 2005/married to Lady Diana Spencer (1981-96)/father of princes William & Harry

1954 [52] Condoleezza Rice, Birmingham AL, US Secretary of State since 2005/National Security Advisor (2001-05)/Director of Chevron Oil (1991-2001)/concert-level pianist

1964 [42] Reverend Run (Joseph Simmons), Queens NY, rap pioneer (Run-DMC–“Walk This Way”)/TV personality (“Run’s House” on MTV since 2005)

1971 [35] Josh Duhamel [pronounced ‘due-MEL’], Minot ND, TV actor (‘Danny McCoy’ on “Las Vegas” since 2003)/Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie’s on & off boyfriend

1975 [31] Travis Barker, Fontana CA, rock drummer (+44 [read as ‘Plus Forty Four’]-“When Your Heart Stops Beating”, Blink 182-“What’s My Age Again?”)/estranged from actress-wife Shanna Moakler (“Dancing with the Stars”) who gave him a $70,000 Cadillac for his 30th birthday LAST YEAR

• “Leftovers Trading Day”, a day to swap all the leftovers lurking in the back of your refrigerator with a friend … for the leftovers in theirs.

• “Operating Room Nurse Day”, the highlight of “Operating Room Nurse Week”. Forceps! Sutcher! Bucket!

• “Pickle Appreciation Day”, a day to gear up for some tangy, spicy and yummy fun.

• “Young Reader’s Day”, an annual program begun in 1989 to introduce the joy of reading to young children by having local celebrities read to students in classrooms.
NET: http://www.bookitprogram.com/teachers/nyrd.asp

1922 [84] BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) radio service goes on-air from Marconi House in London

1896 [110] 1st ‘Hydro-Electric Power Plant’ at Niagara Falls begins operation

1982 [24] 1st ‘Domed Stadium’ in Canada opens (BC Place in Vancouver)

1666 [340] 1st recorded ‘Blood Transfusion’ (dog-to-dog)

1994 [12] The Channel Tunnel (‘Chunnel’) opens, linking Britain & France under the English Channel

1993 [13] Miami’s Don Shula becomes ‘Winningest Coach in NFL History’ by beating the Philadelphia Eagles for his 325th victory (finishes career in 1995 with 347 wins and is elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997)

[Wed] World Music Awards (London UK)
[Wed] Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day
[Wed] Pack Your Mom’s Lunch Day
[Wed] Al Jazeera international cable news channel launches
[Wed] Mix It Up at Lunch Day
[Wed] BET Hip-Hop Awards
[Fri] Homemade Bread Day
[Sun] 94th Grey Cup (Winnipeg)
[Sun] World Toilet Day
This Week Is … Adoption Week
This Month Is … Lung Cancer Awareness Month


A BBC poll asking 20,000 respondents their recommendations for “Places to See Before You Die” comes up with the following list …
5. Cape Town, South Africa
4. New Zealand’s South Island
3. Disney World
2. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
1. The Grand Canyon
Top Canadian entry is the Rockies at #11.

What’s your Chinese name? At this online name generator, you just type in your name and best personal qualities to find out …
NET: http://www.mandarintools.com/chinesename.html

You can select one person from history and ask them a question to which they must give a truthful reply. Whom would you select, and what question would you ask?

Have you noticed? Despite the cost of living, it remains fairly popular.

Today’s Question: Researchers have found that women are 3 times more sensitive to THIS than men.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Sounds while sleeping.

It’s hard to be graceful getting off your high horse.

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