Thursday, November 11, 2010        Edition: #4384
Deja Moo!

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
PETA is offering to pay money-challenged Lindsay Lohan 10-grand to stick to a vegan lifestyle for 3 months, and another 10-grand if she adheres to it for a year (is coke organic?) . . . Reports say Disney star Demi Lovato is being treated at an Illinois rehab centre that handles eating disorders, drug addiction, mood disorders, alcohol abuse, and other anxiety disorders (whatever the problem is, that oughta cover it!) . . . 27-year-old Australian model Miranda Kerr, who stripped down for the new issue of “W” magazine, says she won’t be rushing back to work after giving birth because her career is no longer her biggest priority (plus hubby Orlando Bloom has a fat bank account) . . . “Now” magazine reports Jennifer Aniston has been approached by a pair of former MTV programming honchos about starring in her own reality TV show for their new production company, and she’s said to be ‘giving it some serious consideration’ (you know your movie career is tanking when …) . . . Oksana Grigorieva is now claiming Mel Gibson cheated on her with multiple women (cool, maybe there’s more fun voicemails out there for us to mock?) . . . Late actress Brittany Murphy’s mother Sharon, who reportedly slept in the same bed as her son-in-law after her daughter died, is hoping to silence tabloid gossip by telling the ‘real story’ in a planned new book, a portion of the proceeds going to a charity (called ‘Mom’) . . . Conan O’Brien’s new gabfest “Conan” (TBS) had an impressive premiere for a basic-cable show, attracting 4.2 million viewers, more than either the “Tonight Show” or “Late Show” (it’ll take a lot more than 1 night before Jay or David feel threatened) . . . 16-year-old “Twilight Saga” actress Dakota Fanning has been named ‘Homecoming Queen’ at North Hollywood’s Campbell Hall Episcopal High School – for the 2nd year in-a-row (bet there’s a few of female peers hatin’ on her!) . . . And according to the “Twilight Sage: Breaking Dawn” script, Kristen Stewart spends most of the movie ‘practically naked’ which sounds sexy until you realize one of those times it’s because a fetus is being eaten out of her belly by vampires (let’s see them PG-13 this one!).

TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “CMA Country Christmas” (Nashville TN) – Tonight Jennifer Nettles (Sugarland) hosts as a slew of country artists (Brad Paisley, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, etc) tape this 90-minute seasonal special in front of a live audience at Bridgestone Arena. The show airs November 29th on ABC-TV.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/A Channel) – Ricky Martin (Broadway revival “Evita”); Kellie Pickler (“Kellie Pickler”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros (“Up From Below”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Jimmy Eat World (“Invented”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/A Channel) – Robyn (“Body Talk”, out November 22nd).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni) – Bruno Mars (“Doo-Wops & Hooligans”).
• “The Office” (NBC/Global) – In an odd salute to a show on another network, the ‘Dunder Mifflin’ office workers throw a “Glee” (FOX) viewing party. Word has it NBC executives aren’t thrilled with the idea, even though they didn’t axe the tribute.
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/A Channel) – Soulja Boy (“The DeAndre Way”, out November 30th).

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Black Eyed Peas – Fergie has told “In Touch Weekly” she’s ready to begin a ‘whole new chapter’ of her life by starting a family. (Before turning & snapping her fingers at hubby Josh Duhamel.)
• Carrie Underwood – She has 3 nominations for the upcoming “People’s Choice Awards” (January 5th), including ‘Favorite Female Artist’, ‘Favorite Country Artist’, and ‘Favorite TV Guest Star’ (“How I Met Your Mother”).
• Christina Milian – The 29-year-old “Dip It Low” singer & 32-year-old producer The-Dream have reached an out-of-court settlement in their divorce case. The couple, who wed in Las Vegas in 2009, admit the marriage quickly fell apart. He served divorce papers 9 days before she gave birth to their 8-month-old daughter. Terms of the settlement are being kept confidential.
• Garth Brooks – His next series of solo concerts at Wynn Las Vegas has been announced, beginning December 3-5. The venue has jacked the price so that each ticket will now cost a total of $253 after service charges & tax … almost double the price from last year.
• Mariah Carey – The 40-year-old expectant mom tells “OK!” magazine she wants to be a ‘hands-on’ mother and won’t be hiring a nanny when her baby is born. She’s also hinting she’ll put her career on hold so she can completely focus on her child. (That actually won’t be difficult.)
• Neil Young – The 64-year-old rock legend is crediting San Marcos, California firefighters with saving about 70% of his possessions from a million-dollar warehouse fire Tuesday. Young kept guitars and paintings in the building, as well as vintage cars and cases of music memorabilia.
• Pink – A source tells “Us Weekly” she’s 12-weeks pregnant with her first child. The 31-year-old pop singer & her 35-year-old husband Carey Hart, who married in 2006, reunited in 2009 after a year of estrangement.

FUTURE FLICKS:
A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “Imagine” – 48-year-old Steve Carell (“The Office”, “Dinner for Schmucks”) will produce and play a lead role in this dramedy about an aging rocker (yet to be cast) who goes on a hunt for his son (Carell) because of a letter written to him by John Lennon that inspired him to change his life. The movie will be the directorial debut of “Cars” screenwriter Dan Fogelman.
• “Indiana Jones 5” – The possibility of another installment in the adventure series is currently being explored by director George Lucas, according to 68-year-old star Harrison Ford. Co-star Shia La Beouf previously fueled rumors about a 5th film after the 2008 sequel “Kingdom Of the Crystal Skull” grossed a massive $786 million worldwide.
• “New Year’s Eve” – Among the actors in talks for this ensemble romantic comedy are Ashton Kutcher, Hilary Swank, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Robert De Niro. This follow-up to “Valentine’s Day” will be directed by Garry Marshall (“Pretty Woman”). “Glee” star Lea Michele and “Little Miss Sunshine” actress Abigail Breslin have already signed on for roles.
• “21 Jump Street” – 30-year-old actor Channing Tatum is in negotiations to star in a bigscreen version of the 1980s TV series of the same name. Jonah Hill is also set to star in the film, which centers on a pair of undercover police officers who infiltrate schools in a bid to fight crime. The original 1987 TV show starred Johnny Depp and proved to be the launchpad for his career.
• “Under the Skin” – Scarlett Johansson (“Iron Man 2”) will play an alien on Earth in this sci-fi drama. Disguised as the ‘perfect human woman’, she scours remote highways looking to use her greatest weapon to snare human prey – her voracious sexuality. The twist is that, over time, she becomes drawn to the human lifestyle. Production is targeted to begin in Spring 2011.

UNEMPLOYED MECHANIC SEEKS WORK:
General Motors is asking ‘Mr Goodwrench’ to pack up his toolbox. The mechanic who served as the symbol of GM’s dealer service for 37 years will be scrapped as of February 1st in favor of ‘Certified Service’ brands for each of the automaker’s 4 remaining vehicle lines: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC. The company says the idea is to better connect the brands with their customers. GM started the ‘Mr Goodwrench’ campaign in 1974. (He’s retiring to the ad mascot’s retirement home, where he’ll share a room with ‘Mr Clean’.)
– TBO.com

BOULEVARD OF BROKEN GAMES:
The Arcosur housing development in Zaragoza, Spain is naming its streets after … classic videogames. Last Saturday, residents dubbed one road ‘Avenida de Super Mario Bros’. Other streets in the neighborhood are planned to be named after ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’, ‘Space Invaders’, and ‘The Legend of Zelda’. It’s an idea that won popular approval as videogames were chosen over more traditional options in an online poll of residents. A spokesman notes that the development is targeted at those aged 20-to-35, a generation that’s grown up with videogames and knows them very well. (“C’mon over … I’m at 77 Call of Duty Crescent.”)
– CNN.com

COUNTRY HALL OF SHAME:
According to a new “TIME” magazine ranking, these are country music’s all-time most absurd tunes (many of which, oddly, involve alcohol) …
• Brad Paisley, “I”m Still a Guy”
• Trace Adkins, “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk”
• Bobby Bare, “Drop Kick Me Jesus (Through the Goalposts of Life)”
• Brad Paisley, “Online”
• Toby Keith, “I Wanna Talk About Me”
• Joe Nichols, “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off”
• Neal McCoy, “Billy”s Got His Beer Goggles On”
• Billy Currington, “Pretty Good at Drinkin” Beer”
• Todd Snider, “Beer Run”
• Kenny Chesney, “She Thinks My Tractor”s Sexy”
– Time.com

THIS OLD HEALTHY HOUSE:
David Berrigan, a cancer-prevention specialist at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda MD has discovered that people who live in houses at least 27-years-old are about 50% more likely than people who live in newer houses to walk over 1 mile (1.6 km) 20 times per month. The reason? Older houses tend to be located in older neighborhoods that incorporate a mix of homes, workplaces, and shops, as well as denser, more-interconnected networks of streets. That means people walk places, Berrigan says. In many newer neighbourhoods, destinations are simply too far away, so they hop in the car. (To drive to a fitness club.)
– “Best Health Magazine”

IT’S NOT WHAT, IT’S HOW MUCH:
To prove the point that calorie-counting is the most important factor in weight-loss, Kansas State University Human Nutrition professor Mark Haub went on a ‘Convenience Store Diet’ for 10 weeks, during which he dined only on sugary snacks every 3 hours. Instead of meals, he consumed Twinkies, donuts, Little Debbie snacks, Doritos chips, and Oreos. Surprisingly, he lost 27 lbs. How so? He limited himself to 1,800 calories a day, far less than the 2,600 calories a man his size normally consumes. He contends this proves the adage that the basic principle of weight-loss is consuming fewer calories than what you burn. (Reminiscent of the ‘Subway’ diet.)
– “Globe & Mail”

HIGHEST EARNING WOMEN IN SHOW BIZ:
“Forbes” magazine’s new ranking of 2010’s biggest female stars, based on income …
5. Madonna … $60 million.
4. Lady Gaga … $64 million.
3. Britney Spears … $65 million.
2. Beyoncé Knowles … $89 million.
1. Oprah Winfrey … $324 million.
– Forbes.com

BS AMAZING FACT:
• The Red Cross estimates that between 80 million and 120 million landmines exist in 70 countries, maiming 22,000 people (mostly children) each year.
– “Daily Telegraph”
• The gap between rich and poor in the USA is now greater than at any time since the 1920s.
– “Los Angeles Times”

BS CHRONOMETER 11.11.10

TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1960 [50] Stanley Tucci, Peekskill NY, movie actor (“Julie & Julia”, “The Devil Wears Prada”)/TV actor (“ER” 2007-08)  UP NEXT: “Burlesque” (November 24th).

1962 [48] Demi (Demetria) Moore, Roswell NM, movie actress (“Indecent Proposal”, “Ghost”)/Mrs Ashton Kutcher since 2005/ex-Mrs Bruce Willis 1987-2000  COMING UP: “LOL: Laughing Out Loud” (April 2011).

1964 [46] Calista Flockhart, Freeport IL, TV actress (‘Kitty Walker’ on “Brothers & Sisters” since 2006, “Ally McBeal” 1997-2002)/wed to actor Harrison Ford (June 2010)

1974 [36] Leonardo DiCaprio, Hollywood CA, movie actor (“Revolutionary Road”, “Titanic”)  BS FACTOID: Next plays legendary FBI director J Edgar Hoover in “Hoover” (2012).

BS OBSERVANCES . . .
• “Remembrance Day”, commemorating the end of WWI at 11 am on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. It’s observed in Canada & the UK, and in Belgium & France as “Armistice Day”. The original tradition is to observe 2 minutes silence at 11 am.

• “Martinmas”, when they’ll stage the annual “Martinmas Goose Celebration” in front of the town hall of Sursee, Switzerland. Blindfolded participants try to cut down a suspended goose with a single sword stroke. The warm weather that often occurs around this time is called ‘St Martin’s Summer’ in Europe, ‘Indian Summer’ in North America. (Maybe ‘Aboriginal Summer’?)

• “Singles Day” in China, honoring all those who’ve yet to wed. It’s also the occasion for the ‘I’m Looking For You’ market in Beijing, where singles list their personal data along with a picture, and the profile is posted publicly for others to view. From the 1,000 participants last year, 50 couples were matched up. (Sort of eHarmony … live.)

• “Veterans’ Day” in the USA, the 91st annual observance originally called “Armistice Day”, then renamed in 1954. The day now honors all American military veterans.

TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1790 [220] ‘Chrysanthemums’ from China are 1st introduced to the Western world (spelling bee judges are thrilled!)

1940 [70] 1st ‘Jeep’ is made by the Willys Company, the name coming from the initials ‘G-P’ for ‘General Purpose Vehicle’ (made for military use, NOT for going to the mall)

2002 [08] The world’s first bra made entirely of chocolate goes on sale in Graz, Austria (the $160 bras, made from special chocolate that does not melt, are sold as wedding gifts)

TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1988 [22] ‘Loudest Measured Scream’ by a human – 128 decibels! (some guy in a zipper accident?)

AND REMEMBER . . .
[Fri] Domino Day
[Fri] “Skyline”; “Unstoppable” open in movie theaters
[Sat] 25th Gemini Awards (Global)
[Sat] World Kindness Day
[Sun] Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day
[Sun] Girls Day
[Sun] World Diabetes Day
This Week Is … Split Pea Soup Week
This Month Is … Healthy Skin Month

BULL’S BITS

METAL BAND OR COLLECTIVE NOUN?
Are the following the names of rock groups or the collective noun describing other groups (ie: a ‘pride of lions’) …
• Culture of Bacteria [Collective Noun]
• Dawn of Azazel [Metal Band]
• Skein of Goslings [Collective Noun]
• Woods of Ypres [Metal Band]
• Keep of Kalessin [Metal Band]
• Sons of Otis [Metal Band]
• Sounder of Boar [Collective Noun]
• Plague of Rats [Collective Noun]
• Generation of Vipers [Collective Noun]
• Silent Stream of Godless Elegy [Metal Band]
– Thanks to Samantha King

BS RANDOM JOKE:
I wouldn’t be paranoid if everyone didn’t pick on me.

BS PHONE STARTER:
Where would be a totally inappropriate place to flirt with someone? (A hospital waiting room? A funeral? An STD clinic?)

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Today’s Question: A person in THIS profession suffers an average of 4 injuries on-the-job.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Sports mascot.

BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Discoveries are made by not following instructions.


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