Thursday, November 14, 2013        Edition: #5102

It’s Your Daily Constitutional Sheet!

★ Show biz bros Mark & Donnie Wahlberg are bringing a taste of their Wahlburgers fast-food restaurant to TV after signing a reality show deal with A&E.  The siblings’ brother Paul has run the family-owned diner in their native Massachusetts since it opened in 2011; a 2nd location is set to open in Toronto early next year. “Wahlburgers” will take viewers behind-the-scenes for a look at daily operations in the burger biz. The show is set to premiere January 22nd.
★ The cult movie “The Princess Bride” is set to be adapted for the stage by Disney Theatrical Productions. The 1987 film starred Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, and Mandy Patinkin. It’s just one of several films Disney is developing for the stage, including “Alice in Wonderland”, “Dumbo”, “Freaky Friday”, and “Shakespeare in Love”. A stage version of “Aladdin” recently began a preview run in Toronto prior to traveling to Broadway in the Spring. A decision has yet to be reached on whether “The Princess Bride” will become a play or a musical.
★ “Glee” star Blake Jenner (‘Ryder Lynn’) has launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to finance a movie he has written. The actor is hoping to raise $100,000 by December 11th to make an indie film titled “Billy Boy”, in which he’ll appear with his fiancée and “Glee” co-star Melissa Benoist (‘Marley Rose’). The story revolves around an 18-year-old trying to give up his life of crime after falling in love with a waitress.
★ The whereabouts of incarcerated Pussy Riot rocker Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has finally been revealed 3 weeks after she was removed from a detention center to an unknown location. After complaints from Amnesty International, Russia’s Human Rights Ombudsman, Vladimir Lukin, has announced she’s been moved to a prison in Siberia because she was born in the region and is registered as a permanent resident of the state. He also confirms she is currently in the jail’s medical unit, but offers no further details. She’s due to be released in March 2014.
★ Movie studio Paramount launched a new TV division over the Summer from which it hopes to develop new projects as well as turn hit movies into TV series. One of the first resurrections is the romance-from-beyond-the-grave film “Ghost”. In the 1990 movie, Patrick Swayze played a murdered man who comes back in ghost form to comfort his distraught girlfriend (Demi Moore). A TV pilot is being developed for the story, which was recently reincarnated as a theater show.

• “Arsenio Hall” (syndicated) – Robert Glasper Experiment f/Anthony Hamilton (“Black Radio 2″).
• Billboard Touring Awards (NYC) – Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Luke Bryan, One Direction, P!nk, the Rolling Stones, and Taylor Swift are among finalists for the 19th annual awards. They honor the top tours between October 2012-September 2013.
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna, on her 26th birthday (“Nocturnal”).
• “Glee” (FOX/Global) – The club learns how to twerk.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Charlie Wilson (“Love, Charlie”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Two Door Cinema Club (“Changing Of the Seasons”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Sheryl Crow (“Feels Like Home”); Wanz (“Tell Me One More Time”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Metric (“Live It Out”).
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Mary J Blige (“A Mary Christmas”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – J Rand f/Flo Rida & T-Pain (“Ride”).
• “The X Factor” (FOX/CTV2) – Contestants face elimination.

• Britney Spears – She’s released the tracklisting for her upcoming 8th studio album, “Britney Jean” (out November 29th), which reveals that both rapper TI and Britney’s sister Jamie Lynn Spears make guest appearances.
• Bruce Springsteen – New Jersey’s Rutgers University is set to offer a course exploring the theological overtones of Springsteen’s lyrics and his reinterpretation of biblical stories into the American landscape (“Adam Raised a Cain”, “The Promised Land”, etc).
• Lady Gaga – Her new album “ARTPOP” is being carried in 175 H&M stores this week As part of the partnership, she’ll be on hand for the grand opening of a new H&M mega-store in NYC’s Times Square today.
• Lenny Kravitz – He says he’s amused by young fans of “The Hunger Games” who have no clue he’s an accomplished musician with 2 decades of hits. Pre-teens are more likely to know him as ‘Cinna’, the role he reprises in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (November 22nd).
• Miley Cyrus – She’s set to embark on her 38-stop “Bangerz Tour” early next year and VIP Nation is spearheading a deal put on by American Express in which concert-goers can nab an individual photo op with Miley … for $1,000. Believe it or not, they’re selling out quickly.
• Tim McGraw – Faith Hill first connected with her birth brother Zachary in 1993 and now an insider says Zach has been acting as a mediator between Faith & Tim during a rough spot in their relationship. The snitch tells “National Enquirer” Zach’s saved their marriage … for now.

A BS selection of movies in the making …
• ‘Bourne 5′ – Director Justin Lin, the man behind the last 4 “Fast & Furious” films, has been tapped to take over the ‘Jason Bourne’ spy franchise, which will see Jeremy Renner reprise his role as ‘Aaron Cross’. Renner replaced original star Matt Damon beginning with 2012’s “The Bourne Legacy”. The ‘Untitled Jason Bourne Sequel’ is due in 2015.
• “Peter Pan” – British filmmaker Joe Wright is in talks to bring  the boy who never grew up back to the bigscreen in a new original movie. The “Anna Karenina” director has become the frontrunner to tackle the latest take on the story, which will focus on the life of ‘Peter Pan’ before he discovered ‘Never Never Land’ and took charge of the ‘Lost Boys’.
• “The Roman” – Actor Mark Wahlberg has signed on to produce a new movie about Julius Caesar, which will focus on his younger years as an army general. The film tells the story of how Caesar and his men were kidnapped and enslaved by pirates, only to fight their way to freedom. At this point it’s unclear if Wahlberg will take on an acting role in the film.
• ‘Terminator 5′ – Director Alan Taylor (“Thor: The Dark World”) wants Tom Hardy for the role of ‘John Connor’ in this 2015 reboot. Brie Larson (“21 Jump Street”), Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”), and Margot Robbie (“Wolf of Wall Street”) are screen-testing for the role of ‘Sarah Connor’. The plot is unknown, but it will mark Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to the franchise.
• “Triplets” – This comedy sequel to the 1988 film “Twins” will see Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito return, joined by a 3rd brother played by Eddie Murphy. While it will pay homage to the original, screenwriter Josh Gad says it will include ‘much more modern comedy’. A date for the start of filming on “Triplets” has yet to be decided.

Getting a job has never been more difficult. Sad to say, but age matters. A lot of the time, the younger set are more willing to put in the time and effort to make something happen. Older folks need to be more aggressive, plumping up the highlights of their experience and lopping off the deadwood. A few tips on creating a ‘mature’ résumé …
• Put the most important information first … your best career achievement. It might have happened 10 years ago, but you want it to be at the top.
• However, make sure your CV doesn’t age you by dwelling too much on the past.
• Don’t bother with work experience that’s more than 15-years-old; it’s likely not relevant.
• Forego listing the year you received your degree; focus on current skills.
• Try to make your résumé age anonymous. Many places you don’t even have to list your date-of-birth due to age-discrimination laws.
• Stick to no more than 2 pages or you’ll give the impression you’ve had too many jobs.
– BBC Business

Smartphone obsession is causing ignored partners to cheat. Fully 45% of participants in a new online survey of 6,000 partnered people admit they have cheated due to ‘phubbing’ (phone snubbing), being ignored by their partners while they focus on their electronic gadgets. Among the complaints: Phone-dependent partners using their devices constantly during meals and conversations, and sometimes right after sex. The survey, conducted by a dating website, finds that women aged 30-to-50 are the likeliest to cheat because of phone obsession. (A lot of the time, smartphones aren’t so smart.)
– Mail Online

Some top-end options are expensive but practical, ie: The $3,270 ‘Airscarf’ on a Mercedes-Benz E350 convertible really is helpful at reducing the wind-battering passengers take at highway speeds. Others are expensive but dumb. Witness …
• Selectable Cabin Fragrance – Mercedes-Benz S550 ($350).
• Illuminated Grille Star – Mercedes-Benz E350 ($550).
• Magic Sky Control – Mercedes-Benz SLK350 ($2,500).
• Massaging Seats – Audi A8 ($4,000).
• Auto-closing Sedan Doors – BMW 740Li ($4,800).
• Stryker Red Paint – SRT Viper ($14,600).
• Reclining Rear Executive Seats – Lexus LS 460 L ($16,400).

When it comes to North American accents, online daters like a man or woman with a Southern drawl by far, according to a new online survey. Almost half of male respondents (45%) and 28% of females say they find ‘Southern’ accents the most appealing. ‘New York’ and ‘Western’ accents rank 2nd and 3rd, followed by ‘New England’ accents which are particularly popular among women (thanks in part to Mark Wahlberg and Ben Affleck?). ‘Canadian’ and ‘New Jersey’ accents are tied for 5th-sexiest in North America. (Due to sexy Ryan Gosling and … um … Chris Christie?)

• An estimated 600,000 bats were killed by wind turbines in 2012 … in the USA alone.
– “Times of London”
• After analyzing 50,000 recipes and 906,539 comments on them, researchers at “Wired Magazine” and The Food Network say the majority of dishes experience a boost in ratings when bacon is added.


1948 [65] Prince Charles (Philip Arthur George of Wales), London UK, heir to the British throne/married Camilla Parker Bowles since 2005/married to Lady Diana Spencer 1981-96)/father of princes William & Harry/grandfather to Prince George

1968 [45] Brian Yale, Woodbridge CT, alt-rock bassist (Matchbox Twenty–“Unwell”, “Bent”)

1970 [43] Brendan Benson, Royal Oak MI, rock musician-singer-songwriter (The Raconteurs-“Salute Your Solution”, “Steady As She Goes”)

1972 [41] Josh Duhamel [‘due-MEL’], Minot ND, movie actor (“Transformers” films)/TV actor (“Las Vegas” 2003-08)/wed to Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie since 2009

1974 [39] Joe Principe, Chicago IL, punk rock bassist (Rise Against-“Satellite”, “Help Is On the Way”)

1975 [38] Travis Barker, Fontana CA, rock drummer (Blink 182-“Up All Night”, “I Miss You”)

1977 [36] Brian Dietzen, Barrington IL, TV actor (‘Jimmy Palmer’ on “NCIS” since 2004)

1979 [34] Tobin Esperance, Vacaville CA, rock bassist (Papa Roach-“Where Did the Angels Go?”, “Lifeline”)

• “International Girls Day”, instigated by Kappa Delta Sorority to celebrate all kinds of girls with all kinds of interests and abilities. It’s an opportunity to build confidence in girls and help them realize their potential.

• “Leftovers Trading Day”, a day to swap everything in your refrigerator for everything in a friend’s refrigerator. A perfect day for this as it’s also “Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day”.

• “Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day”, encouraging us to take things a little slower, take a mental step back and find some balance.

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

• “World Diabetes Day”, recognizing what’s becoming an epidemic. Since 2000, the number of people worldwide with diabetes has more than doubled. Diabetes is responsible for 4.6 million deaths a year … 1 every 7 seconds.

1988 [25] Long-running TV comedy “Murphy Brown”, starring Candice Bergen as an aggressive, politically savvy network news correspondent, debuts on CBS

1998 [15] Flaky NBA basketball bad-boy Dennis Rodman weds ex-“Baywatch” babe Carmen Electra in Las Vegas (marriage lasts about 15 minutes)

2008 [05] 1st G-20 Economic Summit opens in Washington DC

1993 [20] Miami Dolphins’ 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)

[Fri] “The Best Man Holiday”; “Nebraska” open in movie theaters
[Fri] Sony PlayStation 4 release
[Sat] Fast-Food Day
[Sat] Guinness World Record Day
[Sun] Full ‘Beaver’ Moon
[Sun] Homemade Bread Day
This Week Is … Geography Awareness Week
This Month Is … Pomegranate Month


Today is “Operating Room Nurse Day”, the highlight of “Operating Room Nurse Week”. How do you celebrate? Sutcher self.
• “Someone call the janitor. We’re going to need a mop.”
• “Accept this sacrifice, O Great Lord of Darkness.”
• “This patient has already had kids, am I correct?”
• “Hand me that … uh … that uh … thingy.”
• “Ya know, there’s big money in kidneys. Hell, the guy’s got two of ‘em.”
• “What do mean he wasn’t in for a sex change?”

☎ The world would be a better place if we could just get rid of …

Where is the thickest skin on your body?
a. Your face.
b. Your feet. [CORRECT. The skin on the soles of your feet is 15 times thicker than facial skin.]
c. Your fingers.

It IS as bad as you think, and they ARE out to get you.

Question: An industry expert says THIS is the biggest fashion mistake men make.
Answer: Wearing clothes that are too big.

Anything is possible, but nothing is easy.

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