Friday, November 15, 2013        Edition: #5103

Nuthin’ Like a Bull in Your Radio Shop!

★ The seemingly snake-bit “Fifty Shades of Grey” film has now been delayed another 6 months until Valentines weekend 2015. Universal Pictures is denying that shooting was put back due to Charlie Hunnam dropping out of the male lead, but offers no other reason. Jamie Dornan has since replaced him as ‘Christian Grey’, opposite Dakota Johnson as ‘Anastasia Steele’. The Brit actor is expected to sign up for at least 3 films based on EL James’ books. (What says Valentines Day better than bigscreen bondage?)
– “Entertainment Weekly”
★ Charlie Sheen’s troubled ex-wife Brooke Mueller has been hit with a lawsuit from a former nanny who alleges she is owed overtime wages … $10 million in overtime wages. Norma Lavizzo, who previously took care of Mueller’s kids, is claiming she worked way more than her scheduled 40-hour weeks, but received zero overtime pay. In the suit, Lavizzo alleges she was put on call by Mueller and had to make herself available 24/7. (Was she making 75-grand an hour?)
★ No matter how much the fans and the film stars may want it, Suzanne Collins’ agent says the author has no plans to write a 4th book for “The Hunger Games” series. The screen adaptation of the final book, “Mockingjay”, is being split into 2 films to follow “Catching Fire” (opening November 22nd). Both Jennifer Lawrence (who plays ‘Katniss’) and Elizabeth Banks (who plays ‘Effie’) have made it clear they’d love to do more films, but Collins apparently has no plans to expand beyond the trilogy. (However, if the movie studio wants to buy the rights …)
★ And movie star Sandra Bullock threw interviewers a curveball when she revealed on British morning TV show “Daybreak” that she doesn’t find her “Gravity” co-star George Clooney ‘sexy’. Eager to prove that Bullock’s statement is nonsense, 52-year-old Clooney has hit back by joking that Bullock is so hot on him that she ‘drunk calls’ him every night. Quote: “It’s non-stop. And then I just send her a bottle of tequila.”
– “Entertainment Tonight”

• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Today The Killers (“Direct Hits”).
• Governors Awards (Hollywood CA) – Saturday the 5th annual Oscars for people who actually deserve them. Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, and 86-year-old costume designer Piero Tosi receive an honorary Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for charity work.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight Florida Georgia Line (“Here’s To the Good Times”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Kitten (“Cut It Out”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Johnny Marr (“The Messenger”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Tonight Lady Antebellum (“Golden”).
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (ABC/CTV) – Today Daughtry (“Baptized”).
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – Lady Gaga (“ARTPOP”) serves double-duty, hosting and performing. It’s her 3rd appearance on the show.
• Sony PlayStation 4 – Today is release day for the hotly anticipated next generation PS4 game console in North America. It hits Europe November 29th.
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Lee Brice (“Hard 2 Love”).
• “The Voice” (NBC/CTV) – Saturday 10 contestants move to the next phase; Sara Bareilles performs. Rerun.

• Bob Dylan – The 72-year-old’s secret hobby is sculpting old railway parts and vintage iron in his workshop in Malibu CA. Starting Saturday, 7 of his wrought-iron gates will be exhibited for the first time at London’s Halcyon Gallery. Dylan himself kicks off a short UK tour on Monday.
• Eminem – He’s back atop the album chart with “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” after the 2nd-largest sales week of the year behind only Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience”. It’s the rapper’s 7th consecutive #1 album.
• Garth Brooks – He’s set to release a massive box set containing 6 CDs and 2 DVDS with 77 songs in all. “Blame It All On My Roots” is coming out on Black Friday, November 28th as an exclusive with Walmart.
• Kanye West – “Us Weekly” is reporting that he & Kim Kardashian are already planning baby #2 … and they may not stop after two kids either.
• Kip Moore – He’s headlining the “Burn the Whole World Down Tour”, kicking off tonight in Jacksonville FL. It runs through December 14th, with Drake White and Joey Hyde opening on select dates.
• Mariah Carey – She tells NYC’s Hot 97 that her stint as a judge on “American Idol” beside Nicki Minaj was like “going to work every day in hell with Satan”.
• Miley Cyrus – She has announced that Icona Pop and Sky Ferreira will be the opening acts on her upcoming “Bangerz” tour. The trek is set to kick off February 14th in Vancouver BC and wrap April 24th in Uniondale NY.
• Taylor Swift – Word has it she’s hunting for a new home in London. An insider tells “The Sun” she’s tired of staying in hotels and wants a place of her own when she travels to Europe.
• U2 – Their manager is set to step down from his role after 34 years. 63-year-old Paul McGuinness has managed the band’s business affairs since 1979. “New York Times” reports that Madonna’s manager, Guy Oseary, is set to take over the role.

• “The Best Man Holiday” ( R-Rated Comedy ): In this follow-pup to 1999’s “The Best Man”, college friends reunite after 15 years and discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited. Stars Monica Calhoun, Morris Chestnut, Melissa De Sousa, Taye Diggs. We hear a cast reunion dinner brought about this sequel.
• “Nebraska” ( R-Rated Adventure Drama ):  Bruce Dern and Will Forte (ex-“SNL”) play an aging, booze-addled father and his estranged son who make the trip from Montana to Nebraska in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes prize. Co-stars Bob Odenkirk (“Breaking Bad”), Stacy Keach. This B&W film first screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
• Opening in limited release: “Charlie Countryman” (Romantic Comedy); “Dear Mr Watterson” (Documentary); “ Faust” (Fantasy Drama); and “12-12-12” (Musical Documentary).

Need an instant boost of good cheer? The best way to get a shot of feel-good is to cuddle with someone you love. A new London School of Economics study shows that intimate moments with a cherished person or a favorite pet trigger a 14% rise in happiness … more than any other activity. Other effective no-cost mood-lifters? Spending time with friends, gardening, and singing. (Not so good mood-lifters: Staff meetings, dental appointments, finding out someone swiped the last beer in the fridge.)
– “Woman’s World”

Always looking for new places to expand its brand, Starbucks is putting a store … on a train. The first rolls out of Geneva next week, with a fully-branded Starbucks motif on the inside and out and baristas serving up to 50 customers. Starbucks’ train partner is Swiss Federal Railways, the national railway of Switzerland. There are no current plans to expand the concept elsewhere. (Or to reduce the price of a Caramel Macchiato grandé below a hundred bucks.)
– “USA Today”

Taking care of your heart means … taking care of your teeth. A new study from NYC’s Columbia University has shown that regular brushing and flossing can prevent the clogging of arteries that could lead to heart attacks and strokes. After 3 years of research, the scientists discovered that eliminating the bacteria build-up on teeth results in a reduction in instances of clogged arteries and hence fewer heart issues. (This is all very interesting but the most exciting part was getting to use the word ‘hence’.)
– “Daily Express”

McDonald’s is moving to clear Heinz ketchup out of its system. The fast-food chain says it has started the process of moving to other vendors. McD’s is splitting with Heinz because the former CEO of Burger King has been hired to run the HJ Heinz Co. And he also still serves as vice-chairman of the board of Burger King. (McDonald’s operates more than 34,000 locations around-the-globe … that’s a lot of lost ketchup sales.)

UK businessman Kamran Akram has had a MINI Cooper S converted into … a 27-foot-long limousine. He shipped the car to Las Vegas for the $100,000+ makeover, during which mechanics chopped it in half to insert additional segments. As well as TVs and DVD players, this MINI now features a dance floor, disco ball, and champagne fridge. (You can really stretch your legs … but you keep hitting your head on the ceiling.)

According to researchers, November is the month when the most hair falls out. (Coincidently, also the biggest month for Drano sales.)


1970 [43] Jack Ingram, Houston TX, country singer (“Barefoot & Crazy”, “Wherever You Are”)

1974 [39] Chad Kroeger, Hanna AB, much-vilified rock singer (Nickelback-“Rockstar”, “How You Remind Me”)/singer Avril Lavigne’s husband

1974 [39] Jesse Sandoval, Albuquerque NM, indie rock drummer (The Shins-“Phantom Limb”, “So Says I”)

1977 [36] Sean Murray, Bethesda MD, TV actor (‘Special Agent Timothy McGee’ on “NCIS” since 2003)

1988 [25] BoB (Bobby Ray Simmons Jr), Winston-Salem NC, rapper-songwriter-producer (f/Hayley Williams-“Airplanes”, f/Bruno Mars-“Nothin’ on You”)

Jazz singer Diana Krall (“Quiet Nights”) is 49; Indie-rock bassist Eric Judy (Modest Mouse) is 39; Movie actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (“Crazy Heart”) is 36; Pop singer Siva Kaneswaran (The Wanted) is 25.

Pop-folk singer Gordon Lightfoot (“Sundown”) is 75; Movie director Martin Scorsese (“The Departed”) is 71; TV-movie producer Lorne Michaels (“Saturday Night Live”) is 69; TV-movie actor Danny DeVito (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) is 69; Rock guitarist Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses) is 47; Country singer Aaron Lines (“Cheaper to Keep Her”) is 36; Movie actress Rachel McAdams (“Midnight in Paris”) is 35; Country bassist Reid Perry (The Band Perry) is 25.

• “George Spelvin Day” (female variation ‘Georgette’), commemorating the 1886 invention of the fictitious name used on Broadway for actors who have a 2nd role in a play. The name has appeared in over 10,000 Broadway programs. ‘Walter Plinge’ is similarly used in the UK.
• “Pack Your Mom’s Lunch Day”, when kids with a mother who’s gone back-to-school are encouraged to honor her by making her lunch.
• “Record Your Cat Purring Day”, so you can play the recording every year on her birthday … after she’s gone. (What kind of masochist thought this one up?)

• “Elephant Round-Up” in Surin, the ‘Elephant Capital’ of Thailand, through Sunday. Events include a mock battle with over 100 elephants & costumed warlords; and special elephant competitions in strength, skill, and obedience. There’s also a 60-ton buffet … for the elephants.
• “Fast Food Day”, a day when we’re encouraged to celebrate by going out to our favorite fast food joint. (Like we need an excuse.)

• “Baklava Day”, celebrating the Greek/Turkish dessert treat that’s made from phyllo pastry, honey, nuts, and other yummy ingredients. (Can we get this delivered?)
• “Farm Joke Day”, a day to have a chuckle about the rural lifestyle.
• “Homemade Bread Day”, when we’re all encouraged to bake a loaf from scratch. It’s a good day to get a bun in the oven! Mmm … can you smell that?
• “Hunters’ Moon”, the Full Moon of October, so-named because it allowed hunters of old to stalk the woods after dark. It’s also been called the ‘Beaver Moon’ as well as the ‘Frosty Moon’.
• “Leonid Meteor Shower”, an annual sky show when you can see ‘shooting stars’. Unfortunately the Moon is full this year, so it will erase all but the brightest Leonids from view.
• “Unfriend Day”, begun 3 years ago when late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel declared this a day to get rid of our overabundance of virtual friends on Facebook.
• “World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims”, an annual international observance on the 3rd Sunday of November.
• “World Prematurity Awareness Day”, to draw attention to the problems and risks related to premature babies. It’s estimated 1-in-10 babies worldwide is born prematurely.

2002 [11] “Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets” opens in movie theaters

2007 [06] Kenneth Donnell of Glasgow, Scotland pays $122,000 for 2 tickets to Led Zeppelin’s one-off reunion at London’s O2 Arena (the charity-auction purchase includes admission to the legendary band’s rehearsal)

2005 [08] 1st person to undergo a ‘Partial Face Transplant’, in Amiens, France (Isabelle Dinoire had been attacked by a dog earlier in the year)

2007 [06] Guinness World Record set for ‘Longest Piano Recital’ as Pat Jones of Jacksonville, Florida tickles the ivories for 65 consecutive hours

[Mon] Married To a Scorpio Support Day
[Mon] Mickey Mouse Day
[Tues] Have a Bad Day Day
[Tues] International Men’s Day
[Tues] World Toilet Day
This Week Is … Global Entrepreneurship Week
This Month Is … Long-Term Care Awareness Month


What guys say [and what they really mean].
• “I can’t find it!” [“It didn’t fall into my outstretched hands, so I’m completely clueless.”]
• “That’s women’s work.” [“It’s dirty, difficult, and thankless.”]
• “Will you marry me?” [“Both my roommates have moved out, I can’t find the washer and there’s no more peanut butter.”]
• “It’s a guy thing.” [“There is no rational thought pattern connected with it, and you have no chance at all of making it logical.”]
• “Can I help with dinner?” [“Why isn’t it already on the table?”]
• “It would take too long to explain.” [“I have no idea how it works.”]
• “I’m getting more exercise lately.” [“The batteries to the remote are dead.”]
• “Honey, we don’t need material things to prove our love.” [“I forgot our anniversary again.”]
• “You expect too much of me.” [“You want me to stay awake?”]

☎ Is Facebook becoming passé? Even Facebook has admitted what many teens already know … it’s not as cool to be on Facebook anymore. Is that because it’s become just another component of our daily lives or maybe it was just a passing fad?

You have parked illegally In Helsinki, Finland. The good news is, that city’s police rarely give out parking tickets. What’s the bad news?
a. They tow your car away.
b. They remove your license plates.
c. They let the air out of your tires. [CORRECT]

When decanting wine, make sure that you tilt the paper cup, and pour slowly so as not to ‘bruise’ the fruit of the vine. If drinking directly from the bottle, always hold it with your fingers covering the label.

Question: Over the past decade THIS has gone up by 70%.
Answer: The number of tummy tucks.

A lie can be halfway round the world before the truth gets its pants on.

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