Friday, November 18, 2011        Edition: #4633
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Today’s “People” magazine special double issue selects actor Bradley Cooper as the ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ (the list of runners-up includes Liam Hemsworth, Justin Theroux, Chris Evans, Tim McGraw, and Ryan Gosling) . . . Justin Timberlake honored his date with a Marine combat instructor last Saturday and tonight his “Friends With Benefits” co-star Mila Kunis is scheduled to fulfill a similar YouTube invitation from Sgt Scott Moore at a Marine Corps ball in Greenville, North Carolina (in related news, Betty White’s just been asked out to her high school class’ 100th anniversary reunion) . . . Hard to believe after he ticked off seemingly everyone in show biz last year, but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is bringing back Ricky Gervais to host the “Golden Globe Awards” on January 15th (truth be told, the guy manages to make a rather dull orgy of self-congratulation almost entertaining) . . . Jeffrey Leving, the attorney representing Justin Bieber’s purported baby momma, Mariah Yeater, has set the record straight by saying he has not stepped down as reported and is currently attempting to negotiate a private paternity test without a court order (could be the first time in human history a father turns out to be younger than his biological child) . . . And “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson is reportedly negotiating a deal to manage Mariah Carey’s career, according to “Hollywood Reporter” (first order of business will be finding her career).


• “ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival” (PBS) – Saturday this hour-long special filmed at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium features performances by Alison Krauss, the Avett Bros, the Civil Wars, Emmylou Harris, Gregg Allman, and Robert Plant.
• “2011 American Music Awards” (ABC) – Sunday Nicki Minaj & Pitbull host the 29th annual honors, live from LA’s Nokia Theater. A few details …
– Adele leads nominees with 4 nods, followed by Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift with 3 apiece. Winners are determined by online fan voting.
– Performers include Chris Brown, Daughtry, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, LMFAO, Marc Anthony, Maroon 5 w/Christina Aguilera, and Mary J Blige.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Today Bruno Mars (“Doo-Wops & Hooligans”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CHCH) – Tonight Thompson Square (“Thompson Square”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (“Beat the Devil’s Tattoo”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Tonight Grouplove (“Grouplove”).
• “Live With Regis & Kelly” (syndicated/CTV) – Today Regis Philbin’s final morning hosting as he’s finally retiring at age 80.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – Host Jason Segel (“The Muppets”); musical guest Florence & The Machine (“Ceremonials”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Tom Morello w/Ben Harper (“World Wide Rebel Songs”).
• “Women Who Rock” (PBS) – Tonight a look at female musicians who influence America’s soundtrack.

• E Street Band – Today a release party at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park NJ unveils 2 new Christmas tracks by late saxophonist Clarence Clemons: “There’s Still Christmas” and a sax version of “The Christmas Song”.
• Mac Miller – According to Nielsen SoundScan, his “Blue Slide Park” album is the first independent debut to top the album charts in 15 years.
• Martina McBride – Saturday the country star plays a show in New Orleans, Louisiana for the 3,000-plus passengers aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise ship ‘Voyager Of the Seas’. The concert is a celebration of the cruise line’s return to the ‘Big Easy’.
• Taylor Swift – She’ll be profiled this Sunday on “60 Minutes” (CBS) as correspondent Lesley Stahl has a candid conversation with her at her Nashville condominium. The segment also includes concert and backstage footage from the recent “Speak Now World Tour”.
• Thompson Square – Saturday the country duo accompanies the annual ‘Santa Train’, which delivers some 15 tons of toys to disadvantaged families who live along the route from Shelby, Kentucky to Kingsport, Tennessee. The 2011 charity run will make 14 stops.
• Trace Adkins – According to a fan poll by “Country Weekly” magazine, he’s ‘Country Music’s Sexiest Man’. He’s on the cover of today’s edition.


• “Happy Feet Two” ( PG Family Animation ): In this sequel to the 2006 Oscar-winning film, ‘Mumble’ and his family and friends discover a new threat to their home, one that will take everyone working together to save them. Voice cast includes Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, and Pink, plus Brad Pitt & Matt Damon as ‘Will & Bill the Krill’.
• “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” ( PG-13 Fantasy Adventure ): Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning all return for the first half of the final instalment. Even fans admit “Breaking Dawn” is the worst book of the lot, but the film is nevertheless tracking to set some box office records. “Part 2” will follow in November 2012.

It turns out nice guys can finish first … at least socially. According to a new study by Harvard University researcher David Rand, dynamic, complex social networks encourage members to be friendlier and more co-operative, with the possible payoff coming in an expanded social sphere. On the other hand, selfish behavior can lead to an individual being shunned from the group and left – literally – on his or her own. (Too bad this doesn’t seem to hold up in online social networks.)

Looking to marry someone who’ll someday come into money, guys? Start here …
5. Holly Branson – 28-year-old daughter of Virgin companies entrepreneur Richard Branson, who’s said to be worth $4 billion.
4. Dylan Lauren – 36-year-old daughter of fashion mogul Ralph Lauren. She stands to inherit $4.6 billion.
3. Kathrine & Cecilie Fredriksen – 25-year old twin daughters of Norwegian-born shipping magnate John Fredriksen. The family fortune is estimated at $7.7 billion.
2. Georgina Bloomberg – 27-year-old daughter of NYC’s billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg. His holdings are said to be worth $18 billion.
1. Marta Ortega Pérez – She’s 26 and will someday inherit her father Amancio Ortega Gaona’s Inditex fashion retail empire, which boasts 4,500 stores in 73 countries. It’s worth $25 billion.


Even though age obviously plays a role in hearing loss, for those who’ve never known a life without personal music devices the real problem is environmental. Jacking music up too loud on iPods and going to loud concerts is having a big impact. In fact, 1-in-5 people over the age of 12 now has hearing loss in at least one ear. Dr Frank Lin of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine says the tricky thing about loud noise exposure is that most people don’t suffer the consequences until many years later, so are unaware they’re damaging hearing until it’s too late. Here’s a tip for you … any ringing or hollow sound in your ears is a bad sign. (Now’s a good time to invest in Miracle Ear stock!)

Beginning Monday, comedian Owen Benjamin is setting out to attempt a new world record for ‘Most Airports Visited in a Single Month’ (by a passenger). He’s cleverly lined up sponsors so he’ll make money at the same time. You can follow his adventures here …

• Several higher-learning institutions are heading in the direction of becoming ‘bookless’ by requiring or handing out iPod Touches, iPads, Kindles, or Nooks, often pre-loaded with textbooks and other course materials.
• Half of the members of US Congress enjoy ‘1% status’ as millionaires, according to a new study by the Center for Responsive Politics. The estimated median net worth of those in Congress is up a robust 13% since the depths of the recession in 2008.


1939 [72] Margaret (Peggy) Atwood, Ottawa ON, ‘dean of Canadian authors’ (Booker Prize- “The Blind Assassin”, Giller Prize-“Alias Grace”, Governor General’s Award-“The Handmaid’s Tale”)/Order of Canada (1981)/Canada’s Walk of Fame (2001)

1958 [53] Oscar Nunez, Cuba, TV actor (‘Oscar Martinez’ on “The Office” since 2005)

1962 [49] Kirk Hammet, San Francisco CA, rock guitarist/singer (Metallica-“The Day That Never Comes”, “St Anger”)

1968 [43] Owen Wilson, Dallas TX, movie actor (“Marley & Me”, “Wedding Crashers”)/brother of actor Luke Wilson

1974 [37] Chloe Sevigny, Springfield MA, TV actress (“Big Love” 2006-11)/movie actress (“Boys Don’t Cry”)

Fashion designer Calvin Klein is 69; TV-movie actress Allison Janney (“Juno”) is 52; Rock drummer Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver) is 51; Movie actress Meg Ryan (“Sleepless in Seattle”) is 50; Movie actress-director Jodie Foster (“Silence Of the Lambs”) is 49; Country singer Billy Currington (“Let Me Down Easy”) is 38.

US Vice President Joe Biden is 69; Classic rock guitarist Joe Walsh (Eagles) is 64; Rapper Mike D (Beastie Boys) is 46; Country singer Dierks Bentley (“Home”) is 36; Country singer Josh Turner (“All Over Me”) is 34; Rock bassist Jared Followill (Kings of Leon) is 25.

• “Married To a Scorpio Support Day”, a day of remembrance to honor those who are married to Scorpios. Are they that bad? Any horror stories out there?
• “Mickey Mouse Day”, generally observed as his ‘birthday’ when he appeared in the cartoon short “Steamboat Willie” in 1928 (now making him a geezer mouse of 83!). It was the first cartoon with synchronized sound.

• “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.
• “Have a Bad Day Day”, for all the grouches who can’t stand being told constantly to
‘Have a good day’.
• “Survivors of Suicide Day”, the 13th annual day of outreach to those who’ve lost a friend or family member to suicide.
• “World Toilet Day”, to encourage toilet hygiene. The Singapore-based World Toilet Organization promotes better design and sanitation for the device that is still a luxury in many parts of the developing world. There’s even an ‘official song’ …

• “African Industrialization Day”, an annual UN initiative to encourage deployment of new technologies in order to raise living standards on the continent and build industries of the future.
• “Cannabis Cup” in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where sparking up a stick is legal. The 23rd annual competition through Thursday seeks the world’s top weed while participants attend seminars and ‘sample’ product.
• “Mexican Revolution Day”, celebrating the anniversary of the date in 1910 when the uprising to overthrow dictator Porfirio Díaz began.
• “Name Your PC Day”, a good day to ask listeners what pet names they’ve bestowed on theirs.
• “Transgender Day of Remembrance”, the 13th annual commemorating those who have lost their lives due to anti-transgender bias, prejudice, or hatred.
• “Universal Children’s Day”, a UN day of activity devoted to promoting the welfare of children worldwide.
• “World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims”, an annual UN observance on the 3rd Sunday of November to encourage action to prevent road deaths and injuries.

2006 [05] Acting couple Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes (referred to as ‘TomKat’ by the media) are married in a Church of Scientology ceremony at the 15th-century Odescalchi Castle in Lake Bracciano, Italy


2005 [06] The acclaimed Johnny Cash bio-pic “Walk The Line” opens in movie theaters (her performance as June Carter Cash wins Reese Witherspoon an Oscar)

1936 [75] George McCullagh’s “Globe” newspaper purchases “The Mail & Empire” and amalgamates them to form the “Globe & Mail”

1961 [50] Saskatchewan legislature passes legislation giving residents Canada’s 1st healthcare plan


2003 [08] Barry Bonds is named National League’s ‘Most Valuable Player’ for a record 6th time


[Mon] World Hello Day
[Mon] World Television Day
[Tues] Humane Society Day
[Wed] “A Dangerous Method”; “Arthur Christmas”; “Hugo”; “The Muppets” open in movie theaters
[Thurs] Thanksgiving Day (US)
[Thurs] Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day
This Week Is … Culinary Week
This Month Is … Alzheimer’s Disease Month


• China just made it illegal to move your arms away from your sides.
• There’s now a 2-and-a-half hour wait to get into Justin Bieber’s bathroom.
• Two Tim Hortons on every block.
• It’s impossible to sneeze without hitting a guy name ‘Joe’.
• Constant deafening whoosh of more than 7 billion people breathing.
• 26-digit phone numbers.
• In parts of Asia, not only car-pooling but pants-pooling.


If everybody minded their own business, there would be nothing on the news tonight.

What one food did you survive on at college?


Percy Lesueur, born in Québec City in November 1881, was a hockey player & inventor. Which did he invent?
a. Hockey Puck
b. Hockey Pants
c. Goalie Glove [CORRECT. He designed the gauntlet-style glove for goaltenders which protects the forearms.]

Question: According to a recent poll, THIS is a woman’s favorite compliment to hear.
Answer: “You have a nice smile.”


A professional is one who does a good job even when he doesn’t feel like it.

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