Friday, November 19, 2010 Edition: #4390
It’s Your Daily Constitutional Sheet!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
After initial denials, 35-year-old “Desperate Housewives” actress Eva Longoria has now confirmed by Twitter that she’s divorcing her 28-year-old NBA player husband Tony Parker ‘with great sadness after 7 years together’ (3-and-a-half as a married couple) . . . Speculation has mounted that Britain’s Prince William & fiancée Kate Middleton are looking to hold their wedding at Westminster Abbey in London after she was spotted emerging from a private tour of the historic landmark (daily coverage of the ‘Wedding of the Century’ continues) . . . 59-year-old Lou Ferrigno, the bodybuilder-turned-actor who played TV’s “Incredible Hulk” (1977-82) has been selected by Arizona’s immigration department as one of several dozen volunteers sworn in to help cops seek out illegal immigrants (he’s new to the job – still ‘green’) . . . “Grey’s Anatomy” star Eric Dane (‘Dr Mark Sloan’) says he & actress-wife Rebecca Gayheart are ‘working on’ having another child, just months after they became first-time parents (work work work!) . . . Spooky movie franchise “Paranormal Activity” is set to scare up box office dollars again as a 3rd film is now planned for next Halloween (here’s why – the first 2 low-budget films have grossed a total of $350 million worldwide) . . . And 21-year-old “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe (see Opening in Movie Theaters Today) says he only feels famous for ‘3 weeks a year’, when he has to go on the road to do promotion for the series (and – of course – whenever he uses an ATM).
WEEKEND SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “American Music Awards” (ABC/A Channel) – Sunday the 38th annual fan-voted music awards are doled out live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. A few highlights …
– Eminem and Lady Antebellum lead nominations with 5 apiece.
– Up for overall ‘Artist Of the Year’: Eminem, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, and Lady Gaga.
– Performances include: Bon Jovi, BSBNKTB (Backstreet Boys w/New Kids On the Block), Christina Aguilera, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Kid Rock, Miley Cyrus, Ne-Yo, P!nk, Rihanna (who opens the show), Taylor Swift, and Usher.
• “CMT Crossroads” (CMT) – Saturday Martina McBride and Train perform each other’s hits.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/A Channel) – Today Christina Aguilera (“Burlesque”).
• “George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight” (CBC) – Tonight Luke Doucet (“Steel City Trawler”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros (“Up From Below”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Fitz & The Tantrums (“Pickin’ Up the Pieces”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/A Channel) – Tonight Sufjan Stevens (“The Age of Adz”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni) – Tonight Secret Sisters (“The Secret Sisters”).
• “Live With Regis & Kelly” (syndicated/CTV) – This morning Cher (“Burlesque”).
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – Actress Anne Hathaway (“Love & Other Drugs”, out November 24th) hosts; musical guest Florence & The Machine.
• “The Talk” (CBS) – Today Annie Lennox (“A Christmas Cornucopia”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/A Channel) – Tonight Garth Brooks (“Garth Brooks Las Vegas”)
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Alanis Morissette – A recent pregnancy scan has revealed the 36-year-old singer & husband Souleye (Mario Treatway) are expecting a baby boy, due next month.
• Avril Lavigne – This week her divorce from Sum 41 rocker Deryck Whibley has been finalized, with a pre-nuptial agreement dividing their assets in half.
• The Beatles – No less than 59 of their singles charted on iTunes ‘Top 100’ in the first 24 hours of their availability this week, smashing all previous records for chart debuts on iTunes.
• BSBNKTB – Today tickets go on sale for the combination Backstreet Boys-New Kids On The Block tour scheduled for next June & July. So far confirmed dates include Chicago, LA, New Jersey, NYC, and Toronto.
• The Judds – Saturday Naomi & Wynonna hop aboard the ‘2010 Santa Train’ to revisit their Appalachian home, distributing some 15 tons of holiday gifts to children in the mountains of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia.
• Kenny Chesney – He’s giving away 10,000 copies of his “Boys of Fall” football documentary to high schools to ‘inspire young athletes both on and off the field’. (BS translation: The DVD isn’t selling.)
• Susan Boyle – Her new album “The Gift” has become her 2nd chart-topping album after “I Dreamed a Dream” debuted at #1 a year ago and spent 6 weeks on top.
OPENING IN MOVIE THEATERS TODAY:
• “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows – Part 1” ( PG-13 Fantasy Adventure ): Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson return in the first of a 2-part adaptation of the 7th and final book in the series, which finds ‘Harry’ and ‘Lord Voldemort’ on a collision course. ‘Potter’ films consistently gross $800 million-$1 billion worldwide and there’s no reason to believe this one won’t as well. ‘Part 2’ is coming next July 15th.
• “The Next Three Days” ( PG-13 Crime Thriller ): Russell Crowe & Elizabeth Banks (“Spider-Man” films) star in writer/director Paul Haggis’ remake of the French film “Anything For Her”. The story follows a husband who decides to break his wife out of prison due to her deteriorating condition 3 years into her life sentence for murder. Co-stars Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde (“House”), rapper RZA (Wu-Tang Clan).
A new study published by the American Psychological Association finds that Gen-Xers (born 1965-79) are currently the most stressed-out generation. 56% of Gen-Xers admit they feel frequently irritable or angry; 45% say they suffer stress-induced headaches. Researchers note that Gen-Xers tend to respond to stress with unhealthy behaviors such as lying awake at night (49%), overeating or eating unhealthy food (48%), and drinking too much alcohol (23%).
WORD OF THE YEAR:
“New Oxford American Dictionary” has announced that ‘refudiate’ is its ‘Word Of the Year’ for 2010. It’s not in the dictionary … and may never be. Strictly speaking, it’s not even a real word. It became famous when political activist Sarah Palin accidentally blended the words ‘refute’ and ‘repudiate’ in a Twitter.com posting. This year’s other hot words that didn’t quite make the cut include ‘bankster’ (a combination of banker & gangster), ‘gleek’ (a fan of TV show “Glee”), ‘top kill’ (the failed technique attempted on the leaking Gulf oil well), and ‘vuvuzela’ (the horn that created World Cup bzzzzzz).
– “Riverfront Times”
THE THING MOST TEEN BOYS DO:
A new study of videogames by Yale School of Medicine has found that most adolescents appear to be gaming without any ill effects, either physically or mentally. The survey finds that just over 51% of teens play videogames, 76% of boys and 29% of girls. The study not only reveals that, overall, there seem to be no negative health consequences of gaming in boys, but that gaming can be linked to lower odds of smoking regularly. (Or reading … or speaking to the family … or going outdoors …)
Richard Branson, the eccentric British billionaire owner of Virgin Atlantic Air, has lost a bet to Tony Fernandes, owner of Air Asia. The wager was over which of their Formula One teams would do better this year. Fernandes’ Lotus racing team slightly outperformed the Virgin team, consequently Branson must serve as a flight attendant on an Air Asia international flight … complete with a pair of high heels if Fernandes gets his way. The date of the Kuala Lumpur-London flight has yet to be set, but seats will be auctioned off for charity.
FOR THE RECORD:
21-year-old Hatice Kocaman of Turkey has been declared ‘World’s Smallest Woman’ by the “Guinness Book of Records”. She is 28-inches-tall (71 cm) and weighs just 15 lbs (6.8 kg). She says she hopes the fame will allow her to travel the world and meet lots of people, including … the world’s tallest man.
BS AMAZING FACT:
France exports some 140 million bottles of champagne around-the-world annually but keeps 180 million bottles for local consumption.
BS CHRONOMETER 11.19.10
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1933  Larry King (Lawrence Zieger), Brooklyn NY, TV talk show host (“Larry King Live” on CNN since 1985)/married 7 times to 6 different women/over 50 years in broadcasting/Hollywood Walk of Fame (1997)
1938  Ted Turner, Cincinnati OH, TV mogul (founder of CNN, TBS, TNT and other media properties)/sports mogul (Atlanta Braves, World Championship Wrestling founder)/author (“Call Me Ted” 2008)/ex-Mr Jane Fonda (1991-2001)
1942  Calvin Klein, Bronx NY, fashion designer (Calvin Klein Jeans, CK One, CK Be)
1959  Allison Janney, Dayton OH, 6-ft movie actress (“Juno”, “Hairspray”)/TV actress (4 Emmys-“The West Wing” 1999-2006)
1960  Matt Sorum, Mission Viejo CA, rock drummer (Velvet Revolver-“Fall to Pieces”, Guns N’ Roses 1990-97)
1961  Meg Ryan (Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra), Fairfield CT, movie actress (“Sleepless in Seattle”, “When Harry Met Sally”)/ex-Mrs Dennis Quaid 1991-2001
1962  Jodie (Alicia) Foster, LA CA, movie actress (2 Oscars-“The Accused”, “Silence Of the Lambs”)/2 sons from unnamed fathers
1973  Billy Currington, Rincon GA, country singer (“Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer”, “People Are Crazy”)
US Vice President Joe Biden is 68; Classic rock guitarist Joe Walsh (Eagles) is 63; Rapper Mike D (Beastie Boys) is 45; Country singer Dierks Bentley (“Draw Me a Map”) is 35; Country singer Josh Turner (“All Over Me”) is 33; Rock bassist Jared Followill (Kings of Leon) is 24.
Movie actress Goldie Hawn (“Private Benjamin”) is 65; TV actress Nicollette Sheridan (ex-“Desperate Housewives”) is 47; Avant garde singer Bjork (“I Miss You”) 45; FOX-TV NFL analyst Troy Aikman (ex-Dallas Cowboys) is 44; Country singer Kelsi Osborn (SHeDAISY) is 36.
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Have A Bad Day Day”, for all the grouches who can’t stand being told constantly to
‘Have a good day’.
• “World Toilet Day”, to encourage toilet hygiene. The Singapore-based World Toilet Organization promotes better design, ventilation and sanitation for the device that is still a luxury in many parts of the developing world.
• “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.
• “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.
• “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.
• “Survivors of Suicide Day”, the 12th annual day of outreach to those who’ve lost a friend or family member to suicide.
• “Transgender Day of Remembrance”, the 12th 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 the children of the world.
• “Beaver Moon”, the Full Moon of November when beavers are actively preparing for Winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the ‘Frosty Moon’.
• “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.
• “Pumpkin Pie Day”, celebrating a truly North American food phenomenon. What’s your secret ingredient? And your favorite topping?
• “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.
• “World Hello Day”, the 38th annual observance that now takes place in some 180 countries. Participants are asked to spread peace & goodwill by saying ‘hello’ to at least 10 people.
Here’s how to say ‘hello’ in over 800 languages …
• “World Television Day”, established in 1996 by the UN General Assembly to encourage nations to exchange cultural programming focusing on peace, security, economic & social development.
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
1990  National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences strips the Milli Vanilli of its 1989 “Grammy Award” for ‘Best New Artist’ because their debut album, “Girl You Know It’s True”, was recorded by session musicians and they didn’t actually sing
TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1895  1st ‘Modern Pencil’ (Frederick Blaisdell of Philadelphia PA patents a paper-wrapped pencil with a string, similar to present-day china markers)
1965  Kellogg’s introduces the toaster-ready breakfast pastry ‘Pop Tarts’
1995  Baltimore Stallions (now Montréal Alouettes) become 1st and only US-based team to win a CFL championship, defeating Calgary Stampeders 37-20 in the 83rd Grey Cup
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1997  Iowa’s Bobbi McCaughey gives birth to the world’s only known set of living ‘septuplets’, 4 boys & 3 girls
AND REMEMBER . . .
[Mon] 38th International Emmy Awards (NYC)
[Mon] Stop the Violence Day
[Mon] Go For a Ride Day
[Tues] Cashew Day
[Wed] Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day
[Thurs] Thanksgiving Day (USA)
This Week Is … Culinary Week
This Month Is … Inspirational Role Models Month
WOMEN’S REJECTION LINES TRANSLATED:
• “There’s a slight difference in our ages.” (I don’t want to do my dad)
• “I’m not attracted to you in ‘that’ way.” (You are the ugliest dork I’ve ever laid eyes upon.)
• “My life is too complicated right now.” (I don’t want you spending the whole night or else you may hear phone calls from all the other guys I’m seeing.)
• “I’ve got a boyfriend.” (I prefer my male cat and a half gallon of Haagen Daz.)
• “I don’t date men where I work.” (I wouldn’t date you if you were in the same solar system, much less the same building.)
• “I’m concentrating on my career.” (Even something as boring and non-fulfilling as my job is better than dating you.)
• “I’m celibate.” (I’ve sworn off only the men like you.)
• “Let’s be friends.” (I want you to stay around so I can tell you in excruciating detail about all the other men I meet and have sex with. It’s that male perspective thing.)
• “It’s not you, it’s me.” (It’s you.)
BS PHONE STARTER:
What’s in your pockets on a normal day?
BS RANDOM JOKE:
She didn’t want to marry him for his money … but she didn’t know how else to get it.
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Today’s Question: 50 years ago in 1960 children named THIS as their favorite game, but this year 80% of kids surveyed say they’ve never ever played it.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Hopscotch.
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
In a fight between you and the world, back the world.