Tuesday, November 27, 2012        Edition: #4877

Sweet Sheet!

Former “West Wing” actress Allison Janney has lost her Palm Springs, California property to foreclosure after it was taken over by the bank that holds the mortgage (she bought it at the height of the real estate boom for $3.9 million and has failed to unload it since) . . . Meantime, ‘Harry Potter’ author JK Rowling’s former Scottish home in Edinburgh, which she bought in 1999, has just sold for more than $3.2 million after just 3 weeks on the market (she moved on to a bigger castle in 2009) . . . Actor Kelsey Grammar’s ex-wife Camile has failed to attain a legal order preventing him from moving back into the home they shared during their marriage, which she’s now listed at $17.9 million, 4 times what they paid in 1998 (she gives gold-digging a bad name) . . . “Big Bang Theory” actor Kunal Nayyar is being sued by talent agency Diverse Talent Group for failing to pay them their cut since last September, a cumulative fee they now allege amounts to $100,000 (he’s got a hit show; doesn’t need them anymore) . . . Villa Azur, the Miami restaurant co-owned by French actor Olivier Martinez, has been slapped with 13 critical violations likely to ‘directly contribute to food contamination and illness’ (that comes shortly after he got slapped by Halle Berry’s ex, Gabriel Aubry) . . . Speaking of which, the LA County Department of Child Protective Services is re-opening its abuse investigation involving Halle Berry & Gabriel Aubry’s daughter, Nahla, following the brawl between her father and her mother’s current boyfriend Martinez (she’s the only one not acting like a child in this mess) . . . And according to TMZ.com, actors Lindsay Lohan & Charlie Sheen became good friends on the set of “Scary Movie 5” this past September, and that’s led to Charlie paying off her overdue tax bill with the IRS – to the tune of $100,000 (hmm, wonder what was in this for him?).

• “Colbert Report” (Comedy Central/CTV) – Country music legend Dolly Parton.
• “Dancing With the Stars All-Stars” (ABC/CTV2) – In the season finalé eliminated couples return for a performance; the winner is announced.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Miguel (“Kaleidoscope Dream”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Future (“Pluto”); Reba McEntire (“Malibu Country”).
• “Katie” (syndicated) – Barbra Streisand (“Release Me”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – RZA (“The Man With the Iron Fists”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Aimee Mann (“Charmer”). Rerun.
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Dirty Projectors (“Swing Lo Magellan”). Rerun.
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Rocker-photographer Bryan Adams (“Exposed”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Little Big Town (“Tornado”).
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Guest co-host Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips-“Dedicated”).

• Alicia Keys – Today she releases her 5th studio album, “Girl On Fire”, recorded primarily in London and Jamaica. It includes collaborations with Babyface, Gary Clark Jr, and Emeli Sande.
• Bryan Adams – Singers Sting, Billy Idol, and John Legend are among those who’ve posed for the classic rocker-turned-photographer for a new charity calendar. All proceeds from the project benefit the Hear the World Foundation.
• Chris Brown – He and Drake will not face criminal charges for that brawl back in June at NYC’s WIP Club. Surveillance footage is said to be too blurry; police reports and interviews have proven inconclusive.
• Coldplay – After touring Down Under, they have a trio of North American arena dates lined up, culminating in a New Year’s Eve pairing with Jay-Z at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn NY. After that, they’ve announced they’re taking a 3-year break.
• Jonas Bros – Tonight they play the first of 2 consecutive nights at LA’s historic Pantages Theatre. The boy-band has been hard at work of late, recording a new album.
• Mariah Carey – She’s set to perform at today’s pre-taping of the 15th annual “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” TV special in NYC. Also performing: Rod Stewart, Trace Adkins. The edited results air tomorrow night on NBC-TV.
• Rage Against the Machine – Today “Rage Against the Machine – XX” is out, a 20th anniversary reissue of their debut album. The ‘Deluxe Box Set’ version includes 2 CDs, 2 DVDs, 1 LP, a 2-sided poster, and a 40-page booklet.
• Rihanna – She’s reportedly bowed out of a movie role in “The Fast & The Furious 6” due to scheduling difficulties. Instead, Brit singer Rita Ora will fill the role, alongside stars Vin Diesel and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
• ShipRocked 2012 – The 4th annual 5-day music cruise out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida embarks today with an extremely loud lineup that includes Black Stone Cherry, Filter, Five Finger Death Punch, Fuel, Godsmack, Helmet, KoRn, Sevendust and more.

• “The Apparition” ( PG-13 Horror Thriller ): A couple is haunted by a supernatural presence that is unleashed during a college experiment. Their last hope of survival is an expert in the supernatural, but even with his help they may already be too late. Stars Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton, Julianna Guill.
• “Lawless” ( R-Rated Crime Drama ): Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by a new deputy and other authorities who want a cut of their profits. Stars Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Jason Clarke. Based on the Matt Bondurant novel. Shot entirely in Georgia.
• “ParaNorman” (  PG Animated Adventure ): A misunderstood boy who can speak with the dead takes on ghosts, zombies, and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse. Voice cast includes Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi. Co-director Chris Butler previously worked on “Corpse Bride” and “Coraline”.
• “Step Up Revolution” ( PG-13 Musical Romance ): The franchise that launched Channing Tatum’s career moves to Miami, where a dance crew’s neighborhood is threatened by a developer’s plans. That upsets his daughter who has aspirations to become a professional dancer. The 4th film in the series stars Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman.
• Also released today: “Hot in Cleveland: Season 3” (TV); “LEGO Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu: Rise Of the Green Ninja” (Animation); “Luck: The Complete 1st Season” (TV); “Mama Sweetie” (Documentary); and “Perry Mason: The 8th Season” (Vintage TV).

Ever found yourself in the mood for caviar but didn’t have time to stop off for some on the way to your private jet for a trip to your personal island? Voila! The perfect solution … the caviar vending machine. These newfangled machines dispense $500-per-ounce caviar along with mother of pearl spoons and all the other paraphernalia required for proper enjoyment of the delicacy. They’ve recently shown up at a trio of upscale malls in Los Angeles. (Just who would be keen on spending big bucks on caviar … from a vending machine … in a mall?)
– Adapted from BoingBoing.net

Most domesticated animals don’t even make this list of smartest animals. The most intelligent in descending order …
10. Pig
9. Elephant
8. Dolphin
7. Killer Whale
6. Monkey
5. Gibbon
4. Baboon
3. Orangutan
2. Gorilla
1. Chimpanzee.
(These animals are too smart to be pets.)
– “The Journal Science”

The idea that machines might one day take over humanity has been featured in many sci-fi books and films. Now a center for ‘Terminator studies’, where leading academics will delve into the threat that robots pose to humanity, is set to open at Cambridge University in England. It will not only look at the dangers inherent in artificial intelligence, but 3 of the other greatest threats to humans: climate change, nuclear war, and rogue biotechnology. It’s official name will be The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER). It’s being co-launched by astronomer and astrophysicist Martin Rees, who predicted in 2003 that the human species may wipe itself out by 2100. (Well, they seem like a cheery bunch.)
– DailyMail.co.uk

(So you don’t make an ass of yourself at a holiday party.)
✓Food –  Drinking on an empty stomach is a recipe for disaster, a rookie mistake. Have yourself a big, hearty meal before the party.
✓Choose Your Booze – Red wine and darker spirits like whiskey generally contain more chemicals that can give you a headache and add to your sense of inhibition than clear drinks.
✓Just Add Water – Alcohol is a diuretic and a dehydrated brain doesn’t function as well. Water is your friend … drink a glass for every alcoholic beverage you consume.
✓Rest Up – The symptoms of exhaustion can manifest themselves in a manner similar to drunkenness. Adding alcohol to the equation only amplifies this effect.
✓Try Supplements – B vitamins are one of the first things alcohol sucks from your body. Those little pouches of Emergen-C are electrolyte-balanced and have all the B vitamins you need.
✓Caution With the Caffeine – While it’s true that caffeine will keep you more awake, it will not keep you more sober. In fact, caffeine can trick you into thinking you’re better off than you are.
✓Use Your Head – There’s a fine line between ‘life of the party’ and ‘obnoxious idiot’. Take it slow and easy, have fun, then take a friggin’ cab home.
✓Training – Alcohol is a toxin that our bodies must adapt to in order to metabolize and deal with. That kind of adaptation takes time and repetition. (Well okay, if you insist.)
– Condensed from Gizmodo.com

• The cost of powering the Internet is $8.5 billion annually. It uses 1.5% of global electricity, equivalent to the total output of 30 nuclear power plants.
– WordlessTech.com
• The human body produces 7 miles of hair per year or almost 500 miles in an average lifetime.
– “Omni”
• According to “Forbes”, the world’s 10 highest-paid club DJs pulled in $125 million in 2012.
– PopBitch.com
• The most comprehensive assessment of ocean life has revealed that one-third to two-thirds of all species are still unknown to science.
– SciTechDaily.com


1951 [61] Kathryn Bigelow, San Carlos CA, movie director-producer-writer (Oscar-“The Hurt Locker”, “Point Break”)

1957 [55] Caroline Kennedy-Schlossberg, NYC, only survivor of family of 4 that included JFK, Jackie O, and JFK Jr

1968 [44] Michael Vartan, Boulogne-Billancourt, France, TV actor (“Hawthorne” 2009-2011, “Alias” 2001-06)/movie actor (“Monster-in-Law”)

1973 [39] Samantha Harris, Hopkins MN, TV host (“Stars Earn Stripes” 2012, “Dancing With the Stars” 2006-09)/TV correspondent (“The Insider” 2008-10)

• “Bavarian Cream Pie Day”, an annual salute to the delicious, chilled dessert made with cooked egg custard, layered with whipped cream and toppings in a pie shell.

• “Freckle Pride Day”, a day to stand up for your spots. Join ‘em all together and you’d have a tan. Or maybe if you connect them they make a picture?

• “Pins & Needles Day”, a celebration of the fine art of sewing, needlework, cross-stitching, etc.

• “Strange Names Day”, observed annually on the last Tuesday of November to honor anyone who’s been tagged with a ‘unique’ name. The motivation for this observance came in 2005 when movie star Julia Roberts named her new baby twins ‘Hazel’ and ‘Finneas’.

1952 [60] 1st ‘3-D movie’ premieres, “Bwana Devil”, starring Robert Stack (more than half a century later, you still gotta wear those goofy glasses to see 3-D)

2007 [05] Indy 500 champ Hélio Castroneves and profesional partner Julianne Hough win the 5th season of “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)

1942 [70] Guitar legend Jimi Hendrix is born in Seattle WA

1997 [15] Funeral for suicide victim Michael Hutchence, lead singer of INXS, in Sydney, Australia

2006 [06] House of Commons endorses Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s motion to declare Québec a ‘nation’ within a unified Canada

1966 [46] Highest-scoring NFL game (113 points: Washington Redskins 72, NY Giants 41)

[Wed] Decorate Your Dog Day
[Wed] Full ‘Beaver’ Moon
[Thurs] Electronic Greetings Day
[Thurs] International Day of Solidarity With the Palestinian People
[Fri] “Killing Them Softly” opens in movie theaters
[Fri] Stay Home Because You’re Well Day
This Week Is … Cookie Week
This Month Is … Pet Cancer Awareness Month


• Your dreams have pop-up ads in them.
• You try to pinch and zoom real windows.
• Your résumé includes experience as a ‘Re-Tweeter’ and a ‘YouTube Commentator’.
• You keep looking for the ‘Undo’ option when you screw up in real-life.
• You try to click the window closed on people who annoy you.
– GeekCulture.com

• Whereabouts on your body would you find ‘rasceta’?
a. Ankle.
b. Elbow.
c. Wrist. [CORRECT. It’s those creases on the inside of your wrists.]

• Sometimes in conversation you illustrate a point by showing your ‘purlicue’. What is it?
a. The palm of your hand.
b. The distance between your forefinger and thumb. [CORRECT. As in “just this much …”]
c. The tip of your tongue.

• Why can’t you buy a ‘decaffeinated coffee’ table?
• How come when your hands are coated with grease, your nose begins to itch?
• Is there someone who breaks into your car and turns up the radio when you leave it parked?
• Why are guinea pigs never actually used as ‘guinea pigs’?
• Why don’t they make prescription windshields?

Your dog will give you unconditional love … as long as you give him unconditional food.

☎ What’s the perfect age to become a grandparent?

Question: When it comes to public speaking, stammering is the #1 fear followed by THIS.
Answer: Forgetting what to say.

You can be sincere and still be stupid.

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