Wednesday, November 27, 2013        Edition: #5111

Sweet Sheet!

★ “Thor” star Chris Hemsworth and his family have been rescued by coast guard after their catamaran ran aground close to the Canary Islands. The Australian actor was reportedly traveling with his pregnant wife, Elsa Pataky, and 18-month-old daughter India Rose when the vessel ran into trouble. Two rescue boats and a helicopter were sent in. Fortunately, no one was injured. Hemsworth is in the area to film “Heart Of the Sea”, the story of a whaling ship … that sinks.
– “Daily Mail”
★ Canadian actress Malin Akerman has separated from her Italian rocker husband after 6 years of marriage. “The Watchmen” beauty welcomed her first child, son Sebastian, with Roberto Zincone in April, but the new parents have since parted ways.  An insider says it’s a sad time for Malin and she’s not yet ready to discuss it. Akerman most recently played Blondie singer Deborah Harry in the movie “CBGB”.
– “Us Weekly”
★”Big Bang Theory” star Kaley Cuoco is set to see in 2014 in style by marrying tennis player Ryan Sweeting on New Year’s Eve in Southern California. A source says the big day will be followed by a fire-and-ice-themed party with fancy cocktails and guests dancing into the wee hours. Cuoco’s rep confirmed her engagement in September, just 3 months after the couple started dating.
– Bang Show Biz
★ And a “Family Guy” (FOX) superfan has launched an online petition lobbying cartoon creator Seth MacFarlane to bring key character ‘Brian the Dog’ back from the dead after he was unexpectedly killed off. The show’s talking family pet was run over by a car in the “Life of Brian”  episode which aired Sunday. The animated ‘Griffin’ family subsequently replaced their pet with a new dog named ‘Vinnie’. Ticked? Sign here …

• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Luke Bryan (“Crash My Party”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – The 1975 (“1975”, coming in 2014).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Purity Ring (“Shrines”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Florida Georgia Line (“Here’s To the Good Times).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Iggy Azalea f/TI (“Change Your Life”).
• “The Making of The Sound of Music Live!” (NBC) – A behind-the-scenes look at casting and rehearsals for the upcoming special starring Carrie Underwood. It airs December 5th.
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Garth Brooks (“The Limited Box Series”, out tomorrow).
• “The X Factor” (FOX/CTV2) – The acts perform with a live band.

• Britney Spears – She says she’s totally in love with her latest boyfriend, David Lucado. He’s worked as a bartender and in insurance, and currently has a job with an LA legal firm. It’s deja vu all over again, no?
• The Doors –  A leather-bound notebook belonging to late singer Jim Morrison is set to be auctioned next month in LA. It’s expected to fetch up to $300,000 The handwritten entries reveal a lot of confused thoughts, likely drug-addled. Morrison died in Paris at age 27 in 1971.
• Kanye West – His new “Bound 2” music video was just begging for a parody, so actors James Franco and Seth Rogen have provided us with one. Check it out …
• Kenny Rogers – Tonight in Montréal QC, the newest member of the Country Music Hall of Fame kicks off his 32nd holiday season tour, “Christmas & Hits Through The Years” with special guest Linda Davis. The 24-date run wraps December 22nd in Champaign IL.
• Kip Moore – “Young Love” is the lead single from the his as-yet-untitled sophomore album. The follow-up to 2012’s “Up All Night” is due out in January.
• Mary J Blige – She tells the BBC she has no memory of her early gigs as she used drugs and alcohol to numb the pain of her personal life. She says she’s now clean and sober and even gave up the occasional glass of champagne following her friend Whitney Houston’s death.
• Miley Cyrus – She received a $25,000-motorcycle from her dad Billy Ray for her 21st birthday.
• “Songs For the Phillippines” – This new digital charity compilation features alternate and live versions of songs from Adele, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Eminem, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, One Direction, U2 and many more. All proceeds go to the Phillippines Red Cross to aid victims of the recent Typhoon Haiyan.
• Taylor Swift – She tells “Billboard” her next album may be finished sooner than expected. Though she won’t reveal any song titles or a projected release date, she acknowledges that the new disc could be out before the end of 2014.

• “Black Nativity” ( PG Musical Drama ): A street-wise teen from Baltimore who has been raised by a single mother travels to NYC to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives. There he embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey. Stars Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J Blige. Based on the gospel musical by Langston Hughes.
• “Frozen” ( PG Animated Adventure ): In Disney’s adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s fairytale “The Snow Queen”, ‘Anna’, ‘Kristoff’, and a snowman named ‘Olaf’ set off on an epic journey in Everest-like conditions to find ‘Elsa’, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal Winter. Voice cast includes Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff.
• “Homefront” ( R-Rated Crime Thriller ): Jason Statham stars as a former DEA agent who moves his family to a quiet town where he soon tangles with a local meth drug lord (James Franco). Co-stars Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth. Sylvester Stallone adapted the screenplay from the  Chuck Logan novel.
• “Oldboy” ( R-Rated Action Thriller ): Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for 20 years without reason. Stars Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L Jackson. Directed by Spike Lee. Critics say word-of-mouth about the shocking final scenes could result in a sleeper hit.

Tomorrow in America turkeys meet latkes at the holiday table for a once-in-a-lifetime coincidence as Thanksgiving Day and the first day of the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah fall on the same date. The rare happenstance (last time 1888) has led to such inventive mash-ups as ‘Gingerbread Hanukkah Houses’, ‘Dreidel Salt & Pepper Shakers’, ‘Lights of Hanukkah Platters’, and ‘Menurkeys’ … 8-candle menorahs shaped like turkeys. More than 6,000 of the odd plaster creations have now sold online. The next Thanksgivukkah? In 79,043 years.

A statistical look at who we are and the things we do …
• 92% of women do not want their man to have a beard.
• 66% of men admit that, at least once, they have had beer for breakfast.
• 58% of us have slept with a TV remote.
• 40% of bank tellers get asked out on a date by customers at least twice a year.
• 35% of us would like reclining seats on airplanes banned.
• 33% of newlyweds say what they miss most from their single days is having their own bathroom.

New cutting-edge vocab …
• ‘Kid Credentialing’ – Having a child participate in activities, programs, and experiences that will look good on the child’s future college application. (“Mastered afternoon napping at age 2; majored in finger painting at age 5 ….”)
• ‘PANK’ – From the phrase ‘Professional Aunt No Kids’. This is a woman without children who dotes on her nieces and nephews. Typically a spoiling, confidence-sharing figure who revels in the nurturing of other people’s nippers.
• ‘Theme-Parking’ – Adding kitschy, superficial, or inauthentic features to a public space, particularly in old city centers. Critics say this ‘gentrification’ is the wrong way to go, instead advocating the preservation of historic plazas, palaces, museums, etc.

The average NHL team is now valued at $413 million, an almost 50% increase from last year, according to an annual evaluation of the league’s 30 teams. The top money clubs …
5. Chicago Blackhawks … $625 million.
4. Vancouver Canucks … $700 million.
3. Montréal Canadiens … $775 million.
2. New York Rangers … $850 million.
1. Toronto Maple Leafs … $1.15 billion, a 15% increase over last year.
(If most valuable team were a factor in Stanley Cup success, the Leafs would win every year … by a mile. Their last championship was in 1967, the longest active drought in the NHL.)

How guys can boost their chances of scoring a 2nd date, according to a variety of polls …
• Most women like to be called or texted on the day-of to confirm a date.
• 95% of women want to be complimented on how they look.
• Women rate purple and white the smartest shirt colors when it comes to what a man should wear.
• A guy is expected to drop more than $30 on a first dinner together.
• Wherever you take her, make sure it’s a large space with high ceilings. Small rooms will make her feel psychologically boxed-in and less willing to open up.
• Women are turned off by guys who seem too concerned and emotional early on.
• Leaving your cellphone out on the table during a date is a no-no. It detracts from intimacy.
• A typical woman likes when a guy occasionally interrupts to agree with her, ie: “That’s so true!”
• The vast majority of women think a good-night kiss is totally appropriate on a first date.

• They hate flight delays even more than you do. They get a tiny allowance for each hour after checking in for a shift, but they’re not officially on the clock until the plane moves leaves the gate.
• It’s not an easy job to get. Competition is super tough and most of the applicants who win a gig are college-educated, experienced, and/or multilingual.
• It’s not an easy job to keep either. The 6-month probationary period for new hires is very strict, and people can get fired for just about any reason.
• Travel benefits don’t kick in until flight attendants are off probation.
• They hate it when passengers ask for Diet Coke, because it takes the most time to pour of all the drinks on the cart. Why? The fizz seems to take forever to settle at 35,000 feet.
• Amongst female attendants, seniority determines skirt length. Newbies have stricter guidelines and can’t mess with the length of their skirts.

• Russian officials can no longer say ‘Your thank-you does not butter my bread’ in case it’s taken as a request for a bribe.
– Magazine Monitor
• The Volkswagen Golf has been Germany’s best-selling car for 32 years in-a-row.
– “Times of London”
• Shaking hands with your middle finger folded in is considered lewd in Dubai.


1951 [62] Kathryn Bigelow, San Carlos CA, movie director-producer-writer (“Zero Dark Thirty”, 2010 Academy Award-“The Hurt Locker”)/wed to fellow director James Cameron 1989-91

1957 [56] Caroline Kennedy-Schlossberg, NYC, author/attorney/only survivor of family of 4 that included JFK, Jackie O, and JFK Jr

1969 [44] Myles Kennedy (Bass), Boston MA, hard rock singer-songwriter-guitarist (Alter Bridge-“Ghost of Days Gone By”, “Isolation”)

• “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.

• “Family Caregivers Day 2013”, honoring all those who take the responsibility of caring for family members who are elderly or ill.

• “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.

• “Tie One On Day”, celebrating the apron and the previous generations of women who’ve worn one. It was initiated by Ellyn Anne Geisel, author of “The Apron Book”.

2007 [06] Indy 500 champ Hélio Castroneves and professional partner Julianne Hough win the 5th season of “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)

2005 [08] Aerosmith and 50 Cent headline a $10-million bar mitzvah in NYC

2005 [08] 1st partial human face transplant is completed in Amiens, France

1966 [47] Highest-scoring NFL game (113 points: Washington Redskins 72, NY Giants 41)

[Thurs] “Lady Gaga & The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular” (ABC)
[Fri] Record Store Day’s Back to Black Friday
[Fri] Electronic Greetings Day
[Fri] Flossing Day
[Fri] International Day of Solidarity With the Palestinian People
[Fri] Sinkie Day
This Week Is … Cookie Week
This Month Is … Pet Cancer Awareness Month


Do stars clean themselves with meteor showers?
Can you be a closet claustrophobic?
Do hungry crows have ‘ravenous’ appetites?
If a word in the dictionary were misspelled, how would we know?
How come the one item you want is never the one on sale?

What fruits are crossed to produce the ‘nectarine’?
a. The peach and the plum.
b. The peach and the pear.
c. The necta and the rine.
d. None, dummy. [CORRECT. Contrary to popular belief, the nectarine is just a smooth-skinned variety of peach, not the result of cross-pollination.]
– “Triviaville”

Just when your income gets to the point where food prices don’t matter, calories do.

☎ Which has-been star would you like to see make a comeback?

Question: In 1957 a ‘medium’ sized one of THESE measured 3 cups; today it’s 16 cups.
Answer: Movie theater popcorn.

The difference between a stepping stone and a stumbling block is when you see it.

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