Friday, November 28, 2014        Edition: #5349

BS Monthly Planning Calendar in Today’s Edition!

★ 37-year-old Kanye West is reportedly planning to quit music for fashion. A source says after his next collaboration with Paul McCartney comes out, he’s going to step away from music and concentrate on establishing a clothing line. And if he does, perhaps he could finally fulfill his commitment to Adidas. The source claims ‘Ye got a $15-million signing bonus from Adidas, but his shoe line has been pushed back 4 times because he hasn’t had time to work on it. West previously had a deal with Nike but ditched it for its rival after being offered more money.
– “New York Post”
★ In the world of modeling, the annually televised “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” is the ‘Super Bowl’ of all runways. The road to get there is also just as tough. The lingerie brand has just released a behind-the-scenes video of auditions for the show, which is being staged December 2nd in London and airs on CBS-TV December 9th. The video shows models strutting for a panel of executives and casting directors in black bikinis and minimal makeup. What are they looking for? Personality, great skin, and ‘something that makes a model memorable’. For the models and their agents, there couldn’t be a bigger job, says one model agent.
★ And it’s got to be Jennifer Aniston’s worst nightmare … another Angelina Jolie may be walking the face of the Earth soon, because someone’s in the market for an Angelina egg donor. The “UCLA Daily Bruin” has run a classified ad seeking an egg donor who looks like the actress, director, and wife of Brad Pitt. The company that placed the ad, Beverly Hills Egg Donation, presumably has a client who wants their kid to be a stunner. The ad is specific about look-alike requirements: ‘white, tall, slender, the right cheekbones and forehead’. Anyone with the right stuff can make $30,000 for 2 cycles.

• “Downton Abbey Rediscovered” (PBS) – Sunday a review of the past 4 seasons, plus a preview of Season 5.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Today Meghan Trainor (“Title”). Rerun.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight Jessie J f/2 Chainz (“Sweet Talker”); One Direction (“Four”). Rerun.
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Tonight Foo Fighters (“Sonic Highways”) w/Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart). Rerun.
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Today Jessie J again.
• “Soul Train Awards” (BET/Centric) – Sunday Chris Brown leads nominations with 7, followed by Beyoncé with 6 and Pharrell Williams with 5. Pre-recorded November 7th in Las Vegas NV.
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Tonight R&B great Al Jarreau.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Neil Diamond (“Melody Road”). Rerun.

• Bob Dylan – His 31-date North American tour wraps in NYC, with 4 nights at the Beacon Theater tonight through December 2nd.
• Coldplay – Their new video for the track “Ink” is interactive, giving viewers the option to plot their own storyline from more than 300 possibilities.
• Creed – The rockers may have sold 30 million albums but former frontman Scott Stapp says he is completely broke and currently homeless, living in a Holiday Inn. According to Stapp, he recently checked his finances and found that his money had been ‘secretly stolen’ from him.
• Garth Brooks – He’s atop the new ‘Billboard Country Albums’ chart with “Man Against Machine”, his first new recording in 13 years.
• Jamey Johnson – He’s  surprised fans with a new 5-track seasonal EP, “The Christmas Song”. It includes the track “South Alabam’ Christmas”, his 1st original song in 4 years.
• One Direction – As expected, “Four” is #1 on the new ‘Billboard 200’ all-genre album chart, maintaining their record of chart-topping albums. On Spotify, “Four” has received the largest number of first-week streams ever … 29.3 million globally.
• Sia – Responding to criticism that she didn’t show up to collect the 4 trophies she won at this week’s Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Awards in person, she’s picked 4 users who documented their good deeds on her website and is sending them the hardware.
• Smashing Pumpkins – They’re playing a series of shows in select cities in support of the new album “Monuments To an Elegy” (December 9th) beginning Sunday in Berlin, Germany. They’ll also make stops in London, NYC, and Paris. The special lineup for these performances includes Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine and Mark Stoermer of The Killers.
• Stevie Wonder – He’s being tapped to serve as Grand Marshal of the 83rd annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday in Los Angeles.

• The week’s major releases debuted Wednesday, but opening today in limited release: “Antarctica: A Year on Ice” (Documentary); “The Babadook” (Horror Thriller); “Before I Disappear” (Drama); “The Imitation Game” (War Drama); and “Remote Area Medical” (Documentary).
• Today the 1st teaser trailer for “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” debuts in 30 theaters across North America. It’s not scheduled to be unveiled online but you can bet some savvy moviegoers will surreptitiously record the trailer and post it immediately after it screens.

Answered simply … yes. Arguments around the dinner table are a common feature of almost every family’s holiday season, and allowing children to witness them may actually be good for them. How so? Witnessing aggression as a kid makes you better at dealing with conflict, a new study claims. Scientists at Rollins College in Florida have found that people who experience intense verbal aggression as children are better able to handle disagreements later in their lives. They also exhibit a lower stress response when discussing conflict in general. (So apparently people from dysfunctional families should be really good at chill-axing.).
– @MailOnline

1. “Transcendence” – Even with Johnny Depp, this $100-million big-budget bomb made just $23 million in domestic box office.
2. “I, Frankenstein” – Aaron Eckhart must be regretting all the time spent chiseling his abs.
3. “Winter’s Tale” – Thanks to Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, and Will Smith, a $60 million budget. Domestic box office: less than $13 million.
4. “Sabotage” – One of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s lowest-grossing films ever.
5. “The Expendables 3” – People stayed away in droves despite plenty of pre-release hype.
– Adapted from QMI Agency

More than 1 million vinyl records have been sold in the UK this year, the first time that milestone has been achieved since 1996.
– “Wake Up to Money”


1949 [65] Paul Shaffer, Thunder Bay ON, TV bandleader (“Late Show With David Letterman” 1993-2015)/Letterman’s sidekick since 1982

1950 [64] Ed Harris, Tenafly NJ, movie actor (“National Treasure: Book of Secrets”, “A History of Violence”)/4 Oscar nominations

1962 [52] Jon Stewart (Leibowitz), NYC, TV personality (19 Emmy Awards-“The Daily Show”  since 1999)/film director-producer-writer (“Rosewater” 2014)

1962 [52] Matt Cameron, San Diego CA, rock drummer (Pearl Jam-“Last Kiss”, Soundgarden-“Black Hole Sun”)

1974 [40] (Allan Pineda Lindo Jr), Angeles City, Philippines, pop musician (Black Eyed Peas-“I Gotta Feeling”, “Where Is the Love?”)

1983 [31] Rostam Batmanglij, Washington DC, indie rock keyboardist (Vampire Weekend-“Cousins”, “A-Punk”)

1983 [31] Tyler Glenn, Temecula CA, rock singer-keyboardist (Neon Trees-“Everybody Talks”, “Animal”)

1984 [30] Trey Songz (Tremaine Neverson), Petersburg VA, rapper/producer/singer-songwriter (“Can’t Be Friends”, f/Nicki Minaj-“Bottoms Up”)

Filmmaker/TV producer Joel Coen (“Fargo”) is 60; Comedian/TV personality Howie Mandel (“America’s Got Talent”) is 59; Movie/TV actor Don Cheadle (“Iron Man”) is 50; Pop singer Jonathan Knight (New Kids On the Block) is 46; Rock keyboardist Frank Delgado (Deftones) is 44; TV/movie actress Anna Faris (“Mom”) is 38; Rapper The Game (“My Life”) is 35.

Movie director Ridley Scott (“Gladiator”) is 77; TV/Broadway actor Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”) is 62; Rocker Billy Idol (“Kings & Queens Of the Underground”) is 59; Comedian Colin Mochrie (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”) is 57; Movie actor-director Ben Stiller (“Night At the Museum”) is 49; TV/movie actress Elisha Cuthbert (“24”) is 32; TV actress Kaley Cuoco (“Big Bang Theory”) is 29; TV actress Adelaide Clemens (“Rectify”) is 25.

• “Black Friday”, the day after Thanksgiving that’s touted as the biggest single shopping day of the year in America though that’s statistically untrue. The ‘black’ refers to retailers finally turning a profit after spending much of the year ‘in the red’. This year many retailers kicked off their annual sales weeks ago.
• “Buy Nothing Day”, a 24 hour moratorium on holiday shopping (today in North America; tomorrow internationally), created as a protest against outlandish consumption and commercialism, particularly during the holiday season.
• “Flossing Day”, a day that truly has ‘strings attached’.
• “Record Store Day Black Friday”, bringing with it a slew of exclusive and limited-edition releases to independent record retailers. Among them: Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” on 7″ vinyl; and Metallica’s “Lords Of Summer” on limited-edition 12-inch vinyl.
• “Sinkie Day”, the 23rd annual salute to the time-honored tradition of eating a snack (or an entire meal) over the kitchen sink. People prone to the practice are known as ‘sinkies’.

• “International Day of Solidarity With the Palestinian People”, sponsored by the United Nations.
• “Small Business Saturday”, an annual reminder to support the little mom & pop operations as well as the big malls and chains during the holiday season buying frenzy.

• “Banquet for Monkeys”, the 24th annual feast on the last Sunday of November for over 500 simians in Lop Buri, Thailand. The 80-table banquet of fruit barbecues is prepared by 5-star hotel chefs as payback to the critters for bringing the town tourism. (Not to mention aroma.)
• “International Computer Security Day”, to remind us to protect our computers, programs, and data at home and work. Remember to always practise safe surfin’!
• “Grey Cup” in Vancouver BC, the 102nd Canadian football championship, pitting the Calgary Stampeders vs the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at BC Place.
• “Meth Awareness Day”, a day of education & awareness of the dangers of the ‘cooked’ drug.
• “Stay Home Because You’re Well Day”, a day to call in ‘well’ instead of having to fake ill. Since it falls on a Sunday this year, we give you permission to embrace the sentiment the day after.

2004 [10] Movie star Julia Roberts gives birth to twins, a girl and a boy, whom she and husband Danny Moder name ‘Hazel Patricia’ and ‘Phinnaeus Walter’ (thanks, mom)

1964 [50] Willie Nelson makes his Grand Ole Opry debut

1974 [40] John Lennon appears onstage with Elton John at NYC’s Madison Square Garden, honoring a promise that he’d appear if their duet, “Whatever Gets You Thru The Night”, hit #1

[Dec 1] “CMA Country Christmas” (ABC) / British Fashion Awards (London) / Bifocals At the Monitor Liberation Day / Day Without Art / World AIDS Day / Cyber Monday
[Dec 2] Giving Tuesday / International Day For the Abolition of Slavery / Mutt Day / Special Education Day
[Dec 3] International Day of Persons With Disabilities / Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting (NYC)
[Dec 4] Cookie Day / Dice Day / World Wildlife Conservation Day
[Dec 5] “Comet”; “Dying Of the Light” “Pioneer”; “The Pyramid”; “Still Alice”; “WildFox” open in movie theaters / “A Very Grammy Christmas” (CBS) / AFL-CIO Day / Bathtub Party Day / Faux Fur Friday / International Ninja Day / Salesperson Day / World Soil Day
[Dec 6] Full ‘Cold’ Moon / Bartender Appreciation Day / Miners Day / Pawnbrokers Day / St Nicholas Day
[Dec 7] Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day / International Civil Aviation Day / Cotton Candy Day
[Dec 8] Green Monday / Pretend to Be a Time Traveller Day
[Dec 9] “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” (CBS) / Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees announced / International Anti-corruption Day
[Dec 10] Dewey Decimal System Day / Human Rights Day / Nobel Prize Day
[Dec 11] International Mountain Day
[Dec 12] “After the Fall”; “Exodus: Gods & Kings”; “Inherent Vice”; “Top Five” open in movie theaters / Billboard Women in Music Awards (NYC) / “Marco Polo” debuts (Netflix) / Gingerbread House Day / Fresh Breath Day / Ugly Christmas Sweater Day / Poinsettia Day
[Dec 13] Tic Tac Toe Day / Gingerbread Decorating Day / International Shareware Day
[Dec 14] “Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014” (ABC) / Monkey Day / Worldwide Candle Lighting Day / World Choral Day
[Dec 15] Cat Herders Day
[Dec 16] “Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas” (NBC / Chocolate-Covered Anything Day
[Dec 17] “The Gambler”; “The Hobbit: The Battle Of the Five Armies” open in movie theaters / Hanukkah begins (Jewish) / Wright Brothers Day
[Dec 18] “The Colbert Report” series finalé (Comedy Central) / Answer the Telephone Like Buddy the Elf Day / Free Shipping Day / International Migrants Day / Re-Gifting Day
[Dec 19] “Annie”; “Mr. Turner”; “Night At the Museum: Secret Of the Tomb” open in movie theaters / “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” series finalé (CBS) / “Canada’s Walk of Fame Gala 2014” (Global) / Underdog Day
[Dec 20] International Human Solidarity Day / Games Day / Sangria Day
[Dec 21] Winter Solstice / Crossword Puzzle Day / Forefathers Day / Global Orgasm Day / Humbug Day / Homeless Persons Remembrance Day / Yule
[Dec 22] Haiku Poetry Day
[Dec 23] “One Direction: The TV Special” (NBC) / Human Light Celebration
[Dec 24] Christmas Eve / Egg Nog Day
[Dec 25] Christmas Day / “American Sniper”; “Big Eyes”; “Into the Woods”; “Selma”; “Unbroken” open in movie theaters
[Dec 26] Boxing Day / Candy Cane Day / Thank-You Note Day / Whiners Day
[Dec 27] Visit the Zoo Day
[Dec 28] Endangered Species Day
[Dec 29] Tick Tock Day
[Dec 30] Bacon Day / Falling Needles Family Fest
[Dec 31] “Leviathan”; “A Most Violent Year” open in movie theaters / New Year’s Eve / “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve with Ryan Seacrest” (ABC) / Look On the Bright Side Day / Make Up Your Mind Day / No Interruptions Day / World Peace Meditation Day
[Jan 1] New Year’s Day / Cecil B DeMille Award (LA)


• Why is it there are more horses’ asses in the world than there are horses?
• How come English muffins were not invented in England nor french fries in France?
• How important does a person have to be before they’re considered ‘assassinated’ instead of just murdered?
• If stupidity got me into this mess, then why can’t it get me out?
• Before they invented drawing boards, what did they go back to?

☎ How often do you sing in the shower?

I don’t know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.

Question: People who still have one of THESE use it, on average, 1.9 times per week.
Answer: A landline.

The nice thing about egotists is that they don’t talk about other people.

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