Tuesday, November 9, 2010       Edition: #4382
Good Morning, Sheetheads!

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
The Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”, featuring music by U2’s Bono & The Edge, has been delayed yet again, “NY Post” reporting it will now open in January instead of December 21st (this show’s been snakebit from the start) . . . Acting couple John Travolta & Kelly Preston have chosen a name for their soon-to-be born baby boy – Benjamin – who is due in 3 weeks (as a name it beats the heck out of Ella Bleu or Jett) . . . Singer/actress Miley Cyrus doesn’t turn 18 until November 23rd, but she tells MTV News she already knows what she wants for a gift – for her family to be together (aww, and maybe ‘Uncle Bret Michaels’ can come over too?) . . . Meanwhile, it seems Miley & Aussie actor Liam Hemsworth have split – again (it’s been a tough month for relationships in the Cyrus household) . . . Lindsay Lohan has been granted ‘shopping leave’ from the Betty Ford rehab center, which she spent at – Forever 21 (wow, she really must be broke!) . . . “Twilight Saga” stars Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart have landed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil en route to shooting the honeymoon scenes on Isle Esme for “Breaking Dawn” (‘Part 1’ due November 18, 2011) . . . “Glee” star Jane Lynch has leaked to “Us Magazine” that her character ‘Sue Sylvester’ is getting married on an upcoming episode but won’t reveal to whom (‘Coach Beastie’? ‘Will’? ‘Emma Pillsbury’?) . . . And filmmaker James Cameron has now confirmed that he’s no longer involved with the planned big-budget 3-D remake of “Cleopatra” that has Angelina Jolie attached to star (apparently the studio didn’t like his idea of shooting blue-faced Egyptians … underwater).

TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Colbert Report” (Comedy Central/CTV) – Cee-Lo Green (“The Lady Killer”, out today).
• “Conan O’Brien Show” (TBS/CTV) – The reformed Soundgarden (“Telephantasm”).
• “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC/CTV) – John Legend & The Roots perform; another celebrity is eliminated.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/A Channel) – Madonna (“Sticky & Sweet Tour”).
• “Glee” (FOX/Global) –Today the show gets its own Nintendo Wii game as “Karaoke Revolution Glee” is released. Tonight ‘Finn’ & ‘Sam’ find an unconventional way of controlling their urges.
• “Good Morning America” (ABC) – Reba McEntire (today her 34th album, “All the Woman I Am”, hits stores; a ‘Limited Deluxe Edition’ includes a DVD of live performances and behind-the-scenes footage).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – The Walkmen (“Lisbon”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni) – Bon Jovi (“Bon Jovi Greatest Hits” is out today in a 1-disc, 18-track version and a 2-disc, 28-track ‘Ultimate Collection’ version).
• “Lopez Tonight” (TBS) – Jamie Foxx (“Body”, coming out December 14th).
• Mark Twain Prize For American Humor (Washington DC) – Tonight 88-year-old senior-du-jour Betty White joins Jimmy Fallon, Steve Martin, Jennifer Hudson, “Mad Men” actor Jon Hamm, and “Saturday Night Live” cast members as they honor Tina Fey (“30 Rock”) with the humor prize at the Kennedy Center. The gala is being taped for broadcast on PBS November 14th.
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/A Channel) – Lee DeWyze (“Live It Up”, out November 16th).

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Blake Shelton – After already releasing 2 EPs this year, today “Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton” comes out, a 15-song set that contains his 7 #1 singles but no new songs.
• Britney Spears – Producer Dr Luke tells “Hollywood Reporter” her 7th studio album should be out no later than March of 2011.
• Dave Matthews Band – Today RCA releases the 2-disc set “Dave Matthews Band’s Live In New York City”, which captures their SRO concert July 17, 2010 at Citi Field.
• Elvis Presley – Today the 12-track compilation “Viva Elvis – The Album” hits stores, a companion piece to Cirque du Soleil’s Las Vegas show “Viva Elvis”, which began in February. It features re-styled contemporary versions of Presley hits like “Suspicious Minds”.
• Kid Cudi – Today he releases the album “Man On the Moon II: The Legend Of Mr Rager”, the follow-up to last year’s “Man On the Moon”.
• Loretta Lynn – Today the album “Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn” is released, saluting the legendary singer’s 50 years in country music and the 30th anniversary of the like-named bio-movie about her. Among the contributors: Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Gretchen Wilson, Sheryl Crow, and Miranda Lambert, whom Loretta says was crying so hard in the studio she didn’t think she’d finish her part.
• Rolling Stones – Keith Richards tells the BBC he believes the band will tour and put out a new album in the new year.

TODAY’S VIDEO RELEASES:
• “The Boys of Fall” ( Sports Doc ): Kenny Chesney’s high school football documentary, available exclusively at Walmart stores. The DVD offers a full-length 90-minute version of the documentary, along with bonus features and behind-the-scenes footage.
• “Charlie St Cloud” ( PG-13 Drama ): Zac Efron stars as a grief-stricken sibling who attempts to cope by working as a caretaker at the cemetery where his younger brother is buried. But when a girl enters his life, he struggles between wallowing in the past and pursuing real-world love.
• “Grown Ups” ( PG-13 Comedy ): After their high school basketball coach passes away, 5 former teammates reunite for a 4th of July holiday weekend. Stars Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade, Kevin James, and Rob Schneider. Co-stars Salma Hayek.
• “Love Ranch” ( R-Rated Dramedy ): Joe Pesci & Helen Mirren star as the husband/wife owners of one of Nevada’s first legalized brothels whose lives are irrevocably altered when a world famous heavyweight boxer from South America is brought to their ranch to train.
• “Scott Pilgrim vs The World” ( PG-13 Action Adventure ): Michael Cera (“Juno”) plays a young musician who falls for the new girl in town (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). But in order to win her heart, he must defeat her 7 evil ex-boyfriends. Based on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comic book.
• Also released today: “A Streetcar Named Desire: The Original Director’s Version”; “Californication: 3 Season Pack” (TV); “Doctor Who: The Complete 5th Series” (Brit TV); “The Golden Girls: 25th Anniversary Complete Collection” (Vintage TV); “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! – The Complete Series” (Animation); and “Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics” (Documentary).

BS LAW & DISORDER:
• Lancaster PA – A  22-year-old man is facing shoplifting charges after trying to steal a pair of women’s high-heel shoes by … wearing them out of a department store. Seems the perp went into a dressing room and put on a pair of size-10 heels, then walked out without paying. He was stopped outside the store with his own shoes inside a shopping bag.
– AP
• Christchurch, New Zealand – Since loudspeakers were installed in the city center last year there’s been a dramatic decrease in street crime and anti-social behavior. In fact, drug & alcohol-related incidents have fallen to nil this year. The secret? The speakers are playing … all Mozart, all the time.
– “The Press”
• Boulder CO – Picture this in your mind’s eye. Last week a 63-year-old man reported to authorities at the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office that he had been stabbed in the back by an intruder. After an extensive examination of evidence it now seems likely that the victim in fact … stabbed himself.
– “Daily Camera”

THE TUNES THAT MAKE GUYS CRY:
According to a survey by PRS for Music in the UK, these are the songs that are most likely to make men mist up …
5. U2 – “With Or Without You”.
4. Sinead O”Connor – “Nothing Compares 2 U”.
3. Leonard Cohen – “Hallelujah”.
2. Eric Clapton – “Tears In Heaven”.
1. REM – “Everybody Hurts”.
– NME.com

TOO STUPID FOR US TO MAKE UP:
• More than 2 dozen guests showed up at a banquet hall in Taipei, Taiwan over the weekend to witness the marriage of a 30-year-old office worker to … herself. Chen Wei-Yi says we must love ourselves before we can love others so she felt she must marry herself before marrying someone else. She’s going to Australia for her honeymoon … with herself.
– Agence France Press
• A restaurant in Chandler, Arizona promises free food to anyone who is … over 350 pounds. It’s called the Heart Attack Grill, and its owners just hired a real chunk of humanity to appear in their commercials. Blair River stands 6-ft, 8-inches tall and weighs about 600 pounds.
– “Arizona Republic”
• A 280-pound British woman has shocked revelers at a seaside amusement park after going down a waterslide and … getting stuck in one of the tubes. The water pump had to be turned off and 3 fire-rescue crews called in to free her.
– NYPost.com

FOR THE RECORD:
• Thomas Beatie, the ‘World’s First Transgender Man to Give Birth’, is hoping to make history again by becoming the ‘World’s First Transgender Surrogate’. The 36-year-old & his wife Nancy welcomed their 3rd son this July, and now Beatie plans to get pregnant again to help the right family have a child through surrogacy. If that plan doesn’t work out, he’s hoping to have one more kid of his own.
– “Life & Style”
• It’s taken a septuagenarian couple from Lower Truro, Nova Scotia just 4 months to spend all $11.2 million they won when they hit the jackpot in Canada’s Lotto 6-49 in July. But it’s not like they’ve been blowing it. Allen & Violet Large doled out portions of their instant wealth to family as well as the local fire department, churches, hospitals, cemeteries, the Red Cross, Salvation Army, plus Alzheimer’s, cancer & diabetes charities. A cancer patient herself, Violet had her final chemotherapy treatment last month.
– AHN
• The Australian Outback hamlet of Trundle, 200 miles northwest of Sydney, is looking to boost its population of 380 by offering a local farmhouse for rent at … $1 a week. Actually it’s just the latest community to participate in what may be the world’s cheapest rental program.
NET: http://www.rentafarmhouse.com.au
– Telegraph.co.uk

BS AMAZING FACT:
According to a new study, just thinking that you’re fit might help you avoid catching colds.
– BBC News Magazine

BS CHRONOMETER 11.09.10

TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1948 [62] Robert David Hall, East Orange NJ, TV actor (Medical Examiner ‘Dr Al Robbins’ on “CSI” since 2000)  BS FACTOID: He uses prosthetics due to amputation of both legs following an auto accident in 1978.

1972 [38] Eric Dane, San Francisco CA, TV actor (‘Dr Mark Sloan’ [‘McSteamy’] on “Grey’s Anatomy” since 2006)

1973 [37] Nick Lachey, Harlan KY, TV personality (“Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica” 2003-05)/former boy-band singer (98 Degrees-“I Do Cherish You”)/ex-Mr Jessica Simpson (2002-06)  BS FACTOID: His fiancée, TV personality Vanessa Minnillo (“True Beauty”), is turning 30 today.

1978 [32] Sisqo (Mark Andrews), Baltimore MD, hip-hop artist (“Thong Song”, Dru Hill-“These Are The Times”)

1988 [22] Nikki Blonsky, Great Neck NY, movie actress (‘Tracy Turnblad’ in “Hairspray”)

BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Chaos Never Dies Day”, the one day of the year to acknowledge that chaos is essential to a harmonious universe. (And also the reason there are 24-hour news channels.)

• “Gingerbread House Day”, celebrating the traditional art of home construction as a baked good. (If you’re gonna have one for the holiday season, now’s the time to start!)

• “Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day”,  commemorating the black granite wall on the Mall in Washington DC that’s engraved with more than 58,000 names of those killed in the Vietnam War. It was dedicated on this date in 1984.

• “Young Readers Day”, observed annually since 1989 on the 2nd Tuesday of November to encourage schools to promote the importance of reading.
NET: http://www.bookitprogram.com

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1967 [43] “Rolling Stone” magazine debuts, with John Lennon on the cover and a free ‘roach clip’ attached

TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1907 [103] 1st game for ‘Edmonton Rugby Foot-ball Club’ (forerunner of Eskimos) as team loses to ‘Calgary City Rugby Foot-ball Club’ (forerunner of Stampeders) by a score of 26-5

1911 [99] Frenchman Georges Claude patents the ‘Neon Sign’ after experimenting with passing an electrical charge through gas (Las Vegas is glad he did!)

TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2004 [06] Roger Clemens of the Houston Astros wins a record 7th Cy Young Award as his league’s best pitcher

COMING UP . . .
[Wed] 44th CMA Awards (Nashville)
[Wed] US Marine Corps Birthday
[Wed] Sesame Street Day
[Wed] “Morning Glory” opens in movie theaters
[Thurs] Remembrance Day (Canada)
[Thurs] Veterans Day (USA)
This Week Is . . . Fraud Awareness Week
This Month Is . . . Pomegranate Month

BULL’S BITS

HOW DUMB ARE THEY?
• He’s only using his head to keep the rain out of his neck.
• She uses thumbtacks to post notes … on the fridge.
• He’s blocked one too many hockey pucks.
• He’s strong like bull, smart like streetcar.
• She suffers from ‘Clue Deficit Disorder’.
• The crowd’s cheering but there’s no team on the field.
• She has to use 2 hands to eat with chopsticks.
• He’s so dumb, blondes tell jokes about him.
• She has a brain like a BB in a boxcar.
• He’s so dumb, his dog teaches him tricks.

BS PHONE STARTER:
Which TV show does your family pet like most?

BS WEB GOODIE:
The website BetterBookTitles collects readers’ suggestions for improved titles for best sellers. Among the suggestions: William Shakespeare’s “Ghost Dad” (“Hamlet”); George Orwell’s “The Social Network” (“1984”); Jonathan Swift’s “Size DOES Matter” (“Gulliver’s Travels”); and F Scott Fitzgerald’s “Drink Responsibly” (“The Great Gatsby”).
NET: http://betterbooktitles.com

BS RANDOM JOKE:
When all else fails, read the instructions.

BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
What famous fictional character attended ‘Birchwood Elementary School’?
a. ‘Bart Simpson’
b. ‘Harry Potter’
c. ‘Charlie Brown’ [CORRECT. As well as ‘Lucy’, ‘Linus’ & the whole gang in “Peanuts”.]

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Today’s Question: Research shows that the same part of the brain that is activated during sex can also be turned on by this.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Music. (And here comes 55 minutes of it … stopless!)

BS DEEP THOUGHT:
The farther away the future is, the better it looks.


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