Friday, October 30, 2009        Edition: #4133
Monthly Planning Calendar in Today’s Edition of BS!

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
Movie star Gerard Butler (“Law Abiding Citizen”) tells “Us Magazine” he’s glad he was fired as a trainee lawyer back home in Glasgow, Scotland because otherwise he would never have found fame & fortune in Hollywood (now there’s an actor who can read his own contracts!) . . . Celeb couple Ashlee Simpson (ex-“Melrose Place”) & Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy) have put their $4.5-million Beverley Hills CA home on the market after deciding it wasn’t ‘kid friendly’ enough for their son Bronx (BS translation: Cash flow has slowed to a trickle lately) . . . The publicist for actor Josh Duhamel (“Transformers: Revenge Of the Fallen”) says a “National Enquirer” report claiming he recently cheated on wife Fergie (Black Eyed Peas) with an Atlanta GA stripper is ‘absolutely ridiculous’ (funny, no one’s suing) . . . The Nelson Mandela Foundation says a meeting with the former South African President that actress Charlize Theron auctioned off as part of a prize package for charity was not pre-approved and will likely not happen (a female bidder paid $140,000 for the prize, which also included 2010 World Cup tickets and a 20-second lip-lock with Theron) . . . Kids & young teens who voted on AOL’s “Just So You Know Awards” have selected Miley Cyrus as ‘Worst Celebrity Influence of 2009′, followed by Britney Spears and Kanye West . . . And a former “Jerry Springer Show” producer tells “In Touch” magazine he has a pilot for a reality show called “Jon – Kate = Jon + Octomom” in the works and that Jon Gosselin (ex-“Jon & Kate Plus 8”) is onboard with the idea (OMG, shoot the TV now before it becomes infected!).

WEEKEND SHOW BIZ SKED:

• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/A Channel) – This afternoon Alicia Keys (“The Element of Freedom”, due December 15th)
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight Slipknot (“All Hope Is Gone”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight the Doves (“Kingdom of Rust”).
• “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” (CBS) – Tonight Fruit Bats (“Spelled in Bones”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/A Channel) – Tonight Andrew Bird (“Armchair Apocrypha”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS) – Tonight Weezer (“Raditude”).
• Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concerts (NYC) – Tonight part 2 of the 2-day festivities at Madison Square Garden includes performances by Aretha Franklin (w/Annie Lennox and Lenny Kravitz), Metallica (w/Lou Reed and Ozzy Osbourne), and U2.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – Ryan Reynolds hosts; Lady Gaga is musical guest
• “Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien” (NBC/A Channel) – Tonight Alice in Chains (“Black Gives Way to Blue”).
• Ulalume Festival (Columbia, MD) – Saturday MTV celebrates Halloween with a live concert featuring AFI, Dead By Sunrise, Kid Cudi, Paramore, and more. The festival takes its name from an Edgar Allen Poe poem.
• Voodoo Music Experience (New Orleans) – Tonight through Sunday the 11th annual Halloween-weekend music festival is headlined by Eminem, The Flaming Lips, Jane’s Addiction, KISS, Silversun Pickups, Widespread Panic, and Wolfmother.

BS MUSIC NOTES:

• Aerosmith – Sunday they’re scheduled to perform in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, as the grand finalé attraction of the city’s Formula 1 racing weekend.
• Chickenfoot – Sunday their self-titled debut album is reissued as a deluxe edition available exclusively at Best Buy. The pumped-up package includes a new song and a tour DVD.
• 50 Cent – His new album “ Before I Self Destruct” has been leaked online a month before its scheduled debut. (‘Leaked’ is the new way of saying ‘released’.)
• Phish – This weekend the cult band hosts the 3-day “Festival 8” at the same site where the annual Coachella Festival is held in Indio CA. The band will perform 8 sets during the bash.
• Taylor Swift – This week the 19-year-old country phenom introduced her ‘amazing’ new boyfriend Taylor Lautner (“Twilight”) to her mom. (Lautner’s 17; does that make Swift a cougar?)
• Zac Brown Band – Tonight in Atlanta they host a benefit concert for the Georgia Theatre in Athens GA, which was destroyed by fire earlier this year. Little Big Town is also on the bill.

TODAY’S MOVIE OPENINGS:

• “The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day” ( R-Rated Crime Thriller ): The ‘MacManus’ brothers (Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus), who are living a quiet life on the family farm in Ireland, return to Boston to exact their unique form of revenge on the mob forces who have framed them for the murder of a local priest. Co-stars Billy Connolly. Shot in Toronto & Hamilton ON.
NET: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/boondocksaints2
• “Gentlemen Broncos” ( PG-13 Comedy ): “Napoleon Dynamite” writer/director Jared Hess heads back to Utah for his 3rd film, about a sci-fi author (Jemaine Clement) who faces charges of plagiarism from an aspiring teenage writer (Michael Angarano) soon after his latest work is published.
NET: http://www.foxsearchlight.com/gentlemenbroncos
• “The House Of the Devil” ( R-Rated Horror Thriller ): A broke college student (Jocelin Donahue) is lured to a Victorian mansion deep in the woods for what she thinks is a lucrative babysitting job, but soon realizes her creepy clients have nightmarish plans for her. Set in the 1980s and based on ‘actual events’.
NET: http://tinyurl.com/ml28sq

NICE DAY FOR A BLACK WEDDING:
An Ohio couple have vowed at their pre-Halloween wedding to howl at the Moon together. The bride & groom were made up as vampires for their marriage ceremony at a haunted house near Cleveland. The groom arrived in a coffin. The presiding minister, dressed as ‘Jason’ of “Friday the 13th” fame, finished up the ceremony by saying, “You may now bite the bride on the neck.”
– “NY Post”

WORLD’S SCARIEST FOODS:

• Baked Guinea Pig (Ecuador, Peru): Your childhood pet, now in snack format.
• Balut (Philippines): Partially developed duck or chicken embryos, served warm in their eggs.
• Barbecued Bat (Thailand, Vietnam): Creepy flyer transformed into crunchy grilled goodness.
• Black Pudding (France, Ireland, UK): Pig or cow blood cooked with a bit of fat until it congeals.
• Cod Tongues (Newfoundland): Fish tongues battered, fried, and served with tomato sauce.
• Fugu (Japan): A type of puffer fish poisonous enough to cause swift and violent death.
• Rocky Mountain Oysters (Montana, Wyoming): Bull testicles, deep-fried. Ouch!
• Sannakji (Korea): Baby octopus cut into pieces while still alive, served immediately, wriggling.
• Scorpion Pops (China): Scorpion on a stick … tingly!
• Tarantula (Cambodia): Whole, palm-sized spiders, stir-fried with spice.
– Condensed from Concierge.com.

WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR FACEBOOK AFTER YOU DIE?

Getting a will drawn up is hassle enough, now you also need to decide how to manage your online life when you’re dead. This week Facebook’s head of security reiterated their policy of ‘memorializing’ profiles of users who have died. Survivors must fill out a form, providing a link to an obituary or other confirmation of death before the social website removes the user from public search results, seals their page from log-in attempts, then leaves their wall open for family and friends to pay respects. If survivors prefer not to have the profile stand as an online memorial, Facebook will remove the account altogether. (Just email 6-months advance notice of the death, then have a public notary sign a standard form in triplicate …)
– “TIME”

FOR THE RECORD:
Sean Murphy of Lansing, Michigan is waiting to hear if “Guinness World Records” will award him the record for fitting the most cockroaches in his mouth. The pet-store employee says it may be weeks until he learns whether the 16 Madagascar hissing cockroaches he held in his mouth for 10 seconds will be officially recognized. The current record is 11.
– UPI

BS CHRONOMETER 10.30.09


TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1967 [42] Gavin Rossdale, London UK, rock singer/guitarist (“Love Remains the Same”, Bush-“Swallowed”)/Mr Gwen Stefani since 2002

1975 [34] Ian D’Sa, UK [raised Mississauga ON], rock guitarist/vocalist (Billy Talent-“Surrender”, “Fallen Leaves”)

1976 [33] Kassidy Osborn, Magna UT, country singer (SheDAISY-“I Will … But”, “Little Goodbyes”)

1978 [31] Matthew Morrison, Fort Ord CA, TV actor (‘Will Schuester’ on “Glee” 2009)

SATURDAY . . .
Rock drummer Larry Mullen Jr (U2) is 48; Filmmaker Peter Jackson (“Lord Of the Rings”) is 48; Rock guitarist Johnny Marr (Modest Mouse) is 46; Movie actor Rob Schneider (“Deuce Bigalow”) is 46; Country singer Darryl Worley (“Awful Beautiful Life”) is 45; Rapper Adam Horovitz (Beastie Boys) is 43; Power-pop bassist Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne) is 42; Rock singer/guitarist Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance) is 28.

SUNDAY –
Publisher Larry Flynt (“Hustler”) is 67; Country musician Dale Wallace (Emerson Drive) is 48; Rock singer Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 47; Rock drummer Rick Allen (Def Leppard) is 46; Country singer ‘Big’ Kenny Alphin (Big & Rich) is 46; Movie actress Toni Collette (“Little Miss Sunshine”) is 37; Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai (“Bride & Prejudice”) is 36.

TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .

• “Bodybuilders’ Day”, celebrating the 1893 birth of Charles Atlas (Angelo Siciliano) in Acri, Italy. Yes, a bully actually did kick sand in the former 97-lb weakling’s face and steal his girlfriend, leading him to develop a wildly popular mail-order body building course.
• “Candy Corn Day”, celebrating the traditional Halloween candy that resembles corn kernels and can’t be resisted until you’ve finished off the entire 2-lb bag. Nearly 9 billion pieces of Candy Corn will be manufactured this year.
• “Devil’s Night” or “Mischief Night,” traditionally a night of pranks before Halloween. (In Detroit, this traditionally involves burning down the inner city each year.)

SATURDAY –
• “Halloween”, a long tradition in Canada, Ireland, the UK, and the USA. In recent years, the celebration has spread to other countries around-the-world.
– The observance originated with 5th-century-BC Celtic Druids who believed that on October 31st, all persons who had died in the previous year assembled to choose the body of a person or animal they would inhabit for the next 12 months.
– After the 9th century AD, the day became known as “All Hallows’ Eve” or “Hallowe’en” since it was the night before “All Saints’ Day”.
– The Irish brought the Halloween custom to North America in the 1840s. Of the countries that celebrate Halloween, only in Ireland is it considered a national holiday.
• “Increase Your Psychic Powers Day”. Did you sense we were going to say that?
• “International Magic Day,” traditionally a day for magicians to meet, celebrated on the anniversary of Harry Houdini’s death on October 31st, 1926. Every year, spiritualists hold a seance on Halloween to try and contact the late magician. So far, no answer!
• “International UNICEF Day”, observed on October 31st since 1967, the reason many trick-or-treaters collect donations in UNICEF coin boxes.

SUNDAY –
• “All Hallows” or “All Saints’ Day” (begun in 835 AD), a Roman Catholic ‘Holy Day of Obligation’ (aren’t they all?). It’s a holiday in the Philippines, when families gather to honor the dead.
• “Daylight Saving Time” in North America officially ends at 2 am. Remember: Spring forward, Fall back. Set your clock back an hour (it’s a long weekend!), then get ready for dim & dark Winter mornings.
• “Dia de los Muertos” (“Day Of the Dead”) in Mexico. Actually the observance covers 2 days – today, “All Saints Day”, set aside for remembrance of deceased children (‘angelitos’). Monday, “All Soul’s Day”, for those who died as adults. For a memorial observance it’s pretty festive, with colorful adornments, lively reunions at family burial plots, fireworks, and special foods.
• “Vegan World Day”, an international focal point for celebrating veganism, a term invented by Donald Watson in 1944. This is the 65th anniversary of ‘The Vegan Society’, whose members do not eat meat, fish, dairy products, eggs, or any other animal product. In fact, true vegans do not use any products derived from animals, such as fur or leather. As someone once said: vegetarian is a diet; vegan is a way of life.
NET: http://www.worldveganday.org
• “Zero Tasking Day”, a day to do …. absolutely squat.

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .

1938 [71] 1st radio broadcast of Orson Welles’ “War Of the Worlds” convinces millions that Martians have invaded Grovers Mill NJ

1984 [25] ‘Freddy Krueger’ slashes his way across the movie screen in the 1st “Nightmare
on Elm Street”

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
1986 [23] The Beastie Boys release “License To Ill”, the 1st rap album to go to #1

TODAY’S FIRST . . .

1894 [115] 1st employee ‘Time Clock’ patented, leading to the expression ‘punching the clock’

TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1989 [20] Smith Dairy of Orrville OH concocts ‘Largest Milkshake’ (1,575 gallons)

BS MONTHLY PLANNING CALENDAR . . .
[Nov 2] Full ‘Hunters’ Moon / All Souls Day / Cookie Monster Day / Plan Your Epitaph Day
[Nov 3] “Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! The Rolling Stones In Concert 40th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set”; “Foo Fighters Greatest Hits”; Carrie Underwood’s “Play On” released / Cliché Day / Sandwich Day
[Nov 4] Use Your Common Sense Day / New York Comedy Festival begins
[Nov 5] 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards / Men Make Dinner Day / International Day for Preventing the Exploitation Of the Environment in War & Armed Conflict / Billboard Touring Awards (NYC)
[Nov 6] “The Box”; “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”; “The Fourth Kind”; “The Men Who Stare at Goats” open in movie theaters
[Nov 7] International Tongue Twister Day / Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day /  Digital Scrapbooking Day / International Men’s Day
[Nov 8] Abet & Aid Punsters Day / Cook Something Bold & Pungent Day / Parents As Teachers Day
[Nov 9] World Orphans Day
[Nov 10] Area Code Day / Young Reader’s Day / Bon Jovi releases “The Circle”
[Nov 11] Remembrance Day (Canada) / Veterans Day (USA) / 43rd CMA Awards (Nashville)
[Nov 13] Guinness World Record Day / World Kindness Day / “2012”; “Pirate Radio” open in movie theaters
[Nov 14] World Diabetes Day / World Rock-Paper-Scissors Championships (Toronto)
[Nov 15] I Love to Write Day / Transgender Day of Remembrance / World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
[Nov 16] International Day for Tolerance
[Nov 17] Homemade Bread Day / Janet Jackson releases “Number Ones” / John Mayer releases “Battle Studies”
[Nov 18] Married To a Scorpio Support Day / Mickey Mouse Day / Educational Support Professionals Day
[Nov 19] World Toilet Day / Have a Bad Day Day / Use Less Stuff Day
[Nov 20] Children’s Day / Name Your PC Day / “The Blind Side”; “Planet 51″; “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” open in movie theaters
[Nov 21] World Hello Day / World Television Day / National Adoption Day / Family Volunteer Day / Survivors of Suicide Day
[Nov 22] Humane Society Anniversary Day / American Music Awards (LA)
[Nov 23] Rihanna releases “Rated R” / International Emmy Awards (NYC)
[Nov 24] Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day / Timbaland releases “Shock Value II” / Britney Spears releases “The Singles Collection” / Susan Boyle releases “I Dreamed a Dream” / Lady Gaga releases “The Fame: Monster”
[Nov 25] International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women Day / Shopping Reminder Day / “Ninja Assassin”; “Old Dogs”; “The Road” open in movie theaters
[Nov 26] Thanksgiving Day (USA) / ARIA Awards (Sydney)
[Nov 27] Black Friday / Buy Nothing Day / Flossing Day / National Day of Listening / Sinkie Day
[Nov 28] Eid-Al-Adha (Muslim) / International Aura Awareness Day
[Nov 29] 2009 Grey Cup (Calgary) / Electronic Greetings Day / International Day of Solidarity With the Palestinian People
[Nov 30] Computer Security Day / Cyber Monday / Meth Awareness Day / Stay Home Because You’re Well Day
[Dec 4] Montréal Canadiens 100th Birthday

BULL’S BITS


BS HORRIBLESCOPES:
• Aries – Being a slob will pay off this Halloween as your home’s windows will have the best cobwebs on the block.
• Taurus – Your onion jack-o-lanterns may have been a clever way to help save the endangered pumpkin but they’ll only make trick-or-treaters cry.
• Gemini – You’ll discover that your animatronic ‘Jason’ set in your front yard to frighten trick-or-treaters ended up killing 34 people.
• Cancer – Excellent day to study gastroenterology … or possibly to go bowling.
• Leo – Parents will not appreciate you handing out highly-caffeinated sugar bombs to kids this year.
• Virgo – No matter how funny you find it, it’s inappropriate to throw plants at kids dressed as zombies.
• Libra – You’ll realize too late that implanting a GPS in every piece of candy to track it’s movement on your “Where’s the Mars bar” website is a truly dumb idea.
• Scorpio – The stars think you should forget your idea of going out naked on Halloween and claiming you are a shedding ‘Wookiee’. Nobody needs to see that.
• Sagittarius – You are being watched by a large penguin. Act normal.
• Capricorn – You will sustain an injury in an embarrassing place when you mistakenly activate your ‘Autobot’ costume.
• Aquarius – Your idea of handing out used pantyhose stuffed with popcorn is an excellent recycling plan but it will also only make trick-or-treaters cry.
• Pisces – You will be arrested and charged with several counts of homicide when you lose it after the 119th kid dressed as “Twilight’s” ‘Edward Cullen’ shows up at your door.
– Adapted from BBSpot.com.

BS PHONE STARTER:

What’s the scariest movie to watch on Halloween? [Starpulse Entertainment News recommends “Misery” (1990), “Funny Games” (2007), “The Hills Have Eyes” (1977), “The Last House On the Left” (1972), “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974), “Event Horizon” (1997) and, of course, “Halloween” (1978).]

BS U-PICK TRIVIA:

What is the most popular trick-or-treat candy?
a. Tootsie Roll
b. Snickers [CORRECT]
c. Kraft Caramels
d. Tums

BS RANDOM JOKE:

Tomorrow is Halloween, the traditional day when Christmas advertising campaigns are half over.

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:

Today’s Question: Back in the 19th century there were about 100 of THESE in North America; now there are only 6.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Time zones.

BS DEEP THOUGHT:

A pessimist is never disappointed.


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