Friday, October 5, 2007        Edition: #3628
Sheet Happens!

PLEASE NOTE: There’ll be no “BS” service for Monday, Thanksgiving Day. Back at you with a Tuesday edition. Happy Turkey Day all!

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
Superstar movie actor Brad Pitt admits that he worries about his growing brood of kids, who now seem to think cameras are a normal part of life (dude, if you were really worried, you could take your many millions and live quietly away from the limelight) . . . Movie actor Nick Cannon (“Bobby”) has called off his engagement to Victoria’s Secret model Selita Ebanks, just a few months after proposing via a giant video screen in NYC’s Times Square (some big bucks blown there) . . . Former reality show contestant Jonny Fairplay (“Survivor: Pearl Islands”) has filed a complaint against former child star Danny Bonaduce (“Partridge Family”), claiming he knocked out his teeth onstage during the “Fox Reality Channel Awards” at a nightclub in LA (unbelievable – what were either of these clowns doing at an ‘awards’ show?) . . . Kevin Federline, who’s been awarded physical custody of he & Britney Spears’ 2 sons, has shown up in court for a hearing on visitation rights wearing – an eyepatch (he’s hoping for a role in “Pirates of the Caribbean IV”?) . . . Meantime, an unnamed amateur filmmaker claims he has video of himself & Britney Spears getting it on in her hotel room during her vacation THIS SUMMER in Hawaii, but he’s already trashed it’s online market value by describing the tryst as ‘nothing special’ (she apparently passed out) . . . Just 3 months after his most recent split with model Kate Moss, drug-addled Brit rocker Pete Doherty is engaged to marry singer/model Irina Lazareanu, whom he’s apparently known for 10 years (then she should know better by now) . . . And photos from the set of the now-filming “Sex & the City” movie that have been posted online show star Sarah Jessica Parker’s ‘Carrie Bradshaw‘ character leaving NYC’s St Patrick’s Cathedral – in a wedding dress (we’re guessing soon we’ll know if ‘Mr Big’ really is).

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• James Blunt – Speculation he’s having a relationship with Paris Hilton is running high again after she showed up THIS WEEK at his Toronto gig ‘disguised’ in a black wig and hat.
• John Mayer – He’s now said to be dating 27-year-old TV actress Minka Kelly (“Friday Night Lights”), the latest in his long line of celeb girlfriends that have included Mandy Moore, Jessica Simpson, and Cameron Diaz.
• Led Zeppelin – Fans who won in the draw for tickets to the gig at London’s O2 Arena NEXT MONTH have been warned not to sell the unique pass codes they were given as they face ID checks when they collect their tickets. Some of the duckets are already on auction websites.
• Marilyn Manson – Hard-to-believe but when the 38-year-old shock-rocker recently met the parents of his 19-year-old actress-girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood … they were actually impressed! Seems her mom used to date rock stars & her actor-dad has played ‘Dracula’ on stage.
• Shakira – She’s just donated $40 million to the ‘Latin America For Solidarity’ charity, which she co-founded to repair damage caused by an earthquake in Peru and a hurricane in Nicaragua. (Soon we’ll be calling her ‘Mother Shakira’.)
• Wu-Tang Clan — They’ve changed their story about being given permission to use the first-ever ‘sample’ of a Beatles song. Now they say their new album “The 8 Diagrams” will feature an ‘interpolation’ of the tune “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. To save you looking that up, it’s an ‘insertion between other parts’. (Kinda sounds like a sample, no?)

TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• Annie Lennox – TONIGHT the former Eurythmics singer performs music from her new album “Songs of Mass Destruction” on the “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC).    
• Diana Krall – TONIGHT the Canadian jazz diva does “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” (CBS).
• Fabolous – TODAY the rapper guests on “MuchOnDemand” (MuchMusic).
• “Life is Wild” (CW) – SUNDAY is the premiere of this new TV drama about a NYC veterinarian who uproots his family to move to a game reserve in South Africa. This no-name new show might just make it, because there aren’t many wholesome family dramas on-the-air.
• matchbox twenty – TONIGHT they perform on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC).
• Reba McEntire – TONIGHT she receives “Billboard” magazine’s 1st-ever ‘Woman of the Year Award’ in NYC. The award recognizes women who’ve made significant contributions to the music biz and inspire other women to assume greater responsibilities in the industry.
• Spoon – The Austin TX indie rockers are the musical guests on “Saturday Night Live”, hosted by Vancouver actor Seth Rogen (“Knocked Up”).
• Tom Cruise – In Japan, SATURDAY has been designated “Tom Cruise Day” by the Japan Memorial Day Association, in recognition of his ‘close association with the country’. (Uh people, in “The Last Samurai” he was just acting.)

TODAY’S MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “Feel the Noise” ( PG-13 Drama ): Omarion Grandberry (formerly with R&B group B2K) stars as a kid from the South Bronx who wants to become a successful hip-hop star, but a run-in with local thugs forces him to hide out in Puerto Rico with his estranged father. Co-stars Giancarlo Esposito and Melonie Diaz. Produced by Jennifer Lopez. Originally titled “Reggaeton”.
NET: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/feelthenoise/index.html
• “The Heartbreak Kid” ( R-Rated Comedy ): Ben Stiller plays a longtime bachelor who finally finds the woman he thinks is his perfect match (Toronto model-turned-actress Malin Akerman), but on the honeymoon he discovers she may just be the wife from hell. Co-stars Michelle Monaghan, Ben’s father Jerry Stiller, and “The Daily Show” regular Rob Corddry. The first R-rated film from either Ben Stiller or the Farrelly Bros since “There’s Something About Mary”.
NET: http://www.heartbreakkidmovie.com/
• “The Seeker: The Dark is Rising” ( PG Sci-Fi Fantasy ): Based on the 1st book of the popular “The Dark is Rising” novels, Alexander Ludwig stars as a young lad who discovers he’s the last in a long line of warriors who protect the world from the evil forces of ‘The Dark’. Co-stars Ian McShane (“Deadwood”) and Frances Conroy (“Six Feet Under”). Shot entirely in Romania.
NET: http://www.seekthesigns.com/

TOP-SELLING FAMOUS FACES:
Whose face on a magazine cover will entice you to buy it? Here’s a new listing of the top 5, based on several factors, including newsstand sales of celebrity weeklies …
5. Reese Witherspoon
4. Angelina Jolie
3. Scarlett Johansson
2. Brad Pitt
1. Jennifer Aniston (what’s she done lately to deserve this?)
– Forbes.com

DOUBLE-DUTY DEVICE DELAYED:
In another setback for hi-def video compatibility, the debut of Samsung’s dual-format player, capable of playing either Blu-ray or HD-DVD discs, has been postponed from THIS MONTH to DECEMBER. LG, another Korean consumer-electronics company, is currently the only manufacturer marketing a dual-format player, but it costs more than buying 2  individual Blu-ray and HD-DVD players. (One of these formats is eventually gonna go down … who you betting on?)
– BN

DID YOU KNOW?
• OCTOBER 5th is the most popular birthday in the United States, celebrated by over 960,000 Americans. (So you’re not so special, after all.)
– Anybirthday.com
• Teeth whitening is now the #1 requested cosmetic service. More than $1.4 billion has been spent on over-the-counter teeth-whitening products in the past year. And that doesn’t include procedures administered by dentists. (Who charge circa $300 for the same thing.)
– WhatsCookingAmerica.net
• A greater number of moles actually may be a sign that your cells age more slowly, giving you a younger appearance for longer. Women with the most moles have the equivalent of 6 or 7 years less cell-aging than those with the fewest. (Yeah but … you got all these moles.)
– “Cosmopolitan”
• Pumpkin production is down for the 2nd straight year. Scorching weather and a lack of rain THIS SUMMER wiped out some pumpkin crops entirely. (Get ready to pay more for your jack-o-lantern this Halloween!)
– MSNBC

FOR THE RECORD:
Final figures from Toronto-based promoter Michael Cohl show that the Rolling Stones’ recently completed 2-year “Bigger Bang” world tour ranks as the highest-grossing in history, taking in over a half-billion ($558,255,524), based on a paid attendance of 4.68 million at 144 shows. That tops the previous record set by U2′s 2005-06 “Vertigo” tour.
– “Billboard”

AND WE QUOTE:
“The thing about shower songs is you never quite know what’s going to pop in. It could be something you’ve just heard on the radio or it could be something from years ago … but not usually my own.”
– Stones frontman Mick Jagger on his shower stall repertoire.

BS CHRONOMETER 10.05.07

TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1947 [60] Brian Johnson, Newcastle UK, rock singer (AC/DC-“Moneytalks”)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2003)  FACTOID: The band has sold an estimated 150 million albums worldwide; a new studio album is expected sometime in 2008.

1954 [53] Sir Bob Geldof, Dublin, Ireland, social activist (“Live 8”, “Live Aid”, Band Aid-“Do They Know It’s Christmas”)/former rock singer (Boomtown Rats-“I Don’t Like Mondays”)

1958 [49] Bernie Mac (Bernard McCullough), Chicago IL, movie actor (“Ocean’s Eleven-Twelve-Thirteen”)/TV actor (“The Bernie Mac Show” 2001-06)

1975 [32] Kate Winslet, Reading UK, movie actress (“The Holiday”, “Titanic”) with 5 Academy Award nominations but no wins

1978 [29] James Valentine, Lincoln NE, pop musician (Maroon 5-“Makes Me Wonder”, “She Will Be Loved”)

1980 [27] Paul Thomas, Waldorf MD, pop-punk bassist (Good Charlotte-“Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous”, “Girls & Boys”)

1983 [24] Nicky Hilton, NYC, idle rich girl/younger sister of Paris Hilton

SATURDAY –
NFL coach Tony Dungy (Indianapolis Colts) is 52; Movie actress Elisabeth Shue (“Leaving Las Vegas”) is 44; Country singer Tim Rushlow (Little Texas) is 41; Bassist Tommy Stinson (Guns N’ Roses) is 41; Movie actor Ioan Gruffudd (“Fantastic Four”) is 34.

SUNDAY –
Classic rocker John Mellencamp (“Jack & Diane”) is 56; Russian President Vladimir Putin is 55;
Drummer Tico Torres (Bon Jovi) is 54; TV personality/producer Simon Cowell (“American Idol”) is 48; R&B singer Toni Braxton (“Unbreak My Heart”) is 40; Rock singer Thom Yorke (Radiohead) is 39; Pop star Taylor Hicks (“American Idol”) is 31; Movie actress Rachel McAdams (“Wedding Crashers”) is 31; Movie actor Shawn Ashmore (“X-Men”) is 28.

TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Apple Betty Day”, honoring the dessert aka “Apple Brown Betty”, “Apple Crisp”, “Apple Crumble” or “Apple Cobbler”. Whatever you call it … nummers!
• “Diversity Day”, celebrating who we are, no matter what race, religion, gender, age, nationality, or disability. The official motto is, ‘Embrace diversity, embrace our world’.
NET: http://www.nationaldiversityday.com/
• “Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest”, the world’s 2nd-largest Oktoberfest (after Munich), expected to draw over 750,000 to suck back suds and sausages in more than 20 ‘Festhallen’ through October 13th. It also features the largest “Thanksgiving Day Parade” in Canada (CTV).
NET: http://www.oktoberfest.ca
• “National Denim Day”, the 13th annual promotion in which Lee Jeans asks companies to allow employees to wear denim to work in exchange for a $5 donation to breast cancer research. This year, Billy Ray Cyrus & Mariska Hargitay are the celebrity spokespeople as more than a million are expected to participate at close to 30,000 companies.
NET: http://www.denimday.com
• “Techies Day”, the 8th annual observance to heighten the profile of IT careers and show appreciation for technology professionals. (Hurray, it’s “Geek Day”!)
• “World Smile Day”, the 9th annual observance with the theme: ‘Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile’. (Another product of the Association of the Hopelessly Optimistic.)
NET: http://www.worldsmileday.com/
• “World Teachers Day”, begun by UNESCO in 1994 as recognition for the vital contribution teachers make to education & development. Over 100 countries now observe the day.
NET: http://www.ei-ie.org/worldteachersday/en/index.php

SATURDAY –
• “Frugal Fun Day”, observed on the 1st SATURDAY in OCTOBER to celebrate ways of having a good time without spending a whole lot of money. Ask listeners for tips on having cheap kicks. • “Mad Hatter Day”, described as “April Fool’s Day” without the pranks, it’s an opportunity to celebrate silliness. The date was chosen from “Alice in Wonderland” illustrations depicting the ‘Mad Hatter’ wearing a hat with a slip of paper that reads: ‘In this style 10/6′.
NET: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~ari/madHatter.html
• “North American Wife-Carrying Championship”, the 8th annual at the Sunday River Ski Area in Bethel, Maine. Husbands carry wives through an obstacle course. Best time wins the female’s weight in beer, 5 times her weight in cash, and a chance to compete at the ‘worlds’ in Finland.
NET: http://www.sundayriver.com/summer/wifecarry.html
• “Physician Assistant Day”, honoring all those nice people who order you to take off all your clothes and put the gown on with the opening in the back. Hey thanks! Take the day off.

MONDAY –
• “Thanksgiving Day” in Canada, thanks to a 1957 act of parliament making the 2nd MONDAY in OCTOBER ‘a day of general thanksgiving for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed’. Many historians believe the first North American “Thanksgiving” event occurred in Newfoundland in 1578. That would put it 43 years before the Pilgrims landing in Massachusetts in 1621. Others claim the first Canadian Thanksgiving was celebrated in Halifax in 1763. It became an annual Canadian tradition in 1879, celebrated on the same day as the USA. It was later moved ahead to reflect the earlier harvest season.

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1969 [38] “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” debuts on BBC-TV (45 episodes produced before the troupe leaves in 1974 to make movies)

1970 [37] PBS-TV debuts (and the begging begins)

2006 [01] Christie’s “40 Years of Star Trek: The Collection” auction in NYC liquidates some 4,000 items from “Star Trek” productions, including costumes, props, sets, weapons & models

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
1995 [12] Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” is certified Gold & Platinum (truly a one-hit-wonder!)

TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1984 [23] 1st Canadian in space (Marc Garneau, aboard the shuttle “Challenger”)

1985 [22] 1st American League East title for Toronto Blue Jays

TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2001 [06] Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants sets the Major League Baseball record for ‘Home Runs in a Single Season’ at 72 (then adds one more 2 days later)

AND REMEMBER . . .
[Mon] Columbus Day (USA)
[Mon] Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
[Tues] John Lennon Peace Tower lighting (Reykjavik, Iceland)
[Wed] Kelly Clarkson tour begins (Verona NY)
[Wed] International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction
[Thurs] Emergency Nurses Day
This Week Is … No Salt Week (next week is ‘Pound Salt Week’)
This Month Is … Gay & Lesbian History Month (read up on the history of ‘Queen George’)

BULL’S BITS

BS TURKEY FACTS:
• Turkeys are the only breed of poultry native to the Western Hemisphere.
• Turkeys can drown if they look up when it’s raining.
• A baby turkey is called a ‘poult’. A turkey under 16 weeks of age is called a ‘fryer’.
• That flesh-like appendage that hangs over a turkey’s beak is called the ‘snood’. The ‘wattle’ is the bright red appendage on the neck.
• The term ‘turkey’ was used by New England pilgrims to mean any sort of wild fowl.

BS SIGNS YOUR WIFE IS SECRETLY AN ADULT MOVIE STAR:
• Every couple of weeks she has to fly to California to care for a ‘sick aunt’.
• When in bed, she just lies there until you yell “Action!”.
• She keeps getting mail addressed to ‘Patty O’Plenty’.
• Whenever you go out, drooling men ask her for her autograph.
• She knows positions that would put a circus contortionist in the hospital.
• She wears a micro-miniskirt and 6-inch spike heels to go grocery shopping.
• On your joint tax return she lists her occupation as ‘passion princess’.
• Just as you’re about to make love she asks, “What’s my motivation?”

BS RANDOM JOKE:
The nice thing about meditation is that it makes doing nothing respectable.

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Today’s Question: Dogs destroy 58,500 of THESE a year.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Cellphones.

BS DEEP THOUGHT:
It’s better to be an awesome version of yourself than an ‘almost’ version of someone else.


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