Friday, October 6, 2006        Edition: #3381
You’re Up to Your Eyeballs in Sheet!

TODAY & tomorrow some 100 lots of late actor Marlon Brando’s personal effects go under the hammer at Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas, including his script from classic film “The Godfather” (a 2005 Brando auction raised more than $2.4 million) . . . SATURDAY Ice T hosts VH1’s 3rd annual “Hip-Hop Honors”, which pays tribute to Ice Cube, Wu-Tang Clan, Beastie Boys and others at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom (airs OCTOBER 17th) . . . ABC-TV is planning yet another talent search reality show called “The Imposter”, which will search for people who do a great impersonation of a famous person, be it a musician, actor or athlete . . . Fearing he’ll die from diabetes or high blood pressure, 28-year-old “American Idol 2” winner Ruben Studdard is making a concerted effort to lose weight, and has already shed 50 lbs off his massive 6-ft-4 frame but docs say he needs to get under 300 lbs in order to improve his health (he’s been as hefty as 450) . . . After a recent night on the town, actor Owen Wilson showed up on girlfriend Kate Hudson’s front lawn to drunkenly serenade her with “Can’t Help Falling in Love” while accompanied by a loud boom-box – until neighborhood security guards suggested he move along or they’d call the cops (proving once again that his role in “You, Me and Dupree” didn’t actually require any acting) . . . The inside gossip on the Eva Longoria-Tony Parker split – she was reportedly two-timing him with “Dancing With the Stars” hottie Mario Lopez (appropriately, they’re both former soap stars) . . . And the new issue of “Advertising Age” notes that broadcast TV, long thought to be on the outs, is attracting more viewers than a year ago and the top show of the past few years, “American Idol” (FOX), draws more viewers on average than the top show, “Seinfeld” (NBC), did 10 years ago (don’t be folding up the broadcast radio tent just yet either!).

• Alan Jackson – SUNDAY he performs a mini-concert at the tornado-damaged home of a Tennessee firefighter on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (ABC/CH).
• Barenaked Ladies – TONIGHT they’re on “Late Night With Conan O’ Brien” (NBC).
• Fergie – She admits she used to pretend to be bulimic in order to hide a drug habit. She says she finally kicked her crystal meth addiction 5 years ago.
• Garth Brooks — Wal-Mart is putting a new box set into a limited-edition collectors tin titled “The Entertainer”, containing 5 DVDs full of 7 hours of his performances, along with 15 music videos.
• Jet – TONIGHT they perform on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC).
• The Killers – They insist on taking care of all their own promotion because they refuse to be governed by a manager or their record company.
• Rod Stewart – TODAY he guests on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CityTV).
• Rolling Stones – SUNDAY they play Regina for the first time ever with a “Bigger Bang” show at Taylor Field. Film director Martin Scorsese (“The Departed”) will shoot a documentary about them during their upcoming NYC gigs later THIS MONTH.
• Tim McGraw – SATURDAY his 11th annual “Swampstock” celebrity concert & softball challenge is on at the Tim McGraw Sports Complex in Rayville LA. Wife Faith Hill, Martina McBride, the Warren Brothers, and Hot Apple Pie will also appear.

• “The Departed” ( R-Rated Crime Thriller ): Leonardo DiCaprio & Matt Damon star as undercover moles, one in the state police, the other in the Irish mafia. When discoveries are made on both sides, they’re dispatched to find out each other’s identities. Jack Nicholson, who plays a gang leader, convinced director Martin Scorsese to write in a bedroom scene featuring himself, 2 girls … and a toy. 69-year-old Nicholson is currently bed-ridden with a mysterious neck injury, apparently suffered while attending the film’s NYC premiere. Cast includes Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen & Alec Baldwin. Scene downloads here …
• “Employee of the Month” ( PG-13 Comedy ): Jessica Simpson stars as a hottie working at a Costco-style warehouse store who agrees to date the employee of the month, setting off a competition between an uptight cashier (Dax Shepard) and a slacker stockboy (Dane Cook). Co-stars Andy Dick (in case Jessica wasn’t enough to repulse you). Here’s the trailer …
• “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning” ( R-Rated Horror Thriller ): On one last road trip before they’re sent to serve in Vietnam, 2 brothers & their girlfriends are taken to a secluded house of horrors, where a young killer is being nurtured. No-name cast. This is the 6th film using the title & premise: “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” (1974), “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2″ (1986); “Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III” (1990); “The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1994); “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (2003). Creepy song & SFX …
• “The Trailer Park Boys: The Movie” ( Comedy ): John Paul Tremblay (‘Julian’), Robb Wells (‘Ricky’) and Mike Smith (‘Bubbles’) bring their unlikely TV hit (Showcase) to the movie screen … for the 2nd time. A small 70-minute, black & white indie feature was made in 1999, before the TV show took off. Opens wide across Canada. Official website includes soundtrack clips (including the esoteric anthem “Liquor & Whores”) …

While taking steroids creates bigger muscles, the brain isn’t a muscle and actually shrinks from exposure to the drugs, Yale University researchers say. An ongoing study shows catastrophic loss of brain cells, which in turn causes increased production of the male testosterone, which results in increased aggression, widely known among bodybuilders who refer to it as ‘roid rage’. When cultured nerve cells are exposed to testosterone in experiments, cell ‘suicide’ has been found to occur, as it does in Alzheimer’s and Huntingdon’s diseases. (This goers a long way to explaining those indecipherable post-game interviews with athletes.)

A panel of show biz observers has selected a list of films that changed the course of the entertainment industry, for better or worse. Among them …
• “A Hard Day’s Night” – The Beatles’ 1964 rock & roll comedy adventure is hailed as the prototype for what later became music videos.
• “The Chelsea Girls” – Andy Warhol’s 1967 underground film, shot on location in NYC’s notorious Chelsea Hotel, depicts the artist’s glamorous entourage conducting their daily lives in front of the camera. It’s said to be a precursor to today’s reality TV.
• “Deep Throat” – The 1972 film brought skin-flicks out of the shadows and into public view. It was the first ‘adult movie’ shown in mainstream theaters and also purportedly the first to have a storyline … of sorts.
– “Radio Times”

A few tips from the BBC-TV special, “The Survivor’s Guide to Plane Crashes” …
• Sit within 7 rows of an exit and hope a crash does not disable it.
• Practice undoing your seat belt.
• Study the safety card so you can brace yourself properly. It could save your life.
• Don’t take a sleeping pill or drink too much. You have only 90 seconds to get out.
• Don’t try to find all your friends or family. Leave the plane with those nearest to you.
– “The Independent”

Recruiting technology expert Gerry Crispin says the old adage “it’s who you know not what you know” is truer than ever. The first step in landing a position these days is getting recommended by someone on the inside. Some surprising facts …
• The odds that someone with authority actually sees your résumé when you apply for a job is less than 5%.
• 1 out of every 3 hires has been referred by a company employee.
– Cox News Service

Gregg Lewandowski, a colorist for Clairol Professional, says gray hair needs special care. Among his recommendations …
• Condition, condition, condition. Gray hair tends to be dry, so this is key.
• Shampoo with a purple-hued shampoo specifically designed to keep gray hair looking bright and radiant.
• Always rinse your hair immediately after getting out of the pool. It prevents gray hair from turning a greenish shade.
• Wear a hat. The sun dries out gray hair very easily.
– “Milwaukee Journal Sentinel”

• Bees travel as far as 55,000 miles and visit more than 2 million flowers to gather enough nectar to make just 1 pound of honey.
• Humans shed about 600,000 particles of skin per hour, about 1.5 pounds a year or 105 pounds of skin by the time we are 70-years-old. This translates to an entirely new outer layer of skin cells every 27 days, or almost 1,000 new skins in an average lifetime.

“I was sitting on this gnarled shrub about 6 feet off the ground. I was wet … I’d been swimming. I hit the ground the wrong way, my head hit the trunk, and that was that.”
– Keith Richards attempting to set the record straight about his infamous fall from a tree in “Rolling Stone” magazine. So he wasn’t hunting for coconuts and he didn’t fall out of a tree while climbing it … what the heck was he doing then?


1955 [51] Tony Dungy, Jackson MI, NFL head coach (Indianapolis Colts 2002-present, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1996-2001)

1963 [43] Elisabeth Shue, Wilmington DE, movie actress (Oscar-“Leaving Las Vegas”)

1966 [40] Tim Rushlow, Midwest City OK, country singer (Little Texas-“Kick a Little”)

1966 [40] Tommy Stinson, Minneapolis MN, rock bassist (Guns N’ Roses since 1998-“IRS”)

1973 [33] Ioan Gruffudd [‘YO-an GRIFF-ith’], Cardiff, Wales, movie actor (“Fantastic Four”)

Classic rocker John Mellencamp (“Jack & Diane”) is 55; Russian President Vladimir Putin is 54; Drummer Tico Torres (Bon Jovi) is 53; TV personality/producer Simon Cowell (“American Idol”) is 47; R&B singer Toni Braxton (“Unbreak My Heart”) is 39; Rock singer Thom Yorke (Radiohead) is 38; Pop star Taylor Hicks (“American Idol”) is 30; Movie actress Rachel McAdams (“Wedding Crashers”) is 30; Movie actor Shawn Ashmore (“X-Men 1-3”) is 27.

Movie actor Paul Hogan (“Crocodile Dundee”) is 67; Movie actor-comedian Chevy Chase (“Caddyshack”) is 63; Movie actress Sigourney Weaver (“Alien”) is 57; TV actress Emily Procter (“CSI: Miami”) is 38; Movie actor Matt Damon (“The Departed”) is 36; TV actor Angus T Jones (“Two & a Half Men”) is 13.

• “Chinese Moon Festival” (also known as “Mid-Autumn Festival”), one of the major events on the Chinese calendar, marking the end of the agricultural year. It is marked by family reunions, moon gazing, and the eating of ‘moon cakes’ … stuffed round pastries.
• “Daniel Pearl World Music Days”, the 5th annual through October 15th, honoring the “Wall Street Journal” reporter & musician who was slain by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002. Events include the world premiere of Steve Reich’s “Daniel Variations” in London & NYC; and performances by orchestras in Los Angeles, South Africa, Israel, and Qatar.
• “Denim Day”, the 12th 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, actor Pierce Brosnan is the celebrity spokesman as more than a million are expected to participate in close to 30,000 companies.
• “Diversity Day”, celebrating who we are, despite our differences, no matter what race, religion, gender, age, nationality, or disability. The official motto is, ‘Embrace diversity, embrace our world’.
• “Full Moon”, the famous October full moon known as the “Harvest Moon”.
• “German-American Day”, honoring the likes of Albert Einstein, Lou Gehrig, John Steinbeck & Levi Strauss. In fact,  German-American make up 16% of the total US population. Prosit!
• “Get Organized Week”. The Association of Professional Organizers finds that managers spend an average of 6 weeks each year searching their desks for misplaced information.
• “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 14th. It also features the largest “Thanksgiving Day Parade” in Canada.
• “Mad Hatter Day”, described as “April Fool’s Day” without the pranks, it’s an opportunity to celebrate silliness. The date was chosen from illustrations depicting the Mad Hatter wearing a hat with a slip of paper that reads: ‘In this style 10/6′.
• “Physician Assistant Day”, honoring all those nice people who order you to take off all your clothes and put the gown on. And make sure the opening’s at the back!
• “World Smile Day” with the official theme, ‘Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile’. Another observance of the Association of the Hopelessly Optimistic.

• “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. For instance, go to the mall to try on fancy dresses just for fun; or maybe test drive all the vehicles you couldn’t possibly afford to buy. Ask listeners for tips on having cheap kicks.
• “North American Wife-Carrying Contest”, the 7th 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 in the ‘worlds’ in Finland.
• “Pumpkinfest”, the 20th anniversary international pumpkin weigh-off in Port Elgin ON where growers compete for prize money and world titles for a variety of giant vegetables. LAST YEAR’s biggest punkin’ was a hefty 1327.5 lbs!

• “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.

2000 [06] Hit comedy “Meet the Parents”, starring Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Teri Polo & Blythe Danner, opens in movie theaters

1996 [10] Country stars Tim McGraw & Faith Hill get married, then postpone the honeymoon in order to resume their joint tour 4 days later

1893 [113] Breakfast staple “Cream Of Wheat” is introduced by Nabisco Foods

1967 [39] Canada’s ‘Greatest Precipitation in 24 Hours’ as 489.2 mm falls at Ucluelet/Brynnor Mines BC

[1 week today] Friday the 13th
[Mon] Columbus Day (USA)
[Wed] Emergency Nurses Day
[Thurs] Farmers Day
[Thurs] World Egg Day
[Thurs] Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work Day
This Week Is … Port Week
This Month Is … Month of the Hedgehog


The week’s most requested music files online …
5. Young Dro – “Shoulder Lean”
4. The Game – “It’s Okay (One Blood)”
3. Ne-Yo – “SexyLove”
2. Justin Timberlake – “SexyBack”
1. Jibbs – “Chain Hang Low”

• Would you watch a TV special with Paris Hilton & Shanna Moakler in a boxing ring? “The Battle of the Blondes!”
• Who was your imaginary friend when you were a kid? Is he/she still around?
• How do you decide if you like someone romantically?
• Name 3 unusual items that can always be found in your refrigerator.

• A turkey under 16 weeks of age is called a ‘turklet’. (BS. It’s called a ‘fryer’. And a baby turkey is called a ‘poult’.)
• Turkeys are the only breed of poultry native to the Western Hemisphere. (TRUTH)
• Turkeys can drown if they look up when it’s raining. (TRUTH. No one said they were smart.)
• The term ‘turkey’ was used by New England pilgrims to mean any sort of wild fowl. (TRUTH. Just think, you could be sitting down to a big meal of seagull!)
• That flesh-like appendage that hangs over a turkey’s beak is called the ‘wattle’. (BS. It’s the ‘snood’. The ‘wattle’ is the bright red appendage on the neck. We wonder, can you batter-fry them?)

Today’s Question: According to a recent survey, 11% of us do THIS after Thanksgiving dinner. Answer to Give Out Next Show: Unbutton pants/loosen belt/etc.

Half of the people in the world are below average.

Happy Turkey Day, all!

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