Tuesday, October 11, 2011        Edition: #4605
Here’s More Bull Roar!

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
Since splitting up with “Gossip Girl” actress Blake Lively, 36-year-old actor Leonardo DiCaprio is reportedly dating 2 Australian models, 21-year-old Alyce Crawford and 20-year-old Kendal Schuler (now that’s just hoggish!) . . . This week actress Milla Jovovich & her director-husband Paul WS Anderson begin shooting “Resident Evil: Retribution” (aka “Resident Evil 5”) in Toronto, the next movie in what they jokingly call ‘the family business’ (aka: ‘gravy train’) . . . 34-year-old “The X Factor” host Steve Jones tells “Glamour” magazine he intends to ‘make the most’ of being a single guy in Hollywood and although he doesn’t want women to come on to him just because he’s famous, it won’t bother him if they do (his reported conquests already include Halle Berry, Hayden Panettiere, Pamela Anderson, and Paris Hilton) . . . Former “Cheers” co-stars Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman are reuniting for a new TV comedy pilot called “The Manzanis”, about an Italian-American family living in a quiet New Jersey neighborhood (‘Italian-American family’ and ‘quiet’ – isn’t that an oxymoron?) . . . And fresh off the underwhelming Michael Jackson tribute in Cardiff, Wales (“Michael Forever – The Tribute Concert”), his family has announced it’s staging a benefit concert in Tokyo, Japan to help children affected by this year’s earthquake (so far the line-up consists of – The Jacksons).

TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “BET Hip-Hop Awards” (BET) – Mike Epps hosts the pre-recorded annual gala in Atlanta GA, which features TI’s surprise post-prison appearance with Young Jeezy to open the show. The big winners are Busta Rhymes & Chris Brown for their collaborative effort, “Look at Me Now”.
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Country music legend Merle Haggard (“Working in Tennessee”).
• “Dancing With the Stars (ABC/CTV) – Julianne Hough returns to the dance floor prior to the premiere of her film “Footloose” to dance with her brother Derek; one couple is eliminated.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Keith Urban (“Get Closer”).
• “Good Morning America” (ABC) – Lauren Alaina, the most recent “American Idol” runner-up, performs the new single “Georgia Peaches” from her debut album, “Wildflower”, released today.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CHCH) – Peter Bjorn & John (“Gimme Some”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – The Joy Formidable (“The Big Roar”).
• “Last Man Standing” (ABC) – Series premiere of a new family comedy starring Tim Allen as a father of 3 daughters who tries to maintain his manliness in a world increasingly dominated by women. Nancy Travis co-stars. The debut features back-to-back episodes.
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Ra Ra Riot (“The Orchard”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Hunter Hayes (“Hunter Hayes”).
• “The Talk” (CBS) – Classic rock band Foreigner (“Can’t Slow Down”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Imelda May (“Mayhem”).

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Adele – She tells Britain’s “The Sun” she ‘got screwed into giving up smoking’, as the reason she recently suffered laryngitis was from talking too much not cigarettes. Quote: “If I wasn’t a singer I still would be smoking 25 a day.” (Uh … you’re still talking too much, girl!)
• Beyoncé – She’s facing fresh allegations she plagiarized a Belgian choreographer’s dance moves in her new music video “Countdown”. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker isn’t threatening a lawsuit (yet), but she says what’s rude about it is they didn’t even bother hiding it.
• The B-52’s – Today they release their first live album, “With The Wild Crowd! – Live In Athens, Georgia”, recorded in the group’s hometown on February 14, 2011, the 34th anniversary of their first-ever performance. A DVD/Blu-ray of the concert is coming in 2012.
• Britney Spears – Her “B In The Mix: The Remixes Vol 2” album is out today, featuring new versions of 10 of her tracks picked from the “Femme Fatale” album as well as previous work.
• Joe Jonas – Today his new solo album, “Fastlife”, is released. He’s set to open for Britney Spears on the European leg of her “Femme Fatale” tour, which starts Sunday.
• Martina McBride – Today (October 11th) country music’s most-played female on radio for the past 11 years releases her 11th album, “Eleven”. She wrote 6 of the album’s 11 tracks. To promote the release (as well as breast cancer awareness) she’s taking a 4-day train ride across America beginning October 27th, performing intimate concerts for fans along the way.
• ZZ Top – A new album salute to the classic rockers entitled “ZZ Top: A Tribute From Friends” is out today. It includes covers by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Daughtry, Jamey Johnson, Nickelback, and Wyclef Jean.

TODAY’S VIDEO RELEASES:
• “Horrible Bosses” ( R-Rated Comedy ): Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis star as 3 friends who make a pact to rid the world of their respective bosses, played by Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey, and Jennifer Aniston (as a scheming, foul-mouthed dentist).
• “Judy Moody & The Not Bummer Summer” ( PG Comedy ): A 3rd-grader (Jordana Beatty) creates a series of dares in order to have the most thrilling Summer of her life. Her way-cool aunt (Heather Graham) and little brother (Parris Mosteller) join in the adventures.
• “Taylor Swift: Journey to Fearless” ( NR Music Documentary ) – A 2-hour DVD featuring behind-the-scenes footage of the singer-songwriter’s preparations for her first headlining tour. Swift provides the narrative, home movies, and personal photos. Features 13 performances.
• “Zookeeper” ( PG Family Comedy ): Kevin James stars as a kindly zookeeper whose animals decide to break their code of silence in order to help him win over the woman of his dreams (Rosario Dawson). The trick is getting him to stay at the zoo instead of looking for a ‘better job’.
• Also released today: “Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1” (Animation); “Bones: The Complete 6th Season” (TV); “Doctor Who: The David Tennant Years” (Brit TV); “Elmo’s Shape Adventures” (Family); “Great Italian Directors Collection” (Compilation); and “Workaholics: Season 1” (TV).

ZOMBIE TEETH ARE IN:
Can’t get a girlfriend or a find a spouse? Maybe you’re too perfect! That’s the logic behind the strange new Japanese fad of getting yourself some crooked teeth. Tokyo dental salon Plaisir says its ‘Tsuke-yaeba’ – or ‘Stick-on Crooked Teeth’ – will impart that desirable imperfect look to men and women alike, making them more attractive. The theory behind this slightly odd approach is that classic beauty tends to scare away timid suitors, whereas a more down-home look is easily approachable. If this makes sense to you, be prepared to fork out upwards of $390 and undergo a procedure that involves applying the plastic gnashers with glue. (Who woulda thought bad teeth would become sexy? Brits must be thrilled!)
– CNN.com

FROM THE BS POLL VAULT:
A statistical breakdown of who we are and what we do …
• 90% of teenagers are embarrassed by their parents.
• 40% of employees feel women get a better deal when it comes to the company dress-code.
• 37% of men say they would consider using a coupon on a date.
• 16% of us make use of self-checkouts in supermarkets.
• 11% of us admit we are ‘germophobes’.
• 10% of women say they would never tell a friend that she looks good.

SPACE FOR LEASE … LOTS OF IT:
When the New South China Mall opened in Dongguan, China in 2005, it was touted as another wonder of the world and dubbed the ‘World’s Largest Mall’. Today, it has an occupancy rate of only 2% as just 47 of its 2,350 retail spaces are filled, the most successful being McDonald’s and KFC restaurants near the mall’s front entrance. Fast-food wrappers and empty paper cups litter ghostly hallways in other parts of the complex. The elevators and lights are switched off, and voices echo off atrium ceilings 4-stories-high. A bored security custodian says even when there were stores, it was too expensive so no one ever shopped there. (We can see it now … “Ghost Mall: The Movie”.)
– TheGlobeandMail.com

WORDS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ARE TRADEMARKED:
Many of the items we use every day, like zippers and escalators, were once brand names. Even heroin, which no one should use any day, was once a brand name. Here are a few currently trademarked names that are often used as generic terms …
• Band-Aids (Johnson & Johnson)
• Bubble Wrap (Sealed Air Corporation)
• Chapstick (Pfizer Pharmaceutical)
• Jell-O (Kraft Foods)
• Jet Ski (Kawasaki Heavy Industries)
• Onesie (Gerber Childrenswear)
• Q-Tips (Unilever)
• Taser (TASER International)
• Velcro (Velcro Company)
• Zamboni (Frank Zamboni Corporation)
– MentalFloss.com

BS AMAZING FACT:
A typical restaurant throws away some 21 tons of food per year.
– “BBC News Magazine”

BS CHRONOMETER 10.11.11

TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1946 [65] Daryl Hall (Hohl), Pottstown PA, pop singer (“Laughing Down Crying”, Hall & Oates-“Kiss On My List”)

1961 [50] Steve Young, Salt Lake City UT, NFL analyst (ESPN “Monday Night Football”)/former NFL QB (1994 Super Bowl XXIX MVP-San Francisco 49ers)/Pro Football Hall of Fame (2005)

1962 [49] Joan Cusack, NYC, movie actress (“Toy Story 3”, “School of Rock”)/actor John Cusack’s sister

1968 [43] Jane Krakowski, Parsippany NJ, TV actress (‘Jenna Maroney’ on “30 Rock” since 2006, “Ally McBeal” 1997-2002)/Broadway actress (Tony Award-“Nine”, “Grand Hotel”)

1976 [35] Emily Deschanel, LA CA, TV actress (‘Dr Temperance Brennan’ on “Bones” since 2005)/older sister of actress-singer Zooey Deschanel

1985 [26] Michelle Trachtenberg, NYC, TV actress (‘Georgina Sparks’ on “Gossip Girl” since 2008, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” 2000-03)/movie actress (“17 Again”, “Ice Princess”)

1989 [22] Michelle Wie [‘wee’], Honolulu HI, 6’-1”pro golf phenom who began playing at age 4/youngest female to make the cut in a male pro tour event, at age 16 (2006 SK Telecom Open)

TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Coming Out Day”, a day to ‘announce your sexuality and be proud of it’, sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign to encourage gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people to ‘Talk About It’ with their families and friends.
NET: http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/the-history-of-coming-out

• “Dessert Day”, honoring the tasty treat that tops off dinner. Nowadays just 14% of families regularly consume dessert, as opposed to 24% only 2 decades ago. But that number may be a little misleading because studies show that younger people (under 45) eat dessert foods more often, occasionally having them in place of regular meals.

• “Face Your Fears Day”, a day to ‘fess up about your personal phobias that hold you back and confront them head on. Some of the most common fears include creepy creatures; heights; water; enclosed spaces; tunnels & bridges; crowds; and public speaking.
NET: http://www.answers.com/topic/national-face-your-fears-day

• “Hunters’ Moon”, the Full Moon of October, so-named because it allowed hunters of old to stalk the woods after dark. It’s also been called the ‘Beaver Moon’ as well as the ‘Frosty Moon’.

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1975 [36] “Saturday Night Live” debuts on NBC-TV, hosted by comedian George Carlin (first musical guest is Janis Ian, who performs her hit “At Seventeen”)

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
1997 [14] Elton John’s “Candle In the Wind 1997” debuts at #1 on pop singles charts (goes on to become biggest-selling single of all-time)

1999 [12] Deborah Rowe, Michael Jackson’s first wife and the former nurse at his plastic surgeon’s office, files for divorce

TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1919 [92] 1st ‘In-Flight Meals’ served by an airline (box lunches on a KLM flight from London to Paris)

TODAY’S RECORDS . . .
2007 [04] The record high of the Dow Jones Industrial Average occurs at 14,198 points

2008 [03] In Marseilles, France, Luc Costermans of Belgium sets a new world speed record for blind drivers at 192 mph (a human co-pilot and hi-tech navigational equipment keep him on the straight and narrow)

COMING UP . . .
[Wed] Emergency Nurses Day
[Wed] International Moment of Frustration Scream Day
[Wed] Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work & School Day
[Thurs] English Language Day
[Thurs] International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction
This Week Is … Food Bank Week
This Month Is … Bat Appreciation Month

BULL’S BITS

BS SIGNS TECHNOLOGY IS GETTING THE BETTER OF YOU:
60% of people say they’ve given up on trying to keep up with technology. A few indications you might be one of them …
• Your camera, camcorder, and phone are 3 separate devices.
• Your biggest beef is you can never seem to find a payphone anywhere.
• You’ve decided to hang onto your rabbit ears … just in case.
• You reminisce over the time when a ‘tablet’ was a pill, ‘twitter’ was a bird, and a ‘cloud’ referred to weather.
• You refuse to buy any more electronic gizmos until they come up with a high-def lickable screen that tastes like bacon.
• The only mouse in your house is an actual … mouse.
– Adapted from MikesTopFive.com

BS PHONE STARTER:
This week is “Pet Peeve Week”, a good time to vent some of yours and let listeners air out theirs. Here are a few to get you going …
• Customers who aren’t ready to pay in a grocery line. They wait for their $100-order to be rung in and THEN start hunting through their wallet or purse for money. These are the same people who’ll then spend 5 minutes searching for the exact change to pay with.
• People who pronounce km ‘ki-LOM-eter’. By that logic kg should be ‘ki-LOG-ram’ and cm would be ‘cen-TIM-eter’.
• People who add an erroneous apostrophe when writing about a decade, ie: the 1990’s. An apostrophe is used only when something is abbreviated (not the case) or to show possession. So you can say “1990’s #1 hit was …” (showing it belongs to that year) but when you’re talking about the entire decade it’s the 1990s … no freakin’ apostrophe!
• Retail sales staff/restaurant servers who always enthusiastically say ‘Perfect!’ after you make your selection. It’s not perfect at all … just one choice among many. If anything, it’s simply average; sometimes it turns out to be downright lousy.

BS WEB GOODIE:
With Halloween coming up, you can decorate your haunted house with easy, do-it-yourself paper silhouettes. “Craft” magazine has instructions and PDFs available so you can sketch out the shapes or take them to a print shop.
NET: http://bit.ly/ogYdO1

BS RANDOM JOKE:
Not many people realize just how well known I am …

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: There are about a half-million tweets about THIS every day.
Answer: The weather.

BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Respect must be earned, not commanded.


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