Friday, October 16, 2015        Edition: #5351

Deja Moo!

★ Producer Ryan Murphy (“American Horror Story”, “Glee”) is developing a new TV series called “One Hit Wonders”. The idea originated  in 2012 during a dinner with Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Reese Witherspoon. The original concept was for a movie in which the 3 actresses would play one-time pop stars who form a supergroup after their chart careers nosedive. Murphy says he already has 4 seasons mapped out and is planning to take the idea to cable networks. It’s unclear if any of the actresses would be involved in the TV project.
– “Hollywood Reporter”
★ Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine is developing a TV series based on the wedding-crasher theme in his music video for the hit song “Sugar”. The band gate-crashed various weddings throughout Los Angeles last December, secretly setting up their instruments for an impromptu performance that was recorded. Now Levine is teaming with “Wedding Crashers” movie director David Dobkin to create a pilot for an NBC-TV show using the same stunt.
★ Tyra Banks has announced the end of “America’s Next Top Model”. After 22 seasons spanning 12 years, the CW-TV catwalk reality show will be coming to an end when the current season wraps in December. 41-year-old model Banks co-created the series and has hosted it ever since it debuted in May 2003 on UPN. During the show’s extensive run, Banks has launched other TV projects, such as her own self-syndicated talk show “The Tyra Banks Show” (2005-10) and just last month she debuted the similarly-styled syndicated “FABLife”.
★ And Kim Kardashian West has cancelled her baby shower in order to support her sister Khloe Kardashian. The reality TV star’s former brother-in-law Lamar Odom was rushed to hospital after being found unconscious at the Love Ranch brothel in Nevada earlier this week and the Kardashian clan, including Odom’s ex Khloe, have rushed to his bedside, where he remains in a critical condition. Kim, who is pregnant with her 2nd child, had scheduled a ‘Troop Beverly Hills’-themed shower for this weekend.
– E! News

• American Roots Music & Arts Festival (Raleigh NC) – The Saturday-Sunday event at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre is headlined by Eric Church, with performances by Grace Potter, Modest Mouse, Sheryl Crow, The Roots, Willie Nelson and others.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Today Miley Cyrus performs “Hands of Love”, theme to the film “Freeheld”, accompanied by Linda Perry.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight Slightly Stoopid (“Meanwhile … Back At the Lab”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Shlohmo (“Dark Red”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Tonight drummer Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction).
• “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global) – Tonight Beach House (“Depression Cherry”); Vance Joy (“Dream Your Life Away”).
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – “SNL” veteran Tracy Morgan returns to host after a long rehab due to a traffic accident; musical guest Demi Lovato (“Confident”).
• “The Talk” (CBS) –Today Linda Perry (“Deer Sounds”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Børns (“Dopamine”).
• Treasure Island Music Festival (San Francisco CA – The 2-day weekend event includes Azealia Banks, Chvrches, deadmau5, The National, Robyn, The War On Drugs and more.

• Azealia Banks – Her rescheduled North American tour gets underway Sunday in Santa Ana CA with dates scheduled up to November 28th in Dallas TX.
• Coheed & Cambria – Today they release the new album “The Color Before The Sun”. It is their 8th studio album and first non-conceptual release.
• Demi Lovato – Her 5th studio album, “Confident”, drops today. Fall Out Boy has re-recorded their song “Irresistible” with Demi on vocals, and the new version is being released as a single today.
• Ed Sheeran – Today his Gingerbread Man Records issues its 1st release, the self-titled debut album from Brit singer/songwriter Jamie Lawson.
• Faith Hill – She’s set to executive produce former “American Idol” singer Kellie Pickler’s new daytime TV series, which will focus on cooking, home design, and gardening. Pickler will host the as-yet-untitled new show with 2 other personalities yet to be named. The program is scheduled to launch in late 2016 or early 2017.
• Judas Priest / Mastodon – The metal bands are teaming for an 11-date co-headlining tour that runs from tonight in Paso Robles CA to November 12th in Toronto ON.
• The National – Today they’re hosting a benefit concert for students in Guatemala. Proceeds from the event at LA’s Troubadour venue go towards the Thousand Girls Initiative by Cooperative for Education.
• OMI – His debut album “ME 4 U” is out today, highlighted by the #1 hit “Cheerleader”.
• Pink Floyd – Roger Waters is hosting tonight’s Music Heals benefit concert in Washington DC. The event raises money for the charity MusiCorps. Special guests include Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Sheryl Crow, and Tom Morello ( The Nightwatchman).
• Shinedown / Breaking Benjamin – Tonight they begin a co-headlining tour in Wichita KS that runs through November 24th in Portland ME.

• “Bridge of Spies” ( PG-13 Historical Thriller ): Director Steven Spielberg and actor Tom Hanks reunite for this drama about an American lawyer who is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a pilot detained in the Soviet Union. Co-stars Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan. Shot in Germany.
• “Crimson Peak” ( R-Rated Horror Thriller ): Director Guillermo del Toro’s latest follows an aspiring author who finds herself in a house that breathes, bleeds … and remembers the past. There, she’s torn between love for a childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Stars Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam.
• “Goosebumps” ( PG Action Adventure ): A teenager teams with the daughter of young adult horror author RL Stine after the writer’s imaginary demons are set free on the town of Greendale, Maryland. Stars Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee. Based on RL Stine’s “Goosebumps” series of books.
• Opening in limited release: “All Things Must Pass: The Rise & Fall of Tower Records” (Documentary); “Momentum” (Action Thriller); “Room” (Drama); “This Changes Everything” (Documentary); “Truth” (Biographical Drama); and “Woodlawn” (Drama).

An Italian court has ruled that workers are entitled to watch porn on their lunch breaks and cannot be fired for doing so. The verdict comes after automaker Fiat attempted to sack an employee at its Palermo factory after he was caught watching X-rated material during working hours. The man claimed his porn viewing was limited to ‘catching a glimpse’ during lunch and it did not effect his work. Now Italy’s highest court has agreed, ruling that watching porn on breaks is not a sackable offense. But that doesn’t mean anything goes in Italy. In a separate case this week, Italian judges ruled that Fiat was entitled to axe an employee who smoked cannabis during his break. (So there you have it … in Italy porn’s in, weed’s out.)
– “The Local”

New research at UK’s Cambridge University has found that babies born in Summer months not only get to enjoy their birthdays in the sunshine, they tend to be taller and healthier as well. The study shows that babies born in June, July, and August are on average heavier at birth and taller as adults. Whereas babies born in December, January, and February tend to be lighter at birth and shorter as adults. Girls born in Summer also tend to begin puberty later, which is an indication of better health in later life. The scientists think it has something to do with pregnant mothers being exposed to more sunshine, thereby giving their unborn babies a boost of vitamin D. (In conclusion, for a tall and healthy June baby … try getting frisky in September.)
— “The Independent”

A third of vegetarians admit they’ve eaten meat when drunk on a night out.
– “The Telegraph”


1958 [57] Tim Robbins, West Covina CA, movie actor (“The Shawshank Redemption”)/movie director (“Dead Man Walking”)

1962 [53] Flea (Michael Balzary), Melbourne, Australia, rock bassist (Red Hot Chili Peppers-“Dani California”)

1977 [38] John Mayer, Bridgeport CT, pop singer-songwriter (“Waiting On the World to Change”)

1980 [35] Caterina Scorsone, Toronto ON, TV actress (‘Dr Amelia Shepherd’ on “Grey’s Anatomy” since 2010)

Country singer Alan Jackson (“Don’t Rock the Jukebox”) is 57; Producer/animator Mike Judge (“Silicon Valley”) is 53; TV personality/comedian Norm Macdonald (“Last Comic Standing”) is 52; Golfer Ernie Els is 46; TV comic Rick Mercer (“Rick Mercer Report”) is 46; Pop singer Chris Kirkpatrick (*NSYNC) is 44; Rapper Eminem (“Lose Yourself”) is 43; Movie actress Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything”) is 32.

Movie actor Jean-Claude Van Damme  (“The Expendables”) is 55; R&B singer Ne-Yo (“Miss Independent”) is 36; Movie actor Zac Efron (“Neighbors”) is 28.

• “Alternative Fuel Day”, when we’re encouraged to consider options to traditional gas-guzzling vehicles. As well as hybrids, electric cars, and vehicles that run on recycled cooking oil, there are experimental cars being developed that run on water and even … air.
• “Bosses Day”, an observance since 1958 in which employees are encouraged to ‘honor the boss with a small gift or greeting card’ (aka ‘Brown Nosers Day’).
– “Maybe you’ll have the proposal on your desk by Monday, then again, maybe you won’t.”
– “As soon as I have two nickels to rub together, I’m leaving this rat hole.”
– “I’m getting married and you ain’t invited, Slappy.”
– “I saw your wife at the last Christmas party. If you weren’t rich, there’s no way in hell you’d be able to attract a hottie like that.”
– “If I didn’t work for you, I’d kick your sorry ass up and down this office.”
– “Is that a rug?”
• “Clean Your Bug Zapper Day”, an annual bug-gut check we can do without thank-you.
• “Dictionary Day”, celebrating the 1758 birth of Noah Webster, one of the most famous of lexicographers, who 1st published “Webster’s Dictionary” in 1828.
• “Feral Cat Day”, initiated over a decade ago by the advocacy group Alley Cat Allies to promote humane care for domestic cats who are scrabbling to stay alive in the wild.
• “Mammography Day”, observed since 1993 on the 3rd Friday in October, “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”, to encourage women to undergo screening for breast cancer.
• “World Food Day”, as declared annually by the UN.

• “International African Penguin Awareness Day”, to create awareness of these birds found only in Africa that are facing extinction. Currently there are only 18,000 breeding pairs left. Loss of food due to over-fishing and destruction of their natural habitat is playing havoc with their lives.
• “International Day For the Eradication of Poverty”, a UN observance since 1993.
• “Mulligan Day”, a day to give yourself or someone else a do-over – a 2nd chance at something botched – like bad golfers give themselves.
• “Wear Something Gaudy Day”. Hmm, seems you can just stick with your regular wardrobe.
• “Work on Your Charisma Day”. How do you do that? Experts suggest …
– Learn to like yourself.
– Have goals you are working towards.
– Be honestly interested in others.
– Model yourself on someone you consider really charismatic.

• “Alaska Day”, commemorating the formal transfer of Alaska from Russian to USA control on this date in 1867, one of the sneakiest real estate deals ever. The US paid $7.2 million or less than 2 cents an acre. Nowadays 20% of the oil produced in the US comes from Alaska.
• “No Beard Day”, an observance likely started by some guy’s extremely chapped partner.
• “Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day”, observed on the 3rd Sunday of October to say thank-you to the teachers who work without pay to give children spiritual knowledge.
• “World Menopause Day”, a collaboration between the International Menopause Society and the World Health Organization for improving awareness of the subject.

2011 [04] 33-year-old Dan Wheldon, a 2-time Indianapolis 500 winner, dies following a fiery, 15-car crash during the IndyCar World Championship at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway

2011 [04] US president Obama joins members of the King family to dedicate the memorial for Dr Martin Luther King Jr on The Mall in Washington DC

2010 [05] Shanghai, China’s Expo 2010 attracts over 64 million people, a record-breaking number of visitors in the history of world’s fairs

[Mon] International Adjust Your Chair Day
[Mon] Evaluate Your Life Day
[Mon] Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day
[Tues] Shampoo Day
[Tues] Suspenders Day
[Tues] International Air Traffic Control Day
This Week Is … Teen Read Week
This Month Is … Pasta Month


✗ “C’mon smile!”
✗ “I used to think you were stuck up. You’re actually really nice!”
✗ “Are you mad about something or is that just your face?”
✗ “Are you okay? Are you sure you’re okay? No, really, are you okay?”
✗ “You always give me dirty looks, I thought you didn’t like me.”
✗ “You need to work on your attitude.”
✗ “You know, you could look happier to be here.”
(At least you won’t get all those smiling wrinkles when you’re older.)
– Adapted from

☎ What’s the worst uniform you’ve ever had to wear for work or school?

Which was the first man-made object to break the sound barrier?
a. Airplane.
b. Bullet.
c. Whip. [CORRECT]

The older a man gets, the farther he had to walk to school as a boy.

Question: If you have one of THESE, odds are better than 20% that it’s more than 5-years-old.
Answer: Facebook profile picture.

Curiosity never killed anything except maybe a few hours.

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