Friday, October 19, 2012        Edition: #4850

Tomorrow’s Show Prep Today!

Word has it Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel are getting hitched in Italy this weekend, taking extra precautions to keep the location top-secret (even so, we hear the $5-million bash is taking place at the 19th-century Palazzo Margherita hotel) . . . Acting couple Evan Rachel Wood (“The Wrestler”) & Jamie Bell (“The Adventures of Tintin”) have also sparked speculation they’re about to wed after reportedly obtaining a marriage licence in LA on Tuesday (it must be lovelier, it’s the second time around) . . . In the new biography “Elizabeth Taylor: There is Nothing Like a Dame”, authors Danforth Prince & Darwin Potter claim the late screen siren once had a teenage affair with Ronald Reagan and later a threesome with JFK (even more salacious, she was once whiskered by Nixon!) . . . Actress Megan Fox gave birth to her first kid (son Noah Shannon Green) nearly a month ago and somehow managed to keep it on the Q-T until this week (she’s either adept at flying under the radar or nobody cared) . . . LA’s Chateau Marmont has lifted its ban on Lindsay Lohan, likely because she struck a deal with “Liz & Dick” producers to be interviewed by Barbara Walters in exchange for them paying off her horrific hotel tab (once again she squirms off the hook) . . . “People” is reporting that Kristen Stewart just bought a $2.1-million house close to Robert Pattinson (even though they’re on-again, seems they want personal space) . . . And Kim Kardashian has a new comic book out about her titled “15 Minutes: Kim Kardashian”, which details the ups, downs, and in-and-outs of her love life (if that’s not bad enough, Bluewater Productions says it’s only the first in its planned ‘celebreality’ series).

• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Today Britney Spears (“The X Factor”); PSY (“Gangnam Style”). Rerun.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CHCH) – Tonight Ben Howard (“Every Kingdom”); Demi Lovato (“The X Factor”). Rerun.
• “Katie” (syndicated) – Today Amy Grant (“Somewhere Down The Road”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight fun. (“Some Nights”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight R&B vet Bobby Womack f/Damon Albarn & Richard Russell. Rerun.
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Brandy (“Two Eleven”).
• “Oprah’s Next Chapter” (OWN) – Sunday Fergie (Black Eyed Peas) opens up about the stripper scandal that rocked her marriage to Josh Duhamel in 2009, admitting she found the allegations ‘difficult to deal with’.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – Bruno Mars hosts and debuts his new single “Locked Out Of Heaven”.
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Ryan Bingham (“Tomorrowland”). Rerun.
• “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen” (Food Network) – Saturday Trisha Yearwood (Mrs Garth Brooks) debuts a 2nd season of family-inspired recipes.
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Today guest co-host Cee Lo Green (“The Voice”).

• Britney Spears – She’s reportedly bought herself a new mansion, an $8.5-million, 5-bedroom hovel in Thousand Oaks, California. The gated property in the exclusive Sherwood Country Club comes with a library, 2 offices, a home theater, and a 5-car garage. (Thank-you, “X Factor”!)
• Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Tonight they kick off the Fall leg of their “2012 Wrecking Ball Tour” in Ottawa, Ontario. It runs through December 6th in Glendale, Arizona.
• Carrie Underwood – Her latest single, “Blown Away”, has claimed top spot on both the ‘Billboard Country Songs’ and ‘Mediabase Country Airplay’ charts, making it her 16th #1 single.
• Gym Class Heros – Travie McCoy says Katy Perry dumped him back in 2009 … via email. Ouch! But that was after he chose his drug habit over her, so don’t judge her too harshly.
• Jay-Z – He’s auctioning off 10 NBA jerseys sporting the name & number ‘Carter 4’ to benefit the Shawn Carter Foundation, which aids students facing economic hardship. The limited-edition jerseys are on the block now at, with the sale ending October 31st.
• Mumford & Sons – Their 2nd album, “Babel”, remains atop the album sales chart for the 3rd straight week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
• Rihanna – She’ll appear on the cover of November’s “Vogue” magazine, posing in a wheatfield for famed photographer Annie Leibovitz. Not coincidentally her new album, “Unapologetic”, drops November 19th.
• Taylor Swift – She once again leads the ‘Billboard Digital Songs’ chart, this time with “I Knew You Were Trouble”. The new song from her “Red” album (out next week) has sold 416,000 downloads.

• “Alex Cross” ( PG-13 Crime Thriller ): Filmmaker Tyler Perry (‘Madea’ movies) shifts gears to  replace Morgan Freeman as the famed detective/psychologist from James Patterson novels. In this instalment, he’s pushed to the brink of his moral and physical limits as he tangles with a ferociously skilled serial killer. Co-stars Matthew Fox, Rachel Nichols, Edward Burns.
• “Paranormal Activity 4” ( R-Rated Horror ): The Halloween tradition continues with yet another addition to this franchise (2007, 2010, 2011). 5 years after the disappearance of ‘Katie’ and ‘Hunter’, a suburban family witnesses strange events in their neighborhood when a woman and a mysterious child move in. Stars Katie Featherston, Kathryn Newton, Matt Shively, Brady Allen.
• “The Sessions” ( R-Rated Drama ): A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest. With a lighter tone than you might expect considering the subject matter, the movie was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival. Stars John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H Macy.
• Opening in limited release today: “Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes” (Thriller); “The Flat” (Documentary); “The First Time” (Romantic Comedy); “Nobody Walks” (Drama); “Tai Chi Zero” (Action); “That’s What She Said” (Comedy); “We Are Legion: The Story Of the Hacktivists” (Documentary); and “Yogawoman” (Documentary).

According to a new ranking of the greatest workout warriors …
5. Herschel Walker – The power runner walked away from the NFL at age 35 after 13 seasons. Also had one of the most dominating college careers of all-time.
4. Jack LaLanne – Now called the ‘Godfather of Fitness’, all modern gyms descend from the one he opened in 1936. He also hosted the longest-running fitness TV show ever.
3. Arnold Schwarzenegger – In his prime, he boasted a 470-lb squat, a 440-lb bench press, and a 680-lb deadlift. He was the youngest-ever ‘Mr Olympia’ at age 23.
2. Bruce Lee – Arguably the most influential martial artist of all-time, he stood just 5-foot-7 and weighed as little as 125 lbs for a large part of his acting and fighting career.
1. Michael Phelps – Nobody’s likely to break the American swimmer’s record of 22 Olympic medals, including 18 golds, anytime soon.
– Condensed from

You and your significant other don’t need to go far or spend big to have a special evening together. A few activities you may not have tried in awhile …
✓ TV marathon, 2012 style. Curl up on the couch for the night (weekend?) and plow through an entire TV series you’ve been dying to watch.
✓ Savor the memories. Trot out the old college yearbooks, scrapbooks, and/or photo albums and reminisce and laugh about old times.
✓ Put on your chef hats. Cooking is a great way to get you focused and more attuned to all your senses. Plus, no one can argue with the delicious rewards!
✓ Form your own private book club for two. Read the same tome, grab some grub, and spend the night discussing your deep literary thoughts.
✓ Be cheesy. You could spend big bucks at a wine bar or you could do the pouring, slicing, and tasting at home. Stock up on cheeses, pour some vino, and let your taste buds do the rest.
✓ Belt it out! Download the iKaraoke app, which transforms your Apple device into a makeshift Karaoke machine.
✓ You’ve got game. An adult-only game night plus a bit of sexy wagering could lead to some stiff competition.
– Adapted from

• The word ‘disco’ originally meant ‘a type of short, sleeveless dress’.
– “Times of London”
• The exhausts of Ford Mustang muscle cars are tuned to be just under legal noise limits.
– “The Economist”


1931 [81] John Le Carré (David Cornwell), Poole UK, best-selling novelist whose books get made into movies (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”, “The Constant Gardener”)

1945 [67] John Lithgow, Rochester NY, TV actor (“Dexter” 2009, “3rd Rock From the Sun” 1996-2001)/movie actor (“New Year’s Eve”, “Dreamgirls”)

1964 [48] Ty Pennington, Atlanta GA, TV home improvement guru (“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” since 2003, “Trading Spaces” 2000-04)

1969 [43] Trey Parker, Conifer CO, TV producer/writer (“South Park”)

1977 [35] Jason Reitman, Montréal QC, filmmaker (“Up In the Air”, “Juno”)

Classic rocker Tom Petty (& The Heartbreakers) is 62; Movie actor Viggo Mortensen (“Lord Of the Rings”) is 54; Rapper Snoop Lion (Dogg/Doggy Dogg) is 41; TV actor John Krasinski (“The Office”) is 33; Indie rock bass player Paul Wilson (Snow Patrol) is 34; Indie rock bassist Daniel Tichenor (Cage the Elephant) is 33.

TV judge Judy Sheindlin (“Judge Judy”) is 70; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is 63; Movie actress Carrie Fisher (“Star Wars”) is 56; TV actor Michael McMillian (“True Blood”) is 34; Reality TV star Kim Kardashian is 32.

• “Evaluate Your Life Day”, a time to ‘sit back and reflect on your contribution to humanity and see if you’re really heading toward where you want to be’. Hey, it shouldn’t take long.
• “Greasy Spoon Day”, a time to remember your favorite place to eat back in the ‘good old days’. Is it still in business?
• “Information Overload Day”, the 4th annual workplace observance that calls attention to the problem of info overload and how it impacts both individuals and organizations. Seems we’re all suffering from TMI (too much information). Some overload facts here …
• “Love Your Body Day”, initiated by the National Organization for Women (NOW) in 1998 to encourage all women to develop a positive body image. (Adele and Christina Aguilera are champions of the cause.)
• “Mammography Day”, observed since 1993 on the 3rd Friday in October, “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”, to encourage women to undergo screening for breast cancer.

• “Brandied Fruit Day”. Yeehaw, let’s hear it for booze with a pit!
• “Bridge Day”, the largest extreme sports event and largest gathering of BASE (Building, Antenna, Span) jumpers in the world, annually on the 3rd Saturday of October at the 876-ft-high New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia. Over 450 BASE jumpers from over 10 countries are expected to participate in the 28th annual event before some 200,000 spectators.
• “Change Your Oil Day”, highlighting one of the most important components of vehicle maintenance. (You want to fry your engine, dipstick?)
• “Monster Mash Day”. On this day in 1962 the novelty Halloween tune by Bobby ‘Boris’ Picket & The Crypt Kickers reached #1 and stayed there for 2 weeks.
• “World Osteoporosis Day”, focusing awareness on a major cause of bone fractures in older populations. It affects around 1-in-3 women and 1-in-5 men worldwide.

• “Babbling Day”, a day of tolerance for those who run off at the mouth … unless they’re on-the-air. Radio rule #1: ‘Tis better to be brief than boring.
• “Humble Yourself By Having Your Picture Taken Wearing A Bicycle Helmet Day”.
• “International Day Of the Nacho”, celebrating the popular snack food that originated in Mexico. First created circa 1943 by Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Anaya while working at a restaurant called the Victory Club in Piedras Negras, the original nachos consisted of fried tortilla chips covered with melted cheese and jalapeno peppers.
• “Reptile Awareness Day”, to raise awareness that habitat-loss and the threat of extinction are significant concerns in the world of reptilian life.

1957 [55] Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard of the Montréal Canadiens becomes the first NHL player to score 500 career goals by slapping a 20-foot shot past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Glenn Hall

1985 [27] 1st ‘Blockbuster’ video-rental store opens, in Dallas TX (explain what this is all about to your grandchildren)

1980 [32] Steve McPeak rides ‘World’s Largest Unicycle’ … 101-ft, 9-inches tall

2003 [09] Magician David Blaine emerges from 44 days of isolation in a clear plastic box suspended over the Thames River in London, England (purportedly survives only on water)

[Mon] Caps Locks Day
[Mon] International Stuttering Awareness Day
[Mon] “Q Awards” (London)
[Tues] iPod Day
[Tues] Mole Day
This Week Is … Massage Therapy Week
This Month Is … Chiropractic Month


Use ‘em all at once or one-at-a-time as the zodiac reading of the day …
• Aries – Today you will meet a Scorpio who knocks your socks off … with her car.
• Taurus – You sneeze and fart at the same time and everyone in the office hears you. Don’t feel bad though, this isn’t the worst thing that will happen to you today.
• Gemini – You feel that someone you love is ignoring you so you burn down their house while they’re at work. Turns out they were just busy.
• Cancer – More fun with twine today. Isn’t it great?
• Leo – Excellent day to slurp soup. Remember: if you’re going to do anything, do it well. Obviously that includes slurping.
• Virgo – Your friends love you for your style and sense of humor. Don’t take that as a compliment however … your friends are morons.
• Libra – You will begin a bitter and drawn-out battle with a gopher. You don’t stand a chance.
• Scorpio – That woman you like has just become single again. Wait until after the funeral to ask her out though.
• Sagittarius – A man with a single eyebrow is following you. You haven’t borrowed money lately, have you?
• Capricorn – Bruno Mars may think you’re ‘amazing just the way you are’ but no one else does. Start with the chin hair. No one wants to smooch a Sasquatch, missy.
• Aquarius – The time has come to move out of your parents’ house. Seriously. They asked us to tell you to get the hell out.
• Pisces – You’re pregnant! Congratulations! Take pictures of your lady parts now for posterity; things are about to get ugly.

If work is so terrific, why do they have to pay you to do it?

Before The Heartbreakers and The Traveling Wilburys, what was Tom Petty’s band called?
a. Mudcrutch [CORRECT]
b. Polyester
c. The Vagrants

☎ The best all-time Halloween movie is …?

Question: You’re going to waste over 2 months of your life doing THIS.
Answer: On average, we spend what adds up to 70 days staring into the refrigerator.

We learn from history that we don’t learn from history.

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