Friday, October 22, 2010        Edition: #4370
Don’t Forget to Renew or It’s No Sheet, Sherlock!

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
“Jersey Shore’s” 24-year-old JWoww has turned down $400,000 to pose for “Playboy” magazine, saying there’s ‘a better opportunity out there’ (better make it happen in the next 15 minutes, hon’) . . . 50-year-old action movie vet Jean-Claude Van Damme is now denying that he suffered a minor heart attack while working on his new movie “Weapon” (what, it was just the shellfish?) . . . 38-year-old actress Gwyneth Paltrow (“Country Strong”) is going to make her live singing debut on the “CMA Awards” next month (just a warning) . . . Lindsay Lohan’s wacko dad Michael Lohan has sworn off the media – which he’s announced in a statement to the media (no one ever accused him of being clever) . . . Meantime, Lindsay is said to be so broke she’s reaching out to friends, like Hard Rock Café heir Harry Morton, asking for money (uh, why would you need money in rehab?) . . . “True Blood” star Joe Manganiello has been accosted by a woman wanting his ‘healing werewolf saliva’ (a change from women accosting him to take his shirt off) . . . Girls who grew up reading the 150-plus-book “Sweet Valley High” series (1983-2003) will be thrilled to know a new adult book, “Sweet Valley Confidential”, is coming in April with the story of what happened to twins ‘Elizabeth & Jessica Wakefield’ in later life (be still your heart!) . . . The teen-focused CW network is currently developing a musical series about a Summer camp for aspiring stars, to be titled “Acting Out” (the horrific spawn created by “Glee” knocking up “Camp Rock”) . . . Convicted drug dealer Franklin Meyer tells “NY Post” his alleged former client, actress Angelina Jolie, once took cocaine before promoting her 1999 film “Girl Interrupted” on interview show “Charlie Rose” (shocking, she might not be perfect!) . . . And 45-year-old “Desperate Housewives” actress Teri Hatcher is battling insomnia thanks to what’s known as ‘frozen shoulder’, a debilitating infection that can’t be cured but eventually disappears on its own (could be worse – most Hollywood women her age have ‘frozen face’).

WEEKEND SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight” (CBC) – Tonight Jully Black (“8ight”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/A Channel) – Tonight  Teenage Fanclub (“Shadows”)
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni) – Tonight Tom Jones (“Praise & Blames”).
• “Live At Oxegen Festival” (VH1) – Tonight Arcade Fire (“The Suburbs”).
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – Emma Stone (“Zombieland”) hosts; musical guest Kings of Leon (“Come Around Sundown”).
• “Today Show” (NBC) – This morning Sugarland (“The Incredible Machine”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/A Channel) – Tonight Trace Adkins (“Cowboy’s Back in Town”).

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Beyoncé – “Us Weekly” reports she’s pregnant with her first child … and it was a bit of a surprise. Her current plans include finishing a new album and doing another world tour, but an insider says she’s thrilled about the news anyway. As yet, neither she nor Jay-Z has confirmed.
• Justin Timberlake – Saturday his “2010 Justin Timberlake & Friends” charity concert in Las Vegas, which benefits Shriners Hospitals, is scheduled to include Christina Aguilera, Diddy-Dirty Money, Lady Antebellum, Salt-N-Pepa, Selena Gomez, T-Pain, and more.
• Katy Perry – Saturday she & actor Russell Brand will reportedly wed in a Hindu ceremony at the Taj Rambagh Palace resort in Jaipur, India. Hindu leaders have asked them to perform the rituals seriously and respectfully. They became engaged in India last New Year’s Eve.
• Neil Young – His former band Buffalo Springfield will reunite for the first time in 42 years at his annual “Bridge School Benefit” concerts Saturday & Sunday in Mountain View CA. Pearl Jam will also perform, celebrating their 20th anniversary. Also expected: Billy Idol, Elvis Costello, Grizzly Bear, Jackson Browne, and Modest Mouse.
• Taylor Swift – For the next 3 nights “Taylor Swift’s Journey to Fearless” will air on The Hub network (formerly Discovery Kids). The behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the “Fearless’ album and tour will include previously unaired footage.

TODAY’S MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “Hereafter” (PG-13 Thriller): Matt Damon, Cecile DeFrance, and Bryce Dallas Howard star in director Clint Eastwood’s supernatural drama that interweaves the stories of a blue-collar American, a French journalist, and a London schoolboy, who are each touched by death in different ways.
NET: http://hereafter.warnerbros.com
• “Paranormal Activity 2”(R-Rated Horror): After 2009′s original film grossed close to $200 million on a paltry budget of $15,000, a sequel was inevitable. The question is, was the first film a one-time phenomenon, like “The Blair Witch Project”, or can the concept sustain sequels? Directed by Tod Williams; starring Katie Featherston.
NET: http://www.paranormalmovie.com
• “Score: A Hockey Musical” (PG Canadian Release Sports Musical): The story of a sheltered, home-schooled lad who becomes an instant minor league hockey star, even though he’d previously never played organized hockey. No-name cast except for cameos by CBC host George Stroumboulopoulos, singer Nelly Furtado, and famed hockey dad Walter Gretzky.
NET: http://www.scoreahockeymusical.com
SCREENING SATURDAY:
• “Back To the Future” (Re-release Sci-Fi Adventure): Saturday afternoon and Monday night AMC Theatres hosts special screenings to mark the 1985 film’s 25th anniversary. Theater-goers receive a full-sized commemorative poster. The digitally remastered film, alongside its 2 sequels, debuts on Blu-ray Tuesday.
NET: http://bit.ly/cudMbU

McFINGERED:
A sophisticated new anti-theft device is being tested at a McDonald’s restaurant in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The employee-activated device sprays a fine, barely visible mist laced with synthetic DNA to cover anyone in its path, including criminals, and simultaneously alerts the police to a crime in progress. The mist – visible only under ultraviolet light – carries DNA markers particular to the location, enabling police to match the burglar with the place burgled. Now, a sign on the front door warns: ‘You Steal, You’re Marked’. (Beware, ‘Hamburglar’!)
– “New York Times”

PARKING NOT SO FREE:
Starting today an 18-karat gold version of the famous Parker Bros board game Monopoly will be on display at NYC’s Museum of American Finance. Jeweler Sidney Mobell spent a year crafting the set, estimated to be worth circa $2 million. The dice alone, with 42 full-cut diamonds for the number dots, are valued at $10,000. All of the game’s properties are also set in gems, 165 gemstones in total. The ‘Chance’ and ‘Community Chest’ cards are photo-etched. The game’s only been used once, when Mobell played former British Prime Minister Edward Heath. (Instead of red plastic hotels, you use real Best Westerns.)
– WSJ.com

THERE’S BAD BEER?
According to the suds connoisseurs at a beer-themed website, Old English 800 is ranked the worst beer in the world. One scathing review claims it has ‘bad aftertaste; leaves the drinker with rancid mouth; and is not fit for even students or bums desperate for a drink’. Other brands on the worst list include: Michelob Ultra, Milwaukees Best, Natural Light, and Sleeman Clear. (The absolute worst beer is that skunky one with a cigarette butt in it you drank the morning after.)
NET: http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/TheWorstBeers.asp
– Neatorama.com

INFLATABLE HELMET:
A bicycle helmet unlike anything on the market has been launched at this week’s Technical Fair in Stockholm, Sweden. ‘The Hovding’, developed by Swedish designers Anna Haupt & Terese Alstin, is a discreet collar the cyclist wears around the neck which contains a folded airbag that pops open into a hood to enclose and protect the head in the case of a collision. The release mechanism is controlled by sensors that register abnormal movements. The idea is to protect cyclists’ heads … without messing up their hairdos. (Will this encourage you to ride to work?)
NET: http://bit.ly/agp4Uh
– PopSci.com

FOR THE RECORD:
It’s been confirmed that Robin Hendrickson & Erik Brandsness of Reno, Nevada are the owners of the ‘World’s Longest Cat’. ‘Stewie’, a Maine Coon, measures a full 48-and-a-half inches long when stretched out, beating the old record by a half-inch.
– WashingtonPost.com

BS AMAZING FACTS:
• The #1 reason potential recruits are rejected from the US Armed Forces is because they are obese. That’s now the reason for 23% of rejected applications.
– “Cornell Daily Sun”
• In Finland, 80% of young women are now going to university.
– BBC News

BS CHRONOMETER 10.22.10

TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1938 [72] Christopher Lloyd, Stamford CT, movie actor (‘Dr Emmett Brown’ in the “Back To the Future” trilogy)

1952 [58] Jeff Goldblum, West Homestead PA, TV actor (‘Detective Zach Nichols’-“Law & Order: Criminal Intent” 2009-10)/movie actor (“Independence Day”, “Jurassic Park”)

1968 [42] Shaggy (Orville Burrell), Kingston, Jamaica, reggae singer (“Angel”, “It Wasn’t Me”)

1969 [41] Spike Jonze (Adam Spiegel), Rockville MD, movie director (“Where the Wild Things Are”, “Being John Malkovich”)/boyfriend of actress Michelle Williams/director Sofia Coppola’s ex (1999-2003)

1976 [34] Jon Foreman, San Bernardino CA, alt-rock/CCM guitarist (Switchfoot-“Meant to Live”, “Dare You to Move”)

1983 [27] Rickard Goransson, Stockholm, Sweden, rock guitarist (Carolina Liar-“I’m Not Over”, “Show Me What I’m Looking For”)

SATURDAY –
Movie director Ang Lee (“Brokeback Mountain”) is 56; Country singer Dwight Yoakam (“Fast as You”) is 54; Filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spider-Man” films) is 51; Novelty singer Weird Al Yankovic (“Eat It”) is 51; Rock bassist Robert Trujillo (Metallica) is 46; Rock bassist Eric Bass (Shinedown) is 36; Movie actor Ryan Reynolds (“The Proposal”) is 34; TV personality Cat Deeley (“So You Think You Can Dance”) is 34; TV actress Jessica Stroup (“90210”) is 24.

SUNDAY –
Movie actor Kevin Kline (“A Fish Called Wanda”) is 63; Pop singer Monica (“Angel of Mine”) is 30; Reality TV personality Tila Tequila (“A Shot at Love”) is 29; TV actress Shenae Grimes (“90210”) is 21.

BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Barber Day”, honoring those scissor-handed folks who run clip joints.
• “Holy See Day” in Vatican City, the tiny country’s national day. The smallest independent nation in the world covers an area of about 44 hectares (109 acres).
• “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’.
• “international caps lock day” or is it “INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY”? In any event, it’s an annual celebration of one of the more useful keys on your keyboard. (Unlike ‘Scroll Lock’.)
• “International Stuttering Awareness Day”, originated in 1998 to raise public awareness of the millions who suffer from the speech disorder.
CLASSIC HITS FEATURING STUTTERING:
– BTO … “You Ain’t Seen N-N-N-Nothing Yet”
– Beastie Boys … “Ch-Check It Out”
– David Bowie … “Ch-Ch-Changes”
– Elton John … “B-B-B-Bennie & The Jets”
– George Thorogood & The Destroyers  … “B-B-Bad To the Bone”
– The Knack … “M-M-M-My Sharona”
– The Who … “My G-G-Generation” (‘Why don’t you all f-fade away …’)
NET: http://www.stutterisa.org/ISAD.html
• “Nut Day”. Ask anyone to name a nut and most will start their list with ‘peanut’, which isn’t a nut at all, but a legume. Definition of a nut: a hard, dry, indehiscent fruit formed from 2 or more carpels but containing only 1 seed. In any event, it’s one of nature’s most perfect foods.

SATURDAY –
• “Canning Day”, honoring the 1752 birth of French chef/chemist Nicolas Appert, who came up with the concept of sealing perishable food in jars. For this, he is known as ‘the father of canning’, but he also came up with many other inventions … including the bouillon cube.
• “Do-It-Yourself Day”, celebrating all the handy folks who spend time, money, and sweat on home repairs … just before calling in someone who knows what they’re doing. What’s the worst repair job you ever did?
• “Make a Difference Day”, a celebration of people helping people and neighbors helping neighbors in which everyone can participate. It’s the 20th annual sponsored by “USA Today”.
NET: http://www.usaweekend.com/diffday
• “TV Talk Show Host Day”, to celebrate those ‘gifted with the personality and intellect to enable them to bring out the best in their guests’. It’s an annual observance on the birth anniversary of late talk show legend Johnny Carson in Corning, Iowa in 1925.

SUNDAY –
• “Mother-In-Law Day”, the 8th annual salute to the old battle ax that’s celebrated on the 4th Sunday in October.
• “United Nations Day”, honoring the 65th anniversary of the day in 1945 that the majority of the world’s countries adopted the charter that formed the UN.
NET: http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/un/united-nations-day

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1939 [71] 1st ‘Televised Pro Football Game’ features Brooklyn Dodgers beating Philadelphia Eagles 23-14, picked up by a total of 500 TV sets

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
1942 [68] Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” hits #1 on record charts and stays 11 weeks (biggest-selling single of all-time until Elton John’s “Candle In the Wind 1997” knocks it off)

TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1938 [72] 1st ‘Photocopy’ is made by inventor Charles Floyd Carlson of Astoria NY (next day, the 1st photocopy of an employee’s butt is made)

TODAY’S RECORDS . . .
1992 [18] Thieves in South Yorkshire, England steal a truck loaded with 43,000 cans of beer … all of them past their expiration date

1995 [15] ‘Largest Gathering of World Leaders’ in history marks the 50th anniversary of the United Nations in NYC

AND REMEMBER . . .
[Mon] Punk For a Day Day
[Mon] World Pasta Day
[Mon] Greasy Foods Day
[Mon] Labour Day (New Zealand)
[Tues] Mincemeat Day
[Tues] Worldwide Howl At the Moon Night
This Week Is … Chemistry Week
This Month Is … International Doll Collectors Month

BULL’S BITS

COLLEGE COURSE OR DIETARY SUPPLEMENT?
• Systems Neuroscience [College Course]
• Enzymatic Therapy [Dietary Supplement]
• Molecular Neurobiology [College Course]
• Bionutritional Research [Dietary Supplement]
• Advanced Muscle Science [Dietary Supplement]
• Translational Bioinformatics [College Course]
• Biotest [Dietary Supplement]
• Molecular Nutrition [Dietary Supplement]
• Chemical Dynamics [College Course]
• Biochem [Both]
– Thanks to Ashley Meyer

BS PHONE STARTER:
What 3 things would you do if you were the opposite sex for a single day?

BS RANDOM JOKE:
If the NBA ran the World Series, there’d be 16 teams and it would last 3 months.

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Today’s Question: Stay-at-home dads are 5 times more likely to do THIS than those who contribute equally financially or make more money.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Have an affair.

BS DEEP THOUGHT:
If you have to be responsible, it’s not power.


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