Tuesday, October 23, 2012        Edition: #4852

Thanks For Being a Bull Market!

Tonight “Skyfall”, the 23rd ‘James Bond’ film, has its world premiere in London but theme-song singer Adele won’t be there as she’s opting to stay home with her new baby (see ‘Most Played Bond Themes’ below) . . . Actress-environmentalist Alicia Silverstone is recommending the eco-friendly vibrator ‘Leaf’ on the green living website OpenSky.com because, she says, it ‘comes in a bunch of different shapes inspired by nature’ (try the Redwood) . . . After the box-office success of “Paranormal Activity 4” this past weekend, Paramount has announced its intention to continue the franchise in 2013, with “Paranormal Activity 5” set for next Halloween (promise to quit before 100, ‘k?) . . . Actor Jim Carrey has reportedly dropped 150-grand on a party boat for the cast & crew of his new film “Kick Ass 2” to take them on a guided tour of London’s sights along the River Thames (aka ‘booze cruise’) . . . As her father Michael attempts to put Lindsay Lohan under a conservatorship, several of her friends have confirmed that the sorta actress is partying out of control and frequently getting wasted (we are so shocked!) . . . And 43-year-old writer-musician Chaz Bono has confirmed in “Sunday Times Magazine” that his Vegas entertainer-mother Cher has found dealing with his sex change ‘hard’ (perhaps a poor choice of phrasing?).

• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Kendrick Lamar (“Good Kid, mAAd City”).
• “Good Morning America” (ABC) – Taylor Swift (“Red”) performs a live concert.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CHCH) – Prince (“20Ten”).
• “Katie” (syndicated) – Classic rocker Rod Stewart.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – The Hives (“Lex Hives”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Aimee Mann (“Charmer”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Taylor Swift (“Red”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – M Ward (“A Wasteland Companion”).
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Tony Bennett (“Viva Duets”, out today).
• “The X Factor” (FOX/CTV) – The judges reveal which acts will advance.

• Beyoncé – She and Jay-Z have failed in their bid to trademark the name of their baby girl Blue Ivy. A judge has rejected the request because a party planning firm in Boston MA has been operating under the name Blue Ivy Events since 2009. (So much for the baby clothing line!)
• Bruce Springsteen – Tonight in Charlottesville, Virginia he performs a free concert in support of Barack Obama’s re-election bid. Tickets were made available on a first-come, first-served basis on Sunday.
• Christina Aguilera – Her upcoming 7th studio album “Lotus”, out November 13th, features a collaboration with her “‘The Voice” co-star Blake Shelton on the track “Just a Fool”. Last year she sang with fellow “The Voice” judge Adam Levine on the hit single “Moves Like Jagger”.
• Depeche Mode – Today they’re holding a press conference in Paris where the band ‘will be making an exciting announcement’. The alt-rock vets have been working in the studio on a new album, which will presumably be the focus of the event.
• Lady Antebellum – In the spirit of this week’s release of their seasonal album “On This Winter’s Night”, they’ve announced a special holiday concert in Nashville TN on December 3rd.
• Lady Gaga – She’s planning to launch her own bottled water brand. The name and shape of the bottle is being kept secret. (No matter the shape, it’s still litter.)
• Madonna – She’s been hit with a trademark infringement lawsuit from the executors of actor Marlon Brando’s estate, who claim she’s been using “The Godfather” star’s image without permission during each performance of her hit “Vogue” on her “MDNA Tour”.
• Michael Bublé – He tells “Vancouver Sun” he backed out of playing in a charity hockey game last week between the locked-out Vancouver Canucks and the UBC Thunderbirds because nerves got the best of him. Now he’s glad he did because the players were extremely fast.
• Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds / Snow Patrol – Tonight they embark on a co-headlining North American tour in Portland, Oregon.
• Peter Gabriel – This week his 1986 album “So” is being re-released in a digitally remastered 25th anniversary edition. It’s available in a 3-CD version and in a box set with live DVDs.
• Rolling Stones – Fans are complaining that Ticketmaster’s website is directing them to Get Me In!, a so-called ‘secondary ticketing site’ that’s charging as much as $25,000 each for duckets to the Stones’ upcoming 50th anniversary shows.

• “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” ( R-Rated Action Fantasy ): Who knew? The 16th president of the United States killed vampires in his spare time. Yep, when ‘Honest Abe’ discovers vampires are planning to take over America, he makes it his personal mission to eliminate them. Benjamin Walker and Rufus Sewell star in this weird tale in 3-D.
• “Madea’s Witness Protection” ( PG-13 Comedy ) – In writer-producer-director-actor Tyler Perry’s latest ‘Madea’ comedy, a Wall Street investment banker who has been set up as the linchpin of his company’s mob-backed Ponzi scheme is relocated with his family to ‘Aunt Madea’s southern home. Co-stars Eugene Levy, Denise Richards, Tom Arnold.
• “Magic Mike” ( R-Rated Dramedy ) – Based on a period in star Channing Tatum’s life, director Steven Soderbergh’s story follows a male stripper who teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money. Co-stars Alex Pettyfer, Olivia Munn, Matthew McConaughey. Shot in Tampa and Dunedin, Florida.
• “Seeking a Friend For the End Of the World” ( R-Rated Sci-Fi Comedy ): As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan. Stars Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Melinda Dillon.
• Also released today: “Fantasy Island: The Complete 3rd Season” (Vintage TV); “The Fugitive: The Complete Series” (Vintage TV); “The Invisible War” (Documentary); “Law & Order: Criminal Intent – The 8th Year” (TV); “Lost Girl: Season 1” (TV); “Peter Gunn: The Complete Series” (Vintage TV); “Secret Of the Wings” (Kids’ Animation); “Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Complete Season 4” (TV Animation); and “Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview” (Documentary).

According to the Performing Rights Society, which monitors the playing of songs in live performances and on radio, TV, and online …
5. “Diamonds are Forever” – Shirley Bassey
4. “Die Another Day” – Madonna
3. “Another Way to Die” (from “Quantum of Solace”) – Alicia Keys
2. “Goldfinger” – Shirley Bassey
1. “Live & Let Die” – Paul McCartney & Wings
– Telegraph.co.uk

You might have gone ‘Gaga’ on Halloween night last year but the 2012 musical cue seems to be all about “Gangnam Style”, as cultivated by the South Korean Internet sensation/fashion trendsetter PSY. The pop culture factor will also be responsible for a glut of ‘Honey Boo Boo’ impersonators, thanks to the Southern-fried moppet’s frighteningly rapid ascendancy to the reality throne. Likewise, more than a couple of couples are expected to make like ‘Anastasia & Christian’, complete with all the necessary paraphernalia, courtesy of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” literary phenomenon. You should also expect sightings of Patricia Krentcil, better known as the scary ‘Tanning Mom’. (But we’re guessing like 1-in-3 people will be “Walking Dead”.)
– QMI Agency

Two of last year’s big Halloween costume trends – zombies and sexy girl get-ups – have been grafted together for 2012. Among our fave mash-ups …
✓ ‘The Sexy Zombie Ghoul Scout Costume’
✓ ‘The Sexy Zombie Snow White Costume’
✓ ‘The Amy Winehouse Scary Zombie Rehab Costume’
– jam.canoe.ca

Foods you should never eat, according to Middleberg Nutrition …
✗ Artificial Sweeteners – They’re way sweeter than sugar and can reset your taste buds to crave sugary foods. As a result, you end up eating more junk.
✗ Margarine – Has loads of trans fats, which increase your cholesterol. And it contains a lot of ingredients vs butter’s one or two. The calorie count is also similar to butter.
✗ Soy Protein Isolate – Research has shown that this refined, often genetically-modified form of soy that pops up in a lot of soy-based products can increase cancer risk.
✗ Diet Foods – Unfortunately, ‘diet’ or ‘low-fat’ doesn’t mean low-calorie. Diet bars and low-fat foods like yogurts usually have more sugar, salt, and unhealthy fillers to make them taste okay.
✗ Frozen Meals – They’re often heavily processed and filled with fat and salt. Frozen fruits and veggies are okay, as long as you look for options without added sauces or salt.
– Condensed from Cosmopolitan.com

Dope. It’s not only found on money anymore. Turns out all you have to do to inhale some cocaine in Rome is to go outdoors and take a breath. A study of psychotropic drug levels in ambient air from 8 Italian cities has found background levels of cocaine, cannabinoids – the active ingredients in marijuana – nicotine, and caffeine in every urban center. Turin had the highest concentrations of cocaine, according to the Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research in Rome. Bologna and Florence had some of the highest cannabinoid levels, which is attributed to the large student populations in those cities. (Crap, all we get is sulphur!)
– NewScientist.com

• Green-yellow is the safest color for a car as it’s most visible under most road conditions.
• There are almost as many chickens in the world as people.
• You can make 5 baseball gloves from 1 cow.
– “Weird & Wonderful Facts”


1954 [58] Ang Lee, Chaochou, Taiwan, movie director-producer-writer (“Brokeback Mountain”, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”)  UP NEXT: “Life of Pi”, opening November 21st.

1956 [56] Dwight Yoakam, Pikeville KY, country singer (“Fast As You”, “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere”)/movie actor (“Crank” films, “Sling Blade”)

1959 [53] Sam Raimi, Royal Oak MI, movie director-producer-writer (“Spider-Man” movies, “A Simple Plan”)  COMING UP: “Oz: The Great & Powerful” (2013).

1959 [53] (Alfred Matthew) ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, Lynwood CA, parody singer (“White & Nerdy”, “Eat It”)

1964 [48] Robert Trujillo (Roberto Agustín Miguel Santiago Samuel Perez de la Santa Concepcion Trujillo Veracruz Batista), Santa Monica CA, rock bassist (Metallica-“Death Magnetic”, “St Anger”)

1974 [38] Eric Bass, Jacksonville FL, rock bassist (Shinedown-“Bully”, “Second Chance”)

1976 [36] Ryan Reynolds, Vancouver BC, movie actor (“Green Lantern”, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”)/wed to Blake Lively September 2012/wed to Scarlett Johansson 2008-11/engaged to Alanis Morissette 2004-06

1976 [36] Cat Deeley, Birmingham UK, TV personality (“So You Think You Can Dance” since 2006)

1983 [29] Matthew Shultz, Bowling Green KY, indie rock singer (Cage the Elephant-“Shake Me Down”, “In One Ear”)

1986 [26] Jessica Stroup, Anderson SC, TV actress (‘Erin Silver’ on “90210″ since 2008)

• “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?

• “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’. Based on that, which current TV host is best? And which should get canned? (An annual observance on the birth anniversary of late talk show host Johnny Carson in Corning, Iowa in 1925.)

2001 [11] Apple releases the first ‘iPod’ MP3 player (MSRP: $399)

2004 [08] Pop singer Ashlee Simpson is caught lip-synching during an appearance on NBC-TV’s “Saturday Night Live” (pretty much a career killer)

1930 [82] 1st ‘Miniature Golf Tournament’, in Chattanooga TN (1st golfer swears at a windmill)

1993 [19] 1st team to win the MLB World Series outside the USA (Joe Carter hits a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 9th inning at Skydome to give Toronto Blue Jays an 8-6 win over the Philadelphia Phillies and their 2nd championship in-a-row)

1977 [35] Wesley Paul runs the NYC Marathon in 3 hours & 31 minutes, about 48 minutes behind the winner … but 15 minutes faster than any other 8-year-old ever has!

[Wed] United Nations Day
[Thurs] World Pasta Day
[Fri] “Chasing Mavericks”; “Cloud Atlas”; “Fun Size”; “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D” open in movie theaters
[Fri] Frankenstein Friday
[Fri] Voodoo Music Experience begins (New Orleans)
This Week Is … Freedom From Bullies Week
This Month Is … International Doll Collectors Month


• Another extra on the lot.
• Showing Brangelina how it’s done.
• A child star waiting in the green womb.
• And the fetus goes to …
• Signed a development deal with God.
– Adapted from TopFive.com

Which activity can you participate in at the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame?
a. Kicking a field goal. [CORRECT]
b. Having your picture taken in an authentic NFL uniform.
c. Smelling an authentic NFL locker room.

☎ Decorative hand soaps … is it okay to use them if there’s nothing else available? How about the ‘fancy’ towels?

We have a quiet home life. I don’t speak to her and she doesn’t speak to me.

Question: THIS activity has declined by 89% since the 1950s.
Answer: Taking baths.

A decision is what you make when you get tired of worrying.

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