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BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Newlyweds George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin are set to host a 2nd wedding celebration in England this weekend. The couple, who married in Italy last month, are hosting a party at the Danesfield House hotel in the town of Marlow on Saturday night, according to multiple reports. Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie, who missed the lavish Italian ceremony, are said to be among the 90 guests invited to the function. A local source says, “It is the worst kept secret in Marlow.”
– “Daily Telegraph”
★ Joan Rivers’ daughter Melissa has reportedly inherited more than $100 million from her late mom’s estate. The veteran comedian passed away last month after suffering cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine throat operation. Now her only child, Melissa, is set to receive $75 million in cash as well as Rivers’ $35-million condo on NYC’s Upper East Side. Melissa’s son Cooper (13) is expected to receive his own bequest.
– “Us Weekly”
★ Late comedian George Carlin has been commemorated in his native New York with his own street in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights, the neighborhood where he grew up. ‘George Carlin Way’, the newly-renamed West 121st St, has been unveiled this week in a ceremony attended by his daughter Kelly and a number of his fellow standup comics, including Colin Quinn, Gilbert Gottfried, Judah Friedlander, and Robert Klein. Carlin died of heart failure in 2008, aged 71.
WEEKEND SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Today Neil Diamond (“Melody Road”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Front Bottoms (“The Front Bottoms”). Rerun.
• “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” (CBS/Omni 1) – Tonight Jack Black’s Tenacious D.
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Tonight a performance from Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson One”. Rerun.
• Life Is Beautiful Festival (Las Vegas NV) – The 2nd annual in downtown Vegas tonight through Sunday is headlined by Foo Fighters, Kanye West, and Outkast. A total of nearly 60 acts take the stage during the 3-day celebration of art, food, and music.
• Music Masters (Cleveland OH) – Saturday Emmylou Harris, Graham Nash, Shelby Lynne, and Vince Gill are among those paying homage to the Everly Bros at the 19th annual Music Masters tribute concert at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Surviving member Don Everly will attend.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – Host Jim Carrey (“Dumb & Dumber To”, out November 14th); Iggy Azalea makes her 1st musical appearance, debuting her new single “Beg For It” f/Denmark’s MØ (pronounced ‘moo’).
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Tonight Annie Lennox, part 2 (“Nostalgia”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Fences f/Macklemore (“Arrows”). Rerun.
• “Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live” (PBS) – Tonight the legendary crooner and the pop star perform jazz standards from their recent album release “Cheek to Cheek”. The pre-recorded special (even though it’s slugged as live) airs on PBS-TV’s “Great Performances”.
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Today Annie Lennox again.
• “World Series” (FOX) – Tonight Little Big Town performs the pre-game anthem at Game 3 as the series moves to San Francisco; Santana will take the Game 4 anthem slot Saturday.
• World Soundtrack Awards (Ghent, Belgium) – Saturday film music novices Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros), Arcade Fire, and Pharrell Williams are among the first-time nominees. The awards for ‘Composer Of the Year’, ‘Original Film Score’, and ‘Original Song Written Directly for Film’ serve as the culmination of the annual Film Fest Ghent.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Ariana Grande – She says she turned to the ancient teachings of Kabbalah after rejecting Catholicism for the church’s views on homosexuality. Her brother, Frankie, is openly gay.
• Florida Georgia Line – They’re #1 on the new “Billboard” all-genre album chart with “Anything Goes”. This marks the 3rd straight week a country act has hit the top (following Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton).
• Foo Fighters – Tonight they play a tiny show at the Black Cat in Washington DC following the airing of their DC episode of “Sonic Highways” on HBO. This furthers the theory that they’ll play a small venue in each city they visited for the series to coincide with each episode’s airing.
• Glen Campbell – Tonight the new documentary about his life, “Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me”, opens in NYC and Nashville TN, to be followed later by wide release in over 50 cities. The 78-year-old former pop-country star recently retired due to a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
• Jennifer Lopez – She’s splashed out $22 million on a luxury 4-bedroom Manhattan penthouse in a building which is also home to former 1st daughter Chelsea Clinton and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon. There’s a full-time doorman for just 4 apartments.
• Neil Young – Saturday & Sunday is his annual Bridge School Benefit Concert for the non-profit California school that helps those with speech and physical impairments. In addition to Young, performers include Florence & The Machine, Norah Jones, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Tom Jones.
• Rolling Stones – Saturday their rescheduled Down Under tour, postponed by the death of L’Wren Scott, kicks off in Adelaide, Australia and plays 8 other dates through November 22nd in Auckland NZ.
• Taylor Swift – “Out Of the Woods” has debuted at #1 on the ‘Billboard Digital Songs’ list, giving Swift her 8th #1 hit on that chart.
• Weezer – Saturday in Philadelphia PA they embark on a 6-date club tour during which they’ll play their new album “Everything Will Be Alright In the End” in its entirety at each venue. Other cities on the schedule include Boston, LA, NYC, Pomona CA, and San Francisco.
TODAY’S MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “John Wick” ( R-Rated Action Thriller ): Actor Keanu Reeves has resurfaced with his first mainstream film in years, an action flick about an ex-hitman who comes out of retirement (how apropos) in order to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. Co-stars Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe.
• “Ouija” ( PG-13 Horror ): This year’s obligatory Halloween-season horror flick follows a group of friends who find they must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board (aka ‘Ouija’) following the mysterious death or a girl. Stars Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Daren Kagasoff, Bianca A Santos.
• Opening in limited release: “Citizenfour” (Documentary); “Exists” (Horror); “Force Majeure” (Drama); “Happy New Year” (Action Comedy); “Laggies” (Romantic Comedy); “Revenge Of the Green Dragons” (Crime Drama); “23 Blast” (Sports Drama); “White Bird In a Blizzard” (Thriller).
THE SHOE PHONE:
A new device appropriately called ‘Dorothy’ lets you phone a friend by just clicking your heels together, like ‘Dorothy’ in “The Wizard of Oz”. The wearable tech prototype involves a small magical white box named ‘Ruby’ which connects to your shoe and communicates via an app to your phone. You can program it to call you if you’re date’s a disaster (just click your heels 3 times) or to call 3 friends to let them know your location; and soon there will be an option to call car service Uber. So yes, you will be able to click your heels 3 times to go home. (This is all marvelous … until you step in a puddle.)
OUT OF COUNTRY:
Let’s say you need to leave your country and live somewhere else. Where would you go? Switzerland is the world’s favorite destination among expats, according to a new poll. Many Switzerland-based expats say the country offers better work-life balance, availability of outdoor activities, and a family-centric culture. And then there’s the moolah – a quarter of expats in Switzerland earn more than $200,000 a year. Other top-ranked countries (in order): Singapore, China, Germany, Bahrain, and New Zealand. The lowest-ranked of the 34 countries that make the list? Egypt. (Seems unstable government and sexual violence isn’t all that popular.)
WANT A BABY AT 40?
Women’s chances of conceiving are much better with younger men, according to new research from McGill University in Montréal. The study of women aged 40-plus has found their odds of giving birth plummets if their partners are aged 43½ or above. The problem is in men’s sperm, which drops in quality with age. One researcher’s suggestion is for older women to choose toy-boys, whose sperm will be in better condition. Quote: “Ideally, as young as you can get.” For example, 47-year-old film director Sam Taylor-Wood recently had her 2nd child via husband Aaron … 23 years her junior. (Seems it pays to be a cougar!)
BS AMAZING FACT:
If you reach age 65, odds are you’ll live another 20 years.
BS CHRONOMETER 10.24.14
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1947  Kevin Kline, St Louis MO, movie actor (“No Strings Attached”, “A Fish Called Wanda”)/TV voice actor (“Bob’s Burgers” since 2011)
1954  Thomas Mulcair, Ottawa ON, federal NDP leader/Leader Of the Opposition since 2012
1980  Monica (Arnold), College Park GA, pop singer (“So Gone”, “Angel of Mine”)
1985  Wayne Rooney, Liverpool UK, soccer superstar (Manchester United, England national team)
1986  Drake (Aubrey Drake Graham), Toronto ON, rapper-singer-songwriter (f/(2 Chainz-“No Lie”, f/Rihanna-“What’s My Name”/former actor (“Degrassi: The Next Generation” 2001-09)
1989  Shenae Grimes, Toronto ON, TV actress (“90210” 2008-13, “Degrassi: The Next Generation” 2004-08)/movie actress (“Empire State”, “Scream 4”)
Voice actress Nancy Cartwright (“The Simpsons”) is 57; Rock drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 53; Pop-rock guitarist Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies) is 44; Pop singer Katy Perry (“Roar”) is 30; Rock singer Austin Winkler (Hinder) is 30; Pop singer Ciara (“Goodies”) is 29.
TV host Pat Sajak (“Wheel of Fortune”) is 68; Politician Hillary Rodham Clinton is 67; TV actor James Pickens Jr (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 62; Country singer Keith Urban (“We Were Us”) is 47; TV show runner-writer-actor Seth McFarlane (“Family Guy”, “American Dad!”) is 41.
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Bologna Day”, a good day to fry up a slice to add to your peanut butter sandwich. Yummers!
• “United Nations Day”, honoring the 69th anniversary of the day in 1945 that the majority of the world’s countries adopted the charter that formed the UN.
• “Wear It Pink Day”, the annual breast cancer awareness dress-down day when we’re asked to show support by wearing at least one item of pink clothing. In the UK, the day is a fundraiser.
• “International Artist Day”, an annual event saluting artists, their work, and contributions to our cities.
• “International Greasy Foods Day”, a celebration of our love of fatty foods, foods cooked in oil, foods smothered in butter, etc.
• “Muharram” begins at sundown, the first month of the Islamic calendar when “Al-Hijra”, the Islamic New Year, is observed. The month of Muharram is also the time for several other annual events and 1 of the 4 sacred months in which fighting is prohibited.
• “Pit Bull Awareness Day”, begun in 2007 as a day of appreciation and education designed to change perceptions and stereotypes about pit bulls and their responsible owners.
• “Punk For a Day Day”, so get on your faux-hawk, your stick-on tats, your imitation leather and strut your stuff!
• “World Pasta Day”, honoring one of Italy’s greatest gifts to the world. This year’s ‘International Pasta Organization Annual General Assembly’ is being held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
• “Mincemeat Day”. Odds are you either love it or you can’t stand the stuff. Mincemeat is a mixture of chopped dried fruit, distilled spirits, spices, and sometimes beef suet. Originally, mincemeat always contained meat; many modern recipes use vegetable shortening in its place.
• “Mother-In-Law Day”, the 12th annual salute to the old battle ax that’s celebrated on the 4th Sunday in October. This is one of two such days in the year … best remember them both!
• “Visit a Cemetery Day”, encouraging us to take in a local graveyard, not just to commemorate the deceased, but to celebrate and learn about the people who’ve shaped our communities.
• “Worldwide Howl At the Moon Night”, an annual pre-Halloween tradition. Owoooooo!
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
1908  Baseball anthem “Take Me Out To the Ball Game” is introduced to the public (songwriters Albert Von Tilzer & Jack Norworth had never actually seen a game)
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1992  Toronto Blue Jays beat Atlanta Braves in the 6th game of the World Series to win the 1st championship by a non-US-based team
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2008  ‘Bloody Friday’ as many of the world’s stock exchanges experience the worst declines in their history, with drops of 10% or more on most indices
COMING UP . . .
[Mon] “2 Broke Girls” season debut (CBS)
[Mon] Taylor Swift releases “1989”
[Mon] Cranky Co-workers Day
[Wed] Cat Day
[Wed] World Psoriasis Day
This Week Is … Massage Therapy Week
This Month Is … Eat Better, Eat Together Month
BS THINGS THAT NEEDED 1 MORE ITERATION BEFORE BEING READY TO MARKET:
• “Love Potion No. 8”
• Alberto VO4.9
• Heinz 56
• “98 Luftballoons”
• Chanel No. 4
• Boeing 746
• “Two Times a Lady”
• R2D1 and C2PO
– Thanks to Norman Birnbach
☎ Are there times your kids have stumped you with a question?
BS U-PICK TRIVIA:
In 1880, baseball’s Cincinnati Reds were kicked out of the National League. For what?
a. Paying players performance bonuses.
b. Selling beer at games. [CORRECT]
c. Using lead-filled bats.
BS RANDOM JOKE:
In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria.
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: In a recent poll on Foods We Can’t Stand, ‘olives’ ranked #2; and THIS was #1.
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Being powerful is like being a lady (gentleman). If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.