Tuesday, October 25, 2011        Edition: #4615
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“Paranormal Activity 3” not only topped the weekend box office, it scored the biggest October opening ever with $54 million (doesn’t say much for the competition) . . . Actress Milla Jovovich has taken to Twitter to slam the studio behind “The Three Musketeers” for not promoting the movie enough (see above) . . . Rumored show biz couple Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively have been spotted walking their dogs near his apartment in Boston MA where he’s filming on location (either they’re having a relationship – or their pooches are) . . . Justin Timberlake & former girlfriend Jessica Biel attended the premiere after-party for his new movie “In Time” (opening Friday) and reportedly became ‘more & more affectionate’ as the night went on (it’s on again!) . . . Singer Janet Jackson has rescheduled 3 dates on her Australian tour because they clashed with the trial of Dr Conrad Murray in LA (conveniently gives promoters more time to sell some actual tix) . . . Celebrity spawn Shiloh Jolie-Pitt (Brangelina’s 5-year-old daughter) & Kingston Stefani-Rossdale (5-year-old son of Gwen Steffani & Gavin Rossdale) are apparently fast friends who Skype each other when they’re not in the same city (awww) . . . While in England for an annual Scientology gathering, actor John Travolta’s reps tried to reserve a table at a local KFC outlet for him but were denied by an employee (who’s likely no longer an employee) . . . “Glee” star Lea Michele tells “OK!” magazine she was left speechless on the set of the movie “New Year’s Eve” when co-star Ashton Kutcher pranked her by showing up at a door without any clothes (this seems to be his default setting) . . . And actor Will Ferrell has been honored with the annual ‘Mark Twain Prize For American Humor’, presented annually since 1998 by Washington DC’s Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts (how coincidental, his last truly funny movie was also about 1998).

• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Switchfoot (“Vice Verses”).
• “Dancing With the Stars (ABC/CTV) – Kristin Chenoweth (“Some Lessons Learned”) performs; Martina McBride (“Eleven”) performs; contestants face elimination.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Jason Derulo (“Future History”).
• “George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight” (CBC) – Liam Gallagher (Beady Eye, ex-Oasis) & partner Nicole Appleton (“Cover Me Canada”)
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Airborne Toxic Event (“All at Once”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Blitzen Trapper (“American Goldwing”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Mayer Hawthorne (“A Strange Arrangement”).
• “Marilyn Denis Show” (CTV/CTV2) – Michael Bublé (“Christmas”, out today).
• “The Rosie Show” (OWN) – Common (“The Dreamer, The Believer”, coming in December).
• “The Talk” (CBS) – Ozzy Osbourne (“Scream”).
• “Today Show” (NBC) – Kelly Clarkson (“Stronger”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Barack Obama.

• Coldplay – Today they finally release their much-hyped new album “Mylo Xyloto”.
• Deftones – Today the limited edition vinyl box set “Deftones: The Vinyl Collection 1995-2011” is out, an 8-LP retrospective containing their 6 studio albums. Just 1,000 copies are being released worldwide.
• Foster the People – Lindsay Lohan was apparently trying to hit on frontman Mark Foster at West Hollywood’s Beverly Lounge recently, but observers say he was having none of it, turning his back every time she came to the band’s table to flirt.
• Madonna – She was booed at the London premiere of her new movie “WE” for rushing past fans on the red carpet. Even she’s embarrassed by the flick?
• Mumford & Sons – Today their debut album “Sigh No More” is re-issued in a deluxe edition with a bonus track, a 12-song live album, a documentary DVD, and a 22-page booklet.
• Tom Waits – His album “Bad As Me” is released today, his first since 2004’s “Real Gone”.
• Toby Keith – The title of his new release, “Clancy’s Tavern”, is taken from his grandmother’s tap & grill where he spent summers in his younger days washing dishes and doing chores.
• U2 – A tribute disc included free in today’s edition of UK music magazine “Q” is an homage to the 20th anniversary of the album “Achtung Baby”. Cover versions of its tracks have been recorded by the likes of Garbage, Jack White, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, and Snow Patrol.

• “Captain America: The First Avenger” ( PG-13 Action Adventure ): Chris Evans suits up as the shield-wielding hero who is transformed from a weakling into a star-spangled do-gooder during WW2, then pitted against his Nazi counterpart, ‘The Red Skull’ (Hugo Weaving).
• “Mardi Gras: Spring Break” ( R-Rated Comedy ): 3 college seniors take a road trip to New Orleans where they get involved in a slew of hijinks like dressing in drag, breaking into Carmen Electra’s hotel room, and starring in a scandalous sex show. No-name cast other than Carmen.
• “Winnie the Pooh” ( PG Animated Family ): While out looking for some honey, ‘Pooh’ is pulled into a quest to save ‘Christopher Robin’ in this amalgamation of 5 stories from AA Milne that are woven together using traditional animation. Voice cast includes Craig Ferguson, John Cleese.
• Also released today: “Barney Miller: The Complete Series” (Vintage TV); “Laurel & Hardy: The Essential Collection” (Compilation); “Marvel The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! Volumes 3 & 4” (Animation); “Pearl Jam Twenty” (Documentary); “The People vs George Lucas” (Documentary); “Robot Chicken: Season 5” (Animation); and “Tom & Jerry: Golden Collection – Volume 1” (Animation).

The body most women crave to have, according to a just-released “Fitness” magazine poll …
5. Blake Lively
4. Kim Kardashian
3. Beyoncé
2. Halle Berry
1. Jennifer Aniston
Aniston also tops related polls for the body men wish their wives or girlfriends had, the best body over 40, and her abs are lauded as the best body part women would like to have.
– Yahoo! News

27-year-old British design student Lee Wei Chen of London’s Kingston University has put a new spin on doing laundry. He came up with the idea after realizing he was wasting too much time playing videogames and the skills they required were pretty much useless in the real world. To remedy that, he designed an arcade-style video console in which the bottom half of the unit is a washing machine. As the circuitry for the 2 components are linked together, the laundry cycle is dependent on success with the videogame. The better you perform, the fewer coins that are needed to complete the cycle. (Next: An iPad vacuum cleaner?)
– “Design Week”

A perusal of costume shops reveals what’s hot this year as far as pop culture gear …
• “Smurfs” costumes, thanks to this summer’s movie. Slather on blue paint or buy a retail outfit.
• Anything to do with “Angry Birds”, the smartphone game phenomenon.
• Pirates are hot again, as in any year a new “Pirates Of the Caribbean” movie comes out.
• Superheroes are as popular as ever, especially ‘Batman’, ‘Iron Man’, ‘Spider-Man’, and ‘Superman’. Thanks to new movies, ‘Captain America’ is also popular but ‘Green Lantern’ not so much.
• Zombie hybrids are in, such as ‘Zombie Doctor’, ‘Zombie Monk’, ‘Zombie Prom Queen’ and even ‘Sarah Palin Rogue Zombie’.
• Females are latching onto the new sexy/naughty costume trend (‘Sexy French Maid’, ‘Sexy Fox’, ‘Sexy Minnie Mouse’, ‘Sexy Traffic Cop’, ‘Sexy Skunk’, etc).
• Among famous personality costume kits, the hottest are ‘Charlie Sheen (with bowling shirt and bottle of tiger blood); Steve Jobs (wire rim glasses, black turtleneck, faded jeans); and for women: Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Princess Beatrice (with fascinator hat), and Natalie Portman – fully-feathered “Black Swan” ballerina attire.
– QMI Agency

This year’s World Series is shaping up to be a memorable one … or is it? Recent research suggests it largely depends on whether your favorite team wins or loses. When researchers asked fans to recall decisive American League Championship games in 2003 and 2004, they predicted that Yankee and Red Sox fans would remember more about games their team lost than won. But instead, the opposite pattern was found. The results prove more consistent with studies of autobiographical memories, which find that most of us better recall positive memories rather than negative ones about our lives. (If only you could forget that office party when …)
– Miller-McCune.com

With 181 members, 67-year-old Ziona Chana of Baktwang, India is head of the ‘World’s Largest Family’. He lives with his 39 wives, 94 children, 14 daughters-in-law, and 33 grandchildren in a 100-room, 4-story house. The construction worker, who is also leader of the Chana sect which allows men to have multiple wives, got married so many times so he could look after poor and orphaned village women. (At least, that’s his story.)
– TIME.com

• The average wait before getting in contact with someone after a first date is now just 1.52 days.
– “Daily Mail”
• Less than 1% of Iraqis feel that Coalition forces have improved security since moving into Iraq almost a decade ago.


1957 [54] Nancy Cartwright, Dayton OH, really rich voice actress (‘Bart Simpson’ and others on “The Simpsons” since 1989)

1962 [49] Chad Smith, St Paul MN, rock drummer (Red Hot Chili Peppers-“Dani California”, Chickenfoot-“Oh Yeah”)

1971 [40] Craig Robinson, Chicago IL, TV actor (‘Darryl Philbin’ on “The Office” since 2005)/TV host (“Last Comic Standing” 2010)/movie actor (“Pineapple Express”, “Hot Tub Time Machine”)

1981 [30] Austin Winkler, Oklahoma City OK, rock singer (Hinder-“Use Me”, “Lips Of an Angel”)

1984 [27] Katy Perry (Hudson), Santa Barbara CA, pop singer (“TGIF”, “California Gurls”)/Mrs Russell Brand since 2010

1985 [26] Ciara (Harris), Austin TX, pop singer (f/Ludacris-Ride”, “Goodies”)

• “Cartoonists Against Crime Day”, honoring cartoonists, graphic artists, and illustrators who promote crime prevention through drawings. (Stop varmint … or I’ll draw!)

• “International Greasy Foods Day”, a celebration of our love of fatty foods, foods cooked in oil, foods smothered in butter, etc. One of the grossest we’ve heard of is the Dutch tradition of saving bacon grease or ‘spek’, then spreading it on toast … cold.

• “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 Rome, Italy.
NET: http://www.internationalpasta.org/index.php?cat=25&item=125&lang=2
NET: http://www.pasta-unafpa.org/pasta-day.htm

1971 [40] Roy Disney dedicates Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

2002 [09] “Jackass The Movie” opens in theaters

1960 [51] Mick Jagger accidentally meets old school acquaintance Keith Richards on a train, eventually leading to the formation of the Rolling Stones

1955 [56] 1st home ‘Microwave Oven’ is introduced by the Tappan Co, which slaps a $1,200 price tag on the new appliance that ‘cooks eggs in 22 seconds, bacon in 90 seconds’

1991 [20] 33-year-old Jack Feeser sets the unofficial ‘World Car Kissing Record’ in Hanover, Pennsylvania by smooching a Geo Storm for 145 hours, 14 minutes in order to win the vehicle from an auto dealership

[Wed] Lung Health Day
[Wed] Pumpkin Day
[Wed] Diwali begins (Hindu)
[Thurs] Cranky Co-workers Day
[Fri] Frankenstein Friday
[Fri] International Bandanna Day
[Fri] “In Time”; “Puss In Boots”, “The Rum Diary” open in movie theaters
This Week Is … Disarmament Week
This Month Is … Caffeine Addiction Recovery Month


• The ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ had big hair and a small butt, not the other way around.
• Your ‘Liposuction Byproduct’ costume may be mistaken for a ‘Bowl of Tapioca Pudding’ costume.
• Your prison uniform rips every time you bend over.
• Thanks to the sliding humps, no one will know whether you’re supposed to be a camel or Dolly Parton.
• Your ‘80s Wardrobe’ costume involves the same clothes you wear any other day.
• You can’t get the zipper on your Ashton Kutcher costume to stay up.
• Even though your ‘Viagra Man’ outfit is clever, people may just mistake you for a lawyer.
• Nobody likes a farting clown.
– Adapted from TopFive.com

Would you rather be in big trouble with your partner, you boss, or your mother?

Out of each trio of B-list horror movie titles, which one is the real one?
• “Attack Of the Killer Refrigerator” [REAL]; “Amazon Girls in New York”; “Godzilla vs The Used Car Salesman”.
• “Attack of the 10-Foot Clothespin”; “The Spy Who Ate Me”; “Microwave Massacre” [REAL].
• “Revenge Of the Mutant Juggler”; “Skeeter!” [REAL]; “Zombies Occupy Wall Street”.

To make your jack-o-lantern safer, cover the underside of the lid with tin foil. That way  the candle’s heat will be dissipated and the lid won’t be blackened or catch fire.

Unlike the federal government, a flu shot is just one prick that affects your future well-being.

Question: According to a recent poll, SUV owners do THIS more than other vehicle owners.
Answer: Sing while driving.

The person with the least expertise has the most options.

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