Tuesday, October 28, 2014        Edition: #5326

Sheet for Brains!

★ 69-year-old actress Helen Mirren is the new face of L’Oreal Paris, joining the likes of Blake Lively, Cherl Fernandez-Versini, and Eva Longoria in representing the cosmetics brand. It’s her 1st-ever beauty endorsement deal and she says she hopes to encourage women to ‘make the most’ of their natural looks. Quote: ”I am not gorgeous and I never was, but I hope I can inspire other women towards greater confidence by making the most of their natural good looks.”
– ContactMusic.com
★ Rapper Kanye West has reportedly turned down a $4.5 million-deal to stage a 3-week residency in Las Vegas NV. The lucrative package to perform 9 shows at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino would have netted West around $500,000 per concert, dwarfing the salaries of current Las Vegas residency stars like Britney Spears and Celine Dion. But word has it ‘Ye turned down the offer down flat.
– TMZ.com
★ Victoria Beckham has been named Britain’s most successful entrepreneur for 2014. The 40-year-old pop singer-turned-fashion designer tops the new listing after growing her fashion empire’s sales from £1 million ($1.6 m) to £30 million ($48 m) and her staff from 3 employees to 100 in just 5 years. Beckham, who launched her label in 2008, opened her first stand-alone boutique in London last month. She now has a personal fortune of £210 million ($338 m).
– “Management Today”
★ And the beloved Labrador on “Downton Abbey” could be written out of the show simply because of her name … ‘Isis’. That’s right, Lord Grantham’s pet shares the same name as the world’s most infamous terrorist organization. The pooch is involved in a storyline about her health in the show’s 5th season, which would provide an opening for her to be killed off. A rep says it’s an ‘unfortunate coincidence’ that she was named after the Egyptian goddess ‘Isis’ years before the terrorist organization ever came to light. She made her debut in Season 2.
– “The Independent”

• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Beck (“Morning Phase”).
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Echosmith (“Acoustic Dreams”).
• “The Great Halloween Fright Fight” (ABC) – Families compete for prizes by transforming their homes with Halloween displays.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Blood Orange (“Cupid Deluxe”).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – British punk veteran Captain Sensible.
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Taylor Swift (“1989”).
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Joey McIntyre (New Kids On the Block).
• “Meredith Vieira Show” (syndicated) – Annie Lennox (“Nostalgia”).
• “The Talk” (CBS) – Joey McIntyre again.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Sturgill Simpson (“Metamodern Sounds in Country Music”).
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Pop veteran Barry Manilow (“My Dream Duets”).
• “The Voice” (NBC/CTV2) – The knockout rounds continue with special adviser Taylor Swift.
• “World Series” (FOX) – SF Giants try to finish off KC Royals in Game 6 of the 2014 MLB final. (Two years ago today, the Giants defeated Detroit Tigers to clinch the 2012 World Series)
• “Yes Please” – TV comic Amy Poehler’s 1st book is published today, a mix of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood, and some real-life advice.

• Beyoncé – She’s launching an active wear label with Topshop. The 50-50 partnership will produce an athletic streetwear collection, which has not yet been named but will include clothing, footwear, and accessories across dance, fitness, and sports categories.
• Grateful Dead – An upcoming documentary will celebrate their 50th anniversary. Set for release next year, the film will be executive produced by Martin Scorsese and will follow the entire history of the legendary jam band’s career.
• Jerry Lee Lewis – His new album, “Rock & Roll Time”, features guest appearances by Keith Richards, Robbie Robertson, Ron Wood, Neil Young, Shelby Lynne, and Daniel Lanois.
• Justin Timberlake – He’s getting to the end of his “20/20 Experience World Tour” and will go out with a bang January 1st and 2nd at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. The final 2 shows will be filmed by director Jonathan Demme.
• Led Zeppelin – After offering deluxe reissues of their first 3 albums in June, “Led Zeppelin IV” and “Houses Of the Holy” get the same treatment this week. Both albums have been remastered by Jimmy Page and come with a 2nd disc of previously unreleased music.
• Lil Wayne – “Tha Carter V” is scheduled to come out today, adorned with a photo of Weezy as a toddler alongside his mom. He’s said it may be his final solo album; but on the other hand, he’s also announced a follow-up called “Da Other Album” is coming in about 2 months.
• One Direction – They’ve announced additional dates for the “On The Road Again 2015” stadium tour, which takes in Australia, Japan, North America, and South East Asia. Tickets for the new dates on the European and North American legs go on sale this Saturday.
• Paul McCartney – His latest album, “New”, is being re-released today as a special 2-CD/DVD Collector’s Edition in a hard bound book. The repackaging features bonus content such as behind-the-scenes footage, music videos, live recordings, and an album documentary feature.
• Shakira – The pregnant mom is teaming with Fisher-Price on the ‘First Steps’ collection of baby toys. The items go on sale next month and all proceeds go towards Shakira’s Barefoot Foundation, which helps disadvantaged children in her native Colombia.
• Sting – His new Broadway musical “The Last Ship” is getting mixed reviews. “Hollywood Reporter” notes that, ‘Although the melancholy musical is without doubt a heartfelt, intensely personal project, it’s also plodding and a bit of a yawn.’

Out today on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
• “Deliver Us From Evil” ( R-Rated Crime Thriller ): Eric Bana plays a NYC police officer who’s investigating a series of seemingly connected crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Édgar Ramírez), who is schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the demonic possessions that are terrorizing the city. Co-stars Olivia Munn, Chris Coy.
• “Life of Crime” ( R-Rated Crime Comedy ): Adapted from Elmore Leonard’s book “The Switch”, the story centers around a pair of blundering ex-cons who attempt to extort money from a sleazy real-estate tycoon by kidnapping his wife. Trouble is, he decides he doesn’t want to pay her ransom. Stars Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, Isla Fisher, Will Forte.
• “Wish I Was Here” ( R-Rated Comedy ): A decade after his debut film “Garden State”, Zach Braff’s crowd-funded 2nd feature film is not a sequel, but does draw on similar themes. It centers around a 35-year-old struggling to juggle a floundering acting career with being a husband and father. Stars Ashley Greene, Jim Parsons, Kate Hudson, and Mandy Patinkin.
• Also released today: “America: Imagine the World Without Her” (Documentary); “Breaking Bad: The Complete Series Barrel Edition” (TV); “Miss Marple: Volume 1” (TV Mystery); “Thomas & Friends: The Christmas Engines” (Family Animation); and “WKRP in Cincinnati: The Complete Series” (Classic TV).

A new poll of more than 3,000 mature women shows that menopause makes life a misery for over a quarter of them, making it tough to cope with everyday life. Other survey findings ….
• 50% say they suffer from depression, while more than a third experience anxiety.
• 40% have sought physicians’ help for symptoms, many claiming unsympathetic doctors and employers as well dismiss menopause as a ‘fact of life’ which women should just get on with.
• 28% say the symptoms are so severe they interfere with day-to-day life.
• 20% have had to take time off work due to menopause symptoms.
• 1-in-50 have had to resort to long-term sick leave due to a plethora of symptoms, which can also include exhaustion, aching muscles, night sweats, hot flashes, and memory loss.
(What’s the best thing a husband can do to be supportive?)
– DailyMail.co.uk

And you thought sexy human costumes were strange. Welcome to an age in which people are now dressing up their pets in sexy Halloween costumes. One observer suggests it’s due to a person-to-pet consumer trickle-down effect. There are actual sexy shark, crustacean, and even whale costumes for humans, so maybe it was only a matter of time until dogs got their own sexy costumes too. Such as? California Costume is offering: ‘Lady Is a Tramp’, complete with fake human cleavage (think Snooki); ‘Pop Queen’, featuring a gold-cone bra (Madonna); and ‘Silver Screen Siren’ (Marilyn Monroe). Even Walmart is stocking ‘French Maid’ costumes for dogs. According to National Retail Federation, we’ll spend $350 million on pet costumes this year, up from $220 million in 2010. (Will your pooch be showing a little extra leg on Halloween?)
– Condensed from TIME.com

Do you struggle to keep your toes cosy in wintery weather? New ‘smart’ insoles heat shoes at the press of a button. The ‘Digitsole’ devices slip inside different types of shoes, are rechargeable, and connect via Bluetooth to a smartphone app so users can change their temperature, setting the level for each insole separately by sliding a bar on the screen up and down. The insoles also have sensors to track footsteps and calories burned so you can track both your activity level and posture. The French company behind the design claims a secret heating element allows warmth to spread from the front of the insoles throughout. They can be recharged via a built-in USB port. The hot foot gizmos can be pre-ordered on Kickstarter for $99. (Or you can just get some really thick socks for about 99¢.)
– @MailOnline

• The Jack-o-Lantern tradition comes from olden times, though the true origin is uncertain. Some believe it derives from a Celtic tale about a man named ‘Jack’, who tricked the Devil into agreeing to never take his soul.
• In Britain, Jack-o-Lanterns are traditionally made from turnips. The Halloween custom came to North America through Irish immigrants. Since turnips weren’t cheap, the locals used pumpkins.
• The Guinness World Record for fastest face carved into a pumpkin is 20.1 seconds, achieved by the UK’s David Finkle in 2010. The record for collective Jack-o-Lantern lighting was set in Highwood IL in 2011 when 30,919 enthusiasts simultaneously lit one up.
– List25.com


1955 [59] Bill (William Henry III) Gates, Seattle WA, retired Microsoft mogul/estimated wealth $81.3 billion as of September 2014/philanthropist (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

1963 [51] Sheryl Underwood, Little Rock AR, TV talk show panelist (“The Talk” since 2011)/standup comedian

1966 [48] Andy Richter, Grand Rapids MI, TV sidekick (“Conan” since 2010, “Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien” 2009, “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” 1993-2000)

1967 [47] Julia Roberts, Smyrna GA, movie star (“Eat Pray Love”, “Erin Brockovich”)/mom to twins Hazel & Phinneaus

1969 [45] Ben Harper, Claremont CA, pop singer-guitarist (“Steal My Kisses”, “Diamonds On the Inside”)

1972 [42] Brad Paisley, Glen Dale WV, country singer (w/Carrie Underwood-“Remind Me”, “Waitin’ On a Woman”)/18 #1 country hits

1974 [40] Joaquin Phoenix, San Juan PR, movie actor (“Reservation Road”, “Walk the Line”)

1979 [35] Dave Tirio, Villa Park IL, pop-rock guitarist (Plain White T’s-“1,2,3,4”, “Hey There Delilah”)

1987 [27] Frank Ocean, Long Beach CA, rapper/pop singer-songwriter (“Lost”, “Thinkin Bout You”)

1998 [16] Nolan Gould, Columbus GA, TV actor (‘Luke Dunphy’ on “Modern Family” since 2009)

• “International Animation Day”, first proclaimed in 2002 to celebrate the art of animation.

• “Plush Animal Lover’s Day”, a day to celebrate your stuffed animal collection. ‘Plush’ sounds so much more humane, no? (Ask listeners what animals they’ve saved from their childhood.)

• “World Escoffier Day”, the 168th anniversary of the 1846 birth of Auguste Escoffier, ‘father of modern French cuisine’.

1992 [22] Disney releases “Beauty & The Beast” on video, and by December it becomes the best-selling video of all-time (still collecting dust at your house?)

1971 [43] John Lennon & Yoko Ono record “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” in NYC

2007 [07] 1st team to win 2 World Series in the 21st century as Boston Red Sox sweep Colorado Rockies in 4 games (also beat St Louis Cardinals in 2004)

2007 [07] 1st time an NFL regular-season contest is played outside North America, as NY Giants defeat Miami Dolphins 13-10 at London’s Wembley Stadium

[Wed] Mix It Up at Lunch Day
[Wed] Cat Day
[Wed] World Psoriasis Day
[Thurs] Checklist Day
[Thurs] Create a Great Funeral Day
[Thurs] Candy Corn Day
[Fri] Halloween
This Week Is … Disarmament Week
This Month Is … Celiac Disease Awareness Month


• Your child claims his favorite flavor is purple; his favorite color is chocolate.
• He refers to the dining room wall as his canvas.
• When she gives hugs, she says, “Oh yeah, gimme some sugar!”
• She knows all the characters on “Game of Thrones”.
• Bedtime is “Whenever Mommy finishes her cigarette.”
• He makes the best Tom Collins you’ve ever tasted.
• The pounding on the attic floor no longer keeps you up at night.
• Other kids aren’t allowed to play at your house.
• His litter box is always full.
• You finally gave in to the pouting and bought that ‘Sexy Kindergarten Teacher’ Halloween costume for your 6-year-old.
– Adapted from JasonGood.net

☎ What’s something you’d really like to be good at, but know you’ll never put in the necessary time and/or effort?

Which does a poll find is the favorite hobby of police officers?
a. Basketball.
b. Weightlifting. [CORRECT]
c. Photography.
d. Ballet.
– PA News

I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me.

Question: A third of people say THIS is the one thing they would rather not do while at the gym.
Answer: Sweat. (“Fitness Magazine”)

Promise little and do much.

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