Friday, October 4, 2013        Edition: #5073

When You Can’t Dazzle Them with Brilliance, Baffle Them with Bull!

★ Emma Watson & Benedict Cumberbatch have been named the ‘Sexiest Movie Stars 2013’ in an annual poll of some 50,000 movie fans by “Empire” magazine. Watson beat out the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway, Emma Stone, and Mila Kunis. The magazine suggests that’s because she ‘combines smarts with beauty’. Cumberbatch (“The Fifth Estate”) topped Tom Hiddleston, Henry Cavill, Ryan Gosling, Johnny Depp, and Daniel Craig.
★ First the CNN documentary on Hillary Clinton was scrapped this week, now the proposed 4-hour NBC-TV mini-series. Actress Diane Lane was slated to play potential presidential candidate Clinton onscreen but political opposition from both Republicans and Democrats has deep-sixed that plan. A Hollywood film project about the young Mrs Clinton will still go ahead, however. “Rodham” (Hillary’s maiden name) is being rewritten to play up the early romance between her and Bill Clinton.
★ Actor George Clooney has ruled out ever dating Sandra Bullock because she once went out with one of his best pals. The Hollywood superstars have been friends for 20 years and went through a tough time together filming “Gravity” (opening today). But despite both being single, Clooney says the fact Bullock once hooked up with one of his friends takes her out of the running as a potential girlfriend. That, he says, would violate the ‘bro code’.
– E! News
★ And the Hollywood trade press is abuzz with speculation triple Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis possibly being approached to star in the 7th installment of the “Star Wars” sci-fi movie saga. According to, he was seen having lunch with George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy, producer of the upcoming movie. Director JJ Abrams will begin shooting the 1st film in a new trilogy at the end of this year. It’s slated for release in December 2015.

• Austin City Limits (Austin TX) – The annual music festival has been expanded to 2 weekends for the 1st time. Most of the big names will be performing on both. Tonight & next Friday: Depeche Mode, Muse, and Queens Of the Stone Age. Saturdays it’s The Cure, Kings of Leon, Passion Pit, and Wilco. Sundays: Atoms for Peace, Lionel Richie, and Phoenix.
• “Elton John in Concert” (PBS) – Saturday Elton John performs many of his hits, including “Your Song”’, “Rocket Man” and “Candle In the Wind”. Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Glossary (“The Better Angels of Our Nature”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Phantogram (“Voices”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Tonight Albert Hammond Jr (The Strokes).
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – Miley Cyrus doubles as both host and musical guest.
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Nelly (“M.O.”).
• “Wendy Williams” (syndicated) – Today Nelly again.

• Alanis Morissette – She’s hitting back at ‘hurtful and cruel’ claims she forced a former nanny to her son Ever to work exhausting 12-hour night shifts without breaks. Bianca Cambeiro is suing for $30,000 in alleged unpaid overtime, as well as $100,000 for emotional distress.
• Drake – “Nothing Was the Same” has sailed to #1 on the all-genre album chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It’s his 3rd chart-topping album and his personal best sales week. It’s also the 2nd-largest sales week of 2013, after Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience”.
• Jonas Bros – In a new interview in “Out” magazine, Joe Jonas says they refuse to feel offended over ongoing speculation about their sexuality. Quote: “We have a lot of gay friends and gay fans. It’s a boy-band stereotype; people assume, but we don’t take offence.”
• Luke Bryan – He’s scored a double-double, remaining atop both the ‘Billboard Country Albums’ chart with “Crash My Party” and the ‘Country Songs’ chart with “That’s My Kind of Night” for the coming week.
• Paul McCartney – Yesterday he did his 1st-ever Twitter Q&A with fans to promote the launch of his upcoming album “New” (October 15th), his first studio album of new solo material in 6 years.
• Rihanna – Her new video for “Pour It Up” makes Miley Cyrus’ recent effort look tame. She’s pictured in a blonde wig and diamond-studded bra & thong, pole-dancing and  twerking with other semi-naked dancers. How raunchy is it? Definitely NSFW!

• “Gravity” (  PG-13 Sci-Fi Thriller ): A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space. Stars Sandra Bullock (in her first science fiction role), George Clooney, Ed Harris. A who’s who of actresses were previously attached to the lead role, including Angelina Jolie (twice) and Natalie Portman.
• “Runner Runner” ( R-Rated Crime Thriller ): When a poor college student who cracks an online poker game goes bust, he arranges a face-to-face with the man he thinks cheated him, a sly offshore entrepreneur. Stars Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton. Directed by Brad Furman (“The Lincoln Lawyer”).
• Opening in limited release: “A.C.O.D.” (Comedy); “All Is Bright” (Dramedy); “Bad Milo” (Horror Comedy); “Besharam” (Bollywood Romantic Comedy); “Concussion” (Drama); “Grace Unplugged” (Musical Drama); “Let the Fire Burn” (Historical Drama); “Linsanity” (Sports Doc); “Parkland” (Drama); “Pulling Strings” (Romantic Comedy); and “The Summit” (Documentary).

A team of dentists has created a toothbrush they say can clean teeth thoroughly … in under 6 seconds. Manufacturer ‘Blizzident’ uses the same scans dentists use to fit braces and an extremely precise 3-D printer to create a brush for each individual customer. Each brush contains about 400 soft bristles and requires the wearer to grind their teeth in order to clean them. Its makers say it eliminates brushing errors that people typically make. The technology comes at a price: A customer’s first brush, which will last a year, costs about $400. (After 10 years, about the same as a set of falsies.)

How many redheads are there in the world? About 200 took part in the UK’s 1st “Ginger Pride March” in August, and the world record for the largest gathering of natural redheads was broken last month when 1,600 attended the “Redhead Day Festival” in the Dutch town of Breda (bray-DAW). It’s said between 1%-and-2%, or 70-to-140 million people worldwide, have red hair. Overall, Northern European countries have a greater proportion of redheads than anywhere else. Why? Being pale, redheads are more efficient at making vitamin D and do not need so much sunlight in order to get the amount they need. (Think about it: Ever see a native redhead in a hot country?)
– BBC News Magazine

A British couple has beaten odds of 200 million-to-1 by giving birth to a set of identical triplets. That phenomenon only occurs when a single egg splits into 3. Baby girls Ffion, Maddison, and Paige are now home in Pontypool, Monmouthshire with parents Karen & Ian Gilbert after spending 6 weeks in intensive care. And here’s what makes the trio extra special – the Gilberts rejected doctors’ advice to terminate the pregnancy … twice.
– Caters News Agency

Britain’s Prince William relaxes to buffalo and cricket noises played on his iPhone. (Yep, nothing like the bellow of a buffalo to help you chill.)
– “Daily Mail”


1946 [67] Susan Sarandon (Tomalin), NYC, movie actress (“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”, 1996 Oscar-“Dead Man Walking”)

1967 [46] Liev Schreiber, San Francisco CA, movie actor (“The Butler”, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”)/actress Naomi Watts’ partner

1973 [40] M Ward (Matthew Stephen Ward), Newbury Park CA, indie folk/country/rock singer-guitarist (“A Wasteland Companion”, She & Him-“In the Sun/I Can Hear Music”)

1976 [37] Alicia Silverstone, San Francisco CA, movie actress (“Clueless”, “Batman & Robin”)/animal rights activist

1977 [36] Richard Parry, Toronto ON, alt-rock musician-composer (Arcade Fire-“Reflektor”, “Keep the Car Running”)

1978 [35] Marc Roberge, Rockville MD, one-hit-wonder pop singer (OAR-“Shattered [Turn the Car Around]”)

1989 [24] Dakota Johnson, Austin TX, movie actress (“Fifty Shades Of Grey”, due August 1, 2014)/fashion model/TV actress (“Ben & Kate” 2012-13)/daughter of actors Don Johnson & Melanie Griffith

Rock singer Brian Johnson (AC/DC) is 66; Social activist/rocker Bob Geldof (Live Aid) is 62; Alt-rock guitarist David Bryson (Counting Crows) is 59; Movie actor Guy Pearce (“Iron Man 3″) is 46; Rock singer Colin Meloy (The Decemberists) is 39; Movie actress Kate Winslet (“Titanic”) is 38; Pop guitarist James Valentine (Maroon 5) is 35; Pop-rock bassist Paul Thomas (Good Charlotte) is 33; Movie actor Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”) is 30.

NFL analyst Tony Dungy (“Football Night in America”) is 58; Movie actress Elisabeth Shue (“Leaving Las Vegas”) is 50; Rock bassist Tommy Stinson (Guns ‘N Roses) is 47; Country singer Tim Rushlow (Little Texas) is 47; Movie actor Ioan Gruffudd (“Fantastic Four”) is 40; Rock musician William Butler (Arcade Fire) is 31.

• “Cinnamon Bun Day”, or “Kanelbullens Dag” as it’s known in Sweden, the country of the yummy sweet-roll’s presumed origin. Good excuse to scarf one with your coffee this morning.
• “Diversity Day”, the 8th annual celebrating who we are, no matter what race, religion, gender, age, nationality, or disability. The official motto is, ‘Embrace diversity, embrace our world’.
• “Improve Your Office Day”, a day to focus on ways to make your work experience better. Among the suggestions: Keep it clean; simplify; and bring a piece of outside inside.
• “International Toot Your Flute Day”, to encourage the idea of selling yourself and telling others how good you are, while rejecting the idea that self-promotion is ‘bragging’.
• “Taco Day”, an annual celebration of the great taste of the traditional Mexican dish.
• “Vodka Day”, celebrating the versatile, virtually tasteless and odorless tipple that now accounts for about 25% of spirits sold in North America.
• “World Animal Day”, begun in Florence, Italy in 1931 to celebrate animal life in all forms. It derives from “St Francis of Assisi” feast day, celebrating the patron saint of animals. Today is also “World Pet Day” and the occasion in many places for the annual “Blessing Of the Animals”.
• “World Smile Day”, observed annually on the 1st Friday in October, when we’re encouraged to do an act of kindness … help one person smile.

• “Apple Betty Day”, honoring the dessert aka “Apple Brown Betty”, “Apple Crisp”, “Apple Crumble” or “Apple Cobbler”. Whatever you call it … nummers!
• “Be Nice to Lawyers Day”, at least for one day. After all, attorneys do not get much respect … until you happen to need one.
• “International Frugal Fun Day”, celebrated annually on the 1st Saturday of October to find ways to have a good time without spending a lot of money. What can you do for free that’s truly fun?
• “Noisy Munching Day”, a day to annoy others by chewing ice cubes, pickles, chips … anything that’s crunchy and loud.
• “World Card Making Day”, celebrated on the 1st Saturday in October to highlight the art of making your own greeting cards. (Just like your 5-year-old does in kindergarten.)
• “World Teachers Day”, begun by UNESCO in 1994 as recognition for the vital contribution teachers make to education & development. Over 100 countries now observe the day.

• “Change a Light Day”, a day to do your bit for the environment by upgrading your old lightbulbs to modern energy-saving bulbs. (The ones we still don’t know how to dispose of.)
• “Intergenerational Day”, held annually on the 1st Sunday of October to help bridge the generation gap.
• “Physician Assistant Day”, honoring all those nice people who order you to take off all your clothes and put the gown on. And make sure the opening’s at the back!

1990 [23] “Beverly Hills 90210″ debuts on FOX-TV, turning a relatively unknown cast of actors into teen idols (Luke Perry, Jason Priestley, and Tori Spelling)

1980 [33] “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen peaks at #1 on pop singles charts

2004 [09] ‘SpaceShipOne’ flies to an altitude of 62 miles over the California desert, becoming the 1st privately-funded rocket to reach space (thereby winning the $10-million Ansari X Prize)

1981 [32] Oldest recorded pet gerbil, ‘Sahara’, dies in Lathrup Village, Michigan at age 8 years, 4-and-a-half months

[Mon] Child Health Day
[Mon] World Habitat Day
[Mon] World Day of Bullying Prevention
[Tues] World Zombie Day
[Tues] Face Your Fears Day
[Tues] Pirogi Day
This Week Is  … No Salt Week
This Month Is … Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month


– Why do steam irons have a ‘permanent press’ setting?
– Is it possible to be totally partial?
– Should vegetarians eat animal crackers?
– If a funeral procession is at night, should you drive with your lights off?
– Can you be a closet claustrophobic?
– If a mime gets arrested, does he have the right to remain silent?
– Do cemetery workers prefer the graveyard shift?

☎ This week the Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester NY announced its nominees for 2013 inductees. This year’s finalists: the bubble blower, chess, the board game “Clue”, ‘Fisher-Price Little People’, little green Army men, ‘Magic 8 Ball’, ‘My Little Pony’, ‘Nerf’ toys, the ‘Pac-Man’ videogame, ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’, the scooter, and the rubber duck. Two winners will be enshrined … which should they be?

There are 2 kinds of coaches … those who have been fired and those who will be fired.

Question: Half of us have at least one of THESE in the bedroom.
Answer: A nightlight.

Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.

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