Tuesday, October 8, 2013          Edition: #5075

Get Your BS Here, Hot ‘N Fresh!

• TV personality Carson Daly is engaged to girlfriend Siri Pinter, according to a new report. Pinter was recently spotted wearing a diamond sparkler on her ring finger while out with Daly in LA and a source confirms “The Voice” host recently popped the question. Daly & Pinter have been together for 6 years and have 2 children, aged 1 and 3. He was previously known as one of Hollywood’s most notorious serial daters, linked to the likes of Ashlee Simpson, Christina Aguilera, Jaime Pressly, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Tara Reid.
– “Us Weekly”
• Writer/director Richard Curtis has abandoned plans to shoot a 3rd “Bridget Jones’ Diary” movie because Helen Fielding, the author behind the books that inspired the films, has killed off the literary heroine’s love interest in her latest book, “Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy”. Curtis, who adapted “Bridget Jones’ Diary” and its sequel “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason”, admits he’s upset with Fielding for not telling him about the demise of ‘Mark Darcy’, as portrayed in the films by Colin Firth. Quote: “I feel very tricked and cheated.”
– WENN.com
• Now he’s breaking Broadway! “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston is set to swap his meth empire for a president’s desk, playing late leader Lyndon B Johnson in “All the Way”, what’s being described as an exciting new American play. The plot begins with the 1963 assassination of John F Kennedy that saw Johnson rushed into the Oval Office. It deals with the tumultuous and exciting year that followed. There’s no date or Broadway announced yet, but a Winter kick-off is all but confirmed.
– “New York Times”
• The UK’s biggest annual music event, Glastonbury Festival, has sold out in record time with 120,000 tickets costing £210 (about $335) each snapped up in just 1-and-a-half hours. That’s truly amazing considering this is for the 2014 event to be staged next June 25-29 and the headliners haven’t even been announced. The tease is that it will be 3 acts who haven’t played Glastonbury before. Speculation ranges from Daft Punk to David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Fleetwood Mac, Foo Fighters, Madonna, and Rihanna. Over 1 million fans pre-registered for the ticket sale.
– NME.com
• And seems hard to believe after all the twerking, the foam finger, the nude music video, and the breast-tacular “Rolling Stone” cover, but Miley Cyrus claims in a new interview that she doesn’t want to be famous. Quote: “I want to be a name that everyone knows and respects. And I think being famous, you lose a little bit of that respect.” Disingenuous? Naive? Sincere but guided by handlers whose plans for pop cultural domination have trumped her wishes? Today’s release (and reaction) to her new album “Bangerz” may begin to answer some of those questions.
– QMI Agency

• “Arsenio Hall” (syndicated) – Thompson Square (“Just Feels Good”).
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Florida Georgia Line (“Here’s To the Good Times”). Rerun.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Steve Martin & Edie Brickell (“Love Has Come For You”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Elton John (“The Diving Board”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Grimes (“Visions”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Miley Cyrus (“Bangerz”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Amos Lee (“Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song”).
• “Today” (NBC) – Cassadee Pope (“Frame By Frame”, out today).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Toni Braxton w/Babyface (“Love, Marriage, Divorce”).
• “The Voice” (NBC/CTV) – A review of the best and most memorable blind auditions.

• Alter Bridge – Today their 4th studio album, “Fortress”, is out. Guitarist Mark Tremonti says they strived to make this one the ‘most unpredictable and exciting yet’. The band is touring throughout Europe October 16th-November 16th.
• “CBGB: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” – Today’s release of the soundtrack to the “CBGB” film (opening Friday) contains classic tracks from Blondie, The Police, The Stooges, Talking Heads and more. It also comes in an expanded digital edition and a double vinyl version.
• Kenny Rogers – Today the pop/country veteran returns with his new album “You Can’t Make Old Friends”. The album reunites Rogers with long-time friend and collaborator Dolly Parton for a duet on the title track.
• KoRn – Their new album “The Paradigm Shift” is released today, the first with guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch since he returned to the fold after an 8-year absence.
• Panic! At the Disco – Their 4th studio album, “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!”, arrives today. Drummer & founding member Spencer Smith has recently revealed that he’s just now recovering from a 4-and-a-half year battle with addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs.
• Sleigh Bells – “Bitter Rivals”, their 3rd studio album, is out today. They’re currently touring, next stop Thursday in Vancouver BC. The trek wraps November 22nd in NYC.
• Stone Temple Pilots w/Chester Bennington – Today they release the new EP “High Rise” using their new modified name, likely due to legal action from former (fired) frontman Scott Weiland.

• “After Earth” ( PG-13 Action Adventure ): M Night Shyamalan’s latest sci-fi flick is set 1,000 years after events have forced humanity to exit from Earth. A crash landing leaves a boy and his father stranded on the people-less planet, causing them to embark on a perilous journey to signal for help. Stars Jaden Smith and real-life pop Will Smith.
• “Curse of Chucky” ( R-Rated Straight-to-Video Horror Comedy ): Dingdong! Chucky’s back! The doll possessed by a serial killer’s spirit returns as director Don Mancini, who directed 2004’s “Seed of Chucky”, helms another instalment of the horror franchise. This time Chucky is delivered to the door of a family that’s already preparing for a funeral. No-name cast.
• “The Hangover Part III” ( R-Rated Comedy ): Stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis are all back for one last outing by ‘The Wolfpack’. This time, there’s no wedding; no bachelor party. In the aftermath of the death of his father, the guys decide to take ‘Alan’ to get treated for his mental issues. What could possibly go wrong?
• “Much Ado About Nothing” ( PG-13 Romantic Comedy ): A modern version of Shakespeare’s classic comedy adapted and directed by Joss Whedon. Filmed in glorious black & white in just 12 days entirely on location in exotic Santa Monica CA, the cast includes Amy Acker (“Cabin In the Woods”) and Alexis Denisof (“How I Met Your Mother”) as ‘Beatrice and Benedick’.
• “The Purge” ( R-Rated Sci-fi Thriller ): In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity – including murder – becomes legal. Stars Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane.
• Also released today: “Bones: The Complete 8th Season” (TV); “Chucky: The Complete Collection” (Horror Compilation);  “Leviathan” (Documentary); “90210: The Final Season” (TV); “Psych: The Complete 7th Season” (TV); “Robot Chicken: Season 6″ (TV Animation); “2000 Yankees World Series Collectors Edition” (Sports); and “White Collar: Season 4″ (TV).

More people now care where their food comes from but not many have given the same thought to their clothes. Shoppers snap up fast fashion pieces from retail chains, often unaware of the damage they’re causing the environment, and the consequence the cheap-but-chic industry has on workers in countries where long, grueling hours and low wages aren’t governed. A new website hopes to change that. ‘Zady’ wants to be “the Whole Foods for fashion”. In the same way that organic grocers sell local, healthy foods the new startup hopes to market sustainable but stylish clothing from locally-sourced materials. (Will you pay more for clothes that meet these criteria?)
NET: https://zady.com
– NYDailyNews.com

A recent study says that we actually get better at some sports as we age. For instance, golf, skiing, and cycling often seem to improve with age and experience. And here’s our take on …
• Sag, you’re it!
• Pin the toupee on the bald guy.
• 20 questions shouted into your good ear.
• Red Rover, Red Rover, the nurse says bend over.
• Simon says something incoherent.
• Hide and go pee.
• Spin the Bottle of Mylanta.
• Musical recliners.
• Kick the bucket.
– “Longevity Magazine”

The short answer: Less chicken meat than you’d think. Researchers from the University of Mississippi examined chicken nuggets from 2 national fast food-chains and found breast and thigh meat accounted for 50% or less of each nugget. The rest wasn’t pretty. After the 3 researchers selected 1 nugget from each box, preserved, dissected and strained them, then looked at them under a microscope, it was found they were about half muscle, with the rest a mix of fat, blood vessels, and nerves. Close inspection also revealed cells that line the skin and internal organs. (File this under: ‘Things You Wish You Hadn’t Learned’.)
– Reuters.com

Back pain is one of today’s most common ailments. Intriguing evidence suggests that certain foods can quash inflammation that contributes to some kinds of back pain, especially arthritis. A few foods to eat and a few to avoid …
• Eat more canned fish; cherries; flaxseed; ginger; green tea; olive oil; nuts of all kinds, particularly walnuts; and vegetables & fruits.
• Eat less food containing high-fructose corn syrup; margarine; processed foods; saturated fat; trans fats; vegetable oils such as corn, safflower, and sunflower; and vegetable shortening.
• Some nutrition experts also suggest taking vitamin D supplements for back pain.
– Condensed from RD.com

The world’s largest and most expensive diamond necklace is on sale at a jewelry show in Singapore this month … for $55 million. The extravagant piece of jewelry known as L’Incomparable has an egg-sized yellow stone often called ‘The Golden Giant’ suspended from a rose gold setting with 90 white diamonds. It weighs a whopping 637 carats. A rep for the auction house says “People who will get something like this are looking at it from a different perspective because this is definitely an investment piece”.
– Yahoo! News

• Noise and artificial lighting means the dawn chorus of birds starts up to 5 hours earlier in cities.
– “Science Codex”
• City birds cope better in the cold than their woodland counterparts.
– “BBC News Magazine”


1943 [70] Chevy (Cornelius Crane) Chase, Woodstock NY, TV actor (“Community” 2009-13, original “Saturday Night Live” cast 1975-76)/movie actor (“Vacation” series)

1949 [64] Sigourney (Susan) Weaver, NYC, movie actress (“Avatar”, “Alien” series)

1970 [43] Matt Damon, Cambridge MA, movie actor (“Behind the Candelabra”, ‘Jason Bourne’ films)/screenwriter (1998 Oscar-“Good Will Hunting”)

1980 [33] Nick Cannon, San Diego CA, TV personality (“America’s Got Talent” since 2009)/movie actor (“Drumline”, “Roll Bounce”)/wed to singer Mariah Carey (2008)

1985 [28] Bruno Mars (Peter Hernandez), Honolulu HI, pop singer-songwriter-producer (“Locked Out of Heaven”, “Grenade”).

• “Face Your Fears Day”, saluting those who’ve conquered their phobias and encouraging others to do the same. A few truly odd fears, as found in the “Encyclopedia of Phobias, Fears and Anxieties” …
– ‘Pentheraphobia’ … fear of your mother-in-law.
– ‘Deipnophobia’ … fear of conversation while dining.
– ‘Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia’ … fear of long words.
– ‘Didaskaleinophobia’ … fear of going to school.
– ‘Lutraphobia’ … fear of otters.
– ‘Arachibutyrophobia’ … fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth.
– ‘Phobatrivaphobia’ … fear of trivia about phobias.

• “Pierogi Day” (also spelled pyrogy, perogi, pirogi), honoring the traditional Eastern European dish consisting of boiled dumplings of unleavened dough stuffed with various ingredients. They’re best served while wearing a babushka. So what’s the yummiest kind?

• “Touch Tag Day”, an annual salute to the schoolyard game that almost every kid has played in some version. The game that’s variously known as ‘Touch’, ‘Tag’, ‘It’, ‘Chasey’, and ‘Catching’ has been played by children for thousands of years, going back as far as Ancient Egypt. Best thing about it … the equipment is really cheap!

2005 [08] Martha Stewart begins her prison sentence after being convicted of securities fraud, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy in a stock trading case (her career never really recovers)

1983 [30] “King Of Pain” by The Police peaks at #3 on the pop singles chart

1967 [46] 1st ‘Breathalyzer’ test for alcohol consumption is used on a speeding motorist

1978 [35] ‘World’s Largest Pizza’ measures 80 ft (24 m) in diameter (Glens Falls NY)

[Wed] BFI London Film Festival begins
[Wed] Emergency Nurses Day
[Wed] CBGB Music & Film Festival begins (NYC)
[Wed] Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work & School Day
[Wed] Chess Day
[Wed] World Post Day
This Week Is … Temp Help Week
This Month Is … Spectacle Of the Geese Month


Translations of a woman’s phone greeting …
• “Hi! (She likes you!)
• “Hey, you” (She’s been thinking about you.)
• “Hell-O” (She’s been thinking about sleeping with you.)
• “Hey” (Impossible to tell.)
• “Hi there” (She’s probably not interested.)
• “Yo” (She’d love to stay friends.)
• “Who is this?” (She doesn’t know who the hell you are.)
– “Esquire Magazine”

According to TheKnot.com, more and more couples are going halvsies on their engagement rings. Is this a good idea? Some think it makes financial sense, while others see it as a sign that chivalry is dead. An online survey finds women are split on the idea – 46% for it, 54% against.

How do you get a philosopher off your porch? Pay him for the pizza.

Question: The average woman will have 111 of THESE in her lifetime.
Answer: Handbags or purses.

Frustration is not having anyone to blame but yourself.

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