Tuesday, September 30, 2008        Edition: #3868
Monthly Planning Calendar in Today’s Issue!

BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
NBC Universal, which owns Bravo, has a court injunction to prevent the now-shooting 6th season of hit fashion design show “Project Runway” from hightailing it over to the Lifetime Channel in a proposed deal that’s now likely to be fought out in court (don’t worry, you’ll be able to see it – it’s just a matter of where) . . . Late actor Heath Ledger’s insurer, ReliaStar Life Insurance Company, is being sued by his trustees for refusing to pay out on his $10-million policy because it believes he may have committed suicide – even though the NYC Medical Examiner ruled his death an accidental overdose (our nominee for Weasels of the Year) . . . Actor Daniel Craig says he helped choose the name of the new ’007′ film, “Quantum of Solace”, taken from an obscure short story by ‘Bond’ creator Ian Fleming because he didn’t want ‘death’, ‘die’, ‘bleed’ or any other grisly terms in the title (or apparently words that people understand) . . . Actress Katie Holmes is doing a cameo on an upcoming episode of “Eli Stone” (ABC), donning a skin-tight leotard and performing a song & dance number (episode airs OCTOBER 14th) . . . British comedian Russell Brand admits he took heroin every day for 11 years until he quit in 2003 after he was told he’d die if he didn’t stop (ah, maybe this explains his bizarre hosting gig at the “MTV Video Music Awards”?) . . . And the latest victim of the global credit crunch may be 82-year-old “Playboy” mogul Hugh Hefner, sources saying he’s being advised to downsize his staff in both NYC & LA or face bankruptcy (and maybe cut back to only 2 ‘house bunnies’ at a time).

TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• Creedence Clearwater Revival – The classic rockers’ first 6 albums are reissued in expanded versions via Fantasy Records, for which the band recorded until its 1972 breakup.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Elvis Costello performs.
• Kellie Pickler – Her self-titled, 2nd album is released. THIS MORNING she promotes it on “Today” (NBC); TOMORROW on “Live With Regis & Kelly” (syndicated/CTV). She’s also featured on the cover of the current issue of “First” magazine.
• “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” (CBS) – Wrinkle rocker Alice Cooper is on.
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/A Channel) – “Need U Bad” singer Jazmine Sullivan performs.

BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band – They’ll perform at the “Super Bowl” halftime show FEBRUARY 1st at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa FL. The recent list of artists to fill the gig includes the Rolling Stones, U2, Paul McCartney, Prince and, in 2008, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.
• Dave Matthews Band – Dave Matthews is the co-founder of ATO Pictures, producer of the quirky new movie “Choke” about a con artist who pretends he’s choking in restaurants to get sympathy from strangers and then fleece them.
• Duffy – The Welsh singing star says she’s ‘borderline on a breakdown’ as she struggles to deal with the pressures of her meteoric rise to fame. She adds she didn’t expect a successful career in the music industry would bring so much stress and says she feels as if she has ‘sold her soul’. (Actually she’s been selling quite a bit of ‘soul’.)
• Jimmy Wayne – The “Do You Believe Me Now” country chart-topper performed both the pre-game anthem and a halftime show at LAST NIGHT’s “Monday Night Football” game in Pittsburgh (ESPN).
• Keith Urban – As a joke, his infant daughter, Sunday Rose Kidman Urban, is ‘engaged’ to actor Russell Crowe’s 2-year-old son, Tennyson. The tongue-in-cheek betrothal happened after Urban’s wife Nicole Kidman mentioned she’s a great believer in arranged marriage during a get-together between the 2 families.
• Led Zeppelin – Robert Plant is shooting down recent reports that he’s agreed to tour with his old band. He says he has no plans to tour with anyone for at least 2 years after finishing his US dates with Alison Krauss on OCTOBER 5th.

TODAY’S VIDEO RELEASES:
• “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” ( Romantic Comedy ): Kristen Bell (“Veronica Mars“) plays a TV star who jets off to Hawaii for a vacation with her new boyfriend (UK DJ Russell Brand) only to discover the guy she just dumped (“How I Met Your Mother’s” Jason Segel) has picked the exact same resort to lick his wounds. Produced by Judd Apatow. Available in a ‘3-Disc Unrated Collector’s Edition’ or as part of the ‘Ultimate Unrated Comedy Collection’ that also includes “Knocked Up” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”.
• “Iron Man” ( Action Adventure ): Based on the Marvel Comics character, Robert Downey Jr stars as wealthy philanthropist ‘Tony Stark’, who develops an invulnerable robotic suit to fight the throes of evil. Stan Lee originally based the superhero on legendary reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes. Co-stars Gwyneth Paltrow & Terrence Howard. Comes in an ‘Ultimate 2-Disc Edition’. Expect sequels; the film’s stars have reportedly all signed 3-picture deals.
• “U2: Live at Red Rocks – Under a Blood Red Sky” (Concert): A new CD/DVD packaging of the 1983 live album on the 25th anniversary of the band’s US invasion. 5 tracks have been added to the DVD that were not on the original VHS version.
• Also released TODAY: “Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil” (TV); “Lou Reed’s Berlin” (Music Documentary); “My Name Is Earl: Season 3” (TV); “Numb3rs: The Complete 4th Season” (TV); and “Popeye the Sailor: 1941-43, Volume 3” (Animation).

LIFE BY THE NUMBERS:
A BS snapshot of who we are and what we do …
• 97% of kids say they play videogames.
• 73% of men who are old enough admit they had a mullet in the 1980s.
• 50% of guys aged 18-to-30 still live at home with their parents.
• 27% of women say that if you wear a bow-tie on a first date it will also be the last date.
• 25% of women carry a calculator in their purse.
• 24% of guys say they’d never date a woman who had more than one cat.

NO MORE DINNER INTERRUPTIONS … MAYBE:
The CRTC has finally put together a system to register your phone number on a ‘National Do Not Call List’ so telemarketers can no longer contact you (except charities and those companies you already have accounts with). If they do, there is a hefty fine. Online registration begins TODAY. Interestingly, it’s Bell Canada (one of the worst telemarketing offenders) that’s been awarded a 5-year contract to operate the ‘DNCL’. And Ma Bell will be making money on it: they’re charging companies an annual fee of $11,280 for access to the Canada-wide list. Presumably, telemarketers will be willing to ante up in order to determine all the numbers NOT listed.
NET: http://www.lnnte-dncl.gc.ca/

EAU DE SCHTINK:
Christopher Brosius, owner of NYC’s ‘CB I Hate Perfume Gallery’, believes that great fragrances are unimposing, genderless, and should harmonize with a person’s natural odor. Among his unusual scents: ‘In the Library’ and ‘Wet Pavement’. He even custom creates fragrances for customers based on their requests. One client asked for the scent that wafts from her air conditioner after it’s been out of use all winter. After some experimenting, Brosius uncovered the aroma the woman found so appealing … mildew.
NET: http://www.cbihateperfume.com/CBabout.html
– “More Intelligent Life“

THE PRICE OF NOOKIE:
A team of economists from the US & the UK have determined that having a good love life is worth about $50,000-a-year to the average person. Being married, on the other hand, brings in about $100,000-worth of happiness. The stats have been calculated based on the monetary value some 100,000 interview subjects placed on various aspects of their lives. Dartmouth College economist David Blanchflower confirms an extra $50,000 in yearly income is the average amount respondents think they’d need to equal the contentment they receive from their sex lives. (On the other had, [co-host] is only holding out for a quarter.)
– “Sunday Times”

HELLO, DEER:
A new camouflage called ‘Optifade’ that purportedly makes hunters invisible to deer is being marketed THIS FALL. It’s touted as the first scientifically designed concealment technology for deceiving deer. Decades of research into ungulate (hoofed mammal) vision have revealed that, in general, deer have 20/40 vision, red-green color blindness, a 270-degree field of view, difficulty seeing orange, and greater sensitivity to light at the blue end of the spectrum. All of these factors were used to create computer-generated camo patterns. (Considering the number of hunters that accidentally get shot, apparently humans have trouble seeing orange as well.)
– “New York Times“

DID YOU KNOW?
• The most common injury caused by cosmetics is a poke to the eye by a mascara wand.
• Baby robins eat 14 feet of earthworms every day.
• Approximately 18 billion disposable diapers end up in landfills each year. These diapers can take as long as 500 years to finally decompose.
• The brain of an ant has about 250,000 brain cells.
– GreatFacts.com

BS CHRONOMETER 09.30.08
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1958 [50] Marty Stuart, Philadelphia MS, country singer  (“Now That’s Country”, “Tempted”)
 
1963 [45] Eddie Montgomery, Danville KY, country singer (Montgomery Gentry-“Back When I Knew It All”, “Lucky Man”)

1964 [44] Robby Takac, Buffalo NY, alt-rock singer/bassist (Goo Goo Dolls-“Give a Little Bit”, “Iris”)

1975 [33] Marion Cotillard, Paris, France, movie actress (2008 Golden Globe Award & Academy Award–“La Vie En Rose”)

1984 [24] T-Pain (Faheem Rasheed Najm), Tallahassee FL, hip-hop/R&B singer-songwriter (f/Yung Joc-“Buy U a Drank [Shawty Snappin']”, w/Flo Rida-“Low”)

BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Do Something Wacky with a Grandparent Day”. Swap teeth?

• “International Translation Day”, introduced in 1991 by the International Federation of Translators. One of the great things you can do online is use an automated translator like “Babel Fish” to switch from language to language instantly.
NET: http://babelfish.yahoo.com

• “Mud Pack Day”, proving there’s a day to honor just about any damn thing you can think of.

• “St Jerome’s Day”, patron saint of librarians. In order to celebrate … shhhhhhh!

THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1955 [53] Movie legend James Dean dies at age 24 after slamming his Porsche 550 Spider into another car head-on at 75 mph near Cholame CA (he only made 3 films: “East of Eden”, “Rebel Without a Cause”, and “Giant”)

TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
1950 [58] Premiere of the TV version of the “Grand Ole Opry”

TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1841 [167] 1st ‘Stapler’ invented by Sam Slocum (next day, he finds his tie is attached to his patent application)

1846 [162] Boston’s Dr William Morton becomes 1st dentist to use ‘Anesthetic’ (before that, it was the old mallet-to-the-head trick)

TODAY’S RECORD . . .
2002 [06] Chris McAlister of Baltimore Ravens sets record for ‘Longest Play in NFL History’ by returning missed field goal 107 yards for a touchdown

BS MONTHLY PLANNING CALENDAR . . .
[Oct 1] Tina Turner tour begins (Kansas City) / Homemade Cookie Day / Child Health Day / Universal Children’s Day / World Habitat Day / World Vegetarian Day
[Oct 2] Ramadan ends (Muslim) / “Billy: The Early Years” world premiere (Nashville) / 19th International Bluegrass Music Awards (Nashville) / Name Your Car Day / World Farm Animal Day / Custodial Workers Day
[Oct 3] “The Ex-List” series debut (CBS) / 14th National Denim Day
[Oct 4] NHL season begins (Prague CZ/Stockholm SE) / Toot Your Flute Day
[Oct 5] “Rock Band Live” tour kicks off (San Diego) / “Miley’s Sweet 16 – Share the Celebration” (Disneyland) / Techies Day / Story Telling Day / World Teachers Day
[Oct 6] “Corner Gas” final season debut (CTV) / Come & Take It Day / Frugal Fun Day / Physician Assistant Day / Lawyers Day / World Smile Day
[Oct 7] 5th VH1 Hip-Hop Honors / Tim McGraw releases “Greatest Hits 3” / Sarah McLachlan releases compilation “Closer” / Diversity Day
[Oct 9] “Eleventh Hour” series debut (CBS) / Yom Kippur (Jewish)
[Oct 10] Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work Day / International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction
[Oct 11] Emergency Nurses Day / Dessert Day
[Oct 12] International Moment Of Frustration Scream Day / Farmers Day / World Egg Day / Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day
[Oct 13] Thanksgiving Day (Canada) / Columbus Day (USA) / Sukkot begins (Jewish) / “My Own Worst Enemy” series debut (NBC)
[Oct 14] Kenny Chesney releases “Lucky Old Sun” album / Be Bald & Be Free Day
[Oct 15] “Project Runway” season finalé (Bravo) / 52nd London Film Festival opens / 13th Mobo Awards (London) / Grouch Day / Poetry Day
[Oct 16] “Eminem: The Way I Am” published / Dictionary Day / World Food Day
[Oct 17] “Crusoe” series debut (NBC) / Gaudy Day
[Oct 18] Persons Day (Canada) / “Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling” debuts (CMT) / No Beard Day / Sweetest Day
[Oct 19] Evaluate Your Life Day
[Oct 20] Hurricane Thanksgiving Day
[Oct 21] AC/DC releases “Black Ice” / Babbling Day / Reptile Day / Bosses Day
[Oct 22] international caps lock day
[Oct 23] “Godspell” opens on Broadway / BET Hip-Hop Awards (Atlanta) / Canned Food Day / TV Talk Show Host Day / Make a Difference Day
[Oct 24] Frankenstein Friday / United Nations Day / Bologna Day
[Oct 25] International Rock-Paper-Scissors Championships (Toronto) / World Pasta Day / Punk For A Day Day / Cartoonists Against Crime Day / International Greasy Foods Day
[Oct 26] Mother-In-Law Day
[Oct 27] National School Library Day / Cranky Co-Workers Day
[Oct 28] Rascal Flatts releases “Greatest Hits Vol 1“ / Pink releases “Funhouse” / Snow Patrol releases “A Hundred Million Suns” / “Reba McEntire’s 50 Greatest Hits” released / Diwali (Hindu) / Chocolate Day / Plush Animal Lovers Day
[Oct 29] “Quantum of Solace“ world premiere (London) / Hermit Day / International Internet Day
[Oct 30] Devils Night / Mischief Night
[Oct 31] Halloween / National Magic Day / Increase Your Psychic Powers Day / UNICEF Day
[Nov 1] Vegan World Day
[Nov 2] NYC Marathon / Daylight Saving Time ends (2 am)
[Nov 4] US Election / Brad Paisley releases “Play”
[Nov 8] 2008 Directors Guild of Canada Awards (Toronto) / Guinness World Record Day

USA
[Oct 1] Tina Turner tour begins (Kansas City) / Homemade Cookie Day / Child Health Day / Universal Children’s Day / World Habitat Day / World Vegetarian Day
[Oct 2] Ramadan ends (Muslim) / “Billy: The Early Years” world premiere (Nashville) / 19th International Bluegrass Music Awards (Nashville) / Name Your Car Day / World Farm Animal Day / Custodial Workers Day
[Oct 3] “The Ex-List” series debut (CBS) / 14th National Denim Day
[Oct 4] Toot Your Flute Day
[Oct 5] “Rock Band Live” tour kicks off (San Diego) / “Miley’s Sweet 16 – Share the Celebration” (Disneyland) / Techies Day / Story Telling Day / World Teachers Day
[Oct 6] Come & Take It Day / Frugal Fun Day / Physician Assistant Day / Lawyers Day / World Smile Day
[Oct 7] 5th VH1 Hip-Hop Honors / Tim McGraw releases “Greatest Hits 3” / Sarah McLachlan releases compilation “Closer” / Diversity Day
[Oct 9] “Eleventh Hour” series debut (CBS) / Yom Kippur (Jewish)
[Oct 10] Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work Day / International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction
[Oct 11] Emergency Nurses Day / Dessert Day
[Oct 12] International Moment Of Frustration Scream Day / Farmers Day / World Egg Day / Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day
[Oct 13] Thanksgiving Day (Canada) / Columbus Day (USA) / Sukkot begins (Jewish) / “My Own Worst Enemy” series debut (NBC)
[Oct 14] Kenny Chesney releases “Lucky Old Sun” album / Be Bald & Be Free Day
[Oct 15] “Project Runway” season finalé (Bravo) / 52nd London Film Festival opens / 13th Mobo Awards (London) / Grouch Day / Poetry Day
[Oct 16] “Eminem: The Way I Am” published / Dictionary Day / World Food Day
[Oct 17] “Crusoe” series debut (NBC) / Gaudy Day
[Oct 18] “Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling” debuts (CMT) / No Beard Day / Sweetest Day
[Oct 19] Evaluate Your Life Day
[Oct 20] Hurricane Thanksgiving Day
[Oct 21] AC/DC releases “Black Ice” / Babbling Day / Reptile Day / Bosses Day
[Oct 22] international caps lock day
[Oct 23] “Godspell” opens on Broadway / BET Hip-Hop Awards (Atlanta) / Canned Food Day / TV Talk Show Host Day / Make a Difference Day
[Oct 24] Frankenstein Friday / United Nations Day / Bologna Day
[Oct 25] International Rock-Paper-Scissors Championships (Toronto) / World Pasta Day / Punk For A Day Day / Cartoonists Against Crime Day / International Greasy Foods Day
[Oct 26] Mother-In-Law Day
[Oct 27] National School Library Day / Cranky Co-Workers Day
[Oct 28] Rascal Flatts releases “Greatest Hits Vol 1“ / Pink releases “Funhouse” / Snow Patrol releases “A Hundred Million Suns” / “Reba McEntire’s 50 Greatest Hits” released / Diwali (Hindu) / Chocolate Day / Plush Animal Lovers Day
[Oct 29] “Quantum of Solace“ world premiere (London) / Hermit Day / International Internet Day
[Oct 30] Devils Night / Mischief Night
[Oct 31] Halloween / National Magic Day / Increase Your Psychic Powers Day / UNICEF Day
[Nov 1] Vegan World Day
[Nov 2] NYC Marathon / Daylight Saving Time ends (2 am)
[Nov 4] US Election Day / Brad Paisley releases “Play”
[Nov 8] Guinness World Record Day

BULL’S BITS
IMPORTANT STUFF YOU CAN LEARN FROM YOUR KIDS:
• It’s more fun to color outside the lines.
• If you’re gonna draw on the wall, do it behind the couch.
• Ask ‘why’ until you understand.
• Make up the rules as you go along.
• Save a place in line for your friends.
• If you want a kitten, start out asking for a horse.
• There is no good reason why clothes have to match.
• If your dog doesn’t like someone, you probably shouldn’t either.
• If you stand on tiptoe to be measured this year, you’ll have to stand on tiptoe for the rest of your life.

BS RANDOM JOKE:
What goes clip clop  clip clop  clip clop clip clop clip clop clip clop clip clop bang bang clip clop clip clop clip clop clip clop? An Amish drive-by shooting.

BS WEB GOODIE:
Bored with Facebook? Getting tired of poking, biting and throwing sheep at your friends? Welcome to the advent of ‘Anti-Social Networking’. You can even cheat at Scrabble!
NET: http://apps.facebook.com/antisocialnetworking/index.php

PHONE STARTER:
Is online flirting cheating?

BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Today’s Question: You will keep THIS 10 times longer if you like the color.
Answer to Give Out Tomorrow: A business card.

BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Great minds discuss ideas; small ones, people.


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