September 25, 2009

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Friday, September 25, 2009        Edition: #4108
Sheet For Brains!

Sunday, reality TV star Khloe Kardashian (“Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami”) weds her LA Lakers basketball player boyfriend Lamar Odom – a month after their first date – at the Bel-Air CA mansion of family friend & music mogul Irving Azoff (you can bet someone’s taping this for some crap reality show or another) . . . Sunday-through-Wednesday ‘bloodless’ bullfights are being staged in Las Vegas at the South Point Hotel & Casino, which involves matadors attaching Velcro-coated sticks to a patch of material on the bull’s back to simulate stabbing without actually harming the beast (even so, PETA is protesting) . . . Britain’s “The X Factor” may be coming to FOX-TV as its creator, Simon Cowell, is in talks to launch an American version at the same time as locking in as an “American Idol” judge for 2 more years, through 2011-12 (it’s estimated the total take for Simon could top $100 million-per-season) . . . VH1 has revealed Britney Spears’ elephantine ex-, Kevin Federline, is one of 8 ‘celebrities’ on the now-taping 7th season of “Celebrity Fit Club”, in which the stocky stars attempt to starve it off (you don’t suppose he packed all that recent flubber on just to get the gig?) . . . And hot on the heels of actress-turned-author Mackenzie Phillips (“High on Arrival”) dropping the bomb on “Oprah” about being the victim of incest via her late “Mamas & Papas” pop John Phillips comes the news that a new album of previously unreleased tracks is coming out in 2010, featuring the two of them recorded together 20 years ago (is this more icky or tacky?).


• “The Amazing Race 15” (CBS/CTV) – 12 new teams begin their race around-the-world. The contestants travel one of the fastest courses ever assembled, spanning 8 countries in 21 days.
• “Grand Slam for Children Concert” (Las Vegas NV) – Saturday, former tennis pro Andre Agassi’s 14th annual charity fundraiser at Wynn Las Vegas features performances by comedian Dane Cook, and musical acts Brian McKnight, Daughtry, and Tim McGraw.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Ladyhawke (“Ladyhawke”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS) – Tonight the Noisettes (“Wild Young Hearts”).
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – “Jennifer’s Body” actress Megan Fox hosts the 35th season premiere; U2 is the musical guest.
• “Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien” (NBC/A Channel) – Tonight Rodrigo y Gabriela (“Rodrigo y Gabriela”).


• Aerosmith – Joe Perry is denying rumors that the band is about to split up, promising the “Boston Herald” that a new album ‘will happen’.
• Creed – Tonight their “Full Circle” reunion tour concert in Houston TX streams live online in HD at Through a partnership with the USO, it will be available to US troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere. The event is set to break the record for ‘Most Cameras Used in a Live Concert Recording’ … 227!
• Katy Perry – She says her next album will feature ‘music people can hold hands and roller-skate to’.
• KISS – Tonight they kick off the “KISS Alive 35” North American tour in Detroit MI, which will hit more than 40 other cities before concluding in December.
• Michael Jackson – A new song entitled “This Is It”, featuring backup vocals by his brothers, will be released as a single October 12th. It will also be featured on an upcoming 2-disc album of music (October 27th) ‘inspired’ by the “This Is It” movie (October 28th). Are they milking this or what?
• Miley Cyrus – This week she took over newly-opened LA restaurant Katsuya so she could  celebrate her sold-out concert at Staples Center by throwing a private party for 100 friends.
• Pearl Jam – They’re on course to have their first #1 album in 13 years as “Backspacer” is projected to sell circa 200,000 copies over it’s first week.
• Red Hot Chili Peppers – They’ve been nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. We’ll find out in January if they are a finalist.
• Spice Girls – It’s been confirmed they are ‘looking at the possibility’ of reuniting for a one-off show at the 2010 soccer “World Cup” in South Africa. No! Please no!

• “Coco Before Chanel” ( PG-13 Biographical Drama ): Audrey Tautou (“Da Vinci Code”) stars in the story of legendary French designer Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel (1883-1971) and her rise from obscure beginnings to the heights of the fashion world. This film’s got to be a lock for the ‘Best Costume Design’ Oscar, no? Shot in Paris, France.
• “Fame” ( PG Musical Comedy ): This remake of the 1980 movie musical and subsequent TV series (1982-87) centers on the teachers & students at the prestigious NYC High School of Performing Arts and stars Kelsey Grammar, Bebe Neuwirth (both ex-“Frasier), and Megan Mullally (ex-“Will & Grace”).
• “Pandorum” ( R-Rated Sci-fi Thriller ): Two astronauts awaken in a hyper-sleep chamber aboard a seemingly abandoned spacecraft. They are disoriented and can’t remember their mission or even their identities. Stars Dennis Quaid (“GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra”), Ben Foster (“X-Men”), and Cam Gigandet (ex-“The OC”).
• “Paranormal Activity” ( R-Rated Horror Thriller ): After settling into their new home, a woman convinces her husband to install video cameras to capture a mysterious presence that’s been disturbing their sleep. Turns out to be a bad idea. Low budget minimalist thriller with a no-name cast.
• “Surrogates” ( PG-13 Action Thriller ) Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, Bruce Willis stars as a cop who is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate cases of surrogate murder. Radha Mitchell and Ving Rhames co-star. Shot in Boston MA and area.

• Los Angeles city council has just passed a new ordinance that allows only … one rooster per household. The bylaw was spurred by complaints over noise and hygiene, and concerns over illegal cockfighting. (Keeping so-called ‘urban chickens’ in LA is nothing to crow about.)
– AP
• Lonnie Holloway, who recently died at age 90, has had his wish fulfilled to be buried with his hat on in his beloved 1973 Pontiac Catalina in Saluda SC. He’s been entombed in an over-size grave with his collection of guns and his wife beside him. (Not in the car but the adjacent plot … it’s a double garage.)
– “NY Times”
• In order to remove a flightless emu that was weaving through traffic on an Interstate on-ramp in Mississippi, Scott County Sheriff’s Deputies say they had to handcuff the big bird and then … zap it with a Taser. (Geez, hope they read the big guy his rights first!)
– WBLT-TV News

Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich has installed an ‘Anti-Paparazzi Shield’ on his new boat, ‘Eclipse’, the world’s largest and most expensive private yacht at 557 ft (170 m). The hi-tech system uses infrared lasers to detect the electronic light sensors in any nearby cameras. When one is detected, the system fires a focused beam of light at it, disrupting its ability to record a digital image. The beams can also be activated manually by security guards if they spot a photographer loitering. (Wasn’t this in an old ‘James Bond’ film?)
– “Times of London”

60% of the world’s population now uses cellphones, just 25 years after they were introduced.
– “TIME Magazine”


1929 [80] Barbara Walters, Boston MA, TV personality/producer (“The View” since 1997)/former TV news anchor (“20/20”1978-2004)/1st female network news anchor (“ABC Evening News” 1976-78)/news magazine host (“The Today Show” on NBC-TV 1961-76)/TV Hall of Fame (1990)

1944 [65] Michael Douglas, New Brunswick NJ, movie actor/director/producer (“Traffic”, Academy Award-“Wall Street”)/Mr Catherine Zeta-Jones since 2000 U7P NEXT: “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps“ (2010).

1961 [48] Heather Locklear, Westwood CA, TV actress (‘Amanda Woodward’-“Melrose Place” 2009-10, “Spin City” 1999-2002, “Melrose Place” 1993-99)/Mrs Richie Samboro 1994-2006/Mrs Tommy Lee 1986-94

1968 [41] Will Smith, Philadelphia PA, movie actor (“Hancock”, “Men In Black”)/sometime rapper (“Switch”, “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It”)/Mr Jada Pinkett since 1997

1969 [40] Catherine Zeta-Jones, Swansea, Wales, movie actress (“No Reservations”, Academy Award-“Chicago”)/Mrs Michael Douglas since 2000 (she’s 25 years younger)

1975 [34] Matt Hasselbeck, Boulder CO, NFL QB (Seattle Seahawks)

1980 [29] TI (Clifford Harris Jr), Atlanta GA, rapper/producer (“Live Your Life”, “Whatever You Like”)/movie actor (“Fast & Furious”, “American Gangster”)/now in prison on federal weapons charges (release scheduled March 26, 2010)

Oldies singer/actress Olivia Newton-John (“Grease”) is 61; Movie actor Jim Caviezel (“Passion Of the Christ”) is 41; Pop singer Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men) is 37; Pop singer Christina Milian (“Dip It Low”) is 28; Tennis player Serena Williams is 28.

Classic rock singer-guitarist Randy Bachman (BTO/Guess Who) is 66; Classic rocker-actor Meat Loaf (“Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad”) is 62; Rock singer-guitarist Stephan Jenkins (Third Eye Blind) is 45; Movie actress Gwyneth Paltrow (“Iron Man”) is 37; Rock singer Brad Arnold (3 Doors Down) is 31; Rapper Lil Wayne (“Lollipop”) is 27; Pop singer Avril Lavigne (“Girlfriend”) is 25.

• “Comic Book Day”, honoring the books your ‘read’ by looking at pictures.
• “Hug a Vegetarian Day”. Well, we would but you’ve got carrot breath.
• “Imperfection Week”, celebrating the fact that we’re not all perfect. Some less so than others.
• “Native American Day”, observed annually on the 4th Friday in September.
• “One-Hit Wonder Day”, honoring artists who made it big only once before fading into obscurity. There’s nothing like a one-hit wonder to zap some spice into the bland regimen of playlist radio. NET:

• “Fish Amnesty Day”, observed on the 4th Saturday in September when PETA urges anglers to toss their tackle and try activities that don’t involve impaling small animals for fun. Considering the next event, good luck fishies!
• “Hunting & Fishing Day”, an annual celebration of the joys of the outdoors and a salute to the conservation and economic benefits provided by sportsmen & women. Country singer Luke Bryan (“All My Friends Say”) has been named honorary 2009 chairman.
• “International Rabbit Day”, observed on the 4th Saturday of September to encourage protection of rabbits as pets and in the wild. Considering the previous event, good luck bunnies!
• “International Tool Day”. So who do you think qualifies as an international tool? Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez? Victoria Beckham?

• “Ancestor Appreciation Day”, a day to learn about and appreciate one’s forebears. (Don’t forget to say, “Gee grandpa, thanks for that really interesting story.”)
• “Good Neighbor Day”, an annual observance when we’re encouraged to say thank-you to a good neighbor and to be one ourselves. Uh, what if you can’t find one?
• “St Vincent de Paul Day” … the patron saint of used clothing?
• “World Heart Day”, an annual observance by the World Heart Federation that highlights heart health. Over 17 million people worldwide die annually from heart disease and stroke, the world’s leading cause of death. This year’s focus is on making workplaces healthier.
• “World Tourism Day”, the 30th annual as declared by the UN’s World Tourism Organization.
• “Yom Kippur” or “Day of Atonement” beginning at sundown, one of the most solemn Jewish holidays. Those who don’t observe other holidays often make an exception for this one.

1997 [12] At the urging of “ER” star George Clooney, the NBC-TV show’s season premiere is performed live (the cast has to do it twice, once for each coast)


1980 [29] Led Zeppelin drummer John ‘Bonzo’ Bonham is found dead at age 32 from asphyxiation on his own vomit after drinking 40 shots of vodka on the eve of the band’s US tour

1974 [35] Scientists 1st report Freon gas from aerosol spray cans is destroying the ozone layer (it’s banned in 1978)

1965 [44] 60-year-old Satchel Paige becomes the oldest-ever Major League Baseball player (pitches 3 scoreless innings for Kansas City)

[Mon] Family Day to Eat Dinner With Your Kids
[Tues] VFW Day
[Tues] Mariah Carey releases “Memoirs Of an Imperfect Angel”
[Wed] Women’s Health & Fitness Day
[Thurs] China’s 60th Anniversary Celebration
This Week Is … Chimney Safety Week
This Month Is … Be Kind to Editors & Writers Month


Have a contestant (kids work great!) try to complete the following famous proverbs …
• “An eye for an eye and … [… a tooth for a tooth.”]
• “Ask me no questions, I’ll tell you … [… no lies.”]
• “A watched kettle never … [… boils.”]
• “A woman’s work is … [… never done.”]
• “Cut off your nose to … [… spite your face “]

What’s your best body part? And worst?

I was once arrested for using illegal-size paper …

Each word of the 2-word answers to the following begin with the letter ‘A’ …
• This is the way sailors say ‘yes sir’ to the captain. (Aye aye!)
• The original ’12-step program’. (Alcoholics Anonymous.)
• What a ‘secretary’ in an office is now called. (Administrative Assistant.)
• These are guns that shoot at planes. (Anti-Aircraft.)
• This is the biggest city in the northern-most US state. (Anchorage, Alaska.)


Today’s Question: A recent study found that women equally appreciate one of THESE, whether it costs a few hundred dollars or several thousands.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: An engagement ring. (“O Magazine”)


Money is the root of all wealth.

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