Thursday, September 18, 2014        Edition: #5308

We’ve Got Our Sheet Together!

★ Tonight actress Mia Farrow makes her 1st appearance on the Broadway stage in 9 years in a revival of AR Gurney’s romantic play “Love Letters” at NYC’s Nederlander Theatre. She co-stars opposite Brian Dennehy in the 2-person show about letters exchanged over the years between childhood friends. The play’s line-up will change monthly. Other duos lined up include: Candice Bergen & Alan Alda; Diana Rigg & Stacy Keach; Anjelica Huston & Martin Sheen. “Love Letters” originally debuted on Broadway in 1989 with Colleen Dewhurst & Jason Robards. The new production is scheduled to run through February 1st.
★ Leonardo DiCaprio has been bestowed the title of ‘Messenger of Peace’ by the United Nations, and is already lined up to speak at the UN Climate Summit on September 23rd,  addressing the worldwide impact of climate change. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made the announcement this week, lauding DiCaprio’s longstanding commitment to environmental causes. Leo now joins an illustrations group who promote the work of the UN, which includes Charlize Theron, Edward Norton, George Clooney, Michael Douglas, and Stevie Wonder.
★ Hollywood’s hottest couple are officially parents! 33-year-old Ryan Gosling & 40-year-old Eva Mendes have quietly welcomed a new baby daughter, born this past Friday in Los Angeles. News first surfaced of Mendes’ pregnancy back in July. The twosome co-starred as parents in 2013’s “The Place Beyond the Pines”, the movie set on which they met. Word has it both dissolved into tears upon the first sight of their new daughter. (No word so far on a name for the new addition. Ideas, anyone?)
– “Us Weekly”
★ And after spending years looking for his dream-house, 44-year-old Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs has a new $40-million mansion in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles. The sprawling 17,000-sq-ft European-style villa was built just 6 months ago. It boasts 8 bedrooms, a cinema, wine cellar, gym, and lagoon-style pool with underwater tunnel leading to a grotto. There’s also a 3,000-sq-ft guesthouse and a separate spa house. The extravagant purchase comes just 3 months after Dr Dre splashed out $40 million on the nearby Brentwood property formerly owned by model Gisele Bundchen and NFLer Tom Brady. (A case of keeping up with the Dre?)
– “Los Angeles Times”

• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Tegan & Sara (“Heartthrob”).
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Madden Bros (“Greetings from California”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Bastille plays the outdoor stage (“All This Bad Blood”). They launch their “Bad Blood: The Last Stand” tour in Philadelphia PA on October 7th.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Kodaline (“In a Perfect World”). Rerun.
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – John Fullbright (“Songs”). Rerun.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Lecrae (“Church Clothes”).

• Coldplay – Frontman Chris Martin apparently has yet to introduce new girlfriend Jennifer Lawrence to his children Apple (10) and Moses (8). Insiders say he feels more comfortable spending time with them separately. (BS translation: Mommy says over my dead body.)
• Jay Z – His lawyers have asked court officials to dismiss a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against him over the use of a single syllable in his “Run This Town” collaboration with Rihanna.
Executives at TufAmerica claim the rapper illegally sampled the word ‘oh’ from the Eddie Bo song “Hook & Sling”, which was recorded 2 decades ago, and they’re seeking damages.
• Justin Timberlake – His ” 20/20 Experience” world tour has gone Down Under, beginning tonight in Melbourne, Australia and wrapping up October 15th in Auckland NZ. It’s Timberlake’s first trip to the area since 2007’s “FutureSex/LoveSounds” tour.
• Motley Crue – Vince Neil has revealed the last stand on their current farewell tour will by an invitation-only gig at LA’s Whisky A Go Go, site of their first gigs as a band 35 years previously. The next leg of the band’s farewell tour kicks off in Oklahoma City OK on October 10th.
• Rihanna – CBS-TV was supposed to play RiRi’s hit “Run This Town” during the opening of last week’s “Thursday Night Football” but decided to drop it due to somber discussion of the domestic violence case involving Ravens player Ray Rice. Rihanna has tweeted: “CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday?” We’ll see tonight.
• Sammy Hagar – The 25th anniversary of the rocker’s annual birthday bash in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico has had to be axed after Hurricane Odile hit his Cabo Wabo Cantina bar and flooded it. The Category 3 storm has ravaged the area, also flooding and closing the airport.
• Whitney Houston – Her first-ever live album is set to be released November 10th. “Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances” gathers together the most memorable live show of her storied career. Houston drowned after a drug overdose on February 11, 2012 at age 48.

A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “Ben-Hur” – “Boardwalk Empire” actor Jack Huston is in talks to fill Charlton Heston’s sandals in this upcoming remake of the 1959 film. Morgan Freeman has been previously announced to co-star as ‘Ildarin’, who teaches ‘Ben-Hur’ how to race chariots. Filming is set to begin in Europe next year. The original film won 11 Oscars, including ‘Best Picture’.
• “I Know What You Did Last Summer” – A remake of the hit 1997 horror movie is in the works. The first film, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt & Sarah Michelle Gellar, spawned the sequel “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer” in 1998. Sony Pictures is said to be aiming for a 2016 release for the reboot.
• ‘Jason Bourne Sequel’ – 43-year-old actor Matt Damon & director Paul Greengrass are in talks with Universal about reuniting for a 3rd movie together in the ‘Bourne’ franchise. Damon starred as ‘Bourne’ in 2002, ’04, and ’07 films, the last 2 directed by Greengrass. Should the deal come about, the next ‘Bourne’ spinoff starring Jeremy Renner would be postponed.
• “Paper Towns” – 22-year-old British model Cara Delevingne is set to play the lead role of ‘Margo’ in the upcoming screen adaptation of John Green’s novel about a pair of young neighbors who embark on a campaign of revenge. Green also wrote “The Fault In Our Stars”. Delevingne will co-star with 19-year-old actor Nat Wolff. It’s her first lead role in a feature film.

Today’s the big referendum in Scotland which will decide whether it secedes from the United Kingdom to become its own independent country. With recent polls showing the vote too close to call, today’s outcome is a toss-up. There’s said to be ‘great concern’ at Buckingham Palace over the possible break-up of the 300-year-old Union. Queen Elizabeth is thought to be strongly in favor of Scotland remaining in UK but her mandate requires her to remain a-political. However, she is staying in Scotland at her Balmoral Castle during today’s vote as a sign of ‘continuity’. She’s issued a statement advising voters to ‘think very carefully about the future’. (See Bull’s Bits below.)
– @MailOnline

A few of the stranger answers received in a poll asking, “What unusual thing makes a woman attractive to you?” …
• “She’s conscious of the dangers of the sun.”
• “A woman who has no problem stuffing her face in front of you on a first date.”
• “A nice triceps muscle.”
• “When she’s a really good golfer.”
• “Toe rings.”
(And your secret turn-on would be …?)
–  “Men’s Health”

A new Brown University study has found that people with liberal and conservative views smell differently, and are attracted to the odors of those who share their political beliefs. In experiments, people could not predict the political ideology of others by smell, but they consistently found the smell of those who aligned with them politically more attractive. If we’re subconsciously attracted to those with similar political views, it may explain why many couples vote for the same candidate. The study adds to a growing body of evidence that each of has a unique ‘body odor print’. (And in some cases, a very, very STRONG body odor print.)

If you haven’t had sex in an airplane, there’s no better time than the present. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Mile-High Club, that informal yet exclusive organization reserved for those bold souls willing to do the deed at altitude. A century ago, the invention of the autopilot freed its inventor, flyer Lawrence Burst Sperry, for other airborne ‘activities’. His invention – which used a gyroscope to stabilize the yaw, pitch, and roll of a plane – worked so well that Sperry quickly became the club’s 1st member. Two years later, in 1916, his plane crashed in the Atlantic off Long Island and though the circumstances are murky, this much is clear: Sperry’s passenger was the lovely Mrs Waldo Pierce, a sexy – and married – socialite. Both survived the accident, but neither was wearing clothes when rescued. (You do the math.)
– “New York Daily News”

Astronomers have detected very fast bursts of radio waves coming from deep in outer space and they don’t know the source.


1970 [44] Aisha Tyler, San Francisco CA, TV personality (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?” since 2013, “The Talk” since 2011)/TV actress (“Bojack Horseman” 2014, “Archer” since 2009)

1971 [43] Jada Pinkett Smith, Baltimore MD, movie actress (“Madagascar” movies, “The Matrix” films)/Mrs Will Smith since 1997  COMING UP: Plays ‘Fish Mooney’ in “Gotham”, premiering September 22nd on FOX-TV.

1971 [43] Lance Armstrong, Plano TX, disgraced cyclist stripped of 7 consecutive Tour De France titles due to doping

1973 [41] James Marsden, Stillwater OK, movie actor (“The Butler”, “X-Men” films)

1975 [39] Jason Sudeikis, Fairfax VA, comedian/comedy writer (“Portlandia” 2011-14, “Saturday Night Live” 2005-12)/movie actor (“Hall Pass”, “Horrible Bosses”)  UP NEXT: “Horrible Bosses 2”, opening November 26th.

1977 [37] Barrett Foa, NYC, TV actor (‘Eric Beale’ on “NCIS: Los Angeles” since 2009)

• “Cheeseburger Day”, celebrating the best way to get 2 kinds of cattle fat into your system simultaneously. According to the book “Hamburger Heaven: The Illustrated History Of the Hamburger”, the first person to ever slap cheese on a burg’ was grill chef Lionel Sternberger at the Rite Spot restaurant in Pasadena CA 88 years ago in 1926.

• “Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day”, saluting the anonymous and often under-appreciated wordsmiths who say the things we have trouble expressing. (Thanks for saving our bacon on numerous occasions!)

• “Mushroom Picking Day”, celebrating the fungi that are related to molds and yeasts. There are some 38,000 varieties but only a few hundred we can eat; all the rest are toxic. So if you’re not an expert on what’s what, best to perform your picking … at the grocery store.

• “World Water Monitoring Day”, an international effort to encourage involvement in protecting water resources around-the-world by encouraging the public to conduct basic monitoring of their local bodies of water. (So how’s the pond scum looking today?)

1985 [29] First-ever ‘Top 10 List’ on “Late Night With David Letterman” is titled ‘Top 10 Things That Almost Rhyme With Peas’ (#1 is ‘Meats’. Um, maybe it’s in the delivery?)

2004 [10] Britney Spears weds Kevin Federline in a low-key ceremony at a private home in Studio City CA, her 2nd wedding in 9 months (they divorce in 2007)

1999 [15] 1st husband & wife to swap genders, each undergoing a sex-change operation in Hungary (“I couldn’t stand my husband … so now she’s my wife”)

2009 [05] The 72-year run of radio-turned-TV soap opera “The Guiding Light” ends as its final episode airs (CBS)

[Fri] “A Walk Among the Tombstones”; “The Guest”; The Maze Runner”; “This is Where I Leave You”; “Tusk” open in movie theaters
[Fri] Music Midtown Festival begins (Atlanta GA)
[Fri] Talk Like a Pirate Day
[Sat] Responsible Dog Ownership Day
[Sat] International Coastal Cleanup Day
This Week Is … Truck Driver Appreciation Week
This Month Is … Childhood Obesity Awareness Month


• 3 straight weeks of horizontal rain is nothing; and a brolly (umbrella) is completely optional.
• You could swear before you could count.
• You’ll wait at a store counter for 1 cent change.
• You know what haggis is made with and still eat it.
• ‘Food’ rhymes with ‘good’; ‘house’ is pronounced “hoose”; ‘Wednesday’ has 3 syllables.
• You stop talking and stand at attention when bagpipes are playing.
• You know real men wear kilts, and if they wear anything underneath, it becomes a skirt.
• You know what jumble sales, wellies, pantomimes, a 99, clockwork orange, a skelf, balaclavas, midgies, and a tea cosy are.
• You’ve eaten a different meat pie for every meal.
• You butter your sandwiches or butties, you eat scones with jam, ask for gravy on your chips, eat French toast with ketchup, and pudding is any kind of dessert.
• You show up at a beach on vacation and not only are you spankin’ white, you’re also pale blue.
• You still enjoy and watch the movie “Braveheart” even though it’s more Hollywood than historical.
– “A Brit Different”

I hate housework. You make the beds, you do the dishes, and 6 months later you have to start all over again.

Ask listeners to call in handy methods for making quick measurements. For instance: your wedding ring size is the same as your hat size, the distance from your elbow to your wrist equals the length of your foot, and the size of a man’s feet are an indication of the size of … well, you get the idea.

Which can jump 350 times its body length?
a. The dolphin.
b. The flea. [CORRECT. It’s like a human jumping the length of a football field.]
c. The kangaroo.
– “Animalia”

☎ If you had to move to another country and spend the rest of your life there, where would you go?

Question: According to an auto insurance survey, THIS tops the list of most embarrassing moments for drivers.
Answer: Forgetting where they parked.

Some minds are like concrete, thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.

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